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Triple H Reveals Who Named His Finisher ‘The Pedigree’

Source: Facebook Live Recently WWE executive Triple H was interviewed for Facebook Live to promote WWE’s upcoming live events in India. During the interview Triple H talked about his finisher, favorite competitor and More. Here are the highlights from the interview. On His Favorite Performer of the Modern And All Time: “My favorite competitor of all time is […]

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Ring of Honor TV Results – October 18, 2017

Ring of Honor
Date: October 18, 2017
Location: Sam’s Town Live, Las Vegas, Nevada
Commentators: Ian Riccaboni, Colt Cabana

We’re still in Las Vegas and still dealing with the fallout from Death Before Dishonor. It’s not clear if Global Wars, which will have ended by the time this show airs, will get any focus. That’s what keeps confusing me about this company: some of their pay per views matter and some are just big time specials. At least TV has been good lately so let’s get to it.

Addiction isn’t allowed in, despite being awesome wrestlers.

Opening sequence.

Kushida vs. Scorpio Sky

Sky is a PWG legend. A technical sequence goes nowhere so Sky takes over with a backbreaker for two. Kushida starts in on the arm and it turns out that his mom is in the crowd. Hopefully she’s fine with her son working on the arm with kicks and a stomp until Sky takes him down with a neckbreaker. Sky goes up but his frog splash is countered into a cross armbreaker. It’s too close to the ropes though and here’s Daniels with an air horn. Kazarian comes in to kick Kushida low for the DQ at 3:27.

Result: Kushida b. Scorpio Sky via DQ when Addiction interfered (3:27)

Kushida gets beaten down until Jay Lethal makes the save. During the break, a challenge for a tag match was made and we have a match…at some point in the future.

We look back at Jay Briscoe injuring Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer’s promo with him last week.

Here’s Bully in sunglasses to no music. He apologizes for everything being low key and says he has to worry about the head trauma at the moment. Right now he doesn’t know if he’s ever going to get his hands on Jay Briscoe, even if he’d love to more than anything else. For the first time in his career, he’s thinking about stepping away for the sake of his family. These people have been his wrestling family all these years but for once he has to think about his family at home. Bully goes to leave and Mark Briscoe comes out to say Bully’s issues are with Jay, not the family. They’re cool with each other.

We look back at Kenny King saying he’ll fight anyone for the TV Title anytime. A small army came out to stare him down and King didn’t seem to mind. Next week, it’s a four way to crown a new #1 contender.

Here’s the Bullet Club for a celebration with the promise of a big surprise. Shane Taylor follows the team out with Cody handing him a wad of money along the way. Cody talks about having the most lucrative contract in ROH history. We hit that YOU DESERVE IT chant before Cody talks about the Young Bucks getting offers from every wrestling company in the world about two years ago.

That’s where Cody is now, but he is officially signing the exclusive contract with Ring of Honor. Everyone else leaves and Cody thinks he should do something special for his first official night on the roster. How about a title defense right now? Cody hints that it’s going to be Dalton Castle but instead it’s….Cheeseburger.

Ring of Honor World Title: Cody vs. Cheeseburger

Cody is defending in a suit with Shane Taylor at ringside. Cheeseburger gets taken down and slapped in the head a few times, only to come out of the corner with a high double kick to the chest. Cody bails to the floor and that means a slingshot dive as Cheeseburger gets in his early offense. A shot with the big ring cuts Cheeseburger off though and it’s time for a belt whipping.

Cheeseburger takes it away and gets two off a crucifix but a delayed superplex cuts him off in a hurry. A quick springboard knee to the head (ala Seth Rollins) gives Cheeseburger two but the palm strike is countered into Cross Rhodes….for two as Cody picks him up. The delay lets Cheeseburger get in a few whips, only to have Cody slap on the American Deathlock for the tap at 5:44.

Result: Cody b. Cheeseburger – American Deathlock (5:44)

The Kingdom is ready.

It’s time for Coleman’s Pulpit with his guests the Dawgs, Will Ferrara and Rhett Titus. Apparently they’re wearing the wrong suit jackets and Ferrara isn’t happy. Ferrara hates cheese and he hates Cheeseburger. Titus on the other hand isn’t happy with Kenny King not appreciating Titus getting him his job back. They’re ready for the Tempura Boyz next week.

