The two Cruiserweight trios of Lucha House Party and the Ungentlemanly Alliance have been going back and forth for months. Now it all comes to a head as all six men will battle until only one side stands tall! Plus, The Man of the Hour, Lio Rush, makes his 205 Live debut as the newest member of the division!
All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter
- Tony Nese VS Akira Tozawa; Tozawa wins.
- Lio Rush VS ???; Lio wins.
- Six Man Tag Elimination Match: Lucha House Party VS Drew Gulak, Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick; Gulak, Gallagher & Kendrick win.
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Drake Maverick gives us the rundown on tonight’s episode.
Tonight’s theme: opportunity. First, the former Cruiserweight Champion, Akira Tozawa, and the Premier Athlete, Tony Nese, will start 1v1. Both men have racked up wins over some of the best Cruiserweights the WWE have to offer. Who will take a step closer to challenge the Age of Alexander? Then the newest Cruiserweight, the Man of the Hour, Lio Rush, makes his 205 Live in-ring debut! Can the 23 Year Old Piece of Gold prove he is “the right man in the right place at the right time”? And finally, the main event is about tag team supremacy as they settle this battle once and for all! Will the high-flying Lucha House Party or the gritty Ungentle Men prove themselves the superior trio?
Tony Nese VS Akira Tozawa!
It’s eight abs versus an insane amount of stamina as these two face off for a potential shot at Cedric Alexander’s Cruiserweight Championship. Will it be muscle or motivation that prevails here tonight?
The bell rings, and the “AH! AH!” start up right away. Tozawa and Nese circle, tie up, and Nese powers Tozawa to ropes. Nese backs up and flexes right in Tozawa’s face. Tozawa just drowns him out with “AH! AH!” Nese pie-faces, so Tozawa pie-faces back. Tozawa ducks the punch to give chop after chop. He fakes a chop to give the jab! Nese goes down to a corner, but Tozawa is on him with “AH! AH!” stomps. Tozawa backs off but gives another. He then whips Nese corner to corner. Nese stops himself and back elbows, then leaps up to the top. Nese back-flips but lands on his feet as Tozawa gets under. Tozawa swings but Nese Matrix handsprings to mule kick, knee lift, roundhouse and sweep the legs. Cover, ONE, but Nese mocks the “AH” then flexes.
Nese drags Tozawa up, Tozawa pushes him, but Nese comes back with a chop. Nese whips but Tozawa reverses, Nese sunset flips but Tozawa rolls through to kick and back senton! Tozawa gets fans into it again while Nese rolls out. Tozawa builds speed, but Nese avoids the torpedo. So Tozawa goes to the apron and leaps, but Nese catches him into a fireman’s carry! Nese snake eyes Tozawa on the apron, then runs him over with a back elbow. Fans boo while Nese toys with Tozawa. Nese puts Tozawa back in the ring, then drags him out for a cover. TWO, but Nese is on Tozawa with a neck wrench. Tozawa gets a ropebreak, but Nese still stomps him. Nese taunts Tozawa, but Tozawa hits back. Nese rocks Tozawa with a right, covers, TWO.
Tozawa hits back more with body shots to those abs, but Nese runs and hotshots Tozawa down. Nese slingshots, triangle moonsault! Cover, TWO! Nese grows frustrated with the former Cruiserweight Champion, and stomps him more. Nese brings Tozawa up in a torture rack, but Tozawa fights out with “AH! AH!” haymakers. He still gets a chop from Nese, but then retaliates with a headscissors and shining wizard! Tozawa fires up, and goes up top. He aims at Nese, but Nese bails out. So Tozawa DIVES! The Tozawa Torpedo connects! Tozawa puts Nese back in the ring, then climbs up again. Nese gets to ropes, but Tozawa flies in with the missile dropkick. Cover, TWO.
Tozawa is a bit frustrated, but he won’t stop. Fans rally with “AH! AH!” and Tozawa climbs up again. Tozawa aims, but Nese trips him up! Nese hits Tozawa with the top shelf kick and then gutbuster! Cover, TWO! Nese again grows frustrated, but he has Tozawa in a corner. He boot-washes Tozawa, then stomps him. Nese runs side to side, but misses his chance, and Tozawa retaliates with a boot. Tozawa runs, but Nese reels him back in for a forearm. Nese waistlocks, but Tozawa fights out. Tozawa kicks, swings, slides but Nese stops him, to back suplex. Tozawa lands on his feet, and boots Nese down! Nese is in the drop zone, and Tozawa climbs again. But Nese rocks the mouth piece right out of Tozawa’s jaw with that uppercut!
— WWE (@WWE) June 27, 2018
Tozawa is dazed on the top rope, and Nese climbs up to join him. Tozawa fights Nese off, but Nese chops back. They brawl, Nese gets control, but SUPER Gordbuster from Tozawa! Then, SUPER SENTON!! Cover, Tozawa wins!
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall
The former champion defeats the Premier Athlete in a big victory. The race to challenge Cedric Alexander is still on, but has Tozawa moved up in the ranks?
— 205Live (@WWE205Live) June 27, 2018
Drake Maverick meets with Cruiserweight Champion, Cedric Alexander.
Maverick asks how Alexander is feeling. Alexander is feeling good, but also restless. He’s been on the sidelines, but he’s the champion. Alexander wants to know who his next contender will be. Maverick understands, it’s only fair to tell a champion that kind of stuff. And he will let Alexander know, when he knows. Alexander was hoping for something more. It’s Hideo Itami, right? Itami beat both Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy in a triple threat, it just makes sense. Maverick understands, but he isn’t going to reward bad behavior and bad attitudes. Otherwise TJP would be in the conversation.
— 205Live (@WWE205Live) June 27, 2018
Maverick is surprised Alexander is vouching for Itami. This isn’t about Itami, this is about Alexander building his legacy. The best way to do that is taking on all comers, and that includes a Japanese legend like Itami. Itami may be disruptive and disrespective, and an all-around jackass, but he’s deserving. Alexander wants Itami. Maverick considers the option. Will this match happen in the near future?
