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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (1/13/18)

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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 330

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Will Ospreay VS Jay Lethal; Lethal wins.
  • Kenny King VS Brian Milonas; King wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Dalton Castle & The Boys; Castle & The Boys win.

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Will Ospreay VS Jay Lethal!

The Aerial Assassin takes on the Franchise Player of ROH to start off this “double main event” night! Lethal wants to be back on top as ROH World Heavyweight Champion, can he make good showings against a former Best of the Super Juniors winner?

The two respect the Code of Honor, the bell rings, and the two circle as the fans in Philly are fired up. Lethal is wary of Ospreay’s speed, and is first to get the wristlock. Ospreay rolls and kip-ups over and over before flipping Lethal over. The fans applaud while Lethal gets to his feet, and the two go again. Lethal gets another wristlock, then the arm wrench and he yanks on the shoulder. He wrenches again, grinds an elbow in, then wrenches once more. Ospreay spins and rolls again to reverse and put Lethal in a hammerlock, but Lethal reverses to a headlock. Ospreay powers out, Lethal runs him over with a shoulder, and fans applaud again. Things speed up, Lethal hip tosses Ospreay and cartwheels through, but Ospreay springs up to dropkick him instead!

Lethal slips out of the ring, Ospreay takes aim and builds speed, to fake Lethal out with a handspring, but Lethal trip up his trickery! Lethal drags Ospreay out to throw him into barriers! He then gets in the ring and builds speed himself, to DIVE on Ospreay!

That was one, Lethal gets back in the ring, and DIVES for the the second! Lethal keeps moving, the fans fire up as he DIVES and hits the third! Lethal walks it off while Ospreay is stuck in the crowd and the crowd chants “This is awesome!” But look who is making his way out to ringside.

Yes, it’s The Villain, Marty Scurll. He applauds Lethal’s actions, and Lethal takes notice of his Final Battle opponent while we go to break.

ROH returns as Lethal puts Ospreay back in the ring. Ospreay staggers to a corner, Lethal whips him corner to corner hard, then hits a backbreaker. Lethal holds Ospreay up for another backbreaker, and another! Scurll meanwhile joins commentary to simply promise and confirm “this Jay Lethal is the old Jay Lethal!” Lethal covers Ospreay, ONE, and Scurll continues to say this Lethal is the Lethal he wanted, the one Scurll is proud of for doing what he had to at Final Battle. The fans duel in chants for “Lethal!” and “Ospreay!” while Lethal puts Ospreay in a chinlock. Ospreay fights out and backs Lethal down, but Lethal reverses the whip to a corner. Lethal runs in, Ospreay boots him back and slips to the apron then kicks him away before hitting a big slingshot senton.

The fans applaud while Ospreay clutches his back. He walks off the soreness and gives Lethal stiff forearms in the corner. Ospreay drags Lethal up and around for a European Uppercut. Lethal staggers to a corner, Ospreay keeps up the attack with kicks and more EuroUppers. Ospreay whips Lethal but Lethal holds onto ropes, so Ospreay rocks him with another forearm. Lethal ends up dangling on the apron, Ospreay brings him back in and whips. Lethal reverses, and hits a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO, and both men are slow from soreness. Lethal shakes out the cobwebs before putting Ospreay in a corner with a buckle bump. He throws Ospreay in again and Ospreay falls to the mat. Lethal brings Ospreay up for a EuroUpper of his own, Ospreay leans on the ropes. Lethal stands Ospreay up, for a stiff chop! Ospreay powers up from the chop, only to take another one. Scurll likes the aggression he sees from Lethal, and feels they must both dislike Ospreay. While Ian Riccaboni disagrees, Ospreay unloads knee strikes on Lethal! He uses a jawbreaker and a roundhouse to rock Lethal, then he fires up for a running EuroUpper. Ospreay sits Lethal down and runs around the world, but Lethal dodges the kick. Lethal goes back in, blocks Ospreay’s boot, but Ospreay responds with a stiff enziguri. Ospreay runs while Lethal leans on ropes, and comes in with an elevated 619!

