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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Report! (3/6/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Third Cruiserweight Championship Quarterfinal Match: Mark Andrews VS Drew Gulak; Gulak wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • Hideo Itami & Akira Tozawa VS Nemeth Alexander & Scott James; Itami & Tozawa win.
  • Fourth Cruiserweight Championship Quarterfinal Match: Buddy Murphy VS Mustafa Ali; Ali wins and advances to the semifinals.

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The Quarterfinals are already ending!

The Carolina Kid proved he’s no longer a choke artist as he overcame the “Cruiser-Great”, while the Messiah of the Backbreaker broke the heart of the Lucha Dragon. They will face each other in next week’s semifinals, but tonight is about creating the other semifinal match. The Pakistani Prince outlasted the Ungentle Gentleman but must now face the bigger, stronger Best Kept Secret while the High-Fiving, Stage-Diving UK Division superstar will try to fly over the aggressive ground game of the #Drewtopia Pioneer. Who will be the next two in and the next two out?

 

Third Cruiserweight Championship Quarterfinal Match: Mark Andrews VS Drew Gulak!

The WWE UK Division’s resident rockstar was a surprise entrant into the tournament, and just as surprising a winner. Can #Mandrews surprise the WWE Universe again? Or will the No Fly Zone take over and drag Andrews down to the ground?

Drew Gulak is interviewed before heading to the ring.

He is moments away from his match, how does he plan on countering Andrew’s air game? If he had something to say, he’d say it, or even prepare a PowerPoint presentation. However, Gulak hasn’t used Microsoft Office in weeks, because he’s that focused on becoming WWE Cruiserweight Champion. There is a man in that ring who wants to take that from Gulak. How does Gulak plan to ground Andrews? “Watch this.” Gulak heads out, makes his entrance, and we have our match.

The two circle and tie up, Gulak gets the waistlock and throws Andrews down. Andrews gets up and to ropes, then circles with Gulak again. They tie up, Gulak powers Andrews to a corner. The break is NOT clean as Gulak slaps Andrews sharply across the face! Andrews glares at Gulak but lets him back off. They tie up again, but Gulak gets the wristlock then the arm wrench to truly ground Andrews on the mat. Andrews gets up but Gulak brings him back down again. Andrews kip-up and goes acrobatic in a corner to arm-drag Gulak away. Gulak runs back but gets thrown again. Andrews goes for a third but Gulak blocks with strength, so Andrews spins it around to go the other way. But Gulak comes right back with a forearm smash!

Andrews is staggered, Gulak puts him in a headlock. Gulak grinds Andrews but Andrews powers out. Gulak sunsets but Andrews rolls through to dropkick him down, cover, ONE. Andrews is up but Gulak gets the takedown, cover, ONE. Gulak grabs Andrews in a waistlock, then carries him around. Andrews elbows out and headlock takeover to give Gulak a taste of his own medicine. Gulak works his way up to his feet, powers out, but Andrews grabs ropes, and gives payback for that slap with a slap! Andrews dares Gulak to bring it, but then mule kicks Gulak to go for the Destroyer. Gulak reverses, flipping Andrews over, then rocks him with another forearm!

Gulak keeps on Andrews by dragging him up and scooping him. He carries Andrews around before throwing him at the ring ropes! Andrews hits legs first, then head on the mat. Cover, TWO, but Gulak keeps his cool. Andrews rolls to ropes but Gulak is stalking him. Gulak drags Andrews up, fireman’s carry, then a lift and slam! He covers, TWO, and Andrews gets to ropes again. Gulak grabs Andrews into a hammerlock and brings him down to the mat. Fans build to a rally for Andrews and Andrews gets up, only for Gulak to bring him back down again. Gulak works on adding something, but Andrews resists.

The fans rally again and Andrews fights out with body shots. Gulak chops Andrews back, then goes after the arm again. Gulak tries a cover, but Andrews keeps his shoulders up. Andrews fights back again but his arm is still in the lock. Andrews hits a jawbreaker and gets free, and then he throws forearms at Gulak. Gulak ends up in a corner but shoulders into Andrew’s ribs. He whips Andrews corner to corner and sees the boot coming, but not the enziguri. Andrews handsprings over and onto Gulak’s shoulders for a spinning huricanrana! Gulak rolls all the way out of the ring, and Andrews walks over, only for Gulak to drag him out. Gulak glares, goes to throw Andrews over the table but Andrews blocks to kick back. Andrews uses the table to quebrada on Gulak!

Gulak goes down and the fans fire up. Andrews drags Gulak up and into the ring, then climbs up to swing kick Gulak. He slingshots in over Gulak’s shoulder, into a wheelbarrow bulldog! Gulak gets to a corner, Andrews runs in for double knees. He keeps going, wheelbarrow victory roll to double stomps! Then, a standing corkscrew moonsault! TWO, but Andrews keeps his cool. He catches his breath while Gulak is still down. Andrews stands up and kicks Gulak in the chest. He kicks again, and again, but Gulak ducks for a sudden Electric Chair Drop! Gulak bridges back for the cover, TWO! Andrews clutches his back while Gulak catches his breath.

They both stir, Gulak standing up to stalk Andrews. He stomps Andrews, then brings him up into a corner. Gulak sharply chops Andrews, but Andrews eggs him on. Gulak chops and stomps a mudhole into Andrews, but backs off at 4. He comes back and drags Andrews up, but Andrews fires off haymakers and chops of his own! Andrews goes wild as he stomps Gulak out to the apron, and the fans like that. Andrews sees Gulak on the outside, so he walks over and climbs up. Gulak goes after him but Andrews fights him off, then flies for a huge headscissors!

Andrews throws Gulak, but he also crashes onto the ground. Both men are down and the referee checks on them. Andrews stirs first, climbing up to the apron. Gulak stirs at 4, but Andrews doesn’t reenter the ring. He decides to go for broke as he climbs up again. Andrews gives a point to the Wrestlemania sign before going for a SUPER quebrada!

