The Lady of NXT and the Pirate Princess are tied, and tonight is the rubber match! Will Lacey Evans use her Woman’s Right to leave Kairi Sane shipwrecked? Or will Kairi keelhaul Lacey on her way to the top? Plus, Roderick Strong and Danny Burch battle 1v1 ahead of TakeOver: Chicago’s NXT Tag Team Championship match!
All images courtesy of the WWE Network streaming service
- TM61 VS Mike Hughley & Robby Grand; TM61 win.
- Roderick Strong VS Danny Burch; Strong wins.
- Kairi Sane VS Lacey Evans; Kairi wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Shayna Baszler heads to the ring!
Somehow, the NXT Women’s Champion has her belt back after Crazy Nikki Cross literally stole it from her. The Queen of Spades is still the champion after defeating Dakota Kai in last week’s championship defense, but the Looney Lass did cut her celebrating short last week.
Shayna speaks on that, as she showed the entire locker room that when you step to her, you get smacked in the face with a dose of reality. “It doesn’t matter how brave you think you are to stand up to me,” Shayna is tougher, stronger and better. “And the strong will always defeat the weak. But there’s always gotta be one.” Fans chant “Nikki! Nikki!” for the would-be champion, the one who thinks laws don’t apply to them. Shayna tells Nikki that if she ever gets in her face again, it’ll be the last thing she ever does. Speak of the devil, here comes Nikki!
Shayna glares at Nikki as she stands on the stage and walks down the ramp. Nikki takes off the coat and sunglasses and has her wild-eyed grin as she hops into the ring. Fans sing “Nikki’s gonna kill~ you~” as Nikki and Shayna stare down. Shayna tells her to her face, that Nikki’s “stunt was a joke.” Don’t get it twisted, Shayna is the real NXT Women’s Champion! The only place Nikki is better than Shayna is in her own whacked out mind. Shayna asks what’s wrong with her. Is she crazy? “YES! YES!” Well if she ever tries that again, just know Shayna can put her out in a heartbeat. Shayna then tosses the mic at Nikki, but it just bounces off her. Nikki picks it up, and says “Do it, Shayna. Do it. Do it!!” She repeats “Do it! Do It!” and the fans join in.
Nikki begs Shayna to do it, and starts laughing maniacally. Shayna says the champion calls the shots. Nikki steps, and Shayan flinches! Shayna shoves Nikki, and Nikki tackles Shayna! It’s a brawl and it’s all going Nikki’s way! Shayna gets Nikki off her but only for a minute as Nikki hammers and stomps away in a corner! Nikki is all fired up, and she sees the belt on the mat. She goes to grab it, but Shayna rocks Nikki with a right. Shayna tosses Nikki out then throws her jacket off. Nikki crawls back in and hits Shayna back! Nikki climbs, for a flying crossbody! Shayna rolls out of the ring, and Nikki scurries back to the belt. Shayna’s bleeding from the mouth as she crawls away from Crazy Cross. Will Shayna get payback for Nikki drawing first blood? Or will Nikki officially become NXT Women’s Champion?
Something’s gonna happen, because this is happening at TakeOver: Chicago!
TM61 VS Mike Hughley & Robby Grand!
The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they do bend the rules. Shane Thorne & Nick Miller have been on a win streak lately, because they use the ropes to help in pinfalls. The Street Profits and Heavy Machinery have fallen victim to The Mighty’s tricks, will the same go for ??? tonight?
Miller starts against Hughley and circles with him while the fans chant “Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi oi oi!” Miller knees Hughley low, then clubs him down before giving him a chop. Miller chops more, then puts Hughley in the corner to tag in Thorne. Thorne is whipped in for the European Uppercut, then feeds Hughley into Miller’s forearm. Thorne stands on Hughley’s head to show disrespect, but backs off at 4. He brings Hughley up, but Hughley jawbreakers and tags in “Mr. Upgrade”. But Robby runs right into a dropkick! Thorne rains rights and lefts and forearms onto Robby, then backs off at 4. Miller tags in and brings Robby up by his nose. Fans duel but Miller lets go of the nose at 4. Robby hits back but is clubbed back down.
Miller hits Hughley for good measure, but then turns around into haymakers from Robby! Robby runs but into a cheap kick that the ref doesn’t see while Hughly protests. Miller grabs Hughley and throws him to the floor. Thorne tags in, and TM61 drags Robby up to feed him to Thorne’s clubbing clothesline to the back of the head! Or as they like to call it, the King Hit!
Thorne covers, TM61 wins!
Winners: TM61, Thorne pinning
The Mighty use more sneaky tactics, and even more aggressive moves, and they win again. Will Miller & Thorne climb up to the top and challenge the NXT Tag Team Champions in the future?
TM61 speaks in the ring.
