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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Report! (6/12/18)

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Which team is the best in the Cruiserweight Division?

The Lucha House Party brings the fun to the Cruiserweight Division, but Drew Gulak and his new friends refuse to let it continue. Can Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik stop the aggressive oppression of the Ungentlemanly Alliance? Plus, will Hideo Itami answer for his attack on Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Lucha House Party VS Drew Gulak, Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick; Lucha House Party wins.
  • Akira Tozawa VS Steve Irby; Tozawa wins.
  • Mustafa Ali VS Tony Nese; Ali wins.

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Drake Maverick responds to the ending of last week’s 205 Live.

Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy were putting on yet another amazing match, all for the chance to be simply considered for a WWE Cruiserweight Championship match. However, just as Ali was closing in on victory, Hideo Itami would attack out of nowhere! Itami feels he deserves respect and a title shot, but this behavior is “unbecoming”. A “No Contest” is unacceptable, and Maverick wants everyone to know that ruining matches will not be tolerated. Therefore, Hideo Itami is not going to be even ON tonight’s episode. Maverick will talk out things with Murphy and Ali, but he won’t let that get in the way of tonight.

The Heart of 205 Live wants more action, and it’ll be against Murphy’s buddy, the Premier Athlete, Tony Nese! Can Ali get past all that happened last week to check off another win? Or will Nese impress and be the one to take a step towards Cedric Alexander’s Cruiserweight Championship?

 

Six Man Tag: Lucha House Party VS Drew Gulak, Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick!

Kalisto, Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik have had their problems will all three Ungentle Men on the other side, but only because the Philly Stretcher, Extraordinary Gentleman and Man with a Plan looked down upon them. Will the luchadors fly above as the superior trio? Or will Gulak, Gallagher & Kendrick teach them the new law of the land-based?

Before making their entrance, Gulak and crew have a backstage interview. Why have these three decided to join forces against LHS? To Kendrick, LHS fired the first shot when they claimed to be the best team on 205 Live. Kendrick vows his team will go through them. Gallagher adds that the luchadors “have enjoyed an unfair numbers advantage”, but now their alliance has evened things. Gulak’s vision for a #Better205Live is not a flying fiesta, but a technical master class. He’s simply bringing in his fellow professors to teach the “hoochadors” how to tap out.

The teams sort out, and Kalisto starts against Gallagher. The two circle, then tie up. Gallagher gets the waistlock and slam, and then a partial crossface. Kalisto stands up but Gallagher throws him back down. Gallagher shifts to a clutch, then back to the waistlock. Kalisto moves around, and arm-drags out of the slam. Kalisto says “STOP!” and does a little dance. Fans join in on the “Lucha! Lucha!” chants, then Kalisto arm-drags Gallagher. Kalisto wrenches Gallagher’s arm then tags in Lince Dorado. Dorado climbs, and hits a double ax handle. Dorado wrenches Gallagher, but Galagher pulls the mask. Kendrick tags in, and he whips but Dorado reverses. Dorado drop toeholds, walks all over Kendrick, then dares him to do something. Kendrick rushes in but Dorado back drops him.

Dorado tags Kalisto, then Kalisto tags Metalik. Kalisto runs, and Dorado gives him the boost for a falling splash. Metalik climbs up while Dorado adds his plank splash, then Metalik springboards for his own splash! Cover, TWO! Metalik brings Kendrick up, and whips him corner to corner. Kendrick reverses but Metalik goes up and over. Things speed up, Metalik rolls off Kendrick’s back, then swings on Kendrick. Kendrick ducks but Metalik comes back to headscissors Kendrick down! Then Metalik dropkicks Kendrick down, and brings him up to tag in Dorado. Dorado and Metalik double suplex Kendrick down, then cover, TWO. Kendrick scrambles and tags in Gulak.

Gulak walks right up to Dorado to haymaker Dorado down. But Dorado responds with a takedown, then gets running. Things speed up, and Dorado springboards to arm-drag and headscissors Gulak. Gulak gets out of the ring, Gallagher runs in but he gets sent out. Lucha House Party combines and fires up the fans, and with Kalisto and Metalik stabilizing him, Dorado leaps up to springboard and FLY!

