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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (4/17/18)



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  • AJ Styles VS Rusev w/ Aiden English; no contest.
  • Shelton Benjamin VS Jeff Hardy; Hardy wins.
  • Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso VS Harper w/ Rowan; Harper wins.
  • Sin Cara VS Samoa Joe; Joe wins.
  • Charlotte Flair w/ Becky Lynch VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce; wins.
  • AJ Styles & Daniel Bryan VS Rusev & Aiden English; Styles & Bryan win, by disqualification.


Shinsuke Nakamura would not give a straight answer as to why he did what he did.

The Dream (Re)Match was both great and full of respect, but the King of Strong Style would besmirch that with a low blow. Then last week on SmackDown, he would do the same thing to the great match between AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan. Nakamura would smile as he left The Phenomenal One down and out, what will the consequences be for him this week?


AJ Styles is here!

The Phenomenal WWE Champion stays on SmackDown amidst the Superstar Shake-Up! Fans are happy to see him as they give him a standing ovation and chant his name. Styles says, “You can tell a lot about a man through his failures.” And we found out everything we need to know about Nakamura. Styles dreamed of their Wrestlemania Match, and Styles won. When Nakamura lost, he showed his true colors. Nakamura isn’t just an Artist, he’s a con artist. Fans duel between Styles and Nakamura. Styles wanted that same ovation, but instead, he wants retribution! At the same time, he was given a true Dream (Re)Match in facing Daniel Bryan. But then Nakamura had to show his true colors again.

Styles won’t let that go. He won’t even leave the ring until he gets Nakamura to face him. Nakamura “forgot” how to speak English, but Styles isn’t here to talk, he’s here to fight! He demands Nakamura get out here to fight! But instead of Nakamura, it’s Aiden English and Rusev! Fans erupt with “Rusev Day! Rusev Day!” English knows Styles wanted Shinsuke to make him pay, but sorry to say, that will have to wait because Nakamura is on vacay. But if Styles wants a fight, be the Bulgarian Lion’s prey on this day, known as RUSEV DAAAAAy~! Fans are up for that! Styles doesn’t see why not. Rusev & English head for the ring with a referee, looks like we’re getting this match!


AJ Styles VS Rusev w/ Aiden English!

The bell rings and Rusev brings the fight right to Styles with kicks and haymakers. He scoops Styles but Styles slips out to the ropes. Rusev runs in but into the Calf Crusher!

Rusev endures, reaches, but English clobbers Styles! The match is thrown out as English stomps away on Styles. Rusev joins in, but it’s Daniel Bryan with the save! He fights off English & Rusev, dumping the Bulgarian Lion out. Styles goes after the Drama King with the Phenomenal Blitz! English bails out, Styles and Bryan hold the ring while fans chant “YES! YES!” The Phenomenal One may not have gotten even with the Rockstar, but it’s only a matter of time. When will Styles and Nakamura have their second Dream (Re)Match to truly settle the score?


SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon watches backstage.

Shane O’Mac is surprised with what he sees. Then in walks SmackDown’s new General Manager, Paige! The Glampire has also seen what just happened, and has a great idea. She quotes Teddy Long, there’s gonna be a tag team match, playa! Team Rusev Day VS Styles & Bryan! A huge main event once again, she’s off to a great start as GM. Especially when you consider she got The Miz from Raw. That’s just the beginning, she has way more up her sleeve. Holla! What more surprises are up Paige’s sleeves in terms of the Superstar Shake-Up’s second night?


Shelton Benjamin heads to the ring.

With Chad Gable sent to Raw by himself, the Gold Standard is back to being a singles competitor. He shares that via Twitter, he said that he sees big things for Gable, and adds that his Twitter account was hacked. Benjamin would never say things like that! He doesn’t need Gable, and never needed him. Gable needed Benjamin. But that’s Gable, this is about Benjamin. Benjamin needs championship opportunities he is owed, and he needs to remind everyone that he is “one of the biggest threats on SmackDown.” Benjamin asked GM Paige to send him some competition, and he means big competition. So who comes out to be his competition? The Viper, Randy Orton!

The former United States Champion heads to the ring, but then someone beats him to the punch: the NEW United States Champion, Jeff Hardy!

The WWE US Championship returns to SmackDown after only being gone 24 hours, and it brings the Charismatic Enigma with it!


Shelton Benjamin VS Jeff Hardy!

While non-title, this match may just be the opportunity Benjamin was hoping for. The bell rings and he circles with the US Champion. He throws hands and forearms then stomps and clubs Hardy down. Benjamin brings Hardy up but Hardy jawbreakers back. Hardy runs but Benjamin throws him right out! Benjamin catches his breath while we go picture in picture. Hardy writhes on the ground but Benjamin comes out to stalk him. Benjamin waits for Hardy to stand up to chop block the leg out! Hardy goes down again, then Benjamin drags him up into the ring. Benjamin keeps on Hardy by kicking and stomping the leg, then pulling him up into a corner. He throws forearms then runs adjacent to knee the knee! Hardy falls down while Benjamin enjoys the moment.

Benjamin drags Hardy out for a standing knee wrench, adding a heel hook to it. Hardy kicks Benjamin away with his free leg, then crawls to ropes. Benjamin is on him but Hardy fights back. Hardy trips Benjamin, then goes for the leg-splitting leg drop, only for Benjamin to catch his leg and put it in a Half Crab! Hardy endures again as Benjamin bends him back. He rolls and sends Benjamin into buckles! Hardy tries to run but that leg gives out, so Hardy turns around to dropkick Benjamin in the face. Benjamin is dazed, but he manages to get Hardy with another chop block! Benjamin stands over Hardy as he walks it off. He stands Hardy up but Hardy fights back. Benjamin clubs Hardy down while we go back to single picture. He whips but Hardy reverses into a slingblade!

Both men are down but stirring. Fans rally and the two men stand to throw hands. Hardy whips but Benjamin reverses, Hardy’s leg slows him down. Benjamin runs at Hardy but into Hardy’s punch. Hardy fights back and hits the atomic drop, then the leg-splitting leg drop! He adds the dropkick, covers, TWO! Hardy hobbles but comes back to kick Benjamin. Benjamin denies the Twist but Hardy elbows him away. Hardy hops up but Benjamin shoves him into the post! Benjamin climbs up to join Hardy, but Hardy fights him off. Fans rally as the two fight up there, and it’s Hardy who sends Benjamin down. Hardy adjusts but Benjamin catches him with the step-up knee!

Hardy hangs onto the top rope but Benjamin climbs up again. Benjamin grabs Hardy, but Hardy still fights him off. Hotshot snaps Benjamin down, then Hardy climbs up for the Whisper in the Wind!

Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps his cool as he stands up again. Fans chant for Hardy but Benjamin again denies the Twist, and hits the dragon whip kick! Cover, TWO! Benjamin stalks Hardy again, but Hardy denies Pay Dirt and hits the spinning mule kick. Hardy wants his Hardyac Arrest dropkick, but Benjamin boots him away. Benjamin runs out but into the Twist of Fate! Hardy hurries up top, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Hardy wins!

Winner: Hardy, by pinfall

Hardy wins big two nights in a roll! But with Orton still having the right to challenge the United States Champion at the Greatest Royal Rumble, will Hardy still be the one to then face Jinder Mahal at Backlash?


The Miz speaks.

The Hollywood A-Lister is back at special request of Daniel Bryan. Bryan has waited so long to #PunchHisFace, and Providence wants to see it! “Well too bad.” Miz isn’t in Providence, he’s home in LA with his wife and baby girl. Did they think he was going to show up tonight? Miz deserves his own spotlight, so next week will be Miz’s SmackDown premiere. And if Bryan ever trolls Miz again, he will kick his a– Oh, language. But SmackDown will be AWESOME!


Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso VS Harper w/ Rowan!

Just days ahead of their SmackDown Tag Team Championship rematch at Greatest Royal Rumble, one partner of each team battles 1v1 for momentum! Will Jey be able to survive one Bludgeon Brother? Or will it only take one brother to defeat another?

The bell rings and Harper puts Jey righ tin a corner! Then he throws him out of the corner, but runs into Jey’s uppercut. Harper doesn’t go down so Jey runs, but into Harper’s back elbow! Harper scoops Jey but Jey slips out to mule kick and uppercut Harper back. Rowan distracts but Jimmy goes after him, only for Rowan to rock Jimmy with a right. Jey runs and dodges Harper, then DIVES on Rowan, only to get caught! Rowan trhwos Jey tot he apron but Jimmy SUPERKICKS him. Harper gets Jey with the discus, covers, Harper wins!

Winner: Harper, by pinfall

But the destruction doesn’t end with the bell. Rowan boots Jimmy down, then joins Harper in the ring to drag Jey out. Jimmy fights the Bludgeon Brothers off with their own hammers, but then numbers get the better of him. Harper & Rowan go back to Jey to ram him into the apron, then turn their focus to Jimmy. Harper & Rowan grab their hammers, but Naomi runs out to save her husband! She screams for Harper & Rowan to show mercy. These two leave Jimmy be, not even they are that heartless. While Naomi saves her husband and brother-in-law tonight, will anything save the Usos from destruction at the Greatest Royal Rumble?


Sin Cara VS Samoa Joe!

An incredible get for SmackDown via the Shake-Up, the Samoan Destroyer is now Team Blue! He still has a match with Roman Reigns at Backlash in a few weeks, but will he make Sin Cara an appetizer?

The bell rings, they circle, and Sin Cara brings the fight to Joe. Joe gives the fight right back with knees, then he puts Sin Cara in a corner. Sin Cara boots him back, then springboards for the back elbow. He keeps on Joe at the ropes but Joe throws hands right back. Joe jabs and jabs then chops Sin Cara down before dragging him back up. Joe says, “You’re gonna learn tonight!” He scoops but Sin Cara fights out and goes at the leg again. Sin Cara chops, springboards, but into a clubbing clothesline! Joe rams more knees into Sin Cara, and Sin Cara is out on his feet! That doesn’t stop Joe from putting him in the Coquina Clutch! Sin Cara taps, Joe wins!

Winner: Joe, by submission

The Destroyer makes a successful SmackDown debut, and speaks to the crowd. “Well if it isn’t the Land of Opportunity.” But SmackDown seems more like the Land of Handouts to him. His mere absence has allowed SmackDown’s roster to have it easy. SmackDown has been coddled, catered to, and “worst of all, everybody here has been convinced that they are better than the are.” Joe vows to change that, by taking all the opportunities to put Bryan to sleep, de-fang The Viper, and emasculate AJ Styles! “And if any of you are non-believers, then look no further than Saudi Arabia and Backlash!”

Speaking of the Greatest Royal Rumble, Joe vows that whatever is left of Roman Reigns after Lesnar beats him down, Joe will personally shred it and put out to pasture! And if by some miracle Roman wins, then Joe will bring both the Intercontinental and Universal Championships back with him! “Belee Dat!”


SAnitY is coming.

And so is chaos. Be ready.


Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan.

Why did he help AJ Styles out there tonight? Because he respects Styles. For the three years Bryan fought to come back, he had a list of dream matches to motivate him. Top of that list: AJ Styles, because he’s the best. That’s a match no one thought they’d see in the WWE. Bryan wanted to prove he hasn’t lost a step with that match, but Nakamura ruined it. Bryan proudly fights alongside Styles tonight so they can proudly fight against each other later. However, Big Cass walks in!

The 7 foot tall human tower doesn’t see what the fuss is about. Cass leaves the “little man” behind, but will he learn to respect Bryan in time?


The NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion, Carmella, is here!

It’s a #Mellabration for the triumph she pulled off last week, and she doesn’t take the “You Deserve It” chants seriously. None of these fans supported her before, so she doesn’t want them now. She moves on to what she wanted to say: Carmella isn’t just the Princess of Staten Island, she’s now the Moon-Walking, Trash-Talking Princess of SmackDown! Carmella waited 287 days to cash in, and she seized the moment to take her rightful spot atop The SmackDown Women’s Division! Let this sink in: she beat Charlotte Flair! You know, one of the greatest wrestlers in WWE history! And all by herself! Carmella beat the woman that beat the undefeated Asuka! But she doesn’t want fans chanting for her, they’re being pathetic.

All Carmella had to do was let Charlotte be blinded by her own ego. Charlotte says herself, “In order to be the Woman, you gotta beat the Woman”, so that makes Carmella THE Woman. It was historic, it was the biggest moment in the Women’s (R)Evolution and Women’s History period! Now for a tribute to, well, Carmella! From the first ever Ms. Money in the Bank match that Carmella won “by herself”, to every moment she made all about herself, to the cash-in just last week. #MellaIsMoney and now #MellaIsGold. She’ll miss Frankie the Briefcase, she had him for 287 days. But now she has Cleopatra the Championship Belt! And she vows to hold it for way longer than 287 days! But wait, here comes The Queen, Charlotte Flair!

Seems Carmella’s memory is as short as she is, because that highlight reel is missing some moments. The briefcase was hers thanks to the chinless freak, James Ellsworth. The championship is hers because of the Iconics, Billie & Peyton. But Charlotte isn’t mad, because as the daughter of the Dirtiest Player in the Game, game respects game. Congratulations, Carmella, but here’s some words of wisdom: “It is much harder to stay on top than to get to the top”. And Carmella has something of Charlotte’s. But speaking of the Iconic Duo, here they come!

Charlotte comes off as pathetic, blaming “little ol’ us” for her failure? Peyton, do your impression! “I’m Charlotte and I’m a big baby~! Someone stole my water bottle and now I’m cranky poo~!” Charlotte needs a nap and wah wah blah blah.

Spot on! Billie wonders what Charlotte is crying about. She wanted magic, she got it, and that title disappeared around her waist. That moment will last forever, all because of them. They’re looking at the future, “and the future is Iconic.” Charlotte doesn’t care about that, she gets ready to fight someone. And that’s the Iconics! She decks Billie then goes after Peyton, but numbers get the better of her again. Except Becky Lynch appears to even those numbers! The Lass Kicker decks Peyton then fights Billie. Charlotte recovers and goes after Peyton while we go to break!


Charlotte Flair w/ Becky Lynch VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce!

SmackDown returns to this match already in progress. Charlotte grabs at Billie while she’s leaving the ring. Charlotte gets her and chops her against the apron, then chops her against the barriers. She clubs Billie, too, then goes to chop again. Billie evades and hits back, but Charlotte decks her with a forearm. They go back into the ring, Charlotte puts Billie in a corner but then Billie turns it around. Billie stomps away on Charlotte, then backs off at the ref’s orders. We see Carmella watching nearby commentary while Charlotte fights back. Charlotte throws Billie with an Exploder then kip-up! Fans “WOO~!” while Charlotte runs in but Billie puts her on the apron. Charlotte hits Billie back then bumps her off buckles, only to slingshot into Billie’s forearm! Billie covers, TWO, so she rains rights down on the Queen.

Billie thrashes out of frustration, then covers again, TWO. She puts Charlotte in an armlock and wrenches back. Becky rallies fans for Charlotte, and Charlotte fights back to her feet. Billie wrangles her back down, and Peyton mocks “baby Charlotte”. The referee reprimands Billie for pulling hair while fans rally again. Charlotte stands up and cartwheels, but into Billie’s clothesline. Matchbook cover, TWO, and the Iconics grow frustrated. Billie kicks Charlotte while she’s down, then puts her back in the armlock. Fans rally again, but Billie claws at Charlotte’s face. The rally continues and Charlotte feeds off it to fight up and out. Billie throws Charlotte down again and lets her get to a corner, Peyton gets a cheap shot! Peyton sneaks away while we go picture in picture.

