ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 330
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- 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.
PLAY BY PLAY
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?
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
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival B Block Results & Review: Part 3
Another few days, Mathew brings us another part of the Champion Carnival! All Japan’s biggest tournament of the year keeps churning in quality! How is B block going?
Another few days, Mathew brings us another part of the Champion Carnival! All Japan’s biggest tournament of the year keeps churning in quality!
Welcome back to the Carnival, as we look at the next three shows for the part of the ongoing tournament.
The last part had a lot of solid matches and some nice victories that changed the game a little bit. As we get a little bit closer to the finals, the standings for this set of matches should be interesting.
Will Yoshitatsu remain the only one undefeated now or someone breaks that? Let’s see who will move up or down in the standings as we…dive right in.
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Jake Lee vs. Yoshitatsu
Review: Our first match for this show is Jake Lee taking on Yoshitatsu. Jake Lee was recently able to get his first win when he defeated Joel Redman. Yoshitatsu is currently the only one undefeated when he won against Suwama at the last show. Jake would need to have another win here to move up while Yoshi winning would move him to the top spot. Can Jake get another win or will Yoshi remain undefeated?
Yoshi, I know you spent money on Hunter Club gear and I’m sure you’re very proud of yourself but I think you should let that go. You’re not in New Japan anymore, no real need for it and just move forward. Anyway, I thought this was an enjoyable match but if I had to nitpick one thing, it would be that I wish there was a lot more intensity in the match since you kinda felt that when they had a tag match in the last big show I did for them and it didn’t feel like a grudge match or anything for the first half of it. Yoshi having good matches back to back is a very pleasant surprise and I hope that momentum keeps on going as we go forward with the tournament. The chemistry between them was a really nice touch with a great showing by both these men. Jake psyched Yoshi out with a punch to the gut and ran towards him only to get caught in a Koji Clutch which Jake rolled him up for a two count. Yoshi would eventually hook the Koji Clutch all the way after countering his Backdrop and it looked like he had him tapped but Jake answered the referee, making him break it up and pin him for a two. Jake would deliver two knees to his chest before hitting the Backdrop Driver to get the three count, ending the only winning streak we had for B Block.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Suwama vs. Sam Adonis
Review: Our next match is Sam Adonis taking on Suwama. Suwama recently lost to Yoshitatsu but he’s still in a good position with only one win and one loss as he still has time to bounce back. Sam currently has zero wins and two losses, so he would need to get a win here if he would wanna stay in the game a little longer. Can Suwama bounce back or does Sam sweep his chances under the rug?
Suwama is a great opponent for Sam as they have similar styles, making it easier for Sam to work with and show more of what he could do in the ring as he gave a much better performance here than his previous match against Joel. They were able to showcase enough power and strikes to make it rather engaging for the audience who are fans of this type of style, to begin with. It also shows how helpful Suwama can be with his opponents to help make them look good while bringing out your potential as the match progresses. Sam would get Suwama down with a few hits such as the Blockbuster and even lifted him for a Running Powerslam as Suwama was still able to kick out and gets frustrated as he goes to grab a chair for later. Suwama would attempt another Last Ride after failing the first time as Sam would use a dirty tactic of biting his fingers to make him let go as he grabbed the chair to try and strikes him, but Suwama grabbed it and threw it to the side. When the referee wasn’t looking, Sam would hit him with a low blow and roll him up for a two count. Sam isn’t done as he hits a Lariat and a modified Brainbuster it looked like as he shocked the fans by picking up his first win in the tournament. More of this Sam and he’ll be in good shape.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Naoya Nomura vs. Joel Redman
Review: Onto the next show as the one opening this up is Naoya Nomura taking on Joel Redman. Nomura recently suffered his first loss when he fought Joe Doering but he’s still in a good spot as he’s still in first place with the three wins he already has under his belt. Joel recently got his first win when he defeated Sam Adonis and he now has a chance to climb up the ladder a little bit more if he can take Nomura down here. Will Nomura get another win and secure his spot or will Joel pull him down a bit?
I see Joel went back to his better gear than his previous one, thank goodness because he looks a lot better without the singlet. Speaking of Joel, he delivers another great performance in his match against Nomura who also performed just as great as Joel did. Joel was able to do arm manipulation once he threw Nomura into the turnbuckle to know where he needed to take the advantage over him. Nomura did great selling the injury and getting the crowd behind him when he hits Joel with the Spear to try and get momentum back on his side. Nomura would be able to hit a Northern Lights Suplex and another Spear with a roll-up as Joel would still kick out of it. Joel was able to catch him into the Fujiwara Armbar and it looked like he had him ready to tap but Nomura would grab the ropes. Joel saw him going towards the apron and hits a Suplex from the other side and catches him for a Spinning Tombstone and Nomura would still kick out of it, but he quickly turned it back into the Fujiwara Armbar and Nomura tapped out! I know it’s been 7 years since this match happened, but I would love to see Joel Redman fight Zack Sabre Jr again, like immediately.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Suwama vs. Takashi Yoshida
Review: Our match to close our block for this show is Takashi Yoshida coming back as he takes on Suwama. Suwama has one win and two losses while Takashi is one win and one loss as of right now, so they’re pretty much about even right now. Suwama would need to win the match here though if he can stay in the game. Which one of these two giants comes out the victor in this brawl?
