ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, EPISODE 322
All images courtesy of ROH’s official website video stream
- Jay White VS Matt Taven w/ The Kingdom; Taven wins.
- ROH World Television Championship Contender Series: Shane Taylor VS Cheeseburger; Taylor wins and joins the ROH WTVC Elimination 4 Way at Final Battle.
- Dalton Castle VS “Hangman” Adam Page; Castle wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jay White VS Matt Taven w/ The Kingdom!
The Kingdom still claims there’s a conspiracy against them in ROH, and claim they should be the #1 contenders the the ROH World Tag Team Championships, not Best Friends, Trent Baretta & Chuck Taylor. As such, it makes perfect sense to the ringleader to have a match against Team Search & Destroy’s Kiwi Kid. Even before the bell, Taven gives White a stiff right punch and many stomps. After the bell and the official start of this match, the ref backs Taven off, Taven keeps on White with more stiff rights. Corner to corner whip reversed but Taven goes up and over, White gets him with an uppercut. Now White chops and whips but is reversed, he gives a big forearm to floor Tavne, then more stiff chops. Taven chops back but White is pretty tough, he dropkicks Taven right down. White puts Taven in the Indian Deathlock and bridges, Muda Lock!
Taven endures the stretch, The Kingdom cheers for their leader, and Taven gets the ropebreak. The Kingdom applauds and then rallies for Taven, they’re the only ones. White puts Taven in a corner, gives a stiff chop, then whips but is reversed, White goes up but Taven catches him to hang him up on the top rope by the kiwis. Taven then triangle jump enziguri knocks White down! He embraces the heat as fans build to a rally, Taven runs but White dodges the dropkick, White builds speed and DIVES! Both Philly and White are fired up as we go to break!
Upon return, Taven has control again as he and White brawl, Taven whips White to a corner but then misses his corner splash, White rolls him up, stiff chop to Taven’s chest. Taven ducks the next one, snapmare but then stiff strikes from White right back, both men down from exhaustion. Fans applaud as White gets up, the Kingdom rallies for Taven but White gets Taven on the apron, European Uppercut after European Upperct rocks Taven, The Kingdom protests but the ref is telling them to keep back. The Kingdom decides to take action, but Vinnie Marseglia takes a EuroUpper, and then so does TK O’Ryan. With the Horror King and the Sassy Wild Horse taken care of, White returns to Taven, brainbuster to the apron!
The fans are loving White’s merciless use of the apron’s edge, chanting his name as he gets back in the ring. The Kingdom gets Taven back in, but White is ready, big EuroUpper in the corner, Saido Suplex! TWO, but White is not frustrated just yet. He drags Taven up, Taven blocks the suplex so White chops Taven again. White lifts Taven but Taven rakes the eyes, then gives stiff strikes of his own. Taven runs, ducks, heel kick knocks White down. Taven gets to a corner, runs, springboard but misses the Lionsault, White get started on his single underhook Three Amigos. First amigo, second amigo, and for the third… Taven powers White to a corner.
White still holds on and wants that third, but Taven slips out into an arm wrench. White breaks the connection then brings Taven in for a DDT! He stalks Taven, deadlift waistlock, German Suplex! TWO, and now White is frustrated. The ref tells The Kingdom to stay back as White gets up again. He brings Taven up, O’Ryan is on the apron and spits at White! Vinnie slides O’Ryan’s baseball bat to Taven, Taven takes a swing at White but White ducks and rolls Taven up, TWO!
White rocks O’Ryan, Taven spins him around, spinning neckbreaker! Taven gets up and climbs to the top rope, takes aim, Frog Splash hits knees! White covers Taven, TWO. Vinnie distracts but gets knocked down, Taven goes for Climax but is pushed away, White brings Taven into the Sambo Suplex, TWO! So very close, but White keeps going as he goes up top. Vinnie again with that Ax, but it’s O’Ryan with his bat that trips White up! Taven drapes White out for a SUPER Climax! Cover, and Taven wins one for the Kingdom!
Winner: Matt Taven, by pinfall
However, The Kingdom isn’t done, Taven sicks Vinnie and O’Ryan on White. They stomp and choke White, and Vinnie even readies his ax!! Thankfully, Team Search & Destroy comes to the rescue of their friend! Jonathan Gresham and the Motor City Machine Guns run The Kingdom off! The Kingdom may cry conspiracy, but they’re the ones plotting against anything related to Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin. Will the MCMG shut The Kingdom up in time to prepare for the Best Friends?
Flip Gordon looks to recruit ROH talent to the #FlipArmy.
And he starts with guys who understand being beaten up and beaten down by The Bullet Club, in Team Coast 2 Coast. Flip asks Leon St. Giovanni and Shaheem Ali to help out, because Flip is sure sick and tired of The Bullet Club bullying him. He is looking for guys with nothing to lose and everything to gain, and his first choices are them. What do they say? Did it before, do it again. And seeing as how Flip’s from the West Coast and they’re from the East, now these three truly are Coast 2 Coast. However, to match The Bullet Club, they need a fourth man, and they all have someone in mind. Who will the Flip Army’s fourth man be?
ROH World Television Championship Contender Series: Shane Taylor VS Cheeseburger!
