ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 343
ROH brings a whole lot of tag team action this week! The main event is a Tag Team Championship Contenders Gauntlet match, where the last team standing will challenge The Briscoes for the titles, and it includes The Kingdom and The Young Bucks! Plus, Frankie Kazarian VS Hiromu Takahashi to settle a long-standing grudge!
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- Frankie Kazarian VS Hiromu Takahashi; Takahashi wins.
- ROH World Tag Team Championship Contenders Gauntlet: The Young Bucks win and will challenge The Briscoes for the titles.
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Frankie Kazarian VS Hiromu Takahashi!
SoCal Uncensored’s Heavy Metal Rebel remembers the days when “Kamaitachi” was on the Addiction’s side. He also remembers when the Ticking Timebomb ditched The Addiction. After so much time has passed, will Kaz get back at Hiromu for leaving him and Daniels high and dry?
While making his way out to the ring, Hiromu takes notice of a fan’s Daryl the cat plushie and brings it to the ring with him. Kaz is annoyed as he has to make room for Hiromu to place the stuffed animal in the middle of the ring. Hiromu praises Daryl!
Daryl aside, fans are chanting for “Takahashi! Takahashi!” as Kazarian returns inside the ring. The bell rings without the Code of Honor and the two circle. They tie up and Kaz gets the waistlock but Hiromu gets the standing switch. Kaz breaks out to put on a wristlock but Hiromu reverses to his own wristlock. Kaz uses ropes to flip out of the hold then whip Hiromu, but Hiromu reverses. Things speed up as Kaz hurdles Hiromu, then he reverses the hip toss into a fireman’s carry bridge cover, ONE! Kaz goes for the legs but Hiromu pushes him away, Hiromu lies down as Kaz kips-up. Fans applaud as the two circle again.
Kaz talks trash to the fans, but Hiromu takes a time-out to again retrieve the Daryl doppelganger. Hiromu looks into the camera as he pretends to be a cat, cleaning its ears, but then he hurries into the ring as Kaz comes rushing out. Kaz swipes at Daryl, bane of his existence, but gets blasted by Hiromu’s running dropkick! Hiromu goes to the apron and leaps but Kaz gets clear. Hiromu turns around and ducks Kaz’s clothesline, only to run into his boot. Kaz grabs Hiromu and snap suplexes him into the barriers! Hiromu writhes while Kaz gets into the ring to embrace the heat. Hiromu clutches his ankles while we go to break.
ROH returns as Kaz chokes Hiromu against the ropes. The referee counts and Kaz backs off, but then slingshots over to give Hiromu an uppercut. Kaz taunts the fans before returning to the ring. He drags Hiromu up but Hiromu fires off chops. Kaz knees low then suplexes Hiromu up, but Hiromu slips out and lands on the apron. Hiromu punches Kaz a couple times, then shoulders in, but Kaz hits him with a guillotine leg drop! Hiromu hangs from the ropes, so Kaz springboards to give him another guillotine leg drop!
Cover, TWO, but Kaz keeps his cool. He talks trash and toys with Hiromu before bringing him up for a back suplex to backbreaker! Hiromu writhes again, but Kaz toys with him more. Kaz brings Hiromu up again for haymakers, then whips him corner to corner. Hiromu boots Kaz back then runs, but into Kaz’s kick. Kaz runs, but Hiromu follows to rally with forearms and elbows. Hiromu kicks, kicks and kicks Kaz down, then covers, TWO! The fans rally for Hiromu and Hiromu fires up. He whips and reels Kaz in, but Kaz dodges the lariat. Hiromu gets him with a back elbow instead, then runs, dodging Kaz to throw him with a huricanrana!
Kaz gets to a corner and Hiromu hits him with a clothesline. Hiromu rolls Kaz out then runs for a low dropkick. Kaz rolls out of the ring but Hiromu gets to the apron. Hiromu runs for the leaping dropkick! Down goes Kaz and Hiromu fires up! Hiromu drags Kaz up and into the ring, cover, TWO. Kaz slowly stands but Hiromu shouts “Timebomb!” Hiromu lifts Kaz in a fireman’s carry, but Kaz fights his way off. Kaz gets the waistlock but Hiromu bucks him off. Kaz runs back in but Hiromu puts him on the apron. Hiromu swings but Kaz ducks and shoulders back in. Kaz slingshots in for the DDT! Cover, TWO!
The fans chant for Hiromu, but Kaz drags him up and whips. Hiromu reverses and runs in, but Kaz slips out to the apron and hotshots Hiromu back! Kaz climbs up to springboard but Hiromu ducks under. Hiromu runs at him but Kaz puts him back on the apron. Hiromu slingshots in, but Kaz gets him with a cutter!
Cover, TWO! Kaz can’t belive it, and gets mad at the referee. Hiromu stirs while Kaz pushes the referee, and the referee pushes back and Hiromu rolls Kaz up! TWO, but Hiromu is right on Kaz with haymakers. Hiromu whips Kaz corner to corner but Kaz boots him down. Cover but Kaz puts his feet on the ropes, TWO! Kaz really can’t believe that, but he drags Hiromu up by his hair. He slaps Hiromu, then goes to run but Hiromu rolls him up again! TWO, into small package, TWO! Kaz swings but Hiromu ducks, SUPERKICK! Hiromu runs and takes Kaz off his feet with a fiery lariat! Fans fire up while Kaz staggers. Hiromu lifts him into the fireman’s carry, then swings him out for the Timebomb driver!
Cover, Hiromu wins!
Winner: Takahashi, by pinfall
The Timebomb shows the Heavy Metal Rebel that he’s more than just eccentric. With wins like this, can Hiromu find himself in contention for a singles title in ROH?
The Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas are attacking Team Coast 2 Coast!
Specifically, the Keg Man and the Kingpin are clubbing and clobbering Leon St. Giovanni! Bruiser stands LSG up against a wall to then flatten him with a body splash, then keeps him up so Milonas can do the same! They leave LSG writhing on the ground, having eliminated one team even before tonight’s Tag Team Gauntlet. Will the other teams be able to win once the bullying behemoths enter the match?
Caprice Coleman joins commentary.
The Most Versatile Man in Sports Today joins Ian Riccaboni and Colt Cabana to watch this massive tag team main event!
ROH World Tag Team Championship Contenders Gauntlet!
And speaking of massive, the first team out is literally the biggest team in all of ROH, Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas!
Normally being first out in such a match is a disadvantage, but this duo doesn’t seem bothered by it at all. They used the Human Rocket, Leon St. Giovanni, as an appetizer, will they feast on the other five- Well, four teams? But wait, Shaheem Ali still comes out for Team Coast 2 Coast!
He also has a microphone in hand. Ali looks at Bruiser & Milonas, and tells them, “You two think it’s a joke.” He saw what they did, jumping LSG backstage before this match, and they just assume Ali is going to back out. “You gotta be out your mind.” But he knows The Bruiser & Milonas only took Team C2C out because they’re scared! Ali isn’t afraid, he’ll take them both on! This Tag Team Gauntlet is starting out as a handicap!? That suits the big boys just fine, they exit the ring to flank Ali. Ali slips into the ring, the bell rings, and it begins!
The Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas VS Shaheem Ali!
Bruiser pursues Ali but Ali punches him away. Bruiser tumbles into Milonas, and Ali builds speed and FLIES!
Ali wipes Bruiser out but Milonas gets into the ring. Ali hops up and shoulders into the Kingpin, then slingshots over to run. He jumps but Milonas catches the crossbody, but Ali fights out with elbows. Fans rally with the endless elbows Ali gives Milonas, and Milonas falls back on his butt! Ali fires up and runs, and basement dropkick from the side. Milonas flounders but Bruiser is back. Ali sees him coming and counters with a low spinning backhand. Ali uppercuts and has both big men in the corners. He runs in but only gets Milonas as Bruiser gets clear. Bruiser runs at Ali but Ali gets around to a waistlock. Bruiser gets the standing switch and feeds Ali to Milonas’ boot. Ali staggers, and is sandwiched by Bruiser & Milonas! Ali flops to the mat, and Bruiser finally stands in his team’s corner.
