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- Tony Nese VS Mark Andrews; Andrews wins.
- Fatal 4 Way: TJP VS Akira Tozawa VS Kalisto VS Buddy Murphy; Murphy wins.
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205 Live GM Drake Maverick gives four superstars a major opportunity.
Tonight’s Fatal 4 Way is not a direct #1 Contender’s match, but it will give the FilAm Flash, the Stamina Monster, the Lucha Dragon and the Best Kept Secret a chance to win over as many fans as they can. Akira Tozawa declares that he’ll “fire” the others, while Kalisto promises to show the others how #LuchaHouseParty gets down. TJP knows it’s anything goes, and he has the right mix of submissions, strikes and speed to be a human Rubik’s Cube. Buddy Murphy admits he didn’t win the tournament, but he won’t stop until he wins the title, and will run over anyone in his way. Who will back up their words with a win?
Drake Maverick joins commentary.
The man formerly known as Rockstar Spud reminds us all that the Fatal 4 Way isn’t about impressing him, but impressing all of the WWE Universe, especially the fans live in the arena. “The best Cruiserweight competition in the world” is right here, and Maverick wants the world to know it.
Tony Nese VS Mark Andrews!
Neither the Premier Athlete or the High-Fiving, Stage-Diving Welshman are going to Wrestlemania to fight for the title, and that’s because of the Philly Fury, Drew Gulak. Gulak brutalized both of them during the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament, so they both want payback. Therefore, Maverick states that this match will determine who gets their shot at revenge first!
The bell rings, Andrews and Nese circle and tie up. Nese gets the waistlock and slam, then flexes at Andrews. They circle again, Andrews slips around to a waistlock and headlock takedown, but Nese keeps it from being a cover. Nese headscissors Andrews, squeezing tight. Andrews bridges and turns to headstand, but Nese uses that to short-driver Andrews’ head into the mat. Nese keeps on Andrews with a headlock, grinding him down. Andrews powers out but Nese runs him over! Nese runs, things speed up, and nese blocks the hip toss, but Andrews lands on his feet through the snapmare. They speed up again, Andrews arm-drags Nese into an armlock! Drew Gulak watches from backstage as Nese works his way up to his feet.
Nese lifts Andrews and puts him into a corner, and instead of honoring the break, he rams in a shoulder. He whips Andrews corner to corner, but Andrews reverses, only to run into Nese’s back elbow. Andrews runs in but Nese jumps back and over! Nese uses a handspring to dodge the lariat, then mule kicks and knee lifts and roundhouses Andrews, but Andrews jumps over the sweep to arm-drag Nese. Andrews tries another, but Nese blocks with power, so Andrews goes around and arm-drags the other way. They keep moving, Nese sunset flips but Andrews back flips to a dropkick. Cover, ONE, but Andrews keeps his cool.
Nese goes to a corner, and Andrews runs in, but Nese catches him and puts him on the top rope. The referee calls for a break, Nese backs off only to rush in, but Andrews boots him back to then throw him with a flying headscissors! Nese rolls out of the ring, Andrews builds speed, but Nese intercepts with a big back elbow! Cover, TWO, but Nese keeps on Andrews with a stomp. He grinds his knee into Andrews in a corner, but backs off at 4. Andrews tries to fight back but Nese keeps on him. Nese whips Andrews corner to corner hard, and taunts him to get up. He drags Andrews to a cover, TWO. Nese puts Andrews in the bodyscissors and squeezes him again.
Andrews works to pry his way out as fans rally. He pushes back to a cover, TWO, and Nese keeps on the squeeze. Andrews pushes back again, TWO, and Andrews is free. Nese pushes him away, then runs to kitchen sink knee Andrews down! Cover, TWO, but Nese returns to the squeeze with a rear bearhug. Andrew endures the squeeze, and elbows Nese in the head and neck. The fans rally and Andrews stands up to elbow more, but Nese throws him into a corner. Nese runs back in but into Andrew’s elbow. Nese staggers, then runs into another elbow from Andrews. Andrews sticks out a boot but Nese catches it, so Andrews enziguris Nese instead! Nese leans on the ropes and Andrews runs at him for a take on the 619, followed up with a slingshot into a wheelbarrow, and then the bulldog!
Nese ends up in a corner again, Andrews runs in for double knees. Andrews whips Nese corner to corner but Nese reverses. Andrews goes up, quebrada blocked, but Andrews uses the swing to hit a DDT! Cover, TWO! Nese rolls out of the ring again, and Andrews gets to the corner for the Moonsault!
Down goes Nese! The fans applaud as Andrews fires up. He puts Nese back in the ring, then climbs up high, but Nese trips him up. Andrews ends up sideways, Nese hits him with the top shelf kick to fireman’s carry and gutbuster! Cover, TWO, and Nese can’t believe it. He stomps in frustration, covers, TWO. Nese keeps going, whips Andrews into a big lariat, and cover, TWO. The frustration boils up in Nese as he brings Andrews up. Andrews fights back with right hands and chops, but Nese puts him on the apron. Nese kicks and sweeps the legs, Andrews hits the apron before hitting the floor. Nese builds speed, slides out and rocks Andrews with a roaring left elbow! Fans applaud as Nese looks around with wild eyes.
