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Weekly Wrecap (10/16/17): October Surprises


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Hey! It's last week today, always, in our weekly wrestling round-up. (Apologies for the late entry. Busy Buezzy weekend.)

We got a couple of reunions, both expected and unlikely. Some WWE fans also got their hands on the Deluxe and Collector's Edition of WWE 2K18, ahead of the October 17 Standard Edition release. (Stay hyped, says Stan.)

In PWR news, heading into Vendetta, Team Sy is complete, Team Sebastian struggles to find a fifth man, and "The Beautiful One" says goodbye for now.

10. Bludgeon Brothers

First, a low-key reunion: ex-Wyatt Family members Erick Rowan and Luke Harper are back as a team with a new name—The Bludgeon Brothers.



9. Jimmy Jacobs out; Neville leaving?

Two indie darlings in the WWE were in the news last week, and the details were not so good.

The aftermath of the Bullet Club documentary shoot outside RAW a few weeks ago takes another unfortunate turn. Backstage producer Jimmy Jacobs was reportedly not working for WWE anymore after being in a photo with the NJPW fellas.

Meanwhile, rumors spread about Neville heading out the door, despite playing a huge role in the ongoing #CruiserweightRevolution. (Of course, these are rumors, so until it actually happens, take it with a grain of salt.)

Among others, Neville was said to be frustrated about the way he was booked right now, and for being left out of the WrestleMania 33 DVD along with Austin Aries, whom he fought at the kick-off show for the Cruiserweight Championship. Thus, he was not able to earn royalties from it, according to the grapevine.

8. Kalisto wins Cruiserweight Title

While Neville's status was up in the air, Kalisto quickly made his mark, winning the Cruiserweight Championship from Enzo Amore in a Lumberjack Match on RAW. Notable is the fact that this is the third consecutive main event where the cruiserweights are involved.

Then, the next night on 205 Live, Kalisto and Mustafa Ali defeated Enzo Amore and his new ally Ariya Daivari. Plus, Rich Swann bested TJP in a 2-Out-Of-3 falls match.

On that note, Ro tackled the Neville/Kalisto situation at Live From the 205.

7. Gargano vs. Almas

Johnny Gargano and Andrade Cien Almas continued their feud in NXT on Wednesday, with Almas getting an assist yet again from Zelina Vega. Jocs asked in Smark Hen-XT: "Where does this match lead both men?"

Also on NXT, Peyton Royce earned a spot to vie for the NXT Women's title, the Velveteen Dream crushed Lio Rush's dreams, and Lars Sullivan and Street Profits picked up wins in their respective matches.

6. Ultima Lucha, tercera parte

We got new champions crowned at part 3 of Ultima Lucha.

Two shows ago, they were opponents. Then on Wednesday, Killshot and Dante Fox were forced to team with Unique Opportunity battle royal winner The Mack. Somehow, they captured the Lucha Underground Trios Championships from Drago, Pindar, and Vibora.

Then, Pentagon Dark defeated Son of Havoc in a ladder match to win the Gift of the Gods Championship. Plus, Sexy Star triumphed over Taya in a Last Luchadora Standing Match.


5. PWR Live: Oktoberplex

Lots of developments at PWR's last show before Vendetta on November 5. So here's a quick recap: SANDATA was the fifth man of Team Sy for the "Ubusan ng Lahi" warfare, while the search is still on for Team Sebastian's person #5.

Chris Panzer retained the PWR Championship against John Sebastian at the main event, Zayden Trudeau and Bolt staked their claims at the PHX Title, The Network won over Trian dela Torre and Evan Carleaux to retain the PWR Tag Team Titles.

Crystal turned heel, the YOLO Twins earned the right to battle British tag team wrestlers The Regime, and Vlad Sinnsyk targeted The Apocalypse and his All Out War Championship. Finally, PWR sent off "Beautiful" Billy Suede.

Read the complete Oktoberplex results, then Smark Henry's review of the event c/o Ardelle and KP. We also speculated who could be Team Sebastian's fifth guy.

Honorable mention: Later in the week, the Kakaibros snuck their way into a PWR Tag Team Title match at Vendetta, but TDTxECX strongly objected.



4. Corbin wins U.S. Championship

WWE Hell in a Cell unfolded a week ago, and the trip from Hell brought a lot of surprises.

The first surprise of the night was Tye Dillinger's addition to the U.S. Title bout, making it a three-way match with defending champ AJ Styles and Baron Corbin. But the bigger surprise was Corbin sneaking in a pinfall to win the belt.

Also at HIAC, Jinder Mahal retained the WWE Championship over Shinsuke Nakamura, and SmackDown Women's Champion Natalya did so, too, against Charlotte Flair, but in controversial fashion. Bobby Roode defeated Dolph Ziggler in his first WWE PPV match, while Randy Orton defeated Rusev again.

Ro said in his HIAC review that this year's Hell in a Cell matches on the PPV were truly special, compared to previous years. He also picked the Triple Threat US Championship bout as Match of the Night.

3. SmackDown tag scene on lock

The Usos regained the SmackDown Tag Team Championship from The New Day in an impressive Hell in a Cell match.

Then on Tuesday at SmackDown Live, Usos and New Day appeared to call a truce when other tag teams entered the picture to challenge for the titles. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin earned the right to face The Usos after winning a four-way tag match.

2. Shield reunion

RAW was lit at the top of the hour when The Shield officially reunited. They will face The Miz, Cesaro, and Sheamus at TLC but the trio added a fourth man: Braun Strowman!

Says Nicole on her RAW Report, Monday's episode "had its moments, but also had some forgettable matches."



1. KO is OK, thanks to Sami

An unexpected assist at Hell in a Cell took the world by surprise—kind of—last week. (Kind of, because some of us here at Smark Henry called it.)

Sami Zayn suddenly pulled Kevin Owens away from danger and from a free-falling Shane McMahon. It led Ricky to ask simply, "Why, Sami, why?"

*****

Finally, Impact Wrestling in 45 words:

Johnny Impact defeated Garza Jr. to face Eli Drake for the Global Championship at Bound for Glory. The entire LAX challenged oVe in a 5150 Street Fight Match with the tag titles on the line. Alberto El Patron will return at BFG on November 5.

*****

Michael Bueza (@mikebueza) is a researcher for Rappler.com, a Managing Editor of Smark Henry, and a huge trivia geek. A post-Attitude Era wrestling fan, he caught up with what he had missed by literally reading through all WWE (and some WCW) pay-per-view results on the Internet. He posts PPV results for the site, and is in charge of Smark Henry's weekly wrestling recap.

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