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

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad VS Becky Lynch w/ Charlotte Flair & Naomi; Becky wins.
  • The Ascension VS The Bludgeon Brothers; Bludgeon Brothers win.
  • WWE United States Championship Tournament: Zack Ryder VS Mojo Rawley; Rawley wins and advances to face Bobby Roode in the semifinals.
  • Breezango VS Rusev Day; Breezango wins.
  • 3-on-2 Handicap Match: AJ Styles, Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn; Styles, Orton & Nakamura win.

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Last week’s SmackDown had a crowded main event.

Kevin Owens, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan were all ringside while Sami Zayn had a match with AJ Styles. The tension was high the entire time, and it ended up favoring Sami Zayn! Both he and Kevin have a win over AJ Styles now, and Styles furiously said “Why don’t you just make it a handicap match!” Daniel Bryan took that comment seriously, and has made the Royal Rumble world championship match exactly that: a Handicap Match! What is the SmackDown General Manager planning with this 2-on-1 match for the title?

 

Renee Young conducts an in-ring interview!

Her guest: the Phenomenal One himself!

AJ Styles heads to the ring and sits down with Renee. She brings up the “controversial” decision for Styles to defend his title against both Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn. Does Styles think that is fair? Styles says that “every time I step foot in this ring, I take pride in what I do it in.” Styles admits he is human and makes mistakes, and would not have said what he said, had he known Bryan was going to use them against him. He knows he is in a Handicap Match and is likely to lose his title, but he is also likely to beat the crap out of Sami & Kevin at the same time! Styles will hit them so hard and fast, they won’t know what hit them. Of course, Kevin & Sami are professionals, they can tag in and out to stay fresh against him. Then, what is Styles’ actual answer? Is this fair or not? Birmingham chants for Styles, and Styles answers this is not fair, but neither is life. Sami & Kevin have non-title victories, but that doesn’t mean they should have title matches together. One and then the other, sure, Styles will do that. But it is not fair of SmackDown to put him in a Handicap match. Is Bryan playing favorites? Fans believe “YES! YES!” Styles just doesn’t understand what Bryan is thinking. What about Shane playing favorites? Styles isn’t going to get political and point fingers. He already has to worry about Kevin & Sami, so “truth of the matter is”, he can’t allow “those two idiots” to take the title from him. Styles vows to win, and then thank the High Heavens when he does, because he made it clear that SmackDown is– Kevin & Sami appear!

“Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for the WWE Champion, AJ Styles, ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles.” Or perhaps Sami & Kevin should call him the “Regretful AJ Styles.” Or, the “Remorseful AJ Styles.” Better yet, “The AJ Styles who put his foot in his mouth.” Yep. Kevin says it will take a miracle for Styles to beat them 2-on-1. And Heaven doesn’t give out miracles to people like Styles. He has no chance of walking out with the title. Yep! At the Royal Rumble, at the end of the night, Kevin & Sami will be the first-ever WWE CO-Champions. YEP! Sami & Kevin will take “The House that AJ Styles Built” into the Kevin & Sami Show! YEP! They will do what they want! “YEP! YEP!”

Birmingham counters with “NO! NO!” until Shane McMahon appears!

Shane agrees with Styles, this can’t be fair. And he is puzzled why Bryan made the match in the first place, and is baffled as to why the “YEP Clowns” another opportunity to become champions. “But be that as it may,” Shane will back the decision that it happens at the Royal Rumble, for now. As for the subject of handicap matches, how about having one tonight? Birmingham likes the sound of that! Kevin & Sami will take on… Shinsuke Nakamura, Randy Orton and AJ Styles! The Best Friends are going to get a taste of what they’ll put Styles through, can they survive the Phenomenal One, The King of Strong Style and the Viper?

Shane encounters Daniel Bryan backstage.

The GM hears the Commissioner is “puzzled.” One hell of a main event tonight, though. They shake hands, and leave it at that.

The tension is growing stronger every day, when will things finally break apart?

 

Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad VS Becky Lynch w/ Charlotte Flair & Naomi!

The leader of the Squad steps up to the first woman they went after upon their arrival. Can the Lass Kicker get revenge this close to the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble? It might help that she has the Queen of Flair and Lady Glow ringside to keep eyes on Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan at ringside.

The bell rings and the two tie up right away. Becky throws Ruby by her arm, then by a waistlock. She brings Ruby up into a waistlock but Ruby gets to ropes for the break. The ref counts, Becky backs off by 4 but yanks Ruby right out to the center of the ring. Becky runs but Sarah swipes at her, that distraction doesn’t work, she elbows Ruby back then throws her out. She dares the entire Squad to try something while we go picture in picture.

The Riott Squad helps Ruby refocus while Becky dares her to return. The referee counts, Becky forces the issue by jumping from the apron to clothesline Ruby down! Becky gives out high-fives then puts Ruby in the ring. Ruby goes to elbow her but misses, then her kick is countered into a dragon screw. Ruby gets up and Becky throws her with arm-drag after arm-drag, then knocks her down with a forearm smash. Cover, TWO, but Becky keeps focus. She drags Ruby up while Charlotte and Naomi watch. Becky tries for an armbar but Ruby powers her to a corner. Ruby runs in again but misses, yet blocks Becky’s jump kick to hang Becky up on the ropes. Becky takes mudhole stomps from Ruby. Ruby walks off her frustration then kicks Becky while she’s down. Ruby drags Becky into a snapmare and loops one arm around, and puts on a seated Abdominal Stretch. The Squad likes what they see, Ruby drives in fists as she stretches Becky’s ribs. Becky endures, fans rally, and the Lass Kicker gets up to give back those body shots. She whips Ruby, Ruby goes up and over, Deadly Nightshade! Ruby then rams Becky into the post, then stretches Becky back against the ropes to give more body shots. Ruby then puts Becky in a rear bearhug to work on those ribs even more. Fans rally while we go single picture again.

