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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shelton Benjamin w/ Chad Gable VS Jey Uso w/ Jimmy; Benjamin wins.
  • The Bludgeon Brothers VS The Hype Bros; The Bludgeon Brothers win.
  • WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Natalya; Natalya wins by disqualification, Charlotte retains.
  • Handicap Tag Team Lumberjack Match: The New Day VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn; win(s).

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Survivor Series was neck and neck until the very end.

Raw and SmackDown won three matches apiece and it all came down to the traditional Men’s 5v5 Elimination Tag Match. Star-studded and surprising, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn worked to screw their own show over by attaching Shane O’Mac, only to be run off with chair shots and RKOs, but it still worked to eliminate The Viper. Shane was left all alone, and it all ended with Triple H attacking Angle to trick Shane. How will the Blue Brand bounce back?

The SmackDown Commissioner, Shane McMahon, comes to the ring.

Captain of the losing team comes out to welcome Houston to tonight’s show. So close but so far was the entire team of SmackDown. Stephanie surely spins the story well, but SmackDown proved that they — even in defeat — is still THE Show in the WWE. Shane is so proud of his superstars, proud of their intensity, their grit, and their determination. This roster bleeds blue and do it with pride and for the fans. All but two: Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, get out here now! The Best Friends oblige! And are all smiles, too. So what side of you is it now, Shane? Death-Defying or Drunk-with-Power? Shane always starts SmackDown with an excuse as to why Shane failed. Which is harder for Shane? To come up with new excuses all the time, or to man up and apologize when he was wrong? Shane should be on hands and knees begging for forgiveness for not having them on the team. These two can beat anyone on any other night. These two would’ve beaten The Shield! Yup. These two could’ve beaten all five men of Team Raw: Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman, Kurt Angle and yes, even Triple H. Double yup. And either of them could, and would, beat Brock Lesnar. Triple yup! So skip the pleasantries and just be a man, tell them you are sorry. Shane reminds them they are speaking to The Commissioner. And for the first time in Kevin’s life, shut your mouth. These two have no respect for anyone in the WWE. Check. No respect for Shane. Double check. And these two have no respect for anyone in the crowd. Triple check! In that case, this next part will be quite easy. Two words for you — no no no, you can’t fire them! They’re too valuable! Everyone in the locker room looks up to them, wants to be them! Everyone in the industry respects them and not even Shane is foolish enough to disrespect these two Hall of Fame stars, the top two superstars in the WWE. So delusional. Shane is going to ask if they see their own delusion. The locker room hates them. These two are the worst megalomaniacs in WWE ever. Therefore, listen up to the two words Shane has for you: Daniel Bryan? The SmackDown GM wants Shane to slow down. He has every right to fire Sami & Kevin, but before doing that, put personal feelings aside. Finally a voice of reason. Sami has always seen Bryan as a reasonable man, and stopping Shane’s personal — Sami, shut up. Bryan has a better solution for this situation. Everyone in the back hates them, and Randy Orton had to be sent home so he couldn’t get at them. But The New Day, too, for last week when #Rawtaliation happened. So time for Kevin & Sami to prove they’re the best against The New Day. First, that’s bogus and unfair, that’s 3v2. Sami, shut up! That’s not the end of it. Everyone hates you two and wants at you. And they just might, because it will be a tag team Lumberjack match!

Shelton Benjamin w/ Chad Gable VS Jey Uso w/ Jimmy!

Now that the battles for brand supremacy are over with, it is back to SmackDown supremacy as the Gold Standard goes up against one half of the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions. The bell rings, the two circle, tie up, fans are strongly behind the Usos even as Benjamin puts Jey in a corner. Clean break but Benjamin grins confidently. The two tie up again, Benjamin puts Jey in a corner again but Jey dodges to give Benjamin a stuff uppercut. And another, but then Benjamin gives a knee. Headlock on but Jey powers out, Benjamin runs Jey over. Benjamin gets running, Jey runs him over. Benjamin gets to a corner, Jey runs in but is put on the apron, Jey rocks Benjamin with a right hand, climbs up, Benjamin knocks him off the top and to the floor with a big knee attack! Gable trash talks but Jimmy backs him off as we go picture in picture.

