ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 338
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- ROH World Television Championship Contenders Battle Royal: Flip Gordon and Shane Taylor win, and will have a 1v1 ROH World Television Championship #1 Contenders match in the main event.
- WOH Championship Tournament: Tenille Dashwood VS Stacy Shadows; Tenille wins and advances to the next round to face Brandi Rhodes.
- Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas VS Ryan Nova & Eli Isom; Bruiser & Milonas win.
- ROH World Television Championship #1 Contenders match: Flip Gordon VS Shane Taylor; Gordon wins and has a future opportunity against the ROH WTVC.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH World Television Championship Contenders Battle Royal!
ROH comes in as this match is already under way and very chaotic. The idea is that the last two men in the ring will move on to the main event to challenge the ROH WTVC. It’s of note that all the men in this battle royal are those who have never been World TV Champion, so everyone has an equal shot of becoming a first-timer WTVC should they survive here.
The Best Friends find themselves surrounded on all sides by the rest of the remaining field. But as Chuckie T & Trent Baretta stand back to back, they turn around, and hug!
But as they break the hug, the Notorious Hitman, Shane Taylor, throws them both out! The Best Friends have been eliminated! But while they’re upset, they comfort each other with another hug. Meanwhile, Shane Taylor has F.R. Josie in his face, so Taylor smacks him aside with the One Hitter Quitter! Flip takes care of throwing Josie out while everyone else returns to fighting each other. However, Taylor goes after Flip now while Josh “The Goods” Woods targets Coleman and Team Coast 2 Coast target QT Marshal. Flip gets away from Taylor while Taylor goes to help Coleman, and Flip ends up saving “Little Willie” Ferrara from Kid USA. Flip chops Kid USA against the ropes, while QT narrowly avoids elimination. Ferrara goes after C2C while Woods narrowly avoids being eliminated by Coleman & Taylor.
Ferrara throws Leon St. Giovanni out and thinks that’s it, but LSG stays on the apron. Shaheem Ali grabs Ferrara, and LSG pulls down the ropes, out goes Ferrara for the elimination! The Little Dog throws a fit, but C2C fight with QT and Kid USA now. Woods works on Flip with Taylor’s help but Flip fights out to try and throw Woods out in return. Kid USA taunts Ali while on the outside, Ali knocks him out with a forearm for the elimination! Flip chops Coleman, Woods fights QT, and C2C attack Taylor together. Taylor breaks free but C2C double dropkick him. They work to throw Taylor out but Coleman makes the save. Coleman whips LSG at QT, but QT puts him on the outside, LSG roundhouses QT back! LSG springboards, but Coleman shoves him down, to eliminate LSG!
Woods knees Ali in a corner while Coleman turns his attention to QT. Taylor corners Flip, but Flip fights back with forearms. Taylor rocks Flip with one big forearm, Woods scrapes Ali out for an elimination, but Coleman throws Woods out right after! We are down to the final four: QT Marshal, Caprice Coleman, Shane Taylor and Flip Gordon. Coleman and Taylor, being former allies in The Rebellion, shake hands to form an alliance here. They target QT, but QT offers to pay Taylor to spare QT and eliminate Flip. The fans say “No! No!” while the four men square up, and we go to break.
ROH returns to find Flip going after Coleman with furious right hands in a corner! QT tries to pounce but Flip knocks him away. Flip whips but Coleman reverses to mule kick, and hit the “sucka” with the leaping back heel kick! Coleman runs but Flip follows, for a springboard spear!
The fans applaud but Taylor runs Flip over! QT coaches Taylor to bring Flip up. Taylor obliges and QT runs, but Flip slips out to send that right hand of QT’s into Taylor! QT panics as Taylor glares. He apologizes, but Taylor doesn’t care, the One Hitter Quitter sends QT flying out of the ring for the elimination! Flip, Taylor and Coleman are the last three, only one more elimination is needed to decide the winners. Taylor runs at Coleman but Coleman boots him away, and then Flip adds a SUPERKICK! Coleman goes after Flip but Flip spins him around into the fireman’s carry, and Samoan Pop! But Taylor grabs Flip from behind and throws him over! Flip lands on the apron, shoulders into Taylor, then springboards for the flying clothesline on Coleman!
Fans fire up for Flip but Taylor runs him over, again. Taylor drags Flip up, Flip revives and swings a kick, but Taylor ducks, only to get the enziguri on the follow-through! Flip goes after Coleman, but Coleman gets a cutter! Coleman and Taylor strike up their agreement again, they can take care of Flip to both challenge the champion. Taylor seems to agree, but then Taylor throws Coleman out! Taylor & Flip are the last two standing, they win! They will go 1v1 in the main event to see who truly earns an opportunity at the ROH World TV Championship. After everything they just went through here, who will have enough gas in the tank to finish the fight?
The Kingdom speaks.
“How many times do I have to come on here and tell you the truth?” The Kingdom Conspiracy is real! The Bullet Club is falling apart yet the Kingdom doesn’t get what they deserve! It’s clear the Bullet Club is dying, almost dead, yet ROH puts all their chips on them, to the point they name the new streaming service after them. If that’s not a conspiracy, then Matt Taven doesn’t know what is. However, the SoCal Uncensored appear to add on.
Frankie Kazarian loves a good conspiracy theory, but “listen up kids”: if you think you’re the first team ROH has conspired against, you’re wrong. The Addiction have put up with that for the last four years. The Kingdom protests Kaz & Christopher Daniels interrupting their time, and Taven asks why they’re even here. Daniels says they’re here to talk. Does Taven hear that? Opportunity is knocking. Taven’s right, the Bullet Club is breaking from the inside, which makes this a moment “ripe for the picking.” The Bullet Club has always enjoyed winning the numbers game, but now that they’re at odds with each other, “here are the numbers”: three Kingdom, plus three SCU, they have the numbers to “change the pecking order” in ROH. Just think about it. Will Taven & The Kingdom take Daniels up on his offer?
