ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 334
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- The Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas w/ Silas Young VS Team Coast 2 Coast; no contest.
- Six Man Tag: Silas Young, Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas VS Kenny King & Coast 2 Coast; King & C2C win.
- First WOH Championship Tournament Opening Round match: Madison Rayne VS Mandy Leon; Mandy wins and advances to the second round.
- ROH World Heavyweight Championship: Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Punishment Martinez; Castle wins and retains the ROH WHC.
PLAY BY PLAY
Dalton Castle speaks.
The Peacock and ROH WHC is “always ready, always limber and never surprised.” He can go left, he can go right– Wait were both Boys here this whole time? “Not much can surprise me.” And that is why the second the ROH WHC became his, Castle knew that he was “instantly the biggest target in ROH.” So when someone like Punishment Martinez attacked from behind, Castle wasn’t surprised. “Who can blame him? I would do the same thing, if I was a big lummox with eye-liner.” Castle would try for any advantage possible, “especially if I had to fight me.” Martinez clearly understands this isn’t the same Peacock from before, he’s “gonna be looking face to face with a champion!” Castle is “a man willing to fight to protect what he’s earned!” Castle is a man “with no other plan than to come out swinging, and do everything he can to insure that he leaves Nashville still your world champion!” The Peacock is brimming with confidence, can he keep the Reincarnation of the Purple Mist at bay?
The Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas w/ Silas Young VS Team Coast 2 Coast!
The Last Real Man and World Television Champion accompanies the newest and literally biggest team in the ROH Tag Team Division as they make their in-ring debut. However, they go up against a team that not only went #DoOrDie against another big team in War Machine, but Shaheem Ali & Leon St. Giovanni beat Hanson & Rowe to stay together! Can the Kingpin and the Keg Master crush C2C like a couple of beer cans? Or will Ali & LSG ride the wave all the way to the top?
No Code of Honor given because Milonas & Bruiser go right at them with cheap shots! The bell rings but everyone’s still in as Bruiser puts Ali in a corner and Milonas brings LSG to another. The big hoss boys coordinate and go corner to corner, but run into boots from C2C. C2C hops up, they both jump, but they both get caught! Milonas & Bruiser sandwich Ali & LSG before throwing Ali away and bumping LSG of a buckle with Snake Eyes. LSG staggers back into Milonas’s tackle, then Bruiser gives a hollering elbow drop!
Cover, TWO, and Bruiser is already annoyed. Silas protests the count but Bruiser brings LSG over to his corner for a haymaker. Milonas tags in, and turns around to ram his king-sized backside into LSG over and over! Silas taunts LSG, “How did that feel, boy?” Bruiser tags in, he drags LSG up and scoops him. LSG slips out and dropkicks Bruiser into Milonas! Hot tag to Ali, and Ali rallies on the big men with forearms and headbutts! Bruiser gets a kick in and Ali staggers into Milonas, but Ali ducks to let Bruiser’s haymaker hit Milonas. Milonas goes down and Silas freaks out, but LSG comes in and together, hit Bruiser with the Half Nelson Complete Shot!
Cover, TWO! Ali keeps his focus on Bruiser and brings him up, but Bruiser fights back with back elbows. Bruiser shoves Ali to a corner then runs in, but Ali evades to retaliate with a swing kick. Ali snapmares Bruiser and prepares a kick, but Silas grabs his foot! Ali is anchored in place as Milonas runs in for a corner splash! Milonas backs off while Ali slips out, but the referee is busy keeping the protesting LSG in and Silas gets away with cheap shots. However, Kenny King comes in to even the numbers!
Silas slips into the ring and now it’s a chaotic brawl! The referee can’t do a thing, so he throws out the match! Silas and his bruiser buddies get out of the ring, leaving it to C2C and the K I N G. We go to break so ROH can sort this out.
Six Man Tag: Silas Young, Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas VS Kenny King & Coast 2 Coast!
We can tell how this match came about. The current ROH WTVC, Silas, and former champion, King, start for their teams. The bell rings, and King takes the fight right to Silas! But then their teammates come in and we have another six man brawl! Milonas throws LSG out but King slips behind and rocks him with the spinning roundhouse! Bruiser keeps Ali back while Milonas rolls out of the ring. King sees his target and fires up the fans before hitting Milonas with the slingshot corkscrew!
King topples Milonas down and takes his time to celebrate, but he turns around into Bruiser’s cannonball!
Bruiser gets up but C2C regroups! LSG fakes Bruiser and Milonas out, it’s Ali that FLIES!
The fans fire up but Silas hits LSG with the springboard lariat! Silas takes aim at everyone on the outside and fires himself up, then builds speed, but tumbles to the apron when he sees no one there. He boots King in the face from the apron, then catches Ali into a yurinagi on the apron!
King returns but gets rocked with a haymaker, Silas returns to the apron to slingshot double stomp Ail. Silas dares someone to come back in, but he doesn’t see LSG behind him. He turns around and gets LSG’s boot right to his face! LSG throws Silas out onto everyone, then starts climbing up top. However, Milonas returns and stops him halfway, then Bruiser also returns. Milonas drags LSG out and holds him up, Bruiser dropkick-starts the swinging sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Everyone returns to their corners as Milonas brings LSG back up. He tags Silas, Silas kicks LSG in the ribs. Silas takes off his shirt and throws it at LSG, LSG throws it back. Silas dares LSG to “hit me like a man!” So LSG slaps him across the face! Silas comes back and LSG hits him again with a forearm, so Silas hits LSG back with a forearm. They go back and forth with forearms, but Silas gets the edge and rocks LSG to his knees. “That’s how a man gets it done!” He brings LSG back up but LSG breaks free to swing on him. Silas suplexes but LSG slips out to tag Ali. Silas swings but misses LSG, who then springboards and forearms Silas down. Ali then grabs Silas for the big Complete Shot!
