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Mitchell’s ROH Honor Reigns Supreme Report! (2/9/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Flip Gordon VS Punishment Martinez; Martinez wins.
  • Kenny King VS Shane Taylor; King wins.
  • Josh Woods VS Silas Young w/ Beer City Bruiser; Young wins.
  • Six Man Tag: SoCal Uncensored VS Dalton Castle & The Boys; SoCal Uncensored wins.
  • Tenille Dashwood & Mandy Leon VS Kelly Klein & Stacy Shadows; Tenille & Mandy win.
  • Jay Lethal VS Jonathan Gresham; Lethal wins.
  • The Bullet Club’s Marty Scurll, Adam Page & Cody w/ Brandi Rhodes VS The Kingdom; The Kingdom wins.
  • Best Friends VS The Young Bucks; The Young Bucks win.

PLAY BY PLAY

“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome your Ring of Honor Enforcer: Bully Ray!”

Yes, the living legend and future hallf of famer is here and greeted with an ovation as he enters the ring. He appreciates all of it, but he knows tonight is about ROH. ROH officials need someone that their wrestlers fear and respect to keep the peace, so who else but Bully? “So many people are going to see us tonight,” from Facebook Live to Fite.TV, more people than ever before! The fans in Concord aren’t going to let ROH down, are they? Nope! They’re gonna be fired up tonight, right? Yes! Tonight will show the world why ROH is the “best wrestling company on the planet”! Tonight, Honor Reigns Supreme!

 

Flip Gordon VS Punishment Martinez!

Right before his ROH World Heavyweight Championship challenge, The Reincarnation of the Purple Mist tests himself against the fast-flying captain of the #FlipArmy. Can the monster keep momentum this close to taking on The Peacock?

Meanwhile, Flip’s been waiting for this rematch since Survival of the Fittest, where he and the monster Martinez were finalists. Can Flip redeem himself and maybe even put his name on the world title list?

The Code of Honor is skipped, as Martinez just stares at Flip with those dangerous eyes. The fans are on Flip’s side as they chant his name while Flip and Martinez circle. Flip rolls to evade Martinez, then slips behind for a waistlock. Martinez powers out into a wristlock, but Flip endures to then flip and reverse the hold. He gets the headlock but Martinez powers right out. Flip sees Martinez’s power for himself now, and as they tie up, he ends up in a corner. Martinez gives him the clean break but Flip shoves him back. Flip evades Martinez then hits him with a heavy right! But Martinez doesn’t budge! Martinez smirks, but Flip evades again to catch him with an enziguri that does a little bit more. Martinez walks it off and charges, but Flip dumps him out over the top rope. Flip sees Martinez land on his feet, so he runs and hits a wrecking ball dropkick.

Martinez walks the impact off and Flip slips back into the ring. They both hop up and Flip surfs on the top rope.

Martinez swings, Flip backflips to evade! Martinez hurries back into the ring, Flip evades and dropkicks Martinez back, yet Martinez stays standing. Flip evades Martinez’s boot, then his clothesline, then uses the kip-up to evade the spinning roundhouse!

The fans applaud Flip’s agility, but Martinez just gets annoyed. He runs at Flip but Flip pushes him into buckles, then tries the corner 619. Martinez blocks, but then Flip blocks the counter forearm, Flip swing kicks Martinez back. Flip then slingshots but Martinez sends him flying off and to the barriers!

Flip writhes while Martinez comes out to fetch him. Martinez drags Flip up while the referee counts, and Martinez booms “Get out of the way!!” Whoever it was moves, because Martinez throws Flip at more barriers! Martinez grins as he drags Flip up. The fans want “One more time!” so Martinez obliges, by throwing Flip into yet more barriers! Martinez puts Flip in the ring, then drags Flip back up to whip hard into a corner. He runs in and hits the big back elbow, the big clothesline, and the roaring right hand. Martinez brings Flip back up, snap scoop slam, then springboards, but Flip narrowly avoids the senton! Flip and Martinez slowly get up, but Martinez is on his feet much sooner. The fans rally for Flip and Flip hits Martinez with a forearm. Flip blocks Martinez’s response and gives another forearm. He blocks again and starts rallying with forearms and chops! Marintez knees low and Flip staggers back. Martinez runs but into Flip’s boot. Flip slips out and shoulders back in, then hits a step-in springboard to a wheelbarrow that throws Martinez face first into a corner. Martinez is reeling, Flip runs in and hits the corner high 619!

With Martinez still on his feet, Flip springboards but Martinez ducks under. Flip gets Martinez up for the fireman’s but Martinez slips out and shoves Flip to ropes. Flip springboards back but Martinez ducks under again. Another springboard, for the Spring-Blade!

The fans fire up with Flip now that Martinez is finally down. Flip climbs up top while Martinez gets to his feet. Flip flies, but Martinez ducks under again. Martinez swings, Flip spins that around for the fireman’s carry and Samoan Pop! To Shooting Star! TWO! Flip can’t believe how close he was, but the fans keep cheering. Flip brings Martinez up, but Martinez is the one that hits a Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO, and Martinez is a bit surprised himself. He stands up, drags Flip back to his feet, and up into a torture rack. Martinez flips Flip but Flip lands on his feet! Flip ducks the punch and SUPERKICK! But Martinez stays up to roundhouse Flip! Then he flips Flip inside out with a lariat!

The fans applaud the exchange while Martinez stands back up. Martinez climbs up to the top rope?! He smiles menacingly, but Flip springs up to trip him up! Flip positions Martinez and gives him a LOUD chop, then slingshots up, but Martinez catches him by the throat! But Flip pries himself free to hit Kinder Surprise!

Then Flip slingshots and springboards to a Kinder-canrana!

The fans fire up as Flip gets back on the top rope and takes aim. And… 450 Splash!

TWO!! Flip cannot believe it, but Martinez’s eyes are burning with fire! Martinez clamps his hand on Flip’s throat and lifts Flip up for the choke slam, but Flip slips out! Flip chops Martinez down with a stiff kick to the leg, then a knee to the face. Flip fires up, springboards and spins, but he’s caught into a full-nelson. Martinez lifts Flip up, then flings him in a full-nelson facebuster, followed by a curb stomp! He’s not done there, he picks Flip up again for a dead-lift South of Heaven Choke Slam!!

Martinez wins! But he scares off the referee the second he tries to lift Martinez’s hand in victory. Martinez celebrates on his own, will he celebrate a ROH WHC victory in the near future?

 

Caprice Coleman joins commentary for this next match.

The Most Versatile Man in Sports Today has a vested interest in the participants, especially the former ROH World Television Champion.

Kenny King VS Shane Taylor!

Once friends under the faction known as The Rebellion, circumstances have caused a small rift between them. Can the Notorious Hitman make a case for himself before the K I N G gets his rematch for the “throne” that he lost?

Kenny wants to uphold the Code of Honor, but when Taylor doesn’t, Kennny reminds him of their Rebellion days. That only serves to upset Taylor more, as he shoves Kenny away. Kenny keeps his cool while the bell rings and he and Taylor circle. They approach each other, but Taylor pushes Kenny back into a corner. The ref calls for a break and the break is clean but tense. They circle again, Kenny shows off his capoeira moves. The fans applaud that, and Taylor shrugs it off. Taylor gets Kenny watching that killer right, but Kenny doesn’t see the swift left come in, the jab catches him on the cheek. Taylor mocks Kenny’s “dance fighting” before circling again. Kenny kicks Taylor sharp on the thigh, and nods, knowing Taylor knows not to take him lightly. Kenny and Taylor each swing but evade, Taylor lets Kenny know how close he ways, but Kenny puts Taylor in a headlock. Taylor fights out with body shots then shoves Kenny to ropes. Kenny comes back with a shoulder and they collide, but Taylor doesn’t budge. Kenny likes the challenge, he tries again, but still Taylor stays standing. Even so, Kenny just dances it off.

Taylor swings at Kenny and scares him off to a corner! The “One Hitter Quitter” came close to connecting, Coleman knows that Kenny’s wide awake now. Kenny comes back out, but Taylor catches him with a big knee. Taylor runs and then runs Kenny over with the shoulder! And yes, Taylor mocks the dance and pose.

He runs again, things speed up and Kenny tries a drop toehold, but Taylor stays standing. Taylor brings Kenny up and into a corner to then hit a stiff body shot and a stiffer forearm. He whips Kenny corner to corner but Kenny goes up and over to sunset flip Taylor! TWO, but Kenny keeps going. He dropkicks Taylor down and Taylor slips out of the ring. Kenny walks over and slingshots, but Taylor avoids the corkscrew plancha to then rock Kenny with another big knee. Taylor thinks about putting Kenny into barriers but changes his mind, and throws Kenny into the ring. Kenny changes Taylor’s plans by slipping back out and rocking him with a jumping right forearm!

The fans applaud as Kenny whips but Taylor reverses, Kenny jumps up for a cannonball senton!

Kenny keeps the fans fired up for the “K I N G”. He even takes a selfie with a fan! Taylor gets himself back in the ring, so Kenny climbs up top to fly for a big crossbody! ONE, but Kenny isn’t bothered. He stalks Taylor to ropes and whips but Taylor holds onto ropes. Kenny chops Taylor but then things speed up, choke slam outta nowhere!

Taylor catches his breath, then toys with Kenny. He drags Kenny up for a clubbing forearm to the chest. Taylor stalks Kenny to a corner, Kenny fights back but gets rocked again. Taylor grinds a boot into Kenny’s head but backs off when the ref counts. He stands Kenny up for a stiff chop, but Kenny wants the ref to leave him alone. Taylor runs corner to corner but Kenny evades and retaliates with a back elbow. Kenny rolls and runs in but Taylor avoids the shotgun knees to squash Kenny with a splash!

TWO, and Taylor grows frustrated. Taylor drags Kenny up into a camel clutch, but also rakes the face. He lets up, Kenny gets to his feet and hits a jawbreaker to break out. Kenny gets space, Taylor runs in but into Kenny’s spinning roundhouse! Taylor stays on his feet, Kenny throws rights and lefts. Kenny ducks one of Taylor’s but then Taylor ducks one of Kenny’s to catch him on that left side! Kenny staggers, but then rocks Taylor with the jumping heel kick! Cover, ONE, and Kenny grows a bit frustrated while Taylor slips to the apron. The fans rally for Kenny while he goes out to join Taylor. They brawl again, Taylor lifts Kenny but Kenny slips down to hit the Eddie Gordo kick. Taylor drops down to the floor, Kenny builds speed and FLIES!

His tornado plancha topples Taylor down, but Kenny goes with him. The fans fire up while they stir. The ring count gets to 5 by the time they’re on their feet, and 7 when they both enter the ring. Kenny aims, springboards and hits the blockbuster!

Cover, TWO! Kenny brings Taylor up, wants but struggles with the fireman’s carry. Taylor pushes him away, swings but then blocks to hit on the right side! Cover, TWO, and very close. Taylor grows further frustrated, Kenny revives to rock him with a right. Kenny throws hands, Taylor keeps up with him, then blocks the kick to rock him with a knee. Taylor rolls Kenny, gives him another knee to the head, and hits the two-handed sit-out slam!

TWO!! Kenny survives, but Taylor drags him around to position. Taylor climbs up but Kenny revives to rock him with an uppercut! Kenny climbs to join Taylor, but Taylor resists with body shots. Taylor shoves Kenny but Kenny backflips to come back with an enziguri. Kenny manages the fireman’s carry, and the Royal Flush!!

Kenny wins! The K I N G outlasts the Hitman, can he do the same to the Last Real Man in their eventual ROH WTVC rematch?

As for Shane Taylor…

The Hitman is frustrated from another loss, but Kenny being a good friend gives him an encouraging hug.

Coleman confirms on commentary that while they’re no longer teammates, both Coleman and King are friends with Taylor and wish him only the best. Can Taylor turn things around so that 2018 is a big year for the big man?

 

The ROH Women of Honor Championship Tournament has begun!

Coming to ROH TV this week, the WOH Championship Tournament will crown the inaugural WOH Champion. Sixteen of the best women wrestlers from around the world will compete. However, only 15 have been formally announced. Ian Riccaboni is honored to personally introduce the 16th woman in the tournament: Tenille “Emma” Dashwood!

An international star in her own right, the fans lose their minds upon learning of her entry into this historic tournament. What brings Tenille to WOH? First, it feels great to have such an ovation. And obviously, she’s here “for one reason, and one reason alone”: enter the tournament and become THE WOH Champion! She will have to compete against some of Stardom’s best as well as WOH’s own like Deonna Purrazzo and Mandy Leon. However, Bully Ray comes out to continue this interview.

“No no no,” he says, “I don’t mean to interrupt.” He knows that everyone is happy to see Tenille, and Bully wishes her luck in the tournament, but he’s also pretty sure everyone wants to see Tenille wrestle right here and now! What better way to make a name for herself in ROH than in front of the audience here tonight! And the match is made for an WOH Tag Team Match: Tenille & The Exotic Goddess, Mandy VS The Gate Keeper, Kelly Klein & Stacy Shadows! Which WOH participants will grab up momentum before the tournament’s opening round?

 

Josh Woods VS Silas Young w/ The Beer City Bruiser!

The Goods was Mr. Top Prospect 2017 but did not capture the ROH WTVC. The current ROH WTVC is the Last Real Man, and he will have a rematch with Kenny King eventually. Can Silas keep up his own momentum against the MMA-trained young gun wanting to turn things around?

Even before the bell, Woods trolls Silas by borrowing a sign from the fans and holding it up for everyone to see.

Silas trash talks and insults the fans, shouting “Real men earn their titles!” but then turns around to see Woods and that sign. Silas already saw that sign on his way in, so needless to say he’s no more amused with it the second time than he was the first time. That aside, the sign is returned and the match begins.

Woods offers the Code of Honor handshake and Silas technically upholds it. They circle, but Silas gets caught up talking to fans again. “A real man knows how to take care of business. You wouldn’t know a real man, honey, so just shut your mouth.” They tie up, Woods gets a leg and they hop around, Woods puts Silas on the mat and goes after the other leg. He spins Silas around into a fireman’s carry takedown, Silas scrambles to a corner. Silas uses the ropes for shelter as Woods runs in, the referee keeps Woods back. Woods says “two for flinching!” and the fans agree. Bruiser tells everyone to shut up as they continue to support Woods’ idea. Silas defends he didn’t flinch, and tells the referee to say whether or not he flinched. The referee doesn’t worry about that and has them continue. Silas admits that, as a man, he’ll take his two for flinching. Woods grins, and gives him a hard right on the shoulder.

