ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 326
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- The Addiction VS Team Coast 2 Coast; The Addiction wins.
- Shane Taylor VS Eli Isom; Taylor wins.
- ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Bullet Club’s Elite VS Rocky Romero & Best Friends; The Elite win and retain the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships.
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The Addiction VS Team Coast 2 Coast!
The Fallen Angel & Heavy Metal Rebel were crushed by War Machine, they look to get back on track against a team who wants to finally breakthrough!
Shaheem Ali & Leon St. Giovanni want to uphold the Code of Honor, The Addiction don’t. So C2C dropkicks them both down! The bell rings, LSG goes after Kaz, Ali hits a forearm smash. Daniels runs in but C2C dodges, sending him into Kaz, LSG rams a shoulder in to sandwich The Addiction. LSG brings Daniels out for a suplex, Ali kicks Kaz and then snapmares. Ali hits Kaz with a running dropkick, sending him out of the ring, Daniels runs into Tu Lo Sabe!
C2C focuses on Kaz again, arm wrench and roll, double kick combo. They keep going, bringing Kaz into a corner, tag to Ali. Ali gives Kaz body shots and a chop that sadly falls flat, Kaz fights back and brings Ali to a corner for sharp chops of his own! Kaz whips corner to corner but is reversed, he slips out and spits at LSG! LSG comes over, offended, Ali swings but misses, Daniels clobbers him with a sneaky lariat. Kaz slingshots for the DDT!
Daniels trips up LSG while Kaz rains rights on Ali, The Addiction is in control now. Kaz brings Ali over, tag to Daniels, they mug Ali with body shots and buckle bumps. Daniels brings Ali into Kaz’s boots! Daniels hooks the nose, the ref reprimands him while fans start a rally. Tag to Kaz, double arm wrench to a kick, a clubbing forearm and even a double stomp. The Addiction insults the fans and embraces the heat while we go to break.
ROH returns, Ali is fighting back on Kaz. He whips Kaz to ropes, Kaz spins around, swinging neckbreaker! Cover, TWO, Kaz trash talks LSG. Kaz brings Ali over for a snapmare, tag to Daniels. Daniels slingshots for an elbow drop, Kaz slingshots over for a leg drop, then Daniels split-leg springboards for the Arabian Moonsault.
Fans boo and jeer while Daniels stands for a cocky cover, TWO. The Fallen Angel stomps Ali while fans rally, Daniels brings Ali into the Addiction corner for shoulders. Daniels spits at LSG, then goes back to Ali. Ali revives and fights out with forearms and elbows, but Daniels kicks out a leg. Daniels swings, Ali blocks and hits a hammerlock slam! Fans rally again as both men crawl to their corners. Daniels grabs Ali’s legs but Ali shoves him away, hot tag to the Human Rocket! LSG rallies on the Addiction, getting a waistlock on Daniels and pushing him into Kaz, to sandwich them in a corner. LSG rolls back, handspring double clothesline!
Fans fire up while LSG whips, Kaz reverses, LSG springboards for a double forearm! Then for Daniels, swinging cradle into a gutbuster, followed by a low dropkick. Kaz staggers aruond, LSG grabs him for the double underhook but Kaz resists. Kaz reverses, LSG shoves him away, scoop into a floating DDT, Daniels breaks the cover. Ali returns, he catches Daniels to feed him to LSG’s boot, Ali gives Daniels a complete shot! C2C and the fans fire up, C2C grabs Kaz and puts him in a Tree of Woe. Fans know what’s coming now. Ali goes to one corner while LSG goes to another, but Daniels yanks LSG mid-springboard while Kaz sits up, the Double Coast-to-Coast misses!
Daniels returns into the ring while Kaz climbs down. Ali gives Daniels forearms, but Kaz gives Ali a backstabber! Daniels gives Ali a haymaker, Kaz hits Unprettier!
LSG returns, springboard lariat takes out Daniels! Kaz and LSG brawl, LSG gets the advantage, whip reversed to feed into Daniels’ boot. Kaz holds LSG in Tombstone position, The Addiction goes to a corner, Best Meltzer Ever!
The Addiction wins! They may claim their mission is to ruin great wrestling in ROH, but that was a good match. Will “The Best in the Business” find themselves headed back to the ROH World Tag Team Championships?
As for Coast 2 Coast, they linger in the ring.
In fact, LSG grabs himself a mic.
“Over and over again, the same thing happens.” Ali & LSG have been together a year, but they haven’t done a thing. They fail at every turn. They haven’t won a meaningful match, so what do they have to do? Ali takes the mic and asks LSG back, “What do we have to do? Are you kidding me, Gio?” Ali & LSG have busted their behinds, but they need, no they HAVE to win their next match. If they don’t, then they shouldn’t be a team. “One more match, do or die!” C2C has issued itself an ultimatum, will they make or break?
Shane Taylor VS Eli Isom!
The Notorious Hitman did not win the ROH World Television Championship at Final Battle, but that won’t stop his hustle. Will this tune-up help get him back on track?
Taylor upholds the Code of Honor, but doesn’t let go right away. He and Eli circle, tie up, Taylor shoves Eli right down. Eli gets up while Taylor grins, they circle again. They tie up again, Taylor throws Eli down again. Taylor doesn’t take Eli seriously, nor does he feel that chop. He dares him to do that again, Eli gives another, but it still isn’t enough. Taylor shoves Eli right to a corner and gives a sharp chop of his own! He then stands Eli up, to throw him across the ring!
