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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (4/28/18)

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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 345

Silas Young was the Last Real Man Standing after his rematch with Kenny King, and is now a two time ROH World Television Champion, and now he puts his title up against Flip Gordon! Can the Captain of #FlipArmy grab his first title against such a grisly and gritty opponent? Plus, all the aftermath of Supercard of Honor!

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Chuck Taylor VS Josh Woods; Taylor wins.
  • Stella Grey VS Sumie Sakai; Sumie wins.
  • ROH World Television Championship: Silas Young VS Flip Gordon; Young wins and retains the ROH WTV Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

ROH takes a look back on all the action of Supercard of Honor XII.

In the Last Man Standing Match, Silas Young and Kenny King went all out to settle this grudge between them. However, Silas has friends in low places, and The Beer City Bruiser helped screw Kenny out of his title by tying his feet! We have our inaugural WOH Champion, Sumie Sakai, who gives Kelly Klein her first loss by pinfall. SoCal Uncensored retained the World Six Man Tag Team Championships, but The Kingdom literally stole them! Kenny Omega and Cody Rhodes had it out, but the Young Bucks would join in. Matt and Nick Jackson targeted the American Nightmare, but accidentally SUPERKICK The Cleaner!

The Peacock and The Villain fought over the ROH World Heavyweight Championship, and Dalton Castle showed Marty Scurll just how aggressive he could be. And in the end, even after Scurll used every trick he had, Castle would win and retain the title! What, and who, is next for the Peacock?

The champion holds up his ROH WHC belt in victory.

 

Chuck Taylor VS Josh Woods!

The Kentucky Gentlemen has been on a roll in singles competition as of late, both in ROH and NJPW. Meanwhile, The Goods may be Mr. Top Prospect but he didn’t win the World Television Championship with the shot he won. Both men want to gain some ground, who will overcome the other and move towards a title?

Both men uphold the Code of Honor and circle with the bell. They tie up, Woods arm-drags Chuckie T down and into an armbar! Chuckie clasps hands to prevent the extension, and gets a ropebreak with the ropes. They separate and Chuckie takes a moment in the corner. He and Woods circle and tie up, Chuckie kicks low. Chuckie puts Woods in a corner a chops, but flexes too soon. Woods grabs Chuckie for knee strikes, and then body shots in the corner. Woods backs up to run back in, but Chuckie gets him with a thumb to the eye. Chuckie goes over to Woods and hits a Russian leg sweep, then drops forearms. He chokes Woods on the ropes, then rakes the back.

Chuckie keeps on Woods with clubbing forearms and an arm wrench, into a modified Octopus. Chuckie’s grinning while fans applaud, then he shifts to a sunset flip. Woods stays up and pulls Chuckie up, but Chuckie slips out. Chuck ducks the roundhouse and hits back with an enziguri. Woods staggers, Chuckie drops him with a dropkick. Chuckie has Woods in a corner, whips but Woods reverses. Chuckie goes up and over but runs into the exploder! Woods fires up while we go to break.

ROH returns with fans cheering “Chuckie T! Chuckie T!” while Woods stands on Chuckie at the ropes. Woods backs off at the referee’s count, then stands Chuckie up. Chuckie hits Woods with body shots, but Woods rocks him with a right. Woods throws Chuckie again with an overhead suplex. Woods stalks Chuckie, then gets a waistlock for a German Suplex. Pittsburgh fans taunt Woods with chants of “Who’s your barber?” Woods runs at Chuckie in a corner but Chuckie elbows him away. Chuckie boots Woods, too, then hops up for the missile dropkick! The fans rally while Chuckie gets up. He throws forearms on Woods, then whips, but Woods reverses.

Chuckie hurdles over him and knocks Woods down with a forearm. Chuckie takes aim from a corner, then runs in, hitting the corner clothesline. He rolls Woods out then climbs up, and hits another missile dropkick! Chuckie fires up and the fans rally behind him. Chuckie takes aim and runs in, but Woods puts him on the apron. Woods ducks a punch to put on a sleeper at the ropes! The referee counts, and Woods lets go. Woods drags Chuckie up but Chuckie hotshots him back. Chuckie rallies the fans as he slingshots, but Woods slips out, so Chuckie just slingshots to the outside!

Both men go down but Chuckie is all smiles. Chuckie puts Woods back in the ring, then runs corner to corner but misses. He counters Woods with a knee, then suplexes for the Falcon Arrow. Cover, TWO, and Chuckie is grumbling. Chuckie goes to a corner and climbs up, moonsault! Woods rolls under but Chuckie lands on his feet. Woods lifts Chuckie but Chuckie slips out. Chuckie gets the wristlock and swing out, for Sole Food! Chuckie runs but runs into Woods’ fireman carry, Woods swings Chuckie for the TKO Knee! Cover, TWO! Woods can’t believe it but fans are loving it.

The fans rally for Chuckie but Woods stalks him again. Woods grabs the waistlock but Chuckie runs to a corner. Chuckie rolls back but Woods holds on, Chaos Theory German Suplex, with the bridge! TWO, but Woods shifts to the armbar!

Chuckie rolls it over to a cover, Chuckie wins!!

Winner: Chuckie T, by pinfall

Woods is stunned by that turn around. He’s frustrated, but reluctantly keeps the Code of Honor with a handshake. Will Woods turn things around from losing to winning? Will the Kentucky Gentleman continue his winning ways towards a singles title?

 

Cody & Brandi Rhodes speak.

Mr. American Nightmare asks Mrs. American Nightmare, “Who’s your favorite wrestler?” Cody, of course. And his? Dalton Castle. Really? Why? “He needs the fans.” Cody isn’t going to be one of these “keyboard warriors” who write Castle’s title reign as a failure, like Bob Backlund circa 1978. Cody cares about Castle! He did have a great match against Jay Lethal, but Cody has also beaten Jay Lethal. Cody also just beat Kenny Omega, “so where does that leave us?” Brandi motions her hands around her waist. Is she pregnant?! No! She was signaling for the title. Right, of course. The ROH World Championship. Brandi kisses the ring, will she soon kissing Cody’s championship belt?

 

The Kingdom speak.

They “congratulate” SoCal Uncensored for stealing the show at Supercard of Honor. But they left with absolutely nothing, because the Kingdom stole back “what should never have been taken away” in the first place, the ROH World Six Man Tag Championship belts.

The Kingdom consider themselves “the first, the last and the only” Six Man Tag Champions, even though the record books say otherwise. Will they be able to hold on to what isn’t rightfully theirs?

 

Stella Grey VS Sumie Sakai!

The WOH Division has its inaugural champion, and this is her first (non-title) match since winning the title. Stella says she’s been studying up and that “you ain’t seen nothing yet”. Will Pennsylvania’s own Woman of Honor defeat the Ray of Sunshine?

Jenny Rose joins commentary to watch her mentor. Jenny knows Sumie has a lot of martial arts skill as well in those 21 years of experience, this won’t be easy for Stella, who is only in her first year. The Code of Honor is upheld, and the bell rings.

Fans already chant “Women’s Wrestling!” as Stella and Sumie circle. They tie up, Sumie pushes Stella to the corner. Sumie politely lets Stella out, but Stella puts Sumie in the corner. Stella chops Sumie and eggs her on. Sumie gives Stella forearms and a headlock, but Stella slips out into her own. Sumie powers out but Stella dodges, only to run into the dropkick. Fans cheer while Sumie fires up. Sumie climbs up and hits Stella with the missile dropkick! Sumie isn’t done there, she lifts Stella up and hits the Northern Lights suplex, with bridge. TWO, and Sumie is surprised, but she keeps focus. She brings Stella up and hooks the leg, but Stella pops out of the fisherman. Stella runs and SPEARS Sumie!

