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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Report! (5/15/18)

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It’s 205 Live in the UK! Both the Cruiserweight and United Kingdom Divisions collide as part of the WWE European Tour! Drake Maverick wants both Divisions to bring their A-games, what crossover clashes does he have planned? Plus, Buddy Murphy has his shot in two weeks, how will Cedric Alexander respond tonight?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE Network streaming service

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Fatal 4 Way: TJP VS Kalisto VS Kenny Williams VS Tyler Bate; Bate wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali & Flash Morgan Webster VS James Drake, Joseph Conners & Drew Gulak; Alexander, Ali & Webster win.

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WWE brings the Cruiserweight and United Kingdom Divisions together once again!

London, England brings both rosters together, and 205 Live General Manager, Drake Maverick, sets the stage for tonight’s star-studded match card. TJP the FilAm Flash, Kalisto the Lucha Dragon, Kenny “The Bollocks” Williams and Tyler Bate the Great will all face off in a fantastic Fatal 4 Way. Then, the main event is a Six Man Tag of “epic proportions.” Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali & Flash Morgan Webster join forces against James Drake, Joseph Conners & Drew Gulak in a huge crossover affair. The best of both worlds go head to head, who will prove themselves the best of the best?

 

205 Live gives quick profiles of the WWE UK Superstars.

For those not familiar with the lesser known stars of WWE’s UK Division, Nigel McGuiness, Vic Joseph & Percy Watson give us closer looks.

Joseph Conners, the man who lost half an ear while being left for dead, participated in the United Kingdom Championship tournament, defeating James Drake but losing to Mark Andrews. James Drake himself is one half of the Progress Tag Team Champions, but has come to an understanding with Conners since facing off in the WWE UKC Tournament. “Flash” Morgan Webster competes all over the world, and nearly destroyed himself just trying to qualify for the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament a couple years ago. He’s back stronger than ever, hoping to make an impact in both Divisions in his WWE debut. Kenny Williams of Glasgow, Scotland is a former 3-time ICW Zero-G Champion, and also makes his WWE debut tonight. Can he impress Drake Maverick and WWE management enough for title opportunities in the future?

Let’s not forget Tyler Bate, the inaugural WWE UK Champion. Bate may have lost the title to his rival, Pete Dunne, but that won’t stop him from working his way back up. From NXT to 205 Live, will this founding father of WWE’s UK Division make big moves towards a rematch with the Bruiserweight?

 

Fatal 4 Way: TJP VS Kalisto VS Kenny Williams VS Tyler Bate!

The inaugural Cruiserweight Champion. A former Cruiserweight Champion. A debuting WWE UK superstar. And the inaugural United Kingdom Champion. One of these four men will make a major splash with a win tonight. Will that win lead them towards a title match?

Bate remembers the last time he was on 205 Live. It was a match with TJP in a duel of inaugural champions. However, TJP felt the need to cheat in order to win. Tonight, Bate promises not only to put on a show, but he’s going for payback against the FilAm Flash. TJP’s only response is that the UK superstars are just as jealous of the “Cruiser-Great” as the other Cruiserweights are. Kenny, as the WWE UK Division’s newest star, predicts beating three former champions in one match. It’s why he’s called “The Lucky One”. He’ll proudly do the impossible for Glasgow. But Lucha House Party’s Samurai of the Sun decides to simply let his actions in the ring speak for him.

The bell rings and TJP runs away from Bate. Kalisto takes advantage but Kenny breaks that up. Kalisto kicks Kenny and Bate but they kick back. The UK stars work together with a double whip, but Kalisto slips under to then roundhouse Kenny. Bate kicks Kalisto, then runs, but TJP trips him up and drags him out. TJP puts Bate into barriers then stomps him out. Kenny side steps Kalisto to then catch TJP with a corner splash. Kenny rocks Kalisto with a back elbow, covers, TWO and TJP throws Kenny out. TJP drags Kalisto up to whip, but Kalisto ducks and handstand walks to handspring back for headscissors. Kalisto dropkicks TJP down, covers, TWO.

Kalisto keeps on TJP with a headlock, but TJP back suplexes, only for to Kalisto lands on his feet. He puts the headlock back on, but TJP powers out, only to get run over. Things speed up, but TJP trips Kalisto up. TJP turns Kalisto over for the Boston Crab, then reaches back to add the arms. TJP stands up, and it’s an inverted Mexican surfboard! He drops Kalisto to knock Bate down, then knocks Kenny down. TJP goes back to Kalisto, and puts him in a corner with a buckle bump. He hoists Kalisto up onto the top rope backwards, then climbs up. Kalisto goes for Solida, but TJP rakes his eyes and tears at his mask! TJP shows no respect, but Kalisto elbows him backwards into a Tree of Woe. Kenny comes outta nowhere to dropkick TJP right in the stomach!

TJP pops out of the Tree, and Kalisto adjusts. Kalisto kicks Kenny away, then adjusts again, for a HUGE flying crossbody!

Kalisto wipes Kenny out, but Bate is back to throw hands on TJP! Bate backs TJP into a corner and unloads even more. He backs off to run back in for a European Uppercut, then throws TJP with an exploder. Cover, TWO, but Bate keeps his cool. The young man from Mustache Mountain has the fans singing for him as he drags TJP up. He lifts TJP up in the fireman’s carry, for the airplane spin! Bate spins around and around, and around and around, then finally slows down, only to spin back the other way! He uses TJP to wipe out Kenny and Kalisto, then tosses TJP at Kenny. Fans fire up for Bate as he drags Kenny up for a EuroUpper.

Bate keeps on Kenny then whips corner to corner, but Kenny goes up and back to elbow Bate. Kenny then hops up again for a flying back elbow to knock Bate down. Cover, but TJP breaks it. Bate rolls out while TJP dropkicks Kalisto out. TJP staggers to his feet, and brings Kenny up for a whip. Kenny reverses, but TJP goes Spider-Man to then slip under for an O’Conner roll. TJP stands up and grabs Kenny’s legs to move him around, for an Indian Deathlock. Kenny endures, reaches for ropes, but Bate drags TJP up. TJP manages to keep the leg lock on Kenny while going after Bate with a modified abdominal stretch! Kalisto comes in, but TJP counters him and gets a standing guillotine!

