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- 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?
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
Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (2/10/18)
ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 334
All images courtesy of the Fite.TV app and streaming service
- The Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas w/ Silas Young VS Team Coast 2 Coast; no contest.
- Six Man Tag: Silas Young, Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas VS Kenny King & Coast 2 Coast; King & C2C win.
- First WOH Championship Tournament Opening Round match: Madison Rayne VS Mandy Leon; Mandy wins and advances to the second round.
- ROH World Heavyweight Championship: Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Punishment Martinez; Castle wins and retains the ROH WHC.
PLAY BY PLAY
Dalton Castle speaks.
The Peacock and ROH WHC is “always ready, always limber and never surprised.” He can go left, he can go right– Wait were both Boys here this whole time? “Not much can surprise me.” And that is why the second the ROH WHC became his, Castle knew that he was “instantly the biggest target in ROH.” So when someone like Punishment Martinez attacked from behind, Castle wasn’t surprised. “Who can blame him? I would do the same thing, if I was a big lummox with eye-liner.” Castle would try for any advantage possible, “especially if I had to fight me.” Martinez clearly understands this isn’t the same Peacock from before, he’s “gonna be looking face to face with a champion!” Castle is “a man willing to fight to protect what he’s earned!” Castle is a man “with no other plan than to come out swinging, and do everything he can to insure that he leaves Nashville still your world champion!” The Peacock is brimming with confidence, can he keep the Reincarnation of the Purple Mist at bay?
The Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas w/ Silas Young VS Team Coast 2 Coast!
The Last Real Man and World Television Champion accompanies the newest and literally biggest team in the ROH Tag Team Division as they make their in-ring debut. However, they go up against a team that not only went #DoOrDie against another big team in War Machine, but Shaheem Ali & Leon St. Giovanni beat Hanson & Rowe to stay together! Can the Kingpin and the Keg Master crush C2C like a couple of beer cans? Or will Ali & LSG ride the wave all the way to the top?
No Code of Honor given because Milonas & Bruiser go right at them with cheap shots! The bell rings but everyone’s still in as Bruiser puts Ali in a corner and Milonas brings LSG to another. The big hoss boys coordinate and go corner to corner, but run into boots from C2C. C2C hops up, they both jump, but they both get caught! Milonas & Bruiser sandwich Ali & LSG before throwing Ali away and bumping LSG of a buckle with Snake Eyes. LSG staggers back into Milonas’s tackle, then Bruiser gives a hollering elbow drop!
Cover, TWO, and Bruiser is already annoyed. Silas protests the count but Bruiser brings LSG over to his corner for a haymaker. Milonas tags in, and turns around to ram his king-sized backside into LSG over and over! Silas taunts LSG, “How did that feel, boy?” Bruiser tags in, he drags LSG up and scoops him. LSG slips out and dropkicks Bruiser into Milonas! Hot tag to Ali, and Ali rallies on the big men with forearms and headbutts! Bruiser gets a kick in and Ali staggers into Milonas, but Ali ducks to let Bruiser’s haymaker hit Milonas. Milonas goes down and Silas freaks out, but LSG comes in and together, hit Bruiser with the Half Nelson Complete Shot!
Cover, TWO! Ali keeps his focus on Bruiser and brings him up, but Bruiser fights back with back elbows. Bruiser shoves Ali to a corner then runs in, but Ali evades to retaliate with a swing kick. Ali snapmares Bruiser and prepares a kick, but Silas grabs his foot! Ali is anchored in place as Milonas runs in for a corner splash! Milonas backs off while Ali slips out, but the referee is busy keeping the protesting LSG in and Silas gets away with cheap shots. However, Kenny King comes in to even the numbers!
Silas slips into the ring and now it’s a chaotic brawl! The referee can’t do a thing, so he throws out the match! Silas and his bruiser buddies get out of the ring, leaving it to C2C and the K I N G. We go to break so ROH can sort this out.
Six Man Tag: Silas Young, Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas VS Kenny King & Coast 2 Coast!
We can tell how this match came about. The current ROH WTVC, Silas, and former champion, King, start for their teams. The bell rings, and King takes the fight right to Silas! But then their teammates come in and we have another six man brawl! Milonas throws LSG out but King slips behind and rocks him with the spinning roundhouse! Bruiser keeps Ali back while Milonas rolls out of the ring. King sees his target and fires up the fans before hitting Milonas with the slingshot corkscrew!
King topples Milonas down and takes his time to celebrate, but he turns around into Bruiser’s cannonball!
Bruiser gets up but C2C regroups! LSG fakes Bruiser and Milonas out, it’s Ali that FLIES!
The fans fire up but Silas hits LSG with the springboard lariat! Silas takes aim at everyone on the outside and fires himself up, then builds speed, but tumbles to the apron when he sees no one there. He boots King in the face from the apron, then catches Ali into a yurinagi on the apron!
King returns but gets rocked with a haymaker, Silas returns to the apron to slingshot double stomp Ail. Silas dares someone to come back in, but he doesn’t see LSG behind him. He turns around and gets LSG’s boot right to his face! LSG throws Silas out onto everyone, then starts climbing up top. However, Milonas returns and stops him halfway, then Bruiser also returns. Milonas drags LSG out and holds him up, Bruiser dropkick-starts the swinging sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Everyone returns to their corners as Milonas brings LSG back up. He tags Silas, Silas kicks LSG in the ribs. Silas takes off his shirt and throws it at LSG, LSG throws it back. Silas dares LSG to “hit me like a man!” So LSG slaps him across the face! Silas comes back and LSG hits him again with a forearm, so Silas hits LSG back with a forearm. They go back and forth with forearms, but Silas gets the edge and rocks LSG to his knees. “That’s how a man gets it done!” He brings LSG back up but LSG breaks free to swing on him. Silas suplexes but LSG slips out to tag Ali. Silas swings but misses LSG, who then springboards and forearms Silas down. Ali then grabs Silas for the big Complete Shot!
Cover, TWO! Ali drags Silas up and tags King. King and Silas brawl, King getting the edge. King whips and knocks Silas down with the spinning heel kick. He stalks Silas to ropes as the fans rally. Silas hides behind the ropes, but Bruiser comes in with a cheap shot clothesline on King. Milonas also comes in, and the three “real men” surround King. C2C protest and the ref tries to back them off, but Silas still rocks King with a knee right to the face. Then Bruiser and Milonas run in to sandwich King between their beer bellies!
C2C come in but get rocked by rights, then go at King again to squash him between their beer buttocks! Silas covers, TWO!! Kenny rolls away while C2C stands up. C2C baits Bruiser & Milonas, to dump them out! Silas gets up, he and Ali run at each other for a big double clothesline. Ali, Silas and King are all down, but LSG sees Milonas and Bruiser getting to their feet. The Human Rocket climbs up, takes aim, and hits the springboard Phoenix senton!
LSG takes Milonas & Bruiser down and the fans fire up! Silas brawls with Ali from the mat to their feet, back and forth like mad. Silas gets the edge because “You ain’t nothing, boy!” He runs, but into C2C’s double hip toss cradle, and King returns to make it Tu Lo ROYAL FLUSH!
King and C2C win! A big victory for all, can King make the Last Real Man #BendTheKnee in their ROH WTVC rematch?
The Dawgs are watching backstage.
Big Rhett asks if Lil’ Willie can see what’s going on, but clearly he can’t. Will Ferrara can’t stand that those two “dingle berries” Ali & LSG are getting the reaction they are. Rhett Titus tells him to calm down. Rhett’s been around ROH long enough, he’s “seen them come and seen them go.” Well right now, they’re here. Ferrara mocks the “Rocket Man, Rocket Man”, Tu Lo Sabes “You Know It”. He wants to “send them packing”! Titus agrees, C2C is gonna be sent packing, “courtesy of The Dawgs!” “Knick Knack Paddy Whack, give these dogs a BEER!” A lot of bark from Rhett & Ferrara, will their bite match up to it?
