ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 353
Best in the World is fast approaching, but the stars of ROH are ready! #DemBoyz Jack & Mark Briscoe team up with Punishment Martinez to take on the #HungBucks ahead of their separate grudge matches. Will the Superkick Party start early? Or will Martinez & The Briscoes keep the Bullet Club from making it to BitW?
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- Jay Lethal VS Chuckie T; Lethal wins.
- Six Man Tag: Punishment Martinez & The Briscoes VS The Bullet Club; The Bullet Club wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The ROH World Champion, Dalton Castle is here!
The Peacock and his Boys walk down to the ring, still holding onto the gold this close to his Triple Threat title defense against The American Nightmare and the Villain. The Hammerstein Ballroom is thunderous for him, and he likes it. Because this was the site where he became ROH World Champion. “Ever since that day”, Castle has done everything possible to continue to call himself champion. Castle says that June 29th, he’s pushing himself to the limit, with the title on the line against two members of Bullet Club. Why two at once? “Why the Hell not?” Castle lets us know that he’s a damn good wrestler, so he’s not afraid to go against two guys hungry for his title.
The odds are against him, sure, but he’s gonna tell us what will happen at Best in the World. He pulls out a pretzel as a metaphor. Okay he doesn’t know what metaphors are, but he knows he’s ROH WHC and not by accident. Castle fights whoever is put in front of him and to keep what is his. The title is his, so put Cody and Scurll in the ring, or even a “god damn werewolf and Frankenstein”, Castle will still drop them all on their head until they never get up again! Castle’s the best in the world, so in Baltimore, Cody and Marty will regret questioning that. Castle loves the fans, loves doing this, and vows to be champion for a long, long time! He raises the belt now, but will he be raising it after Best in the World?
ROH reviews Jay Lethal’s quest for redemption.
“Without Ring of Honor gold around my waist, I’ll be the first to admit it. I am lost.” The Franchise Player wants to climb back up to the top, and to the ROH World Championship. And in order to do that, he needs to win more. Lethal vows to show ROH management that he can do more than just win, he’ll win against wrestlers who defeated him in the past. Since making this vow, Lethal has defeated Mark Briscoe, Matt Taven, Punishment Martinez and soon looks to do the same to Kushida. “I am lost right now, but that is going to change, soon.” Can Lethal make up for all his defeats, and find his way to the title?
Jay Lethal VS Chuckie T!
Lethal had a match with The Kentucky Gentleman as well as the Switchblade, Jay White, back at War of the Worlds in May. In the end, Chuckie T would win against both Jays, putting him on Lethal’s hit list for loss redemption. Can Lethal get that loss back? Or will Chuckie T suddenly go up 2-0 on the former world champion?
The two uphold the Code of Honor with a handshake, and we begin with the bell. Chuckie and Lethal circle while fans duel already. They tie up, Lethal spins into the wristlock then brings Chuckie to the mat. Chuckie stands but Lethal wrenches his arm again. Chuckie rolls and reverses the hold, but Lethal gives it back. Lethal keeps wrist control but Chuckie brings him down to a knee. Chuckie trots around Lethal to put the wristlock onto him. He shifts to a hammerlock but Lethal snapmares out, only for Chuckie to use another hammerlock as an escape. Chuckie backs off and fans applaud that sportsmanship.
The two circle again, tie up, and Chuckie gets a headlock. Lethal powers out as fans duel again. Chuckie runs Lethal over, then runs, but things speed up. Lethal tries to hip toss but Chuckie blocks to hip toss Lethal, only for Lethal to reverse that and Chuckie to reverse that. They end up by the ropes and Lethal tumbles out. Lethal comes back and chops Chuckie! Lethal whips him corner to corner but Chuckie reverses. Chuckie runs into a back elbow, then Lethal hops up, but his crossbody misses as Chuckie walks out of the way. Chuckie brings Lethal up for a shoulder breaker, then a standing Octopus stretch!
Fans rally while Lethal fights out. Chuckie sunset flips but then slips out as Lethal tries to counter. Lethal runs in but into a back elbow. Chuckie climbs and back-flips, but Lethal walks out of the way. However, Chuckie lands on his feet. And he dropkicks Lethal down! Chuckie embraces the applause before going for the cover. TWO, and we go to break.