Cover, TWO! Stella almost had the champion, but she keeps her focus. She climbs up top but Sumie stops her with a right. Sumie climbs up now, but Stella fights back. Stella slips down but Sumie stomps away! Sumie backs off at the referee’s count, then runs back in, but into a boot. Stella climbs up again and grabs Sumie, tornado DDT! Stella wants Sumie to stand back up. She scoops Sumie, and throws Sumie with an exploder, plus a bridge! TWO, and Stella grows frustrated. She and Sumie stand up again and they brawl with forearms. Stella gets an edge, then whips, but Sumie reverses and reels Stella in for a saido suplex! Cover, TWO, and Sumie is again surprised. Sumie keeps on Stella, fisherman lift is reversed into a small package! TWO! Stella runs in but into Sumie’s Smash Mouse!

Cover, Sumie wins!

Winner: Sumie, by pinfall

The Women of Honor Champion remains spotless in her first match after the tournament finals. But now she’s joined by Jenny Rose in the ring.

Jenny congratulates Sumie on being the WOH Champion. She apologizes for not being there to celebrate, but she admits the two of them haven’t always been on the same page. Jenny has footage of the last time they were both in a match together. It was Manhattan Mayhem, a tag team match of Sumie & Jenny VS Tenille Dashwood & Deonna Purrazzo. The moment Jenny focuses on is when Tenille managed to throw Sumie into Jenny. That was an accident, but Jenny seems to take offense. And now Jenny wants to have what Sumie has. Jenny wants to be Sumie’s first official challenger for the WOH Championship. Fans seem to like that idea.

Sumie borrows the microphone to respond. “Jenny, you know I love you, right?” Sumie doesn’t want to fight her, but if it’s for the title, she’ll fight. She’s happy it’s Jenny challenging her. Sumie wants to shake hands, but Jenny refuses. They may be friends, but titles aren’t about friends, they’re about winning. Will Sumie and Jenny still be friends after they have it out over the gold?

 

SoCal Uncensored speaks.

“Bat Matt Taven! Bad!” Christopher Daniels scolds The Kingdom, because he refuses to talk to them like men. They’re not men, they’re children. At Supercard, Kingdom played hide ‘n’ seek and stole those ROH Six Man Tag titles, like some kind of “sorority game” prank. But there are consequences for your actions. Scorpio Sky isn’t sending them to bed without dinner, and Frankie Kazarian isn’t going to slap their wrists. The SCU is going to hurt the Kingdom, and rid ROH of them once and for all. Consequences are coming for The Kingdom, straight from SCU.

 

Marty Scurll speaks.

It was during the Masters of the Craft Honor Club special that The Villain would get even with The Peacock in the Fatal 4 Way Defy or Deny match. Castle makes Scurll physically sick with how he considers himself a world champion. Scurll is once again the #1 contender, and he wants his next title shot at Best in the World. Scurll believes Castle’s days as champion are numbered, but will his second chance work out in his favor?

 

ROH looks back at Supercard of Honor, and the shocking turn of events.

Cheeseburger wanted to take on his old familiar foes in The Dawgs, Rhett Titus & Will Ferrara. But he needed a tag team partner, so he asked the Enforcer, Bully Ray, if he would help. Bully accepted, and the two tore into The Dawgs up and down the ring. Then Bully said, “Cheeseburger! Get a CHOKE SLAM!” Bully asked Burger, “Who they Hell do you think you are?” How dare he put Bully on the spot. Burger is what’s wrong with wrestling today. This spoiled generation, from Burger to Flip Gordon, offend Bully. ROH CEO Joe Koff came out to confront Bully for bullying Burger, but Bully didn’t care. He knew Koff wouldn’t do anything.

Flip would come out but Bully told him not to move, or Burger gets a piledriver, an illegal move per the Louisiana Athletic Commission that would get the rest of the show shut down. Flip had no choice but to do as the WWE Hall of Fame inductee said. Bully would still powerbomb Burger with all his might, and leave before Flip could go after him.

Bully Ray is in Pittsburgh!

The Enforcer walks into the ring, and tells the announcer something before taking his mic. Bully says that “a certain portion of the fanbase” is upset with what he did at Supercard of Honor. Those fans let him know they’re present with their boos and jeers, as well as chants for “Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!” Bully asks them something. “What gives Cheeseburger the right to put a legend like me on the spot?” Cheeseburger represents what Bully despises about the younger generation. A lot of the fans represent that, too. Cheeseburger, Flip Gordon, a lot of “spoiled and entitled” wrestlers, don’t belong in the business, nor do these “spoiled and entitled” fans who think they can just get away with whatever. Don’t test Bully, you know what he’ll do.

Bully warns one fan to stop throwing streamers or he’ll jump the guard rail and punch the fan in the face. Someone does, and it bops Bully in the head! The fans chant “YES! YES!” for themselves. “Another problem with this company is Joe Koff.” Yes, Bully’s calling him out. Koff provides the spoiled young wrestlers a platform, despite knowing they don’t deserve to be here. Koff keeps them here because he wants to be the “nice guy”. Do everyone a favor and remember this: Bully is the Enforcer, AND a WWE Hall of Famer, so he’s better than everyone in the building. Bully drops the mic and takes his leave. Will Koff stop being the nice guy and do something about his Bully problem?

 

Dalton Castle speaks.

The Peacock was at home, staring at his munchkin kitten calendar, and realized, “It’s well been over 100 days” since the ROH World Championship became his. And yet, people still ask if Castle is championship material. Just run the numbers: Punishment Martinez; Trent Baretta; Beer City Bruiser; Jay Lethal; and Marty Scurll. Castle has taken on the best in front of the biggest audiences in ROH history, and they all fell. Is Castle championship material? “You’re damn right I am.”

 

ROH World Television Championship: Silas Young VS Flip Gordon!

The Notorious Hitman, Shane Taylor, joins commentary to watch the main event. The Captain of #FlipArmy beat Shane in the #1 contender’s match a few weeks back, so Shane just wants to see if Flip can make good on this opportunity. Can Flip capture his first ROH title against the Last Real Man Standing?

The bell rings and we begin. Flip and Silas circle, tie up, and Silas gets the hammerlock. Flip snapmares him off to a chinlock, but Silas reverses back to the hammerlock. Silas wrenches the arm to a wristlock, but Flip rolls, spins and handsprings to reverse. Fans rally for Flip but Silas rolls and handsprings to reverse the wristlock back. Silas grabs Flip in a headlock, but Flip powers out. Silas runs Flip over but Flip kip-ups, only for Silas to throw him back down by his hair. The referee reprimands Silas but Silas just mocks the fans. Silas runs but Flip ducks under, only for Silas to get the headlock. Flip powers out and follows Silas to run him over. Flip keeps moving, to handstand walk over and headscissor Silas out of the ring.

Fans cheer while Flip kip-ups again, then Flip builds speed. Silas moves out of the way, so Flip backflips back into the ring. He takes a bow while Silas glares at him. Silas gets back in the ring, Flip ducks and runs, but Silas dumps him out to the apron. Flip shoulders back in and slingshots over, only to run into Silas’ lariat! Silas is in control of a groggy Flip Gordon while we go to break.

