ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 351
Best in the World is on the horizon, but the ROH World Tag Team Championships are going to be on the line ahead of time! Mark & Jay Briscoe will defend their titles against Roppongi 3K’s Sho & Yoh just weeks before their defense against The Young Bucks! Can #DemBoyz retain to then do it all again in Maryland?
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- Jonathan Gresham VS Flip Gordon; Gordon wins.
- Kelly Klein VS Deonna Purrazzo; Kelly wins.
- ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Briscoes VS Roppongi 3K; The Briscoes wins and retain the ROH World Tag Team Championships.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jonathan Gresham VS Flip Gordon!
The Octopus and the Captain of #FlipArmy are two of ROH’s young and upcoming stars, but only one can win tonight. Flip knows Gresham is a “technical wizard”, but he is the “high-flying extraordinaire.” He simply wants the fans to “sit back, hold on tight, and enjoy the ride.” Will it be the technical tentacles or the aerial arsenal that wins the day?
The fans are fired up for Flip as he and Gresham uphold the Code of Honor. The bell rings and they circle. Gresham and Flip tie up, and Gresham brings Flip down to a knee. Gresham rolls with the wristlock, but Flip rolls, only for Gresham to follow. Flip gets to ropes and flips through, but Gresham brings him back down. Flip handsprings and reverses to a headlock, but Gresham flips through to escape. Gresham sweeps the legs, but Flip flips to land on his feet! Flip says Gresham “Can’t See Me”?! Gresham and Flip low-five to show respect, then circle again. They tie up, and Flip powers Gresham back to a corner. Flip backs off, then whips Gersham corner to corner. Gresham goes up and over, then runs, but Flip jumps around. Things speed up, Flip flips but Gresham drops the elbow!
Fans applaud and rally as Gresham aims at Flip in the corner. Gresham runs but blocks that boot to give a chop. Gresham fakes the chop then whips Flip hard into buckles. Flip staggers right into Gresham’s standing abdominal stretch! Flip fights out but Gresham pulls back his arm. Gresham bends the fingers all around, then around some more. Flip endures as Gresham pulls, and puts on the full stretch. Gresham grinds and bends Flip, but fans rally. Flip feeds off the energy and pries his way out, but Gresham blocks the hip toss. Gresham shoves and shoulders Flip, then pushes him again for a forearm to the back. Flip clutches his back but Gresham shoves him again. Flip counters with a forearm on the rebound!
Gresham grimaces, and hits Flip back with an elbow. Flip swings but Gresham body shot counters. Gresham runs, but into Flip’s dropkick! Gresham ends up on the outside, and Flip builds speed, to FLY! The triangle leap takes them both out while we go to break!
ROH returns to Gresham stalking Flip. Fans rally but Gresham chops Flip against the ropes. Gresham whips but Flip holds the ropes. Gresham chops Flip again, and Flip responds with his own chop. They go back and forth with chops, then move to forearms. Gresham hits, then Flip hits, then back again. They go faster and faster, around and around the ring, and fans are firing up! Gresham fires up, but Flip intercepts with the scorpion kick. Flip runs, but Gresham follows to springboard! Gresham wants the DDT but Flip denies with power! Flip powers through, and Falcon Arrows Gresham down! The back slows his cover, TWO! Flip throws a kick but Gresham gets under to roll Flip up, TWO! Flip kicks, sweeps the legs, but Gresham kips up. Gresham enziguris Flip, but Flip Peles Gresham! Flip runs, springboards, Star-Spangled Stunner!
Cover, Flip wins!
Winner: Flip Gordon, by pinfall
Flip takes flight and takes the win! Flip continues to climb up in ROH, will he get his wish of someone deciding to #BookFlip at All-In?
But wait, the no-longer-retired Bully Ray is marching his way out!
Flip notices and is on his guard! Bully stares at Flip, and tells the young star “put your hands down. If I was gonna get you, I woulda got you already.” Bully wants to let us know he knows things about Flip now that changed his opinion of Flip. He didn’t know Flip is from Montana. Bully’s parents always wanted to retire to Montana. 15 years ago, Bully’s mother died of cancer. When she died, Bully was in the process of buying his father a 15-acre ranch in Montana. “In the middle of the purchase of the property, my dad had a heart attack and died.” Bully presents pictures of his parents. Flip takes them and looks at them. Those were the same cards Bully presented at his Hall of Fame speech. Bully’s family could’ve been Flip’s neighbors.