Fans boo and jeer while Miller says “We’ve proven that we’re the best team in NXT.” Street Profits, TM61 won. Heavy Machinery, TM61 won. This is about winning and TM61 are winners. They will win against War Raiders, “Oney & Danny”, or the Undisputed Era, as long as they’re man enough to face them. All the teams shall kneel before The Mighty! Thorne & Miller have reestablished themselves with their true name, but will their words come true in the following weeks?
Lars Sullivan trains ahead of his NXT Championship match.
The Leviathan makes trainees tap to bearhugs and clubs them down with one arm at a time. Lars would slam and club and clobber the trainees until no one was comfortable, physically or emotionally. Even the biggest of the trainees that stepped to Lars still fell to the Freak Accident!
With his powers and aggression fully on display, will Aleister Black stand a chance of retaining his title at TakeOver: Chicago?
Roderick Strong VS Danny Burch!
The Undisputed Era’s Messiah of the Backbreaker takes on one-half of the one-two combination of brawlers. Strong and his friends don’t see Lorcan & Burch as a serious threat to their tag team title reign, but will the British Brawler change their minds?
The bell rings and Strong circles with Burch. They tie up, they push each other around, and Strong gets the takedown and float over to headlock. Burch slips out but Strong gets back on with a rear mount, and headlock. Burch slips out again and gets the arm wrench, but Strong snapmares. Strong wants the headlock back but Burch slips out again to put him in a hammerlock. Fans applaud the technical exchange while Strong stands. Strong headlock takeovers but Burch reverses back. Strong scrambles away to the ropes, and Burch honors the break. Burch dares Strong to come back, and the two tie up again. They go shoulder to shoulder, but Burch spins and trips up Strong to pull him around and kick out the arm! Burch goes after that arm, and puts it back in the hammerlock. Strong endures while reaching for ropes.
Strong runs around and puts Burch on the apron, but Burch shoulders back in. Burch climbs back in but Strong kicks him on reentry! Strong stomps and stomps, then rains rights down before bending Burch back in a half-clutch. He rakes the face then elbows Burch down. Burch gets to a corner but Strong gives him a sharp chop, then another even sharper one. Strong lifts Burch for the first pendulum backbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Strong keeps on Burch with a facelock. Fans rally for “Danny! Danny!” while Burch endures and powers up. Burch fights back with body shots, then runs, but into a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Strong dropkicks Burch while he’s down, going after that back more. Strong kicks Burch, then drags him up for a standing abdominal stretch.
Burch endures again, but he feeds off the fan energy. Strong puts on a waistlock but now Burch throws Strong out. Strong returns, but misses in the corner! Burch headbutts and brings them both down. Fans rally as they both stir, but Strong stands first. Strong clubs Burch, Burch hits back and we have a brawl. Burch clobbers Strong with haymakers, then European Uppercuts. Burch hits a running EuroUpper, then a clothesline. He throws Strong out and hops up to missile dropkick Strong down! Burch kip-up, EuroUpper, then German Suplex! Burch is all fired up as he flips Strong over with a clothesline! But as always, the Undisputed Era come out to bail out their pal!
But in response, Oney Lorcan & Pete Dunne appear and go after them!
The British Bruiserweight and the Boston Brawler brawl with Kyle O’Reilly & Adam Cole, and Burch cheers them on. However, Cole turns it around and throws Lorcan into steel steps! Dunne goes after Cole, then intercepts Kyle’s leap with a powerful forearm! Strong goes to pounce on Burch, but Burch sees him coming. Burch dodges the knee, then wrangles Strong down into the crossface! Strong endures, reaches, but Cole comes back up. This distraction gets Burch to let go. Burch hits Cole, but Strong comes back with the Backbreaker Strong!
Cover, Strong wins!
Winner: Strong, by pinfall
The Undisputed Era members help each other out, but there’s a certain someone lurking…
Strong turns around, and faces the wrath of Pete Dunne! Dunne fires off on the traitor, rocking him with that killer forearm. Dunne prepares the pumphandle, but O’Reilly chopblocks him down. Then Strong brings Dunne up for End of Heartache! Strong makes his leave, literally walking all over Burch. The Undisputed Era stand tall with lots of gold, but how long will it last?
Kassius Ohno finishes up a photoshoot.
The Knockout Artist is showing off the black and yellow, when Mr. Top One Percent interrupts.
EC3 wonders why they’re taking photos of Ohno. “Are we trying to break the camera?” EC3 is just joking, Ohno. But Ohno is a tremendous “wrassler”, but he’s not Top One Percent, he is not the golden goose, he is not the best here, the best there, the– We get it, EC3, you’re a lot of things, too. One of those is a narcissist. If he keeps talking like this, he’ll be 1% away from 99% unconscious. Ohno is ready to fight, but EC3 is booked up. Then how about a week from now? Ohno VS EC3, put it up in lights. Challenge accepted, but who will win this knockout of a match?
