Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon: RAW Washington DC Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Another week in wrestling begins with Monday Night RAW live from our nation's capital of Washington D.C. Last week, Kurt Angle's secret was finally revealed as he announced that Jason Jordan was really his son. We still have yet to find a new #1 Contender to the WWE Universal Championship, due to Braun Strowman disrupting the #1 Contender Match between Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe. Also best friends Bayley and Sasha Banks go one on one tonight to determine a new #1 Contender to the WWE RAW Women's Championship. What other surprises were ahead on this week's show??

** This Weeks Card **

- Finn Balor battled Elias Samson in a No DQ Match.
- Enzo battled Big Cass.
- Nia Jax battled Emma.
- Sasha Banks battled Bayley in a #1 Contenders Match. 
- Jason Jordan battled Curt Hawkins. 
- The Revival battled Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.
- The Miztourage battled Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose in a 3 on 2 Handicap Match.

- Kurt Angle makes a big announcement involving the WWE Universal Championship Match at WWE SummerSlam.

- Issues between Akira Tozawa and Titus O'Neil continued.

** RAW **

- Kurt Angle Promo: Angle announces that his son Jason Jordan will be in a match tonight to prove himself on RAW. Angle mentions last week's #1 Contender match being disrupted by Braun Strowman, but has a plan lined up for the WWE Universal Championship Match at WWE SummerSlam. Braun Strowman interrupts and demands that it better be Strowman facing Brock Lesnar, because he doesn't fear Lesnar. Samoa Joe interrupts next and demands that it better be him facing Lesnar, because he almost beat Lesnar and he doesn't fear Lesnar or Strowman. Roman Reigns interrupts next and asks Joe and Strowman exactly what they've done to earn a title shot and then Reigns runs down the list of things he's done the past 5 years that should automatically grant him a title shot. Angle interrupts the bickering and says he's decided that it'll be Lesnar defending against Joe, Reigns and Strowman in a Fatal Four Way Match at WWE SummerSlam.
A brawl suddenly breaks out as Reigns sucker punches Strowman. Reigns and Joe double team Strowman and toss him over the barricade. Joe cheap shots Reigns and they brawl in the ring where Strowman comes back and runs over Reigns. Angle yells for WWE Security to help, but they all get destroyed by Strowman. Joe tries to trap Strowman in the Coquina Clutch submission as Angle yells for the RAW locker room to help. The locker room tries to separate everyone as Reigns hits a spear on Strowman and Joe, breaking the submission. Strowman clears everyone out of the ring again and then hits a running powerslam on Reigns to end the segment.

- "No DQ Match": Finn Balor vs. Elias Samson: The match closes out with Balor unloading steel chair shots on Samson, drop kicks him into the corner and then hits Coup de Grace. The Wyatt Family graphic suddenly flashes and the lights go out. The lights pop back on and Bray Wyatt is in the ring laying out Balor with Sister Abigail. Samson crawls over, covers and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Elias Samson, by pinfall.

- After the match, Bray Wyatt spider walks over to an unconscious Balor, spins around, whispers in Balor's ear and then poses over his body.

- Backstage, Kurt Angle believes that Jason Jordan will be a successful singles wrestler and how he has butterflies for his son right now. Emma interrupts and asks Angle if she has to start dating Angle's son in order for her to get noticed. Angle announces Emma vs. Nia Jax for tonight.

- Backstage, Big Show asks Enzo if he's sure he wants to do what he's about to do. Enzo says yes he wants to show Big Cass what a big mistake he made by turning on Enzo. 

- Enzo vs. Big Cass: The match closes out with Cass totally dominating Enzo throughout the match. Enzo tries to fight back, but gets hit with the Big Boot, leading to Cass scoring the pinfall.
Winner: Big Cass, by pinfall.

- After the match, Cass talks trash to Enzo and throws him on the mat. Big Show hits the ring, forcing Cass to grab Enzo and threaten to break his neck if Show gets any closer. Cass shoves Enzo into Show and then hits a Big Boot on Show. Cass trash talks Show and hits three straight Empire Elbows. Show tries to fight back, but Cass hits two more Empire Elbows. Cass stomps on Show, lands some kicks, talks more trash and beats down Show to end the segment.

- Backstage, Alexa Bliss says she's not worried who wins the #1 Contenders Match tonight. Alexa thinks it's funny that a friendship will end tonight only for the winner to go on to lose to Alexa at WWE SummerSlam.

- Nia Jax vs. Emma: The match closes out with Nia dominating Emma as Emma tries to get in some offense. Nia hits a corner splash and then a somersault senton to score the pinfall. 
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Akira Tozawa wants a rematch with Ariya Daivari. Titus O'Neil interrupts, says he knows Tozawa's shoulder isn't 100% and got Kurt Angle to cancel his match. Tozawa flips out, tells Titus to stay backstage and storms off.

- Akira Tozawa shoves Titus O'Neil aside and heads to the ring. Neville interrupts Tozawa and takes credit for all of Tozawa's misfortunes, stating that he warned Tozawa not to side with Titus. Neville insults Tozawa, forcing Tozawa to attack Neville. Tozawa hits the diving senton off the top rope, but injures his shoulder. Ariya Daivari hits the ring and attacks Tozawa. Daivari then attacks Neville and leaves him laid out as well. Daivari motions for a title shot to end the segment.

- Backstage, Bayley and Sasha Banks promise not to let their #1 Contender match tonight ruin their friendship. Both ladies tease tension between each other as Sasha says the best lady will win tonight.

- Backstage, Jason Jordan is grateful to be here and knows all eyes will be on him. Jordan is excited that the man he grew up idolizing turned out to be his dad.

- Backstage, Seth Rollins meets up with Dean Ambrose and wants to have a game plan. Ambrose says he's going out and fighting. Rollins reminds Ambrose there is three guys to worry about. Ambrose tells Rollins that there's four guys Rollins needs to worry about and walks off.

- "#1 Contenders Match": Sasha Banks vs. Bayley: The match closes out with both ladies trading shots. Bayley and Sasha brawl out to the apron. Sasha lands a kick on Bayley sending her to the floor. Bayley goes for a superplex, but Sasha blocks it and sends Bayley to the mat. Sasha hits a frog splash on Bayley and gets a near fall. Bayley then reverses the pin into her own and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall.

- After the match, Alexa Bliss arrives, raises her WWE RAW Women's Championship in the air and talks trash back and forth with Bayley.

- Backstage, Curt Hawkins says he's sick of hearing about Jason Jordan and will give us all something to talk about when he beats Kurt Angle's kid.

- Jason Jordan vs. Curt Hawkins: The match closes out with Jordan hitting a belly to belly suplex on Hawkins. Jordan tosses Hawkins and then spears him in the corner. Jordan hits a belly to back suplex and then a neck breaker to score the pinfall.
Winner: Jason Jordan, by pinfall.

- The Revival state that their here to run the tag team division. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson interrupt, call The Revival nerds and head to the ring for their match.

- The Revival vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson: The match closes out with Gallows tagging in and unloading on The Revival. Gallows goes for the Big Boot, but gets distracted. The Hardy Boys' music suddenly hit and out comes The Hardy's. The Revival take advantage of the distraction, hit Shatter Machine on Anderson and scores the pinfall.
Winners: The Revival, by pinfall.

- After the match, The Hardy Boys hit the ring and attack The Revival. Matt and Jeff hit a Twist of Fate and a Swanton Bomb on Dash Wilder before chasing off The Revival.

- Backstage, The Miz says that he and The Miztourage will prove that Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are box office bombs tonight.