Kingdom vs. Search and Destroy

It’s the Motor City Machine Guns and Jonathan Gresham for Search and Destroy here. Taven jumps Sabin from behind to start and we start….well not that fast really. Everything breaks down in a hurry and the Kingdom is sent outside for a triple dive. Back in and some triple kicks take Taven down but Marseglia’s blind tag breaks up a tornado DDT attempt. The Kingdom takes over on Sabin in the corner with a variety of stomping as we’re told how interesting Marseglia really is. O’Ryan hits a spinebuster and a running knee gets two as we take a break.

Back with Sabin escaping Rockstar Supernova and getting pummeled for his efforts. Sabin DDT’s and dropkicks his way to freedom as his partners have no issues with all three opponents being in the ring at once. It’s off to Gresham to clean house, including a moonsault onto O’Ryan off a belly to back from Taven in a fast counter. Gresham ankle locks O’Ryan as the Guns dive onto Marseglia and Taven. It’s Taven coming back in with a Disaster Kick for the save so Gresham tags Sabin back in.

The Guns come right back with the Dream Sequence and a suicide dive on O’Ryan. Marseglia takes them both down with a springboard dive, followed by Taven hitting a no hands version. Gresham moonsaults from the middle rope and grazes a few of them. Back in and Skull and Bones is broken up, allowing Taven to get in a walking stick shot for the rollup (with tights) pin at 10:24.

Result: The Kingdom b. Search and Destroy – Rollup with a handful of tights to Shelley (10:24)


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KB’s Review: My Version of Thinking Lesnar vs. Mahal is Dumb

And so, it seems to be official. Late last week, news broke that the potential main event for the upcoming “Survivor Series 2017” would see “Smackdown Live” World Champion Jinder Mahal vs. “Monday Night Raw” Universal Champion Brock Lesnar in a non-title champion vs. champion match. This week on “Smackdown Live”, Mahal officially made the challenge, which would seem to suggest that the match will be taking place. Assuming it does, this makes for a rather interesting discussion, which is what we’ll be looking at today.

For the sake of simplicity, we’ll assume that the match takes place and that neither title will be on the line.

First and foremost, this pretty much guarantees that Mahal will be holding the title straight through December, during which time he’ll be heading to India with the “Monday Night Raw” roster for a tour. While not surprising, it doesn’t do much for the fans who are already sick of him holding the title. Mahal has been champion since May and hasn’t exactly been treated like a star by the fans. I can’t say I’m surprised as he’s a former comedy goon who came back to the company and suddenly was beating Randy Orton to become a World Champion.

You remember how that one went down?

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Now we’re pretty much guaranteed him as champion until the start of the new year at the very earliest, which really isn’t the most promising idea in the world. That’s much more a problem for later on down the road, but how thrilled are the fans going to be when they want Lesnar to smash Mahal and get the title off of him but there’s no real consequence for a loss? I understand that they don’t want to unify the titles (because that would just be crazy or something) but the title being on Mahal doesn’t seem to be doing them any favors at the moment.

That’s where things keep falling apart for me. Thinking about the idea of Lesnar vs. Mahal makes my head shake as it sounds like a match you would put together in WWE2K18 for the sake of blowing off some steam. Mahal hasn’t shown himself to be a top level in-ring star as his best matches seem to be average on his best day. On top of that, the idea of the Khallas doing anything more than making Lesnar blink twice is almost laughable. Lesnar has spent the last few months facing monster after monster and now he’s facing a cobra clutch slam and the Singh Brothers. For some reason this isn’t exactly doing much for me.

That brings us to the next problem, which in my eyes is the biggest of the whole concept: why in the world is Lesnar being used in a match like this? Lesnar isn’t exactly Bret Hart out there defending the title every chance he has. No instead he’s the guy who defends the title once every few months more often than not. Since winning the title from Goldberg in April, Lesnar defended the title against Samoa Joe in June, against Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns in August and just against Strowman in September.

Here’s what Mahal is getting into.