Milonas brings Ali up and whips him hard corner to corner, then brings Ali back over for the first actual tag of this match. Bruiser comes in and throws haymakers, then tags Milonas back in. Bruiser whips Ali to a corner but Ali boots him back. Ali runs out but Bruiser back drops him onto Milonas’ shoulder, and Milonas brings Ali up for a sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO, and neither Bruiser nor Milonas can believe it. Milonas argues with the ref but then goes back to stomp Ali at the ropes. Without a partner, Ali is all alone while we go to break.
ROH returns to Ali fighting back but being kept down in Bruiser’s & Milonas’ corner. Milonas runs in but Ali dodges and kicks back. Bruiser tags in but Ali sees him coming. Ali gives him forearms and elbows, then a leaping heel kick. Milonas comes back but Ali rocks him with a headbutt! Milonas staggers back and sits down in a corner but Bruiser gets up and runs at Ali. Ali baits him into another corner, and Bruiser bounces off buckles, then Ali adds a complete shot! Cover, TWO! Ali keeps going, climbing up top, but Milonas clubs him with a forearm. Milonas climbs up to join Ali while Bruiser climbs up another corner. Milonas SUPERPLEXES Ali, Bruiser FROG SPLASHES! The Last Call combination!
Cover, three count, Bruiser & Milonas eliminate Ali.
Elimination: Coast 2 Coast
They took out LSG before the match and finish up by taking out Ali here. The next team up in the Gauntlet is… “OH! HELL! YEAH!!” It’s Big Rhett & Little Willie!
The Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas VS The Dawgs!
They may not have gotten anything for the 16th Anniversary Show, given how wasted they were, but Bruiser & Milonas are “two guys just as drunk as us!” Why have a match when they can have a beer? The Dawgs offer a drink to Bruiser & Milonas, and the big beer belly boys accept. They also down those drinks in about two seconds and then throw hands on The Dawgs! Bruiser & Milonas whip Ferrara & Rhett, respectively, but The Dawgs dodge the haymakers to spit beer in their faces! Rhett knocks Bruiser’s & Milonas’ heads together, then so does Ferrara. Then Rhett knocks Milonas’ & Ferrara’s heads together. Milonas stays standing, and runs at The Dawgs, but the Dawgs dump Milonas out. The Dawgs shove each other, then Rhett launches Ferrara at Bruiser. Bruiser catches Ferrara easily, but Rhett dropkicks Bruiser in the face! Cover, ONE, and things sort out to the teams’ corners.
Rhett tags Ferrara in, and The Dawgs cross Bruiser’s arms before whipping him backwards into buckles. Ferrara wants to whip Rhett in, but Rhett stops that. Rhett slaps some sense into Ferrara before whipping Ferrara in for the shoulder tackle. Ferrara runs at Rhett but Rhett redirects him in for another shoulder tackle. Ferrara wants to try again, Rhett spins him around an extra time, but Bruiser gets out of the way, sending Ferrara into buckles! Bruiser rocks Rhett with a right but Ferrara boots Bruiser. Rhett rocks Bruiser back while Ferrara hops up, Ferrara leaps for a flying huricanrana!
However, it sends Bruiser all the way to his corner and Milonas tags in. Ferrara doesn’t know that and Bruiser yanks him into buckles. Milonas steps up to Ferrara and gives him repeated hip attacks! He tags Bruiser back in, Bruiser knocks Rhett off the apron before giving Ferrara the cannonball!
Cover, TWO! Fans chant for “Little Willie”, and he starts slapping Bruiser. But Bruiser only has to slap Willie once to knock him down. Ferrara keeps trying but Bruiser chops him back into the corner. Milonas tags in and stomps Ferrara. Milonas brings Ferrara up and taunts Rhett before throwing Ferrara overhead! The Dawgs are in trouble while we go to break.
ROH returns to fans rallying for Ferrara. Milonas toys with him, so Ferrara bites Milonas’ fingers! Ferrara then crawls under, but Milonas brings him up. Ferrara sunset flips over, but there’s no way Little Willie can bring down Mastadon Milonas. Milonas jumps but Ferrara gets clear of his rear, hot tag to Rhett! Big Rhett rallies, big forearm to Bruiser and big enziguri to Milonas. Rhett gets around and knees Milonas low, then runs to boot him high. Milonas stays standing so Rhett unloads haymakers and chops. Milonas shoves but Rhett dodges to rock him with another right. Bruiser returns as Rhett runs again, and rocks Rhett with a right of his own! Bruiser whips Rhett corner to corner but Rhett goes up and over to then monkey flip Bruiser! Ferrara returns to leap from the apron, and tornado DDT Bruiser to the ground!
Fans fire up for The Dawgs as Milonas stands up. Milonas runs at Rhett but misses, Ferrara runs in to hit Milonas with a big back elbow. Rhett runs in to add on a helluva kick. Ferrara becomes the step stool, for Rhett’s bicycle kick to table top Milonas down! The Dawgs fire up while Milonas stirs. Rhett tags in Ferrara and Ferrara climbs while Rhett fetches Milonas. But Rhett can’t suplex Milonas up for the finisher! Milonas back drops Rhett then rocks Ferrara. Milonas climbs up to join him, SUPERPLEX! He covers while Bruiser keeps Rhett away, three count, Bruiser & Milonas eliminate The Dawgs.
Elimination: The Dawgs
That’s two teams in a row for ROH’s biggest tag team, and we’re now halfway through this gauntlet. But there’s no rest for the wicked, out come… The Motor City Machine Guns!
The Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas VS The Motor City Machine Guns!
And the former ROH World Tag Team Champions bring the fight to the exhausted hosses!
Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley throw hands on Bruiser & Milonas, but Milonas knocks Shelley down with one body shot. Sabin runs but Bruiser follows, to then flatten Sabin with a crossbody! Milonas adds the spinning back senton! Shelley stands up but Milonas is right on him. Milonas picks Shelley up and Bruiser runs in for a dropkick-started sidewalk slam! The MCMG are down while Bruiser & Milonas somehow have energy to spare. Milonas gets Sabin with those hip attacks, then Bruiser runs in, but Sabin dodges the cannonball! Milonas sees that and runs at Sabin, but Sabin dumps him out. Shelley returns and Bruiser goes after both MCMG, but then he runs into a drop toehold. Bruiser stays standing just on sturdiness, so Sabin runs to give him a bulldog! Then they hit Bruiser with double basement dropkicks.
The fans fire up while MCMG aim at Milonas. Shelley slingshots out, but Milonas catches him. Milonas puts Shelley on his shoulders but Sabin gets to the apron. Sabin gives Milonas a Penalty Kick, but then Bruiser rocks Sabin with a right hand! Bruiser goes out to the apron while Milonas holds the MCMG. Bruiser gets moving, but the MCMG get clear, that cannonball goes into Milonas!
The big men go down and MCMG take aim again. Bruiser stands up, but gets double SUPERKICKS! He still stands so they put him in the ring. Sabin puts Bruiser in a corner, and the MCMG give him the boot-kick combo. Shelley climbs while Sabin turns Bruiser around, for Skull & Bones!
Cover, MCMG eliminate Bruiser & Milonas!
Elimination: Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas
The former ROH World Tag Team Champions are the ones to finally eliminate the behemoth bullies, but now they’ll face… Matt & Nick Jackson, The Young Bucks!
The penultimate match-up is of two former ROH World Tag Team Champions! Fans erupt with excitement while we go to break.
The Motor City Machine Guns VS The Young Bucks!
ROH returns and these two teams are face to face in the ring with streamers everywhere. The ring is cleared while the fans start up the Terminator drums. Both teams are very familiar with each other, so they skip the formalities and go right to brawling! All four men throw hands fast and furious, and the Bucks get MCMG in opposite corners. The Bucks whip Sabin & Shelley at each other, but MCMG do-si-do and run back at the Bucks. The Bucks dodge but so do the MCMG, and back again, it’s the Bucks who get the double corner clotheslines! Fans applaud while the Bucks high-five, and then the fans chant “The! Elite! The the Elite!” as Matt helps Nick acrobatically crossbody onto Shelley.
