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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
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Mitchell’s Lucha Underground Report! (7/18/18)
Lucha Underground Season 4, “Break the Machine”
The Machine called Cage wants to be Lucha Underground Champion, and is willing to break Pentagon Dark to do it. Will he succeed? Or end up broken instead?
Gifs to come courtesy of frentique.tumblr.com
- Ancient Aztec Medallion Match: Paul London w/ The Rabbit Tribe VS Desmond X; Desmond wins the seventh and final Aztec Medallion.
- Odd One Out Over the Top Rope Battle Royal: The Mack wins, and chooses ??? to be left out of the Gift of the Gods Championship match.
- Johnny Mundo w/ Taya VS Vibora w/ Kobra Moon; Vibora wins.
- Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS Cage; Pentagon wins and retains the Lucha Underground Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
Ancient Aztec Medallion Match: Paul London w/ The Rabbit Tribe VS Desmond X
The Mad Hatter has a new edge after sacrificing Mascarita Sagrada, but he faces a new face in the Temple for the seventh and final spot in the Gift of the Gods Championship match. Can Desmond make an impact in his debut?
The bell rings, but Desmond is distracted by Saltador and Mala Suerte jumping in and running around. London hits Desmond in the opening, then stomps and hammers away. London chokes Desmond at the ropes, then tucks him in. Mala and Saltador hold Desmond in place for the basement dropkick! Desmond tumbles out of the ring, but the others hold him up. London runs in again, but Desmond sends the harebrained henchmen into the dropkick! Desmond goes up to the apron to mule kick London down, then Arabian Press moonsault! London gets out of the way, so Desmond only hits Saltador and Mala. London is back in the ring, and slingshots to wreck Desmond with another dropkick. He drags Desmond up and into the ring to slingshot to the Oklahoma Roll. TWO, and Desmond crawls to a corner.
London goes over and rains down lefts and rights with frantic fury. Desmond crawls away but London is on him again. Desmond shoves then ducks London to hit a back elbow. London walks into a strike fest and leaping complete shot! Fans rally behind Desmond as he aims at London, but the henchmen grab his feet! London runs in, but Desmond gets free and lets London hit buckles. Desmond runs in but into boots. London climbs up, but Desmond springs up to super headscissor London down! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer Desmond while London rolls away. Desmond gets up and runs corner to corner, but misses the uppercut. London runs but hits buckles again, and Desmond hits a swing kick. Desmond goes for a tornado DDT but London powers out of it. Desmond handspring Pele kicks London down! Cover, TWO, but Desmond keeps going.
Desmond climbs up top and takes aim, but London rolls away. Desmond rolls through his 450, but then turns around into London’s double knees! London goes full rabies as he foams at the mouth. He stalks Desmond then brings him up, but the tiger suplex is countered to a wheelbarrow pin! Desmond wins!
Winner: Desmond X; wins the final Aztec Medallion
From debut to a Gift of the Gods contender, Desmond has the X factor needed to survive in the Temple. Will he also use that same potential to be the next GotG Champion?
Antonio Cueto presents the Gift of the Gods Championship.
He congratulates Desmond X on becoming the final entrant for next week’s massive GotG match. Antonio has been a promoter for over 40 years, and can’t ever remember such a star-studded match. “Next week is gonna be epico!” But that means the seven fighters must now place their medallions in the belt to officially claim a spot in Lucha Underground history. Introducing first: Dragon Azteca Jr! The Eagle Tribe’s representative heads down the stairs, and places the Snake Tribe medallion. Second is King Cuerno, the King of Hunters! He presents the medallion of his Deer Tribe. Third is Ivelisse, the Baddest Bitch in the Temple. She enters her first ever GotG match as she presents the Moth Tribe medallion. Fourth is Desmond X, who only just won the Rabbit medallion.
Fifth is Son of Havoc, who won alongside The Mack just last week. Havoc places the Jaguar Tribe’s medallion, followed by The Mack presenting the Eagle Tribe medallion. And last but not least, Mil Muertes! He appears with Catrina to present the Death Tribe’s medallion. All seven medallions are in the belt, and all seven competitors stand in the ring. Antonio wishes to have some fun. “To some, seven is a lucky number. But I have always found it to be unlucky.” That means that next week, ONLY SIX will get to compete. Because tonight, the odd man–or woman–out will be decided in a surprise Over the Top Rope Battle Royal! The winner gets to choose who doesn’t join the rest of them next week!! “What’re you waiting for?! FIGHT!!”
Odd One Out Over the Top Rope Battle Royal!
The bell rings, Catrina gets out of the way, and all seven luchadors go at it! Cuerno goes after Ivelisse while Muertes takes care of both The Mack and Desmond X. Azteca and Havoc stay clear while Cuerno tries to toss Ivelisse. She fights back while Azteca runs into Muertes’ barreling shoulder. Muertes throws and ELIMINATES Cuerno! Muertes then targets Ivelisse as she climbs up top. He grabs her by the throat, then throws her out onto Cuerno! Ivelisse is ELIMINATED! Muertes then grabs Desmond and ELIMINATES him with a single toss! Azteca staggers up but runs into Muertes, who powerbomb lifts him. Azteca counters with a headscissors while Mack and Havoc work together, they all ELIMINATE Muertes! Of course, Aztec is also ELIMINATED for touching the floor, leaving just The Mack and Havoc!
Havoc and Mack, two thirds of the Lucha Underground Trios Champions, must now face each other. This will decide who is completely gone from the Gift of the Gods Championship match. The fans are divided, but Havoc assures Mack that it’s no big deal. Havoc then DIVES onto everyone else!!
He ELIMINATES himself! The Mack wins!
Winner: The Mack
That was surprising to everyone, including The Mack! He respects Havoc’s self-sacrifice, but now who will he say is not in the GotG match? Mack thinks for a moment. He ain’t afraid of no man, but “Mil Muertes scares the shit out of me.” In other words, sorry, but Muertes is out! Mack takes his leave and Catrina and Muertes are pissed, but Muertes does something about it! He attacks everyone else!! He blasts through Cuerno, Havoc and Azteca, throws Ivelisse down, then Choke Slams Desmond! But none of it matters, he’s still out. Who of the remaining six will take the Gift of the Gods Championship, and then use it to challenge THE Lucha Underground Champion?