Scurll is worried for Lethal now as Ospreay grins. Ospreay slingshots but Lethal chops him. Lethal goes to bring Ospreay in but Ospreay counters with a bodyscissors to throw Lethal out! Fans rally as Ospreay builds speed, handsprings and FLIES!

Ospreay slowly gets up and brings Lethal back while we go to break.

ROH returns again to Ospreay still in control. The fans duel, Scurll continues to tout Lethal’s greatness along with his own. Ospreay builds up the energy, gets running and springboards, but Lethal ducks under to then mule kick Ospreay back. Lethal calls for his finish and handsprings, but Ospreay catches him! Standing switch into a back elbow, Ospreay goes for the “Ospreay Injection”, but Lethal catches him into the torture rack! Scurll calls it the “Lethal Express”!

Lethal jumps around to bend Ospreay back over and over, then he rolls for an Argentina rolling senton!

Cover, TWO! Scurll is upset, that should’ve finished Ospreay. Lethal drags Ospreay over and then takes off the elbow pad before climbing up. Ospreay stirs and stops Lethal with a EuroUpper. He climbs up and gives Lethal forearms but Lethal hits back. Lethal adjusts, Ospreay returns, and hits a jumping ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER frankesteiner!

Ospreay stalks Lethal as he staggers around, and catches Lethal with the hook-around superkick! Then he lifts Lethal in the dragon sleeper for a big Bloody Sunday!

Cover, TWO!! But Ospreay is not deterred. He waits for Lethal to sit up, and gives him the killer backhand! TWO, and Opsreay is stunned! Scurll feels so stressed just watching. Ospreay gets up again, and watches Ospreay closely. Fans rally, Ospreay runs in but Lethal dodges the Ospreay Special kick to hit the Lethal Combination! Lethal gets up, eyes wide with rage. He climbs up, takes aim, and Hail to the K– Ospreay puts up a foot, but Lethal catches it! Lethal goes for the Figure Four but Ospreay counters with a small package, TWO! Ospreay is right on Lethal with a buzzsaw, mule kick and Os– Lethal Cutter!

Ospreay flounders about, Scurll loses his mind, and Lethal finally hits Lethal Injection!!

Lethal wins! The Villain praises The Franchise Player and declares himself Lethal’s biggest fan, but which one of them will reach the ROH WHC first?

Marty Scurll applauds Lethal on his way out, but Lethal stays so he and Ospreay can maintain the Code of Honor. When will we see the Aerial Assassin back on ROH TV?

 

It’s time for Coleman’s Pulpit!

The Most Versatile Man in Sport Today, Caprice Coleman, has Team Search & Destroy’s Octopus, Jonathan Gresham, as his guest. However, to have a little fun with his guest, Coleman set out two chairs, one very high and one very low. Which does Gresham pick?

Coleman conducts his interview despite having to literally look up to his guest. Coleman has read Gresham’s Wikipedia page, and must say it’s “a little short.” Gresham has wrestled for 12 years and is well-traveled. Who has Gresham been trained by? Mr. Hughes and Jay Fury in an Atlanta wrestling school. Gresham started in 2005 and just blossomed. Coleman admits that Gresham’s style is impressive, with how he can tie up wrestlers who are bigger, stronger and taller than him. Is there some kind of mantra Gresham uses? The Octopus is a great nickname, but is there something more to it than that? Coleman recalls that, while impressive, Gresham hasn’t won a lot.

Gresham tells Coleman to watch what he says right now. Coleman apologizes, and Gresham still admits he has a losing record right now. Gresham also says pro-wrestling is about how you pick yourself up after each loss. He believes he loses for “all the wrong reasons.” Coleman has to stop him there. Is Gresham making excuses? Gresham feels that while he’s losing, he knows he’s at least mastered his own style. He wants to show his style here in ROH. So is it a pure wrestling style or what? Gresham wants to introduce a special term for those who just love pure pro-wrestling, and that will help further his own style. Coleman asks what rules does Gresham have. Where is he on establishing that? Gresham admits he hasn’t gotten that far just yet, but he’ll work on it. That’s all for Coleman’s Pulpit, where Coleman finds the truth and the truth will help you see you later.

 

Kenny King VS

The K I N G may not be the ROH World Television Champion anymore, but he’s determined to get that title back from the Last Real Man. Can Kenny make The Kingpin #BendtheKnee on the road to his rematch?

