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WWE Day 1 PPV...I mean 'Premium Live Event' Results: 1-1-22

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(5) BECKY LYNCH vs. LIV MORGAN – Raw Women’s Title match

The bell rang 4 minutes into the third hour of this Premium Live Event. Liv took it to Becky early including pursuing her at ringside and ramming her over and over into the announce desk while screaming. She threw Becky back into the ring. Becky rolled under the bottom rope to buy time. Liv charged toward her, but Becky kicked her and took over. Liv came right back and aggressively stomped on Becky’s back and scored a two count at 2:00.

They battled back and forth for several more minutes, with Becky eventually. Liv delivered a back-cracker with her boots and then shoved Becky hard into the top turnbuckle. A minute later Liv landed a missile dropkick off the top rope for a near fall. Becky came back with a reverse sidekick and a suplex into an armbar. Liv leveraged Becky’s shoulders down for a near fall. Liv followed up with a floated over face plant for another two count. When Liv climbed to the top rope, Becy caught her up there. Liv came right back with a sunset flip off the top rope for a near fall, the most convincing near fall of the match to that point. Becky got up first and applied a Disarm Her. Liv put her leg on the bottom rope to force a break. Becky held on four extra seconds. Liv rolled up Becky, Becky countered. They exchanged leverage near falls.

Liv made a comeback and landed a top rope dropkick. Smith called it beautiful. Graves said he’s not sure how much of it she caught. (Which was it?! Graves was more right, as it seemed to just graze her and they replayed the same ambiguous camera angle.) Becky bailed out to ringside. Liv dove through the ropes and tackled Becky, then let out a barbaric yell. She broke the ref’s count. When she went back after Becky at ringside, Becky took over and rammed Liv into the ringside table over and over. Becky then returned to the ring.

When Liv re-entered the ring, Becky threw her to the floor. Liv reversed Becky into the ringside steps. Liv then put Becky’s arm between the stairs and post, then stomped away at it. Back in the ring, Becky kicked Liv in the face, then climbed to the second rope. Liv met her up there and delivered a leaping arm breaker followed by a Rings of Saturn. Becky leveraged Liv’s shoulders down, so Liv released her grip at two. Becky held onto the middle rope. Liv went for a move, but Becky blocked it and landed a pump-handle slam for the clean win. It appeared Becky was looking to add leverage with her foot on the bottom rope, but couldn’t quite reach it. So maybe it wasn’t supposed to be a clean win.

WINNER: Lynch in 17:00 to retain the Raw Women’s Title. (***1/4)

(That was a heck of a match. It seemed like a product of a lot of planning and practice, which led to I think Liv’s best and most memorable match. Not everything was crisp or perfect, but overall it was well-paced and dramatic. Liv was fierce and intense throughout, which helped. Even in losing, I think this match solidified that Liv will be a bigger star because of her feud with Becky rather than someone who clearly couldn’t cut it and dropped way down the card. But it’s a close call when you look at the totality of her time in the main event spotlight with Becky.)

(6) BIG E vs. SETH ROLLINS vs. BOBBY LASHLEY vs. KEVIN OWENS vs. BROCK LESNAR – WWE Title match

Graves said this could be a career-defining night for Big E. Seth, KO, and Lashley came out first. Then Big E. And finally Lesnar. It’s odd having the champion not come out last or first. Nobody wants to follow Brock’s pop, I get that, but it’s a little micro-instance that defines Big E down as champion. Lesnar walked around the ring as Graves said called him the odds-on favorite because his opponents didn’t have time to prepare for him in this match.

Seth and KO attacked Lesnar in the ring as Lashley and Big E battled at ringside. Lesnar suplexed KO and Seth. Lesnar went for an early F5 on Seth, but KO broke it up. Big E charged into the ring and clotheslined Lesnar. Then he knocked Lesnar over the top rope with another hard running clothesline. Those looked great. At ringside, Lashley picked up Big E and rammed him ribs-first into the ringpost. Lesnar then charged at Lesnar and speared him through the ringside barricade. Yikes. Lesnar went down hard and stayed down. They cut to crowd reaction shots.

Back in the ring, Lesnar went after KO and Seth. When Lashley lifted Seth for a suplex, KO broke it up. Seth and KO stereo superkicked Lashley. Seth and KO then looked down at Lesnar crawling at ringside. Seth leaped through he ropes and tackled him. KO then landed a frog splash on Lesnar at ringside. They stomped away at Lesnar. Seth and KO picked up the base of the ringside steps and bashed Lashley with it. They turned and hit Lesnar with it next.