Sabin runs at the Bucks but gets double kicks for it. Nick sweeps the legs while Matt runs and comes in with the basement dropkick. Matt’s back bothers him, though, he still hasn’t been able to let his body recover. But that doesn’t matter right now, he whips Nick at Shelly in a corner. Shelley boots Nick back, then boots Matt. Nick tries again but gets caught, Sabin returns and Shelley helps him to the apron. Shelley gives Nick a buckle complete shot, then Sabin climbs up to hit Matt with a missile dropkick. Fans are mixed over cheering and jeering the MCMG. Shelley keeps Nick in a corner while Sabin whips Matt in, Shelley drop toeholds Matt into Nick’s groin! Then Shelley’s boot grinds Matt’s head deeper in! Shelley even blows snot on the Bucks to add insult to injury.
Sabin drags Matt up and hoists him onto Nick’s shoulders for a Tree of Woe. Both Bucks are stuck in the corner, both MCMG run in, Sabin boots Nick while Shelley basement dropkicks Matt!
The Bucks tumble down, Nick slumping all the way out of the ring. Shelley puts some stank on his right hand, then brings Matt over to Sabin for the tag. Shelley swings on Nick but Nick hits him first. Sabin uses Shelley as a step stool to dropkick Nick down before he can enter. Matt revives and throws hands on the MCMG! Matt runs but into the Dream Sequence: atomic drop to dropkick to half-Muda and another dropkick! Fans are fired up, Sabin covers, TWO! Sabin keeps on Matt with a chinlock, but Nick rallies the fans. Matt feeds off that energy and fights his way out. Matt runs but Shelley trips him up. Shelley drags Matt out of the ring, but Matt SUPERKICKS him away!
Matt gets up and shoulders into Sabin, then slides under. Sabin goes after Matt, Matt standing switches but Sabin elbows Matt away to then elbow Nick down. Matt dodges Sabin and wheelbarrow, victory roll facebuster! Nick returns to his corner and Matt crawls that way, but Shelley goes after Nick! He yanks Nick off the apron, but gets a SUPERKICK like earlier! Nick gets back up, Matt gets the hot tag! Sabin runs at Nick but Nick shoulders in, then slingshots over for the facebuster.
Nick cartwheels to asai moonsault Shelley down, then runs back in to give Sabin a corner shining wizard. He keeps moving, and DIVES on Shelley. Matt is back and grabs Sabin, Nick helps him out with the Sliced Break, Sabin’s move! Nick adds another shining wizard, then both go out to Shelley to give him double SUPERKICKS! The Bucks have the fans all fired up, “The! Elite! The the Elite!” Nick tags in Matt and Matt drags Sabin up. Nick waits on the apron, but between Matt’s bad back and Sabin’s flailing, Sabin slips out to a facelock. Sabin tries to use Nick for the tornado DDT but Nick ducks, to then SUPERKICK Sabin off Matt. Matt SPEARS Sabin, and the Bucks combine for the springboard splash and standing moonsault combo!
Cover, TWO! The Bucks are surprised, but they don’t slow down. Nick rallies the fans again, and the two double whip Sabin. Sabin reverses but Matt goes up and over. Sabin blocks Nick’s kick and sends it at Matt, but Matt dodges, only for Sabin to SUPERKICK Matt! Nick SUPERKICKS Sabin back, then rushes at the returning Shelley. Shelley puts him on the apron and knocks him off with an elbow. Matt runs in but into Shelley’s cravat. Shelley runs for Sliced Bread, but Matt catches him into Tombstone position!
Nick hurries to the apron but Sabin quickly anchors his feet. Shelley slips out of the Tombstone but Matt gets him in the fireman’s carry! Nick kicks Sabin away then climbs up, More Bang for Your- No! Shelley’s knees catch Nick’s 450! And then Matt’s moonsault is tripped up by Sabin’s SUPER German Suplex! The fans fire up as Sabin and Shelley hurry to bring Matt up. MCMG want the same finish, but Nick trips Shelley up. Matt backslides Sabin, three count! The Bucks eliminate MCMG!
Elimination: Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin)
One team of former ROH World Tag Team Champions advance while the other is gone! We know who the last team left is, but we go to break before their introductions.
The Young Bucks VS The Kingdom!
ROH returns, and yes, it is TK O’Ryan & Vinnie Marseglia who were lucky last place in this Gauntlet. The Sassy Wild Horse & Horror King made their way out while ROH was on commercial break, but they’re already in control of Matt Jackson. Replay shows it was thanks to Matt Taven distracting the Bucks while TK & Vinnie entered from the crowd and attacked from behind.
In the present, someone tosses in a chair? It’s Nick Jackson, of course, but the referee isn’t going to allow this match to get extreme. However, this does give the Kingdom an opening to stomp and choke Matt behind the referee’s back. Vinnie tags in and chokes Matt against the ropes, then bends him backwards. The referee counts and Vinnie lets go at 4, but TK gives Matt a cheap shot boot. Nick rallies the fans and TK mocks it all while Vinnie clubs Matt in the back. Vinnie trash talks Matt, then clubs him more before standing on that bad back. He bends Matt back then throws him down before giving Nick a cheap shot. Matt runs in but Vinnie knees him away. Vinnie runs and tilt-o-whirls, but Matt denies the leg sweep. Vinnie rolls Matt forward instead, then bends him back with a chinlock.
TK talks trash to the fans while Vinnie drives in knees to Matt’s spine. Fans chant for “The! Elite! The the Elite!” but Vinnie tags TK in. TK turns Matt around to drive in forearms, then tags in Vinnie. Vinnie runs side to side for the forearm smash, then another, then throws Matt into the corner, but Matt uses that to knock TK down! Vinnie still gives Matt another forearm, then hoists Matt up top. Nick rallies the fans again while Vinnie climbs up. Matt fights back, but TK has crawled under the ring, all the way to the Bucks’ corner. Matt fires off hands and sends Vinnie down, then adjusts to hit the Macho Elbow! He can’t cover, so he crawls for his corner instead. TK lurks and trips Nick up just as Matt leaps over!
The Sassy Wild Horse mockingnly reaches to tag Matt, but mocks the fans a little too long, Matt SUPERKICKS TK down! Vinnie stands up and runs in, but into Matt’s boots. Matt hops up, and gives Vinnie a corkscrew stunner! Nick returns and Matt fires himself up. Matt crawls, as does Vinnie, hot tags to TK and Nick! Nick rallies on The Kingdom with kicks and elbows, then a Shining Wizard into the bulldog and clothesline! Fans fire up while The Kingdom regroup. Nick sees them, runs, and JUMPS!
He takes The Kingdom down, then puts TK back into the ring. Nick climbs up and takes aim, but TK rolls out of the ring. Nick hops down, and decides to go out to the apron, where he roundhouses TK! But that’s not all, he gives TK an apron German suplex! Nick puts TK back in the ring and fires up, but Vinnie grabs his feet. Nick stomps on Vinnie’s hands then hits the tornado DDT to the floor! He keeps going, shoulders in on TK and slingshots over for the sunset flip and Cease Sharpshooter!
TK endures the hold, Vinnie comes in and throws furious right hands. But Nick holds on! He glares Vinnie down, so Vinnie goes and gets his hatchet! The referee stops him from using the weapon, and even confiscates it. However, that still leaves the baseball bat! Vinnie jabs Nick in the ribs with the slugger, and TK rolls Nick up, TWO!? The screw job didn’t work! TK wants his bat and Vinnie tosses it to him, but Nick ducks the swing to tag in Matt! Matt rallies on the Kingdom with right hands back and forth between Vinnie & TK. TK clubs Matt in the back and that stops that. The Kingdom double whip Matt but Matt breaks the line to double clothesline them down!
