Free-agent crashes Dynamite!

          Wednesday night saw the debut of or so we thought of Jeff Cobb on All Elite Wrestling. Cobb crushed Jon Moxley with a tour of the islands. Sources have said that Cobb is not officially signed with AEW and will appear on his future non-AEW events, but the ground has shifted under his weight. What will Jon Moxley do about It?

Smackdown (Friday) 2/7/20

Smackdown kicked off with the return of the Miz and John Morisson hosting their famous segment, the “Dirt Sheet.” The New Day responded to Miz and Morisson asking the two why they thought they could beat the champs. They wouldn’t have long to talk as violence ensued with a brutal beat down at the hands of Miz and Morrison. These two teams are sure to cross paths in the coming weeks.

          Later on in the night, “King Corbin” Baron Corbin interrupted Goldberg before he could announce who he will be facing as Super Show-Down. He demanded one more match with the “Big Dog” Roman Reigns evening going as far as to go into the crowd and pour a drink onto a fan’s head. Retaliation is a dish best served cold and Regins served up a superman punch to Corbin and laid down the challenge for a steel cage match!


          The night capped off with a Women’s Fatal four-way match to determine the next number, one contender, for the Women’s championship. Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Naomi, and Dana Brooke crossed paths in the main event. Alexa Bliss tried for her finishing move “twisted bliss,” but Namoi got her knees up. From under their noses, Carmella hits them both with superkicks and picks up the upset win.

Raw (Monday) 2/10/20

          The opening contest featured the Raw women’s champion “The Man” Becky Lynch squaring off against Asuka with her tag team partner and friend Kari Sane in her corner.

          Throughout the bout, outside interference from Sane kept the momentum on the side of Asuka. Towards the end of the match, the two traded blows back and forth until Lynch hit a side slam for the three counts. Shortly after NXT standout and newcomer to Monday Night Raw, Shana Bazler attacked Lynch, bitting her neck and drawing blood.

          In the Cruiserweight division, Cedric Alexander met Angel Garza with rising tensions withing the Garza family proving to rear their ugly head. Humberto Carillo-cousin of Garza and recent foe-ran to the ring to attack Garza because of recent comments Garza made towards him.

          After officials broke up the scuffle, Garza quickly defeated with the Wing Clipper. Angel Garza burst onto the seen in NXT less than a year ago. His charisma and in-ring ability have risen him to the top of the cruiserweight division, and a promising future on Raw.

          Monday night capped off a massive eight-man tag team match up pitting Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe and the Viking Raiders against Seth Rollins, Buddy Murphy, and AOP.
        

  Being eight of the top performers on Raw, the match delivered as most would think. Tag team matches like this can be hard to contain but the action brought the people out of their seats. A triple suicide dive from Joe and the Vikings Raiders stole the show, but Rollins hit the curb stomp and picked up the win!

AEW Dynamite (Wednesday) 2/12/20

All Elite Wrestling had a championship showdown this past Wednesday with the tag team championships and the Women’s championship on the line.

Hangman Page and Kenny Omega defended their championships against Southern California Uncensored (SCU). Omega and Page retained after a Combination V Trigger Lariat putting away SCU.

Dustin Rhodes scored the win over Sammy Guvaera letting weeks of frustration spill into the ring. Rhodes kicked out of an inverted go to sleep (GTS), answering with a destroyer followed up by his finishing move the final reckoning.

Rhodes will meet Jake Hager at AEW’s next big pay per view event Revolution on February 29th.

The women’s championship changed hands this week with Nyla Rose pinning Riho with the beast bomb for the win. An act of sweet revenge for Rose being that Riho initially beat her to win the inaugural championship match.

The biggest news for AEW though, is the debut of Jeff Cobb! After the main event, Cobb debuted and gave Moxley a Tour of the islands. There are questions left for answering rolling into AEW’s pay per view event Revolution.

NXT (Wednesday) 11/13/19

Over to the competition, NXT saw its champion in action in the main event as Adam cole faced off against Kushida. With their next big event TakeOver Portland, this weekend, the strings were tied before the big matches Sunday.

          Finn Balor and Johnny Gargano are set to clash this weekend but a heated confrontation at a live event brought Garango and Cameron Grimes to the squared circle this week.

Gargano picked up the submission win and heads into Takeover with a chip on his shoulder.

          Bad blood reignited this week as Leo Rush met Angel Garza to determine who would go onto Portland to compete for the title. Rush thought to be knocked out from a superkick caught Garza with a roll-up and will not face Jordan Devlin for the Cruiserweight title in Portland.

          The “black heart” Tommaso Ciampa wants nothing else than his NXT championship back, and In Portland, he has a chance to bring it home. Ciampa and current champion Adam Cole will meet Sunday, but after Cole picked up the win against Kushia Ciampa hits Cole with his finish to cap off the night.

          Tensions are high, and Takeover Portland is sure to be a barn burner of a show.

Other News

          NWA Powerrr saw the world champion, Nick Aldis, in the main event along with Ricky starks putting his NWA television title on the line against Matt Cross. Aldis and “Strictly Business” team partner Royce Issacs defeated the Rock and Roll Express via holding his feet on the ropes. Aldis and Marty Scurll further their intense rivalry destined to meet in the coming weeks.

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Nate Kaise is a freshman at Loras College. He is from Rockton Illinois and a Media Studies major. He is currently a reporter and Associate Producer for LCTV SportsZone.

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