The K I N G of ROH wants competition, and he already knows Punishment Martinez will meet him in New York, New York. Will the Notorious Hitman or the lovable underdog be the second contender to step to the throne? Caprice Coleman is ringside on commentary for this one, as he is an old friend to Taylor and wishes to support him. Fans are strongly behind Cheeseburger, the bell rings and Taylor tells Burger to get out now while he can. Burger wants to fight, so he shoves Taylor. Taylor keeps trying to make things easier on Burger, but another shove from the smaller man and Taylor shoves him to the corner with one arm! Taylor feels a bit bad about that, but he tried to tell Burger.
The fans rally for Burger, Taylor says that’s not a good idea. Burger slaps Taylor, that was worse. Taylor whips Burger, Burger tilt-o-whirls into a sleeper hold! Fans are fired up as Burger keeps that hold on tight. Taylor uses pure power to snapmare Burger off, SUPERKICK from Burger! Yet Taylor stays standing. If anything, that’s only upset Taylor more. Another SUPERKICK, then Burger powers up and runs, ducks, SHOTEI! Taylor staggers to a corner, Burger wants to keep going. But this time, Taylor puts Burger down with a Choke Slam! Standing pin, TWO! Fans are fired up for Burger and his super sized heart. Burger gets to his knees, daring Taylor to finish this. Stiff haymaker from Taylor, one handed cover, Taylor wins.
Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall
Fans boo but there’s nothing they can do, the Hitman is coming for Kenny King’s ROH World Television Championship.
However, The Dawgs, Big Rhett Titus and Lil’ Willie Ferrara are here to ask Taylor for a favor.
The Dawgs have a proposition for the Hitman. Ferrara has a “tall pint of pennies” all for Taylor, if he ends Cheeseburger for good! What does he say? Taylor doesn’t do anything for chump change from a chump, he takes that pint and pours it out on Ferrara’s head. Ferrara doesn’t appreciate his “copper shower”, The Dawgs will dig into Burger themselves. But Taylor gets in their way! The Dawgs have second thoughts about this, they decide to wait for another time and place. Will Burger be bullied by Big Rhett & Lil’ Willie? Will Taylor get a major payday at Final Battle?
There is dissension and tension between the Briscoe Brothers.
It has always been Mark Briscoe’s dream to become ROH World Television Champion, the same way his brother Jay was once ROH World Heavyweight Champion. Mark earned a 1v1 title match with Kenny King, and thought his brother was on his side. Turns out, not so much. Jay literally threw in the towel for Mark before the match had even lasted 30 seconds! Mark couldn’t believe it, Kenny King couldn’t believe it, the fans couldn’t believe it, and everyone just wants to know, “Why, Jay, Why?”
The Last Real Man speaks on his upcoming match with Jonathan Gresham.
“It’s not every day that Ring of Honor World TV title opportunities come knocking” on Silas Young’s door, but when they do, he’s ready to “kick it in and take what’s mine.” Gresham is the one man between Silas and that opportunity. As good as The Octopus is, he’s still going to wake up and see Silas with his hand raised, and know why Silas is the Last Real Man. Will Silas do as he said? Or will Search & Destroy’s Octopus surprise him?
Flip Army finds their fourth man!
It’s Scorpio Sky! They explain the situation, and he knows first-hand how bad The Bullet Club can be, so he’s in! Can this army of four humble The Bullet Club once and for all?
Dalton Castle VS “Hangman” Adam Page!
Seeing as how The Peacock wants to challenge the American Nightmare for the ROH World Heavyweight Championship, the ROH World Heavyweight Champion is on commentary. The American Nightmare wants to watch his Problem Solver take care of his contender before every coming close to a match at Final Battle, will his Christmas wish come early?
Cody comes over to give Page one last pep talk, but before he can, The Peacock DIVES! The champ runs away, so Castle keeps on Page all around the outside, putting Page hard into barriers! Then a suplex to the floor, Castle is all fired up and so are the fans. Castle puts Page in the ring and stalks him at the ropes, single underhook suplex. Page gets out, Castle runs again, not to dive but to strut! Peacock has Page on the defensive, we go to break.
We come back to see Page throw Castle into a barrier, in return for what Castle did to him earlier. Page drags Castle up and throws him into more barriers, then resets the ring count so he can climb up top. SUPER Asai Moonsault topples Castle down! Cody applauds, as do the fans, and Page gets Castle up and into the ring. Page keeps on Castle by putting him in a corner but Castle crawls out, Page stomps him down. Castle fights back, but Page keeps him cornered with strikes, then grinds a forearm into Castle’s face. The ref backs Page back, but Page winds up to yank Castle into the top rope. Page fish hooks Castle’s jaw, but lets go at 4 and Castle gets away from the ring.
Hangman pursues, ripping Castle’s shirt off to give a stiff chop. Castle is whipped at the apron but he spins around for a lariat, which Page sees coming, ducking it to ram Castle back into barriers. Castle is bent back on that barrier, Page drags him back into the ring. Page chops Castle again, putting him in a corner, then gives him an even sharper chop. Castle gets mad now, putting Page on the apron, but Page forearms him away to climb up, only for Castle to kick out a leg. From the apron now, Castle runs corner adjacent for a big knee strike that sends Page tumbling down! Castle throws Page into more barriers, then gives him a back suplex onto the apron edge.