Gulak goes down again, and Andrews puts him in the ring. Andrews runs and tilt-o-whirl into the crucifix, TWO! Andrews can’t believe how close he was, the frustration grows. Gulak slowly stirs, so Andrews goes up top one more time. Gulak grabs him by the beard! Andrews fights Gulak off, then adjusts, and jumps but into Gulak’s lariat! Gulak’s eyes are wild and his teeth are grit as he looks down at Andrews. He drags Andrews up for another lariat, and another, and then the suplex, but Andrews counters with Stun-Dog Millionaire! Andrews doesn’t cover, he hurries back to a corner and the top rope. Gulak is down while Andrews takes aim, Shooting Star! Into Gulak’s knees! Gulak grabs Andrews, dragon sleeper and body scissors for the Gu-LOCK!

Andrews taps quickly, and Gulak wins! Gulak advances to the semifinals, but he doesn’t let go of the hold easily. He tortures Andrews in the hold until Andrews fades out! The fans boo and jeer as Gulak finally lets go, still wanting to hurt Andrews. Gulak has become a savage, but also very determined. Will he become the next Cruiserweight Champion and bring #Drewtopia to life?

 

Drake Maverick meets with Akira Tozawa & Hideo Itami.

They surely want to know why they’re a tag team tonight. First, the 205 Live GM knew they’ve been feeling down about being eliminated from the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament early on. These two are great superstars. Itami is a legend around the world, and Tozawa is a former champion. They have respect for each other, so putting them together, they can bring the best out of each other. Tozawa and Itami shake hands, but Tozawa then lets Maverick know, that if he’s wrong, “You’re FIRED!” Then Tozawa grins as he and Itami take their leave. Will this Strong Style duo do great things as a team?

 

Mustafa Ali speaks.

“Two weeks ago, Buddy Murphy made his debut on 205 Live and he was victorious.” Ali was there to thank him, and Murphy said he appreciated that. However, Murphy’s eyes said something else. Murphy’s eyes were dangerous, that Ali was in his way and he’d knock Ali’s head off. Ali wants Murphy to look into his eyes and tell him what he sees. Ali shares a secret with the Best Kept Secret: “the most dangerous man in this world doesn’t fight for himself, he fights for others.” Is Ali’s fight for all the kids back home in Chicago going to give him the edge he needs to stay alive in this Cruiserweight Championship Tournament?

 

Hideo Itami & Akira Tozawa VS Nemeth Alexander & Scott James!

The Inventor of the GTS and the Stamina Monster have been put together to bring out the best in each other. Is the 205 Live GM right in pairing up these Strong Style superstars?

Tozawa and Nemeth start, as do the “AH! AH!” chants. Tozawa circles with Nemeth then kicks and forearms with “AH! AH!” echoing out. He whips Nemeth but Nemeth sunset flips, only for Tozawa to roll through and Penalty Kick. Tozawa adds on a back senton, and then dares Nemeth to come at him. They tie up, Tozawa puts Nemeth in a corner. The break is clean but Nemeth kicks low to put Tozawa in a corner. Nemeth throws in forearms, then drags Tozawa over. Tozawa kicks, spins, slips under and saido suplex! He drags Nemeth up, then tags in Itami. They double whip Nemeth corner to corner, then Tozawa runs in for the back elbow. Itami runs in and they combine knee strike and swing kick!

Itami suplexes Nemeth over, then fires up. He puts Nemeth in a dragon sleeper but Nemeth gets to ropes. Nemeth tags in Scott James but Itami lights him up with kicks. Itami runs and boots James in the corner, then climbs up. Itami hits a flying clothesline, then shouts for “RESPECT!” He drags James up, gives him a flurry of strikes, then Nemeth runs in into Tozawa’s boot. Tozawa whips for Itami to whip Tozawa to whip Itami in for the hesitation dropkick on James. Tag to Tozawa, and he climbs up, for the Dropzone SUPER Senton!

Tozawa & Itami win! This combination has immediate chemistry and success, but can they maintain it going forward?

 

Roderick Strong trains harder than ever now that he’s part of 205 Live.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a million times.” Strong outworks everybody, in the ring or out of it. He prepares for every match, and he’s definitely preparing for his chance at a Wrestlemania Moment. His work ethic doesn’t change, but will it help change the landscape of the Cruiserweight Division?

 

Cedric Alexander speaks.

“One more match.” That’s all there is between Alexander and Wrestlemania. For the past two years, Alexander has always been an inch away from the Cruiserweight Championship. Every single time, something always goes wrong. “But not this time.” Alexander vows that this time, nothing will stop him. He vows to go to Wrestlemania and become Cruiserweight Champion. Can he overcome the Messiah of the Backbreaker to be just one more match away from his moment?

 

Fourth Cruiserweight Championship Quarterfinal Match: Buddy Murphy VS Mustafa Ali!

Both men know they face the Cruiserweight Crusader in the semifinals, but they have to get through each other first. While the Best Kept Secret is bigger–now at only 197 lbs–and stronger, is he hungrier than the inspiring Pakistani Prince?

The bell rings, and the two talk out that while there is respect, there won’t be any holding back. Fans cheer for Buddy while the two circle and tie up. Murphy powers Ali back into a corner, then lets him out with “respect.” They circle again, Ali gets the headlock but Murphy powers out. Ali shoulders but bounces off to then rebound and get the headlock back. Murphy powers out again to run Ali over! Ali gets to the ropes but Murphy stays close. He lets Ali stand up, and they circle again.

Ali gets a waistlock, but Murphy the standing switch and back suplex. Ali slips out and tries his own but Murphy slips out. Things speed up and Murphy runs Ali over, to then get in close and tell Ali “Shhh…!” Because it’s a secret. Gulak watches from backstage while his old nemesis, Ali, stands back up. Ali and Murphy circle and tie up, but Ali wristlocks to hammerlocks to takedown. Murphy headscissors, Ali pops out and roles reverse as Murphy gets the takedown and Ali headscissors. Murphy pops out, goes but bails out of the knee drop to get Ali back in a headlock. Ali endures the squeeze while fans build to a rally. He powers out of the hold but things speed up. Ali headscissors Murphy out of the ring, then builds more speed, only for Murphy to get back in his face. Murphy again says, “Shhh…”

The two stand up, Murphy still saying “Shhh”, but Ali dropkicks the Secret down! Ali tells Murphy, “Shhh…” but Murphy gets up. Ali says this is about Wrestlemania, and offers a handshake. Murphy takes it, to reel Ali into a clobbering clothesline!