Eli climbs up to his feet while Taylor takes aim from the opposite corner. Taylor runs in, and squashes Eli with a clothesline. Taylor runs while Eli staggers around, Taylor runs Eli over with another clobbering clothesline! This isn’t enough for Taylor, he drags Eli up by his hair. Eli shoves him away, throws a kick but Taylor blocks to give a stiff knee. Eli is dazed but crawls to ropes, so Taylor dares him to stand up. Fans rally while Taylor takes aim, Eli fires up, only to be snuffed out by Taylor’s killer right hand! The referee calls it on a knockout! Armed with something like that, can Taylor punch his way to the top?
The Young Bucks speak.
Matt & Nick Jackson, two-thirds of the ROH World Six Man Tag Champions, are set to wrestle Chuckie T, Trent Baretta & Rocky Romero. They are “Best Friends”. Well what would those three say if the Young Bucks just happened to have their best friend here tonight? The Villain, Marty Scurll!
This is awkward. The Bucks didn’t mean Scurll when they said “best friend”. Oh. Alright then… Scurll moves aside so that the Bucks can properly introduce their best friend, Kenny Omega!
Yes, ROH signed on the dotted line of a nice big check and got themselves “the most sought-after” professional wrestler in the entire business. And together, they are known as… The! Elite! The, the Elite! Faced with these three top tier talents, do the Roppongi Best Friends stand a chance?
Time for another edition of Coleman’s Pulpit!
The Most Versatile Man in This Sport Today has the Pulpit’s first Woman of Honor guest, it is MRS. American Nightmare, Brandi Rhodes!
Brandi is honored to be the Pulpit’s first woman guest, job here is done. But she’ll still stay to answer the questions. In that case, there is much to discuss in regards to Brandi, such as debuting on the reality television show, WAGS. For those who aren’t familiar, “WAGS” stands for “Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars”. The girlfriends element is still confusing even to Brandi, she will watch the show herself to figure that one out. Is there anyone on that show we should watch, aside from her? Nope! Brandi wants you to watch for Brandi. Naturally, as Brandi is very beautiful. Coleman asks Brandi a wrestling related question now. Brandi has had a rough time in WOH, as she hasn’t won a match yet. She’s only had two matches, though. True, so she’s 0-2. Everyone starts somewhere, Coleman. Did he win his first two matches? Coleman recalls not winning for a year. Then he’s not one to talk. Brandi did win her very first match anywhere, though, so there’s that.
Coleman’s point being, does the fact she is Mrs. American Nightmare help her at all? Why would it? Coleman’s just curious. Brandi feels that is looking things in a “WAGS” perspective, but that’s fine, because that sets her apart from the other WAGS. She doesn’t rest on her husband’s accomplishments, she achieves her own. Coleman doesn’t see it that way anymore. In fact, he sees a bit of a “Rhodes Curse” happening; whenever a Rhodes boy gets a girl, things go downhill. What’s that supposed to mean? She’s been wrestling for a whole year now. Wow, a whole year? Coleman remembers Brandi was a great figure skater before she was a wrestler. Can Brandi elaborate on that? She skated for 17 years, traveled the world and trained very hard. So from rink to ring, huh? Clever. The newest season of WAGS, WAGS Atlanta, debuts Jan. 3rd, 2018. Coleman respects Brandi, hopes things work out for her and appreciates her taking the time to be here. In fact, after she wins her first WOH match, she can be his guest again. She’ll even autograph something for him. Coleman would love that. That’s all for Coleman’s Pulpit, where he finds out the truth and the truth will help you see you later.
ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championship: The Bullet Club’s Elite VS Rocky Romero & Best Friends!
Trent Baretta and the Kentucky Gentleman couldn’t use the power of best friendship to defeat the Motor City Machine Guns, but maybe with the help of an old friend, they can break into trios wrestling against a team that rules that division.
Romero and Matt Jackson start, the bell rings and fans are already clapping along with the Terminator Drums. Matt and Romero circle and trash talk, Matt pie-faces Romero. Romero laughs it off, but then Matt gives him another. Matt spits on Romero, that’s a step too far, Romero gives Matt a sharp uppercut. Romero whips but is reversed, he responds with a running headscissors but Matt cartwheels to stay on his feet. Matt goes for a kick, Romero blocks and then grabs Matt for the Sliced Bread, Matt reverses into Tombstone position! Nick gets ready on the apron, but Romero pops out, no early Indietakers here. Romero dares Matt to come at him, he’s all fired up. Baretta calms Romero down, the fans give Terminator Drums in the stand-off. The Elite hears them, Matt winds it up, and tags in The Cleaner!
Omega gets in the ring, Chuckie T tags in. Chuckie and Omega circle, fans sing and chant but Omega calls for quiet. The fans obey, and we can hear Kenny tell Chuckie, “We have history, my friend.” Out of respect, they shake hands.
Baretta attacks Omega!
Chuckie stops Baretta from disrespecting the IWGP US Champion, the Best Friends argue for a moment, but then agree to knock The Young Bucks off the apron. They double whip Omega corner to corner, Chuckie runs in but Omega elbows him away. Baretta tries, Omega boots him away. Omega goes up and over then ducks under, huricanrana throws Baretta! Omega gets behind Chuckie, shovels him onto his shoulder in electric chair position! Chuckie slips down, waistlock but Omega elbows out. Nick returns, Omega gives him a boost for the flying headscissors!
Romero springboards in, Omega ducks under, then grabs him for a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker. The Bucks return, they headscissor dropkick Baretta down. The fans fire up as The Elite regroups. They chant “The! Elite! The, the Elite!” while Omega & The Bucks go into Terminator kneeling poses. The drums begin again and the Elite rise. They take aim, build speed, and TRIPLE DIVE!
