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- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round Match: SAnitY VS Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss; SAnitY wins and advances to the next round.
- Dakota Kai VS Lacey Evans; Dakota wins.
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round Match: The Street Profits VS Heavy Machinery; The Street Profits win and advance to the next round.
- WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Adam Cole w/ The Undisputed Era; Dunne wins by disqualification, and retains the WWE UK Championship.
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Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round Match: SAnitY VS Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss!
Without their rematch clause, Eric Young & Alexander Wolfe must fight their way back to the NXT Tag Team Championships that were taken from them by the Undisputed Era. Can their madness move the big money Sabbatelli & Moss aside on the Road to New Orleans?
Meanwhile, Moss & Sabbatelli were looking on the outs after losing to Heavy Machinery, but they seem to have patched things up in time for this tournament. Wolfe starts with Moss at the bell, and the two tie up. Moss knees low then goes to put Wolfe in a corner, but Wolfe blocks to turn that around! He bumps Moss off buckles then whips him corner to corner. Moss reverses, but Wolfe elbows out. Tino runs at Wolfe but Wolfe boots him down, Moss pounces with a flapjack hotshot! Wolfe writhes as he gasps for air, and now Tino wants in. Moss drags Wolfe over, tags in Tino, and Tino rains rights down on Wolfe.
The fans chant “Tino Sucks!” as he whips Wolfe corner to corner then dropkicks him down. Tino brushes himself off, then brings Wolfe up for a forearm. Moss wants in now, Tino gives the tag, and Moss whips Tino in for a big forearm before adding a shoulder tackle of his own. Moss covers, TWO. The fans rally for Wolfe but Moss brings him up, hangman’s neckbreaker and cover, TWO. Tino applauds Moss but fans rally for Wolfe some more. Moss gives Wolfe a punch then tags Tino so that the two can mug Wolfe in the corner. Moss trash talks then throws a forearm, but Wolfe dodges and Tino takes the hit!
Tino goes down and asks what that was about. Moss tries to explain, but in that time, Wolfe tags in Eric! Eric rallies on the Blue Chip Boys, knocking Moss down and then throwing haymakers on Tino. Eric whips and dropkicks Tino down then hiets him with a back elbow. Tino reverses the whip but Eric tumbles to the apron. Eric shoulders in then slides in to scoop and slam. Eric hurries to the corner, climbs up and hits a manic Macho Elbow!
Cover, but Moss drags Eric off! Wolfe protests but Moss puts into the ring. Nikki Cross climbs up onto the apron to then jump on Moss!
Nikki’s running wild and fans fire up while Wolfe tags in. Wolfe brings Tino up, Eric hops up, and they hit the flying neckbreaker backbreaker combo!
Cover, now SAnitY wins! Chaos continues on, can they capture the tag team titles once again?
Tommaso Ciampa suddenly appears!
The Sicilian Psycho is back again after being booed out of the building last week. He’s still getting booed this week, too. Every fan holds up the Johnny Gargano face at him.
This time, even with the fans booing and jeering, Ciampa grabs a mic to try again. However, the fans chant “Johnny! Johnny!” and “Johnny Wrestling!” to troll him. He shakes his head, then shouts “Stop! Stop!” The fans don’t hear him, they keep chanting. Ciampa tries again, but only more boos and jeers meet him. He drops the mic, and they cheer. They even chant, “YES! YES!” as he leaves the ring. One fan tries to appease Ciampa, but it doesn’t do any good. The other fans chant “Ciampa Sucks!” as Project Blackheart passes by. Then they chant “We Want Johnny!”, which only upsets Ciampa. He walks back up the steps, and to the stage, so the fans sing the familiar “Nana na na, Hey Hey Hey, Good Bye~!” Ciampa leaves again, without a word. What will he have to say when he finally does speak his mind?
Dakota Kai VS Lacey Evans!
The Model Soldier has made it her mission to straighten out the NXT Women’s Division to be more proper and classy. She failed when going up against SAnitY’s twisted sister in Nikki Cross, but perhaps she’ll fare better against the recovering Captain of Team Kick, whose arm is only now returning to 100% after what Shayna Baszler did to it.
The bell rings and Lacey gets a waistlock. Dakota trips her up and runs, but Lacey avoids the kick. Lacey retaliates with an arm wring,er then goes after that bad arm with a knee drop. She drops more knees, then wrenches it again as she bends Dakota back. Fans rally, and Dakota fights her way out to then roll up Lacey, Dakota wins!!
Both women are surprised, but it’s true. Dakota won super quick, and has her hand raised. Can Lacey ever successfully carry out the mission she put on herself?
However, Dakota doesn’t get to enjoy the moment long, because Shayna Baszler appears!
And she’s heading for the ring! Dakota only just returned from what The Queen of Spades did to her, and she backs away from the brutal Baszler. The referee keeps Shayna back but not by much. Shayna creeps closer to Dakota, but Ember Moon appears!
The War Goddess finally shows herself, she’s who Shayna really wants to go after. Ember joins Shayna in the ring, armed with a mic. The fans cheer for the NXT Women’s Champion as she tells Shayna, “You really want to do this again?” It doesn’t matter if Ember has one arm or two, she’s going to end what Shayna started! TakeOver: New Orleans will see a rematch for the title, but the fight continues right now! Ember throws hands, Shayna gets a takedown! Shayna rains hands but Ember gets her ina facelock before giving back hammering hands! Referees work to separate them, but the fans want to “Let Them Fight!”
