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[TV Recap] ‘WWE SmackDown Live!’ 2.19.19 – Bryan’s Fastlane Opponent Revealed, Miz Apologizes(?)

Venue: Smoothie King Center (New Orleans, LA)
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, & Byron Saxton

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WWE looks towards Fastlane this week on SmackDown as we find out who will challenge ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan for his eco-friendly WWE Championship at the final stop before WrestleMania (BE KOFI. WHY NOT KOFI?). Also on the show The Miz aims to make a public apology to tag team partner Shane McMahon for costing them the Tag Team Championship, maybe some more NXT involvement, and much more. Follow along live as I recap WWE’s superior brand.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWE Champion: ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan
  • WWE United States Champion: R-Truth
  • SMACKDOWN Women’s Champion: Asuka
  • SMACKDOWN Tag Team Champions: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)

The Lineup

  • Aleister Black vs. Andrade (**1/2)
  • Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Bar (***1/4)
  • Asuka vs. Mandy Rose (*3/4)
  • Ricochet vs. Eric Young (**)
  • Kofi Kingston, AJ Styles, & Jeff Hardy vs. Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, & Samoa Joe (**3/4)

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D-Generation X (Yes, Including Chyna) Announced for 2019 WWE Hall of Fame

Credit – WWE.com

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D-Generation X, the rebellious stable that went from ‘kind-of funny sometimes’ to ‘THE GREATEST FACTION EVER WHO KILLED WCW SINGLE-HANDEDLY’ after WWE won the Monday Night Wars, have been announced as the first members of the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame Class. ESPN were the first ones to break the story, but my work internet has them blocked so0o0o0o I’m giving WWE.com a nod as well. Here are the members of DX that are included in this induction:

  • Shawn Michaels (making him a 2-time HOF inductee alongside Ric Flair)
  • Triple H
  • Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman (and hopefully his cool as hell dog)
  • Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer
  • The New Age Outlaws (‘The Road Dogg’ Jesse James & ‘Bad Ass’ Billy Gunn)

While Rick Rude, one of the OG members of DX, is noticeably absent, the fact that the late Chyna is getting inducted alongside the rest of DX is both surprising and very welcome. WWE had trepidation in inducting Chyna due to her adult film past, which to me always felt like code for ‘WWE is scared Chyna would speak too much truth or knock Stephanie’s teeth out’, but that appears to be have subsided enough for this to happen. Too bad WWE didn’t have the guts to do it while she was alive, or have her as a solo inductee (though Triple H does mention that is inevitable in the ESPN article), but hey take what you can get. Rude getting subbed is strange though; I figure they would have at least welcomed back his son to do his SPOT-ON impression of his father again.

Inducting DX makes sense so I have no problem with it, but I won’t pretend I like DX or that their whole shtick has aged well (all versions). I thought the ‘Suck It’ crotch chop was pretty funny and got in trouble in school for doing it to people, and I love that SummerSlam 1998 ladder match between Trips and The Rock, but that’s mostly it barring some skits here and there for me. But hey our lord and savior Billy BY GOD Gunn is getting a HOF ring so all is well.

The 2019 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony takes place live on April 6th from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY as part of WrestleMania weekend. I’ll update y’all when they announce more inductees.

[PPV Recap] ‘WWE Elimination Chamber 2019’ – TWO Elimination Chamber Matches, 1st Women’s Tag Team Champs to Be Crowned

Date: February 17, 2019
Venue: Toyota Center (Houston, TX)
Commentators: Various

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The 2019 Elimination Chamber features TWO Elimination Chamber matches, as Daniel Bryan defends the WWE Championship in one while the first-ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship is decided in the other. Also on the show Finn Balor challenges for the Intercontinental Championship in a handicap match against Bobby Lashley and Lio RushRonda Rousey defends the RAW Women’s Championship against REAL THREAT Ruby Riott, and more! Hopefully it won’t be seventy hours long, but you never know.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWE Champion: ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan
  • WWE Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar
  • WWE Intercontinental Champion: Bobby Lashley
  • WWE United States Champion: R-Truth
  • WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Buddy Murphy
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions: VACANT
  • RAW Women’s Champion: ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey
  • RAW Tag Team Champions: The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder)
  • SMACKDOWN Women’s Champion: Asuka
  • SMACKDOWN Tag Team Champions: The Miz & Shane McMahon

The Lineup

  • Elimination Chamber: The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection vs. The Riott Squad vs. Nia Jax & Tamina Snuka vs. Naomi & Carmella vs. Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose vs. The IIconics for the WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (****)
  • The Miz & Shane McMahon [c] vs. The Usos for the SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
  • Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley [c] & Lio Rush vs. Finn Balor for the WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/4)
  • Ronda Rousey [c] vs. Ruby Riott for the RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (SQUASH)
  • No-Disqualification Match: Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin (1/2*)
  • Elimination Chamber: Daniel Bryan [c] vs. Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe vs. Kofi Kingston for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP (****3/4)

