ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 341
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- 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!
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!
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?
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
Mitchell’s Women of Wrestling Results & Report! (1/18/19)
Prepare to be wowed by WOW, the Women of Wrestling! Who will be the first to step up to the Super Woman, Santana Garrett, on the very first night?
- The Beast VS Stephy Slays; The Beast wins.
- Abilene Maverick VS Fire; Maverick wins.
- Eye Candy VS Khloe Hurtz; Eye Candy wins.
- WOW World Championship: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl; Jungle Grrrl wins by count out, Santana Garrett retains the WOW World Championship.
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Welcome to WOW!
The Women of Wrestling return to television with this season premiere! And what better way to kick it off than with THE WOW World Champion, Santana Garrett! The real-life Wonder Woman hits the ring with a newly designed title belt, and Santana is so happy to be here in front of the fans. And she’s especially proud to have her father, “TNT” Keny G watching live and in person. Both daughter and father are emotional over this moment. They’ve been through a lot, and they’re both so thankful that he’s here to cheer on his baby girl. The fans are happy for them, but here comes someone to crash the party! It’s Tessa Blanchard!
The second generation “Born Legend” stares down Santana, and takes the mic. Santana has her dad here, huh? Isn’t that sweet? Tessa says Grandpa Blanchard ran over his territory back in the day, while stepdad Magnum TA is one of the most respected men in this industry. And let’s not forget Tessa’s own father, THE Tully Blanchard, is a WWE Hall of Famer and an original Four Horseman! Keny probably laced up Tully’s boots. Actually, no, Keny probably carried Tully’s bags. WOW booker David McLane tries to keep the peace, but Tessa says Santana should be the one carrying her bags! David says Tessa coming in here bragging about her family tree doesn’t give her the right to just interrupt proceedings. Tessa says she’s not out here just to brag, she’s out here to go after the WOW World Championship.
David says that to get a shot at the title, you have to earn your way up. You don’t get something just because of dad, stepdad and granddad were special. Tessa says that because of who her dad is, she might as well be handed that belt. David asks Tessa to please leave. Tessa has to work for a shot. That’s fine by Tessa, she doesn’t want any trouble. But she will let Santana know that both she and the belt are Tessa’s. Santana says that she doesn’t see any of Tessa’s dads here. So get to the back of the line, girlfriend! Tessa smiles and nods, she knows she’ll get her match. But with the title on the line in the very first episode, will it be Santana Garrett or former champion, Jungle Grrrl, that Tessa will be targeting in the coming weeks?
The Beast has issued an open challenge!
She knows she’s the biggest and the baddest Woman of Wrestling, and looks to prove her superiority. She dares any woman in the locker room to step up and prove her wrong. While watching backstage, The Governor’s Daughter, Abilene Maverick, took advantage. Maverick tricked Stephy Slays about match times, and Slays was just a lamb to the slaughter! Slays realized she was fooled, but didn’t want to be a coward. She jumped into the ring, only to get demolished! Tonight, Slays wishes to prove she’s not so easily crushed. She takes on The Beast again, will she get payback on both Beast and Maverick? Or will it be more of the same?
The Beast VS Stephy Slays!
The bell rings and they tie up! Beast throws Slays into a corner hard! Slays gets right up, though, and goes again. Beast waistlock tosses Slays around, then SPEARS Slays to a corner! She rams shoulder after shoulder into Slays, then forearms! The ref counts and Beast backs off at 4. Beast runs in again but Slays dodges! Slays goes up and leaps, but into a belly2belly! Beast thrashes Slays then drags her up by her hair. Beast puts Slays in a corner then whips corner to corner for a big corner clothesline! Fans duel as Beast lifts Slays easily. Beast walks around and throws Slays with a Fall Away Slam! Slays rolls to ropes but Beast is on her again with another toss. Beast stands on Slays for a cocky cover, TWO!! Slays survives and shocks The Beast!
The Beast boots Slays back down and grins. She runs in but Slays rolls her up, ONE! Slays dropkicks and staggers Beast! Slays runs in again, victory roll countered to the Air Raid Siren! Cover, TWO!! Beast was cocky again but now she’s frustrated. Beast stomps Slays around, then drags her up for forearms. She kicks Slays while she’s down, then grins again. The sadistic specimen whips Slays corner to corner for another clothesline, then throws Slays with a gut wrench suplex! Beast grins as Slays slowly stands. Beast grabs Slays for a suplex, and slam! Cover, but Beast lets Slays up this time! Beast wants to make Slays pay for lasting this long, and she drags Slays up for a Beast Bomb!! Cover, Beast wins!