Johnny Mundo w/ Taya VS Vibora w/ Kobra Moon!
A war of factions has broken out in Lucha Underground between the Worldwide Underground and the Reptile Tribe. Can the Guru of Greatness lead his team to vengeful victory with a win over #Luchasaurus? Or will Mundo end up the one going to #SlamTown?
The bell rings, and Mundo gets a waistlock and kick. He kicks but Vibora blocks and uppercuts back. They circle, and Mundo sticks and moves with the giant snake man. That superman rabbit punch staggers Vibora, but Vibora comes back with a forearm of his own. Vibora runs, but Taya grabs his feet. Mundo runs, but Kobra returns the favor. The luchadoras take notice of each other, and they get in the ring now! Taya SPEARS Kobra! “Wera Loca” throws the Queen of Snakes out, and Vibora grows concerned for his monarch. The referee gets distracted keeping the luchadoras apart, so he doesn’t see Mundo’s low blow mule kick out of the pop-up! Mundo adds the Flying Chuck! Then the shining wizard to standing shooting star! Cover, ONE and Vibora sits up. Vibora drags Mundo up, fireman’s carry, modified Widomaker!
But Vibora isn’t done yet. He brings Mundo back up, whips him to a corner, then runs in for the big back elbow. He keeps going, boot wash! Vibora has the Believers on his side as he gives Mundo a Vibora Trigger! Mundo is rocked, but Vibora drags him back up for a straitjacket to torture rack, BURNING HAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Mundo somehow survives, but Vibora grabs him around the throat now. Choke Slam but Mundo slips out to hit a BIG Poison-Rana! Vibora’s up, front Spike-Rana! Fans rally up as Mundo climbs. But Vibora sits up again! Mundo isn’t sure what to do, so he CARTWHEEL DIVES onto Kobra!
Fans lose their minds while Taya trash talks Kobra. But Vibora is only angered by this offense to his queen. The WWU flip him off and he gives chase, but the Darewolf, PJ Black, is lurking with a chair.
Mundo leads Vibora around the ring while Taya keeps the ref distracted. They turn the corner and SMACK! PJ gets a direct shot on Vibora. Mundo drags the dead weight up and into the ring, then climbs up. Fin Del Mundo! Cover, TWO!??! How?! Believers are behind Vibora but Mundo is furious. He SUPERKICKS the referee! PJ brings in chairs and Taya joins in. They all toy with the Luchasaurus, then put a chair around the neck. Mundo grabs the other chair, but here comes Drago! The firespitter of the Reptile Tribe flies in to missile dropkick Mundo down! He baits Taya and PJ away, so Daga can come in to swing on them! The Reptile King and Knight chase off the WWU minions and that leaves us with Vibora and Mundo 1v1.
Mundo grabs a chair while the fans duel. Vibora stands, ducks and handsprings, to SUPERKICK the chair, then SUPERKICK Mundo! He whips Mundo, for the powerbomb! Then, CHOKE SLAM! Standing moonsault! A new referee comes in to count, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” but far from over. Vibora drags Mundo up, puts him in a corner, then takes aim from across the way. But Ricky Mundo appears to save his hero! But then Vibora goes to the corner for the ASAI!
Believers are thunderous as he wipes both Mundos out. Vibora puts Johnny Mundo in the ring, then climbs up again. Mundo springs to life and ducks under to then roundhouse Vibora. SUPERKICK, too, then hook kick! Mundo runs but into a headbutt! Vibora grabs at Mundo but Mundo slips and slides around for another swing kick. Mundo springboards, but into a SUPER CHOKE SLAM!!
Cover, Vibora wins!
Winner: Vibora, by pinfall
The Luchasaurus defeats a former Lucha Underground Champion, and Kobra Moon helps him celebrate. But wait, the WWU return to SMACK them down with chairs! But that just brings Daga and Drago back! They take those chairs and use them on PJ and Taya. Ricky gets a SUPERKICK from Drago, then a hesitation dropkick from Daga. PJ SUPERKICKS Daga back, but then the brawl continues. Ricky gives the WWU numbers advantage but that’s still not enough to stop the fight. This war is far from over, which side will be left standing after the dust settles?
XO Lishus works out backstage.
He’s a maniac, maniac~… In his mind.
But Jack Evans is spying on him, still upset over the #PutUporShutUp defeat he suffered weeks ago. No one gets the better of him, no one! But then Ricky and Rosa the doll show up. What’s Jack doing? Spying on his enemy to learn everything about them. What’s Ricky doing? Recovering after getting his ass beat by the Reptiles. Jack should’ve been out there to help. Look, Ricky, Jack already said he doesn’t do snakes. Johnny was okay with it, so you and that “dirty ass doll” better mind your own business. Jack storms out, but Rosa says she doesn’t like Jack. Neither does Ricky. Maybe they should do to Jack what they did to Angelico. No, Ricky can’t. Johnny would be mad. But who’s in charge of Ricky’s life? Johnny? Or Ricky? Or perhaps, it’s Rosa…?
Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS Cage!
After The Machine attacked the Bone Collector and put him through a table, the champion got payback while giving Cage what he wants. Will Cage finally grab hold of the top Aztec gold? Or will Pentagon and his #CeroMiedo add the arm of a Machine to the collection?
Fans are already thunderous as they duel between the two luchadors. More Believers are on Pentagon’s side than Cage’s, but that doesn’t deter the challenger. Cage hits before the bell as he blasts Pentagon off the apron! The bell rings so now Cage’s assault is official. He throws big forearms then throws Pentagon into railing. Pentagon kicks back, but Cage forearms again. Cage throws Pentagon into more railing, then kicks him across the face. The Terminator drums start up and Cage throws Pentagon over the stair guard rails! Then he bounces Pentagon off the announce desk. Cage scoop slams Pentagon to the floor, then brings him up. Pentagon hits back with haymakers and kicks, then grabs a camera cable to choke Cage with it! The referee reprimands Pentagon, and Pentagon lets up on Cage to shout at the ref. Cage takes advantage and back suplexes Pentagon on the apron!
