WWE No Mercy 2017- My Thoughts and Predictions

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WWENoMercyPoster2017You have to love it when the WWE finally builds up a match that deserves all the build up. At last months Summerslam, we were teased a match that we had hoped would happen for months, but the WWE did it the right way and they let Strowman build up to that very moment when he delivered two running powerslams to Brock Lesnar into two announce tables. What would follow in the next upcoming weeks has all of us salivating at the chance of a big heavyweight fight between The Monster Among Men taking on the Beast Incarnate for the WWE Universal Championship. The only questiuon heading into WWE NO Mercy tonight from the Staples Center in Los Angeles is whether or not we are getting the result that the overall consensus wants. Are we going to get a champion that is there and wrestling every week or are we going to have the same old and Lesnar is just going to be running the train through everyone until WrestleMania? I just hope that the WWE makes the right decision tonight and we get a new era in the WWE.

John-Cena-vs.-Roman-Reigns-No-Mercy-2017That isn’t the only big match on the card though, there is one more match that peaks my interest on the card. We knew for a little bit that John Cena was designated a free agent and that he could jump from brand to brand to face whoever he wanted. So we eventually knew that a match up with Roman Reigns was in the cards, I just didn’t think that we were going to get the match at No Mercy instead of WrestleMania, but this seems to be happening on both brands these days. So besides the shock of this match happening now, we have to look at the plus side of it and that is the promos between these two have been straight fire. It finally took someone like John Cena to bring out the best in Roman Reigns as far as mic skills were concerned because if it wasn’t for that first promo I probably wouldn’t have been as invested in this match as I am now. My only concern for this match is what is John Cena going to do? Is he going to do the so called “right thing” and put Roman Reigns over or is he going to “bury” him as people call it by winning the match? Another question to ask is even if Roman wins the match, is anyone going to even care enough to cheer him anyways?

no mercyNow there are other matches on the card and the only other match I am looking forward to is the tag team title rematch between the champions Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose who defend their belts against The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro). It’s 2/3’s of The Shield so what else am I supposed to say, I am a huge mark for that team so get over it. I was looking forward to the Women’s match until the WWE decided at the last minute that it was OK to insert Bayley into the match. I am also surprised that the Jason Jordan/The Miz match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship wasn’t a pre-show match, but that could be because Miz has amazing heel skills and Jason Jordan had two amazing matches with Roman Reigns and John Cena recently. I am however not looking forward to the Neville/Enzo Amore match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship because it’s an abomination that Neville has to defend that title against Enzo of all people. Could we have not found him a more suitable opponent like Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado, or even Akira Tozawa. Nonetheless, that is what we get for tonight and that’s what we’ll have to deal with. Here are my predictions for tonight:

Braun Strowman defeats Brock Lesnar

Nia Jax wins the WWE Women’s Championship

Roman Reigns defeats John Cena

Neville defeats Enzo Amore

The Miz defeats Jason Jordan

Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose defeat The Bar

Bray Wyatt defeats Finn Balor

Elias defeats Apollo Crews

 

 

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Canelo Vs GGG: My Final Thoughts

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Canelo-Alvarez-vs-Gennady-Golovkin-en-vivo-online-696x391Last night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the crowd witnessed what was clearly a fight of the year candidate when Saul Canelo Álvarez took on the undefeated Gennady Golovkin in a 12 round middleweight showdown for the ages. There is just one problem with the fight of the year and that is that it ended in one of the most controversial manners when the fight was declared a split draw. The fight was ruled a draw after judge Don Trella scored the bought 114-114, but the real mystery belongs to Adalaide Byrd who scored the fight 118-110 in favor of Álvarez who in the eyes of many did not win the fight. All of us were left wondering what boxing match did Byrd watch and how much was she paid to throw the monkey wrench in their. In all fairness to her, it was at times a difficult match to score depending on what you think wins a round. Clearly Álvarez did enough in her eyes to win that many rounds in the fight with his counter punching and body shots. The first three rounds did belong to Alvarez out right and the last two rounds of the fight could have been scored in either direction. However, you can not tell me that rounds four through ten did not belong to GGG. The man was a workhorse who should absolutely no fear as he punched and jabbed his way through Canelo’s power punching attack.

