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Monday Night Nitro Results, May Week One, 2018 : Full Details

Eric Bischoff is back and better than ever
Not only did Monday Night Nitro kick off with the debut of a new opening sequence featuring "Evolve" by Shinedown, but it also kicked off with one hell of a return! Eric Bischoff returned to World Championship Wrestling for the first time in nearly seventeen years, and he returned with a bang. Not only did Easy E inform us that starting tonight he has returned to power here in the company, but that he also is here to return his company back to it's former glory! Eric made several promises to the audience that he would not let "Titanic hit the iceberg anytime soon". In the midst of his return, Eric Bischoff also announced the main event of WCW's upcoming pay-per-view, Slamboree! WCW World Heavyweight Champion Eddie Edwards will defend his championship against "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles. Just as this announcement was made, Eric came firing off with yet another match announcement but this one happening much sooner. Here tonight in our main event we will see nWo Evolved(AJ Styles and the WCW World Tag Team Champions, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson) take on the WCW World Heavyweight Champion Eddie Edwards and The Blueprints of Perfection(J.C. Hennig and Matt Morgan) in six man tag action! We were promised an impact, and Eric certainly is making his power known in a hurry!
Segment Length: Eight minutes
Segment Rating: 75 B-

Brett Matthews def. Mr. Anderson to retain the WCW Television Championship
Long Island's favorite son Brett Matthews put his Television Championship on the line here tonight against Mr. Anderson. From bell to bell these two men went at it, the champion really finding himself in deep trouble early as Mr. Anderson was looking to do everything in his power to pull away with the championship. It didn't take long for Anderson to use underhanded tactics including a low blow while the referees back was turned! The longer the match went on however, the more heart that the champion showed and with the crowd behind him Brett Matthews made the comeback! After a big Rough Rider, Brett Matthews came away with the pinfall victory to successfully retain his championship!
Winner: Brett Matthews
Finish: Rough Rider followed by a pinfall in ten minutes and twenty eight seconds
Match Rating: 58 C-

Johnny Nitro talks about his upcoming Thunder match against Nicky Nemeth
It is no secret at all the Monday Night Delight Johnny Nitro has been talked about in high regard. He has the look, he has the talent, and he has the presence to lead World Championship Wrestling into the future. The Icon Sting even said so himself, but with Sting on the shelf from a vicious attack by Nicky Nemeth, you can only assume that this Thursday on Thunder things will get even more heated! The Nitro Girl, Taya Valkyrie promised that her man will be victorious against Nicky Nemeth come Thunder, and the power couple said that "Nicky Nemeth is going to learn the hard way, there's only one franchise player in World Championship Wrestling and you are looking at him. The Monday Night Delight will go down as the greatest future this company has, and it all starts this Thursday Night when I defeat Little Nicky for good." Can Johnny Nitro secure his future? Tune in this Thursday on Thunder to find out!
Segment Length: Three minutes
Segment Rating: 67 C+

Cezar Bononi def. Cory Weston
The United States Champion, Cezar Bononi was in non title action here tonight against Cory Weston. Much to the surprise of rather nobody, Cezar handly dominated the short match. Cory barely getting much offense in if any, the most coming from an arrogant slap to start the match and that was it. Cezar dominated Cory for the next two minutes if that before finishing him off with the Chokeslam to pick up the win.
Winner: Cezar Bononi
Finish: Chokeslam followed by a pinfall in two minutes and eighteen seconds
Match Rating: 42 D

