Cedric Alexander gives Hideo Itami what he wants: a Cruiserweight Championship match! Can Itami also get the respect he demands on top of the title?
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- Kalisto w/ Lucha House Party VS Tony Nese w/ Buddy Murphy; Kalisto wins, by disqualification.
- Lio Rush VS Colin Delaney; Rush wins.
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Hideo Itami; Alexander wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
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205 Live reviews Hideo Itami’s path to the Cruiserweight Championship.
Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy have gone back and forth in their short but super charged feud that has fired up the Cruiserweight Division. But just as they were both competing for a chance at Cedric Alexander’s title, the Innovator of the GTS interrupted and disrupted the match! The man that demands respect refuses to show it to anyone else. “They don’t deserve to be a champion. But I will be the next Cruiserweight Champion, and I will make you respect me!”
Between the showing of disrespect and a feeling of unrest, Cedric Alexander asked GM Drake Maverick for some competition. Maverick said he’d let Alexander know when he knew, but that wasn’t good enough. It’s gotta be Hideo Itami, after that big triple threat victory over both Mustafa and Murphy. Maverick isn’t the type to reward bad behavior or bad attitudes, but that’s not what Alexander means. This isn’t about Itami being reward but about the #AgeOfAlexander building his legacy. The only way to do that is to take on all-comers. Itami is a modern legend, so Alexander wants to add that to his own credentials. Maverick decided to think on it, but then his hand was forced when Itami got in Alexander’s face backstage. Alexander doesn’t back down, but neither does Itami. They have their title match tonight, who will be knocked down while the other raises the title?
Kalisto w/ Lucha House Party VS Tony Nese w/ Buddy Murphy!
The Lucha Dragon and his amigos are bouncing back from their loss to Drew Gulak, Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick n the Six Man Tag Elimination Match. Meanwhile, The Premier Athlete has been on a good roll as of late, but still lost to Akira Tozawa along the way. Something’s gotta give in this classic match-up of speed versus strength, who will climb up the ranks with a win tonight?
The bell rings and the two circle. “Lucha! Lucha!” echoes out but Nese is not amused by that or the matracas. Kalisto dodges Nese and keeps the “Lucha!” going. He does it again, and now Nese just gets annoyed. Nese powers Kalisto to a corner, but backs off to throw Kalisto. Kalisto cartwheels through, but runs into Nese’s facelock. Nese whips but Kalisto goes up and over. Nese goes up and over, too, then flexes. Kalisto runs but Nese Matrix handsprings. Nese sweeps the legs but Kalisto handsprings to evade, and now Kalisto flexes. Nese mockingly applauds, then grabs Kalisto to throw him. Kalisto handstand walks through then headscissors Nese down. He also dropkicks, covers, TWO.
Kalisto gets to the apron, and uses the ropes to springboard in, but Nese catches him! Nese puts Kalisto up top, for a kick and Fall Away Slam! Cover, TWO, but Nese keeps on Kalisto with crossface punches. Nese mocks the Lucha dance, then flexes again. He drags Kalisto into the patented body scissors and squeezes. Both fans and Lucha House Party rally up, and Kalisto backs up to a cover. TWO and it’s back to body scissors. Nese changes it up for a leg drop, then taunts the matracas. The matracas just taunt back, and Kalisto kicks Nese from the mat. Kalisto hits Nese again, then handsprings up for a spike-rana. Nese checks his nose while Kalisto gets to the apron. Kalisto Listo Kicks, then springboards for a seated senton! He keeps moving, dodges and springboards for the “Mexico City Twister” corkscrew crossbody!
Kalisto kicks away, then whips, but Nese reverses. Kalisto kicks Nese away again to then tilt-o-whirl headscissor Nese down. Nese gets to a corner whiel Kalisto fires up. Kalisto runs in but is put on the apron. Kalisto springboards for a crossbody, cover, TWO! Murphy coaches Nese while LHS rally up. Kalisto is feeling it with hsi dance, then rolls Nese to a school boy kick. Kalisto wants the spike-rana again but Nese dodges to waistlock and forearm Kalisto against ropes. Nese runs now, but into a big heel kick! Kalisto goes for but is denied Salida, deadlift powerbomb into buckles! Both men are down but their friends are coaching them up.
Fans rally, but Murphy has had it with those noise makers. He shouts at Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik, but they ignore him. Nese comes out to try and keep Murphy calm, but even Nese gets annoyed. Kalisto springboards to senton on Nese! The matracas rally up while Murphy checks on Nese. Kalisto wants Murphy to get back, as does the ref. Murphy does, but as Kalisto puts Nese back in the ring, Murphy attacks Kalisto!
Winner: Kalisto, by disqualification
The match is over, but a brawl begins as Dorado goes after Murphy! Murphy throws Dorado aside, but has Metalik to deal with now!
Murphy scraps with Metalik but Nese adds on! They have Metalik 2v1 until Dorado returns and leaps from the apron! The Golden Lynx wipes out both buff buddies, but the referee backs him and Metalik off. Lucha House Party is all fired up, and it takes all Nese has to keep Murphy from getting in the ring with them. Nese says “Not now”, they’ll wait for a proper match. It seems the luchadors have jumped from the frying pan and into the fire, can their fiesta of fury best the muscular Murphy & Nese better than they did the grappling Gulak, Gallagher & Kendrick?
Drake Maverick welcomes Noam Dar back to 205 Live.