It’s a trifecta of submissions! Kenny, Kalisto and Bate all endure while fans applaud. Kenny fights out for himself and Kalisto, but Bate is still trapped. Kalisto rolls them both for a 2-for-1 dropkick! Kalisto goes after Kenny now, with kicks and a whip, but Kenny reverses. The tumble to the apron doesn’t go quite as planned, but Kalisto still makes it to the apron to Listo Kick Kenny away. Kalisto climbs, but TJP shoves Kenny into him. TJP then climbs up to join Kalisto, but so does Bate. Bate yanks TJP down and goes after Kalisto himself, but Kenny returns to join Bate. TJP gets up and adds on, for an international Tower of Doom!

All four men go down but the fans are loving it. Kalisto slumps out of the ring while Bate and Kenny crawl away. TJP crawls to pursue, and gives Bate a wrecking ball dropkick. Kenny gives TJP a springboard back elbow to send him down, then hits Kalisto with a wrecking ball dropkick of his own. He doesn’t stop there, he DIVES on TJP!

Kenny takes out TJP, but Bate staggers to his feet. Bate builds speed, to FLY!

Bate wipes out TJP and Kenny, but don’t forget Kalisto!

Kalisto bowls everyone over, and they’re all down on the outside. Kalisto stands up first and he brings Kenny back into the ring. “Lucha! Lucha!” starts up, and Kailsto takes aim from the apron. Kalisto springboards, but Kenny slides under. Kenny speeds up and tilt-o-whirls for a DDT! Cover, but Bate SUPERKICKS Kenny off. Bate drags Kenny up, whips but Kenny reverses. Bate goes for his rebound lariat but misses, and TJP gets him with a boot. TJP hits Kenny with the rolling sabat, and Kenny ends up out of the ring. Bate and TJP trade blocks and counters, then double clotheslines bring them both down! Fans fire up again while all four men are down somewhere around the ring.

Kenny stands up and grabs Kalisto, but Kalisto fires back. Kenny shoves Kalisto into the steel steps with a kick, then hurries to the apron. He fires up, springboards, but into a EuroUpper from Bate! TJP is up, fireman’s carry with Bate, but Bate blocks the Detonation Kick just in time. TJP shoves Bate away, then throws Bate at the ropes, only to take the rebound lariat! Bate brings TJP up, double underhook for the Tyler Driver 97!

Cover, Bate wins!

Winner: Bate, by pinfall

The impact was so strong, TJP is stuck in position. Bate wins big against former champions and a rising star. With the second WWE UK Tournament coming soon, will the inaugural winner give it another go?

 

The Best Kept Secret wants to be Cruiserweight Champion.

Buddy Murphy made as much clear when he attacked the new Cruiserweight Champion, Cedric Alexander, on the night he celebrated his Wrestlemania victory. What was Murphy thinking? Murphy wants people to understand that he’s been in the WWE for five years. He was NXT Tag Team Champion alongside Wesley Blake, but that’s all he’s done. Other than that, Murphy’s done “nothing”. Everyone else gets handed opportunities. No one else does what he does or gone through what he’s gone through. Murphy puts in more work to maintain his under-205 weight to even be a Cruiserweight. No one will hand him his moment, so he had to make one for himself.

Drake Maverick promised Murphy a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity given his wins, but it wasn’t soon enough for Murphy. No one else has a chance against Murphy. Murphy is the Cruiserweight Juggernaut, and the next Cruiserweight Champion. The showdown happens in two weeks, in Alexander’s home state. Will the #AgeOfAlexander continue on? Or will the Best Kept Secret finally reign supreme?

Who will be Cruiserweight Champion in Carolina?

 

Cedric Alexander meets Mustafa Ali backstage.

The heroes of the Cruiserweight Division and good friends prepare for tonight. They’re born ready for nights like this. Gulak, Conners & Drake are nothing to mess with, but then they meet their other teammate, the British rocket man, Morgan Webster.

“Gentlemen, I have arrived.” Flash Morgan in the flesh, and they welcome him to 205 Live. He welcomes them to the UK, and this was a long time coming. 205 Live just got “a touch of the Flash.” They like his confidence, but they know they have work to do. Can this trio mesh together to defeat the three gritty fighters put against them?

 

Drake Maverick heads to the ring.

The 205 Live GM helped arrange this amazing crossover, and joins commentary for this main event match.

 

Six Man Tag: Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali & Flash Morgan Webster VS James Drake, Joseph Conners & Drew Gulak!

The Heart and Soul of 205 Live join forces with Progress Wrestling’s own high-flyer against the gritty ground-game grappler and two men of like minds. Before their entrance, Gulak, Conners & Drake are interviewed on how they plan on working together tonight. “Mr. Mayhem” James Drake has worked with the Righteous Conners before, so that combination has been proven. Now with Gulak added on, they’re going to enjoy “ripping and tearing” their opponents apart. Gulak confirms they’ve been doing team-building exercises all day. So whether it’s their first time or their 100th time, “two of the best mat technicians in the United Kingdom” plus “the best submission specialist in WWE” are going to put both Divisions on notice.

The bell rings, and Alexander starts for his team against Killer Conners. The two circle as Conners shows off that ear. They tie up, Conners gets the waistlock but Alexander the wristlock. Conners uses the ropes to acrobatically reverse that onto Alexander, but Alexander rolls and flips out. Alexander trips Conners for a cover, ONE, but he gets a headlock. Conners powers Alexander to a corner but dirties the break with elbows and clotheslines. Conners lets up, but grabs Alexander by the ear. Alexander breaks free, handsprings to headscissors then dropkick Conners down. Fans fire up as Alexander covers, TWO. Alexander keeps Conners down with a half nelson. He shifts to an armlock, one knee on Conners’ head. Alexander brings Conners up, and tags in Flash!

Fans fire up as Flash gives a body shot, then wrenches Conners’ wrist. Conners reverses, then shoves Flash at a corner. Flash goes up and over, then arm-drags Conners on the run. Conners scrambles to his corner and tags in Drake. Drake runs at Flash but Flash arm-drags Drake. Flash backs Drake down with just his dukes up. Drake gets to ropes, but Flash dares him to bring it. Gulak wants in, so Drake tags him in. Gulak and Flash circle and tie up, and Gulak powers Flash to the ropes. He doesn’t honor the break, and toys with Flash. He whips Flash but Flash dodges, then headscissors Gulak down! Gulak scrambes to his corner, and Conners quickly tags in. Conners rushes Flash but ends up tripped up. Flash hits a standing inverted senton! Cover, ONE, but Flash keeps on Conners with a wristlock.

