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New Japan Cup: Round 1 Results/Review & Round 2 Preview

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Alright, that concludes the first round of the New Japan Cup and I think to think it was an enjoyable first round with some great matches and some surprises that some of us didn’t expect. I wanted to cover just the first round matches instead of just doing the four shows with the same tag matches, but I will add some highlights on days that had them, so let’s get to it.

 

Yujiro Takahashi vs. Juice Robinson

Review:  I wish Yujiro used his solo theme more, it just fits him when he’s not used for eating the pinfalls in tag matches. Juice is still growing and proving to be one of the most improved guys on the New Japan roster and how far he’s come. From NXT, being a Young Lion, and to where he is now, just exemplifies hard work.

The match itself was a enjoyable for what it was, both getting some nice offense in their arsenal, some close calls, and had a good finishing sequence. Juice was able to pull a victory after taking a beating from Yujiro near the end and Juice made it clear who he looks to challenge after the match. In a press conference before the cup, he said he would fight Jay White for the United States Heavyweight Championship, but it looks like the belt wasn’t added on what the winner could fight since they still mentioned the other three instead. Juice made it clear that he wants to fight Goto for the NEVER Openweight Championship after having a great bout for it last year, let’s see if Juice can win the cup and get another chance.

Recommended:  I like to think it was a great way to start the cup with two underutilized guys on the roster.

 

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Michael Elgin

Review:  This is the one that has surprised me, and I will get to that near the end.Michael Elgin has had no luck lately with not getting as many opportunities as when he first joined NJPW. So being placed on the back burner of the roster, so he needed to prove himself, and the cup is a way to do it if he plans to win. Ishii is another work horse that has been putting on quality matches all year round just to make the fans happy. With his match quality and being CHAOS’ gatekeeper to prove if their worthy of fighting Okada, or if they have what it takes to be in New Japan.

The match was hard hitting and exciting despite some stuff being slow and a couple of sloppy moments. Both would put each other to their limit and even Ishii took a nasty Powerbomb spot and I don’t know how he was still standing after that. However, Michael Elgin would pull the surprise win with a Burning Hammer and move on to fight Juice Robinson in the Quarter Final Round. If I had one complaint it would be that the ending did seem to drag on a bit too long; with some overkill spots and an anti-climatic ending despite the move he used, just the crowd seemed burnt out and not care about the fact Elgin won. What title would Elgin go for if he wins? He could go for either of the three, depends on what he does and has to win.

Recommended:  Definitely worth a watch despite some of the cons of the match. If you’re into hard hitting action, then definitely give it a look.

 

Bad Luck Fale vs. Lance Archer

Review:  This was how I expected it to go between the two, not great, but nothing special about it either. It just felt like a standard match too which is a shame this is one of the places that Fale normally shines when it comes to singles action. Lance Archer really didn’t impress me all that much in this match except for randomly punching a Young Lion when they were outside. Had some decent moments, but not a lot to really talk about except that Bad Luck Fale won the match.

Recommended: Not really, I would just skip this one.

 

Taichi vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

Review:  I could just watch Miho Abe all day. Anyway, Taichi has been enjoyable to watch lately ever since he announced that he would be moving up to the heavyweight division after fighting Tetsuya Naito at TakaTaichiMania. Maybe this is what he needed to refresh his career a little bit and open up to more possibilities as to where his career can go, I wish him luck on his new adventure.

Hiroshi Tanahashi looked like he hasn’t missed a beat, but I am worried about his health since he does need to take a long and deserved break to heal his injuries. I thought the match itself was great and the two meshed well together and gave us a fun quality type of match. Taichi looked strong in the match, giving Tanahashi a little bit of a run for his money, even doing some moves reminiscent of his trainer, Kawada, and there were a few times where I thought he would actually pull off the upset. But in the end, Tanahashi, broken and all, found a way to overcome him and move on to fight Bad Luck Fale next. Right now Tanahashi is still my pick to win the New Japan Cup, but what belt he would go for is still a mystery and probably will be until he wins the cup before decided to either get revenge on Suzuki or try to keep his record and fight Okada once again.

Recommended:  Absolutely, great fight and my favorite first round match thus far.

 

Kota Ibushi vs. YOSHI-HASHI

Review:  First off, HASHI, you’re not the ‘Viper’ so shame on you. Second, I am confused by how he is booked since he’ll have his moments to show he actually can shine, but then it just disappears until the next tournament. So that’s a huge gap where he doesn’t do a whole lot outside of that and kinda hard to take him too serious.

These two do work surprisingly well together, showing that when they worked at G1 Climax last year and again it in this match right here. There were a couple of sloppy moments, but not enough to take away from the match at all, since they still made everything they wanted to do exciting. I didn’t like that the Canadian Destroyer was used because I’m one of the few that think it’s a move that you shouldn’t kick out of instead of just using it as a spot much like the Burning Hammer. Kota picked up the win in a nice back and forth match, and was expected to do so. But can he win the whole thing? While it is possible, I wouldn’t see him win the title unless he gets rid of his fear of commitment.

Recommended:  I would definitely give it a watch.

 

Zack Sabre Jr vs. Tetsuya Naito

Review:  Before I start I do wanna say that I am not the biggest fan of Zack Sabre Jr. I will give him credit that I love his submission holds and his technical ability is amazing, but when it comes to everything else, it’s pretty bland. However, I do like that he actually shows personality when he goes to Japan and being involved with Suzuki Gun. This match though was just great, the story behind it, the atmosphere of the crowd, and just the chemistry between these two.

