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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?

 

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

 

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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Mitchell’s NXT TakeOver: WarGames II Results & Report! (11/17/18)

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NXT TakeOver WarGames II

NXT takes over Los Angeles with WARGAMES! Can The Undisputed Era #ShockTheSystem with back-to-back victories? Will Tommaso Ciampa feel The Experience?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Matt Riddle VS Kassius Ohno; Riddle wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship 2 out of 3 Falls: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane; Shayna wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
  • Aleister Black VS Johnny Gargano; Black wins.
  • NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Velveteen Dream; wins and
  • WarGames: The Undisputed Era VS Ricochet, Pete Dunne & The War Raiders; win(s).

PLAY BY PLAY

Nina Strauss joins the NXT TakeOver preshow panel!

The rocking guitarist behind one of WarGames’ themes, Mariana Trench, joins Charli, Sam and Pat. It’s been an amazing week as her album Controlled Chaos debuted at number seven. And that’s on top of joining forces with Lzzy Hale at WWE Evolution for an amazing performance. From rock ‘n’ roll to wrestling, the Women’s Evolution is inspiring everyone, but especially young girls.

Evolution was also where Shayna Baszler recaptured the NXT Women’s Championship. But now Kairi Sane comes back for another rematch, in best 2 out of 3 falls. Nina is in the #FightForeverClub, she wants them to keep going. But this match tonight will be the most amazing one yet. What is it that makes this feud so compelling? The story, the tension, the build and the tied record. How does Nina feel about badass Baszler? Yeah she definitely doesn’t want to run into her in a dark alley. But Kairi is tough herself, so it could be either woman’s match. Who will be THE Women’s Champion after no less than two falls?

 

Matt Riddle joins the panel!

The King of Bros feels great to be here, “bro.” He and Pat have a bro-down and fans join in. But the NXT Universe of course loves Riddle, but here comes Kassius Ohno. Ohno mocks the bro-ness, it makes him physically ill. Ohno is sick of the bro, and is sick of Riddle. He sees through Riddle’s act! Everyone loves Riddle, but Ohno sees the mirage. Ohno says he’ll only need one second to expose Riddle. Riddle used to think Ohno was cool. But now Ohno’s just bitter. And maybe instead of being bitter, try being better. These two will face off next week on NXT, who will be better, bro?

 

The War has Returned Again.

For the second year in a row, “battle lines have been drawn.” Two teams, two rings, one cage. Two falls, two women, one champion. And two forces of nature, two sides to a story, one winner. “Opportunity still reigns.” Scores will be settled, let the WarGames begin!

 

Matt Riddle heads to the ring!

The King of Bros is here, but he’s not on the card. Riddle grabs a mic and greets LA with a “Bro…!” He wasn’t going to have a match tonight on TakeOver, a shame. But if you saw the kickoff, a certain someone interrupted him. Now Riddle and Ohno are meant to fight next Wednesday on NXT, but… If they’re chilling in LA, with two rings, maybe Riddle will KO KO in both of them! Riddle has called Ohno out, so here Ohno comes! Ohno says Riddle is “too stupid to know you’re not supposed to be out here right now”, or that he’s not ready for a TakeOver. But there’s a ref, so ring the bell! And hopefully Riddle enjoys his moment, because he won’t remember it after getting knocked out, “bro”! Is it happening? IT IS!

Matt Riddle VS Kassius Ohno!

The bell rings, and Ohno rushes Riddle! Riddle is ready, with a BIG knee! Cover, RIDDLE WINS!!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall

WHOA, BRO!! Riddle just beat Kassius in the fastest match in TakeOver history!! Who wasn’t ready for this? Will this instant victory skyrocket Riddle to a title?

 

NXT Women’s Championship 2 out of 3 Falls: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane!