Pentagon slumps to the floor, but Cage drags him up again. Cage goes bowling for chairs with Pentagon! He throws Pentagon into railings again, then ties his mask to them! Cage fires off boots and forearms to hammer Pentagon into the steel. Fans chant “We Want Tables” and Cage goes looking. When he can’t find any, he takes Matt Striker’s chair! Cage brings the chair over to Pentagon and swings on him! Thankfully, Pentagon unties his mask and narrowly escapes! Pentagon SUPERKICKS Cage, then Slingblades Cage down! The Believers fire up with the champion, and “CERO MIEDO!” echoes out. Pentagon puts Cage in the ring for flying double stomps! Cover, ONE, and Pentagon is shocked. But Pentagon keeps his cool, he waits for Cage to stand to kick that leg. Pentagon then grabs Cage for the driver but Cage slips out to hit a jumping knee.
Cage grabs Pentagon now, pumphandle driver! But he isn’t done, as he drags Pentagon up again. Cage powerbomb lifts, buckle bomb! Pentagon rolls out but can’t get away. Cage deadlift SUPERPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Pentagon survives because Cage didn’t grab the legs. Believers duel as Cage slashes the throat. Cage drags Pentagon up in the fireman’s carry but Pentagon slips out for a backstabber! Cage goes to discus but Pentagon counters with a code breaker! Cover, TWO! Pentagon’s own ego allows Cage to survive. Pentagon climbs up but Cage grabs him onto his shoulders. Cage walks around with the electric chair, to throw Pentagon down with a facebuster. Cover, TWO! Cage keeps his cool, but Pentagon escapes the powerbomb with an enziguri! SUPERKICK added, and then a flying DESTROYER!
But Cage gets back up, so he gets another Destroyer!
Pentagon grabs Cage, Package Piledriver!! Cover, Pentagon wins!
Winner: Pentagon Dark; still Lucha Underground Champion
Neither man nor machine is enough to stop the darkness that fuels Pentagon. However, Cage gets a second win and swings on Pentagon! Pentagon ducks the discus, to smash Cage with the belt. He hears the Believers chant “Break his arm!” Pentagon makes sure to tell Cage that the title is his, before putting on the Dark Armbar! But wait, Cage powers out! Cage lifts Pentagon, to F5 him onto the belt! Fans boo and jeer, but Cage picks up the belt for his own. Cage tells Pentagon, “I already told you. You can’t break my arm, because I’m not a man… I’m a MACHINE!” Even so, Pentagon retained. Will Cage find a way to challenge Pentagon again? Or is it back of the line for this unbreakable behemoth?
Great stuff tonight for Lucha Underground, with plenty of surprises, too. I like the character change for Paul London after what he did last week, but it seems it was for naught with the debuting Impact Wrestling star, Desmond Xavier, winning over him. Desmond joins the Gift of the Gods match, and that battle royal was fast but very important. I was surprised to see just how strongly Face Son of Havoc is as he bites the bullet for The Mack. And then Mack makes a perfectly logical choice to keep Muertes out of this match. Muertes is incredibly strong, which he shows off by eliminating the majority of the field, so why wouldn’t another wrestler want to avoid him? Plus, Muertes still has his part to play in Catrina’s story, so he isn’t without something to do.
Mundo VS Vibora was great, and really gives us a look at what Vibora can do in the ring. However, with Taya, PJ, Ricky, Daga and Drago running in and out, it makes it clear that WWU has the numbers advantage though the Reptiles clearly have strength. The Reptiles still might have to recruit members to keep even with the WWU, because an Elimination Tag match could easily go the WWU’s way. Though, Jack uses his own reasons for not being involved, and it seems XO is going to be a personal rival of his. Ricky being revealed as the reason Angelico is gone this season is perfectly creepy for his new gimmick, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was also used as to why other stars aren’t returning, such as Dante Fox.
The Lucha Underground Championship match went as expected, but I like that Cage keeps himself strong with that attack. Antonio Cueto might give Cage another chance separate from Gift of the Gods, and there’s still the issue of the Gauntlet of the Gods, too. There’s a lot that can happen for Pentagon and the Lucha Underground title, and unpredictability is always what’s best for pro-wrestling.
My Score: 8.5/10
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (7/18/18)
The EST goes down with injury, so the odds go up for Mrs. Wrestling, the Pirate Princess and the Loony Lass to win and challenge the NXT Women’s Champion!
All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter
- Dakota Kai VS Lacey Evans; Lacey wins.
- Kassius Ohno VS Rick Ramirez; Ohno wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Triple Threat: Candice LeRae VS Nikki Cross VS Kairi Sane; Kairi wins and will challenge Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV.
PLAY BY PLAY
Dakota Kai VS Lacey Evans!
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) July 19, 2018
The Captain of Team Kick has gotten over her fear, but that doesn’t mean she’s gotten past being looked down on. Will the Lady of NXT use her Woman’s Right to knock Dakota out of the Women’s Division? Or will Dakota kick Lacey to the curb?
The bell rings and Lacey starts by mocking Dakota’s kicks. She then pie-faces Dakota, so Dakota trips her up and jackknife covers. ONE but Dakota throws Lacey around with arm-drags. Dakota runs and dropkicks Lacey, then whips her into a corner. Lacey reverses but Dakota goes up and over to then slip up and around for a roll up. TWO, but Dakota keeps on Lacey with a snapmare and kick! Dakota runs, for another kick! Cover, TWO! Lacey flounders to a corner but Dakota takes aim. Dakota runs Around the World, but misses! Lacey retaliates with her own kick, then sets Dakota up in the Tree of Woe. She ties Dakota in with the tag rope! Dakota is trapped but Lacey backs off at 4, to come back with the swinging bronco buster. Dakota is freed but Lacey mocks her while she’s on the mat.
Lacey watches Dakota crawl to ropes, then says “What’re you gonna do? Nothing.” Dakota stands while Lacey mocks the kicks. Lacey throws Dakota down to stomp her out. Fans boo and jeer as the Model Soldier covers. TWO, and Lacey gets frustrated. Lacey drops knees into Dakota’s back, then pulls her up by her hair. The ref reprimands her, and Dakota kicks back. Dakota rolls Lacey, TWO. Dakota kicks but Lacey blocks, takedown and gut punch! Lacey yanks Dakota around for an elbow drop. She keeps on that leg with a deathlock, then pulls on Dakota’s head and neck. Lacey pulls Dakota back, then slaps her on the side. Dakota endures while fans rally up. Lacey grimaces, then grinds her chin into Dakota’s head for added attack. She switches to her forearm across Dakota’s face, but stops at 4. Fans keep rallying for Dakota, and Dakota pries her way out.