The Scottish Supernova set a record for winning last week, but he’s after something more. Maverick agrees, and knows there were some “distractions” the last time Dar was here. But things are different, and Dar will make an impact. But then TJP enters. The FilAm Flash agrees that things are different, because they’re “much, much worse”. This brand was about real competition, so what was that last week? A mystery opponent? Is this some kind of game show? TJP needed time to prepare, because if he had, he would’ve put “The LoserNova” back on the bench. Dar brings up it was a 30 second win. Maverick keeps the peace. If TJP wants that rematch, he’ll get it next week. TJP accepts with a sneer, but will he do better with seven days to get ready?
Hideo Itami speaks.
“Cedric Alexander made a big mistake.” Alexander’s arrogance and disrespect have fired up the Japanese legend. Itami vows to become the Cruiserweight Champion! If he brings even half the intensity he does in training to this match, perhaps that will come true.
Lio Rush VS Colin Delaney!
The Man of the Hour is back in the ring, but in return for last week, Akira Tozawa decides to watch ringside just like Lio. Will the Stamina Monster be a distraction to the 23 year old Piece of Gold? Or will Lio make quick work of Delaney like he did Dewey in his debut?
The bell rings, but Lio realizes something is missing. He goes outside to fetch Tozawa a chair! Lio wants Tozawa to take a load off and sit down. Tozawa “politely” declines with a kick of the chair. Delaney rolls up Lio! TWO, but things speed up as Lio Matrix handsprings to mule kick and enziguri Delaney. Lio laughs at Delaney, and hopes Tozawa is watching this. He toys with Delaney, then throws a swift forearm. Delaney is dazed, but he manages to reverse the whip. Lio manages to avoid the back drop, then rebounds just to show off. He leaps over Delaney, then handspring kicks Delaney off the apron and to the floor. Tozawa gives Lio space as he fetches Delaney. Lio says it’s time, as he climbs up top. He leaps for the Final Hour splash! Cover, Lio wins!
Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall
Lio is 2-0 in the Cruiserweight Division, and fast. He grins at Tozawa but Tozawa seems to frown a bit. Tozawa copies Lio again with a table top speech on how Lio is “great! You’re good!” But, what has Lio done here? Nothing! Tozawa knows Lio calls his own shots, but “hey boy”, do you really want to fight Tozawa? Lio says yes, any time and any place. Lio asks for the mic so everyone can hear him.
Tozawa fakes Lio out, but that’s just some joking. He holds the mic out to Lio, to drop it. Now things are serious. But before they can start throwing hands, Drake Maverick appears. The 205 Live GM isn’t sure what’s going on, but the only person who makes matches is him. Though, if they want a match, they’ll get one next week. Lio Rush VS Akira Tozawa is happening! Speed goes against Stamina, but will Lio make Tozawa #FeeltheRush?
205 Live looks back on the No Disqualification tiebreaker.
With Hideo Itami having ruined their previous chance at settling the score, it was only natural they would be given another go. In a match where there were no rules but to win, it was also natural that nothing would hold them back. They gave it everything they had and pushed themselves past normal bounds, all for pride and glory. Murphy was bigger, stronger, faster, but he wasn’t tougher. In the end, the Heart of 205 Live would prove he had the most heart out of the entire division. Ali has won the war between him and the Cruiserweight Juggernaught, where does he go from here?
Drew Gulak speaks.
“Normally, I don’t approve of selfies, but apparently that’s the only way to reach the young people today.” Gulak’s opinions of society aside, he wants you to pay close attention. He, Gallagher & Kendrick have put the lucha “scourge” behind them and are on to bigger and better. In other words, they’re paying attention to the main event very closely. Should the eventual winner be worried about three Ungentle Men coming to turn this sizzling Summer into their cruel Winter?
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Hideo Itami!
Respect is earned, but so are championships. The #AgeOfAlexander has both, and the Innovator of the GTS wants both. Only one man can have both, what will it take to be that man?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Alexander and Itami circle. They tie up and go around the ropes. Alexander ends up in control but honors the break. Itami doesn’t as he pie-faces Alexander. Alexander grins, and wonders if that’s all he’s got. He eggs Itami on and they tie up again. They go around the ropes but Itami is in control this time. Itami breaks but swings a kick, only for Alexander to slip away. Itami lets him know it was close before they circle again. The two tie up, and it’s fast waistlock and standing switches. Alexander tries a cover, ONE, and Itami gets a facelock.
Itami holds on as Alexander backs him down again. They both honor the break, but Itami gets a sucker punch in. Itami is in a corner, and that keeps Alexander from getting at him. Alexander backs off to let Itami come out. They go at each other again and Alexander gets a facelock. Itami slips out to a waistlock, then rolls up Alexander, ONE. Alexander avoids a kick and gets a headlock. He brings Itami to a knee, but Itami fights and powers out. Alexander dodges, handsprings back to headscissor Itami. He dropkicks Itami down and fans fire up. Alexander goes after Itami but Itami gets to a corner.
The referee backs Alexander off again, but Alexander gets a toying kick on Itami’s cheek. Alexander eggs Itami on, and Itami rushes in, but into a sharp chop! Alexander chops Itami again, but Itami puts him on the apron. He knocks Itami away, but Itami roundhouses the step-in springboard away! Then he kicks Alexander in the head! Itami grounds ‘n’ pounds, and demands respect. Fans boo and jeer instead as Itami stomps Alexander. Itami kicks Alexander sharply again, then eggs him on. He gives another sharp kick, and Alexander is gasping in the corner. Itami grinds his boots into Alexander, then brings him up. Itami whips and hits a kitchen sink knee. Cover, TWO!