Becky feeds off the energy from the fans as she works against the squeeze. Ruby rolls her over for a cover, TWO, Becky throws elbows. Ruby returns those elbows while keeping up the squeeze. ANother roll, TWO, and Becky pops out of the bodyscissors. Ruby quickly wraps those back on, using her arms for leverage. Becky fights back while fans rally again, Becky makes it a cover and TWO! Becky is free again, and back elbows Ruby away. Ruby runs in but mises, jump kick! Becky unloads body shots, Ruby throws her down by her hair. Cover, TWO, the Squad is a bit frsutrated. Ruby rams knees into Becky’s ribs, the Squad likes that better. Ruby stands Becky up for another Abdominal Stretch, but fans rally again. Becky pries her way out, and hip-tosses Ruby! Ruby gets up, Becky small package surprises, TWO! Becky throws fiery forearms, and an uppercut! Another uppercut, then a back kick, Becky gives Ruby a single-leg suplex! The Lass Kicker isn’t done there, she gives Ruby the Becksploder! Ruby dodges the boot to kick those ribs, and kick them again while Becky’s down. She brings Becky up, but the arm-wrench is countered into the Disarm-Her!

The Squad is kept from interfering, Ruby taps! Becky wins! Can this momentum carry her all the way to the end of the Women’s Royal Rumble?

 

The Ascension VS The Bludgeon Brothers!

Konnor & Viktor have been trying to help their “friends”, The Fashion Police, close the Case of 2B but it hasn’t been going too well. So in return, Breezango got their “friends” a match against said 2B, Harper & Rowan!

The bell rings, The Ascension rush the Bludgeon Brothers! For the first time, someone takes the fight to them! Harper shoves Viktor away to boot him straight down, then SUPERKICK to Konnor. Tag to Rowan, the Bludgeon Brothers go after Viktor. Rowan is whipped corner to corner to squash Viktor from behind, then the Full Nelson lift into the Sit-out powerbomb!

The Bludgeon Brothers win fast! They let Konnor check on Viktor, only to pounce and give him the Bludgeon Bomb! Strong, fast and merciless, can anyone hope to stop Harper & Rowan from pummeling the entire SmackDown Tag Team Division?

 

Bobby Roode comes to ringside.

The GLORIOUS One wants to join commentary for the WWE United States Championship Tournament!

He has already made it to the semifinals after defeating The Lone Wolf, now he awaits the winner of the final opening round match.

WWE United States Championship Tournament: Zack Ryder VS Mojo Rawley!

They were once the Hype Bros, but their losses and frustration broke them apart. #MojoRising won their match at the Clash of Champions Kickoff Show, can Long Island Iced Z tie things up with a chance at gold on the line?

The bell rings, they tie up, Mojo powers Ryder to a corner. Ryder rockets out with a dropkick, cover, ONE and Mojo bails out of the ring. He gets back in and carriers Ryder to the corner to then ram in shoulders. Ryder gets knees up then hps up, but Mojo throws him off! Mojo throws forearms down on Ryder then covers, TWO. He keeps on Ryder with a jaw clamp to then ram Ryder back into buckles again and again before throwing him down. Mojo stalks Ryder, then wrenches the neck. “Where’s your killer instinct, Zack?!” Ryder stands up and fights back but Mojo grounds him with a knee to the stomach. Mojo toys with Ryder, dragging him up and going for a suplex, which Ryder counters with a neckbreaker! Fans cheer on Ryder, Mojo runs in but into a back elbow. Ryder gives a forearm, Mojo shoves him away, Ryder responds with a kick. Mojo ends up in a corner, Ryder gives him a forearm smash. Ryder knocks MOjo down, goes to the adjacent corner and “WOO WOO WOO!” But Mojo bails out before the boot comes in. Ryder still gets Mojo with a wrecking ball boot anyway! Mojo goes down, Ryder goes out to put him back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Ryder won’t let up, he chops MOjo to a corner. Ryder climbs up but Mojo carries him for an Atomic Drop, then rams Ryder right into the post.

Mojo drags Ryder out, Hype Arm to the back of the head. Three point stance, BIG Hype Arm! Mojo wins again, and moves on in the tournament!

Roode steps into the ring with Mojo now, and the two stare down. Mojo grins, as does Roode. Is Roode ready to #GetHype with the rising Rawley?

 

Jinder Mahal speaks.

The Modern Day Maharaja says he defined the year 2017 as “YOUR WWE Champion.” No one thought it was possible nor did they think he was deserving, but he did. And now he sets his eyes on the United States Championship. Mahal hopes Xavier Woods knows how to play Taps on a trombone, because his championship dreams are already over. He declares The New Day is a fad, but the Maharaja is forever! Will Mahal make it to the finals of the tournament at the Royal Rumble?

 

Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable head to the ring.

They challenged The Usos for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships last week, but lost track of which twin was legal. For this reason, Gable & Benjamin are not tag team champions tonight. “Do any of you know what it takes to be a winner?” Hours of training, neglecting family and friends, does anyone in Alabama know what that takes? Anyone? Anyone? “To hold a championship high and show the world that it’s possible, if you’re willing to make the sacrifice?” Benjamin won’t let the state of Alabama get a big head just because Alabama University did. All these people did was sit on a couch and stuff their faces. On the other hand, Benjamin’s college of Georgia was robbed because of bad referees! The same goes for Benjamin & Gable last week. They beat the Usos in the ring, and set the tag titles free from the Uso Penitentiary. They were so excited, celebrating up the ring–fans chant “ROLL TIDE!”–and then another referee appears. That referee was not part of their match, so why did he show up? To overturn their victory and give the titles back to the Usos, then restart the match. But why? Jealousy! That ref was jealous, because he doesn’t know what it’s like to be a winner. That man was a thief who stole their dream! A rat snitch committed a crime, so Gable & Benjamin demand justice! #FreetheTagTitles! Gable & Benjamin didn’t lose to the Usos, they lost to instant replay. They demand that referee come out here and set things right! Instead, SmackDown GM Daniel Bryan appears!

Birmingham greets him with cheers and chants. Bryan tells Benjamin & Gable that while he understands the feeling of thinking you’ve won after working so hard only for it to be taken away, he doesn’t care for them going after management. Management? No no, they’re after the officials. Well, officials represent management, and there aer some “cold hard rules” that everyone needs to understand: Referee decisions are final. Exactly! One referee declared them the winners and new champions! Yes, but you didn’t. You pinned the wrong Uso, the other referee had to correct him, and the first realized his mistake. Oh really? Boohoo. What is this, Doctor Phil!? Benjamin thinks Gable should look Bryan in the eye and tell him how he feels. Bryan is just taking things out on them because of Shane. No, how do you feel? Gable feels he already beat the Usos. And that they’re already the tag team champions! No, how do you feel? That he’s done everything he has to do! Do they have to win twice in one night?! That’s a great idea! At the Royal Rumble, it will be The Usos VS Gable & Benjamin for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, Best 2 out of 3 Falls! Bryan gives Gable & Benjamin what they want, mostly, can they capitalize on it?

