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06/23 Prowrestling.net All Access Daily: April Lavalle and Will Pruett on the first ever WWE Women’s Money in the Bank finish and the followup from Smackdown

 The newest Dot Net staffer April Lavalle (@imatoofbrush) and Will Pruett (@wilpruett) discuss the entire mess surrounding WWE Money in the Bank and the first ever Women’s Ladder Match, the followup on Smackdown, the wonderful performance of Carmella, the weirdness of Bayley lately, and more (17:07)…

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Moore’s NXT Hit List: Booby Roode and Roderick Strong backstage brawl, Kassius Ohno vs. Aleister Black, Peyton Royce vs. Ember Moon, Sonya Deville vs. Rachael Ellering

By John Moore

NXT Hits

Kassius Ohno vs. Aleister Black: Nigel framed this match well on the onset by setting the match up as a battle between two knockout artists. To talk artistry a bit, this match was a well drawn-out composition with multiple acts. The first act was the feeling out process and a taste as to what was to come. The second act included Ohno and Black trading strikes. The end of the match put it all together with Ohno and Black showing what they can do with the strikes and wrestling holds. Ohno is extremely good at putting together matches and he includes just the right amount of agility as to not overdo it. Black is simply amazing and can be the true martial artist that WWE has never had. Bonus points at the end of the match for Black and Ohno doing a realistic version of an Anime Cross-Counter with Black and Ohno going for their finishers at the same time and Black winning with the length of his leg.

Bobby Roode and Roderick Strong: They are doing a good job at accentuating Strong’s strengths as a character while also cementing Roode as the top D-Bag heel in the promotion. Roode still comes off as Triple H’s NXT avatar, but he’s showing more from a character perspective than he ever did in TNA. The ensuing brawl after the insults worked because Strong is simply defending his family. I don’t want this to be the premise of every Strong feud but it worked so far against Eric Young and Bobby Roode (wow… so far Strong’s last two feuds were against Team Canada… huh).

Sonya Deville vs. Rachael Evers: This was a much better match from Sonya Deville compared to her last one against Lacy Evans. In her last match it was a 50-50 affair while this one she got to showcase her [pseudo] MMA style against a good worker in Rachael Ellering. The punches and roundhouses were better too since she actually made contact this time where for the longest time she was afraid of contact it seemed. The submission finish worked well as well. One thing I would extricate from her presentation is that shadow boxing she does pre-match in the direction of the hard camera. She’s supposed to come off as a “real” fighter yet she does this choreographed video game combo into the camera. If she’s going to shadow box, she should do it naturally against the turnbuckles and not into the hard camera like she’s trying to follow a script to a stage play.

NXT Misses

Peyton Royce vs. Ember Moon: This was an underwhelming return for Ember Moon. For starters, I thought it was a bad idea in the first place to retread the Moon vs. Kay/Royce feud. That thing spun its wheels for the longest of times. I’m also starting to believe that Ember Moon’s stock is dropping immensely. She hasn’t looked great on promos and nothing really stands out other than her cool finisher. She’s a good worker, yes, but she must refine her identity. She came out to the ring very excited and happy. She was better when she was silent and deadly. Right now, Ruby Riot has supplanted her as the top babyface female on the NXT roster due to the good job that they’ve done building her up.

Sanity vs. The Ealy Brothers: Sanity gets a win. That’s good, but they could have used some building up a few weeks ago before eating a few losses. Sanity seems broken at the moment and I think they would have been a better group if they had Eric Young going for the NXT title, Killian Dain as the rising star, and Alexander Wolfe/Sawyer Fulton going for the tag straps. Things got thrown out of whack with the Fulton injury and it caused EY to be put in the losing tag team where Wolfe just gets beat up a lot. Sanity either needs to go away for a while or dominate all across the board. This match would have been better if it were Heavy Machinery vs. the Ealy brothers, which would have been fun.

Percy Watson: This is not going to be a Miss every week, but I just noticed his purpose and the level at which he contributes. Watson’s contributions as an NXT color commentator have been as the color analyst for FCW wrestlers. Therefore, he contributes when Drew Galloway and Kassius Ohno are wrestling so he can tell you that guy was a tough dude. What’s funny is that I was a huge fan of “Showtime” Percy Watson when he was acting like Eddie Murphy and had the “Oh Yeah” thing. Look at Jerry Lawler at his prime as a commentator and you see someone who had an expressive character that also added to the commentary. With Nigel McGuinness doing a good job though it might be too much; but if that’s the case why have him even be there if he’s not going to add anything or serve a role. I’ve noted in the past that I’m Asian-American. I am also African American on my father’s side and I find it a bit insulting that WWE’s doing a bit of affirmative action pandering. If they really want to appeal to the African American audience, take away JBL from Smackdown and let Byron and Tom Phillips roll as the two-man booth. A character-less Percy Watson is extraneous.

ROH Best in the World PPV lineup (live coverage tonight): Christopher Daniels vs. Cody (Rhodes) for the ROH Title headlines tonight’s event

The following matches are advertised for the Ring of Honor Best in the World pay-per-view, which will be held tonight in Lowell, Massachusetts at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

-Christopher Daniels vs. Cody for the ROH Title.

-The Young Bucks vs. War Machine for the ROH Tag Titles.

-Kushida vs. Marty Scurll for the ROH TV Title.

-Bully Ray and The Briscoes vs. Dalton Castle and The Boys for the ROH Six-Man Tag Titles.

-Silas Young vs. Jay Lethal.

-Hangman Page vs. Frankie Kazarian in a strap match.

-Matt Taven and Vinny Marseglia vs. Ultimo Guerrero and El Terrible.

-Caprice Coleman, Kenny King, Shane Taylor, and Rhett Titus vs. Jay White, Jonathan Gresham, Chris Sabin, and Alex Shelley (losing faction must disband).

Powell’s POV: ROH is also advertising Deonna Purrazzo and Mandy Leon vs. Kris Wolf and Sumie Sakai in a pre-show dark match. The lineup look good on paper. Dot Net staffer Zack Zimmerman will attend the show in person, and you can join me for live coverage of the pay-per-view at 8CT/9ET. Dot Net Members will hear my exclusive audio review after the show.

We are looking for reports on Saturday’s ROH TV taping in Lowell. If you are going and want to help, you are encouraged to send a report or even basic results to dotnetjason@gmail.com

Mauro Ranallo on WWE hiatus: “I had to be true to my convictions and what makes you a human being”

NXT broadcast team member Mauro Ranallo was interviewed by Dan Gelston of the AP and briefly discussed his absence from WWE television. “I was willing to walk away from my dream job, let’s leave it at that,” Ranallo said. “In order for me to do that, I had to be true to my convictions and what makes you a human being.”

Ranallo also spoke glowingly about his roles on the Bellator and Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor broadcast teams. “Dealing with my own health issues and where I come from, I’m not supposed to be here,” Ranallo said. “Now I’m calling one of the biggest MMA events of the years, calling the biggest prizefight of the year … and the fact that I’ll soon be getting back into professional wrestling, I wouldn’t trade places with anybody.” Read the full interview at APNews.com.

Powell’s POV: Ranallo’s line about being true to his convictions is very interesting and, while vague, seems to go against the company’s public spin on the matter. The full story on this situation may come out someday, but it probably won’t happen anytime soon now that Ranallo is back in the WWE fold as an NXT broadcast team member. All of that said, it’s great to see a guy who has been a terrific voice for mental health issues achieving so much success.

6/23 WWE Network Schedule: Live stream programming lineup

The following is the schedule for the WWE Network’s live stream for June 23, 2017. All times listed below are ET.

9:00 AM: WWE Money in the Bank 2017 replay

12:00 PM: Talking Smack MITB 2017

12:30 PM: Reborn By Fate: Hardys Interview

1:00 PM: Total Divas (March 1, 2016)

2:00 PM: WWE Music Power 10

2:30 PM: WWE Music Power 10

3:00 PM: WWE King of the Ring 1996

6:00 PM: Raw Flashback (June 24, 1996)

7:00 PM: WWE Royal Rumble 1997

10:00 PM: Raw Flashback (January 20, 1997)

11:00 PM: WWE Beyond The Ring (Batiasta)

12:00 AM: Tuesday Night Titans (June 21, 1985)

1:00 AM: Stone Cold Podcast (Vince McMahon)

2:00 AM: WWE Beyond The Ring (Batista)

3:00 AM: Tuesday Night Titans (June 21, 1985)

4:00 AM: Stone Cold Podcast (Vince McMahon)

5:00 AM: WWE Countdown (IC Champs)

6:00 AM: WWE Beyond The Ring (Batista)

7:00 AM: Tuesday Night Titans (June 21, 1985)

8:00 AM: Stone Cold Podcast (Vince McMahon)

9:00 AM: Stone Cold Podcast (Ric Flair)

10:00 AM: Stone Cold Podcast (Brock Lesnar)

6/22 Moore’s Impact Wrestling Review: Sonjay Dutt’s X-Division Championship Celebration in India, Lashley and E-Singh-E vs. Alberto El Patron and James Storm, Sienna and Laurel Van Ness vs. Rosemary and Allie