Silas walks off the pain while Bruiser cheers him on. But that was only one, so he has to take another. The fans cheer for “One more time!” and Woods reels back, but Silas pokes him in the eyes! Silas puts Woods in a deep headlock and grinds him down to the mat. Woods keeps his shoulders up then gets back to his feet. He trips and rolls Silas and then rolls him some more to a facelock. Silas slips out to a wristlock, but Woods trips him up again to roll him back to the facelock. Silas escapes again to an armlock, then to the facelock. Woods slips out and rolls Silas again, but for a waistlock this time. Woods lifts Silas but Silas elbows out. Silas runs and narrowly avoids Woods’ knee, to then rock him with forearms. Silas gets the waistlock but Woods the standing switch. Another standing switch, then another, Woods throws Silas with an overhead belly2belly!

Woods takes aim and runs in corner to corner for a forearm smash. He throws Silas to ropes and rocks him with the jumping knee strike. Bruiser tries to coach Silas back into this while he rests on the ropes. Woods hops onto the apron, but Silas manages to avoid the knee strike. Silas distracts the referee while Bruiser trips up Woods and rocks him with a right hand of his own! Woods goes down and Bruiser walks off to innocently sip his beer. Silas comes out to fetch Woods and put him into barriers. Silas tells the ref, “Count it out if you don’t like it!” He keeps going after Woods, rocking him with elbows and forearms before putting him back in the ring. Silas trash talks fans again before hitting the slingshot double stomp, “easy peasy, baby.” He toys with Woods, Woods fights back so Silas hits him with a right hand. Woods keeps fighting, but Silas ducks the roundhouse. Silas shoves Woods to ropes, and catches him into the backbreaker and lariat!

Cover, ONE, and Silas grows frustrated. He stalks and stomps Woods at the ropes, then brings him up into a corner to bump him off buckles. Bruiser trolls Woods while Silas boots him in the head. Silas snapmares Woods into a snapmare while Bruiser tells “Josh” to quit. The fans rally for Woods, Bruiser tells them to stop, but Woods feeds off the energy. Woods works his way out of the hold, the fans troll Silas with “Silas wears glitter~.” Woods frees himself only for Silas to throw him down again, and then Silas asks “Who wears glitter now?!” He toys with Woods, but Woods fights back. Woods fakes the roundhouse to get Silas to crouch, and turns that into a waistlock deadlift. Silas resists the German Suplex and runs for ropes, but Woods uses the rope rebound to roll him up, TWO, and Bruiser lights Woods up with a beer bottle!

Just like what they did to King, Woods is out from the impact. Bruiser pulls him up but the referee tells Bruiser to back off. Silas sees Woods standing up again, then builds speed. Woods evades so Silas just goes to the apron. Silas takes aim from the apron but misses his Penalty Kick. Woods swings a kick but Silas manages to jump over. Silas tries a jumping attack but Woods evades to let Bruiser take the hit!

Silas topples Bruiser over, then turns around into Woods’ exploder suplex! Woods fires up with the fans before putting Silas back into the ring. Woods runs in corner to corner, Silas dodges but runs into Woods’ back elbow. Silas rocks Woods with a right, but Woods stays standing and rocks Silas back with a right of his own. Woods dares Silas to bring it, and they brawl with haymakers and forearms. Silas gets several in but then gets kicked low. He avoids the knee to get a waistlock but Woods the standing switch. Woods lifts but Silas rolls, TWO! Woods blocks and counters with a heavy right, then another. He kicks the inner thighs and hits a knee to the head, TWO! Woods was so close, but the fans are rallying for him. He watches Silas stir, gutwrench hold but Silas lands on his feet. Silas swings out and puts Woods in the full-nelson but Woods breaks free. Woods rolls and brings Silas down in a kneebar!

Silas endures the bend on his knee and ankle, but Bruiser returns! He reaches in and drags Silas to the ropes! The referee has to enforce the break but he still reprimands Bruiser. Woods waits for Silas to get up and kicks out that leg! Woods watches Silas get on the apron, Woods throws a shoulder but Silas counters with a knee. Silas slingshots but Woosd catches him in a fireman’s carry! Silas slips out, wants the full-nelson but Woods slips around behind. They run to a corner and Woods rolls him back for the Chaos Theory German suplex! TWO, but Woods is right on Silas with the cross armbreaker!

Silas quickly locks his hands to prevent the extension. Woods keeps pulling, but sees Silas bringing his legs up, so he transitions to the kneebar!

Silas shifts his weight and covers, TWO. Woods swings but gets caught into the full-nelson knee strike. Silas lifts him in the fireman’s carry, and spins around for Misery!!

Silas wins! The Last Real Man toughs it out, but with some help from a friend. Will ROH make sure he can’t screw over the K I N G again?

Speaking of Kenny King, he reappears.

The former ROH WTVC “applauds” the current champion’s victory. He reminds Silas it is only a matter of time before he’s wearing that belt again. Both men are confident in themselves, whose confidence will be justified with a victory?

 

Six Man Tag: SoCal Uncensored VS Dalton Castle & The Boys!

There are major championship implications in this match, and more than just one. Should the SCU win, the man who pins the Peacock could find themselves added to the ROH WHC discussion. And even if they don’t, a win for the SCU could mean advancing in the ROH Six Man Division and closer to those World Six Man Tag Championships.

As for The Peacock himself, he is truly working a “Champion’s Schedule”, as he will defend his title on ROH TV against the monster Martinez, and then have to prepare for Honor Rising against Trent Baretta of the Best Friends and NJPW Heavyweight division. Can he keep himself spotless on this championship gauntlet?

The fans are already chanting for “Dalton Castle!” “And his Boys!” as the teams gather in the ring. Kaz intimidates The Boys, and Castle tells him “Shame on you!” The fans chime in with “Shame! Shame!” Daniels tells them to shut up, but the fans don’t listen.

Castle starts for his team, then points out that Kaz is pointing “the dirty finger” at him! Daniels starts for SCU and the bell rings. Daniels and Castle trash talk over Daniels being the superior ROH WHC, Castle just boops him. The two finally tie up, Daniels powers Castle to a corner but then Daniels powers him towards the Peacock corner. Meanwhile, The Dawgs, Rhett Titus & Will Ferrara, can be heard appearing on commentary. They want to be part of this historic moment, and feel a bit offended that no one invited them.

Their feelings aside, Daniels and Castle circle again. They lunge in, and Castle gets Daniels up and into a corner. The referee backs Castle off, Castle honors the break, then suddenly lunges at Daniels! Daniels evades and tries to retaliate, but Castle evades. Castle tries but Daniels evades, and Daniels needs a moment to catch his breath. Then he tries again, but Castle still evades, and the cycle continues. Castle fakes Daniels out, and fakes him out again. Whenever Castle raises his hand, Daniels braces himself. They repeat this over a dozen times, and the referee tells them to get out of the corner. Daniels goes to run out of the corner but Castle puts him right back in it, but then Daniels thumbs Castle’s eyes. Daniels throws Castle down and SoCal Uncensored applauds. The Fallen Angel dares one of the Boys to come in, but when Castle goes to tag Boy 1, Boy 1 backs away?

Castle tries to tag Boy 2, but even Boy 2 backs away. The Boys don’t want in against the Almighty General? Daniels trash talks that Castle is now alone “against the best trio in this company!” However, with a snap of the fingers, Castle reveals this was all strategy! The Boys jump in to flank Daniels!

They blast Kaz and Scorpio off the apron, and Castle rocks Daniels with right hands. Castle clotheslines Daniels out, Kaz and Scorpio return only to be dropkick’d off the aprons. SoCal Uncensored regroups and Castle fires up, to build speed and… STRUT!

The Dawgs take offense to being left off for guys like Castle, but Rhett keeps Ferrara back, no one wants to see a Little Willie. As for Castle, The Boys become his chair. Daniels gets in the ring and has Scorpio become his chair. However, while he trash talks Castle, Kaz tells Scorpio he doesn’t have to be Daniels’ chair. Daniels ends up sitting down and falling on his back! He gets mad at Kaz and Scorpio, but the embarrassment already happened. Daniels tags Kaz in and they hug it out.

The Dawgs complain more, they hate this touchy-feely stuff. Kaz hugs Scorpio, and Castle says that’s a tag. The ref allows it, but now Kaz calls out Boy 2. Castle slaps Kaz’s finger away, he doesn’t like pointing. Even so, the fans want to see a Boy in this match, so Castle tags in Boy 2. Kaz and Boy 2 circle, Kaz kicks Boy 2 low. He throws haymakers on Boy 2 at the ropes, then whips him. Boy 1 tags in and swing kicks Kaz, then Boy 2 hits Kaz with an enziguri, and Boy 1 tops it off with a springboard crossbody!

They keep moving, Boy 1 tags Boy 2 back in, and Boy 2 fires off haymakers and chops! Kaz knees low then whips Boy 2 into a corner. He runs in but Boy 2 boots him away. Boy 2 hops up, Scorpio runs over but gets booted away. Kaz returns to jump kick Boy 2, and Boy 2 falls down to the mat. Kaz knocks down Castle and Boy 1 from the apron while Scorpio drags Boy 2 out to stomp him. Scorpio even holds Boy 2 up for Daniels to knock down. Daniels then feeds Boy 2 to Kaz in the ring. Kaz stands on Boy 2’s throat, then tags Scorpio. He holds Boy 2 up for Scorpio to kick, then Scorpio gives Boy 2 a big side backbreaker. He bends Boy 2 back, then brings Boy 2 to the SCU corner. Scorpio tags in Daniels, and Daniels brings Boy 2 up to knock him down with a right hand. Daniels calls for two boots, Kaz and Scorpio put them up for Daniels to throw Boy 2 into.

However, the fans noticed that wasn’t two boots, that was three boots! They tell Daniels and the SCU “You Can’t Count!” Daniels counts the three members of SCU to prove them wrong before sitting Boy 2 down with a snapmare. He tags Kaz in before hitting a slingshot elbow drop, Kaz tags Scorpio before hitting a slingshot leg drop. Scorpio finishes with a slingshot splash! Cover, TWO, and SCU gets frustrated. Scorpio brings Boy 2 up and over to stomp a mudhole into him. He tags Kaz, Kaz continues the mudhole, then tags Daniels so he can stomp a mudhole. Scorpio tags in and this mudhole stampede continues, and then the SCU pose together to embrace the heat. Kaz tags back in, he and Scorpio double whip but Daniels also comes in. Kaz body shots and Scorpio double stomps Boy 2, Daniels drops him with the running STO, then Kaz finishes with a springboard legdrop!

The Heavy Metal Rebel embraces the heat while he spits at them and “censors” his middle finger at Castle. He brings Boy 2 back up for a gutwrench slam, then kicks him towards the corner. Daniels tags in and Kaz knocks Castle down while Daniels positions Boy 2 in the neutral corner. Daniels whips Boy 2 corner to corner hard, then embraces the heat himself. The fans chant “Fan Up!” for Boy 2 while he endures the bullying from Daniels. Daniels scoop slams Boy 2 and hits the Arabian press moonsault. A cocky cover, TWO, but Daniels isn’t bothered. He puts Boy 2 in a corner then marches his way to the opposite end, but Castle is there to distract him. Kaz and Scorpio head over there, too, but this is all to set up Twin Magic! Boy 1 takes his brother’s place while the referee keeps the peace. The Addiction work together, Daniels whipping Kaz but into Boy 1’s boot! Daniels storms over, but Boy 1 catches him in a flying headscissors!

He then slips under Kaz to tag in Castle! The Peacock rallies on the SoCal Uncensored, and throws Scorpio overhead! Kaz returns but even he gets thrown! Castle goes after Daniels but runs into his boot. Daniels hops up and jumps, but Castle catches him to throw him overhead! The fans fire up with Castle as he runs in for a big knee in the corner, then he hoists Daniels onto the top rope, for shotgun knees from the apron!

Daniels goes down, and The Peacock stalks him while the fans rally. Castle gets the waistlock, and the dead-lift German suplex! Bridge for the cover, but Kaz comes in and breaks it up. Kaz distracts and Scorpio tries to play Twin Magic with Daniels? There are many reasons why the referee realizes Scorpio isn’t Daniels, no matter how much Scorpio insists. Boy 1 throws the real Daniels into the ring, Castle gets him from behind and knocks him into Scorpio. Scorpio falls out, Castle rolls up Daniels, TWO. Daniels rushes at Castle but Castle dumps him out. Kaz comes in, but catches Castle’s back elbow, and Castle hits his Peacock Pose. He tags in Boy 1, and throws him at Scorpio!

Castle brings out Boy 2 and throws him at Kaz!

Then Boy 1 returns, for Castle to throw him at Daniels!

Boy 2 returns, so Castle throws him at Scorpio now! Castle then throws Boy 1 at Kaz! And then Boy 2 at Daniels! Each Boy has toppled down each member of the SCU, but now Castle prepares to give Daniels a bonus, he throws Boy 1 at him again! The fans fire up with Castle, and The Boys put Daniels back in the ring. Boy 1 is legal but Kaz comes in. Daniels reverses the whip and feeds Boy 1 into Kaz’s boot! Then, Celebrity Rehab!

Castle breaks the cover just in time! Kaz goes after him and they brawl with haymakers. Castle clotheslines Kaz and himself out, but Daniels tags Scorpio in. Scorpio takes Boy 2 out, then goes after Boy 1 with a stiff back kick.

Cover, SoCal Uncensored wins! With this major Six Man Tag win, coupled with what they’ve done to The Bullet Club over the past few weeks, will the SCU find themselves competing for the ROH W6MTC sooner rather than later?

That aside, Castle simply comes in to collect his Boys, when the SCU go after him! These three “sore winners” beat down Castle and Boy 2. The Addiction double whip Castle, but he rallies back with a double clothesline! Scorpio sees what happened and runs over, but Castle throws him right out of the ring. Daniels staggers up, and gets Bangarang!

The Peacock stands tall ahead of his championship defense against Punishment Martinez. Will he snap back from this loss to stay golden on the Road to Honor Rising?

 

The Briscoes appear!

#DemBoyz aren’t scheduled for a match on this special event but they’re still here. Jay & Mark head to the ring because they want to speak. “Let me tell y’all something.” What the fans “fail to realize, is there’s gettin’ ready to be a whole lotta bloodshed around here.” And every drop is gonna be on the fans’ hands. The Briscoes “will destroy your heroes”, and it’ll be the fans’ fault. Even Mark talks, telling the fans to “shut up”, and to one fan in particular, “keep your toothless ass down in that chair, boy.” The Briscoes won’t stand for the fans heckling them. The point of them being out here is that they want their “property” back. And by that they mean the ROH World Tag Team Championships. Jay reminds everyone of what they did to the MCMG last week, specifically dropping Chris Sabin on his head, on a chair. However, Alex Shelley is still here, but doesn’t have the balls to go 2v1. Jay suggests Shelley walks out and hands them their property. The music hits, but Shelley doesn’t come out from the stage. He comes out from the crowd and blindsides Mark Briscoe, using a championship belt as a weapon!

Jay goes after Shelley but Shelley ducks and clocks Jay with the belt! Shelley keeps on Jay with a rain of rights, but Mark recovers and takes that belt to use on Shelley. Mark stomps away, then Jay takes his chain and chokes Shelley with it!