Ali is knocked for a loop quite literally, and Murphy stalks him. Murphy drags Ali up to throw him a corner, then stomps a mudhole into him. Murphy walks it off, then drags Ali back up for a haymaker. He snapmares Ali and kicks him in the back, then stands over Ali as he clutches his back. Ali shoves Murphy away but Murphy rocks him with an uppercut. Murphy hoists Ali up to the top rope, then climbs up to join him. Ali resists and the two fight up top, Ali knocking Murphy back. He boots Murphy then adjusts, to 450 onto the arm!

Murphy rolls and writhes as he clutches his arm. Ali said he was dangerous, but to think he’d do something like that. He goes after Murphy but Murphy uses his good arm to push Ali away. Ali uses the push to rebound into a tilt-o-whirl takedown, Fujiwara on the bad arm! Murphy rolls through and whips Ali away, but Ali comes back with a flapjack dropkick. The fans fire up as Ali takes aim, and runs in corner to corner. Murphy side steps but Ali slides to a stop, then Ali side steps to send Murphy into the post! Ali keeps on that bad arm, wrenching it into a hotshot! He then roundhouses Murphy away, to slingshot in for the facebuster! Cover, TWO! Ali feels some frustration, but he keeps his cool as he watches Murphy clutch that bad arm.

Ali stalks Murphy, then drags him up with an armlock. Murphy shoves him away but Ali uppercuts Murphy back. Ali leaps for a tornado DDT but Murphy denies it with strength! Even with one arm, Murphy powers Ali up and over the top rope to throw him to the ground! Murphy then builds speed, and FLIES!

Direct hit on Ali! The Daredevil from Down Under puts Ali back in the ring, then climbs up for a flying double knee drop! Cover, TWO! Murphy’s arm is too sore for him to show frustration. The arm slows Murphy down as he and Ali slowly get to their feet. Murphy goes over to Ali while fans rally. Fireman’s carry but Ali slips out to shove Murphy into buckles, bad arm first! Then, Reverse-Rana! He’s not done, Ali hops up and jumps off for the tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Ali is shocked! Murphy grits his teeth while Ali gets to a corner. The fans declare “This is Awesome!” all the same.

Ali stands up and kicks Murphy right in that bad arm. Murphy dares him to bring more, so Ali kicks him again. Ali gives a stiff forearm right to Murphy’s jaw, but Murphy won’t stay down. They both get up again, Murphy blocks the second forearm to unleash a strike fest! He rocks Ali, but then Ali blocks the next try to counter with the pinwheel heel kick! Murphy staggers, Ali runs, but Murphy boots Ali. On the rebound, Murphy tries for the pumphandle but that bad arm gets in the way. Ali tries a takedown but Murphy blocks with a backslide. TWO, because of the bad arm. Crucifix, Ali wins!! Murphy is devastated, but Ali is overjoyed to say the least.

The fans are just as excited as they chant for “Ali! Ali!” in celebration. However, Gulak knows that, in order to make it to Wrestlemania, he’ll have to go through a familiar foe. Who will be left standing on the Road to Wrestlemania when this rivalry renews once more?

 

My Thoughts:

205 Live continues to get it right with this Cruiserweight Championship tournament, and even some foreshadowing to what’s coming. Itami & Tozawa suddenly becoming a team is a clear indicator that, as the news broke recently, the Cruiserweight Division is branching out into its own Tag Team Division. While there’s a lot that can be argued about this only further isolating the superstars of 205 Live, it could be a sign of things to come. Having a Tag Team Division gives actual reasons for having tag team matches on the show or when/if Cruiserweights return to Raw, and therefore gives a way for more Cruiserweights to be on air instead of just staying backstage. And if the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament was great, imagine a Cruiserweight Tag Team Tournament!

The matches for the tournament at hand were really great tonight, especially when factoring in story. Gulak has been more determined than he’s ever been with this tournament, and after what he did to Tony Nese, it was no surprise he went over Andrews here. Andrews was only a crossover talent to make for a nice surprise, but in the end, he wasn’t going to win a title outside of the UK Division that he was signed. Ali-Murphy was a great match, and it really seemed like Ali learned something from his match with Gallagher. Going after the arm was great, and became the deciding factor in the match. And of course, we get the great rematch of Gulak VS Ali, which was a great feud for the Cruiserweight Division last year. And now that it’ll directly lead to a championship opportunity, you can bet this rematch will escalate things.

My Score: 8.5/10


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.2 ~ 21ST SEPTEMBER 2018

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CURRENT TOUR RECAP

NOAH finished up their mammoth five day in a row event (14th September to the 18th September), fortunately no-one was injured, but both Hajime Ohara (neck) and Hi69 (knee) seem to be carrying injuries.

After losing the GHC Heavyweight Tag Title challenge against Naomichi Marufuji and Akitoshi Saito, Kaito Kiyomiya intimated that he would be interested in challenging for them again, but with another partner (i.e. Go Shiozaki). Shiozaki was seen watching Kaito Kiyomiya in the tag match against 50 Funky Powers in Hakata Stalene. Later in the tour he mentioned on Twitter about “shutting them up” and their GHC Heavyweight Tag Challenge

.Speaking of Go Shiozaki there was a very sweet moment that took place in Hakata, involving both himself and Atsushi Kotoge. When they made their entrance in their match against The Hooligans (Cody Hall and Maybach Taniguchi), a little boy could be seen dressed in a homemade “Revolutionary Cloak”. When Kotoge appeared the little boy and the little girl next to him (most probably his sister), did the revolutionary fist pumps (to the delight of Kotoge who joined in), and when he had gone, Shiozaki noticed, did it for half a second, and then went bright red (Shiozaki gets very shy when he has to do physical comedy, he also has a tendency to start giggling as well when others do it).
During the match, the brawl went into the crowd, and a little girl was upset by it and started crying. Go Shiozaki, gave her a hug to comfort her, and once back in the ring got The Hooligans in the corner, pointed to her and said “this is for you”, and proceeded to chop them.

Despite his claim to “bring the revolution to Hakata, and defeat the villains!”, Atsushi Kotoge took the Zwei Bomb from Taniguchi.