Winners: The Beast, by pinfall
Dominant for the second time against Slays, The Beast looks to be rolling on towards the title! Will she be the one to challenge the winner of tonight’s main event?
The Beast takes to the mic.
“I’m the biggest. I’m the baddest.” And she is THE BEAST! She roars in victory, will anyone ever come close to making a dent in her?
“My mom grew up in Georgia, my dad grew up in Mississippi, so I’m Southern Blood.” Fire was brought up in a strict upbringing, and she was a gifted student so there was a lot of pressure put on her to succeed. When she entered middle school, she went “off track”, and no one around her understood why. Fire was bullied for being smart, to the point of death threats. Wrestling was her way to feel stronger. Through wrestling, she realized anything was possible, like she could escape this reality. Fire steps up for who she really is, and for what she who to be. “If you want it enough, if you fight for it enough, there is no stopping you.” There is no stopping Fire now, will she blaze a trail to the title?
Abilene Maverick VS Fire!
The Governor’s Daughter shows off her new glittering robe as she makes her entrance, but we have a WOW debut for Fire tonight! Will Maverick be the first wrestler burned by Fire’s passion?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans fire up for Fire and she feeds off the energy. Maverick plugs her ears to ignore it all, and she pushes Fire down with a wristlock! Fire kips up and wrings Maverick out! Fire has an armlock but Maverick endures. Maverick rolls and scoop slams Fire fast! Fire gets up fast, and the two circle again. They tie up and Fire pushes Maverick back. Fire whips but Maverick reverses, only for Fire to slide under and hit a big dropkick! Maverick is reeling as Fire runs corner to corner for a splash! Fire keeps moving but misses this time. Maverick misses and Fire gets a waistlock. Maverick pries free to reel Fire in for a shoulder! She throws Fire down by her hair, then drags Fire up for a big back suplex! Cover, ONE!
Maverick keeps her cool while Fire crawls. Fans rally but Maverick grabs Fire to throw her back down. Fans boo but Maverick soaks up their heat. Maverick kicks Fire while she’s down, then drags her up by her hair again. Fire hits back with forearms, and then kicks. Fire runs, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fire keeps on Maverick at the ropes with a whip, but Maverick reverses to a drop toehold. Maverick grins as she picks Fire up again. Maverick rams Fire’s face back into the mat! Fire crawls while the referee reprimands Maverick. Maverick hotshots Fire on the ropes, then drags her over for springboard knee drops! Maverick soaks in the heat again, then runs corner to corner for a big knee! She kicks and rolls Fire, to mule kick her down! Cover, TWO!
Maverick keeps her composure as Fire continues to survive. Fans rally up for Fire again as Maverick drags her up. Scoop, but Fire slips out to shove! Fire dodges and elbows Maverick down! Fire rallies with more elbows, then brings Maverick to a snapmare and mule kick of her own! Maverick crawls and Fire runs corner to corner, big clothesline! She keeps going, hip attack! Then side to side for the shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Maverick survives and Fire can’t believe it! But fans fire up for Fire again as she drags Maverick back up. Fire fishermans, and swings for the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!? Maverick survives and Fire is in shock! Fire keeps going, powered by the fans. She drags Maverick up again, but Maverick knees low, for the draping DDT!! Cover, Maverick wins!
Winner: Abilene Maverick, by pinfall
The Governor’s Daughter may not be the fan’s favorite, but she’s still the winner. Will Abilene make her move towards the WOW World Championship?
Abilene Maverick spots Stephy Slays in the medical area.
Wow, poor Slays didn’t learn her lesson the first time. But then Maverick gets a taste of her own medicine as The All Natural pushes her out of the way. It seems there’s someone with a bigger attitude than even Maverick. Will Khloe Hurtz bring the pain tonight?
Eye Candy VS Khloe Hurtz!
Sugary sweet but ready to fight, Eye Candy will look to ruin #KhloeTime tonight. Will Candy leave the fans with a sugar high? Or will the All Natural leave Candy crushed?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Candy rolls Hurtz, TWO! Candy is all smiles as she and Hurtz go again. Hurtz kicks low then wrenches to reel Candy in. Candy ducks and hooks, backslide! TWO and the two turn sideways. Candy and Hurtz fight for control, Candy drop toeholds into a camel clutch! She tucks Hurtz in for a cover, TWO! Hurtz runs in but Candy blocks to a suplex! Fans fire up with Candy as she hits a back senton! Cover, TWO! Candy keeps her cool as she drags Hurtz up into a fireman’s carry. Candy hits a rolling senton, then climbs up top. Hurtz trips her up, and hits a draping backstabber! Hurtz whips Candy corner to corner but Candy cartwheels and comes back with forearms! Candy even headbutts before adding the hip attack!
