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
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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (6/16/18)
ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 352
Best in the World is approaching, but ROH first brings us an amazing 10 Man Tag! It will be The Bullet Club, represented by Cody, Marty Scurll, Adam Page & The Young Bucks VS ALL of Los Ingobernables de Japon! Can the American Nightmare and his team overcome the most Tranquilo stable of NJPW?
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- Chuck Taylor VS Kenny King; Kenny King wins.
- Shane Taylor VS Josh Woods; Shane Taylor wins.
- 10 Man Tag: The Bullet Club VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; Bullet Club wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Bullet Club speaks.
“LIJ, tonight, you have no excuses!” Does anyone know what the J in LIJ really stands for? Cody thinks it’s “jokes”, but that’s not it. Jobbers? No, they’re not jobbers. Juniors? No, that’s not it, either. Jerks? No no no. It stands for JABRONIES! Does anyone think LIJ could sell out 10 thousand seats on their own? No, and certainly not in “30 EFFING MINUTES!” LIJ, Bullet Club is coming for you!
Chuck Taylor VS
The K I N G tried to help Austin Aries, only for it to backfire, and then Aries stopped being his friend with an uncalled for attack! Can he snap back with a win over the returning Kentucky Gentleman?
Fans chant for “Chuckie T!” as the match begins. Chuckie offers a hand to uphold the Code of Honor, but Kenny wants a hug. Chuckie declines, hugs are for his Best Friend, Trent. Fans chant “Hug! Hug!” but Chuckie insists on the handshake. Kenny accepts the handshake, then gives long-distance hugs to the fans. Kenny and Chuckie circle and tie up, and Kenny puts Chuckie into a corner. He backs off at the ropebreak, and they circle again. They tie up as fans rally. Chuckie hammerlocks, but Kenny reverses and gets a headlock. Chuckie slips out to a facelock, but Kenny reverses back to a hammerlock. Kenny shifts back to a headlock but Chuckie powers out, only for Kenny to run him over.
Kenny fires up and dances, then runs, but things speed up. Chuckie leaps over but Kenny headlocks. Chuckie reverses to his headlock, but Kenny powers out now, only for Chuckie to run him over. Now Chuckie does a dance, then runs. Things speed up again, and Kenny arm-drags Chuckie. Chuckie gives an arm-drag, and the two stand off. The fans applaud, and now Chuckie gives Kenny a hug. Fans cheer for that! Kenny gives the hug, but then Chuckie fakes a move. The two stay good sports, and tie up again. Kenny gets a wristlock, but Chuckie rolls to reverse into a hammerlock. Kenny spins and whips but Chuckie holds ropes. They break but then hug again. Belly2belly from Chuckie! Chuckie grins as he dances. Kenny hits Chuckie back but Chuckie forearms Kenny down, and we go to break.
ROH returns, and Chuckie has Kenny in a corner. Chuckie scoop slams him, then shouts that he’s never missed a moonsault ever! He climbs up, then leaps, but he belly flops on the mat! And he slaps the mat in frustration over his first miss. Kenny gets up while Chuckie crawls away. Kenny runs in and jabs away, then bobs and weaves. He whips Chuckie and hits him with the heel kick! Kenny brings Chuckie up but Chuckie kicks low. Chuckie runs but is put on the apron. Kenny hits Chuckie with the Eddie Gordo Kick, then slingshots out to knock Chuckie down! Fans fire up, and a fan gets a selfie with Kenny! But the phone messes it up, so no actual selfie was taken. Kenny returns to the ring, climbs up top, and Chuckie stands. Kenny leaps, crossbody! Cover, TWO!
Kenny keeps his cool, and reminds the fans to have their cameras ready. He hauls Chuckie up, but Chuckie slips off to hotshot Kenny down. Chuckie high fives the fan, then gets everyone fired up. It’s One Dog Night, the most dangerous slingshot stop! But Kenny dodges, so Chuckie slingshots back out to knock Kenny down! Chuckie’s stuck but he gives a thumbs up. Chuckie gets up, and finally that fan gets a selfie. Kenny gets back in the ring, but Chuckie follows. Chuckie shoulders in, then slingshots over, and counters the headscissors with a sit-out bomb! Cover, TWO, but fans rally up for Chuckie.
Chuckie brings Kenny up, but Kenny blocks the suplex. Chuckie clubs Kenny, then suplexes, but Kenny slips out. Kenny waistlocks, but Chuckie standing switches. Chuckie swings Kenny out, Sole Food! Chuckie runs, but into a glancing uppercut! He gets to a corner, and Kenny runs in, but into a knee! Chuckie suplex, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again, and Chuckie brings Kenny up. Kenny resists Chuckie’s move but Chuckie kicks low. Chuckie runs, but into a spinebuster! Cover, TWO, but Kenny calls for his finish.
Kenny drags Chuckie up, fireman’s carry, but Chuckie small pakcage, TWO. Chuckie with the snap piledriver! Cover, TWO! And Chuckie grows frustrated. But then he fires back up and calls for his own finish. He lifts but Kenny slips out. Chuckie swings but Kenny gets behind, atomic drop to spinning roundhouse! Then, fireman’s carry and swing out, Royal Flush!
Cover, Kenny wins!
Winner: Kenny King, by pinfall
The K I N G feels a lot better after this victory, but he’s still got the Greatest Man That Ever Lived on his mind. Will Kenny get his hands on Austin Aries in the future to exact his revenge?
The Briscoes speak.
“People been asking a lotta damn questions.” Briscoes, what’s wrong with all? Why’ve you been going down this dark path? Why, Briscoes, Why? “First of all, who is y’all to be asking us these questions?!” Do you know they are? They’re the champs! So mind your business.
As for the Young Bucks, listen up and listen good. Mark gives them credit for being best in the world, at selling T-shirts and making YouTube videos and a bunch of other stuff! The Bucks can do so much! But #DemBoyz know there’s something the Bucks can’t do, and that’s take the titles from the Briscoes. Best in the World will bring an ROH World Tag Team Championship rematch between two of the best teams today. Who will prove themselves THE best in the world?
