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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (2/3/18)

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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 333

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Motor City Machine Guns VS Best Friends; Best Friends win by disqualification, the MCMG retain the ROH World Tag Team Championships.
  • Shane Taylor VS Marty Scurll; Scurll wins.
  • Matt Taven w/ The Kingdom VS Cody; Cody wins.

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The challengers for the ROH World Heavyweight Championship are lining up.

Matt Taven told The American Nightmare to his face that he’s beaten everyone there is to beat, yet he keeps “getting looked over for people like you.” Cody was handed the ROH WHC and every opportunity to keep it, and yet, “bye-bye.” Taven summarized Cody’s career as “a little, undeserving, ungrateful, spoiled brat has become nothing more than a little bleach-blonde bitch!” He then gave the former champ a mic drop and a low blow. Before fighting for gold, who will win a fight over pride and personal animosity?

 

ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Motor City Machine Guns VS Best Friends!

Chuckie T & Trent Baretta have been circling the tag title scene, but seeing as how the MCMG just got the newest edition of those title belts, don’t expect Sabin & Shelley to let go without a fight.

The Code of Honor is upheld, and we start with Sabin and the Kentucky Gentleman. The two circle, Chuckie marching on his knees and Sabin copying. They tie up, Chuckie gets the waistlock but Sabin reverses to a wristlock. Chuck rolls to reverse but Sabin rolls and handsprings to reverse back. Sabin puts on the headlock but Chuckie powers out and things speed up. Chuckie arm-drags but Sabin arm-drags back and the two stand off. The fans applaud and Sabin offers a handshake, to then bring Chuckie into a hug.

Chuckie no likey so he pushes Sabin away. He backs off to his corner, and uses a handshake to tag Baretta in, Sabin tags Shelley in, as well. Shelley and Sabin hug before Shelley circles with Baretta. The fans start a duel, “Alex Shelley!” “Let’s go, Trent!” while the two men tie up. Shelley knees low then chops high but Baretta chops back. We have ourselves a chop fight! They go back and forth but Shelley gets the edge. Baretta gasps for air but then pokes Shelley in the eyes. Baretta has Chuckie come in without a tag, and Best Friends double whip Shelley for double back elbows. They want to hug but Sabin comes in to fight them both. Fans boo while Sabin stomps a mudhole into Chuckie and Shelley goes after Baretta. Sabin declares “No Hugs!”, then MCMG coordinate to whip Best Friends at each other. Best Friends reverse, MCMG do-si-do but Best Friends dodge. Best Friends run in but now MCMG dodges, but then Best Friends dodge again, to finally hit double forearm smashes!

Then they hit forearm smashes the other way. And they hug!

The fans applaud while the contenders have control and we go to break.

 

ROH returns, and the champions are back in control after diving on each of the Best Friends from the apron, as well as hitting some of their signature double team moves. Shelley has Baretta down as he tags in Sabin. He then bumps Baretta off a buckle before MCMG double whips Baretta corner to corner. However, Chuckie gets up and onto the top rope to be a stopper for Baretta in that corner.

Baretta counter attacks the MCMG with double clotheslines! Chuckie returns to his corner and rallies the fans. Baretta tags and Chuckie rallies on Sabin. Sabin reverses a whip but Chuckie hops up and over. Sabin jumps up but his idea is countered into a sit-out powerbomb!

TWO, but so close! Chuckie fires up and drags Sabin into position. He climbs up to the top and moonsaults, but flops when Sabin rolls out of the way! Sabin kicks and facelock, tries to go around the world when Baretta comes in but Baretta ducks. Shelley slips in while Sabin catches Baretta, and Shelley’s SUPERKICK stuns Baretta so that Sabin can go around the world for the DDT on Chuckie T!

The fans fire up while Chuckie ends up outside. They duel while MCMG takes aim at Baretta. Baretta stands up, and boots Shelley and Sabin away in turn. He comes out but Shelley catches him in a waistlock, and Sabin rocks him with an enziguri. Shelley rocks Baretta with a forearm smash, then MCMG sandwich Baretta inside a discus lariat SUPERKICK combo!

Shelley goes for Sliced Bread but Baretta denies it, then evades Sabin to send his corner clothesline into Shelley. Baretta kicks Sabin low then uses Shelley to go around the world but Sabin denies the DDT. Baretta still gives Sabin a chop, then gives Shelley a chop. He runs but Shelley is ready, Baretta runs into an atomic drop and that starts the Dream Sequence: Low dropkick to running Chancery to another low dropkick! Chuckie returns, but Shelley is the step for Sabin to hit Chuckie with the flying calf kick. The MCMG take aim at Chuckie while the fans fire up. Shelley slingshots to open the way, but Baretta trips up Sabin. Chuckie trips up Shelley to bounce him off the apron, then hops into the ring to slingshot back out. Shelley evades and grabs Chuckie, but he sees Baretta coming, so he gets out of the way to let Baretta wreck Chuckie with the dropkick!

Shelley then kicks Baretta, and he grabs both Best Friends to run at the post. Double Sliced Bread denied, and Shelley instead runs into a long dart cutter!

The fans applaud while the Best Friends fire up. Sabin comes over and slingshots but changes plans when Best Friends evade. Baretta ducks the kick but Chuckie takes the forarm, then Baretta takes that kick! Chuckie forearms Sabin down then builds speed to FLY onto the MCMG!

The Best Friends hug at the top of the ramp, but then Jay & Mark Briscoe appear and attack! #DemBoyz knock the Best Friends down, and this match is disqualified!

But they’re not satisfied with that. Jay goes right after the MCMG himself! Mark joins in while the referee has the bell ring more, but now the champions are put in the ring by the Briscoes. The beat down continues while the fans boo and jeer. The referee tries to stop this but the Briscoes keep going. Jay pulls out zip-ties!?

Mark takes some and while beating the MCMG down more, they tie Shelley to the ropes! The Briscoes make Shelley, the referee and the fans watch as they bring in a chair. Mark holds Shelley while Jay brings Sabin up, Jay Driller on the chair!!

The fans boo and jeer while the Briscoes stand over their victims. They want to be ROH World Tag Team Champions again, but is this going too far?

 

The Beer City Bruiser, Brian Milonas & Silas Young speak.

The Bruiser wants ROH to “belly up to the bar”, because the “two largest drinks” in the tag team division “start knocking heads together” next week. The Kingpin promises he and BCB are gonna start bouncing people, and the Last Real Man–sporting the brand new ROH World Television Championship belt–can’t wait to see it. Who will be the first team to fall before the Big Bad Bruisers?

 

Punishment Martinez speaks.