ROH returns to Silas punching away on Flip in a corner. But Silas doesn’t like the fans counting along, so he stops at 6. Silas hops down to stomp Flip, then taunt Flip to get up. Flip drags himself up while Silas taunts both him and the fans. Silas dares Flip to be a man, so Flip gives him a forearm shot! Silas makes Flip pay for it by giving him a STIFF forearm shot back. Flip drops to the mat while Silas says “That’s how a man gets it done!” Fans rally for Flip but Silas covers, TWO. Silas puts Flip into a chinlock but fans rally again. Flip endures the squeeze while the fans build to a new rally. Flip feeds off the energy and fights back with body shots. Silas clubs him in the back, then grabs Flip’s hair.

Silas goes to drive Flip into a buckle, but Flip blocks to bump Silas first. Flip blocks punches to give forearms, and he backs Silas down. Silas kicks low and whips but Flip reverses. Flip runs in but Silas put shim in the apron. Silas swings on him but Flip blocks to swing kick back. Silas staggers and Flip springboards for the missile dropkick! Fans rally while Flip grits his teeth. Flip runs and blasts Silas to a corner, then really fires up as he runs corner to corner for another! Silas staggers, Flip lifts with a fireman’s carry but Silas slips out. Silas shoves Flip, Flip springboards, for a spear!

Cover, TWO! Flip feels he’s close, and fans are still rallying behind him. Flip goes to a corner to climb up, but Silas springs up to stop him. Silas chops Flip, then climbs up to join him. Silas wants the superplex but Flip resists. They brawl, but Silas clubs Flip down to the apron. Silas drags Flip back up, but Flip jumps up for Kinder Surprise!

Silas goes down to the ground, Flip builds speed to DIVE!

Direct hit, and Silas goes down again! Fans are thunderous for Flip while he climbs back up. Flip takes aim, but has to bail out of the 450 when Silas rolls. He still gets Silas up for the fireman’s carry, Samoan Pop to standing shooting star! Cover, TWO!! Flip grows closer to winning but we go to one last break.

ROH returns to Flip bringing Silas up. Flip prepares a suplex but Silas resists. Flip clubs Silas and tries again but Silas powers him into a corner. Silas rams in his shoulder again and again, but then Flip hits back. They trade forearms back and forth, Flip gets an edge and wants the suplex. Silas slips out then boots Flip back. Flip just grits his teeth and runs in, but Silas side steps to then German Suplex Flip down. But Flip’s right back up! Flip swings but Silas ducks, Flip runs into the backbreaker and lariat! Silas suplexes Flip and uses the ropes to help in a hanging, swinging neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! And Silas can’t believe it.

Fans rally for Flip again while Silas works on what to do next. Silas drags Flip up in the full nelson, but Flip slips out to roll him! TWO, Flip’s superkick misses and Silas lifts him in the fireman’s carry. Silas hits the rolling senton, then prepares himself for the Plunge, but Flip rolls him away. Flip runs, springboards and spins, but Silas catches him into the full nelson! Silas swings Flip but Flip avoids the knee to roll Silas up again, TWO! Flip SUPERKICKS Silas, a la his new friends in the Young Bucks. Flip suplexes for the Falcon Arrow and cover, TWO!! And Flip cannot believe it!

Silas rolls out of the ring while Flip argues with the referee, and fans agree, “That was Three!” But Flip has no choice but to go fetch Silas. Flip brings Silas up and into the ring, but Silas clings to the referee. Flip reenters, and Silas kicks the rope to low blow Flip! Silas uses the small package, TWO!! Now Silas is shocked. Fans keep cheering Flip on while Silas argues. Silas glares down at Flip, “You don’t know when to give up, do you, Flip?” He dares Flip to get up, Flip throws forearms and chops! Flip fires up, but he ends up in the full nelson knee! Silas lifts Flip up, spins around and hits Misery!

Cover, Silas wins!

Winner: Silas Young, by pinfall; still ROH World Television Champion

The Last Real Man retains in a mostly fair and square match, but at least he did it alone. Will this two-time ROH TV Champion continue his reign by any means necessary? Will Flip ever find his way back to title contention?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another solid episode for the first episode of ROH TV truly post-Supercard. It seemed rather full of promos, though. The promos were all good, but it seemed like more than normal for ROH. The highlight reel did great to get people caught up if they missed any of the developments. Kingdom VS SCU as a rare Heels VS Heels program should be good, and will settle who really should have those Six Man Tag titles. Cody wants after the world title again, but Scurll also has another shot. I wonder if the world title will cause a rift between Cody and Scurll to further complicate the Bullet Club story. Chuckie T and Woods have a good opening match, and Chuckie is clearly over with fans. Woods might consider going Heel in the near future, fans might respond to him better that way.

Speaking of going Heel, Bully went Heel hard with Supercard and tonight. He lords his WWE status over ROH, which is a smart play because while ROH fans love Bully, they tend to dislike WWE, so this gets him easy Heel heat while going after the younger and fan-favorite wrestlers. He keeps naming Flip Gordon, and that’s appropriate as Flip is truly becoming a star. Flip didn’t win but that was a great match with Silas. Not only that, but Flip knows how to sell. I’ve never seen anyone sell being dizzy quite like Flip did after that lariat. He’ll definitely get that TV title some day, and this story with Bully should help build him up even more for that. It’s also great to see the WOH Division again without it being their own special, I hope this trend continues now that they have a title to fight for.

My Score: 8.5/10


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MLW Fusion Ratings and Results: 5/25/2018

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Well the coverage for MLW Fusion goes back to me this week! With the Cavaliers having their backs against the wall, and Christopher Platt being a busy man, I’ll take the hot tag since we all know he’s the workhorse of the duo.

So let’s see what kind of show they build around their first ever televised World Championship match.

Opening segment sees Shane ‘Swerve’ Strickland pulling up with Barrington Hughes, Salina de la Renta confronts him, says the car isn’t the only thing rented and walks off. Barrington Hughes scream “Bruja” and explains it means witch, while Strickland jokes and says ” More like b-” cuts off the word and goes to the intro package.

 

Santana Garrett vs Chelsea Green

So apparently Garrett is undefeated since debuting in MLW last October, but you can’t really see why. Chelsea/Laurel Van Ness has some exposure and has proven to be able to put on some solid matches, this wasn’t one of them.

Every transition looked slow and like they were obviously waiting for each other. Even the Laurel Van Ness “transformation” seemed rushed and wasn’t exactly explained well by the announce team.

A few slow transitions, attempts at big looking spots just fell flat. We got a lot of Chelsea getting across her character, but match wise, this was a waste of 10 minutes.

Winner: Garrett via Arm Twist Spike DDT

Rating: * 1/2

Team Filthy promo package explaining what happened two weeks ago with Jimmy Havoc.

 

Prize Fight Open Challenge: Simon Gotch vs Danny Santiago

So apparently it’s if the person lasts 5 minutes, they get…250 – 250 dollars. No extra zeros, just two hundred and fifty dollars.

The Capoeira white belt Santiago, got his first kick caught and countered into an Exploder Suplex. Game over man.

Team Filthy are supposed to be douchey heels and this fits them perfect. In they style of the stereotypical 80s antagonists, they mock Santiago and saunter off.

Winner: Simon via Gotch Piledriver

Rating: N/A (Squash Match)

Kaci Lennox finds MJF for an interview but he finds out that Joey Janela and Aria Blake used his locker room for implied smoking, drinking and sex. So MJF freaks out like a poorly acted typical rich white boy and huffs off saying they’ll hear from his lawyer.

