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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (12/19/17)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Usos VS Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable; Benjamin & Gable win.
  • The Riott Squad VS Charlotte Flair & Naomi; Charlotte & Naomi win.
  • Rusev & Aiden English VS The New Day; The New Day wins.
  • 6 Man Tag: AJ Styles, Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn & Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers; Styles, Orton & Nakamura win.

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SmackDown General Manager, Daniel Bryan, heads to the ring!

After both Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan blurred the lines of their referee authority at Clash of Champions, there is tension within SmackDown’s management. Bryan welcomes Newark to the show, and wants to first speak on the major announcement from Raw. Sunday, January 28th, 2018 will have the very first Women’s Royal Rumble match. Fans chant “Yes! Yes!” as Bryan says it’ll be a “turning point” in WWE history. Bryan moves to tonight’s show, the main event of a Six Man Tag rematch from Tribute to the Troops! Now Shane McMahon appears!

Shane O’Mac receives a mixed reaction as he joins Bryan in the ring. Shane greets everyone, notes the amazing news, but wants to talk about the most recent Pay-per-view, Clash of Champions. Both men were in the ring as referees, Shane’s been thinking it over, “what was transpiring was one of the most beautiful things ever”. Orton hit Sami with “the most beautiful RKO” Shane had ever seen. Shane counted, and knew he was going to get three and fire Kevin & Sami forever. However, Bryan fell on Shane to stop that count. Bryan explains that was an accident, and Shane agrees, he was too hot in the moment. The problem was, Sami revived, got Orton in a surprise cover, but all Shane could think of was what Kevin did to his father, Vince McMahon. All Shane could think about was Sami betraying him to save Kevin. That is why Shane froze at “two”. Bryan got heated, got in Shane’s face, Shane cooled off, but then Bryan counted a fast three count.

Therefore, Sami & Kevin keep their jobs. Shane wants to know what Bryan was thinking. Bryan says he was doing that to protect Shane from Shane. Fans chant “Thank you, Daniel!” In that case, and with all due respect, Shane doesn’t need protecting. With all due respect back, yes you do. Shane eats, sleeps and breaths SmackDown, but he can become a hothead. Bryan protected Shane from Shane, as well as protecting SmackDown from Shane. SmackDown is “The Land of Opportunity”, and that means for everyone, not just Shane’s favorites.

Shane may hate Kevin & Sami, but he can’t just rob them of their jobs. Shane understands how Bryan empathizes with Sami & Kevin, but “be very careful”. As soon as Kevin & Sami get what they want, they’ll stab Bryan in the back. Therefore, “from a business standpoint”, do not show favoritism, that will bite you in the rear. From a business standpoint? Is Shane saying Bryan should’ve done “what is best for business”? Bryan heard those words before, and struggled against those words. Bryan believes in Shane, in SmackDown and in their vision. If Shane has a different vision, that’s Shane’s problem. If Shane is going to fire anyone, fire Bryan. Fans chant “NO! NO!” but Bryan doesn’t want to see Shane O’Mac become “Mr. McMahon.” Fans chant “Who’s your daddy?!” at Shane. Shane replies by telling Bryan that he respects him, trusts him, and will leave him in charge of the show.

Shane leaves, but there is still tension in the air. Will this issue settle over with time? Or will it fester into something worse?

 

The Usos VS Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable!

Jimmy & Jey once again proved they hold the tag team division on lock down, against three teams at once. Can the Uso Penitentiary continue on to the end of the year against “American Alpha 2”?

Jimmy and Gable start, Gable gets the waistlock while fans chant “UCE! O!” Jimmy elbows out then rams in a shoulder, Jey tags in to then hit a jumping forearm smash. Jey gives Gable a strong uppercut, then brings Gable to a corner for a corner to corner whip hard into buckles.

Tag to Jimmy, then back to Jey, they mug and isolate Gable in their side of the ring. Jey whips Gable then runs him over, Gable gets out to regroup with Benjamin. Things go picture in picture while the Usos enjoy the fans chanting. Gable gets back into the ring, then tags Benjamin. Benjamin waits as the Usos talk strategy. Jey and Benjamin circle, Benjamin knees low and clubs Jey on the back before putting him in a corner. Benjamin knocks Jey down then brings him back up for the corner to corner whip, Jey slides to stop and hit Benjamin with an uppercut. Jimmy tags in, chops Benjamin, then pop and lock into another chop. Jimmy whips corner to corner but Benjamin reverses and catches Jimmy for a powerslam! Benjamin covers, TWO, tag to Gable. Double knees, kicks and knee strikes knock Jimmy down, blindside for Jey, cover, TWO! Gable works on Jimmy’s leg know, mainly the knee. Tag to Benjamin, who continues working over the leg with knee drops. Benjamin then locks it into a knee wrench, Jimmy endures as Jey returns to the apron. Jimmy swipes and catches Benjamin in the face, the two brawl back and forth but Benjamin kicks Jimmy down. Benjamin drives in knees while we go single picture.

Jimmy revives and rocks Benjamin with an uppercut! Then a chop. Benjamin whips, Jimmy sunset flips over, TWO! Benjamin gets caught in a small package, TWO, back suplex escaped, Jimmy’s kick is blocked but the dragon whip connects! Both men crawl, both get hot tags, but it is Jey who rallies on Gable! Gable slips out of the fireman’s carry but is bucked off the waistlock, things speed up and Jey hits that Samoan Drop! Jey aims from corner to corner, running hip attack! Benjamin comes in, gets dumped out, Jimmy runs into Benjamin’s knee. Benjamin then drags Jimmy out, Gable rolls Jey up, TWO, SUPERKICK! Jey climbs up, takes aim, but Benjamin returns! Jey fights him off, knocks him down, then adjusts for the UCE SPLASH into knees! Cover, Jimmy breaks it, but Gable counters the kick into a rolling Germann Suplex! Benjamin gives Jey another knee, Gable brings him in and Benjamin tags before Gable hits the rolling German Suplex again! They bring Jey up, Doomsday Device!

Gable & Benjamin win! Will this victory give them a shortcut to becoming #1 contenders?!

 

Charlotte Flair heads to the ring.

The Queen of Flair and SmackDown Women’s Champion knows all about revolutionizing Women’s Wrestling in the WWE. Stephanie McMahon announced the next phase of the Women’s Evolution or Raw, in the form of the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble. Therefore, Charlotte wishes to respond. She defended her championship against the Queen of Harts, Natalya, and she is honored to be carrying the title. However, with the Women’s Royal Rumble on the horizon, where all the women of Raw and SmackDown participating, Charlotte wants to give credit where credit is due. The fans went on social media, chanted in arenas and showed passion for Women’s Wrestling. Charlotte congratulates the WWE Universe, as well as alll the women in the SMackDown locker room. And to the future winner, Charlotte will be waiting to defend her title against you. That’s when Naomi appears!