I really enjoyed how Zack was working various spots on his body just so he can use any part to make him tap out for any situation in the match. Zack picked up the surprise him making him tap out in a very nice submission while TAKA hypes him up like how Gedo does to Okada. I kinda figured Naito would lose here and it’s not really a punishment either, as quite a few top guys like Tanahashi and Okada have both gone through losing the first round of the cup and built themselves back up again. Naito is definitely going to get another chance against Okada, but it’s good that they hold it off for a while, as Zack looks to avenge his G1 losses to both Naito and next, Ibushi. If he keeps this up then there might be a good chance that he can actually make it to the finals or even win the thing depending on who he fights.

Recommended:  You should very much so watch this match, just a great bout.

 

Toru Yano vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr

Review:  This isn’t the best match, but this is the more entertaining out of the first round. Toru is pretty much how you would expect him to be in this type of match, with his comedy and dirty tactics to try and win it as quick as possible. But, Smith made sure that wouldn’t happen here as we actually get a match out of it instead of just a quickie.

Smith was able to showcase more of his talent in here and I wish he would do more single work to see how he could really do here, but just tournaments is the best we’re gonna get out of him. Toru would eventually get the win after about ten minutes with a countout and was expected how he would win instead of a pinfall. Normally expect Yano to win the first round of the cup and then loses the next round, so expect the same thing to happen here.

Recommended:  I think it’s worth a viewing if you like to have a couple of laughs or if you just like Yano.

 

Chuckie T. vs. SANADA

Review:  Chuckie to me just felt so odd and out of place in this tournament and did question why. But I guess due to both Trent and Makabe being injured, they needed someone and it’s a good chance to see how he can do for a solo match in New Japan. SANADA I believe is going to have an impactful year in 2018 and his match with Okada last month was only the beginning of his progression.

Chuckie didn’t do too bad in this match, but nothing to praise and I’m sure he’ll have more opportunity in the upcoming future. The match itself went pretty well and had a couple of awkward spots to hold it back a little to make it better, but it still wasn’t bad and SANADA was able to pick up the needed win over Chuckie with a Moonsault after applying the Skull End. I have a sinking feeling that the Moonsault might bite him in the ass during the tournament, but we will see.

Recommended:  I would give this one a watch, good wrestling and nice to see SANADA coming out of his shell more with each match.

Now that the first round matches are out of the way, let’s take a look at the quarter final matches and see who will make it to the semi-final.

Juice Robinson vs. Michael Elgin

Bad Luck Fale vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

Kota Ibushi vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

Toru Yano vs. SANADA

And here’s what I think what it might look like when it’s over.

Juice Robinson vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

Zack Sabre Jr vs. SANADA

 

Favorite Match: Zack Sabre Jr vs. Tetsuya Naito

Least Favorite Match: Lance Archer vs. Bad Luck Fale

Score: 8/10

I hope you all enjoyed reading about the first round and I’ll see you all at the quarter finals next.


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.28 ~ 24TH MARCH 2019

Hopefully the live stream peaked some extra interest in NOAH! So for everyone new or old that needs to catch up, Hisame’s Newsletters are the perfect one stop shop!

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CURRENT TOUR RECAP

After the excitement of Hakata Stalene, NOAH headed back out to Osaka, and then further into the provinces.

At Osaka World Pavilion, Hi69 finished the match by doing the Stuka Splash on Yoshinari Ogawa, after it Ogawa seemed to be struggling a bit and had to be helped up and out of the ring, although eventually he was well enough to walk unaided.

But when Hi69 & Quiet Storm had their first singles match ever on the 20th March at Toyonaka, after the match the ring was stormed by Stinger members Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki, who beat down Hi69 in revenge. It is unusual to see this happen in NOAH, although Kotaro Suzuki is capable of it (and people getting jumped does happen), it is very rare to see Yoshinari Ogawa do it. Minoru Tanaka came to the rescue.

Hi69 says he will make weight for the tag challenge (“I will get on the scales any time. However, please tell me the day before“), and has started a weight loss diary on his

Twitter, although he did admit to eating lots of meat and going up to 105.

Minoru Tanaka and Hi69 had their own post match beat down on Stinger on the 21st in Kanazawa.

KAZMA SAKAMOTO and Takashi Sugiura teamed together for the first time before they enter Global Tag League together, they seemed to get on pretty well, with KAZMA later paying tribute to Sugiura as “a symbol of NOAH’s strength”.

Naomichi Marufuji, who says he is searching for a purpose, had somewhat of a comedy match in Toyonaka with disco poses being pulled and kicking Masao Inoue in the face for messing around, but a new threat appears to be emerging from the next generation of Junior wrestlers regarding their own status being less than the heavyweights, although he didn’t make too much of a comment about it at the time, it does look like Daisuke Harada took on board Minoru Tanaka’s comments about the GHC Junior being the main event. Marufuji in a post match interview said he could see their hostility building to something, but he didn’t know yet.

A huge rivalry is brewing for Global Tag League 2019 between Kenoh & Kaito Kiyomiya and AXIZ (Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki), which started in Toyonaka and was heralded by a vicious kick battle between Kenoh and Nakajima. After the match, the two teams faced off, with Nakajima grinning evilly. Earlier on the tour, Marufuji (a veteran) was put in the unenviable position of teaming with them (the younger generation who are opposed to him), and at the end of a match which according to one attendee had a “sense of distance between them”, got kicked in the head by Nakajima after shaking hands with him.