After a commercial break, The Kingdom returns to speak again.
Taven asks TK O’Ryan what’s wrong. What’s wrong is that TK smells a rat. He doesn’t trust SoCal Uncensored, but they want to team up with the Kingdom? Vinnie Marseglia agrees, but Taven tells them to relax. “Every king needs his pawns. Every army needs its front line. And in every major war has its alliances.” Not to mention, every civil war has torn a country, a nation, a club, apart. But who cares about that? Vinnie just wants the Bullet Club to bring their umbrella, because it’ll rain blood next week. Whose heads will roll when The Kingdom goes up against whatever remains of the Bullet Club?
The WOH Championship Tournament returns to ROH TV!
The upcoming match marks the halfway point of the opening round. One quarterfinal match is already set with the Gatekeeper and the Exotic Goddess, but tonight’s match will form a second. Who will meet Mrs. American Nightmare in the next round?
Deonna Purrazzo joins commentary for the next match.
The Virtuosa already qualified for the next round over the strange but talented Holidead. She’s out here now to show her support for the other women of the division she helped establish in ROH.
Stacy Shadows and Tenille Dashwood speak on being in ROH’s WOH Division.
The Midwest Slayer has her sights set on every single woman, and will go through all of them to make history. But WOH’s newest recruit, the surprise entrant in this tournament, has wrestled for roughly half her life, but overlooked for way too long. Tenille chose to join ROH and WOH, and that is to show the world she is the best! She’ll show us all what she can do. These two met before in Tenille’s ROH debut at Honor Reigns Supreme, when they teamed up with fellow tournament participants, Mandy Leon and Kelly Klein. Tenille won then, but Stacy says she won’t win again. Stacy wishes Tenille luck, she’s going to need it.
WOH Championship Tournament: Tenille Dashwood VS Stacy Shadows!
ROH’s newest Woman of Honor vows to make the Division #AllAboutMe, but will only do that if she gets past the sinister Stacy here tonight. Will Stacy get even for the tag team defeat? Or will Tenille back up her words that she’s the best woman wrestler in the world today?
The Code of Honor is upheld, but still a bit tense as the two circle. They tie up, Stacy powers Tenille back. Tenille uses the buckles for leverage in pushing her way back out, but Stacy blocks the arm-drag with pure power. Stacy yanks Tenille back up and powers her into another corner. The break is clean but Stacy swings, Tenille evades. Stacy runs out at Tenille, Tenille gets around to the waistlock, then clubs Stacy in the back. Tenille kicks at the legs then gives forearms, but Stacy reverses the whip. Tenille holds onto ropes, Stacy runs in and blocks one boot but not the other. Stacy staggers back and Tenille runs, tilt-o-whirl into the Russian side leg sweep! Cover, ONE, and with force.
Tenille keeps on Stacy with elbows to the back of the head, but Stacy shoves her away. Stacy runs but a drop toehold sends her into buckles. Tenille goes corner to corner, and hits the sandwich splash!
She says, “it’s about me!” as Stacy staggers out. Tenille goes to kick but Stacy blocks and spins her around for a spinebuster! The Midwest Slayer says it’s about her now while we go to break.
ROH returns to Stacy taunting Tenille. Stacy drags Tenille up but Tenille hits back with body shots. Tenille runs but into Stacy’s body charge! Cover, TWO, but Stacy keeps her cool. She stomps on Tenille, then puts her in a corner for forearms. Stacy snapmares Tenille then kicks her on the floor, cover, TWO. She grows frustrated, but fans rally for Tenille. Stacy scoops Tenille, and slams her down hard, before climbing a corner! She pumps herself up and jumps, but misses the Vader Bomb! Both women are down and a ten count begins. The count reaches 4 before either woman stirs, and Tenille is up first. Stacy runs in at her, but Tenille evades and bumps Stacy off the buckles again and again. Then Tenille puts Stacy in the Tarantula!
She lets go at the ref’s count of 3, but she wants to keep going by climbing up. However, Stacy grabs her by her hair, and swings her head into mat, only for Tenille’s heels to catch her on the back end. Stacy staggers back, then walks back over, for Tenille to hotshot her away! Tenille climbs up now, takes aim, and jumps for the crossbody! TWO, and Tenille is surprised. Tenille backs off and takes aim, but Stacy blocks the kick to lift Tenille in the fireman’s carry. Tenille slips out and shoves Stacy into the post! Then she runs, and hits the Spotlight Kick!
Cover, Tenille wins! She proves she’s worthy of the spotlight, but can she prove she’s truly the best woman in ROH?
Stacy stands up, and per the Code of Honor, respectfully shakes the hand of the woman that defeated her. Will the Midwest Slayer get a later chance after the tournament is said and done?
ROH joins Bullet Club backstage.
Marty Scurll beat boxes as the American Nightmare arrives. Have they been hearing all this talk of the SoCal Uncensored and the Kingdom combining or something, and that “their union” will destroy the Bullet Club? That’s crazy. So then Cody is just going to say “Bullet Club is fine”, right? Cody admits to that, but is it not? You tell them. Cody is fed up with the “melancholy, ‘I’m the bad guy’ BS”. He’s not the bad guy. The problems between Cody and Kenny Omega has nothing to do with Bullet Club’s problem with SCU and The Kingdom. They don’t have to be best friends, but think about the money! This can’t end like this. Bullet Club 4 Life, right? They need to work together, that’s all Cody wants. But is that what Cody will get?
Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas VS Ryan Nova & Eli Isom!
These two booze-powered behemoths are the newest and quite literally biggest team in the ROH Tag Team Division. And against the much smaller Nova & Isom, it isn’t a matter of if they win but when.
