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

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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 346

The ROH World Champion moves over from singles to Six Man competition as he and The Boys take on The Kingdom! Matt Taven, Vinnie Marseglia & TK O’Ryan want back towards officially owning the World Six Man Tag titles, but so does The Peacock. Which trio will take the next step forward at the others’ expense?

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Team Coast 2 Coast VS Brian Milonas & The Beer City Bruiser; Coast 2 Coast wins.
  • Jonathan Gresham VS Will Ferrara; Gresham wins.
  • Shane Taylor VS Ryan Nova; Taylor wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Dalton Castle & The Boys; The Kingdom wins.

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Team Coast 2 Coast VS Brian Milonas & The Beer City Bruiser!

Shaheem Ali & Leon St. Giovanni have been rising since their miraculous win over War Machine. However, they’re going up against literally the biggest team in the ROH Tag Division, who already beat them down separately. Now that they’re both 100%, can Ali & LSG pull off another miracle? Or will these behemoth bouncers throw them out of the bar?

And with tempers flaring from that past beating, C2C goes right at Brian & BCB! It is a four man brawl in the middle of the ring! The bigger men get the edge, but then get dumped out of the ring. C2C takes aim, and they slingshot out!

Ali takes out Bruiser, but Brian catches LSG. LSG tries to fight free but Brian keeps hold. Ali notices his friend is caught, so he lurks around the corner, and runs in with a dropkick! Now Brian topples over, and fans fire up with C2C. LSG bicycle boots Brian, then C2C puts Bruiser in the ring. LSG hits a basement dropkick, then Ali adds his own. Brian returns and drags LSG out to the apron, but LSG kicks him away. Ali runs and LSG holds down the ropes so Ali can FLY onto Brian!

The fans are on C2C’s side as they keep Brian down. They put Brian back in the ring, but Bruiser punches LSG out of the springboard, and then kicks Ali from the apron. Bruiser then takes aim, but misses the cannonball! Ali gets back in the ring, and jumps at Brian. Brian catches him, but LSG adds on. Brian catches him too, for a double body slam! The Kingpin gets his team back in control while we go to break.

ROH returns to fans rallying for Ali. Brian & Bruiser have him in their corner, and Brian gives him those Mastadon hip attacks. Bruiser tags and takes LSG out, then cannonballs on Ali in the corner. Cover, TWO, and fans rally for Ali again. Bruiser lifts Ali up, tags Brian, then drops Ali with a Samoan Drop. Brian runs, and gives Ali that fall-down back senton. Brian taunts LSG then tags in Bruiser. He holds Ali down for Bruiser to stomp. Bruiser toys with Ali, but Ail shoves him away. Brian tags back in, but Ali dodges his big leg drop. Bruiser grabs Ali, but Ali enziguris him down. Hot tag to LSG!

The Human Rocket rallies on the bigger men, but his forearms don’t do as much as he thinks… He finds himself trapped, but then gets out of the way as the two run in. Brian & Bruiser collide with each other, then LSG handspring lariats Bruiser down. He goes after Brian with a springboard forearm! Brian goes down, and LSG climbs up. LSG takes aim, and hits the 450 splash! TWO, and LSG is a bit surprised. Bruiser returns but LSG chops him. Still no effect, and Bruiser grabs LSG for a sidewinder DDT! Ali returns, and goes after Bruiser with forearms and chops. He adds a back elbow, then manages to lift Bruiser for the Complete Shot. He takes aim, but Bruiser ducks the leg lariat. Ali runs back at Bruiser, but Bruiser back drops Ali onto Brian’s shoulder.

Brian then throws Ali down with a dominator slam! Brian and Bruiser coordinate as they go after LSG. They bring him up to the top rope, and Brian climbs up to join LSG while Bruiser climbs another corner. Brian SUPERPLEXES LSG, and Bruiser hits the Frog Splash, aka the Last Call combination. Brian covers, but Ali breaks it just in time! Bruiser goes after Ali, whipping him to a corner. He whips Brian in but Ali dodges and kicks back. Bruiser rocks Ali with a right, then whips Ali again, but now he misses and takes a kick. Ali becomes a step stool, LSG launches off of him for a code breaker! C2C sees Brian coming, and double dropkick him to a corner. They run in for double back elbows, then have Brian in position. They go to their corners, and take aim at Brian, for the two-man Coast2Coast!

Cover, C2C win!

Winners: Coast 2 Coast (Ali & LSG), LSG pinning

Don’t call it an upset, this is legit! Ali & LSG are undefeated since their Do or Die victory, can they go all the way to the top?

 

Jay Lethal speaks.