“My entire life has been about violence and anger.” He wasn’t raised in a “good area”, and earned the name Punishment on the streets “by breaking bones and cracking skulls.” Martinez is a two-time full-contact martial arts champion. ROH has given him “a platform to showcase my violence to the world.” Martinez’s time in ROH has been about speaking through actions. Those actions include “torturing” Jay White, truly beating Frankie Kazarian, as well as Will Ospreay, Jay Lethal, and everyone in the 2017 Survival of the Fittest. Martinez has established himself at the top of ROH’s food chain, and is guaranteed a match for the ROH World Heavyweight Championship whenever he wants. “Castle. Since Final Battle, you’ve received nothing but congratulations from your peers.” Martinez wishes to be the first to give his condolences. “Because your time as world champion is dead.” Will the Reincarnation of the Purple Mist be the one to rise from the Peacock’s ashes?

 

Shane Taylor VS Marty Scurll!

The Notorious Hitman went after The Villain as part of SoCal Uncensored’s request he keep Bullet Club members from helping The Young Bucks out weeks ago. Now Scurll wants to cause Taylor a #SpotofBother as payback! Taylor welcomes him to try, but can Scurll defeat a man armed with a killer right hand?

The Code of Honor is skipped, and the two circle at the bell. Scurll throws opening forearms but Taylor shoves him away. Scurll comes back with more forearms, but Taylor throws him into a corner. Taylor runs in but Scurll dodges, and then grabs that strong right hand to stomp on it! Scurll chops Taylor, then tries but fails to suplex the bigger man up and over. Taylor knees Scurll low, then throws Scurll to ropes. Scurll holds on to then dump Taylor out, Scurll gets to the apron to say “You’re Dead!” with a SUPERKICK!

The fans applaud but Taylor stays standing. Scurll tries again but Taylor catches the second kick. Scurll fights with haymakers but then resorts to a thumb digging right into Taylor’s eye! Taylor lets go, the referee reprimands Scurll, but the fans applaud the Villain’s tactics. Scurll leaps for a flying headscissors, but Taylor stops him with pure power. Taylor swings Scurll back up to try a powerbomb but Scurll slips out. Taylor grabs Scurll around the neck, Scurll breaks free and spins around but gets grabbed at the neck again, to be thrown into barriers!

The fans applaud while Taylor walks off his frustration. He then picks Scurll up, and throws him into more barriers! Scurll is stuck upside down while Taylor walks around again. Taylor rocks Scurll with a forearm, then choke slams him onto the apron edge while we go to break!

ROH returns to find Taylor still in control. He whips Scurll but Scurll evades to sunset flip. Taylor stays standing, then jumps up but Scurll rolls out of the way, letting Taylor slam himself down onto the mat! Scurll gets to a corner and back to his feet while the fans fire up. Taylor runs in but Scurll gives him a European Uppercut. Scurll runs and clothelines but Taylor stays standing. The fans duel while Scurll climbs to the top rope. Scurll jumps and his missile dropkick knocks Taylor down! Taylor rolls out of the ring, and Scurll gets the fans going again. Scurll builds speed and DIVES!

But Taylor catches him, and lifts him for a slam, but Scurll slips out. Scurll mule kicks Taylor, then uses the apron to help in a tornado DDT to the ground!

The fans are thunderous for The Villain as he crawls away from the crash. Scurll gets to his feet with the help of the barriers. The ten count gets past 7 as he drags Taylor up and into the ring. Scurll covers, TWO, but Scurll keeps his cool. He tries another suplex but Taylor is still too big and strong. Taylor rocks Scurll with a heavy right forearm, then gets running. Scurll fakes him out with the feint, then goes for the real kick, but Taylor catches that to rock Scurll with a knee! Taylor hits a running splash!

TWO! Taylor can’t believe it, but the fans start chanting “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” for Scurll. Scurll gets to the apron and Taylor walks over, but Scurll grabs Taylor’s arm over the top rope. Scurll gives Taylor a shoulder breaker hotshot and he staggers back. But Taylor sees Scurll’s shoulder coming and counters with a big knee lift and discus forearm smash! Taylor drags Scurll out of the ropes for a two-handed sit-out choke slam!

TWO!! Scurll shocks Taylor again, but the fans keep chanting. Taylor mocks Scurll’s song and dance, which the fans boot. Scurll staggers to his feet as Taylor calls for his Knockout right. Taylor swings but Scurll ducks, Taylor tries a full nelson but Scurll counters with elbows and forearms. Scurll then takes the left hand by the fingers! He bends them back and asks for silence, but Taylor hits with his right hand! But Scurll stays up, to counter with an open hand slap! Scurll goes for another but Taylor catches him with a short range headbutt! Taylor goes to suplex Scurll but Scurll manages the suplex on Taylor!

TWO!! Scurll can’t believe he didn’t get it, but there’s a huge difference between the brainbuster he got and the one he wanted. The fans still cheer him on with “Woop Woop!” Taylor staggers while Scurll gets the fans going with his song and dance! They all shout “Chicken wing!” but Taylor hits a left jab! Taylor picks Scurll up, spins him around, but Scurll slips out to get the chicken wing! Scurll can’t bring Taylor down before Taylor rams him into buckles. Taylor gets free while Scurll exits the ring to regroup. Scurll grabs his umbrella but Taylor steps on it. Taylor takes the umbrella and threatens Scurll with it. The referee tells Taylor to put it down and even Scurll asks for mercy. The referee grabs the umbrella and struggles with Taylor while Scurll slips under the ring. Scurll pulls out a bag, and from that bag… chalk powder!!

Taylor takes a handful of it right to the face, and more importantly his eyes! Scurll rolls Taylor up, and Scurll wins! The Villain gets his revenge his way!

Marty Scurll speaks.

“I’m not done tonight.” Scurll calls out Punishment Martinez to get his “numpty ass out here right now!” However, while Marty expects the monster to come out from the stage, Martinez appears from the crowd and from behind!

The Villain turns around to see him, then quickly explains he isn’t trying to pick a fight. Scurll instead wants Martinez to know that when he faces Dalton Castle for the ROH WHC, Scurll is sure Martinez will win. The fans may not agree, but they can all agree that they want to see The Villain as the next ROH WHC! And indeed they do, with “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Therefore, Scurll says that when Martinez becomes WHC, Scurll wants to be first up to challenge him. “What do you say, big man?” Martinez nods! Is the deal set? Scurll turns to leave, but then Martinez turns him around for a South of Heaven Choke Slam!

Deal or no deal, Martinez is confident he’ll be ROH WHC after next week. Is Scurll asking for too much from the merciless monster?

 

Next week, ROH Wrestling Television presents: The WOH Championship tournament!

The 16 woman tournament to crown the inaugural Women of Honor Champion begins with episode 334! Who will make it through the five-round bracket to be the first woman to hold the WOH title belt?

 

Matt Taven w/ The Kingdom VS Cody!