Nese drags Andrews up leans him against the apron to give him a sharp chop. They go back in the ring, Nese taking his time. He slingshots and triangle moonsaults, but misses as Andrews rolls out of the way! Nese still gets up first, but Andrews unleashes a loud overhand chop! Andrews chops more, then dodges to unleash a flurry of chops and clubbing forearms! Nese shoves Andrews away for another rocking left! Nese runs, but into the enziguri! Andrews goes to run but Nese uses tights to reel him in, TWO but Nese deadlifts Andrews with one arm, only for Andrews to counter with a victory roll! Then double stomps, aka Stomp 182! Cover, TWO, and Andrews is shocked while Maverick likes what he sees.
The two men are down, but Nese heads for ropes. Andrews stands up first and walks over to Nese. He whips but Nese slips under for the pumphandle lift, but Andrews counters the slam with Stun-Dog Millionaire!
Andrews keeps going, as he climbs up to the top rope. He takes aim, and Shooting Star!
Cover, Andrews wins!
Winner: Andrews, by pinfall
#Mandrews wins, and Maverick is very impressed. Gulak is still watching, so he knows he’ll have to face the human rocket rockstar again in the near future. Andrews walks over to Maverick at the announce desk and confirms he wants his match. Maverick shakes his hand, the deal is made! Maverick promises that next week will have the rematch of Andrews VS Gulak, “he deserves it, lads.” Will Andrews get high-flying revenge on the gritty grappler?
Backstage interview with Drew Gulak.
What are his thoughts on having a rematch with Mark Andrews? Well it’s Mark Andrews. “He’s a tremendous high-flyer”, but why is he on 205 Live? Gulak admits he may have “hurt his feelings” when he held onto the hold too long, but that was a statement to Mark Andrews. And as a statement to all of 205 Live, Gulak declares himself “the best submission specialist in the WWE.” It isn’t about defeat, but about giving up, and if someone steps to Gulak, “you will tap out.” Gulak is ready to make Andrews suffer the same fate he did during the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament, but how much will he make Andrews just plain suffer?
Drake Maverick has an exclusive interview with the Wrestlemania Cruiserweight Championship contenders.
The GM of 205 Live sits with Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali, two friends who find themselves fighting for the same title. Not only that, but this will be the first Wrestlemania match for both men. Alexander can’t believe that only one year ago, they were both watching Wrestlemania 33 in a skybox. Ali agrees, this is wild as they are competing for the title as friends. Both men are Cruiserweight Classic and 205 Live originals, and therefore have similar journeys to this point. Did they ever think it’d lead her? Alexander did, but to think it’s this soon and against Mustafa Ali. They’ll compete for the top prize in 205 Live in front of 70 thousand at least. Friends, family, and Alexander’s daughter, Alexander wants to win and make them proud.
Wait, what was that last part? Making them proud with a win? That usually doesn’t happen, though. What’s Ali getting at? It’s just that, Alexander has had chances, but they’ve never gone his way. He isn’t being disrespectful, but the “beautiful story” of the last few months always ends short. Ali has his own story, his own daughter to make proud of him. That 70,000 will have their loved ones and their haters, and Ali and Alexander will tear the house down. But Ali says, “the story ends with this Cruiserweight Championship high over my head.” So Alexander should ask himself, what is he willing to do to change that?
Alexander is actually glad Ali feels that way, and admits he really felt that coming from the heart. But what he’s willing to do is risk his body, his livelihood, to become champion. He’ll even “stomp out the heart of 205 Live”. Ali leans in close, and says that’s exactly what Alexander will have to do to stop him. They shake hands, still friends in this moment. But will that all be torn up and stomped out once the bell rings?
Fatal 4 Way: TJP VS Akira Tozawa VS Kalisto VS Buddy Murphy!
These four men, though they fell short of the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Finals and a Wrestlemania match, can still win themselves a chance at the title. But not with just a win, but with something that strongly impresses both Drake Maverick and the WWE Universe. What will it take for the “Cruiser-Great”, Mr. High Tension, the King of Flight and the Daredevil from Down Under to not only win, but win over the fans?
The bell rings, and “AH! AH!” echoes out from the crowd. Kalisto goes right at Tozawa, very different from when these two were the “calmer heads” in the tense stand-off last week. Murphy goes over and throws Kalisto off Tozawa, then when Tozawa rushes him, Murphy just tosses Tozawa back into the corner. Kalisto throws Murphy out and grapples with Tozawa again while TJP watches. Kalisto whips Tozawa at TJP but Tozawa ducks TJP’s clothesline, then Kalisto ducks TJP’s chop to dropkick Tozawa right out of the ring. TJP tries to take advantage, but Kalisto already springboard sentons onto Tozawa!
Kalisto takes out Tozawa, and TJP finds himself alone in the ring. TJP takes it easy, but Murphy returns and drags TJP up by his hair! TJP turns around to catch Murphy in the twisting headscissors takedown, but Murphy pops right out. Murphy gets the headlock, TJP powers out but Murphy speeds up to headscissor TJP out. TJP tumbles to the floor and Murphy builds speed, but Kalisto returns to springboard corkscrew into him! Murphy slips out of the ring but Tozawa slips back in, and he rolls Kalisto up. Kalisto rolls through but Tozawa sweeps the legs and hits the screaming back senton. Cover, ONE, and Murphy returns to go after Tozawa.
