NXT takes over Chicago once again! Johnny Wrestling and the Psycho Killer look to end their grudge where it all began, in a Chicago Street Fight! Who will stand tall at the end of this ruthless rematch? Plus, can the Embodiment of the End make the Leviathan #FadeToBlack? Or will he suffer another Freak Accident?
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- NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era’s Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch; The Undisputed Era wins and retains the NXT Tag Team Championships.
- Ricochet VS Velveteen Dream; Ricochet wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Nikki Cross; Shayna wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
- NXT Championship: Aleister Black VS Lars Sullivan; Aleister wins and retains the NXT Championship.
- Chicago Street Fight: Johnny Gargano VS Tommaso Ciampa; Ciampa wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the NXT TakeOver Kickoff Show!
Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts and Pat McAfee are in Chicago to make sure everyone watching knows exactly what to expect tonight.
EC3 joins the Kickoff panel.
Mr. Top One Percent presents his first bit of #NX3 merch, and says he loves the “Windy Apple.” The NXT Universe is buzzing with the #OneAndOnlyDream match, but what does that do to EC3? EC3 gives the shirt to McAfee to teach Sam a lesson. He does admit that the star-studded match could dictate the future, but The Top One Percent dictates fate just by showing up and getting fans to chant. EC3 doesn’t need to be in a match to change things, he just needs to be here.
McAfee supports EC3, he has the second best tan in NXT. Who has THE best? Drake the Ref. That’s true. EC3 does special things in the ring, too. EC3 has had victory after victory after victory, “stupid Sam.” The Million Dollar Man with a Billion Dollar Body is ready for the future, when will he get to make his next TakeOver mark?
Adam Cole appears to join the Kickoff Show!
He’s surprised to see McAfee, seeing as how he’s doing worse being here than being a punter. Cole is not concerned about Lorcan & Burch taking the tag team titles from O’Reilly & Strong. In fact, he’s annoyed those two are even challenging his friends at all. Seems Cole is taking the night off, though. “Taking the night off”? He’s the NXT North American Champion. He’s not the best in NXT, in WWE, but all over the world! Cole does what he wants and when he wants. His boys are opening the main show, so he’s going to go help them prepare. Will the Undisputed Era keep hold of those NXT Tag Team Championships against the one-two combination?
TakeOver: Chicago II begins!
“Pain.” Physical or mental suffering. It targets the weak and strong alike. Pain is a weapon. Pain is a motivator. And pain is at the root of all conflict. “But ultimately, pain leaves you with a choice: You can either feel it, or you can inflict it.” Pain takes over the Windy City, but who will overcome it to leave the winners?
NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era’s Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch!
Roderick Strong betrayed Pete Dunne in New Orleans to #ShockTheSystem and take those titles from the Authors of Pain. But the brawlers from across the waters look to shock them back with their one-two combination. Will the Undisputed Era continue their TakeOver streak? Or will they be knocked out by the underdogs they underestimate?
Chicago is thunderous for “Undisputed!” as the bell rings. Strong starts against Lorcan, and they tie up. Strong gets down and around, and toys with Lorcan. Lorcan and Strong tie up again, and Strong gets the headlock. Lorcan powers out and pushes Strong to a corner, but Strong goes up and over. Things speed up, and Lorcan runs Strong over with a back elbow. Burch tags in and takes Strong’s arm. Strong turns things around with a facelock, and backs Burch down to tag in O’Reilly. O’Reilly headbutts and headlocks Burch, then throws him with a takedown. O’Reilly throws hands, but Burch stands up. Burch hits back with body shots, then powers out, but O’Reilly rolls and boots Burch back.
They run again, but Burch catches O’Reilly’s leg as he leaps to bring him down. Burch then drags O’Reilly up and around for a European Uppercut. O’Reilly hits back but Burch knocks him down. Tag to Lorcan, and they double whip O’Reilly into double elbows. Strong comes in but they’re ready, and double snap suplex Strong onto O’Reilly! Lorcan & Burch coordinate, and go corner to corner with clotheslines. They go back to back as O’Reilly & Strong stagger, to then clothesline them both out. The one-two is in control while the Undisputed Era regroups with Cole. O’Reilly goes back into the ring with the fans behind them.
O’Reilly uses his ground stance but Lorcan wants nothing to do with it. Strong reaches at Lorcan, which is enough of a distraction for O’Reilly to kick away on. O’Reilly backs Lorcan into a corner and throws muay thai knees. Lorcan turns it around and CHOPS. O’Reilly tries but Lorcan dodges to CHOP more. O’Reilly grabs Lorcan in a headlock, Lorcaon powers out, but O’Reilly runs him over with a shoulder. Things speed up, the kitchen sink knee takes out O’Reilly. Burch tags but O’Reilly fights them both. He runs but into double low dropkicks. Strong comes in but Lorcan gets him with an uppercut! Burch runs in for a EuroUpper then lariat and kick! Burch hops up, flies with the missile dropkick, then kips up.
Strong staggers but reverses the throw to throw Burch out. O’Reilly kicks but Burch blocks, only for Strong to wreck him with the dropkick! Fans fire up as Strong puts Burch into the LED apron. Strong puts Burch in the ring, tags O’Reilly, then drags Burch up for them to kick and chop in the corner. O’Reilly brings Burch out to give a shoulder breaker, then the back suplex, into the heel hook! Burch works the counter, but Strong tags in to stomp Burch out. Strong rains down rights, then mocks the one-two fingers. He stomps Burch more, then gives Burch the pendulum backbreaker. Cover, TWO, so Strong throws more hands. Strong brings Burch up, then whips him into the corner. Tag to O’Reilly, and they whip him even harder.
Strong goes side to side for the forearm, then O’Reilly adds the kick. O’Reilly brings Burch out again, but Burch denies the shoulder breaker to throw hands and chops. O’Reilly trips him up then drives in elbows and knees into those ribs. He throws hands back and forth then tries for the armbar. Burch holds on, reaches around, and gets the ropebreak. O’Reilly lets go, then toys with Burch. He brings Burch up and puts him in a corner. Strong tags in but Burch throws forearms back. Strong dropkicks Burch! Cover, TWO, so Strong wraps Burch up in a seated abdominal stretch. Burch bleeds just a bit from the top of his head but he keeps fighting. He stands and fights, but Strong rocks him with elbows. Strong runs into the corner, but misses! Back drop from Burch, and both men are down.
Hot tag to O’Reill, and O’Reilly kicks Lorcan down. O’Reilly ax but Burch the headbutt! Both men are down again, and crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Strong and Lorcan! Lorcan rallies on Strong with those haymakers and chops. Lorcan runs, for the big lariat! He keeps going, for a EuroUpper! Strong gets uot but O’Reilly comes in, to get chop after chop. Lorcan hits Strong, then dropkicks O’Reilly, and then FLIES! He takes them BOTH down, and fans fire up for him.
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Lorcan puts Strong in the ring, dodges, Half ‘n’ Half to Euro Upper! High stack cover, TWO! O’Reilly returns but Lorcan just chops away on him and Strong. Lorcan is on fire as he hits back elbow after back elbow in the corners. One to O’Reilly, one to Strong, back to O’Reilly, but Strong catches him. Lorcan slips out to shove Strong into O’Reilly, then hits the DOUBLE Blockbuster! Tag to Burch, and they drag Strong up. Hanging DDT! Cover, O’Reilly breaks! Lorcan throws him out, then goes up while Burch lifts Strong onto his shoulders. O’Reilly returns to disrupt that, Lorcan hits the apron! Burch has Strong alone, but Strong turns him around. Boot, enziguri, and tag to O’Reilly to kick and club away.
O’Reilly knees, sweeps but Burch headbutts and knees. Burch runs, but into a knee. O’Reilly suplexes, cover, TWO, into the armbar! Burch resists, holding on to his hands tight. O’Reilly fights Burch’s grip, and it comes down to the last finger. Armbar is on! Burch flails, reaches, sits up, and gets the ropebreak! O’Reilly lets go but he goes to tag in Strong. O’Reilly goes back to Burch and brings him up. He whips him to a corner and Strong hits the shining wizard. Bakc suplex slam to shining wizard! Cover, TWO!
The Undisputed Era is furious, but they have something more. Strong tags O’Reilly, and Strong brings Burhc up. He runs, but Burhc headbutts! Burch dumps O’Reilly out onto Strong, then tags Lorcan. Lorcan on the apron, another double blockbuster! Lorcan puts O’Reilly in the ring, Burch grabs him and puts him on his shoulders. EuroUpper for the Showtime! Cover, but Cole drags O’Reilly out! The referee saw that, and EJECTS Cole!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 17, 2018
Cole argues and fumes the entire way while Burch and Lorcan get O’Reilly back in. They bring O’Reilly up but those bad arms. Lorcan takes O’Reilly, lifts, but Strong trips Burch! Strong puts Burch into the announce desk while O’Reilly gets teh guillotine!! Lorcan endures but O’Reilly is wrapped on him. Lorcan gets out with a Northern Lights! Fans are loving this as Lorcan and O’Reilly get up. O’Reilly boots Lorcan, Strong tags in, but runs into EuroUpper after EuroUpper. Lorcan runs, but Strong knees. Lorcan slips out of the suplex to chop block! He lifts Strong, POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO, into Half Crab!