Shelley gasps and flails, then coughs and wheezes when Jay lets go. Jay drags Shelley up, to headbutt him back down. The Briscoes stomp Shelley together, then go after security when they show up! Jay goes after Shelley again, and drags him over while Mark climbs up, saying this is also “all y’all’s fault!” Jay gives Shelley the Jay Driller!

The Briscoes flip off the fans and take up their “Sandy Fork VS Everybody” flag again. Jay takes a mic again to declare “This our damn house! We built this place! We’re the damn Briscoes, we are the baddest tag team on the planet!”

Referees come out to attend to Shelley while #DemBoyz take their leave. Jay even takes a fan’s sign asking “Why, Dem Boys, why?” to which he replies, “Why not?” before ripping it apart. Will this cutthroat edge make them historic nine time ROH World Tag Team Champions?

 

Mrs. American Nightmare, Brandi, joins commentary for the upcoming WOH Tag Team Match.

As one of the sixteen competitors in the Women of Honor Championship tournament, the “Wonderful” star of WAGS has vested interest in the results of this match. And she teases Ian Riccaboni for calling her hot off-camera. Colt Cabana neither confirms nor denies her statement.

Tenille & Mandy Leon VS Kelly Klein & Stacy Shadows!

The Gatekeeper has a rather unusual ally in the spooky Midwest Slayer, but she doesn’t seem to have any complaints. Meanwhile, the Exotic Goddess teams with the newest Woman of Honor in the Aussie Sensation formerly known as Emma. Which duo will make it work to get some points before the big tournament?

The Code of Honor is reluctantly upheld by Shadows, but not by Kelly at all. Brandi says Kelly doesn’t shake hands because she’s a loser, and she doesn’t mean in the W-L way. That aside, Shadows and Mandy start with the bell. They circle, Mandy avoids Shadows’ boot, then fires off forearms and chops! Mandy evades Shadows’ punch, then lights her up with more chops. She kicks Shadows’ knee then runs, but Shadows knocks her down with a big right hand! Shadows grabs Mandy and says “I want her!” as she points at Tenille. She then shoves Mandy at her partner, and Mandy checks with the fans. The fans applaud, they want Tenille. In that case, Mandy tags Tenille in. Shadows rushes her but Tenille sees it coming, she kicks Shadows between the ropes, then kicks away even more!

Tenille even fires off elbows to Shadows’ head, then turns her around for the second rope hotshot! Shadows goes down, Tenille hurries for a cover, TWO! Shadows gets to a corner, Tenille comes running in, but Shadows gets her boots up to floor Tenille! Tenille rolls and Shadows brings her over, Kelly tags in without much warning. Kelly takes Tenille from Shadows and squeezes her with a cravat. Kelly drives knees into Tenille while trash talking Mandy, but Tenille fights back with body shots. Tenille scoops and rolls Kelly to get free, then slips around to a waistlock. She swings Kelly out to whip but Kelly reverses. Kelly picks Tenille up but Tenille tilt-o-whirls through for a Russian leg sweep! Cover, ONE, but Tenille keeps on her with a facelock. She drags Kelly over and tags in Mandy, but then Kelly gets loose. Mandy is right on her with a waistlock of her own, but Kelly gets the standing switch. Kelly lifts but Mandy resists and gets free. Mandy runs but into Kelly’s right hand, yet she keeps going, evading the boot to swing a heel kick. Kelly catches it, spins Mandy around and puts her in a corner. Kelly goes corner to corner and runs in with a corner body check!

She keeps going, dragging Mandy out through the ropes for a big knee lift. They return into the ring and Kelly puts the cravat back on. Kelly taunts Tenille by letting Mandy get close, only to pull Mandy away for more knee strikes. She snapmares Mandy down and kicks her in the back, and now Shadows tags in without warning. Their apparent cohesion seems to be coming undone, but Kelly doesn’t let it bother her since they’re dominating. Shadows stalks Mandy, the fans rally for the Exotic Goddess, but Shadows suplexes Mandy up and over. Cover, TWO, and Mandy gets to ropes. Shadows chokes her on the ropes, then steps on Mandy’s foot when she tries to crawl away. Shadows stomps on Mandy, then brings her up into a chinlock. She also taunts Tenille with a tag before clubbing away on Mandy. Cover, TWO, and Mandy keeps crawling. The fans rally and Mandy starts fighting back with body shots, only to be thrown down by her hair. Shadows mocks Tenille’s “It’s All About ME” catchphrase before stomping on Mandy again. The fans rally again, and Mandy fights back again. Shadows keeps pushing her back but Mandy keeps coming back. She stands up and unloads strikes on Shadows, even a double palm strike and headbutt! Shadows stays standing so Mandy kicks her low before jumping for a tag! Mandy is caught just inches from reaching Tenille, and now Shadows squeezes her with a bearhug!

But even as Shadows squeezes her, Mandy fights back with hammer fists. She gets loose enough to hit Shadows with a DDT!

Both women are down but the fans fire up! Mandy and Shadows crawl for their corners, hot tag to Tenille! Tenille takes out Kelly then rallies on Shadows with forearms and elbows. Shadows shoves her away but Tenille comes back to blast her into a corner with a dropkick! Tenille goes to the opposite corner to fire herself up, runs back in corner to corner for the move formerly known as the Emmamite Sandwich!

She brings Shadows back up, wants the double underhook but Shadows is too big and strong. Instead, Shadows lifts Tenille in a fireman’s carry. Tenille elbows her way out, gets a dragon sleeper, and the elbow drop DDT! Kelly breaks the pin before it even starts, but then Tenille throws her right out, to Brandi’s enjoyment. Mandy runs Kelly right over with a lariat! But Shadows rolls Tenille! Tenille slips out and dropkicks Shadows in the head! Cover, Tenille & Mandy win! They were a good team tonight, but when it’s every woman for herself, who will come out the inaugural ROH WOH Champion?

 

ROH presents: Honor Club!

A “fully immersive” experience, complete with ROH event backlog, message board and live events just like this one! Both basic and VIP membership packages will be available, and can be your way into shows just like the 16th Anniversary in Las Vegas coming soon!

 

Jay Lethal VS Jonathan Gresham!

The Franchise Player wants to be ROH WHC again in the near future, while The Octopus wants to revitalize the pure wrestling style. Which man will make 2018 their year in their own way?

The Code of Honor is upheld while the fans cheer strongly for Lethal. The bell rings, the two circle, and “Oooh Yeah” everyone takes note of Lethal’s gear giving tribute. Lethal and Gresham tie up, Lethal pushes Gresham to a corner. The break is clean, the two go again. Gresham gets a waistlock, Lethal pries his way out but Gresham rolls and rolls to get away. They tie up again, Gresham gets that waistlock but Lethal gets the standing switch. Gresham gets the wristlock back, then the headlock, but Lethal powers out. Things speed up, Lethal hip tosses then cartwheels but Gresham was ready and counters with an armlock. Lethal gets up but Gresham brings him back down with an arm wrench and drop toehold. Gresham ties up the legs in a Queen Angelito then goes for the arms. Lethal resists and gets the ropebreak, so Gresham backs off. Lethal stands up and circles with Gresham again. The fans duel, “Let’s go, Lethal!” “Go Gresham!” while the two tie up again. Gresham gets the hammerlock, and holds on even as Lethal tries to slip through and out. Lethal keeps trying but Gresham keeps turning it back. Lethal goes again and again with no escape, but he gets the drop toehold to then put Gresham in a headlock, only for Gresham to get right back to the hammerlock. He powers Gresham back into a corner, the buckle impact breaks the hold. Gresham comes back for the hold but Lethal chops him! Lethal then whips Gresham to a corner, and chops him again. Gresham chops him back, then chops him again. Lethal chops back and knocks Gresham on his back! The fans fire up with that one as Lethal picks Gresham up for a sudden-drop back suplex.

Cover, ONE, but Lethal keeps his cool. He brings Gresham up and puts him in a corner for a couple heavy haymakers. Gresham chops back, so Lethal slaps him then chops him off his feet again! Gresham doesn’t stay down long, he storms right over to Lethal and gives him a forearm. Lethal gives Gresham a European Uppercut that knocks Gresham off his feet all over again. The fans like what they see as Lethal brings Gresham up for a snap suplex. Cover, TWO, but Lethal again keeps his cool. Gresham gets the wristlock but Lethal throws forearms. Lethal backs Gresham into a corner then whips him corner to corner but Gresham turns around and slips under to give Lethal a low back elbow, then a high jumping knee. Gresham runs but into the hip toss, Lethal cartwheels and this time hits the dropkick.

The fans applaud again while both men get to opposite sides of the ring. Lethal stands up first and goes over to Gresham but Gresham fights back. Lethal ties him up on the rope and rocks him with a forearm, before gaining speed for an even stiffer forearm smash. Gresham is out against the ropes but Lethal goes again, only for Gresham to revive and elbow him away. Gresham sticks out a boot but Lethal catches it, only for Gresham to slip out and rolls him, to then hit a single leg takedown and another roll, to Penalty Kick the arm out!

Lethal clutches the arm in pain, but fights with his good right arm. He whips Gresham but Gresham reverses to EuroUpper Lethal’s arm! Lethal goes down from the pain but Gresham doesn’t give him much time alone, he stomps right on that bad arm. Gresham keeps going, wrenching and yanking the arm, bending it from wrist to elbow in a torturous triangle.

Lethal bucks Gresham off him but Gresham comes right back after that arm. Gresham traps that bad arm in a pinfall attempt but Lethal keeps that good arm up. Gresham goes after that arm now and powers it down with a wristlock. TWO, but Gresham just ups the torture. He bends Lethal’s arm but Lethal fights with his legs. Gresham shifts position and rolls Lethal into a crucifix cover, TWO, but Gresham brings Lethal right back down with an arm-drag and lock on the bad arm. It is also a cover, but TWO. Gresham keeps pushing, TWO, TWO, so Gresham jumps up for the hammerlock stomp!

Lethal writhes as he rolls to the ropes. Gresham stalks Lethal then drags him back up and out. He wrenches the bad arm, but Lethal still fights with his good arm. Lethal and Gresham trade forearms while the fans duel again. Lethal whips but Gresham evades to once again arm-drag the bad arm. They both get up, Gresham slips under, then gets another arm-drag. Gresham blocks Lethal’s lariat then dropkicks Lethal and Lethal falls all the way out of the ring. Lethal tumbles to the floor and Gresham feeds off the fans’ energy. The Octopus builds speed, but has to change plans when Lethal revives and evades. Gresham still takes aim from the apron, to again kick that bad arm!

Lethal cries in pain, but he narrowly avoids Gresham’s newest attack. Gresham lands on his feet but now he jams his knee, which slows him down. He hobbles back over to Lethal, but gets caught with a cutter outta nowhere!

The fans fire up while both men are down on the ground. A ring count begins but neither man stirs until about 5. The count reaches 10 (ROH does 20 counts) and finally Lethal reaches the apron. Gresham catches up, and while Lethal gets in at 13, Gresham struggles. That bad leg bothers him badly, but he somehow manages to get in at 19! Lethal vents his frustration that this isn’t over. He stands up and rusn at Gresham, but Gresham slips around for a waistlock. Lethal resists, then elbows out, but Gresham throws a forearm into Lethal’s bad arm. In return, Lethal kicks Gresham in the bad leg! Gresham gives another forearm to the bad arm, but Lethal takes off the wrist tape to get serious, giving Gresham another stiff kick to the bad leg. Gresham goes to his knees but then comes back up to throw forearm after forearm into Lethal’s bad arm. Lethal kicks Gresham in the chest before kicking away on the bad leg. Gresham falls down but gets back up to give a forearm smash to the head now, so Lethal returns the favor. They brawl back and forth, the fans duel with every shot, and it’s fast and furious! Gresham sways, Lethal runs in, but Gresham side-steps him to hit a German Suplex on the rebound! Gresham gets up and runs but into Lethal’s bicycle boot. Lethal calls for it, but his bad arm gives out and his head hits the mat! Gresham springboards for the quebrada!

He rolls Lethal to stomp out a leg, then wraps the arm for La Mahistrol, but Lethal counters into his own cover! Gresham rolls Lethal for ghost pin, TWO, but Gresham wants after the bad arm again! Lethal resists and rolls but still ends up in a crossface!

Lethal endures, Gresham keeps wrenching, but Lethal gets the ropebreak with his feet. Gresham lets go, but doesn’t lose his cool. The fans rally for both men while Lethal gets to a corner. Gresham stands up and runs in, but into Lethal’s boot. Lethal runs out but into Gresham’s enziguri. Gresham returns but runs into the Lethal Combination! Lethal covers, TWO, but a tired kickout. Lethal stands back up, the fans rally again, and Lethal wants a submission of his own. “WOO~!” echoes out as Lethal stomps the leg, but Gresham counters the Figure Four into a small package! TWO! Gresham kicks but Lethal catches it into a dragon screw! Lethal drags Gresham back up, and hits one shinbreaker, then another, then a second dragon screw! Cover, TWO! Lethal kicks Grehsam sharp in the back, then calls for a different finish. He walks to a corner and climbs up top, but Gresham hurries over and rocks him with a forearm. Gresham drags that bad arm out again to wrench it into a hammerlock. He maintains it as he climbs but Lethal fights back. Lethal adjusts, tries the sunset flip powerbomb but Gresham holds the ropes. Gresham hammers the bad hand, and Lethal lets go. Gresham jumps, and hits a tornado DDT! But he’s not done there, he German Suplexes Lethal back! TWO, and the bad leg bothers him again. The fans let them both know “This is Awesome!” Lethal and Gresham slowly rise to their feet, staring each other down. Gresham throws a forearm, and Lethal walks it off, nodding as if to say “Okay, let’s start this again.” Lethal chops Gresham back sharp, so Gresham chops back. They exchange chops, then Lethal mule kicks and calls for the finish. But only to fake Gresham out, he instead SUPERKICKS Gresham!

Now he handsprings, but Gresham again kicks out the bad arm! Then he brings Lethal up and climbs on for the octopus stretch, but Lethal resists as he walks around in a circle. Lethal turns the octopus stretch into an Air Raid!

Lethal heads right to a corner and right up to the top rope. He takes aim, and jumps for Hail to the King!

TWO!! So Lethal goes for the Figure Four! But Gresham keeps that left leg from finishing the hold! Gresham tries to hold it back, but Lethal powers through and gets the hold!

Gresham endures the pressure on the bad leg, the fans are thunderous both ways, but Gresham taps! Lethal wins! Truly a match worthy of champions, will The Franchise once again reign supreme as ROH WHC?

Of course, Gresham is frustrated with himself.

Gresham didn’t want to lose once now that he’s on a mission to revive pure wrestling in ROH. And though he took the loss, fans assure him “That was Awesome!” and that they love “Both These Guys!” Lethal and Gresham stand up, and despite Gresham’s frustration, he upholds the Code of Honor by shaking Lethal’s hand. He may be frustrated now, but surely there is gold in The Octopus’s future.