ROH returns and Chuckie pulls Lethal’s arm against the ropes. He backs off at the ref’s count of 4, then whips Lethal. Lethal reverses and hip tosses to then cartwheel and dropkick. Chuckie bails out of the ring, but Lethal takes aim, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit with the tope suicida. Fans want “One More Time!” so Lethal goes in, runs and DIVES! There’s the second! The fans want the hat trick, so who is Lethal to complain? Lethal runs and DIVES! There it is! Lethal high-fives the fans while Chuckie slumps off the barrier. Lethal puts Chuckie in the ring, then covers, TWO! But Lethal doesn’t get frustrated, he brings Chuckie up for a pendulum backbreaker! Cover, TWO!
Lethal stays on Chuckie with a buckle bump and a swift chop. He whips Chuckie but Chuckie reverses into Sole Food! Chuckie then drops the elbow and barks at the camera. Chuckie brings Lethal up for a back suplex but Lethal fights out. Lethal tries a back suplex but Chuckie fights out. Chuckie tries again but Lethal fights out. Lethal tries again but Chuckie lands on his feet. Chuckie tries again but Lethal lands on his feet. Lethal tries again but Chuckie lands on his feet. Chuckie staggers back into the corner then boots Lethal away. Chuckie runs but double clotheslines take both men down. Fans applaud while the referee starts a 10 count.
Both men stir while fans duel. Chuckie sits up, but Lethal does, too. Chuckie jabs away, then gives a strong haymaker. Lethal puts Chuckie on the apron and hits back. Lethal triangle jumps but misses as Chuckie ducks. Chuckie prepares for the most dangerous move, but Lethal gets out of the ring. Chuckie slingshots back out but Lethal dodges again, to drop Chuckie with a cutter! Both men are down from hitting the floor but the fans love it. A 20 count begins, and Lethal stands up at 7. Lethal gets in at 8, but Chuckie barely stirs by the time the ref reaches 15. Chuckie stands but staggers, to beat the count at 19! Lethal drags Chuckie over, “WOO~!”, but Chuckie inside cradles, TWO. SUPERKICK, cover, TWO!
Lethal grows frustrated, but fans are still dueling. Lethal stands, drags Chuckie over, and calls for the top rope. But Chuckie grabs Lethal’s foot. Lethal stomps Chuckie out for it, making sure Chuckie stays down. Lethal then goes to the corner, and takes his time climbing up. But Chuckie stands to get under Lethal. Chuckie runs back at Lethal, but ends up in a Lethal Combination, yet rolls Lethal up! TWO, and Lethal boots to then enziguri! Chuckie staggers to a corner, and Lethal runs in, but into a big knee! Chuckie drags Lethal up, snap piledriver! Cover, TWO! Now Chuckie grows frustrated. Fans rally up for him as he brings off the elbow pads. Chuckie drags Lethal up, lifts, but Lethal slips out. Handspring, Lethal Injection!!
Cover, Lethal wins!
Winner: Jay Lethal, by pinfall
Check off Chuckie T, as Lethal has avenged his loss to the Kentucky Gentleman. But his journey back to the top is far from over. Best in the World, Lethal and Kushida face off for the tiebreaker! Will Lethal complete his mission of redemption? Or will the Time Splitter stall him out a little longer?
Best in the World now has a generational grudge match on deck!
Bully Ray lived up to his name when he started picking on the younger wrestlers for simply being younger, and that included the high-flying Flip Gordon. However, upon learning Flip Gordon is an actual active-duty combat engineer under the National Guard, Bully changed his tune. He wanted to show Flip that the hatchet was buried and the heat was off, and that he respected the younger man. Or so he claimed, because he would then kick Flip between the legs! Bully Ray may not care what his reputation with the fans is anymore, but will he regret every picking on this explosive young star?
Best in the World has another major match announced!