Then Shiozaki lariated him. 

In Kanazawa after the match (whereby Nakajima grinned in Kenoh’s face), Kiyomiya and Kenoh declared AXIZ to be a “wanted” tag-team.

Yoshiki Inamura won his second victory over Kinya Okada, whom he now refers to as “my rival”. He had teamed with his teacher, Masa Kitamiya, who had a big smile on his face and did genuinely seem pleased with his trainees progress. After three days of being chopped and kicked his chest was….

Maybach Taniguchi is still continuing in his monster mode, and refuses to change. His Sasumata is still being bought to the ring and used as a weapon, he is still attacking the ref after matches, speaking in grunts, and even Akitoshi Saito who seemed to be attempting to rehabilitate him, has given up. In Kanazawa they tagged together, but it all fell apart when they accidentally knocked each other down, got into an argument and then Taniguchi was defeated by the Funky Buster Bomb. Taniguchi stood in the ring as he and Saito pointed at each other threateningly as Saito left the ring. 

Takashi Sugiura said that this would do no him no good in the end.

NOAH will celebrate the final night of “Spring Navigation 2019” at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on Friday March 29th.

Event recaps
March 19th: Osaka World Pavilion (post match promos)
March 20th: Toyonaka City Rose Culture Hall (post match promos)
March 21st: Kanazawa Distribution Agency (post match promos)

NEWS

Global Tag League 2019

Global Tag League will return on the 6th April 2019, with the first night being held at Edion Arena Osaka on Saturday 6th April and finishing on 4th May at Korakuen Hall.
This years teams are as follows:

Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki (GHC Heavyweight Tag champions)
Kaito Kiyomiya & Kenoh
Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm
Maybach Taniguchi & Yuji Hino
Takashi Sugiura & KAZMA SAKAMOTO
Atsushi Kotoge & Mitsuya Nagai
Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue
Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura.

Due to being defeated by Kaito Kiyomiya for the GHC Heavyweight title, Naomichi Marufuji has said that he will not enter the league this year. However, there is a possibility that he may enter in the end, and probably with a surprise partner. Unspoken speculation has it that since KENTA’s 90 day release clause is up round about the time Global Tag League starts, it may well be KENTA who he enters with.

Personally, I think it is far more likely that Marufuji will enter with Masaaki Mochizuki.

KAZMA says he fears the team of Yuji Hino and Maybach Taniguchi, as Hino knows how to work Taniguchi, however “that dick is a one-man show.”

Atsushi Kotoge has named the team of himself and Mitsuya Nagai “The Revolutionary Cloak Army”

Akitoshi Saito and Masao Inoue were a comedy team last year, with Saito screwing over Inoue, and Inoue not really realizing as Saito kept denying it.

The big rivalry for Global Tag League 2019 this year is Kenoh & Kiyomiya vs AXIZ.

Atsushi Kotoge returns
Atsushi Kotoge will make his return in his hometown of Osaka on the 6th April. Katsuhiko Nakajima took the opportunity to take a shot at Kenoh by looking at the match (“The Revolutionary Cloak Army” vs Kenoh and Kiyomiya) to say, “you are in the opening match” (full card hasn’t been announced yet).

NOAH The Album
Track listing has been confirmed as:

Katsuhiko Nakajima: Genius of The Kick
Daisuke Harada: KTYM
Quiet Storm: MAD
Pro Wrestling NOAH theme: Brave
GHC Jnr Theme
GHC Tag theme
Kaito Kiyomiya: Explosion Soul
Atsushi Kotoge: Switch On
Masa Kitamiya: Go For Broke
Go Shiozaki: Enforcer
Naomichi Marufuji: Hysteric
Theme of Global League
RAN: SAKURETSU (Pro Wrestling NOAH’s official song)

You can pre-order your copy here

Masaaki Mochizuki
Following his highly praised tag against Naomichi Marufuji at the Giant Baba memorial show, Masaaki Mochizuki will be making his first appearance in Pro-Wrestling NOAH on the 29th March at Korakuen Hall, he will team with Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura against Naomichi Marufuji and 50 Funky Powers.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS
~ Hitoshi Kumano says he wants to challenge for the singles belt
~ Daisuke Harada was cheered on by his nephew in Osaka
~ Kenoh has been noted to be smiling a lot more now he is teaming with Kiyomiya; but don’t let this fool you. Kenoh is still after the GHC Heavyweight, Kiyomiya knows this and has said that they will never properly be friends. Despite the brotherly feeling between them, there is still a sense of rivalry underneath.
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima’ reaction to Yoshiki Inamura teaming with Masa Kitamiya was, “what’s his name? I don’t remember, he didn’t leave much of an impression
~ Kaito Kiyomiya was again on the cover of “Weekly Pro”, he’s only twenty-two, but has already been on the cover about three or four times.
~ Takashi Sugiura imitated KAZMA SAKAMOTO’S scream
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima told a bald reporter that his head was “twinkling”.
~ After the three day in a row tour (and a week away from home), Hitoshi Kumano returned to his “children” (his French Bulldogs), and Takashi Sugiura returned home to his own dog, who wanted to immediately go outside, despite the fact it was 1.30am. He took it for a walk the next day.
~ Despite saying that he didn’t have to call Kenoh “Kenoh-san” anymore, this momentary lapse in manners is over, and Kiyomiya has gone back to calling him just that.