 

The Bullet Club’s Marty Scurll, Adam Page & Cody w/ Brandi Rhodes VS The Kingdom!

Despite the discourse within The Bullet Club, there is still unfinished business outside the faction, as The Kingdom used The American Nightmare as the face for the #KingdomConspiracy within ROH. Matt Taven lost to Cody on last week’s ROH TV but The Kingdom beat him down and stole Cody’s literal Ring of Honor! Can Cody trust The Villain and the Hangman to help him exact some revenge and take back the ring?

It is of note, however, that the Bullet Club members don’t come out together. Is this a bad omen already?

Taven avoids Cody, but still kisses the Ring of Honor right in front of him. The fans boo and jeer, Taven’s getting too into it. Brandi and TK O’Ryan trash talk, and Scurll steps in to keep the Sassy Wild Horse back from Mrs. American Nightmare. The Horror King comes in with his hatchet, so Cody gets a steel chair! TK gets his own chair, and the referee jumps out of the ring to keep the peace.

The fans boo that he won’t let them go at it, but the chairs are put down and things slowly sort themselves out. Scurll volunteers to start for the Bullet Club, and flaps his wings while fans chant “Woop woop!” Cody and Taven stare down from across the way, each daring the other to come in. Vinnie jumps in and mocks the flapping, Cody gets upset that Taven isn’t manning up, but TK trolls Cody for being upset. Scurll gives Cody a reassuring hug and the match finally begins.

Vinne and Scurll circle, with the fans cheering for “Marty! Marty!” He and Vinnie tie up, Vinnie gets the wristlock. Scurll rolls and spins to reverse into a hammerlock and headlock takeover. Vinnie headscissors and Scurll pops out, to flap his wings again. Scurll kneels and offers his hand, but Vinnie slaps it away. Vinnie and TK laugh, but Scurll wraps on a headlock. Vinnie powers out and things speed up, Scurll avoids swipes from TK but not the dropkick from Vinnie. The Horror King laughs and flaps his wings, Marty grabs the umbrella!

Cody and Page clearly protest Scurll getting in the ring with his weapon, but Vinnie hurries and gets his hatchet! The two have a stand-off in the ring!

The only team that wants anything to come of this is The Kingdom. And when seeing he brought an umbrella to an ax fight, Scurll backs down and tags out to Hangman. Everyone from Hangman to the ref to Brandi wants Vinnie to put the ax away before this match continues. Vinnie refuses, but the ref forces his hand when he ejects the ax!

Another ref comes out and confiscates the ax! The fans applaud but Taven protests the ejection of an inanimate object. Vinnie is at a loss without his ax, so he tags out to TK. TK and Hangman circle now as the fans rally. They tie up, they go around, and TK gets Hangman on the ropes. The ref calls for the break, and TK pats Hangman on the shoulders before reminding him he’s “T K O!” Hangman shoves TK down! TK cowers to the ropes but then spits at Hangman. Hangman rushes TK, TK puts him in a corner and gives Hangman a stiff chop. TK celebrates a bit too soon, Hangman puts him in the corner and gives him three chops! Hangman whips but TK reverses into a headlock, but Hangman powers out to run him over with a shoulder. Things speed up, Hangman shoves TK into a corner but TK elbows back. TK hops up and jumps but Hangman kicks him in that repaired leg!

TK crawls to his corner and tags out to Taven. Hangman backs off for Taven to come in, and then tags in Cody! Cody wants at Taven but Taven wants nothing to do with Cody, Taven slips out of the ring to regroup with The Kingdom. The fans are strongly on Cody’s side but Taven has Cody wait as he puts on that Ring of Honor ring, and a Kingdom brand “Kiss the Ring” t-shirt.

He walks up to Cody, and as the shirt says, he wants Cody to kiss the ring, “bitch.” Cody isn’t sure what to do, but both fans and his team say “No! No!” Taven eggs him on to do it, and Cody takes the hand… to spin Taven around for the Beautiful Disaster!

The Kingdom moves in while Taven rolls out but Scurll springs to action to help Cody fight them off. The Kingdom regroups, Marty flaps his wings, and builds speed while Hangman tags in from Cody. Scurll FLIES!

But he only hits TK and Vinnie with the tope suicida. He catches Taven with a haymaker, then gathers the Kingdom for the rallying Cody. Cody builds speed and goes to the corner to FLY!

The Kingdom topples down but Cody and Scurll stand them back up while Hangmen gets on the top of the corner. Hangman jumps for the SUPER ASAI!

This Bullet Club trio is all fired up, as are the fans. Hangman puts Vinnie back in but Taven hurries to his side. Taven runs at Hangman but Hangman dodges while still getting Vinnie with the corner clothesline. Then Hangman spins Taven into a fireman’s carry, and catches Vinnie with a kick. Hangman dumps Taven down and uses Vinnie for the Dropsault!

TWO! But Hangman doesn’t slow down, he spots TK crawling back in. He goes over but TK rocks him with a throat-chop uppercut. Hangman sits down in the Kingdom’s corner, Taven tags to Vinnie. Vinnie runs side to side, for a big running forearm smash. Then he goes to the other side and comes back for a second smash. TK tags in, Vinnie bumps Hangman off buckles and hits a Side Effect, followed by TK’s slingshot double stomps. Vinnie keeps going, feeding Hangman to Taven’s swing kick, and then TK gets the waistlock for the German Suplex! Taven climbs up, to add an elbow drop!
Cover from TK but Scurll breaks it up. Taven protests but Scurll just gives him the British dirty bird. TK trash talks while Hangman gets to ropes, so TK chokes Hangman at the ropes. He backs off at the count of 4, then goes to suplex, but Hangman blocks. TK manages to get Hangman up but Hangman slips out the back to push TK to ropes, roaring elbow on the rebound! Hangman tags out to Scurll, TK to Vinnie. Vinnie kicks low then whips corner to corner but Scurll stops himself and slips under. Scurll grabs Vinnie’s hands and brings them down to stand on them! Then he grabs one of Vinnie’s dreadlocks and bends it at a torturous angle!

Then he stomps on the hands, then dropkicks Vinnie down. TK returns and kicks out Scurll’s legs. He runs but Scurll feints the kick, to then mule kick TK down. Vinnie gets up and swings on Scurll, but Scurll blocks and snapmares Vinnie down into a modified Mahistrol. They end up too close to the ropes, Taven shoves the pin apart. Taven acts innocent while Scurll runs at Vinnie, Vinnie gets a knee up. Vinnie climbs up, mocking the “Woop woop”, but Scurll sweeps the legs. TK returns and runs in, but Scurll gets him with a EuroUpper. Scurll knocks Taven off the apron, then returns to TK to suplex him into Vinnie!

Scurll knocks Taven down again before climbing up to join Vinnie. The fans rally but Taven tags in. Scurll keeps going for the SUPERPLEX!

Vinnie rolls out, Scurll still thinks Vinnie is legal so he builds speed. Taven gets in and intercepts, fireman’s carry to a swinging hotshot on the top rope! Scurll goes down, Taven knocks Hangman down then taunts Cody. Meanwhile, Vinnie and TK throw Scurll into barriers, then all the way to the other side’s barriers! The Kingdom is fired up as they feed Scurll to Taven to choke and rain rights on. Vinnie gets cheap shots in while Taven tags TK. TK pounces to make sure Scurll doesn’t get away. The fans rally for Scurll, TK taunts Bullet Club with a tag. He brings Scurll back and tags in Vinnie to mug Scurll. Scurll slaps back then chops back, but Vinnie kicks low. TK tags back in, they whip and run, TK gets Scurll in a spinebuster! Vinnie hits a flying headbutt, and TK jackknife covers, TWO! The fans rally again, but TK brings Scurll over and tags Taven. Scurll fights back with back elbows, but Taven knees low and sits Scurll down with a EuroUpper. Then Taven trash talks, saying “That’s how you do a European Uppercut! You think you would know that, you’re such a villain.” Scurll counters the trash talk with a poke at the eyes. Taven gets mad but Scurll gets body shots in, then chops. Scurll runs, but Vinnie trips him and drags him out. Scurll counters with a EuroUpper! He shoulders into Taven then slingshots over for a sunset flip but Taven rolls through to rock Scurll with a knee!

“Why!? Because I’m Matt Taven!” He covers, TWO, and Taven grows frustrated. He tags Vinnie, Vinnie tags TK and TK tags Taven. The Kingdom go after The Bullet Club, then bring Scurll out, but Scurll fights back against all three of them! Scurll fires off haymakers, forearms and elbows, until Vinnie kicks him low. Taven brings Scurll in for the powerbomb, TK and Vinnie run but Scurll jackknife takeovers Taven! TK breaks the cover, then tells Vinnie to hustle up top. Vinne climbs, TK hits the Twist of Fate!

Vinne aims and flies, but the Redrum swanton meets knees! The fans rally again as Scurll and Taven are both down. Scurll crawls and Tavne pursues, but Scurll shoves him away. He keeps crawling, Taven comes back, but Cody gets the hot tag! Cody rallies on Taven with the drop down uppercut. He slips out of Taven’s back suplex, and gives TK the Beautiful Disaster! Taven runs in but Cody goes up and over to then give Taven the spinning powerslam! The fans are fired up and so is Cody! He grabs Taven in a full-nelson and hits the snap dragon suplex, perhaps a message to a certain Cleaner. Cover, TWO, but Cody keeps his focus. He drags Taven up but Taven knees low. Taven runs but into a drop toehold, Scurll low dropkicks outta nowhere. Hangman returns for a runnign Shooting Star!

But then Vinnie trips Cody and drags him out. Vinnie goes to throw Cody but Cody turns it around to send Vinnie over the barriers and into the crowd! Cody returns to the ring and aims at Taven. Springboard but Taven gets under, TK returns to kick Cody low and rock him with a left hand. Scurll returns, brings TK down in the hammerlock, and stomps on it! Vinnie returns and bicycle boots Scurll down. Hangman returns and hits the Buckshot! Taven returns and hits his Beautiful Disaster, aka “Kick of the King”! Cody returns, Taven swings a heel kick but Cody ducks it, to trip Taven and put him in the American Deathlock!

Taven endures, crawls, reaches, and gets the ropebreak. Cody holds on until the count of 4, and both men get separation. Taven gets to a corner, Cody runs in but he sees that low blow coming and blocks it. Cody swings that leg out into the ropes and then rocks Taven with a right hand. He takes the other leg up, and looks tempted to reference his bizarre brother. The fans shout “YES! YES!” Cody puts the other leg on the ropes, takes a deep breath, but TK distracts. TK and Cody jaw while Vinnie lurks. Taven slips out and gets away while Brandi yanks TK off the apron. Vinnie slips Taven the ring while the ref ejects Brandi now!

Taven puts himself back in position while Brandi leaves in a huff. Scurll SUPERKICKS TK down from the apron, then Hangman apron Shooting Stars Vinnie down! Cody returns his focus to Taven, but runs into the ring punch!!

Jackknife cover, The Kingdom wins!!

Scurll and Hangman run The Kingdom off, but the damage was done. Has Taven solidified both a future ROH WHC and World Six Man Tag Championship match for himself with this one win?

As for The Bullet Club…

Despite this frustrating loss, Cody, Marty and Hangman stand together and raise their hands in thanks to the ROH fans watching in person and around the world. Can they and The Bullet Club as a whole bounce back to sort this all out together?

 

Best Friends VS The Young Bucks!

Trent & The Kentucky Gentleman have been climbing the tag team ladders while Matt & Nick Jackson are no strangers to being tag team kings. With the Bullet Club turmoil hanging over their heads, can the Bucks keep afloat in the ROH tag team division?

The fans duel already while the Code of Honor is actually upheld. Matt starts against Trent and the bell rings. Trent and Matt circle, tie up, but separate when neither budges. They circle and tie up again, but when they find the result is the same, they back off again. Matt shows off his muscles with a chest flex, but Trent does the same. The fans rally again, Matt and Trent tie up again, Matt gets a headlock. Trent powers out but Matt shoulders him down. Things speed up, Matt trips Trent and goes for the sharpshooter, Chuckie T comes in and Nick gets him down. Now both Bucks want and get the sharpshooters but Best Friends scramble and get ropebreaks. Matt & Nick let Trent & Chuckie go, and let Best Friends regroup on the outside. Trent hydrates while Chuckie talks strategy: “Run right in and punch him in the face.” Trent runs in but gets caught into Nick’s drop toehold and Matt slingshots for a legdrop.

Chuckie runs in but gets a double dropkick that sends him back out. The Bucks bring Trent up and double whip, then double hip toss to double handspring and double low dropkick. The fans fire up for the Bucks while Nick returns to the corner. Matt brings Trent up, rocks him with a big haymaker, but Chuckie sneaks a tag before Matt whips. Trent reverses the whip, Best Friends double hip toss, but can only double somersault and double stomp. Then Best Friends do their best to mock the Young Buck flex.

Nick protests in the form of a flying crossbody that gets both Best Friends! He puts Trent in a corner with a buckle bump, Matt puts Chuckie in the opposite. The Bucks whip Best Friends but Best Friends reverse, the Bucks do-si-do but Best Friends evade. Best Friends run for corner-to-corner clotheslines, then back the other way, perhaps a shout out to a certain friend from Roppongi. Chuckie throws out Matt and then Trent clotheslines Nick out. Best Friends rally the fans before Trent builds speed, Trent FLIES!

He topples both Bucks, then says it’s Chuckie’s turn! Chuckie builds speed, but he and Trent just hug.

The fans love the Power of Friendship, but the Bucks slip back in to break it up. They kick and punch Best Friends, then Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost for a two-for-one alley-oop missile dropkick. Best Friends end up outside, but Chuckie springs back up onto the apron, only to take the headscissor dropkick. Now with them both down, the Bucks take aim at Best Friends, with Terminator kneels. The drums start up, the Terminators rise, and they build speed for the double DIVE!

With fans chanting “The, Elite! The the Elite!”, Matt & Nick hug!

Matt gives his brother a kiss on the cheek, but draws the line there. Nick gets Chuck up but Chuck throws Nick into barriers. Matt goes after Chuckie and then Trent. He grabs Trent and runs at a post for Sliced Bread, but Chuckie bails Trent out by catching Matt. Then Chuckie throws Matt for the long dart cutter!

