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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Report! (11/28/17)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Noam Dar w/ Enzo Amore VS Rich Swann; Swann wins.
  • Kalisto VS Jack Gallagher w/ THE Brian Kendrick; Kalisto wins, by disqualification.
  • Mustafa Ali & Cedric Alexander VS Drew Gulak & Tony Nese; Gulak & Nese win.

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A Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Series has begun!

Raw General Manager Kurt Angle is in charge of the Cruiserweight Division, so to address the concerns towards The ‘Zo Train protecting the Realest Champ in the Room, he gave equal opportunity to everyone. Last Monday’s Raw saw the first of two qualifying Fatal 4 Way matches, in which Rich Swann overcame ‘Zo Train members Noam Dar & Ariya Daivari, along with fellow Anti-Amore Cruiserweight, Akira Tozawa, to be the first man into the true #1 Contender’s match. Next Monday will see the second, what impact will tonight’s 205 Live have on who comes out to meet the Outlandish One?

 

Tonight marks the One Year Anniversary of 205 Live!

The Cruiserweight Division and their exclusive WWE Network series have been back for one year, may there be many more in the future!

 

Enzo Amore heads to the ring!

The Cruiserweight Champion is here to walk out the Scottish Supernova for his match. Wait his mic’s not working. A blessing in disguise until he and Dar enter the ring and it starts working again. Enzo reviews how last week, The ‘Zo Train “choo choo” went straight to the top. Enzo’s four were Cruiserweight Rushmore, and the Bonafide Stud puts the G in generosity. He promised a title opportunity for those who won last week, only for things to Mario Kart and ToaDar here slipped on a banana peel. But there’s still time in this race, Nese or Gulak could get things back on track. The ‘Zo Train will get a full head of steam, but Dar needs to watch out, this isn’t a game. Do a favor and don’t do Enzo a favor, just redeem yourself, which you will, or else! Dar, take Swann’s eyes, so that Swann can’t make eyes at Enzo’s boo. Swann, there’s only word to describe him! S A W F T!

Noam Dar w/ Enzo Amore VS Rich Swann!

Speaking of Mario Kart, the Outlandish One is ready to shift gears and take pole position going into that #1 Contender’s match, will Dar get run off the Rainbow Road? And speaking of that one year anniversary, it’s been about the same amount of time since Swann was the second ever New Era Cruiserweight Champion, and in an interview after winning his opportunity, Swann wonders if you can feel it? Can you taste it? #CanYouHandleIt? Swann is “oh so close” to being a two-time–that’s right, a two time–champion! The bell rings, Dar rolls out to get advice from Enzo the current two-time champion. Dar returns, he circles with Swann then gets arm control with a wristlock. He brings Swann to the mat but Swann shows off agility by doing many kip-ups before getting his own wristlock. Ropebreak gets Dar free, Enzo gives him more advice, Swann gives Dar a dropkick! Then from the apron, flying cannonball!

Dar goes down, Swann and the fans are fired up, Swann mocks Enzo with his own take on the Certified Shuffle. Back into the ring, Swann gets Dar’s arm but Dar pulls on hair to then kick a leg. Dar whips but is reversed, Swann kicks Dar’s leg until it falls out from under. Rolling Thunder Splash, TWO, Swann keeps his eyes on Dar as he picks on that bad leg. Swann climbs up, Enzo distracts, Dar gets up to sweep Swann’s legs out now. High-five from Enzo, Dar drags Swann for a cover, TWO. Dar gets his leg working before going back on Swann with a tackle, cover, TWO. Dar goes after the arm, wristlock to shoulder breaker, Swann shouts in pain as Dar then sits on a hammerlock and brings the other arm over. Swann endures this unique armlock combination while Enzo trash talks right in front of him.

Dar shifts, Swann fights out with body shots, then backs Dar down with haymakers. Swann is shoved away but comes back with a splash and back kick, but Dar dodges the front flip kick to then clobber Swann with a lariat to the back of the head, cover, TWO! Dar is getting frustrated, as is Enzo. “Who cares about your leg? Who’re you, Big Cass?” Swann fights back as Dar grabs a leg, Swann kicks Dar in that bad leg to spin him around and roll him up, TWO, Swann swings a kick that Dar ducks, so he comes back with the other leg! Dar down, Swann up and Enzo upset as Swann hits the Phoenix Splash! Swann wins! And the fact Enzo can’t even look at his ‘Zo Train protege says it all. Is The Realest Champ’s chances of staying champ dwindling before his very eyes?

 

Backstage interview with Kalisto.

How does the Lucha Dragon feel about having his first match since losing the title to Enzo Amore? He lost to Enzo at Survivor Series, so it’s torture to no longer be champion. But Kalisto gets up after getting knocked down, and he will fight his way back to that title, starting tonight against the Ungentlemanly Jack Gallagher!

 

Kalisto VS Jack Gallagher w/ THE Brian Kendrick!

