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- Kalisto VS Akira Tozawa; Kalisto wins.
- Drew Gulak VS Mark Andrews; Gulak wins.
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We finally have a new WWE Cruiserweight Champion!
The finals of the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament, as started by 205 Live General Manager, Drake Maverick, happened on the Grandest Stage of Them All! The Heart and Soul of 205 Live battled fast and furious, pitting every ounce of their determination, grit and desire against each other. Cedric Alexander would derail one 0-5-4, survive another, and avoid the last before giving Mustafa Ali a powerful Lumbar Check. The Age of Alexander begins, how long shall it reign?
Percy Watson joins the 205 Live commentary team!
Just like Nigel McGuinness–who will be back in a couple weeks–Mr. Showtime himself now covers both 205 Live and NXT! And what a night to make his 205 Live debut on, as Cedric Alexander will be here later on to celebrate.
Kalisto VS Akira Tozawa!
Ahead of next week’s Cruiserweight Tornado Tag match, the Lucha House Party’s Samurai of the Sun and the Stamina Monster of the Rising Sun go mano y mano to gain momentum for their respective teams.
The bell rings and the two circle. Tozawa points out the chants for him before he ties up with Kalisto. They go around in a circle and Tozawa gets the waistlock, but Kalisto pries his way out to an arm wrench. Tozawa rolls to reverse the wrench, then shifts to the wristlock. Kalisto cartwheels and reverses the wristlock, bringing Tozawa to his knees. He brings Tozawa back up to a headlock, but Tozawa powers out. They speed up, Kalisto handstand walks and handsprings to headscissor Tozawa. Tozawa backs off to a corner, Kalisto starts up a “Lucha! Lucha!” chant. Tozawa comes back and they circle again. They tie up, Tozawa puts Kalisto up against the ropes. The break is clean but tense, and Tozawa starts up “AH! AH!” chants.
They tie up again, and Tozawa puts Kalisto in a corner. Tozawa backs off to stomp Kalisto, then whips him corner to corner. Kalisto goes up and over and things speed up again. Kalisto sunset flips, Tozawa rolls through, Kalisto ducks the Penalty Kick and rolls Tozawa but Tozawa ducks the Listo Kick. Tozawa flips Kalisto to his feet and fakes the chop, to hit the jab! Kalisto staggers to a corner and Tozawa starts up another “AH! AH!” chant while he stomps a mudhole into Kalisto. Tozawa backs off for just a moment, then brings Kalisto back up. Kalisto hits back with body shots, but Tozawa rocks him with another stiff jab. Tozawa snapmares Kalisto, runs and hits the Penalty Kick and the back senton. Cover, TWO, but Tozawa keeps on Kalisto with a chinlock.
Kalisto powers his way up and fights out of the hold, but Tozawa rocks him again with another stiff right. Tozawa chops Kalisto to a corner, then chops him again. He clubs and stomps Kalisto in the corner, then brings Kalisto up for a corner to corner whip. Kalisto slips out as Tozawa runs in, and then he swing kicks Tozawa away. Kalisto springboards and hits the seated senton, then keeps moving for a springboard corkscrew crossbody! Fans fire up as Kalisto mule kicks and runs, he hits Tozawa with a Spike-rana! Cover, TWO!
Tozawa rolls to a corner but Kalisto dropkicks him in the back. Kalisto stands Tozawa up, rams in a shoulder, then puts him on the top rope. Kalisto climbs up to join Tozawa, “Lucha House Party, baby!” But Tozawa fights back with body shots. They brawl up there, but Tozawa knocks Kalisto down. He’s in the drop zone, but springs up to swing kick Tozawa. Kalisto climbs up again, but Tozawa again fights him. Kalisto uses a headbutt, but it’s a bit double-edged as they both wobble. After some adjustments, Kalisto brings Tozawa up, for a rebound Spanish Fly!
Cover, TWO! Kalisto grows frustrated, but he crawls over to Tozawa on the mat. They brawl on their knees, then up to their feet. They throw right forearms back and forth, but Tozawa gets the edge. Kalisto comes back with furious palm strikes and an elbow! Tozawa back kicks, swings but slides under, spinning roundhouse! Cover, TWO! Now Tozawa feels frustration while Kalisto gets to a corner. Tozawa is in another corner and fans chant “AH! AH!” while he takes aim. He runs corner to corner but Kalisto evades to then SUPERKICK Tozawa! Tozawa is dazed, Kalisto keeps on him with a knee to the stomach, and then a rolling Death Valley Driver!
He keeps going, kicking Tozawa in the chest. Tozawa sits up again, so Kalisto kicks him again, and again. Every time Tozawa sits up, Kalisto kicks him down. Kalisto backs up to a corner, fires up, and runs in, but into a monkey flip that sends him into buckles! The referee checks on Kalisto while Tozawa drags himself to the apron. Tozawa pulls himself up to the top rope while Kalisto is still down. He stands up and takes aim, but Kalisto rolls out of the way. Tozawa isn’t bothered, he hops down and builds speed to blast Kalisto with a baseball slide dropkick that sends him into the announce desk! Then he builds more speed to DIVE!
The Tozawa Torpedo hits and sends Kalisto back into the announce desk. Kalisto staggers while Tozawa gets back on the apron, for a cannonball! The fans are fired up, and so is Tozawa. He gets Kalisto back in the ring while fans chant “205! 205!” Kalisto is in the drop zone, fans chant “AH! AH!” while Tozawa climbs up. SUPER SENTON, but into Kalisto’s knees!
Kalisto’s knees hurt from that impact almost as much as Tozawa’s back. The fans rally while Kalisto drags himself to his feet. Tozawa also stands, Kalisto runs for a second Spike-rana, but Tozawa blocks it! Tozawa brings Kalisto up but Kalisto rolls through to a sunset flip, TWO into Tozawa’s seated cover, TWO, but Tozawa comes back with a jackknife cover. TWO as Kalisto bridges out! Kalisto goes for a backslide but Tozawa flips over, only to run into Salida Del Sol!
Cover, Kalisto wins!
Winner: Kalisto, by pinfall
Lucha House Party’s leader gains major momentum for the coming Tornado Tag match with this victory. Will the result be the same when Gran Metalik and Hideo Itami are added to the mix? Or will Tozawa & Itami beat some respect out of their rivals?
Tony Nese talks with Mark Andrews backstage.
The High-Fiving, Stage-Diving Welshman is a bit surprised to be seeing the Premier Athlete ahead of his match with Drew Gulak. But Nese was Gulak’s friend, until he turned into “this sadistic, egomaniac.” If anyone deserves vengeance on Gulak, it’s Nese. But he still hopes Andrews goes out there and kicks Gulak’s ass. With the 8-pack powerhouse supporting him, can Andrews settle his grudge with the gritty Philly grappler?
