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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (2/24/18)

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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 336

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • SoCal Uncensored’s Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky VS The Young Bucks; the Young Bucks win.
  • ROH World Television Championship: Silas Young w/ Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas VS Kenny King; King wins and becomes the new ROH WTVC.

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Last Week on ROH TV…

The ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships were on the line between the Bullet Club’s Hung Bucks and the trio known as SoCal Uncensored. The referee was distracted by action on the outside, causing him to miss Christopher Daniels tap out moments later. It was then that Scorpio Sky used one of the title belts as a weapon to knock out Matt Jackson! Daniels covered, and the SCU won! Or so they thought.

 

The new Enforcer, Bully Ray, came out to correct this “Wild Wild West” attitude Daniels and friends have. Bully came to a consensus with the fans, and they decided that this match would restart! The Hung Bucks struck with triple Superkicks, and officially retained their World Six Man Tag Championships! The SoCal Uncensored and all of the ROH Roster learned, there’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s a Bully.

 

Speaking of, Bully Ray is already in the ring.

And he catches those up who missed it, he is officially The Enforcer in Ring of Honor. “And there’s always been one thing that stuck out to me about this wrestling company.” That one thing was the word itself: Honor. “The honor of the pro-wrestling that takes place in this ring” makes Bully proud to be the Enforcer of the “best pro-wrestling company on the planet.” Atlanta agrees to that with a chant of “ROH! ROH!” “For everybody here,” Bully thanks them for supporting this company, and he thanks everybody at home watching for supporting this company. “We’re going to give it to you, tonight is about all thriller, no filler!” The fans love the sound of that, let the show begin!

 

SoCal Uncensored’s Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky VS The Young Bucks!

The Heavy Metal Rebel and the King of Sting are here, but where is the Fallen Angel? For that matter, two-thirds of the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions are here without their third. Given the antics from last week’s title defense, it might be a decision from The Enforcer that this stays just 2v2.

That aside, the Code of Honor is not upheld as Kaz & Scorpio both sucker punch–and kick–The Bucks! The bell rings and fans boo while Kaz & Scorpio keep up the unfair attack. They whip Matt & Nick into opposite corners, then run in for corner clotheslines. Fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” while SCU whip the Bucks at each other. However, Matt becomes a step stool and Nick leaps off him to flying forearm Scorpio down. Then Kaz gets caught in a drop toehold and the pop-up dropkick. Kaz rolls out of the ring, the Bucks whip Scorpio and double hip toss him down. The Bucks backflip and double low dropkick him, then headscissor dropkick Kaz off the apron. Atlanta applauds while The Bucks pace about, but then really fire up when they see the American Nightmare walking out!

Cody applauds his Bullet Club friends from the stage, and the fans give him an ovation as he heads down to commentary. ROH’s highest paid wrestler enjoys the attention while we go to break.

ROH returns and to Cody giving thumbs-up but Matt being brought into the SCU corner. Kaz tags in and clubs Matt in the back. Scorpio joins in on mugging Matt while Cody insists “Bullet Club is Fine.” The fans chant “Young Bucks! Woop Woop!” while Scorpio whips Matt into a corner. Kaz runs in but Matt uppercuts him away. Matt boots Scorpio then says “You’re dead!” with a corkscrew cutter! He then dodges Kaz and tags in Nick! Nick shoulders into Kaz, then slingshots over. Nick dodges Kaz and even gives him an extra kick into the buckles.

Scorpio returns and Nick goes after him with a swift roundhouse kick. Nick back elbows Kaz while he’s hung up on the ropes, then goes after Scorpio again. Scorpio puts him on the apron, but gets another kick from Nick. Nick slingshots and double stomps Scorpio, then drives Kaz down with a draping backstabber! Cody and the fans love what they’re seeing, as does brother Matt. Nick tags Matt and both Bucks go over to Kaz. They bring him up then Matt whips Nick in, but Kaz puts Nick on the apron. Matt runs in but Kaz turns things around to hoist him up to the top rope. Nick slingshots but Kaz hangs him up, then Kaz rocks Matt with a leaping enziguri! Kaz slingshots at Nick and DDT’s him into the apron!

