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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (12/2/17)

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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, EPISODE 324

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Beer City Bruiser VS Marty Scurll; Scurll wins.
  • ROH World Tag Team Championship: The Motor City Machine Guns VS The Kingdom; MCMG wins and retains the ROH WTTC.
  • Flip Gordon VS “Hangman” Adam Page; Gordon wins.

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The Beer City Bruiser VS Marty Scurll!

The Bullet Club’s Villain and new IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion is preparing for his Final Battle match against The Greatest First Generation Wrestler, Jay Lethal, so he’s going to use The Last Real Man’s keg-carrying compatriot as a means to measure where the two stack up, as Lethal had his own series of matches against The BCB in the past.

The bell rings, they circle, fans “WOOP WOOP” as Scurll and BCB tie up. BCB shoves him away, daring him to come back, and Scurll does, only to be shoved away again, and again. Scurll gets out of the ring in frustration, BCB eggs him on. Fans cheer Marty on, so he gets fired up and back in the ring. He shoves BCB then ducks BCB’s punch to give haymakers of his own. Scurll tries to whip Bruiser but Bruiser’s too big and strong for that. Bruiser whips Scurll to a corner, Scurll goes up and under, fake out to mule kick. Then a double wristlock with a roll to really wrench those fingers before Scurll stands on BCB’s hands, “WOOP WOOP!”

Double stomps on the hands, dropkick sends Bruiser out of the ring, and fans applaud. The fans “WOOP WOOP” then rally with Scurll as he builds speed, but Bruiser trips Scurll up and drags him out. Bruiser goes to swing but Scurll ducks and chops, then again. Scurll throws more chops, Bruiser is sat down and Scurll gives him forearms and chops. The fans applaud as Scurll gets space, resets the ring count and fires them up. Scurll runs at Bruiser, Bruiser boots Scurll and then sits him down for chops. Bruiser resets the count, gets space, and builds speed, but Scurll dodges as the cannonball comes in!

Bruiser crashes and burns, Scurll “WOOP WOOP” as we go to break.

We return to see BCB break Scurll’s hold on his fingers to then slap Scurll to the mat. Bruiser brings Scurll up, suplex side slam! He then positions Scurll before climbing up, fans firing up as he does. Bruiser flies, but flops! Everyone notices that Jay Lethal has appeared.

Lethal is keeping an eye on his Final Battle opponent as fans cheer Marty on. Bruiser runs in but Scurll boots him away before slipping out to the apron. Bruiser returns but Scurll grabs his arm, shoulderbreaker hotshot! Scurll fires up again as he returns into the ring and hops up, grabbing that arm of Bruiser to put it in a hammerlock. He keeps up the torture on Bruiser’s arm by stretching it back out for an armbar, into a tornado armbar DDT! Bruiser slides out but leans on the apron, so Scurll runs and hops over to then mule kick Bruiser in the head. Lethal is stoic as Scurll gives Bruiser’s bad arm a double ax handle. Bruiser hits back, runs, but gets faked out so that Scurll can mule kick a leg out. Fans applaud and Scurll works them up, but Bruiser manages a clobbering lariat! Cover, TWO, Bruiser is frustrated. Bruiser drags Scurll into position again and climbs up, but Scurll revives and gets up under Bruiser! The fans aren’t sure Scurll can do this, but he does! Super Powerbomb!

Scurll puts his feet up on the second rope! The referee notices just in time, and fans are actually upset Scurll didn’t get away with it. Lethal chuckles, he must feel that was a bit amateurish. Scurll argues with the ref, Bruiser gets up and bulls him out of the ring. Bruiser gets on the apron, fans tell the ref “Ref, you suck!” Bruiser runs and cannonballs, but he misses again!

Both men are down, the ref counts, Lethal just watches. The count is halfway up, Scurll tries to drag the dead weight of Bruiser up. Bruiser is too much, Scurll just gets in the ring. The count continues, Bruiser barely beats it in time! Scurll goes after Bruiser right away, working on an octopus stretch. Scurll gets the stretch but also incorporates Bruiser’s fingers into the hold. Bruiser powers out to a ropebreak, Scurll gets up and calls for the finish. He hops up on Bruiser, Bruiser snapmares him off. Scrull and Bruiser are in opposite corners, Bruiser charges corner to corner but Scurll dodges while pulling the referee into the path, Bruiser squashes the referee!

Bruiser chases Scurll but misses yet again, the fans tell the referee “You deserve it!” Scurll realizes he can get away with anything while the ref is down, so he grabs his umbrella. However, Jay Lethal walks down the ramp, which distracts Scurll. Lethal stops, so Scurll’s plan continues, he SMACKS Bruiser upside the head! Bruiser goes down, the ref comes to, Scurll covers and wins! Lethal lets Scurll know he has his eye on The Villain.

Scurll got away with a villainous victory tonight, but will he prove himself the dirtiest player in ROH?

 

ROH looks back at the Peacock’s stellar performance in the Soaring Eagle Cup.

From giving out Bangarangs like candy to pinning all three men in a Four Corners Survival elimination match, Dalton Castle is THE inaugural Soaring Eagle Cup champion! Castle is now poised to fly even higher as he faces The American Nightmare, Cody, at Final Battle for the ROH World Heavyweight Championship. Can The Peacock dethrone the Son of a Son of a Plumber?

The Peacock speaks!

This is a pretty big deal for Dalton Castle. He never thought “that’s where I’m headed!” He was only 12 years old when he first hit the wrestling mat, and has been “a wrestler in some form or fashion” ever since that day. This isn’t what he likes to do, this is what he does. “I am a wrestler, and I’m a damn good one.”

Castle made his ROH TV debut all the way back in March of 2015, and no one, not even Castle himself, could’ve predicted his rise. He was in Top Prospect Tournament, didn’t win it, but look at him now! Castle can prove to everybody that he’s as fantastic as anybody, and he worked to earn this all the way. It will be Castle VS Cody for the ROH WHC, but Castle only wishes that was the focus of it all. It is no longer just sport, Cody made this so personal. They had a match together only just last February, ROH The Experience.

Cody tried to trick Castle with his “silly dress-up game”, but why? Because Cody is afraid of Castle. Cody is a “pale-faced scoundrel”. Castle has had his shots at the ROH WHC before, such as against Christopher Daniels. Castle learned from that match defeat back in April’s Supercard of Honor. He put up a good fight, but then Cody had to go and attack them both, kicking Castle in the balls!

Cody didn’t leave it at that, either, he would bully Castle randomly, such as at War of the Worlds UK back in August. He left Castle for dead, saying he was “a novelty act”. Worse yet, Cody literally shipped The Boys away in boxes! Cody knew Castle wasn’t going to be gone forever, so he needed a different advantage. Castle isn’t going to let being without his Boys slow him down. Final Battle will see Cody walk in as champion, and will see Castle kick his ass. Can the Peacock come through on his words?

 

ROH reluctantly shares footage of The Briscoes invading the Dudley training facility.

Jay bangs on the door as Mark controls the camera. The door swings open, and the Briscoes simply walk on in.