The bell rings, the fans applaud the Code of Honor, and Kenny ducks a lunge to put on a headlock. The Top Prospect 2017 semifinalist powers out by throwing Kenny to the ropes. Kenny comes back and shoulders into him but Milonas solidly stays standing. Kenny dances it off, Milonas swings but he ducks under and runs. Milonas gives a hip toss but Kenny lands on his feet. Kenny kicks, Milonas blocks and swings Kenny around, Kenny hits the Eddy Gordo kick.

Kenny dropkicks and staggers Milonas, but Milonas rocks Kenny back with a big right. Milonas runs in but Kenny dumps him out, Kenny fires the fans up before he builds speed. Kenny slingshots over and FLIES onto Milonas!

Milonas goes down, Kenny gets up and takes a selfie with a fan.

Kenny kicks Milonas before getting back into the ring, then he hits a springboard legdrop. Cover, TWO, and Milonas gets himself to a corner. Kenny throws jabs and chops, dances like Michael but Milonas scrapes his eyes. Kenny jumps at Milonas but gets caught, Milonas powers him into snake eyes. Milonas gets running for a big corner squash! The Kingpin stands over the K I N G and gloats a moment before putting him into another corner. He taunts Kenny, Kenny fires forearms back. Kenny runs, but into a lariat that drives him right down. Milonas literally walks all over Kenny, then takes his time stalking him. A chop and a corner to corner whip but Kenny goes up and over for the sunset flip. Milonas wobbles but steadies himself, jumps to sit down, but Kenny rolls out and Milonas lands on the mat. Kenny gets to a corner, and gives Milonas a running, rolling roundhouse!

Milonas wobbles again, Kenny keeps on him with jabs and body shots. Kenny builds it up, and hits the spinning heel kick! Milonas finally falls in the ring, then gets himself to a corner again. Kenny runs in and hits double knees, then tries the fireman’s carry. Milonas is too big and strong, he puts Kenny in a corner before running back in. Kenny dodges and retaliates with a jump kick. He then takes aim, and hits a springboard blockbuster!

Cover, Kenny wins!

Kenny King picks up a mic to speak.

He gives respect to Milonas, but Kenny addresses “one giant piece of crap named Silas Young.” Kenny can’t get the feeling out, like he wants to “knock his ass out.” Kenny calls Silas out, Silas appears!

Silas Young, title in hand, storms right to the ring. He gets in the ring, and we have a brawl!

The fans love it, but the referee tries to stop it with rings of the bell. The bell has no effect, Silas runs but into Kenny’s spinning heel kick! Silas bails out, but he left the belt behind. Kenny picks it up and tells Silas it’s going to be his again soon enough.

The Beer City Bruiser appears to help his pal.

But it’s Brian Milonas who hits Kenny from behind!

The Kingpin stomps away on the K I N G, and that’s when Bruiser and Silas join in. The Bruiser told Silas last week that he’d have a new tag team partner, and here he is! Silas picks up his belt and tells Kenny it’s staying with him. The beating continue while ROH turns away, is there any hope of Kenny taking back his title now?

 

SoCal Uncensored is on ROH TV.

Scorpio Sky joined forces with The Addiction’s Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian at Final Battle to ruin the fun of the ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions, “The Hung Bucks”. Daniels speaks, and properly introduces “the hottest new act” in ROH, yes, SoCal Uncensored! “Make some noise for the SCU!” However, ROH COO Joe Koff speaks up!

Koff explains that he is the reason the SCU are in the ring right now. Koff knows the fans don’t want to see him, they want to see “the best wrestlers”. And that’s NOT the SCU. The SCU are the “most disruptive” wrestlers in ROH, and that’s all they’ve been lately. Koff would fire them here and now. Is that a threat? In that case, The Heavy Metal Rebel says he’s gonna kick Koff’s “corporate ass”! Daniels stops Kaz from going too far. There won’t be physicality, because Daniels has a reason why they won’t be fired. Does Koff remember when Daniels was ROH WHC? Does he remember the talks they had about Koff’s “grand plans” for ROH and its worldwide expansion? Daniels remembers. And if Daniels is fired, he might just give his friend Don Callis a call and share those ideas. Better yet, Daniels might just go to his good buddy “AJ” and get him to pass those ideas along. That company would love to hear those plans. Daniels makes sure Koff knows that “we know where the bodies are buried.” Koff knows Daniels was going to go there. He is a business man, and he lets everyone know he called attorneys. Koff knows Daniels’ contract is up in one year’s time. Therefore, the SCU better enjoy this year while it lasts, because come Final Battle 2018, “you’re done.” An ultimatum has been sent, are the SCU on borrowed time?

