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?
All images courtesy of the Fite.TV app and streaming service
- Jay Lethal VS Chuckie T; Lethal wins.
- Six Man Tag: Punishment Martinez & The Briscoes VS The Bullet Club; The Bullet Club wins.
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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
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.19 ~ 19TH JANUARY 2019
Hisame dropping the NOAH knowledge bombs every week! If you’re behind, just curious, or a frequent admirer of the Emerald ways, these Newsletters keep getting better and better.
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
On the 13th January, Yoshinari Ogawa and HAYATA shook hands, and then briefly patted each other on the back for a quick hug. So far nothing more has come of this, HAYATA hasn’t turned against RATELS, and Yoshinari Ogawa is absent with flu, but HAYATA does have a singles match with YO-HEY on the 20th, and so we shall see how matters progress from there.
Interestingly, YO-HEY has also spoke of “three people” being traitors.
Hajime Ohara picked up a slight, but scary injury following a kick to the face from Keisuke Ishii, he found that his sight was blurred for a few days, but rest corrected it.
Masa Kitamiya and Atsushi Kotoge (who thinks that “Masa needs a revolution”) will face off for the number one contendership for the GHC Heavyweight on the 20th January. Kaito Kiyomiya says he does not care who wins, he will face and defend against the winner.
Naomichi Marufuji will return to the ring on the 2nd February.
RATELS came to the UK to compete in IPW’S inaugural junior heavyweight tournament. Keeping to the current situation NOAH, they pretty much stayed apart (with Tadasuke the only one visibly siding with Harada, YO-HEY appearing to go off on his own and HAYATA not appearing with anyone). However, YO-HEY was seen to be standing watching HAYATA’S match with Kid Lykos, and loving it.
The tournament was held between eight wrestlers: Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke, YO-HEY, HAYATA, Chris Ridgeway, James Castle, Ben Basden and Kid Lykos.
In the first round, Daisuke Harada and Chris Ridgeway beat the hell out of each other, YO-HEY was an instant hit with the crowd (who were disappointed that he wouldn’t be coming back), James Castle faced Tadasuke and HAYATA had a match against Kid Lykos which involved heel tactics and an attack from Chris Brookes. As far as the Noah matches went in the second round, NOAH naturally did not want to ruin the eventual Harada vs YO-HEY or the YO-HEY vs HAYATA, so we were treated to HAYATA vs Daisuke Harada.
The finals came down to James Castle vs Daisuke Harada, in which Harada was victorious and became the first IPW Junior Heavyweight Champion, he was handed the belt by Doug Williams, and bought it to the ring today in NOAH.
Chris Ridgeway has vowed revenge on Harada, he says that not only will he come to Japan to make him tap out, he would also take the belt too.
A more detailed recap of the event can be found via my podcast episode at either Soundcloud or iTunes (please see links at the end of the newsletter).
NOAH VS ALL JAPAN\TOKYO SPORTS AWARDS
Tokyo Sports are suggesting that as 2019 will mark Jun Akiyama’s five years of All Japan presidency, and of course NOAH will celebrate their 20 years in August, there may well be a collaboration between the two for the anniversary, NOAH of course coming from All Japan.
At the annual awards, Naomichi Marufuji picked up the award for “Outstanding Achievement”, and Kaito Kiyomiya the award for “Fighting Spirit”.
Kaito Kiyomiya (who was described by Suwama as being “dignified, well dressed, with good posture” and “very polite to the seniors”), gave a nervous looking speech:
“I have received the “Fighting Spirit Award”. Thank you very much. When I heard I was getting this award, I was very surprised. I am proud to have taken the belt last year, and this year, as champion, as NOAH’s face, I would like to run with everyone who supports me. Thank you very much”.
Naomichi Marufuji (older and more experienced, and with the benefit of having Misawa ease him into public situations such as these), was more relaxed in his:
“Thank you very much for the “Outstanding Performance Award” of 2018. 2018 was my 20th year, but this year is my 21st. I’d like to make an effort to make a further leap. As New Japan continue to monopolize the MVP Grand Prize, I want to show the best match, so not to lose receiving the assessment”
“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS“
Kenoh’s column Kenoh spoke in his first column of 2019 about his loss to Kaito Kiyomiya for the GHC Heavyweight Championship. He is confident that he can beat Kiyomiya for the title, but he feels there is an element of nepotism and that in his opinion, Kiyomiya is “protected by the company.”