Whether it is a conspiracy, bias or just plain unpopularity, Taven and The Kingdom are upset they aren’t getting the title opportunities everyone else does. Especially when Taven sees The American Nightmare being given them without even trying. Can Taven get over his grudge with a win here tonight?

The bell rings but there’s no Code of Honor or any respect between these two. Taven pie-faces Cody, Cody throws Taven into a corner! Cody chops Taven in that corner, then in another corner, then whips Taven to ropes. Taven holds on then bails out, not wanting Cody to have control. The Kingdom vouches for him, this is all strategy and mind-games. Cody pursues and Taven runs back into the ring. Taven slides under Cody’s kick to kick back, then wraps the arm for the Climax, but Cody denies. Taven holds ropes again to boot Cody away, but Cody catches Taven in the dragon sleeper! He wants Cross Rhodes but Taven slips around. Taven swings but Cody dodges, Cody tries for Beautiful Disaster but misses. Taven tries to copy the Beautiful Disaster but Cody dodges. The two stand off and the fans applaud. Cody and Taven are evenly matched while we go to break.

ROH returns and we find Cody and Taven brawling, forearm for forearm! Taven gets the edge and knees low, then trash talks before running. Cody goes to throw him out but Taven counters to throw him out instead. Taven mocks the literal Ring of Honor then builds speed, but Cody ducks the wrecking ball dropkick. Cody blocks and deflects Taven’s strikes to then ram Taven into the apron face first with a complete shot!

The Kingdom regroup with Taven and want a time out while Cody rallies the fans. Cody runs, springboards and FLIES!

Taven gets out of the way and leaves Vinnie & TK to take the hit! Cody gets up and Taven rakes his eyes to then throw him into a post. Taven keeps going, throwing Cody into barriers and then into the ring. He slams Cody’s arm against the apron edge, then gives a cocky grin at the camera. Taven reenters the ring and stands over Cody. Cody gets to a corner and Taven trash talks him as he toys with him. Cody kicks back, so Taven throws him into a post again. Taven wrenches the arm and drops him with the armbar DDT. Cover, TWO, and The Kingdom grows frustrated. Cody tries to get feeling into that left arm but Taven goes after the arm. Taven jumps to give the arm a code breaker, then lets Cody roll out of the ring for The Kingdom to go after him! TK blows a kiss to the camera after he and Vinnie finish mugging Cody. Vinnie feeds Cody to Taven, and Taven digs a heel into Cody’s chin while pulling on the arms. Taven goes after the beat up left arm again with a seated keylock. The fans rally for Cody and Cody wills himself up to his feet. Cody fights out and throws Taven, but Taven comes back to throw Cody out again. Vinnie throws Cody into barriers on one side, then gets him moving again so TK can throw Cody into the barriers on the other side!

The Kingdom embraces the heat while Cody writhes on the ground. Taven comes out to fetch Cody, mocking the injury before wrapping Cody’s arm around a post. Cody fights back with his good arm, jabbing Taven in the ribs. Taven slings that arm into the post, and they return into the ring. Taven drags Cody up and then throws him into buckles. He whips Cody corner to corner, but Cody stops himself short to then collide with Taven. Both men go down, but get to their feet. They both run at the ropes and springboard, double Beautiful Disasters!

Taven and Cody go down, we go to break.

ROH returns once again, and Taven has regained control. He walks around over the downed Cody with a heat-embracing grin on his face. He runs, springboards but has to land on his feet when Cody rolls out of the way. Cody rolls back and hits Taven with the uppercut! Taven staggers while Cody gets up, but Taven comes back with the spinning heel kick! Then Taven runs and springboards again to hit the lionsault!

TWO and The Kingdom is frustrated again. Taven rolls Cody into position then climbs up top. Cody stands back up and ducks the missile dropkick. Taven runs back in but then Cody catches him in the “shout out to Uncle Bob”, the Alabama Slama!

Cover, TWO! Cody feels frustration now, but the fans keep cheering him on. Taven gets up but then Cody walks over, Taven boots that bad shoulder. Taven hits a Moonlight Drive!

He keeps moving, he goes back to the top rope. Taven frog splashes, but into Cody’s knees! The fans applaud Cody’s resilience, and a ten count begins as both men slowly stir. They get up before 5, Cody sunset flips but Taven rolls through for a stiff knee to the face! “Because I’m Matt Taven.” Both men are down again, but Vinnie grabs that hatchet of his.

The referee takes notice of the Horror King creeping closer, but it’s a distraction so that the Sassy Wild Horse can slip in on the other side. However, the referee sees that, too! He ejects The Kingdom from ringside! Vinnie & TK freak out but the referee exits the ring to make sure they leave. However, Taven grabs his walking stick. Taven raises it to take a swing at Cody, but Cody kicks him right in his family jewels!

Cody gets payback for a couple weeks ago, then rolls Taven up in a small package, Cody wins for ultimate revenge! The American Nightmare still has his Ring of Honor, when will he get a chance to regain the ROH WHC?

But then TK O’Ryan attacks Cody from behind!

TK embraces the heat while Vinnie brings a chair over. Cody’s hand is vulnerable on the apron edge, TK smashes it with the chair!!

Cody writhes and flails in pain but that’s still not the end of it. Vinnie & TK stomp and club Cody down more while Taven stands up. The fans chant for “Young Bucks!” in hopes of summoning Matt & Nick Jackson. However, neither they nor anyone else in Bullet Club comes running. TK & Vinnie get Cody up for Taven, and Taven kicks Cody’s jewels even harder!

Then, Taven finally hits Climax!

As if that wasn’t enough, Taven picks up Cody’s busted ring hand, and then takes that Ring of Honor for his own, and makes Cody kiss it!

Taven says that “He who laughs last, laughs longest.” But will The Kingdom really have the last laugh against The American Nightmare and The Bullet Club as a whole?

 

My Thoughts:

A really good episode of ROH that also sets the stage for an incredible episode next time. We open with a great ROH WTTC match that turns out to only set up more of the Briscoes’ story with the MCMG. It was a bit disappointing that the Briscoes didn’t wait until the match ended, like commentary helped selling, but perhaps the Briscoes were making sure the only ones to beat Sabin & Shelley were them. Though, with that chair Jay Driller, the tag titles could be vacated due to an injury to Sabin and then The Briscoes would have to take the long way back to the titles. The ROH Tag Team Division is still very competitive and deep, especially with the creation of Bruiser & Milonas as a team. They’re set to face Coast 2 Coast, Ali & LSG, next week and that could be a really great match, something on a PPV quality level given how well C2C did in their “Do or Die” with War Machine. If Bruiser & Milonas aren’t meant to win, then I expect it to end dirty so that they don’t look weak in their tag team debut.

