ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 339
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- The Dawgs VS Team Coast 2 Coast; C2C wins.
- WOH Championship Tournament Opening Round match: Mayu Iwatani VS HZK; Mayu wins and advances to face Deonna Purrazzo in the quarterfinals.
- 10 Man Tag: The Bullet Club VS The Kingdom & SoCal Uncensored; The Bullet Club wins.
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ROH reviews the union struck between The Kingdom and SoCal Uncensored.
Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan & Vinnie Marseglia have cried conspiracy for months over not being given a rematch for the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships. Worse yet, the Bullet Club is falling apart, yet the company still puts all their eggs in that basket. Cody works to keep the Bullet Club together, defending that his issues with Kenny Omega have nothing to do with the Club as a whole, but it doesn’t seem anyone else believes him.
The Fallen Angel and Heavy Metal Rebel let The Kingdom know they agreed. The Addiction dealt with conspiracy from the company before, and still deal with it now, because their contracts are on a countdown. Both trios have had problems with the Bullet Club in regards to championships, so why not work together to get rid of them once and for all? Cody warned the Bullet Club about this, but the others lumped that in with his insistence that “Bullet Club is fine.” This could be a turning point not just in ROH but in all of the wrestling world. Will Bullet Club survive the coming war? Or will there be a change in “the pecking order”?
The Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas join commentary for the opening match.
The literally biggest duo in ROH’s Tag Team Division are here to watch two teams who might be in their way in the hunt of the World Tag Team Championships.
The Dawgs VS Team Coast 2 Coast!
Big Rhett and his Little Willie are back and ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Atlanta. And while Georgia fell short of the pot of gold–#RollTide–they’ll have some dawgs they can cheer for. However, Atlanta seems more supportive of Shaheem Ali & Leon St. Giovanni, the team that kept itself together to defeat even War Machine. Which team will rise up and roll towards the titles?
The teams uphold the Code of Honor, though tensely. LSG starts against Big Rhett and the bell rings. They circle and tie up, Rhett gets the waistlock slam and floats all over LSG before slapping his head. LSG tries to slip away but Rhett gets the facelock. Rhett arm wrenches, LSG handsprings and reverses, but Rhett spins around and rocks LSG with a right hand. Rhett whips LSG to a corner but LSG goes up and over to then waistlock. LSG holds on but Rhett bucks him off, then Rhett runs LSG over with a shoulder. The Big Dawg shows off the muscles but then things speed up, Rhett still catches LSG into a powerslam.
The Dawgs celebrate while fans boo and jeer, Ferrara surprises Rhett with a tag. Ferrara insists he’s gonna bring C2C down, but LSG springs up to dropkick Ferrara back. LSG wrenches and whips Ferrara into C2C’s corner and rams in a shoulder. Ali tags in, he gives a forearm smash then a kick, snapmare to a running low dropkick. Cover, TWO, and Ferrara kicks back. Rhett gets distracted with fans and walks away from his corner, leaving Ferrara without a tag! Ali grabs him and forearms him back ot C2C territory, tag to LSG. C2C double whip then hip toss, for Tu Lo Sabes!
Cover, TWO, but LSG keeps focused. He brings Ferrara up but Ferrara knees low. Ferrara runs but Rhett tags him on the head. LSG lifts Ferrara but Rhett comes in, Ferrara feeds LSG to Rhett’s dropkick. Ferrara blows snot on Ali, and Ali gives chase! Ferrara leads Ali around the corners of the ring, Rhett blindsides Ali with a big lariat! The Dawgs swagger while we go to break.
ROH returns to the Dawgs still in control, but squabbling as always. Rhett shoves Ferrara over, to use him in the catapult splash. Rhett adds his own splash, covers, TWO. Beer City Bruiser notes that the reason for The Dawgs’ dominance is those “12 ounce curls” drinking the night away, like BCB and Milonas do. Back in the ring, Ali rallies the fans while Rhett puts LSG in the armlock. LSG fights back but Rhett clubs him down. Rhett brings LSG to the Dawgs’ corner, tags Ferrara, then puts LSG in the adjacent corner. Ferrara joins in to criss-cross and double whip LSG backwards.
Ferrara wants to whip Rhett in but Rhett says “Nuh-uh!” and whips Ferrara in instead for the shoulder ram. Rhett sees the fiery Ferrara coming and turns him around for another shoulder into LSG. Ferrara grows annoyed and runs at Rhett again, so Rhett adds an extra time around for him, only to feed Ferrara to LSG’s boot! Rhett runs in but LSG dumps him to the outside. LSG shoves Ferrara away, and somersaults for the leaping lariat! Ferrara and LSG are down but fans are rallying. LSG crawls for his corner, but Rhett intercepts by tripping Ali off the apron. Rhett then boots Ali down some stairs, and Ali falls in a heap on top of arena staff.
Ferrara grabs LSG but LSG fights back with chops and haymakers. LSG goes for a double underhook but Ferrara spins out and barrels him back. Rhett comes in for one helluva boot, and feeds him to Ferrara’s hammerlock lariat, the BLR! Ferrara tags Rhett, Rhett climbs up, and hits the Doggy Splash!
Double cover from both Dawgs, TWO!? How did LSG survive?! Bruiser blames the referee. The fans rally for the Human Rocket, but he’s still at the mercy of the Dawgs. Rhett brings him up while Ferrara climbs, but LSG shoves Rhett backwards. The Dawgs avoid colliding, but LSG ducks to springboard clothesline Ferrara down to the ground! He dodges Rhett, kicks and runs the ropes, but Rhett stops the tornado DDT with power. Rhett puts LSG in the corner, then backs off to see Ali standing there. Rhett backs off again, but LSG rolls for the hot tag!
Ali rallies on Rhett with haymakers and chops, then the back elbow. He ducks Rhett’s clothesline to then rock the Big Dawg with a headbutt! Ferrara tags in but Ali catches him for the sidewalk slam. Ali kip-up and fans fire up. Rhett runs in but Ali back drops him onto Ferrara! Ali clotheslines Rhett out then tells LSG to go up. LSG does, and takes aim at Rhett, for the SUPER cannonball!
Ferrara runs at Ali but Ali scoops him, for a big swinging side slam! Ali fires up, he and LSG regroup to bring Ferrara up. LSG puts Ferrara in the double underhook while Ali climbs up. LSG hits the Saintsplosion slam, and Ali adds on the frog splash!
Cover, Coast 2 Coast wins! Ali & LSG are on a win streak, can they ride it all the way to the top?
But Bruiser & Brian have to “take care of some business.”
In other words, they go after Coast 2 Coast!
Bruiser throws LSG out and The Kingpin brings Ali up to feed him to Bruiser’s body check! Milonas adds on his back senton to flatten Ali, and Bruiser says, “That’s why we’re the biggest and the baddest!” Will C2C be able to climb this new mountain in order to reach the ROH Tag Team Championships?
Marty Scurll speaks.
The Villain congratulates the Peacock, Dalton Castle, on defeating Jay Lethal to retain the ROH World Championship. The Cinderall story lives on. But every good story needs a Villain. Scurll vows that at Supercard of Honor XII, ROH’s biggest show ever, the fans will chant “Marty! Marty!” And Castle will fall victim to Scurll as he gets what is rightfully his, becoming the new ROH World Champion! Will the Villain’s story have a happy ending in New Orleans?