Scorpio returns to leaping SUPER STEINER Matt outta nowhere! Matt lands on that troubled back, but Scorpio keeps going. He runs and FLIES onto Nick!

Nick crumples under Scorpio, and Cody grows concerned. The fans fire up, though, they like this. Scorpio and Kaz return to Matt, assisted tilt-o-whirl DDT! Kaz struggles to drag Matt over for a cover, TWO! Kaz takes his frustrations out on the fans with spit and cussing, then tags in Scorpio. Matt stands up but he’s still alone against them both. Scorpio puts Matt in SCU’s corner but Matt fights out! He’s still only one against two, so SCU double whip him, but he comes back with a Spear on Scorpio!

Kaz gets Matt with a kick then gives him a stiff haymaker. He whips Matt but Matt uses that to hit Scorpio with a wrecking ball dropkick! Kaz dropkicks Matt while he’s in the ropes, then slingshots to headscissor Matt down. Cody is again very concerned, but Nick returns to Penalty Kick Kaz from the apron! But then Scorpio hops up to give Nick an apron cutter!

Everyone is down, even Scorpio, but Cody coaches The Bucks from commentary. Scorpio stands up and trash talks Cody, but he doesn’t see Matt up on the stage. Kaz and Scorpio regroup and see him too little too late, Matt FLIES onto them both!

Cody is reassured by his Bucks, and the fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Matt grabs Scorpio and puts him back in the ring. Matt walks it off and fires up, with the fans chanting “Superkick!” now. However, Scorpio blocks the kick, swings a kick but misses. Matt gets the takedown but Scorpio shoves him away to the apron. Matt shoulders Scorpio back but Kaz returns, rocking Matt with a haymakers. Kaz slingshots Matt into his own cutter! Nick returns and springboards, but Scorpio catches him with another cutter! Then Kaz & Scorpiop get The Bucks in double dragon sleepers!

Fans boo and jeer while Cody desperately coaches the Bucks. The Bucks endure and power their way to their feet. The fans rally while the Bucks snapmare out, then double takedowns for double sharpshooters! Now Kaz & Scorpio endure while the fans chant “The! Elite! The the Elite!” Kaz & Scorpio endure, but we have to go to break!

ROH returns to Kaz & Scorpio whipping the Bucks at each other again. The Bucks do-si-do and go to Superkick, but are blocked again. Double roll up, double TWO! Cody protests, “Who’s legal?” Kaz & Scorpio swing but the Bucks duck to stereo SUPERKICK!

Fans fire up and the Bucks target Scorpio for a double SUPERKICK! Nick calls for it already as Matt grabs Kaz, but Kaz kicks his legs. Matt staggers back and Kaz slips onto the apron. Matt rushes back in but Kaz catches him with the guillotine legdrop! Nick comes in and tells Kaz “You’re dead!” with a triangle dropkick! Scorpio returns but Nick shoulders in, and says “See ya!” with the slingshot facebuster, to then hit Kaz with the cartwheel asai moonsault! Fans fire up with Nick as he calls for it again. Matt brings Scorpio up, scoops him into the tombstone, and Nick springboards for the FIVE STAR Meltzer Driver!

Cody knows “Nobody gets up from that”, and the Young Bucks win!

But as you can see, the Almighty Daniels finally appears from behind! He goes right after The Bucks with a cheap shot and an STO. Kaz drags Nick out of the ring while Cody stays seated at commentary. Cody calls for security to come to the Young Bucks’ aid but that leaves Matt vulnerable to Daniels’ wicked dragon screw! Cody is indecisive about helping his allies, but thankfully Hangman Page appears, armed with a chair!

Hangman successfully runs SoCal Uncensored off, and then Cody gets in the ring. Cody is still furious with the referee for letting the sneak attack happen, but doesn’t seem that bothered by being slow to stopping it. Is the Bullet Club really fine from top to bottom?

 

ROH takes a look at the recent World Television Championship history.