BROADCASTS
G+ will broadcast the 17th April show on April 20th
They will also show the 28th May Korakuen Hall show live

LINKS
Naomichi Marufuji reviews “Bomb Gum”

VENUE GUIDES
Osaka World Pavilion
Toyonaka City Rose Cultural Hall
Kanazawa Distribution Centre
Picture credits: Noah GHC, PKDX, Yoshiki Inamura


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CMLL’s Review & Results 3/24/2019

Joe keeps us all up to date with the goings on in CMLL! Let’s see what went on this past week along with his expert analysis!

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Joe keeps us all up to date with the goings on in CMLL! Let’s see what went on this past week along with his expert analysis!

Arena Puebla

Sonic, Rey Samuray, and Astro vs Police Man, Fuerza Chicana, and Sombra Diabolika

For some reason Astro and Sombra came out at the same time. Samuray and Police Man tie up. They start to fight for position. Fuerza gets in next with Sonic and they grapple. They fight for position and drag each other down. Astro and Sombra come in next, our mates who walked out together. Astro hits a 619 then an arm drag. Chaos breaks out and Fuerza hits a canadian destroyer on Samuray. Police Man hits a back breaker then stretches Astro for the fall. First Fall: Police Man back breaker stretches Astro for the fall.

Police Man works over Sonic and takes him out. They team up on Astro and then work on Samuray. Sonic ducks a double team attack then hits a double arm drag. Samuray runs in front the ramp and hits a clothesline on Fuerza. Samuray hits a victory roll off the top on Sombra then Astro splashes him for the pin. Samuray hits a lionsault on Fuerza then Sonic submits him with an arm bar. Second Fall: Sonic submits Fuerza Chicana with an arm bar.

Samuray flips into the ring and keeps flipping. Police Man watches him instead of attacking. Samuray goes for a bouncing attack on the ropes but Police Man just throws him to the outside. Sombra drop kicks Astro and hits a senton and pins him. Police Man holds up Sonic and Fuerza hits a code breaker for the win. Third Fall: Fuerza Chicana pins Sonic with a code breaker.

Winners: Police Man, Fuerza Chicana, and Sombra Diabolika

Star Black, Tigre Rojo Jr, and King Jaguar vs Raziel, Cancerbero, and El Perverso

Raziel and Rojo start the match out grappling. Jaguar and Cancerbero come in next and they go back and forth grappling too. Star Black comes in next with Perverso and they do some ground grappling as well. Tigre comes in and gets pulled down by Raziel. Rojo gets launched into Raziel and Cancerbero and gets power bombed. Jaguar goes for a head scissors but gets slammed by Cancerbero. Star Black gets caught in a weird submission by Perverso for the fall. First Fall: Perverso submits Star Black with a head squeeze submission.

Cancerbero beats on Jaguar in the crowd. Raziel beats on Rojo on the ramp. Star Black gets worked over by Perverso. Jaguar gets teamed on followed by Rojo as he tries to make the save. Rojo gets launched into the ring to hit an arm drag on Cancerbero. Raziel stops him in his tracks. Jaguar attacks Raziel from behind, then Perverso attacks Jaguar from behind. Star Black then hits a backwards head butt on Perverso and pins him. Jaguar then gets Cancerbero in a stretch submission. Second Fall: Jaguar submits Cancerbero with a stretch. 

Jaguar and Cancerbero go back and forth to start and Jaguar gets the advantage and poses. Rojo kicks Raziel then hits a cross body followed by a back breaker. Star Black enters with Perverso next. Black hits a handspring head butt on Perverso then gets him in a hurricanrana but Raziel and Cancerbero come in to break it up. Cancerbero hits Rojo with a top rope slam and gets the pin broken by Jaguar. At this point everyone starts trading big submission moves and they get broken up. Black hits a moonsault but it gets broken up. Cancerbero and Raziel bounce Star Black and Perverso drop kicks his butt. Cancerbero and Raziel slam each other on Rojo then Perverso hits a senton. Raziel submits Rojo with a surfboard stretch. Star Black gets slammed and Perverso hits a frog splash for the win. Third Fall: Perverso pins Star Black with a frog splash.

Winners: Raziel, Cancerbero, and El Perverso

El Audaz, Stigma, and Drone vs Templario, El Felino, and Tiger

Templario and Audaz start and waste no time going back and forth. Tiger and Stigma enter next and tie up. Felino tackles Drone when he enters so his midget can attack him. Midget interference is perfectly legal. Drone drop kicks Felino to the outside but Templario intercepts and stops him from diving to the outside. Audaz catches Templario in a pinning combo and Stigma hits a jaw breaker on Tiger. First Fall: Stigma pins Tiger with a jaw breaker.

Audaz and Templario start the round and Audaz gets him to the outside then hits a pose but kinda botches it. Stigma comes in and runs wild on everyone taking them out to the outside and then he poses. Now it’s Drone’s turn to replicate. Drone goes back and forth with Tiger and gets the better of him and hits knees to the corner. Felino attacks him from behind and gets him in a leg lock as Templario and Tiger pull his teammates off of the apron. Second Fall: Felino submits Drone with a leg lock.

Audaz gets teamed on to start this round. They move their sophisticated attack to Drone. Drone jumps out of the way and hits a middle rope dive on Tiger. Stigma and Audaz hit arm drags on Felino and Templario then hit dives through the middle rope. Back in the ring Drone hits a flying knee to Tiger. Tiger hits a sunset flip that Drone rolls out of and kicks him. Tiger hits a flapjack then suplex for a two count. Stigma hits a single leg enziguri on Tiger. Audaz hits a cross body on them and Drone hits a dive to the outside on Felino. In the ring Templario catches Stigma with a power bomb and Tiger hits Audaz with a back stabber for the win. Third Fall: Tiger pins Audaz with a back stabber.