Itami stomps Alexander more, and eggs Alexander on. Alexander hits back but Itami just kicks Alexander down again. Itami toys with Alexander while demanding respect. He still eggs Alexander on, then taunts the fans. Fans boo, and Alexander stands up to chop Itami again. Alexander chops more, then runs, but into another knee! He clutches his stomach, Itami has done a lot of damage to it already. Itami sits Alexander up for body scissors and squeezes those ribs and abs. Alexander endures, and fans rally up.
Itami grabs at Alexander but Alexander elbows out of the hold. Itami clubs Alexander’s back, then lifts. Alexander slips out to waistlock, but Itami elbows out. Itami runs but Alexander follows, only to get another knee! And a running kick! Cover, TWO, and Itami grows frustrated. Itami stalks Alexander, then wraps him in a chinlock. Alexander endures a new grind, but fans rally up again. Itami wants them to shut up but that only makes fans want to rally for Alexander more. Alexander feeds off the energy but Itami throws him down. Itami embraces the heat, saying he’s already the champ. Itami kicks Alexander while he’s down, then stomps him. He brings Alexander up to drop him with a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, and Itami is further frustrated.
Itami grabs Alexander in another chinlock, and pulls back as he gets leverage. Fans rally up again, and Alexander gets up. Alexander fights back but Itami knees low. Itami whips but Alexander rolls him up! TWO, but Alexander rocks Itami with a big European Uppercut! Alexander fires up and hits a shoulder tackle to swing kick. Springboard complete shot, cover, TWO! But Alexander isn’t deterred. He grabs at Itami on the apron, but Itami trips him up. Itami drags Alexander out but Alexander shoves him away. Alexander takes aim and builds speed, but Itami gets up, so Alexander gives him a forearm. Alexander keeps going, and comes back to FLY! The tope conjilo wipes them both out!
Fans are fired up as Alexander sits up and gets Itami up and in the ring. Alexander aims from a corner, and springboards, but Itami gets under. Itami fireman’s carry but Alexander slips out. Alexander shoves, handsprings, Neuralizer! Cover, TWO! It was close, but Alexander isn’t frustrated yet. Itami crawls but Alexander stands up. Alexander drags Itami up, but Itami resists the lift with elbows. Alexander chops Itami, then runs in, but into boots! He staggers away, but comes back, only to get more boots. Itami hops up, tornado hotshot! Itami climbs back up, for the flying clothesline! Cover, TWO!
The frustration returns, but Itami still has ideas left to use. He brings Alexander up, wants a fisherman but Alexander resists. They brawl with forearms, but Itami kicks. Itami kicks but Alexander blocks. Alexander misses the backhand but Itami hits the palm strike. Itami boots in a corner, then drags Alexander out, Fisherman suplex! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO. Itami decides to do what he did in that triple threat, and he starts untying a buckle pad. The referee stops him this time, and Alexander rolls him up! TWO, but Alexander boots while getting to the apron. Alexander springboards but Itami sweeps the legs! Alexander crashes and burns, but Itami has to fetch him because of Champion’s Advantage. Itami decides to capitalize, with a hesitation dropkick into the steps!
Itami drags Alexander up and in, but he’s dead weight now. The count climbs up to 5 while Itami struggles to haul Alexander in. Itami gets Alexander in, then covers, TWO!! Somehow Alexander still lives! Itami tries again, TWO! Itami grimaces as he demands more respect. He drags Alexander up, but Alexander snapmares to- No, Itami slips out of the Lumbar lift, and SMACKS with that backhand! Alexander staggers into another! Itami then runs, for a knee against the ropes. Alexander flounders, but manages to dodge Itami into LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion
A sudden but decisive victory, and the #AgeOfAlexander conquers the Japanese legend! The legacy grows for the current champion, even though he can barely stand. The Soul of 205 Live still holds on to that title, what will it take for someone else to become Cruiserweight Champion?
A great night for 205 Live, as there’s no pressure since there’s no need to make it a go-home. Of course, that means they don’t get on PPV’s even though they really should, but you can’t have it both ways it seems. That aside, I like the shift in feuds for both Lucha House Party and Nese-Murphy. I was hoping Murphy & Nese would be a tag team for the possible Cruiserweight Tag Team Division, and now we can have a few weeks of these two teams going against each other towards Summerslam. I really hope those tag titles aren’t being scrapped, because the Cruiserweight Division as a whole already gets so little to do.
Lio Rush is a truly great addition to the Division. While he’s young, he’s so fast and talented in the ring, and even good on the mic. In fact, he’s so good, he acknowledged Colin Delaney’s WWE ECW history via Twitter. Tozawa did great in copying what Lio did before, and their match is happening, so I’m excited. I’m also looking forward to the Dar VS TJP rematch, because if this is given time, it can be a really solid match. There were also good video packages for both Ali VS Murphy last week and the set-up to Alexander VS Itami tonight. Alexander VS Itami was a solid title match, and very strike heavy as expected with a Strong Style superstar like Itami involved. I almost thought Itami was going to win, but Alexander impresses with that last burst. Alexander VS anyone going towards Summerslam will work, he’s that versatile.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/13/19)
Who qualifies for the Crockett Cup?!
Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 395
ROH plays host to a Crockett Cup Qualifying Match! Will The Briscoes make it through Willie Mack and Jeff Cobb? Or will #DemBoyz be left out in the cold?
- Shane Taylor VS Luchasaurus; Taylor wins.
- Katie Forbes & Mazzerati VS Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani; Sakai & Iwatani win.
