After the betrayal at TakeOver: New Orleans, the British Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne, returns to NXT! And he’s after Roderick Strong’s head! Can the Messiah of the Backbreaker get away in one piece from the UK Champion’s wrath? Plus, Candice LeRae has her second NXT match against Ms. EST, Bianca Belair!
All images courtesy of the WWE Network streaming service
- Kairi Sane VS Shazza McKenzie; Kairi wins.
- TM61 VS The Street Profits; TM61 wins.
- Kona Reeves VS Patrick Scott; Reeves wins.
- Candice LeRae VS Bianca Belair; Biancawins.
- Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Era VS Pete Dunne; Dunne wins, by disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Undisputed Era talks among themselves.
They’re not just fighters, and not just champions, they’re givers. Adam Cole gave Oney Lorcan history, because Lorcan is now the answer to “Who did Adam Cole defeat in his first title defense of the NXT North American Championship?” He can tell everyone about it, “you’re so very, very welcome.” And Danny Burch stuck his nose in their business? Burch got what he deserves, and Kyle O’Reilly dares him to try again. Bobby Fish wants to let Burch and Lorcan both know that rehab is open for new patients. “And last but very very least”, Pete Dunne, what Strong did at TakeOver will pale in comparison to tonight. “Because we are untouchable. We are unstoppable”, and as always, “we are Undisputed.”
Kairi Sane VS Shazza McKenzie!
The Pirate Princess defeated the current NXT Women’s Champion back in the Mae Young Classic. But to make her way to that title, she’ll have to defeat this newest Aussie addition to the Women’s Division. Will Shazza shock us all with a debut win?
The bell rings and fans cheer for Kairi. She and Shazza circle, then shake hands to show respect to each other. Shazza throws a heart, Kairi catches, Kairi throws it overboard. She then rolls Shazza up, ONE, and Shazza hits back. Shazza whips but Kairi dodges to headscissor on the rebound. Shazza gives her a forearm, so she gives Shazza double chops. Kairi runs, Interceptor Spear! She’s fired up now as she walks the plank. Kairi runs in corner to corner for the Sliding D forearm! Kairi climbs up, flying kabuki elbow! But she’s not down, she lifts Shazza up and gives her an Alabama Slam! And with Shazza in the drop zone, Kairi climbs up again, and Sets Sail with the InSANE Elbow!
Cover, Kairi wins!
Winner: Kairi, by pinfall
The MYC winner continues to capture wins in the NXT Women’s Division. Will she catch up to the Queen of Spades and challenge her for that Women’s Championship?
But now Lacey Evans appears.
The Lady of NXT lost to Kairi all the way back in New Orleans, but she seems in an oddly good mood here in Full Sail. She joins Kairi in the ring and says “a true lady with class always has the courage to admit when they are wrong.” Lacey tells Kairi that with everything she stands for, she apologizes. From the MYC to this match tonight, Kairi does deserve to be in NXT. “So from one legitimate lady to another”, Lacey apologizes. The fans don’t trust her, they say “No! No!” And Kairi agrees with them. So Lacey sucker punches Kairi with a knockout right hand! Kairi goes down in a heap while Lacey grins. That wasn’t very ladylike. Will Kairi get revenge on Lacey before going for the NXT Women’s Champion?
Backstage interview with Candice LeRae.
It’s been a rough week for Mrs. Wrestling after what Tommaso Ciampa did to her husband, Johnny Gargano. What is his condition? Candice admits this hasn’t been an easy year. She joined NXT and was so optimistic that Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling would be on top of the world, but someone they considered family will now stop at nothing to ruin their lives. Candice thought they got past all this, but then she had to watch Ciampa brutalize Gargano, and Gargano be taken out on a stretcher. Candice cries, but she has to prepare for her match tonight. Can Candice recover emotionally so that she can be ready physically for Bianca Belair?
Lars Sullivan speaks.
“From day one, Lars Sullivan has been the man in NXT.” When he enters the ring, there are two certainties: he ascertains what he desires; and take it, no matter what happens to those in his way. Lars was almost the North American Champion at TakeOver: New Orleans, so all those that hold gold are now his targets! The Leviathan loves to hurt anyone and everyone put in the ring with him. “The Era of Destruction will begin.”
TM61 VS The Street Profits!
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford keep it 100 on their pursuit of the NXT Tag Team Championships. At the same time, Shane Thorne & Nick Miller are The Mighty, and also want those titles for themselves. Which team will come out of this match one step closer to the Undisputed Era’s Free Bird style formation?
Ford and Miller start with the bell. They give a quick handshake of respect, then tie up. Miller gets the wristlock and wrench, but Ford rolls and spins to reverse the hold. Ford whips but Miller reverses, so Ford handsprings over Miller’s back. Ford brings Miller down with a windmill kick, then whips while tagging Dawkins in. Dawkins runs Miller over, and both Street Profits soak in the cheers. Thorne gets in but the Profits hit both The Might with an alley-oop missile dropkick! Ford hits them both, and the Profits control the ring. Miller returns but Dawkins speeds up to hit a bulldog. Dawkins misses the spinning splash and Miller tags to Thorne.
Miller drops Dawkins with a back suplex, then Thorne adds on the slingshot senton. Thorne brings Dawkins up then tags Miller in. The Mighty double whip and double back elbow, then moonsault and fist drop. Miller covers, TWO, but he keeps on Dawkins with a chinlock. Fans duel between Dawkins and TM61. Dawkins sits up and powers out but Miller throws him to the ropes. Dawkins kicks Miller away, double clotheslines bring them both down! Both men crawl for their corners, hot tags to Thorne and Ford. Ford rallies, hits Miller for good measure, then hits Thorne with the back elbow.
Ford is all fired up, but Thorne puts him on the apron. He still fights off The Mighty, hitting Miller with a stiff kick from the apron. Ford runs in and leaps for a sunset flip! Thorne rolls through to roll Ford up in return, and Miller helps Thorne put his feet on the ropes!
Winners: TM61 (Thorne & Miller), Thorne pinning
Not only do the Mighty not kneel, the Mighty don’t play fair! The ref completely missed it, so Thorne & Miller completely cheat the Profits out of a win. Dawkins & Ford argue with the referee but there’s no changing his mind. Miller & Thorne leave the winners, but will they pay for angering the Profits?
NXT takes a look at the War Raiders.
Ray Rowe & Hanson have brought war to NXT. They destroyed Heavy Machinery, Riddick Moss and Tino Sabbatelli all at once in their debut. Then they manhandled the Metro Brothers in their in-ring debut. “It’s the same story everywhere we go.” Heavy Machinery, their war on NXT starts with you. Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic dare Hanson & Rowe to try, but who will be left standing after this colossal collision next week?
Backstage interview with Kassius Ohno.
Ohno is a friend of Gargano, and was a friend of Ciampa’s. What is his take on this situation? Ohno knows what kind of person Gargano is, and what kind of person Ciampa has become. “Ciampa is a coward,” and seeing what he did to Gargano, Ohno knew he has to make Ciampa feel that helpless. Ohno vows to get even with Ciampa on Gargano’s behalf, but will the Psycho Killer only make the Knockout Artist another victim?