Another thing he knows about Flip now is that he really was in the Army. Anybody that knows Bully knows that Bully is very patriotic and supportive of the Army. “Listen, I might not agree with the way you came up in the wrestling business”, but for everything Flip has done for this country, Bully will respect Flip as a person. Bully wants to shake Flip’s hand, salute him, and end the heat between them.
Fans applaud as Bully puts out his hand. Flip takes it and they shake. Flip hands back Bully’s pictures, and Bully takes his hat off to salute. And then he kicks Flip in the crotch! Fans boo and jeer the Hall-of-Famer for lying to them all. Bully asks Flip, “Do you know who I am?! I’m Bully Ray” and Flip is “a stupid Young Boy.” Bully leaves Flip down and out, will he face the consequences of this disrespect?
ROH looks at THE feud in the Women of Honor Division.
The Gatekeeper suffered “a bitter defeat” at Bound by Honor, 4/27/18, to Deonna Purrazzo. It was only Kelly’s second loss ever in ROH, but it was to her bitter rival. That was the last straw for Kelly as she would attack Deonna from behind. Then Kelly would attack Deonna on another night in “an unjustified retaliation.” Deonna would herself retaliate, but that didn’t settle this “violent grudge.” That comes tonight.
Kelly Klein VS Deonna Purrazzo!
Neither the Pretty Badass and the Virtuosa are the WOH Champion, but the title takes a backseat to the venom between them. Will the grudge be settled? Will the winner move up and challenge Sumie Sakai? Or will this only escalate things further?
But surprisingly, Deonna isn’t dressed in ring gear but street clothes. That’s because she’s skipping the wrestling match for a fight as she LEAPS out onto Kelly from the apron! Deonna only clips Kelly, but the fight is on! They brawl, and Deonna brings Kelly to the ground. Deonna whips Kelly into barriers! Then into the apron edge! Deonna puts Kelly in the ring, the bell rings, and Deonna goes right after the arm with a wrench and uppercut. She pulls on the arm, wrenches it more, then drops it with an arm code breaker. Fans fire up with Deonna, but Kelly knees low. Kelly whips but Deonna reverses into a Russian leg sweep. Deonna rolls Kelly around, and goes for the Fujiwara! Kelly scrambles and turns it to a cover, TWO.
Deonna throws hands, and Kelly answers. They brawl back and forth with forearms, but Deonna boots Kelly out of the ring. Deonna gets back on the apron, the fans rally, but Kelly trips Deonna up! Kelly keeps on Deonna with a scoop, and Fall Away Slam! Deonna writhes while Kelly catches her breath. Fans rally while Kelly drags Deonna up and into the ring. Kelly stalks Deonna while we go to break.
ROH returns and Deonna jawbreakers Kelly away. Deonna throws forearms, Kelly answers, but Deonna rocks Kelly. Deonna fires off many more, then blocks the boot into the German Suplex! No bridge but Deonna holds on as they both stand up. Kelly resists and reverses, but Deonna ducks to hit the second German Suplex! Deonna brings Kelly up for the third! Deonna is all fired up, as are the fans. She goes back to Kelly, brings her up, but Kelly blocks the suplex to try the suplex. Deonna slips out and rolls Kelly, but Kelly slips out. Deonna kicks low, then tries again, snap suplex to cover, TWO, into the Fujiwara!
Kelly screams as she endures the wrenching. She moves around and reaches with her legs, for the ropebreak! Deonna lets go at 4, then drags Kelly back up. Deonna chops Kelly, then chops her again, and again, and again and again and again, then just fires off hands. She runs, but into the tilt-o-whirl, which she turns into another try at the Fujiwara! Kelly resists, and powers Deonna into the post! Kelly runs in for the forearm, then the back elbow, then the discus clothesline. She drags Deonna but Deonna shoves her away. Deonna boots Kelly down, and fans build to a rally.
Kelly staggers over and still hits Deonna. Kelly hoists Deonna up top, but Deonna shoves Kelly away, only for Kelly to come back with forearms. Deonna boots again but Kelly turns her sideways. Kelly climbs up, picks Deonna up, and though Deonna resists, Kelly throws her with a SUPER Fall Away Slam!
Kelly crawls to the cover, TWO! Fans build to a rally as Kelly drags Deonna up. Kelly toys with Deonna before lifting her in the fireman’s carry. Deonna slips off and shoves Kelly, and Kelly goes into the ref! They both go down, and Deonna hits a cutter! Cover, but the ref is down! The fans count past three, but that doesn’t matter. And Deonna is furious. Deonna argues with the referee, but Kelly gets up behind her. Kelly boots and prepares, but Deonna resists. Deonna pries her way out, and gets the Fujiwara again! Kelly rolls through, to her guillotine! Deonna taps, Kelly wins!