Nova & Isom at least have respect enough to ask for the Code of Honor handshakes. But instead of handshakes, they get slaps from Bruiser & Milonas! The bell rings, and Bruiser starts with Nova. Bruiser laughs at the hot-tempered Nova, kicks him low then clubs him down. He drags Nova up for a chop in the corner, then a clubbing haymakers. Bruiser whips Nova corner to corner but Nova goes up and over to fire off forearms of his own. Bruiser shoves Nova away but Nova responds with a mule kick. Nova runs, Bruiser follows and Milonas tags in, then Bruiser flattens Nova with a flying body check!
The Kingpin comes in and adds a back senton! Nova writhes, Isom reaches for a tag, but Milonas puts Nova in the big boys’ corner. Milonas turns around and gives repeated hip attacks to Nova. He tags Bruiser in, and Bruiser gives a sucker punch to Isom. Bruiser and Milonas target Nova, and hit him with the big belly sandwich!
They don’t stop there, they give him a hip attack sandwich, too! Bruiser sees Isom return, and throws Nova to him. Bruiser dares Isom to tag in, and Isom does, and rallies, for about a second. He ends up in a corner, but then dodges Bruiser to run back in, only to end up on the apron. Isom hits back with a forearm, then springboards for a missile dropkick! Bruiser stays standing but Isom fires up, runs, springboard into a right hand from Bruiser! Milonas returns and drags Isom up, and double whip corner to corner. Bruiser body drops Isom onto Milonas’ shoulder, and Milonas buckle bombs Isom, followed by Bruiser’s big corner splash. Milonas continues on Isom, hoisting him up to the top rope. The Kingpin climbs up to join him, and Bruiser climbs up on top of his corner, SUPERPLEX, to FROG SPLASH!
Cover, Bruiser & Milonas win! They literally made a big splash, can they make big gains in the ROH Tag Team Division?
ROH World Television Championship #1 Contenders match: Flip Gordon VS Shane Taylor!
Both the Hitman and the Captain of #FlipArmy survived the battle royal that opened the show. Now they must go 1v1, first fall to a finish! This is for the right to challenge the ROH World Television Champion, who still has enough to win it all?
The bell rings, and Flip wants to uphold the Code of Honor, but Taylor just shoves him down! Flip kip-ups and slaps Taylor back! Taylor grins and swings but Flip ducks to fires off several slaps and chops! Flip kicks but Taylor grabs him to put him in a corner. Taylor runs in but Flip evades to chop and chop and chop again. Taylor shoves him down, but Flip comes right back for a forearm smash! Flip climbs up and throws punches, but only gets eight before Taylor shoves him away. Taylor runs out, Flip evades and counters with a SUPERKICK! Flip sees Taylor is still standing, so he runs, evades, and jumps, but Taylor catches the crossbody. Taylor pops Flip up but Flip fights out to dropkick Taylor to ropes. Flip runs, and hits the elevated 619!
Taylor staggers back, fans fire up, and Flip springboards, but into a SPINEBUSTER! TWO, and Taylor is surprised. He goes over to Flip in a corner and swats him with both left and right hands, then backs off to shout down the booing crowd. Flip stands up and back elbows Taylor, then baits him as he cartwheels, but Taylor still catches him. Taylor gets Flip to let go of the ropes, then slams him down! Cover, TWO! Taylor grows frustrated but keeps on Flip with clubbing forearms. He taunts the chants of “Flip! Flip!” but the fans still chant anyway.
Flip chops back but Taylor rocks him with another right, then stalks Flip at the ropes. Taylor brings Flip up and gives him a body shot against the ropes, then another forearm. The fans rally for Flip, and Flip fires back with forearms of his own, but Taylor’s headbutt sits him back down! The referee checks on Flip, but Taylor brings Flip up for a scoop slam! Leaping leg drop, cover, TWO! Taylor is frustrated all over again, and we go to break.
ROH returns once more and Flip rocks Taylor with a strike! He swings but Taylor bobs ‘n’ weaves, to rock Flip back with a knee. Taylor rolls Flip for another knee, then covers, TWO! Taylor grows frustrated all over again while Flip gets to a corner. Flip evades Taylor running in and swing kicks, to then hop up for Kinder Surprise! Flip keeps going, springboard but flies into the bearhug. He fights out but gets another knee from Taylor. Taylor rolls Flip again, but now Flip gives a knee. Flip springboards, but Taylor counters the Spring-Blade with a full-nelson bomb!
Cover, TWO! And Taylor is even more shocked! He stands over Flip and toys with him, but Flip slaps him, and then slaps him again. Taylor hits a standing splash, covers, TWO! Flip rolls away, but Taylor walks over. Taylor brings Flip up but Flip swings a kick, that Taylor ducks, but Flip hits the other kicks to Taylor’s leg, then the PELE! Somehow Taylor stays standing, so Flip kip-up and PELE again! Taylor still stays up, so Flip runs, but into the lariat! Cover, TWO! The frustration reaches a fever pitch as Taylor drags Flip over. Taylor climbs up, and takes aim, but Flip rolls and the frog splash flops! Flip gets moving, springboards, and hits the Star-Spangled Stunner!!
Flip keeps moving, getting to the top rope! He takes aim, 450 Splash!
FLIP GORDON WINS! He overcomes both the battle royal and the Notorious Hitman to earn his first shot at a championship!
But he doesn’t enjoy it for long, because Scorpio Sky attacks!
SoCal Uncensored’s Closer rains rights on Flip, but why? Scorpio takes aim at Flip for something, but the Young Bucks appear to run him off!
Wait, the Young Bucks help Flip? Perhaps it is more that the Young Bucks are going after Scorpio, a member of the SoCal Uncensored. The fans chant “Young Bucks! Woop Woop!” but Flip guards himself in a corner. There is much history between him and the Bucks, as shown on Being the Elite. Matt & Nick Jackson assure him they’re not here for trouble, and Matt offers a handshake. Flip is skeptical, as he should be, but the fans want him to “Do it! Do it!” He doesn’t, and instead leaves the ring. The Bucks leave it at that, they have to prepare for next week’s huge main event!
