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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (12/27/17)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Street Profits VS Chris Star & Riley Apex; Street Profits win.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Ember Moon VS Sonya Deville; Ember wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
  • NXT Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way: Aleister Black VS Johnny Gargano VS Lars Sullivan VS Killian Dain; Gargano wins and will challenge Andrade “Cien” Almas for the NXT Championship at TakeOver: Philadelphia.

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The Street Profits VS Chris Star & Riley Apex!

As the song says, Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford “bring the swag like nobody can”. Will they continue to roll on through the NXT Tag Team Division?

The bell rings, Ford starts against Apex, they have a quick flex battle before tying up. Ford gets the headlock, Apex powers out, Ford flips up and over him. Things speed up, Ford runs Apex over and tags Dawkins. Back suplex splash, then secret handshake, but Apex gets away in the meantime. Tag to Star, he runs in, Dawkins runs him over! The Curse of Greatness solos Star and Apex, stirs it up and hits the spinning splash. Dawkins then gives Star the big spinebuster, and tags Ford. Ford goes up, takes aim, and hits the frog splash!

The Street Profits win!

And as they celebrate, they grab themselves some microphones.

“My brothers and sisters!” The year 2017, “we came, we saw, and by God in 2018, we conquer!” Authors of Pain? They’ve got cool vests, but no. SAnitY? Rooftop parties are fun, but no. The Undisputed Era? They have the titles in 2017, but in 2018, “we coming. We here.” Will the New Year see Dawkins & Ford roll on and go for gold?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Ember Moon VS Sonya Deville!

Absolution’s Lady Gladiator isn’t done with NXT just yet, can she snuff out the Prophecy of Flame’s dream-come-true reign already?

The bell rings, they tie up right away, Sonya gets the waistlock. Sonya brings Ember down, Ember gets up for the standing switch, Sonya slips down for the takedown, Ember scrambles to ropes when Sonya goes for the grapevine ankle lock. Sonya grins as she watches the champion get to her feet, daring her to come out. She and Ember circle and tie up again, Ember puts on a headlock. Sonya powers out, Ember flips out of the hip toss to arm-drag Sonya away. Ember kip-ups and watches Sonya with a grin. The two go again, waistlock from Sonya but standing switch from Ember. Sonya bucks her off, swings a kick but misses, Ember swings and misses, too. Sonya sweeps the legs, Ember ducks the kick and kip-ups but Sonya dodges the Superkick. Fans applaud as the two evenly matched women stare down. Sonya calls for a test of strength, but kicks low. She brings Ember up to whip, Ember reverses and follows to dropkick Sonya down. Ember watches Sonya roll out of the ring and walk it off. Ember suddenly goes to the apron, and jumps for a cannonball!

Sonya topples over, Ember stands up and roars. The champion has control while we go to break.

NXT returns, Sonya has control now as she drives knees into Ember’s ribs and head. Cover, TWO, Sonya keeps her cool as she puts a rear bearhug on the champ. Ember endures the squeeze, fans build to a rally and she gets to her feet. Ember turns around, Sonya lifts her and drops her! Another cover, TWO. Sonya keeps on Ember with toying kicks and hammering hands. Ember gets to her feet only for Sonya to knock her back down. Sonya returns to the rear bearhug, fans build to another rally. Ember gets up, elbows back, then uses a wheelbarrow takedown to send Sonya into buckles!

Both women are down but Ember rolls to get space. The ref counts while the two stir. Sonya uses ropes to climb to her feet, then walks over to Ember, Ember ducks the punch for a double underhook suplex. Ember starts rallying, kicking and knocking Sonya down, cover, TWO! The champion keeps her focus as she catches her breath. Sonya gets to a corner, Ember runs in and blocks the boot, but Sonya turns that into a driving knee drop!

Cover, TWO! Sonya is frustrated, and checks her jaw while Ember rolls away. Sonya dares Ember to stand up as she takes aim. Ember dodges the sliding knee, Sonya blocks Ember’s clothesline, Ember ducks Sonya’s to then hit a springboard missile dropkick! Sonya rolls away to a corner, Ember runs in and hits a stiff forearm smash. Ember then hurries to the top rope and takes aim at Sonya, and hits the Eclipse!

Ember wins and retains her title! She has overcome her challengers and doubters, can the Prophecy of Flame continue to Eclipse the Women’s Division?