The Last Real Man’s pal in the Beer City Bruiser helped him out in the Final Battle Fatal 4 Way title match to take the gold away from the K I N G. However, when Silas went to help Bruiser and new pal, Brian Milonas, Kenny King decided to even the numbers! Things would erupt into chaos, and then when the order was restored, it was a Six Man Tag. King and Team Coast 2 Coast would overcome the trio of “real men”, giving King momentum going into their WTVC rematch.

However, after ROH went off the air, Bruiser and Milonas found King backstage. They taunted King with how “something’s missing”. Right, King was missing the ROH WTVC! King reminded them that they lost, and then wanted them to pass a message along to Silas: the next time they meet, King will take everything from him. King will take that title and force Silas to #BendtheKnee and kiss his feet. Well why doesn’t King tell Silas that himself? Because Silas comes in with a blindside attack!

Silas keeps on King with more clubbing forearms and heavy haymakers. He even boots Kenny all the way into another room. The bullying continues, and Silas whips King into a sliding steel garage door! Bruiser & Milonas would pick King up for Silas, and Silas mocks him, “You look like a real king now, don’t you!?” More like a peasant! Silas agrees to give King his rematch because he’s more than happy to give it to him. Silas would then emphasize it with a boot right to King’s face, taking leave with his buddies to grab some beers. What shape will the former champion be in by the time he faces the current champion in tonight’s main event?

 

ROH takes a look at the World Tag Team Championship scene.

The Briscoes sent a message to Motor City Machine Guns, both verbally and physically. Jay & Mark would beat down Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley during an ROH WTTC defense against Best Friends. They would make Shelley watch as Jay gave Sabin a Jay Driller onto a chair.

Then they would explain later that they’re at a point in their careers, “where we don’t care about our opponents’ well-being.” The Briscoes are “the baddest tag team to ever walk this planet”, and would continue to brutalize the MCMG. It’s nothing personal against them, because #DemBoyz have a vendetta against everybody. MCMG are the tag team champions, but those titles are the Briscoes’ property. Jay & Mark are coming to take those titles back at the 16th Anniversary Show, will Shelley & Sabin even survive?

 

ROH’s WOH Championship Tournament rolls on!

And to continue on, The Gatekeeper, Kelly Klein, and “Bonesaw” Jesse Brooks sit down to tell us about themselves.

Kelly knows we already know all about her, but the “Pretty Badass” reminds us that she’s “the most dominant woman in wrestling”. She was never pinned or submitted for over 800 days, so she is a favorite to be the inaugural WOH Champion. However, Bonesaw thinks the “Pretty Badass” is nothing compared to her, the “Baddest Woman on the Planet.” Brooks is a product of the ROH dojo, and both women have wanted this match for so long. It’s because of how very much alike they are. Kelly enjoys having a formidable tournament, and Brooks is just happy to have a chance to destroy everyone on the roster.

Kelly is aware of what it takes to defeat someone like Brooks, but Brooks vows to be a bracket buster. The Baddest Woman and the Gatekeeper face each other for the first time. They’ll bring everything they’ve got to this match, but who’s “everything” is more than the other’s?

ROH takes a glimpse at Klein VS Brooks.

The full match is available via ROH’s official website. From the highlights, Brooks and Klein hit hard, but in the end it was The Gatekeeper who kept her word. Kelly Klein advances to the quarterfinals to face the Exotic Goddess, Mandy Leon!

Now Deonna Purrazzo and Holidead have their turn.

The Virtuosa helped “rebirth” ROH’s women wrestling into the WOH Division with its inaugural match. Meanwhile, the charismatic enigma of Holidead is still a mystery to everyone but her. Deonna respects Holidead, being unknown is an asset in itself. Holidead defends that she is simply “misunderstood”, and is “The Ugly Truth”. People use make-up to cover up who they are, but Holidead uses it to reveal her true self.

