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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (2/7/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era VS SAnitY; no contest.
  • Adam Cole VS Killian Dain; cancelled.
  • Heavy Machinery VS Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss; Heavy Machinery wins.
  • Bianca Belair VS Jessix Hill; Bianca wins.
  • Six Man Tornado Tag: SAnitY VS The Undisputed Era; SAnitY wins.

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NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era VS SAnitY!

Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish survived The Authors of Pain at TakeOver: Philadelphia, but the former tag team champions reminded them of their unfinished business. And they continue to remind them with a blindside attack!

Cole, Fish and O’Reilly spill outside the ring but Young, Wolfe and Dain pursue to keep the fight going! SAnitY puts reDRagon in the ring, then go after Cole, but reDRagon goes after Eric Young 2v1! Wolfe & Dain come to Young’s rescue and now it’s another six man brawl! Security rushes the ring but the fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Dain starts throwing and decking security, and even Wolfe gets free. The chaos finally calms down as the Undisputed Era run for it!

That’s when NXT General Manager, William Regal, comes out!

Regal shouts “Enough is enough!” The main event will not be SAnitY VS Undisputed Era in a Six Man TORNADO Tag Match! Which trio will survive a fight with the other when there’s no rules but to win?

 

Heavy Machinery VS Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss!

Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic are back again, but so are the Blue Chip Boys. The last time these two teams met, Sabbatelli & Moss managed a win by feet on the ropes, so Tucker & Otis want revenge. Will the combination of #SteaksandWeights overcome dollars and cents?

The bell rings and Moss starts against “Dozer”. They tie up, Moss getting a headlock but Otis powering out to run him over. Otis quickly tags Tucker and they both run Moss over with double shoulder tackles. Heavy Machinery runs, and “Boom SHAKA LOO”, double headbutt drops! Tucker covers, ONE, so he wraps Moss in a headlock. Moss endures the squeeze then powers out to reel Tucker in for a lariat to the back of the head. Tucker staggers, Moss drives him into the Blue Chip corner with a big shoulder tackle of his own. Moss rams his shoulder into Tucker more and more, then rocks him with right hands. Tino tags in, and they double whip Tucker hard into buckles. Tino & Moss share their secret handshake but the fans say “Tino Sucks!” Tucker fights back with body shots, then with forearms, but Tino drops him with a dropkick. Tino trash talks and brushes himself off to embrace the heat. He tags Moss in, but with some attitude. Moss goes after Tucker but Tucker rolls him, ONE. Moss kicks back and whips Tucker, but Tucker kicks him away, only for Moss to run him over with a back elbow. Now Moss tags Tino with attitude. Tino goes after Tucker while the fans chant “Tino Sucks!” again. Tino whips but Tucker reverses to send Tino into buckles hard. The fans rally while Tucker crawls and Tino hobbles. Hot tag to Otis, and Otis rallies on both Blue Chip Boys. Tino ends up in a corner, Otis runs in for a steamrolling corner splash!

The fans fire up while Tino falls down. Otis fires up, does the “caterpillar” to then hit the big elbow drop!

Cover, but Moss breaks it just in time. Tucker returns but Moss throws him out, so Otis throws Moss out. Tino rolls up, with the ropes, but the referee sees it! He and Tino argue, but Otis comes back with a headbutt. Otis tags Tucker, and Tucker hits Moss with a cannonball!

Otis lifts Tino, Tucker runs in, and together they hit the Compacter!

Heavy Machinery wins! They tie the series up 1-1, can they win the eventual rubber match?

Things remain tense between Moss & Sabbatelli.

Moss walks over while fans chant “Tino Sucks!” Tino holds his hand out to Moss…

But Moss rejects it! Moss leaves Tino hanging, are they done as a tag team?

 

Johnny Gargano is here!

Johnny Wrestling wrestled his heart out and then some against El Idolo for the NXT Championship at TakeOver: Philadelphia. Unfortunately, Gargano came up short and Andrade “Cien” Almas is still El Campeon. On top of that, his former friend turned mortal enemy, Tommaso Ciampa, attacked him from behind, reminding him of their unfinished business. Even so, the fans are still behind Gargano like no one else, and he smiles. Gargano hears them out on their chants before speaking. “It’s been a hell of a month!” He went into Philadelphia the most confident he’s ever been, with his entire family there to watch him, and he felt he was winning the match to become NXT Champion. That didn’t happen, and it sucks, but seeing the fans and getting the reaction he did, “it is very, very obvious to me now”, that what he really earned is more important than a title. He earned the respect of the NXT Universe. Gargano had the “match of a lifetime” and even without a title, he is still “Johnny FREAKIN’ Wrestling!” Philadelphia will be a night he never forgets, because of Tommaso Ciampa’s sneak attack “crutch shot to the back.” He held his tongue, but now that he’s back… “Ciampa, I’m coming for you!”

Gargano wants to end this “face to face, man to man”, but instead he gets Almas and Zelina Vega.

Almas & Vega take their time walking out to the ring, but Gargano doesn’t take his eyes off them. They enter the ring, and Almas holds up his NXT Championship while Vega fetches a mic. Vega speaks, “You earned their respect? Who cares!” Gargano didn’t earn a thing, nor should he be out here. Almas should be out here with a celebratory parade and confetti, instead of listening to Gargano complain about his loss. Gargano only proved that he’s a loser. Ciampa had nothing to do with Gargano losing, because Almas has beaten Gargano “again and again and again”. Johnny Wrestling? He’s “Johnny Loser!” The fans chant “We Want Candice!” in reference to Mrs. Wrestling, Candice LeRae. Gargano says his favorite part of TakeOver was earning the NXT Universe’s respect. His second favorite part was when Candice jumped the rail and “beat the hell out of” Zelina. Zelina gets in Gargano’s face and starts shoving him while trash talking. The fans chant for “Candice! Candice!” and she appears!

Then she shoves Zelina down! Gargano goes after Almas, and Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling have the fans all fired up. Almas & Vega take their leave, but with Vega having one last word. “I am SICK of you!” What will it take to get rid of Gargano after the 3-0 sweep? Gargano is he worst, so what will it take?! Give him another shot, that’s what it’ll take! Vega makes it clear: “We give you a championship match, but if you lose, you leave NXT for good!” Gargano accepts that challenge, because if he can’t be NXT Champion, he might as well leave. Candice tries to talk reason into Gargano, but the match has been made. Will Gargano regret his level of determination?

 

NXT Paparazzi interviews Shayna Baszler.