Cody waits for the Young Bucks.
But then they don’t appear, he decides to do the promo solo.
Though he is upset about this. No Matt, Nick, Marty or Hangman, but it’s fine, he knows their parts. If Nick was here, he’d pretend to SUPERKICK the camera, Matt would “for sure” say “it’s time to start the sho-o-o-o-ow~!” Hangman would just be there all serious, and Marty would say, “we’ll cause a spot of bother, numpty!” That’s the basics. Cody doesn’t need them to say it, he’ll say it: “Bullet Club is fine.” The 10-man tag will prove it. But will it?
This wasn’t the best episode of ROH, and a rather strangely executed episode, but still good. Coming in the middle of a battle royal is never a good look for any promotion, though. For all we know, there could have been any number of other great ROH talent that was eliminated before the episode started. In fact, that may explain Scorpio’s attack on Flip Gordon near the end of the program, but we can’t know that for sure the way this happened. Then going back to back with Kingdom promos was odd. I feel like the promo with the Addiction offering the deal should’ve been aired a week ago, then we get TK doubting the validity this week. Either way, the bottom line is still good: the other stables are sensing weakness in Bullet Club and look to finish them off while they can.
The Women of Honor Championship Tournament is great history, but sadly this was not the best match, even if it’s only the opening round. Tenille “Emma” Dashwood is a great talent, whether WWE used her that way or not, but it doesn’t really seem that way when she was having to carry Stacy Shadows. Tenille VS Brandi should be a step up next round, and the tournament essentially saves the best for last by having the Stardom related matches wrapping up this opening round. Bruiser & Milonas squash Nova & Isom, as would be expected, but they might need a bit more than that before truly feeling like ROH World Tag Team Championship contenders.
Flip Gordon is a star, and was built as organically as any “underdog” could be. He had a great match with Taylor, but with Scorpio going after him, maybe that can be a program until ROH feels its time for Flip to challenge the World TV Champion. That was a great twist for the Young Bucks to be the ones to save him, but again it was also to keep the SCU from getting big heads. The Bullet Club segments were also great in pushing the “Bullet Club is (not) fine” story, and Cody does great as always with his part in promos. It’s only a matter of time until Cody’s denial breaks and even he admits things are bad. With next week scheduled as a 5v5, leaving Scorpio Sky out, I expect Scorpio to try and help screw over Bullet Club, and I hope Flip will repay the save.
My Score: 8/10
AJPW Dream Power Series 2019 Results & Review (3/19/2019)
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Welcome back to AJPW! We’re gonna talk about the last big show before this year’s Champions Carnival coming up in early April as we have a few title matches in this show that I couldn’t resist wanting to cover it.
We got some dealing with revenge along with one trying to make history. How’s this year’s Champions Carnival gonna shape up?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, & Hokuto Omori vs. Evolution (Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, & Yusuke Okada)
Review: Our opening contest is a six-man tag team match with our young lions, Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, and Hokuto Omori taking on three members of Evolution, Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, and Yusuke Okada. Going up against three people from the junior division is a fair start to have them all fight each other in this tag bout and a better view of how the young guys are doing. Will Evolution school the young boys or will they somehow get one of the biggest wins in their starting careers?
As I’ve said, this match is mostly to showcase our future talent as they fight the vets of the game in the junior division. I do gotta admit that these three have definitely improved in the ring as they’re shaping up to be some of All Japan’s finest students. Evolution held off on their own and I’m glad they were their opponents for this match since they’re very easy to work with. Another thing I loved about the match is that they had a good amount of time instead of just being less than five minutes like how most matches will do. Yusuke and Hokuto are in the ring now and Yusuke would hit him with a Brainbuster for a two count and would quickly apply a Boston Crab onto him and Hokuto struggles to get to the ropes and once he does, Yusuke pulled him back in and would lock it in more as he would tap out to give Evolution the victory in a solid match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
Six Man Tag Team Match
Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
Review: We got another six-man tag team match here as Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, and Ultimo Dragon will be taking on Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, and Takao Omori. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Ultimo Dragon wrestling in All Japan, so I’ll never complain to see him in the ring. This is another match with the vets and Manso-Re for being a punching bag as it’ll most likely be a comedy style match. Which one of them will win?
Menso-Re starting with Ultimo Dragon as he wanted him first, but TAJIRI would slap Menso before the bell would ring and we would kick it off right now. They would do a little bit before Jun and Takao get tagged in, but we all care about TAJIRI and Fuchi getting tagged in now as Fuchi would try to get his hands on him. TAJIRI would be the sneaky heel with leaving the ring to sit with the crowd so he could avoid contact in the match. TAJIRI would get back in the ring only to tag in Ultimo as the crowd would just boo TAJIRI. Fuchi would do his antics with the punch to the forehead as the crowd eats it up but everything would backfire on Fuchi as he would miss a Dropkick to make the crowd boo Ultimo which is a shocker. Ultimo would kick Fuchi and attempt an Asai DDT but Fuchi would turn it around to a Backslide as Ultimo would kick out. Both TAJIRI and Jun would both make Fuchi miss a Dropkick and taunt him right after to make the crowd boo them. Ultimo would get Fuchi in the La Magistral and he gets the win for his team in a rather entertaining match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Tag Team Match
NEXTREAM (Yoshitatsu & Yumi Aoyagi) vs. Sweeper (Jake Lee & Ryouji Sai)
Review: Our next match here is a tag team match as NEXTREAM members, Yoshitatsu and Yuma Aoyagi will be taking on members of Sweeper, Jake Lee and Ryouji Sai. Since Naoya is no longer Yumi’s partner, he’s gonna be paired off with Yoshitatsu this time around. Since all four of them are in the Champions Carnival, a win for either of them would give them some momentum leading to the tournament. Which one of these two teams will win and what will be the future payoff?