Shane Taylor is in the ring.
The Notorious Hitman tells Josh “The Goods” Woods that Woods was “dead to rights” in West Palm Beach, Florida! At least, until King Mo stuck his nose in their business. Not surprising that fans are booing, they’re all just like Woods and King Mo! They’re “used to disappointment.” But don’t worry, Shane Taylor will give Chicago something to cheer for when he pops his opponent faster than Derrick Rose did his ACL. Harsh words, but who is Taylor’s opponent? It’s The Goods himself!
Shane Taylor VS Josh Woods!
The tension is high even before the bell. No Code of Honor, and the two men circle, ready to strike. Woods kicks quick, then again, but Taylor gets back. Taylor rushes in, but Woods gets a waistlock. Woods tries to lift but Taylor is too big and strong. Taylor throws back elbows, but then Woods ducks the back hand to try a belly2belly! Taylor ear claps Woods, but then Woods runs. Woods springboards, but Taylor knocks him down with double ax handles! Taylor brags but fans boo and jeer while Woods rolls out of the ring. Taylor pursues, but Woods hits back. Woods throws hands but Taylor headbutts. Woods falls against the barriers, Taylor cannonballs!
Taylor trash talks Chicago while the 10 count begins. Taylor drags Woods up and then puts him on the apron. He climbs up, takes aim, and drops the guillotine leg! Taylor trash talks fans more while we go to break.
ROH returns, and Woods dodges Taylor in a corner. Woods runs in, but Taylor picks him up onto his shoulder. Taylor brings Woods around, but Woods slips into the sleeper and body scissors! Taylor gets a second wind, but Woods shifts down to a German Suplex! Woods holds on, and brings Taylor up again, for another German! He lets go but fires up, as does Chicago. Woods runs in the corner, flying wizard! Woods throws furious forearms, and the referee backs him down, but only for a moment as Woods comes back to ram in knees. The referee backs Woods down again, but Woods slips past, only to run into the One Hitter Quitter! Cover, Taylor wins!
Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall
The series between these heavy-handed brawlers is now tied, 1-1! There was no King Mo this time, but Taylor did get a bit lucky. What will happen when these two tie up again for the tiebreaker?
Dalton Castle is here!
The Peacock and ROH World Champion, along with his Boys, are here for a close-up look at the main event. Why? Because two of the ten men involved are his contenders at Best in the World for their Triple Threat title match! Though, he does love “Los Incorrigibles”, they’re a great team.
10 Man Tag: The Bullet Club VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!
The partnership between ROH and NJPW is on display as Testuya Naito leads Bushi, EVIL, Sanada & Hiromu Takahashi against the American Nightmare, the Villain, the Hangman and the Young Bucks! Will the winners be Tranquilo? Or just, too, sweet?
ROH returns and the teams sort themsevles out. Naito starts against Hangman Page, but Cody says he wants in. Fans want him to tag in, too, so Page obliges. Cody and Naito, the Bullet Club’s supposed leader and LIJ’s actual leader, get the fans fired up. They circle, but Cody flexes. Naito inspects Cody’s muscles, and is impressed. They’re good enough to spit on! Cody takes offense, and kicks Naito to drop and uppercut him. Cody runs, but Naito sends him out! Naito runs, builds speed, and Tranquilo! Cody is furious, throwing around chairs. He slips into the ring, ready to fight, but Naito tags out to Bushi while Scurll tags himself in. Scurll means no harm, but he just wants his turn. Fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” for their favorite villain.
Castle on commentary notes that while Scurll is super popular, popularity doesn’t equal ability. Castle is popular and also skilled, and he’ll prove that to everyone at BitW. That aside, The Villain circles with the Jet Black Death Mask, then tie up. Bushi wristlocks but Scurll gets to ropes to flip through. Scurll rolls and spins, then reverses into a headlock takeover. Bushi headscissors but Scurll pops out, then flaps his wings. Fans like that, and “Woop Woop!” for him more. Bushi kicks low, then pulls on the beard! Scurll grabs the fingers, but EVIL saves Bushi! Sanada tags in, but Scurll doesn’t want anything to do with this heavyweight championship tag team. Scurll turns around, so he double tags (if that’s allowed) to the Young Bucks!
Matt & Nick Jackson stare down with EVIL & Sanada, both teams being top tier teams around the world. The fans duel while the Bucks bring up Osaka. EVIL & Sanada shove the Bucks, so the Bucks shove back. Sanada & EVIL kick low, then whip the Bucks. The Bucks slip under the boots, then the clotheslines to- Nope, those kicks are blocked. The Bucks want EVIL & Sanada to “relax”, and that gets through to them. Sanada & EVIL let them go, but then all four put up their dukes. Fans applaud this sportsmanship, but the referee reminds them this is meant to be 1v1 match-ups at a time. That’s when Hiromu tags in! Fans go wild for the Ticking Time Bomb, so Scurll gets in to jaw with his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship rival. Bushi slithers in, but so does Hangman Page. Naito and Cody join in, and it’s a 5v5 stand-off!
The referee tries to defuse the situation, but it doesn’t work! It’s a 10 man brawl! They all pair off, Hangman tosses Bushi out while Naito and Hiromu do the same with Cody and Scurll. The two tag teams are still in the ring, and the Bucks get the edge. Nick runs and Matt alley-oops for the double dropkick! Bushi returns, but he gets the “You’re dead!” headscissors dropkick! The Bucks aim at Bushi and Naito, and hit double slingshots crossbodies! Sanada returns into the ring, and kicks Cody low. Sanada runs, but into Cody’s drop toehold, and Scurll adds the basement dropkick. Page adds the running shooting star!
Fans fire up while Scurll and Hangman help The Bucks hold Bushi and Naito in place. Cody does the Terminator kneel! Whether he’s the leader or not, that’s not his move, and fans boo him for it. Cody rises, runs, but Hiromu and Daryl Jr. intercept!
