- Kassius Ohno VS Lars Sullivan; Sullivan wins.
- Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream; Black wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship Fatal 4 Way: Kairi Sane VS Ember Moon VS Nikki Cross VS Peyton Royce; Ember Moon wins and becomes the new NXT Women’s Championship.
- NXT Championship: Drew McIntyre VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Almas wins and becomes the new NXT Champion.
- WarGames Triple Threat: SAnitY VS The Undisputed Era VS Roderick Strong & The Authors of Pain; The Undisputed Era wins.
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Backstage interview with Peyton Royce and Billie Kay.
As best friends, the Iconic Duo interviews themselves. How is Peyton feeling “on the biggest night of your career?” Super confident. Best shape in her life, and stoked to be here. Word association time. Ember Moon: Athletic, not Iconic. Nikki Cross: Psychotic, not Iconic. Kairi Sane: Pirate, not Iconic. Peyton Royce: one-half of the most iconic duo in NXT, and the NEW NXT Women’s Champion. Is this confidence going to last through the night?
“I declare a state of war.”
Chaos shall be contained in “two rings, in one cage, in WAR GAMES!” Violent yet beautiful, “there are no laws, there are no rules.” It is survival of the fittest. “In war, what do you fight for?” Honor, destiny, prestige, chaos, redemption, dominance, recognition, principle, pride or yourself? “Only total war can result in total victory.” Who will obtain victory through these wars?!
Kassius Ohno VS Lars Sullivan!
To put it simply, Houston is about to see if a Hero can conquer a Leviathan! Both men are ready to go even before the bell, when it ring,s they go right to it as Lars puts Ohno in a corner and clubs away on him. Ohno fights back,s tiff forearm but it does little. A boot does a bit better, another elbow, but then Ohno runs and Lars runs through him to run him over! Lars clubs Ohno in the back, rams in a knee to the ribs, and another at the ropes that sends Ohno out. Lars goes out to pursue, flying shoulder block knocks Ohno down! Lars keeps on Ohno by tossing him onto the apron edge. Ohno bounces off but manages to crawl into the ring, Lars follows him back in. Lars whips Ohno corner to corner, Ohno bounces out with a boot. Lars stays up, catches the second kick, enziguri from Ohno only to kip-up into a lariat! Lars grimaces as he stands over Ohno. Lars then grins as he stalks his prey. Lars drags Ohno up, clubbing forearm against the ropes. Lars grinds a forearm into Ohno’s face then whips him, Ohno tumbles to the apron and boots his way in. Ohno runs, Lars pop-up powerslams Ohno down! Cover, TWO, Lars is annoyed this isn’t over yet. Lars decides to go up top!? Lars keeps his eyes on Ohno, jumps, his splash flops! Ohno revs himself up, blocks a lariat with a boot, gives a stiff elbow and a stiffer boot, Lars roars but Ohno gives him stiff haymakers! Ohno keeps up hit after hit, Lars stays standing, Ohno runs for a leaping rabbit elbow!
Lars is reeling but still on his feet, fans are fired up for Ohno. Ohno takes aim, runs, spinning boot! TWO! Ohno is shocked, Lars is just angry. Ohno keeps it up with a low boot but Lars sits up and roars. Lars takes another boot, gets up, so Ohno stomps him out. Back senton on top! ONE!? Lars is up at one!? And still as angry as before! Lars and Ohno brawl with heavy shots, Lars runs, into a discus elbow. Lars reels again, Ohno takes off the armband, but runs into the Freak Accident!
Lars wins! The Hero did not triumph, the Leviathan leaves him be. Where will this path of dominance lead the Mile High Monster?
Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream!
“Is there really a difference between the dark and the light?” The Embodiment of the End pondered that on the road to tonight’s match. He and The Patrick Clark Experience couldn’t be any more different yet somehow the same, but only one will #FadetoBlack. Surpise tights from Velveteen, he has himself and Aleister on them! Aleister ignores that little mind game, he only acknowledges the bell. Velveteen says the fans know his name, they’re cheering it right now. But he wants Aleister to say it. ALeister won’t, they tie up, move around, then break. Velveteen goes to slap but Aleister dodges, then gets him in an arm-drag and wristlock. Velveteen resists with body shots but can’t get free. Velveteen works on reversing, gets a snapmare, but then Aleister gets Velveteen right into the hammerlock. Velveteen rolls, reverses, breaks, snapmare, chinlock but back into the hammerlock. Velveteen endures, reaches around, pulls on hair. Snapmare blocked, snapmare from Aleister, facelock. Velveteen flounders around, gets up, powers Aleister to the ropes. Ropebreak not so clean, but Aleister was ready, he gets a waistlock. standing switch, back to the hammerlock. Velveteen powers out, but ends up in a standing Crucifix Octopus from Aleister! Velveteen reaches, Aleister gets the sunset flip, TWO, feint gets Velveteen to duck so Aleister rolls over his back. Aleister blocks Velveteen into an armbar, Velveteen rolls and now they brawl with forearms. Velveteen clubs Aleister down, Aleister gets mad. Velveteen whips but Aleister holds ropes, then dumps Velveteen out hard. Aleister builds speed, to fake him out, and sits down in front of Velveteen as Velveteen slips into the ring. The fans applaud this evenly matched match-up, but Velveteen taunts with a hip swivel. Aleister ignores it. That upsets Velveteen, Houston wants Aleister to “Say his name!” Aleister doesn’t, so Velveteen sits down with him.
Fans and Aleister are both surprised by that, but only the fans like it. Aleister gets up, to give Velveteen a taste of his own medicine as he slithers up into Velveteen’s face! The fans are loving this! Velvteen rushes in, gets swept, Mahistrol, TWO, arm-drag, Velveteen gets to the ropes to hotshot Aleister. Velveteen back in, big lariat runs Aleister over. Velveteen stomps on Aleister, demanding Aleister says his name. Aleister put into a corner, Velveteen keeps on him. Aleister bails out, Velveteen takes his time to gloat. Aleister catches his breath, Velveteen decides to do something risky. He builds speed, to give us his own fake-out! Velveteen drags Aleister but Aleister hotshots him back. Into the ring, they grapple, fireman’s carry but Aleister fights out. Push, SUPERKICK from Velveteen, TWO! Velveteen is groggy but he gets right back on Aleister with a rain of rights. Velveteen walks around Aleister, drags him up, stiff neckbreaker, TWO! Velveteen is getting angry now, putting Aleister in a chinlock clutch. He stretches Aleister, clawing the lips and nose, “Say my name!” Aleister reaches, building up the willpower to power himself up. Fans rally as Aleister starts to slip out but Velveteen clubs him in the back. Velveteen’s moves are countered with strikes, ropebreak brings a pause to the action, dirty break with that low knee. Aleister is tangled up in the ropes now, just like a few weeks ago. “What’s my name?!” Velveteen shouts at Aleister. Aleister simply kicks back, slips out, they brawl, Velveteen slaps but that only pisses Aleister off. Aleister rallies, handsprings, runs into a corner for a forearm smash, corner to corner for springboard DDT, TWO! Aleister wants to end this, he lifts Velveteen up with one foot. Velveteen knows what that means, so he powers Alesiter to a corner. Aleister kicks back, hops up, jumps over, rolls, fireman’s carry but slips down, stiff knee responded to with a stiff elbow, a stiff roundhouse responded to with a fireman’s carry! Rolling Death Valley!
Cover, TWO! Velveteen is in shock. The fans are loving this, Velveteen has them saying his name again. He drags Aleister over to a corner, then up to his feet to hoist onto the top rope. Up higher now in a fireman’s carry, but sunset flip and escape, sweep to the legs! Velveteen crashes down, Aleister with the running knee! TWO! Aleister still on him, but into a side-winding DDT!
