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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Report! (1/9/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • TJ Perkins VS Gran Metalik; Metalik wins.
  • Cedric Alexander VS Tony Nese; Alexander wins.

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Raw saw Enzo Amore defend his Cruiserweight Championship against Cedric Alexander.

The Certified G was back from being ill with the flu, and perhaps that was why he was not 100% ready to face a motivated Carolina Kid. Enzo held his own, but once Alexander got going, it was clear things were going the #1 contender’s way. Alexander would bust Enzo open across the eyebrow, and even flatten him under a Tope Conjilo. Enzo’s leg was in serious pain, and he let that be reason enough not to get back in the ring. The Cruiserweight Champion was counted out, the Cruiserweight Championship stayed with him. Neither man was happy with the result, but Alexander knew he was exceptionally close to winning that title. Will the Carolina Kid be given yet another second chance?

 

TJ Perkins VS Gran Metalik!

The “Cruiser-Great” FilAm Flash is 1-0 since his return last week, can he make it 2-0 against the King of the Ropes this week? Likewise, how is Metalik feeling after the Ungentlemanly Alliance sidelined him with a leg injury?

Before the match, TJP found the Lucha Amigos, Kalisto & Gran Metalik backstage.

The inaugural New Era Cruiserweight Champion welcomed Metalik back from his knee injury. TJP prefers competing with his opponents at their best, like when he first defeated Metalik during the Cruiserweight Classic. Kalisto & Metalik welcomed TJP back, too, and reminded TJP a lot has changed since the CWC. If TJP is still living in the past, he is going to get left behind. He is not living in the past, Kalisto is just trying to catch up to the original.

As for the present…

The bell rings, TJP runs in but Metalik unleashes chops. Metalik puts on a headlock, TJP powers out and gets out of the way of a handspring. He kicks Metalik low, then elbows him in the back before whipping him. Metalik reverses, things speed up again, drop toehold to La Mahistrol, TWO. TJP pops up, Metalik arm-drags him down into an armlock. TJP headscissors, Metalik handsprings out to then dropkick TJP. Metalik dares the confident TJP to do something, then whips him hard into a corner. TJP dodges and Metalik hits buckles, but with Kalisto watching backstage, Metalik comes back to hit an acrobatic arm-drag!

Metalik gets the crowd fired up, builds speed, but TJP ducks under the baseball slide to kick back. TJP gives Metalik a European Uppercut as the ref starts his count, then whips Metalik at the steel steps. However, Metalik jumps over the steel steps and rolls through to stand back up! Then he comes back to flying huricanrana TJP!

The count continues as Metalik gets TJP up and into the ring. Metalik climbs up, but TJP revives and trips him up. TJP then drags Metalik into a Tree of Woe and stomps a mudhole in before a corner to corner hesitation dropkick! He drags Metalik out of the Tree and to a cover, ONE. TJP whips Metalik, runs him over with a back elbow, covers, TWO. TJP puts on a chinlock, fans build to a rally for Metalik. Metalik stands up, fights out of the hold but TJP whips him. Metalik reverses, TJP knocks him down with springboard forearms, cover, TWO. TJP is getting a bit frustrated while Metalik gets himself to ropes. TJP grinds his foot into Metalik’s chin, then stands him up for a scoop slam, and slingshot senton. Cover, TWO, but TJP keeps his cool. He stomps on Metalik, then drags him up to snapmare him down to scrape his sole on Metalik’s eyes. TJP sits Metalik up to stretch his arms back. Metalik gets up and fans rally again. TJP lifts but Metalik slips out of the back suplex to roll TJP up, TWO! Metalik runs at TJP, only to get alley-oop’d onto buckles.

TJP suplexes Metalik then covers, TWO. The former champ grows further frustrated, he puts Metalik in a trapped-arm chinlock. Fans rally for Metalik again, Metalik gets out of the hold but TJP puts him hard into a corner, face into buckles. TJP hoists Metalik up to the top rope then climbs up to join him. The two brawl up there, Metalik resisting TJP’s plans with body shots. Metalik bumps TJP’s head off the buckle, then stands right on top of the post. Metalik jumps, for a SUPER Sunset Flip Powerbomb!

