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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 329

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH World Television Championship: Silas Young w/ The Beer City Bruiser VS Simon Grimm; Young wins and retains the ROH WTVC.
  • The Briscoes VS Ryan Nova & Eli Isom; The Briscoes win.
  • Flip Gordon VS Marty Scurll; Scurll wins.

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Final Battle 2017 changed the ROH landscape!

The Briscoes retired Bully Ray Dudley with their own two hands, Jay Lethal proved himself the superior bad boy, and we have two new champions! The Last Real Man overcomes the K I N G, the Purple Mist and the Notorious Hitman to become ROH World Television Champion, while The Peacock overcomes the American Nightmare to become the ROH World Heavyweight Champion! Will the year 2018 be the Year of the Peacock?

 

The NEW ROH World Heavyweight Champion comes to the ring!

The Peacock, Dalton Castle, comes to the ring with The Boys! The Boys triumphantly returned to help Castle at Final Battle, and Philadelphia lets Castle know “You deserve it!” He lets them know “this certainly feels right!” The Boys even get cheers. Castle is so happy to be out here, because while he made mistakes–like investing in sparkling water, yikes–but joining ROH was never a mistake. Castle had people tell him he would never be champion, but he learned “a lot can happen between now and never.” Cody kicked him in the face, put him through tables, and dropped him on his head live on PPV for the entire world to see, but Castle got up and is still the new ROH WHC! Philadelphia approves of that with a “Fan up!” chant. “And as long as this is in my hands, the world’s gonna know that I’m not just a big fish in a little pond.” Castle is the megoladon in the ocean! But that’s when another winner from Final Battle appears.

Jay Lethal walks to the ring! The Franchise Player is quite a nice surprise to Castle. It is shocking, even. Castle has never seen Lethal walk out to interrupt or talk to him before. Lethal has barely even friend-requested him on Facebook! What’s the occasion? Philly wants Lethal to “Be His Friend!” Why is Lethal out here? What is on his mind? Lethal admits it, everyone can tell why he’s out here, “champ.” Oh? There are so many things he could want. Lethal says it’s just one thing, but he isn’t going to insult Castle. Lethal first wanted to congratulate Castle. Castle is strange, it’s true, but he is also the ROH WHC, and therefore the best in the world. Lethal wants his shot. Castle is again surprised, he has to think this over. He needs to sit down for a moment.

Castle wants Lethal to have a seat, too.

Philly wants Lethal to “Take a seat!” It’s okay, Lethal, take a load off so they can discuss this like “grown-ass men.” Lethal takes out a handkerchief and wipes down “the seat” before sitting down. But he stands back up, it’s just not comfortable. “It’s a real shame to waste a perfectly good Boy.”

Lethal wants to leave before “this gets weirder.” But before that, Lethal congratulates Castle and warns him that he’ll be having wrestlers “coming at you from every angle, every corner you turn”, and if Castle is a fighting champion, then he’ll love it. Lethal just wants to make sure his name is at the top of Castle’s list. Castle stands up now to look Lethal in the eyes. Lethal’s name at the top of the list? “Deal!” Lethal thanks Castle and leaves, a major match-up has been made! Castle prepares for that and a lot more, “but one thing is for sure: This one’s for the Boys!”

But wait! Punishment Martinez barges in!

He shoves The Boys aside, to then give Castle the South of Heaven Choke Slam!

The “Creeper of Violence” is the Survival of the Fittest 2017 winner, that means HE has a title shot in his back pocket. He holds the title up high, will it rightfully be his in the near future?!

 

The Kingdom speaks.

Matt Taven clarifies that he used to “sarcastically” call himself the Internet Darling, to mock all the “Melvins” in the world who would overlook him. “Well guess what: All your favorites have gone down to The King!” Taven has defeated Jay Lethal, Flip Gordon, Jay White and yes, Will Ospreay at Final Battle. The Kingdom wants all the titles, from World Six Man to World Tag to World titles. ROH can’t hold them back forever, and The Kingdom will kill the conspiracy! Why? “Because I’m MATT TAVEN, and this is my Kingdom.”

 

ROH World Television Championship: Silas Young w/ The Beer City Bruiser VS Simon Grimm!