After the match the WCW United States Champion Cezar Bononi celebrated until the music of "Sweet N' Sour" Larry Sweeney hit the arena. Larry strutted out on stage with his hot pink shirt and feather boa wrapped around his neck. Those shades covered his eyes and he stood on the ramp with a look of confusion. "Hey, daddyo! I'm a little confused here, you see! When Sweet N' Sour calls you, you pick up the phone baby! So why is it that I called you Cezar, and you hung up the phone? Are you Brazilians really that stupid that you can't figure out a telephone? Whoa-whoa-whoa! Easy there Anderson Silva! Don't jump out of the ring just yet, wouldn't want you snappin' a leg!", Larry went on and on ridiculing Cezar and Brazilians in general. He made it known that he thinks it's an honest disgrace that Cezar is the current United States Champion, but he has a plan! "That's why I just got done talking to the new buckaroo boss around here, and Uncle Eric has made it officialoso' Champ! At Slamboree it will be you defending that pretty gold thang' against Sweet N' Sour Inc!", with that bombshell of an announcement we've learned not one but now two championship matches for Slamboree here in the first hour of Monday Nitro! At Slamboree the WCW United States Championship will be on the line as Cezar Bononi defends against Sweet N' Sour Larry Sweeney.
Segment Length: Four minutes
Segment Rating: 62 C

The Reintroduction of Mark Magnus, Part One
In what is part one of a three-part series, we take a closer look at Mark Magnus. Mark busted onto World Championship Wrestling's scene back in June 2013. Clips are shown of Mark Magnus defeating "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship back in August of 2013. Highlights from his feud with Kurt Angle were then shown from early 2014 over the World Heavyweight Championship, and we were left with a to be continued.
Segment Length: Three minutes
Segment Rating: 70 C+

Charlotte Flair def. Allie
Non title action here as the WCW Women's Champion Charlotte Flair is taking on everyone's favorite, Allie! If there was one major thing to take away from this match it is the heart of Allie. Even in defeat, she took the Women's Champion to her limits. Nearly three times in the match we thought Allie had the upset in the bag, but the ever-resilient Charlotte Flair continued to kick out each and every time. The third near fall from Allie was only stopped by a lucky foot on the rope, Charlotte barely surviving otherwise. When it was all said and done however it was the Women's Champion who picked up the victory after locking in a Figure Eight Leglock to force Allie to submit.
Winner: Charlotte Flair
Finish: Figure Eight Leglock to submit Allie in thirteen minutes and forty-seven seconds
Match Rating: 55 C-

Charlotte Flair took to a microphone after the match and as Allie limped her way up the ramp, the champion began to clap. "Ladies and gentlemen, give a warm round of applause for... The loser, Allie! Better luck next time, little girl. She learned what everyone else in the back already knows, when you step into this ring when you step into my division, you've got every opportunity to prove you're the woman of this company... but to be the woman! WOO! You've got to beat the woman, and as long as I have this championship over my shoulder or around my waist, I am the standard for this division. Which leads me to my problem, see, I've beaten every woman in the back how many times now? Where's the challenge? I need real competition because when you're this damn good, it's just too...", before she could finish her thought, however, it was the music of Beth Phoenix that cut her off! Beth walks out on the stage with a microphone already in her hand and she goes on to tell Charlotte Flair that she may be the current Women's Champion of this division, but that does not give her the right to undermine the rest of the women in the back. Charlotte instantly cut Beth off asking her who the hell does she think she is? Which Beth quickly responded back. "Well Charlotte, that's pretty funny actually, because, with the whole power change around here, there have been some promotions. I think... No wait, I know that I am Beth Phoenix... General Manager of the Women's Division! That's right, Mr. Bischoff thought it would only be right for a woman to lead his women's division and you're looking at just the right woman for the job. So about this competition problem you're having? Don't worry Charlotte, next week on Nitro we're going to find your next opponent for Slamboree with a number one contender's match! Nattie Neidhart is set to take on Tessa Blanchard!", at this news Charlotte scowled. Who would Charlotte face at Slamboree? Will it be Nattie Neidhart or will it be Tessa Blanchard? Tune in next week live on Monday Nitro to find out!
Segment Length: Nine Minutes
Segment Rating: 67 C+

TJ Wilson def. Sonjay Dutt
With the Cruiserweight Champion PAC on commentary, we kick off the second hour of Monday Nitro with cruiserweight action! TJ Wilson and Sonjay Dutt held nothing back as they faced off against one another. On commentary, PAC was asked how he would feel about facing one of these men for his Cruiserweight Championship, and his reply was simple. "I am a fighting champion, every guy in the back knows that. If either of these men wants a shot, all they need to do is earn it. I'm a fan of them both, regardless of their antics.", and those antics were clearly shown by TJ during this match. The few cheap shots he took really told the difference in this match when it was all said and done. TJ managed to secure the Dungeon Lock on Sonjay Dutt and force The Guru to tap out!
Winner: TJ Wilson
Finish: Dungeon Lock to submit Sonjay Dutt in twelve minutes and twenty four seconds
Match Rating: 50 D+