The Queen of Spades and the Pirate Princess have gone back and forth four times, and they’re all tied up. Of course, Shayna had her friends help her the last time, not that she’s bothered by it. There must be a true winner here tonight, who will be THE NXT Women’s Champion by the end of this epic fifth chapter?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin the first fall. Kairi runs and dropkicks Shayna in the corner! She rams her shoulder in but Shayna shoves her. Kairi gets her with a sweep then furious palm strikes. Shayana shoves Kairi away but gets the blockbuster! Then another! Kairi is all fired up and so is LA. Kairi chops Shayna at the ropes with both hands, then furiously with her right. She marches the plank and hits Shayna with a Sliding D! Shayna bails out but Kairi is on the apron, Flying Kabuki elbow! Kairi catches her breath but keeps going on Shayna. LA rallies up behind her as she puts Shayna in. Shayna fakes injury, but that’s so Jessamyn and Marina can attack! They throw Kairi into a post, then the apron!

Marina feeds Kairi to Shayna, Shayna wraps on the Kirafuda! Kairi moves around but Shayna stays on her! Shayna drags Kairi in deep, and Kairi taps! Shayna takes the fall!

Kairi: 0; Shayna 1

The Horsewomen help Shayna win again. Fans call “Bullsh*t!” but the second fall begins. Shayna hits Kairi with a step-up knee! Cover, TWO!! Kairi avoids a screw job sweep, but Shayna goes for the clutch again. Kairi resists and backs Shayna in the corner. Fans are on her side without question, even as Shayna sinks in the body scissors! Kairi gets loose and rolls around, ropebreak with a foot! Shayna lets Kairi go at 3, but she goes at Kairi. Kairi throws forearms and body shots. Kairi kicks but gets caught into a Half Crab! Shayna stands on Kairi’s head for good measure! Kairi endures, but Shayna stomps! Fans boo but Shayna just soaks it up.

Shayna looms over Kairi, and clubs her back. Shayna kicks Kairi down, then brings the legs around for a figure four while wrenching the neck. Kairi endures the various twists and stretching as fans rally up. Kairi gets a cover, TWO! Shayna suplexes Kairi but Kairi rolls her up, TWO! Shayna goes for the Kirafuda again! Kairi makes it a cover, TWO! Kairi CHOPS Shayna, then baits her to a corner. She throws big palm stirkes but Shayna kicks back. They brawl fast and furious with wild strikes! Fans love the aggression, even as Shayna clobbers Kairi! The Horsewomen applaud as Shayna stands first. Kairi stands and Shayna runs in, but is dumped to the apron. Kairi runs in but misses, and Shayna drags her out. Shayna suplexes, but Kairi DDT’s her on the apron!!

The Horsewomen panic and go to Shayna’s side while fans lose their minds. Kairi gets away to the ring while the ref checks on her. Fans chant “Mamma Mia!” Jessamyn and Marina go after Kairi but she sends them into the steps! Kairi then climbs up top, and LEAPS at Shayna for an INSANE ELBOW! She wipes all three Horsewomen out!! Fans are thunderous as Kairi puts Shayna in the ring. Kairi hurries up top again, she wants this on the mat! INSANE ELBOW #2! Cover, Kairi gets a fall!

Kairi: 1; Shayna: 1

We’re all tied up going into the third and final fall! Shayna manages to stand, and we begin again. Kairi SPEARS! And then SPEARS! Two interceptors in a row, here’s the hat trick! Kairi drags Shayna up, big back hands rock her! Kairi climbs once again, but Shayna is up quick. Shayna stops her with a right hand, then climbs up to join Kairi. They brawl up top, and fans are of course on Kairi’s side. Shayna rocks Kairi, but Kairi rocks her back. Shayna throws many forearms, and clubbing fists. She drags Kairi up for a gut wrench, but Kairi sunset flips for a powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Kairi was so close, but she still has more to give! She drags Shayna up, Alabama Slam! Then she climbs up again, but Jessamyn distracts. Marina shoves Kairi down.

Here comes Dakota! She clobbers Marina then boots Jessamyn in the face! But she ends up 2v1 against them, until IO SHIRAI appears! Shirai climbs high, for her ASAI!! She wipes the Horsewomen AND Dakota out! Kairi climbs up again, INSANE ELBOW #3! INTO A COVER! Shayna wins!!!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by pinfall; still NXT Women’s Champion

The Queen keeps her throne, but only thanks to highway robbery! Her friends helped her get the first fall, and then she survives by the skin of her teeth in the last fall! With back-up like this, will there ever be an end to Shayna’s reign of terror?

