Date: March 13, 2019
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson

We’re less than a month away from Takeover: New York and the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is already off to a fast start. Last week’s show was almost entirely devoted to the tournament, meaning tonight should have a little more variety to it. You can imagine a lot of the Takeover card already but some of the matches will be probably be confirmed this week. Let’s get to it.

We open with a recap of last week’s first round.

Opening sequence.

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinals: Moustache Mountain vs. Forgotten Sons

Jaxson Ryker is at ringside as it’s Cutler and Black for the Sons again. Bate and Cutler take turns working on the arm to start but it’s off to Black for a slam and chinlock. That doesn’t last long as Bate fights up and brings in Seven to suplex Blake for two. Cutler starts in on the knee to continue a formula that has worked, including the spinning toehold to make Seven scream. The Figure Four goes on but is reversed in record time with Blake not just letting go for some reason.

Since the knee got a break in the Figure Four, Seven is able to bring in Bate for the airplane spin to Blake and since he’s that strong, he does it to Cutler at the same time (Nigel: “It’s a biplane spin!”). The Sons are sent outside where Bate misses the shooting star off the apron but is right back with the corkscrew dive back inside. The running clothesline/dragon suplex gets two on Blake with Ryker making the save. Back in and Seven loads up the Burning Hammer but Bate gets shoved off the top. That’s enough for Seven to take the top rope double stomp/reverse DDT for the pin at 9:40.

Result: Forgotten Sons b. Moustache Mountain – Reverse DDT/top rope double stomp combination to Seven (9:40)

Matt Riddle says he’s here to win titles so he checked to see if the North American Title came in Bro Size. Adam Cole comes up to say the title is coming back around his waist so a challenge is made.

Io Shirai vs. Bianca Belair

The winner gets a Women’s Title shot against Shayna Baszler, on commentary here, at Takeover. Feeling out process to start with Belair picking up the pace and taking her outside for a drop onto the steps. Back in Shirai rolls up the cocky Belair for two but gets caught in a double chickenwing. Shirai fights up and scores with a kick to the face but walks into the hair whip to put her in trouble again.

It’s louder than effective though as Shiriai catches her on top with a super hurricanrana. The moonsault hits raised knees and Belair hits a spear to stay on the ribs. That’s enough for Baszler who goes to the ring and pulls Shirai to the floor for what will be a no contest but should be a DQ at 5:27.

Result: Io Shirai vs. Bianca Belair went to a no contest when Shayna Baszler interfered (5:27)

Post match Kairi Sane comes in for the save but gets choked out as well. Shirai makes the save and takes a choke of her own.

We look back at Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic from two weeks ago, followed by a near fight the following week. Their rematch is next week.

The four way for the Women’s Title is confirmed and Baszler isn’t happy.

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinals: DIY vs. Aleister Black/Ricochet

DIY has the matching shirts again. Black knees Ciampa down for less than a one to start and it’s off to the early armbar. Ricochet and Gargano come in and it’s time for Ricochet to flip around and dropkick Johnny outside. A springboard dropkick has Ciampa in trouble as well and it’s Black moonsaulting into the seated position with Ricochet sitting down next to him. Gargano comes back in with the slingshot spear to take over on Ricochet and it’s Ciampa coming in as the fans aren’t sure who they like more.

Back to back neckbreakers keep Ricochet in trouble, followed by Gargano coming in to stomp on the arm. The chinlock goes on for a bit until Ricochet makes the comeback, including sending Gargano into Ciampa who DDTs his partner by mistake. Black comes in and moonsaults onto both of them as everything breaks down. Ricochet and Gargano are sent outside but Ciampa hits an elbow to set up Meet in the Middle.

Gargano gets pulled back outside though and Black knees Ciampa in the head. Black takes too long going after Gargano though and gets caught in a Tower of London on the apron. The slingshot DDT gets two and DIY slaps on the stereo arm holds (with Nigel bringing up the Takeover: Toronto finish).

Black is in more trouble but Ricochet powers up and Death Valley Drivers Ciampa onto the other two for the save. The crash landed on Gargano’s knee so he bails to the floor, leaving Ciampa to trade forearms with Ricochet. They both get knocked down but since there’s no Gargano to tag, Ciampa has to try the Fairy Tale Ending on Black. That’s broken up and it’s Black Mass into the 630 to finish Ciampa at 13:15.

Result: Aleister Black/Ricochet b. DIY – 630 to Ciampa (13:15)

Post match Candice LeRae comes out to check on Gargano with Ciampa helping him up. Gargano needs help walking up the ramp as the fans applaud him. They get to the stage where Ciampa tries to throw him into the screen but Gargano’s knee is just fine and he sends Ciampa in instead. Candice has the biggest smile on her face as Gargano is back and suckered Ciampa in this time around. The JOHNNY WRESTLING chant ends the show.


Forgotten Sons b. Moustache Mountain – Top rope double stomp/reverse DDT combination to Seven
Io Shirai vs. Bianca Belair went to a no contest when Shayna Baszler interfered
Aleister Black/Ricochet b. DIY – 630 to Ciampa

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 2000 Monday Nitro and Thunder Reviews Part 1.

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