The fans are all fired up as they serenade The Elite with “The! Elite! Two Sweet Elite! Woop Woop!” Chuckie T comes back into the ring, Matt knocks him down with a right hand. The teams sort out, Omega tags in Matt and bring Taylor up to “light him up” with body shots. Matt keeps on Chuckie with right hands and a whip, Chuckie slips up and around while Baretta comes in, Best Friends hit Sole Food to a Half ‘n’ Half! Best Friends bring Matt up and Baretta chops him down, we go to break.
ROH returns again, Omega protests the Best Friends double-teaming. Chuckie brings Matt up while Baretta goes out to the apron. Chuckie slams Matt down, Baretta fires up for The Most Dangerous Move in Pro-Wrestling… the slingshot foot scrape! Baretta tags Chuckie back in, he hits the Slow-Mo Senton! In other words, the Two Dog Night! And to top it off, the Best Friends hug!
Romero comes in, he wants a part of the hug, but Chuckie won’t allow it. You can’t have two best friends, Rocky, it doesn’t work like that. In any event, Chuckie knocks Omega off the apron, then returns to Matt. Matt revives and starts throwing hands on Best Friends, and even Romero. Chuckie kicks Matt then whips him, Matt uses that to give Baretta a wrecking ball dropkick. Matt crawls for his corner, Chuckie intercepts and whips Matt again, Matt slides out this time to SUPERKICK Romero!
Matt slides back into the ring, but is again denied a tag. He boots Chuckie away then hops up top and hits a corkscrew cutter!
The fans and Elite rally, Matt crawls, hot tags to Nick and Baretta! Nick rallies on Best Friends with kicks and elbows for each of them. Shining Wizard to Chuckie in a corner before combination bulldog and clothesline on both! Romero returns, he takes the triangle jump kick. Nick is all fired up, he gives Baretta a triangle jump corkscrew crossbody on the outside!
The fans are thunderous for “The! Elite! The, the Elite!” Nick puts Baretta back in the ring, climbs up top again, swanton hits knees! Nick gets to a corner, Baretta hits a shotgun kick. He knocks Omega off the apron then lifts Nick in position, but Matt SUPERKICKS him into Nick’s sunset flip bomb! Both men down while fans rally again. Hot tags to Omega and Romero, The Cleaner rallies for only a short time before Romero dodges and counters. Romero and Chuckie double whip but Omega kicks Romero away before “STOP!” enziguri that Chuckie ducks and Romero takes. Chuckie swings but Omega gives him the Snap Dragon Suplex! Omega has a Snap Dragon for Romero! Barettat runs in, Snap Dragon countered with an arm drag into a running tornado DDT! Omega flounders, Baretta fires up, fans chant for “Kenny! Kenny!” Baretta runs in, Omega catches him, hat trick on the Snap Dragon! Now Omega fires up, fans rally with him. He locks and loads, BANG, but runs into Chuckie’s kick, and Romero’s flying headscissors! The Young Bucks come in, Double SUPERKICK to Romero!
And Double SUPERKICK for Chuckie!
The Young Bucks are just getting started, they get the crowd as loud as they can before bringing Chuckie up. “Oh he’s dead.” Nick speaks too soon, Chuckie slips out of the fireman’s carry to shove Matt at buckles which trips Nick up. Chuckie gets put on the apron but rocks Matt with a right hand. Chuckie climbs that corner while Romero climbs up to join Nick. Matt rocks Chuckie back with a right, Matt climbs up now. Romero gives Nick a SUPERPLEX, Baretta springs up to give Matt a SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX, which sends Matt flying onto Nick! Chuckie adds double stomps onto Nick, then builds speed while The Young Bucks regroup. The Kentucky Gentleman FLIES!
Baretta stalks Omega in the ring now, low kick to a snap piledriver! Cover, TWO! Baretta almost breaks down as we go to one last break.
ROH returns one more time to fans chanting for the Young Bucks, but Chuckie has Omega up on the outside. Baretta runs, Omega moves while Baretta DIVES, Chuckie catches him and the Best Friends hug again.
The Young Bucks return to SUPERKICK the Best Friends down!
Romero runs in, he sends Nick’s kick into Matt then rocks Nick with a jumping knee. Romero jumps up for a double huricanrana! V-Trigger outta nowhere!! The fans are thunderous again from that one. Omega goes after Chuckie on the apron, Terminator Drums as Omega puts on the full nelson but Chuckie fights out. Matt runs in, triangle jump “See you in Hell!” apron DDT! Omega and Baretta on the apron, apron piledriver! Nick rocks Baretta with a roundhouse, then an apron German Suplex! Romero comes in, mule kick, Sliced Bread onto everyone!
Everyone is down but the fans are fired up. “This is awesome!” The Elite and the Best Friends regroup, Baretta gets in the ring and heads for his corner. Omega gets in, too, tags Matt while Baretta tags Romero. They may be sore and exhausted, but they still brawl with heavy haymakers. Back and forth they go, Romero firing up each time. They change to forearms and brawl some more, Matt gets the edge here. Matt whips Romero to the Elite’s corner, but misses wide with his corner splash. Romero runs and starts up the infinite clotheslines! He only gets two before a SUPERKICK stalls him, but he still gets a third! Nick returns, Romero dodges him, enziguri misses but the mule kick hits on the back swing. Omega runs in, misses the V-Trigger this time, Romero hits a SHORYUKEN uppercut! Romero runs, ducks, running Sliced Bread! Matt gets up, Romero kicks away, but Matt was ready for the mule kick. Matt puts Romero in a sharpshooter while Nick goes to the apron to give Baretta a Penalty Kick! Then Matt positions Romero for the slingshot facebuster!