Dalton Castle responds.
“Marty Scurll. This must be so exciting for you, right?” Scurll finally gets what he’s asked for: a shot at the ROH World Championship. And it’s at Supercard of Honor XII in New Orleans. Or is it Nawlens? Castle’s never been good at the Cajun accent. But Peacock’s “really damn good with big events.” This is THE biggest crowd in ROH history, and Scurll gets his shot at the title. But Scurll must have miscalculated how it belongs to Castle. Castle worked too long and too hard to get it, so there’s “no way in hell” Scurll walks away with Castle’s World Championship. Can Castle keep hold of his gold when ROH hits NOLA?
The Women of Honor Championship Tournament continues!
Two matches in the quarterfinals have been formed as the Gatekeeper is set to meet the Exotic Goddess, and Mrs. American Nightmare will meet the newest recruit who makes it #AllAboutHer. Now ROH throws it to their partner Stardom to determine who faces The Virtuosa.
WOH Championship Tournament Opening Round match: Mayu Iwatani VS HZK!
All the way from Osaka, two top talents of World Wonder Ring Stardom battle for the chance to move forward in the ROH Women of Honor Division towards history. Will the Artist of Stardom Champion, Hazuki (in the pink and black) or the Icon of Stardom (in the blue and white) be one step closer to becoming the WOH Champion?
HZK offers Mayu her lollipop, Mayu takes it only to throw it away. Mayu herself enjoys the shower of streamers from the fans. After clean-up, the bell rings and the two circle. HZK calls for a test of strength, and Mayu accepts. They’re even, so HZK kicks low and whips. Mayu reverses but runs into a boot. HZK hops up but only baits Mayu in to hop down and roll her, then HZK runs corner to corner and goes up and over. Mayu runs into an arm-drag but she arm-drags back. HZK gets the headlock takeover, Mayu headscissors and HZK pops out. The two stand off, and the fans applaud.
They circle again and Mayu kicks to snapmare. She kicks HZK stiff in the back, then stands on her for a cocky cover, ONE. Mayu drags HZK up, and slaps her across the face. Mayu runs, but into HZK’s double ax handle. HZK stomps Mayu in return, then drags her up for the arm wrench. HZK laces Mayu’s arm between the ropes and pulls, that boot going right into Mayu’s shoulder. The referee counts, and HZK lets go at 4. She kicks that arm, then stomps Mayu in the corner. Mayu fires up from the toying and taunting, but HZK keeps boot-washing her face. HZK runs, but Mayu evades! Mayu retaliates with a leg sweep, then a stiff kick to HZK’s face! Mayu gets running, and she dropkicks HZK in the heart!
HZK tumbles down and out but Mayu keeps the fans rallying. The front row and ringside observers move aside while Mayu climbs up. Mayu takes aim as HZK stands back up, then FLIES to splash down on her!
HZK goes down again while we go to break.
ROH returns to HZK and Mayu back in the ring. HZK swings but Mayu counters into a crucifix, but HZK swings her off and retaliates with a bicycle boot. HZK kicks Mayu again to drop her to her knees, then runs to flatten her with a back senton to the back. She rolls her over for the cover, TWO, but HZK keeps on by putting Mayu in a Crossface! Mayu endures and turns herself to reduce the stretch. She reaches for ropes, her teammates cheering her own, and she gets the ropebreak. HZK lets go but then shifts into a bodyscissors roll!
They roll and roll and roll to a cover, TWO, to roll and roll and roll the other way. HZK rolls Mayu for a full lap around the ring before stopping, TWO!! Whether it was Mayu running on instinct or HZK too tired to hold her own cover, the match continues. HZK slowly stands up and drags Mayu, but Mayu is dead weight. HZK puts on the full nelson, but Mayu revives and breaks free! Mayu lifts HZK for the Northern Lights, but HZK counters with a stiff DDT! HZK drags Mayu up, then runs, for a blasting dropkick. She isn’t done there, she drags Mayu up and scoops her for the Michinoku Driver. Fans rally while HZK climbs up top. HZK takes aim, and leaps for the frog splash seated senton!
Cover, TWO!! HZK knows she’s so close. She sits Mayu up again, and runs for the sliding knee. Cover, TWO, and HZK grows frustrated. Both women are down, having already done so much to each other. HZK gets up again and brings Mayu up for another scoop. Mayu slips out and to the waistlock for a high-angle German Suplex, with bridge! TWO, Mayu is frustrated but the fans are loving this. Mayu stands up and climbs up now. She takes aim, and jumps for double stomps! Cover, TWO, but barely! This won’t deter Mayu. The fans rally while she drags HZK up for the full nelsons. HZK breaks out, so Mayu swings her out for the roundhouse! Then the SUPERKICK, and the running Crucifix Bomb!
TWO!? Somehow HZK survives, but Mayu is far from done. She brings HZK up in a waistlock, picks her up then shifts to the full-nelson for the bridging Dragon Suplex!
Mayu wins!! The young Hazuki pushed her pretty far, but the Sky Blue Icon still succeeds. Will Deonna Purrazzo have her work cut out for her when she meets Mayu in the quarterfinals?
10 Man Tag: The Bullet Club VS The Kingdom & SoCal Uncensored!
The biggest forces in ROH collide in this powerful 5v5 main event match! The Addiction and Matt Taven’s trio both want to rid themselves of a common enemy. Meanwhile, the American Nightmare just wants his team to stick together, despite what’s going on between him and The Cleaner, Kenny Omega. Will Cody, Scurll, Hangman & The Young Bucks prove “The Bullet Club is Fine”? Or will this new alliance clear up the supposed conspiracies against them?
Though, one has to question why Cody felt the need to enter separately from the others… Oh, and he brings out his wife, Brandi, and the Bullet Club mascot, Bury the Bear!
Perhaps the American Nightmare’s ego may be part of the problem… But at least Hangman is happy to see Bury. Cody even passes out #BulletClubisFine shirts to the others. Things calm down and sort out while we go to break.
ROH returns to the Bullet Club wearing the shirts, but also being surrounded on all sides. The fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” while the Bullet Club huddles up and plans a SUPERKICK PARTY!
The bell rings and the Bullet Club waits for someone to step up. Vinnie tries but gets a wrecking ball dropkick from Matt Jackson. Scurll sees Kaz approaching, so he hops out to the apron for a mule kick. Nick hits Daniels with a triangle dropkick, and Hangman tackles O’Ryan with the shooting star press! Cody and the Bucks are in the ring, so Cody hops up and leaps onto all of the Kingdom! The Bullet Club regroups, and Cody calls for the “One Sweet”. Hangman’s with him, but Scurll’s conflicted. Scurll decides to join in, but the Bucks aren’t so eager. Just as Matt & Nick are about to give in, the Addiction and Kingdom pounce!
The Addiction and Kingdom all clobber the Bullet Club, and the brawl(s) spill out of the ring. Hangman counters O’Ryan while Taven hammers Scurll in the bleachers. Scurll fights back as Hangman throws O’Ryan so hard, the ROH panel falls off the guard rails. Cody takes Daniels while Taven trades off to go after Nick. It’s chaos as Hangman scoop slams O’Ryan on that panel and Cody puts Daniels in the ring. Cody gives Daniels strikes and stomps before whipping. Daniels reverses but Cody ducks under for the reverse STO. In the lull, Matt goes up to Cody and asks why his tights read “Leader”!