“Without Ring of Honor gold”, Lethal will admit, he is lost. “There’s no other way to put it.” He went to ROH Management about this, and they told him that if he wants his shot, he’ll have to win. Lethal will do them one better: he’ll defeat the people who have recently defeated him. Those losses keep Lethal up at night. But that list isn’t that long, because he’s that good. Even so, Lethal would fight hundreds, as many times as he had to, if it meant getting back to the top spot in ROH. “I must stand at the top of this company with gold around my waist.” Lethal is lost, but he has his way back. Can he succeed on this journey back to the title?

 

The Young Bucks speak.

But what are they to talk about? How about the Tag Gauntlet they won to earn a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Championships. Yes, good idea. Though they’ve wasted some time. Then let Matt speak! “Briscoe Brothers, Young Bucks, let’s do this thing one more time for the ROH Tag Team Championship titles.” Every time they’re in the ring, the Young Bucks give PPV level performances, for free on TV! More Bang for Your Buck, and an invite to the Superkick PARTY! Did that get that in? That’s their time, okay.

 

Jonathan Gresham VS Will Ferrara!

The Dawgs are in the house, but don’t be silly. The Big Dawg is sitting this one out, while the Octopus wrestles Little Willie. Ferrara is off his leash, but will he be able to do anything about Gresham’s grappling ability?

The two keep the Code of Honor while Rhett Titus joins commentary. The bell rings and the two tie up, and Ferrara pushes Gresham to a corner. Gresham turns it around but then Ferrara turns it back. They break, but Ferrara shoves Gresham. Gresham shoves Ferrara back, then the two get in each other’s face. Gresham grabs Ferrara in a headlock takeover, but Ferrara headscissors back, and Gresham pops out for another stare down. They circle, Ferrara gets the headlock takeover but Gresham the headscissors. Ferrara pops out, and it’s another stare down. Fans applaud as the two men circle again. They tie up, Ferrara goes after the arm, but Gresham spins around to reverse the hold. Ferrara reverses back, but Gresham arm-drags Ferrara away, yet Ferrara holds on.

Gresham backs Ferrara down, then spins around, to monkey flip Ferrara, but Ferrara holds on. They stand up and Gresham reverses to a facelock. Ferrara gets the hammerlock, but Gresham gets the headlock and takeover. Ferrara headscissors and Gresham pops out, for a third stand off. Fans applaud the technical exchange while the two circle. Ferrara hits Gresham with a throat chop, Rhett takes credit for teaching him that. Ferrara puts Gresham in a corner and stomps away, then backs off to embrace the heat. He goes back to Gresham, but Gresham hits back with a chop. Gresham whips but Ferrara reverses into an arm wringer. Cover, ONE, but Ferrara keeps his cool while we go to break.

ROH returns to Ferrara covering again, ONE. Ferrara keeps on Gresham’s arm, but Gresham counters by grabbing Ferrara’s arm with his legs, and SNAP. Ferrara walks off, clutching his arm. He comes back to whip Gresham, but Gresham counters with a European Uppercut right to that arm! Ferrara gets to a corner, and Gresham runs in corner to corner. Gresham catches the boot to then give Ferrara a sharp chop. Gresham whips but Ferrara reverses, putting Gresham in a corner. Ferrara runs in and catches Gresham’s boot, but Gresham slips free to hop up and over for a sunset roll. They both stand up but Gresham trips him, rolls him, and kicks the arm. Gresham throws Ferrara with an arm-drag, but that’s proving double-edged from the damage Ferrara has done.

Gresham keeps going, a wrench to hammerlock, to Octopus Stretch! But Gresham can’t finalize it, his own damaged arm can’t grab Ferrara’s. Ferrara gets the ropebreak, and Gresham lets him go. Ferrara goes after Gresham’s arm, but Gresham snapmares. He tries it again, but Gresham snapmares him again. Ferrara tries a third time, so Gresham spins around, spins Ferrara around, then spins himself again for a headlock takeover. Ferrara headscissors, and catches the legs to make it a cover! TWO, and Ferrara goes after the arms again, for the hammerlock lariat! Cover, TWO, and he puts Gresham in a cobra crossface!

Gresham endures the “Dawgface”, as Rhett claims, and drags himself around. Fans rally, and Gresham gets the ropebreak. Ferrara lets go, and both men work to get their arms moving. Ferrara gives a dog headbutt, but Gresham hits back. They throw forearms back and forth, faster and faster. Ferrara knocks Gresham down, but Gresham kips up and enziguris back! Then German Suplex and bridge, TWO! But Gresham keeps going, only for Ferrara to roll him up, TWO. Gresham spins and trips to stomp the bad arm. He rolls Ferrara then Mahistrols then reverse clutch bridge, Gresham wins!

Winner: Gresham, by pinfall

The Octopus continues to use his pure wrestling style to win, but Big Rhett ain’t having it! He goes right into the ring and right after Gresham.

Ferrara joins in, but out come the Motor City Machine Guns!

Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin are Gresham’s friends in Team Search & Destroyer, and they run The Dawgs off. Will Big Rhett & Little Willie regret messing with a friend of former tag team champions?