There is someone who would like to test the new champion’s toughness. It’s the Pirate Princess, Kairi Sane!

The Mae Young Classic winner was also part of that Fatal 4 Way to crown a new champion. She now spies Ember and the title through her telescope.

Ember grins, welcoming the competition. Will Ember’s reign make it through the start of 2018? Or will the Pirate Princess claim the championship as her treasure?

But wait! Another contender stakes her claim, it is SHAYNA BASZLER!

The Queen of Spades has unfinished business with Kairi Sane, she makes her tap to the rear naked choke! Shayna doesn’t let go until referees come out to stop her.

Shayna lets go and then stares daggers at Ember Moon in the ring.

Ember grins again. She isn’t afraid of Shayna Baszler, even after watching her choke the Pirate Princess out. Should she be afraid that the Queen of Spades is finally here?

 

Paul Ellering speaks on behalf of his Authors of Pain.

“In NXT history, the Authors of Pain have defined it. From day one they were undefeated!” They became champions, Dusty Rhodes Classic winners, and then War Games comes along. “Mr. Cole, Mr. Fish and Mr. O’Reilly” will not write NXT’s next chapter, the Authors of Pain will. And it shall start like this: “This is OUR house! We are the law. We are the judge, jury and executioner.” The Undisputed Era are on borrowed time, when will it run out?

 

Backstage interview with Ember Moon.

How does the NXT Women’s Champion feel about what happened between Kairi Sane & Shayna Baszler? Ember knew that being champion meant having a target on her back. However, if Kairi or Shayna want to make a statement, just step in the ring with her.

 

Next week, NXT takes a look back on 2017!

Join Mike Rome and Kayla Braxton for a two hour retrospective of WWE’s sensational developmental brand for all the highlights, great moments and great superstars, including the underdog rise of new NXT Women’s Champion, Ember Moon.

 

NXT Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way: Aleister Black VS Johnny Gargano VS Lars Sullivan VS Killian Dain!

Drew McIntyre’s unfortunate accident gave rise to great opportunities. The Embodiment of the End made Adam Cole #FadeToBlack, The Leviathan delayed the dream of Roderick Strong, SAnitY’s Beast of Belfast bulldozed Trent Seven and the biggest surprise of all, Johnny Wrestling replaced the Velveteen Dream and overcame Kassius Ohno. Which one of these four will win the right to face Andrade “Cien” Almas at TakeOver: Philadelphia?

The four men stare down, the bell rings and fans are already cheering for Gargano and Aleister. They cautiously approach each other, Aleister swings on “Big Damo” and it sparks a brawl! Damo corners Aleister while Lars puts Gargano in another. Damo throws hands on Aleister while Lars just throws Gargano.

Aleister kicks Damo away, then kicks Lars. Lars runs back at him, Aleister side-steps to send him out, then Aleister kicks Damo down with a roundhouse. Aleister runs, Lars gets out of the way, Aleister springboards to then sit down in the center of the ring.

Fans applaud this opening sequence. Aleister runs at Damo, Damo puts him on the apron, Aleister forearms Damo away. Lars comes over but Aleister fights him off, then MOONSAULTS!

Lars catches Aleister! He then throws Aleister at the apron, and Aleister bounces off to tumble to the floor. Meanwhile, Gargano back elbows Damo away, then takes aim at Lars for a slingshot plancha! Lars catches Gargano, too, for another big bounce off the apron edge. Damo builds speed and DIVES on Lars!

One behemoth topples over the other, and fans fire up with a standing ovation for “NXT! NXT!” while we go to break.

NXT returns, Damo whips Gargano corner to corner. Damo runs in and squashes Johnny Wrestling, cover, TWO. Lars returns to drag Damo out then ram him into the apron. Lars goes into the ring and squashes Gargano in a corner, cover, TWO. Damo returns, drags Lars out now, but Lars throws Damo into steel steps. Aleister returns, he kicks Lars up the ramp. They reach the stage, Lars throws Aleister off it! Gargano goes after Lars with forearms, but Lars gives him a knee. Lars uses a gorilla press to lift Gargano and throw him at Aleister!

