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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (11/29/17)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Street Profits VS Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss; The Street Profits win.
  • Kairi Sane VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay; Kairi wins.
  • Mustache Mountain VS Pete Dunne & Mark Andrews; Mustache Mountain wins.

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NXT comes to you from the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio!

Over 90 years of history, and now it can add being host to WWE’s increasingly popular developmental promotion to its illustrious resume.

 

The Street Profits VS Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss!

Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford have had issues with the Blue Chip Boys, and are 1-0 on them from their first match, can they make it a 2-0 sweep in San Antonio? Starting off are Dawkins and Moss, tie up and the Curse of Greatness gets Moss in a corner. Clean break but then Moss shoves Dawkins before slipping out of the ring. Dawkins waits for him to return, Moss slips in and gets a waistlock, takedown, then they go around until Dawkins gets the standing switch and a couple takedowns. Fans want a third, Moss denies at first with a standing switch, but switch back and Dawkins hits the hat trick! Moss gets up, elbows out, runs and runs Dawkins over. Scoop slam, then trash talk, but Dawkins kicks Moss away. Headlock but Moss powers out, Dawkins hurdles over Moss then runs over Moss, scoop slam and tag to Ford. Ford slingshost in, pumps up, human weapon: back suplex splash! TWO, but Ford is on Moss with the headlock. Moss endures, tags to Tino, powers out and Tino goes up to then crossbody Ford, taunting and trash talking instead of covering. Ford kip-up and hip swivel, things speed up, Ford jumps up and over Tino a couple times, dropkick drops him down. Moss comes in, double flapjack and then double clothesline! The Street Profits and San Antonio are fired up as we take a break.

We return, Ford avoids Moss’ clothesline on the apron to Penalty Kick him down, but then Tino forearms Ford off the apron to join Moss on the floor. Tino goes out to fetch Ford, getting him back in the ring, mounted right hands. More trash talk and more right hands, Tino will not be embarrassed by someone who “can’t afford our lifestyle.” Hard whip into the Blue Chip corner, tag to Moss, and Ford gets the assisted whip forearm smash and shoulder tackle. The Blue Chip Boys show off their secret handshake before Moss stands over Ford and shows off his own hip swivel. Moss brings Ford up as fans boo and jeer, stiff right hand drops Ford. Moss mocks Dawkins, fans rally for Ford, Ford revives to chop away at Moss. Moss shoves and runs Ford over, cover, TWO. Ford takes more right hands from Moss, unable to guard himself. Fans rally again as Ford is put in a chinlock, Ford flails and reaches for ropes. Ford feeds off the chants for the Profits, fights out with body shots, but Moss turns him around. Back suplex escaped, but tag denied by Moss’ power. Ford in a corner, Moss rushes in, Ford dodges and Moss hits buckles!

A hard crash has Moss down, Ford crawls to his corner. Moss tags Tino, tag to Dawkins, Dawkins rallies on Tino! Big dropkick, and then a big uppercut for Moss. Things keep moving, big bulldog for Tino! Dawkins runs in, spinning splash for Tino. Spinning splash for Moss, but then Tino elbows Dawkins back. Dawkins responds with a hard right to Tino, but Moss breaks the pin. Moss blasts Ford off the apron to isolate Dawkins. Dawkins fights both of them off, then throws Moss out. Standing switch between Dawkins and Tino, Okana Roll, TWO and into a forearm from Moss! Cover, but the referee catches Moss blocking Dawkins’ feet from the ropes. No legal pin now, but the Blue Chip Boys protest. Ford takes care of this, apron cannonball on Moss!

Tino is in shock, Dawkins gets him but standing switch, tag to Ford, spinebuster! Ford up, frog splash!

Street Profits win! They go up 2-0, can they go all the way to the top?

 

Backstage interview with Mustache Mountain.

Trent Seven & Tyler Bate of the WWE UK Division challenged WWE UK Champion, Pete Dunne, to a tag team match to see if anyone can still trust the Bruiserweight. Turns out someone does, as Mark Andrews is volunteering. Seven is surprised, as Wolfgang got “it handed to him” at the hands of the Undisputed Era. Dunne only cared about himself and his title, that didn’t sit too well with the others. They’re going to teach Dunne a lesson, and unfortunately Andrews will just be in the crossfire. Can Dunne and Andrews keep things together to overcome Mustache Mountain?

 

Backstage interview with Mark Andrews.

The High-Fiving, Stage-Diving superstar of the UK Division explains that he stepped up because he goes a ways back with Dunne, good and bad. He’s not here to be friends, he’s here to get Dunne to name him the next #1 Contender. Stakes raised, can Andrews rise to the challenge?

 

Kairi Sane VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay!

The Pirate Princess and #Iconic Venus Flytrap didn’t win the NXT Women’s Championship back at NXT TakeOver: WarGames, but that won’t slow them down. They battle each other to not only settle personal grudges but to see who moves closer to becoming the next #1 contender to the title now held by Ember Moon. The bell rings, the two stare down, remembering their TakeOver match-up. They tie up, taller Peyton spins Kairi around for a hard right elbow to Kairi’s head. Peyton whips Kairi, big hip toss but Kairi gets right up. Another whip, Kairi counters this second hip toss and makes it a wheelbarrow victory roll, TWO! Peyton runs Kairi over with a shoulder, things speed up, Peyton stops because she sees what Kairi is doing. Kairi dares her to keep going, they do, Kairi springboards and headscissors before dropkicking Peyton down, TWO. Peyton gets to ropes, Kairi grabs a hold of her, Peyton kicks her away. Billie swipes at Kairi, Kairi turns around into Peyton’s spinning heel kick!