Jay asks the trainees where the Dudley Boys are, but the trainees won’t tell them. Jay goes looking for Bully and D-Von, Mark knows they have to be here somewhere. The trainees say hello, the Briscoes give them handshakes. Jay asks the students where the Dudleys are, the students say they’re not here. Mark says they’re full of crap, and Jay attacks the students!

Jay shouts for Bully to come out, Mark shouts for the students to keep it down. The Briscoes creep deeper into the Dudley facility and find their memorabilia. Jay grabs a picture of the Dudleys with the Hardys, to then throw it at a wall!

Mark points out another picture, The Dudleys and Terry Funk in the Tokyo. That picture also gets thrown at the wall! The Briscoes make it into yet another room full of pictures, such as The Dudleys with the legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and Midnight Express. Three legendary tag teams in one picture, thrown against the wall! The Briscoes return to the training room and look at a poster that lists Bully’s long list of injuries.

Jay reads them off, line by line. Bully Ray endured all of that, yet he’s going to let Jay Briscoe take him out for good? Jay warned Bully Ray, so what is it going to take to get him in the ring with them? Jay spits on the picture of Bully Ray. The students tell the Briscoes to leave, the cops are on their way. Jay tells them to shut up, then has Mark put the phone-camera where it can be propped up. The phone records the ring, Jay and Mark bring a student in for a 3D!

The Briscoes ask again, “What’s it gonna take?” They finally leave, how will the Dudley Boys respond to this invasion?

 

Time for ROH’s #1 (and only) talk show, Coleman’s Pulpit!

The Most Versatile Man in This Sport Today has a very special guest today, a 20 year veteran on the verge of the biggest match in his career: himself!

Caprice Coleman greets himself to the set, and Coleman thanks himself for inviting him on. Guest Coleman tells Host Coleman that the set is awesome, but they soon get down to business. The previous episode of the Pulpit had ROH World Television Champion, Kenny King, and Kenny wasn’t happy after what Coleman said to him. Coleman thinks that’s sad, but Kenny just has a bad attitude. Coleman told the truth, and some people get upset by the truth. Host Coleman asks Guest Coleman, does Coleman have a vendetta against Kenny? Is Coleman jealous of Kenny? Jealous? Vendetta? No, not at all. Coleman has nothing but respect for Kenny, Kenny is ROH WTVC for a reason. However, anyone can be champion, if they’re given the “right opportunities.”

Host Coleman brings up Final Battle’s Four Way Elimination match for the ROH WTVC. The ROH WTVC will have to outlast the other three men. Is Guest Coleman prepared for such a match? Absolutely. Guest Coleman compliments Host Coleman on that great question, and especially how he worded it: the champion will defend the title in that Four Way. If Coleman defeats Kenny King for the title, he will have to be in said Four Way. The one who wins the race is not the swift nor the strong, but the one who can endure. Coleman never thought of it that way.

Guest Coleman reiterates that Kenny is not a king, a peasant nor a pawn, he’s a ho. Coleman makes it his responsibility to make Kenny his priority, and become the new ROH WTVC. Host Coleman is blown away by that, and won’t miss that match for anything. Coleman’s Pulpit: where you find out the truth, and the truth will help you see. Can the egotistical Coleman conquer the K I N G? Or will he, too, #BendTheKnee?

 

ROH looks back at the mishap between The Addiction and War Machine.

Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vowed to ruin the fun in ROH, but their ambush on Hanson & Rowe went a little too far. Not for what they did to their targets, but for the fan casualty that occurred. Ray Rowe has been temporarily suspended, because he was the one who threw the Heavy Metal Rebel headlong like a long dart into the innocent bystander, but they will still have a tag team grudge match at Final Battle. Can War Machine make The Addiction pay for inciting such an incident?

 

ROH World Tag Team Championship: The Motor City Machine Guns VS The Kingdom!

This match isn’t live in Lakeland, but ROH TV lets us see the amazing action from the incredible Fort Lauderdale event! Before the bell, The Kingdom attacks from behind!

The bell rings, the attack continues and fans boo. O’Ryan has Shelley and Vinnie has Sabin in opposite corners. The Kingdom whips the MCMG, but the MCMG do-si-do and swing on the Kingdom. The Kingdom ducks, run in, the MCMG dodge and go corner to corner for double clotheslines! Shelley throws out O’Ryan, Sabin throws out Vinnie, and the MCMG gets the fans rallying. The MCMG aim and double slingshot over!

The MCMG topple The Kingdom over, the fans chant for “Motor City! *clap clap clapclapclap*” Sabin sits O’Ryan down and throws haymakers while Vinnie drags Shelley down. Sabin whips but is reversed, he ends up into barriers, Vinnie fish-hooks Shelley’s mouth to stretch while he bites Shelley’s forehead! The Sassy Wild Horse regroups with Mr. Inksanity, chop to Shelley and European Uppercut for Sabin. Vinnie throws Sabin at barriers while O’Ryan puts Shelly in the ring. O’Ryan climbs up, aims, but flies into Shelley’s boot. Vinnie climbs up, he jumps, but into a body shot. Sabin tags in, The MCMG double whips O’Ryan corner to corner. Shelley whips Sabin in for a forearm smash, then Sabin is the step stool for an MCMG Poetry in Motion.

Shelley returns the favor, Sabin hits his own Poetry in Motion. The MCMG target Vinnie, he runs in but gets caught in a double kick vice. Sabin runs but is put on the apron, O’Ryan stuns him with a forearm. O’Ryan runs at Shelley but is kicked to a stop, Shelley stacks The Kingdom as Sabin climbs up. Sabin aims, jumps, missile dropkick double shot!

Shelley covers Vinnie, TWO. MCMG hit O’Ryan with double arm wrench, double back elbows and then crisscross arms for the double whip. O’Ryan kicks Shelley, Sabin blocks O’Ryan’s kick for him, hands the leg to Shelley, and the MCMG beat up that leg with kicks and elbows. Sabin hits an enziguri, Shelley gives O’Ryan a dragon screw, and then the figure four leglock! Sabin intercepts Vinnie, then puts him in the legendary submission for a double Figure Four!

The Kingdom endures, then drag themselves to ropes. Double ropebreak, so the MCMG lets Vinnie go but holds on a little longer for O’Ryan. Shelley frees O’Ryan at 4, O’Ryan’s healing legs are a factor. Shelley whips O’Ryan, O’Ryan jumps over but his legs slow him down on the landing. The referee checks on O’Ryan, O’Ryan gets out of the ring. Sabin stops Vinnie again, Shelley pursues O’Ryan. O’Ryan reveals he was exaggerating, he fights Shelley on the outside and bumps him off the apron. O’Ryan trips Sabin up, too, and drags him out of the ring. Sabin fights O’Ryan off and chases him down, things enter the ring, spinebuster! Vinnie adds a flying headbutt, O’Ryan rocks Shelley with a right, Vinnie DIVES on him!

The fans boo and jeer at the Kingdom, especially as they already declare themselves ROH World Tag Team Champions.