Lacey comes back with a kick, then grinds Dakota back down in the arm-half of a surfboard. She grinds Dakota into the mat, then drops knee after knee into the back. Dakota refuses to quit, and fans rally up again. Dakota fights her way out with her legs, but Lacey pulls harder with full extension of her leg. Lacey uses both feet, but Dakota stands up to make it a cover! TWO, and Lacey kicks away on Dakota’s back. Dakota endures the stretching and bending, so Lacey just slingshots her down. Lacey sits for a cover, TWO. She drags Dakota up, then over to ropes to give her a knee and a sweep. Lacey slingshots out for more stomps. She literally walks all over Dakota, then salutes herself. Dakota rolls in but Lacey slingshots for the elbow drop.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 19, 2018
Cover, TWO! Lacey grows further frustrated, and makes Dakota pay for it with stomps. Lacey climbs up, but her moonsault flops! Dakota grits her teeth and drags herself up. Fans fire up for her as she aims at Lacey. Lacey hits hard with that body shot, but Dakota kicks and kicks and kicks back! Dakota takes aim as Lacey crawls away. Kiwi Around the World! Then ANOTHER! Dakota scrapes her foot on Lacey’s face over and over, then gives the boot wash! Cover, TWO!!
Lacey makes sure her jaw is still there, but Dakota is on her again. Dakota’s kick misses, and Lacey pumphandles to a scoop slam! Lacey can’t cover, because her face hurts too much. Dakota slowly stirs while Lacey drags herself back up. Fans fire up again, and Dakota scorpion kicks! Dakota runs but into a drop toehold. Lacey grabs the leg and ducks the enziguri to hit the Woman’s Right! Cover, Lacey wins!
Winner: Lacey Evans, by pinfall
That’s all it takes for things to go the Model Soldier’s way. Then she gets in Dakota’s face, shouting “You will NEVER be a lady! I AM a lady!” Lacey wins big, but with the contenders match tonight, how long will she have to wait for her chance at the NXT Women’s Championship?
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 19, 2018
Backstage interview with Ricochet.
The One and Only lost to the Undisputed Era a couple weeks ago in a Six Man Tag with Mustache Mountain. Mustache Mountain then lost to the Undisputed Era 2v2 with the NXT Tag Team Championships on the line. Ricochet speaks up there. It’s no secret he doesn’t like the Undisputed Era, but he knows they’re still fighting champions and will defend those belts again. In fact, the Undisputed Era loves to do just that. Except for Adam Cole, who barely defends his North American Championship. Ricochet was this close to being the NAC, but Cole stole it out from under him. Cole hides behind his title and his team, everyone knows it. But Ricochet will not stop until he gets 1v1 with Cole, and then you’ll see the next NXT North American Champion.
The Street Profits return!
And they return home, too. They ball on the court. “You dust yourself off, you get back up.” That’s how Deangelo Dawkins & Montez Ford do. They’re motivated by what The Mighty did to them the last time they faced off. They won’t fall for those tricks again. The #CurseofGreatness is on its way back, will they give Shane Thorne & Nick Miller the payback they deserve?
NXT Media catches up with EC3.
The Top One Percent made his entrance just as Velveteen Dream was celebrating a win, what was that about? Just a “non-friendly reminder” that EC3 isn’t about to forget the betrayal at the Royal Albert Hall tag match against Ricochet & Aleister Black. It also means EC3 is always watching. A fan wants a selfie, EC3 is nice enough to give it to him. EC3 gets a compliment and gives a compliment back. He even gives away a free EC3 t-shirt, just like the one on sale at the WWE Shop! EC3 doesn’t need this guy’s money, he’s already rich.
But then The Finest, Kona Reeves, comes along. He admits that random “dirtbag” is right, EC3 has a really nice outfit. Custom? Yes. Of course, yes. But it’s not The Finest. But that watch, sick watch. Just not The Finest. And that tan, that’s real good. Though, Kona’s is all natural. Yes, okay, we get it, it’s not The Finest. But look at him with those glasses covering up those “dead, creepy eyes” while wearing the buy-one-get-one suit, and is that cubic zirconium? How many arcade tickets did it take to get that chain? If Kona is gonna banter, bring your “A” Game or else EC3 will chew you up, spit you out and feed you to his cats! Do you understand him?
The Finest should just fight the Top One Percent. Do it, fight him. Fight him, fight him. Kona doesn’t want to. Yeah, because he knows he’d get a Top One Percent beating! EC3 leaves The Finest behind, but only now does Kona man up. Kona was thinking they’d be the Finest Friends, but now they’re worst enemies. Who will put their money where their mouth is with a win?
NXT takes a look at Aleister VS Ciampa.
The Embodiment of the End makes his opponents #FadeToBlack, but the Psycho Killer has darkness in his heart. The champion defeated the Leviathan the same night Ciampa brutalized and cheated his former friend out of victory. “And now you have something that I want.” Aleister believes how you deal with adversity is what makes you a champion. Ciampa believes that in Aleister’s case, the belt makes the man. Ciampa got to main event two TakeOvers in a row, but wants the “boy” to be careful waht he says. He then took his shot with a sneak attack and draping DDT.
Aleister says that Ciampa may see himself as a devil, but Ciampa knows nothing of the devil on Aleister’s back. Ciampa brushes that off as smoke and mirrors. He promises to snuff out the mystique like a candle. Aleister tells Ciampa he’s lost and confused, but Ciampa has his path to the title. Whose darkness will envelope the other to take the NXT Championship for their own?
Kassius Ohno VS Rick Ramirez!
The Knockout Artist returns! He hasn’t had the best string of matches lately, but that won’t slow him down. Will he get back on track tonight against an impressive looking prospect?
The bell rings and fans are behind Ohno as he approaches Rick. They circle, and Rick gets a waistlock. Ohno standing switches and tosses Rick down. Ohno barrels in with the discus! Cover, Ohno wins!