Ali tags in, and climbs up, to double stomp Conners’ arm. Ali wrenches Conners, but Conners pulls on the ear. Conners whips but Ali reverses, so Conners powers him to an open corner. Conners runs back in but Ali goes up and over. Ali blocks the kick to give a kick, cover, TWO. Ali keeps on Conners but Conners shoves him away. Gulak and Drake reinforce Conners but Flash and Alexander join Ali. It’s a Six Man stand-off while the referee keeps the peace. Gulak huddles up with Conners and Drake. He reminds them of their ground game plan, and they break. Drake tags back in, and he circles with Ali. They tie up, and Drake backs Ali up into a corner for a cheap body shot.

Drake snapmares Ali, then stomps him in the chest before tagging Conners. They stomp away on Ali, then Conners digs his heel into Ali’s stomach. Conners taunts Flash, then drags Ali up to put him back in the corner. Fans rally and Ali slides under, then shoves Conners away. Conners tags Gulak, and Gulak grabs Ali. Ali slips out of the saido suplex, hot tag to Flash! Flash gets a kick from Gulak, then Gulak tosses Flash to ropes. Gulak suplexes and hangs Flash up on the top rope. Flash flops down, and Gulak taunts him before covering. TWO, but Gulak keeps his cool. He brings Flash back over, and Drake tags in to mug Flash. Drake snapmares Flash into the chinlock, who has a blood mouth without his mouthpiece.

Fans rally for Flash, but Drake stomps him down. Drake drags Flash up again, then puts him back in his corner for a headbutt to the ribs. He snapmares Flash again, back into the chinlock. Fans rally again, and Flash fires up. Drake rocks him with a forearm, but Flash hits back. Flash fights out of the enemy corner, then hops up for a flying headscissors! He and Drake are down, but fans are rallying. Flash crawls for his corner, but Drake is closer. Drake tags Conners, but Flash still tags in Ali! Ali rallies on Conners, whips but Conners reverses, only for Ali to flapjack dropkick Conners down. Ali whips Conners but Conners reverses again, only for Ali to slip out to the apron and roundhouse Conners back.

The fans fire up as Ali slingshots in, for the facebuster! Ali takes out Drake and Gulak for good measure. He hoists Conners to the top rope, but Drake runs in. Ali backflips over Drake, then dodges Drake to hurry up to join Conners, and throws Conners at Drake with a SUPER Steiner!

Cover on Conners, TWO. Ali keeps his cool, and goes back to Conners. He chops Conners stiff in the chest, but Conners yanks Ali into the ropes! Tag to Drake, and he rocks Ali with a forearm. Fans rally for Ali, and Ali slips out of Drake’s suplex. Drake holds Ali’s tights to keep him back, but takes a sharp chop for it! Ali tags in Alexander! The Crusierweight Champion rallies on Drake, and hits a big EuroUpper! He runs in for a shoulder tackle, then a swing kick from the apron. Alexander springboards for the flying clothesline! Cover, but Conners breaks it. Flash runs in and hits Conners with a tilt-o-whirl inverted DDT! Gulak clobbers Flash with a clothesline, but Ali SUPERKICKS Gulak!

Ali sees Conners, Conners hits Ali with a slingshot complete shot! Alexander handsprings to give Conners a Neuralizer, but Drake tells Alexander to #GritYourTeeth, for a STIFF left forearm! Drake fires up while Alexander staggers, but Alexander still counters Drake with a stiff back elbow of his own. Everyone is down but the fans are loving it. The fans rally and the six men slowly stir. Alexander and Drake head for their corners. Gulak tags in, then Drake rushes Alexander, only to be sent out to the apron. Alexander kicks Drake off, and boots Gulak as he rushes over. Gulak staggers away and Alexander clears the way for Flash to DIVE!

Flash takes out both Drake and Conners! Alexander boots Gulak again, then springboards, but Gulak catches him into a waistlock. Alexander runs and bucks Gulak off, then runs for another Neuralizer. Gulak catches that into the Ankle Lock!

Alexander endures the hold, coming close to tapping. He rolls and throws Gulak into buckles! Tag to Ali, and Ali leaps for a flying tornado DDT! Ali positions Gulak and climbs up, for the 0-5-4!!

Cover, Ali and team win!

Winners: Ali, Alexander & Webster, Ali pinning

The team-building wasn’t enough for Gulak and the gang. His first-time-ever trio lost to the other first-time-ever trio. With two weeks to go, will this momentum help Alexander retain the Cruiserweight Championship?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A great crossover show for both the Cruiserweight and United Kingdom Divisions. WWE is still dragging their feet in doing anything substantial in with their UK superstars, aside from featuring them on NXT. However, they combined the two Divisions very well here tonight, and perfectly used “less is more” in terms of booking the night. That Fatal 4 Way was great, and though this was the first time seeing Kenny Williams in WWE, we got a lot from him to understand his character. Everyone did great, and that TJP triple hold spot was impressive in creativity. Great to see Bate win, there’s a lot for him to do since he’s so young. Bate being the first ever superstar to have held both WWE UK and Cruiserweight Championships in a career would be something to look for if Pete Dunne is going to remain WWE UKC.

Great promos from everyone tonight, such as Murphy’s video for his coming Cruiserweight Championship match. That match is highly anticipated and will be as great as any other match he and Alexander have had in the Division, if not better. It could go either way, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Murphy follows through to become the new Cruiserweight Champion for his first singles title ever. The Six Man Tag was a great blend of matching styles. Flash, Ali & Alexander are like a UK Cruiserweight Justice League with Gulak, Conners & Drake are their Legion of Doom (DC Comics, not the legendary tag team). Naturally, Alexander and team win, but it’s great for Ali to get the pin. That way, Ali stays afloat in the Division while Alexander also stays strong for his match with Murphy.

My Score: 8.5/10


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.2 ~ 21ST SEPTEMBER 2018

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CURRENT TOUR RECAP

NOAH finished up their mammoth five day in a row event (14th September to the 18th September), fortunately no-one was injured, but both Hajime Ohara (neck) and Hi69 (knee) seem to be carrying injuries.