Matt is all fired up but still very stiff. He goes to lift TK but that back limits him. The fans rally for him, but Matt still can’t get TK all the way up. When Matt finally does, Vinnie chop blocks his legs out! The Kingdom drag Matt up and throw him out. TK drags Nick in to watch Vinnie pull pads off the floor! But Vinnie takes too long enjoying the moment, because Nick breaks free and SUPERKICKS TK! Nick then goes to the apron and Penalty Kicks Vinnie down. Nick puts Matt back in the ring and the fans chant “Young Bucks! Young Bucks!” Matt goes after TK, but that bad back slows him down again. Nick helps Matt with the Tombstone scoop then hurries back to the apron. Nick springboards, Five Star Meltzer Driver!!
Cover, The Young Bucks win!!
Winners: The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson), Matt pinning
The Bucks are victorious! They overcome the Horror King & Sassy Wild Horse to earn themselves an ROH World Tag Team Championship match! They will challenge #DemBoyz, Jay & Mark Briscoe, in the near future. Will the Bucks end the Briscoe’s historic ninth title reign to begin their fourth? Or will the Briscoes continue to prevail in their war of Sandy Fork VS Everybody?
A really great night of action for ROH, even with just two matches and nothing else. The opening match of Kaz and Hiromu was great, even though I’m surprised it took this long for them to do something with that story. “Kamaitachi” leaving The Addiction was a long time ago, but I suppose with Hiromu hitting it so big upon returning to NJPW, there just wasn’t room in his schedule for a blow-off with either Kaz or Daniels. Hiromu going over here is great for his ROH career, and I think it’d be great if he got at least an ROH World Television Championship run within the next few months.
Then the Tag Team Gauntlet was of course incredible. It elevated all the regularly featured teams within the division, and not just for their in-ring abilities. Bruiser & Milonas are rising as a Heel team, and showed their endurance. Shaheem Ali showed grit as he toughed it out in a handicap against those two, while the Dawgs even established themselves as favorable Tweeners compared to Bruiser & Milonas. The MCMG VS Bucks was great as always, but The Kingdom are still top Heels in ROH with that sneak attack. I was surprised Taven didn’t stick around to interfere, but that’s been overdone so it actually turned out better that he didn’t. The Bucks go over in the end because they’re The Young Bucks, the best tag team across multiple promotions. Plus, now that they’re going Heavyweight in NJPW, they and The Briscoes could end up feuding over both ROH & NJPW belts.
My Score: 8.5/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.23 ~ 16TH FEBRUARY 2019
In an odd twist of fate, Marufuji is placed in a familiar, yet flipped position going into his GHC title challenge next month. Hisame let’s us know how the NOAH build is going!
In an odd twist of fate, Marufuji is placed in a familiar, yet flipped position going into his GHC title challenge next month. Hisame let’s us know how the NOAH build is going!
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
“Navigation for The Progress“
Kaito Kiyomiya and Naomichi Marufuji continued their feud over the GHC Heavyweight title. Kiyomiya managed to knock Marufuji out of the ring with a dropkick, but was left wondering as to whether Marufuji played it up deliberately. He also turned his back on him when Kiyomiya was in the ring and was announced.
Marufuji, now that he can’t do aerial attacks (and finally realizing that his body is older than he thought), has turned to more vicious tactics, and decided to work on Kiyomiya’s left arm. In Kiyomiya’s post match promo, he told him that he was going to take him apart bit by bit, and next it would be his legs.
Kiyomiya has vowed that he will find “the Genius’ weakness” before “my body breaks down”.
It has been pointed out to Marufuji that he is in the same position that Mitsuharu Misawa was when he himself was GHC Heavyweight Champion; the senior is challenging the junior.
Atsushi Kotoge became injured at NOAH’s show in Fukushima on the 11th February, which has put a spanner in the works of the GHC Heavyweight Tag title match with Eddie Edwards, taking on 50 Funky Powers.
Kotoge had gone for the “Revolutionary Cloak Splash” from the top rope, but managed to damage his arm on landing. Fans noticed that he was in a lot of pain, and he was checked out in the ring. NOAH removed him from the subsequent show, and later announced that he had dislocated his elbow and suffered a further fracture to the arm.
Kotoge himself said that he had felt a shooting pain in his arm, and he couldn’t move it at all.
With Kotoge’s injury and subsequent card change, “The Mid Generation” (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima),took on the champions. They obliterated them with Nakajima choking out Quiet Storm with a sleeper, and then laughing about it afterwards.
Although NOAH have not yet announced what will become of the title challenge, and whether Eddie Edwards will team with someone else or postpone his appearance until Kotoge is better (this may not be until the late summer, and Kotoge will most likely miss Global League 2019), but it may be likely that “The Mid Generation” will receive a title shot.
Katsuhiko Nakajima later posted ….
Three of the Dark Agents (Takashi Sugiura, Masao Inoue and Akitoshi Saito) have reunited to take down The Hooligans, however, they have not been very successful in their efforts with The Hooligans defeating them twice so far. Takashi Sugiura has already started making jokes about Masao Inoue, lumping him together with having experience akin to the rookies in the group, Kinya Okada and Yoshiki Inamura. Should Sugiura be unfortunate enough to join The Hooligans, his job will be as their lackey; KAZMA SAKAMOTO says he will have to carry Cody’s bags, lick his boots, clean their toilets, do Nagai’s laundry and wash Maybach Taniguchi’s back.
YO-HEY was said to be looking a lot happier at “the wife” (HAYATA) returning “home”, and while really the only thing that has happened on this tour between himself and HAYATA and the former friends in RATELS, is Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke appearing in the ring and demanding to know what HAYATA thought he was doing.
Their new teammate, Yoshinari Ogawa (backed by YO-HEY & HAYATA, as Kotaro Suzuki is currently absent), continued the fight with The Backbreakers (Hajime Ohara and Hitoshi Kumano) over the current GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag titles. Ogawa (in a supreme Golden Era move) threw a table at Hitoshi Kumano, and the team of The Backbreakers and Yoshiki Inamura were wiped out completely, with Ogawa posing with the belts at the end.
Yoshiki Inamura continued his “Seven Match Series”, this time against Masa Kitamiya.
NOAH have so far done very well this tour with both of their two opening dates being sold out.
“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS” (Kenoh’s column in “Weekly Pro”)
Kenoh visited the new NOAH offices and spoke of a variety of different things ranging from how nice the NOAH staff look now (even Mr. Okada looks smart now, despite “those fucking glasses”), the new company and how they should ask him for advice, the validation of his own opinion on “Leaving Misawa”, and Marufuji vs Kiyomiya.
Continuing his concerned older brother theme when it comes to Kiyomiya, and his hope that Marufuji will beat Kiyomiya for the belt for two reasons; the first being Kenoh wants to challenge, and the second that he seems to intimate that the longer Kiyomiya has it, the worse damage it is doing him, and the more Kenoh of all people seems to worry.
Kenoh’s other idea is that he will second Marufuji on the night (so to be first in line to challenge him), but I doubt that Marufuji is going to allow him to do that.
FAREWELL HAKATA STALENE
NOAH will return to the venue for the last time ever on March 17th, as the building is going to be torn down. Although the full card hasn’t been announced, Naomichi Marufuji will take on Yoshinari Ogawa (this will be their first singles match in 14 years) and Go Shiozaki and Takashi Sugiura will put on a “Golden Era Match” (as they always do when they collide in big matches).
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion & IPW Champion: Daisuke Harada
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Quiet Storm & Mohammed Yone (“50 Funky Powers)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Hitoshi Kumano & Hajime Ohara (“The Backbreakers”)
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima decided to wind up Kenoh by sticking his leg in his fist when Kenoh entered the ring and knelt to do his ring introduction.
~ Yoshinari Ogawa denied ever being part of Special 4.
~ NOAH returned to Shinyousei Twenty-One Hall, which has the infamous staircase named “The Demon Staircase of Hell” due to the fact that it is two flights, and means that due to there being no underground parking at the venue for the truck, the equipment has to be carried up and down it, across a courtyard and through the lobby.