The Ungentle Men that are Gallagher and Kendrick have tried to drag others down into their “cruel Winter”, but can they make the Lucha Dragon feel any worse than he already does? The bell rings, Gallagher seems to take Kalisto easy as they circle. Kalisto is wary of Kendrick before getting Gallagher in a waistlock, Gallagher backs him down for a ropebreak which is clean but disrespectful. Kalisto is ready to lash out at him, they tie up and Gallagher brings Kalisto down with a hammerlock to wristlock. Gallagher bends and tortures that arm, Kalisto gets up and cartwheels to a counter, now Gallagher is down on the mat. Gallagher gets up, reverses, fireman carry takedown, armlock and a knee on Kalisto’s head. Kendrick watches stoically as Kalisto fights to his feet. Springboard armdrag and Kalisto starts rallying with kicks to Gallagher’s legs and haymakers to the head. Gallagher is in the ropes but just gets yo-yo’d up and down for haymakers from Kalisto again and again. Kalisto climbs up but is thrown down by Gallagher, Kendrick applauds. Gallagher rains down rights before calming himself to then stomp away on Kalisto. He drags and snapmares Kalisto into a half-straitjacket, which Gallagher than puts all his weight on to squeeze Kalisto. Fans rally, Kalisto gets up, spins out but then takes a knee right to the stomach from Gallagher. Knee drop to the ribs and chest, Gallagher is making sure Kalisto can’t breathe. Whip to the ropes leads to a stiff headbutt to the chest, cover, ONE. Gallagher isn’t done, back to a straitjacket clutch, knee in Kalisto’s spine. Kalisto powers up to his feet, but can’t get away, Gallagher deepens that straitjacket stretch!

Gallagher keeps his shoulders up so it isn’t a pin on himself, Kalisto endures the bend, but then pops over and out of the hold. Gallagher runs in, Kalisto dodges, Gallagher on his feet but is rolled up into the Listo Kick! Gallagher rocked, he staggers to Kalisto at the bottom rope but gets another kick and then another kick. Kalisto springboards for a seated senton, he wants Gallagher up, runs, Spike-rana! “Lucha! Lucha!” chants begin, Kalisto takes aim, Salida Del Sol!

Kendrick slips in and attacks! Kalisto still wins but not the way he wanted as The Man with a Plan beats Kalisto down with stomps and crossface punches! Kendrick whips Kalisto with his studded jacket, then puts that jacket on Kalisto to make a real straitjacket, leaving Kalisto open to Gallagher’s Extraordinary Headbutt!

Down goes the Lucha Dragon, the Ungentle Men take their leave, has the “cruel Winter” begun again?

 

Hideo Itami is coming to the Cruiserweight Division.

From Japan to NXT, Itami proved to be an intense and unforgiving striker, no matter who he was up against. And now that he’s coming to 205 Live, the superstars of 205 Live are already feeling the pain. But first thing’s first, ie the Carolina Kid winning the Fatal 4 Way to then take on his friend for a chance to take out Enzo. The Pakistani Prince would like to dispute that claim, Cedric’s getting ahead of himself because Raw LA is gonna see fans chanting “Ali! Ali!” Well, Monday is Monday, tonight is a tag team match. They’re gonna make The ‘Zo Train a train wreck in the main event!

 

Mustafa Ali & Cedric Alexander VS Drew Gulak & Tony Nese!

Tag teams tonight but it’ll be every man for himself next Monday as these four men compete in the second qualifying Fatal 4 Way, which half of that match-up will gain themselves momentum? But before that, the Campaigning Crusader of #Drewtopia wishes to speak. Gulak and Nese are, in Enzo’s words, “Team Power Point”! A nickname so clever it doesn’t need to be explained, but Gulak will anyway. The Premier Athlete is all power, and Gulak makes good points. Their skills go together perfectly, and as members of The ‘Zo Train, they’re like the Justice League. Tony is Aquaman, Gulak is Batman. Tony disagrees but Gulak continues by saying Enzo is their Superman. Tony agrees there. Tonight, they dedicate this match to Enzo, along with a special edition of hiiiiiiiiiiiiis… POWERPOINT, PRESENTATION! Which we won’t get, because their opponents finally arrive.

Enzo is again watching backstage, to keep an eye on his ‘Zo Train. Alexander and Gulak start us off, fans chant “Power Point!”, which upsets Gulak because of his No Chant rule. He doesn’t have his sign, so maybe they didn’t know. Gulak calms down and circles with Alexander, they tie up but Alexander gets wristlock control, Gulak tries but fails to counter. Alexander keeps Gulak on the mat, Gulak gets a good reverse and break then a headbutt to Alexander’s ribs. Stiff elbow to the back from Gulak to Alexander before Gulak tags to Nese, but Nese gets caught in an armdrag and armlock. Nese powers up but Alexander directs him to his corner, Ali tags in and gives a double ax handle to the arm. Tag back to Alexander, Alexander double stomps that arm. Nese is at the mercy of Ali & Alexander, Nese pulls on Ali’s hair and gets him to a corner. The ref calls for the break, Nese dirties it up with body shots and stiff forearms. Nese does what he wants, he’s the Premier Athlete. Back chop to Ali, corner to corner whip but Ali goes up and over and Nese hits buckles before taking another arm-drag. Ali wrenches, Gulak gets into trash talk with Alexander so that Ali can’t make the tag.