Page is sore as Castle joins him in the ring, The Peacock glares at Cody. Cody tells him to focus on Page, Page runs in at Castle but gets a waistlock suplex, then a gutwrench suplex, and then a single-leg suplex! Castle’s all fired up again and tells off that “son of a bitch” Cody! Cody keeps his cool as Castle keeps on Page, waistlock hold but Page resists. Castle grabs an arm, hammers away on the hand, and then brings that arm around for a keylock. Page fights against whatever Castle is after, getting a ropebreak as we go to one more break.
We return this time to find Page has turned things around during the commercials and is now in control of Castle. He tries to get Castle up but Castle resists, sunset flip but roll-through, stiff right from Page. Waistlock but standing switch, German suplex but Page lands on his feet, SUPERKICK! Page spins around for a forearm but Castle blocks and spins him into a back elbow and forearm, saido suplex on top! Corner to corner, but Page boots Castle away, runs out but into BANGARANG! Castle covers, but Cody yanks the referee out of the ring before the obvious three count that was coming! The referee is furious with the ROH WHC, Page gets himself to a corner as The Peacock pursues the American Nightmare. Cody doesn’t want a fight right now, he runs away and Castle gives chase around the ring, Page with the Shooting Star shoulder tackle!
Fans are going wild as Page puts Castle in, slingshot for the Buck– no wait, BANGA– no! Page slips out, gets Castle up for Rite of Passage but Castle slips out of that, as well. Cody on the apron as Page lands out of the gutwrench to give Castle a stiff forearm. Castle staggers back, Cody grabs hold of him for Page! But The Peacock ducks, Cody takes the forearm! German Suplex Bridge, roll over, into a Keylock Sleeper! Page taps, Castle wins!
Winner: Dalton Castle, by submission
The Peacock stumps the Problem Solver, and he points right at Cody. The world champion knows Castle is still coming for him at Final Battle, so he gets on the apron and acts like he’s going to face Castle himself now. But that really is only an act, Hangman gets a chopblock on Castle! Only now that Castle is vulnerable will Cody get in the ring. Cody stomps away on Castle, he shows off his ring of honor and has Page stand Castle up. A stiff punch with the ring to Castle’s head, and Cody makes him kiss it. Cody and Page take their leave and leave Castle behind, has Cody cleared his calendar all the way to Christmas?
ROH takes a look at Bully Ray’s situation in Pro Wrestling.
The shot to the head he took from Jay Briscoe was perhaps the straw that broke the camel’s back. After a long career of extreme matches, the ECW original and former ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champion can’t risk anything more. Tommy Dreamer voiced his own guilt over his part in all that. There is nothing more Bully would rather do than say he’ll get his revenge on Jay, but Bully isn’t even sure if he can ever wrestle again. For the first time ever, Bully is considering retiring. He wanted to be a part of ROH so badly, but now, no one can be sure. If his last match really was his last match, Bully Ray wishes to thank God he was able to have it in an ROH ring. The fans replied, “Thank you, Bubba!” as they are just as unsure.
But Bully Ray is here!
Philadelphia is the city where it all began for him, so he wants to say what he has to say while ROH is still in town. Bully made it a point to be on the street to greet fans of ROH and Bully alike, to remind himself that he never forgot where he came from. Everyone talks about Madison Square Garden, the Tokyo Dome or the Staples Center, but 2300 Arena is “the building that changed professional wrestling forever!” Philly knows exactly what he means, “E C DUB!” echoes throughout the arena. Bully Ray is proud of those three letters, and is just as proud of the letters “R O H.” Fans agree and chant for ROH now. Bully has a formal list of notes to address. He gets his “reading” glasses out, too.
Bubba is truly back as he realizes after writing all this down, “Who the Hell needs a script?” He’ll do what he’s always done, every single time, “shoot straight.” He really doesn’t have much else to say, everyone knows the deal: “It’s time.” Be happy for him, because he is happy for himself. Fans let Bubba/Bully know “We will miss you!” and he appreciates that, because he’ll miss them. He’s still under contract to ROH to stick around and help out where he can, because he “truly, truly” believes in ROH just like he did ECW, “there’s nothing but great things on the horizon”, thank you everyone. A bow and tip of the hat from Bubba gets a standing ovation from the fans, and in comes Mr. Joe Koff, COO of ROH.
“Every day is a dream for me when I’m in Ring of Honor, but when you came into the organization,” Koff realized more of his dream. He welcomes Bully into this company and everything Bully has to offer, because “We love you, Bully Ray”. However, one man who might not welcome Bubba is Jay Briscoe, who is coming down the ramp.
Things are suddenly tense now as Jay gets in the ring. Jay can’t believe Bully Ray, the legend, is going out like this. Jay tells Bully that he’s nothing but a bitch. He disrespects Bully by tossing his hat off. Koff tries to get security out here but they’re slow to responding, so Bully gets ready for a fight! Koff tries to keep the peace but fans want to see Bully beat up Jay one last time. Jay escalates by spitting on Bully’s face! Koff shoves Jay?! The boss is trying to get Jay to stop, everyone from ring announcer to security comes in to keep Koff safe from Jay, but they leave Bully open to a blindside from behind!
Bully goes down in a heap, Jay isn’t done there! He grabs a chair, brings it into the ring, and as Philly boos, in comes Tommy Dreamer! Not only that, but Velvet Sky, Bully Ray’s girlfriend, comes in to shield Bully from whatever Jay might do. Dreamer tries to talk sense into Jay, Jay won’t back down. Dreamer vows Jay better stop now or else, and even Mark Briscoe comes in. Mark takes the chair from Jay and tosses it aside, backing Jay down as a brother. But then, Mark kicks Dreamer in the balls!?