 

Aleister Black VS Johnny Gargano!

The Embodiment of the End wants revenge on the man who took him out before TakeOver: Brooklyn. Of course, Mr. “Why, Johnny Why?” doesn’t even see what he did as something wrong. It was just business. Will it be business when Aleister makes Gargano #FadeToBlack forever?

The referee keeps the two apart before the bell. It rings, and Aleister stares daggers into Gargano as fans duel. Gargano and Aleister approach, Gargano talks to Aleister then SLAPS him. Aleister boots Gargano! Then fires off furious body shots. Gargano throws Aleister out the slingshots, but Aleister dodges to roundhouse Gargano off his feet! Aleister throws more hands, but Gargano runs into the ring. Aleister follows but msises in the corner. Gargano CHOPS, then dodges the kicks to throw jabs. Gargano taunts Aleister as he dodges and ducks. Aleister kicks but Gargano gets clear. Gargano grins as he copies the cross-leg sitting. Aleister kicks but Gargano roll shim up for a school boy kick! Gargano runs in and chops Aleister, but Aleister goes after him. Gargano dodges again and throws left hands. Fans are thunderous as Aleister goes to another corner.

Gargano keeps on him, then whips. Aleister rolls off Gargano’s back to then throw more hands. He fakes Gargano out to hit a knee lift. Aliester blocks a punch to give knees, kicks, elbows, and one more knee! Gargano bails out, Aleister runs, but he fakes Gargano out. But Gargano knew it, and boots Aleister! Gargano stmops a mudhole into Aleister, then backs off at 3. He soaks up the heat, and the few cheers there are. Gargano goes back to Aleister for more kicks. He drags Aleister up, suplex but Aleister counters. Gargano slips out and rolls Aleister up, TWO, so he rolls Aleister into the seated surfboard! Aleister endures as Gargano pulls back on his arms. Fans rally up, and Aleister pries an arm out. Gargano shifts, but Aleister counters his Mahistrol, TWO! Aleister gets caught into an elbow DDT! Cover, ONE!

Gargano keeps his cool, and stomps Aleister’s hand. Gargano scrapes Aleister’s face, then puts him in a corner. Johnny Wrestling becomes Johnny Boxing as he throws hands. He chops Gargano, but then turns around into Aleister’s counter punches. Gargano kicks and whips but Aleister reverses. Gargano goes up and over, school boy kick misses. Aleister misses his knee and gets a forearm, but then he sweeps the legs! Gargano rolls out, but Aleister builds speed. Gargano expected a fake, so he gets a boot. Then Aleister FLIES! Direct hit! Fans fire up with the Dutch Destroyer as Aleister puts him in the ring. Aleister stalks Gargano to a corner, and fires off kicks and boots. Aleister whips Gargano to ropes, then sweeps the legs again, to hit double knees! He keeps going, Quebrada! Cover, TWO!

Gargano survives but Aleister keeps his cool. Gargano gets to another corner, but Aleister goes over. He elbows Gargano, then breaks free. Gargano stops Aleister up top, then brings him out. Aleister slips out but Gargano blocks the German. He gets a roundhouse, and bails out again. Aleister runs, triangle jump! But Gargano gets out of the way, and DIVES for a tornado DDT! Gargano puts Aleister in, then slingshots for another DDT! Cover, TWO!! Gargano almost had Aleister there! Fans rally up as Gargano wipes the sweat from his brow. Gargano stands on wobbly legs, but he still trash talks Aleister. Gargano chops and kicks Aleister. “You’re not the chosen one, I am!” Gargano kicks, but Aleister blocks it to hit a back elbow!

Aleister runs, but into an enziguri. Gargano runs, but into Aleister’s boot. Aleister runs, but into a SUPERKICK! They both hit each other with clotheslines, but then Aleister fires off elbows. Aleister kicks and kicks but Gargano dodges them. Gargano POISON-RANA! But he runs into a BIG knee! Both men are down but the fans give a standing ovation! Both men stir, and Gargano gets to ropes. Gargano is in No Man’s Land between the rings, and he brawls with Aleister. Aleister throws more forearms but so does Gargano. Aleister boots Gargano, and counters the slingshot spear! Then springboard meteora! Roundhouse to bridging German! TWO!! Fans love this, “This is Awesome!” but it’s far from over.