The Queen of Spades only needed a month to become “the most feared woman in NXT.” If no one believes her, just ask Dakota Kai or Aliyah. Ask Ember! If you get in the ring with her, you either “tap, nap or snap.” Even so, Ember Moon retained the title. What’s next? There is no “next”, because Ember Moon is too scared to have a rematch. Ember knows that getting in the ring means losing her title. Shayna already took her arm, so that’s why Ember won’t give her a shot. And feel free to tell Ember that Shayna said so.

 

Backstage interview with Tyler Bate.

A “frustrating” loss to Roderick Strong last week means the American Savior of the Backbreaker will challenge the WWE United Kingdom Champion, Pete Dunne, for the title next week. How does that feel to Bate? “It’s difficult to not get upset”, but he still congratulates Strong on being the #1 contender. Don’t count Bate out just yet, he’ll be watching closely. On a more positive note, Bate and Dunne won NXT Match of the Year 2017. It’s a great honor that he’s extremely proud of, and he’s hoping to have another Match of the Year in 2018 against some of NXT’s best and brightest. Can the young man from Mustache Mountain rebound to triumph like he did last year?

 

Bianca Belair VS Jessix Hill!

Ms. EST returns to prove she is the strongest, fastest and all-around best woman in NXT. Her opponent offers a handshake, and Bianca accepts it, but then doesn’t let go. She uses it to reel Jessix into a half-straitjacket and then the Torture Rack!

Bianca shows she’s the cockiest as she bends Jessix while doing squats! Then she shows she’s the meanest as she throws Jessix down with an Argentine Death Valley Driver!

Jessix flounders, Bianca keeps going with her reverse powerbomb!

Bianca covers, Bianca wins! That was definitely one of Bianca’s fastest wins, can she make fast work of the Women’s Division to become NXT Women’s Champion?

 

NXT takes a look at Kairi Sane.

The Pirate Princess of Stardom came to the WWE and won the inaugural Mae Young Classic.

She joined the NXT Women’s Division but was kept from the title thanks to the Queen of Spades’ sneak attack. Even so, she still set sail and made a splash in the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble match. Can she weather the tides and ride a wave to the very top in 2018?

 

Ember Moon Tweets her reply to Shayna Baszler.

The rematch is set! Will the NXT Women’s Champion survive by the skin of her teeth? Or will the Queen of Spades have the winning hand to have her hand raised in the end?

 

Six Man Tornado Tag: SAnitY VS The Undisputed Era!

The chaotic crew of Young, Wolfe & Dain may have delayed their NXT Tag Team Championship rematch with O’Reilly & Fish, but at least they get to wreak havoc on them and Adam Cole all at the same time! Can SAnitY win as one before trying for gold again?

Each team dares the other to bring the fight, SAnitY wanting Undisputed Era to come in while the Undisputed Era want SAnitY to come out. In the end, the shiny bait of the tag team titles gets SAnitY to leave the ring, and we have another brawl!

The bell rings and this match officially starts! Damo rocks O’Reilly while Wolfe goes after Fish. Eric Young puts Cole into the ring, then follows, but Cole and reDRagon retaliate on him and SAnitY. The brawl continues in the ring, back and forth in three separate pairs. Wolfe stomps Fish and they spill back outside while Eric stomps Cole and Damo knocks O’Reilly down. Cole slips out while Damo throws O’Reilly over the top rope. Fish fights back on Wolfe, so Damo comes over to mule kick him right in the gut. Wolfe switches to O’Reilly while Eric keeps on Cole back inside the ring. Eric bumps Cole off buckles while Wolfe counters and bounces O’Reilly off the announce desk!

Cole reverses Eric to whip him corner to corner then hit him with a neckbreaker. He rains down rights while Damo & Wolfe hammer away on reDRagon. Fish & O’Reilly turn things around on Damo & Wolfe, Cole gives Eric crossface punches. While Cole starts to trash talk Eric, Damo bicycle boots Fish!

SAnitY and The Undisputed Era are still evenly matched while we go to break.

NXT returns to see Big Damo use one of the NXT Tag Team Championship belts as a weapon on Fish!

Fish goes down while Eric rocks Cole with rights and Kyle kicks Wolfe down. Damo throws Fish at the steps to the upper level, and Wolfe tosses O’Reilly to bounce off the announce desk again! The fans fire up as Eric decides to go under the ring and pull out some weapons. They really light up when he brings out a table!

He brings that around the corner and sets it up against the barriers. Wolfe meanwhile jams a chair into Kyle’s ribs, and Eric brings Cole up. Wolfe SMACKS Kyle across the back while Eric lifts Cole, but Cole resists the suplex. Cole throws Eric into the steel steps while Kyle ducks the chair shot. The chair smacks a steel post, then Kyle kicks Wolfe low to drop him down. Damo puts Fish in the corner while Kyle sits Wolfe in the chair for knee strikes. Kyle then gets on the apron and takes aim, for a Meteora knee drop!

While the referee checks on Kyle and Wolfe, Damo stalks Fish into a corner. Damo whips him corner to corner then runs in, big corner splash! However, Cole runs away and Eric pursues down a stairway to the lower halls.

Kyle follows Eric, and it’s a 2v1 attack in “the catacombs” of the arena. Damo continues on Fish with another corner to corner whip. Fish dodges the splash this time, then catches Damo with a heel kick! Meanwhile, Wolfe has followed Cole and Kyle to make it a fair 2v2 backstage brawl!

Back in the ring, Fish moonsaults!

TWO! Fish is shocked. The brawl backstage continues, Eric taking Cole and bouncing him off trunks before stretching and scraping at Cole’s mouth. Meanwhile, Fish goes under the ring to fetch a kendo stick! He shows off his prowess with the weapon before entering the ring with it, only for Damo to block it with his bare hands! And behold: Cole, Young, Kyle and Wolfe have returned to ringside!

Damo chases Fish out of the ring and around it to the stage. Fish runs out of places to run, so he tries fighting back. His forearm does nothing, but Damo’s forearm knocks Fish on his ass! Damo then sees their teammates gathering nearby, so he brings Fish up to throw him onto them!

The fans are thunderous as Wolfe, Young and all of the Undisputed Era are down on the ground. Damo fires himself up as fans chant “NXT! NXT!” and we go to break.

NXT returns once again, and now Damo has Cole alone in the ring. This was meant to be one of the singles matches tonight and now we get the next best thing. Damo drags Cole up for clubbing crossface forearms. The rest of their teams recover on the outside while Damo mocks the “BAYBAY”. He rocks Cole with another hard right hand, then drags him up for a fireman’s carry. Cole fights his way down then ducks the lariat to retaliate with an enziguri! Damo rolls out of the ring but Wolfe returns. Wolfe gets the waistlock but Cole breaks free with a back elbow. Cole enziguris but Wolfe ducks, to then lift Cole for a sit-out powerbomb!