Winner: Kassius Ohno, by pinfall
That was fast! Ohno looms over Rick, as if he didn’t want to do what he just did to the younger wrestler. Will this be the first of many wins that help Ohno get back towards the NXT Championship?
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) July 19, 2018
The Undisputed Era speaks.
The NXT Tag Team Championships are back where they belong. Was there any doubt. Just look at them! North American, Tag Team and Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, they might as well be champions of the world! The loss to Seven and Bate no longer counts. Cole asks if they want to hear a joke. Sure. “Ricochet.” He talks smack about being so close to being a champion. “This close, this close”, who talks like that? They don’t speak loser. Cole is a champion and Ricochet isn’t. But Cole is a fighting champion, because when you anger the Undisputed Era, you’ll regret it. Ricochet needs to back off before he gets hurt. And that’s Undisputed. Will Cole keep Ricochet frozen out of the North American Championship scene? Or will GM William Regal have something to say about it?
NXT looks at the 21st century Vikings, the War Raiders.
Hanson & Rowe have come, and “the raid has begun.” Their warpath has already steamrolled Heavy Machinery and made The Mighty fall. “There’s no secrets, there’s no tricks, it’s the same story everywhere we go!” From Japan to Mexico to the UK and all over the United States, they’ve been tag team champions. Back in 2014, they were on opposite sides of a tournament. They were in the business 10 years each before this, without ever meeting, but in that first encounter, they “beat the snot” out of each other. There is no respect greater. And then they thought, what if they took that fight to everyone else? And thus, one of the most powerful tag teams was born!
This alliance changed their lives forever. Through blood, sweat and tears, respect was earned around the world. Rowe & Hanson shocked, destroyed, and dominated ever since. Their inspiration was the Viking culture that took what they wanted when they wanted. They embodied that in every promotion they ever competed in, and there’s no one on Earth who can stop them. In fact, it was only a motor cycle wreck that could’ve ended Rowe’s life that stopped them. His arm was rebuilt, and he overcame fear. With that behind them, no one can overcome these two. They bring that same spirit to NXT now, and defy expectations. Rowe has strength beyond his size, while Hanson has agility beyond his. They’ve earned the right to raid NXT’s Tag Team Division, and they’ve only just begun. “We take gold, we break EVERYONE!” The war is here, who can hope to survive?
Velveteen Dream sets the scene.
The Experience hears it. He hears the people buzzing about what the next experience will be. TakeOver: War Games, the people and Aleister Black said his name. Philadelphia, Dream had a knockout performance. New Orleans, the Dream rose to unimaginable heights. Chicago, a MOTY candidate to say the least. And come Brooklyn, the spotlight will still shine on Dream.
NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Triple Threat: Candice LeRae VS Nikki Cross VS Kairi Sane!
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) July 19, 2018
This was meant to be a Fatal 4 Way, but Bianca Belair is unfortunately not medically cleared to compete. Her bad luck becomes good luck for the other three, who go from having a 25% chance to a 33% chance of winning. Will it be a rematch between The Queen of Spades and Mrs. Wrestling, the Loony Lass of SAnitY, or the Pirate Princess?
Nikki is rocking in a corner while fans cheer her on. But then Shayna Baszler makes her presence known, and Nikki smiles with wild eyes. Nikki waves at Shayna as the champion joins commentary. The bell rings and we begin.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) July 19, 2018
Kairi and Candice aren’t sure what to make of Nikki, but then she blasts out of the corner at the two of them! Candice sends her into Kairi then rolls Nikki up, TWO. Kairi rolls Candice, TWO and Nikki rolls Kairi. TWO, and Candice throws Nikki with an arm-drag. Kairi arm-drags Candice, but then Nikki runs in again and crossbodies Kairi! Candice runs in but Nikki puts her on the apron. Candice hits Nikki away, but then Kairi runs in, and Nikki sends her into Candice! Kairi dodges Nikki to give double chops while fans duel between all three of them. Kairi keeps on Nikki in a corner, chop after chop after chop, then she runs in. Nikki dodges Sliding D to swing Kairi sideways! Kairi hits the post, and Nikki grins.
Candice gets back in the ring, builds speed, and DIVES on Nikki! Nikki seemed to welcome that. But Candice isn’t done, she builds speed again, but runs into Nikki’s elbow! Nikki puts Candice under the apron skirt and–after snuggling up to her like a kitten–clubs away on Candice’s back! Shayna says she doesn’t care who wins, she’s beaten all of them at least once. Nikki rams Candice off the apron while fans duel again. Nikki thrashes and grinds Candice into the mat, then hooks the nose. Cover, TWO, but Nikki keeps on Candice with a Rings of Saturn! Candice rolls but ends up in a crucifix, TWO!
Nikki puts Candice on the top rope and into a Tree of Woe for manic mudhole stomps! Kairi comes in and SPEARS Nikki! But Kairi goes after Candice with the Woe Stomps! Cover, TWO! Kairi keeps on Candice with the Anchor Lock! She bridges back and bends Candice, but Nikki breaks it up. Nikki hops on Kairi with a psycho sleeper hold, but Candice dropkicks them both down! Candice crawls after Nikki and chops away. She fires off furious htis from both sides, then runs in for a back elbow. She CANNONBALLS onto Kairi! Candice drags Kairi up while fans chant “NXT! NXT!” Nikki goes after Candice on the outside, for an inverted DDT on the ramp! Candice hits steel, and Nikki crawls away, only for Kairi to hit a flying kabuki elbow! “This is Awesome!” but Shayna is not amused.
Kairi stands first, all fired up, and she puts Nikki in the ring. Kairi prepares that elbow as she climbs up top. Nikki hits Kairi first, then climbs up to fight her on the top rope. Kairi fights back, but Candice returns to add on! TOWER OF DOOM!!
In the words of @mauroranallo…
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) July 19, 2018
All three women are down but the fans are fired up to a fever pitch. Kairi gets to ropes while Nikki and Candice slowly sit up. Candice hits Nikki, but Nikki hits back. Kairi comes over while those two brawl, and then joins in with her own forearms. Nikki hits Kairi, but Candice hits Nikki. Nikki hits back but Kairi does, too. They all stand, Candice ducks and sends Nikki at Kairi. Candice enziguris Nikki, but Kairi backhands Candice! Kairi goes at Nikki but Nikki headbutts. Candice grabs them both, DDT and Complete Shot, 2-for-1! Candice springboards, LIONSAULT! Cover, but Nikki drags her off by the hair! Nikki gives Candice a draping, swinging neckbreaker!! Candice hits the floor while Nikki fires up.