Kenoh’s worse fears are that Marufuji will challenge for the title when he returns on the 2nd February, and that Kiyomiya will defeat him (Kenoh wants to be the one to do it), and he has sworn he will crush them both if so. Kenoh finished by saying that his goal for this year is to get his revenge on Kiyomiya, that is his “screenplay”.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion & IPW Champion: Daisuke Harada
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Yuji Hino & Maybach Taniguchi (“The Hooligans”)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Hitoshi Kumano & Hajime Ohara (“The Backbreakers”)
~ YO-HEY has a new t-shirt
~ Yoshinari Ogawa has been pulled from the NOAH tour from the 19th to the 26th January as he is suffering from influenza.
~ Fifty Funky Powers disco ball was out, proud and rotating at NOAH’s show on January 13th. For their entry the lights dimmed and it threw green spots around the hall.
~ NOAH are selling in limited quantities, portrait pictures of Junta Miyawaki, Yoshiki Inamura and Kinya Okada
~ There appears to be a conflict brewing between Kenoh and Katsuhiko Nakajima
~ Tadasuke was noted to be giving Kinya Okada advice during their three way match
~ Kenoh did not take kindly to being asked to join the revolution with Atsushi Kotoge, and kicked him hard after he had asked him. Kotoge also tried to ask HAYATA and Yoshinari Ogawa, HAYATA walked off (refusing to shake hands with him) and Ogawa said “seriously?”
KING SHAMELESS CORNER
None. He’s been too preoccupied with his new dog, and the weather has been too cold for him to be rude.
The final night of “Navigation For The Future 2019” will be broadcast on Saturday 9th February 2019 at 10pm JST on Samurai.
“I will keep doing well until my daughter is adult, and my life will be full of youth, no matter how old she will be”
“Living with Cancer” is a book written in March 2018 by Kenta Kobashi. It has five chapters and details his life from his diagnosis until now. For cancer sufferers and their families, he gives advice and support, while he also details his own battle against it. The last chapter is dedicated to his family, his infant daughter and the fans.
As one reviewer has put it, Misawa taught Kobashi the importance of leaving the ring alive.
The English translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s biography “Heir To The Ark” (a work in progress), can be found here
Recommendation for 2019: Junta Miyawaki
Tokyo Sports 2018 Grand Prix Award Ceremony
Naomichi Marufuji’s Outstanding Performance Award for the first time in twelve years “An effort to make a further leap”
Kaito Kiyomiya’s first Fighting Spirit Award as “The new face of Noah”
UK Expedition Result: Daisuke Harada becomes the first IPW Junior Heavyweight Champion
POST MATCH PROMOS ~ “Navigation For The Future 2019” Night Four ~ Esupuma Isauma (Kawagoe-shi) (Sunday, January 13th 2019)
Naomichi Marufuji, Pro Wrestling Grand Prize, Special Prize winner, “I want to see the view that Misawa could not”
POST MATCH PROMOS ~ “Navigation For The Future 2019” Night Three ~ Act City Hamamatsu (12th January 2019)
Photos & gifs – credit to Tokyo Sports (group picture), Hisame (YO-HEY), Amazon.co.jp (“Living with Cancer”)
Joe’s CMLL Results & Review 1/20/2019
With CMLL having fun with New Japan, Joe lets us see what the proper CMLL shows deliver.
Rey Samuray, Millenium, and Astro vs El Perverso, Black Tiger, and Sombra Diabolika
Astro and Perverso start the match out with some grappling. Samuray comes in next with Black Tiger and they tie up a few times until Samuray hits a snapmare on Tiger to the outside. Sombra and Millenium are in next, and Millenium hits a hurricanrana on him to the outside, then everyone comes in to trade spots on each other. Samuray hits a hurricanrana off the ropes on Perverso for the pin. First Fall: Rey Samuray pins Perverso with a pinning hurricanrana.
Tiger and Astro start this round with Astro getting the jump on him, hitting a hurricanrana to the ramp then hitting a pose. Samuray and Perverso are in next and Samuray hits an arm drag to the outside, then does an asai moonsault into an arm drag. Perverso starts to strike Astro when he re-enters the ring. Tiger and Sombra then chop Millenium’s bare chest. They clothesline Astro on the ropes then start to team on Samuray. Black Tiger then submits Astro with a body stretch. Sombra gets Millenium in an arm stretch and submits him. Second Fall: Sombra Diabolika submits Millenium with an arm stretch.