Naomichi Marufuji is still not accepting the challenge of The Hooligans, and gave a somewhat bad tempered promo in Ehime saying they were “a fool, a baldie” and “even though I am an asshole with a lack of sleep, I am going to crush you all. Come and line up with your heads bowed. I am not going to accept your challenge! I’m not in the mood!” Marufuji is still being obsessively hated by Kenoh, and he certainly has taken it from him on this tour, but the person the five days really belongs to, is Katsuhiko Nakajima, who utterly obliterated Takashi Sugiura and did the cocky pin on him. I don’t think anyone has ever at any time or anywhere ever done this…

Nakajima, being Nakajima, wasn’t finished there as he draped the belt over him, and then threw Sugiura out of the ring. When Sugiura had recovered and scraped himself off of the floor, Nakajima had gotten the microphone, and standing on the turnbuckle he told him that he would continue to plague him like he did today, he would plague him again tomorrow and the day after that and forever afterwards.

At the end of the five day tour, having been thoroughly battered by Nakajima, Takashi Sugiura said tiredly he couldn’t keep up and says that he has had no choice but to get better, and rethink his strategy. I can only imagine that Sugiura is playing the spider and the fly…

“Black or white, this is a league.” (Hi69) 

The NOAH Juniors, despite being divided over Junior Global League, are all gunning for Kotaro Suzuki (Hitoshi Kumano says that he is going to “crush the beat so no sound comes out”). Kotaro Suzuki has dismissed even the freelancers amongst the NOAH Juniors as being “weak”.

The biggest build so far is Daisuke Harada vs Kotaro Suzuki, which will take place in Yokohama (Suzuki has already lost to the other “elder” of the Juniors, Hajime Ohara). Daisuke Harada in Kochi, delivered the message to Suzuki that he would beat him down, and then he would “tell you this”…Harada spoke silently to the camera and walked off. Kotaro Suzuki later said that he had no idea what he was saying, but would find out before they faced each other.

Suzuki has made unflattering comments about various NOAH juniors, Hitsohi Kumano is “heavy” and “bulging with fat”, and Tadasuke, due to “too much hair treatment” is “greasy”.

Kotaro Suzuki, known for being just as “slippery” as Tadasuke (maybe even more) has promised something special for his “vision of Korakuen” (he also posted a picture of himself and Yoshinari Ogawa out drinking and said they were “discussing strategy”), well, whatever he has planned, it is probably a lot better than what Tadasuke has promised, he says that he may have to “poison the rice of the winning candidates” if he doesn’t win.

Suzuki and Harada clashed in a tag match on the 18th September on the last day of tour with Harada getting in his face with the belt, and Suzuki playing the innocent after attacking him while standing on the ring apron.

There has been no rift between The Backbreakers, with Hitoshi Kumano defeating Hajime Ohara. Kumano said he had to win, even though Ohara’s neck was very bad.
Part of his reasons for wanting to beat Ohara was due to the comments made by Daisuke Harada when he was aiming for the GHC Junior Heavyweight championship a few months ago, Harada had basically said that Kumano was “below Ohara” or that he was his “subordinate”.

Between RATELS, Daisuke Harada is too busy to comment on Tadasuke beating him, and YO-HEY and HAYATA still appear to be friends (better description might be master and pet).

Junta Miyawaki is still to get his first win, but the boy has earned a lot of accolades with people praising him and saying he was “insanely good” in his matches. NOAH are really teasing his first win with many near pinfalls.  He has also been likened to a young Kenta Kobashi, which means that now in NOAH we have almost the Four Pillars for a new generation with Misawa (Kiyomiya) and Kawada (Kenoh) – now we just need a Taue.

NOAH have had very good attendances out in the provinces for this tour, not all venues have been sold out, but attendances have been very high. The promotion has a policy whereby they travel outside of the metropolitan areas (i.e. Tokyo, Osaka) and the big city areas and bring the show to the “provinces” (i.e. the countryside or the more rural areas on the edge of the suburbs). While this doesn’t always result in a full house (something a lot of people don’t seem to understand and they think its a reflection on NOAH ), what it does do is bring a company who unlike New Japan, All Japan, Big Japan etc doesn’t have a streaming service and\or a TV show, to people who wouldn’t see them otherwise. They have also attracted a lot of new fans too.

Global Junior League Scores (as of 18th September 2018)
YO-HEY: 7
Ikuto Hidaka: 6
Daisuke Harada: 6
Kotaro Suzuki: 6
Hitoshi Kumano: 4
Tadasuke: 4
Hi69: 4
Minoru Tanaka: 4
HAYATA: 3
Hajime Ohara: 2
Seiya Morohashi: 2
Junta Miyawaki: 0

NOAH are back on the 29th September at Radiant Hall, Yokohama, bell sounds at 17.30

NEWS

QUIET STORM CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
Quiet Storm has celebrated his own twenty years in wrestling on the 16th September, he debuted in 1998 (about a month after Naomichi Marufuji did) at roughly the age of seventeen, and while in America had spells with Ring of Honor, PWF and NYWC. Quiet Storm made his debut in his hometown of New York (he’s a Brooklyn boy I think). He came to Japan and trained with KAIENTAI DOJO, but had to return home due to a family situation. Aside from NOAH, his other affiliation is with Osaka Pro. He has been with NOAH since 2014.

His tag team partner, Mohammed Yone, presented him with flowers in the ring.

GHC BELT NEWS

Current champions

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
  • GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69

OTHER NEWS

Atsushi Kotoge will be holding his own fan event, further details to be announced (this is not a produce)

Comedy wrestler Kikutaro (who returned to Japan to have ear surgery), announced that before he leaves for America, he wants to appear in NOAH(he was once a regular in SEM, where he memorably teamed with KENTA, who had him thrown out of the building afterwards, Kikutaro made his way back in though), and a match has been arranged against Atsushi Kotoge for the 4th October at Korakuen Hall. Kotoge has asked Kikutaro whether he wants to join the “Revolutionary Army”. What should be a very funny match, will be broadcast on Samurai on the 11th October (FYI: Fuji TV no longer exists, it is now “ForJoyTV“)

Naomichi Marufuji and Doug Williams will be having what will be their last match ever in IPW on Sunday the 23rd September. Their history was made not in NOAH or even in Japan, but in Europe. You can read about their history in an article I have written, “Farewell Europe

Hajime Ohara, (who quite rightly is called “NOAH’s treasure”), has taken part in more municipal activities in Kawasawki by lecturing the Staff Hygiene Committee about exercise that can be done at the office and at home.