 

Cody & Marty Scurll speak.

The American Nightmare brings up June 29th, “the day before my birthday”, in Baltimore, Maryland. ROH Best in the World, the very event Cody first became ROH World Champion. The Peacock, Dalton Castle, will defend his title against the #1 contender, “the most deserving contender”, the man who has dominated the news and the ring. Marty agrees, because at BitW, it’ll be The Villain. No, no. It was supposed to be Cody. But hey, Bullet Club is fine. And at ROH BitW– DALTON! You will lose to The Villain! “Damn it, Marty.” Whether it is American Nightmare or British Villain, will it be someone from the Bullet Club who challenges the Peacock?

 

SoCal Uncensored speak.

Frankie Kazarian tells “Kingdom, at Supercard of Honor, you proved you are as dumb as you look when you stole our titles.” The Kingdom not only pissed off The Bullet Club, but the infuriated rightful ROH World Six Man Tag Champions, the SCU. Scorpio Sky adds that SCU will be watching the main event very closely, but also bring up that there’s nothing stopping them from showing up for payback. Christopher Daniels lets The Kingdom know that the difference between the SCU and everyone else is that SCU doesn’t play by the rules. They will finish The Kingdom off by “any way we see fit.”

 

Shane Taylor VS Ryan Nova!

“Pittsburgh, I’m baaack~.” That is how the Notorious Hitman introduces himself to the crowd tonight. “For eight years, Shane Taylor ran the streets of this city doing the same thing that I do in Ring of Honor right now”: get paid to beat people down. Taylor has gotten paid by everyone from Bullet Club to the Kingdom to do what he does best. Ryan Nova’s the kind of guy Taylor’s dealing with now. ROH pays guys like him, who aren’t even regular members of the roster. That money should be in Taylor’s pocket. “So the way I see it”, Taylor’s gonna knock people off, until he’s the only one left. Or in other words, “More Money, Your Problems.”

Nova himself thinks he’s ready, as his pre-match promo warned Taylor that he would be “scorched by Ring of Honor’s One True Supernova.” As for the match, the bell rings and Taylor rocks Nova with a big right knee. Taylor then drags Nova up for one Choke Slam, then a second! He’s not done there, either. He drags Nova up again, and onto his shoulder. Taylor declares “Everybody Dies!” before dropping Nova with a sit-out piledriver!

Taylor doesn’t even have to cover Nova. The referee checks on the man and calls the match.

Winner: Taylor, by referee stoppage

It happened so fast, if you looked away, you missed it all. Just ask Caprice Coleman. Taylor has upped his intensity while changing his mission. Will anyone survive his Notorious Purge?

 

Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Dalton Castle & The Boys!

Do not be deceived by those belts in their possession. Matt Taven, Vinnie Marseglia & TK O’Ryan are not the ROH World Six Man Tag Champions, regardless of what they believe. The CMLL NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship, his Horror King and Sassy Wild Horse took those belts out of self-entitlement, but just like The Peacock and his twin fan boys, they have to earn their way back.

The Kingdom hopes Castle is ready, because this main event is just a preview of what will happen on the War of the Worlds Tour. Taven and Castle face off for the ROH WHC, and Taven already feels good about the prospect of becoming an ROH Grand Slam Champion. As for the SCU, what’re they to do about that? Don’t worry, Taven knows a guy. Yes, Taylor implied it and Taven confirms it: The Kingdom has paid Taylor straight cash to be security in case Daniels, Kaz & Sky appear.

The ROH WHC is here!

The Peacock & his Boys are themselves former ROH World Six Man champs, and Castle has a response for Taven. Lowell, Massachusetts, the War of the Worlds event, that match will be for the WHC. “But tonight, Boys!” “CAAAW~!” Is the Kingdom ready for what Castle & The Boys are “bringing to the table?”

ROH returns from a quick break, and this match begins with Castle and TK O’Ryan. O’Ryan stays safe in his corner as Castle approaches. Castle backs off, and we see Taylor keeping a watchful eye over the World Six Man belts. O’Ryan brags he’s “T K O!” but Castle brags he has “B O Y S!” The fans chant “Boys! Boys!” but O’Ryan shouts them down. He and Castle tie up, and they end up in a corner. They honor the break, but O’Ryan slaps Castle and slips away. The referee reprimands O’Ryan while Castle glares at him. O’Ryan returns, but fans chant for Castle. Castle gets a headlock, O’Ryan powers out but Castle powers him down. Things speed up and Castle catches O’Ryan and throws him overhead! O’Ryan tags out to Vinnie, then kicks the barriers in frustration.