Cover, TWO! Ali drags Silas up and tags King. King and Silas brawl, King getting the edge. King whips and knocks Silas down with the spinning heel kick. He stalks Silas to ropes as the fans rally. Silas hides behind the ropes, but Bruiser comes in with a cheap shot clothesline on King. Milonas also comes in, and the three “real men” surround King. C2C protest and the ref tries to back them off, but Silas still rocks King with a knee right to the face. Then Bruiser and Milonas run in to sandwich King between their beer bellies!
C2C come in but get rocked by rights, then go at King again to squash him between their beer buttocks! Silas covers, TWO!! Kenny rolls away while C2C stands up. C2C baits Bruiser & Milonas, to dump them out! Silas gets up, he and Ali run at each other for a big double clothesline. Ali, Silas and King are all down, but LSG sees Milonas and Bruiser getting to their feet. The Human Rocket climbs up, takes aim, and hits the springboard Phoenix senton!
LSG takes Milonas & Bruiser down and the fans fire up! Silas brawls with Ali from the mat to their feet, back and forth like mad. Silas gets the edge because “You ain’t nothing, boy!” He runs, but into C2C’s double hip toss cradle, and King returns to make it Tu Lo ROYAL FLUSH!
King and C2C win! A big victory for all, can King make the Last Real Man #BendTheKnee in their ROH WTVC rematch?
The Dawgs are watching backstage.
Big Rhett asks if Lil’ Willie can see what’s going on, but clearly he can’t. Will Ferrara can’t stand that those two “dingle berries” Ali & LSG are getting the reaction they are. Rhett Titus tells him to calm down. Rhett’s been around ROH long enough, he’s “seen them come and seen them go.” Well right now, they’re here. Ferrara mocks the “Rocket Man, Rocket Man”, Tu Lo Sabes “You Know It”. He wants to “send them packing”! Titus agrees, C2C is gonna be sent packing, “courtesy of The Dawgs!” “Knick Knack Paddy Whack, give these dogs a BEER!” A lot of bark from Rhett & Ferrara, will their bite match up to it?
The ROH Women of Honor Tournament has its bracket!
Mandy Leon and Madison Rayne each speak on their paths to this historic tournament. The Exotic Goddess is a product of the ROH Dojo. She trained for five long years, and was a pioneer in creating this premier Women’s Division within ROH. Meanwhile, the Queen Bee knows that Women’s Wrestling around the world is bigger than it’s ever been. Women’s Wrestling is at the forefront of the industry, and now that WOH has firmly established itself, Mandy wants to fulfill a dream of becoming the inaugural WOH Champion. Madison knows that this 16-woman invitational is truly “history making”, and even humbling to be selected. Mandy won’t anyone in the field of 16 stand in her way, while Madison’s 10 year career validates her as a serious competitor.
Mandy will acknowledge Madison as a “world-class talent”, and knows Madison’s been a champion everywhere she’s gone, “but you haven’t been here.” The Exotic Goddess was a WOH “day one” wrestler. Being champion here is all Mandy has ever wanted. Madison knows all that, and gives Mandy “tremendous credit”, but Mandy seems to have forgotten Madison was already here years ago. Even though there was no WOH Division, ROH had women wrestlers, so it was Madison who laid the foundation. Madison wins titles, makes history, and belongs at the top. Mandy still declares that she will be the first WOH Champion. Can the Exotic Goddess’ dream survive the Queen Bee’s drive?
Deonna Purrazzo joins commentary for this next match.
The Virtuosa is another of the 16 women from around the world entering this historic tournament, so she has vested interest in the results. At the same time, she and Mandy were the two women in the first official WOH Division match, so perhaps she wants to cheer on her fellow pioneer so they can meet next round.
First WOH Championship Tournament Opening Round match: Madison Rayne VS Mandy Leon!
History begins here! Sixteen women will be whittled down to eight, who will be the first moving on and the first going home?
The Code of Honor is upheld and the two go to their corners as the bell rings. The fans already applaud this great match-up and build to a rally. Madison and Mandy circle then tie up. Mandy backs Madison into a corner, then honors the break. She and Madison tie up again, now Madison backs Mandy down. Madison also honors the break, and they go again. Madison gets the headlock, shifts to a hammerlock then back to the headlock. Mandy fights out and gets a headlock of her own. Madison powers out but Mandy knocks her down. Mandy poses then runs, rolls over but Madison rolls under to arm-drag Mandy down. Madison gets up but runs into Mandy’s arm-drag. The two back off and the fans applaud the back and forth. Mandy and Madison circle and the fans rally for them again. Madison lunges but Mandy slips behind to get a hammerlock, then slips back to the front for a snapmaer. Mandy starts running and hits Madison with a kick then comes back the other side for the neck snap.
Cover, TWO, but Mandy keeps going. Madison sweeps her legs, though, and covers, TWO. Madison uses a leg sweep to roll Mandy into a cover, TWO. They both stand up, Madison whips Mandy to the ropes, but now Mandy rolls Madion up on the return, TWO. Mandy keeps moving but Madision follows to SPEAR!
Mandy’s back up, so Madison knocks her down with a sharp enziguri! The Queen Bee has control while we go to break.
ROH returns and Madison keeps control as she hits Mandy with a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, and the frustration grows within the five-time Impact Knockouts champion. They get up, Madison kicks Mandy then runs but misses the second. Mandy swings but Madison ducks and they both run for double facebusters! Both women are down and a ten count begins. They stir at 2, and get to opposite corners. They crawl to each other and then brawl on their knees. The brawl moves to their feet as Mandy headbutts and Madison replies with a forearm. Mandy replies with her own forearm, then catches Madison’s return with the downward spiral, into the Koji Clutch!
Madison endures and drags herself forward, then gets the ropebreak with her foot. Mandy lets go and Madison rolls out, but Mandy pursues. Mandy takes aim at Madison from the apron, and runs in for the Penalty Kick! But she’s not done there, Mandy runs back in for the cannonball!
The Exotic Goddess topples the Queen as the fans fire up. Mandy puts Madison back in the ring then rallies the fans as she climbs up top. Madison stands up, Mandy drops her with the missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Mandy’s own frustration grows, and she calls for the end. She grabs Madison for an underhook but Madison slips behind her, wristlock spin-out for the Rayne Check cutter!