Thanks to Metal-Noah who very kindly sent me a copy of “Heir to The Ark”, Naomichi Marufuji’s biography, English translation has started, and can be found here. This is a work in progress, and I hope to update it daily. The book is ranked #3 on the Japanese book charts. TOUR TIDBITS

  • Tadasuke used a chair on Seiya Morohashi (which is unusual for him).
  • Whilst in Shikoku, a big crab turned up on Hi69’s cigarette packet (its probably HAYATA shape-shifting)
  • The ceiling was so low in Hakata Stalene that people’s feet and heads grazed it.
  • Naomichi Marufuji watched “the youngsters” going off together after NOAH arrived in Kochi, and said “the old man is going to bed”
  • Tadasuke announced to Kotaro Suzuki “Hey, Fool! I am today’s NOAH Junior!” (and Kotaro Suzuki beat him down in ten minutes with the Tiger Driver)
  • Naomichi Marufuji wrapped Yoshiki Inamura in Atsushi Kotoge’s cloak, and forced him to do the “Revolution Pose”, right in front of Kotoge.
  • YO-HEY’S rambling promos include him having all his teeth knocked out (he hasn’t), and likening himself to a 16th century Japanese warlord, a champion stallion racehorse which was put out to stud (don’t ask) and then forgetting what he was talking about. He is still convinced that he will be facing Yoshiki Inamura in the finals of Global Junior League, despite the fact that Inamura isn’t in Global Junior League.
  • Yoshinari Ogawa took Atsushi Kotoge’s cape and used it to wipe his boots, much to Kotoge’s horror.
  • Ehime Pro did an opening exhibition at Noah’s show at TEXPORT Imbari
  • Yoshiki Inamura getting good reviews.
  • Go Shiozaki went to shake hands with Kotoge, but Kotoge drew his hand back, wiped his head and walked off (Shiozaki, notorious for giggling, couldn’t keep a straight face)
  • NOAH have had a crack down on people filming at the event, Atsushi Kotoge said “Heroes obey the rules”.
  • Masao Inoue is holding another bowling event, wrestlers participating will be Atsushi Kotoge, Kaito Kiyomiya and Tadasuke
  • On September 17th, Atsushi Kotoge, Kenoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya went to a sports bar and spent until the early hours watching classic Four Pillars era All Japan (the match Kotoge photographed on the TV was Mitsuharu Misawa vs Kenta Kobashi on the 21st October 1997. When this match took place, Kotoge and Kenoh would have been 12, Kitamiya 14 and Nakajima 9).
  • Cody Hall and Maybach Taniguchi now have a finisher called “The Hooligans Bomb”.

  • On the long drive back from Tottori to Tokyo, (about nine to eleven hours), Takashi Sugiura photographed Masao Inoue at the urinal (twice), and then predictably, things got even worse when Marufuji filmed Inoue eating an ice cream on the bus, and then pausing to look briefly at a passing woman. Between Marufuji and Sugiura, this turned into Inoue thinking about “licking” women…

Lets just end this newsletter here until next week.


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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: G1 Climax 28, part 11!

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NJPW and AXS bring us the B Block finals! Will it be Tetsuya Naito of one of the Golden Lovers who qualifies for THE G1 Climax 28 Finals?!

 

This coverage of the G1 Climax 28 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.

Gifs can be found on http://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins.
  • Kenny Omega VS Kota Ibushi; Ibushi wins.

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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this final night of B Block action!

It all comes down to this! The Best Bout Machine lost to Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano in a row, though one was in part thanks to Tama Tonga. However, the IWGP Heavyweight Champion is still one win away from being in his third consecutive G1 Climax Finals. That win must come at the expense of Kenny Omega’s best friend, Kota Ibushi, in this Golden Lovers dream match. Ibsuhi could take the entire block with his own win, but there’s also last year’s G1 Climax champion. Tetsuya Naito can make his own repeat appearance if he defeats Zack Sabre Jr, who would love to play spoiler with his submission style. Who will meet Hiroshi Tanahashi in the G1 Climax 28 Finals?!

 

Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr!

The charismatic leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon takes on Suzuki-Gun’s Submission Master, a familiar match up from this year’s New Japan Cup. Naito takes his time with his attire, as usual, but ZSJ is patient. The referee finishes his check of both men, rings the bell, and we begin.

ZSJ rushes Naito then throws him out. He pursues but Naito slips back out to then troll ZSJ with a game of cat ‘n’ mouse. ZSJ grows frustrated and starts kicking railing like his mentor, Minoru Suzuki. Taka Michinoku calms Zack down and gets him back to the ring. Naito tells ZSJ to return, saying time is of the essence. ZSJ returns but Naito speeds things up. They both run and dodge, then Naito Tranquilos! But ZSJ grabs the arm for the armbar! Naito gets the ropes for the ropebreak and ZSJ mocks Tranquilo before letting Naito go. Naito takes his time returning, to again troll ZSJ. Red Shoes counts but Naito waits to return at about 10. ZSJ rushes Naito again for a headlock. Naito powers out and arm-drags ZSJ around. ZSJ headbutts then European Uppercuts, but he runs into another arm-dag.

Naito has ZSJ down, but ZSJ reverses into a headscissor. ZSJ squeezes, then stands to twist! Naito writhes while ZSJ catches his breath. ZSJ goes after the legs and gets a Queen Angelito figure four. He goes after the arms, and he uses a surfboard style lift! ZSJ goes for a cover but can’t get the angle, so he shifts to a leg based double armbar. Naito manages another ropebreak, so ZSJ backs off. ZSJ toys with Naito then gives him a EuroUpper. Naito chops back, so ZSJ trips him up and twists his neck again. ZSJ lets Naito get up to then float over to a cravat. Naito works his way up to arm-drag out. ZSJ runs in but misses, Naito jump kicks but it’s ZSJ who sweeps! The New Japan Cup champ has the G1 Climax 27 champ down and out while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns and Naito gets back up at 13. He returns to the ring at 15 but ZSJ stands on him to then get the ankle lock. ZSJ shifts to a Half Crab that shifts to an STF that shifts to a crossface. Naito reverses with a roll, TWO! ZSJ has a grounded cravat that he bridges and then rolls back. He gets a headscissor as Naito sits up, then grabs an ankle. They both roll and Naito is still in the headscissor. ZSJ squeezes but then Naito gets his own headscissor. ZSJ pries his way up and out and back to a half crab. He just stands on Naito’s head and body now to humiliate more than hurt. Naito gets up and chops ZSJ. ZSJ headbutts, EuroUppers, then whips. Naito reverses and reels ZSJ in for the backbreaker and dropkick! Both men are down as fans rally.