By John Moore

Impact Wrestling on PopTV
Taped May 30, 2017 in Mumbai, India at Film City Stage 7

The cold open to Impact Wrestling this week included an inspirational focused video of Sonjay Dutt’s first ever X Division Championship win. Sonjay talked about having India in his heart even though he was a VA boy from Virginia. Sonjay talked about watching Bollywood and eating naan and butter chicken. Sonjay said he grew up in schools where people judged him based on how he looks but in India they see him as one of them. Sonjay ended his promo saying that it was an “eye for an eye” (in regards to Low Ki I assume)…

Sienna tried to get the attention of Laurel Van Ness in their tour bus. Laurel was distracted by her shoe. Sienna informed Laurel that Rosemary wasn’t in the building and it was her perfect chance to get revenge against Allie. Sienna tried to tell Laurel to focus, but Laurel just did strange laughing and hand motions…

After the Indian Impact intro theme, Josh Mathews and Jeremy Borash checked in on commentary. Siddharth Kannan introduced a Sony Six X Division Elimination match. The winner of this match wins a generic trophy that looks exactly like the Sony Six invitational trophy that they gave out last week…

1. Trevor Lee vs. Davey Richards vs. Suicide vs. Braxton Sutter vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Matt Sydal in a Sony six six way X Division elimination match. Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards quickly paired outside of the ring as madness ensued inside of the ring. Richards managed to shift to Braxton Sutter who gave Richards a back suplex. Eddie Edwards gave Richards a tope when Richards went to retreat. More madness ensued. Suicide took everyone out with a springboard trust fall heading into the commercial. [C]

Braxton Sutter had a bit of momentum back from break. Trevor Lee eliminated Braxton Sutter by grabbing the tights. Trevor Lee and Davey Richards formed a heel alliance to beat up on the babyfaces. Eddie Edwards managed to fend of Lee and Richards. Richards tried to slow down the momentum and did so by throwing Eddie into the turnbuckle. Suicide took down the heels with a double dropkick. Suicide did this innovative move that wasn’t so innovative. Suicide locked Lee in the octopus hold. Davey gave Suicide a roundhouse to set him up for the double stomp. Suicide rolled away. Trevor Lee did manage to hit Suicide with the double stomp to eliminate Suicide.

Oh! A wild Matt Sydal appears. I forgot he was in the match and Josh Mathews did as well. JB made a Low Ki pun by saying that Sydal was playing low key throughout the match. Eddie Edwards managed to stand alone in the ring. Eddie went for a tope but Davey Richards threw a chair in his face. The referee disqualified. Davey Richards.

Davey Richards put Eddie Edwards on a chair and teased running down the ramp to get a running start with the chair shot. This allowed Eddie to recover and hit Davey with a Bloody Sunday on the chair. Eddie Edwards got disqualified for defending himself from a person not currently in the match?[C]

John’s Thoughts: Ugh… Impact/TNA finally did something logical and have the referee disqualify a person for cheating. Now I’m confused a bit because I thought these multi man matches are usually no-DQ. In the latest “Only in TNA!” moment, Eddie Edwards got disqualified for defending himself against a person not in the match? Davey was eliminated and therefore was out of the match. Dammit TNA!!! When Impact does dumbass things I reserve the right to call them TNA because TNA is known for dumbass things.

Sydal tried to pick up the win with a backslide. Sydal hit Lee with a feint kick into a standing moonsault. Lee went high risk but Sydal made a high jump to hit Lee with a Frankensteiner. Sydal went for Air Bourne but Lee dodged and took out Sydal with a Superman Punch. Sydal escaped a fisherman suplex and hit a spinning roundhouse on Lee. Sydal hit Lee with Air Bourne for the victory.

Matt Sydal won the Sony Six X Division Elimination Match in 7:32.

Bruce Prichard, Scott D’Amore, and Nitin Nadkarni came out to present Matt Sydal with the Sony Six trophy. Nadkarni is the CFO of Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) India. Didn’t SPN India just release a WWE Press Release earlier in the day?

John’s Thoughts: Even though this was a 3+ way X Division match, and multi-man X Division matches should burn in a fire until the X Division means something again, This was one of the best multi-man matches that TNA has presented due to the elimination match aspect. The result still doesn’t really do anything since the Indian house show trophy will mean nothing in the long run. Where an elimination match excels over fatal [fill in the blank] ways is the multi pinfall setup allows for multiple stories to be told throughout the match. The hot American Wolves feud also did a good job propping this match up. Poor Trevor Lee though, the guy just can’t catch a break.

Josh Mathews and Jeremy Borash were shown in their secluded darkened area in front of a Sony Six backdrop. Borash hyped Sienna and LVN vs. Allie and Rosemary for later on in this show. Josh hyped Lashley and E-Singh-3 vs. Alberto El Patron and James Storm. Borash cut to a video package with Rockstar Spud walking around in India…

The audio was terrible due to it being recorded on a cell phone. They cut to cinematic mode when Hornswoggle was shown eating with some Indian people and laughing in the direction of Spud. Spud and Swoggle teased a brawl in the streets of India, complete with stock dramatic ambient music. Randomly, a mini Indian man stepped between them to “bring peace” as Jeremy Borash put it…

Oh Mah goodness, back in the Impact studio Allie was talking backstage. She was super nervous due to Rosemary not being around as her tag team partner. Allie talked herself up to be confident enough to believe that Rosemary will be there. JB ended the segment with the question whether Rosemary would show up… [C]

Cut to a Joseph Park and Jeremy Borash training skit. Joe Park was demoralized after his skype call with Scott Steiner from last week where Steiner called him and Borash fat asses. Park said he was having a bad day. Borash tried to cheer Park up with his favorite food, frozen pizza, but Park was too sad to accept. Borash tried to give Park ginger ale since it was perfect for a hot summer day. Park was still too sad. Park continued to doubt his chances to win at Slammiversary. Borash tried to inspire Park by saying that he saw Park as a fighter in the past. Borash said they weren’t going out and Park mumbled “we ain’t going out!” in a squeaky voice. Borash asked Park if it was over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor, No! (wait? Didn’t the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor?). Borash said if it was over when TNA made Josh Mathews lead announcer, no! Borash said they persevere and move forward. Joe Park was motivated and he said he was ready. Park and Borash then did the Mega Powers handshake…

Sienna and Laurel Van Ness were out first. Allie walked onto stage next. Allie had a weapon with her. Rosemary’s theme played, but no one came out. LVN and Sienna mocked Allie and tried to double team Allie up the ramp. “The Demon Assassin” Rosemary crawled from under the ring and took out LVN and Sienna. Allie squeaked in joy at this.

2. Sienna and Laurel Van Ness vs. Allie and Rosemary. Allie and Rosemary took the initial shots with corner splashes to both of their opponents. Sienna managed to overpower Rosemary and put the boots to Rosemary. LVN tagged in and used the second rope to put pressure on the neck of Rosemary. LVN then hit Rosemary with a dropkick. Allie came it on fire and hit Laurel with a Codebreaker. KM walked out to hand the heels a stick. Braxton Sutter ran out to cancel out KM. Sienna hit Rosemary with a German Suplex. Laurel hit Rosemary with a curb stomp to the back. sienna picked up the quick win.

Sienna and Laurel Van Ness defeated Rosemary via pinfall in 1:48.

Josh Mathews told us that this was the first time in Impact history that Rosemary was pinned (and under two minutes. yep….ugh). KM and Sienna stood on the ramp with their pinkies out…

John’s Thoughts: Huh. I like TNA making the effort of trying to put some heat on some heels, but that was an odd way to do it. Rosemary has had some big-time wars against Jade/Mia Yim this year where they were trying to push those two as dominant and durable. Rosemary then ends up losing in under two minutes via tag team transition sequences? Weird? “Only in TNA” does the “most dominant knockout in Impact history” lose in under two minutes to a tag team transition? If I were Josh I wouldn’t have drawn attention that this was supposed to be a moment in history that happened in less than two minutes.

Don West was in salesman mode for Slmammiversary where he told us that for only $199.99 you can get the VIP package and be allowed to hang out with the Impact Wrestlers. West threw in a $10 coupon and a free DVD. West also threw in some priority tickets to the Impact Tapings. Don West threw in on top of that a chance to ride the “Revenge of the Mummy” ride at Universal Studios. Don West gave another deal for traveling fans which included a gift bag and breakfast. Don West said the priceless part of the package was that he was back and calling Slammiversary… [C]

Sonjay Dutt was shown celebrating in an Indian mini-taxi which looks like a dressed-up Thai Tuk. Dutt wore colorful royal Indian garb. Mathews cut to the same LAX clubhouse vignette from last week where Konnan talked about dropping some independent tag teams. Konnan said they were going to do some real G shit in taking the bankroll of promoters. LAX rolled into an independent promotion in a lowrider. They showed LAX wrestling a tag team matches in similar fashion to the Hardy Boyz expedition for Gold…

Jeremy Borash was in the ring with Mahabali Shera. Dutt came to the ring with Indian dancers. They wore similar clothes and it was similar to the Jinder Mahal Punjabi Celebration, just without the WWE big budget and pyro. The crowd was hot at least and Dutt had a carpet in the middle of the ring. Sonjay got a large Sonjay chant. Oh my word! They chat “You Deserve It” in India too! Dutt said some things in India. Dutt said it was great being in India as the X Division Champion Sonjay Dutt. Dutt said he’s tried to win this belt for 15 years. Dutt said he got to win it infront of the people of India. Dutt said to everyone who stood behind him all these years, Thank You. Dutt said now that he’s the X Division Champion, he’s going to be the greatest X Division Champion who ever lived.