Drew Gulak VS Mark Andrews!
Just as Tony Nese said, the self-proclaimed greatest grappler in the Cruiserweight or any Division in the WWE today has grown in arrogance as well as aggression. Can Andrews settle the score with the Philly Fury here in New Orleans?
Before the match, Gulak speaks. “I am nothing if not a man of the people, and I have heard your concerns.” Gulak asks, “What better time than now, for myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy…! POWERPOINT, PRESENTATION~!!” Fans are so excited for its return, but “the answer to that question is, ‘anytime but now.'” Fans boo. There’s a time for presentations, but not when Gulak is destroying the “pop-rock dimwit”, Mark Andrews. This is not Microsoft Office master, Drew Gulak, no. This is “the best submission specialist in the WWE!” It doesn’t matter who you are, you step to Gulak, you WILL tap out. Gulak finishes his speech just in time, so that he isn’t interrupted by Andrews’ entrance.
The bell rings and they tie right up. Gulak powers Andrews back then whips him to ropes, but Andrews collides with him shoulder to shoulder. Neither man backs down, so Andrews speeds up and throws Gulak with a headscissors then with arm-drags. Gulak blocks the third arm-drag but Andrews slips around to the other side and gets the hat trick. Gulak slips out of the ring to catch his breath, and Andrews waits for him to return. The ring count begins but Gulak takes his time. He returns at 7 and shoulders into Andrews, but Andrews comes back to kick at the leg. Andrews kicks Gulak around the ring but Gulak brings him down with a wristlock. Gulak keeps Andrews grounded with wristlock after wristlock, then grinds a knee into his chest.
The fans rally for Andrews and Andrews rolls and handsprings to flip Gulak over. Andrews walks right into Gulak’s scoop, and Gulak goes for the dragon sleeper! Andrews resists then manages to victory roll Gulak, TWO! Gulak gets to a corner, Andrews runs in but Gulak puts him on the apron. Andrews shoulders back in, then slingshots over, into a wheelbarrow bulldog! Fans fire up for Andrews while Gulak gets out to the apron. Gulak shoulders in but Andrews counters with a dropkick. Andrews joins Gulak on the apron, and hops up for a huricanrana, but Gulak goes to counter with a powerbomb. Andrews slips out on the back end, but Gulak shoves him into the turnbuckle cross bars! Down goes Andrews, and Gulak watches him writhe in pain.
Gulak leaves Andrews to the mercy of the ring count while embracing the heat. The count reaches 5 as Andrews stirs, he beats the count at 7. Gulak goes right at Andrews with springboard stomps, then brings him up into a cravat neck wrench. Andrews endures, reaches, and fights out while the fans rally. Gulak snapmares but Andrews lands on his feet, only for Gulak to run him over with a back elbow. Cover, TWO, but Gulak keeps his cool. He brings Andrews up for a pendulum backbreaker, then another. Cover, TWO, so Gulak puts on a chinlock. Gulak squeezes and grinds Andrews while fans rally again. He wants Andrews to give up, but Andrews refuses. Gulak wrenches and thrashes Andrews around, but Andrews endures. Andrews powers up and fights back but Gulak grounds him with a knee to the ribs.
Gulak bends Andrews back in a chickenwing chinbar, but fans keep rallying. Andrews feeds off the energy to fight back again, but Gulak knees him down again. Cover, TWO, but Gulak grins as he toys with Andrews. He grabs Andrews’ wrist and pulls as he stands on Andrews’ throat. The referee counts, Gulak lets go at 4, but then goes back for another chinlock. Andrews endures and fights back again, jawbreaker rocks Gulak. Gulak shakes it off but Andrews hits him with a forearm. Andrews ducks the punch to enziguri Gulak! Gulak staggers and falls to his knees while Andrews gets space. Fans build to a rally again, and Andrews runs in for the 619 to the stomach!
Gulak staggers again, Andrews takes aim and springboards for the crossbody! Andrews fires up, and hits a corkscrew standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Andrews catches his breath while Gulak gets to ropes. Andrews whips but Gulak holds ropes, so Andrews throws a forearm. Another try but Gulak reverses, so Andrews tilt-o-whirls into the crucifix. They go ’round ‘n’ ’round, and Andrews brings Gulak down in the crucifix!
Cover, TWO, and Andrews grows frustrated. Andrews gets to a corner and climbs but Gulak grabs his foot. Andrews enziguris Gulak away, then runs for another wheelbarrow, but Gulak shoves him away, to then clobber Andrews from behind! Cover, TWO! And Gulak is shocked. Gulak glares at Andrews, and slowly brings him up by his beard. Andrews revives and starts chopping away at Gulak! Gulak hits back with palm strikes, and now it’s a slap fest! Gulak shoves Andrews, tilt-o-whirl on the rebound, but Gulak blocks the DDT! He suplexes Andrews, but Andrews counters into StunDog Millionaire!
Down goes Gulak, and fans fire up for Andrews as he hurries to a corner. Andrews climbs up, takes aim, but Gulak rolls away to the far side. Andrews hops down and walks over, only for Gulak to yank him into buckles! And then Gulak drags Andrews into the Gu-LOCK!
Andrews taps, Gulak wins!
Winner: Gulak, by submission
This time, Gulak is merciful and lets Andrews out at the bell. He continues to prove how talented a submission wrestler he is, but is he truly the best in the WWE today?
Wait, Gulak isn’t as merciful as he seemed. He goes back to Andrews, and puts him BACK in the Gu-Lock! The referee tries to stop Gulak while Andrews flails around, but it’s Tony Nese to the rescue!
The Premier Athlete hits the ring and hits Gulak with a takedown and fast hands! Gulak scrambles away but Nese FLIES!
He takes out Gulak, then fires up in the ring! Nese dares Gulak to get up and finish this, but Gulak wants no part of an angry former friend. “You always were a cheater.” This grudge is far from settled, will Nese defeat his nemesis in the gritty grappling Gulak?
205 Live General Manager, Drake Maverick, meets with a new team.
He has heard their request, and will grant it. These two superstars will be in Cruiserweight Tag Team action next week, but he does have some reservations about it. Who is he referring to? Why, it’s the Ungentlemanly Alliance, Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick!