Ember and Shayna break, come back, but are pried apart again. Shayna gets a sucker punch that rocks the champ! Fans boo and jeer while Ember staggers, and Shayna lets her hair down before loading up again, only to run into a boot from Ember! Ember climbs up to the top rope and takes aim at her upstart challenger. Shayna springs up to rock her with a knee! Now Shayna puts Ember in the Kirafuda while she’s on the top rope. But Dakota makes the save with a running boot!
Ember is free thanks to that, and now she finishes aiming, for a one-armed ECLIPSE!
The Prophecy of Flame has downed the Submission Magician! She stands over her foe tonight, but will Ember be standing at all when they have their rematch?
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round Match: The Street Profits VS Heavy Machinery!
Both Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford and Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic have gone up against The Authors of Pain in the past, only to fall like all the rest. Akam & Rezar have already gotten through to the next round, who will win here tonight to try their hand at taking them on again?
Things are already ready to go off as “Dozer” gets in Ford’s face and Ford tries to kung-fu fight him back. Tucker and Dawkins bring their teammates back, and the bell rings. Ford and Otis stay in, and fans chant “Steaks and Weights!” for Heavy Machinery. Dozer lunges at Ford, but Ford evades to get a headlock. Otis powers out and runs Ford over, to then back him down into his corner. Ford picks up his cup and takes a sip. He offers it to Otis, and carefully slides forward to hand it over. The fans chant “Drink! Drink!” and Otis sips. Otis likes what he tastes, and finishes it. He starts revving up, Ford revs up with him. Otis tosses the cup up, and then runs Ford over! He scoops and slams Ford, Ford slips out while Otis tags Tucker.
Dawkins runs in but gets a dropkick from Tucker, and then go after him in the corner. They spread Dawkins wide like a certain son of Dusty would, but then Ford runs in. Tucker throws him out but Ford holds on, only to come back in and be caught by Heavy Machinery! Ford realizes what he’s in for, as does Dawkins, but they can’t do anything about it as Heavy Machinery gives them a heavy duty version of Shattered Dreams!
Both Street Profits go down, Tucker covers Ford, TWO. Tucker brings Ford up and hoists him into a big bearhug. He even hops around as he squeezes Ford. Ford fights out with haymakers, but then Tucker suplexes him. Ford slips out and tags in Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Tucker, big dropkick and then a bigger back elbow! The Curse of Greatness hits Tucker with the spinning splash, then keeps moving, only to take a big Thesz Press! Dawkins ends up in Heavy machinery’s corner, Tucker splashes him while tagging Otis. Otis picks up Dawkins and Tucker gets moving, but Ford lowers the ropes to dump Tucker out! Dawkins fights out and DDT’s Dozer down. Tag to Ford, who climbs up, and hits a big frog splash!
Cover, Street Profits win! Ford & Dawkins take down bigger, stronger opponents tonight, can they do it again against the dominant Akam & Rezar?
WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Adam Cole w/ The Undisputed Era!
The British Bruiserweight may only be the second WWE UK Champion ever, but he’s proven himself the more dominant. He has retained against not just the former champion in Tyler Bate, but also against every other man in the WWE UK Division. As such, he’s been left with American challengers such as Johnny Gargano and Roderick Strong, yet still defended successfully against them, too. Now after getting in Dunne’s face in passing, the Panama City Playboy gets his shot as the third Yank to challenge for the UK belt. Can the third time be the charm in favor of Adam Cole BAYBAY!?
The bell rings and the fans already rally as Cole and Dunne circle. They tie up, Dunne backs Cole into a corner but Cole turns it around. Cole lets Dunne out, but Dunne sees reDRagon lurking. So he goes out and backs them down! Fish & O’Reilly stay back and remind Dunne to be more worried about Cole. As such, Cole pounces as Dunne reenters the ring. He brings Dunne up but Dunne gets to ropes. Cole backs off, but then Dunne rocks him with a forearm! Dunne dares reDRagon to try something, but they stay outside the ring. Dunne stomps Cole, wraps one arm in a hammerlock and sits on it while bending back the other arm. He even bends and stretches Cole’s fingers back, one at a time! Cole kicks and flails, but Dunne puts his arm in the hammerlock, to stomp on it!
The fans applaud the Bruiserweight’s brutality while he brings Cole up to work on the other arm. Fish coaches Cole but Dunne hammerlocks that other arm and kicks it! Cole scrambles to the apron, Dunne follows him out, and Dunne grabs Cole in a waistlock. Cole elbows Dunne away, but Dunne stays standing. Dunne hops up onto a corner, and come down on Cole’s left arm!
Cole goes down, clutching that arm, but Dunne isn’t done. He glares at reDRagon, while he X-Plexes Cole to the apron! O’Reilly & Fish protest, but Dunne just smirks at them as he follows Cole back into the ring. Dunne hops up again, but Fish & O’Reilly get up onto the apron to distract Dunne. Cole pounces, shoving Dunne over the top rope, and Dunne ends up in a Tree of Woe! The referee sees what’s happened, but Cole finishes dumping Dunne over. Dunne clutches his leg while we go to break.
