Lucha Underground, Season 4, Episode 1: “El Jefe”
It’s time to return to the Temple! A lot happened in Season 3, and a lot has changed in the time off. No more Prince Puma, but long live Pentagon Dark as THE Lucha Underground Champion! Who will step up to the Bone Collector’s throne? Which stars will return and what new stars will emerge to fight for honor and glory?
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- Lucha Underground Championship Aztec Warfare: Pentagon Dark wins and retains the Lucha Underground Championship.
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El Rey reviews Lucha Underground Season 3!
Dario Cueto was in prison after Season 2, but he was bailed out by a higher and darker power. They gave him the Gauntlet of the Gods to put up as a prize. In the end, The Machine Called Cage won it. Cage grew stronger, but also grew more insane and violent. Cueto started to doubt he chose the right man, and his doubts were justified when Cage KILLED Councilman Delgado! But he had a back-up plan: have The Machine take on the Man of 1000 Deaths and the Death Machine in an Elimination Triple Threat for the Gauntlet. And in the end, Mil Muertes would win! Only for King Cuerno to return and snatch the prize away! The King of Hunters now holds the Gauntlet of the Gods, but will Muertes come back for revenge?
Meanwhile, The Mack, Killshot and Dante Fox would earn a shot at the Lucha Underground Trios Championships. The only problem is that Killshot and Dante Fox hate each other, stemming from Killshot leaving Fox behind in a war zone. However, fighting along side each other brought the brothers in arms together, and this new Trio WON! The Reptile Tribe is reeling, who will challenge The Mack, Killshot & Fox this season? And, Pentagon Dark, now independent from his master, Vampiro, vowed to become THE champion. He would first win the Gift of the Gods Championship, and use it to rob Prince Puma of both title AND LU career! Cueto felt he had won over his superiors, but no. They would leave him for dead, promising “new management” would take his place.
Dario Cueto IS dead!
El Jefe lies in a casket at his funeral. No one else bothers to show up, besides Agent Winter and a certain someone. “Us Cuetos were always better at making enemies than friends.” Antonio is all set, with full control of Lucha Underground. But one issue: ever since “those gangbangers” shot his son, the Temple cannot be used for the promotion. “As long as the sacred seal is in the ring, The Temple can be anywhere.” Antonio has a place. “This will be my new Temple.” Good, but remember. It’s just a cover. Don’t forget the true objective. Dario made many mistakes, but his father won’t repeat them.
Supposedly, Dario tried calling him for help. Is that true? Yes. How ironic, wanting help from the man who ordered his hit. “Dario was always the weak one.” That’s why Matanza is a god. Well, the roster awaits. “Have fun, and be ready”, because “our friend in the limo will be coming for war before you know it.” Daddy’s back, and he has the key to the Monster. What will Antonio Cueto do now that he’s in charge?
The NEW Temple opens.
Melissa Santos asks the audience in attendance stand for a moment of silence for Dario Cueto, and 10 ringings of the bell. Some fans cry, but “hold on!” The only thing colder than this ice warehouse is this crowd! The fans boo the raggedy Antonio Cueto as he limps to the ring. Antonio introduces himself to those who do not know him, and explains that he’s the new owner. “This is MY Temple!” And he knocks down his son’s picture!
Fans boo him again. “Tonight, chances are, we will crown a new Lucha Underground Champion!” That gets fans to cheer again. Pentagon Dark will defend his title tonight! In a match that, despite what Dario said, is Antonio’s creation! Yes, it will be AZTEC WARFARE!! Fans really like that, because it’ll be NEXT.
Lucha Underground Championship Aztec Warfare!
Yes, one match with 20 luchadors, and it’s all for the title! Two wrestlers will start and compete to score a pinfall or submission elimination, but more competitors will be added as time goes on. Who will be the last luchador standing to hold up THE Lucha Underground Championship belt!?
Antonio personally asks Killshot and The Mack out to the ring first. They hold the three Trios Championship belts, but where is Dante Fox? Antonio makes sure they understand the Trios Champions themselves will be part of the Aztec Warfare match. All three of them! However, Antonio also notices Dante is MIA. Therefore, Mack and Killshot are entering first! Whichever luchador ends up #3, they’ll automatically replace Fox as their third partner! “Melissa, take it away.” Melissa makes the announcement and introductions, and the third man… SON OF HAVOC! Mack and Killshot don’t really like this, they just got on good terms with Fox. But the decision has been made, these three are now Trios Champions. And to get to know each other, they can beat the hell out of each other!
The match officially begins, and naturally it becomes 2v1 as Havoc fights off both Killshot and Mack. Havoc backs Mack into a corner then dumps Killshot out. Mack runs Havoc over, then speeds things up, and Havoc dropkicks Mack down. Killshot returns with the “Get Over Here!” then covers, TWO. The countdown begins, and #4 is… Joey Ryan! The Sleazy One returns to the Temple, chest hair and lollipop included. Joey enters the ring and stares down with Mack and Killshot. He pulls out handcuffs! Joey is doing what he did in the past: he cuffs himself to a rope so that no one can pin him. But then Mack just throws hands on his greasy body! Killshot whips Mack in for the splash, but we get #5: Mr. Pectacular, Jessie Godderz! The former Impact World Tag Team Champion makes his LU debut!
Killshot and Mack wait for Jessie to enter, but Havoc returns to get dropkick’d down! Jessie is all fired up, but Killshot boots him right down! Havoc adds a handspring back elbow, then Mack adds a BIG hip attack senton! But then Killshot rolls up his pal! Killshot ELIMINATES The Mack!! But all is fair in love and Aztec Warfare, so hopefully Mack doesn’t stay mad long. #6 comes in, and it’s the Lucha Underground Champion himself, PENTAGON DARK! The Bone Collector is already in the match this early, but he welcomes that because he has #CeroMiedo! Pentagon heads down the stairs while we go to break.
Lucha Underground returns, and Pentagon rallies as he Slingblades Havoc, Killshot and Jessie Godderz in a row. Joey Ryan begs for mercy, but Pentagon looks to the fans. Joey un-cuffs himself, and sucker punches Pentagon! It doesn’t do a thing, so Joey goes back to begging for mercy. Pentagon hits him with a Package Piledriver! Cover, Pentagon ELIMINATES Joey Ryan! Joey slides out while Havoc comes in. Havoc goes after Pentagon, then Killshot comes in to roll Havoc! TWO, and Pentagon gives Killshot a Package Piledriver! Havoc hits the Shooting Star, cover, Havoc ELIMINATES Killshot! Seems the Trios Champions are far from friends. #7 enters, it’s TOMMY DREAMER!! The House of Hardcore Soldier is in The Temple! And he’s ready for a fight!
Dreamer brings in some friends, aka chairs, kendo sticks, trash cans, and more. Jessie goes after Pentagon but Pentagon kicks him away. Pentagon runs and SUPERKICKS Jessie, to then cover. While Dreamer SMACKS Havoc with a cookie sheet, Pentagon ELIMINATES Mr. Pectacular. Dreamer grabs a kendo stick and fans are going wild for the ECW Original. Pentagon stares down with Dreamer and takes off his glove to properly introduce Dreamer to #CeroMiedo. Dreamer swings, Pentagon dodges, but Dreamer blocks to then kendo SMACK Pentagon on the leg! But now we get #8: Mariposa! The Monarch of the Moth Tribe returns while Pentagon smacks away on Dreamer.
Mari takes her time entering while Pentagon hops up top. Dreamer trips him up and puts him in the Tree of Woe, then he fetches a trash can. Dreamer places the can in front of Pentagon, but Mari is lurking. He tells her to wait, as he hits the basement dropkick on Pentagon! Mari waited, then she clobbers him! She SMACK SMACKS SMACKS away on both Dreamer and Pentagon with the kendo stick, but Havoc returns. Havoc gets a jab and a SMACK, then more SMACKS. Dreamer slides out while Pentagon gets up. Pentagon aims at Dreamer and slingshots, only for Dreamer to SMACK him out of the air with another kendo stick.
Dreamer tells fans to clear out while Mari throws Havoc. Havoc handsprings back to hit Mari with a lethal cutter! Dreamer fights with Pentagon on the stairs, Havoc ELIMINATES Mariposa! The Moth didn’t last long, did she? Dreamer meanwhile pours out thumbtacks! He drags Pentagon over, but Pentagon resists the suplex. Pentagon boots Dreamer, then SPEARS him onto the tacks! The Believers lose their minds over that madness, but Pentagon just puts Dreamer in the ring. Pentagon stands up, for the double stomps! Pentagon ELIMINATES Dreamer just as we get #9: Vinnie Massaro! The Italian Meatball is here, and his pizza just arrived! Vinnie gives a thumbs up, but the pizza guy wants a tip. Here’s a tip: buzz off.
Fans sing to Vinnie, “Hey~ we want some pizza~!” But Vinnie is getting into the ring and takes off the robe. He grabs himself a slice, and even offers some to Pentagon. Pentagon instead gives Vinnie #CeroMiedo, shoves that slice in his mouth, and SUPERKICKS it down his throat! Pentagon then grabs the pizza box, sets the pizza down, Package Piledriver on the pizza!