Nese fights out with a mule kick, then kicks Ali while he’s down. Alexander wants the tag now, Ali gets out of the back suplex to dropkick Nese down, Ali gives him that tag but argues about how Alexander was too busy arguing with Gulak. Speaking of, this argument makes them too busy to see Nese give Gulak the tag! Alexander is still ready, he ducks, handsprings, headscissors and dropkicks Gulak, cover, TWO. Alexander brings Gulak up but Gulak revives to give him a stiff chop. Nese gets a back elbow and Gulak’s kick is blocked to get one for himself, Alexander handsprings but Nese trips him up! Alexander face plants then ends up taking a knee to the back from Gulak. Tag to Nese, Nese runs Alexander over with a back elbow of his own. Nese stomps away on Alexander, then drags him up and in, leg drop, ONE. Alexander gets to a corner but gets stomped and put in the Tree of Woe, more knees to Alexander’s stomach. Nese slows down to get himself some Full Contact Cardio!

Nese kicks while getting in his crunches, “that’s why I have these right here.” Nese brings Alexander over, tags Gulak, Gulak gives Alexander a stiff stomp before a standing powerbomb, TWO. Gulak keeps on Alexander with a modified half-crab crossface.

Alexander endures the bend, but still gets up as fans rally. Gulak tries to keep him down but Alexander fights out, Gulak holds onto the waistband but gets a forearm right to the face! Alexander crawls to Ali while Gulak crawls, but Nese decides to go right at Ali! No one home for Alexander, Gulak pounces on him from behind. Ali fights off Nese but can’t make it to Alexander, Gulak clubs away on Alexander, a chop as well. Alexander responds with a chop, Gulak gives him a kick and puts him in a chinlock. Fans rally again, Alexander feeds off it, jawbreaker breaks the hold. Tag to Nese, Nese redirects Alexander but Alexander stays on the apron to slide under and shove Nese away, tag to Ali! Ali rallies, whips but is reversed, flapjack dropkick drops Nese, a dropkick for Gulak keeps him out of the ring. Corner to corner whip reversed, Ali slides to slip out and roundhouse Nese away. Ali gets the fans going before hitting the rolling facebuster! TWO, Ali is surprised but not off focus. No Alexander to tag, again, Nese takes advantage by shoving Ali to a corner for a big forearm. Ali boots back, slips out again to climb up top, but Nese trips him up. Alexander returns, tags Ali when Nese isn’t looking, so as Nese climbs up, Alexander joins in. Nese is brought onto Alexander’s shoulders, Ali adjusts, flying crossbody electric chair combo!

Cover, Gulak breaks it up! Gulak checks on Nese before going after Ali, Ali brings him out to the floor. Alexander tags Ali in before wrecking Gulak with a dropkick. Ali brings Nese up, Nese shoves Ali into Alexander! Roll-up on Ali, Team Power Point wins!

Enzo even comes out to celebrate with them!

The ‘Zo Train has the last laugh, but Ali and Alexander argue over who is to blame for their loss. Perhaps it doesn’t matter now, it’ll be every man for himself Monday. Will the ‘Zo Train leave everyone else at the station? Or can they be derailed and completely left out of the #1 Contender’s match?

 

My Thoughts:

A pretty solid episode for the first anniversary of 205 Live. The fact it wasn’t treated as that big of a deal is a bit indicative of how WWE has treated their Cruiserweight Division since its return, but that’s another issue entirely. As for the actual content, a solid return for Kalisto, him going into a program against THE Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher could be both a way for Kalisto to gain an edge in his character as well as give an opening to someone else, as I feel this needs to end in a tag team match the same way Kendrick-Gallagher VS Swann-Alexander did. Kalisto could make a great team with fellow luchadors, Gran Metalik or Lince Dorado, to revive the tag team form of Lucha Dragons back from before the New Era brand split. If only WWE was allowing crossover, these tag teams could challenge The Bar or The Shield. But again, that’s another issue entirely.

Nice to see a bit of breaking down between the allegiances on both sides of the championship issue. Swann gets a solid win over Dar to keep himself strong while also making Dar out to be the caboose of the ‘Zo Train, and perhaps the first to be kicked out. On the other side, The ‘Zo Train’s “Power Point” formation stays strong to tear Ali and Alexander apart, though the chance at the singles title was doing that already. Swann is a Face, so chances are the issues between Ali and Alexander will be what gives a Heel opening to win Monday’s Fatal 4 Way, and then chances are Swann will still win to face Enzo. If Nese wins, I can already sense he and Swann can have a great match in physicality as well as aerial moves, so long as they’re allowed to go all out. It’ll be two birds one stone if they do, this is an important match, so why wouldn’t they give it 100%? And fans will see what Cruiserweights are capable of and will have reason to care about the Division.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (7/13/19)

The Kingdom, Jay Lethal and The Bouncers in a big Six Man main event!

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ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 408

Manhattan Mayhem is on the horizon, and so is a major ROH World Championship match! But before Matt Taven and Jay Lethal face off 1v1, they bring allies to the ring for a truly massive Six Man Tag match!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Proving Ground: Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor; Taylor wins.
  • WOH World Championship #1 Contender’s Four Corner Survival: Stella Grey VS Jenny Rose VS Angelina Love VS Tasha Steelz; Steelz wins and will challenge Kelly Klein for the title at Summer Supercard.
  • Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal & The Bouncers; Lethal & The Bouncers win.