They start the round beating on Millenium and Astro. Samuray tries his hand but suffers the same fate. They make a come back finally and Astro hits a springboard splash on Sombra, then Millenium hits a 450 on Black Tiger and Rey Samuray pins Perverso with a moonsault. Third Fall: Rey Samuray pins Perverso with a moonsault.
Winners: Rey Samuray, Millenium, and Astro
Halcon Suriano Jr, Robin, and Tigre Rojo Jr vs El Malayo, Toro Bill Jr, and Police Man
Police Man and Rojo Jr start out the match with some standing grappling which transitions to them on the ground exchanging counters. Suriano comes in next with Toro Bill and Halcon is really really small. They do some grappling on the ground. Toro Bill uses his size to his advantage. Robin gets in with Malayo but that doesn’t last long as they throw him to the ramp to team on Tigre Rojo. Police Man power bombs Halcon for the pin and Malayo submits Rojo with an arm stretch. First Fall: Malayo submits Tigre Rojo with an arm stretch.
Robin gets taken out early and then they team up on Halcon and Rojo. Robin comes back to try and save the day but he gets taken out again. Robin does facilitate the come back, slamming Malayo by his head then hitting a hurricanrana on Toro Bill. Halcon then hits one on Police Man. Rojo tricks Malayo to the outside then hits a spinning dive over the top rope. Suriano slams Police Man then Robin hits a swanton bomb for the pin. Suriano then catches Toro Bill in a flying arm bar for the fall. Second Fall: Halcon Suriano submits Toro Bill with a flying arm bar.
Rojo and Malayo start the round off and Rojo has the momentum advantage eventually drop kicking him to the outside then posing. Suriano hits a hurricanrana on Bill then avoids a double team attack by Police Man. Suriano then feigns a dive and hits a pose. Robin comes in next and he’s got the big momentum advantage as well. Robin hits a middle rope dive on Police Man through Suriano’s legs, then Suriano hits an asai moonsault. In the ring, Tigre Rojo then gets Malayo in a flying arm bar to win the match. Third Round: Tigre Rojo Jr submits El Malayo with a flying arm bar.
Winners: Halcon Suriano Jr, Robin, and Tigre Rojo Jr
Super Muneco, Super Pinocho, and Super Raton vs Rocky Santana, El Gallego, and Romano Garcia
This match starts out with a brawl. After some brawling Pinocho hits a middle rope dive on Gallego. Raton hits multiple back breakers on Rocky Santana and pins him. Muneco then gets Garcia in some odd arm twist for the fall. First Fall: Super Muneco submits Garcia with an arm twist.
This round starts out as a brawl again. Eventually this leads to Santana, Gallego, and Garcia teaming up on their opposition. They get Pinocho in a triple team submission then do the same to Raton. Second Fall: Super Raton is submitted by a triple submission.
They try to team on Pinocho to start, but he fights back using trickery. Then there is some posturing. Raton then gets the advantage on them by making them look like fools. It’s like the three stooges. Muneco and Raton get Santana and Garcia in a double submission on the mat and then in the center of the move Pinocho tries his best to hurricanrana Gallego but can’t roll over. When he finally does he gets it for the pin. Third Fall: Super Pinocho pins Gallego with a hurricanrana.
Winners: Super Muneco, Super Pinocho, and Super Raton
Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr, and Stigma vs Mephisto, Luciferno, and Ephesto
Luciferno and Roja brawl in the crowd during the introductions. The other guys are just posing as normal. Stigma and Ephesto start out in the ring and they posture a little before they tie up and grapple. They re-engage a few times and Stigma hits a hurricanrana on him to the outside bringing in Mephisto and Stuka. Stuka takes out Mephisto and then Ephesto takes Stuka out. Roja comes in hitting a cross body. Roja hits a hurricanrana into a pin on Luciferno but Luciferno reverses it for the fall. First Fall: Luciferno reverses Roja’s hurricanrana into a pin.
They team up on Stigma to start the round off. After they take out Stigma they move to Stuka and so on. They get the heat on these guys for like 5 minutes until Roja finally hits a hurricanrana on Luciferno and then hits a dive. Stuka hits a swinging neck breaker on Ephesto and Stigma gets Mephisto in a small package for the fall. Second Fall: Stigma pins Mephisto with a small package.