Why does Cody have that on his tights when he’s not the Bullet Club leader?! The argument gives Daniels an opening but Cody kicks him down to save Matt. Matt honors Cody with the Rhodes dropping uppercut, and Cody returns the favor by using a SUPERKICK to knock Daniels down. Cody and Matt shake hands, but Daniels jawbreaker counters. He tags out to O’Ryan and O’Ryan climbs up, but flies into Cody’s body shot. Cody tags to The Villain, and Scurll flaps his wings while Cody holds O’Ryan. Scurll jumps for the ax handle then flaps his wings at the rest of the Addiction-Kingdom.
Scurll brings O’Ryan down with a wristlock, then back up for the double wristlock. He then stands on O’Ryan’s hands to pull on his hair, and the nose. Scurll flaps his wings then goes to stomp the hands, but O’Ryan gets them clear. O’Ryan taunts, “T K O!”, but Scurll dropkicks O’Ryan down. The fans applaud while Scurll tags to Hangman. Hangman kicks O’Ryan but O’Ryan uppercuts and tags out to Kazarian. Their personal rivalry reignites and they throw fiery right hands! The two slow down then collide with lariats. They go again, but neither falls over. Kaz swings again but Hangman ducks under to suplex. Kaz slips out and jumps up but Hangman catches him in the fireman’s carry. Daniels rushes in but Hangman sees him coming. He kicks Daniels, dumps Kaz, and uses Daniels for the Dropsault! Cover, TWO, but fans are fired up for Hangman.
Hangman shows off the “lasso”, then the Bucks lead a chant of “That was Awesome!” Cody tags in, kicks Kaz and puts him in the corner for stiff chops. He whips but Kaz reverses, so Cody hops up and over for the spinning powerslam! TWO, but Kaz calls for a time-out. There’s no time-outs in wrestling! Even so, Kaz stands up, and mocks Cody with the TOO Sweet, which the Bullet Club is prohibited from doing. Cody kicks Kaz for that, then gives him forearms and haymakers. He whips but Kaz reverses, and Daniels tries to trip Cody up. Cody stomps Daniels’ hand, then fights off The Kingdom. He sees Kaz coming and chops him, then whips again. Kaz still reverses and Daniels succeeds in tripping Cody up this time. Kaz springboards for the leg drop!
The Bullet Club protests, but this only gives Kaz the opening for a rain of right hands on Cody. Kaz tags to Taven, and Taven goes after his grudge with furious hands and stomps. He grinds Cody in the corner, but the referee has him back off. Taven drags Cody all the way over and tags in Vinnie, who rains his own rights down on Cody. The Horror King tags out to the Sassy Wild Horse, and now O’Ryan rains down rights. O’Ryan embraces the heat as he brings Cody up for a European Uppercut. Fans rally for Cody while Vinnie tags back in. Vinnie hits Cody but Cody hits back. Cody drops down but Vinnie blocks the kick to roll Cody back up. Vinnie puts on a headlock, Cody powers out but not until after O’Ryan tags in.
Cody focuses on Vinnie as they run, but O’Ryan slips in to hit Cody with a spinebuster! Vinnie hops up then jumps off for the diving headbutt, and O’Ryan jackknife covers. but Scurll breaks the cover. O’Ryan tags in Daniels, he and Kaz blast the Bullet Club off the apron. The Addiction double whip Cody corner to corner, then Kaz hits a back elbow before feeding Cody to Daniels’ atomic drop. Kaz cravats for the bulldog to Daniels’ knee, and Daniels tops it off with the STO! Cover, TWO, so Daniels rains angry rights on Cody. The Bullet Club is in trouble while we go to break.
ROH returns again to see Hangman protesting the cheap tactics of the Addiction & Kingdom. However, that only gives them an opening to all stomp Cody out while Kaz keeps him down with a chinlock. Scurll calms Hangman down and Taven “tags” in to drag Cody up. He whips Cody but Cody sunset flips, only for Taven to roll through and Penalty Kick Cody down. “Because I’m Matt Taven!” He covers with a cocky grin, TWO. Taven shrugs it off as he taunts Cody. The fans rally while Cody stands, but Taven brings him in for the dragon sleeper. Cody slips out to hit Taven with a cutter!
Both men are down, and the fans rally as they crawl. Cody and Taven hot tag Vinnie and Matt, but Nick and The Addiction join in. The Bucks double dropkick Vinnie, then each kick Daniels & Kaz before Nick runs for the alley-oop two-for-one! Matt helps Nick as he acrobatically dropkick-crossbodies The Addiction. Vinnie gets back up and goes after Matt, but Matt backs him down and holds him for Nick’s corner Shining Wizard. Matt then brings Vinnie out and Nick helps him for the Sliced Bread! Nick adds on another Shining Wizard and the fans fire up! Scurll even hops up into the crowd to get them all the more hyped. Vinnie staggers to his feet but Cody tags back in? He grabs Vinnie in the full nelson for the Snap Dragon Suplex! That’s Kenny’s move… Cody covers, TWO, and the Bucks question Cody’s motives.
Cody drags Vinnie up and whips to drop toehold, Scurll adds a low dropkick, then Hangman adds the standing shooting star. Matt moves Vinnie over for Nick as he climbs up. Matt and Scurll are on either side as the fans fire up, and together they hit Vinnie with a knee drop, standing moonsault and frog splash!
Cody covers, but Kaz breaks it. The Kingdom and Daniels follow but The Bullet Club is ready. They throw everyone else back out, but Kaz fights against the Club alone. He groups the five together and tells them all to “SUCK IT!”–another thing Bullet Club can’t do–but he runs right into a QUINTUPLE SUPERKICK!!
The fans are loving it, and everyone grabs the ropes to feel the electricity. Except for Cody. But Cody does lead them in the Terminator Kneel? Fans don’t really like that either, but the Bucks give in and go along. The drums start up, and the Terminators rise. Cody builds up speed and the Bucks follow, for a TRIPLE DIVE!
Daniels gets up, he hits the Arabian Press onto Cody and the Bucks. Hangman climbs up, SUPER MOONSAULT for everyone else! Taven sees the other nine men grouped, then builds speed, to FLY!
Taven topples everyone over, but wait. Bury the Bear wants to do something? He climbs up while Nick gets clear, and the BEAR FLIES!
Nick has to admit, he kinda likes Bury now. Bury is okay, and he hugs it out with Cody. Cody puts Vinnie in the ring, then runs in corner to corner. Vinnie knees him away, and Daniels distracts the referee while the missing piece of SoCal Uncensored appears. Yes, Scorpio Sky slinks in and climbs up top. He takes aim at Cody and jumps, but Cody moves, the missile dropkick hits Vinnie!
Cody throws Scorpio out, then finishes Vinnie with the Cross Rhodes!!
The Bullet Club wins!! Scurll celebrates with the fans while Bury points to his shirt to emphasize the message. Does winning really fix everything for Cody and the rest of the Club?
However, losing hurts alliances.
Taven blames Scorpio but Kaz defends him, and Daniels just tries to keep the peace. It doesn’t work out, things break down into a brawl! The two trios pair off and spill out of the ring, and end up fighting all the way downstairs to the back. The Bullet Club watches, rather confused by that development. Cody even wanted to have a few words, but we’re out of time. Does this leave Bullet Club in the clear from outside forces?