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ROH looks back to Best in the World.

The Peacock faced Rush’s brother, Dragon Lee, and beat him using Rush’s moves! The Best of 3 Series’ third match saw the K I N G topple the Franchise Player! And the Villain Enterprises expanded to include an army! A FLIP Army! The Allure used every trick up their sleeves to beat the Pretty Badass and American Joshi, but were confronted by Maria Manic! Manic didn’t get her hands on Mandy Leon or the Beautiful People, so she ran roughshod over security! And most shocking of all, Matt Taven didn’t need to resort to anything underhanded to down the Hawaiian Juggernaut!! How can anyone hope to stop Taven’s #PurpleReign now?

 

Kenny King joins ROH commentary for this opening contest.

Coming off a big victory over THE Jay Lethal, the K I N G wants to see what his old friends are up to.

 

Proving Ground: Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor!

The Fittest returns to in-ring action to show that Strong Beach physique. But will physique be enough to survive the Notorious Hitman and ROH World Television Champion?

Rhett wants to shake hands with his former Rebellion brother, but Taylor SPITS on the Code of Honor! Rhett just uses it as body oil. The bell rings and the 10 minute time limit starts counting down. All Rhett has to do is survive the 10 minutes, and he gets a future shot at the title!

Fans rally as the two circle. Taylor shoves Rhett down and taunts him as he stands up. Rhett comes back to waistlock, but Taylor standing switches. Rhett powers his way out, but gets caught in a full nelson! Taylor grins but Rhett powers out of the nelson! Taylor headlocks but Rhett powers out to headlock back. Rhett grinds but Taylor powers out and runs Rhett over! Taylor wants Rhett to stop playing, and scoops him up. Rhett slips out and dropkicks Taylor back! Rhett grins and flexes, but then he tries to fireman’s carry, and Taylor is too much. Taylor spins Rhett, misses one way but hits the clothesline on the other! ROH goes to break as Taylor dares Rhett to get up.

ROH returns and Rhett wrecks Taylor with a dropkick. Rhett shows off his core strength with leg raises, but Taylor pulls him down to ROCK him with that One Hitter Quitter! Taylor drags Rhett up and into the ring to put him on the apron. Taylor climbs up, to drop the leg! He laughs and taunts Rhett as he CHOPS the chest! Rhett gasps for air while he crawls to a corner. Taylor climbs in and throws another big right! Rhett forearms Taylor back! Rhett backs Taylor down but Taylor blocks and reverses the whip to rock him again! Taylor yanks Rhett up but Rhett lands on his feet! Rhett rocks Taylor back with a JAB!

Rhett is in the corner again, and dodges Taylor as he runs in, to give him back a splash! And a BOOT! Then side to side for another! Rhett keeps moving to boot again! Fans fire up with The Fittest as he fireman’s carries Taylor again! For a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Rhett keeps his cool as Taylor goes to a corner. Rhett runs corner to corner but his boot is blocked! Taylor shoves Rhett back to KNEE him in the face! Cover, TWO!! Rhett survives and now Taylor is frustrated. Taylor toys with Rhett but Rhett SLAPS him back! Taylor pie faces but Rhett CHOPS and forearms away! Rhett fires off forearm after forearm but Taylor bobs ‘n’ weaves to HEADBUTT! Cover, Taylor wins!

Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall

Rhett fell short of proving himself worthy, and the ROH World TV Champion continues rolling on. Kenny gives Taylor his due props, but goes to check on Rhett in the ring.

“I’m searching for the words, man, to describe what I just saw out of you right now.” The word is, “disgusting.” King is disgusted by Rhett. What happened to him? ROH stuck them together and they fought, they scratched and they clawed and became one of the best teams ever, the All Night Express. They beat The Briscoes, the Young Bucks, Roderick Strong, Tyler Black, you name them. “What the hell happened to you?!” Rhett fails a Proving Ground match because he only proved that while he has the body of a god, he has the “heart of a b*tch.” There’s no fight left in Rhett! If Kenny was Joe Koff, he’d rip up Rhett’s contract on the spot!

Rhett’s family and pregnant wife are here, yet he embarrasses them!? Does Rhett think it’s okay that the reason his son won’t look him in the eyes is because daddy’s a coward?! Rhett gets mad, and that’s what Kenny wants to see! Show him something! But when Rhett doesn’t, Kenny is the one who gets mad. Is the Titus family really proud of that?! Because the Rhett Kenny King knew was a man, not this “punk ass b*tch.” Will these fighting words light a fire in the Fittest? Or does the K I N G have a point?

 

ROH hears from Kelly Klein.

“Women of Honor has some of the best women wrestling has to offer right now, and I love it.” That means the Gatekeeper will defend her title against some of the best women around. Maria Manic has Kelly’s attention, and Kelly is ready for that match. Kelly’s even excited to fight Tasha Steelz, the Allure, Stella Grey or Jenny Rose as she defends her world title. Who makes it out of the contender’s match first in line for a fight with the Pretty Badass?

 

ROH looks back to June 29th.

Jay Lethal vowed to work twice as hard as before, “whip the crap out of Matt Taven,” and become a THREE-TIME ROH World Champion! But Taven told him that in New York City, July 20th, we will all finally see that we are living in “The Time of Matt Taven.” Taven is the King of ROH, because heee’s Matt Taven, and he was #BorntoRule! But then, Alex Shelley returned!