The Last Real Man only just won the title at Final Battle and now he must defend it. Can he stop the Gentleman Strongman from ending his reign already?

The bell rings, the two tie up, Grimm gets the arm. Silas resists the takedown, so Grimm wrenches his arm. Grimm shifts to a front facelock, Silas slips out with an arm wrench but Grimm turns that around to a waistlock. Silas gets a drop toehold and floats to his own facelock. Grimm gets up and wrenches out to a wristlock. Silas rolls, kip-up and cartwheel to wrench back, fans applaud the technical prowess. Grimm spins to a snapmare counter but Silas stays on his feet. He sweeps the legs, Grimm pops out and returns the favor, Silas slips out to roll, TWO! Silas kicks low and puts on a headlock, Grimm powers out, Silas shows his agility as he jumps up and over and rolls. They run at each other, Silas goes up and over for a crucifix, but Grimm rolls through to a fireman’s carry! Silas shifts to a sunset flip, TWO, Grimm high stacks to deadlift Silas up, but Silas shifts to headscissor Grimm away!

Grimm slips out to the apron while fans applaud. Silas goes at Grimm, dodges the shoulder to give a knee lift, then hits the triangle jump lariat!

Grimm goes down, The Last Real Man is in control while we go to break.

ROH returns to Silas whipping Grimm corner to corner, then hitting a corner clothesline. Silas keeps moving, but runs into Grimm’s armbar takedown! BCB coaches Silas to resist, Silas rolls Grimm while keeping hands clasped. Silas slips out of the hold to give Grimm a knee right to the head! Grimm looks out on his knees, Silas covers but has to shift Grimm around so he isn’t under the bottom rope. TWO, to the frustration of Silas & BCB. Silas dares Grimm to get up while he toys with him. Grimm fights back, they go forearm for forearm, but Silas gets the edge there. “That’s how a man gets it done!” He stands Grimm up, Grimm gives him a European Uppercut! Then another, and another. Grimm keeps going with EuroUppers, then runs to forearm smash, then a lariat! Fans rally as Grimm fires himself up. BCB rallies for Silas but Grimm is upon him. Grimm has a modified butterfly underhook, for a unique overhead suplex!

And with a pinning bridge! TWO, and very close. Grimm growls as he gets up again. Silas resists the piledriver to body drop Grimm up and over, but Grimm tries a sunset flip. Silas breaks free and gives Grimm a double stomp to the chest! Fans like what they see as Silas brings Grimm up in the full nelson. Grimm breaks out, wristlock swing-out for a boot! Grimm runs, Silas gets around him to hit the full-nelson knee smash after all. He lifts Grimm in the fireman’s carry, spins around, MISERY!

Silas wins and retains his title! One successful defense in the books, will he make 2018 his year? However, the previous ROH WTVC, Kenny King, is here!

“Silas Young, Silas Young, Silas Young. Or as I’ve been calling you since Final Battle: Pile o’ Dung!” The K I N G sees an irony in Silas calling himself the “Last Real Man” when everyone knows Philadelphia is full of real men and women. The people see through Silas. Silas proved “what a real man you’re not” at Final Battle, when he busted a beer bottle over Kenny’s head in order to take that title from him. Silas responds by questioning how Kenny thinks he can come out and “say something cute that gets a bunch of morons to agree with you”, it’ll bother Silas. Kenny may have a college education, but he’s still pretty stupid to how the business works. Pro-wrestling is “a business of results.” Silas’ “means of operation” resulted in him becoming the new ROH WTVC! Kenny knows that, and wants to do this the right way. He’s filed his paperwork, the Championship Committee approved, Kenny has his rematch coming. That’s not what this is about, though. What this is about, is that Kenny’s had himself about eight beers, and he’s ready to fight. Philly, raise your glass, because Kenny’s about to beat Silas’ ass! And if Bruiser wants in, Kenny will knock those last few teeth out of his fat mouth! Silas says he doesn’t need Bruiser, he can handle a drunk Kenny on his own.

Kenny takes one last swig, to spit it in Silas’ face!

Kenny wants at Silas but the referee and security get in the way. Silas and Bruiser get free and clear, but Kenny is all fired up. Philly wants to “Let Them Fight!” but that’s not happening tonight. Can the K I N G take his throne back from the Last Real Man?