Cover, TWO, the Iconic Duo is frustrated. Billie keeps Peyton focused as Peyton stomps and clubs Kairi down. Peyton brings Kairi up, Kairi counters with a small package, TWO, Peyton runs Kairi over again. The Pirate Princess is in trouble as we go to break.

We return to Peyton thrashing Kairi in a chinlock. Fans rally, Peyton shakes her head no as Kairi gets up. Kairi rolls Peyton, TWO, Peyton kicks Kairi down again. Peyton trash talks, whips Kairi to a corner, Kairi dodges and Peyton hits a buckle. Peyton keeps pursuit but Kairi fights back to bump Peyton off another buckle. Kairi is firing up, Interceptor SPEAR! Both women are down from exhaustion, fans rally as Billie is concerned for Peyton. Kairi blocks and returns a stiff forearm, then another, running blockbuster!

Peyton gets to a corner as Kairi fires up and marches. Fans are rallying as Kairi runs corner to corner, sliding elbow! As Peyton crawls away, Billie warns her what’s coming, Peyton dodges Kairi’s jumping attack to then give Kairi a wicked knee to the side of the head! Cover, TWO! The Iconic Duo is shocked! Billie tells Peyton to finish this, she brings Kairi up but Kairi blocks the leg and trips Peyton up, ax kick after ax kick and then some stomps and clubbing forearms. Billie gets on the apron and shouts for Kairi to stop beating up her friend, so Kairi gives Billie a shoulder to send her off the apron!

Kairi returns to Peyton, climbing up and taking aim. Fans fire up as Kairi drops anchor, InSane Elbow!

Kairi wins! That’s a sweep on the Iconic Duo, can the inaugural Mae Young Classic winner set sail into the #1 contender’s spot?

 

NXT leads the way in the Women’s (R)Evolution again!

Sonya Deville may be helping Raw find Absolution, and Ruby Riot may be leading a Squad on SmackDown, but they’re not done with each other yet. To say good-bye to NXT as well as each other next week, Ruby and Sonya will be in NXT’s first ever Women’s No Holds Barred match! Who will get the final W before going full-time in WWE’s main roster?

 

Update on Drew McIntyre’s condition.

As he tweeted out himself, he is indeed out with injury to his bicep all the way until some time in 2018. And also as he said, whoever is NXT Champion come his return better be ready for an even better Celtic Colossus.

As for the new NXT Champion, Andrade “Cien” Almas…

El Idolo and Zelina Vega promise a fiesta next week! Whether it is rightly deserved or not, will someone decide to crash the party?

 

Mustache Mountain VS Pete Dunne & Mark Andrews!

British Strong Style hits San Antonio and NXT as Trent Seven & Tyler Bate face the WWE UK Champion and his ambitious partner. Will Dunne learn his lesson? Or will Andrews earn his title shot? Dunne wants to start and so does Bate, a rivalry renewed as the bell rings. The fans chant “UK! UK! UK!” as the two tie up, waistlock takedown from Dunne, float to front facelock. Dunne keeps hold as Bate rolls, Bate rolls and covers, ONE, double kip-up into a staredown. It’s Dunne that backs down, fans cheer for the Bruiserweight, he fakes a tag to sucker punch Bate with a stiff forearm to the face. Now a tag to Andrews, hand-off and cravat on Bate. Bate rolls through the snapmare and snapmares Andrews, who handsprings onto his feet, things speed up and Bate shows his own agility, big dropkick drops Andrews! Handspring then a European uppercut, tag to Seven for the fireman carry into Wasteland Slam. Bate on the corner, he jumps and uses Seven to spin him into the senton on Andrews!

Seven covers, TWO, but Seven stays on Andrews. Whip to a corner, Andrews goes up and over and then ducks, sunset flip flipped through, dropkick to cover, TWO. Andrews grabs Seven in an armlock, fans duel as Dunne tags in. Bruiserweight tortures Seven’s fingers on both hands, Seven tries to fight out but the joint manipulation is a bit much. Seven uses his free hand to break and then chop, chop, fake chop to DDT!

Cover, TWO, but Seven stays on Dunne. He brings Dunne up, Dunne gets free and gives Seven a stiff back elbow. Tag to Andrews, the ref didn’t see it so it doesn’t count, but that’s fine, Dunne uses it at as opening for a sucker punch forearm on Seven!

Down goes Seven, Andrews can’t believe how he’s being used by his tag partner. Fans love it though, and chant for the Bruiserweight as we take a break.

Back again, and Dunne tortures Seven again, but Andrews is reluctant to tag in. Hand-off on that armlock, Andrews gives a leg drop on the arm, TWO. Andrews stands Seven up to then wrench his arm again, fans rally and Seven feeds off the energy to get up. Andrews whips him into the corner, Seven boots him away and then gives a shot to Dunne. Seven catches Andrews’ monkey flip but Dunne tags back in, Seven carries Andrews out as Dunne comes in, and finds himself inside a double-knee sandwich!

TWO, and Dunne is a bit surprised. He stomps away on Seven, Seven grows stronger with every stomp, but then Dunne brings him down for a hammerlock and arm torture before giving double knees to that battered back. Seven reaches for Bate, Dunne drags him around the other way. Andrews tags in, Dunne didn’t like that, but Andrews wrenches and then Dunne tags in with authority. He tells Andrews to get out of the way, he goes after Seven with more toying kicks. Dunne brushes Andrews off, Seven swings Dunne out for the Seven Star Lariat!