Murphy scoops, Tozawa slips out, but TJP clobbers Tozawa, and wants Murphy to wait a moment. TJP wants Murphy to understand he helped Murphy with Tozawa. TJP throws Tozawa out to make it more clear. Then he wants to work together with Murphy on Kalisto. He offers a handshake, but Murphy doesn’t trust it, so TJP drags Kalisto up in suplex position. Murphy’s no stranger to being in a team, and accepts the favor from TJP, only for TJP to club Murphy in the back mid-suplex. TJP kicks Murphy and Kalisto down, then stomps a mudhole into Murphy. TJP climbs up to get the high ground as he grinds a foot into Murphy’s head and chest. The inaugural (New Era) Cruiserweight Champion embraces the heat before bumping Murphy off a post.
Murphy tumbles down to the ground while TJP drop toeholds Tozawa into the deathlock. TJP dabs, but Kalisto runs in! But TJP is able to catch Kalisto into an Abdominal Stretch, and TJP holds two holds at once!
The fans rally for Kalisto and Tozawa as they endure. Kalisto fights out, but TJP still has Tozawa. TJP wants him to wait, but Kalisto takes advantage of this 2-for-1 as he chops TJP down, which adds torque to Tozawa’s legs. Kalisto brings TJP up again, to chop him down and bend Tozawa’s legs again. The “Lucha! Lucha!” chant begins as TJP stands up again, Kalisto chops him at third time for a third 2-for-1! He wants a fourth, but TJP reverses him into a Northern Lights and bridge, for a pin on Kalisto and torque on Tozawa!
TWO, and TJP lets go of both. The fans applaud even as TJP scrapes Kalisto out of the ring. However, Murphy returns, and TJP wants him to calm down. Murphy doesn’t, he just rallies with clotheslines and a hip toss neckbreaker. Murphy runs and runs TJP over with a calf kick! The fans fire up with Murphy as he clotheslines TJP out. Kalisto returns, Murphy throws him out. Murphy throws Kalisto into barriers, then goes to Tozawa and bumps him off the announce desk. Murphy goes after TJP with a right hand then a bump off the apron, and gives Kalisto a stiff right forearm. He throws Tozawa into barriers then elbows TJP away, but then runs into a double hip toss from Tozawa and Kalisto that sends him into barriers!
Tozawa and Kalisto argue, they don’t like working together. But then TJP comes over and they double mule kick him. Kalisto puts TJP in the ring but Tozawa keeps Kalisto from entering the ring. Kalisto returns the favor, but TJP gets Kalisto with a clothesline. TJP drags Kalisto around by the legs but Tozawa returns. TJP kicks him low, and lifts Tozawa into the Gory Stretch, while still getting Kalisto into the Mexican surfboard!
Tozawa pops out and sunset flips, but TJP rolls through to get the Cloverleaf! Murphy returns and boots TJP right down. Kalisto springboards and kicks Murphy down, then speeds up for the tilt-o-whirl satellite DDT! Tozawa stands up and watches Kalisto, to rock him with the windmill enziguri! All four men are down but the fans are loving it! The fans duel, “Lucha! Lucha!” “AH! AH!”, but TJP is the first one to stand up. TJP gets to a corner, though he flounders back down. The others stir and crawl, and Tozawa hears the “AH! AH!” He stands up and goes after TJP with a stiff forearm. Tozawa whips TJP corner to corner but TJP uses that to swing out and wrecking ball dropkick Murphy down. Tozawa boots TJP off the apron, then builds speed to DIVE!
The Tozawa Torpedo takes out TJP! But then Kalisto takes aim and springboards to wipe them both out!
Wait, Murphy is stirring. He gets up, builds speed, and even Murphy FLIES!
Murphy wipes all three opponents out, but even himself as he tumbles to the ramp. The referee checks on all four men, and they all seem fit to continue. Murphy drags Kalisto up and into the ring, then heads for the top rope. He takes aim, but Tozawa trips him up! Murphy tumbles down again, and Tozawa climbs up as fans shout “AH! AH!” Tozawa takes aim, but Kalisto trips him up. Kalisto climbs up to join Tozawa, clubbing him as he prepares the superplex, but TJP comes in to add on. Kalisto fights TJP off, but TJP yanks him off the ropes. TJP puts Kalisto in the surfboard, but Tozawa adjusts on the top rope. Murphy returns, and goes for a cover, but Tozawa jumps!!
Tozawa’s SUPER SENTON crashes through the triple decker of opponents! He covers Murphy, TWO!! Somehow Murphy survives, and all four men are down, but the fans declare “This is Awesome!” Everyone slowly stirs, but Tozawa is the first to stand up. He chops Murphy, then again, then again. Tozawa fires up, fakes the chop to get the jab! Murphy staggers, but Tozawa brings him up again, only for Murphy to fire back his own strike fest, ending in the big knee lift. Tozawa falls into a corner, Kalisto runs at Murphy. Murphy back suplexes him but Kalisto slips out, only for TJP to catch him in a waistlock. Kalisto kicks Murphy to kickstart the Salida Del Sol on TJP! But then Tozawa Penalty Kicks Kalisto away from the cover! Tozawa covers, but Kalisto barely breaks it in time!
Kalisto and Tozawa glare at each other while the fans repeat, “This is Awesome!” They argue, “What’re you doing?” and then they brawl! Murphy comes in and clotheslines Tozawa out, then dumps Kalisto out onto him. TJP brings Murphy down into the Kneebar! TJP grapevines, Murphy endures but can’t get to ropes. Murphy flails and reaches, Tozawa and Kalisto stand up and hesitate as they look at each other and what’s going on. They both drag TJP off his hold, and start throwing hands on him. Murphy gets up, and slinghots over for a corkscrew! TJP avoids the hit but Murphy still wipes out Tozawa and Kalisto. Murphy gets back in the ring, but right into the fireman’s carry! He slips out, waistlock and lift but TJP victory rolls, TWO! TJP springboards, but into the pumphandle and MURPHY’S LAW!