Maverick admits he’s rather happy to have the Man with a Plan back in action, but reminds everyone that given the eye-injury Kendrick suffered at the hands–or rather, knee–of Hideo Itami, Maverick just hopes this won’t turn into “a vendetta”. Gallagher says, “Frankly, Mr. Maverick, a vendetta with Mr. Itami at this point, it’s beneath us.” Kendrick adds that he’s just as happy to be back, and as far as Itami goes, “consider it water under the bridge.” Maverick doesn’t seem quite convinced, but we can all be sure that with this team back, the budding Cruiserweight Tag Team Division just got a whole lot… crueler.
Drake Maverick heads to the ring.
The man formerly known as Rockstar Spud has been all smiles the last 48 hours in regards to the Wrestlemania Cruiserweight Championship match. He speaks to the New Orleans crowd to say, “I’m not gonna keep you, but I just wanna say, has this been the best weekend of WWE or what?!” The fans agree, it’s been pretty great. Maverick admits that nothing made him prouder than being appointed 205 Live General Manager. And he thinks they’re doing a hell of a job, don’t you? He sat ringside right by the announce desk–John Cena was in the front row–but Maverick was over on the other side, and watched “the Heart and Soul of 205 Live battle it out” for the title, “and they tore the house down!” Now, that brings him to present the NEW Cruiserweight Champion himself, Cedric Alexander!
The Carolina Kid is here and proudly holding onto his title after fighting for so long to get it. He enters the ring to join Maverick, and Maverick hands him the mic to speak. Fans let him know, “You Deserve It!”, and he thanks them. He wants to say that two years ago, everyone chanted, “Please Sign Cedric!”, and because of that, Alexander made it all the way to Wrestlemania to walk out a champion! Fans chant, “Yes You Did!” Alexander keeps it simple, and on behalf of himself and his family, “Thank you.” He loves them all, but before he can say more, Mustafa Ali appears.
The Beacon of Light walks to the ring and stands across from Alexander. Fans chant for “Mustafa! Mustafa!” to show they respect him as much as they do Alexander. Ali speaks, telling Alexander, “I came out here to tell you something face to face.” As his Wrestlemania opponent, as a member of the Cruiserweight Division, and as Alexander’s friend, Ali wants to say that Alexander doesn’t just deserve it, he earned it. They shake hands while fans applaud. Ali lets Alexander know there’s a long line of challengers waiting in the back, but fans are hoping for “One More Match!” between these two friends. But Ali reminds Alexander he’s still in that line. Another man who is in that line is Buddy Murphy! But where is he? He’s behind Alexander! And he gets the champion up for Murphy’s Law!
Maverick and Ali don’t notice until Alexander hits the mat, and by the time they react, Murphy’s out of the ring. Fans boo and jeer but the Best Kept Secret doesn’t care, he made his statement. Ali checks on Alexander while Maverick reprimands Murphy. Murphy was going to get his opportunity, he didn’t need to do this! But again, Murphy doesn’t care. Ali and Alexander both glare at Murphy, but Murphy just signals that he’s coming for that belt. Will the Age of Alexander survive when it goes up against the Aussie Action Hero?
A pretty good episode of 205 Live, all things considered. Great to see Percy Watson moving up in commentary, and I assume that means once Nigel returns, all WWE programming will have three person teams. Kalisto VS Tozawa have a great opener, but something confused me about Kalisto having this singles match but Lince Dorado taking his place in next week’s Tornado Tag. That aside, great for Kalisto to win, keeping him afloat in the Cruiserweight singles division. And with the return of THE Brian Kendrick, the Cruiserweight Tag Team Division… Well it can actually be one now. And them claiming they’re done with Itami is surely foreshadowing that they aren’t, and will attack during the Tornado Tag to prompt a Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship match involving all three teams.
Gulak VS Andrews left a bit to be desired, though. It didn’t help that something happened in the crowd to distract so many. I will note that it at least looked like one of the largest crowds 205 Live has had, and they at least snapped back to attention in time for the important parts. Gulak wins to stay strong going into the feud we’ve been waiting for: Team PowerPoint Civil War! This has been building since the ‘Zo Train turned them on each other, and now we finally get to progress with it. The Cruiserweight Championship celebration was more an acceptance speech, but it was still great. I thought Ali was going to turn, but he’s too popular for that, so leave it to Murphy to be Heel! He kinda botched his ambush, but oh well. A match of Murphy VS Alexander is going to be physical and incredible.
My Score: 8/10
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4!
NXT takes over Brooklyn for a fourth time! With Aleister Black out of action, will this FINALLY settle things between Ciampa and Gargano?
- EC3 VS Velveteen Dream; wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era VS Mustache Mountain; wins and
- NXT North American Championship: Adam Cole VS Ricochet; wins and
- NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane; wins and
- NXT Championship Last Man Standing Match: Tommaso Ciampa VS Johnny Gargano; wins and
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Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts & Pat McAfee are your NXT Kickoff Show panel!
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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Report: G1 Climax 28, part 4!
AXS continues NJPW coverage with more from Block A! The Rainmaker takes on the Hangman for the first time ever! Plus, The Ace VS The Underboss once more!
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- Jay White VS Michael Elgin; White wins.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Bad Luck Fale; Tanahashi wins, by disqualification.
- Kazuchika Okada VS Hangman Page; Okada wins.
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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene for Round Three!
Kazuchika Okada hasn’t been himself since losing the IWGP Heavyweight Championship to Kenny Omega. He’s also been on a losing streak since then, with a quick 0-2 record in the first two rounds. Okada lost to The Switchblade, Jay White, and perhaps lost all of Chaos to him. Then he lost to Bullet Club OG, the Underboss, Bad Luck Fale. The Rainmaker desperately needs to get on the board before it’s too late. But in his way is Bullet Club new blood, Hangman Adam Page, who would love to make a big splash with a win over the former top champion. Will Hangman be the third defeat on Okada’s downward spiral? Or will Okada use the Problem Solver to solve his losing problem?
But first, the Underboss has his own match in a rematch from the New Japan Cup quarterfinals. Fale lost to Hiroshi Tanahashi back then, but Tanahashi himself lost to Jay White, same as Okada. Can the Once in a Century Talent gain ground against an angry Fale? Or will the Firing Squad make their presence known once again?
NJPW and AXS give us another quick rundown on the other A Block matches.
Minoru Suzuki brutalized Yoshi-Hashi but the Head Hunter held his own. However, Suzuki’s Gotch Piledriver won it for the Man with the Worst Personality. Chaos’ Togi Makabe battled Los Ingobernables de Japon’s King of Darkness, EVIL, and they went all over the arena. The Uncaged King Kong would fall to Everything is EVIL, the signature STO, and Evil would get the win. For the third match of this third round, we jump right into it!
Jay White VS Michael Elgin!