Nick cartwheels to asai moonsault Best Friends! Omega returns, fans are going wild as he puts on a crossface for the Cease & Desist Lock!
Nick intercepts Chuckie, but then Baretta comes in, the Best Friends bowl him into the others to break the holds. The two teams regroup, fans rally once again. They all brawl 3v3, first the Roppongi Best Friends punch, then the Elite respond. They go back and forth, RPGBFs get the edge and then run, into TRIPLE SUPERKICKS!
The Elite runs, into triple knees from RPGBFs. Only Omega stays in the ring, but he just takes triple knee strikes by himself now. The Bucks return, the RPGBFs share that group hug! They take one member of the Elite each, Triple Gotch Piledrivers!
Triple covers, Triple TWO! RPGBFs are frustrated, Terminator Drums start up while Chuckie climbs up. Baretta brings Matt up, Dudebuster position with Romero helping, it’s a SUPER Dudebuster!
Nick breaks the cover just in time! Chuckie grabs him by his hair, Nick slips out of the Awful Waffle and side steps Chuckie to send him into buckles. Romero up, he grabs both Bucks and wants Double Sliced Bread, but as he goes up, Omega returns and catches him in a fireman’s carry. Omega hits Romero with a rolling senton, gets Chuckie with a draping backstabber, swanton bomb from Nick! Baretta returns and rallies on The Elite all by himself, only to take a knee right to the face. Omega positions Baretta while Matt lifts Chuckie and Nick positions Romero. Nick climbs up, fans get excited, Double Missile Drop-Senton Meltzer Drivers!!
That still isn’t it? The Elite fires up with the Terminator Drums, they pick Romero up, Matt alley-oops Nick for the One Winged Meltzer! Matt adds on the Sharpshooter, Nick the crossface, it’s the Cease & Desist Lock again! Romero taps, The Elite wins and retains the ROH World Six Man Tag titles for The Bullet Club! Will there ever be a trio talented enough to topple these titans of tag team wrestling?
Another great episode of ROH here, where ROH again displays the depth of talent they have from top to bottom and from young to old. The Addiction aren’t done with ROH yet, but might be toning down their anti-fun campaign. In contrast, Team Coast 2 Coast is self-aware with their struggling, and are addressing it in a logical sense that they either win or mutually break up as a team. I hope C2C gets that vindicating victory as ROH’s tag team division needs more young teams to keep it going with talk of War Machine being on their way out. Shane Taylor dominates again, even though it was against an obvious jobber. His hitman story can still go all sorts of ways, playing him up as more a Tweener than either Heel or Face. I wish that story with Cheeseburger and The Dawgs was going to go somewhere, but in the end, Taylor is more of a singles competitor anyway. He can make for a great ROH WTVC contender, and with Silas Young as the new champion (Highlight for Final Battle spoilers) I could see such a Tweener Taylor program happening.
I enjoyed seeing Coleman’s Pulpit with Brandi Rhodes. Coleman does well as a Tweener himself, verbally picking fights with anyone in order to stir up emotion. Brandi may not be the most experienced woman but she can still be a face for WOH on television since WOH is mostly found on ROH’s YouTube. Women’s wrestling continues to grow, even in ROH as now there will finally be a WOH Champion. It may not be Brandi at first, but it was smart to have Coleman bring up a “connections vs talent” aspect to Brandi’s character, that can be her story as she chases the title. The main event–which I didn’t realize was for the ROH W6MTC at first–was PPV quality, but that was to be expected when Bullet Club leader and all-around top tier talent Kenny Omega was involved. ROH’s trio division is still growing, but it is already well-stocked with teams like the Bullet Club’s various formations, The Kingdom and their pursuit of becoming two-time champions, and Romero & Best Friends as seen here. I hope it continues to grow with more teams from both ROH and their many partner promotions.
My Score: 8.5/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.35~ 19TH MAY 2019
Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.
Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
“Under blue skies” NOAH held an event on the 18th May, which was only two events, and was held for their new sponsors, and 500 people on the roof of the Sekichu store in Saitama.
Sekichu are a hardware store who seem to specialize in home cleaning products, they also seem to have some kind of association with both All Japan and DDT too, and Jun Akiyama was there on the day wrapped against the spring cold in a Sekichu jacket.
The day was “non canon” and featured only ten wrestlers (plus the injured Naomichi Marufuji who was on commentary and gave autographs), everything was lighthearted with Go Shiozaki wearing a Sekichu company logo box on his head, and Taniguchi apologizing for knocking down a company display (which he was thrown into by Shiozaki). At the end of the event the fans got the chance to pose with the wrestlers, and it seems that the mascots did the same, and AXIZ also leaned on Hitoshi Kumano and almost squished him.
On seeing Daisuke Harada posing with one, IPW’S Ben Basden said “@IPWUK do you really want this representing your company? Fly him over to England already, he clearly has nothing better to do.”
The next day, the 19th in Gunma, was when the real events of the show happened, especially on the junior front involving RATELS and their enemies Stinger.
YO-HEY had said that he would be making an announcement in Gunma, and he stepped into the ring to do it after the match (which Stinger had lost via a lariat from Tadasuke on Junta Miyawaki). YO-HEY told Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki that for Global Junior Tag League, he would indeed be teaming with HAYATA and going for the third consecutive win, but he would be doing this as a member of Stinger. Getting the win in any league, equals a challenge for the belt, but while normally this would mean either another team and another team alone getting it, in this situation it would mean the belt would be half Stingers, and half RATELS. Ogawa didn’t like this, and he and Kotaro attacked YO-HEY, stamping on his chest after Ogawa had knocked him down with an elbow.
