The Cruiserweight Champion, Cedric Alexander, is still without a #1 contender. Drake Maverick heard the requests of Buddy Murphy and Mustafa Ali both wanting revenge on Hideo Itami, and has made a major Triple Threat match! While an official contender won’t be named, surely the winner will be first place in the race.
All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter
- Drew Gulak w/ THE Brian Kendrick VS Lince Dorado w/ The Lucha House Party; Gulak wins.
- TJP VS ???; no contest.
- Triple Threat: Mustafa Ali VS Buddy Murphy VS Hideo Itami; Itami wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Cruiserweight Division is growing heated.
Two weeks ago, the Beacon of Light and the Aussie Juggernaut had yet another incredible rematch that could have determined a new #1 Contender. However, the Innovator of the GTS would ambush Mustafa Ali and even blindside Buddy Murphy. Itami wants respect, but he also wants that Cruiserweight Championship. Will he get what he wants after tonight’s main event?
Drew Gulak w/ THE Brian Kendrick VS Lince Dorado w/ The Lucha House Party!
— 205Live (@WWE205Live) June 20, 2018
The rivalry of Cruiserweight Tag Teams rolls on, but with the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament in progress, the Ungentle Men are down a man. Can the Philly Stretcher still make it work against the Golden Lynx with only The Man with a Plan in his corner? Or will LHS keep the fiesta rolling on through the Summer?
— 205Live (@WWE205Live) June 20, 2018
Oh and yes, be sure to say hola to Penelope Gulak the pinata, she’s back again to give moral support. The bell rings, and we begin.
Dorado and Gulak circle while fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” They tie up and Gulak gets the headlock takeover. They stand up again, and Dorado pries his way out into a wristlock. Gulak counters to a hammerlock, but Dorado elbows back and snapmares Gulak down. Gulak runs Dorado over, cover, ONE, but Gulak goes after the wrist again. Dorado stands up while fans rally, but Gulak throws him overhead with a wristlock suplex. Bridging cover, TWO, but Gulak covers again. TWO as Dorado gets a shoulder up. Gulak tries again, TWO as Dorado bridges. Gulak goes to put his full weight on Dorado, but Dorado counters and ends up on Gulak’s shoulders! Dorado sunset flips, TWO, but now a roll up, TWO.
Gulak headbutts Dorado in the chest, but Dorado kicks back. Gulak punches Dorado into a corner, then throws in body shots. Kendrick mocks the Lucha dance, but Dorado boots Gulak to then fly with a modified huricanrana to throw him. Dorado springboards, quebrada! Cover, TWO, but Dorado arm-drags Gulak into an armlock. The Lucha House Party rallies, but Gulak hits Dorado. Dorado hits back, then climbs the ropes, but Gulak disrupts his acrobatics! Dorado crotches on the top, and then Gulak shoves him down and out! Kendrick mocks Dorado but fans rally for him. Gulak fetches “Dorito” and puts him in the ring. Gulak then drags Dorado up by his mask, very disrespectful. He drags Dorado into a ring and stomps away.
Gulak brings Dorado up again for a stiff knee to the chest. Dorado hits back with right hands, then forearms. Dorado fires off furiously and the ref backs him off, but Gulak schoolboys him out of the ring! The Golden Lynx hits the ground hard, but Gulak doesn’t give him time to rest. Gulak glares at Penelope, not laughing at LHS’s jokes. He puts Dorado in the ring, then grabs a leg. Gulak brings Dorado around and hooks his legs for the surfboard, but then pulls at the mask and jaw! He lets go at 4, then comes back for a chinlock. Dorado endures while Kalisto & Gran Metalik rally the fans. Dorado feeds off the energy, gets up and fights back. Gulak clubs him, then whips him to a corner.
Dorado stops but they collide with heads! Both men are down, and a 10 count begins. Dorado gets to a corner and Gulak stirs. Both men are up at 4, then start brawling. Dorado gets an edge, but Gulak shoves, only for Dorado to dropkick him down! Dorado dropkicks again, then gets to a corner. He comes back over to pull on Gulak’s hair. This is for pulling the mask! Dorado forearms Gulak, then grabs a leg to windmill kick over it! Gulak scurries to a corner but Dorado runs in. Gulak puts him on the apron, but Dorado hits back with a Listo kick. Dorado climbs, flies, crossbody! Cover, TWO!
Dorado keeps going, but Gulak takedown to cover, TWO. Gulak whips Dorado, handspring, Golden Rewind! But Kendrick helps Gulak get a ropebreak! Kalisto & Metalik protest, but the referee keeps Dorado back. Gulak holds ropes, Kalisto & Metalik protest more, but this only distracts the ref, and Kendrick hotshots Dorado! Gulak grabs Dorado for the GuLOCK! Dorado taps, Gulak wins!
Winner: Drew Gulak, by submission
Kalisto & Metalik run off Gulak from holding on longer than he should, but the win is still his. Gulak & Kendrick celebrate their win, will they and Gallagher conquer the budding Cruiserweight tag scene?
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) June 20, 2018
Perhaps will find out who is truly the best team in 205 Live, as these two trios face off in an ELIMINATION Six Man Tag match next week!
Prepare for a 6-Man Elimination Tag Team Match NEXT WEEK when The #LuchaHouseParty goes up against @mrbriankendrick, @DrewGulak, and @GentlemanJackG on #205Live, only on @WWENetwork! pic.twitter.com/O8M7sOguCZ
— 205Live (@WWE205Live) June 20, 2018
Drake Maverick speaks with a referee.