 

MLW Heavyweight Championship: Pentagon Jr w/Salina de la Renta vs Shane Strickland

Holy Christ, Salina has a Mariachi band enter the ring before Shane’s entrance to play the Mexican national anthem.The crowd looks a combination of amused and confused…but it’s definitely unique.

There’s a couple nice spots i the match I’ll go over since it was actually a fairly long match for TV. Pentagon ties Swerve up with the camera cables on the apron, hitting a variety of knife edge and Kobashi style chops. The referee is giving both men a lot of leeway throughout the match, so it’s nice to see the implication that it will end in the ring.

A big Mexican Destroyer on the apron is what we’re greeted with after the second commercial break and the match starts to pick up there. Swerve kicks out of a Pentagon Driver and Feat Factor, but the back half of the match was mostly dominated by Pentagon. Out of frustration, Salina gives Pentagon a chair and it seems like the referee will let it play. It looked like Pentagon was going for a Superplex into the opened chair, but Swerve blocked him and knocked Pentagon down.

They tease the spot that ended their Wrestle Circus match of a Swerve Stomp onto a seated Pentagon, but Pentagon counters it with a Powerbomb. Salina’s usual stoicism finally breaks and she jumps on the apron after Strickland kicks out again. This leads to the “Oops” moment for heels, and Pentagon hits Salina with the Red Mist when Shane moves out of the way, giving Strickland the opening to barely sneak out a win.

Winner: Strickland via Swerve Stomp

Rating: *** 1/2

 

Not a bad show at all, even if the match ratings aren’t through the roof, the storytelling and character development was solid. The main event was hurt by two commercial breaks and the ending sequence went a little too long. But that’s all nit picking.

All in all, as a television product, MLW Fusion is showing every week that they have enough characters to appeal to different demographics. I know personally MLW has already surpassed ROH in my personal book of what I will go out of my way to make time for. Major League of Wrestling baby!


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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Report: Wrestling Hi no Kuni 2018!

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AXS TV’s coverage of NJPW takes one step closer to THE Wrestling Dontaku event with the “Land of Fire”. Fittingly, two red hot feuds will burn up the ring with titles on the line! The IWGP Tag Team Champions defend against Killer Elite Squad, while THE Minoru Suzuki looks to teach Tetsuya Naito some respect.

 

This review of Wrestling Hi no Kuni 2018 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
Therefore, all images are courtesy of AXS TV.

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • IWGP Tag Team Championships: Los Ingobernables de Japon’s EVIL & SANADA VS Suzuki-Gun’s Killer Elite Squad; LIJ wins and retains the IWGP Tag Team Championships.
  • IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Minoru Suzuki VS Tetsuya Naito; Naito wins and becomes the new IWGP Intercontinental Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

AXS TV and NJPW review the build to tonight’s matches.

Two factions are the focus of two major feuds over two major titles in NJPW! The Man with the Worst Personality finds the Tranquilo Testuya Naito as little more than a nuisance. Suzuki treats the Intercontinental Championship belt far better than Naito did, will he beat Naito down to keep it from him? Meanwhile, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. go after Sanada and the recovered EVIL for the IWGP Tag Team Championships, to finally give the world a rematch from Wrestle Kingdom. Will EVIL & Sanada stay Tranquilo? Or will KES prove that #EverybodyDies?

 

IWGP Tag Team Championships: Los Ingobernables de Japon’s EVIL & SANADA VS Suzuki-Gun’s Killer Elite Squad!

We come into this heavyweight tag match part way, as Archer and Davey Boy bring EVIL up and around. They go for Magic Kiler, and hit it! Cover, TWO?! The fans cheer but Davey and Archer are both shocked and furious. They drag EVIL up again, and try for the Killer Bomb, but Sanada springboards and dropkicks for the save. Sanada runs into a tilt-o-whirl, then inverted crucifix lift, but Sanada slips out to put Archer in the dragon sleeper. Archer reverses so that he has the dragon sleeper, but as Archer lifts, Sanada slips out back into his. Davey headbutts Sanada to break the hold, then whips him to a corner. Sanada stops himself from going into exposed buckles, then moonsaults into grabbing Davey in the dragon sleeper!

Sanada feeds Davey to EVIL’s mule kick, then adds a kick while EVIL runs. EVIL runs Davey over with a clothesline, cover, TWO. Sanada dropkicks Archer away, and LIJ fires up with the fans. They lift Davey, and steal Magic Killer!

Cover, but Archer drags the ref out! Archer boots Sanada, but Evil kicks Archer, only to run into the spinning side slam. Red Shoes is slowly recovering, but Archer uses this time to fetch a chair from under the ring. Archer brings it in the ring, wedges it in the bare-buckle corner, then goes to EVIL. He brings EVIL up but Sanada rushes over. Archer goes to double choke slam but they both elbow out. Archer runs but LIJ send him into the chair!

LIJ drag Davey up and they have more chairs now. EVIL puts a chair on Davey’s neck, and uses the other chair to SMACK it! Davey flounders as he gasps, but EVIL lifts him, for the Darkness Falls! Cover and Red Shoes returns to count, TWO! Sanada returns, and he slingshots to take Archer out. EVIL grabs Davey, STO! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & SANADA), EVIL pinning; still IWGP Tag Team Champions

The champions retain in what was clearly a brutal contest. Their championship reign continues, what will it take to dethrone the Cold Skull and Prince of Darkness?

 

IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Minoru Suzuki VS Tetsuya Naito!

The Most Tranquilo Man in NJPW

The leader of Suzuki-Gun defends his title against the leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon. While he was champion, Naito did all he could to disrespect the belt itself, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to be champion. Will he be able to stay Tranquilo while going up against The Man with the Worst Personality in the World?

And the Meanest Man in NJPW

Red Shoes shows Naito the belt while Naito removes his unnecessary clothing. This undressing in itself annoys Suzuki. Naito finishes, and the bell rings. Fans chant for Naito as he casually walks to test his knees. Naito and Suzuki circle, approach, but then Naito backs off. He circles with Suzuki again, and Suzuki swings test kicks. Naito fakes lunging in, and backs off with a grin. Suzuki goes after Naito with kicks, then whips, but Naito reverses. Naito throws Suzuki out, then runs, to Tranquilo! Suzuki is pissed, and gets in the ring, but Naito slips out. Suzuki builds speed, to copy Tranquilo! Naito brushes the taunting off, but doesn’t enter the ring just yet. He paces around the outside, with Suzuki watching him the entire time. Naito rolls into the ring, to then roll back out.

Naito gets on the apron and Suzuki rushes over, but Naito sweeps the legs. He drags Suzuki out and whips him right into barriers. Naito whips Suzuki to the barriers on the other side, then kicks and clubs away on him. They go back in the ring, and Naito brings Suzuki up for the snapmare and headscissors. Suzuki endures as Naito wrenches his neck. Naito squeezes, but Suzuki keeps it from being a cover. Suzuki won’t quit so Naito covers, TWO. Naito stomps and kicks Suzuki, then toys with him. Naito fakes a punch to then club, but Suzuki just gets mad. He toys with Suzuki more, but Suzuki boots him down. Suzuki dares Naito to get back up as he goes to the ropes. Naito chooses not to, so Suzuki returns the toying kicks.