- "Handicap Match": The Miz, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel vs. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose: The match closes out with Ambrose tossing Miz outside. Ambrose and Rollins hit double suicide dives and take out the Miztourage, but miss Miz. Miz hits a DDT for a near fall on Ambrose. Rollins leaps off the top rope and hits Miz with a flying knee. Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds on Miz and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, by pinfall.

- After the match, Seth Rollins offers the old school Shield fist bump to Ambrose, but Ambrose ignores it and leaves the ring to end the show.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Podcast 7/24/17: On Kyrie Irving's Trade Request, LeBron's Power & The Cavs

By Raven Williams, @nevaRWilliams

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WWE Battleground 2017 Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

WWE Battleground finally arrived on the WWE Network and I'm here with your official WWE Battleground recap from the show! WWE Battleground was live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Wells Fargo Center. All the major championships were on the line and a few stipulated matches were included as well. Who walked out victorious in this Smackdown Live pay per view?

*** WWE Battleground Card ***

- WWE World Heavyweight Champion Jinder Mahal defended his title against Randy Orton in a Punjabi Prison Match.
- WWE United States Champion AJ Styles defended his title against Kevin Owens.
- WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Champions The Usos defended their titles against The New Day.
- John Cena battled Rusev in a Flag Match.
- Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Lana, Nattie Neidhart and Tamina battled it out in a Fatal Five Way Elimination Match, to determine a new #1 Contender to the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship.
- Shinsuke Nakamura battled WWE Money In The Bank Winner Baron Corbin.
- Mike Kanellis battled Sami Zayn.
- Tye Dillinger battled Aiden English.

- Breezango looks to finally get to the bottom of who's been trashing their office and sending them threatening messages. 

** WWE Battleground Pre-Show **

- Social Media Lounge Interview With Mike and Maria Kanellis: Maria is asked when she'll be back in the ring. Maria says she's always in the ring with her man, showing the power of love. Mike is asked about his strategy tonight. Mike says it's simple, he's going to punch Sami Zayn as hard as he can in the head. Mike and Maria are both asked if they have advice for everyone looking for true love. Maria says it won't happen because there's only one Mike and Maria Kanellis. Mike is wished good luck, but he says he doesn't need it because he has love.

- Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English: The match closes out with English grounding Dillinger and taking control of the match. English taunts Dillinger by singing a song while keeping him grounded. Dillinger fights back with a drop kick, unloads on English and goes for the Tye Breaker. English escapes outside and then lands a cheap shot on Dillinger as Dillanger chased English. Back in the ring, Dillinger hits a spine buster on English and gets a near fall. Both men battle to the top rope, where English counters a superplex and head butts Dillinger to the mat. English hits a flying cross body, but Dillinger rolls through on the catch and gets a near fall on English. English counters another Tye Breaker, plants Dillinger into the mat face first and gets a near fall. English starts to have a temper tantrum before trading shots with Dillinger. Dillinger and English trade more offensive moves until English catches Dillinger with the Director's Cut and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Aiden English, by pinfall.

** WWE Battleground **

- "WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship Match": The Usos (c) vs. The New Day: The match closes out with Jimmy missing the Uso Splash and Woods getting a near fall. Jimmy counters the Honor Roll as Jey tags in and hits a Samoan Drop on Woods for a near fall. The Usos double team Woods on the apron until Woods connects with an enziguri on Jey. Woods goes for an elbow drop off the ropes, but eats an Uso Kick from Jimmy for a near fall. Jimmy traps Woods in the crab submission and locks it tight. Woods fights for the ropes and finally escapes as Jimmy argues with the referee. Kofi tags in and he and Woods hit Midnight Hour on Jimmy, but it's a surprising near fall. Kofi springboards, but eats an Uso Kick from Jimmy and then Jey hits the Uso Splash off the ropes, but its another near fall. Both Usos climb the ropes, but Woods takes out Jey. Jimmy leaps and misses Kofi. Kofi hits Jimmy with Trouble in Paradise and Woods follows with a flying elbow drop to score the pinfall and win the titles.
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall, to win the WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship.

- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin: The match closes out with Nakamura hitting a high knee on Corbin and follows with another for a near fall. Corbin hits a running clothesline on Nakamura and gets a near fall. Corbin unloads on Nakamura until Nakamura blocks a suplex attempt with a knee on Corbin. Nakamura delivers knees to Corbin's shoulder area, slams Corbin and measures for Kinshasa. Corbin counters Kinshasa, drills Nakamura with Deep Six and gets a near fall, leaving both men laid out. Both men are up as Corbin lands some shots on Nakamura. Nakamura fights back, counters a choke slam and hits a backstabber on Corbin. Nakamura takes offensive control and goes for the Exploder suplex on Corbin. Corbin purposely back kicks Nakamura below the belt and gets himself DQ'ed. 
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by DQ.

- After the match, Corbin smiles at his DQ loss and grabs his Money In The Bank briefcase. Corbin leaves, but comes back and lands a gut shot on Nakamura with the briefcase. Corbin hits End of Days and leaves Nakamura laid out.

- "Fatal Five Way, Elimination Match": Charlotte vs. Lana vs. Becky Lynch vs. Nattie Neidhart vs. Tamina:

** First Elimination: Lana drops Nattie and gets a near fall on Charlotte. Lana shows frustration and doesn't see Becky coming from behind. Becky traps Lana in the Dis Arm Her submission, but Tamina lands a kick, breaking the submission. Tamina plants Becky with a Samoan Drop and then spears Charlotte off the apron. Lana tries to steal the pinfall on Becky, but again gets trapped in the Dis Arm Her submission. Tamina again breaks the submission. Becky grabs Tamina and traps her in the Dis Arm Her submission and forces her to tap out.

** Second Elimination: Becky releases Tamina, immediately grabs Lana and forces her to tap out to the Dis Arm Her submission.

** Third Elimination: Nattie quickly grabs Becky after the submission and gets the surprise rollup pinfall.

** Final Elimination: We're down to Charlotte vs. Nattie Neidhart. Charlotte goes for the Figure Four leg lock submission, but Nattie counters into an arm breaker submission. Charlotte powers out and plants Nattie with a power bomb for a near fall. Charlotte goes for the moonsault off the ropes, but Nattie gets her knees up for the block. Nattie sends Charlotte head first into the turnbuckle and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Nattie Neidhart, to become the new #1 Contender.

- After the match, WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Naomi gets in the ring and extends her hand to Nattie. Nattie stares down Naomi and walks off, blowing off the handshake.

- "WWE United States Championship Match": AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens: The match closes out with Styles getting crotched on the ropes. Owens attempts a superplex, but Styles blocks it. Owens lands a shot to the face of Styles, but Styles slips free and sends Owens into the turnbuckle. Styles goes for a springboard, but Owens rolls outside. Owens takes out Styles, sends him into the ring post and then hits an arm breaker. Styles hits the Pele Kick and goes for the Styles Clash, but Styles' shoulder is bothering him and can't hit it. Owens sends Styles into the referee and all three men go down. Styles is up first, but eats a super kick from Owens. Styles counters out of the Pop Up Power Bomb and traps Owens in the Calf Crusher submission. The referee begins to wake up as Owens counters Styles' submission into one of his own. Styles counters out and traps Owens in a crossface submission. Owens counters the crossface into a pin and scores the pinfall to win the title.
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall, to win the WWE United States Championship.

