NXT Live Coverage – October 4, 2017

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NXT
Date: October 4, 2017
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Percy Watson, Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness

It’s a big night this week as NXT Champion Drew McIntyre is putting the title on the line against Roderick Strong. There’s a good chance that this is going to be more about the post match issues as you can almost guarantee that the Undisputed Era will be getting involved. Let’s get to it.


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Full Match: Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks From “Hell in a Cell 2016”


The biggest match in the history of women’s wrestling. To say the Women’s Revolution has changed women’s wrestling in an incredibly positive way is an understatement. Long gone are the days of the two minute matches with no purpose other than to say the women were on the show. Last year, two WWE women reached a milestone that would have been unthinkable not very long ago.

WWE has released the full main event from “Hell in a Cell 2016” where Sasha Banks defended her Raw Women’s Title against Charlotte. This was the first time two women had every main evented a WWE pay per view and to date, the only time it has ever happened. Here’s the full match:

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Opinion: This is another one of those matches where I can’t believe this actually happened. There was a period of over ten years where a women’s singles match didn’t get more than ten minutes on a pay per view. Now, women have not only closed a show but their match got over twenty minutes from bell to bell. That’s a remarkable step forward and I’m very glad it happened.

What did you think of this actually happening? How far can you imagine the women’s division going? Let us know in the comments below.


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“Smackdown Live” Ratings and Audience Take Another Big Hit


The Tuesday night sports problem. While “Monday Night Raw” regularly has to deal with “Monday Night Football”, it’s rare for “Smackdown Live” to have a similar problem. Tuesday night isn’t a big night for mainstream sports most of the time, but that wasn’t the case this week. This time around there was a Major League Baseball playoff game and the question was how much it would impact “Smackdown Live”.

According to Showbuzz Daily, this week’s episode of “Smackdown Live” drew a .74 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2.323 million viewers. These numbers are down 10% from last week’s .82 rating and down 9% from last week’s 2.542 million viewers. This week’s show was headlined by a face to face confrontation between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon before their showdown this Sunday.

In case you didn’t see it, here are last night’s highlights:

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Opinion: AJ Styles rarely wrestles on the show, Shinsuke Nakamura rarely wrestles on the show, New Day rarely wrestles on the show and Jinder Mahal is the World Champion. Who is going to pay good money to come to this show and watch most of the bigger names either talk every week or have a match that isn’t even two minutes long? It’s not thrilling TV at this point and the other factors are making it even worse.

What did you think of this week’s show? What is the show’s biggest problem at this point? Let us know in the comments below.


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Eddie Kingston Gone From Impact Wrestling


Another one gone. To say the Impact Wrestling roster has been changing a lot as of late is an understatement. It’s rare to see them go more than a few weeks without losing someone and it turns out that the same thing has happened again. This time around though, it’s not someone who has been used much as of late.

According to his Twitter, Eddie Kingston has been granted his release from the company. Kingston debuted with the company just under a year ago as part of James Storm’s Death Crew Council. The team didn’t last long and Kingston was rarely used after the split. There is no indication that the split was under bad terms.

I am no longer with @IMPACTWRESTLING and want to thank them for everything. I am now open for bookings @ [email protected]

— Eddie Kingston (@MadKing1981) October 4, 2017

In case you forgot, here’s Kingston in action.

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Opinion: This is another good example of someone leaving and the company not losing much in the process. Not that Kingston didn’t have value to him but there’s no real need to have him around if the company has no use for him. He’s barely been around in recent months so let him go do his own thing instead of allowing people to ask “what about Kingston”.

Did you like Kingston’s time with the company? Who else do you think might be released? Let us know in the comments below.


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Watch: Being the Elite Ep. 74- “A Hand Gesture”


The Elite have uploaded the latest episode of Being The Elite to their official YouTube channel. Titled “A Hand Gesture,” the episode focuses on the devastation caused by the real cease and desist letter by WWE.

The episode focuses on the aftermath of the previous episode, where members of the Bullet Club invaded ‘Raw.’ The same members make a pact together in a hilarious segment within the episode. Also featured are segments surrounding the cease and desist letter WWE sent them following that episode targeting their use of the ‘Too Sweet’ hand gesture.

The episode features The Young Bucks, Brandi & Cody Rhodes, Hangman Page and Marty Scurll. In addition, a few special guests are included such as Chuck Taylor and the father of The Young Bucks.

We highly suggest you watch this episode to get a sense of what The Elite and Bullet Club in general plan on doing about their use of the gesture, which they have been using for years.

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What should Young Bucks do in your opinion? Are you enjoying the series? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995. We also want to remind you that we have a Newsletter you can sign up to. This will allow us to send you the best news in one place via an email. We also have the Wrestling Rumors app that we encourage you all to download to get updates faster than they release on our various pages. It is available on Android and iOS devices.


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Austin Aries Clarifies Where the Banana Idea Came From


Sam Roberts hosted The Tomorrow Show where he interviewed Austin Aries about where his banana idea he used on WWE TV came from.