Down goes Dreamer, “Why, Mark, Why?!” But it doesn’t matter why, the fact of the matter is that Jay is open to SMACK Dreamer with that chair. Somehow the Briscoes are on the same side as they scare and intimidate Velvet. “Do you know who we are?!” Velvet is tossed aside, she can only watch helplessly as The Briscoes take aim at Bully Ray. Bully somehow stands up and turns around, to be put into his own legendary move, The 3D!! Bubba is down again, and Jay even blows his nose on him! This is the most extreme example of “adding insult to injury”, Philly is furious with the Briscoes, what will be the consequences of life-threatening disrespect?!
What a great episode of ROH with quite a powerful ending. The Kingdom continues the trend of going after MCMG’s friends, this will surely egg Shelley & Sabin into a tag team title defense they don’t have to give, winner moving on to face Best Friends at Final Battle. I estimate it’ll end up being The Kingdom winning to make Final Battle a Heel VS Face match to make it all the better when Best Friends win the titles.
Obviously Shane Taylor was going to beat Cheeseburger, but I like that he’s staying in Tweener territory as he won’t let full Heels like The Dawgs manipulate him or get away with Heel things like beating up Burger. Given that Kenny King is face and Martinez is Heel, Taylor joining means Silas Young will likely win against Jonathan Gresham, especially with The Kingdom messing with Search & Destroy members. This will make the Fatal 4 Way a mostly 2:2 Heel to Face ratio, and still anyone’s win as all four guys are definitely at the top of the ROH mid-card.
I like Flip Gordon’s choices for his #FlipArmy, because it is logical Scorpio Sky, Shaheem Ali & Leon St. Giovanni to want at The Bullet Club and are on good terms with Gordon, they’ll make a great combination against The Young Bucks and any other two Bullet Club members in next week’s episode 323. Castle VS Page was a great match, Castle still wins even with Cody trying to screw him over but Cody beats Castle down to keep the 50-50 booking tied this far out from Final Battle. Still hoping the Boys have an epic return myself.
And then I did not see Mark Briscoe’s swerve and Heel turn coming, I thought this was going to be Briscoe VS Briscoe since they couldn’t have Briscoes VS Dudleys. Instead, Bubba takes two nasty bumps (which means his head trauma concerns must not be that bad in reality) and Dreamer is also dragged further into this. Perhaps Dreamer will find an ECW original to join him in a match against the Briscoes to be the blow-off for Bubba’s story with them. I’m hoping for D-Von, it just makes sense.
My Score: 8.5/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.35~ 19TH MAY 2019
Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.
Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
“Under blue skies” NOAH held an event on the 18th May, which was only two events, and was held for their new sponsors, and 500 people on the roof of the Sekichu store in Saitama.
Sekichu are a hardware store who seem to specialize in home cleaning products, they also seem to have some kind of association with both All Japan and DDT too, and Jun Akiyama was there on the day wrapped against the spring cold in a Sekichu jacket.
The day was “non canon” and featured only ten wrestlers (plus the injured Naomichi Marufuji who was on commentary and gave autographs), everything was lighthearted with Go Shiozaki wearing a Sekichu company logo box on his head, and Taniguchi apologizing for knocking down a company display (which he was thrown into by Shiozaki). At the end of the event the fans got the chance to pose with the wrestlers, and it seems that the mascots did the same, and AXIZ also leaned on Hitoshi Kumano and almost squished him.
On seeing Daisuke Harada posing with one, IPW’S Ben Basden said “@IPWUK do you really want this representing your company? Fly him over to England already, he clearly has nothing better to do.”
The next day, the 19th in Gunma, was when the real events of the show happened, especially on the junior front involving RATELS and their enemies Stinger.
YO-HEY had said that he would be making an announcement in Gunma, and he stepped into the ring to do it after the match (which Stinger had lost via a lariat from Tadasuke on Junta Miyawaki). YO-HEY told Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki that for Global Junior Tag League, he would indeed be teaming with HAYATA and going for the third consecutive win, but he would be doing this as a member of Stinger. Getting the win in any league, equals a challenge for the belt, but while normally this would mean either another team and another team alone getting it, in this situation it would mean the belt would be half Stingers, and half RATELS. Ogawa didn’t like this, and he and Kotaro attacked YO-HEY, stamping on his chest after Ogawa had knocked him down with an elbow.
HAYATA ran to the ring and threw himself over YO-HEY to protect him, and as he was pulled off of him, Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke ran in for the assist, the four of them did their tandem kick and threw Stinger out of the ring.
Afterwards, RATELS helped YO-HEY up.
Daisuke Harada asked the crowd what YO-HEY was? Was he RATELS? Or was he Stinger?
The crowd had no hesitation in unanimously saying that he was RATELS.
YO-HEY removed his Stinger t-shirt, and the four of them did their handshake, before Tadasuke carried a grinning YO-HEY from the ring on his back (I think YO-HEY’S lungs were probably a little overworked after the exertion), and Harada welcomed him home…although he did say that despite the fact that the four of them were going to start again from scratch, YO-HEY should not think that he was going to go easy on him.
YO-HEY later posted on Twitter that RATELS had forgiven him for his betrayal, and were kind.