 

Randy Orton meets AJ Styles backstage.

Are they talking strategy or is The Viper just going to RKO Kevin & Sami into regret? Works for Orton. But, Orton wants Styles to trust him that they’re on the same side tonight. But also trust that after Orton wins the Royal Rumble, he’ll come after whoever has the title at Wrestlemania. Shinsuke Nakamura appears to say “Not so fast.” The King of Strong Style gives a Too Sweet to the title belt.

“Good talk.” Can these three really get along later tonight?

 

Breezango VS Rusev Day!

Aiden English sings an announcement. He and the Bulgarian Brute are officially entering the “Rusev Rumble match~”, and will win on RUSEV DAY~! Maybe they will, but can they defeat the Fashion Police tonight?

The bell rings, the Drama King starts against the Lord of Dance. English puts on a headlock, Fandango powers out but English runs him over with a shoulder. he keeps moving while fans chant “Rusev Day!” but Fandango gives him a hip toss. Fandango hangs English up on the ropes, tags in Breeze, and the two double kick English out. Rusev regroups with his partner while we go picture in picture.

English is frustrated but Rusev calms him down before they return to the ring. Fans want him to tag in, English fires up and tags Rusev! Rusev kicks Breeze and stomps him down. He looms over Prince Pretty before bringing him up, Breeze revives to hit an enziguri! Rusev puts Breeze on the apron, Breeze fights him and English off, but Rusev still blasts him tot he announce table. Fandango checks on his partner while Rusev Day gloats. Tag to English, English bumps Breeze off the apron before putting him back in the ring. Cover, TWO, so English drives a knee into Breeze’s back before dropping one on his front. Cover, TWO, English puts on a chinlock. We return to single picture while fans duel.

Breeze gets to his feet, fights back against English, but English mule kicks out a leg. English climbs up to the top, takes aim and… No, Breeze dodges the swanton. English runs over, Breeze puts him on the apron, but English slingshots back over and rolls. He goes for a lariat, misses, hot tag to Fandango! Fandango chops away on English, then whips him corner to corner for the big back body drop! Fandango keeps chopping, then throws hands, another whip but English kicks him away. Rusev tags in, English takes the dropkick but Rusev rallies on Fandango. Two big roundhouse kicks and Rusev fires up. He runs in and squashes Fandango with a shoulder, running spinning heel kick runs Fandanog over! The fans chant “Rusev Day!” as Rusev fires up.

He throws Breeze out, Fandango runs but is caught, Breeze dropkicks for the cover, TWO! Roundhouse rocks Breeze, Fandango rolls up, Fashion Police win! Breezango foils Rusev Day for today, what will happen to the Rusev Rumble?

 

Daniel Bryan is visited by Shane McMahon.

Bryan speaks the praises of the SmackDown Tag Team Division, as well as all of SmackDown, including Shane. Shane thanks him, but wants to be honest. They’re not on the same page. Bryan is becoming rather irrational. Think of the two PPV matches he’s made already. A Handicap Match for the WWE Championship, with two guys who shouldn’t be anywhere close to the title! Then, they’re going to be Co-Champions? The SmackDown Tag Team Championships in a 2 out of 3 falls match? Is Bryan doing alright? What does Shane mean? Bryan’s just coming off as a little unstable. Same back to Shane, given his gene pool. Shane himself has made rash decisions, it’s just who he is. Then they will agree to disagree.

 

3-on-2 Handicap Match: AJ Styles, Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn!

The WWE Champion will have two opponents at the Royal Rumble, but tonight he gets to give the Prizefighter & Guardian Angel three opponents. Can the Phenomenal One work well with The Viper & The Rockstar to make Sami & Kevin regret starting the #YEPMovement?

The bell rings, Kevin goes right at Orton but Orton punches him to a corner. Orton gives him more right hands then whips him corner to corner, but Kevin counters with a boot. Kevin swings but misses, and just narrowly avoids an RKO! Kevin goes out of the ring to vent his frustration but then runs across Nakamura. Nakamura doesn’t do anything, Orton attacks Kevin from behind. Orton bumps Kevin off barriers a couple times, then puts him back in the ring. Kevin is right on Orton with stomps and punches. Sami tags in, then mugs Orton in the corner. Sami whips Orton, Orton counters by throwing Sami by his head. Orton stomps away on Sami, then drags him up to tag Nakamura. Nakamura drives knees into Sami’s ribs, then drops a knee. Sami ducks one kick but takes the other, then Nakamura adds on kicks to Sami’s chest. Sami blocks one but takes the enziguri, and then Good Vibrations in a corner. Nakamura keeps on Sami, then tags in Styles. Styles suplexes Sami but Sami blocks and powers him to the corner. Kevin tags in and unloads, but Styles slips out of the scoop. Kevin trips Styles in the waistlock, but then Styles reaches up to headscissors Kevin. Styles unleashes the Phenomal Blitz right into the sliding forearm! Styles kip-up then puts Kevin in position, but Sami saves him from the Clash. The best friends regroup and decide to walk. The referee counts, but Shane McMahon comes out to tell everyone this isn’t happening this way. Now this match is a No Count Out Handicap Match! And as such, Styles leads the charge to knock down Kevin & Sami! They brawl on the outside while we go to break.

SmackDown returns, and Sami has control of Styles in a chinlock. Fans rally for Styles, he gets to his feet but Sami grounds him again. Styles still tries, reaching for his corner while fighting back, but Sami drags him away with a headlock takeover. Tag to Kevin, Kevin gives body shots and elbows to Styles. Kevin rains rights while he trash talks, saying “It’s OUR show! It’s OUR title!”

He reels Styles into a lariat, covers, TWO, back to the chinlock. Fans continue to rally for Styles, Styles gets up again. He gives body shots but Kevin clubs him down. Kevin runs, into the Ushigoroshi! The fans are really fired up while Styles and Keivn crawl, hot tags to Orton and Sami! The VIper rallies on the Underdog, spinning powerslam! Sami crawls to the apron but Orton drags him out through the ropes, for the draping DDT!