Deonna has always wanted to be champion, she’s wanted to change women’s wrestling, so excuse her for getting very emotional at just the thought of this inaugural WOH Championship tournament and her part in it. She’s living a dream, and will be proud of whoever wins. Deonna grew up watching wrestling with her twin brother, and saw so many powerful women do such an intense sport. She dreamed of doing this herself, and is living the dream even now. Deonna and her fellow WOH show the world that “women aren’t just eye candy” or “side shows”, they’re main-event wrestlers and role models.

Holidead counters by saying “Everyone always counts out the dark side.” The Dead won’t stay down so easily. Deonna has dreamed of this moment for so long, but nothing will stop her or the Ugly Truth from becoming the first-ever WOH Champion. Of course, only one can advance to the quarterfinals, will a dream die? Or will it become immortal?

ROH also takes a glimpse into Purrazzo VS Holidead.

This match’s entirety is also available on ROH’s official website, but we come in as Holidead gut wrench lifts Deonna into a dominator torture rack, aka the Canadian Backbreaker. The Virtuosa fights out with elbows, then tries an arm-drag. Holi blocks but Deonna runs to tilt-o-whirl into the Fujiwara armabar! Deonna pumps it up, Holidead taps! Deonna keeps her dream alive to advance to the quarterfinals! She awaits the winner of a major Stardom match-up, HZK VS Mayu Iwatani! The WOH Tournament will return to ROH TV in two weeks, what will the bracket be like by then?

 

ROH announces a major Grudge Match for the 16th Anniversary Show!

Cody believes “Arrogance is a Kingdom without a crown.” Matt Taven has had a throne, a harem, the walking stick, and even stole Cody’s one true Ring of Honor. However, Taven is still king of NOTHING.

Taven responds by saying “The American Melvin” and “the epicenter of the cancer that infests Ring of Honor” better thank God that their match gets to be on PPV because now the whole world gets to watch Cody pucker up and #KissTheRing.

The Motor City Machine Guns respond to The Briscoes.

If Jay & Mark wanted title shots, all they had to do was ask. But instead, #DemBoyz made it personal, so now they will just have to wait and see what the MCMG does in return. Jay & Mark have been in ROH for 16 years, but there won’t be a 17th after this.

Another major match announcement!

“Anniversaries are supposed to be about celebration.” The Villain knows that all this will be for the Purple Mist is #ASpotofBother. But Martinez responds, letting Scurll know that in Sin City, “the world finds out that the so-called Villain is just my next victim.”

And of course, the 16th Anniversary will have an ROH World Championship match!

Live on PPV, Jay Lethal will show everyone why it’s his chance to get back “what is rightfully mine!” But The Peacock responds by saying he’s very excited. His belly is all shook up, but “don’t be confused.” Castle will still hit Lethal with everything he’s got to make sure he is still ROH WHC. All these great matches and more await Las Vegas on March 9th! Who will hit the jackpot? And who will completely bust?

 

ROH World Television Championship: Silas Young w/ Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas VS Kenny King!

It is finally time to see if the K I N G can take back his throne! If he does, he easily walks into his home of Sin City the champion for the 16th Anniversary Show. Can he keep the Last Real Man from screwing him when he now has two bulky buddies ringside?

The belt is raised high, and surprisingly the Code of Honor is upheld as Silas and King shake hands. King ignores the words Silas says during it, and the bell rings. Silas mockingly applauds while he circles with King. They tie up, King gets the waistlock but Silsa pries his way out to a wristlock. King reverses that into a hammerlock, but Silas reverses it back. Silas headlocks then snapmares, then things speed up. Silas still gets the headlock takeover, but King gets the headscissors.

Roles reverse as Silas pops out, runs into King’s headlock, then counters with a headscissors of his own. King pops out and then gets a waistlock but Silas bucks him off. Silas ducks the spinning heel kick and rolls King up, but King rolls through and double dropkicks deflect each other. King handsprings and the fans applaud.