Naomi congratulates Charlotte on her defense, but also wants to make it known that she’ll be the first SmackDown woman to declare for that Women’s Royal Rumble! “And Queen, I’ll see you at Wrestlemania.” But the Riott Squad appears to retort. Three stooges that won’t be entering the Rumble! Why is that? Because a Rumble is about every woman for herself, and surviving the numbers game. Naomi and Charlotte have survived everything the three “chicken heads” have thrown at them, so why not have a 2v2 match to settle this? The Riott Squad accepts, the match is made!

The Riott Squad VS Charlotte Flair & Naomi!

SmackDown returns from commercial to find Charlotte and Sarah Logan have already started and are brawling. Charlotte gives out Flair Chops, backing Sarah down before a whip. Sarah elbows back, then dodges CHarlotte before giving a chop block to the leg. Ms. Kentucky Strong tags in Ruby Riott, Liv trash talks while Ruby snapmares and works the leg. Ruby wrenches the knee, Charlotte endures then uses that free leg to shove Ruby away. Ruby kicks out Charlotte’s bad leg before dragging her to the Squad’s corner, tag to Sarah. Sarah works on those legs with stomps, then the knee wrench. A toehold is added on, Charlotte grabs for hair but the referee stops that.

Sarah elbows that bad leg, tags Ruby, then hands off for Ruby to keep kicking. Charlotte throws elbows, Ruby clubs her down then tags back to Sarah. Naomi coaches Charlotte even as she’s put on the mat and given a big knee smash. Sarah gives another but Charlotte lands on her feet, and manages that tag to Naomi! Naomi rallies on Sarah with furious forearms, the fans fire up as Naomi gets over a dozen, then gives a stiff roundhouse kick. Naomi knocks Ruby down but gets rolled up, TWO, scorpion kick! Springboard enziguri! Naomi covers, Ruby breaks the pin. Charlotte returns to boot Ruby down on one leg, Naomi grabs Sarah but Sarah gives a headbutt. Sarah feeds Naomi into Liv but Naomi dodgse, Sarah knocks Liv over! Rear View outta nowhere! Naomi & Charlotte win! The Queen and Lady Glow win tonight, can Naomi make all the other women of the Rumble #FeelTheGlow?

 

The New Day spread holiday cheer backstage.

Presents, pancakes and positive energy, as well as some sweet stocking stuffers. Big E feeds a staff member a pancake right into his mouth. Kofi presents the New Day holiday shirts! However, Rusev Claus and Frosty English come in. No one wants New Day shirts, they want RUSEV Day shirts! Rusev Claus has only one list: The Naughty List! And everyone but English is on it. “Oh Rusev Day, oh Rusev Day~, we challenge you to a contest!” And Rusev slams the pancakes on the ground!

You done flapped the wrong jack, sucka! The New Day accept this holiday battle!

 

Dolph Ziggler heads to the ring.

The new United States Champion defeated the GLORIOUS Bobby Roode and the Lone Wolf Baron Corbin, and wants to celebrate, but there doesn’t seem to be much fanfare. “I told you so.”

Ziggler told us it’d happen, and many thought “Why?” Ziggler holding the title is why! Fans who thought it was “out of nowhere” haven’t been paying attention! Ziggler walks into work, accepts every challenge, and while some brag about being the biggest, baddest or most charismatic, Ziggler is simply the best. No one does what Ziggler can do in the ring, and if the title isn’t enough to prove it, then let Ziggler refresh your memories. Flashback to 2011, Ziggler defeated Kofi for the title via a sleeper hold, and he became US Champion for the first time. And Ziggler is only getting started! He is a FIVE TIME Intercontinental Champion, which he shows footage of now, going on to win the IC Championship three times in one year.

There’s something Ziggler is forgetting. He remembers now: he was a successful Mr. Money in the Bank to become a World Heavyweight Champion! “I am one of the most decorated superstars in WWE history.” Night after night, year after year, Ziggler proves it to himself, to the fans, and to the world, and yet he goes unappreciated! “You’re not worthy of my presence!” Ziggler believes the WWE Universe doesn’t deserve him. He looks at his freshly won United States Championship, and asks “You want something to remember me by?” Ziggler drops the US Title, and leaves?!

What does this mean? Is the Show-Off vacating the title and quitting the WWE?

 

Daniel Bryan talks on the phone.

That’s when Kevin & Sami arrive. Sami & Kevin thank Bryan for “doing the right thing”, not just for them but for the legions of fans. Bryan didn’t do it for anything like that, but for SmackDown. Well Kevin & Sami kno the other reason: Bryan holds a grudge against Randy Orton. Remember? Orton stole Bryan’s title as the “centerpiece of the Authority” who wanted to break Bryan’s mind, body and soul. Shane is doing the same to Sami & Kevin. As friends, be careful because Shane will turn on you next. But the important thing is that Bryan got the last laugh, as did Kevin & Sami. Bryan says they’re delusional. If they don’t stop gloating, Bryan might still fire them himself. Now go get ready for your match.

 

Rusev & Aiden English VS The New Day!

Awwww Bridge City~!” ‘Tis the season to be jolly, as well as the night for competition. The way fans chant, Rusev Day might become a holiday right now!

Frosty English and Kofi the Gingerbread Man start, they give waistlocks back and forth but English arm-drags then tags. Rusev Claus comes in, Kofi slips out, can’t catch him he’s a gingerbread man! Rusev tries but fails to keep up, so Kofi twerks at him.

Kofi runs around the corner, then back into the ring, Rusev gets frustrated. English gets in, but gets a dropkick to send him right out. Rusev returns but is dumped right out, Big E grabs Rusev’s sack! Er, bag. The New Day rummages through to throw out free shirts! And one pair of Rusev boxers… Rusev & English clobber Woods and Kofi, Rusev hides his undies while we go picture in picture.

Team Rusev Day embraces the holiday heat, English takes the bag away and Rusev presents the referee with those Rusev Day boxers. The referee refuses to accept that gift, so Rusev just tosses them to English. English then tosses those randomly, before Kofi starts fighting back. Kofi backs Rusev down, only for Rusev to bring him into the Rusev Day corner and ram in shoulders. English tags in, he mugs Kofi with forearms. English drives a knee into Kofi’s back before choking him at the ropes. The referee backs English down, English conducts the crowd. Kofi fights back again, English kicks him down, then tags Rusev. Rusev stomps Kofi, grinding the gumdrop buttons while we return to single picture.