Both men are down, but Metalik uses ropes to climb to his feet. TJP gets up, but runs into a roundhouse kick! Metalik hits a SlingDog, then walks on the ropes to hit a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO, and Metalik is surprised. He drags TJP up, fireman’s carry but TJP rakes the eyes and eye-holes. Metalik elbows him away, TJP staggers, Metalik handsprings but TJP dropkicks him out of the air!

TJP drags Metalik up now, for the Dodon Buster!

TWO! TJP is furious now! He won’t stop there, he lifts Metalik in a fireman’s carry but Metalik slips out of that to shove TJP into a corner. Metalik runs in, TJP puts him on the apron, but Metalik gives him the swing kick to send him away. Metalik then climbs up to the top, walks the ropes, springboard elbow!

He isn’t done there! Metalik brings TJP up into the fireman’s carry, spins around and hits the Metalik Driver!

Metalik wins! And Kalisto even appears to help celebrate.

The King of the Ropes returns to successfully make TJP break even at 1-1! Can the “Cruiser-Great” bounce back to get a winning record in 2018? He gets so frustrated, and shouts angrily at the fans. “You think this is good!?” He takes his frustrations out on the announce desk by tossing off the lid, then kicking off the papers! “You think this is funny, huh!?” TJP even throws an arm chair at the ropes!

TJP’s tantrum includes taking Nigel’s water and splashing it everywhere, and tipping over the steel steps. Fans boo and jeer as he storms around the ring. The referee tells TJP to leave ringside, TJP shouts back “I go where I wanna go!” Then TJP tips over the other set of the steel steps. TJP finally storms off, fans chanting “TJ Sucks!” If this is what happens with one loss, hopefully TJP doesn’t get a second…

 

 

Backstage interview with Enzo Amore.

The Cruiserweight Champion is here in Birmingham, but how is his leg feeling after the damage done in his championship match last night on Raw? The Realest Champ says his Realest Ankle is feeling feeble and the Realest Right Eye is swollen up like a baseball. The scar will be permanent like a tattoo. Speaking of which, Enzo was considering adding a new one. He already has one on the front so maybe one on the back like a tramp stamp. Enzo will get the Ford symbol, because he’s built Ford Tough. However, WWE Medical Staff have not cleared Enzo for competition, so Alexander needs to consider himself lucky. If Enzo could, he would break off his bad foot off in Alexander’s– “Well what do we got ova here?” It’s Tony Nese.

The Premier Athlete reminds Enzo that his ‘Zo Train beat some sense into him. Nese admits he was out of line, but now that he’s back, he wants back in. Does Nese think it’ll be that easy? Oh it will be. When Nese gets back on the train, he’ll be second in command! When Enzo is gone, Nese is in charge! A bold statement from Nese, and Nese vows to back it up. Nese promises to beat and beat down Alexander. Can Nese assert himself at Alexander’s expense?

 

Jack Gallagher heads to the ring.

The Ungentle Gentleman again has a mic and speaks to Birmingham. “Ladies and gentlemen, for those hoping that Hideo Itami would slake his thirst for vengeance tonight, you’re going to be sorely disappointed.” Itami is bruised, battered and just plain not here thanks to the “thorough thrashing” Gallagher delivered. And don’t worry, if Itami does return, Gallagher has “such machinations” in store for him. Itami has bruises, but bruises fade. Unfortunately, Gallagher’s friend and mentor, THE Brian Kendrick, suffered injuries that don’t heal so easily. The “Scales of Justice” are not even, don’t you agree? Birmingham doesn’t. That’s just what Gallagher expected from them. While Kendrick’s future is in jeopardy, Itami will find no sanctuary. Gallagher vows to “ruin Hideo Itami’s life!” Wait, Itami appears?! And he points right at Gallagher.