Cover, Pentagon ELIMINATES Vinnie! Just in time for #10: Hernandez! Super-Mex returns to the Temple. And he swaggers down to the ring while Havoc and Pentagon fight. The pizza guy checks on Vinnie, but mostly to see if there’s money in his wallet.
Hernandez stands toe to toe with Pentagon, #CeroMiedo meeting 100% attitude. Hernandez SLAPS Pentagon down to the mat. But Pentagon gets up, and mule kicks Hernandez down! Pentagon then puts Hernandez in the Dark Armbar, and… SNAP goes his arm! Fans love it, Pentagon covers, and ELIMINATES Hernandez! Good-bye again, Super-Mex. Pentagon and Havoc go at it, wheelbarrow roll through to double stomps from Havoc to Pentagon. Cover, TWO! Pentagon runs, Havoc dodges but his handspring goes into the backstabber!
Cover, Pentagon ELIMINATES Havoc! At least now Havoc can work on his team building skills with Killshot and Mack. It’s time for #11: Johnny Mundo! Before Pentagon robbed Prince Puma, it was Johnny Mundo who held the LU Championship, and now he wants that belt back. #CeroMiedo goes to #SlamTown after the break.
Lucha Underground returns and Mundo throws hands while also pokes thumbs into Pentagon’s face. Mundo brings Pentagon up but Pentagon sharply chops Mundo! Fans want “Otra! Otra!” but Pentagon whips Mundo corner to corner instead. Mundo slips out to the apron and slides under, then out again to roundhouse Pentagon away. Mundo climbs while Pentagon goes down. He jumps, but has to bail out as Pentagon evades. Pentagon runs at Mundo, but into the standing Spanish Fly! Cover, TWO, and we get #12: no one? Well, the word is that it was Angelico, but he didn’t come out from the freezer. Mundo wants to know what’s going on, but here comes RICKY Mundo. Don’t forget, his birth name is Ricky Mantel, but he changed it to Ricky Mundo to be more like his hero. Though, that creepy doll…
Johnny Mundo brings Pentagon up and around, but Pentagon reverses into a backstabber! Ricky walks down the steps and talks to the doll, while Pentagon CHOPS Mundo. Ricky sets the doll down, then helps out his hero as he clubs Pentagon. Worldwide Underground works together to mug the champion, then coordinate for the powerslam neckbreaker. Johnny covers, TWO. Ricky ignores all that as he seems to be in a trance with his little friend in the corner… Johnny gets his attention, the Mundos need to work together. But then Ricky turns on Johnny! Roll up, TWO, and now Johnny is furious at his protege. Ricky apologizes, the doll said to do it. The doll? Forget that, Moonlight Drive! Cover, Johnny ELIMINATES Ricky! #13 comes out now, and it’s… Fenix! The Triple Crown Champion, the Bird of War, is here!
Fenix heads right to the ring but Mundo slips out with a grin. Pentagon turns Fenix around, but Fenix is ready with the wristlock and chop. Fenix uses Pentagon for balance as he jumps onto the ropes, but Mundo chops him! Fenix rebounds to enziguri Mundo and arm-drag Pentagon!
Only Fenix stands, as he runs in at Mundo. Mundo boots him away, then double wristlock, but Fenix pushes back to jump up. Fenix jumps and jumps, but Mundo jumps too, only for Fenix to throw him with a SUPER-rana! Mundo rolls all the way out, but fans fire up as Fenix FLIES!
Fenix wipes out Mundo and Pentagon! He brings Mundo up to throw him into railing, then brings up Pentagon into the ring. Fenix climbs up while out comes #14: Jeremiah Crane! The Lucha Death Machine emerges and heads for the ring. Fenix is ready, but Crane grabs himself a chair. Crane jabs into Fenix, then sits the chair down. “What goes up, must come down!” But Fenix fights out of the suplex to then turn the tables, “Animo!” But Crane counters to Falcon Arrow Fenix on the chair! Cover, TWO, and out comes #15: MIL MUERTES! And as always, Catrina is by his side, power stone in hand.
There is no love lost between the lovers of the Lady of Death, as they glare at each other the entire time Muertes heads down. Crane blows a kiss to his ex, then jabs a chair into Muertes’ face! But Muertes doesn’t budge. Muertes grabs and CHOKE SLAMS Crane! Pentagon returns but he gets clothesline’d, as do Fenix and Mundo. Muertes keeps going, and even SPEARS Fenix and Mundo in turn. Muertes powers up on the Aztec seal while fans are thunderous for him. Mundo stands, and Muertes grabs him with both hands, but Crane kicks out Muertes’ leg. SUPERKICK from Pentagon, bicycle kick from Crane, and Flying Chuck from Mundo! Muertes goes down, but Crane brings him up to feed to Fenix’s roundhouse in the corner. Fenix then springboards to DOUBLE STOMP Muertes!
Cover, Fenix ELIMINATES Muertes! Catrina is beside herself, then storms off as #16 enters. It’s Kobra Moon! No, wait, it’s her new knight of the Reptile tribe: DAGA! Daga heads down to fight on behalf of his Queen, and goes right for Fenix! Fenix and Daga speed things up, each going for tilt-o-whirl backbreakers only for the other to slip out of them. Daga hits a cutter! Mundo returns but Daga gets him with a suplex backbreaker. Daga runs and gives Mundo a blasting dropkick. Crane returns to throw Daga out, then we get #17: Chavo Guerrero Jr!? Dario Cueto banned Chavito back when he lost to Rey Mysterio, but it seems Antonio Cueto lifted that ban.
Chavo heads down and fans fire up for the lucha legend, and Crane is ready. Crane gives a thumbs down, but Pentagon says #CeroMiedo! Package Piledriver! Pentagon ELIMINATES Crane, but Chavo goes right at the champ with body shots. Chavo unloads, but Fenix comes in and pulls Chavo off Pentagon. Chavo counters with a knee, then suplexes Fenix up for the brainbuster. Cover, Chavo ELIMINATES Fenix?! Don’t call it an upset, but it is still surprising. Chavo goes right after Pentagon again, then whips him corner to corner. Pentagon reverses but Chavo dodges, and Pentagon hits the post. Pentagon tumbles out, and Chavo slingshots out onto him! Chavo fires up while Mundo and Daga are in the ring.
Mundo whips Daga corner to corner but Daga sticks out boots. Mundo blocks, then spins him to kick him. With Daga still on the ropes, Mundo runs and gives Daga a sliding German Suplex while also shoving Kobra Moon! Mundo climbs back up, and gives Daga Fin Del Mundo! Cover, Mundo ELIMINATES Daga while we get #18: King Cuerno! The King of Hunters is here and walks down to the ring while Chavo stomps a mudhole into Mundo. Pentagon sees Cuerno and goes right for him, but gets a roundhouse for it. Cuerno climbs up, but Chavo and Mundo head for him. Cuerno leaps and hits Mundo with a crossbody!
Chavo saved himself by ducking under, and lets Mundo go after Cuerno first. Cuerno dodges Mundo to give Chavo the tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Mundo runs back in, but into a big knee strike from Cuerno. Cuerno ducks Pentagon to then dropkick Pentagon down. Pentagon ends up out of the ring, and fans know what Cuerno has planned. Cuerno builds speed, for the Hunter’s Arrow DIVE! Direct hit, but now we get #19: Dragon Azteca Jr! The young dragon rises after being broken multiple ways, and he heads for the ring.
Azteca hotshots Chavo, then springboards at Mundo for the crossbody. He keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl satellite DDT! Azteca sees Pentagon, builds speed from corner to corner, and FLIES out onto Pentagon over the post! Azteca takes out Pentagon and the Temple is thunderous. But Kobra Moon returns, and summons VIBORA! It’s the infamous Luchasaurus, and though he’s not an official entrant, he goes after Mundo! He grabs Mundo for the Kaiju Choke Slam! Kobra grins, and Vibora gives Mundo the knee trigger while we get #20, the final entrant: Marty “The Moth” Martinez! The madman and “Creepy Bastard!” of the Moth Tribe returns, hoping to redeem his family from Mari’s failure.
Meanwhile, Kobra brings Mundo up for Vibora to scoop him, into a Tombstone piledriver! Marty marches his way down while the Reptiles leave him a present. Marty covers, and ELIMINATES Mundo! The Moth flaps his wings as Cuerno, Pentagon and Chavo recover, and we go to break.
Lucha Underground once more, and Cuerno dropkicks Marty out of the ring. Cuerno builds speed, but Chavo trips him up! Chavo drags Cuerno out, but backs down from the bigger man. Dragon Azteca dropkicks Cuerno down, then rallies the fans as he builds speed. But Chavo intercepts Azteca’s flight with a flying chair! Azteca goes down, and Chavo climbs up, but Cuerno shoves Chavo off the top! Chavo crashes and burns while Cuerno hits the Frog Splash on Azteca. Cover, Cuerno ELIMINATES Azteca! Cuerno, Chavo, Marty and Pentagon are your Final Four, and all four men take a corner to stare down with the rest.