Down go the Ungentle Men! Fans “Lucha! Lucha!” with the House Party. Dorado puts Gulak in, covers, TWO. Dorado brings Gulak up, Gulak swings but Dorado ducks to dropkick him back down. He brings Gulak back up, and tags Kalisto. Kalisto kicks Gulak but Gulak pulls the mask. Gallagher tags in and they mug Kalisto in their corner. Kalisto fights back and jawbreakers Gallagher. Kendrick tags in but Kalisto still gets Gallagher with the tilt-o-whirl headscissors. Kalisto mule kicks Gallagher away, but then Kendrick trips him up on the ropes! Kendrick covers, TWO, but Kendrick throws crossface forearms right away. Kendrick mocks “Lucha! Lucha!” as he stalks Kalisto. He bends Kalisto back in an armlock and dragon sleeper. Kendrick snap suplexes Kalisto then covers, TWO.

Tag to Gulak, and Gulak stomps away on Kalisto. Gulak drags Kalisto up for a scoop, and carries him around before slamming him. Cover, TWO, but Gulak puts Kalisto in a half straitjacket. Gulak puts him in the full straitjacket, and bends him back while fans rally. Kalisto gets up and out to jawbreaker Gulak, then hits Kendrick and Gallagher for good measure. Gulak grabs Kalisto’s leg, but Kalisto keeps reaching. Kendrick distracts so that the ref doesn’t see the tag! Dorado is held back, and Gallagher goes after Kalisto in the distraction, putting the Lucha Dragon into the apron while Gulak hits Metalik. Gallagher feeds Kalisto to Gulak for a stomp and cover, TWO. Gulak drags Kalisto over, Gallager tags back in. Gallagher drops an elbow, then drags Kalisto up for a standing abdominal stretch.

Fans rally as Kalisto endures. Kalisto pops out but Gallagher scoops and slams him. Now Gallagher mocks the “Lucha! Lucha!” as he stalks Kalisto. Kalisto crawls, but Gallagher is on him again. Tag to Kendrick, Gallagher throws Kalisto for hotshot on the ropes, then Kendrick boots him down! Cover, TWO! Kendrick rains down rights, then drags Kalisto up to tag Gulak. Gulak hits Kalisto and puts him in an Argentine Backbreaker Rack. Gulak carries Kalisto around, then slings him down. He puts Kalisto in a hammerlock and half crab! Kalisto endures the bending and stretching while fans rally. Kalisto fights with his free leg but Kendrick tags in to stomp him down. Kendrick drags Kalisto up, whips him corner to corner hard, and Kalisto hits the buckles then the mat. Kendrick keeps on Kalisto with forearms, then backs off.

Kalisto kicks away on Kendrick but Kendrick powers him into the corner with shoulders. Kendrick backs off, then hoists Kalisto up top. He climbs up to join Kalisto but Kalisto fights back. Gulak comes over but Kalisto kicks him away. Kalisto leaps, for a tornado DDT! Both men are down but crawling. Hot tags to Gallagher and Metalik! Metalik springboards and crossbodies, then handsprings and chops Gallagher. He whips Gallagher but Gallagher reverses, only to run into Metalik’s SUPERKICK! Metalik hits the Sling-Dog, then runs the ropes to hit the missile dropkick! Cover, TWO, but Metalik brings Gallagher up to tag in Dorado. They double whip and Dorado holds Gallagher up, for Metalik to springboard dropkick down. Jackknife cover but Gulak breaks it up just in time.

Gulak helps Gallagher to their corner, then tags in. Gulak goes after Dorado, but Dorado knees out to huricanrana pin. TWO, but then the dragon’s lair, TWO. Dorado headscissors but Gulak shoves it away. Gulak then clobbers Dorado with a clothesline! Cover, TWO, and Gulak grows frustrated. Gulak gets up, drags Dorado up into a dragon sleeper, but Dorado resists. Dorado spins aruond and tilt-o-whirls to a waistlock. Gulak standing switches an drolls up, but holds the tights! The referee notices, and calls off the count. Gulak tries to explain but too late. Dorado rolls him up, TWO! Gulak boots but Dorado blocks to respond with a windmill kick! Cover, TWO. Both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Kendrick.