Charlotte recovers in a corner while Billie enjoys herself. Billie stomps a mudhole into Charlotte, then pushes her against the ropes. She stops at the ref’s count, but Peyton gets another cheap shot in! Billie covers, TWO, and the Iconic Duo is further frustrated. Billie puts Charlotte in a neck wrench but the referee reprimands her for clawing the face. Charlotte stands up but Billie clubs her down again. Billie talks trash while rocking Charlotte with rights, then puts her in a corner to grind a boot into Charlotte’s chin. She backs off to snapmare Charlotte back into the armlock. Becky keeps coaching Charlotte up, Charlotte fights out again then reverses the whip into a forearm. We return to single picture as Charlotte whips. Billie reverses now, but Charlotte boots her down! Billie ducks the chop and throws Charlotte overhead, cover, TWO!

Carmella enjoys what she sees as Charlotte boots Billie from a corner. Charlotte chops and chops Billie back, then whips for another chop on the run! Charlotte struts then drops the knee! She wants Billie to get up. Billie stands, Charlotte spins her, but Billie spins through to make Charlotte Eat Da Feet! Cover, TWO, and the Iconics are further frustrated! Charlotte dodges the boot to scoop Billie but Billie slips out and rolls Charlotte, TWO. Charlotte boots Billie down! Then, Figure Four to Figure Eight!

Billie taps, Charlotte wins!

Winner: Charlotte, by submission

The Queen snaps back from her title loss with this win, but Carmella pounces on her right away! Then Peyton intercepts Becky! Carmella and the Iconics beat down Charlotte and Becky, Carmella even grinding Charlotte’s face into the mat. But then, ASUKA appears! The Empress of Tomorrow officially joines SmackDown thanks to the Shake-Up, and that scares Carmella. She bails out, so Asuka just takes out the Iconics! Charlotte and Becky help out, and Billie goes down to a back heel kick. The Empress stands tall with the Queen and the Lass Kicker, will the Princess be standing at all with this level of competition coming for her title?


The Good Brothers are headed for SmackDown!

Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows took care of business on Raw, now they come over to the house that their friend, AJ Styles, built. Will The Club reunite to rule over all of the Blue Brand?


The Bar speaks!

The Celtic Gladiator & Swiss Cyborg also move from Raw to SmackDown! They heard all the talk about the teams on this show, who have set a high standard of competition. But now Sheamus & Cesaro won’t just set the bar, they ARE the Bar!

The New Day respond.

The Bar sucks! But wait, look who it is! R-Truth! He’s on SmackDown now, too! But the Perfect Ten appears. These two know each other? Yeah, they’ve met. And they’re pals! Super secret and complicated handshake!

But that’s just the beginning. All five of these guys are on Monday Night Raw! Truth, no, it’s Tuesday, aka SmackDown. Oh. My bad. See you tomorrow! No, Truth… Is he gonna be okay? No one knows.


Zelina Vega speaks.

She and El Idolo, Andrade “Cien” Almas, are both coming to SmackDown to take it over. El Idolo is here to take full control, leaving NXT behind! What will happen when this duo hits the Blue Brand?


AJ Styles & Daniel Bryan VS Rusev & Aiden English!

A dream duo has been created to take on Team Rusev Day in response to what opened the night! Can the Phenomenal One and The Goat defeat the Bulgarian Lion & Artiste? Or will the Artist known as Nakamura ruin another masterpiece?

The bell rings, and English starts against Bryan. They circle while fans duel, then tie up. English puts Bryan in a corner, then tries to cheap shot Bryan, but Bryan sees it coming. Bryan hits first, then wrenches and wrings English’s arm. Bryan bends it back but English stands up and powers out, only for Bryan to run him over. Things speed up and Bryan catches English’s leg! He drags English back into a surfboard, with full extension as he tags in Styles. Styles climbs up, and drops the ax handle on English’s chest!

Rusev protests, but Styles whips English. English holds ropes then rocks Styles with rights. The fans duel while Styles catches English into a pumphandle gutbuster! Rusev runs in but Bryan intercepts, two submissions side by side! English & Rusev escape by the skin of their teeth while we go to break.

SmackDown returns to English in control of Styles as he drops forearms. Cover, TWO, but English keeps on Styles with a snapmare and knee to the back. English wraps Styles in a chinlock, Rusev applauds while Bryan rallies the fans. Styles stands up and fights out, then runs but into a back drop. English covers again, TWO, and he grows frustrated. English drags Styles up and tags in Rusev. Team Rusev Day mugs Styles, then toys with the WWE Champion. Rusev taunts Styles, so Styles hits back! Styles runs for Bryan but Rusev puts Styles in a bearhug! Rusev squeezes Styles but the fans rally again. Styles fights out of the hold and tries again, but Rusev catches Styles again for a shoulder into the corner. Rusev gives more shoulders, then roars like a lion.

Rusev tags in English, and then whips English into Styles. English feeds Styles to Rusev’s lariat, English covers, TWO. English keeps on Styles with stomps, then grinds a knee into Styles against ropes. He backs off at 4, then takes a bow before throwing hands on Styles. Styles ends up in Rusev Day’s corner, English kicks him down. Fans rally again, as does Bryan, and Styles hits a jawbreaker on English. Styles leaps a third time, but has to sunset flip over. English blocks the flip with a fist, but he misses the elbow drop. Both Styles and English are down, crawling for their corners. Hot tag denied, but Styles rolls English up! TWO, PELE! They both go down again, and another rally from the fans gives Styles strength. Hot tags to Rusev and Bryan!

Bryan rallies on Rusev as the fans chant “YES! YES!” Rusev whips but Bryan goes up and over to build speed and hit the leaping lariat! Bryan is all fired up while Rusev gets to a corner. He takes aim, dropkick in the corner! He goes for another but Rusev fireman’s carry, only for Bryan to slip out! Bryan gets the Yes Lock, but English dropkicks in to break it up. English whips but Bryan holds ropes to then dump English out. Rusev tries to kick but Bryan dragon screws it! Bryan fires up again, and starts up the YES Kicks.

He kicks and kicks, and hits the buzzsaw! Bryan powers up again, takes aim at Rusev, KNEE+! But Nakamura low blows Styles on the apron! Bryan sees it, but that only distracts him, from Big Cass’ attack!! The 7 footer just boots Bryan down, and that allows Nakamura to mock Styles.

Interview with Shinsuke Nakamura.

An attack last week and then again tonight? What is this? “No speak English.” The champion and the Goat have enemies that show no respect. Will Styles and Bryan be able to make Nakamura and Cass respect them in due time?



My Thoughts:

SmackDown’s half of the Shake-Up was both as good and not as good as I expected. In conjunction with McIntyre showing up on Raw, Almas showing up on SmackDown is only moderately disappointing to me because they don’t get to settle things in NXT. Then Samoa Joe coming over when he’s just starting a new program with Roman Reigns is a bit confusing, too. That aside, Joe and Almas are great talents to be joining this roster to finally give SmackDown some needed star power. The same goes for the eventual addition of SAnitY, that’s great talent coming to the main roster for all three divisions (I assume Nikki Cross is coming with Young, Wolfe & Dain), and at least with SAnitY, they finished up stories to be free for the call-up.

Hardy coming over makes sense, the US Championship has unfinished business with Randy Orton having won a shot down the line. Though, things could easily swap back if Mahal wins the US title back and either Joe or Miz brings the Intercontinental title to SmackDown. Naomi getting the Bludgeon Brothers to spare the Usos was a nice twist to the story, but it probably won’t change the result of Harper & Rowan going over at Greatest Royal Rumble. Adding The Bar and the Good Brothers is going to revive SmackDown’s Tag Team Division again, but clearly Wyatt & Hardy are winning the Raw Tag Team Championships now. Bigger news is that Asuka is officially on SmackDown, and Carmella’s reign may have already met it’s end now that the Empress is here.