Cuerno eggs Chavo on, and Chavo takes the bait. Chavo runs in, but into a roundhouse! Marty goes after Pentagon with fast hands. Cuerno climbs, but he has to leap over Marty. Pentagon enziguris Marty right out of the ring! Pentagon blocks and counters Cuerno, then mule kicks the leg out. He brings Cuerno up, and #CeroMiedo, for the springboard, but into Cuerno’s knee strike! Cuerno drags Pentagon back up into the fireman’s carry. He brings him to the seal, but Chavo kicks Cuerno in the huevos! Chavo drags Cuerno up and around, for the Gory Bomb! Cover, Chavo ELIMINATES Cuerno! Fans boo but Chavo is legitimately a Top Three finalist in Aztec Warfare.
Chavo and Pentagon stare down, then speed up. Pentagon fakes the Superkick to mule kick Chavo’s leg out, then runs to SUPERKICK his face! Cover, Pentagon ELIMINATES Chavo! But Marty is lurking nearby. He fires himself up, his manic madness the foil to Pentagon’s sinister sadism. Pentagon takes his other glove and CHOPS Marty hard!
But Marty grins, and gives away furious forearms. Marty runs, but into a SUPERKICK! He still stands, but he’s wobbly. Pentagon fires up, runs, but into the bicycle kick! Both men are dazed, but Marty runs and Pentagon follows. Marty dodges, and lifts Pentagon, fireman’s carry to TKO! Cover, TWO! And Marty is already frustrated. Fans are thunderous for “Cero Miedo!” while the champion stirs.
Marty takes aim from a corner, his madness reaching a fever pitch. He runs at Pentagon, CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO!! And Marty is shocked. Fans rally for Pentagon while Marty stalks him to a corner. Marty drags Pentagon up and whips him corner to corner. Marty follows but Pentagon goes up and over, for the backstabber! Pentagon covers, TWO! And now Pentagon is a bit surprised. Fans rally up again, and Pentagon kicks Marty sharply. Marty sits up, but Pentagon reminds him #CeroMiedo. Marty bits Pentagon’s fingers! Then he kicks Pentagon low, and prepares the underhook, for Butterfly’s Wings! Cover, TWO!! Marty knows he was close, but fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” and “This is Awesome!”
Marty waits for Pentagon as Pentagon drags himself up. He runs in corner to corner, and hits the splash. But then Pentagon boots Marty down! Pentagon hops up, flipping Destroyer piledriver! Then, Package Piledriver! Cover, Pentagon wins!!
Winner: Pentagon Dark, by pinfall; still Lucha Underground Champion
In a surprise opener to the season, and with no real preparation, the Dark Luchador succeeds in retaining his title in the most grueling match around. Fans chant for the triumphant Pentagon, but he’s not done yet! Pentagon drags Marty out to the center, puts him in the Dark Armbar, and SNAP goes the arm! Marty writhes and shouts in pain, but Antonio comes out to congratulate the champion. “After watching you suffer in this match, Dario would’ve probably made you defend your title against another competitor, right here right now.” But Antonio is much better than his son ever was. Next week, Pentagon will be in an even more violent match than this! It will be another Lucha Underground Championship defense against… “My only son,” The Monster, Matanza Cueto!! Will Pentagon still have #CeroMiedo after facing the Wrath of the Gods?!
What a great season premiere! Obviously the actor who was Dario Cueto is just made up like he’s in Undercover Boss to be Antonio Cueto, but pro-wrestling has always been about suspension of disbelief, especially here in Lucha Underground. Antonio already shows he’s more levelheaded than Dario, as he doesn’t waste any time doing what all great wrestling authority figures do. First, he more or less screws out Dante Fox by not having him in Aztec Warfare, nor letting him have a chance at staying Trios Champion. In reality, there might have been contract things, but in kayfabe this is probably going to be something never really resolved. Second, he cuts the talk and gets to the action with the single best match in Lucha Underground.
This one match went all night and it was amazing with all the returns, debuts and story going into it. That pizza guy taking money from Vinnie was a nice touch, too. Really great to see a good number of talent return, but don’t worry if someone didn’t show up here. Other stars like Drago, Aerostar and Sexy Star are sure to show up next week and the weeks after that. And it is clear the relationship of Lucha Underground and Impact Wrestling is going to influence both sides, as “Mr. Pectacular” makes his debut while crossover wrestlers like Hernandez, Crane/Callihan and Cuerno/Phantasma are here. I was really surprised to see Dreamer, I hope he shows up more. And lastly, Antonio makes sure to hype up next week, Matanza VS Pentagon itself could go all night if they wanted, as it could go either way.
My Score: 8.8/10
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4!
NXT takes over Brooklyn for a fourth time! With Aleister Black out of action, will this FINALLY settle things between Ciampa and Gargano?
- NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era VS Mustache Mountain; The Undisputed Era wins and retain the NXT Tag Team Championships.
- EC3 VS Velveteen Dream; Dream wins.
- NXT North American Championship: Adam Cole VS Ricochet; wins and
- NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane; wins and
- NXT Championship Last Man Standing Match: Tommaso Ciampa VS Johnny Gargano; wins and
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Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts & Pat McAfee are your NXT Kickoff Show panel!
Video interview with Ricochet.
The One and Only prepares to face Adam Cole for the NXT North American Championship. Does he feel any pressure going in? No, this moment is something he’s worked for 15 years. Ricochet has challenged Cole for this match but Cole has ducked him until now. THe King of Flight knows who Cole is, and Cole says he’s better. Ricochet knows Cole is on another level, and Ricochet isn’ ton that level. Ricochet is on the next level above them. The NXT NAC title represents not just the USA, but Mexico and Canada, at least. Is Cole a proper champion? Does Ricochet feel the pressure to represent? Ricochet feels the magnitude of this match as it’s his first 1v1 title match in NXT. He’s always exceeded expectations and overcome challenges, so he’ll just do what he does.
Ricochet says he’s better than the Undisputed Era, though he’s as world-traveled as they are. How long has he felt this way? It’s more a recent development, because the UE hide behind each other and their titles. Cole thinks he’s putting prestige on the belt, but Ricochet is going to show him what that’s really like once he becomes the new NXT NAC. There’s no limit to the confidence between Ricochet and Cole, who comes out on top when greatness collides?
GM William Regal joins the panel.
With the ambush attack on Aleister Black and no clear culprit, what does Regal know at this time? He knows that the Undisputed Era are in fact not the culprits. There is still so much to study and verify, but the panel will be the first people to know when he does. This mystery attacker, or attackers, disrupted TakeOver: Brooklyn 4, what will the punishment be? Regal has been in the business 35 years, but this is the hardest thing ever. He could lose a key member of the roster, who could have been something big in the business themselves. It changes the course of WWE History for no less than the next decade, as far as Regal can tell.
Does he worry about what Aleister Black will do when he comes back? Of course. But he has to be an authority figure, this is part of the job, although a stressful one. He put so much thought into what was the main event, but now things are completely different. Regal is more upset than flustered, especially on such an important night. Will he get to the bottom of this before the night is over?
History is Written by the Winners.
One moment changes everything. Johnny Wrestling is to blame for the Psycho Killer becoming THE NXT Champion. But just as both Gargano and Aleister Black were getting another shot, someone took out the Dutch Destroyer. The devious and the wicked are powered by their egos, but those very egos could be their downfall. One night, one moment to make history, whose NXT will this be when it’s all over?
NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era VS Mustache Mountain!
The Savior of the Backbreaker and the Killer of Arms are ready to show Tyler Bate & Trent Seven that the titles are staying this side of the pond once and for all. But if it happened once, it can happen again, will British Strong Style knock Undisputed Era off the Mustache Mountain?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin!
Fans are already dueling as Strong starts against Seven. They circle but O’Reilly distracts. Strong htis Bate then hits Seven. He chops and throws hands while O’Reilly tags in. O’Reilly keeps on Seven while Strong intercepts Bate. Bate and Strong brawl, then Strong throws Bate into Seven. Undisputed Era whip both Mustache Mountain, but both are reversed. The challengers dare the champions, and it’s a big brawl! Bops go up, in come Bang! Undisputed Era rolls out but Mustache Mountain pursues. Seven chops O’Reilly while Bate throws hands on Strong. Seven puts O’Reilly in the ring for a sharp chop, then tags Bate. Bate climbs while Seven throws O’Reilly down. Bate knee-board sentons onto O’Reilly, then rocks Strong with a right. Cover, TWO!
Bate brings O’Reilly up but has to scare Strong off. O’Reilly kicks Bate, then tags to Strong. Strong runs into a scoop slam! Tag to Seven, and Bate helps for the senton. Cover, ONE, but Seven keeps on him. Seven rocks Strong then whips, but Strong goes over his back to give Seven a backbreaker! Strong drags Seven over, then tags O’Reilly. They mug Seven in the corner, then O’Reilly gives muay thai knees and a kick. O’Reilly brings Seven back around, tags to Strong, and he holds Seven down for Strong to stomp out. Strong adds more stomps, then drags Seven up to throw hands and chops. Tag to O’Reilly again, and O’Reilly snapmares Seven for a knee drop. Cover, TWO, but O’Reilly throws toying kicks. Seven gets up and chops back, but can’t get away from O’Reilly.