Cover, TWO!? Madison can’t believe Mandy survived her signature move. She drags Mandy up, Mandy surprises her with an inside cradle, TWO. Madison hits Mandy with a forearm smash, then picks Mandy up for a Fisherman drop!
Cover, TWO!! Frustration boils over for Mandy, but the fans cheer for Mandy. Madison climbs up top while Mandy gets to her feet. Madison leaps, but Mandy gets clear out of the way of the flying crossbody. Mandy comes back and picks Madison up in the pumphandle package driver, Astral Projection!
Mandy wins! Her dream lives on with this possible bracket buster!
As for Madison Rayne…
Mandy turns to her opponent and the two shake hands and even hug. Madison raises Mandy’s hand in victory. Can the Exotic Goddess continue through to the end and become the one true Queen of Honor?
ROH has exclusive footage after Episode 333 went off air.
The American Nightmare finds The Young Bucks backstage. He’s upset, and demands to know where they were. They apologize for running late. Why were they running late? Was their flight coming in from Winnipeg? Is it “a Kenny thing”? Because the Bullet Club doesn’t need anymore “Kenny things” right now! “That’s over, that’s done with!” The fans were literally chanting for the Young Bucks out there while Cody was getting his ass kicked by The Kingdom! He points out his black eye and busted hand with no Ring of Honor. Matt Jackson apologizes again, they just arrived. Cody accepts that. “All I’m saying is, everybody wants us to break up.” The Bullet Club breaking up is good for everybody else, but he won’t allow that. Cody expects better from everyone, especially the Bucks. The Bucks scratch their heads and roll their eyes as Cody leaves, but then Marty comes in with a “sweet Marty Scurll sign.”
“Now’s not the time, man.” They don’t like it? No, they didn’t even spell his name right. Misspelling aside, is the Bullet Club just one wrong move away from breaking up?
The Briscoes speak.
Specifically, they speak to the Motor City Machine Guns. “Lemme explain something to y’all boys.” Jay & Mark have reached that point in their careers where they “don’t care about our opponents’ well being.” The Briscoes “don’t care if the people cheer for us.” All the Briscoes care about, “is making statements.” Mark agrees, because there’s “one statement in particular” they want to make: that they are “the baddest tag team to ever walk this planet!” Jay & Mark don’t care if they break bones, cripple opponents and make them get carted to the back. They don’t even care if you live or die. It’s nothing personal against MCMG, it’s personal against everyone. The Briscoes are on a war path, but the MCMG just happen to be the ROH World Tag Team Champions. Jay & Mark think of those as their property, so they’re coming to take them back. When it’s Sandy Fork VS Everybody, can anyone hope to survive #DemBoys?
Marty Scurll joins commentary.
While there is much to discuss about The Bullet Club, The Villain is here to focus on tonight’s main event. For it was last week that Scurll struck a deal with the challenger: if Martinez becomes the new ROH World Heavyweight Champion, he would allow Scurll the first shot at him.
ROH World Heavyweight Championship: Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Punishment Martinez!
The Reincarnation of the Purple Mist earned this chance at the ROH world title when he won Survival of the Fittest 2017. And when he came to tell The Peacock of his challenge, he did it with actions in the form of a sneak attack. Castle granted his challenge and thus we have this highly anticipated main event on ROH TV! Will the monster come away with the gold to then take on The Villain? Or will the Peacock reign supreme to roll on towards Honor Rising 2018?
Scurll rants about how he is “disgusted” with Castle being so full of himself, and even says Castle doesn’t deserve to be champion. However, that may only be because Castle defeated Cody, who is Scurll’s good friend within Bullet Club.
The fans chant “Fan up!” even before the bell. Castle offers the Code of Honor handshake, but Martinez shakes his head “No”. That’s fine by Castle, he fires himself and the fans up. Scurll rants and complains about the fact both Castle and Martinez received WHC title matches before him while Boy 2 gives Castle a certain something. Castle tells Martinez, “This is for you.” When Castle opens his hands, there’s nothing there, but a slap across Martinez’s face! Martinez grabs Castle and powers him back to a corner, then swings only for Castle to duck under and hit him back with a right hand. Castle chops, haymaker, chops and haymaker again, but Martinez shoves him back. Martinez swings but misses again, Castle goes for the waistlock but Martinez throws him right off. Martinez grabs Castle around the throat but Castle breaks free, to slap Martinez again. The monster gets mad, and glares at Castle as he chases him down, but Castle dumps Martinez out over the top rope. Martinez stays on his feet but Castle quickly builds speed and DIVES!
Castle sends Martinez rolling whiel the fans fire up and the Boys fan up. Martinez gets up quickly but Castle is right on him. Castle knocks him into the barriers along the walkway, then off the apron edge. The fans fire up for Castle, and he snaps his fingers. The Boys become steps, and Castle uses them to LEAP at Martinez!
But Martinez catches him! He goes to lift but Castle slips out and then shoves Martinez into a post! Martinez bounces off but manages to get back in the ring. The champion has control while we go to break.
ROH returns to see Castle grab Martinez in a waistlock. Martinez powers Castle back into a ring, which breaks the hold, but Castle reels him back into a new waistlock. They go backward again, and Martinez adds a back elbow to keep Castle back. Martinez runs back in but Castle boots him away. Castle hops up, but Martinez hits him with a spinning roundhouse! Castle topples down from the top rope and to the ground. Scurll laughs at The Peacock, even as The Boys “Fan up!” Martinez slips to the outside to fetch Castle, but as Martinez puts Castle in the ring, he swings around for headscissors. Martinez blocks the rest of the swing so Castle unleashes right hands. It’s not enough, though, as Martinez uses even more power to lift and Last Ride powerbomb Castle on the apron!