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That’s a total of three title defenses in six and a half months as champion, or about one ever two months. By the time we get to “Survivor Series 2017”, it will have been another two months since Lesnar defended the title again. So what are we getting there? A big title match against a former World Champion like Finn Balor, Seth Rollins or Dean Ambrose? Not quite, as we’ll be seeing this non-title match instead.

Barring a surprise of seeing Lesnar defend the title again in December, we probably won’t be seeing the title on the line until “Royal Rumble 2018” at the earliest. When there’s a long line of title contenders available, I really don’t see the need to see Lesnar in a champion vs. champion match for the sake of bragging rights. Lesnar has far more important things that he could be doing (like polishing the belt up for Roman Reigns, because THIS TIME FOR SURE Reigns will get the superhero reaction for beating Lesnar like we’ve known he would do since the night Lesnar got the title back) than setting up this kind of a match.

That’s my other issue with this match, regardless of who is involved with it: what does this accomplish? Bragging rights? Well maybe, but they pulled off a pretty solid show last year without having champion vs. champion. If they want to do a show about bragging rights, either find a concept that doesn’t manage to have a World Champion lose in a singles match or have them defend their titles on their own. Bragging rights aren’t the most interesting thing in the world but having the titles not even on the line in a match that will come and go in one night isn’t the best use of the talent involved.

Do something like this instead.

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So now we get to the other big question: who wins? Now I know the general answer is LESNAR SMASH and Suplex City and all that other good stuff (if you find that to be good of course) but this one isn’t exactly as simple as it sounds. Do you have Lesnar destroy the Smackdown World Champion right before he’s supposed to go on the big tour? That doesn’t make the most sense in the world (which to be fair, could apply to the entire match in the first place) and I think you know where this is going.

I’m not saying it’s happening, but there’s a good chance that Mahal will find a way to win this thing. Lesnar isn’t the kind of guy who is going to be shaken up by one loss and Mahal certainly needs the win more than he does. As entertaining as it would be to see Lesnar throw the Singh Brothers from Houston to somewhere over the Philippines, I’m not sure it’s worth the idea of having Mahal win the match and be the one person to pin Lesnar since Goldberg did it last year.

I can’t bring myself to pick Mahal to beat Lesnar, but they’re making it really easy to imagine it happening. The problem is I can’t imagine it’s going to do much for Mahal’s status with the fans. Unless the win makes him into a different promo or a different character, the people aren’t interesting in what Mahal has going for him at the moment. Beating Lesnar isn’t going to change that and is going to be something else that makes the fans reject him even more.

Finally, there’s the idea of building the match. Mahal really hasn’t shown himself to be a good promo, meaning Paul Heyman would eat him alive. I’m assuming the story would be designed to treat Mahal like a big deal who is on Lesnar’s level but what is Heyman supposed to talk about? How great of a talent Mahal is? I know that’s the WWE line but to say it hasn’t been working is one of the biggest understatements of the year. In theory the idea of champion vs. champion sells itself, but does that work when one of them is viewed as a glorified jobber who wins because of two lackeys?

Here’s one of Mahal’s finer moments.

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There’s a solid idea behind having the champion vs. champion match as it’s more than capable of overcoming the lack of anything being on the line. The problem is it needs to be a match that the fans want to see. Mahal vs. Lesnar simply doesn’t fit that description, especially with names like AJ Styles available to face Lesnar.

Instead it’s Mahal getting the spot, presumably for the sake of building up the Indian market. That’s been the case for five months now and while Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are the real stars of the show, we’re stuck in this holding pattern until WWE gets bored with the idea, or until Mahal breaks CM Punk’s record. You know, because that makes everything worth it in WWE’s eyes. I’m really not liking this idea and I’m not seeing much of an idea of how to make both guys look good, but I’m sure WWE will find a way to make it even worse than it sounds.


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NXT Results – October 18, 2017

Date: October 18, 2017
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson, Mauro Ranallo

It’s the Undisputed night as the Undisputed Era are back in the ring this week. Tonight it’s going to be the Undisputed Era vs. Sanity in a six man tag. The question though is how does this help us set up the upcoming Takeover: Houston and how the NXT Title will factor in. Let’s get to it.

We open with a quick look at Sanity vs. Undisputed Era.