Naito sits up with every kick, a smile on his face. Suzuki drags Naito up, and Naito goes after the eyes! Naito spits on Suzuki, then throws hands. Suzuki eggs Naito on, so Naito whips him corner to corner. Naito runs in but Suzuki puts him on the apron. Suzuki blocks Naito’s punch and catches it into a hanging triangle! Red Shoes counts, and Suzuki lets go at 4. Suzuki then goes to the apron, and Penalty Kicks Naito down. Fans applaud while Suzuki goes down to drag Naito up, and whip him into barriers! Naito hits hard, and tumbles over to the outside. Suzuki barges through the gate and then rips apart the hard plastic railings to SMACK Naito with it!

Then Suzuki throws a chair down on Naito! Then another! Suzuki apparently takes offense at one of the young lions, and boots said young lion into the crowd! Red Shoes tells Suzuki to bring this back to the ring. Suzuki uncovers Naito, to then wrap and wrench his arm in other railings. Red Shoes reprimands Suzuki, then argues with him! Suzuki releases Naito while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns to Suzuki prowling outside the ring. Suzuki drags Naito up and over to the ring, but Naito fights back. The 20 count passes 15, but Suzuki knees Naito low to reenter the ring. Naito reenters at 19, saving the match. Suzuki drags Naito up for a kick to the back, then scowls at the fans cheering for Naito. He kicks Naito in the chest, but fans only cheer stronger. Suzuki kicks and kicks, and kicks again. He scowls but Naito still sits up. Suzuki drags Naito up into a cravat hold, then snapmares for another kick tot he back. Cover, TWO, and fans applaud. Suzuki goes after an arm now, twisting the wrist and fingers in all directions, then down to the elbow for a mounted hammerlock. Suzuki grabs a leg to add a Half Crab into it.

Naito is bent in all directions, but doesn’t give up, so Suzuki lets him go to stomp him out. Suzuki toys with Naito, but Naito keeps grinning. Suzuki brings Naito up for a knee to the chin, but Naito keeps smiling. Naito takes another stiff knee, but sits up again. Suzuki actually welcomes that. Naito stands up and chops Suzuki, but Suzuki kicks back. Naito rakes the eyes, and spits, but Suzuki clubs him back. Suzuki knees then whips but Naito reverses and runs Suzuki over. Naito adds a dropkick, brings Suzuki up for a neckbreaker, then poses. Fans rally for “Naito! Naito!” as he brings Suzuki up. He whips Suzuki to a corner then sets the legs sideways, for a draping neckbreaker! Naito keeps going with a standing neckbreaker, then adds another dropkick to the back.

Suzuki clutches his neck and head while Naito stands. Naito digs his heel into Suzuki as he poses. Suzuki swats him away and sits up, eyes wild with anger. Suzuki stands up, and grins with Naito, to then unleash body shots. He whips Naito corner to corner and boots him, then snapmares to Penalty Kick. And another! And another! Cover, TWO, but Suzuki keeps his focus. Now Suzuki grinds his heel into Naito’s face, then stands him up. Naito suddenly hits a tornado DDT! Suzuki clutches his neck again, but both men are down. They slowly stand up, and Suzuki dares Naito to hit him. Naito does, so Suzuki gives back. Naito gives a forearm, so Suzuki winds up for one of his own. Suzuki staggers Naito with that one, but Naito comes back with a chop.

Suzuki gives another strong forearm, and Naito staggers again. Naito chops again, but Suzuki gives another sharp forearm. Suzuki wants Naito to keep hitting him, so Naito chops again. Suzuki rocks Naito with another forearm, and Naito sits down. Naito shakes the cobwebs out while Suzuki trash talks. Naito chops, Suzuki forearms. Suzuki gives more forearms, then whips, but Naito hits a leaping forearm! Naito stands up, runs in, but Suzuki blocks the kick to go after the knee. Suzuki runs but into an atomic drop, and Naito hits the kick. Suzuki sits down, and Naito hits the swinging dropkick!

Naito gets up and drags Suzuki to his feet. Suzuki knows Naito is bringing him to the top rope, so Suzuki grabs Red Shoes! Naito gives up on the lift, and Suzuki shoves Red Shoes away. Naito tries again, and climbs up to the top with Suzuki. Suzuki grabs Naito’s leg for a hanging heel hook!

Naito endures as Suzuki uses gravity to help pull that knee. Red Shoes recovers and counts, Suzuki lets go at 4, but the damage has been done. Naito clutches his knee while Red Shoes checks on him. Suzuki returns and stomps the knee. Red Shoes wants Suzuki to back up, but Suzuki argues with him again. Suzuki won’t let up, he stomps the knee even as Red Shoes checks. Suzuki stands on the bad knee, but Naito won’t give up. Fans rally for Naito, and Red Shoes backs Suzuki up. Naito rolls to ropes and Red Shoes checks on him, but Suzuki just grins as he looms over them. Suzuki kicks the bad leg, then stomps it, toying with Naito like a cat with a mouse. Naito sits up and Suzuki kicks him more.

Naito crawls but Suzuki moves Red Shoes aside to bring Naito up. Suzuki kicks and kicks, then wraps the leg into a kneebar! Naito endures, but Suzuki has it grape-vined. Suzuki even traps the far leg while twisting the heel. Naito screams in pain but Suzuki only makes it worse. Naito drags himself and Suzuki over, and gets the ropebreak! Suzuki lets go, but he comes right back. He kicks Naito’s leg, then drops elbows on it. Suzuki goes into the Figure Four! Naito endures the legendary hold, but fans rally for him. Suzuki puts as much pressure on the legs as he can, but Naito refuses to quit. Naito rolls and drags towards ropes, screaming in pain, and gets another ropebreak. Suzuki lets go again, but he has complete control as we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns, and Suzuki throws Naito’s bad leg onto the mat. Suzuki toys with Naito again, but Naito slowly stands. Naito goes to kick, but Suzuki blocks and lifts him, only for Naito to turn it into a DDT! Suzuki and Naito stand, Naito enziguris Suzuki to a corner. Naito hobbles over, climbs up, and turns Suzuki around for the inverted tornado DDT. Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Naito, and Naito drags Suzuki back up. Naito wrenches the arm, and tilt-o-whirls, but Suzuki slams him down and puts the Kneebar back on! Suzuki even manages a headlock in it!

Naito reaches with his one free limb, but Suzuki shifts back to just the kneebar. Naito drags them both around again, but Suzuki breaks to drag him away. Suzuki puts the kneebar back on, and now Naito is stranded. Naito sits up, but Suzuki uses a leg to sit him back down. Naito goes back towards ropes but Suzuki stands with an ankle lock to drag him away. Suzuki drops down to grape-vine, and we’re back to the kneebar. Red Shoes checks on Naito, but Naito keeps conscious. Suzuki laces his legs into a figure four, then goes after the heel hook. Fans rally for Naito as Naito sits up and shouts at Suzuki. Naito drags himself around again, but Suzuki lets go to drag him back! Suzuki returns to the kneebar all over again.

Naito won’t give up, even though Suzuki wrenches and twists his leg in all directions. Naito grabs Red Shoes to keep himself from tapping. Suzuki goes for the heel hook, but Naito uses that opening to roll and roll, to the ropebreak! Suzuki lets go again, and fans continue to rally for Naito. Naito slowly stirs, but Suzuki is waiting for him to stand. Suzuki drags Naito up and gives body shots and quick palm strikes even. Then he grabs Naito in a sleeper hold! Naito flails and reaches, but Suzuki keeps him away. Red Shoes checks, and Naito is fading. They sit down, but fans aren’t giving up on Naito. Naito turns a bit purple as Red Shoes checks on him more. Naito revives, and uses that second wind to stand. Suzuki spins him around, but Naito uses that spin to spin Suzuki into a neckbreaker!

