Wrasslin’ Noir Recap 11/16

Dynamite

Full Gear is around the corner, and the final show before the event served as a way to spice up the card. SCU and the Lucha Brothers would get another go for the tag titles, but a third place team is added to the mix. Private Party made the way to the ring for a match with the Dark Order as a bronze medal contest. The Party’s victory set the stage for a glorious three way match. A

SmackDown

The consolation prize came in nearly a month after the fact. The New Day picked up another tag title reign by taking out the Revival. Xavier Woods is out for a few months which put this in the hands of the Big E and Kofi Kingston version of the team. They would reappear later to ward off the NXT UK attack, and there was also an Apollo Crews siting during that segment. A-

Raw

Seth Rollins sent an open challenge to the best UK had to offer and got Walter and Imperium. Evening the odds, the Street Profits and Kevin Owens forced an eight-man tag match of Raw versus the hometown, NXT UK. Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford played the role of equalizers long enough for Rollins to sneak a win over the invasion crew. C+

The hottest gimmick title was put on the line  for R-Truth to reclaim. The Singh Brothers were said to demand a 2-on-1 title match for the advantage. Truth danced around with both men until the Singh’s figured it was time to tuck and run. They ran right in to the hands of Erick Rowan, somewhere that Truth wanted no action. He would hit the lights and check out without winning the title. B

There seems to be a myriad of performers on the roster, yet it was Cedric Alexander putting over another rising star. He debuted a new shirt and logo, though. Alexander even took to the offensive early in the match with Andrade. A Hammerlock DDT and Zelina Vega interference, per usual, signaled the end for Alexander’s performance. D

Lana argued with Bobby Lashley over her making a big announcement. It would be learned that she wanted to tell the world that Rusev got her pregnant. After attacking her husband, Lashley came to fnish him off and leave laughing to the sounds of Lana admitting that she lied. F

A rivalry was put on hold for the sake of getting even with the O.C. Ricochet and Humberto Carillo set out to challenge the trio, but it was Randy Orton coming in to fill the final spot to complete the six-man match. Ricochet kept his eyes on Orton just waiting on the other shoe to drop; it would seem that way until the RKO hit AJ Styles for Carillo to put the match away. B+

NXT

The night kicked off with a Cruiserweight Championship contest; Lio Rush defended his title against Angel Garza in front of family. It was Rush’s first time to put the title on the line. Mark this as a swing in the identity of Rush through him weathering the offense and counters of Garza to stay atop the Cruiserweight division. B+

Multiple players came into the mix after Matt Riddle ran down on Finn Balor only to have Finn escape; that left Riddle to the Undisputed Era. Keith Lee and Tommaso Ciampa came to the Original Bro’s aid, and Lee would lay down a challenge to Adam Cole. Roderick Strong stepped in for the champ to face Lee in a non-title match. Lee would pick up the victory via some outside interference but end up being subjected to an UE mugging. We can consider Lee’s beef with Dominik Dijakovic squashed after they shook hands when Dijakovic joined their War Games team. A

When Riddle was removed from his War Games team, it opened another spot. A fitting replacement could have been found between Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and Bronson Reed. Scott pulled off some impressive high wire offense with the bigger man and closed the match with a huge kick to the head to keep his hot streak rolling. B+

The War Games advantage was on the line in a brutal ladder match. It seemed like Mia Yim would be the benificiary of Dakota Kai’s interference, but Kay Lee Ray pushed Yim off the ladder for a mean spot causing a second ladder to break. Io Shirai went on to take the case and the advantage for her, Bianca Belair and Team Baszler. A+

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