There was a lot of quality continuity between everything revolving around the ROH WHC scene as well as the angles shared between ROH and NJPW. First, Scurll VS Taylor was great, lots of good story telling. Then him trying to jump the line by going to Martinez was great, especially for Martinez’s response of a choke slam. Getting the ROH WHC match on free television is nice of ROH, and that match could go either way. Then, Cody being out there alone in his match with Taven is a great way to demonstrate the rift within The Bullet Club given the events of New Beginning in Sapporo, aka Cody betraying Kenny Omega. The fans expected the Young Bucks, and probably by association, Scurll and Hangman, but no one came and now Cody may have a busted hand (in kayfabe). At the same time, ROH canon established that the “Hung Bucks” are busy with SoCal Uncensored and that in itself is reason they couldn’t/chose not to help Cody here. I hope this Bullet Club Civil War angle bleeds over into ROH more, such as matches between the two sides, to give it plenty of build and action before it all wraps up.

My Score: 8.5/10


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.2 ~ 21ST SEPTEMBER 2018

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CURRENT TOUR RECAP

NOAH finished up their mammoth five day in a row event (14th September to the 18th September), fortunately no-one was injured, but both Hajime Ohara (neck) and Hi69 (knee) seem to be carrying injuries.

After losing the GHC Heavyweight Tag Title challenge against Naomichi Marufuji and Akitoshi Saito, Kaito Kiyomiya intimated that he would be interested in challenging for them again, but with another partner (i.e. Go Shiozaki). Shiozaki was seen watching Kaito Kiyomiya in the tag match against 50 Funky Powers in Hakata Stalene. Later in the tour he mentioned on Twitter about “shutting them up” and their GHC Heavyweight Tag Challenge

.Speaking of Go Shiozaki there was a very sweet moment that took place in Hakata, involving both himself and Atsushi Kotoge. When they made their entrance in their match against The Hooligans (Cody Hall and Maybach Taniguchi), a little boy could be seen dressed in a homemade “Revolutionary Cloak”. When Kotoge appeared the little boy and the little girl next to him (most probably his sister), did the revolutionary fist pumps (to the delight of Kotoge who joined in), and when he had gone, Shiozaki noticed, did it for half a second, and then went bright red (Shiozaki gets very shy when he has to do physical comedy, he also has a tendency to start giggling as well when others do it).
During the match, the brawl went into the crowd, and a little girl was upset by it and started crying. Go Shiozaki, gave her a hug to comfort her, and once back in the ring got The Hooligans in the corner, pointed to her and said “this is for you”, and proceeded to chop them.

Despite his claim to “bring the revolution to Hakata, and defeat the villains!”, Atsushi Kotoge took the Zwei Bomb from Taniguchi.

Naomichi Marufuji is still not accepting the challenge of The Hooligans, and gave a somewhat bad tempered promo in Ehime saying they were “a fool, a baldie” and “even though I am an asshole with a lack of sleep, I am going to crush you all. Come and line up with your heads bowed. I am not going to accept your challenge! I’m not in the mood!” Marufuji is still being obsessively hated by Kenoh, and he certainly has taken it from him on this tour, but the person the five days really belongs to, is Katsuhiko Nakajima, who utterly obliterated Takashi Sugiura and did the cocky pin on him. I don’t think anyone has ever at any time or anywhere ever done this…

Nakajima, being Nakajima, wasn’t finished there as he draped the belt over him, and then threw Sugiura out of the ring. When Sugiura had recovered and scraped himself off of the floor, Nakajima had gotten the microphone, and standing on the turnbuckle he told him that he would continue to plague him like he did today, he would plague him again tomorrow and the day after that and forever afterwards.

At the end of the five day tour, having been thoroughly battered by Nakajima, Takashi Sugiura said tiredly he couldn’t keep up and says that he has had no choice but to get better, and rethink his strategy. I can only imagine that Sugiura is playing the spider and the fly…

“Black or white, this is a league.” (Hi69) 

The NOAH Juniors, despite being divided over Junior Global League, are all gunning for Kotaro Suzuki (Hitoshi Kumano says that he is going to “crush the beat so no sound comes out”). Kotaro Suzuki has dismissed even the freelancers amongst the NOAH Juniors as being “weak”.

The biggest build so far is Daisuke Harada vs Kotaro Suzuki, which will take place in Yokohama (Suzuki has already lost to the other “elder” of the Juniors, Hajime Ohara). Daisuke Harada in Kochi, delivered the message to Suzuki that he would beat him down, and then he would “tell you this”…Harada spoke silently to the camera and walked off. Kotaro Suzuki later said that he had no idea what he was saying, but would find out before they faced each other.

Suzuki has made unflattering comments about various NOAH juniors, Hitsohi Kumano is “heavy” and “bulging with fat”, and Tadasuke, due to “too much hair treatment” is “greasy”.

Kotaro Suzuki, known for being just as “slippery” as Tadasuke (maybe even more) has promised something special for his “vision of Korakuen” (he also posted a picture of himself and Yoshinari Ogawa out drinking and said they were “discussing strategy”), well, whatever he has planned, it is probably a lot better than what Tadasuke has promised, he says that he may have to “poison the rice of the winning candidates” if he doesn’t win.

Suzuki and Harada clashed in a tag match on the 18th September on the last day of tour with Harada getting in his face with the belt, and Suzuki playing the innocent after attacking him while standing on the ring apron.

There has been no rift between The Backbreakers, with Hitoshi Kumano defeating Hajime Ohara. Kumano said he had to win, even though Ohara’s neck was very bad.
Part of his reasons for wanting to beat Ohara was due to the comments made by Daisuke Harada when he was aiming for the GHC Junior Heavyweight championship a few months ago, Harada had basically said that Kumano was “below Ohara” or that he was his “subordinate”.

Between RATELS, Daisuke Harada is too busy to comment on Tadasuke beating him, and YO-HEY and HAYATA still appear to be friends (better description might be master and pet).

Junta Miyawaki is still to get his first win, but the boy has earned a lot of accolades with people praising him and saying he was “insanely good” in his matches. NOAH are really teasing his first win with many near pinfalls.  He has also been likened to a young Kenta Kobashi, which means that now in NOAH we have almost the Four Pillars for a new generation with Misawa (Kiyomiya) and Kawada (Kenoh) – now we just need a Taue.

NOAH have had very good attendances out in the provinces for this tour, not all venues have been sold out, but attendances have been very high. The promotion has a policy whereby they travel outside of the metropolitan areas (i.e. Tokyo, Osaka) and the big city areas and bring the show to the “provinces” (i.e. the countryside or the more rural areas on the edge of the suburbs). While this doesn’t always result in a full house (something a lot of people don’t seem to understand and they think its a reflection on NOAH ), what it does do is bring a company who unlike New Japan, All Japan, Big Japan etc doesn’t have a streaming service and\or a TV show, to people who wouldn’t see them otherwise. They have also attracted a lot of new fans too.