The ROH Women of Honor Tournament has its bracket!
Mandy Leon and Madison Rayne each speak on their paths to this historic tournament. The Exotic Goddess is a product of the ROH Dojo. She trained for five long years, and was a pioneer in creating this premier Women’s Division within ROH. Meanwhile, the Queen Bee knows that Women’s Wrestling around the world is bigger than it’s ever been. Women’s Wrestling is at the forefront of the industry, and now that WOH has firmly established itself, Mandy wants to fulfill a dream of becoming the inaugural WOH Champion. Madison knows that this 16-woman invitational is truly “history making”, and even humbling to be selected. Mandy won’t anyone in the field of 16 stand in her way, while Madison’s 10 year career validates her as a serious competitor.
Mandy will acknowledge Madison as a “world-class talent”, and knows Madison’s been a champion everywhere she’s gone, “but you haven’t been here.” The Exotic Goddess was a WOH “day one” wrestler. Being champion here is all Mandy has ever wanted. Madison knows all that, and gives Mandy “tremendous credit”, but Mandy seems to have forgotten Madison was already here years ago. Even though there was no WOH Division, ROH had women wrestlers, so it was Madison who laid the foundation. Madison wins titles, makes history, and belongs at the top. Mandy still declares that she will be the first WOH Champion. Can the Exotic Goddess’ dream survive the Queen Bee’s drive?
Deonna Purrazzo joins commentary for this next match.
The Virtuosa is another of the 16 women from around the world entering this historic tournament, so she has vested interest in the results. At the same time, she and Mandy were the two women in the first official WOH Division match, so perhaps she wants to cheer on her fellow pioneer so they can meet next round.
First WOH Championship Tournament Opening Round match: Madison Rayne VS Mandy Leon!
History begins here! Sixteen women will be whittled down to eight, who will be the first moving on and the first going home?
The Code of Honor is upheld and the two go to their corners as the bell rings. The fans already applaud this great match-up and build to a rally. Madison and Mandy circle then tie up. Mandy backs Madison into a corner, then honors the break. She and Madison tie up again, now Madison backs Mandy down. Madison also honors the break, and they go again. Madison gets the headlock, shifts to a hammerlock then back to the headlock. Mandy fights out and gets a headlock of her own. Madison powers out but Mandy knocks her down. Mandy poses then runs, rolls over but Madison rolls under to arm-drag Mandy down. Madison gets up but runs into Mandy’s arm-drag. The two back off and the fans applaud the back and forth. Mandy and Madison circle and the fans rally for them again. Madison lunges but Mandy slips behind to get a hammerlock, then slips back to the front for a snapmaer. Mandy starts running and hits Madison with a kick then comes back the other side for the neck snap.
Cover, TWO, but Mandy keeps going. Madison sweeps her legs, though, and covers, TWO. Madison uses a leg sweep to roll Mandy into a cover, TWO. They both stand up, Madison whips Mandy to the ropes, but now Mandy rolls Madion up on the return, TWO. Mandy keeps moving but Madision follows to SPEAR!
Mandy’s back up, so Madison knocks her down with a sharp enziguri! The Queen Bee has control while we go to break.
ROH returns and Madison keeps control as she hits Mandy with a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, and the frustration grows within the five-time Impact Knockouts champion. They get up, Madison kicks Mandy then runs but misses the second. Mandy swings but Madison ducks and they both run for double facebusters! Both women are down and a ten count begins. They stir at 2, and get to opposite corners. They crawl to each other and then brawl on their knees. The brawl moves to their feet as Mandy headbutts and Madison replies with a forearm. Mandy replies with her own forearm, then catches Madison’s return with the downward spiral, into the Koji Clutch!
Madison endures and drags herself forward, then gets the ropebreak with her foot. Mandy lets go and Madison rolls out, but Mandy pursues. Mandy takes aim at Madison from the apron, and runs in for the Penalty Kick! But she’s not done there, Mandy runs back in for the cannonball!
The Exotic Goddess topples the Queen as the fans fire up. Mandy puts Madison back in the ring then rallies the fans as she climbs up top. Madison stands up, Mandy drops her with the missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Mandy’s own frustration grows, and she calls for the end. She grabs Madison for an underhook but Madison slips behind her, wristlock spin-out for the Rayne Check cutter!
Cover, TWO!? Madison can’t believe Mandy survived her signature move. She drags Mandy up, Mandy surprises her with an inside cradle, TWO. Madison hits Mandy with a forearm smash, then picks Mandy up for a Fisherman drop!
Cover, TWO!! Frustration boils over for Mandy, but the fans cheer for Mandy. Madison climbs up top while Mandy gets to her feet. Madison leaps, but Mandy gets clear out of the way of the flying crossbody. Mandy comes back and picks Madison up in the pumphandle package driver, Astral Projection!
Mandy wins! Her dream lives on with this possible bracket buster!
As for Madison Rayne…
Mandy turns to her opponent and the two shake hands and even hug. Madison raises Mandy’s hand in victory. Can the Exotic Goddess continue through to the end and become the one true Queen of Honor?
ROH has exclusive footage after Episode 333 went off air.
The American Nightmare finds The Young Bucks backstage. He’s upset, and demands to know where they were. They apologize for running late. Why were they running late? Was their flight coming in from Winnipeg? Is it “a Kenny thing”? Because the Bullet Club doesn’t need anymore “Kenny things” right now! “That’s over, that’s done with!” The fans were literally chanting for the Young Bucks out there while Cody was getting his ass kicked by The Kingdom! He points out his black eye and busted hand with no Ring of Honor. Matt Jackson apologizes again, they just arrived. Cody accepts that. “All I’m saying is, everybody wants us to break up.” The Bullet Club breaking up is good for everybody else, but he won’t allow that. Cody expects better from everyone, especially the Bucks. The Bucks scratch their heads and roll their eyes as Cody leaves, but then Marty comes in with a “sweet Marty Scurll sign.”
“Now’s not the time, man.” They don’t like it? No, they didn’t even spell his name right. Misspelling aside, is the Bullet Club just one wrong move away from breaking up?
The Briscoes speak.
Specifically, they speak to the Motor City Machine Guns. “Lemme explain something to y’all boys.” Jay & Mark have reached that point in their careers where they “don’t care about our opponents’ well being.” The Briscoes “don’t care if the people cheer for us.” All the Briscoes care about, “is making statements.” Mark agrees, because there’s “one statement in particular” they want to make: that they are “the baddest tag team to ever walk this planet!” Jay & Mark don’t care if they break bones, cripple opponents and make them get carted to the back. They don’t even care if you live or die. It’s nothing personal against MCMG, it’s personal against everyone. The Briscoes are on a war path, but the MCMG just happen to be the ROH World Tag Team Champions. Jay & Mark think of those as their property, so they’re coming to take them back. When it’s Sandy Fork VS Everybody, can anyone hope to survive #DemBoys?
Marty Scurll joins commentary.
While there is much to discuss about The Bullet Club, The Villain is here to focus on tonight’s main event. For it was last week that Scurll struck a deal with the challenger: if Martinez becomes the new ROH World Heavyweight Champion, he would allow Scurll the first shot at him.
ROH World Heavyweight Championship: Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Punishment Martinez!