Winners: Templario, El Felino, and Tiger

Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, and El Valiente vs El Terrible, Cavernario, and Bestia del Ring

Bestia and Terrible get in the ring and start laying the boots to Angel and Niebla. Eventually everyone gets taken out and it’s time to work over Oro. I’m not sure Terrible should be working after he dislocated his shoulder but it’s Mexico. Roja tries to beat on Terrible but Bestia attacks him from behind. Finally Cavernario hits the slingshot splash on Valiente for the pin. First Fall: Cavernario pins Valiente with a slingshot splash.

Valiente and Roja get beat on and then they move to Oro. This so far feels like the Dos Leyenda main event where the technicos got worked over most of the match. Valiente hits a big monkey flip on Cavernario and Roja and Oro pushes Terrible and Bestia into each other and get them in a dual leg lock submission. Valiente gets Cavernario in a surfboard submission for the fall. Second Fall: Valiente submits Cavernario with a surfboard stretch.

They fight on the ramp to start then Roja leaves Bestia. After some posturing and brawling Oro and Bestia go back and forth. Oro hits a hurricanrana on him to the outside and then poses. Valiente works around Cavernario and dodges his attacks. Valiente gets him to the outside and hits a big middle rope dive and in the ring Roja and Oro try to pin Bestia and Terrible with hurricanrana pins, but Roja got power bombed by Terrible for the pin while Oro got Bestia with a hurricanrana. So now there is ref confusion. I have no clue what was ruled. The ref raised Bestia and Roja’s hands. So I’m assuming a draw. Third Fall: Oro and Terrible got pins.

Winners: Draw

LA Park, Volador Jr, and Hijo del LA Park vs Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, and Gran Guerrero

Los Guerrero’s get into the ring and Ultimo attacks LA Park. He starts whipping everyone with a part of his attire. Park gets tripped and Hijo tries to save his father but to no avail. They do the Los Guerrero’s triple team attack on Volador. They drag LA Park to the outside and do the triple team attack on him. Ultimo removes Park’s belt and whips him. Park kicks Ultimo to the outside then hits a high velocity dive through the middle rope on him. Volador hits a back stabber on Euforia and Hijo hits a code breaker on Gran Guerrero for the fall. First Fall: Hijo Del LA Park pins Gran Guerrero with a code breaker.

Hijo checks on his dad during the break. That was a crazy middle rope dive. There’s some posturing to begin this round. Park has his belt now and they whip Gran’s back. Gran eggs them on though. Gran eggs the crowd on then Hijo does the same. Hijo then fights off a double team and feigns a dive and poses. Volador head scissors Euforia to the outside and then poses. Ultimo and Park go back and forth. Park hits a running attack then does his classic pose. Euforia and Gran come in to team up on Park. They go for the Los Guerrero’s triple team attack on both Volador and Hijo at the same time. Park gets in the ring with all three of them at once. Los Guerrero’s then get Park, Volador, and Hijo in a triple submission for the fall. Second Fall: Los Guerrero’s submit the Park family with a triple submission.

Park and Ultimo brawl in the crowd. Euforia brawls with Hijo in the crowd too. Back in the ring and Park is being whipped with his belt. Now he’s egging on Gran. Park dodges an attack and hits a double clothesline and Euforia and Gran. He throws Ultimo to the outside. Hijo works on Euforia now. Park performs a fake sunset flip into an arm drag. They go back and forth and Volador and Hijo hit hurricanrana’s on Euforia and Gran for a close two. Gran choke slams Hijo for a two count and Euforia does something that wasn’t caught on camera to Volador. Hijo hits a code breaker off the top on Gran for a close two. Volador and Hijo go for dives but get pulled out of the ring. In the ring Park actually hits his old finisher, the sunset flip power bomb just barely on Ultimo for a two count. Ultimo gets his neck crank on Park but Park breaks out. Park hits a final cut on Ultimo for a two count. Park moves and Ultimo falls out of the ring. Euforia and Gran kick him to the outside, and then Gran hits the chokeslam on Volador and Euforia a power bomb on Hijo for another two count. Euforia gets super kicked by Volador then back stabbed by Hijo. Volador hit a hurricanrana on Gran all for another two count. Ultimo distracts the ref and Gran and Euforia foul Hijo and Volador and then Park kicks the ref to break it up. Park dodges Ultimo’s triple team. He then walks to the ref and removes his mask and hands it to Ultimo. The ref sees it and DQs Ultimo. Beautiful baby face paying back the cheating heel with his own tactics. Third Fall: LA Park wins via DQ trickery. 

Park does a miserable job at hiding his face. Ultimo cuts a promo. I mean if you want to see what LA Park looks like watch this show. Park gets the mic and wants to run it back and in English Ultimo says, No problem with me.

Winners: LA Park, Volador Jr, and Hijo Del LA Park

Arena Mexico Tuesday

Fantasy and Angelito vs Mercurio and Pequeno Olimpico

Olimpico and Fantasy start the match out engaging and grappling. Angelito cross body’s an entering Mercurio which leads to grappling. Angelito goes to flip on Mercurio but messes up. Mercurio postures and then whips Angelito who hits a hurricanrana. Mercurio gets Fantasy in a modified camel clutch. Olimpico holds Angelito in place and Mercurio leg drops him from the top for the pin. First Fall: Olimpico pins Angelito after Mercurio leg drops him from the top.