NXT returns, and Cole still has control of Dunne as he brings him up for a suplex. Dunne counters with an X-Plex outta nowhere! Both men are down while the fans rally, but Dunne stands first. He chops Cole, Cole forearms back, and they continue back and forth. Dunne gets the edge with furious punches, but Cole knees low. Cole whips but Dunne flips up and over to enziguri Cole down! Dunne hops up again, to again stomp the arm! Dunne brings Cole up, sit-out powerbomb and pin, TWO!
Fish & O’Reilly coach Cole but Dunne is first up again. The fans chant for the Bruiserweight as he kicks Cole right in the head! Dunne keeps going, bringing Cole up for the pumphandle. Dunne lifts but Cole slips out and hits a backstabber! Cole can’t cover from the pain in his arm, but he recovers while the fans rally. He stands and drags Dunne up, but Dunne again counters the suplex, but into a guillotine-bodyscissors-Kimura combo!
Cole endures the Hoverboard, and powers through to at least throw Dunne off. Dunne comes back but into Cole’s bicycle boot! Cole lifts Dunne in the fireman’s carry, for the Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! The Undisputed Era is frustrated, but Cole takes off his elbow pad while fans rally. Dunne stirs while Cole toys with him. Cole pie-faces Dunne and even calls him a “chump”! “You’ve got nothing! You’ll never be better than me.” Cole keeps pie-facing Dunne, but then Dunne forearms Cole so hard, he ends up in a corner!
Fish & O’Reilly check on Cole, and the referee backs Dunne down. The ref tells reDRagon to back away, Cole throws a sucker SUPERKICK, but Dunne blocks! Dunne spins Cole around for the waistlock, Cole breaks loose and hits an enziguri! Dunne still forearms Cole in the back of the head, Cole SUPERKICKS on the rebound, but Dunne enziguris back! Cole staggers but side steps Dunne, Dunne back flips, Cole SUPERKICKS him out of the air!
Cover, TWO! Cole can’t believe it, but the fans chant “NXT! NXT!” Fish & O’Reilly still coach Cole on while Dunne stirs. The fans declare “This is Awesome!” while Cole pulls down his knee pad. Cole runs for the Shining Wizard but Dunne ducks and shoves Cole forward. Dunne German Suplexes Cole on the rebound! He fires up, and then drags Cole up, but reDRagon stand on the apron again. Dunne rushes them, giving O’Reilly a forearm smash, and tripping Fish up on the apron. Dunne reenters, but Cole SUPERKICKS him! Cole keeps going, and hits the Last Shot!!
Cover, TWO!? Cole really can’t believe this one. Somehow Dunne survived one of Cole’s best moves, but the fans hope they “Fight Forever!” Dunne revives and grabs the fingers, to snap them! Cole writhes, but Dunne grabs the other hand! Cole swings a kick, but Dunne ducks it to get the pumphandle position. But then O’Reilly slips in and kicks Dunne! The match is disqualified, but the Undisputed Era keeps up the beating, 3v1!
Cole has reDRagon bring Dunne up, and Cole bicycle kicks Dunne down. But in comes Strong to fight the Undisputed Era off!
That’s still a 3v1 situation, though, and Strong ends up beat down and stomped out like Dunne. Cole has reDRagon bring Strong up, but then Dunne revives, and the 3v2 brawl is a bit better for the Bruiserweight and the Messiah of the Backbreaker. The Undisputed Era retreats, and Dunne holds up his title. Does the WWE UK Champion have an American ally in his fight against Cole, Fish & O’Reilly?
Strong offers Dunne a handshake, but Dunne brushes it off. Maybe he views it as more every man for himself. Will Strong get another chance at Dunne’s title down the line?
NXT General Manager, William Regal, is in the ring.
He is here to preside over the contract signing for the NXT Championship match at TakeOver: New Orleans. That match will of course have the champion, El Idolo, and “this man”, Aleister Black!
The Embodiment of the End dispatched Killian Dain last week to earn the right to be #1 Contender. He makes his way to the ring, and circles the table in the center. Regal then introduces the champion, Andrade “Cien” Almas!
Or rather, his manager, Zelina Vega. She makes her way to the ring without El Campeon, which is a bit confusing to both Regal and Aleister. Vega explains, “The NXT Champion, Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas, is not here tonight.” The fans boo and jeer, but Vega continues to say that if Almas were here, “he would destroy you until there’s nothing left.” Aleister ignores her while he seems to be searching for something. Vega continues by saying that as Almas’ manager, it is her job to “ensure that he saves humiliating you for TakeOver: New Orleans.” Aleister tells her to hush with a hand to he face. He hands Vega the contract, then moves the table aside. Aleister walks up to Vega, but realizes how much shorter she is, so he sits down, cross-legged.
Aleister says now they’re on the “same level”, and lets her continue. She does not stand for this insult, and promises that Almas will destroy him like he was never here. Aleister will “reap what you sow”, and then signs the contract on Almas’ behalf. The fans tease Vega by chanting “Too Short! Woop Woop!” Aleister checks the contract and then wonders, “Humiliate me?” Almas is not here, so that he doesn’t humiliate Aleister? Or rather, is Almas not here tonight because he fears in New Orleans, he–much like Vega–will “come up a little short”? Or perhaps more, in comparison to Aleister, he doesn’t “measure up.” Vega really doesn’t stand for these insults, she slaps Aleister!
Vega demands he sign the contract, but he just smirks. He does sign, making things official as he hands it to Regal. Vega insists “you have made the biggest mistake of your life” and that Aleister is “nothing compared to Almas”! However, Aleister just walks out of the ring, and lets Zelina know that he’s happy she came here alone. Because it turns out, he didn’t. Candice LaRae runs out!