The Kingdom gloats as we go to commercials.

We return, The Kingdom isolates Shelley, until Shelley slips out and lets The Kingdom run into each other! Shelley crawls, Vinnie drags him back and kicks Shelley’s hand. Vinnie rushes Sabin, Sabin knocks him away, Shelley dodges O’Ryan to send that SPEAR into Vinnie!

Shelley tags Sabin, Sabin hits a flying crossbody! Sabin solos The Kingdom with chops and elbows, ducks a double lariat to send The Kingdom into themselves again. Sabin grabs Vinnie and dropkicks O’Ryan to hit Vinnie with a tornado DDT! Fans fire up as Sabin gets to the apron. Penalty Kick for O’Ryan! Sabin climbs up, flies for a missile dropkick on Vinnie. Fans rally for MCMG, Shelley up as The Kingdom regroups. Sabin speeds up, Shelley opens the ropes, Sabin DIVES!

The Kingdom goes down again, Sabin puts O’Ryan back in the ring. Shelley and Sabin give O’Ryan the double kick, but then Vinnie knocks Shelley off the top rope. Vinnie climbs, O’Ryan reverses Sabin into the Twist of Fate! Vinnie hits the RedRum swanton!

TWO! The Kingdom is shocked! Shelley returns but O’Ryan knocks him back down, The Kingdom regroups to get Sabin up and in a corner. They hoist Sabin up and climb up to join him, Sabin resists. He shoves O’Ryan down then Vinnie, jumps but is caught into the fireman’s carry, O’Ryan lifts Vinnie to commit Sassy Murder!

O’Ryan blocks Shelley but Shelley barrels through to break the pin! O’Ryan rocks Shelley with a right hand then throws him out. Vinnie, get the ax. Fans rally, Vinnie slithers out to grab his hatchet! He brings it in, the referee has eyes on him, but it was never about the ax, because O’Ryan has his bat!

The referee confiscates Vinnie’s ax, O’Ryan swings the bat, but Sabin ducks and almost hits Vinnie! Sabin shoves The Kingdom into each other, ducks another swing, then baits O’Ryan in, this time he hits Vinnie!

Shelley and Sabin put O’Ryan in the Dream Sequence! The fans fire up, Vinnie revives, double mule kicks and double lift, Thunder Express!

The MCMG win and retain! With The Kingdom taken care of, Shelley & Sabin now move on to Final Battle to face Best Friends, Trent Baretta & Chuckie T. Which team will end 2017 as the ROH World Tag Team Champions?

 

Flip Gordon VS “Hangman” Adam Page!

Despite comprising of rising stars within the ROH roster, “Flip Army” could not defeat The Bullet Club. Now #FlipArmy Commander Gordon wants to prove he can defeat the Bullet Club’s Problem Solver 1v1 to prove he belongs. Hangman offers a handshake for the Code of Honor, but Gordon doesn’t trust it after all the trap handshakes The Bullet Club got him with. Hangman takes offense, he pie-faces Gordon. The bell rings, the two circle and tie up. Hangman shoves Gordon but Gordon flips through it. They circle again, the fans trash talk, Hangman gets a headlock, Gordon powers out but Hangman runs him over. Hangman keeps moving, things speed up, Gordon handsprings then uses his kip-ups to dodge lariats!

Hangman gets frustrated, the fans are loving it. Gordon embraces the love, Hangman uses that opening to throw him out of the ring. Hangman runs, Gordon evades, flips past Hangman then ducks under Hangman’s shooting star!

Gordon climbs up and goes for a SUPER Asai, but lands on his feet when Hangman gets in the ring.

He follows Hangman back into the ring, things keep moving, Gordon hand-walks to ropes. Gordon walks back, and headscissors Hangman back out! Gordon dares Hangman to come get him, Hangman swings but Gordon cartwheels over to mule kick Hangman. He climbs up again, and this time hits the SUPER Asai!

The fans fire up and applaud, Gordon drags Hangman up and gives him forearms. They return to the ring, Gordon takes aim from the apron. Gordon slingshots, into a boot from Hangman! Hangman stands over Gordon as fans applaud, “The Hung Man” taunts before covering, ONE. Hangman puts Gordon in a corner then gives him a sharp chop. Gordon gets to an adjacent corner, Hangman runs in corner to corner but gets a back elbow. Gordon hops up, sticks out a foot but Hangman catches that and spins Gordon sideways, and puts Gordon in a Tree of Woe. Hangman goes to the apron, and gives Gordon a kick right to the face. Hangman grabs a chair, puts it up halfway between the corners, then rallies the fans. He then builds speed, uses the chair as a launch pad, and hits Gordon with a dropkick!

Gordon drops to the floor, we go to one more break.

We return one last time, Hangman hits a Fall Away Slam with a bridge! TWO, and Hangman is frustrated. The fans rally once more as Gordon stirs. Hangman lets him get to a corner, then runs in corner to corner, but into another back elbow. Gordon dodges and swing kicks into Hangman’s head, then swings up for an elevated 619! Hangman staggers, Gordon springboards but Hangman gets under. Gordon gets Hangman in the fireman’s carry, Hangman slips out and shoves, another back elbow. Gordon springboards, Hangman dodges the quebrada, Gordon uses kip-ups to again dodge a lariat. Hangman ducks the roundhouse, but Gordon hits the enziguri. Gordon speeds up, rolling sunset flip! TWO, Gordon can’t believe it. The fans rally once more, Gordon gets up onto the top rope. Gordon takes aim at Hangman, Hangman revives but Gordon jumps over him. Gordon runs back in, Hangman boots him then hops up, Gordon jumps up and gives a spinning back elbow. Springboard Steiner!

Running Shooting Star on top, TWO! Gordon is frustrated now, fans rally as he takes aim corner to corner. He runs in, Hangman puts him on the apron and blasts him with a forearm. Hangman climbs up, and hits his SUPER ASAI!

Gordon topples down, fans fire up and chant “ROH! ROH!” Hangman brings Gordon into the ring, Gordon revives and starts a chop fight! They go back and forth, Gordon getting the edge, Gordon runs and springboards but is caught, but manages to flip out of the Rite of Passage. Gordon goes for a Superkick, Hangman blocks and spins Gordon to hit his SUPERKICK!

Hangman runs, into Gordon’s SUPERKICK! Gordon gives Hangman the Samoan Pop, then the PELE! Gordon springboards for the Star-Spangled Stunner!

Flip Gordon WINS!! He overcomes the bullying of the Bullet Club! Wait, that’s not the referee raising Gordon’s hand!

Matt asks “Where do you think you’re going?!” and Nick gives Gordon a SUPERKICK!

Never mind, Gordon has not gotten away from the bullying. Will “The, Elite! The the, Elite!” ever leave Gordon alone?

 

ROH World Heavyweight Champion, Cody, watches from the production room.

“Flip Gordon? Flip Gordon is the LOSER if he thinks he’s going to take the Six Man Titles at Final Battle!” Gordon is just as delusional as Dalton Castle is thinking he can take the ROH WHC from Cody. Will The Bullet Club continue their title reign of terror over ROH? Or will each of them receive the retribution owed at the hands of their victims?