The K I N G set aside his own desire for the ROH World Television Championship in the hopes of helping his friend and the Greatest Man That Ever Lived could add it to his collection. They were great friends, but after a mistake turned Austin Aries against him, Kenny King vows to prove the Greatest Man has an equal.
Flip Gordon speaks on his match.
Bully Ray may have a problem with him, but at Best in the World, Flip vows to be the “Young Boy” that kicks the old man’s ass!
Hangman Page speaks on his own grudge match.
The Problem Solver swears that their Baltimore Street Fight will be where he finishes what the Purple Mist started!
Jay Lethal has last words for his match with Kushida.
The time has come for Lethal to get his tiebreaker and get his win back as he shows the world he IS the Best in the World!
The Briscoes speak on their ROH World Tag Team Championship match.
“The Young Bucks? Young Bucks my ass!” #DemBoyz have had it up to here with the Young Bucks! They’re the Briscoes, the greatest tag team of this generation. At Best in the World, Jay & Mark prove it.
The ROH World Championship Triple Threat participants speak.
“What an evening we are in for!” Castle will toss bodies left and right with plenty to go around against the “two squishy faced fellas” coming for his ROH World Championship. But Cody feels that on the anniversary of when he became ROH WHC, it’ll be a repeat of success. As for his good friend Marty Scurll, well he’ll have no choice but to let him. Hover, Scurll says that at BitW, the best Villain in the world defeats Cody and Castle to finally become ROH WHC. There is no lack of confidence here, but who will find themselves lacking that coveted world title?
Six Man Tag: Punishment Martinez & The Briscoes VS The Bullet Club!
An unlikely alliance comes from having mutual enemies, as Jay & Mark join the Reincarnation of the Purple Mist against the former ROH World Six Man Tag Champions, the #HungBucks! Martinez and Hangman are going to have a truly brutal Baltimore Street Fight to settle their grudge, while #DemBoyz will defend their ROH World (Two Man) Tag Team Championships against another highly decorated tag team. Which side will gain the last bit of momentum before Best in the World?
ROH returns as Nick Jackson and Mark Briscoe start with the bell. Fans are strongly behind “The! Elite! The the Elite!” but Jay shouts at them to shut up. Jay gives Mark advice on what to do, and Mark ties up with Nick. Mark gets the waistlock and powers Nick into a corner. He grinds a forearm, then backs off. Nick dodges the chop to give a chop, then whips Mark corner to corner. Mark goes up and over, rolls but into another chop. Nick goes “lucha libre~” and arm-drags Mark, then dropkicks him down. Jay is pissed off and throws a chair into the ring! That doesn’t distract Nick long as he counters Mark with a back kick. Nick rocks Mark with a right then whips, but Mark reverses. Nick dodges but Jay dumps him out with a low rope. But then Matt comes in to FLY on Jay!
Matt says that was for his brother, but then he and Mark brawl for both their brothers. Hangman and Martinez decide to sub in and they brawl in the ring! Martinez knees low, then ear claps before he tosses Hangman out. Nick returns to the ring with a springboard, but Martinez catches him with one hand. Matt saves Nick from going South of Heaven, then they both dropkick Martinez out. The Briscoes return but run into kicks, and then the alley-oop dropkick. Both Briscoes go back out, and the Terminator drums begin.
The Bucks coordinate, and Nick runs for Matt to put him on the apron, Penalty Kick for Jay! Hangman runs in for Matt to put him on the apron, to Shooting Star Press Mark down! Martinez climbs back up, but Matt handsprings and headscissors for Nick’s dropkick! Fans are all fired up and so are the Bucks. The Briscoes regroup but get double slingshot plancha! Hangman goes up and fans rally, but Martinez tosses him down! Hangman hits apron on his way to the ground. The Briscoes then shove the Bucks into barriers, then hold them in place for Martinez. Martinez climbs up, for a falling senton!
Martinez wipes the Bucks out, and it seems he and the Briscoes have come to an understanding of aggression. Mark tosses the chair back into the ring while Jay and Martinez keep the Bucks down. Mark drags Matt up, to run him all the way into barriers! Martinez drags a table out while Mark then back suplexes Matt on the apron and Jay hits Nick for good measure. They set the table up, then set Matt on it. Mark keeps on Nick, then lifts him up for a crucifix bomb.