Mrs. Wrestling still owes Vega for what she and Almas did to Mr. Wrestling! She rushes the ring and tackles Vega to then rain down furious rights! Vega trise to run but Candice yanks her down and hammers away more. Candice chases Vega around the corner and then they end up on the announce table, Candice still furiously throwing hands. Vega shoves her away but can’t escape, they end up back in the ring! Candice brings Vega up, for a tornado bulldog!
Candice promises Vega this is far from over! Can she avenge her husband at the expense of the woman behind El Campeon?
This was a packed episode, at almost a full hour long! And ever minute was great! NXT wastes little time getting to action with SAnitY VS Sabbatelli-Moss, which was really great. There was a bit of reference to the possible break-up story of Sabbatelli & Moss, in that miscommunication causes them to lose. Though, they probably weren’t going to win even if they were perfectly in sync as SAnitY is just that good. They await the winners of the final opening round match, Mustache Mountain VS Burch & Lorcan, another good match-up. I expect Mustache Mountain to win and we’ll get an even greater match-up on that side of the bracket.
Street Profits VS Heavy Machinery was probably the best match either team has put up on NXT TV, especially for the first time these two teams have met. It’s really big for Street Profits to go over, to be the underdogs to the monstrous Authors of Pain. Tommaso Ciampa having another speechless promo was once again very smart to do. The fans would not stop booing, jeering and chanting, so Ciampa storming out again was a good move. I can’t wait for the third time to be him having an outburst in anger. Dakota winning against Lacey so quickly was surprising, but very fitting for the story brewing with Lacey and her newest angle as a Heel. Then Shayna coming out, fighting Ember, and Dakota helping Ember out, I sense a tag team match to build towards TakeOver, Ember & Dakota VS Shayna & Lacey.
While the WWE UK Division is spinning its wheels in limbo, at least the WWE UK Championship matches are amazing. Cole having reDRagon nearby is business as usual but kinda took away from what Cole VS Dunne alone could’ve been. Great to see Strong making the save, keeping his feud with Undisputed Era going. Also good to see Dunne keeping in character by not really thanking Strong for the save. Unless NXT wants to try two tag team matches where there are uneasy alliances (this and the women’s tag), I expect a Triple Threat for the title coming to up the difficulty for Dunne.
Tonight’s contract signing was probably the best contract signing segment in a long time on any WWE program. It was interesting to see Aleister be the jocular Face when he’s always so stoic and serious. I suppose he just couldn’t resist poking fun at Zelina since he knew he had an ace up his sleeve in Candice. Great to see the brawl that happens in this contract signing is with people not involved in the contract match. This will definitely turn into Zelina VS Candice at TakeOver, though I expect each of them to have one match against other women superstars before then so Zelina can prove herself in the Women’s Division before taking Candice on.
My Score: 8.5/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.35~ 19TH MAY 2019
Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.
Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
“Under blue skies” NOAH held an event on the 18th May, which was only two events, and was held for their new sponsors, and 500 people on the roof of the Sekichu store in Saitama.
Sekichu are a hardware store who seem to specialize in home cleaning products, they also seem to have some kind of association with both All Japan and DDT too, and Jun Akiyama was there on the day wrapped against the spring cold in a Sekichu jacket.
The day was “non canon” and featured only ten wrestlers (plus the injured Naomichi Marufuji who was on commentary and gave autographs), everything was lighthearted with Go Shiozaki wearing a Sekichu company logo box on his head, and Taniguchi apologizing for knocking down a company display (which he was thrown into by Shiozaki). At the end of the event the fans got the chance to pose with the wrestlers, and it seems that the mascots did the same, and AXIZ also leaned on Hitoshi Kumano and almost squished him.
On seeing Daisuke Harada posing with one, IPW’S Ben Basden said “@IPWUK do you really want this representing your company? Fly him over to England already, he clearly has nothing better to do.”
The next day, the 19th in Gunma, was when the real events of the show happened, especially on the junior front involving RATELS and their enemies Stinger.
YO-HEY had said that he would be making an announcement in Gunma, and he stepped into the ring to do it after the match (which Stinger had lost via a lariat from Tadasuke on Junta Miyawaki). YO-HEY told Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki that for Global Junior Tag League, he would indeed be teaming with HAYATA and going for the third consecutive win, but he would be doing this as a member of Stinger. Getting the win in any league, equals a challenge for the belt, but while normally this would mean either another team and another team alone getting it, in this situation it would mean the belt would be half Stingers, and half RATELS. Ogawa didn’t like this, and he and Kotaro attacked YO-HEY, stamping on his chest after Ogawa had knocked him down with an elbow.
HAYATA ran to the ring and threw himself over YO-HEY to protect him, and as he was pulled off of him, Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke ran in for the assist, the four of them did their tandem kick and threw Stinger out of the ring.
Afterwards, RATELS helped YO-HEY up.
Daisuke Harada asked the crowd what YO-HEY was? Was he RATELS? Or was he Stinger?
The crowd had no hesitation in unanimously saying that he was RATELS.
YO-HEY removed his Stinger t-shirt, and the four of them did their handshake, before Tadasuke carried a grinning YO-HEY from the ring on his back (I think YO-HEY’S lungs were probably a little overworked after the exertion), and Harada welcomed him home…although he did say that despite the fact that the four of them were going to start again from scratch, YO-HEY should not think that he was going to go easy on him.