Nikki goes at Kairi in the ring, but she takes her time letting the madness take over. She drags Kairi up, and hits a back suplex. She drags Kairi up again, for another! Then another! Nikki gets a hat trick but she’s not done yet. She grins as she drags Kairi up one more time. Nikki has the fisherman, but decides to up the ante! They go to the top rope again, but Candice crawls back in. Nikki stomps Candice then drags her up, small package! TWO! Nikki kicks but is blocked into the Unprettier! LIONSAULT! INSANE ELBOW! KAIRI WINS OUTTA NOWHERE!!!
Winner: Kairi Sane, by pinfall; challenges Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) July 19, 2018
The Mae Young Classic finals are revisited once more, as this will be the tiebreaker between Pirate Princess and Queen of Spades. This rematch will mean so much more with the title on the line, who finishes the series with the gold?
What a great NXT! Not much time was wasted getting to the opening match, and it was really good. Lacey has really improved during her time as this Lady of NXT character, and she gets a surprising win over Dakota. As said earlier, Lacey will have to wait a bit before challenging the NXT Women’s Champion, but she will definitely reach that some day. Dakota will, too, even though she’s currently jobber to the stars. Good promos from Ricochet and the Undisputed Era, as well as videos from the Street Profits, EC3 and Kona Reeves. I am so excited EC3 is going to face Kona and more certainly beating him, in both the ring and in gimmick.
That War Machine/Raiders video package was great, and it drives home the point that those two are aimed right at the NXT Tag Team Championships. That makes for more great ROH-in-NXT action that will certainly please the fans. Ohno surprises with that extra fast squash of “Rick Ramirez” who has Rayne on his pants. I wouldn’t mind if this leads to either an edgier or even full Heel Ohno, he needs something that either brings him up to title contention or finally to main roster. The Aleister-Ciampa package was also great, as was Dream’s stylized video promo. The NXT Championship match is going to be great, as will Dream VS anyone in Brooklyn. Then the Women’s Triple Threat was incredible, and just when I thought Candice was getting her shot, Kairi literally comes in outta nowhere. Shayna VS Kairi 3 is going to be great and can go either way.
My Score: 8.5/10
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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Report! (7/17/18)
Akira Tozawa is a former Cruiserweight Champion, but can he keep up with the ultra-fast Man of the Hour, Lio Rush, in their first-ever encounter?
All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter
- TJP VS Noam Dar; TJP wins.
- Drew Gulak w/ Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick VS Danny Garcia; Gulak wins.
- Akira Tozawa VS Lio Rush; Rush wins.
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Drake Maverick reviews last week’s Cruiserweight Championship match.
The Japanese legend, Hideo Itami, put up a fight against the #AgeOfAlexander, but the Soul of 205 Live was tougher than even Itami expected. But not one to rest on his laurels or take it easy on himself, Cedric Alexander wants yet another challenger on this road to Summerslam. GM Maverick promises to address the state of the Cruiserweight Championship before the night is through. Who will Maverick choose to put before the champion as summer heats up?
Meanwhile, conflict is settled in the ring as the 23 Year Old Piece of Gold gets to main event against the Stamina Monster. Is the Man of the Hour ready for prime time as he goes up against a former champion? Though, Lio wonders what has Akira done lately? And before all of this, we open with the “Cruiser-Great” taking on the returning Scottish Supernova in a rematch from that surprisingly quick defeat a couple weeks ago! Can TJP get back the loss Noam Dar gave him? Or will Dar make it a quick 2-0 on the FilAm Flash?
TJP VS Noam Dar!
— 205Live (@WWE205Live) July 18, 2018
As he makes his way out to the ring, the inaugural (New Era) Cruiserweight Champion speaks to Wilkes-Barre. “What a treat!” Maverick lets TJP know who his opponent is beforehand. He’s feeling so spoiled getting his entrance music and ring gear of his choice, too! It’s like Christmas! Okay not really, because if it were, he’d be getting his chance at the title. Instead, he’s a “curtain jerker” in the “diaper storm” town of “Wilkes-Boring”. Do the people here admit they’re from here? Or do they pretend they’re from Philly? But TJP gives Dar credit for coming back from his knee injury. At least this match will be twice as handsome than TJP wrestling a local. But this comeback story will be just a comeback sentence. TJP is the one constant in this Division because he is still the best technical wrestler today. Dar makes his entrance, and we begin.
— WWE (@WWE) July 18, 2018
TJP rushes Dar but Dar sees it coming. Dar sweeps the legs out, then aims for his finisher, but TJP scrambles out of the ring. TJP takes his time recovering, but then Dar leaps in outta nowhere! Dar rocks TJP with a right, then a left. TJP is floundering as Dar puts him in the ring. Dar ducks and then tosses TJP, covers, TWO. Fans are behind Dar as he brings TJP up for another left. Dar whips TJP but TJP gose Spider-Man to then slide under and waistlock. Dar standing switches but TJP switches back. TJP trips up Dar but Dar resists. Dar pries free but TJP rolls Dar around for an armbar. Both men fight for control, and Dar slips free! He wants an STF but TJP gets the ropes.
Dar lets TJP go, but TJP gives him a kick. Dar rushes in but is sent into the ropes, then TJP springboards for the wrecking ball dropkick! TJP takes his time going over to Dar, then quickly runs him into buckles. TJP keeps going, throwing shoulders and elbows in the corner. He brings Dar up for a boot into Dar’s throat. Maverick watches backstage and disapproves of TJP’s attitude. TJP backs off at the ref’s count, but Dar comes back at him with a kick and a forearm. TJP European Uppercuts Dar down, then brings Dar up again. He scoop slams Dar fast, then slingshot sentons. Cover, TWO, but TJP keeps his cool.