Aleister stands first but Gargano slowly follows. Aleister runs in, but misses the knee. Gargano blocks a kick, and spins Aleister for a discus clothesline! Gargano runs, tilt-o-whirl takedown! And he gets the GargaNO Escape! But Aleister rolls it up, TWO! Aleister sweeps, Gargano leaps, buzzsaw! Gargano scoops Aleister, for the lawn dart! Aleister hits buckles as Gargano grins. Gargano stands up, and he copies the foot lift. He wants Aleister to see this, as he builds up the energy. Aleister says stop? Aleister sits cross-leg. And then dares Gargano to do it! Gargano takes the knee pad down, to take Ciampa’s Psycho Knee! Aleister dodges and rolls up, but Gargano rolls through to SUPERKICK! Then the Psycho Knee! Cover, TWO!! Aleister survives and shocks Gargano! LA hopes they “Fight Forever!” but there must be a winner.

Gargano goes over to Aleister and drags him up by his hair. He keeps insisting he’s the hero, as he gives Aleister heavy forearms. Aleister still sits up, so Gargano brings him up for more. Aleister fires back, and now we brawl! Gargano hits, Aleister hits, and repeat. Then they hit at the same time! Aleister gets the edge with furious hands from all sides. Gargano gives forearms from all sides, but Aleister counters with a knee! Aleister springboards but Gargano shoves him out! Gargano builds speed, and DIVES, into a knee!! Both men are down on the outside as fans lose their minds! Aleister sits up first as the ring count climbs. He hobbles over to Gargano and puts him in. Aleister follows, but Gargano wants mercy? There will be no mercy, even as Gargano grovels at his feet. So Gargano wants Aleister to end him.

Aleister lifts him with the foot, and swings, but Gargano makes it a roll up! TWO!! GargaNO Escape!! Aleister is stuck in the hold, and he scrambles for ropes! Gargano rolls him away! Aleister pries at the hold, but rolls again! ONE, big spinning knee! Gargano is rocked, and Aleister takes the knee pad down. Aleister hits Gargano with bare knee! Then he holds Gargano up again, for the BLACK MASS! But he holds Gargano up on his feet as fans are thunderous. Because he gives Gargano a SECOND Black Mass!! Cover, Aleister wins!!

Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall

No mercy for “Johnny Takeover”, the Embodiment of the End ends him tonight. Aleister settles one score, but is he on his way to settle another, with the title on the line? Who will be holding it when Black comes back for the gold?

 

NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Velveteen Dream!

The Psycho Killer benefitted the most from Johnny Wrestling’s turn to the dark side, and now he hogs the spotlight by any means necessary. However, a shining star has come along and says the spotlight belongs to him. Ciampa claims to be the killer of fairy tales, but the Patrick Clark Experience makes dreams come true. Will the Dream be over tonight? Or will it just be over for the Dream?

 

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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.10 ~16TH NOVEMBER 2018

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Another wonderfully in depth recap of this week in Pro Wrestling NOAH. How is the Global League going? Let’s see what else has been going on in NOAH.





CURRENT TOUR RECAP
NOAH were in Hiroshima on the 12th November; Hiroshima is a city of mixed emotion for NOAH, for some it is home, but for the promotion as a whole it has sad associations, as Mitsuharu Misawa died there in 2009.

Hitoshi Kumano, (a local bear), took charge of fundraising for the Heavy Rain Fund (Hiroshima was hit badly earlier in the year by floods, and the mascot got yelled at by Mitsuya Nagai). Nagai was wound up by Naomichi Marufuji as well, who held the ropes open for him, a tactic which served to wind Kenoh up too. It was also the event where Kotaro Suzuki got his win over HAYATA, and sat on the ropes holding the belt up to both Daisuke Harada and HAYATA. Kotaro Suzuki later said that HAYATA bought out his trump card in the previous match (“the Headache”), and so he bought out his too, and that he would be no match for him with his own number of various maneuvers which he would bring out in the title match. They had their final match before the championship match on the 17th in Osaka, and they will both go into the match with one victory each over the other in the build up for the challenge.