Strong crawls, but Lorcan drags him awya. O’Reilly kicks but it doesn’t do anything to Lorcan! So O’Reilly puts Lorcan in the guillotine, but Burch comes in to grab O’Reilly in a crossface! Side-by-side submissions, the champions flail and reach, but O’Reilly rolls aruond to kick Lorcan off the hold! All four men are down but the fans are at a fever pitch. The teams regroup and stand up. And a brawl erupts! O’Reilly takes out Burch, but Lorcan takes him to SLAP SLAP SLAP! Strong knee smashes! Ax and SMASH, to the high-low combo! Cover, Undisputed Era wins!
Winners: The Undisputed Era, Strong pinning; still NXT Tag Team Champions
What an opener! Both teams brawled with all they had, but in the end, the minor influence of Adam Cole tips the scales. The Undisputed Era get this one, will they continue their takeover of NXT?
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 17, 2018
Ricochet VS Velveteen Dream!
This #OneAndOnlyDream match has been the Patrick Clark Experience claiming anything Ricochet can do, he can do better. But Ricochet also turned that back on Dream with “Prove it”, before doing a front flip out of the ring and to the floor, seamlessly! Can Dream keep his word while keeping the spotlight all to himself? Or will the King of Flight trump this Prince of Charisma? Speaking of Princes, Dream’s attire seems rather familiar for Ricochet…
Dream takes his time joining Ricochet in the ring. The fans duel as the bell rings. Ricochet and Dream get face to face, questioning the other’s attire. The two back off and circle, feeling it out. They tie up, Ricochet powers Dream to a corner but Dream turns it around. Dream backs off to pose and flex, brother. He and Ricochet circle again, then tie up. Ricochet gets behind but Dream gets a takedown, only for Ricochet to put on a headscissors. Dream works against the hold, then pops out, to throw his bandanna before going for the headlock again. Ricochet puts the headscissors back on, and still holds on.
Dream endures the squeeze and wrench, then rolls around to slip out the back. Dream grabs the headlock again, but Ricochet pries his way out into an armlock. Ricochet grinds Dream into a corner, TWO. Dream gets up but Ricochet gets the headlock. Fans duel while Ricochet holds on as Dream tries to power out. Dream rolls Ricochet to a cover, ONE, and they stand up again. Dream grabs Ricochet and gets the headlock. Ricochet fights back, powers out, but Dream runs him over with a shoulder. Dream soaks up the cheers and jeers, then speeds things up. Ricochet lifts but Dream tilt-o-whirl headscissors, but Ricochet handsprings to land on his feet!
Dream poses, thinking he threw the King off, but Ricochet runs back in to roll off the back. Ricochet rolls, handsprings, and superhero lands! Fans are all fired up after that. Ricochet and Dream stand up as they stare down. Dream slaps, Ricochet slaps and rolls him up. ONE, and Ricochet gets the waistlock. Dream fights out but Ricochet rolls and handsprings to then headscissor, kip up and dropkick Dream down! Dream flounders to a corner, but Ricochet runs in corner to corner. He ends up on the apron but he hits Dream away. Ricochet then springboards, but Dream trips him up! Ricochet hits the apron then the ground while Dream catches his breath. Dream then comes out to fetch Ricochet, putting him in the ring. Dream puts Ricochet in a corner and throws hands and stomps.
The referee backs him off, but Dream just rushes back at Ricochet with more hands and stomps. Dream backs off and tells the referee not to touch him. Ricochet staggers up, but Dream clubs him back down. Dream drags Ricochet back up, to hotshot him on the top rope. Ricochet drops, so Dream goes to the apron, for the knee-board senton, a la Ricochet himself! Dream stalks Ricochet on the mat, then brings him up for the hip-swiveling neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Dream keeps his cool. Dream dares Ricochet to get up, but then drops the ax handle. Fans rally, and Ricochet hits back. Dream clubs him more, but Ricochet throws and elbows Dream at the ropes. Ricochet runs, but Dream pushes him out of the ring! Dream builds speed, and FLIES!
Dream hits Ricochet with the springboard tope conjilo! He then puts Ricochet in the ring, covers, TWO. Dream drags Ricochet up and puts on a chinlock. Ricochet endures the thrashing and grinding while fans rally up for him. Ricochet stands, but Dream wrangles him back down. Dream puts his weight on Ricochet, but Ricochet feeds off the fan energy. Ricochet stands while fans duel, but Dream rocks him with that forearm. Dream shoves but Ricochet kicks him away. Ricochet back elbows, then boots from a corner. Dream blocks but Ricochet slips out. Ricochet throws Dream out but Dream drags him out. Fans love “Both These Guys!” as Dream grabs a foot. Dream ducks the enziguri, but Ricochet flips to throw him. Dream runs into a corner but into boots, Ricochet rolls to dropkick him out! Ricochet then takes aim, builds speed, and… DIVES!
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Tope suicida hits, but Ricochet keeps going. Ricochet FLIES! The backflip attack hits, but Ricochet puts Dream in the corner. Ricochet runs corner to corner to EuroUpper and haymaker Dream. He bumps and 619’s Dream out of the corner, then climbs up to springboard back elbow! Cover, TWO! Dream flounders but Ricochet keeps focus. Ricochet gets up, then Dream, and Ricochet whips Dream to ropes. Dream kicks him away, then runs, but Ricochet follows for the neckbreaker and shooting star! Cover, TWO!
Both men are down but fans rally up. Ricochet stands first, lifts Dream in the fireman’s, but Dream falls off. Dream asks for mercy, but he throws Ricochet out. Ricochet speeds up to the top rope, but Dream trips him up again. Dream rocks Ricochet with a right, then climbs up to join him. Dream wants but Ricochet denies, and they brawl up there. Down goes Dream, but Ricochet adjusts. Ricochet aims, for the fake out! He rocks Dream back, then sits him down. Ricochet climbs up again, but Dream counters! SUPER ROLLING DEATH VALLEY!
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Dream crawls to a cover, high stack at that, TWO!! The fans say “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly stir. Dream crawls his way back to the corner, and drags himself back up top. Ricochet sees him, then ducks the counter, to rock Dream with an uppercut. Ricochet drags Dream back up, but it’s Velveteen with the SUPERPLEX to the FLOOR! Fans lose their minds, and the referee checks on them. Both men are okay to continue, so the 10 count begins. It reaches 5 but both men are barely up. Dream gets in at 9, Ricochet at 9.5! The match continues and the fans applaud. Dream and Ricochet crawl towards each other, and then slowly get up together. Ricochet swings but ends up in a second Rolling Death Valley! Cover, TWO!!
Dream can’t believe it, but he’s too sore to show frustration. He and Ricochet are slow to getting up, but Ricochet needs the ropes to help. Ricochet and Dream stagger over, and throw wild haymakers and uppercuts. Ricochet first, then Dream, and back again. Dream clubs away, but Ricochet uppercuts. Dream kicks, but so does Ricochet. Fans rally up as Dream EuroUppers, then another. Ricochet answers with his own, but ends up in position. Dream goes for the sidewinder but Ricochet counters into a Northern Lights, roll through to the deadlift. Ricochet’s back won’t let him, so he settles for strikes. SUPERKICK from Dream, but bicycle kick from Ricochet.
Ricochet runs but into a back elbow. Dream hops up but misses. Ricochet rocks Dream with the discus! Ricochet keeps going, fireman’s but Dream slips out, SIDEWINDER! Cover, TWO!! But fans are giving a standing ovation! Dream and Ricochet stir, and Dream slaps Ricochet as he says “You belong in a bingo hall!” Fans again say “This is Awesome!” but Dream says HE is the awesome one. Ricochet lifts Dream, and steals the Rolling Death Valley! Ricochet hurries over to a corner, up to the top rope, and poses! Purple Rainmaker! Cover, TWO!! Dream will not die, certainly not to his own move.
So Ricochet will go for his move, as he drags Dream over. Ricochet climbs up again, with Dream in the drop zone. Dream slowly rolls away, so Ricochet just goes with… a shooting star! But into knees! Dream covers, TWO!! And Dream is shocked! Dream gets himself up top, he wants to end this. Dream goes Coast2Coast, but misses the elbow as Ricochet rolls! Ricochet climbs back up while Dream writhes. Fans are at a fever pitch, as Ricochet hits the 630!! Cover, Ricochet wins!!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall
The One and Only Winner is the King of Flight! The spotlight was stolen by both men, but it shines brightest on Ricochet. With such a spectacular performance, will this springboard Ricochet all the way to the top?
