ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 333
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- 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?
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
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)
American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!
Dynamite becomes the House of the Dragon!
AEW has an epic rematch between Bryan Danielson and Daniel Garcia, in a Best Two Out of Three Falls match! Will Red Death truly slay the American Dragon?
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; wins.
- Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds; win(s).
- Toni Storm VS KiLynn King; wins.
- AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & ???; win(s) and advances.
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[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage of AEW Dynamite will begin later tonight]
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/17/22)
And then there were four!
The G1 Climax’s Final Four face off!
A VS B and C VS D, the biggest G1 Climax in NJPW history reaches its semifinals! Will Tetsuya Naito make Will Ospreay trainquilo? Will Kazuchika Okada make it rain on the Good Bad Guy?
- 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS Suzuki-Gun; Chaos wins.
- Royce Isaacs & Tom Lawlor VS Dangerous Tekkers; Dangerous Tekkers win.
- Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Tito & Jonah win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano, David Finlay & KUSHIDA VS Bullet Club; Tanahashi, Yano, Finlay & Kushida win.
- G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga; Okada wins and advances to the finals.
- G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Tetsuya Naito VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and advances to the finals.
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G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!
It’s A Block VS B Block, Rainmaker VS Good Bad Guy! And in G1 Climax 31, Okada lost to Tama! Will history repeat itself? Or will Tama have to fall back to the golden ticket he got from beating Jay White?
The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two circle. Tama and Okada shake hands to show there’s respect here and fans cheer more. Okada and Tama tie up, are in a deadlock, but Okada uses his height as leverage. Okada puts Tama on the ropes and the ref calls for the break. Okada lets off, pats Tama on the shoulders, but Tama rushes in. Okada kicks low, headlocks, but Tama powers up and out. Okada runs Tama over and fans fire up. Okada runs, Tama gets up to arm-drag Okada around! Then Tama dropkicks Okada down! Fans fire up more as Tama brings Okada up. Tama CLUBS Okada and follows him to a corner.
Tama throws body shots, but Okada throws forearms! Tama knees low, Okada throws body shots but Tama CLUBS Okada down. Fans rally as Tama whips corner to corner, but Okada reverses. Okada runs in but into a back elbow. Tama runs at Okada but into the FLAPJACK! Fans applaud while Okada catches his breath. Jado coaches Tama while fans rally up. Okada drags Tama up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and Tama goes to ropes. Okada brings Tama around to CLUB him on the neck. Okada puts Tama in a corner and throws a back elbow. And then another! And then another! The ref counts and Okada lets off.
Fans rally, Jado coaches Tama, but Okada brings Tama up. Tama throws body shots but Okada knees low. Okada turns Tama for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Okada sits Tama up for a chinlock. Tama endures while Okada squeezes tight. The fans rally up more as Okada turns and twists Tama. Tama fights up to his feet, throws elbows, but Okada knees low. Okada throws Tama out of the ring then follows after. Tama staggers up into a kick and DDT to the floor! Okada leaves Tama behind while fans rally up. Jado coaches Tama while the ring count climbs. We’re at 5 of 20 but Tama is still down.
Tama pushes up off the floor at 10 of 20 and crawls his way over, and he drags himself up at 16, only to fall! Tama springs up and in at 19! Okada walks over and kicks Tama around while the fans rally up. “O-KA-DA!” eggs Tama on, so Tama fires off forearm after forearm! Okada eggs Tama on, Tama keeps throwing hands, but Okada DECKS Tama with one! Okada whips Tama to a corner, but Tama comes back to CLOBBER Okada! Fans fire up and rally again as Tama drags himself up the ropes. Tama rushes Okada to LARIAT, and ELBOW, and scoop SLAM! OFF COMES THE VEST! Fans fire up with Tama as he claps, “TA-MA! TA-MA!”
Okada is in the corner, Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! And then a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally as Tama paces around. Tama brings Okada up to CLUB him down, then he throws body shots. Tama dragon sleepers but Okada fights free! Tama throws a body shot, an uppercut, and then whips. Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Tama with an elbow! Fans rally and Okada whips Tama into a corner. Okada runs in to back elbow, then kicks and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Fans clap for “O-KA-DA!” “GOOD BAD GUY!” as Okada watches Tama stand. Tama staggers into the Alabama Lift! But Tama fights it off with body shots!
Okada ROCKS Tama, but Tama ROCKS Okada. Okada EuroUppers but Tama EuroUppers back! Okada swings but into the TONGAN TWIST! Fans rally up again as Okada bails out of the ring. Tama goes out after Okada and brings him up, but Okada throws body shots! Okada whips Tama into railing, and Tama bounces off into a scoop! But Tama fights that to a TONGAN TWIST to the floor! A bit of payback from earlier! Fans rally up while the ref checks both men. Both men are able to continue and Tama stands first. The ring count starts and Tama drags Okada up at 5 of 20 to put him in at 6. Fans cheer as this match continues.