It seems like Yoshitatsu has a little gripe with Jake Lee in this match as he seems to be disgruntled when he was in the ring with him, especially when Jake would just best him during the first sequence with the chaining. Ryouji and Yuma are in the ring now and Ryouji with a series of kicks in the match and have him in a submission before Yoshi would break the hold and just stared at Jake again. Yuma is really growing out on his own as an individual and you can see that when he’s not partner with Naoya. Yuma would have Jake in a Headlock but Jake would attempt a Backdrop Driver as Yuma flipped it into a Crossbody as Jake kicked out at two. Once Jake kicked out, Yuma would try to turn the pin into a European Clutch as Jake kicked out at 2 as even the referee was shocked by this. Yuma would run into him as Jake kneed him in the face and hits him with a Backdrop Driver as he pinned Yuma for the victory.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, & Zeus vs. Bomber (Dylan James & Joe Doering,) & Francisco Akira
Review: We have another six-man tag team match taking place as Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, and Zeus team up to take on Dylan James, Joe Doering, and Francisco Akira. KAI recently failed at Dragon Gate to win the Open the Twin Gate Championships, so he could at least try to win for his team but I think Zeus has a lot on his plate when it comes to their opponent since Dylan James and Joe Doering are a strong team to beat and wants to try and look powerful leading into the Carnival. Which one of these two teams will win the match?
Zeus and Dylan would charge at each other right away to test their strengths with also some chops and a test of strength as the two appear to be evenly matched, which is no surprised. KAI gets tagged in and he calls Joe to get tagged in since he wants to fight him as Dylan honors that request and lets Joe have a turn on the fun. Joe would start to make him regret that decision as he had the upper hand on him at first but KAI would hit a few Dropkicks on him but Joe still wouldn’t go down as he tackled him and went for an Elbow Drop before KAI moved and quickly tagged in Atsushi. The juniors get a turn on the fun as Francisco showed more of his impressive ability. One problem I had with the match was that the last few minutes are incredibly sloppy with Atsushi missing most of his kicks to Joe in the corner, Francisco slipping on his Moonsault to the outside, which he thankfully caught himself and redid it again. The finish would be with Joe hitting Atsushi with the Powerbomb and it looked like he got knocked out as he took the pinfall despite his shoulder being kinda up, so it looked botched but the referee still has a job to do as Joe just left the ring and walked to the back possibly frustrated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
World Junior Heavyweight Title Match
Koji Iwamoto (c) vs. Kotaro Suzuki
Review: Our first title match of the show is Koji Iwamoto defending his Junior Heavyweight Championship against Kotaro Suzuki. The two fought each other in the A Block of the Junior Battle of Glory Tournament where Kotaro defeated Koji in the match but would eventually fail to win as Koji would actually be the one to win it all. Koji decided to defend the title against Kotaro since it was only fair due to him winning the match and wants to avenge that loss. Will Koji be able to retain his title again or will Kotaro get the upper hand on him again?
Kotaro showed no mercy to the champion as fought him to the outside and Slingshots him into the turnbuckle post and DDT’s him face first into the mat as you hear the loud thud and damage has been done to Koji. Kotaro has beaten Koji before so he knows what he has to do to try and defeat him again as he worked on Koji’s neck a bit during the match and gets the heat from the crowd. I know Kotaro is a Freelancer and is mostly at NOAH right now due to being a champion there, I hope he does stick around a little bit longer since I feel like the division could really use him as he’s a very talented individual. Koji would try to outrun him after he dodged him to the outside and it appeared as if Kotaro would botch but he quickly caught himself and dived to the outside to land on Koji, getting the better of him again.
Koji would finally be able to get a comeback as he hits an STO onto the ring apron to knock Koji down and most of the time, he would try to hit the Koko no Geijutsu but Kotaro would hold his ground to make sure he wouldn’t hit it but Koji would be able to deliver a German Suplex and a Dragon Suplex. Kotaro would land a few punches before Koji tried to hit the move again, but Kotaro would hold his ground again and kick his leg out to work on his neck before landing Gory Bomb Special and tops it off with the La Magistral for the pin and Koji would kick out various times whenever Koji would try to roll out of it and was so close to having a new champion. Koji would just use this time to hit a couple of STO’s in a row to weaken him down a bit. Koji would go for it again but he catches him for a Back Suplex to save himself a bit. Kotaro would now hit not one but two Excaliburs onto him to try and end it as Koji would somehow kick out of it again. It all came down to his as Koji would attempt the Koko no Geijutsu again as Kotaro would stop himself to pin him for a two count and they both would spin around as Koji would hit it this him but he picked him up to hit the Koko no Geijutsu properly this time and pins him to retain the title! After the match, various people from the junior division would come out and it looks like they all want a shot at the Junior Heavyweight Championship but Koji would have to pick one of them to be his opponent. It does look like, however, that Koji doesn’t have a clear opponent right now as he left the ring but I guess we’ll see soon.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
World Tag Team Title Match
Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) (c) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Review: Our next title match for this show is Strong BJ defending their titles against the team that they defeated them for, The Violence Giant. Strong BJ defeated them on January 13th to win the titles and after they retain their titles on the February 24 show, Violence Giant requested a rematch to bring the titles back home on their turf this time instead of the BJW show. If it’s anything like their previous match, it’s sure to be hard hitting and a not miss. Will Strong BJ remain on top or will Violence Giant bring the belts back home?
Shuji and Daisuke would be the ones to start off our match here with an incredible display of power as the two were unable to budge and they would tag in their respective partners. Suwama and Yuji were both also very hard-hitting as they would now fight outside of the ring as these two teams are making it personal. Strong BJ has been doing great work during this rivalry with the Violence Giant and they would even give Suwama a big beatdown but the former ace would even try his best to fight them off, even when he was on the corner and would kick Yuji to show his fighting spirit. Suwama would hit a Dropkick to save himself for a little bit and would tag in Shuji for the hot tag and Shuji does indeed come in hot with his Lariats, knees, anything he can throw along with the kitchen sink.