The 205 Live GM wants to make sure things go as planned tonight between there of the best Cruiserweight superstars in the Division today. The referee understands the importance of this match and takes his leave. That’s when Hideo Itami enters. Maverick wants to talk about Itami’s “outburst” a couple weeks ago. If Itami has something to say, come to Maverick in his office instead of ruining a main event. Itami promises there won’t be any more problems in the future. So long as Maverick shows Itami respect. Respect? Respect works both ways, Itami. Itami has to worry about Murphy and Ali, the biggest and the fastest. But hey, Itami is in the main event. That is where Itami belongs, but he needs to make sure to make the best of it. Itami says, “I will.”
— 205Live (@WWE205Live) June 20, 2018
TJP VS ???
The FilAm Flash is feeling underappreciated in the Cruiserweight Division, and comes out already holding a microphone. TJP tells Toledo that “another 205 Live, and another week that the talent of the Cruiser-Great is wasted.” TJP’s been saying Maverick, “the most incompetent GM in WWE”, needs to do what’s best for 205 Live, and reward the man who carried the show on his back. It wouldn’t take much at all. Just give TJP more higher-profile matches, or the main event, every single week.
But no, TJP gets “this.” TJP doesn’t even want to add this guy to his record, because this guy only wants to add TJP to his. Maverick wants to set TJP up to fail, and if you don’t believe him, just ask “this guy.” TJP wonders if “this guy” feels he deserves to be in the ring with one of the best. Or, is he just some “whatever guy from Tostito, Ohio” that was lame enough to be pulled out of the scrap pile? “This guy” takes offense as TJP talks down to him, and knocks him down with a hard right!
— 205Live (@WWE205Live) June 20, 2018
TJP is shocked, so he kicks the guy in the leg! TJP puts “this guy” in a Kneebar! He won’t let go, no matter how much the referee shouts at him. TJP makes “this guy” tap out, but it doesn’t matter. More referees rush in and get TJP to let go. TJP kips up and looms over “this guy”, to then soak in the heat. He shouts, “I carried this place on my back, and I deserve better!” Does TJP really deserve better? Or will he just get what he deserves?
Lio Rush is officially signed with 205 Live!
Drake Maverick confirms on his own social media that as of last Friday, The Man of the Hour became the newest Cruiserweight Division competitor. Lio Rush is ready to show us all what a “23 year old piece of gold” can do in a WWE ring. Who will be the first to #FeelTheRush?
— 205Live (@WWE205Live) June 20, 2018
Triple Threat: Mustafa Ali VS Buddy Murphy VS Hideo Itami!
The Heart of 205 Live, the Aussie Juggernaut, and the Don from Nihon. All three men want respect, all three men want to win, and all three men want to challenge Cedric Alexander. But only one can have it all, who will that man be tonight?
— 205Live (@WWE205Live) June 20, 2018
The bell rings, and the three stare down across the way. They all circle, approach, but it seems Ali and Murphy come to an understanding. Itami was the one who ruined their match a couple weeks ago, so they should take care of him first. Itami rolls his eyes, then bails out of the ring. Ali goes to pursue, but Murphy pushes him aside to chase Itami first. Itami turns around into a heavy haymaker from Murphy! Murphy clubs and Itami hits back, but Ali FLIES in outta nowhere!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 20, 2018
Ali brings Itami up and in, then takes him down to rain down rights. Itami gets Ali off him, but Ali comes back for more. Murphy returns and pulls Ali away to then stomp away on Itami. Ali comes back but gets a right hand for himself. Itami chops Murphy, but it does nothing. Murphy bumps Itami off buckles then stomps another mudhole into him. Ali returns, but ducks the right this time to chop Murphy. Ali’s hand hurts more than anything, but he keeps chopping! He chops, then whips, but Murphy reverses. Ali dodges, then headscissors! Murphy and Ali are up quick but Ali runs at Murphy, only to get a boot. Murphy runs, but Ali tosses him outside! Ali builds speed, but Itami intercepts with a kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO!
Itami keeps on Ali with a chinlock, and he shouts “Respect me!” Ali endures while fans rally up for him. Ali stands, hits back with body shots, but Itami pushes him to then back drop. Itami boots Murphy back out as he reenters, then covers Ali. TWO, and Itami snarls. Itami kicks Ali in the back, then smirks as Ali writhes. Itami sits Ali up for another kick, then shouts for more respect. Fans boo instead, but Ali goes for a third kick, and hits it. Itami talks trash in Japanese, but he doesn’t see Murphy…
Murphy snapmares and kicks Itami in the back. Itami stands, snapmares and kicks Murphy. Murphy repeats the snapmare and kick, but so does Itami. Neither man backs down, another snapmare and kick and the two grind foreheads. Itami SLAPS Murphy, so Murphy SLAPS back. Itami hits, but Murphy retaliates. Murphy runs, but into Itami’s kitchen sink knee! Itami kicks away on Murphy again, even getting a running start. Murphy writhes around, but Itami still shouts for respect. Ali returns, back suplex and kick to Itami! Ali says Itami should respect him, but then Murphy returns to clobber Ali with a clothesline! Murphy then deadlifts and German Suplexes to a bridge, TWO!