The fans are thunderous, and Chuckie whips Nicke back into barriers! “I’m the strongest man in the world” he proclaims. He brings Matt up and into the ring, Trent reenters. Trent grabs Matt and hammers him down in the back. Chuckie gets a shot in, then Trent chops Matt off his feet. Trent flexes before tagging Chuckie in. Chuckie gives Matt a side backbreaker and then the bend, torturing that spine. Cover, TWO, but Chuckie keeps his cool as he stomps Matt. He tags back to Trent, Trent climbs up and then jumps for dumdum stomps on Matt’s back. Trent stalks Matt, but Matt gets himself to a corner. Chuckie tells ROH-only fans, “You don’t watch New Japan? His back’s messed up.” Trent keeps on Matt but Matt fights backs while the fans rally for the Bucks. Matt runs but into the kitchen sink knee. Chuckie gives Trent the sunglasses, “you’re so cool.” Trent brings Matt up, and puts him in the abdominal stretch. Chuckie helps Trent with leverage by holding his free hand, and Nick rushes in to protest. Trent lets Matt go then tags Chuckie in, Chuckie covers, TWO. Chuckie drives his knee into Matt’s spine, then up to whip him hard into turnbuckles. He knocks Nick down then brings Matt back up, and now Trent gives Chuckie sunglasses. Trent also returns the favor of holding Chuckie’s hand to stretch Matt’s back more. Matt refuses to give up, even as Chuckie drills elbows into the ribs. Chuckie lets him go, then flexes again. He tags Trent back in, Trent takes his time setting Matt back in the abdominal stretch. Chuckie even lights up a cigarette, and passes it to Trent! Trent smokes while stretching.

Chuckie again holds Trent’s hand to add onto the stretch, and Nick is furious right now. The referee finally catches what the “cool guys” are up to, and kicks apart their hand hold! The fans cheer for the ref while Matt hip tosses Trent down. Matt and Trent crawl for their corners while the fans rally, but Trent brings Matt back and clubs him down with a double ax handle. Trent continues to smoke while knocking Nick off the apron. He takes a couple extra puffs before turning around into a SUPERKICK!

The cigarette goes flying while Trent falls down! Both men are down again and Nick puts out the cig. The fans cheer and rally, hot tag to Nick! He rallies on Best Friends with all sorts of kicks, kicking Trent’s sunglasses off while giving Chuckie a corner Shining Wizard. Then he brings them both down with a bulldog-clothesline combo! Nick brings Trent over and tags Matt back in. Matt holds Trent for Nick while he gets in position. Matt smokes his imaginary cigar and puts it out on Trent’s back, then lifts Trent but his back gives out! Nick sees his brother in trouble and Matt pounds the mat in frustration. He crawls back over and tags Nick back in. Nick hurries to a corner and hits a big crossbody on Trent, TWO! Nick brings Trent up and whips corner to corner but Trent reverses, which Nick uses to triangle jump dropkick Chuckie away. He goes to the apron, shoulders Trent and then slingshots for the “You’re dead” facebuster!

Then the cartwheel asai onto Chuckie T! The fans are all fired up as Nick gets back on the apron. Matt returns and feeds off “The, Elite! The the Elite!” chants. He brings Trent back up but for the fireman’s carry. His back won’t allow it, so Nick helps him out. Matt holds Trent up and Nick returns to the corner but Chuckie is making his own return. Trent slips down and Chuckie trips Nick up, Trent hits a back stabber on Matt’s poor back! Trent then goes after Nick, SUPERPLEX!

Chuckie adds on the double stomps!

Trent covers, TWO!! Chuckie returns to the corner and tags in. The fans rally for the Bucks while Chuckie clubs away on Nick. He brings Nick over and tags Trent back in but Nick fights back with forearms. Trent blocks and puts Nick in the half-nelson, Chuckie feeds Nick Sole Food to feed into Trent’s Half ‘n’ Half! Chuckie shouts for the cover, Trent does, TWO! The Best Friends get a bit annoyed with each other, Chuck shouts to “Kill ’em!” Trent runs corner to corner and hits Nick with a big back elbow then immediately into a tornado but Nick powers out of the DDT. Nick tags Matt in but Matt is moving gingerly as he enters. He brings Trent up but Trent gets him with a back suplex! Matt writhes in pain, and Chuckie coaches Trent to bring Matt over. Chuckie scoops, wants another long dart but Matt slips out to shove Best Friends into each other! Best Friends go down, Matt staggers about but powers through. He hops up but Chuckie trips him up and Matt dangles from the second rope. Trent slides in for a low German Suplex!

Nick grows concerned for his brother, but Matt refuses to quit. Trent brings Matt up, the fans rally for the Bucks. Trent hops up again, but Matt springs up to yank Trent off, which bounces Trent off buckles! Now both men go down to bad backs. The fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop woop!” while Nick gets himself to the apron where Trent rests. Trent slowly stirs, Nick hits him with a dead-lift German suplex on the apron!

Matt SUPERKICKS Chuckie while Nick feeds Trent into the ring. Nick shouts for Matt to pick Trent up, but Matt hobbles into it. He manages to drape Trent on the ropes, and somehow they manage the swanton DDT!

Cover, TWO! Everyone is exhausted, but Matt wills himself to keep moving. The fans rally again, Nick takes Chuckie out by putting him into barriers. Matt climbs up, Trent rocks him with a forearm. Trent climbs up, clubs away on the bad back, and then catches his breath. Matt resists and knocks Trent down, and the fans cheer him on again as he adjusts. But Trent gets back up and chops him! Trent climbs back up, Super Steiner but Matt rolls through for the sunset flip! Trent rolls out of that to put Matt in the Sharpshooter! But Nick returns to SUPERKICK Trent!

Nick puts Trent in the Sharpshooter, but then Chuckie puts Matt into one as well! It’s dueling Sharpshooters, but from the illegal partners!

The referee has them both break the holds, and then have them return to their corners. The fans rally again, hot tags to Nick and Chuckie! They go at each other punch for punch, again and again. Nick gets an edge, roundhouses Chuckie then back kicks Trent. Shining wizard to Chuckie, but Best Friends already saw this once, Chuckie feeds Nick to Trent’s overhead suplex! Matt returns but gets a forearm to the back. Trent shows no mercy as he brings Matt back up, but Matt shows no quit as he spits on Trent! Trent throws Matt into Chuckie’s jumping knee, then hits Matt with his shotgun knee! Chuckie coordinates with Trent, and he brings Matt over for Trent to “Kill ’em!” While Chuckie keeps Nick down, Trent lifts Matt for an apron piledriver!!

Matt goes down in a heap, but Chuckie’s not done with him yet. He has Trent bring Matt up while he climbs, but while Trent puts Matt in Dude Buster position, Nick returns to trip Chuckie up! Nick then hops to the apron to Penalty Kickstart a Destroyer Piledriver!!

Nick climbs up top and takes aim at Chuckie, for a 450 splash!

TWO!! And no one can believe it! Chuckie crawls to a corner and Nick tunes up the band. He takes aim at Chuckie, runs in but misses, then Chuckie grabs him for a Awful Waffle running piledriver!

Matt breaks the cover!! Somehow Matt is still moving and the fans declare “This is Awesome!” The Young Bucks regroup, and Matt drags Nick over so he can tag in. Chuckie gets up and gives Matt one more backbreaker! Then another! And another! Chuckie fires up and shouts “Why won’t you die?!” He brings Matt up for a chop, then runs but into Matt’s desperation SPEAR!

Matt fires up, adrenaline helping him power through his back. SUPERKICK for Chuckie, but Trent tags in. Trent rolls Matt up, and even has some tights held, TWO! Trent’s anger boils over and he takes off his arm bands. He returns to Matt, but Matt SUPERKICKS him! SUPERKICK again! Nick returns, and with fans firing up for them, Matt uses all his strength but it’s not enough to scoop Trent. Nick comes back in to help his brother get Trent up. He returns to the apron, Penalty Kicks Chuckie down, then springboards for the MELTZER DRIVER!!

The Young Bucks win! Matt & Nick went superhuman here tonight, but is this proof that even the best tag team in the world today has their limits?

 

My Thoughts:

This was an astounding wrestling program, and all for FREE!! This “Free-Per-View”, as Colt Cabana put it at one point, really is historic and proof that ROH is primed to truly become the number 2 promotion based in America. I have quite literally no complaints about any of it, other than that 15 minute intermission turning out to be more like a 30 minute one. That, and perhaps in the WOH tag match, there should’ve been a story of dissension on both teams. Mandy can be the Pure Face in all this but I would think Ms. “All About Me” Tenille (Emma) Dashwood would’ve been a selfish Face that did the uncalled-for tags as opposed to Shadows & Klein. Either way, great to see Tenille & Mandy win to help Tenille make a big impact in ROH. And honestly, I’m hoping the winning team of Tenille & Mandy become finalists so that it’s Tenille VS Mandy, with Tenille going further towards Heel/Tweener territory. The winner could be either of those women and it could go a long way to raising the awareness towards WOH. The only other thing I would change is calling this a TRIPLE Main Event as opposed to Double because Lethal VS Gresham was that damn good. That match could’ve easily been for any title you wanted to make it for and it’d exceed expectations. I said it before, I really hope Gresham’s story is leading him down the road to reviving the ROH Pure (Wrestling) Championship because he really does deserve something. The only reason he doesn’t have a title is because of all the story and talent surrounding the ROH WHC and WTVC titles.

My Score: 9.5/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Report! (2/27/21)

Let the Castle Attack BEGIN!

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NJPW Castle Attack

NJPW’s huge Osaka weekend event begins!

NJPW returns to Osaka for a Castle Attack! Will the Rainmaker still be atop the mountain? Or will Darkness Fall when Everything is Evil?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • YOSHI-HASHI VS Tonga Loa w/ Jado; Loa wins.
  • Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado; Goto wins.
  • KOPW 2021 YTR Style Texas Strap Match: Toru Yano VS Chase Owens; Yano wins and retains the KOPW 2021 trophy.
  • Tomohiro Ishii VS Jay White w/ Gedo; White wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Okada wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire!

The King of Cozy Style, Ikari no Mogyuu, and the Ace are all targets of Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan, and the Dominator is going after Tanahashi’s NEVER Openweight Championship on day two! But will the Once in a Century Talent and his iconic compatriots be able to stand up against the United Empire in this opening round?

As usual, the United Empire stands firm, even as their opponents make their entrance. Tanahashi shoves off the muscles and fans cheer. Tanahashi and Khan dare each other to step up, and so that’s who starts! Fans cheer and the bell rings, and fans rally up already as Khan and Tanahashi circle. Ospreay sneaks in with Cobb, but Kojima and Tenzan are ready to counter! The ref tells them all to back off, and Khan has the Empire stand down. But that’s a fake out! They attack Tanahashi’s team, and throw Tenzan and Kojima out! The Empire mugs Tanahashi, double whips him corner to corner, then send Ospreay in, only for Tanahashi to toss Ospreay out!

Cobb and Khan mug Tanahashi, whip him to ropes, but Tanahashi ducks the double clothesline to send Khan into Cobb! Tanahashi kicks Khan low then whips him to a corner, but Khan reverses. Khan runs in but into an elbow! Tanahashi hops up to crossbody! Fans fire up and Tanahashi air guitars before he tags in Kojima. Kojima DECKS Ospreay, and fires off the machine gun CHOPS on Khan! The ref is busy keeping Ospreay out so Kojima gets plenty of extra CHOPS in! Kojima whips Khan corner to corner, hits a forearm smash, and then throws Khan down. Kojima climbs, Cobb intercepts with forearms! Ospreay hits Tenzan and Tanahashi while Cobb TOSSES Kojima down!

Khan clamps on with the head-arm triangle! Cobb and Ospreay throw Tenzan and Tanahashi around ringside but Kojima gets a ropebreak! Khan lets go, drags Kojima over, tags in Ospreay, and the Empire mugs Kojima. Ospreay CHOPS Kojima then BOOTS him! Ospreay scoops and slams Kojima to then run and drop a leaping knee! Cover, TWO! Ospreay bumps Kojima off buckles, tags in Cobb, and Cobb headbutts Kojima in the back. Cobb CLUBS Kojima, stays between him and his team, and then scoops Kojima. Ospreay talks trash while Cobb taunts Kojima’s team. Cobb throws knees into Kojima, then RAMS Kojima into the Emipre’s corner.

Khan tags in, stomps Kojima, but Kojima hits back! Khan ROCKS Kojima, and hits the Mongolian Chop! Khan taunts Tenzan with how Tenzan can’t use this move anymore, and then Mongolian Chops again! Kojimma stands up and he ROCKS Khan with forearms! And a ROLLING ELBOW! COZY CUTTER! Both men are down but fans fire up! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs to rally on Khan, then he hits Cobb an Ospreay for good measure! Tanahashi blocks Khan’s boot to bring him out for a DRAGON SCREW! Ospreay runs in, but he gets a DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi catches Cobb in the ropes, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW!

Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he goes after Khan’s legs. Tanahashi ties the legs up but Khan clamps his claw onto Tanahashi’s face! Khan gets up, Tanahashi breaks free, but Khan ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm! Tanahashi gives the forearm back and now it’s a brawl of forearms back and forth! Fans rally up as they pick up speed, Tanahashi fires off a strike fest but Khan Mongolian Chops! Tanahashi ROCKS Khan with a palm strike, then runs, but into Khan’s sleeper hold! Khan uses the claw, then shifts to INVERTED EXPLODER! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Khan tags in Cobb and Cobb drags Tanahashi up.

Cobb fires off forearms and headbutts, then whips Tanahashi to a corner. Cobb runs in but Tanahashi dodges! Tanahashi waistlocks, Cobb resists the lift, and pries free! But Tanahashi half nelson spins Cobb to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Hot tag to Tenzan! Tenzan rallies on Cobb, DECKS Ospreay, and fans fire up. Tenzan wants to Mongolian Chop but he remembers he can’t! So he kicks Cobb low and gives him a headbutt! Tenzan has Cobb in the corner, and throws more kicks and haymakers. Tenzan whips corner to corner then runs in to clothesline Cobb! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, and he hits the suplex! Cover, TWO!

Tenzan calls in Kojima and Tanahashi, and the three go after Cobb together. They double whip Cobb corner to corner, then Kojima runs in to back elbow! Tanahashi hits a splash! They double whip into Tenzan’s windmill kick! Cover, TWO! Tenzan keeps on Cobb and gets the ANACONDA VICE! Tanahashi and Kojima go after the rest of the Empire but Ospreay BOOTS Kojima and CLUBS Tanahashi! Cobb powers up but Tenzan holds tight. Cobb elbows free but Tenzan headbutts! Cobb ROCKS Tenzan with an uppercut, then tags in Ospreay! Ospreay slingshots in for a ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Ospreay drags Tenzan up, reels him in, and underhooks, but Tenzan resists!

Ospreay gives Kowata kicks and a SUPERKICK! Ospreay runs but into a back drop! Fans fire up with Tenzan and Tenzan dares Ospreay to stand. Tenzan remembers again he can’t Mongolian Chop, but Ospreay dares him to! Ospreay SLAPS Tenzan, and then Khan CLOBBERS Tenzan! Khan and Ospreay SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Cover, but Tanahashi breaks it! Khan BOOTS Tanahashi, clamps on the claw, and hits the ELIMINATOR SLAM! Kojima fires off on Khan and runs, but into a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! The United Empire feed Tenzan to the OSCUTTER! Cover, the Empire wins!