Fans are thunderuos as Daryl Jr. runs wild! Daryl Jr. hits down Scurll, but misses the Bucks, and they give double SUPERKICKS to Hiromu! Hiromu goes down, as does Daryl Jr, but Nick runs and FLIES onto Naito & Bushi! Fans are so fired up right now as Matt drags Hiromu up. Matt scoops Hiromu into Tombstone position, but Sanada stops Nick’s slingshot! Nick hits apron, so Matt dumps Hiromu down. Hiromu distracts the referee while EVIL brings a chair in. EVIL tries to pull a Latino Heat as he tosses the chair to Matt, but Matt tosses the chair back. They hot potato the chair, and EVIL just smashes through to knock the chair into Matt! Hiromu and Sanada take care of Cody and Scurll for good measure, but we go to break.
ROH returns and Sanada tags back in. Sanada rakes Matt Jackson’s back. Matt hits back with big haymakers, then whips, but Sanada reverses. Things speed up as Sanada jumps over, then again, but Matt stops to SUPERKICK Sanada down! But both men are down, so their teams rally up for them. Matt crawls, hot tag to Scurll! Sanada hot tags Hiromu, and they brawl with forearms, fast and furious! Fans love this endless stream of strikes, and it’s Scurll who gets the edge. Scurll runs, but Hiromu boots him! Hiromu runs, but into a mule kick, a stomp on the foot, and a shotgun knee! Scurll fires up again, as do the fans.
Scurll hits Naito and Bushi just because, then goes to the apron to SUPERKICK Bushi. He goes in then back out to the other apron, to SUPERKICK Naito! Both fans and Bullet Club rally, and even Castle likes what he sees from Scurll. Scurll returns to Hiromu, but Hiromu kicks. Hiromu runs, but falls for the 52 Fake Out. Not! But Scurll ducks the clothesline but so does Hiromu. Scurll ducks again, and goes for chicken wing! Hiromu breaks free, but ends up in a pumphandle, for Ghostbuster!
Cover, TWO!! Somehow Hiromu survives, and the rallying begins again. Scurll calls for the chicken wing again, does his spin, but Hiromu drops down to roll up! TWO, Scurll hits Hiromu with a European Uppercut. Scurll whips but Hiromu reverses, only for Hiromu to miss. Scurll runs, but is thrown overhead into buckles! Fans love it, even though both men are down. Scurll and Hiromu crawl, hot tags to Nick and EVIL! Sanada enters, too, and LIJ get Nick. They double whip him corner to corner, but Nick comes back to rally with strikes! Nick shining wizards then bulldog clotheslines them both! Nick hits Naito and Bushi just because, and he’s all fired up.
EVIL puts him on the apron, but Nick comes back with a slingshot “Suck It!” facebuster! Cover, Sanada breaks it. LIJ double whip but Matt saves his brother while tagging in. The Bucks knock LIJ back, then double slingshot sunset flips, into double sharpshooters! That’s Cease in stereo! “The! Elite! The the Elite!” echoes out, but Naito and Hiromu save EVIL and Sanada. LIJ whips Matt, but Matt ducks, Hangman double buckshots! But wait, Punishment Martinez is storming down the ramp! Hangman goes out to intercept and they start brawling!
These two won’t wait for Best in the World to settle their grudge! They fight all the way up to the stage, and to the backstage area, but we go to one last break.
ROH returns once more, and Bushi climbs up. Bushi missile dropkicks Matt down then Bushi-roonies up while Hiromu and Naito intercept Scurll and Cody. EVIL hobbles over to Matt and with Bushi’s help, whips Matt corner to corner. EVIL charges in for a big corner clothesline, then rolls Matt out for the others to QUADRUPLE dropkick Matt! Cover, but Cody and Nick break it. Another brawl begins, and Bushi is left alone with Matt in the ring. Bushi climbs up again, but Scurll returns. Scurll saves Matt, then hits a roaring elbow. Hiromu lariats Scurll, then sees Cody coming, yet still gets the Beautiful Disaster kick! Naito throws Cody with a headscissors, but Matt SUPERKICKS Naito! EVIL mule kicks Matt, then Bushi with the Destroyer!
Sanada returns, and LIJ groups up to lift Matt, Magic Killer! Bushi covers, but Nick drags the referee out! Cody attacks Sanada, then EVIL. Cody sends them out, tot hen run and FLY! He takes out EVIL, but Hiromu runs at Nick! Hiromu leaps over for the bomb, but Nick holds the ropes! Bernard the Business Bear attacks Hiromu! Then Nick asai moonsaults! Nick and Bernard high five, but then Bushi spits the green mist into Bernard’s eyes! Wait, that shouldn’t actually… But Bushi goes after Cody, but Cody standing switches. Scurll has his umbrella and swings, but Bushi gets out of the way, and Cody takes the hit! Naito hits Scurll with Destino!
But the Bucks SUPERKICK Naito together! Then SUPERKICKS for Bushi! The Bucks duck EVIL & Sanada, then SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up all over again, and The Bucks target Bushi. Bushi’s counter is countered, springboard for the FIVE STAR MELTZER DRIVER!!
Cover, The Bullet Club wins!!
Winners: The Bullet Club, Matt Jackson pinning
Bullet Club IS fine, but maybe not Bernard. Cody washes Bernard’s eyes out, though again, it shouldn’t matter. The fans chant for “All In!” but Cody and Scurll must first worry about Best in the World and their Triple Threat with Dalton Castle. If Bullet Club truly is fine, can the Allied Powers stay civil in their fight with The Peacock? Or will they implode and allow Castle to retain with ease?
A great night from ROH, as far as action goes. Chuckie and Kenny have a great match that is respectful and clean, as both men are Faces. Kenny wins to keep pace after what Austin Aries did to him, and I really hope that match comes sooner rather than later. Shane Taylor VS Josh Woods was good, but it keeps both guys strong because while Taylor wins, it was thanks to Woods being distracted that gave Taylor the win. The Briscoes give a really good, and even scary promo in regards to their attitude and their coming title match. The ROH tag champion Briscoes VS IWGP tag champion Young Bucks is going to be great. It’s just too bad it isn’t going to be winners take all since it’s an ROH event.
