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205 Live Results – January 16, 2018

205 Live
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.

Opening sequence.

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.

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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.

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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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Mixed Match Challenge Results – January 16, 2018

Mixed Match Challenge Episode #1
Date: January 16, 2018
Location: Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas
Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Beth Phoenix

This is a new concept for WWE as they’re airing on Facebook for the first time ever. In this case we have a tournament of mixed matches with the winners earning money for a charity. There will be twelve episodes with twelve teams vying for the money with one match a week. I have no idea what to expect here so let’s get to it.

No opening sequence here.

Renee Young and Byron Saxton are on the floor as hosts.

We get quick vignettes from both teams, basically saying they’re going to win.

We get some rapid fire vignettes from other teams, including Carmella eating pancakes and Nia Jax being presented with some lucky underwear.

First Round: Finn Balor/Sasha Banks vs. Shinsuke Nakamura/Natalya


Nakamura has an old Jim Neidhart Hart Foundation jacket, complete with the big shoulders. The women start things off and Natalya bails into the corner. It’s quickly off to the men who fight over a technical sequence.  It’s an early standoff as they’re playing this as even. Neither can get much control off an armbar so Nakamura tells him to COME ON.

That means another standoff and Balor throws up the Too Sweet sign. The women come in again and Sasha hits her pose before slapping Natalya in the face. Something like an atomic drop and a basement dropkick give Natalya two but Banks is right back with the double knees in the corner. Natalya bails to the floor so Sasha dives onto…Nakamura, who calmly puts her back on the apron. The second dive takes Natalya down but Sasha walks into the discus forearm, followed by the chinlock.

Hang on a second though as we look at Sami Zayn and Becky Lynch talking about the show. We hit the abdominal stretch with Natalya lifting the foot off the mat for some bonus pressure. Sasha flips her away without too much effort and brings Balor back in to speed things back up.

Nakamura kicks Balor in the head though and hits the running knee for two. Kinshasa is countered with the Sling Blade but Natalya breaks up the Coup de Grace. Sasha throws Natalya outside but Kinshasa is countered again, this time with Nakamura being sent into the post. Stereo basement dropkicks set up the Bank Statement to make Natalya tap at 12:48.

Result: Finn Balor/Sasha Banks b. Shinsuke Nakamua/Natalya – Bank Statement to Natalya (12:48)

Here’s what the winners had to say after their victory:

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Next week: Big E./Carmella vs. Asuka/The Miz.

New Day is fired up and Carmella is in a washing machine.

Miz speaks English and Asuka shouts in Japanese before they both speak English.

 

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Trish Stratus Confirmed for “Raw” 25th Anniversary


It’s time to rock and roll. We’re less than six days away before the “Monday Night Raw” 25th Anniversary show and that could make for some awesome moments. There’s already a host of names being added to the card but there’s always a bunch of names that could be added at the last minute. That’s the case with another name who is now confirmed for the show.

As announced in a video released on WWE’s YouTube channel, Trish Stratus will be appearing at the anniversary show. Stratus is a seven time Women’s Champion and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013. Her last match with the company was in 2011 in a mixed tag on “Monday Night Raw. Here’s the announcement:

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Opinion: This is another name where you need to have her involved to really make this feel complete. Stratus was one of the most important stars in the history of the women’s division and having her around would make a big celebration like this all the better. I don’t know if she’ll be involved in WWE after this but just having her there once is a good idea.

Do you think Stratus will be involved in the Women’s Royal Rumble? Do you want her to be? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rumor: Roman Reigns Linked to Steroid Distribution Ring in Miami


This could be bad. Like, really, really bad.

A new report from Bleacher Report is suggesting that Roman Reigns is being linked to a steroid distribution ring that took place in February 2017.

From the report:

Iron Addicts co-owner Richard Rodriguez ran a supplement company that the DEA said produced and sold anabolic steroids. In a criminal complaint, agents accused Rodriguez, 37, and wife Nancy, head of a nine-member steroid ring, of importing products from China, manufacturing steroids in an Arizona lab and distributing the drugs worldwide from a Miami P.O. Box.

In addition to Reigns Rodriguez named two other celebrities who were involved in the steroid ring, including movie star Mark Wahlberg.

You can see a clip of “the big dog” from his battle with the Miztourage on “Raw” below:

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This is not the first time that Reigns has been linked to performance enhancing substances. He was suspended for violating WWE’s Wellness Policy back in the summer of 2016.