Winner: Kelly Klein, by submission
Call it a mistake, call it bad luck, you still have to say Deonna lost to Kelly again. The Gatekeeper gets away just before Deonna explodes with anger. Kelly has avenged on loss on her record, will she go after Sumie Sakai to avenge her first?
Jay Lethal finally gives his Best in the World announcement.
“Let it be known that at Best in the World, I have gotten what I have asked for.” Lethal, Kushida, 1v1! For those who forgot, back at War of the Worlds 2014, Lethal beat Kushida 1v1. Then in 2017, a WotW rematch at WotW, Kushida won. The series has been tied and this is the rubber. Kushida, Lethal, we will finally see who is Best in the World.
Dalton Castle speaks.
“Bring them to me. Bring them all to me!” The Peacock wants the best challengers, and now in Baltimore, Maryland, he finds himself against two challengers who are serious threats. Should he be worried of collusion? Take a whiff. He smells like fire because he rages inside like a furnace. Cody and Marty should be afraid of him. Will the Peacock retain his title against two members of The Bullet Club?
ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Briscoes VS Roppongi 3K!
Caprice Coleman joins commentary for this crossover championship match as NJPW’s Sho & Yoh return to ROH and #ManUp to take on #DemBoyz, the record 9-time ROH World Tag Team Champions. Win or lose, Mark & Jay Briscoe will still move on to Best in the World to face The Young Bucks! Matt & Nick Jackson want revenge for what The Briscoes did in their tag title match weeks ago, but will the belts be coming with them to Maryland?
There’s no Code of Honor when it’s Sandy Fork VS Everybody, and there’s no respect either as The Briscoes attack Sho & Yoh from behind! Mark & Jay throw hands, then chops and headbutts. Jay has Yoh outside while Mark throws hands on Sho inside. Jay whips Yoh but Yoh reverses to send Jay into barriers! Mark chops Sho down, then rolls him around before winding up. Mark runs, but Yoh gets in and drop toeholds Mark, and Sho adds the basement dropkick. RPG3K fires up as Sho brings Mark over. Sho snapmares, Yoh tags in, and Yoh slingshots in for double stomps. Yoh clubs on Mark, then kicks him. He throws forearms in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Mark reverses, Jay runs in but into a boot. Yoh waistlocks Mark and pushes him into Jay.
Mark helps his brother exit, but Yoh throws hands on Mark. Yoh whips but Mark reverses again, and Jay returns. Things speed up as Jay back elbows Yoh and Mark runs perpendicular to clothesline Yoh down! Mark then back elbows Sho just because, and the champions loom over Yoh while we go to break.
ROH returns and fans rally as Jay grinds Yoh in a chinlock. Yoh stands up, fights out with elbows, but runs into a dropkick. Jay drags Yoh up, tags in Mark, and they mug Yoh. Mark brings Yoh up, throws forearms and slaps. He just toys with Yoh, thinking of RPG3K as nothing more than the Tempura Boyz they were a year ago. Yoh slaps back! Mark is shocked, but he gives more forearms. He whips Yoh corner to corner, but Yoh puts him on the apron. Mark pulls Yoh’s hair to bring him down, then climbs up. Yoh staggers up, and Mark leaps, but his ax handle is hit away with a dropkick! Both men are down, but crawling for their corners. Hot tag to Jay, and Jay leaps over to take out Sho before Yoh can tag.
Jay then headbutts Yoh back down, before bringing him up for another. Yoh staggers to ropes, and Jay chokes him. Jay lets go at 4, and Mark shouts “We know the rules!” Jay drags Yoh back up for a European Uppercut, then another. Yoh falls, and Jay drags Yoh up into a camel clutch. Jay spits at Sho, so Sho comes in and kicks at Jay. The referee backs Sho off while Jay and Mark stomp away on Yoh. Sho protests but that only allows #DemBoyz to fake the tag and let Mark continue on Yoh. Mark puts Yoh back in the clutch, and hooks the face of Yoh. Mark lets go at 4, then brings Yoh up.