Cover, but Kyle returns to break it with a kick. Now Fish returns, he barrels Wolfe into the corner, and reDRagon runs a corner attack train on Wolfe! Kyle hits a forearm smash, Fish hits a knee, then Kyle hits a knee before feeding him to Fish’s exploder suplex! Cover, but Damo returns to break it with a back senton!

Damo rocks Kyle with a right hand, then brings him over to Fish, to ram Kyle into Fish with the Michinoku Driver!

Cover on Fish, but Cole breaks it with a SUPERKICK! Cole covers but Eric breaks it with a diving elbow drop! The fans are all fired up even as all six men are down. They chant for “NXT! NXT!” while the referee checks on each man. Eric sits up and gets to his feet while Cole stirs on the other end. Cole kicks but Eric dodges, to hit Cole back with his own SUPERKICK!

Kyle knees Eric to then give him the Ax ‘n’ Smash! He swings on Wolfe but misses, Wolfe throws Kyle with a big German Suplex! Fish returns to Samoan Drop Wolfe, but Damo clobbers Fish with the discus lariat! Damo sees Cole, and rocks him with a bicycle boot! He then grins, as he sees Cole is by the table. The fans want it, so Damo goes for it. He cannonballs, but Cole gets out of the way, Damo crashes through the table!

The referee checks on Damo while Cole catches his breath. Cole returns to the ring, he and reDRagon have Wolfe alone 3v1. They stomp away on Wolfe, then Cole has Fish & O’Reilly bring Wolfe up. Fish holds Wolfe up, Kyle runs in, but Wolfe dodges to send Kyle’s kick into Fish! Wolfe knocks Kyle out of the way, then bicycle boots Cole! Wolfe then goes after Kyle with forearms and European Uppercuts. He prepares another powerbomb but Cole comes back with a SUPERKICK! Then reDRagon hits Total Elimination!!

But while Fish covers, Eric returns, to SMACK with the kendo stick! Eric tees off on Kyle, but then Cole SUPERKICKS Eric! The fans are loving this, even as reDRagon targets Eric. They kick-vice Eric, then Cole brings him up to hit the Last Shot!

Fish covers, TWO!? The Undisputed Era cannot believe Eric survived! They are frustrated as well as shocked, but the fans know “This is Awesome!” Also, the Beast of Belfast rises again. He stands across from them in the ring while they fan out to flank him. Damo dares them to bring it, so they do in another 3v1 attack! They club away with forearm after forearm, but then Damo explodes out!

Damo rallies on the Undisputed Era, brings Cole up in the fireman’s carry to then slam him down. Fish staggers over and Damo uses him for the dropkick senton! Kyle stands up, Damo runs him over with the Divide crossbody! Damo goes back to Fish, and shovels him up onto his shoulders. He walks to the middle of the ring, to hit the Ulster Plantation!

Damo covers, SAnitY wins!

With such power in their possession, can the manic might of SAnitY bring the NXT Tag Team titles back into their possession as well?

 

My Thoughts:

Another great episode of NXT, with a great twist right from the start. We think we’re getting a NXT Tag Team Championship rematch but SAnitY ends up costing themselves that opportunity by taking the fight to the Undisputed Era. Of course, the alternative we get still amazing, with it being No DQ and no tags. Damo continues to impress, as he turns things around practically all by himself. He definitely makes a major case for being the NXT Champion even though he’s not even SAnitY’s leader. By comparison, the other matches weren’t quite as good, but still intriguing in their own ways. Heavy Machinery get back that loss from before TakeOver, but I’m a bit surprised that Moss & Sabbatelli are already on the rocks. Sabbatelli is definitely a heat magnet with how the fans chanted so strongly that he sucks, but I’m not really sure what either man can accomplish as singles competitors. Maybe they’ll try something unique with a story of Tino trying to get back in Moss’ good graces so that they can stay together in the Tag Team Division. Then Bianca Belair wins another squash match, no surprise there. She’s still an impressive talent but I hope they figure something more relevant for her to do while she waits for the title. Then speaking of, the rest of the night was to help set up for next week. Next week will be stacked with both an NXT Women’s Championship rematch-after Shayna goads Ember into granting her another chance-and then a WWE United Kingdom Championship match to see if Strong can make some crossover history. I would be pleasantly shocked if both titles changed hands, but I would think Ember drops the Women’s Championship before Dunne drops his UK Championship, especially to an American competitor.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: New Japan Cup 2019 Part 1!

The 2019 New Japan Cup begins!

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NJPW New Japan Cup 2019

NJPW begins the 2019 New Japan Cup! Who among Tetsuya Naito, Kota Ibushi, Zack Sabre Jr. and EVIL will move on to the second round?

 

Coverage will be as broadcast by AXS TV

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL; ZSJ wins and advances to the second round.
  • Tetsuya Naito VS Kota Ibushi; Ibushi wins and advances to the second round.

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NJPW and AXS set the scene to kickoff the 2019 New Japan Cup!

Spring brings the best in the world in this special single elimination tournament! Only one man will win the right to challenge the IWGP Heavyweight Champion in Madison Square Garden!

The first round has already seen a bit of action, with NJPW standards, Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi, advance, but others falling victim to upsets. Juice Robinson lost to Chase Owens while Sanada overcome Hirooki Goto. The biggest surprises perhaps came from the biggest men losing to the Junior Heavyweights when Bad Luck Fale and Hiroyoshi Tenzan lost to Will Ospreay and Ryusuke Taguchi respectively. But tonight, two of the most anticipated matches take the spotlight! The rivalry of the last year takes the stage again as EVIL and Zack Sabre Jr. face off once again! Plus, Kota Ibushi returns from injury to battle Tetsuya Naito in a G1 Climax rematch! The Golden Star looks to be the comeback kid while the Uncontrollable Charisma wants to be a historic dual champion! Only one can make their dream come true tonight!

 

Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL!

Taka Michinoku welcomes everyone to Zack Sabre Time, and asks who everyone thinks will win this year’s New Japan Cup. Well it’ll be the man who won last yer’s winner, the Submission Master and British Heavyweight Champion! So Evil, you’ll #JustTapOut! C’mon over here! The King of Darkness responds to being called out, and we begin the next chapter of this already storied rivalry!