Winners: The United Empire, by pinfall

United they stand victorious! Khan gets a mic and he wants everyone in Osaka to understand! They are THE United Empire!! Will this momentum bode well for Khan coming for the NEVER Openweight Championship? Or will the Ace be able to trump the Dominator’s iron hand?

 

YOSHI-HASHI VS Tonga Loa w/ Jado!

Before going 2v2 with the Guerrillas of Destiny for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, the Head Hunter will take on the Silverback alone! Will Loa make sure Hashi can’t #GetBackUp for tomorrow’s tag title match?

The bell rings and Hashi circles with Loa. Fans rally up and they tie up. Hashi manages to push Loa back a bit, but Loa pushes Hashi to the ropes. The ref calls for a break, Hashi turns things around, and Hashi drags Loa down to an ARMBAR! Loa holds off the extension, moves around, but Hashi stays clamped on. Hashi clubs at the clasped hands but Loa holds tight. Loa pries at Hashi’s own grip, but Hashi adjusts to get the other hand isolated! Loa gets the ropebreak with a leg and Jado protests, so Hashi lets go fast. Hashi clubs Loa’s arm but Loa shoves him away. Hashi comes back with a kick, Loa throws body shots but Hashi clubs and stomps him.

Hashi wrenches Loa to a wristlock, but Loa throws a forearm, only for Hashi to make it a takedown! Hashi wants the double wristlock but Loa moves around. Hashi has a short arm scissor instead! Loa endures, moves around, but Hashi stomps the arm! Hashi stomps Loa more, Loa throws body shots but Hashi clubs him. Hashi wrenches the arm, clubs it, then wrenches again to club it again. Loa pulls Hashi’s hair but Hashi elbows Loa’s elbow. Hashi wrenches again but Loa LARIATS him down! Fans cheer the exchange but then Loa stomps Hashi over and over! Loa drags Hashi up, whips him to a corner then runs in to clothesline!

Loa whips Hashi out then back in to clothesline again! Jado cheers while Hashi falls to his knees. Loa gets the bad arm moving, drags Hashi back up, and fans rally. Hashi throws body shots, wrenches, but Loa throws a haymaker and back hand! Hashi clubs the arm, Loa throws a forearm, but Hashi wrenches to an elbow breaker! Hashi runs, but the ref is busy checking on Loa and Jado trips Hashi! Loa hurries to get Hashi up for a suplex! Uno amigo, and then a wrench to a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Loa grows annoyed. Loa drags Hashi up as fans rally again. Loa throws a forearm but Hashi gives it back. Loa headbutts Hashi and Hashi is down in the corner!

Loa stomps away on Hashi, but the ref reprimands. Loa lets off, Jado taunts Hashi, and Loa whips Hashi corner to corner. Loa runs in but into a dropkick to the legs! Fans cheer as Hashi evens things back up! Hashi and Loa slowly rise, Hashi throws forearms, body shots and a CHOP! Hashi whips, Loa reverses but Hashi dodges to hit the HEADHUNTER! Hashi fires up and fans rally for him. Hashi runs corner to corner, to CHOP Loa! Hashi whips, CHOPS, but Loa just grins! Loa wags his finger at Hashi, then throws a forearm! Hashi stays up and he forearms back! Loa doesn’t budge, and he ROCKS Hashi!

Hashi stays on his feet and Loa dares him to “give me your best shot! Don’t do this to me! You came to fight me, so fight me!” Loa wants Hashi to #GetBackUp and show him what he’s got! Hashi gets up and throws forearms and CHOPS! Mule kick, and a neckbreaker! Fans fire up with Hashi and he hurries to a corner! Hashi climbs up and fans rally harder now! Loa stands and hits Hashi with a forearm first! Loa climbs up, clubs away on Hashi’s back, but Hashi resists the superplex. Hashi throws bodys shots, clubs Loa, and sunset flips, to get the RUNNING POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO! Hashi has the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Loa powers up but Hashi throws knees into him!

Hashi grinds Loa down but Loa powers up again! Loa fireman’s carries Hashi, but Hashi slips off to CHOP! Loa laughs, kicks, knees and ENZIGURIS! Hashi falls over but Loa tells him, “I’m gonna kill you! Don’t you die on me yet!” Hashi gets up, Loa runs, but into an elbow! Hashi runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi still lives and fans fire up again! Loa likes this! “There’s that fighting spirit! I love it!” Loa drags Hashi up and vows it’s over now. Loa scoops but Hashi slips out to waistlock. Loa rams Hashi into a corner and fires off elbows! Loa runs in but Hashi dodges! SUPERKICK, but Loa just wants more! SUPERKICK, SUPERKICK and SUPERKICK!

Loa shoves Hashi and Hashi fires off another SUPERKICK! Loa still isn’t done, he wants more!! Hashi SUPERKICKS, and Loa finally wobbles! BACKSTABBER! Hashi drags Loa to a drop zone and goes up top! Fans fire up, Hashi SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, TWO!?! Loa still lives but Hashi keeps on him! Hashi gator rolls Loa into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Loa grits his teeth and powers up again! Hashi slips an arm around to get the double wristlock! KIMURA-FLY! Loa still endures, slips his head under, but Jado gets in! Hashi is ready, and he kicks then mule kicks Jado first! Hashi sends Loa into Jado! Roll up, TWO!!

Loa swings but into a full nelson, DRAGON SUPLEX! Hashi fires up and the fans are with him, for the BASEMENT METEORA! Hashi isn’t done there, he drags Loa back up! Hashi gets Loa up, full nelsons again, but then shifts to a pump handle! Wait, Tama Tonga shows up! The distraction saves Loa, and he scoops Hashi for APE SHIT!! Cover, Loa wins!!

Winner: Tonga Loa, by pinfall

Well it was strange that Tama wasn’t here to start, and now we see he was an ace in the hole! And now they’re all beating Hashi up, 3v1! The ref reprimands but they’re not stopping! GoD drags Hashi up, but here comes Goto! Goto CLOBBERS Loa then fires off on Tama! After all, their match was up next, anyway! Tama whips Goto away but Goto comes back to block the hip toss and hit a hip toss! Fans cheer as Goto lariats Loa out of the ring, and the ref rings the bell on the next match!

Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!

The Good Bad Guy rolls the Fierce Warrior up right away! With tights! TWO!! Goto swings, Tama gets under and Tama dropkicks Goto out! Tama hurries out after Goto, and he whips Goto into railing! Tama checks on Loa and sees he’s okay. Tama drags Goto back up, POSTS him, then goes in the ring as the ref wants. Goto stirs, the ring count begins, but Tama goes back out. The ref is busy with Tama and Jado SMACKS Goto with the kendo stick! Tama goes out to fetch Goto now, puts him back in, and clamps on with a chinbar. Tama clubs away on Goto’s chest, then paces about. Goto sits up, Tama drags him back up and snap suplexes! Cover, ONE!! Tama is annoyed but fans rally up.

Tama sits Goto up to claw his face! The ref reprimands, Tama stops, and fans rally up for Goto. Tama paces as Goto eggs him on. Tama CLUBS Goto, and Goto eggs him on more! Tama throws haymakers, but Goto gets power from it! Goto eggs Tama on, Tama headbutts, but that does more damage to Tama! Tama whips Goto, runs in but the splash misses! Goto hits a BIG suplex! Goto fires off on Tama in the corner, whips him corner to corner, and runs in to MURAMASA! Then, BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Tama up, fireman’s carries, but Tama fights free. Tama swings but into a hook! Tama fights free of that, gets Goto in a dragon sleeper, but Goto turns that around!

Tama slips through to suplex, but Goto resists! Goto suplexes, but Tama slips into the dragon sleeper, TONGAN TWIST! Cover, TWO! Tama is furious but fans rally up! Tama watches Goto, hears the voices in his head like he’s The Viper, and Goto rises. Goto turns around, but he denies the Gun Stun! Goto swings, but into Tama’s spin and leap, SATELLITE DDT! Both men are down but Tama is growling. Tama gets up, goes to a corner and climbs up. FROG SPLASH FLOPS as Goto moves! BLINDSIDE SLIDING LARIAT! Both men are down again and fans rally up. Goto crawls to ropes while Tama sits up. Goto staggers over and powers up!

But Loa returns to scoop Goto! Jado is distracting the ref! Goto slips out of the scoop, and HEADBUTTS Loa down! Goto DECKS Jado but turns around into GUN- NO! Goto blocks again, shoves Tama and follows. Tama stops to swing on Goto but Goto dodges, and comes back to swing. Tama ducks, redirects, dodges, hurdles, but Goto dodges the boot to swing! Tama ducks to GUN- NO!! Goto drags Tama back up, fireman’s carry, dragon sleeper, toss out, G T R!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!

Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall

What a wild exchange to end this one! But now, Chaos is even with the Guerrillas, and the tiebreaker will be THE IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match! Will Goto and Hashi end GoD’s reign and be double champions? Or will it be Tama & Loa who #TurnItAllAround?

 

KOPW 2021 YTR Style Texas Strap Match: Toru Yano VS Chase Owens!

Mr. KOPW 2020 now defends his provisional 2021 KOPW trophy, and is going to put his twist on the Crown Jewel’s stipulation choice! But will that be enough for Yano to continue on through the year? Or will Bullet Club manage to add another accolade to the treasury?

The introductions are made, and Yano’s seems to get even longer with the more he does and has… But after all that, and some disinfectant spray, the trophy is to be presented, which comes as a surprise to Yano. The trophy is set aside, the strap is brought in, and Yano waits outside while Chase is strapped in first. Perhaps Yano doesn’t trust Chase. The strap is also taped down so there is no removal of it during the match. Chase tosses Yano the other end, and Yano is hesitant to strap in. Yano takes the cuff, puts it on, and the ref tapes it on. Then Chase tries to reel Yano in! Yano knew this would happen! The bell rings, and it’s a tug-o-war!

Yano gets enough slack that he can LASH Chase! And again! And again! Chase bails out but Yano reels him in! Chase tries to get away with what slack there is but Yano keeps reeling him in! Chase wants a time-out? And a handshake? Yano kicks him and SMACKS him instead! And another SMACK! Another SMACK! Yano uses the strap to choke Chase! That’s legal in a strap match but Chase grabs at ropes. Yano kicks Chase, whips him, but Chase grabs ropes to get out again! Yano decides to undo a buckle pad! Now we have a bare corner! Chase resists being reeled in, and he goes to undo a buckle pad!

Yano won’t let him, and Yano chases Chase around! Chase uses that to get the strap going through the corner, and he YANKS Yano into the post! Chase takes a moment to catch his breath before he stomps Yano. Chase goes into the ring to undo the corner trap, and he uses the slack to SMACK Yano now! And SMACKS him again! And again! Chase drags Yano up, puts him in, and stomps him down. Chase sits Yano up, rips Yano’s shirt off, and now has bare skin to go after! SMACK! There’s instantly a red mark on Yano’s back! Chase drops fists, chokes Yano with the strap, then lets off to go to a corner. Chase again copies Yano and undoes this buckle pad! The neutral corners are bare!

Chase tosses the buckle pad at Yano and Yano catches it. Chase dares Yano to use the pad, so Yano swings! Chase dodges and dropkicks Yano into the bare buckles! Chase stomps Yano at the ropes, throws the buckle pad down on him, then digs his foot into Yano’s face while mocking the YTR thumbs. Chase drags Yano up to throw him out, then he follows. Chase drags Yano up and whips him, but Yano reverses to send Chase into barriers! Yano gets something from under the ring! It’s extra tape! Chase CLUBS Yano first, then slips through the railing? He wants to reel Yano into the railing, but Yano resists! So Chase lets go and Yano falls over!

Chase is free to drag Yano up and YANK him into the railing! And then again! Yano falls back down, Chase slips back through and he gets Yano’s spare tape! Chase tapes Yano’s hand into a fist so he can’t open it! Then Chase drags Owens up and puts him in the ring. Chase stomps Owens, and gets the other hand! Chase tapes that one up, too! Yano can’t open either of his hands! Yano tries to resist but Chase claws Yano’s face. Chase finishes his handiwork, and gets some slack on the strap to again SMACK Yano on the back! Chase plays around as he stomps and kicks Yano down, then he mocks the Yano shrug! But Yano uses his fists to trip Chase! Yano still catapults Chase into bare buckles!

Yano runs as far as the strap allows, comes back, but Chase dodges! Yano gets bare buckles again! Fans fire up, and Chase undoes the blue corner buckle pad! That’s three, will Chase go for the fourth? Chase drags Yano up to reel him in for a haymaker! And then again! And again! Chase throws up the Two Sweets, but Yano slips under and uses the strap to flip Chase! Chase gets up to throw a strike fest, then he runs, but into an atomic drop! Yano dodges Chase’s swing, shoves him at the ref, and then LOW BLOWS! Chase couldn’t stop that with wrist tape! And Yano figures what the hell? Untile the last pad! But wait, the tape on his hands makes that tricky.

Yano tears at the tape and frees his fingers! Fans fire up as Yano goes for the last corner, but Chase reels him in! HAMMERLOCK LARIAT! Chase hits the Jewel Heist but he can’t cover from being too tired! Fans fire up, Chase gets up and says BANG, and he drags Yano back up. Chase reels Yano in, Yano shoves him away! So Chase goes out and uses the strap to reel Yano into the bare buckles! Chase drags Yano all the way out now, and whips him into the railing! Chase pulls up padding from the floor ringside!! He wants bare linoleum to come into play now! BANG, and the package, but Yano fights that off to back drop Chase onto the floor!

Yano is mad now, and he gets into the ring! The strap keeps Yano from the final corner pad, but fans rally up! Owens holds railing, Yano goes back out, but Chase gets the ring bell! Chase CLOBBERS Yano with the bell, then he gets in, and HE wants the final corner! But Yano’s dead weight is keeping him from getting close! Chase thought he had a fool proof plan but seems not. Chase goes back out to fetch Yano, and wraps the strap around Chase’s head. Chase drags Yano up and in, then drags him. Yano holds Chase back, reels him in, and Chase is annoyed. JEWEL TRIGGER!

Fans rally for Yano but Chase gets the buckle pad! Yano tries to pull Chase away but Chase’s one hand undoes all but one strap! Chase runs at Yano, but into a pop-up POWERBOMB! And YANO unties the buckle pad!! YANO WINS!!

Winner: Toru Yano (retains the KOPW 2021 trophy)

And that’s how you win YTR style! Will Yano continue to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat like this? Or will someone eventually beat Yano at his own games?

 

Tomohiro Ishii VS Jay White w/ Gedo!

The other third of the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions is in action as he looks to settle things with the Switchblade! But will the Stone Pitbull be made to look like a little puppy tonight?

White insists the ref be more concerned about Ishii than him in the check. White throws off the jacket, flexes for the fans, and then has Gedo get in so they can Low Sweet. But Ishii grows impatient and he rushes over! White and Gedo bail out, “cool off,” and White mocks the clapping before giving the Low Sweet. White returns to the ring, bails right bck out, and asks about the bell. White gets in, the bell rings, and then White bails out again. White has a laugh as he goes in and out and in again, only to slide right back out. The ref reprimands, White dares Ishii to go after him, and Ishii goes! White gets far away from Ishii, goes back in the ring but Ishii is ready to follow.