Both men down, the fans are giving a standing ovation. Velveteen crawls to a cover, TWO!! Velveteen can’t even react, he’s that out of it. “This is awesome!” Velveteen crawls, gets to a corner, goes up top, and takes aim. Swivel of the hips, and — boots! Now Velveteen is the one tied up in ropes! Aleister sees he has an opening, stiff boot! SUPERKICK from Velveteen, spinning knee from Aleister! Fans applaud again, this match is already stealing the show. Both men slow to get up but Aleister’s up first. He looks at Velveteen, who still demands “Say My Name! Velvet — “ BLACK MASS!! Aleister wins! Still undefeated, still unfazed, will Aleister make all of NXT #FadetoBlack?
However, he isn’t done with Velveteen yet, as he produces a microphone.
“Enjoy infamy, Velveteen Dream.” He said his name! Aleister won the match, but he gave Velveteen what he wanted out of respect. What will this mean for both men in their futures?
NXT Women’s Championship Fatal 4 Way: Kairi Sane VS Ember Moon VS Nikki Cross VS Peyton Royce!
After the Empress of Tomorrow decided to move on and up to Monday Night Raw, the NXT Women’s Division was left without a champion. Tonight, we see if either the Pirate Princess, Prophecy of Flame, Psycho Scot or Iconic Venus Flytrap will pick up where Asuka left off. The bell rings, and the four stand off, wary of each other. They slowly approach each other, Peyton and Nikki pounce on Ember and Kairi, respectively. Peyton whips Ember, Kairi reverses Nikki, Ember takes Nikki out then Peyton takes Ember out before Peyton puts Kairi in a corner. Nikki goes after Ember but Peyton won’t let her get ahead of herself, forearm for Crazy Cross. Ember gives Peyton a huricanrana, then a forearm smash for Kairi. Nikki hops on Ember with a thrashing sleeper, Peyton decks them both with the heel kick. Double stack cover, Kairi uses a blockbuster to break that up. Cover on Peyton, TWO, Peyton and Nikki get out. Kairi turns attention to Ember, corner to corner but Kairi put to the apron, Ember forearms her down. Ember sees Nikki and Peyton, slingshot over and hits Nikki. Peyton thinks she’s saef, until Kairi hits her with a flying forearm! Kairi clubs on Peyton, Ember builds speed, Ember DIVES!
Both Peyton and Kairi go down, fans fire up with Ember’s howl. Texas’ own underdog is soon attacked from behind by Nikki, inverted DDT prepared but Ember fights out. They brawl with forearms, Nikki goes up, pop-up powerbomb to the ground! Kairi returns to go after Ember, they go back into the ring, and Kairi keeps on Ember. Ember’s kick is blocked, double chop knocks her down. Kairi gives more double chops, Ember gets to a corner. Kairi gives more chops, fans duel between Ember and Kairi, Ember is chopped to the mat. Kairi marches, corner to corner shoulder tackle! Kairi sees someone return, but misses, Peyton capitalizes with the motorcycle stretch on the ropes. Ember gets up slowly, Peyton gets a mule kick! Ember is shoved back, Peyton and Ember brawl with forearms. Peyton bails out, Ember goes after Kairi, Kairi rolls up, TWO. Ember up, stiff forearm sends Kairi reeling. Peyton returns, Kairi is whipped but dodges, Ember jumps over the SPEAR so that it hits Peyton. Spnining backhand to Ember, Kairi goes up top. Ember up to stop her, Kairi teeters. Ember climbs up, clubs Kairi, Kairi fights back. Ember still gets Kairi set up, Peyton hops up to make it a Tower of Doom, German Suplex variant!
Fans applaud but all three women are down from that impact. Peyton crawls to cover Ember, TWO. Now Kairi, TWO. Peyton is getting frustrated. She drags both women up, they fight back, Nikki climbs up and flies in for a big crossbody! All three targets hit, Nikki fires herself and the crowd up. She goes right at Ember by bashing her into the corner. Then for Kairi, she gets some buckle bumps, hoisted into a Tree of Woe for a mudhole stomping. Then for Peyton, stiff forearms and then clothesline sends her out. Back to Kairi, Fisherman Neckbreaker!
Ember breaks the pin just in time! Every woman down, but neither of them is quitting. Bicycle boot into Nikki from Ember, and then Ember drags herself to a corner. She wants to go up top and Nikki knows it, so she intercepts with forearms. Nikki and Ember brawl, slingshot countered with a forearm, then a draping swinging neckbreaker! Ember rolls out, Peyton rolls in, Perfect Plex! Kairi JUST breaks that in time! Kairi lifts Peyton up, to Alabama Slam Peyton on top of Nikki. Kairi up top quick, anchors away with the InSane Elbow!
Direct hit on Peyton but cover on Nikki, Ember outta nowhere to break that pin! Ember hurries to get herself to a corner, she climbs up, Peyton yanks her down. Stiff knee for Kairi, Peyton gets Nikki up but Nikki revives to fight back. But wait! Ember’s still on the top rope, she jumps, DOUBLE ECLIPSE!!
Ember wins!! Her home state helps her FINALLY become NXT Women’s Champion!! And best of all, perhaps, is that Asuka is there to give her the title belt! Things come full circle for Ember Moon, what new heights can she achieve now?!
NXT Championship: Drew McIntyre VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
The Celtic Colossus is still undefeated, and compared to El Idolo, seems to be more of a “real man”, too. Will Almas prove he can be a man by taking the title off the “bloody mountain” known as McIntyre? Zelina gets right in the champion’s face even before the bell, she’s fired up enough for her and Almas. Almas moves her aside so that he can get in McIntyre’s face now.
Almas then pie-faces McIntyre, only to back off to the ropes. Fans cheer “Si se puedes!” for Almas as the bell rings, Almas and McIntyre tie up but McIntyre powers Almas into a corner. Almas tries to fire out but McIntyre just puts him back in there. Almas shoves McIntyre, only to hide behidn the ropes again, and then cheap shot slap across the chest! Headlock powered out but Almas lands on his feet for another headlock. McIntyre powers out, Almas up and over, back to headlock. Another power out, McIntyre runs Almas over with a shoulder. McIntyre gets Almas up, Almas kicks his leg then puts on the headlock again. McIntyre powers out, sees Almas coming, kick intercepts Almas’ evasion. McIntyre now stomps on Almas, drags him up, jawbreaker counter. Almas is thrown to ropes, goes Spider-Man to tranquilo, only to be kicked to the ground. McIntyre pursues Almas, stiff chop at the barriers. McIntyre brings Almas around and in, Almas kicks back. Almas distracts the ref, Zelina flies but is reversed with power, and then Almas’ dive is intercepted witha forearm. Cover, TWO, Zelina is beside herself as Almas is chopped again. McIntyre whips Almas, Almas kicks back, McIntyre scoops him up but ends up taking a hotshot. Almas back in, but back to being scooped, slips out again and McIntyre lunges to miss and hit post. Almas goes out to fetch the downed champion, bringing him back into the ring. Almas keeps on McIntyre, bringing him around for the backbreaker and clubbing elbow, ONE. Almas drags McIntyre over, hanging armbar! Almas lets go at 4, then covers, TWO. Fans duel as Almas goes after McIntyre’s arm. McIntyre endures as Zelina coaches Almas. McIntyre wills himself up, fans rallying, Almas knees low and whips. Almas runs in, but picked up and around, Almas still slips down, only to be suplexed across the ring! Both men down from exhaustion and sore bodies. McIntyre up but takes an elbow, so he gives a forearm. They brawl now, Almas whips but is reversed, big lariat and chop knock Almas down each time. Forearm smash in a corner, another whip, overhead suplex! Into the corner for another! Zelina is panicking as McIntyre climbs up and ax handles Almas down. A kip-up from the 6’5″ McIntyre, who then picks Almas up again. Almas fights out, runs, pop up into Celtic Cross, TWO! McIntyre isn’t frustrated but he is sore, he gets up as fans troll with “3MB!” McIntyre starts up the drums, but Almas gives him a dropkick. Corner to corner, dodge but counter at the same time as Almas misses a boot but still hits McIntyre with a back elbow. Almas hops up and brings McIntyre over, tornado inverted DDT!
