Date: September 26, 2018
Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson
We’re now on the way to the land down under as Cedric Alexander has survived Drew Gulak again and is now ready to face Buddy Murphy at Super Show-Down. That’s next week though as tonight we have Mustafa Ali getting his chance for revenge against Hideo Itami, in what should be a fun match. Let’s get to it.
Opening recap and preview.
The empty seat situation is fixed after last week.
Noam Dar vs. Lio Rush
Rush cheap shots him before the bell and they head outside with Rush running away as only he can. Back in and Dar kicks the leg out, followed by a snapmare into the ropes. A double arm crank has Dar telling Rush to scream for Bobby Lashley to help him. Rush fights up and hits a handspring against the ropes to knock Dar off the apron, setting up a moonsault to the floor.
Back in again and Rush kicks at the ribs to set up a waistlock and is smart enough to throw in a rollup for two. A kick to the recently repaired knee has Dar in more trouble but Rush misses a dive and hits the ropes. Dar gets two off a northern lights suplex and picks Rush’s ankle for an ankle lock. Another northern lights suplex sends Rush into the corner for two but can’t hit the Nova Roller. Dar unloads on him in the corner but Rush kicks the knee out and kicks him in the face. The Final Hour gives Rush the pin at 8:13.
Result: Lio Rush b. Noam Dar – Final Hour (8:13)Alexander and Murphy are in Drake Maverick’s office for a face to face showdown. Cedric’s only thought going into the title match is to win, like he did the last time they fought. He won with pride and no one has more than him. Murphy says it was because Cedric was in his backyard with his mom in the front row. Cedric is tired of the excuses and they both promise to win.
Brian Kendrick vs. ???
Big boot and the Captain’s Hook in 10 seconds.
Result: Brian Kendrick b. ??? – Captain’s Hook (0:10)
Post match Drew Gulak beats the jobber up.
Ali says he’s fought Itami several times and gotten the same result. Maybe he’s insane, but there are people who look to him to do something about Itami. He’s the light in the dark.
TJP, in a mask, says he wrestled in one just like this so he knows the lucha libre culture. He didn’t care about it the and doesn’t now. All he cares about is tapping people out, like he’ll do next week to Kalisto.
Mustafa Ali vs. Hideo Itami
Itami hides in the ropes to start and Ali is looking annoyed. Now it’s a trip to the floor to keep Ali upset and the chase is on. Itami gets back in first but Ali pulls him back to the floor for a chop to the chest. Back in and Ali cartwheels into a backflip to avoid a kick to the face, followed by a dropkick to put Itami down. A spinwheel kick gives Ali one but Itami pulls him down and sends Ali head first into the post.
Some kicks to the chest keep Ali in trouble and we hit the neck crank. That doesn’t last long though as Ali pops up and spins into a crucifix for two. Back up and they kick away at each other until Itami gets two off a DDT. A half crab keeps Ali in trouble and Itami steps on the back of his head to make it even worse. Ali makes the rope so Itami kicks him in the face to send him outside again.
Itami throws him into the barricade (taking out a production guy) and then suplexes Ali on the floor to make it worse. Ali is fine enough to come back in with the rolling X Factor and a sitout powerbomb for two of his own. A backdrop sends Itami to the floor and there’s the big flip dive to make it even worse. Ali goes to the steps to change things up a bit so Itami kicks him out of the air to take him down.
Back in and a RESPECT ME (his third or fourth of the match) dropkick in the corner misses, allowing Ali to hit a tornado DDT for two more. The 054 takes too much time though and a super Falcon Arrow gives Itami his closest two yet. Itami tries a superplex but gets shoved down and Ali tries a splash, only to land on Itami’s raised feet as he hadn’t hit the mat yet. Ali puts him on the apron for a 450 because of course he does and it’s a double countout at 16:28.
Result: Mustafa Ali vs. Hideo Itami went to a double countout (16:28)
Drake and some medics come down to check on them to end the show.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 2003 Smackdown Reviews.
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