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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (3/31/18)

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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 341

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kenny King & Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS The Briscoes; The Briscoes win.
  • Cheeseburger VS Kikutaro; no contest.
  • Women of Honor Championship Tournament: Deonna Purrazzo VS Mayu Iwatani; Mayu wins and moves on to the semifinals to face Kelly Klein.

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Kenny King & Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS The Briscoes!

It’s a #ChampionsChallenge as the ROH World Television and Heavyweight Champions take on the World Tag Team Champions this close to Supercard of Honor! Will the K I N G and the Peacock gain momentum before facing the Last Real Man and the Villain in respective singles matches? Or will #DemBoyz prove to King, Castle as well as Jay Lethal and Hiroshi Tanahashi why they’re the baddest tag team on the planet?

Speaking of the Villain, Marty Scurll joins commentary to keep an eye on the champion he challenges in New Orleans.

Castle and Mark start and circle, tie up, and Castle gets a leg. Mark slips out and floats to a waistlock, but Castle revereses back. Castle gets the waistlock then the gut wrench lift but Mark slips out. Mark swings but Castle gets another waistlock. Mark resists the German Suplex and backs Castle down into the Briscoe corner. Jay tags in and the Briscoes stomp a mudhole into Castle. Jay rocks Castle with a European Uppercut, then whips, but Castle ducks to hit his Peacock Pose. Castle’s ribs bother him, so he tags out to King. King and Jay circle, tie up, and King gets the headlock. Jay powers out but King runs him over, to dance and pose.

King gets moving again, but Jay grabs him into a sleeper hold. King slips out to a waistlock but Jay gets the standing switch and hammerlock, only for King to spin around and Japanese arm-drag Jay! The ROH singles champions are even with the Tag Team Champions while we go to break.

ROH returns to King bringing Jay over to his corner, Castle tags in. Castle gets Jay in a waistlock and brings him out for a slam. He lifts Jay again for another slam, then puts on a facelock. Castle suplexes but Jay slips out to elbow Castle down. Jay brings Castle over, tags in Mark, and Mark kicks Castle down. Mark suplexes Castle for a brainbuster, cover, TWO. Mark drags Castle back up for a facelock, then some kicks, but Castle dumps him down and rocks him with a knee. Castle brings Mark back up, but Mark fights back with body shots. Mark shoves Castle, Castle comes back but Mark evades. Jay kicks Castle in the back, so Castle hits Jay with a right forearm!

Mark swings but Castle ducks to jab and chop. Castle whips but Mark reverses, Jay returns to elbow Castle down! Mark takes King out for good measure, topping it off with a wrecking ball dropkick! Jay throws Castle out and both Briscoes go after Castle and King on the outside. Mark scoop slams Castle, Scurll enjoys every second of it. Jay throws Castle into the ring while Scurll tries to start a “Dead Boys!” chant, then shifts to the more appropriate “Man Up!” chant. Mark grabs Castle, puts him in a corner, and hits a sliding shotgun kick. Mark grinds a boot into Castle’s chin while Jay keeps The Boys away.

Things return to the Briscoes’ corner, where Mark gives Castle a sharp chop in the chest. Mark chops again, but Castle blocks to lift and dump Mark down. Castle knocks Jay away, then slips past Mark, but Jay gets past him to knock King down again! Jay then runs Castle down and Mark stomps away in their corner. Jay tags back in, he drags Castle up for another EuroUpper. The fans cheer, “Dalton Castle!”, but Jay bumps him off a buckle to then stand on him at the ropes. Jay backs off to drag Castle over, tag to Mark. The Briscoes mug Castle, then Mark brings Castle up for a Russian Leg Sweep! Fans chant “Fan Up!” while Mark drops elbows on Castle. Cover, TWO, tag to Jay.

The Briscoes drag Castle up, double whip, double shoulder tackles! Castle ends up outside the ring but Jay pursues. Jay brings Castle up and holds him in a double chickenwing, for Mark’s apron shotgun kick!

Mark drags Castle up but Castle pushes him away. Jay is upon Castle in the ring while we go to break.

ROH returns again as Castle fights his way out of Mark’s headlock. Mark shifts but Castle denies the slam. Mark shoves Castle, but Castle uses that to knock Jay down again. Castle goes to kick Mark, Mark blocks, so Castle rocks him with a right hand. Mark staggers, Castle ducks under to tag in King! King rallies on Mark, whips and heel kicks Mark down! Jay returns and clobbers King, but King retaliates with the spin around and roundhouse. King runs at Mark, Mark boots him away, but Mark runs into King’s spinebuster! Cover, TWO, but King keeps his cool. He whips Mark, Mark reverses, Jay comes in for the big corner clothesline. Mark throws King with the yurinagi, then tags in Jay.

Jay drags King up, turns him, neckbreaker! He brings King back up, to clobber him with a lariat! Cover, TWO! But it was close, and Jay knows it. He drags King up again, then hits him with EuroUpper. Scurll tauntingly says hello to Castle while Jay hoists King up to the top rope. King and Jay brawl while Jay makes the climb. Jay gives headbutts while Mark blasts Castle off the corner with a dropkick! Jay hits the SUPERPLEX, then Mark hops up for Froggy-Bow!

Cover, Castle breaks it just in time! Scurll protests the “blatant cheating”, Mark chops Caslte! Castle chops back, so Mark gives another chop. Castle comes back with hard right hands, then catches Mark’s boot to throw him with a saido suplex! Jay boots Castle down, then goes after King, but King catches him into an Exploder! King runs in at Jay, shotgun knees in the corner, but he can’t capitalize because of exhaustion. And that’s when Silas Young decides to appear.