Fantasy gets worked on to start then they work on Angelito. After being doubled team for a while Fantasy avoids an attack  and Angelito hurricanrana’s Mercurio tot he outside. Fantasy hits a middle rope spanish fly on Olimpico for the pin. Angelito gets Mercurio in a standing guillotine but then sits out for a slam. Second Fall: Angelito pins Mercurio with a standing guillotine slam.

Fantasy and Mercurio go back and forth with Fantasy hitting a hurricanrana. Angelito hit an arm drag on Olimpico for bring him to the outside and pose. Fantasy gets Mercurio in a figure four but Olimpico breaks it up. Olimpico choke slams Fantasy and Angelito breaks it up. Angelito hits a drop kick on Olimpico. Angelito hits a springboard splash on Olimpico for the pin and Fantasy hits a power bomb on Mercurio for the win. Third Fall: Fantasy pins Mercurio with a power bomb.

Winners: Fantasy and Angelito

Magnus, Robin, and Star Black vs Nitro, Disturbio, and Hijo del Signo

Magnus and Signo engage to start the match. They get a few take downs each and fight for position. Nitro and Star Black enter in next and they start grappling as well. Robin and Disturbio come in next and go back and forth till Signo enters to help double team. Disturbio hit knees to the corner on Robin and pins him. Nitro hits a drop kick to the butt from the top rope on Star Black and Signo pins him. First Fall: Signo pins Star Black after Nitro hits a drop kick to his butt.

The rudos team up on the technicos to start this round. Trying to beat them into submission. Robin pulls down Disturbio then hurricanrana’s Signo to the outside. Star Black gets Disturbio in a pinning combo for the fall. Magnus pins Signo with a back stabber. Second Fall: Magnus pins Signo with a back stabber.

Magnus hits back breakers on everybody to start this round and gets himself pumped up. Robin gets stalled when he comes in and gets beat on. He gets launched up and hits a hurricanrana on Signo. Star Black almost gets pinned by Disturbio. Nitro hits a splash on Magnus for the pin. Third Fall: Nitro pins Magnus with a top rope splash.

Winners: Nitro, Distrubio, and Hijo del Signo

Blue Panther Jr, Guerrero Maya, and Black Panther vs Misterioso, El Sagrado, and Tiger

Maya and Misterioso start out grappling. Sagrado comes in and works over Black Panther. Tiger then works him over as they keep him away from his corner. Finally Black Panther makes the tag to Blue Panther and he hits back breakers on everyone. Maya gets Tiger in a victory roll for the pin. First Fall: Guerrero Maya pins Tiger with a victory roll. 

Sagrado and Maya start off this round going at each other. Maya hits arm drags on Sagrado and Misterioso. Tiger and Blue Panther trade strikes and Panther drop kicks him to the outside. Sagrado hits Black Panther with a basement drop kick for the pin and Tiger gets Blue Panther in a leg lock. Second Fall: Tiger submits Blue Panther Jr with a leg lock. 

Blue Panther Jr gets worked over to start. Panther gets slammed then Sagrado hits an elbow drop. Maya then gets teamed on. Rudos pose and Maya gets Sagrado to the outside then hits a dive through the middle rope. Both Panther’s take out Tiger and Misterioso then Blue hits a dive through the middle rope on Tiger, then Black hits one on Misterioso. All the technicos get pinning combos and everyone clearly kicks out but the ref claims Misterioso didn’t so Blue Panther Jr wins it for them. Crowd boos a little. Third Fall: Blue Panther Jr pins Misterioso with a pinning combo.

Winners: Blue Panther Jr, Guerrero Maya, and Black Panther

Blue Panther, Kraneo, and Volcano vs Bestia del Ring, Hechicero, and Kawato San

Volcano starts with Kawato and there couldn’t be a more different set of skills and styles. Match soon breaks down in a brawl. Hechicero hits a knee strike on Kraneo in the corner. Kawato hits Panther with a missile drop kick for the fall. First Fall: Kawato pins Panther with a missile drop kick.

Hechicero works on Volcano to start this round. Kraneo then gets teamed on some. Volcano dodges an attack and he and Kraneo sandwich Bestia. Volcano splashes him and Kraneo leg drops him. Second Fall: Volcano pins Bestia after a splash and leg drop from Kraneo.

Volcano does some acrobatics and gets the advantage on Hechicero to start. Kraneo is in with Kawato next but Hechicero quickly comes in to work him over. Kraneo throws Bestia to the outside and splashes Hechicero. Panther and Kawato go at it for a bit until Volcano comes in to take on Hechicero and Bestia. Kraneo gets drop kicked into the corner and then hit with a knee strike by Hechicero. Bestia hits a top rope senton on Volcano for the pin. Hechicero submits Kraneo. Third Fall: Hechicero submits Kraneo with a leg lock.

Winners: Bestia del Ring, Hechicero, and Kawato San

Mistico, Atlantis, and El Valiente vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, and Templario

Atlantis and Bucanero tie up and start fighting for position. Valiente and Templario come in and start going back and forth. Negro Casas gets in with Mistico but quickly gets him in a sharpshooter and his teammates fight the others off. First Fall: Negro Casas submitted Mistico with a sharpshooter.