Aleister and Gargano are down, Lars tells the ref “I do what I want!” Speaking of which, Lars storms over to the NXT Announce Desk and clears it off. He then drags Gargano up and over, lifting him into powerbomb position. Gargano holds onto the girder for dear life! He mule kicks Lars, Aleister flies in to give Lars a knee strike, then Gargano gives another mule kick. Gargano climbs down, and gives Lars a SUPERKICK that sets him upon the table. Gargano fires up the fans, but he spots Damo on the stage, he ducks as Damo FLIES onto the table!

The fans and even Gargano are shocked at what they just witnessed. Gargano and Aleister leave the fallen monsters behind as they head for the ring. They stare down, fans fire up. They duel “Johnny Wrestling!” “Aleister!” while the two men in question circle. Aleister rushes Gargano, Gargano rocks him with a forearm. Gargano runs in, Aleister puts him on the apron. Gargano swing-kicks Aleister back then slingshots in, but that spear goes into a knee!

Cover, TWO! Aleister doesn’t slow down, he brings Gargano up. Gargano powers him to a corner then gives southpaw chops. Aleister shoves Gargano away with a boot then hops up, but has to jump over as Gargano rushes in again. Gargano runs out and jumps the leg sweep to SUPERKICK Aleister! Gargano runs, tilt-o-whirl takedown into the Garga-No Escape!

Aleister scrambles around as he endures the hold, Damo returns to back senton that hold apart. Damo drags Aleister up, fireman’s carry and Wasteland slam to another back senton. Gargano breaks the cover just in time, but now Damo goes after him. Powerbomb and heavy elbow drop, Aleister breaks the cover back. Damo hoists Aleister up to the top rope, rocks him with a right then climbs up to join him. Aleister fights back, slides out, and tries for a powerbomb but Damo holds onto ropes. Gargano returns and helps Aleister to make it a DOUBLE Super Powerbomb!

Gargano and Aleister are so tired, they can’t make the cover. Lars stirs from the wreckage of the announce desk!? And he’s making his way back to the ring!

The Leviathan pushes Aleister and Gargano away and starts rallying on them both. He scoops Gargano, Aleister saves Gargano, but Lars just gets moving to run them both over with clotheslines! Lars grabs Aleister and throws him out, then picks Gargano up, spinning powerslam! Damo breaks the pin just in time. The Beast of Belfast and the Leviathan stare down. Lars hauls Gargano up to throw him out, now the monsters own the ring. They start brawling with haymakers and forearms. Lars shoves Damo, then clobbers him with a clothesline. Damo gets to a corner, Lars whips him corner to corner, Damo runs back out with a clothesline of his own! The fans applaud while both behemoths climb to their feet. They roar at each other as they collide and bounce off. Aleister returns to rally on both of them with sharp strikes. He gives Damo the strike fest, then ducks Lars’ lariat to hit the Quebrada!

Roundhouse keeps Damo out, running knee strike rocks Lars. Aleister calls for the finish, takes aim, BLACK MASS! He goes for the cover but the Undisputed Era’s reDRagon appear and drag him off it!

Aleister fights O’Reilly and Fish off, using a shove kick to send one into the other! He hurries back into the ring, but now Adam Cole comes out! Cole wants to personally screw over the man who eliminated him in the contender series. He dodges Aleister’s knee strike, sending that knee into the apron edge, then he gives Aleister the Last Call!

While Cole stands over Aleister and admiring his work, Gargano DIVES!

The Undisputed Era has been taken care of, Gargano brings Aleister up and into the ring. Gargano dodges Lars just in time to send him into steel steps, but Damo is upon Gargano. Damo rocks him with a forearm, lifts him for a powerbomb, but Gargano counters with a headscissors to send Damo barreling into Lars!

Johnny Wrestling hurries onto the apron and aims at Aleister, slingshot DDT!

Gargano wins!! He is the new #1 Contender to the NXT Championship!! Even Gargano can’t believe it happened!

The fans give him a standing ovation for this amazing rise from rock bottom. Is Johnny Wrestling just one match away from becoming THE NXT Champion?