HAYATA ran to the ring and threw himself over YO-HEY to protect him, and as he was pulled off of him, Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke ran in for the assist, the four of them did their tandem kick and threw Stinger out of the ring.
Afterwards, RATELS helped YO-HEY up.
Daisuke Harada asked the crowd what YO-HEY was? Was he RATELS? Or was he Stinger?
The crowd had no hesitation in unanimously saying that he was RATELS.
YO-HEY removed his Stinger t-shirt, and the four of them did their handshake, before Tadasuke carried a grinning YO-HEY from the ring on his back (I think YO-HEY’S lungs were probably a little overworked after the exertion), and Harada welcomed him home…although he did say that despite the fact that the four of them were going to start again from scratch, YO-HEY should not think that he was going to go easy on him.
YO-HEY later posted on Twitter that RATELS had forgiven him for his betrayal, and were kind.
So, now Stinger are a man down and both teams stand at four against two, it will be interesting to see if Naomichi Marufuji joins Stinger. After all, he is feuding with Daisuke Harada, Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki are old friends (and heels), and in NOAH the line between the interaction in matches and units between juniors and heavyweights is one that is often crossed.
Elsewhere, Kongoh got another win when the four of them (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya, Atsushi Kotoge and Yoshiki Inamura) defeated the team of Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuehi Taniguchi, Minoru Tanaka and Akitoshi Saito, with Kitamiya evening the score against Taniguchi with the Saito Suplex. Naturally,
Kenoh started screaming afterwards about the usual things.
Katsuhiko Nakajima had another one of his classic beating up on Takashi Sugiura with a smug look on his face pictures taken. Nakajima, unfortunately, has failed to realize that this all spurs Sugiura to revenge, which is usually taken in a brutal way in title matches.
Global Junior Tag League starts on the 28th May 2019 at Korakuen Hall.
Post match promos – Esupowaru Isanuma, Saitama
Two of the NOAH seniors, Naomichi Marufuji and Takashi Sugiura in particular, are baiting Kenoh. As you know Sugiura called the name “Kongoh” tacky, with Kenoh calling him a “stupid old man”.
Marufuji, however, seems to have gone a step further to wind him up, after reading an article in “Puroresu Weekly” and photoshopping a bottle of brown sauce which he labelled as the flavor of Kenoh’s gut.
Kenoh said he was looking forward to kicking Marufuji (who thought he was a funny guy) on his return on the 28th, Marufuji said sarcastically for
Kenoh to be gentle.
Takashi Sugiura will celebrate his 50th birthday on May 31st, NOAH had announced plans to have a fan birthday party for him on the 25th, but not given any further details, and the announcement appears to have vanished from the site.
Kaito Kiyomiya will turn 23 on July 17th with Junta Miyawaki turning 22 on June 14th, NOAH will hold a fan party for them on the 13th July, details to be announced.
Naomichi Marufuji will turn 40 this year in September, so no doubt NOAH will also announce a fan party for him.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ YO-HEY signed autographs from both himself and his lung.
~ Daisuke Harada has sworn that he will have a main event for a title match
~ Naomichi Marufuji has been bed bound due to his injury, and spent a lot of time (in between Twitter posts and hospital visits) watching Dragonball Z. He said he watched about twenty episodes.
~ Akitoshi Saito was interviewed on his thoughts of Global Junior Tag League, a league which naturally he is not part of. Heavyweights have never been asked their picks and opinions for it before, so it could be a good way for the Juniors & the Heavyweights to go to war, especially as the juniors were not asked for their opinion over Global Tag League.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya said in an interview that when the twelve year old him heard that Mitsuharu Misawa had died, he cried throughout the day.
~ As part of his rehabilitation, YO-HEY says he has been taking walks in the park.
The first night of Global Junior League will be broadcast live on G+ on May 28th 2019 at 6.30pm JST.
The 9th June show (the Misawa Memorial from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo and the second to last night of Global Junior Tag League) will be broadcast by G+ on Thursday 13th at 8pm JST.
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hitoshi Kumano
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hajime Ohara
Global Junior Tag League mini interview with Akitoshi Saito
Katsuhiko Nakajima interview on the late Silver King
Ten years after Misawa’s death in Hiroshima, champion Kaito Kiyomiya “looks at a new scenery”
Champ talk with Katsuhiko Nakajima
PICTURE CREDITS: Daisuke Harada, Noah GHC, PKDK, Naomichi Marufuji
Newsletter written by Hisame
Joe’s CMLL Review & Results 5/19/2019
Catching up on CMLL is easy with Joe Dinan’s weekly look at the results and happenings!
Catching up on CMLL is easy with Joe Dinan’s weekly look at the results and happenings!
Arena Puebla Monday
Tigre Rojo Jr and Millenium vs El Malayo and Black Tiger
Malayo and Rojo start the match with some grappling. Black Tiger enters next with Millenium to do some grappling. Rojo comes back in with Malayo and gets the advantage. Millenium stands on Rojo’s shoulders on the top rope and hits a cross body on Black Tiger for the pin. Rojo then hits a sloppy elbow drop on Malayo. First Fall: Rojo pins Malayo with an elbow drop.
Millenium works over Black Tiger to start. Malayo takes out Rojo then Millenium gets teamed on. Black Tiger submits Millenium with a guillotine choke. Malayo submits Rojo with a stretch submission. Second Fall: Malayo submits Rojo with a stretch.