Yuji would brawl with Shuji to deliver some chops while Shuji would give him a couple of forearms and a headbutt to try and daze him but Yuji is pumped up and slams him down with a few Lariats. Once Yuji would hit another Lariat to Shuji, he would kick out at one that time around before getting hit with another one with a two count. What’s it gonna take to take Shuji down for good? Yuji would get to the top rope to hit the Splash and it looks like this could be it but Suwama would break the pinfall to save his partner. Strong BJ would have them up for the Torture Racks but they would get down for Suwama to hit a Back Suplex while Shuji hits a Dragon Suplex. Shuji is alone with Yuji again and would hit another Dragon Suplex and a Running Knee to get him out for another two count, he was so close! Shuji would pick Yuji up real quick for the Fire Thunder and goes for the pin as Daisuke breaks the pinfall this time around as Suwama would get Daisuke out of the ring. Shuji knew what he had to do to try and end it as he hits the Giants Slam and pins Yuji to win back the titles! Hell of a match and definitely topped their previous encounter at BJW. I would love to see Violence Giant get a fair and dominating run with this reign, can’t wait to see where this goes now.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half
— 全日本プロレス/alljapan (@alljapan_pw) March 14, 2019
Triple Crown Championship
Kento Miyahara (c) vs. Naoya Nomura
Review: This is our third title match and the main event of the show as we have Kento Miyahara defending his Triple Crown Championship against former NEXTREAM member, Naoya Nomura. On the February 24th show, Naoya Nomura would defeat Dylan James in a singles match and Kento Miyahara would have his second successful title defense against Suwama. After Kento would defeat Suwama, Naoya would come in to make the challenge to his stablemate and announce his departure from the NEXTREAM group in the process, leading him to also vacate the All Asia Tag Team Championship with Yuma Aoyagi. Kento is now 30 years old and while it’s his third title defense in this run, this will be his first time defending it while no longer in his twenties. If Kento can defeat Naoya, he’ll be the champion leading into the Champions Carnival and won’t defend the title until the tournament is over. Will Kento be able to retain it once again or does Naoya pull the surprise victory?
Kento came in here with a plan since he knew what he was gonna do to Naoya once he challenged him to this match, he didn’t wanna go easy on him despite being former teammates but he wants to see how badly Naoya wants the spotlight on him. They were fairly matched during the lock-up part of the match and they would start to fight outside for a little bit as Naoya would get Kento down as he taunts him when he got back in the ring. Naoya would hit him with a big forearm before going onto the apron to jump and Kento catches him with a knee and has him right where he wants him now. This is where Kento would just attack him with a few Headbutts as Naoya would try to deliver one to him but Kento gives him multiple ones as a counterattack and this is why you don’t mess with the champion.
Naoya would eventually make a comeback after being kicked around by Kento as he quickly got up to charge at him with a shoulder tackle and you can hear that too. He would hit a few more along with another forearm to the face as he goes for the Brainbuster but Kento would struggle to make sure he didn’t hit it and has Naoya over the ropes but wait, Naoya grabbed his leg to pull him over as he attempted a Death Valley Driver onto the apron as Kento jumped off to hit a Blackout. The two would be on the turnbuckle and Naoya gets behind him to attempt a German Suplex as Kento struggles, but Naoya would slam Kento’s head on the post and gets off the turnbuckle to hit the German Suplex as both men are down. Naoya would go to the top rope to hit the first Splash as Kento kicked out but Naoya would quickly get up again to hit one more as Kento still kicked out.
Kento would eventually hit him with a Blackout at full force and hits him with a German Suplex for another two count. Kento looks like he’s going for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold as Naoya would kick his knee out and hit him with a Spear and the two are down again. Kento would hit another Blackout on the back of his head and tries the German Suplex Hold once again as Naoya would still kick out at two as Kento is starting to get concerned with what he has to do now. Kento tried the Shutdown German Suplex Hold again as Naoya broke out of it and picked him up Fisherman style and dropped him on his head and picked him up for the Death Valley Driver as Kento fought him off but Naoya would hit him with a flurry of forearms to daze him and hits the Spear with the roll-up as Kento kicked out at two again! Naoya picked him back up but Kento would go back to delivering the Blackouts and it looks like Naoya is all out of fight as Kento finally hits the Shutdown German Suplex Hold to get the pinfall victory and his third successful title defense. Great match and a very impressive showing to Naoya but Kento is just still better than him right now. Kento will now officially be the Triple Crown Champion leading into the Champions Carnival. Three defenses down, eight more to go.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter
Overall: I thought it was a very solid show from top to bottom but the last three title matches were what sold it to me. I would highly recommend that you look out for those matches if you can find them online or subscribe to the streaming service and if you’re not already subscribed, what the hell is wrong with you? Get on that!
Favorite Match: Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Least Favorite Match: Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/20/19)
Triple H addresses an NXT Championship dilemma!
NXT sees the return of HHH, but under sad circumstances. The Game will address Tommaso Ciampa’s injury, and what happens with his precious championship!
- NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle; Cole wins and will face Johnny Gargano for the vacated NXT Championship at TakeOver: New York.
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Triple H opens NXT!
Full Sail is happy to see The Game, but he comes out holding the NXT Championship. HHH goes to the ring and also picks up a mic. He takes a moment to hear the fans chant for him and NXT before getting to business. “From those cheers, I don’t have to remind you of just how special this place is.” The building, the environment, the fans. “NXT is something special.” It is here in NXT and the ring that “dreams can become possibilities.” For some, the dream starts in NXT. For others, it takes a long time, maybe years of scratching and clawing, going up and down a road, just to get to this ring. But in reality, for every superstar, their dream can end at any moment.