- Backstage, The Singh Brothers inform Jinder Mahal that they are not going to be at ringside for his Punjabi Prison Match. Mahal says he's not worried because he'll take out Randy Orton alone and make the Punjabi Prison Orton's final resting place.

- "Flag Match": John Cena vs. Rusev: The match closes out with Cena going for the American Flag posted at the ramp. Rusev cuts him off and they both trade shots. Cena grabs the American Flag and tries to place it in the flag stand for the win, but Rusev grabs the flag stand and hits Cena with it. Rusev hits a stomp on Cena and locks on The Accolade submission. Rusev releases the hold and goes for the Bulgarian Flag. Rusev grabs the flag and heads toward the flag stand. Cena cuts off Rusev and they trade shots on the podium by the flag stand. Rusev counters an AA and hits Cena with the thrust kick. Rusev stomps on Cena's back and reapplies The Accolade submission. Cena powers out with Rusev on his back, walks up to the podium and AA's Rusev off the podium and through double stacked tables below. Cena grabs the American Flag and places it in the flag stand to win the match.
Winner: John Cena.

- We get a Fashion Files video with Breezango trying to figure out who's been threatening them. The Ascension try to take credit for everything that's been happening. The lights suddenly go out and when they come back on both Tyler Breeze and Fandango are laid out and dragged away by unknown men.

- Mike Kanellis vs. Sami Zayn: The match closes out with Zayn hitting a clothesline on Kanellis and follows with a back body drop. Zayn tosses Kanellis outside and then hits a suicide dive. Back in the ring, Zayn goes to the top rope and gets a near fall cross body on Kanellis. Kanellis counters a Blue Thunder Bomb from Zayn, but Zayn is able to hit a DDT. Zayn goes for the Exploder suplex, but Maria Kanellis gets in the ring and acts as a shield for Mike. Maria yells at the referee and Zayn, distracting both. The referee orders Maria out as Mike tries to cheap shot Zayn. Zayn counters and hits the Exploder suplex on Mike into the corner. Zayn hits the Helluva Kick on Mike and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall.

- "WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Punjabi Prison Match": Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Randy Orton: Jinder immediately calls for the first door of the inner cage to be opened. Mahal and Orton trade offense, send each other into the bamboo walls and stop each other from getting out of door number one as the 60 seconds expires, locking door number one permanently. We get back and forth offense as door number two is asked to be opened. Orton tries to escape after kicking Mahal away, but Mahal cuts off and stops Orton, as the 60 seconds expire, locking door number two permanently. More back and forth offense, which sees Mahal try to climb out of the inner structure, Orton suplexing Mahal into the bamboo cell and then trying to escape door number three. Both men stop each other from getting through door number three as the 60 seconds expire, closing it permanently. Orton hits the draping DDT on Mahal and asks for the last door to be opened. Mahal counters an RKO and knees Orton in the face. Mahal goes for the Cobra Clutch Slam, but Orton counters and hits the RKO.
The Singh Brothers suddenly hit the ring and get inside the Prison. The Singh Brothers pull Mahal out of the final door into the outer structure right as the 60 seconds expire, trapping Orton with no unlockable doors in the inner structure. Orton climbs out of the inner structure and stops Mahal from climbing out of the outer structure, but gets caught in a 3 on 1 beat down. The match closes out with Orton unloading steel chair shots and kendo stick shots on The Singh Brothers and Mahal. Orton starts climbing out of the outer structure as Sunil Singh tries to stop Orton. Orton kicks Sunil away when suddenly The Great Khali's music hits and out comes Khali. Khali shakes the outside structure stopping Orton from escaping. Khali climbs the structure and grabs Orton by the throat. Orton gets choked out while dangling from the cell wall as Mahal climbs out from the other side of the cell and wins the match to retain his title. Mahal celebrates with Khali to end the show.
Winner: Jinder Mahal, to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

On Deck Circle 7/24/17: Solving The Indians Starting Rotation

By Pat Luhta, @PLuhta

Going into the season, starting pitching for the Indians seemed like a huge strength of the team. Corey Kluber is a top 3 pitcher in the AL, Carlos Carrasco could be the ace of many other staffs, Danny Salazar has been very solid for the past 2 seasons and Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin have been serviceable pitchers for end of rotation.

This season, Kluber and Carrasco are still performing well and to their norm, the others though…not so much. A team that went to the World Series last season and has expectations of being there again this season is currently underperforming and clinging onto a division lead in which they should be running away with and that is falling on the shoulders of the starting pitching.

So now with the trade deadline approaching and Danny Salazar returning from the disabled list, the big question is what the Indians should do with the starting rotation. Salazar’s return means that there are 6 starting pitchers on the roster so there will be one odd man out now and even then, most aren’t overly optimistic that going with the current starters on the roster will be enough to capture the AL pennant. So where do the Indians go from here and who should be the 5 starting pitchers?

First, let’s not even bother with talking about Kluber or Carrasco. Those 2 are the top 2 starters and won’t be moving at all from the rotation, so those spots are set.

Next comes Mike Clevinger, who started out on fire in triple A and has carried over his pitching performance to the big leagues. Clevinger is a smaller sample size than the others with only 12 starts this season, but his 2.73 ERA and 1.12 WHIP puts him right up there with Kluber and Carrasco and is a solid #3 starter. Him being the “new guy” with less time in the MLB than the others shouldn’t matter, he’s outperforming the other candidates for the 3 spot and should remain as the guy there, would be a huge mistake if experience trumps production in this case.

Before we continue on about current Indians pitchers, here’s where the potential for a trade comes in to play. I know many fans will be upset if the Indians do not make a move for a starting arm before the deadline(July 31st), but the reality of it is they are most likely not going to be...

Why? A number of reasons.

The first being that there’s not really a big market for available starting pitchers. The Rangers are shopping Yu Darvish but he comes with a monster price tag and is a rent-a-player, Indians won’t be re-signing him considering he will be an 100+ million dollar contract likely and the tribe will have their hands full with Francisco Lindor this offseason. The Rays would be insane to trade Chris Archer with the way he’s performed along with his money and years friendly contract, the Pirates just sprung right back into division contention so Gerrit Cole is off the trading block, so we are looking at Sonny Gray as the best available target out there as far as pitching goes.

Sonny Gray is a good pitcher, but that’s it. He would be a solid upgrade over whoever is the #4 starter, but he’s not an ace of a staff or anything as his 3.66 ERA and 1.18 WHIP shows. The biggest issue with trading for Gray is his price, especially when considering what the Cubs recently gave up for Jose Quintana (who Gray is better than.) The Cubs shelled out a top 10 prospect in Eloy Jimenez, a top 70 prospect in Dylan Cease and 2 other prospects for Quintana, so if the A’s are looking for that type of deal then the Indians most likely will not be in the running. They gutted the farm system a bit last season with the acquisition of Andrew Miller, and right now only have 3 prospects in the top 100. So Indians fans need to ask themselves if Sonny Gray is worth giving up both Francisco Mejia and Triston McKenzie for, or McKenzie and Bobby Bradley for, any combination of 2 of the top 3 prospects being involved in this trade.

Big deals in consecutive years are damaging to the farm, it’s just a matter of Sonny Gray being that guy that puts Cleveland over the top, like Miller was last season, and if not then they should pass on the deal.

For now, we will stick with who the Indians have in order to fill out the remainder of the pitching rotation, and what player should occupy the #4 spot. While he possibly may be having the worst season off all the starters on this team, this is where Danny Salazar fits in. He’s the best overall pitcher of what’s left and the 2 previous seasons his ERA has been under 4.00, so I am willing to give the benefit of the doubt to him based on his track record. He’s just getting back from the DL and we can revisit this after his next few starts but right now, he has the best chance of turning it around and pitching well down the stretch.