The fans cheer “We want pancakes!” Kofi fires up and gives body shot after body shot, until Rusev runs him over! Cover, TWO, Rusev won’t let Kofi get away this time. Rusev hears the fans sing “Hey~ we want some pancakes!” Rusev throws Kofi into a corner while Big E throws pancakes around, Rusev runs in but Kofi boots him back and hits a tornado DDT! The fans rally with the New Day, both men crawl, hot tags to English and WOods! Woods rallies, hangs English up, dropkick to the back. Woods whips but is reversed, he boots back then hits the Honor- no, fireman’s carry into the spinebuster, Kofi breaks the pin! Rusev throws Kofi out, then regroups with English to “show ’em what day it is!” They clear off the announce desk! And bring the pancakes over?! Then top them with whip cream? Rusev puts one last touch on it: the cherry on top.

Then they bring Woods over, and go to shove him into the pancakes! Woods resists oddly enough, Kofi FLIES to wipe Rusev out! Double flapjack into flapjacks!

English gets angry, but he gets a swing kick, Woods goes up top for the tight-rope elbow drop! The New Day wins the holidays!

 

6 Man Tag: AJ Styles, Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn & Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers!

 

SmackDown brings us a rematch not only from Tribute to the Troops, but of the two big matches from Clash of Champions! Will The Viper & the King of Strong Style get even for the #YEPMovement screw job? Or will the Modern Day Maharaja ruin The Phenomenal One’s victorious mood?

Mahal and Orton start, familiar foes in their own right. They circle, Orton slips past to go after Kevin & Sami then knocks Mahal down. Sami & Kevin enter the ring, as do Styles and Nakamura, it is a chaotic brawl that spills to the outside. Styles puts Kevin into one barrier, Nakamura puts Sami into another, Orton brings Mahal over and drops him on the announce desk!

Back into the ring, Orton keeps on Mahal in a corner with punches and stomps. Orton then whips but is reversed, he ducks Mahal but the RKO is denied, so Orton clobbers Mahal with a clotheslines, TWO. Tag to Nakamura, another familiar foe, but Mahal powers him to his corner. Sami tags in and stomps away, fans cheer for Nakamura while Sami gives him a shoulder breaker and arm wrench. Sami grounds Nakamura, Nakamura stands up but Sami keeps wrenching. Nakamura rolls and cartwheels to reverse the wrench onto Sami. Sami gets up and gets a ropebreak, Nakamura rests on Sami’s abs, and plucks a chest hair? “C’mon!” Nakamura ducks then dares Sami again, “C’mon!” Sami runs into knees, knee drop on top, then Styles tags in. Styles goes to suplex but Sami denies, Sami suplexes but Styles slips out, waistlock but standing switch, Sami trips Styles up. Styles springs up to headscissor Sami, then brings him to his corner. Orton tags in, he stomps away on Sami, then hangs him up to dry on the ropes. Cover, TWO, Sami tags Mahal. Mahal and Orton circle again, haymakers from Mahal rock The Viper, Mahal whips but Orotn kicks him away. Mahal elbows Orton down then embraces the heat before dropping a knee and tagging in Kevin. The Prizefighter stomps away on Orton, “and that’s why this is my show!” The show goes to commercials while Kevin keeps beating Orton down.

We return to see Kevin grinding Orton with a chinlock. Orton stands up and pries his way out, Kevin throws hands to back him down. Kevin runs in, Orton elbows back and then dodges to send Kevin into the post. Sami runs in but is thrown right out, tag to Styles! Styles rallies with the Phenomenal Blitz on Kevin, but then gets dumped out when Mahal holds the ropes open. Kevin throws Styles into barriers, then up and into the ring. Kevin adds the back senton, covers, TWO! He takes his frustration out on Styles, he chokes Styles against the ropes. Tag to Sami, Sami jabs Styles to a corner. Sami whips Styles, runs him over, covers, TWO. Tag to Mahal, Mahal stomps on Styles. Fans boo and jeer as Mahal clobbers Styles again, then gives springboard knee drops. Mahal grinds in a knee as Sami trash talks, Styles gets to a corner and Mahal rams in shoulders. Styles gets a knee up, then hops up, tornado DDT! Both men are down, fans rally as they crawl, hot tags to Nakamura and Sami! Nakamura hits the Dynamic Dropkick! Kevin comes in, gets the strike fest and ax kick!

Mahal gets some, Nakamura unloads kicks on Sami’s chest. Sami blocks one, gets the other, then knees to the ribs and shoulders. Nakamura throws Sami to a corner and gives Good Vibrations! Nakamura puts Sami on the top rope, and hits the Top Shelf Knee! Cover, TWO, but Nakamura keeps focus. The Rockstar takes aim, swings and hits the outside kick, covers again, TWO! Nakamura brings Sami up, Sami resists and reaches for ropes, ropebreak achieved but the break is dirty with a poke to the eyes. Sami turns around, into the armbar takedown! Sami endures, Kevin hits Nakamura with a back senton. Orton in, he throws Kevin out, Mahal gives Orton a DDT! Styles hits the PELE, the slingshots down onto Kevin! Nakamura stands up, the Singh Brothers pounce! The referee didn’t see the exact attack, but he will still throw Samir & Sunil out! Mahal goes after Orton, RKO!! The Singhs return, Orton grabs them both, double draping DDT!

Orton moves aside and helps Styles with the Phenomenal Forearm on Kevin! Nakamura targets Sami, KINSHASA!! Nakamura’s team wins! One side obtains retribution tonight, but who will have the last laugh as we move on towards the Royal Rumble?

 

My Thoughts:

This was a solid episode for SmackDown to follow up Clash of Champions with. Bryan and Shane talk about Clash’s major #YEPMovement match but it is clear things aren’t over just yet, and this story can still go any which way they feel. Especially with Sami-Kevin trying to celebrate with Bryan as if he was on their side all along, that could go places. Gable-Benjamin get a surprise but quality win over The Usos, making for a possible extension of their rivalry heading for the Rumble. Charlotte speaks on the Royal Rumble’s major announcement to put SmackDown’s Women’s Roster on record for the great bit of history WWE will be making, and the following match of Charlotte-Naomi VS Ruby-Sarah was also solid. Charlotte and Naomi go over because the champion needs to remain strong before the Rumble and the first woman to declare does, too.

New Day VS Rusev Day was astounding if only on the comedic entertainment alone. The New Day is still very popular and Rusev Day is increasing in popularity, more with these two teams will always be welcomed. Ziggler gave us the biggest surprise of the night, and perhaps week, as he apparently just up and quits effective immediately, leaving the US title up in the air. Ziggler stopping now and never being seen in the ring again seems the most fitting ending but would also be a bit sad, because it is so sudden. The Six Man Tag rematch from Troops was solid quality, just like it was for Tribute to the Troops, and the Faces win again more as a way to keep Orton and Nakamura from falling too far down with the Rumble coming up. The Royal Rumble match is best served if someone wins “out of nowhere”, but Orton won last year so hopefully he doesn’t do it again. I’d enjoy seeing Nakamura win as it is a shortcut back to the top for The King of Strong Style, who can have a great 1v1 match with Styles, provided they’re allowed some Strong Style freedoms.