Global Junior League Scores (as of 18th September 2018)
YO-HEY: 7
Ikuto Hidaka: 6
Daisuke Harada: 6
Kotaro Suzuki: 6
Hitoshi Kumano: 4
Tadasuke: 4
Hi69: 4
Minoru Tanaka: 4
HAYATA: 3
Hajime Ohara: 2
Seiya Morohashi: 2
Junta Miyawaki: 0

NOAH are back on the 29th September at Radiant Hall, Yokohama, bell sounds at 17.30

NEWS

QUIET STORM CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
Quiet Storm has celebrated his own twenty years in wrestling on the 16th September, he debuted in 1998 (about a month after Naomichi Marufuji did) at roughly the age of seventeen, and while in America had spells with Ring of Honor, PWF and NYWC. Quiet Storm made his debut in his hometown of New York (he’s a Brooklyn boy I think). He came to Japan and trained with KAIENTAI DOJO, but had to return home due to a family situation. Aside from NOAH, his other affiliation is with Osaka Pro. He has been with NOAH since 2014.

His tag team partner, Mohammed Yone, presented him with flowers in the ring.

GHC BELT NEWS

Current champions

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
  • GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69

OTHER NEWS

Atsushi Kotoge will be holding his own fan event, further details to be announced (this is not a produce)

Comedy wrestler Kikutaro (who returned to Japan to have ear surgery), announced that before he leaves for America, he wants to appear in NOAH(he was once a regular in SEM, where he memorably teamed with KENTA, who had him thrown out of the building afterwards, Kikutaro made his way back in though), and a match has been arranged against Atsushi Kotoge for the 4th October at Korakuen Hall. Kotoge has asked Kikutaro whether he wants to join the “Revolutionary Army”. What should be a very funny match, will be broadcast on Samurai on the 11th October (FYI: Fuji TV no longer exists, it is now “ForJoyTV“)

Naomichi Marufuji and Doug Williams will be having what will be their last match ever in IPW on Sunday the 23rd September. Their history was made not in NOAH or even in Japan, but in Europe. You can read about their history in an article I have written, “Farewell Europe

Hajime Ohara, (who quite rightly is called “NOAH’s treasure”), has taken part in more municipal activities in Kawasawki by lecturing the Staff Hygiene Committee about exercise that can be done at the office and at home.

Thanks to Metal-Noah who very kindly sent me a copy of “Heir to The Ark”, Naomichi Marufuji’s biography, English translation has started, and can be found here. This is a work in progress, and I hope to update it daily. The book is ranked #3 on the Japanese book charts. TOUR TIDBITS

  • Tadasuke used a chair on Seiya Morohashi (which is unusual for him).
  • Whilst in Shikoku, a big crab turned up on Hi69’s cigarette packet (its probably HAYATA shape-shifting)
  • The ceiling was so low in Hakata Stalene that people’s feet and heads grazed it.
  • Naomichi Marufuji watched “the youngsters” going off together after NOAH arrived in Kochi, and said “the old man is going to bed”
  • Tadasuke announced to Kotaro Suzuki “Hey, Fool! I am today’s NOAH Junior!” (and Kotaro Suzuki beat him down in ten minutes with the Tiger Driver)
  • Naomichi Marufuji wrapped Yoshiki Inamura in Atsushi Kotoge’s cloak, and forced him to do the “Revolution Pose”, right in front of Kotoge.
  • YO-HEY’S rambling promos include him having all his teeth knocked out (he hasn’t), and likening himself to a 16th century Japanese warlord, a champion stallion racehorse which was put out to stud (don’t ask) and then forgetting what he was talking about. He is still convinced that he will be facing Yoshiki Inamura in the finals of Global Junior League, despite the fact that Inamura isn’t in Global Junior League.
  • Yoshinari Ogawa took Atsushi Kotoge’s cape and used it to wipe his boots, much to Kotoge’s horror.
  • Ehime Pro did an opening exhibition at Noah’s show at TEXPORT Imbari
  • Yoshiki Inamura getting good reviews.
  • Go Shiozaki went to shake hands with Kotoge, but Kotoge drew his hand back, wiped his head and walked off (Shiozaki, notorious for giggling, couldn’t keep a straight face)
  • NOAH have had a crack down on people filming at the event, Atsushi Kotoge said “Heroes obey the rules”.
  • Masao Inoue is holding another bowling event, wrestlers participating will be Atsushi Kotoge, Kaito Kiyomiya and Tadasuke
  • On September 17th, Atsushi Kotoge, Kenoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya went to a sports bar and spent until the early hours watching classic Four Pillars era All Japan (the match Kotoge photographed on the TV was Mitsuharu Misawa vs Kenta Kobashi on the 21st October 1997. When this match took place, Kotoge and Kenoh would have been 12, Kitamiya 14 and Nakajima 9).
  • Cody Hall and Maybach Taniguchi now have a finisher called “The Hooligans Bomb”.

  • On the long drive back from Tottori to Tokyo, (about nine to eleven hours), Takashi Sugiura photographed Masao Inoue at the urinal (twice), and then predictably, things got even worse when Marufuji filmed Inoue eating an ice cream on the bus, and then pausing to look briefly at a passing woman. Between Marufuji and Sugiura, this turned into Inoue thinking about “licking” women…

Lets just end this newsletter here until next week.


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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: G1 Climax 28, part 11!

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NJPW and AXS bring us the B Block finals! Will it be Tetsuya Naito of one of the Golden Lovers who qualifies for THE G1 Climax 28 Finals?!

 

This coverage of the G1 Climax 28 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.

Gifs can be found on http://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins.
  • Kenny Omega VS Kota Ibushi; Ibushi wins.

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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this final night of B Block action!

It all comes down to this! The Best Bout Machine lost to Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano in a row, though one was in part thanks to Tama Tonga. However, the IWGP Heavyweight Champion is still one win away from being in his third consecutive G1 Climax Finals. That win must come at the expense of Kenny Omega’s best friend, Kota Ibushi, in this Golden Lovers dream match. Ibsuhi could take the entire block with his own win, but there’s also last year’s G1 Climax champion. Tetsuya Naito can make his own repeat appearance if he defeats Zack Sabre Jr, who would love to play spoiler with his submission style. Who will meet Hiroshi Tanahashi in the G1 Climax 28 Finals?!

 

Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr!

The charismatic leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon takes on Suzuki-Gun’s Submission Master, a familiar match up from this year’s New Japan Cup. Naito takes his time with his attire, as usual, but ZSJ is patient. The referee finishes his check of both men, rings the bell, and we begin.