Millenium gets teamed on to begin this round. Tigre Rojo gets worked over next. Tiger launches Millenium who hits a hurricanrana on Malayo. Tiger and Malayo fight back and take out Millenium. Malayo hits a power bomb on Rojo then submits him with a sharpshooter. Tiger hits a splash on Millenium for the win. Third Fall: Black Tiger pins Millenium with a top rope splash.
Winners: El Malayo and Black Tiger
Fuego, Drone, and Star Jr vs Universo 2000 Jr, Sagrado, and Misterioso Jr (El Olimpico)
Olimpico and Fuego start the match out grappling. Drone and Sagrado enter next and lock up. They trade a few transitions. Star Jr comes in next with Universo 2000 Jr. Universo works him over a bit. Fuego runs wild on everyone, hitting back breakers on Universo and Sagrado before getting Olimpico in a pinning combo. First Fall: Fuego pins Olimpico with a pinning combo.
Star gets worked over to begin this round. Universo trades offense with Fuego. Fuego gets the upper hand on Sagrado. Drone uses his quickness against Universo. Universo kills Star Jr on a shoulder block to the outside. Drone goes for a sunset flip but Universo jumps down on him for the pin. Second Fall: Universo pins Drone by sitting on him.
Drone gets triple teamed to begin this round. Olimpico works over Star with occasional help of his teammates. Star leaves the ring and Universo chases just to be hit by Drone off of the apron. Fuego launches Star for a double drop kick. Star and Fuego then hit dives through the middle rope on Sagrado and Olimipico. In the ring Universo hits a leg drop on Drone for a two. Drone hits a lionsault but the pin gets stopped. Olimpico gets Fuego in a neck crank and Sagrado hits a flapjack on Star for the win. Third Fall: Sagrado pins Star with a flapjack.
Winners: Universo 2000 Jr, Sagrado, and Olimpico
Volador Jr (Rey Samuray), Atlantis, and Niebla Roja vs Sanson, Cuatrero, and Cavernario (Toro Bill Jr)
Roja and Toro Bill start the match up fighting for position. Toro Bill taking his gimmick very seriously wearing a Chicago Bulls tank top. Cuatrero enters with Rey Samuray and they lock up and fight to the ground where they start grappling. Atlantis enters to go one on one with Sanson but ends up getting beat on. Toro Bill pins Samuray with a power bomb off of the top rope. Cuatrero launches Sanson for a knee strike on Roja for the pin. First Fall: Sanson pins Roja with a knee strike.
Samuray gets teamed up on to start this round. They hold Atlantis and try to untie his mask. Atlantis fights to the outside with Sanson. Roja then gets a pinning combo on Bill as does Samuray on Cuatrero. Second Fall: Rey Samuray pins Cuatrero with a pinning combo.
Roja and Cuatrero go back and forth briefly until Roja drop kicked him out. Roja dodges an attack and Bill attacks Sanson. Roja then flapjacks Bill and poses. Samuray enters and does some acrobatics and hits a hurricanrana on Sanson. Atlantis hip tosses Bill then does a double arm drag to Sanson and Cuatrero. Samuray then hits a middle rope dive on Bill but almost killed himself. Cuatrero gets knocked to the outside and Roja hits an over the top rope dive on him. In the ring Atlantis hits a hurricanrana on Sanson for the pin. Third Fall: Atlantis pins Sanson with a hurricanrana.
Winners: Atlantis, Niebla Roja, and Rey Samuray
(Tag Team Tournament) Rush (Volador) & Mephisto vs Mr. Niebla and Stuka Jr vs Negro Casas and Stigma vs Angel de Oro and Euforia vs Soberano Jr and Gran Guerrero vs La Bestia del Ring (Cavernario) and Flyer vs Kraneo and Forastero vs Shocker and Guerrero Maya Jr
A moment of silence for Silver King. Volador is there, so I wonder why he wasn’t in the match before. Well anyone everybody is in the ring so let’s start this random tournament off. So they do the battle royal for the order. Maya is eliminated first. Euforia is gone next. Stigma is kicked out by Cavernario. Cavernario then gets dumped to the outside next. Gran Guerrero flies over the top rope after missing an attack. Stuka gets clotheslined out by Forastero. Mephisto and Forastero are the last two so their teams go last.
Guerrero Maya and Shocker vs Euforia and Angel de Oro
They’re really about to condense 7 matches in 45 minutes. Let’s see how that goes. Maya and Euforia start out fighting for position. Oro and Shocker enter and trade offense back and forth. Maya and Shocker start to double their adversaries. Oro gets Shocker in a pinning combo and Euforia pins Maya with a pump handle slam. Euforia pins Maya with a pump handle slam.
Winners: Euforia and Angel de Oro
Negro Casas and Stigma vs Cavernario and Flyer
Flyer and Stigma trade moves back and forth to start. Casas and Cavernario trade strikes when they get in. Flyer hits a hurricanrana on Stigma, then Casas attacks Flyer. Cavernario and Stigma trade offense with some communication problems. Stigma hurricanrana’s him to the outside. Flyer hits Casas with a vertical suplex but Stigma stopped it. Cavernario slams Flyer on Stigma then hits his slingshot splash on him for the pin. Flyer pins Casas with a pinning combo. Flyer pins Negro Casas with a pinning combo.
Winners: Flyer and Cavernario
Soberano and Gran Guerrero vs Mr. Niebla and Stuka
The match starts out fast. Soberano hits a nice hurricanrana on Stuka. He goes to beat on Niebla but Niebla is too big for him and power bombs him. Gran and Stuka fight on the outside. Soberano hits a back flip splash to the outside onto Stuka. Gran then slams Soberano onto Niebla. Soberano does another move off of Gran but Niebla breaks it up. Stuka hits a big splash off of the top rope on Gran for the pin. Niebla ties Soberano in a knot the sits on him for the….submission? Mr. Niebla submits Soberano by tying him in a knot and sitting on him.