And that’s the one downside of tonight: the continuity error. This episode was obviously recorded in the set before even last week, which is very important. NJPW Dominion was on 6/9/18, and the Young Bucks would defeat EVIL & Sanada for their IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. Yet, this episode has EVIL & Sanada still holding those belts. However, there is a logical reason for this continuity error: spoilers. Fans in attendance would not have kept the secret if the Bucks came out with the titles before Dominion even happened. Perhaps the main event of 351, Briscoes VS Roppongi 3K, should’ve been swapped with this one so that continuity still works in some way. Though, that might have made everyone think the Bucks had a match against EVIL & Sanada just hours before their Dominion match…
My Score: 8.5/10
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Mitchell’s Lucha Underground Report! (6/20/18)
Lucha Underground, Season 4, Episode 2: “Darkness and the Monster”
Pentagon Dark made it through Aztec Warfare and is STILL Lucha Underground Champion. However, Antonio Cueto won’t let him have any time off, as he must again defend his title against Antonio’s “only son”, The Monster, Matanza! Can Pentagon survive the Wrath of the Gods to remain champion with #CeroMiedo?
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- Lucha Underground Trios Championships: Son of Havoc, Killshot & The Mack VS
Texano, Dr. Wagner Jr. & Famous BInfamous Incorporated w/ Famous B & the Beautiful Brenda; Havoc, Killshot & The Mack win and retain the Lucha Underground Trios Championships.
- Gift of the Gods Medallion Match: Drago w/ Kobra Moon VS Dragon Azteca Jr; Azteca wins and earns one of the seven Aztec Medallions.
- Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS Matanza Cueto; Pentagon wins and retains the Lucha Underground Championship.
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Catrina appears in King Cuerno’s trophy.
And she appears magically, as per her powers of darkness. Fortunately the King of Hunters is out, but unfortunately, so is the Gauntlet of the Gods. Cuerno enters, and tells Catrina, “Even I know that some trophies are too dangerous to display.” Then where is it? Cuerno knows the Gauntlet is “the hand that could strike down the descendants of the Seven Aztec Tribes.” And he can’t let that happen. But without it, she will never be human again, and she won’t let that happen. Well sorry, but he gave it to someone else for “safe keeping.” So who knows where, or when, he hid it. And Cuerno doesn’t give a sh*t whether Catrina is ever human again. Catrina disappears in a huff, back on the hunt for her humanity.
Lucha Underground Trios Championships: Son of Havoc, Killshot & The Mack VS Texano, Dr. Wagner Jr. & Famous B w/ the Beautiful Brenda!
Dysfunction has returned to these titles as one of the inaugural champions is forced to team with two of the current champions. For whatever reason, Dante Fox is MIA, so Antonio Cueto let fate decide who replaced him, and that brings us to this new mishmash team. However, they already have to face challengers in #InfamousIncorporated.
Speaking of, the chairman of 423-Get-Fame explains to Melissa Santos that she doesn’t have all the facts. Famous B and Brenda hit the ring, and B vows to capture the gold! But Dr. Wagner & Texano are too busy making money in Mexico, so instead, it’s a fresh coat of paint w/ three new clients! First, the nasty mechanic, Big Bad Steve! Second, one of the hottest young stars on the globe, Sammy Guevara! And last but certainly not least, the hottest free agent in the business, the “savage” Jake Strong! The Believers lose their minds over these signings, especially that third star full of swagger.
Lucha Underground Trios Championships: Son of Havoc, Killshot & The Mack VS Infamous Incorporated w/ Famous B & The Beautiful Brenda!
With this revised match-up, do the champions stand a chance of retaining? The bell rings, and Killshot starts against Guevara. Killshot gets the takedown, but Guevara dodges the double stomps. Killshot cartwheels, things speed up, and while Killshot handsprings back, Guevara flips over! Guevara embraces the spotlight a little too long, but he still tilt-o-whirl headscissors Killshot. Killshot handsprings through, then headscissors Guevara back. Guevara also gets up quick, with a big smile on his face. Fans are loving it, too, as Guevara offers a handshake. Fans chant for “Killshot! Killshot!” so Guevara flips him the bird. Killshot gives Guevara the spinning back elbow! Killshot puts Guevara in the corner, then tags to Son of Havoc.
Havoc drags Guevara up while fans chant for him. Havoc chops Guevara sharply, then gives forearms. He whips but Guevara reverses, and things speed up. Guevara dropkicks Havoc down, then embraces the spotlight again. He drags Havoc over, and Big Bad Steve tags in. BBS throws hands on SoH, then big forearms. Havoc back kicks, then runs, but BBS blocks and counters to clothesline Havoc down. Killshot comes in to mule kick BBS, then whips. BBS reverses but Killshot goes up and over. Killshot 619s in the corner, then steps in for the complete shot! Jake Strong comes in and throws Killshot to ropes to then boot him. Killshot is dazed, but he still dumps Jake out of the ring. Killshot gets to the apron, aims at Jake, and gives him a sharp boot!
Guevara returns, to SUPERKICK Killshot down! Then Guevara wrecks with a dropkick, only for Havoc to DIVE on him! Brenda and Famous B are not happy with how their team is working together. Jake gets up with Guevara and they drag Havoc up together. They both go into the ring, and BBS grabs Havoc for a suplex. BBS holds him up there, then drops him. Jake backs up, then runs corner to corner for the All American American Vader Bomb! Guevara is up, and adds the swanton bomb! Cover, but Killshot and The Mack break that. Guevara backs off, and Havoc crawls over. Killshot tags in, and fans already know “This is Awesome!”
Killshot runs in but Guevara puts him on the top rope. Guevara swing kicks then climbs up, to SUPER- No, Killshot denies! Killshot brings Guevara back up, fireman’s carry, and with The Mack running an intercept course, SUPER POUNCE!