Dar gets to a corner but TJP is on him again. TJP Northern Lights then rolls through to hammerlock an arm and go for more limbs. Dar resists, but TJP gets the other arm and pulls on it. Dar endures as TJP wrenches and pulls the wrist and fingers. He gets around with his legs for a ropebreak, and TJP lets him go again. TJP brings Dar up but Dar throws elbows from both sides. TJP gives Dar a swift elbow of his own, then whips Dar. Dar comes back with a backslide, TWO! And TJP goes for the armbar! Dar tries to get to ropes, so TJP changes it up with an Indian Deathlock. TJP grabs at arms to then shift into the hammerlock, and he YANKS on that opposite arm!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 18, 2018
Dar writhes while TJP catches his breath. TJP drags Dar back up, then suplexes. That’s one amigo, and he makes the second amigo a back suplex. Cover, TWO, but TJP goes right at the legs. It’s another deathlock variation, and TJP grabs at Dar’s arms again. TJP wrenches Dar’s arm from elbow to wrist, but fans rally up for Dar. Dar fights out of the hold and small packages, TWO! Dar runs in but TJP goes up and over, only to miss his crossbody! TJP and Dar slowly stand up, but Dar runs into a boot. TJP goes up but Dar sweeps the legs again! Dar takes aim, and he fires off a throat chop, headbutt and EuroUpper to TJP! TJP gets to a corner, but Dar runs in with the back elbow and suplex! Cover, TWO!
Dar works to keep focus as fans rally up again. He drags TJP up, but TJP fireman’s carry! Dar slips out but TJP elbows back. TJP runs, but Dar sweeps the legs once again. TJP staggers up but ducks one lariat, only to get the other! Cover, TWO! Dar gets up again, he still wants that finishing kick. TJP sees it coming again and manages to roll out of the way. Dar walks over but gets caught into a small package! TWO! TJP fireman’s carry but Dar slips out again. Dar runs into a drop toehold that sends him into ropes. TJP goes for but misses the wrecking ball to get a basement dropkick from Dar! Dar fetches TJP on the outside, but TJP throws him into barriers.
TJP drags himself up to the apron but Dar is there quickly. Dar wants a suplex but TJP resists. TJP hops down and sweeps Dar’s leg! Dar clutches that leg, and fights TJP off. Dar crawls away but TJP gets back up and in. The referee checks on Dar, but TJP doesn’t care, he chop blocks the leg! TJP shows no mercy as he stomps away on the leg. He drags Dar up to throw him to the apron. TJP keeps stomping Dar, then Half Crabs him through the ropes! He lets go at 4, and Maverick still doesn’t approve. TJP gets back in the ring and stalks the crawling Dar. He stands on the bad leg to torture Dar, then puts on the Knee Bar! Dar taps, TJP wins!
Winner: TJP, by submission
The Cruiser-Great tortures Dar by holding on after the bell, but lets go so he can boast about the ring. His attitude may not be so great, but has TJP earned that big opportunity like he’s been demanding?
— 205Live (@WWE205Live) July 18, 2018
205 Live takes a closer look at Alexander VS Itami.
The Don from Nihon demands respect, whether he deserves it or not. The Soul of 205 Live worked way too hard for way too long to earn that Cruiserweight Championship. It wasn’t about what Itami thinks he deserves, but Alexander adding Itami’s legend to his own legacy. The best striker in the Cruiserweight Division gave Alexander’s body bruise after bruise, but the agility and aerial attacks evened the playing field. Itami was merciless with those hands and feet, but Alexander would not die. All it took was the right opening to hit the Lumbar Check for Alexander to win #AndStill be the Cruiserweight Champion. The Age of Alexander continues, who will be the next challenger added to the legacy?
Mustafa Ali speaks.
“They told me it was dangerous. They said it was impossible.” The Beacon of Light means the No Disqualification match he had with Buddy Murphy two weeks ago. Ali admits it was dangerous, but he didn’t quit. He found a way to win, because he was fighting for millions. Ali vows to fight all the way until he’s Cruiserweight Champion. How long and how hard will his fight to the top be?
Drew Gulak w/ Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick VS Danny Garcia!
Will it prove true here tonight? pic.twitter.com/sANevqtYkK
— 205Live (@WWE205Live) July 18, 2018
If Alexander is the Soul and Ali is the Heart, then perhaps the Philly Stretcher is the Brain of 205 Live. The self-proclaimed best submission specialist in WWE today looks to build more momentum for his Ungentlemanly Alliance tonight. Will the smartest Cruiserweight in the room be named the next challenger to the title?
Kendrick gives Garcia a handshake hello before he and Gallagher exit the ring. The bell rings, and Gulak clobbers Garcia right away! Gulak drags Garcia up for a STIFF back suplex, then into the GuLOCK! Garcia fades, Gulak wins!
— WWE (@WWE) July 18, 2018
Winner: Drew Gulak, by submission
The best and most dangerous submission specialist proves his word tonight with a fast and furious finish. But Gulak isn’t done, as he wishes to speak.
“Well you can’t always get what you want, but if you try some time, you just might find, you get what you need.” Gulak isn’t a big fan of “the rock ‘n’ roll” but Mick Jagger had a point there. The 205 Live Universe has been subjected to two years of “unworthy champions. But not anymore!” They’ll have the champion they need in Drew Gulak. And speaking of, that Danny Garcia reminds him of Alexander. Not physically, but in spirit, because when you step to Gulak, you WILL tap out. Will Gulak grind the rest of the Cruiserweight Division into dust in his pursuit of giving us all a #Better205Live?
Backstage interview with Tony Nese & Buddy Murphy.
The Cruiserweight Juggernaut lost his cool with Lucha House Party spinning their matracas last week, and that cost the Premier Athlete his match. Murphy just doesn’t like losing, but the luchadors were the wrong guys in the wrong place at the wrong time. He doesn’t regret what he did, just that Nese didn’t get to properly showcase himself. Nese can defeat a former champion on Kalisto. And Kalisto knows better than anyone that he was going to lose. But Nese is willing to give Kalisto a chance to prove him wrong. In fact, next week can be a match where the teammates are left behind to settle this 1v1. Will Nese and his eight abs be enough to show the Lucha Dragon who is worthy of moving up the ranks?
Akira Tozawa VS Lio Rush!
