ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, EPISODE 323
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- ROH World Television Championship Contender Series: Silas Young w/ The Beer City Bruiser VS Jonathan Gresham; Young wins and qualifies for the ROH WTVC Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match at Final Battle.
- War Machine VS ???; no contest
- 8 Man Tag: The Bullet Club VS Flip Army; The Bullet Club wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Bullet Club is ready for tonight’s main event!
They’re taking on Flip Gordon, Scorpio Sky and Team Coast2Coast. Marty Scurll christens them Team High-Spot of Bother, and the Bullet Club shares a great laugh. Matt Jackson has a question: Where do you think you’re going? #BeingtheElite. But Scurll tells “Flip Army” where it’s going: South! Once Bullet Club finishes with them, Gordon won’t be able to flip ever again. “Welcome to Ring of Honor!”
ROH World Television Championship Contender Series:
Silas Young w/ The Beer City Bruiser VS Jonathan Gresham!
Current ROH WTVC, Kenny K I N G, joins commentary to see if the Last Real Man or the Octopus will join him, Punishment Martinez and Notorious Shane Taylor at Final Battle. The bell rings, the two tie up, Silas powers Gresham back into a corner. Ropebreak is clean, except Bruiser trips up Gresham to give Silas an opening to bump Gresham off buckles and then scoop slam him down. “Too easy” Silas says, but toying with Gresham gets his arm caught and clipped between Gresham’s legs. Silas runs back, gets caught in a hammerlock, and his attempts to reverse are reversed by Gresham. Ropebreak again, Gresham honors it but Silas gives a stiff back elbow. Gresham is put into a hammerlock now, Gresham runs to then send Silas out of the ring on pure momentum. Silas walks off his frustration, but he and Bruiser get on the apron. Distraction works, Silas runs Gresham over. Silas tries to speed up but Gresham presents legs to block not just once but twice. Silas gets frustrated, he yanks Gresham up by his legs, Gresham lands on his feet and dares Silas to swing on him. Silas falls for it, gets caught in a waistlock, standing switch, another switch, Silas trips Gresham but gets shoved out of the ring. Fans applaud while Silas is frustrated again. He regroups with Bruiser before getting back in the ring, Silas gives a hand to Gresham. He also offers a hand, Gresham doesn’t trust it but Silas crosses his heart this is respectful. But then he has fingers crossed behind his back. Gresham still takes the handshake, but blocks the kick. Gresham puts the foot down, ducks the sucker punch and rolls Silas, TWO, things speed up and they run the ropes! Fans are loving this, Silas sunset flips, but Gresham puts himself in a pretzel knot!
Silas is confused, and the referee can’t count because Gresham’s shoulders are up. On top of that, Silas’ arms got caught in the knot! He can’t let go! Bruiser coaches Silas on his escape from the knot. Silas gets one arm free after some struggling, then uses his foot to help pry the other arm out. But that just means Gresham has Silas’ foot! Gresham spins Silas around, then gently sets the foot down, but Silas has to go and slap Gresham in the head. Gresham brings that foot up again and asks the fans what he should do with it. Up? Up! He dumps Silas on his back, fakes a dropkick, to then kick that leg, and then still give him a dropkick. The Octopus has Philly fired up as we go to break.
We return to Silas in control now, elbowing Gresham in the head. Silas toys with Gresham now, giving him a slap across the face. Gresham gives one back, and another, and he backs Silas down into a corner. The ref backs down the irate Gresham, and counts on Silas to get up. Silas is up at 3, but Gresham blocks his boot to give him a haymaker. Gresham goes to suplex Silas but Silas counters, Gresham slips out and boots Silas back. Gresham hops up, grabs Silas, Tornado Suplex! The Octopus wants to finish this now as he climbs up and rallies the fans. Bruiser tells the fans to shut up as Gresham takes aim, HIGH Flying Crossbody!
TWO, but Gresham isn’t upset. He declares “Search & Destroy!” as he runs and kicks out one of Silas’ arms. Kenny notes he doesn’t like that name. That aside, Gresham goes for the Octopus Stretch but Silas resists. Spin around, shove, and backbreaker to lariat! Silas stands Gresham up again, fireman’s carry and starts running, Gresham slides down and lets him go into buckles. Gresham rolls back, they do-si-do and the Octopus gets the Octopus Stretch!
Silas endures, Gresham flexes, and Gresham begins to torque and wrench that left arm! Bruiser panics and rolls that keg into the ring. The ref gets it out of the ring, but then Bruiser comes in and blindsides Gresham!
Bruiser’s out of the ring before the ref sees a thing. Gresham and Silas get to opposite corners, Silas runs in but gets a boot. And another, Gresham hops up, flying huricanrana throws Silas! Gresham keeps moving, Bruiser trips him up again, but Gresham still ducks Silas’ lariat, and he fakes Bruiser out, Quebrada moonsault!
And then he DIVES onto Bruiser!
Philly fires up for Gresham as he climbs up to the top rope again. He takes aim but Bruiser returns to trip him up. Gresham fights him off, jumps, but Silas ducks under. Silas gets Gresham in the full-nelson, knee to face! Then, fireman’s carry and the spin, Misery!
Silas wins and is in! Kenny gives most of the credit to Bruiser at ringside. Will the Last Real Man have Beer City assistance in taking the throne from the K I N G?
The Kingdom speaks.
Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan and Vinnie Marseglia still cry “conspiracy” against them. And if people don’t know, they better know now, because there is “no other possible explanation” why the Sassy Wild Horse and Mr. Inksanity had to wait even this long for a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Championships. Or the ROH World Six Man titles for that matter, never truly lost them. But next week they get their chance at the two-man titles against the Motor City Machine Guns, and when they win, they’ll carry those titles all the way to Final Battle against Best Friends, Baretta & Chuckie T. “The reality of the situation” is that the Kingdom will become new ROH World Tag Team Champions, and MCMG will “become the victims.” Can the Kingdom overcome the conspiracy that exists in their minds?
ROH looks back to the incident between Bully Ray and the Briscoes.
Bully expressed his love and respect for ROH, both company and fans. However, Jay Briscoe came out to express that Bully is “going out like a bitch.” And just when Joe Koff stands up for Bully, Bully gets blindsided by Briscoe! No respect or honor from a once great ROH champion, but in stepped an ECW original, Tommy Dreamer! He backed Jay down, and then Mark Briscoe appeared. It looked as if some sense was being talked into Jay, only for Mark to show the same level of disrespect to Dreamer! With only girlfriend, Velvet Sky, to defend Bully, Bully suffered the fate of taking his own legendary finisher, the 3D. Both Briscoes are on the same page, but perhaps on the wrong side of this situation. What is the condition of Bully Ray? What are the consequences for Mark & Jay Briscoe?
War Machine VS ???
Rowe & Hanson are looking to regain those ROH World Tag Team Championships to resume their “World Domination”, but The Fallen Angel and Heavy Metal Rebel ruined some of that for them. Speaking of The Addiction, The Addiction jumps War Machine!
No surprise given The Addiction is on their own campaign to ruin ROH. However, Hanson turns things around on Daniels and Rowe does the same to Kaz. Now the beat down is in War Machine’s favor as Kaz goes into barriers and Daniels is stomped out on the ground. War Machine hoists The Addiction on their shoulders and head for each other, but Daniels & Kaz slip down to shove Hanson & Rowe into each other! This ringside brawl continues, Daniels goes into barriers! As for Kaz, he becomes a long dart, but Daniels ducks, so Kaz lands on fans!
Everyone in the arena is shocked, Daniels scrambles into the ring and Kaz realizes the damage he did to the woman who took the brunt of the impact.
Ian Riccaboni says this is on The Addiction, The Addiction says this is on War Machine, but only War Machine shows any concern for the injured fan. What will the consequences be for all four men, and ROH as a whole?
It’s time for Coleman’s Pulpit!
“The Most Versatile Man in this Sport Today” had the ROH WTVC on the show before, and he’s back again, it’s Kenny King as Caprice Coleman’s first repeat guest!
Still champion, even with many title defenses under his belt. Of course, the next one is going to be the most challenging as he has three challengers coming for him. But that’s the truth of being a champion, the work only truly begins now. Kenny takes on all comers, no matter who they are, but Kenny promises each one of them will #BendtheKnee. Heard that. But just don’t let them do you like on the Bachelorette. Funny, Coleman, real funny. Speaking of, though, Coleman has a surprise~! Oh yeah right. Last time someone said that, Kenny’s daughter surprised him at the show. Is she here? No. Coleman is going to instead bring the reality to the reality star. Does Kenny think the title is all him? That he alone earned the title? Because in Coleman’s mind, he didn’t. ROH is using Kenny to pop ratings, like Kenny’s not the King but a pawn! And then with the right pawn as bait, the other pieces will come after him and get more ratings. Coleman can’t believe Kenny things he’s a King. Kenny’s actually a peasant. Yet you’re using your daughter to also pop ratings. That’s even more than being a pawn or peasant, that’s being a punk. What did Coleman just say?! Okay, Kenny sees what this is, this “pulpit bullshit” is Coleman being a false prophet. Kenny has no time for that, he is a King, and Kings are higher than Bishops, so how about he put the title on the line against Coleman in Florida, and put you in checkmate. Has Coleman made Kenny into his pawn? Or will he also #BendtheKnee?