Brian and Bruiser hover close so King swings to back them off. King returns to circle with Silas, and a heckler tells Silas, “You’ve Got Nothing!” Silas tells him to “Shut Your Mouth!” He and King tie up again, Silas gets the headlock. King powers his way out, but Silas runs him over with a shoulder. Silas mocks King with applause but fans say “Silas Sucks!” Things sped up again, King drop toeholds and rolls into a headlock. Bruiser and Milonas coach Silas as he stands up and powers out. King runs him over, does his dance, then runs but Bruiser trips him! The referee just missed it, but he still keeps King back from swinging on Bruiser. Bruiser & Milonas egg him on, giving Silas time to recover.

However, the Enforcer feels the need to return!

Bully walks right over to Bruiser & Milonas, and tells them he knows exactly what they get up to at ringside. He tells them bluntly to GTFO! Bruiser & Milonas protest but the fans love it! Bully starts a “Get Out!” chant as he ushers Bruiser & Milonas away, but Silas uses this distraction to pounce on King! He thanks Bully, because “you just did my job for me!” Silas brings King up in a hammerlock, but King spins out to a Japanese arm-drag. King gets another arm-drag and now things are even without distractions.

Silas stands up out of the armlock and forearms King, so King forearms back. King whips but Silas reverses for a stiffer forearm. Silas says, “That’s what you get, boy!” then runs, only for King to respond with another forearm of his own! King says, “that’s what [censored] get”, then he runs, but Silas tosses him over and out to the floor. King crash lands and Silas rests with the 20 count. Silas comes out to fetch King after all, kicking him while he’s down. He drags King up and into the ring, and mocks the fans applause. He slingshots over for double stomps, and we go to break.

ROH returns again, to find Silas running in to King’s rolling roundhouse! King gets back to his feet while Silas stirs, and the fans rally for the challenger. He throws jabs on Silas, then ducks the counter punch to punch back. Silas ends up out of the ring, so King takes aim. King slingshots and spins but Silas slides back in. Silas builds speed, King gets out of the way but Silas tumbles to the apron. He kicks at King but King evades to get around behind, Eddy Gordo kick! Silas slumps off the apron, but King brags too long, Silas sweeps the legs!

King lands face-first on the apron then falls to the floor. Silas drags him up, then whips him at barriers, but King just hops from rail to stage and then back at Silas!

He takes out Silas and the fans fire up! Then King goes up into the crowd for selfies. He returns to the ring, and the “Selfie King” climbs up top. He takes aim at Silas in the ring, flies and hits the crossbody! Cover, TWO, but King keeps his focus. The fans cheer him on as he brings Silas back up. Silas powers him to a corner and rams in shoulders. Silas whips but King reverses and breaks, but Silas blocks the kick. He also blocks the second Gordo kick, but King blocks the low blow and flips Silas! Yet Silas lands on his feet! But then runs right into a spinebuster! Cover, TWO!

King feels some shock and frustration, but he calms down to tell everyone, “Time to cash out.” He drags Silas up, fireman’s carry, but Silas slips out. Silas evades in a corner then fireman’s carry for King. King slips out and shoves Silas to ropes, but Silas holds onto them. Silas boots King, but runs into another fireman’s carry. This time Silas not only slips out, but rakes King’s eyes! King is blinded but still swings, only to end up in the full-nelson knee strike! Silas lifts King in the fireman’s carry and spins, but King counters with a crucifix! TWO, but so close! King keeps moving, but runs into the backbreaker and lariat! Silas keeps going, lifting King for the draping, swinging neckbreaker!

Silas crawls to the cover, TWO! Now Silas feels some shock and frustration, but the fans applaud. The fans rally for King as Silas drags him up. Silas lifts King in the fireman’s, then hits the rolling senton, and he drums before having a headstand on the top buckle. But King revives to give him a hard right! Then King catches Silas in the fireman’s, spins him out but Silas small package counters! TWO! Silas stands up, King avoids the kick and drags Silas around into Last Chancery!

A shout-out to the Greatest Man(ager) That Ever Lived but Silas endures. He reaches, crawls, and gets the ropebreak. King lets him go and Silas slips out of the ring. The 20 count begins but Champion’s Advantage is on Silas’ side. King knows this and pursues. He brings Silas back in, but Silas rolls all the way to the other side. Silas rolls out again, but King won’t let him. He brings Silas back in again, because this is a fight. Silas distracts the referee with his wrist tape, so that he can kick the middle rope! Indirect low blow on King!