Fans chant for Vinnie, Pittsburgh seems to like his horror movie style. Vinnie talks trash but Castle shoves him. Vinnie shoves back, so Castle trips him and rolls him with a waistlock. Castle mounts into the body scissors and armlock, but Vinnie resists. Castle drives elbows into Vinnie, then shifts back to the waistlock. Vinnie backs Castle into a corner and throws elbows of his own. Vinnie gets free and runs side to side for a forearm smash. He runs and hits another, then goes to throw Castle into the corner, only for Castle to throw him. Castle throws Vinnie overhead, and then Castle tags into Boy 1. Or is it 2? Either way, The light haired Boy A brings Boy B up onto his shoulders, and Castle feeds Vinnie to the Boy Boot.

The Boys work together to wrench and whip Vinnie to a corner. Boy A is put on the apron and then elbowed away. Boy B runs in and spins Vinnie around, but Vinnie tosses him off the sliced bread. The Boy pushes Vinnie into the corner, but Vinnie dodges him, only to run into Boy A’s swing kick. Vinne staggers and Boy B rolls him for Boy A’s missile dropkick. Cover, TWO, and Boy A fires up, only for Vinnie to chop him into the Kingdom’s corner. Taven and O’Ryan hold onto Boy A, but Boy A still escapes Vinnie’s forearm. Vinnie rocks Boy A with a knee, then knocks him down with a boot. Vinnie stalks the Boy, then drags him up by his “boy bun”. He puts Boy in chinlock, then tags in the ring leader, Matt Taven.

Taven toys with the Boy, and dares the champion to tag in. Boy A crawls over and tags in Castle, and fans actually duel between Castle and Taven. Taven and Castle bump chests, testing who is the alpha, but Castle starts turning it into a chest rubbing game. Taven shoves Castle to the corner, then tries to sucker punch, but Castle evades. Castle swings but Taven evades, Taven swings but Castle evades. They repeat this again and again, until Castle lifts Taven up. Taven holds the ropes to avoid Bangarang like his life depends on it. Castle lets him go, but then runs in for a big knee strike. The Peacock is in control while we go to break.

ROH returns once more, to Taven slipping out of the saido suplex. Taven’s leg buckles and he clutches it as he leans against the ropes. Castle runs in but Taven dodges. Taven swings but Castle dodges, then clotheslines Taven out of the ring. Castle builds speed but The Kingdom trip him up, and trip up the Boys! Castle still boots Taven down while Vinnie wreckes the Boys. Taven gets in the ring and trash talks Castle. Taven shoves Castle, and that brings him close enough for O’Ryan to grab a leg! Vinnie also comes in, and The Kingdom hold Castle down for Taven to stomp the fingers! Castle clutches his wounded and wrapped hand, so Boy A tags in.

The Boys stand up 2v3, but the fans are on their side! Vinnie & O’Ryan laugh, but end up getting hands! The Boys club them down, but Taven is the difference maker. He grabs each Boy, only to get double dropkicks. But that gives O’Ryan & Vinnie an opening to club The Boys from behind. Then they double flapjack Boy B down! They add a back senton and fist drop, then Taven joins in to stomp away on Boy B. The referee reprimands The Kingdom but the damage is done. O’Ryan distracts the referee, and Vinnie uses the ropes to choke Boy B. O’Ryan comes over and lifts Boy B with a big back suplex. Cover, TWO, but The Kingdom keeps calm.

O’Ryan tags Taven in, and Taven suplexes Boy B down. Cover, TWO, and Boy A rallies for his brother. Taven tags in Vinnie while the fans duel, and Vinnie stomps Boy B more. Vinnie drags Boy B up for a EuroUpper, then tags in O’Ryan. O’Ryan & Vinnie toy with Boy B, but he fights back with haymakers and elbows. He rocks Vinnie, and headscissors, only for O’Ryan to turn that into a pop-up spinebuster! Vinnie adds a flying headbutt, then Taven adds the shining wizard! “Because I’M MATT TAVEN!” But wait, Christopher Daniels appears!?

The Fallen Angel goes right to Taylor, but not to fight. Daniels wants the belts back, and Taven is there to keep them. Taylor shoves Daniels down! But while Daniels storms off, distracting everyone else, the Boys pull off Twin Magic! Boy A is now in the ring, and O’Ryan turns around to take a kick to the face. Hot tag to Castle, and the Peacock rallies! He chops O’Ryan, rocks Vinnie, then hits O’Ryan again. Castle rocks Taven, and counters O’Ryan into an elbow and corner knee. O’Ryan shoves Castle but Castle takes out Vinnie, then dumps O’Ryan down with a judo throw. The fans fire up for The Peacock, and he asks for a Boy. Boy A volunteers, and Castle helps him FLY onto Taven!

Boy B comes in and he FLIES on Vinnie! Then Boy A returns, to FLY on O’Ryan! Boy B then FLIES onto Taven, and Boy A onto Vinnie! Castle throws Boy B at O’Ryan, then Boy A! The fans are all fired up for this Boy-apalooza, and the Boys feed O’Ryan to Castle. Castle has the Boys whip him, but Castle runs into Taven’s kick. Castle still rocks O’Ryan, but Taven then uses a belt as a weapon! The belt hits Castle’s hand and he writhes in pain. Taven wants Castle, but he tags out to Boy A. Boy A springboards but Taven gets under, to then hit him with The Climax!