8 Man Tag: The Bullet Club VS Flip Army!
Gordon has recruited Scorpio Sky, Shaheem Ali & Leon St. Giovanni in efforts to give payback for the bullying The Bullet Club has subjected each of them to in and out of the ring, will the score be settled here tonight?
Jay Lethal has joined commentary!
Not just for the sake of watching this major main event between ROH’s rising stars and ruling champions, he also has vested interest in the state of The Villain, Marty Scurll, who is his Final Battle opponent. Ian and Colt Cabana just hope that, on a night already filled with chaos and tension, Lethal can control himself.
But wait, what’s this? The ROH World Heavyweight Champion is here!
Cody The American Nightmare is here to support his faction, as well as give them hugs.
But Cody wouldn’t be Cody if he didn’t take time to speak. “You’re pipe dream of defeating the Bullet Club is just that: it’s a dream.” A bit like The Peacock, Dalton Castle, defeating Cody for the ROH WHC. Go ahead, boo Cody, cheer Castle, everyone loves the underdog who chases the title. Take a deep breath, because Castle is a “choke artist”. We take a commercial break so things can sort out before this match finally begins.
We return as Scurll starts against LSG, “Too Sweet! WOOP WOOP!” as Lethal protests Cody being ringside now. Scurll and LSG tie up, wristlock and arm wrench, LSG kip-up and reverses but Scurll kicks and whips. LSG goes up and over, waistlock, standing switch, arm wrench release. The fans cheer for Marty, the tie up again, wristlock from LSG but Scurll rolls and spins to reverse that into his own hammerlock, headlock takeover but headscissor counter. The two stand up, LSG narrowly avoids an eye poke but Scurll still gets the front facelock, LSG spins and wrings Scurll’s arm, Scurll flaps his wings. Cody gets up on the apron so that all five Bullet Club members can “Woop Woop” together.
The referee reprimands Cody, and throws him out! Fans boo, the Bullet Club was just having fun, but Lethal is happy with this. Fans protest “No! No! No!” but Cody obeys authority, he takes his leave. Matt Jackson tags in and dares Flip to get in and shake his hand. Fans want that, too, but Scorpio steps up instead. He tags in, circles with Matt, tie up, headlock from Matt but Scorpio powers out, only to be shouldered down. Things speed up, jumping sunset flip, ONE, running headscissors but Matt cartwheels through. Scorpio blocks the superkick, spins Matt around, dropkick from Scorpio knock Matt down! Matt gets to a corner, and Scorpio lets him tag in brother Nick. Nick wants Flip now, fans cheer for Flip, Flip tags in. These two circle now, Nick wants a handshake. Flip’s fallen for that too many times, but Nick shows him it’s safe as he shakes Scurll’s hand. Doesn’t matter to Flip, he won’t shake, so Nick kicks him and puts on a headlock. Flip powers out, Nick runs him over, Flip kip-up right away, things speed up, Flip shows off his handstand skills. Nick dropkicks him right out of it. Flip gets to a corner, Nick whips him corner to corner but is reversed, Nick slips out and shoulders back in. Nick slingshots up and over, sharp chop to Flip before going acrobatic to arm-drag flip but Flip handsprings through, only to get another dropkick. Fans are all fired up, Nick runs in, Flip puts him on the apron and gives him a back elbow. Nick slingshots over as Flip slides out, but then Flip gets to the apron as Nick cartwheel moonsaults out. Flip tries an asai from the apron but Nick dodges that, alley oop leads to an apron mule kick, Flip climbs and goes for a SUPER Asai!
Nick dodges, they both get in the ring now, Flip tries a Quebrada but Nick dodges, Flip uses kip-ups to avoid superkicks! Once, twice, thrice, four times, five times, and Nick just gets frustrated. Fans are loving it, though, and we go to break.
Back again, Nick still wants that handshake. Fans say Flip should, but when Flip looks away to see what his team thinks, Matt runs in to snag that handshake!
“Where do you think you’re going!?” Scurll helps out, “Shhh…!” FINGER SNAP! “Welcome to Ring of Honor!” SUPERKICK!
The fans and Bullet Club are fired up, “This is awesome!” as Scorpio Sky runs in only to take the alley-oop dropkick! C2C comes in and whips the Bucks, but are reversed, C2C grabs onto ropes to then kick Matt away and double team Nick, jumping shot facebuster combo!
Then for Matt, Tu Lo Sabes!
Hangman is in now, he rallies on C2C with clotheslines, fireman’s carry drop for LSG, then Dropsault!
Philly is fired up all over again, handspring dropkick for Scorpio, mule kick from Scurll. Hangman up top, aimed at C2C, SUPER Asai!
Terminator drums for The Bullet Club, Scurll and the Bucks hit the poses, the Bucks build speed to double DIVE!
Direct hits on Scorpio and C2C, but now everyone flaps and “WOOP WOOP” as The Villain prepares to fly. However, Flip slips in, SUPERKICK to Scurll!
Even though fans boo, Flip keeps going, triangle jump crossbody!
Flip wipes out Bullet Club and Flip Army as fans chant for “ROH! ROH!” Nick is put in the ring, Flip follows him to unload kicks and forearms. “One Sweet” eye poke! Fans cheer for “One Sweet! WOOP WOOP!” as Nick picks Flip apart. The Bullet Club regroups on their corner, tag to Scurll, but Matt and Hangman come in, too. Nick back suplexes but Flip lands on his feet. Scurll back suplexes but Flip still lands on his feet. Matt back suplexes, and Flip still lands on his feet. Hangman is the last one, Flip still on his feet, tag to Scorpio, big flying crossbody knocks all four Bullet Club members down! Scorpio rallies on the Bucks, ducks their clothesline and dropkicks them both down. Scurll up, stiff uppercut to Scorpio, and he starts up the “Bullet Train”. Scurll whips Matt in for a corner clothesline, then Nick goes in for another, then Hangman for another, and Scurll comes in to get a boot from Scorpio! They try again from the top, Matt connects, Nick connects, Hangman connects, Scurll gets a boot! Third time, same pattern! The Bucks can’t figure out what’s going wrong! As they argue, Scorpio runs out, QUADRUPLE SUPERKICK!!
We take one last commercial break as Philly thunderously applauds.
Back again as Flip fights off the Bucks, then gives Nick a step-in Tornado DDT! Flip dodges Matt, fireman’s cary for the “Samoan Pop” and standing shooting star! TWO, Flip can’t believe it. He drags Matt over, climbs up top, takes aim, 450 but has to roll-through when Matt dodges. Another kip-up dodge of a superkick, but then Nick comes back to SUPERKICK Flip on the return! Ali gets in, leg lariat for Matt. SUPERKICK for Ali but then LSG gives Nick the “Saintsplosion” underhook suplex. Hangman gives LSG the Buckshot lariat, but then Scorpio lunges in to give Hangman the “Sky Trigger” knee strike to the head! Scurll in, fakes Scorpio out, mule kick to a leg. SUPERKICK from Flip, Samoan Pop as well but into the Chickenwing!
Flip’s caught, but Scorpio returns to go up top, elbow drop breaks the hold! Nick slingshots in, but gets caught in a cutter!
That transitions into a dragon sleeper!
Matt and Hangman save Nick with SUPERKICKS! C2C give double bicycle kicks, but Hangman and Matt stay standing, Nick joins in, 3v2 SUPERKICKS! Everyone is now down from exhaustion, but the fans fire up and cheer for “ROH! ROH!” Nick and Ail are on the apron and brawling now, forearm for forearm. Nick spits, Ali headbutts! Ali holds Nick, LSG triangle jumps but Nick ducks and Ali takes the hit. SUPERKICK for LSG, apron German Suplex for Ali! Hangman gets up, Matt alley-oops him to the apron for a jumping stomp on LSG! Scorpio runs at Matt, is put on the apron, so he gives Nick an apron cutter! Scorpio gets back up, but Matt triangle jumps in for the apron DDT! The Bullet Club has regrouped, but Flip is left in the ring. He runs, fakes the Bullet Club out with a handspring, then DIVES, into SUPERKICKS!!