The Last Real Man has his eyes on King, and King locks his eyes back on Silas. Silas trash talks King, but King still sees Jay coming. King throws hands but runs into a huricanrana! Jay gets King up, for the Jay Driller!

Cover, Mark intercepts Castle, the Briscoes win!

Winners: The Briscoes (Jay & Mark, Jay pinning)

#DemBoyz win because they are the ROH World Tag Team Champions. They raise their belts up high, but will they still have those belts going up against the Franchise and the Ace in New Orleans?

Meanwhile, Silas has snatched the ROH World Television Championship belt and he’s entering the ring with it. Silas throws his shirt at King, then holds that belt over him. King only just got that belt back at the 16th Anniversary, will he lose it back to Silas in a Last (Real) Man Standing match at Supercard of Honor?

Scurll decides to be a copycat as he grabs the ROH WHC belt and brings it into the ring. He takes aim at Castle, ready to hit him with the belt! But when Castle turns around, Scurll plays nice, and simply offers to return the belt to the current champion.

The Peacock takes his belt back, and Scurll leaves peacefully. Castle says he’s keeping an eye on Scurll, too, but whose hand will be raised after Supercard of Honor’s “double main event”?

 

The Kingdom speaks on Bully Ray’s Supercard decision.

According to the Enforcer of Honor, Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan & Vinnie Marseglia aren’t getting their ROH World Six Man Tag Championship rematch yet. It’s been a year, it’s been 365 days, and ROH won’t give them a rematch for the titles they never really lost! They thought Bully Ray was going to be their hero, who “would see past all the politics”, but he’s just another Melvin. If Bully thinks he can stop the Kingdom from being at Supercard, then maybe those concussions really have added up. The Kingdom will kill the conspiracy, “Because I’M Matt Taven, and this is my Kingdom!” Will the Kingdom get what they feel they deserve in New Orleans?

 

Cheeseburger VS Kikutaro!

If there’s one thing The Dawgs, Rhett Titus & Will Ferrara, can’t stand, it’s Cheeseburger. And yet, they’re on commentary to watch him take on the 8-time DDT Pro Ironman Heavyweight Champion in this first-time-ever encounter that is a dream come true for Burger.

Can Lil’ Willie contain his blood thirst for the beef he has with Burger while Burger and “Jumbo Kiku” duke it out in the ring?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the two circle. Burger gets the arm wrench and wristlock on Kiku. Kiku reverses, Burger rolls and spins through, then reverses back on Kiku. Kiku reverses, Burger reverses, Kiku reverses and dips Burger before they stand off, then pose together.

The fans applaud, Kiku suggests they pose for the other side, but then rolls Burger up! TWO, and close. Kiku jabs Burger while Ferrara laughs. Kiku puts on a headlock but Burger powers out, only for Kiku to run him over. Burger kip-ups while “Kiku Hogan” flexes. Kiku turns around, and “Lex Burger” flexes back. Kiku runs, Burger drops down, Kiku kicks him in the head. He puts Burger in a corner and chops him, then whips Burger corner to corner. Kiku runs in, but Burger boots him away. Burger boots Kiku away again, and fans want “One More Time!” Kiku whips the referee in at Burger, but Burger dodges. Burger sees Kiku coming in, and has the referee boot Kiku away for him!

Kiku staggers, Burger runs and rallies with a forearm. Cover, TWO! Burger rallies the fans and prepares the palm. He runs, but into a powerslam, cover, TWO! Kiku drags Burger up and asks for a mic? The mic comes in, and the referee holds it so Kiku can speak. “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Thank you for coming Ring of Honor show tonight.” But enough is enough for The Dawgs, they pounce on Kiku and Burger!

No Contest

The Dawgs stomp Kiku and Burger out, throwing the DDT Pro legend out of the ring to focus just on Burger. Big Rhett brings Burger up while Lil’ Willie hops up, and together they hit Burger with Who Let the Dawgs Out!

Titus & Ferrara enjoy themselves, until Bully Ray appears! He hits the ring, the Dawgs go running.

Titus & Ferrara get away for now while Bully helps Burger up. Will Bully help give Burger a chance at payback against his bullies down the line?

 

ROH gives an update on the WOH Championship Tournament.

The quarterfinals are wrapping up! Ms. #AllAboutMe, Tenille Dashwood, defeated Mrs. American Nightmare, Brandi Rhodes at the 16th Anniversary Show, and veteran Sumie Sakai managed the sweep on Oedo Tai when she defeated Kagetsu. The Gatekeeper, Kelly Klein, found a way to cheat the Exotic Goddess, Mandy Leon, out of her dream. All that’s left now is to see if The Virtuosa or The Icon of Stardom will be joining them to give us our semifinal match-ups.

Women of Honor Championship Tournament: Deonna Purrazzo VS Mayu Iwatani!

Both the Sky Blue of Stardom’s Future and founding mother of WOH know what it’s like to be a Women’s Champion in other promotions, but they both want to be the inaugural WOH Champion here in ROH. Which woman will move on to challenge Kelly Klein in the next round?

The Code of Honor is upheld, and the bell rings. The fans rally as the women circle, then tie up. Mayu gets the waistlock and brings Deonna down, but Deonna gets up and goes for the arm. Mayu knows Deonna loves the Fujiwara, so she rolls and reverses to a headlock and takeover. Deonna headscissors but Mayu pops out, and they have a stand-off.