After losing the GHC Heavyweight Tag Title challenge against Naomichi Marufuji and Akitoshi Saito, Kaito Kiyomiya intimated that he would be interested in challenging for them again, but with another partner (i.e. Go Shiozaki). Shiozaki was seen watching Kaito Kiyomiya in the tag match against 50 Funky Powers in Hakata Stalene. Later in the tour he mentioned on Twitter about “shutting them up” and their GHC Heavyweight Tag Challenge

.Speaking of Go Shiozaki there was a very sweet moment that took place in Hakata, involving both himself and Atsushi Kotoge. When they made their entrance in their match against The Hooligans (Cody Hall and Maybach Taniguchi), a little boy could be seen dressed in a homemade “Revolutionary Cloak”. When Kotoge appeared the little boy and the little girl next to him (most probably his sister), did the revolutionary fist pumps (to the delight of Kotoge who joined in), and when he had gone, Shiozaki noticed, did it for half a second, and then went bright red (Shiozaki gets very shy when he has to do physical comedy, he also has a tendency to start giggling as well when others do it).
During the match, the brawl went into the crowd, and a little girl was upset by it and started crying. Go Shiozaki, gave her a hug to comfort her, and once back in the ring got The Hooligans in the corner, pointed to her and said “this is for you”, and proceeded to chop them.

Despite his claim to “bring the revolution to Hakata, and defeat the villains!”, Atsushi Kotoge took the Zwei Bomb from Taniguchi.

Naomichi Marufuji is still not accepting the challenge of The Hooligans, and gave a somewhat bad tempered promo in Ehime saying they were “a fool, a baldie” and “even though I am an asshole with a lack of sleep, I am going to crush you all. Come and line up with your heads bowed. I am not going to accept your challenge! I’m not in the mood!” Marufuji is still being obsessively hated by Kenoh, and he certainly has taken it from him on this tour, but the person the five days really belongs to, is Katsuhiko Nakajima, who utterly obliterated Takashi Sugiura and did the cocky pin on him. I don’t think anyone has ever at any time or anywhere ever done this…

Nakajima, being Nakajima, wasn’t finished there as he draped the belt over him, and then threw Sugiura out of the ring. When Sugiura had recovered and scraped himself off of the floor, Nakajima had gotten the microphone, and standing on the turnbuckle he told him that he would continue to plague him like he did today, he would plague him again tomorrow and the day after that and forever afterwards.

At the end of the five day tour, having been thoroughly battered by Nakajima, Takashi Sugiura said tiredly he couldn’t keep up and says that he has had no choice but to get better, and rethink his strategy. I can only imagine that Sugiura is playing the spider and the fly…

“Black or white, this is a league.” (Hi69) 

The NOAH Juniors, despite being divided over Junior Global League, are all gunning for Kotaro Suzuki (Hitoshi Kumano says that he is going to “crush the beat so no sound comes out”). Kotaro Suzuki has dismissed even the freelancers amongst the NOAH Juniors as being “weak”.

The biggest build so far is Daisuke Harada vs Kotaro Suzuki, which will take place in Yokohama (Suzuki has already lost to the other “elder” of the Juniors, Hajime Ohara). Daisuke Harada in Kochi, delivered the message to Suzuki that he would beat him down, and then he would “tell you this”…Harada spoke silently to the camera and walked off. Kotaro Suzuki later said that he had no idea what he was saying, but would find out before they faced each other.

Suzuki has made unflattering comments about various NOAH juniors, Hitsohi Kumano is “heavy” and “bulging with fat”, and Tadasuke, due to “too much hair treatment” is “greasy”.

Kotaro Suzuki, known for being just as “slippery” as Tadasuke (maybe even more) has promised something special for his “vision of Korakuen” (he also posted a picture of himself and Yoshinari Ogawa out drinking and said they were “discussing strategy”), well, whatever he has planned, it is probably a lot better than what Tadasuke has promised, he says that he may have to “poison the rice of the winning candidates” if he doesn’t win.

Suzuki and Harada clashed in a tag match on the 18th September on the last day of tour with Harada getting in his face with the belt, and Suzuki playing the innocent after attacking him while standing on the ring apron.

There has been no rift between The Backbreakers, with Hitoshi Kumano defeating Hajime Ohara. Kumano said he had to win, even though Ohara’s neck was very bad.
Part of his reasons for wanting to beat Ohara was due to the comments made by Daisuke Harada when he was aiming for the GHC Junior Heavyweight championship a few months ago, Harada had basically said that Kumano was “below Ohara” or that he was his “subordinate”.

Between RATELS, Daisuke Harada is too busy to comment on Tadasuke beating him, and YO-HEY and HAYATA still appear to be friends (better description might be master and pet).

Junta Miyawaki is still to get his first win, but the boy has earned a lot of accolades with people praising him and saying he was “insanely good” in his matches. NOAH are really teasing his first win with many near pinfalls.  He has also been likened to a young Kenta Kobashi, which means that now in NOAH we have almost the Four Pillars for a new generation with Misawa (Kiyomiya) and Kawada (Kenoh) – now we just need a Taue.

NOAH have had very good attendances out in the provinces for this tour, not all venues have been sold out, but attendances have been very high. The promotion has a policy whereby they travel outside of the metropolitan areas (i.e. Tokyo, Osaka) and the big city areas and bring the show to the “provinces” (i.e. the countryside or the more rural areas on the edge of the suburbs). While this doesn’t always result in a full house (something a lot of people don’t seem to understand and they think its a reflection on NOAH ), what it does do is bring a company who unlike New Japan, All Japan, Big Japan etc doesn’t have a streaming service and\or a TV show, to people who wouldn’t see them otherwise. They have also attracted a lot of new fans too.

Global Junior League Scores (as of 18th September 2018)
YO-HEY: 7
Ikuto Hidaka: 6
Daisuke Harada: 6
Kotaro Suzuki: 6
Hitoshi Kumano: 4
Tadasuke: 4
Hi69: 4
Minoru Tanaka: 4
HAYATA: 3
Hajime Ohara: 2
Seiya Morohashi: 2
Junta Miyawaki: 0

NOAH are back on the 29th September at Radiant Hall, Yokohama, bell sounds at 17.30

NEWS

QUIET STORM CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
Quiet Storm has celebrated his own twenty years in wrestling on the 16th September, he debuted in 1998 (about a month after Naomichi Marufuji did) at roughly the age of seventeen, and while in America had spells with Ring of Honor, PWF and NYWC. Quiet Storm made his debut in his hometown of New York (he’s a Brooklyn boy I think). He came to Japan and trained with KAIENTAI DOJO, but had to return home due to a family situation. Aside from NOAH, his other affiliation is with Osaka Pro. He has been with NOAH since 2014.

His tag team partner, Mohammed Yone, presented him with flowers in the ring.