Not even The Bullet Club can believe they did that. Nick officially tags in, Hangman brings Flip up and in. Matt drags Flip up, fireman’s carry, “Where do you think you’re going?” Rolling senton hits but Flip dodges the 450 and trips up Matt. While Matt is in a Tree of Woe, Flip runs at Nick, who puts Flip on the apron. Nick cartwheels to the apron, they both jump up but Flip gives Nick the Kinder Surprise! Nick is stuck on the top rope, Flip double jumps to hit Scurll with a flying cannonball! LSG and Ali see what they have, Double Coast2Coast on Matt!
Scorpio gives Nick a Super Steiner! Flip hits Nick with a 450! But Villain and Hangman break the pin, keeping this match going. Philly repeats that “This is awesome!” as Scurll gets up and calls for the Chickenwing. “WOOP WOOP” echoes as Scurll fires up, but as he spins around, Filp gets up to PELE Scurll down! Tag to Scorpio but he is tripped up by Nick. The Bucks whip Flip, Flip ducks the lariat to Quebrade into SUPERKICKS!
C2C returns, to get SUPERKICKS! Hangman targets Scorpio, holds him in place, and Nick runs in, but Scorpio ducks so that the Shining Wizard hits Hangman! Scurll tries now, but Scorpio ducks again so that the SUPERKICK takes out the Villain! Sky Trigger for Matt, then Scorpio blocks a kick to feed it into Matt! Stiff back elbow from Nick slows Scorpio down, Hangman returns to hold Scorpio in position, Scurll gets Flip and they double stack, Matt and Nick get to opposite corners and climb up, then jump! An insane fution of Indie Taker, Meltzer Driver and Rite of Passage!!
The Bullet Club wins! Jay Lethal says he is thankful he’s only 1v1 with Marty Scurll, because 1v1 is where Lethal excels while The Bullet Club excel in “gang mentality, no-rules chaos”. Either way, Lethal and Scurll have tall tasks ahead of them when going against the other, who will come out of Final Battle the baddest man in ROH?
And incredible night all-around this episode. A solid match from Gresham and Silas, strong story elements as BCB helps Silas get the openings needed to win. However, Silas isn’t weak going into the Fatal 4 Way, he is the most opportunistic of the four and will certainly look to take advantage of the damage done by the monsters, Martinez and Taylor. But now with Coleman egging Kenny into a match, will it even being Kenny defending at Final battle? Good stories going into Final Battle, as well. First with The Addiction “ruining a match” for War Machine, but more importantly setting up a grudge match. I’m mostly certain the fan Kaz collided with and then gave a broken nose was a plant, there’s no way even the incredibly selfish Heels Daniels and Kaz are could stay in character if that was a real fan who really got injured. That aside, that’s going to be a great match that could easily be the final match The Addiction has in ROH. Second, The Kingdom gets their tag title match next week, episode 324, and I am basically expecting Taven to interfere so that O’Ryan & Marseglia can win to then face Baretta & Chuckie T at Final Battle.
That main event was amazing. Though they used it as an insult, Scurll was right that this was going to be Bullet Club VS Team High-Spot. In fact, The Bullet Club themselves were responsible for a lot of those spots. Such great back and forth, it strongly established Flip, Scorpio and Team Coast2Coast but then continued to keep Bullet Club at an insane level of power as a team. Lethal is right in saying they are true tag team specialists, The Young Bucks are the equivalent of Brock Lesnar in WWE’s singles division, and it’ll take a lot for another team to definitively defeat them.
My Score: 8.5/10
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Mitchell’s WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament, First Round Marathon!
Before the Network specials June 25th and 26th, the WWE brings us the ENTIRE first round in one single stream! Sixteen great talents from both the United Kingdom and around the world compete to move on in just the second ever UK Championship Tournament! Will your bracket be busted right out of the starting gate?
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- Drew Gulak VS Jack Gallagher; Gallagher wins and advances to the second round.
- Ligero VS Travis Banks; Banks wins and advances to the second round.
- Dave Mastiff VS Kenny Williams; Mastiff wins and advances to the second round.
- Flash Morgan Webster VS James Drake; Webster wins and advances to the second round.
- Zack Gibson VS Amir Jordan; wins and advances to the second round.
- Tyson T-Bone VS Jordan Devlin; wins and advances to the second round.
- Tucker VS Joe Coffee; wins and advances to the second round.
- Ashton Smith VS Joseph Conners; wins and advances to the second round.
PLAY BY PLAY
The second WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament begins!
Many faces return from the inaugural tournament, while many others are participating for the first time. The winner of this tournament will be awarded a championship match against Pete Dunne, who is only the second-ever yet longest reigning champion in the title’s short history. Will a returning star or a new one be the next to challenge The British Bruiserweight?
Drew Gulak VS Jack Gallagher!
This second edition of the WWE UKCT starts with two great grappling gentlemen from both sides of the pond. The Philly Stretcher and The Extraordinary Gentleman have become friends via WWE’s 205 Live, but they will put friendship aside if it means a chance at Pete Dunne’s title.
The bell rings and the two gentlemen shake hands. Fans applaud for that as the two circle and tie up. Gulak gets a facelock and puts Gallagher against ropes, but honors the break. They tie up again, and Gulak gets another facelock, but it’s Gallagher who puts Gulak against ropes. Gallagher honors the break, and then they circle. They tie up again, and go around the ring. Gulak gets the headlock, and he grinds Gallagher down to a knee. He brings Gallagher around and around to cover, ONE and Gallagher gets a headscissor counter. Gallagher wrenches but Gulak works his way up. Gulak doesn’t pop out, he rolls Gallagher over and bridges. Fans applaud Gulak’s technical prowess as he gets the leg knot and tries for the full Queen Angelito stretch.
Gulak twists Gallagher, but Gallagher slips out to trip Gulak. Gallagher goes after the legs now, and twists with a toehold. Gulak spins to ease the pressure but Gallagher holds on. Gallagher wrenches more, and makes it a heel hook. Gulak endures, spins, and gets Gallagher’s leg. Gulak now has a standing leg lock, but his own foot pains him too much. He lets Gallagher go, but gets to a corner for safety. Gallagher respects Gulak and waits for him to come out. The two tie up again and Gallagher gets that leg. Gulak counters with a facelock and the two hop around. Gallagher trips Gulak again, but both men get a leg lock on the other. Fans love this technical showdown as the two fight for control.
Gallagher shoves Gulak back and heel hooks, but Gulak goes after one of his own. Gallagher wrenches, so Gulak stands and grabs Gallagher. Gulak drags Gallagher into an attempted triangle but Gallagher stands up to keep the leg lock. Gallagher brings Gulak around for a spinning toehold, then makes it a standing deathlock. Gulak endures the wrenching, but Gallagher shifts and gets the knot! Gulak knows what that means, and Gallagher puts in a bridging Indian Deathlock! But Gulak reaches over, and grabs Gallagher in a sleeper! Gulak gets free, and wants his GuLOCK! Gallagher scrambles and gets a ropebreak. Gulak lets go and Gallagher backs off.
The two circle again, then tie up. Gulak spins gets the wristlock takedown. He steps through for a hammerlock, then grabs Gallagher’s legs for the cloverleaf! Gulak bends Gallagher back, but Gallagher refuses to quit. Gallagher gets out and brings Gulak in. Gulak turns but Gallagher uses the momentum to keep going, and they end up in a corner. The ref counts the ropebreak but Gallagher grinds his forehead into Gulak’s. Gallagher backs off at 4, but then kicks the bad leg. Gulak forearms back, so Gallagher does, too. Gallagher adds a stiff European Uppercut, and it seems the friendship really is out of the window now.
Gallagher kicks that bad leg, but Gulak chops back stiff. Gulak headbutts Gallagher’s stomach, then chops again. Gallagher kicks the leg again, then forearms away. Gallagher returns the chops, as well, then whips Gulak. Gulak reverses but things speed up. Gulak rolls, grabs a leg, victory roll, TWO! They both stand, Gallagher EuroUppers but Gulak chops and chops. Gulak also uses palm strikes, but he spins around into the Extraorindary Headbutt!
Cover, Gallagher wins!
Winner: Jack Gallagher, by pinfall; advances to the second round
The Extraordinary Gentleman takes out the Yankee! Now he awaits the winner of Zack Gibson VS Amir Jordan in the quarterfinals.
Ligero VS Travis Banks!
The Prestigious Mexican Sensation and the Kiwi Buzzsaw collide in an international crossover. Will this United Kingdom Division Tournament be taken over by a foreign entity?
The bell rings, and the two men circle. They tie up, Travis gets the headlock. Travis shifts to a wristlock, but Ligero reverses to his own, and a headlock. Travis tries but can’t power out. He suplexes but Ligero lands on his feet. Things speed up, and Travis cartwheels over Ligero. They keep going, and Travis throws Ligero to a corner. Ligero runs back out, but Travis sweeps the legs! Travis adds a stiff mule kick! Cover, TWO! Travis keeps his cool, and brings Ligero up for chops. Fans duel, Ligero shoves and waistlocks but then runs to headscissor Travis down. Travis gets to a corner and Ligero whips but Travis reverses. Ligero goes up and under, then goes around and over, then back under, to roll Travis for a mule kick of his own. Ligero brings Travis up for a big suplex, then covers, TWO.