Mayu and Deonna circle again, fans rallying. They tie up, Deonna gets the headlock but Mayu powers out. Deonna runs Mayu over, then runs to cartwheel over Mayu. Mayu runs but Deonna follows to hit running headscissors! Mayu gets up and gets moving again, she gives Deonna a flying headscissors right back! She dropkicks Deonna down and the fans applaud. Deonna gets back up, but Mayu blocks and counters to the acrobatic arm drag! Mayu is all fired up in her American debut as she dropkicks Deonna with the killer baseball slide! Deonna gets out of the ring, Mayu builds speed, but Deonna intercepts her flight with a shoulder. Deonna gets back in the ring and suplexes Mayu. Cover, TWO, and we go to break.

ROH returns as Deonna gives Mayu a sharp chop. The fans duel, and Mayu gives a chop just as sharp back. Deonna chops again, Mayu falls to her knees, but comes back to chop and chop with double ax handles. Mayu whips but Deonna reverses, only to end up in Mayu’s Northern Lights suplex with bridge!

TWO, and Mayu can’t believe it. She goes back to Deonna to put her in position, then climbs up. Mayu takes aim, jumps, but Deonna dodges the double stomps. Deonna runs out, kicks Mayu, then whips her into the corner. Mayu kicks back with that roundhouse, and Deonna ends up outside the ring again. Mayu climbs up, takes aim, and JUMPS!

But Deonna catches her into the Fujiwara!

A tap out won’t matter outside the ring, but damage is still being done. The ring count begins, and Deonna lets go at 5. She drags Mayu up and into the ring, then drags her up for a swift kick. She brings Mayu up again, brainbuster! Cover, TWO! Deonna argues with the ref, but that was only two. She goes back to Mayu, forearms Mayu then whips her, but Mayu wheelbarrows, only for Deonna to turn it into a German Suplex! Deonna holds on to roll Mayu over, for another German! She won’t stop there, she brings Mayu up, and hits the hat trick!

Both Deonna and Mayu get up, Deonna swings but into Mayu’s Dragon Suplex! Mayu doesn’t have the energy to bridge, both women are down, and the ref starts a 10 count. They stir at 4, but the climb reaches 7 before they start brawling on their knees. The haymakers are heavy but slow, and both Deonna and Mayu stand up, before Deonna gives another sharp chop! Mayu falls but gets up, Deonna runs, into a slingblade! Mayu fires herself up, and decides to climb again. Deonna stands, Mayu hits the missile dropkick! Mayu covers, TWO! Mayu’s too tired to be shocked or frustrated, so she just brings Deonna up for forearms. Mayu puts on a headlock, Deonna pops out for the Fujiwara!

Deonna has Mayu in the ring this time, wrenching that arm back. Mayu endures, and uses a leg to get the ropebreak. Deonna lets go at 4, and fires up the fans. She runs, but Mayu dodges the kick to give a kick back! Mayu takes aim as Deonna sits up, for the mule kick to buzzsaw! Mayu isn’t done there, she calls for the finish and grabs Deonna in a waistlock. She deadlifts Deonna, then shifts to the full nelson for the bridging Dragon Suplex!

Mayu wins!

Winner: Mayu, by pinfall

The Icon of Stardom, who has held all the gold possible in Stardom, takes the next step towards adding another title to her resume! And though her dream falls short, the Virtuosa respectfully congratulates the victor.

Supercard of Honor will have the semifinals, will Mayu get past the Gatekeeper? And will it be Sumie Sakai or Tenille Dashwood that wins on the other end of the bracket?

 

Cody heads to the ring!

The American Nightmare will face The Cleaner at Supercard of Honor to settle what all started with Cody hitting Kenny Omega with a Cross Rhodes. And according to him, “Bullet Club is Fine.” Fans say, “No It’s Not!” But Cody ignores them to say that with Supercard just around the corner, it’s the deep breath before the plunge. Cody asks everyone a question. “Can anyone here name me a Kenny Omega match that they thought was great? That made them feel something? A match that didn’t include Okada, or bonafide superstar, Chris Jericho?” Turns out, “No, you can’t!”

Because that’s what Omega is! “He’s that underground band, that you swear you love”, but you can’t name any of their songs. There’s “the perception that Kenny Omega is the greatest wrestler in the world today”, but the reality is that Cody dominates the news feed, monopolizes the budget, and is the leader of the Bullet Club while Omega & Ibushi are a publicity stunt! Omega called Cody a reject from his former company, but the reality is that Omega is a reject from that company’s developmental system! The reality that Omega “had the gall, had the nerves, had the balls” to put his hands on Brandi Rhodes– But wait, Kenny Omega is here!

And he’s bringing the head of Bury the Bear. Omega enters the ring, confronting Cody with a mic of his own. “What was it you said to open the promo? ‘The Bullet Club is fine, the Bullet Club is mine’?” Nice ring to it, but they should talk about that at the next board of directors meeting. Cody needs to think before using that as a catchphrase. He needs to think of bringing it up with the leader. The fans cheer for that leader, “Kenny! Kenny!” And as for his wife, Brandi, “when she forced herself upon me, and kissed me in the middle of the ring,” Omega was confused. Omega is even more confused by Cody’s reaction. Omega was pretty sure that wasn’t the first time it happened. Cody gets riled up by those words, and starts taking off his jacket.

Omega wants Cody to calm down. “What’s done is done”, but what Cody should worry about is that the kiss was so “suspiciously long”, it suggests she wanted to do it again. Cody won’t stand for any more, he rushes at Omega! Cleaner and Nightmare throw fast and furious hands all around the ring, and out comes Hangman Page!

The Problem Solver tries to separate them but it’s no use. Marty Scurll and security come out now, but they’re still not enough, so here come The Young Bucks, with Flip Gordon in tow! This is what it takes to keep Omega and Cody apart, but there won’t be anything that keeps them apart in New Orleans! Whether it’s the Cleaner of the American Nightmare who wins, will this finally make Bullet Club fine again?