Sonjay Dutt was interrupted by Video Game Cosplayer, Low Ki. Dutt said he thinks Low Ki walked out there to congratulated him. Ki said Dutt was correct. Ki said he’s not one for excuses, but there was a bit of luck on Dutt’s side. Ki said luck or not, he’s still giving him a congratulation for becoming champion. Ki said he understands the belt should rightfully be on Low Ki. Ki said since he offered Dutt a chance to get title match upon request, it should only be fair if Dutt returns the favor by giving Ki a rematch for the title. Dutt agreed to the offer and proposed that they have a two out of three falls match. Dutt said Low Ki and he were pioneers of the X Division and India would like this stipulation match since India likes sportsmanship. Ki and Dutt shook hands. Ki then blindsided Dutt with a haymaker and managed to take out Mahabali Shera as well. Low Ki hit Shera with the Warrior’s way. Ki tried to hit Dutt with the Warrior’s way but Sony Six Way Match winner, Matt Sydal ran in to protect Sonjay. Low Ki walked up the ramp trash talking…

John’s Thoughts: This was an interesting segment to analyze. It was okay. What dragged it down a bit was the X Division title and how they haven’t really established it as a truly prestigious belt yet. It’s also easy to compare apples to apples with WWE doing a much more refined version of this on Smackdown a month or so ago due to WWE’s superior production budget/techniques. Sonjay’s a better promo than Jinder but he doesn’t quite seem to come off as a big deal, at least not yet. He talked about this 15-year quest, but that’s not completely true. He was hindered due to not being in the TNA and even won GFW’s Next Gen title. It’s simply not time for Sonjay to be champion in my opinion and I hope they put the belt back on Low Ki ASAP at Slammiversary because Low Ki is and has been more of the complete package for years.

KM came to the ring with his Samoa Joe entrance theme. Jeremy Borash said KM comes off as delusional and paranoid. Mahabali Shera’s theme played as he tried to walk out but he was selling rib injuries and was held back by Indian doctors. Shera wore orange tape on his abdominals. KM beat down Shera on the outside.

3. KM vs. Mahabali Shera. KM tried to end things with a simple pin but Shera kicked out to pop the crowd. Shera tried to come back with punches but KM maintained dominance with an Irish Whip. KM went for a pumphandle body slam but Shera reversed into fireman carry. Shera couldn’t do anything with it because he was still selling the ribs. KM missed a slingshot splash. Shera struggled and hit his strongest of his three offensive maneuvers, the Sky High. Shera wins.

Mahabali Shera defeated KM via pinfall in 1:37.

Shera couldn’t celebrate because Kongo Kong made his way to the ring. Kong started his attack by punching the injured ribs of Shera. Shera tried to roll away but Kongo Kong managed to overpower Shera when he tried to fend off Kong with punches. KM hit Shera with a pumphandle sitout body slam. Kong followed up with a top rope splash. Kong got some good distance off the Splash…

John’s Thoughts: Shera may only have three offensive moves, but the guy does have a good look and he might as well be Jeff Hardy in India since he’s an enigmatic ball of charisma there. So much that creative has to put him in almost every segment to give another non-Indian’s some rub. They even had him out there to prop up Sonjay. What Shera did do well in this match was sell the ribs. Even though a lot of people have taken Warriors Way and haven’t acted like they’ve been stabbed in the ab. The Kongo Kong beatdown was well done too but I do wonder why they didn’t do anything with Kongo until now. He’s had a good string of squashes but in India he was a bit MIA aside from a cameo in the Sony Six match.

Back to the Joe Park and JB skit where they just finished their Mega Powers handshake. They then cut to a Borash and Park training montage. We’ve seen this before, complete with medicine balls and bicep curls. JB quoted AJ Styles’s old theme by saying “Get Ready to Fly” as he did a Swanton into the pool. It wasn’t as good as Josh’s (but Josh is a trained wrestler). Joe Park then freaked out Borash by doing a cannonball into the pool. A huge splash of water ensued. Borash and Park did a slow mo high five in the end…

Eli Drake and his fanboy, The Masterpiece Chris Adonis, came to the ring for a promo. Drake said week after week. He’s heard the name Moose when he eats, sleeps, and even breathes. This invoked a Moose chant from the crowd. Chris Masters told the crowd that they really like Moose. He said that punk doesn’t deserve to be in the same ring and Christopher Adonis and Eli Drake. He handed it to Eli Drake who wanted to talk to ya. Drake said Moose puts his nose in their business. This drew an Eli Sucks chant. Drake said huh and called them dummies. Eli Drake said Moose rhymes with Bruce. Drake said he thinks since Moose is one of Bruce’s guys, he thinks Bruce Prichard was Moose’s mystery tag partner at Slammiversary.

The crowd told Drake to shut the hell up. Drake said he wants Moose to come out and be a man like he and CA. Drake wanted Moose to say he’s going against Adonis and Drake two on one in a handicap match at Slammiversary. Moose came out and the crowd really loved dancing to the Moose entrance theme. Moose said Drake was not a dummy tonight since he was right. Moose doesn’t have a partner from the Impact locker room. Drake asked if this meant it was a handicap match. Moose announced that his tag partner was top rushing NFL Running Back DeAngelo Williams. A Williams sports news and training montage aired. Williams said he didn’t want to come in as a celebrity and he wanted to make his family proud. In a funny moment, Moose was getting his ass kicked by Adonis and Drake when they cut back to Impact. Drake hit Moose in the head with the Impact Grand Championship. Drake and Adonis stood over the prone body of Moose in victory…

John’s Thoughts: I still don’t see the point in having the artist formerly known as Chris Masters in the ring as Drake’s fanboy, but I am looking forward to see how Impact utilizes DeAngelo Williams on Slammiversary. Williams is a strong get for Impact. He’s not that well known to non-NFL fans, but he was the backup to Le’Veon Bell. What’s funny, is Bell has been gone more often than fantasy owners would like and during his absences, Williams was a top-tier starter who led the league in many rushing statistics.

Jeremy Borash and Josh Mathews were hyping up their tag match from their dark secluded location. Borash transitioned to hyping the tag team main event of this episode. Lashley and EC3 were shown entering the studio. Lashley even pushed some guys in the street. Storm and El Patron came in as well… [C]

Jeremy Borash and Josh Mathews named the entire Slammiversary card. E-Singh-3 came out to an Indian version of his Trouble theme. They showed a female fan giving him a thumbs down yet getting down to his awesome entrance theme. Alberto El Patron came to ringside and picked up Lashley’s championship belt after Lashley entered the ring. EC3 was meditating at ringside and was chased away by James Storm. Borash billed this match as a preview to two Slammiversary matches…

4. Bobby Lashley and E-Singh-3 vs. James Storm and Alberto El Patron. Ethan Carter slapped the Sony Six symbol with his belt. Carter teased squaring off with Storm, but Carter quickly retreated to tag in Lashley. Lashley overpowered Storm and put him in a corner. Storm escaped and hit Lashley with several clotheslines in the corner. After Lashley escaped the onslaught they both traded their partners. EC3 trash talked El Patron. El Patron came at EC3 with a running chop. El Patron dropkicked Carter out and tossed out Lashley. El Patron assisted Storm to help him give the heels a Plancha heading into the break. [C]

Lashley stopped El Patron from hitting EC3 with the double footstomp. El Patron managed to sidestep Lashley who speared the turnbuckle. EC3 tagged in to prevent El Patron from tagging Storm. Carter put El Patron on the top rope which allowed El Patron to lock in the illegal version of his Crossarmbreaker. EC3 and Patron took each other out which allowed Lashley and Storm to tag in. Storm went into a hot tag sequence. Storm kicked Lashley in the back of the head and followed up with a Sling Blade.

James Storm grabbed EC3’s belt. Lashley took Storm down before he could use it. Lashley then taunted El Patron. Jeremy Borash hyped next week’s show as a “contract signing” episode. Josh Mathews told us that next week we were getting a “Mumbai Street Fight” between Swoggle and Rockstar Spud. Lashley hit Storm with his delayed vertical Suplex. Lashley and EC3 isolated Storm in their corner. Storm managed to tag El Patron by lifting the deadweight of EC3 the ref didn’t catch the tag and prevented El Patron from entering. EC3 and Lashley continued to isolated Storm in their corner.