Lio Rush VS ???
It’s finally the right time to #FeelTheRush! The Man of the Hour officially signed as a Cruiserweight for 205 Live, and he begins his 205 Live in-ring career here tonight. Will all the hype and anticipation be worth it? Or will the local Dewey James tarnish this 23 Year Old Piece of Gold?
— 205Live (@WWE205Live) June 27, 2018
Lio takes his time taking off his timepieces, but Dewey is impatient. The bell rings, but Lio still takes his time. Lio knows it’s showtime, but he’s also the show, so Dewey has to wait. Now Lio is ready, and he offers a handshake to Dewey. Dewey goes to accept, but he gets slapped in the face! Lio then runs, runs, and runs. Dewey ducks under but Lio adjusts, handsprings and enziguris Dewey down in a split second! Lio grins while fans fire up for him. He toys with Dewey, then dodges again. Lio throws Dewey out, but doesn’t realize Dewey holds on. But before Dewey can catch his breath, Lio knocks him down with a handspring kick!
Lio fetches Dewey, puts him in the ring, and rolls him for a spinning roundhouse! Dewey is down, so Lio says it’s time to end this. Lio climbs up, takes aim, BIG frog splash! The Final Hour, cover, Lio wins!
Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall
The Man of the Hour doesn’t get paid by the hour, so he makes short work of his opponent. There’s plenty of time for Lio to celebrate now, but will he be at the top of the Division in no time at all?
— WWE (@WWE) June 27, 2018
In-ring interview with Lio Rush.
Congratulations are in order, and he notes he barely broke a sweat. What can the WWE Universe expect from Lio Rush? The future of the Cruiserweight Division! This 23 Year Old Piece of Gold can do things in the ring that people in the locker room can only dream of. Lio sees guys that are good, but to be honest, they’re not Lio Rush. They have no style, no finesse, no presence. But the Man of the Hour makes every hour on the hour his time. Therefore, 205 Live is going to #FeelTheRush.
Backstage interview with Cedric Alexander.
Alexander said he wants Itami for a title match, care to explain? He knows how dangerous Itami is, having beaten Buddy Murphy & Mustafa Ali. But to be a worthy Cruiserweight Champion, he has to face all challengers. That includes Itami. Itami is more than welcome to step up to him. And so, Itami appears. Itami has heard what Alexander has to say, and shoves Alexander. Alexander shoves Itami back, but Maverick and referees rush in to keep the peace. This fight has to wait for an official match. When they have that match, will it explode in the ring?
Major announcement for next week!
While Alexander pointed out Itami as his choice, there is still issue between the Aussie Juggernaut and the Beacon of Light. There must be a winner in this newest rematch between these two incredible superstars, so it’s going to be NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! Who will win? Who will survive?!
— WWE (@WWE) June 27, 2018
Six Man Tag Elimination Match: Lucha House Party VS Drew Gulak, Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick!
This battle has raged on ever since the Philly Stretcher issued his rules for a #Better205Live. Gulak still wants a #NoFlyZone, and both Gallagher & Kendrick just want to prove they’re a superior team. That has led them to battle Kalisto, Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik time and time again, which brings us to this match. Only one team will be left standing, who will prove themselves the truly superior style?
But things don’t wait for the bell, as all three luchadors dropkick all three Ungentle Men off the apron! Then LHS builds speed to TRIPLE FLY! Kalisto hits Kendrick with a tope suicida while Dorado & Metalik hit Gulak & Gallagher with tope conjilo!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 27, 2018
Fans fire up with the fiesta and chant “LUCHA! LUCHA!” LHS put Gallagher in the ring, and Metalik starts with him. The bell rings, Gallagher narrowly avoids Metalik’s handspring, but Metalik chops him. Metalik tags Kalisto, Kalisto fireman’s carry and dumps Gallagher down, then tags in Dorado. Dorado comes in and helps Kalisto with an alley oop splash. Dorado adds his planking splash, then tags Metalik. Metalik climbs, walks the tight rope, to then splash down! Cover, but Kendrick saves Gallagher! Metalik SUPERKICKS Kendrick out, then whips Gallagher, but Gallagher reverses. Gallagher runs in but into a SUPERKICK. Metalik hits the Sling-Dog, then walks the ropes, but Gulak grabs him! Metalik fights him off, but Gallagher has time to prepare now, and he headbutts Metalik out of the sky! Cover, and Gallagher ELIMINATES Metalik!
Gallagher tags to Kendrick, and Dorado volunteers to jump in. The Golden Lynx and the Man with a Plan circle, but Dorado dropkicks Kendrick again and again. Dorado hits Gulak for good measure, then chops and chops Kendrick. He runs again, headscissors throws Kendrick to a corner. Dorado runs in, but is put on the apron. Dorado Listo kicks, but Gulak grabs at Dorado like he did Metalik. Gulak gets knocked away again, and Dorado crossbodies! Cover, TWO! Dorado keeps on Kendrick with a suplex, then hits Gallagher for good measure. Dorado hurries up, but Kendrick trips him up. Gallagher anchors his feet, but Dorado fights him off, too.
Kendrick climbs up and shovels Dorado off the top! Kendrick catches his breath, then covers, ONE. He drags Dorado over and tags in Gulak. Gulak taunts Dorado before stomping him down. Gulak wraps on a chinlock, trapping an arm. He taunts “Dorito”, but fans rally. Dorado fights his way up and out, but Gulak yanks him down by his mask so hard, the mask pops off! Dorado has to cover his face, and the referee gets him the mask. Gulak just grins, and Kendrick and Gallagher both point and laugh at the embarrassed luchador. The referee keeps them all back, but that doesn’t stop them from laughing.