Travis sits up while fans rally. Ligero gives Travis a forearm, but Travis kicks away. Ligero catches a kick, sweeps the leg, and standing moonsaults! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again as Ligero brings Travis up. Ligero runs, but his springboard almost fails with the slippery ropes. He does jump, but Travis easily deflects him. Travis hits the shotgun knee! Ligero gets to ropes while fans duel. Travis runs in for the back elbow, then another, then runs corner to corner, but Ligero follows. Travis sweeps the leg again and Ligero hits buckles. Ligero sits down, Travis goes corner to corner, cannonball! Travis drags Ligero out, cover, TWO!
Fans build to a rally as Travis brings Ligero up and around. Travis suplexes, but Ligero slips out. Ligero waistlocks, Travis standing switches, but Ligero throws him out. Ligero runs and FLIES! He takes Travis out with the tope conjilo, then brings him back in. Ligero runs and springboards, but Travis back drops. Ligero sunset flips through but Travis sits on the cover! TWO and Ligero covers, TWO. Travis covers again, ONE and back to Ligero! ONE, ONE, ONE, ONE, etc! It keeps going, but Ligero gets it to stop, TWO! Fans applaud as both men stand. Ligero uppercuts, then runs, but into a big lariat! Travis runs, goes to a corner to springboard, flying enziguri! Cover, TWO! Travis gets mad, and suplexes, Kiwi Crusher!
Cover, Travis wins!
Winner: Travis Banks, by pinfall; advances to the second round
The New Zealand Terminator and current Progress World Champion takes care of a former Progress World Champion. Can Travis make it all the way to the end to challenge the WWE United Kingdom Champion?
Dave Mastiff VS Kenny Williams!
Big Bad Dave and The Bollocks make for the first pure match-up of the marathon. Both men have held championships in the UK before, but will either man make it to challenge THE UK Champion?
The bell rings, and Mastiff watches Williams as he goes around the ring. They tie up, and Mastiff just tosses Williams backwards! Williams gets to a corner, but comes back to tie up again. Mastiff powers Williams to a corner, and Williams goes up the ropes to keep from getting squashed. Mastiff backs off, but pats Williams on the head. Williams dares him to come back, and then boots Mastiff. Williams leaps over, then rolls under, to leap up again! He tries to sunset but Mastiff is too massive. Mastiff sits down, but misses! Williams runs and shining wizard! Cover, ONE and with authority.
Williams keeps going with forearms on Mastiff. Mastiff throws Williams again, but misses in the corner. Williams keeps moving, but that crossbody does nothing! Mastiff’s back senton squashes Williams! Cover, TWO! Williams gasps for air, but Mastiff is on him with elbows to the jaw and shoulder. Cover, TWO, and Mastiff grows frustrated. Mastiff stalks Williams to a corner, then brings him out to snapmare into a seated abdominal stretch. Mastiff grinds his forearm in, but fans are dueling. More heavy elbows, cover, TWO.
Mastiff grabs Williams but Williams hits back. Mastiff’s knee knocks Williams down, then he whips Williams to dropkick him! Yes, Big Bad Dave did a dropkick. Williams gets to a corner, and fans rally, but Mastiff is on him. Mastiff whips Williams back into the corner hard, but Williams stands up. Mastiff whips but Williams reverses with a jawbreaker! Williams grabs Mastiff but Mastiff shoves him away. Williams hurdles Mastiff on the rebound, then springboards, but is taken out of the sky by Mastiff’s powerful right hand! Mastiff fires up, as do the fans, and he deadlifts Williams. Williams elbows out, then dropkicks the legs out.
Fans rally again, and Williams dumps Mastiff out. Willams sees Mastiff climbing back up, so he springboards for a back elbow! It was just enough to send Mastiff back down. Williams fires up, runs, and hits the wrecking ball dropkick. Mastiff staggers so Williams runs again to DIVE! Williams only staggers Mastiff, but Williams puts Mastiff in the ring. Fans rally up while Williams climbs up. Williams aims, leaps, and hits the Marty McFlying Elbow! Cover, TWO, and with such force! Williams is running out of ideas, but he still has something left. He clubs away on Mastiff, but Mastiff grabs his waist. Williams elbows away, then runs into a tilt-o-whirl, but Mastiff tosses him off! Williams flounders to a corner, and Mastiff comes running in, for another dropkick! Mastiff keeps going, cannonball!!
Cover, Mastiff wins!
Winner: Dave Mastiff, by pinfall; advances to the second round
The British Bull Mastiff downs Williams and moves on. Will he be met by Joe Coffee or Tucker in the quarter finals?
Flash Morgan Webster VS James Drake!
The Modfather and Mr. Mayhem have met in the past, but now they meet again for a chance at WWE championship gold. Will Flash (Ah~) Morgan take flight? Or will Drake drag him down to the ground and leave him in the dust?
The bell rings and the two circle fast. They tie up, and Drake powers Flash back. Flash turns it around as they go into a corner, but then Drake comes out with the wristlock. Drake brings Flash to the mat, but Flash gets up. Drake grinds his forearm then wrenches the arm. Flash spins, flips and reverses while fans chant for him. Drake rolls and flips back, to then forearm Flash in the face. Drake whips Flash, but Flash goes up and over. Flash side steps Drake, then speeds things up for a spinning Japanese arm-drag. He baits Drake to a corner and sticks out his boots, but Drake blocks and tosses him over. Flash comes back with another arm-drag! Drake gets up and Flash dances as he eggs Drake on. Flash blocks the kick and gets a takedown, then flips for an imploding senton. Cover, TWO!
Flip keeps on Drake, runs, and jumps for a guillotine hold! Drake gets the ropebreak, then sucker punches with an elbow! Flash drops down to the mat, but Drake grins as he brings Flash up for another shot. Drake drags Flash into a chinlock, but fans rally for Flash. Flash feeds off the energy but gets another forearm from Drake. Drake goes after Flash but Flash kicks him back. Flash kicks and throws hands, then forearms. Drake grabs Flash’s ear! Then smacks him with that #GritYourTeeth forearm! Cover, TWO!
Drake grimaces at Flash and wraps him back in the chinlock. Fans duel while Flash endures. Drake brings him down to the mat, and even gives a Dry Willie. Fans rally up and Flash gets up, but gets another forearm. Drake suplexes but Flash lands out of it, rolls Drake up, TWO! Flash gets to a corner and boots Drake away. They both go to corners, but Drake runs in. Flash goes up and over again, then around, to springboard, corkscrew senton! Fans fire up again and Flash gets up. Drake gets to a corner, Flash runs in, big forearm smash, then another. Flash keeps going, and dodges Drake’s counter attack to hit a knee strike! Drake rolls out of the ring, and Flash builds speed again. Flash FLIES with the senton!
Flash puts Drake back in, then climbs up, big crossbody! Roll through from Drake, TWO! Flash whips Drake but Drake go to the apron. Drake shoulders and forearms Flash down. Drake climbs up but Flash stops him with a swing kick. Flash climbs up to join Drake, SUPER Steiner! Cover, TWO! Drake survives the crash landing, but Flash won’t give up, either. Flash waits for Drake, runs in, but Drake blocks into Tombstone position, and turns it into a sit-out facebuster, aka the Downswing! Cover, TWO!? Drake is furious that Flash survived.
Drake stands up while fans chant for Flash. He brings Flash up, Flash rolls down for a cover but Drake sits on it, only for Flash to roll it back over, TWO! Drake grabs Flash’s wrist but Flash reverses to an uppercut! Flash fires up and runs, but Drake follows with a dropkick! Drake fires up now, then gets up top. Drake flips but has to bail out as Flash evades. His legs buckle, and Flash pounces with the tilt-o-whirl inverted DDT!
Cover, Flash wins!
Winner: Flash Morgan Webster, by pinfall; advances to the second round.
The Modfather flies high and takes the victory! Will he meet Tyson T-Bone or Jordan Devlin in the quarterfinals?
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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Report: Best of the Super Juniors 25, Final Round!
The best of the Junior Heavyweight Division battled it out, and now the best two stand tall to face each other! Taiji Ishimori came to NJPW to prove he is THE best Junior Heavyweight in the world today, but he’ll have to go through Hiromu Takahashi to do it! Who will win and earn a shot at Will Ospreay’s title?
This review of Best of the Super Juniors 25 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
Therefore, all images are courtesy of AXS TV.