Yoh hits back but Mark dares him to keep going. Mark then kicks and kicks Yoh down, and whips him. Yoh reverses into an enziguri! They circle, Yoh hits the backbreaker to neckbreaker! Fans rally, and Yoh hot tags to Sho! Sho rallies on both Briscoes! Sho whips Mark, Mark reverses but Sho uses that to dropkick Jay down. Mark swings but Sho keeps moving, to SPEAR Mark! Fans are fired up with Sho as he runs in corner to corner for the big clothesline. Sho throws Mark with a German Suplex! And again! And, no, Mark blocks the third, but Yoh comes in to SUPERKICK Mark into the third! Bridging pin, TWO! RPG3K fires up and the fans join in. Yoh brings Mark up, suplexes onto Sho’s shoulder, then runs, only for Jay to trip him up.
Jay drags Yoh out while Mark slips off the shoulder. Sho fights Mark off with elbows while Jay puts Yoh into barriers. Sho whips but Mark reverses. Mark runs in but misses, yet still clobbers Sho with a clothesline. Tag to Jay, and Jay boots Sho down again while we go to one more break.
ROH returns again, and The Briscoes double whip Sho to double shoulder him down. Mark brings Sho up in crucifix bomb position, and Jay joins in for the crucifix neckbreaker! High stack, but Yoh breaks it just in time!! Jay goes after Yoh with a right hand. Fans rally for “Roppongi! Roppongi!” while Jay goes back to the corner. Mark chops Sho, then tags in Jay. Mark hoists Sho up top and rocks him with a right. Jay climbs up to join Sho, but Yoh and Mark do the same on another corner. Sho fights back while Yoh and Mark fight. Mark sends Yoh back down, then Jay SUPERPLEXES Sho! Mark hits Froggy Bow! Jay covers, TWO!? Jay shakes his head, that’s not possible, but fans are loving this!
Sho stirs, but Jay drags him up again. Jay hoists Sho back up onto the top rope, but backwards. He tags in Mark, and Mark climbs up. Jay joins, but Yoh also returns. Yoh trips up Jay now, and Sho fights off Mark. Yoh puts Jay into barriers now, while Mark drags Sho back in a waistlock. Sho fights but Mark goes for the sleeper hold. Sho backs Mark down, and Yoh tags in. Yoh takes Jay down again, then runs to give the back elbow to Mark. Sho adds the clothesline, then Roppongi Poetry in Motion! Yoh brings Mark out, but Mark fights off the suplex. Mark fights both Tempura Boyz with haymakers and chops, then vows to end this himself, only to run into double knee strikes!
Mark falls all the way out of the ring and regroups with Jay. Fans fire up for RPG3K, and they build speed to DOUBLE FLY!
Fans are thunderous and RPG3K feeds off that energy! Sho & Yoh target Mark and put him in the ring. They prepare the finish, suplexing Mark onto Sho’s shoulder. Yoh runs, and they hit the Roppongi Cutter!
Cover, TWO!! RPG3K were so close, they can’t believe it. But they don’t stop, as Sho brings Mark up. Sho backstabbers Mark and feeds him to Yoh’s dropkick. They fire up even more, and want THE 3K. Fans rally with them as RPG3K stalk Mark. But then Jay throws in a chair! The referee is distracted, Mark LOW BLOWS Yoh! Sho fires off hands, but then he gets caught into the sleeper. Jay tags in, and while Mark keeps Sho down, Jay gives Yoh the Jay Driller!
Cover, The Briscoes win!
Winners: The Briscoes, Jay pinning; still ROH World Tag Team Champions
Mark lets go of Sho, leaving both members of RPG3K down and out. The Briscoes didn’t break any rules, but they didn’t finish this fair and square. Either way, they’re still the champs, and move on to Best in the World. Will the #SuperkickParty waiting for them be what ends their current reign? Or will they use another cheap trick to get away with the gold?
A pretty solid night for ROH with plenty of time still before Best in the World. Gresham VS Gordon was great, and Flip has been rising as a star. Wow did Bully increase the Heel heat against him with that promo right after the match. He swerves us with the emotional talk that makes you think he’s turned, but then he gets everyone to 180 when he reveals he’s still a Heel. Bully VS Flip really needs to happen, especially since it’ll increase Flip’s star power even more. Kelly VS Deonna was good, but still a bit sloppy for two women so familiar with each other. Word is is that Deonna is going back to WWE, so her losing to give Kelly back her win might be akin to Deonna’s good-bye match as far as ROH TV.