The bell rings and fans cheer Evil on as he circles with ZSJ. They slowly approach and Evil knees low. Evil headlocks but ZSJ tries to power out, only for Evil to hold on tighter. Evil gets the headlock takeover but ZSJ works for a headscissor counter. He can’t get it so he stands up. ZSJ spins through and arm-drags Evil off, but Evil headscissors him. Evil squeezes and ZSJ endures. ZSJ finds his way up and pops free, then dares Evil to come on. ZSJ headbutts and headlocks but Evil powers out and runs him off! Fans cheer as Evil waits for ZSJ to return. Taka keeps ZSJ calm as he gets back up. ZSJ and Evil circle again, and Evil calls for a test of strength. ZSJ accepts and they grapple, and Evil gets the double knuckle locks.

Evil brings ZSJ to his knees but ZSJ reels him to reverse. ZSJ hammerlocks but Evil switches to his own, but ZSJ switches back, and so on. ZSJ spins and drops to get the takedown but Evil pushes him away. Evil avoids the Penalty Kick but ZSJ ducks the clothesline. Evil blocks ZSJ’s boot to chop and senton! But ZSJ gets his knees up and reels Evil into an armbar! Evil stacks for a cover, TWO! ZSJ still has the arm, but Evil gets the ropebreak. ZSJ lets go but comes back for more. He cranks Evil’s arm back then stomps the hammerlock. ZSJ also kicks Evil in the chest and stomps his legs. ZSJ ties the legs up in a figure four and pulls hair. The referee reprimands ZSJ but ZSJ stays on the arm with pulling fingers and twisting the arm.

ZSJ uses the hammerlock to turn Evil for a cover, TWO! Evil tries to get feeling in his arm but ZSJ kicks him in the back. ZSJ looms over Evil and gives his bad arm toying kicks. ZSJ kicks Evil again, but Evil grabs the kick! Evil hands the foot to Red Shoes before he mule kicks ZSJ down! The 2018 cup winner is down while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Evil brings ZSJ up for forearms. Evil puts ZSJ in a corner then whips him corner to corner. ZSJ stops himself and comes back, but for a sidewalk slam! Fans fire up with Evil as he drags ZSJ back up. Evil suplexes ZSJ up and over then covers, TWO! Evil keeps his cool as he brings ZSJ up again. ZSJ blocks the fireman’s carry and goes after the arm with a double wristlock. Evil powers through but ZSJ slips out to a full nelson. Evil endures the hold and breaks free! He headlocks and knees ZSJ right down! Evil stalks ZSJ to a corner and headlocks, but ZSJ denies the bulldog into the abdominal stretch! They go around and around and Evil puts it on ZSJ! ZSJ endures and pries the arm off, to Pele it!

ZSJ gives Evil European Uppercuts in the corner! He goes corner to corner but Evil follows for a clothesline! Evil runs but ZSJ follows, only for Evil to see him coming and clothesline him again! Cover, TWO! Evil drags ZSJ right up, fireman’s carry, Darkness Falls! Cover, TWO! Sabre survives but Evil has more where that came from. Evil drags ZSJ up and slashes the throat. But ZSJ victory rolls! TWO and Evil has it on ZSJ, TWO!! ZSJ wants a backslide but Evil powers it around, backslide on ZSJ! TWO, Penalty Kick! Both men are down, and fans cheer for Evil while Taka coaches ZSJ. ZSJ goes right at Evil to keylock stomp the arm! ZSJ kicks at it but Evil only gets angry. Evil stands and ZSJ throws EuroUppers, but those only make Evil stronger. He CHOPS ZSJ off his feet!

Evil stands ZSJ up for another chop, but ZSJ stands on his feet. ZSJ gives Evil a shoulder breaker, but Evil gives one back! Evil spins but into a EuroUpper. ZSJ runs but Evil goes sideways, ZSJ catches the clothesline into an Octopus Stretch! He drags Evil down and he cranks back! Evil endures as ZSJ twists him all around! ZSJ has one arm trapped and the other arm back, but Evil uses a leg for the ropebreak! ZSJ lets go but he comes back to dig his elbow into the back. He grabs Evil’s arm and twists it in his legs! ZSJ Penalty Kicks Evil down again! ZSJ catches his breath while Red Shoes checks on Evil. Evil sits up but uses Red Shoes as a shield! Evil mule kicks ZSJ again, then drags him up, to place on Red Shoes! Magic Killer!!

Evil catches his breath and grins while he, ZSJ and Red Shoes slowly get up. ZSJ gets to a corner as Taka coaches him up. Evil runs in for a big clothesline! Evil roars and fans fire up as Evil drags ZSJ up to the top rope. He climbs up to join ZSJ, for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Sabre survives again but he clutches his own shoulder now. Evil stands and slashes the throat! He drags ZSJ up, spins him around but ZSJ slips through to scoop. Evil escapes but ZSJ standing switches. ZSJ rolls Evil back but the European Clutch is blocked! Evil wants a Half ‘n’ Half but ZSJ resists. ZSJ reaches for ropes but Evil shifts to a German Suplex! Evil takes aim, but ZSJ kicks the clotheslines away once, twice, but not the third time! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous after that close call!

Evil roars and drags ZSJ up again. He spins ZSJ around but ZSJ slips around and hops up! Sleeper to victory roll to EuroClutch, to EVERYTHING- Is Octopus! ZSJ drags Evil down, Napalm Death! Evil is stuck, Evil taps! ZSJ wins again!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission; advances to the second round

The 2018 New Japan Cup winner keeps on winning! ZSJ has a cup winning streak, will it continue all the way to the finals?

 

Tetsuya Naito VS Kota Ibushi!

This match feels almost too soon in the tournament! The leader of Los Ingobernables and the Golden Star could both have both made their way to the finals, but now only one of them will move on! Will Ibushi’s comeback lead him all the way to New York? Or will the IWGP Intercontinental Champion move towards being a historic dual champion in NJPW?

Fans love both stars so they’re naturally divided at the bell. Naito and Ibushi stare down as the cheers are thunderous. They start circling and then approach to tie up. Naito gets a headlock but Ibushi spins out for a keylock. Ibushi headlocks now but Naito punches out. Naito pulls hair and pushes Ibushi and things speed up. Ibushi hurdles Naito then again, but Naito ducks the kick and moonsault. Naito arm-drags but Ibushi headscissors, and the two break! Naito even hits Tranquilo. Fans cheer while Naito decides to roll out of the ring. Naito takes his time returning, telling Ibushi to relax. Ibushi doesn’t give Naito a choice, but then Naito escapes Ibushi to tease him about taking time. Ibushi returns but Naito is on him with kicks and elbows.