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- Best of the Super Juniors Finals: Taiji Ishimori VS Hiromu Takahashi; Hiromu Takahashi wins and will challenge Will Ospreay for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship at Dominion.
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NJPW and AXS review what led to this final round.
“Bone Soldier” returned to Bullet Club, but it was revealed to be Pro-Wrestling NOAH’s Taiji Ishimori! Wrestling Dontaku would be where and when Ishimori attacked Will Ospreay, and making his claim to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. Both Ishimori and Ospreay participated in the premier Jr. Heavyweight round-robin tournament, and ended up tied 5-2, but one of Ospreay’s two losses was a loss to Ishimori! Not only would that help Ishimori advance, that proved he could defeat Ospreay clean.
But on the other side of things, Hiromu Takahashi, another of Ospreay’s rivals, also went 5-2 and advanced with his win over yet another of Ospreay’s rivals in Kushida! Now they meet, both determined to get one more match with the Aerial Assassin! Will the Ticking Time Bomb blow up the Bone Soldier? Or will Ishimori drive-by Takahashi on his way to the top?
Best of the Super Juniors Finals: Taiji Ishimori VS Hiromu Takahashi!
It’s a first-time-ever match-up of two of the best. Ishimori did everything there is to do as a Junior Heavyweight in Pro-Wrestling NOAH, from being a Three-Time GHC Jr. Heavyweight Champion to being a Six-Time GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champion. Meanwhile, Hiromu has only just begun his legacy. Whose legacy will grow with adding the Best of the Super Juniors trophy?
By the way, that sketch pad Hiromu has is given to commentary, and Jushin Thunder Liger takes a look inside. It seems Hiromu has written notes on his opinion of the other Super Jr. competitors. Clearly he prefers ACH more than he does Ishimori, going by that smiley face.
Hiromu’s opinions aside, Red Shoes does his check of both men and see they’re clear of anything prohibited. The bell rings, and the match begins, after the break.
NJPW on AXS returns and the fans are strongly behind Hiromu. Hiromu and Ishimori stare down, then slowly start to circle. They tie up but then back off. They approach again, but go back to circling. Finally they tie up, and are evenly matched in strength. Hiromu manages to back Ishimori up, but Ishimori turns it around to put Hiromu against the ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break, and Ishimori backs off, only to swing! Hiromu dodges and whips but Ishimori reverses. Hiromu stops himself to whip again, and reel Ishimori in for a forearm. He puts Ishimori on the second rope to then kick the rope, jacking Ishimori’s jaw. Hiromu runs and blasts Ishimori with a dropkick!
Ishimori ends up outside the ring, and Hiromu builds speed, but Ishimori comes back to headscissor Hiromu down! Ishimori goes after Hiromu in the corner for a whip, but Hiromu slides out. The chase is on as Ishimori pursues, but Hiromu leaps over! Ishimori holds ropes to prevent the sunset flip bomb. He backflips and now they start brawling with forearms! The brawl ends up going through the crowd! Hiromu knocks Ishimori down at the entrance, then drags him back up. Hiromu tosses Ishimiro over the railings, and now they go up the stairs! Ishimori breaks free of the headlock and they brawl again! Hiromu rakes the eyes, then stomps Ishimori down. Hiromu gets plenty of distance, and then runs back in for that John Woo Dropkick!
Ishimori gets blasted, and fans fire up for Hiromu. Hiromu wants everyone to clear the steps, and he brings Ishimori up by his hair. Hiromu brings Ishimori into bomb position, but Ishimori huricanranas Hiromu down those stairs!
Both men are down, but Ishimori is up first while Red Shoes checks on Hiromu. Ishimori walks down and fetches Hiromu, and the 20 count finally begins. It reaches 6 as Ishimori stomps on Hiromu. Ishimori leaves Hiromu at the mercy of the count, and he returns to the ring at 14. Hiromu scrambles to beat the count by 19! But Ishimori is upon him again, putting on a cravat hold to focus on that neck. Ishimori cranks on it, but Hiromu fights out. Ishimori snapmares, and grips Hiromu’s head with his feet. He spins around, and tweaks Hiromu’s neck! Hiromu rolls away but fans rally up for him. Ishimori just tunes it out while Hiromu gets away. Ishimori pursues and throws Hiromu into a post. Fans and Young Lions have to be careful as Ishimori bowls Hiromu into chairs!
Ishimori uses one chair to grind Hiromu into the ground, a wicked grin on his face. Ishimori backs off and returns to the ring, but Hiromu stands. Hiromu returns at the count of 9, but Ishimori is on him again. Ishimori chops Hiromu in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Hiromu boots but is turned sideways for the swing kick! Ishimori runs, and hits Hiromu with a sliding German Suplex! Fans do applaud, giving credit where credit is due. Cover, TWO, and fans rally again for Hiromu. Ishimori drags Hiromu up, snapmare into chinlock. Hiromu endures while fans rally more. He stands up and fights out of the hold. Hiromu runs, but into the sleeper!
Ishimori gets a takedown, and turns his sleeper into a bully choke. Hiromu endures the wrenching and stretching, while also reaching and crawling for ropes. Hiromu uses his legs for the ropebreak. Ishimori lets go, but keeps his cool. He stalks Hiromu to a corner, and chops him again. He whips Hiromu corner to corner but Hiromu reverses with speed. Hiromu runs in but Ishimori slips out then back in, and then out again to shoulder Hiromu back. Ishimori springboards, but Hiromu trips him up. Hiromu runs, and gets the sunset flip powerbomb this time! The Bone Soldier just got blown up, and we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and the 20 count begins again. Hiromu is up at 6, and in the ring at 10. Ishimori stirs at 13, and manages to beat the count at 19, though gingerly. Ishimori stands in a corner, but Hiromu runs in for a big clothesline. Hiromu rolls Ishimori out to then run and basement dropkick him. Cover, TWO. Hiromu keeps his cool while fans cheer for him. He stands, and toys with Ishimori. He brings Ishimori up to chop him into the corner. Then he whips Ishimori, but Ishimori reverses. Ishimori runs in, but into a boot! Hiromu grabs Ishimori for a hanging triangle headscissors! Red Shoes counts, and Hiromu lets go at 4. Then Hiromu drags Ishimori out, wheelbarrow facebuster on the floor!
But Hiromu has more in store as he gets on the apron. Ishimori stands up, and Hiromu blasts him with another John Woo Dropkick! Ishimori ends up bowling into chairs! Hiromu catches his breath before firing up. He fetches Ishimori from the front row and brings him into the ring. Hiromu climbs up, Ishimori stands, and Hiromu hits a flying cannonball! Cover, TWO, but very close. Hiromu stands while Ishimori stirs. He drags Ishimori up, fireman’s carry, but Ishimori slips out. Hiromu elbows Ishimori off the waistlock, then runs, but Ishimori follows. Ishimori handsprings, but Hiromu clobbers him out of the air! Hiromu’s seen Ospreay do that enough times to know how to counter.
Hiromu and fans fire up again, and he brings Ishimori up again. He brings Ishimori up in the fireman’s carry again, but Ishimori pops out to victory roll! TWO, into a crossface! Hiromu endures, but then Ishimori turns it into the Lebell Lock! Ishimori has that arm threaded, but Hiromu won’t quit. Hiromu drags himself with one arm and both legs, even as Ishimori wrenches back. Hiromu keeps going, and uses those legs to get the ropebreak again! Ishimori lets go, but he stomps Hiromu before bringing him up. Hiromu hits Ishimori, but Ishimori hits back. Ishimori dares Hiromu to hit him again, so Hiromu does. They brawl with forearms again, going back and forth. Hiromu hits, Ishimori hits harder, but Hiromu comes back to hit again and again and again. Hiromu runs, misses, Ishimori runs and tilt-o-whirls Hiromu into the Lebell!
Ishimori wrenches back but Hiromu drags himself around again. Hiromu inches closer and closer, but Ishimori rolls him away from the ropes! Ishimori keeps that Lebell on, but Hiromu refuses to quit! Fans are thunderous for Hiromu, and he claws at the grip. Hiromu drags himself around again, and grabs onto Red Shoes to keep himself from tapping. He then scrambles, only for Ishimori to make it Rings of Saturn! Ishimori even grabs at the legs, but somehow, Hiromu still gets the ropebreak! Ishimori lets him go, but both men are down from exhaustion. They catch their breath while rolling away from each other. Fans rally as both men drag themselves up to their feet.