YO-HEY later posted on Twitter that RATELS had forgiven him for his betrayal, and were kind.
So, now Stinger are a man down and both teams stand at four against two, it will be interesting to see if Naomichi Marufuji joins Stinger. After all, he is feuding with Daisuke Harada, Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki are old friends (and heels), and in NOAH the line between the interaction in matches and units between juniors and heavyweights is one that is often crossed.
Elsewhere, Kongoh got another win when the four of them (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya, Atsushi Kotoge and Yoshiki Inamura) defeated the team of Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuehi Taniguchi, Minoru Tanaka and Akitoshi Saito, with Kitamiya evening the score against Taniguchi with the Saito Suplex. Naturally,
Kenoh started screaming afterwards about the usual things.
Katsuhiko Nakajima had another one of his classic beating up on Takashi Sugiura with a smug look on his face pictures taken. Nakajima, unfortunately, has failed to realize that this all spurs Sugiura to revenge, which is usually taken in a brutal way in title matches.
Global Junior Tag League starts on the 28th May 2019 at Korakuen Hall.
Post match promos – Esupowaru Isanuma, Saitama
Two of the NOAH seniors, Naomichi Marufuji and Takashi Sugiura in particular, are baiting Kenoh. As you know Sugiura called the name “Kongoh” tacky, with Kenoh calling him a “stupid old man”.
Marufuji, however, seems to have gone a step further to wind him up, after reading an article in “Puroresu Weekly” and photoshopping a bottle of brown sauce which he labelled as the flavor of Kenoh’s gut.
Kenoh said he was looking forward to kicking Marufuji (who thought he was a funny guy) on his return on the 28th, Marufuji said sarcastically for
Kenoh to be gentle.
Takashi Sugiura will celebrate his 50th birthday on May 31st, NOAH had announced plans to have a fan birthday party for him on the 25th, but not given any further details, and the announcement appears to have vanished from the site.
Kaito Kiyomiya will turn 23 on July 17th with Junta Miyawaki turning 22 on June 14th, NOAH will hold a fan party for them on the 13th July, details to be announced.
Naomichi Marufuji will turn 40 this year in September, so no doubt NOAH will also announce a fan party for him.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ YO-HEY signed autographs from both himself and his lung.
~ Daisuke Harada has sworn that he will have a main event for a title match
~ Naomichi Marufuji has been bed bound due to his injury, and spent a lot of time (in between Twitter posts and hospital visits) watching Dragonball Z. He said he watched about twenty episodes.
~ Akitoshi Saito was interviewed on his thoughts of Global Junior Tag League, a league which naturally he is not part of. Heavyweights have never been asked their picks and opinions for it before, so it could be a good way for the Juniors & the Heavyweights to go to war, especially as the juniors were not asked for their opinion over Global Tag League.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya said in an interview that when the twelve year old him heard that Mitsuharu Misawa had died, he cried throughout the day.
~ As part of his rehabilitation, YO-HEY says he has been taking walks in the park.
The first night of Global Junior League will be broadcast live on G+ on May 28th 2019 at 6.30pm JST.
The 9th June show (the Misawa Memorial from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo and the second to last night of Global Junior Tag League) will be broadcast by G+ on Thursday 13th at 8pm JST.
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hitoshi Kumano
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hajime Ohara
Global Junior Tag League mini interview with Akitoshi Saito
Katsuhiko Nakajima interview on the late Silver King
Ten years after Misawa’s death in Hiroshima, champion Kaito Kiyomiya “looks at a new scenery”
Champ talk with Katsuhiko Nakajima
PICTURE CREDITS: Daisuke Harada, Noah GHC, PKDK, Naomichi Marufuji
Newsletter written by Hisame
Joe’s CMLL Review & Results 5/19/2019
Catching up on CMLL is easy with Joe Dinan’s weekly look at the results and happenings!
Catching up on CMLL is easy with Joe Dinan’s weekly look at the results and happenings!
Arena Puebla Monday
Tigre Rojo Jr and Millenium vs El Malayo and Black Tiger
Malayo and Rojo start the match with some grappling. Black Tiger enters next with Millenium to do some grappling. Rojo comes back in with Malayo and gets the advantage. Millenium stands on Rojo’s shoulders on the top rope and hits a cross body on Black Tiger for the pin. Rojo then hits a sloppy elbow drop on Malayo. First Fall: Rojo pins Malayo with an elbow drop.
Millenium works over Black Tiger to start. Malayo takes out Rojo then Millenium gets teamed on. Black Tiger submits Millenium with a guillotine choke. Malayo submits Rojo with a stretch submission. Second Fall: Malayo submits Rojo with a stretch.
Millenium gets teamed on to begin this round. Tigre Rojo gets worked over next. Tiger launches Millenium who hits a hurricanrana on Malayo. Tiger and Malayo fight back and take out Millenium. Malayo hits a power bomb on Rojo then submits him with a sharpshooter. Tiger hits a splash on Millenium for the win. Third Fall: Black Tiger pins Millenium with a top rope splash.
Winners: El Malayo and Black Tiger
Fuego, Drone, and Star Jr vs Universo 2000 Jr, Sagrado, and Misterioso Jr (El Olimpico)
Olimpico and Fuego start the match out grappling. Drone and Sagrado enter next and lock up. They trade a few transitions. Star Jr comes in next with Universo 2000 Jr. Universo works him over a bit. Fuego runs wild on everyone, hitting back breakers on Universo and Sagrado before getting Olimpico in a pinning combo. First Fall: Fuego pins Olimpico with a pinning combo.