Scurll starts to reconsider his deal with the monster as he watches Castle writhe in pain. Martinez grins while the fans boo and jeer. Scurll critiques Martinez’s lack of urgency, even as Martinez rocks Castle with a right hand. The 20-count reaches 8 before Martinez puts Castle back in the ring. He toys with Castle as he stalks him to a corner. The fans cheer for Castle, even as Martinez whips him corner to corner hard. The Boys hurry to fan their leader before Martinez drags him back up. Martinez scoops Castle to then slam him down, to then hit a springboard senton!
Cover, TWO! Scurll complains that people should want him to be champion while Castle rolls out of the ring. The Boys fan him again, but Martinez comes out to scare them off. Castle pounces! He goes at Martinez with fire and fury, but Martinez snuffs it out with another right hand. Martinez waits for Castle to stagger back over before knocking him down with a SUPERKICK!
Martinez drags Castle up again, to then whip him hard into barriers. The fans boo and jeer again, but Martinez ignores them as he drags Castle up again. He goes to throw Castle but Castle gets loose. Castle hurries to get back in the ring, but he can’t get away, Martinez drags him out to throw him back into barriers. The referee comes out to get them to put this back in the ring, and Martinez obliges. He covers, TWO, but Martinez keeps hold of Castle while the fans start to rally. Martinez turns Castle around to put him in a chinlock while we go to break.
ROH returns once more, to find Martinez now on the defensive. Castle slinks back into the ring and grabs the dazed monster in a waistlock. Martinez elbows him away, then takes aim at Castle in a corner. He runs corner to corner and jumps for the big back elbow, but Castle catches him in the waistlock! Castle uses his super strength to carry Martinez out to the center, and hits the German Suplex pin! TWO! Even the Boys are feeling a bit of the exasperation. But Martinez suddenly sits up and grabs Castle by the throat! Castle fights against it and hammers Martinez to the mat. Scurll protests but the referee can’t hear him from all the way at the announce desk. Castle grabs Martinez in another waistlock and drags him up. Martinez powers out, then swings kick after kick and forearm, but Castle dodges them all to get another German Suplex! But Martinez springs right up again! He wobbles around, Castle catches him for an overhead suplex. Castle stands up while the Boys “Fan Up!” Martinez also rises, Castle runs in, but into Martinez’s clobbering right hand. Martinez drags Castle up, suplex for the Falcon Arrow!
Cover, TWO! The monster keeps his cool while the fans build back to a rally. Martinez drags Castle up while the fans chant, and prepares another powerbomb. Castle resists, goes to lift Martinez, but Martinez clubs him down. So Castle instead powers Martinez back into a corner! They separate, Castle runs in but into Martinez’s driving boot. Martinez walks it off while Castle slips out of the ring. The Boys “Fan Up!’ again, but Martinez spots them all gathered. He runs corner to corner to FLY!
He wipes out Castle and the Boys, then gets right up to put Castle back in the ring. Martinez climbs up and leaps for the spinning heel kick! TWO!! Martinez is shocked, and Scurll thought that was the end. The fans continue to cheer while Castle slowly stirs. Martinez goes to drag him up but Castle is out of it. He waits for Castle to rise, brings him up the rest of the way and gets the choke grip. Castle pries the hold off, but Martinez puts it back on, only for Castle to break it again, and rock Martinez with a back elbow. Martinez rocks Castle right back with a roundhouse, and Castle falls down in a heap while Scurll laughs again. That’s not all, Martinez brings Castle up for a rip-cord roundhouse! Castle drops to the mat again, eyes glazed over. Martinez drags him up a third time, and lifts him into a torture rack position. Castle revives to fight his way out, then rolls Martinez into a small package! Castle wins!! Martinez’s face shows shock and anger at being beat by only a split second.
He takes his frustrations out on a buckle pad, but that isn’t enough. Martinez goes after The Boys! He wipes Boy 2 out, then gives Boy 1 a choke slam onto the apron!
Martinez goes back for Boy 2, and powerbombs him onto his twin!
The fans boo and jeer as Martinez makes his exit. Scurll himself is also shocked, but the damage is done to The Boys. Will Martinez find his way back to a title shot? Will Castle’s Boys be okay to accompany him to Honor Rising?
A really great episode here, all in all. ROH put an interesting yet logical and entertaining twist on the opening tag team match. Kenny King helping Coast 2 Coast out against Silas’ trio was great given the story building between them for the ROH World TV Championship, and the Six Man was also really solid. Both teams looked great together, especially Milonas & Bruiser already working out some double-team moves. C2C continuing a feud with Bruiser & Milonas would be good for both teams, to help sort out who goes for ROH World Tag Team Championships first. Briscoes VS MCMG still has to happen, and #DemBoys had another great promo, but I’m going to assume the Faces VS Heels dynamic will be kept in the following program. In other words, Briscoes VS C2C and MCMG VS Bruiser & Milonas. The ROH World Six Man titles are also in question, as SoCal Uncensored already gets a shot against The Bullet Club’s Hung Bucks next episode. ROH is doing a great job integrating the building Bullet Club Civil War, so I’d imagine the only reason SCU wins is because of dysfunction on Bullet Club’s part rather than beating them cleanly.
There was a lot of anticipation for this ROH WOH Championship tournament, and I feel bad for saying this, but this opening match wasn’t as good as it could’ve or should’ve been. I’ve always liked Mandy Leon’s ROH run, and Madison Rayne has the résumé to be here, but there was a lot that could’ve/should’ve been more polished. I swear I saw Mandy let up on a pin half a beat too early for Madison’s “kick out.” Their promos were great, but being pre-taped probably means they were able to rehearse them to be on point. Logically, Mandy wins because she is, as her promo said, the pioneer of ROH’s official WOH and it will mean more if she lasts all the way to the end. The bracket is also set up so that she could end up facing either her old friend Jenny Rose, or WOH’s newest addition in Tenille Dashwood, for some real good story behind the match. But WOH match aside, the ROH WHC made up for it because it was some great stuff. Castle-Martinez were great in the ring and Scurll was great on commentary, but I had a feeling Castle would still win. Castle is too big a star to lose his first defense ever, even if it was against another rising star like Martinez.