Fans fire up with Candy as she climbs up again! Candy shimmies and shakes then hits a big missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Hurtz survives and Candy can’t believe it! Hurtz’s Ring Rats grow concerned as Candy drags her back up. Fireman’s carry, but Hurts fights out again. Hurts fireman’s Candy, does some squats, then hits a Samoan Drop! Hurtz drops the leg! Cover, TWO! Candy survives and Hurtz can’t believe it! Hurtz drags Candy up and suplexes, but Candy resists. Candy hits back and wrenches to the fireman’s carry. Death Valley Driver! Candy drags Hurtz over, climbs up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, Candy wins!
Winner: Eye Candy, by pinfall
What a shocker! The sweet Eye Candy gets a big win on the series premiere! Will this shocker send Eye Candy all the way to WOW Championship contention?
The Voodoo Doll asks the WOW roster, “Would you like to know what The Siren has in store for you?” Let the cards tell your fate. The Devil: Siren is the change that is coming to Women of Wrestling’s landscape. The Five of Wands: currently, there is a power struggle in the locker room. But that top spot will soon belong to her. And finally, Death: Siren is the final transformation, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Siren has been to Hell and back, and has regained her power. She will sacrifice WOW to the darkness! Who will be the first?
WOW World Championship: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl!
The Wonder Woman of Wrestling is just one of eight children in her family, but she and her father grew closer through wrestling. Keny G brought her into the fold, and now they’re both living a dream together! But she again faces the Alpha Female, the one and only woman to have yet to be pinned in a match! Jungle Grrrl became WOW World Champion, but ended up getting in over her head in a Triple Threat. Santana pinned The Beverly Hills Babe to win the title, shocking everyone. But now Santana must prove she can defeat Jungle Grrrl 1v1, can Santana prove she deserves to be champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Fans are already fired up as the two circle and tie up. Santana waistlocks but JG standing switches. Santana headlocks then wrenches the wrist. JG rolls and reverses to her own wristlock, but Santana rolls and handsprings to reverse back. JG uses the ropes to flip through and wrench Santana back. Santana counters with another headlock, then a roll to a cover, TWO and JG gets Santana with a ghost pin! TWO, and Santana Oklahoma rolls! ONE and JG sweeps to a cover, ONE! The two stare down as fans fire up again. Santana and JG nod with respect as they circle again. They tie up and go for a test of strength. JG bends Santana back but Santana bridges. Santana comes back and rolls back to reverse the knuckle lock!
Santana throws an elbow while maintaining the grip. She whips but JG reverses to dropkick her down! Cover, TWO! JG stalks Santana and scoops her up, for a Jungle Driver! Cover, TWO! Santana survives but JG keeps her cool. JG stomps Santana and heads for a corner. She climbs up to the top rope, familiar territory, and leaps for the Jungle Splash! But she flops! Santana hurries up but Tessa Blanchard appears! Tessa goes after Keny G’s oxygen! Santana rushes out at Tessa and a fight is on! Santana throws Tessa around and into the ring, but she wasn’t aware of a ring count! It hits 10, and Santana loses!!
Winner: Junger Grrrl, by ring out; Santana Garrett retains the WOW World Championship
Champion’s Advantage is the only thing that saves Santana’s reign, but she still got suckered by the Born Legend! And now Tessa brings the fight to Santana, with a Hammerlock DDT! But Jungle Grrrl gets back at Tessa with a Jungle Driver! Tessa screwed Jungle Grrrl over just as much as she did Santana, and now she has problems. But wait, The Beast goes after Jungle Grrrl! These top predators are face to face but referees hurry to keep them apart. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but TV time is running out just as things are getting wild! Will Tessa pay for her interference? Will The Beast replace Jungle Grrrl as the Alpha Woman of Wrestling?