Cover, The Kingdom wins!

Winners: The Kingdom (Taven, Vinnie & O’Ryan), Taven pinning

The CMLL NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship and his cohorts defeat Castle & The Boys tonight, making gains in the ROH World Six Man Division. At the same time, Taven has momentum going into his ROH World Championship challenge against Castle. With a damaged wing already a big target, will The Peacock be able to stop Taven’s Grand Slam?

But then the Kingdom attacks Castle & The Boys again! They are sore winners as they punch and stomp away. Taven grabs a chair, and they go after Castle. Vinnie drags Castle over to go after that arm, with O’Ryan helping out. Taven climbs up high while Vinnie gets the arm threaded inside the chair. Taven flies, and stomps the chair to crush the arm!!

The Kingdom are vile, but they’re also one step away from having the top titles in ROH. Will there be consequences for these despicable tactics?!

 


 

My Thoughts:

This was a strong go-home episode to the War of the Worlds tour events, happening May 9th to the 13th. C2C VS Brian & BCB was a solid opener given their story with each other. Ali & LSG are becoming great stars of the ROH Tag Team Division, but with the titles belonging to The Briscoes and possibly going back to The Young Bucks, it’s going to be a while before they’re the champions. Ferrara VS Gresham was an impressive match, and Ferrara reminds everyone he’s not just a comedy Heel. I still hope between this and Gresham’s overall story, the ROH Pure (Wrestling) Championship returns. The promos were great for setting up story, especially for Bullet Club. Cody and Scurll both want the world title, but only one can hold it, so this will surely add a new wrinkle to the Bullet Club is (not) Fine story.

Taylor adds a new layer to his story by becoming Shane Taylor: Destroyer of Jobbers, so that it’ll make sense for him to have a bunch of squash matches where he crushes guys like Ryan Nova. Then he is brought back into the story with SCU, Kingdom, etc. which could go any number of ways. And speaking of The Kingdom, the fact O’Ryan & Vinnie wore camo pants referencing The Dudley Boys’ signature might be foreshadowing Bully Ray being Taven’s inside guy. Sure they argued before Supercard, but between their actions at the PPV and Bully’s own Heel turn, they could end up being the standard corrupt authority and chosen wrestlers for ROH. I don’t think Taven wins the ROH WHC, but The Kingdom could use Bully to finally get those World Six Man titles back.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Andrew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Ratings & Review: Day 7 & 8

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We get another combined article because of the way Stardom likes to stagger matches in this tournament.

Day 7 actually didn’t have any Blue Star matches at all, so now the articles will be titled a little differently. I need that Rick and Morty clip about getting your shit together and direct it at Stardom booking. Oh wait, I can!

via GIPHY

 

So with that established, I guess we should look at the matches to come. Tam is eliminated but still has 3 matches to go. So she can go from a measly 2 to a respectable 8 if she can put a few wins together. Utami and Rachael however are still very much in the thick of things, and even face one another on Day 8.

Let’s find if anyone else gets eliminated, or if we continue to have the top half stay alive.

 

Day 7

Rachael Ellering vs Tam Nakano

Rachael’s promo is fake and over enthusiastic, whereas Tam’s was realistic and a little bubbleheaded. So it’s really hard for me to ever connect to Ellering’s promos, cause she’s not convincing and her matches thus far have been…umm…shall we say, sub par. So sadly Tam seems to be in the plucky underdog role this year and always getting close with not much of a pay off. So let’s she if she picks up a win to play spoiler, or continues to come up short.

I have no clue what it is about most of Rachael’s matches, but they are hard to watch. Rachael’s Pump Kick that she over uses never looks impactful, she doesn’t take or sell offense well, and it’s just a schlog. This match was no different.

Tam’s kicks are usually crisp, but they hit awkwardly and slowly. Tam even went for a bottom rope assisted Back Body Drop, but Rachael’s foot cause the middle rope and it just looked sloppy. Tam still sold her back, while Rachael focused it, so that was good.

We also see a decent barrage at the end of the match with some false finish rollups, Rachael’s Bossman Slam and then Ellering finally finishes this with the Fallaway Powerbomb.

Winner: Ellering via Fallaway Powerbomb

Rating: * 1/2

 

Kagetsu vs Kimber Lee

Kimber always has this oddly endearing way of cutting a promo. She talks fairly slowly (the way people do when you’re speaking a language people might not understand), which I find ridiculous, but she says all the correct babyface things. Kagetsu however has a skull mask on her head, pops up into frame and just starts talking casually about things. She just wants to end the match, eat some good food and head to Osaka. It’s casually dismissive of Kimber, but not cruel, perfect tweener kind of temperature.