Star gets worked over to begin this round. Universo trades offense with Fuego. Fuego gets the upper hand on Sagrado. Drone uses his quickness against Universo. Universo kills Star Jr on a shoulder block to the outside. Drone goes for a sunset flip but Universo jumps down on him for the pin. Second Fall: Universo pins Drone by sitting on him.
Drone gets triple teamed to begin this round. Olimpico works over Star with occasional help of his teammates. Star leaves the ring and Universo chases just to be hit by Drone off of the apron. Fuego launches Star for a double drop kick. Star and Fuego then hit dives through the middle rope on Sagrado and Olimipico. In the ring Universo hits a leg drop on Drone for a two. Drone hits a lionsault but the pin gets stopped. Olimpico gets Fuego in a neck crank and Sagrado hits a flapjack on Star for the win. Third Fall: Sagrado pins Star with a flapjack.
Winners: Universo 2000 Jr, Sagrado, and Olimpico
Volador Jr (Rey Samuray), Atlantis, and Niebla Roja vs Sanson, Cuatrero, and Cavernario (Toro Bill Jr)
Roja and Toro Bill start the match up fighting for position. Toro Bill taking his gimmick very seriously wearing a Chicago Bulls tank top. Cuatrero enters with Rey Samuray and they lock up and fight to the ground where they start grappling. Atlantis enters to go one on one with Sanson but ends up getting beat on. Toro Bill pins Samuray with a power bomb off of the top rope. Cuatrero launches Sanson for a knee strike on Roja for the pin. First Fall: Sanson pins Roja with a knee strike.
Samuray gets teamed up on to start this round. They hold Atlantis and try to untie his mask. Atlantis fights to the outside with Sanson. Roja then gets a pinning combo on Bill as does Samuray on Cuatrero. Second Fall: Rey Samuray pins Cuatrero with a pinning combo.
Roja and Cuatrero go back and forth briefly until Roja drop kicked him out. Roja dodges an attack and Bill attacks Sanson. Roja then flapjacks Bill and poses. Samuray enters and does some acrobatics and hits a hurricanrana on Sanson. Atlantis hip tosses Bill then does a double arm drag to Sanson and Cuatrero. Samuray then hits a middle rope dive on Bill but almost killed himself. Cuatrero gets knocked to the outside and Roja hits an over the top rope dive on him. In the ring Atlantis hits a hurricanrana on Sanson for the pin. Third Fall: Atlantis pins Sanson with a hurricanrana.
Winners: Atlantis, Niebla Roja, and Rey Samuray
(Tag Team Tournament) Rush (Volador) & Mephisto vs Mr. Niebla and Stuka Jr vs Negro Casas and Stigma vs Angel de Oro and Euforia vs Soberano Jr and Gran Guerrero vs La Bestia del Ring (Cavernario) and Flyer vs Kraneo and Forastero vs Shocker and Guerrero Maya Jr
A moment of silence for Silver King. Volador is there, so I wonder why he wasn’t in the match before. Well anyone everybody is in the ring so let’s start this random tournament off. So they do the battle royal for the order. Maya is eliminated first. Euforia is gone next. Stigma is kicked out by Cavernario. Cavernario then gets dumped to the outside next. Gran Guerrero flies over the top rope after missing an attack. Stuka gets clotheslined out by Forastero. Mephisto and Forastero are the last two so their teams go last.
Guerrero Maya and Shocker vs Euforia and Angel de Oro
They’re really about to condense 7 matches in 45 minutes. Let’s see how that goes. Maya and Euforia start out fighting for position. Oro and Shocker enter and trade offense back and forth. Maya and Shocker start to double their adversaries. Oro gets Shocker in a pinning combo and Euforia pins Maya with a pump handle slam. Euforia pins Maya with a pump handle slam.
Winners: Euforia and Angel de Oro
Negro Casas and Stigma vs Cavernario and Flyer
Flyer and Stigma trade moves back and forth to start. Casas and Cavernario trade strikes when they get in. Flyer hits a hurricanrana on Stigma, then Casas attacks Flyer. Cavernario and Stigma trade offense with some communication problems. Stigma hurricanrana’s him to the outside. Flyer hits Casas with a vertical suplex but Stigma stopped it. Cavernario slams Flyer on Stigma then hits his slingshot splash on him for the pin. Flyer pins Casas with a pinning combo. Flyer pins Negro Casas with a pinning combo.
Winners: Flyer and Cavernario
Soberano and Gran Guerrero vs Mr. Niebla and Stuka
The match starts out fast. Soberano hits a nice hurricanrana on Stuka. He goes to beat on Niebla but Niebla is too big for him and power bombs him. Gran and Stuka fight on the outside. Soberano hits a back flip splash to the outside onto Stuka. Gran then slams Soberano onto Niebla. Soberano does another move off of Gran but Niebla breaks it up. Stuka hits a big splash off of the top rope on Gran for the pin. Niebla ties Soberano in a knot the sits on him for the….submission? Mr. Niebla submits Soberano by tying him in a knot and sitting on him.