Orton hears the voices in his head as he stalks Sami. Kevin returns, with a chair! Disqualification ends the match but Kevin is just getting started. He jabs each opponent with the chair, and then he and Sami start to leave. However, Shane returns again. He doesn’t approve of this finish, either, it’s now ANYTHING GOES!

As such, Styles uses the steel chair on Sami & Kevin! SMACK to Kevin’s back!

Styles pursues Kevin to the side of the stage, and around the back. They’re out of the match for now, Sami finds himself alone with The Rockstar & The Viper… They go into the ring, then out, then to the timekeeper’s area but Sami gets caught! Orton & Sami drag him back in and throw him into a post. They even coordinate to use the steel steps! Orton takes aim at Sami, BONG on his head! They’re not done yet, they both throw Sami over the announce desk! Orton clears it off and drags Sami back up, for a back suplex right onto the table! Sami writhes in pain but the torture is far from over. Orton feeds Sami to Nakamura’s KINSHASA! The fans are rabid, Orton drags Sami up, for an RKO!! The cover, Orton, Styles & Nakamura win! Things didn’t go their way when they didn’t have numbers, can Kevin & Sami turn the tide at the Royal Rumble?

 

My Thoughts:

Just like Raw last night, this was a great episode of SmackDown tonight. The Women’s Division still seems a bit copy-and-paste with how the Riott Squad loses a match just like Absolution did. I feel it would’ve benefited the division as a whole if there was separation between the two emerging factions, but I also understand Becky’s solo return should’ve been with a win. Maybe it should’ve been Sarah Logan or Liv Morgan who lost tonight, instead, so that their leader and therefore their stable looks weaker than Absolution. Bludgeon Brothers win again but it feels like there’s nothing to come from this. Unless, we get a triple threat tag where the “friends” really do have to unite to defeat Harper & Rowan and then become actual friends. That could explain why Breezango won over the red-hot Rusev Day. I honestly didn’t think Mojo was going to sweep Ryder 2-0 but that’s fine, it’ll give reason for a real good match between Mojo and Roode to solidify Mojo’s place in the upper mid-card.

I do enjoy the parallel of defending the SmackDown Tag Team Championships at the Royal Rumble, and in a vacuum, Best 2 outta 3 does follow the story of Usos VS Benjamin & Gable. However, I am wary of how the decision is being framed as Bryan growing unstable. Now, I do think it was good of Bryan to make it as if he’s showing Shane how Shane has been, but it still feels like WWE wants to make Bryan out to be the biased Heel management figure despite how fans still love love LOVE him. Styles is being rather reasonable about being caught up in this, but it works since he is still Face. Orton and Nakamura take advantage of being dragged back into this by reminding Styles that the Rumble match is still happening. Nakamura winning the Rumble can still make him a legitimate threat to the world title, it’s kinda the whole point of the Rumble match in my opinion. Shane of course adds onto his side of the unbiased management story with the constant restarts and changes to rules, and the benefactors are the Faces to keep them all strong this close to the PPV.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/13/19)

Who qualifies for the Crockett Cup?!

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Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 395

ROH plays host to a Crockett Cup Qualifying Match! Will The Briscoes make it through Willie Mack and Jeff Cobb? Or will #DemBoyz be left out in the cold?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shane Taylor VS Luchasaurus; Taylor wins.
  • Katie Forbes & Mazzerati VS Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani; Sakai & Iwatani win.
  • Crockett Cup Qualifying Match: The Briscoes VS Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack; The Briscoes win and move on to The Crockett Cup tag team tournament.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Briscoes speak.

“So when we heard that they’re bringing back the Crockett Cup for 2019…” “Classic.” “We was hyped.” “Hyped!” The Crockett Cup, let’s go! But then they were making Jay & Mark qualify? What the hell? Jay felt disrespected hearing that. They’re 10-time tag team champions and they have to qualify!? But that’s fine, “watch this!” Because at the end, when they’ve won the whole thing atop a pile of bodies, “y’all did this.” Cobb, Mack, the Road to the Cup starts tonight. The Briscoes have warned their opponents, but will they be the ones left out?

 

Shane Taylor VS Luchasaurus!

The Notorious Hitman wants a championship and the paycheck that comes with it, and will go after anyone he has to to get there. But can he get past the towering beast put before him?

Taylor refuses the Code of Honor to tell Luchasaurus that it doesn’t matter where he came from, he’s in Taylor’s town. Taylor pie faces Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus gives it back. The bell rings and they tie up. They break and then go again, to break again. Fans cheer on Luchasaurus as he dares Taylor to bring it. Taylor runs in but gets a boot. Luchasaurus has his dukes up and Taylor likes the look of that. They circle and Luchasaurus kicks Taylor sharp in the leg. Luchasaurus stalks Taylor but Taylor comes back to circle with him. Taylor gets a swift JAB in, then talks trash, but Luchasaurus swings a kick. Taylor ducks it to give Luchasaurus a CHOP! Luchasaurus stays standing and gives Taylor kicks! Taylor staggers and Luchasaurus runs in, but Taylor puts him on the apron.

Luchasaurus headbutts Taylor but Taylor dodges the boot. Taylor gives another strong JAB, then slingshots Luchasaurus in for a stunner! Fans cheer that show of strength as Taylor covers. TWO, but Taylor keeps on Luchasaurus with clubbing forearms. The wrestling T-Rex is in trouble as we go to break.

ROH returns as Taylor puts Luchasaurus in a corner for CHOPS! Taylor whips Luchasaurus corner to corner then runs in, but into a boot. Luchasaurus boots again but Taylor grabs it. Luchasaurus pries free to give Taylor a knee! Taylor catches Luchasaurus for a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Taylor taunts Luchasaurus as he drags Luchasaurus up. Fans rally and Luchasaurus grabs Taylor for a choke! Taylor breaks free and grabs for Luchasaurus, but he blocks it! Luchasaurus gives a strike fest, and a cartwheel for Snake Bite headscissors! Rolling buzzsaw! Cover, TWO! Taylor survives but Luchasaurus keeps his cool. Luchasaurus drags Taylor up but Taylor hits back. They brawl with big shots back and forth, but Luchasaurus gets the edge.