There’s some posturing to start this round off. Finally after a few minutes of posturing Stigma and Ephesto square off. Stigma takes out Mephisto and Ephesto and wants a piece of Luciferno but Luciferno doesn’t want any. So Roja comes in and Luciferno retreats up the stairs. Stuka takes out Mephisto and then hits a monkey flip on Ephesto. Stigma hits a middle rope dive on Ephesto. Finally Roja and Luciferno are in the ring. Luciferno hits a Styles clash and pins Roja for the win. I guess this will be a future feud. Third Fall: Luciferno pins Niebla Roja with a Styles Clash.
Luciferno post match challenges Niebla Roja for his championship. Roja raises the steaks saying mask vs hair.
Winners: Mephisto, Luciferno, and Ephesto
Rush, Villano IV, and Vangellys vs El Valiente, Euforia, and Kraneo
Match starts with a brawl during Euforia’s entrance, which was also the last one. Rush goes for Euforia’s mask and Kraneo and Valiente get taken out, so this causes them to team on Euforia. They drop Mije on top of Kraneo while he’s down. They beat on the other guys until Vangellys hits Valiente with a spear and Villano IV gets Valiente in a single leg crab for the fall. First Fall: Villano IV submits Valiente with a single leg boston crab.
This round begins with them teaming on Euforia some more. They all hit drop kicks on Euforia then Rush goes for his mask again. Rush is now beating on Valiente and Valiente hits a hurricanrana on Vangellys to make a come back but Rush stops it immediately by kicking him. Euforia makes a come back hitting clotheslines on everyone. When Rush gets up Euforia kicks him in the groin as pay back for all the times Rush does it. Second Fall: Rush wins via DQ.
Euforia wants a one on one match with Rush. Euforia beats up Rush in the crowd area.
Winners: Rush, Villano IV, and Vangellys
Arena Mexico Tuesday
Aereo and Acero vs Pequeno Nitro and Pequeno Violencia
Acero starts off with Nitro and they engage on the ground and trade pinning combinations to start. They re-engage a few times until Aereo and Violencia come in. They tie up and then start to grapple as well. Aereo hits a hurricanrana on him which leads to Nitro hitting a cross body on Aereo. Acero comes back in hitting a hurricanrana on Nitro. Violencia and Nitro team up on Acero to gain the advantage. Nitro hits a back stabber on Aereo for the pin. Violencia hits a slam and senton on Acero for the fall. First Fall: Violencia pins Acero with a senton splash.
Nitro and Aereo start and Aereo goes for an arm drag but Nitro throws him on his face. Acero gets greeted by a double team when he comes in. When they take out Acero, Aereo comes back in to try and fight them off. Finally a come back gets made when Nitro falls out of the ring. Aereo hits a flying elbow smash off the top on Violencia for the pin. Acero then gets Nitro is a body stretch. Second Fall: Acero submits Nitro with a body stretch.
Aereo starts out hot in this round disposing of Nitro rather quickly. Acero comes in next with Violencia and Acero gets the advantage on him but Nitro comes in to stop his momentum. Acero eventually gets Nitro on his shoulders and Aereo hits a drop kick off the top for a pin. Acero hits a lionsault on Violencia for the win. Third Fall: Acero pins Violencia with a lionsault.
Winners: Aereo and Acero
Star Jr, Oro Jr, and Retro vs Nitro, Metalico, and Sangre Azteca
Oro starts with Azteca and right when they engage Metalico attacks Oro from behind. As they are grappling and engaging every time Oro has the advantage Metalico interferes. Retro comes in and slaps Azteca’s chest until Metalico comes in. Right when he does Oro wants a piece of him. Metalico gets the advantage continuously clotheslining him. Finally Star comes in with Nitro and they go at it doing acrobatic spots. Oro and Metalico find their way back in the ring and Oro submits Metalico with a head scissors. Retro gets in with Azteca and catches him in an abdominal stretch. First Fall: Retro submits Azteca with an abdominal stretch.
There’s a bit of posturing to start the second round off. Oro and Azteca finally start going at it then they go to the outside to fight and this leads to Star coming in and taking out Metalico and then taking out Nitro. Retro enters with a returning Azteca and it doesn’t last long as Metalico is back in. Retro goes for an inverted bear hug but it gets broken up. Azteca gets Retro in a camel clutch and Nitro hits him with a drop kick. Then Nitro holds him and Azteca hits a double stomp to the inner thighs for the pin. It really looked like the groin. Then they get Oro in the ring and Nitro hits an elbow drop from the top to the inner thigh, or groin and Metalico pins him. Second Fall: Metalico pins Oro Jr after Nitro hit an elbow drop to the inner thigh.