In a vacuum, this was a great episode of ROH. But when you factor in this is being aired after the major events of the 16th Anniversary Show, it’s actually a mishandled operation from top to bottom. The majority of this episode wasn’t really affected, it was just anything with The Bullet Club. Dawgs VS C2C was great, and great to see C2C is on a roll since winning their #DoOrDie match. Clearly it’ll boil down to Bruiser & Milonas VS C2C to determine #1 contenders to the ROH World Tag Team Championships. Given that The Briscoes are the current champions and are currently Heels, I suspect the Face Ali & LSG will win out to challenge them. The WOH Stardom match was really good, compared to the matches we’ve seen so far. Mayu VS Deonna is gonna be another solid match for the quarterfinals.
Now we get to the inconsistencies. Marty Scurll and Dalton Castle have promos aimed at each other to set up their Supercard of Honor ROH WHC match. Therefore, this episode takes place after the 16th Anniversary show. However, Cody comes out with Bury the Bear, even after Kenny Omega revealed himself. Not only does this bring up the question “Who was Bury to begin with?”, it also exposes ROH as a company to be disorganized. Things like this will be the obstacle to ROH besting competition, and hopefully they can iron this out in future taping sessions. But again, in a vacuum, it was a great 10-man tag, and it was quite surprising to see how fragile the SCU-Kingdom alliance was. Those two teams will probably make for the rare Heels VS Heels contenders program to later challenge the “Hung Bucks” for the ROH World Six Man Tag titles.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s Women of Wrestling Results & Report! (1/18/19)
Prepare to be wowed by WOW, the Women of Wrestling! Who will be the first to step up to the Super Woman, Santana Garrett, on the very first night?
- The Beast VS Stephy Slays; The Beast wins.
- Abilene Maverick VS Fire; Maverick wins.
- Eye Candy VS Khloe Hurtz; Eye Candy wins.
- WOW World Championship: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl; Jungle Grrrl wins by count out, Santana Garrett retains the WOW World Championship.
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Welcome to WOW!
The Women of Wrestling return to television with this season premiere! And what better way to kick it off than with THE WOW World Champion, Santana Garrett! The real-life Wonder Woman hits the ring with a newly designed title belt, and Santana is so happy to be here in front of the fans. And she’s especially proud to have her father, “TNT” Keny G watching live and in person. Both daughter and father are emotional over this moment. They’ve been through a lot, and they’re both so thankful that he’s here to cheer on his baby girl. The fans are happy for them, but here comes someone to crash the party! It’s Tessa Blanchard!
The second generation “Born Legend” stares down Santana, and takes the mic. Santana has her dad here, huh? Isn’t that sweet? Tessa says Grandpa Blanchard ran over his territory back in the day, while stepdad Magnum TA is one of the most respected men in this industry. And let’s not forget Tessa’s own father, THE Tully Blanchard, is a WWE Hall of Famer and an original Four Horseman! Keny probably laced up Tully’s boots. Actually, no, Keny probably carried Tully’s bags. WOW booker David McLane tries to keep the peace, but Tessa says Santana should be the one carrying her bags! David says Tessa coming in here bragging about her family tree doesn’t give her the right to just interrupt proceedings. Tessa says she’s not out here just to brag, she’s out here to go after the WOW World Championship.
David says that to get a shot at the title, you have to earn your way up. You don’t get something just because of dad, stepdad and granddad were special. Tessa says that because of who her dad is, she might as well be handed that belt. David asks Tessa to please leave. Tessa has to work for a shot. That’s fine by Tessa, she doesn’t want any trouble. But she will let Santana know that both she and the belt are Tessa’s. Santana says that she doesn’t see any of Tessa’s dads here. So get to the back of the line, girlfriend! Tessa smiles and nods, she knows she’ll get her match. But with the title on the line in the very first episode, will it be Santana Garrett or former champion, Jungle Grrrl, that Tessa will be targeting in the coming weeks?
The Beast has issued an open challenge!
She knows she’s the biggest and the baddest Woman of Wrestling, and looks to prove her superiority. She dares any woman in the locker room to step up and prove her wrong. While watching backstage, The Governor’s Daughter, Abilene Maverick, took advantage. Maverick tricked Stephy Slays about match times, and Slays was just a lamb to the slaughter! Slays realized she was fooled, but didn’t want to be a coward. She jumped into the ring, only to get demolished! Tonight, Slays wishes to prove she’s not so easily crushed. She takes on The Beast again, will she get payback on both Beast and Maverick? Or will it be more of the same?
The Beast VS Stephy Slays!
The bell rings and they tie up! Beast throws Slays into a corner hard! Slays gets right up, though, and goes again. Beast waistlock tosses Slays around, then SPEARS Slays to a corner! She rams shoulder after shoulder into Slays, then forearms! The ref counts and Beast backs off at 4. Beast runs in again but Slays dodges! Slays goes up and leaps, but into a belly2belly! Beast thrashes Slays then drags her up by her hair. Beast puts Slays in a corner then whips corner to corner for a big corner clothesline! Fans duel as Beast lifts Slays easily. Beast walks around and throws Slays with a Fall Away Slam! Slays rolls to ropes but Beast is on her again with another toss. Beast stands on Slays for a cocky cover, TWO!! Slays survives and shocks The Beast!
The Beast boots Slays back down and grins. She runs in but Slays rolls her up, ONE! Slays dropkicks and staggers Beast! Slays runs in again, victory roll countered to the Air Raid Siren! Cover, TWO!! Beast was cocky again but now she’s frustrated. Beast stomps Slays around, then drags her up for forearms. She kicks Slays while she’s down, then grins again. The sadistic specimen whips Slays corner to corner for another clothesline, then throws Slays with a gut wrench suplex! Beast grins as Slays slowly stands. Beast grabs Slays for a suplex, and slam! Cover, but Beast lets Slays up this time! Beast wants to make Slays pay for lasting this long, and she drags Slays up for a Beast Bomb!! Cover, Beast wins!
Winners: The Beast, by pinfall
Dominant for the second time against Slays, The Beast looks to be rolling on towards the title! Will she be the one to challenge the winner of tonight’s main event?
The Beast takes to the mic.
“I’m the biggest. I’m the baddest.” And she is THE BEAST! She roars in victory, will anyone ever come close to making a dent in her?
“My mom grew up in Georgia, my dad grew up in Mississippi, so I’m Southern Blood.” Fire was brought up in a strict upbringing, and she was a gifted student so there was a lot of pressure put on her to succeed. When she entered middle school, she went “off track”, and no one around her understood why. Fire was bullied for being smart, to the point of death threats. Wrestling was her way to feel stronger. Through wrestling, she realized anything was possible, like she could escape this reality. Fire steps up for who she really is, and for what she who to be. “If you want it enough, if you fight for it enough, there is no stopping you.” There is no stopping Fire now, will she blaze a trail to the title?
Abilene Maverick VS Fire!