Everyone is down from sore backs, but Murphy is up first. Murphy toys with Ali, then brings him up. Itami returns, so Murphy throws Ali into Itami. Murphy tells him to stay out, but Ali rolls Murphy up, TWO. Ali runs into a sleeper from Murphy! Murphy brings Ali to the mat with his full body weight. Ali won’t give up yet, and fans rally up for him. Ali gets that second wind, but Itami also returns. Itami grabs Murphy in a sleeper! Murphy backs Itami into buckles, then throws elbows. Murphy grabs Ali again, but Ali stunners Murphy! Ali gets to a corner, and boots Itami away as he runs in. Murphy runs in, but Ali slips out to the apron to roundhouse Murphy away.
Ali fires up and takes aim. He slingshots in, but Murphy alley-oops Ali, so the facebuster goes to Itami! Murphy goes to pin Ali but Ali reverses to his own cover, TWO! Ali baits Murphy into a corner, then hits the Reverse-Rana! He keeps going, and hits the flying tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Ali can’t believe Murphy survives consecutive impacts to the head. He backs off while Murphy and Itami slowly stir. Fans are on Ali’s side as he looms over Itami. Ali brings Itami into the drop zone, then climbs up. Itami trips him up!
Ali is stuck up top, and Itami drags himself up to join Ali. Itami wants a suplex but Ali resists. Murphy joins in, and grabs Itami for a bomb. Itami fights Murphy off, then kicks him away. Itami goes after Ali again, SUPER Back Suplex, but Ali lands on his feet! Murphy grabs Itami, tucks him in, but then runs at Ali to bicycle kick him down. Murphy then SUPERKICKS Itami, and drags him off to top for the AK-DDT! Cover, TWO! All three men are down again, but slowly stirring. Fans build to a rally, and all three men flounder towards each other.
Murphy hits Ali and Itami, but then Ali hits Murphy and Itami. Itami hits Ali and Murphy, but then Murphy unleashes his strike fest. Itami dodges the knee to respond with his own strike fest. Murphy ducks the back hand, and it goes into Ali! Murphy hits that knee, then runs in at Ali, to get a SUPERKICK! Ali springboards back, but Itami boots him out of the air! All three men are down again, and fans are fired up.
The three men stir again, crawling in different directions. Ali stands up while Itami pie-faces Murphy. Itami runs at Ali, and Ali slips out again, but Itami blocks the roundhouse! Itami forearms Ali, then back elbows Murphy. He hits Ali again, but Murphy blocks Itami’s kick, to lift him up for a powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO, Aussie kamigoye! Murphy grabs Ali but gets another roundhouse! Murphy and Itami are stacked in the drop zone, and fans fire up for Ali. Ali climbs, takes aim, and hits a 450! He gets the 2-for-1 special, but he can’t make the cover from sore ribs.
Murphy rolls out, Ali covers Itami, but Murphy drags Ali off! Ali glares at Murphy with wide eyes, but it still takes a lot to stand. Murphy bounces Ali off the announce desk! Murphy clears off the desk, and fans fire up for what they sense is coming. The referee tells Murphy not to do what he’s going to do, but Murphy’s already standing on the table. Ali sweeps the legs! Murphy crashes but Ali gets away. But then he turns around, runs, and SPANISH FLY off the table!!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 20, 2018
Both men pay for that one, and fans are losing their minds. Ali drags himself to the ring while Murphy has barely moved. Itami gets Ali with the hesitation dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Even after all that, Ali lives! And Itami is furious. Itami gets a wicked idea, and he undoes a buckle pad. Ali stands, and pulls Itami away with a roll up. TWO, and Ali still goes into buckles! Then, with that bottom buckle now exposed, another hesitation dropkick! Itami’s boot sends Ali’s head into the steel! Itami covers, Itami wins!
Winner: Hideo Itami, by pinfall
Whether he won respect or not, Itami won this match. You don’t have to agree with him exposing steel, but there were no rules against it. Itami has his hand raised now, but will he be the one to challenge for the Cruiserweight Championship? And if he does, will he get his hand raised with the title?
— WWE (@WWE) June 20, 2018
Another solid 205 Live tonight with everything meaning something from top to bottom. Gulak and Dorado have a great singles match, and Kendrick does great helping him sneak the win, as a Heel should. These two trios have been doing great, but it sounds like next week’s Elimination Six Man Tag will be their blow-off. I hope the Cruiserweight Tag Team Championships are still going to happen, and the winner of this feud moves on to be one of the contenders to be crowned champions.
TJP builds his story up more, and he even keeps his word of not adding his opponent’s name to his record, because they don’t actually have their match. I’m waiting for a segment where TJP and Maverick talk this out face-to-face. Maybe it comes down to one last match in 205 Live/the Cruiserweight Division for TJP. If TJP wins, he’ll get a championship match. If he loses, he has no choice but to leave the Cruiserweight Division and try to get a spot on Raw, SmackDown or even NXT. Then TJP can come back, having failed to fit in anywhere else, and settle for doing things Maverick’s way. Lio Rush is “officially” part of the Division, and he could easily challenge for the Cruiserweight Championship now, I can’t wait to see him on TV again.
The Triple Threat main event was great, as all the main events on 205 Live have been lately. Maverick loves to keep these from being official Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contenders matches just so it isn’t so easy for any of the competitors. There was so much great stuff, both story and action, and wow that table Spanish Fly. Itami wins as the opportunistic Heel, but it makes sense as he’s the only one not to have faced Alexander yet. Given the trend, Alexander VS Itami won’t happen on PPV, even though it could, but it’ll still be an amazing main event for 205 Live, I hope we get it the go-home week to Extreme Rules.
My Score: 8.5/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.10 ~16TH NOVEMBER 2018
Another wonderfully in depth recap of this week in Pro Wrestling NOAH. How is the Global League going? Let’s see what else has been going on in NOAH.