But Jake comes in, and kicks Mack down. Jake throws Mack out hard, then grabs Killshot. Jake puts Killshot in a corner, but Killshot puts up the knee. This gets Jake to stop in his tracks, and Killshot kicks out the legs. Killshot buzzaw kicks Jake right in the head, then climbs up top. Famous B distracts on the apron, and this gives Jake time to get under Killshot’s jump. Killshot turns back around, and runs into a pop up into ankle lock!
Killshot endures while fans are thunderous! He taps, but the referee is still busy with someone else! Mack comes in, and SMACKS Jake with a haymaker. But Jake holds onto the hold! That’s how strong Jake is. Mack hits him again, then runs to bicycle boot him! Finally Jake lets go, but he tags to BBS. Mack dodges BBS, STUNNER! Havoc tags in from Killshot, climbs up top, and hits a SHOOTING STAR! Cover, Havoc and team win!
Winners: Killshot, The Mack & Son of Havoc, Havoc pinning; still Lucha Underground Trios Champions
Famous B messed up his own team, and now they pay the price! The mishmash team retains, and have grown closer thanks to winning together. Meanwhile, Jake Strong is pissed at Famous B, but he takes it out on Guevara and Big Bad Steve! He body slams Guevara and boots BBS, but he’s not done there. He build speed to FLIP Guevara with a lethal lariat. Famous B pleads with Jake, but no go, as Jake trophy lifts Guevara to toss onto Big Bad Steve! And that just leaves Famous B himself, for a big biel! Then, the ankle lock! Famous B has had broken arms before, but never a broken ankle! Jake wipes the sweat from his brow and fans join in on “Strong! Strong!” Will Jake Strong take the Temple by storm?
Melissa Santos introduces Antonio Cueto.
The ice cold father of the late Dario Cueto comes out, and says that many called Dario “a genius”. But guess what? The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In fact, another concept of Dario’s was a spark of brilliance. Antonio is of course speaking of the Gift of the Gods Championship. “When the seven ancient Aztec medallions are together, they form the Gift of the Gods”, and Antonio proudly announces that the process starts again, tonight! This next match is for the first of seven, so let’s not keep the bloodthirsty Believers waiting! “Let’s put some red blood in this blue ice house!”
Gift of the Gods Medallion Match: Drago w/ Kobra Moon VS Dragon Azteca Jr!
Now that there’s a prize on the line, this battle of dragons truly heats up. The Queen of the Reptile Tribe leads her dark knight to the ring, will he bring glory to their clan at the expense of the young luchador’s body?
Lucha Underground returns, and this match begins. Fans already rally as the two circle. Drago wants a handshake? Azteca accepts, but of course it was a trap. Drago whips but Azteca reverses, and things speed up. Drago front flips but Azteca arm wrenches, to then wheelbarrow and sunset flip! ONE, and Drago sweeps the legs to cover. ONE, and Azteca returns the favor, ONE, double dropkicks twice in a row, we have a stand off and fans are loving it. Azteca baits Drago into a test of strength to back kick him. Azteca puts on a headlock, but Drago powers out. Drago and Azteca bump shoulders, Drago rebounds to shoulder again but Azteca does the same and gets the knock down!
Azteca runs but Kobra swipes at him! He’s ready to bop her one, but he’s too nice a guy. Azteca does sense Drago lurking, though, and gets out of the way. Drago stops himself from running into his queen, but Azteca waistlocks. Dragon standing switches, but Azteca throws elbows. Azteca slips out of the suplex to shove and then follow, Azteca rolls to a cover, TWO! Things speed up again as Drago springboards into a cover. ONE and Azteca narrowly avoids a Penalty Kick, but not that sharp mule kick! Drago keeps on Azteca, then whips, but Azteca reverses. Things speed up as Azteca dodges Drago each time, then he slides out, but Drago FLIES! One dragon wipes out the other and fans are fired up!
Drago puts Azteca back in, then stalks him to a corner. Drago hits Azteca with a body shot, then hoists him up backwards on the top rope. He goes after the mask! How disrespectful! Fans boo and jeer, but Dragon won’t stop! He almost unmasks Azteca completely as he puts him in the Tree of Woe! Drago mule kicks the defenseless Azteca! Azteca gets his mask on, but fans cuss Drago out. Drago runs in, but misses in the corner. Azteca fires off forearms, then whips but Drago reverses. Azteca stops himself, to then kick from the ground! Drago runs back in, but is thrown overhead into buckles! Cover, TWO! Azteca is a bit shocked, but he keeps on Drago.
Azteca whips but Drago holds ropes. Drago runs and slides off Azteca’s back, then brings Azteca around for a hammerlock and lift, into a facebuster slam! Dragon finishes by rolling Azteca up into a cradle, TWO!? Kobra Moon is frustrated, but Drago makes it up to her with that overhand chop on Azteca. Dragon whips Azteca corner to corner, then runs in, but Azteca slips out to the apron. Drago hits buckles and falls back, Azteca climbs up, but has to drop down. Azteca swing kicks Drago, then climbs up. He jumps over, and runs into a boot from Drago! Drago runs, blockbuster DDT! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Azteca gets to a corner. Drago runs in again, but Azteca dodges. Azteca runs into a SUPERKICK! Drago climbs up, Azteca swing kicks Drago again! Azteca climbs up, SUPER victory roll pin! Azteca wins!!
Winner: Dragon Azteca Jr, by pinfall; earns the first Aztec Medallion
Azteca celebrates winning in honor of his Aztec heritage of the Eagle Tribe. Who will join him in collecting the Medallions and forming the Gift of the Gods Championship?
Meanwhile, Kobra Moon is disappointed in her knight. To make matters worse, out comes Johnny Mundo. He asks the Queen of Reptiles what’ll happen when “one of your snakes gets taken to Slam Town?” But Mundo’s trash talk is just a distraction for Taya to sneak up behind and strike! The Valkyrie SPEARS and throws hands on Kobra while Mundo comes in to kick Drago in the huevos! Then a shining wizard on Drago for good measure. The Reptiles started this war with Worldwide Underground, will Mundo and company finish it?