Apparently, this isn’t the beginning of the Women of Wrestling’s history. They’ve been around for a long time, trying in 2000 but fading away, until being revived in mid-2012. But even if this wasn’t the true beginning, this was a good beginning for their AXS TV run. There’s a lot of backstory to get caught up on, but it would seem they made sure to give us those needed recap packages so new viewers aren’t too lost. Many of these alter egos and their elaborate packages make me feel like WOW is an all women’s version of Lucha Underground, which is known for having many wrestlers come up with alternate characters to fit their universe. And there are even shared talents between WOW and LU, such as Shaul Guerrero and Kobra Moon.
As such, the story behind The Beast VS Stephy Slays rematch was made rather clear. It was a good match and Slays got to show plenty of heart, but obviously heart alone isn’t enough. The Beast wins to establish herself as the monster Heel to new viewers. And with Abilene Maverick (Callee Wilkerson) picking on her, that seems like a story going forward. Maverick VS Fire (Taylor Lewis) was also a solid match, and Maverick won to help towards that story with Slays. Eye Candy (Willow Nightingale) VS Khloe Hurtz (Katie Forbes) was decent, and Candy wins mostly so that it isn’t all Heels winning. There are WOW World Tag Team Championships, but they’ve been vacated for years, so I’m wondering if any teams will form out of these midcard stories to give us more action with that.
The main event was pretty good, just not as a match. First, I wouldn’t announce time limits when we know the show is only an hour, it just seems like a waste. Second, Santana VS Jungle Grrrl really only got going when Tessa came out to Heel it up. Third, that 10 count was probably the fastest 10 count I’ve ever seen. But the brawl between Tessa and Santana, and then the impending brawl between The Beast and Jungle Grrrl just managed to salvage things. We have our stories going forward, and at the very least, I wasn’t bored to sleep. There are some things that need work, and this was a rather tough time to move into the television wrestling sphere, but this isn’t a bad program to give a fair shake.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Wrestle Kingdom 13 Results, Part 3!
NJPW and AXS wrap up Wrestle Kingdom 13 with the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship! Will Kushida be able to deny The Bone Soldier, Taiji Ishimori?
This coverage of Wrestle Kingdom 13 will be as AXS TV broadcasts it.
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- NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Gauntlet: Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe & Toru Yano win and will challenge Taiji Ishimori & The Guerrillas of Destiny for the titles at New Year’s Dash.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Kushida VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this year’s spectacular event!
The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship had a rocky 2018. The Ticking Time-Bomb, Hiromu Takahashi, had only just won the belt off of Will Ospreay, and moved on to defend it against fierce CMLL rival, Dragon Lee, at the G1 Special in San Francisco. Hiromu won but was badly injured from that fight, and so a tournament between the four previous title holders was held! Kushida defeated Bushi while Marty Scurll again got the better of Will Ospreay. And in the tournament finals, Kushida would defeat The Villain to become a six-time champion. Meanwhile, The Bone Soldier would be resurrected as Taiji Ishimori joined Bullet Club! Ishimori was a Super Junior finalist, but missed out on his chance at the title. Now he gets his chance to have the title for his own, can he throw down the Time Splitter?
However, Ishimori’s focus might be split, as he is also one third of the current NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions. Tonight, five top teams in the Six Man Tag Division will compete, and the last team standing moves on to New Year’s Dash to challenge Ishimori and the Guerrillas of Destiny! Who comes out on top aimed at the Bullet Club’s fiercest trio? That match, is now!
NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Gauntlet!
First out for this gauntlet are the Bullet Club Elite’s trio of Marty Scurll, Hangman Adam Page and Yujiro Takahashi! The Villain has his umbrella, Hangman has his rope and Tokyo Pimp has both cane and vivacious valet. Chase Owens also hangs around, for moral support. Their opponents are David Finlay, Jeff Cobb and Yuji Nagata! Will either of these teams be able to complete the gauntlet and make a run at New Year’s Dash?
The Bullet Club VS David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata!
The teams sort out and it’ll be Blue Justice starting against The Villain. Marty and Yuji circle and tie up, and Marty gets a waistlock. Yuji reverses but Marty rolls and spins to reverse back. Yuji gets a headlock takeover but Marty headscissors so Yuji pops out. The two stand off and fans applaud. They circle again, and Marty kicks low. Marty throws forearms but Yuji throws them back. Yuji runs but Marty dodges for the 52 Fake Out! Marty flaps his wings and runs, but Yuji dodges. Yuji fakes Marty out to dropkick! Yuji drags Marty up but Marty gets the fingers! Marty calls for silence, but Yuji breaks fre. Yuji sweeps the legs then ties them up for a deathlock! Marty crawls and gets the ropebreak! Yuji lets Marty go but grabs the legs again to tag to Cobb.