Kalisto helps Dorado with his mask, and Dorado returns into the ring. Gulak goes after him, but small package counter! TWO, and Gulak grabs Dorado’s mask again! Dorado gets his mask away, but Gulak still has Dorado’s leg. Gulak tags in Gallagher, and now Gallagher goes after the mask. Gallagher also wrenches the arm, and brings Dorado down to the mat. Fans rally for Dorado, and Dorado fights Gallagher off. Gallagher wrings Dorado’s arm out, then tags Kendrick. Kendrick kicks the arm, then drives a knee into it. Kendrick stands with the armlock, and digs his knuckles into the bicep and elbow. Dorado endures, fans rally, but Kendrick whips Dorado to the corner.
Kendrick keeps Dorado trapped with shoulders, but then he distracts the ref so that Gulak and Gallagher can gang up on Dorado! Kalisto protests, but that distraction only makes the mugging last longer. Kendrick drags Dorado up for forearm after forearm. He backs off, which allows Gulak and Gallagher to get more cheap shots in. But then Dorado fights back and fights out of the corner! Kendrick intercepts Dorado with more shoulders to the ribs. Kendrick whips Dorado, who handsprings to knock Gallagher down, and still gets Kendrick with the Golden Rewind stunner! Cover, Dorado ELIMINATES Kendrick!
.@mrbriankendrick has been eliminated.
— 205Live (@WWE205Live) June 27, 2018
The numbers are even again between the two Cruiserweight trios as it is now a battle of duos. Gallagher slips in and stomps out Dorado. He grinds a boot into Dorado, but backs off at 4. Gallagher brings Dorado up and scoop slams. Cover, TWO, but Gallagher drives in a knee. He brings Dorado up, tags in Gulak, and Gulak clubs Dorado down. Gulak stands over Dorado for the armlock, and he brings Dorado down. Fans rally with “Lucha! Lucha!” and Dorado endures. Gulak drags him over and tags in Gallagher. Gallagher headbutts and European Uppercuts Dorado down. He brings Dorado up for more EuroUppers, covers, TWO.
Gallagher keeps on the arm, and focuses on the wrist and fingers. Dorado screams from the joint manipulation while Gallagher tags in Gulak. Fans rally but Gulak keeps on Dorado with a knee. Dorado jawbreakers, but Gallagher tags back in. Gallagher drags Dorado away, but Dorado enziguris! Gallagher manages to tag Gulak, and Gulak stops Dorado with a gut punch. Gulak grins at Kalisto, then drags Dorado up for a suplex. Dorado slips out but Gulak unloads strikes. Dorado blocks the kick, to give his windmill kick! Both men are down, and crawling for their corners. “Lucha! Lucha!” echoes out while Dorado reaches.
But just as Dorado gets there, Kendrick trips up Kalisto! Kendrick shouldn’t be out here, he was eliminated! But what’s done is done, and Gallagher slithers in to headbutt Dorado! Gulak grabs Dorado, for the GuLOCK! Dorado taps, Gulak ELIMINATES him! Gulak finally lets go of Dorado so that he can leave ringside. That leaves just the former Cruiserweight Champion, Kalisto, against two gritty grapplers. And they know it, too.
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) June 27, 2018
Kalisto has no choice but to enter, even with Kendrick cheating. He enters to face his ol’ archenemy Gulak. Gulak rushes in but into a shoulder and Listo kick! Kalisto springboards for a seated senton, then hits Gallagher just because. He keeps moving, runs, springboard corkscrew crossbody! Kalisto knocks Gulak down but keeps moving, for the Spike-Rana! Cover, Gallagher breaks it! Gallagher drags Kalisto out onto the floor, then returns to his corner. Gulak tags Gallagher, and now Gallagher legally goes after Kalisto. Gallagher rams Kalisto into the apron, then puts him in the ring. Gallagher paces around Kalisto and taunts him about having no tag team partners.
Fans chant at him and Gulak, calling them “Cheaters! Cheaters!” Gallagher tunes it out, drags Kalisto up and snapmares for a face scrape. Gallagher tags Gulak, and Gulak drags Kalisto up to scoop slam him into the ropes! Kalisto’s legs are bent all over, Gulak covers, TWO. Gulak springboard stomps Kalisto, then stalks him to a corner. Gulak claims Kalisto is the cheater, and gives another springboard stomp. He headbutts Kalisto, covers, TWO. Gulak tags Gallagher and they bring Kalisto up. They double suplex, but Kalisto slips out to rally with kicks!
Gulak shoves, but Kalisto ducks under, spins Gallagher around then tilt-o-whirls and headscissors Gulak out. Kalisto rolls back to kick Gallagher, then prepares Salida del Sol. Gulak gets up on the apron, so Kalisto uses him as the step stool to hit SDS!
— WWE (@WWE) June 27, 2018
Cover, Kalisto ELIMINATES Gallagher! We’re down to 1v1! Gulak is shocked, but he and Kalisto are all alone. Kalisto dares Gulak to bring the fight. Gulak grimaces, and gets back in. Kalisto fires off kicks and a dropkick. Gulak ends up outside the ring again, and Kalisto adds a wrecking ball dropkick. Kalisto takes aim, and slingshots to knee-board senton onto Gulak! Direct hit! Kalisto puts Gulak back in the ring and fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” Gulak flounders up, Kalisto springboards, crossbody! Cover, TWO!! So close yet so far from a win!
Both men are down, clutching arms and ribs. Fans continue to rally for Kalisto, and Kalisto feeds off their energy. That only angers Gulak, but Kalisto goes for SDS. Gulak pushes him away then knocks him down. Gulak clobbers Kalisto with a discus clothesline, then covers, ONE!? Frustration grows, but so does another rally from the fans. Gulak drags Kalisto up in a waistlock, but Kalisto breaks free. Kalisto tries another SDS, but Gulak grabs at the mask! Gulak gets the GuLOCK again! He wrenches back, Kalisto taps, Gulak wins!!
Winners: Gulak, Gallagher & Kendrick, Gulak by submission; Gulak is lone survivor
Though the victory was by hook and by crook, the Ungentlemanly Alliance comes out on top against Lucha House Party. But the Philly Stretcher isn’t done, he adds insult to injury as he grabs Penelope Gulak the pinata! And he tears Penelope up before throwing her into the crowd!