Lashley hit Storm with the Dominator powerslam. EC3 slapped Lashley in the face which Lashley didn’t like, but it counted as a tag. Storm blocked a Stinger Splash with his boot. Storm hit EC3 with a hanging tornado DDT. Storm circumvented the ring ropes and tagged in El Patron while EC3 was staggered. El Patron hit some of his signature moves on EC3. Lashley quickly regained the advantage with a neckbreaker. El Patron countered a dominator with a backstabber. Storm staggered EC3 on the top rope with a kick. Storm and El Patron tried to hit EC3 with a double superplex but Lashley ran in to turn it into a tower of doom. El Patron frog jumped a spear to open him up to be hit by superkicks from both Storm and El Patron. Lashley barely locked in the Cross Armbreaker but EC3 broke it up.

EC3 teased hitting El Patron with the belt. EC3 instead hit Brian Stiffler with the belt. Brian Hebner ran out to disqualify EC3.

James Storm and Alberto El Patron defeated E-Singh-3 and Bobby Lashley via DQ in 13:38.

James Storm ran in to take down EC3. Storm beat down EC3 against the steps and barricade. Lashley and El Patron brawled into the barricade too. Josh said it was Bedlam. Storm chased EC3 with a belt outside of the arena. El Patron chased Lashley up the ramp. El Patron picked up both his and Lashley’s belts to celebrate with the Indian fans as Impact closed…

John’s Thoughts: This match had some good wrestling, especially the parts with Lashley and Storm who have good chemistry in the ring; but I feel like not much was advanced story-wise here. This was a type of match you would catch on a house show circuit where the wrestlers are experimenting spots for their PPV encounters. I did get a chuckle of Brian Hebner being the standby referee for the DQ, but when TNA has had dumb ref bumps in the past, there is no standby ref. It was better here.

The show was okay in terms of having a good atmosphere that the Impact Zone can’t provide, but this one more than others came off as a house show as opposed to being a lead up to a PPV. Bad timing by Anthem for booking this tour right before their big PPV. Slammiversary is in little over a week and the only match that really seems compelling is the Josh Mathews and Scott Steiner vs. Joe Park and Jeremy Borash tag match which has been given constant build via the skits and Josh Mathews’s surprisingly good in-ring showing last week. I’m not sure how I feel about next week’s show being a majority of Contract signings and a Hornswoggle match. This week we got two house show matches and two matches that were less than two minutes. They also gave away Rosemary’s first pinfall loss with zero fanfare. You know what, this was a bit of a dull show who’s only saving graces were the amazing Indian fans and the funny Joe Park skits. I’ll also give credit to Low Ki for a good promo and beatdown on Sonjay. Jason Powell will be by with his Hit List and members’ exclusive audio review later today.

ROH Best in the World PPV (live coverage tonight) WWE in Vancouver and Washington (reports needed), NXT TV taping (reports needed), Evolve 86-87 (reports needed), next Impact Wrestling dates, Brandi Rhodes, Billie Kay

By Jason Powell

-The Ring of Honor Best in the World pay-per-view takes place tonight in Lowell, Massachusetts at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. The event is headlined by Christopher Daniels vs. Cody for the ROH Championship, plus Kushida vs. Marty Scurll for the ROH TV Title, and The Young Bucks vs. War Machine for the ROH Tag Titles. Zack Zimmerman will attend the show in person. Join me for live coverage as the show airs at 8CT/9ET. Dot Net Members will hear my exclusive audio review after the show.

-We are looking for correspondents for the following WWE, ROH, and Evolve events listed below and the NXT shows we listed yesterday. If you are attending a show and want to help, send your report (or basic results) to dotnetjason@gmail.com

-NXT is taping television tonight in Winter Park, Florida at Full Sail University.

-WWE is in Vancouver, British Columbia at Rogers Arena on Saturday with the following advertised talent: Kevin Owens, Shinsuke Nakamura, Charlotte Flair, Jinder Mahal, Sami Zayn, and Baron Corbin.

-ROH is taping television on Saturday in Lowell, Massachusetts at Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

-Evolve 86 is in Melrose, Massachusetts at Melrose Memorial Hall on Saturday with the following top matches: WWN Champion Matt Riddle vs. Evolve Champion Zack Sabre Jr. in a non-title match, Keith Lee vs. Ethan Page, and Chris Dickinson vs. ACH. The show is available via the FloSlam streaming service. Dot Net staffer Zack Zimmerman will attend this event and the Beyond Wrestling show that will take place in the same venue beforehand.

-WWE is in Everett, Washington at Xfinity Arena on Sunday with the following advertised matches: Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Championship, Kevin Owens vs. Rusev vs. Mojo Rawley for the U.S. Championship, and The Usos vs. New Day vs. Breezango for the Smackdown Tag Titles.

-Evolve is in Queens, New York at La Boom on Sunday with the following top matches: Matt Riddle vs. Keith Lee for the WWN Championship, Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Jaka for the Evolve Championship, Trent Baretta vs. Austin Theory, Fred Yehi vs. Chris Dickinson. The show is available via the FloSlam streaming service.

-The Raw crew is off this weekend ahead of an overseas tour next week.

-The next Impact Wrestling tapings will be held on July 2 for Slammiversary through July 6 in Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios.

Birthdays and Notables

-Brandi Rhodes is 34.

-Billie Kay (Jessica McKay) is 28.

Former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts’ autobiography now available as an audiobook

Former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts announced that his autobiography “Best Seat in the House” is now available as an audiobook. For ordering information, visit Justinrobertsbook.com.

Powell’s POV: The audio version of the popular book is available through Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. Check out my review of the book here.

Mauro Ranallo staying with WWE, joins NXT broadcast team

Mauro Ranallo will remain with WWE and begin work as an NXT commentator. “WWE and I mutually agreed to end my responsibilities on SmackDown having nothing to do with rumors about disputes,” Ranallo wrote on his Instagram page. “As I remained under contract with WWE, we discussed a variety of options. Despite originally agreeing to part ways, there was always a desire to continue working together. We have come to terms on a new agreement that benefits both WWE and me, and I am thrilled to announce I will now be part of the NXT broadcasting team.” Read more at WWE.com.

Powell’s POV: This is a pleasant surprise, as it was widely assumed that Ranallo would leave the company when his deal expired in August. One would assume that he will replace Tom Phillips, who is calling Smackdown, and that Ranallo will be joined by Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson as color commentators.

WWE and Sony Pictures releasing new Hindi television series

WWE issued the following press release to announce the lunch of their new weekly Indian television show “WWE Sunday Dhamaal”.

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) and WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the launch of a new weekly show in Hindi, WWE Sunday Dhamaal, featuring the best action and family-friendly entertainment from WWE’s flagship programs Raw® and SmackDown® beginning this Sunday, June 25 from 6.00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sony MAX, India’s number one movie channel.

WWE Sunday Dhamaal will be presented by well-known television personalities Salil Acharya and Madonna Tixeira and include exclusive features giving Indian fans a unique, localized WWE experience beyond Raw and SmackDown each week.

Fans will be able to engage with WWE Sunday Dhamaal through social media in a segment called Debate of the Week. Viewers can share their opinions on Facebook and Twitter, and the best posts will be displayed on-air. The weekly show will also include trivia contests with chances to win WWE merchandise. WWE fans from the world of sports and Bollywood will also appear as special guests.

WWE Sunday Dhamaal replaces Raw Sunday Dhamaal and will air in Hindi on Sony MAX and in English on TEN 1 and TEN 1 HD on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

“WWE fuels the most dedicated audience around the world and has a huge fan following,” said Mr. Neeraj Vyas, Senior EVP & Head, MAX cluster of channels and Channel SAB, SPN. “With Sony MAX’s mass appeal and wide reach, and with action entertainment gaining immense popularity among the audience, we made the decision to telecast WWE Sunday Dhamaal on the channel. WWE has had a long-standing connection with India, and we are sure the show will enjoy a good following.”

“We are excited to partner with Sony Pictures Networks India to bring our passionate fans new and localized content featuring all their favorite WWE Superstars,” said Mr. Sheetesh Srivastava, Vice President & General Manager, WWE India. “WWE Sunday Dhamaal gives our massive fan base in India a customized version of WWE’s blend of action-packed, family-friendly entertainment from Raw and SmackDown every week.”

About Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN)

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation which owns and operates the Sony Entertainment network of television channels.

SPN comprises of 29 channels including Sony Entertainment Television (SET and SET HD), one of India’s leading Hindi general entertainment television channels; MAX, India’s premium Hindi movies and special events channel; MAX 2, another Hindi movie channel showcasing great Indian Cinema; MAX HD, a high definition Hindi movie channel airing premium quality films; WAH, the FTA channel for Hindi movies; SAB and SAB HD the family-oriented Hindi comedy entertainment channels; Sony PAL, a genre leader in rural Hindi speaking markets (HSM) showcasing the best of Hindi general entertainment and Hindi movies from SPN’s content library; PIX and PIX HD, the English movie channels; LePlex HD showing critically-acclaimed Hollywood films; AXN and AXN HD, the action and adventure-oriented English entertainment channels; Sony BBC Earth and Sony BBC Earth HD, the premium factual entertainment channels, AATH, the Bangla movie channel; MIX a refreshing Hindi music channel; ROX HD, a channel for contemporary Hindi music; Sony SIX, Sony SIX HD, SONY ESPN, SONY ESPN HD, TEN 1, TEN 1 HD, TEN 2, TEN 3, TEN Golf HD – the cluster of sports entertainment channels; YAY!, the kids entertainment channel; SonyLIV – the digital entertainment VOD platform, SPN Productions, the networks’ film production arm and Sony Pictures Networks Distribution Pvt Ltd. (SPND) that distributes the networks television channels across different genres and languages through multiple content delivery platforms. SPN reaches out to over 700 million viewers in India and is available in 167 countries.