 


 

My Thoughts:

ROH put a great go-home together right here (at least, I think this counts as the go-home). The “Champions Challenge” was a great match, ended cleanly, Scurll was great on commentary, and there was great story with Silas showing up. Three championship stories built in one match, that’s impressive. Then they go right into the Six Man Championship story with Kingdom threatening to do something at Supercard of Honor. Considering the titles will be on the line in a Ladder Match, that opens the door to these three running in, climbing up and literally taking the titles to hold them hostage until they’re given their actual rematch.

The comedy match of Kikutaro-Cheeseburger and the Dawgs ruining it could set up something for at least Burger, Ferrara and Titus down the line that could also bridge into an ROH World Tag Team Championship program. The WOH match was incredible, great for the main event of the card, and definitely an improvement over some of the first round matches. I am very surprised but also pleased that Stardom’s Mayu went over, it’s definitely different than Deonna VS Kelly. There’s still a good chance Kelly goes over, and chances are it’ll be Tenille “Emma” Dashwood meeting her in the finals, but perhaps things like this will lead to a Stardom VS WOH event a la Honor Rising. Then the closing segment was great, both Cody and Omega give great lines, and the brawl was just the right amount to tease us for Supercard.

My Score: 8.5/10


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AJPW Dream Power Series 2019 Results & Review (3/19/2019)

Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?

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Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?

Welcome back to AJPW! We’re gonna talk about the last big show before this year’s Champions Carnival coming up in early April as we have a few title matches in this show that I couldn’t resist wanting to cover it.

We got some dealing with revenge along with one trying to make history. How’s this year’s Champions Carnival gonna shape up?

Let’s find out as we…dive right in.

Rating System:

  • 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
  • 1 Star: Vince Russo
  • 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
  • 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
  • 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
  • 5 Stars: Jim Cornette

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, & Hokuto Omori vs. Evolution (Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, & Yusuke Okada)

Review: Our opening contest is a six-man tag team match with our young lions, Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, and Hokuto Omori taking on three members of Evolution, Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, and Yusuke Okada. Going up against three people from the junior division is a fair start to have them all fight each other in this tag bout and a better view of how the young guys are doing. Will Evolution school the young boys or will they somehow get one of the biggest wins in their starting careers?

As I’ve said, this match is mostly to showcase our future talent as they fight the vets of the game in the junior division. I do gotta admit that these three have definitely improved in the ring as they’re shaping up to be some of All Japan’s finest students. Evolution held off on their own and I’m glad they were their opponents for this match since they’re very easy to work with. Another thing I loved about the match is that they had a good amount of time instead of just being less than five minutes like how most matches will do. Yusuke and Hokuto are in the ring now and Yusuke would hit him with a Brainbuster for a two count and would quickly apply a Boston Crab onto him and Hokuto struggles to get to the ropes and once he does, Yusuke pulled him back in and would lock it in more as he would tap out to give Evolution the victory in a solid match.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori

Review: We got another six-man tag team match here as Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, and Ultimo Dragon will be taking on Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, and Takao Omori. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Ultimo Dragon wrestling in All Japan, so I’ll never complain to see him in the ring. This is another match with the vets and Manso-Re for being a punching bag as it’ll most likely be a comedy style match. Which one of them will win?

Menso-Re starting with Ultimo Dragon as he wanted him first, but TAJIRI would slap Menso before the bell would ring and we would kick it off right now. They would do a little bit before Jun and Takao get tagged in, but we all care about TAJIRI and Fuchi getting tagged in now as Fuchi would try to get his hands on him. TAJIRI would be the sneaky heel with leaving the ring to sit with the crowd so he could avoid contact in the match. TAJIRI would get back in the ring only to tag in Ultimo as the crowd would just boo TAJIRI. Fuchi would do his antics with the punch to the forehead as the crowd eats it up but everything would backfire on Fuchi as he would miss a Dropkick to make the crowd boo Ultimo which is a shocker. Ultimo would kick Fuchi and attempt an Asai DDT but Fuchi would turn it around to a Backslide as Ultimo would kick out. Both TAJIRI and Jun would both make Fuchi miss a Dropkick and taunt him right after to make the crowd boo them. Ultimo would get Fuchi in the La Magistral and he gets the win for his team in a rather entertaining match.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter

 

Tag Team Match
NEXTREAM (Yoshitatsu & Yumi Aoyagi) vs. Sweeper (Jake Lee & Ryouji Sai)

Review: Our next match here is a tag team match as NEXTREAM members, Yoshitatsu and Yuma Aoyagi will be taking on members of Sweeper, Jake Lee and Ryouji Sai. Since Naoya is no longer Yumi’s partner, he’s gonna be paired off with Yoshitatsu this time around. Since all four of them are in the Champions Carnival, a win for either of them would give them some momentum leading to the tournament. Which one of these two teams will win and what will be the future payoff?

It seems like Yoshitatsu has a little gripe with Jake Lee in this match as he seems to be disgruntled when he was in the ring with him, especially when Jake would just best him during the first sequence with the chaining. Ryouji and Yuma are in the ring now and Ryouji with a series of kicks in the match and have him in a submission before Yoshi would break the hold and just stared at Jake again. Yuma is really growing out on his own as an individual and you can see that when he’s not partner with Naoya. Yuma would have Jake in a Headlock but Jake would attempt a Backdrop Driver as Yuma flipped it into a Crossbody as Jake kicked out at two. Once Jake kicked out, Yuma would try to turn the pin into a European Clutch as Jake kicked out at 2 as even the referee was shocked by this. Yuma would run into him as Jake kneed him in the face and hits him with a Backdrop Driver as he pinned Yuma for the victory.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, & Zeus vs. Bomber (Dylan James & Joe Doering,) & Francisco Akira

Review: We have another six-man tag team match taking place as Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, and Zeus team up to take on Dylan James, Joe Doering, and Francisco Akira. KAI recently failed at Dragon Gate to win the Open the Twin Gate Championships, so he could at least try to win for his team but I think Zeus has a lot on his plate when it comes to their opponent since Dylan James and Joe Doering are a strong team to beat and wants to try and look powerful leading into the Carnival. Which one of these two teams will win the match?