 

My Thoughts:

A solid night from ROH, though it almost feels like it was meant as a go-home to Final Battle. We got great matches, as always, but we also got quite a lot of recap and talking for just a one-hour program. Scurll-Bruiser built upon the Scurll-Lethal story with Lethal ringside but also Scurll making sure Lethal saw every bit of cheating he committed in the match. Scurll said he wants Heel Lethal, because Heel Lethal was the superior Lethal. Lethal might face a conflict within himself during their match: should he keep it clean to prove he’s the better man? Or should he cheat to prove he’s the better Heel? MCMG-Kingdom was also great, even if we were watching it on a tape delay, and I am surprised to see MCMG retain to make MCMG VS Best Friends a Face VS Face affair. The Kingdom will likely protest, claiming “conspiracy” again, or even interfere with the title match, because it can’t end like this.

The Briscoes invaded Dudley territory, another great move. They referenced D-Von a lot, too, but I don’t think ROH can get D-Von away from WWE even just for a one-night only tag team match. That’s a shame, because that would be the thing to make this tag team story, that is also Bully’s good-bye story, truly perfect. Coleman gave a great segment, it should’ve been obvious he’d interview himself. Coleman-King next episode will be great, and could go either way at this point. The main event once again felt like a main event, and Gordon winning was a pleasant surprise. The Young Bucks appearing wasn’t a surprise, but it was still great to see this story is far from over. “The Hung Bucks” VS Flip & Coast2Coast (I assume) is going to be great, but I don’t think ROH is going to put anyone over the super-stable that is Bullet Club.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (3/16/19)

Zack Sabre Jr. continues his journey in ROH!

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Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 391

It’s ROH 17th Anniversary weekend, but the action keeps on rolling! The Submission Master returns, will he make Rocky Romero #JustTapOut?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Silas Young & The Briscoes; Young & The Briscoes win.
  • The Bouncers VS Brian Johnson & Joe Keys; The Bouncers win.
  • Madison Rayne w/ Sumie Sakai VS Thunder Rosa w/ Holidead; Rayne wins.
  • Zack Sabre Jr. VS Rocky Romero; ZSJ wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Silas Young & The Briscoes!

Cheeseburger leads Ryan Nova and Eli Isom into battle! Will their fighting spirits combined be enough to overcome the Last Real Man and #DemBoyz?

The bell rings and Isom begins against Jay Briscoe. Isom is no stranger to taking on former ROH World Champions, this could be his third upset on one already. They tie up and Jay waistlocks. Isom standing switches and throws Jay down but Jay reverses to a facelock, but Isom slips away. Fans applaud the Future of Honor keeping up with Jay. Jay and Isom circle again and Jay keeps Isom guessing on the grapple. Jay reels Isom in for a headlock, but Isom powers out, only for Jay to run him over. Things speed up and Isom kicks Jay. Isom runs but sees Jay follow. Jay fakes Isom out and kicks him down. Jay tags Mark and The Briscoes mug Isom. Mark suplexes but Isom slips out and shoves Mark. Mark turns around into Isom’s arm-drag!

Isom tags in Nova and Nova hops up for ax handles. Nova wrenches the arm but Mark rolls through. Mark breaks free but Nova dodges and fires off strikes. Nova wrenches and tags in Cheeseburger! Burger climbs up to drop his own ax handle. Burger wrenches but Mark pushes him away. Mark rushes at Burger but Burger crawls under and kicks him away. Burger speeds up but Jay stands in his way. Mark rocks Burger with a shotgun dropkick! Silas and the Briscoes take control as we go to break.

ROH returns and Silas taunts Burger to stand, only to stomp him down. Fans rally up for Burger and he throws body shots on Silas. Burger fires forearms but Silas shoves Burger for the backbreaker clothesline on the rebound! Silas drags Burger over and tags in Mark. Mark drops an elbow then drags Burger up. Mark suplexes and holds Burger up for a few seconds before dropping him down. Fans rally but Mark puts Burger in a camel clutch. Burger endures while Jay and Silas taunt him. Mark fish hooks Burger but lets up at 4. Mark blasts Nova but the ref keeps Isom from going after Mark. But he misses Mark biting Burger! Mark gets away with it then CHOPS Burger in a corner! Mark whips corner to corner but Burger dodges! Burger dodges Silas and Jay, too, hot tag to Isom!

Isom dropkicks Mark to his corner where Jay tags in. Silas runs at Isom but Isom puts him on the apron and dropkicks him down! Jay goes after Isom with a waistlock but is bucked off. Isom pops Jay up to a fireman’s carry! Nova intercepts Mark and DIVES on Silas! Air Raid Crash from Isom to Jay! Cover, TWO!! Isom almost had another former world champion caught! Isom keeps going but Jay blocks the suplex. Jay fights back but Isom throws his own forearms. Isom runs but into Jay’s fireman’s carry. Jay hits the Spicolli Driver while Mark climbs up! FROGGY-BOW! Jay covers, TWO!? Isom survives and The Briscoes are shocked!

The ref tells Mark to go to the corner but the Briscoes ignore him. #DemBoyz work together to finish this, double underhook but Isom fights out. Isom pushes Jay into Mark then kicks, suplex to brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Another close call but Isom keeps his focus. Isom and Jay stand as fans rally up. Isom throws forearms and elbows then an enziguri. Jay staggers and Jay runs, but SUPERKICK for Jay! High-Low combo for The Briscoes! Mark keeps Burger out while Jay hits his Jay Driller! Cover, The Briscoes & Silas win!

Winners: Silas Young & The Briscoes, Jay Briscoe pinning

The Shinobi Shadow Squad struggles in the Six Man Tag Division against such accomplished opponents. Will it be the Last Real Man and Dem Boyz who move on towards the titles instead?

 

Rhett Titus speaks.

“Willie Mack, I heard you had plans to take the NWA National Title and defend it in every state across America.” Well Willie, plans change, because the Fittest is looking to take that belt and bring it with him on the Flex Express. Will Rhett’s own plans have to change after facing The Mack next episode?

 

The Bouncers VS Brian Johnson & Joe Keys!

The literally biggest team in the ROH Tag Team Division takes on two other Future of Honor stars. With physiques like theirs, JK and The Number One were hoping for sunny beaches and “beautiful baby dolls”, but instead got “busted up broads and their beer-swilling bozos”! Well that’s no way to talk about the fans or beer! The Bouncers make their way out with plenty of drinks, and Brian Milonas takes the mic. He and The Beer City Bruiser are here to kick ass and drink beer! Will they do just that against these rude rookies?

The Code of Honor is still upheld between the teams, and we start with Bruiser and Keys. Keys shows off his body while teasing Bruiser about the beer belly. Bruiser admits Keys wins the body building, but Bruiser has the fans as they chant “Beer! Beer!” along with him. Keys calls for a test of strength and Bruiser isn’t sure he’s serious. Keys shoves Bruiser and tells him to take it serious. Bruiser accepts the test, and SLAPS Keys off his feet! Keys gets up and kicks but Bruiser catches it. Bruiser spins Keys for an atomic drop. Keys gets to a corner but covers up from Bruiser’s punch. So Bruiser CHOPS instead! And CHOPS, and CHOPS! Fans cheer for more but Keys turns around to protect his chest. So Bruiser CHOPS his back! Keys scrambles to his corner and tags in Johnson.