Canelo-Alvarez-vs-Gennady-GolovkinAfter all of that, what does this mean for the sport of boxing and will they recover from this after they had been selling it as the fight of the year? Oscar De Lay Hoya, whose Golden Boy Promotions handled the fight, had been telling us for weeks that we were getting a real fight after the Mayweather/McGregor sideshow that we had seen weeks before. This was a fight that featured two of the best that the sport had to offer and this is the result that you give the fans, a draw? Teddy Atlas may have a had a point in saying that this is why people feel that the sport is corrupted and that judges are easily paid off at times or at least we are left to wonder that. If you are striving to make a point to make Boxing the popular sport over Mixed Martial Arts then this is not how you do it. This is exactly the reason why people tune in to the UFC and why their PPV buyouts have been insane over the last five or so years. Gone are the days of seeing so many top contenders in boxing like Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Hector Camacho, Thomas Hearns, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Julio Cesar Chavez, Pernell Whitaker, Vinny Pazienza, Felix Trinidad, Fernando Vargas, and so many more. Those were the golden years at least for me anyways, but I am hoping that Boxing can recover from this and that we will continue to see amazing fights. The only question left now as well is are you going to be buying Canelo vs GGG part two? Check out the Adalaide Byrd’s scorecard below and I wanted to tell you that I scored the fight 116-112 in favor of GGG, you can also see that card below hers.

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Floyd Mayweather Vs Conor McGregor: My Final Thoughts

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MayweatherMcGregorLast night, one of the biggest fights in boxing took place last night in Las Vegas that more than likely overshadowed another big fight in California. Conor McGregor, the UFC Champion, stepped foot into the squared circle for the first time in his career professionally and he danced with the best of them in undefeated future hall of famer Floyd Mayweather at the T-Mobile Arena. It truly was the money fight with all of the hype that we had been hearing for three months, but there were a lot of questions asked before hand and they were certainly answered. One thing is for sure, you have to give Conor McGregor a lot of credit because he took a huge chance stepping foot in that ring, but he proved a lot of people wrong. Conor came right out of the gate and he looked impressive, but that was just Floyd allowing Conor to tire himself out because that is what a 50-0 fighter does and did. Floyd at first didn’t look like the aggressor, but as soon as those later rounds started coming, he turned it up and he was taking the fight to McGregor as he had promised he would. The question of the night though was whether Conor could go the distance and sadly he couldn’t as he was completely out of the fight by the ninth round.

Boxing-2017.08.27-Floyd-Mayweather-Jr.-vs-Conor-McGregor-PPV-720p-BoksThat is where Floyd did his damage and earned his $350 million dollar payout for the night and that is not including the gates I believe which broke PPV records. I just want to throw this into your head to let it sink in so you know why Conor deserves a lot of credit for stepping into Floyd’s world and to silence the naysayers. Conor McGregor according to ESPN, landed 30 more punches on Floyd in ten rounds then Manny Pacquiao did in a 12 round fight. Let that sink in as to whether you think this fight should count on Floyd’s record. Now, Floyd rides into the sunset with his record breaking 50-0 win/loss record and the future is uncertain for Conor as far as boxing is concerned, but you can bet he’s not going to be cheap anymore not even for the UFC. There were some decent matches on the undercard with my favorite being the Badou Jack/Nathan Cleverly fight which ended with an impressive TKO win for Jack in the fifth round. The most unimpressive fight of the night belongs to Gervonta Davis  who beat Costa Rican sensation Francisco Fonseca in his US debut in very controversial fashion. At the end of the day, Conor just needs to learn how to use his power with his combos, he just needs to work on his stamina, and he could be a weapon of mass destruction in boxing. I am giving the fight an A- overall because it was entertaining and I didn’t feel gypped like I did with the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight.