My Score: 8.5/10


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.2 ~ 21ST SEPTEMBER 2018

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CURRENT TOUR RECAP

NOAH finished up their mammoth five day in a row event (14th September to the 18th September), fortunately no-one was injured, but both Hajime Ohara (neck) and Hi69 (knee) seem to be carrying injuries.

After losing the GHC Heavyweight Tag Title challenge against Naomichi Marufuji and Akitoshi Saito, Kaito Kiyomiya intimated that he would be interested in challenging for them again, but with another partner (i.e. Go Shiozaki). Shiozaki was seen watching Kaito Kiyomiya in the tag match against 50 Funky Powers in Hakata Stalene. Later in the tour he mentioned on Twitter about “shutting them up” and their GHC Heavyweight Tag Challenge

.Speaking of Go Shiozaki there was a very sweet moment that took place in Hakata, involving both himself and Atsushi Kotoge. When they made their entrance in their match against The Hooligans (Cody Hall and Maybach Taniguchi), a little boy could be seen dressed in a homemade “Revolutionary Cloak”. When Kotoge appeared the little boy and the little girl next to him (most probably his sister), did the revolutionary fist pumps (to the delight of Kotoge who joined in), and when he had gone, Shiozaki noticed, did it for half a second, and then went bright red (Shiozaki gets very shy when he has to do physical comedy, he also has a tendency to start giggling as well when others do it).
During the match, the brawl went into the crowd, and a little girl was upset by it and started crying. Go Shiozaki, gave her a hug to comfort her, and once back in the ring got The Hooligans in the corner, pointed to her and said “this is for you”, and proceeded to chop them.

Despite his claim to “bring the revolution to Hakata, and defeat the villains!”, Atsushi Kotoge took the Zwei Bomb from Taniguchi.

Naomichi Marufuji is still not accepting the challenge of The Hooligans, and gave a somewhat bad tempered promo in Ehime saying they were “a fool, a baldie” and “even though I am an asshole with a lack of sleep, I am going to crush you all. Come and line up with your heads bowed. I am not going to accept your challenge! I’m not in the mood!” Marufuji is still being obsessively hated by Kenoh, and he certainly has taken it from him on this tour, but the person the five days really belongs to, is Katsuhiko Nakajima, who utterly obliterated Takashi Sugiura and did the cocky pin on him. I don’t think anyone has ever at any time or anywhere ever done this…

Nakajima, being Nakajima, wasn’t finished there as he draped the belt over him, and then threw Sugiura out of the ring. When Sugiura had recovered and scraped himself off of the floor, Nakajima had gotten the microphone, and standing on the turnbuckle he told him that he would continue to plague him like he did today, he would plague him again tomorrow and the day after that and forever afterwards.

At the end of the five day tour, having been thoroughly battered by Nakajima, Takashi Sugiura said tiredly he couldn’t keep up and says that he has had no choice but to get better, and rethink his strategy. I can only imagine that Sugiura is playing the spider and the fly…

“Black or white, this is a league.” (Hi69) 

The NOAH Juniors, despite being divided over Junior Global League, are all gunning for Kotaro Suzuki (Hitoshi Kumano says that he is going to “crush the beat so no sound comes out”). Kotaro Suzuki has dismissed even the freelancers amongst the NOAH Juniors as being “weak”.

The biggest build so far is Daisuke Harada vs Kotaro Suzuki, which will take place in Yokohama (Suzuki has already lost to the other “elder” of the Juniors, Hajime Ohara). Daisuke Harada in Kochi, delivered the message to Suzuki that he would beat him down, and then he would “tell you this”…Harada spoke silently to the camera and walked off. Kotaro Suzuki later said that he had no idea what he was saying, but would find out before they faced each other.

Suzuki has made unflattering comments about various NOAH juniors, Hitsohi Kumano is “heavy” and “bulging with fat”, and Tadasuke, due to “too much hair treatment” is “greasy”.

Kotaro Suzuki, known for being just as “slippery” as Tadasuke (maybe even more) has promised something special for his “vision of Korakuen” (he also posted a picture of himself and Yoshinari Ogawa out drinking and said they were “discussing strategy”), well, whatever he has planned, it is probably a lot better than what Tadasuke has promised, he says that he may have to “poison the rice of the winning candidates” if he doesn’t win.

Suzuki and Harada clashed in a tag match on the 18th September on the last day of tour with Harada getting in his face with the belt, and Suzuki playing the innocent after attacking him while standing on the ring apron.

There has been no rift between The Backbreakers, with Hitoshi Kumano defeating Hajime Ohara. Kumano said he had to win, even though Ohara’s neck was very bad.
Part of his reasons for wanting to beat Ohara was due to the comments made by Daisuke Harada when he was aiming for the GHC Junior Heavyweight championship a few months ago, Harada had basically said that Kumano was “below Ohara” or that he was his “subordinate”.

Between RATELS, Daisuke Harada is too busy to comment on Tadasuke beating him, and YO-HEY and HAYATA still appear to be friends (better description might be master and pet).

Junta Miyawaki is still to get his first win, but the boy has earned a lot of accolades with people praising him and saying he was “insanely good” in his matches. NOAH are really teasing his first win with many near pinfalls.  He has also been likened to a young Kenta Kobashi, which means that now in NOAH we have almost the Four Pillars for a new generation with Misawa (Kiyomiya) and Kawada (Kenoh) – now we just need a Taue.

NOAH have had very good attendances out in the provinces for this tour, not all venues have been sold out, but attendances have been very high. The promotion has a policy whereby they travel outside of the metropolitan areas (i.e. Tokyo, Osaka) and the big city areas and bring the show to the “provinces” (i.e. the countryside or the more rural areas on the edge of the suburbs). While this doesn’t always result in a full house (something a lot of people don’t seem to understand and they think its a reflection on NOAH ), what it does do is bring a company who unlike New Japan, All Japan, Big Japan etc doesn’t have a streaming service and\or a TV show, to people who wouldn’t see them otherwise. They have also attracted a lot of new fans too.