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
NOAH were in Hiroshima on the 12th November; Hiroshima is a city of mixed emotion for NOAH, for some it is home, but for the promotion as a whole it has sad associations, as Mitsuharu Misawa died there in 2009.
Hitoshi Kumano, (a local bear), took charge of fundraising for the Heavy Rain Fund (Hiroshima was hit badly earlier in the year by floods, and the mascot got yelled at by Mitsuya Nagai). Nagai was wound up by Naomichi Marufuji as well, who held the ropes open for him, a tactic which served to wind Kenoh up too. It was also the event where Kotaro Suzuki got his win over HAYATA, and sat on the ropes holding the belt up to both Daisuke Harada and HAYATA. Kotaro Suzuki later said that HAYATA bought out his trump card in the previous match (“the Headache”), and so he bought out his too, and that he would be no match for him with his own number of various maneuvers which he would bring out in the title match. They had their final match before the championship match on the 17th in Osaka, and they will both go into the match with one victory each over the other in the build up for the challenge.
Fan support is very much on the side of HAYATA (who is not NOAH born unlike Suzuki who is seen as an outsider, despite being NOAH born) to bring the championship home.
Mitsuya Nagai clashed with Naomichi Marufuji, and was chopped to shreds. Marufuji said he looked like a “boiled octopus” afterwards. Katsuhiko Nakajima would dismiss Nagai as “small fish” on the 14th, but Nagai would break through the dark cloud on the 16th when he ended the winning streak of Kohei Sato.
Despite his fluke win and spazz out victory celebration against Takashi Sugiura, Kaito Kiyomiya suffered two defeats in a row; the first being against Atsushi Kotoge on the 14th and Cody Hall on the 16th. Kotoge, however, has been on a roll and defeated Go Shiozaki on the 16th.
In a rare moment on the 14th, Masa Kitamiya and Kenoh shook hands. Kitamiya said that he did it to acknowledge that he and Kenoh (who lost to him) had practically fought to the death for the win, and that he didn’t trust wrestlers who had no ambition. Speaking of Kenoh, during the huge tag on the 16th November, his victory over
Marufuji seemingly wasn’t enough, and he decided to get his face again.
Marufuji (now with both shoulders needing athletic support) just looked tired and like he’d had enough.
The show on the 16th November was a shift in the league; Kohei Sato, Kazusada Higuchi and Go Shiozaki had their perfect records beaten by Mitsuya Nagai, Mohammed Yone and Atsushi Kotoge, and Nakajima avenged his loss against Quiet Storm in Global League 2017.
As Global League is beginning to heat up, everyone is talking about not letting anymore victories slip through their fingers, but of course, not all matches can go to a draw, and someone has to lose. There can only be two finalists, and ultimately one winner.
Full recap of Global League 2018 so far, can be found here.
Noah will be back on Saturday 17th November at the Edion Arena in Osaka, (gong sounds at 18.30).
THE EVOLUTION OF KENOH
The upcoming “Wrestlers Directory” 2018 (basically a guide to who is who, what, and where in 2018) was previewed and Naomichi Marufuji and Kenoh were profiled with their changing looks over the years.
Kenoh made the following comments about his entry:
- His 2009 picture is ugly
- Like all trainees, he debuted with a shaved head. Says he didn’t used to cut it, and its awkward to look at it, says he didn’t think he had any money to cut it.
- It doesn’t really translate well, but Kenoh says he cut his hair in 2012 because it had been long for long enough. In another rough translation he says that he looks like a child of badboy parents, who has been forced to pose.
- Kenoh said about his expression that it doesn’t change, because in his every day life, he does not laugh a lot.
- In 2015, Kenoh says that “I admired him and went blonde, but I can no longer say I have the aspiration to be like him” (he is talking about Morishima, who very sadly, has let a lot of people down, including Kenoh).
YOSHIKI INAMURA ADDED TO THE NOAH ROSTER PAGE
At the moment there is not too much information on him apart from his birthday (November 18th 1992), his height and weight, blood type and birthplace (Otawara City in Tochigi Prefecture), date of debut and finisher. His finisher isn’t anything special at the moment, and doesn’t have a special name, being listed only as a “tackle”.
He doesn’t have a Twitter account yet.
CHRISTMAS AT MUSCLE GRILL
Naomichi Marufuji’s current restaurant MUSCLE GRILL in Tokyo will be having a Christmas party on the 22nd December. Naomichi Marufuji, Hi69, Tadasuke, Atsushi Kotoge and Junta Miyawaki will be attending, but obviously this depends on whether or not they manage to stay injury free.
Event is now full.
HAJIME OHARA IN CHINA
Hajime Ohara has missed some Noah dates as he is training the Eastern Hero Athletes in Shanghai, and also when they visit the Noah dojo in Saitama. Ohara is known to be a very strict trainer with a lot of emphasis on health and well-being, which goes further than working out as he is a big advocate for healthy eating and avoiding alcohol (although he does seem to have a weakness for cake); he has banned smoking during training sessions, forbidding his students to smoke while on breaks.
NOAH IN 2019
Noah have announced the dates for “Navigation for The Future 2019”. The tour will run from January 6th to Friday, February 1st. They have also announced their (provisional) Korakuen Hall schedule for 2019.
TAKESHI MORISHIMA UPDATE
There has been no real news following Morishima’s arrest earlier in the month, but further sad details have come to light about his behavior prior to the arrest and his living circumstances.