I wasn’t too fond of the first half of the match due to it being a little bit clunky and the fighting around the outside of the arena dragged on a little bit longer than it needed to, plus the camera angles for most of it didn’t help out at all. Outside of that though, the middle of the match was a lot better than I highly anticipated since you got two giants duking it out as best they could with the throat thrusts, Lariats, and a Powerbomb from Takashi along with other power moves. While I’m still not a big fan of Takashi, he has been performing in this tournament much better than anticipated since he used this time to actually showcase his move set properly. Suwama was also able to help Takashi out in the match to make him perform better like how he did with Sam the previous night.
Takashi would have Suwama in his clutches as he hits him with a Diving Elbow Drop for a two count and would do his throat thrusts with a Lariat as Suwama would counter the Lariat with a Lariat of his own on his arm. Suwama would be able to hit the Backdrop and Takashi would be able to kick out of it and Suwama wants to call for the finish when he sets him up for the Last Ride. Once he had Takashi up for the Last Ride, he would just drop him down without doing the full move and I’m not exactly sure what happened there. Suwama would pick him up instead of pinning him as he hits one more Backdrop to get the pinfall victory in a solid match but sloppy beginning and end.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joe Doering vs. Sam Adonis
Review: Our final show for this article as our opening match is Joe Doering taking on Sam Adonia. Both of these men are currently with one win and two losses under their belt, meaning one of them is going to have to suffer a third loss and be in a rather bad position with the standings. Which one of them will be in last place?
The first minute or so was basically Sam hiding behind the rope so he wouldn’t be touched as you have Joe waiting by the ropes, not having any of his crap today as he just wants to beat him up. Which is exactly what he does do when they’re outside of the ring for a couple of minutes as the two were back and forth, but it was mostly Joe that was getting the upper hand. Joe got him back in the ring as he would look to put him away as Sam would distract the referee long enough to kick Joe in the dick and down goes the giant. Joe is unable to move as Sam would pin him down to get the pinfall victory, leaving Joe in last place with three losses.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joel Redman vs. Takashi Yoshida
Review: Our final match for this set of matches is Joel Redman taking on Takashi Yoshida. Joel is even right now with two wins and losses while Takashi only has one win still but with two losses, meaning things aren’t looking so hot for Takashi right now. Is Joel does win here, then he’ll be in first place next to Naoya Nomura and if Takashi wins, the majority of them will all be tied up except for Joe and Nomura. Which one of them will get the victory?
It’s so weird seeing Takashi trying to chain wrestle Joel at the beginning of the match and the shocking part of it is him doing it well on top of that, scary sight if you ask me. Joel is, of course, more technically sound compared to Takashi, so of course, he would win this part of the bout. Takashi performed a lot better here than he did in his previous match with Suwama from beginning to end while Joel keeps on proving his worth with all the matches he’s been in. Joel would give Takashi a couple of kicks to take him down before he does his Diving Knee Drop off the top rope for a two count. It looked like Joel was gonna go for the Spinning Tombstone but Takashi would fight out of it to pick him up as Joel gets off him to go for a Backslide with Takashi kicking out. Takashi would hit the Kong Lariat to knock him down and Joel would still kick out, leaving Takashi frustrated and would pick him up to hit the Cyber Bomb as he gets the victory over Joel.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Overall: Aside from one match, the rest of the show was solid again as usual as I’m very happy with my results so far as it comes to the quality of the matches with an exception for a couple that happened. Our next set of shows should give us a better assessment to see where people stand and who will have no chance of making it.
Favorite Match: Joel Redman vs. Naoya Nomura
Least Favorite Match: Joe Doering vs. Sam Adonis
Naoya Nomura: (3-2) (6 Points)
Yoshitatsu: (2-1) (4 Points)
Daichi Hashimoto: (2-1) (4 Points)
Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
Jake Lee: (2-2) (4 Points)
Joel Redman: (2-2) (4 Points)
Takashi Yoshida: (2-2) (4 Points)
Sam Adonis: (2-2) (4 Points)
Joe Doering: (1-3) (2 Points)
Andrew’s AJPW Champion Carnival 2019 A Block Ratings & Analysis: Part 3
A Block and Andrew bring out Part 3! Champion Carnival is rolling, and after a few interesting results already…this will be an interesting tournament.
A Block and Andrew bring out Part 3! Champion Carnival is rolling, and after a few interesting results already…this will be an interesting tournament.
Welcome to Part 3 of the Champion Carnival A Block!
This will cover matches on 4/11 – 4/13 – 4/14.
Shuji and Ryoji’s draw already make some of these outcomes different. Let’s dance the dance, shall we?