So, now Stinger are a man down and both teams stand at four against two, it will be interesting to see if Naomichi Marufuji joins Stinger. After all, he is feuding with Daisuke Harada, Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki are old friends (and heels), and in NOAH the line between the interaction in matches and units between juniors and heavyweights is one that is often crossed.
Elsewhere, Kongoh got another win when the four of them (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya, Atsushi Kotoge and Yoshiki Inamura) defeated the team of Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuehi Taniguchi, Minoru Tanaka and Akitoshi Saito, with Kitamiya evening the score against Taniguchi with the Saito Suplex. Naturally,
Kenoh started screaming afterwards about the usual things.
Katsuhiko Nakajima had another one of his classic beating up on Takashi Sugiura with a smug look on his face pictures taken. Nakajima, unfortunately, has failed to realize that this all spurs Sugiura to revenge, which is usually taken in a brutal way in title matches.
Global Junior Tag League starts on the 28th May 2019 at Korakuen Hall.
Post match promos – Esupowaru Isanuma, Saitama
Two of the NOAH seniors, Naomichi Marufuji and Takashi Sugiura in particular, are baiting Kenoh. As you know Sugiura called the name “Kongoh” tacky, with Kenoh calling him a “stupid old man”.
Marufuji, however, seems to have gone a step further to wind him up, after reading an article in “Puroresu Weekly” and photoshopping a bottle of brown sauce which he labelled as the flavor of Kenoh’s gut.
Kenoh said he was looking forward to kicking Marufuji (who thought he was a funny guy) on his return on the 28th, Marufuji said sarcastically for
Kenoh to be gentle.
Takashi Sugiura will celebrate his 50th birthday on May 31st, NOAH had announced plans to have a fan birthday party for him on the 25th, but not given any further details, and the announcement appears to have vanished from the site.
Kaito Kiyomiya will turn 23 on July 17th with Junta Miyawaki turning 22 on June 14th, NOAH will hold a fan party for them on the 13th July, details to be announced.
Naomichi Marufuji will turn 40 this year in September, so no doubt NOAH will also announce a fan party for him.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ YO-HEY signed autographs from both himself and his lung.
~ Daisuke Harada has sworn that he will have a main event for a title match
~ Naomichi Marufuji has been bed bound due to his injury, and spent a lot of time (in between Twitter posts and hospital visits) watching Dragonball Z. He said he watched about twenty episodes.
~ Akitoshi Saito was interviewed on his thoughts of Global Junior Tag League, a league which naturally he is not part of. Heavyweights have never been asked their picks and opinions for it before, so it could be a good way for the Juniors & the Heavyweights to go to war, especially as the juniors were not asked for their opinion over Global Tag League.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya said in an interview that when the twelve year old him heard that Mitsuharu Misawa had died, he cried throughout the day.
~ As part of his rehabilitation, YO-HEY says he has been taking walks in the park.
The first night of Global Junior League will be broadcast live on G+ on May 28th 2019 at 6.30pm JST.
The 9th June show (the Misawa Memorial from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo and the second to last night of Global Junior Tag League) will be broadcast by G+ on Thursday 13th at 8pm JST.
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hitoshi Kumano
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hajime Ohara
Global Junior Tag League mini interview with Akitoshi Saito
Katsuhiko Nakajima interview on the late Silver King
Ten years after Misawa’s death in Hiroshima, champion Kaito Kiyomiya “looks at a new scenery”
Champ talk with Katsuhiko Nakajima
PICTURE CREDITS: Daisuke Harada, Noah GHC, PKDK, Naomichi Marufuji
Newsletter written by Hisame
Joe’s CMLL Review & Results 5/19/2019
Catching up on CMLL is easy with Joe Dinan’s weekly look at the results and happenings!
Catching up on CMLL is easy with Joe Dinan’s weekly look at the results and happenings!
Arena Puebla Monday
Tigre Rojo Jr and Millenium vs El Malayo and Black Tiger
Malayo and Rojo start the match with some grappling. Black Tiger enters next with Millenium to do some grappling. Rojo comes back in with Malayo and gets the advantage. Millenium stands on Rojo’s shoulders on the top rope and hits a cross body on Black Tiger for the pin. Rojo then hits a sloppy elbow drop on Malayo. First Fall: Rojo pins Malayo with an elbow drop.
Millenium works over Black Tiger to start. Malayo takes out Rojo then Millenium gets teamed on. Black Tiger submits Millenium with a guillotine choke. Malayo submits Rojo with a stretch submission. Second Fall: Malayo submits Rojo with a stretch.
Millenium gets teamed on to begin this round. Tigre Rojo gets worked over next. Tiger launches Millenium who hits a hurricanrana on Malayo. Tiger and Malayo fight back and take out Millenium. Malayo hits a power bomb on Rojo then submits him with a sharpshooter. Tiger hits a splash on Millenium for the win. Third Fall: Black Tiger pins Millenium with a top rope splash.
Winners: El Malayo and Black Tiger
Fuego, Drone, and Star Jr vs Universo 2000 Jr, Sagrado, and Misterioso Jr (El Olimpico)
Olimpico and Fuego start the match out grappling. Drone and Sagrado enter next and lock up. They trade a few transitions. Star Jr comes in next with Universo 2000 Jr. Universo works him over a bit. Fuego runs wild on everyone, hitting back breakers on Universo and Sagrado before getting Olimpico in a pinning combo. First Fall: Fuego pins Olimpico with a pinning combo.