White goes out, Ishii follows again. Gedo creeps up on Ishii, and White attacks! White stomps Ishii, drags him up for knees, then whips. Ishii swings, White dodges and doges and knees low. White whips, Ishii reverses but White bails out! White has a laugh, but Ishii rushes after him again! White gets in, and pretends he pulled a muscle so that Gedo can rake Ishii’s eyes! Gedo RAMS Ishii into railing then gets away before the ref notices. Ishii gets in the ring but White stomps him at the ropes. White stomps Ishii around, drags him up and throws him back out. White goes out but Ishii gets back in and runs, to run White over! Ishii pursues White on the outside, drags him up and whips him into railing!

Gedo protests but Ishii drags White up by his hair. White pushes Ishii but Ishii whips White back into railing! Fans cheer but the ref says to get this in the ring. Ishii glares at Gedo as he creeps over, and Gedo backs off. White goes to the ramp and Ishii wants to chase him down but the ref tells him to stay by the ring. The ref checks on White and tells him to get back to the ring, but White stays where he is on the ramp. Ishii argues with the ref, but he goes back into the ring. White dares Ishii to fight him on the outside but Ishii dares White to get back in. White goes in, Ishii kicks and clubs him! Ishii ROCKS White with a forearm, stomps him down, and then drags him up at the ropes.

White holds the ropes, the ref calls for the break, but White fireman’s carries and HOTSHOTS Ishii to the apron! Gedo cheers while Ishii flops to the floor. White drags Ishii back up to SNAKE EYES him off the railing! The ref checks Ishii and White mockingly asks if Ishii is okay. The ref tells White to stay back, White goes into the ring, and fans rally up for Ishii. White goes back out to drag Ishii up and RAM him into the apron! And RAM him into railing! And RAM him back into the apron! And then back into the railing! Those ribs take serious damage as Ishii goes down in a heap! Gedo mockingly asks what’s wrong, and White drags Ishii up.

White says they have to get into the ring, so he’s putting Ishii in the ring. White asks if Ishii is done, but Ishii refuses to quit! The fans rally so White stomps Ishii over and over! White digs his fingers into Ishii’s face then stomps him again! White stomps Ishii in the ribs and Ishii goes to the ropes. White pushes Ishii around and then gets him into a corner. White RAMS into the bad ribs, the ref wants White to back off but White RAMS Ishii one more time. Gedo cheers but he’s the only one as White puts Ishii in a rear bearhug. Ishii endures the squeeze, so White JAMS a knee into Ishii’s back. White goes back to the rear bearhug, mockingly asking if Ishii has a hard time breathing.

White is squeezing tighter and Ishii shouts in pain! Ishii endures, reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Fans cheer the toughness but White stomps Ishii at the ropes! The ref checks on Ishii again but White drags Ishii back up. White whips Ishii hard into a corner and Gedo wants the ref to call this. White whips, Ishii reverses, and then Ishii runs in but White dodges! Ishii crashes into buckles, and White fireman’s carries him up! Ishii slips off, but White elbows Ishii away, only to run into a POWERSLAM! Both men are down and fans fire up! Ishii growls as he gets up and he stalks White to a corner.

Fans rally as Ishii CHOPS White, and CHOPS again! And CHOPS, and then hooks White’s arms in the ropes so he can CHOP again! White falls over and Ishii hammers away! The ref reprimands, Ishii backs him down with a glare! Ishii comes back but White RAMS a shoulder into the ribs! White goes to suplex but it’s Ishii who brings White up and over! Ishii sits up, fans rally, and Ishii looms over White. Ishii brings White up but White fights off the back suplex. White swings but Ishii spins him around. White switches, Ishii wrenches, but White avoids the back suplex to turn Ishii. Ishii fights out of the neckbreaker but White kicks low to DDT!

Both men are down again and Ishii gets to the corner. White runs in to uppercut Ishii, and fireman’s carry, for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Ishii survives and White grows annoyed but fans fire up! White drags Ishii back up, reels him in, but Ishii fights the urenage off and they end up in a corner. White knees Ishii, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Ishii eggs him on. White CHOPS Ishii again, then puts some stank on the next CHOP! Ishii just turns things around to CHOP White high! The ref reprimands but Ishii shoves him away! Ishii CHOPS White high again! Ishii drags White up, CHOPS high and hard again and again!

The ref comes back, Ishii shoves him, and CHOPS White more! The ref finally gets Ishii to stop those near throat chops, and Ishii drags White up to whip him corner to corner. Ishii runs in to corner clothesline, then whips corner to corner. White reverses, Ishii bounces off buckles, but runs into the COMPLETE SHOT! White drags Ishii up into a DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Gedo is fired up and fans rally up as both men are down. Gedo calls for the Kiwi, and White drags Ishii back up. White reels Ishii in, fisherman hooks but Ishii fights the lift! Ishii rams White into a corner, but White CORNER HALF HATCHES Ishii! Ishii clutches those bad ribs as he flops out of the ring!

The ref checks on Ishii but Ishii refuses to quit. White goes out to fetch Ishii, and he drags Ishii up to RAILING HALF HATCH!! White leaves Ishii for dead as Ishii writhes. Fans rally up but a ring count begins. The count is already 6 of 20 before Ishii sits up. Ishii still hasn’t gotten up and we’re past 10 of 20! It’s 15, Ishii finally starts going towards the ring, and he’s in at 18! White drags Ishii up and is pissed, but he hits BLADEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Gedo is furious! White drags Ishii around, reels him in, but Ishii fights the urenage. White knees low but Ishii gets around to headbutt! Ishii runs, but into a BIG urenage!

White drags Ishii up, fisherman and KIWI KRUSHER! Cover, TWO!? Ishii survives and fans fire up! White asks Gedo for ideas, then drags Ishii around. White gets the sleeper hold but Ishii hooks the leg to block the suplex. Ishii throws elbows but White KNEES him low and hard! White drags Ishii back to center, has an arm and a leg, and stomps away on the ribs! Gedo wants the ref to stop this for Ishii, but Ishii doesn’t want this to end like that! White stands Ishii up and keylocks an arm so he can JAM Ishii in the ribs! White puts Ishii in a corner for more hard body shots! Gedo cheers but the ref reprimands. Ishii dares White to bring it, and White throws forearms!

Ishii tanks them because his head is still hard as stone! White throws more forearms but Ishii leans into them! Ishii backs White down like this, so White KNEES the ribs! Ishii ROCKS White back! Ishii drags White up and Gedo starts getting worried. Ishii puts White up top, Gedo swipes at him but the ref reprimands. White claws Ishii’s eyes! But Ishii RISING HEADBUTTS! White holds on to keep from falling! Ishii climbs up, drags White up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! The ribs make that double-edged, but Ishii hurries to high stack cover, TWO!! White survives but is sputtering. Ishii powers up and takes aim. Gedo gets on the apron, but hops off when Ishii glares at him.

White gets Ishii in the sleeper, but Ishii throws him over! Ishii puts the sleeper on now! White fades already but Gedo gets on the apron! Ishii goes after Gedo, pushing the ref aside! Gedo sucker punches Ishii down! White gets Ishii in the SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! Fans rally but White drags Ishii back up! Ishii tries to fight the sleeper hold but he’s fading! White leans on the hold, but Ishii gets a second wind! Ishii reaches for ropes, but White gets a leg for a FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Gedo is furious again! Fans rally for Ishii as White drags himself over.

White drags Ishii up, reels him in, but Ishii fights free of the suplex! White forearms, throws a strike fest, but Ishii gets around. They both swing and dodge but Ishii POINT-BLANK LARIATS! Both men are down as Ishii clutches his ribs. Ishii fires up to fight through the pain and the fan srally behind him. Ishii runs, but White gets around! Ishii switches and he puts White in a sleeper! Ishii leans on White and now White fades! Ishii spins White but WHITE hits the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Ishii survives and White is beside himself! White slashes the throat, drags Ishii up, but no Blade Runner! GERMAN SUPLEX! Ishii and White are down again and both sputter as they sit up.

Gedo rallies for White but Ishii hits his head off the mat to power up! Ishii gets moving, fakes White out, but White still boots Ishii! Ishii ENZIGURIS! Ishii is roaring, Gedo is panicking, and Ishii drags White up to a POWERBOMB!! High stack, TWO?!? White survives but Ishii sits him up. Gedo gets in with the brass knuckles! The ref reprimands, Ishii dares Gedo to use them, but he blocks White’s low blow! Ishii whips White into Gedo then LARIATS White! SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!?! White survives again but Ishii is just firing up more! Ishii drags White up, suplexes him, but White fights that off!

White tries to suplex but Ishii suplexes first. White slips out, dragon sleepre to an inverted suplex and he puts Ishii on his shoulder! White flips Ishii to the blade position but Ishii slipls out! Ishii swings but White turns him around, crosses the arms, but Ishii fights out again, only to run into a SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! White hurries to get Ishii up but Ishii POINT-BLANK LARIATS! Ishii suplexes, White fights out but Ishii HEADBUTTS! White still wants a Triple S, but Ishii waistlocks! White switches, Ishii switches, but White blocks and dodges to BLADERUNNER!! Cover, White wins!!

Winner: Jay White, by pinfall

A masterful exchange and it’s the Switchblade that hits the mark! White even needs to check that he won, it was that sudden! He hugs Young Lions in almost mocking celebration! But when the Young Lion pushes him away, he BOOTS them down! But does this victory mean White is done with Ishii and back on his way towards the top?

 

Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

The Rainmaker technically got his singles match with the King of Darkness not too long ago, but it was little more than an excuse to get Okada alone so Bullet Club could beat him up. We’ve seen Bullet Club in action all night, will any of Evil’s allies be able to back him up? Or will Okada prove Everything is NOT Evil?

The bell rings and Okada rushes Evil! Evil dodges, but then Okada dodges to fire off forearms. Evil kicks low, whips Okada to ropes, but Okada reverses and BOOTS Evil down! Evil bails out, fans cheer, and Okada dares Evil to come back. Dick and Evil regroup, Red Shoes keeps Okada back, and Okada waits. Evil slides back in, circles with Okada, and Okada points Dick out to Red Shoes. Dick stays back, Okada and Evil circle, but then Dick swipes at Okada! Evil attacks from behind, whips Okada to ropes, but Okada holds ropes and boots back. Okada scoops and slams Evil, then slingshot sentons!

Fans cheer as Okada takes a moment before he covers. ONE, but Okada drags Evil back up. Okada turns Evil to hit a neckbreaker! Okada drags Evil up and clamps on a chinlock. Evil endures, even as Okada digs his knee in. Evil reaches and gets the ropebreak with a foot! Okada holds until Red Shoes counts 3, and he brings Evil up to elbow him back down. Evil goes to a corner, Okada stomps him down! Dick protests but Okada tells him to shut up. Okada drags Evil up, snapmares him, then runs to basement dropkick! Evil bails out as fans rally up. Dick checks on Evil, Okada goes out and tells Dick to back off. Okada drags Evil up and ROCKS Evil with a forearm!

Okada glares at Dick then chases him off! Dick goes in the ring, Okada follows, Evil CLOBBERS Okada! Evil mockingly applauds and then he scrapes Okada out of the ring. Evil drags Okada up and whips him into railing! Evil scuffs Okada’s face, then drags him up, to RAM into the railing and the timekeeper! Poor Abe-san! Why don’t they ever move him away from ringside? Evil drags out chairs while everyone is busy helping Abe. Evil brings Okada over, CLUBS him down, then gets a chair ready! Evil puts that chair around Okada’s head, and then has the other chair! HOMERUN! Evil goes into the ring and leaves Okada on the floor. Fans rally for “O-KA-DA!” as a ring count begins.

Okada slowly stirs, and finally gets up at 10 of 20. Okada gets in at 13, but Evil is after him. Evil whips Okada into the bare corner! When did Dick take the buckle pad?! Evil drags Okada to a Half Crab! Okada endures as Evil pulls back, using Okada’s own knee pad for leverage. Okada gets the ropebreak, and Evil lets go at 4. Evil paces, drags Okada up, but Okada throws a forearm! Okada throws more forearms, but Evil rakes Okada’s eyes! Evil throws Okada out, and then gets in Red Shoes’ face so Dick can stomp away on Okada! Dick drags Okada up and puts him in for Evil, and Evil covers. Red Shoes knows something fishy is up so he refuses!

Evil is upset with Red Shoes but he drags Okada back up. Evil reels Okada in to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Evil is furious with Red Shoes but the count is the count. Evil mocks the fans clapping for “O-KA-DA!” and he drags Okada up. Okada throws a heavy body shot! Okada throws forearms, uppercuts, and then whips. Evil reverses, Okada dodges but Evil kicks him to throw him down! Okada avoids the back senton, and hits a basement EuroUpper! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Okada stands first. Evil follows but Okada rallies with elbows! Okada whips, Evil reverses but Okada elbows him down! Osaka fires up with Okada!

Okada whips Evil corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his focus and gets the fans going with clap-clap-clap-stomp. Evil gets up but he fights off the Alabama lift! So Okada RAMS Evil into a corner! Okada puts Evil up top, Evil boots but Okada blocks! Okada clubs the leg then EuroUppers, and he dropkicks Evil off the top! Evil falls to the floor and Dick checks on him. Okada catches his breath in the ring, the ring count starts, and Dick coaches Evil. Okada goes out to fetch Evil, and drags him up. Okada elbows Evil, but then Dick talks trash. Okada chases Dick up the ramp but Evil pursues! Okada kicks and clubs Dick!

Evil runs in but Okada gets him, too! DOUBLE DDT’s to the ramp! Okada and fans rally with clap-clap-clap-stomp! Okada leaves Evil and Dick behind as he goes back down the ramp. But then Okada goes back and figures he should bring Evil back. Okada clubs Evil to make sure he keeps going towards ringside. Okada puts Evil in and fans cheer as he covers, TWO! Evil is still in this but Okada isn’t frustrated. Okada drags Evil up but blocks thje kick! Okada spins, Evil blocks the kick and gives it to Red Shoes so he can mule kick Okada low! Fans rally again, Evil pretends he can’t hear them, and then he runs in to clothesline Okada in the corner! Snap suplex and cover, TWO!

Evil is frustrated again but he gets Okada’s legs! Okada resists as Evil tries to turn him over, and Okada gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Evil lets go at 4, but Dick is there to get cheap shots in! Dick runs way before Red Shoes sees, and Evil smirks as he scuffs Okada with his boot. Evil talks trash, Okada gets up and fans rally again. Evil slaps Okada around, so Okada gets mad. Okada runs but into a fireman’s carry! Okada fights free, Evil elbows him away and runs, but into a HUGE FLAPJACK! Both men are down again and fans rally up again. Okada stands, Evil goes to a corner, but Okada BOOTS him! Okada Alabama lifts but Evil fights off! Evil pulls hair but Okada ROCKS him!