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) July 18, 2018
The Man of the Hour told the Stamina Monster that, at least from his perspective, the former champion hasn’t done much since losing that belt. Of course, Tozawa pointed out Lio hasn’t done all that much in just showing up in the Cruiserweight Division, either. Who will make something of this first-ever encounter of high-speed superstars?
AH! AH! AH! AH! AH!
— WWE (@WWE) July 18, 2018
The bell rings and “AH! AH!” echoes out already. Lio admits, the people love Tozawa. He circles and approaches Tozawa, but then backs off. They feel things out, but Lio always keeps just out of reach. Tozawa keeps chasing, but Lio is just playing with him as he gets to the ropes. Lio then rushes and gets a headlock. Tozawa powers out but Lio goes up and over. Tozawa tries to trip him up but Lio sees it all just in time to change direction. Lio keeps things moving, then counters Tozawa’s whip with a springboard huricanrana! Lio grins at Tozawa while lounging on the top rope. Maverick watches this, too, and is slightly amused with Lio’s swagger. Tozawa rushes Lio but Lio bails out. Lio takes a breather but Tozawa chases him down!
They go around the ring and back in, but Tozawa dodges Lio now. Lio sunset flips but Tozawa rolls through, to Penalty Kick! Tozawa has Lio now as he hits the screaming back senton! Tozawa copies the lounging to show anything Lio can do, he can do better.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 18, 2018
Lio runs in but gets a chop for it! Tozawa chops Lio again, then stalks him to the ropes. Lio throws Tozawa out then fires off hammering hands. The referee backs Lio off, but Lio handspring kicks Tozawa down! Lio wants time to recover, “Count him out!” Lio swaggers about in the ring, though his chest is still stinging. Tozawa gets up at 6 and in the ring at 8, but Lio is on him with more hammering hands. Lio toys with Tozawa as he stomps away in a corner. They look like Tozawa’s shouting stomps. Tozawa hits back with body shots, but Lio stomps Tozawa down again.
Lio grins as he says Tozawa’s done already. He drags Tozawa up, suplexes him down, then covers. ONE, but Lio just grins. Lio kicks Tozawa while he’s down, then drags him up. Tozawa hits back, and now it’s a brawl of forearms. Lio gets some in, but Tozawa hits back. Tozawa runs but Lio runs Tozawa over with an elbow! Lio drops an elbow, then another, taunting Tozawa every time. The fans “AH! AH!” for Tozawa but Lio wraps on a chinlock. Tozawa feeds off the “AH! AH!” and stands back up. Tozawa hits Lio but Lio hits back. They brawl again, hitting each other back and forth. Tozawa chops, chops, feints, then jabs! But Lio saw it coming! Lio fires off a strike fest, but his kick is blocked. Tozawa flips Lio but Lio lands on his feet, only to get that jab!
Tozawa kicks, swings, slides under, and hits the kick. Lio is rocked all the way out of the ring. Tozawa builds speed to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo hits Lio right into the desk! Then they go back in the ring. Lio flounders while Tozawa climbs, for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Tozawa is surprised by the young upstart, but he isn’t done. Fans rally up and Tozawa feeds off the energy. Lio crawls to a corner but Tozawa pursues. Tozawa brings Lio up but Lio kicks again. Tozawa catches the kick, but Lio SLAPS the mouth piece out of him! Lio runs in, but into a saido suplex! Tozawa climbs up, “AH! AH!” from the fans at a fever pitch.
But Lio gets out of the ring. Tozawa goes to dive again, but Lio ducks, so Tozawa aborts the launch. Tozawa pursues Lio directly, but Lio throws him at steps. Lio gets away while Tozawa stops himself. Tozawa grabs at Lio, rocking him with a right. Lio staggers, comes back, but misses the shoulder tackle to get a kick. Lio goes down, Tozawa goes up. But Lio trips Tozawa up! Tozawa hits buckles, and now Lio climbs. FINAL HOUR FROG SPLASH! Cover, Lio wins!!
Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall
He came to collect, and collect he did! The Man of the Hour gets the upset victory to add a big name to his short undefeated streak in the Cruiserweight Division. Will Lio make the entire Division, and the Cruiserweight Champion, #FeelTheRush soon enough?
— WWE (@WWE) July 18, 2018
Drake Maverick meets with Cedric Alexander.
Everyone heard from the 205 Live GM that there would be answers as to who is next for the champion to face. So who is it? Maverick has thought it over all night. Just look at tonight’s show! The best talent in the WWE is right here in 205 Live. That said, Maverick has narrowed it down based on each man’s “overall body of work” in the Division. Therefore, next week, Drew Gulak VS Hideo Itami VS TJP VS Mustafa Ali, Fatal 4 Way #1 Contender’s match! Alexander likes the sound of that. May the best man win. Who will be that best man to best the other three and go on to face the Cruiserweight Champion?
NEXT WEEK: @DrewGulak @HideoItami @MegaTJP & @MustafaAliWWE will battle in a #Fatal4Way match to determine @CedricAlexander's next challenger for the @WWE #Cruiserweight Championship! #205Live pic.twitter.com/PN5kxDqq2k
— 205Live (@WWE205Live) July 18, 2018
A very good episode of 205 Live from top to bottom. TJP VS Dar was great with TJP showing off those technical skills again. I figured he’d get the win this week to even things with Dar. Dar is fine, because he’s still promised a United Kingdom Championship match, so the Cruiserweight Division isn’t as crucial for him right now. Ali has a great promo and Gulak makes quick work of his jobber. Learning that these three plus Itami will be in a Fatal 4 next week is great, because all four options make for a great match with Alexander. All four men have had a match or two with Alexander in the past, but I don’t doubt the possible rematches will be even better than the originals.
Buddy Murphy & Tony Nese already take an interesting turn in their teaming together as Nese insists he doesn’t need a corner man to face Kalisto. I would hope Murphy honors the agreement so that there isn’t reason for this duo to break up already. And whether Nese wins or loses, the muscular pals going against Lucha House Party in tag team matches should be good to bolster the idea of a Cruiserweight Tag Division. Though, if they get a third guy on their side, I’m starting to think it’ll be a Trios Division. Then the main event, Lio VS Tozawa, was very good for their first time out, but with neither man at the championship level yet, I expect a rematch to give this feud plenty of fire.
My Score: 8/10