Antonio Cueto is in his office.
He finishes some paperwork, then picks up the key. But Catrina pops in using her magic. He heard stories about her, but he just thought it was “a load of crap.” Is she a phantom? No, she’s stuck between the worlds of the living and the dead. She hopes not for long, if he gives her what she desires. He’s sure most men do. So what does she desire? Fenix in a coffin. But Mil Muertes can handle him. Catrina wants the match made, Mil Muertes VS Fenix in Grave Consequences, next week. Sounds violent. Yes, it will be. And once Fenix is buried once and for all, that immortal life force will be Catrina’s. “And I will finally be free.”
So she’ll have to knock next time? Yes. Then consider it done. Catrina disappears just as she came. The Man of 1000 Deaths and the Man of 1000 Lives will wage war once again! Will Catrina get her shortcut to restoration? Or will she be disappointed all over again?
Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS Matanza Cueto!
A rematch from all the way back in Ultima Lucha Dos, in which The Monster defeated the Breaker of Bones. Things have changed for Pentagon since then, but Matanza is as merciless and mindless as ever. Will Pentagon avenge himself of that loss? Or will he fall to the Wrath of the Gods?
Lucha Underground returns once more, and fans are already thunderous. Pentagon doesn’t waste time, either, as he goes right at Matanza at the stairs! The bell rings just as Pentagon SUPERKICKS Matanza! Matanza stays standing, though, and even busts through Pentagon’s forearm smash. Pentagon hits Matanza again and again, then pushes Matanza into a post. Fans chant “Cero Miedo!” as Pentagon kicks Matanza again. He goes after the big legs of the Monster, then brings him around by his mask to bowl him into chairs! Fans are loving this as Pentagon stalks Matanza. Pentagon whips Matanza into the railings and wall. He kicks Matanza’s leg again, then stands Matanza up against a post. Pentagon asks for silence as he takes off his glove, and opens Matanza’s jumpsuit for the CHOP!
Matanza staggers away but fans love it. “Otra! Otra!” echoes out, but as Pentagon swings, Matanza dodges! Pentagon’s hand smacks post! Matanza boots Pentagon, then drags Pentagon up to press and bounce him off the railings. Matanza forearms Pentagon hard, then follows him as he rolls. He then drags Pentagon up to return the favor of bowling for chairs!
Matanza drags Pentagon up, for a back suplex on the apron. Pentagon writhes but Matanza hits him with another forearm. Matanza puts Pentagon in the ring, then looms over him. He drags Pentagon up, for a torture rack and slam! Cover, TWO, but Matanza still looms over his prey. Matanza pumphandles and Fall Away Slams Pentagon. Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Pentagon but Matanza is still on him. Matanza drags Pentagon up but Pentagon revives. Pentagon speeds things up, then Slingblades! Then another! Cover, TWO! Pentagon is surprised, but he keeps on that leg with another sharp kick! “CERO, MIEDO!” Pentagon can’t get the package driver, though, as Matanza powers out and hits back. Matanza whips, but Pentagon goes up and over for the backstabber! Then the code breaker! Cover, TWO!
Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” for their champion as he stands up and stalks Matanza now. Matanza sits up, but Pentagon buzzsaw kicks him. “CERO! MIEDO!” Pentagon runs, but into a swinging side slam! Cover, TWO, and the fans are still thunderous. Matanza is up first, then whips Pentagon corner to corner. Matanza runs in, for a big clothesline. He runs in again, but into a SUPERKICK! Pentagon hops up, leaps, but Matanza denies the Destroyer with power. Pentagon still sunset flips but Matanza rolls through. They both get up, enziguri from Pentagon! Pentagon positions Matanza, then climbs up. But Matanza stops him with a right! Matanza climbs up, fireman’s carry, but Pentagon fights back. Pentagon headbutts Matanza down, then SUPERKICKS him again. He hops back up, DESTROYER PILEDRIVER!
But that’s not all, because Matanza staggers up to his feet. Pentagon runs, ANOTHER Destroyer!
Then, “CERO! MIEDO!” Somehow, Pentagon lifts Matanza for a PACKAGE Piledriver! Cover, Pentagon wins!!
Winner: Pentagon Dark, by pinfall; still Lucha Underground Champion
Two weeks in a row, Pentagon has done the unthinkable! He conquers the Monster to give the Monster his first singles loss EVER! Fans are thunderous for their champion as they chant “Cero! Miedo!” But they also what Pentagon to “Break His Arm!” Pentagon grabs Matanza, Dark Armbar… But Antonio simply shows Matanza the key, and the Monster powers out! Matanza gets away from Pentagon, then cowers before his father!? Antonio smacks Matanza, saying Dario spoiled his little brother. They’re both useless. Matanza sheepishly follows after his father, and Pentagon stands tall. Will his unbelievable title reign continue to make history?
Antonio Cueto returns to his office.
He puts the key down, then paces the room. Jeremiah Crane arrives, and none too soon for Antonio’s liking. This won’t take long. Crane wants to bury both Fenix and Mil Muertes, and then he’ll be the one to give Catrina what she wants, so that she’ll finally realize he is the only man she needs. So Crane is willing to put his own life on the line for a woman? Have you seen Catrina? Good point. In that case, it will be the first ever Grave Consequences TRIPLE THREAT, aka Three Way to the Grave. See? That didn’t take long. Antonio doesn’t see Crane’s career lasting much longer, either. The Death Machine, the Man of Death, and the Bird of War, only one will be left alive! Will it be Catrina or Crane who gets what they want?