Tessa Blanchard talks about her opportunity next week
It was just a bit ago that Beth Phoenix made the announcement! Tessa Blanchard will be in action next week against Nattie Neidhart, the winner going on to Slamboree to face Charlotte Flair for the WCW Women's Championship! Tessa was able to give her thoughts to an interviewer, stating that she had been waiting for another opportunity and that this time? This time she would not let the opportunity slip away from her. Tessa claimed that it's about time a Blanchard beat a Flair, and come Slamboree that's going to be the result. Will Tessa make it through Natalya first, however?
Segment Length: Two Minutes
Segment Rating: 58 C-

Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Bully Ray
The Ace Hiroshi Tanahashi was in action here tonight against Bully Ray and boy did Bully ever bring a fight! Bruising shot after bruising shot, you'd have thought this was in the Tokyo Dome. Bully Ray was taking the offense to Hiroshi Tanahashi nearly this entire match. He was giving him everything he had, yet Tanahashi was just outlasting Bully. Stamina wise, Tanahashi had Bully beat and the further this match went, the more The Ace turned it into his favor! After a Slingblade out of nowhere, Tanahashi scaled the top rope and leveled Bully Ray with the High Fly Flow to pick up the victory here tonight in a great matchup.
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi
Finish: High Fly Flow followed by pinfall in sixteen minutes and thirteen seconds
Match Rating: 61 C

After the match, Hiroshi Tanahashi celebrated and shook hands with the front row fans, that was of course until one of the fans suddenly attacked Tanahashi! Over the guardrail, the man in a Rey Fenix mask came, and as the mask was snatched off the attacker revealed themselves to be Drew McIntyre! Commentary went wild, highlighting the fact that Cody Rhodes, the man that is calling himself The Ace of Professional Wrestling following his upset win over Tanahashi in WCW, is Drew McIntyre's tag team partner. The two forming the duo dubbed The Elite, and right now Drew was laying an elite level beating on Tanahashi, using anything in the ringside area at his disposal. The final attack came as he leveled Tanahashi with a Claymore Kick that sent The Ace railing back into the steel steps. The segment ending with Drew posing tall over Hiroshi Tanahashi, clearly, this was a setup by Cody Rhodes. It just had to be!
Segment Length: Six Minutes
Segment Rating: 64 C

nWo Evolved(AJ Styles, Doc Gallows, and Karl Anderson) def. Eddie Edwards and The Blueprints Of Perfection
If there was ever a definition of a wild main event, that would define tonight's main event perfectly! From start to finish nWo Evolved and Eddie Edwards, J.C. Hennig, and Matt Morgan went to war! Rarely did the two groups stay on the apron, but thankfully the referee allowed some leniency with the rulebook. Neither team was disqualified for their actions, but these two groups brawled nearly all over the ringside area and even spilled into the crowd at one point! While the WCW Tag Team Champions took advantage and took out Matt Morgan and Eddie Edwards in the crowd though, this left the former World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles all alone in the ring with J.C. Hennig. there was just enough time for AJ to connect with the Styles Clash to pick up the pinfall for his team before the World Heavyweight Champion could make the save.
Winner: nWo Evolved
Finish: Styles Clash followed by pinfall on J.C. Hennig in sixteen minutes and fourteen seconds
Match Rating: 68 C+

Just as Eddie Edwards rolled into the ring, AJ Styles clobbered him down! Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson soon joining in and the nWo took full advantage of the numbers game! They brutalized the WCW World Heavyweight Champion, AJ picking his future opponent on pay-per-view apart and the trio stood tall over the fallen champion to end this episode of Monday Night Nitro.
Segment Length: Four Minutes
Segment Rating: 74 B-
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