Aleister Black responds to The Leviathan.
“Lars Sullivan. You dared to do what the people thought was the unthinkable, and make it into a reality.” By that, he means STOP the Black Mass to then topple the champ. “But your actions last week do not determine my reality.” Aleister says Lars showed him what lies ahead. But next week, Aleister will make Lars’ reality #FadeToBlack. What does the Dutch Destroyer have in mind for his opponent in Chicago?
NXT looks at the coming “One & Only Dream” Match.
“For a while, the name ‘Ricochet’ always coincided with ‘this kid who can do flips’.” He set an expectation for himself, and would either keep it or exceed it. For 15 years, Ricochet clawed to the top of every promotion. “The One and Only? That must mean you’re blessed.” The Velveteen Dream sees himself as someone who is also blessed. “When you’re truly blessed, you don’t need to struggle.” You just have “it”. “It” is every word, every move, hooks the fans. Ricochet has the moves to wow, but can he make someone feel? Dream claims that anything Ricochet can do, Dream can do better. Ricochet wants Dream to prove it.
Dream was in and was eliminated from the Tough Enough show, but he didn’t let that stop him. He came back to be part of NXT. Ricochet has also earned his spot. “King” Ricochet isn’t on top. Dream chose to be a Prince. “And the difference between a King and a Prince, is that the King was good”, but the Prince will take over. Ricochet is focused, The Dream is confident. Who will take the throne that is the spotlight in Chicago?
Kairi Sane VS Lacey Evans!
The Model Soldier feels it is her duty to straighten out and clean up the NXT Women’s Division, but the Pirate Princess is not letting her do as she pleases. The series between these two is all tied up, who will take the tie breaker tonight?
Lacey shows Kairi that her right hand literally has Kairi’s name on it. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and they power each other back and forth. Kairi wrenches the arm, but Lacey pulls hair. Lacey swings hands but Kairi ducks them to double chop in return. Kairi whips but Lacey reverses, so Kairi slingshots up for the headscissors! Kairi then runs to tilt-o-whirl into an inverted DDT! Rather tranquilo of her. Kairi keeps on Lacey by stomping that right hand! She wrenches the arm then whips Lacey. Lacey goes up and over, but Kairi catches the legs. Kairi shoulders but Lacey kicks her back. Lacey yanks Kairi down by her hair, then slingshots for the elbow drop! Cover, ONE.
Kairi shoves but Lacey blocks the kick to then punch Kairi in the stomach. Lacey makes Kairi look at that right hand before grinding it into Kairi’s face. It’s also a cover, TWO. Lacey taunts Kairi, but Kairi hits back. Lacey drags Kairi into a cobra clutch, and sits her down with a backbreaker. Fans rally while Kairi endures. Lacey thrashes Kairi around, but Kairi refuses to quit. Kairi stands up but Lacey swings her around before throwing her away. Lacey then runs in for the swinging bronco buster. Cover, TWO, and Lacey grows frustrated. Lacey drags Kairi up, daring her to do something. Lacey winds up, but Kairi blocks the backhand. Kairi ducks the roundhouse, and uses the pumphandle to flip Lacey over. Kairi winds up and gives Lacey rights of her own, but then runs into a knee!
Lacey drags Kairi back up, scoops her, and then slams her with authority. Push-up cover, TWO. Lacey walks over to a corner and climbs up, and spin jumps for a moonsault, but it flops as Kairi rolls out of the way! Kairi fires up, Interceptor spear! And another! And then a third!
Lacey crawls away after the hat trick of spears, but Kairi fires up even more. Kairi stomps the plank, then runs in for the Sliding D! She climbs up to the top, and gives the Flying Kabuki elbow! Cover, TWO! But into an armbar! Kairi goes after that right arm, and Lacey screams in pain. Lacey pushes up to a cover, TWO and Kairi lets Lacey go. Kairi brings Lacey up and onto her shoulders, for an Alabama Slam! Kairi keeps going, and climbs back up top. She sets sail on the Seven Seas with the InSane Elbow!
Cover, Kairi wins!
Winner: Kairi, by pinfall
The Pirate Princess takes the tie-breaker! The inaugural Mae Young Classic winner proves why she’s one of the best in the world, and why she deserves to be in NXT. Can Kairi continue her quest to the top and claim the gold of the NXT Women’s Championship?
Tommaso Ciampa is back.