Floyd Mayweather Vs Conor McGregor: My Thoughts and Predictions

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MayweatherMcGregorWhether you are believing the hype or not, there is no denying that this is exactly what both the sport of Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts needed right now. Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather (49-0) is stepping out of retirement and back into the ring for the first time in two years to take on MMA king The Notorious Conor McGregor (21-3) in a 12 round boxing match from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. For ten years, we begged for Mayweather to take on Manny Pacquiao and when we finally got the fight, we felt gypped and that it wasn’t worth the hype because they waited too long to fight. Ever since we found out that Conor was approved for a boxing license in Nevada, we thought that we were going to get much of the same, a fight that would never happen until it was finally signed on May 18, 2017. That is when the fight all of a sudden became a reality and the world of social media was buzzing louder than ever. Boxing afficianado’s coming out of the woodwork stating that the fight was bad for boxing especially if Conor McGregor was somehow able to sneak a win against a man looking to surpass boxing hall of famer Rocky Marciano and his 49-0 record. MMA fanatics began salivating at the mouth hoping that their champion would prove that MMA was the superior combat sport.

floyd-mayweather-conor-mcgregor-london-3Nonetheless, everyone in the world is talking about this one money fight and all are speculating on who will walk out of here the winner. Has Mystic Mac bitten off more than he can chew when he faces the greatest cerebral and defensive boxer the sport has ever seen or is Mayweather way over his head taking on someone who is 11 years younger than him and in probably a lot better shape than he is. Are the rumors true about his training regiment and will that cost him his chance at history of being 50-0 or is Conor simply not ready for a 12 round fight considering the most rounds they do is five? Is Conor’s endurance level where it needs to be in order for him to survive against a man that has been doing it his whole life? Both competitors have claimed that they are going to knock one another out, but will we see a knockout? Is Conor goign to show too much respect to Floyd’s distance game or is he going to be in his face when he needs to be? All of these questions are going to be answered tonight when they step into the ring so we will have to just wait and see if the hype was worth it in the end. There are also a lot of great fights to watch on the card including some free ones on Fox starting at 6PM Eastern time tonight. So, make sure you tune in and enjoy the show. I believe that if the fight goes the distance then it favors Mayweather, but I am going with a Conor McGregor win in the fifth round.

WWE SummerSlam 2017- My Final Thoughts

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SummerSlam_2017It is not too often that a WWE pay per view gets so much hype (more than Mojo Rawley) and fails harder than Zack Ryder. That was my thought regarding last nights more boring than Corbin PPV SummerSlam 2017. Last night, the WWE had a chance to start building their future with future stars like Baron Corbin, Rusev, and Shinsuke Nakamura, but they did the exact opposite. They certainly buried Rusev who lost in minutes after a simple RKO ended the match in ten seconds. They did that to Baron Corbin who had already lost the MITB briefcase on the previous Smackdown Live and then you have him lose cleanly to a guy who quite frankly didn’t need the win even though it was Cena’s first win at Summerslam since 2010. I was pleased to see that the WWE finally put the Smackdown Women’s title around the waist of someone who deserves it in Natalya (her first title in six years). I was rather upset that they put the Raw Women’s Championship around the waste of a superstar who just isn’t boss enough to hold it considering she ignores whatever fans she has left. One thing though is for certain and that is if you want to view SummerSlam skip all the matches and just watch AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs Cesaro & Sheamus, and watch the Fatal Four Match because those matches saved the night from being a total disaster.

aI do however have a piece of advice for the WWE, if you want losses from Bray Wyatt to mean anything then you have to let him win some times otherwise what are you doing with a guy who started out the year WWE Champion? You see I am really starting to think that it may be time for Vince McMahon to start handing down the reigns to others like the proven Triple H who has turned NXT into a dynamite show that delivers every single time. Can you imagine a WWE that is run by that mastermind? I know I could and I think I am ready to see it happen very soon otherwise we are going to be force fed crap result sand unworthy champions. The fatal four way match delivered in every way and it just felt like a big match main event which is what you want. I am just waiting to see if the WWE books Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman because that needs to happen like now. Is anyone going to called up from NXT tonight on Monday Night Raw? We can only wait and see. As far as my predictions, I went 5-8 in this PPV and I am happy with it because it just proves my point and some of the people I wanted to win did. To see the final results, click here to go to wikipedia.