Star gets worked over to begin this round. Universo trades offense with Fuego. Fuego gets the upper hand on Sagrado. Drone uses his quickness against Universo. Universo kills Star Jr on a shoulder block to the outside. Drone goes for a sunset flip but Universo jumps down on him for the pin. Second Fall: Universo pins Drone by sitting on him.
Drone gets triple teamed to begin this round. Olimpico works over Star with occasional help of his teammates. Star leaves the ring and Universo chases just to be hit by Drone off of the apron. Fuego launches Star for a double drop kick. Star and Fuego then hit dives through the middle rope on Sagrado and Olimipico. In the ring Universo hits a leg drop on Drone for a two. Drone hits a lionsault but the pin gets stopped. Olimpico gets Fuego in a neck crank and Sagrado hits a flapjack on Star for the win. Third Fall: Sagrado pins Star with a flapjack.
Winners: Universo 2000 Jr, Sagrado, and Olimpico
Volador Jr (Rey Samuray), Atlantis, and Niebla Roja vs Sanson, Cuatrero, and Cavernario (Toro Bill Jr)
Roja and Toro Bill start the match up fighting for position. Toro Bill taking his gimmick very seriously wearing a Chicago Bulls tank top. Cuatrero enters with Rey Samuray and they lock up and fight to the ground where they start grappling. Atlantis enters to go one on one with Sanson but ends up getting beat on. Toro Bill pins Samuray with a power bomb off of the top rope. Cuatrero launches Sanson for a knee strike on Roja for the pin. First Fall: Sanson pins Roja with a knee strike.
Samuray gets teamed up on to start this round. They hold Atlantis and try to untie his mask. Atlantis fights to the outside with Sanson. Roja then gets a pinning combo on Bill as does Samuray on Cuatrero. Second Fall: Rey Samuray pins Cuatrero with a pinning combo.
Roja and Cuatrero go back and forth briefly until Roja drop kicked him out. Roja dodges an attack and Bill attacks Sanson. Roja then flapjacks Bill and poses. Samuray enters and does some acrobatics and hits a hurricanrana on Sanson. Atlantis hip tosses Bill then does a double arm drag to Sanson and Cuatrero. Samuray then hits a middle rope dive on Bill but almost killed himself. Cuatrero gets knocked to the outside and Roja hits an over the top rope dive on him. In the ring Atlantis hits a hurricanrana on Sanson for the pin. Third Fall: Atlantis pins Sanson with a hurricanrana.
Winners: Atlantis, Niebla Roja, and Rey Samuray
(Tag Team Tournament) Rush (Volador) & Mephisto vs Mr. Niebla and Stuka Jr vs Negro Casas and Stigma vs Angel de Oro and Euforia vs Soberano Jr and Gran Guerrero vs La Bestia del Ring (Cavernario) and Flyer vs Kraneo and Forastero vs Shocker and Guerrero Maya Jr
A moment of silence for Silver King. Volador is there, so I wonder why he wasn’t in the match before. Well anyone everybody is in the ring so let’s start this random tournament off. So they do the battle royal for the order. Maya is eliminated first. Euforia is gone next. Stigma is kicked out by Cavernario. Cavernario then gets dumped to the outside next. Gran Guerrero flies over the top rope after missing an attack. Stuka gets clotheslined out by Forastero. Mephisto and Forastero are the last two so their teams go last.
Guerrero Maya and Shocker vs Euforia and Angel de Oro
They’re really about to condense 7 matches in 45 minutes. Let’s see how that goes. Maya and Euforia start out fighting for position. Oro and Shocker enter and trade offense back and forth. Maya and Shocker start to double their adversaries. Oro gets Shocker in a pinning combo and Euforia pins Maya with a pump handle slam. Euforia pins Maya with a pump handle slam.
Winners: Euforia and Angel de Oro
Negro Casas and Stigma vs Cavernario and Flyer
Flyer and Stigma trade moves back and forth to start. Casas and Cavernario trade strikes when they get in. Flyer hits a hurricanrana on Stigma, then Casas attacks Flyer. Cavernario and Stigma trade offense with some communication problems. Stigma hurricanrana’s him to the outside. Flyer hits Casas with a vertical suplex but Stigma stopped it. Cavernario slams Flyer on Stigma then hits his slingshot splash on him for the pin. Flyer pins Casas with a pinning combo. Flyer pins Negro Casas with a pinning combo.
Winners: Flyer and Cavernario
Soberano and Gran Guerrero vs Mr. Niebla and Stuka
The match starts out fast. Soberano hits a nice hurricanrana on Stuka. He goes to beat on Niebla but Niebla is too big for him and power bombs him. Gran and Stuka fight on the outside. Soberano hits a back flip splash to the outside onto Stuka. Gran then slams Soberano onto Niebla. Soberano does another move off of Gran but Niebla breaks it up. Stuka hits a big splash off of the top rope on Gran for the pin. Niebla ties Soberano in a knot the sits on him for the….submission? Mr. Niebla submits Soberano by tying him in a knot and sitting on him.