Winner: Murphy, by pinfall
The Best Kept Secret defeats three former Cruiserweight Champions! Not because he was bigger, not because he was stronger, but because he was hungrier. Tozawa and Kalisto glare at each other, as if to put blame on the other, but that doesn’t take away from the Aussie Action Hero’s heroic performance. Murphy may not officially be a #1 contender, but a win of this level has to earn him some major points with Drake Maverick and the fans. Will Murphy make the full move up from NXT to become the Cruiserweight Division’s Best Kept Secret?
What an incredible night for 205 Live, even with only two matches on the card. Nese VS Andrews was a great opener, their contrast of styles and personalities was a good parallel for setting up another Andrews VS Gulak match. Andrews having crossover work with the Cruiserweight Division is good for him individually while WWE works things out with the UK Division. In the miraculous possibility WWE opens up all the men’s divisions to such crossover, Andrews can position himself perfectly as a dual Cruiserweight-UK superstar. However, there’s a chance Gulak will go over again to keep himself strong as a 205 Live original. The exclusive face-to-face of Alexander & Ali was good, though the delivery of the lines could’ve been better. But the message was clear, Ali and Alexander are both ready to go above and beyond, and maybe even Heel, if it means becoming champion.
Speaking of above and beyond, I knew the Fatal 4 would be good, but I didn’t think it’d be amazing. There was great story as Kalisto and Tozawa flip a switch and get much more personal. There was great innovation, especially in connection to TJP with his simultaneous holds and all that. Creativity was off the charts, especially spot of the week, Tozawa crashing through a floating surfboard pin. Naturally, Tozawa and Kalisto cancel each other out as they and their teams have a story towards the coming Cruiserweight Tag Division. What surprised me was that Murphy won, when I expected it to be TJP. TJP is Heel, Alexander and Ali are both Faces, and WWE’s usual formula is Face VS Heel. Murphy winning as an apparent Face either means WWE is loosening up on that formula, or someone is turning Heel. Either way, way to go, Murphy.
My Score: 8.5/10
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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Report: Best of the Super Juniors 25, Final Round!
The best of the Junior Heavyweight Division battled it out, and now the best two stand tall to face each other! Taiji Ishimori came to NJPW to prove he is THE best Junior Heavyweight in the world today, but he’ll have to go through Hiromu Takahashi to do it! Who will win and earn a shot at Will Ospreay’s title?
This review of Best of the Super Juniors 25 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- Best of the Super Juniors Finals: Taiji Ishimori VS Hiromu Takahashi; Hiromu Takahashi wins and will challenge Will Ospreay for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship at Dominion.
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NJPW and AXS review what led to this final round.
“Bone Soldier” returned to Bullet Club, but it was revealed to be Pro-Wrestling NOAH’s Taiji Ishimori! Wrestling Dontaku would be where and when Ishimori attacked Will Ospreay, and making his claim to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. Both Ishimori and Ospreay participated in the premier Jr. Heavyweight round-robin tournament, and ended up tied 5-2, but one of Ospreay’s two losses was a loss to Ishimori! Not only would that help Ishimori advance, that proved he could defeat Ospreay clean.
But on the other side of things, Hiromu Takahashi, another of Ospreay’s rivals, also went 5-2 and advanced with his win over yet another of Ospreay’s rivals in Kushida! Now they meet, both determined to get one more match with the Aerial Assassin! Will the Ticking Time Bomb blow up the Bone Soldier? Or will Ishimori drive-by Takahashi on his way to the top?
Best of the Super Juniors Finals: Taiji Ishimori VS Hiromu Takahashi!
It’s a first-time-ever match-up of two of the best. Ishimori did everything there is to do as a Junior Heavyweight in Pro-Wrestling NOAH, from being a Three-Time GHC Jr. Heavyweight Champion to being a Six-Time GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champion. Meanwhile, Hiromu has only just begun his legacy. Whose legacy will grow with adding the Best of the Super Juniors trophy?
By the way, that sketch pad Hiromu has is given to commentary, and Jushin Thunder Liger takes a look inside. It seems Hiromu has written notes on his opinion of the other Super Jr. competitors. Clearly he prefers ACH more than he does Ishimori, going by that smiley face.
Hiromu’s opinions aside, Red Shoes does his check of both men and see they’re clear of anything prohibited. The bell rings, and the match begins, after the break.
NJPW on AXS returns and the fans are strongly behind Hiromu. Hiromu and Ishimori stare down, then slowly start to circle. They tie up but then back off. They approach again, but go back to circling. Finally they tie up, and are evenly matched in strength. Hiromu manages to back Ishimori up, but Ishimori turns it around to put Hiromu against the ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break, and Ishimori backs off, only to swing! Hiromu dodges and whips but Ishimori reverses. Hiromu stops himself to whip again, and reel Ishimori in for a forearm. He puts Ishimori on the second rope to then kick the rope, jacking Ishimori’s jaw. Hiromu runs and blasts Ishimori with a dropkick!