Kona Reeves VS Patrick Scott!
The energetic and positive Patrick Scott may be his opponent, but all of the NXT Universe shall bear witness the return of “The Finest” superstar in WWE today. From smile to hair to jewelry and clothing, Reeves has the finest you can find anywhere. Will Reeves’ in-ring return also be #TheFinest victory?
The bell rings and Reeves circles with Scott. Fans are on Scott’s side as he ties up, but Reeves puts him in a corner. Reeves breaks but eggs Scott on. Scott circles with him again, and they tie up, but Reeves gives a stiff knee and stiff forearm to him. Reeves puts Scott in a corner and trash talks him that he IS the Finest. Reeves whips Scott corner to corner but Scott goes up and over. Scott wrenches the arm but Reeves powers out and runs him over. Reeves gets mad as he throws more hands and stomps on Scott. Reeves backs off at the referee’s count, but then goes right back to Scott, ramming him into the buckles. He then lifts Scott for a big gut wrench suplex, then positions Scott before climbing up. Reeves once again declares “I’m the Finest!” before dropping The Finest Elbow!
But that’s not all, Reeves picks Scott up for The Hawaiian Drop!
Cover, Reeves wins!
Winner: Reeves, by pinfall
Finest or not, a win is a win, and Kona Reeves won. Will Reeves create the Finest win streak to reach a championship opportunity?
At TakeOver: New Orleans and the North American Championship Ladder Match, the fans saw five stars, but only one Golden God. He was impressive in his first NXT match, but imagine how great he’ll be in his first 1v1 match! “The sequel is always superior to the original.” The Top 1% makes his NXT TV debut next week, and vows to “transcend NXT into NX3”. Will Ethan Carter III succeed and transform the brand as we know it?
NXT Media caught up with Dakota Kai.
Captain Kick loves how strong the Women’s (R)Evolution in WWE is right now, such as Ember Moon debuting on Raw and even the Iconic Duo on SmackDown. There’s so many opportunities here in NXT, she wants to make her mark. Then, is she scared of Shayna Baszler? Dakota refuses to talk about that right now. That’s when Vanessa Borne steps in.
“The way Dakota’s been handling Shayna Baszler lately is just… pathetic.” Vanessa says she would’ve slapped Shayna. She’s not scared of anyone, not even Shayna, and certainly not Dakota. Dakota knows she and Shayna have issues, but Dakota isn’t afraid of Vanessa. These two women have “issues” with each other, what will happen when they bring those issues to the ring?
Candice LeRae VS Bianca Belair!
Mrs. Wrestling’s second match on NXT TV should be something to celebrate, but her mind is with her husband while he’s out with injury. Can she manage to snap back and put up a fight against the dominant Ms. EST?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up while fans duel, and Bianca gets a waistlock. She throws Candice down, then blows a kiss. Candice stands up and circles with Bianca again. They tie up, Bianca gets a headlock. Candice powers out but Bianca runs her over. Bianca drags Candice up for the scoop but Candice slips out. They speed up, Candice tilt-o-whirls to throw Bianca. They keep moving, Candice rolls Bianca to a cover, TWO. Candice goes after Bianca but misses, yet gives Bianca a back elbow. Candice climbs up while Bianca staggers back, and leaps for the crossbody. Bianca catches her easily as the StrongEST woman in NXT, then shifts to slam Candice down. Cover, TWO, but Bianca keeps on Candice with a deadlift clean and jerk! She carries Candice around in the military press, then tosses Candice like a long dart at buckles!
Candice is dazed, but Bianca keeps on her with the torture rack. Bianca bends Candice, torturing her from shoulder to waist. Fans rally and Candice fights back with elbows. Bianca tosses her but Candice arm-drags Bianca. Candice forearms and chops away on Bianca! She unleashes all her anger on Bianca, then hits a running back elbow. Bianca goes down and Candice climbs up, for the missile dropkick. Candice keeps going, running the ropes, but Bianca shoves her off the tornado DDT. Bianca drags Candice up, and throws her with the Alley-Oop Bomb!
Cover, Bianca wins!
Winner: Bianca, by pinfall
That may have been Bianca’s BiggEST win ever! But it must be noted that Candice was a bit vulnerable given her situation. Can Candice recover from her first loss on NXT TV? Will Bianca put together one of the bEST win streaks?
Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Era VS Pete Dunne!
When Mustache Mountain, Tyler Bate & Trent Seven, were removed from the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic due to injury, an opening was made. The WWE UK Champion didn’t have to accept Roderick Strong’s offer to join him in that tournament, but he did, and they went all the way to the finals. However, all it got Dunne was a stab in the back from Strong when Strong decided to join the Undisputed Era. Now the Bruiserweight is back and he’s out for blood! Will he break the Messiah of the Backbreaker in their grudge rematch?
But before heading to the ring, Strong shows off his new entrance titantron!
The bell rings and Dunne goes right at Strong with a forearm! Dunne unleashes more fast hands, but then backs off at the referee’s count. Strong goes right back at Dunne and they grapple on the ground. Dunne gets loose of Strong’s grip and kicks him in the ribs! Strong bails out of the ring but Dunne pursues, with a flying forearm off the apron. Dunne then puts Strong back in the ring, but Strong is ready with a backbreaker! Strong drags Dunne up by his hair, then puts him in a corner for forearms. Strong whips but Dunne reverses then rocks Strong with a forearm to the back.
Dunne follow Strong out again, but Strong grabs his feet. Dunne clubs him away, then jumps, but into a dropkick! Strong drags Dunne back up and into a torture rack, to toss his back at the apron! He leaves Dunne down and writhing while he catches his breath. Strong goes back out and gives a SHARP chop to Dunne. They go back in the ring, Strong stomps away on Dunne. Dunne kicks back but Strong hammers away on him. Strong covers, TWO, but Strong just grinds a knee into Dunne while pulling him in. Fans rally for the UK Champ but Strong just stomps Dunne more. Adam Cole taunts Dunne from ringside, Strong covers, TWO.
Strong puts Dunne in a seated abdominal stretch to torture the ribs. Fans rally for Dunne again, and Dunne works his way out of the hold. Strong kicks Dunne away, though, then he mocks the double fist post. Strong stomps Dunne more, from shoulders to legs and back again. He brings Dunne up for the arm wrench, and an over the shoulder backbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Strong keeps focus. Strong sits on Dunne while pulling his legs back in a knot. Fans rally but Strong lifts Dunne up. Strong tries to suplex but Dunne resists. Dunne fights back then suplexes Strong for the X-Plex!
Strong writhes now while Dunne recovers. The Undisputed Era coach Strong back up and now it’s a brawl of haymakers and chops. Dunne gives a European Uppercut, but Strong reverses the whip. Dunne goes up and over and hits the enziguri! Strong staggers while Dunne climbs up, Dunne stomps the arm! Dunne goes after that hand, but Strong throws Dunne out of the ring. Cole and Kyle stay back, but Dunne gets a knee on reentry! Strong drags Dunne out, for a draping butterfly backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud Dunne’s resiliency, then rally for him to get up.