The Reincarnation of the Purple Mist earned this chance at the ROH world title when he won Survival of the Fittest 2017. And when he came to tell The Peacock of his challenge, he did it with actions in the form of a sneak attack. Castle granted his challenge and thus we have this highly anticipated main event on ROH TV! Will the monster come away with the gold to then take on The Villain? Or will the Peacock reign supreme to roll on towards Honor Rising 2018?
Scurll rants about how he is “disgusted” with Castle being so full of himself, and even says Castle doesn’t deserve to be champion. However, that may only be because Castle defeated Cody, who is Scurll’s good friend within Bullet Club.
The fans chant “Fan up!” even before the bell. Castle offers the Code of Honor handshake, but Martinez shakes his head “No”. That’s fine by Castle, he fires himself and the fans up. Scurll rants and complains about the fact both Castle and Martinez received WHC title matches before him while Boy 2 gives Castle a certain something. Castle tells Martinez, “This is for you.” When Castle opens his hands, there’s nothing there, but a slap across Martinez’s face! Martinez grabs Castle and powers him back to a corner, then swings only for Castle to duck under and hit him back with a right hand. Castle chops, haymaker, chops and haymaker again, but Martinez shoves him back. Martinez swings but misses again, Castle goes for the waistlock but Martinez throws him right off. Martinez grabs Castle around the throat but Castle breaks free, to slap Martinez again. The monster gets mad, and glares at Castle as he chases him down, but Castle dumps Martinez out over the top rope. Martinez stays on his feet but Castle quickly builds speed and DIVES!
Castle sends Martinez rolling whiel the fans fire up and the Boys fan up. Martinez gets up quickly but Castle is right on him. Castle knocks him into the barriers along the walkway, then off the apron edge. The fans fire up for Castle, and he snaps his fingers. The Boys become steps, and Castle uses them to LEAP at Martinez!
But Martinez catches him! He goes to lift but Castle slips out and then shoves Martinez into a post! Martinez bounces off but manages to get back in the ring. The champion has control while we go to break.
ROH returns to see Castle grab Martinez in a waistlock. Martinez powers Castle back into a ring, which breaks the hold, but Castle reels him back into a new waistlock. They go backward again, and Martinez adds a back elbow to keep Castle back. Martinez runs back in but Castle boots him away. Castle hops up, but Martinez hits him with a spinning roundhouse! Castle topples down from the top rope and to the ground. Scurll laughs at The Peacock, even as The Boys “Fan up!” Martinez slips to the outside to fetch Castle, but as Martinez puts Castle in the ring, he swings around for headscissors. Martinez blocks the rest of the swing so Castle unleashes right hands. It’s not enough, though, as Martinez uses even more power to lift and Last Ride powerbomb Castle on the apron!
Scurll starts to reconsider his deal with the monster as he watches Castle writhe in pain. Martinez grins while the fans boo and jeer. Scurll critiques Martinez’s lack of urgency, even as Martinez rocks Castle with a right hand. The 20-count reaches 8 before Martinez puts Castle back in the ring. He toys with Castle as he stalks him to a corner. The fans cheer for Castle, even as Martinez whips him corner to corner hard. The Boys hurry to fan their leader before Martinez drags him back up. Martinez scoops Castle to then slam him down, to then hit a springboard senton!
Cover, TWO! Scurll complains that people should want him to be champion while Castle rolls out of the ring. The Boys fan him again, but Martinez comes out to scare them off. Castle pounces! He goes at Martinez with fire and fury, but Martinez snuffs it out with another right hand. Martinez waits for Castle to stagger back over before knocking him down with a SUPERKICK!
Martinez drags Castle up again, to then whip him hard into barriers. The fans boo and jeer again, but Martinez ignores them as he drags Castle up again. He goes to throw Castle but Castle gets loose. Castle hurries to get back in the ring, but he can’t get away, Martinez drags him out to throw him back into barriers. The referee comes out to get them to put this back in the ring, and Martinez obliges. He covers, TWO, but Martinez keeps hold of Castle while the fans start to rally. Martinez turns Castle around to put him in a chinlock while we go to break.
ROH returns once more, to find Martinez now on the defensive. Castle slinks back into the ring and grabs the dazed monster in a waistlock. Martinez elbows him away, then takes aim at Castle in a corner. He runs corner to corner and jumps for the big back elbow, but Castle catches him in the waistlock! Castle uses his super strength to carry Martinez out to the center, and hits the German Suplex pin! TWO! Even the Boys are feeling a bit of the exasperation. But Martinez suddenly sits up and grabs Castle by the throat! Castle fights against it and hammers Martinez to the mat. Scurll protests but the referee can’t hear him from all the way at the announce desk. Castle grabs Martinez in another waistlock and drags him up. Martinez powers out, then swings kick after kick and forearm, but Castle dodges them all to get another German Suplex! But Martinez springs right up again! He wobbles around, Castle catches him for an overhead suplex. Castle stands up while the Boys “Fan Up!” Martinez also rises, Castle runs in, but into Martinez’s clobbering right hand. Martinez drags Castle up, suplex for the Falcon Arrow!
Cover, TWO! The monster keeps his cool while the fans build back to a rally. Martinez drags Castle up while the fans chant, and prepares another powerbomb. Castle resists, goes to lift Martinez, but Martinez clubs him down. So Castle instead powers Martinez back into a corner! They separate, Castle runs in but into Martinez’s driving boot. Martinez walks it off while Castle slips out of the ring. The Boys “Fan Up!’ again, but Martinez spots them all gathered. He runs corner to corner to FLY!
He wipes out Castle and the Boys, then gets right up to put Castle back in the ring. Martinez climbs up and leaps for the spinning heel kick! TWO!! Martinez is shocked, and Scurll thought that was the end. The fans continue to cheer while Castle slowly stirs. Martinez goes to drag him up but Castle is out of it. He waits for Castle to rise, brings him up the rest of the way and gets the choke grip. Castle pries the hold off, but Martinez puts it back on, only for Castle to break it again, and rock Martinez with a back elbow. Martinez rocks Castle right back with a roundhouse, and Castle falls down in a heap while Scurll laughs again. That’s not all, Martinez brings Castle up for a rip-cord roundhouse! Castle drops to the mat again, eyes glazed over. Martinez drags him up a third time, and lifts him into a torture rack position. Castle revives to fight his way out, then rolls Martinez into a small package! Castle wins!! Martinez’s face shows shock and anger at being beat by only a split second.
He takes his frustrations out on a buckle pad, but that isn’t enough. Martinez goes after The Boys! He wipes Boy 2 out, then gives Boy 1 a choke slam onto the apron!
Martinez goes back for Boy 2, and powerbombs him onto his twin!
The fans boo and jeer as Martinez makes his exit. Scurll himself is also shocked, but the damage is done to The Boys. Will Martinez find his way back to a title shot? Will Castle’s Boys be okay to accompany him to Honor Rising?
A really great episode here, all in all. ROH put an interesting yet logical and entertaining twist on the opening tag team match. Kenny King helping Coast 2 Coast out against Silas’ trio was great given the story building between them for the ROH World TV Championship, and the Six Man was also really solid. Both teams looked great together, especially Milonas & Bruiser already working out some double-team moves. C2C continuing a feud with Bruiser & Milonas would be good for both teams, to help sort out who goes for ROH World Tag Team Championships first. Briscoes VS MCMG still has to happen, and #DemBoys had another great promo, but I’m going to assume the Faces VS Heels dynamic will be kept in the following program. In other words, Briscoes VS C2C and MCMG VS Bruiser & Milonas. The ROH World Six Man titles are also in question, as SoCal Uncensored already gets a shot against The Bullet Club’s Hung Bucks next episode. ROH is doing a great job integrating the building Bullet Club Civil War, so I’d imagine the only reason SCU wins is because of dysfunction on Bullet Club’s part rather than beating them cleanly.