Johnson fires off on Bruiser but Bruiser shoves him to run him over! Bruiser drags Johnson up but Johnson powers him to the corner. Keys anchors Bruiser’s feet and Johnson gets a sucker punch! Johnson stomps away in the corner then tags in Keys. Keys stomps Bruiser now but lets up at 4. Keys chops Bruiser back then goes to scoop. Bruiser’s too big for that, so Keys gives a European Uppercut. Johnson tags in and rams in his own uppercut. Johnson and Keys work together for a double scoop slam! Cover, ONE, and with power! Bruiser reaches for Milonas but Keys tags back in. Keys stomps Bruiser down then puts Bruiser back in the corner. Keys throws EuroUppers then gestures at Milonas. He runs in for a splash but Bruiser dodges! Keys hits buckles and both men are down!

Fans rally up as Bruiser crawls for his corner. Johnson shouts to Keys, and Keys tags him in. Johnson grabs Bruiser’s feet but Bruiser still gets to Milonas! The Mastodon rallies on both Future of Honor stars! Fans fire up as he pounces Keys out of the ring, then squashes Johson in a corner. Milonas whips Johnson corner to corner for another splash, then scoops. Johnson slips out and shoves Milonas away. Johnson dodges the clothesline but gets a pop-up spinebuster! Keys attacks Milonas from behind but Bruiser gets Keys. Bruiser whips Keys and Milonas gives Keys a pop-up spinebuster! The Bouncers say bottom’s up and grab Johnson. Milonas climbs and Bruiser holds Johnson up, draping leg drop! Cover, The Bouncers win!

Winners: The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning

They kicked ass, now they drink beer! Will the Bouncers find their way to the ROH World Tag Team Championships and drink to a title reign?

 

Madison Rayne speaks.

“Thunder Rosa, you think that you and Holidead can come into ROH and control the narrative and call the shots?” Here’s the reality: the Twisted Sisterz are the opposite of what the Women of Honor stand for. The Queen Bee vows to make a statement, but will it go the way she hopes?

 

Willie Mack speaks.

The inaugural NWA National Champion is all about making history, and he makes history with ROH next week. He’ll defend his title in all 50 states, and is already on number 5. If Rhett Titus wants to stay fit, then he better get ready for a fight!

 

Madison Rayne w/ Sumie Sakai VS Thunder Rosa w/ Holidead!

As The Queen Bee alluded to, The Twisted Sisterz have done what they want to who they want since joining the Women of Honor Division, including the Ray of Sunshine. Now Sumie stands beside Madison, will they put the trouble-makers in their place?

Madison doesn’t wait for the bell, she goes right at Thunder Rosa! She tackles Rosa down and the bell has to ring as she fires off right hands. Rayne puts Rosa in one corner then runs her all the way to the other. She bumps Rosa off a third then hits a sliding lariat. Rayne runs Rosa over with a shoulder and fires up while Rosa regroups with Holidead. Rayne doesn’t give Rosa much time to regain composure, she goes right out and rocks her with a right! She puts Rosa back in while Sumie keeps her eyes on Holidead. Rayne runs Rosa over with a clothesline but notices Holidead egging Sumie on. Rayne runs and wrecks Holidead with a dropkick! Sumie and the fans cheer Rayne on but Rosa hits Rayne back!

Rosa fetches Rayne and rams her into the apron. She then CHOPS Rayne against the apron, before shoving her into the ring. Rosa stomps Rayne then covers, TWO! Rosa drags Rayne up and bumps Rayne off the buckles. She stomps a mudhole into Rayne but backs off at 4. Rosa snapmares Rayne and kicks her sharp on the back. Holidead wants another so Rosa kicks Rayne again. Rosa runs and dropkicks Rayne in the back, covers, TWO! Sumie coaches Rayne up while Rosa mockingly applauds. Rayne throws body shots but Rosa clubs her down. Rosa scoops and slams Rayne down, then applauds herself. Rosa runs side to side for a BIG leg drop! Cover, TWO! The Queen Bee is in trouble while we go to break.

ROH returns and Rosa toys with Rayne. Rayne throws forearms back and enziguris! Rosa falls over and Rayne covers, TWO! Holidead is relieved but Rayne keeps on Rosa. Rosa throws Rayne down by her hair, then drags her up for chops. Rosa whips Rayne corner to corner then runs in for a big back elbow! She snapmares Rayne to a cover, TWO! Fans rally for Rayne but Rose wraps on a chinlock. Rayne endures and fights her way up, but Rosa throws her back down. Cover, TWO! Rosa grabs Rayne for more chops, then does a little salsa to show off. She whips but Rayne reverses and things speed up, Rayne SPEARS Rosa down! But Rayne is also down and a standing 10 count begins.

The count reaches 5 as both women sit up. Rosa grabs Rayne and brings her up but Rayne fires forearms! Rayne dodges Rosa and rallies with more forearms. Rayne fires up and goes corner to corner but Rose catches her! Rosa puts Rayne on the top rope but Rayne boots her back. Rayne leaps for the crossbody! Both women are back up, Rayne ducks a kick to give an enziguri! Cover, TWO! Rayne keeps on Rosa with a waistlock. She wrings Rosa out but Rosa goes to swing. Rayne adjusts and gets around Rosa again for a dragon sleeper. Rosa elbows out and brings Rayne up into the Gory Especial, and spins around for the facebuster! Cover, TWO!! Rayne survives and the Twisted Sisterz are shocked!

Rosa is furious as she drags Rayne right up onto her shoulder! Rosa spins but Rayne slips out for the Rayne Drop! Cover, Rayne wins!

Winner: Madison Rayne, by pinfall

The Queen Bee wins outta nowhere and gets revenge on behalf of Sumie Sakai! Will Rayne and others teach the Twisted Sisterz a lesson about being Women of Honor?

 

Team Coast2Coast speaks.

“We were gone for a very long time, but for good reason.” Shaheem Ali and Leon St. Giovanni were “rediscovering” themselves. But now C2C is better than ever and will take on the best in the world! Their return is next week against Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham, will Chocolate Man and the Human Rocket be ready for the Franchise and the Octopus?

 

Zack Sabre Jr. VS Rocky Romero!

The partnership of ROH and NJPW is on display as the Submission Master returns! But not only that, the player-coach of Roppongi 3K makes his own return! Will Rocky make a run in ROH for gold? Or will he #JustTapOut?