The Switchblade says Chaos is now his faction, but he still has to prove it. We come into his match with The Unbreakable Big Mike as he brings Elgin up for a cobra clutch suplex! White calls for a finish, and brings Elgin up again. Eglin spins out of Blade Runner, but White elbows him away. White goes to run but Elgin reels him into a discus elbow! Elgin drags White up but White slips out. White lifts Elgin but Elgin knees out of the saido suplex. Elgin aims at the wobbly White and hits another discus elbow! Then the Half ‘n’ Half! Elgin runs, and clobbers White with a clothesline! He’s not done, he double underhooks for a sit-out Tigerbomb! Cover, TWO!? White survives by the thinnest of margins! Big Mike is surprised, but the fans are rallying for him.
Elgin drags White back up, takes aim at a corner, but White fights back. White’s huricanrana is blocked by pure strength! Elgin brings White back up, and buckle bombs him in the corner! But the referee gets caught in it, too! Elgin checks on the ref, then he goes back to White. White gives Big Mike a low blow uppercut to Little Mike! Then, Blade Runner! The referee returns to count the cover, White wins!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall; White earns 2 points, Elgin earns 0
The Switchblade takes the lead in Block A by any means necessary. White wants to reign over Chaos and all of NJPW as THE IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Will his streak continue and bring him all the way to the G1 Climax Finals?
Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Bad Luck Fale!
The Ace and the Underboss go around one more time, but this New Japan Cup rematch might be marred if the Bullet Club splinter cell show themselves. Can the two-time G1 Climax winner put Fale away before the Guerrillas of Destiny arrive?
Well that’s gonna be hard to do now, as Tonga Loa accompanies the lean, mean, Tongan machine to the ring. Even so, Tanahashi stays focused on his opponent. Red Shoes checks both men and finds they’re clean. He tells Tonga Loa to hop down off the apron, and Loa obliges. The bell rings, and Tanahashi immediately hits Fale with a dropkick! Tanahashi stomps away at the legs, then puts on leg on the ropes for another dropkick. Fans fire up with The Ace as he goes after the legs with more stomps. Tanahashi whips Fale but Fale reverses. Fale runs in but Tanahashi dodges to chop block! Fans chant for Tanahashi as he stalks Fale. Tanahashi brings Fale around to kick that bad knee. Fale staggers to ropes but Tanahashi refuses to let up. Tanahashi runs, but Fale follows, only for Tanahashi to drop toehold him.
Tanahashi puts Fale’s legs into a deathlock, pulling back on both knees. Fale reaches back to grab at Tanahashi, but then reaches out to grab ropes. Tanahashi honors the ropebreak, but then stomps Fale more. Fale slips out of the ring, and voids Tanahashi’s slingshot plancha. But Tanahashi lands on the apron, to cannonball onto Fale! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi fires up. Tanahashi drags Fale up, and has camera men clear out. He whips but Fale reverses, sending Tanahashi over the rails into commentary! Roppongi 3K’s Sho almost gets wiped out. Fale grabs a chair from one of the other commentary tables! Red Shoes tells him to put it down, but Fale refuses. Fale even threatens Red Shoes with it! But this is all to distract the ref from seeing Loa stomp Tanahashi out!
Sho and commentary try to get Red Shoes’ attention, but Loa backs off in time. Fale lets go of the chair and goes over to fetch Tanahashi. Fans clear out with help from the Young Lions, and Fale bowls for chairs using Tanahashi! Fans cheer Tanahashi in attempts to power him up, but Fale leaves him to the mercy of the 20 count. The count reaches 10 before Tanahashi reaches ringside. Tanahashi stands and enters at 14. Fale is right on him, and stands on his ribs! He backs off at 4, but then comes back to kick Tanahashi while he’s down. Fale drags Tanahashi up and puts him on the ropes to bend him backward. Red Shoes counts, and Fale lets off at 4 again. Tanahashi grits his teeth but Fale clubs his back. Fale puts Tanahashi back on the ropes for more clubbing forearms.
Tanahashi writhes to a corner but fans continue to rally. Fale wags a finger, their cheers won’t help Tanahashi. Fale gives Tanahashi big body shots, then a scoop slam. He sits on Tanahashi for the cover, TWO! Tanahashi crawls but Fale looms over him. Fale sits Tanahashi up for a nerve hold! Fale digs his fingers into Tanahashi’s trapezius, but fans rally more. Tanahashi feeds off the energy and gets to his feet. He fights back with elbows, then forearms. Fale staggers, but comes back with one big forearm of his own. Fale has Tanahashi in a corner, and gives him clubbing clotheslines from both sides. Tanahashi is down and dazed while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and Fale says “It’s too easy, man.” He looms over Tanahashi in the corner. He brings Tanahashi up and whips him corner to corner. Tanahashi comes running out to dropkick Fale’s bad leg! Tanahashi dropkicks it again, then again! He brings Fale back for a waistlock, but Fale is too big and strong for the German Suplex. Fale elbows out, but Tanahashi hits him back with a palm strike. Fale falls down, Tanahashi grabs the leg, for a grounded dragon screw! The screw drives Fale’s leg into the mat, and now Fale writhes as he clutches the knee. Tanahashi keeps on him with an attempt at the Cloverleaf. He props Fale up and works to roll him over, but Fale is still big and strong. They struggle against each other, but Tanahashi gets the hold!
Fale endures, and he powers his way out, sending Tanahashi all the way out of the ring! Tanahashi and Fale both take a few moments to recover. Fale goes out but Tanahashi gets back in. Tanahashi runs, but into Fale’s grip! Fale rocks Tanahashi with a right, but then Tanahashi dragon screws the leg between the ropes! Fans chant “Go Ace!” for Tanahashi as he takes aim. Tanahashi runs, sunset flip, but Fale sits on him! TWO, but barely! Loa coaches Fale up while the fans are on Tanahashi’s side. Fale runs and splashes! TWO, but still close! Tanahashi gasps for air while Fale brings him up. Tanahashi throws hands, then bobs ‘n’ weaves with Fale. He hits a European Uppercut, but runs into a lariat!
Fale drags Tanahashi up, but Tanahashi palm strikes before he can throw the Grenade thumb spike. Fale fireman carries Tanahashi instead, for the Samoan Drop! Both men are down from exhaustion but Fale makes the cover. TWO as Tanahashi survives. Fans rally up but Fale is first to stand. Fale brings Tanahashi up, preparing a powerbomb. Tanahashi slips out of the crucifix to huricanrana! Cover, TWO!! But Tanahashi comes back with a Slingblade, but Fale’s size and strength help him get out of it. Tanahashi rolls Fale up instead, TWO! Tanahashi tries a fisherman, but Fale scoops him. That bad leg gives way, and Tanahashi comes back with the swinging neckbreaker!