Ishimori ends up outside the ring, and Hiromu builds speed, but Ishimori comes back to headscissor Hiromu down! Ishimori goes after Hiromu in the corner for a whip, but Hiromu slides out. The chase is on as Ishimori pursues, but Hiromu leaps over! Ishimori holds ropes to prevent the sunset flip bomb. He backflips and now they start brawling with forearms! The brawl ends up going through the crowd! Hiromu knocks Ishimori down at the entrance, then drags him back up. Hiromu tosses Ishimiro over the railings, and now they go up the stairs! Ishimori breaks free of the headlock and they brawl again! Hiromu rakes the eyes, then stomps Ishimori down. Hiromu gets plenty of distance, and then runs back in for that John Woo Dropkick!
Ishimori gets blasted, and fans fire up for Hiromu. Hiromu wants everyone to clear the steps, and he brings Ishimori up by his hair. Hiromu brings Ishimori into bomb position, but Ishimori huricanranas Hiromu down those stairs!
Both men are down, but Ishimori is up first while Red Shoes checks on Hiromu. Ishimori walks down and fetches Hiromu, and the 20 count finally begins. It reaches 6 as Ishimori stomps on Hiromu. Ishimori leaves Hiromu at the mercy of the count, and he returns to the ring at 14. Hiromu scrambles to beat the count by 19! But Ishimori is upon him again, putting on a cravat hold to focus on that neck. Ishimori cranks on it, but Hiromu fights out. Ishimori snapmares, and grips Hiromu’s head with his feet. He spins around, and tweaks Hiromu’s neck! Hiromu rolls away but fans rally up for him. Ishimori just tunes it out while Hiromu gets away. Ishimori pursues and throws Hiromu into a post. Fans and Young Lions have to be careful as Ishimori bowls Hiromu into chairs!
Ishimori uses one chair to grind Hiromu into the ground, a wicked grin on his face. Ishimori backs off and returns to the ring, but Hiromu stands. Hiromu returns at the count of 9, but Ishimori is on him again. Ishimori chops Hiromu in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Hiromu boots but is turned sideways for the swing kick! Ishimori runs, and hits Hiromu with a sliding German Suplex! Fans do applaud, giving credit where credit is due. Cover, TWO, and fans rally again for Hiromu. Ishimori drags Hiromu up, snapmare into chinlock. Hiromu endures while fans rally more. He stands up and fights out of the hold. Hiromu runs, but into the sleeper!
Ishimori gets a takedown, and turns his sleeper into a bully choke. Hiromu endures the wrenching and stretching, while also reaching and crawling for ropes. Hiromu uses his legs for the ropebreak. Ishimori lets go, but keeps his cool. He stalks Hiromu to a corner, and chops him again. He whips Hiromu corner to corner but Hiromu reverses with speed. Hiromu runs in but Ishimori slips out then back in, and then out again to shoulder Hiromu back. Ishimori springboards, but Hiromu trips him up. Hiromu runs, and gets the sunset flip powerbomb this time! The Bone Soldier just got blown up, and we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and the 20 count begins again. Hiromu is up at 6, and in the ring at 10. Ishimori stirs at 13, and manages to beat the count at 19, though gingerly. Ishimori stands in a corner, but Hiromu runs in for a big clothesline. Hiromu rolls Ishimori out to then run and basement dropkick him. Cover, TWO. Hiromu keeps his cool while fans cheer for him. He stands, and toys with Ishimori. He brings Ishimori up to chop him into the corner. Then he whips Ishimori, but Ishimori reverses. Ishimori runs in, but into a boot! Hiromu grabs Ishimori for a hanging triangle headscissors! Red Shoes counts, and Hiromu lets go at 4. Then Hiromu drags Ishimori out, wheelbarrow facebuster on the floor!
But Hiromu has more in store as he gets on the apron. Ishimori stands up, and Hiromu blasts him with another John Woo Dropkick! Ishimori ends up bowling into chairs! Hiromu catches his breath before firing up. He fetches Ishimori from the front row and brings him into the ring. Hiromu climbs up, Ishimori stands, and Hiromu hits a flying cannonball! Cover, TWO, but very close. Hiromu stands while Ishimori stirs. He drags Ishimori up, fireman’s carry, but Ishimori slips out. Hiromu elbows Ishimori off the waistlock, then runs, but Ishimori follows. Ishimori handsprings, but Hiromu clobbers him out of the air! Hiromu’s seen Ospreay do that enough times to know how to counter.
Hiromu and fans fire up again, and he brings Ishimori up again. He brings Ishimori up in the fireman’s carry again, but Ishimori pops out to victory roll! TWO, into a crossface! Hiromu endures, but then Ishimori turns it into the Lebell Lock! Ishimori has that arm threaded, but Hiromu won’t quit. Hiromu drags himself with one arm and both legs, even as Ishimori wrenches back. Hiromu keeps going, and uses those legs to get the ropebreak again! Ishimori lets go, but he stomps Hiromu before bringing him up. Hiromu hits Ishimori, but Ishimori hits back. Ishimori dares Hiromu to hit him again, so Hiromu does. They brawl with forearms again, going back and forth. Hiromu hits, Ishimori hits harder, but Hiromu comes back to hit again and again and again. Hiromu runs, misses, Ishimori runs and tilt-o-whirls Hiromu into the Lebell!