TWO! Almas and Zelina are frustrated, Zelina ushers him to finish this. Almas drags McIntyre up, prepares the Hammerlock but is driven into a corner. Almas boots out, hops up and on top of McIntyre’s shoulders, tries the inverted huricanrana, ends up in the inverted Alabama Slam! TWO! McIntyre is getting exasperated, he gets to the apron as fans rally. McIntyre climbs up, Almas springs up to dropkick him down to the ground! Zelina keeps Almas on target, slingshot, but McIntyre looks to be stopping Almas in his tracks, only for Almas to huricanrana McIntyre into a post! Almas back to the top rope, SUPER ASAI MOONSAULT!
And it hits! Back into the ring quickly, covers, TWO! Zelina is furious, Almas is getting desperate. Almas goes up again, McIntyre stops him with a right hand and a stiff chop. McIntyre climbs up, Almas yanks him and crotches him. Chop puts him in the Tree of Woe, Woe Stomps! CIEN KNEES!
Drag to a cover, TWO!! Almas gets McIntyre up, Hammerlock escaped, enziguri dodged, deadlift sit-out powerbomb! TWO! Zelina is losing her mind with this roller coaster of emotions. McIntyre gets Almas up in the double underhook, Almas slips out to give another stiff chop. McIntyre headbutts in response, rolling takedown from Almas, TWO, into FUTURE SHOCK! TWO! Now McIntyre is feeling some of that shock and desperation. McIntyre won’t give up yet, he gets up to drag McIntyre around, fireman’s carry to hoist Almas up top. Almas slips out, wants to powerbomb but McIntyre holds on, so Almas yanks a foot out to then CINE KNEES to the back of the head! Cover, TWO, and Almas is furious as he rains down rights on McIntyre. Almas goes out, and his desperation is getting the better of him. He grabs the belt, to distract the ref, Zelina hits McIntyre with a Sipke-Rana!
Zelina slips out, Almas hits the Hammerlock DDT!!
TWO!? Zelina and Almas cannot believe their trick failed to finish this. Almas and McIntyre are in opposite corners, “Si se puedes!” echoes throughout until McIntyre hits a CLAYMORE outta nowhere!
Almas gets flipped and rolled, Zelina helps create a ropebreak! “Si! Si! Si!” the fans chant for the sneaky senorita. McIntyre is furious now, he gets the drums of war going again. Almas flounders to his feet, so Zelina trips Almas to save him from a second Claymore, which collides with ropes to mess McIntyre up. Fans are rabid for Almas as he and McIntyre get to their feet. THey climb up, Almas has McIntyre, draping DDT! Almas wins!! McIntyre loses his streak AND title! El Idolo is now El Campeón! And thanks in large part to La Gerente Vega. How long will this dynamic duo keep the belt with them? Well that’s for later, tonight is about a Cien Celebration!
WarGames Triple Threat: SAnitY VS The Undisputed Era VS Roderick Strong & The Authors of Pain!
The reason this is no longer TakeOver: Houston is because these three sets of three men could not leave well enough alone, so the only way to finish it is in the infamous invention of the American Dream! Who will leave Houston not as winners, but as survivors?! As one man must start for each team, it is Eric Young, Roderick Strong and Adam Cole “BAYBAY” in first for a simple triple threat. The bell rings, it is a stand-off as the clock begins to count down. The fans are already loving this as the other six men wait like animals in a cage. Cole backs off to the second ring, but Eric and Strong pursue. With nowhere else to go, Cole swings but gets attacked. However, Eric and Strong now fight over who gets to go after Cole. Cole tries to use that to his advantage, but Eric boots him away before standing switch. Cole tries again, gets another boot from Strong. Strong elbows Eric, throws him at Cole but Cole dodges and we’re back to a stand-off. They slowly approach each other, Eric haymakers Strong, Cole tries but fails to put Eric into the cage. Cole keeps himself from hitting steel, but Eric knocks him down, Strong gives Eric a backbreaker. Cole and Strong brawl, forearms back and forth, as well as chops. Strong whips Cole, Cole reverses, dropkick blocked int a catapult, Cole climbs to get away, but escaping means elimination so what’s the point? Especially when Eric and Strong both get after him on the cage wall! Cole fights back as best he can, but he gets clubbed left and right. Cole falls down, now the two fight each other. Cole trips them up, double crotch on the top rope. Cole has his pick, so he stomps on Strong then on Eric. Cole drags Strong up and throws him to the first ring with a hard landing. Cole gets Eric, they start brawling. Fireman’s carry for Eric, ushigoroshi! Eric writhes in pain, Cole goes to the first ring and Strong. Cole swings hands and forearms on Strong in a corner. Cole grinds a boot into Strong as he tells him “you’re nothing!” Cole returns to Eric at the intersection, brings him over to ring 1, stiff forearm sits him down. Cole clubs Strong, too, “I run this world!” Cole snap suplexes Strong, and dusts off his hands before stomping Eric again. Cole has control, neckbreaker on Strong. Neckbreaker on Eric, too, but then Strong fights back with chops. Strong whips, reversed, lariat! Strong fires up now, he goes after Cole in a corner with more chops. Then one for Eric, elbows and knees back and forth, more chops, but we’re now getting… the Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish!
Cole gets back up as reDRagon rip away at Strong and Eric. Cole joins in, the first full team has control of the two lone men. Cole puts Eric between ropes and cage, and all there men of the Undisputed Era smash him into steel. Two minute warning, Strong starts fighting back but it’s not enough against two men while Cole goes after Eric. Code breaker wheelbarrow suplex sends Strong to the second ring. Kyle and Fish pursue while Cole keeps Eric down. Strong fights against Kyle’s leg lock, but Fish helps Cole mug Eric with kicks. Kyle picks on Strong with kicks, The Undisputed Era do another 3v1 wall smash. They even take time to gloat before going back to beating down Eric and Strong. The countdown finishes, now we get… the Authors of Pain, Akam & Rezar! They rush the ring, the Undisputed Era holds that door closed, but the Authors just pry it open to slam it back on the heads of reDRagon! Akam & Rezar can now join the fray, they club away on the Undisputed Era. Cole goes into cage wall, Fish goes into cage wall, Eric goes into cage wall, and even Kyle goes into cage wall as he tries a backpack sleeper on Rezar. Kyle is dumped into ring 2, Cole is TOSSED into it! The AoP then double back body drop Eric into Ring 2! The AoP use Strong as a weapon, double hip toss senton!
Everyone else goes down, and the fans fire up! The AoP join everyone in Ring 2, picking at the pieces. Eric put in a Tree of Woe as the Undisputed Era is thrown around. Kyle put in a Tree of Woe, too, Fish and Cole are picked up for DOUBLE Death Valley Drivers into the Trees of Woe!
Strong and the Authors are the only men standing, and pick apart the others as the clock ticks down. Fans anticipate it, here comes SAnitY! Wolfe and Dain rush in, but Wolfe came prepared with a billy club! He goes all out on the Authors, there’s no disqualifications. Speaking of, Big Damo finds a trash can! Wolfe moshes while Damo puts in chairs, the trash cans, a chain, and kendo sticks. Eric and Wolfe use those chairs to unleash on the Authors, Strong, and the Undisputed Era. Fans want tables, so Damo obliges! The Beast of Belfast has Houston hot for the extreme levels SAnitY is bringing this match to. Wolfe sets up one table, Eric the other. Kyle tries a chair shot on the German Ax Man, misses and hits himself, to then get a German Suplex! Fish tries to get extreme, he gets slammed on that can!