Zeus and Dylan would charge at each other right away to test their strengths with also some chops and a test of strength as the two appear to be evenly matched, which is no surprised. KAI gets tagged in and he calls Joe to get tagged in since he wants to fight him as Dylan honors that request and lets Joe have a turn on the fun. Joe would start to make him regret that decision as he had the upper hand on him at first but KAI would hit a few Dropkicks on him but Joe still wouldn’t go down as he tackled him and went for an Elbow Drop before KAI moved and quickly tagged in Atsushi. The juniors get a turn on the fun as Francisco showed more of his impressive ability. One problem I had with the match was that the last few minutes are incredibly sloppy with Atsushi missing most of his kicks to Joe in the corner, Francisco slipping on his Moonsault to the outside, which he thankfully caught himself and redid it again. The finish would be with Joe hitting Atsushi with the Powerbomb and it looked like he got knocked out as he took the pinfall despite his shoulder being kinda up, so it looked botched but the referee still has a job to do as Joe just left the ring and walked to the back possibly frustrated.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

World Junior Heavyweight Title Match
Koji Iwamoto (c) vs. Kotaro Suzuki

Review: Our first title match of the show is Koji Iwamoto defending his Junior Heavyweight Championship against Kotaro Suzuki. The two fought each other in the A Block of the Junior Battle of Glory Tournament where Kotaro defeated Koji in the match but would eventually fail to win as Koji would actually be the one to win it all. Koji decided to defend the title against Kotaro since it was only fair due to him winning the match and wants to avenge that loss. Will Koji be able to retain his title again or will Kotaro get the upper hand on him again?

Kotaro showed no mercy to the champion as fought him to the outside and Slingshots him into the turnbuckle post and DDT’s him face first into the mat as you hear the loud thud and damage has been done to Koji. Kotaro has beaten Koji before so he knows what he has to do to try and defeat him again as he worked on Koji’s neck a bit during the match and gets the heat from the crowd. I know Kotaro is a Freelancer and is mostly at NOAH right now due to being a champion there, I hope he does stick around a little bit longer since I feel like the division could really use him as he’s a very talented individual. Koji would try to outrun him after he dodged him to the outside and it appeared as if Kotaro would botch but he quickly caught himself and dived to the outside to land on Koji, getting the better of him again.

Koji would finally be able to get a comeback as he hits an STO onto the ring apron to knock Koji down and most of the time, he would try to hit the Koko no Geijutsu but Kotaro would hold his ground to make sure he wouldn’t hit it but Koji would be able to deliver a German Suplex and a Dragon Suplex. Kotaro would land a few punches before Koji tried to hit the move again, but Kotaro would hold his ground again and kick his leg out to work on his neck before landing Gory Bomb Special and tops it off with the La Magistral for the pin and Koji would kick out various times whenever Koji would try to roll out of it and was so close to having a new champion. Koji would just use this time to hit a couple of STO’s in a row to weaken him down a bit. Koji would go for it again but he catches him for a Back Suplex to save himself a bit. Kotaro would now hit not one but two Excaliburs onto him to try and end it as Koji would somehow kick out of it again. It all came down to his as Koji would attempt the Koko no Geijutsu again as Kotaro would stop himself to pin him for a two count and they both would spin around as Koji would hit it this him but he picked him up to hit the Koko no Geijutsu properly this time and pins him to retain the title! After the match, various people from the junior division would come out and it looks like they all want a shot at the Junior Heavyweight Championship but Koji would have to pick one of them to be his opponent. It does look like, however, that Koji doesn’t have a clear opponent right now as he left the ring but I guess we’ll see soon.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters

 

World Tag Team Title Match
Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) (c) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)

Review: Our next title match for this show is Strong BJ defending their titles against the team that they defeated them for, The Violence Giant. Strong BJ defeated them on January 13th to win the titles and after they retain their titles on the February 24 show, Violence Giant requested a rematch to bring the titles back home on their turf this time instead of the BJW show. If it’s anything like their previous match, it’s sure to be hard hitting and a not miss. Will Strong BJ remain on top or will Violence Giant bring the belts back home?

Shuji and Daisuke would be the ones to start off our match here with an incredible display of power as the two were unable to budge and they would tag in their respective partners. Suwama and Yuji were both also very hard-hitting as they would now fight outside of the ring as these two teams are making it personal. Strong BJ has been doing great work during this rivalry with the Violence Giant and they would even give Suwama a big beatdown but the former ace would even try his best to fight them off, even when he was on the corner and would kick Yuji to show his fighting spirit. Suwama would hit a Dropkick to save himself for a little bit and would tag in Shuji for the hot tag and Shuji does indeed come in hot with his Lariats, knees, anything he can throw along with the kitchen sink.