Alongside a plethora of other guests including X-Pac, Roberts sat down with Aries to talk about a number of topics mainly about healthy eating. During the interview, they referenced the infamous banana Aries carried with him on WWE TV. This is what he had to say:

“I’m just going to say this about the banana. The Hall Of Fame is long, okay? And I saw lots of people dressed to impress that night. Lots of nice suits. Lots of nice dresses. Let me tell you something, about three and a half hours in, I guarantee about 40 percent of that audience wished they had a banana in their pocket instead of a pocket square, because I got famished. I was running low on some energy, and that pocket square wouldn’t do me any good. But I got a nice little shot of some natural sugars and potassium, and then I just used my sleeve to wipe my mouth off. And I didn’t need the pocket square. So sometimes the thing comes in handy in a pinch. You never know.”

“There’s nothing unpredictable about this whatsoever. So when all of a sudden some guy randomly has a banana in his pocket and everyone goes, ‘What’s with the banana?’ Exactly! You’re asking a question and you’re intrigued by something, how refreshing. And the minute I tell you why the banana, now you don’t care. And maybe there isn’t a why, and maybe there is, and maybe I’m never gonna tell you.”

“There’s nothing better than when people see bananas, now they think of me.”

These quotes come from an absolutely hilarious, interesting and serious podcast that we do highly suggest you watch if you’re a fan of the wrestling industry, Star Trek or want to know more about healthy eating.

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What are your thoughts on Aries’ use of the banana? Was it what you expected? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995. We also want to remind you that we have a Newsletter you can sign up to. This will allow us to send you the best news in one place via an email. We also have the Wrestling Rumors app that we encourage you all to download to get updates faster than they release on our various pages. It is available on Android and iOS devices.


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Laurel Van Ness on How GFW Differs From the Indies, Having Creative Freedom


Laurel Van Ness was recently interviewed by WrestlingInc where she spoke about the differences between the indies and GFW and creative freedom in the promotion.

On how difficult it is for female wrestlers to make it in the indies:

“I think – for female or male, it is very challenging on the independent scene. Ideally if you notice, it is the people that don’t have a second job that tend to be in one of the companies with a larger name and a larger fanbase. And that’s how they are able to charge more, or work more, and travel around the world. The people that have made a name for themselves, and really just can wrestle have worked their butts off to get to that place. They definitely deserve a lot of respect.”

On the direction of the women in GFW and how much creative freedom she has:

“I love it. I think as females, we always want to have more air time, more room time, more – longer matches and more main events. But, at the end of the day, we’re going in that direction, and I’m happy with that, and I’m happy with the side everyone has taken in women’s wrestling. We do get a lot of creative input, and that’s something you don’t get in all companies. So myself and the Laurel Van Ness character, I’m very happy with the inputs that I’m able to get back from Impact Wrestling.”

On how the idea for her character came about:

“Well, it was a collaboration between a lot, lot of people in the office, and Dutch and myself. It is something that I kind of – as we get inputs from the fans, and inputs from our peers and our co – workers, it’s changed, and it has evolved, and it has grown into something maybe more crazier – more psychotic, drunk and things like that. So it is forever changing, and we’re forever looking for inspiration. “

On how much interaction she has had with Gail Kim, who influenced her:

“Well Gail is… not only is she a wrestler, but she does a lot (of work) backstage for us. She does agent our matches, and I’ve learnt so much from her in the past year, in and out of the ring – not just about wrestling, but life in general. She’s a great person to have on my side, and all of the knockouts are very thankful, to keep her around even after she retired, as an agent.”

 On the major differences between indie promotions and GFW:
“Well, the difference was always going to be the talent. We’re able to sign the best talent in the world. As I love sitting down backstage, watching our product because it is such high quality, and love watching the matches that are put together. But you know what? I’ve seen some amazing independent wrestling shows. I’ve seen high quality matches, I’ve seen high level talent. So at the end of the day, all independent companies are different, you know? It’s hard to make that kind of comparison.”
While the character of Van Ness cannot be defined in simply one video, we highly suggst you watch the full wedding video we’ve featured below involving herself and Braxton Sutter.
Do you enjoy the character of Laurel Van Ness? Who would you like to see her feud with? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995. We also want to remind you that we have a Newsletter you can sign up to. This will allow us to send you the best news in one place via an email. We also have the Wrestling Rumors app that we encourage you all to download to get updates faster than they release on our various pages. It is available on Android and iOS devices.


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Jeff Hardy Undergoes Surgery, When He Is Expected Back


Jeff Hardy recently took to his Instagram account to confirm how his surgery went. What does this mean for his return to action?

Hardy underwent successful surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn rotator cuff. He posted a photo to his Instagram account with the following caption:

“Let theHealing begin! . . ! 10-3-2017”

Here is the original post:

Let theHealing begin! . . ! 10-3-2017

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It is unknown when Hardy will return to the ring, but we noted a while back that Hardy may not be returning until around ‘WrestleMania 34.’ It now could be as late as May 2018.

Be sure to wish the former WWE Champion get well wishes over on his Instagram or Twitter accounts. You can find him by searching “jeffhardybrand.”

We highly suggest you go back and check out the clip from the return of both Matt & Jeff Hardy to remind yourself how many people are interested in both men and why this injury is big.