That main event tag match was great just on how it featured some of the WWE’s most over stars. The match was really good, but it was a given that Shinsuke would attack in some capacity. I did not see Cass adding on, that was a surprise. Nakamura, Cass, and then Miz and Samoa Joe, the feuds for both Styles and Bryan are lining up. With Anderson & Gallows coming over, I wonder if we’d get an 8-Man Tag with them, Styles and Bryan against Nakamura, Cass, Miz & Joe at some point.

My Score: 8.5/10



Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: King of Pro Wrestling 2018 Part 3!



NJPW King of Pro Wrestling

NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling continues with an epic Triple Threat for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship! Can Kenny Omega defeat both Kota Ibushi AND Cody?


This coverage of King of Pro Wrestling will be as broadcast by AXS TV.

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  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: Kenny Omega VS Kota Ibushi VS Cody; Omega wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.


NJPW and AXS TV set the scene!

The Golden Lovers reunited and it feels so good. But Kenny Omega felt even better after finally becoming the IWGP Heavyweight Champion! Omega promised his best friend a shot at the title. Omega and Kota Ibushi battled in the G1 Climax 28, and it would be the Golden Star who shined bright. However, The American Nightmare suggested something even more epic than just Golden Lover VS Golden Lover. Cody interjects himself into this match for a Triple Threat for the top title in NJPW. Will this match make the Golden Elite stronger? Or only serve to tear them apart all over again?


IWGP Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: Kenny Omega VS Kota Ibushi VS Cody!

The Best Bout Machine, the Golden Star and the American Nightmare have all had their differences, but now they’re all on the same side. Or are they? Cody already has the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship, on top of the NWA Worlds Championship and even a part in the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships. Perhaps Cody is just adding to his collection. Of course, he’ll have to get through both Golden Lovers to do it. Who will come out of this epic match as the best heavyweight in all of NJPW?

The three men make their entrances, the introductions are made and the belt is presented. Red Shoes does his check, and the match begins after the break.

NJPW on AXS returns as the three friends shake hands and hug to prove this is respectful. The bell rings and the three circle. They keep their eyes on each other, and Omega ties up with Cody first. Cody ties up with Ibushi at the same time, but he fights both Golden Lovers. Cody throws Ibushi out hard and focuses on Omega. He gets a headlock and Omega powers out. Cody runs Omega over, then things speed up. Cody slides under, kicks and drops for the uppercut. Omega bails out as Ibushi comes in. Ibushi and Cody tie up, and Cody gets a headlock. Ibushi powers out, Cody runs him over but Ibushi kips right up. Things speed up again and Ibushi dropkicks Cody down. Cody bails out and Ibushi builds up with the fans. Ibushi runs but Omega stands in his way.

The Golden Lovers talk but Cody goes after them both! Cody throws hands on Ibushi, then whips. Ibushi reverses and the Golden Lovers work together, roundhouse to Kotaro Krusher. Ibushi covers but Omega yanks him off. Omega covers but Ibushi yanks him off. Omega apologizes and says “Dozo (go ahead)”. Ibushi covers, TWO! Omega knew that would happen. He and Ibushi stand up but Cody knocks them into each other! Cody suplexes Omega and tosses him! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Cody fetches Ibushi on the outside. Cody suplexes Ibushi for the gordbuster! Cody goes back to Omega in the ring but Omega throws body shots. Omega runs but into the kitchen sink knee! Cody covers, ONE! Cody goes back to Ibushi, and suplexes Ibushi. Ibushi slips out and fires forearms. Ibushi whips Cody into railing, then runs in, only to be tossed up and over!

Cody leaves Ibushi behind, but Omega is ready with a kick and haymakers. Omega backs Cody to a corner, then chops. Omega whips corner to corner but Cody reverses and back drops Omega. Cover, TWO! Cody keeps his cool while fans rally up. Ibushi stirs in among the chairs while Cody springboards at Omega. Omega ducks under then huricanranas Cody on the return! Cody bails out and Omega fires up. The Terminator Drums begin, and Omega builds speed, to FLY! Omega gets just enough of Cody, and then puts him back in the ring. Fans rally for everyone as Ibushi returns. The Golden Lovers work together again. Omega says Cody, “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton, Ibushi shooting star, Omega moonsault, but then Omega grabs Ibushi for an electric chair! Ibushi slips out, and is just disappointed in his friend.

Cody watches as Omega apologizes, but this time Ibushi is ready. Ibushi elbows Cody away, but then Omega kicks Ibushi low. Omega whips Ibushi but Ibushi reverses. Ibushi runs in, but Omega goes up and over. Omega runs at Cody but Cody goes up and over, to then get Omega in the spinning powerslam! Cody runs at Ibushi but Ibushi goes up and over to hit Cody with a powerslam! Then the moonsault! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, focusing on Ibushi. All three men slowly sit up, and Ibushi brings Cody up. Cody pokes Ibushi’s eyes, then kicks Omega. Cody wants to work together with Omega, “We’re friends, too!” Omega admits that’s true, and they double suplex Ibushi. But then Cody rolls Omega up, TWO! Omega gets mad and the two start shoving. Then they start brawling! Cody SUPERKICKS, but runs into a chop!

Omega wants a snap dragon but Cody breaks free. Cody trips Omega and puts on a Figure Four! Omega slaps Cody, so Cody punches back. It’s a brawl inside the Figure Four, but Cody gets an edge. Omega gives it back, but here comes Ibushi! He kicks Omega, but Omega makes it an ankle lock! The submissions are linked, but Ibushi gets free. Ibushi then kicks Cody. He kicks at Omega, Omega ducks but Ibushi moonsaults! Cover, Cody breaks it while breaking his lock. The three men are still very even while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns, and Ibushi is the first to stand. Cody is next so Ibushi goes after him. Ibushi whips Cody corner to corner but Cody goes up and over to roll up. Ibushi rolls through, misses the kick but moonsaults, onto knees! But then Cody walks into a Snap Dragon Suplex! OMega brings Ibushi up, Aoi Shoudou! Cody comes back but misses the Beautiful Disaster. Omega gives Cody another Snap Dragon, then he takes aim. BANG, Omega runs, but Ibushi intercepts with a missile dropkick! Cody hits Ibushi with one of his own, then he drags Ibushi up. Cody gives Ibushi an arm wrench and DDT, covers, TWO! Fans rally up again but Cody keeps his cool. Cody shows off his stamina by doing push-ups and flexing. He then drags Ibushi up again and clubs away on the arm.

Cody whips but Ibushi counters. Cody dodges to DIVE onto Omega! But then Ibushi runs, Golden Triangle stopped by Cody’s clubbing forearm. Cody drags Ibushi out, but Omega stops the Cross Rhodes. Cody shoves Omega away, then goes back to Ibushi. Ibushi kicks Cody away, Omega grabs Cody to powerbomb through the announce desk! Cody writhes amid the wreckage, but Ibushi jumps on Omega with a corkscrew moonsault! All three men are down on the outside! Ibushi is up first and he brings Omega up with him. Cody crawls out of the wreckage but Ibushi puts Omega in the ring. Ibushi takes aim, but he sees his friend can barely stand. He ditches the springboard, to look Omega in the eyes. Ibushi dares Omega to bring it on, and Omega fires himself up. The Golden Lovers tie up!