O’Reilly swings on Bate, but falls for Seven’s feint into a DDT! Seven tags Bate, and Bate huricanranas and dropkicks Strong. Bate boots and knees O’Reilly to then hit the flying European Uppercut. Fans fire up but Bate runs into a boot. Strong tags in, but both he and O’Reilly go for a spin! Flashbacks to Royal Albert Hall, but Undisputed Era fights out of it. O’Reilly puts on a sleeper, but Bate still gets Strong, for a German Suplex and Samoan Drop combo! Fans love Bate’s superhuman abilities! Bate gives running EuroUppers to both men, but then gets run over by Strong’s leaping lariat! Strong staggers over to stomp, then tags O’Reilly again. O’Reilly throws forearms and a shoulder breaker, into a hammerlock. He grounds Bate while throwing in knees.
Fans duel while O’Reilly drops a knee and rains down palm strikes. He brings Bate over and Strong tags in. Strong chops Bate, then tags O’Reilly again. Gutbuster and knee drop! Cover, TWO! Bate crawls for his corner but O’Reilly is on him with body scissors and clubbing forearms. Tag to Strong while fans rally up, Strong basement boots Bate. Strong eggs Bate on, then brings him back up for a gut wrench. He bends Bate back with the Gory Stretch. Bate endures while fans rally up. Bate works his way out of the hold, then shoves Strong. O’Reilly tags in, for a shinbreaker and sweeping kick. He wrenches Bate’s ankle in a standing heel hook, but Bate fights back with his free leg. O’Reilly grabs that leg for a snap Indian Deathlock!
Tag to Strong, and Strong takes the hand-off, to sit down on the draping ankle. Tag to O’Reilly, and he adds one of his own. Another tag to Strong for a third go, but Bate shoves Strong all the way out! Bate crawls but Strong drags him out. Bate shoves him into barriers, then crawls more. O’Reilly comes in but is tossed back out! Bate crawls, but Strong stops him by grabbing a foot. Then O’Reilly trips Seven! Seven slaps O’Reilly away, Bate gets free, hot tag! Seven rallies on Strong, whipping him to a corner then tossing him on the rebound. Then he DIVES on O’Reilly!
Seven puts O’Reilly in, then runs corner to corner for clotheslines. He hits Strong, then O’Reilly, then Strong again. O’Reilly runs in but Seven ducks, so that boot hits Strong! Seven then lifts O’Reilly up for a powerbomb! He Dragon Suplexes Strong, then lifts for the side slam! Cover, TWO! Seven was close, but the fans cheer him on. Strong crawls to ropes but Seven is on him. Seven clubs away, then wrings Strong out, but gets a forearm. Strong elbows Seven, then tags O’Reilly. O’Reilly kicks Seven down, then suplexes for the brainbuster! Cover, TWO! Undisputed Era grows frustrated, but O’Reilly keeps Seven back. He knees Seven into his corner, then hits a forearm smash. Strong tags in, they both give Seven knees, then an Olympic Slam! Cover, TWO! Seven shows that heart like he had in their previous showdown.
Undisputed Era prepare something, but Bate gives O’Reilly a rolling kick! Strong gives Bate the side slam, but Seven back hands O’Reilly. Strong trips Seven, for the Strong Hold! Seven endures the stretch, while Bate gets caught in a triangle! Dual submissions have the fans fired up, but Bate deadlifts O’Reilly to bomb him into Strong! All four men are down but this crowd is standing up! The teams go to their corners, and Seven tags Bate. Bate goes after Strong and they throw bombing hands. “This is Awesome!” as Bate rocks Strong, to then throw O’Reilly at him! Both Undisputed Era are on the outside, so Bate FLIES! Bate hits O’Reilly, but Strong throws him to the ropes, only to get the rebound lariat! Bate puts Strong back in, and Bate gets Tyler Driver ’97!! Cover, TWO!? How?! Bate can’t believe it but fans are loving it.
Bate flounders to his feet, and decides to go up top. Strong stops him with right hands, then turns him around. Bate resists whatever Strong is after, then fights him down with back elbows. O’Reilly swings Bate’s leg into the post! Bate falls, Strong is on him with a shinbreaker to buckles! Tag to O’Reilly, and he kicks Seven down. Bate’s up, but O’Reilly rolls him into a heel hook! Now Bate endures leg torture and Seven has to watch on the corner. The referee won’t let Seven get in, but Bate is so far away. Fans rally up while Bate endures this role reversal. The ref stops Seven, but that allows Strong to drag O’Reilly and Bate over. Seven grabs a towel, but he can’t bring himself to throw it! Fans shout and duel, Seven throws the towel TO THE FANS! Strong runs at him but gets tossed out!
Bate uses all his arm strength to back stroke towards his corner! O’Reilly wrenches and pulls as hard as he can, but it’s not enough! Hot tag to Seven! O’Reilly lets go of Bate but gets rocked but rights. They go back and forth, SEVEN STAR LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Seven ain’t standing for that. He tags Bate, and he brings O’Reilly up. Bate climbs on one leg, but has to fight Strong off. Seven lifts O’Reilly, Knee Drop Burning Hammer!!! Cover, TWO?!?! This is inconceivable! But the Brooklyn fans are electric! Bate tags Seven back, and Mustache Mountain regroups. Fans want them to “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow. Seven drags O’Reilly up in a full nelson, but Strong knee smashes Bate! Strong gets a back hand, but Seven gets a chop block, then STRONG ELIMINATION! O’Reilly covers, Undisputed Era wins!!
Winners: The Undisputed Era, O’Reilly pinning; still NXT Tag Team Champions
The tiebreaker breaks the hearts of Mustache Mountain, but only proves Strong & O’Reilly are Undisputed tag team champions. Bate & Seven fall short here, but with NXT UK on the way, can they climb to the top of a new mountain? As for Undisputed Era, they know Rowe & Hanson have staked a claim. Can the War Raiders be the team to truly take those titles away?
Speaking of the War Raiders…
They appear right behind Strong & O’Reilly! And the raid is on! Rowe throws Strong out while Hanson keeps on O’Reilly. They feed O’Reilly to Thor’s Hammer! Then Hanson DIVES on Strong! Hanson returns to the ring to climb up. Rowe brings O’Reilly up, for FALLOUT! The warpath leads to the titles, will the Undisputed Era be crushed underneath these machines of war?
EC3 VS Velveteen Dream!
Worlds collide, but so do larger than life personalities. The #TopOnePercentExperience is here, with egos and grudges on the line. Who takes the spotlight for themselves?
Dream takes his time taking off his vest, to then throw it at EC3. EC3 throws it back, and tempers already flare. The bell rings, and EC3 keeps his eye on Dream. Fans duel but there are plenty of fans for Dream. Dream and EC3 tie up, but EC3 powers Dream back with a shove. He shoves Dream into a corner again, then goes after him in the corner. The ref backs him off and Dream tries to capitalize, but EC3 throws Dream out. EC3 throws Dream back in, but ends up in a headlock to a wristlock. Dream wrenches but EC3 reverses and wrings Dream out. EC3 goes after the fingers, then lifts and drops Dream. He brings Dream up again for another throw, then a grounded keylock. Dream works his way up while fans duel.
Dream knees low, then clubs EC3’s back. He gives EC3 a EuroUpper, then put shim in a corner. Corner to corner whip but EC3 reverses. Dream gets caught up top so EC3 kicks Dream’s ribs through the uprights. Dream ends up crotched. EC3 adds insult to injury as he bounces the ropes, then he clobbers Dream to the floor. He clobbers Dream again, but then Dream shoulders in. Dream slingshots but EC3 hip swivles that sunset flip. Dream pulls tights but gets punches for it. EC3 lifts but Dream slips out. Things speed up, EC3 takes Dream off his feet with a chop. EC3 whips but Dream kicks him away, only to run into a scoop slam. EC3 wants fans to say his name, then he drops the elbow. He clotheslines Dream and himself out but EC3 is just fine.
EC3 brings Dream to the ramp, for a lift. Dream reverses to the Sidewinder DDT! EC3 hits the ramp, and fans lose their minds. Dream gets to the ring and refreshes the count. He fetches EC3, to then throw EC3 into posts. Dream refreshes the count again before putting EC3 in the ring. Cover, TWO! Dream decides to go up! Big ax handle! He brings EC3 up to flapjack him on the ropes. Then they go in a corner and Dream throws hands. Dream backs off at 4 to put EC3 on the apron. He hotshots EC3, then drags him through for a neckbreaker. Cover, ONE, so Dream clamps on a neck wrench. EC3 endures as Dream twists his head around. Fans rally up and EC3 stands up.
Dream clobbers him, then turns him for a Rude Awakening, but EC3 stops it. EC3 powers things around, but Dream knees low to get that neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Dream “applauds” EC3. Dream says the fans don’t care about EC3. Dream throws EC3 out, then throws him into an announce desk. He bounces EC3 off it again and again, then grabs a bottle of water to SPLASH EC3 with it! Dream drinks the rest, then HHH spits it everywhere. He puts EC3 in the ring, but EC3 is on him for the STO DDT! Both men are down, but Dream gets himself to a corner.
EC3 stands and they throw hands. EC3 blocks to counter punch, but Dream whips him to a corner, only for EC3 to come out with a lariat. Top One Percent jabs and clothesline, then a big splash in the corner. EC3 runs for the rolling neckbreaker! EC3 fires up as he brings Dream up. Dream slips out to roll up, TWO! EC3 dodges the superkick but Dream denies the driver. EC3 blocks again, to get the Climax driver! Cover, TWO!