 

ROH takes a look back at Final Battle’s New York Street Fight.

It was mean, it was bloody, and it was extreme! Bully Ray Dudley & Tommy Dreamer sought revenge on The Briscoes for their betrayal, but it would be for naught. Jay & Mark Briscoe would win, and Bully Ray would leave his boots behind. #ThankYouBubbaRay

 

ROH recaps the major WOH announcement from Final Battle!

The flourishing women’s division has made major gains in 2017, so naturally 2018 brings the pinnacle: there will be an ROH Women of Honor Champion!

“Beginning on January 20th, in Nashville, Tennessee,” the many talented women from around the world under the WOH Roster as well as partner promotion Stardom will compete to crown the inaugural Women of Honor Champion!

 

The Briscoes VS Ryan Nova & Eli Isom!

#DemBoys Jay & Mark are back in Philly after what they did to two ECW originals, and still don’t seem in a good mood. Will they at least go easy on the returning Nova & Isom? Turns out not, as they immediately pounce! They knock down, then run a corner train on Nova. Mark puts Nova on the ropes for a stiff chop, then an even stiffer one, then an even stiffer one. The Briscoes double-whip Nova to the ropes, and double shoulder him over. The fans cheer #DemBoys on, though, they enjoy this new edge to the Briscoes. Now the Briscoes focus on Isom, Jay bringing him up. Isom fights back, fires off forearms then runs, but into a clobbering clothesline. Jay tags Mark, The Briscoes stalk Isom, and Jay feeds him to Mark’s wicked lariat! They’re not done there, Mark feeds Isom to Jay’s roaring elbow. Mark climbs up while Jay drags Isom over. Froggy-Bow!

Direct hit, and the Briscoes win! They don’t like their hands being raised anymore, though.

The Briscoes wish to speak.

“Ladies, and gentlemen. You are looking, at the BADDEST tag team on the planet.” Philly agrees. At Final Battle, the Briscoes “ended a legend’s career.” They ended “your people’s hero”, Bully Ray. He is done, thanks to “Dem Boys from Sandy Fork BAH GAWD Delaware!” The Briscoes now want at the World Tag Team Champions, Motor City Machine Guns. “Don’t get us wrong,” MCMG is one of the best teams in the world, but “right here, right now, there is not a tag team in the WORLD on our level!” No one is on the Briscoes’ level, so MCMG better enjoy the titles while they can. “Because we coming for them.” When #DemBoys collide with Sabin & Shelley, who will rule ROH’s Tag Team Division?!

 

Silas Young & Beer City Bruiser regroup backstage.

Bruiser wants Silas to calm down, but Silas isn’t having it! Kenny King spits on Silas like a “sore loser”! Bruiser assures Silas that he can handle Kenny 1v1 like he did Kenny, Martinez & Shane Taylor at Final Battle. Bruiser meanwhile wants tag team gold. He also assures Silas that Silas doesn’t need to overwork himself, he “has a guy.” Silas admits that Bruiser does impress, so if he has someone he can trust, Silas will trust them, too. Who is Bruiser’s tag partner? Can they take the tag team titles for their own?

 

The Bullet Club speaks.

They’ve been on “such a successful run” and everyone tries to “ruin the fun.” There was a moment at Final Battle that really angered Nick Jackson. Matt knows exactly what moment Nick means: The “Hung Bucks” retained their ROH World Six Man Tag Championships, and The Addiction & Scorpio Sky ruined their celebration.

On top of that, Scorpio Sky betrayed Flip Gordon by hitting a Scorpio Cutter. This new trio of “SoCal Uncensored” makes Matt nauseous, and pissed Hangman off by hitting him “in his most prized possession.” If SoCal Uncensored wants at the Six Man Tag Championships, The Hung Bucks will give them a shot. “Right over the head, until we bust your brains out.” Bullet Club is ready, have Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky bitten off more than they can chew?

 

Flip Gordon VS Marty Scurll!

The captain of #FlipArmy has had his problems with Bullet Club, can he gain some retribution against The Villain here in Philly?

Exclusive footage of Marty Scurll speaking on Final Battle.