Damo finally enters the cage, Wolfe hits Strong with the can, Damo locks the cage door with a chain and padlock. The Authors get the edge on Wolfe, Damo eats the key, then clobbers Strong and the Undisputed Era one man at a time. Damo stares down with Akam & Rezar, and starts fighting off the Authors by himself. Damo puts them together, and squashes them in one corner. Then dropkick back senton to hit them both! Damo surveys his surroundings, Strong brawls with Wolfe, Damo climbs up to the top rope, and then jumps “For SAnitY!”
Big Damo crossbody topples The Authors, Strong and even his teammates. Cover, Cole breaks it up. Damo is wild eyed as he hunts Cole back to Ring 1. Cole has a kendo stick, swings, nothing! Damo slaps the stick out of Cole’s hand, grabs Cole by both hands, but Fish saves Cole with kicks to Damo’s legs. Fish runs, sunset flip but Damo too big. Cole comes in, Michinoku Driver puts Cole on Fish! Double cover, ax kick from Kyle breaks the pin. Kyle goes after Damo, but gets a forearm and then cage wall. Damo hasn’t slowed down, he fireman carry on Kyle, then catches Strong’s crossbody, Samoan Drop Fall Away, while Wolfe and Eric get the exact same from Rezar! Damo and Rezar lock eyes as the two biggest men in this match, they meet in the middle to brawl. Damo gets the edge, drags Rezar into Ring 1, Rezar boots Damo back, Damo gives the bicycle boot. Rezar swings, Damo ducks, big body check! Akam boots in, scoops Damo, powerslam! Cover, Kyle breaks with a fist full of chain. Kyle flounders up but still hits a tornado DDT! Eric up, Cole gives him an enziguri! Fish kicks away at Strong, reDRagon and Cole hit a SUPERKICK Chasing the Dragon! Damo is back up, but everyone else is down out of exhaustion. Cole gets clobbered, reDRagon dodges and kicks away, double kick vice. Wolfe boots Fish, Kyle ax ’n’ smashes Wolfe! Kyle has that chain again, he’s getting a sinister idea. Kyle goes to Wolfe to chain him up around the face and arm, it’s a heavy metal Arm-ageddon! Wolfe resists, Eric climbs up, Eric drops an elbow on Kyle! Arm-ageddon averted, Eric crawls over, Fish moonsaults onto Eric! All nine men are down, fans are loving this but they still want to see a table get involved. Damo, Kyle and Rezar are in Ring 2, Rezar lifts Kyle while Akam has Fish, Damo ends up in the middle of the Super Collider!
Cover in Ring 1, Eric breaks it just in time. Rezar joins Ring 1 again, they take Eric but he slips out to disrupt their plans. Eric clotheslines Akam then fireman carry to Rezar, Death Valley of Rezar onto Akam!
Eric gets to a cover, Strong and Cole both break it up. Strong and Cole brawl now, Cole shoved into Eric for End of Heartache! Lumbar check for Eric, Shining Wizards for Kyle and Fish, backbreaker for Wolfe, jumping knee for Damo, AND Olympic Slam! Cover, Cole SUPERKICKs Strong to break it up. Back to all men down, fans still want tables. Cole climbs up, takes aim at Strong, but Eric sneaks up behind him to pounce. Cole fights him off, Strong comes up on the other end, Cole is stuck in the middle again. They all fight three ways, reDRagon and SAnitY join in, then the Authors, DOUBLE TOWERS OF DOOM!!
The only man not affected: Adam Cole! And he revels in it. However, he is now stuck between Akam and Rezar. He hurries up the cage but can’t get away, gets crotch’d instead. The Authors get the tables into Ring 2, and the fans are loving it. Both tables set up together, Cole completely unaware. The Authors return to Cole, climb up together, line up the shot, but Eric and Wolfe crawl over. Cole fights the Authors off while SAnitY attacks from behind, Cole gets up on top of the cage. Escape means forfeit, is he throwing the match? Speaking of throwing, Wolfe throws Rezar with a SUPER GERMAN through the tables!!
Wolfe and Rezar are down, Eric takes Akam out with a flying neckbreker! Cole crawls on the edge of the cage, but Damo has revived. Kyle has, too, and takes aim with a can. Damo knocks Kyle down, but Kyle kicks and strikes back. Damo clobbers him with a spinning lariat! Cole has by now crawled to a corner of the cage’s rim, Damo brings Kyle into position and wedges in a trash can. Damo then climbs up, and tells Cole to watch this. COAST 2 COAST!
Damo took as much out of himself as he did Kyle, only Cole can stand as he’s atop the cage. With forfeit on the outside, he has no choice but to go back inside, but he doesn’t get a chance to jump as he sees Strong standing up in the center of the ring, right in his way. Strong climbs up after Cole, Cole changes his mind about not leaving the cage. However, Strong keeps him from getting down, drags him up, and with fans begging “Please Don’t Die!”, SUPERPLEX ON TO EVERYONE!!
The fans are losing their minds, Strong covers, TWO!! Even after all that, this match isn’t over. In fact, “This is Awesome!” The nine men finally stir, Damo and Akam end up both going to the intersection, and brawl. Damo backs Akam down, gets room but gets caught, in a modified Last Chapter! However, Kyle goes after Rezar with a sleeper to prevent a cover. Fish helps out with strikes, high-low sweep! Eric and Wolfe get up, Fish put into steel again. Wolfe is bleeding but helps Eric give Kyle the back suplex neckbreaker! Strong gives Wolfe a big slam, and is alone with Cole. They brawl again, back and forth with forearms, Cole is put into the wall but Eric wheelbarrows Strong into the other side. Kendo outta nowhere from Cole to Eric, and Cole isn’t done yet. He takes aim, but Eric grabs a chair. Cole doesn’t care, Shining Wizard through the chair, Undisputed Era wins! They have somehow survived the return of WarGames, can they continue to #ShocktheSystem?
This was simply amazing. Beginning to end, so much incredible action and story, no complaints really. Ohno and Lars open the show, naturally, and also with a natural ending as Lars goes over to keep his dominant singles win streak alive. I feel like now should be the time Ohno gets to come up to main, what more can Ohno do if he isn’t going to be NXT Champion? Ohno on SmackDown to face Corbin for the US Title would be great for everyone as far as I can tell. Aleister VS Velveteen was so good, the crowd was so into it for both guys, man it was amazing. Aleister wins for much of the same reasons Lars did, that win streak is going to be important for Aleister, as well. And I suppose Aleister is leaning towards Face if he was willing to show respect to Velveteen by saying his name even after all this between them. With guys like Lars, Aleister, Velveteen and others, NXT really needs to consider a secondary title for their sakes, so that less talents are left waiting for a chance at the main title, a chance that might never come.
That Woman’s Championship Fatal 4 was really good, too, it was really hard to be sure who was winning as everyone got to have their finish. I almost thought Peyton had it, but Kairi just barely breaks things up, a slight botch perhaps as it could’ve easily ended up being Peyton by accident. However, Ember gets her finish last on two targets at once, a great surprise to finally win her the championship, and with Regal and Asuka both there to award her, it was a great moment all around. That NXT Championship match was just as incredible, story elements really worked as Zelina goes above and beyond to help her client get advantages, and in the end it works out. At least story wise, as it is revealed that McIntyre is actually injured. But Houston had a strong Almas following so they were pleased, and all of this this really changes up things going forward for NXT. Then, WWE’s modifications to WarGames didn’t change that the main event was match of the night, week, and month, and up there for Match of the Year for NXT. Great stuff all the way from the introductions — like Undisputed Era and the Authors of Pain taunting SAnitY’s caged members and Strong being in AoP gear a la Kurt Angle in Shield gear — to the very end, with big spot after big spot but never getting boring or overdone. I think every member of SAnitY was bleeding in some capacity by the end, but especially Wolfe after getting a table edge through that double-edged Super German Suplex through tables. Undisputed Era goes over, it just seems to make sense if reDRagon is going to challenge for NXT Tag Team Champions and Cole wants after the NXT Championship. Cole might get his chance, too, if McIntyre isn’t fit to have his rematch against Almas, but if Cole-Almas is anything like tonight, no one will complain.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS Results: G1 Supercard Part 2!