Ishimori takes aim, runs in, but misses! Hiromu runs in but misses, but then he ducks Ishimori! Hiromu goes after Ishimori on the second rope, German Suplex! But Ishimori lands on his feet! He gets running, but runs into Hiromu’s overhead throw! Hiromu catches his breath while Ishimori is down in the corner. Ishimori slowly stands as Hiromu runs, and Hiromu runs Ishimori over with a powerful lariat! Hiromu drags Ishimori up, fireman’s carry, Time Bomb! Cover, TWO!? Ishimori survives?! Fans are thunderous while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and both men slowly stir. Hiromu sits up first, but Ishimori gets himself to a corner. Hiromu runs in, hits the clothesline, then hoists Ishimori up. He climbs up to join Ishimori, and hits a super wheelbarrow! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu grits his teeth as he stands up again. He brings Ishimoriu up, fireman’s carry, and then he Death Valley Drivers Ishimori right into buckles! Hiromu drags Ishimori up again, another fireman’s carry, and spins, but Ishimori slips off! Ishimori deflects the superkick but Hiromu deflects the knee strike. Hiromu SUPERKICKS this time, but then runs into a boot. Ishimori Poison-Steiners Hiromu! But Hiromu springs right up to do it back to Ishimori!
Both men are down from such damage to their heads. Fans are at a fever pitch, and still cheering Hiromu on. Both men stir and Red Shoes checks on them. They’re okay to continue, so a count begins. Hiromu and Ishimori stir, they’re up at 7. They crawl towards each other, and brawl with forearms from the mat. Hiromu hits, Ishimori hits, then back again. Hiromu grins with wild eyes as he hits Ishimori again, but Ishimori shakes his head and hits back. They brawl while standing up, and now it speeds up. Hiromu runs out of gas, and Ishimori brings him up for another shot.
Hiromu manages to stand and gets his second wind as he hits back with forearms from both sides. He spins around, but into Ishimori’s jumping knee! Hiromu staggers back, fires up, but runs into a clobbering clothesline! Cover, ONE?! Hiromu shocks Ishimori, but he’s still pretty tired. He slowly stands, but Ishimori is ready. Ishimori runs and blasts Hiromu with a dropkick, then runs corner to corner for double knees! Ishimori drags Hiromu up and into Tombstone position, but turns it into a modified code breaker! Hiromu is dazed, Ishimori covers, TWO!! The superhuman effort is keeping the fans at that fever pitch.
Ishimori gets up, and says BANG as he staggers over. He drags Hiromu up, and lifts Hiromu for a brainbuster, but Hiromu arm-drags out of it! Hiromu goes to headscissor but Ishimori counters with a powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO, and Hiromu gets Ishimori with a triangle hold! Ishimori cartwheels but Hiromu holds on. Ishimori endures, deadlifts, but is brought down again! Hiromu squeezes as tight as he can, but Ishimori tries for a cover. It doesn’t stay, so he deadlifts again, buckle bomb! Ishimori is free, but both men are out of breath. Ishimori rolls away, then runs back in, for a big clothesline. He yurinagi slams Hiromu, then fires himself up. Ishimori climbs up, takes aim, but his 450 hits knees!
Ishimori writhes in pain, but Hiromu’s legs took some damage, too. Both men slowly get up, run in, Hiromu gets around to headscissor Ishimori into the triangle hold! Ishimori deadlifts again, but Hiromu lets go to double underhook! D DRIVER!!
Hiromu can’t make the cover, he’s just too tired. So he goes for the triangle again! Ishimori fades, already dazed from that driver. Ishimori tries a second effort as he grabs at Red Shoes. He keeps moving, reaching, and gets a ropebreak! Hiromu lets him go, but he’s still focused. He brings Ishimori up, fireman’s carry, but Ishimori slips out. Ishimori wants his brainbuster but Hiromu resists. Hiromu lifts again, for another Death Valley into buckles! Hiromu drags Ishimoro up one more time, and swings him for THE Ticking Time Bomb! Cover, Hiromu wins!!
Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall; wins the Best of the Super Juniors 25, and will challenge Will Ospreay for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship
For the first time in his career, Hiromu Takahashi is THE Best of the Super Juniors! The award ceremony will begin after the break.
NJPW on AXS TV returns…
Ishimori is helped out of the ring and to the back. Fans applaud, showing respect to him for his valiant effort. Meanwhile, Hiromu is presented with the Best of the Super Juniors trophy, poses for pictures, and sits down before taking the mic.
“I don’t like it. I don’t like it much at all.” That is to say, he doesn’t like saying this after the tournament. So he must apologize first. But Ospreay! Accept his challenge for that IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship! Will Ospreay comes out! He joins Hiromu in the ring, his title in hand. Aerial Assassin and Ticking Time Bomb stand, and Ospreay congratulates his rival. Everyone is so proud, even Ospreay. Hiromu won Best of the Super Juniors, well done. But that doesn’t mean a thing compared to the belt, because that means Ospreay is the real best Jr. Heavyweight.
Ospreay reminds everyone that he is already up two wins on Hiromu in the past, so Ospreay knows that Dominion will be easy. Ospreay vows to leave with his title, and proves he really is the best in the world. Champion raises his belt, challenger raises his trophy, who will be raising their hands after Osaka?
Ospreay takes his leave, and Hiromu says, “Ospreay. Thank you meow.” The Ticking Time Bomb is not intimidated, and continues to say “Did you all just see that?” Even those watching at home on TV, did they see it? For that matter, did all the Heavyweights see that? Even Liger saw that, right? This is how SUPER JUNIORS do it! Liger has to applaud for that one. “Five years ago today, in this same spot, I still remember what I said.” Hiromu still feels that way. His dream is to hold that IWGP J. Heavyweight belt, and to be a Jr. Heavyweight main event, prime timer!! “Nothing has changed! I’m exactly the same as I was then.” But even more, more, more, more, more, “Let’s have fun!” With everything he has to say already said, Hiromu finally celebrates.
But not just him, the rest of LIJ joins him! Naito, Bushi, EVIL and Sanada appear, and Hiromu shows off his trophy to them. And together, LIJ celebrate.
Hiromu kneels while Naito, Bushi, EVIL and Sanada move aside. Oops, the wing…
Well, that tarnishes the win a little bit. Hiromu kneels in apology to the hurt trophy. Is this a bad omen of things to come?
Taiji Ishimori admits defeat. Today, Hiromu was the better man. But, Ishimori knows there’s more for him to show. There’s unfinished business. Ishimori agrees, though, it’s tough, but fun. Ishimori wants more, more, more! “New battles, exceeding our limits.” He wants to have more fun with Hiromu. “It’s reborn!”
Hiromu said this in the ring, but this tournament is more than just to name a #1 contender. He’s said it all along. Hiromu does apologize, he’s already challenged and lost to Ospreay many times this year. But just one more chance, that all he needs. Ospreay is the best, but so is Hiromu. They’ll settle this once and for all! Dominion is coming, who will truly be THE Best of the Super Juniors?
I was surprised to see AXS TV bring up the finals of the Super Juniors, but I suppose it really is the most important part of the tournament. At the same time, this does help AXS speed up their coverage of NJPW so that they can get to Dominion sooner. This is also the match that THE Dave Meltzer award 5.5 stars, thereby breaking his 5 star system, again. While Meltzer is right in giving this the best rating out of all the BOSJ matches, going over 5 stars seems a bit much. Just reaching 5 stars is more realistic, because it really did have great action and even great character and story work. They went all around the arena, and Ishimori was dead set on a submission victory, but Hiromu showed two can play that game.
It’s really great for Hiromu to go over here because his rivalry with Ospreay has been longer standing, Ishimori only just got to NJPW, and Hiromu is vastly more popular, as the fans showed tonight as they did not sway in their support of him. Hiromu’s interaction with Ospreay was great, but I’m a little sad AXS cut out the interactions with the rest of LIJ. There’s a great little bit where Naito and Hiromu were childishly fighting over the trophy until Naito hands the trophy back with a bow. It means a lot in story for Naito to give that sign of respect to his protege.
My Score: 9/10
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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (6/16/18)
ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 352
Best in the World is approaching, but ROH first brings us an amazing 10 Man Tag! It will be The Bullet Club, represented by Cody, Marty Scurll, Adam Page & The Young Bucks VS ALL of Los Ingobernables de Japon! Can the American Nightmare and his team overcome the most Tranquilo stable of NJPW?
All images courtesy of the Fite.TV app and streaming service
- Chuck Taylor VS Kenny King; Kenny King wins.
- Shane Taylor VS Josh Woods; Shane Taylor wins.
- 10 Man Tag: The Bullet Club VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; Bullet Club wins.
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The Bullet Club speaks.
“LIJ, tonight, you have no excuses!” Does anyone know what the J in LIJ really stands for? Cody thinks it’s “jokes”, but that’s not it. Jobbers? No, they’re not jobbers. Juniors? No, that’s not it, either. Jerks? No no no. It stands for JABRONIES! Does anyone think LIJ could sell out 10 thousand seats on their own? No, and certainly not in “30 EFFING MINUTES!” LIJ, Bullet Club is coming for you!