Naito whips but Ibushi reverses, but Naito grabs ropes. Naito dumps Ibushi out then sweeps the legs. He slingshots and dropkicks Ibushi down, a new take on his Cabron Combo. Naito has control while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Naito whips Ibushi into railing. Naito drags Ibushi up and brings him around the way, to whip him into more railing! Fans cheer Naito but also show concern for Ibushi as Naito whips him into railing a third time! Naito brings Ibushi around the railing and bounces him off the desks. Red Shoes tells Naito to bring things back to the ring but Naito bounces Ibushi off wood again. Naito leaves Ibushi behind and rests in the ring. Ibushi crawls his way back as the ring count begins. The count passes 5 of 20 as Ibushi stands. Ibushi returns ringside at 10 and hops in at 11. Naito is on Ibushi with a whip and big elbow, then a swift basement dropkick! Naito poses more while Ibushi writhes.

Fans cheer for Ibushi and Naito spits at them. Naito stomps Ibushi and drags him up into a cravat neck wrench. Ibushi endures as Naito cranks hard. Ibushi fights out with body shots but Naito elbows him down. Naito then brings Ibushi around for a neckbreaker and casually covers, TWO! Ibushi’s bad neck is a target and Naito keeps on it. Naito brings Ibushi up but Ibushi breaks free. Ibushi throws forearms but Naito just smirks. Ibushi throws more but Naito elbows him around the side. Naito throws more elbows into the neck and Ibushi slumps against the ropes. Naito toys with Ibushi but Red Shoes reprimands him. He whips but Ibushi reverses and dodges to whip back. Ibushi dropkicks Naito right down! Both men fall into each other but Ibushi’s up first.

Ibushi drags Naito up for a strike fest! Naito blocks the kick to kick the knee, but still runs into a roundhouse! Ibushi standing moonsaults! Cover, TWO! Ibushi keeps his cool as he drags Naito up again. Naito resists the German suplex and gets the standing switch. Ibushi throws elbows to break free. Ibushi runs in but Naito boots him from the corner. Naito runs out but into a huricanrana! Fans fire up while Naito bails out of the ring. Ibushi fires up with the fans and goes to the corner. Naito knows it’s coming and stops the Golden Triangle! Naito drags Ibushi out for a draping neckbreaker to the apron! Ibushi falls to the floor and Red Shoes checks on him. He’s somehow okay to continue and drags himself into the ring.

Naito is waiting again, and runs out from a corner, shotgun dropkick! Then he drags Ibushi up to the top rope and out for another draping neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi survives and Naito is surprised, but we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Naito drags Ibushi back up. Naito ties Ibushi up but Ibushi fights out with his free arm. Naito clubs Ibushi in the neck then hits a German Suplex, but Ibushi lands on his feet! Ibushi kicks but Naito ducks to enziguri! Naito whips but Ibushi reverses only for Naito to come back with flying forearms, only to be caught into a snap German! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Naito and Ibushi stir as fans duel. Red Shoes checks and they’re both okay to continue. Ibushi and Naito grit their teeth as they sit up. They head for each other and start throwing forearms. Ibushi hits, Naito hits, repeat. They slowly stand but the brawling continues.

Ibushi hits but Naito comes back. The two stare down and Ibushi throws a forearm. Naito throws one back, so Ibushi gives another. They start picking up speed and now they’re just swinging wild! Ibushi fires off many palm strikes but Naito throws slaps. Ibushi runs but into Naito’s spinebuster! Naito drags Ibushi up and to the top rope again. Naito climbs up behind Ibushi and fans anticipate something dangerous. Ibushi holds on so Naito clubs away. Naito stands Ibushi up, but Ibushi grabs at Naito’s leg. Ibushi turns around and trips Naito up! Naito manages to stay on the apron, but Ibushi stalks him from above. Ibushi drags Naito up while standing on the ropes. Ibushi lifts but Naito fights out! Naito slaps away on Ibushi’s face, then brings Ibushi in, TOMBSTONE on the apron!!

Naito puts Ibushi in the ring then drags him up again. Hammerlock and underhook, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!? Ibushi still lives but Naito isn’t fazed. Naito drags Ibushi up again, arm wrench and tilt-o-whirl, but into Ibushi’s own PACKAGE TOMBSTONE!! Cover, TWO!? Now Naito survives and shocks everyone! Fans duel as Naito and Ibushi drag themselves to opposite corners. Naito runs at Ibushi but into a roundhouse! Ibushi brings Naito in but Naito spins out for a tornado DDT! Naito aims at Ibushi and runs in, into a clothesline!! Ibushi drags Naito up and to a lift, SIT-OUT LAST RIDE! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives again but Ibushi is too tired to be frustrated. Ibushi drags Naito up and grabs both hands, but Naito dodges Kamigoye, DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!?!

Fans are thunderous as this match continues! Naito staggers up and drags Ibushi to his feet. Wrench and tilt-o-whirl but Ibushi slips out to roundhouse! Ibushi gives a shout out to the King of Strong Style as he aims from a corner. Naito sits up, BOMAYE!! Cover, TWO?!? Ibushi can NOT believe Naito survived again! But Ibushi vows to finish this, double underhook, Butterfly Driver! But he’s not done there, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!

Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall; advances to the second round

It took so much, but Ibushi makes it through the opening round! Naito’s dream is denied for now, what will it take for him to become the first-ever dual Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion in NJPW history? As for Ibushi, he advances only to take on Zack Sabre Jr. next! Will Ibushi break ZSJ’s streak in the New Japan Cup? Or will he #JustTapOut?

Ibushi takes the mic and thanks Naito for that amazing match. “In 2019, in NJPW, I’ll show you a new version of Kota Ibushi.” Ibushi vows to go all the way and win! Will everyone else in the tournament, let alone Jay White, take this to heart?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Wow, what a great opening to the tournament! At first, I thought it was a bit of a shame that this will be it for the first round, no Okada or Tanahashi, but seeing they had matches with slightly less important opponents (sorry, Mike Elgin), the two matches we got were much more worthy of airtime. Evil VS ZSJ is again an incredible match, and it makes a lot of sense for ZSJ to win. While Sanada is in the tournament, too, he and Evil are still strongly in the Heavyweight Tag Team Division. ZSJ has a great New Japan Cup win streak story to tell, and it’ll make a loss, should one come, all the more exciting if it’s in the later rounds. ZSJ going for back-to-back tournament wins on top of a huge title match is great, but I can’t be sure the chances of it happening.