Dream rolls to a corner while EC3 stands. EC3 blocks the boot but gets a slap. That only angers EC3, and he fires haymakers! Dream flounders while EC3 clubs away on him. EC3 drags Dream up but Dream throat chops. Dream gets to a corner and to the top rope. EC3 grabs him and throws him down! Now EC3 climbs up top while Dream staggers around. EC3 hits a crossbody, but Dream rolls through! TWO, but EC3 gives back that slap. EC3 powerbombs Dream, but he’s not done there. Fans are a mix as he high stacks and deadlifts, for another bomb! Cover, TWO! Dream narrowly survives, but both he and EC3 slowly stand. Fans duel while EC3 puts Dream on the top rope. Dream and EC3 brawl but EC3 fires off many chops.
EC3 climbs but Dream still fights with him. EC3 wants the superplex, and gets the SUPERPLEX! Dream writhes but EC3 has to crawl for a cover, TWO! Dream crawls to the apron but EC3 stands again. EC3 joins Dream on the apron, lifts Dream, but Dream slips off and into the ring. SUPERKICK! To Dream Valley Driver! Cover, TWO! Dream is shocked, but he isn’t done yet. Dream drags EC3 up but EC3 slips out to German Suplex! Bridge, TWO! Both men are down again, but fans rally up. EC3 drags Dream over to the apron, but Dream lifts EC3, Dream Valley on the apron! Dream isn’t done yet, he climbs up top, for PURPLE RAIN ON THE APRON!! Cover, Dream wins!!
Winner: Velveteen Dream, by pinfall
Finally, it’s #DreamOver as he gets a TakeOver victory! Will Dream get his wish with a very important call from Vince?
NXT North American Championship: Adam Cole VS Ricochet!
The Panama City Playboy and the One and Only King of Flight were both in the ladder match to determine the first holder of this title. Adam Cole has led the Undisputed Era to immediate greatness in NXT, and for that, Cole feels Ricochet isn’t on his level. Ricochet agreed, because Ricochet’s on an even higher level. Who will prove themselves superior by walking out with the North American Championship tonight?
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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Report: G1 Climax 28, part 4!
AXS continues NJPW coverage with more from Block A! The Rainmaker takes on the Hangman for the first time ever! Plus, The Ace VS The Underboss once more!
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- Jay White VS Michael Elgin; White wins.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Bad Luck Fale; Tanahashi wins, by disqualification.
- Kazuchika Okada VS Hangman Page; Okada wins.
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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene for Round Three!
Kazuchika Okada hasn’t been himself since losing the IWGP Heavyweight Championship to Kenny Omega. He’s also been on a losing streak since then, with a quick 0-2 record in the first two rounds. Okada lost to The Switchblade, Jay White, and perhaps lost all of Chaos to him. Then he lost to Bullet Club OG, the Underboss, Bad Luck Fale. The Rainmaker desperately needs to get on the board before it’s too late. But in his way is Bullet Club new blood, Hangman Adam Page, who would love to make a big splash with a win over the former top champion. Will Hangman be the third defeat on Okada’s downward spiral? Or will Okada use the Problem Solver to solve his losing problem?
But first, the Underboss has his own match in a rematch from the New Japan Cup quarterfinals. Fale lost to Hiroshi Tanahashi back then, but Tanahashi himself lost to Jay White, same as Okada. Can the Once in a Century Talent gain ground against an angry Fale? Or will the Firing Squad make their presence known once again?
NJPW and AXS give us another quick rundown on the other A Block matches.
Minoru Suzuki brutalized Yoshi-Hashi but the Head Hunter held his own. However, Suzuki’s Gotch Piledriver won it for the Man with the Worst Personality. Chaos’ Togi Makabe battled Los Ingobernables de Japon’s King of Darkness, EVIL, and they went all over the arena. The Uncaged King Kong would fall to Everything is EVIL, the signature STO, and Evil would get the win. For the third match of this third round, we jump right into it!
Jay White VS Michael Elgin!
The Switchblade says Chaos is now his faction, but he still has to prove it. We come into his match with The Unbreakable Big Mike as he brings Elgin up for a cobra clutch suplex! White calls for a finish, and brings Elgin up again. Eglin spins out of Blade Runner, but White elbows him away. White goes to run but Elgin reels him into a discus elbow! Elgin drags White up but White slips out. White lifts Elgin but Elgin knees out of the saido suplex. Elgin aims at the wobbly White and hits another discus elbow! Then the Half ‘n’ Half! Elgin runs, and clobbers White with a clothesline! He’s not done, he double underhooks for a sit-out Tigerbomb! Cover, TWO!? White survives by the thinnest of margins! Big Mike is surprised, but the fans are rallying for him.
Elgin drags White back up, takes aim at a corner, but White fights back. White’s huricanrana is blocked by pure strength! Elgin brings White back up, and buckle bombs him in the corner! But the referee gets caught in it, too! Elgin checks on the ref, then he goes back to White. White gives Big Mike a low blow uppercut to Little Mike! Then, Blade Runner! The referee returns to count the cover, White wins!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall; White earns 2 points, Elgin earns 0
The Switchblade takes the lead in Block A by any means necessary. White wants to reign over Chaos and all of NJPW as THE IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Will his streak continue and bring him all the way to the G1 Climax Finals?
Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Bad Luck Fale!
The Ace and the Underboss go around one more time, but this New Japan Cup rematch might be marred if the Bullet Club splinter cell show themselves. Can the two-time G1 Climax winner put Fale away before the Guerrillas of Destiny arrive?
Well that’s gonna be hard to do now, as Tonga Loa accompanies the lean, mean, Tongan machine to the ring. Even so, Tanahashi stays focused on his opponent. Red Shoes checks both men and finds they’re clean. He tells Tonga Loa to hop down off the apron, and Loa obliges. The bell rings, and Tanahashi immediately hits Fale with a dropkick! Tanahashi stomps away at the legs, then puts on leg on the ropes for another dropkick. Fans fire up with The Ace as he goes after the legs with more stomps. Tanahashi whips Fale but Fale reverses. Fale runs in but Tanahashi dodges to chop block! Fans chant for Tanahashi as he stalks Fale. Tanahashi brings Fale around to kick that bad knee. Fale staggers to ropes but Tanahashi refuses to let up. Tanahashi runs, but Fale follows, only for Tanahashi to drop toehold him.
Tanahashi puts Fale’s legs into a deathlock, pulling back on both knees. Fale reaches back to grab at Tanahashi, but then reaches out to grab ropes. Tanahashi honors the ropebreak, but then stomps Fale more. Fale slips out of the ring, and voids Tanahashi’s slingshot plancha. But Tanahashi lands on the apron, to cannonball onto Fale! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi fires up. Tanahashi drags Fale up, and has camera men clear out. He whips but Fale reverses, sending Tanahashi over the rails into commentary! Roppongi 3K’s Sho almost gets wiped out. Fale grabs a chair from one of the other commentary tables! Red Shoes tells him to put it down, but Fale refuses. Fale even threatens Red Shoes with it! But this is all to distract the ref from seeing Loa stomp Tanahashi out!
Sho and commentary try to get Red Shoes’ attention, but Loa backs off in time. Fale lets go of the chair and goes over to fetch Tanahashi. Fans clear out with help from the Young Lions, and Fale bowls for chairs using Tanahashi! Fans cheer Tanahashi in attempts to power him up, but Fale leaves him to the mercy of the 20 count. The count reaches 10 before Tanahashi reaches ringside. Tanahashi stands and enters at 14. Fale is right on him, and stands on his ribs! He backs off at 4, but then comes back to kick Tanahashi while he’s down. Fale drags Tanahashi up and puts him on the ropes to bend him backward. Red Shoes counts, and Fale lets off at 4 again. Tanahashi grits his teeth but Fale clubs his back. Fale puts Tanahashi back on the ropes for more clubbing forearms.
Tanahashi writhes to a corner but fans continue to rally. Fale wags a finger, their cheers won’t help Tanahashi. Fale gives Tanahashi big body shots, then a scoop slam. He sits on Tanahashi for the cover, TWO! Tanahashi crawls but Fale looms over him. Fale sits Tanahashi up for a nerve hold! Fale digs his fingers into Tanahashi’s trapezius, but fans rally more. Tanahashi feeds off the energy and gets to his feet. He fights back with elbows, then forearms. Fale staggers, but comes back with one big forearm of his own. Fale has Tanahashi in a corner, and gives him clubbing clotheslines from both sides. Tanahashi is down and dazed while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and Fale says “It’s too easy, man.” He looms over Tanahashi in the corner. He brings Tanahashi up and whips him corner to corner. Tanahashi comes running out to dropkick Fale’s bad leg! Tanahashi dropkicks it again, then again! He brings Fale back for a waistlock, but Fale is too big and strong for the German Suplex. Fale elbows out, but Tanahashi hits him back with a palm strike. Fale falls down, Tanahashi grabs the leg, for a grounded dragon screw! The screw drives Fale’s leg into the mat, and now Fale writhes as he clutches the knee. Tanahashi keeps on him with an attempt at the Cloverleaf. He props Fale up and works to roll him over, but Fale is still big and strong. They struggle against each other, but Tanahashi gets the hold!