ZSJ rushes Naito then throws him out. He pursues but Naito slips back out to then troll ZSJ with a game of cat ‘n’ mouse. ZSJ grows frustrated and starts kicking railing like his mentor, Minoru Suzuki. Taka Michinoku calms Zack down and gets him back to the ring. Naito tells ZSJ to return, saying time is of the essence. ZSJ returns but Naito speeds things up. They both run and dodge, then Naito Tranquilos! But ZSJ grabs the arm for the armbar! Naito gets the ropes for the ropebreak and ZSJ mocks Tranquilo before letting Naito go. Naito takes his time returning, to again troll ZSJ. Red Shoes counts but Naito waits to return at about 10. ZSJ rushes Naito again for a headlock. Naito powers out and arm-drags ZSJ around. ZSJ headbutts then European Uppercuts, but he runs into another arm-dag.

Naito has ZSJ down, but ZSJ reverses into a headscissor. ZSJ squeezes, then stands to twist! Naito writhes while ZSJ catches his breath. ZSJ goes after the legs and gets a Queen Angelito figure four. He goes after the arms, and he uses a surfboard style lift! ZSJ goes for a cover but can’t get the angle, so he shifts to a leg based double armbar. Naito manages another ropebreak, so ZSJ backs off. ZSJ toys with Naito then gives him a EuroUpper. Naito chops back, so ZSJ trips him up and twists his neck again. ZSJ lets Naito get up to then float over to a cravat. Naito works his way up to arm-drag out. ZSJ runs in but misses, Naito jump kicks but it’s ZSJ who sweeps! The New Japan Cup champ has the G1 Climax 27 champ down and out while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns and Naito gets back up at 13. He returns to the ring at 15 but ZSJ stands on him to then get the ankle lock. ZSJ shifts to a Half Crab that shifts to an STF that shifts to a crossface. Naito reverses with a roll, TWO! ZSJ has a grounded cravat that he bridges and then rolls back. He gets a headscissor as Naito sits up, then grabs an ankle. They both roll and Naito is still in the headscissor. ZSJ squeezes but then Naito gets his own headscissor. ZSJ pries his way up and out and back to a half crab. He just stands on Naito’s head and body now to humiliate more than hurt. Naito gets up and chops ZSJ. ZSJ headbutts, EuroUppers, then whips. Naito reverses and reels ZSJ in for the backbreaker and dropkick! Both men are down as fans rally.

Naito stands and fires of on ZSJ. He whips but ZSJ reverses, only for Naito to come out with the headscssiors. Jump kick, leg sweep, and swinging dropkick! Naito poses while ZSJ checks his mouth. Naito elbows ZSJ, then brings him back up. ZSJ reverses the neckbreaker to a facelock, but Naito reels him in for the atomic drop.  Naito runs in at the corner but has to block ZSJ’s boots. ZSJ kicks Naito but Naito holds on. Naito spits, so ZSJ kicks more. Naito turns him sideways for a draping backbreaker! Then a standing neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Naito while he thinks of what to do next. Naito circles ZSJ and brings him up in a waistlock. ZSJ gets a standing switch to full nelson but Naito arm-drags out. They collide, elbow for elbow, and back again. Naito rolls for the kick but into an STF!

Naito drags himself around but ZSJ switches to part Rings of Saturn! He keeps Naito’s face back with a leg but Naito uses a leg to get the ropes. ZSJ again lets Naito go, and both men are down from exhaustion. Taka coaches ZSJ up but the fans are on Naito’s side still. ZSJ stands first and kicks at Naito. Naito takes them in stride, a grin on his face. Naito fires a forearm and a back elbow and ZSJ falls. Fans fire up as Naito throws more elbows, but ZSJ comes back with a EuroUpper. Naito elbows, ZSJ falls again. Now Naito toys with ZSJ, but ZSJ SLAPS Naito. ZSJ fires EuroUppers but ends up in a backslide. He rolls through but runs into the tornado DDT! Naito drags ZSJ up. Hammerlock and lift, but ZSJ counters with a guillotine that becomes a triangle hold!

Naito endures the squeeze while ZSJ prevents a cover. Naito uses power to lift but ZSJ wrenches back. ZSJ brings Naito back down and Naito starts to fade. Fans keep rallying, Naito jackknifes! TWO, and ZSJ penalty kicks Naito down! ZSJ drags Naito back up, but Naito suplexes into the dragon sleeper, for a reverse DDT! Fans cheer Naito while Taka shouts for ZSJ to get up. Naito sits up but ZSJ follows. They stand, and Naito elbows ZSJ again. ZSJ gives a EuroUpper but that arm is hurting. Naito chops but ZSJ slaps. Naito SLAPS, then hammerlocks, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!! Naito fires himself up as he drags ZSJ up. ZSJ sees it coming, and Peles the arm. Naito rolling kicks then whips. ZSJ reverses, catches the flying forearm, into an Octopus hold!

Naito endures being bent and stretched, but ZSJ’s arm is also bothering him. Fans rally for Naito and he manages to step towards ropes. ZSJ does what he can to pull on Naito, such as pulling the right arm all the way back. Naito still steps forward, but ZSJ pulls again. Naito uses one last effort and gets another ropebreak. ZSJ lets him go, and both men fall from exhaustion. Fans and Taka rally their favorites up again, and ZSJ sits up first. Naito follows but ZSJ penalty kicks Naito right back down! And he does it again! But Naito still stands. ZSJ goes for a third but gets caught into a German Suplex. Naito whips but ZSJ reverses, to get the flying forearms! Naito drags ZSJ up, arm wrench, but ZSj counters into the EuroClutch! TWO!? Naito misses his enziguri, ZSJ EuroClutches again, TWO!?

ZSJ EuroUppers but gets an enziguri. Naito backs up, runs in, but ZSJ slips out of the tilt-o-whirl to Octopus. Naito slips out this time to DESTINO! But he’s not done, here comes another D– no, Michinoku Driver! Cover, ZSJ wins!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr. by pinfall; ZSJ earns 2 points, Naito earns 0

The Submission Master uses a shout out to his coach and he spoils Naito’s chances! There will not be a repeat for the previous G1 Climax champion, and this leaves the way open for one half of the Golden Lovers!

 

Kenny Omega VS Kota Ibushi!

They may not always have been a team, but the Golden Lovers have always been friends and rivals. The Cleaner is the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, but the Golden Star won’t give up his own desire for that belt. A dream match becomes reality, but who will live the dream of competing in the tournament finals?

The bell rings, and fans fire up as the two friends take a moment to stare down. They circle, Omega lunges in and gets the leg. He floats to a facelock and holds on as they go around. He goes to a waistlock and counters Ibushi’s standing switch. Omega gets a half nelson then another facelock as they stand. Ibushi has Omega on the ropes, but honors the ropebreak. But Omega brings him back in with a headlock. Ibushi powers out, Omega runs him over, but Ibushi kips up. Things speed up, Omega holds rope but still runs into a dropkick! Omega bails out but comes right back in to chop Ibushi! Omega whips but Ibushi holds ropes, so Omega chops again. The whip goes through but Ibushi dodges to kick. Ibushi kicks but is blocked, Omega chops. Omega runs but into the kick!