Kagetsu takes the early advantage and does the cocky heel thing by throwing Kimber to the outside. Hazuki and Sumire get in a few cheap shots before rolling her back in. Kagetsu takes a drink of water and then we get her water spit/mist spot. Which I’m still not sure why that isn’t a disqualification, but I like it, so I’m not questioning it.

After the initial cockiness, Kimber takes advantage of Kagetsu taking her foot of the gas and puts together some offense. A few well placed kicks and suplexes lead to the Swanton Bomb attempt, but Kimber misses. After a little more struggle, Kagetsu eventually hits a Chokeslam and then enough of the Oedo Coaster to get the pinfall.

Not Kagetsu’s best work, but it was a fairly short match and Kimber isn’t positioned as a threat in this tournament.

Winner: Kagetsu via Oedo Coaster

Rating: *** 1/4

 

Day 8

Kimber Lee vs Tam Nakano

The opening promos are pretty low energy for both women. Kimber talks about being eliminated but fighting for herself and Tam tries her best to psych herself up. The lack of points is effecting both of these women. Who will get the ball moving to end on a high note?

Not a bad match, just fairly short. Given that all of the Grand Prix matches have a 15 minute time limit, even the longer ones are a little short. Both women utilize a fair amount of kicks and flexibility in their offense, so the mirror aspect was on full display.

Kimber does her split spot, Tam goes for a Buzzsaw Kick, but Kimber blocks it and tries to sweep the leg, but Tam does a split and they both start throwing forearms from the split position. Kimber hits a kick combination first, which drops Tam but only for two. In her opening promo Tam put some emphasis on not wanting to lose to kicks, since those are kinda her thing.

Maintaining advantage, Kimber goes to the top rope but Tam shows some fight. Eventually hitting the Avalanche Snapmare and going up for her Diving Idol Knee, for only a near fall. After a few more close calls, Kimber catches Tam coming off the ropes for a Brain Buster, pulls her to a corner and lands the Swanton Bomb for the pinfall.

Valiant efforts in all her matches, but Tam really can’t catch a break.

Winner: Kimber via Swanton Bomb

Rating: ** 1/4

 

Rachael Ellering vs Utami Hayayshishita

Well, ya know I’m usually overly disinterested in whatever Rachael’s been doing, but this match was a little different. She basically got to play the heel since she was being very tough on Utami and showing some personality while arguing with the referee. So when it comes down to Rachael’s involvement, it wasn’t the thing that brought the match down, for a change.

However, after the initial burst from Rachael and the playing up a few strikes on the outside, the match never kick it into another gear. It basically was treading water for the last half. Signature moves were hit, Utami landed her Sleeper Hold takeover into the Coquina Clutch, but Rachael got out of it. I’m guess the high point was supposed to be Rachael hitting a Superplex, but nothing felt important, desperate or impressive.

The match ends just as Utami cinches in an Inside Cradle, but the time expires. All of the draws in this tournament are a little off putting.

Winner: Time Limit Draw

Rating: ***

 

Red Stars Standings:

Kagetsu 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Rachael Ellering 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Jungle Kyona 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Utami Hayashishita 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Konami 3-3 (6 Points) – Eliminated
Kimber Lee 2-4 (4 Points) – Eliminated
Tam Nakano 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated
Natsuko Tora 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated

 

Thoughts:

You know Stardom, you know what happens when you make Tam look good but don’t give her wins? Nothing happens, it’s actually decent story telling and could set up for a big upset of Kagetsu on the Finals day. So as much as the fan in me hates watching Tam come up short (Naito fans around the world know that feel), her determination and the storyline wrinkles could pay off later.

As for the two days…meh? Nothing stood out and these really just felt like matches to set up for the final swerve. These kind of days happen in all tournaments, it just hit really hard in these four matches. I just really really hope Rachael doesn’t win Red Stars.


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Mathew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Blue Stars Results & Review: Day 8

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So tomorrow is the last day of the Five Star Grand Prix where we will have our final four matches and the final match on the same day but we got two matches left to cover before we go to the final day.

This show is for people that didn’t have their six matches before the final day and we’re using this to make sure they’re all caught up to speed and we can see who has a chance to make it and who doesn’t. I know it says day 8 in my headline but I had no matches on the seventh day, so I decided to just skip it and go where I have my actual matches. So who wins these two matches?

Let’s find out and…dive right in.

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Kelly Klein vs. Natsu Sumire

Review: It’s pretty clear that Sumire is pretty much eliminated and even if she does win this match and her last one, the fact that Mayu would hold the tiebreaker over her if she lost today and won tomorrow, but would still be out if Momo won on the final day since she’d have nine points while Sumire would still have eight if she won both and wouldn’t matter, but she has been one of the highlights of this tournament due to her personality flourishing a lot more here and the fans loving her more and more. Sumire in her pre-match interview seems to be more focused on her bust size and even talked about the supplements she’s been taking for a couple weeks now and is disappointed that there’s been no change in her results just yet and hopes to provide progress updates. Kelly is her opponent tonight and if Kelly does win here, she’ll be in the top spot of the standings and would have a strong chance of winning. Can Kelly win again or will Sumire ruin it for her?