We'll always remember you, Penelope.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 27, 2018
While Gulak’s ideology of “win by any means necessary” won the day, does this really mean he and his allies are the best team in the Cruiserweight Division? And where does each trio go from here?
A pretty solid night for 205 Live, but again, Maverick does a lot of my job for me with that opening brief. Tozawa and Nese put on a great opener, and it’s good to see matches that don’t have to do with any story other than going after the Cruiserweight Championship. Obviously everyone will have to wait for Alexander VS Itami to determine where the title goes next, but it’s happening in a smooth and logical way. Even Alexander knows that contention isn’t about personality but wins and losses. Itami won, he should go next. We already get a great first interaction with that almost-fight. Their match is going to be great.
Lio Rush has a real fun and fast debut as he totally squashes Dewey James at high speeds. Lio is going to go far, and he’s going to be great for a long time given he’s only 23. I can’t wait to see who his first real rival is in 205 Live. Then that Six Man Tag was really great, and it went as you’d hope it would, and that’s right down to the last man. Honestly, I don’t know why this wasn’t for Cruiserweight Tag/Trios titles. Where are those titles, anyway? I don’t think WWE would be doing these tag team stories if those titles weren’t still a viable idea, so maybe something big will be building towards Summerslam time. Especially if 205 Live adds a few more Cruiserweight Tag Teams, like Lorcan & Burch.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/13/19)
Who qualifies for the Crockett Cup?!
Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 395
ROH plays host to a Crockett Cup Qualifying Match! Will The Briscoes make it through Willie Mack and Jeff Cobb? Or will #DemBoyz be left out in the cold?
- Shane Taylor VS Luchasaurus; Taylor wins.
- Katie Forbes & Mazzerati VS Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani; Sakai & Iwatani win.
- Crockett Cup Qualifying Match: The Briscoes VS Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack; The Briscoes win and move on to The Crockett Cup tag team tournament.
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The Briscoes speak.
“So when we heard that they’re bringing back the Crockett Cup for 2019…” “Classic.” “We was hyped.” “Hyped!” The Crockett Cup, let’s go! But then they were making Jay & Mark qualify? What the hell? Jay felt disrespected hearing that. They’re 10-time tag team champions and they have to qualify!? But that’s fine, “watch this!” Because at the end, when they’ve won the whole thing atop a pile of bodies, “y’all did this.” Cobb, Mack, the Road to the Cup starts tonight. The Briscoes have warned their opponents, but will they be the ones left out?
Shane Taylor VS Luchasaurus!
The Notorious Hitman wants a championship and the paycheck that comes with it, and will go after anyone he has to to get there. But can he get past the towering beast put before him?
Taylor refuses the Code of Honor to tell Luchasaurus that it doesn’t matter where he came from, he’s in Taylor’s town. Taylor pie faces Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus gives it back. The bell rings and they tie up. They break and then go again, to break again. Fans cheer on Luchasaurus as he dares Taylor to bring it. Taylor runs in but gets a boot. Luchasaurus has his dukes up and Taylor likes the look of that. They circle and Luchasaurus kicks Taylor sharp in the leg. Luchasaurus stalks Taylor but Taylor comes back to circle with him. Taylor gets a swift JAB in, then talks trash, but Luchasaurus swings a kick. Taylor ducks it to give Luchasaurus a CHOP! Luchasaurus stays standing and gives Taylor kicks! Taylor staggers and Luchasaurus runs in, but Taylor puts him on the apron.
Luchasaurus headbutts Taylor but Taylor dodges the boot. Taylor gives another strong JAB, then slingshots Luchasaurus in for a stunner! Fans cheer that show of strength as Taylor covers. TWO, but Taylor keeps on Luchasaurus with clubbing forearms. The wrestling T-Rex is in trouble as we go to break.
ROH returns as Taylor puts Luchasaurus in a corner for CHOPS! Taylor whips Luchasaurus corner to corner then runs in, but into a boot. Luchasaurus boots again but Taylor grabs it. Luchasaurus pries free to give Taylor a knee! Taylor catches Luchasaurus for a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Taylor taunts Luchasaurus as he drags Luchasaurus up. Fans rally and Luchasaurus grabs Taylor for a choke! Taylor breaks free and grabs for Luchasaurus, but he blocks it! Luchasaurus gives a strike fest, and a cartwheel for Snake Bite headscissors! Rolling buzzsaw! Cover, TWO! Taylor survives but Luchasaurus keeps his cool. Luchasaurus drags Taylor up but Taylor hits back. They brawl with big shots back and forth, but Luchasaurus gets the edge.
Luchasaurus swings but Taylor bobs ‘n’ weaves to headbutt! Taylor runs but into a knee! Then a back heel kick! Luchasaurus runs, dodges, but still gets clobbered with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Taylor keeps his cool while he trash talks Luchasaurus. But Luchasaurus sits up and grabs Taylor by the throat! They both stand, but Taylor tries to break free. Luchasaurus lets him go to swing a heel kick. Taylor ducks it, to get the return kick! And another big heel kick! Luchasaurus hits his CHOKE SLAM! And a standing moonsault, but to knees! Taylor survives and then blocks the boot to give a massive urenage! He rolls Luchasaurus for a knee! Greetings from the 216! Cover, Taylor wins!!
Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall
The Hitman takes down the Monster from the Mesozoic! Will this be what Taylor needs to go for gold?
Last time on ROH…
The Octopus, Jonathon Gresham, went for revenge on The Last Real Man for adding insult to injury on his bad leg. But after getting bloodied, Silas Young got his hands dirty by sneaking in a low blow! Silas won, and in an interview afterward, Silas told Gresham via the camera that Gresham’s revenge didn’t go the way he thought. Sure he busted Silas open, but Silas-
Wait, Gresham finds Silas. Silas is talking crap, and he looks like crap, too. Gresham’s sure talking big. He may have busted Silas open, but he couldn’t get the job done, huh? Gresham says all their match proved was that Silas couldn’t win fair and square. Silas claims he won with a wrestling move a la that small package cradle. Gresham says Silas is lucky Gresham won’t punch him again. ROH security keeps this from getting any more heated, but there is much left to settle between Octopus and Last Real Man. Will Silas prove he’s a man by giving Gresham a fair rematch?