Naito stands and fires of on ZSJ. He whips but ZSJ reverses, only for Naito to come out with the headscssiors. Jump kick, leg sweep, and swinging dropkick! Naito poses while ZSJ checks his mouth. Naito elbows ZSJ, then brings him back up. ZSJ reverses the neckbreaker to a facelock, but Naito reels him in for the atomic drop.  Naito runs in at the corner but has to block ZSJ’s boots. ZSJ kicks Naito but Naito holds on. Naito spits, so ZSJ kicks more. Naito turns him sideways for a draping backbreaker! Then a standing neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Naito while he thinks of what to do next. Naito circles ZSJ and brings him up in a waistlock. ZSJ gets a standing switch to full nelson but Naito arm-drags out. They collide, elbow for elbow, and back again. Naito rolls for the kick but into an STF!

Naito drags himself around but ZSJ switches to part Rings of Saturn! He keeps Naito’s face back with a leg but Naito uses a leg to get the ropes. ZSJ again lets Naito go, and both men are down from exhaustion. Taka coaches ZSJ up but the fans are on Naito’s side still. ZSJ stands first and kicks at Naito. Naito takes them in stride, a grin on his face. Naito fires a forearm and a back elbow and ZSJ falls. Fans fire up as Naito throws more elbows, but ZSJ comes back with a EuroUpper. Naito elbows, ZSJ falls again. Now Naito toys with ZSJ, but ZSJ SLAPS Naito. ZSJ fires EuroUppers but ends up in a backslide. He rolls through but runs into the tornado DDT! Naito drags ZSJ up. Hammerlock and lift, but ZSJ counters with a guillotine that becomes a triangle hold!

Naito endures the squeeze while ZSJ prevents a cover. Naito uses power to lift but ZSJ wrenches back. ZSJ brings Naito back down and Naito starts to fade. Fans keep rallying, Naito jackknifes! TWO, and ZSJ penalty kicks Naito down! ZSJ drags Naito back up, but Naito suplexes into the dragon sleeper, for a reverse DDT! Fans cheer Naito while Taka shouts for ZSJ to get up. Naito sits up but ZSJ follows. They stand, and Naito elbows ZSJ again. ZSJ gives a EuroUpper but that arm is hurting. Naito chops but ZSJ slaps. Naito SLAPS, then hammerlocks, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!! Naito fires himself up as he drags ZSJ up. ZSJ sees it coming, and Peles the arm. Naito rolling kicks then whips. ZSJ reverses, catches the flying forearm, into an Octopus hold!

Naito endures being bent and stretched, but ZSJ’s arm is also bothering him. Fans rally for Naito and he manages to step towards ropes. ZSJ does what he can to pull on Naito, such as pulling the right arm all the way back. Naito still steps forward, but ZSJ pulls again. Naito uses one last effort and gets another ropebreak. ZSJ lets him go, and both men fall from exhaustion. Fans and Taka rally their favorites up again, and ZSJ sits up first. Naito follows but ZSJ penalty kicks Naito right back down! And he does it again! But Naito still stands. ZSJ goes for a third but gets caught into a German Suplex. Naito whips but ZSJ reverses, to get the flying forearms! Naito drags ZSJ up, arm wrench, but ZSj counters into the EuroClutch! TWO!? Naito misses his enziguri, ZSJ EuroClutches again, TWO!?

ZSJ EuroUppers but gets an enziguri. Naito backs up, runs in, but ZSJ slips out of the tilt-o-whirl to Octopus. Naito slips out this time to DESTINO! But he’s not done, here comes another D– no, Michinoku Driver! Cover, ZSJ wins!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr. by pinfall; ZSJ earns 2 points, Naito earns 0

The Submission Master uses a shout out to his coach and he spoils Naito’s chances! There will not be a repeat for the previous G1 Climax champion, and this leaves the way open for one half of the Golden Lovers!

 

Kenny Omega VS Kota Ibushi!

They may not always have been a team, but the Golden Lovers have always been friends and rivals. The Cleaner is the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, but the Golden Star won’t give up his own desire for that belt. A dream match becomes reality, but who will live the dream of competing in the tournament finals?

The bell rings, and fans fire up as the two friends take a moment to stare down. They circle, Omega lunges in and gets the leg. He floats to a facelock and holds on as they go around. He goes to a waistlock and counters Ibushi’s standing switch. Omega gets a half nelson then another facelock as they stand. Ibushi has Omega on the ropes, but honors the ropebreak. But Omega brings him back in with a headlock. Ibushi powers out, Omega runs him over, but Ibushi kips up. Things speed up, Omega holds rope but still runs into a dropkick! Omega bails out but comes right back in to chop Ibushi! Omega whips but Ibushi holds ropes, so Omega chops again. The whip goes through but Ibushi dodges to kick. Ibushi kicks but is blocked, Omega chops. Omega runs but into the kick!

Omega bails out but longer this time, so Ibushi slingshots out! He crashes and burns, Omega saw that one coming. Omega brings Ibushi up to put him into railing. Then he scoop slams him onto the apron! Omega drags Ibushi back up and into the ring. Fans fire up as Omega returns and runs, Kotaro Krusher! Cover, TWO! Omega keeps his cool while fans cheer Ibushi on. Omega clubs Ibushi, then stomps him. He kicks Ibushi around, but Ibushi grows stronger with every hit. Omega runs, and dropkicks Ibushi down! Ibushi stands, kicks and snapmares Omega, to then kick him swiftly in the neck. Omega kicks and cravats but Ibushi counters to snapmare and kick, kick, kick! Omega gets up to shove and punch.