Global Junior League Scores (as of 18th September 2018)
YO-HEY: 7
Ikuto Hidaka: 6
Daisuke Harada: 6
Kotaro Suzuki: 6
Hitoshi Kumano: 4
Tadasuke: 4
Hi69: 4
Minoru Tanaka: 4
HAYATA: 3
Hajime Ohara: 2
Seiya Morohashi: 2
Junta Miyawaki: 0

NOAH are back on the 29th September at Radiant Hall, Yokohama, bell sounds at 17.30

NEWS

QUIET STORM CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
Quiet Storm has celebrated his own twenty years in wrestling on the 16th September, he debuted in 1998 (about a month after Naomichi Marufuji did) at roughly the age of seventeen, and while in America had spells with Ring of Honor, PWF and NYWC. Quiet Storm made his debut in his hometown of New York (he’s a Brooklyn boy I think). He came to Japan and trained with KAIENTAI DOJO, but had to return home due to a family situation. Aside from NOAH, his other affiliation is with Osaka Pro. He has been with NOAH since 2014.

His tag team partner, Mohammed Yone, presented him with flowers in the ring.

GHC BELT NEWS

Current champions

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
  • GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69

OTHER NEWS

Atsushi Kotoge will be holding his own fan event, further details to be announced (this is not a produce)

Comedy wrestler Kikutaro (who returned to Japan to have ear surgery), announced that before he leaves for America, he wants to appear in NOAH(he was once a regular in SEM, where he memorably teamed with KENTA, who had him thrown out of the building afterwards, Kikutaro made his way back in though), and a match has been arranged against Atsushi Kotoge for the 4th October at Korakuen Hall. Kotoge has asked Kikutaro whether he wants to join the “Revolutionary Army”. What should be a very funny match, will be broadcast on Samurai on the 11th October (FYI: Fuji TV no longer exists, it is now “ForJoyTV“)

Naomichi Marufuji and Doug Williams will be having what will be their last match ever in IPW on Sunday the 23rd September. Their history was made not in NOAH or even in Japan, but in Europe. You can read about their history in an article I have written, “Farewell Europe

Hajime Ohara, (who quite rightly is called “NOAH’s treasure”), has taken part in more municipal activities in Kawasawki by lecturing the Staff Hygiene Committee about exercise that can be done at the office and at home.

Thanks to Metal-Noah who very kindly sent me a copy of “Heir to The Ark”, Naomichi Marufuji’s biography, English translation has started, and can be found here. This is a work in progress, and I hope to update it daily. The book is ranked #3 on the Japanese book charts. TOUR TIDBITS

  • Tadasuke used a chair on Seiya Morohashi (which is unusual for him).
  • Whilst in Shikoku, a big crab turned up on Hi69’s cigarette packet (its probably HAYATA shape-shifting)
  • The ceiling was so low in Hakata Stalene that people’s feet and heads grazed it.
  • Naomichi Marufuji watched “the youngsters” going off together after NOAH arrived in Kochi, and said “the old man is going to bed”
  • Tadasuke announced to Kotaro Suzuki “Hey, Fool! I am today’s NOAH Junior!” (and Kotaro Suzuki beat him down in ten minutes with the Tiger Driver)
  • Naomichi Marufuji wrapped Yoshiki Inamura in Atsushi Kotoge’s cloak, and forced him to do the “Revolution Pose”, right in front of Kotoge.
  • YO-HEY’S rambling promos include him having all his teeth knocked out (he hasn’t), and likening himself to a 16th century Japanese warlord, a champion stallion racehorse which was put out to stud (don’t ask) and then forgetting what he was talking about. He is still convinced that he will be facing Yoshiki Inamura in the finals of Global Junior League, despite the fact that Inamura isn’t in Global Junior League.
  • Yoshinari Ogawa took Atsushi Kotoge’s cape and used it to wipe his boots, much to Kotoge’s horror.
  • Ehime Pro did an opening exhibition at Noah’s show at TEXPORT Imbari
  • Yoshiki Inamura getting good reviews.
  • Go Shiozaki went to shake hands with Kotoge, but Kotoge drew his hand back, wiped his head and walked off (Shiozaki, notorious for giggling, couldn’t keep a straight face)
  • NOAH have had a crack down on people filming at the event, Atsushi Kotoge said “Heroes obey the rules”.
  • Masao Inoue is holding another bowling event, wrestlers participating will be Atsushi Kotoge, Kaito Kiyomiya and Tadasuke
  • On September 17th, Atsushi Kotoge, Kenoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya went to a sports bar and spent until the early hours watching classic Four Pillars era All Japan (the match Kotoge photographed on the TV was Mitsuharu Misawa vs Kenta Kobashi on the 21st October 1997. When this match took place, Kotoge and Kenoh would have been 12, Kitamiya 14 and Nakajima 9).
  • Cody Hall and Maybach Taniguchi now have a finisher called “The Hooligans Bomb”.

  • On the long drive back from Tottori to Tokyo, (about nine to eleven hours), Takashi Sugiura photographed Masao Inoue at the urinal (twice), and then predictably, things got even worse when Marufuji filmed Inoue eating an ice cream on the bus, and then pausing to look briefly at a passing woman. Between Marufuji and Sugiura, this turned into Inoue thinking about “licking” women…

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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: G1 Climax 28, part 11!

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NJPW and AXS bring us the B Block finals! Will it be Tetsuya Naito of one of the Golden Lovers who qualifies for THE G1 Climax 28 Finals?!

 

This coverage of the G1 Climax 28 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.

Gifs can be found on http://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins.
  • Kenny Omega VS Kota Ibushi; Ibushi wins.

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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this final night of B Block action!

It all comes down to this! The Best Bout Machine lost to Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano in a row, though one was in part thanks to Tama Tonga. However, the IWGP Heavyweight Champion is still one win away from being in his third consecutive G1 Climax Finals. That win must come at the expense of Kenny Omega’s best friend, Kota Ibushi, in this Golden Lovers dream match. Ibsuhi could take the entire block with his own win, but there’s also last year’s G1 Climax champion. Tetsuya Naito can make his own repeat appearance if he defeats Zack Sabre Jr, who would love to play spoiler with his submission style. Who will meet Hiroshi Tanahashi in the G1 Climax 28 Finals?!

 

Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr!

The charismatic leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon takes on Suzuki-Gun’s Submission Master, a familiar match up from this year’s New Japan Cup. Naito takes his time with his attire, as usual, but ZSJ is patient. The referee finishes his check of both men, rings the bell, and we begin.

ZSJ rushes Naito then throws him out. He pursues but Naito slips back out to then troll ZSJ with a game of cat ‘n’ mouse. ZSJ grows frustrated and starts kicking railing like his mentor, Minoru Suzuki. Taka Michinoku calms Zack down and gets him back to the ring. Naito tells ZSJ to return, saying time is of the essence. ZSJ returns but Naito speeds things up. They both run and dodge, then Naito Tranquilos! But ZSJ grabs the arm for the armbar! Naito gets the ropes for the ropebreak and ZSJ mocks Tranquilo before letting Naito go. Naito takes his time returning, to again troll ZSJ. Red Shoes counts but Naito waits to return at about 10. ZSJ rushes Naito again for a headlock. Naito powers out and arm-drags ZSJ around. ZSJ headbutts then European Uppercuts, but he runs into another arm-dag.