KO and Seth dragged Lashely over to the table and set up a double suplex onto the announce desk. Lashley fended them off. Big E then delivered a Big Ending on Lashley onto the table. The table collapsed. Big E turned around and ate a superkick from KO. Seth and KO then DDT’d Lesnar on the ringside step base. Graves called it “a union of necessity.” In the ring, KO caught Big E with a Pop Up Powerbomb for a near fall. KO climbed to the top rope and went for a flip senton. Big E lifted his knees. Seth then a diving splash out of nowhere for a near fall. Fans chanted “This is awesome!”

Seth landed a spinning elbow to Big E’s head. He hit another strike to the base of Big E’s neck. He signaled for the stomp, but Lesnar reappeared and gave Seth a F5. Big E charged. Lesnar gave him an F5. KO went for a stunner, but Lesnar blocked it and hit an F5. Lesnar played to the crowd, but then Lashley speared Lesnar for a believable, dramatic near fall. Lashley applied the Hurt Lock next on an exhausted looking Lesnar. MVP was celebrating at ringside, anticipating victory. Lesnar dropped down, but Big E broke it up. Big E then gave Lashley a Big Ending. He then set up a Big Ending, but Lesnar escaped and delivered an F5 and scored a three count. Fans looked around in shock. Smith said, “This man came in and wiped out the field. I’ve never seen a performance like that.”

WINNER: Lesnar to capture the WWE Title in 10:00. (***1/2)

(Quite the turn of events. That was a freight train of a match start to finish.)
 

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NJPW is returning to AXS TV in March. They will air new episodes every Thursday after Impact.

Too bad they decided to make their promotion suck monkey ass.

They doubled down on their shitty new belt last night. And I still can't believe they extended Wrestle Kingdom to 3 nights after everybody in the entire world agreed that expanding it to two nights drastically reduced the quality.
 

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'nother round of wrasslin firings

Mostly WWE's trainers and coaches, since they don't even pretend to want to develop good wrestlers anymore with NXT 2.0.

WWE fired:
Timothy Thatcher (had been coaching since leaving weekly TV)
Road Dogg
William Regal
Allison Danger (Cathy Corino, Steve's sister/top female trainer)
Danny Burch
Hideki Suzuki
George Carroll (writer, producer, business man, promoter; one of the guys that brought ROH and NJPW together back in the day)
Scott Armstrong
Ranjin Singh
Ace Steel
Toni Storm

Also at least 15 business and creative types.

Impact fired play by play guy Matt Striker.
 

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Okay, short review:

Page/Danielson = still awesome. Dragon's gonna win the belt some way or other and I'm here for it.

Luchasaurus holding any title in any fed = NO stop that. Dude sucks horribly. I like Jungle Boy, but LS is utterly terrible. Transition champs can hand the belts to any of the teams in that last shot and I'm fine with it.

Ruby Soho = bad, bad, bad. So overrated. She was underused in WWE then comes to AEW and shows why that happened. TK needs to get his Rancid song license money back.
 
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I saw this commercial on the other day and I could have sworn I saw STING in the promotion?? He's still wrasslin'???
I'll never forget him launching Rick Rude into the heavens with those vicious back body drops!! Rud'es career ended after that,didn't it??
BB
 

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I saw this commercial on the other day and I could have sworn I saw STING in the promotion?? He's still wrasslin'???
I'll never forget him launching Rick Rude into the heavens with those vicious back body drops!! Rud'es career ended after that,didn't it??
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He's more of a manager, but will get involved in tag matches once in a while. His six man match a couple weeks ago was pretty sweet, although he did almost murder a guy.
 

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He's almost 63 and he's not even the oldest guy AEW has put in matches in the last year.
 

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He's almost 63 and he's not even the oldest guy AEW has put in matches in the last year.
WOW! That is freakin' amazing!!! There's clean living for you...this guy was created in the mold of Bob Backlund!
I'll never forget begging and hoping Harley Race would pull off that pile driver on Sting when he called out Sting to face Vader and sting reversed it on him in to a back body drop!! Damn ,that Harley Race pile Driver would have made for even better memories!!
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NJPW is returning to AXS TV in March. They will air new episodes every Thursday after Impact.