The network has been awarded the elite title of ‘Aon Best Employers India’ in the 2017 edition in recognition of SPN’s unique workplace culture and exceptional people practices.

Sony Pictures Networks India is in its 22nd year of operations in India.

Powell’s POV: WWE is in business with Sony in India, which begs the question of how this will affect Impact Wrestling long term given their lucrative partnership with Sony Six.

Jason Powell on the The Ross Report podcast hosted by Jim Ross

The new Ross Report podcast hosted by WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has Dot Net’s Jason Powell as the guest. Listen to the show on the Jrsbarbq.com main page or at Podcastone.com/The-Ross-Report.

Powell’s POV: JR and I discussed the WWE Money in the Bank event, Monday’s Raw, the controversial finish of the women’s MITB match, Mike & Maria moving to WWE, Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe, New Japan Pro Wrestling in California, Ring of Honor on pay-per-view. JR also requests that you take a moment to give his show a rating and a review via iTunes. #GreatBalls

06/22 Prowrestling.net All Access Daily Podcast – ROH TV Review: 300th edition of ROH TV show featuring final hype for the ROH Best in the World PPV, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Will Ospreay, Hirooki Goto, and Gedo, and more

Haydn Gleed hosts the Prowrestling.net All Access Daily Podcast and reviews the 300th edition of ROH TV show featuring final hype for the ROH Best in the World PPV, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Will Ospreay, Hirooki Goto, and Gedo, and more (25:05)…

Check out our free interviews with ROH COO Joe Koff and Cody (Rhodes) from earlier this week at PWAudio.net.

Join Jason Powell for live coverage of ROH Best in the World as the show airs Friday on pay-per-view at 8CT/9ET at Prowrestling.net.

Click here for the June 22 Prowrestling.net All Access Daily Podcast.

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WWE adds five names to the Mae Young Classic women’s tournament

WWE has officially announced the following wrestlers will take part in the 32-woman Mae Young Classic tournament.

-Tessa Blanchard

-Abbey Laith

-Taynara Conti

-Jazzy Gabert

-Kavita Devi

-Toni Storm

-Lacey Evans

-Sarah Logan

-Princesa Sugehit

Powell’s POV: The top five women listed above are the newest additions, while the other four were previously announced by WWE. Tessa Blanchard is the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Tully Blanchard. Laith worked as Kimber Lee prior to signing with WWE. Conti is a 22 year-old developmental wrestler with an MMA background. Gabert is listed as a judo blackbelt who has been training at the WWE Performance Center since October. Devi is a former powerlifter who is listed as a former student of Great Khali. Read the full press release at WWE.com.

06/22 Zim’s NXT TV audio review doubleheader: Reviews of the June 21 and June 14 editions with Aleister Black vs. Kassius Ohno, Asuka vs. Nikki Cross vs. Ruby Riot for the NXT Women’s Championship

Dot Net staffer Zack Zimmerman reviews the June 14 and June 21 NXT television shows featuring Aleister Black vs. Kassius Ohno, Asuka vs. Nikki Cross vs. Ruby Riot for the NXT Women’s Championship (19:03)…

Click here for the June 22 NXT television show audio review. 

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Vince Russo files an order for protection from Jim Cornette

Former WWE, WCW, and TNA writer Vince Russo filed an order for protection against former co-worker and longtime pro wrestling manager Jim Cornette. Russo filed the paperwork in Indiana and indicated that he has been a victim of stalking. Cornette posted a page of the paperwork on his Twitter page at Ttwitter.com/TheJimCornette.

Powell’s POV: Russo and Cornette have had an adversarial relationship dating back to the nineties when both men worked on WWE’s creative staff. They were able to work together for a time in TNA as well. The feud heated up again recently with both men exchanging insults via their podcasts and Youtube.

06/22 Moore’s Lucha Underground Audio Review: Season 3, Episode 23 – Cueto Cup tournament continues, Fenix vs. The Mariposa, Brian Cage vs. Vinnie Massaro, Mascarita Sagrada vs. Pindar

John Moore reviews the latest Lucha Underground TV show featuring the Cueto Cup tournament, Fenix vs. The Mariposa, Brian Cage vs. Vinnie Massaro, Mascarita Sagrada vs. Pindar (24:21)…

Click here for the June 22 Prowrestling.net Lucha Underground TV Review.

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6/22 WWE Network Schedule: Live stream programming lineup

The following is the schedule for the WWE Network’s live stream for June 22, 2017. All times listed below are ET.

10:00 AM: 205 Live replay

11:00 AM: WWE Countdown (IC Champions)

12:00 PM: NXT TV replay

1:00 PM: 205 Live replay

2:00 PM: WWE Countdown (IC Champions)

3:00 PM: Total Bellas (October 19, 2016)

4:00 PM: Total Divas (March 1, 2016)

5:00 PM: Kurt Angle: Oh It’s True It’s True

5:30 PM: Edge & Christian Show

6:00 PM: WWE Story Time

6:30 PM: WWE Unfiltered (Enzo and Cass)

7:00 PM: Stone Cold Podcast (Vince McMahon)

8:00 PM: Total Bellas (October 19, 2016)

9:00 PM: Total Divas (March 1, 2016)

10:00 PM: Kurt Angle: Oh It’s True It’s True

10:30 PM: Edge & Christian Show

11:00 PM: Total Bellas (October 19, 2016)

12:00 AM: Total Divas (March 1, 2016)

1:00 AM: Kurt Angle: Oh It’s True It’s True

1:30 AM: Edge & Christian Show

2:00 AM: WWE Money in the Bank 2017

3:00 AM: Reborn By Fate: Hardys Interview

3:30 AM: Edge & Christian Show

4:00 AM: Total Bellas (October 19, 2016)

5:00 AM: Total Bellas (October 19, 2016)

6:00 AM: WWE Money in the Bank Kickoff Show

9:00 AM: WWE Money in the Bank 2017 replay

6/21 Moore’s Lucha Underground TV Review: Additional Cueto Cup first round matches, Fenix vs. The Mariposa, Brian Cage vs. Vinnie Massaro, Mascarita Sagrada vs. Pindar

By John Moore

Lucha Underground TV on El Rey Network
Taped May 2016 in Los Angeles, California at The Temple

This week’s intro teaser was built around the Cueto Cup. Cage murdering and blowing up the head of Councilman Delgado ended the teaser. This week’s episode of Lucha Underground was titled “Family First”…

Fenix drove into The Temple with what I think to be a Ford Thunderbird. Melissa Santos met Fenix in the parking area. She told Fenix she was putting all her money on Fenix. She said it in a flirtatious way. Fenix said he would win it for her. As the camera panned away Marty the Moth Martinez was shown stalking the new couple. He didn’t like that Melissa was favoring Fenix…

Matt Striker and Vampiro checked in on commentary with Sergio Arau’s house band providing music. Striker and Vamp hyped up the brackets of the Cueto Cup…

1. Vinnie Massaro vs. “They Call Him” Cage in a first round Cueto Cup match. Striker talked about being intrigued by Cage’s strange relic glove on his hand. Vampiro was obsessed with talking about diets. Cage overpowered Massaro early on. Masarro managed to corner Cage and land some strikes. Cage reversed the momentum and whipped Vinnie into the turnbuckles. Vinnie did an eye poke but it didn’t help as Cage gave Vinnie a Uranage on the turnbuckle.

Vinnie tried to turn the tide again with the help of the top rope but Cage no-sold Vinnie’s clotheslines. Cage gave Vinnie a uranage in the center of the ring. Vinnie managed to get a hammerlock and rolling elbow on Cage. Vinnie gave Cage an STO. Vinnie’s attention was drawn to Cage’s gauntlet which he tried to use as a weapon. He missed. Cage gave Vinnie ten count clotheslines in the corner. Cage gave Vinnie a brainbuster to pick up the win.

Cage defeated Vinnie Massaro via pinfall in 3:30 to advance in the Cueto Cup.

Cage punched Massaro’s head several times with the gauntlet. Luckily his head did not explode. Vinnie did blade though so there was blood. Cage chokeslammed Vinnie to the outside… [C]

John’s Thoughts: Cage is great in the ring and he was great here, but he has this problem on occasion to selling too much to weaker wrestlers who are several rungs below him on the roster. He did this for Chavo, who no one ever sells 75 percent of a match too. He sold for Ricky Reyes, who’s lower on the pecking order of strength than Chavo. Now he sold for Vinnie Massaro, who is at the bottom of the depth chart. Lucha Underground needs to make Cage the beast he was in Season 1 because that’s where he comes off as compelling, not while having 50-50 matches with the jobbers of the roster.