- Gianni Valletta vs Yuma Aoyagi: Aoyagi wins via End Game @11:25 – ***
- Kento Miyahara vs Dylan James: Kento wins via Shutdown Suplex Hold @20:40 – **** 1/2
- Shuji Ishikawa vs Yuma Aoyagi: Ishikawa wins via Splash Mountain @13:40 – *** ½
- Gianni Valletta vs Ryoji Sai: Sai wins via Sky Kick @11:45 – ** 1/4
- Zeus vs Dylan James: Zeus wins via Jackhammer @16:55 – *** 3/4
- Zeus vs Ryoji Sai: Sai wins via Nachi Waterfall @22:30 – ****
- Kento Miyahara vs Shuji Ishikawa: Ishikawa wins via Giant Killer @19:15 – **** 3/4
Well now, this was Valletta’s most entertaining match of the carnival and it’s probably because it was much simpler. The stupid chain didn’t play a part in the match and he stuck to biting and short cuts. They brawled up into the crowd and Valletta even scared a fan in the aisle. So where it may have lacked in general in-ring action, it was entertaining on a whole. Plus if Aoyagi lost to Valletta after the big win over Zeus…I…I don’t think I’d be able to take the rest of the tournament seriously.
Miyahara is the ace for a reason. Even though I’ve been admitting that Dylan has gotten better over the year, this was a very good match. Dylan is proving himself to be in contention for main event titles soon when he can mostly hold his own. It was a lot of expected spots and personality from Senior referee, Kyohei Wada, when he was interacting with Kento. Nothing bad to say about this match, it’s just really good and main events the 4/11 show.
Shuji is already starting to make my comment from the previous part come true. Stringing a few wins together, makes his Draw against Ryoji very interesting so far when it comes to tie breakers and overall points. Yuma was the underdog the entire match since he’s the smaller man. But he had some believable moments where he caught Shuji unawares. A nice Guillotine with Body Scissors gave Yuma his closest near fall, but Shuji’s power is too much.
Well now we’ve got Gianni’s less than talented self, against Ryoji who tends to have awkward singles matches with gaijin. Things start off with Gianni putting his chain in the back of his pants, and even though he’s rattling, referee Nikkan Lee can’t seem to locate it, so the opening salvo is a comedy spot. Great…one of these matches. Ryoji loves to sell a knee like he’s starting a war dance, but then forget when it’s time to suplex people. It’s beyond frustrating. It gets to the point where I think Sai taught Seth Rollins how to sell a knee…like a complete imbecile. As for the match, it’s…serviceable.
Rounding out the 4/13 matches, Zeus and Dylan James main event the show. This was a lot of heavy strikes, some outside brawling, but just a good back and forth power match. I’m bias to all things Zeus, but it is always amusing to see the taller power guys try to pick on the fact that he’s chiseled, but not the tallest. Both men attempt signature Chokeslams which are usually the set up for their finishes, but neither successfully pulled them off. After a nice flurry and Biceps Explosion from Zeus, he hits the Jackhammer and gets his 2 points. WASSHOI!
The first A Block match of 4/14 is the hometown Osaka thiccboy Zeus versus…Ryoji, great. Ryoji was chiding Zeus before the match even started, and took an early advantage, dominating most of the first few minutes out of the ring as well as within. After Zeus fired up a little the match got better, but there’s always something with Ryoji’s matches where moves just don’t look good, or a momentum swing spot just stick out as illogical. For the near falls, story telling and general intensity this was a pretty good match. But I’m never gonna be very high on Ryoji Sai, but having him beat Zeus in Osaka is surprising. So there’s that at least.
Shuji and Kento have a bit of history, and most of their encounters are usually quite high quality. This was paced well and the strikes resonated through the screen. You got a little bit of everything, a bunch of great near falls and Shuji going deep into his arsenal to put this one away. Like I said in his earlier match, that Draw is just making standings more and more interesting. Plus Kento has one more person to worry about after the Carnival, since he is the current Triple Crown champion.
Overall Score: 8/10
We had a lot of quality matches over these three days, and some fun wrinkles. Sai and Ishikawa are currently 1 and 3 in the block thanks to the draw that was mentioned a few times. Zeus continues his hot and cold spurts in All Japan, but thanks to his fan appeal and him being positioned fairly strongly on the card, his opponents gets elevated a bit by beating him. So my pizza snacks are a little scared, maybe a little cold, but Zeus still has 3 more matches left, one of them being against Shuji. He had a similar set up last year, so he’s not out of it yet.
A Block has been so damn swingy. Either the best of matches of the tournaments, or a few snoozers. Definitely makes for an interesting dice roll depending on the show.
Shuji Ishikawa (3-1-1) – 7 Points
Zeus (3-2) – 6 Points
Ryoji Sai (2-1-1) – 5 Point
Yuji Okabayashi (2-0) – 4 Points
Dylan James (2-2) – 4 Points
Kento Miyahara (2-2) – 4 Points
Yuma Aoyagi (2-2) – 4 Points
Gianni Valletta (0-4) – 0 Points
Atsushi Aoki (0-2) – 0 Points
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