Nick senses what’s coming and manages to fight out. But he finds himself 2v1 against The Briscoes. They double whip Nick, but Nick boots Jay and dodges Mark to then rally on both with those swift kicks. Nick gives Jay a shining wizard, but Martinez distracts the ref, so that the ref doesn’t see Mark toss the chair into Nick’s face! Martinez grins while Mark goes up. Mark leaps and drops an elbow through Matt and the table!
Matt is left wrecked in the wood but the fans are thunderous while we go to break.
ROH returns and Martinez has Nick in a chinlock in the ring. He also drives a knee in, but fans rally for Nick. Nick fights out but Martinez knees low. Martinez whips but Nick reverses into a back elbow. Nick runs at the Briscoes and trips Jay off the apron. Nick ducks Mark, then roundhouses him down! He hurries back into the ring but Martinez is waiting to intercept his leap for the Bullet Club corner. Martinez pushes Nick back then gives him an uppercut. Martinez rocks Matt for good measure, then just taunts Hangman. He goes after Nick with a corner to corner whip, but Nick uses that to springboard and FLY onto #DemBoyz! Nick hurries back in, ducks Martinez to hot tag Hangman!
Hangman fires off haymakers and chops on Martinez! He whips but Martinez reverses. Hangman grabs ropes then dumps Martinez out to the apron. He knocks Martinez down, but Mark returns. Hangman lifts Mark in a fireman’s carry, but then kicks Jay. Hangman dumps Mark down to dropsault off of Jay! Fans fire up, but Martinez returns. Hangman swings around to try a piledriver, but Martinez slips out to swing. Hangman ducks that and runs, to then kick away the back drop. But Martinez just stands straight up! Martinez roars, so Hangman spits on him. Hangman clotheslines Martinez out, then climbs up top. Fans rally while The Briscoes come over. They and Martinez are grouped together and Hangman SUPER MOONSAULTS!
Direct hit, and the fans are thunderous! “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” echoes out as Hangman puts Martinez in the ring. Fans rally as the Hung Bucks coordinate for the double kick and clothesline in the corner! They keep going, as Nick and Matt frog splash and standing moonsault, then Hangman adds a standing Shooting Star! Cover, but the Briscoes break it up. Mark throws Hangman out, then both brothers throw both Bucks to the apron. The Bucks shoulder back, then double slingshot sunset flip, into double Cease Sharpshooters! “The! Elite! The the Elite!” echoes out while both Briscoes endure. But Martinez stands up and grabs each Buck in one hand. The Bucks break free, Hangman hits Buck Shot! Hangman and Matt drape Martinez out for Nick’s 450 splash! Cover, TWO!!
The Bullet Club rallies the fans up again as Hangman drags Martinez up. He prepares the Rite, but Martinez fights out. Martinez swings but misses, as does Hangman, until they double clothesline each other down! Both men crawl for their corners, but we need one last break!
ROH returns once more, and only now do Martinez and Hangman hot tag Jay and Matt! Matt and Jay brawl with haymakers back and forth. Jay rakes and bites Matt, then turns him, but Matt escapes the neckbreaker to SUPERKICK! Matt runs, but into a sudden Death Valley Driver! Cover, but Nick breaks it. Mark throws Nick out then keeps Hangman down. He and Jay coordinate, electric chair and… No! Matt lands out of Doomsday on his feet! SUPERKICK! But then Jay SUPERKICKS, too! Hangman slingshots in, but Jay dodges to waistlock and shove Hangman into a corner. Hangman gives a back elbow, then hops up, but Jay clubs him in the back. Jay gets Hangman on his shoulders, and Martinez climbs up, for a heel kick Doomsday!
But Matt returns, and takes aim at Jay. Mark comes in, but Matt still SPEARS Jay! Matt throws hands on Mark, then whips. Mark uses that to wreck Nick with a dropkick. Mark hits Matt, then hits an apron blockbuster on Nick! Matt goes to kick Martinez, but Matinez blocks for the Psycho Driver, and curb stomp! Jay covers, TWO!! Jay cannot believe Matt survived, but fans hope they all “Fight Forever!” The teams all start to regroup, and while Jay scoop slams Matt, Hangman distracts the ref. This allows Nick to throw that chair at Mark’s face! Turnabout is fair play, after all.