Naito has ZSJ down, but ZSJ reverses into a headscissor. ZSJ squeezes, then stands to twist! Naito writhes while ZSJ catches his breath. ZSJ goes after the legs and gets a Queen Angelito figure four. He goes after the arms, and he uses a surfboard style lift! ZSJ goes for a cover but can’t get the angle, so he shifts to a leg based double armbar. Naito manages another ropebreak, so ZSJ backs off. ZSJ toys with Naito then gives him a EuroUpper. Naito chops back, so ZSJ trips him up and twists his neck again. ZSJ lets Naito get up to then float over to a cravat. Naito works his way up to arm-drag out. ZSJ runs in but misses, Naito jump kicks but it’s ZSJ who sweeps! The New Japan Cup champ has the G1 Climax 27 champ down and out while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns and Naito gets back up at 13. He returns to the ring at 15 but ZSJ stands on him to then get the ankle lock. ZSJ shifts to a Half Crab that shifts to an STF that shifts to a crossface. Naito reverses with a roll, TWO! ZSJ has a grounded cravat that he bridges and then rolls back. He gets a headscissor as Naito sits up, then grabs an ankle. They both roll and Naito is still in the headscissor. ZSJ squeezes but then Naito gets his own headscissor. ZSJ pries his way up and out and back to a half crab. He just stands on Naito’s head and body now to humiliate more than hurt. Naito gets up and chops ZSJ. ZSJ headbutts, EuroUppers, then whips. Naito reverses and reels ZSJ in for the backbreaker and dropkick! Both men are down as fans rally.

Naito stands and fires of on ZSJ. He whips but ZSJ reverses, only for Naito to come out with the headscssiors. Jump kick, leg sweep, and swinging dropkick! Naito poses while ZSJ checks his mouth. Naito elbows ZSJ, then brings him back up. ZSJ reverses the neckbreaker to a facelock, but Naito reels him in for the atomic drop.  Naito runs in at the corner but has to block ZSJ’s boots. ZSJ kicks Naito but Naito holds on. Naito spits, so ZSJ kicks more. Naito turns him sideways for a draping backbreaker! Then a standing neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Naito while he thinks of what to do next. Naito circles ZSJ and brings him up in a waistlock. ZSJ gets a standing switch to full nelson but Naito arm-drags out. They collide, elbow for elbow, and back again. Naito rolls for the kick but into an STF!

Naito drags himself around but ZSJ switches to part Rings of Saturn! He keeps Naito’s face back with a leg but Naito uses a leg to get the ropes. ZSJ again lets Naito go, and both men are down from exhaustion. Taka coaches ZSJ up but the fans are on Naito’s side still. ZSJ stands first and kicks at Naito. Naito takes them in stride, a grin on his face. Naito fires a forearm and a back elbow and ZSJ falls. Fans fire up as Naito throws more elbows, but ZSJ comes back with a EuroUpper. Naito elbows, ZSJ falls again. Now Naito toys with ZSJ, but ZSJ SLAPS Naito. ZSJ fires EuroUppers but ends up in a backslide. He rolls through but runs into the tornado DDT! Naito drags ZSJ up. Hammerlock and lift, but ZSJ counters with a guillotine that becomes a triangle hold!

Naito endures the squeeze while ZSJ prevents a cover. Naito uses power to lift but ZSJ wrenches back. ZSJ brings Naito back down and Naito starts to fade. Fans keep rallying, Naito jackknifes! TWO, and ZSJ penalty kicks Naito down! ZSJ drags Naito back up, but Naito suplexes into the dragon sleeper, for a reverse DDT! Fans cheer Naito while Taka shouts for ZSJ to get up. Naito sits up but ZSJ follows. They stand, and Naito elbows ZSJ again. ZSJ gives a EuroUpper but that arm is hurting. Naito chops but ZSJ slaps. Naito SLAPS, then hammerlocks, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!! Naito fires himself up as he drags ZSJ up. ZSJ sees it coming, and Peles the arm. Naito rolling kicks then whips. ZSJ reverses, catches the flying forearm, into an Octopus hold!

Naito endures being bent and stretched, but ZSJ’s arm is also bothering him. Fans rally for Naito and he manages to step towards ropes. ZSJ does what he can to pull on Naito, such as pulling the right arm all the way back. Naito still steps forward, but ZSJ pulls again. Naito uses one last effort and gets another ropebreak. ZSJ lets him go, and both men fall from exhaustion. Fans and Taka rally their favorites up again, and ZSJ sits up first. Naito follows but ZSJ penalty kicks Naito right back down! And he does it again! But Naito still stands. ZSJ goes for a third but gets caught into a German Suplex. Naito whips but ZSJ reverses, to get the flying forearms! Naito drags ZSJ up, arm wrench, but ZSj counters into the EuroClutch! TWO!? Naito misses his enziguri, ZSJ EuroClutches again, TWO!?

ZSJ EuroUppers but gets an enziguri. Naito backs up, runs in, but ZSJ slips out of the tilt-o-whirl to Octopus. Naito slips out this time to DESTINO! But he’s not done, here comes another D– no, Michinoku Driver! Cover, ZSJ wins!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr. by pinfall; ZSJ earns 2 points, Naito earns 0

The Submission Master uses a shout out to his coach and he spoils Naito’s chances! There will not be a repeat for the previous G1 Climax champion, and this leaves the way open for one half of the Golden Lovers!

 

Kenny Omega VS Kota Ibushi!

They may not always have been a team, but the Golden Lovers have always been friends and rivals. The Cleaner is the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, but the Golden Star won’t give up his own desire for that belt. A dream match becomes reality, but who will live the dream of competing in the tournament finals?

The bell rings, and fans fire up as the two friends take a moment to stare down. They circle, Omega lunges in and gets the leg. He floats to a facelock and holds on as they go around. He goes to a waistlock and counters Ibushi’s standing switch. Omega gets a half nelson then another facelock as they stand. Ibushi has Omega on the ropes, but honors the ropebreak. But Omega brings him back in with a headlock. Ibushi powers out, Omega runs him over, but Ibushi kips up. Things speed up, Omega holds rope but still runs into a dropkick! Omega bails out but comes right back in to chop Ibushi! Omega whips but Ibushi holds ropes, so Omega chops again. The whip goes through but Ibushi dodges to kick. Ibushi kicks but is blocked, Omega chops. Omega runs but into the kick!