Morishima it seems was (and is) homeless and without any form of income, and was begging for drinks, even using the tactic of asking to drink with the bar staff as it meant he would be given free drinks.
The management company who were sponsoring his return had originally put him up in an apartment, which they paid the rent for. The deal was that Morishima would concentrate on his return, however, Morishima didn’t do this, and preferred alcohol to training. The President of the company, seeing that Morishima wasn’t giving anything in return despite repeated requests for him to change his ways, eventually lost his patience and told Morishima to pack up and leave.
Morishima, seemingly unconcerned about this, told him flippantly that he was drinking in Shinjuku, and if he wanted the keys, he should come and get them.
GHC BELT NEWS
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
- GHC Junior Champion: Kotaro Suzuki
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69
The winner of Global League 2018 will earn the right to challenge Takashi Sugiura for the GHC Heavyweight title, if he himself wins, Sugiura says that he will nominate Masato Tanaka as his challenger.
Kotaro Suzuki will defend the GHC Junior Heavyweight title against HAYATA on the 17th November at Edion Arena, Osaka.
The GHC Heavyweight Tag titles have not had a challenger as of yet, and probably won’t until after Global League wraps up. Mitsuya Nagai has hinted that he may challenge, but Saito said that he will not be granted a title shot. Katsuhiko Nakajima was asked if he was going to challenge after the Global League match with Saito, and said cryptically, he was “in the mood for shopping” (i.e., shopping around to see what deal is best).
The GHC Junior Tag Championship will be challenged for by Koji Kanemoto and Hiroshi Yamato on the 25th November at Korakuen Hall. Seiya Morohashi has also challenged for them, his partner at this time is as yet unknown, but it is thought it will either be TAMURA or Kouki Iwasaki.
- Atsushi Kotoge drinks “Revolutionary Coffee”
- Naomichi Marufuji sat on a wet bench wearing thin grey pants…
- There was a cat at the hotel in Ehime, much to YO-HEY’s delight
- Kaito Kiyomiya appears to be being fitted for tailored suits (long gone are the days of the oversize one thank god)
- Daisuke Harada celebrated his 32nd birthday on the 13th November (President Uchida did not even know it was his birthday!), and Yoshiki Inamura will celebrate his 26th birthday on November 18th, Takashi Sugiura bought him an early birthday cake and a small party was held at a restaurant Inamura had been taken out to by his seniors.
- Shu Nishinaga said Ally (the ring announcer) “whined like a child” for udon noodles.
- Naomichi Marufuji says he was disturbed by mosquitoes, in November, which woke him up at 2.30am
- Kenoh apparently went jogging in the Imperial Palace Gardens in Kyoto (a fan who saw him, thought he was a blonde delinquent fleeing the law before it was discovered it was Kenoh)
KING SHAMELESS CORNER
After weeks of silence. Takashi Sugiura is back, posting a picture of Masao Inoue holding an ice cream cone with white foam in it and labeling it “mood” and photographing erotic looking food.
I’ll leave it to your (and his) dirty imagination as to what exactly he meant by oysters being “erotic”…
The final night of Global League, 25th November, will be broadcast at 6pm on Saturday 8th December
The event on the 12th December, will be broadcast on the 15th December
The event on the 16th December, will be broadcast on the 22nd December
This is more than usual, and all seem to be going out on a weekly basis. This makes me wonder if the network are trying something out.
K-FORCE: music inspired by Katsuhiko Nakajima
ARTICLE: “Traces to Nowhere: the tragic story behind the Takeshi Morishima arrest”
News article on Takeshi Morishima’s drunken and chaotic life
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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: King of Pro Wrestling 2018 Part 3!
NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling continues with an epic Triple Threat for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship! Can Kenny Omega defeat both Kota Ibushi AND Cody?
This coverage of King of Pro Wrestling will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- IWGP Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: Kenny Omega VS Kota Ibushi VS Cody; Omega wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
NJPW and AXS TV set the scene!
The Golden Lovers reunited and it feels so good. But Kenny Omega felt even better after finally becoming the IWGP Heavyweight Champion! Omega promised his best friend a shot at the title. Omega and Kota Ibushi battled in the G1 Climax 28, and it would be the Golden Star who shined bright. However, The American Nightmare suggested something even more epic than just Golden Lover VS Golden Lover. Cody interjects himself into this match for a Triple Threat for the top title in NJPW. Will this match make the Golden Elite stronger? Or only serve to tear them apart all over again?
IWGP Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: Kenny Omega VS Kota Ibushi VS Cody!
The Best Bout Machine, the Golden Star and the American Nightmare have all had their differences, but now they’re all on the same side. Or are they? Cody already has the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship, on top of the NWA Worlds Championship and even a part in the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships. Perhaps Cody is just adding to his collection. Of course, he’ll have to get through both Golden Lovers to do it. Who will come out of this epic match as the best heavyweight in all of NJPW?
The three men make their entrances, the introductions are made and the belt is presented. Red Shoes does his check, and the match begins after the break.
NJPW on AXS returns as the three friends shake hands and hug to prove this is respectful. The bell rings and the three circle. They keep their eyes on each other, and Omega ties up with Cody first. Cody ties up with Ibushi at the same time, but he fights both Golden Lovers. Cody throws Ibushi out hard and focuses on Omega. He gets a headlock and Omega powers out. Cody runs Omega over, then things speed up. Cody slides under, kicks and drops for the uppercut. Omega bails out as Ibushi comes in. Ibushi and Cody tie up, and Cody gets a headlock. Ibushi powers out, Cody runs him over but Ibushi kips right up. Things speed up again and Ibushi dropkicks Cody down. Cody bails out and Ibushi builds up with the fans. Ibushi runs but Omega stands in his way.