Tenille Dashwood joins commentary.
She has great news: she’s cleared to compete! When and where will she bring the spotlight back on her and head for that Women of Honor World Championship?
Katie Forbes & Mazzerati VS Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani!
The All Natural and her friend, The Fox, make their ROH TV debuts as a team, but will they stand a chance against two former WOH World Champions?! Just how bright will the Ray of Sunshine and Queen of Stardom shine as a dynamic duo?
The Code of Honor is denied with a flick of the hair and an L for loser on the foreheads. Mazz starts for her team against Mayu! Fans fire up for “Stardom! Stardom!” as Mayu tries the Code again. Mazz SLAPS Mayu and calls her a loser! Mayu kicks and whips Mazz and things speed up. Mayu springboards and arm-drags Mazz then hip tosses her down. She snapmares with hair and covers, TWO! Mazz gets away while Mayu knips up, and fans fire up for the decorated Joshi star. Mazz tags to Forbes but Mayu tags to Sumie. Sumie has the fans on her side but Forbes ignores it. They tie up and Forbes shoves Sumie down. Sumie gets back up and ties up with Forbes again.
Forbes uses the height advantage for leverage, but Sumie kicks at her legs. Sumie goes to whip but Forbes blocks. Forbes whips Sumie but misses in the corner. Sumie fires off Mongolian chops! And chops and chops and chops! Fans fire up but Forbes throws Sumie by her hair! Forbes sits Sumie up for her “enhanced” hip attack! Sumie scrambles to a corner and Forbes handsprings corner to corner for a back elbow. Forbes adds insult to injury with her “All Natural” Stink Face! The ref counts and Forbes backs off at 4. Forbes drags Sumie to a cover, TWO! The duo of champions is in trouble as Forbes drags Sumie to her corner and we go to break.
ROH returns as Mazz whips Sumie corner to corner. Mazz then runs in, but into a boot! Mazz staggers but comes back in to block the next boot. She puts Sumie’s leg on the ropes to kick it. Mazz suplexes and covers, TWO! Mazz keeps her cool and runs to drop the leg, but Sumie gets clear! Sumie crawls but Forbes goes around to the corner and drags Mayu off the apron! Forbes teases Sumie as she holds Mayu up. Sumie gets attacked from behind and Forbes gives Mayu a snake eyes on the apron. Mazz drags Sumie up and whips but Sumie reverses. Mazz grabs ropes and spins to heel kick Sumie away. She gives Sumie a DDT, then covers, but Mayu breaks it! Mazz is furious but fans rally up for Sumie. Mazz spins but Sumie dodges to kick and TJ Neckbreaker!
Fans rally up and Sumie crawls for her corner. Hot tag to Mayu! Mayu aims and dropkicks Mazz down! She drags her back up but Forbes runs in to attack. The duo double whips Mayu but she reverses and wristlocks for a springboard DOUBLE arm-drag! Fans fire up as Mayu gives them both the basement dropkick! Mayu fires up now as she stays on Mazz. She drags Mazz up for a Northern Lights! Bridging cover, TWO! Mazz lives but Mayu stomps her down before tagging Sumie. Mayu climbs one corner as Mazz staggers up, missile dropkick sends her back down! Sumie is perched, crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Mazz survives and Forbes attacks Sumie just because.
Sumie slaps Forbes then puts her in a corner. The Joshi duo double whips but Mazz dodges and spins things around. Mazz sends Sumie into Mayu, then Forbes grabs them both for a DOUBLE Fireman’s Carry! The All Natural does squats with that weight, then hits a DOUBLE Samoan Drop! Mazz flounders to cover Sumie but Sumie gets up. Mazz throws hands then drags Mayu back in. Sumie hits Mazz while Forbes goes to throw Mayu. Mayu blocks and then SUPERKICKS Forbes! Mazz hits Sumie back then goes after Mayu. Mayu SUPERKICKS Mazz, then Smash Mouse from Sumie! Cover, Sumie & Mayu win!!
Winners: Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani, Sakai pinning
The duo of former champions toughs it out and gets the win! Will this new team make big waves in the WOH Division’s growing tag scene?
PJ Black speaks.
“Let me start from the beginning.” The Darewolf came in with a chip on his shoulder, thought he knew better and was just plain better. But his loss to Bandido really hurt. PJ’s been doing this for 22 years now, but given how long he’s been doing this, the frustration is building. He’s been trying to take shortcuts to get ahead, but it doesn’t work. ROH is built on honor and respect, of course, but PJ’s been doing the opposite. Now he’s doing some soul searching and rethinking his mindset. He knows he has to do it differently now. LifeBlood sets a great example for him, and he’ll learn to follow the honor in Ring of Honor. PJ knows now he didn’t know better, but will he be able to make it right in a rematch next week in episode 396?
Crockett Cup Qualifying Match: The Briscoes VS Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack!
The most decorated tag team in ROH were practically offended that they’d have to qualify for the return of the iconic tag team tournament! But as the “baddest tag team on the whole damn planet”, they’ll gladly beat up anyone and everyone they have to in order to win it all. Will #DemBoyz be able to overcome the ROH World Television and NWA National Heavyweight Champions? Or will Cobb and Mack be the duo to #ManUp and make it into the Crockett Cup?
ROH returns as both teams uphold the Code of Honor. That’s surprising for the way The Briscoes have been acting lately. Fans duel for the two teams as they sort out. Mack and Mark start and stare down with the bell. Fans rally up and Mack circles with Mark. They tie up and Mack powers Mark to a corner. Mark turns it around and grinds his forearm in. He backs off at 4 but Mack dodges the chop to give a chop! Mack CHOPS again, but Mark CHOPS back. They trade CHOP after CHOP! Neither man backs down as they keep firing them off! Mack eggs Mark on but Mark knees low. Mark headlocks but Mack powers out to his own. Mark powers out but Mack runs him over!