WWE SummerSlam 2017: My Thoughts and Predictions

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SummerSlam_2017It’s that time of the year again when things start to slow down because it’s almost the end of the summer. WrestleMania 33 has already come and go as it happened four months ago so what do we need to keep us in the spirit of summer? Well, lets give us the second biggest PPV behind WrestleMania in SummerSlam which comes to us once again from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Now this year’s event can go one of two ways in my opinion with one of them being that it turns into a total disaster of an event or they make things right to set the road to WrestleMania. We all know the matches we would like to see happen at WrestleMania 34, it’s whether they get it right at this pay per view that sets the tone. One of the first things I want to talk about is the selection of pre-show matches that they decided. First you have the new cruiserweight champion in Akira Tozawa defending the belt against the man he beat for it in Neville. Then you have The New Day defending their Smackdown Tag Team titles against former champs The Usos. The last match of the pre-show features The Hardy Boyz teaming up with Kurt Angle’s son Jason Jordan as they take on The Miz and the Miztourage (Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas). The only argument that I am going to make is that The New Day match does not belong on the pre-show card because you know they are going to give you an excellent match that is worthy of opening the PPV and setting the pace. I can understand the Hardys only because The Revival is out of the picture due to an injury which means they had nothing to do, but unfortunately one of the best heels is relegated to the pre-show. The cruiserweight match is their quite simply because it’s a pre-show title match. You don’t believe me, just look at past PPV’s dating all the way back to WrestleMania 33. The match that I would have thrown in place of the New Day match is the Smackdown Women’s Championship match only because its not as interesting of a match as the Raw Women’s title and Naomi just does not have star talent in my opinion.

showcassenzoThe rest of the card is pretty stacked if you ask me although they are a couple of uninteresting matches on the card. I think the whole world is ready to see the uninteresting reign of Jinder Mahal come to a close and the era of strong style to rise to the top. You know you want this because it could set up a mega match between Shinsuke and AJ Styles at WrestleMania. I honestly feel bad for The Big Show who gets to work a program with Big Cass who it already looks like the WWE has lost faith in and expect to go close to 20 minutes especially if the rumors of this being a punishment to Enzo Amore for his recent troubles being truth. One match that is going to be interesting to see at SummerSlam is the match between John Cena and Baron Corbin only because the way the match goes and the result could speak a 1000 words as far as where Baron’s career is going considering he already lost the MITB briefcase. I am not 100% sure how I feel about the Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks feud that is happening, but the fact that they don’t like each other in real life has me interested enough in it then I do the other women’s match.

WWE_SummerSlam_2017_bodyOne of my favorite feuds that is going on in the WWE features two of my favorites on the whole roster in the WWE in Kevin Owens and AJ Styles. I am at the point that it would not bother me if AJ drops the belt tonight or not because I know you are getting a guaranteed great match especially with Shane O’Mac as the special guest referee. Randy Orton vs Rusev is another throw away match in my opinion, but you can only hope that Randy makes Rusev look good tonight in the ring otherwise we’ll be chanting out we want Lana (as your valet/Manager of course). I am honestly hoping that the WWE makes the right choice tonight as far as The New Face of Fear vs The Demon match is concerned. Bray deserves to be at the top of the company and so doesn’t Finn, but I am invested in a future with Bray Wyatt. Granted his WrestleMania match with Randy Orton was horrible, but not every match is a home run. As far as the big main event is concerned, we all know that there are rumors out there of the next PPY featuring a main event that is Brock Lesnar taking on Braun Strowman. The Beast Incarnate taking on the Monster Among Men, but the only question now if that’s true is who walks out WWE Universal Champion? If that is the case (and hear me out), I think it would be awesome for Braun to win the title tonight and defend it clean (ish) against Brock at the next PPV before Brock goes to do his UFC thing again. Now the rest is up to the company to decide as far as what direction they decide to take tonight, but I will definitely be tuning in for sure. Here are my predictions and just an FYI, if you don’t see my predictions on this blog, just follow me on Twitter for my predictions twitter.com/@MrXPunchOut for those.