- Crockett Cup Qualifying Match: The Briscoes VS Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack; The Briscoes win and move on to The Crockett Cup tag team tournament.
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The Briscoes speak.
“So when we heard that they’re bringing back the Crockett Cup for 2019…” “Classic.” “We was hyped.” “Hyped!” The Crockett Cup, let’s go! But then they were making Jay & Mark qualify? What the hell? Jay felt disrespected hearing that. They’re 10-time tag team champions and they have to qualify!? But that’s fine, “watch this!” Because at the end, when they’ve won the whole thing atop a pile of bodies, “y’all did this.” Cobb, Mack, the Road to the Cup starts tonight. The Briscoes have warned their opponents, but will they be the ones left out?
Shane Taylor VS Luchasaurus!
The Notorious Hitman wants a championship and the paycheck that comes with it, and will go after anyone he has to to get there. But can he get past the towering beast put before him?
Taylor refuses the Code of Honor to tell Luchasaurus that it doesn’t matter where he came from, he’s in Taylor’s town. Taylor pie faces Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus gives it back. The bell rings and they tie up. They break and then go again, to break again. Fans cheer on Luchasaurus as he dares Taylor to bring it. Taylor runs in but gets a boot. Luchasaurus has his dukes up and Taylor likes the look of that. They circle and Luchasaurus kicks Taylor sharp in the leg. Luchasaurus stalks Taylor but Taylor comes back to circle with him. Taylor gets a swift JAB in, then talks trash, but Luchasaurus swings a kick. Taylor ducks it to give Luchasaurus a CHOP! Luchasaurus stays standing and gives Taylor kicks! Taylor staggers and Luchasaurus runs in, but Taylor puts him on the apron.
Luchasaurus headbutts Taylor but Taylor dodges the boot. Taylor gives another strong JAB, then slingshots Luchasaurus in for a stunner! Fans cheer that show of strength as Taylor covers. TWO, but Taylor keeps on Luchasaurus with clubbing forearms. The wrestling T-Rex is in trouble as we go to break.
ROH returns as Taylor puts Luchasaurus in a corner for CHOPS! Taylor whips Luchasaurus corner to corner then runs in, but into a boot. Luchasaurus boots again but Taylor grabs it. Luchasaurus pries free to give Taylor a knee! Taylor catches Luchasaurus for a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Taylor taunts Luchasaurus as he drags Luchasaurus up. Fans rally and Luchasaurus grabs Taylor for a choke! Taylor breaks free and grabs for Luchasaurus, but he blocks it! Luchasaurus gives a strike fest, and a cartwheel for Snake Bite headscissors! Rolling buzzsaw! Cover, TWO! Taylor survives but Luchasaurus keeps his cool. Luchasaurus drags Taylor up but Taylor hits back. They brawl with big shots back and forth, but Luchasaurus gets the edge.
Luchasaurus swings but Taylor bobs ‘n’ weaves to headbutt! Taylor runs but into a knee! Then a back heel kick! Luchasaurus runs, dodges, but still gets clobbered with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Taylor keeps his cool while he trash talks Luchasaurus. But Luchasaurus sits up and grabs Taylor by the throat! They both stand, but Taylor tries to break free. Luchasaurus lets him go to swing a heel kick. Taylor ducks it, to get the return kick! And another big heel kick! Luchasaurus hits his CHOKE SLAM! And a standing moonsault, but to knees! Taylor survives and then blocks the boot to give a massive urenage! He rolls Luchasaurus for a knee! Greetings from the 216! Cover, Taylor wins!!
Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall
The Hitman takes down the Monster from the Mesozoic! Will this be what Taylor needs to go for gold?
Last time on ROH…
The Octopus, Jonathon Gresham, went for revenge on The Last Real Man for adding insult to injury on his bad leg. But after getting bloodied, Silas Young got his hands dirty by sneaking in a low blow! Silas won, and in an interview afterward, Silas told Gresham via the camera that Gresham’s revenge didn’t go the way he thought. Sure he busted Silas open, but Silas-
Wait, Gresham finds Silas. Silas is talking crap, and he looks like crap, too. Gresham’s sure talking big. He may have busted Silas open, but he couldn’t get the job done, huh? Gresham says all their match proved was that Silas couldn’t win fair and square. Silas claims he won with a wrestling move a la that small package cradle. Gresham says Silas is lucky Gresham won’t punch him again. ROH security keeps this from getting any more heated, but there is much left to settle between Octopus and Last Real Man. Will Silas prove he’s a man by giving Gresham a fair rematch?
Tenille Dashwood joins commentary.
She has great news: she’s cleared to compete! When and where will she bring the spotlight back on her and head for that Women of Honor World Championship?
Katie Forbes & Mazzerati VS Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani!
The All Natural and her friend, The Fox, make their ROH TV debuts as a team, but will they stand a chance against two former WOH World Champions?! Just how bright will the Ray of Sunshine and Queen of Stardom shine as a dynamic duo?
The Code of Honor is denied with a flick of the hair and an L for loser on the foreheads. Mazz starts for her team against Mayu! Fans fire up for “Stardom! Stardom!” as Mayu tries the Code again. Mazz SLAPS Mayu and calls her a loser! Mayu kicks and whips Mazz and things speed up. Mayu springboards and arm-drags Mazz then hip tosses her down. She snapmares with hair and covers, TWO! Mazz gets away while Mayu knips up, and fans fire up for the decorated Joshi star. Mazz tags to Forbes but Mayu tags to Sumie. Sumie has the fans on her side but Forbes ignores it. They tie up and Forbes shoves Sumie down. Sumie gets back up and ties up with Forbes again.