Another sports-like video package for Rey Mysterio and Johnny Mundo aired which was narrated by Michael Schiavello. Rey talked about the importance of his mask while showing him training around Los Angeles in areas like Mariachi Plaza. Schiavello talked about Rey’s popularity not being held down by language barriers. Schiavello talked about Johnny Mundo winning WWE Tough Enough and becoming a worldwide star after that. Mundo cut a heel promo where he screwed the fans… [C]

John’s Thoughts: Another great vignette for the Mundo vs. Rey dream match. I’m pretty sure they wrestled in WWE but I can’t remember a specific match (I do remember great Rey vs. Miz and Rey vs. Ziggler matches so there must be a Mundo one somewhere there). Rey and Mundo are also known for not being too great on the mic, the same goes for Brock Lesnar; and these UFC hype vignettes not only do a great job hiding their weaknesses but they also help in spotlighting their strengths which is their sports ability.

2. Marty the Moth vs. Saltador in a first round Cueto Cup match. Striker made more drug and MDMA allusions to the Rabbit Tribe. Saltador and Marty did some strange gestures to each other. Saltador put his hand out for a hammerlock. Saltador and Marty then traded hammerlocks. Saltador’s checker suit isn’t really TV friendly due to the visual effect. Marty shoved Saltador and Saltador came back with a dropkick. Saltador used the bottom rope to trap Marty’s leg. Saltador barely hit a swinging senton.

Marty went to ringside to terrorize Melissa Santos a bit. Marty then gave Saltador a powerbomb to the barricade. With the advantage Marty went for a pin attempt. Marty gave Saltador a mandible claw and dragged him to the ropes. Marty gave Saltador a tilt a whirl gutbuster. Marty spat in the face of the referee, Justin Borden’s, face. Marty went for a chokebomb but Saltador slipped out and used his agility to land a Lucha armdrag. Saltador gave Marty a springboard huracanrana.

Saltador teased that his leg fell asleep which fooled Marty to allow Saltador to land a Superkick. Marty turned the tide with a powerful German Suplex. Marty then followed up with a corner Exploder Suplex. Marty licked his two fingers to taunt and creep out Melissa Santos. Striker and Vampiro talked about Marty getting aroused by violence. Saltador turned his back and dance which allowed Marty the Moth to hit a unique suplex into a gutbuster to pick up the pinfall victory.

Marty the Moth defeated Saltador via pinfall in 2:22 to advance in the Cueto Cup Tournament.

Marty made more strange gestures to Melissa. Mascarita Sagrada was shown doing bicep curls backstage. Paul London and Mala Suerte bowed down to him and asked him to lead them to Valhalla tonight. Sagrada blew them off. London called Sagrada divinity, personified… [C]

John’s Thoughts: The Rabbit Tribe guys do way better in singles than they do as a team. I know this was done to give them some celebrity rub from London, but both Mala Suerte and Saltador have had great matches in the Cueto Cup. We know nothing about Saltador other than Striker’s heavy-handed illegal drug commentary. That’s the advantage of singles matches, they allow the wrestlers to tell the story themselves. Both Marty and Saltador also did a great job at integrating their characters into their ringwork. I just hope that down the road that Saltador and Mala Suerte become more mystic than drug addicts according to the storytelling.

Marty the Moth was shown banging his head on a hanging lamp. He had a creepy stalker shrine to Melissa Santos. He pulled a picture of Melissa out of the front part of his underwear. He said he’s a man and can never be mad at Melissa. He licked the picture that was next to his dick and hung it on the wall with his saliva. Music box music played as Marty sniffed hair and makeup. Mariposa walked in to reprimand Marty. Marty remembered that their father said “Family First”. Mariposa teased that brackets put her and Marty on a collision course in the second rope. Marty wished Mariposa luck in a patronizing tone. Mariposa slapped Marty and walked away. Marty said not to worry because he’s going to make Melissa a part of the family too. He then put the picture back in his pants and sold pleasure on his face…

3. Pindar (w/ Kobra Moon) vs. Mascarita Sagrada in a first round match for the Cueto Cup. Pindar no-sold the strikes from the mini luchador. Pindar tossed Sagrada around with ease. This drew mega heat from the crowd who was behind Sagrada. Sagrada gained the upper hand with a dropkick to the shin and a huracanrana. Sagrada also managed to land a armdrag on Pindar. Pindar crashed and burned to go outside.

Sagrada then hit a cool tope into a huracanrana on Pindar. Sagrada hit a crossbody. Pindar came back with a popup cutter. Sagrada retreated to the bottom rope. Pindar put the boots to Sagrada in methodical fashion. Kobra Moon would taunt Sagrada from ringside. Pindar gave Sagrada a spanking. Kobra Moon would land cheap shots while the ref’s back was turned. Sagrada hit some fun with a nice tilt a whirl several times into a hurcanrana on Pindar. Kobra Moon ran in but Sagrada used her to help armdrag Pindar on the outside.

Sagrada then hit a strong slap to the face of Kobra Moon. Sagrada hit a moonsault on Pindar to get a two count. Pindar hit a boot on Sagrada and hit a facebuster on Sagrada to pick up the pinfall win… [C]

Pindar defeated Mascarita Sagrada via pinfall in 5:55 to advance in the Cueto Cup Tournament.

John’s Thoughts: Another good Cueto Cup match and Mascarita’s best non-comedy match in Lucha Underground to date. I don’t think WWE’s El Torito was free to sign by this time, but he did wrestle a bit like the legendary Mascarita Dorada/Sagrada. Good work to whoever the guy under the mask is this time. That was a nice tope into a huracanrana.

4. The Mariposa vs. Fenix in a First Round Cueto Cup Tournament Match. Mariposa is played by former TNA wrestler Raisha Sheed/Cheerleader Melissa. Fenix tried to handshake Mariposa but she refused. Mariposa has the size advantage over the shorter Fenix. Fenix tried to get another handshake after the lockup. Fenix then used his martial arts to block and dodge Mariposa’s strikes. Fenix refused to superkick at first when Mariposa begged off. Fenix did dropkick Mariposa when Mariposa tried to take advantage of Fenix’s chivalry.

Fenix caught a crossbody from Mariposa but Mariposa ended up landing a nice tornado DDT. Mariposa hit Fenix with a basement dropkick to send Fenix to the outside. Mariposa dominated outside with a huracanrana. Mariposa hit a springboard bulldog on Fenix in the ring. Fenix stopped on a dime and hit Mariposa with a release German Suplex. Mariposa tried to block a Fenix superkick by agreeing to shake Fenix’s hand finally. Fenix didn’t bite and hit Mariposa with a roundhouse.

Mariposa reversed a powerbomb into a sunset flip bomb. Fenix countered back with an enziguri. Fenix caught himself when Mariposa got out of tope position. Fenix went for a Superplex but Mariposa fought back. Fenix hit a rising palm strike Mariposa blocked a Spanish Fly. Fenix was pushed off. Fenix caught Mariposa mid-air and hit a Fenix Driver to pick up the victory.

Fenix defeated Mariposa via pinfall in 5:46 to advance in the Cueto Cup Tournament.

Marty the Moth ran in to put the boots to Fenix. Fenix managed to send Marty outside with a spinning wheel kick. Fenix got about 720 Degrees on a corkscrew plancha to hit Marty and Mariposa with Melissa Santos cheering Fenix on. The credits rolled and the show closed…

John’s Thoughts: It’s always a treat to see Fenix spotlighted on the show. This guy has been the babyface MVP of Lucha Underground and he wins people over with his heart, ability, and skill. It may be a turnoff to some when Fenix refuses to hit women aggressively due to how Lucha Underground tries to do an equal opportunity message, but there should also be a message of being a good person too. Fenix is the best example of a white meat babyface that Lucha Underground has to offer. He is the male role model, just like Sexy Star is the female role model.

This episode of Lucha Underground was closer to what we usually see from NXT TV shows. There weren’t main event level matches, but not every show has to be balls to the wall. Not every episode of a serial drama like Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, or Flash has to have a climax. You need building action. There were some good matches and a highlight of this show was some of the losers getting to show a lot. Vinnie Massaro showed too much and made Cage look a bit weak, but at least they told the story of the glove there. I will have more thoughts to share in my LU Hit List as well as in my Members’ Exclusive Audio review later today.

Impact Wrestling TV from India, Dot Net Weekly, NXT TV taping on Friday and Florida live events (correspondents needed), Tetsuya Naito, “Earthquake” John Tenta

By Jason Powell

-Dot Net Members are listening to the new Dot Net Weekly audio show with Zack Zimmerman and I discussing all the news of the week and previewing the ROH Best in the World pay-per-view that Zack will be attending. Join us on the ad-free version of the site and access and our entire audio history by signing up for membership today via the Dot Net Members’ Signup Page.

-Impact Wrestling features the third show taped in Mumbai, India and includes Allie and Rosemary vs. Laurel Van Ness and Sienna. Impact airs on Pop TV at 7CT/8ET. John Moore’s review will be available either later this evening or on Friday morning. My Impact Wrestling Hit List will be available on Friday.