So that leaves us with Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin for that 1 final spot. This is a tough call really, both have pitched poorly overall this season but Trevor Bauer should remain a starting pitcher, sending Josh Tomlin to the bullpen. This seems like it would be an unpopular pick as Bauer has fallen out of graces with many fans, partly due to his political views and overall attitude, but there are a few reasons why he should be the 5th starter over Josh Tomlin.

One of the worst things a relief pitcher can do is come out of the bullpen and walk guys, especially since there will be times he’ll come on in relief with men on base already. Bauer leads the team in walks and has a higher WHIP than Tomlin, I’d trust Tomlin to come out of the bullpen and shut down an inning before Bauer would, especially considering how different of a change it would be for hitters if Tomlin were to relieve Kluber or Carrasco. When splitting hairs over pitchers with similar stats, how they fit in to the bullpen should definitely be a factor, and Tomlin would make a better pitcher coming on in relief than Bauer would. He could easily smooth over the rockiness of Brian Shaw, where Bauer might just be another Brian Shaw out of the bullpen.

There’s also their overall stuff, and I know we’ve been hearing about Bauer having a ton of talent and just not producing but I’ll take a “hit or miss” 5th starter with the potential to throw a gem over someone with just decent stuff. We’re not asking either to be a top of the line starter, so the risk-reward with Bauer should come into play here.

And finally, and most importantly here, the mental aspect and personality is in play here. I don’t want to make this sound like Tomlin should be “demoted” for this while also making it seem that Bauer should just get what he wants, but Tomlin is one of those guys that wants to do whatever is best for the team and is willing to help out in any way that he can. Bauer, from the way he talks and portrays himself, doesn’t seem to be that type of player. The worry of sending him to the bullpen could cause a big rift overall, can see him being upset to the point where he blows up and it affects his pitching to the point where he is rendered useless and whether fans like it or not, Bauer will be on the roster this season and won’t be DFA’d or traded (unless the Indians can make him a part of a Sonny Gray deal) so the Indians need to find use out of him. Tomlin would take it in stride and say that he’ll do whatever is asked of him, it makes more sense just to keep things on an even keel here to move Tomlin around while keeping Bauer where he’s at.

So that’s what it should look like going forward barring any trades. Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Mike Clevinger, Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer as the starting rotation and Josh Tomlin in the bullpen. When you look at it that way, if Clevinger remains pitching the way he has and Salazar finds his groove and gets back to 2016 form, this rotation may be good enough for a pennant run after all.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

On TV This Week 7/23 - 7/29

By Raven Williams, @nevaRWilliams


Cardinals @ Cubs (ESPN, 8pm)

The Basketball Tournament, Regional Final (ESPN 2, 4pm)
The Basketball Tournament, Regional Final (ESPN 2, 6pm)

International Champions Cup 2017: Real Madrid CF vs. Manchester United FC (ESPN, 5pm)
MLS: Portland Timbers @ Vancouver Whitecaps FC (FOX Sports 1, 6:30pm)
Wild Alaska Live, PREMIERE (PBS, 8pm)
Guy's Grocery Games, PREMIERE (Food Network, 8pm)

Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge, FINALE (NBC, 9pm)
The Nineties: Clinton, Can We All Get Along? (CNN, 9pm)

The History of Comedy; Ripped From The Headlines (CNN, 10pm)
Ballers, PREMIERE (HBO, 10pm)
Insecure, PREMIERE (HBO, 10:30pm)


Reds @ Indians (STO, 7pm)
Rockies @ Cardinals (ESPN, 8pm)

BIG3 Basketball, Chicago - Week 5 (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)

CFL: Ottawa Redblacks @ Toronto Argonauts (ESPN 2, 7:30pm)
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, PREMIERE (VH1, 8pm)

Midnight, Texas, PREMIERE (NBC, 10pm)
Somewhere Between, PREMIERE (ABC, 10pm)
People Of Earth, PREMIERE (TBS, 10:30pm)


Angels @ Indians (STO, 7pm)
Rockies @ Cardinals OR Marlins @ Rangers (MLB, 8pm)

New York Liberty @ Minnesota Lynx (ESPN 2, 8pm)
Seattle Storm @ Los Angeles Sparks (NBA TV, 10:30pm)

International Champions Cup 2017: Tottenham Hotspur FC vs. AS Roma (ESPN, 8pm)
Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern, PREMIERE (Travel, 9pm)


Angels @ Indians (STO, 7pm)
Cubs @ White Sox (ESPN, 8pm)
Twins @ Dodgers OR Mets @ Padres (MLB, 11pm)

International Champions Cup 2017: FC Barcelona vs. Manchester United FC (ESPN 2, 7:30pm)
CONCACAF Gold Cup Final (FOX Sports 1, 9:30pm)
International Champions Cup 2017: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Juventus FC (ESPN 2, 9:30pm)
International Champions Cup 2017: Manchester City FC vs. Real Madrid CF (ESPN, 11:30pm)
Little Big Shots: Forever Young, FINALE (NBC, 8pm)

Little Women: LA: Couples Retreat, PREMIERE (Lifetime, 9pm)

So Sharp, PREMIERE (Lifetime, 10pm)


Angels @ Indians (STO, 12pm)
Rays @ Yankees OR Diamondbacks @ Cardinals (MLB, 7pm)
Mets @ Padres OR Cubs @ White Sox (MLB, 10pm)

The Basketball Tournament, The 8 (ESPNU, 7pm)
The Basketball Tournament, The 8 (ESPNU, 9pm)

CFL: Montreal Alouettes @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (ESPN 2, 8:30pm)
The First 48: Scared Silent, PREMIERE (A&E, 8pm)
Married At First Sight, FINALE (Lifetime, 8pm)

Mysteries At The Museum, FINALE (Travel, 9pm)


Indians @ White Sox (STO, 8pm)
Cubs @ Brewers OR Diamondbacks @ Cardinals (MLB, 8pm)
Giants @ Dodgers OR Mets @ Mariners (MLB, 11pm)

Connecticut Sun @ Washington Mystics (NBA TV, 7pm)
Dallas Wings @ Seattle Storm (NBA TV, 10pm)

CFL: BC Lions @ Edmonton Eskimos (ESPN 2, 9:30pm)

Bellator MMA Live: Sonnen vs. Silva (Spike, 9pm)
Professional Fighters League (NBC Sports, 9pm)
Food Flirts, PREMIERE (PBS, 10pm)

Room 104, PREMIERE (HBO, 11:30pm)


Rays @ Yankees OR Angels @ Blue Jays (MLB, 1pm)
Giants @ Dodgers (FOX Sports 1, 4pm)
Reds @ Marlins (FOX Sports 1, 7pm)
Indians @ White Sox (STO, 7pm)
Twins @ Athletics OR Pirates @ Padres (MLB, 10pm)

UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones - Prelims (FXX, 8pm)
Mikey Garcia vs. Adrien Broner (Showtime, 9pm)

MLS: Orlando City SC @ Atlanta United FC (FOX, 5pm)
International Champions Cup: Manchester City FC vs. Tottenham Hotspur FC (ESPN 2, 6pm)
International Champions Cup: Real Madrid CF vs. FC Barcelona (ESPN, 7:55pm)
MLS: Seattle Sounders FC @ LA Galaxy (ESPN, 10pm)

BB&T Atlanta Open, First Semifinal (ESPN 2, 3pm)

Camping World Truck Series: Overton's 150 (FOX, 1pm)
XFINITY Series: US Cellular 250 (NBC, 3:30pm)

2017 Senior Open Championship, Third Round (NBC, 12pm)
RBC Canadian Open, Third Round (CBS, 3pm)

2017 FINA World Aquatics Championships (NBC, 2pm)
Arena Football: Cleveland Gladiators @ Washington Valor (CBS SportsNet, 7pm)
MOVIE: Almost Christmas (HBO, 8pm)
MOVIE: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (Starz, 8pm)

Still Star-Crossed, FINALE (ABC, 10pm)

Weekend 3 Count 7/23/17

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 will be the official theme song to tonight's WWE Battleground pay per view live on WWE Network. This week's video is "Whatever It Takes" by Imagine Dragons.