Naito VS Ibushi was a really great match, and it’s not just kayfabe saying this match could’ve been a logical tournament finals choice. Naito’s story of becoming a dual champion could’ve propelled the tournament to some interesting places, but at the same time, it doesn’t have to be told in the tournament. Ibushi is in NJPW to stay so it means a lot more that he gets a push in the tournament. He already has a hard road ahead of him if the second round pits him against ZSJ, but perhaps a Kota Ibushi that can get through such big names, much like ZSJ did in last year’s tournament, can be a Kota Ibushi that defeats Jay White in Madison Square Garden.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (3/16/19)

Zack Sabre Jr. continues his journey in ROH!

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Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 391

It’s ROH 17th Anniversary weekend, but the action keeps on rolling! The Submission Master returns, will he make Rocky Romero #JustTapOut?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Silas Young & The Briscoes; Young & The Briscoes win.
  • The Bouncers VS Brian Johnson & Joe Keys; The Bouncers win.
  • Madison Rayne w/ Sumie Sakai VS Thunder Rosa w/ Holidead; Rayne wins.
  • Zack Sabre Jr. VS Rocky Romero; ZSJ wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Silas Young & The Briscoes!

Cheeseburger leads Ryan Nova and Eli Isom into battle! Will their fighting spirits combined be enough to overcome the Last Real Man and #DemBoyz?

The bell rings and Isom begins against Jay Briscoe. Isom is no stranger to taking on former ROH World Champions, this could be his third upset on one already. They tie up and Jay waistlocks. Isom standing switches and throws Jay down but Jay reverses to a facelock, but Isom slips away. Fans applaud the Future of Honor keeping up with Jay. Jay and Isom circle again and Jay keeps Isom guessing on the grapple. Jay reels Isom in for a headlock, but Isom powers out, only for Jay to run him over. Things speed up and Isom kicks Jay. Isom runs but sees Jay follow. Jay fakes Isom out and kicks him down. Jay tags Mark and The Briscoes mug Isom. Mark suplexes but Isom slips out and shoves Mark. Mark turns around into Isom’s arm-drag!

Isom tags in Nova and Nova hops up for ax handles. Nova wrenches the arm but Mark rolls through. Mark breaks free but Nova dodges and fires off strikes. Nova wrenches and tags in Cheeseburger! Burger climbs up to drop his own ax handle. Burger wrenches but Mark pushes him away. Mark rushes at Burger but Burger crawls under and kicks him away. Burger speeds up but Jay stands in his way. Mark rocks Burger with a shotgun dropkick! Silas and the Briscoes take control as we go to break.

ROH returns and Silas taunts Burger to stand, only to stomp him down. Fans rally up for Burger and he throws body shots on Silas. Burger fires forearms but Silas shoves Burger for the backbreaker clothesline on the rebound! Silas drags Burger over and tags in Mark. Mark drops an elbow then drags Burger up. Mark suplexes and holds Burger up for a few seconds before dropping him down. Fans rally but Mark puts Burger in a camel clutch. Burger endures while Jay and Silas taunt him. Mark fish hooks Burger but lets up at 4. Mark blasts Nova but the ref keeps Isom from going after Mark. But he misses Mark biting Burger! Mark gets away with it then CHOPS Burger in a corner! Mark whips corner to corner but Burger dodges! Burger dodges Silas and Jay, too, hot tag to Isom!

Isom dropkicks Mark to his corner where Jay tags in. Silas runs at Isom but Isom puts him on the apron and dropkicks him down! Jay goes after Isom with a waistlock but is bucked off. Isom pops Jay up to a fireman’s carry! Nova intercepts Mark and DIVES on Silas! Air Raid Crash from Isom to Jay! Cover, TWO!! Isom almost had another former world champion caught! Isom keeps going but Jay blocks the suplex. Jay fights back but Isom throws his own forearms. Isom runs but into Jay’s fireman’s carry. Jay hits the Spicolli Driver while Mark climbs up! FROGGY-BOW! Jay covers, TWO!? Isom survives and The Briscoes are shocked!

The ref tells Mark to go to the corner but the Briscoes ignore him. #DemBoyz work together to finish this, double underhook but Isom fights out. Isom pushes Jay into Mark then kicks, suplex to brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Another close call but Isom keeps his focus. Isom and Jay stand as fans rally up. Isom throws forearms and elbows then an enziguri. Jay staggers and Jay runs, but SUPERKICK for Jay! High-Low combo for The Briscoes! Mark keeps Burger out while Jay hits his Jay Driller! Cover, The Briscoes & Silas win!

Winners: Silas Young & The Briscoes, Jay Briscoe pinning

The Shinobi Shadow Squad struggles in the Six Man Tag Division against such accomplished opponents. Will it be the Last Real Man and Dem Boyz who move on towards the titles instead?

 

Rhett Titus speaks.

“Willie Mack, I heard you had plans to take the NWA National Title and defend it in every state across America.” Well Willie, plans change, because the Fittest is looking to take that belt and bring it with him on the Flex Express. Will Rhett’s own plans have to change after facing The Mack next episode?

 

The Bouncers VS Brian Johnson & Joe Keys!

The literally biggest team in the ROH Tag Team Division takes on two other Future of Honor stars. With physiques like theirs, JK and The Number One were hoping for sunny beaches and “beautiful baby dolls”, but instead got “busted up broads and their beer-swilling bozos”! Well that’s no way to talk about the fans or beer! The Bouncers make their way out with plenty of drinks, and Brian Milonas takes the mic. He and The Beer City Bruiser are here to kick ass and drink beer! Will they do just that against these rude rookies?

The Code of Honor is still upheld between the teams, and we start with Bruiser and Keys. Keys shows off his body while teasing Bruiser about the beer belly. Bruiser admits Keys wins the body building, but Bruiser has the fans as they chant “Beer! Beer!” along with him. Keys calls for a test of strength and Bruiser isn’t sure he’s serious. Keys shoves Bruiser and tells him to take it serious. Bruiser accepts the test, and SLAPS Keys off his feet! Keys gets up and kicks but Bruiser catches it. Bruiser spins Keys for an atomic drop. Keys gets to a corner but covers up from Bruiser’s punch. So Bruiser CHOPS instead! And CHOPS, and CHOPS! Fans cheer for more but Keys turns around to protect his chest. So Bruiser CHOPS his back! Keys scrambles to his corner and tags in Johnson.

Johnson fires off on Bruiser but Bruiser shoves him to run him over! Bruiser drags Johnson up but Johnson powers him to the corner. Keys anchors Bruiser’s feet and Johnson gets a sucker punch! Johnson stomps away in the corner then tags in Keys. Keys stomps Bruiser now but lets up at 4. Keys chops Bruiser back then goes to scoop. Bruiser’s too big for that, so Keys gives a European Uppercut. Johnson tags in and rams in his own uppercut. Johnson and Keys work together for a double scoop slam! Cover, ONE, and with power! Bruiser reaches for Milonas but Keys tags back in. Keys stomps Bruiser down then puts Bruiser back in the corner. Keys throws EuroUppers then gestures at Milonas. He runs in for a splash but Bruiser dodges! Keys hits buckles and both men are down!