Fans rally as Seven crawls for a tag. Tag made, Bate comes in, Dunne catches his boot, but Bate slips his foot out of the hold to then give Dunne a stiff knee. Dunne is staggered, and is knocked down by Bate’s flying EuroUpper! Bate is fired up as he runs corner to corner, EuroUpper! Corner to corner reversed, Dunne runs in but is caught, Exploder!

Kip-up from young Bate, standing shooting star!

TWO! Bate keeps his cool, and the fans rally for him as he brings Dunne up. Double underhook, but Dunne slips out to tag Andrews. Andrews shoulders in, slnigshots over, wheelbarrow roll to double stomps! Standing corkscrew moonsault, TWO! San Antonio knows “This is awesome!” as Andrews takes that stiff knee but then gives back a swinging kick to Bate on the top rope. Andrews climbs up to join Bate, Dunne tags in! Dunne tells Andrews to continue, so it’s a SUPER STEINER…

into a sit-out powerbomb!

TWO!! Dunne is furious, but fans are loving this! Dunne glares at the writhing Bate, toying with him as he slaps and stomps him. Fans want them to “Fight Forever!” Bate revives, Bop up, BANG! Dunne takes that sharp right hand and goes down, but Bate is too tired for a cover. They crawl to their corners, fans are rallying, hot tag to Seven but not Andrews, Seven runs in to hit a Snap Dragon Suplex! Tag back to Bate, Mustache Mountain hits Dunne with a back suplex bomb!

Jackknife cover from Bate, Andrews breaks it up. Andrews waits for Dunne, Seven comes in, Dunne passes that back hand onto Bate, then enziguris Seven out of the ring, only for Bate to rebound with the rolling kick! Dunne is dazed, crawls for Andrews but Bate pursues, deadlift but Dunne tags Andrews! German suplex but Dunne’s not legal, Andrews flies in with a moonsault!

Direct hit, cover, TWO! Andrews is shocked and frustrated, he goes up top now. Shooting Star, but Bate has moved, so Andrews bails out and rolls through, runs back, fireman’s carry for the airplane spin! Around and around, Bate slows down, Dunne tags in, and then rolls a dizzy Bate up, TWO! Stiff forearm rocks Bate, he’s thrown to the ropes but Bate hits a rebound lariat! Bate fired up again, double underhook, Tyler Driver ’97!!

Mustache Mountain wins! Sorry, Andrews, your title shot isn’t coming just yet. However, with this big win, will Seven or Bate earn a shot for themselves?

As for Andrews and Dunne…

Frustrated as he is, Andrews still shows sportsmanship to Dunne. Dunne, not so much! A forearm to the back of the head takes Andrews down! Dunne glares at Andrews as he writhes in the corner, the UK Champion takes his leave. Or so we think, as Dunne rushes back into the ring to drag Andrews up and give him the Bitter End!

Now Dunne is done, and he takes his title back. Andrews may not be next in line to challenge for it, but who will step up to The Bruiserweight for that WWE UK Championship?

 

My Thoughts:

An incredible night for NXT outside of Full Sail. A smaller venue and therefore a smaller crowd, but still a very hot one that knows quality when they see it. Great opening showing for the Profits and the Blue Chip Boys, Dawkins & Ford go 2-0 on them, which will make a good case for them to become #1 Contenders if the Heel reDRagon become the NXT Tag Team Champions in the near future. Otherwise, I fear they’ll just end up spinning their wheels in the tag-team midcard like Heavy Machinery. Really great match between Kairi and Peyton, and of course the MYC winner goes over to keep herself strong now that we’re in a new phase of the NXT Women’s Division. The Iconic Duo is just fine taking losses, I sense they’re destined for bigger things, like helping found a Women’s Tag Team Division, or at least reviving the LayCool Rule for the Women’s Championship by being co-owners with their own individual belts. And great to hear that we’re getting a high level blow-off match for Ruby and Sonya to give credence to how tough and merciless they are on the main roster. And I loved the UK Division tag team main event! Even if Andrews’ motivation was copied from when Wolfgang once teamed with Dunne, tonight’s match was on a different level. Great combinations from both teams, and even greater story as Dunne would go back and forth between accepting Andrews as an equal and using him for his own ends. Mustache Mountain wins because Dunne has to keep character of not getting along with anyone, but even in a loss, a decision might be made to still give Andrews a title shot, and hopefully on something WWE provides so we can all watch it on the Network.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/13/19)

Who qualifies for the Crockett Cup?!

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Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 395

ROH plays host to a Crockett Cup Qualifying Match! Will The Briscoes make it through Willie Mack and Jeff Cobb? Or will #DemBoyz be left out in the cold?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shane Taylor VS Luchasaurus; Taylor wins.
  • Katie Forbes & Mazzerati VS Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani; Sakai & Iwatani win.
  • Crockett Cup Qualifying Match: The Briscoes VS Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack; The Briscoes win and move on to The Crockett Cup tag team tournament.

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The Briscoes speak.

“So when we heard that they’re bringing back the Crockett Cup for 2019…” “Classic.” “We was hyped.” “Hyped!” The Crockett Cup, let’s go! But then they were making Jay & Mark qualify? What the hell? Jay felt disrespected hearing that. They’re 10-time tag team champions and they have to qualify!? But that’s fine, “watch this!” Because at the end, when they’ve won the whole thing atop a pile of bodies, “y’all did this.” Cobb, Mack, the Road to the Cup starts tonight. The Briscoes have warned their opponents, but will they be the ones left out?

 

Shane Taylor VS Luchasaurus!

