Date: January 16, 2018
Location: Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas
Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Vic Joseph
Welcome to the shortened version of the show as we’re now down to just half an hour thanks to Mixed Match Challenge (I need to send that show a Christmas card.). We’re coming up on the Royal Rumble with Enzo Amore defending the Cruiserweight Title against Cedric Alexander (again) so let’s get to it.
TJP vs. Gran Metalik
Rematch from last week where Metalik won and sent TJP into a tailspin. TJP runs him over for a very fast one and it’s off to a front facelock. Back up and Metalik hits a very high angle springboard armdrag as we see Kalisto watching backstage.
TJP is sent outside for a top rope Asai moonsault as things are starting to speed up a bit. They head inside again with Metalik trying….something off the ropes, allowing TJP to dropkick him in the back and out of the air. The slingshot hilo gives TJP two and we hit the chinlock.
With that not working, TJP ties him in the Tree of Woe, only to miss a baseball slide and hit the post. A superkick and a rope walk dropkick set up the rope walk elbow for a VERY close two. The Metalik Driver is countered but Metalik reverses the Detonation Kick into a rollup for the pin at 5:17.
Result: Gran Metalik b. TJP – Rollup (5:17)
Twice in a row.
Post break, TJP is livid again in the back and might be crying.
We look back at Hideo Itami attacking Jack Gallagher with Jack’s own umbrella last week.
Gallagher has been hearing Brian Kendrick’s face being broken over and over but now he wants to hear Itami scream. He’ll find Itami’s weakness and exploit it because he is now the man with a plan.
So that’s his plan.
Here are Cedric Alexander and Goldust for a chat. Goldust talks about how our lives are determined by opportunities. Some might say their friendship is curious but Cedric is a star on the cusp of a golden opportunity. Cedric digs that and Goldust calls him the DiCaprio to Goldust’s Scorsese.
Cue Enzo Amore and the Zo Train to say they deserve an Academy Award for acting all buddy buddy. Goldust doesn’t appreciate being called funny because the only clown he sees is right in front of him looking like a swamp duck. Threats are issued but Enzo says Goldust has to beat the entire Zo Train first. Goldust says bring it on.
Goldust vs. Zo Train
Drew Gulak (along with Ariya Daivari and Tony Nese) starts for the team and slaps Goldust in the face. An early hip attack puts Gulak down and it’s off to Daivari, who is atomic dropped for his efforts. The numbers game offers a distraction though and Daivari hammers Goldust from behind.
Nese comes in for the choking in the corner, followed by a hard running forearm. We hit the neck crank for a bit, only to have Nese miss a charge into the corner. It’s back to Gulak who eats a quick bulldog, followed by the snap powerslam for two. Nese knocks Goldust to the floor but dives onto Daivari by mistake. Cedric dives onto Enzo and the Final Cut ends Gulak at 4:00.
Result: Goldust b. Zo Train – Final Cut to Gulak (4:00)
That’s quite the destruction.
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