There was a lot of anticipation for this ROH WOH Championship tournament, and I feel bad for saying this, but this opening match wasn’t as good as it could’ve or should’ve been. I’ve always liked Mandy Leon’s ROH run, and Madison Rayne has the résumé to be here, but there was a lot that could’ve/should’ve been more polished. I swear I saw Mandy let up on a pin half a beat too early for Madison’s “kick out.” Their promos were great, but being pre-taped probably means they were able to rehearse them to be on point. Logically, Mandy wins because she is, as her promo said, the pioneer of ROH’s official WOH and it will mean more if she lasts all the way to the end. The bracket is also set up so that she could end up facing either her old friend Jenny Rose, or WOH’s newest addition in Tenille Dashwood, for some real good story behind the match. But WOH match aside, the ROH WHC made up for it because it was some great stuff. Castle-Martinez were great in the ring and Scurll was great on commentary, but I had a feeling Castle would still win. Castle is too big a star to lose his first defense ever, even if it was against another rising star like Martinez.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (2/14/18)
All images courtesy of the WWE Network streaming service
- WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Roderick Strong; Dunne wins and retains the WWE UK Championship.
- TM61 VS John Skyler & Andrew Duckworth; TM61 wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Ember Moon VS Shayna Baszler; Shayna wins by disqualification, Ember retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
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WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Roderick Strong!
No need to wait, this highly anticipated crossover match starts NXT off! Can the British Bruiserweight hold on to his title when faced with the American Savior of the Backbreaker?
The bell rings and they tie up right away! Dunne powers Strong to ropes while the fans duel. Strong and Dunne spin around and end up in a corner, the ref calling for a break. The break is anything but clean, but the two cool off to circle again. Strong keeps Dunne from getting too close to ropes before they tie up again. They end up in another corner but then come right out. Dunne gets the armbar takedown but Strong gets right up to attempt a high stack cover, ONE, but Strong transitions into an attempt at his signature hold. Dunne resists and rolls to flip Strong, but both men are right back up on their feet. The fans applaud this evenly matched match while we go to break.
NXT returns to find Dunne in control of Strong. He brings Strong up and goes after the fingers. Dunne brings Strong’s arm down to the mat and bends it back, before kicking it!
Strong rolls out of the ring to give himself time but Dunne is right on him. Dunne bends that arm and teh fingers all over again, then brings them to the steel steps. He bends Strong’s arm again, then stomps on it!
The Bruiserweight is merciless as he stalks Strong around the corner. He grabs that arm again to bend it from wrist to elbow as he leads Strong all the way to the other steel steps. Dunne wedges Strong’s hand inside the gap between steps and post, then clubs the arm to twist it! The ring count is refreshed before Dunne keeps on Strong with a chop. He puts the arm back on the steps, but Strong pulls it out of the way in time. Strong then pulls Dunne off the steps to throw him into them!
Dunne falls to the ground while the referee checks on him. Both men are apparently okay to continue, so Strong brings Dunne into the ring. Cover, TWO, but he clobbers Dunne with low boot after boot. He grinds a knee into Dunne’s ribs, pulling him in add pressure. Dunne uses his legs to fight out, the fans duel as Strong staggers back. Strong returns and grabs Dunne again, for a pumphandle backbreaker!
Cover, TWO, but Strong keeps his cool. Dunne clutches his back as Strong brings him up into a corner. Strong chops Dunne, Dunne slaps Strong. Strong boots back and rocks Dunne, then brings him back up for yet another backbreaker. Dunne rolls to a corner but Strong won’t let up. Strong stomps a mudhole into Dunne, even as Dunne tries to fight back with finger manipulation. The fans duel as Strong brings Dunne up and to a corner. Strong hoists Dunne to the top rope then climbs up with him. He goes for a superplex but Dunne gets a hold of the fingers again. Dunne clubs and slaps Strong to the floor, then adjusts to jump and stomp Strong’s arm on the way down!
The referee checks on Strong but Strong won’t give up just because of that. He and Dunne get up onto the apron, Dunne runs over but into Strong’s boot! Strong continues with an enziguri, then a fireman’s carry, just to drop him on the apron!
The fans applaud the severity of this action while we go to break.
NXT returns again, and Strong stomps away on Dunne. He grabs for Dunne but Dunne scrambles to ropes. The ref counts the break, Strong backs off, and Dunne comes out with a stinging enziguri! Strong is dazed but still hits Dunne with back elbow and forward elbow. Now Dunne is a bit dazed as the fans rally. The two men slowly stand up, and Strong whips Dunne to a corner. Dunne goes up and over to enziguri Strong again, to then Falcon Arrow him into the armbar!
Strong rolls so Dunne adjusts into the hammerlock and stretch! Dunne even isolates fingers, before pulling back and letting it fling forward! Strong writhes in pain as Dunne gets himself to a corner. Dunne climbs up but Strong anchors a foot. Dunne fights him off but then Strong yanks him off the top into the cradling hold. However, Strong’s bad arm keeps him from holding Dunne up, so Dunne gets Strong in powerbomb position, for a swift sit-out!
TWO! Dunne’s back hurts too much for him to be frustrated. The two men stir with fans cheering them both on. Dunne stands up first as the fans duel again. He toys with Strong, then drags him up by that bad arm. Dunne bends the fingers but Strong powers Dunne into a corner. The buckle impact breaks the hold, and Strong gets space. He runs back in but misses, Dunne throws him back with a German Suplex. Dunne then hurries out and up, and jumps, only for Strong to dropkick him out of the air!
Strong crawls to a cover, TWO! It was a close call, but Dunne still got out. The fans rally for both men again as Strong pursues Dunne. Strong chops Dunne, then runs side to side for the forearm smash! He lifts Dunne but Dunne counters to a pin, TWO and Strong slips Dunne to a crucifix pin, TWO! Dunne jumps but Strong catches him into the cradling backbreaker!
Cover, TWO! The fans applaud as both men are down on the mat. The fans build back to a rally, then duel as the two men stand up again. Strong brings Dunne over for forearms and chops, then wants the Olympic Slam, but Dunne slips out to shove Strong into buckles. Dunne gets Strong on the rebound with a Half ‘n’ Half!
Dunne raises his fist, but rocks Strong with a swift kick, then covers! TWO! Both men are exhausted but the fans keep rallying for them. Dunne kicks Strong from the mat, then grabs that bad arm for teh triangle! Strong makes it a cover, Dunne fights back, so Strong deadlifts Dunne and brings him to ropes, for an elevated rope guillotine! Dunne slumps down against ropes, but he still gets himself under the bottom rope. The fans duel as Strong and Dunne get up on both sides of the ropes. Strong climbs a corner and brings Dunne over. He brings Dunne up to the top with him, but Dunne resists. Strong clubs Dunne in the back, then hits the SUPER Olympic Slam!!
The crash landing sends Dunne far away, Strong has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Strong feels the frustration building as he and Dunne rest on the mat. The fans rally once more, and Strong goes over to Dunne. Dunne grabs the bad fingers, but Strong breaks the grip to then rock Dunne with a jumping knee strike! He runs at Dunne in a corner for another big knee strike! And then throws him with the running mat slam! Cover, TWO! Strong feels how close he is, but the fans hope they “Fight Forever!” He brings Dunne back up, prepares a suplex but Dunne hits the X-Plex outta nowhere!
He’s not done there, he grabs Strong in the pumphandle, but Strong slips out of the Bitter End! Strong forearms, back elbows then throws more elbows from both sides. Dunne catches Strong with a forearm to the back of the head! But this only gives Strong the momentum for a running knee! Strong grabs Dunne in the double underhook, and hits a tigerbomb! TWO, but Strong rolls Dunne for the Strong Hold!