 

The Briscoes speak from the parking garage.

Mark & Jay want everyone to know “it ain’t nothing personal.” Alex Shelly, Chris Sabin, you two are just happy to be ROH World Tag Team Champions. But #DemBoyz are “all killer, no filler.” There is not a single tag team in the world that can do what The Briscoes do! “Nobody is on our level!” It just makes sense, then, that #DemBoyz get those titles back. When will these two top tier tag teams tie up over the titles?

 

Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Dalton Castle & The Boys!

Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan & Vinnie Marseglia cry conspiracy at not being ROH champions of any kind, and surely The Peacock would love to have those ROH Six Man belts back to add to his collection. Which trio will move up in the ranks here in this “second” main event?

Castle starts the match against the Sassy Wild Horse. The fans cheer on Castle as he chases after O’Ryan. They tie up, O’Ryan manages to put Castle in a corner but Castle powers his way out. O’Ryan still puts Castle in a corner, then gives a clean break before patting Castle on the shoulders to let him know he is “T K O!” Castle pie-faces O’Ryan, then gets a double leg takedown! He rolls O’Ryan, slips around to a gutwrench hold and deadlifts him. O’Ryan lands on his feet and wristlock reels Castle in, but Castle ducks the lariat to hit his Peacock Pose!

Castle stares O’Ryan down as he hurries to the Kingdom’s corner. Ring leader Taven distracts so that the Horror King Vinnie can tag in. Vinnie creeps up over to Castle, Castle turns around and gets the bicycle boot right to the face. Vinnie runs adjacent to hit a big forearm smash, then runs again for a second. He puts Castle into buckles but Castle turns things around to put him into the Peacock corner. Vinnie evades Castle, Boy 2 tags in. The fans fire up for The Boys, and Boy 2 walks right up to Vinnie. Vinnie doesn’t take the Boy seriously, but he does give him a hard right hand. Boy 1 tags in, Vinnie runs in but gets a swing kick, then Boy 2’s enziguri, then a high springboard crossbody from Boy 1!

Cover, TWO, Boy 1 drops Vinnie with a dropkick. However, he can’t get to Vinnie before Vinnie gets to the Kingdom’s corner, and Taven tags in. Boy 1 backs up, Taven calls out Castle. The Peacock climbs up and tags in, and it is clear this could be a ROH WHC match-up down the line. Fans chant for “Dalton Castle!” as the champion truly enters the ring. Taven brushes off the chants as he circles with Castle. Taven kicks low and puts on a headlock. Castle slips out and around to put on his own, Taven powers out. Things speed up, Taven tries for a roll up but Castle buckles him off. Taven tries for a hip toss, Castle counters with a fireman’s carry and roll. Castle slips around to a waistlock, Taven puts him in a corner. Taven runs out then back in, Castle evades, Taven rolls and enziguris Castle down! He toys with Castle now, then stands him up for chops. Corner to corner whip, but The Boys become steps for Castle to climb! Castle reaches the top rope then jumps for a crossbody of his own!

The Boys take care of Vinnie and O’Ryan, then slip out so Castle can clear the ring of Taven. The Boys and fans rally while Castle builds speed, Castle fakes out The Kingdom to strut and pose!

The Kingdom is furious over falling for that. Taven returns into the ring and tags to Vinnie. Vinnie goes right at Castle but gets caught and thrown in a waistlock slam. Castle then puts Vinnie in a corner, and throws him out with an overhead suplex. He drags Vinnie over, tag to Boy 2, flying double stomps to Vinnie’s arm just before we go to break.