The New Day over The Usos

Neville over Akira Tozawa

Jason Jordan and The Hardy Boyz over The Miz and Miztourage

Naomi over Natalya (pains me to make this prediction)

Alexa Bliss over Sasha Banks

Big Cass Over Big Show

Rusev over Randy Orton

Baron Corbin over John Cena

Finn Balor over Bray Wyatt (pains me to make this choice)

Kevin Owens over AJ Styles

Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins over Cesaro and Sheamus

Shinsuke Nakamura over Jinder Mahal

Braun Strowman over Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, and Samoa Joe

 

Main Event Madness: Sheamus Vs Damien Sandow

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6As I said in yesterday’s article, I have been scouring the web for different types of matches that the WWE or anyone other organization has hosted. After stumbling on the parking lot brawl, I also discovered that ten years later on the June 28, 2013 episode of Smackdown, they kicked off the show with a Dublin Street Fight that saw Sheamus take on Damien Sandow. Damien and Cody Rhodes had been pests to Sheamus over the past couple of weeks and Sheamus wanted some revenge on Sandow in a match that best serves his fighting spirit. The match started with Sandow coming at Sheamus with a new sense of viciousness that included a shot with a kendo stick. It wouldn’t matter much as Sheamus used his strength and punishing style to put Sandow on the mat very quickly. After slamming Sandow’s head on the bar tap table, he delivered the sweet sounds of the Beats of the Bodhrán. Sandow was no slouch either as he gave it back to Sheamus slamming him against one of the bar tap tables. He couldn’t keep the advantage for very long as he got hit with a keg toss and beat with a sack of potatoes. After beating each other with kendo sticks, brooms, and whatever else they could get their hands on, it was time that someone was going to win. That advantage would go to Sheamus who after setting up two chairs in the ring, hit Sandow into a seating position thanks to the Kendo stick and then proceeded to deliver a brogue kick that put the superior intellect out for good. Sheamus was the winner of the match.

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Main Event Madness: John Cena vs Eddie Guerrero

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4When it comes to different types of No Holds Barred matches, I have been scouring the internet looking for them. We’ve hosted an ambulance match, a deathmatch, and now we have for all of you out there a parking lot brawl. On the September 11, 2003 episode of WWE Smackdown, John Cena would battle Latino Heat Eddie Guerrero in a parking lot match. After months of the pestering Cena who was a much better and grittier character in 2003 then he is in 2017, Eddie Guerrero was out to end this feud especially after Cena had stolen his low rider. The two when the match finally started were just beating the hell out of each other as they slammed each other on top of the cars. After bodyslamming Cena on top of a car, Eddie climbed it and went to deliver a vertical suplex, but Cena reversed it and delivered it to Eddie forcing him to land on the roof of the car. At one point, Cena opened up a minivan and started grabbing weapons which was everything from a lawnmower to a shovel to try and use on Guerrero to which he failed every time to land a shot. Thank God for that because the lawnmower would’ve not been a pretty site to see what damage it caused.

5Eddie would proceed to use a car to his advantage as he hit Cena with the car door and then proceeded to beat him while he choked thanks to a seatbelt being around his neck. Cena would eventually do the same as he backbody dropped Eddie on to a windshield and then started beating him with the car door. The match was not pretty at all as both men would proceed to go through a car window at some point in the match head first. This is everything a WWE fan wants in a match and they were delivering. At one point in the match, John was looking to end it by delivering an FU (basically an AA) to Eddie on top of a car, but Eddie was able to reverse it with a hip toss. Then out of nowhere, Chavo comes out and smashes something on top of Cena’s head which gave Eddie the time to hit a five star frog splash from the top of a car for the win as he covered John for the 1-2-3. The rest as they say is history and we will always miss Eddie Guerrero.