Shelley was careful not to say he retired from ROH. Let’s pretend he has a card in his hand that is known as the “veteran’s card.” And let’s say there’s a hole punched for every year he’s contributed to the industry. That’s 17 holes. Shelley’s fingerprints are all over the world of wrestling, so now he plays his card. Shelley expects to be respected! And it won’t matter who walks out of Manhattan, Shelley just wants his shot to prove to them, him, and the world that he still has #TalentonLoanfromGod! Who will the returning revolutionary meet after mayhem goes down in Manhattan?

 

WOH World Championship #1 Contender’s Four Corner Survival: Stella Grey VS Jenny Rose VS Angelina Love w/ The Allure VS Tasha Steelz!

While only one of the Beautiful People is in this match, it is no surprise that she still has her friends by her side. Angelina Love leads the way as Velvet Sky helps Mandy Leon and their fluffy mascot, Foxxy, into the ring. But the spotlight quickly moves to the Garden State Goddess, little gritty Grey, and the American Joshi. With Kelly Klein watching on commentary, who grabs a huge victory and earns a Summer Supercard showdown?

But before the bell rings, Velvet grabs a mic to tell Jenny she doesn’t belong here, that Stella doesn’t belong here, and Tasha- She doesn’t even know who Tasha is, actually, but she doesn’t belong here, either. The only woman in the ring that matters is the Allure’s Bada$$, Angelina Love, the TRUE #1 Contender! Angelina proved herself already when she pinned Kelly at Best in the World. Win-loss records leave out a lot, and Kelly knows Angelina didn’t need to cheat that night to win. But talking aside, the other three competitors uphold the Code of Honor, but don’t even worry about Angelina. The bell finally rings, and Jenny goes right at her!

Stella and Tasha fight while Jenny rains down rights on Angelina! Angelina and Jenny roll out of the ring and Angelina kicks back. Jenny forearms but Angelina kicks again. Stella whips Tasha but Tasha runs Stella over. Tasha brushes herself off and runs, but Stella keeps up. Tasha and Stella trade hip toss blocks while Angelina and Jenny trade apron bumps. Stella rolls Tasha but Tasha arm-drags back. Stella arm-drags Tasha now, but Angelina kicks Jenny away. Angelina is on Stella with a sleeper, but Stella kicks Tasha away. Angelina throws Stella down by her hair, and The Allure cheers her on as she whips Stella into a corner. Stella runs into Tasha, then Angelina dropkicks them into each other. Angelina throws Stella out and runs, but into Jenny’s SPEAR! Cover, TWO!

Tasha throws Jenny out fast and stares down with Angelina. Tasha flexes but it doesn’t impress Angelina. Angelina ties up with Tasha to a headlock. Tasha powers out but Angelina runs her over. Things speed up and Tasha shows agility to hip toss Angelina down! Fans fire up as Tasha whips. Angelina reverses and scoops to a spinning sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Tasha fires forearms back and whips, but Angelina reverses. Tasha goes up and over and rolls, to drop toehold Angelina down. Angelina gets clear of the basement dropkick but Tasha gets clear of the elbow drop. The two stare down as fans cheer.

Tasha eggs Angelina on, and the two start trading forearms. Tasha gets an edge and fires off! She runs but Mandy trips her up! A Fatal 4 Way means no disqualifications, but the referee tells the Allure they’re EJECTED! Mandy is upset and Velvet just shrugs it off as they take Foxxy with them. Angelina is a bit more concerned now that she’s all alone as ROH goes to break.

ROH returns and Tasha waistlocks Angelina. They roll to a cover, TWO! Stella throws Tasha out to roll Angelina, but Jenny breaks it. Jenny kicks Stella out to then La Magistrol Angelina, TWO! Jenny stays on Angelina in a corner for a back elbow and whip. Angelina reverses but Jenny dodges to send Angelina into the post! Jenny dropkicks Stella back out and goes out to join her. They start trading hands, but Tasha slingshots out to take them both down! Fans fire up but now Angelina climbs up top. Angelina LEAPS to crossbody them all down! This is the top tier talent Kelly has wanted to see. But speaking of, Angelina dares Kelly to come closer. Kelly heads closer to the ring, and stares Angelina down the whole way. But this keeps Angelina seeing Jenny, Stella and Tasha all get back in the ring.

Jenny clubs Angelina, and has help from Stella! They DOUBLE POWERBOMB Angelina down! But then Tasha double clotheslines Jenny and Stella down! Fans fire up behind the Boricua Badass as she fireman’s carries Stella. Stella fights out and drags Tasha into a sleeper hold clutch! Angelina kicks Jenny then hits a complete shot, to the Koji Klutch! Side-by-side submissions, but which one puts their victim out first!? Jenny and Tasha endures, and Jenny reaches for a ropebreak! The ref counts and Angelina lets her go. Meanwhile, Tasha sits up, and Angelina kicks Stella off her! Jenny kicks Angelina down, then goes to Tasha for a German Suplex! Jenny kicks Stella for a snap suplex! She runs at Angelina but gets the Botox Injection! Angelina covers, but Stella breaks it!