ROH returns with the bell! Fans cheer Rocky on as he circles with ZSJ. Rocky keeps away from ZSJ’s grip and then they approach. ZSJ still gets Rocky down with a headlock but Rocky keeps up with his reversals. ZSJ gets free but both he and Rocky smirk as they circle again. They tie up again and ZSJ gets the arm. He cranks on it to get Rocky to the mat. Rocky endures the wristlock and ZSJ grinds a knee in. Rocky gets to his feet but ZSJ wrenches and arm-drags Rocky back down. Fans cheer ZSJ’s technique as he twists and pulls Rocky’s arm. Rocky spins through and gets up to dropkick ZSJ out of the ring! ZSJ is frustrated already as he kicks the railing. Rocky waits for ZSJ as he catches his breath.

ZSJ returns and circles with Rocky. They tie up and ZSJ gets a leg. He trips Rocky and stands on his feet. ZSJ twists the leg around and then ties the legs up so he can go after Rocky’s neck with a wrench. But he also hooks the face so the ref counts. ZSJ lets up at 4 to bring Rocky into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Rocky pops out to a cover, TWO! Fans applaud as Rocky and ZSJ circle again. Rocky and ZSJ approach and Rocky gets ZSJ’s leg now. Rocky waistlocks but ZSJ wrenches to a switch. ZSJ wrenches again and brings Rocky to his knees. ZSJ brings Rocky further down as he mounts the arm to pull back. Fans applaud while Rocky endures the pair of knuckle locks.

Rocky and ZSJ go shoulder to shoulder but ZSJ gets the cover. TWO so ZSJ tries again. TWO as Rocky brings up the shoulder, so ZSJ pushes it down. Rocky bridges this time, and then anticipates ZSJ hopping on with a monkey flip! It’s a double cover, but Rocky rolls back, only to get caught into ZSJ’s armbar! Rocky rolls and shifts but ZSJ slips out to a hammerlock. Fans applaud this continued exchange as Rocky reaches back for ZSJ. Rocky leaps and snapmares but ZSJ headbutts back. ZSJ snapmares but Rocky handsprings through to dropkick him down! Rocky brings ZSJ up for a chop then a cravat. ZSJ endures but Rocky snapmares. ZSJ responds with his own snapmare, but then Rocky snapmares back. They go snapmare for snapmare, but then ZSJ shoves Rocky down for a neck crank! Rocky writhes while we go to one last break.

ROH returns once again as Rocky manages a ropebreak while in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow. ZSJ reluctantly lets go, and waits for Rocky to sit up. ZSJ clamps on a half straitjacket, then digs in elbows and knuckles to get the full. Rocky endures as fans rally up. Rocky feeds off the energy but ZSJ does his best to keep Rocky down. The two struggle against each other, and ZSJ digs a knee in to keep the straitjacket. Rocky stands and spins the straitjacket around but ZSJ spins it back on. ZSJ brings Rocky back down then flips him over, but Rocky uses that to reverse the hold! Rocky has ZSJ but ZSJ breaks free to throw a EuroUpper. ZSJ whips but Rocky elbows back. Rocky springboards for a tornado DDT! Both men are down but fans rally up.

Another standing count begins and Rocky sits up at 3. ZSJ follows and grabs Rocky first. Rocky dodges and huricanranas! Things speed up, Rocky springboards again for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Rocky toys with ZSJ, then starts slapping him around. ZSJ EuroUppers then grabs a leg. Rocky misses the first enziguri but not the rewind! Fans fire up with Rocky as he runs corner to corner to start the Forever Clotheslines! He gets one, then another, but runs into a boot! ZSJ runs but into Rocky’s leaping knee, only to make it an STF! Rocky is caught, and ZSJ shifts sides! Rocky drags himself around and manages a ropebreak! ZSJ lets Rocky go and catches his breath. Now ZSJ toys with Rocky as he stomps him around. ZSJ kicks but Rocky gets mad. ZSJ pie faces so Rocky SLAPS away!

Rocky knees and hauls ZSJ up to the top rope. Rocky runs corner to corner for a top shelf knee! ZSJ falls to the apron but Rocky checks his shoulder first. Rocky brings ZSJ up but ZSJ resists the suplex. ZSJ goes after the arm but Rocky throws forearms. Rocky shoulders in but gets caught into an Octopus through the ropes! ZSJ lets go at 4 then shoves Rocky away. Rocky dropkicks ZSJ on the return! Rocky throws forearms and CHOPS, then ties ZSJ up in the ropes. He goes to the side and springboards for a guillotine missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and Rocky is exhausted. Fans build to a rally for Rocky as he brings ZSJ up. Rocky throws forearms on ZSJ then eggs him on. ZSJ throws a EuroUpper, but Rocky comes back for fast hands. Rocky kicks and runs for a Sliced Bread! Cover, TWO!

Rocky drags ZSJ up again and wants more, but ZSJ escapes Sliced Bread 2 for the standing abdominal stretch! Rocky reaches but ZSJ rolls him away, then around, Hurrah! The double wrist-clutch octopus is on and Rocky taps quickly! ZSJ wins!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission

The Submission Master brings in Another Year, Surely This One Will Be Better Than the Last. Will ZSJ’s first year in ROH be golden sooner rather than later?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another ROH PPV, another disconnect between it and their television episodes. This episode, as all episodes are, was clearly recorded long before the PPV as nothing that happened at the PPV affects this episode’s events. For those who didn’t see the ROH 17th Anniversary, make sure to check here for the full card results. But for those who did, you know The Briscoes lost the the ROH World Tag Team Championships to Villain Enterprises, yet Jay & Mark still had the belts here. And all this makes it strange for commentary to vaguely reference the PPV when it hadn’t happened for them yet. The Six Man Tag they had was only okay, so I don’t see why it couldn’t have been three other Heels going against Shinobi Shadow Squad to get the spotlight instead.

In fact, seeing as how more Future of Honor stars were brought on for this episode, I’m starting to think that’s what episodes like this should be about. ROH Future of Honor stars can appear, get some television exposure, and take the card in place of literally anyone involved on the PPV card. And of course, facing Future of Honor stars meant an easy win for The Bouncers, who might finally be moving up now that they’re Faces. Meanwhile, Rhett Titus’ new gimmick is like if Lex Luger and Val Venis fused, but then the combination was slightly diluted. But Rhett VS Mack, even non-title, sounds fun. Pretty sure Mack wins that, but bringing NWA and its new championship into the fold of ROH’s many partnerships also sounds great.

Rayne VS Rosa was a good match, and I’m sensing this is building to something more. I’ve said before that having the Twisted Sisterz in WOH must mean Women’s Tag Team Championships are on the horizon, and it would be pretty big if Sumie Sakai joins Rayne in competing for those. I don’t think Rayne & Sumie would be the inaugural champions, that really should be the Twisted Sisterz given their resumes. But Sumie one day becoming a tag champ to be the first woman to have both the WOH World and Tag Team Championships would be a great thing for her own career. ZSJ VS Romero was a good match, and clearly ZSJ is set to dominate to at least a World Television Championship level. ZSJ VS Jeff Cobb would be great for the sheer difference in styles, but we know it’ll have to wait until after G1 Supercard.

My Score: 8/10


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AJPW Dream Power Series 2019 Results & Review (3/19/2019)

Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?

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Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?