*** WWE ***

- Kurt Angle's Secret Revealed: This past Monday on RAW, Kurt Angle finally ended the whole text message secret conspiracy by announcing that he had a child while in college that was put up for adoption. That child grew up to be WWE Superstar Jason Jordan. Many believe that the rumored affair with Stephanie McMahon was too obvious of a choice, so WWE changed it last minute.

- Finn Balor Stitched Up: Finn Balor posted a picture on Twitter after Monday Night RAW this past week after getting stitched up by WWE Medical. Balor took a guitar shot to the side of the head by Elias Samson on RAW.

- More Talking Smack News: WWE stated this week that it was Vince McMahon's decision to cancel the WWE Network's Talking Smack show last week. According to sources Vince stated that he felt the show wasn't meeting WWE's best interests and he was unhappy with the show.

- Brock Lesnar On His Future: Brock Lesnar announced this week that he probably will not renew a contract with WWE once his current 3 year deal expires after Wrestlemania 34. Lesnar is actually looking at coming out of UFC retirement and possibly working a few UFC events before he officially calls it a career. According to reports Lesnar might be close to working out a deal that'll get him a UFC bout at the upcoming Madison Square Garden show in November. I'll keep you posted on this news. 

- Shane McMahon In Near Fatal Helicopter Crash: This past Wednesday, a helicopter carrying Shane McMahon made an emergency landing in the Atlantic Ocean near Gilgo Beach on Long Island, N.Y. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the emergency landing occurred around 10:25 a.m. ET about a half mile off shore. Shane, who was en route to visiting family on Eastern Long Island stated the following after the incident.

"I would like to thank our pilot, Mario, who did a heroic job of landing us safely in the water, the Suffolk County Marine Bureau who were first on the scene, all the lifeguards who came out to assist us and the Fire Island Coast Guard station, Everyone is safe and sound, I look forward to seeing everyone at WWE Battleground in Philadelphia this Sunday."

- Lio Rush Possibly Signing With WWE?: All week reports have been saying that Lio Rush has signed a contract with the WWE. If true it's unknown if Rush will wrestle on the main roster or join NXT.

- Donovan Dijak Possibly Signing With WWE?: Earlier this week there was speculation that former ROH wrestler Donovan Dijak would be signing with WWE. According to F4WOnline.com that rumor is in fact true.

** 205 Live Recap **
This week's show saw Drew Gulak battle Mustafa Ali in a 2 Out of 3 Falls Match. The main event of the show saw Akira Tozawa get his rematch from RAW against Ariya Daivari.

** First Fall: Gulak goes for a quick pinning combination, but Ali counters it and takes the early quick pinfall to lead 1-0.

** Second Fall: Ali goes to the top rope, but Gulak cuts him off and pulls him off the ropes. Gulak traps Ali in a Dragon Sleeper submission and gets the tap out win to tie the score 1-1.

** Final Fall: Gulak can't put Ali away and gets frustrated. Gulak decides to go back on his No Fly Zone rule and nervously climbs to the top rope. Ali cuts Gulak off and sends Gulak crashing to the mat. Ali hits the inverted 450 Splash and scores the pinfall to win the match.
Winner: Mustafa Ali, 2 falls to 1.

- Earlier in the day Apollo Crews is seen with Akira Tozawa and backing up Titus O'Neil stating that Titus was trying to protect Tozawa on RAW that's why he cost him his match.

- Brian Kendrick vs. Devin Bennett: The match closes out with Kendrick taunting Bennett until Bennett gets in a lucky punch. Kendrick lands a kick and then makes Bennett tap out to the Captain's Hook submission.
Winner: Brian Kendrick, by submission.

- Backstage, TJ Perkins says Rich Swann can't stand coming in second to him. Perkins says they're friends, but next week they'll have a tag team match against each other and can pick their own partners. 

- Ariya Daivari vs. Akira Tozawa: The match closes out with Daivari again beating on Tozawa's injured shoulder. Daivari hits a frog splash and gets a near fall, while holding Tozawa's tights. Tozawa rolls up Daivari grabs a handful of his tights and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall.

- After the match, Ariya Daivari is furious that Akira Tozawa cheated even though he tried to do the same thing. Daivari attacks Tozawa from behind and sends him injured shoulder first into the ring post to end the show.

- WWE Battleground Tonight: Just a friendly reminder. Tonight is WWE Battleground, if you can't catch the show, please be sure to join me tomorrow on Triple Threat CLE as I will have the full recap of the event for you to check out.

*** NXT ***

- Drew McIntyre Becomes #1 Contender: This past week on NXT TV, Drew McIntyre defeated Killian Dain to become the new #1 Contender to the NXT World Championship.

*** GFW ***

** GFW Impact Recap **
This week's show saw Alberto El Patron forced into making his decision on whether or not he's joining LAX.

- Alberto El Patron's father Dos Caras and his brother El Hijo De Dos Caras are shown arriving together to The Impact Zone, earlier in the day.

- "Super X Cup Tournament Match": Drago vs. Sammy Guevara: The match closes out with Guevara in control until Drago unloads strikes. Drago hits a running neck breaker on Guevara and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Drago, by pinfall.

- Sienna vs. Amber Nova: The match closes out with Amber trying to get in offense, but Sienna shuts down her momentum. Sienna hits a quick AK47 and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Sienna, by pinfall.

- After the match, Sienna brags about unifying the Knockouts and GFW Women's Championship and says how Karen Jarrett doubted her. Sienna calls out Karen and Karen heads to the ring. Sienna demands Karen to get on her knees and call Sienna the greatest, but Karen refuses. Allie hits the ring with a kendo stick and chases Sienna. Laurel Van Ness attacks Allie and helps Sienna with the double team. Rosemary hits the ring, takes down Laurel then spears Sienna. Laurel hits Rosemary with the kendo stick and then she and Sienna double team her. Karen grabs Sienna by the hair and pulls her off Rosemary. Sienna goes after Karen, but Gail Kim hits the ring and makes the save. Karen announces Sienna vs. Rosemary next week in a Last Knockout Standing Match for the Unified Women's Championship. 

- Backstage, Bruce Prichard asks Trevor Lee why did he steal the GFW X Division Championship. Sonjay Dutt suddenly appears, but gets held back by security. Security escorts Dutt away as Prichard says that he thinks Lee is right, he is the better champion than Dutt.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Laredo Kid, Garza Jr. and Octagoncito vs. Trevor Lee, Idris Abraham and Demus: The match closes out with Laredo hitting a moonsault on everyone outside. Back in the ring, Octagoncito climbs onto Garza's shoulders, leaps off and splashes Abraham for the pinfall.
Winners: Garza Jr, Laredo Kid and Octagoncito, by pinfall.