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What are your favorite matches Jeff has been part of? Are you a fan of the ‘Charismatic Enigma?’ Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995. We also want to remind you that we have a Newsletter you can sign up to. This will allow us to send you the best news in one place via an email. We also have the Wrestling Rumors app that we encourage you all to download to get updates faster than they release on our various pages. It is available on Android and iOS devices.


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Smackdown Results – October 3, 2017

Smackdown
Date: October 3, 2017
Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton

It’s the go home show for Hell in a Cell and that means it’s time to really hammer in some of the stories. The main event of Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens inside the Cell is pretty much set but it would be nice to have some of the other matches get some attention of their own. Let’s get to it.

We open with another moment of silence for the Las Vegas shooting.

The opening recap looks at Shinsuke Nakamura beating up Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers last week.

Renee Young brings out Nakamura for a chat. In regards to Mahal’s recent insults, Nakamura says sticks and stones may break his bones but words will never hurt him. He’ll take the title from Mahal on Sunday but here are the Singh Brothers to interrupt and mock his entrance. Mahal follows them out and the three on one beatdown is on in a hurry.

Carmella/Natalya vs. Charlotte/Becky Lynch

Becky slaps Carmella to start and it’s time for a breather on the floor. Charlotte and Becky take the villains down with a double baseball slide and we take a way too early break. Back with Becky in trouble until Becky rolls her up for two, allowing the hot tag off to Charlotte. A running knee to the head drops Natalya again and a suplex gives Charlotte two. The spear looks to set up the Figure Eight but Natalya hides in the ropes. Carmella hits Becky in the back with the Money in the Bank briefcase and the Sharpshooter puts Charlotte away at 6:58.

Result: Carmella/Natalya b. Charlotte/Becky Lynch – Sharpshooter to Charlotte (6:58)

Long recap of Shane vs. Kevin. The more I see of this feud, the less I care.

Mike Kanellis vs. Bobby Roode

A spinebuster and the Glorious DDT end Kanellis at 56 seconds.

Result: Bobby Roode b. Mike Kanellis – Glorious DDT (0:56)

Post match here’s Dolph Ziggler with a marching band drum to play for Roode. Dolph plays an air horn and throws some confetti too before asking if everyone likes him now. Roode has a great entrance but on Sunday, the bell is going to ring and he’ll be exposed as the fraud that he is. Bobby shows Ziggler how to do the proper entrance and strikes the Glorious pose.

Pay per view rundown.

Here are the Usos to read New Day their rights before Sunday. They explain that New Day is going to be walking into the Uso Penitentiary where there’s no trombone, no BootyO’s and no dancing. Maybe they can just throw every other tag team in there with them. This brings out New Day to shill their New Day underwear (a real thing) and to read some lefts because the Usos are reading the rights.

New Day has left everyone in the dust and no matter where they were on the card, they’ve left the fans knowing it was the best match on the night. Best of all though, the last time they met the Usos, they left with the titles.

Mahal shows us a replay of what happened earlier.

Tye Dillinger vs. Baron Corbin

Corbin throws him around to start but a chase lets Tye score with a superkick to knock Corbin outside as we take a break. Back with Corbin elbowing Dillinger in the face and knocking him onto the steps. They head back inside and Dillinger grabs a small package for the clean pin at 5:52.

Result: Tye Dillinger b. Baron Corbin – Small package (5:52)

Post match AJ Styles pops up on screen to say he’s going to show Corbin that taking shortcuts doesn’t pay.

Some breast cancer survivors are presented with pink WWE Championships.

Randy Orton vs. Aiden English

Fallout from Orton laying out English and Rusev last week during Rusev’s celebration. English throws him into the corner to start but has to avoid an early RKO attempt. No worries though as a pop up RKO puts English at 1:17.

Result: Randy Orton b. Aiden English – Pop up RKO (1:17)

Rusev tries to sneak up on Orton but Randy drops into RKO position to send Rusev bailing.

Sami Zayn tells Shane to be careful with Owens. Shane basically blows him off.

Here’s Shane to call out Owens but Kevin doesn’t show up. Shane calls him a coward and has a chance of pace for Sunday’s match: it’s now Falls Count Anywhere. Owens comes through the crowd, saying that the real money is right here. That’s all he’s doing though and starts to go back up the stairs, only pausing when Shane calls him a coward.

Owens leaves anyway and it’s Shane giving chase through the crowd. Shane gets into the concourse and the fight is on with Shane getting powerbombed through a merchandise table. Owens comes back to the ring to say that’s nothing compared to what he’s going to do to Shane on Sunday, where he’ll throw Shane off the Cell. Of course Shane staggers through the crowd to come back to ringside but Owens throws him over the announcers’ table. Fans: “THIS IS AWESOME!”  A headbutt drops Shane again and the Pop Up Powerbomb ends the show.

Results
Carmella/Natalya b. Charlotte/Becky Lynch – Sharpshooter to Charlotte
Bobby Roode b. Mike Kanellis – Glorious DDT
Tye Dillinger b. Baron Corbin – Small package
Randy Orton b. Aiden English – Pop up RKO

 

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