Welcome back to AJPW! We’re gonna talk about the last big show before this year’s Champions Carnival coming up in early April as we have a few title matches in this show that I couldn’t resist wanting to cover it.

We got some dealing with revenge along with one trying to make history. How’s this year’s Champions Carnival gonna shape up?

Let’s find out as we…dive right in.

Rating System:

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

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, & Hokuto Omori vs. Evolution (Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, & Yusuke Okada)

Review: Our opening contest is a six-man tag team match with our young lions, Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, and Hokuto Omori taking on three members of Evolution, Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, and Yusuke Okada. Going up against three people from the junior division is a fair start to have them all fight each other in this tag bout and a better view of how the young guys are doing. Will Evolution school the young boys or will they somehow get one of the biggest wins in their starting careers?

As I’ve said, this match is mostly to showcase our future talent as they fight the vets of the game in the junior division. I do gotta admit that these three have definitely improved in the ring as they’re shaping up to be some of All Japan’s finest students. Evolution held off on their own and I’m glad they were their opponents for this match since they’re very easy to work with. Another thing I loved about the match is that they had a good amount of time instead of just being less than five minutes like how most matches will do. Yusuke and Hokuto are in the ring now and Yusuke would hit him with a Brainbuster for a two count and would quickly apply a Boston Crab onto him and Hokuto struggles to get to the ropes and once he does, Yusuke pulled him back in and would lock it in more as he would tap out to give Evolution the victory in a solid match.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori

Review: We got another six-man tag team match here as Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, and Ultimo Dragon will be taking on Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, and Takao Omori. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Ultimo Dragon wrestling in All Japan, so I’ll never complain to see him in the ring. This is another match with the vets and Manso-Re for being a punching bag as it’ll most likely be a comedy style match. Which one of them will win?

Menso-Re starting with Ultimo Dragon as he wanted him first, but TAJIRI would slap Menso before the bell would ring and we would kick it off right now. They would do a little bit before Jun and Takao get tagged in, but we all care about TAJIRI and Fuchi getting tagged in now as Fuchi would try to get his hands on him. TAJIRI would be the sneaky heel with leaving the ring to sit with the crowd so he could avoid contact in the match. TAJIRI would get back in the ring only to tag in Ultimo as the crowd would just boo TAJIRI. Fuchi would do his antics with the punch to the forehead as the crowd eats it up but everything would backfire on Fuchi as he would miss a Dropkick to make the crowd boo Ultimo which is a shocker. Ultimo would kick Fuchi and attempt an Asai DDT but Fuchi would turn it around to a Backslide as Ultimo would kick out. Both TAJIRI and Jun would both make Fuchi miss a Dropkick and taunt him right after to make the crowd boo them. Ultimo would get Fuchi in the La Magistral and he gets the win for his team in a rather entertaining match.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter

 

Tag Team Match
NEXTREAM (Yoshitatsu & Yumi Aoyagi) vs. Sweeper (Jake Lee & Ryouji Sai)

Review: Our next match here is a tag team match as NEXTREAM members, Yoshitatsu and Yuma Aoyagi will be taking on members of Sweeper, Jake Lee and Ryouji Sai. Since Naoya is no longer Yumi’s partner, he’s gonna be paired off with Yoshitatsu this time around. Since all four of them are in the Champions Carnival, a win for either of them would give them some momentum leading to the tournament. Which one of these two teams will win and what will be the future payoff?

It seems like Yoshitatsu has a little gripe with Jake Lee in this match as he seems to be disgruntled when he was in the ring with him, especially when Jake would just best him during the first sequence with the chaining. Ryouji and Yuma are in the ring now and Ryouji with a series of kicks in the match and have him in a submission before Yoshi would break the hold and just stared at Jake again. Yuma is really growing out on his own as an individual and you can see that when he’s not partner with Naoya. Yuma would have Jake in a Headlock but Jake would attempt a Backdrop Driver as Yuma flipped it into a Crossbody as Jake kicked out at two. Once Jake kicked out, Yuma would try to turn the pin into a European Clutch as Jake kicked out at 2 as even the referee was shocked by this. Yuma would run into him as Jake kneed him in the face and hits him with a Backdrop Driver as he pinned Yuma for the victory.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, & Zeus vs. Bomber (Dylan James & Joe Doering,) & Francisco Akira

Review: We have another six-man tag team match taking place as Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, and Zeus team up to take on Dylan James, Joe Doering, and Francisco Akira. KAI recently failed at Dragon Gate to win the Open the Twin Gate Championships, so he could at least try to win for his team but I think Zeus has a lot on his plate when it comes to their opponent since Dylan James and Joe Doering are a strong team to beat and wants to try and look powerful leading into the Carnival. Which one of these two teams will win the match?

Zeus and Dylan would charge at each other right away to test their strengths with also some chops and a test of strength as the two appear to be evenly matched, which is no surprised. KAI gets tagged in and he calls Joe to get tagged in since he wants to fight him as Dylan honors that request and lets Joe have a turn on the fun. Joe would start to make him regret that decision as he had the upper hand on him at first but KAI would hit a few Dropkicks on him but Joe still wouldn’t go down as he tackled him and went for an Elbow Drop before KAI moved and quickly tagged in Atsushi. The juniors get a turn on the fun as Francisco showed more of his impressive ability. One problem I had with the match was that the last few minutes are incredibly sloppy with Atsushi missing most of his kicks to Joe in the corner, Francisco slipping on his Moonsault to the outside, which he thankfully caught himself and redid it again. The finish would be with Joe hitting Atsushi with the Powerbomb and it looked like he got knocked out as he took the pinfall despite his shoulder being kinda up, so it looked botched but the referee still has a job to do as Joe just left the ring and walked to the back possibly frustrated.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

World Junior Heavyweight Title Match
Koji Iwamoto (c) vs. Kotaro Suzuki

Review: Our first title match of the show is Koji Iwamoto defending his Junior Heavyweight Championship against Kotaro Suzuki. The two fought each other in the A Block of the Junior Battle of Glory Tournament where Kotaro defeated Koji in the match but would eventually fail to win as Koji would actually be the one to win it all. Koji decided to defend the title against Kotaro since it was only fair due to him winning the match and wants to avenge that loss. Will Koji be able to retain his title again or will Kotaro get the upper hand on him again?

Kotaro showed no mercy to the champion as fought him to the outside and Slingshots him into the turnbuckle post and DDT’s him face first into the mat as you hear the loud thud and damage has been done to Koji. Kotaro has beaten Koji before so he knows what he has to do to try and defeat him again as he worked on Koji’s neck a bit during the match and gets the heat from the crowd. I know Kotaro is a Freelancer and is mostly at NOAH right now due to being a champion there, I hope he does stick around a little bit longer since I feel like the division could really use him as he’s a very talented individual. Koji would try to outrun him after he dodged him to the outside and it appeared as if Kotaro would botch but he quickly caught himself and dived to the outside to land on Koji, getting the better of him again.