~ Minoru Tanaka says his first wish has been granted (i.e. for a title match at Yokohama), but his second one is still outstanding, he won’t say what it is though.
~ Both Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke have hinted at possible moves to the heavyweight division. Tadasuke when he fought Kenoh and Masa Kitamiya and said something “sparked” in him, and Daisuke Harada pointing to the GHC Heavyweight and declaring it was his “final goal”.
~ Mohammed Yone got beaten up in front of a group of old ladies (one was his mother) by Katsuhiko Nakajima.
~ Hitoshi Yamato did his usual singing entry, and incorporated the lyrics that Naomichi Marufuji couldn’t have dried seaweed. Marufuji had a priceless look on his face.
~ Cody Hall took a picture of Atsushi Kotoge who was sitting drinking coffee near a window; Kotoge came out as a big pink blob.
KING SHAMELESS CORNER
Takashi Sugiura has posted pictures of either what is coming out of his dog, or what his dog has left behind. On a pleasanter note, he was given gifts by fans after a small gathering at “Muscle Grill”, and said that as he was carrying a big plushie, he probably looked like a “Weird old man” getting on the train.
NOAH’s Korakuen Hall show of the 24th February will be broadcast on Samurai at 10pm (JST) on Samurai TV.
The ongoing translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s “Heir To The Ark” can be found here
HAYATA (Costume Research)
“Come to Noah” ~ interview with Naomichi Marufuji
The Green Guide to Muscle Grill
Takashi Sugiura mini interview ahead of the match with The Hooligans
Battlemen Recap (Noah, Wednesday February 13th 2019)
Noah’s Arkive Podcast (ITunes)
CMLL Review & Results (2/18/2019)
Our Lucha expert Joe Dinan, is back at it with another week of CMLL analysis!
Our Lucha expert Joe Dinan, is back at it with another week of CMLL analysis!
Sonic, Rey Samuray, and Hijo De Centella Roja vs Police Man, Espiritu Maligno, and Fuerza Chicana
Fuerza starts out with Sonic and they engage and begin to grapple. In next Police Man and Centella Roja come in and they go back and forth. Samuray comes in and monkey flips Maligno some. Samuray leaps to the ramp on Police Man and Sonic gets Maligno in a small package and Roja gets Chicana in a leg lock. First Fall: Centella Roja submits Fuerza Chicana with a leg lock.
Sonic works fast and out maneuvers Chicana and then does the same to Maligno. Samuray comes in and goes in and goes to the top for a move but falls off and Police Man stomps him on the outside. Afterwards, Sonic gets teamed on followed by Roja. Samuray removes his shirt to get pumped up but still gets teamed on. Maligno holds up Sonic and Chicana hits a code breaker for the fall. Second Fall: Fuerza Chicana pins Sonic with a code breaker.
They start the round teaming on Sonic. They continue to team on them for a few minutes until Sonic, Samuray, and Roja hit drop kicks and then go for dives but the others dodge it. Police Man then hits a face buster on Sonic in the ring for the win. Third Fall: Police Man pins Sonic with a face buster.
Winners: Police Man, Espiritu Maligno, and Fuerza Chicana
Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit, and La Vaquerita vs La Comandante, La Seductora, and La Metalica (Amapola)
Vaquerita comes out wearing glasses. Hopefully she isn’t wrestling in them. Seductora starts out with Lluvia and they lock up and do some slow grappling. Lluvia tags in Vaquerita and she comes in and takes out Seductora which brings in Amapola. Amapola takes her out and Sugehit comes in to take on her rival Amapola. She takes her out and Comandante comes in to work over Sugehit. Sugehit uses her speed while Comandante uses her size to take each other on. Sugehit gets Comandante in a roll up for the pin. The other girls get roll ups as well. First Fall: Princesa Sugehit pins Comandante with a roll up.
Vaquerita starts with Seductora but it soon goes to Vaquerita getting teamed on. Sugehit gets teamed on after and then naturally it goes to Lluvia. A plethora of teaming up. Comandante gives Sugehit a stink face and pins her. Well then. Second Fall: Comandante pins Sugehit with a stink face.
Seductora and Sugehit clash but not for long. Seductora takes out Lluvia then Vaquerita gets teamed on. Sugehit moves out of the way and Comandante runs into Seductora. Lluvia and Vaquerita run towards Seductora and Amapola. Lluvia gets caught in a submission and then Amapola hits a face buster on Vaquerita for the win. Third Fall: Amapola pins La Vaquerita with a face buster.
Winners: La Comandante, La Seductora, and Amapola
Fuego, Drone, and Guerrero Maya vs Okumura, El Sagrado, and Kawato San
Maya starts out with Okumura grappling on the ground. Afterwards Kawato and Fuego come in and do the same as the others except it is a more acrobatic display. Drone hits a head scissors on Sagrado and then hits a dive through the middle rope. In the ring Okumura hits a cutter on Maya for the pin. Kawato catches Fuego in a flying arm bar for the fall. First Fall: Kawato submits Fuego with a flying arm bar.
Drone gets teamed on to start this round off. Fuego gets taken out by Kawato with a drop kick. The technicos reverse the rudos into pinning combinations. Drone gets Okumura rolled up, and Fuego pins Kawato with a roll up and Maya gets Sagrado with a pin. Second Fall: Maya pins Sagrado with a roll up.
Maya and Okumura start this round striking each other. Maya goes wild, arm dragging Kawato to the outside and then he hit a bunch of back breakers on Sagrado. Fuego comes in and dodges a double team attack and then arm drags Sagrado to the outside. Drone hits a sliding dive under the ropes on Sagrado. Maya hits a power slam on Kawato but Okumura breaks the pin up. He hits a cross roads but Fuego breaks the pin up. Fuego hits a springboard splash and Sagrado stops the pin. Drone comes in and kicks Sagrado to the corner and hits knees to the corner on him. Fuego and Guerrero Maya hit dives through the middle rope on Kawato and Okumura. Drone slams Sagrado in the ring and goes for a moonsault. Sagrado gets his feet up and tries to lift Drone for a power bomb but he fell backwards and almost out of the ring. Luckily he didn’t kill drone. For the win. Third Fall: Sagrado pins Drone with a power bomb.
Winners: Okumura, El Sagrado, and Kawato San
Atlantis, Vangellys, and Atlantis Jr vs Villano IV, Ultimo Guerrero, and Hijo del Villano III
Atlantis squares off with Villano IV but instead Jr and Hijo Villano come in and do some impressive wrestling. After their display Atlantis comes in with Villano IV. Atlantis gets whipped into Villano’s corner and Guerrero attacks Vangellys and Jr. Vangellys got drop kicked off the apron by Ultimo. Hijo Villano drop kicks Atlantis Jr when he is hanging on the turnbuckle and he pins him. Ultimo then submits Vangellys with a leg lock. First Fall: Ultimo Guerrero submits Vangellys with a leg stretch.
Vangellys gets teamed on to start. Vangellys tries to fight back but he had no success until Atlantis and his son entered and took on Villano IV and Hijo. Atlantis gets Villano IV in an abdominal stretch and Atlantis Jr gets Hijo Villano in a torture rack. Second Fall: Atlantis Jr submits Hijo Villano III with a torture rack.
Vangellys and Ultimo strikes each other to begin the final round. Hijo Villano and Atlantis Jr come in next and Atlantis Jr whips Hijo to the corner and he does the Shawn Michaels flip ip but falls out of the ring. Not sure if that was supposed to happen. Villano IV comes in to cover for it. Atlantis then comes in and Hijo returns to the ring and wants to fight Atlantis Sr. Atlantis pushes Hijo into Villano IV and hits an arm drag. Villano IV tries to run into Atlantis but he dodges and hits Hijo. Jr then tosses Hijo to the outside and hits a dive through the middle rope. Atlantis Jr looks very impressive. Inside the ring, Ultimo Guerrero punts Vangellys in the groin for the DQ. Third Fall: Vangellys wins the fall by DQ.