Fale endures, and he powers his way out, sending Tanahashi all the way out of the ring! Tanahashi and Fale both take a few moments to recover. Fale goes out but Tanahashi gets back in. Tanahashi runs, but into Fale’s grip! Fale rocks Tanahashi with a right, but then Tanahashi dragon screws the leg between the ropes! Fans chant “Go Ace!” for Tanahashi as he takes aim. Tanahashi runs, sunset flip, but Fale sits on him! TWO, but barely! Loa coaches Fale up while the fans are on Tanahashi’s side. Fale runs and splashes! TWO, but still close! Tanahashi gasps for air while Fale brings him up. Tanahashi throws hands, then bobs ‘n’ weaves with Fale. He hits a European Uppercut, but runs into a lariat!
Fale drags Tanahashi up, but Tanahashi palm strikes before he can throw the Grenade thumb spike. Fale fireman carries Tanahashi instead, for the Samoan Drop! Both men are down from exhaustion but Fale makes the cover. TWO as Tanahashi survives. Fans rally up but Fale is first to stand. Fale brings Tanahashi up, preparing a powerbomb. Tanahashi slips out of the crucifix to huricanrana! Cover, TWO!! But Tanahashi comes back with a Slingblade, but Fale’s size and strength help him get out of it. Tanahashi rolls Fale up instead, TWO! Tanahashi tries a fisherman, but Fale scoops him. That bad leg gives way, and Tanahashi comes back with the swinging neckbreaker!
Fans rally again while Loa is worried. Tanahashi runs, the Slingblade hits! But he’s not done, as he goes top rope… High Fly Flow FLOPS as Fale moves! Tanahashi and Fale stir and stand while the fans are thunderous. Fale runs in for a big corner clothesline! Then he grabs Tanahashi, for the Grenade thumb thrust to choke slam! Cover, TWO!? Tanahashi survives that brutal combination, but Fale prepares a bomb! He lifts Tanahashi, crucifix but Tanahashi pops out to bring Fale down with an inverted bulldog! Tanahashi hurries up top, for the HIGH FLY FLOW! Cover, but Loa drags Red Shoes out!!
And he attacks Tanahashi! It was only a matter of time before it came to this. Loa stomps Tanahashi out while Fale slowly sits up. Fans boo the Firing Squad, but they don’t care. Loa brings Tanahashi up, and Fale prepares a lariat. Tanahashi ducks, the lariat hits Loa! Then Tanahashi Slingblades Fale down! But it’s Tama Tonga with a Gun Stun outta nowhere! The quintessential leader of the Firing Squad is here. He tells Tanahashi to never defy them. Fale covers, Tonga drags Red Shoes in, but Red Shoes says F U, Firing Squad! He calls for the DQ!
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by disqualification; Tanahashi earns 2 points, Fale earns 0
The Tongans are furious with Red Shoes, and Tama grabs him around the collar. But then they go after Tanahashi, stomping and punching away. No one makes the rescue, so the Firing Squad leave when they feel satisfied. Will anyone, from wrestlers to administration, stand up to this pack of wolves?
Kazuchika Okada VS Hangman Page!
The Rainmaker hasn’t been acting quite like himself since Kenny Omega took the title from him. He’s already lost twice, but is he so vulnerable as to give the Problem Solver a guaranteed win? Or is Hangman’s first G1 Climax too soon to defeat the former IWGP Heavyweight Champion?
The bell rings and fans cheer for Okada. Hangman tunes it out as he jaws with The Rainmaker. The two circle then tie up. Hangman gets the wristlock, but Okada rolls and reverses. Hangman rolls and reverses back to a hammerlock then snapmare. He puts Okada in a chinlock, but Okada gets up and out. Okada gets the hammerlock, but Hangman gets the ropebreak. Okada honors the break, and fakes his punch, to pat Hangman on the shoulders. He’s all smiles, but Hangman scowls. Okada ducks Hangman’s punch, then catches the boot. He shoves Hangman, having fun with him. Hangman runs into a drop toehold, and Okada grins while Hangman gets to a corner. Fans cheer him on but Hangman clotheslines him out! Hangman keeps going, and DIVES onto the downed Okada!
Hangman loves throwing caution to the wind, but even that was crazy. He gets up and mocking asks, “This is Okada now?” Hangman puts Okada back in the ring, then walks circles around him, like a shark with blood in the water. He shows off his strength with a pumphandle deadlift, into a brinding Fall Away Slam! TWO, but Hangman keeps hold of a leg to roll Okada around. Hangman chops Okada bluntly, then stalks him to a corner. Hangman stands Okada for another chop, then continues to question Okada’s character. He snapmares Okada into a chinlock, and he gives slaps to Okada’s head. Fans rally up and Okada fights out, but Hangman clubs him. Hangman runs into a boot, but he avoids Okada’s back senton. Hangman hits his standing shooting star! Cover, TWO, but Hangman keeps his cool.
Hangman toys with Okada, then drags him back up. He scoops Okada for the slam, then slingshots out and in for the senton atomico! Fans applaud his ability, but still rally up for Okada. Hangman sits Okada up for a neck wrench. Okada endures and works his way up. He fights back but Hangman ear claps him. Hangman whips but Okada reverses to a DDT! Both men are down, but Okada kips up! Okada runs and rallies with forearms and elbows. He whips but Hangman reverses, only for Okada to come back with a back elbow. Okada brings Hangman up but Hangman gives body shots and a forearm. Hangman runs, but into a flapjack! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally behind Okada as he runs corner to corner. Hangman dodges, then runs back in, but Okada dodges. Okada puts Hangman up top to dropkick him to the floor! Okada goes out slowly to fetch Hangman, not satisfied with a possible count out win. He rocks Hangman with a EuroUpper, then whips him at barriers. Okada runs and boots Hangman into the crowd! Young Lions help clear fans out while Okada walks over to fetch Hangman. Okada drags Hangman out but Hangman fights back. Hangman rocks Okada, then slingshots for the Buck Shot! Direct hit and both men are down while we go to break!
NJPW on AXS returns and Red Shoes checks on both men on the outside. Hangman stands first, and he drags Okada up and into the ring. He positions Okada in the drop zone before climbing up top. Fans rally up, and Hangman MOONSAULT! It FLOPS as Okada evades! Okada stands but Hangman runs in, only to get a boot. Hangman tries again but Okada gets him in Alabama Slam position. Hangman fights out and clubs Okada from behind. He whips Okada but Okada reverses, only to miss the dropkick. Hangman jackknifes and rolls to lift Okada, but Okada fights against the Rite. Okada gut wrenches but Hangman reverses to his own. Hangman changes from Tombstone to inverted cradle piledriver! Cover, TWO!! Okada barely survives, but now fans are dueling between the two.
Hangman sits up, and stares wild eyed at Okada. He brings Okada up, prepares the Rite, but Okada grabs the ropes. Hangman pulls but then dumps Okada off. Okada hits Hangman with a forearm, then hurries up top. Hangman stops Okada, then climbs up to join him. Fans fire up but Okada resists the superplex. Okada fights back with body shots, then throws a forearm. Hangman falls back, but comes back with a forearm of his own. Okada teeters while Hangman climbs up. They stand on the very top, for a SUPER neckbreaker! But Okada rolls out of the ring. Hangman goes to a corner and climbs up again. Fans anticipate what’s coming, it’s Hangman’s SUPER ASAI MOONSAULT! He hits Okada, then puts him in the ring. Fans have sided with Hangman now as he slingshots, for another Buck Shot! Cover, TWO!!
Okada survives again, but his eyes are staring into space. Hangman calls for the finish! He brings Okada up, into position, but Okada sunset flips! TWO, but barely, and Hangman runs into a waistlock. Okada German Suplexes, but Hangman lands on his feet! Hangman aims at Okada, runs corner to corner, for a big dropkick! Then a scoop, but Okada reverses, into the Tombstone! But Okada’s too exhausted to make a cover! Fans duel as they rally up. Okada sits up, but Hangman slowly follows. Okada throws a forearm, but Hangman comes back with one. Now Okada boots Hangman, and he dares Hangman to return it. Hangman swings but Okada ducks to give a EuroUpper. Okada blocks the Superkick but gets the roaring elbow!
Hangman whips but Okada reverses and hits the dropkick this time. He brings Hangman up, wrings him out, but misses to get a SUPERKICK! Hangman runs, but is put on the apron. He rocks Okada agian, slingshots but into the RAIN– No, Hangman tilt-o-whirls through, to powerbomb Okada! High stack, TWO, roaring elbow! Fans fire up again as Hangman brings Okada up. Okada slips out, for a discus clothesline! He’s not done there, he swings Hangman out for THE Rainmaker! Cover, Okada wins!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; Okada earns 2 points, Hangman earns 0
Okada is finally on the board! His losing streak ends, but it was still a tough fight. He still has a long way to go, can he climb back up to the top of A Block? And while Hangman goes 1-2, he still shows so much promise. Will he manage his own turn around to the top of the G1?