Winners: Mr. Niebla and Stuka
Kraneo and Forastero vs Volador Jr and Mephisto
Well there’s Volador. Covering for Rush. Volador is taking this serious by wrestling with a sweater on. Kraneo gets jumped by him and Mephisto. Kraneo splashes Mephisto and Volador and the come back trail is on. Kraneo runs into Volador and Mephisto. Kraneo tries to sit on Mephisto but he moves. Volador super kicks him and Mephisto pins him. Volador hits a sunset flip for a pin on Stigma. Was clearly supposed to be a canadian destroyer. Volador pins Stigma with a sunset flip.
Winners: Volador Jr and Mephisto
Angel de Oro and Euforia vs Cavernario and Flyer
Oro and Cavernario start and they trade moves with each other. Euforia enters to stomp out Cavernario. Flyer gets teamed up on. As the match continues they trade big moves for close pin falls. Cavernario hits a back stabber on Oro for a two. Euforia hits a lean back camel clutch on Flyer. Cavernario then does it to Euforia. Oro then pins Cavernario with a michinoku driver. Angel de Oro pins Cavernario with a michinoku driver.
Winners: Angel de Oro and Euforia
Stuka and Mr. Niebla vs Volador and Mephisto
Well hey Volador doesn’t have a sweater on this time. Stuka and Volador start out but Mephisto enters quick. Stuka double arm drags them to the outside and then hits a fast dive through the middle rope on Volador. Volador somehow back in the ring before Stuka, super kicks Zakarias. Stuka goes for a big splash on Mephisto but he gets the feet up. Volador then rolls up Niebla for the pin. Volador rolls up Mr. Niebla for the pin.
Winners: Volador and Mephisto
Volador and Mephisto vs Angel de Oro and Euforia
Match starts at a break neck pace with Oro hitting big moves and then hitting a big splash on Mephisto to the outside. Euforia hits a back breaker on Volador for a two count. Mephisto hits Oro with a face buster but Oro kicks out. Oro super kicks Mephisto and hits a lionsault but Volador breaks up the pin. Oro gets Mephisto to the top but Mephisto hits a top rope face buster for the pin. Volador hurricanrana’s Euforia from the top for the win. Volador pins Euforia with a top rope hurricanrana.
Winners: Volador Jr and Mephisto
Arena Mexico Tuesday
Arkalis and Halcon Suriano Jr vs Grako and Coyote
Coyote and Halcon start out with some grappling. Grako and Arkalis then enter and go back and forth. Grako gets Arkalis in a neck stretch and Coyote submits Halcon with a standing stretch. First Fall: Coyote submits Halcon with a standing stretch.
Halcon gets taken out to start and then Arkalis gets teamed up on. Halcon pulls Coyote to the outside and then Arkalis hits a back breaker on Grako. Grako throws Halcon in the air and Halcon hits a hurricanrana for the pin. Arkalis pins Coyote with a blue thunder bomb. Second Fall: Arkalis pins Coyote with a blue thunder bomb.
Arkalis and Grako exchange offense to start the final round. Halcon gets the upper hand on Coyote then poses. Halcon hits 4 straight moonsaults on Coyote but then he gets his feet up on the 5th one. Coyote hits an underhook slam off of the top on Halcon for the pin. Grako hits an elbow drop from the top on Arkalis for the win. Third Fall: Grako pins Arkalis with an elbow drop.
Winners: Grako and Coyote
Electrico, Super Astro Jr, and Retro vs Nitro, Metalico, and Sangre Azteca
Azteca and Retro start the match out with some grappling. Metalico enters with Electrico and they start to grapple as well. Nitro enters with Astro and quickly he gets teamed on. They team up on Retro next and take him out. Nitro hits a top rope splash on Super Astro for the pin. Azteca hits a drop kick to the inner thigh on Retro and Metalico pins him. First Fall: Azteca hits a drop kick to the inner thigh on Retro. Metalico pins him.
Retro is teamed up on to start this round. Electrico gets worked over next. Astro dodges some attacks and then Retro hits a cross body on Metalico. Retro submits Azteca with an inverted bear hug and Electrico pins Metalico with an elbow drop. Second Fall: Electrico pins Metalico with an elbow drop.
Metalico strikes Retro but Retro no sells it. Afterwards is a series of them getting in the ring and trading moves before their partners come in. Standard back and forth action. Retro goes for a top rope move and Azteca drop kicks him for the pin. Nitro spike pile drivers Super Astro for the win. Third Fall: Nitro pile drivers Super Astro for the win.
Winners: Nitro, Metalico, and Sangre Azteca
Fuego, Pegasso, and Stigma vs El Sagrado, Disturbio, and Kawato San
Fuego and Disturbio start out going back and forth. Sagrado enters next with Stigma and they too go back and forth. Kawato comes in next with Pegasso and they move at a faster pace. Pegasso gets Kawato to the outside and then poses but is there after attacked from behind. Sagrado gets Pegasso up for a power bomb but Pegasso rolls into it for a pin. Kawato and Disturbio arrogantly turned their backs. First Fall: Pegasso pins Sagrado with a pinning combo.
Kawato and Stigma start this round off and trade offense. Stigma wins that battle and then hits a pose. Fuego enters with Sagrado and takes him out with an arm drag. Kawato then comes from behind and hits a dragon suplex on Fuego for the pin. Second Fall: Kawato pins Fuego with a dragon suplex.
