This week’s Rest of the Wrestling covers, the final round one matchup of Mixed Match Challenge, the final round 1 matches of 205 Live and the possible final NXT match of Johnny Gargano. All about finals here this week.
It’s the last of the round 1 matchups of Mixed Match Challenge and we have the Robe Warriors, Bobby Roode and Charlotte Flair taking on Nia Jax and Apollo (No Known Last Name).
The Robe Warriors wear similarish robes. They are both red. Different shades of red. And different patterns. But it’s some sort of effort, right? Nia and Apollo are accompanied by Titus O’Neal and Dana Brooke. Nia is not impressed at this at all. Charlotte tries to teach Roode how to strut correctly. Beth says on commentary that this must be a dream come true for Roode as he was a big Ric Flair fan. Yep, this is the dream. The fact that he was in Fortune with Ric Flair in TNA was nothing. Tagging with his daughter. That’s the dream.
The crowd want Charlotte. Bobby obliges. Nia keeps telling Bobby to shut up. She also tells Dana to stay out of her business. Charlotte does the Glorious pose. Dana helps out again and Nia gets in her face. Titus is not so worldwide, it seems. Nia gets out of a Figure 4. Apollo counters a Glorious DDT. Charlotte kits a Moonsault on Nia (kinda) and Roode hits a Glorious DDT on Apollo for the win.
After the match, we find out that Bobby really can’t Woo. Nia takes the mic and tells Titus that’s he’s not a coach and Dana isn’t a statistician. They are just a couple of 0’s. They have disrupted their training, their strategy and now, the match. She pushes Titus as Apollo is bending over to pick up his jacket so he tumbles over him. She then Samoan Drops Dana. I guess Nia isn’t joining Titus Worldwide anytime soon.
This was probably the weakest of the first round matches but it still had something. I like that they are doing something different with this and letting them show more personality than usual.
Next Week, we have the 1st quarter final match where Sasha Banks and Finn Balor take on The Miz & Asuka.
It’s the final week of round 1 matches in the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament too. All the round 1 things wrapped up this week. We have 2 more matches this week with Mustafi Ali taking on Jack Gallagher and Buddy Murphy debuting against Ariya Daivari.
Daivari has his Deirdre Barlow sunglasses on. The Best Kept Secret Buddy Murphy is ripped as fuck. Apparently the 205 guys get weighed every Monday to make sure they are below 205. Buddy is down to 200.9 lbs this week. So he cut nearly 4 pounds in the last week. Fair play. Weight cutting techniques. What is this, the UFC?
Daivari working Murphy’s back for most of the match. Buddy Murphy does a Tope which he gets crazy height on. He also uses Sasha’s Double Knee thing from the top rope. Murphy kicks out of a Frog Splash from Daivari. Also kicks out of a Hammerlock Lariat. The Australian then manages to pick up the win with his new finisher is a Pumphandle Half Nelson lifted and dropped into an Death Valley Driver. That’s a mouthful so luckily he has name on it according to Wikipedia. It’s called the Whale Hunt/The Thunder From Down Under. I’m assuming the latter is the one that will stick. Great display on his debut though. Looking forward to more good things from Buddy.
Last week, 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick told Gallagher to get more appropriate ring gear. So he’s wearing some old style ¾ length tights with long socks. Kinda like Aiden English wears. Wrestling in that suit must have been pissing him off something wicked. We’ve got the old contrast of styles here with Ali doing flippy shit and Gallagher doing ground based stuff and submissions. There is a Power Ranger chant. There is a Rusev Day chant.
Ali goes for a dive and seems to stop midway through. Ends up whacking his back off the ring apron and grazed Jack’s leg on the landing. Not sure what they were going for there. Gallagher catches Ali with a dropkick while he is on the drop rope which sends him all the way to the outside into the barrier. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone take that before. Looked nasty as fuck. Gallagher goes on a rampage after this throwing Ali into the corner of the barrier and elbowing him repeatedly in the face. Ali kicks out and eventually gets his faculties back. Hits an 054 for the win.
That match really picked up at the end. The 205 Live reboot is still putting out consistently great matches. Long may it continue.
Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado took on a couple of local talent. The local talent had personality and stuff. Used some heel tactics. What is this? Jobbers aren’t supposed to get any sort of offense. I like it though. A little more realistic. Of course, the Lucha guys won. Lince picked up the win with a Shooting Star Press.