However, that bad hand makes it tough to hold it. Dunne manages to roll it back and grabs the bad hand. He snaps the fingers! Strong flies back in pain and tumbles out of the ring! Dunne grins as he gets up and kicks Strong on reentry. Then, Bitter End!!
Dunne wins! The UK Championship stays with the UK superstar! What will it take to dethrone the Bruiserweight from his championship throne?
Johnny Gargano raised the stakes on himself in regards to the NXT Championship.
Even though he went into NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia “the most confident” he’s ever been in his career, he did not defeat El Idolo. However, what he earned that night meant even more to him than a title, “Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling” earned the NXT Universe’s love and respect. But in an attempt to add insult to injury, Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega came out to denounce everything Gargano said. Respect? Who cares! The championship is still theirs, and Almas has defeated Gargano in a 3-0 sweep. Gargano isn’t Johnny Wrestling, he’s “Johnny Loser.” Gargano reminded Vega of the hand she played in that match, as well as what Mrs. Wrestling, Candice LeRae, did to her in return. And when Vega started getting in Gargano’s face, Candice appeared! Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling then ran Almas & Vega off, and it pissed Vega off so much that she granted Gargano a rematch, but on one condition: if Gargano loses this time, he LEAVES NXT! Johnny Wrestling accepted the challenge, but will he come to regret it?
NXT Paparazzi caught up with Velveteen Dream.
The Patrick Clark Experience opens by saying he refuses to answer questions regarding Kassius Ohno. Secondly, he addresses his coming match with No Way Jose. “No Way Jose brings the Fiesta, The Dream will bring The Experience. That’s all.” But not really, as he now addresses Tyler Bate of the WWE UK Division. A former UK Champion at only “five foot nothing”, yet Bate sees himself as a big enough star to wrestle Dream 1v1? They ask if he could elaborate. Is he saying he’ll give Bate a match? He refuses to comment, and tells them to get out of the way. The NXT media still has a lot to ask Dream, but that will have to be for another time.
Aleister Black heads to the ring.
While the Embodiment of The End is still on a dominant 1v1 streak, he isn’t here to make someone #FadetoBlack. He walks to the ring to an ovation from the fans, and wishes to speak. “This path has always led one way.” It has put Aleister “face to face with a sensation, led to an Experience, and pushed my limits in the face of an Era.” But now Aleister has a “devil” on his back. That devil drives Aleister, because “that devil is the NXT Championship!” Aleister must possess that title. However, a certain Beast of Belfast appears!
Equally dominant in his own right, Killian Dain is here to make his presence known. He joins Aleister in the ring to speak his mind. “The devil isn’t on your back. I am!” And Dain will not stop until the NXT Championship is around his waist. But if Aleister has a problem with what he’s saying, then Dain will warn him: “Your path will be stopped by chaos.” The two stare down, but Aleister is not intimidated. Dain goes to leave when Aleister calls his name. Aleister continues by walking up to Dain, and saying, “You crossed me, so now you must Fade to Black.” Dain grins, liking Aleister’s moxie. Dain leaves all the same, and the two stare down one more time as Dain reaches the stage. What will happen when order and chaos collide on the road to the title?
TM61 VS John Skyler & Andrew Duckworth!
Shane Thorne & Nick Miller are back to continue proving The Mighty Don’t Kneel. Can they also prove that The Mighty Deserve Championships with another win?
The bell rings and Miller starts against “The Southern Savior” Skyler. They tie up, spin around and end up at the ropes. Skyler lets go, only to chop Miller at the ropes. Miller fires off forearms fast, then chops Skyler in return. He whips Skyler and knocks him down with a forearm, then chops him in the Mighty corner before tagging Thorne in. Miller whips Thorne in for a big back elbow, then comes in for a corner clothesline of his own. Then he feeds Skyler to Thorne’s lariat! Duckworth rushes in but gets a back suplex from Thorne. Thorne goes after Skyler with a running European Uppercut, then goes for a suplex, but Skyler blocks and kicks at that repaired leg! Skyler clubs Thorne into his corner, then tags Duckworth in. Duckworth and Skyler mug Thorne in their corner, then Duckworth goes for a back suplex of his own. Thorne slips out, shoves Duckworth, then dropkicks him on the rebound. Tag to Miller, tag to Skyler, but it’s Miller who rallies! He knocks Skyler down, sees Duckworth coming and puts the bigger man into an open corner. Miller suplexes but Skyler slips out and around. Miller throws a back elbow but Skyler ducks it, only to end up in a DDT! Duckworth runs back out, but into Miller’s spinebuster!
Miller tags Thorne while Duckworth and Skyler end up in the same corner, Thorne leaps for a big cannonball sandwich!
The fans fire up as The Mighty pick Skyler up, and hit him with Thunder Valley!
TM61 wins! Miller & Thorne are on a roll, can they roll right up to the Undisputed Era’s NXT Tag Team Championships?
NXT Women’s Championship: Ember Moon VS Shayna Baszler!
The Prophecy of Flame may be the #Shenom, but she was still tested like no other against the Queen of Spades. However, Shayna’s claims that Ember only survived rather than won got under the champion’s skin, so this rematch was granted to put the rumors to rest! Can NXT’s War Goddess remain on top against the merciless Submission Magician?
It should be noted that Ember still has Kinesio Tape on her left arm. She may be medically cleared, but is that tape going to be nothing more than a bullseye for her opponent?
The bell rings and Ember dropkicks Shayna in the face immediately! She keeps going, hammering away on the “bully” Baszler. Shayna takes it and goes after the bad arm! Ember slips away, kicking Shayna on the mat. Ember throws more hammer fists and Shayna grabs at the bad arm for a Kimura, but Ember still narrowly escapes. Shayna sits up, and Ember kicks her square in the shoulder! The rage does not subside, Ember keeps hammering away on Shayna. She brings Shayna up just to knee her back down, then stalks Shayna to ropes. The fans cheer as Ember kicks and clubs away at Shayna, but the referee counts. He backs Ember down, but Ember still rocks Shayna with an enziguri! Ember roars as fans fire up, and boots Shayna right in the chest!
Shayna is uncharacteristically on the defense and down on the mat as Ember goes to a corner. Ember climbs, and we know what that means. She takes aim, but Shayna sees her rising, so she slips out of the ring. Ember watches Shayna catching her breath on the outside, so she hops down to build speed and DIVE!
Both women crash into the announce desk, and that unfortunately aggravates Ember’s bad arm! She writhes and screams in pain while the fans chant “NXT! NXT!” The referee also checks on Shayna, and she is still okay to compete. A ring count begins and gets past 7 before Shayna gets up and over to Ember. The count gets to 8 as Shayna puts Ember back in the ring, and this match continues. Shayna goes after that bad arm with a kick, then lets her hair down as her frustration boils up. She tortures Ember with a seated double wristlock. Ember endures and refuses to quit, so Shayna bends that arm back and stomps on it!
She isn’t done, she grabs Ember’s arm and goes for the cross armbreaker, but Ember quickly clasps her hands. The fans cheer Ember on, and Ember rolls Shayna like back in TakeOver: Philadelphia! TWO, and Shayna grins, telling Ember it won’t end like that again. She kicks that bad arm, then tries the cross armbreaker again. Ember again clasps her hands to hold it off, but can’t hold on, Shayna gets the full extension! Shayna even adds on a wristlock twist! Ember endures and drags herself around with her legs, and manages the ropebreak by a toe! The ref counts, Shayna lets go at 3, but then comes right back. Ember holds onto the rope but Shayna pries her away to then drag her by her hair. Ember surprises Shayna with a victory roll! TWO! Shayna gives Ember a knee, then throws her into a post! Ember tumbles all the way out and to the ground. Shayna walks around and catches her breath while the ring count begins. Champion’s Advantage prompts her to fetch Ember, but not without adding on a little extra. She exposes the barriers and threads Ember’s bad arm through the gaps, to then stomp away without resistance!
