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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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Kofi Kingston Replaces Mustafa Ali in Sunday’s ‘Elimination Chamber’ Championship Match

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Last night on SmackDown it was announced that Kofi Kingston of The New Day would replace the injured Mustafa Ali in the WWE Championship match this Sunday at Elimination Chamber. Kingston was revealed at the beginning of the gauntlet match main event to decide who would enter the chamber last at the PPV. and lasted over an hour, instantly raising his profile and giving him a whole lot of momentum going into the title match. The gauntlet was won by Randy Orton with an RKO out of nowhere which was dumb but overall it was a great match. Seriously if you didn’t catch last night’s SmackDown I highly suggest you do. Of course I recapped it but it’s a match worth actually seeing with your own eyeballs. It’s easy to forget just HOW GOOD Kofi is when given the chance, and he reminded me for sure by the end of the episode.

Elimination Chamber takes place this Sunday and will air live on the WWE Network at 7pm/6pm Central. If you’re a glutton for punishment the Kickoff Show starts at 6pm/5pm Central.

[PPV Recap] ‘WWE Extreme Rules 2018’ – Rollins vs. Ziggler, Reigns vs. Lashley, Team Hell No Reunion

Date: July 15, 2018
Venue: PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, PA)
Commentators: Various

This year’s Extreme Rules features a potential for the biggest RUSEV DAY of all as Rusev challenges AJ Styles for the WWE Championship. Also on the show Seth Rollins tries to regain his Intercontinental Championship by taking on Dolph Ziggler in a 30 Minute Iron Man Match, Braun Strowman faces Kevin Owens in a Cage Match, and Team Hell No reunites to challenge The Bludgeon Brothers for the SMACKDOWN Tag Team Championship. All that plus a whole lot more, because this show is probably going 4 hours.

Champions

  • WWE Champion: ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles
  • WWE Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar
  • WWE Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler
  • WWE United States Champion: Jeff Hardy
  • RAW Women’s Champion: Alexa Bliss
  • SMACKDOWN Women’s Champion: Carmella
  • RAW Tag Team Champions: Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt
  • SMACKDOWN Tag Team Champions: The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper & Rowan)

Lineup

  • Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt [c] vs. The B-Team for the RAW Tag Team Championship (**1/2)
  • Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin (**1/4)
  • Ellsworth in a Shark Cage: Carmella [c] vs. Asuka for the SMACKDOWN Women’s Championship (*3/4)
  • Jeff Hardy [c] vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (NR)
  • Steel Cage Match: Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens (**1/2)
  • The Bludgeon Brothers [c] vs. Team Hell No for the SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (*)
  • Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley (***)
  • Extreme Rules: Alexa Bliss [c] vs. Nia Jax for the RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • AJ Styles [c] vs. Rusev for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/4)
  • 30 Minute Iron Man Match: Dolph Ziggler [c] vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)

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[TV Recap] ‘WWE SmackDown Live!’ – 2.12.19 – Gauntlet Match for Elimination Chamber Position, McMiz TV

Venue: Huntington Center (Toledo, OH)
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, & Byron Saxton

It’s the last SmackDown Live before the Elimination Chamber; can they do a better job than their big brother did last night by giving the PPV some sort of energy? Fingers Crossed. Apparently ‘McMiz TV’ is debuting so that’s…something. ANYWAY join along with me for up to date recaps, results, random thoughts, and funny(?) jokes.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWE Champion: Daniel Bryan
  • WWE United States Champion: R-Truth
  • SMACKDOWN Women’s Champion: Asuka
  • SMACKDOWN Tag Team Champions: The Miz & Shane McMahon

The Lineup

  • Naomi & Carmella vs. The IIconics vs. Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose (*1/2)
  • Gauntlet Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. ??? (****)

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[PPV Recap] ‘WWF In Your House 6: Rage in the Cage’ – Bret vs. Diesel, HBK vs. Owen

Date: February 18, 1996
Venue: Louisville Gardens (Louisville, KY)
Commentators: Vince McMahon & Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler

The 6th installment of In Your House features the baby blue cage of doom as Bret Hart defends the WWF Championship against the man he defeated for it back at Survivor Series, and soon to be WCW-bound, Diesel. Also on the show Shawn Michaels puts his WrestleMania XII title shot on the line against Owen Hart,the feud between former best friends Razor Ramon and The 1-2-3 Kid ends with a friggin’ Crybaby Match, and Yokozuna…speaks?!?

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Goldust
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: VACANT

The (Televised) Lineup

  • Crybaby Match: Razor Ramon vs. The 1-2-3 Kid (**1/2)
  • Duke Droese vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley (**)
  • Yokozuna vs. Davey Boy Smith (1/4*)
  • Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart (***3/4)
  • Steel Cage Match: Bret Hart [c] vs. Diesel for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)

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WWE Triple Crown Champion Pedro Morales Passes Away at 76

Sad news to report as Pedro Morales, one of the biggest stars for the then-WWWF in the 70s and early-80s, has passed away at the age of 76. Born in Puerto Rico, Morales began wrestling in 1959 and in short order became one of the industry’s biggest stars, unseating Ivan Koloff to win the WWWF World Championship. Morales defended the title against all comers for over two years, selling out the famed Madison Square Garden on multiple occasions, before losing it to Stan Stasiak. Morales would go on to win the Intercontinental Championship two times and the Tag Team Championship with Bob Backlund one time, making him the company’s first-ever Triple Crown Champion. Morales would hang around the now-WWF into the 1980s, putting over new stars, until retiring from the ring in 1987. He transitioned over to color commentary for both the WWF and later WCW’s Spanish announce team and was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1995. Morales had been battling advanced Parkinson’s Disease in his final years.

Morales was before my time but I’ve always respected his contributions to pro wrestling and his legacy as the first man to win all three championships in the WWWF. Time to hit the Network and see what I’ve been missing. Rest in Peace.

The Revival Are Your New RAW Tag Team Champions

After what seems like forever, The Revival have finally struck main roster gold last night on RAW by defeating Bobby Roode Chad Gable for the brand’s Tag Team Championship. The match started off slow with a dead crowd but picked up in short order, and by the end they had the crowd screaming and chanting ‘THIS IS AWESOME’ as each team did everything they could to put the other way. In the end The Revival countered a crossbody from Gable into the Shatter Machine and finally ascended to the top of the tag team mountain (for one brand at least).

After winning over fans in droves during their time on NXT. including two reigns as the Tag Team Champions, The Revival was drafted to RAW in 2017 but due to injuries and other factors have never reached the same heights.  Congrats to The Revival on a title long deserved…and may you actually get a real reign with it instead of losing it in like a week or something.