Forbes uses the height advantage for leverage, but Sumie kicks at her legs. Sumie goes to whip but Forbes blocks. Forbes whips Sumie but misses in the corner. Sumie fires off Mongolian chops! And chops and chops and chops! Fans fire up but Forbes throws Sumie by her hair! Forbes sits Sumie up for her “enhanced” hip attack! Sumie scrambles to a corner and Forbes handsprings corner to corner for a back elbow. Forbes adds insult to injury with her “All Natural” Stink Face! The ref counts and Forbes backs off at 4. Forbes drags Sumie to a cover, TWO! The duo of champions is in trouble as Forbes drags Sumie to her corner and we go to break.
ROH returns as Mazz whips Sumie corner to corner. Mazz then runs in, but into a boot! Mazz staggers but comes back in to block the next boot. She puts Sumie’s leg on the ropes to kick it. Mazz suplexes and covers, TWO! Mazz keeps her cool and runs to drop the leg, but Sumie gets clear! Sumie crawls but Forbes goes around to the corner and drags Mayu off the apron! Forbes teases Sumie as she holds Mayu up. Sumie gets attacked from behind and Forbes gives Mayu a snake eyes on the apron. Mazz drags Sumie up and whips but Sumie reverses. Mazz grabs ropes and spins to heel kick Sumie away. She gives Sumie a DDT, then covers, but Mayu breaks it! Mazz is furious but fans rally up for Sumie. Mazz spins but Sumie dodges to kick and TJ Neckbreaker!
Fans rally up and Sumie crawls for her corner. Hot tag to Mayu! Mayu aims and dropkicks Mazz down! She drags her back up but Forbes runs in to attack. The duo double whips Mayu but she reverses and wristlocks for a springboard DOUBLE arm-drag! Fans fire up as Mayu gives them both the basement dropkick! Mayu fires up now as she stays on Mazz. She drags Mazz up for a Northern Lights! Bridging cover, TWO! Mazz lives but Mayu stomps her down before tagging Sumie. Mayu climbs one corner as Mazz staggers up, missile dropkick sends her back down! Sumie is perched, crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Mazz survives and Forbes attacks Sumie just because.
Sumie slaps Forbes then puts her in a corner. The Joshi duo double whips but Mazz dodges and spins things around. Mazz sends Sumie into Mayu, then Forbes grabs them both for a DOUBLE Fireman’s Carry! The All Natural does squats with that weight, then hits a DOUBLE Samoan Drop! Mazz flounders to cover Sumie but Sumie gets up. Mazz throws hands then drags Mayu back in. Sumie hits Mazz while Forbes goes to throw Mayu. Mayu blocks and then SUPERKICKS Forbes! Mazz hits Sumie back then goes after Mayu. Mayu SUPERKICKS Mazz, then Smash Mouse from Sumie! Cover, Sumie & Mayu win!!
Winners: Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani, Sakai pinning
The duo of former champions toughs it out and gets the win! Will this new team make big waves in the WOH Division’s growing tag scene?
PJ Black speaks.
“Let me start from the beginning.” The Darewolf came in with a chip on his shoulder, thought he knew better and was just plain better. But his loss to Bandido really hurt. PJ’s been doing this for 22 years now, but given how long he’s been doing this, the frustration is building. He’s been trying to take shortcuts to get ahead, but it doesn’t work. ROH is built on honor and respect, of course, but PJ’s been doing the opposite. Now he’s doing some soul searching and rethinking his mindset. He knows he has to do it differently now. LifeBlood sets a great example for him, and he’ll learn to follow the honor in Ring of Honor. PJ knows now he didn’t know better, but will he be able to make it right in a rematch next week in episode 396?
Crockett Cup Qualifying Match: The Briscoes VS Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack!
The most decorated tag team in ROH were practically offended that they’d have to qualify for the return of the iconic tag team tournament! But as the “baddest tag team on the whole damn planet”, they’ll gladly beat up anyone and everyone they have to in order to win it all. Will #DemBoyz be able to overcome the ROH World Television and NWA National Heavyweight Champions? Or will Cobb and Mack be the duo to #ManUp and make it into the Crockett Cup?
ROH returns as both teams uphold the Code of Honor. That’s surprising for the way The Briscoes have been acting lately. Fans duel for the two teams as they sort out. Mack and Mark start and stare down with the bell. Fans rally up and Mack circles with Mark. They tie up and Mack powers Mark to a corner. Mark turns it around and grinds his forearm in. He backs off at 4 but Mack dodges the chop to give a chop! Mack CHOPS again, but Mark CHOPS back. They trade CHOP after CHOP! Neither man backs down as they keep firing them off! Mack eggs Mark on but Mark knees low. Mark headlocks but Mack powers out to his own. Mark powers out but Mack runs him over!
Mack speeds things up and hurdles over Mark, to then hit a BIG Thesz Press! He fires off hands then runs for a Stone Cold elbow drop. Fans fire up as Mack brings Mark up and powers him to the corner. Cobb tags in and rams his shoulders in. Cobb throws European Uppercuts then whips Mark to a corner. He scoops Mark on the rebound to then suplex! Cobb holds Mark up for a count of 15! Mark flops up and out of the ring! Jay hurries to regroup with his brother and get him back in this. Mark goes back in to tag Jay and Jay circles with Cobb.