Strong gets up first, and brings Dunne up, but Dunne counters the Olympic Slam to then enziguri Strong again! Dunne walks into Strong’s boot and enziguri, and Strong throws forearms and chops. Dunne counters the slam again, to arm-drag Strong into a sleeper hold!
Strong endures, but Dunne shifts to the armbar! Strong rolls to a cover, ONE, so Strong just gets to safety at the ropes. Dunne drags himself out to the apron and then climbs up again. Strong anchors Dunne’s legs but Dunne hits him back. Strong swings to kick Dunne, then climbs up, SUPER Olympic Slam!!
Cover, TWO! And the Undisputed Era is shocked! They all shout for Dunne to stay down, but fans rally for Dunne to get up. Strong rocks Dunne with rights, but Dunne doesn’t back off. In fact, Dunne fires up. Strong gives forearm after forearm, but Dunne catches that chop! Dunne takes those fingers, and snaps them! Strong cowers to a corner but Dunne unleashes furious hands. Dunne throws Strong with a German Suplex, then kicks him right in the head. He keeps going, pumphandle for the Bitter End!
Cover, but the Undisputed Era attacks!
Winner: Dunne, by disqualification
But as the assault continues, it’s Lorcan & Burch to the rescue!
They brawl with Cole and Kyle, and give back for last week’s beating. Cole and Kyle go running, so Dunne has Strong all to himself. He sends Strong flying out of the ring with another stiff forearm! The Undisputed Era are in retreat while Dunne, Burch & Lorcan stand tall! Have the Undisputed Era run their mouths and stuck their foots right into some serious trouble?
A solid episode of NXT and another fully stocked episode at 57 minutes. Kairi opens the night against newcomer Shazza, and squashes her quite quickly. Of course it was all to lead into a proper program with Lacey Evans, these two could put one some good matches like their “After TakeOver” match a few weeks ago. The Lars Sullivan and EC3 videos were well done, much better than the selfie vids main roster chooses to do. Street Profits VS TM61 was a good match, but I’m surprised by TM61 essentially turning Heel with the rope spot. I suppose there has to be a new Heel team somewhere with the NXT Tag Team Division losing its biggest Heels in SAnitY and AoP. This could be a good program to bring these teams up in the ranks.
I have a feeling Ciampa will take that win against Ohno next week. Then Aleister Black can have his turn while Gargano “recovers”. I’m not sure how to feel about this new Kona Reeves. The big money Heel is already cliche in NXT with GLORIOUS Bobby Roode, Tino & Moss, and–though he’s not a complete Heel–EC3. I don’t see this new persona getting Reeves anywhere higher than the North American Championship, and even then not actually winning it. The Undisputed Era continue to grow as obnoxious Heels and getting proper Heel heat despite Adam Cole’s popularity. Strong and Dunne were having a great match, and it looks like Lorcan & Burch will be helping Dunne. They’ll probably be involved in a Six Man Tag match, but likely to lose so that it’ll be Mustache Mountain returning to help their fellow British wrestler win in another Six Man Tag.
My Score: 8/10
MLW Fusion Ratings and Results: 5/25/2018
Well the coverage for MLW Fusion goes back to me this week! With the Cavaliers having their backs against the wall, and Christopher Platt being a busy man, I’ll take the hot tag since we all know he’s the workhorse of the duo.
So let’s see what kind of show they build around their first ever televised World Championship match.
Opening segment sees Shane ‘Swerve’ Strickland pulling up with Barrington Hughes, Salina de la Renta confronts him, says the car isn’t the only thing rented and walks off. Barrington Hughes scream “Bruja” and explains it means witch, while Strickland jokes and says ” More like b-” cuts off the word and goes to the intro package.
Santana Garrett vs Chelsea Green
So apparently Garrett is undefeated since debuting in MLW last October, but you can’t really see why. Chelsea/Laurel Van Ness has some exposure and has proven to be able to put on some solid matches, this wasn’t one of them.
Every transition looked slow and like they were obviously waiting for each other. Even the Laurel Van Ness “transformation” seemed rushed and wasn’t exactly explained well by the announce team.
A few slow transitions, attempts at big looking spots just fell flat. We got a lot of Chelsea getting across her character, but match wise, this was a waste of 10 minutes.
Wait! These two are friends?
— #MLWFusion on BeIN Sports Fridays (@MLW) May 26, 2018
Winner: Garrett via Arm Twist Spike DDT
Rating: * 1/2
Team Filthy promo package explaining what happened two weeks ago with Jimmy Havoc.
Prize Fight Open Challenge: Simon Gotch vs Danny Santiago
So apparently it’s if the person lasts 5 minutes, they get…250 – 250 dollars. No extra zeros, just two hundred and fifty dollars.
The Capoeira white belt Santiago, got his first kick caught and countered into an Exploder Suplex. Game over man.
Team Filthy are supposed to be douchey heels and this fits them perfect. In they style of the stereotypical 80s antagonists, they mock Santiago and saunter off.
Well, that didn't take long! We're not sure Danny Santiago is really an MMA master!
— #MLWFusion on BeIN Sports Fridays (@MLW) May 26, 2018
Winner: Simon via Gotch Piledriver
Rating: N/A (Squash Match)
Kaci Lennox finds MJF for an interview but he finds out that Joey Janela and Aria Blake used his locker room for implied smoking, drinking and sex. So MJF freaks out like a poorly acted typical rich white boy and huffs off saying they’ll hear from his lawyer.
MLW Heavyweight Championship: Pentagon Jr w/Salina de la Renta vs Shane Strickland
Holy Christ, Salina has a Mariachi band enter the ring before Shane’s entrance to play the Mexican national anthem.The crowd looks a combination of amused and confused…but it’s definitely unique.
There’s a couple nice spots i the match I’ll go over since it was actually a fairly long match for TV. Pentagon ties Swerve up with the camera cables on the apron, hitting a variety of knife edge and Kobashi style chops. The referee is giving both men a lot of leeway throughout the match, so it’s nice to see the implication that it will end in the ring.
A big Mexican Destroyer on the apron is what we’re greeted with after the second commercial break and the match starts to pick up there. Swerve kicks out of a Pentagon Driver and Feat Factor, but the back half of the match was mostly dominated by Pentagon. Out of frustration, Salina gives Pentagon a chair and it seems like the referee will let it play. It looked like Pentagon was going for a Superplex into the opened chair, but Swerve blocked him and knocked Pentagon down.
They tease the spot that ended their Wrestle Circus match of a Swerve Stomp onto a seated Pentagon, but Pentagon counters it with a Powerbomb. Salina’s usual stoicism finally breaks and she jumps on the apron after Strickland kicks out again. This leads to the “Oops” moment for heels, and Pentagon hits Salina with the Red Mist when Shane moves out of the way, giving Strickland the opening to barely sneak out a win.
What an incredible match! pic.twitter.com/3c6EAUdu48
— #MLWFusion on BeIN Sports Fridays (@MLW) May 26, 2018
Winner: Strickland via Swerve Stomp
Rating: *** 1/2
Not a bad show at all, even if the match ratings aren’t through the roof, the storytelling and character development was solid. The main event was hurt by two commercial breaks and the ending sequence went a little too long. But that’s all nit picking.