Kendrick goes after Kalisto, then flapjacks Dorado on the buckles. Kendrick hits the headlock takedown and puts on the Captain’s Hook! Dorado endures, Kalisto saves him with a dropkick! Gallagher rocks Kalisto with a right, but Metalik SUPERKICKS Gallagher. Gulak boots Metalik, then helps Gallagher up. Dorado flies for a crossbody, but they both catch him. Dorado lands on his feet out of their throw, but they double whip him. He handsprings, for a double Golden Rewind! Gulak and Gallagher stagger, Kalisto and Metalik dropkick them out! Then, they build speed and DOUBLE FLY!

Dorado fires himself up, and waits for someone to stand. Dorado runs, but into a takedown, for the Captain’s Hook! Kendrick has him alone in the middle of the ring. He reaches, moves around, and crawls for ropes. Dorado fades, Kendrick rolls him but Dorado counters to his own cover! Lucha House Party wins!!

Winners: Lucha House Party, Dorado pinning

The flying fiesta leave Gulak, Gallagher & Kendrick furious in defeat. With this combination of skills and thrills, does this finally establish Lucha House Party as the best team in the Cruiserweight Division?

 

Hideo Itami speaks.

First in Japanese, then in English, the Don from Nihon declares that neither Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy are worthy of being in a main event or in a Cruiserweight Championship match. Itami believes he is the next champion, and believes he’ll make everyone #RespectMe.

 

Drake Maverick meets with Buddy Murphy.

The Cruiserweight Juggernaut only wants to talk a revenge match against Hideo Itami. If it’s anything else, he doesn’t care. Really? Yeah, and if Maverick was a good GM, he’d have already made that match. Otherwise, Murphy’s not competing. Is that so? Because Mustafa Ali made a request to wrestle Itami, too. He’s not getting that match, either, because Maverick isn’t going to let another main event be ruined. And if Murphy is going to visit a boss, bring a request, not an ultimatum. Everyone will get what they want eventually, when Maverick says so. “So until then, keep the peace.” Murphy nods, but will he really keep himself out of trouble?

 

Mustafa Ali speaks.

The Heart of the Cruiserweight Division knows he was on the verge of “stopping the unstoppable”, and beating Buddy Murphy in their match. But then Itami had to interfere. Itami may have made Ali #GoToSleep, but where Ali’s from, “when you get knocked down, you get back up.” Ali is up, and will get back in the ring to take on Tony Nese to take a step towards that Cruiserweight Championship. Murphy and Itami better watch closely.

 

Akira Tozawa VS Steve Irby!

The Stamina Monster and former Cruiserweight Champion himself wants to spring back from falling to Hideo Itami. Can he make a splash in Memphis to earn his way back to the title?

The bell rings and Irby swings on Akira. Akira ducks and chops away. He fakes a chop to hit Irby with a jab! Fans “AH! AH!” as Akira stomps on Irby. Irby blocks a stomp to spin Akira around for the mule kick. Irby runs, sunset flips but Akira rolls through to Penalty Kick and back senton! Akira starts up more “AH! AH!” but Irby gets to ropes. Irby sucker punches then boots Akira down. Irby stomps away on Akira in a corner, then drags Akira up. Akira fights back but Irby knees low. Irby whips Akira but Akira goes up and over, only for Irby to rock him with right hands. Irby whips but Akira slips free so Irby hits him again. The “King of Moonsaults” decides to run, but he runs into Akira’s headscissors! Akira fires up and shining wizards Irby.

Akira climbs up with “AH! AH!” from the fans, and hits a missile dropkick. Irby staggers up, Akira kicks, swings, slides under, and hits the spinning roundhouse! Irby goes down but Akira fires up as he climbs again. Akira aims, and hits the SUPER Senton! Cover, Akira wins!

Winner: Tozawa, by pinfall

The Stamina Monster makes gains with this win, but it’s only a start. Will Tozawa be able to battle his way back to the Cruiserweight Championship before someone else does?

 

The Man of the Hour joins the Cruiserweight Division!