Silas hits another rolling senton, then headstand for the Plunge, aka triangle Arabian Moonsault! Direct hit and cover, TWO!? Silas cannot believe it, but the fans love it! They cheer Kenny on while Silas argues and belittles the referee. King stirs and shakes his head at Silas. The two trash talk right into each other’s face, and trade forearms. King hits, then Silas, and they stand up for more. Silas goes to whip but King blocks, so Silas hits him again. King hits back with haymakers, then whips corner to corner. Silas blocks and reverses to throw his own haymakers. He whips King but King goes up and over for a sunset flip! KING WINS!! Silas is furious but King still got him! Will King keep his throne all the way through the 16th Anniversary?

 

My Thoughts:

A damn good episode of ROH this was. Bully Ray really makes his presence known as The Enforcer, but perhaps he wasn’t 100% accurate in saying no filler. The WOH updates were rather filler, giving us highlights and the results instead of at least one of these matches in full. I’m sure they’re just trying to get it all in before the Anniversary Show, and it is great that they have their website to give these matches On Demand for those who want to see all of the action, but I was a little disappointed personally given how Kelly Klein and Deonna Purrazzo are major players in the WOH Division. Then there’s the string of Anniversary Show promos to plug the card, that Grudge Match is really going to be something, and can even plug some of the “Bullet Club is (Not) Fine” story when Cody doesn’t get help.

Bucks VS Kaz-Scorpio also plugged that story expertly. Cody was constantly cheering the Bucks on, but when it came time to help, he was trying to find reasons not to get involved. This could easily turn into everyone else turning on Cody, similarly to how everyone turned on Adam Cole when his ego got too big. Hangman VS Daniels will be the response match and that should be good as the go-home to the Anniversary Show, before the ROH Six Man Tag Championship “Las Vegas Street Fight” settles things. King VS Silas was great because of all the story involved. This match could’ve gone either way but I’m pleasantly surprised to see King take the belt back to be a rare two-time ROH WTVC. I’m sure Silas will want his rematch, and I bet that would make a great addition to the card.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Review: Day 4 (4/17/2021)

AJPW is back with Day 4 of the Champion Carnival and Mathew is back as well! Will Zeus stay undefeated? Check it out!

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Hello everyone and you read it right, I have returned and ready to get the show on the road. I wanna thank Andrew for covering the first three days of the Carnival while I was on vacation while also dealing with laptop issues. Should be getting a new computer soon but in the meantime, gonna abuse this old laptop as much as I can till it happens. All Japan’s memorable time of the year, the Champion Carnival is currently underway and I’m here to take over the 6 remaining days.

It’s been a fun three shows so far and let’s see if the rest can deliver. Will Zeus remain undefeated?

Let’s find out as we…dive right in.

Star Rating System:

  • 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
  • 1 Star: Vince Russo
  • 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
  • 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
  • 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
  • 5 Stars: Jim Cornette


Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Shotaro Ashino vs. Kohei Sato

Review: Time for our first match-up as Shotaro Ashino takes on Kohei Sato. Ashino is in a bit of turmoil ever since he lost Enfants Terribles and only has one victory under his belt while losing his first two matches. Sato has a steady record as he only has one win and loss under his belt, and a win here would put him in the middle of the rankings. Can Ashino win two in a row or does he fall behind again?

These two started with some chain wrestling but it appears to be a stalemate as they transition into a chop battle, where Sato is winning. I know Sato may not look like much in a physical sense but he can deliver some stiff shots to you, so definitely wanna be careful when in the ring with this guy. Ashino did try to make a comeback with a European Uppercut but Sato forearms him down. In the grand scheme of things, Shotaro being on his own is a much better path for him since he was mostly known as Wrestle-1’s guy and leader of this group, and now that he doesn’t have them and is now a babyface, it’s a fresher start for him to see what he can do on his own.