Stella scoops but Angelina slips out and shoves, Botox Injection for Stella! Tasha throws Angelina out to get Stella with a CUTTER! Cover, Tasha wins!!

Winner: Tasha Steelz, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WOH World Championship

Angelina ain’t happy about it, but the Boricua Badass got the better of her fair and square, okurrr? Can Tasha make it a one and done when it comes to title matches? Or will Kelly still be the champion when she leaves Toronto?

But wait, the lights drop down. And a rather creepy little video plays. Dolls sit in a line, but a hand reaches out to take the man. To chew him up and spit him out! Because the MANEATER is here! And Maria Manic has appeared behind Tasha and Angelina! Angelina saw this once before, she gets away again. But Tasha shows no fear! Security hurries to keep this fight from happening, but Maria just manhandles them like she did at Best in the World! She takes one and tosses him from the ring, then clotheslines another! But she slaps the third around to then put him in the torture rack! And then she dumps him out onto the other two! The fourth man gets the double hand choke slam! Maria Manic made mince meat of five grown men, but is she going to devour the entire WOH Division?

 

ROH hears from Rush.

El Toro Blanco is “sick and tired” of Dalton Castle. Rush whooped The Peacock in 15 seconds. But if Castle wants to mess with his familia, well perro, the bull is going to end him for good! Rush didn’t come to ROH to play, he came to become the best! “Nothing happens unless I say so.” When and where will this grudge match happen? Mass Hyteria on July 21st! A wild weekend is coming for ROH, who survives the mayhem and hysteria on the way to the Summer Supercard?

 

Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal & The Bouncers!

Matt Taven vows to prove he’s the king, while TK O’Ryan and Vinnie Marseglia vow to show who are the real elite tag team wrestlers in ROH. But they’ll have to prove it with actions, not words, as they take on their rivals all at once! Will the Franchise Player gain major momentum towards Manhattan when he sides with former foes in Brian Milonas & The Beer City Bruiser?

But given the apparent collusion involving Kenny King and timekeeper Amy Rose, Jay Lethal asks that she take her leave. Amy obliges, not wanting to be a source of controversy for this main event. The Kingdom then make their entrance, and ROH takes another break.

ROH returns and Lethal starts against the Horror King. The bell rings and they tie up right away! Vinnie powers Lethal to a corner but the ref backs him off. Vinnie throws a forearm but Lethal gives it back and we have a brawl! Lethal starts backing Vinnie down but Vinnie knees low and puts Lethal in a corner. Vinnie chops but Lethal CHOPS right back. They trade more CHOPS, and Vinnie wants Lethal to give him more. Lethal CHOPS Vinnie like he wants, but Vinnie just trash talks and knees low. Vinnie runs but misses in the corner, Lethal hip tosses and cartwheels to dropkick! Vinnie hurries to the Kingdom’s corner and tags to TK. Brian “Brawler” Milonas tags in and ties up with the Sassy Wild Horse.

Milonas shoves TK all the way back to his corner! TK runs back out but skids to a stop as Milonas towers over him. TK says he wants Lethal? Milonas gives TK what he wants, but he does tag Lethal a bit hard. Lethal shakes it off and ties up with TK. TK headlocks but Lethal powers out, only for TK to run him over. TK runs and runs Lethal over again, but things speed up. Lethal hurdles but his hip toss is blocked to TK’s own hip toss. Lethal boots TK back but runs into an elbow. TK runs but into that hip toss and cartwheel dropkick! Lethal has gotten two Kingdom members with that, and then tags in Bruiser. Taven tags in and Bruiser dares him to bring the fight. Taven has Bruiser calm down, and fans chant “Melvin! Melvin!” But again, The Kingdom wants Lethal.

Taven wants Lethal and even offers a free shot. Bruiser says Taven’s too scared to fight a real man. Taven just wants Lethal, and again gives a free shot. Lethal tags in but he sees the sucker punch coming. The two fire off haymakers and CHOPS on each other! Lethal whips but Taven reverses, but Lethal gets under TK at the ropes. Vinnie rushes at Lethal on the outside but Lethal dodges to CHOP! TK jumps but Lethal punches him out of the air, only for Taven to wreck Lethal with a dropkick! Taven drags Lethal up and throws him into railing, then The Kingdom attacks like piranha! The Bouncers protest but The Kingdom put Lethal in. Taven stomps and chokes Lethal to then tag in Vinnie. The Kingdom mugs Lethal with stomps then Vinnie rains rights down. Fans duel as ROH goes to one more break.

ROH returns once again, and The Kingdom continues to mug Lethal. Taven stomps Lethal down then drags him up to put in the Kingdom’s corner. Taven CHOPS Lethal then tags in Vinnie. Vinnie tags in TK, and the two whip Lethal. Lethal reverses to whip Vinnie, but TK waistlocks him. Lethal boots Vinnie then slips out of TK’s suplex. He ducks them both to tag in Bruiser! Bruiser rallies with the power of “BEER! BEER!” He punches Taven, uppercuts Vinnie, and uppercuts TK! Bruiser brings TK in for the sidewinder DDT! Cover but Vinnie breaks it! Vinnie fish hooks Bruiser but Bruiser bites the fingers. Oh but wait, Bruiser can’t bite, “I ain’t got no teef!” Bruiser brings TK up but TK CHOPS! TK kicks low and DDT’s Bruiser! But Milonas tags in to rally on The Kingdom! He even back drops Taven!