Benjamin goes out to fetch Jey, brings him over and scoop slams him on the ground. Benjamin drags Jey up and puts him in the ring, Jey gets up but is given knees in the corner, as well as forearms. Benjamin backs up, Jimmy coaches Jey back into things and Jey rocks Benjamin with more signature uppercuts. Benjamin grabs Jey by his hair, forearms and elbows against the ropes. Benjamin whips Jey corner to corner, Jey hits buckles hard. Jey gets to the apron but Benjamin is upon him, pulling Jey into the ropes for a choke. Benjamin lets go and Jey snaps back against apron edge as he gasps for air. Benjamin drags Jey in to a chinlock, Jey endures the squeeze and gets to his feet to fight out with body shots. Jey runs, Benjamin gives him a bigspinebuster! Cover, TWO, but Benjamin is not frustrated, he puts Jey right back into a chinlock. Jey endures as fans build to a rally, we go single picture again as Jey gets up and gives more body shots. Uppercut rocks Benjamin, then another, Benjamin gives a knee back. Back suplex slipped out, mule kick and uppercut. Jey dodges, then hits Benjamin with a Samoan Drop! Jey takes aim, corner to corner for the running hip attack! Benjamin slumps out of the ring, Gable coaches him but Jey builds speed, Gable blocks the path, only for Jimmy to trip him up. Jimmy goes to throw Gable but Gable reverses, Jimmy crashes into barriers! Benjamin back in, roll-up, TWO, SUPERKICK! TWO! Jey is a bit shocked, but he keeps his cool. Jey goes to the apron, Gable rushes him but gets a SUPERKICK to send him down. Jey climbs up, takes aim, Uso Splash hits nothing, Benjamin hits Pay Dirt! Benjamin wins one for his team, can “American Alpha 2.0” get back to title contention?

Sami & Kevin talk with someone backstage.

Kevin & Sami know this person is no friend to Shane McMahon nor Daniel Bryan. Management might be gunning for the Prizefighter and Underdog now, but it’s only a matter of time until they treat you the same, so can you be on the side of Sami & Kevin, Baron Corbin? The Lone Wolf wants something in return. Well uh, standing up to Shane, so it’s the principle of — principles? Corbin can’t stand Kevin & Sami either! So find someone more “weak minded” to manipulate? He has a point… The two Best Friends talk to BOBBY ROODE. The GLORIOUS One should want to be somebody on the main roster. Or are you another pawn? So much potential in Roode, so as a Lumberjack, is he going to be like everyone else or stand out? Like Sami & Kevin. Are you guys out of your minds? Roode was in the 5v5 Men’s match Sunday, Roode’s first WWE PPV and Survivor Series, the biggest opportunity of his career, and yet these two ruin it for him and all of SmackDown. See you out there, because he owes you both a receipt. Trying to recruit cronies isn’t going so well, will it turn from 3v2 to Everyone VS Sami & Kevin?

Naomi is down that SmackDown lost.

It still felt good to see Charlotte win against Alexa Bliss, though. Just like Charlotte beat Natalya before Survivor Series, and she’ll do it again after Survivor Series. But NXT’s Ruby Riot is here? And introductions to a couple other NXT women, Ms. 201 Liv Morgan, and #CountryStrong Sarah Logan. But don’t get up, they’re just here, to beat you down! Deja vu from how the Glampire, Paige, led an attack with NXT women, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose! Naomi gets thrown into trunks, just like Alexa Bliss on Raw, but then Becky Lynch to the rescue! Only to get all the same in a 3v1 beating. And an even worse beating as Becky is put between doors and is crushed between them! A few referees appear to back the NXT women down and call for medical attention, just what is this uprising within the Women’s Divisions?

Shane McMahon talks with Daniel Bryan backstage.