Mack speeds things up and hurdles over Mark, to then hit a BIG Thesz Press! He fires off hands then runs for a Stone Cold elbow drop. Fans fire up as Mack brings Mark up and powers him to the corner. Cobb tags in and rams his shoulders in. Cobb throws European Uppercuts then whips Mark to a corner. He scoops Mark on the rebound to then suplex! Cobb holds Mark up for a count of 15! Mark flops up and out of the ring! Jay hurries to regroup with his brother and get him back in this. Mark goes back in to tag Jay and Jay circles with Cobb.
They tie up and Jay waistlocks Cobb. Cobb pries his way out to a wristlock but Jay rolls and spins and drop toeholds. Jay gets a facelock but Cobb powers him to a corner! Cobb lets Jay go clean and now the hair comes down from both men. Fans fire up as Cobb shakes the locks out. Jay calls for a test of strength, but with the Hawaiian Hulk? They tie up, but Jay kicks low. The Briscoes tag and mug Cobb while we go to break.
ROH returns as Jay uppercuts Cobb to a corner. Jay throws more uppercuts then whips corner to corner. Cobb reverses but runs into a back elbow. Jay tags in Mark and the Briscoes double whip, to run Cobb over with double shoulders! Fans cheer that as Mark covers, ONE! Mark keeps his eyes on Mack while stomping Cobb. Cobb grits his teeth and throws body shots back. Cobb rocks Mark but Mark hits Mack! Mark still gets forearms from Cobb then Cobb whips to elbow Mark down. Cobb brings Mark up for more forearms, then whips again. Mark holds ropes and Jay tags in. The Briscoes swarm and Mark feeds Cobb to Jay’s boot!
Mark hits Mack again for good measure while Jay drags Cobb up again. The Briscoes throw Cobb out then Mark climbs to corkscrew moonsault onto them both! The South Sussex Chicken flies and takes them both out! Mark puts Cobb in for Jay and Jay covers. TWO, but Jay keeps on Cobb with a headbutt. Jay kicks and bumps Cobb in a corner then stomps in a mudhole. He grinds his boot in but backs off at 4. Jay drags Cobb up to tag Mark, and The Briscoes mug Cobb again. Mark stays between Cobb and Mack as he CHOPS and forearms Cobb. He puts Cobb back in the corner and tags in Jay. They mug Cobb more and Jay rams his shoulders in. Jay brings Cobb around and manages to snap suplex him! Fans cheer that as Jay tags Mark.
Mark clubs Cobb but Cobb throws hands. Mark knees low and clubs Cobb again, but Cobb dodges to DROPKICK! Cobb rolls, hot tag to Mack! The Return of the Mack rallies on The Briscoes! Running leg lariat puts Mark in a corner! Mack goes side to side for a sharp forearm, then side to side again for a bicycle boot! Mark sits down and Mack goes corner to corner for the inverted cannonball! Cover, TWO! Mark survives but Mack keeps his cool. Mack whips Mark corner to corner but Mark reverses. Jay runs in to forearm, and feed Mack to Mark’s shotgun dropkick! Mark drags Mack to a cover, TWO! Tag to Jay and the Briscoes stomp out Mack while we go to one last break.
ROH returns again as Mark holds Mack in the Briscoe corner. Jay distracts the ref while Mark rakes Mack’s eyes, but then the ref has to keep Cobb back. Jay stomps a mudhole into Mack in that time, then both Briscoes grind their boot in. The ref reprimands them both but Jay keeps going to EuroUpper Mack. Tag to Mark and The Briscoes continue to mug Mack. Mark rocks Mack with an uppercut, then stalks him to an open corner for more stomps. Mack throws hands but Mark haymakers and headbutts him down. Mark snapmares Mack to a neck wrench! Fans rally up as Mack endures. Mack works his way up and fights his way out. Mark clubs Mack back then runs, but into Mack’s pop-up complete shot! Both men are down but fans fire up as they stir.
Mack and Mark crawl, hot tag to Cobb but Jay still runs in! Cobb catches Jay for a BIG overhead belly2belly suplex! Mark staggers up and gets one of his own! Cobb sees the Briscoes in opposite corners, so Cobb runs for a big leaping elbow on Jay, then corner to corner for one on Mark! Cobb scoops Mark but Jay saves him. The Briscoes double whip but Cobb reverses to pull them into each other! Cobb gets a leg each, and gives both Briscoes a single leg suplex! Fans fire up as Cobb hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Mark lives and gets to a corner but Cobb goes at him for CHOPS. Cobb whips but Mark goes up and forearms Cobb back. Mark ducks Cobb to PELE! Tag to Jay, and Jay runs to clobber Cobb! Cover, TWO!
Jay grows frustrated but he drags Cobb up for a neckbreaker, only for Cobb to power out and SUPERKICK! Hot tag to Mack! Mack rallies on Jay with clotheslines and elbows! Mack scoops to a Samoan Drop! And knip up to his own standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Jay still lives and gets away. Mack builds speed but Jay gets away again. Mack pursues but Mark wrecks Mack with a dropkick! Cobb comes around, but gets an apron blockbuster! The Briscoes suckered both opponents in! Jay gets Mack in and fans cheer “Man Up!” Jay underhooks Mack but Mack powers out and ducks to hit a big exploder! Cover, TWO! Mack keeps cool as he whips Jay corner to corner. Jay reverses but runs into a boot. Mack climbs up but Jay intercepts! Mark springboards in, Doomsday! Cover, but Cobb barrels in to break it up!