Fans rally again while Loa is worried. Tanahashi runs, the Slingblade hits! But he’s not done, as he goes top rope… High Fly Flow FLOPS as Fale moves! Tanahashi and Fale stir and stand while the fans are thunderous. Fale runs in for a big corner clothesline! Then he grabs Tanahashi, for the Grenade thumb thrust to choke slam! Cover, TWO!? Tanahashi survives that brutal combination, but Fale prepares a bomb! He lifts Tanahashi, crucifix but Tanahashi pops out to bring Fale down with an inverted bulldog! Tanahashi hurries up top, for the HIGH FLY FLOW! Cover, but Loa drags Red Shoes out!!
And he attacks Tanahashi! It was only a matter of time before it came to this. Loa stomps Tanahashi out while Fale slowly sits up. Fans boo the Firing Squad, but they don’t care. Loa brings Tanahashi up, and Fale prepares a lariat. Tanahashi ducks, the lariat hits Loa! Then Tanahashi Slingblades Fale down! But it’s Tama Tonga with a Gun Stun outta nowhere! The quintessential leader of the Firing Squad is here. He tells Tanahashi to never defy them. Fale covers, Tonga drags Red Shoes in, but Red Shoes says F U, Firing Squad! He calls for the DQ!
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by disqualification; Tanahashi earns 2 points, Fale earns 0
The Tongans are furious with Red Shoes, and Tama grabs him around the collar. But then they go after Tanahashi, stomping and punching away. No one makes the rescue, so the Firing Squad leave when they feel satisfied. Will anyone, from wrestlers to administration, stand up to this pack of wolves?
Kazuchika Okada VS Hangman Page!
The Rainmaker hasn’t been acting quite like himself since Kenny Omega took the title from him. He’s already lost twice, but is he so vulnerable as to give the Problem Solver a guaranteed win? Or is Hangman’s first G1 Climax too soon to defeat the former IWGP Heavyweight Champion?
The bell rings and fans cheer for Okada. Hangman tunes it out as he jaws with The Rainmaker. The two circle then tie up. Hangman gets the wristlock, but Okada rolls and reverses. Hangman rolls and reverses back to a hammerlock then snapmare. He puts Okada in a chinlock, but Okada gets up and out. Okada gets the hammerlock, but Hangman gets the ropebreak. Okada honors the break, and fakes his punch, to pat Hangman on the shoulders. He’s all smiles, but Hangman scowls. Okada ducks Hangman’s punch, then catches the boot. He shoves Hangman, having fun with him. Hangman runs into a drop toehold, and Okada grins while Hangman gets to a corner. Fans cheer him on but Hangman clotheslines him out! Hangman keeps going, and DIVES onto the downed Okada!
Hangman loves throwing caution to the wind, but even that was crazy. He gets up and mocking asks, “This is Okada now?” Hangman puts Okada back in the ring, then walks circles around him, like a shark with blood in the water. He shows off his strength with a pumphandle deadlift, into a brinding Fall Away Slam! TWO, but Hangman keeps hold of a leg to roll Okada around. Hangman chops Okada bluntly, then stalks him to a corner. Hangman stands Okada for another chop, then continues to question Okada’s character. He snapmares Okada into a chinlock, and he gives slaps to Okada’s head. Fans rally up and Okada fights out, but Hangman clubs him. Hangman runs into a boot, but he avoids Okada’s back senton. Hangman hits his standing shooting star! Cover, TWO, but Hangman keeps his cool.
Hangman toys with Okada, then drags him back up. He scoops Okada for the slam, then slingshots out and in for the senton atomico! Fans applaud his ability, but still rally up for Okada. Hangman sits Okada up for a neck wrench. Okada endures and works his way up. He fights back but Hangman ear claps him. Hangman whips but Okada reverses to a DDT! Both men are down, but Okada kips up! Okada runs and rallies with forearms and elbows. He whips but Hangman reverses, only for Okada to come back with a back elbow. Okada brings Hangman up but Hangman gives body shots and a forearm. Hangman runs, but into a flapjack! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally behind Okada as he runs corner to corner. Hangman dodges, then runs back in, but Okada dodges. Okada puts Hangman up top to dropkick him to the floor! Okada goes out slowly to fetch Hangman, not satisfied with a possible count out win. He rocks Hangman with a EuroUpper, then whips him at barriers. Okada runs and boots Hangman into the crowd! Young Lions help clear fans out while Okada walks over to fetch Hangman. Okada drags Hangman out but Hangman fights back. Hangman rocks Okada, then slingshots for the Buck Shot! Direct hit and both men are down while we go to break!
NJPW on AXS returns and Red Shoes checks on both men on the outside. Hangman stands first, and he drags Okada up and into the ring. He positions Okada in the drop zone before climbing up top. Fans rally up, and Hangman MOONSAULT! It FLOPS as Okada evades! Okada stands but Hangman runs in, only to get a boot. Hangman tries again but Okada gets him in Alabama Slam position. Hangman fights out and clubs Okada from behind. He whips Okada but Okada reverses, only to miss the dropkick. Hangman jackknifes and rolls to lift Okada, but Okada fights against the Rite. Okada gut wrenches but Hangman reverses to his own. Hangman changes from Tombstone to inverted cradle piledriver! Cover, TWO!! Okada barely survives, but now fans are dueling between the two.
Hangman sits up, and stares wild eyed at Okada. He brings Okada up, prepares the Rite, but Okada grabs the ropes. Hangman pulls but then dumps Okada off. Okada hits Hangman with a forearm, then hurries up top. Hangman stops Okada, then climbs up to join him. Fans fire up but Okada resists the superplex. Okada fights back with body shots, then throws a forearm. Hangman falls back, but comes back with a forearm of his own. Okada teeters while Hangman climbs up. They stand on the very top, for a SUPER neckbreaker! But Okada rolls out of the ring. Hangman goes to a corner and climbs up again. Fans anticipate what’s coming, it’s Hangman’s SUPER ASAI MOONSAULT! He hits Okada, then puts him in the ring. Fans have sided with Hangman now as he slingshots, for another Buck Shot! Cover, TWO!!
Okada survives again, but his eyes are staring into space. Hangman calls for the finish! He brings Okada up, into position, but Okada sunset flips! TWO, but barely, and Hangman runs into a waistlock. Okada German Suplexes, but Hangman lands on his feet! Hangman aims at Okada, runs corner to corner, for a big dropkick! Then a scoop, but Okada reverses, into the Tombstone! But Okada’s too exhausted to make a cover! Fans duel as they rally up. Okada sits up, but Hangman slowly follows. Okada throws a forearm, but Hangman comes back with one. Now Okada boots Hangman, and he dares Hangman to return it. Hangman swings but Okada ducks to give a EuroUpper. Okada blocks the Superkick but gets the roaring elbow!