Lio Rush has been waiting for the right time, “with a nice hook, with the right line. Fishing for gold, the right kind.” But to be honest, Lio is upset. He feels disrespected. “How can you have two Cruiserweight Championship Tournaments without having THE very best Cruiserweight in the world”? But it’s about time that things are put in order, that things are no longer misunderstood. And soon the world will know why Lio Rush is the right man in the right place at the right time. When is that time? And when that time comes, will Lio rush his way to the top in a matter of no time at all?

 

Tony Nese speaks.

“So Mustafa Ali wants back in the title picture?” Then he made a big mistake accepting Nese’s challenge. Ali isn’t the only one looking to prove himself, and tonight isn’t about him. The Premier Athlete says tonight is his night to make a statement at Ali’s expense. Can Nese jump ahead in line towards challenging the #AgeOfAlexander?

 

TJP speaks.

“What a surprise, another 205 Live without TJP in a high-profile match.” But that’s okay, he’ll just rack up weights and Instagram likes, and when this “Cruiser-Great” moves up to being a “Heavy-Great”, no one will know where TJP will show up next. And then Drake Maverick won’t just think of TJP as the superstar who carried the brand on his back, but as the superstar who got away. Will the inaugural (New Era) Cruiserweight Champion really make the move to another division?

 

Mustafa Ali VS Tony Nese!

If the Beacon of Light is the Heart, then the Premier Athlete is definitely the Abs of 205 Live. Not only do Ali, Hideo Itami and Buddy Murphy want a shot at the Cruiserweight Champion, so does Nese. Can Nese make himself the fourth man in the conversation with a win here tonight?

But as it’s well-documented, Nese and Murphy are clearly muscular pals, and the Aussie Antagonist is even being Nese’s corner man tonight. As Nese enters the ring, so does Murphy, and they flank Ali on either side. The referee tries to keep the peace, but luckily for the Heart, he has a friend in the Soul of 205 Live! Yes, THE Cruiserweight Champion, Cedric Alexander, appears and joins Ali in the ring.

The referee still stands his ground in keeping this the scheduled 1v1 match. Alexander and Murphy leave things to their friends, and the match begins.

Nese and Ali tie up, and Nese powers Ali back to a corner. Nese lets up but then body shots Ali hard. Ali doubles over, but Nese keeps on him. Ali hits back, but Nese fires off even more body shots. Nese throws Ali to ropes, then back drops Ali high. Cover, ONE, but Nese just flexes at Alexander. Alexander tells Nese to focus on Ali. Ali gets up, then goes up and over Nese. Things speed up, Ali cartwheels and dropkicks Nese out. Nese hops back but Ali sends him back down with a spinning heel kick! Ali goes out to fetch Nese, but Murphy shields his friend. Alexander stares Murphy down, but then Nese runs in with a forearm! Nese brings Ali up while the ref keeps Alexander and Murphy back. Nese throws Ali hard into the post!

Murphy taunts Ali but then the referee gives a final warning. Alexander and Murphy give plenty of space as Nese puts Ali in the ring. Cover, TWO, but Nese stays on Ali. Nese stands on Ali’s hand, mocking the Heart of 205 Live. Nese whips Ali hard into buckles while Maverick watches backstage. Ali staggers, Nese runs and runs Ali over with a back elbow! Cover, TWO, but Nese mocks him even more as he puts him in the bodyscissors. Nese squeezes Ali’s ribs, but Alexander coaches Ali. Ali endures as Nese adds chops, but fans build to a rally. Ali fights against the legs, then gets free, but Nese grabs him in the rear bearhug. Murphy likes what he sees, but the two then stand up. Ali elbows out, but Nese clubs him down.

Nese drags Ali up, but Ali counters the back suplex to a crossbody, TWO. Nese throat chops Ali, then runs for a hotshot! Ali snaps back, gasping for air, and Nese jumps up for the triangle moonsault. Ali narrowly avoids it, then slips out to roundhouse Nese away. Nese staggers, Ali slingshots in to hit the facebuster! Cover, TWO! Murphy is relieved but Alexander coaches Ali up. Fans rally as Ali and Nese stand up. Ali chops Nese, then again. He whips Nese but Nese reverses to slide under and pumphandle Ali on his shoulder. Ali slips out but Nese elbows him away. Nese runs into a back elbow, Ali hop up but the tornado DDT is denied. Nese goes Matrix to then kick, knee, kick and elbow Ali. He runs but Ali follows, they double clothesline themselves down!