Winners: Mr. Niebla and Stuka
Kraneo and Forastero vs Volador Jr and Mephisto
Well there’s Volador. Covering for Rush. Volador is taking this serious by wrestling with a sweater on. Kraneo gets jumped by him and Mephisto. Kraneo splashes Mephisto and Volador and the come back trail is on. Kraneo runs into Volador and Mephisto. Kraneo tries to sit on Mephisto but he moves. Volador super kicks him and Mephisto pins him. Volador hits a sunset flip for a pin on Stigma. Was clearly supposed to be a canadian destroyer. Volador pins Stigma with a sunset flip.
Winners: Volador Jr and Mephisto
Angel de Oro and Euforia vs Cavernario and Flyer
Oro and Cavernario start and they trade moves with each other. Euforia enters to stomp out Cavernario. Flyer gets teamed up on. As the match continues they trade big moves for close pin falls. Cavernario hits a back stabber on Oro for a two. Euforia hits a lean back camel clutch on Flyer. Cavernario then does it to Euforia. Oro then pins Cavernario with a michinoku driver. Angel de Oro pins Cavernario with a michinoku driver.
Winners: Angel de Oro and Euforia
Stuka and Mr. Niebla vs Volador and Mephisto
Well hey Volador doesn’t have a sweater on this time. Stuka and Volador start out but Mephisto enters quick. Stuka double arm drags them to the outside and then hits a fast dive through the middle rope on Volador. Volador somehow back in the ring before Stuka, super kicks Zakarias. Stuka goes for a big splash on Mephisto but he gets the feet up. Volador then rolls up Niebla for the pin. Volador rolls up Mr. Niebla for the pin.
Winners: Volador and Mephisto
Volador and Mephisto vs Angel de Oro and Euforia
Match starts at a break neck pace with Oro hitting big moves and then hitting a big splash on Mephisto to the outside. Euforia hits a back breaker on Volador for a two count. Mephisto hits Oro with a face buster but Oro kicks out. Oro super kicks Mephisto and hits a lionsault but Volador breaks up the pin. Oro gets Mephisto to the top but Mephisto hits a top rope face buster for the pin. Volador hurricanrana’s Euforia from the top for the win. Volador pins Euforia with a top rope hurricanrana.
Winners: Volador Jr and Mephisto
Arena Mexico Tuesday
Arkalis and Halcon Suriano Jr vs Grako and Coyote
Coyote and Halcon start out with some grappling. Grako and Arkalis then enter and go back and forth. Grako gets Arkalis in a neck stretch and Coyote submits Halcon with a standing stretch. First Fall: Coyote submits Halcon with a standing stretch.
Halcon gets taken out to start and then Arkalis gets teamed up on. Halcon pulls Coyote to the outside and then Arkalis hits a back breaker on Grako. Grako throws Halcon in the air and Halcon hits a hurricanrana for the pin. Arkalis pins Coyote with a blue thunder bomb. Second Fall: Arkalis pins Coyote with a blue thunder bomb.
Arkalis and Grako exchange offense to start the final round. Halcon gets the upper hand on Coyote then poses. Halcon hits 4 straight moonsaults on Coyote but then he gets his feet up on the 5th one. Coyote hits an underhook slam off of the top on Halcon for the pin. Grako hits an elbow drop from the top on Arkalis for the win. Third Fall: Grako pins Arkalis with an elbow drop.
Winners: Grako and Coyote
Electrico, Super Astro Jr, and Retro vs Nitro, Metalico, and Sangre Azteca
Azteca and Retro start the match out with some grappling. Metalico enters with Electrico and they start to grapple as well. Nitro enters with Astro and quickly he gets teamed on. They team up on Retro next and take him out. Nitro hits a top rope splash on Super Astro for the pin. Azteca hits a drop kick to the inner thigh on Retro and Metalico pins him. First Fall: Azteca hits a drop kick to the inner thigh on Retro. Metalico pins him.
Retro is teamed up on to start this round. Electrico gets worked over next. Astro dodges some attacks and then Retro hits a cross body on Metalico. Retro submits Azteca with an inverted bear hug and Electrico pins Metalico with an elbow drop. Second Fall: Electrico pins Metalico with an elbow drop.
Metalico strikes Retro but Retro no sells it. Afterwards is a series of them getting in the ring and trading moves before their partners come in. Standard back and forth action. Retro goes for a top rope move and Azteca drop kicks him for the pin. Nitro spike pile drivers Super Astro for the win. Third Fall: Nitro pile drivers Super Astro for the win.
Winners: Nitro, Metalico, and Sangre Azteca
Fuego, Pegasso, and Stigma vs El Sagrado, Disturbio, and Kawato San
Fuego and Disturbio start out going back and forth. Sagrado enters next with Stigma and they too go back and forth. Kawato comes in next with Pegasso and they move at a faster pace. Pegasso gets Kawato to the outside and then poses but is there after attacked from behind. Sagrado gets Pegasso up for a power bomb but Pegasso rolls into it for a pin. Kawato and Disturbio arrogantly turned their backs. First Fall: Pegasso pins Sagrado with a pinning combo.
Kawato and Stigma start this round off and trade offense. Stigma wins that battle and then hits a pose. Fuego enters with Sagrado and takes him out with an arm drag. Kawato then comes from behind and hits a dragon suplex on Fuego for the pin. Second Fall: Kawato pins Fuego with a dragon suplex.