Cobb grabs Scurll but Scurll rakes the eyes! Scurll tags to Hangman, and both Hangman and Yujiro go after Yuji and Finlay! The Elite surround Cobb but Cobb fires off haymakers and chops on all of them! Cobb runs, but Yujiro drop toeholds. Scurll adds a basement dropkick and Hang,an hits the standing shooting star! Cobb rolls away while fans cheer The Elite on. Marty and Hangman run crisscross for a SUPERKICK to another shooting star! They take down Hawaiian Hulk and put him in the ring. Fans rally up as Yujiro keeps Cobb’s attention. Hangman slingshots for the Buckshot lariat! Cover, TWO! Hangman keeps his cool as he goes to lift Cobb. He gets Cobb up but Cobb fights out, so Hangman forearms. Hangman kicks but is blocked into a Fall Away Slam!
Both men crawl for their corners, and fans rally as hot tags are made to Finlay and Yujiro! Finlay rallies on Tokyo Pimp with forearms. They start brawling with forearm after forearm back and forth, then Finlay European Uppercuts. Finlay kicks but Yujiro blocks that to throw him down, then adds a basement dropkick! Yujiro hits a Fisherman Buster, covers, but Yuji and Cobb break it! Scurll and Hangman throw them abck out and brawl on the outside. Yujiro lifts Finlay but Finlay slips out for a urenage backbreaker! Finlay fires up but Yujiro denies the cutter. Yujiro pushes Finlay to ropes and Chase swipes at Finlay’s feet! Finlay grabs Chase’s hair, but gets caught. Hangman runs in but gets Chase instead!
Yujiro gets mad at Hangman and shoves him, but Hangman shoves Yujiro back! Finlay rolls Yujiro up, Finlay’s team ELIMINATES The Elite! Chase and Hangman start shoving and Scurll has to keep the peace. It seems the Bullet Club is still not fine, but the action rolls on! The third team is Chaos’ Hirooki Goto and the Best Friends, Chuck Taylor and Trent Baretta!
David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata VS Hirooki Goto & Best Friends!
NJPW on AXS returns as Goto, Trent and Chuckie T enter the ring. And before the bell rings again, Goto and Best Friends attack! Cobb and Finlay are thrown out while the Fierce Warrior stays on Blue Justice! The bell does ring and Goto stomps away in the corner. Yuji hits back with forearm and now it’s a brawl! Yuji hits and runs but Goto follows to run him over! Goto drags Yuji back up for a lift but Yuji reverses to the Fujiwara Armbar! Best Friends save Goto but Finlay and Cobb return. Chuckie T dropkicks Cobb out but Finlay dropkicks him back. Trent runs in but to a kick. Finlay whips but Trent comes back with a shotgun knee!
Fans applaud as Trent slingshots at Cobb, but Cob turns it into a powerbomb lift! Trent gets to the apron and mule kicks Cobb, and then Chuckie FLIES onto Cobb and Finlay! The Kentucky Gentleman wipes them both out at the ramp, but then holds them back up, for Trent’s BIG Asai Moonsault! Back in the ring, Goto fights with Yuji. Yuji fires off kicks then whips. Goto reverses and redirects, to scoop Yuji into Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Goto keeps his cool as he stomps Yuji out. He bumps Yuji in the corner then tags in Chuckie. Chuckie stomps a mudhole into Yuji then walks it off. He comes back to snapmare Yuji for a basement dropkick. Cover, TWO! Chuckie tags to Trent and Best Friends work together with double whips, elbows, and a hug! And then double elbows!
Trent stomps Yuji before bringing him up for a CHOP! He trash talks and pie faces Yuji before another CHOP. Trent whips but Yuji reverses into the Fujiwara! Chuckie attacks to save Trent, but then Finlay goes after Chuckie. Chuckie throws Finlay out and puts Yuji in the corner. Trent hits a running chop, Chuckie hits a clothesline, then he feeds Yuji to Trent for a tornado DDT. But Yuji powers out and gets Chuckie with an exploder! Trent kicks and whips but Yuji reverses to an overhead suplex! Fans rally as Yuji crawls for his corner. Hot tags to Cobb and Goto! Cobb fires off chops and haymakers on Goto, then whips corner to corner. He runs in for a BIG back elbow, then runs back in. Goto boots, runs, but into the Athletic Plex! Cobb standing moonsaults! Cover, but Chuckie breaks it!