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 17, 2018
NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Nikki Cross!
The Queen of Spades loves breaking her opponents’ arms, legs and even spirits. However, you can’t break what’s already broken, and the Loony Lass lost her marbles long before meeting Shayna. When fear doesn’t work, will pain be the only thing that cuts through the chaos?
The bell rings, and the two stare down. Shayna tries to intimidate with her stance, but Nikki just stares at her. It unsettles Shayna just a bit, but then Nikki ups the ante by again daring Shayna to “do it!” Shayna doesn’t put her sleeper on, but she does shove and trip Nikki. Nikki just kicks and laughs like an excited child. Nikki continues to dare Shayna to “do it”, then she scurries over and spooks Shayna. Shayna is at the ropes, so Nikki backs off. Shayna can’t comprehend why Nikki is leaving herself wide open. She steps closer, but Nikki spins around to laugh. Shayna lunges in out of frustration, but Nikki gets around and hops on! Nikki puts Shayna in a sleeper!
Nikki thrashes and growls as she brings Shayna to a knee. Shayna gets back up and throws Nikki off, then drags Nikki up. Nikki powers Shayna buckles, then stomps away. Shayna silps out, but Nikki chases her. Nikki ducks the apron kick to trip Shayna, then tucks her in to wail away! Fans cheer for the Crazy Cross but Shayna retreats. She doesn’t get far before Nikki hops on again! Shayna drops Nikki backwards on the ramp! The referee checks on the challenger, but she’s somehow okay. Shayna gets up and goes back to Nikki. She drags Nikki up and into the ring. She sits Nikki up for a stiff knee shot! Cover, TWO, and Shayna grows frustrated.
Shayna grounds and pounds, then brings Nikki up and around to smother her! The referee backs her off, but then she grinds a forearm into Nikki’s face. Shayna smothers Nikki again, but Nikki just smiles through it all. Shayna drags Nikki up for a facelock, then a chinbar. Nikki endures, and fans rally up. Nikki fights out with body shots and big forearms, but Shayna knocks her back with another knee! Shayna sits Nikki up, for a third! Yet Nikki grins! Nikki wants more, so Shayna gives her a fourth. Nikki sits up again, still grinning. She slaps herself, then blocks the fifth knee. Nikki forearms Shayna, then again, but Shayna ducks to go for the Kirafuda. Nikki back suplexes Shayna!
Fans fire up while Shayna rolls to ropes. Nikki gets herself up, and then Thezs Press and frantic hands on Shayna. Nikki rallies with lariats and forearms, then stomps a manic mudhole into Shayna. She won’t let up, even as the referee counts. Nikki stops herself at 4, but she’s still going. She climbs up, aims, and leaps for the crossbody!
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Cover, TWO, and Shayna rolls to the apron. Nikki still slaps herself as she follows. She drags Shayna up, for an inverted DDT to the apron! She rolls Shayna over, covers, TWO! Nikki is a bit surprised, but not upset. She just drags Shayna up, swings, but Shayna slips out to hit another knee. Cover, TWO! Nikki rolls away but Shayna stalks her. Shayna grabs Nikki, sleeper hold, but Nikki rams her into buckles! Nikki hoists Shayna up, hanging swinging neckbreaker! Cover, Ropebreak!
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Shayna survives thanks to ring awareness. But Nikki just revs up again as she drags Shayna by her hair. Nikki crucifix but Shayna gets the Kirafuda!! Shayna has Nikki stuck in the middle of the ring, with the body scissors added. Nikki reaches, endures, rolls around but she can’t get free. Fans cheer for Nikki, but she’s still stuck in the center. Nikki just smiles as she fades away?! She’s out, Shayna wins!!
Winner: Shayna, by submission; still NXT Women’s Champion
The Queen of Spades may not have scared Nikki, but she still put her to sleep. Shayna’s Reign of Terror continues, what will it take to end it?
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NXT Championship: Aleister Black VS Lars Sullivan!
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 17, 2018
The Leviathan earned his shot at the top after barreling through every opponent put in front of him, especially Ricochet and Velveteen Dream. The Embodiment of the End has yet to be pinned or submitted, will Lars that change tonight? Or will Aleister find a way to make this genetic anomaly #FadeToBlack?
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The bell rings, and the Rocky Mountain Monster stares down with the Dutch Destroyer. They slowly circle, and Lars says that “one shot” won’t be enough. They get face to face, and Lars vows he’s gonna take Aleister out. Lars swings but Aleister hits first. Lars kicks low, lifts but Aleister gets out. Aleister swings his kick, but Lars blocks it, just like on NXT TV! Lars spins Aleister but Aleister roundhouses Lars out. Aleister pursues and forearms on the run. He throws furious hands, but Lars shoves him. Aleister runs back in but Lars alley-oops Aleister onto the apron. Lars swings but Aleister hops over to then hit Meteora! Lars goes down, then flounders his way back into the ring. Aleister pursues and throws hands, but Lars counters with his own clubbing arms.
Lars clubs Aleister into a corner, then runs, but into the jumping knee! Cover, ONE, but Aleister keeps Lars down with an armbar. Lars endures the bending, then powers his way back up. Lars pushes Aleister off, but Aleister boots back. But Lars stays up, and uses one hand to shove Aleister to a corner. Aleister evades, then runs back, but is put on the apron. Lars blocks the forearm and twists Aleister’s arm, before hauling him up onto his shoulder! Aleister slips off but Lars runs through the lariat to then run Aleister over. Aleister rolls out of the ring, but Lars pursues. Lars hauls Aleister up, then throws him, but Aleister reverses to put Lars into the post. Aleister gets back on the apron, and climbs up, for the SUPER Moonsault.
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Lars catches it! To then snake eyes Aleister on the LED, and push him into barriers! Aleister is down, but Lars drags him back up and in. Lars stalks Aleister as he flounders. Lars runs in and squashes him in a corner. Cover, TWO, but Lars is only mildly annoyed. Lars stretches Aleister back, clawing the face then clubbing it with a crossface forearm. Lars roars “Who’s the man!?” Cover, TWO, but Lars just wraps Aleister in a heavy chinlock. Fans rally for Aleister while he endures the massive squeeze. Aleister turns red, but he refuses to quit. Lars puts his weight on him, but Aleister keeps moving. Aleister gets a second wind, and uses body shots.
Lars knees low, then whips Aleister. Pop-up, but Aleister slips out to try and roll him. Lars blocks with strength, then hauls Aleister up, for a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Lars grows a bit frustrated with Aleister, but he still mocks him. “This is your champion?” Lars dares Aleister to stand. Aleister does, and throws a forearm. It doesn’t do much, so Aleister throws another, and another, and another! Lars grabs Aleister’s hair, but Aleister ducks the clothesline. Aleister runs, but into the pop-up powerslam! Cover, TWO! It was close, but Aleister did get out.
Lars decides to shift plans, and goes up top. Aleister springs up to rock him with a boot! Aleister climbs up now, but Lars resists. Lars holds on even as Aleister elbows away on his neck. Lars staggers to the apron, but then trips up Aleister, and then club him off the top! Aleister is dazed while Lars climbs up. Lars basically falls into the diving headbutt, but Aleister gets a knee up!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 17, 2018
It was double-edged given Lars’ weight, as Aleister clutches his leg. Fans fire up while both men slowly get up. Lars is first, and he drags Aleister up. They brawl, Aleister unleashes kicks and elbows. He can’t knock Lars down, but then he sweeps the legs, and sliding knee! Aleister kips up, Lars flounders around, and walks into Aleister’s strike fest. Quebrada! Cover, TWO, but Aleister doesn’t slow down. Aleister walks around Lars, and lifts him up with a foot. Lars grabs that foot, and flips Aleister, before using a chop block on the bad leg. Aleister still boots Lars, but then he kicks with the bad leg and it hurts him more than it does Lars. Lars takes Aleister down, for the Stretch Muffler lift! Lars tortures that leg and bends Aleister all sorts of ways.
Fans rally again as Aleister endures. Aleister gets out to a cover, TWO! Lars kicks low, grabs Aleister, but Aleister turns the slam into a DDT! Both men are down, but Lars gets himself to the apron. Aleister sits up, then walks over, but into a choke. Aleister back elbows but Lars clobbers! Lars drags Aleister onto the apron, but Aleister hits back with a stiff boot. Then another, and another, only to run into an apron powerslam!! Lars puts Aleister in the ring, then climbs up top. FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!? Lars cannot comprehend this. He stands up again, and waits for Aleister. Aleister wobbles, but jumps over the chop block to double stomp! BLACK MASS!! Cover, TWO!? Was that only a grazing hit? Or is Lars really that tough?