Both men are down now, both tired and sore from this battle. Fans rally for Naito again, but Suzuki is stalking him with that sinister grin. Suzuki brings Naito up, but Naito strikes first with slapping palm strikes! Naito staggers Suzuki, but keeps slapping! Sweat flies off Suzuki with every shot, but then Suzuki kicks Naito’s leg out. Suzuki drags Naito up into the sleeper again, then goes to judo throw him. Naito lands on his feet, and lifts Suzuki into a brainbuster! Fans fire up and Naito hobbles over. He brings Suzuki up, wrench and tilt-o-whirl, Destino!

Cover, Naito wins!!

Winner: Naito, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Intercontinental Champion

Tranquilo prevails as Naito defeats Suzuki! Naito has the title back, but his body went through so much to do it. Naito’s team comes out to celebrate the night with him. LIJ now has two titles under their possession with EVIL & SANADA retaining their titles. Suzuki is helped out of the ring while we go to break.

Red Shoes raises Naito’s hand.

The new champion is clearly too exhausted and sore to celebrate properly. Suzuki himself is too sore and tired to go past ringside. Hiromu Takahashi helps Naito, and Naito has a proper moment of his hand held up high. Suzuki staggers up to his feet and shoves the young lions away. He doesn’t want their help, even if he’s falling against railings and such. Back in the ring, Naito staggers to his feet, mic in his hand.

“Buenas Noches, Kumamoto!” Naito knows “it’s been about two years and five months since New Japan had an event in Kumamoto.” It’s been a long time since fans here saw LIJ. This premium pro-wrestling experincing was enjoyable, yes? Fans cheer to confirm. Naito knows that two years ago, “something terrible happened here in Kumamoto.” Many people bear the scars. So Naito has to tell them, that it is important to not give up. But the desire and will to change and the courage to take the first step is also important. that’s why LIJ uses pro-wrestling to inspire everyone to have that courage. Fans applaud in appreciation for that.

Naito continues to say that the next time they’re in Kumamoto, they can expect “an even better version of LIJ!” In other words, “until we meet again, Tranquilo! Chill out.” Naito thanks all their fans for their support, and this is the finale of tonight’s event. Furthermore, they will do their victory chant. Please shout with them to your heart’s content! “EVIL, Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, and Naito, we are… Los Ingobernables de Japon!” With more gold in their possession, is it only a matter of time before they are THE top faction in NJPW?

 

Backstage interviews.

Suzuki staggers around, and a young lion still tries to assist him. “Well, well, well…” Suzuki says this is only the beginning for him and Naito. “Don’t think you’ll get off so lightly.” He then staggers back out, knocking part of the set over on purpose.

Naito comments that today’s title match comes about a year after he and the Intercontinental Championship “broke up.” But now, they’re “back together.” Naito’s feelings haven’t changed, he still has “no use for this belt.” And the same goes for the title. But until next time, hasta luego. Is Naito only champion so that he can say he’s better than Suzuki? And will Suzuki come back to take back the belt Naito doesn’t even like?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This was another great hour of action, with really only one-and-a-half matches. I do wish we got a bit more of LIJ VS KES, but the ending is naturally the best part. EVIL & SANADA make a great duo, as do Archer & Davey Boy, but LIJ is so strong that it might take more than just 2v2 to defeat them. Hiromu & Bushi have been on the other end of this same LIJ VS Suzuki-Gun battle, but it might only be a matter of time for them to take the Jr. Tag Team Championships. Suzuki VS Naito is rightfully the meat of the show, though, and the story between them was a great part of it. Naito was rebellious as ever, but he shows he has grit and guts. Naito leading LIJ has made it one, if not the, top group, and I’m sure more great things are yet to come.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (5/19/18)

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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 348

Two major matches worthy of Pay-Per-View, but ROH TV brings them to you for free! First, The Franchise, Jay Lethal, looks to settle with Punishment Martinez. Can Lethal make up for his previous loss? Then, a huge Six Man Tag of SoCal Uncensored VS The Bullet Club’s Cody, Page & Scurll with possible title implications!

 

All images courtesy of the Fite.TV app and streaming service

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jay Lethal VS Punishment Martinez; Lethal wins.
  • Shane Taylor VS Joey “Diesel” Daddiego; no contest.
  • Six Man Tag: SoCal Uncensored VS The Bullet Club’s Cody, Hangman Page & Marty Scurll; Bullet Club wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jay Lethal VS Punishment Martinez!

ROH’s Franchise Player wants to get back to the top, but to do that, he seeks to undo the losses he’s suffered. First up is the Reincarnation of the Purple Mist, the monstrous Martinez. Martinez has heard of Lethal’s “agenda”, but he has one, too. “And that’s to leave you laying at my feet again when I take you South… of Heaven.” Can Lethal avenge his loss and take another step towards the ROH World Championship?

Martinez doesn’t wait for a bell, he rushes right at Lethal! Lethal dodges Martinez’s boot, then the clothesline, to clothesline Martinez out of the ring. The bell sounds, and fans chant for Lethal. Lethal builds speed and Martinez hops up to the apron, but Lethal dropkicks him right back off! Lethal keeps going, and DIVES!

Martinez hits barriers but Lethal gets back in, to DIVE again! Lethal keeps going, he gets the Trinity! But he’s not done, he gets a fourth! And a fifth! And a sixth! The fans in Pittsburgh are thunderous as Lethal returns to the ring once more, for lucky number seven! Fans chant “Lethal! Lethal!” and the Franchise soaks it all up. Martinez clutches his leg on the ground while Lethal catches his breath. Lethal fetches Martinez into the ring, then goes after that bad leg with kicks. Lethal goes after the leg with elbow drops and wrenching, then kicks away at it. Martinez limps to a corner but Lethal bumps him off buckles. Lethal chops Martinez, but Martinez shoves him away to then clobber with a discus clothesline. Martinez evens things up while we go to break.

ROH returns and Lethal goes after Martinez’s leg again. Lethal DDT’s the foot, then covers, ONE. Martinez checks his knee but Lethal puts him in a corner. Lethal uses the ropes to wrench the leg, but backs off at 4. Lethal stomps away on the leg, but Martinez rocks him with a right. Martinez tries to turn things around, but Lethal comes back with haymakers and chops. Martinez glares at Lethal, so Lethal goes after the leg again. Lethal brings Martinez out via that leg, then chops again, but Martinez still glares. Lethal elbows the knee, then goes around, for the Figure Four, but Martinez powers him away. Martinez manages to stand but Lethal is on him again with body shots. Lethal clubs Martinez, but Martinez rocks him back with an uppercut and a stiff right.

Martinez runs in for the back elbow, then hits the spinning clothesline and roaring right. He drags Lethal up, then drops him with a sidewalk slam. Cover, TWO. Fans rally for Lethal, but Martinez drags him up. Martinez whips, but Lethal kicks him away, only for Martinez to fire back with the spinning roundhouse. The bad knee keeps Martinez from making the cover, and fans rally up for Lethal. Martinez gets up and limps over to Lethal, then goes to a corner. He climbs up, but Lethal stands up to trip him up. Lethal clubs that knee while positioning Martinez, then runs to dropkick the knee. Lethal climbs up now, but Martinez resists the superplex. Martinez powers out and ear claps Lethal back. Martinez knocks Lethal down with a right, then slowly adjusts, for the flying windmill kick!