Too bad they decided to make their promotion suck monkey ass.

They doubled down on their shitty new belt last night. And I still can't believe they extended Wrestle Kingdom to 3 nights after everybody in the entire world agreed that expanding it to two nights drastically reduced the quality.
So do you just not like any good pro wrestling?
 

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So do you just not like any good pro wrestling?
Wrestling is dead, like I've been saying.

NJPW went full sports entertainment, Impact and AEW are exactly like WWE, ROH is pretty much dead, MLW spent two years trying to become a Lucha Underground ripoff and then aborted it; now they pretty much just do squash matches. The only remotely watchable WWE show had been NXT, but now they've nuked that too.

AEW sucked the life out of every promotion of any size that was different than WWE, then became another WWE themselves.
 

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Impact Wrestling Hard to Kill PPV Results: 1-8-22

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(1) CHELSEA GREEN vs. TASHA STEELZ vs. LADY FROST vs. JORDYNNE GRACE vs. ALISHA EDWARDS vs. ROSEMARY– Ultimate X Match

This was the first ever Knockouts Ultimate X Match. The winner gets an upcoming shot at the Knockouts Title. Tom Hannifan (formerly Tom Phillips of WWE) and D’Lo Brown welcomed us to the show. Hannifan talked about prior Ultimate X matches and seemed familiar with the wrestlers and history. Alisha was a late substitute for Rachael Ellering (it was also Alisha’s birthday).

The winner has to grab the X that was hanging above the ring. Fans chanted “This Is Awesome” right at the start. Everyone brawled once the bell rang. Chelsea got a blockbuster on Alisha. Tasha and Chelsea battled in the ring. Grace got a spinebuster on Tasha. Savannah Evans walked to the ring. Havok got in the ring and boosted Rosemary to try to grab the X. Chelsea dropkicked them to put a stop to it.

Chelsea and Alisha climbed the scaffold and dove onto wrestlers at ringside. Lady Frost did a flip from the top rope onto the pile at ringside. Grace and Frost fought on the scaffold. Frost, Grace, and Rosemary battled. Tasha pulled Grace off the ropes above the ring. Chelsea tried to climb the ropes but fell.

Alisha hit everyone with a kendo stick. Fans chanted “She’s hardcore”. Rosemary speared Alisha off the ropes. A “This Is Awesome” chant broke out. Tasha and Grace battled on the ropes and both fell to the mat on their tailbones. Frost dove off the ropes onto wrestlers at ringside. Grace, Tasha, and Chelsea battled on the ropes. Tasha knocked Grace off. Chelsea grabbed the X, but Tasha took it from her and fell to the mat to win.

WINNER: Tasha Steelz in 10:00.

(An exciting match that didn’t disappoint. Everyone worked hard and had a chance to shine. The fans were into the match the whole way through. Great start to the show.)

(2) TREY MIGUEL (c) vs. STEVE MACLIN – Impact Wrestling X Division Title Match

Maclin flew in and attacked Trey on the ramp before the bell rang. They battled on the ramp. Trey dove from the ring and DDT’d Maclin on the floor. Both wrestlers got in the ring and the bell finally rang. Trey dove over the ring post onto Maclin and landed in the crowd. They fought at ringside. Maclin threw Trey into the railings and into the side of the ring.

Back in the ring, Maclin scored a two count. Maclin had the advantage and gave Trey a hard clothesline. Maclin gave Trey a uranage and got another two count. Maclin continued on offense. Maclin gave Trey an elbow drop from the ring apron. Back in the ring, Maclin gave Trey a backbreaker. Trey used his speed to mount a comeback. Trey gave Maclin a double stomp.

Maclin blocked a meteora and speared Trey. They fell to the outside. Fans chanted “This Is Impact”. Maclin gave Trey a series of elbows. Trey gave Maclin a modified piledriver and a kick. Trey got a two count. They traded punches on the apron. Trey gave Maclin a knee strike and they got back in the ring.

Trey gave Maclin a meteora from the top rope to the floor. Fans chanted “Holy Shit”. Maclin’s head hit the guard rail. Back in the ring, Trey hit the meteora on Maclin, but Maclin kicked out at two. Fans chanted “This Is Awesome”. Trey gave Maclin a series of punches and a kick. Trey gave Maclin a brainbuster. Trey hit another meteora for the win.