Ishimori wrenches back but Hiromu drags himself around again. Hiromu inches closer and closer, but Ishimori rolls him away from the ropes! Ishimori keeps that Lebell on, but Hiromu refuses to quit! Fans are thunderous for Hiromu, and he claws at the grip. Hiromu drags himself around again, and grabs onto Red Shoes to keep himself from tapping. He then scrambles, only for Ishimori to make it Rings of Saturn! Ishimori even grabs at the legs, but somehow, Hiromu still gets the ropebreak! Ishimori lets him go, but both men are down from exhaustion. They catch their breath while rolling away from each other. Fans rally as both men drag themselves up to their feet.
Ishimori takes aim, runs in, but misses! Hiromu runs in but misses, but then he ducks Ishimori! Hiromu goes after Ishimori on the second rope, German Suplex! But Ishimori lands on his feet! He gets running, but runs into Hiromu’s overhead throw! Hiromu catches his breath while Ishimori is down in the corner. Ishimori slowly stands as Hiromu runs, and Hiromu runs Ishimori over with a powerful lariat! Hiromu drags Ishimori up, fireman’s carry, Time Bomb! Cover, TWO!? Ishimori survives?! Fans are thunderous while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and both men slowly stir. Hiromu sits up first, but Ishimori gets himself to a corner. Hiromu runs in, hits the clothesline, then hoists Ishimori up. He climbs up to join Ishimori, and hits a super wheelbarrow! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu grits his teeth as he stands up again. He brings Ishimoriu up, fireman’s carry, and then he Death Valley Drivers Ishimori right into buckles! Hiromu drags Ishimori up again, another fireman’s carry, and spins, but Ishimori slips off! Ishimori deflects the superkick but Hiromu deflects the knee strike. Hiromu SUPERKICKS this time, but then runs into a boot. Ishimori Poison-Steiners Hiromu! But Hiromu springs right up to do it back to Ishimori!
Both men are down from such damage to their heads. Fans are at a fever pitch, and still cheering Hiromu on. Both men stir and Red Shoes checks on them. They’re okay to continue, so a count begins. Hiromu and Ishimori stir, they’re up at 7. They crawl towards each other, and brawl with forearms from the mat. Hiromu hits, Ishimori hits, then back again. Hiromu grins with wild eyes as he hits Ishimori again, but Ishimori shakes his head and hits back. They brawl while standing up, and now it speeds up. Hiromu runs out of gas, and Ishimori brings him up for another shot.
Hiromu manages to stand and gets his second wind as he hits back with forearms from both sides. He spins around, but into Ishimori’s jumping knee! Hiromu staggers back, fires up, but runs into a clobbering clothesline! Cover, ONE?! Hiromu shocks Ishimori, but he’s still pretty tired. He slowly stands, but Ishimori is ready. Ishimori runs and blasts Hiromu with a dropkick, then runs corner to corner for double knees! Ishimori drags Hiromu up and into Tombstone position, but turns it into a modified code breaker! Hiromu is dazed, Ishimori covers, TWO!! The superhuman effort is keeping the fans at that fever pitch.
Ishimori gets up, and says BANG as he staggers over. He drags Hiromu up, and lifts Hiromu for a brainbuster, but Hiromu arm-drags out of it! Hiromu goes to headscissor but Ishimori counters with a powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO, and Hiromu gets Ishimori with a triangle hold! Ishimori cartwheels but Hiromu holds on. Ishimori endures, deadlifts, but is brought down again! Hiromu squeezes as tight as he can, but Ishimori tries for a cover. It doesn’t stay, so he deadlifts again, buckle bomb! Ishimori is free, but both men are out of breath. Ishimori rolls away, then runs back in, for a big clothesline. He yurinagi slams Hiromu, then fires himself up. Ishimori climbs up, takes aim, but his 450 hits knees!
Ishimori writhes in pain, but Hiromu’s legs took some damage, too. Both men slowly get up, run in, Hiromu gets around to headscissor Ishimori into the triangle hold! Ishimori deadlifts again, but Hiromu lets go to double underhook! D DRIVER!!
Hiromu can’t make the cover, he’s just too tired. So he goes for the triangle again! Ishimori fades, already dazed from that driver. Ishimori tries a second effort as he grabs at Red Shoes. He keeps moving, reaching, and gets a ropebreak! Hiromu lets him go, but he’s still focused. He brings Ishimori up, fireman’s carry, but Ishimori slips out. Ishimori wants his brainbuster but Hiromu resists. Hiromu lifts again, for another Death Valley into buckles! Hiromu drags Ishimoro up one more time, and swings him for THE Ticking Time Bomb! Cover, Hiromu wins!!
Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall; wins the Best of the Super Juniors 25, and will challenge Will Ospreay for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship
For the first time in his career, Hiromu Takahashi is THE Best of the Super Juniors! The award ceremony will begin after the break.
NJPW on AXS TV returns…
Ishimori is helped out of the ring and to the back. Fans applaud, showing respect to him for his valiant effort. Meanwhile, Hiromu is presented with the Best of the Super Juniors trophy, poses for pictures, and sits down before taking the mic.
“I don’t like it. I don’t like it much at all.” That is to say, he doesn’t like saying this after the tournament. So he must apologize first. But Ospreay! Accept his challenge for that IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship! Will Ospreay comes out! He joins Hiromu in the ring, his title in hand. Aerial Assassin and Ticking Time Bomb stand, and Ospreay congratulates his rival. Everyone is so proud, even Ospreay. Hiromu won Best of the Super Juniors, well done. But that doesn’t mean a thing compared to the belt, because that means Ospreay is the real best Jr. Heavyweight.