My Score: 8/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.35~ 19TH MAY 2019
Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.
Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
“Under blue skies” NOAH held an event on the 18th May, which was only two events, and was held for their new sponsors, and 500 people on the roof of the Sekichu store in Saitama.
Sekichu are a hardware store who seem to specialize in home cleaning products, they also seem to have some kind of association with both All Japan and DDT too, and Jun Akiyama was there on the day wrapped against the spring cold in a Sekichu jacket.
The day was “non canon” and featured only ten wrestlers (plus the injured Naomichi Marufuji who was on commentary and gave autographs), everything was lighthearted with Go Shiozaki wearing a Sekichu company logo box on his head, and Taniguchi apologizing for knocking down a company display (which he was thrown into by Shiozaki). At the end of the event the fans got the chance to pose with the wrestlers, and it seems that the mascots did the same, and AXIZ also leaned on Hitoshi Kumano and almost squished him.
On seeing Daisuke Harada posing with one, IPW’S Ben Basden said “@IPWUK do you really want this representing your company? Fly him over to England already, he clearly has nothing better to do.”
The next day, the 19th in Gunma, was when the real events of the show happened, especially on the junior front involving RATELS and their enemies Stinger.
YO-HEY had said that he would be making an announcement in Gunma, and he stepped into the ring to do it after the match (which Stinger had lost via a lariat from Tadasuke on Junta Miyawaki). YO-HEY told Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki that for Global Junior Tag League, he would indeed be teaming with HAYATA and going for the third consecutive win, but he would be doing this as a member of Stinger. Getting the win in any league, equals a challenge for the belt, but while normally this would mean either another team and another team alone getting it, in this situation it would mean the belt would be half Stingers, and half RATELS. Ogawa didn’t like this, and he and Kotaro attacked YO-HEY, stamping on his chest after Ogawa had knocked him down with an elbow.
HAYATA ran to the ring and threw himself over YO-HEY to protect him, and as he was pulled off of him, Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke ran in for the assist, the four of them did their tandem kick and threw Stinger out of the ring.
Afterwards, RATELS helped YO-HEY up.
Daisuke Harada asked the crowd what YO-HEY was? Was he RATELS? Or was he Stinger?
The crowd had no hesitation in unanimously saying that he was RATELS.
YO-HEY removed his Stinger t-shirt, and the four of them did their handshake, before Tadasuke carried a grinning YO-HEY from the ring on his back (I think YO-HEY’S lungs were probably a little overworked after the exertion), and Harada welcomed him home…although he did say that despite the fact that the four of them were going to start again from scratch, YO-HEY should not think that he was going to go easy on him.
YO-HEY later posted on Twitter that RATELS had forgiven him for his betrayal, and were kind.
So, now Stinger are a man down and both teams stand at four against two, it will be interesting to see if Naomichi Marufuji joins Stinger. After all, he is feuding with Daisuke Harada, Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki are old friends (and heels), and in NOAH the line between the interaction in matches and units between juniors and heavyweights is one that is often crossed.
Elsewhere, Kongoh got another win when the four of them (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya, Atsushi Kotoge and Yoshiki Inamura) defeated the team of Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuehi Taniguchi, Minoru Tanaka and Akitoshi Saito, with Kitamiya evening the score against Taniguchi with the Saito Suplex. Naturally,
Kenoh started screaming afterwards about the usual things.
Katsuhiko Nakajima had another one of his classic beating up on Takashi Sugiura with a smug look on his face pictures taken. Nakajima, unfortunately, has failed to realize that this all spurs Sugiura to revenge, which is usually taken in a brutal way in title matches.
Global Junior Tag League starts on the 28th May 2019 at Korakuen Hall.
Post match promos – Esupowaru Isanuma, Saitama
Two of the NOAH seniors, Naomichi Marufuji and Takashi Sugiura in particular, are baiting Kenoh. As you know Sugiura called the name “Kongoh” tacky, with Kenoh calling him a “stupid old man”.
Marufuji, however, seems to have gone a step further to wind him up, after reading an article in “Puroresu Weekly” and photoshopping a bottle of brown sauce which he labelled as the flavor of Kenoh’s gut.
Kenoh said he was looking forward to kicking Marufuji (who thought he was a funny guy) on his return on the 28th, Marufuji said sarcastically for
Kenoh to be gentle.
Takashi Sugiura will celebrate his 50th birthday on May 31st, NOAH had announced plans to have a fan birthday party for him on the 25th, but not given any further details, and the announcement appears to have vanished from the site.
Kaito Kiyomiya will turn 23 on July 17th with Junta Miyawaki turning 22 on June 14th, NOAH will hold a fan party for them on the 13th July, details to be announced.
Naomichi Marufuji will turn 40 this year in September, so no doubt NOAH will also announce a fan party for him.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ YO-HEY signed autographs from both himself and his lung.
~ Daisuke Harada has sworn that he will have a main event for a title match
~ Naomichi Marufuji has been bed bound due to his injury, and spent a lot of time (in between Twitter posts and hospital visits) watching Dragonball Z. He said he watched about twenty episodes.
~ Akitoshi Saito was interviewed on his thoughts of Global Junior Tag League, a league which naturally he is not part of. Heavyweights have never been asked their picks and opinions for it before, so it could be a good way for the Juniors & the Heavyweights to go to war, especially as the juniors were not asked for their opinion over Global Tag League.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya said in an interview that when the twelve year old him heard that Mitsuharu Misawa had died, he cried throughout the day.
~ As part of his rehabilitation, YO-HEY says he has been taking walks in the park.
The first night of Global Junior League will be broadcast live on G+ on May 28th 2019 at 6.30pm JST.
The 9th June show (the Misawa Memorial from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo and the second to last night of Global Junior Tag League) will be broadcast by G+ on Thursday 13th at 8pm JST.