Marty will be the first to admit that Jay Lethal gave him “a spot of bother” at Final Battle, but he’s not upset. In fact, Marty is proud of Lethal for doing what he did. Lethal showed the world that his “inner villain” simply lies dormant within him. Hell, that’s probably what gave Lethal the confidence to confront Castle and demand that title shot. Marty wonders now, if it’s that easy, then why has he been waiting to be given one?! Marty has had ZERO chances at the “big gold belt”, and seeing as how he “helped” Lethal get his, Marty’s going to help himself. ROH deserves a worthy champion, “in the form of The Villain, Marty Scurll.”

The fans are red hot for Marty as the bell rings. The two circle, tie up, and Flip gets the wristlock while fans let out “Woop woop!” Scurll spins and breaks free to snapmare, but Flip spins to get the wristlock back. Scurll repeats but Flip gets the wristlock again. Third time isn’t the charm, either, as Flip slips out to put Scurll in the wristlock again. Scurll gets to the ropes and uses them to flip and then flip again, he arm-drags Flip but Flip handsprings through. Flip says “no no no” with a finger wag, Scurll speeds things up and shoves Flip, Flip walks on his hands. Flip bounces, kip-ups, then kip-ups to evade Scurll’s grapples.

Scurll tries to keep up with Flip, Flip stands up to boot Marty right in the mouth!

The fans applaud and cheer for Flip while Scurll gets to the apron. Flip walks over, Scurll throws in a shoulder, then goes to bump Flip off buckles. Flip blocks, and swing kicks Scurll right to the floor. Scurll crawls and gets to his feet while Flip takes aim. Flip slingshots but Scurll scrambles away, so Flip springboard back-flips!

Flip mocks the wing flapping while Scurll’s all the way in the crowd!

Scurll takes offense as Flip flaps and fans chant “Woop woop!” Flip dares Scurll to return while we go to break.

ROH returns to Flip whipping Scurll but Scurll reversing. Flip goes up and over, kicks low then whips Scurll. Scurll goes up and over but his whip is reversed, he turns things around and dodges Flip. Flip follows Scurll to a corner but then slips under and out, Scurll pursues for a cat ‘n’ mouse game. Flip goes to a corner, Scurll runs in, Flip evades, but then runs into a stiff European Uppercut! Scurll grabs Flip, and suplexes him into the buckles!

Cover, TWO, but the referee reprimands Scurll for trying to use ropes. Flip gets separation, Scurll stalks him and stomps him. Scurll brings him up and bumps his head off a buckle, then gives a stiff chop. Scurll keeps on Flip, pendulum backbreaker. Fans fire up as Scurll glares. They chant “Woop woop!” as Scurll puts Flip in a seated straitjacket stretch. Flip endures, powers up and out, and tries to turn. Scurll spins through to put the straitjacket back on Flip, then gives him a straitjacket backstabber!

Cover, TWO, and Scurll grows frustrated. He argues with the referee, and though he doesn’t throw that punch, he shoves him! So the referee shoves back!

Scurll begs for mercy, and the referee lets the match continue. Scurll goes over to Flip, Flip fights back, jawbreaker! Flip whips Scurll, Scurll reverses, Flip goes over to handstand and attempt a headscissors, but Scurll mule kicks him down! Cover, TWO, Scurll keeps his cool this time. He returns to Flip, putting him in a corner and rocking him with forearms. Flip fires forearms back, they go back and forth in a forearm brawl. Scurll gives fast body shots and a swift forearm, Flip responds with a stiff one of his own! Scurll comes back, misses, Flip hits the PELE! Both men are down but the fans applaud, then rally for them. The referee checks both men, they stir and stand up. Flip takes aim at Scurll leaning on the ropes. Flip runs, Scurll scrambles away and thinks he has outsmarted Flip, only to take that elevated 619 at the corner!

Scurll goes down, Flip goes up, springboard lariat! Flip is fired up, he lifts Scurll in a fireman’s carry but Scurll slips out. Scurll shoves Flip to ropes, Flip back elbows Scurll away, Scurll runs back in but Flip springboards to back-flip over him. Flip ducks, then springboards for the Spring-Blade!