Oro gets laid out on the ramp in between rounds and Retro gets thrown into the ring to get teamed on. They do the typical triple teaming, going from wrestler to wrestler to isolate each. Oro tries to make a come back hitting an elbow on Metalico and a moonsault on Nitro but foolishly goes for the pin and gets stomped out. Star almost pins Metalico with a cross body but it gets stopped. Retro goes for a cross body and Azteca drop kicks him for the pin. Star goes for a head scissors but Nitro slams him into a leg lock for the win. Then once the match is over Metalico steals Star’s mask. Third Fall: Nitro defeats Star with a leg lock.
Winners: Nitro, Metalico, and Sangre Azteca
Drone, Pegasso, and Stigma vs Misterioso (Disturbio), Kawato San, Universo 2000 Jr
Unless my eyes deceived me when writing down the line up, Distrubio is replacing Misterioso. Stigma starts out locking up with Disturbio. They do some acrobatic grappling to start. Pegasso and Kawato are in next and they trade holds and submissions. After them Drone and Universo make their ways into the match for the first time. Drone hits an arm drag and gets the better of Universo in another exchange. Universo whips him to his corner and Drone gets stomped out. Drone then whips Universo to his own corner and then Universo gets stomped out. Stigma is in there getting teamed on and goes for a sunset flip on Universo but Universo counters with knees to the face for the pin. Disturbio then hits knees to the face on Drone in the corner for the fall. First Fall: Disturbio pins Drone with knees to the face.
They start this round teaming on Drone and then taking out Pegasso when he tries to help. Afterwards they work over Stigma. Pegasso re-enters but Kawato hits him with a big drop kick bringing Drone back in who just gets stomped out. Drone then avoids a double team attack and hits a middle rope dive on Universo. Pegasso hits a cross body on Kawato and then gets a school boy for the pin. Distrubio gets placed on the top rope and Stigma hits a jaw breaker on him for the fall. Second Fall: Stigma pins Disturbio with a jaw breaker.
Kawato and Pegasso start this round out exchanging strikes. Pegasso wins that battle which brings in Drone and Universo. Drones rolls out of a sunset flip and kicks him. Then hits a drop kick on him taking him out. Disturbio tries a monkey flip on Stigma but he lands on his feet. Stigma then counters Disturbio’s attacks hitting an arm drag to take him to the outside. Universo gets Pegasso in a half crab but Drone breaks it up with an enziguri. Stigma then hits a hurricanrana off the apron on Universo. In the ring Drone hits a lionsault on Kawato for the pin. Drone then slams Universo and then Pegasso hits a 450 for the win. Third Fall: Pegasso pins Universo with a 450 splash.
Winners: Drone, Pegasso, and Stigma
(Match Relampago) El Sagrado vs Tiger
They start out this lightning match doing some standing grappling. They bring their grappling to the ground finally. Tiger clotheslines him and then he rolls out of the ring causing Tiger to hit a rotating dive to the outside. They go back into the ring and then find themselves back on the floor. Sagrado rolls out of an attack and then hits a power slam on the floor. When they get back into the ring Sagrado continues to get the heat on Tiger. Tiger hits a pop up power bomb finally, then goes for a hurricanrana but it’s counter into a power bomb. Tiger tries to roll into a submission combination but Sagrado counters. Sagrado then gets Tiger in a pinning combination and wins. El Sagrado pins Tiger with a pinning combination.
Winner: El Sagrado
Blue Panther, Black Panther, and Blue Panther Jr vs Luciferno (El Coyote), Polvora, and El Felino
Coyote is replacing Luciferno in this match. Panther Sr starts out with the aforementioned Coyote. They start with some grappling until Panther Jr and Polvora come in. They trade spots and counter each other some. Felino and Black Panther are in shortly after. Panther quickly and slickly gets Felino in a pinning combination for a surprise first fall. Felino’s teamed look stunned. Nice flash finish. First Fall: Black Panther pins Felino with a pinning combination.
They start this round beating on Blue Panther Sr. When Jr tries to save him they gang up on him. They take out Sr and continue to work on Jr. Felino gets Black Panther in a stretch submission and he taps. Polvora hits Jr with a sit out face buster and Felino steals the pin. Polvora is upset and confused by this. Second Fall: Felino pins Blue Panther Jr after Polvora hit a sit out face buster.