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hitoshi Kumano
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hajime Ohara
Global Junior Tag League mini interview with Akitoshi Saito
Katsuhiko Nakajima interview on the late Silver King
Ten years after Misawa’s death in Hiroshima, champion Kaito Kiyomiya “looks at a new scenery”
Champ talk with Katsuhiko Nakajima
PICTURE CREDITS: Daisuke Harada, Noah GHC, PKDK, Naomichi Marufuji
Newsletter written by Hisame
Joe’s CMLL Review & Results 5/19/2019
Catching up on CMLL is easy with Joe Dinan’s weekly look at the results and happenings!
Catching up on CMLL is easy with Joe Dinan’s weekly look at the results and happenings!
Arena Puebla Monday
Tigre Rojo Jr and Millenium vs El Malayo and Black Tiger
Malayo and Rojo start the match with some grappling. Black Tiger enters next with Millenium to do some grappling. Rojo comes back in with Malayo and gets the advantage. Millenium stands on Rojo’s shoulders on the top rope and hits a cross body on Black Tiger for the pin. Rojo then hits a sloppy elbow drop on Malayo. First Fall: Rojo pins Malayo with an elbow drop.
Millenium works over Black Tiger to start. Malayo takes out Rojo then Millenium gets teamed on. Black Tiger submits Millenium with a guillotine choke. Malayo submits Rojo with a stretch submission. Second Fall: Malayo submits Rojo with a stretch.
Millenium gets teamed on to begin this round. Tigre Rojo gets worked over next. Tiger launches Millenium who hits a hurricanrana on Malayo. Tiger and Malayo fight back and take out Millenium. Malayo hits a power bomb on Rojo then submits him with a sharpshooter. Tiger hits a splash on Millenium for the win. Third Fall: Black Tiger pins Millenium with a top rope splash.
Winners: El Malayo and Black Tiger
Fuego, Drone, and Star Jr vs Universo 2000 Jr, Sagrado, and Misterioso Jr (El Olimpico)
Olimpico and Fuego start the match out grappling. Drone and Sagrado enter next and lock up. They trade a few transitions. Star Jr comes in next with Universo 2000 Jr. Universo works him over a bit. Fuego runs wild on everyone, hitting back breakers on Universo and Sagrado before getting Olimpico in a pinning combo. First Fall: Fuego pins Olimpico with a pinning combo.
Star gets worked over to begin this round. Universo trades offense with Fuego. Fuego gets the upper hand on Sagrado. Drone uses his quickness against Universo. Universo kills Star Jr on a shoulder block to the outside. Drone goes for a sunset flip but Universo jumps down on him for the pin. Second Fall: Universo pins Drone by sitting on him.
Drone gets triple teamed to begin this round. Olimpico works over Star with occasional help of his teammates. Star leaves the ring and Universo chases just to be hit by Drone off of the apron. Fuego launches Star for a double drop kick. Star and Fuego then hit dives through the middle rope on Sagrado and Olimipico. In the ring Universo hits a leg drop on Drone for a two. Drone hits a lionsault but the pin gets stopped. Olimpico gets Fuego in a neck crank and Sagrado hits a flapjack on Star for the win. Third Fall: Sagrado pins Star with a flapjack.
Winners: Universo 2000 Jr, Sagrado, and Olimpico
Volador Jr (Rey Samuray), Atlantis, and Niebla Roja vs Sanson, Cuatrero, and Cavernario (Toro Bill Jr)
Roja and Toro Bill start the match up fighting for position. Toro Bill taking his gimmick very seriously wearing a Chicago Bulls tank top. Cuatrero enters with Rey Samuray and they lock up and fight to the ground where they start grappling. Atlantis enters to go one on one with Sanson but ends up getting beat on. Toro Bill pins Samuray with a power bomb off of the top rope. Cuatrero launches Sanson for a knee strike on Roja for the pin. First Fall: Sanson pins Roja with a knee strike.
Samuray gets teamed up on to start this round. They hold Atlantis and try to untie his mask. Atlantis fights to the outside with Sanson. Roja then gets a pinning combo on Bill as does Samuray on Cuatrero. Second Fall: Rey Samuray pins Cuatrero with a pinning combo.
Roja and Cuatrero go back and forth briefly until Roja drop kicked him out. Roja dodges an attack and Bill attacks Sanson. Roja then flapjacks Bill and poses. Samuray enters and does some acrobatics and hits a hurricanrana on Sanson. Atlantis hip tosses Bill then does a double arm drag to Sanson and Cuatrero. Samuray then hits a middle rope dive on Bill but almost killed himself. Cuatrero gets knocked to the outside and Roja hits an over the top rope dive on him. In the ring Atlantis hits a hurricanrana on Sanson for the pin. Third Fall: Atlantis pins Sanson with a hurricanrana.
Winners: Atlantis, Niebla Roja, and Rey Samuray
(Tag Team Tournament) Rush (Volador) & Mephisto vs Mr. Niebla and Stuka Jr vs Negro Casas and Stigma vs Angel de Oro and Euforia vs Soberano Jr and Gran Guerrero vs La Bestia del Ring (Cavernario) and Flyer vs Kraneo and Forastero vs Shocker and Guerrero Maya Jr
A moment of silence for Silver King. Volador is there, so I wonder why he wasn’t in the match before. Well anyone everybody is in the ring so let’s start this random tournament off. So they do the battle royal for the order. Maya is eliminated first. Euforia is gone next. Stigma is kicked out by Cavernario. Cavernario then gets dumped to the outside next. Gran Guerrero flies over the top rope after missing an attack. Stuka gets clotheslined out by Forastero. Mephisto and Forastero are the last two so their teams go last.
Guerrero Maya and Shocker vs Euforia and Angel de Oro
They’re really about to condense 7 matches in 45 minutes. Let’s see how that goes. Maya and Euforia start out fighting for position. Oro and Shocker enter and trade offense back and forth. Maya and Shocker start to double their adversaries. Oro gets Shocker in a pinning combo and Euforia pins Maya with a pump handle slam. Euforia pins Maya with a pump handle slam.