Okada runs, Evil goes to the corner, but Okada ROCKS him again! Evil reverses the whip, but runs into the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Okada goes to a corner, climbs up, but Evil stands, so Okada hits a BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool as he drags Evil back up. Okada gut wrenches but Evil resists. Evil gets the ropes, Red Shoes calls for the break, but Okada clubs Evil first. Okada backs off, runs into the corner, but Evil boots him away! Evil boots Okada again, then dodges. Okada stops from hitting bare buckles, but Evil clotheslines Okada into them! Okada goes down in a heap while Evil smiles. Fans rally up but Evil drags Okada up.

Evil hoists Okada up top, climbs up to join him, and then goes to the very top! Evil drags Okada up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Evil doesn’t cover, he gets the SHARPSHOOTER! Okada endures as Evil sits back deep! The fans rally, Okada claws for ropes, but Evil adds more torque! Okada refuses to quit and he gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts and Evil lets go at 4! Evil catches his breath in a corner while Okada is down. Evil drags Okada back up, reels him into the fireman’s carry, and DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans fire up! Evil is annoyed again but he vows to end this. Evil slashes the throat, stands Okada up and spins him, but Okada denies Evil.

Okada wants the clip but Evil knees low. Evil whips, Okada reverses and Evil gets bare buckles! MONEY CLIP! Evil endures, claws Okada’s eyes, but Red Shoes reprimands. Evil lets go and then he grabs at Red Shoes! Dick CLUBS Okada with a pipe!! Dick gets in, Red Shoes reprimands, but Evil gets in Red Shoes’ face while Dick fires off haymakers! Dick whips Okada but Okada BOOTS him down! Evil kicks and whips Okada but Okada reverses to dropkick Evil down! Okada gets Evil’s arm for the MONEY CLIP! Evil endures, pries at Okada’s fingers, but Okada leans on the hold. Evil fights up, grabs at Red Shoes, but Red Shoes SWATS Evil’s hand!

Okada gut wrenches Evil to a TOMBSTONE! And back to MONEY CLIP! Evil reaches, turns a bit red, starts to fade but gets a second wind. Evil is up, grabs Red Shoes again, but Okada CLUBS Evil! Okada wrenches the other arm but Evil shoves Okada into Red Shoes! Evil runs but Okada gets around, DISCUS RAINMAKER! Okada shouts to Red Shoes but he’s still down. Okada puts on Money Clip, Dick has the CHOKER!! The Spoiler is trying to spoil this finish! But Okada powers up and RAMS Dick into the bare buckles! Okada is free, and he gut wrenches Dick to hit a TOMBSTONE!! Okada takes the choker now?! To throw it away! That’s our Rainmaker for ya! But Evil LOW BLOWS Okada!!

Evil gets the legs, but Okada LOW BLOWS Evil back!! Turnabout is fair play! Both men are down, as is Red Shoes, and fans rally up! Okada sits up first, and he drags Evil up. Okada gut wrenches again, for a SPINNING TOMBSTONE! Fans fire up with Okada again as he sits Evil up for the MONEY CLIP!! Red Shoes returns, Evil endures, and Okada keeps Evil away from ropes with a back2backbreaker! MONEY CLIP AGAIN! Evil is in the middle of the ring as he starts to fade again! Red Shoes checks on Evil as he’s turning red again! Evil finds a third wind and he reaches, but Okada clamps on tighter! Evil tries one more time and gets a ropebreak!

Okada lets go and both men are down again. Fans rally up for Okada again as he has Evil’s wrist. Okada drags Evil up, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Okada drags Evil up again, but Evil LARIATS! Okada swings but into Evil spins him to a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Both men slowly rise, and Evil runs, to LARIAT Okada inside-out! Cover, TWO!?!? Okada survives and Evil can’t believe it! Fans rally up again but Evil rises first. Evil staggers over, slashes his throat and stands Okada up. Evil spins him but Okada denies the STO again! Evil still tries but Okada spins. Evil avoids the discus, but Okada tries to steal Everything! Evil denies that, and tries to steal the Rainmaker lariat!

Okada denies that but he swings into Evil’s clinch! Okada denies the STO again! Okada gut wrenches Evil, for a SIT-OUT TOMBSTONE!! Okada brings Evil up, ripcords, TRUE RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall

The tried and true finisher finishes Evil! This won’t be the end of things, but has Evil learned a little of why Okada is still on a whole different level? After catching his breath, Okada gets the mic. He gets fans to clap-clap-clap, clap-clap-clap, clap-clap clap-clap clap-clap-clap. “OSAKA-JOOOOO~! If I can speak frankly, that felt damn good!” Okada apologizes to the fans for “having to put up with more of Bullet Club’s crap tonight.” But by taking care of business, Okada is sure we’re all satisfied. Okada says there’s something still bothering him, though. “Well, I should just put it out there, huh? It’s about time I get back to that IWGP Heavyweight title!”

Okada knows that as a responsible adult, he should follow proper protocol. So that starts with winning the 2021 New Japan Cup! After doing that, he’ll be back where he belongs. But he’s sure they’re all thinking that the double title thing is getting boring. If Okada were to poll Osaka, they’d say that the one who has to save the titles is him! So he’ll win the NJ Cup, take back the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, and make it rain again! Fans like the sound of that! Okada knows while the fans couldn’t chant and shout, he knows they were giving it their all to support the wrestlers, and thanks them for it! The wrestlers will do their best all over again tomorrow for night two! Until then, good night!

The Rainmaker has made it known where he wants to be, but will that only make the road back that much harder? Will Tetsuya Naito make it a bit easier by taking the IWGP Intercontinental Championship back on night two?


My Thoughts:

A very good event for NJPW to begin this weekend, but it also felt like a last-minute go-home for tomorrow’s event, as well as the New Japan Cup. The opening Six Man was good, and the United Empire wins so Khan has some momentum, but it was good math that neither he or Tanahashi were involved in the finish. That way, the NEVER Openweight Championship match could go either way. Tanahashi really only just got that belt, though, so I’m leaning towards him retaining. Ospreay & Cobb will still face Kojima & Tenzan, but that will probably go the Empire’s way like tonight did.

In similar fashion, it was good math for Goto-Hashi and GoD to split the difference. I like that Goto didn’t just win, he won in such a sudden turnaround. But with it being 50-50 here, I’m thinking GoD retain the tag titles and we wait to see if another team moves up to challenge them. Yano VS Chase was a good match, a lot of good antics from Yano, but Yano felt like a natural choice to win here. It might be awhile before someone wins and takes the KOPW 2021 trophy, but it definitely has to be in something really ridiculous.

White VS Ishii was a very good match, maybe a little long, but the slug fest nature of it and Ishii enduring bad ribs made it work. As did another fast exchange finish with White going over. White is definitely going into the NJCUP strong. Okada VS Evil was very similar, a long but storied match that turned out very well. As I said before, Okada trying to focus on the Money Clip works as a way of extending his career, but I also like this new element that when things get difficult, he can always bust out the Rainmaker lariat. Okada declares his NJCUP intentions, but that in itself could signal he doesn’t win it all, and puts someone else over. At this point, I feel like Sanada doesn’t even need to declare to be considered a favorite. Sanada’s already had great matches with Okada, Naito and Ibushi, maybe one more time is the charm for him to join the upper tier.

My Score: 9/10


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Andrew’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Match Ratings: 2.27.21

Castle Attack is a two day event, with this first one having top tier talent; but no championship stakes. Does that hurt the show? 

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Castle Attack is a two day event, with this first one having top tier talent; but no championship stakes. Does that hurt the show?

Kazuchika Okada finally gets his hands on EVIL, Jay White gets his “get right match” against Ishii after the last month of issues, and just generally a lot of feud building. The obvious thread is all of the CHAOS versus Bullet Club going on, but I don’t think any of us are excited for Tanga Loa and YOSHI-HASHI.

We also have The United Empire kicking things off to help give Great O-Khan more momentum going into his match against Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Even if the card seems a little flat, maybe we get surprised?

Ratings:

  • The United Empire (Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan) vs TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) & Hiroshi Tanahashi: Ospreay wins via Oscutter @10:22 – * ½
  • Tanga Loa w/Jado vs YOSHI-HASHI: Loa wins via Ape Shit @12:58 – (-*)
  • Tama Tonga vs Hirooki Goto: Goto wins via GTR @6:39 – ** ¼
  • KOPW 2021 Trophy: YTR Strap Match: Toru Yano (c) vs Chase Owens: Yano retains @12:50 – ** ½
  • Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii: White wins via Blade Runner @25:42 – ****
  • Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL w/Dick Togo: Okada wins via Rainmaker @28:11 – *** ¼

 

Results:

The United Empire (Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan) vs TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) & Hiroshi Tanahashi

So we saw a lot of dynamics that we’ve grown to expect. Tenzan struggles to not use the Mongolian Chops, O-Khan continues to prove himself a credible enough threat to Tanahashi, but this was a sloppy match. Between an early awkward exchange that made it seem like O-Khan didn’t know how to sell Kojima’s flurry, Ospreay slipped on the rope when he was coming in toward the end; even though he kinda saved it, it was obviously screwed up.

Interactions were clumsy, the match never got exciting and really just did what these kind of matches usually do, but not even as well as most Young Lions.

Tanga Loa w/Jado vs YOSHI-HASHI

Welp, this match was straight garbage. The sad thing about this match was that Loa did a pretty solid job at trying to vocally antagonize HASHI and keep things interesting, but HASHI was in slow motion. HASHI would visibly confirm things too much, his moves were bad, kept trying to rally the crowd but they didn’t respond; so there were a ton of times he waited a beat to see if the crowd would ever come alive, and they never really did.

Tanga Loa was his usual self with better verbal interactions. He kept trying to get HASHI to fight and prove what he had instead of cursing, but HASHI just fell into the waste of space mannerisms he was known for 99% of his career. He should go back to Loose Explosion on his tights, because he is the drizzling shits.

So Tama comes out to distract Hashi allowing for Loa to turn the situation and hit Ape Shit. Bullet Club beatdown ensues, Goto runs out, clears out Loa…and the referee decides to just start the match since Goto and Tama were supposed to wrestle anyway!

Tama Tonga vs Hirooki Goto

A quick start is stifled by the malaise that is known as Castle Attack so far. Tama dumps out Goto, Goto starts reviewing his life choices and why he’s here today, and then spends enough time on the outside to build a bird house before Jado eventually limps over and hits him with a kendo stick shot. Like…why? Goto saw it coming. Stevie Wonder saw it coming. The terrible decisions of YOSHI-HASHI have polluted Goto’s mind as well!

When things get back into the ring, at least Tama and Goto are good wrestlers. Tama hits the Tongan Twist and Veleno, but a missed Stinger Splash and countered Gun Stun gave Goto some space. Tama tried for Gun Stun again, but he got caught, Goto throws him on his shoulders Ushigoroshi style, but drops him into the GTR and lands it! So a surprising GTR gives Goto a victory from the jaws of defeat, and at least the in-ring action was serviceable enough to get the highest rating of the show so far.

I really hope the back half blows my socks off, because this is sad so far.

KOPW 2021 Trophy: YTR Strap Match: Toru Yano (c) vs Chase Owens

Now the gimmick here is instead of touch the 4 corner pads, you have to remove the 4 corner pads. So it seems like the person to remove the last pad, will be the winner.

We get a mostly expected Yano gimmick match. He made small references to his earlier gimmick of being a cheating, violent, always disqualified heel; when he started whipping Chase early and being more aggressive than we usually see. But Chase was clever using the outside to a great advantage. Yano was forced to go after Chase because Chase was going to take the pads off from outside, and then used Yano’s momentum against him by ramming him into posts and barricades.

The last pad was solid comedy where both took turns knocking the other out, too far from the last pad. So we had some goofy “drag the dead body” spots. Chase nearly had things won until Yano came to, pulled him close for Oni Koroshi! Yano makes it to the corner, takes it off and the God of all KOPW continues!

Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii

Ishii has had White’s number lately, and just added to the broken status of his mental health after the Wrestle Kingdom loss. Within the first minute or so, Jay looked to have tweaked his hamstring, and that added an interesting layer to his early attack. But much like the strategic genius that he is, he lays Ishii over the barricade, and Ishii starts selling a rib injury.

Everything in this match mattered, the leg and ribs came back to play into aspects of the finishing sequence. Ishii was slow transitioning between some of his power moves since he was hampered with the rib injury, and Jay got caught a bit more than usual because his quickness was taken away.

A huge Avalanche Brainbuster after a Jumping Headbutt nearly gave Ishii the win, but a slow cover as he wanted the high stack, kept Jay alive. They fight back and forth, then we get a great counter wrestling sequence to finish the match. Ishii slips suplexes and Blade Runners, Jay slips the Brainbuster and eats a strike. It was up, down, back and forth, just hard to call until Jay finally slips a hold and catches Ishii with Blade Runner for the win!

THANK GOD we got a match worth watching! Great pacing, solid story, this is something to watch.

Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL w/Dick Togo

Ugh, okay so we know what we get with EVIL any more right? Okada tried to eliminate Dick Togo early when he hit Double DDTs on the ramp, but then the trek back to the ring was awkward. Okada bringing EVIL back to the ring, was a microcosm of the match, where it was just very slowly paced, inactive and not a good idea.

Part of the point in this match was for Okada to finally get closure on EVIL beating him during last year’s New Japan Cup; but he wanted to drag out the old aggressive EVIL. EVIL fired up late, and the crowd responded excitedly expecting something good, but it was short lived. Plus, we have Okada being a complete moron. He was shoved into Red Shoes, fights off Dick and lays EVIL out and goes for the stupid Money Clip. He goes for a submission after he was driven into the referee. This is a gap in logic so embarrassing, just so Dick could interfere again with the garrote.

All the garrote did was possibly foreshadow when Okada Tombstoned Dick, and then had a moment where he considered using the weapon. This is either a throw away for Okada to continue to be the Golden Boy, or it’s a hint that darker things are on the horizon for Okada.

Either way, Fire/Thunder Driver lead to the Rainmaker again, and we’re finally at a point where Okada is beating people with the move that started it all! No more Money Clip! It looks bad and it’s just sad.

 

Overall Score: 4.25/10

At least we got one match really worth watching out of this show. Jay White versus Tomohiro Ishii is truly the only thing to watch from this whole show.

I don’t know how some people didn’t find the YOSHI-HASHI embarrassing, but it completely was. The opener was sloppy to the point of uselessness. Tama and Goto was just flat given how the story was being told. Then we’ve got the gimmicky goofball match being a highlight before the semi-main and main events. I’ve seen more salient card structure and match booking from Dragon Gate during the waning days of ANTIAS.

Tomorrow has to be better because if it’s worse, then I think 2015 TNA would be happy to know they aren’t the bottom of the barrel anymore. This show was so embarrassing I think I’m just gonna end the article with the hockey coach from Letterkenny:

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