Now it’s a brawl back and forth, but Omega kicks low. Omega boots Ibushi into a corner, then runs in. Ibushi goes up and over to then powerslam and moonsault! But onto knees! Omega knows Ibushi so well, and he drags Ibushi up for fireman’s carry. “You Can’t Escape! Rolling senton, but the moonsault gets knees! Ibushi knows Omega so well, too! Ibushi runs, but into a huricanrana. But Ibushi then comes back with his own huricanrana! Omega ends up outside again, and Ibushi runs, but Omega intercepts the golden triangle for a full nelson! Ibushi holds ropes and elbows Omega back. Omega chops Ibushi’s back, then Electric Chair lifts! But Ibushi fights him off again, to then deadlift. Omega fights out with uppercuts, then has Ibushi on the shoulder, apron package tombstone!! Both Golden Lovers are down while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Omega climbs up top. Ibushi slowly stands, but he gets the missile dropkick to the face! Then cross fisherman, Aoi Shoudou! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi lives and fans fire up for him. Omega grits his teeth, takes aim and… BANG! Omega runs, but he misses. Ibushi waistlocks but Omega standing switches. Omega shoves and chops Ibushi in the back! He whips and V-Triggers to the back! Omega drags Ibushi up, Electric Chair, but Ibushi resists. Pop-up, Croyt’s Wrath! With the bridge! TWO!! Ibushi narrowly escapes, but Omega stays focused. V-Trigger! Then the double underhook, but Ibushi resists again. They speed up, running DDT! Ibushi rolls out of the ring, but Omega hears the Terminator drums. Omega rises, builds speed, and FLIES! Direct hit on Ibushi!

Both men are down but Omega stands first. Omega drags Ibushi up and in, and fans rally up. Omega climbs up top again, but Ibushi PELE to stop him! Ibushi climbs up to join Omega, but Omega resists whatever lift Ibushi is after. The Young Bucks are concerned at ringside as Omega starts to shovel Ibushi up. Ibushi slips off to chop and SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up again and Omega bails out. Ibushi runs, Golden Triangle! Direct hit on Omega! The Golden Lovers are down again, but Ibushi is up first now. Ibushi puts Omega in, then climbs up top. Ibushi springboards but Omega catches him into the Electric Chair! But Ibushi fights out fast to strike fest and roundhouse Omega down. Knee-sault! Cover, TWO!!

Omega survives that innovative knee drop, but Ibushi isn’t out of ideas yet. Ibushi drags Omega up, with double wrists, but Omega dodges the knee. Ibushi dodges to Pele again! He grabs Omega, but Omega slips out of the bomb to V-Trigger. Ibushi blocks but gets the second V-Trigger. Omega full nelsons but Ibushi fights out. Omega heel kicks him into a corner! Then from corner to corner, V-Trigger! Omega drags Ibushi up to the top rope, then climbs up to join him. Omega sits Ibushi up, puts on the full nelson, but Ibushi fights out again. Ibushi elbows but Omega headbutts. Omega stands up now, another attempt at the full nelson, SUPER SNAP DRAGON! But Ibushi stands right up!

The Golden Lovers collide with double clotheslines, then do it again. Omega kicks the other one away to V-Trigger! Ibushi reverses to snap German! But Omega’s up, so he gets a Half ‘n Half, and CLOBBERING CLOTHESLINE! Ibushi has control while we go to break!

NJPW on AXS returns and Ibushi drags Omega up. Ibushi wants the bomb, and gets the Golden Star sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!? Even Ibushi is shocked. But he drags Omega up again with the double wristlocks, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, TWO!?! Ibushi cannot understand how Omega survives. Ibushi uncovers his knee and brings Omega back up. Omega resists because he knows what’s coming. Ibushi stomps and clubs Omega. Omega fights back with forearms and elbows. Omega throws more of those, but then Ibushi fires back! They go back and forth, but neither man backs down. Omega hits, but Ibushi responds. They give shorter and faster forearms now but neither man lets go of the wristlock. Omega headbutts but Ibushi kicks! Ibushi kicks but gets a V-Trigger! He staggers, but chops!

Ibushi fires palm strikes and body shots. He runs, but into the V-Trigger! Omega runs again, but into a roundhouse! They’re both down, but fans fire up for Ibushi. Ibushi hears them and decides to climb up top. Phoenix Splash flops as Omega evades. Omega stands, to V-Trigger Ibushi in the back! Then suddenly, butterfly piledriver! Cover, TWO!! Now Omega is shocked that Ibushi lives. Omega pulls his own knee pad down, to V-Trigger! Then Electric Chair, but Ibushi fights again. Reverse-Rana is blocked by sheer will, and Omega makes it like a driver! Cover, TWO!?! Omega aims again, BANG! Another V-Trigger! Then another Electric Chair, but Ibushi holds ropes. Omega climbs!? Ibushi senses this and fights for his life. Ibushi positions himself, SUPER double stomps!

Omega barely stays on the top rope, but Ibushi comes back up to join him. Ibushi drags Omega up, in a double underhook, SUPER TIGER BOMB!! Cover, TWO??! But how?! Ibushi keeps going, dragging Omega up with both hands, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!

Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall; Ibushi earns 2 points, Omega earns 0

The Golden Lovers dream match ends with Ibushi scoring a victory over the IWGP Heavyweight Champion! With this, Ibushi wins the B Block and qualifies for THE G1 Climax 27 Finals! Ibushi meets Hiroshi Tanahashi for that chance at the title at Wrestle Kingdom. But because they’re great friends, Omega celebrates with Ibushi before letting him take the ring alone.

Ibushi speaks.

“Kenny, Matt, Nick,” and everyone in the Elite, “Thank you very much.” Ibushi thanks all the wrestlers in NJPW, too. Ibushi still lives in the G1 Climax, and vows to win the finals the very next day. He keeps things short and sweet so that he and the Elite can all leave together. Can the Star surpass The Ace to then give us a sequel to this amazing match? Or will The Once in a Century Talent score his third G1 Climax championship?

 

Backstage interviews.

The Golden Elite are all together, as Omega notes that he somehow made it here on his own power. He admits he doesn’t like that he lost, especially as champion. But losing to his tag partner and best friend, Ibushi, and knowing he goes to the finals to face Tanahashi, makes Omega happy. Omega gives his full support, and will be in Ibushi’s corner. Ibushi accepts his friend’s support, and is himself very happy. He can’t believe he won. It doesn’t seem real yet. But Ibushi has made it to the finals, and again vows to win it all. He’s been focused on that single goal, he just has one match to go. Was tonight’s dream match a preview of Wrestle Kingdom? Or perhaps something sooner rather than later?