Milonas falls back to senton on Taven! Vinnie runs but gets flattened with a crossbody! Cover, but Taven breaks it! Taven fires off strikes on Milonas, but Milonas powers Taven to a fireman’s carry. TK leaps but into Milonas’ arms! Milonas gives them a Fall Away Samoan Drop combo! Fans fire up with the Mastodon, but also for Lethal as he DIVES onto Vinnie! Lethal gets back in to DIVE onto TK! And of course, he runs and DIVES onto Taven! The trifecta has been completed! Vinnie runs in to fight with the Bouncers, and whips Bruiser, but Bruiser reverses. TK tags in before Vinnie gets fed to the Scrapbuster! TK climbs and leaps, but into Bruiser’s arms. Milonas sandwiches TK with Bruiser, and it even sends Bruiser stumbling. But Bruiser comes back while Milonas climbs, and it’s the Last Call leg drop! Cover, The Bouncers and Lethal win!

Winners: Jay Lethal & The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning

The winner of Guerrillas of Destiny VS The Briscoes in the ROH World Tag Team Championship match at Manhattan Mayhem better watch out, because some big competition is meeting them at Mass Hysteria. Who will The Bouncers get to toast with on the 21st?

But wait, Taven doesn’t let Lethal go, and gives him CLIMAX to the floor!! The Bouncers hurry to Lethal’s side as The Kingdom retreats. Taven raises the title, but will he still be holding onto the gold after Manhattan Mayhem?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty good go-home with major developments for a busy weekend coming up for ROH. Not only is Manhattan Mayhem on Saturday, July 20th, but now there’s another event on July 21st with this “Mass Hysteria” in Lowell, Massachusetts. Of course, this is all on top of ROH TV finally referencing Best in the World, but the usual mess was mostly ironed out. Rush has a solid promo, and his grudge match with Castle will surely be longer and better than the shocking 15 second squash at G1 Supercard. What’s odd is that while Kenny King beat Lethal at BitW in their Best of 3, he’s doing a story with Rhett Titus next? Lethal’s using his contractual rematch, sure, but is this story with Rhett going to delay Kenny’s shot at Taven more? Is Rhett going to turn so that we more or less get an All Night Express reunion? It is both intriguing yet confusing as to what is going on here.

The Women’s Fatal 4 was a great match, and what a great surprise to see the younger Tasha Steelz getting this chance. I thought it was going to be Angelina Love, but at the same time, even Angelina Love seems like an odd choice from out of The Allure. But I suppose with now women’s tag titles in ROH (yet?) all three could try going after Kelly in turn. And then we got to see Maria Manic at the same time tonight, that was a great way to debut! The Maneater will surely be a contender, and a monster for the Allure to worry about while they’re each taking turns against Kelly Klein. Kelly’s promo is obviously to put the company over, but for just the WOH Division in a vacuum, it is definitely heating up now with an addition like Manic.

And to end the show, we get a really good Six Man Tag, and obviously the goal for The Kingdom was to do as much as they could to Lethal so it’ll be easier for Taven in Manhattan. I am still disappointed the timing kept Jeff Cobb from becoming ROH’s top guy, but I again reference that the G1 Climax and Cobb going back and forth just wouldn’t be good for him or ROH. Lethal might as well dethrone Taven, joining Adam Cole as the only other three-time champ. Then we could get Lethal VS King 4 within a span of a few months, and maybe that story (which has an interesting twist with how it involves timekeeper Amy Rose) is what gives King his first world title reign, and makes him an ROH Triple Crown winner. Then we can circle back to King VS K I N G, Grand Slam Taven VS Triple Crown Kenny for the One True King of Honor!

My Score: 8.2/10


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Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 5 A Block

KENTA, Lance Archer and Kazuchika Okada are setting the early A Block pace! Something’s gotta give. Who comes out undefeated?

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KENTA, Lance Archer and Kazuchika Okada are setting the early A Block pace! Something’s gotta give. Who comes out undefeated?

Shmoxley in the opening tag team match means we should start off fun. Tanahashi and Sabre are in the battle of, well, someone needs to get at least a point out of that.

Then we’ve got Ospreay and Ibushi who are banged up but most likely still going to be psychopaths in the ring. Let’s get ready for the carnage, I mean, no…I meant carnage.