Tama stalks Okada while the fans clap. Okada stands, Tama rushes in, VENENO! Cover, TWO! Tama paces around then brings Okada back up. Tama fireman’s carries, but Okada fights free and spins Tama. ROLLING- NO, Tama ducks the lariat to fireman’s carry! S R C! Tama heads for the corner and fans fire up! SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and Tama grows frustrated, but Jado calls the shot! Tama and Jado pound the mat, and fans clap along. Tama watches Okada rise, then he rushes in, GUN- NO, Okada turns that into the BACK2BACKBREAKER! And then the MONEY CLIP!!
Tama endures and fans rally up! Tama reaches out and gets the ROPEBREAK! Okada lets go in frustration but fans fire up more. The fans continue to rally, “O-KA-DA!” “GOOD BAD GUY!” Okada drags Tama up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner. Okada climbs up and fans rally for the MACHO ELBOW! And of course, the Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Tama up, wristlocks, but Tama throws back elbows. Okada CLUBS Tama, EuroUppers and runs, but into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Tama takes Okada down! Tama drags Okada up, but Okada fights off the suplex to shove and DROPKICK Tama in return!
Okada drags Tama back up, ripcords, but Tama ducks to slips around, BLOODY SUNDAY!! Shoutout to the Prince! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but Tama just reloads and brings him back up! Double underhooks, but Okada fights free to LARIAT! Not quite the Rainmaker but Okada holds onto the wrist! Fans rally as Okada slowly rises back up. Okada drags Tama up, for a short arm LARIAT! Okada fires up and the fans follow suit! He drags Tama back up, ripcords, but Tama ducks and runs, into a DROPKICK! But he gets back up! Tama is roaring, fans are fire dup, but Okada scoops for the LANDSLIDE!!
Okada then ripcords Tama, GUN STUN!!! But Tama can’t make the cover! Jado shouts to Tama, he crawls over to Okada, pushes Okada over for the cover, TWO!!! Okada survives because of the delay! Fans are thunderous while both men are still down! Tama rises and he drags Okada back up. Tama reels Okada in, underhooks the arms, but Okada fights the lift! Tama CLUBS Okada, CLUBS him again, and fans rally as Tama CLUBS Okada one more time. Tama brings Okada up, reels him in again, but Okada back drops and sits on the cover! TWO!! Tama swings, but into a waistlock! Tama fights the suplex, throws elbows, and then whips.
Okada reverses but Tama dodges the dropkick! And he hurries to underhook, but Okada slips out! GUN- NO, Okada holds it off this time, to then get the wristlock! Ripcord, GUN- NO!! Okada turns it into a MONEY CLIP!!! Fans rally as hard as ever, and Tama turns clip into cradle! TWO!!! Okada escapes, BOOTS, but Tama PELES! Tama reloads fast and waits on Okada to stand! Okada is up, Tama runs in, GUN- NO!!! Okada fights it again, to ENZIGURI! And then pump handle scoop, POWERSLAM!! Ripcord, RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
Tama put up one hell of a fight, truly worthy of the biggest G1 Climax ever, but it just wasn’t enough to stop the Rainmaker! Will Okada not stop until he has that Right to Challenge briefcase once more?
G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Tetsuya Naito VS Will Ospreay w/ Great-O-Khan!
It’s C Block VS D Block, Uncontrollable Charisma VS Commonwealth Kingpin! We know Okada awaits in the finals, will he be facing one of his great rivals in Naito? Or will it be one of his great enemies in Ospreay?
Naito takes off his elaborate entrance attire while Ospreay takes his time with his coat and two title belts. Fans rally, “NA-I-TO!” “O-SU-PREAY!” and the bell rings. Ospreay encourages the fans to get louder so they do, and Naito says that’s nice. The two then circle, Naito goes back and forth to toy with Ospreay, but then they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Ospreay finds a point of leverage. He puts Naito on the ropes and Red Shoes counts. Ospreay pats Naito but Naito turns things around. Naito has Ospreay on the ropes, but then pats Ospreay on the shoulders. To then kick low and CLUB him on the neck! And again!
Red Shoes reprimands but Naito whips Ospreay. Ospreay reverses, Naito holds ropes and BOOTS Back, to then RANA! But Ospreay handsprings through! Naito ducks the Penalty Kick, avoids the Standing Moonsault, then arm-drags Ospreay! Naito ducks a roundhouse and tranquilos! Ospreay smirks while Naito bails out. Fans rally up while Naito stares Khan down. Khan keeps his distance and Naito takes a walk around the ring. Khan tells Naito to get back in so Naito does. Naito and Ospreay circle, feel out a knuckle lock, then circle some more. Ospreay blocks Naito’s kick! Naito tries to reach Ospreay but he can’t!