They tie up and Jay waistlocks Cobb. Cobb pries his way out to a wristlock but Jay rolls and spins and drop toeholds. Jay gets a facelock but Cobb powers him to a corner! Cobb lets Jay go clean and now the hair comes down from both men. Fans fire up as Cobb shakes the locks out. Jay calls for a test of strength, but with the Hawaiian Hulk? They tie up, but Jay kicks low. The Briscoes tag and mug Cobb while we go to break.
ROH returns as Jay uppercuts Cobb to a corner. Jay throws more uppercuts then whips corner to corner. Cobb reverses but runs into a back elbow. Jay tags in Mark and the Briscoes double whip, to run Cobb over with double shoulders! Fans cheer that as Mark covers, ONE! Mark keeps his eyes on Mack while stomping Cobb. Cobb grits his teeth and throws body shots back. Cobb rocks Mark but Mark hits Mack! Mark still gets forearms from Cobb then Cobb whips to elbow Mark down. Cobb brings Mark up for more forearms, then whips again. Mark holds ropes and Jay tags in. The Briscoes swarm and Mark feeds Cobb to Jay’s boot!
Mark hits Mack again for good measure while Jay drags Cobb up again. The Briscoes throw Cobb out then Mark climbs to corkscrew moonsault onto them both! The South Sussex Chicken flies and takes them both out! Mark puts Cobb in for Jay and Jay covers. TWO, but Jay keeps on Cobb with a headbutt. Jay kicks and bumps Cobb in a corner then stomps in a mudhole. He grinds his boot in but backs off at 4. Jay drags Cobb up to tag Mark, and The Briscoes mug Cobb again. Mark stays between Cobb and Mack as he CHOPS and forearms Cobb. He puts Cobb back in the corner and tags in Jay. They mug Cobb more and Jay rams his shoulders in. Jay brings Cobb around and manages to snap suplex him! Fans cheer that as Jay tags Mark.
Mark clubs Cobb but Cobb throws hands. Mark knees low and clubs Cobb again, but Cobb dodges to DROPKICK! Cobb rolls, hot tag to Mack! The Return of the Mack rallies on The Briscoes! Running leg lariat puts Mark in a corner! Mack goes side to side for a sharp forearm, then side to side again for a bicycle boot! Mark sits down and Mack goes corner to corner for the inverted cannonball! Cover, TWO! Mark survives but Mack keeps his cool. Mack whips Mark corner to corner but Mark reverses. Jay runs in to forearm, and feed Mack to Mark’s shotgun dropkick! Mark drags Mack to a cover, TWO! Tag to Jay and the Briscoes stomp out Mack while we go to one last break.
ROH returns again as Mark holds Mack in the Briscoe corner. Jay distracts the ref while Mark rakes Mack’s eyes, but then the ref has to keep Cobb back. Jay stomps a mudhole into Mack in that time, then both Briscoes grind their boot in. The ref reprimands them both but Jay keeps going to EuroUpper Mack. Tag to Mark and The Briscoes continue to mug Mack. Mark rocks Mack with an uppercut, then stalks him to an open corner for more stomps. Mack throws hands but Mark haymakers and headbutts him down. Mark snapmares Mack to a neck wrench! Fans rally up as Mack endures. Mack works his way up and fights his way out. Mark clubs Mack back then runs, but into Mack’s pop-up complete shot! Both men are down but fans fire up as they stir.
Mack and Mark crawl, hot tag to Cobb but Jay still runs in! Cobb catches Jay for a BIG overhead belly2belly suplex! Mark staggers up and gets one of his own! Cobb sees the Briscoes in opposite corners, so Cobb runs for a big leaping elbow on Jay, then corner to corner for one on Mark! Cobb scoops Mark but Jay saves him. The Briscoes double whip but Cobb reverses to pull them into each other! Cobb gets a leg each, and gives both Briscoes a single leg suplex! Fans fire up as Cobb hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Mark lives and gets to a corner but Cobb goes at him for CHOPS. Cobb whips but Mark goes up and forearms Cobb back. Mark ducks Cobb to PELE! Tag to Jay, and Jay runs to clobber Cobb! Cover, TWO!
Jay grows frustrated but he drags Cobb up for a neckbreaker, only for Cobb to power out and SUPERKICK! Hot tag to Mack! Mack rallies on Jay with clotheslines and elbows! Mack scoops to a Samoan Drop! And knip up to his own standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Jay still lives and gets away. Mack builds speed but Jay gets away again. Mack pursues but Mark wrecks Mack with a dropkick! Cobb comes around, but gets an apron blockbuster! The Briscoes suckered both opponents in! Jay gets Mack in and fans cheer “Man Up!” Jay underhooks Mack but Mack powers out and ducks to hit a big exploder! Cover, TWO! Mack keeps cool as he whips Jay corner to corner. Jay reverses but runs into a boot. Mack climbs up but Jay intercepts! Mark springboards in, Doomsday! Cover, but Cobb barrels in to break it up!
Fans know “This is Awesome!” and far from over! The Briscoes throw Cobb out then go back to Mack. Mark tags in and Jay helps Mark get Mack up. Canadian rack, but Cobb blasts Jay down! Mack escapes, STUNNER! TO GERMAN!! Mack climbs up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Mark survives and Mack cannot believe it! Cobb drags Mark up to whip but Jay saves Mark at the ropes. Mark baits Cobb in to send him out, and Jay BOOTS Cobb down! Mark drags Mack up and throws a CHOP! Mack CHOPS back, Mark CHOPS back, repeat! They go for forearms next, then Mack back hands. Mack runs but into a forearm. Mark runs but into a BOOT! Mack runs but Jay headscissors! Jay underhooks, JAY DRILLER! Mark up, FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, The Briscoes win!!