HHH was going to announce the main event of TakeOver: New York, an epic years in the making, of Johnny “Wrestling” Gargano VS Psycho Killer, Tommaso Ciampa. But the reality has made that impossible now. Ciampa’s dream is on hold, because he needs neck surgery. That surgery has taken place, and now Ciampa must relinquish the title. But the beauty of NXT is that when one dream ends, another begins. And that new dream begins right here! Gargano continues his dream and he WILL compete for the NXT Championship! But against who? We find that out tonight! Five men step into this ring! Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!
Those five men fight for an opportunity to live a dream in New York, on the biggest stage yet, and compete for the title against Gargano. It will be decisive in New York, 2 Out of 3 Falls! The winner will walk out the NEW NXT Champion! A major match of former, current and future champions, but who will have a match with Gargano to determine NXT’s future?
Backstage interview with various superstars.
The Finest thinks Cathy Kelly was waiting for him. But since he showed up, what is his reaction to the big news tonight? Well tonight’s main event will be great, but Kona Reeves knows it won’t be The Finest. The Forgotten Sons appear next, and they don’t care about tonight’s main event. They are more concerned with next week’s main event, because in case people have already forgotten, they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic FINALS! Aleister Black & Ricochet need to not forget Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake are coming. They hope one of those two win, so that they’ll be too focused on something else. Then it’ll be that much easier for the Forgotten Sons to go on and win the NXT Tag Team Championships. Then no one will forget them ever again.
NXT Media shares Tommaso Ciampa’s trip to Birmingham, Alabama.
This is not the first time Ciampa has been to the WWE’s preferred surgical facility. Ciampa has had one knee and both shoulders, but now the neck leaves him no choice but to have another surgery. The pressure on his spinal cord could paralyze Ciampa, so this is not just for his career, but for his life as he knows it. There are various bone graftings and now it’s just about time. When and where will the greatest sports entertainer in NXT make another return?
NXT’s contenders speak.
The King of Flight and the Embodiment of the End are one of the most unexpected duos in the tag team division. They work together because they expect the best from each other. But there’s no misunderstanding, it will be every man for himself tonight.
Velveteen Dream is already the NXT North American Champion, but he wants the biggest spotlight possible. The way he sees it, tonight’s Fatal 5 Way will be #DreamOver. And when Dream wins it all, then Dream will just be the first ever dual champion, on the grandest stage in NXT history.
The Original King of Bros is still undefeated, and is stoked to have such a big opportunity so soon. Riddle worked his ace off to get here, and nothing will stop him from going to NXT TakeOver: New York and becoming the new NXT Champion, bro.
Adam Cole says he is the one who makes history in NXT, and no one is more deserving! The inaugural North American Champion wants to be the first to also have the top title. He takes on four of the best to then go to the Barclays Center. That’s the very place Cole made his debut and held that title high above his head. He’ll do it again, when the announcement is made that he is the new NXT Champion! And that is Undisputed!
Backstage interviews with The Sky Pirates.
Io Shirai & Kairi Sane are very excited for tonight’s main event to see who goes to TakeOver. And speaking of, they’re both going, too, because they’re in a Fatal 4 Way for the NXT Women’s Championship. Are they concerned the title and their friendship will get in the way? Not at all! May the best woman win! Io and Kairi both want the title, and will fight each other if they need to. “Gurl, uh-uh!”
Bianca Belair knows this isn’t her business, but this shouldn’t be a Fatal 4. Shayna got in the way and kept Bianca from beating Io. And this doesn’t have anything to do with the little pirate! But now it does, so in New York, The EST will run through both of them to become the new NXT Women’s Champion. No one can do anything about it, because she still feels Un-De-Fea-Ted. Io holds Kairi back while Bianca takes her leave. Whether it’s Bianca, Kairi or Io, will there be a new Women’s Champion alongside a new NXT Champion in New York?
NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!
The One and Only, Panama City Playboy, Dutch Destroyer, Patrick Clark Experience and Original Bro wage war like NXT has never seen! Johnny Wrestling awaits, who moves on to challenge him for the vacant throne?
The fans are already fired up for “All These Guys!” as the bell rings. Cole goes after Aleister than Ricochet while Riddle chases Dream. Riddle originally wanted after Dream for the North American title, so why not have that out here? Dream has other ideas as he throws Riddle into barriers then gets back in the ring. Aleister and Ricochet work together against Cole then Dream. Ricochet clotheslines Cole out but Cole drags Ricochet out. Dream rolls ALeister, TWO! Riddle returns but Dream throws him back out. Aleister waistlocks but Dream throws him off. Dream runs into Aleister’s boots then Aleister hops up. Aleister leaps but Dream gets under. Dream lifts Aleister but Aleister slips out. Aleister sweeps but Dream jumps over and rolls through! Aleister slips out again to cradle, TWO!
Dream runs into Aleister’s boot! Aleister runs but Cole trips and drags him out. Cole swings but gets Aleister’s kick! Aleister clibms up but Dream sends him back down. Ricochet mule kicks and whips Dream but Dream reverses. Ricochet rolls off the back and handsprings to headscissor and dropkick! Dream bails out but Riddle’s back. Riddle gut wrenches Ricochet, then holds on to do it again! And again! Full Sail is thunderous for the “Bro!” but Cole is after him. Riddle standing switches but gets an enziguri from Cole. Cole stomps a mudhole, then hits his pose BAYBAY! ALeister attacks but Cole reverses. The Unexpected Duo work together, leg sweep and standing moonsault! Cole gets away, and now the tag team phenomenons face each other. They shake hands and circle. But Cole disrupts it by shoving Ricochet into Aleister!