“Finally, finally, finally, the first victory!” Fans applaud for that. Okada jokingly says it was an easy win. But he is happy, and he thanks the fans. Okada seems to be holding back the tears, but the fans cheer him. But then he’s totally fine as he says, “Still, the G1 tournament has only just begun. I will dominate. And make it rain.” Okada drops the mic, still confident in himself. He may be more relaxed than normal, but will he still make the climb?
Hangman knows that since losing the title, Okada “has been a damn mess.” But this match was more about beating “the man that was the champion”. If Hangman could do that, he could do anything. He felt how close he was to getting those points. But now he’s got a fire burning.
Okada apologizes for the wait. “To all of you enjoying the G1 Climax,” it’s great. He’s enjoying himself, too. He hasn’t lost sight of the prize. He’ll keep having fun as he keeps winning. Okada knows the title matters, his shot at Kenny Omega matters, but what really matters is that it will all be Okada’s. We know from the standings that Okada has a long way to go to catch up to Jay White, but if anyone can do it, it’s the Rainmaker. Will he do it? Or is it already too late to take it all back?
I was hoping to see these moments from the G1 Climax. It was a nice surprise to get the last bit of White VS Elgin, and White going on this quick 3-0 tear is definitely a sign that NJPW appreciates his talent. Even if White doesn’t go to the Finals, his victories will definitely lead him to something. Plus, he and Okada need to settle who is truly leader of Chaos before it ends up like the Bullet Club Civil War. Then speaking of, obviously the Firing Squad would try to cheat. It backfired on them and Tanahashi gets the points, and as we know in real time, NJPW the company would issue a statement and “suspend” the Firing Squad in order to let the G1 Climax finish cleanly. This could go any direction after the “suspension” is over, it’s definitely intriguing.
Okada VS Hangman was great, and the stories involved are well thought out. Okada finally gets points, and he clearly feels some weight off his shoulders now. He vows to be back to his dominant ways soon enough, but that almost promises he’s not. This with White challenging his command of Chaos, Okada has a lot on his plate for the rest of the year. Hangman himself isn’t deterred, he knows he’s getting to that level. It’s only a matter of time before Hangman has his first singles title in NJPW, I’m really excited for when he gets that moment.
My Score: 8.2/10
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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (8/11/18)
ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 360
The 9-Time ROH World Tag Team Champions, Jay & Mark Briscoe, plan to show why they’re the Baddest Team on the Whole Damn Planet by taking on The Bouncers!
- The Briscoes VS The Bouncers; The Briscoes win.
- WOH Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: Karen Q VS Tenille Dashwood VS Madison Rayne VS Kelly Klein; Madison wins and will challenge Sumie Sakai for the WOH Championship.
- Six Man Tag: Cheeseburger, Flip Gordon & Josh Woods VS Bully Ray, Shane Taylor & Punishment Martinez; rescheduled as…
- 3v2 Handicap: Cheeseburger & Josh Woods VS Bully Ray, Shane Taylor & Punishment Martinez; Bully, Taylor & Martinez win.
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The Briscoes VS The Bouncers!
The Baddest Tag Team in ROH takes on the literally biggest team in a non-title match. Tonight turns Sandy Fork VS Everybody into #DemBoys VS Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas, but will Jay & Mark turn them into two more notches on their belts?
Fans chant “Man Up!” as the bell rings. Mark starts against the Mastadon, and tie up. Milonas shoves Mark back to a corner, but Mark comes back with chops and haymakers. Mark tries but fails to whip, Milonas runs him over with a shoulder. Milonas fires body shots on Mark in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Mark goes to the apron, counter punches Milonas, then climbs up for a crossbody. Milonas catches Mark but Mark fights back with palm strikes. Mark runs, but into Milona’s big body, and big overhead suplex! Jay tags in and boots Milonas. Milonas stays up so Jay rams a shoulder in. He still can’t topple Milonas, so he tries again. Milonas still stays up, so Jay rocks him with a European Uppercut. Jay runs and Mark tags in.
Milonas lifts Jay but Jay slips out to hold Milonas’ arms back. Mark comes in to mug Milonas with body shots to his belly. Jay hits BCB for good measure, then the Briscoes double whip. Milonas stays up after double shoulders, and BCB comes in. The Briscoes duck his double clotheslines and now they all brawl. The Briscoes rock the Bouncers, then run, but into double bellies! Fans boo and jeer while the Briscoes crawl to corners. The Bouncers coordinate but while BCB squashes Mark, Milonas misses Jay. Jay stomps a mudhole into Milonas while BCB does the same to Mark. BCB calls Jay out and they start shoving. They start brawling with big forearms, but BCB knees low. BCB runs but into a dropkick! Jay builds speed, but Milonas intercepts with a Bouncer Pounce!
Mark fires off Redneck Fu on Milonas, but Milonas reverses the whip. Mark uses that to wreck BCB with a dropkick. Milonas walks over but Jay dumps him over! Mark groups up the Bouncers for Jay to FLY! Fans fire up as Mark climbs up now for a SUPER corkscrew senton! The Briscoes have control while we go to break.
ROH returns and the Bouncers have control. BCB drops Mark with a Samoan Drop, and Milonas brings the straps down for his running back senton! Cover, TWO! Milonas tags BCB in and the Bouncers bring Mark up. They whip him into their corner, then BCB whips Milonas in. Mark dodges to then hit and chop BCB. Milonas boots Mark, and BCB holds Mark up while Milonas climbs. Mark fights back but he still gets the draping Mastadon leg drop! Cover, but Jay breaks it in time! Jay goes after both Bouncers with fast hands and elbows, then kicks to the guts. He runs, but into double body shots. The Bouncers sandwich Jay between their guts!
BCB throws Jay out, to then CANNONBALL! But Jay dodges, and BCB hits the floor! Jay hotshots Milonas, Mark flies in with a crossbody. Milonas still catches him, but Jay comes in to help. The Briscoes club and clobber Milonas to a corner. Mark runs corner to corner for a big clothesline, then Jay adds his own. Mark goes again, then they both stomp a mudhole into Milonas. BCB returns, but he ends up giving Milonas that hip attack! Jay manages to lift BCB in a fireman’s carry, for the Death Valley Driver! Mark covers, TWO! Jay kicks Milonas out, but BCB sends Mark to the apron. Mark gives Milonas an apron blockbuster while Jay rocks BCB. Jay gives BCB the neckbreaker, and Mark adds his Froggy-Bow! Cover, The Briscoes win!
Winners: The Briscoes, Mark pinning
The champions get a literally big win. The titles will be on the line at Honor Reunited in the UK, will #DemBoyz bring those titles back home to the States with them?
The Briscoes speak.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we are the Briscoes. And we are the Baddest Tag Team on the Planet!” Fans agree with that. Jay says they’re the 9-time ROH Tag Team Champions, and ain’t no team in the world taking the belts from them. Especially not “those bums from California”, SoCal Uncensored. The SCU don’t want none. But wait, here they come!
Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky eye the Briscoes from the ramp. Scorpio asks if somebody said “SCU”. The fans echo “SCU!” Be careful what you wish for, because the odds are in SCU’s favor. Dem Boyz see that, 3 against 2. But they don’t need odds. Scorpio can let The Addiction handle this. Bring it on then! ANd it’s a brawl! Security rushes the ring to keep this chaos at a minimum. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and fight they do, but we go to break.
WOH Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: Karen Q VS Tenille Dashwood VS Madison Rayne VS Kelly Klein!
The Ray of Sunshine is still the inaugural reigning and defending Women’s Champion of ROH, and she has a line of eager challengers forming. The Queen of Queens, The Dancing Queen, the Queen Bee and the Gatekeeper all want that shot, but only one woman can get it!
The Code of Honor is upheld between Tenille, Madison and even Karen. Kelly doesn’t care, she’s just ready for the bell. Karen ducks out, she’s too smart for that. Kelly clobbers Tenille and Madison, then keeps on them with more clubbing forearms. Madison and Tenille work together to fight back and whip Kelly, but Kelly dodges them. But then she gets clothesline’d out of the ring by both of them. Tenille and Madison now circle as fans rally up. They tie up, Tenille rolls Madison, ONE. Madison rolls Tenille, TWO. Madison trips Tenille for a cover, ONE. Tenille returns the favor, ONE. The two stand off and fans applaud. Tenille and Madison shake hands again, but Karen rushes in. Karen gets kicked, then a double suplex. Karen rolls back out, and Tenille sucker punches Madison. She whips Madison, but Madison tilt-o-whirl headscissors.
Madison whips but Tenille reverses to forearm. Tenille runs but Kelly drags her out. Karen ambushes Madison and gives her a buckle bump. Karen bumps Madison on another buckle, then gives her a facelock to neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Karen grows frustrated already, and she whips Madison corner to corner. Karen hits a runing forearm, then a back elbow. She keeps going but her boot misses. Tenille throws Kelly into barriers while Madison runs at Karen. Karen dodges to snap suplex Madison. Cover, but Tenille breaks it. Tenille brings Karen up to whip her, but Karen reverses. Karen runs in but into a boot. Tenille grabs Karen with body scissors, for her Tarantula! She lets go at 4, then she climbs up top. Karen stands and trips Tenille up.
Karen climbs up to join Tenille, but Tenille resists. Madison joins in from the other side, but here comes Kelly! It’s a TOWER OF DOOM! The double superplex powerbomb gives the Pretty Badass control, and we go to break.