Fans know “This is Awesome!” and far from over! The Briscoes throw Cobb out then go back to Mack. Mark tags in and Jay helps Mark get Mack up. Canadian rack, but Cobb blasts Jay down! Mack escapes, STUNNER! TO GERMAN!! Mack climbs up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Mark survives and Mack cannot believe it! Cobb drags Mark up to whip but Jay saves Mark at the ropes. Mark baits Cobb in to send him out, and Jay BOOTS Cobb down! Mark drags Mack up and throws a CHOP! Mack CHOPS back, Mark CHOPS back, repeat! They go for forearms next, then Mack back hands. Mack runs but into a forearm. Mark runs but into a BOOT! Mack runs but Jay headscissors! Jay underhooks, JAY DRILLER! Mark up, FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, The Briscoes win!!
Winners: The Briscoes, Mark Briscoe pinning; advance to the Crockett Cup Tournament
Against a team as tough as they are strong, the Baddest Team on the Whole Damn Planet makes it into the more prestigious tag tournament in the world! Will #DemBoyz beat the best teams in NJPW, NWA and CMLL to take the whole cup, too?
What a great episode of ROH! Taylor VS Luchasaurus was a solid opener, both guys are big but agile so it made for a good match-up. Taylor wins because he’s a strong enough Heel to go after Face champion Jeff Cobb for that ROH World TV title. Of course, by this time in real-time, Cobb is dual champion with both the ROH WTV and NEVER Openweight Championship after G1 Supercard. I’d imagine Cobb being that strong now, I doubt Taylor wins. And there’s obviously a lot more to Silas VS Gresham, their next rematch will be just as good if not better than their previous. The PJ Black VS Bandido rematch next week will be a great match for TV, but I wonder if PJ really will keep it clean like he’s been saying.
The WOH tag match was pretty good, but I’m both surprised and disappointed it wasn’t just an exhibition of how great Sumie Sakai and Mayu Iwatani are. Even after watching her as Khloe Hurtz on Women of Wrestling, and full-well knowing she was trained by Rob Van Dam, I still don’t see how she and a tag partner could’ve lasted this long against two former champions. Especially when, at the time of this taping, Mayu was still WOH Champion and a champion in Stardom. Sumie and Mayu still win, thankfully, and this just seems to further push that ROH is considering their own Women’s Tag Championships. A sadder irony of tape delay is that while Tenille Dashwood is cleared to compete, her contract expired and it doesn’t seem like she’s renewing with ROH. There goes my idea that she’d say Kelly Klein was the one who attacked and injured her.
The tag match main event was incredible! It really is a shame this wasn’t part of the Crockett Cup itself, but if this was just a qualifier, all the matches of the tournament are going to be insane! And I would really hope with how hard The Briscoes fought to get in, they at the very least go to the finals. The Briscoes should also beat Villain Enterprises as payback for losing the ROH World Tag Team Championships to them. Then hopefully once they’ve won the Crockett Cup, The Briscoes go back after the Guerrillas of Destiny to at least take back the ROH tag titles and we get the 2v2 match we were supposed to get in the first place.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival B Block Results & Review: Part 3
Another few days, Mathew brings us another part of the Champion Carnival! All Japan’s biggest tournament of the year keeps churning in quality! How is B block going?
Another few days, Mathew brings us another part of the Champion Carnival! All Japan’s biggest tournament of the year keeps churning in quality!
Welcome back to the Carnival, as we look at the next three shows for the part of the ongoing tournament.
The last part had a lot of solid matches and some nice victories that changed the game a little bit. As we get a little bit closer to the finals, the standings for this set of matches should be interesting.
Will Yoshitatsu remain the only one undefeated now or someone breaks that? Let’s see who will move up or down in the standings as we…dive right in.
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Jake Lee vs. Yoshitatsu
Review: Our first match for this show is Jake Lee taking on Yoshitatsu. Jake Lee was recently able to get his first win when he defeated Joel Redman. Yoshitatsu is currently the only one undefeated when he won against Suwama at the last show. Jake would need to have another win here to move up while Yoshi winning would move him to the top spot. Can Jake get another win or will Yoshi remain undefeated?
Yoshi, I know you spent money on Hunter Club gear and I’m sure you’re very proud of yourself but I think you should let that go. You’re not in New Japan anymore, no real need for it and just move forward. Anyway, I thought this was an enjoyable match but if I had to nitpick one thing, it would be that I wish there was a lot more intensity in the match since you kinda felt that when they had a tag match in the last big show I did for them and it didn’t feel like a grudge match or anything for the first half of it. Yoshi having good matches back to back is a very pleasant surprise and I hope that momentum keeps on going as we go forward with the tournament. The chemistry between them was a really nice touch with a great showing by both these men. Jake psyched Yoshi out with a punch to the gut and ran towards him only to get caught in a Koji Clutch which Jake rolled him up for a two count. Yoshi would eventually hook the Koji Clutch all the way after countering his Backdrop and it looked like he had him tapped but Jake answered the referee, making him break it up and pin him for a two. Jake would deliver two knees to his chest before hitting the Backdrop Driver to get the three count, ending the only winning streak we had for B Block.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Suwama vs. Sam Adonis
Review: Our next match is Sam Adonis taking on Suwama. Suwama recently lost to Yoshitatsu but he’s still in a good position with only one win and one loss as he still has time to bounce back. Sam currently has zero wins and two losses, so he would need to get a win here if he would wanna stay in the game a little longer. Can Suwama bounce back or does Sam sweep his chances under the rug?
Suwama is a great opponent for Sam as they have similar styles, making it easier for Sam to work with and show more of what he could do in the ring as he gave a much better performance here than his previous match against Joel. They were able to showcase enough power and strikes to make it rather engaging for the audience who are fans of this type of style, to begin with. It also shows how helpful Suwama can be with his opponents to help make them look good while bringing out your potential as the match progresses. Sam would get Suwama down with a few hits such as the Blockbuster and even lifted him for a Running Powerslam as Suwama was still able to kick out and gets frustrated as he goes to grab a chair for later. Suwama would attempt another Last Ride after failing the first time as Sam would use a dirty tactic of biting his fingers to make him let go as he grabbed the chair to try and strikes him, but Suwama grabbed it and threw it to the side. When the referee wasn’t looking, Sam would hit him with a low blow and roll him up for a two count. Sam isn’t done as he hits a Lariat and a modified Brainbuster it looked like as he shocked the fans by picking up his first win in the tournament. More of this Sam and he’ll be in good shape.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Naoya Nomura vs. Joel Redman
Review: Onto the next show as the one opening this up is Naoya Nomura taking on Joel Redman. Nomura recently suffered his first loss when he fought Joe Doering but he’s still in a good spot as he’s still in first place with the three wins he already has under his belt. Joel recently got his first win when he defeated Sam Adonis and he now has a chance to climb up the ladder a little bit more if he can take Nomura down here. Will Nomura get another win and secure his spot or will Joel pull him down a bit?