AXS gives us MORE G1 Supercard!
NJPW and ROH shine even brighter as AXS’s coverage of G1 Supercard concludes! Who will come away with BOTH the ROH and IWGP Tag Team Championships?!
Coverage of G1 Supercard will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- NEVER Openweight VS ROH World Television Championship Winner Takes All: Will Ospreay VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins and becomes the dual NEVER Openweight & ROH World Television Champion.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: Taiji Ishimori VS Dragon Lee VS Bandido; Lee wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
- ROH & IWGP Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Winners Take All: The Guerrillas of Destiny VS Villain Enterprises VS The Briscoes VS Evil & Sanada; The Guerrillas of Destiny win and are the dual ROH World & IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
- ROH World Championship Triple Threat Ladder Match: Jay Lethal VS Matt Taven VS Marty Scurll; Taven wins and becomes the new ROH World Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
NJPW and AXS set the scene for this historic crossover event!
The history between ROH’s Franchise Player and self-proclaimed “REAL World Champion” is long and tense as the contenders for that title kept piling up. Marty Scurll won ROH’s Survival of the Fittest to become a contender while Jay Lethal VS Matt Taven went to a 60 minute time limit draw! Instead of worrying about who got the next shot at Lethal, he decided that Taven and Scurll would both get their chance in the only match fair enough: a Ladder Match! Will Lethal climb to new heights to keep that belt? Or will one of his hungry challengers finally get their first taste of the real deal?
Meanwhile, Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa again climbed to the top of NJPW’s Heavyweight Tag Team Division by dethroning Los Ingobernables de Japon. At the same time, Jay & Mark Briscoe were again triumphant as the then 9-time ROH World Tag Team Champions. One pair of brothers called out the other, and said that they’d put their belts on the line if the other brothers did, too! “We’ll do title vs title at Madison Square Garden!” However, there were complications at the ROH 17th Anniversary Show in Las Vegas when The Briscoes lost their titles to Villain Enterprises’ PCO & Brody King! Things only get more complicated as Evil & Sanada want their rematch. Now all four teams will compete for all four belts! Who will find themselves atop two top promotions’ tag team divisions with one match?!
But before even all of this, the Bone Soldier Reborn continues to test himself after becoming IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion! Taiji Ishimori dethroned Kushida then successfully defended against Ryusuke Taguchi and Jushin Thunder Liger! He wants even more competition, but he might have bitten off more than he can chew! Dragon Lee of CMLL and Bandido of ROH both go for gold, who comes out of this high speed, star studded Triple Threat as THE Junior Heavyweight Champion?
NEVER Openweight VS ROH World Television Championship Winner Takes All: Will Ospreay VS Jeff Cobb!
Title for title isn’t just for tag teams! The Aerial Assassin and the Hawaiian Juggernaut both want to prove they’re big enough for two belts, but who wins when speed takes on strength?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this battle between these two great champions begins!
Fans duel thunderously as Cobb and Ospreay jaw at each other. Given this is part ROH, the Code of Honor is asked for and upheld by both men. The bell rings and Cobb immediately leaps at Ospreay in a corner! Big back elbow then whip corner to corner. Ospreay reverses but gets POUNCED out of the ring! Cobb follows but misses, Ospreay CHOPS. Ospreay whips but Cobb reverses again. Ospreay hops up and over then springboards for a forearm! Cobb is down but Ospreay keeps moving, SASUKE SPECIAL! Direct hit but Cobb catches Ospreay! Only for Ospreay to counter with a DDT! Fans keep up the fire as Ospreay drags Cobb up and in.
Fans duel as Ospreay throws forearms on Cobb. Ospreay runs but Cobb puts him on the apron. Ospreay forearms again then springboards, but into Cobb’s arms! He fights out of Cobb’s grip but Cobb comes running in, only to get a boot. Ospreay hops up but gets a CHOP! Cobb climbs up to join Ospreay and hits a stalling SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Cobb keeps on Ospreay with more CHOPS and uppercuts. He throws Opsreay across the way! Then drags him up for clubbing forearms. Cobb drives elbows in as fans continue to duel. He whips and elbows Ospreay down. Cover, TWO! Cobb keeps his cool as he drags Ospreay up again. Ospreay breaks free to fire forearms again, but Cobb kicks low. Cobb whips but Ospreay dodges to huricanrana, only for Cobb to block and counter to a bearhug! Cobb squeezes tight but Ospreay endures and fights back.
Ospreay breaks free but Cobb CHOPS again. Cobb whips but Ospreay handsprings to enziguri! Both men are down but slowly sitting up. Ospreay is in a corner and Cobb runs in but blocks the boot. Ospreay enziguris then elevated tiger feint kicks! Cobb staggers and Ospreay springboards for another forearm! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps his cool then fires himself up. Fans rally up as he goes to underhook. Cobb powers out but Ospreay drops down to kick away! Cobb catches the leg, so Ospreay starts slapping. Bad idea, Cobb throws him with a FALL AWAY SLAM! Cobb runs corner to corner for another uppercut, to Samoan Drop! And knip up to standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Ospreay survives but Cobb keeps on him with punches.
Fans duel again as Cobb keeps throwing those hands. Ospreay gets up and gets in Cobb’s face. Ospreay throws forearms but Cobb JABS him off his feet! Cobb whips Ospreay but Ospreay holds ropes. Ospreay elbows Cobb then throws a clothesline, but it does nothing! He blocks Cobb’s counter then hook kicks. Cobb SUPERKICKS! Cobb runs but into a SPANISH FLY!! But Ospreay can’t cover for the power it took to make that happen! Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men stir. Ospreay gets to a corner and the top rope. He aims at Cobb and flies, missile dropkick to the bad shoulder! And now Ospreay takes off the elbow pad. Ospreay aims, but Cobb ducks! TOUR OF- Crucifix! To DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives but Ospreay fires himself up again.
Ospreay drags Cobb up as fans duel again. Roundhouse rocks Cobb, then Ospreay runs, but Cobb reels him in. Ospreay fights out to back flip kick, only to get a LARIAT! Cobb sees Ospreay in a drop zone, and climbs up top!? Cobb leaps for a Frog Splash FLOP! Ospreay escapes being crushed, and then hits his Robinson Special spin kick! Ospreay calls for it, springboards, but Cobb blocks the cutter! He shoves Ospreay to a corner, but Ospreay comes back with the OSCUTTER! Cover, TWO?! Cobb survives and no one can believe it! But the fans are loving it as Ospreay takes aim again. Ospreay hits a hook kick! Then he underhooks, and gets Cobb up!? But Cobb gets out to a corner, and elbows Ospreay. Ospreay tucks Cobb in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Then from the outside, Ospreay climbs up and underhooks!? Cobb denies it with a headbutt!
Cobb scoops Ospreay now, SUPER TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! But he’s not done there! Cobb takes off the straps, pop-up TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! Cover, Cobb wins!!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall; still ROH World Television Champion, NEW NEVER Openweight Champion
Strength wins out, and now Cobb is the first American to hold that particular NJPW title.
Jeff Cobb speaks, saying, “Will Ospreay, I respect you for the fact that you are a fighting champion.” Cobb respects both ROH and NJPW in trusting him with this opportunity. Cobb will continue where Ospreay left off and be a fighting champion in both companies! He also thanks the fans for their support, and plans to see both ROH and NJPW fans very soon.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: Taiji Ishimori VS Dragon Lee VS Bandido!