All in all, as a television product, MLW Fusion is showing every week that they have enough characters to appeal to different demographics. I know personally MLW has already surpassed ROH in my personal book of what I will go out of my way to make time for. Major League of Wrestling baby!
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Report: Wrestling Hi no Kuni 2018!
AXS TV’s coverage of NJPW takes one step closer to THE Wrestling Dontaku event with the “Land of Fire”. Fittingly, two red hot feuds will burn up the ring with titles on the line! The IWGP Tag Team Champions defend against Killer Elite Squad, while THE Minoru Suzuki looks to teach Tetsuya Naito some respect.
This review of Wrestling Hi no Kuni 2018 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
Therefore, all images are courtesy of AXS TV.
- IWGP Tag Team Championships: Los Ingobernables de Japon’s EVIL & SANADA VS Suzuki-Gun’s Killer Elite Squad; LIJ wins and retains the IWGP Tag Team Championships.
- IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Minoru Suzuki VS Tetsuya Naito; Naito wins and becomes the new IWGP Intercontinental Champion.
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AXS TV and NJPW review the build to tonight’s matches.
Two factions are the focus of two major feuds over two major titles in NJPW! The Man with the Worst Personality finds the Tranquilo Testuya Naito as little more than a nuisance. Suzuki treats the Intercontinental Championship belt far better than Naito did, will he beat Naito down to keep it from him? Meanwhile, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. go after Sanada and the recovered EVIL for the IWGP Tag Team Championships, to finally give the world a rematch from Wrestle Kingdom. Will EVIL & Sanada stay Tranquilo? Or will KES prove that #EverybodyDies?
IWGP Tag Team Championships: Los Ingobernables de Japon’s EVIL & SANADA VS Suzuki-Gun’s Killer Elite Squad!
We come into this heavyweight tag match part way, as Archer and Davey Boy bring EVIL up and around. They go for Magic Kiler, and hit it! Cover, TWO?! The fans cheer but Davey and Archer are both shocked and furious. They drag EVIL up again, and try for the Killer Bomb, but Sanada springboards and dropkicks for the save. Sanada runs into a tilt-o-whirl, then inverted crucifix lift, but Sanada slips out to put Archer in the dragon sleeper. Archer reverses so that he has the dragon sleeper, but as Archer lifts, Sanada slips out back into his. Davey headbutts Sanada to break the hold, then whips him to a corner. Sanada stops himself from going into exposed buckles, then moonsaults into grabbing Davey in the dragon sleeper!
Sanada feeds Davey to EVIL’s mule kick, then adds a kick while EVIL runs. EVIL runs Davey over with a clothesline, cover, TWO. Sanada dropkicks Archer away, and LIJ fires up with the fans. They lift Davey, and steal Magic Killer!
Cover, but Archer drags the ref out! Archer boots Sanada, but Evil kicks Archer, only to run into the spinning side slam. Red Shoes is slowly recovering, but Archer uses this time to fetch a chair from under the ring. Archer brings it in the ring, wedges it in the bare-buckle corner, then goes to EVIL. He brings EVIL up but Sanada rushes over. Archer goes to double choke slam but they both elbow out. Archer runs but LIJ send him into the chair!
LIJ drag Davey up and they have more chairs now. EVIL puts a chair on Davey’s neck, and uses the other chair to SMACK it! Davey flounders as he gasps, but EVIL lifts him, for the Darkness Falls! Cover and Red Shoes returns to count, TWO! Sanada returns, and he slingshots to take Archer out. EVIL grabs Davey, STO! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & SANADA), EVIL pinning; still IWGP Tag Team Champions
The champions retain in what was clearly a brutal contest. Their championship reign continues, what will it take to dethrone the Cold Skull and Prince of Darkness?
IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Minoru Suzuki VS Tetsuya Naito!
The leader of Suzuki-Gun defends his title against the leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon. While he was champion, Naito did all he could to disrespect the belt itself, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to be champion. Will he be able to stay Tranquilo while going up against The Man with the Worst Personality in the World?
Red Shoes shows Naito the belt while Naito removes his unnecessary clothing. This undressing in itself annoys Suzuki. Naito finishes, and the bell rings. Fans chant for Naito as he casually walks to test his knees. Naito and Suzuki circle, approach, but then Naito backs off. He circles with Suzuki again, and Suzuki swings test kicks. Naito fakes lunging in, and backs off with a grin. Suzuki goes after Naito with kicks, then whips, but Naito reverses. Naito throws Suzuki out, then runs, to Tranquilo! Suzuki is pissed, and gets in the ring, but Naito slips out. Suzuki builds speed, to copy Tranquilo! Naito brushes the taunting off, but doesn’t enter the ring just yet. He paces around the outside, with Suzuki watching him the entire time. Naito rolls into the ring, to then roll back out.
Naito gets on the apron and Suzuki rushes over, but Naito sweeps the legs. He drags Suzuki out and whips him right into barriers. Naito whips Suzuki to the barriers on the other side, then kicks and clubs away on him. They go back in the ring, and Naito brings Suzuki up for the snapmare and headscissors. Suzuki endures as Naito wrenches his neck. Naito squeezes, but Suzuki keeps it from being a cover. Suzuki won’t quit so Naito covers, TWO. Naito stomps and kicks Suzuki, then toys with him. Naito fakes a punch to then club, but Suzuki just gets mad. He toys with Suzuki more, but Suzuki boots him down. Suzuki dares Naito to get back up as he goes to the ropes. Naito chooses not to, so Suzuki returns the toying kicks.
Naito sits up with every kick, a smile on his face. Suzuki drags Naito up, and Naito goes after the eyes! Naito spits on Suzuki, then throws hands. Suzuki eggs Naito on, so Naito whips him corner to corner. Naito runs in but Suzuki puts him on the apron. Suzuki blocks Naito’s punch and catches it into a hanging triangle! Red Shoes counts, and Suzuki lets go at 4. Suzuki then goes to the apron, and Penalty Kicks Naito down. Fans applaud while Suzuki goes down to drag Naito up, and whip him into barriers! Naito hits hard, and tumbles over to the outside. Suzuki barges through the gate and then rips apart the hard plastic railings to SMACK Naito with it!
Then Suzuki throws a chair down on Naito! Then another! Suzuki apparently takes offense at one of the young lions, and boots said young lion into the crowd! Red Shoes tells Suzuki to bring this back to the ring. Suzuki uncovers Naito, to then wrap and wrench his arm in other railings. Red Shoes reprimands Suzuki, then argues with him! Suzuki releases Naito while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns to Suzuki prowling outside the ring. Suzuki drags Naito up and over to the ring, but Naito fights back. The 20 count passes 15, but Suzuki knees Naito low to reenter the ring. Naito reenters at 19, saving the match. Suzuki drags Naito up for a kick to the back, then scowls at the fans cheering for Naito. He kicks Naito in the chest, but fans only cheer stronger. Suzuki kicks and kicks, and kicks again. He scowls but Naito still sits up. Suzuki drags Naito up into a cravat hold, then snapmares for another kick tot he back. Cover, TWO, and fans applaud. Suzuki goes after an arm now, twisting the wrist and fingers in all directions, then down to the elbow for a mounted hammerlock. Suzuki grabs a leg to add a Half Crab into it.