Fans boo and jeer as the Psycho Killer slowly walks his way out to the ring. It’s a familiar scene for Ciampa, so he ignores the chants of “You Suck! You Suck!” Ciampa even chuckles, actually. But then they duel with chants of “Johnny Wrestling!” and “Psycho Killer!” and that gets him to pause. Ciampa grabs a mic and sits up on the corner while they shift to “You Tapped Out!” in reference to their Unsanctioned match. But the fact is, the fans gave up on him long before he gave up on them! Those chants disgust him. But he’s still going to talk, so either they make noise or shut up, it doesn’t matter to him. The fans chant “You Still Suck!” and “Johnny Wrestling!” Spare him the “Psycho Killer” crap, and then let’s talk about Johnny Gargano!
Ciampa says that last week, Gargano does what Gargano does, interrupting a match to make it about himself. Ciampa lets the fans chant “You Suck!” as he continues. Gargano had to announce to the world that he signed his contract for their Street Fight. Johnny Wrestling is now “Johnny Badass”? Fans chant that for him. Ciampa gets it, it’s adorable really. Gargano was doing it to take the heat off of how he almost crippled his wife, Candice LeRae. “And you know what the best part is?” This is on Gargano! Gargano brought Candice here, he called out Ciampa, and he insisted to have this fight, even when “blondie” and the refs insisted not to do this. Ciampa just defended himself. “The truth hurts, Johnny, I know that.”
But what Gargano should’ve done was listen to his wife. This fight is now on Gargano. Ciampa says Gargano has to not show up at Chicago on 6/16. “Your wife is broken, you will be broken, I win.” But speak of Gargano, here he comes!
Gargano has security all over him, but he throws them off and rushes the ring! He goes right at Ciampa, and Ciampa is ready! But then Gargano fakes Ciampa out and throws hands! Security gets on Gargano again, but they get thrown off again. Gargano goes after Ciampa more but now referees stop him. Ciampa gets away but Gargano breaks free again, to DIVE!
This sends Ciampa into the crowd! But Gargano won’t stop, he throws security into steel steps. He chases Ciampa down but Ciampa hits back. Ciampa kicks Gargano while he’s down but now security grabs Ciampa. They try to keep these two apart, but Gargano breaks free again to LEAP from the stands!!
Gargano wipes Ciampa and security out, but the others come back and take him away. Ciampa runs for it, but Gargano manages to return! They both return to the ring, but security holds Gargano back while fans chant “Let Them Fight!” Ciampa clobbers Gargano from behind! Fans boo while Ciampa staggers to his feet and stomps Gargano out. Ciampa then steals the GargaNO Escape!
Referees try to pry Ciampa off Gargano, but he won’t let go until he’s good and satisfied. Ciampa grins, then finally takes his leave. Gargano glares back at Ciampa, but Ciampa gives him another wave good-bye. But when Ciampa turns to go up the ramp, and Gargano sparks to life again, clobbering Ciampa from behind now! Gargano doesn’t stop, he puts Ciampa into the LED titantron! Then, to the same LED as weeks ago. Ciampa is BLEEDING from his forehead! Fans are in shock as Gargano barrels through the refs to put the bloody CIampa in the GargaNO Escape!!
Gargano is not letting go, no matter how much Ciampa taps or the referees pull on him. Will this coming Street Fight be what ends their year-long grudge? Will either man even be able to walk out of Chicago in one piece?
Another great and very full night for NXT. The time they have on the Network without commercials getting in the way should be reason enough not to put NXT on a television network. But that debate can be a different article.
NXT opening with a promo works a lot better than other WWE opening promos, though I will say Shayna did get a bit repetitive with her point of if Nikki ever pulls that stunt again, she’d make her pay for it. Though maybe she felt she had to repeat it since it didn’t seem to sink in with Nikki. Nikki and Shayna have a great brawl, and as I’d been wondering, Nikki is proving to be Shayna’s toughest challenge already. But as I also have said before, I don’t think Nikki wins this given SAnitY is on standby over on SmackDown. Nikki can definitely give Shayna her best match since joining NXT, and it serves as a great good-bye match for Nikki before graduating to SmackDown. Then Nikki can do this all over again with Asuka, IIconics, etc.
TM61 wins again but their cheating might be going to their head. It’s good that they’re finally able to call themselves “The Mighty”, but it’s too soon to be calling out Hanson & Rowe like that. I did sense they’d have a feud with War Raiders, but I was expecting them to be the more cowardly Heels about it. Lars’ “exhibition” segment was actually a good way to have him on the episode without taking up spots on the match card, and gives screen time to trainees who could one day be on the roster. Strong and Burch have a great match, but it was expected for the Undisputed Era to be why Strong wins. The NXT Tag title match will be great, and obviously win or lose, Dunne VS Strong must happen right after.