They break, they tie up again, then it’s a brawl of forearms! Omega hits, Ibushi hits, repeat. Omega staggers a bit but he still hits back. Ibushi staggers a bit but he hits back. Omega boots back, and Ibushi takes a moment to wipe his mouth. Ibushi boots, and Omega boots back. Ibushi boots again, and Omega checks his ear. Omega runs in but gets a boot, then a strike fest! Ibushi kicks but Omega blocks to CHOP. Omega then hits a Snap Dragon! Ibushi sits up but Omega is on him. BANG, but Ibushi is ready, only for Omega to kick away his clothesline. Omega wants another Kotaro Krusher but Ibushi slips out the back. Ibushi wants a German Suplex but Omega lands on his feet! V-Trigger blocked, but it comes back!

Ibushi still swings on Omega but Omega dodges. Ibushi dodges back, only to run into another V-Trigger! POISON-RANA! But Ibushi pops right up! To CLOBBER Omega! Both Golden Lovers are down, sore and dazed. Cody has returned to the apron while The Young Bucks can only watch on with intense focus. Ibushi stirs, and fans rally up. He says he’ll end it, and he climbs up top. Cody comes over to shove Ibushi down! Cody climbs up now but has to kick Omega away. Omega staggers, Cody hops, and hits a Destroyer! Cover, TWO!! Omega survives, and now Cody grows frustrated. Cody stands again, and waits for Omega to stand. Omega does, and Cody wants Dinn’s Fire. Omega slips out of it, heel kick tot he back of Cody’s head! Cody slumps in a corner, and Omega runs in, V-Trigger to the back!

Cody is hurting but Omega doesn’t stop. Omega hauls Cody up to the top rope, then climbs up to join him. Omega wants a full nelson, but Ibushi can be seen crawling in. Cody resists and fights back, but Omega clubs him back. Ibushi gets in and creeps over. Cody sends Omega down, but Ibushi’s right up! Omega pulls Ibushi down, climbs up, but Ibushi kicks Omega in the back! Ibushi drags Omega up, scoops, and goes to lawn dart, but Omega slips out. Omega kicks, powerbomb lift, and buckle bumps him into Cody’s back! Cody ends up in a Tree of Woe now, as Omega gives Ibushi a Death Valley Driver! Cover, TWO! Ibushi survives, but Cody’s still stuck. Omega says BANG, and gives Ibushi a V-Trigger. Then electric chair, but Ibushi slips out to inverted suplex, Lawn Dart into Cody! Everyone’s down while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns again as the three men finally stir. Cody gets to the apron while Ibushi stands. Ibushi goes after Cody, wanting to German Suplex him back in. Omega sees this, hops up the other side, to then springboard to add a powerbomb to Ibushi’s German Suplex! Omega gets up while the other two are down, and he has two targets now. Fans rally up as he double guns, double BANG! He goes for Ibushi first, V-Trigger hits! Then to Cody, V-Trigger hits! Omega keeps on Cody with the electric chair, but Cody spins around and out, and he powerbomb lifts Omega. Cody throws Omega, and Ibushi uses that for his German Suplex! That’s usually a Golden Lovers move! Ibushi covers, but Cody breaks. Omega rolls away while Cody keeps on Ibushi with right hands. Cody then hits Omega with the Beautiful Disaster!

Cody fires up, and he goes outside to search under the ring. He doesn’t find what he wants on that end, though. He goes around the other side, and he finds a table! Cody brings it out and sets it up, but Omega has come after him. Omega clubs Cody but Cody bounces him off the wood. Cody goes back to Ibushi in the ring, and brings Ibushi up. He clubs away on Ibushi, and prepares a powerbomb. Ibushi resists, so Cody clubs him more. Cody gets Ibushi up for a Canadian rack, but Ibushi slips out. Omega returns to springboard, but Cody shoves him down! Omega falls through the table! At least it broke…

As for Cody, he just grins. He goes to a corner and climbs up. Cody aims at Ibushi, but Ibushi stops him with a forearm. Ibushi climbs up and has fans on his side. Ibushi hits the SUPERPLEX! But small cradle from Cody! TWO, and Cody springboards, only to get Ibushi’s kick! Ibushi brings Cody up, powerbomb lift, Golden Star sit-out! Cover, TWO! Ibushi keeps his focus, but now Omega emerges from the wreckage. Cody resists as Ibushi brings up his wrists, then he dodges Kamigoye! Cody reels Ibushi in, but ends up in a straitjacket suplex! Bridging cover, but Cody keeps one shoulder off. Ibushi rolls around and brings Cody up, Kamigoye!! Cover, but Omega blocks Red Shoes’ hand! Omega keeps this match going, to Ibushi’s frustration. Omega tries to reason with him, but Ibushi just tunes him out. And then chops him!

Ibushi fires off palm strikes from all sides, so Omega has no choice but to hit back. Cody returns, but his chop doesn’t bother Ibushi at all. Ibushi CHOPS Cody and he’s down and out again! Omega fires off on Ibushi, but Ibushi just needs one strike to get back. They go back and forth with those palm strikes, but Ibushi kicks. Omega grabs the other leg, but Ibushi brings Omega around for a mount. Ibushi makes it a cover but Omega keeps his shoulders up. So Ibushi just starts the ground ‘n’ pound! Omega does his best to cover up but Ibushi finds openings. Omega hits back but Ibushi keeps hitting harder. Now Ibushi uses closed fists, Red Shoes reprimands that. Ibushi keeps going but Red Shoes brings Ibushi away. Red Shoes tries to talk sense into Ibushi, but Ibushi just gives Omega a knee! Ibushi covers, TWO!!

Omega survives, and Ibushi grows frustrated. Ibushi drags Omega up, but Cody drags Ibushi out! Cody goes after Omega now, Cross Rhodes! Cover, TWO as Cody gets out the way of those flying double stomps! Ibushi crushes Omega, and Cody throws Ibushi out. Cody goes back to Omega, waiting for him to stand. Omega does, Cody hits another Cross Rhodes!! Cover, TWO?! Omega survives by some sheer force of will! Ibushi slowly return, but Cody stands first. Cody kicks Ibushi down, then drags him up and in. Cody lifts Ibushi, and hits Dinn’s Fire!! Cover, but Omega breaks it just in time! Cody’s infuriated now, and he decides to “borrow” a chair! He realizes what he’s doing, and drops the chair. Fans applaud that, but then Omega decides to use his IWGP US title belt! But then he reconsiders it again.

Cody tosses the belt to Nick Jackson, and picks up the chair again! He brings the chair in and aims at Ibushi, but Omega shields his friend. Cody stomps Omega instead, and prepares the chair! Ibushi grabs it and takes it away. Then he roundhouses Cody down! Omega gives Ibushi a POISON-RANA! And the Butterfly Wings!! Cover, TWO!? Ibushi survives and flounders about, but Omega reloads. BANG, V-Trigger! Electric chair lift, ONE-WINGED ANGEL!! Cover, Cody is too late, Omega wins!!

Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion

Omega apologizes profusely to his friend he did the most damage to. The Best Bout Machine still has his belt, but what of his best friends? We’ll see after the break.


NJPW on AXS returns…

Matt & Nick Jackson help check on Ibushi. Omega signals for water while ice packs are brought in. Matt fetches the water and helps refresh Ibushi. Omega holds Ibushi’s hand, in hopes Ibushi is okay. Ibushi finally stirs, which is a huge relief to Omega. Cody helps Omega bring Ibushi up slowly and carefully. Omega also signals for the mic. He receives the mic and his belt, and Red Shoes raises his hand to make the victory official. Cody leaves the ring for the moment while Omega speaks. “Just a moment. I’ll wait until Ibushi can stand up.” Fans applaud such honor, respect and compassion from the champion. Omega tells Cody that he should be in here, too. They’re all a team, so stand with them.