Naito is bent in all directions, but doesn’t give up, so Suzuki lets him go to stomp him out. Suzuki toys with Naito, but Naito keeps grinning. Suzuki brings Naito up for a knee to the chin, but Naito keeps smiling. Naito takes another stiff knee, but sits up again. Suzuki actually welcomes that. Naito stands up and chops Suzuki, but Suzuki kicks back. Naito rakes the eyes, and spits, but Suzuki clubs him back. Suzuki knees then whips but Naito reverses and runs Suzuki over. Naito adds a dropkick, brings Suzuki up for a neckbreaker, then poses. Fans rally for “Naito! Naito!” as he brings Suzuki up. He whips Suzuki to a corner then sets the legs sideways, for a draping neckbreaker! Naito keeps going with a standing neckbreaker, then adds another dropkick to the back.
Suzuki clutches his neck and head while Naito stands. Naito digs his heel into Suzuki as he poses. Suzuki swats him away and sits up, eyes wild with anger. Suzuki stands up, and grins with Naito, to then unleash body shots. He whips Naito corner to corner and boots him, then snapmares to Penalty Kick. And another! And another! Cover, TWO, but Suzuki keeps his focus. Now Suzuki grinds his heel into Naito’s face, then stands him up. Naito suddenly hits a tornado DDT! Suzuki clutches his neck again, but both men are down. They slowly stand up, and Suzuki dares Naito to hit him. Naito does, so Suzuki gives back. Naito gives a forearm, so Suzuki winds up for one of his own. Suzuki staggers Naito with that one, but Naito comes back with a chop.
Suzuki gives another strong forearm, and Naito staggers again. Naito chops again, but Suzuki gives another sharp forearm. Suzuki wants Naito to keep hitting him, so Naito chops again. Suzuki rocks Naito with another forearm, and Naito sits down. Naito shakes the cobwebs out while Suzuki trash talks. Naito chops, Suzuki forearms. Suzuki gives more forearms, then whips, but Naito hits a leaping forearm! Naito stands up, runs in, but Suzuki blocks the kick to go after the knee. Suzuki runs but into an atomic drop, and Naito hits the kick. Suzuki sits down, and Naito hits the swinging dropkick!
Naito gets up and drags Suzuki to his feet. Suzuki knows Naito is bringing him to the top rope, so Suzuki grabs Red Shoes! Naito gives up on the lift, and Suzuki shoves Red Shoes away. Naito tries again, and climbs up to the top with Suzuki. Suzuki grabs Naito’s leg for a hanging heel hook!
Naito endures as Suzuki uses gravity to help pull that knee. Red Shoes recovers and counts, Suzuki lets go at 4, but the damage has been done. Naito clutches his knee while Red Shoes checks on him. Suzuki returns and stomps the knee. Red Shoes wants Suzuki to back up, but Suzuki argues with him again. Suzuki won’t let up, he stomps the knee even as Red Shoes checks. Suzuki stands on the bad knee, but Naito won’t give up. Fans rally for Naito, and Red Shoes backs Suzuki up. Naito rolls to ropes and Red Shoes checks on him, but Suzuki just grins as he looms over them. Suzuki kicks the bad leg, then stomps it, toying with Naito like a cat with a mouse. Naito sits up and Suzuki kicks him more.
Naito crawls but Suzuki moves Red Shoes aside to bring Naito up. Suzuki kicks and kicks, then wraps the leg into a kneebar! Naito endures, but Suzuki has it grape-vined. Suzuki even traps the far leg while twisting the heel. Naito screams in pain but Suzuki only makes it worse. Naito drags himself and Suzuki over, and gets the ropebreak! Suzuki lets go, but he comes right back. He kicks Naito’s leg, then drops elbows on it. Suzuki goes into the Figure Four! Naito endures the legendary hold, but fans rally for him. Suzuki puts as much pressure on the legs as he can, but Naito refuses to quit. Naito rolls and drags towards ropes, screaming in pain, and gets another ropebreak. Suzuki lets go again, but he has complete control as we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and Suzuki throws Naito’s bad leg onto the mat. Suzuki toys with Naito again, but Naito slowly stands. Naito goes to kick, but Suzuki blocks and lifts him, only for Naito to turn it into a DDT! Suzuki and Naito stand, Naito enziguris Suzuki to a corner. Naito hobbles over, climbs up, and turns Suzuki around for the inverted tornado DDT. Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Naito, and Naito drags Suzuki back up. Naito wrenches the arm, and tilt-o-whirls, but Suzuki slams him down and puts the Kneebar back on! Suzuki even manages a headlock in it!
Naito reaches with his one free limb, but Suzuki shifts back to just the kneebar. Naito drags them both around again, but Suzuki breaks to drag him away. Suzuki puts the kneebar back on, and now Naito is stranded. Naito sits up, but Suzuki uses a leg to sit him back down. Naito goes back towards ropes but Suzuki stands with an ankle lock to drag him away. Suzuki drops down to grape-vine, and we’re back to the kneebar. Red Shoes checks on Naito, but Naito keeps conscious. Suzuki laces his legs into a figure four, then goes after the heel hook. Fans rally for Naito as Naito sits up and shouts at Suzuki. Naito drags himself around again, but Suzuki lets go to drag him back! Suzuki returns to the kneebar all over again.
Naito won’t give up, even though Suzuki wrenches and twists his leg in all directions. Naito grabs Red Shoes to keep himself from tapping. Suzuki goes for the heel hook, but Naito uses that opening to roll and roll, to the ropebreak! Suzuki lets go again, and fans continue to rally for Naito. Naito slowly stirs, but Suzuki is waiting for him to stand. Suzuki drags Naito up and gives body shots and quick palm strikes even. Then he grabs Naito in a sleeper hold! Naito flails and reaches, but Suzuki keeps him away. Red Shoes checks, and Naito is fading. They sit down, but fans aren’t giving up on Naito. Naito turns a bit purple as Red Shoes checks on him more. Naito revives, and uses that second wind to stand. Suzuki spins him around, but Naito uses that spin to spin Suzuki into a neckbreaker!
Both men are down now, both tired and sore from this battle. Fans rally for Naito again, but Suzuki is stalking him with that sinister grin. Suzuki brings Naito up, but Naito strikes first with slapping palm strikes! Naito staggers Suzuki, but keeps slapping! Sweat flies off Suzuki with every shot, but then Suzuki kicks Naito’s leg out. Suzuki drags Naito up into the sleeper again, then goes to judo throw him. Naito lands on his feet, and lifts Suzuki into a brainbuster! Fans fire up and Naito hobbles over. He brings Suzuki up, wrench and tilt-o-whirl, Destino!
Cover, Naito wins!!
Winner: Naito, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Intercontinental Champion
Tranquilo prevails as Naito defeats Suzuki! Naito has the title back, but his body went through so much to do it. Naito’s team comes out to celebrate the night with him. LIJ now has two titles under their possession with EVIL & SANADA retaining their titles. Suzuki is helped out of the ring while we go to break.