Fans rally up as Bruiser crawls for his corner. Johnson shouts to Keys, and Keys tags him in. Johnson grabs Bruiser’s feet but Bruiser still gets to Milonas! The Mastodon rallies on both Future of Honor stars! Fans fire up as he pounces Keys out of the ring, then squashes Johson in a corner. Milonas whips Johnson corner to corner for another splash, then scoops. Johnson slips out and shoves Milonas away. Johnson dodges the clothesline but gets a pop-up spinebuster! Keys attacks Milonas from behind but Bruiser gets Keys. Bruiser whips Keys and Milonas gives Keys a pop-up spinebuster! The Bouncers say bottom’s up and grab Johnson. Milonas climbs and Bruiser holds Johnson up, draping leg drop! Cover, The Bouncers win!

Winners: The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning

They kicked ass, now they drink beer! Will the Bouncers find their way to the ROH World Tag Team Championships and drink to a title reign?

 

Madison Rayne speaks.

“Thunder Rosa, you think that you and Holidead can come into ROH and control the narrative and call the shots?” Here’s the reality: the Twisted Sisterz are the opposite of what the Women of Honor stand for. The Queen Bee vows to make a statement, but will it go the way she hopes?

 

Willie Mack speaks.

The inaugural NWA National Champion is all about making history, and he makes history with ROH next week. He’ll defend his title in all 50 states, and is already on number 5. If Rhett Titus wants to stay fit, then he better get ready for a fight!

 

Madison Rayne w/ Sumie Sakai VS Thunder Rosa w/ Holidead!

As The Queen Bee alluded to, The Twisted Sisterz have done what they want to who they want since joining the Women of Honor Division, including the Ray of Sunshine. Now Sumie stands beside Madison, will they put the trouble-makers in their place?

Madison doesn’t wait for the bell, she goes right at Thunder Rosa! She tackles Rosa down and the bell has to ring as she fires off right hands. Rayne puts Rosa in one corner then runs her all the way to the other. She bumps Rosa off a third then hits a sliding lariat. Rayne runs Rosa over with a shoulder and fires up while Rosa regroups with Holidead. Rayne doesn’t give Rosa much time to regain composure, she goes right out and rocks her with a right! She puts Rosa back in while Sumie keeps her eyes on Holidead. Rayne runs Rosa over with a clothesline but notices Holidead egging Sumie on. Rayne runs and wrecks Holidead with a dropkick! Sumie and the fans cheer Rayne on but Rosa hits Rayne back!

Rosa fetches Rayne and rams her into the apron. She then CHOPS Rayne against the apron, before shoving her into the ring. Rosa stomps Rayne then covers, TWO! Rosa drags Rayne up and bumps Rayne off the buckles. She stomps a mudhole into Rayne but backs off at 4. Rosa snapmares Rayne and kicks her sharp on the back. Holidead wants another so Rosa kicks Rayne again. Rosa runs and dropkicks Rayne in the back, covers, TWO! Sumie coaches Rayne up while Rosa mockingly applauds. Rayne throws body shots but Rosa clubs her down. Rosa scoops and slams Rayne down, then applauds herself. Rosa runs side to side for a BIG leg drop! Cover, TWO! The Queen Bee is in trouble while we go to break.

ROH returns and Rosa toys with Rayne. Rayne throws forearms back and enziguris! Rosa falls over and Rayne covers, TWO! Holidead is relieved but Rayne keeps on Rosa. Rosa throws Rayne down by her hair, then drags her up for chops. Rosa whips Rayne corner to corner then runs in for a big back elbow! She snapmares Rayne to a cover, TWO! Fans rally for Rayne but Rose wraps on a chinlock. Rayne endures and fights her way up, but Rosa throws her back down. Cover, TWO! Rosa grabs Rayne for more chops, then does a little salsa to show off. She whips but Rayne reverses and things speed up, Rayne SPEARS Rosa down! But Rayne is also down and a standing 10 count begins.

The count reaches 5 as both women sit up. Rosa grabs Rayne and brings her up but Rayne fires forearms! Rayne dodges Rosa and rallies with more forearms. Rayne fires up and goes corner to corner but Rose catches her! Rosa puts Rayne on the top rope but Rayne boots her back. Rayne leaps for the crossbody! Both women are back up, Rayne ducks a kick to give an enziguri! Cover, TWO! Rayne keeps on Rosa with a waistlock. She wrings Rosa out but Rosa goes to swing. Rayne adjusts and gets around Rosa again for a dragon sleeper. Rosa elbows out and brings Rayne up into the Gory Especial, and spins around for the facebuster! Cover, TWO!! Rayne survives and the Twisted Sisterz are shocked!

Rosa is furious as she drags Rayne right up onto her shoulder! Rosa spins but Rayne slips out for the Rayne Drop! Cover, Rayne wins!

Winner: Madison Rayne, by pinfall

The Queen Bee wins outta nowhere and gets revenge on behalf of Sumie Sakai! Will Rayne and others teach the Twisted Sisterz a lesson about being Women of Honor?

 

Team Coast2Coast speaks.

“We were gone for a very long time, but for good reason.” Shaheem Ali and Leon St. Giovanni were “rediscovering” themselves. But now C2C is better than ever and will take on the best in the world! Their return is next week against Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham, will Chocolate Man and the Human Rocket be ready for the Franchise and the Octopus?

 

Zack Sabre Jr. VS Rocky Romero!

The partnership of ROH and NJPW is on display as the Submission Master returns! But not only that, the player-coach of Roppongi 3K makes his own return! Will Rocky make a run in ROH for gold? Or will he #JustTapOut?

ROH returns with the bell! Fans cheer Rocky on as he circles with ZSJ. Rocky keeps away from ZSJ’s grip and then they approach. ZSJ still gets Rocky down with a headlock but Rocky keeps up with his reversals. ZSJ gets free but both he and Rocky smirk as they circle again. They tie up again and ZSJ gets the arm. He cranks on it to get Rocky to the mat. Rocky endures the wristlock and ZSJ grinds a knee in. Rocky gets to his feet but ZSJ wrenches and arm-drags Rocky back down. Fans cheer ZSJ’s technique as he twists and pulls Rocky’s arm. Rocky spins through and gets up to dropkick ZSJ out of the ring! ZSJ is frustrated already as he kicks the railing. Rocky waits for ZSJ as he catches his breath.