The Notorious Hitman wants a championship and the paycheck that comes with it, and will go after anyone he has to to get there. But can he get past the towering beast put before him?

Taylor refuses the Code of Honor to tell Luchasaurus that it doesn’t matter where he came from, he’s in Taylor’s town. Taylor pie faces Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus gives it back. The bell rings and they tie up. They break and then go again, to break again. Fans cheer on Luchasaurus as he dares Taylor to bring it. Taylor runs in but gets a boot. Luchasaurus has his dukes up and Taylor likes the look of that. They circle and Luchasaurus kicks Taylor sharp in the leg. Luchasaurus stalks Taylor but Taylor comes back to circle with him. Taylor gets a swift JAB in, then talks trash, but Luchasaurus swings a kick. Taylor ducks it to give Luchasaurus a CHOP! Luchasaurus stays standing and gives Taylor kicks! Taylor staggers and Luchasaurus runs in, but Taylor puts him on the apron.

Luchasaurus headbutts Taylor but Taylor dodges the boot. Taylor gives another strong JAB, then slingshots Luchasaurus in for a stunner! Fans cheer that show of strength as Taylor covers. TWO, but Taylor keeps on Luchasaurus with clubbing forearms. The wrestling T-Rex is in trouble as we go to break.

ROH returns as Taylor puts Luchasaurus in a corner for CHOPS! Taylor whips Luchasaurus corner to corner then runs in, but into a boot. Luchasaurus boots again but Taylor grabs it. Luchasaurus pries free to give Taylor a knee! Taylor catches Luchasaurus for a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Taylor taunts Luchasaurus as he drags Luchasaurus up. Fans rally and Luchasaurus grabs Taylor for a choke! Taylor breaks free and grabs for Luchasaurus, but he blocks it! Luchasaurus gives a strike fest, and a cartwheel for Snake Bite headscissors! Rolling buzzsaw! Cover, TWO! Taylor survives but Luchasaurus keeps his cool. Luchasaurus drags Taylor up but Taylor hits back. They brawl with big shots back and forth, but Luchasaurus gets the edge.

Luchasaurus swings but Taylor bobs ‘n’ weaves to headbutt! Taylor runs but into a knee! Then a back heel kick! Luchasaurus runs, dodges, but still gets clobbered with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Taylor keeps his cool while he trash talks Luchasaurus. But Luchasaurus sits up and grabs Taylor by the throat! They both stand, but Taylor tries to break free. Luchasaurus lets him go to swing a heel kick. Taylor ducks it, to get the return kick! And another big heel kick! Luchasaurus hits his CHOKE SLAM! And a standing moonsault, but to knees! Taylor survives and then blocks the boot to give a massive urenage! He rolls Luchasaurus for a knee! Greetings from the 216! Cover, Taylor wins!!

Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall

The Hitman takes down the Monster from the Mesozoic! Will this be what Taylor needs to go for gold?

 

Last time on ROH…

The Octopus, Jonathon Gresham, went for revenge on The Last Real Man for adding insult to injury on his bad leg. But after getting bloodied, Silas Young got his hands dirty by sneaking in a low blow! Silas won, and in an interview afterward, Silas told Gresham via the camera that Gresham’s revenge didn’t go the way he thought. Sure he busted Silas open, but Silas-

Wait, Gresham finds Silas. Silas is talking crap, and he looks like crap, too. Gresham’s sure talking big. He may have busted Silas open, but he couldn’t get the job done, huh? Gresham says all their match proved was that Silas couldn’t win fair and square. Silas claims he won with a wrestling move a la that small package cradle. Gresham says Silas is lucky Gresham won’t punch him again. ROH security keeps this from getting any more heated, but there is much left to settle between Octopus and Last Real Man. Will Silas prove he’s a man by giving Gresham a fair rematch?

 

Tenille Dashwood joins commentary.

She has great news: she’s cleared to compete! When and where will she bring the spotlight back on her and head for that Women of Honor World Championship?

 

Katie Forbes & Mazzerati VS Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani!

The All Natural and her friend, The Fox, make their ROH TV debuts as a team, but will they stand a chance against two former WOH World Champions?! Just how bright will the Ray of Sunshine and Queen of Stardom shine as a dynamic duo?

The Code of Honor is denied with a flick of the hair and an L for loser on the foreheads. Mazz starts for her team against Mayu! Fans fire up for “Stardom! Stardom!” as Mayu tries the Code again. Mazz SLAPS Mayu and calls her a loser! Mayu kicks and whips Mazz and things speed up. Mayu springboards and arm-drags Mazz then hip tosses her down. She snapmares with hair and covers, TWO! Mazz gets away while Mayu knips up, and fans fire up for the decorated Joshi star. Mazz tags to Forbes but Mayu tags to Sumie. Sumie has the fans on her side but Forbes ignores it. They tie up and Forbes shoves Sumie down. Sumie gets back up and ties up with Forbes again.

Forbes uses the height advantage for leverage, but Sumie kicks at her legs. Sumie goes to whip but Forbes blocks. Forbes whips Sumie but misses in the corner. Sumie fires off Mongolian chops! And chops and chops and chops! Fans fire up but Forbes throws Sumie by her hair! Forbes sits Sumie up for her “enhanced” hip attack! Sumie scrambles to a corner and Forbes handsprings corner to corner for a back elbow. Forbes adds insult to injury with her “All Natural” Stink Face! The ref counts and Forbes backs off at 4. Forbes drags Sumie to a cover, TWO! The duo of champions is in trouble as Forbes drags Sumie to her corner and we go to break.