Winners: Atlantis, Vangellys, and Atlantis Jr
Rush vs Cuatrero
Rush attacks Cuatrero during the introductions to get the advantage on Cuatrero. Rush then works him over on the outside. Cuatrero finally reverses Rush after taking a beating and hits a power bomb for the fall. First Fall: Cuatrero pins Rush with a power bomb.
Rush whips Cuatrero with the camera wires on the outside. I feel like all that does is remind fans of the LA Park feud. Rush plays with his mask on the turnbuckle and then stomps him in the corner. Rush hits the corner drop kick on Cuatrero for the fall. Second Fall: Rush pins Cuatrero with the corner drop kick.
Rush beats on Cuatrero on the ramp. Back in the ring Rush feigns going for the drop kick again, but lightly kicks Cuatrero and does his Los Ingobernables, fist to the sky pose. Tranquilo. Cuatrero finally turns the odds and gets Rush to the outside and hits a dive through the middle rope. He hits another then continues to work on Rush on the outside. Back in the ring Cuatrero works on Rush. They trade corner attacks and Rush ends up on top in the exchange. Rush argues with the ref and Cuatrero goes for a school boy that Rush rolls out of but Cuatrero hits a single leg code breaker. Rush gets Cuatrero to the top and hits a superplex for a two count. Rush misses a middle rope senton splash and Cuatrero hits a moonsault for a two count. A very slow two count. Rush gets Cuatrero down in the corner and goes for his drop kick but Cuatrero runs up and hits a spear, then a power bomb. The ref is about to count three but Rush grabs the refs hand before then. He then finally hits the corner drop kick on Cuatrero but he postures afterwards presumably protecting his finisher because Cuatrero kicks out. Rush gets him in a jay driller or Rush driver and drops Cuatrero right on his head for the win. Cuatrero stays down for a bit but then walks off to the back through the crowd. I presume he didn’t like being dropped on his head. Third Fall: Rush pins Cuatrero with a Rush driver.
Arena Mexico Tuesday
Fantasy and Shockercito vs Pequeno Olimpico and Pequeno Nitro
Fantasy and Olimpico grapple to start the match. Shockercito or Pequeno Shocker as they’re calling him now gets in with Nitro and they work a faster pace. Shockercito is really small. I wouldn’t be surprised if Chamuel of the midget division is as tall as him. Shocker gets him to the outside then poses. Olimpico then kicks him in the head and works him over. Shocker gets taken out and Fantasy gets teamed on. Olimpico gets Shocker in a camel clutch for the fall. First Fall: Olimpico submits Shocker with a camel clutch.
Shocker and Fantasy essentially get worked over for most of this round. Just constant double teaming. Shocker finally hits a cross body to make a comeback. Fantasy hits a middle rope spanish fly on Olimipico for the pin. Shockercito submits Nitro with a straight arm bar. Second Fall: Shockercito submits Nitro with a straight arm bar.
Fantasy uses quickness to out move Nitro to start. Shocker then does this to Olimpico. Fantasy hits a few drop kicks on Olimpico followed by a top rope arm drag by Shocker. Shocker then gets Olimpico in a torture rack for a submission. Fantasy gets Nitro in a body stretch for the win. Third Fall: Fantasy submits Nitro with a body stretch.
Winners: Fantasy and Shockercito
Electrico, Star Jr, and Astral vs Disturbio, Espanto Jr, and Difunto
Disturbio starts with Astral and they roll on the ground and go back and forth. Espanto comes in next with Star Jr and they posture a bit. Difunto and Electrico come in working a super fast pace. Difunto hits a swanton bomb on Electrico for a pin. Disturbio hits knees the corner on Astral for the fall. First Fall: Disturbio pins Astral with knees to the corner.
Astral gets teamed on to start the round. Espanto pulls at his mask. Astral makes a come back hitting a hurricanrana on Espanto and then Star Jr hits a drop kick to the corner on Disturbio for the fall. Second Fall: Disturbio gets pinned by a corner drop kick by Star Jr.
Disturbio and Electrico go back and forth. Disturbio bites his nipple in the corner. Don’t let Jim Cornette see that. Electrico eventually head scissors him to the outside. Star and Espanto are in next. Star gets him to the outside then feigns a dive. Difunto is in next with Astral and he works over everyone. Star tricks Disturbio to dive on the ramp and then he hits an arm drag. Electrico hits an elbow drop on Espanto for the win. Third Fall: Electrico pins Espanto with an elbow drop.
Winners: Electrico, Star Jr, and Astral
Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and La Jarochita vs Amapola, Dalys, and La Metalica (Tiffany)
Dalys starts with Kobayashi and they go back and forth grappling. Amapola works over Jarochita next. Marcela comes in to take on Amapola. Marcela hits a back breaker and then a knee drop on Amapola bringing in Tiffany. She works with Tiffany until Tiffany hits a spine buster. Marcela avoids a double team attack and Tiffany falls to the outside. Dalys gets thrown to the outside and Jarochita hits a dive through the middle rope. Kaho gets a roll up on Tiffany and Marcela hits a michinoku driver on Amapola for the pin. First Fall: Marcela pins Amapola with a michinoku driver.
Dalys works over Jarochita to start, then Marcela gets teamed on. Kaho Kobayashi gets drop kicked to the ramp. Jarochita whips Dalys into the barricade. Marcela and her team then team up on the rudos. Marcela hits a back breaker on Amapola. Then they go to hit dives but get pulled out of the ring. Dalys goes to power bomb Jarochita but she squirms out of it and Dalys removes her mask. Second Fall: Jarochita wins via mask removal, DQ.
Winners: Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and La Jarochita
(Match Relampago) Flyer vs Polvora
Polvora takes him down to start the match. They go back and forth and Flyer slides to the outside and Polvora pushes him into the barricade. Polvora brings him in the ring and works on taking his mask off. Flyer gets him to the outside and hits an asai moonsault. In the ring Flyer hits a sunset flip but Polvora rolls into it for a drop kick. Flyer ducks an attack then hits a super kick. Polvora hits a drop kick to the inner thigh on Flyer in the corner. Polvora goes to the top but Flyer kicks him and goes up and hits a Spanish fly for the win. Flyer pins Polvora with a Spanish Fly.
Blue Panther, Stuka, and Esfinge vs Cavernario, Luciferno, and El Felino
Esfinge starts with Cavernario and they move fast going back and forth trading moves. They tie up again and do a test of strength. Luciferno comes in next with Blue Panther and they start grappling on the ground. Felino comes in next with Stuka and they work fast with Stuka hitting a hurricanrana on him to the outside. Luciferno then comes in but Stuka hits a back breaker. Cavernario comes in but Stuka rolls into a pinning combination for the fall. First Fall: Stuka pins Cavernario with a pinning combination.
Esfinge starts with Felino but the midget Zakarias with Felino distracts Esfinge and hits Esfinge. Esfinge ends up super kicking him. Panther comes in with Luciferno and Panther makes him fall outside the ring. Cavernario attacks him from behind and gets Panther on the top rope. Panther pulls him by his hair and hair drags him to the outside. Back in the ring Felino head butts Stuka and Cavernario hits a snap suplex. Felino nabs the pin. Luciferno hits a pop up power bomb on Esfinge for the fall. Second Fall: Luciferno pins Esfinge with a pop up power bomb.
Cavernario works over Stuka to start this round, trying to untie his mask. Esfinge makes a come back hitting a hurricanrana on Cavernario to the outside, then hit a middle rope dive . Felino falls to the outside and then Stuka hit a dive through the middle rope. Panther is left in the ring and he tries to get pinning combinations on Luciferno but he blocks it. Felino comes and attacks him from behind hitting a clothesline and Esfinge comes in to take him on hitting a springboard drop kick, then getting him in a cloverleaf submission. Cavernario comes in and hits a back breaker and goes for the slingshot splash but Esfinge gets the feet up. They team up to get Cavernario in a move but he rolls through and pins Esfinge when Panther and Stuka turn their backs. Cavernario then drop kicks Stuka to the outside and hits a twisting dive through the middle rope and in the ring Luciferno hits a Styles Clash on Panther for the win. Third Fall: Luciferno pins Blue Panther with a Styles Clash.