EC3 VS Ohno is going to be great, but when is Ohno finally moving up? That Ricochet VS Dream package was spectacular, and worthy of this great match. It does a great job of giving fans an idea of both men’s careers before NXT, and frames how they’re polar opposites in the way Dream VS Aleister were opposites in another way. Kairi VS Lacey III was great, establishing both women as strong members of the division. Kairi wins the match and breaks the tie because otherwise the MYC winner looks weak. Since Shayna will retain, she and Kairi can settle their series with a title match at TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 for Summerslam weekend. That feud can go either way. Same goes for the Gargano-Ciampa feud, but this ending segment puts things in Gargano’s favor. The Unsanctioned Match was pretty brutal, this Street Fight might make that look tame.
My Score: 8.5/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.31~ 21ST APRIL 2019
With the Global Tag League in full effect, Hisame brings us those weekly NOAH updates! Read up on one of the best Japanese promotions that tends to fly under the radar!
With the Global Tag League in full effect, Hisame brings us those weekly NOAH updates! Read up on one of the best Japanese promotions that tends to fly under the radar!
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
NOAH’s first show back on the mainland was held on a midweek night, and while the attendance was not good (819), the show was intense and the fans that did not go were lamenting that they were prevented from going due to it being a midweek night, and therefore, a work night.
Due to Quiet Storm sustaining a concussion after receiving a kick to the head from Kenoh in Sapporo, NOAH have changed their cards (no date has been given for a return of either himself or Kimya Okada yet), and 50 Funky Powers have so far been deducted four points, as per the rules of Global Tag League which counts a team being unable to compete as an automatic loss and a win for the other team (hence the reason why The Tough have two points), and Rocky Kawamura was drafted in to compete at Korakuen Hall. His gimmick is Rocky (the character from the films), and Mohammed
Yone took his name from Mohammed Ali, so you had two boxing fans together.
Yone laughed afterwards and said that he himself might try coming to the ring in boxing gloves.
True to his word, NOSAWA Rongai bought a “friend” to Korakuen Hall.
The “friend” turned out to be Hideki Suzuki who had a match in 2018 in NOAH against Naomichi Marufuji and Atsushi Kotoge (he teamed with Jay Bradley), but wasn’t seen at all again until 2019.
Suzuki got in the ring and asked for a tag match against Marufuji (Suzuki will team with NOSAWA), as he was at ringside (and all of the heavyweights are tied up in Global Tag League), Marufuji, after telling Suzuki that he should build his own gang, said “lets just have a match” and nominated Junta Miyawaki to be his partner. Miyawaki told NOSAWA that he was going to get the victory over him.
Match has been set for the last night of Global Tag League on May 4th.
When asked why he was here, Hideki said he was “job hunting” and hadn’t been employed since the beginning of the year. He later admitted that he was here for himself.
As if the Korakuen Hall crowd weren’t wound up enough, there was a HUGE upset for AXIZ when Masao Inoue (whom the crowd had been cheering on), got the sneak win over Katsuhiko Nakajima.
After the match, Inoue and Saito went to imitate AXIZ’S pose, but at the last moment Saito walked away leaving Inoue to crash to the floor.
The crowd laughed.
Saito laughed louder.
Nakajima, however, didn’t find anything amusing and said that Masao Inoue has borrowed something big, and he will be coming to take it back.
Whatever it is that is going on between Stinger and Daisuke Harada took another turn at Korakuen Hall.
Yoshinari Ogawa offered his hand to Daisuke Harada again, and Harada went to take it, but Tadasuke objected. Harada shoved him aside, and Tadasuke fell against the ropes with a look of surprise. Ogawa tried again, but this time YO-HEY came between them. After that, Harada looked at his hand and just left the ring.
AXIZ were not the only team to have a bad night at Korakuen Hall, their rivals in KAIOH did too.
Takashi Sugiura (complete with stitches after the headbutts from Atsushi Kotoge in Sapporo) stood still and staring at his two former protegees as they entered the ring.
They probably knew that it was a very very bad sign. This match was not about “The Sugiura Army” beating KAIOH, this was about Takashi Sugiura beating down two upstarts, and although they put him through hell, he prevailed with the headlock choke on Kaito Kiyomiya. After the match he got on the microphone and told Kiyomiya that he wouldn’t push the issue now as it was Global Tag League, but he wanted Kiyomiya to remember, that he would be coming for the title.
NOAH held their next event on Sunday 21st April at a new venue (which had been a former fish market) in springtime Niigata. Attendance was a full house of 865.
Naturally, being an event by the Shinano River, a fight went outside and to the riverside, and Marufuji almost threw YO-HEY in. Tadasuke thought it would have been funny, but YO-HEY said that the next time NOAH come to the venue, he is going to bring goggles and a flotation device for Marufuji.
Marufuji’s response was basically, “bring them for yourself”.
Fact is, that if NOAH go back there in the summer or autumn, someone will most likely go in (probably Kotoge in his cape).