Pegasso gets teamed up on to start this round. Stigma gets Kawato out finally and Pegasso pulls Sagrado and Disturbio to the outside. Stigma and Pegasso then hit dives through the middle rope. Fuego trips Kawato and then hits a springboard splash. He moves out of the way causing Kawato’s teammates to hit him. Fuego goes for an asai moonsault but Kawato pulls him down. Pegasso and Stigma go for sunset flips but Sagrado and Disturbio counter with jumping elbow drops for the win. Third Fall: Disturbio and Sagrado pin Pegasso and Stigma with standing elbow drops.
Winners: El Sagrado, Disturbio, and Kawato San
(Match Relampago) Guerrero Maya vs Templario
These two start out super fast trading moves back and forth. Templario power slams Maya on the outside. Back in the ring Templario continued to work over Maya. Maya fights back and knocks him out of the ring then hits a middle rope flip dive. When they get back in the ring Templario starts to work over Maya again. Templario goes to the top and Maya runs up and hits an arm drag. Templario catches Maya with a german suplex for a two count. Maya reverses Templario, very sloppy for the pin. Probably should have called an audible. Guerrero Maya pins Templario with a roll up.
Winner: Guerrero Maya
Kraneo, Flyer, and El Audaz vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, and Rey Bucanero
Audaz starts out with Bucanero and they tie up and start to grapple. Shocker comes in with Flyer and they trade strikes. Kraneo and Mr. Niebla do some sloppy spots. Kraneo dives off of the apron onto Niebla. Audaz hits a moonsault on Shocker for the pin. Flyer gets Bucanero in a hurricanrana. First Fall: Flyer pins Rey Bucanero with a hurricanrana.
Niebla and Kraneo work. Niebla postures to the crowd playing with his man boobs. Shocker works over Audaz. Audaz fights back hitting an arm drag. Audaz gets taken out. Shocker suplexes him then Bucanero kicks him to the outside. They slam Kraneo and Mr. Niebla hits a top rope splash onto him for the pin. Second Fall: Mr. Niebla pins Kraneo with a top rope splash.
There’s a bunch of brawling to start this round. Flyer and Audaz hit dives over the top rope. Kraneo back flips Niebla then sits on him for the pin. Third Fall: Kraneo pins Mr. Niebla by sitting on him.
Winners: Kraneo, Flyer, and Audaz
Atlantis, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja vs Rush, El Terrible, and La Bestia del Ring
Well this match starts out super fast and hot. Los Ingobernables beats up Oro and Roja and then they team on Atlantis. They all hit drop kicks on him for the pin. First Fall: Rush pins Atlantis after a triple basement drop kick.
There’s brawling on the outside to start. Atlantis goes to confront Rush but ends up getting teamed on. They throw Oro into the announce table. Rush fakes his finishing move to Atlantis just to kick him in the face and hit his pose. Terrible spins Oro around and Rush hits a basement drop kick and poses again. Rush has such a great look. Sucks he’s toiled away in Ring of Honor. Anyway, this second round continues with Roja finally making a come back. Oro and Roja attack Terrible and Bestia on the outside. Atlantis even throws Rush into the barricade. Rush retreats into the crowd and Atlantis chases him. Roja is either actually hurt or doing one hell of a job selling an ankle injury. Rush goes to the announce table and says No pasa nada perrrrros. Rush gets back in the ring and hits the drop kick in the corner. Then pins Oro by just putting a foot on him. Rush then tries to take Atlantis’ mask off and the ref gets him to stop. Roja hits Terrible with a kick combo and Bestia is late to stop the ref but the ref stops anyway. Distracted, Terrible low blows Roja and the refs pins 3. Second Fall: Terrible pins Niebla Roja with a low blow.
Rush cuts a promo. Oro gets the mic and begins one but then Rush and pals come in and beat them up some more. Rush steals poor Atlantis’ mask. I wonder if that’s the direction they’re going to go for the anniversario show. Atlantis has slowed down considerably the last few years. Maybe a nice pay day is a way to go out.
Winners: Rush, El Terrible, and La Bestia del Ring
Arena Mexico Friday
Unfortunately this show is blocked in America so I can only post results. Luckily it wasn’t that critical of a show. If it persists I’ll find a way to watch down the line, but it shouldn’t persist.
Star Jr and Magia Blanca vs Espanto Jr and Akuma
Akuma and Espanto won 2 falls to 1.
Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and Sanely vs Amapola, Tiffany, and Metalica
Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and Sanely won the match 2 falls to 1. Kaho Kobayashi hyped up her hair vs hair match with Amapola.
Rey Cometa, Esfinge, and Triton vs Hechicero, El Felino, and Tiger
Hechicero, Felino, and Tiger won 2 falls to 1. Hechicero got hurt in this match and let Esfinge pin him for a fall so he can go to the back. Maybe a hand injury.
(Match Relampago) Soberano Jr vs Negro Casas
Negro Casas won with a Canadian destroyer and a casita.
Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, and Gran Guerrero vs Mascara Ano 2000, Mephisto, and Ephesto
Los Guerrero’s won 2 falls to 1. Mascara Ano 2000 DQ’d himself in the final fall by low blowing Ultimo Guerrero. Hyping up their future match.
Caristico, Volador Jr, and Mistico vs Cavernario, Sanson, and Cuatrero
Valiente replaced Volador in this match. Cavernario, Sanson, and Cuatrero won in straight falls. Cavernario unmasked Mistico and pinned him and challenged him to a match next week.