GHC BELT NEWS

Current champions

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

OTHER NEWS

Atsushi Kotoge will be holding his own fan event, further details to be announced (this is not a produce)

Comedy wrestler Kikutaro (who returned to Japan to have ear surgery), announced that before he leaves for America, he wants to appear in NOAH(he was once a regular in SEM, where he memorably teamed with KENTA, who had him thrown out of the building afterwards, Kikutaro made his way back in though), and a match has been arranged against Atsushi Kotoge for the 4th October at Korakuen Hall. Kotoge has asked Kikutaro whether he wants to join the “Revolutionary Army”. What should be a very funny match, will be broadcast on Samurai on the 11th October (FYI: Fuji TV no longer exists, it is now “ForJoyTV“)

Naomichi Marufuji and Doug Williams will be having what will be their last match ever in IPW on Sunday the 23rd September. Their history was made not in NOAH or even in Japan, but in Europe. You can read about their history in an article I have written, “Farewell Europe

Hajime Ohara, (who quite rightly is called “NOAH’s treasure”), has taken part in more municipal activities in Kawasawki by lecturing the Staff Hygiene Committee about exercise that can be done at the office and at home.

Thanks to Metal-Noah who very kindly sent me a copy of “Heir to The Ark”, Naomichi Marufuji’s biography, English translation has started, and can be found here. This is a work in progress, and I hope to update it daily. The book is ranked #3 on the Japanese book charts. TOUR TIDBITS

  • Tadasuke used a chair on Seiya Morohashi (which is unusual for him).
  • Whilst in Shikoku, a big crab turned up on Hi69’s cigarette packet (its probably HAYATA shape-shifting)
  • The ceiling was so low in Hakata Stalene that people’s feet and heads grazed it.
  • Naomichi Marufuji watched “the youngsters” going off together after NOAH arrived in Kochi, and said “the old man is going to bed”
  • Tadasuke announced to Kotaro Suzuki “Hey, Fool! I am today’s NOAH Junior!” (and Kotaro Suzuki beat him down in ten minutes with the Tiger Driver)
  • Naomichi Marufuji wrapped Yoshiki Inamura in Atsushi Kotoge’s cloak, and forced him to do the “Revolution Pose”, right in front of Kotoge.
  • YO-HEY’S rambling promos include him having all his teeth knocked out (he hasn’t), and likening himself to a 16th century Japanese warlord, a champion stallion racehorse which was put out to stud (don’t ask) and then forgetting what he was talking about. He is still convinced that he will be facing Yoshiki Inamura in the finals of Global Junior League, despite the fact that Inamura isn’t in Global Junior League.
  • Yoshinari Ogawa took Atsushi Kotoge’s cape and used it to wipe his boots, much to Kotoge’s horror.
  • Ehime Pro did an opening exhibition at Noah’s show at TEXPORT Imbari
  • Yoshiki Inamura getting good reviews.
  • Go Shiozaki went to shake hands with Kotoge, but Kotoge drew his hand back, wiped his head and walked off (Shiozaki, notorious for giggling, couldn’t keep a straight face)
  • NOAH have had a crack down on people filming at the event, Atsushi Kotoge said “Heroes obey the rules”.
  • Masao Inoue is holding another bowling event, wrestlers participating will be Atsushi Kotoge, Kaito Kiyomiya and Tadasuke
  • On September 17th, Atsushi Kotoge, Kenoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya went to a sports bar and spent until the early hours watching classic Four Pillars era All Japan (the match Kotoge photographed on the TV was Mitsuharu Misawa vs Kenta Kobashi on the 21st October 1997. When this match took place, Kotoge and Kenoh would have been 12, Kitamiya 14 and Nakajima 9).
  • Cody Hall and Maybach Taniguchi now have a finisher called “The Hooligans Bomb”.

  • On the long drive back from Tottori to Tokyo, (about nine to eleven hours), Takashi Sugiura photographed Masao Inoue at the urinal (twice), and then predictably, things got even worse when Marufuji filmed Inoue eating an ice cream on the bus, and then pausing to look briefly at a passing woman. Between Marufuji and Sugiura, this turned into Inoue thinking about “licking” women…

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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: G1 Climax 28, part 11!

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NJPW and AXS bring us the B Block finals! Will it be Tetsuya Naito of one of the Golden Lovers who qualifies for THE G1 Climax 28 Finals?!

 

This coverage of the G1 Climax 28 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.

Gifs can be found on http://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins.
  • Kenny Omega VS Kota Ibushi; Ibushi wins.

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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this final night of B Block action!

It all comes down to this! The Best Bout Machine lost to Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano in a row, though one was in part thanks to Tama Tonga. However, the IWGP Heavyweight Champion is still one win away from being in his third consecutive G1 Climax Finals. That win must come at the expense of Kenny Omega’s best friend, Kota Ibushi, in this Golden Lovers dream match. Ibsuhi could take the entire block with his own win, but there’s also last year’s G1 Climax champion. Tetsuya Naito can make his own repeat appearance if he defeats Zack Sabre Jr, who would love to play spoiler with his submission style. Who will meet Hiroshi Tanahashi in the G1 Climax 28 Finals?!

 

Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr!

The charismatic leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon takes on Suzuki-Gun’s Submission Master, a familiar match up from this year’s New Japan Cup. Naito takes his time with his attire, as usual, but ZSJ is patient. The referee finishes his check of both men, rings the bell, and we begin.

ZSJ rushes Naito then throws him out. He pursues but Naito slips back out to then troll ZSJ with a game of cat ‘n’ mouse. ZSJ grows frustrated and starts kicking railing like his mentor, Minoru Suzuki. Taka Michinoku calms Zack down and gets him back to the ring. Naito tells ZSJ to return, saying time is of the essence. ZSJ returns but Naito speeds things up. They both run and dodge, then Naito Tranquilos! But ZSJ grabs the arm for the armbar! Naito gets the ropes for the ropebreak and ZSJ mocks Tranquilo before letting Naito go. Naito takes his time returning, to again troll ZSJ. Red Shoes counts but Naito waits to return at about 10. ZSJ rushes Naito again for a headlock. Naito powers out and arm-drags ZSJ around. ZSJ headbutts then European Uppercuts, but he runs into another arm-dag.