Itami storms his way to the ring, Gallagher puts up his dukes. Gallagher rushes Itami but Itami fires off right hands. He whips Gallagher and hits him with a boot! Itami is fired up, Gallagher goes for William III! Gallagher swings but Itami blocks, to then knock Gallagher down with a right hand. Itami is all fired up, he stands on William III to stop Gallagher from picking it back up. Itami kicks Gallagher away, and now Itami has William III! He winds up his swing, but Gallagher ducks out of the ring. Gallagher runs away through the crowd, Itami dares him to come back for his umbrella. The Ungentle Gentleman stays away, what will it take for these two to settle the score?

 

Backstage interview with Cedric Alexander.

Is he at all disappointed in his hollow victory against the Cruiserweight Champion on Raw? He does wish he was the new Cruiserweight Champion, but no, he’s not disappointed. Alexander worked hard to get to where he is, he is motivated. He will wait for Enzo to heal up, and then make his dream come true.

Goldust comes in after the interview to compliment Alexander.

The compliments mean a lot when they come from Goldust. Goldust is just being a friend, and is making sure no one takes advantage of Alexander. Did you see Enzo’s mangled ankle? Wow! But be worried more about that “dirty mouth” that can talk him out of anything. Enzo has Nese in his back pocket, and Nese is ready to take Alexander out. Goldust heard Enzo is ringside, too. If Enzo gets involved, he’ll learn what’s worse than one bad ankle. And what’s that? Two bad ankles. Goldust assure Alexander he’s Goldust’s champ. Will Alexander thwart Nese’s attempt at redemption?

 

Enzo Amore walks out to ringside.

The Certified G Cruiserweight Champion does just as Goldust knew he would. The Bonafide Stud hears the fans in Birmingham chant “How You Doin’?!” and he replies “I’m alright, nonetheless.” Enzo introduces “a man who has as many abs as Cedric Alexander is getting chances at my boo”, it is the Premier Athlete!

Cedric Alexander VS Tony Nese!

Nese counts the eight reasons why he should be The ‘Zo Train’s number one guy, and they’re all his abs. Can “Tony Abs” come through on his promise to Enzo?

The bell rings, Enzo tells Nese to “prove yourself”! Alexander trolls Enzo about his ankle, Nese tells him to focus on his flex. Nese and Alexander circle and tie up, Nese wrenches Alexander’s arm. Alexander rolls and spins to trip Nese up, then gets running, only for Nese to run him over with a back elbow. Nese rains down rights and stomps, making sure Enzo sees it. Enzo sees it, he wants Nese to show and not tell. Nese brings Alexander up and rocks him with a right hand, then with a sharp chop. He then whips Alexander corner to corner but Alexander goes up and over to handspring headscissor and dropkick Nese down. Nese rolls out of the ring while Alexander handsprings up. Alexander builds speed but adjusts his flight plan when he sees Nese get out of the way. Nese trips Alexander up and Alexander hits apron edge! Nese then wheelbarrows Alexander to slam him into barriers!

Enzo loves what he sees, Nese flexes while Enzo trash talks. “Why don’t you keep your eyes on the prize? Oh wait it’s right here.” The referee counts while Nese stomps on Alexander. Nese puts Alexander into the ring, covers, TWO, so Nese wrenches Alexander’s neck. Enzo trash talks while Alexander endures. Fans rally for Alexander, Enzo dislikes that, Nese throws Alexander down and covers, TWO. Back to the neck wrench, Nese and Enzo both trash talk Alexander. Enzo says HE is championship material like Gucci. Fans rally again, Alexander gets up, and he gives Nese body shots and a jawbreaker. Alexander runs but Nese runs him over, cover, TWO. Nese stomps Alexander, Enzo tells him to finish the job. Nese keeps stomping, then flexes more as he embraces the heat. Alexander chops back, then kicks back, but Nese gives him a stiff forearm. Nese drives knees into Alexander’s ribs, then whips him hard corner to corner. Alexander dodges Nese as he runs in, Enzo is upset with Nese. Nese gets a back elbow from Alexander, then a dropkick that sends him into buckles. Alexander goes to the apron to kick Nese in the face! The fans fire up, Alexander hits the step-in complete shot!