Mark teeters on the top while Jay kicks Nick down. Jay argues with the ref, but that’s wasting time. SUPERKICK from Matt to Jay! Matt aims at Martinez, but Martinez still blocks. Martinez spins Matt around, but Matt ducks the roundhouse. Hangman joins in for a double SUPERKICK on Martinez! Nick sees Mark sitting up on the top rope, SUPERKICK! Jay comes back and throws forearms on all three #HungBucks. He doesn’t slow down, but then he runs into TRIPLE SUPERKICKS! Hangman slingshots out to hit Martinez, and the Bucks coordinate. Matt scoops Jay while Nick springboards, but Mark catches him with a SUPER CUTTER! Jay then gets Matt, Jay Driller!
Cover, but Hangman breaks it!! The match continues and fans are thunderous. Martinez drags Hangman out to put him into barriers while fans chant “Fight Forever! Woop Woop!” Matt and Jay stir while Martinez keeps on Hangman. Jay gets Matt up and coordinates with Mark, but Nick disrupts Doomsday. Mark punches away on Nick, so Jay turns to Martinez. But Hangman powerbombs Martinez through the timekeeper’s table! Mark gets back up, but Matt victory rolls through the electric chair, and Nick blocks Mark! The #HungBucks WIN!
Winners: The Bullet Club’s Hung Bucks, Matt Jackson pinning
That win was by the seat of their pants, but the Bullet Club doesn’t get to celebrate long as Mark immediately starts stomping on Matt and Nick. Jay joins in, and they even go after Hangman. Fans boo and jeer, but here comes Cody!
The American Nightmare is armed with a chair and he runs #DemBoyz off. The Briscoes may not like it, but they lost. Will they get better payback on the Bucks at Best in the World? Or will the Superkick Party bring them a fourth ROH World Tag Team Championship reign?
This was a decent go-home show with the most insane main event for a go-home to have. Dalton Castle has a good opening promo to state his case for keeping the world championship. But it makes his later smaller promo seem needless, even if it seems to be ROH go-home tradition. Maybe instead, the opener would’ve been better served with one last showing of Scurll and Cody not getting along going into the Triple Threat. The Jay Lethal review package also seemed unnecessary when he was going to have a match with Chuckie T and make his point in his later short promo. I’m pretty sure Lethal wins against Kushida to keep his story going for the summer.
The review package for Flip and Bully was better since it helps establish the match is happening. I just wish Flip’s short promo was longer and put at this point for the sake of consistency. ROH is editing these episodes together for themselves, why can’t they just edit it together to go that way? But the main event was the best part of this entire episode, it could’ve just been the entire 50 minute episode and no one would complain. The Bullet Club is still super popular, The Briscoes are amazing in this Heel run of theirs, and Martinez is of course ROH’s number one monster. Martinez-Hangman could go either way, but I’m betting on the Bucks becoming simultaneous ROH World, IWGP Heavyweight AND NEVER Openweight Six Man champions after 6/29/18.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Review: Day 4 (4/17/2021)
AJPW is back with Day 4 of the Champion Carnival and Mathew is back as well! Will Zeus stay undefeated? Check it out!
Hello everyone and you read it right, I have returned and ready to get the show on the road. I wanna thank Andrew for covering the first three days of the Carnival while I was on vacation while also dealing with laptop issues. Should be getting a new computer soon but in the meantime, gonna abuse this old laptop as much as I can till it happens. All Japan’s memorable time of the year, the Champion Carnival is currently underway and I’m here to take over the 6 remaining days.
It’s been a fun three shows so far and let’s see if the rest can deliver. Will Zeus remain undefeated?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
Star Rating System:
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Shotaro Ashino vs. Kohei Sato
Review: Time for our first match-up as Shotaro Ashino takes on Kohei Sato. Ashino is in a bit of turmoil ever since he lost Enfants Terribles and only has one victory under his belt while losing his first two matches. Sato has a steady record as he only has one win and loss under his belt, and a win here would put him in the middle of the rankings. Can Ashino win two in a row or does he fall behind again?