Ospreay ROCKS Naito with a forearm, then another! Ospreay whips, atomic drops and CHOPS Naito down, for the STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Khan cheers Ospreay on. Ospreay drags Naito up, ROCKS him again, then bumps him off buckles. Ospreay CHOPS Naito in the corner, then stalks him to another corner. Ospreay CHOPS again and Naito staggers. Ospreay whips him but Naito reverses, only for Ospreay to go up and over. Naito dodges, blocks a kick and puts Ospreay in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Naito then whips Ospreay to ropes for a hip toss! And basement dropkick! Naito keeps going, NECKBREAKER!
Fans fire up while Ospreay clutches his neck. Fans rally up and Naito brings Ospreay into a chinlock. Naito grinds Ospreay down with an almost bulldog choke but Ospreay endures. Fans rally up more, Ospreay pulls hair but Red Shoes reprimands. Naito lets off to snapmare Ospreay into a headscissor hold! Naito pushes up to put pressure on the neck but Ospreay endures. Ospreay rolls around and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Khan protests, and Naito lets off. Fans rally up as Naito brings Ospreay around. Naito ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay ROCKS Naito, repeat! Naito then CLUBS Ospreay on the neck!
Naito CLUBS away on Ospreay in the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep, SWINGING DROPKICK! Combinacion Cabron! Fans fire up as Naito poses, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up and Naito stomps Ospreay around. Naito brings Ospreay up to cravat and neck wrench! Ospreay endures, drops to a knee, and fans rally again. Ospreay fights back up, throws body shots, but Naito ROCKS him again. Naito whips, Ospreay reverses but Naito reverses again. Naito swings into a full nelson, but he arm-drags free! Naito dodges and whips but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER!
Fans fire up while both men are down. Ospreay sits up and grits his teeth. Ospreay waits on Naito to get up, but Naito is slow. Ospreay fireman’s carries to then SNAKE EYES and BOOT! Ospreay goes to the apron and fans fire up with him. Ospreay aims at Naito, springboards and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but fans continue to rally. Ospreay drags Naito back up, reels him in, but Naito resists the lift. Ospreay keeps trying but Naito flails. Ospreay CLUBS Naito, throws a quick Kowada Kick, then CHOPS Naito off his feet! Naito gets up but Ospreay reels him in, only for Naito to fight the bomb!
Naito ducks the lariat to BACKBREAKER into the LEG HOOK NELSON! Naito slaps Ospreay around but Ospreay still endures. Ospreay moves around, but Naito drags him from ropes! Fans rally, Naito puts on more pressure, but Ospreay kicks his way around! ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as Red Shoes counts, and Naito lets Ospreay go. Fans rally as Naito stands and Ospreay drags himself up the ropes. Naito hammerlocks and half nelsons but Ospreay fights off the lift! Naito ripcords but Ospreay ducks the elbow. Naito CLUBS Ospreay, dodges a haymaker, then ROCKS Ospreay! Naito runs, into the Tiger Wall Kick and ENZIGURI! But Naito rebounds, into a SPANISH FLY!!
Fans are thunderous as both men are down again! Ospreay and Naito sit up, talk some trash, and then get forehead to forehead. Naito throws a forearm but Ospreay gives it back. Naito grins and forearms Ospreay again! Ospreay ROCKS Naito back! Ospreay eggs Naito on so Naito ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay roars and fans fire up, and Ospreay throws another forearm! Naito gives another, and they go back and forth! Fans rally up as the speed picks up! Ospreay fires off a flurry, then CHOPS!! Naito staggers and Ospreay waits on him. Naito comes back to SLAP Ospreay! Ospreay grins and fans fire up!
Ospreay blocks a kick, ducks the enziguri but Naito dodges Hidden Blade to TORNADO- NO! Ospreay blocks to suplex and BRAINBUSTER! But Ospreay holds on, brings Naito back up, suplexes but Naito RANAS! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay escapes in time but Naito gets him for the TORNADO DDT! Fans are thunderous again while both men are down. Naito and Ospreay stir and Naito sits up first. Naito crawls his way over, drags Ospreay up, and throws heavy back elbows! Ospreay drops to a knee, but Naito brings him up for more heavy elbows! Ospreay drops again but he grabs at Naito. Naito brings Ospreay up for even more heavy elbows!
Ospreay falls over backwards, and the tape on his shoulders is coming off! Naito hammerlocks, half nelsons, and hits GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is still in this but Naito is still smiling. Naito brings Ospreay up again, wrenches the arm, but Ospreay RAMS him into the corner! Ospreay runs in but Naito alley-oops him into the corner! Naito then sits Ospreay up on the top rope backwards, and climbs up behind him! Naito goes up to SUPER POISON-RANA!!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous! Naito aims from the corner as Ospreay rises, then he runs in to CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Ospreay blocks Destino!