I’m calling Cedric Alexander vs Buddy Murphy in the final at Wrestlemania (likely the Preshow). And it’ll be a cracker of the match. All the quarterfinal matches will take place over the next 2 weeks so…
Roderick Strong vs Kalisto:
Kalisto tells the guys on commentary that he will win next week because Speed Kills. Woah there Kalisto. It’s just a wrestling match. No need to kill the man.
Cedric Alexander vs TJP:
They had a little faceoff backstage where TJP said Cedric was gonna choke and Cedric said that TJP is a barrier in his way that he will get through.
Buddy Murphy vs Mustafa Ali:
No interaction between the 2 for this one besides Murphy watching the match on a TV at an awkward angle.
Mark Andrews vs Drew Gulak:
Gulak has a phone promo. He says that Mandrews is just flash and panache. And none of that will help when he is on the ground and forced to tap out. Mandrews also has a phone promo from a training ring where he does a backflip while holding his phone. Sure why not?
Buddy Murphy def. Ariya Daivari by Pinfall
Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado def Evan Daniels & Corazon Delgado by Pinfall
Mustafa Ali def. Jack Gallagher by Pinfall
This week’s NXT has an NXT TItle match between Johnny Gargano and Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas with the added stipulation that if Gargano loses, he has to leave NXT. All the drama. All the excitement.
In the big match of the night, Gargano and Almas face off. They each have their respective others in their corners. Can you call Zelina a respective other or would Ares get pissed at that? Anyway, pretty early on, Candice takes out Vega and they end up brawling to the back. The match is very good. Not a 5 star classic like Takeover but still a great match. We had moves on the “Hardest part of the ring”, many running double knees, including one to the back of the head. Almas locked in the Gargano Escape on Gargano. But…but…that’s his move. Gargano answers back with a Diving Tornado DDT and a Slingshot DDT for a 2 count.
The ref ends up taking a bump after getting caught with an elbow by Almas. Johnny locks in the Gargano Escape only for that backstabbing bastard Tomasso Ciampa to appear and whack poor Johnny with a crutch. Almas follows this up with a Hammerlock DDT and that’s all she wrote for the NXT career of Johnny Gargano. The fans send him off with “Thank You Johnny” chants as Candice consoles him and the final shot we are left with is Ciampa in the crowd waving goodbye at him.
So where do we go from here. You can’t have the hottest feud in NXT just end. So it must be going to the main roster. I can see HHH continuing this one on 205 Live. The fanbase should be familiar with the backstory. Maybe not the live crowd but the watching at home crowd at least. Do it the weekend of Mania so you have the crowd hot as fuck to start it.
The Velveteen Dream went up against No Way Jose this week. This is the first time we have seen No Way Jose in a match in a while. They dance, they hit, they does a wrestle. Velveteen Dream gets the win with the Purple Rainmaker. Match was a bit slow. Jose might have a bit of ring rust. The Dream got on the mic afterwards and says he really had the match of the year last year, he was male and overall superstar of the year. And if don’t believe that, he has no time for you. He followed this up with this tweet he sent out seemingly putting a challenge out against all Indy guys.
— DREAM (@VelveteenWWE) February 22, 2018
William Regal has a big announcement on the show. In 2 weeks, the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic will be returning for it’s 3rd year. This year’s winners will not only get the ridiculously oversized Dusty Cup but will also get a title shot at Takeover New Orleans. This is met with a massive MOMMA MIA from Mauro Ranallo. They show a tweet from Shane Thorne of TM61 saying “We know what it’s like to compete in the Finals of the Dusty Cup. This year, we will know what it’s like to WIN it….
#TMDK” So he’s using TMDK again. Change it god dammit. It’s so much better.
This week in the women’s division, we had Nikki Cross vs Vanessa Borne. Nikki with her entrance with Marty Scurll sunglasses which was nice. I’ve never been impressed by Vanessa Borne (besides her ample chest size). This match did not change my opinion. Her breasts are still quite ample. Nikki wins quite easily with The Purge (Swinging fisherman neckbreaker). Keeping Nikki strong. She is one of the best there at the moment alright. Next week we will be getting Shayna Baszler vs Kairi Sane after the shenanigans of last week.
Velveteen Dream def. No Way Jose by Pinfall
Nikki Cross def. Vanessa Borne by Pinfall
No Way Jose def. Johnny Gargano by Pinfall
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