Atlantis gets worked on to start this round. Templario takes out Mistico next and then show downs with Valiente. Templario kicks Atlantis to the outside next. Mistico gets hammered on by Negro Casas. The rudos pose and Mistico and his team knock them to the outside. Atlantis gets Bucanero in a single leg crab and Valiente gets Templario in a leg lock. Mistico and Casas brawl on the outside. Second Fall: Valiente submits Templario with a leg lock.

Casas and Valiente strike each other back and forth. Valiente takes him out then hits an arm drag on Bucanero. Atlantis comes in and monkey flips Templario. Valiente hits a dive through the middle rope on Templario. In the ring Mistico gets Negro Casas in a pinning combo for the pin. Third Fall: Mistico pins Negro Casas with a pinning combo.

Winners: Mistico, Atlantis, and El Valiente

(Welterweight Championship) Mephisto (Champion) vs Dragon Lee

There is some posturing to start but they finally tie up and engage. They finally get to the ground and trade some submissions. Mephisto catches Dragon Lee in a transition and sits on it for the pin. First Fall: Mephisto pins Dragon Lee with a pinning combo. 

Mephisto throws Lee in the air and kicks him. Mephisto works over Dragon Lee for the beginning of this round. Dragon Lee catches Mephisto in a victory roll for the fall. Second Fall: Dragon Lee pins Mephisto with a victory roll.

They fight more back and forth now to start this round. They trade rapid fire strikes in the corner. Lee drop kicks Mephisto to the outside then hits a dive through the middle rope. Back in the ring Lee gets him down and does a running drop kick in the corner. Lee goes for a hurricanrana off the apron but Mephisto drops him for a power bomb. They go back and forth some more. Mephisto hits a GTS for a close two count. Lee hurricanrana’s Mephisto to the outside then hits a dive over the top rope. Lee hits a sit out power bomb but Mephisto stops the refs hand from coming down on the 3. Dragon Lee gets caught in a school boy but kicks out, then they get up and Lee hits a standing spanish fly. Mephisto kicks out and they go to the top and Mephisto catches him with a top rope face buster but Lee kicks out. Lee trips Mephisto back on the turnbuckle and does the double foot stomp spot. Lee then picks up Mephisto and hits a falcon arrow for the win. Third Fall: Dragon Lee wins with a falcon arrow.

Winner: Dragon Lee

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Star Jr and Stigma vs Grako and El Coyote

Grako and Star start the match off fighting for position on their feet. They start to grapple on the ground. Coyote and Stigma come in next and they fight back and forth. Star and Grako come back in and Star hits a head scissors. Star gets crotched by Coyote. Stigma drop kicks Coyote into Star for a german suplex. Grako catches Stigma with a power bomb then Star kicks him. Coyote gets Star down and Grako hits an elbow drop for the pin. Coyote hits a double underhook suplex off of the top for the fall. First Fall: Coyote pins Stigma with a double underhook suplex off of the top.

Coyote works over Stigma and Grako works on Star on the apron. Grako and Coyote continue to work them over. Star hits a head scissors arm drag on Grako and Coyote for a come back. Stigma hits a guillotine leg drop on Grako for the pin. Star hits a snow plow on Coyote for the fall. Second Fall: Star Jr pins Coyote with a snow plow.

Star and Coyote exchange strikes to begin this round. Star kicks him to the outside then Grako comes in to beat on Star. Star gets him to the outside then hits a running hurricanrana off of the apron. In the Ring Coyote hits a power bomb and senton on Stigma for a two count. Star hits a tornado splash on Grako for the pin and then Stigma hits a jaw breaker on Coyote for the win. Third Fall: Stigma pins Coyote with a jaw breaker.

Winners: Star Jr and Stigma

Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and Mystique vs Dalys, Amapola, and Reyna Isis

Marcela and Isis start out in this match up and they start to fight and grapple on the ground. They go back and forth for a while hitting big moves. Marcela hits a back breaker then shotgun drop kick bringing Isis to the outside. Amapola comes in with Mystique now and they go back and forth. Mystique hits an arm drag to the outside bringing in Dalys and Kaho. Dalys works over Kaho and hits a drop kick while she is stuck in the ropes. Kaho gets up and hits a missile drop kick then dives through the middle rope on Dalys. Mystique gets Amapola in an arm bar and Marcela hits Isis with a michinoku driver for the fall. First Fall: Marcela pins Isis with a michinoku driver. 

Dalys and Marcela start out and go back and forth. Marcela hits a hurricanrana off of the top rope onto Dalys. Dalys trips Marcela and ties her in the ropes and hits a knee attack. Mystique comes in and gets teamed on. Kaho gets drop kicked to the outside. Marcela hits a hurricanrana on Amapola and then hits a face plant on Isis. Kaho and Mystique hit sentons followed by Marcela for a two count. Marcela hits a diving senton on Isis on the outside. In the ring Dalys hits a power bomb on Isis for the pin while Kaho submits Amapola with an abdominal stretch. Kaho gets Dalys in a pinning combo but Amapola interferes so the ref DQs her since she had just submitted. Second Fall: Kaho wins via DQ because Amapola disobeyed the ref.

Winners: Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and Mystique

Stuka Jr, Flyer, and El Audaz vs Polvora, Vangellys, and Kawato San

What a rudos team we have here. A Japanese young lion, a Mexican Nationalist, and a Nazi or German general rather. Flyer and the young lion start the match out. They go back and forth doing some moves and transitions. Polvora and Stuka come in and work back and forth really fast. Audaz hits a cross body on Polvora but Vangellys enters and kicks him. The Technicos get the rudos to the outside and then all three technicos perform dives. Back in the ring Flyer hits a Spanish Fly on Kawato for the pin and Audaz flips off the top rope onto Vangellys for a hurricanrana pin. First Fall: Audaz pins Vangellys with a hurricanrana pin. 