But Ospreay also holds Naito up! Ospreay ties up the legs, MAGIC CROSS DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as Ospreay aims from the corner! Naito sits up, Ospreay rushes in, HIDDEN BLADE!!! But Ospreay isn’t satisfied with that, he drags Naito up! Underhook and lift, STORM- DESTINO!!! Naito turns things around but both men are down! The fans are electric as both men stir on the mat! Naito crawls over to Ospreay, drags him up, but Ospreay BOOTS! Naito ENZIGURIS! Naito scoops but Ospreay slips out to HOOK KICK! Ospreay calls his shot, springboards, but Naito ducks the OsCutter! SPINEBUSTER!!
Naito hauls Ospreay up to wrench and- NO, Ospreay turns it, CHELSEA GRIN!! Fans fire up as Ospreay aims again! Ospreay runs in, but Naito ducks the blade! CORRIENDO SHIKI DESTINO!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Ospreay survives and no one can believe it!! Naito roars, drags Ospreay up, and tilt-o-whirls, DESTI- NO!! Ospreay slips out to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!? Maybe 2.999!! The fans can’t believe it, Khan can’t believe, commentary can’t believe it! But Ospreay drags Naito back up, reels him in and underhooks, for STORMBREAKER!!!! Cover, OSPREAY WINS!!!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
After fighting back from an 0-2 start, after fighting his heart out here, Naito falls before the Climax! If this is truly Naito’s last G1 Climax, if this is truly his last year with NJPW, has it all ended here and now? Or can Naito find another path to Wrestle Kingdom?
As for Ospreay, he holds up his IWGP US Heavyweight Championship and Rev-Pro British Heavyweight Championship high as he stands over Naito, and then again as he stands on the corner. Khan waves the banner of the United Empire, then brings the mic to Ospreay. The fans applaud, but Ospreay says, “Louder, Budokan! Louder!! Motto! Gentlemen, I said MORE! I want more!” Fans applaud louder, and Ospreay is happy. “Naito, good showing. One more, onegaishimasu. This doesn’t get spoken about enough. In May, I nearly died! I had a kidney infection that nearly killed me! And in three months, three months! After saying I could’ve died, I’m in the G1 Final!”
Fans applaud that heart, and Ospreay says his opponent “is a man who seemingly, I can’t beat on my own. In the seven matches Ospreay and Okada have had, Okada has one SIX of them. SIX. Everyone is now doubting me, because they think I can’t beat Okada. I’ve seen it done with my own eyes! I have seen AJ Styles beat Okada. I have seen Tanahashi beat Okada. I’ve seen NAITO beat Okada! Hell, I’ve even see Jay White dethrone Okada. Know what makes me different? I know in my heart, I know I’m better than all those guys! I know I’m the best wrestler in the world today!!” Fans applaud that, he has a case for it.
Ospreay lists off his accomplishments: Best of the Super Juniors; the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship; the New Japan Cup; the British Heavyweight Championship; the NEVER Openweight Championship; the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship; and the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship!! There’s just one more to go! “And believe me. Believe me when I say this. Believe me, I’m not gonna lose. I will beat Okada! I will lead NJPW out of the Dark Ages, and I will bring it back tot he light! Okada, matta ashita <I’ll be waiting tomorrow.> See you at the top!” The Kingpin vows to go from Grand Slam to ULTIMATE Champion in NJPW, will he succeed?
A great event as the penultimate night of the G1 this year. Yes, I skipped a lot of matches, and I wish I had time to see that 8 Man with Tanahashi, Yano, Finlay & Kushida, because it saw the return of the Good Brothers to Japan. But Tanahashi’s team won thanks to some sneaky moves from Yano. I wonder if anyone from Tanahashi’s team will go after Karl Anderson’s NEVER Openweight Championship. Any one of them would be a great opponent for Anderson, but especially Tanahashi.
But we got awesome G1 matches, as to be expected. Tama has been running strong, but it sure seems like everyone knows how to counter the Gun Stun… It makes sense that Okada wins, he could potentially go back-to-back as the G1 Climax winner. But given that, I don’t think he will. Ospreay VS Naito was a great choice to be the main event between the two semifinal matches, and honestly I didn’t think Naito was going to lose. This is supposed to be his last year, so I thought he’d get to the finals before losing and having to worry about what’s next.
Ospreay has a great promo and he does make a great argument for winning the finals. Ospreay’s checked off almost everything to do in NJPW as a singles wrestler, even more than what Okada has done. Ospreay getting the honor of being the first to check everything off the list would be huge.
My Score: 9/10
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