Naito has ZSJ down, but ZSJ reverses into a headscissor. ZSJ squeezes, then stands to twist! Naito writhes while ZSJ catches his breath. ZSJ goes after the legs and gets a Queen Angelito figure four. He goes after the arms, and he uses a surfboard style lift! ZSJ goes for a cover but can’t get the angle, so he shifts to a leg based double armbar. Naito manages another ropebreak, so ZSJ backs off. ZSJ toys with Naito then gives him a EuroUpper. Naito chops back, so ZSJ trips him up and twists his neck again. ZSJ lets Naito get up to then float over to a cravat. Naito works his way up to arm-drag out. ZSJ runs in but misses, Naito jump kicks but it’s ZSJ who sweeps! The New Japan Cup champ has the G1 Climax 27 champ down and out while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns and Naito gets back up at 13. He returns to the ring at 15 but ZSJ stands on him to then get the ankle lock. ZSJ shifts to a Half Crab that shifts to an STF that shifts to a crossface. Naito reverses with a roll, TWO! ZSJ has a grounded cravat that he bridges and then rolls back. He gets a headscissor as Naito sits up, then grabs an ankle. They both roll and Naito is still in the headscissor. ZSJ squeezes but then Naito gets his own headscissor. ZSJ pries his way up and out and back to a half crab. He just stands on Naito’s head and body now to humiliate more than hurt. Naito gets up and chops ZSJ. ZSJ headbutts, EuroUppers, then whips. Naito reverses and reels ZSJ in for the backbreaker and dropkick! Both men are down as fans rally.

Naito stands and fires of on ZSJ. He whips but ZSJ reverses, only for Naito to come out with the headscssiors. Jump kick, leg sweep, and swinging dropkick! Naito poses while ZSJ checks his mouth. Naito elbows ZSJ, then brings him back up. ZSJ reverses the neckbreaker to a facelock, but Naito reels him in for the atomic drop.  Naito runs in at the corner but has to block ZSJ’s boots. ZSJ kicks Naito but Naito holds on. Naito spits, so ZSJ kicks more. Naito turns him sideways for a draping backbreaker! Then a standing neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Naito while he thinks of what to do next. Naito circles ZSJ and brings him up in a waistlock. ZSJ gets a standing switch to full nelson but Naito arm-drags out. They collide, elbow for elbow, and back again. Naito rolls for the kick but into an STF!

Naito drags himself around but ZSJ switches to part Rings of Saturn! He keeps Naito’s face back with a leg but Naito uses a leg to get the ropes. ZSJ again lets Naito go, and both men are down from exhaustion. Taka coaches ZSJ up but the fans are on Naito’s side still. ZSJ stands first and kicks at Naito. Naito takes them in stride, a grin on his face. Naito fires a forearm and a back elbow and ZSJ falls. Fans fire up as Naito throws more elbows, but ZSJ comes back with a EuroUpper. Naito elbows, ZSJ falls again. Now Naito toys with ZSJ, but ZSJ SLAPS Naito. ZSJ fires EuroUppers but ends up in a backslide. He rolls through but runs into the tornado DDT! Naito drags ZSJ up. Hammerlock and lift, but ZSJ counters with a guillotine that becomes a triangle hold!

Naito endures the squeeze while ZSJ prevents a cover. Naito uses power to lift but ZSJ wrenches back. ZSJ brings Naito back down and Naito starts to fade. Fans keep rallying, Naito jackknifes! TWO, and ZSJ penalty kicks Naito down! ZSJ drags Naito back up, but Naito suplexes into the dragon sleeper, for a reverse DDT! Fans cheer Naito while Taka shouts for ZSJ to get up. Naito sits up but ZSJ follows. They stand, and Naito elbows ZSJ again. ZSJ gives a EuroUpper but that arm is hurting. Naito chops but ZSJ slaps. Naito SLAPS, then hammerlocks, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!! Naito fires himself up as he drags ZSJ up. ZSJ sees it coming, and Peles the arm. Naito rolling kicks then whips. ZSJ reverses, catches the flying forearm, into an Octopus hold!

Naito endures being bent and stretched, but ZSJ’s arm is also bothering him. Fans rally for Naito and he manages to step towards ropes. ZSJ does what he can to pull on Naito, such as pulling the right arm all the way back. Naito still steps forward, but ZSJ pulls again. Naito uses one last effort and gets another ropebreak. ZSJ lets him go, and both men fall from exhaustion. Fans and Taka rally their favorites up again, and ZSJ sits up first. Naito follows but ZSJ penalty kicks Naito right back down! And he does it again! But Naito still stands. ZSJ goes for a third but gets caught into a German Suplex. Naito whips but ZSJ reverses, to get the flying forearms! Naito drags ZSJ up, arm wrench, but ZSj counters into the EuroClutch! TWO!? Naito misses his enziguri, ZSJ EuroClutches again, TWO!?

ZSJ EuroUppers but gets an enziguri. Naito backs up, runs in, but ZSJ slips out of the tilt-o-whirl to Octopus. Naito slips out this time to DESTINO! But he’s not done, here comes another D– no, Michinoku Driver! Cover, ZSJ wins!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr. by pinfall; ZSJ earns 2 points, Naito earns 0

The Submission Master uses a shout out to his coach and he spoils Naito’s chances! There will not be a repeat for the previous G1 Climax champion, and this leaves the way open for one half of the Golden Lovers!

 

Kenny Omega VS Kota Ibushi!

They may not always have been a team, but the Golden Lovers have always been friends and rivals. The Cleaner is the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, but the Golden Star won’t give up his own desire for that belt. A dream match becomes reality, but who will live the dream of competing in the tournament finals?

The bell rings, and fans fire up as the two friends take a moment to stare down. They circle, Omega lunges in and gets the leg. He floats to a facelock and holds on as they go around. He goes to a waistlock and counters Ibushi’s standing switch. Omega gets a half nelson then another facelock as they stand. Ibushi has Omega on the ropes, but honors the ropebreak. But Omega brings him back in with a headlock. Ibushi powers out, Omega runs him over, but Ibushi kips up. Things speed up, Omega holds rope but still runs into a dropkick! Omega bails out but comes right back in to chop Ibushi! Omega whips but Ibushi holds ropes, so Omega chops again. The whip goes through but Ibushi dodges to kick. Ibushi kicks but is blocked, Omega chops. Omega runs but into the kick!

Omega bails out but longer this time, so Ibushi slingshots out! He crashes and burns, Omega saw that one coming. Omega brings Ibushi up to put him into railing. Then he scoop slams him onto the apron! Omega drags Ibushi back up and into the ring. Fans fire up as Omega returns and runs, Kotaro Krusher! Cover, TWO! Omega keeps his cool while fans cheer Ibushi on. Omega clubs Ibushi, then stomps him. He kicks Ibushi around, but Ibushi grows stronger with every hit. Omega runs, and dropkicks Ibushi down! Ibushi stands, kicks and snapmares Omega, to then kick him swiftly in the neck. Omega kicks and cravats but Ibushi counters to snapmare and kick, kick, kick! Omega gets up to shove and punch.