WWE has not commented at this time. We will continue to monitor this story and provide any updates as they become available to us.

Editor’s Opinion:

I don’t think that anything will come of this, as the investigation occurred over a year ago. However, the fact that Reigns is being brought up again could produce some serious problems down the road.

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New United States Champion Crowned on “Smackdown Live”


After a Canadian final. As of earlier this week, the United States Title tournament final was scheduled to be wrapping up at the “2018 Royal Rumble”. Tonight though, that was changed to the finals taking place next week. That wasn’t enough either though and the finals were held tonight, along with the semifinals. So who won?

Tonight on “Smackdown Live”, Bobby Roode won the tournament to become the new United States Champion. Roode defeated Jinder Mahal in the finals after pinning Mojo Rawley earlier in the night. Mahal advanced to the finals by defeating Xavier Woods. The tournament was necessary after former champion Dolph Ziggler vacated the title late last year.

Here’s how Roode got to the finals:

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Opinion: This was the only way they could have gone and there’s nothing wrong with that. Roode was banged up coming into the finals and it made sense to have him win in the end to complete a good story. There’s a good chance this leads to Roode vs. a returning Ziggler for the title at the pay per view, even though they flew through the last three matches at a faster pace than necessary.

Do you like Roode as champion? If not, who should have won? Let us know in the comments below.

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Smackdown Results – January 16, 2018

Smackdown
Date: January 16, 2018
Location: Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas
Commentators: Corey Graves, Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton

Please be better. The last few weeks haven’t been kind to Smackdown and I really could use a good episode to change things up a bit. The problem continues to be Daniel Bryan vs. Shane McMahon, which has dominated the show so strongly that it’s taking away from a lot of the other stories. Hopefully that starts to change tonight. Let’s get to it.


Here’s the New Day for an opening chat. Woods brings out the pancakes and stands behind a podium as all three do the tongue roll to announce Jinder Mahal’s Maharajah nickname. See, America is like a bunch of pancakes: made of flour, eggs and freedom. America is built up like Home Alone 1, 2 and 3. Big E: “Not so much with 3.” Woods talks about Jinder hating Home Alone and hating every one of you. The fans are against Jinder but the Singh Brothers come out to introduce Mahal.

US Title Tournament Semifinals: Jinder Mahal vs. Xavier Woods

The finals will now be next week instead of at the Royal Rumble. Mahal kicks him in the face to start and elbows a charging Woods in the jaw. A jumping knee gets two and we take a break. Back with Jinder holding him in a chinlock and Big E. throwing pancakes at the Singh Brothers. The fans want pancackes as Jinder forearms Woods down to the floor. Back in and a knee to the head gets two as we take a second break.

We come back again with Woods hitting a missile dropkick and winning a slugout. A discus punch drops Mahal and a Shining Wizard gets two. New Day goes after the Singh Brothers and chases the up the aisle, leaving us one on one. The top rope elbow misses though and Woods is whipped throat first into the bottom rope. The Khallas sends Mahal to the finals at 18:02.

Result: Jinder Mahal b. Xavier Woods – Khallas (18:02)

At a house show, Baron Corbin talked about knowing he’ll win the Royal Rumble because it’s just a fight and that’s what he does best.

Quick look at the media talking about Goldberg’s Hall of Fame induction.

AJ Styles dubs Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens as Kami and says he sees himself as being down 3-1 because Owens is like two people.

Carmella knows how to make history so she’ll win the Rumble.

Natalya has the catlike reflexes to win.

Tamina says she’ll win.

Lana promises to make it the Ravishing Rumble.

Naomi is going to make everyone feel the Glow.

Riott knows how to create chaos and no one can stop her.

Sarah Logan isn’t running from anything.

Liv Morgan is here to make history so she’ll do it at the Rumble.

Becky Lynch promises to win.

US Title Tournament Semifinals: Bobby Roode vs. Mojo Rawley

Roode shoves him around to start and hits the GLORIOUS pose. Back up and Mojo runs through Roode and complains at the referee for getting in his way. They head outside with Mojo hitting a long running charge to drive Roode into the barricade. We take a break and come back with Mojo putting on an abdominal stretch, though he does hit Roode in the ribs a few times.

Mojo asks Roode if he’s cracked a rib before hammering at said ribs. That’s rather cruel of him. Back up and Mojo misses a charge into the post, allowing Roode to hit the Blockbuster for two. The Glorious DDT is countered into a fireman’s carry faceplant (basically an F5 without the spin) for two. The running punch in the corner is blocked with some raised boots and Roode grabs the spinebuster. Roode hits the Glorious DDT to go to the finals at 13:13.