WINNER: Trey Miguel in 13:00.

(The action matched the intensity of the feud that led up to this match. It was a fitting touch to have them brawl from the start. It was a really good match and this was the best I’ve seen Maclin look. Trey was tremendous as always.)

(3) JONATHAN GRESHAM (c) vs. CHRIS SABIN – ROH World Title Match

The match was contested under ROH Pure Rules. Ian noted that Sabin was owed an ROH title match because he beat Jay Lethal in 2018. Fans chanted “ROH” after Gresham was announced. Gresham and Sabin traded the advantage at the start. Gresham worked on Sabin’s arm. Gresham put Sabin in a unique submission that put pressure on Sabin’s ankle.

Gresham worked on Sabin on the mat. Sabin gave Gresham a kick from the apron. Back in the ring, they traded the advantage. Sabin gave Gresham a DDT. They went back and forth for awhile until Sabin gave Gresham a neckbreaker. Gresham used his first rope break to break the count after a pin attempt.

Gresham gave Sabin a leg whip. Gresham gave Sabin a moonsault and elbow strikes, followed by a crossface. Sabin battled to grab the rope to break the hold. Gresham put Sabin in the octopus submission. Sabin got the Cradle Shock on Gresham. Sabin appeared to get the three count, but Gresham had his foot under the rope, so it counted as a rope break.

Gresham and Sabin traded strikes on the mat. They got to their feet and traded chops. Fans cheered after the sequence. They did more chops and the fans clapped. Gresham and Sabin traded moves. Gresham used a bridge to pin Sabin.

WINNER: Jonathan Gresham in 12:00.

(It felt so odd to see the ROH World Title defended on an Impact show. It was an excellent Pure style wrestling match. Gresham and Sabin worked so well together and had the fans on their feet. This was really good.)

(4) JOSH ALEXANDER vs. JONAH

There was a dual chant for both wrestlers. Alexander gave Jonah a kick but it didn’t phase him. Alexander followed up with punches and kicks. Jonah missed a senton. Alexander tried to go for an ankle lock, but Jonah kicked him to the outside. They fought on the outside. Jonah chopped Alexander then threw him back in the ring.

Alexander stomped on Jonah’s ankle on the apron. Alexander gave Jonah a crossbody block to the floor. A “Walking Weapon” chant broke out. Jonah dropped Alexander ribs-first on the apron. The action returned to the ring. Jonah dropped Alexander on the top rope and threw him to the mat. Alexander recovered and punched Jonah’s ankle.

Jonah made a comeback and dropped Alexander on the ropes again. Jonah put Alexander in a backbreaker. They traded offense. After a few attempts, Alexander clotheslined Jonah over the top rope. They brawled in the front row and the crowd scattered. Jonah clotheslined Alexander over the rail. Alexander came back with a punch.

Alexander leaped from the top rope over the rail onto Jonah. Jonah beat the count to get inside the ring. Jonah backdropped Alexander to avoid the C-4 Spike. Alexander gave Jonah a knee drop for a two count. They battled on the top rope. Jonah gave Alexander a superplex. Fans chanted “This Is Awesome”.

Alexander and Jonah traded punches and chops. Jonah powerbombed Alexander and clotheslined him. Jonah gave Alexander a brainbuster for a two count. Alexander bled from the head. Jonah went to the top rope, but Alexander put him in an ankle lock. Jonah gave Alexander a headbutt. Jonah missed a moonsault from the top rope.

Alexander made a comeback and powerbombed Jonah for a two count. Alexander put Jonah in an ankle lock but he kicked out of it. Alexander stomped Jonah then put on the ankle lock again. Jonah tapped.

WINNER: Josh Alexander in 17:00.

(This match was a little slower paced then previous matches but it built to a really good match that the fans were invested in. This is also a big storyline win for Alexander on his quest to regain the World Title.)

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(5) RICH SWANN & WILLIE MACK & EDDIE EDWARDS & HEATH & RHINO vs. DOC GALLOWS & KARL ANDERSON & ERIC YOUNG & JOE DOERING & DEANER – Hardcore War Match

The match rules were similar to War Games but there was no cage. A new wrestler entered every 90 seconds. Violent By Design’s team had the man advantage (due to a match on the last episode of Impact TV). Deaner and Swann started the match. Deaner brought a trash can and Swann brought a chair. Swann got the early advantage. Fans chanted “Let’s Go Swann”. Deaner hit Swann with the chair.