Omega bails out but longer this time, so Ibushi slingshots out! He crashes and burns, Omega saw that one coming. Omega brings Ibushi up to put him into railing. Then he scoop slams him onto the apron! Omega drags Ibushi back up and into the ring. Fans fire up as Omega returns and runs, Kotaro Krusher! Cover, TWO! Omega keeps his cool while fans cheer Ibushi on. Omega clubs Ibushi, then stomps him. He kicks Ibushi around, but Ibushi grows stronger with every hit. Omega runs, and dropkicks Ibushi down! Ibushi stands, kicks and snapmares Omega, to then kick him swiftly in the neck. Omega kicks and cravats but Ibushi counters to snapmare and kick, kick, kick! Omega gets up to shove and punch.

Now it’s a brawl back and forth, but Omega kicks low. Omega boots Ibushi into a corner, then runs in. Ibushi goes up and over to then powerslam and moonsault! But onto knees! Omega knows Ibushi so well, and he drags Ibushi up for fireman’s carry. “You Can’t Escape! Rolling senton, but the moonsault gets knees! Ibushi knows Omega so well, too! Ibushi runs, but into a huricanrana. But Ibushi then comes back with his own huricanrana! Omega ends up outside again, and Ibushi runs, but Omega intercepts the golden triangle for a full nelson! Ibushi holds ropes and elbows Omega back. Omega chops Ibushi’s back, then Electric Chair lifts! But Ibushi fights him off again, to then deadlift. Omega fights out with uppercuts, then has Ibushi on the shoulder, apron package tombstone!! Both Golden Lovers are down while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Omega climbs up top. Ibushi slowly stands, but he gets the missile dropkick to the face! Then cross fisherman, Aoi Shoudou! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi lives and fans fire up for him. Omega grits his teeth, takes aim and… BANG! Omega runs, but he misses. Ibushi waistlocks but Omega standing switches. Omega shoves and chops Ibushi in the back! He whips and V-Triggers to the back! Omega drags Ibushi up, Electric Chair, but Ibushi resists. Pop-up, Croyt’s Wrath! With the bridge! TWO!! Ibushi narrowly escapes, but Omega stays focused. V-Trigger! Then the double underhook, but Ibushi resists again. They speed up, running DDT! Ibushi rolls out of the ring, but Omega hears the Terminator drums. Omega rises, builds speed, and FLIES! Direct hit on Ibushi!

Both men are down but Omega stands first. Omega drags Ibushi up and in, and fans rally up. Omega climbs up top again, but Ibushi PELE to stop him! Ibushi climbs up to join Omega, but Omega resists whatever lift Ibushi is after. The Young Bucks are concerned at ringside as Omega starts to shovel Ibushi up. Ibushi slips off to chop and SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up again and Omega bails out. Ibushi runs, Golden Triangle! Direct hit on Omega! The Golden Lovers are down again, but Ibushi is up first now. Ibushi puts Omega in, then climbs up top. Ibushi springboards but Omega catches him into the Electric Chair! But Ibushi fights out fast to strike fest and roundhouse Omega down. Knee-sault! Cover, TWO!!

Omega survives that innovative knee drop, but Ibushi isn’t out of ideas yet. Ibushi drags Omega up, with double wrists, but Omega dodges the knee. Ibushi dodges to Pele again! He grabs Omega, but Omega slips out of the bomb to V-Trigger. Ibushi blocks but gets the second V-Trigger. Omega full nelsons but Ibushi fights out. Omega heel kicks him into a corner! Then from corner to corner, V-Trigger! Omega drags Ibushi up to the top rope, then climbs up to join him. Omega sits Ibushi up, puts on the full nelson, but Ibushi fights out again. Ibushi elbows but Omega headbutts. Omega stands up now, another attempt at the full nelson, SUPER SNAP DRAGON! But Ibushi stands right up!

The Golden Lovers collide with double clotheslines, then do it again. Omega kicks the other one away to V-Trigger! Ibushi reverses to snap German! But Omega’s up, so he gets a Half ‘n Half, and CLOBBERING CLOTHESLINE! Ibushi has control while we go to break!

NJPW on AXS returns and Ibushi drags Omega up. Ibushi wants the bomb, and gets the Golden Star sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!? Even Ibushi is shocked. But he drags Omega up again with the double wristlocks, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, TWO!?! Ibushi cannot understand how Omega survives. Ibushi uncovers his knee and brings Omega back up. Omega resists because he knows what’s coming. Ibushi stomps and clubs Omega. Omega fights back with forearms and elbows. Omega throws more of those, but then Ibushi fires back! They go back and forth, but neither man backs down. Omega hits, but Ibushi responds. They give shorter and faster forearms now but neither man lets go of the wristlock. Omega headbutts but Ibushi kicks! Ibushi kicks but gets a V-Trigger! He staggers, but chops!

Ibushi fires palm strikes and body shots. He runs, but into the V-Trigger! Omega runs again, but into a roundhouse! They’re both down, but fans fire up for Ibushi. Ibushi hears them and decides to climb up top. Phoenix Splash flops as Omega evades. Omega stands, to V-Trigger Ibushi in the back! Then suddenly, butterfly piledriver! Cover, TWO!! Now Omega is shocked that Ibushi lives. Omega pulls his own knee pad down, to V-Trigger! Then Electric Chair, but Ibushi fights again. Reverse-Rana is blocked by sheer will, and Omega makes it like a driver! Cover, TWO!?! Omega aims again, BANG! Another V-Trigger! Then another Electric Chair, but Ibushi holds ropes. Omega climbs!? Ibushi senses this and fights for his life. Ibushi positions himself, SUPER double stomps!

Omega barely stays on the top rope, but Ibushi comes back up to join him. Ibushi drags Omega up, in a double underhook, SUPER TIGER BOMB!! Cover, TWO??! But how?! Ibushi keeps going, dragging Omega up with both hands, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!

Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall; Ibushi earns 2 points, Omega earns 0

The Golden Lovers dream match ends with Ibushi scoring a victory over the IWGP Heavyweight Champion! With this, Ibushi wins the B Block and qualifies for THE G1 Climax 27 Finals! Ibushi meets Hiroshi Tanahashi for that chance at the title at Wrestle Kingdom. But because they’re great friends, Omega celebrates with Ibushi before letting him take the ring alone.

Ibushi speaks.

“Kenny, Matt, Nick,” and everyone in the Elite, “Thank you very much.” Ibushi thanks all the wrestlers in NJPW, too. Ibushi still lives in the G1 Climax, and vows to win the finals the very next day. He keeps things short and sweet so that he and the Elite can all leave together. Can the Star surpass The Ace to then give us a sequel to this amazing match? Or will The Once in a Century Talent score his third G1 Climax championship?