The GM is sure making a lot of moves tonight. Asurprise call-up of three NXT women? Wow. And the Lumberjack handicap match for Kevin & Sami, genius. Shane has cooled off, he’s seeing the big picture. Firing was always an option but with this, The New Day and the entire SmackDown men’s division gets their piece. Then, when Sami & Kevin lose, they’ll get fired, right? Shane can’t wait. And before Shane does any other drastic action, he’ll just go back to his hotel room and watch in peace. Bryan, you’re in charge, have a good time.

The Bludgeon Brothers VS The Hype Bros!

Luke Harper & Erick Rowan have reinvented themselves now that they’re finally free of Bray Wyatt’s hold on them, are Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder in for a world of hurt? The Red Lamb starts against Mojo, the bell rings, Rowan kicks and runs Mojo over. Harper lurks on the outside as Ryder gets blasted off the apron and into the announce desk, Harper finishes Ryder with a boot! Harper throws Ryder into steel steps, Rowan and Harper flank Mojo. Mojo is worried, but he hypes himself up to go right at Rowan. Rowan catches Mojo’s crossbody and slams him down, tag to Harper. Harper slaps Rowan to fire him up before the whip into the corner, a smothering clothesline and then Mojo is fed to Harper’s boot! Tag back to Rowan, the Bludgeon Brothers roar as they bring Mojo up, double crucifix slam! The Bludgeon Brothers win, are they back for good?

Backstage interview with Natalya.

The self-professed new Best There Is, Best There Was and Best There Ever Will Be prepares to become champion again, but what does she think of the changing landscape in the division? The only change that matters is the title change that will happen when Natty wins tonight. Charlotte is running wild over her biggest win, over Natty, and it was so “precious” when she and her father Ric Flair celebrated. And congrats on beating Alexa Bliss, Natty’s cat could do that. Charlotte thinks she’s Wonder Woman, but Natty wonderswhich woman will knock her down; it’s Natty, of course. And Ric Flair can really cry his eyes out when Natty becomes the SmackDown Women’s Champion again, and forever. Will the Queen of Harts take her thrown back from the Queen of Flair?

AJ Styles comes to the ring!

The Phenomenal One took on The Beast for the first time ever anywhere, and though it was rough at the start, Styles toughed it out to push Brock Lesnar to the limit. However, that limit wasn’t enough to break Lesnar, a springboard into an F5 and the Universal Champion toppled the World Champion. But at least Paul Heyman gave him incredible praise by saying AJ Styles is the modern day epitome of what Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart and Ric Flair were but even better. As for Styles himself, he first enjoys the ovation Houston gives him, but wishes he could be the one celebrating. Not because he didn’t try, he gave Lesnar everything, but Lesnar is everything we thought he was. The crazy part: phone calls, texts, tweets, all said “Congratulations, Styles, you went one-on-one with The Beast and held your own.” But, Styles said it once and he’ll say it again, WWE doesn’t give trophies for second place. After Survivor Series, Styles wasn’t the one limping to the back, though. If Lesnar wants another go, remember this: in Rocky II, Rocky wins. But enough about Survivor Series, on to “The House that AJ Styles Built!” Styles is salty because a certain someone said they were going to take the title away tonight. Jinder Mahal said he’d take it away on SmackDown. Well, Styles is right here, ready to compete, if the Modern Day Maharaja wants him, come get him! But Mahal is on the titantron. Mahal comes out when he wants, but he’s too busy re-watching Styles lose over and over again. Styles only won that WWE Championship because he took advantage of a distracted Mahal who was prepared for Lesnar. If Mahal had competed at Survivor Series, he’d be SmackDown’s Beast Master! That sounds so stupid. But if Mahal won’t come out here, for as well rested as he looks not competing at Survivor Series — Mahal gets his rematch when he wants it! He brought dignity to that title, and had 1.3 BILLION people of India looking up to him! Mahal chooses when he wants his rematch. Styles is a disgrace, and they will clash, but somewhere more deserving than Texas. Mahal invokes his rematch at Clash of Champions! Mahal laughs and the Singh Brothers ambush Styles! Samir & Sunil beat Styles down but then Styles beats them down. Mahal isn’t laughing anymore as Styles gives out a Styles Clash! Will the Phenomenal One be ready for the Maharaja’s challenge in one month?