Sato appears to be heading towards Ashino and it was the opening Shotaro needed to hit a Dragon Screw, making Sato go down and this is where he will shine. Shotaro with the Gutwrench but Sato kicked out. Shotaro going in with the leg work to try and weaken it for the Ankle Lock later but Sato grabbed the ropes. Shotaro ran the ropes but Sato catches him with a knee to the gut, gaining control of the match once again while delivering kicks to the chest and midsection. Sato went for the Brainbuster but Ashino reversed it, hitting a German Suplex as he goes for the cover but once Sato kicked out, Ashino quickly turned it into the Ankle Lock! Sato would eventually get to the ropes and Shotaro is forced to let go of the hold. Shotaro tried to get the ankle again but Sato punched him in the gut and it leads to an exchange of blows till Sato won that battle, topping it off with a Falcon Arrow as Shotaro kicked out at two! It wouldn’t last much longer as Sato quickly picked him up to hit the Drill-a-Hole Piledriver, getting the victory over Ashino. I know people are frustrated with how Ashino has been booked since arriving at All Japan but all it takes is patience, he’s basically started over and getting the slow build back up.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter.


Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Suwama vs. Koji Doi

Review: Time for our next match as Koji Doi takes on the Triple Crown Champion, Suwama. Suwama currently only has one win under his belt with two losses, so it’s a better record than last year but he still needs to find a way to get back up on the totem pole. Koji has the same record as the champ but a victory here would gain a lot of momentum. Will the champ prevail or does Koji pull an upset?

Loo at Koji getting the first advantage with a couple of shoulder tackles to the champ and oh wait, never mind, Suwama double chopped him and now has him in the corner. Suwama Irish-whips him into the corner but Koji reversed it as Suwama attempts a Lariat as Koji blocked it and hits his arm with a Codebreaker, turning it into a Fujiwara Armbar. After being forced to let go, Koji responds by stomping on his arm and having it through the ropes to pull on it. Koji Doi is someone I’ve always considered to be an underrated talent and glad he’s getting the opportunity on a bigger platform than Wrestle-1.

Suwama makes a comeback after hitting a flying shoulder tackle to get Koji down. Suwama then throws him into the corner to hit a Lariat before pulling him in for a Belly-to-Belly Suplex but Koji kicked out at two. Suwama called for the Last Ride but Koji was able to flip him over, leading the two to exchange blows until Koji tossed him into the ropes for a side slam. Koji delivered a Dropkick and would attempt to lift him but the champ refused to go up, causing Koji to just knock him down with a Lariat. Koji went for the Murder Lariat but Suwama catches him with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex, then gets him for a German, and then a Discus Lariat for good measure. Suwama hits the Backdrop but Koji got up to fight through the pain but Suwama applies the Sleeper Hold and Koji is out, giving Suwama the victory!

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Jake Lee vs. Shinjiro Otani

Review: Halfway through the day as Zero1’s Shinjiro Otani takes on the leader of TOTAL ECLIPSE, Jake Lee. Jake Lee has made quite the transformation ever since he turned heel and took Enfants Terribles from Ashino, he has developed a whole new persona since then and it seems to be the change he needed to show he’s a top star. Can Jake bounce back from his first loss or will he lose two in a row?

There appears to be an issue under the ring as the referee and announcer go check on it before starting the match, guess a bar or piece of wood popped out. Now the match is underway with Jake delivering some stomps down on Otani but would eventually get tossed over the ropes. Otani would deliver some stomps of his own after getting Lee back into the ring, just stomping away at him into the corner until Jake tripped him, delivering more stomps onto him. Jake is wrestling a completely different style compared to how we’re used to seeing him and it works for his new persona. He delivers it well and this whole tournament is a great way to showcase his new self. Jake delivered stiff kicks to the midsection and Otani would eventually catch his foot to hit it with an elbow and leg sweep him off his feet.