 

Backstage interviews.

The Golden Elite are all together, as Omega notes that he somehow made it here on his own power. He admits he doesn’t like that he lost, especially as champion. But losing to his tag partner and best friend, Ibushi, and knowing he goes to the finals to face Tanahashi, makes Omega happy. Omega gives his full support, and will be in Ibushi’s corner. Ibushi accepts his friend’s support, and is himself very happy. He can’t believe he won. It doesn’t seem real yet. But Ibushi has made it to the finals, and again vows to win it all. He’s been focused on that single goal, he just has one match to go. Was tonight’s dream match a preview of Wrestle Kingdom? Or perhaps something sooner rather than later?

 


 

My Thoughts:

An amazing night, especially factoring in the context of the incredible action. Naito VS ZSJ in a New Japan Cup goes the same way as the match in the New Japan Cup, but naturally escalated up. Naito was well-prepared for the submissions and got the ropebreak quite a few times, but in the end ZSJ wins out. Given the points, it makes sense to keep Naito out of the running. It adds drama to Omega VS Ibushi, because then it becomes another “win and you’re in.” Actually, B Block parallels A Block in that respect, as Jay White was the third man who could complicate Okada VS Tanahashi, until he lost to Evil. But Naito is fine not going into the finals again, as fans still love him, and there’s plenty of unfinished business with other wrestlers, such as Chris Jericho over the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

Then Omega VS Ibushi is definitely worthy of a block finals. The story was already there with them being such close friends and tag team partners. The counters, the back and forth, it was so great. Ibushi benefits the most from winning here because he was perhaps the underdog against the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, and now earns the right to challenge Omega even without the G1 Climax contract for Wrestle Kingdom. Of course, Tomohiro Ishii has a similar claim he can make, so Ibushi can wait for one of the bigger NJPW events to give us the epic sequel.

My Score: 8.9/10


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CMLL Anniversary

We saw at the anniversary show, in predictable fashion, Rush and Cavernario defeat Volador and Matt Taven in the hair vs hair match. Everyone knew what the result would be which helped kill intrigue in the match because as discussed before, if CMLL was willing to hair Rush lose his hair it would be against LA Park and if he were to lose it against anybody else it wouldn’t make sense. So Volador and Taven lost 2 falls to 1 and at the end of the match, as a way to weasel out of it Taven turned on Volador as if it was his plan all along but they weren’t going to stand for it. I wonder how much Taven had his head shaved, I suppose we shall see on the next Ring of Honor live event. The show was pretty close to a sell out containing 16,000 fans.

The Co-main event saw Pentagon, Fenix, and Diamante Azul defeating LA Park, his son, and Caristico 2 falls to 1 in what was a very good match. LA Park, for a man who is very large in his older age can still put on some very good matches and held his own in their with the much young Fenix and Pentagon and the always entertaining Caristico. The match before that which was the Kaos Klan vs Los Guerrero’s for the trios title. This wasn’t in technical terms a very good match, but it had heat on it. One of the issues was the finish was a complete let down and out of nowhere. Not in a good way either, sometimes out of nowhere finishes are good if they’re done during hot moments, but this one was just a standard pin with feet on the ropes.

CMLL Friday Show/Future

The top three matches for this show will feature a rematch with Kaos Klan and Los Guerrero’s. This is the third time this match is happening in a short span so I wonder if they will have Los Guerrero’s win here after potentially swerving the fans at the Anniversary show. It was a weak finish and wasn’t a good match so I have to imagine that they’re going to put forth a better performance this time. However, a lot of the men involved are much older and broken down so they need the pomp and circumstances more. We also have a lightning round match between Mistico and Negro Casas so that should be something. They must be going for a program with them.

In the main event we have, Atlantis, King Fenix, and Diamante Azul vs Rush, Cavernario, and El Terrible. I wonder if my theory about building a program with Rush and Atlantis for next year starts and if maybe they move towards Fenix and Cavernario. I can only imagine how good those singles matches would be. LA Park worked the Arena Puebla show with Rush in the match. This was a very good match, perhaps an anniversary show standard.

There was a lot of instances in the match where Park and Rush had a show down one on one in the ring. It was a very long match and very good. Rush won with a low blow and Park then cut a promo after the match challenging him hair vs mask again to which CMLL cut his mic. But it magically turned on when Rush got the mic. Park was upset and left. They are promoting LA Park and Hijo Del LA Park vs Rush and Cavernario next week for the Monday Puebla show. So it looks like they’re going back to this well for financial purposes, who knows if the hair vs mask match will ever happen.

AAA

AAA has announced their big October Show, the Antonio Pena tribute show, and it has a pretty big card, with the main event being Jeff Jarrett vs Dr. Wagner Jr in a hair vs hair match. I’m almost positive Jarrett is losing that match especially if they’re building towards Park vs Wagner at the next Triplemania. Wagner is gonna need to have more hair grown out to make it a viable match on paper. He doesn’t have much hair so why would the fans buy his hair vs the value of Park’s mask? I feel like there’d be so much more intrigue with Psycho Clown vs Park mask vs mask, but it all depends on when and who Park wants to lose to. Everyone seems to agree that it has to be to Rush whenever the time is.

Also on that card which we’ll preview more in the coming weeks, Park will team with Psycho Clown against Murder Clown and Kevin Kross. So something is going to have to happen in the coming weeks that pairs Kross with Murder Clown because they were just attacking each other during the last encounter with Wagner and Jeff Jarrett. A three way tag match for the tag titles will happen and Bandido and Flamita will actually get their chance. There was rumblings wondering if AAA would remember the stipulation on the Triplemania show. There’s also a four way match for the women’s title. More info in the coming weeks as the card gets built on the TV tapings.

AAA on Twitch 9/21

We will have a women’s match to start the show, which seems to be typical featuring, Keyra, Lady Maravilla, and Starfire vs Faby Apache, La Hiedra, and Lady Shani. We get a six man tag team match next which will be action packed featuring, Emperador Azteca, Demus, and Ciclon Ramierz vs Aerostar, Argenis, and Nino Hamburguesa. The next match is a three way tag match between Texano Jr and Escorpion vs Maximo and Mamba vs El Hijo De Dr. Wagner Jr and Golden Magic.

The co-main event is another six man tag between, Laredo Kid, Tayrys, and Hijo Del LA Park vs La Parka, Pagano, and Joe Lider. Any match with Joe Lider and Pagano is bound to be crazy. The main event sees LA Park teaming with Electro Shock vs Psycho Clown and El Hijo Del Fantasma. The theme of this show is Lucha Libre Elite vs AAA. They’re playing up an invasion storyline. They have another show on September 30th but I will preview that one next week.

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