Nese rolls out, Alexander kip-up and builds speed to FLY!

Alexander wipes out Nese then gets him back in the ring, cover, TWO! Enzo is both relieved and disappointed, he tells Nese to “get it together”! Alexander is up first, and he drags Nese up. Nese resists the finish and elbows Alexander, roll up, TWO! Nese puts Alexander on the apron, Alexander immediately springboards for the flying clothesline!

Cover, TWO! Alexander is surprised, Enzo himself is a bit stunned. Nese stirs, Alexander is waiting. Nese uses the ropes for safety, so Alexander has to back off. Alexander comes back in, Nese gives him a flapjack hotshot on the top rope! Enzo reminds Nese that Nese vowed to beat Alexander down. Nese triangle jump moonsaults, but lands on his feet when he sees Alexander evaded. He gives Alexander a back kick then a knee lift, but Alexander blocks the roundhouse to give the back elbow. Alexander runs, handsprings, but Nese sees it coming to fireman carry into a gutbuster! Cover, TWO! Nese and Enzo cannot believe that one. Enzo tells Nese to keep going, fans rally as Nese wills himself to his feet. Nese slaps Alexander around, Alexander slaps back! Alexander gives Nese forearms, Nese gives a strong one back! Nese runs, into an uppercut from Alexander! Alexander whips, Nese reverses to slip under, but Alexander slips out of the pumphandle. Alexander’s leg buckles underneath him! The referee keeps Nese back but not for long, Nese rushes in, Alexander surprises him with a small package roll-up!! Alexander snags a win! Enzo is beside himself as Nese tries to reason with him.

As for Alexander, he celebrates his victory by revealing his ankle isn’t actually that bad. Enzo can’t believe he was tricked! He gets in the ring, Nese tries to say Alexander’s trick shouldn’t keep him out of the ‘Zo Train. Enzo simply tells Nese “Get the hell out!” Nese obeys, leaving Alexander and Enzo alone in the ring. “You think this is a joke?” Enzo asks Alexander. Enzo says Alexander knows he’d lose straight up if Enzo could compete. Alexander keeps looking at that bad ankle… Enzo says he should be paying attention to the title, but perhaps Enzo should be paying attention to Alexander. The #1 contender sweeps the good leg, then gives Enzo a Lumbar Check!

Alexander drags Enzo to the center of the ring, and picks up the Cruiserweight Championship. He folds it and tucks it under Enzo’s head like a pillow. Enzo may have his “boo” for now, but will Alexander make the best of his second second chance?

 

My Thoughts:

This was an interesting episode here. It seems that with THE Brian Kendrick out with his injury and Hideo Itami in, Kalisto & Gran Metalik have completely left the “cruel winter” behind. It is too early to tell if they will have an extended feud with TJP, but with the solid action in the ring and the surprising temper tantrum TJP threw after losing, it could work. TJP continues where he left off in being the Cruiserweight Division’s top sore loser, but obviously he can’t lose too often, or else the ringside area won’t survive. Itami VS Gallagher better be a No Disqualification match so that William III and other umbrellas can be used over and over as weapons. If Kendrick was healthy, I bet there would’ve been a Six Man Tag of Itami, Metalik & Kalisto VS TJP, Kendrick & Gallagher somewhere along the way. I enjoyed the championship related stories tonight, too. Nese’s story of “Who is Tony Nese without the ‘Zo Train” didn’t last long, but him wanting back in was probably the ending anyway. He loses to Alexander’s trickery, mostly as a jab at Enzo usually being the cheater. I almost thought fans were going to turn on Alexander, but luckily the comeuppance levels for Enzo are high enough that no one saw Alexander as the Heel for picking on an injured man. I still want to see Enzo lose the title because of something the ‘Zo Train does, thereby prompting someone like Drew Gulak to turn Face when they turn on Enzo, but I do like Alexander build strength for his own case of winning clean.

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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