Kevin & Sami keep looking for allies.

They hear Aiden English singing a new rendition of the Rusev Day anthem. They applaud WWE’s Drama King, he has a gift. Rusev asks what they’re up to. Well everyone in America wants to celebrate Thanksgiving, but Sami & Kevin are proud French Canadians, so they don’t “buy into all that crap.” They’ll celebrate Rusev Day! They understand Rusev & English, and they get Kevin & Sami, right? The attack during Survivor Series wasn’t about betraying SmackDown but teaching Shane a lesson. Rusev got his qualifying match cancelled and yet Cena just joins? The people who don’t understand how unfair that is, is the New Day. Those three are jealous that Rusev Day is more popular. And, Sami just heard this somewhere, The New Day thinks English is a bad singer. Just something to consider before the Lumberjack match. Have Kevin & Sami won over some allies after all?

WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Natalya!

Another battle of SmackDown’s Queens, but only one woman can reign supreme on the Blue Brand! The bell rings and Natty goes right at Charlotte, headlock takeover and then some furious strikes. Natty runs but gets run over, Charlotte gives those Flair chops “WOO~!” Natty dodges the fourth and gives a discus clothesline, then going for Sharpshooter but Charlotte denies it. Natty instead throws Charlotte into a buckle and embraces the heat as we go picture in picture.

Natty baseball slide dropkicks Charlotte out of the ring, then embraces the heat again. Charlotte slowly stirs, Natty comes out to stomp her and throw her into barriers. Natty grins as she keeps on Natty around the side. Natty puts Charlotte back in, cover, TWO. Natty is already frustrated as she puts Charlotte in a corner and stomps a mudhole in her. Natty hammers away on Charlotte, drags her out by her hair, Natty tells the fans to “Shut! Up!” before giving Charlotte a snap suplex. Natty walks all over Charlotte, then taunts, but Charlotte rolls her up, TWO. Natty gets Charlotte with a stiff forearm and then whips her to a corner, Charlotte tumbles to the apron and shoulders in, slingshot roll-up, but no cover, Charlotte gives Natty a neckbreaker into exploder! Natty gets to a corner, Charlotte rushes in but is elbowed back, Natty gives Charlotte a right hand. Natty drags Charlotte around for a whip but Charlotte kicks back and hits a sunset flip but Natty rolls through for a dropkick. Natty keeps on Charlotte in a corner, more right hands until the ref backs her up. We go single picture as Charlotte elbows out and gives forearms to Natty now. Charlotte climbs up for corner punches, getting 5 but then Natty gives her a sit-out powerbomb! TWO! Both women are down out of exhaustion, fans rally for Charlotte but Natty is up first. “You will never beat me!” Sharpshooter in! Charlotte endures the legendary submission as she crawls and claws her way over, ropebreak! Natty lets go but rains rights down on Charlotte, but the ref backs her off. Natty runs back in, Charlotte counters with a backbreaker to complete shot into the buckles. Charlotte drags Natty into position, walks over her, climbs up top and… MOONSAULT gets knees! Natty catches her breath as Charlotte rolls away. Natty spins, into a SPEAR! Natty is gasping but she falls out of the ring. Charlotte recovers, but then the NXT women return! They go right after Natty! Match ended here, but this raucous trio led by Ruby Riot is not down, they slam Natty off the announce table. Fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” as Natty is then put into a post! Ruby finishes Natty off with a running kick, but the riot is not over. She and her allies flank the ring, the Women’s Champion watches them all. Boot for Sarah, elbow for Liv, but 3v1 makes it nothing more than a beating. Ruby drags Charlotte up, Sarah runs, to boot Charlotte down! Charlotte is dazed as Liv gets a turn, jumping code breaker! Ruby wants a turn, she drags the limp Charlotte up for the falling enziguri! Just like Paige, Sonya & Mandy last night, Ruby, Sarah & Liv are here to change everything in SmackDown’s Women’s Division. Can anyone hope to stop them?

Daniel Bryan is asked about the actions of Ruby Riot and company.