Now it’s a brawl back and forth, but Omega kicks low. Omega boots Ibushi into a corner, then runs in. Ibushi goes up and over to then powerslam and moonsault! But onto knees! Omega knows Ibushi so well, and he drags Ibushi up for fireman’s carry. “You Can’t Escape! Rolling senton, but the moonsault gets knees! Ibushi knows Omega so well, too! Ibushi runs, but into a huricanrana. But Ibushi then comes back with his own huricanrana! Omega ends up outside again, and Ibushi runs, but Omega intercepts the golden triangle for a full nelson! Ibushi holds ropes and elbows Omega back. Omega chops Ibushi’s back, then Electric Chair lifts! But Ibushi fights him off again, to then deadlift. Omega fights out with uppercuts, then has Ibushi on the shoulder, apron package tombstone!! Both Golden Lovers are down while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Omega climbs up top. Ibushi slowly stands, but he gets the missile dropkick to the face! Then cross fisherman, Aoi Shoudou! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi lives and fans fire up for him. Omega grits his teeth, takes aim and… BANG! Omega runs, but he misses. Ibushi waistlocks but Omega standing switches. Omega shoves and chops Ibushi in the back! He whips and V-Triggers to the back! Omega drags Ibushi up, Electric Chair, but Ibushi resists. Pop-up, Croyt’s Wrath! With the bridge! TWO!! Ibushi narrowly escapes, but Omega stays focused. V-Trigger! Then the double underhook, but Ibushi resists again. They speed up, running DDT! Ibushi rolls out of the ring, but Omega hears the Terminator drums. Omega rises, builds speed, and FLIES! Direct hit on Ibushi!

Both men are down but Omega stands first. Omega drags Ibushi up and in, and fans rally up. Omega climbs up top again, but Ibushi PELE to stop him! Ibushi climbs up to join Omega, but Omega resists whatever lift Ibushi is after. The Young Bucks are concerned at ringside as Omega starts to shovel Ibushi up. Ibushi slips off to chop and SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up again and Omega bails out. Ibushi runs, Golden Triangle! Direct hit on Omega! The Golden Lovers are down again, but Ibushi is up first now. Ibushi puts Omega in, then climbs up top. Ibushi springboards but Omega catches him into the Electric Chair! But Ibushi fights out fast to strike fest and roundhouse Omega down. Knee-sault! Cover, TWO!!

Omega survives that innovative knee drop, but Ibushi isn’t out of ideas yet. Ibushi drags Omega up, with double wrists, but Omega dodges the knee. Ibushi dodges to Pele again! He grabs Omega, but Omega slips out of the bomb to V-Trigger. Ibushi blocks but gets the second V-Trigger. Omega full nelsons but Ibushi fights out. Omega heel kicks him into a corner! Then from corner to corner, V-Trigger! Omega drags Ibushi up to the top rope, then climbs up to join him. Omega sits Ibushi up, puts on the full nelson, but Ibushi fights out again. Ibushi elbows but Omega headbutts. Omega stands up now, another attempt at the full nelson, SUPER SNAP DRAGON! But Ibushi stands right up!

The Golden Lovers collide with double clotheslines, then do it again. Omega kicks the other one away to V-Trigger! Ibushi reverses to snap German! But Omega’s up, so he gets a Half ‘n Half, and CLOBBERING CLOTHESLINE! Ibushi has control while we go to break!

NJPW on AXS returns and Ibushi drags Omega up. Ibushi wants the bomb, and gets the Golden Star sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!? Even Ibushi is shocked. But he drags Omega up again with the double wristlocks, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, TWO!?! Ibushi cannot understand how Omega survives. Ibushi uncovers his knee and brings Omega back up. Omega resists because he knows what’s coming. Ibushi stomps and clubs Omega. Omega fights back with forearms and elbows. Omega throws more of those, but then Ibushi fires back! They go back and forth, but neither man backs down. Omega hits, but Ibushi responds. They give shorter and faster forearms now but neither man lets go of the wristlock. Omega headbutts but Ibushi kicks! Ibushi kicks but gets a V-Trigger! He staggers, but chops!

Ibushi fires palm strikes and body shots. He runs, but into the V-Trigger! Omega runs again, but into a roundhouse! They’re both down, but fans fire up for Ibushi. Ibushi hears them and decides to climb up top. Phoenix Splash flops as Omega evades. Omega stands, to V-Trigger Ibushi in the back! Then suddenly, butterfly piledriver! Cover, TWO!! Now Omega is shocked that Ibushi lives. Omega pulls his own knee pad down, to V-Trigger! Then Electric Chair, but Ibushi fights again. Reverse-Rana is blocked by sheer will, and Omega makes it like a driver! Cover, TWO!?! Omega aims again, BANG! Another V-Trigger! Then another Electric Chair, but Ibushi holds ropes. Omega climbs!? Ibushi senses this and fights for his life. Ibushi positions himself, SUPER double stomps!

Omega barely stays on the top rope, but Ibushi comes back up to join him. Ibushi drags Omega up, in a double underhook, SUPER TIGER BOMB!! Cover, TWO??! But how?! Ibushi keeps going, dragging Omega up with both hands, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!

Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall; Ibushi earns 2 points, Omega earns 0

The Golden Lovers dream match ends with Ibushi scoring a victory over the IWGP Heavyweight Champion! With this, Ibushi wins the B Block and qualifies for THE G1 Climax 27 Finals! Ibushi meets Hiroshi Tanahashi for that chance at the title at Wrestle Kingdom. But because they’re great friends, Omega celebrates with Ibushi before letting him take the ring alone.

Ibushi speaks.

“Kenny, Matt, Nick,” and everyone in the Elite, “Thank you very much.” Ibushi thanks all the wrestlers in NJPW, too. Ibushi still lives in the G1 Climax, and vows to win the finals the very next day. He keeps things short and sweet so that he and the Elite can all leave together. Can the Star surpass The Ace to then give us a sequel to this amazing match? Or will The Once in a Century Talent score his third G1 Climax championship?

 

Backstage interviews.