These two started with some chain wrestling but it appears to be a stalemate as they transition into a chop battle, where Sato is winning. I know Sato may not look like much in a physical sense but he can deliver some stiff shots to you, so definitely wanna be careful when in the ring with this guy. Ashino did try to make a comeback with a European Uppercut but Sato forearms him down. In the grand scheme of things, Shotaro being on his own is a much better path for him since he was mostly known as Wrestle-1’s guy and leader of this group, and now that he doesn’t have them and is now a babyface, it’s a fresher start for him to see what he can do on his own.
Sato appears to be heading towards Ashino and it was the opening Shotaro needed to hit a Dragon Screw, making Sato go down and this is where he will shine. Shotaro with the Gutwrench but Sato kicked out. Shotaro going in with the leg work to try and weaken it for the Ankle Lock later but Sato grabbed the ropes. Shotaro ran the ropes but Sato catches him with a knee to the gut, gaining control of the match once again while delivering kicks to the chest and midsection. Sato went for the Brainbuster but Ashino reversed it, hitting a German Suplex as he goes for the cover but once Sato kicked out, Ashino quickly turned it into the Ankle Lock! Sato would eventually get to the ropes and Shotaro is forced to let go of the hold. Shotaro tried to get the ankle again but Sato punched him in the gut and it leads to an exchange of blows till Sato won that battle, topping it off with a Falcon Arrow as Shotaro kicked out at two! It wouldn’t last much longer as Sato quickly picked him up to hit the Drill-a-Hole Piledriver, getting the victory over Ashino. I know people are frustrated with how Ashino has been booked since arriving at All Japan but all it takes is patience, he’s basically started over and getting the slow build back up.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter.
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Review: Time for our next match as Koji Doi takes on the Triple Crown Champion, Suwama. Suwama currently only has one win under his belt with two losses, so it’s a better record than last year but he still needs to find a way to get back up on the totem pole. Koji has the same record as the champ but a victory here would gain a lot of momentum. Will the champ prevail or does Koji pull an upset?
Loo at Koji getting the first advantage with a couple of shoulder tackles to the champ and oh wait, never mind, Suwama double chopped him and now has him in the corner. Suwama Irish-whips him into the corner but Koji reversed it as Suwama attempts a Lariat as Koji blocked it and hits his arm with a Codebreaker, turning it into a Fujiwara Armbar. After being forced to let go, Koji responds by stomping on his arm and having it through the ropes to pull on it. Koji Doi is someone I’ve always considered to be an underrated talent and glad he’s getting the opportunity on a bigger platform than Wrestle-1.
Suwama makes a comeback after hitting a flying shoulder tackle to get Koji down. Suwama then throws him into the corner to hit a Lariat before pulling him in for a Belly-to-Belly Suplex but Koji kicked out at two. Suwama called for the Last Ride but Koji was able to flip him over, leading the two to exchange blows until Koji tossed him into the ropes for a side slam. Koji delivered a Dropkick and would attempt to lift him but the champ refused to go up, causing Koji to just knock him down with a Lariat. Koji went for the Murder Lariat but Suwama catches him with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex, then gets him for a German, and then a Discus Lariat for good measure. Suwama hits the Backdrop but Koji got up to fight through the pain but Suwama applies the Sleeper Hold and Koji is out, giving Suwama the victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Jake Lee vs. Shinjiro Otani
Review: Halfway through the day as Zero1’s Shinjiro Otani takes on the leader of TOTAL ECLIPSE, Jake Lee. Jake Lee has made quite the transformation ever since he turned heel and took Enfants Terribles from Ashino, he has developed a whole new persona since then and it seems to be the change he needed to show he’s a top star. Can Jake bounce back from his first loss or will he lose two in a row?