Luchasaurus swings but Taylor bobs ‘n’ weaves to headbutt! Taylor runs but into a knee! Then a back heel kick! Luchasaurus runs, dodges, but still gets clobbered with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Taylor keeps his cool while he trash talks Luchasaurus. But Luchasaurus sits up and grabs Taylor by the throat! They both stand, but Taylor tries to break free. Luchasaurus lets him go to swing a heel kick. Taylor ducks it, to get the return kick! And another big heel kick! Luchasaurus hits his CHOKE SLAM! And a standing moonsault, but to knees! Taylor survives and then blocks the boot to give a massive urenage! He rolls Luchasaurus for a knee! Greetings from the 216! Cover, Taylor wins!!

Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall

The Hitman takes down the Monster from the Mesozoic! Will this be what Taylor needs to go for gold?

 

Last time on ROH…

The Octopus, Jonathon Gresham, went for revenge on The Last Real Man for adding insult to injury on his bad leg. But after getting bloodied, Silas Young got his hands dirty by sneaking in a low blow! Silas won, and in an interview afterward, Silas told Gresham via the camera that Gresham’s revenge didn’t go the way he thought. Sure he busted Silas open, but Silas-

Wait, Gresham finds Silas. Silas is talking crap, and he looks like crap, too. Gresham’s sure talking big. He may have busted Silas open, but he couldn’t get the job done, huh? Gresham says all their match proved was that Silas couldn’t win fair and square. Silas claims he won with a wrestling move a la that small package cradle. Gresham says Silas is lucky Gresham won’t punch him again. ROH security keeps this from getting any more heated, but there is much left to settle between Octopus and Last Real Man. Will Silas prove he’s a man by giving Gresham a fair rematch?

 

Tenille Dashwood joins commentary.

She has great news: she’s cleared to compete! When and where will she bring the spotlight back on her and head for that Women of Honor World Championship?

 

Katie Forbes & Mazzerati VS Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani!

The All Natural and her friend, The Fox, make their ROH TV debuts as a team, but will they stand a chance against two former WOH World Champions?! Just how bright will the Ray of Sunshine and Queen of Stardom shine as a dynamic duo?

The Code of Honor is denied with a flick of the hair and an L for loser on the foreheads. Mazz starts for her team against Mayu! Fans fire up for “Stardom! Stardom!” as Mayu tries the Code again. Mazz SLAPS Mayu and calls her a loser! Mayu kicks and whips Mazz and things speed up. Mayu springboards and arm-drags Mazz then hip tosses her down. She snapmares with hair and covers, TWO! Mazz gets away while Mayu knips up, and fans fire up for the decorated Joshi star. Mazz tags to Forbes but Mayu tags to Sumie. Sumie has the fans on her side but Forbes ignores it. They tie up and Forbes shoves Sumie down. Sumie gets back up and ties up with Forbes again.

Forbes uses the height advantage for leverage, but Sumie kicks at her legs. Sumie goes to whip but Forbes blocks. Forbes whips Sumie but misses in the corner. Sumie fires off Mongolian chops! And chops and chops and chops! Fans fire up but Forbes throws Sumie by her hair! Forbes sits Sumie up for her “enhanced” hip attack! Sumie scrambles to a corner and Forbes handsprings corner to corner for a back elbow. Forbes adds insult to injury with her “All Natural” Stink Face! The ref counts and Forbes backs off at 4. Forbes drags Sumie to a cover, TWO! The duo of champions is in trouble as Forbes drags Sumie to her corner and we go to break.

ROH returns as Mazz whips Sumie corner to corner. Mazz then runs in, but into a boot! Mazz staggers but comes back in to block the next boot. She puts Sumie’s leg on the ropes to kick it. Mazz suplexes and covers, TWO! Mazz keeps her cool and runs to drop the leg, but Sumie gets clear! Sumie crawls but Forbes goes around to the corner and drags Mayu off the apron! Forbes teases Sumie as she holds Mayu up. Sumie gets attacked from behind and Forbes gives Mayu a snake eyes on the apron. Mazz drags Sumie up and whips but Sumie reverses. Mazz grabs ropes and spins to heel kick Sumie away. She gives Sumie a DDT, then covers, but Mayu breaks it! Mazz is furious but fans rally up for Sumie. Mazz spins but Sumie dodges to kick and TJ Neckbreaker!

Fans rally up and Sumie crawls for her corner. Hot tag to Mayu! Mayu aims and dropkicks Mazz down! She drags her back up but Forbes runs in to attack. The duo double whips Mayu but she reverses and wristlocks for a springboard DOUBLE arm-drag! Fans fire up as Mayu gives them both the basement dropkick! Mayu fires up now as she stays on Mazz. She drags Mazz up for a Northern Lights! Bridging cover, TWO! Mazz lives but Mayu stomps her down before tagging Sumie. Mayu climbs one corner as Mazz staggers up, missile dropkick sends her back down! Sumie is perched, crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Mazz survives and Forbes attacks Sumie just because.

Sumie slaps Forbes then puts her in a corner. The Joshi duo double whips but Mazz dodges and spins things around. Mazz sends Sumie into Mayu, then Forbes grabs them both for a DOUBLE Fireman’s Carry! The All Natural does squats with that weight, then hits a DOUBLE Samoan Drop! Mazz flounders to cover Sumie but Sumie gets up. Mazz throws hands then drags Mayu back in. Sumie hits Mazz while Forbes goes to throw Mayu. Mayu blocks and then SUPERKICKS Forbes! Mazz hits Sumie back then goes after Mayu. Mayu SUPERKICKS Mazz, then Smash Mouse from Sumie! Cover, Sumie & Mayu win!!

Winners: Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani, Sakai pinning

The duo of former champions toughs it out and gets the win! Will this new team make big waves in the WOH Division’s growing tag scene?

 

PJ Black speaks.

“Let me start from the beginning.” The Darewolf came in with a chip on his shoulder, thought he knew better and was just plain better. But his loss to Bandido really hurt. PJ’s been doing this for 22 years now, but given how long he’s been doing this, the frustration is building. He’s been trying to take shortcuts to get ahead, but it doesn’t work. ROH is built on honor and respect, of course, but PJ’s been doing the opposite. Now he’s doing some soul searching and rethinking his mindset. He knows he has to do it differently now. LifeBlood sets a great example for him, and he’ll learn to follow the honor in Ring of Honor. PJ knows now he didn’t know better, but will he be able to make it right in a rematch next week in episode 396?

 

Crockett Cup Qualifying Match: The Briscoes VS Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack!