I see Joel went back to his better gear than his previous one, thank goodness because he looks a lot better without the singlet. Speaking of Joel, he delivers another great performance in his match against Nomura who also performed just as great as Joel did. Joel was able to do arm manipulation once he threw Nomura into the turnbuckle to know where he needed to take the advantage over him. Nomura did great selling the injury and getting the crowd behind him when he hits Joel with the Spear to try and get momentum back on his side. Nomura would be able to hit a Northern Lights Suplex and another Spear with a roll-up as Joel would still kick out of it. Joel was able to catch him into the Fujiwara Armbar and it looked like he had him ready to tap but Nomura would grab the ropes. Joel saw him going towards the apron and hits a Suplex from the other side and catches him for a Spinning Tombstone and Nomura would still kick out of it, but he quickly turned it back into the Fujiwara Armbar and Nomura tapped out! I know it’s been 7 years since this match happened, but I would love to see Joel Redman fight Zack Sabre Jr again, like immediately.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Suwama vs. Takashi Yoshida
Review: Our match to close our block for this show is Takashi Yoshida coming back as he takes on Suwama. Suwama has one win and two losses while Takashi is one win and one loss as of right now, so they’re pretty much about even right now. Suwama would need to win the match here though if he can stay in the game. Which one of these two giants comes out the victor in this brawl?
I wasn’t too fond of the first half of the match due to it being a little bit clunky and the fighting around the outside of the arena dragged on a little bit longer than it needed to, plus the camera angles for most of it didn’t help out at all. Outside of that though, the middle of the match was a lot better than I highly anticipated since you got two giants duking it out as best they could with the throat thrusts, Lariats, and a Powerbomb from Takashi along with other power moves. While I’m still not a big fan of Takashi, he has been performing in this tournament much better than anticipated since he used this time to actually showcase his move set properly. Suwama was also able to help Takashi out in the match to make him perform better like how he did with Sam the previous night.
Takashi would have Suwama in his clutches as he hits him with a Diving Elbow Drop for a two count and would do his throat thrusts with a Lariat as Suwama would counter the Lariat with a Lariat of his own on his arm. Suwama would be able to hit the Backdrop and Takashi would be able to kick out of it and Suwama wants to call for the finish when he sets him up for the Last Ride. Once he had Takashi up for the Last Ride, he would just drop him down without doing the full move and I’m not exactly sure what happened there. Suwama would pick him up instead of pinning him as he hits one more Backdrop to get the pinfall victory in a solid match but sloppy beginning and end.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joe Doering vs. Sam Adonis
Review: Our final show for this article as our opening match is Joe Doering taking on Sam Adonia. Both of these men are currently with one win and two losses under their belt, meaning one of them is going to have to suffer a third loss and be in a rather bad position with the standings. Which one of them will be in last place?
The first minute or so was basically Sam hiding behind the rope so he wouldn’t be touched as you have Joe waiting by the ropes, not having any of his crap today as he just wants to beat him up. Which is exactly what he does do when they’re outside of the ring for a couple of minutes as the two were back and forth, but it was mostly Joe that was getting the upper hand. Joe got him back in the ring as he would look to put him away as Sam would distract the referee long enough to kick Joe in the dick and down goes the giant. Joe is unable to move as Sam would pin him down to get the pinfall victory, leaving Joe in last place with three losses.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joel Redman vs. Takashi Yoshida
Review: Our final match for this set of matches is Joel Redman taking on Takashi Yoshida. Joel is even right now with two wins and losses while Takashi only has one win still but with two losses, meaning things aren’t looking so hot for Takashi right now. Is Joel does win here, then he’ll be in first place next to Naoya Nomura and if Takashi wins, the majority of them will all be tied up except for Joe and Nomura. Which one of them will get the victory?
It’s so weird seeing Takashi trying to chain wrestle Joel at the beginning of the match and the shocking part of it is him doing it well on top of that, scary sight if you ask me. Joel is, of course, more technically sound compared to Takashi, so of course, he would win this part of the bout. Takashi performed a lot better here than he did in his previous match with Suwama from beginning to end while Joel keeps on proving his worth with all the matches he’s been in. Joel would give Takashi a couple of kicks to take him down before he does his Diving Knee Drop off the top rope for a two count. It looked like Joel was gonna go for the Spinning Tombstone but Takashi would fight out of it to pick him up as Joel gets off him to go for a Backslide with Takashi kicking out. Takashi would hit the Kong Lariat to knock him down and Joel would still kick out, leaving Takashi frustrated and would pick him up to hit the Cyber Bomb as he gets the victory over Joel.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Overall: Aside from one match, the rest of the show was solid again as usual as I’m very happy with my results so far as it comes to the quality of the matches with an exception for a couple that happened. Our next set of shows should give us a better assessment to see where people stand and who will have no chance of making it.
Favorite Match: Joel Redman vs. Naoya Nomura
Least Favorite Match: Joe Doering vs. Sam Adonis
Naoya Nomura: (3-2) (6 Points)
Yoshitatsu: (2-1) (4 Points)
Daichi Hashimoto: (2-1) (4 Points)
Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
Jake Lee: (2-2) (4 Points)
Joel Redman: (2-2) (4 Points)
Takashi Yoshida: (2-2) (4 Points)
Sam Adonis: (2-2) (4 Points)
Joe Doering: (1-3) (2 Points)
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