Good promos from Jay Lethal and Dalton Castle. Great to hear Lethal VS Kushida 3 is happening, but since it’s an ROH event and Lethal is on his loss-redemption tour, Lethal has to be the one to go over. And what a great main event that was for two tag teams that went through shifts in their characters over the last year. Sho & Yoh really were that close to being champions, but story is why Briscoes went over. Briscoes VS Bucks means so much more with the titles on the line, but the in-ring action would still be great either way. Hopefully Sho & Yoh make more returns to ROH given the partnership with NJPW, and maybe with Rocky Romero this time to try for the World Six Man Tag titles.
My Score: 8.5/10
WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (7/20/19)
Stand back! There’s a Comic-Con coming through!
The WWE 24/7 Championship makes an SDCC debut!
As superheroes, super villains and super fans all converge in San Diego, watch as WWE icons collide! Who gets out of the convention with the title?
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS The Hurricane VS Drake Maverick; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE 24/7 Champion, R-Truth, appears for an interview!
What’s up, San Diego and IGN!? Truth sits with hosts Max Scoville and Sydnee Goodman and has been having a blast. he’s seen everything and everybody, but he just hopes no one recognized him. Truth being the 24/7 Champion, he had to stay incognito. Someone, anyone, everyone, they could take this title because it is defended at all times of the day. That is why it is the “48/7 7-11 TV” Championship. How has Truth been holding up? Well he can’t sleep, not even for a nap. He’s fought over this belt on a golf course, a tarmac, in a plane, and ruined one man’s wedding AND honeymoon. But don’t worry, Drake Maverick’s not constipated.
And now at SDCC, Truth has been able to slip through as a penguin! Pengi the penguin, noot noot! He got to shake hands and hang out with Darth Vader. Truth loves SDCC, it’s the bomb. But what else has Truth done while here? Chewbacca stared him down, but then Pikachu came along. The weather’s been a bit iffy, though. But wait! Is that…?! Yes! It is THE Hurricane!! Truth mentioned weather, so stand back, because there’s a hurricane coming through! Truth thinks this is a really great cosplay, but he’s a bit thick around the waist. Oh wow, what a great referee cosplay! He looks just like John Combs! But he’s blonde. No, wait, that’s… Nevermind. ROLL UP! TWO, but Hurricane runs away before Truth can retaliate. Because here comes Rockstar Banana, Drake Maverick! Roll up, TWO!!
Truth bails out before Maverick can attack again. Maverick vents! Truth has ruined Maverick’s life! His wedding, his honey moon, and he’s yet to consummate the marriage! Maverick is getting sick and tired of this! And then he realizes he’s on camera. Maverick gets up and runs off, but into the cameras! The signal goes down, but is Maverick too down in the dumps to get back up?
This title continues to be amazing! I was actually shocked Truth didn’t lose the title here, but him retaining is actually even more surprising. Great to see Hurricane again, even if it’s just for the gag of, “Oh, it’s Comic-Con, cosplay is everywhere.” Maverick is slowly breaking, and I love that he tied in the banana costume from when he showed up at the WWE Mattel panel during SDCC. Can’t wait to see reference to this on Raw.
Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 6 B Block
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
This whole day is based around two major things:
Will Jay White or Tetsuya Naito get a win?
Will Moxley or Ishii kill one another?
Let’s find out!
- Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens vs Zack Sabre Jr & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Fale wins via Grenade @4:50 – **
- Tomoaki Honma & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer: Archer wins via EBD Claw Hold @9:50 – **
- SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI vs KENTA, Kota Ibushi & Clark Connors: BUSHI wins via MX @9:02 – ** 1/2
- YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay & Toa Henare: YOSHI wins via Fisherman Buster @8:45 – ** 1/4
- B Block: Shingo Takagi vs Taichi: Takagi wins via Last of the Dragon @14:40 – ****
- B Block: Jeff Cobb vs Juice Robinson: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @13:20 – *** 1/2
- B Block: Toru Yano vs Jay White: Yano wins via Brass Knuckle Low Blow/Roll-Up @3:05 – ** 1/2
- B Block: Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto: Naito wins via Destino @16:00 – *** 3/4
- B Block: Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii: Moxley wins via Deathrider @20:35 – **** 1/2
Well Fale tried to outsmart the Rainmaker in his last G1 match, and that didn’t go too well. So Sabre is being a whiny child, tried to step to Fale and for the most part, got brushed off. Fale isn’t really in a position to eat another loss, but it’s unusual for Sabre to be doing so poorly. I’m curious if Sabre continues this slide until maybe TAKA Michinoku returns to be his hype man, or Sabre gets off the schneid.
People, everybody dies. You know that, Lance knows that, Honma knows that…Kairi Sane knows that. This didn’t really add much to things except the undercurrent of a quiet Minoru Suzuki is scary for the whole world. Also – Everybody Dies!