They start the round teaming on Blue Panther. The midge that goes to the ring with Felino did a few moves on him. Black Panther makes a come back, feigning a dive then diving on Felino. Panther Jr continues the momentum hitting multiple back breakers. Sr and Jr go to pin the downed opponents and the ref takes long to get into position and this causes Panther Sr to complain to the ref. Black Panther hit a hurricanrana on Felino to the outside and hit another middle rope dive. Polvora and Coyote work on Sr in the corner but when Coyote comes out Panther Jr hits a victory roll for the pin. Panther Sr collides with Polvora and then Jr hits a double leg take down into a stretch submission for the win. Third Fall: Blue Panther Jr submits Polvora with a stretch submission.
Winners: Blue Panther, Black Panther, and Blue Panther Jr
Niebla Roja, Kraneo, and Volcano vs Shocker (Luciferno), Mephisto, and Rey Bucanero
Well there’s Luciferno. Replacing Shocker. Volcano starts out with Luciferno and Luciferno tries to knock over Volcano by running into him but he can’t. Volcano hits a few arm drags then feigns a dive. Bucanero is in his bullet club shirt so I guess since there’s the Fantastica Mania tour he’s reminding people he’s kind of in there. Kraneo gets in with Bucanero and Bucanero tries and fails to slam Kraneo. Mephisto gets in with Kraneo and tries to work him over but Kraneo hits him with a splash. Mephisto rolls to the outside and Roja hits a dive on him. Kraneo throws Mije on top of Luciferno. Then Volcano hits a handspring splash on Bucanero and Kraneo hits a leg drop on Luciferno for the fall. First Fall: Kraneo pins Luciferno with a leg drop.
Roja chases Luciferno up the ramp to start this round. Bucanero and Mephisto met Luciferno and they regroup on the ramp. There’s a ton of posturing nobody wants to get in there with Kraneo. So Volcano comes in and he gets the advantage on Luciferno. Volcano tries to do a bounce off the ropes double arm drag but slips and fails and then gets stomped out. Bucanero ends up in the crowd after Volcano fights back and sits on a girls lap and talks to her. Roja gets in there with Mephisto and they exchange strikes. This has been a pretty sloppy match. They team on Roja to get him out of there as he got the leg up on Mephisto. Volcano and Kraneo sandwich Bucanero and Luciferno, then hit running attacks in the corner. They go to do a double team move on Mephisto but he moves and they collide. Mephisto launches Roja in the air and then kicks him in the groin. He goes for the pin but the ref pulls him off and declares Roja the winner. He couldn’t have possibly thought he’d get away with that. Second Fall: Niebla Roja wins via DQ from Mephisto
I believe Roja has challenged Mephisto to a one on one match come Tuesday. He challenges him mask vs hair. I’m pretty sure that won’t happen. Bucanero knows all about losing to Niebla Roja in Apuesta matches. They start to answer him, then corner Roja and stomp him out.
Winners: Niebla Roja, Kraneo, and Volcano
Arena Mexico Friday
Magnus, Arkalis, and Astral vs Akuma, Espanto Jr, and Metalico
Magnus starts with Metalico and they do some grappling to begin. Metalico complains some to the ref during the exchanges. Arkalis gets in with Metalico and drop kicks him to the outside. Espanto gets in and runs over Arkalis a few times, then drop kicks him off the apron. Astral uses his speed to hit a hurricanrana on Espanto. Akuma comes in and takes out Astral, which brings Magnus in to take out Akuma. Magnus and Metalico trade acrobatic spots until Metalico hits a DDT. Astral re-enters and Akuma hits a code breaker into a german suplex by Espanto for the pin. Arkalis comes in and gets thrown in the air and kicked by Akuma. Metalico then submits him with a stretch. First Fall: Metalico submits Arkalis with a stretch.
They team up on Magnus to start this round. Arkalis comes in to try his hand and Espanto pulls his mask. They continue their team up attack on Astral. They make a come back, Astral hits a hurricanrana on Akuma on the ramp. Arkalis hits a hurricanrana on Espanto then pins him with a blue thunder bomb. Magnus then hits knees to the corner on Metalico for the fall. Second Fall: Magnus pins Metalico with knees to the corner.
Astral and Metalico go back and forth to start. Astral gets him to the outside then poses. Arkalis and Espanto go back and forth until Arkalis hits a drop kick off the top. Akuma and Magnus botch a spot which Akuma immediately is upset by. Arkalis goes for a hurricanrana on Metalico but it’s reversed into a power bomb in which he bumps weirdly for. Astral gets hung up in the barricade and Akuma hits a drop kick off the apron. Metalico hit a DDT on Magnus and Espanto hit a splash off the top for the win. Third Fall: Espanto pins Magnus with a splash off the top.