 


 

My Thoughts:

An amazing night, especially factoring in the context of the incredible action. Naito VS ZSJ in a New Japan Cup goes the same way as the match in the New Japan Cup, but naturally escalated up. Naito was well-prepared for the submissions and got the ropebreak quite a few times, but in the end ZSJ wins out. Given the points, it makes sense to keep Naito out of the running. It adds drama to Omega VS Ibushi, because then it becomes another “win and you’re in.” Actually, B Block parallels A Block in that respect, as Jay White was the third man who could complicate Okada VS Tanahashi, until he lost to Evil. But Naito is fine not going into the finals again, as fans still love him, and there’s plenty of unfinished business with other wrestlers, such as Chris Jericho over the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

Then Omega VS Ibushi is definitely worthy of a block finals. The story was already there with them being such close friends and tag team partners. The counters, the back and forth, it was so great. Ibushi benefits the most from winning here because he was perhaps the underdog against the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, and now earns the right to challenge Omega even without the G1 Climax contract for Wrestle Kingdom. Of course, Tomohiro Ishii has a similar claim he can make, so Ibushi can wait for one of the bigger NJPW events to give us the epic sequel.

My Score: 8.9/10


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CMLL Anniversary

We saw at the anniversary show, in predictable fashion, Rush and Cavernario defeat Volador and Matt Taven in the hair vs hair match. Everyone knew what the result would be which helped kill intrigue in the match because as discussed before, if CMLL was willing to hair Rush lose his hair it would be against LA Park and if he were to lose it against anybody else it wouldn’t make sense. So Volador and Taven lost 2 falls to 1 and at the end of the match, as a way to weasel out of it Taven turned on Volador as if it was his plan all along but they weren’t going to stand for it. I wonder how much Taven had his head shaved, I suppose we shall see on the next Ring of Honor live event. The show was pretty close to a sell out containing 16,000 fans.

The Co-main event saw Pentagon, Fenix, and Diamante Azul defeating LA Park, his son, and Caristico 2 falls to 1 in what was a very good match. LA Park, for a man who is very large in his older age can still put on some very good matches and held his own in their with the much young Fenix and Pentagon and the always entertaining Caristico. The match before that which was the Kaos Klan vs Los Guerrero’s for the trios title. This wasn’t in technical terms a very good match, but it had heat on it. One of the issues was the finish was a complete let down and out of nowhere. Not in a good way either, sometimes out of nowhere finishes are good if they’re done during hot moments, but this one was just a standard pin with feet on the ropes.

CMLL Friday Show/Future

The top three matches for this show will feature a rematch with Kaos Klan and Los Guerrero’s. This is the third time this match is happening in a short span so I wonder if they will have Los Guerrero’s win here after potentially swerving the fans at the Anniversary show. It was a weak finish and wasn’t a good match so I have to imagine that they’re going to put forth a better performance this time. However, a lot of the men involved are much older and broken down so they need the pomp and circumstances more. We also have a lightning round match between Mistico and Negro Casas so that should be something. They must be going for a program with them.

In the main event we have, Atlantis, King Fenix, and Diamante Azul vs Rush, Cavernario, and El Terrible. I wonder if my theory about building a program with Rush and Atlantis for next year starts and if maybe they move towards Fenix and Cavernario. I can only imagine how good those singles matches would be. LA Park worked the Arena Puebla show with Rush in the match. This was a very good match, perhaps an anniversary show standard.

There was a lot of instances in the match where Park and Rush had a show down one on one in the ring. It was a very long match and very good. Rush won with a low blow and Park then cut a promo after the match challenging him hair vs mask again to which CMLL cut his mic. But it magically turned on when Rush got the mic. Park was upset and left. They are promoting LA Park and Hijo Del LA Park vs Rush and Cavernario next week for the Monday Puebla show. So it looks like they’re going back to this well for financial purposes, who knows if the hair vs mask match will ever happen.

AAA

AAA has announced their big October Show, the Antonio Pena tribute show, and it has a pretty big card, with the main event being Jeff Jarrett vs Dr. Wagner Jr in a hair vs hair match. I’m almost positive Jarrett is losing that match especially if they’re building towards Park vs Wagner at the next Triplemania. Wagner is gonna need to have more hair grown out to make it a viable match on paper. He doesn’t have much hair so why would the fans buy his hair vs the value of Park’s mask? I feel like there’d be so much more intrigue with Psycho Clown vs Park mask vs mask, but it all depends on when and who Park wants to lose to. Everyone seems to agree that it has to be to Rush whenever the time is.

Also on that card which we’ll preview more in the coming weeks, Park will team with Psycho Clown against Murder Clown and Kevin Kross. So something is going to have to happen in the coming weeks that pairs Kross with Murder Clown because they were just attacking each other during the last encounter with Wagner and Jeff Jarrett. A three way tag match for the tag titles will happen and Bandido and Flamita will actually get their chance. There was rumblings wondering if AAA would remember the stipulation on the Triplemania show. There’s also a four way match for the women’s title. More info in the coming weeks as the card gets built on the TV tapings.

AAA on Twitch 9/21

We will have a women’s match to start the show, which seems to be typical featuring, Keyra, Lady Maravilla, and Starfire vs Faby Apache, La Hiedra, and Lady Shani. We get a six man tag team match next which will be action packed featuring, Emperador Azteca, Demus, and Ciclon Ramierz vs Aerostar, Argenis, and Nino Hamburguesa. The next match is a three way tag match between Texano Jr and Escorpion vs Maximo and Mamba vs El Hijo De Dr. Wagner Jr and Golden Magic.

The co-main event is another six man tag between, Laredo Kid, Tayrys, and Hijo Del LA Park vs La Parka, Pagano, and Joe Lider. Any match with Joe Lider and Pagano is bound to be crazy. The main event sees LA Park teaming with Electro Shock vs Psycho Clown and El Hijo Del Fantasma. The theme of this show is Lucha Libre Elite vs AAA. They’re playing up an invasion storyline. They have another show on September 30th but I will preview that one next week.

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