ROH returns as Mazz whips Sumie corner to corner. Mazz then runs in, but into a boot! Mazz staggers but comes back in to block the next boot. She puts Sumie’s leg on the ropes to kick it. Mazz suplexes and covers, TWO! Mazz keeps her cool and runs to drop the leg, but Sumie gets clear! Sumie crawls but Forbes goes around to the corner and drags Mayu off the apron! Forbes teases Sumie as she holds Mayu up. Sumie gets attacked from behind and Forbes gives Mayu a snake eyes on the apron. Mazz drags Sumie up and whips but Sumie reverses. Mazz grabs ropes and spins to heel kick Sumie away. She gives Sumie a DDT, then covers, but Mayu breaks it! Mazz is furious but fans rally up for Sumie. Mazz spins but Sumie dodges to kick and TJ Neckbreaker!

Fans rally up and Sumie crawls for her corner. Hot tag to Mayu! Mayu aims and dropkicks Mazz down! She drags her back up but Forbes runs in to attack. The duo double whips Mayu but she reverses and wristlocks for a springboard DOUBLE arm-drag! Fans fire up as Mayu gives them both the basement dropkick! Mayu fires up now as she stays on Mazz. She drags Mazz up for a Northern Lights! Bridging cover, TWO! Mazz lives but Mayu stomps her down before tagging Sumie. Mayu climbs one corner as Mazz staggers up, missile dropkick sends her back down! Sumie is perched, crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Mazz survives and Forbes attacks Sumie just because.

Sumie slaps Forbes then puts her in a corner. The Joshi duo double whips but Mazz dodges and spins things around. Mazz sends Sumie into Mayu, then Forbes grabs them both for a DOUBLE Fireman’s Carry! The All Natural does squats with that weight, then hits a DOUBLE Samoan Drop! Mazz flounders to cover Sumie but Sumie gets up. Mazz throws hands then drags Mayu back in. Sumie hits Mazz while Forbes goes to throw Mayu. Mayu blocks and then SUPERKICKS Forbes! Mazz hits Sumie back then goes after Mayu. Mayu SUPERKICKS Mazz, then Smash Mouse from Sumie! Cover, Sumie & Mayu win!!

Winners: Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani, Sakai pinning

The duo of former champions toughs it out and gets the win! Will this new team make big waves in the WOH Division’s growing tag scene?

 

PJ Black speaks.

“Let me start from the beginning.” The Darewolf came in with a chip on his shoulder, thought he knew better and was just plain better. But his loss to Bandido really hurt. PJ’s been doing this for 22 years now, but given how long he’s been doing this, the frustration is building. He’s been trying to take shortcuts to get ahead, but it doesn’t work. ROH is built on honor and respect, of course, but PJ’s been doing the opposite. Now he’s doing some soul searching and rethinking his mindset. He knows he has to do it differently now. LifeBlood sets a great example for him, and he’ll learn to follow the honor in Ring of Honor. PJ knows now he didn’t know better, but will he be able to make it right in a rematch next week in episode 396?

 

Crockett Cup Qualifying Match: The Briscoes VS Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack!

The most decorated tag team in ROH were practically offended that they’d have to qualify for the return of the iconic tag team tournament! But as the “baddest tag team on the whole damn planet”, they’ll gladly beat up anyone and everyone they have to in order to win it all. Will #DemBoyz be able to overcome the ROH World Television and NWA National Heavyweight Champions? Or will Cobb and Mack be the duo to #ManUp and make it into the Crockett Cup?

ROH returns as both teams uphold the Code of Honor. That’s surprising for the way The Briscoes have been acting lately. Fans duel for the two teams as they sort out. Mack and Mark start and stare down with the bell. Fans rally up and Mack circles with Mark. They tie up and Mack powers Mark to a corner. Mark turns it around and grinds his forearm in. He backs off at 4 but Mack dodges the chop to give a chop! Mack CHOPS again, but Mark CHOPS back. They trade CHOP after CHOP! Neither man backs down as they keep firing them off! Mack eggs Mark on but Mark knees low. Mark headlocks but Mack powers out to his own. Mark powers out but Mack runs him over!

Mack speeds things up and hurdles over Mark, to then hit a BIG Thesz Press! He fires off hands then runs for a Stone Cold elbow drop. Fans fire up as Mack brings Mark up and powers him to the corner. Cobb tags in and rams his shoulders in. Cobb throws European Uppercuts then whips Mark to a corner. He scoops Mark on the rebound to then suplex! Cobb holds Mark up for a count of 15! Mark flops up and out of the ring! Jay hurries to regroup with his brother and get him back in this. Mark goes back in to tag Jay and Jay circles with Cobb.

They tie up and Jay waistlocks Cobb. Cobb pries his way out to a wristlock but Jay rolls and spins and drop toeholds. Jay gets a facelock but Cobb powers him to a corner! Cobb lets Jay go clean and now the hair comes down from both men. Fans fire up as Cobb shakes the locks out. Jay calls for a test of strength, but with the Hawaiian Hulk? They tie up, but Jay kicks low. The Briscoes tag and mug Cobb while we go to break.

ROH returns as Jay uppercuts Cobb to a corner. Jay throws more uppercuts then whips corner to corner. Cobb reverses but runs into a back elbow. Jay tags in Mark and the Briscoes double whip, to run Cobb over with double shoulders! Fans cheer that as Mark covers, ONE! Mark keeps his eyes on Mack while stomping Cobb. Cobb grits his teeth and throws body shots back. Cobb rocks Mark but Mark hits Mack! Mark still gets forearms from Cobb then Cobb whips to elbow Mark down. Cobb brings Mark up for more forearms, then whips again. Mark holds ropes and Jay tags in. The Briscoes swarm and Mark feeds Cobb to Jay’s boot!