Main Event Madness: Vampiro Vs Corporal Robinson

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vampiroNow, if you were a fan of the Attitude Era like I was then you will all remember the time the Insane Clown Posse was involved with both WCW and the WWE. In the WWE, the Insane Clown Posse ran with The Oddities which was one of the coolest segments of the time that I enjoyed a lot. I then remembered that the Insane Clown Posse founded their own wrestling company called Juggalo Wrestling Championship or simply just JCW. So, the match I have for you tonight is from one of their pay per view called Bloodymania 5 and it pins one of my favorites from WCW in Vampiro challenging the JCW champion Corporal Robinson for his belt. The match started off with both men trying to gain the upper hand in the collar & Elbow tie up until a visitor came down to ringside. Evil Dead made his way down to the ring and eventually inside of it as he attacked both men delivering a double DDT. Then as both men tried to rise to their feet, they were engaged in a good ole fashioned slugfest.

vampiro 2Both men then traded advantages and big shots, but Corporal Robinson seemed to be on top of things, always cutting off Vampiro’s onslaughts. Both men were showing off what they could do from Vampiro’s educated feet to an impressive tornado DDT from the Corp. But it wasn’t until later on in the match when things started to get interesting as both men started bringing some toys to the ring like chairs and tables. As one of the announcers said, it went from being a classic wrestling match to something very violent. Unfortunately, no one went through the table which I am sure some people were bummed out about. Vampiro was on the advantage hitting Corp with kicks, the steel chair, but the Corp never gave up and at one point in the match it looked like someone gave him a shot of adrenaline because he brought it to Vampiro. At the end of the match, he was able to hit Vampiro with the bootcamp which is basically a cobra clutch leg sweep and he covered him for the 1-2-3 and the win to retain his title.

Main Event Madness: Killshot vs Marty Martinez

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wmdWe are continuing right along with another edition of Main Event Madness goes No Holds Barred style. Now I have to be 100% honest in saying that I haven’t watched too many episodes of Lucha Underground which by the way airs every Wednesday on the El Rey Network. I decided to check out an episode from last year which was the second episode of season three and the featured match is a Weapons Of Mass Destruction match between Marty Martinez and Killshot. If you do not know what kind of match that is it’s basically a no holds barred street fight with military style weapons around the ring along with your standard chairs. For the first ten minutes of the match, they spent it on the outside of the ring with Killshot getting the best of Martinez with a Gatling gun to the head which busted Martinez open and just brutal beatdowns on the outside. After only being in the ring for only a minute or so, Martinez was able to take control by throwing a running Killshot face first into a ladder to create some separation.

wmd-1Most of the match, Martinez would counter to slow Killshot down, but then he would waste too much time allowing Killshot back into the match every time. At one point, Martinez superplexed Killshot on top of some missile cases and that slowed both men down for sure as they reveled in pain. After both men slowly made it to their feet on the outside apron of the ring, Killshot delivered an AA like maneuver to Martinez on top of a ladder on the outside and then proceeded to throw him back into the ring and deliver an double stomp from the top rope. He covers him for the pin, but Martinez would kick out at 2. The action just gets more intense after that as we see Martinez powerbomb Killshot onto a table on the outside of the ring and you agree with the crowd who is chanting “Holy Sh**”. The outdoing of moves continued with Killshot hitting an JML driver, but Martinez kick out of the pinfall attempt. At one point in the match, they have a 20 foot ladder set in the middle of the ring with a table on each side of it. Both men have climbed to top of the ladder and they are try to gain the upper hand by throwing hay-makers at each other. Then out of nowhere, Martinez’s sister Mariposa tries to help him out, but Killshot kicks her until she falls and goes through a table. He then gains the advantage on Martinez, steals his dog tags back, and delivers the swerve stomp to Martinez through the table. He then covers him for the 1-2-3.

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