Winners: The Briscoes, Mark Briscoe pinning; advance to the Crockett Cup Tournament
Against a team as tough as they are strong, the Baddest Team on the Whole Damn Planet makes it into the more prestigious tag tournament in the world! Will #DemBoyz beat the best teams in NJPW, NWA and CMLL to take the whole cup, too?
What a great episode of ROH! Taylor VS Luchasaurus was a solid opener, both guys are big but agile so it made for a good match-up. Taylor wins because he’s a strong enough Heel to go after Face champion Jeff Cobb for that ROH World TV title. Of course, by this time in real-time, Cobb is dual champion with both the ROH WTV and NEVER Openweight Championship after G1 Supercard. I’d imagine Cobb being that strong now, I doubt Taylor wins. And there’s obviously a lot more to Silas VS Gresham, their next rematch will be just as good if not better than their previous. The PJ Black VS Bandido rematch next week will be a great match for TV, but I wonder if PJ really will keep it clean like he’s been saying.
The WOH tag match was pretty good, but I’m both surprised and disappointed it wasn’t just an exhibition of how great Sumie Sakai and Mayu Iwatani are. Even after watching her as Khloe Hurtz on Women of Wrestling, and full-well knowing she was trained by Rob Van Dam, I still don’t see how she and a tag partner could’ve lasted this long against two former champions. Especially when, at the time of this taping, Mayu was still WOH Champion and a champion in Stardom. Sumie and Mayu still win, thankfully, and this just seems to further push that ROH is considering their own Women’s Tag Championships. A sadder irony of tape delay is that while Tenille Dashwood is cleared to compete, her contract expired and it doesn’t seem like she’s renewing with ROH. There goes my idea that she’d say Kelly Klein was the one who attacked and injured her.
The tag match main event was incredible! It really is a shame this wasn’t part of the Crockett Cup itself, but if this was just a qualifier, all the matches of the tournament are going to be insane! And I would really hope with how hard The Briscoes fought to get in, they at the very least go to the finals. The Briscoes should also beat Villain Enterprises as payback for losing the ROH World Tag Team Championships to them. Then hopefully once they’ve won the Crockett Cup, The Briscoes go back after the Guerrillas of Destiny to at least take back the ROH tag titles and we get the 2v2 match we were supposed to get in the first place.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival B Block Results & Review: Part 3
Another few days, Mathew brings us another part of the Champion Carnival! All Japan’s biggest tournament of the year keeps churning in quality! How is B block going?
Another few days, Mathew brings us another part of the Champion Carnival! All Japan’s biggest tournament of the year keeps churning in quality!
Welcome back to the Carnival, as we look at the next three shows for the part of the ongoing tournament.
The last part had a lot of solid matches and some nice victories that changed the game a little bit. As we get a little bit closer to the finals, the standings for this set of matches should be interesting.
Will Yoshitatsu remain the only one undefeated now or someone breaks that? Let’s see who will move up or down in the standings as we…dive right in.
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Jake Lee vs. Yoshitatsu
Review: Our first match for this show is Jake Lee taking on Yoshitatsu. Jake Lee was recently able to get his first win when he defeated Joel Redman. Yoshitatsu is currently the only one undefeated when he won against Suwama at the last show. Jake would need to have another win here to move up while Yoshi winning would move him to the top spot. Can Jake get another win or will Yoshi remain undefeated?
Yoshi, I know you spent money on Hunter Club gear and I’m sure you’re very proud of yourself but I think you should let that go. You’re not in New Japan anymore, no real need for it and just move forward. Anyway, I thought this was an enjoyable match but if I had to nitpick one thing, it would be that I wish there was a lot more intensity in the match since you kinda felt that when they had a tag match in the last big show I did for them and it didn’t feel like a grudge match or anything for the first half of it. Yoshi having good matches back to back is a very pleasant surprise and I hope that momentum keeps on going as we go forward with the tournament. The chemistry between them was a really nice touch with a great showing by both these men. Jake psyched Yoshi out with a punch to the gut and ran towards him only to get caught in a Koji Clutch which Jake rolled him up for a two count. Yoshi would eventually hook the Koji Clutch all the way after countering his Backdrop and it looked like he had him tapped but Jake answered the referee, making him break it up and pin him for a two. Jake would deliver two knees to his chest before hitting the Backdrop Driver to get the three count, ending the only winning streak we had for B Block.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Suwama vs. Sam Adonis
Review: Our next match is Sam Adonis taking on Suwama. Suwama recently lost to Yoshitatsu but he’s still in a good position with only one win and one loss as he still has time to bounce back. Sam currently has zero wins and two losses, so he would need to get a win here if he would wanna stay in the game a little longer. Can Suwama bounce back or does Sam sweep his chances under the rug?