The most decorated tag team in ROH were practically offended that they’d have to qualify for the return of the iconic tag team tournament! But as the “baddest tag team on the whole damn planet”, they’ll gladly beat up anyone and everyone they have to in order to win it all. Will #DemBoyz be able to overcome the ROH World Television and NWA National Heavyweight Champions? Or will Cobb and Mack be the duo to #ManUp and make it into the Crockett Cup?

ROH returns as both teams uphold the Code of Honor. That’s surprising for the way The Briscoes have been acting lately. Fans duel for the two teams as they sort out. Mack and Mark start and stare down with the bell. Fans rally up and Mack circles with Mark. They tie up and Mack powers Mark to a corner. Mark turns it around and grinds his forearm in. He backs off at 4 but Mack dodges the chop to give a chop! Mack CHOPS again, but Mark CHOPS back. They trade CHOP after CHOP! Neither man backs down as they keep firing them off! Mack eggs Mark on but Mark knees low. Mark headlocks but Mack powers out to his own. Mark powers out but Mack runs him over!

Mack speeds things up and hurdles over Mark, to then hit a BIG Thesz Press! He fires off hands then runs for a Stone Cold elbow drop. Fans fire up as Mack brings Mark up and powers him to the corner. Cobb tags in and rams his shoulders in. Cobb throws European Uppercuts then whips Mark to a corner. He scoops Mark on the rebound to then suplex! Cobb holds Mark up for a count of 15! Mark flops up and out of the ring! Jay hurries to regroup with his brother and get him back in this. Mark goes back in to tag Jay and Jay circles with Cobb.

They tie up and Jay waistlocks Cobb. Cobb pries his way out to a wristlock but Jay rolls and spins and drop toeholds. Jay gets a facelock but Cobb powers him to a corner! Cobb lets Jay go clean and now the hair comes down from both men. Fans fire up as Cobb shakes the locks out. Jay calls for a test of strength, but with the Hawaiian Hulk? They tie up, but Jay kicks low. The Briscoes tag and mug Cobb while we go to break.

ROH returns as Jay uppercuts Cobb to a corner. Jay throws more uppercuts then whips corner to corner. Cobb reverses but runs into a back elbow. Jay tags in Mark and the Briscoes double whip, to run Cobb over with double shoulders! Fans cheer that as Mark covers, ONE! Mark keeps his eyes on Mack while stomping Cobb. Cobb grits his teeth and throws body shots back. Cobb rocks Mark but Mark hits Mack! Mark still gets forearms from Cobb then Cobb whips to elbow Mark down. Cobb brings Mark up for more forearms, then whips again. Mark holds ropes and Jay tags in. The Briscoes swarm and Mark feeds Cobb to Jay’s boot!

Mark hits Mack again for good measure while Jay drags Cobb up again. The Briscoes throw Cobb out then Mark climbs to corkscrew moonsault onto them both! The South Sussex Chicken flies and takes them both out! Mark puts Cobb in for Jay and Jay covers. TWO, but Jay keeps on Cobb with a headbutt. Jay kicks and bumps Cobb in a corner then stomps in a mudhole. He grinds his boot in but backs off at 4. Jay drags Cobb up to tag Mark, and The Briscoes mug Cobb again. Mark stays between Cobb and Mack as he CHOPS and forearms Cobb. He puts Cobb back in the corner and tags in Jay. They mug Cobb more and Jay rams his shoulders in. Jay brings Cobb around and manages to snap suplex him! Fans cheer that as Jay tags Mark.

Mark clubs Cobb but Cobb throws hands. Mark knees low and clubs Cobb again, but Cobb dodges to DROPKICK! Cobb rolls, hot tag to Mack! The Return of the Mack rallies on The Briscoes! Running leg lariat puts Mark in a corner! Mack goes side to side for a sharp forearm, then side to side again for a bicycle boot! Mark sits down and Mack goes corner to corner for the inverted cannonball! Cover, TWO! Mark survives but Mack keeps his cool. Mack whips Mark corner to corner but Mark reverses. Jay runs in to forearm, and feed Mack to Mark’s shotgun dropkick! Mark drags Mack to a cover, TWO! Tag to Jay and the Briscoes stomp out Mack while we go to one last break.

ROH returns again as Mark holds Mack in the Briscoe corner. Jay distracts the ref while Mark rakes Mack’s eyes, but then the ref has to keep Cobb back. Jay stomps a mudhole into Mack in that time, then both Briscoes grind their boot in. The ref reprimands them both but Jay keeps going to EuroUpper Mack. Tag to Mark and The Briscoes continue to mug Mack. Mark rocks Mack with an uppercut, then stalks him to an open corner for more stomps. Mack throws hands but Mark haymakers and headbutts him down. Mark snapmares Mack to a neck wrench! Fans rally up as Mack endures. Mack works his way up and fights his way out. Mark clubs Mack back then runs, but into Mack’s pop-up complete shot! Both men are down but fans fire up as they stir.

Mack and Mark crawl, hot tag to Cobb but Jay still runs in! Cobb catches Jay for a BIG overhead belly2belly suplex! Mark staggers up and gets one of his own! Cobb sees the Briscoes in opposite corners, so Cobb runs for a big leaping elbow on Jay, then corner to corner for one on Mark! Cobb scoops Mark but Jay saves him. The Briscoes double whip but Cobb reverses to pull them into each other! Cobb gets a leg each, and gives both Briscoes a single leg suplex! Fans fire up as Cobb hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Mark lives and gets to a corner but Cobb goes at him for CHOPS. Cobb whips but Mark goes up and forearms Cobb back. Mark ducks Cobb to PELE! Tag to Jay, and Jay runs to clobber Cobb! Cover, TWO!

Jay grows frustrated but he drags Cobb up for a neckbreaker, only for Cobb to power out and SUPERKICK! Hot tag to Mack! Mack rallies on Jay with clotheslines and elbows! Mack scoops to a Samoan Drop! And knip up to his own standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Jay still lives and gets away. Mack builds speed but Jay gets away again. Mack pursues but Mark wrecks Mack with a dropkick! Cobb comes around, but gets an apron blockbuster! The Briscoes suckered both opponents in! Jay gets Mack in and fans cheer “Man Up!” Jay underhooks Mack but Mack powers out and ducks to hit a big exploder! Cover, TWO! Mack keeps cool as he whips Jay corner to corner. Jay reverses but runs into a boot. Mack climbs up but Jay intercepts! Mark springboards in, Doomsday! Cover, but Cobb barrels in to break it up!