 

My Thoughts:

What a great night for NXT. The Street Profits finally make it known that they are serious about the tag team championships. Though, given that the Authors of Pain also make it known they want back at those titles, too, the odds Dawkins & Ford become even #1 contenders drops quite a bit. Fans really love the Street Profits, though, so maybe they can surprise me with a win over Akam & Rezar by the skin of their teeth. Likewise, I knew Sonya Deville wasn’t going to become the new Women’s Champion. One, Sonya is already doing things on the main roster. Two, Ember’s reign is still too new to end on an episode of NXT TV. And three, Kairi and Shayna are both much stronger in the Women’s Division, and they’ve only really done work in the MYC. Shayna attacking Kairi was brilliant, it makes Shayna like the Samoa Joe of the Women’s Division. A rematch between her and Kairi would be amazing, but chances are it’ll be another Triple Threat or even Fatal 4 Way for the title, throwing in someone like Nikki Cross or Peyton Royce. Actually, NXT should up it to six women, as the Iconic Duo are both essentially top talent.

Next week being a two hour recap show is a bit of a shame, but it must be to give time for a new taping session. It’ll be nice to look back on the great year NXT had, but I’ll be taking that Wednesday off. That aside, the main event was so incredible, it kinda makes up for nothing happening next week. Everything in that Fatal 4 was worthy of a TakeOver in itself, with high quality action and story telling. Damo and Lars strengthen their monster reputations, especially with Lars surviving that table spot a la Strowman or Lesnar. Given Almas is Heel, it wasn’t going to be Lars winning, and SAnitY VS Undisputed Era is the active story for the tag team titles so it wasn’t going to be Damo winning. Therefore, because of the brilliantly crafted story of rising back from crushing defeat and betrayal, Johnny Wrestling shocks the world by being the first person to pin Aleister Black in anything. Aleister doesn’t really lose anything losing here, his 1v1 streak is still alive, and now he has business with Undisputed Era himself. I would love to see Aleister help SAnitY against Cole & reDRagon, and Gargano to defeat the arrogant Almas to give NXT its first major change in 2018.

My Score: 8.5/10


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

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

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ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 408

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

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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ROH looks back to Best in the World.

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

 

Kenny King joins ROH commentary for this opening contest.

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

 

Proving Ground: Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall

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

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

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

 

ROH hears from Kelly Klein.

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

 

ROH looks back to June 29th.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ROH hears from Rush.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Jay Lethal & The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning

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

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

 


 

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.2/10


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Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 5 A Block

KENTA, Lance Archer and Kazuchika Okada are setting the early A Block pace! Something’s gotta give. Who comes out undefeated?

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KENTA, Lance Archer and Kazuchika Okada are setting the early A Block pace! Something’s gotta give. Who comes out undefeated?

Shmoxley in the opening tag team match means we should start off fun. Tanahashi and Sabre are in the battle of, well, someone needs to get at least a point out of that.

Then we’ve got Ospreay and Ibushi who are banged up but most likely still going to be psychopaths in the ring. Let’s get ready for the carnage, I mean, no…I meant carnage.

Ratings:

  • Shota Umino & Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii & Yuya Uemura: Shooter wins via Fisherman Suplex Hold @5:45 – ***
  • Hirooki Goto, Jeff Cobb & YOSHI-HASHI vs Toa Henare, Yota Tsuji & Juice Robinson: YOSHI wins via Butterfly Lock @9:30 – ** 1/4
  • Tomoaki Honma, Ren Narita & Toru Yano vs Jay White, Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi: Owens wins via Package Piledriver @8:50 – ** 1/2
  • BUSHI, Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi vs Taichi, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Suzuki wins via Gotch Style Piledriver @8:35 – ** 1/2
  • A Block: KENTA vs Lance Archer: Kenta wins via Game Over @12:00 – *** 
  • A Block: SANADA vs EVIL: EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @18:10 – **** 1/4
  • A Block: Bad Luck Fale vs Kazuchika Okada: Okada wins via Double Legged Cradle @10:15 – ** 1/2
  • A Block: Zack Sabre Jr vs Hiroshi Tanahashi: Tanahashi wins via Triangle Counter Pin @13:55 – *** 3/4
  • A Block: Kota Ibushi vs Will Ospreay: Ibushi wins via Kamigoye Knee @27:15 – **** 3/4

 

Analysis:

Moxley and Ishii start off trying to kill one another. This is a great opener and the respective Young Lions have to pull their veteran off as to not incur a disqualification. The Young Lions then take the bulk of the match and Shota has definitely picked up a few mannerisms from Moxley that we slowly see him unlocking. This may be our evolution of Shooter, but for an opening match this was very fun and the fact Moxley and Ishii just want to fight added for a neat dynamic.