Cody, though reluctant, knows Omega won’t “talk on the mic until all the Elite members can stand together,” so he joins them again. “Okay, Ibushi, whenever you’re ready, we’ll stand up and close it out.” Ibushi sits up, and Omega takes that to mean he’s good. “Everyone, let’s all stand, not as the Bullet Club, but as The Elite.” Was this the first time the fans here have seen a triple threat? Perhaps for some. Well he won’t ask individually, but did they like it? Were they entertained? Yes, they were. It is thanks to the fans that this match became a reality. And thanks to NJPW, for that matter.

Of course, any other organization could try, but they can’t do it like them, in Elite Style. So he again expresses his appreciation. And finally, the Tokyo Dome main event is set, huh? There’ll be a press conference soon enough, so there isn’t much else to say. Therefore, “I must bid you adieu.” Omega hugs Ibushi, who now stands on his feet. Omega hugs Cody, because he also loves Cody and his dog. And of course, Omega hugs the Bucks, he loves them, too. And not to forget the Elite who aren’t here, he loves them, too. So good bye, and good night- Wait, Hiroshi Tanahashi is here?! The Ace and his Wrestle Kingdom 13 contract now stand ringside. Tanahashi joins Omega in the ring.

Omega tells Tanahashi, “we’re both pretty tired. So if you have something to say, this is your chance.” Omega hands Tanahashi the mic as fans chant “Go Ace!” Tanahashi tells Omega, “Kenny-kun, I’m angry.” About what? “Everyone was clapping, but don’t forget this is NJPW.” Guess he’ll be the one to tell Kenny, “your time is up.” This will be settled at the Tokyo Dome. Tanahashi drops the mic but Omega picks it up. Omega is sure that the Tokyo Dome would chant “Go Ace”, but this is still Ryogoku. And here, it’s good bye and good night, BANG! Omega shrugs off Tanahashi’s cryptic ultimatum, but will he be able to shrug off Tanahashi’s wrestling? Or is Tanahashi predicting an end to start the New Year?


Backstage interviews.

Cody notes that last year, Cody surprised Ibushi with a challenge for the Dome. No one likes to lose, but Cody swallowed his pride for friendship. It still leaves a bad taste, but Cody is excited for the future. You’re not supposed to make friends in wrestling, but here they are. Is Ibushi okay? Yeah, just sore. They’ll get him ice. Ibushi shakes Cody’s hand then the Bucks’. The Elite will support their leader. “Then after that, buckle up.” No one in the Elite knows what the future holds, but they know they’ll face it together. Omega has his match for Wrestle Kingdom, but where will the rest of The Elite end up?



My Thoughts:

An incredible hour for NJPW and AXS, and it’s great that it was just the Triple Threat. There is so much of wrestling today where The Bullet Club’s Elite are the center of it, from what stories they all have in NJPW and ROH to who WWE eagerly wants to have for themselves. It was very fitting for Cody after all the action to say that 2019 could be a wild ride that still isn’t 100% certain, and we’re seeing that now in real-time with talks of all the contracts for The Elite. Whatever this insanely over collection of wrestlers chooses, I know their fans will follow, regardless of reaction.

As for the match in question tonight, it truly was epic. This probably gives whatever was the best triple threat ever a run for its money. It went the distance of 43 minutes, and it made everything count. The Golden Lovers working together, Cody using them against each other physically, and then eventually Omega and Ibushi having no choice but to fight each other, just brilliant stuff. And what makes it all even better is that at the end of the match, they’re all still friends. They remember the point of the match, they understand each other’s positions, and they know to stick together because they’re stronger together. Omega wins and now Omega VS Tanahashi is pretty much finalized. If Tanahashi ends up winning, then his line tonight will be true because it likely means Omega is going elsewhere. Only time will tell.

My Score: 8.8/10

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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (11/10/18)



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Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 373

The REAL ROH World Champion looks to shut up the would-be king, Matt Taven, in Six-Man action! Jay Lethal has The Octopus on his side, but who’s his third?


  • Shane Taylor VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins.
  • The Bouncers VS Eli Isom & Cheeseburger w/ Ryan Nova; The Bouncers wins.
  • Six-Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham & ???; Lethal, Gresham & Dalton Castle win.


Shane Taylor VS Jeff Cobb!

The Notorious Hitman has been on a path of dominance and destruction, but so has the newly arrived and newly minted ROH World Television Champion! Jeff Cobb became Mr. Top Prospect 2018 by busting up every match in the bracket, and then he dominated Punishment Martinez like no man has! Can Taylor get a win over the champ with his One Hitter Quitter? Or will he take a quick Tour of the Islands instead?

Fans are fired up already for Cobb, but Taylor isn’t impressed. Taylor spits on Cobb’s hand, there’s no Code of Honor here. The bell rings and Cobb ducks Taylor’s punch to collide shoulders. Taylor comes back to ram shoulders, but then so does Cobb. They’re like rams butting heads as they keep ramming shoulders. Neither man backsk down, and fans fire up! Taylor throws a big punch, but Cobb stays standing. Taylor whips but Cobb reverses and reels Taylor in for the swinging saido suplex! Fans applaud the impressive strength, but Taylor’s up talking trash. Cobb swings but ends up in Taylor’s Exploder! But Cobb is up even faster! Cobb lets his hair down, and says “I’m the Suplexer!”

Now they brawl with forearms back and forth, with fans on Cobb’s side. The two men pick up speed but Cobb gets an edge. Cobb ducks one but gets hit by the other hand! Taylor talks trash on Cobb while we go to break.

ROH returns as Taylor looms over Cobb. Taylor wants to see why “The Chosen” was chosen. He whips Cobb at a corner but Cobb comes right back with a running European Uppercut! Taylor is rocked to a corner, Cobb leaps in with another EuroUpper! Cobb walks into Taylor’s boot, Taylor hops up, but Cobb dropkicks Taylor! Cobb then brings Taylor off the top rope, for a standing suplex! And holds him for 5 before dropping him down! Cover, ONE! Moonsault from Cobb!! TWO! Fans fire up for Cobb more as Cobb waits for Taylor. Taylor stands, Cobb ducks his punch to throw palm strikes. Cobb’s next punch is blocked, as is his kick, and Taylor gives back a knee. Cobb is dazed, and Taylor gives him another knee!

Taylor looms over Cobb, but Cobb grits his teeth to get up. Taylor runs, and hits a DESTROYER!? Both men are defying the laws of nature! Taylor runs and clobbers Cobb with a clothesline! Cover, TWO!? Cobb survives and shocks Taylor! Fans know “This is Awesome!” as Cobb and Taylor stand again. Taylor brings Cobb up and says it’s time, but Cobb slips out of the 216. Cobb gets Taylor up for a German Suplex! Both men stand again, and Cobb clobbers Taylor this time! Cobb whips, and brings Taylor in for the Tour of the Islands! Cover, Cobb wins!

Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall

Taylor tested the TV Champion, but Cobb conquers the Hitman! Cobb continues to find ways to impress, but here comes another impressive star: Hangman Page! Bullet Club’s Problem Solver is taller, but Cobb is bigger. Security comes in to keep a fight from breaking out, but they just end up part of that fight! SUPERKICK from Hangman, and the stare down is back on. Cobb pushes Page aside to hold up his ROH WTV title. Is Hangman gunning for his first gold at Cobb’s expense? Also one security guard managed to stay in the ring, and fans want a “SUPERKICK! SUPERKICK!” Hangman leaves the security guard and Cobb alone, but Cobb SUPERKICKS the guard! And brings him on a Tour of the Island! Will #Cobbzilla be the one problem Hangman can’t solve?


Jay Lethal speaks.

“Kenny King, when you attacked me, you proved one thing: The ROH World Championship has put a target on my back.” But he’s not upset, he doesn’t blame King, he’ll just get even at Global Wars! Lethal will prove to King and the world that he’s the greatest.