Hangman whips but Okada reverses and hits the dropkick this time. He brings Hangman up, wrings him out, but misses to get a SUPERKICK! Hangman runs, but is put on the apron. He rocks Okada agian, slingshots but into the RAIN– No, Hangman tilt-o-whirls through, to powerbomb Okada! High stack, TWO, roaring elbow! Fans fire up again as Hangman brings Okada up. Okada slips out, for a discus clothesline! He’s not done there, he swings Hangman out for THE Rainmaker! Cover, Okada wins!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; Okada earns 2 points, Hangman earns 0
Okada is finally on the board! His losing streak ends, but it was still a tough fight. He still has a long way to go, can he climb back up to the top of A Block? And while Hangman goes 1-2, he still shows so much promise. Will he manage his own turn around to the top of the G1?
“Finally, finally, finally, the first victory!” Fans applaud for that. Okada jokingly says it was an easy win. But he is happy, and he thanks the fans. Okada seems to be holding back the tears, but the fans cheer him. But then he’s totally fine as he says, “Still, the G1 tournament has only just begun. I will dominate. And make it rain.” Okada drops the mic, still confident in himself. He may be more relaxed than normal, but will he still make the climb?
Hangman knows that since losing the title, Okada “has been a damn mess.” But this match was more about beating “the man that was the champion”. If Hangman could do that, he could do anything. He felt how close he was to getting those points. But now he’s got a fire burning.
Okada apologizes for the wait. “To all of you enjoying the G1 Climax,” it’s great. He’s enjoying himself, too. He hasn’t lost sight of the prize. He’ll keep having fun as he keeps winning. Okada knows the title matters, his shot at Kenny Omega matters, but what really matters is that it will all be Okada’s. We know from the standings that Okada has a long way to go to catch up to Jay White, but if anyone can do it, it’s the Rainmaker. Will he do it? Or is it already too late to take it all back?
I was hoping to see these moments from the G1 Climax. It was a nice surprise to get the last bit of White VS Elgin, and White going on this quick 3-0 tear is definitely a sign that NJPW appreciates his talent. Even if White doesn’t go to the Finals, his victories will definitely lead him to something. Plus, he and Okada need to settle who is truly leader of Chaos before it ends up like the Bullet Club Civil War. Then speaking of, obviously the Firing Squad would try to cheat. It backfired on them and Tanahashi gets the points, and as we know in real time, NJPW the company would issue a statement and “suspend” the Firing Squad in order to let the G1 Climax finish cleanly. This could go any direction after the “suspension” is over, it’s definitely intriguing.
Okada VS Hangman was great, and the stories involved are well thought out. Okada finally gets points, and he clearly feels some weight off his shoulders now. He vows to be back to his dominant ways soon enough, but that almost promises he’s not. This with White challenging his command of Chaos, Okada has a lot on his plate for the rest of the year. Hangman himself isn’t deterred, he knows he’s getting to that level. It’s only a matter of time before Hangman has his first singles title in NJPW, I’m really excited for when he gets that moment.
My Score: 8.2/10
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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (8/11/18)
ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 360
The 9-Time ROH World Tag Team Champions, Jay & Mark Briscoe, plan to show why they’re the Baddest Team on the Whole Damn Planet by taking on The Bouncers!
- The Briscoes VS The Bouncers; The Briscoes win.
- WOH Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: Karen Q VS Tenille Dashwood VS Madison Rayne VS Kelly Klein; Madison wins and will challenge Sumie Sakai for the WOH Championship.
- Six Man Tag: Cheeseburger, Flip Gordon & Josh Woods VS Bully Ray, Shane Taylor & Punishment Martinez; rescheduled as…
- 3v2 Handicap: Cheeseburger & Josh Woods VS Bully Ray, Shane Taylor & Punishment Martinez; Bully, Taylor & Martinez win.
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The Briscoes VS The Bouncers!
The Baddest Tag Team in ROH takes on the literally biggest team in a non-title match. Tonight turns Sandy Fork VS Everybody into #DemBoys VS Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas, but will Jay & Mark turn them into two more notches on their belts?
Fans chant “Man Up!” as the bell rings. Mark starts against the Mastadon, and tie up. Milonas shoves Mark back to a corner, but Mark comes back with chops and haymakers. Mark tries but fails to whip, Milonas runs him over with a shoulder. Milonas fires body shots on Mark in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Mark goes to the apron, counter punches Milonas, then climbs up for a crossbody. Milonas catches Mark but Mark fights back with palm strikes. Mark runs, but into Milona’s big body, and big overhead suplex! Jay tags in and boots Milonas. Milonas stays up so Jay rams a shoulder in. He still can’t topple Milonas, so he tries again. Milonas still stays up, so Jay rocks him with a European Uppercut. Jay runs and Mark tags in.
Milonas lifts Jay but Jay slips out to hold Milonas’ arms back. Mark comes in to mug Milonas with body shots to his belly. Jay hits BCB for good measure, then the Briscoes double whip. Milonas stays up after double shoulders, and BCB comes in. The Briscoes duck his double clotheslines and now they all brawl. The Briscoes rock the Bouncers, then run, but into double bellies! Fans boo and jeer while the Briscoes crawl to corners. The Bouncers coordinate but while BCB squashes Mark, Milonas misses Jay. Jay stomps a mudhole into Milonas while BCB does the same to Mark. BCB calls Jay out and they start shoving. They start brawling with big forearms, but BCB knees low. BCB runs but into a dropkick! Jay builds speed, but Milonas intercepts with a Bouncer Pounce!
Mark fires off Redneck Fu on Milonas, but Milonas reverses the whip. Mark uses that to wreck BCB with a dropkick. Milonas walks over but Jay dumps him over! Mark groups up the Bouncers for Jay to FLY! Fans fire up as Mark climbs up now for a SUPER corkscrew senton! The Briscoes have control while we go to break.
ROH returns and the Bouncers have control. BCB drops Mark with a Samoan Drop, and Milonas brings the straps down for his running back senton! Cover, TWO! Milonas tags BCB in and the Bouncers bring Mark up. They whip him into their corner, then BCB whips Milonas in. Mark dodges to then hit and chop BCB. Milonas boots Mark, and BCB holds Mark up while Milonas climbs. Mark fights back but he still gets the draping Mastadon leg drop! Cover, but Jay breaks it in time! Jay goes after both Bouncers with fast hands and elbows, then kicks to the guts. He runs, but into double body shots. The Bouncers sandwich Jay between their guts!