Fans know “This is Awesome!” and far from over! The Briscoes throw Cobb out then go back to Mack. Mark tags in and Jay helps Mark get Mack up. Canadian rack, but Cobb blasts Jay down! Mack escapes, STUNNER! TO GERMAN!! Mack climbs up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Mark survives and Mack cannot believe it! Cobb drags Mark up to whip but Jay saves Mark at the ropes. Mark baits Cobb in to send him out, and Jay BOOTS Cobb down! Mark drags Mack up and throws a CHOP! Mack CHOPS back, Mark CHOPS back, repeat! They go for forearms next, then Mack back hands. Mack runs but into a forearm. Mark runs but into a BOOT! Mack runs but Jay headscissors! Jay underhooks, JAY DRILLER! Mark up, FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, The Briscoes win!!

Winners: The Briscoes, Mark Briscoe pinning; advance to the Crockett Cup Tournament

Against a team as tough as they are strong, the Baddest Team on the Whole Damn Planet makes it into the more prestigious tag tournament in the world! Will #DemBoyz beat the best teams in NJPW, NWA and CMLL to take the whole cup, too?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a great episode of ROH! Taylor VS Luchasaurus was a solid opener, both guys are big but agile so it made for a good match-up. Taylor wins because he’s a strong enough Heel to go after Face champion Jeff Cobb for that ROH World TV title. Of course, by this time in real-time, Cobb is dual champion with both the ROH WTV and NEVER Openweight Championship after G1 Supercard. I’d imagine Cobb being that strong now, I doubt Taylor wins. And there’s obviously a lot more to Silas VS Gresham, their next rematch will be just as good if not better than their previous. The PJ Black VS Bandido rematch next week will be a great match for TV, but I wonder if PJ really will keep it clean like he’s been saying.

The WOH tag match was pretty good, but I’m both surprised and disappointed it wasn’t just an exhibition of how great Sumie Sakai and Mayu Iwatani are. Even after watching her as Khloe Hurtz on Women of Wrestling, and full-well knowing she was trained by Rob Van Dam, I still don’t see how she and a tag partner could’ve lasted this long against two former champions. Especially when, at the time of this taping, Mayu was still WOH Champion and a champion in Stardom. Sumie and Mayu still win, thankfully, and this just seems to further push that ROH is considering their own Women’s Tag Championships. A sadder irony of tape delay is that while Tenille Dashwood is cleared to compete, her contract expired and it doesn’t seem like she’s renewing with ROH. There goes my idea that she’d say Kelly Klein was the one who attacked and injured her.

The tag match main event was incredible! It really is a shame this wasn’t part of the Crockett Cup itself, but if this was just a qualifier, all the matches of the tournament are going to be insane! And I would really hope with how hard The Briscoes fought to get in, they at the very least go to the finals. The Briscoes should also beat Villain Enterprises as payback for losing the ROH World Tag Team Championships to them. Then hopefully once they’ve won the Crockett Cup, The Briscoes go back after the Guerrillas of Destiny to at least take back the ROH tag titles and we get the 2v2 match we were supposed to get in the first place.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival B Block Results & Review: Part 3

Another few days, Mathew brings us another part of the Champion Carnival! All Japan’s biggest tournament of the year keeps churning in quality! How is B block going?

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Another few days, Mathew brings us another part of the Champion Carnival! All Japan’s biggest tournament of the year keeps churning in quality!

Welcome back to the Carnival, as we look at the next three shows for the part of the ongoing tournament.

The last part had a lot of solid matches and some nice victories that changed the game a little bit. As we get a little bit closer to the finals, the standings for this set of matches should be interesting.

Will Yoshitatsu remain the only one undefeated now or someone breaks that? Let’s see who will move up or down in the standings as we…dive right in.

Rating System:

  • 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
  • 1 Star: Vince Russo
  • 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
  • 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
  • 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
  • 5 Stars: Jim Cornette

 

4/11/2019
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Jake Lee vs. Yoshitatsu

Review: Our first match for this show is Jake Lee taking on Yoshitatsu. Jake Lee was recently able to get his first win when he defeated Joel Redman. Yoshitatsu is currently the only one undefeated when he won against Suwama at the last show. Jake would need to have another win here to move up while Yoshi winning would move him to the top spot. Can Jake get another win or will Yoshi remain undefeated?

Yoshi, I know you spent money on Hunter Club gear and I’m sure you’re very proud of yourself but I think you should let that go. You’re not in New Japan anymore, no real need for it and just move forward. Anyway, I thought this was an enjoyable match but if I had to nitpick one thing, it would be that I wish there was a lot more intensity in the match since you kinda felt that when they had a tag match in the last big show I did for them and it didn’t feel like a grudge match or anything for the first half of it. Yoshi having good matches back to back is a very pleasant surprise and I hope that momentum keeps on going as we go forward with the tournament. The chemistry between them was a really nice touch with a great showing by both these men. Jake psyched Yoshi out with a punch to the gut and ran towards him only to get caught in a Koji Clutch which Jake rolled him up for a two count. Yoshi would eventually hook the Koji Clutch all the way after countering his Backdrop and it looked like he had him tapped but Jake answered the referee, making him break it up and pin him for a two. Jake would deliver two knees to his chest before hitting the Backdrop Driver to get the three count, ending the only winning streak we had for B Block.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Suwama vs. Sam Adonis

Review: Our next match is Sam Adonis taking on Suwama. Suwama recently lost to Yoshitatsu but he’s still in a good position with only one win and one loss as he still has time to bounce back. Sam currently has zero wins and two losses, so he would need to get a win here if he would wanna stay in the game a little longer. Can Suwama bounce back or does Sam sweep his chances under the rug?