ROH returns as Tenille is in a corner. She runs at Karen and rallies with lariats. Madison returns but Tenille puts her in a corner. Kelly runs in but misses Tenille to instead hit Madison. Tenille puts Kelly in another corner while Karen crawls to a third. Fans anticipate what’s coming, and Tenille gives Kelly a Taste of Tenille. She gives a Taste of Tenille to Karen, then a third serving to Madison! Tenille kicks Karen, double underhook for a butterfly suplex. Cover, but Kelly breaks it. Kelly drags Tenille up and tosses her out. Karen and Kelly brawl but Kelly lifts Karen up. Madison runs but Kelly catches her! Fall Away Slam and Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!! Kelly is furious that Karen survived.
Tenille returns as fans rally up. Tenille gets to Kelly first, but Kelly blocks the suplex. Kelly hoists Tenille up but Tenille fights back. She knocks Kelly away, then adjusts, for a flying crossbody! Cover, TWO! Tenille gets up and wants Kelly to stand. Spotlight Kick! But Karen tosses Tenille! Cover on Kelly, TWO!? Karen is furious that she didn’t succeed. Madison kicks Karen, for the Rayne Check! High stack cover, Madison wins!
Winner: Madison Rayne, by pinfall; will challenge Sumie Sakai for the WOH Championship
The Queen Bee capitalizes on Karen Q, and now she gets her first shot at Sumie Sakai’s title. Sumie is there to lock eyes with her new contender. Will Sumie keep her reign going? Or will Rayne reign as the second-ever champion?
The American Nightmare, Cody, is here!
He, along with lovely wife, Brandi Rhodes, heads to the ring to speak. ROH takes a quick break, but comes back once Cody has mic in hand. Cody says he’s been rather “unlucky” as of late. “In both of my ROH Championship rematches, I have not been successful.” Cody noticed it, though. In both rematches, not a single one was one-on-one. He feels he’s created too much of a bad mood, he wants to bring our spirits up. Cody needs a certain someone that’s all business. Cody needs someone that is the top of the food chain, that doesn’t sing or dance, yes, drum roll please. Fans oblige and… Nick Aldis appears?
Yes, it’s the National Treasure, the NWA World Heavyweight Champion himself! Cody made the challenge for that very belt at All In, but Aldis is here to talk about that very match. They stood together in London and made history. The agreement to have a match at “the most iconic and history-making event” in modern wrestling was dependent on Cody providing an upside. Aldis needs something in return for the title that he stands for. But Cody wants to take it just because he wants it? No. Cody needs the ROH World Championship to put up, but he doesn’t have it, so what does he have instead? Because to Aldis, he has everything to lose and nothing to gain. “That sounds like bad business to me.”
Cody asks Aldis hold out his hand. He does, and Cody offers the literal Ring of Honor as collateral. Aldis should consider All In and their match. Aldis starts to leave, but Cody adds that “while you’re thinking about it,” Cody wants Aldis to consider how he’d like to move up from “the penny slots tot he high roller table.” Yes, the NWA World Title in front of 10451 people. Think of how Cody was defeating both Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi while Aldis was “beating up a 53-year-old history teacher”!
Aldis is mad now, and he gets back in the ring. He shows Cody that ring, on his finger. Aldis wants Cody to kiss the ring. But here comes the Bullet Club to keep the peace. Marty Scurll is also a good friend of Aldis, so he’s trying to talk reason into the NWA champ. Things cool down while we go to break.
Six Man Tag: Cheeseburger, Flip Gordon & Josh Woods VS Bully Ray, Shane Taylor & Punishment Martinez!
After months of the Hall of Fame legend of ECW belittling and, well, bullying the younger generation, it’s time for that younger generation to stand up! Bully has called Burger and Flip entitled and lazy millennials, but they and The Goods are anything but. Can this rag tag trio defeat Bully and the enlisted Hitman and Purple Mist?
But as Flip Gordon makes his way out, Bully Ray blindsides him, and puts him into a post! Burger and Woods defend the fallen Flip, but Bully waits for back-up. We go to break while medics check on Flip.
ROH returns again, and fans cheer for Flip while medics help him walk to the back. Bully’s team are already in the ring as Bully speaks. “What’re we gonna do now?” This was meant to be a Six Man Tag. If you don’t have a partner, throw the match out and give Bully’s team the win so he can go home. Fans cheer for various alternates, especially for Colt Cabana. What’s Colt’s answer? He’s not dressed, but then who? Burger speaks up, and says if the “big bastards” want to fight 3v2, he and Woods are up for it! A handicap match? Well, Bully doesn’t mind that, so that’s what we’re getting. Do Burger and The Goods stand a chance being down a man?
3v2 Handicap: Cheeseburger & Josh Woods VS Bully Ray, Shane Taylor & Punishment Martinez!
Mr. Top Prospect 2018 faces off against the Notorious Hitman while fans boo Bully. Taylor looks ready, but then he tags out to the ROH World Television Champion. Bully trash talks for Martinez as he stares Woods down. Woods isn’t scared as he ties up with Martinez. Fans rally while Martinez puts Woods in a corner. Woods shoves Martinez, then ducks to fire off body shots. He ducks again to give more shots, but Martinez knees low. Martinez whips but Woods reverses and ducks to German Suplex! Martinez gets to an open corner, then boots Woods down. Bully likes what he sees, and now Taylor tags in. Taylor brings Woods up for a big right forearm. He trash talks then swings Woods out, but Woods counters with a T-Bone!
Taylor is reeling, and he tags Bully in. Burger wants at Bully, and fans want him to try. Woods tells Bully to hush as he listens to the fans. Woods tags in Burger, and Burger stares Bully down. Burger isn’t scared, but Bully kicks him low. Bully brings Burger in, and lifts, but Burger pops out to fire off! Bully shoves Burger, then runs in, but misses in the corner. Burger hurries up top, but Martinez comes in. The ref is busy with Martinez, so Taylor runs over and pushes Burger down! Bully comes back to drag Burger up. He puts Burger in the corner and gets ready to stomp while we go to break.
ROH returns once more, and Bully trash talks Burger as he stalks behind him. Burger crawls for his corner but gets crossface forearms from Bully. Bully asks how that tastes. He then chooses Taylor and tags him in. Taylor brings Burger up into a corner, for a strong overhand chop. Fans rally up for “Cheese! Burger!” Burger fights back, but eats another right from Taylor. Taylor puts Burger in a corner, then stands on his face. The ref counts and Taylor backs off at 4. Fans continue to cheer, but then Taylor blasts Woods off the apron! Woods almost wipes out a camera man at the same time. Burger boots Taylor back, then hops up. Flying tornado DDT! But Burger has no one to tag in! Colt Cabana has had enough, he gets to the corner! This is back to a Six Man as Cabana gets the tag!
Cabana fires off on Taylor with both hands, then dodges Martinez. Martinez hits Taylor, then Cabana hits Martinez with the back elbow. Woods clotheslines Martinez out. Taylor returns but Cabana springboards for the quebrada while Woods leaps onto Martinez! Fans fire up as Bully runs into Cabana’s SPEAR! Cabana rains down rights, but then Burger tags in. Burger climbs up, Cabana keeps the way clear for his double stomps! Cabana slingshots out onto Bully! Burger fires up, but Taylor comes in for a tilt-o-whirl into a side slam! Cover, Team Bully wins!
Winners: Bully Ray, Punishment Martinez & Shane Taylor, Taylor pinning
Cabana’s heroic efforts were for naught as Bully’s team wins. And then to pile on, Bully tackles Woods while Taylor fires off on Woods. Martinez comes in to stomp Burger while Bully gets his chain. Bully punches Woods, then lashes Cabana while Taylor holds Burger down. Bully and his bullies keep the underdogs down, but here comes Flip Gordon! He has a chair and SMACKS Martinez with it! He SMACKS Taylor, too, then glares at Bully. They circle, but Bully runs! Bullies are cowards, but when will this Bully get what he deserves?
A solid episode right here that smartly takes into account other events ROH is involved in. Opening with Briscoes VS Bounces was good, it helped give Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas a good showing while making Jay & Mark even more impressive by defeating two men bigger than both of them. Great brawl with SCU to give us more in their story. I feel the Addiction should win, they can only chase titles to keep the countdown at bay for so long. Them winning changes things so that every title defense they have could be their last. Then nice bit of drama going towards All In as Aldis points out Cody doesn’t have the ROH WHC. I’ll just assume Cody gets the belt so that All In’s match still happens.
I was surprised it was Madison Rayne and not the Heels, Kelly Klein and Karen Q, who won. I think the reason is that Madison should at least get a shot at the WOH Championship, assuming she leaves Impact and ROH to be in WWE/NXT after the 2018 Mae Young Classic. Therefore, Sumie retains but it’ll probably be a fun match. That Six Man turned Handicap turned Six Man again was pretty good stuff. In light of what’s happening with CM Punk, Cabana gets even more Face power now that he’s helping Burger against Bully Ray. Flip Gordon does great coming back from being taken out to run off Bully’s team. I expect a rematch, with Burger, Flip and Cabana from the start to take on Bully and at least Taylor. Martinez might opt out to defend his ROH WTV title.
My Score: 8/10