Once again, Sumire made the match fun when it was needed due to it not being the best bout in the tournament here but they did work with what they got, even if it was as pretty standard as they come. Kelly did an okay job in the match as well and probably my least favorite outing of her in the Grand Prix and she just wanted to dominate Sumire. Sumire was mostly doing her antics that you would see in her matches with the false handshakes, cradling them up when they least expect it, and just whipping them. It looked like Kelly was going to go for the win here and when she ran the ropes, Kagetsu kicked her in the back to stun her long enough for Sumire to grab the Oedo Tai sign so she could hit Kelly with it, but Kelly moved out of the way causing the sign to bounce off the ropes and hit Sumire instead in which it gets turned around for Kelly to hit the Fireman’s Carry Slam for the victory and she’s now in first place.

Rating: Tony Schiavone

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Review: A win here is very crucial for Mayu Iwatani if she wants to tie it up with Kelly, otherwise she would be eliminated from the tournament and her opponent, Hazuki would take the top spot with nine points and potentially win the whole thing if things work out in her favor. The last time the both of them fought one on one was around February during the ROH Women of Honor tournament and Mayu would come out the winner of that match and Mayu wants to beat her again to show she’s on a whole different level now. Who will take the top spot of the standings, Mayu or Hazuki?

Hazuki is in my top 5 wrestlers of Stardom right now and this match here with Mayu just solidified my statement for this claim. This whole tournament, she has been one of the most consistent wrestlers in her matches with her sequences being on point, her moves are crisp, and how to handle a match lately has been outstanding that she should be under peoples radar. Hazuki right away was being aggressive with Mayu before the bell even rang when she attacked her from behind and kept rolling her up which failed, but she kept on the attack by throwing her around into chairs on the outside and even destroyed Mayu’s arm during the whole match and not holding back on her, I love this side of Hazuki.

This match is one of my favorites in my block next to Hazuki/Momo still being my favorite one, but this one was still pretty damn close with their chemistry in the ring together gave us a special match and it’s not even their last one for their block. They told a great story in the ring, executed everything almost flawlessly, seeing a more aggressive side of Hazuki in her previous two matches, and Mayu selling it all to make it look more dangerous than it probably is, but they were just on point with everything together. Hazuki was pulling out all the stops with having her in the Crossface, working on her arm, stiff Dropkicks and a Codebreaker, but it still wasn’t enough to take Mayu out as she hits the Dragon Suplex Hold and gets the victory to tie first place with Kelly Klein. After the match, she told the crowd that she was now in first place and hopes the crowd will still support her as she looks to win it all at the final.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

Overall: Can’t really give it a fair assessment due to only having two matches with one being average and the other one being great, but the average of it was solid enough. I’m glad to see that all three of my picks are in the top 4 of potential winners and excited for the last day since it’s stacked.

Favorite Match: Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Score: 6/10

Blue Stars Standings:
Mayu Iwatani: 4-2 (8 Points)
Kelly Klein: 4-2 (8 Points)
Momo Watanabe: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Hazuki: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Nicole Savoy: 3-3 (6 Points)
Jamie Hayter: 2-4 (4 Points)
Saki Kashima: 2-4 (2 Points)
Natsu Sumire: 2-4 (4 Points)

Now that we have our final standings before the final show tomorrow, we see that our top 4 people that could still win this are Mayu Iwatani, Kelly Klein, Momo Watanabe, and Hazuki. We’re gonna break down the final card for tomorrow and see who has a real chance and how can it be done.

  • Mayu Iwatani vs. Momo Watanabe
  • Hazuki vs. Natsu Sumire
  • Kelly Klein vs. Nicole Savoy
  • Saki Kashima vs. Jamie Hayter

Here is how these four can win.

Mayu Iwatani: Defeat Momo Watanabe and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Momo Watanabe: Defeat Mayu Iwatani and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Kelly Klein: Defeat Nicole Savoy

Hazuki: Defeat Nicole Savoy, Momo Watanabe defeats Mayu Iwatani, and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein

If Momo and Hazuki do win their matches and Kelly loses, these two will be in a tie and it’ll be interesting to see who gets the final spot since they did tie it up in their outing, interesting direction if that’s the case.