Pegasso gets teamed up on to start this round. Stigma gets Kawato out finally and Pegasso pulls Sagrado and Disturbio to the outside. Stigma and Pegasso then hit dives through the middle rope. Fuego trips Kawato and then hits a springboard splash. He moves out of the way causing Kawato’s teammates to hit him. Fuego goes for an asai moonsault but Kawato pulls him down. Pegasso and Stigma go for sunset flips but Sagrado and Disturbio counter with jumping elbow drops for the win. Third Fall: Disturbio and Sagrado pin Pegasso and Stigma with standing elbow drops.
Winners: El Sagrado, Disturbio, and Kawato San
(Match Relampago) Guerrero Maya vs Templario
These two start out super fast trading moves back and forth. Templario power slams Maya on the outside. Back in the ring Templario continued to work over Maya. Maya fights back and knocks him out of the ring then hits a middle rope flip dive. When they get back in the ring Templario starts to work over Maya again. Templario goes to the top and Maya runs up and hits an arm drag. Templario catches Maya with a german suplex for a two count. Maya reverses Templario, very sloppy for the pin. Probably should have called an audible. Guerrero Maya pins Templario with a roll up.
Winner: Guerrero Maya
Kraneo, Flyer, and El Audaz vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, and Rey Bucanero
Audaz starts out with Bucanero and they tie up and start to grapple. Shocker comes in with Flyer and they trade strikes. Kraneo and Mr. Niebla do some sloppy spots. Kraneo dives off of the apron onto Niebla. Audaz hits a moonsault on Shocker for the pin. Flyer gets Bucanero in a hurricanrana. First Fall: Flyer pins Rey Bucanero with a hurricanrana.
Niebla and Kraneo work. Niebla postures to the crowd playing with his man boobs. Shocker works over Audaz. Audaz fights back hitting an arm drag. Audaz gets taken out. Shocker suplexes him then Bucanero kicks him to the outside. They slam Kraneo and Mr. Niebla hits a top rope splash onto him for the pin. Second Fall: Mr. Niebla pins Kraneo with a top rope splash.
There’s a bunch of brawling to start this round. Flyer and Audaz hit dives over the top rope. Kraneo back flips Niebla then sits on him for the pin. Third Fall: Kraneo pins Mr. Niebla by sitting on him.
Winners: Kraneo, Flyer, and Audaz
Atlantis, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja vs Rush, El Terrible, and La Bestia del Ring
Well this match starts out super fast and hot. Los Ingobernables beats up Oro and Roja and then they team on Atlantis. They all hit drop kicks on him for the pin. First Fall: Rush pins Atlantis after a triple basement drop kick.
There’s brawling on the outside to start. Atlantis goes to confront Rush but ends up getting teamed on. They throw Oro into the announce table. Rush fakes his finishing move to Atlantis just to kick him in the face and hit his pose. Terrible spins Oro around and Rush hits a basement drop kick and poses again. Rush has such a great look. Sucks he’s toiled away in Ring of Honor. Anyway, this second round continues with Roja finally making a come back. Oro and Roja attack Terrible and Bestia on the outside. Atlantis even throws Rush into the barricade. Rush retreats into the crowd and Atlantis chases him. Roja is either actually hurt or doing one hell of a job selling an ankle injury. Rush goes to the announce table and says No pasa nada perrrrros. Rush gets back in the ring and hits the drop kick in the corner. Then pins Oro by just putting a foot on him. Rush then tries to take Atlantis’ mask off and the ref gets him to stop. Roja hits Terrible with a kick combo and Bestia is late to stop the ref but the ref stops anyway. Distracted, Terrible low blows Roja and the refs pins 3. Second Fall: Terrible pins Niebla Roja with a low blow.
Rush cuts a promo. Oro gets the mic and begins one but then Rush and pals come in and beat them up some more. Rush steals poor Atlantis’ mask. I wonder if that’s the direction they’re going to go for the anniversario show. Atlantis has slowed down considerably the last few years. Maybe a nice pay day is a way to go out.
Winners: Rush, El Terrible, and La Bestia del Ring
Arena Mexico Friday
Unfortunately this show is blocked in America so I can only post results. Luckily it wasn’t that critical of a show. If it persists I’ll find a way to watch down the line, but it shouldn’t persist.
Star Jr and Magia Blanca vs Espanto Jr and Akuma
Akuma and Espanto won 2 falls to 1.
Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and Sanely vs Amapola, Tiffany, and Metalica
Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and Sanely won the match 2 falls to 1. Kaho Kobayashi hyped up her hair vs hair match with Amapola.
Rey Cometa, Esfinge, and Triton vs Hechicero, El Felino, and Tiger
Hechicero, Felino, and Tiger won 2 falls to 1. Hechicero got hurt in this match and let Esfinge pin him for a fall so he can go to the back. Maybe a hand injury.
(Match Relampago) Soberano Jr vs Negro Casas
Negro Casas won with a Canadian destroyer and a casita.
Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, and Gran Guerrero vs Mascara Ano 2000, Mephisto, and Ephesto
Los Guerrero’s won 2 falls to 1. Mascara Ano 2000 DQ’d himself in the final fall by low blowing Ultimo Guerrero. Hyping up their future match.
Caristico, Volador Jr, and Mistico vs Cavernario, Sanson, and Cuatrero
Valiente replaced Volador in this match. Cavernario, Sanson, and Cuatrero won in straight falls. Cavernario unmasked Mistico and pinned him and challenged him to a match next week.