ZSJ returns and circles with Rocky. They tie up and ZSJ gets a leg. He trips Rocky and stands on his feet. ZSJ twists the leg around and then ties the legs up so he can go after Rocky’s neck with a wrench. But he also hooks the face so the ref counts. ZSJ lets up at 4 to bring Rocky into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Rocky pops out to a cover, TWO! Fans applaud as Rocky and ZSJ circle again. Rocky and ZSJ approach and Rocky gets ZSJ’s leg now. Rocky waistlocks but ZSJ wrenches to a switch. ZSJ wrenches again and brings Rocky to his knees. ZSJ brings Rocky further down as he mounts the arm to pull back. Fans applaud while Rocky endures the pair of knuckle locks.

Rocky and ZSJ go shoulder to shoulder but ZSJ gets the cover. TWO so ZSJ tries again. TWO as Rocky brings up the shoulder, so ZSJ pushes it down. Rocky bridges this time, and then anticipates ZSJ hopping on with a monkey flip! It’s a double cover, but Rocky rolls back, only to get caught into ZSJ’s armbar! Rocky rolls and shifts but ZSJ slips out to a hammerlock. Fans applaud this continued exchange as Rocky reaches back for ZSJ. Rocky leaps and snapmares but ZSJ headbutts back. ZSJ snapmares but Rocky handsprings through to dropkick him down! Rocky brings ZSJ up for a chop then a cravat. ZSJ endures but Rocky snapmares. ZSJ responds with his own snapmare, but then Rocky snapmares back. They go snapmare for snapmare, but then ZSJ shoves Rocky down for a neck crank! Rocky writhes while we go to one last break.

ROH returns once again as Rocky manages a ropebreak while in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow. ZSJ reluctantly lets go, and waits for Rocky to sit up. ZSJ clamps on a half straitjacket, then digs in elbows and knuckles to get the full. Rocky endures as fans rally up. Rocky feeds off the energy but ZSJ does his best to keep Rocky down. The two struggle against each other, and ZSJ digs a knee in to keep the straitjacket. Rocky stands and spins the straitjacket around but ZSJ spins it back on. ZSJ brings Rocky back down then flips him over, but Rocky uses that to reverse the hold! Rocky has ZSJ but ZSJ breaks free to throw a EuroUpper. ZSJ whips but Rocky elbows back. Rocky springboards for a tornado DDT! Both men are down but fans rally up.

Another standing count begins and Rocky sits up at 3. ZSJ follows and grabs Rocky first. Rocky dodges and huricanranas! Things speed up, Rocky springboards again for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Rocky toys with ZSJ, then starts slapping him around. ZSJ EuroUppers then grabs a leg. Rocky misses the first enziguri but not the rewind! Fans fire up with Rocky as he runs corner to corner to start the Forever Clotheslines! He gets one, then another, but runs into a boot! ZSJ runs but into Rocky’s leaping knee, only to make it an STF! Rocky is caught, and ZSJ shifts sides! Rocky drags himself around and manages a ropebreak! ZSJ lets Rocky go and catches his breath. Now ZSJ toys with Rocky as he stomps him around. ZSJ kicks but Rocky gets mad. ZSJ pie faces so Rocky SLAPS away!

Rocky knees and hauls ZSJ up to the top rope. Rocky runs corner to corner for a top shelf knee! ZSJ falls to the apron but Rocky checks his shoulder first. Rocky brings ZSJ up but ZSJ resists the suplex. ZSJ goes after the arm but Rocky throws forearms. Rocky shoulders in but gets caught into an Octopus through the ropes! ZSJ lets go at 4 then shoves Rocky away. Rocky dropkicks ZSJ on the return! Rocky throws forearms and CHOPS, then ties ZSJ up in the ropes. He goes to the side and springboards for a guillotine missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and Rocky is exhausted. Fans build to a rally for Rocky as he brings ZSJ up. Rocky throws forearms on ZSJ then eggs him on. ZSJ throws a EuroUpper, but Rocky comes back for fast hands. Rocky kicks and runs for a Sliced Bread! Cover, TWO!

Rocky drags ZSJ up again and wants more, but ZSJ escapes Sliced Bread 2 for the standing abdominal stretch! Rocky reaches but ZSJ rolls him away, then around, Hurrah! The double wrist-clutch octopus is on and Rocky taps quickly! ZSJ wins!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission

The Submission Master brings in Another Year, Surely This One Will Be Better Than the Last. Will ZSJ’s first year in ROH be golden sooner rather than later?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another ROH PPV, another disconnect between it and their television episodes. This episode, as all episodes are, was clearly recorded long before the PPV as nothing that happened at the PPV affects this episode’s events. For those who didn’t see the ROH 17th Anniversary, make sure to check here for the full card results. But for those who did, you know The Briscoes lost the the ROH World Tag Team Championships to Villain Enterprises, yet Jay & Mark still had the belts here. And all this makes it strange for commentary to vaguely reference the PPV when it hadn’t happened for them yet. The Six Man Tag they had was only okay, so I don’t see why it couldn’t have been three other Heels going against Shinobi Shadow Squad to get the spotlight instead.

In fact, seeing as how more Future of Honor stars were brought on for this episode, I’m starting to think that’s what episodes like this should be about. ROH Future of Honor stars can appear, get some television exposure, and take the card in place of literally anyone involved on the PPV card. And of course, facing Future of Honor stars meant an easy win for The Bouncers, who might finally be moving up now that they’re Faces. Meanwhile, Rhett Titus’ new gimmick is like if Lex Luger and Val Venis fused, but then the combination was slightly diluted. But Rhett VS Mack, even non-title, sounds fun. Pretty sure Mack wins that, but bringing NWA and its new championship into the fold of ROH’s many partnerships also sounds great.

Rayne VS Rosa was a good match, and I’m sensing this is building to something more. I’ve said before that having the Twisted Sisterz in WOH must mean Women’s Tag Team Championships are on the horizon, and it would be pretty big if Sumie Sakai joins Rayne in competing for those. I don’t think Rayne & Sumie would be the inaugural champions, that really should be the Twisted Sisterz given their resumes. But Sumie one day becoming a tag champ to be the first woman to have both the WOH World and Tag Team Championships would be a great thing for her own career. ZSJ VS Romero was a good match, and clearly ZSJ is set to dominate to at least a World Television Championship level. ZSJ VS Jeff Cobb would be great for the sheer difference in styles, but we know it’ll have to wait until after G1 Supercard.

My Score: 8/10


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