Juice and Cobb are both respectful Gaijin faces, so not a lot of heat for this match. Plus YOSHI-HASHI was in it, so I could’ve downed a few Valium and been more invested in staring at a wall. Pork Chop Sandwiches later, and YOSHI-HASHI wins with that awful Butterfly Lock. Great…I can now taste colors.

So Yano wanted to get him a piece of the Jay White on the down turn, but Jay tried to still play the calculating heel. Honma put in a bit of decent work but Narita was obviously the one sent out to eat the pin. Narita held his own against Yujiro and Chase, but Chase eventually stopped playing with his feud and hit the Package Piledriver to tie things up in a nice little bow.

Shingo took a hell of a beating in this match. Kanemaru played random interference and Taichi took Shingo to the woodshed. Naito also continued his distaste of Taichi and Suzuki while being a little protective of Shingo at points. Now being the unabashed fanboy of Shingo, yet also a subscriber to Holy Emperor weekly, I’m very torn about this whole thing. The match played up the G1 tensions and the LIJ vs Suzuki-Gun tensions very well, but my heart knows not which to root for.

Lance is a good foot taller than KENTA and that was the story of the first 75% of this match. Lance was shrugging off the strikes of our returning striker. KENTA was getting effectively crushed, until Lance pushed the anime comeback button and said “You’re fucking Hideo! That’s who you are! HIDEO!” – which prompted the anime comeback in KENTA. KENTA managed to even lift Lance for a few things, but relied heavily on the dropkicks and strikes. He couldn’t quite pull off the Go 2 Sleep, so he went to his Crossface submission, Game Over. And boy howdy, it was game over! (I will see myself out after that)

EVIL and SANADA have this brotherly rivalry in LIJ. Being former 2 time IWGP Heavyweight Tag Champions, familiarity is obvious. SANADA starts off the match quickly and this is definitely a match of quick bursts when the one gets an advantage. I guess they are transitioning SANADA away from the Paradise Lock since this is the second match where he had it mostly on, but “something happened” and the opponent gets out of the move. We get a bunch of great back and forth, but something that continues to plague SANADA is his limited moveset when it gets down to crunch time. EVIL pulled out a plethora of tricks, including using the referee as an anchor for the Magic Killer. Whereas, SANADA sticks to Dragon Sleeper variants, into Skull End attempt or a Moonsault. With how over SANADA is, I really expect him to start getting more crunch time maneuvers. EVIL wins and quickly wants to bury the hatchet by extending the LIJ fist bump. SANADA bumps fists, and all is fine in our ungovernable world.

Fale tends to have Okada’s number in tournaments, and he starts off by attacking him in the back and dragging him out. So we get a typical Bullet Club brawl with heel tactics and ref bumps, but Okada perseveres. Okada is able to lift Fale a few times, but can’t hit the Rainmaker, and wins via the wrestling move he tends to fall back on, the Double Legged Cradle.

Well both Tanahashi and Sabre come into this match 0-2, so there’s a level of desperation that both bring to the table. Sabre wrestled circles around Tanahashi, and Tanahashi just tried to keep up for most of the match. After countering the High Fly Flow, Sabre locks in a Triangle Arm Bar, but Tanahashi floats over for the bridging pin counter. The Ace finally has 2 points!

There have been well known injuries for both of these men, and they played into the story of the match well. Focusing on each other’s injuries, calling back to their Wrestle Kingdom match and just a generally high energy and high impact match. Watching this match, you have to assume one of them will die with their style, but it is damn entertaining. Everyone expected this to be a great match and it delivered.

Overall Score: 8/10

Well we had a lot of good storylines and matches that mostly paid off. Lance Archer has been doing great work, Fale and Okada was at least somewhat entertaining and the cripple fight in the main event was fantastic. The inner faction turmoil was now squashed, so we can have a nice tournament while The Ace gets a few points over the petulant British child.

So great show, great entertainment, and generally a good time. I can only hope the B Block carries equal weight.

Block A Standings:

  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-0 (6 Points)
  • KENTA: 3-0 (6 Points)
  • Lance Archer: 2-1 (4 Points)
  • EVIL: 2-1 (4 Points)
  • SANADA: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Will Ospreay: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Bad Luck Fale: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Kota Ibushi: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 0-3 (0 Points)


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