Yuji would brawl with Shuji to deliver some chops while Shuji would give him a couple of forearms and a headbutt to try and daze him but Yuji is pumped up and slams him down with a few Lariats. Once Yuji would hit another Lariat to Shuji, he would kick out at one that time around before getting hit with another one with a two count. What’s it gonna take to take Shuji down for good? Yuji would get to the top rope to hit the Splash and it looks like this could be it but Suwama would break the pinfall to save his partner. Strong BJ would have them up for the Torture Racks but they would get down for Suwama to hit a Back Suplex while Shuji hits a Dragon Suplex. Shuji is alone with Yuji again and would hit another Dragon Suplex and a Running Knee to get him out for another two count, he was so close! Shuji would pick Yuji up real quick for the Fire Thunder and goes for the pin as Daisuke breaks the pinfall this time around as Suwama would get Daisuke out of the ring. Shuji knew what he had to do to try and end it as he hits the Giants Slam and pins Yuji to win back the titles! Hell of a match and definitely topped their previous encounter at BJW. I would love to see Violence Giant get a fair and dominating run with this reign, can’t wait to see where this goes now.

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half

 

Triple Crown Championship
Kento Miyahara (c) vs. Naoya Nomura

Review: This is our third title match and the main event of the show as we have Kento Miyahara defending his Triple Crown Championship against former NEXTREAM member, Naoya Nomura. On the February 24th show, Naoya Nomura would defeat Dylan James in a singles match and Kento Miyahara would have his second successful title defense against Suwama. After Kento would defeat Suwama, Naoya would come in to make the challenge to his stablemate and announce his departure from the NEXTREAM group in the process, leading him to also vacate the All Asia Tag Team Championship with Yuma Aoyagi. Kento is now 30 years old and while it’s his third title defense in this run, this will be his first time defending it while no longer in his twenties. If Kento can defeat Naoya, he’ll be the champion leading into the Champions Carnival and won’t defend the title until the tournament is over. Will Kento be able to retain it once again or does Naoya pull the surprise victory?

Kento came in here with a plan since he knew what he was gonna do to Naoya once he challenged him to this match, he didn’t wanna go easy on him despite being former teammates but he wants to see how badly Naoya wants the spotlight on him. They were fairly matched during the lock-up part of the match and they would start to fight outside for a little bit as Naoya would get Kento down as he taunts him when he got back in the ring. Naoya would hit him with a big forearm before going onto the apron to jump and Kento catches him with a knee and has him right where he wants him now. This is where Kento would just attack him with a few Headbutts as Naoya would try to deliver one to him but Kento gives him multiple ones as a counterattack and this is why you don’t mess with the champion.

Naoya would eventually make a comeback after being kicked around by Kento as he quickly got up to charge at him with a shoulder tackle and you can hear that too. He would hit a few more along with another forearm to the face as he goes for the Brainbuster but Kento would struggle to make sure he didn’t hit it and has Naoya over the ropes but wait, Naoya grabbed his leg to pull him over as he attempted a Death Valley Driver onto the apron as Kento jumped off to hit a Blackout. The two would be on the turnbuckle and Naoya gets behind him to attempt a German Suplex as Kento struggles, but Naoya would slam Kento’s head on the post and gets off the turnbuckle to hit the German Suplex as both men are down. Naoya would go to the top rope to hit the first Splash as Kento kicked out but Naoya would quickly get up again to hit one more as Kento still kicked out.

Kento would eventually hit him with a Blackout at full force and hits him with a German Suplex for another two count. Kento looks like he’s going for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold as Naoya would kick his knee out and hit him with a Spear and the two are down again. Kento would hit another Blackout on the back of his head and tries the German Suplex Hold once again as Naoya would still kick out at two as Kento is starting to get concerned with what he has to do now. Kento tried the Shutdown German Suplex Hold again as Naoya broke out of it and picked him up Fisherman style and dropped him on his head and picked him up for the Death Valley Driver as Kento fought him off but Naoya would hit him with a flurry of forearms to daze him and hits the Spear with the roll-up as Kento kicked out at two again! Naoya picked him back up but Kento would go back to delivering the Blackouts and it looks like Naoya is all out of fight as Kento finally hits the Shutdown German Suplex Hold to get the pinfall victory and his third successful title defense. Great match and a very impressive showing to Naoya but Kento is just still better than him right now. Kento will now officially be the Triple Crown Champion leading into the Champions Carnival. Three defenses down, eight more to go.

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter

 

Overall: I thought it was a very solid show from top to bottom but the last three title matches were what sold it to me. I would highly recommend that you look out for those matches if you can find them online or subscribe to the streaming service and if you’re not already subscribed, what the hell is wrong with you? Get on that!

Favorite Match: Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)

Least Favorite Match: Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori

Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/20/19)

Triple H addresses an NXT Championship dilemma!

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NXT sees the return of HHH, but under sad circumstances. The Game will address Tommaso Ciampa’s injury, and what happens with his precious championship!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle; Cole wins and will face Johnny Gargano for the vacated NXT Championship at TakeOver: New York.

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Triple H opens NXT!

Full Sail is happy to see The Game, but he comes out holding the NXT Championship. HHH goes to the ring and also picks up a mic. He takes a moment to hear the fans chant for him and NXT before getting to business. “From those cheers, I don’t have to remind you of just how special this place is.” The building, the environment, the fans. “NXT is something special.” It is here in NXT and the ring that “dreams can become possibilities.” For some, the dream starts in NXT. For others, it takes a long time, maybe years of scratching and clawing, going up and down a road, just to get to this ring. But in reality, for every superstar, their dream can end at any moment.

HHH was going to announce the main event of TakeOver: New York, an epic years in the making, of Johnny “Wrestling” Gargano VS Psycho Killer, Tommaso Ciampa. But the reality has made that impossible now. Ciampa’s dream is on hold, because he needs neck surgery. That surgery has taken place, and now Ciampa must relinquish the title. But the beauty of NXT is that when one dream ends, another begins. And that new dream begins right here! Gargano continues his dream and he WILL compete for the NXT Championship! But against who? We find that out tonight! Five men step into this ring! Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!