Mark hits Mack again for good measure while Jay drags Cobb up again. The Briscoes throw Cobb out then Mark climbs to corkscrew moonsault onto them both! The South Sussex Chicken flies and takes them both out! Mark puts Cobb in for Jay and Jay covers. TWO, but Jay keeps on Cobb with a headbutt. Jay kicks and bumps Cobb in a corner then stomps in a mudhole. He grinds his boot in but backs off at 4. Jay drags Cobb up to tag Mark, and The Briscoes mug Cobb again. Mark stays between Cobb and Mack as he CHOPS and forearms Cobb. He puts Cobb back in the corner and tags in Jay. They mug Cobb more and Jay rams his shoulders in. Jay brings Cobb around and manages to snap suplex him! Fans cheer that as Jay tags Mark.

Mark clubs Cobb but Cobb throws hands. Mark knees low and clubs Cobb again, but Cobb dodges to DROPKICK! Cobb rolls, hot tag to Mack! The Return of the Mack rallies on The Briscoes! Running leg lariat puts Mark in a corner! Mack goes side to side for a sharp forearm, then side to side again for a bicycle boot! Mark sits down and Mack goes corner to corner for the inverted cannonball! Cover, TWO! Mark survives but Mack keeps his cool. Mack whips Mark corner to corner but Mark reverses. Jay runs in to forearm, and feed Mack to Mark’s shotgun dropkick! Mark drags Mack to a cover, TWO! Tag to Jay and the Briscoes stomp out Mack while we go to one last break.

ROH returns again as Mark holds Mack in the Briscoe corner. Jay distracts the ref while Mark rakes Mack’s eyes, but then the ref has to keep Cobb back. Jay stomps a mudhole into Mack in that time, then both Briscoes grind their boot in. The ref reprimands them both but Jay keeps going to EuroUpper Mack. Tag to Mark and The Briscoes continue to mug Mack. Mark rocks Mack with an uppercut, then stalks him to an open corner for more stomps. Mack throws hands but Mark haymakers and headbutts him down. Mark snapmares Mack to a neck wrench! Fans rally up as Mack endures. Mack works his way up and fights his way out. Mark clubs Mack back then runs, but into Mack’s pop-up complete shot! Both men are down but fans fire up as they stir.

Mack and Mark crawl, hot tag to Cobb but Jay still runs in! Cobb catches Jay for a BIG overhead belly2belly suplex! Mark staggers up and gets one of his own! Cobb sees the Briscoes in opposite corners, so Cobb runs for a big leaping elbow on Jay, then corner to corner for one on Mark! Cobb scoops Mark but Jay saves him. The Briscoes double whip but Cobb reverses to pull them into each other! Cobb gets a leg each, and gives both Briscoes a single leg suplex! Fans fire up as Cobb hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Mark lives and gets to a corner but Cobb goes at him for CHOPS. Cobb whips but Mark goes up and forearms Cobb back. Mark ducks Cobb to PELE! Tag to Jay, and Jay runs to clobber Cobb! Cover, TWO!

Jay grows frustrated but he drags Cobb up for a neckbreaker, only for Cobb to power out and SUPERKICK! Hot tag to Mack! Mack rallies on Jay with clotheslines and elbows! Mack scoops to a Samoan Drop! And knip up to his own standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Jay still lives and gets away. Mack builds speed but Jay gets away again. Mack pursues but Mark wrecks Mack with a dropkick! Cobb comes around, but gets an apron blockbuster! The Briscoes suckered both opponents in! Jay gets Mack in and fans cheer “Man Up!” Jay underhooks Mack but Mack powers out and ducks to hit a big exploder! Cover, TWO! Mack keeps cool as he whips Jay corner to corner. Jay reverses but runs into a boot. Mack climbs up but Jay intercepts! Mark springboards in, Doomsday! Cover, but Cobb barrels in to break it up!

Fans know “This is Awesome!” and far from over! The Briscoes throw Cobb out then go back to Mack. Mark tags in and Jay helps Mark get Mack up. Canadian rack, but Cobb blasts Jay down! Mack escapes, STUNNER! TO GERMAN!! Mack climbs up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Mark survives and Mack cannot believe it! Cobb drags Mark up to whip but Jay saves Mark at the ropes. Mark baits Cobb in to send him out, and Jay BOOTS Cobb down! Mark drags Mack up and throws a CHOP! Mack CHOPS back, Mark CHOPS back, repeat! They go for forearms next, then Mack back hands. Mack runs but into a forearm. Mark runs but into a BOOT! Mack runs but Jay headscissors! Jay underhooks, JAY DRILLER! Mark up, FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, The Briscoes win!!

Winners: The Briscoes, Mark Briscoe pinning; advance to the Crockett Cup Tournament

Against a team as tough as they are strong, the Baddest Team on the Whole Damn Planet makes it into the more prestigious tag tournament in the world! Will #DemBoyz beat the best teams in NJPW, NWA and CMLL to take the whole cup, too?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a great episode of ROH! Taylor VS Luchasaurus was a solid opener, both guys are big but agile so it made for a good match-up. Taylor wins because he’s a strong enough Heel to go after Face champion Jeff Cobb for that ROH World TV title. Of course, by this time in real-time, Cobb is dual champion with both the ROH WTV and NEVER Openweight Championship after G1 Supercard. I’d imagine Cobb being that strong now, I doubt Taylor wins. And there’s obviously a lot more to Silas VS Gresham, their next rematch will be just as good if not better than their previous. The PJ Black VS Bandido rematch next week will be a great match for TV, but I wonder if PJ really will keep it clean like he’s been saying.