Omega bails out but longer this time, so Ibushi slingshots out! He crashes and burns, Omega saw that one coming. Omega brings Ibushi up to put him into railing. Then he scoop slams him onto the apron! Omega drags Ibushi back up and into the ring. Fans fire up as Omega returns and runs, Kotaro Krusher! Cover, TWO! Omega keeps his cool while fans cheer Ibushi on. Omega clubs Ibushi, then stomps him. He kicks Ibushi around, but Ibushi grows stronger with every hit. Omega runs, and dropkicks Ibushi down! Ibushi stands, kicks and snapmares Omega, to then kick him swiftly in the neck. Omega kicks and cravats but Ibushi counters to snapmare and kick, kick, kick! Omega gets up to shove and punch.

Now it’s a brawl back and forth, but Omega kicks low. Omega boots Ibushi into a corner, then runs in. Ibushi goes up and over to then powerslam and moonsault! But onto knees! Omega knows Ibushi so well, and he drags Ibushi up for fireman’s carry. “You Can’t Escape! Rolling senton, but the moonsault gets knees! Ibushi knows Omega so well, too! Ibushi runs, but into a huricanrana. But Ibushi then comes back with his own huricanrana! Omega ends up outside again, and Ibushi runs, but Omega intercepts the golden triangle for a full nelson! Ibushi holds ropes and elbows Omega back. Omega chops Ibushi’s back, then Electric Chair lifts! But Ibushi fights him off again, to then deadlift. Omega fights out with uppercuts, then has Ibushi on the shoulder, apron package tombstone!! Both Golden Lovers are down while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Omega climbs up top. Ibushi slowly stands, but he gets the missile dropkick to the face! Then cross fisherman, Aoi Shoudou! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi lives and fans fire up for him. Omega grits his teeth, takes aim and… BANG! Omega runs, but he misses. Ibushi waistlocks but Omega standing switches. Omega shoves and chops Ibushi in the back! He whips and V-Triggers to the back! Omega drags Ibushi up, Electric Chair, but Ibushi resists. Pop-up, Croyt’s Wrath! With the bridge! TWO!! Ibushi narrowly escapes, but Omega stays focused. V-Trigger! Then the double underhook, but Ibushi resists again. They speed up, running DDT! Ibushi rolls out of the ring, but Omega hears the Terminator drums. Omega rises, builds speed, and FLIES! Direct hit on Ibushi!

Both men are down but Omega stands first. Omega drags Ibushi up and in, and fans rally up. Omega climbs up top again, but Ibushi PELE to stop him! Ibushi climbs up to join Omega, but Omega resists whatever lift Ibushi is after. The Young Bucks are concerned at ringside as Omega starts to shovel Ibushi up. Ibushi slips off to chop and SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up again and Omega bails out. Ibushi runs, Golden Triangle! Direct hit on Omega! The Golden Lovers are down again, but Ibushi is up first now. Ibushi puts Omega in, then climbs up top. Ibushi springboards but Omega catches him into the Electric Chair! But Ibushi fights out fast to strike fest and roundhouse Omega down. Knee-sault! Cover, TWO!!

Omega survives that innovative knee drop, but Ibushi isn’t out of ideas yet. Ibushi drags Omega up, with double wrists, but Omega dodges the knee. Ibushi dodges to Pele again! He grabs Omega, but Omega slips out of the bomb to V-Trigger. Ibushi blocks but gets the second V-Trigger. Omega full nelsons but Ibushi fights out. Omega heel kicks him into a corner! Then from corner to corner, V-Trigger! Omega drags Ibushi up to the top rope, then climbs up to join him. Omega sits Ibushi up, puts on the full nelson, but Ibushi fights out again. Ibushi elbows but Omega headbutts. Omega stands up now, another attempt at the full nelson, SUPER SNAP DRAGON! But Ibushi stands right up!

The Golden Lovers collide with double clotheslines, then do it again. Omega kicks the other one away to V-Trigger! Ibushi reverses to snap German! But Omega’s up, so he gets a Half ‘n Half, and CLOBBERING CLOTHESLINE! Ibushi has control while we go to break!

NJPW on AXS returns and Ibushi drags Omega up. Ibushi wants the bomb, and gets the Golden Star sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!? Even Ibushi is shocked. But he drags Omega up again with the double wristlocks, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, TWO!?! Ibushi cannot understand how Omega survives. Ibushi uncovers his knee and brings Omega back up. Omega resists because he knows what’s coming. Ibushi stomps and clubs Omega. Omega fights back with forearms and elbows. Omega throws more of those, but then Ibushi fires back! They go back and forth, but neither man backs down. Omega hits, but Ibushi responds. They give shorter and faster forearms now but neither man lets go of the wristlock. Omega headbutts but Ibushi kicks! Ibushi kicks but gets a V-Trigger! He staggers, but chops!

Ibushi fires palm strikes and body shots. He runs, but into the V-Trigger! Omega runs again, but into a roundhouse! They’re both down, but fans fire up for Ibushi. Ibushi hears them and decides to climb up top. Phoenix Splash flops as Omega evades. Omega stands, to V-Trigger Ibushi in the back! Then suddenly, butterfly piledriver! Cover, TWO!! Now Omega is shocked that Ibushi lives. Omega pulls his own knee pad down, to V-Trigger! Then Electric Chair, but Ibushi fights again. Reverse-Rana is blocked by sheer will, and Omega makes it like a driver! Cover, TWO!?! Omega aims again, BANG! Another V-Trigger! Then another Electric Chair, but Ibushi holds ropes. Omega climbs!? Ibushi senses this and fights for his life. Ibushi positions himself, SUPER double stomps!

Omega barely stays on the top rope, but Ibushi comes back up to join him. Ibushi drags Omega up, in a double underhook, SUPER TIGER BOMB!! Cover, TWO??! But how?! Ibushi keeps going, dragging Omega up with both hands, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!

Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall; Ibushi earns 2 points, Omega earns 0

The Golden Lovers dream match ends with Ibushi scoring a victory over the IWGP Heavyweight Champion! With this, Ibushi wins the B Block and qualifies for THE G1 Climax 27 Finals! Ibushi meets Hiroshi Tanahashi for that chance at the title at Wrestle Kingdom. But because they’re great friends, Omega celebrates with Ibushi before letting him take the ring alone.

Ibushi speaks.

“Kenny, Matt, Nick,” and everyone in the Elite, “Thank you very much.” Ibushi thanks all the wrestlers in NJPW, too. Ibushi still lives in the G1 Climax, and vows to win the finals the very next day. He keeps things short and sweet so that he and the Elite can all leave together. Can the Star surpass The Ace to then give us a sequel to this amazing match? Or will The Once in a Century Talent score his third G1 Climax championship?