There appears to be an issue under the ring as the referee and announcer go check on it before starting the match, guess a bar or piece of wood popped out. Now the match is underway with Jake delivering some stomps down on Otani but would eventually get tossed over the ropes. Otani would deliver some stomps of his own after getting Lee back into the ring, just stomping away at him into the corner until Jake tripped him, delivering more stomps onto him. Jake is wrestling a completely different style compared to how we’re used to seeing him and it works for his new persona. He delivers it well and this whole tournament is a great way to showcase his new self. Jake delivered stiff kicks to the midsection and Otani would eventually catch his foot to hit it with an elbow and leg sweep him off his feet.
Jake grabbed Otani’s head and delivered multiple knees to his head but Otani would eventually counteract with a German Suplex. Otani went for a palm strike but Jake delivered a knee to the gut and then one more knee to the back of his head after getting him down. Jake delivered a couple more knee shots to Otani as he’s laughing maniacally to the crowd before he went to pick him up to hit his new finisher, the D4C, which is a delayed vertical drop Brainbuster. Jake crossed Otani’s arms while covering him and gets the victory. If this is how Jake Lee is going to be, this may very well be the trigger to make him the next Triple Crown Champion.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Review: It’s now time for our main event as Purple Haze leader and last year’s winner, Zeus takes on NEXTREAM’s own Yuma Aoyagi. Zeus is currently the only one that remains undefeated in the tournament so far and a win here would help secure himself closer to the winner of the tournament. Yuma only has one win under his belt but a victory here can stop Zeus and remain strong in the game. Does Zeus remain undefeated or will Yuma be his first loss?
It’s good to see that Zeus is still a snacc, Mathew likes. Yuma failed to challenge Zeus in raw power after being tackled down but Yuma could still try to outsmart him as he had Zeuss over the top ropes and Dropkicked him to get him to the outside. 2021 has been a great year for Yuma, winning the tag titles for the first time, delivering solid matches at the beginning of the year, this little resurgance this past year has been a big plus for Yuma since he was falling behind in terms of star power. They fight outside briefly but Zeus would deliver his beautiful chops to hurt his chest and tossed Yuma back into the ring. When you think about it, Zeus is still undefeated from last year’s Carnival as well, so has that undefeated Carnival record carried over from his victory to this upcoming one, so it makes sense for Zeus to look as dominating as possible during this tournament.
Yuma got back into it when hitting a Crossbody onto Zeus but would kick out at one. Yuma tossed Zeus into the ropes but Zeus would hit a Flying Clothesline instead as the two are down but Zeus is getting up first, lifting him up for a Bearhug and tossed him over. Zeus calls for the Chokeslam but Yuma fights him off, delivering an below to the face and as he ran the ropes, he ducked under Zeus to hit a German Suplex. Yuma climbed to the top rope but Zeus chops him before coming up to hit a Superplex as the two men go down. Zeus hits the Chokeslam this time and climbs to the top rope to hit a Frog Splash but Yuma kicked out at two! Zeus quickly went for the Facelock and looks like he could tap but Yuma had his foot on the rope. Zeus called for the Jackhammer but Yuma reversed it into a German Suplex but Zeus quickly got up to attempt a Lariat, however, Yuma ducked again to hit another German. Yuma has the End Game locked in but Zeus was close enough to grab the rope, and break the hold. Zeus went for a Lariat but Yuma ducked as they ran the ropes, making Zeus hit the Lariat this time as Yuma was turned inside out. Zeus went for one more Lariat as Yuma reversed it into a Crucifix Pin and gets the surprising victory over Zeus! Big win for Yuma and Zeus is no longer undefeated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half.
Overall: While none of the matches were mind blowing, everything was still solid. Nothing crazy or over the top, just solid and basic wrestling for this night. Hopefully tomorrow will deliver something different. We had two people in the top spot and two people who are one loss away from being eliminated.
Favorite Match: Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Least Favorite Match: Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Champion Carnival Standings:
- Zeus: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Jake Lee: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Kohei Sato: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Koji Doi: (1-3) (2 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: (1-3) (2 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!
The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.
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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!
Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!
Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!
Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!
Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?
August Grey VS Tony Nese!
#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?
Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!
Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!
Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.
Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!
Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!
Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?
NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?
A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.
Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.
My Score: 8.2/10
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