Winners: Cavernario, Luciferno, and El Felino
Atlantis, Volador Jr, and Diamante Azul vs Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero
Match starts with brawling. Azul and Volador get taken out and Atlantis gets teamed on. Volador gets kicked to the outside when he tries to make the save. Sanson hits Volador with a back breaker for the pin. Cuatrero launches Forastero into Diamante for the pin. First Fall: Forastero pins Diamante Azul by being launched into him.
Azul gets beat up on the outside to start this round. They go back in the ring to beat on Volador. Cuatrero holds up Atlantis and Forastero and Sanson hit double axe handles on Atlantis. They continue to beat on Atlantis. Azul comes from the ramp and hits a clothesline over the top rope to change the momentum. Volador pins Forastero off the clothesline. Azul rolls Cuatrero into a pin for Volador. Second Fall: Volador pins Cuatrero with a pinning combination.
Cuatrero and Azul go back and forth to start the round. Azul dodges a double team attack from Sanson and hits a flying elbow strike on Sanson. Azul hits a big hip toss on Forastero. Volador clears house hitting a hurricanrana on Cuatrero then posing in the ring. Volador hits a dive over the top to the outside and Azul hits a german suplex on Sanson for the win. Sanson sells his shoulder afterwards. They bring out a stretcher for him. I don’t know if it’s a work it didn’t look that bad but you could never know with moves around the neck area. Third Fall: Diamante Azul pins Sanson with a german suplex.
Winners: Atlantis, Volador Jr, and Diamante Azul
Arena Mexico Friday
Stigma and Pegasso vs Raziel and Cancerbero
Pegasso and Raziel start out grappling and fighting for position. Stigma comes in with Cancerbero and they lock up. Cancerbero tries to use his strength to his advantage. Pegasso and Raziel join them in the ring and Pegasso and Stigma hit hurricanranas for a two count. Pegasso gets launched into Cancerbero for a hurricanrana. Raziel catches him in a body stretch submission, however. Cancerbero then hits Stigma with a flapjack and gets Stigma in a stretch as well. First Fall: Cancerbero submits Stigma with a stretch.
Stigma gets double teamed to start this round out. After a few minutes of being beat on Stigma makes a come back and hits a hurricanrana for the pin on Raziel. Pegasso also hit one on Cancerbero and pinned him. Uneventful round. Second Fall: Pegasso pins Cancerbero with a hurricanrna
Pegasso starts this round off hot taking out Cancerbero and Raziel, then posing. Stigma gets in there with Cancerbero when the dust settles and Bero works him over for a little. Stigma then launches Pegasso and he hits a double arm drag on Raziel and Cancerbero. Then then work on Raziel. Pegasso slams Raziel and then hits a 450. The ref doesn’t pin and Cancerbero kicks Stigma to the outside. Pegasso goes for a corner attack but Cancerbero catches him and drops him. Raziel then launches Stigma in the air by his feet and Cancerbero hits a bulldog. Raziel then gets him in a surfboard stretch and Cancerbero hit a neck breaker during the move. Raziel pinned him. Cancerbero then held up Pegasso in a stretch submission and Raziel leg dropped him off the top rope for the win. Third Fall: Cancerbero pins Pegasso after a leg drop from Raziel.
Winners: Raziel and Cancerbero
Blue Panther Jr, Guerrero Maya, and Black Panther vs Virus, Okumura, and Tiger
Black Panther and Virus start out the match and they tie up and eventually go to the ground and grapple. Blue Panther and Tiger come in and they go to the ground as well and do some grappling and submission wrestling. Maya and Okumura come in and bypass the grappling for some moves. Maya arm drags Okumura out of the ring and Virus comes in and knocks Maya outside. Black Panther then hits a cross body on Virus which he kicks out of. Black Panther gets Virus to the outside and Tiger comes in and hits a DDT on him. Tiger then gets Blue Panther in a pinning combination for the pin. Okumura hits a slingblade on Maya then hits a cross roads for the fall. First Fall: Okumura pins Maya with a cross roads.
Black Panther gets worked over to start the round by Tiger but Blue Panther quickly makes his way in. Blue Panther gets worked over and taken out as well. Then they go to work over Maya. Tiger goes for his mask but then he hits a drop kick while he’s draped in the tree of woe. Blue Panther helps make a come back hitting a sunset flip on Tiger. Maya then hits a shoulder breaker on Virus for the pin. Second Fall: Guerrero Maya pins Virus with a shoulder breaker.
Okumura and Blue Panther exchange strikes in the corner to begin this round. Blue Panther wins that battle which brings Tiger in and then they exchange strikes to the chest. Black Panther comes in with Tiger and gets him to the outside. Black Panther feigns a dive and Tiger moves away from it but Blue Panther hits him with a dive off the ramp. Maya then hit a head butt on Virus for a two count. Both Panthers get pinning combinations that get kicked out of. Virus hit a shotgun drop kick on Maya which should have been a 3 but the ref stopped counting. Tiger, Virus, and Okumura get pinning combinations all for a two count. After that cleared, Blue Panther hits a power bomb slam on Okumura and Tiger. They kick out. Maya then hits back breakers on Okumura and Tiger, then hits a dive through the middle rope on Virus. In the ring Black and Blue Panther get Okumura and Tiger in the same stretch submission for the win. Third Fall: Black and Blue Panther submits Tiger and Okumura with a stretch submission.
Winners: Blue Panther Jr, Guerrero Maya, and Black Panther
Titan, Triton, and Esfinge vs Vangellys, Templario, and Polvora
Polvora starts out with Esfinge and they grapple on the ground. Templario comes in next with Titan and they work quick doing some acrobatic things for a little until Triton and Vangellys enter. Triton kicks Vangellys and Titan hits a springboard splash. Polvora enters and Vangellys goes to the outside. Polvora whips Titan but Titan hits a dive through the middle rope on Vangellys. Back in the ring Esfinge gets Polvora in the ropes and Triton hits a guillotine leg drop for the pin and then Templario gets hit with a springboard splash by Esfinge. First Fall: Esfinge pins Templario with a springboard splash.
Round starts with Triton and Polvora going back and forth. Titan and Templario come in to do some acrobatic spots. Titan hits a spinning head scissors on Templario and Vangellys spears Titan afterwards. Triton then comes in to take on Vangellys but he gets caught with a northern lights suplex for the pin. Templario then hit a superplex on Esfinge and Titan got hit with a top rope face buster by Polvora off the top. Second Fall: Polvora pins Titan with a top rope face buster.
Triton gets teamed up on to start the round, then Vangellys takes Titan out with a shotgun drop kick. Esfinge then gets teamed up on. Titan and pals make a come back and it looks like Titan clearly punts Polvora in the groin in the corner but I guess it must have been inner thigh. Esfinge gets pulled to the outside but in response Titan and Triton hit dives over the top rope on Vangellys and Polvora. In the ring Esfinge gets Templario in a submission hold but Templario gets to the ropes. He gets up and hits a Gord buster but Titan comes in and breaks up the pin fall. Titan does a matrix spot and kicks Templario for a pin but Polvora breaks it up. Now the ref is trying his best to get control back. To the refs credit he’s probably the best official in CMLL by a country mile. Polvora hits a drop kick on Titan and then Triton breaks up the count. Triton slams Povlora and goes to the top and hits a frog splash for a pin that Vangellys breaks up. Vangellys hits a spinning wheel kick on Triton which Esfinge breaks up. Now Esfinge and Polvora are striking each other back and forth. Esfinge hits a shot gun drop kick on him then hits a dive over the top rope. Triton hits an arm drag on Templario then jumps up on the ropes and hits an asai moonsault. In the ring Titan gets Vangellys in a neck bridge pinning combination for the win. What a match. Third Fall: Titan pins Vangellys with a neck bridge pinning combination.