Daisuke Harada made the first defense ever of the IPW Junior Heavyweight title against Hitoshi Kumano. While I don’t have too much details on the match itself, one fan did liken it to a fight that one of the Four Pillars would have put on. It was that intense.
Harada said that he wants his next challenger to be British, and said it would be interesting to see if anyone came over to NOAH. He also said that with Global Junior Tag League starting, he was equally interested to see if a team would enter.
When asked about the handshake with Ogawa, Harada walked away.
Yoshinari Ogawa had said that you could see how the situation was developing, as Kotaro Suzuki added, “If the leader’s heart is swayed, then the team is over”
Kaioh were almost beaten in Global Tag League by The Inferno. That was until Kiyomiya changed the tide of the match, and got the pin via the Tiger Suplex on Maybach Taniguchi.
So far Kenoh has not managed to get a single win at Global Tag League. Once the league is over, and especially if Kaioh do not win the titles, then his resentment is going to erupt.
As of the time of writing, The Sugiura Army lead the scoreboard with eight points.
Fortune Dream6 & “TAKAYAMANIA EMPIRE 2”
On the 17th April at Korakuen Hall, Kenta Kobashi announced that Fortune Dream6 would return on June 10th. NOAH participation was announced as Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura vs Yuji Okabayashi & Kazusada Higuchi. Addtionally, Masa Kitamiya will team with Yuya Aoki against Shoki Kitamura & Towa Iwasaki.
Yoshihiro Takayama has announced via his official blog, that “TAKAYAMANIA EMPIRE 2” will be held on Monday, August 26 2019 at Korakuen Hall.
Card to be announced.
Although Takayama cannot be at the show (although he wants to find a way to be there), there is good news on the horizon as he says that his condition is improving gradually and he can now feel the soles of his feet.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ Although he cannot wrestle due to concussion, Kinya Okada has been seen at ringside doing his usual duties. Poor boy looks sad, like he did when he was unable to debut due to injury.
~ Minoru Tanaka was hungover at the Niigata event. Said he hoped it would help his hangover. It didn’t.
~ Each time Atsushi Kotoge went to do the “Revolutionary Hero” pose, Marufuji smacked his arm down (Yoshiki Inamura in Niigata was a little more game)
~ Takashi Sugiura said there are to be no further entries into the “Sugiura Army”, he also doesn’t like NOSAWA being put at the center of the group in the official photographs for the new “Sugiura Army” t-shirts.
~ I don’t want to know exactly what a “YO-HEY Teriyaki McBurger” is
~ Takashi Sugiura’s most infamous dog video this week was him on his lap, and chewing the cord of his tracksuit pants.
The 4th May Global Tag League finals will be broadcast at 10pm JST on Samurai TV
The 28th May show will be broadcast live at 6.30pm JST on G+ (its the first night of Global Tag League)
PICTURE CREDITS: NOAH GHC, PKDX, Daisuke Harada
CMLL’s Review & Results (4/21/2019)
What happened in CMLL? See it here!
What happened in CMLL? See it here!
I did not watch Puebla this week because they did not upload it for whatever reason. I did not watch CMLL Tuesday because I was busy this week…. but here are the results.
Arena Mexico Tuesday
Principe Diamante and Robin defeated Apocalipsis and Inquisidor
Pegasso, Star Jr, and Stigma defeated Akuma, Espanto, and Espiritu Negro
Dark Magic, Kawato San, and Polvora defeated Blue Panther, Fuego, and Guerrero Maya Jr
Templario defeated Flyer in a lightning match.
Euforia, Gran Guerrero, and Hechicero defeated Soberano, Stuka, and Valiente
Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, and Ultimo Guerrero defeated Caristico, Mistico, and Titan
Arena Mexico Friday
Halcon Suriano Jr and Arkalis vs Grako and El Coyote
Suriano and Coyote start the match out and they engage and start to grapple. Grako and Arkalis come in next and continue to grapple. They go back and forth then go to the outside to fight briefly. Suriano does a cross body on Grako and Coyote but they catch him and throw him into Arkalis. Coyote gets Suriano in a submission and Grako pins Arkalis with a sit out power bomb. First Fall: Grako pins Arkalis with a sit out power bomb.
Grako works over Suriano on the ramp way. As the round goes on Arkalis and Suriano continue to get worked over. Suriano gets caught on a cross body again but Arkalis moonsaults into the pile. Suriano the gets flipped into the air by Grako but hits a quick hurricanrana for the pin. Arkalis hits a blue thunder bomb on Coyote as well for the pin. Second Fall: Arkalis pins Coyote with a blue thunder bomb.