An interesting situation, but no comment at this time. However, Kevin & Sami come over to say they know exactly what’s going to happen in the main event. Sami & Kevin will be “ripped limb from limb” because everyone else is jealous. Final reminder to their value: if Bryan does what Kevin & Sami think he’s gonna do, that will be the biggest mistake he ever made. Bryan simply wishes them good luck.

Handicap Tag Team Lumberjack Match: The New Day VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn!

Leading the way for the Lumberjacks is the King of Strong Style, Shinsuke Nakamura, and he’s joined by everyone from The Usos to Tye Dillinger to The Fashion Police. But don’t you dare be sour! Clap for your world famous four-time champs and feel, the powah~! And they’re also serving New Day pancakes.

My Thoughts:

Much like Raw, this is an interesting SmackDown to follow Survivor Series. First, it isn’t just Raw that gets three women added to the roster, and it isn’t just Raw that has those three women running roughshod over the existing roster. Is this the next phase of WWE’s Women’s Revolution? An NXT Women’s Invasion? Seems a bit odd that they chose Liv Morgan, though, she’s still so much like a Carmella clone right now, but I suppose there just weren’t many women in NXT’s midcard that could fit this team-player Heel position. And I hate to say it, but after seeing the gimmick in action, “Bludgeon Brothers” Harper & Rowan (who seem to have lost their first names) are basically WWE’s bootleg version of ROH’s War Machine, Rowe & Hanson. It’s great that Harper & Rowan won but it’s going to take time for them to feel like tag team championship material again.


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Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 6 B Block

Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?

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Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?

This whole day is based around two major things:

Will Jay White or Tetsuya Naito get a win?

Will Moxley or Ishii kill one another?

Let’s find out!

Ratings:

  • Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens vs Zack Sabre Jr & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Fale wins via Grenade @4:50 – **
  • Tomoaki Honma & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer: Archer wins via EBD Claw Hold @9:50 – **
  • SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI vs KENTA, Kota Ibushi & Clark Connors: BUSHI wins via MX @9:02 – ** 1/2
  • YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay & Toa Henare: YOSHI wins via Fisherman Buster @8:45 – ** 1/4
  • B Block: Shingo Takagi vs Taichi: Takagi wins via Last of the Dragon @14:40 – ****
  • B Block: Jeff Cobb vs Juice Robinson: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @13:20 – *** 1/2
  • B Block: Toru Yano vs Jay White: Yano wins via Brass Knuckle Low Blow/Roll-Up @3:05 – ** 1/2
  • B Block: Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto: Naito wins via Destino @16:00 – *** 3/4
  • B Block: Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii: Moxley wins via Deathrider @20:35 – **** 1/2

 

Analysis:

Well Fale tried to outsmart the Rainmaker in his last G1 match, and that didn’t go too well. So Sabre is being a whiny child, tried to step to Fale and for the most part, got brushed off. Fale isn’t really in a position to eat another loss, but it’s unusual for Sabre to be doing so poorly. I’m curious if Sabre continues this slide until maybe TAKA Michinoku returns to be his hype man, or Sabre gets off the schneid.

People, everybody dies. You know that, Lance knows that, Honma knows that…Kairi Sane knows that. This didn’t really add much to things except the undercurrent of a quiet Minoru Suzuki is scary for the whole world. Also – Everybody Dies!

Now that SANADA and EVIL have had their match, there is some symbiosis back on the LIJ undercards. KENTA and Kota teaming together was a cute call back, but nothing of heavy merit came from this match. BUSHI continues to rack up positive momentum during these tags, Clark Connors is impressive for an LA Dojo Young Lion. So decent match, but aside from EVIL and KENTA brawling after the match and SANADA and Ibushi having a rather civil fan support battle, nothing too important for the impending matches.

Okada and Ospreay did have the crowd hot, but aside from a small flourish, this was mostly YOSHI and Henare. Surprisingly, YOSHI-HASHI has put together a few pinfalls in the tag matches, so that tends to actually play a role in the second half story telling. Ospreay may be on his way to a big upset since even if Okada seems to be positioned to win A Block, he won’t make it through unscathed.