-We are looking for correspondents for the NXT live events listed below and tonight’s WWE live event. If you are going to one of these events or another upcoming show and want to help by sending in a report, contact me at dotnetjason@gmail.com

-NXT is in Cocoa, Florida at the Cocoa Armory tonight with the local crew.

-NXT is taping television in Winter Park, Florida at Full Sail University on Friday.

-NXT is in Gainesville, Florida at MLK Recreation Center on Saturday with the local crew.

Birthdays and Notables

-NJPW star Tetsuya Naito is 35.

-The late John “Earthquake” Tenta was born on June 22, 1963. He died on June 7, 2006 at age 42 following a battle with bladder cancer.

6/21 Zim’s WWE NXT TV Review: Aleister Black vs. Kassius Ohno, Ember Moon returns to face Peyton Royce, and more

By Zack Zimmerman

NXT on WWE Network
Taped May 25, 2017 in Winter Park, Florida at Full Sail University

A hype video advertised Kassius Ohno vs. Aleister Black as the main event… The opening video played…

Inside the arena, fans chanted and the commentators talked about a backstage altercation between Bobby Roode and Roderick Strong which would be shown later on… A graphic advertised Kassius Ohno vs. Aleister Black for later in the show…

Peyton Royce made her entrance accompanied by Billie Kay. The returning Ember Moon was out next.

1. Peyton Royce (w/ Billie Kay) vs. Ember Moon. Moon got the better of Royce and went up top for her finisher early, but Billie Kay yanked her down across the top rope and Royce took control. [C]

They performed a choreographed sequence of kick reversals which ended with Moon taking Royce off her feet with a ‘rana. Once again, Moon went to the top turnbuckle and once again Kay got involved, this time pulling Royce to ringside. Moon changed plans and wiped out Kay with a dive to ringside.

Back in the ring however, Royce got the better of Moon and connected with a Widow’s Peak neckbreaker for a near-fall. A short time later, Moon avoided a charging Royce who went shoulder-first into the ringpost. Moon followed up with the Eclipse off the top rope for the win.

Ember Moon beat Peyton Royce in about 7:27.

Moon celebrated her win… A graphic advertised the main event… Backstage, Kassius Ohno was warming up when he was approached by Hideo Itami. Itami admitted he hasn’t had the same success in the US as he had in Japan and that’s been getting to him. He apologized for pushing Ohno and yelling at him.

Ohno accepted his apology and confessed that he also knows what it feels like when people expect things from you and you don’t deliver. He said that neither of them are done and they still have plenty to give. Ohio said he’ll start tonight with Aleister Black. Itami gave him a nod of seeming approval and took off, leaving Ohno to continue his warmup… [C]

Zim Says: The ladies match was fine. Not as good as it probably could’ve been for a seven-plus minute match, but there was nothing particularly worth nitpicking about. I will say however that at this point, Ember Moon no longer feels like the right person to dethrone Asuka.

Once again, footage from the backstage altercation between Bobby Roode and Roderick Strong was advertised for later in the show…

Back in the arena, the Ealy Brothers made their entrance. They’re physically impressive twins who appear to be very green. Two members of Sanity made their entrance next.

2. Sanity (Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe) vs. The Ealy Brothers (Gabriel and Uriel). Sanity beat up one of the twins, until the other tagged in, then they beat him up. There was a moment at the three-minute mark where the Ealys had a chance, but it was not to be, Sanity hit a combo back suplex and diving neckbreaker for the win…

Sanity over The Ealy Brothers in about 3:21.

A replay of the non-finish from last week’s Women’s Championship match aired, with both ladies crashing each other through tables… A graphic revealed that next week, Asuka will defend the Women’s Championship against Nikki Cross in a Last Woman Standing match…

A Sonya Deville vignette aired and she was advertised in action next…

Back in the arena, Rachael Evers (a/k/a Rachel Ellering) made her entrance. Sonya Deville was out next, making an entrance kind of like an MMA fighter, and kind of not.

3. Sonya Deville vs. Rachael Evers. Deville showed that her style consists largely of doing something basic, and then standing around for a while, before doing another basic thing, and standing around more. Evers fought back with a couple of right hands around the two-minute mark, but Deville sold it like she enjoyed being hit.

Deville took off her gloves and landed some body shots on Evers. She rolled through into a very unconvincing kimura and Evers submitted.

Sonya Deville won in about 2:40.

Zim Says: Unimpressive back-to-back squashes. I think the Sanity match was boring as hell and Deville has not made improvements nor is she stand-out enough to warrant a re-debut like this.

Backstage, Bobby Roode was doing a photoshoot when Roderick Strong walked by with his wife Marina and their baby. Roode took notice and talked some trash. He whistled and told Marina when she’s ready for a “real man” to give him a call.

Strong calmly escorted his wife and the stroller off set, before coming flying back in on his own to beat the hell out of Roode. The two brawled briefly with Strong getting the better of it before they were pulled apart…

A graphic advertised the main event of the 400th episode of NXT, which will take place in two weeks: Bobby Roode defending the NXT Championship against Roderick Strong…

The main event was advertised up next… [C]

A graphic advertised the Last Woman Standing match for the NXT Women’s Championship next week between Asuka and Nikki Cross…

Back in the arena, Kassius Ohno made his entrance in vintage Chicago Bulls-inspired gear. Aleister Black made his lengthy entrance next.

4. Kassius Ohno vs. Aleister Black. The two spent the opening few minutes trading armlocks and working to clean breaks. Ohno fired off a hard chop to the chest and Black shot back with a hard kick. Moments later, Ohno slipped to ringside to avoid the Black Mass spinning kick, and Black did his fake dive before sitting criss-cross in the ring.

Back in the ring, Black caught Ohno with a hard knee strike but Ohno came right back with a hard elbow of his own. [C] Back from break, Ohno crushed Black with a leaping senton for a two-count. Ohno mocked Black and kicked him hard in the face for another two-count. Ohno continued to talk some smack, before he ran into a wicked leaping stomp from Black that drove him hard into the mat.

Black began to rally with a Lionsault to a standing Ohno and followed up with a head kick for a two-count of his own. Ohno caught a kick attempt and rocked Black with a knee strike. The two traded a series of kicks to the head with Ohno getting the better of the exchange. He set up the Death Blow, but Black slipped out and teed off with a series of strikes and knee to the head for a near-fall.

Ohno managed to stagger Black with an enzugiri and followed up with the Cyclone Kill boot for a near-fall. There was another wicked exchange of strikes which ended with Ohno dropping Black with a rolling release suplex. He set up for the rolling elbow, but as he moved forward, Black struck with the Black Mass spinning back kick for the pinfall.

Aleister Black defeated Kassius Ohno in about 15:09.

The show closed with Black sitting calmly in the middle of the ring…

Zim Says: Really nice main event. The two have worked closely with one another and it shows in the best ways. I enjoyed that a lot. I would even go so far as to say it was the only thing on this show worth watching other than the Roderick Strong/Bobby Roode backstage exchange. I didn’t think any of the squashes stood out, and Ember Moon’s return felt much lesser than it should’ve, which is unfortunate. I’ll have much more to say in audio form, as tomorrow will be a double dose covering last week’s and this week’s episodes back-to-back. Be sure to tune in! Thanks for reading along!

Throw comments, questions, criticisms, or corrections @DotNetZim or DotNetZim@gmail.com; always happy to discuss.

06/21 Dot Net Weekly audio show: WWE Women’s MITB drama, NXT’s effect on WWE main roster, Impact Wrestling parts ways with three agents/producers, ROH Best in the World discussion, NJPW in California

Jason Powell and Zack Zimmerman co-host Dot Net Weekly: WWE Women’s MITB drama, NXT’s effect on WWE main roster, Impact Wrestling parts ways with three agents/producers, ROH Best in the World discussion, NJPW in California, Evolve and Beyond doubleheader (69:27)…

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6/21 Powell’s Ring of Honor TV Review: 300th Episode with Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Will Ospreay, Hirooki Goto, and Gedo, Jay Lethal and Bobby Fish vs. Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser, final hype for ROH Best in the World

By Jason Powell

Ring of Honor TV
Taped on May 14 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 2300 Arena
Aired in syndication over the weekend, Mondays on the FITE TV app, and Wednesdays on Comet TV

Jay Lethal opened the show and acknowledged that it was the show’s 300th episode. He said it felt like it was just yesterday when he won the ROH TV Title on the second episode. He said it’s been a wild ride and it’s all because of the fans. Lethal questioned what’s in store for him and ROH, which he called the greatest company in the world… The opening montage aired…

Ian Riccaboni and Colt Cabana checked in from ringside and played up that it was a milestone episode…

1. Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser vs. Jay Lethal and Bobby Fish. Cabana referred to Lethal and Fish as a dream team. There was a comical spot with Bruiser getting winded and struggling to complete a leap over Fish, who had dropped down on the mat. Lethal tagged in and called for Young, who declined. Lethal did more rope running comedy with Bruiser and called for Young again. Bruiser went the corner. Young held up a finger, the dropped off the mat and grabbed Bruiser a beer. Bruiser drank the beer and went back to running the ropes. He stopped and spat out the beer through the ropes as if he hard hurled. [C]

Lethal worked over Young, whom Riccaboni stated had tagged into the match during the break. Bruiser turned Lethal inside out with a clothesline, but Fish put Bruiser down with a Samoan drop. Lethal and Fish teamed up to hit a series of strikes on Young, which led to a two count. Later, Fish accidentally kicked Lethal to ringside. Bruiser performed a summersault dive onto Lethal on the floor, which drew gasps from the live crowd. Late in the match, Lethal hit the Lethal Injection on Bruiser. However, Young caught Lethal with a knee to the head and followed up with Misery for the win…

Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser defeated Jay Lethal and Bobby Fish.