Those five men fight for an opportunity to live a dream in New York, on the biggest stage yet, and compete for the title against Gargano. It will be decisive in New York, 2 Out of 3 Falls! The winner will walk out the NEW NXT Champion! A major match of former, current and future champions, but who will have a match with Gargano to determine NXT’s future?

 

Backstage interview with various superstars.

The Finest thinks Cathy Kelly was waiting for him. But since he showed up, what is his reaction to the big news tonight? Well tonight’s main event will be great, but Kona Reeves knows it won’t be The Finest. The Forgotten Sons appear next, and they don’t care about tonight’s main event. They are more concerned with next week’s main event, because in case people have already forgotten, they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic FINALS! Aleister Black & Ricochet need to not forget Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake are coming. They hope one of those two win, so that they’ll be too focused on something else. Then it’ll be that much easier for the Forgotten Sons to go on and win the NXT Tag Team Championships. Then no one will forget them ever again.

 

NXT Media shares Tommaso Ciampa’s trip to Birmingham, Alabama.

This is not the first time Ciampa has been to the WWE’s preferred surgical facility. Ciampa has had one knee and both shoulders, but now the neck leaves him no choice but to have another surgery. The pressure on his spinal cord could paralyze Ciampa, so this is not just for his career, but for his life as he knows it. There are various bone graftings and now it’s just about time. When and where will the greatest sports entertainer in NXT make another return?

 

NXT’s contenders speak.

The King of Flight and the Embodiment of the End are one of the most unexpected duos in the tag team division. They work together because they expect the best from each other. But there’s no misunderstanding, it will be every man for himself tonight.

Velveteen Dream is already the NXT North American Champion, but he wants the biggest spotlight possible. The way he sees it, tonight’s Fatal 5 Way will be #DreamOver. And when Dream wins it all, then Dream will just be the first ever dual champion, on the grandest stage in NXT history.

The Original King of Bros is still undefeated, and is stoked to have such a big opportunity so soon. Riddle worked his ace off to get here, and nothing will stop him from going to NXT TakeOver: New York and becoming the new NXT Champion, bro.

Adam Cole says he is the one who makes history in NXT, and no one is more deserving! The inaugural North American Champion wants to be the first to also have the top title. He takes on four of the best to then go to the Barclays Center. That’s the very place Cole made his debut and held that title high above his head. He’ll do it again, when the announcement is made that he is the new NXT Champion! And that is Undisputed!

 

Backstage interviews with The Sky Pirates.

Io Shirai & Kairi Sane are very excited for tonight’s main event to see who goes to TakeOver. And speaking of, they’re both going, too, because they’re in a Fatal 4 Way for the NXT Women’s Championship. Are they concerned the title and their friendship will get in the way? Not at all! May the best woman win! Io and Kairi both want the title, and will fight each other if they need to. “Gurl, uh-uh!”

Bianca Belair knows this isn’t her business, but this shouldn’t be a Fatal 4. Shayna got in the way and kept Bianca from beating Io. And this doesn’t have anything to do with the little pirate! But now it does, so in New York, The EST will run through both of them to become the new NXT Women’s Champion. No one can do anything about it, because she still feels Un-De-Fea-Ted. Io holds Kairi back while Bianca takes her leave. Whether it’s Bianca, Kairi or Io, will there be a new Women’s Champion alongside a new NXT Champion in New York?

 

NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!

The One and Only, Panama City Playboy, Dutch Destroyer, Patrick Clark Experience and Original Bro wage war like NXT has never seen! Johnny Wrestling awaits, who moves on to challenge him for the vacant throne?

The fans are already fired up for “All These Guys!” as the bell rings. Cole goes after Aleister than Ricochet while Riddle chases Dream. Riddle originally wanted after Dream for the North American title, so why not have that out here? Dream has other ideas as he throws Riddle into barriers then gets back in the ring. Aleister and Ricochet work together against Cole then Dream. Ricochet clotheslines Cole out but Cole drags Ricochet out. Dream rolls ALeister, TWO! Riddle returns but Dream throws him back out. Aleister waistlocks but Dream throws him off. Dream runs into Aleister’s boots then Aleister hops up. Aleister leaps but Dream gets under. Dream lifts Aleister but Aleister slips out. Aleister sweeps but Dream jumps over and rolls through! Aleister slips out again to cradle, TWO!

Dream runs into Aleister’s boot! Aleister runs but Cole trips and drags him out. Cole swings but gets Aleister’s kick! Aleister clibms up but Dream sends him back down. Ricochet mule kicks and whips Dream but Dream reverses. Ricochet rolls off the back and handsprings to headscissor and dropkick! Dream bails out but Riddle’s back. Riddle gut wrenches Ricochet, then holds on to do it again! And again! Full Sail is thunderous for the “Bro!” but Cole is after him. Riddle standing switches but gets an enziguri from Cole. Cole stomps a mudhole, then hits his pose BAYBAY! ALeister attacks but Cole reverses. The Unexpected Duo work together, leg sweep and standing moonsault! Cole gets away, and now the tag team phenomenons face each other. They shake hands and circle. But Cole disrupts it by shoving Ricochet into Aleister!