Red Shoes raises Naito’s hand.
The new champion is clearly too exhausted and sore to celebrate properly. Suzuki himself is too sore and tired to go past ringside. Hiromu Takahashi helps Naito, and Naito has a proper moment of his hand held up high. Suzuki staggers up to his feet and shoves the young lions away. He doesn’t want their help, even if he’s falling against railings and such. Back in the ring, Naito staggers to his feet, mic in his hand.
“Buenas Noches, Kumamoto!” Naito knows “it’s been about two years and five months since New Japan had an event in Kumamoto.” It’s been a long time since fans here saw LIJ. This premium pro-wrestling experincing was enjoyable, yes? Fans cheer to confirm. Naito knows that two years ago, “something terrible happened here in Kumamoto.” Many people bear the scars. So Naito has to tell them, that it is important to not give up. But the desire and will to change and the courage to take the first step is also important. that’s why LIJ uses pro-wrestling to inspire everyone to have that courage. Fans applaud in appreciation for that.
Naito continues to say that the next time they’re in Kumamoto, they can expect “an even better version of LIJ!” In other words, “until we meet again, Tranquilo! Chill out.” Naito thanks all their fans for their support, and this is the finale of tonight’s event. Furthermore, they will do their victory chant. Please shout with them to your heart’s content! “EVIL, Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, and Naito, we are… Los Ingobernables de Japon!” With more gold in their possession, is it only a matter of time before they are THE top faction in NJPW?
Suzuki staggers around, and a young lion still tries to assist him. “Well, well, well…” Suzuki says this is only the beginning for him and Naito. “Don’t think you’ll get off so lightly.” He then staggers back out, knocking part of the set over on purpose.
Naito comments that today’s title match comes about a year after he and the Intercontinental Championship “broke up.” But now, they’re “back together.” Naito’s feelings haven’t changed, he still has “no use for this belt.” And the same goes for the title. But until next time, hasta luego. Is Naito only champion so that he can say he’s better than Suzuki? And will Suzuki come back to take back the belt Naito doesn’t even like?
This was another great hour of action, with really only one-and-a-half matches. I do wish we got a bit more of LIJ VS KES, but the ending is naturally the best part. EVIL & SANADA make a great duo, as do Archer & Davey Boy, but LIJ is so strong that it might take more than just 2v2 to defeat them. Hiromu & Bushi have been on the other end of this same LIJ VS Suzuki-Gun battle, but it might only be a matter of time for them to take the Jr. Tag Team Championships. Suzuki VS Naito is rightfully the meat of the show, though, and the story between them was a great part of it. Naito was rebellious as ever, but he shows he has grit and guts. Naito leading LIJ has made it one, if not the, top group, and I’m sure more great things are yet to come.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (5/19/18)
ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 348
Two major matches worthy of Pay-Per-View, but ROH TV brings them to you for free! First, The Franchise, Jay Lethal, looks to settle with Punishment Martinez. Can Lethal make up for his previous loss? Then, a huge Six Man Tag of SoCal Uncensored VS The Bullet Club’s Cody, Page & Scurll with possible title implications!
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- Jay Lethal VS Punishment Martinez; Lethal wins.
- Shane Taylor VS Joey “Diesel” Daddiego; no contest.
- Six Man Tag: SoCal Uncensored VS The Bullet Club’s Cody, Hangman Page & Marty Scurll; Bullet Club wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jay Lethal VS Punishment Martinez!
ROH’s Franchise Player wants to get back to the top, but to do that, he seeks to undo the losses he’s suffered. First up is the Reincarnation of the Purple Mist, the monstrous Martinez. Martinez has heard of Lethal’s “agenda”, but he has one, too. “And that’s to leave you laying at my feet again when I take you South… of Heaven.” Can Lethal avenge his loss and take another step towards the ROH World Championship?
Martinez doesn’t wait for a bell, he rushes right at Lethal! Lethal dodges Martinez’s boot, then the clothesline, to clothesline Martinez out of the ring. The bell sounds, and fans chant for Lethal. Lethal builds speed and Martinez hops up to the apron, but Lethal dropkicks him right back off! Lethal keeps going, and DIVES!
Martinez hits barriers but Lethal gets back in, to DIVE again! Lethal keeps going, he gets the Trinity! But he’s not done, he gets a fourth! And a fifth! And a sixth! The fans in Pittsburgh are thunderous as Lethal returns to the ring once more, for lucky number seven! Fans chant “Lethal! Lethal!” and the Franchise soaks it all up. Martinez clutches his leg on the ground while Lethal catches his breath. Lethal fetches Martinez into the ring, then goes after that bad leg with kicks. Lethal goes after the leg with elbow drops and wrenching, then kicks away at it. Martinez limps to a corner but Lethal bumps him off buckles. Lethal chops Martinez, but Martinez shoves him away to then clobber with a discus clothesline. Martinez evens things up while we go to break.
ROH returns and Lethal goes after Martinez’s leg again. Lethal DDT’s the foot, then covers, ONE. Martinez checks his knee but Lethal puts him in a corner. Lethal uses the ropes to wrench the leg, but backs off at 4. Lethal stomps away on the leg, but Martinez rocks him with a right. Martinez tries to turn things around, but Lethal comes back with haymakers and chops. Martinez glares at Lethal, so Lethal goes after the leg again. Lethal brings Martinez out via that leg, then chops again, but Martinez still glares. Lethal elbows the knee, then goes around, for the Figure Four, but Martinez powers him away. Martinez manages to stand but Lethal is on him again with body shots. Lethal clubs Martinez, but Martinez rocks him back with an uppercut and a stiff right.
Martinez runs in for the back elbow, then hits the spinning clothesline and roaring right. He drags Lethal up, then drops him with a sidewalk slam. Cover, TWO. Fans rally for Lethal, but Martinez drags him up. Martinez whips, but Lethal kicks him away, only for Martinez to fire back with the spinning roundhouse. The bad knee keeps Martinez from making the cover, and fans rally up for Lethal. Martinez gets up and limps over to Lethal, then goes to a corner. He climbs up, but Lethal stands up to trip him up. Lethal clubs that knee while positioning Martinez, then runs to dropkick the knee. Lethal climbs up now, but Martinez resists the superplex. Martinez powers out and ear claps Lethal back. Martinez knocks Lethal down with a right, then slowly adjusts, for the flying windmill kick!
The bad knee makes that move a tad double-edged, but Martinez still covers, TWO! Martinez keeps his cool while he stands up. He drags Lethal up, then whips, but Lethal dodges to then catch Martinez into a facelock. Martinez blocks the suplex, but Lethal keeps trying. Lethal gets Martinez up, up, and over! Fans applaud while both men are down from exhaustion. Martinez stands first while we go to another break.