The WOH tag match was pretty good, but I’m both surprised and disappointed it wasn’t just an exhibition of how great Sumie Sakai and Mayu Iwatani are. Even after watching her as Khloe Hurtz on Women of Wrestling, and full-well knowing she was trained by Rob Van Dam, I still don’t see how she and a tag partner could’ve lasted this long against two former champions. Especially when, at the time of this taping, Mayu was still WOH Champion and a champion in Stardom. Sumie and Mayu still win, thankfully, and this just seems to further push that ROH is considering their own Women’s Tag Championships. A sadder irony of tape delay is that while Tenille Dashwood is cleared to compete, her contract expired and it doesn’t seem like she’s renewing with ROH. There goes my idea that she’d say Kelly Klein was the one who attacked and injured her.

The tag match main event was incredible! It really is a shame this wasn’t part of the Crockett Cup itself, but if this was just a qualifier, all the matches of the tournament are going to be insane! And I would really hope with how hard The Briscoes fought to get in, they at the very least go to the finals. The Briscoes should also beat Villain Enterprises as payback for losing the ROH World Tag Team Championships to them. Then hopefully once they’ve won the Crockett Cup, The Briscoes go back after the Guerrillas of Destiny to at least take back the ROH tag titles and we get the 2v2 match we were supposed to get in the first place.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival B Block Results & Review: Part 3

Another few days, Mathew brings us another part of the Champion Carnival! All Japan’s biggest tournament of the year keeps churning in quality! How is B block going?

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Another few days, Mathew brings us another part of the Champion Carnival! All Japan’s biggest tournament of the year keeps churning in quality!

Welcome back to the Carnival, as we look at the next three shows for the part of the ongoing tournament.

The last part had a lot of solid matches and some nice victories that changed the game a little bit. As we get a little bit closer to the finals, the standings for this set of matches should be interesting.

Will Yoshitatsu remain the only one undefeated now or someone breaks that? Let’s see who will move up or down in the standings as we…dive right in.

Rating System:

  • 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
  • 1 Star: Vince Russo
  • 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
  • 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
  • 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
  • 5 Stars: Jim Cornette

 

4/11/2019
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Jake Lee vs. Yoshitatsu

Review: Our first match for this show is Jake Lee taking on Yoshitatsu. Jake Lee was recently able to get his first win when he defeated Joel Redman. Yoshitatsu is currently the only one undefeated when he won against Suwama at the last show. Jake would need to have another win here to move up while Yoshi winning would move him to the top spot. Can Jake get another win or will Yoshi remain undefeated?

Yoshi, I know you spent money on Hunter Club gear and I’m sure you’re very proud of yourself but I think you should let that go. You’re not in New Japan anymore, no real need for it and just move forward. Anyway, I thought this was an enjoyable match but if I had to nitpick one thing, it would be that I wish there was a lot more intensity in the match since you kinda felt that when they had a tag match in the last big show I did for them and it didn’t feel like a grudge match or anything for the first half of it. Yoshi having good matches back to back is a very pleasant surprise and I hope that momentum keeps on going as we go forward with the tournament. The chemistry between them was a really nice touch with a great showing by both these men. Jake psyched Yoshi out with a punch to the gut and ran towards him only to get caught in a Koji Clutch which Jake rolled him up for a two count. Yoshi would eventually hook the Koji Clutch all the way after countering his Backdrop and it looked like he had him tapped but Jake answered the referee, making him break it up and pin him for a two. Jake would deliver two knees to his chest before hitting the Backdrop Driver to get the three count, ending the only winning streak we had for B Block.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Suwama vs. Sam Adonis

Review: Our next match is Sam Adonis taking on Suwama. Suwama recently lost to Yoshitatsu but he’s still in a good position with only one win and one loss as he still has time to bounce back. Sam currently has zero wins and two losses, so he would need to get a win here if he would wanna stay in the game a little longer. Can Suwama bounce back or does Sam sweep his chances under the rug?

Suwama is a great opponent for Sam as they have similar styles, making it easier for Sam to work with and show more of what he could do in the ring as he gave a much better performance here than his previous match against Joel. They were able to showcase enough power and strikes to make it rather engaging for the audience who are fans of this type of style, to begin with. It also shows how helpful Suwama can be with his opponents to help make them look good while bringing out your potential as the match progresses. Sam would get Suwama down with a few hits such as the Blockbuster and even lifted him for a Running Powerslam as Suwama was still able to kick out and gets frustrated as he goes to grab a chair for later. Suwama would attempt another Last Ride after failing the first time as Sam would use a dirty tactic of biting his fingers to make him let go as he grabbed the chair to try and strikes him, but Suwama grabbed it and threw it to the side. When the referee wasn’t looking, Sam would hit him with a low blow and roll him up for a two count. Sam isn’t done as he hits a Lariat and a modified Brainbuster it looked like as he shocked the fans by picking up his first win in the tournament. More of this Sam and he’ll be in good shape.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

4/13/2019
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Naoya Nomura vs. Joel Redman

Review: Onto the next show as the one opening this up is Naoya Nomura taking on Joel Redman. Nomura recently suffered his first loss when he fought Joe Doering but he’s still in a good spot as he’s still in first place with the three wins he already has under his belt. Joel recently got his first win when he defeated Sam Adonis and he now has a chance to climb up the ladder a little bit more if he can take Nomura down here. Will Nomura get another win and secure his spot or will Joel pull him down a bit?