The Governor’s Daughter shows off her new glittering robe as she makes her entrance, but we have a WOW debut for Fire tonight! Will Maverick be the first wrestler burned by Fire’s passion?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans fire up for Fire and she feeds off the energy. Maverick plugs her ears to ignore it all, and she pushes Fire down with a wristlock! Fire kips up and wrings Maverick out! Fire has an armlock but Maverick endures. Maverick rolls and scoop slams Fire fast! Fire gets up fast, and the two circle again. They tie up and Fire pushes Maverick back. Fire whips but Maverick reverses, only for Fire to slide under and hit a big dropkick! Maverick is reeling as Fire runs corner to corner for a splash! Fire keeps moving but misses this time. Maverick misses and Fire gets a waistlock. Maverick pries free to reel Fire in for a shoulder! She throws Fire down by her hair, then drags Fire up for a big back suplex! Cover, ONE!
Maverick keeps her cool while Fire crawls. Fans rally but Maverick grabs Fire to throw her back down. Fans boo but Maverick soaks up their heat. Maverick kicks Fire while she’s down, then drags her up by her hair again. Fire hits back with forearms, and then kicks. Fire runs, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fire keeps on Maverick at the ropes with a whip, but Maverick reverses to a drop toehold. Maverick grins as she picks Fire up again. Maverick rams Fire’s face back into the mat! Fire crawls while the referee reprimands Maverick. Maverick hotshots Fire on the ropes, then drags her over for springboard knee drops! Maverick soaks in the heat again, then runs corner to corner for a big knee! She kicks and rolls Fire, to mule kick her down! Cover, TWO!
Maverick keeps her composure as Fire continues to survive. Fans rally up for Fire again as Maverick drags her up. Scoop, but Fire slips out to shove! Fire dodges and elbows Maverick down! Fire rallies with more elbows, then brings Maverick to a snapmare and mule kick of her own! Maverick crawls and Fire runs corner to corner, big clothesline! She keeps going, hip attack! Then side to side for the shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Maverick survives and Fire can’t believe it! But fans fire up for Fire again as she drags Maverick back up. Fire fishermans, and swings for the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!? Maverick survives and Fire is in shock! Fire keeps going, powered by the fans. She drags Maverick up again, but Maverick knees low, for the draping DDT!! Cover, Maverick wins!
Winner: Abilene Maverick, by pinfall
The Governor’s Daughter may not be the fan’s favorite, but she’s still the winner. Will Abilene make her move towards the WOW World Championship?
Abilene Maverick spots Stephy Slays in the medical area.
Wow, poor Slays didn’t learn her lesson the first time. But then Maverick gets a taste of her own medicine as The All Natural pushes her out of the way. It seems there’s someone with a bigger attitude than even Maverick. Will Khloe Hurtz bring the pain tonight?
Eye Candy VS Khloe Hurtz!
Sugary sweet but ready to fight, Eye Candy will look to ruin #KhloeTime tonight. Will Candy leave the fans with a sugar high? Or will the All Natural leave Candy crushed?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Candy rolls Hurtz, TWO! Candy is all smiles as she and Hurtz go again. Hurtz kicks low then wrenches to reel Candy in. Candy ducks and hooks, backslide! TWO and the two turn sideways. Candy and Hurtz fight for control, Candy drop toeholds into a camel clutch! She tucks Hurtz in for a cover, TWO! Hurtz runs in but Candy blocks to a suplex! Fans fire up with Candy as she hits a back senton! Cover, TWO! Candy keeps her cool as she drags Hurtz up into a fireman’s carry. Candy hits a rolling senton, then climbs up top. Hurtz trips her up, and hits a draping backstabber! Hurtz whips Candy corner to corner but Candy cartwheels and comes back with forearms! Candy even headbutts before adding the hip attack!
Fans fire up with Candy as she climbs up again! Candy shimmies and shakes then hits a big missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Hurtz survives and Candy can’t believe it! Hurtz’s Ring Rats grow concerned as Candy drags her back up. Fireman’s carry, but Hurts fights out again. Hurts fireman’s Candy, does some squats, then hits a Samoan Drop! Hurtz drops the leg! Cover, TWO! Candy survives and Hurtz can’t believe it! Hurtz drags Candy up and suplexes, but Candy resists. Candy hits back and wrenches to the fireman’s carry. Death Valley Driver! Candy drags Hurtz over, climbs up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, Candy wins!
Winner: Eye Candy, by pinfall
What a shocker! The sweet Eye Candy gets a big win on the series premiere! Will this shocker send Eye Candy all the way to WOW Championship contention?
The Voodoo Doll asks the WOW roster, “Would you like to know what The Siren has in store for you?” Let the cards tell your fate. The Devil: Siren is the change that is coming to Women of Wrestling’s landscape. The Five of Wands: currently, there is a power struggle in the locker room. But that top spot will soon belong to her. And finally, Death: Siren is the final transformation, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Siren has been to Hell and back, and has regained her power. She will sacrifice WOW to the darkness! Who will be the first?
WOW World Championship: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl!
The Wonder Woman of Wrestling is just one of eight children in her family, but she and her father grew closer through wrestling. Keny G brought her into the fold, and now they’re both living a dream together! But she again faces the Alpha Female, the one and only woman to have yet to be pinned in a match! Jungle Grrrl became WOW World Champion, but ended up getting in over her head in a Triple Threat. Santana pinned The Beverly Hills Babe to win the title, shocking everyone. But now Santana must prove she can defeat Jungle Grrrl 1v1, can Santana prove she deserves to be champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Fans are already fired up as the two circle and tie up. Santana waistlocks but JG standing switches. Santana headlocks then wrenches the wrist. JG rolls and reverses to her own wristlock, but Santana rolls and handsprings to reverse back. JG uses the ropes to flip through and wrench Santana back. Santana counters with another headlock, then a roll to a cover, TWO and JG gets Santana with a ghost pin! TWO, and Santana Oklahoma rolls! ONE and JG sweeps to a cover, ONE! The two stare down as fans fire up again. Santana and JG nod with respect as they circle again. They tie up and go for a test of strength. JG bends Santana back but Santana bridges. Santana comes back and rolls back to reverse the knuckle lock!
Santana throws an elbow while maintaining the grip. She whips but JG reverses to dropkick her down! Cover, TWO! JG stalks Santana and scoops her up, for a Jungle Driver! Cover, TWO! Santana survives but JG keeps her cool. JG stomps Santana and heads for a corner. She climbs up to the top rope, familiar territory, and leaps for the Jungle Splash! But she flops! Santana hurries up but Tessa Blanchard appears! Tessa goes after Keny G’s oxygen! Santana rushes out at Tessa and a fight is on! Santana throws Tessa around and into the ring, but she wasn’t aware of a ring count! It hits 10, and Santana loses!!
Winner: Junger Grrrl, by ring out; Santana Garrett retains the WOW World Championship
Champion’s Advantage is the only thing that saves Santana’s reign, but she still got suckered by the Born Legend! And now Tessa brings the fight to Santana, with a Hammerlock DDT! But Jungle Grrrl gets back at Tessa with a Jungle Driver! Tessa screwed Jungle Grrrl over just as much as she did Santana, and now she has problems. But wait, The Beast goes after Jungle Grrrl! These top predators are face to face but referees hurry to keep them apart. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but TV time is running out just as things are getting wild! Will Tessa pay for her interference? Will The Beast replace Jungle Grrrl as the Alpha Woman of Wrestling?