Arkalis and Grako go back and forth but Arkalis has the advantage. Arkalis hits a shotgun drop kick on Coyote then poses. Suriano comes in and uses his quickness to get the advantage. Coyote hits a sunset flip on Arkalis then flips him up and Grako hits a drop kick. Suriano then hits a hurricanrana off of the top on Grako and Arkalis hits a swanton bomb for the pin but it gets broken up. Suriano goes for the triple moonsault in the corner on Grako but Grako gets the feet up on the last one and then hits an elbow drop off of the top for the pin. Coyote hits a double armed suplex off of the top on Arkalis followed by a senton. Third Fall: Coyote pins Arkalis with a double armed suplex off of the top rope followed by a senton.
Winners: Grako and Coyote
Tae Honma, Princesa Sugehit, and Kaho Kobayashi vs Dalys, Amapola, and Reyna Isis
They all are itching to fight each other during the introductions. Sugehit and Isis start the match out and they engage and grapple some. They go back and forth some and Sugehit gets the advantage briefly until Isis hits a drop kick in the corner. Honma enters with Amapola and Honma gets the advantage but Amapola hits a spear to get the edge. Honma dodges a corner attack and Amapola falls to the outside. Dalys enters next with Kaho and quickly Dalys uses her strength to fight her off. Kaho hits a missile drop kick off of the top and then a shining wizard to the outside followed by a dive through the middle rope. Sugehit then gets Amapola in an arm bar for the fall. First Fall: Sugehit submits Amapola with an arm bar.
Dalys gets a hold of Sugehit to start this round. Honma then gets teamed up on next. Isis hits a drop kick to Kaho’s privates I suppose. Amapola hits a face buster on Kaho for the pin. Isis hits a Vader bomb on Sugehit for the pin. Second Fall: Reyna Isis pins Sugehit with a Vader bomb.
Honma and Kaho get teamed on to start this round. Sugehit dodges a team up attack which leads to Kaho hitting a missile drop kick. Isis catches Sugehit with a code breaker and Kaho slaps her ass to break up the pin. Amapola hits a blue thunder bomb on Kaho but Honma breaks it up. Honma hits a DDT on Amapola and Dalys breaks it up. Honma catches Dalys in a flying arm bar but Dalys fights out and hits a sit out power bomb for the pin. Isis goes to dive on Sugehit off of the apron but Sugehit kicks her. Kaho makes Dalys and Amapola hit each other until Amapola spears Kaho and then she’s had it and keeps attacking her when the ref instructs her to get off she continues. So Kaho wins by DQ. Third Fall: Kaho Kobayashi wins via DQ.
Winners: Tae Honma, Princesa Sugehit, and Kaho Kobayashi
(Match Relampago) Rey Cometa vs Kawato San
Kawato and Cometa begin the match aggressively grappling with each other. Cometa gets Kawato to the outside and then hits a dive through the middle rope. Back in the ring Kawato hits a drop kick. Kawato kicks Cometa to the outside and then he hits a dive over the top rope. Cometa hits a sit out power bomb on Kawato back in the ring for a two count. Cometa then hits a 450 for the win in 4 minutes. Rey Cometa pins Kawato with a 450.
Winner: Rey Cometa
Caristico, Angel de Oro, and Atlantis Jr vs Sanson, Rey Bucanero, and Hijo Del Villano III
Atlantis Jr and Hijo Del Villano III start out going back and forth really quickly. Sanson and Angel come in next and they grapple for a bit but then Caristico enters with Bucnaero. Bucanero attacks Oro and Atlantis Jr and then they team on Caristico. They team up on Angel next and take him out and then work over Atlantis Jr. Sanson holds Caristico and Bucanero hits a whisper in the wind for the pin. First Fall: Sanson pins Caristico after Bucanero hits a whisper in the wind.
Villano III works over Caristico to start the round. It evolves in the rudos teaming on the technicos once again. Caristico hits a handspring elbow attack to make a come back and then hits a hurricanrana on Sanson. Oro hits a hurricanrana on Villano III to the outside and Atlantis hits a missile drop kick on Bucanero to the outside. Oro then hits a golden moonsault and Atlantis Jr hits a dive through the middle rope. Caristico then gets Sanson in the Fujiwara arm bar for the fall. Second Fall: Caristico submits Sanson with a Fujiwara arm bar.
Atlantis starts out fast getting the edge on everybody. Oro then uses his quickness to get the advantage on everybody as well. Caristico comes in on fire as well. All three, Caristico, Oro, and Atlantis hit dives through the middle rope. Sanson hits a swinging slam on Caristico but Atlantis breaks up the pin. Atlantis tries to get Villano in a torture rack but it’s unsuccessful. Caristico hits a splash to the outside on Sanson. Atlantis then finally gets Villano III in the torture rack. Third Fall: Atlantis Jr submits Villano with a torture rack.