Fan support is very much on the side of HAYATA (who is not NOAH born unlike Suzuki who is seen as an outsider, despite being NOAH born) to bring the championship home.

Mitsuya Nagai clashed with Naomichi Marufuji, and was chopped to shreds. Marufuji said he looked like a “boiled octopus” afterwards. Katsuhiko Nakajima would dismiss Nagai as “small fish” on the 14th, but Nagai would break through the dark cloud on the 16th when he ended the winning streak of Kohei Sato.

Despite his fluke win and spazz out victory celebration against Takashi Sugiura, Kaito Kiyomiya suffered two defeats in a row; the first being against Atsushi Kotoge on the 14th and Cody Hall on the 16th. Kotoge, however, has been on a roll and defeated Go Shiozaki on the 16th.

In a rare moment on the 14th, Masa Kitamiya and Kenoh shook hands. Kitamiya said that he did it to acknowledge that he and Kenoh (who lost to him) had practically fought to the death for the win, and that he didn’t trust wrestlers who had no ambition. Speaking of Kenoh, during the huge tag on the 16th November, his victory over

Marufuji seemingly wasn’t enough, and he decided to get his face again.

Marufuji (now with both shoulders needing athletic support) just looked tired and like he’d had enough.

The show on the 16th November was a shift in the league; Kohei Sato, Kazusada Higuchi and Go Shiozaki had their perfect records beaten by Mitsuya Nagai, Mohammed Yone and Atsushi Kotoge, and Nakajima avenged his loss against Quiet Storm in Global League 2017.

As Global League is beginning to heat up, everyone is talking about not letting anymore victories slip through their fingers, but of course, not all matches can go to a draw, and someone has to lose. There can only be two finalists, and ultimately one winner.

Full recap of Global League 2018 so far, can be found here.

Noah will be back on Saturday 17th November at the Edion Arena in Osaka, (gong sounds at 18.30).

NEWS

THE EVOLUTION OF KENOH 
The upcoming “Wrestlers Directory” 2018 (basically a guide to who is who, what, and where in 2018) was previewed and Naomichi Marufuji and Kenoh were profiled with their changing looks over the years. 

Kenoh made the following comments about his entry:

  • His 2009 picture is ugly
  • Like all trainees, he debuted with a shaved head. Says he didn’t used to cut it, and its awkward to look at it, says he didn’t think he had any money to cut it.
  • It doesn’t really translate well, but Kenoh says he cut his hair in 2012 because it had been long for long enough. In another rough translation he says that he looks like a child of badboy parents, who has been forced to pose.
  • Kenoh said about his expression that it doesn’t change, because in his every day life, he does not laugh a lot.
  • In 2015, Kenoh says that “I admired him and went blonde, but I can no longer say I have the aspiration to be like him” (he is talking about Morishima, who very sadly, has let a lot of people down, including Kenoh).

YOSHIKI INAMURA ADDED TO THE NOAH ROSTER PAGE 
At the moment there is not too much information on him apart from his birthday (November 18th 1992), his height and weight, blood type and birthplace (Otawara City in Tochigi Prefecture), date of debut and finisher. His finisher isn’t anything special at the moment, and doesn’t have a special name, being listed only as a “tackle”.

He doesn’t have a Twitter account yet.

CHRISTMAS AT MUSCLE GRILL
Naomichi Marufuji’s current restaurant MUSCLE GRILL in Tokyo will be having a Christmas party on the 22nd December. Naomichi Marufuji, Hi69, Tadasuke, Atsushi Kotoge and Junta Miyawaki will be attending, but obviously this depends on whether or not they manage to stay injury free.

Event is now full.

HAJIME OHARA IN CHINA
Hajime Ohara has missed some Noah dates as he is training the Eastern Hero Athletes in Shanghai, and also when they visit the Noah dojo in Saitama. Ohara is known to be a very strict trainer with a lot of emphasis on health and well-being, which goes further than working out as he is a big advocate for healthy eating and avoiding alcohol (although he does seem to have a weakness for cake); he has banned smoking during training sessions, forbidding his students to smoke while on breaks.