Apparently, this isn’t the beginning of the Women of Wrestling’s history. They’ve been around for a long time, trying in 2000 but fading away, until being revived in mid-2012. But even if this wasn’t the true beginning, this was a good beginning for their AXS TV run. There’s a lot of backstory to get caught up on, but it would seem they made sure to give us those needed recap packages so new viewers aren’t too lost. Many of these alter egos and their elaborate packages make me feel like WOW is an all women’s version of Lucha Underground, which is known for having many wrestlers come up with alternate characters to fit their universe. And there are even shared talents between WOW and LU, such as Shaul Guerrero and Kobra Moon.
As such, the story behind The Beast VS Stephy Slays rematch was made rather clear. It was a good match and Slays got to show plenty of heart, but obviously heart alone isn’t enough. The Beast wins to establish herself as the monster Heel to new viewers. And with Abilene Maverick (Callee Wilkerson) picking on her, that seems like a story going forward. Maverick VS Fire (Taylor Lewis) was also a solid match, and Maverick won to help towards that story with Slays. Eye Candy (Willow Nightingale) VS Khloe Hurtz (Katie Forbes) was decent, and Candy wins mostly so that it isn’t all Heels winning. There are WOW World Tag Team Championships, but they’ve been vacated for years, so I’m wondering if any teams will form out of these midcard stories to give us more action with that.
The main event was pretty good, just not as a match. First, I wouldn’t announce time limits when we know the show is only an hour, it just seems like a waste. Second, Santana VS Jungle Grrrl really only got going when Tessa came out to Heel it up. Third, that 10 count was probably the fastest 10 count I’ve ever seen. But the brawl between Tessa and Santana, and then the impending brawl between The Beast and Jungle Grrrl just managed to salvage things. We have our stories going forward, and at the very least, I wasn’t bored to sleep. There are some things that need work, and this was a rather tough time to move into the television wrestling sphere, but this isn’t a bad program to give a fair shake.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Wrestle Kingdom 13 Results, Part 3!
NJPW and AXS wrap up Wrestle Kingdom 13 with the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship! Will Kushida be able to deny The Bone Soldier, Taiji Ishimori?
This coverage of Wrestle Kingdom 13 will be as AXS TV broadcasts it.
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- NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Gauntlet: Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe & Toru Yano win and will challenge Taiji Ishimori & The Guerrillas of Destiny for the titles at New Year’s Dash.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Kushida VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this year’s spectacular event!
The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship had a rocky 2018. The Ticking Time-Bomb, Hiromu Takahashi, had only just won the belt off of Will Ospreay, and moved on to defend it against fierce CMLL rival, Dragon Lee, at the G1 Special in San Francisco. Hiromu won but was badly injured from that fight, and so a tournament between the four previous title holders was held! Kushida defeated Bushi while Marty Scurll again got the better of Will Ospreay. And in the tournament finals, Kushida would defeat The Villain to become a six-time champion. Meanwhile, The Bone Soldier would be resurrected as Taiji Ishimori joined Bullet Club! Ishimori was a Super Junior finalist, but missed out on his chance at the title. Now he gets his chance to have the title for his own, can he throw down the Time Splitter?
However, Ishimori’s focus might be split, as he is also one third of the current NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions. Tonight, five top teams in the Six Man Tag Division will compete, and the last team standing moves on to New Year’s Dash to challenge Ishimori and the Guerrillas of Destiny! Who comes out on top aimed at the Bullet Club’s fiercest trio? That match, is now!
NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Gauntlet!
First out for this gauntlet are the Bullet Club Elite’s trio of Marty Scurll, Hangman Adam Page and Yujiro Takahashi! The Villain has his umbrella, Hangman has his rope and Tokyo Pimp has both cane and vivacious valet. Chase Owens also hangs around, for moral support. Their opponents are David Finlay, Jeff Cobb and Yuji Nagata! Will either of these teams be able to complete the gauntlet and make a run at New Year’s Dash?
The Bullet Club VS David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata!
The teams sort out and it’ll be Blue Justice starting against The Villain. Marty and Yuji circle and tie up, and Marty gets a waistlock. Yuji reverses but Marty rolls and spins to reverse back. Yuji gets a headlock takeover but Marty headscissors so Yuji pops out. The two stand off and fans applaud. They circle again, and Marty kicks low. Marty throws forearms but Yuji throws them back. Yuji runs but Marty dodges for the 52 Fake Out! Marty flaps his wings and runs, but Yuji dodges. Yuji fakes Marty out to dropkick! Yuji drags Marty up but Marty gets the fingers! Marty calls for silence, but Yuji breaks fre. Yuji sweeps the legs then ties them up for a deathlock! Marty crawls and gets the ropebreak! Yuji lets Marty go but grabs the legs again to tag to Cobb.
Cobb grabs Scurll but Scurll rakes the eyes! Scurll tags to Hangman, and both Hangman and Yujiro go after Yuji and Finlay! The Elite surround Cobb but Cobb fires off haymakers and chops on all of them! Cobb runs, but Yujiro drop toeholds. Scurll adds a basement dropkick and Hang,an hits the standing shooting star! Cobb rolls away while fans cheer The Elite on. Marty and Hangman run crisscross for a SUPERKICK to another shooting star! They take down Hawaiian Hulk and put him in the ring. Fans rally up as Yujiro keeps Cobb’s attention. Hangman slingshots for the Buckshot lariat! Cover, TWO! Hangman keeps his cool as he goes to lift Cobb. He gets Cobb up but Cobb fights out, so Hangman forearms. Hangman kicks but is blocked into a Fall Away Slam!
Both men crawl for their corners, and fans rally as hot tags are made to Finlay and Yujiro! Finlay rallies on Tokyo Pimp with forearms. They start brawling with forearm after forearm back and forth, then Finlay European Uppercuts. Finlay kicks but Yujiro blocks that to throw him down, then adds a basement dropkick! Yujiro hits a Fisherman Buster, covers, but Yuji and Cobb break it! Scurll and Hangman throw them abck out and brawl on the outside. Yujiro lifts Finlay but Finlay slips out for a urenage backbreaker! Finlay fires up but Yujiro denies the cutter. Yujiro pushes Finlay to ropes and Chase swipes at Finlay’s feet! Finlay grabs Chase’s hair, but gets caught. Hangman runs in but gets Chase instead!
Yujiro gets mad at Hangman and shoves him, but Hangman shoves Yujiro back! Finlay rolls Yujiro up, Finlay’s team ELIMINATES The Elite! Chase and Hangman start shoving and Scurll has to keep the peace. It seems the Bullet Club is still not fine, but the action rolls on! The third team is Chaos’ Hirooki Goto and the Best Friends, Chuck Taylor and Trent Baretta!
David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata VS Hirooki Goto & Best Friends!
NJPW on AXS returns as Goto, Trent and Chuckie T enter the ring. And before the bell rings again, Goto and Best Friends attack! Cobb and Finlay are thrown out while the Fierce Warrior stays on Blue Justice! The bell does ring and Goto stomps away in the corner. Yuji hits back with forearm and now it’s a brawl! Yuji hits and runs but Goto follows to run him over! Goto drags Yuji back up for a lift but Yuji reverses to the Fujiwara Armbar! Best Friends save Goto but Finlay and Cobb return. Chuckie T dropkicks Cobb out but Finlay dropkicks him back. Trent runs in but to a kick. Finlay whips but Trent comes back with a shotgun knee!