Aleister falls out and Cole stomps away on Ricochet. Cole hits a neckbreaker then covers, TWO! Cole keeps Riddle out with a right hand then goes after Ricochet. He snap suplexes and covers, TWO! Ricochet just escapes, but Cole boots Aleister back out! Cole drags Ricochet up for a big back suplex! Cover, TWO! Another close call but Cole can’t put Ricochet away. Cole goes after Dream but Dream shoulders in. Ricochet somersault shotgun dropkicks Cole! Dream knees Ricochet out then throws heavy hands on Cole. Dream whips but Cole reverses, only for Dream to slide out. Cole runs over but gets an uppercut! Dream climbs up and ax handles Alesiter out.
Dream tosses Cole out then climbs, to LEAP for a big ax handle! He puts Cole in fast and climbs back up. Purple Rain- Riddle gets Dream with a German! Aleister kicks but Riddle reverses! Riddle wants and gets the BroMission!! But Dream breaks it with a falling elbow! Dream stalks Riddle as fans fire up again. Dream tosses Riddle out and turns his attention to Aleister. Aleister fires off a strike fest, sweep to knee! Cole returns but Aleister is ready, two-for-one quebrada! Aleister roundhouses Dream, covers, TWO! Dream survives but Aleister keeps going. Aleister lifts Dream with his foot, but Cole drags Aleister out by the other foot. Cole sends Aleister into steel steps! Cole returns to the ring, only to meet Riddle. They were going to fight to see who contends for the North American title, so now they have it out!
Riddle gets the edge with open palm CHOP after CHOP! Cole stomps Riddle’s bare foot! But his superkick is caught, Riddle gets Cole in a Bromission! But again Dream breaks it up with a leaping ax handle! Dream haymakers Riddle but Riddle ROCKS Dream with that right! Cole hits Riddle now, but Riddle hits back. Dream, Riddle and Cole brawl on their knees in a triangle of strikes. They slowly stand, throwing big hands, forearms and uppercuts. Riddle CHOPS Dream, Cole BOOTS Riddle, Dream SUPERKICKS Cole! Ricochet returns, rolls and PELES Dream down! Cole SUPERKICKS Ricochet but Riddle KNEES Cole! Aleister returns and fires off with Riddle, double roundhouses take them both out! All five men are down and Full Sail reaches a fever pitch!
Ricochet staggers up and goes after Riddle. He puts the Bro in the drop zone then climbs up. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” as Cole intercepts Ricochet. Cole climbs up to join Ricochet, but Ricochet resists. Dream adds on, climbing up to join them. They brawl and Aleister staggers over. Riddle follows, and they’re all on the second rope! It’s a Double Russian Leg Sweep SUPERPLEX! All five men are down again and fans know “This is Awesome!” The referee checks on everyone in turn and they’re all okay to continue. Fans build to a rally as the five slowly stir. Cole, Riddle and Ricochet bail out while Dream meets Aleister. Dream and Aleister trade haymakers on their knees. Aleister fires off hand after hand but Dream powers him to a corner. Aleister boots Dream away then hops up, Meteora!
Dream’s up but gets a roundhouse and a German! But Riddle sentons the bridge! Riddle drags Aleister up in a deadlift Fisherman Buster! Cradle, but Cole breaks it! Cole drags Riddle up but Riddle fires off fast hands! Riddle misses, gets a SUPERKICK, and Last Ride brainbuster! Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! Ricochet drags Cole up but Cole breaks free. Ricochet fakes Cole out for a boot and an ax kick! He keeps going, fireman’s carry but Cole rakes eyes! SUPERKICK to the front, SUPERKICK to the back! Cole brings the knee pad down but misses the Last Shot Wizard to get a Reverse-Rrana! Cole rolls all the way out and Ricochet can’t believe it. But Ricochet also sees a prime target, and FLIES with the Sasuke Special! Ricochet wipes Cole out but hurries to get back up.
Dream returns to the ring but so does Riddle. The would-be North American Championship showdown happens as Riddle throws chops. Riddle swings up and around Dream’s clothesline to powerbomb, but Dream slips out! Dream wants but Riddle denies the Sidewinder, to wring Dream out for a Bro Trigger! Riddle reels Dream into the BroMission! Dream flails but Cole yanks the ref out! No Disqualifications, but plenty of consequences as Riddle BOOTS Cole! Riddle turns around into BLACK MASS! Aleister turns around into Dream Valley Driver! Dream hurries to the top rope, but Ricochet’s right up for a SUPER STEINER onto Aleister and Cole! Ricochet hurries up for his own, SHOOTING STAR onto Riddle! Cover, but LAST SHOT!! Cole covers, Cole wins!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; will face Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship
You never see the shot that takes you down! Cole came outta nowhere, and now he’s going to New York City! Will Cole finally make the NXT Championship #Undisputed? Or will Gargano once again become Johnny Champion?
I’m going to call this episode a one match classic, because how else would you describe it? First it is unfortunate for Ciampa to again be out with an injury, and an injury as serious as the neck, so I’m sure I speak for everyone by saying get well soon, Psycho Killer. But HHH had such a great speech to open the night, and it is very true, this became a massive opportunity for another superstar to move up. The five men chosen were the right choices, and this made for an amazing Fatal 5 Way.
However, it makes a lot of sense for this to be Adam Cole’s night. Aleister & Ricochet are not only busy on the main roster, but they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Classic finals, where I would think they defeat the Forgotten Sons and move on to the War Raiders. It wouldn’t be very good to give those two double duty on TakeOver Friday and possibly something on Mania Sunday. Then Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle can and will still happen, and that is going to be great. It would’ve been too epic if Dream was trying for both titles, even if it’s Wrestlemania Weekend. Gargano VS Cole is going to be great and really could go either way, but I feel that since Gargano VS Ciampa was the plan, Gargano might’ve won that title to have his triumphant victory on the biggest WWE weekend of the year.
My Score: 8.6/10
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