BCB throws Jay out, to then CANNONBALL! But Jay dodges, and BCB hits the floor! Jay hotshots Milonas, Mark flies in with a crossbody. Milonas still catches him, but Jay comes in to help. The Briscoes club and clobber Milonas to a corner. Mark runs corner to corner for a big clothesline, then Jay adds his own. Mark goes again, then they both stomp a mudhole into Milonas. BCB returns, but he ends up giving Milonas that hip attack! Jay manages to lift BCB in a fireman’s carry, for the Death Valley Driver! Mark covers, TWO! Jay kicks Milonas out, but BCB sends Mark to the apron. Mark gives Milonas an apron blockbuster while Jay rocks BCB. Jay gives BCB the neckbreaker, and Mark adds his Froggy-Bow! Cover, The Briscoes win!
Winners: The Briscoes, Mark pinning
The champions get a literally big win. The titles will be on the line at Honor Reunited in the UK, will #DemBoyz bring those titles back home to the States with them?
The Briscoes speak.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we are the Briscoes. And we are the Baddest Tag Team on the Planet!” Fans agree with that. Jay says they’re the 9-time ROH Tag Team Champions, and ain’t no team in the world taking the belts from them. Especially not “those bums from California”, SoCal Uncensored. The SCU don’t want none. But wait, here they come!
Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky eye the Briscoes from the ramp. Scorpio asks if somebody said “SCU”. The fans echo “SCU!” Be careful what you wish for, because the odds are in SCU’s favor. Dem Boyz see that, 3 against 2. But they don’t need odds. Scorpio can let The Addiction handle this. Bring it on then! ANd it’s a brawl! Security rushes the ring to keep this chaos at a minimum. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and fight they do, but we go to break.
WOH Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: Karen Q VS Tenille Dashwood VS Madison Rayne VS Kelly Klein!
The Ray of Sunshine is still the inaugural reigning and defending Women’s Champion of ROH, and she has a line of eager challengers forming. The Queen of Queens, The Dancing Queen, the Queen Bee and the Gatekeeper all want that shot, but only one woman can get it!
The Code of Honor is upheld between Tenille, Madison and even Karen. Kelly doesn’t care, she’s just ready for the bell. Karen ducks out, she’s too smart for that. Kelly clobbers Tenille and Madison, then keeps on them with more clubbing forearms. Madison and Tenille work together to fight back and whip Kelly, but Kelly dodges them. But then she gets clothesline’d out of the ring by both of them. Tenille and Madison now circle as fans rally up. They tie up, Tenille rolls Madison, ONE. Madison rolls Tenille, TWO. Madison trips Tenille for a cover, ONE. Tenille returns the favor, ONE. The two stand off and fans applaud. Tenille and Madison shake hands again, but Karen rushes in. Karen gets kicked, then a double suplex. Karen rolls back out, and Tenille sucker punches Madison. She whips Madison, but Madison tilt-o-whirl headscissors.
Madison whips but Tenille reverses to forearm. Tenille runs but Kelly drags her out. Karen ambushes Madison and gives her a buckle bump. Karen bumps Madison on another buckle, then gives her a facelock to neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Karen grows frustrated already, and she whips Madison corner to corner. Karen hits a runing forearm, then a back elbow. She keeps going but her boot misses. Tenille throws Kelly into barriers while Madison runs at Karen. Karen dodges to snap suplex Madison. Cover, but Tenille breaks it. Tenille brings Karen up to whip her, but Karen reverses. Karen runs in but into a boot. Tenille grabs Karen with body scissors, for her Tarantula! She lets go at 4, then she climbs up top. Karen stands and trips Tenille up.
Karen climbs up to join Tenille, but Tenille resists. Madison joins in from the other side, but here comes Kelly! It’s a TOWER OF DOOM! The double superplex powerbomb gives the Pretty Badass control, and we go to break.
ROH returns as Tenille is in a corner. She runs at Karen and rallies with lariats. Madison returns but Tenille puts her in a corner. Kelly runs in but misses Tenille to instead hit Madison. Tenille puts Kelly in another corner while Karen crawls to a third. Fans anticipate what’s coming, and Tenille gives Kelly a Taste of Tenille. She gives a Taste of Tenille to Karen, then a third serving to Madison! Tenille kicks Karen, double underhook for a butterfly suplex. Cover, but Kelly breaks it. Kelly drags Tenille up and tosses her out. Karen and Kelly brawl but Kelly lifts Karen up. Madison runs but Kelly catches her! Fall Away Slam and Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!! Kelly is furious that Karen survived.
Tenille returns as fans rally up. Tenille gets to Kelly first, but Kelly blocks the suplex. Kelly hoists Tenille up but Tenille fights back. She knocks Kelly away, then adjusts, for a flying crossbody! Cover, TWO! Tenille gets up and wants Kelly to stand. Spotlight Kick! But Karen tosses Tenille! Cover on Kelly, TWO!? Karen is furious that she didn’t succeed. Madison kicks Karen, for the Rayne Check! High stack cover, Madison wins!
Winner: Madison Rayne, by pinfall; will challenge Sumie Sakai for the WOH Championship
The Queen Bee capitalizes on Karen Q, and now she gets her first shot at Sumie Sakai’s title. Sumie is there to lock eyes with her new contender. Will Sumie keep her reign going? Or will Rayne reign as the second-ever champion?
The American Nightmare, Cody, is here!
He, along with lovely wife, Brandi Rhodes, heads to the ring to speak. ROH takes a quick break, but comes back once Cody has mic in hand. Cody says he’s been rather “unlucky” as of late. “In both of my ROH Championship rematches, I have not been successful.” Cody noticed it, though. In both rematches, not a single one was one-on-one. He feels he’s created too much of a bad mood, he wants to bring our spirits up. Cody needs a certain someone that’s all business. Cody needs someone that is the top of the food chain, that doesn’t sing or dance, yes, drum roll please. Fans oblige and… Nick Aldis appears?
Yes, it’s the National Treasure, the NWA World Heavyweight Champion himself! Cody made the challenge for that very belt at All In, but Aldis is here to talk about that very match. They stood together in London and made history. The agreement to have a match at “the most iconic and history-making event” in modern wrestling was dependent on Cody providing an upside. Aldis needs something in return for the title that he stands for. But Cody wants to take it just because he wants it? No. Cody needs the ROH World Championship to put up, but he doesn’t have it, so what does he have instead? Because to Aldis, he has everything to lose and nothing to gain. “That sounds like bad business to me.”