Fans applaud as Trent slingshots at Cobb, but Cob turns it into a powerbomb lift! Trent gets to the apron and mule kicks Cobb, and then Chuckie FLIES onto Cobb and Finlay! The Kentucky Gentleman wipes them both out at the ramp, but then holds them back up, for Trent’s BIG Asai Moonsault! Back in the ring, Goto fights with Yuji. Yuji fires off kicks then whips. Goto reverses and redirects, to scoop Yuji into Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Goto keeps his cool as he stomps Yuji out. He bumps Yuji in the corner then tags in Chuckie. Chuckie stomps a mudhole into Yuji then walks it off. He comes back to snapmare Yuji for a basement dropkick. Cover, TWO! Chuckie tags to Trent and Best Friends work together with double whips, elbows, and a hug! And then double elbows!
Trent stomps Yuji before bringing him up for a CHOP! He trash talks and pie faces Yuji before another CHOP. Trent whips but Yuji reverses into the Fujiwara! Chuckie attacks to save Trent, but then Finlay goes after Chuckie. Chuckie throws Finlay out and puts Yuji in the corner. Trent hits a running chop, Chuckie hits a clothesline, then he feeds Yuji to Trent for a tornado DDT. But Yuji powers out and gets Chuckie with an exploder! Trent kicks and whips but Yuji reverses to an overhead suplex! Fans rally as Yuji crawls for his corner. Hot tags to Cobb and Goto! Cobb fires off chops and haymakers on Goto, then whips corner to corner. He runs in for a BIG back elbow, then runs back in. Goto boots, runs, but into the Athletic Plex! Cobb standing moonsaults! Cover, but Chuckie breaks it!
Yuji throws Chuckie out as Cobb focuses on Goto. Cobb lifts Goto but Goto fights out of the Olympic Slam to get a sleeper! Goto rolls Cobb to a pin but Yuji breaks it. Goto and Cobb collide with clotheslines, but neither falls. They try again, but still neither falls. Cobb combs back but Goto deflects and spins to clobber him with a clothesline! Both men are down but fans rally up. Tag to Chuckie and he goes at Cobb in a corner. Chuckie goes corner to corner for a back elbow, then whips. Cobb holds the ropes, breaks free but gets a mule kick. Trent runs in to hit a back elbow, then Best Friends fire up with a double whip. Cobb reverses to pull them into each other, then he gives both Best Friends a single leg suplex! Fans fire up for Cobb’s superhuman strength.
Cobb tags Finlay, and Finlay hits Best Friends with back elbows! He goes corner to corner again and again, then hops up to hit Chuckie with a flying uppercut! He runs in but into Chuckie’s knee! Chuckie hits the snap piledriver! Cover, but Yuji breaks it! Goto and Trent throw Cobb and Yuji out and brawl on the outside. Fans fire up as Chuckie climbs. Chuckie moonsaults but FLOPS! Finlay rolls him up, Finlay’s team ELIMINATES Goto & Best Friends! An incredible roll already, but can Finlay, Cobb and Yuji keep it up? The fourth team is Suzuki-Gun’s Killer Elite Squad and Minoru Suzuki himself!
David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata VS Minori Suzuki & Killer Elite Squad!
NJPW on AXS returns as The Meanest Man in the World leads Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer to the ring. And much like Chaos did, Suzuki-Gun strikes the moment they hit the ring! Things spill out of the ring and Suzuki keeps on Finlay at the bell. Yuji whips DBS to the barriers and quickly tags in! An old feud reignites as Blue Justice goes after Suzuki with kicks. He whips corner to corner but Suzuki boots him back. Suzuki and Yuji throw forearms, then Suzuki slaps! Yuji slaps, and now it’s a slap fight! Neither man slows down, but Yuji does stagger Suzuki. Suzuki escapes the exploder and goes for a guillotine! Then Suzuki shifts to an Octopus Stretch! Yuji slips out to hip toss and exploder! Cover, TWO!
Yuji keeps on Suzuki with a suplex, but Suzuki slips out to a sleeper hold. DBS tags in and throws forearms. He whips Yuji but Yuji dodges and fakes him out to dropkick the legs! Yuji tags to Cob and Cobb fires off on DBS! Cobb tries to lift but DBS fights out. DBS kicks away but Cobb grabs the leg. Cobb gets DBS in the Olympic Slam! Cobb moonsaults but misses! DBS hits Cobb with a BIG Back Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Suzuki and Yuji don’t stop brawling on the outside, and Yuji makes sure Suzuki doesn’t get away. Suzuki whips but Yuji reverses to send Suzuki into railing! Meanwhile, hot tags to Finlay and Archer! Finlay gets Archer with a Michinoku! Cover, TWO! DBS boots Finlay down, then KES hit Finlay with the Killer Bomb! Cover, Suzuki-Gun ELIMINATES Finlay, Cobb & Yuji!
The streak ends, and now we’re on to the fifth and final team! NJPW on AXS returns from break to reveal that it’ll be Ryusuke Taguchi, Toru Yano and Togi Makabe! But they don’t even make it to the ring before Suzuki-Gun strikes!
Minori Suzuki & Killer Elite Squad VS Ryusuke Taguchi, Toru Yano & Togi Makabe!
Suzuki-Gun throw hands and then throw their opponents into barriers! The ref has no choice but to ring the bell, and things slowly make their way to ringside. Suzuki whips Taguchi at the camera and sound crews, then he gets in the faces of commentary just because they’re there! Suzuki goes back to Taguchi to take off the rugby helmet and throw it at Taguchi. He puts Taguchi in the ring while Archer keeps on Makabe and Yano. Suzuki grinds his foot into Taguchi, then intimidates the ref. Suzuki drags Taguchi up for forearms, and Taguchi staggers about. Tag to DBS and he whips Taguchi for a boot. DBS pumps up and runs, for a leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO! DBS drags Taguchi up and tags Archer.
KES mug Taguchi, then scoop him for a double slam! Archer kicks Taguchi around, then drags him up for clubbing forearms. Archer climbs and goes Old School on the Funky Weapon, tagging Suzuki in as he does. Suzuki looms over the sputtering Taguchi, but he taunts Makabe and Yano. Taguchi hits back but Suzuki eggs him on. Taguchi keeps hitting but Suzuki rocks him with a right. Suzuki whips then dodges the Funky Weapon itself. He whips but Taguchi reverses to finally hit that Funky Weapon! Tag to Makabe! The Unchained Gorilla runs at Suzuki for corner to corner clotheslines! Then he roars as he gives corner punches! He hits all ten then laughs as he lifts Suzuki. Suzuki knees back then whips, and hits a boot in the corner. Suzuki snapmares then Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up while Suzuki toys with Makabe. Makabe forearms but Suzuki gives it back. They keep going, forearm for forearm, back and forth. Makabe eggs Suzuki on, so Suzuki sneers as he winds up. Suzuki hits a HEAVY forearm and grins as Makabe staggers. Makabe stands and hits Suzuki back. Suzuki gives another heavy shot and Makabe again staggers. But Makabe starts grinning, and hits Suzuki again. Suzuki hits, Makabe hits, and the brawl is on. Makabe runs but into a kick. Suzuki runs, ducks, but gets the clothesline! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tags to DBS and Yano! YTR rallies on DBS with eye rakes. Yano looks to Taguchi for the call and Taguchi uses baseball signals! DBS headbutts Yano before the order completes!