I see Joel went back to his better gear than his previous one, thank goodness because he looks a lot better without the singlet. Speaking of Joel, he delivers another great performance in his match against Nomura who also performed just as great as Joel did. Joel was able to do arm manipulation once he threw Nomura into the turnbuckle to know where he needed to take the advantage over him. Nomura did great selling the injury and getting the crowd behind him when he hits Joel with the Spear to try and get momentum back on his side. Nomura would be able to hit a Northern Lights Suplex and another Spear with a roll-up as Joel would still kick out of it. Joel was able to catch him into the Fujiwara Armbar and it looked like he had him ready to tap but Nomura would grab the ropes. Joel saw him going towards the apron and hits a Suplex from the other side and catches him for a Spinning Tombstone and Nomura would still kick out of it, but he quickly turned it back into the Fujiwara Armbar and Nomura tapped out! I know it’s been 7 years since this match happened, but I would love to see Joel Redman fight Zack Sabre Jr again, like immediately.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Suwama vs. Takashi Yoshida

Review: Our match to close our block for this show is Takashi Yoshida coming back as he takes on Suwama. Suwama has one win and two losses while Takashi is one win and one loss as of right now, so they’re pretty much about even right now. Suwama would need to win the match here though if he can stay in the game. Which one of these two giants comes out the victor in this brawl?

I wasn’t too fond of the first half of the match due to it being a little bit clunky and the fighting around the outside of the arena dragged on a little bit longer than it needed to, plus the camera angles for most of it didn’t help out at all. Outside of that though, the middle of the match was a lot better than I highly anticipated since you got two giants duking it out as best they could with the throat thrusts, Lariats, and a Powerbomb from Takashi along with other power moves. While I’m still not a big fan of Takashi, he has been performing in this tournament much better than anticipated since he used this time to actually showcase his move set properly. Suwama was also able to help Takashi out in the match to make him perform better like how he did with Sam the previous night.

Takashi would have Suwama in his clutches as he hits him with a Diving Elbow Drop for a two count and would do his throat thrusts with a Lariat as Suwama would counter the Lariat with a Lariat of his own on his arm. Suwama would be able to hit the Backdrop and Takashi would be able to kick out of it and Suwama wants to call for the finish when he sets him up for the Last Ride. Once he had Takashi up for the Last Ride, he would just drop him down without doing the full move and I’m not exactly sure what happened there. Suwama would pick him up instead of pinning him as he hits one more Backdrop to get the pinfall victory in a solid match but sloppy beginning and end.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

4/14/2019
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joe Doering vs. Sam Adonis

Review: Our final show for this article as our opening match is Joe Doering taking on Sam Adonia. Both of these men are currently with one win and two losses under their belt, meaning one of them is going to have to suffer a third loss and be in a rather bad position with the standings. Which one of them will be in last place?

The first minute or so was basically Sam hiding behind the rope so he wouldn’t be touched as you have Joe waiting by the ropes, not having any of his crap today as he just wants to beat him up. Which is exactly what he does do when they’re outside of the ring for a couple of minutes as the two were back and forth, but it was mostly Joe that was getting the upper hand. Joe got him back in the ring as he would look to put him away as Sam would distract the referee long enough to kick Joe in the dick and down goes the giant. Joe is unable to move as Sam would pin him down to get the pinfall victory, leaving Joe in last place with three losses.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joel Redman vs. Takashi Yoshida

Review: Our final match for this set of matches is Joel Redman taking on Takashi Yoshida. Joel is even right now with two wins and losses while Takashi only has one win still but with two losses, meaning things aren’t looking so hot for Takashi right now. Is Joel does win here, then he’ll be in first place next to Naoya Nomura and if Takashi wins, the majority of them will all be tied up except for Joe and Nomura. Which one of them will get the victory?

It’s so weird seeing Takashi trying to chain wrestle Joel at the beginning of the match and the shocking part of it is him doing it well on top of that, scary sight if you ask me. Joel is, of course, more technically sound compared to Takashi, so of course, he would win this part of the bout. Takashi performed a lot better here than he did in his previous match with Suwama from beginning to end while Joel keeps on proving his worth with all the matches he’s been in. Joel would give Takashi a couple of kicks to take him down before he does his Diving Knee Drop off the top rope for a two count. It looked like Joel was gonna go for the Spinning Tombstone but Takashi would fight out of it to pick him up as Joel gets off him to go for a Backslide with Takashi kicking out. Takashi would hit the Kong Lariat to knock him down and Joel would still kick out, leaving Takashi frustrated and would pick him up to hit the Cyber Bomb as he gets the victory over Joel.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Overall: Aside from one match, the rest of the show was solid again as usual as I’m very happy with my results so far as it comes to the quality of the matches with an exception for a couple that happened. Our next set of shows should give us a better assessment to see where people stand and who will have no chance of making it.

Favorite Match: Joel Redman vs. Naoya Nomura

Least Favorite Match: Joe Doering vs. Sam Adonis

Score: 7/10

Current Standings:
Naoya Nomura: (3-2) (6 Points)
Yoshitatsu: (2-1) (4 Points)
Daichi Hashimoto: (2-1) (4 Points)
Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
Jake Lee: (2-2) (4 Points)
Joel Redman: (2-2) (4 Points)
Takashi Yoshida: (2-2) (4 Points)
Sam Adonis: (2-2) (4 Points)
Joe Doering: (1-3) (2 Points)


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