What a great second episode, as Lucha Underground keeps the momentum rolling and even heightens it. Nice story element of King Cuerno using his Lucha Underground/Impact Wrestling pal in Aerostar to hide that Gauntlet for him. Aerostar being a time-traveler in kayfabe, it is the perfect way to keep that Gauntlet out of the reach of those hungry for power. Of course, Catrina has a Plan B: just kill Fenix. For one, Fenix has been a long-standing rival of Mil Muertes, so this would be one way to end their eternal feud. Second, it gets Catrina what she wants, and that’s to be truly alive again. Crane makes a great move as well, since he has his own story with Muertes & Catrina. That match for just episode three is going to be great.
Havoc joining The Mack and Killshot was a nice twist from last week, and we get some more twists as we meet the newest LU talent. “Jake Strong” (aka Jack Swagger) makes a big impact, even though he lost. I suppose by “Mexico”, Famous B means Texano and Wagner are active in AAA Lucha and therefore too busy to be on Lucha Underground. Strong/Swagger is gonna do great to be sure. And great for Azteca to win a medallion, that’s the first step to being Gift of the Gods Champion. Azteca has already been Trios Champion with Rey Mysterio and Prince Puma, so this could be his way to being a Triple Crown. Then that main event was amazing, as always, and great for Pentagon to retain. I could easily see him retain all the way until Ultima Lucha 4, where he gets screwed out this time.
My Score: 8.6/10
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (6/20/18)
NXT takes over Chicago for a bonus night of action! What is the aftermath of all the amazing matches from TakeOver: Chicago II? Where do both the winners and losers go from here? Plus, in-ring action between the War Raiders and The Mighty! Who will kneel? Who will rise?
All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter
- Dakota Kai VS Bianca Belair; Bianca wins.
- The War Raiders VS The Mighty; War Raiders win.
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WWE and NXT honors the memory of Leon White, aka Vader.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 21, 2018
Big, strong and even revolutionary, he will be missed and always remembered fondly.
NXT recaps TakeOver Chicago II!
A true highlight reel of all the fast and furious action that went down on Saturday, June 16, 2018. From Undisputed tag team champions to a loony lass that let herself go limp, to a #OneandOnlyDream Match all about the spotlight, to a Dutch Destroyer making a Leviathan #FadeToBlack, to two men who were once friends trying to destroy each other. TakeOver brought just about everything but the kitchen sink. The only question now: what’s next?
Dakota Kai VS Bianca Belair!
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 21, 2018
The Captain of Team Kick overcame her fears in regards to the Queen of Spades, but can she overcome a woman who is the strongest, toughest, baddest and so much more? Or will The EST add Dakota to her fastest growing win list?
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 21, 2018
The bell rings, and Bianca pie-faces Dakota around. Bianca whips Dakota, but Dakota gets around and keeps moving to dropkick Bianca down. Dakota goes to whip but Bianca reverses. Dakota goes up and over, then rolls Bianca, ONE. Bianca waistlocks Dakota but Dakota resists. Dakota trips Bianca then runs to Penalty Kick her down. Cover, TWO, but Dakota keeps focus. Dakota goes over but Bianca pushes her back to then flapjack her onto the buckles. Bianca rams her shoulder into Dakota, then backs off to smirk. Bianca brings Dakota up, suplexes, and fans chant “EST!” as she rebound suplexes Dakota to the mat. Dakota crawls but Bianca is on her with a splash! Bianca kips up, then tells Dakota to “kiss this”.
Dakota gets to a corner while fans cheer Bianca on. Bianca twirls her hair as Dakota stands up. Bianca clubs Dakota, covers, TWO. She grows annoyed with Dakota, but brings her up for a modified abdominal stretch. Bianca adds a clawing hand, then grabs hair to thrash Dakota around. The referee counts Bianca, and she lets up. She still elbows Dakota, then pulls on hair again. Bianca bends and stretches Dakota but fans rally and Dakota endures. Bianca pumphandles and backbreakers Dakota! Dakota writhes while Bianca dares her to get up. Dakota hits back, but it doesn’t hurt Bianca. Bianca clubs Dakota down, then drags her up.
Bianca suplexes Dakota again, rebounds again, then again to show off her strength! She gets a hat trick but Dakota rolls her, TWO. Dakota trips then rolls around, TWO. Bianca runs and kicks Dakota down, then throws her by her hair. Bianca runs, but her splash hits knees! She flops to a corner, then Dakota crawls over. Fans rally for both women as they stagger up. Bianca misses in the corner, enziguri from Dakota! Both women are down, but stir. Dakota is up and kicks Bianca down. Scorpion kick then bicycle kick! Bianca gets to a corner, Dakota goes Around the World! Then, boot wash! Cover, TWO!
Dakota can’t believe it, but she knows she’s close, too. She climbs up top, but Bianca is up. Dakota jumps over, avoids the hair whip, but Bianca avoids the roundhouse to forearm Dakota back! Bianca grabs Dakota, torture rack driver! Cover, Bianca wins!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
The EST impresses Chicago with her performance tonight. Racking up the wins like this, will Bianca become the strongest, toughest, and baddest #1 contender to the NXT Women’s Championship?
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) June 21, 2018
Exclusive backstage interview with Ricochet.
The King of Flight went toe to toe and move for move with the Patrick Clark Experience, and won. What’s next? “Well like I said before,” Ricochet has shown us just the tip of the iceberg. He showed he’s not just some gif online or a bunch of flips. Ricochet showed us all that the spotlight is now on him, the One and Only.
And Velveteen Dream’s own interview.
After losing to Ricochet, where does he go next? It was #DreamOver in New Orleans, so what do you think? That’s all he has to say, but what will he do?
Exclusive interview with Shayna Baszler.
The Queen of Spades is joined by her fellow Four Horsewomen of MMA, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, as she speaks on her successful defense against Crazy Nikki Cross. Was there any doubt that she’d lsoe to Nikki’s madness? “You know how you defeat chaos? You suck the air out of it and put it to sleep.” #AndStill. If not even Nikki Cross can defeat Bully Baszler, then who can?
NXT reviews THE NXT Championship match.