NOAH IN 2019 
Noah have announced the dates for “Navigation for The Future 2019”. The tour will run from January 6th to Friday, February 1st. They have also announced their (provisional) Korakuen Hall schedule for 2019.

TAKESHI MORISHIMA UPDATE
There has been no real news following Morishima’s arrest earlier in the month, but further sad details have come to light about his behavior prior to the arrest and his living circumstances.

Morishima it seems was (and is) homeless and without any form of income, and was begging for drinks, even using the tactic of asking to drink with the bar staff as it meant he would be given free drinks.

The management company who were sponsoring his return had originally put him up in an apartment, which they paid the rent for. The deal was that Morishima would concentrate on his return, however, Morishima didn’t do this, and preferred alcohol to training. The President of the company, seeing that Morishima wasn’t giving anything in return despite repeated requests for him to change his ways, eventually lost his patience and told Morishima to pack up and leave.

Morishima, seemingly unconcerned about this, told him flippantly that he was drinking in Shinjuku, and if he wanted the keys, he should come and get them.

GHC BELT NEWS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
  • GHC Junior Champion: Kotaro Suzuki
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69

The winner of Global League 2018 will earn the right to challenge Takashi Sugiura for the GHC Heavyweight title, if he himself wins, Sugiura says that he will nominate Masato Tanaka as his challenger.

Kotaro Suzuki will defend the GHC Junior Heavyweight title against HAYATA on the 17th November at Edion Arena, Osaka.

The GHC Heavyweight Tag titles have not had a challenger as of yet, and probably won’t until after Global League wraps up. Mitsuya Nagai has hinted that he may challenge, but Saito said that he will not be granted a title shot. Katsuhiko Nakajima was asked if he was going to challenge after the Global League match with Saito, and said cryptically, he was “in the mood for shopping” (i.e., shopping around to see what deal is best).

The GHC Junior Tag Championship will be challenged for by Koji Kanemoto and Hiroshi Yamato on the 25th November at Korakuen Hall. Seiya Morohashi has also challenged for them, his partner at this time is as yet unknown, but it is thought it will either be TAMURA or Kouki Iwasaki.

TOUR TIDBITS

  • Atsushi Kotoge drinks “Revolutionary Coffee”
  • Naomichi Marufuji sat on a wet bench wearing thin grey pants…
  • There was a cat at the hotel in Ehime, much to YO-HEY’s delight
  • Kaito Kiyomiya appears to be being fitted for tailored suits (long gone are the days of the oversize one thank god)
  • Daisuke Harada celebrated his 32nd birthday on the 13th November (President Uchida did not even know it was his birthday!), and Yoshiki Inamura will celebrate his 26th birthday on November 18th, Takashi Sugiura bought him an early birthday cake and a small party was held at a restaurant Inamura had been taken out to by his seniors.
  • Shu Nishinaga said Ally (the ring announcer) “whined like a child” for udon noodles.
  • Naomichi Marufuji says he was disturbed by mosquitoes, in November, which woke him up at 2.30am
  • Kenoh apparently went jogging in the Imperial Palace Gardens in Kyoto (a fan who saw him, thought he was a blonde delinquent fleeing the law before it was discovered it was Kenoh)

KING SHAMELESS CORNER 
After weeks of silence. Takashi Sugiura is back, posting a picture of Masao Inoue holding an ice cream cone with white foam in it and labeling it “mood” and photographing erotic looking food.

I’ll leave it to your (and his) dirty imagination as to what exactly he meant by oysters being “erotic”…

BROADCASTS
The final night of Global League, 25th November, will be broadcast at 6pm on Saturday 8th December
The event on the 12th December, will be broadcast on the 15th December
The event on the 16th December, will be broadcast on the 22nd December

This is more than usual, and all seem to be going out on a weekly basis. This makes me wonder if the network are trying something out.

LINKS
K-FORCE: music inspired by Katsuhiko Nakajima
ARTICLE: “Traces to Nowhere: the tragic story behind the Takeshi Morishima arrest”
News article on Takeshi Morishima’s drunken and chaotic life
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IPW are the official vendors of Noah merchandise, please click here for shop
English translation of “Heir to the Ark” (Naomichi Marufuji’s biography) ~ work in progress





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