Jake grabbed Otani’s head and delivered multiple knees to his head but Otani would eventually counteract with a German Suplex. Otani went for a palm strike but Jake delivered a knee to the gut and then one more knee to the back of his head after getting him down. Jake delivered a couple more knee shots to Otani as he’s laughing maniacally to the crowd before he went to pick him up to hit his new finisher, the D4C, which is a delayed vertical drop Brainbuster. Jake crossed Otani’s arms while covering him and gets the victory. If this is how Jake Lee is going to be, this may very well be the trigger to make him the next Triple Crown Champion.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi

Review: It’s now time for our main event as Purple Haze leader and last year’s winner, Zeus takes on NEXTREAM’s own Yuma Aoyagi. Zeus is currently the only one that remains undefeated in the tournament so far and a win here would help secure himself closer to the winner of the tournament. Yuma only has one win under his belt but a victory here can stop Zeus and remain strong in the game. Does Zeus remain undefeated or will Yuma be his first loss?

It’s good to see that Zeus is still a snacc, Mathew likes. Yuma failed to challenge Zeus in raw power after being tackled down but Yuma could still try to outsmart him as he had Zeuss over the top ropes and Dropkicked him to get him to the outside. 2021 has been a great year for Yuma, winning the tag titles for the first time, delivering solid matches at the beginning of the year, this little resurgance this past year has been a big plus for Yuma since he was falling behind in terms of star power. They fight outside briefly but Zeus would deliver his beautiful chops to hurt his chest and tossed Yuma back into the ring. When you think about it, Zeus is still undefeated from last year’s Carnival as well, so has that undefeated Carnival record carried over from his victory to this upcoming one, so it makes sense for Zeus to look as dominating as possible during this tournament.

Yuma got back into it when hitting a Crossbody onto Zeus but would kick out at one. Yuma tossed Zeus into the ropes but Zeus would hit a Flying Clothesline instead as the two are down but Zeus is getting up first, lifting him up for a Bearhug and tossed him over. Zeus calls for the Chokeslam but Yuma fights him off, delivering an below to the face and as he ran the ropes, he ducked under Zeus to hit a German Suplex. Yuma climbed to the top rope but Zeus chops him before coming up to hit a Superplex as the two men go down. Zeus hits the Chokeslam this time and climbs to the top rope to hit a Frog Splash but Yuma kicked out at two! Zeus quickly went for the Facelock and looks like he could tap but Yuma had his foot on the rope. Zeus called for the Jackhammer but Yuma reversed it into a German Suplex but Zeus quickly got up to attempt a Lariat, however, Yuma ducked again to hit another German. Yuma has the End Game locked in but Zeus was close enough to grab the rope, and break the hold. Zeus went for a Lariat but Yuma ducked as they ran the ropes, making Zeus hit the Lariat this time as Yuma was turned inside out. Zeus went for one more Lariat as Yuma reversed it into a Crucifix Pin and gets the surprising victory over Zeus! Big win for Yuma and Zeus is no longer undefeated.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half.

Overall: While none of the matches were mind blowing, everything was still solid. Nothing crazy or over the top, just solid and basic wrestling for this night. Hopefully tomorrow will deliver something different. We had two people in the top spot and two people who are one loss away from being eliminated.

Favorite Match: Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi

Least Favorite Match: Suwama vs. Koji Doi

Score: 6.5/10


Champion Carnival Standings:

  1. Zeus: (3-1) (6 Points)
  2. Jake Lee: (3-1) (6 Points)
  3. Shuji Ishikawa: (2-1) (4 Points)
  4. Kohei Sato: (2-1) (4 Points)
  5. Yuma Aoyagi: (2-2) (4 Points)
  6. Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
  7. Kento Miyahara: (1-2) (2 Points)
  8. Shinjiro Otani: (1-2) (2 Points)
  9. Koji Doi: (1-3) (2 Points)
  10. Shotaro Ashino: (1-3) (2 Points)


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)

Will Retro take down The Premier?

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Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!

The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
  • August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.

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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!

The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?

The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!

Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!

Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!

Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!

Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!

Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!

Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall

It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?

 

August Grey VS Tony Nese!

#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?

Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!

Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!

Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.

Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!

Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!

Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!

Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?

NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!

Winner: August Grey, by pinfall

What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?


My Thoughts:

A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.

Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.

My Score: 8.2/10


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