Chuck Taylor VS
The K I N G tried to help Austin Aries, only for it to backfire, and then Aries stopped being his friend with an uncalled for attack! Can he snap back with a win over the returning Kentucky Gentleman?
Fans chant for “Chuckie T!” as the match begins. Chuckie offers a hand to uphold the Code of Honor, but Kenny wants a hug. Chuckie declines, hugs are for his Best Friend, Trent. Fans chant “Hug! Hug!” but Chuckie insists on the handshake. Kenny accepts the handshake, then gives long-distance hugs to the fans. Kenny and Chuckie circle and tie up, and Kenny puts Chuckie into a corner. He backs off at the ropebreak, and they circle again. They tie up as fans rally. Chuckie hammerlocks, but Kenny reverses and gets a headlock. Chuckie slips out to a facelock, but Kenny reverses back to a hammerlock. Kenny shifts back to a headlock but Chuckie powers out, only for Kenny to run him over.
Kenny fires up and dances, then runs, but things speed up. Chuckie leaps over but Kenny headlocks. Chuckie reverses to his headlock, but Kenny powers out now, only for Chuckie to run him over. Now Chuckie does a dance, then runs. Things speed up again, and Kenny arm-drags Chuckie. Chuckie gives an arm-drag, and the two stand off. The fans applaud, and now Chuckie gives Kenny a hug. Fans cheer for that! Kenny gives the hug, but then Chuckie fakes a move. The two stay good sports, and tie up again. Kenny gets a wristlock, but Chuckie rolls to reverse into a hammerlock. Kenny spins and whips but Chuckie holds ropes. They break but then hug again. Belly2belly from Chuckie! Chuckie grins as he dances. Kenny hits Chuckie back but Chuckie forearms Kenny down, and we go to break.
ROH returns, and Chuckie has Kenny in a corner. Chuckie scoop slams him, then shouts that he’s never missed a moonsault ever! He climbs up, then leaps, but he belly flops on the mat! And he slaps the mat in frustration over his first miss. Kenny gets up while Chuckie crawls away. Kenny runs in and jabs away, then bobs and weaves. He whips Chuckie and hits him with the heel kick! Kenny brings Chuckie up but Chuckie kicks low. Chuckie runs but is put on the apron. Kenny hits Chuckie with the Eddie Gordo Kick, then slingshots out to knock Chuckie down! Fans fire up, and a fan gets a selfie with Kenny! But the phone messes it up, so no actual selfie was taken. Kenny returns to the ring, climbs up top, and Chuckie stands. Kenny leaps, crossbody! Cover, TWO!
Kenny keeps his cool, and reminds the fans to have their cameras ready. He hauls Chuckie up, but Chuckie slips off to hotshot Kenny down. Chuckie high fives the fan, then gets everyone fired up. It’s One Dog Night, the most dangerous slingshot stop! But Kenny dodges, so Chuckie slingshots back out to knock Kenny down! Chuckie’s stuck but he gives a thumbs up. Chuckie gets up, and finally that fan gets a selfie. Kenny gets back in the ring, but Chuckie follows. Chuckie shoulders in, then slingshots over, and counters the headscissors with a sit-out bomb! Cover, TWO, but fans rally up for Chuckie.
Chuckie brings Kenny up, but Kenny blocks the suplex. Chuckie clubs Kenny, then suplexes, but Kenny slips out. Kenny waistlocks, but Chuckie standing switches. Chuckie swings Kenny out, Sole Food! Chuckie runs, but into a glancing uppercut! He gets to a corner, and Kenny runs in, but into a knee! Chuckie suplex, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again, and Chuckie brings Kenny up. Kenny resists Chuckie’s move but Chuckie kicks low. Chuckie runs, but into a spinebuster! Cover, TWO, but Kenny calls for his finish.
Kenny drags Chuckie up, fireman’s carry, but Chuckie small pakcage, TWO. Chuckie with the snap piledriver! Cover, TWO! And Chuckie grows frustrated. But then he fires back up and calls for his own finish. He lifts but Kenny slips out. Chuckie swings but Kenny gets behind, atomic drop to spinning roundhouse! Then, fireman’s carry and swing out, Royal Flush!
Cover, Kenny wins!
Winner: Kenny King, by pinfall
The K I N G feels a lot better after this victory, but he’s still got the Greatest Man That Ever Lived on his mind. Will Kenny get his hands on Austin Aries in the future to exact his revenge?
The Briscoes speak.
“People been asking a lotta damn questions.” Briscoes, what’s wrong with all? Why’ve you been going down this dark path? Why, Briscoes, Why? “First of all, who is y’all to be asking us these questions?!” Do you know they are? They’re the champs! So mind your business.
As for the Young Bucks, listen up and listen good. Mark gives them credit for being best in the world, at selling T-shirts and making YouTube videos and a bunch of other stuff! The Bucks can do so much! But #DemBoyz know there’s something the Bucks can’t do, and that’s take the titles from the Briscoes. Best in the World will bring an ROH World Tag Team Championship rematch between two of the best teams today. Who will prove themselves THE best in the world?
Shane Taylor is in the ring.
The Notorious Hitman tells Josh “The Goods” Woods that Woods was “dead to rights” in West Palm Beach, Florida! At least, until King Mo stuck his nose in their business. Not surprising that fans are booing, they’re all just like Woods and King Mo! They’re “used to disappointment.” But don’t worry, Shane Taylor will give Chicago something to cheer for when he pops his opponent faster than Derrick Rose did his ACL. Harsh words, but who is Taylor’s opponent? It’s The Goods himself!
Shane Taylor VS Josh Woods!
The tension is high even before the bell. No Code of Honor, and the two men circle, ready to strike. Woods kicks quick, then again, but Taylor gets back. Taylor rushes in, but Woods gets a waistlock. Woods tries to lift but Taylor is too big and strong. Taylor throws back elbows, but then Woods ducks the back hand to try a belly2belly! Taylor ear claps Woods, but then Woods runs. Woods springboards, but Taylor knocks him down with double ax handles! Taylor brags but fans boo and jeer while Woods rolls out of the ring. Taylor pursues, but Woods hits back. Woods throws hands but Taylor headbutts. Woods falls against the barriers, Taylor cannonballs!
Taylor trash talks Chicago while the 10 count begins. Taylor drags Woods up and then puts him on the apron. He climbs up, takes aim, and drops the guillotine leg! Taylor trash talks fans more while we go to break.
ROH returns, and Woods dodges Taylor in a corner. Woods runs in, but Taylor picks him up onto his shoulder. Taylor brings Woods around, but Woods slips into the sleeper and body scissors! Taylor gets a second wind, but Woods shifts down to a German Suplex! Woods holds on, and brings Taylor up again, for another German! He lets go but fires up, as does Chicago. Woods runs in the corner, flying wizard! Woods throws furious forearms, and the referee backs him down, but only for a moment as Woods comes back to ram in knees. The referee backs Woods down again, but Woods slips past, only to run into the One Hitter Quitter! Cover, Taylor wins!
Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall
The series between these heavy-handed brawlers is now tied, 1-1! There was no King Mo this time, but Taylor did get a bit lucky. What will happen when these two tie up again for the tiebreaker?
Dalton Castle is here!
The Peacock and ROH World Champion, along with his Boys, are here for a close-up look at the main event. Why? Because two of the ten men involved are his contenders at Best in the World for their Triple Threat title match! Though, he does love “Los Incorrigibles”, they’re a great team.
10 Man Tag: The Bullet Club VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!
The partnership between ROH and NJPW is on display as Testuya Naito leads Bushi, EVIL, Sanada & Hiromu Takahashi against the American Nightmare, the Villain, the Hangman and the Young Bucks! Will the winners be Tranquilo? Or just, too, sweet?
ROH returns and the teams sort themsevles out. Naito starts against Hangman Page, but Cody says he wants in. Fans want him to tag in, too, so Page obliges. Cody and Naito, the Bullet Club’s supposed leader and LIJ’s actual leader, get the fans fired up. They circle, but Cody flexes. Naito inspects Cody’s muscles, and is impressed. They’re good enough to spit on! Cody takes offense, and kicks Naito to drop and uppercut him. Cody runs, but Naito sends him out! Naito runs, builds speed, and Tranquilo! Cody is furious, throwing around chairs. He slips into the ring, ready to fight, but Naito tags out to Bushi while Scurll tags himself in. Scurll means no harm, but he just wants his turn. Fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” for their favorite villain.
Castle on commentary notes that while Scurll is super popular, popularity doesn’t equal ability. Castle is popular and also skilled, and he’ll prove that to everyone at BitW. That aside, The Villain circles with the Jet Black Death Mask, then tie up. Bushi wristlocks but Scurll gets to ropes to flip through. Scurll rolls and spins, then reverses into a headlock takeover. Bushi headscissors but Scurll pops out, then flaps his wings. Fans like that, and “Woop Woop!” for him more. Bushi kicks low, then pulls on the beard! Scurll grabs the fingers, but EVIL saves Bushi! Sanada tags in, but Scurll doesn’t want anything to do with this heavyweight championship tag team. Scurll turns around, so he double tags (if that’s allowed) to the Young Bucks!