Fans rally Aleister up, but Lars follows. Aleister tries but Lars blocks Black Mass again, to then wallop Aleister with a lariat. Then, FREAK- No, Aleister shoves out to hit Lars’ jaw with the knee. Then another BLACK MASS! Aleister got all of that one, but he won’t cover because Lars is still conscious. Larts bleeds from the mouth but he starts to sit up. So Aleister gives him a THIRD Black Mass! Cover, Aleister wins!!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall; still NXT Champion
The Embodiment of the End had to do more to The Leviathan than to anyone he’s ever faced in NXT. Lars may not be human, but Aleister shows he himself is superhuman. If not even Lars can conquer Aleister, who can?
— WWE (@WWE) June 17, 2018
Chicago Street Fight: Johnny Gargano VS Tommaso Ciampa!
It was over one year ago that one of the greatest tag teams in NXT, DIY, lost more than just tag team titles. The Psycho Killer, in a moment of paranoia and anger, betrayed Johnny Wrestling to break up their team, end their friendship, and ruin Gargano’s life. This grudge has escalated ever since, and Gargano won the Unsanctioned Match in New Orleans. With another match that throws caution to the wind, who will walk out of the Windy City with a win?
Before he heads out, Gargano’s wife, Candice LeRae, who at first was completely against this rivalry going down this path, makes sure Gargano is prepared for this battle. She gives him the broken crutch he used back in New Orleans. Then she tells Gargano to “Kiss his ass!”
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But the Psycho Killer is just as prepared, because he has his own crutch.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 17, 2018
Both gladiators are prepared, and this match begins!
Ciampa rushes the ring and the start swinging! Gargano blocks, the crutches are tossed, and Gargano tackles Ciampa to throw hands. Ciampa gets away, but Gargano clotheslines him out. Gargano is on the apron and mule kicks Ciampa away. Gargano then leaps, cannonball to the floor! Fans fire up as he drags Ciampa up and puts him across the announce desk! Ciampa takes out Nigel! Gargano pays no mind to the casualties, as he stalks Ciampa to the timekeeper’s area. Ciampa gets into the stands but Gargano hits him more. They fight right up to a fan who has a sign for Gargano. Ciampa stomps and kicks Gargano, then takes that sign! Ciampa tries to rip the sign, but realizes the sign has a board in it. Gargano kicks Ciampa, takes that sign, and as the sign hoped, Gargano uses it to SMACK Ciampa!
The board, was a STOP SIGN! Which Gargano uses to SMACK Ciampa more. Smack and smack and smack, Gargano shows no mercy. He doesn’t have to, it’s a Street Fight. Gargano high-fives the fans, then stalks Ciampa. Ciampa goes down, but Gargano goes up. Gargano takes aim, and LEAPS onto Ciampa! They crash and burn, but Gargano gets up first. Gargano stalks Ciampa while the fans lose their minds. Gargano rains downs rights while fans chant “Johnny Wrestling!” Things return to ringside, and Ciampa flounders back towards the ring. Gargano follows him over, but decides to get supplies from under the ring. First, a trash can, then its lid, and even a standard chair. Gargano has an arsenal to choose from, and he swings the lid.
Ciampa ducks, and German Suplexes Gargano! Ciampa puts Gargano’s face on the chair, but misses the stomp. Gargano throws haymakers while fans duel. Gargano clubs and clubs Ciampa, but Ciampa reverses into another German Suplex. Ciampa holds on, then drags Gargano up again, for another German! Ciampa still holds on, doing his own version of #SuplexCity. Gargano reaches for ropes, but gets thrown with another German Supelx. Ciampa grins as he keeps his grip, but Gargano reaches around again. Gargano standing switch, and he throws Ciampa with a German Suplex! Ciampa rolls out but Gargano runs to DIVE onto Ciampa! Direct hit and Ciampa rolls to the ramp.
Gargano brings him back over, then whips him into steel steps. Gargano goes back for supplies, but Ciampa hits Gargano with the braced knee! Ciampa drags Gargano up and throws him into barriers. Ciampa moves the steel steps over, because he’s planning something truly sinister. He kicks Gargano while he’s down, but ignores the fans booing and jeering. Ciampa checks under the ring, and finds a second garbage can. He also brings out another chair and another lid. Ciampa goes with the chair, and jabs it into Gargano’s ribs. Gargano crawls, but Ciampa puts that chair around Gargano’s neck. Ciampa throws haymaker after haymaker, then brings Gargano up, to throw him at the steel steps! Chair hits steps, and jams into Gargano’s throat!
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 17, 2018
Gargano flails in pain while gasping for air. Ciampa simply watches from the ring. Fans continue to duel while the referee checks on Gargano. Gargano refuses to quit, so Ciampa goes back out to SMACK Gargano with the trash can. Ciampa grins at his former friend, then positions him against the steps to hammer him ito the steel. Ciampa grabs the trash can and just chucks it at Gargano’s head! He then puts Gargano back in the ring, and pulls off his shirt to use it to choke and smother Gargano! Ciampa even drives in an elbow to top it off. Ciampa stomps Gargano, but fans still say “You Suck! Woop Woop!”
Gargano sits up but Ciampa brings him up to put him in a corner. Ciampa stomps away, then slingshot guillotines Gargano into the bottom buckle! Gargano writhes in pain again, but Ciampa is far from done. Ciampa goes under the ring in search of something. And he finds a pair of handcuffs!? Ciampa has another sinister idea. He goes over to Gargano, cuffs one wrist, but Gargano fights back. Gargano back elbows and the cuffs fall off. Gargano slingshot spears Ciampa down! But between the bad neck and the rage, Gargano doesn’t cover. Instead, Gargano takes off his belt to then whip Ciampa across the back. Fans tell Ciampa “You Deserve It!”
Gargano whips and slaps Ciampa over and over, then makes it a leather fist to punch Ciampa down. Gargano grabs a trash can and puts it on Ciampa, to then DIY SUPERKICK it! Ciampa is dazed but Gargano isn’t done with that trash can. Gargano wedges the can into a corner, then drags Ciampa up. He scoops Ciampa, but Ciampa slips out and rakes the eyes! Ciampa lifts Gargano, Project Ciampa bomb! Then with the trash can lid added, he gives Gargano shotgun knees! Cover, TWO!! Ciampa is furious, but he just wants Gargano to get up again. Another trash can lid knee sends Gargano out to the apron!
Ciampa follows Gargano out there, and returns to those steel steps. Ciampa lifts Gargano but Gargano resists. Gargano elbows Ciampa’s neck and head again and again and again, but Ciampa still lifts him! AIR RAID ON THE STEPS!! Ciampa puts Gargano in the ring, covers, TWO!? Gargano has proven he has an insane amount of guts, but this is even crazier than that. Ciampa decides to bring out something more, and finds a pair of clippers? He clips the strings on the ring cover? What is he planning now? Ciampa unties more string, and pulls away the canvas, then the padding, to reveal the wood! He SMACKS Gargano with a chair for good measure, then waves good-bye.
Ciampa finishes exposing a corner of the ring, then drags Gargano over. He hoists Gargano up, and fans are starting to grow concerned for both men. Ciampa bits Gargano’s ear, then climbs up top. Ciampa prepares the lift, but Gargano flails! Gargano sunsets through, and Ciampa holds on for dear life. Ciampa punches, misses, Gargano tucks him in for a SUPERKICK! Gargano crawls, skipping the crutches to instead brawl with Ciampa. They go back and forth, fans strongly on Gargano’s side. Both men stand, and the brawl continues. Both men stagger, but neither backs down. Gargano gets the edge, then spins, but into a boot! Ciampa spins, but into an enziguri!
Gargano grabs a lid but Ciampa hits a knee strike. Ciampa grabs a crutch but Gargano hits a SUPERKICK! They both swing, they both connect! Ciampa falls, Gargano falls on him for a cover, TWO!! Fans declare “This is Awesome!” while Ciampa crawls his way out to the steel steps. Gargano aims, slingshots, but Ciampa SMACKS him with the trash can lid! Ciampa staggers away while the referee checks on Gargano. Gargano is okay to continue, so Ciampa runs in, but the knee goes into steps as Gargano evades! Ciampa clutches his bad leg, and undoes the brace. Then he tightens it, remembering New Orleans.
But too late, Gargano is upon Ciampa and punches away at the knee! Gargano takes a chair and SMACKS the leg!! And jabs it, and jabs it, and jabs it and jabs it and jabs it! Fans fire up with Gargano as he drags Ciampa’s back leg around. Ciampa shoves Gargano into the corner can! Then puts Gargano in the GargaNO Escape! Fans boo as Ciampa steals Gargano’s hold.
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) June 17, 2018
But Gargano reaches around, and gets a crutch! Ciampa bails out when he sees that, and shifts to a STF, wanting to use the broken crutch the way Gargano used the brace at New Orleans. Ciampa clobbers away on Gargano to get him to stop resisting. Gargano is limp, and Ciampa finishes strapping his brace. Fans duel as Gargano props himself up on the crutch. Ciampa knees him down! Ciampa takes the broken crutch, takes aim with it, and RAMS it into Gargano’s neck from behind! Cover, TWO!??! Ciampa is furious, he doesn’t get how Gargano survives. He throws Gargano out and Gargano slumps to the ground.