Winners: Akuma, Espanto Jr, and Metalico
Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, and La Jarochita vs Dalys, Amapola, and La Metalica
Jarochita starts grappling with Metalica. Sugehit is in next with Amapola and Amapola tries to use her size but Sugehit uses her speed to counter. Dalys gets in with Marcela and they stare each other down. They go back and forth with attacks and strikes. Marcela hits a hurricanrana off the top then a back breaker. Chaos breaks out and Sugehit gets Dalys in a submission, and Marcela gets Amapola in a submission and Jarochita submits Metalica all at once. First Fall: Sugehit lead a triple submission for the fall.
Round starts with Jarochita and Metalica. They go back and forth for a bit until Jarochita knocks her off the apron. Marcela comes in and Dalys and Amapola team up on her. They hold Jarochita in the ropes and drop kick her. Marcela gets held down and Metalica hits a swanton bomb for the pin. Sugehit was a split second late to make the save. Second Fall: Metalica pins Marcela with a swanton bomb,
The rudos start this round continuing to team up on Sugehit, then Marcela. Taking out Jarochita whenever she interferes. Sugehit dodges an attack leading to a Marcela drop kick on Dalys. Sugehit and Marcela go for a double suplex on Dalys but Dalys reverses them. Dalys rolls to the outside and Sugehit hits a flip dive off the apron on her. In the ring Metalica goes for a power bomb on Jarochita but Jarochita reverses it into a pin. Marcela then hit a michinoku driver on Amapola for the win. Third Fall: Marcela pins Amapola with a Michinoku driver.
Winners: Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, and La Jarochita
Guerrero Maya, Esfinge, and Rey Cometa vs Dragon Rojo, Polvora, and Virus
Esfinge starts with Rojo and they lock up and start to fight for position. Esfinge hits a hurricanrana to the outside then feigns a dive. Maya comes in next with Virus and they start to trade holds fighting for position. Polvora is in next and Rey Cometa great him with a cross body splash. Cometa fast gets teamed on, however. Cometa then gets Polvora in his corner and then they beat on Polvora. Everybody gets in the ring and they fight until Roja gets Esfinge in a neck stretch submission and Virus gets Cometa in a leg arm stretch. First Fall: Virus submits Cometa with a leg arm stretch.
We start this round with Virus working over Esfinge. Esfinge gets teamed on and stomped out of the ring. Next on the menu is to team Cometa. Polvora hits Cometa with a very close to a groin shot drop kick in the corner. Maya baits Polvora on the outside and then Cometa hits him with a hurricanrana. Esfinge slams Rojo and Cometa hits a 450 on him for the pin. Esfinge hits a springboard frog splash on Polvora. Second Fall: Esfinge pins Polvora with a springboard frog splash.
Esfinge and Rojo start the third round posturing to the crowd. Esfinge starts out hot, making Rojo and Polvora miss their double team attacks. He hits a 619 on Rojo then a hurricanrana on Polvora to the outside. Maya comes in and hits a cross body on Virus followed by an arm drag. Cometa uses his acrobatics to his advantage but Rojo eventually catches him. Everyone trades spots with each other until Maya hits a dive on Virus. Something must have went wrong because they quickly switched camera angles. Esfinge then hits a moonsault on Rojo then Cometa hits a step up tornado dive on Polvora. In the ring Maya hits a neck breaker on Virus for the win. Third Fall: Guerrero Maya pins Virus with a neck breaker.
Winners: Guerrero Maya, Esfinge, and Rey Cometa
Kraneo, Volcano, and Stuka vs Shocker (Vangellys), Rey Bucanero, and Hechicero
No Shocker here. Bucanero and Stuka started the match but weren’t even in there for a minute so Volcano and Hechicero make their way in. Hechicero starts to work over Volcano’s lower half. Volcano gets offense in hitting a few back breakers. Kraneo and Vangellys come in now. Kraneo hits an elbow drop and Bucanero comes in to take him on but gets caught with a leg drop. Mije dives on Hechicero then Vangellys attacks Kraneo and works on Volcano. Hechicero beats on Volcano on the outside now. Stuka hits a hurricanrana on Bucanero to the outside and then he hit a middle rope dive. Volcano and Kraneo sandwich Vangellys and Hechicero. Kraneo and Volcano hit middle rope splashes on Hechicero and Vangellys respectively for the fall. First Fall: Kraneo and Volcano hit middle rope splashes on Hechicero and Vangellys.