Result: Bobby Roode b. Mojo Rawley – Glorious DDT (13:13)

Post match the Singh Brothers come in to beat on Roode but are dispatched fairly quickly. Mahal comes out to say he’ll be champion next week. Roode wants to fight now but Mahal says on his time. Daniel Bryan pops up from behind and says the finals are on TONIGHT.

Randy Orton, in a ring in an empty arena, likes to be surrounded by chaos, so the Rumble is his match.

Charlotte/Becky Lynch/Naomi vs. Riott Squad

Charlotte suplexes Morgan for two to start and does her Figure Four neck lock flips to Riott. The Squad gets sent outside and we take a break. Back with Lynch being sent into Morgan’s knees for two and Liv grabbing the hair to cut off a hot tag attempt. Becky finally dives over and brings in Naomi to speed things up. The spear cuts Logan down but Riott kicks Naomi into the one kneed Codebreaker for the pin at 8:10.

Result: Riott Squad b. Charlotte/Becky Lynch/Naomi – Codebreaker to Naomi (8:10)

The Usos think Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin got together on Tag Team Tinder. They can’t remember which Uso is which though and get beaten down by Gable and Benjamin. Chad knows who they are: the former champions.

Long video on AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens.

Shinsuke Nakamura says he’ll win. Is there a reason none of the big wrestlers are actually here tonight?

Next week: Rusev Day vs. Ascension.

US Title: Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal

The title is vacant coming in, Roode’s ribs are banged up, there are no Singh Brothers and Shane McMahon/Daniel Bryan are at ringside. Feeling out process to start with Mahal’s cheap shot to the ribs being cut off. They head outside with Mahal driving the bad ribs into the barricade and getting in a few more shots as we take a break.

Back with Mahal bending the ribs around the post and then slapping on an abdominal stretch. Some knees to the ribs keep Roode down and Mahal puts a knee in the back.   Roode gets two off a sunset flip but a superkick gives Mahal the same to keep him in control. Bobby finally sends him outside for a clothesline from the apron as the crowd is just gone here. Back in and Mahal rolls through a high crossbody for two of his own, followed by a Blockbuster for the same. Roode’s spinebuster plants Mahal again and the Khallas is reversed into the Glorious DDT to make Roode the champion at 15:44.

Result: Bobby Roode b. Jinder Mahal – Glorious DDT (15:44)

The bosses present Roode with the title to end the show.

Results
Jinder Mahal b. Xavier Woods – Khallas
Bobby Roode b. Mojo Rawley – Glorious DDT
Riott Squad b. Charlotte/Becky Lynch/Naomi – Codebreaker to Naomi
Bobby Roode b. Jinder Mahal – Glorious DDT

 

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Breaking News: WWE Officially Sign Beloved Wrestler Candice LeRae


WWE have confirmed via their official website that popular independent wrestler Candice LeRae has signed with the company.

As we previously reported, LeRae was expected to start with WWE and today WWE have confirmed the Mae Young Classic standout performer will be reporting to the WWE Performance Center moving forward.

LeRae is no stranger to WWE- having made it into the quarterfinal round in the inaugural Mae Young Classic where she ultimately lost to runner-up Shayna Baszler.

She has also competed in several NXT matches, including a Battle Royal back in October where the winner would receive an opportunity at the NXT Women’s Championship.

LeRae- the wife of current NXT superstar Johnny Gargano stands at 5-foot-2 and is well-known by audiences as someone who will push gender boundaries and stop at nothing to show the world how talented she is.

In fact, LeRae has in the past faced former WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and former WWE Raw Tag Team Champion Cesaro in matches, if this is any indication of the perseverance and motivation of WWE’s latest signee.

Former ROH Champion Cody Rhodes also recently explained that WWE’s latest signee is one of two people he felt legitimately threatened by in the ring due to her strength.

WWE have also confirmed they have signed Trevor “Ricochet” Mann and both members of War Machine today.

Since the announcement, Gargano took to Twitter to congratulate his wife on finally making it to WWE.

She’s one of the best in the world and got here on her own merit. Blood, sweat and tears.. She’s sacrificed and worked incredibly hard for a very long time.

I’m proud of my Wife; Candice.. But even prouder of my favorite wrestler, the toughest person I know; Candice LeRae. https://t.co/1y7PRGSGo1

— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) January 16, 2018

Joey Ryan, who served as LeRae’s tag team partner as part of The World’s Cutest Tag Team commented on LeRae being signed.