Swann gave Deaner a spin kick, but he missed a splash. Deaner ran Swann into a chair. Deaner waved the VBD flag. Deaner gave Swann a Russian Leg Sweep with the flag pole. Deaner tripped Swann into a chair. Karl Anderson was next in the ring. He brought a golf club. Swann kicked Anderson and got the club. Swann hit Anderson with the club and gave Deaner a stunner.

Anderson hit Swann with the tag team title belt and a chair. Willie Mack was next and he brought an ax handle. Mack attacked Anderson and Deaner with the ax handle. Swann hit Deaner with a trash can. Mack brought a door into the ring. He and Swann set the door up between two chairs. Swann and Mack gave Deaner a 3D through the door.

Doc Gallows was next. He hit Swann with a trash can and hit Swann with a part of the door. Eddie Edwards was next. He hit Anderson with a kendo stick. Eddie did two dives and took down the Good Brothers and Deaner. The fans were on their feet. Eric Young was next and he brought trash can lids. He attacked Eddie and threw him in the ring.

Doc hit Mack with a chair. Deaner used a fork on Eddie. Heath was next and threw powder in Anderson’s eyes. He used a pipe on Eric Young. Eddie put a trash can over Deaner and Heath hit the can with a pipe. Mack missed a moonsault from the top rope with a trash can. Wrestlers fought at ringside. Joe Doering entered last for his team.

Doering fought Eddie and Heath. Doering gave a powerbomb to Mack and Swann. All the wrestlers were fighting in the ring. VBD and The Good Brothers had the upper hand. Rhino came out last with a steel chain. Fans chanted “ECW”. Rhino battled everyone with the chain. Rhino hit Eric Young. Heath, Doc, and Eric were bleeding.

The two sides squared off and brawled. Eric and Eddie traded shots with the trash can lids. Eddie used the kendo stick. Eddie lit the end of the kendo stick on fire and hit Doc with it. Eric got a piledriver on Eddie through a table. Swann dove on Eric to the floor. Mack and Swann pulled out a barbed wire board and set it up in a corner of the ring.

Doering gave Swann a Death Valley Driver through the board. Mack clotheslined Swann over the top rope. Anderson got a Stun Gun on Mack. Heath hit Anderson with a Dallas Cowboys helmet. Rhino gored Anderson and Heath covered Anderson for the pin.

WINNERS: Heath & Rhino & Rich Swann & Willie Mack & Eddie Edwards in 24:00.

After the match, Matt Taven, Mike Bennett, Vincent, and PCO attacked the babyfaces. D’Lo asked if this was an invasion. After they laid everyone out, Bennett and Taven brought Maria Kanellis into the ring and they all celebrated. Fans chanted “ROH” and “OGK”. Taven held up a tag team belt and said they would be taking this soon. D’Lo spoke in somber tones.

(This was all brawling and fine for what it was. The fans were into it and it was a change of pace from the style of the previous matches. That was quite a post-match angle that should draw a lot of interest.)

(6) MOOSE vs. W. MORRISSEY vs. MATT CARDONA- Impact Wrestling World Title Match

Cardona attacked Moose at the bell. Moose threw Cardona out of the ring. Morrissey caught Moose with a big boot, but Cardona broke up the pin attempt. Cardona dove on Moose and Morrissey on the outside. Moose threw Cardona into the rail. Moose powerbombed Cardona onto the apron. Morrissey powerbombed Moose onto the apron.

Back in the ring, Morrissey splashed Moose and Cardona. Moose caught Cardona with a crossbody block from the top rope. Moose got the Go To Hell on Morrissey for a two count. Cardona stomped Moose and Morrissey. Moose powerbombed Morrissey and Cardona. The action spilled to the outside again.

Moose and Cardona fought in the crowd. Chelsea Green screamed encouragement from the stage. She said “F*** you” to Moose, gave him the middle finger, then gave him a crossbody block from the stage to the floor. Morrissey dove on Moose and Cardona. Fans started a “Morrissey” chant, which could be a first.

Morrissey had the upper hand on Cardona in the ring. Chelsea was at ringside now. Cardona sent Morrissey to the outside. Moose and Cardona brawled in the ring. Cardona knocked Moose off the top rope through a table at ringside. Morrissey took a prosthetic leg from a fan and hit Cardona with it. Cardona hit Morrissey with Radio Silence but only got a two count.