Aleister falls out and Cole stomps away on Ricochet. Cole hits a neckbreaker then covers, TWO! Cole keeps Riddle out with a right hand then goes after Ricochet. He snap suplexes and covers, TWO! Ricochet just escapes, but Cole boots Aleister back out! Cole drags Ricochet up for a big back suplex! Cover, TWO! Another close call but Cole can’t put Ricochet away. Cole goes after Dream but Dream shoulders in. Ricochet somersault shotgun dropkicks Cole! Dream knees Ricochet out then throws heavy hands on Cole. Dream whips but Cole reverses, only for Dream to slide out. Cole runs over but gets an uppercut! Dream climbs up and ax handles Alesiter out.

Dream tosses Cole out then climbs, to LEAP for a big ax handle! He puts Cole in fast and climbs back up. Purple Rain- Riddle gets Dream with a German! Aleister kicks but Riddle reverses! Riddle wants and gets the BroMission!! But Dream breaks it with a falling elbow! Dream stalks Riddle as fans fire up again. Dream tosses Riddle out and turns his attention to Aleister. Aleister fires off a strike fest, sweep to knee! Cole returns but Aleister is ready, two-for-one quebrada! Aleister roundhouses Dream, covers, TWO! Dream survives but Aleister keeps going. Aleister lifts Dream with his foot, but Cole drags Aleister out by the other foot. Cole sends Aleister into steel steps! Cole returns to the ring, only to meet Riddle. They were going to fight to see who contends for the North American title, so now they have it out!

Riddle gets the edge with open palm CHOP after CHOP! Cole stomps Riddle’s bare foot! But his superkick is caught, Riddle gets Cole in a Bromission! But again Dream breaks it up with a leaping ax handle! Dream haymakers Riddle but Riddle ROCKS Dream with that right! Cole hits Riddle now, but Riddle hits back. Dream, Riddle and Cole brawl on their knees in a triangle of strikes. They slowly stand, throwing big hands, forearms and uppercuts. Riddle CHOPS Dream, Cole BOOTS Riddle, Dream SUPERKICKS Cole! Ricochet returns, rolls and PELES Dream down! Cole SUPERKICKS Ricochet but Riddle KNEES Cole! Aleister returns and fires off with Riddle, double roundhouses take them both out! All five men are down and Full Sail reaches a fever pitch!

Ricochet staggers up and goes after Riddle. He puts the Bro in the drop zone then climbs up. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” as Cole intercepts Ricochet. Cole climbs up to join Ricochet, but Ricochet resists. Dream adds on, climbing up to join them. They brawl and Aleister staggers over. Riddle follows, and they’re all on the second rope! It’s a Double Russian Leg Sweep SUPERPLEX! All five men are down again and fans know “This is Awesome!” The referee checks on everyone in turn and they’re all okay to continue. Fans build to a rally as the five slowly stir. Cole, Riddle and Ricochet bail out while Dream meets Aleister. Dream and Aleister trade haymakers on their knees. Aleister fires off hand after hand but Dream powers him to a corner. Aleister boots Dream away then hops up, Meteora!

Dream’s up but gets a roundhouse and a German! But Riddle sentons the bridge! Riddle drags Aleister up in a deadlift Fisherman Buster! Cradle, but Cole breaks it! Cole drags Riddle up but Riddle fires off fast hands! Riddle misses, gets a SUPERKICK, and Last Ride brainbuster! Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! Ricochet drags Cole up but Cole breaks free. Ricochet fakes Cole out for a boot and an ax kick! He keeps going, fireman’s carry but Cole rakes eyes! SUPERKICK to the front, SUPERKICK to the back! Cole brings the knee pad down but misses the Last Shot Wizard to get a Reverse-Rrana! Cole rolls all the way out and Ricochet can’t believe it. But Ricochet also sees a prime target, and FLIES with the Sasuke Special! Ricochet wipes Cole out but hurries to get back up.

Dream returns to the ring but so does Riddle. The would-be North American Championship showdown happens as Riddle throws chops. Riddle swings up and around Dream’s clothesline to powerbomb, but Dream slips out! Dream wants but Riddle denies the Sidewinder, to wring Dream out for a Bro Trigger! Riddle reels Dream into the BroMission! Dream flails but Cole yanks the ref out! No Disqualifications, but plenty of consequences as Riddle BOOTS Cole! Riddle turns around into BLACK MASS! Aleister turns around into Dream Valley Driver! Dream hurries to the top rope, but Ricochet’s right up for a SUPER STEINER onto Aleister and Cole! Ricochet hurries up for his own, SHOOTING STAR onto Riddle! Cover, but LAST SHOT!! Cole covers, Cole wins!!

Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; will face Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship

You never see the shot that takes you down! Cole came outta nowhere, and now he’s going to New York City! Will Cole finally make the NXT Championship #Undisputed? Or will Gargano once again become Johnny Champion?

 


 

My Thoughts:

I’m going to call this episode a one match classic, because how else would you describe it? First it is unfortunate for Ciampa to again be out with an injury, and an injury as serious as the neck, so I’m sure I speak for everyone by saying get well soon, Psycho Killer. But HHH had such a great speech to open the night, and it is very true, this became a massive opportunity for another superstar to move up. The five men chosen were the right choices, and this made for an amazing Fatal 5 Way.

However, it makes a lot of sense for this to be Adam Cole’s night. Aleister & Ricochet are not only busy on the main roster, but they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Classic finals, where I would think they defeat the Forgotten Sons and move on to the War Raiders. It wouldn’t be very good to give those two double duty on TakeOver Friday and possibly something on Mania Sunday. Then Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle can and will still happen, and that is going to be great. It would’ve been too epic if Dream was trying for both titles, even if it’s Wrestlemania Weekend. Gargano VS Cole is going to be great and really could go either way, but I feel that since Gargano VS Ciampa was the plan, Gargano might’ve won that title to have his triumphant victory on the biggest WWE weekend of the year.

My Score: 8.6/10


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