The Golden Lovers talk but Cody goes after them both! Cody throws hands on Ibushi, then whips. Ibushi reverses and the Golden Lovers work together, roundhouse to Kotaro Krusher. Ibushi covers but Omega yanks him off. Omega covers but Ibushi yanks him off. Omega apologizes and says “Dozo (go ahead)”. Ibushi covers, TWO! Omega knew that would happen. He and Ibushi stand up but Cody knocks them into each other! Cody suplexes Omega and tosses him! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Cody fetches Ibushi on the outside. Cody suplexes Ibushi for the gordbuster! Cody goes back to Omega in the ring but Omega throws body shots. Omega runs but into the kitchen sink knee! Cody covers, ONE! Cody goes back to Ibushi, and suplexes Ibushi. Ibushi slips out and fires forearms. Ibushi whips Cody into railing, then runs in, only to be tossed up and over!
Cody leaves Ibushi behind, but Omega is ready with a kick and haymakers. Omega backs Cody to a corner, then chops. Omega whips corner to corner but Cody reverses and back drops Omega. Cover, TWO! Cody keeps his cool while fans rally up. Ibushi stirs in among the chairs while Cody springboards at Omega. Omega ducks under then huricanranas Cody on the return! Cody bails out and Omega fires up. The Terminator Drums begin, and Omega builds speed, to FLY! Omega gets just enough of Cody, and then puts him back in the ring. Fans rally for everyone as Ibushi returns. The Golden Lovers work together again. Omega says Cody, “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton, Ibushi shooting star, Omega moonsault, but then Omega grabs Ibushi for an electric chair! Ibushi slips out, and is just disappointed in his friend.
Cody watches as Omega apologizes, but this time Ibushi is ready. Ibushi elbows Cody away, but then Omega kicks Ibushi low. Omega whips Ibushi but Ibushi reverses. Ibushi runs in, but Omega goes up and over. Omega runs at Cody but Cody goes up and over, to then get Omega in the spinning powerslam! Cody runs at Ibushi but Ibushi goes up and over to hit Cody with a powerslam! Then the moonsault! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, focusing on Ibushi. All three men slowly sit up, and Ibushi brings Cody up. Cody pokes Ibushi’s eyes, then kicks Omega. Cody wants to work together with Omega, “We’re friends, too!” Omega admits that’s true, and they double suplex Ibushi. But then Cody rolls Omega up, TWO! Omega gets mad and the two start shoving. Then they start brawling! Cody SUPERKICKS, but runs into a chop!
Omega wants a snap dragon but Cody breaks free. Cody trips Omega and puts on a Figure Four! Omega slaps Cody, so Cody punches back. It’s a brawl inside the Figure Four, but Cody gets an edge. Omega gives it back, but here comes Ibushi! He kicks Omega, but Omega makes it an ankle lock! The submissions are linked, but Ibushi gets free. Ibushi then kicks Cody. He kicks at Omega, Omega ducks but Ibushi moonsaults! Cover, Cody breaks it while breaking his lock. The three men are still very even while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and Ibushi is the first to stand. Cody is next so Ibushi goes after him. Ibushi whips Cody corner to corner but Cody goes up and over to roll up. Ibushi rolls through, misses the kick but moonsaults, onto knees! But then Cody walks into a Snap Dragon Suplex! OMega brings Ibushi up, Aoi Shoudou! Cody comes back but misses the Beautiful Disaster. Omega gives Cody another Snap Dragon, then he takes aim. BANG, Omega runs, but Ibushi intercepts with a missile dropkick! Cody hits Ibushi with one of his own, then he drags Ibushi up. Cody gives Ibushi an arm wrench and DDT, covers, TWO! Fans rally up again but Cody keeps his cool. Cody shows off his stamina by doing push-ups and flexing. He then drags Ibushi up again and clubs away on the arm.
Cody whips but Ibushi counters. Cody dodges to DIVE onto Omega! But then Ibushi runs, Golden Triangle stopped by Cody’s clubbing forearm. Cody drags Ibushi out, but Omega stops the Cross Rhodes. Cody shoves Omega away, then goes back to Ibushi. Ibushi kicks Cody away, Omega grabs Cody to powerbomb through the announce desk! Cody writhes amid the wreckage, but Ibushi jumps on Omega with a corkscrew moonsault! All three men are down on the outside! Ibushi is up first and he brings Omega up with him. Cody crawls out of the wreckage but Ibushi puts Omega in the ring. Ibushi takes aim, but he sees his friend can barely stand. He ditches the springboard, to look Omega in the eyes. Ibushi dares Omega to bring it on, and Omega fires himself up. The Golden Lovers tie up!
They break, they tie up again, then it’s a brawl of forearms! Omega hits, Ibushi hits, repeat. Omega staggers a bit but he still hits back. Ibushi staggers a bit but he hits back. Omega boots back, and Ibushi takes a moment to wipe his mouth. Ibushi boots, and Omega boots back. Ibushi boots again, and Omega checks his ear. Omega runs in but gets a boot, then a strike fest! Ibushi kicks but Omega blocks to CHOP. Omega then hits a Snap Dragon! Ibushi sits up but Omega is on him. BANG, but Ibushi is ready, only for Omega to kick away his clothesline. Omega wants another Kotaro Krusher but Ibushi slips out the back. Ibushi wants a German Suplex but Omega lands on his feet! V-Trigger blocked, but it comes back!