Winners: Mr. Niebla and Stuka
Kraneo and Forastero vs Volador Jr and Mephisto
Well there’s Volador. Covering for Rush. Volador is taking this serious by wrestling with a sweater on. Kraneo gets jumped by him and Mephisto. Kraneo splashes Mephisto and Volador and the come back trail is on. Kraneo runs into Volador and Mephisto. Kraneo tries to sit on Mephisto but he moves. Volador super kicks him and Mephisto pins him. Volador hits a sunset flip for a pin on Stigma. Was clearly supposed to be a canadian destroyer. Volador pins Stigma with a sunset flip.
Winners: Volador Jr and Mephisto
Angel de Oro and Euforia vs Cavernario and Flyer
Oro and Cavernario start and they trade moves with each other. Euforia enters to stomp out Cavernario. Flyer gets teamed up on. As the match continues they trade big moves for close pin falls. Cavernario hits a back stabber on Oro for a two. Euforia hits a lean back camel clutch on Flyer. Cavernario then does it to Euforia. Oro then pins Cavernario with a michinoku driver. Angel de Oro pins Cavernario with a michinoku driver.
Winners: Angel de Oro and Euforia
Stuka and Mr. Niebla vs Volador and Mephisto
Well hey Volador doesn’t have a sweater on this time. Stuka and Volador start out but Mephisto enters quick. Stuka double arm drags them to the outside and then hits a fast dive through the middle rope on Volador. Volador somehow back in the ring before Stuka, super kicks Zakarias. Stuka goes for a big splash on Mephisto but he gets the feet up. Volador then rolls up Niebla for the pin. Volador rolls up Mr. Niebla for the pin.
Winners: Volador and Mephisto
Volador and Mephisto vs Angel de Oro and Euforia
Match starts at a break neck pace with Oro hitting big moves and then hitting a big splash on Mephisto to the outside. Euforia hits a back breaker on Volador for a two count. Mephisto hits Oro with a face buster but Oro kicks out. Oro super kicks Mephisto and hits a lionsault but Volador breaks up the pin. Oro gets Mephisto to the top but Mephisto hits a top rope face buster for the pin. Volador hurricanrana’s Euforia from the top for the win. Volador pins Euforia with a top rope hurricanrana.
Winners: Volador Jr and Mephisto
Arena Mexico Tuesday
Arkalis and Halcon Suriano Jr vs Grako and Coyote
Coyote and Halcon start out with some grappling. Grako and Arkalis then enter and go back and forth. Grako gets Arkalis in a neck stretch and Coyote submits Halcon with a standing stretch. First Fall: Coyote submits Halcon with a standing stretch.
Halcon gets taken out to start and then Arkalis gets teamed up on. Halcon pulls Coyote to the outside and then Arkalis hits a back breaker on Grako. Grako throws Halcon in the air and Halcon hits a hurricanrana for the pin. Arkalis pins Coyote with a blue thunder bomb. Second Fall: Arkalis pins Coyote with a blue thunder bomb.
Arkalis and Grako exchange offense to start the final round. Halcon gets the upper hand on Coyote then poses. Halcon hits 4 straight moonsaults on Coyote but then he gets his feet up on the 5th one. Coyote hits an underhook slam off of the top on Halcon for the pin. Grako hits an elbow drop from the top on Arkalis for the win. Third Fall: Grako pins Arkalis with an elbow drop.
Winners: Grako and Coyote
Electrico, Super Astro Jr, and Retro vs Nitro, Metalico, and Sangre Azteca
Azteca and Retro start the match out with some grappling. Metalico enters with Electrico and they start to grapple as well. Nitro enters with Astro and quickly he gets teamed on. They team up on Retro next and take him out. Nitro hits a top rope splash on Super Astro for the pin. Azteca hits a drop kick to the inner thigh on Retro and Metalico pins him. First Fall: Azteca hits a drop kick to the inner thigh on Retro. Metalico pins him.
Retro is teamed up on to start this round. Electrico gets worked over next. Astro dodges some attacks and then Retro hits a cross body on Metalico. Retro submits Azteca with an inverted bear hug and Electrico pins Metalico with an elbow drop. Second Fall: Electrico pins Metalico with an elbow drop.
Metalico strikes Retro but Retro no sells it. Afterwards is a series of them getting in the ring and trading moves before their partners come in. Standard back and forth action. Retro goes for a top rope move and Azteca drop kicks him for the pin. Nitro spike pile drivers Super Astro for the win. Third Fall: Nitro pile drivers Super Astro for the win.
Winners: Nitro, Metalico, and Sangre Azteca
Fuego, Pegasso, and Stigma vs El Sagrado, Disturbio, and Kawato San
Fuego and Disturbio start out going back and forth. Sagrado enters next with Stigma and they too go back and forth. Kawato comes in next with Pegasso and they move at a faster pace. Pegasso gets Kawato to the outside and then poses but is there after attacked from behind. Sagrado gets Pegasso up for a power bomb but Pegasso rolls into it for a pin. Kawato and Disturbio arrogantly turned their backs. First Fall: Pegasso pins Sagrado with a pinning combo.
Kawato and Stigma start this round off and trade offense. Stigma wins that battle and then hits a pose. Fuego enters with Sagrado and takes him out with an arm drag. Kawato then comes from behind and hits a dragon suplex on Fuego for the pin. Second Fall: Kawato pins Fuego with a dragon suplex.