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CMLL Arena Puebla Show Monday

El Asturiano and Black Tiger vs Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Maligno and Asturiano start out the match exchanging arm drags. Maligno is bare foot so Asturiano while having him in a hold bites his feet. Not very hygienical. Tiger and Chicana make their way in trading holds. Tags are made briefly and they pick up the pace but Chicana and Tiger come back in soon after to continue the faster pace. Maligno misses a splash and Tiger gets him in a surfboard stretch for the submission, then Asturiano pins Chicana with a hurricanrana pin combo. First Fall: El Asturiano pins Fuerza Chicana with a hurricanrana.

Black Tiger hits a monkey flip on Maligno to start the round and then hits a pose. Asturiano and Chicana are in to follow. He ends up feigning a dive to the outside. Maligno and Chicana start to get heat on the other team by double teaming both guys when they get the chance. Malingo hits a baseball slide to Asturiano in the corner and then they get both of them in submissions. Some elaborate stretches. Second Fall: Espiritu Maligno submits El Asturiano with a submission hold.

Third round starts with Asturiano being double teamed. Maligno hits a drop kick on him sending him out bringing in Black Tiger to get doubled. All four are in the ring now exchanging chops. Maligno gets Asturiano in a Gory Guerrero special into a pinning combination for the pin. The Chicana gets Black Tiger in a single leg boston crab for the win. Third Fall: Fuerza Chicana submits Black Tiger with a single leg boston crab.

Winners: Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr vs King Rocker Jr, El Malayo, and King Jaguar

King Jaguar and Oro Jr start off with some chain wrestling, exchanging holds. They meet a stale mate and King Rocker come in and continue to exchange holds and chain wrestle. Tigre Rojo and Malayo come in and pick up the pace. Malayo gets Rojo in the corner to get an advantage on him, but it doesn’t work out. Oro Jr and Rojo hit a combo neck breaker on Malayo. Super Astro hits him with a dive for a pin. Tigre Rojo gets King Jaguar in an arm bar for the first fall. First Fall: Tigre Rojo Jr submits King Jaguar with an arm bar.

King Rocker starts the second fall with Oro jr and Oro gets him to the outside and then hits a pose. Astro comes in there next with Malayo. Astro gets him to the outside and then feigns a dive and hits an elaborate pose. After that Rojo and Jaguar come in and he too gets Jaguar to the outside and feigns a dive. Finally Rocker and Malayo are working over Tigre Rojo. Once they dispose of him they start to triple team Astro Jr. Jaguar hits a big baseball slide dive on Astro. Oro Jr gets hit with a basement drop kick to the hit by King Rocker for the second fall. Second Fall: King Rocker pins Oro Jr with a basement drop kick.

Oro and Rocker start out in the third round. This becomes a triple team attack soon. It doesn’t last for long and Oro Jr, Astro, and Rojo go for dives but they get dodged and then it becomes a brawl. They exchange spots and go for pins that get broken up. Astro hits a top rope headbutt on Malayo and pins him. Oro hits a power slam on Rocker and then Tigre and him do a double team move where Rojo flips Oro onto Rocker for the pin. Third Fall: Oro pins Rocker while being flipped by Tigre Rojo.

Winners: Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr

Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma vs El Sagrado, Misterioso, and Tiger

Interesting note, the Arena Puebla is called Temple of Pain in translation. They should do Lucha Underground out of here. Maya and Misterioso start out in the match, and as they exchange holds and perform some mat wrestling, I’d like to point out how hype Fuego’s entrance is. After they go to a stale mate Sagrado and Stigma come in. They don’t last long and Fuego and Tiger get in there and pick up the pace.

Tiger irish whips Fuego into his corner and this causes his teammates to come in and triple team Fuego for a moment. Fuego’s teammates come in to confront. Fuego makes a come back and gets Tiger to the outside and then a brawl breaks out on the outside. After that Maya starts to get triple teamed. Misterioso hits a weak drop kick bringing Maya to the outside then hits a pose, but Fuego rolls him up. First Fall: Fuego rolls up Misterioso.

The second round is started with Stigma getting triple teamed. After they dispose of Stigma to the outside, Maya comes in to try his hand but the numbers are too much. El Sagrado hits an elbow drop for the second fall. Second Fall: El Sagrado hits an elbow drop on Guerrero Maya for the pin.

Maya starts the fall getting triple teamed but made a come back by hitting everyone with a tilt-a-Whirl back breaker. After that Stigma and Fuego came and hit middle rope dives. They all start to exchange spots now, one at a time. Fuego hits his matrix bridge spot and then hits a dive. Stigma hits a big hurricanrana on Misterioso. Tiger and Stigma start to exchange chops.

Eventually Tiger hits a big power bomb. Fuego hits a big victory roll on Misterioso and the ref takes forever to go for the count and Sagrado breaks it up. Misterioso hits a reverse power slam and Fuego breaks up the pin and then he hits a big dive. Stigma hits a pinning combination on on Sagrado and Maya hits a spring board, shoulder block on Tiger for the win. Third Fall: Guerrero Maya hits a shoulder block on Tiger for the win.

Winners: Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma

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