Ospreay reminds everyone that he is already up two wins on Hiromu in the past, so Ospreay knows that Dominion will be easy. Ospreay vows to leave with his title, and proves he really is the best in the world. Champion raises his belt, challenger raises his trophy, who will be raising their hands after Osaka?
Ospreay takes his leave, and Hiromu says, “Ospreay. Thank you meow.” The Ticking Time Bomb is not intimidated, and continues to say “Did you all just see that?” Even those watching at home on TV, did they see it? For that matter, did all the Heavyweights see that? Even Liger saw that, right? This is how SUPER JUNIORS do it! Liger has to applaud for that one. “Five years ago today, in this same spot, I still remember what I said.” Hiromu still feels that way. His dream is to hold that IWGP J. Heavyweight belt, and to be a Jr. Heavyweight main event, prime timer!! “Nothing has changed! I’m exactly the same as I was then.” But even more, more, more, more, more, “Let’s have fun!” With everything he has to say already said, Hiromu finally celebrates.
But not just him, the rest of LIJ joins him! Naito, Bushi, EVIL and Sanada appear, and Hiromu shows off his trophy to them. And together, LIJ celebrate.
Hiromu kneels while Naito, Bushi, EVIL and Sanada move aside. Oops, the wing…
Well, that tarnishes the win a little bit. Hiromu kneels in apology to the hurt trophy. Is this a bad omen of things to come?
Taiji Ishimori admits defeat. Today, Hiromu was the better man. But, Ishimori knows there’s more for him to show. There’s unfinished business. Ishimori agrees, though, it’s tough, but fun. Ishimori wants more, more, more! “New battles, exceeding our limits.” He wants to have more fun with Hiromu. “It’s reborn!”
Hiromu said this in the ring, but this tournament is more than just to name a #1 contender. He’s said it all along. Hiromu does apologize, he’s already challenged and lost to Ospreay many times this year. But just one more chance, that all he needs. Ospreay is the best, but so is Hiromu. They’ll settle this once and for all! Dominion is coming, who will truly be THE Best of the Super Juniors?
I was surprised to see AXS TV bring up the finals of the Super Juniors, but I suppose it really is the most important part of the tournament. At the same time, this does help AXS speed up their coverage of NJPW so that they can get to Dominion sooner. This is also the match that THE Dave Meltzer award 5.5 stars, thereby breaking his 5 star system, again. While Meltzer is right in giving this the best rating out of all the BOSJ matches, going over 5 stars seems a bit much. Just reaching 5 stars is more realistic, because it really did have great action and even great character and story work. They went all around the arena, and Ishimori was dead set on a submission victory, but Hiromu showed two can play that game.
It’s really great for Hiromu to go over here because his rivalry with Ospreay has been longer standing, Ishimori only just got to NJPW, and Hiromu is vastly more popular, as the fans showed tonight as they did not sway in their support of him. Hiromu’s interaction with Ospreay was great, but I’m a little sad AXS cut out the interactions with the rest of LIJ. There’s a great little bit where Naito and Hiromu were childishly fighting over the trophy until Naito hands the trophy back with a bow. It means a lot in story for Naito to give that sign of respect to his protege.
My Score: 9/10
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Mitchell’s WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament, First Round Marathon!
Before the Network specials June 25th and 26th, the WWE brings us the ENTIRE first round in one single stream! Sixteen great talents from both the United Kingdom and around the world compete to move on in just the second ever UK Championship Tournament! Will your bracket be busted right out of the starting gate?
All images courtesy of the WWE’s official social media sources
- Drew Gulak VS Jack Gallagher; Gallagher wins and advances to the second round.
- Ligero VS Travis Banks; Banks wins and advances to the second round.
- Zack Gibson VS Amir Jordan; wins and advances to the second round.
- Flash Morgan Webster VS James Drake; wins and advances to the second round.
- Tyson T-Bone VS Jordan Devlin; wins and advances to the second round.
- Tucker VS Joe Coffee; wins and advances to the second round.
- Dave Mastiff VS Kenny Williams; wins and advances to the second round.
- Ashton Smith VS Joseph Connors; wins and advances to the second round.
PLAY BY PLAY
The second WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament begins!
Many faces return from the inaugural tournament, while many others are participating for the first time. The winner of this tournament will be awarded a championship match against Pete Dunne, who is only the second-ever yet longest reigning champion in the title’s short history. Will a returning star or a new one be the next to challenge The British Bruiserweight?
Drew Gulak VS Jack Gallagher!
This second edition of the WWE UKCT starts with two great grappling gentlemen from both sides of the pond. The Philly Stretcher and The Extraordinary Gentleman have become friends via WWE’s 205 Live, but they will put friendship aside if it means a chance at Pete Dunne’s title.
The bell rings and the two gentlemen shake hands. Fans applaud for that as the two circle and tie up. Gulak gets a facelock and puts Gallagher against ropes, but honors the break. They tie up again, and Gulak gets another facelock, but it’s Gallagher who puts Gulak against ropes. Gallagher honors the break, and then they circle. They tie up again, and go around the ring. Gulak gets the headlock, and he grinds Gallagher down to a knee. He brings Gallagher around and around to cover, ONE and Gallagher gets a headscissor counter. Gallagher wrenches but Gulak works his way up. Gulak doesn’t pop out, he rolls Gallagher over and bridges. Fans applaud Gulak’s technical prowess as he gets the leg knot and tries for the full Queen Angelito stretch.