Pegasso gets teamed up on to start this round. Stigma gets Kawato out finally and Pegasso pulls Sagrado and Disturbio to the outside. Stigma and Pegasso then hit dives through the middle rope. Fuego trips Kawato and then hits a springboard splash. He moves out of the way causing Kawato’s teammates to hit him. Fuego goes for an asai moonsault but Kawato pulls him down. Pegasso and Stigma go for sunset flips but Sagrado and Disturbio counter with jumping elbow drops for the win. Third Fall: Disturbio and Sagrado pin Pegasso and Stigma with standing elbow drops.
Winners: El Sagrado, Disturbio, and Kawato San
(Match Relampago) Guerrero Maya vs Templario
These two start out super fast trading moves back and forth. Templario power slams Maya on the outside. Back in the ring Templario continued to work over Maya. Maya fights back and knocks him out of the ring then hits a middle rope flip dive. When they get back in the ring Templario starts to work over Maya again. Templario goes to the top and Maya runs up and hits an arm drag. Templario catches Maya with a german suplex for a two count. Maya reverses Templario, very sloppy for the pin. Probably should have called an audible. Guerrero Maya pins Templario with a roll up.
Winner: Guerrero Maya
Kraneo, Flyer, and El Audaz vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, and Rey Bucanero
Audaz starts out with Bucanero and they tie up and start to grapple. Shocker comes in with Flyer and they trade strikes. Kraneo and Mr. Niebla do some sloppy spots. Kraneo dives off of the apron onto Niebla. Audaz hits a moonsault on Shocker for the pin. Flyer gets Bucanero in a hurricanrana. First Fall: Flyer pins Rey Bucanero with a hurricanrana.
Niebla and Kraneo work. Niebla postures to the crowd playing with his man boobs. Shocker works over Audaz. Audaz fights back hitting an arm drag. Audaz gets taken out. Shocker suplexes him then Bucanero kicks him to the outside. They slam Kraneo and Mr. Niebla hits a top rope splash onto him for the pin. Second Fall: Mr. Niebla pins Kraneo with a top rope splash.
There’s a bunch of brawling to start this round. Flyer and Audaz hit dives over the top rope. Kraneo back flips Niebla then sits on him for the pin. Third Fall: Kraneo pins Mr. Niebla by sitting on him.
Winners: Kraneo, Flyer, and Audaz
Atlantis, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja vs Rush, El Terrible, and La Bestia del Ring
Well this match starts out super fast and hot. Los Ingobernables beats up Oro and Roja and then they team on Atlantis. They all hit drop kicks on him for the pin. First Fall: Rush pins Atlantis after a triple basement drop kick.
There’s brawling on the outside to start. Atlantis goes to confront Rush but ends up getting teamed on. They throw Oro into the announce table. Rush fakes his finishing move to Atlantis just to kick him in the face and hit his pose. Terrible spins Oro around and Rush hits a basement drop kick and poses again. Rush has such a great look. Sucks he’s toiled away in Ring of Honor. Anyway, this second round continues with Roja finally making a come back. Oro and Roja attack Terrible and Bestia on the outside. Atlantis even throws Rush into the barricade. Rush retreats into the crowd and Atlantis chases him. Roja is either actually hurt or doing one hell of a job selling an ankle injury. Rush goes to the announce table and says No pasa nada perrrrros. Rush gets back in the ring and hits the drop kick in the corner. Then pins Oro by just putting a foot on him. Rush then tries to take Atlantis’ mask off and the ref gets him to stop. Roja hits Terrible with a kick combo and Bestia is late to stop the ref but the ref stops anyway. Distracted, Terrible low blows Roja and the refs pins 3. Second Fall: Terrible pins Niebla Roja with a low blow.
Rush cuts a promo. Oro gets the mic and begins one but then Rush and pals come in and beat them up some more. Rush steals poor Atlantis’ mask. I wonder if that’s the direction they’re going to go for the anniversario show. Atlantis has slowed down considerably the last few years. Maybe a nice pay day is a way to go out.
Winners: Rush, El Terrible, and La Bestia del Ring
Arena Mexico Friday
Unfortunately this show is blocked in America so I can only post results. Luckily it wasn’t that critical of a show. If it persists I’ll find a way to watch down the line, but it shouldn’t persist.
Star Jr and Magia Blanca vs Espanto Jr and Akuma
Akuma and Espanto won 2 falls to 1.
Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and Sanely vs Amapola, Tiffany, and Metalica
Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and Sanely won the match 2 falls to 1. Kaho Kobayashi hyped up her hair vs hair match with Amapola.
Rey Cometa, Esfinge, and Triton vs Hechicero, El Felino, and Tiger
Hechicero, Felino, and Tiger won 2 falls to 1. Hechicero got hurt in this match and let Esfinge pin him for a fall so he can go to the back. Maybe a hand injury.
(Match Relampago) Soberano Jr vs Negro Casas
Negro Casas won with a Canadian destroyer and a casita.
Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, and Gran Guerrero vs Mascara Ano 2000, Mephisto, and Ephesto
Los Guerrero’s won 2 falls to 1. Mascara Ano 2000 DQ’d himself in the final fall by low blowing Ultimo Guerrero. Hyping up their future match.
Caristico, Volador Jr, and Mistico vs Cavernario, Sanson, and Cuatrero
Valiente replaced Volador in this match. Cavernario, Sanson, and Cuatrero won in straight falls. Cavernario unmasked Mistico and pinned him and challenged him to a match next week.