Cody asks Aldis hold out his hand. He does, and Cody offers the literal Ring of Honor as collateral. Aldis should consider All In and their match. Aldis starts to leave, but Cody adds that “while you’re thinking about it,” Cody wants Aldis to consider how he’d like to move up from “the penny slots tot he high roller table.” Yes, the NWA World Title in front of 10451 people. Think of how Cody was defeating both Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi while Aldis was “beating up a 53-year-old history teacher”!
Aldis is mad now, and he gets back in the ring. He shows Cody that ring, on his finger. Aldis wants Cody to kiss the ring. But here comes the Bullet Club to keep the peace. Marty Scurll is also a good friend of Aldis, so he’s trying to talk reason into the NWA champ. Things cool down while we go to break.
Six Man Tag: Cheeseburger, Flip Gordon & Josh Woods VS Bully Ray, Shane Taylor & Punishment Martinez!
After months of the Hall of Fame legend of ECW belittling and, well, bullying the younger generation, it’s time for that younger generation to stand up! Bully has called Burger and Flip entitled and lazy millennials, but they and The Goods are anything but. Can this rag tag trio defeat Bully and the enlisted Hitman and Purple Mist?
But as Flip Gordon makes his way out, Bully Ray blindsides him, and puts him into a post! Burger and Woods defend the fallen Flip, but Bully waits for back-up. We go to break while medics check on Flip.
ROH returns again, and fans cheer for Flip while medics help him walk to the back. Bully’s team are already in the ring as Bully speaks. “What’re we gonna do now?” This was meant to be a Six Man Tag. If you don’t have a partner, throw the match out and give Bully’s team the win so he can go home. Fans cheer for various alternates, especially for Colt Cabana. What’s Colt’s answer? He’s not dressed, but then who? Burger speaks up, and says if the “big bastards” want to fight 3v2, he and Woods are up for it! A handicap match? Well, Bully doesn’t mind that, so that’s what we’re getting. Do Burger and The Goods stand a chance being down a man?
3v2 Handicap: Cheeseburger & Josh Woods VS Bully Ray, Shane Taylor & Punishment Martinez!
Mr. Top Prospect 2018 faces off against the Notorious Hitman while fans boo Bully. Taylor looks ready, but then he tags out to the ROH World Television Champion. Bully trash talks for Martinez as he stares Woods down. Woods isn’t scared as he ties up with Martinez. Fans rally while Martinez puts Woods in a corner. Woods shoves Martinez, then ducks to fire off body shots. He ducks again to give more shots, but Martinez knees low. Martinez whips but Woods reverses and ducks to German Suplex! Martinez gets to an open corner, then boots Woods down. Bully likes what he sees, and now Taylor tags in. Taylor brings Woods up for a big right forearm. He trash talks then swings Woods out, but Woods counters with a T-Bone!
Taylor is reeling, and he tags Bully in. Burger wants at Bully, and fans want him to try. Woods tells Bully to hush as he listens to the fans. Woods tags in Burger, and Burger stares Bully down. Burger isn’t scared, but Bully kicks him low. Bully brings Burger in, and lifts, but Burger pops out to fire off! Bully shoves Burger, then runs in, but misses in the corner. Burger hurries up top, but Martinez comes in. The ref is busy with Martinez, so Taylor runs over and pushes Burger down! Bully comes back to drag Burger up. He puts Burger in the corner and gets ready to stomp while we go to break.
ROH returns once more, and Bully trash talks Burger as he stalks behind him. Burger crawls for his corner but gets crossface forearms from Bully. Bully asks how that tastes. He then chooses Taylor and tags him in. Taylor brings Burger up into a corner, for a strong overhand chop. Fans rally up for “Cheese! Burger!” Burger fights back, but eats another right from Taylor. Taylor puts Burger in a corner, then stands on his face. The ref counts and Taylor backs off at 4. Fans continue to cheer, but then Taylor blasts Woods off the apron! Woods almost wipes out a camera man at the same time. Burger boots Taylor back, then hops up. Flying tornado DDT! But Burger has no one to tag in! Colt Cabana has had enough, he gets to the corner! This is back to a Six Man as Cabana gets the tag!
Cabana fires off on Taylor with both hands, then dodges Martinez. Martinez hits Taylor, then Cabana hits Martinez with the back elbow. Woods clotheslines Martinez out. Taylor returns but Cabana springboards for the quebrada while Woods leaps onto Martinez! Fans fire up as Bully runs into Cabana’s SPEAR! Cabana rains down rights, but then Burger tags in. Burger climbs up, Cabana keeps the way clear for his double stomps! Cabana slingshots out onto Bully! Burger fires up, but Taylor comes in for a tilt-o-whirl into a side slam! Cover, Team Bully wins!
Winners: Bully Ray, Punishment Martinez & Shane Taylor, Taylor pinning
Cabana’s heroic efforts were for naught as Bully’s team wins. And then to pile on, Bully tackles Woods while Taylor fires off on Woods. Martinez comes in to stomp Burger while Bully gets his chain. Bully punches Woods, then lashes Cabana while Taylor holds Burger down. Bully and his bullies keep the underdogs down, but here comes Flip Gordon! He has a chair and SMACKS Martinez with it! He SMACKS Taylor, too, then glares at Bully. They circle, but Bully runs! Bullies are cowards, but when will this Bully get what he deserves?
A solid episode right here that smartly takes into account other events ROH is involved in. Opening with Briscoes VS Bounces was good, it helped give Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas a good showing while making Jay & Mark even more impressive by defeating two men bigger than both of them. Great brawl with SCU to give us more in their story. I feel the Addiction should win, they can only chase titles to keep the countdown at bay for so long. Them winning changes things so that every title defense they have could be their last. Then nice bit of drama going towards All In as Aldis points out Cody doesn’t have the ROH WHC. I’ll just assume Cody gets the belt so that All In’s match still happens.
I was surprised it was Madison Rayne and not the Heels, Kelly Klein and Karen Q, who won. I think the reason is that Madison should at least get a shot at the WOH Championship, assuming she leaves Impact and ROH to be in WWE/NXT after the 2018 Mae Young Classic. Therefore, Sumie retains but it’ll probably be a fun match. That Six Man turned Handicap turned Six Man again was pretty good stuff. In light of what’s happening with CM Punk, Cabana gets even more Face power now that he’s helping Burger against Bully Ray. Flip Gordon does great coming back from being taken out to run off Bully’s team. I expect a rematch, with Burger, Flip and Cabana from the start to take on Bully and at least Taylor. Martinez might opt out to defend his ROH WTV title.
My Score: 8/10