Gulak twists Gallagher, but Gallagher slips out to trip Gulak. Gallagher goes after the legs now, and twists with a toehold. Gulak spins to ease the pressure but Gallagher holds on. Gallagher wrenches more, and makes it a heel hook. Gulak endures, spins, and gets Gallagher’s leg. Gulak now has a standing leg lock, but his own foot pains him too much. He lets Gallagher go, but gets to a corner for safety. Gallagher respects Gulak and waits for him to come out. The two tie up again and Gallagher gets that leg. Gulak counters with a facelock and the two hop around. Gallagher trips Gulak again, but both men get a leg lock on the other. Fans love this technical showdown as the two fight for control.
Gallagher shoves Gulak back and heel hooks, but Gulak goes after one of his own. Gallagher wrenches, so Gulak stands and grabs Gallagher. Gulak drags Gallagher into an attempted triangle but Gallagher stands up to keep the leg lock. Gallagher brings Gulak around for a spinning toehold, then makes it a standing deathlock. Gulak endures the wrenching, but Gallagher shifts and gets the knot! Gulak knows what that means, and Gallagher puts in a bridging Indian Deathlock! But Gulak reaches over, and grabs Gallagher in a sleeper! Gulak gets free, and wants his GuLOCK! Gallagher scrambles and gets a ropebreak. Gulak lets go and Gallagher backs off.
The two circle again, then tie up. Gulak spins gets the wristlock takedown. He steps through for a hammerlock, then grabs Gallagher’s legs for the cloverleaf! Gulak bends Gallagher back, but Gallagher refuses to quit. Gallagher gets out and brings Gulak in. Gulak turns but Gallagher uses the momentum to keep going, and they end up in a corner. The ref counts the ropebreak but Gallagher grinds his forehead into Gulak’s. Gallagher backs off at 4, but then kicks the bad leg. Gulak forearms back, so Gallagher does, too. Gallagher adds a stiff European Uppercut, and it seems the friendship really is out of the window now.
Gallagher kicks that bad leg, but Gulak chops back stiff. Gulak headbutts Gallagher’s stomach, then chops again. Gallagher kicks the leg again, then forearms away. Gallagher returns the chops, as well, then whips Gulak. Gulak reverses but things speed up. Gulak rolls, grabs a leg, victory roll, TWO! They both stand, Gallagher EuroUppers but Gulak chops and chops. Gulak also uses palm strikes, but he spins around into the Extraorindary Headbutt!
Cover, Gallagher wins!
Winner: Jack Gallagher, by pinfall; advances to the second round
The Extraordinary Gentleman takes out the Yankee! Now he awaits the winner of Zack Gibson VS Amir Jordan in the quarterfinals.
Ligero VS Travis Banks!
The Prestigious Mexican Sensation and the Kiwi Buzzsaw collide in an international crossover. Will this United Kingdom Division Tournament be taken over by a foreign entity?
The bell rings, and the two men circle. They tie up, Travis gets the headlock. Travis shifts to a wristlock, but Ligero reverses to his own, and a headlock. Travis tries but can’t power out. He suplexes but Ligero lands on his feet. Things speed up, and Travis cartwheels over Ligero. They keep going, and Travis throws Ligero to a corner. Ligero runs back out, but Travis sweeps the legs! Travis adds a stiff mule kick! Cover, TWO! Travis keeps his cool, and brings Ligero up for chops. Fans duel, Ligero shoves and waistlocks but then runs to headscissor Travis down. Travis gets to a corner and Ligero whips but Travis reverses. Ligero goes up and under, then goes around and over, then back under, to roll Travis for a mule kick of his own. Ligero brings Travis up for a big suplex, then covers, TWO.
Travis sits up while fans rally. Ligero gives Travis a forearm, but Travis kicks away. Ligero catches a kick, sweeps the leg, and standing moonsaults! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again as Ligero brings Travis up. Ligero runs, but his springboard almost fails with the slippery ropes. He does jump, but Travis easily deflects him. Travis hits the shotgun knee! Ligero gets to ropes while fans duel. Travis runs in for the back elbow, then another, then runs corner to corner, but Ligero follows. Travis sweeps the leg again and Ligero hits buckles. Ligero sits down, Travis goes corner to corner, cannonball! Travis drags Ligero out, cover, TWO!
Fans build to a rally as Travis brings Ligero up and around. Travis suplexes, but Ligero slips out. Ligero waistlocks, Travis standing switches, but Ligero throws him out. Ligero runs and FLIES! He takes Travis out with the tope conjilo, then brings him back in. Ligero runs and springboards, but Travis back drops. Ligero sunset flips through but Travis sits on the cover! TWO and Ligero covers, TWO. Travis covers again, ONE and back to Ligero! ONE, ONE, ONE, ONE, etc! It keeps going, but Ligero gets it to stop, TWO! Fans applaud as both men stand. Ligero uppercuts, then runs, but into a big lariat! Travis runs, goes to a corner to springboard, flying enziguri! Cover, TWO! Travis gets mad, and suplexes, Kiwi Crusher!
Cover, Travis wins!
Winner: Travis Banks, by pinfall; advances to the second round
The New Zealand Terminator and current Progress World Champion takes care of a former Progress World Champion. Can Travis make it all the way to the end to challenge the WWE United Kingdom Champion?
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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?
All images courtesy of the Fite.TV app and streaming service
- 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