The Leviathan shocked the world when he blocked the Black Mass with one hand on NXT TV. Then he shocked us again when he slammed Aleister Black three times, just because he could. Then in the match itself, Lars Sullivan still threw the Embodiment of the End off with his superhuman sturdiness. But Aleister proved he had both toughness and intellect to match, as he focused on the giant’s jaw. It took no less than two Black Mass kicks, but finally, Lars went down and Aleister retained.
Exclusive interview with Aleister Black.
The Dutch Destroyer, sore in body as he was, had no time or energy to talk. He would hobble on into the night, victorious.
Exclusive interview with Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch.
The one-two combination did not win the NXT Tag Team Championships off Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong, partially thanks to Adam Cole. Chicago still showed their respect and appreciation for their efforts, but how do they themselves feel? “This is a combined 25 years of experience in the making”, of blood, sweat and tears just to get to WWE and NXT. Their first TakeOver, they came up short and they’re heartbroken, but they left it all in the ring, and you can’t ask for anything more. It was the biggest match of their careers, but the biggest loss, too. They’re disappointed, but they’re still standing. Will the Boston & British Brawlers fight their way back up towards something big?
NXT looks back to the brutality of the Chicago Street Fight.
Chicago was the location where DIY broke apart, all because of Tommaso Ciampa’s paranoia. Ciampa accused Johnny Gargano of being selfish, but Gargano wasn’t the one making life a living Hell for his former friend. In the end, even Candice LeRae wanted Gargano to “kick his ass”, and Gargano went out to do just that! So much symbolism was in every sinister and sadistic move from both men, and Gargano would bring out a darker side of himself than perhaps even he knew he had. But in the end, he would lose focus, and that would cause him to lose the match. Ciampa exposed hard wood and drove Gargano headfirst into it. The Psycho Killer would stand tall, and wave “bye-bye”. Now that Ciampa got his “moment”, is it finally over between him and Johnny Wrestling?
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 21, 2018
NXT Media catches up with EC3.
What did The Top One Percent think of TakeOver: Chicago II? “Is there anything like it?” That show proved why NXT is THE top brand in sports entertainment. It had thrills, chills, action and excitement, but it didn’t have EC3. He isn’t promising, he is proclaiming: The Top One Percent will be at 100% of TakeOvers going forward. EC3 has been building this brand into #NX3 with #VictoryAfterVictoryAfterVictory. He claims to be the best here, the best there, the best anywhere, but he’s going to prove it. EC3 is going to kick the doors wide open to demand the top tier of competition available. In other words, EC3 is calling his shot. And when he calls his shot, he doesn’t miss. Who is he aiming for? “Everybody!!”
The War Raiders VS The Mighty!
War comes to Chicago as Ray Rowe and “Warbeard” Hanson look to show Shane Thorne & Nick Miller what it’s really like to be mighty. Forget kneeling, will Thorne & Miller still be standing after this match?
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 21, 2018
But as The Mighty have done, they use some sneakier tactics, as they throw their fancy new dusters at Rowe & Hanson! The Mighty put Hanson on the outside, then stomp away on Rowe. The referee backs Thorne & Miller off to check on Rowe. Rowe simply demands this match begin! The bell rings, and Rowe hits Thorne with shotgun knees! Miller comes in, but gets thrown overhead! Miller slumps out, Rowe tags in Hanson. Fans chant “War! War!” as Hanson is whipped into squash Thorne, then Rowe picks Hanson up for the human weapon hip attack! Fans fire up as Hanson tags back to Rowe. Rowe stalks Thorne, and brings him up for the lift. Hanson climbs but Miller pushes him down!
Rowe goes after Miller, but then Thorne clobbers Rowe. Thorne rolls Rowe and even puts feet on the ropes! TWO, because Miller wasn’t there to help anchor him. Thorne hurries up to knee Rowe down, then tags Miller. Miller drags Rowe up and drops ax handles and crossface punches. Fans boo, but Miller keeps going. Rowe shoves Miller away but Miller knocks Rowe out of the ring. Miller distracts and Thorne gets a cheap shot in! Thorne puts Rowe in, then tags in. The Mighty pick Rowe up, back drop neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! The Mighty are shocked and furious but fans rally up for the War Raiders.
Thorne goes after Rowe in a corner with European Uppercuts. Rowe shoves him away, then they brawl. Rowe fights out of the Mighty’s corner, but Thorne dropkicks him back down. Thorne goes to hit Hanson, but Hanson intimidates him with a roar. Thorne goes back to Rowe, but his senton misses! Hot tag to Hanson! Hanson throws Thorne with a back drop, then side slams Miller, before squashing him with a splash! Hanson picks up and swings Thorne for a slam. Miller dodges but ends up in a seated senton! Hanson cartwheels past Thorne to clothesline him down!
Fans are all fired up, and so is Hanson. Hanson tags Rowe, “War! War!” echoes out, as Hanson feeds Thorne to Rowe to pop Thorne up for Thor’s Hammer! Cover, but Miller breaks it! Rowe throws Miller out, and Hanson DIVES! Hanson wipes Miller out, but that’s not all. War Raiders regroup, Rowe gives Thorne the Ace Ten Mao! Tag to Hanson, and Hanson climbs. Rowe drags Thorne up, FALLOUT! Cover, War Raiders win!
Winners: The War Raiders, Hanson pinning
The warpath continues, and no one is safe. Will the NXT Tag Team Champions have to worry about a truly threatening team coming for their gold?
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 21, 2018
For those who don’t know, post-TakeOver episodes of NXT are never that big of a deal, as they’re actually filmed before TakeOver. It’s just through the magic of editing that it all feels like a post-show. All the interviews featured were great, and fitting of each character’s story after the event. The matches were actually alright tonight. Bianca VS Dakota was great for an opener, and honestly could’ve been the main given how great Chicago reacted to Bianca. War Raiders VS The Mighty was so quick, but also as exciting and well-received. As I’ve been saying, we must be getting War Raiders VS Undisputed Era in this next arc, and hopefully Bobby Fish will be healed by then for a proper match-up of ROH teams in NXT.
My Score: 8/10