Flyer uses his speed to his advantage on Vangellys and then dodges a double team attack. The rudos end up teaming on them and Polvora hits a face buster off the top rope followed by Kawato hitting a double foot stomp off of the top rope for the pin on Stuka. Vangellys pins him. Second Fall: Vangellys pins Stuka after a Polvora face buster off of the top followed by a Kawato double stomp.

Flyer tries to fight off a team up attack. Stuka dodges all the triple team efforts and the rudos fall to the outside of the ring. Stuka, Audaz, and Flyer then do moonsaults off the same turnbuckle to the outside. Kawato does a canadian destroyer to Flyer, then Audaz does one to Kawato, then Polvora does one to Audaz. Stuka catches Polvora in a pinning combo for the win. Third Fall: Stuka pins Polvora with a roll up for the win. 

Winners: Stuka, Flyer, and El Audaz

(Match Relampago) Cavernario vs Forastero

They posture for the first thirty seconds then finally lock up and engage. Forastero rolls to the outside and Cavernario goes for a dive but Forastero runs into the ring quick and hits a spear. Forastero continues to work on Cavernario after that. Cavernario hits a back breaker out of nowhere to change momentum. Cavernario hits a hurricanrana to the outside and then hits a dive over the top rope. Cavernario whips Forastero into the barricade. Cavernario hits a snap suplex for a two count. Cavernario then hits the slingshot splash but Forastero kicks out of that as well. Forastero hits a drop kick to the corner on Cavernario for a two count. Forastero drop kicks Cavernario to the outside then hits a dive through the middle rope. Cavernario back in the ring sneaks a lean back camel clutch on Forastero but Forastero grabs the ropes. Forastero slams Cavernario then hits a swanton bomb and wins. Forastero pins Cavernario with a swanton bomb.

They’re throwing money in the ring after that match so they really liked it. Forastero challenges Cavernario for his championship. Of course he accepts.

Winner: Forastero

Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, and Titan vs Mr. Niebla, El Terrible, and Bestia del Ring

Terrible and Bestia jump Oro and Roja during the introductions. They brawl a bit and Bestia and Terrible hit a double power bomb on Oro and Bestia pins him. Terrible slams Titan and Mr. Niebla hits a splash off of the top rope on Titan for the fall. First Fall: Mr. Niebla pins Titan with a top rope splash.

Terrible brawls with Oro in the crowd. Oro, Titan, and Roja continue to get beat on at the start of the second round. They set up for a triple power bomb on Roja but Bestia and Mr. Niebla turn around allowing Roja to pin Terrible with a hurricanrana. Second Fall: Niebla Roja pins Terrible with a hurricanrana.

They brawl on the outside in between rounds. Finally back in the ring Oro and Bestia go at it. Oro gets him to the outside and goes for a dive but fakes it. Roja and Terrible start jawing off now. Terrible works him over then postures to the crowd. Roja fights back with a shotgun drop kick. Roja drop kicks him to the outside then poses. Titan hits a hurricanrana on Mr. Niebla. Oro then launches Roja into Bestia and Terrible for a double drop kick. Oro and Roja then hit dives through the middle rope. Titan gets a pinning combo on Niebla but he kicks out. Titan kicks Niebla to the outside then hits an asai moonsault. Bestia hits a senton splash on Roja for the pin and Terrible beats Oro with a styles clash. Third Fall: Terrible pins Oro with a styles clash.

Winners: Mr. Niebla, El Terrible, and Bestia Del Ring

Caristico, Volador, and Diamante Azul vs Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, and Gran Guerrero

Caristico and Gran Guerrero start out the main event of the show. They go back and forth trading transitions and light moves. Azul and Ultimo start fighting on the outside. Caristico gets tossed to the outside and then Volador gets worked on. Volador gets hit with a double press slam off the top. Caristico gets drop kicked off of the apron to the outside. The Los Guerrero’s triple team move is done on Diamante Azul. Euforia submits Azul with a gory special and Ultimo and Gran submit Volador and Caristico with camel clutches. First Fall: Euforia submits Diamante Azul with a gory special.

There is brawling that takes place during the break and it continues into the next round. Caristico gets attacked in the corner. Azul comes in from the ramp to hit a double clothesline. Caristico dives off of the top rope to the outside onto Ultimo Guerrero. Azul hits a german suplex on Gran for the pin. Volador hits a back stabber on Euforia for the fall. Second Fall: Volador pins Euforia with a back stabber.

Volador and Gran start out in the final round. Volador hits a big head scissors to the outside. He then super kicks Ultimo. Caristico hits a hurricanrana on Gran after being launched by Euforia. Caristico then hits one on Euforia. An arm drag to the outside is hit on Ultimo but he moves to avoid a dive by Caristico. Azul hits a double japanese arm drag on Gran and Ultimo. Azul hits a high hip toss slam on Euforia. Azul goes out to the ramp to do an attack back in but Ultimo stops him in his tracks. Gran rolls out of the ring and Volador hits a hurricanrana. Azul then hits a flip dive off the ramp onto Gran. In the ring Caristico hits a head scissors into a Fujiwara arm bar on Ultimo for the win. Third Fall: Caristico submits Ultimo Guerrero with a Fujiwara arm bar.

Winners: Caristico, Volador Jr, and Diamante Azul


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