Alexander and Murphy coach their friends, and fans rally up, too. Ali and Nese slowly stir, and Nese gets to a corner. Ali stands, and runs in, but into a boot. Nese brings Ali up in the corner, but Ali dropkicks him back! Nese teeters, and Ali climbs up, but Nese pushes him away. Ali back-flips and lands on his feet, but Nese clobbers him with a clothesline! Nese turns Ali inside out, then drags him up into the pumphandle scoop, and driver! Cover, TWO! Alexander is fired up for his friend while Nese grows frustrated. Fans rally again as Nese comes around to Ali. Nese drags Ali up and into a corner. Nese stomps, then runs, but into a SUPERKICK!

Ali goes up while Nese goes down. Ali aims, but Murphy saves Nese from the drop zone. Alexander comes over and jaws with Murphy. Ali builds speed and leap frogs the referee to FLY onto Nese!

They both go down, but then Murphy attacks Alexander! They go into the ring, but Alexander counters the boots with a back elbow. Murphy rolls out and Alexander builds speed to DIVE! Alexander sends Murphy all the way to the ramp, but then goes after him again to brawl. Ali returns, then Nese. Nese rolls Ali, TWO, deadlift buckle bomb! Cover, TWO!! And Nese cannot believe it! Nese glares down at Ali as he backs away. He stands up, and punts Ali right in the ribs! Ali ends up in a corner and Nese scrapes his boot into Ali as he shouts, “I’m better than you!”

Nese backs off at the ref’s count of 4, then brings down the knee pad. He runs side to side, but Ali dodges and sends the Premier Kneese into buckles! Nese crawls away, and Ali gets up, to springboard tornado DDT! Ali has Nese where he wants him, then climbs up again. Ali hits the 0-5-4!! Cover, Ali wins!

Winner: Ali, by pinfall

The Heart of 205 Live shows he has more than enough heart for Nese’s muscles. While there is unfinished business with Murphy and Itami, Ali surely impressed tonight. But he isn’t going to wait for Maverick, Ali takes the mic and speaks in the ring. “Drake, listen, I know you’re watching.” Maverick said that everyone would get what they want. Murphy, Itami and Ali all want to rip each other’s heads off. “So give us what we want!” Make it happen, next week, in a TRIPLE THREAT!

Backstage interview with Drake Maverick.

The GM of 205 Live has heard the request, and can see Itami has ruffled some feathers. Maverick’s job gets really easy sometimes, because yes, he WILL give us the Triple Threat! Ali VS Murphy VS Itami, who survives?!

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another great night for the Cruiserweight Division, with another great State of the Division Address from Maverick. I was expecting the Triple Threat of Ali-Murphy-Itami tonight, but I guess they want to save that for the post-MITB episode as opposed to a go-home for a PPV they don’t even have a part in. The Triple Threat will still be great, and that has to be what crowns a new #1 Contender to the title. I wonder if they can really stretch things so that Alexander and his challenger won’t wrestle until Extreme Rules, though. And I almost thought Ali VS Nese was going to become a tag team match, but perhaps it’s too soon for the Heart & Soul and the workout pals to shift from the singles title to the yet-to-exist tag titles.

Even then, it almost feels like the tag division is moving into a Cruiserweight Trios Division with Gulak joining Gallagher & Kendrick tonight against Lucha House Party. That Six Man was great, but it just seems like a lot too soon for 205 Live if they go for a true trios title. It’s obviously easier to do tag teams than trios, if WWE could just get the Singh Brothers/Bollywood Boys, the Daivari Brothers, and any other possible Cruiserweight tag teams going. Stables can still be possible, as I’ve said before. Gulak and Kalisto can be the singles competitors for their respective trios, the same way that The Shield or The Club would do.

My Score: 8.6/10


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WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (7/20/19)

Stand back! There’s a Comic-Con coming through!

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WWE 24/7 Championship

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?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?

 


 

My Thoughts:

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.


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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?

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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!

Ratings:

  • 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

 

Analysis:

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)


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