Fans chant “We Want Tables!” Ciampa watches Gargano crawl, but he won’t let Gargano get away. He drags Gargano up, and walks his old friend up the ramp. “We were like brothers!” They were family! Ciampa says Gargano did this to himself. Ciampa recreates their moment last year, saying Gargano has to say “bye bye” to Candice, his family, and his career! Then Ciampa throws Gargano into the LED stage wall, a la TakeOver: Chicago 1! Gargano is dazed and rolling, but Ciampa adds another braced knee strike! But Ciampa says “It’s not enough!” This rage, this anger, this hate, it’s far deeper than anyone could have imagined.
And just as fans wanted, Ciampa spots tables, and brings Gargano over. Ciampa drags Gargano up with him on top of the stack of trunks. Ciampa stands up, and takes Gargano’s wedding ring from him! To spit on it, and throw it away! Ciampa drags Gargano up, but Gargano lifts Ciampa, for a SUPER AIR RAID THROUGH THE TABLES!!! It is utter carnage in Chicago, and Chicago loses its mind! The referee says this is enough, and he calls for medical attention. The medics respond, and check on both men amid the wreckage. Gargano somehow gets back up onto the trunks, and looks down at his fallen foe.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 17, 2018
Ciampa needs a neck brace now, like a flip-side to Ciampa’s brutal attack on Gargano a month ago, as well as last year. Medics carefully put Ciampa on a back board, but fans want Gargano to “Do it! Do it!” Ciampa is put on a stretcher, still groaning and screaming with pain. Gargano sees his ring is missing, and fans want him to “Jump! Jump!” Ciampa is being wheeled out, but Gargano won’t let him get off that easy. Gargano rushes over, Chicago cheering him on, and he shoves the medics out of the way! Ciampa begs for mercy as Gargano wheels him back to ringside. Gargano takes off the straps, beats on Ciampa, then puts him into the ring.
Gargano’s rage takes over as he undoes the neck brace, and puts Ciampa in GargaNO Escape! Ciampa taps, but there’s no ref to count it. The security pull Gargano off, Gargano fights THEM off! Garagno grabs the handcuffs! He binds Ciampa’s arms behind his back, then sits him up for a SUPERKICK! Then another! And another! And another! More and more and more, then the GargaNO Escape. Ciampa manages to tap, but the referee is nowhere in sight. Gargano shouts “This ends when YOU do!”
More security come out to pull Gargano away from Ciampa, but Gargano is not satisfied. He breaks through, then fights the security off again. Gargano runs around the outside, and they end up near the bare wood. Ciampa gets Gargano with a draping DDT on the wood!! Cover, Ciampa wins!!
Winner: Ciampa, by pinfall
This match was over five times before, but only now does it end. Ciampa endured torture, but it’s everyone else that feels the agony of defeat. However, given how much it took out of both men, will this prove to be a double-edge victory?
— WWE (@WWE) June 17, 2018
Candice LeRae comes out to check on her husband, but as always, Ciampa waves good-bye. The series may be tied, but is this the end of the war between Ciampa and Gargano?
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 17, 2018
NXT is truly the best of the best of what WWE does. The kickoff was fun with EC3 and Adam Cole being great in character for their appearances. Great to see Keith Lee in attendance, that means he’s ready to debut at any moment. The matches started hot and just kept going to perfectly climax at the very end. Lorcan & Burch may not have won, but it was an amazing feat for them to turn the crowd into their favor before the end. They also get a great ovation even after the match for the effort they put in. I don’t know about Raw or SmackDown, but those two would be amazing additions to the 205 Live roster as a tag team to really energize that budding tag division.
Ricochet VS Dream was even better, which seemed impossible at the start but was undeniable by the end. Dream is cheeky coming out in a fusion of Hulk Hogan and Prince Puma, aka Ricochet’s persona from Lucha Underground. Ricochet goes over, because it just makes sense. As I expected, Shayna goes over, but it was genius to have Nikki lose because she passes out, not because she taps out. Shayna won the match but Nikki won the mind games, expect Nikki & SAnitY to finally be on SmackDown. Aleister VS Lars, that was also incredible, like NXT’s version of Batman VS Bane or something. Aleister wins this on sheer grit and determination, but also because I expect EC3 to be gunning for him next.
That Chicago Street Fight, was probably the best Street Fight of all Street Fights, WWE or anywhere. It made sure to reference all the story going into this, had a nice surprise in that stop sign inside the sign, scared me for Nigel’s sake, and then for both Gargano’s and Ciampa’s sake. This has gone from personal grudge to archenemy territory and beyond. Ciampa continues to be best heel as he wins more by luck than anything. The fans just hated him, aside from the contrarians. But since their overall series is 1-1, this has to continue one more time in NXT, or even bleed onto the main roster, this rivalry is that great.
My Score: 9.5/10
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS Results: G1 Supercard Part 2!
AXS gives us MORE G1 Supercard!
NJPW and ROH shine even brighter as AXS’s coverage of G1 Supercard concludes! Who will come away with BOTH the ROH and IWGP Tag Team Championships?!
Coverage of G1 Supercard will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- NEVER Openweight VS ROH World Television Championship Winner Takes All: Will Ospreay VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins and becomes the dual NEVER Openweight & ROH World Television Champion.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: Taiji Ishimori VS Dragon Lee VS Bandido; Lee wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
- ROH & IWGP Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Winners Take All: The Guerrillas of Destiny VS Villain Enterprises VS The Briscoes VS Evil & Sanada; The Guerrillas of Destiny win and are the dual ROH World & IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
- ROH World Championship Triple Threat Ladder Match: Jay Lethal VS Matt Taven VS Marty Scurll; Taven wins and becomes the new ROH World Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
NJPW and AXS set the scene for this historic crossover event!
The history between ROH’s Franchise Player and self-proclaimed “REAL World Champion” is long and tense as the contenders for that title kept piling up. Marty Scurll won ROH’s Survival of the Fittest to become a contender while Jay Lethal VS Matt Taven went to a 60 minute time limit draw! Instead of worrying about who got the next shot at Lethal, he decided that Taven and Scurll would both get their chance in the only match fair enough: a Ladder Match! Will Lethal climb to new heights to keep that belt? Or will one of his hungry challengers finally get their first taste of the real deal?
Meanwhile, Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa again climbed to the top of NJPW’s Heavyweight Tag Team Division by dethroning Los Ingobernables de Japon. At the same time, Jay & Mark Briscoe were again triumphant as the then 9-time ROH World Tag Team Champions. One pair of brothers called out the other, and said that they’d put their belts on the line if the other brothers did, too! “We’ll do title vs title at Madison Square Garden!” However, there were complications at the ROH 17th Anniversary Show in Las Vegas when The Briscoes lost their titles to Villain Enterprises’ PCO & Brody King! Things only get more complicated as Evil & Sanada want their rematch. Now all four teams will compete for all four belts! Who will find themselves atop two top promotions’ tag team divisions with one match?!
But before even all of this, the Bone Soldier Reborn continues to test himself after becoming IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion! Taiji Ishimori dethroned Kushida then successfully defended against Ryusuke Taguchi and Jushin Thunder Liger! He wants even more competition, but he might have bitten off more than he can chew! Dragon Lee of CMLL and Bandido of ROH both go for gold, who comes out of this high speed, star studded Triple Threat as THE Junior Heavyweight Champion?
NEVER Openweight VS ROH World Television Championship Winner Takes All: Will Ospreay VS Jeff Cobb!
Title for title isn’t just for tag teams! The Aerial Assassin and the Hawaiian Juggernaut both want to prove they’re big enough for two belts, but who wins when speed takes on strength?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this battle between these two great champions begins!
Fans duel thunderously as Cobb and Ospreay jaw at each other. Given this is part ROH, the Code of Honor is asked for and upheld by both men. The bell rings and Cobb immediately leaps at Ospreay in a corner! Big back elbow then whip corner to corner. Ospreay reverses but gets POUNCED out of the ring! Cobb follows but misses, Ospreay CHOPS. Ospreay whips but Cobb reverses again. Ospreay hops up and over then springboards for a forearm! Cobb is down but Ospreay keeps moving, SASUKE SPECIAL! Direct hit but Cobb catches Ospreay! Only for Ospreay to counter with a DDT! Fans keep up the fire as Ospreay drags Cobb up and in.