Morrissey choke slammed Cardona for a two count. Cardona got Radio Silence again but Moose pulled out the referee. Cardona rolled up Moose for a two count. Moose accidentally speared the referee. Cardona hit the Radio Silence on Moose. Morrissey powerbombed Moose but there was no referee.

A second referee ran out and checked on the first one. Morrissey brought chairs in the ring. Moose gave him a low blow. Moose hit Morrissey with a chair. Cardona hit Moose with a chair. Moose kicked Cardona low. Chelsea got in the ring. Cardona almost hit her with a chair again but he didn’t. Cardona got a two count on Moose.

Moose powerbombed Cardona into the second referee. Moose got a spear on Cardona. The second referee recovered and made the three count.

WINNER: Moose in 16:00.

(This was really good. It wasn’t clear who was going to win, which added a layer of drama to the match. The excessive ref bumps took it down a notch, but it was good overall. Fans were into it from beginning to end. All three wrestlers rose to the occasion and made this a really fun match.)

(7) MICKIE JAMES (c) vs. DEONNA PURRAZZO – Impact Wrestling Knockouts Title Match

This was a Texas Death Match. You have to keep your opponent down for ten seconds after a fall to win. A dueling chant broke out at the start of the match. Deonna got a quick pin within seconds with a rollup. Deonna got right up. Deonna gave Mickie a Hot Shot on the top rope. Mickie tapped out to an armbar, but got right up. ROH Women’s Champion Rok-C was shown at ringside.

Mickie got in Deonna’s face and Deonna pushed her off while saying “F*** you, Mickie” (our second F-bomb of the show). Mickie and Deonna threw chairs into the ring. Deonna tried to pull out a table, but Mickie kinda kicked her off. Mickie attacked Deonna at ringside. Mickie threw Deonna into a table at ringside.

Deonna threw Mickie into the ring post. Deonna hit Mickie with a golf club. They brawled up the ramp. Deonna suplexed Mickie on the stage. Deonna rolled a case into Mickie. Deonna got a three count on the stage. Mickie was bleeding from the head. Mickie got up at 9. Deonna jumped on Mickie and punched her.

The action returned to the ring. Mickie had Deonna in a single leg Boston Crab. Deonna reached the ropes to break the hold. Mickie dropkicked Mickie to the floor. Mickie took off her chaps. Mickie gave Deonna knee lifts with her knee brace. Deonna threw Mickie into a table that she set up in the ring. Deonna brought in thumb tacks. Deonna threw Mickie into the tacks.

Mickie screamed as fans chanted “Holy Shit”. Deonna choked Mickie with the chaps and Mickie tapped and fell to the floor. Mickie got to her feet at 8. Deonna dove onto Mickie at ringside. Mickie pulled out a guitar that said Hardcore Country. Deonna got it away and attacked Mickie with a chair in the ring.

Deonna put the chair on Mickie’s knee. Mickie hit Deonna in the head with a chair. Mickie hit Deonna with a Thesz press at ringside and got a pin. Deonna was bleeding from the head. Matthew Rehwoldt picked up Deonna. Mickie dove onto Deonna and Rehwoldt. Mickie put Deonna on a table. Deonna got off the table and gave Mickie a piledriver through a table.

Deonna got the pin. Mickie got up at 9. Deonna tried to give Mickie a low blow. Mickie hit Rehwoldt with the guitar. Deonna missed a chair shot and hit herself. Mickie DDT’d Deonna. Mickie stacked a chair and table on Deonna to prevent her from getting up. Deonna was counted out.

WINNER: Mickie James in 20:00.

Mickie sat in a chair and celebrated afterwards. Hannifan noted that Mickie was on her way to the Royal Rumble.

(This was a brutal match and may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it was intense. There were a couple of missed moves, but both wrestlers tried hard and got the fans really into the match.)
 

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So it's come to this.

ROH clinging onto Impact for relevance, Impact putting its women's champion in the Royal Rumble to job out to the entire WWE roster.
 

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ROH isn't dead yet, at least. They just announced Supercard of Honor for Wrestlemania weekend. Hopefully they get back to running regular shows after that, even if they can no longer sign people to multi-year exclusive deals.

Impact debuted 49 year old meth junkie Charlie Haas at their TV tapings yesterday. He was legit stretchered out of the ring 15 minutes later. Sad stuff, not sure what the injury was.