Cover, TWO! Flip grows frustrated, but fans rally for him while he goes up top. He takes aim at Scurll, but Scurll evades to force Flip out of his flight pattern. Scurll runs back in, but Flip catches him in the Samoan Pop! Then, running Shooting Star! TWO! Flip is shocked and Scurll rolls away while we go to break.

ROH returns one last time to see Flip springboard and Scurll shove him down! Scurll builds speed, jumps out to the apron and SUPERKICKS Flip away! He then hops down and clotheslines Flip down! The fans fire up again as Scurll drags Flip up and in. Cover, TWO! Scurll stands up and calls for it. Flip stirs, fans fire up with Scurll, he does the spin and “CHICKEN WING!” Flip swings a kick, a sweep, a Pele, but Scurll catches his foot and brings him into a ghost pin. TWO, mule kick! Scurll runs, Flip SUPERKICKS, but then Scurll responds with a lariat! Scurll brings Flip up and hits the Ghostbuster (Last Shot)!

TWO!? Scurll cannot believe the move that “ran off” the likes of Adam Cole, Lio Rush & Donovan Dijak did not work on young Flip Gordon. He goes back to Flip, brings him up, and chops him. Flip gets to a corner, Scurll runs in but is put on the apron, so he grabs Flip by the hair. Flip breaks free, sweeps the legs, then runs to DIVE!

Direct hit, but Flip keeps moving. He gets back in the ring, so that he can FLY!

Flip puts Scurll in the ring, fans fire up as he climbs up top. Flip takes aim, and flips for the 450 Splash!

TWO!? Flip is shocked Scurll survived. The fans “Woop woop!” for The Villain, but Flip still has his supporters. He gets up and chops Scurll, then hoists him up top. Another chop, then Flip goes to the apron and jumps up, Kinder Surprise countered into Chicken Wing!

Flip resists and arm-drags Scurll off, but Scurll rushes him. Flip evades, Scurll goes up, Kinder Surprise hits! Scurll is dazed, Flip hits a Falcon Arrow, TWO! Flip won’t slow down, he gets moving again but springboards into a EuroUpper! Scurll gives him a second Ghostbuster!

Scurll wins! He blows a kiss to the world, will he make 2018 the Year of the Villain?

 

My Thoughts:

A solid episode to officially start the year off. The results of Final Battle finally take effect, and surprisingly, Silas Young first defends his title against the newest ROH signee, Simon Grimm. Silas wins for obvious reasons, such as Kenny King needing his rematch. The interesting development here is actually that Bruiser is bringing a third “real man” into the fold so that they can go after the World Tag Team Championships while Silas focuses on his singles title. I have no idea who Bruiser’s new friend could be but I’d like to imagine it’s another hoss. There could even be a chance that it’s Shane Taylor, provided Bruiser can pay him. Obviously, Bruiser and his mystery partner will have to contend with solidly Heel Briscoes, who are looking to be ROH tag team champions again. I have a feeling it will be The Briscoes VS Bruiser & Mystery Partner in a #1 contenders match only for Bruiser & Mystery Partner to lose and then spiral off into a Silas & Bruiser VS Mystery Partner & Someone Else program.

The opening segment with Dalton Castle and Jay Lethal was great. Castle has always been a great character, and now champion Castle is even more fun. Lethal coming for him as a Face and then Martinez coming for him as a Monster Heel is great for Castle, it elevates his star power to match the belt. Then with The Boys back, The Peacock is set to dabble in the Six Man Division, such as their match with The Kingdom next episode. The Kingdom wants it all, and Taven is a WHC short of the ROH Grand Slam so it’d make sense for him to go after Castle as well. Scurll mentioned wanting at “the big gold belt” since he’s already been WTVC before, and then The Hung Bucks have Six Man Tag challengers in the new SoCal Uncensored, there is a lot of potential for huge crossovers, like Lethal teaming with Castle & The Boys long enough to face The Bullet Club, or dare I say, an insane Fatal 4 Trios match of Hung Bucks VS SoCal Uncensored VS The Kingdom VS The Peacock & The Boys. There’s so much potential for what ROH can do, but I don’t doubt they’ll do great with whatever they choose to do.

My Score: 8/10


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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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