Opening sequence.

Sonya DeVille vs. Ember Moon vs. Ruby Riot

The winner is in the four way title match at Takeover. Riot hurricanranas Ember to start but gets lariated down by DeVille. Sonya is sent outside and it’s Ruby flipping Ember around into a standoff. The springboard crossbody gets two on Sonya and a kick to the face gets the same on Riot. Ruby it sent outside and Ember gets kicked down and we take a break. Back with Sonya suplexing them both down, only to be headscissored into Ember for two more.

Riot and DeVille slug away at each other until Sonya is knocked outside. It gets even worse for DeVille when she gets kicked out of the air by Ember. Moon is down as well though, only to have Ruby dive onto the two of them. She comes up with a horrible ankle though and things slow way down. Riot is still able to get inside, only to have DeVille slap on an ankle lock. The hold stays on for a good while until Moon comes in off the top with the Eclipse on Sonya and a pin on Riot at 11:34.

Result: Ember Moon b. Sonya DeVille and Ruby Riot – Pin on Riot (11:34)

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The Undisputed Era talked to Roderick Strong outside the Performance Center but we couldn’t hear what was said.

William Regal is about to announce how the fourth participant in the Women’s Title match will be chosen but the Iconic Duo comes up to interrupt. Regal gets around to saying that there will be a battle royal next week.

Aleister Black vs. Raul Mendoza

Before any contact, cue the Velveteen Dream on the apron with Black’s vest. The distraction lets Mendoza knee Black to the floor, setting up a running flip dive to the floor. A springboard Swanton gets two on Black but the rapid fire kicks take Mendoza down. Black Mass puts Mendoza away at 2:10.

Result: Aleister Black b. Raul Mendoza – Black Mass (2:10)

Dream leaves with the vest with Black glaring at him.

Drew McIntyre had a sitdown interview and is thrilled with his title reign so far. It’s everything he had hoped it was and he’s been feeling pretty good. A few years back he was released from his dream job and it took him a long time to get things together. He was always a wrestler and even his father never understood things. Somewhere along the line his fire went out and now he’s back here to build something special.

Cue Zelina Vega to take over the interview to say Drew and Andrade Cien Almas have a lot in common. She was Andrade’s second chance and thinks Drew has been avoiding him. Drew suggests going to William Regal because he’d love to give Almas a shot. If Andrade is serious, come see the champ himself.

Kassius Ohno vs. Cezar Bononi

They strike it off to start until Bononi hits a dropkick for two. Another dropkick puts Ohno on the floor, followed by a suplex for two back inside. A third dropkick misses though and Ohno scores with his backsplash. Ohno kicks him in the jaw and the rolling elbow is good enough for the pin at 3:05.

Result: Kassius Ohno b. Cezar Bononi – Rolling elbow (3:05)

Sanity vs. Undisputed Era

Fish and Wolfe start things off with Fish striking away, only to get tossed into the corner. O’Reilly has about the same level of success and it’s off to Dane to uppercut Kyle in the corner. The fast tags continue with Young adding a middle rope forearm to the chest for two. It’s back to Fish, who scores with more kicks and right hands to Young as the beating takes us to a break.

Back with Cole grabbing a chinlock until his partners work on Eric’s arms. O’Reilly gets two off a double suplex and some kicks keep Young down in the corner. Kyle is smart enough to kick Wolfe off the apron and bring Dain in, allowing him a chance to pull Young to the corner again. Not that it matters as Eric kicks O’Reilly away and makes the hot tag off to Dain.

That means it’s time for the big man offense, including a hard running dropkick and some corner splashes. Fish and O’Reilly get tossed at the same time but Cole superkicks Dain in the back of the head for the save. A belly to back suplex/neckbreaker combination puts O’Reilly down and Cole is quickly surrounded. Sanity takes him inside….and here are the Authors of Pain to jump Sanity for the DQ at 13:31.

Result: Sanity b. Undisputed Era via DQ when the Authors of Pain interfered (13:31)

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The Authors destroy Sanity as the Undisputed Era leaves to end the show.