Deonna Purrazzo did win the ROH Women's World Championship. She is also currently AAA's champion.
 

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Wrestle Kingdom 16 nights 1 & 2 were great, I would normally be upset at reverting to Okada being the top guy again at the expense of Shingo who basically carried the promotion all of last year but having Shingo confront the Noah guys gives a glimmer of hope. I haven’t seen night 3 as I’ll wait for that to hit NJPW World and I really can’t wait to see it.

I’m keeping Wrestling Universe because the last Noah card of the year was AMAZING, the ending to the GHC National title match will probably never be topped and I’m more of a Kenoh fan than I was during his blood feud with Fujita Jr years ago. And then there’s Nakajima

I really might bite the bullet and get Stardom World cause the card they put up on YouTube was stellar and goth thicc Momo :drool_2: :drool:
 

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The thing I generally like about NJPW and Wrestle Kingdom is that I can not know anyting about the wrestlers, or the story lines or any of that shit. Not understand a god damn word anybody is saying (outside what little english text is used in graphics) and enjoy it.
 

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World Wrestling Entertainment Inc was sued on Tuesday by a smaller rival that accused it of violating federal antitrust law by monopolizing the professional wrestling market.

MLW Media LLC accused WWE and its Chief Executive Vince McMahon of threatening content partners for doing business with MLW, to help protect its 85% share of the U.S. market for professional wrestling broadcasting rights.

The Mamaroneck, New York-based plaintiff said WWE's interference in 2021 caused Vice TV to end talks to air new MLW content, and led to a 40% drop in ticket sales after Fox Corp's Tubi streaming service abandoned a licensing agreement the night before it was to be publicly announced.


MLW also accused Stamford, Connecticut-based WWE of inducing MLW wrestlers to break exclusive contracts and airing MLW footage without permission, to combat a five-year decline in the popularity of its own programs.

WWE's "pattern of predatory and exclusionary conduct" reduces competition and irreparably harms consumers by depriving them of content and keeping prices high, MLW said in its complaint filed in San Francisco federal court.

In an emailed statement, WWE said it believed MLW's claims had no merit and that it intended to vigorously defend itself. McMahon was not named as a defendant.

MLW said U.S. television rights for two WWE programs, WWE Raw and WWE Smackdown, are worth $470 million, while rights for MLW's most popular program, Dynamite, are worth $44 million.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified triple and other damages.

WWE shares closed Tuesday up 38 cents at $51.54. They have risen 9% in the last year, while the Russell 1000, which includes WWE, is up 21%.

The case is MLW Media LLC v World Wrestling Entertainment Inc, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 22-00179.
 

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Not a lot of people win court battles with WWE.

Could be seeing MLW circle the drain soon.
 

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I've come to view AEW as a fascinating blend of occasional greatness, i.e. Archer and King tonight, combined with, I dunno, basically that car crash can't look away factor, i.e. Ross going "Aleister Black!... Er, [fuck]"

This also includes the near weekly, for a while anyway, Red Velvet nearly maims herself spots (firing Luther may keep this down but they still have a belt on fucking Luchasaurus so there's that).

Such a bizarre promotion, top-level in so many ways and utterly trash in so many others.
 

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They have so much talent that they're bound to occasionally put on good segments. Even WWE does. But on the whole both products suck.
 

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I mainly watch AEW Dark as the better wrestlers are on that show as AEW proper focuses on bullshit, ‘E castaways and folks who got chummy with the Bucks during the ‘19 year of PWG.

Zicky Dice had his Outlandish Paradise show on twitch, it was a whacky show with some wrestling here and there. I tuned out on most of it


Watching the Terminus ppv and it’s been really good and the Gresham vs Alexander match was one of the better pure rules match
 

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ROH has retired the Television, Pure, and Trios titles.

The ROH World Championship, Women's World Championship, and World Tag Team Championship will be traveling titles. ROH will still occasionally run their own shows but most of their matches will be in outside promotions. Champions can defend those titles anywhere, as long as ROH is allowed to air the matches on their TV show. The belt holders will be on short term deals with ROH while they have the titles but otherwise ROH will just be an indie promotion with a TV show and occasional PPVs.
 

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Adam Cole pulled a chair from under the ring and dragged out Danhausen during a lights out match with Orange Cassidy.
 
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