The Golden Elite are all together, as Omega notes that he somehow made it here on his own power. He admits he doesn’t like that he lost, especially as champion. But losing to his tag partner and best friend, Ibushi, and knowing he goes to the finals to face Tanahashi, makes Omega happy. Omega gives his full support, and will be in Ibushi’s corner. Ibushi accepts his friend’s support, and is himself very happy. He can’t believe he won. It doesn’t seem real yet. But Ibushi has made it to the finals, and again vows to win it all. He’s been focused on that single goal, he just has one match to go. Was tonight’s dream match a preview of Wrestle Kingdom? Or perhaps something sooner rather than later?

 


 

My Thoughts:

An amazing night, especially factoring in the context of the incredible action. Naito VS ZSJ in a New Japan Cup goes the same way as the match in the New Japan Cup, but naturally escalated up. Naito was well-prepared for the submissions and got the ropebreak quite a few times, but in the end ZSJ wins out. Given the points, it makes sense to keep Naito out of the running. It adds drama to Omega VS Ibushi, because then it becomes another “win and you’re in.” Actually, B Block parallels A Block in that respect, as Jay White was the third man who could complicate Okada VS Tanahashi, until he lost to Evil. But Naito is fine not going into the finals again, as fans still love him, and there’s plenty of unfinished business with other wrestlers, such as Chris Jericho over the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

Then Omega VS Ibushi is definitely worthy of a block finals. The story was already there with them being such close friends and tag team partners. The counters, the back and forth, it was so great. Ibushi benefits the most from winning here because he was perhaps the underdog against the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, and now earns the right to challenge Omega even without the G1 Climax contract for Wrestle Kingdom. Of course, Tomohiro Ishii has a similar claim he can make, so Ibushi can wait for one of the bigger NJPW events to give us the epic sequel.

My Score: 8.9/10


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CMLL Anniversary

We saw at the anniversary show, in predictable fashion, Rush and Cavernario defeat Volador and Matt Taven in the hair vs hair match. Everyone knew what the result would be which helped kill intrigue in the match because as discussed before, if CMLL was willing to hair Rush lose his hair it would be against LA Park and if he were to lose it against anybody else it wouldn’t make sense. So Volador and Taven lost 2 falls to 1 and at the end of the match, as a way to weasel out of it Taven turned on Volador as if it was his plan all along but they weren’t going to stand for it. I wonder how much Taven had his head shaved, I suppose we shall see on the next Ring of Honor live event. The show was pretty close to a sell out containing 16,000 fans.

The Co-main event saw Pentagon, Fenix, and Diamante Azul defeating LA Park, his son, and Caristico 2 falls to 1 in what was a very good match. LA Park, for a man who is very large in his older age can still put on some very good matches and held his own in their with the much young Fenix and Pentagon and the always entertaining Caristico. The match before that which was the Kaos Klan vs Los Guerrero’s for the trios title. This wasn’t in technical terms a very good match, but it had heat on it. One of the issues was the finish was a complete let down and out of nowhere. Not in a good way either, sometimes out of nowhere finishes are good if they’re done during hot moments, but this one was just a standard pin with feet on the ropes.

CMLL Friday Show/Future

The top three matches for this show will feature a rematch with Kaos Klan and Los Guerrero’s. This is the third time this match is happening in a short span so I wonder if they will have Los Guerrero’s win here after potentially swerving the fans at the Anniversary show. It was a weak finish and wasn’t a good match so I have to imagine that they’re going to put forth a better performance this time. However, a lot of the men involved are much older and broken down so they need the pomp and circumstances more. We also have a lightning round match between Mistico and Negro Casas so that should be something. They must be going for a program with them.

In the main event we have, Atlantis, King Fenix, and Diamante Azul vs Rush, Cavernario, and El Terrible. I wonder if my theory about building a program with Rush and Atlantis for next year starts and if maybe they move towards Fenix and Cavernario. I can only imagine how good those singles matches would be. LA Park worked the Arena Puebla show with Rush in the match. This was a very good match, perhaps an anniversary show standard.

There was a lot of instances in the match where Park and Rush had a show down one on one in the ring. It was a very long match and very good. Rush won with a low blow and Park then cut a promo after the match challenging him hair vs mask again to which CMLL cut his mic. But it magically turned on when Rush got the mic. Park was upset and left. They are promoting LA Park and Hijo Del LA Park vs Rush and Cavernario next week for the Monday Puebla show. So it looks like they’re going back to this well for financial purposes, who knows if the hair vs mask match will ever happen.

AAA

AAA has announced their big October Show, the Antonio Pena tribute show, and it has a pretty big card, with the main event being Jeff Jarrett vs Dr. Wagner Jr in a hair vs hair match. I’m almost positive Jarrett is losing that match especially if they’re building towards Park vs Wagner at the next Triplemania. Wagner is gonna need to have more hair grown out to make it a viable match on paper. He doesn’t have much hair so why would the fans buy his hair vs the value of Park’s mask? I feel like there’d be so much more intrigue with Psycho Clown vs Park mask vs mask, but it all depends on when and who Park wants to lose to. Everyone seems to agree that it has to be to Rush whenever the time is.

Also on that card which we’ll preview more in the coming weeks, Park will team with Psycho Clown against Murder Clown and Kevin Kross. So something is going to have to happen in the coming weeks that pairs Kross with Murder Clown because they were just attacking each other during the last encounter with Wagner and Jeff Jarrett. A three way tag match for the tag titles will happen and Bandido and Flamita will actually get their chance. There was rumblings wondering if AAA would remember the stipulation on the Triplemania show. There’s also a four way match for the women’s title. More info in the coming weeks as the card gets built on the TV tapings.

AAA on Twitch 9/21

We will have a women’s match to start the show, which seems to be typical featuring, Keyra, Lady Maravilla, and Starfire vs Faby Apache, La Hiedra, and Lady Shani. We get a six man tag team match next which will be action packed featuring, Emperador Azteca, Demus, and Ciclon Ramierz vs Aerostar, Argenis, and Nino Hamburguesa. The next match is a three way tag match between Texano Jr and Escorpion vs Maximo and Mamba vs El Hijo De Dr. Wagner Jr and Golden Magic.

The co-main event is another six man tag between, Laredo Kid, Tayrys, and Hijo Del LA Park vs La Parka, Pagano, and Joe Lider. Any match with Joe Lider and Pagano is bound to be crazy. The main event sees LA Park teaming with Electro Shock vs Psycho Clown and El Hijo Del Fantasma. The theme of this show is Lucha Libre Elite vs AAA. They’re playing up an invasion storyline. They have another show on September 30th but I will preview that one next week.

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