Ibushi still swings on Omega but Omega dodges. Ibushi dodges back, only to run into another V-Trigger! POISON-RANA! But Ibushi pops right up! To CLOBBER Omega! Both Golden Lovers are down, sore and dazed. Cody has returned to the apron while The Young Bucks can only watch on with intense focus. Ibushi stirs, and fans rally up. He says he’ll end it, and he climbs up top. Cody comes over to shove Ibushi down! Cody climbs up now but has to kick Omega away. Omega staggers, Cody hops, and hits a Destroyer! Cover, TWO!! Omega survives, and now Cody grows frustrated. Cody stands again, and waits for Omega to stand. Omega does, and Cody wants Dinn’s Fire. Omega slips out of it, heel kick tot he back of Cody’s head! Cody slumps in a corner, and Omega runs in, V-Trigger to the back!
Cody is hurting but Omega doesn’t stop. Omega hauls Cody up to the top rope, then climbs up to join him. Omega wants a full nelson, but Ibushi can be seen crawling in. Cody resists and fights back, but Omega clubs him back. Ibushi gets in and creeps over. Cody sends Omega down, but Ibushi’s right up! Omega pulls Ibushi down, climbs up, but Ibushi kicks Omega in the back! Ibushi drags Omega up, scoops, and goes to lawn dart, but Omega slips out. Omega kicks, powerbomb lift, and buckle bumps him into Cody’s back! Cody ends up in a Tree of Woe now, as Omega gives Ibushi a Death Valley Driver! Cover, TWO! Ibushi survives, but Cody’s still stuck. Omega says BANG, and gives Ibushi a V-Trigger. Then electric chair, but Ibushi slips out to inverted suplex, Lawn Dart into Cody! Everyone’s down while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns again as the three men finally stir. Cody gets to the apron while Ibushi stands. Ibushi goes after Cody, wanting to German Suplex him back in. Omega sees this, hops up the other side, to then springboard to add a powerbomb to Ibushi’s German Suplex! Omega gets up while the other two are down, and he has two targets now. Fans rally up as he double guns, double BANG! He goes for Ibushi first, V-Trigger hits! Then to Cody, V-Trigger hits! Omega keeps on Cody with the electric chair, but Cody spins around and out, and he powerbomb lifts Omega. Cody throws Omega, and Ibushi uses that for his German Suplex! That’s usually a Golden Lovers move! Ibushi covers, but Cody breaks. Omega rolls away while Cody keeps on Ibushi with right hands. Cody then hits Omega with the Beautiful Disaster!
Cody fires up, and he goes outside to search under the ring. He doesn’t find what he wants on that end, though. He goes around the other side, and he finds a table! Cody brings it out and sets it up, but Omega has come after him. Omega clubs Cody but Cody bounces him off the wood. Cody goes back to Ibushi in the ring, and brings Ibushi up. He clubs away on Ibushi, and prepares a powerbomb. Ibushi resists, so Cody clubs him more. Cody gets Ibushi up for a Canadian rack, but Ibushi slips out. Omega returns to springboard, but Cody shoves him down! Omega falls through the table! At least it broke…
As for Cody, he just grins. He goes to a corner and climbs up. Cody aims at Ibushi, but Ibushi stops him with a forearm. Ibushi climbs up and has fans on his side. Ibushi hits the SUPERPLEX! But small cradle from Cody! TWO, and Cody springboards, only to get Ibushi’s kick! Ibushi brings Cody up, powerbomb lift, Golden Star sit-out! Cover, TWO! Ibushi keeps his focus, but now Omega emerges from the wreckage. Cody resists as Ibushi brings up his wrists, then he dodges Kamigoye! Cody reels Ibushi in, but ends up in a straitjacket suplex! Bridging cover, but Cody keeps one shoulder off. Ibushi rolls around and brings Cody up, Kamigoye!! Cover, but Omega blocks Red Shoes’ hand! Omega keeps this match going, to Ibushi’s frustration. Omega tries to reason with him, but Ibushi just tunes him out. And then chops him!
Ibushi fires off palm strikes from all sides, so Omega has no choice but to hit back. Cody returns, but his chop doesn’t bother Ibushi at all. Ibushi CHOPS Cody and he’s down and out again! Omega fires off on Ibushi, but Ibushi just needs one strike to get back. They go back and forth with those palm strikes, but Ibushi kicks. Omega grabs the other leg, but Ibushi brings Omega around for a mount. Ibushi makes it a cover but Omega keeps his shoulders up. So Ibushi just starts the ground ‘n’ pound! Omega does his best to cover up but Ibushi finds openings. Omega hits back but Ibushi keeps hitting harder. Now Ibushi uses closed fists, Red Shoes reprimands that. Ibushi keeps going but Red Shoes brings Ibushi away. Red Shoes tries to talk sense into Ibushi, but Ibushi just gives Omega a knee! Ibushi covers, TWO!!
Omega survives, and Ibushi grows frustrated. Ibushi drags Omega up, but Cody drags Ibushi out! Cody goes after Omega now, Cross Rhodes! Cover, TWO as Cody gets out the way of those flying double stomps! Ibushi crushes Omega, and Cody throws Ibushi out. Cody goes back to Omega, waiting for him to stand. Omega does, Cody hits another Cross Rhodes!! Cover, TWO?! Omega survives by some sheer force of will! Ibushi slowly return, but Cody stands first. Cody kicks Ibushi down, then drags him up and in. Cody lifts Ibushi, and hits Dinn’s Fire!! Cover, but Omega breaks it just in time! Cody’s infuriated now, and he decides to “borrow” a chair! He realizes what he’s doing, and drops the chair. Fans applaud that, but then Omega decides to use his IWGP US title belt! But then he reconsiders it again.