 

Backstage interviews.

The Golden Elite are all together, as Omega notes that he somehow made it here on his own power. He admits he doesn’t like that he lost, especially as champion. But losing to his tag partner and best friend, Ibushi, and knowing he goes to the finals to face Tanahashi, makes Omega happy. Omega gives his full support, and will be in Ibushi’s corner. Ibushi accepts his friend’s support, and is himself very happy. He can’t believe he won. It doesn’t seem real yet. But Ibushi has made it to the finals, and again vows to win it all. He’s been focused on that single goal, he just has one match to go. Was tonight’s dream match a preview of Wrestle Kingdom? Or perhaps something sooner rather than later?

 


 

My Thoughts:

An amazing night, especially factoring in the context of the incredible action. Naito VS ZSJ in a New Japan Cup goes the same way as the match in the New Japan Cup, but naturally escalated up. Naito was well-prepared for the submissions and got the ropebreak quite a few times, but in the end ZSJ wins out. Given the points, it makes sense to keep Naito out of the running. It adds drama to Omega VS Ibushi, because then it becomes another “win and you’re in.” Actually, B Block parallels A Block in that respect, as Jay White was the third man who could complicate Okada VS Tanahashi, until he lost to Evil. But Naito is fine not going into the finals again, as fans still love him, and there’s plenty of unfinished business with other wrestlers, such as Chris Jericho over the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

Then Omega VS Ibushi is definitely worthy of a block finals. The story was already there with them being such close friends and tag team partners. The counters, the back and forth, it was so great. Ibushi benefits the most from winning here because he was perhaps the underdog against the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, and now earns the right to challenge Omega even without the G1 Climax contract for Wrestle Kingdom. Of course, Tomohiro Ishii has a similar claim he can make, so Ibushi can wait for one of the bigger NJPW events to give us the epic sequel.

My Score: 8.9/10


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CMLL Anniversary

We saw at the anniversary show, in predictable fashion, Rush and Cavernario defeat Volador and Matt Taven in the hair vs hair match. Everyone knew what the result would be which helped kill intrigue in the match because as discussed before, if CMLL was willing to hair Rush lose his hair it would be against LA Park and if he were to lose it against anybody else it wouldn’t make sense. So Volador and Taven lost 2 falls to 1 and at the end of the match, as a way to weasel out of it Taven turned on Volador as if it was his plan all along but they weren’t going to stand for it. I wonder how much Taven had his head shaved, I suppose we shall see on the next Ring of Honor live event. The show was pretty close to a sell out containing 16,000 fans.

The Co-main event saw Pentagon, Fenix, and Diamante Azul defeating LA Park, his son, and Caristico 2 falls to 1 in what was a very good match. LA Park, for a man who is very large in his older age can still put on some very good matches and held his own in their with the much young Fenix and Pentagon and the always entertaining Caristico. The match before that which was the Kaos Klan vs Los Guerrero’s for the trios title. This wasn’t in technical terms a very good match, but it had heat on it. One of the issues was the finish was a complete let down and out of nowhere. Not in a good way either, sometimes out of nowhere finishes are good if they’re done during hot moments, but this one was just a standard pin with feet on the ropes.

CMLL Friday Show/Future

The top three matches for this show will feature a rematch with Kaos Klan and Los Guerrero’s. This is the third time this match is happening in a short span so I wonder if they will have Los Guerrero’s win here after potentially swerving the fans at the Anniversary show. It was a weak finish and wasn’t a good match so I have to imagine that they’re going to put forth a better performance this time. However, a lot of the men involved are much older and broken down so they need the pomp and circumstances more. We also have a lightning round match between Mistico and Negro Casas so that should be something. They must be going for a program with them.

In the main event we have, Atlantis, King Fenix, and Diamante Azul vs Rush, Cavernario, and El Terrible. I wonder if my theory about building a program with Rush and Atlantis for next year starts and if maybe they move towards Fenix and Cavernario. I can only imagine how good those singles matches would be. LA Park worked the Arena Puebla show with Rush in the match. This was a very good match, perhaps an anniversary show standard.

There was a lot of instances in the match where Park and Rush had a show down one on one in the ring. It was a very long match and very good. Rush won with a low blow and Park then cut a promo after the match challenging him hair vs mask again to which CMLL cut his mic. But it magically turned on when Rush got the mic. Park was upset and left. They are promoting LA Park and Hijo Del LA Park vs Rush and Cavernario next week for the Monday Puebla show. So it looks like they’re going back to this well for financial purposes, who knows if the hair vs mask match will ever happen.

AAA

AAA has announced their big October Show, the Antonio Pena tribute show, and it has a pretty big card, with the main event being Jeff Jarrett vs Dr. Wagner Jr in a hair vs hair match. I’m almost positive Jarrett is losing that match especially if they’re building towards Park vs Wagner at the next Triplemania. Wagner is gonna need to have more hair grown out to make it a viable match on paper. He doesn’t have much hair so why would the fans buy his hair vs the value of Park’s mask? I feel like there’d be so much more intrigue with Psycho Clown vs Park mask vs mask, but it all depends on when and who Park wants to lose to. Everyone seems to agree that it has to be to Rush whenever the time is.

Also on that card which we’ll preview more in the coming weeks, Park will team with Psycho Clown against Murder Clown and Kevin Kross. So something is going to have to happen in the coming weeks that pairs Kross with Murder Clown because they were just attacking each other during the last encounter with Wagner and Jeff Jarrett. A three way tag match for the tag titles will happen and Bandido and Flamita will actually get their chance. There was rumblings wondering if AAA would remember the stipulation on the Triplemania show. There’s also a four way match for the women’s title. More info in the coming weeks as the card gets built on the TV tapings.

AAA on Twitch 9/21

We will have a women’s match to start the show, which seems to be typical featuring, Keyra, Lady Maravilla, and Starfire vs Faby Apache, La Hiedra, and Lady Shani. We get a six man tag team match next which will be action packed featuring, Emperador Azteca, Demus, and Ciclon Ramierz vs Aerostar, Argenis, and Nino Hamburguesa. The next match is a three way tag match between Texano Jr and Escorpion vs Maximo and Mamba vs El Hijo De Dr. Wagner Jr and Golden Magic.

The co-main event is another six man tag between, Laredo Kid, Tayrys, and Hijo Del LA Park vs La Parka, Pagano, and Joe Lider. Any match with Joe Lider and Pagano is bound to be crazy. The main event sees LA Park teaming with Electro Shock vs Psycho Clown and El Hijo Del Fantasma. The theme of this show is Lucha Libre Elite vs AAA. They’re playing up an invasion storyline. They have another show on September 30th but I will preview that one next week.

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