Fans duel as Ospreay throws forearms on Cobb. Ospreay runs but Cobb puts him on the apron. Ospreay forearms again then springboards, but into Cobb’s arms! He fights out of Cobb’s grip but Cobb comes running in, only to get a boot. Ospreay hops up but gets a CHOP! Cobb climbs up to join Ospreay and hits a stalling SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Cobb keeps on Ospreay with more CHOPS and uppercuts. He throws Opsreay across the way! Then drags him up for clubbing forearms. Cobb drives elbows in as fans continue to duel. He whips and elbows Ospreay down. Cover, TWO! Cobb keeps his cool as he drags Ospreay up again. Ospreay breaks free to fire forearms again, but Cobb kicks low. Cobb whips but Ospreay dodges to huricanrana, only for Cobb to block and counter to a bearhug! Cobb squeezes tight but Ospreay endures and fights back.
Ospreay breaks free but Cobb CHOPS again. Cobb whips but Ospreay handsprings to enziguri! Both men are down but slowly sitting up. Ospreay is in a corner and Cobb runs in but blocks the boot. Ospreay enziguris then elevated tiger feint kicks! Cobb staggers and Ospreay springboards for another forearm! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps his cool then fires himself up. Fans rally up as he goes to underhook. Cobb powers out but Ospreay drops down to kick away! Cobb catches the leg, so Ospreay starts slapping. Bad idea, Cobb throws him with a FALL AWAY SLAM! Cobb runs corner to corner for another uppercut, to Samoan Drop! And knip up to standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Ospreay survives but Cobb keeps on him with punches.
Fans duel again as Cobb keeps throwing those hands. Ospreay gets up and gets in Cobb’s face. Ospreay throws forearms but Cobb JABS him off his feet! Cobb whips Ospreay but Ospreay holds ropes. Ospreay elbows Cobb then throws a clothesline, but it does nothing! He blocks Cobb’s counter then hook kicks. Cobb SUPERKICKS! Cobb runs but into a SPANISH FLY!! But Ospreay can’t cover for the power it took to make that happen! Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men stir. Ospreay gets to a corner and the top rope. He aims at Cobb and flies, missile dropkick to the bad shoulder! And now Ospreay takes off the elbow pad. Ospreay aims, but Cobb ducks! TOUR OF- Crucifix! To DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives but Ospreay fires himself up again.
Ospreay drags Cobb up as fans duel again. Roundhouse rocks Cobb, then Ospreay runs, but Cobb reels him in. Ospreay fights out to back flip kick, only to get a LARIAT! Cobb sees Ospreay in a drop zone, and climbs up top!? Cobb leaps for a Frog Splash FLOP! Ospreay escapes being crushed, and then hits his Robinson Special spin kick! Ospreay calls for it, springboards, but Cobb blocks the cutter! He shoves Ospreay to a corner, but Ospreay comes back with the OSCUTTER! Cover, TWO?! Cobb survives and no one can believe it! But the fans are loving it as Ospreay takes aim again. Ospreay hits a hook kick! Then he underhooks, and gets Cobb up!? But Cobb gets out to a corner, and elbows Ospreay. Ospreay tucks Cobb in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Then from the outside, Ospreay climbs up and underhooks!? Cobb denies it with a headbutt!
Cobb scoops Ospreay now, SUPER TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! But he’s not done there! Cobb takes off the straps, pop-up TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! Cover, Cobb wins!!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall; still ROH World Television Champion, NEW NEVER Openweight Champion
Strength wins out, and now Cobb is the first American to hold that particular NJPW title.
Jeff Cobb speaks, saying, “Will Ospreay, I respect you for the fact that you are a fighting champion.” Cobb respects both ROH and NJPW in trusting him with this opportunity. Cobb will continue where Ospreay left off and be a fighting champion in both companies! He also thanks the fans for their support, and plans to see both ROH and NJPW fans very soon.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: Taiji Ishimori VS Dragon Lee VS Bandido!
Three of the best Junior Heavyweights between the NJPW-CMLL-ROH alliance all battle for this title to establish themselves as the world’s best Junior Heavyweight! Will Bone Soldier keep his young legacy growing? Will Dragon Lee take a step towards redemption from his match with Hiromu Takahashi? Or will ROH’s LifeBlood gain its first bit of gold thanks to the gunslinger luchador?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this incredible and international match-up!
Dragon Lee kicks Ishimori out of the ring with the bell, then whips Bandido! Bandido huricanranas but Lee lands on his feet. Bandido comes back for another and it hits! Lee goes out and Bandido FLIES right on him! Bandido meets Ishimori in the ring and things speed up. Ishimori somersaults and headscissors, to a neck crank! Ishimori runs in at Bandido but misses. Bandido runs in but is put on the apron. Bandido hits back but Ishimori hits harder. Ishimori kicks Lee and whips but Lee dodges to huricanrana Bandido off the apron! Ishimori triangle moonsaults onto Lee! Fans fire up with the champ as he gets right back up. Ishimori drags Bandido up and in for chops. He puts Bandido in a corner to grind in his knee. The ref counts but Bandido lets up.
Ishimori whips corner to corner but Bandido reverses. Bandido runs in but Ishimori slips out to slide under and go around to shoulder in. Ishimori springboards for a leg lariat! Cover, but Lee breaks it up! Lee brings Ishimori up but Ishimori rakes his eyes. Ishimori whips but Lee reverses, and borrows the Combinacion Cabron from LIJ! He keeps on Ishimori with fast forearms then runs corner to corner for a hesitation dropkick! He drags Ishimori up for double underhooks, butterfly backbreaker! But he’s not done, basement dropkick and cover, but Bandido breaks it up. Bandido drags Lee up but Lee fires back. They brawl with forearms, but Lee knee triggers Bandido. Lee runs but into a tilt-o-whirl scoop and torture rack! Spinning to the knee, then a lariat! Cover, but Ishimori breaks it.
Ishimori drags Bandido up and whips but Bandido reverses. Ishimor handsprings and enziguris Bandido down! He goes after Lee with a kick, then runs, only to roll into Lee’s sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Lee fires up with the fans and brings Ishimori around. He puts Ishimori on the top rope, then CHOPS him into the Tree of Woe! Lee climbs but Bandido springboards to SUPER STEINER! Ishimori tilt-o-whirl facebusters Bandido, only to get up for Lee’s running Destroyer! All three men are down but MSG is fired up! “This is Awesome!” but not over yet. Bandido sits up first, followed by Lee. Bandido runs but into a wheelbarrow. Lee can’t hold on but he does slip out of a suplex, only for Ishimori to knee him down. Ishimori runs into a pop-up cutter! Cover, TWO!! Ishimori survives but Bandido keeps going.
Bandido has Ishimori in a drop zone, and fans fire up as he climbs. Lee returns to trip Bandido into the Tree of Woe! Woe Stomps from Lee to Bandido! Lee scoops Ishimori into a suplex, but huricanrana pin counter! TWO but Ishimori gut wrenches to the Blood Cross! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives but barely! Ishimori says BANG as he drags Lee up again. Bandido stops the other Bloody Cross to then put Ishimori up top. Bandido climbs but Ishimori fights him off. They brawl but Lee adds on. Lee throws Bandido off and goes after Ishimori. They brawl but Bandido returns to join on. Lee headbutts Ishimori, Bandido kicks Lee! Bandido climbs and has both opponents for a DOUBLE SUPER BACKFLIP POWERSLAM!! MSG is thunderous and losing their minds over that!
Bandido crawls to Lee for a cover, TWO!! Ishimori crawls away so Bandido doesn’t cover him. He does aim at Ishimori and scoops him, package piledriver! Cover, but Lee drags Bandido off to a suplex! Bandido slips out but gets an elbow, knee and reverse-rana! Lee knee triggers Ishimori! Lee goes back to Bandido, suplex to bomb! Cover, Lee wins!!
Winner: Dragon Lee, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
CMLL’s Dragon Lee has NJPW’s championship! Lee shows respect to Bandido as he helps him up, but Ishimori clears out with frustration. Bandido shows respect back by helping Lee put on the belt. With Best of the Super Juniors on the horizon, will Bone Soldier Reborn redeem himself through that tournament? Will Lee reign with that title through the Spring and to the Summer?
Ishimori wants to know “What the hell!?” How is it the result came through those two guys? Ishimori lost the belt but not the match. “So why don’t we do it again?” But Ishimori and Lee 1v1, no triple threat. What does Lee say to that?
Lee does speak, saying that was so much work. The title is what all his effort was for. Day after day, training hard and not being given anything for free. Everything Lee has is from hard work and education. Lee is content with this win. He thanks God for this blessing, as well as for his family and his father for supporting him. He dedicates this win to his father. Thanks to him, Lee is in a good place. He became the new champion in Madison Square Garden. But he does wait anxiously for the return of Hiromu, and hopes Hiromu can be his first challenger. The real goal was always Hiromu. Lee is now champion, but he dedicates this win to Hiromu and Daryl. He hopes to see them again, strnoger than ever.
ROH & IWGP Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Winners Take All: The Guerrillas of Destiny VS Villain Enterprises VS The Briscoes VS Evil & Sanada!