Backstage, Christopher Daniels, who appeared to have a chipped front tooth, cut a promo about the 300th episode milestone. He spoke about being the first tag champion, the second ROH TV Champion, and now ROH Champion. Daniels said to expect continued excellence from ROH and continued dominance from him… [C]

Powell’s POV: A nice opening match with the right guy going over given the story that Young has Lethal’s number heading into their singles match at Friday’s Best in the World.

Riccaboni narrated a video package that focussed on the Bully Ray and The Briscoes vs. Dalton Castle and The Boys match for the ROH Six-Man Tag Titles that will take place at Best in the World. New footage aired of Bully trying to calm down Jay Briscoe after their lost the eight-man tag match on television because of The Boys saving Castle. Bully told him it was only one match and they would get past it…

The Boys made their entrance for amatch when they were attacked from behind by Matt Taven and Vinny Marseglia, who were accompanied by TK O’Ryan. Taven and Marseglia set up for a double team move on the concrete, but they were interrupted by Dalton Castle’s entrance theme. Castle headed to ringside and stared at the two Kingdom members. The Boys regrouped and the match was on…

2. Matt Taven and Vinny Marseglia (w/TK O’Ryan) vs. The Boys (w/Dalton Castle). As Castle glared at Taven and Marseglia from ringside, one of the Boys dropkicked Taven to ringside, while the other rolled up Marseglia for a two count. The Kingdom duo regrouped. Taven performed a reverse suplex off the ropes, which Cabana said was the finishing move of Ultimo Guerrero. Marseglia followed up with a swanton bomb for the win…

Matt Taven and Vinny Marseglia beat The Boys.

Afterward, Taven said they came to make a statement. Marseglia kicked the referee. “Be one of us,” Taven said before dropping the mic. Jay Briscoe came out and that caused the Kingdom to leave. Castle and Jay jawed at one another. Mark came out to play peacemaker, then Bully Ray came out and did the same. Riccaboni said on commentary that it was just a match and suggested that they let bygones be bygones…

A Punishment Martinez video package aired. “Prepare to be punished,” he said… [C]

Powell’s POV: Sort of an odd match that focussed more on the undercard Kingdom vs. Ultimo Guerrero and El Terrible match than Castle and The Boys heading into their six-man tag title match, but the post match angle made it more understandable. The focus is on Jay’s over the top reaction to losing. I thought they might be turning Castle heel, but now I’m left wondering if this leads to the Briscoes breaking away from Bully Ray.

3. Punishment Martinez vs. Joey Daddiego. Before the match, highlights aired of Martinez attacking Jay White and Will Ospreay following their match at the War of the Worlds pay-per-view. Martinez dominated the match and won by pinfall after a chokeslam…

Punishment Martinez defeated Joey Daddiego.

After the match, Will Ferrara and Cheeseburger came out to check on Daddiego. Martinez cleared Cheeseburger from the ring and then chokeslammed Ferarra. Cheeseburger returned and was about to be manhandled by Martinez, but Jay White ran out and fought Martinez. White clotheslined Martinez to ringside. Martinez landed on his feet and smiled at White before walking away…

Powell’s POV: It’s nice to see Martinez winning a squash match, as this is the approach I suggested they take with him when he first started appearing on television. It’s also good to see them get the White and Martinez feud back on track, as it seemed to be forgotten during the first few weeks of television coming out of the last pay-per-view. Sorta like Will Ospreay. Seriously, after that match, White, Ospreay, and Martinez should have been all over ROH TV.

Riccaboni hyped the main event of Chaos vs. The Addiction and Hiroshi Tanahashi… [C] Backstage, the Briscoes cut a promo about the 300th episode milestone. Mark said 300 is about the same number of times he’s banged his head. Jay said they won’t stop until they get to a million episodes…

Kevin Kelly replaced Ian Riccaboni on play-by- play, and Cody Rhodes sat in on commentary with him and Cabana. Colt announced Kushida vs. Marty Scurll for the ROH TV Title for the pay-per-view…

4. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Christopher Daniels, and Frankie Kazarian vs. Will Ospreay, Hirooki Goto, and Gedo. Ospreay and Kazarian started the match. Ospreay took down Kazarian and posed heading into an early match break. [C] After a few more minutes of action, Tanahashi performed a sling blade clothesline on Ospreay heading into the final break. [C]

Tanahashi dove onto opponents coming out of the break. Ospreay one upped him with a shooting star press onto Tanahashi, Kazarian, and Goto at ringside. A short time later, Daniels performed a uranage on Gedo. Tanahashi performed a High Fly Flow and then Daniels followed up with the Best Moonsault Ever for the win. Cody said he was not impressed…

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Christopher Daniels, and Frankie Kazarian beat Will Ospreay, Hirooki Goto, and Gedo.

As Cody was ranting on commentary, Daniels spat on him from the ring. Cody got up and took off his jacket and tossed it into the crowd. Hangman Page entered the ring and struck Kazarian from behind. Cody attacked Daniels. Page performed his finisher on Kazarian, then Cody performed an Angel’s Wings piledriver. Cody held up the ROH Title while standing over Daniels and Kazarian…

A montage for Best in the World featured brief comments from Marty Scurll, Jay Lethal, Dalton Castle and The Boys, Hangman Page, The Kingdom, The Young Bucks, and Christopher Daniels. A narrator hyped the Daniels vs. Cody match to close the show…

Powell’s POV: It was nice to see Ospreay, but we really should have seen him coming right out of the last pay-per-view. At least he was very impressive yet again. It seems like ROH has limited access to Ospreay and thus do not push him as aggressively as they do Marty Scurll. Tanahashi was very over and the live crowd enjoyed the six-man. The match itself felt like an oddly timed showcase with no real story, but the commentary from Cody and the post match angle were very good in terms of hyping the Best in the World pay-per-view.

Join me for live coverage of ROH Best in the World as the show airs Friday night at 8CT/9ET. Dot Net Members will hear my exclusive audio review after the show.

WWE Smackdown Live viewership rebounds after MITB

Tuesday’s WWE Smackdown Live averaged 2.597 million viewers for USA Network, according to Showbuzzdaily.com. The number was up from the 2.072 million count from last Tuesday’s edition.

Powell’s POV: A nice rebound for Smackdown after last week’s poor number. We hope to have the actual rating later today.

Kofi Kingston addresses WWE MITB controversy, felt it was empowering for Carmella when James Ellsworth pulled down the briefcase for her

Migs vs. The World Of Wrestling Show with Kofi Kingston
Host: Steve Migs
Interview available at KISW.com

Kofi Kingston addressed the controversy surrounding the WWE Women’s Money in the Bank match finish: “Well my take is this… regardless of what happens, like any match that you have, you wanna have people talking,” Kingston said. “But having (James) Ellsworth be the guy to grab the briefcase in the first ever women’s Money in the Bank ladder match… At first, at first it’s kinda like jarring, right, because you would expect a woman to do it, but you think about, like, the character that Ellsworth plays, he is Carmella’s pawn.

“Carmella is the one who has the power in this situation, right? So, for me, it’s like, really empowering that Carmella can command this man to go up there and grab this briefcase and give it to her. And now, from a character perspective…number one, you hate Ellsworth…and now you hate Carmella for destroying this moment! That’s what WWE is all about, the entertainment aspect, and getting you to feel something, and this has really struck a chord with the entire WWE universe.

“It’ll be interesting to see how this whole situation kinda unfolds but, the most important part of that is that everybody is watching it. From that perspective, mission is accomplished, right? Because, if it was just a standard ladder match where, you know, a girl went up and grabbed it, I mean, that would’ve been cool, but not nearly as controversial as it is now. You have so many people with different opinions, and I think it’s awesome! That’s really what WWE is all about, to get people reacting.”

NXT TV preview: The lineup for tonight’s television show (no spoilers)

The following matches were taped on May 25 in Winter Park, Florida at Full Sail University for tonight’s television show.

-Ember Moon vs. Peyton Royce.

-Sanity vs. The Ealy Brothers.

-Rachael Ellering vs. Sonya Deville.

-Kassius Ohno vs. Aleister Black.

Powell’s POV: Join Zack Zimmerman for live coverage as the show streams on WWE Network at 7CT/8ET. Zack’s audio review will available as a member exclusive show on Thursday.