As for tonight, Lethal has as score to settle with “Matt Taven and his cronies.” Lethal has Jonathan Gresham, “and a man you’ll be shocked to see.” These three vow to end The Kingdom, but who is that third man?


The Bouncers speak.

Brian Milonas says that big or small, they’ll fight anybody “who wants to belly up to the bar.” But Cheeseburger & Eli Isom, they’re gonna get punched right in the mouth. Tell ’em, Bruiser. Beer City Bruiser corrects Milonas, Eli’s last name should be “Is-om”, not “I-som”. Milonas corrects Bruiser and says he needs to get his head in the game. They need to win, and they will, to get back on track. Will the literally biggest team in ROH move closer to a World Tag Team Championship match?


But wait, where did Beer City Bruiser go?

Milonas can’t find him anywhere! Their match is coming up, what’s BCB doing? Will the One-Man Kegger turn up in time?


Marty Scurll speaks.

“For the past few months now, I’ve been stuck in this story of superhero versus supervillain.” Scurll and Shane Hurricane Helms have gone back and forth, and somehow Hurricane got that “fluke” of a win and now they’re all tied up. The tiebreaker is coming, Hero VS Villain #3. There will be no glory for Hurricane. This tiebreaker ended up no contest at Glory By Honor, so now, in their fourth go, there MUST be a winner, in a No Disqualifications match! Will this fourth time be the finale of this epic saga?


Milonas finds The Bruiser!

Of course it’s at the arena bar! Bruiser, it’s go-time! Because Bruiser is depressed over Silas Young ditching them. Silas keeps changing flights, he won’t return messages! Get over Silas, it’s time for The Bouncers to shine. And right now! Bruiser agrees, time to punch someone in the mouth! Bruiser grabs his keg, and they head out!


The Bouncers VS Eli Isom & Cheeseburger w/ Ryan Nova!

This match is like David VS Goliath in tag team form! Mastadon Milonas and BCB come in from the crowd, having just been at the bar, and they’re looking to take their frustrations out on their much smaller opponents. Can the Future of Honor and the Flame Grilled Cowboy take advantage of the Bruiser’s troubled mind? Or does size still matter more than heart?

It’s of note that Burger, Isom and Nova have now joined forces under the name “Shinobi Shadow Squad”, aka 3S, in tribute to the classic Three Ninjas. Right now it’s just two ninjas, with Nova supporting from ringside. Bruiser thinks it’s a joke as he starts against “Is-om”. Fans rally up as Bruiser and Isom circle. They tie up, and Bruiser shoves Isom back, but Isom rebounds to collide shoulders. And Isom doesn’t fall! That alone is impressive to Bruiser, so he dares Isom to try again. Isom runs and they collide, and Isom still stays up. Bruiser has Isom go again, and fans want to see it. Isom stomps Bruiser’s foot then rams shoulders. Bruiser only wobbles, so Isom kicks low and goes for a suplex. But Bruiser’s just too big.

Bruiser hits him back, and whips Isom to a corner. Isom dodges and dropkicks Bruiser! Forearm smash, tag to Burger! Burger runs in, for a big CHOP! Burger leaps on for a headlock, but Bruiser powers out. Bruiser runs Burger over! Bruiser drags Burger over and tags in Milonas. The Kingpin drags Burger up and tosses him to a corner. Milonas runs in but into boots! Burger hops up, and hits ax handles. Milonas stays up, so Burger runs and tilt-o-whirls, but Milonas blocks it! Burger slips to a sleeper hold! Milonas tags to Bruiser, and then brings Burger around, dropkick sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Bruiser brings Burger into the chinlock, then bites Burger with his few teeth! Bruiser then runs in to uppercut Burger. Tag to Milonas, and Milonas gives Burger a taste of his buns! Tag to Bruiser, and the Bouncers drag Burger up.

Burger fights back with palm strikes and chops, but gets a double gut punch! Bruiser whips Milonas in, but Burger dodges! Milonas hits post, and Burger crawls under Bruiser, then rolls, hot tag to Isom! Isom fires foraerms, ducks a punch to give a leaping knee! He runs in at Bruiser, but Bruiser tosses him to the apron. Isom hits Bruiser away, then climbs up as fans fire up. Isom leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Milonas returns and grabs Isom, but Isom throws more forearms and punches. Isom rolls and leaps, but into Milonas’ arms, for an overhead suplex! Isom rolls out but Burger comes to chop and chop and chop! Burger bobs ‘n’ weaves as he chops, but Bruiser has him. Burger fights out and chops away! Mule kick, but Burger runs into a boot and an uppercut.

Bruiser brings Burger up, but Isom stops Milonas on the top rope with a dropkick! Burger DDT’s Bruiser! Isom gets Bruiser up!? Suplex and double cover, TWO!! The ninjas coordinate, and Isom goes after Bruiser while Burger slingshots out. But Milonas catches Burger, to throw him into a post! Milonas helps Bruiser but gets an enziguri. Isom hops up, kicks Milonas away, but Bruiser uses Milonas as a weapon to trip Isom up. The Bouncers coordinate, Milonas climbing up to join Isom while Bruiser climbs another corner. Milonas gives Isom a SUPERPLEX! And Last Call frog splash from Bruiser! Cover, The Bouncers win!

Winners: The Bouncers, Beer City Bruiser pinning

BCB clears his head, and he crushes the shinobi shrimp! The ROH World Tag Team Championships are defended next week in a triple threat, will the winners of that match have to #BellyUptotheBar in the near future?

ROH returns to SoCal Uncensored in the ring.

Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky are in Philly, “the worst town I’ve ever been in!” But that aside, this is THE 2300 Arena, the ECW Arena, and this is “sacred ground.” Kaz sees banners for Terry Funk, Jerry Lynn, The Pitbulls, to name a few. It is Kaz’s honor to be here, so Philly, say these three letters with him. Not ECW, but “S C U!” Daniels says that was fun, but to borrow a page from Lance’s book, let’s be serious.

January 2018, Joe Coff told SCU their time was up. Final Battle is the end of SCU in ROH. Fans may dislike it now but that was the right move back then, because SCU gave ROH hell. However, things change, and now The Addiction realizes they were wrong. Now they are working to give ROH every reason to keep them around! And to Daniels, the best way to do that was to end “the reign of terror of The Briscoes.” The Addiction tried at Death Before Dishonor, but Mark Briscoe busted Kaz open and Jay tried to break Daniels’ neck. The reign of terror continues, and time is running out.

But good news, there’s a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. Next week, episode 374, The Briscoes defend the titles against The Addiction, and the Young Bucks! Now, does Philly know what that means? That two of the greatest tag teams in ROH are between SCU and their future. But God as Daniels’ witness, he promises The Addiction will win! They will change Coff’s mind, and 2019, “The Best Damn Thing about ROH will be SCU!” The Fallen Angel and Heavy Metal Rebel call their shots, can they cash in on this golden opportunity?

But as SCU makes their way out, The Briscoes attack! Mark SMACKS Kaz with a chair, then both he and Jay go after Daniels and Scorpio! Jay keeps Daniels at the stage as Mark throws Scorpio at a post. Then the Briscoes mug Daniels, before Jay brings Daniels up, for a Jay Driller on the stage!! “That’s it! You’re done!” Kaz gets that chair Mark used and runs #DemBoyz off, but the damage is done. Is there any chance now for SoCal Uncensored to come away with the titles? Or will the tag team reign of terror end SCU’s time in ROH?


Six-Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham & ???

Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan & Vinnie Marseglia have fought against a supposed conspiracy for the last year or so over the ROH World Six Man titles. There was some legitimacy to their claim when the Bullet Club’s American Nightmare & Young Bucks won those titles off them after barely getting them back, but now Taven has moved onto something bigger: claiming he is the one true World Heavyweight Champion! Jay Lethal, the real champion, obviously takes offense, but he needs help shutting Taven and his team up. The Franchise and the Octopus were dared to find a third man, and before the match, Lethal notes that he tried to get the mystery man to appear, and that man said now. But then when Gresham asked, that go this man to agree. Please welcome back… DALTON CASTLE!!