A massive match for a massive moment in wrestling history! Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa, PCO & Brody King, Jay & Mark Briscoe and Los Ingobernables de Japon’s King of Darkness & Cold Skull all want to be THE best tag team between both companies. What will it take for one team to take both pairs of belts home with them?
The introductions are made, PCO gets a jolt of electricity from Destro, and then he and Brody hit the ring with both the ROH World and ROH Six Man Tag titles! Will they be leaving with three belts each after the break?
NJPW on AXS returns and The Briscoes attack first! The bell rings and it’s just a huge brawl! Everyone clears out quick except Mark Briscoe and PCO. Mark has PCO in a corner then runs in, only to be tossed right out! PCO then takes aim and DIVES onto Mark! The brawling goes crazy on the outside as Jay Briscoe and Brody trade hands. The GoD regroup, as do LIJ. It seems the ROH teams are continuing where they left off in Vegas as PCO throws hands on Mark in front of the fans. LIJ and GoD brawl, too, then the champion teams hit the ring. Brody and PCO stand up to Tama and Loa, and another brawl begins! Villain Enterprises gets the edge, then both run, only for The Briscoes to drag them out.
But GoD isn’t alone, LIJ rushes them! They brawl in the ring while #DemBoyz keep on PCO and Brody on the outside. Sanada whips but Tama reverses. Jado is there with his kendo stick and Sanada stops himself, only for Tama to clobber him from behind. Tama kicks at Evil but Evil blocks and hands off to Loa. Loa doesn’t wanna but Evil still SUPERKICKS Tama down. Tama bails out and Loa goes at Evil. Evil feeds Loa to Sanada, who ties Loa up in Paradise! Fans love it, and the Briscoes are willing to leave Loa in it until Sanada dropkicks Loa out of Paradise! The Briscoes then rush LIJ, but Mark gets a back drop. Mark lands on his feet and fights both LIJ while Jay keeps GoD down. Mark Peles Evil out but Sanada kicks him. Sanada whips but Mark reverses and lets Jay CLOBBER Sanada!
The Briscoes double whip and double shoulder Sanada down! But here comes Brody King with big hands. The Briscoes get teh better of him, but not for long as he hits a double crossbody! Loa returns and throws hands on Brody! Loa bops Brody but Brody BOOTS Loa! Brody even headscissors Loa down! Cannonball on the ropes! Brody keeps Jay Briscoe and Tama Tonga out, but then takes aim at them all. Brody FLIES and wipes them all out! Fans fire up but Mark wrecks Brody with a dropkick. Mark then climbs up and leaps, corkscrew senton! The South Sussex Chicken puts Tama back in, but Tama elbows Mark to a corner. Tama throws hands and a dropkick on Mark, then whips Mark corner to corner. Mark reverses, Jay forearms then feeds Tama to Mark’s shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Mark hits Loa with an apron blockbuster! Jay drags Tama up for a neckbreaker but Tama powers out. SUPERKICK from Jay, back elbow from Tama. Tama slides and dropkicks Jay down and out! Sanada returns to bait Tama in and out! Evil gets away with putting a chair on Tama’s head, then SMACKING it off with another! Evil hit a homer with that one! He feeds Tama to Sanada and LIJ double whip. Tama gets their kick and clothesline combo, but they’re not done with him yet. Evil drags Tama up and suplexes, but The Briscoes disrupt Magic Killer! Jay underhooks for the Jay Driller! Mark climbs, FROGGY-BOW! Cover, but Brody breaks it! Brody clotheslines Jay and himself out of the ring! Mark slingshots but Brody catches him to apron choke slam him!!
Brody shouts to PCO and PCO climbs! PCO apron SWANTONS Mark! And he’s right back up! He’s NOT human! Brody drags Mark back in, powerbomb lifts, GONZO BOMB! PCO climbs again, MOONSAULT! Cover, but Tama breaks it up! Loa SPEARS Brody but PCO CHOPS Tama. PCO fires off on Tama in a corner, faster and faster! Loa runs in to forearm PCO and he throws headbutts. GoD take PCO for double electric chair, to POWERBOMB HIM TO THE FLOOR! GoD says “SUCK IT” but PCO still lives!! PCO falls back over but MSG is cheering him on. Tama tries to stun Brody but gets a German Suplex! Brody clobbers Loa but Tama distracts the ref. Jado kendo SMACKS Brody, then GUN STUN! GoD coordinate, suplex to the top rope, SUPER POWERBOMB! Cover, GoD wins!
Winners: The Guerrillas of Destiny, Tonga Loa pinning; still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and NEW ROH World Tag Team Champions
History is made as history is made! NJPW’s GoD hold belts in both companies!
But wait, who is that attacking The Briscoes? It’s Enzo and Big Cass- Er, uh, nZo and Caz XL! Former WWE wrestlers are attacking at G1 Supercard?! The Briscoes get them out of here, as does Bully Ray, while GoD celebrates their accomplishment. But wait, is that Toru Yano who just snatched the IWGP Heavyweight belts?! The Clown Prince of Chaos is all smiles as he runs away with the gold! Just what is going on with tag team wrestling?!
Tonga Loa says, “There’s a title missing, but he just got one.” Yano taking their IWGP belts? “That’s bullsh*t.” But that was just on top of other BS. There was an agreement in this match, “but just like anything else, it’s f*cking wrestling.” You can’t believe what you’re told. So the deal is: GoD doesn’t care about ROH, or whoever those guys were at the end of the match trying to take the spotlight. GoD won the titles. But another BS: they worked for free tonight. Tama takes the ROH belts and throws them away like garbage! Tama knows nobody cares about ROH.
But GoD handled their business, it was easy. And it’s surprising that those losers still had energy to fight some other losers not even in the match! The fact the Briscoes brawled with those guys, it just tells Tama that “you muthaf*ckas ain’t on NJPW’s level.” Tama can tell The Briscoes weren’t giving their best, because they were saving energy for that BS that happened. But let it be known, the double champs are done with y’all. Will GoD even care to keep those ROH tag titles after what went down?
ROH World Championship Triple Threat Ladder Match: Jay Lethal VS Matt Taven VS Marty Scurll!
The Franchise Player has had this title time and again but he wants to hold it for the rest of his career if he can. The Kingdom’s ring leader wants recognition as the “REAL World Champion” after being held down by a supposed conspiracy. And The Villain, now finally a leader of his own team, wants the belt he feels he deserves. Three men live a childhood dream of wrestling in the most famous arena in the world. But who will live an even greater dream by winning in that same arena, for the top prize in ROH?
The introductions are made, the belt is hoisted high overhead, and this epic triple threat begins after the break!
NJPW on AXS returns and all three men look up as the belt finally reaches its apex. The bell rings, and Lethal goes right at Taven! Scurll decides this is the perfect time to bail out and get a ladder. Taven and Lethal brawl to a corner and Lethal chops. Lethal sees Scurll bringing in a ladder and baseball slide dropkicks the ladder into Scurll! Lethal brings Scurll up and now they brawl. Scurll throws uppercuts then goes back to the ladder. Lethal grabs the other end, and it’s a tug-o-war, until Tavne FLIES out! Taven hits ladder but still brings Scurll and Lethal down with it! All three men are down and fans lose their minds over Taven’s self-sacrifice. Taven fights through the pain to put the ladder in the ring.
Lethal forearms but Taven forearms back, only to run into a hip toss! Lethal carthweels and dropkicks Taven down! Scurll goes after Lethal but gets a boot for it! Lethal brings another ladder over and plops it down. He snap suplexes Taven for good measure before going under the ring. Lethal finds a few chairs and puts them near the ladder. He uses one chair to jab Scurll back down, then starts setting something up. Lethal makes a bridge between the chairs with the ladder. Scurll hits Lethal then bounces him off the ladder. Scurll gives Taven a tornado DDT! Fans fire up with The Villain as he brings over yet another ladder. Scurll puts that one in the ring and then puts the first one in a corner. He sets up the other ladder in the other corner.
Taven returns but Scurll throws him into one ladder, then the other! And back again! Taven tumbles out of the ring but Lethal returns to back drop Scurll onto a ladder! Scurll bails out and Lethal has the ring to himself. Lethal takes one ladder but Scurll returns. Lethal snap suplexes Scurll and then drops a ladder on him! Taven returns but Lethal rams him with the other ladder. And then drops that ladder on Taven! Taven and Scurll writhe with back pain while Lethal eyes the prize. Lethal sets up a ladder but in a corner, sideways on the bottom rope. He kicks and chops Scurll but Scurll CHOPS back. They trade CHOPS and then Lethal whips. Scurll reverses but Lethal slides to a stop, to drop toehold! But Scurll stops himself to throw Lethal into that ladder.