- Grado is shown on his date with Laurel Van Ness. Joseph Park tells Grado to be careful of Kongo Kong. Grado gives Laurel coupons. During dinner Grado asks for pepper, which Laurel sprinkles on Grado's food for him and belches in his face.

- "Triple Threat Match": Low Ki vs. Matt Sydal vs. El Hijo De Fantasma: The match closes out with Low Ki and Sydal attempt a double team finisher on Fantasma. Low Ki hits Warriors Way on Fantasma and covers, but Sydal hits the Shooting Star Press on top of both men, breaking up the pinfall. Sydal covers Low Ki and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Matt Sydal, by pinfall.

- Matt Sydal Promo: Sydal says he feels he's earned an X Division Championship Match, says to always trust yourself and question authority and then calls out Bruce Prichard. Prichard arrives with Tyrus and heads to the ring. Prichard says he's tired of people making demands and informs Sydal that there are other worthy challengers for the title. Bobby Lashley interrupts to inform Prichard that he is the only wrestler in GFW that is worthy of any title shots, which angers Sydal. Sydal inteerupts Lashley and says no one wants to hear him talk. Lashley again demands a title shot, or else he'll destroy Impact and then spears Sydal to end the segment.

- A video shows Grado finishing with his date with Laurel Van Ness and wasn't very impressed with how things went. Joseph Park reminds Grado of his citizenship and if he's ready to ask Laurel for marriage yet.

- "Fatal Four Way Match": Ethan Carter vs. Eli Drake vs. Moose vs. Eddie Edwards: The match closes out with EC3 countering the Boston Knee Party and hitting the One Percenter on Edwards. Moose pulls EC3 outside as Drake quickly covers Edwards and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Eli Drake, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Freddie and Andy from Pop TV's Swole Mates get interrupted by LAX who hijack the camera man. LAX find Dos Caras and El Hijo De Dos Caras and demand an answer on whether or not Alberto El Patron is joining LAX. Dos Caras yells at Konnan in Spanish which forces LAX to beat down both men. Konnan says they're heading to the ring and demanding an answer now.

- LAX Promo: LAX are in the ring and holding Alberto El Patron's dad and brother hostage. Konnan demands El Patron to come out to the ring now. Konnan says El Patron hangs out with too many gringos and LAX is handling this issue with Mexican street style violence. Homicide and Diamante start beating El Hiro with a cane. Konnan then orders LAX to unmask El Patron's dad Dos Caras and humiliate him. Alberto El Patron finally hits the ring. El Patron says he's known Carlos (Konnan) for 20 years, can't believe he's doing this and he needs to stop this nonsense. El Patron warns LAX that if they touch his father again then he'll beat the shit out of them. Konnan tells El Patron to join LAX and he'll let his family go. El Patron apologizes to the fans and joins LAX after Konnan let's El Patron's family go finally. Konnan says he doesn't need El Patron's friendship, he needs a soldier as El Patron curses in Spanish at Konnan. El Patron puts on the LAX shirt as he tells Konnan to never touch his family again. Konnan and El Patron shake hands when suddenly El Patron snaps and starts lighting up all of LAX with cane shots. El Patron beats on LAX repeatedly with cane shots, rips off the LAX shirt and stares down Konnan, who escaped the ring, to end the show.

- John Hennigan Signing With GFW: According to a GFW conference call this week, it was announced that John Hennigan will be making his GFW debut at upcoming live GFW events. John Hennigan is a former WWE Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion and is better known as John Morrison and Johnny Mundo.

- Magnus Finished: It was announced this week that Nick 'Magnus' Aldis turned down a new GFW contract and stated he was leaving GFW. Many are predicting he'll sign with the WWE because that is where his wife Mickie James works.


** ROH TV Recap **
This week's main event saw Hangman Adam Page and The Young Bucks battle Bully Ray and The Briscoes in a Six Man Tag Team Match.

- Cody Rhodes Promo: Cody mocks Christopher Daniels, saying he's pouting and lost his smile since losing the ROH World Heavyweight Championship. Cody says he has yet to sign a new ROH contract, Sinclair Broadcasting no longer owns ROH and the World Title belongs to the Rhodes Family. Cody says that he will prove that he's a worthy world champion by defending the world title against Christopher Daniels in a 2 Out of 3 Falls Match.

- Punishment Martinez vs. Jonathan Gresham: The match closes out with both men brawling outside. Martinez catches Gresham leaping at him and plants him on the apron with a Last Call Power Bomb. Back in the ring, Martinez hits the Psycho Driver on Gresham and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Punishment Martinez, by pinfall.

- After the match, Martinez attempts a choke slam on Gresham, but Jay White hits the ring and makes the save.

- Backstage, Silas Young mocks the Women of Honor episode that will air in two weeks and hits on Mandy Leon. Young brags that Jay Lethal hasn't been seen in 22 days since Young injured him, before walking off. Mandy plugs Women of Honor and says alot of people care about women's wrestling.

- The Tempura Boyz vs. Cheeseburger and Joey 'Diesel' Daddiego: The match closes out with Daddiego using Cheeseburger as a battering ram, taking out Yo. Cheeseburger hits Shotei Strikes on Yo and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Cheeseburger and Joey 'Diesel' Daddiego, by pinfall.

- After the match, Cheeseburger parties with his Cheeseburger groupies until security escorts them out. One of the security guards attack Cheeseburger and reveal themselves as Will Ferrara. Ferrara chokes out Cheeseburger and then tosses him into the barricade.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Bully Ray and The Briscoes vs. Hangman Adam Page and The Young Bucks: The match closes out with referee Paul Turner accidentally taken out with a Young Bucks super kick. Jay Briscoe goes for the Jay Driller on Page, but Marty Scurll hits the ring. Scurll hits Jay with his umbrella, knocking Jay out. The referee comes to as Page covers Jay and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Hangman Adam Page and The Young Bucks, by pinfall.

- After the match, The Briscoes destroy stuff at ringside and shove ROH officials around as Bully Ray stands by and watches to end the show.

*** Lucha Underground ***

** Lucha Underground TV Recap **
The second round of The Cueto Cup Tournament continued this week.

- On The Temple's rooftop, Prince Puma is having flashbacks of what has happened to him this season. Vampiro suddenly appears and tells Puma that the only way to silence the voices is by winning the Lucha Underground World Championship. Worldwide Underground arrive down below and PJ Black gives Puma the bird. Puma promises himself that he will not fail.

- "The Cueto Cup Tournament Second Round Match": Cage vs. Pindar: The match closes out with Cage refusing to take off his gauntlet glove and gets DQ'ed after hitting the referee.
Winner: Pindar, by DQ.

- After the match, Cage hits the referee with the Drill Claw and then storms off.

- "The Cueto Cup Tournament Second Round Match": Dante Fox vs. Son of Havoc: The match closes out with Havoc hitting Fox with a Death Valley Driver out onto the floor. Fox is able to recuperate and hit the Fox Catcher on Havoc to score the pinfall.
Winner: Dante Fox, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Johnny Mundo introduces a chubby old man named Benjamin Cooke as Worldwide Underground's new agent. PJ Black doesn't understand why they need an agent. Cooke pitches himself as why he needs to be their agent, endorsement deals and helping the WU run the LU.

- "The Cueto Cup Tournament Second Round Match": Prince Puma vs. PJ Black: The match closes out with both men battling to the top rope. Puma hits a frankensteiner on Black off the ropes for a near fall. Puma sends Black flying across the ring with a double foot stomp. Puma goes to the top rope and hits the 630 Splash on Black to score the pinfall.
Winner: Prince Puma, by pinfall.