ROH returns again, and Lethal gets the Figure Four! Martinez endures the pain while fans chant “Tap! Tap!” Martinez reaches, drags himself, and gets the ropebreak. Lethal lets go, but then kick that bad leg. He brings Martinez up, then handsprings, but into a full nelson throw! Martinez runs and curb stomps Lethal down! Cover, TWO! Martinez is surprised, but fans chant for Lethal. Martinez drags Lethal up again, then hoists him to the top rope. He rocks Lethal with a right, then hobbles around before climbing up. Fans rally again, but Martinez grabs Lethal’s throat. Lethal fights back, going after the leg. Martinez tries again, but Lethal keeps fighting back. Lethal bumps Martinez’s head right off the buckle, and fans fire up. Lethal adjusts, and leaps for Hail to the King!
Cover, TWO! Lethal is surprised, but he keeps his cool. Lethal stands up first and kicks Martinez, then again. Martinez kicks back, then lifts Lethal in a torture rack. The leg gives out and Lethal slips off. Lethal trips Martinez, and goes for the Figure Four again! But Martinez clutches Lethal’s throat. Lethal breaks free, and dodges one punch. Martinez spins, but his leg gives out again. SUPERKICK from Lethal! Then, handspring for the Lethal Injection!
Cover, Lethal wins!
Winner: Lethal, by pinfall
The Franchise gets even with Martinez and crosses off one name from his list. Who will Lethal look to go after next on his #RoadBacktoGlory?
The WOH Champion has her first challenger.
Sumie Sakai won the inaugural Women of Honor Championship Tournament to then become THE inaugural Women of Honor Champion. However, the returning Jenny Rose made it clear that she wants to be Sumie’s first opponent as champion. Sumie doesn’t want to fight Jenny, because they’re friends, but if it’s over the title, she will. Sumie wants this to be a friendly bout, but Jenny doesn’t seem so concerned about that. The ROH WOHC is on the line next week, will the inaugural champion stay champion by the end?
Shane Taylor VS Joey “Diesel” Daddiego!
Joey D returns to ROH! “Everybody has to get up and go to work everyday. Some of us just work that much harder than everybody else.” And if Joey does that here in ROH, it won’t matter who he’s up against, he can run through them! However, the Notorious Hitman isn’t just anyone. Taylor has made it his mission to expel all the dead weight from ROH so that he can get that money. Which man’s mission will destroy the other’s?
The bell rings and Taylor swings on Joey. Joey ducks, and throws body shots. Joey bobs and weaves on Taylor, but he can’t lift him. Taylor clubs Joey and rocks him with a stiff forearm. Taylor catches Joey, then trash talks him before giving him the sit-out choke slam bomb! He adds on a body splash, then covers, TWO! And Taylor is shocked. Joey gets to a corner, and fans rally up for him. Taylor is slightly amused now, and runs in, but misses the cannonball! Joey gets up, and throws hands on Taylor. Joey shows why he’s a Golden Gloves winner, but Taylor shoves him away. Taylor misses, but Joey connects! Joey tries to lift Taylor again, and does! He slams Taylor with the Daddiego Valley Driver!
Cover, TWO! Taylor rolls away but Joey follows him out. Joey comes running in, but the Drive-by Dropkick is intercepted by the One Hitter Quitter! Taylor drags Joey up and throws him into barriers. Taylor rocks Joey with another OHQ, then puts Joey into another barrier. The referee checks on Joey, but Taylor dares Joey to get up again. Taylor throws his own body shots and right hands, then sits a chair up. He sits Joey in the chair, then gets another chair. Taylor grins, and sits that other chair down. Taylor says he gave Joey a chance, before ramming forearm after forearm into Joey’s face. He sets Joey across the two chairs, with bad intentions in mind. Taylor backs off, and climbs up onto the apron, for a FLYING SPLASH!
Pittsburgh is thunderous after that. Joey is somehow conscious and moving, but the referees insist Taylor stay back. Taylor takes a ref, and Choke Slams him!!
That’s money down the drain for the Hitman. But Taylor doesn’t seem to care, as he threatens the other ref to keep this match going. The referee seems unwilling, so Taylor threatens him. A security staff rushes out to try and talk Taylor down, but Taylor only takes him and throws him in an exploder. Taylor sees another security staff, and hits him with the choke slam bomb! The third security staff tries but only gets the sit-out driver, the same move Taylor used on Ryan Nova. Taylor is a monster, but this match is over.
Is there anyone in ROH who can stop the rampage of the Notorious Shane Taylor?
Cody & Brandi Rhodes speak.
Cody’s ready. He is ready for tonight’s main event, as Bullet Club’s “Luxury Trio” take on SoCal Uncensored. And after they win, Cody has some news. It’s a secret, it’s a surprise, and he knows Scurll isn’t around, but… Well maybe Brandi can say what it is. Nevermind, Cody… No, Brandi. Nevermind, Cody goes ahead and says it: “At Best in the World, I am going to be taking my rematch against the ROH World Champion, Dalton Castle.” Cody compliments Brandi on a “good job”. Mr. & Mrs. American Nightmare are smiling now, but will The Villain be smiling when he hears the news?
ROH’s Enforcer has gone too far.
Bully Ray came into this company as a welcomed addition, whose experience and wisdom in the business was an asset. However, Bully has let his personal opinion grow into a grudge against all the “young boys” coming in. Bully crossed a line when he assaulted then terminated two young stars last week, and Cheeseburger came out to tell him to his face, “You’re a piece of sh*t.” Cheeseburger would get a choke slam for it, but Joe Koff would step up next. Koff was warned but still kept Bully around, and now he knows. Koff terminated Bully as the Enforcer, but Bully decided to come out of retirement! Will Bully take his grudge into the ring? Will Cheeseburger be able to get retribution?
Is the Bullet Club really Fine?
The Young Bucks were almost ROH World Tag Team Champions again, but The Briscoes resorted to chair shots and beat downs to retain. However, the beating went on longer than expected, as Bullet Club members were slow to respond. Hangman Page ran into an ambush, as did Flip Gordon. Scurll was a no show, and Cody showed up too late to be of use, as he also got a beating. #DemBoyz are still champions, will they soon conquer all of ROH?
Six Man Tag: SoCal Uncensored VS The Bullet Club’s Cody w/ Bernard the Business Bear, Hangman Page & Marty Scurll!
To add to the question “Is Bullet Club Fine?”, the three members of this #LuxuryTrio don’t even arrive together. The American Nightmare, his Problem Solver and his Villain are the more unified combination of Bullet Club, but can they hold it together to defeat a truly cohesive Almighty Daniels, Heavy Metal Rebel and California Closer?
Fans chant for Bullet Club as the teams sort out. Cody and Scorpio Sky start, and they tie up at the bell. Scorpio gets behind but Cody wrenches Scorpio’s arm into a shoulder breaker. Scorpio gets to the ropes, and Cody honors the break with a cartwheel. Fans applaud and Cody grins. Cody and Scorpio tie up again but Scorpio kicks low and snap suplexes Cody down. Fans boo and jeer, and Cody kicks back for the falling uppercut. Cody wrenches the arm, then suplexes Scorpio up. Cody shows off some strength, and fans fire up as he gordbusters Scorpio down. The Bullet Club is doing fine so far while we go to break.