Koji would finally be able to get a comeback as he hits an STO onto the ring apron to knock Koji down and most of the time, he would try to hit the Koko no Geijutsu but Kotaro would hold his ground to make sure he wouldn’t hit it but Koji would be able to deliver a German Suplex and a Dragon Suplex. Kotaro would land a few punches before Koji tried to hit the move again, but Kotaro would hold his ground again and kick his leg out to work on his neck before landing Gory Bomb Special and tops it off with the La Magistral for the pin and Koji would kick out various times whenever Koji would try to roll out of it and was so close to having a new champion. Koji would just use this time to hit a couple of STO’s in a row to weaken him down a bit. Koji would go for it again but he catches him for a Back Suplex to save himself a bit. Kotaro would now hit not one but two Excaliburs onto him to try and end it as Koji would somehow kick out of it again. It all came down to his as Koji would attempt the Koko no Geijutsu again as Kotaro would stop himself to pin him for a two count and they both would spin around as Koji would hit it this him but he picked him up to hit the Koko no Geijutsu properly this time and pins him to retain the title! After the match, various people from the junior division would come out and it looks like they all want a shot at the Junior Heavyweight Championship but Koji would have to pick one of them to be his opponent. It does look like, however, that Koji doesn’t have a clear opponent right now as he left the ring but I guess we’ll see soon.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters

 

World Tag Team Title Match
Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) (c) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)

Review: Our next title match for this show is Strong BJ defending their titles against the team that they defeated them for, The Violence Giant. Strong BJ defeated them on January 13th to win the titles and after they retain their titles on the February 24 show, Violence Giant requested a rematch to bring the titles back home on their turf this time instead of the BJW show. If it’s anything like their previous match, it’s sure to be hard hitting and a not miss. Will Strong BJ remain on top or will Violence Giant bring the belts back home?

Shuji and Daisuke would be the ones to start off our match here with an incredible display of power as the two were unable to budge and they would tag in their respective partners. Suwama and Yuji were both also very hard-hitting as they would now fight outside of the ring as these two teams are making it personal. Strong BJ has been doing great work during this rivalry with the Violence Giant and they would even give Suwama a big beatdown but the former ace would even try his best to fight them off, even when he was on the corner and would kick Yuji to show his fighting spirit. Suwama would hit a Dropkick to save himself for a little bit and would tag in Shuji for the hot tag and Shuji does indeed come in hot with his Lariats, knees, anything he can throw along with the kitchen sink.

Yuji would brawl with Shuji to deliver some chops while Shuji would give him a couple of forearms and a headbutt to try and daze him but Yuji is pumped up and slams him down with a few Lariats. Once Yuji would hit another Lariat to Shuji, he would kick out at one that time around before getting hit with another one with a two count. What’s it gonna take to take Shuji down for good? Yuji would get to the top rope to hit the Splash and it looks like this could be it but Suwama would break the pinfall to save his partner. Strong BJ would have them up for the Torture Racks but they would get down for Suwama to hit a Back Suplex while Shuji hits a Dragon Suplex. Shuji is alone with Yuji again and would hit another Dragon Suplex and a Running Knee to get him out for another two count, he was so close! Shuji would pick Yuji up real quick for the Fire Thunder and goes for the pin as Daisuke breaks the pinfall this time around as Suwama would get Daisuke out of the ring. Shuji knew what he had to do to try and end it as he hits the Giants Slam and pins Yuji to win back the titles! Hell of a match and definitely topped their previous encounter at BJW. I would love to see Violence Giant get a fair and dominating run with this reign, can’t wait to see where this goes now.

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half

 

Triple Crown Championship
Kento Miyahara (c) vs. Naoya Nomura

Review: This is our third title match and the main event of the show as we have Kento Miyahara defending his Triple Crown Championship against former NEXTREAM member, Naoya Nomura. On the February 24th show, Naoya Nomura would defeat Dylan James in a singles match and Kento Miyahara would have his second successful title defense against Suwama. After Kento would defeat Suwama, Naoya would come in to make the challenge to his stablemate and announce his departure from the NEXTREAM group in the process, leading him to also vacate the All Asia Tag Team Championship with Yuma Aoyagi. Kento is now 30 years old and while it’s his third title defense in this run, this will be his first time defending it while no longer in his twenties. If Kento can defeat Naoya, he’ll be the champion leading into the Champions Carnival and won’t defend the title until the tournament is over. Will Kento be able to retain it once again or does Naoya pull the surprise victory?

Kento came in here with a plan since he knew what he was gonna do to Naoya once he challenged him to this match, he didn’t wanna go easy on him despite being former teammates but he wants to see how badly Naoya wants the spotlight on him. They were fairly matched during the lock-up part of the match and they would start to fight outside for a little bit as Naoya would get Kento down as he taunts him when he got back in the ring. Naoya would hit him with a big forearm before going onto the apron to jump and Kento catches him with a knee and has him right where he wants him now. This is where Kento would just attack him with a few Headbutts as Naoya would try to deliver one to him but Kento gives him multiple ones as a counterattack and this is why you don’t mess with the champion.

Naoya would eventually make a comeback after being kicked around by Kento as he quickly got up to charge at him with a shoulder tackle and you can hear that too. He would hit a few more along with another forearm to the face as he goes for the Brainbuster but Kento would struggle to make sure he didn’t hit it and has Naoya over the ropes but wait, Naoya grabbed his leg to pull him over as he attempted a Death Valley Driver onto the apron as Kento jumped off to hit a Blackout. The two would be on the turnbuckle and Naoya gets behind him to attempt a German Suplex as Kento struggles, but Naoya would slam Kento’s head on the post and gets off the turnbuckle to hit the German Suplex as both men are down. Naoya would go to the top rope to hit the first Splash as Kento kicked out but Naoya would quickly get up again to hit one more as Kento still kicked out.

Kento would eventually hit him with a Blackout at full force and hits him with a German Suplex for another two count. Kento looks like he’s going for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold as Naoya would kick his knee out and hit him with a Spear and the two are down again. Kento would hit another Blackout on the back of his head and tries the German Suplex Hold once again as Naoya would still kick out at two as Kento is starting to get concerned with what he has to do now. Kento tried the Shutdown German Suplex Hold again as Naoya broke out of it and picked him up Fisherman style and dropped him on his head and picked him up for the Death Valley Driver as Kento fought him off but Naoya would hit him with a flurry of forearms to daze him and hits the Spear with the roll-up as Kento kicked out at two again! Naoya picked him back up but Kento would go back to delivering the Blackouts and it looks like Naoya is all out of fight as Kento finally hits the Shutdown German Suplex Hold to get the pinfall victory and his third successful title defense. Great match and a very impressive showing to Naoya but Kento is just still better than him right now. Kento will now officially be the Triple Crown Champion leading into the Champions Carnival. Three defenses down, eight more to go.

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter

 

Overall: I thought it was a very solid show from top to bottom but the last three title matches were what sold it to me. I would highly recommend that you look out for those matches if you can find them online or subscribe to the streaming service and if you’re not already subscribed, what the hell is wrong with you? Get on that!

Favorite Match: Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)

Least Favorite Match: Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori

Score: 8/10


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