Ratings:

  • Shota Umino & Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii & Yuya Uemura: Shooter wins via Fisherman Suplex Hold @5:45 – ***
  • Hirooki Goto, Jeff Cobb & YOSHI-HASHI vs Toa Henare, Yota Tsuji & Juice Robinson: YOSHI wins via Butterfly Lock @9:30 – ** 1/4
  • Tomoaki Honma, Ren Narita & Toru Yano vs Jay White, Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi: Owens wins via Package Piledriver @8:50 – ** 1/2
  • BUSHI, Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi vs Taichi, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Suzuki wins via Gotch Style Piledriver @8:35 – ** 1/2
  • A Block: KENTA vs Lance Archer: Kenta wins via Game Over @12:00 – *** 
  • A Block: SANADA vs EVIL: EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @18:10 – **** 1/4
  • A Block: Bad Luck Fale vs Kazuchika Okada: Okada wins via Double Legged Cradle @10:15 – ** 1/2
  • A Block: Zack Sabre Jr vs Hiroshi Tanahashi: Tanahashi wins via Triangle Counter Pin @13:55 – *** 3/4
  • A Block: Kota Ibushi vs Will Ospreay: Ibushi wins via Kamigoye Knee @27:15 – **** 3/4

 

Analysis:

Moxley and Ishii start off trying to kill one another. This is a great opener and the respective Young Lions have to pull their veteran off as to not incur a disqualification. The Young Lions then take the bulk of the match and Shota has definitely picked up a few mannerisms from Moxley that we slowly see him unlocking. This may be our evolution of Shooter, but for an opening match this was very fun and the fact Moxley and Ishii just want to fight added for a neat dynamic.

Juice and Cobb are both respectful Gaijin faces, so not a lot of heat for this match. Plus YOSHI-HASHI was in it, so I could’ve downed a few Valium and been more invested in staring at a wall. Pork Chop Sandwiches later, and YOSHI-HASHI wins with that awful Butterfly Lock. Great…I can now taste colors.

So Yano wanted to get him a piece of the Jay White on the down turn, but Jay tried to still play the calculating heel. Honma put in a bit of decent work but Narita was obviously the one sent out to eat the pin. Narita held his own against Yujiro and Chase, but Chase eventually stopped playing with his feud and hit the Package Piledriver to tie things up in a nice little bow.

Shingo took a hell of a beating in this match. Kanemaru played random interference and Taichi took Shingo to the woodshed. Naito also continued his distaste of Taichi and Suzuki while being a little protective of Shingo at points. Now being the unabashed fanboy of Shingo, yet also a subscriber to Holy Emperor weekly, I’m very torn about this whole thing. The match played up the G1 tensions and the LIJ vs Suzuki-Gun tensions very well, but my heart knows not which to root for.

Lance is a good foot taller than KENTA and that was the story of the first 75% of this match. Lance was shrugging off the strikes of our returning striker. KENTA was getting effectively crushed, until Lance pushed the anime comeback button and said “You’re fucking Hideo! That’s who you are! HIDEO!” – which prompted the anime comeback in KENTA. KENTA managed to even lift Lance for a few things, but relied heavily on the dropkicks and strikes. He couldn’t quite pull off the Go 2 Sleep, so he went to his Crossface submission, Game Over. And boy howdy, it was game over! (I will see myself out after that)

EVIL and SANADA have this brotherly rivalry in LIJ. Being former 2 time IWGP Heavyweight Tag Champions, familiarity is obvious. SANADA starts off the match quickly and this is definitely a match of quick bursts when the one gets an advantage. I guess they are transitioning SANADA away from the Paradise Lock since this is the second match where he had it mostly on, but “something happened” and the opponent gets out of the move. We get a bunch of great back and forth, but something that continues to plague SANADA is his limited moveset when it gets down to crunch time. EVIL pulled out a plethora of tricks, including using the referee as an anchor for the Magic Killer. Whereas, SANADA sticks to Dragon Sleeper variants, into Skull End attempt or a Moonsault. With how over SANADA is, I really expect him to start getting more crunch time maneuvers. EVIL wins and quickly wants to bury the hatchet by extending the LIJ fist bump. SANADA bumps fists, and all is fine in our ungovernable world.

Fale tends to have Okada’s number in tournaments, and he starts off by attacking him in the back and dragging him out. So we get a typical Bullet Club brawl with heel tactics and ref bumps, but Okada perseveres. Okada is able to lift Fale a few times, but can’t hit the Rainmaker, and wins via the wrestling move he tends to fall back on, the Double Legged Cradle.

Well both Tanahashi and Sabre come into this match 0-2, so there’s a level of desperation that both bring to the table. Sabre wrestled circles around Tanahashi, and Tanahashi just tried to keep up for most of the match. After countering the High Fly Flow, Sabre locks in a Triangle Arm Bar, but Tanahashi floats over for the bridging pin counter. The Ace finally has 2 points!

There have been well known injuries for both of these men, and they played into the story of the match well. Focusing on each other’s injuries, calling back to their Wrestle Kingdom match and just a generally high energy and high impact match. Watching this match, you have to assume one of them will die with their style, but it is damn entertaining. Everyone expected this to be a great match and it delivered.

Overall Score: 8/10

Well we had a lot of good storylines and matches that mostly paid off. Lance Archer has been doing great work, Fale and Okada was at least somewhat entertaining and the cripple fight in the main event was fantastic. The inner faction turmoil was now squashed, so we can have a nice tournament while The Ace gets a few points over the petulant British child.

So great show, great entertainment, and generally a good time. I can only hope the B Block carries equal weight.

Block A Standings:

  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-0 (6 Points)
  • KENTA: 3-0 (6 Points)
  • Lance Archer: 2-1 (4 Points)
  • EVIL: 2-1 (4 Points)
  • SANADA: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Will Ospreay: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Bad Luck Fale: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Kota Ibushi: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 0-3 (0 Points)


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