Yuji throws Chuckie out as Cobb focuses on Goto. Cobb lifts Goto but Goto fights out of the Olympic Slam to get a sleeper! Goto rolls Cobb to a pin but Yuji breaks it. Goto and Cobb collide with clotheslines, but neither falls. They try again, but still neither falls. Cobb combs back but Goto deflects and spins to clobber him with a clothesline! Both men are down but fans rally up. Tag to Chuckie and he goes at Cobb in a corner. Chuckie goes corner to corner for a back elbow, then whips. Cobb holds the ropes, breaks free but gets a mule kick. Trent runs in to hit a back elbow, then Best Friends fire up with a double whip. Cobb reverses to pull them into each other, then he gives both Best Friends a single leg suplex! Fans fire up for Cobb’s superhuman strength.
Cobb tags Finlay, and Finlay hits Best Friends with back elbows! He goes corner to corner again and again, then hops up to hit Chuckie with a flying uppercut! He runs in but into Chuckie’s knee! Chuckie hits the snap piledriver! Cover, but Yuji breaks it! Goto and Trent throw Cobb and Yuji out and brawl on the outside. Fans fire up as Chuckie climbs. Chuckie moonsaults but FLOPS! Finlay rolls him up, Finlay’s team ELIMINATES Goto & Best Friends! An incredible roll already, but can Finlay, Cobb and Yuji keep it up? The fourth team is Suzuki-Gun’s Killer Elite Squad and Minoru Suzuki himself!
David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata VS Minori Suzuki & Killer Elite Squad!
NJPW on AXS returns as The Meanest Man in the World leads Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer to the ring. And much like Chaos did, Suzuki-Gun strikes the moment they hit the ring! Things spill out of the ring and Suzuki keeps on Finlay at the bell. Yuji whips DBS to the barriers and quickly tags in! An old feud reignites as Blue Justice goes after Suzuki with kicks. He whips corner to corner but Suzuki boots him back. Suzuki and Yuji throw forearms, then Suzuki slaps! Yuji slaps, and now it’s a slap fight! Neither man slows down, but Yuji does stagger Suzuki. Suzuki escapes the exploder and goes for a guillotine! Then Suzuki shifts to an Octopus Stretch! Yuji slips out to hip toss and exploder! Cover, TWO!
Yuji keeps on Suzuki with a suplex, but Suzuki slips out to a sleeper hold. DBS tags in and throws forearms. He whips Yuji but Yuji dodges and fakes him out to dropkick the legs! Yuji tags to Cob and Cobb fires off on DBS! Cobb tries to lift but DBS fights out. DBS kicks away but Cobb grabs the leg. Cobb gets DBS in the Olympic Slam! Cobb moonsaults but misses! DBS hits Cobb with a BIG Back Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Suzuki and Yuji don’t stop brawling on the outside, and Yuji makes sure Suzuki doesn’t get away. Suzuki whips but Yuji reverses to send Suzuki into railing! Meanwhile, hot tags to Finlay and Archer! Finlay gets Archer with a Michinoku! Cover, TWO! DBS boots Finlay down, then KES hit Finlay with the Killer Bomb! Cover, Suzuki-Gun ELIMINATES Finlay, Cobb & Yuji!
The streak ends, and now we’re on to the fifth and final team! NJPW on AXS returns from break to reveal that it’ll be Ryusuke Taguchi, Toru Yano and Togi Makabe! But they don’t even make it to the ring before Suzuki-Gun strikes!
Minori Suzuki & Killer Elite Squad VS Ryusuke Taguchi, Toru Yano & Togi Makabe!
Suzuki-Gun throw hands and then throw their opponents into barriers! The ref has no choice but to ring the bell, and things slowly make their way to ringside. Suzuki whips Taguchi at the camera and sound crews, then he gets in the faces of commentary just because they’re there! Suzuki goes back to Taguchi to take off the rugby helmet and throw it at Taguchi. He puts Taguchi in the ring while Archer keeps on Makabe and Yano. Suzuki grinds his foot into Taguchi, then intimidates the ref. Suzuki drags Taguchi up for forearms, and Taguchi staggers about. Tag to DBS and he whips Taguchi for a boot. DBS pumps up and runs, for a leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO! DBS drags Taguchi up and tags Archer.