Suwama is a great opponent for Sam as they have similar styles, making it easier for Sam to work with and show more of what he could do in the ring as he gave a much better performance here than his previous match against Joel. They were able to showcase enough power and strikes to make it rather engaging for the audience who are fans of this type of style, to begin with. It also shows how helpful Suwama can be with his opponents to help make them look good while bringing out your potential as the match progresses. Sam would get Suwama down with a few hits such as the Blockbuster and even lifted him for a Running Powerslam as Suwama was still able to kick out and gets frustrated as he goes to grab a chair for later. Suwama would attempt another Last Ride after failing the first time as Sam would use a dirty tactic of biting his fingers to make him let go as he grabbed the chair to try and strikes him, but Suwama grabbed it and threw it to the side. When the referee wasn’t looking, Sam would hit him with a low blow and roll him up for a two count. Sam isn’t done as he hits a Lariat and a modified Brainbuster it looked like as he shocked the fans by picking up his first win in the tournament. More of this Sam and he’ll be in good shape.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

4/13/2019
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Naoya Nomura vs. Joel Redman

Review: Onto the next show as the one opening this up is Naoya Nomura taking on Joel Redman. Nomura recently suffered his first loss when he fought Joe Doering but he’s still in a good spot as he’s still in first place with the three wins he already has under his belt. Joel recently got his first win when he defeated Sam Adonis and he now has a chance to climb up the ladder a little bit more if he can take Nomura down here. Will Nomura get another win and secure his spot or will Joel pull him down a bit?

I see Joel went back to his better gear than his previous one, thank goodness because he looks a lot better without the singlet. Speaking of Joel, he delivers another great performance in his match against Nomura who also performed just as great as Joel did. Joel was able to do arm manipulation once he threw Nomura into the turnbuckle to know where he needed to take the advantage over him. Nomura did great selling the injury and getting the crowd behind him when he hits Joel with the Spear to try and get momentum back on his side. Nomura would be able to hit a Northern Lights Suplex and another Spear with a roll-up as Joel would still kick out of it. Joel was able to catch him into the Fujiwara Armbar and it looked like he had him ready to tap but Nomura would grab the ropes. Joel saw him going towards the apron and hits a Suplex from the other side and catches him for a Spinning Tombstone and Nomura would still kick out of it, but he quickly turned it back into the Fujiwara Armbar and Nomura tapped out! I know it’s been 7 years since this match happened, but I would love to see Joel Redman fight Zack Sabre Jr again, like immediately.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Suwama vs. Takashi Yoshida

Review: Our match to close our block for this show is Takashi Yoshida coming back as he takes on Suwama. Suwama has one win and two losses while Takashi is one win and one loss as of right now, so they’re pretty much about even right now. Suwama would need to win the match here though if he can stay in the game. Which one of these two giants comes out the victor in this brawl?

I wasn’t too fond of the first half of the match due to it being a little bit clunky and the fighting around the outside of the arena dragged on a little bit longer than it needed to, plus the camera angles for most of it didn’t help out at all. Outside of that though, the middle of the match was a lot better than I highly anticipated since you got two giants duking it out as best they could with the throat thrusts, Lariats, and a Powerbomb from Takashi along with other power moves. While I’m still not a big fan of Takashi, he has been performing in this tournament much better than anticipated since he used this time to actually showcase his move set properly. Suwama was also able to help Takashi out in the match to make him perform better like how he did with Sam the previous night.

Takashi would have Suwama in his clutches as he hits him with a Diving Elbow Drop for a two count and would do his throat thrusts with a Lariat as Suwama would counter the Lariat with a Lariat of his own on his arm. Suwama would be able to hit the Backdrop and Takashi would be able to kick out of it and Suwama wants to call for the finish when he sets him up for the Last Ride. Once he had Takashi up for the Last Ride, he would just drop him down without doing the full move and I’m not exactly sure what happened there. Suwama would pick him up instead of pinning him as he hits one more Backdrop to get the pinfall victory in a solid match but sloppy beginning and end.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

4/14/2019
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joe Doering vs. Sam Adonis

Review: Our final show for this article as our opening match is Joe Doering taking on Sam Adonia. Both of these men are currently with one win and two losses under their belt, meaning one of them is going to have to suffer a third loss and be in a rather bad position with the standings. Which one of them will be in last place?

The first minute or so was basically Sam hiding behind the rope so he wouldn’t be touched as you have Joe waiting by the ropes, not having any of his crap today as he just wants to beat him up. Which is exactly what he does do when they’re outside of the ring for a couple of minutes as the two were back and forth, but it was mostly Joe that was getting the upper hand. Joe got him back in the ring as he would look to put him away as Sam would distract the referee long enough to kick Joe in the dick and down goes the giant. Joe is unable to move as Sam would pin him down to get the pinfall victory, leaving Joe in last place with three losses.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joel Redman vs. Takashi Yoshida

Review: Our final match for this set of matches is Joel Redman taking on Takashi Yoshida. Joel is even right now with two wins and losses while Takashi only has one win still but with two losses, meaning things aren’t looking so hot for Takashi right now. Is Joel does win here, then he’ll be in first place next to Naoya Nomura and if Takashi wins, the majority of them will all be tied up except for Joe and Nomura. Which one of them will get the victory?

It’s so weird seeing Takashi trying to chain wrestle Joel at the beginning of the match and the shocking part of it is him doing it well on top of that, scary sight if you ask me. Joel is, of course, more technically sound compared to Takashi, so of course, he would win this part of the bout. Takashi performed a lot better here than he did in his previous match with Suwama from beginning to end while Joel keeps on proving his worth with all the matches he’s been in. Joel would give Takashi a couple of kicks to take him down before he does his Diving Knee Drop off the top rope for a two count. It looked like Joel was gonna go for the Spinning Tombstone but Takashi would fight out of it to pick him up as Joel gets off him to go for a Backslide with Takashi kicking out. Takashi would hit the Kong Lariat to knock him down and Joel would still kick out, leaving Takashi frustrated and would pick him up to hit the Cyber Bomb as he gets the victory over Joel.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Overall: Aside from one match, the rest of the show was solid again as usual as I’m very happy with my results so far as it comes to the quality of the matches with an exception for a couple that happened. Our next set of shows should give us a better assessment to see where people stand and who will have no chance of making it.

Favorite Match: Joel Redman vs. Naoya Nomura

Least Favorite Match: Joe Doering vs. Sam Adonis

Score: 7/10

Current Standings:
Naoya Nomura: (3-2) (6 Points)
Yoshitatsu: (2-1) (4 Points)
Daichi Hashimoto: (2-1) (4 Points)
Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
Jake Lee: (2-2) (4 Points)
Joel Redman: (2-2) (4 Points)
Takashi Yoshida: (2-2) (4 Points)
Sam Adonis: (2-2) (4 Points)
Joe Doering: (1-3) (2 Points)


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