Shayna then shifts to pulling on Ember’s arm with the barrier between them! The referee comes out to count, Shayna lets go to keep from being disqaulified. Ember gets free of the guard rail, but Shayna grabs her arm again, torturing it with how she bends it. But then, coming in from the crowd, it’s the Pirate Princess, Kairi Sane! She climbs up the steel steps and jumps at Shayna for a flying forearm!
Kairi gets payback on Shayna for her sneak attack weeks ago, both physically and in that the match is disqualified! Ember will retain her championship! Kairi keeps going as she hammers more forearms into Shayna, then pursues her into the ring. Shayna swings on Kairi but Kairi evades to rally on the Queen of Spades! Every time Shayna gets up, Kairi knocks her down. She knocks Shayna out of the ring, but dares her to come back for more. However, Kairi makes the mistake of checking on Ember, and Shayna slips back into the ring! Shayna rushes Kairi but she’s ready for it, and hits Shayna with the Interceptor Spear!!
The fans are thunderous for the Mae Young Classic winner, and she’s still fired up to fight Shayna. Shayna isn’t as eager, she backs down. Shayna wins the match but we know Ember retains, will the controversy only delay the inevitable? And as Kairi stares down her MYC opponent, will Shayna have to get through her to try again?
A pretty great episode of NXT here. I was surprised but not at all disappointed with having the WWE UK Championship match first. This was an amazing match, Strong looked strong and it really bolsters Dunne’s own strength for him to win. Of course, it was a bit of a foregone conclusion that an American wrestler wasn’t going to win the UK Championship just yet, but maybe even for just a second it felt like Strong could’ve done it. There’s still a lot WWE needs to do to show their commitment to the UK title and its Division, but as long as we’re getting great matches while we wait, I can be patient. The crossover work helps, such as how Velveteen Dream is taking issue with Tyler Bate. I don’t doubt Dream VS Bate will make for a great program and match, I’m just not sure where it’ll lead either man afterward. However, Aleister VS Damo definitely will lead to an NXT Championship down the way. I can’t see Aleister losing in singles competition just yet, but their match result may depend on next week’s Almas VS Gargano NXT Championship match. There are a lot of variables and moving pieces with the NXT Championship, I’ll likely be pleased by any of the outcomes.
When I saw TM61 coming out for their match, I was a bit concerned about the timing, considering we still had the NXT Women’s Championship match to go. In the end, it was a fast match, putting the returning Skyler and the debuting Duckworth away easily. With the Authors of Pain still in NXT but feeling on their way out to the main roster, TM61 should be the ones to challenge reDRagon next. Then in the NXT Women’s Championship, it was shorter and ends in “controversy”, but it was still solid work from everyone. Ember and Shayna play their characters perfectly, the angry “underdog” champion giving the arrogant upstart challenge a small taste of her own medicine, only for Shayna to get the better of Ember. I almost thought we were getting a referee stoppage to give Shayna the belt, a la Kevin Owens pummeling Sami Zayn until he couldn’t fight. Instead, Kairi Sane makes the save! Kairi and Shayna have unfinished business, but they both want to be champion, so I would hope that while Ember is grateful for the save, she and Kairi keep a competitive tension between them. In fact, I would love if it somehow becomes an NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat for TakeOver: New Orleans to really make Wrestlemania Weekend something to watch.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Report! (2/13/18)
All images courtesy of the WWE Network streaming service.
- Fifth Cruiserweight Championship Tournament First Round match: Akira Tozawa VS Mark Andrews; Andrews wins and advances to the second round.
- Sixth Cruiserweight Championship Tournament First Round match: Tony Nese VS Drew Gulak; Gulak wins and advances to the second round.
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The Cruiserweight Championship tournament’s opening round hits the halfway point.
Cedric Alexander, TJP, Kalisto and the shocking entry of Roderick Strong have all advanced to the second round. Now we begin the second half to see which other four superstars will join them. Another former Cruiserweight Champion will battle a member of the WWE’s United Kingdom Division, and PowerPoint pals will be forced to put their friendship aside. But in the end, they all want one thing: to win the vacated Cruiserweight Championship as a Wrestlemania Moment!
Fifth Cruiserweight Championship Tournament First Round match: Akira Tozawa VS Mark Andrews!
The Stamina Monster once dethroned the King of the Cruiserweights to become champion, while the High-Fiving, Stage-Diving Welshman would like his first taste of WWE gold period. Will Tozawa keep out the crossover competitor on this Road to Wrestlemania?
Quick backstage interview with Mark Andrews.
What does it mean to him to come all the way from the UK to compete for this opportunity tonight? He’s really excited because everyone from around the world, from the UK to Japan, have been talking about 205 Live. Andrews is psyched to be part of it now, to high-five and stage-dive all the way to the Grandest Stage of Them All: Wrestlemania! Especially if it means he can become the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
Andrews makes his entrance and we have our match.
The two circle with the bell, and Tozawa starts up the “HAH! HAH!” battle cry. He and Andrews tie up, Tozawa gets the waistlock. They circle around, Andrews gets the headlock takeover but Tozawa gets the headscissors. Andrews holds onto the headlock and the two stand up, but then Tozawa rolls and floats over to a cover, TWO. The two stand off, and the fans applaud. Tozawa and Andrews circle again, Andrews getting the single leg takedown into a knee wrench toehold. Andrews deepens the bend and twist with a toe ‘n’ ankle while keeping the other leg down. 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick watches backstage as Tozawa works to free that trapped leg.
Andrews keeps twisting and Tozawa keeps enduring. Tozawa crawls for ropes but Andrews drags him away to add on another twist. Andrews keeps Tozawa grounded, but Tozawa gets free, so Andrews stands up to wrench the arm and wrist. Tozawa rolls and reverses the hold, starting up the “HAH! HAH!” at the same time. Tozawa spins Andrews to a waistlock, but Andrews spins out to reverse the armlock. Andrews grounds Tozawa again, and then wraps Tozawa up in an Octopus Stretch!
He bends the free arm back and back, looking up at the Wrestlemania sign for motivation. Tozawa starts working his way out, but Andrews easily shifts into a sunset flip, TWO! They get up, Andrews arm-drags Tozawa a couple times, but Tozawa blocks the third with pure strength. Tozawa brings Andrews back up, Andrews slips around him and gets that arm-drag hat trick! They both get back up, Tozawa kicks in low. He runs, Andrews ducks and Tozawa jumps over for the sunset flip, but Andrews back-flips out of it into a low dropkick! Cover, ONE, but Andrews keeps his cool. He stomps Tozawa, then drags him back up. Tozawa frees himself and chops Andrews stiff in the chest. Andrews chops back, and we have a chop fight. They go back and forth, Tozawa fakes a chop to get the jab!
Andrews staggers to a corner and Tozawa comes over to stomp a “HAH! HAH!” mudhole into him. The fans join in, even as Tozawa backs off at the ref’s count. He brings Andrews up and out for a snapmare, then runs for the Penalty Kick and back senton! Cover, TWO, but Tozawa keeps his cool. He goes after Andrews in a seated abdominal stretch, giving Andrews a taste of his own medicine. Andrews slips out but is brought back down, and Tozawa stomps on Andrews. They go to a corner and Tozawa brings Andrews up for more chops. Tozawa ax handles Andrews a couple times, then snapmares him into another form of the seated abdominal stretch. Fans slowly build to a rally and Andrews pries himself free again. Andrews fights back with forearms, one after another, and Tozawa sits down. Andrews brings him back up for a European Uppercut, but Tozawa knees low. Tozawa throws Andrews, but Andrews responds with a surprise 619!