DBS whips Yano corner to corner but misses. Yano runs corner to corner, to get the buckle pad! Taguchi gives another signals, and Yano understands. But Yano misses with the swing and DBS boots him down! Archer hits Taguchi, and then KES work together. Killer Hart Attack! Cover, TWO?! Archer argues with the referee but they just go again, high low! Cover, TWO!? Archer again argues with the referee, but KES try one more move. DBS lifts while Archer climbs, they hit Yano with a frog splash sidewalk slam! Cover, but Taguchi saves Yano! Archer swings on Taguchi but Taguchi dodges and runs! Funky Weapon is caught, but Makabe saves him. Suzuki and Makabe brawl again, but Suzuki follows to get Makabe in a sleeper! Then, Gotch Piledriver set up, but Funky Weapon saves Makabe!
Only for Suzuki to get the sleeper hold again! But Taguchi gives an extra bump to break free, then he runs to hit teh Funky Weapon again! Everyone’s down, but KES go after Yano again. They drag him up, Killer Bomb denied! Double low blow, denied! But double FUNKY WEAPON hits! DBS boots Taguchi but Makabe runs in. DBS stops him and KES double whip. Makabe breaks through for double clotheslines! Neither man falls so Yano makes sure to bump the ref. Taguchi intercepts Suzuki, double low blows! Archer thrown out, Yano rolls DBD, Yano and team win!!
Winners: Toru Yano, Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi, Yano pinning; #1 contenders to the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships
The unlikeliest of trios wins it all! Suzuki is furious but all he can do is take it out on Young Lions. He grabs a chair and SMACKS away on them, then storms off to the back. Suzuki’s rage aside, will Taguchi, Makabe and Yano be able to pull off an upset against the Firing Squad? Is the New Year going to see new champions?
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Kushida VS Taiji Ishimori!
The Time Splitter is a six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, but the new Bone Soldier is a three-time GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion. Who will prove themselves to be THE top Junior Heavyweight tonight?
Introductions are made, and a little Kushida comes out? Doc Brown Taguchi comes out and powers up the flux capacitor. And… BAM! Kushida’s all grown up! Science fiction aside, the belt is raised and we begin! Kushida and Ishimori circle and feel it out. They tie up and Kushida gets the wristlock. Ishimori rolls and handsprings to reverses. Ishimori whips but Kushida reverses, only for Ishimori to handspring over him. Thigns speed up and Kushida kicks otu the arm! Kushida already has his target but Ishimori rakes the eyes! Ishimori runs but things speed up again, Kushida hip tosses and cartwheel dropkicks! Ishimori rolls to a corner but Kushida follows up with a dropkick to that arm! Kushida runs more, tilt-o-whirl but Ishimori pops out. Kushida tries again and goes for the Hoverboard! Ishimori blocks to get Kushida’s arm in a Labell Lock!
Kushida endures as Ishimori bends him back. He rolls but Ishimori rolls through to keep the lock on. Kushida endures more but Ishimori wrenches harder. Kushida crawls for ropes and reaches, ropebreak with a foot! Ishimori lets Kushida go and Kushida rolls out of the ring. Ishimori stomps Kushida at the corner, then goes after him in a corner. Kushida chops back, but Ishimori gives his own chop! Ishimori wrenches and whips corner to corner, but Kushida reverses! Ishimori Spider-Mans through the ropes, and slides under Kushida. He goes back out to shoulder and springboard to drop Kushida with a flying lariat! Ishimori takes a moment to flex while Kushida clutches his shoulder.
Ishimori stalks Kushida to the ropes, then drags him up. Kushida hits back with forearms to the abs but Ishimori hits back. Kushida kicks Ishimori hard in the leg! Ishimori runs in and deflects boots to kick Kushida in the back! Kushida is stuck on the ropes as Ishimori runs side to side, and hits the sliding German Suplex! Fans rally as Ishimori springboards, 450 splash! But Kushida evades enough to get the arm! Ishimori resists as Kushida pulls, but Kushida gets the armbar! Ishimori endures, flails and reaches. Things shift, and now Kushida uses the Labell Lock! Ishimori endures and pries his way out, but gets caught in a triangle! Kushida throws elbows in, but Ishimori deadlifts! Fireman’s carry, but Kushida goes for his Hoverboard again. Ishimori slips out, runs, tilt-o-whirl takedown back to the Labell!
Kushida rolls through, and kicks at the arm. Ishimori avoids the kick, then kicks back. Ishimori clubs Kushida, then whips him. Kushida handsprings, but onto an Electric Chair. Kushida spins but is blocked! Ishimori brings Kushida back up, shifts to Tombstone position, for a gutbuster drop! But Kushida catches the feet! He passes Ishimori to the ref, to kick out the arm! Fans fire up with Kushida while Ishimori clutches his bad arm. Kushida grits his teeth, runs side to side, big enziguri! He keeps going, rolling Ishimori through to the package, but Ishimori counters back to his gutbuster! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and Ishimori is too sore to be frustrated.
Both men stir but Ishimori stands first. Ishimori drags Kushida back up, underhook, gutbuster! But Kushida makes it the Hoverboard! Kushida pulls on the double wristlock, but Ishimori moves around. Kushida rolls him and wrenches hard! Ishimori endures the twist in his arm, slips out the back, and rolls to fireman’s carry! Death Valley Driver!! But he’s too exhausted to cover! Both men stir and crawl again as fans rally. They get to opposite corners, and Ishimori runs in for a meteora! Ishimori drags Kushida back up, underhoo, but Kushida rolls to hit Back to the Future! But he’s not done there, he wants the sequel! But Ishimori resists, pushes Kushida away, and knee triggers! FAST BALL! Kushida runs, but into double stomps!
Ishimori roars as he drags Kushida back up. He underhooks, BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Ishimori wins!!
Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
The Bone Soldier grabs his first IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, and now reigns over the division!
Taiji Ishimori’s backstage interview
“I managed to catch that slippery otter.” And now Belt-san is with him. This must be tearing Kushida up inside. But from now on, as the champion, Ishimori will raise the bar for the NJPW Junior Division. “It’s reborn!” How long will this rebirth of the Junior Heavyweight Championship last?
A pretty good last part to AXS TV’s NJPW Wrestle Kingdom coverage. Of course, they kinda did things backwards. The first part was the big matches, the big finale with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, so readers technically should go backwards with part 3 first, then part 2, then finish with part 1. Either way, the entirety of Wrestle Kingdom 13 was great, even these two opening matches. The trios gauntlet was pretty good for having a couple teams that seemed slapped together. I was really surprised to see it was one of those slapped together teams winning. Toru Yano, Togi Makabe and Ryusuke Taguchi are definitely a fun and funny trio, but I have no idea if they’ll be a match for Ishimori and Guerrillas of Destiny. Granted, Tama Tonga is trying to be a good guy, but on just pure ring skill, he, Loa and Ishimori should win.
And speaking of Ishimori, his match with Kushida was great. This match was so evenly booked that Ishimori came out as a slightly surprising winner. Just as I’d imagine this new Cutthroat Bullet Club keeping the trios titles, Ishimori will likely have the Junior Heavyweight Championship for some time. If Hiromu Takahashi makes a recovery and comeback, he’d be the only one right off the bat who could take the title in a rematch from their amazing Super Juniors match. And it could work for a Bullet Club VS Los Ingobernables de Japon scenario, since LIJ has a lot of the other belts.
My Score: 8.4/10