ROH returns, and Daniels has Scurll trapped in the headscissors. However, Scurll headstands, and claps his legs together as fans “Woop! Woop!” for him. Scurll pops out and pats Daniels’ head before strutting away. Daniels is furious but the fans are thunderous for the cheeky Villain. Fans chant “Marty! Marty!” but Daniels doesn’t want ot hear it. Scurll winds up and… Tags to Hangman! Fans chant “Hangman! Hangman!” but Kaz wants in. Daniels tags, and this old grudge returns. Kaz rushes at Hangman but Hangman arm-drags him, then hip tosses him. Hangman goes for legs but Kaz shoves him away. Kaz arm-drags Hangman, then hip tosses him, but now Hangman shoves Kaz away. Hangman gets the headlock takeover, but Kaz the headscissors, Hangman pops out. Kaz gets the takeover, Hangman just misses the headscissors, but the fans applaud this stalemate.
Hangman and Kaz start throwing hands! They speed up, fast and furious, and fans love it. Hangman gets the edge, but turns into a forearm. Kaz runs, but into Hangman’s roaring elbow! Hangman and Kaz run and collide with clotheslines, but neither falls. Kaz runs in but Hangman dodges to take out Scorpio. Hangman then turns Kaz around, scoops him up, but has to drop him as Daniels runs in. Hangman kicks Daniels, then uses him for the Dropsault! TWO, but Hangman keeps his cool. Hangman tags to Cody, Cody springboards in for the missile dropkick. Fans chant “Cody! Cody!” and he teases Kaz. Cody kicks low, then whips but Kaz kicks low. Kaz then hits Hangman just because, and dodges Cody from the corner. Cody puts Kaz on the apron, then back elbows Kaz. Cody goes for the Beautiful Disaster, but Kaz ducks and the kick goes into Scurll!
Scurll goes down and Daniels grabs Cody for a Blue Thunder Bomb. Kaz rains down rights, then brings Cody into the SCU corner. Tag to Daniels, and Daniels whips Cody into a calf kick. The one and only ROH Grand Slam Champion chokes Cody on the mat with both hands. He lets up at 4, then tags to Scorpio. Scorpio lifts Cody into a backbreaker, then covers, TWO. Scorpio scrapes Cody’s face then tags back to Daniels. Daniels and Scorpio double whip Cody corner to corner, then Daniels hits the forearm smash. Daniels hoists Cody up to the top rope, then gives a palm strike. Kaz adds a bicycle kick, then Scorpio the SUPER Steiner. Daniels covers, TWO, but puts Cody in a chinlock while we go to one last break.
ROH returns once again, and fans rally for Cody. Daniels has Cody in a facelock, but Cody fights his way over to his corner. Daniels knees low, then hits Hangman for good measure. Scurll hits Daniels back, but Daniels and Cody hit with double clotheslines. Both men are down and fans rally for Cody. Cody and Daniels crawl, hot tags to Scorpio and Scurll! The Villain rallies, throwing hands and stomps in a corner. Scurll stomps a serious mudhole, and the fans are loving it. Kaz comes in, and kicks low. Kaz mocks the wing flaps, but falls for the feint. Scurll kicks Kaz out of the ring, but Scorpio clubs Scurll. Scorpio runs, but into a drop toehold from Cody, Scurll adds a basement dropkick. Hangman adds the standing shooting star, and fans fire up all over again.
Scurll takes aim at Scorpio, goes to the apron, SUPERKICK. Scurll slips into the ring but Daniels tosses him out, to then hit the Arabian Press moonsault. But Cody climbs and FLIES! Cody wipes them out but then Kaz slingshots for the huricanrana. But Hangman hits the Shooting Star tackle! Bullet Club regroups, but Scorpio FLIES! Scorpio wipes them and even Kaz out, but that isn’t the end. Daniels climbs up, but Cody pursues. They brawl up top, and Cody resists Daniels’ attempts, to then SUPERPLEX Daniels onto everyone else!!
Everyone goes down but the fans are thunderous once again. Fans chant “ROH! ROH!” while the Villain crawls after the Fallen Angel. The ring count climbs high, and luckily it’s a 20 count. The count passes 13 but no one is back in the ring. It reaches 18, but only now does anyone stand. They all get in at 19.5! Scurll fires up, and stands with Daniels. Daniels and Scurll go back and forth with haymakers, then Scurll hits a European Uppercut. Scurll takes Daniels’ fingers and… Eye poke from Daniels, then an STO!
Daniels fires up whiel fans jeer, but he ends up in Hangman’s powerbomb. Hangman rushes at Kaz, but Kaz puts him on the apron to then slingshot cutter. Kaz rushes Cody, but Cody goes up and over to then hti the spinning powerslam. Cody spots Scorpio, but runs into a shoulder, and a slingshot cutter of Scorpio’s. Scorpio rocks Scurll with a knee lift, but finds himself reeled into a pumphandle brainbuster. Scurll fires up and calls for the end. He gets the fans worked up, does the spin and “Chicken Wing!” But Scorpio backs Scurll into buckles. Daniels returns, as does Kaz. Hangman tags in before The Addiction double whip Scurll. Scurll dodges The Addiction, and Hangman gets a Double Buckshot!
Scorpio catches Hangman into a cradle, TWO. Scorpio kicks low but misses the other kick, and ends up in Cody’s “Din’s Fire” vertabreaker!
Hangman jackknifes Scorpio up into the Rite of Passage!
Cover, Bullet Club wins!
Winners: Bullet Club (Cody, Scurll & Page), Page pinning
Bullet Club is fine enough to win, but the SCU are sore losers, and they attack from behind with Scurll’s umbrella in a low blow on Page! Daniels clobbers Cody on his own, but Scurll returns to take his umbrella back and use it. However, he swings at Daniels, who dodges, and hits Cody!!
Bullet Club is left in a state of shock as ROH goes off the air. Will Bullet Club be fine after being left speechless?
A great hour of action for ROH, everything was entertaining and important to story. Lethal VS Martinez was a great opening, and definitely had story and action worthy of a PPV. Lethal wins to keep that mission of his alive, and if it’s about making up for losses, I hope that means he goes after Silas Young, and even goes after the ROH World TV title as part of it. Great to see Joey Diesel back, but wow was it to make him a sacrifice to Taylor. Taylor ups his Monster Heel status with everything, but still great for Joey that he was still moving after that chair splash spot. Joey might be Taylor’s true opponent in this story of his, and another go would be fun to watch. Good plugs for Briscoes, Bully and WOH, can’t wait to see what’s next for those.
The Bullet Club is (Not) Fine story continues to grow and evolve between both ROH and NJPW. This tension between Cody and Scurll over wanting the World Championship is great stuff, and the Six Man Tag really played on that. The Six Man Tag was a great match in itself, but adding the story element of Cody accidentally kicking Scurll, paralleled by Scurll accidentally hitting Cody, made it even greater. Hangman continues to rise as a star, but the real story will be whether Cody and Scurll come to blows over challenging Dalton Castle. My guess would be that they do, and winner moves on to challenge Castle. Or it ends up a Triple Threat and that in itself brings Cody and Scurll to blows, which could cost them both the title.
My Score: 8.5/10
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