Andrews takes aim while Tozawa staggers away, and springboards for a big flying crossbody!
Cover, TWO, and now Andrews feels some frustration. He kicks Tozawa while he’s down, then puts Tozawa’s leg back in the spinning toehold. Andrews now puts Tozawa in the Indian Deathlock to go right after the knees.
Tozawa endures, then chops Andrews in the chest. Andrews chops back while maintaining the hold. When Tozawa refuses to tap, Andrews stands up and pulls him out of the hold to go back after the arms. Andrews moves back into the Octopus Stretch but Tozawa resists stronger this time, letting out the “HAH! HAH!” Tozawa gets free, fights back with back elbows, but Andrews backs him down with kicks to the leg. Andrews whips but Tozawa reverses, Tozawa gets Andrews in the huricanrana! Then he hits Andrews with a screaming Shining Wizard!
Tozawa doesn’t stop there, he puts Andrews in position and with fans echoing “HAH! HAH!”, Tozawa climbs up up top. He takes aim, but Andrews slips out of the ring. Tozawa doesn’t complain, he just hops down and builds speed to DIVE!
The Tozawa Torpedo downs Andrews and the fans fire up. Tozawa puts Andrews back in the ring, covers, TWO! Frustration won’t stop Tozawa, he gets up and drags Andrews back over to a corner. The fans “HAH! HAH!” again as Tozawa climbs back up top. Tozawa takes aim again but Andrews stands up. Andrews runs over, Tozawa jumps over, and they both go corner to corner for Andrews to hit double knees in a corner! Then he brings Tozawa out for the Northern Lights suplex, and Andrews rolls through for a standing corkscrew moonsault!
TWO, and Andrews feels frustration growing. He catches his breath and cools off before bringing Tozawa back up. Andrews grabs Tozawa in a full nelson, but Tozawa arm-drags out of it. Tozawa back kicks, swings, slips under, blocks and hits the saido suplex! He crawls to a cover, TWO! Tozawa gets up again and brings Andrews up for big forearms. He “HAH! HAH!” with each one as he drops Andrews to a knee, then roars before running into Andrews’ mule kick. Andrews kicks Tozawa again, then runs only to run into Tozawa’s boot! Tozawa runs, Andrews slips past him, comes back to tilt-o-whirl into Stun Dog Millionaire! Cover, TWO! Both men are down from exhaustion, but Tozawa rolls himself away slowly. Andrews sits up and sees Tozawa in the corner. He walks over to hoist Tozawa up, keeping him there with a chop. Andrews climbs up, goes for the Super Steiner, but Tozawa blocks with more of that strength! Tozawa lifts Andrews up powerbomb style, but Andrews hits SUPER STEINER after all!
He crawls to the cover, TWO!! The frustration boils over, Andrews can’t believe that didn’t work. But he sees Tozawa in position, and hurries to the corner again. Andrews climbs up and takes aim at Tozawa. Shooting Star, but he has to bail out as Tozawa evades! Tozawa hits the spinning roundhouse! Tozawa goes for La Mahistrol, but Andrews counters with his own cover! ANDREWS WINS!!
And Tozawa’s face says it all, this is a major surprise!
It was fast and it was fair, there’s no way around it. Andrews points to Tozawa to give props and respect, but he also points to the Wrestlemania sign. Can Andrews make it all the way to the end and become a crossover Cruiserweight Champion?
Backstage interview with Jack Gallagher.
Gentleman Jack will face the Pakistani Prince, Mustafa Ali, next week as part of the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament’s opening round. And he’s absolutely delighted to hear it. However, before he can continue, 205 Live GM Drake Maverick enters.
Spud says hello to Dasha then compliments Gallagher’s suit. “John Phillips, London. I have two myself.” That aside, Spud questions Gallagher thinking that’s “appropriate attire in a WWE ring.” Because Maverick doesn’t. As he told others before, this is a new 205 Live. Next week, Gallagher better be here in proper wrestling attire. Spud does say Gallagher is one of the best in the Cruiserweight Division today, and perhaps even in the entire WWE. “So sort yourself out, mate.” Spud says bye to Dasha before taking his leave, leaving Gallagher with much to consider. Will Gallagher be seen back in his old trunks again starting next week?
205 Live announces next week Cruiserweight Championship Tournament matches.
The Privileged Persian Lion will take on “NXT’s Best Kept Secret”, Buddy Murphy!
A former NXT Tag Team Champion as well as fiance to the Goddess of Raw, Murphy does admit that losing the tag titles brought him crashing down in the ranks. However, he pulled himself up and looked himself in the mirror to say, “That’s who I was. Now it’s time to create who I’m going to be.” Spud gave him the call and that sparked a fire in Murphy to get back in championship shape. Training to get under 205 has been “the hardest thing I’ve possibly ever done in my life”, especially since he’s normally competed over that weight. Spud even went to the Performance Center to hold Murphy’s official 205 Live Cruiserweight Division weigh-in. Murphy stepped up to the scale, and his official weight…
At 204.4 lbs, Murphy narrowly makes it in! But that was just step one. Murphy vows that in step two, the Cruiserweight Championship tournament itself, he will step over everyone else to “walk down the ramp at Wrestlemania.” Can the Best Kept Secret break out into the best spotlight of them all?
Sixth Cruiserweight Championship Tournament First Round match: Tony Nese VS Drew Gulak!
Though friends under “Team PowerPoint” and a certain certified train, the Philly Fury and the Premier Athlete were each cut to the heart with comments from the 205 Live GM. Tonight they battle to not only see who is the better, but who is more deserving of the Cruiserweight Championship. Will their friendship become stronger, or crumble apart, with gold on the line?
The bell rings and the two circle with intensity in their eyes. Gulak offers a handshake of respect, but Nese kicks it away. Nese is too focused on the title for there to be friendship and respect, so Gulak just comes at him to grapple. Nese powers Gulak down to the mat, then flexes to show off the peaks. Gulak gets up and they circle again. Nese lunges but Gulak catches him with a shoulder to the abs, then a takedown. Gulak floats over to an armlock, then a chinlock that grinds and thrashes Nese to the mat. Nese rolls and covers, Gulak bridges at ONE. Gulak brings Nese back up to a deep neck wrench then a forearm grinding on the face. Nese gets up, takes Gulak down and goes for a toehold but Gulak quickly counters and shifts to an armbar, which Nese quickly blocks by clasping hands. The referee gets down low to check shoulders while Nese tries to power Gulak to a cover. Gulak counteracts with a palm on Nese’s face. Nese gets to his feet and grabs a leg but Gulak uses the other leg to sweep and then get the mount. He pushes Nese back to a cover, ONE, and Nese stands up to go after Gulak’s leg again. Nese drags Gulak and goes for a half-crab, but Gulak kicks him away with his free leg.
Nese staggers to a corner while Gulak gets up. Gulak runs in for a big running haymaker, then he whips Nese corner to corner. Nese stops himself short and back elbows Gulak away, to then jump up and jump back! Gulak gets under the corner moonsault, but Nese lands on his feet. Gulak runs at Nese but Nese Matrix handsprings to evade. Nese mule kicks Gulak then kene lifts, roundhouses and sweeps, cover, TWO! The fans applaud this exchange even as Nese stomps and kicks Gualk while he’s down. Gulak stares up at him defiantly so Nese keeps kicking. Nese brings Gulak up and goes for a suplex but Gulak body shots back. Gulak goes to hip toss, but Nese blocks and rolls Gulak to the mat. Nese puts Gulak’s legs in a sort of Figure Four while also trapping an arm in a unique combination of holds.