Three of the best Junior Heavyweights between the NJPW-CMLL-ROH alliance all battle for this title to establish themselves as the world’s best Junior Heavyweight! Will Bone Soldier keep his young legacy growing? Will Dragon Lee take a step towards redemption from his match with Hiromu Takahashi? Or will ROH’s LifeBlood gain its first bit of gold thanks to the gunslinger luchador?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this incredible and international match-up!
Dragon Lee kicks Ishimori out of the ring with the bell, then whips Bandido! Bandido huricanranas but Lee lands on his feet. Bandido comes back for another and it hits! Lee goes out and Bandido FLIES right on him! Bandido meets Ishimori in the ring and things speed up. Ishimori somersaults and headscissors, to a neck crank! Ishimori runs in at Bandido but misses. Bandido runs in but is put on the apron. Bandido hits back but Ishimori hits harder. Ishimori kicks Lee and whips but Lee dodges to huricanrana Bandido off the apron! Ishimori triangle moonsaults onto Lee! Fans fire up with the champ as he gets right back up. Ishimori drags Bandido up and in for chops. He puts Bandido in a corner to grind in his knee. The ref counts but Bandido lets up.
Ishimori whips corner to corner but Bandido reverses. Bandido runs in but Ishimori slips out to slide under and go around to shoulder in. Ishimori springboards for a leg lariat! Cover, but Lee breaks it up! Lee brings Ishimori up but Ishimori rakes his eyes. Ishimori whips but Lee reverses, and borrows the Combinacion Cabron from LIJ! He keeps on Ishimori with fast forearms then runs corner to corner for a hesitation dropkick! He drags Ishimori up for double underhooks, butterfly backbreaker! But he’s not done, basement dropkick and cover, but Bandido breaks it up. Bandido drags Lee up but Lee fires back. They brawl with forearms, but Lee knee triggers Bandido. Lee runs but into a tilt-o-whirl scoop and torture rack! Spinning to the knee, then a lariat! Cover, but Ishimori breaks it.
Ishimori drags Bandido up and whips but Bandido reverses. Ishimor handsprings and enziguris Bandido down! He goes after Lee with a kick, then runs, only to roll into Lee’s sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Lee fires up with the fans and brings Ishimori around. He puts Ishimori on the top rope, then CHOPS him into the Tree of Woe! Lee climbs but Bandido springboards to SUPER STEINER! Ishimori tilt-o-whirl facebusters Bandido, only to get up for Lee’s running Destroyer! All three men are down but MSG is fired up! “This is Awesome!” but not over yet. Bandido sits up first, followed by Lee. Bandido runs but into a wheelbarrow. Lee can’t hold on but he does slip out of a suplex, only for Ishimori to knee him down. Ishimori runs into a pop-up cutter! Cover, TWO!! Ishimori survives but Bandido keeps going.
Bandido has Ishimori in a drop zone, and fans fire up as he climbs. Lee returns to trip Bandido into the Tree of Woe! Woe Stomps from Lee to Bandido! Lee scoops Ishimori into a suplex, but huricanrana pin counter! TWO but Ishimori gut wrenches to the Blood Cross! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives but barely! Ishimori says BANG as he drags Lee up again. Bandido stops the other Bloody Cross to then put Ishimori up top. Bandido climbs but Ishimori fights him off. They brawl but Lee adds on. Lee throws Bandido off and goes after Ishimori. They brawl but Bandido returns to join on. Lee headbutts Ishimori, Bandido kicks Lee! Bandido climbs and has both opponents for a DOUBLE SUPER BACKFLIP POWERSLAM!! MSG is thunderous and losing their minds over that!
Bandido crawls to Lee for a cover, TWO!! Ishimori crawls away so Bandido doesn’t cover him. He does aim at Ishimori and scoops him, package piledriver! Cover, but Lee drags Bandido off to a suplex! Bandido slips out but gets an elbow, knee and reverse-rana! Lee knee triggers Ishimori! Lee goes back to Bandido, suplex to bomb! Cover, Lee wins!!
Winner: Dragon Lee, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
CMLL’s Dragon Lee has NJPW’s championship! Lee shows respect to Bandido as he helps him up, but Ishimori clears out with frustration. Bandido shows respect back by helping Lee put on the belt. With Best of the Super Juniors on the horizon, will Bone Soldier Reborn redeem himself through that tournament? Will Lee reign with that title through the Spring and to the Summer?
Ishimori wants to know “What the hell!?” How is it the result came through those two guys? Ishimori lost the belt but not the match. “So why don’t we do it again?” But Ishimori and Lee 1v1, no triple threat. What does Lee say to that?
Lee does speak, saying that was so much work. The title is what all his effort was for. Day after day, training hard and not being given anything for free. Everything Lee has is from hard work and education. Lee is content with this win. He thanks God for this blessing, as well as for his family and his father for supporting him. He dedicates this win to his father. Thanks to him, Lee is in a good place. He became the new champion in Madison Square Garden. But he does wait anxiously for the return of Hiromu, and hopes Hiromu can be his first challenger. The real goal was always Hiromu. Lee is now champion, but he dedicates this win to Hiromu and Daryl. He hopes to see them again, strnoger than ever.
ROH & IWGP Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Winners Take All: The Guerrillas of Destiny VS Villain Enterprises VS The Briscoes VS Evil & Sanada!
A massive match for a massive moment in wrestling history! Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa, PCO & Brody King, Jay & Mark Briscoe and Los Ingobernables de Japon’s King of Darkness & Cold Skull all want to be THE best tag team between both companies. What will it take for one team to take both pairs of belts home with them?
The introductions are made, PCO gets a jolt of electricity from Destro, and then he and Brody hit the ring with both the ROH World and ROH Six Man Tag titles! Will they be leaving with three belts each after the break?
NJPW on AXS returns and The Briscoes attack first! The bell rings and it’s just a huge brawl! Everyone clears out quick except Mark Briscoe and PCO. Mark has PCO in a corner then runs in, only to be tossed right out! PCO then takes aim and DIVES onto Mark! The brawling goes crazy on the outside as Jay Briscoe and Brody trade hands. The GoD regroup, as do LIJ. It seems the ROH teams are continuing where they left off in Vegas as PCO throws hands on Mark in front of the fans. LIJ and GoD brawl, too, then the champion teams hit the ring. Brody and PCO stand up to Tama and Loa, and another brawl begins! Villain Enterprises gets the edge, then both run, only for The Briscoes to drag them out.
But GoD isn’t alone, LIJ rushes them! They brawl in the ring while #DemBoyz keep on PCO and Brody on the outside. Sanada whips but Tama reverses. Jado is there with his kendo stick and Sanada stops himself, only for Tama to clobber him from behind. Tama kicks at Evil but Evil blocks and hands off to Loa. Loa doesn’t wanna but Evil still SUPERKICKS Tama down. Tama bails out and Loa goes at Evil. Evil feeds Loa to Sanada, who ties Loa up in Paradise! Fans love it, and the Briscoes are willing to leave Loa in it until Sanada dropkicks Loa out of Paradise! The Briscoes then rush LIJ, but Mark gets a back drop. Mark lands on his feet and fights both LIJ while Jay keeps GoD down. Mark Peles Evil out but Sanada kicks him. Sanada whips but Mark reverses and lets Jay CLOBBER Sanada!