- In Dario Cueto's Office, PJ Black walks in as Cueto is waiting for him. Cueto says that Benjamin Cooke has been calling Cueto non stop trying to get Black a high profile match. Cueto announces that PJ Black will face Rey Mysterio next week. Cooke calls again, forcing Cueto to throw his phone in the garbage to end the show.

- The Cueto Cup Tournament Updated Brackets: In case you've missed any of the action in the Cueto Cup Tournament, this is where the tournament currently stands match wise.  

Group A
1st Round
* Drago defeated Aerostar
* Pentagon Dark defeated Argenis
* The Mack defeated Mala Suerte
* Texano defeated Famous B

2nd Round
* Drago vs. Pentagon Dark (next week)
* The Mack vs. Texano (next week)

Group A Final

Group B
1st Round
* Cage defeated Vinnie Massaro
* Pindar defeated Mascarita Sagrada
* Marty The Moth defeated Saltador
* Fenix defeated Mariposa

2nd Round
* Fenix defeated Marty The Moth Martinez
* Pindar defeated Cage by disqualification

Group B Final
Fenix vs. Pindar

Group C
1st Round
* Paul London defeated Vibora
* Mil Muertes defeated Veneno
* Jeremiah Crane defeated Killshot
* Taya defeated Joey Ryan

2nd Round
* Mil Muertes defeated Paul London
* Jeremiah Crane defeated Taya

Group C Final
* Mil Muertes vs. Jeremiah Crane

Group D
1st Round
* PJ Black defeated Sexy Star
* Prince Puma defeated Ricky Mandel
* Dante Fox defeated El Dragon Azteca
* Son of Havoc defeated Son of Madness

2nd Round
* Dante Fox defeated Son of Havoc
* Prince Puma defeated PJ Black

Group D Final
* Prince Puma vs. Dante Fox


** G1 Climax Night #1 Highlights **
NJPW kicked off their three week long tournament this week to crown a #1 Contender to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12 in January of 2018. The wrestler with the top score in Block A and Block B at the end of the tournament will meet in the Finals to determine a new #1 Contender.


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


- Bad Luck Fale 2
- Hirooki Goto 2
- Tetsuya Naito 2
- Zack Sabre Jr. 2
- Yoshi-Hashi 2
- Kota Ibushi 0
- Tomohiro Ishii 0
- Togi Makabe 0
- Yuji Nagata 0
- Hiroshi Tanahashi 0

** G1 Climax Night #2 Highlights **


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


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

** G1 Climax Night #3 Highlights **


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


- Hirooki Goto 4
- Tetsuya Naito 4
- Zack Sabre Jr. 2
- Bad Luck Fale 2
- Kota Ibushi 2
- Tomohiro Ishii 2
- Hiroshi Tanahashi 2
- Togi Makabe 0
- Yuji Nagata 0

** G1 Climax Night #4 Highlights **


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


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

*** PWG ***

- Battle Of Los Angeles Tournament Competitors Announced: Live on September 1st-3rd, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla will bring us its yearly Battle of Los Angeles 24 Man Tournament. The 24 competitors were officially announced this week for the huge event.

* Flamita
* Keith Lee
* Walter
* Travis Banks
* Rey Fenix

* Desmond Xavier
* Donovan Dijak
* Jeff Cobb
* Trevor Lee
* Flash Morgan Webster
* Zack Sabre Jr.
* Sammy Guevara
* Mark Haskins
* Jonah Rock
* Brian Cage
* Ray Horus
* The Villain Marty Scurll
* Michael Elgin
* TK Cooper
* Matt Sydal
* Sami Callihan
* Matt Riddle
* Ricochet
* Penta El Zero M

*** SHINE ***

** SHINE 43 Recap **
SHINE returned last weekend with their first of two shows live in Ybor City, Florida. SHINE 43 began the first round matches for the crowning of the first ever SHINE Nova Champion. Who would walk out of the events the new champion?

- "Sparkle Showcase Match": Kikyo vs. Lea Nox: The match closes out with Kikyo hitting a Michinoku Driver for the pinfall on Lea.
Winner: Kikyo, by pinfall.

- All 16 ladies competing in tonight's tournament arrive at ringside for a group photo with the SHINE Nova Championship.

- Veda Scott Promo: Veda says she's been here since SHINE 1 and states that she has the longest undefeated streak in SHINE history. Veda says she's winning the tournament and holding the title forever because she'll never be pinned.

- "SHINE Nova Championship Tournament Match": Priscilla Kelly vs. Veda Scott: The match closes out with Priscilla trapping Veda in a grounded Octopus Stretch submission and forces Veda to tap out, to advance in the tournament.
Winner: Priscilla Kelly, by submission.

- "SHINE Nova Championship Tournament Match": Leah Vaughan vs. ACR: The match closes out with Leah trapping ACR in the Leah Lock submission and gets the tap out win, to advance in the tournament.
Winner: Leah Vaughan, by submission.

- "SHINE Nova Championship Tournament Match": Aja Perera vs. Stormie Lee: The match closes out with Aja hitting the Super Driver on Stormie to score the pinfall, to advance in the tournament.
Winner: Aja Perera, by pinfall.

- "SHINE Nova Championship Tournament Match": Kiera Hogan vs. Shotzi Blackheart: The match closes out with with Kiera hitting Face The Music on Shotzi and scores the pinfall, to advance in the tournament.
Winner: Kiera Hogan, by pinfall.

- "Fatal Five Way #1 Contenders Match": Maria Maria vs. Brandi Lauren vs. Daisy vs. Dementia D'Rose vs. Natalia Marcova: The match closes out with Maria scoring the pinfall to become the #1 Contender to the SHINE Women's Championship.

- Maria Maria Promo: Maria is immediately cut off by SHINE Women's Champion LaFisto. LaFisto mocks Maria and says she'll lucha the greatest puta ever and then mocks Maria's looks. Maria responds in Spanish, but gets kicked in the gut by LaFisto. LaFisto hits a Stunner and then takes off her mask revealing herself to be Allysin Kay in disguise the whole time.

- "SHINE Nova Championship Tournament Match": Aria Blake vs. Dynamite DiDi: The match closes out with Aria's faction the Cutie Pie Club interfering in the match, while the referee is distracted, and spray hair spray in Dynamite's face. Aria hits a double underhook DDT and scores the pinfall, to advance in the tournament.
Winner: Aria Blake, by pinfall.

- "SHINE Nova Championship Tournament Match": Jordynne Grace vs. La Rosa Negra: The match closes out with ACR arriving at ringside and distracting Rosa. Jordynne hits a power bomb and follows it with a jack knife rollup for the pinfall, to advance in the tournament. 
Winner: Jordynne Grace, by pinfall.

- "SHINE Nova Championship Tournament Match": Candy Cartwright vs. Robyn Reid: The match closes out with Candy hitting Candy Crush on Robyn to score the pinfall, to advance in the tournament. 

- "SHINE Nova Championship Tournament Match": Holidead vs. Ivelisse: The match closes out with the match going to the twenty minute time limit draw, eliminating both ladies from the tournament.
Winner: No Contest.

- After the match, The Cutie Pie Club hit the ring and celebrate the fact that Aria Blake has a bye into the semi finals of the tournament now. Holidead and Ivelisse join forces and beat down the Cutie Pie Club to end night number one of the tournament.