Matt & Nick Jackson stare down with EVIL & Sanada, both teams being top tier teams around the world. The fans duel while the Bucks bring up Osaka. EVIL & Sanada shove the Bucks, so the Bucks shove back. Sanada & EVIL kick low, then whip the Bucks. The Bucks slip under the boots, then the clotheslines to- Nope, those kicks are blocked. The Bucks want EVIL & Sanada to “relax”, and that gets through to them. Sanada & EVIL let them go, but then all four put up their dukes. Fans applaud this sportsmanship, but the referee reminds them this is meant to be 1v1 match-ups at a time. That’s when Hiromu tags in! Fans go wild for the Ticking Time Bomb, so Scurll gets in to jaw with his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship rival. Bushi slithers in, but so does Hangman Page. Naito and Cody join in, and it’s a 5v5 stand-off!
The referee tries to defuse the situation, but it doesn’t work! It’s a 10 man brawl! They all pair off, Hangman tosses Bushi out while Naito and Hiromu do the same with Cody and Scurll. The two tag teams are still in the ring, and the Bucks get the edge. Nick runs and Matt alley-oops for the double dropkick! Bushi returns, but he gets the “You’re dead!” headscissors dropkick! The Bucks aim at Bushi and Naito, and hit double slingshots crossbodies! Sanada returns into the ring, and kicks Cody low. Sanada runs, but into Cody’s drop toehold, and Scurll adds the basement dropkick. Page adds the running shooting star!
Fans fire up while Scurll and Hangman help The Bucks hold Bushi and Naito in place. Cody does the Terminator kneel! Whether he’s the leader or not, that’s not his move, and fans boo him for it. Cody rises, runs, but Hiromu and Daryl Jr. intercept!
Fans are thunderuos as Daryl Jr. runs wild! Daryl Jr. hits down Scurll, but misses the Bucks, and they give double SUPERKICKS to Hiromu! Hiromu goes down, as does Daryl Jr, but Nick runs and FLIES onto Naito & Bushi! Fans are so fired up right now as Matt drags Hiromu up. Matt scoops Hiromu into Tombstone position, but Sanada stops Nick’s slingshot! Nick hits apron, so Matt dumps Hiromu down. Hiromu distracts the referee while EVIL brings a chair in. EVIL tries to pull a Latino Heat as he tosses the chair to Matt, but Matt tosses the chair back. They hot potato the chair, and EVIL just smashes through to knock the chair into Matt! Hiromu and Sanada take care of Cody and Scurll for good measure, but we go to break.
ROH returns and Sanada tags back in. Sanada rakes Matt Jackson’s back. Matt hits back with big haymakers, then whips, but Sanada reverses. Things speed up as Sanada jumps over, then again, but Matt stops to SUPERKICK Sanada down! But both men are down, so their teams rally up for them. Matt crawls, hot tag to Scurll! Sanada hot tags Hiromu, and they brawl with forearms, fast and furious! Fans love this endless stream of strikes, and it’s Scurll who gets the edge. Scurll runs, but Hiromu boots him! Hiromu runs, but into a mule kick, a stomp on the foot, and a shotgun knee! Scurll fires up again, as do the fans.
Scurll hits Naito and Bushi just because, then goes to the apron to SUPERKICK Bushi. He goes in then back out to the other apron, to SUPERKICK Naito! Both fans and Bullet Club rally, and even Castle likes what he sees from Scurll. Scurll returns to Hiromu, but Hiromu kicks. Hiromu runs, but falls for the 52 Fake Out. Not! But Scurll ducks the clothesline but so does Hiromu. Scurll ducks again, and goes for chicken wing! Hiromu breaks free, but ends up in a pumphandle, for Ghostbuster!
Cover, TWO!! Somehow Hiromu survives, and the rallying begins again. Scurll calls for the chicken wing again, does his spin, but Hiromu drops down to roll up! TWO, Scurll hits Hiromu with a European Uppercut. Scurll whips but Hiromu reverses, only for Hiromu to miss. Scurll runs, but is thrown overhead into buckles! Fans love it, even though both men are down. Scurll and Hiromu crawl, hot tags to Nick and EVIL! Sanada enters, too, and LIJ get Nick. They double whip him corner to corner, but Nick comes back to rally with strikes! Nick shining wizards then bulldog clotheslines them both! Nick hits Naito and Bushi just because, and he’s all fired up.
EVIL puts him on the apron, but Nick comes back with a slingshot “Suck It!” facebuster! Cover, Sanada breaks it. LIJ double whip but Matt saves his brother while tagging in. The Bucks knock LIJ back, then double slingshot sunset flips, into double sharpshooters! That’s Cease in stereo! “The! Elite! The the Elite!” echoes out, but Naito and Hiromu save EVIL and Sanada. LIJ whips Matt, but Matt ducks, Hangman double buckshots! But wait, Punishment Martinez is storming down the ramp! Hangman goes out to intercept and they start brawling!
These two won’t wait for Best in the World to settle their grudge! They fight all the way up to the stage, and to the backstage area, but we go to one last break.
ROH returns once more, and Bushi climbs up. Bushi missile dropkicks Matt down then Bushi-roonies up while Hiromu and Naito intercept Scurll and Cody. EVIL hobbles over to Matt and with Bushi’s help, whips Matt corner to corner. EVIL charges in for a big corner clothesline, then rolls Matt out for the others to QUADRUPLE dropkick Matt! Cover, but Cody and Nick break it. Another brawl begins, and Bushi is left alone with Matt in the ring. Bushi climbs up again, but Scurll returns. Scurll saves Matt, then hits a roaring elbow. Hiromu lariats Scurll, then sees Cody coming, yet still gets the Beautiful Disaster kick! Naito throws Cody with a headscissors, but Matt SUPERKICKS Naito! EVIL mule kicks Matt, then Bushi with the Destroyer!
Sanada returns, and LIJ groups up to lift Matt, Magic Killer! Bushi covers, but Nick drags the referee out! Cody attacks Sanada, then EVIL. Cody sends them out, tot hen run and FLY! He takes out EVIL, but Hiromu runs at Nick! Hiromu leaps over for the bomb, but Nick holds the ropes! Bernard the Business Bear attacks Hiromu! Then Nick asai moonsaults! Nick and Bernard high five, but then Bushi spits the green mist into Bernard’s eyes! Wait, that shouldn’t actually… But Bushi goes after Cody, but Cody standing switches. Scurll has his umbrella and swings, but Bushi gets out of the way, and Cody takes the hit! Naito hits Scurll with Destino!
But the Bucks SUPERKICK Naito together! Then SUPERKICKS for Bushi! The Bucks duck EVIL & Sanada, then SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up all over again, and The Bucks target Bushi. Bushi’s counter is countered, springboard for the FIVE STAR MELTZER DRIVER!!
Cover, The Bullet Club wins!!
Winners: The Bullet Club, Matt Jackson pinning
Bullet Club IS fine, but maybe not Bernard. Cody washes Bernard’s eyes out, though again, it shouldn’t matter. The fans chant for “All In!” but Cody and Scurll must first worry about Best in the World and their Triple Threat with Dalton Castle. If Bullet Club truly is fine, can the Allied Powers stay civil in their fight with The Peacock? Or will they implode and allow Castle to retain with ease?
A great night from ROH, as far as action goes. Chuckie and Kenny have a great match that is respectful and clean, as both men are Faces. Kenny wins to keep pace after what Austin Aries did to him, and I really hope that match comes sooner rather than later. Shane Taylor VS Josh Woods was good, but it keeps both guys strong because while Taylor wins, it was thanks to Woods being distracted that gave Taylor the win. The Briscoes give a really good, and even scary promo in regards to their attitude and their coming title match. The ROH tag champion Briscoes VS IWGP tag champion Young Bucks is going to be great. It’s just too bad it isn’t going to be winners take all since it’s an ROH event.
And that’s the one downside of tonight: the continuity error. This episode was obviously recorded in the set before even last week, which is very important. NJPW Dominion was on 6/9/18, and the Young Bucks would defeat EVIL & Sanada for their IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. Yet, this episode has EVIL & Sanada still holding those belts. However, there is a logical reason for this continuity error: spoilers. Fans in attendance would not have kept the secret if the Bucks came out with the titles before Dominion even happened. Perhaps the main event of 351, Briscoes VS Roppongi 3K, should’ve been swapped with this one so that continuity still works in some way. Though, that might have made everyone think the Bucks had a match against EVIL & Sanada just hours before their Dominion match…
My Score: 8.5/10