The bad knee makes that move a tad double-edged, but Martinez still covers, TWO! Martinez keeps his cool while he stands up. He drags Lethal up, then whips, but Lethal dodges to then catch Martinez into a facelock. Martinez blocks the suplex, but Lethal keeps trying. Lethal gets Martinez up, up, and over! Fans applaud while both men are down from exhaustion. Martinez stands first while we go to another break.

ROH returns again, and Lethal gets the Figure Four! Martinez endures the pain while fans chant “Tap! Tap!” Martinez reaches, drags himself, and gets the ropebreak. Lethal lets go, but then kick that bad leg. He brings Martinez up, then handsprings, but into a full nelson throw! Martinez runs and curb stomps Lethal down! Cover, TWO! Martinez is surprised, but fans chant for Lethal. Martinez drags Lethal up again, then hoists him to the top rope. He rocks Lethal with a right, then hobbles around before climbing up. Fans rally again, but Martinez grabs Lethal’s throat. Lethal fights back, going after the leg. Martinez tries again, but Lethal keeps fighting back. Lethal bumps Martinez’s head right off the buckle, and fans fire up. Lethal adjusts, and leaps for Hail to the King!

Cover, TWO! Lethal is surprised, but he keeps his cool. Lethal stands up first and kicks Martinez, then again. Martinez kicks back, then lifts Lethal in a torture rack. The leg gives out and Lethal slips off. Lethal trips Martinez, and goes for the Figure Four again! But Martinez clutches Lethal’s throat. Lethal breaks free, and dodges one punch. Martinez spins, but his leg gives out again. SUPERKICK from Lethal! Then, handspring for the Lethal Injection!

Cover, Lethal wins!

Winner: Lethal, by pinfall

The Franchise gets even with Martinez and crosses off one name from his list. Who will Lethal look to go after next on his #RoadBacktoGlory?

 

The WOH Champion has her first challenger.

Sumie Sakai won the inaugural Women of Honor Championship Tournament to then become THE inaugural Women of Honor Champion. However, the returning Jenny Rose made it clear that she wants to be Sumie’s first opponent as champion. Sumie doesn’t want to fight Jenny, because they’re friends, but if it’s over the title, she will. Sumie wants this to be a friendly bout, but Jenny doesn’t seem so concerned about that. The ROH WOHC is on the line next week, will the inaugural champion stay champion by the end?

 

Shane Taylor VS Joey “Diesel” Daddiego!

Joey D returns to ROH! “Everybody has to get up and go to work everyday. Some of us just work that much harder than everybody else.” And if Joey does that here in ROH, it won’t matter who he’s up against, he can run through them! However, the Notorious Hitman isn’t just anyone. Taylor has made it his mission to expel all the dead weight from ROH so that he can get that money. Which man’s mission will destroy the other’s?

The bell rings and Taylor swings on Joey. Joey ducks, and throws body shots. Joey bobs and weaves on Taylor, but he can’t lift him. Taylor clubs Joey and rocks him with a stiff forearm. Taylor catches Joey, then trash talks him before giving him the sit-out choke slam bomb! He adds on a body splash, then covers, TWO! And Taylor is shocked. Joey gets to a corner, and fans rally up for him. Taylor is slightly amused now, and runs in, but misses the cannonball! Joey gets up, and throws hands on Taylor. Joey shows why he’s a Golden Gloves winner, but Taylor shoves him away. Taylor misses, but Joey connects! Joey tries to lift Taylor again, and does! He slams Taylor with the Daddiego Valley Driver!

Cover, TWO! Taylor rolls away but Joey follows him out. Joey comes running in, but the Drive-by Dropkick is intercepted by the One Hitter Quitter! Taylor drags Joey up and throws him into barriers. Taylor rocks Joey with another OHQ, then puts Joey into another barrier. The referee checks on Joey, but Taylor dares Joey to get up again. Taylor throws his own body shots and right hands, then sits a chair up. He sits Joey in the chair, then gets another chair. Taylor grins, and sits that other chair down. Taylor says he gave Joey a chance, before ramming forearm after forearm into Joey’s face. He sets Joey across the two chairs, with bad intentions in mind. Taylor backs off, and climbs up onto the apron, for a FLYING SPLASH!

Pittsburgh is thunderous after that. Joey is somehow conscious and moving, but the referees insist Taylor stay back. Taylor takes a ref, and Choke Slams him!!

That’s money down the drain for the Hitman. But Taylor doesn’t seem to care, as he threatens the other ref to keep this match going. The referee seems unwilling, so Taylor threatens him. A security staff rushes out to try and talk Taylor down, but Taylor only takes him and throws him in an exploder. Taylor sees another security staff, and hits him with the choke slam bomb! The third security staff tries but only gets the sit-out driver, the same move Taylor used on Ryan Nova. Taylor is a monster, but this match is over.

No Contest

Is there anyone in ROH who can stop the rampage of the Notorious Shane Taylor?

 

Cody & Brandi Rhodes speak.

Cody’s ready. He is ready for tonight’s main event, as Bullet Club’s “Luxury Trio” take on SoCal Uncensored. And after they win, Cody has some news. It’s a secret, it’s a surprise, and he knows Scurll isn’t around, but… Well maybe Brandi can say what it is. Nevermind, Cody… No, Brandi. Nevermind, Cody goes ahead and says it: “At Best in the World, I am going to be taking my rematch against the ROH World Champion, Dalton Castle.” Cody compliments Brandi on a “good job”. Mr. & Mrs. American Nightmare are smiling now, but will The Villain be smiling when he hears the news?

 

ROH’s Enforcer has gone too far.

Bully Ray came into this company as a welcomed addition, whose experience and wisdom in the business was an asset. However, Bully has let his personal opinion grow into a grudge against all the “young boys” coming in. Bully crossed a line when he assaulted then terminated two young stars last week, and Cheeseburger came out to tell him to his face, “You’re a piece of sh*t.” Cheeseburger would get a choke slam for it, but Joe Koff would step up next. Koff was warned but still kept Bully around, and now he knows. Koff terminated Bully as the Enforcer, but Bully decided to come out of retirement! Will Bully take his grudge into the ring? Will Cheeseburger be able to get retribution?

 

Is the Bullet Club really Fine?

The Young Bucks were almost ROH World Tag Team Champions again, but The Briscoes resorted to chair shots and beat downs to retain. However, the beating went on longer than expected, as Bullet Club members were slow to respond. Hangman Page ran into an ambush, as did Flip Gordon. Scurll was a no show, and Cody showed up too late to be of use, as he also got a beating. #DemBoyz are still champions, will they soon conquer all of ROH?

 

Six Man Tag: SoCal Uncensored VS The Bullet Club’s Cody w/ Bernard the Business Bear, Hangman Page & Marty Scurll!

To add to the question “Is Bullet Club Fine?”, the three members of this #LuxuryTrio don’t even arrive together. The American Nightmare, his Problem Solver and his Villain are the more unified combination of Bullet Club, but can they hold it together to defeat a truly cohesive Almighty Daniels, Heavy Metal Rebel and California Closer?

The true ROH World Six Man Tag Champions, despite what The Kingdom thinks

Fans chant for Bullet Club as the teams sort out. Cody and Scorpio Sky start, and they tie up at the bell. Scorpio gets behind but Cody wrenches Scorpio’s arm into a shoulder breaker. Scorpio gets to the ropes, and Cody honors the break with a cartwheel. Fans applaud and Cody grins. Cody and Scorpio tie up again but Scorpio kicks low and snap suplexes Cody down. Fans boo and jeer, and Cody kicks back for the falling uppercut. Cody wrenches the arm, then suplexes Scorpio up. Cody shows off some strength, and fans fire up as he gordbusters Scorpio down. The Bullet Club is doing fine so far while we go to break.