Gulak endures this unique submission, and fans actually rally for him! Nese rolls him to a cover, TWO, but Nese keeps on him by throwing him out of the ring. Nese takes aim, slingshots over, but Gulak moves so Nese lands on the apron. Gulak rushes Nese to sweep the legs but Nese cartwheels over to land on the ground and rock Gulak with a left forearm!
Gulak falls down and Nese leaves him out there, but then Gulak gets right back up to drag Nese right back out. Nese ducks the clothesline to throw in a kick, but Gulak blocks to put the leg on the apron to back suplex Nese to the ground!
Nese hits with a thud as the ref starts a ring count. Gulak gets in but Nese only writhes as the count gets to 5. The count climbs and Gulak seems satisfied to accept this, but then he sees Nese get up. Nese beats that count but Gulak is right on him, covers, ONE. Gulak clubs Nese then springboard stomps on him from both sides. Gulak grabs Nese’s leg and DDT’s the foot into the mat to jam the ankle. Cover, TWO, but Gulak shifts right into an armlock on Nese’s dominant left arm. Nese endures, and wills his way back up. He fights back with body shots, but Gulak rams a knee into his head. Gulak runs, but Nese blasts him with a running back elbow! Both men are down, but Nese drags himself to ropes. Gulak walks over but Nese blocks the punches to counter punches. Gulak keeps trying, but now Nese hits him with a cravat knee strike, then runs for a boot to the mouth! Nese keeps going, getting the staggered Gulak with the windmill kick! Gulak goes down but fans fire up with Nese. Nese runs into the corner and hits Gulak with a spinning back elbow! He keeps going, and brings Gulak down with a leaping lariat!
Cover, TWO! The frustration builds but Nese brings Gulak up and around. He wants a pumphandle but Gulak elbows out. Gulak whips but Nese slips under to pumphandle after all! But Gulak slips out and shoves Nese to ropes, then jumps but Nese shoves him down! Cover, TWO! The two men are exhausted but still stirring. Fans build to a rally for both men, Gulak hits Nese with a body shot but then Nese lifts Gulak in a fireman’s carry, for a gutbuster drop!
Cover, TWO, and the frustration grows. Nese glares down at Gulak, then drags him up again. Gulak fights back with body shots and a shove, but Nese rocks him with another left forearm. Nese runs but Gulak follows and responds with a dropkick! Gulak grabs Nese for a wicked single-leg suplex!
Cover, TWO! Gulak is surprised, but he actually grins. He dares Nese to get up for more, but Nese fights back with lefts and rights. Nese staggers Gulak again, then kicks him while he’s down. Now Nese dares Gulak get up as he keeps kicking and kicking. Nese roars, but Gulak grabs him by the beard! Gulak slaps Nese across the face again and again! Then Gulak shovels Nese up onto his shoulders, for the Electric Chair Drop!
Bridging cover, TWO!! Nese crawls to the ropes, but Gulak stalks him from behind. Gulak grabs Nese into the guillotine, with body scissors!
Nese endures the squeeze, tries to power out and reach ropes, but Gulak grabs that reaching hand to bring it back in. However, Nese turns that wristlock around into his own, so that he can suplex Gulak up. Gulak resists and brings himself down to land on the apron. The ref calls for a ropebreak, but instead, Gulak tries to suplex Nese to the outside! Nese lands, and breaks free. He swings a kick but Gulak blocks, so Nese sweeps the legs, falling Gulak to the apron! Gulak tumbles down, Nese builds speed, to FLY!
The Premier Athlete brings Gulak down in clear defiance of #Drewtopia rules. Not only that, but Nese puts Gulak in the ring to climb to the top rope! Nese jumps for the 450, but flops when Gulak rolls away! Gulak hurries up to his feet, goes for the dragon sleeper, but Nese slips out and under, pumphandle into the Michinoku Driver!
TWO!! Somehow Gulak survives, and Nese’s frustration builds again. Both men slowly stir as the fans build to a rally. Nese stands up but Gulak hits first with headbutts to the ribs. Gulak rushes in but into Nese’s knee. Nese brings Gulak over to a corner, and gives him a reverse powerbomb into the top buckle. Gulak is dazed as Nese waits down below. Nese rolls Gulak, but Gulak has that arm, so Nese deadlifts Gulak to powerbomb him all the way into the adjacent corner’s buckles!
Gulak is down, but Nese gets himself up. He wills himself to stand up while Gulak is still dazed. The knee pad comes down, Nese runs to the other corner and back, but Gulak avoids the Premier Kneese by rolling out of the ring. Nese goes out to fetch Gulak, but Gulak springs to life to resist. Nese still slaps Gulak across the face, then puts him into the ring. Gulak grits his teeth and his eyes fill with fire as he blasts Nese off the apron and to the announce desk! Now Nese is dazed as he falls to the floor. The referee has to check on Nese, which gives Gulak time to recover in the ring. Gulak won’t let Nese get off easy, shouting at him, “We finish what we start!” He throws Nese into the side of the announce desk! The referee reprimands Gulak but Gulak keeps going, throwing Nese even harder into the announce desk!
He puts Nese into the ring, then glares up at the Wrestlemania sign before reentering the ring. Gulak runs, to flip Nese upside-down with a lariat! The referee tells Gulak to stay back as he checks on Nese, but Gulak refuses! He picks Nese right up to throw him right back down with a powerbomb!
And then deadlifts him for another! The referee checks on Nese again as Gulak roars. Gulak drags Nese up, for the Gu-Lock Dragon Sleeper, complete with body scissors!
The referee calls it, Nese is out cold! Gulak wins, but he’s still burning with rage aimed at the Premier Athlete.
Perhaps Nese regrets not accepting the handshake at the start now, because it might have gained him so mercy here tonight. With this new fire lit inside him, can Gulak rip his way through the tournament and become the new Cruiserweight Champion at Wrestlemania?
A damn good episode right here. The opening package was great and the quick interview with Andrews just before going out was also great. The best thing about the tournament these last couple weeks has been the surprise factor, where the win goes to the unexpected choice. I was pleasantly surprised last week when still-NXT-superstar Roderick Strong won, and I am again pleasantly surprised when WWE UK superstar Mark Andrews won tonight. The Cruiserweight Division has been needing a bit of crossover with other Divisions, so starting small like this is actually a very big thing. The best Andrews could do, in my estimation, is get to the semi-finals, but depending on how the bracket works out (still haven’t seen one from WWE) he might be used to help bolster one of the other favorites. He might even face the winner of the other match from tonight, in the incredible rough and tumble main event. Before that, I also enjoyed Spud now getting on Gallagher’s case in terms of his misuse of character. If it means Gallagher returns to his rainbow-striped trunks, I’m actually kinda for this continued reprimanding of the Heel Cruiserweights. Then, that main event, WOW. Great in-ring stuff with even greater character development. Commentary did a great job reminding us of the back story here without mentioning Enzo. I loved it when Gulak slapped Nese again and again, very much like what Oney Lorcan in NXT would do. There was a great visual aesthetic with Nese and Gulak, too, with the red vs blue, a classic trope of opposites that still parallel and rival each other (just look at Raw and SmackDown). I imagine this might’ve been what their blow-off would’ve been like had the ‘Zo Train finished the way it was meant to. Either way, Gulak himself might not make it to the semifinals but he and whoever he’s up against will put on great matches in the coming rounds.
My Score: 8.5/10