The Briscoes double whip and double shoulder Sanada down! But here comes Brody King with big hands. The Briscoes get teh better of him, but not for long as he hits a double crossbody! Loa returns and throws hands on Brody! Loa bops Brody but Brody BOOTS Loa! Brody even headscissors Loa down! Cannonball on the ropes! Brody keeps Jay Briscoe and Tama Tonga out, but then takes aim at them all. Brody FLIES and wipes them all out! Fans fire up but Mark wrecks Brody with a dropkick. Mark then climbs up and leaps, corkscrew senton! The South Sussex Chicken puts Tama back in, but Tama elbows Mark to a corner. Tama throws hands and a dropkick on Mark, then whips Mark corner to corner. Mark reverses, Jay forearms then feeds Tama to Mark’s shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Mark hits Loa with an apron blockbuster! Jay drags Tama up for a neckbreaker but Tama powers out. SUPERKICK from Jay, back elbow from Tama. Tama slides and dropkicks Jay down and out! Sanada returns to bait Tama in and out! Evil gets away with putting a chair on Tama’s head, then SMACKING it off with another! Evil hit a homer with that one! He feeds Tama to Sanada and LIJ double whip. Tama gets their kick and clothesline combo, but they’re not done with him yet. Evil drags Tama up and suplexes, but The Briscoes disrupt Magic Killer! Jay underhooks for the Jay Driller! Mark climbs, FROGGY-BOW! Cover, but Brody breaks it! Brody clotheslines Jay and himself out of the ring! Mark slingshots but Brody catches him to apron choke slam him!!
Brody shouts to PCO and PCO climbs! PCO apron SWANTONS Mark! And he’s right back up! He’s NOT human! Brody drags Mark back in, powerbomb lifts, GONZO BOMB! PCO climbs again, MOONSAULT! Cover, but Tama breaks it up! Loa SPEARS Brody but PCO CHOPS Tama. PCO fires off on Tama in a corner, faster and faster! Loa runs in to forearm PCO and he throws headbutts. GoD take PCO for double electric chair, to POWERBOMB HIM TO THE FLOOR! GoD says “SUCK IT” but PCO still lives!! PCO falls back over but MSG is cheering him on. Tama tries to stun Brody but gets a German Suplex! Brody clobbers Loa but Tama distracts the ref. Jado kendo SMACKS Brody, then GUN STUN! GoD coordinate, suplex to the top rope, SUPER POWERBOMB! Cover, GoD wins!
Winners: The Guerrillas of Destiny, Tonga Loa pinning; still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and NEW ROH World Tag Team Champions
History is made as history is made! NJPW’s GoD hold belts in both companies!
But wait, who is that attacking The Briscoes? It’s Enzo and Big Cass- Er, uh, nZo and Caz XL! Former WWE wrestlers are attacking at G1 Supercard?! The Briscoes get them out of here, as does Bully Ray, while GoD celebrates their accomplishment. But wait, is that Toru Yano who just snatched the IWGP Heavyweight belts?! The Clown Prince of Chaos is all smiles as he runs away with the gold! Just what is going on with tag team wrestling?!
Tonga Loa says, “There’s a title missing, but he just got one.” Yano taking their IWGP belts? “That’s bullsh*t.” But that was just on top of other BS. There was an agreement in this match, “but just like anything else, it’s f*cking wrestling.” You can’t believe what you’re told. So the deal is: GoD doesn’t care about ROH, or whoever those guys were at the end of the match trying to take the spotlight. GoD won the titles. But another BS: they worked for free tonight. Tama takes the ROH belts and throws them away like garbage! Tama knows nobody cares about ROH.
But GoD handled their business, it was easy. And it’s surprising that those losers still had energy to fight some other losers not even in the match! The fact the Briscoes brawled with those guys, it just tells Tama that “you muthaf*ckas ain’t on NJPW’s level.” Tama can tell The Briscoes weren’t giving their best, because they were saving energy for that BS that happened. But let it be known, the double champs are done with y’all. Will GoD even care to keep those ROH tag titles after what went down?
ROH World Championship Triple Threat Ladder Match: Jay Lethal VS Matt Taven VS Marty Scurll!
The Franchise Player has had this title time and again but he wants to hold it for the rest of his career if he can. The Kingdom’s ring leader wants recognition as the “REAL World Champion” after being held down by a supposed conspiracy. And The Villain, now finally a leader of his own team, wants the belt he feels he deserves. Three men live a childhood dream of wrestling in the most famous arena in the world. But who will live an even greater dream by winning in that same arena, for the top prize in ROH?
The introductions are made, the belt is hoisted high overhead, and this epic triple threat begins after the break!
NJPW on AXS returns and all three men look up as the belt finally reaches its apex. The bell rings, and Lethal goes right at Taven! Scurll decides this is the perfect time to bail out and get a ladder. Taven and Lethal brawl to a corner and Lethal chops. Lethal sees Scurll bringing in a ladder and baseball slide dropkicks the ladder into Scurll! Lethal brings Scurll up and now they brawl. Scurll throws uppercuts then goes back to the ladder. Lethal grabs the other end, and it’s a tug-o-war, until Tavne FLIES out! Taven hits ladder but still brings Scurll and Lethal down with it! All three men are down and fans lose their minds over Taven’s self-sacrifice. Taven fights through the pain to put the ladder in the ring.
Lethal forearms but Taven forearms back, only to run into a hip toss! Lethal carthweels and dropkicks Taven down! Scurll goes after Lethal but gets a boot for it! Lethal brings another ladder over and plops it down. He snap suplexes Taven for good measure before going under the ring. Lethal finds a few chairs and puts them near the ladder. He uses one chair to jab Scurll back down, then starts setting something up. Lethal makes a bridge between the chairs with the ladder. Scurll hits Lethal then bounces him off the ladder. Scurll gives Taven a tornado DDT! Fans fire up with The Villain as he brings over yet another ladder. Scurll puts that one in the ring and then puts the first one in a corner. He sets up the other ladder in the other corner.
Taven returns but Scurll throws him into one ladder, then the other! And back again! Taven tumbles out of the ring but Lethal returns to back drop Scurll onto a ladder! Scurll bails out and Lethal has the ring to himself. Lethal takes one ladder but Scurll returns. Lethal snap suplexes Scurll and then drops a ladder on him! Taven returns but Lethal rams him with the other ladder. And then drops that ladder on Taven! Taven and Scurll writhe with back pain while Lethal eyes the prize. Lethal sets up a ladder but in a corner, sideways on the bottom rope. He kicks and chops Scurll but Scurll CHOPS back. They trade CHOPS and then Lethal whips. Scurll reverses but Lethal slides to a stop, to drop toehold! But Scurll stops himself to throw Lethal into that ladder.
Scurll places Lethal in a Tree of Woe with the ladder, and then goes out to fetch a chair! Scurll keeps Lethal in the Tree and brings the chair over, to SMACK steel into Lethal! And again! And again! Scurll gives another chair shot to Lethal and fans fire up! Scurll introduces another ladder while Lethal is stuck in the Tree. Taven returns but Scurll kicks him out. Scurll sets up the ladder but has to kick Taven away again. Scurll climbs but notices the ladder isn’t tall enough. So he fetches his umbrella! Scurll climbs but Taven yanks him down to SUPERKICK him down! Taven climbs now but Lethal is free of the Tree. Lethal drags Taven down to bounce him off that ladder. Scurll gets up to mule kick and uppercut Lethal. Fans cheer Scurll on as he CHOPS Lethal again.
Scurll keeps those CHOPS going, then runs, but Lethal dodges. He falls for 52 Fake Out! Scurll brings that corner ladder over and makes it a neck brace on Lethal. Scurll aims but Taven drags him out of the ring. Taven throws Scurll into barriers, then gives Lethal Just the Tip through the ladder! Why? Because “IIIIII’M Matt Taven!” Lethal writhes as Taven sits a ladder up. Taven climbs but Scurll returns to yank him off. Scurll and Taven brawl and Scurll CHOPS Taven. Scurll runs to clothesline Taven out, then hops to the apron, SUPERKICK! Fans fire up with Scurll as he skins the cat. Scurll climbs but Lethal returns to club him down. Lethal laces Scurll’s legs through the ladder, for a hanging figure four! But Taven returns to climb!