Now that SANADA and EVIL have had their match, there is some symbiosis back on the LIJ undercards. KENTA and Kota teaming together was a cute call back, but nothing of heavy merit came from this match. BUSHI continues to rack up positive momentum during these tags, Clark Connors is impressive for an LA Dojo Young Lion. So decent match, but aside from EVIL and KENTA brawling after the match and SANADA and Ibushi having a rather civil fan support battle, nothing too important for the impending matches.
Okada and Ospreay did have the crowd hot, but aside from a small flourish, this was mostly YOSHI and Henare. Surprisingly, YOSHI-HASHI has put together a few pinfalls in the tag matches, so that tends to actually play a role in the second half story telling. Ospreay may be on his way to a big upset since even if Okada seems to be positioned to win A Block, he won’t make it through unscathed.
Now this was a fun match. It was a continuation of the Suzuki-Gun/LIJ drama, but Taichi has his own issues. Shingo is fighting as a Junior Heavyweight and Taichi moved up to Heavyweight last year, but was overlooked for the G1. So the fact that Shingo asks and gets in, yet Taichi moves up and was ignored has to bother him. With all of these little things eating through, Taichi brought out the Dangerous T that many of us have grown to love. Sure there was a brief moment of shenanigans with lovely Miho and the microphone stand, but 90% of the match was on the up and up. Pumping Bomber versus Axe Bomber was great, the callbacks to both of their mentors was wonderful and just generally speaking, when the Holy Emperor tries, those are great matches. Shingo getting the win won’t sit well with Taichi, but we’ve got plenty more time to see how this all falls.
Juice starts off the match in a 3 way tie for first, but Cobb really needs a win to legitimize his tournament. Being undefeated in ROH for about a year, as well as all his other accolades, he needs to stop losing. Cobb showed a little more fire than usual in this match and took it to Juice. Juice has been in hard hitting affairs all tournament and it looks like Juice might’ve finally hit the wall. Should be interesting to see if Juice flounders from here or if he recovers.
Well the Chaos revenge tour has another stop with Toru Yano and Jay White. Jay has not gotten off to a good start and it’s all his past decisions coming to bite him. This match…would be no different. Yano takes advantage of Gedo getting involved. Between Barbara Jean the turnbuckle pad and the brass knuckles from Gedo, Jay White’s nuts didn’t stand a chance. So Yano runs away with 2 more points and Jay’s pride…and other things…are a bit sore.
Goto started off the tournament looking like a new man, Naito has also looked different, but for different reasons. Naito sitting in the basement with zero points and Goto with the renewed sense of purpose makes for an odd dynamic. This match is one of their usual ones, where it’s quick bursts, hard hitting and a few solid false finishes. However, at multiple points Naito’s usual tranquilo is shaken and you can see him show levels of concern. Goto being the one with the power in the match, makes for some unique interactions. Naito does pull off the win, but it’s not for Goto’s lack of trying and kicking out of one running Destino. Naito finally gets some points, but it’s nothing near dominant enough to breathe a sigh of relief.
Moxley versus Ishii was the insane hard hitting match we expected. Ishii even flew. He hit a splash on Moxley through a table. The Stone Pitbull flew. Yes I realize there is a callback to Masato Tanaka in that move, but you don’t understand, Ishii flew. Anyway, the beauty of Red Shoes as a referee is he understands each wrestlers personality, so he gives them a little more leash to do what they like to do. Moxley used weapons, Ishii egged it on, there were huge strikes, Ishii’s torpedo style rising headbutts and just good violence. This was a bar fight and no one was upset. Moxley getting the win was a little surprising since most of us assume he won’t be available for many if any later dates once AEW TV starts up. This was just a nice change of pace for the usual New Japan and/or Strong Style match.
Overall Score: 7.75/10
With a great Taichi match and Moxley changing the pace, this show was definitely something to behold. Jay White’s continued spiral is more amusing than Sabre’s since this seems like retribution where Sabre is just a punk bitch when he loses. Even with an uneventful undercard, the main Block matches kept everything moving upward and onward.
With Moxley as the sole 3-0, who unseats the Death Rider?
B Block Standings:
- Jon Moxley – 3-0 (6 Points)
- Toru Yano – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Tomohiro Ishii – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Juice Robinson – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Shingo Takagi – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Jeff Cobb – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Tetsuya Naito – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Hirooki Goto – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Taichi – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Jay White – 0-3 (0 Points)