Now this was a fun match. It was a continuation of the Suzuki-Gun/LIJ drama, but Taichi has his own issues. Shingo is fighting as a Junior Heavyweight and Taichi moved up to Heavyweight last year, but was overlooked for the G1. So the fact that Shingo asks and gets in, yet Taichi moves up and was ignored has to bother him. With all of these little things eating through, Taichi brought out the Dangerous T that many of us have grown to love. Sure there was a brief moment of shenanigans with lovely Miho and the microphone stand, but 90% of the match was on the up and up. Pumping Bomber versus Axe Bomber was great, the callbacks to both of their mentors was wonderful and just generally speaking, when the Holy Emperor tries, those are great matches. Shingo getting the win won’t sit well with Taichi, but we’ve got plenty more time to see how this all falls.

Juice starts off the match in a 3 way tie for first, but Cobb really needs a win to legitimize his tournament. Being undefeated in ROH for about a year, as well as all his other accolades, he needs to stop losing. Cobb showed a little more fire than usual in this match and took it to Juice. Juice has been in hard hitting affairs all tournament and it looks like Juice might’ve finally hit the wall. Should be interesting to see if Juice flounders from here or if he recovers.

Well the Chaos revenge tour has another stop with Toru Yano and Jay White. Jay has not gotten off to a good start and it’s all his past decisions coming to bite him. This match…would be no different. Yano takes advantage of Gedo getting involved. Between Barbara Jean the turnbuckle pad and the brass knuckles from Gedo, Jay White’s nuts didn’t stand a chance. So Yano runs away with 2 more points and Jay’s pride…and other things…are a bit sore.

Goto started off the tournament looking like a new man, Naito has also looked different, but for different reasons. Naito sitting in the basement with zero points and Goto with the renewed sense of purpose makes for an odd dynamic. This match is one of their usual ones, where it’s quick bursts, hard hitting and a few solid false finishes. However, at multiple points Naito’s usual tranquilo is shaken and you can see him show levels of concern. Goto being the one with the power in the match, makes for some unique interactions. Naito does pull off the win, but it’s not for Goto’s lack of trying and kicking out of one running Destino. Naito finally gets some points, but it’s nothing near dominant enough to breathe a sigh of relief.

Moxley versus Ishii was the insane hard hitting match we expected. Ishii even flew. He hit a splash on Moxley through a table. The Stone Pitbull flew. Yes I realize there is a callback to Masato Tanaka in that move, but you don’t understand, Ishii flew. Anyway, the beauty of Red Shoes as a referee is he understands each wrestlers personality, so he gives them a little more leash to do what they like to do. Moxley used weapons, Ishii egged it on, there were huge strikes, Ishii’s torpedo style rising headbutts and just good violence. This was a bar fight and no one was upset. Moxley getting the win was a little surprising since most of us assume he won’t be available for many if any later dates once AEW TV starts up. This was just a nice change of pace for the usual New Japan and/or Strong Style match.

 

Overall Score: 7.75/10

With a great Taichi match and Moxley changing the pace, this show was definitely something to behold. Jay White’s continued spiral is more amusing than Sabre’s since this seems like retribution where Sabre is just a punk bitch when he loses. Even with an uneventful undercard, the main Block matches kept everything moving upward and onward.

With Moxley as the sole 3-0, who unseats the Death Rider?

 

B Block Standings:

  • Jon Moxley – 3-0 (6 Points)
  • Toru Yano – 2-1 (4 Points)
  • Tomohiro Ishii – 2-1 (4 Points)
  • Juice Robinson – 2-1 (4 Points)
  • Shingo Takagi – 2-1 (4 Points)
  • Jeff Cobb – 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Tetsuya Naito – 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Hirooki Goto – 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Taichi – 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Jay White – 0-3 (0 Points)


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

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

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ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 408

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

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

ROH looks back to Best in the World.

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

 

Kenny King joins ROH commentary for this opening contest.

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

 

Proving Ground: Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall

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

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

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

 

ROH hears from Kelly Klein.

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

 

ROH looks back to June 29th.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ROH hears from Rush.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Jay Lethal & The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning

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

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

 


 

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.2/10


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