ROH returns once more to see Boy 2 building speed. Taven intercepts, and uses a fireman’s carry hotshot! Castle comes in but the referee keeps him back, this allows Vinnie & O’Ryan to throw Boy 2 right into barriers. And back the other way!

The Kingdom fires up but the fans are mixed. Taven tags O’Ryan and feeds Boy 2 to him, O’Ryan tags in Vinnie. They toy with Boy 2, the referee tries to maintain order. Boy 2 fights back but to no avail, The Kingdom whips him into a double flapjack! Leg drop and back senton combo, TWO! Vinnie keeps on Boy 2, and gnaws on his forehead! He tags Taven back in, Taven has Vinnie let Boy 2 go. Taven taunts Boy 2 to try and tag out, but then brings Boy 2 up. Boy 2 slips out of the back suplex, Taven grabs him before the tag and tries again, but Boy 2 still slips out. Boy 2 turns Taven around and dropkicks him to the Peacock corner! Taven back elbows Castle but Boy 2 tags his brother. Boy 1 shoulders in and slingshots for the sunset flip. Taven rolls through, and rocks Boy 1 with a penalty kick!

Taven checks his bloody lip before covering, TWO! He drags Boy 1 over and tags O’Ryan. O’Ryan lifts Boy 1 up for a big back suplex, then embraces the heat. O’Ryan uses Boy 1’s man bun to drag him up and over to the Kingdom’s corner. Boy 1 fights back, dodges O’Ryan, and back elbows O’Ryan a couple times before using a kick. Hot tags to Vinnie and Castle! The Peacock rallies on the Kingdom, rocking each of them with stiff forearms and back elbows. Vinnie dodges and hops up, but jumps into Castle’s arms for an overhead throw! The fans fire up with Castle as he stalks Vinnie, but Taven comes in. Castle dodges him, prepares the Tombstone but Taven reverses. Taven wants tombstone but Castle reverses, only for Taven to reverse, and back again! They keep going back and forth, and it ends on Castle, Peacock Tombstone!

The fans are thunderous, but O’Ryan comes in and boots Castle right in the head. O’Ryan gloats already, Castle comes back and gets him in the Bangarang!

Vinnie gets in and knees Castle away, but then Castle wrestles him down with a waistlock roll, and into the keylock, and the “Julie Newmar”!

However, Taven slips the hatchet in! Vinnie reaches but he can’t, he taps while the Boys FLY!

Castle & The Boys win, and have toppled The Kingdom over for good measure. The Peacock is already ROH WHC, can he become the first dual World Heavyweight and World Six Man Tag Champion?

 

My Thoughts:

This was a great episode right here, and perhaps rightfully uses the idea of “double main event” a bit more accurately than other promotions. Lethal VS Ospreay wan indeed main event or even PPV caliber for being a non-title match, and Scurll even added to the quality being on commentary to feed the story between him, Lethal and the ROH WHC. Ospreay always impresses, even in a loss, and Lethal stays strong to keep his chase for the title relevant. Scurll surprises us by not interfering, but keeping his attachment to Lethal amicable, if only for the moment. I would love a rematch from Final Battle of Lethal VS Scurll to determine a #1 contender, but I anticipate Lethal would need a true Heel turn to get past The Villain that time. Then major developments as The Addiction get an ultimatum from the emboldened Joe Koff. I loved the name drops Daniels made to TNA Impact and WWE, and if this is worked shoot of Daniels leaving ROH come the end of 2018, I would love to see Daniels either go back to Impact or try for WWE again.

I sensed Milonas was The Beer City Bruiser’s new mystery partner, and he makes total sense. Both men are big hosses, Milonas came off as a Heel during last year’s Top Prospect Tournament and he maintains that now as he makes Silas’ duo into a trio. Whether or not Silas keeps the ROH WTVC, this could still branch off into the three “real men” trying for the World Six Man titles to once again revisit Silas’ feud with Castle & The Boys. And speaking of, great match for the true main event, and great to see Castle & The Boys win against The Kingdom. The Kingdom can continue their ranting about conspiracies, and whether it’s SoCal Uncensored or The Bullet Club’s “Hung Bucks”, The Peacock can make a great Face towards their Heels.

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…

Lets just end this newsletter here until next week.


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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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