Winners: Titan, Triton, and Esfinge
Angel de Oro, Stuka, and Soberano vs Mephisto, Ephesto, and La Bestia del Ring
Stuka and Mephisto start the match off striking each other. Ephesto comes in soon to replace Mephisto and Soberano comes in with a cross body and hurricanrana on Ephesto. Bestia then kicks Soberano and in bounces Angel de Oro. They square off. Angel gets Bestia to the outside and then hits a dive through the middle rope. Everybody else comes in the ring however, and Stuka hits a swinging neck breaker on Mephisto for a pin and Soberano hits a tornado dive on Ephesto for the fall. First Fall: Soberano pins Ephesto with a tornado dive.
Bestia doesn’t want to engage Oro in this round so Oro poses and tags in Soberano who gets in with Ephesto. Soberano hits an arm drag on the ramp on Ephesto and re-enters the ring and poses. Crowd is super hot tonight and the workers are working their ass off this whole show. Stuka comes in with Mephisto and they do some acrobatic spots until Stuka hits a hurricanrana on him to the outside. He then follows him out there and hits back breakers on all three of them and then gets back in the ring and poses. Oro wants Bestia to come in but Bestia doesn’t want to. Oro ends up getting teamed on by the Sons of Hell. Oro fights back and kicks one away and hits a hurricanrana on Ephesto then a head scissors on Mephisto then drop kicking Bestia to the outside. Stuka hits a middle rope dive and then Soberano hits a back flip over the top. Inside the ring Bestia and Oro fight which ends with Bestia kicking Oro in the groin. The ref tries to get him to stop but Bestia chops him. Second Fall: Angel de Oro wins via DQ.
Winners: Angel de Oro, Stuka, and Soberano
Caristico, Mistico, and Valiente vs Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, and Gran Guerrero
Mistico starts the match out with Ultimo Guerrero and they stall for a little but do some ground grappling. Mistico knocks Guerrero to the outside then feigns a dive and hits a pose. Caristico makes his way in to take on Euforia to a chorus of cheers. They trade a few acrobatic spots and Gran Guerrero and Valiente make their way in. Valiente chases him to the outside but he gets jumped by Euforia and taken out. Mistico gets tripped on the apron and drop kicked off. In the ring Caristico gets teamed up on. Euforia gets Caristico in a crucifix position and Gran and Ultimo bulldog him down for a face buster, then Gran power bombs him. Mistico and Valiente get in the ring and all three are put into submissions by Los Guerrero’s for the fall. First Fall: Los Guerrero’s submit all three with a combined submission effort.
Valiente gets pressed slammed off the top rope to begin the round by Gran and Euforia. The Los Guerrero’s triple team spot is done on Mistico and Caristico on the outside. Euforia stands on Valiente’s back for a triple submission but Caristico comes off the top for a hurricanrana. Valiente then reverses them and Caristico launches Mistico in the ring for a hurricanrana. Then Mistico and Caristico hit stereo dives to the outside on Euforia and Gran Guerrero while in the ring Valiente submits Ultimo with a leg lock. Second Fall: Valiente submits Ultimo Guerrero with a leg stretch.
Valiente starts out hot in this round taking everyone out then posing. Mistico and Gran Guerrero pose to the crowd and both get booed. They like Caristico more. Gran goes to pull Mistico’s mask off and the crowd starts to cheer. Mistico runs off Gran’s chest and then hits a hurricanrana. He then hits a head scissors on Ultimo and Euforia. Ultimo launches him out of the ring but on the way down he hits a hurricanrana on Euforia on the outside of the ring. Caristico is in with Ultimo Guerrero now and he runs circles around him and takes him out with a hurricanrana .Gran launches Caristico into Euforia and he hits a hurricanrana. Caristico then gets a head scissors on Gran and then feigns a dive a hits a pose. Crowd goes crazy. Mistico comes back in and gets whipped onto the ramp. Euforia runs at Caristico in the corner and Caristico moves and he falls out of the ring. Valiente leaps up on the rope and does a moonsault to the outside on Gran. Caristico does a dive over the turnbuckle onto Euforia and then Mistico does a dive of his own. Crazy stuff going on here. I can barely keep up. Back in the ring Euforia hits a kind of face buster on Caristico bringing in Valiente who goes for a leg lock but Gran breaks it up and chokeslams him. Mistico comes back in to hit a hurricanrana pin but Gran kicks out. Caristico then hits a hurricanrana on Ultimo to the outside and then Valiente hits a brutal middle rope dive on him to the outside that made them crash into the barricade. In the ring Mistico and Caristico both do the head scissors into a Fujiwara arm bar on Gran and Euforia for the win. Tremendous match. Wow. Third Fall: Mistico and Caristico submit Gran Guerrero and Euforia with a Fujiwara arm bar.
Winners: Caristico, Mistico, and Valiente
(Champion of the Universe) El Terrible vs Niebla Roja
They start the match out tying up fighting for the first take down. Finally they get to the ground and Roja does some acrobatic spots to him. They get up and trade strikes. Roja runs at Terrible and Terrible slaps him. Roja back drops Terrible to the outside and then hits a crushing dive through the middle rope that sends Terrible into the crowd. They get back in the ring and Roja gets a couple of two count. Roja goes to run and Bestia distracts him which allows Terrible to grab Roja for a german suplex for the first fall. First Fall: El Terrible pins Niebla Roja with a german suplex.
Terrible beat Roja up a bit in between rounds and continues to work on Roja on the outside to start the second round. Terrible slams the barricade on Roja’s head. Back in the ring Roja catches some momentum and knocks Terrible to the outside and then hits a dive over the top rope laying out Terrible. Roja poses to the crowd for their admiration. Roja whips Terrible over the barricade and then leaps over the barricade for an attack. Crowd is very much behind Niebla Roja as you might expect. Back in the ring Roja hits a double underhook face buster which Terrible kicks out of. They trade strikes in the corner multiple times. Roja finally dodges one and throws Terrible in the air and kicks him in the face. Terrible kicks out. Arena is going crazy. Terrible dodges an attack and then hits a shotgun drop kick, sending Roja flying. Terrible sets him up in the corner and hits multiple strikes to the body and face on Roja. Terrible hits a Styles Clash on Roja but Roja kicks out. Both men lay their gassed out. Terrible goes to the top and Roja hits a arm drag, or some half way Spanish Fly for a two count. Roja hits a springboard splash and then goes for a lionsault but Terrible gets the legs up and goes for the pin. A very close two count. Terrible slams Roja and goes to the top again, and again Roja knocks him down. Roja goes for a hurricanrana but Terrible blocks him and goes for a power bomb but mid air Roja reverses to a hurricanrana for a two count. Roja goes to the top rope but Terrible gets up and crotches him. They fight a bit on the top rope and Roja gets the underhooks for his face buster but Terrible kicks out yet again. Roja sets him up in the corner and gives him a receipt for those strikes earlier. Roja again tries to go for a hurricanrana but this time Terrible hits a power bomb off the top. Roja kicks out however. Terrible runs at Roja in the corner but Roja moves and strikes Terrible. Roja gets an handle to the chest then rolls into his rocking boat stretch. Bestia distracts the ref which brings Oro in to confront him but the ref goes over to him and Bestia strikes Roja which allows Terrible to hit a power bomb then Styles Clash for the win. Second Fall: El Terrible pins Niebla Roja with a Styles Clash.
Oro is trying to chase down Bestia as the ring girls bring Terrible his Champion of the Universe belt. Oro gets the mic and he’s heated. He’s walking up the ramp to confront him. Now Roja has the mic. The mic is very poorly connected to the TV audio, as it’s echoing. But I did make out hair vs hair that Niebla Roja challenged Terrible too. I wonder if at their big March show they do a tag team Hair vs Hair involving Terrible and Bestia facing Oro and Roja. They set the seeds a little bit in the earlier match involving Roja and Oro for it to be a tag team.
Winner: El Terrible