This round starts with Stuka monkey flipping Bucanero. Volcano fights off a double team of Bucanero and Hechicero and then Volcano drop kicks Vangellys to the outside. Stuka and Hechicero get in and exchange attacks. Vangellys and Volcano go to the outside and Volcano hits a back breaker on him. Hechicero drop kicks Kraneo into a sunset flip by Bucanero for the pin. But Stuka hits a splash on Hechicero for the pin. Stuka goes for a splash on Bucanero but Bucanero gets up and pulls his mask off. Second Fall: Stuka wins by mask removal by Bucanero.
Winners: Kraneo, Volcano, and Stuka
Gilbert El Boricua, Mephisto, and Ephesto vs Diamante Azul, El Valiente, and Niebla Roja
Valiente starts out with Ephesto and they trade submissions to start. Roja is in nest with Mephisto and Roja is working fast hitting a few drop kicks on Mephisto. Gilbert and Azul square off chest to chest. Azul hits a big judo toss. Crowd went crazy over that sequence. Gilbert leaves the ring and Azul chases but he gets jumped by Ephesto and Mephisto. This causes a brawl. Ephesto hits a shoulder breaker on Roja for the pin. Mephisto hits a face buster on Valiente for the fall. First Fall: Mephisto pins Valiente with a face buster.
This round starts with everybody brawling on the outside of the ring. After the brawling Roja gets teamed on. Once they’re done with him they move to Valiente. Azul comes in to square off with Gilbert but they end up jumping him. Azul makes a come back and slaps Gilbert then clotheslines the other two. After that he hits a middle rope dive on Gilbert. Roja gets Ephesto in a pinning combination and then Valiente pins Mephisto with a lung blower. Second Fall: Valiente pins Mephisto with a lung blower.
Valiente and Mephisto start the round going back and forth but Valiente ends up having the advantage. Roja comes in with Mephisto and Roja throws him in the air and kicks him in the gut. Gilbert comes in and runs over Roja. Roja fights back getting him to the outside then faking a dive. Azul avoids a double team attack and hits a big arm drag hip toss on Mephisto. Valiente dodges Mephisto’s attack leading to him falling out of the ring. Roja then hits a dive on Ephesto and Valiente hits a middle rope dive on Mephisto. Azul catches Gilbert with a german suplex to win. Crowd was into this match. Third Fall: Diamante Azul pins Gilbert with a german suplex.
Winners: Diamante Azul, El Valiente, and Niebla Roja
Rush vs Euforia
Rush attacks Euforia on the ramp during his entrance. Rush poses then Euforia capitalizes. Euforia throws him into the barricade. In the ring Euforia hits a hurricanrana on Rush and then hits a middle rope dive. When they get back in the ring Rush gets Euforia down in the corner and hits a running drop kick for the fall. First Fall: Rush pins Euforia with a corner drop kick.
Rush steals the ring girls card and hits Euforia with it while the ref isn’t looking. Rush beats on him in the crowd then poses on top of the announce table. He then throws a beer at Euforia. Be warned those in the front row. Rush starts to tear at his mask now. Rush rips his mask off. Well there’s that. Second Fall: Rush rips Euforia’s mask off for the DQ.
Euforia goes to the back to get a new mask. Euforia has his green mask. He was in his blue colored gear. Euforia fires up a come back clotheslining Rush. Bringing him into the crowd area and throwing him into the announcing area. Euforia then throws a beer at Rush. Rush dodges Euforia’s corner attack bringing him to the outside then Rush performs the rare over the top rope dive. He grabs a fans beer and pours it on himself then flips his hair. In the ring Rush hits a belly to belly for a two count. Euforia counters Rush and hits a power slam for a two count. Rush rolls to the outside and Euforia then hits a middle rope dive. Back in the ring Euforia goes to the top and Rush meets him hitting a superplex. Rush places Euforia on the top rope and goes for a hurricanrana but Euforia reverses it into a power bomb. Rush kicks out and then gets Euforia in the corner for knees to the corner. Euforia kicks out. Euforia hits a lash ride power bomb for a two count. Rush then gets Euforia in a Jay driller for the win. Third Fall: Rush defeats Euforia with a Jay Driller.
They’re taking Euforia out on a stretcher. Rush comes back out and attacks Euforia on the stretcher.
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