Scurll places Lethal in a Tree of Woe with the ladder, and then goes out to fetch a chair! Scurll keeps Lethal in the Tree and brings the chair over, to SMACK steel into Lethal! And again! And again! Scurll gives another chair shot to Lethal and fans fire up! Scurll introduces another ladder while Lethal is stuck in the Tree. Taven returns but Scurll kicks him out. Scurll sets up the ladder but has to kick Taven away again. Scurll climbs but notices the ladder isn’t tall enough. So he fetches his umbrella! Scurll climbs but Taven yanks him down to SUPERKICK him down! Taven climbs now but Lethal is free of the Tree. Lethal drags Taven down to bounce him off that ladder. Scurll gets up to mule kick and uppercut Lethal. Fans cheer Scurll on as he CHOPS Lethal again.
Scurll keeps those CHOPS going, then runs, but Lethal dodges. He falls for 52 Fake Out! Scurll brings that corner ladder over and makes it a neck brace on Lethal. Scurll aims but Taven drags him out of the ring. Taven throws Scurll into barriers, then gives Lethal Just the Tip through the ladder! Why? Because “IIIIII’M Matt Taven!” Lethal writhes as Taven sits a ladder up. Taven climbs but Scurll returns to yank him off. Scurll and Taven brawl and Scurll CHOPS Taven. Scurll runs to clothesline Taven out, then hops to the apron, SUPERKICK! Fans fire up with Scurll as he skins the cat. Scurll climbs but Lethal returns to club him down. Lethal laces Scurll’s legs through the ladder, for a hanging figure four! But Taven returns to climb!
Lethal lets Scurll go to go after Taven. Lethal throws Taven out and then takes the ladder to slam it on Scurll. He drags Scurll back up and puts the Figure Four back on, but Scurll pushes him out of the ring. Scrull goes back to the apron, but that bad leg slows him down. Cutter on the apron! Lethal leaves Scurll down but Taven follows Lethal into the ring. Lethal CHOPS Taven then runs, but Taven tosses Lethal out. Taven kicks Lethal then runs, to slide and powerbomb Lethal onto the ladder bridge! MSG loses their minds as Lethal suffers at the hands of his own construction! But it’s Scurll who gets back in the ring! Scurll sets a ladder up but he can only hop up rather than climb. Taven returns but Scurll gets him with CHOPS!
Scurll sets the ladder in a corner and brings Taven over, but Taven denies. Taven suplexes but Scurll slips out to drop toehold Taven to ropes. Scurll runs, Villainous 619! Scurll calls for it, then stalks Taven as fans fire up. MSG shouts along, “CHICKEN WING!” But Taven kicks low and DDT’s! Taven grins then mocks the “Melvins”. Fans tell Taven what they think of him but he takes it as a compliment. Taven tries to set up a ladder but Scrull stomps it closed on his hands! Scurll grabs that hand, but Taven kicks low again, Moonlight Drive onto the ladder! Taven grimaces as he takes the corner ladder and stands it up. He climbs up as fans jeer hard as ever, but Scurll hurries up the other side! Scurll punches away then brings Taven up, SUPERPLEX!
Both Taven and Scurll are down from that hard landing, and Lethal finally returns to the ring! Lethal forces himself to stand but Scurll SMACKS him down with an umbrella shot! Scurll aims again, but Lethal dodges to Lethal- CHICKEN WING! But Lethal rams Scurll into a ladder to break free! Scurll and Taven are on the outside and Lethal goes for the standing ladder. Lethal positions it under the belt and climbs again. But Taven returns and follows after. Lethal and Taven fight as Taven climbs up behind. Lethal even spits on Taven before punching him down! The belt is within fingertips, but Scurll creeps up from behind! Chicken Wing atop the ladder! But Lethal fights his way out, but then Scurll shoves him down.
Taven returns as Scurll stands. They both fight for the top, but Scurll grabs the fingers! SNAP! But Taven has his other hand! Scurll grabs those fingers, SNAP! But Lethal uses Scurll’s umbrella to SMACK Scurll down! But that leaves Taven up top! Taven reaches but his hands hurt, and he falls off! Taven is frustrated as he works on his fingers. Fans let him know “You Deserve It!” Lethal and Taven stand and brawl with forearms. Scurll slips in as Lethal gives Taven a Lethal Combination including the ladder! The ladder tips over but Scurll focuses on another. Lethal shoves Scurll away and stands the other ladder back up. Lethal folds it and aims it at Scurll, but Scurll gets clear! The ladders are now intertwined!
Scurll knocks Lethal down then throws him out. Scurll drags the X-Ladder to the middle of the ring, but Taven attacks. Taven suplexes but Scurll Gourd Busters Taven onto X-Ladder! Lethal returns, LETHAL INJECTION! But there’s no ladder standing! Lethal hobbles up with his bad back and dumps X-Ladder out. It almost hits the front row fans! Thankfully they were paying attention. Fans still say “That’s a Lawsuit!” Lethal goes to a fresh ladder and brings it in. Scurll blocks his way so Lethal goes around the outside. Lethal searches under the ring and brings out a table! Scurll kicks Lethal away from it, to then brain buster Lethal onto the floor! Scurll takes control of the table and sets it up. He drags Lethal up to the apron and then stands him up.
Scurll wants a piledriver but Lethal is dead weight. Lethal uppercuts and boots Scurll! Scurll enziguris Lethal down and away, but Taven SPEARS Scurll through the table!! All three men are down again and fans lose their minds all over again. Taven and Scurll crawl from the wreckage while Lethal slowly stands up. Lethal brings out a new table, but Taven has a ladder. Lethal clubs Taven then puts him on the table with an uppercut and chops. He then stands a very tall ladder up nearby. Lethal climbs it and fans beg, “Please Don’t Die!” But Lethal stands up, and Hail to the King through the table!! Lethal and Taven are in the wreckage and fans are thunderous! But with these two down, Scurll crawls into the ring! Scurll gets a ladder, brings it over, and stands it up!
Scurll climbs but Lethal pursues. They both climb on opposite sides, and then start fighting. But wait! Taven has a purple ladder!? Taven brings that in and it’s taller than the one Scurll and Lethal fight on! He stands his ladder up and climbs pass them, only for Lethal to hit him off. Lethal keeps on Taven while Scurll ditches his ladder to make it a weapon! He throws it at Lethal’s head then rams it into Taven’s body. Scurll uses Taven’s ladder, but that bad leg slows him down. Scurll goes back to the silver ladder to make a bridge to Taven’s. Lethal brings in a ladder while Taven has a chair. Lethal copies Scurll’s idea for the ladder shortcut. Taven SMACKS Lethal! Then he trips up Scurll! Taven uses Scurll’s shortcut and climbs up his purple ladder, but Lethal struggles to follow.
Both men go rung for rung then throw hands near the top! Lethal grabs for the title but Taven swats it away. Taven use the title as a weapon to SMACK Lethal! Lethal lands on the ladder bridge!! Taven takes the belt down and WINS!
Winner: Matt Taven; NEW ROH World Champion
Madison Square Garden, witness history being made! Matt Taven is now Grand Slam Champion!
“Right now is about celebrating.” For Matt Taven, this moment is about a 6-year-old boy wanting this more than anything. For the last 9 months, Taven has called himself the real world champion, and no one believed him. Everyone doubted that he was ROH’s best. It came down to Madison Square Garden, where all the “Melvins” are now proven wrong. There is no one who can claim to be ROH World Champion other than Taven. “And man, isn’t that a beautiful thing to say?” The Kingdom celebrates now that their leader finally sits upon the throne. Who will come for Taven’s crown now that it’s solid gold?
A great two hours of action between both NJPW and ROH, and quite literally with all these crossover matches. It was really great to see all these title matches and the major changes to the status quo. Ospreay VS Cobb, an amazing opener, and it’s big for Cobb to be the dual champion. He’s very active in both promotions so seeing him carry the weight of both belts will be quite the responsibility. No matter who contends for which title, I’m sure Cobb will give us great matches. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship was as fast and frantic as it should be, and I was really surprised to see Ishimori lose. Dragon Lee will make a great cross-promotion wrestler, too, and I really like his hopes for facing Hiromu again. Whether we get Lee VS Ishimori or Lee VS Hiromu, both rematches will be great.
The Fatal 4 Way Tag was insane, and it’s great to see GoD win to have both belts. Their interview promos were great on their shoot merits. That Realest Guys “invasion” was definitely surprising. Seems like ROH didn’t tell their NJPW partners, which explains why Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa came off genuinely upset. Tama’s main point seems to be truly accurate, that ROH just isn’t at NJPW’s level pulling a stunt like that. And lastly, the ROH World Championship Ladder Match was pretty extreme. Perhaps too extreme, as they didn’t handle “X-Ladder” right. Never dump something like that near fans, go to the ramp side. It was quite the surprise to see Taven win, but perhaps ROH likes him better than their booking appears. No offense to Lethal, but I hope Scurll is first to challenge Taven, to bring their story of Kingdom VS Villain Enterprises into it.
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.
PLAY BY PLAY
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
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