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[TV Recap] ‘205 Live’ 2.12.19 – Dar/Nese No DQ, Contract Signing for ‘Elimination Chamber’

Venue: Huntington Center (Toledo, OH)
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness, & Aiden English

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This week on 205 Live the Cruiserweight Championship at Elimination Chamber between Buddy Murphy and challenger Akira Tozawa is made official via contract signing. Also on the show the feud between Noam Dar and Tony Nese ratchets up a notch in a No-DQ match and The Lucha House Party’s Lince Dorado takes on Jack Gallagher.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Buddy Murphy

The Lineup

  • Lince Dorado vs. Jack Gallagher (***)
  • No-Disqualification: Noam Dar vs. Tony Nese (***3/4)

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[TV Recap] ‘Impact Wrestling Uncaged’ 2.15.19 – Fatal Four Way for World Title, Valkyrie vs. Blanchard, World Cup

Commentators: Josh Matthews & Don Callis

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This week on a special Uncaged edition of Impact WrestlingJohnny Impact defends his World Championship against Brian CageKiller Kross, and Moose in a Fatal Four Way match. Also on the show Taya Valkyrie takes on Tessa Blanchard in a Street Fight, Willie Mack faces off against Ethan Page, the World Cup is decided between Team Impact and Team AAA, and much more.

Champion Roll-Call

  • IMPACT World Champion: Johnny Impact
  • IMPACT X-Division Champion: Rich Swann
  • IMPACT Knockouts Champion: Taya Valkyrie
  • IMPACT World Tag Team Champions: The Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Jr. & Fenix)

The Lineup

  • Street Fight: Taya Valkyrie [c] vs. Tessa Blanchard for the IMPACT KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • Willie Mack vs. Ethan Page (**1/2)
  • 2019 World Cup: Team Impact vs. Team AAA (***)
  • Fatal Four Way: Johnny Impact [c] vs. Brian Cage vs. Killer Kross vs. Moose for the IMPACT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (***)

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The Undertaker Announced for ‘Starrcast II’ During ‘Double or Nothing’ Weekend

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Some crazy news, courtesy of Sports IllustratedThe Undertaker, arguably the most WWE guy to ever WWE, has been booked for an appearance at the Starrcast II wrestling convention, happening during AEW Double or Nothing weekend. The inaugural Starrcast took place over All In weekend back in September, featuring all sorts of wrestlers and podcasts and pretty much everything you could want at a wrestling convention. But although he does some work for AEW, including hosting its Double or Nothing launch event earlier in the month, podcast host/insurance salesman/guy who apparently never sleeps Conrad Thompson made it a point in the article to mention that Starrcast is its own thing and not an AEW-branded event. Undertaker, real name Mark Callaway, started taking non-WWE bookings as of last week and this is his first big appearance that’s been announced to my knowledge.

While Starrcast II runs all weekend (May 23-26) leading up to Double or Nothing, The Undertaker appearance will only happen on May 25th. Bracelets go on sale for the convention this Friday, but they mentioned Platinum and Gold in particular so I guess you’ll need one of those to meet The Deadman. I don’t know how conventions work, being around people is gross. Visit the official Starrcast II site for more info if you can stomach being in crowds though, sounds like it’ll be a good time. Meanwhile I’m just going to sit back and try to process THE UNDERTAKER being part of a non-WWE event. That’s going to take some time to get used to.

AEW’s ‘Double or Nothing’ Sells Out in Four (4) Minutes

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Yesterday tickets for AEW’s first official event as a company, Double or Nothing, went on sale for the people who weren’t able to get a pre-sale code…and promptly sold out in FOUR minutes. AEW took a victory bow courtesy of Twitter, which is totally justified:

Double or Nothing takes place on May 25th live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV (the former home of WCW’s Halloween Havoc PPVs during the height of the Monday Night Wars). Here is the announced lineup thus far, according to a quick Google search:

  • Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho
  • SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, & Scorpio Sky) vs. CIMA & Two Partners from CIMA’s Oriental Wrestling Entertainment (OWE) Promotion
  • Hangman Page vs. PAC
  • Dr. Britt Baker vs. Nyla Rose vs. Kylie Rae

It’s also rumored that The Young Bucks will take on The Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr. & Fenix) but that isn’t official yet as of this writing.

I’ll be honest: AEW hasn’t really done a lot to excite me; it’s got its segment of the pro wrestling fandom frothing at the mouth at the idea they’ll be competition to WWE but I want to see them actually put on a show first (All In, the proto-AEW show from September that also smashed all sorts of records, was fun and well-produced for what it’s worth). The fact they’ve got wrestling fans excited is a good thing, as is the fact they’ve got some big money backing which means more places to work, but I’m not about to call this thing a success until I see it with my own eyes. Fingers crossed though, I would love to be won over.