The Peacock is back in action! And yes, he’s brought The Boys with him! Castle has had his own history with the Kingdom, will he be the key to victory?

ROH returns as the teams sort out. Taven starts against Gresham and they slowly circle. Fans are fired up for Gresham, but some fans do like Taven. Gresham and Taven tie up, and Taven powers Gresham to the corner. He then backs off and shouts “IIIII’M MATT TAVEN! The REAL ROH World Champion.” That gets on Lethal’s nerves, but the ref holds him back from getting after Taven. Taven goes to The Kingdom’s corner for safety, and Gresham calms Lethal down. Taven tags to TK, and now the Sassy Wild Horse talks trash to the Octopus. TK bumps Gresham, Gresham shoves him back, and TK SPITS on Gresham! TK haymakers and whips, but Gresham comes back to get a takedown. Gresham works up some saliva, but TK narrowly avoids the phlegm bomb!

Gresham just shrugs and runs, but then fakes TK out. TK ends up falling on the spit! Gresham fakes TK out again with a dropkick feint, then kicks his shin, and gets him with a real dropkick! TK crawls to his corner, and tags to the Horror King. And Vinnie calls out the Peacock. Gresham points to his corner and fans want it, too. Castle climbs and tags in. Fans chant “Peacock! Peacock!” as Castle circles with Vinnie. Vinnie swings but misses, and Castle chops away. Castle whips Vinnie corner to corner for a big clothesline, but Vinnie powers out of the bulldog. Vinnie swings but misses again, and Castle strikes the pose! Fans missed that and love to see it again.

Vinnie swings but misses yet again, and gets more chops and haymakers. Vinnie staggers and Castle puts him in a corner for more. Castle keeps on Vinnie at the ropse for a CHOP, but Vinnie hits back. Vinnie whips but Castle reverses. Castle wants to hip toss, Vinnie reverses, but Castle reverses back to a takedown and armlock! Vinnie moves around and gets up but Castle has a waistlock. The Kingdom coach and Vinnie elbows out, but then misses yet another clotheseline, and Castle clotheslines him out! Castle builds speed, but to STRUT! The Kingdom is frustrated and annoyed, but Castle enjoys that. Taven tells Vinnie to pull back, and he tags in.

Taven and Castle renew their history, bringing up memories of the #KingdomConspiracy. They seem to recount these in their trash talk, but this is all a distraction for Vinnie and TK to go after Lethal and Gresham! And when Castle notices, Taven attacks! Things are chaotic on the outside, and Taven sends Castle into barriers! TK sends Gresham into the timekeeper’s table while Taven rains down right hands on Castle. Then Taven takes Castle all the way over and throws him into the front row! Taven says “Welcome back” as fans catch Castle. But then Lethal dispatches of Vinnie and goes after Taven himself! Gresham drop toeholds TK into a chair!

Lethal grabs a chair and sits it down, and then chops Taven to take a seat. Lethal gets some space and runs back in, but the referee says that’s not allowed! But then something drags the ref under the ring?! Taven waves the ref good-bye, and he brawls with Lethal! Lethal gets the edge and throws Taven into barriers, then goes into the ring. Fans fire up, Lethal DIVES and hits TK! Lethal keeps going, but Taven jabs him with the chair! And then SMACKS him on the back! Taven tells TK to get someone to count. The red balloons float up, the ref returns to count Taven’s cover, TWO!! Lethal survives and Taven seethes while we go to break.

ROH returns again, and Vinnie brings Lethal over. Taven tags in but fans rally up for Lethal as Taven clubs away. Lethal fights back and now they brawl back and forth. Lethal gets an edge, runs and sunset flips over Taven’s back drop. Taven rolls through, for Just the Tip of his knee! Why? “Because IIIII’M MATT TAVEN!” Taven covers, but Gresham breaks it. TK tags in as Taven holds Lethal down. TK drops an elbow, then taunts Lethal. “I thought you were the champ, Jay!” He stomps Lethal over and over, and Taven pours on his own trash talk. Lethal gives TK a cutter! Both men are down as fans rally up. TK goes after Castle while Taven hits Gresham. TK brings Lethal back over but Lethal fights out! Lethal hits each man of The Kingdom, hot tag to Gresham!

Gresham fires off on The Kingdom, but runs into TK’s tackle into the corner. Vinnie tags in but Gresham slips out and bumps TK into Vinnie. Roll up on TK, TWO but Gresham uses that to clothesline Vinnie. Gresham then gets Vinnie and TK in a double bulldog! Fans fire up but Taven tags in. Taven drags Gresham up but Gresham drops down, victory roll, ONE, tag to Castle! Castle rallies on Taven, the bad leg and back not bothering him at all! Castle scoops but Taven slips out. Taven ducks one clothesline but gets the other! Castle runs in corner to corner, big knee to sling-dog! Cover, but Vinnie breaks it! The Boys get the fans rallying and Castle rocks Vinnie with a right. Castle goes to Taven, but Taven puts him in a corner.

TK joins Taven over there but Castle fights back. Castle elbows Taven away, kicks TK down then punches Vinnie away. Castle hops out to the apron to send TK down with a knee strike! Then Castle turns around to leap at Vinnie with another knee! Castle puts Vinnie in for Gresham, missile dropkick! Gresham runs, dodges, and springboards, quebrada! Then DIVE on TK! Gresham keeps moving, climbing back up. He aims, Shooting Star, on knees! Lethal gives Vinnie the Lethal Combination, then gives TK a Lethal Injection! Castle returns, Taven drags Lethal out, Vinnie’s chairshot misses, BANGARANG! Cover, Castle and team win!

Winners: Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham & Dalton Castle, Castle pinning

The former world champion makes a successful return alongside The Octopus and the real champion! Taven is beside himself, he can’t believe his team lost. Castle dares him to do something about it, but Taven decides not to. Taven grabs his would-be championship and Lethal takes his. Castle celebrates with Gresham and Lethal, but at the same time, he gives Lethal a knowing grin. The Peacock wants that title back one day, and seems to put his name on the list here and now. Castle offers a handshake, and Lethal takes it. Should Lethal hold onto that title past Global Wars and Final Battle, will he be giving The Peacock that epic title match?

My Thoughts:

A pretty great episode of ROH, as the go-home to Global Wars Weekend. We opened with an amazing match of big men moving like smaller men. It wasn’t just kayfabe to say these guys defied some natural expectations, especially Taylor’s “Cleveland Destroyer”. Naturally Cobb wins, he’s just gotten here and is incredibly strong, both kayfabe and reality. Cobb VS Hangman for the TV title is going to be incredible. I can’t be sure who wins, but I suppose it still makes more sense for Cobb to retain at this point. I like that Burger has teamed up with two other underdog favorites, but obviously their debut as a team didn’t go so well. Perhaps Bruiser is building towards a story with Silas Young as his enemy to settle things between them.

I’m glad to see SoCal Uncensored make it official that their story as Faces is chasing the titles. The triple threat title match next week will be great, and it’s even better that SCU come in as underdogs. Briscoes are such strong Heels, it makes sense they’d attack the one team ROH is willing to give up. I would be very shocked if SCU won, maybe with Scorpio subbing in for Daniels. That could also add something to the story, such as Kaz having to choose between himself and Daniels. But I still strongly think Final Battle is the night SCU wins titles to avoid being fired. The Six-Man Tag main event was great, what a great way for Dalton Castle to return, and of course Castle helps his team win. Castle VS Lethal sounds like a great idea, can’t wait to see it.

My Score: 8.3/10

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