Winners: Caristico, Angel de Oro, and Atlantis Jr
(Tag Team Tournament) Mistico and Cuatrero, Volador Jr and Ultimo Guerrero, Rush and Vangellys, El Terrible and Niebla Roja, Atlantis and Negro Casas, El Valiente and Gran Guerrero, Hechicero and Stuka Jr, and Templario and El Audaz
So we have the battle royal to decide the order. Hechicero gets thrown over first. Cuatrero is out next. Templario gets eliminated next. Casas goes out next. Vangellys dodges and Ultimo Guerrero falls out. Terrible gets punched off of the apron next. Vangellys and Gran Guerrero win the battle royal.
Hechicero and Stuka vs Mistico and Cuatrero
Hechicero and Mistico start to engage and grapple. Cuatrero and Stuka come in and they go back and forth. The match breaks down and there’s a ton of back and forth action. Mistico gets crotched on the barricade. Cuatrero hits a dive on Hechicero. Back in the ring Cuatrero and Hechicero trade offense. Mistico gets the Fujiwara arm bar on Hechicero and Cuatrero pins Stuka with a crucifix power bomb. Cuatrero pins Stuka with a crucifix power bomb.
Winners: Mistico and Cuatrero
El Audaz and Templario vs Atlantis and Negro Casas
Audaz and Templario have matching gear. Templario and Casas trade offense. Audaz and Templario do some double team offense on Atlantis. They do some offense on Negro Casas as well. Atlantis hits back breakers on each. Atlantis and Casas roll up Audaz and Templario for the win. Matching gear for such a short match. Atlantis and Casas roll up Audaz and Templario.
Winners: Atlantis and Negro Casas
Volador Jr and Ultimo Guerrero vs El Terrible and Niebla Roja
They start the match brawling. Some brawling takes place on the outside as well. Match is a straight up brawl. Volador hits a hurricanrana on Terrible and then a dive over the top rope. Roja gets the rock the boat submission on Volador but Terrible punches Roja. Then Volador and Ultimo school boy Roja and Terrible for the win. Same finish. Volador and Ultimo pin Roja and Terrible with school boys.
Winners: Volador Jr and Ultimo Guerrero
El Valiente and Gran Guerrero vs Rush and Vangellys
Rush and Valiente go at it and Valiente kicks Rush’s legs out. Gran and Vangellys strike back and forth. Gran drop kicks Vangellys off of the apron. Gran holds Rush in place and Valiente goes for a dive but Rush moves and Valiente hits Gran. Rush hits the shotgun drop kick in the corner on Valiente for the win. Vangellys hits a weak spear on Gran for a pin but the match was over by then. Just getting our stuff in. Rush pins Valiente with a corner drop kick.
Winners: Rush and Vangellys
Mistico and Cuatrero vs Atlantis and Negro Casas
Cuatrero and Atlantis brawl on the outside. Casas and Mistico strike each other in the middle of the ring. Atlantis flips Cuatrero to the outside and then back breakers Mistico. Mistico lands on his feet after a moonsault attempt on Negro. Mistico kicks Casas legs out and then gets him in a pinning combo. Cuatrero then submits Atlantis in an inverted bear hug. Cuatrero submits Atlantis with an inverted bear hug.
Winners: Mistico and Cuatrero
Volador Jr and Ultimo Guerrero vs Rush and Vangellys
Rush and Vangellys jump Volador and Ultimo and they lay them out brawling. There’s a lot of brawling tonight. Last week was more wrestling based. Vangellys did the big swing in the ring on Volador but fell over and Volador couldn’t contain his laughter. Ultimo hits a double clothesline for a come back. Ultimo hits a face buster suplex off of the top on Vangellys but Rush drop kicked the ref. Volador and Ultimo win via DQ.
Winners: Volador and Ultimo Guerrero
Mistico and Cuatrero vs Volador and Ultimo Guerrero
Mistico starts hot hitting a hurricanrana on Volador. Mistico and Cuatrero then hit dives over the top rope onto Ultimo and Volador. Mistico and Volador brawl on the ramp and Mistico hits a dive off of the stage. Back at ring side Cuatrero hits a flip dive on Volador and Mistico hits a golden moonsault on Ultimo. Back in the ring Ultimo hits a face buster suplex off of the top on Mistico for a two count. Ultimo then hits a power bomb off of the top rope on Mistico and he kicks out again. On the top rope Mistico hits a hurricanrana for a two count. Cuatrero catches Volador and hits a suplex for a two count. Volador hits a back stabber for a close two count. Volador hits Mistico with a Canadian destroyer for the pin. Ultimo Guerrero hits a reverse suplex on Cuatrero off of the top rope for the win. Ultimo Guerrero pins Cuatrero with a reverse suplex off of the top rope.
Winners: Volador and Ultimo Guerrero
Volador and Ultimo Guerrero will face Titan and Cavernario next Friday in the finals of the Tag Team Tournament
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