Winners: Euforia and Angel de Oro
Negro Casas and Stigma vs Cavernario and Flyer
Flyer and Stigma trade moves back and forth to start. Casas and Cavernario trade strikes when they get in. Flyer hits a hurricanrana on Stigma, then Casas attacks Flyer. Cavernario and Stigma trade offense with some communication problems. Stigma hurricanrana’s him to the outside. Flyer hits Casas with a vertical suplex but Stigma stopped it. Cavernario slams Flyer on Stigma then hits his slingshot splash on him for the pin. Flyer pins Casas with a pinning combo. Flyer pins Negro Casas with a pinning combo.
Winners: Flyer and Cavernario
Soberano and Gran Guerrero vs Mr. Niebla and Stuka
The match starts out fast. Soberano hits a nice hurricanrana on Stuka. He goes to beat on Niebla but Niebla is too big for him and power bombs him. Gran and Stuka fight on the outside. Soberano hits a back flip splash to the outside onto Stuka. Gran then slams Soberano onto Niebla. Soberano does another move off of Gran but Niebla breaks it up. Stuka hits a big splash off of the top rope on Gran for the pin. Niebla ties Soberano in a knot the sits on him for the….submission? Mr. Niebla submits Soberano by tying him in a knot and sitting on him.
Winners: Mr. Niebla and Stuka
Kraneo and Forastero vs Volador Jr and Mephisto
Well there’s Volador. Covering for Rush. Volador is taking this serious by wrestling with a sweater on. Kraneo gets jumped by him and Mephisto. Kraneo splashes Mephisto and Volador and the come back trail is on. Kraneo runs into Volador and Mephisto. Kraneo tries to sit on Mephisto but he moves. Volador super kicks him and Mephisto pins him. Volador hits a sunset flip for a pin on Stigma. Was clearly supposed to be a canadian destroyer. Volador pins Stigma with a sunset flip.
Winners: Volador Jr and Mephisto
Angel de Oro and Euforia vs Cavernario and Flyer
Oro and Cavernario start and they trade moves with each other. Euforia enters to stomp out Cavernario. Flyer gets teamed up on. As the match continues they trade big moves for close pin falls. Cavernario hits a back stabber on Oro for a two. Euforia hits a lean back camel clutch on Flyer. Cavernario then does it to Euforia. Oro then pins Cavernario with a michinoku driver. Angel de Oro pins Cavernario with a michinoku driver.
Winners: Angel de Oro and Euforia
Stuka and Mr. Niebla vs Volador and Mephisto
Well hey Volador doesn’t have a sweater on this time. Stuka and Volador start out but Mephisto enters quick. Stuka double arm drags them to the outside and then hits a fast dive through the middle rope on Volador. Volador somehow back in the ring before Stuka, super kicks Zakarias. Stuka goes for a big splash on Mephisto but he gets the feet up. Volador then rolls up Niebla for the pin. Volador rolls up Mr. Niebla for the pin.
Winners: Volador and Mephisto
Volador and Mephisto vs Angel de Oro and Euforia
Match starts at a break neck pace with Oro hitting big moves and then hitting a big splash on Mephisto to the outside. Euforia hits a back breaker on Volador for a two count. Mephisto hits Oro with a face buster but Oro kicks out. Oro super kicks Mephisto and hits a lionsault but Volador breaks up the pin. Oro gets Mephisto to the top but Mephisto hits a top rope face buster for the pin. Volador hurricanrana’s Euforia from the top for the win. Volador pins Euforia with a top rope hurricanrana.
Winners: Volador Jr and Mephisto
Arena Mexico Tuesday
Arkalis and Halcon Suriano Jr vs Grako and Coyote
Coyote and Halcon start out with some grappling. Grako and Arkalis then enter and go back and forth. Grako gets Arkalis in a neck stretch and Coyote submits Halcon with a standing stretch. First Fall: Coyote submits Halcon with a standing stretch.
Halcon gets taken out to start and then Arkalis gets teamed up on. Halcon pulls Coyote to the outside and then Arkalis hits a back breaker on Grako. Grako throws Halcon in the air and Halcon hits a hurricanrana for the pin. Arkalis pins Coyote with a blue thunder bomb. Second Fall: Arkalis pins Coyote with a blue thunder bomb.
Arkalis and Grako exchange offense to start the final round. Halcon gets the upper hand on Coyote then poses. Halcon hits 4 straight moonsaults on Coyote but then he gets his feet up on the 5th one. Coyote hits an underhook slam off of the top on Halcon for the pin. Grako hits an elbow drop from the top on Arkalis for the win. Third Fall: Grako pins Arkalis with an elbow drop.
Winners: Grako and Coyote
Electrico, Super Astro Jr, and Retro vs Nitro, Metalico, and Sangre Azteca
Azteca and Retro start the match out with some grappling. Metalico enters with Electrico and they start to grapple as well. Nitro enters with Astro and quickly he gets teamed on. They team up on Retro next and take him out. Nitro hits a top rope splash on Super Astro for the pin. Azteca hits a drop kick to the inner thigh on Retro and Metalico pins him. First Fall: Azteca hits a drop kick to the inner thigh on Retro. Metalico pins him.
Retro is teamed up on to start this round. Electrico gets worked over next. Astro dodges some attacks and then Retro hits a cross body on Metalico. Retro submits Azteca with an inverted bear hug and Electrico pins Metalico with an elbow drop. Second Fall: Electrico pins Metalico with an elbow drop.
Metalico strikes Retro but Retro no sells it. Afterwards is a series of them getting in the ring and trading moves before their partners come in. Standard back and forth action. Retro goes for a top rope move and Azteca drop kicks him for the pin. Nitro spike pile drivers Super Astro for the win. Third Fall: Nitro pile drivers Super Astro for the win.
Winners: Nitro, Metalico, and Sangre Azteca
Fuego, Pegasso, and Stigma vs El Sagrado, Disturbio, and Kawato San
Fuego and Disturbio start out going back and forth. Sagrado enters next with Stigma and they too go back and forth. Kawato comes in next with Pegasso and they move at a faster pace. Pegasso gets Kawato to the outside and then poses but is there after attacked from behind. Sagrado gets Pegasso up for a power bomb but Pegasso rolls into it for a pin. Kawato and Disturbio arrogantly turned their backs. First Fall: Pegasso pins Sagrado with a pinning combo.