** SHINE 44 Recap **
SHINE returned for the second and final night to crown the first ever SHINE Nova Champion! Which lady will walk out the new champion? Also on the show SHINE Women's Champion LuFisto defended her title against Allysin Kay (Sienna of GFW).

- "SHINE Nova Championship Tournament Match": Priscilla Kelly vs. Leah Vaughan: The match closes out with Priscilla trapping Leah in her Trapped In Sin submission. Leah refuses to tap out, but finally does when Priscilla starts unloading elbows on Leah's shoulder while trapped in the submission.
Winner: Priscilla Kelly, by submission, to advance to the Semi Finals. 

- "SHINE Nova Championship Tournament Match": Kiera Hogan vs. Aja Perera: The match closes out with Kiera hitting Face The Music on Aja to score the pinfall.
Winner: Kiera Hogan, by pinfall, to advance to the Semi Finals.

- "SHINE Nova Championship Tournament Match": Jordynne Grace vs. Aria Blake: The match closes out with Jordynne trapping Aria in a bear hug and forcing the tap out for the win.
Winner: Jordynne Grace, by submission, to advance to the Semi Finals.

- "Triple Threat Match": Shotzi Blackheart vs. Dementia D’Rose vs. Natalia Marcova: The match closes out with Shotzi hitting a diving senton on Dementia to score the pinfall.
Winner: Shotzi Blackheart, by pinfall.

- "SHINE Nova Championship Tournament Semi Finals Match": Priscilla Kelly vs. Kiera Hogan: The match closes out with Priscilla trapping Kiera in the Trapped In Sin submission and forcing the tap out.
Winner: Priscilla Kelly, by submission, to advance to the Finals.

- "SHINE Nova Championship Tournament Semi Finals Match": Candy Cartwright vs. Jordynne Grace: The match closes out with with Candy countering a cross body by Jordynne into a suplex. Kiera Hogan, who's at ringside holds down Jordynne's foot, allowing Candy to score the pinfall.
Winner: Candy Cartwright, by pinfall, to advance to the Finals.

- "SHINE Women's Championship Match": LuFisto (c) vs. Allysin Kay: The match closes out with referee Frankie Gastineau getting knocked out. Maria Maria hits the ring, grabs a steel chair and tosses it into the ring. Allysin intercepts the chair just as Gastineau wakes up, sees her with it, sees LuFisto knocked out, and DQ's her.
Winner: LuFisto, by DQ, to retain the SHINE Women's Championship.

- After the match, Allysin Kay grabs Maria Maria by the mask and rips it off, revealing Brandi Lauren underneath. Brandi escapes and runs backstage. An angry Allysin grabs referee Frankie Gastineau and hits a Stunner.

- "SHINE Nova Championship Tournament Finals Match": Priscilla Kelly vs. Candy Cartwright: The match closes out with Priscilla trapping Candy in the Trapped In Sin submission and unloads elbow strikes repeatedly on Candy until Candy finally taps out, to win the title.
Winner: Priscilla Kelly, by submission, to win the SHINE Nova Championship.

- Champions Profile: PRISCILLA KELLY: Priscilla Kelly defeated Candy Cartwright in the finals of the SHINE Nova Championship Tournament, to win the SHINE Nova Championship, Priscilla's first ever career title win.

- Priscilla made her pro wrestling debut in 2015 and is from Douglasville, Georgia.

- Priscilla has competed in SHINE, EVOLVE, FIP and other Indy Promotions.

- Top Titles Won:
** 1 Time SHINE Nova Champion.

*** AAW ***

** AAW United We Stand Recap **
AAW returned last week with their United We Stand show live in Merrionette Park, Illionis. AAW World Champion Sami Callihan defended his title against Keith Lee. Special appearances by, John Morrison/Johnny Mundo, War Machine, Matt Riddle, Trevor Lee and Garza Jr.

- John Morrison vs. Colt Cabana: The match closes out with Morrison hitting Cabana with Starship Pain to score the pinfall.
Winner: John Morrison, by pinfall.

- Samantha Heights vs. Scarlett Bourdeaux: The match closes out with Samantha drilling Scarlett with a kick to the head to score the pinfall.
Winner: Samantha Heights, by pinfall.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Paco, Trey Miguel and Stephen Wolf vs. Jake Something, Curt Stallion and Danny Adams: The match closes out with Miguel and Wolf hitting a moonsault double team to score the pinfall.
Winners: Paco, Trey Miguel and Stephen Wolf, by pinfall.

- ACH vs. Myron Reed: The match closes out with ACH hitting the Buster Call on Reed to score the pinfall.
Winner: ACH, by pinfall.

- OI4K vs. War Machine: The match closes out with OI4K hitting a top rope cutter on Rowe to score the pinfall.
Winners: OI4K, by pinfall.

- Shane Strickland and Penta El Zero M vs. Trevor Lee and Garza Jr.: The match closes out with Strickland hitting the double foot stomp on Garza to score the pinfall.
Winner: Shane Strickland and Penta El Zero M, by pinfall.

- "AAW World Tag Team Championship Match": AR Fox and Jeff Cobb (c) vs. Dezmond Xavier and Zachary Wentz: Rey Fenix is actually the other half of the tag team champions with AR Fox, however, due to Visa issues, Fenix couldn't make the event and Jeff Cobb was put in his place. The match closes out with Wentz hitting a moonsault on Fox to score the pinfall and win the titles.
Winners: Dezmond Xavier and Zachary Wentz, by pinfall, to win the AAW World Tag Team Championship.

- Matt Riddle vs. Mat Fitchett: The match closes out with Riddle trapping Fitchett in the Bromission submission and forcing Fitchett to tap out.
Winner: Matt Riddle, by submission.

- Chuck Taylor vs. Davey Vega: The match closes out with Taylor hitting the snap piledriver on Vega and scoring the pinfall.
Winner: Chuck Taylor, by pinfall.

- "I Quit Match": David Starr vs. Eddie Kingston: The match closes out with Starr trapping Kingston in a chin lock submission and forcing Kingston to tap out.
Winner: David Starr, by submission.

- "AAW World Heavyweight Championship Match": Sami Callihan (c) vs. Keith Lee: The match closes out with Callihan grabbing a steel chair and nailing Lee with it to score the pinfall and retain his title.
Winner: Sami Callihan, by pinfall, to retain the AAW World Heavyweight Championship.

- Champions Profile: DEZMOND XAVIER: Teaming with Zachary Wentz, Xavier won the AAW World Tag Team Championship this past week at AAW United We Stand, defeating AR Fox and Jeff Cobb.

- Xavier made his professional wrestling debut in 2011 and is from Dayton, Ohio.

- Xavier has worked for FIP, CZW, PWG, TNA/GFW, AAW and other Indy Promotions.

- Top Titles Won:
** 1 Time CZW World Tag Team Champion.
** 1 Time WC Sideshow Champion.
** 1 Time XICW World Tag Team Champion.
** 1 Time AAW World Tag Team Champion.

- Champions Profile: ZACHARY WENTZ: Teaming with Dezmond Xavier, Wentz won the AAW World Tag Team Championship this past week at AAW United We Stand, defeating AR Fox and Jeff Cobb.

- Wentz made his pro wrestling debut in 2014 and is from Dayton, Ohio.

- Wentz has worked for CZW, AAW and other Indy Promotions.

- Top Titles Won:
** 1 Time American Luchacore Champion.
** 1 Time CZW World Tag Team Champion.
** 1 Time Rockstar Pro Champion.
** 1 Time XICW World Tag Team Champion.
** 1 Time AAW World Tag Team Champion.

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