KES mug Taguchi, then scoop him for a double slam! Archer kicks Taguchi around, then drags him up for clubbing forearms. Archer climbs and goes Old School on the Funky Weapon, tagging Suzuki in as he does. Suzuki looms over the sputtering Taguchi, but he taunts Makabe and Yano. Taguchi hits back but Suzuki eggs him on. Taguchi keeps hitting but Suzuki rocks him with a right. Suzuki whips then dodges the Funky Weapon itself. He whips but Taguchi reverses to finally hit that Funky Weapon! Tag to Makabe! The Unchained Gorilla runs at Suzuki for corner to corner clotheslines! Then he roars as he gives corner punches! He hits all ten then laughs as he lifts Suzuki. Suzuki knees back then whips, and hits a boot in the corner. Suzuki snapmares then Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up while Suzuki toys with Makabe. Makabe forearms but Suzuki gives it back. They keep going, forearm for forearm, back and forth. Makabe eggs Suzuki on, so Suzuki sneers as he winds up. Suzuki hits a HEAVY forearm and grins as Makabe staggers. Makabe stands and hits Suzuki back. Suzuki gives another heavy shot and Makabe again staggers. But Makabe starts grinning, and hits Suzuki again. Suzuki hits, Makabe hits, and the brawl is on. Makabe runs but into a kick. Suzuki runs, ducks, but gets the clothesline! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tags to DBS and Yano! YTR rallies on DBS with eye rakes. Yano looks to Taguchi for the call and Taguchi uses baseball signals! DBS headbutts Yano before the order completes!
DBS whips Yano corner to corner but misses. Yano runs corner to corner, to get the buckle pad! Taguchi gives another signals, and Yano understands. But Yano misses with the swing and DBS boots him down! Archer hits Taguchi, and then KES work together. Killer Hart Attack! Cover, TWO?! Archer argues with the referee but they just go again, high low! Cover, TWO!? Archer again argues with the referee, but KES try one more move. DBS lifts while Archer climbs, they hit Yano with a frog splash sidewalk slam! Cover, but Taguchi saves Yano! Archer swings on Taguchi but Taguchi dodges and runs! Funky Weapon is caught, but Makabe saves him. Suzuki and Makabe brawl again, but Suzuki follows to get Makabe in a sleeper! Then, Gotch Piledriver set up, but Funky Weapon saves Makabe!
Only for Suzuki to get the sleeper hold again! But Taguchi gives an extra bump to break free, then he runs to hit teh Funky Weapon again! Everyone’s down, but KES go after Yano again. They drag him up, Killer Bomb denied! Double low blow, denied! But double FUNKY WEAPON hits! DBS boots Taguchi but Makabe runs in. DBS stops him and KES double whip. Makabe breaks through for double clotheslines! Neither man falls so Yano makes sure to bump the ref. Taguchi intercepts Suzuki, double low blows! Archer thrown out, Yano rolls DBD, Yano and team win!!
Winners: Toru Yano, Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi, Yano pinning; #1 contenders to the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships
The unlikeliest of trios wins it all! Suzuki is furious but all he can do is take it out on Young Lions. He grabs a chair and SMACKS away on them, then storms off to the back. Suzuki’s rage aside, will Taguchi, Makabe and Yano be able to pull off an upset against the Firing Squad? Is the New Year going to see new champions?
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Kushida VS Taiji Ishimori!
The Time Splitter is a six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, but the new Bone Soldier is a three-time GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion. Who will prove themselves to be THE top Junior Heavyweight tonight?
Introductions are made, and a little Kushida comes out? Doc Brown Taguchi comes out and powers up the flux capacitor. And… BAM! Kushida’s all grown up! Science fiction aside, the belt is raised and we begin! Kushida and Ishimori circle and feel it out. They tie up and Kushida gets the wristlock. Ishimori rolls and handsprings to reverses. Ishimori whips but Kushida reverses, only for Ishimori to handspring over him. Thigns speed up and Kushida kicks otu the arm! Kushida already has his target but Ishimori rakes the eyes! Ishimori runs but things speed up again, Kushida hip tosses and cartwheel dropkicks! Ishimori rolls to a corner but Kushida follows up with a dropkick to that arm! Kushida runs more, tilt-o-whirl but Ishimori pops out. Kushida tries again and goes for the Hoverboard! Ishimori blocks to get Kushida’s arm in a Labell Lock!