Cody tosses the belt to Nick Jackson, and picks up the chair again! He brings the chair in and aims at Ibushi, but Omega shields his friend. Cody stomps Omega instead, and prepares the chair! Ibushi grabs it and takes it away. Then he roundhouses Cody down! Omega gives Ibushi a POISON-RANA! And the Butterfly Wings!! Cover, TWO!? Ibushi survives and flounders about, but Omega reloads. BANG, V-Trigger! Electric chair lift, ONE-WINGED ANGEL!! Cover, Cody is too late, Omega wins!!
Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion
Omega apologizes profusely to his friend he did the most damage to. The Best Bout Machine still has his belt, but what of his best friends? We’ll see after the break.
NJPW on AXS returns…
Matt & Nick Jackson help check on Ibushi. Omega signals for water while ice packs are brought in. Matt fetches the water and helps refresh Ibushi. Omega holds Ibushi’s hand, in hopes Ibushi is okay. Ibushi finally stirs, which is a huge relief to Omega. Cody helps Omega bring Ibushi up slowly and carefully. Omega also signals for the mic. He receives the mic and his belt, and Red Shoes raises his hand to make the victory official. Cody leaves the ring for the moment while Omega speaks. “Just a moment. I’ll wait until Ibushi can stand up.” Fans applaud such honor, respect and compassion from the champion. Omega tells Cody that he should be in here, too. They’re all a team, so stand with them.
Cody, though reluctant, knows Omega won’t “talk on the mic until all the Elite members can stand together,” so he joins them again. “Okay, Ibushi, whenever you’re ready, we’ll stand up and close it out.” Ibushi sits up, and Omega takes that to mean he’s good. “Everyone, let’s all stand, not as the Bullet Club, but as The Elite.” Was this the first time the fans here have seen a triple threat? Perhaps for some. Well he won’t ask individually, but did they like it? Were they entertained? Yes, they were. It is thanks to the fans that this match became a reality. And thanks to NJPW, for that matter.
Of course, any other organization could try, but they can’t do it like them, in Elite Style. So he again expresses his appreciation. And finally, the Tokyo Dome main event is set, huh? There’ll be a press conference soon enough, so there isn’t much else to say. Therefore, “I must bid you adieu.” Omega hugs Ibushi, who now stands on his feet. Omega hugs Cody, because he also loves Cody and his dog. And of course, Omega hugs the Bucks, he loves them, too. And not to forget the Elite who aren’t here, he loves them, too. So good bye, and good night- Wait, Hiroshi Tanahashi is here?! The Ace and his Wrestle Kingdom 13 contract now stand ringside. Tanahashi joins Omega in the ring.
Omega tells Tanahashi, “we’re both pretty tired. So if you have something to say, this is your chance.” Omega hands Tanahashi the mic as fans chant “Go Ace!” Tanahashi tells Omega, “Kenny-kun, I’m angry.” About what? “Everyone was clapping, but don’t forget this is NJPW.” Guess he’ll be the one to tell Kenny, “your time is up.” This will be settled at the Tokyo Dome. Tanahashi drops the mic but Omega picks it up. Omega is sure that the Tokyo Dome would chant “Go Ace”, but this is still Ryogoku. And here, it’s good bye and good night, BANG! Omega shrugs off Tanahashi’s cryptic ultimatum, but will he be able to shrug off Tanahashi’s wrestling? Or is Tanahashi predicting an end to start the New Year?
Cody notes that last year, Cody surprised Ibushi with a challenge for the Dome. No one likes to lose, but Cody swallowed his pride for friendship. It still leaves a bad taste, but Cody is excited for the future. You’re not supposed to make friends in wrestling, but here they are. Is Ibushi okay? Yeah, just sore. They’ll get him ice. Ibushi shakes Cody’s hand then the Bucks’. The Elite will support their leader. “Then after that, buckle up.” No one in the Elite knows what the future holds, but they know they’ll face it together. Omega has his match for Wrestle Kingdom, but where will the rest of The Elite end up?
An incredible hour for NJPW and AXS, and it’s great that it was just the Triple Threat. There is so much of wrestling today where The Bullet Club’s Elite are the center of it, from what stories they all have in NJPW and ROH to who WWE eagerly wants to have for themselves. It was very fitting for Cody after all the action to say that 2019 could be a wild ride that still isn’t 100% certain, and we’re seeing that now in real-time with talks of all the contracts for The Elite. Whatever this insanely over collection of wrestlers chooses, I know their fans will follow, regardless of reaction.
As for the match in question tonight, it truly was epic. This probably gives whatever was the best triple threat ever a run for its money. It went the distance of 43 minutes, and it made everything count. The Golden Lovers working together, Cody using them against each other physically, and then eventually Omega and Ibushi having no choice but to fight each other, just brilliant stuff. And what makes it all even better is that at the end of the match, they’re all still friends. They remember the point of the match, they understand each other’s positions, and they know to stick together because they’re stronger together. Omega wins and now Omega VS Tanahashi is pretty much finalized. If Tanahashi ends up winning, then his line tonight will be true because it likely means Omega is going elsewhere. Only time will tell.
My Score: 8.8/10