Ember Moon b. Sonya DeVille and Ruby Riot – Pin on Riot
Aleister Black b. Raul Mendoza – Black Mass
Kassius Ohno b. Cezar Bononi – Rolling elbow
Sanity b. Undisputed Era via DQ when the Authors of Pain interfered

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Why Have Bray Wyatt, Bo Dallas and JoJo Been Missing “Raw”?

It runs in the family. Over the last few weeks, there have been some notable absences on the “Monday Night Raw” brand. These missing names include JoJo, Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas, the former two of whom are reportedly in a relationship and the latter two of whom are brothers. So why have these three been missing?

According to Justin LaBar of the “Pittsburgh Tribune”, all three are out of action due to suffering from viral meningitis. This condition could keep them out of action for a short period of time or potentially months.

Seems Bray, Bo and JoJo haven’t been at TV or events because of viral meningitis. Unfortunate. I have NO INFO on Sunday for Bray.

— Justin LaBar (@JustinLaBar) October 18, 2017

In addition to this, the Pro Wrestling Voices Twitter account reports that others may have the same illness and this Sunday’s card could be in jeopardy.

I am hearing other Superstars may indeed be suffering from the same illness, and it may drastically impact Sunday’s PPV event.

— Pro Wrestling Votes (@WrestleVotes) October 18, 2017

If Wyatt can go, here’s what we can expect.

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Opinion: That’s certainly not good. It’s never good to have some of the names on the roster ill but the fact that it’s serious makes things even worse. Hopefully the three of them get better and hopefully the rest of the roster is fine as well. With no word on how bad Wyatt may be, it should be interesting to see how the debut of Sister Abigail goes down. Let us know in the comments below.

Are you interested in Sister Abigail’s debut? If Wyatt can’t go, what should be done? Let us know in the comments below.

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Full Match: Asuka vs. Bayley From “Takeover: Dallas”

The Empress of Tomorrow from yesteryear. Asuka is set to make her main roster debut this Sunday at “Tables Ladders and Chairs 2017” in a match against Emma. It will be the first chance for a lot of people to see the undefeated Asuka, who ran roughshod over NXT for the better part of two years. That sounds like the time for a flashback to me.

WWE has posted the full version of Asuka challenging Bayley for the NXT Women’s Title at “Takeover: Dallas”. This was the real arrival for Asuka, as she took the title in a solid win over the fan favorite. Bayley would stick around NXT for a good while after, but it was clear that the guard had been changed. Here’s the match:

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Opinion: I was lucky enough to be in the building for this match and you could feel the air go out when Bayley lost. She wasn’t just defeated, but rather dismantled as Asuka took everything Bayley threw at her and bounced back without too much trouble. It was the start of a major run for Asuka, though I don’t think anyone knew how big.

What did you think of this match? How well will Asuka do on the main roster? Let us know in the comments below.

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“Smackdown Live” Ratings and Audience Fall Hard

Anything Raw can do they can do better. Over the course of the year, WWE has had issues with its audience and television ratings. The numbers went down hard in the spring and early summer but rebounded a bit in recent weeks. Now that the fall is starting to take effect, the question is how will things hold up.

According to, this week’s episode of “Smackdown Live” drew a .73 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 2.32 million viewers. These numbers are down 9% and 6% from last week’s .8 rating and 2.467 million viewers. Both numbers are the show’s lowest since the June 13 episode, which drew a .63 rating and 2.072 million.

Miss the show? Here are some highlights:

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Opinion: But hey, let’s ignore the fact that Jinder Mahal was featured in this week’s preview right? The bigger problem here was of course the start of the NBA season, which featured some big time games. However, Mahal making an announcement didn’t prove to be any kind of draw, which has been the case for anything he’s done in his title reign to date.

What did you think of this show? How big of a problem is Mahal? Let us know in the comments below.

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Brock Lesnar To Respond To Jinder Mahal’s Challenge On RAW

– As noted, WWE Champion Jinder Mahal challenged Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. WWE announced the following on the appearance: Brock Lesnar to respond to Jinder Mahal’s WWE Survivor Series challenge on Raw Jinder Mahal, you have Brock Lesnar’s attention. After SmackDown LIVE’s WWE Champion threw down the gauntlet for a match against Raw’s Universal Champion, The Beast Incarnate will issue […]

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