Lethal lets Scurll go to go after Taven. Lethal throws Taven out and then takes the ladder to slam it on Scurll. He drags Scurll back up and puts the Figure Four back on, but Scurll pushes him out of the ring. Scrull goes back to the apron, but that bad leg slows him down. Cutter on the apron! Lethal leaves Scurll down but Taven follows Lethal into the ring. Lethal CHOPS Taven then runs, but Taven tosses Lethal out. Taven kicks Lethal then runs, to slide and powerbomb Lethal onto the ladder bridge! MSG loses their minds as Lethal suffers at the hands of his own construction! But it’s Scurll who gets back in the ring! Scurll sets a ladder up but he can only hop up rather than climb. Taven returns but Scurll gets him with CHOPS!
Scurll sets the ladder in a corner and brings Taven over, but Taven denies. Taven suplexes but Scurll slips out to drop toehold Taven to ropes. Scurll runs, Villainous 619! Scurll calls for it, then stalks Taven as fans fire up. MSG shouts along, “CHICKEN WING!” But Taven kicks low and DDT’s! Taven grins then mocks the “Melvins”. Fans tell Taven what they think of him but he takes it as a compliment. Taven tries to set up a ladder but Scrull stomps it closed on his hands! Scurll grabs that hand, but Taven kicks low again, Moonlight Drive onto the ladder! Taven grimaces as he takes the corner ladder and stands it up. He climbs up as fans jeer hard as ever, but Scurll hurries up the other side! Scurll punches away then brings Taven up, SUPERPLEX!
Both Taven and Scurll are down from that hard landing, and Lethal finally returns to the ring! Lethal forces himself to stand but Scurll SMACKS him down with an umbrella shot! Scurll aims again, but Lethal dodges to Lethal- CHICKEN WING! But Lethal rams Scurll into a ladder to break free! Scurll and Taven are on the outside and Lethal goes for the standing ladder. Lethal positions it under the belt and climbs again. But Taven returns and follows after. Lethal and Taven fight as Taven climbs up behind. Lethal even spits on Taven before punching him down! The belt is within fingertips, but Scurll creeps up from behind! Chicken Wing atop the ladder! But Lethal fights his way out, but then Scurll shoves him down.
Taven returns as Scurll stands. They both fight for the top, but Scurll grabs the fingers! SNAP! But Taven has his other hand! Scurll grabs those fingers, SNAP! But Lethal uses Scurll’s umbrella to SMACK Scurll down! But that leaves Taven up top! Taven reaches but his hands hurt, and he falls off! Taven is frustrated as he works on his fingers. Fans let him know “You Deserve It!” Lethal and Taven stand and brawl with forearms. Scurll slips in as Lethal gives Taven a Lethal Combination including the ladder! The ladder tips over but Scurll focuses on another. Lethal shoves Scurll away and stands the other ladder back up. Lethal folds it and aims it at Scurll, but Scurll gets clear! The ladders are now intertwined!
Scurll knocks Lethal down then throws him out. Scurll drags the X-Ladder to the middle of the ring, but Taven attacks. Taven suplexes but Scurll Gourd Busters Taven onto X-Ladder! Lethal returns, LETHAL INJECTION! But there’s no ladder standing! Lethal hobbles up with his bad back and dumps X-Ladder out. It almost hits the front row fans! Thankfully they were paying attention. Fans still say “That’s a Lawsuit!” Lethal goes to a fresh ladder and brings it in. Scurll blocks his way so Lethal goes around the outside. Lethal searches under the ring and brings out a table! Scurll kicks Lethal away from it, to then brain buster Lethal onto the floor! Scurll takes control of the table and sets it up. He drags Lethal up to the apron and then stands him up.
Scurll wants a piledriver but Lethal is dead weight. Lethal uppercuts and boots Scurll! Scurll enziguris Lethal down and away, but Taven SPEARS Scurll through the table!! All three men are down again and fans lose their minds all over again. Taven and Scurll crawl from the wreckage while Lethal slowly stands up. Lethal brings out a new table, but Taven has a ladder. Lethal clubs Taven then puts him on the table with an uppercut and chops. He then stands a very tall ladder up nearby. Lethal climbs it and fans beg, “Please Don’t Die!” But Lethal stands up, and Hail to the King through the table!! Lethal and Taven are in the wreckage and fans are thunderous! But with these two down, Scurll crawls into the ring! Scurll gets a ladder, brings it over, and stands it up!
Scurll climbs but Lethal pursues. They both climb on opposite sides, and then start fighting. But wait! Taven has a purple ladder!? Taven brings that in and it’s taller than the one Scurll and Lethal fight on! He stands his ladder up and climbs pass them, only for Lethal to hit him off. Lethal keeps on Taven while Scurll ditches his ladder to make it a weapon! He throws it at Lethal’s head then rams it into Taven’s body. Scurll uses Taven’s ladder, but that bad leg slows him down. Scurll goes back to the silver ladder to make a bridge to Taven’s. Lethal brings in a ladder while Taven has a chair. Lethal copies Scurll’s idea for the ladder shortcut. Taven SMACKS Lethal! Then he trips up Scurll! Taven uses Scurll’s shortcut and climbs up his purple ladder, but Lethal struggles to follow.
Both men go rung for rung then throw hands near the top! Lethal grabs for the title but Taven swats it away. Taven use the title as a weapon to SMACK Lethal! Lethal lands on the ladder bridge!! Taven takes the belt down and WINS!
Winner: Matt Taven; NEW ROH World Champion
Madison Square Garden, witness history being made! Matt Taven is now Grand Slam Champion!
“Right now is about celebrating.” For Matt Taven, this moment is about a 6-year-old boy wanting this more than anything. For the last 9 months, Taven has called himself the real world champion, and no one believed him. Everyone doubted that he was ROH’s best. It came down to Madison Square Garden, where all the “Melvins” are now proven wrong. There is no one who can claim to be ROH World Champion other than Taven. “And man, isn’t that a beautiful thing to say?” The Kingdom celebrates now that their leader finally sits upon the throne. Who will come for Taven’s crown now that it’s solid gold?
A great two hours of action between both NJPW and ROH, and quite literally with all these crossover matches. It was really great to see all these title matches and the major changes to the status quo. Ospreay VS Cobb, an amazing opener, and it’s big for Cobb to be the dual champion. He’s very active in both promotions so seeing him carry the weight of both belts will be quite the responsibility. No matter who contends for which title, I’m sure Cobb will give us great matches. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship was as fast and frantic as it should be, and I was really surprised to see Ishimori lose. Dragon Lee will make a great cross-promotion wrestler, too, and I really like his hopes for facing Hiromu again. Whether we get Lee VS Ishimori or Lee VS Hiromu, both rematches will be great.
The Fatal 4 Way Tag was insane, and it’s great to see GoD win to have both belts. Their interview promos were great on their shoot merits. That Realest Guys “invasion” was definitely surprising. Seems like ROH didn’t tell their NJPW partners, which explains why Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa came off genuinely upset. Tama’s main point seems to be truly accurate, that ROH just isn’t at NJPW’s level pulling a stunt like that. And lastly, the ROH World Championship Ladder Match was pretty extreme. Perhaps too extreme, as they didn’t handle “X-Ladder” right. Never dump something like that near fans, go to the ramp side. It was quite the surprise to see Taven win, but perhaps ROH likes him better than their booking appears. No offense to Lethal, but I hope Scurll is first to challenge Taven, to bring their story of Kingdom VS Villain Enterprises into it.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/13/19)
Who qualifies for the Crockett Cup?!
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?
- 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.
PLAY BY PLAY
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?
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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