Kushida endures as Ishimori bends him back. He rolls but Ishimori rolls through to keep the lock on. Kushida endures more but Ishimori wrenches harder. Kushida crawls for ropes and reaches, ropebreak with a foot! Ishimori lets Kushida go and Kushida rolls out of the ring. Ishimori stomps Kushida at the corner, then goes after him in a corner. Kushida chops back, but Ishimori gives his own chop! Ishimori wrenches and whips corner to corner, but Kushida reverses! Ishimori Spider-Mans through the ropes, and slides under Kushida. He goes back out to shoulder and springboard to drop Kushida with a flying lariat! Ishimori takes a moment to flex while Kushida clutches his shoulder.
Ishimori stalks Kushida to the ropes, then drags him up. Kushida hits back with forearms to the abs but Ishimori hits back. Kushida kicks Ishimori hard in the leg! Ishimori runs in and deflects boots to kick Kushida in the back! Kushida is stuck on the ropes as Ishimori runs side to side, and hits the sliding German Suplex! Fans rally as Ishimori springboards, 450 splash! But Kushida evades enough to get the arm! Ishimori resists as Kushida pulls, but Kushida gets the armbar! Ishimori endures, flails and reaches. Things shift, and now Kushida uses the Labell Lock! Ishimori endures and pries his way out, but gets caught in a triangle! Kushida throws elbows in, but Ishimori deadlifts! Fireman’s carry, but Kushida goes for his Hoverboard again. Ishimori slips out, runs, tilt-o-whirl takedown back to the Labell!
Kushida rolls through, and kicks at the arm. Ishimori avoids the kick, then kicks back. Ishimori clubs Kushida, then whips him. Kushida handsprings, but onto an Electric Chair. Kushida spins but is blocked! Ishimori brings Kushida back up, shifts to Tombstone position, for a gutbuster drop! But Kushida catches the feet! He passes Ishimori to the ref, to kick out the arm! Fans fire up with Kushida while Ishimori clutches his bad arm. Kushida grits his teeth, runs side to side, big enziguri! He keeps going, rolling Ishimori through to the package, but Ishimori counters back to his gutbuster! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and Ishimori is too sore to be frustrated.
Both men stir but Ishimori stands first. Ishimori drags Kushida back up, underhook, gutbuster! But Kushida makes it the Hoverboard! Kushida pulls on the double wristlock, but Ishimori moves around. Kushida rolls him and wrenches hard! Ishimori endures the twist in his arm, slips out the back, and rolls to fireman’s carry! Death Valley Driver!! But he’s too exhausted to cover! Both men stir and crawl again as fans rally. They get to opposite corners, and Ishimori runs in for a meteora! Ishimori drags Kushida back up, underhoo, but Kushida rolls to hit Back to the Future! But he’s not done there, he wants the sequel! But Ishimori resists, pushes Kushida away, and knee triggers! FAST BALL! Kushida runs, but into double stomps!
Ishimori roars as he drags Kushida back up. He underhooks, BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Ishimori wins!!
Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
The Bone Soldier grabs his first IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, and now reigns over the division!
Taiji Ishimori’s backstage interview
“I managed to catch that slippery otter.” And now Belt-san is with him. This must be tearing Kushida up inside. But from now on, as the champion, Ishimori will raise the bar for the NJPW Junior Division. “It’s reborn!” How long will this rebirth of the Junior Heavyweight Championship last?
A pretty good last part to AXS TV’s NJPW Wrestle Kingdom coverage. Of course, they kinda did things backwards. The first part was the big matches, the big finale with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, so readers technically should go backwards with part 3 first, then part 2, then finish with part 1. Either way, the entirety of Wrestle Kingdom 13 was great, even these two opening matches. The trios gauntlet was pretty good for having a couple teams that seemed slapped together. I was really surprised to see it was one of those slapped together teams winning. Toru Yano, Togi Makabe and Ryusuke Taguchi are definitely a fun and funny trio, but I have no idea if they’ll be a match for Ishimori and Guerrillas of Destiny. Granted, Tama Tonga is trying to be a good guy, but on just pure ring skill, he, Loa and Ishimori should win.
And speaking of Ishimori, his match with Kushida was great. This match was so evenly booked that Ishimori came out as a slightly surprising winner. Just as I’d imagine this new Cutthroat Bullet Club keeping the trios titles, Ishimori will likely have the Junior Heavyweight Championship for some time. If Hiromu Takahashi makes a recovery and comeback, he’d be the only one right off the bat who could take the title in a rematch from their amazing Super Juniors match. And it could work for a Bullet Club VS Los Ingobernables de Japon scenario, since LIJ has a lot of the other belts.
My Score: 8.4/10
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