TV Recaps

[TV Recap] ‘WWE SmackDown Live! 3.5.19’ – US Open Challenge, More ‘Fastlane’ Build

Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, & Byron Saxton

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It’s more Fastlane build this week as The Miz takes on Jey Uso and…other things related to the PPV happen, I think. Also R-Truth is here for another U.S. Title open challenge so that’ll be fun! Anyway let’s get to it.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWE CHAMPION: ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan
  • WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION: R-Truth
  • SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Asuka
  • SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)

The Lineup

  • The Miz vs. Jey Uso (**)
  • OPEN CHALLENGE: R-Truth [c] vs. Samoa Joe vs. Andrade vs. Rey Mysterio for the WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
  • Ricochet & Aleister Black vs. The Bar (**1/2)
  • Naomi vs. Mandy Rose (NR)
  • Kevin Owens vs. Rowan (NR)

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[TV Recap] ‘MLW Intimidation Games 2019’ – Lawlor/Ki 2, Lucha Bros vs. Team AAA

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Date: March 2, 2019
Venue: Cicero Stadium (Cicero, IL)
Commentators: Jim Cornette (?!?) & Rich Bocchini

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Last Friday MLW broadcast a one-hour Intimidation Games special on beIN Sports, featuring a steel cage rematch between MLW World Champion ‘Filthy’ Tom Lawlor and the man he choked out for the title Low-Ki. Thankfully MLW takes pity on those of us without that in our cable package and have posted the show online, so here I am with a recap! Let’s do this.

Champion Roll-Call

  • MLW World Heavyweight Champion: ‘Filthy’ Tom Lawlor
  • MLW World Middleweight Champion: Teddy Hart
  • MLW World Tag Team Champions: The Hart Foundation (Teddy Hart & Davey Boy Smith Jr.)

The Lineup

  • The Lucha Bros vs. Team AAA (***)
  • Steel Cage Match: Tom Lawlor [c] vs. Low-Ki for the MLW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (**3/4)

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[TV Recap] ‘MLW Fusion’ #46 – Aerostar vs. Rey Horus

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Commentators: Matt Striker & Rich Bocchini

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This week on MLW Fusion we’ve got lucha libre action from AAA as Aerostar takes on Rey Horus, plus MJF and Richard Holliday speak on their attack on Teddy Hart from last week and MLW World Champion ‘Filthy’ Tom Lawlor also has something to say about his impending title defense against Low-Ki at Intimidation Games.

Champion Roll-Call

  • MLW World Heavyweight Champion: ‘Filthy’ Tom Lawlor
  • MLW World Middleweight Champion: Teddy Hart
  • MLW World Tag Team Champions: The Hart Foundation (Teddy Hart & Davey Boy Smith Jr.)

The Lineup

  • Lance Anao’i vs. Rich Swann (**1/2)
  • Mance Warner vs. Jimmy Yuta (**)
  • Aerostar vs. Rey Horus (**3/4)

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[TV Recap] ‘MLW Fusion’ #45 – Teddy Hart vs. MJF, Hammerstone Debuts

Commentators: Matt Striker & Rich Bocchini

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The World Middleweight Title is on the line this week on MLW Fusion as Teddy Hart defends against Maxwell Jacob Friedman. Also on the show we’ve got the MLW debut of Alexander Hammerstone plus some match announcements for MLW Intimidation Games next week.

Champion Roll-Call

  • MLW World Champion: ‘Filthy’ Tom Lawlor
  • MLW World Middleweight Champion: Teddy Hart
  • MLW World Tag Team Champions: The Hart Foundation (Teddy Hart & Davey Boy Smith Jr.)

The Lineup

  • Rich Swann vs. Ace Austin (**3/4)
  • Alexander Hammerstone vs. Ariel Dominguez (SQUASH)
  • Teddy Hart [c] vs. MJF for the MLW WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)

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[TV Recap] ‘Impact Wrestling’ 2.22.19 – Lucha Bros vs. LAX, Edwards vs. Drake

Venue: Sam’s Town (Las Vegas, NV)
Commentators: Josh Matthews & Don Callis

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Impact returns to Las Vegas as we begin the next batch of tapings. This week the war between Tag Team Champions The Lucha Brothers and LAX comes to a head in one final counter, Eddie Edwards takes on Eli Drake, and much more. Come hang out for the LIVE recap of the show as it airs on Twitch. May the commercial breaks be less annoying than last week.

Champion Roll-Call

  • Impact World Champion: Johnny Impact
  • Impact X-Division Champion: Rich Swann
  • Impact Knockouts Champion: Taya Valkyrie
  • Impact World Tag Team Champions: The Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr. & Fenix)

The Lineup

  • #1 Contendership Match: Moose vs. Killer Kross (*1/4)
  • The Rascalz vs. Desi Hit Squad (**)
  • Eddie Edwards vs. Eli Drake (**1/2)
  • Alisha Edwards vs. Delilah Doom (NR)
  • The Lucha Bros [c] vs. LAX for the IMPACT WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**3/4)

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[TV Recap] ‘205 Live’ 2.19.19 – Tournament Announced, Alexander vs. Kanellis

Venue: Smoothie King Center (New Orleans, LA)
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness, & Aiden English

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205 Live points its focus to (the) WrestleMania (Kickoff Show) as GM Drake Maverick declares an elimination tournament. The prize? A shot at Buddy Murphy‘s Cruiserweight Championship. Also on the show Mike Kanellis tries to figure out a winning formula as he takes on former champ Cedric Alexander and Ariya Daivari follows up his nu-metal promo last week by making mince meat out of a poor nameless dude.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Buddy Murphy

The Lineup

  • Humberto Carrillo vs. TJP (**1/2)
  • Ariya Daivari vs. Johnny Lyons (SQUASH)
  • Cedric Alexander vs. Mike Kanellis (**1/2)

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[TV Recap] ‘WWE SmackDown Live!’ 2.19.19 – Bryan’s Fastlane Opponent Revealed, Miz Apologizes(?)

Venue: Smoothie King Center (New Orleans, LA)
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, & Byron Saxton

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WWE looks towards Fastlane this week on SmackDown as we find out who will challenge ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan for his eco-friendly WWE Championship at the final stop before WrestleMania (BE KOFI. WHY NOT KOFI?). Also on the show The Miz aims to make a public apology to tag team partner Shane McMahon for costing them the Tag Team Championship, maybe some more NXT involvement, and much more. Follow along live as I recap WWE’s superior brand.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWE Champion: ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan
  • WWE United States Champion: R-Truth
  • SMACKDOWN Women’s Champion: Asuka
  • SMACKDOWN Tag Team Champions: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)

The Lineup

  • Aleister Black vs. Andrade (**1/2)
  • Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Bar (***1/4)
  • Asuka vs. Mandy Rose (*3/4)
  • Ricochet vs. Eric Young (**)
  • Kofi Kingston, AJ Styles, & Jeff Hardy vs. Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, & Samoa Joe (**3/4)

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