My favorite wrestler is about to become the world’s favorite wrestler.
?? @CandiceLeRae #WorldsCutestTagTeam forever.

— Joey Ryan (@JoeyRyanOnline) January 16, 2018

Finally, Gargano’s former #DIY tag team partner Tommaso Ciampa broke his silence for the first time in half a month on Twitter to congratulate LeRae.

Congratulations, Candice. pic.twitter.com/pjEmAqHLSM

— BLACKHEART (@ProjectCiampa) January 16, 2018

If you haven’t seen LeRae compete before, you can find her Mae Young Classic match against Baszler below.

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Who would you like to see LeRae face in WWE? Are you excited about this news?

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Jey Uso Arrested For DUI Over The Weekend


This can’t be good.

According to a report from Wrestling News, Jey Uso was arrested for a DUI on Sunday, following WWE’s Live Event in Hidalgo, TX. Uso, whose real name is Joshua Samuel Fatu, was held on a Personal Recognizance Bond for $500, and was released the same day.

You can see an official copy of his arrest report, along with his mugshot at this link.

The Usos have been in a brief feud with Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable as of late, and will be facing them in a “2 Out Of 3 Falls” Match at the “Royal Rumble.” You can see a clip of teams in action from a recent episode of “Smackdown Live” below:

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This is not the first time that a member of the Uso family has been in trouble for a DUI. It had been previously reported that Jimmy was arrested back in 2013 for his second offense.

WWE has yet to comment on the incident.

We will continue to monitor this story and provide updates as they become available to us.

Editor’s Opinion:

Oh boy. I hope that this does not lead to anything more serious, as The Usos have been one of the best tag teams in WWE in recent memory. In fact, they were a lot of people’s pick for the best team in all of 2017.

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WWE Officially Signs War Machine


Filling in the ranks. Tag tea wrestling has never been the strongest area for WWE. When you look back, there are only a handful of times when the division was actually strong. There’s no reason to believe that’s going to change in the near future, but at least it seems like WWE is trying something.

WWE has officially announced the signing of War Machine (Hanson and Rowe) with the team heading to the Performance Center in the near future. War Machine has teamed together since 2014 and are two time IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions as well as one time Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions.

If you’ve never seen them, here’s a look at the team.

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Opinion: War Machine is going to be an interesting team as they’re similar to the Authors of Pain. Hanson and Rowe are a pair of monsters who can throw people around and run them over with raw power, which is often all you need. They’re fine enough with the talking and there’s a good chance we might be able to see a heck of a hoss fight with the Authors at some point.

Are you interested in War Machine’s signing? Which other teams do you want signed? Let us know in the comments below.

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Chris Jericho Reportedly Advertised For ‘Raw 25’ Without A Deal Finalized


In a continued attempt to make the 25th Anniversary of Raw a must-see, WWE has announced even more names to appear on the show. In addition to The Undertaker, the D-Generation X reunion, The Dudley Boyz, Ric Flair, and Steve Austin, WWE has also announced The Godfather, Brother Love, The Boogeyman, Teddy Long, Ted DiBiase, The Brooklyn Brawler, Sgt. Slaughter, and others.

In addition, WWE announced several female talents to appear, seen below.

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SEE ALSO: DX To Reunite At ‘Raw 25’

Surprisingly, one name that WWE announced was Chris Jericho. Over the past few months, Jericho has once again reinvented himself. In this case, for the first time in over 18 years, outside of WWE territory.

In the latter half of 2017, Jericho kindled a heated rivalry with IWGP United States Champion Kenny Omega, that would culminate at the annual Wrestle Kingdom event on January 4. The next day, Jericho would set his sights on another person, as he attacked former IWGP Heavyweight Champion Tetsuya Naito. This feud is expected to continue to brew and lead to a match sometime in 2018.

Jericho has made it clear in previous Talk is Jericho podcasts two things: 1) he is, and always will be, a “WWE guy,” and 2) he feels that competing in high-caliber matches in New Japan is a better spot that what he would be if he currently competed in WWE.

The even more surprising twist, according to the Wrestling Obsever, is that WWE announced Jericho being on the show without a deal finalized.

While this could lead to false advertisement, and a bad mark for WWE, it is heavily expected that Jericho will have an agreement made to appear at the 25th Anniversary of Raw, and WWE advertised him with the expectation that something will be finalized very soon.

 

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