Kawato and Stigma start this round off and trade offense. Stigma wins that battle and then hits a pose. Fuego enters with Sagrado and takes him out with an arm drag. Kawato then comes from behind and hits a dragon suplex on Fuego for the pin. Second Fall: Kawato pins Fuego with a dragon suplex.
Pegasso gets teamed up on to start this round. Stigma gets Kawato out finally and Pegasso pulls Sagrado and Disturbio to the outside. Stigma and Pegasso then hit dives through the middle rope. Fuego trips Kawato and then hits a springboard splash. He moves out of the way causing Kawato’s teammates to hit him. Fuego goes for an asai moonsault but Kawato pulls him down. Pegasso and Stigma go for sunset flips but Sagrado and Disturbio counter with jumping elbow drops for the win. Third Fall: Disturbio and Sagrado pin Pegasso and Stigma with standing elbow drops.
Winners: El Sagrado, Disturbio, and Kawato San
(Match Relampago) Guerrero Maya vs Templario
These two start out super fast trading moves back and forth. Templario power slams Maya on the outside. Back in the ring Templario continued to work over Maya. Maya fights back and knocks him out of the ring then hits a middle rope flip dive. When they get back in the ring Templario starts to work over Maya again. Templario goes to the top and Maya runs up and hits an arm drag. Templario catches Maya with a german suplex for a two count. Maya reverses Templario, very sloppy for the pin. Probably should have called an audible. Guerrero Maya pins Templario with a roll up.
Winner: Guerrero Maya
Kraneo, Flyer, and El Audaz vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, and Rey Bucanero
Audaz starts out with Bucanero and they tie up and start to grapple. Shocker comes in with Flyer and they trade strikes. Kraneo and Mr. Niebla do some sloppy spots. Kraneo dives off of the apron onto Niebla. Audaz hits a moonsault on Shocker for the pin. Flyer gets Bucanero in a hurricanrana. First Fall: Flyer pins Rey Bucanero with a hurricanrana.
Niebla and Kraneo work. Niebla postures to the crowd playing with his man boobs. Shocker works over Audaz. Audaz fights back hitting an arm drag. Audaz gets taken out. Shocker suplexes him then Bucanero kicks him to the outside. They slam Kraneo and Mr. Niebla hits a top rope splash onto him for the pin. Second Fall: Mr. Niebla pins Kraneo with a top rope splash.
There’s a bunch of brawling to start this round. Flyer and Audaz hit dives over the top rope. Kraneo back flips Niebla then sits on him for the pin. Third Fall: Kraneo pins Mr. Niebla by sitting on him.
Winners: Kraneo, Flyer, and Audaz
Atlantis, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja vs Rush, El Terrible, and La Bestia del Ring
Well this match starts out super fast and hot. Los Ingobernables beats up Oro and Roja and then they team on Atlantis. They all hit drop kicks on him for the pin. First Fall: Rush pins Atlantis after a triple basement drop kick.
There’s brawling on the outside to start. Atlantis goes to confront Rush but ends up getting teamed on. They throw Oro into the announce table. Rush fakes his finishing move to Atlantis just to kick him in the face and hit his pose. Terrible spins Oro around and Rush hits a basement drop kick and poses again. Rush has such a great look. Sucks he’s toiled away in Ring of Honor. Anyway, this second round continues with Roja finally making a come back. Oro and Roja attack Terrible and Bestia on the outside. Atlantis even throws Rush into the barricade. Rush retreats into the crowd and Atlantis chases him. Roja is either actually hurt or doing one hell of a job selling an ankle injury. Rush goes to the announce table and says No pasa nada perrrrros. Rush gets back in the ring and hits the drop kick in the corner. Then pins Oro by just putting a foot on him. Rush then tries to take Atlantis’ mask off and the ref gets him to stop. Roja hits Terrible with a kick combo and Bestia is late to stop the ref but the ref stops anyway. Distracted, Terrible low blows Roja and the refs pins 3. Second Fall: Terrible pins Niebla Roja with a low blow.
Rush cuts a promo. Oro gets the mic and begins one but then Rush and pals come in and beat them up some more. Rush steals poor Atlantis’ mask. I wonder if that’s the direction they’re going to go for the anniversario show. Atlantis has slowed down considerably the last few years. Maybe a nice pay day is a way to go out.
Winners: Rush, El Terrible, and La Bestia del Ring
Arena Mexico Friday
Unfortunately this show is blocked in America so I can only post results. Luckily it wasn’t that critical of a show. If it persists I’ll find a way to watch down the line, but it shouldn’t persist.
Star Jr and Magia Blanca vs Espanto Jr and Akuma
Akuma and Espanto won 2 falls to 1.
Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and Sanely vs Amapola, Tiffany, and Metalica
Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and Sanely won the match 2 falls to 1. Kaho Kobayashi hyped up her hair vs hair match with Amapola.
Rey Cometa, Esfinge, and Triton vs Hechicero, El Felino, and Tiger
Hechicero, Felino, and Tiger won 2 falls to 1. Hechicero got hurt in this match and let Esfinge pin him for a fall so he can go to the back. Maybe a hand injury.
(Match Relampago) Soberano Jr vs Negro Casas
Negro Casas won with a Canadian destroyer and a casita.
Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, and Gran Guerrero vs Mascara Ano 2000, Mephisto, and Ephesto
Los Guerrero’s won 2 falls to 1. Mascara Ano 2000 DQ’d himself in the final fall by low blowing Ultimo Guerrero. Hyping up their future match.
Caristico, Volador Jr, and Mistico vs Cavernario, Sanson, and Cuatrero
Valiente replaced Volador in this match. Cavernario, Sanson, and Cuatrero won in straight falls. Cavernario unmasked Mistico and pinned him and challenged him to a match next week.