ROH returns, and Daniels has Scurll trapped in the headscissors. However, Scurll headstands, and claps his legs together as fans “Woop! Woop!” for him. Scurll pops out and pats Daniels’ head before strutting away. Daniels is furious but the fans are thunderous for the cheeky Villain. Fans chant “Marty! Marty!” but Daniels doesn’t want ot hear it. Scurll winds up and… Tags to Hangman! Fans chant “Hangman! Hangman!” but Kaz wants in. Daniels tags, and this old grudge returns. Kaz rushes at Hangman but Hangman arm-drags him, then hip tosses him. Hangman goes for legs but Kaz shoves him away. Kaz arm-drags Hangman, then hip tosses him, but now Hangman shoves Kaz away. Hangman gets the headlock takeover, but Kaz the headscissors, Hangman pops out. Kaz gets the takeover, Hangman just misses the headscissors, but the fans applaud this stalemate.

Hangman and Kaz start throwing hands! They speed up, fast and furious, and fans love it. Hangman gets the edge, but turns into a forearm. Kaz runs, but into Hangman’s roaring elbow! Hangman and Kaz run and collide with clotheslines, but neither falls. Kaz runs in but Hangman dodges to take out Scorpio. Hangman then turns Kaz around, scoops him up, but has to drop him as Daniels runs in. Hangman kicks Daniels, then uses him for the Dropsault! TWO, but Hangman keeps his cool. Hangman tags to Cody, Cody springboards in for the missile dropkick. Fans chant “Cody! Cody!” and he teases Kaz. Cody kicks low, then whips but Kaz kicks low. Kaz then hits Hangman just because, and dodges Cody from the corner. Cody puts Kaz on the apron, then back elbows Kaz. Cody goes for the Beautiful Disaster, but Kaz ducks and the kick goes into Scurll!

Scurll goes down and Daniels grabs Cody for a Blue Thunder Bomb. Kaz rains down rights, then brings Cody into the SCU corner. Tag to Daniels, and Daniels whips Cody into a calf kick. The one and only ROH Grand Slam Champion chokes Cody on the mat with both hands. He lets up at 4, then tags to Scorpio. Scorpio lifts Cody into a backbreaker, then covers, TWO. Scorpio scrapes Cody’s face then tags back to Daniels. Daniels and Scorpio double whip Cody corner to corner, then Daniels hits the forearm smash. Daniels hoists Cody up to the top rope, then gives a palm strike. Kaz adds a bicycle kick, then Scorpio the SUPER Steiner. Daniels covers, TWO, but puts Cody in a chinlock while we go to one last break.

ROH returns once again, and fans rally for Cody. Daniels has Cody in a facelock, but Cody fights his way over to his corner. Daniels knees low, then hits Hangman for good measure. Scurll hits Daniels back, but Daniels and Cody hit with double clotheslines. Both men are down and fans rally for Cody. Cody and Daniels crawl, hot tags to Scorpio and Scurll! The Villain rallies, throwing hands and stomps in a corner. Scurll stomps a serious mudhole, and the fans are loving it. Kaz comes in, and kicks low. Kaz mocks the wing flaps, but falls for the feint. Scurll kicks Kaz out of the ring, but Scorpio clubs Scurll. Scorpio runs, but into a drop toehold from Cody, Scurll adds a basement dropkick. Hangman adds the standing shooting star, and fans fire up all over again.

Scurll takes aim at Scorpio, goes to the apron, SUPERKICK. Scurll slips into the ring but Daniels tosses him out, to then hit the Arabian Press moonsault. But Cody climbs and FLIES! Cody wipes them out but then Kaz slingshots for the huricanrana. But Hangman hits the Shooting Star tackle! Bullet Club regroups, but Scorpio FLIES! Scorpio wipes them and even Kaz out, but that isn’t the end. Daniels climbs up, but Cody pursues. They brawl up top, and Cody resists Daniels’ attempts, to then SUPERPLEX Daniels onto everyone else!!

Everyone goes down but the fans are thunderous once again. Fans chant “ROH! ROH!” while the Villain crawls after the Fallen Angel. The ring count climbs high, and luckily it’s a 20 count. The count passes 13 but no one is back in the ring. It reaches 18, but only now does anyone stand. They all get in at 19.5! Scurll fires up, and stands with Daniels. Daniels and Scurll go back and forth with haymakers, then Scurll hits a European Uppercut. Scurll takes Daniels’ fingers and… Eye poke from Daniels, then an STO!

Daniels fires up whiel fans jeer, but he ends up in Hangman’s powerbomb. Hangman rushes at Kaz, but Kaz puts him on the apron to then slingshot cutter. Kaz rushes Cody, but Cody goes up and over to then hti the spinning powerslam. Cody spots Scorpio, but runs into a shoulder, and a slingshot cutter of Scorpio’s. Scorpio rocks Scurll with a knee lift, but finds himself reeled into a pumphandle brainbuster. Scurll fires up and calls for the end. He gets the fans worked up, does the spin and “Chicken Wing!” But Scorpio backs Scurll into buckles. Daniels returns, as does Kaz. Hangman tags in before The Addiction double whip Scurll. Scurll dodges The Addiction, and Hangman gets a Double Buckshot!

Scorpio catches Hangman into a cradle, TWO. Scorpio kicks low but misses the other kick, and ends up in Cody’s “Din’s Fire” vertabreaker!

Hangman jackknifes Scorpio up into the Rite of Passage!

Cover, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Bullet Club (Cody, Scurll & Page), Page pinning

Bullet Club is fine enough to win, but the SCU are sore losers, and they attack from behind with Scurll’s umbrella in a low blow on Page! Daniels clobbers Cody on his own, but Scurll returns to take his umbrella back and use it. However, he swings at Daniels, who dodges, and hits Cody!!

Bullet Club is left in a state of shock as ROH goes off the air. Will Bullet Club be fine after being left speechless?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A great hour of action for ROH, everything was entertaining and important to story. Lethal VS Martinez was a great opening, and definitely had story and action worthy of a PPV. Lethal wins to keep that mission of his alive, and if it’s about making up for losses, I hope that means he goes after Silas Young, and even goes after the ROH World TV title as part of it. Great to see Joey Diesel back, but wow was it to make him a sacrifice to Taylor. Taylor ups his Monster Heel status with everything, but still great for Joey that he was still moving after that chair splash spot. Joey might be Taylor’s true opponent in this story of his, and another go would be fun to watch. Good plugs for Briscoes, Bully and WOH, can’t wait to see what’s next for those.

The Bullet Club is (Not) Fine story continues to grow and evolve between both ROH and NJPW. This tension between Cody and Scurll over wanting the World Championship is great stuff, and the Six Man Tag really played on that. The Six Man Tag was a great match in itself, but adding the story element of Cody accidentally kicking Scurll, paralleled by Scurll accidentally hitting Cody, made it even greater. Hangman continues to rise as a star, but the real story will be whether Cody and Scurll come to blows over challenging Dalton Castle. My guess would be that they do, and winner moves on to challenge Castle. Or it ends up a Triple Threat and that in itself brings Cody and Scurll to blows, which could cost them both the title.

My Score: 8.5/10


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