Suwama is a great opponent for Sam as they have similar styles, making it easier for Sam to work with and show more of what he could do in the ring as he gave a much better performance here than his previous match against Joel. They were able to showcase enough power and strikes to make it rather engaging for the audience who are fans of this type of style, to begin with. It also shows how helpful Suwama can be with his opponents to help make them look good while bringing out your potential as the match progresses. Sam would get Suwama down with a few hits such as the Blockbuster and even lifted him for a Running Powerslam as Suwama was still able to kick out and gets frustrated as he goes to grab a chair for later. Suwama would attempt another Last Ride after failing the first time as Sam would use a dirty tactic of biting his fingers to make him let go as he grabbed the chair to try and strikes him, but Suwama grabbed it and threw it to the side. When the referee wasn’t looking, Sam would hit him with a low blow and roll him up for a two count. Sam isn’t done as he hits a Lariat and a modified Brainbuster it looked like as he shocked the fans by picking up his first win in the tournament. More of this Sam and he’ll be in good shape.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Naoya Nomura vs. Joel Redman
Review: Onto the next show as the one opening this up is Naoya Nomura taking on Joel Redman. Nomura recently suffered his first loss when he fought Joe Doering but he’s still in a good spot as he’s still in first place with the three wins he already has under his belt. Joel recently got his first win when he defeated Sam Adonis and he now has a chance to climb up the ladder a little bit more if he can take Nomura down here. Will Nomura get another win and secure his spot or will Joel pull him down a bit?
I see Joel went back to his better gear than his previous one, thank goodness because he looks a lot better without the singlet. Speaking of Joel, he delivers another great performance in his match against Nomura who also performed just as great as Joel did. Joel was able to do arm manipulation once he threw Nomura into the turnbuckle to know where he needed to take the advantage over him. Nomura did great selling the injury and getting the crowd behind him when he hits Joel with the Spear to try and get momentum back on his side. Nomura would be able to hit a Northern Lights Suplex and another Spear with a roll-up as Joel would still kick out of it. Joel was able to catch him into the Fujiwara Armbar and it looked like he had him ready to tap but Nomura would grab the ropes. Joel saw him going towards the apron and hits a Suplex from the other side and catches him for a Spinning Tombstone and Nomura would still kick out of it, but he quickly turned it back into the Fujiwara Armbar and Nomura tapped out! I know it’s been 7 years since this match happened, but I would love to see Joel Redman fight Zack Sabre Jr again, like immediately.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Suwama vs. Takashi Yoshida
Review: Our match to close our block for this show is Takashi Yoshida coming back as he takes on Suwama. Suwama has one win and two losses while Takashi is one win and one loss as of right now, so they’re pretty much about even right now. Suwama would need to win the match here though if he can stay in the game. Which one of these two giants comes out the victor in this brawl?
I wasn’t too fond of the first half of the match due to it being a little bit clunky and the fighting around the outside of the arena dragged on a little bit longer than it needed to, plus the camera angles for most of it didn’t help out at all. Outside of that though, the middle of the match was a lot better than I highly anticipated since you got two giants duking it out as best they could with the throat thrusts, Lariats, and a Powerbomb from Takashi along with other power moves. While I’m still not a big fan of Takashi, he has been performing in this tournament much better than anticipated since he used this time to actually showcase his move set properly. Suwama was also able to help Takashi out in the match to make him perform better like how he did with Sam the previous night.
Takashi would have Suwama in his clutches as he hits him with a Diving Elbow Drop for a two count and would do his throat thrusts with a Lariat as Suwama would counter the Lariat with a Lariat of his own on his arm. Suwama would be able to hit the Backdrop and Takashi would be able to kick out of it and Suwama wants to call for the finish when he sets him up for the Last Ride. Once he had Takashi up for the Last Ride, he would just drop him down without doing the full move and I’m not exactly sure what happened there. Suwama would pick him up instead of pinning him as he hits one more Backdrop to get the pinfall victory in a solid match but sloppy beginning and end.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joe Doering vs. Sam Adonis
Review: Our final show for this article as our opening match is Joe Doering taking on Sam Adonia. Both of these men are currently with one win and two losses under their belt, meaning one of them is going to have to suffer a third loss and be in a rather bad position with the standings. Which one of them will be in last place?
The first minute or so was basically Sam hiding behind the rope so he wouldn’t be touched as you have Joe waiting by the ropes, not having any of his crap today as he just wants to beat him up. Which is exactly what he does do when they’re outside of the ring for a couple of minutes as the two were back and forth, but it was mostly Joe that was getting the upper hand. Joe got him back in the ring as he would look to put him away as Sam would distract the referee long enough to kick Joe in the dick and down goes the giant. Joe is unable to move as Sam would pin him down to get the pinfall victory, leaving Joe in last place with three losses.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joel Redman vs. Takashi Yoshida
Review: Our final match for this set of matches is Joel Redman taking on Takashi Yoshida. Joel is even right now with two wins and losses while Takashi only has one win still but with two losses, meaning things aren’t looking so hot for Takashi right now. Is Joel does win here, then he’ll be in first place next to Naoya Nomura and if Takashi wins, the majority of them will all be tied up except for Joe and Nomura. Which one of them will get the victory?
It’s so weird seeing Takashi trying to chain wrestle Joel at the beginning of the match and the shocking part of it is him doing it well on top of that, scary sight if you ask me. Joel is, of course, more technically sound compared to Takashi, so of course, he would win this part of the bout. Takashi performed a lot better here than he did in his previous match with Suwama from beginning to end while Joel keeps on proving his worth with all the matches he’s been in. Joel would give Takashi a couple of kicks to take him down before he does his Diving Knee Drop off the top rope for a two count. It looked like Joel was gonna go for the Spinning Tombstone but Takashi would fight out of it to pick him up as Joel gets off him to go for a Backslide with Takashi kicking out. Takashi would hit the Kong Lariat to knock him down and Joel would still kick out, leaving Takashi frustrated and would pick him up to hit the Cyber Bomb as he gets the victory over Joel.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Overall: Aside from one match, the rest of the show was solid again as usual as I’m very happy with my results so far as it comes to the quality of the matches with an exception for a couple that happened. Our next set of shows should give us a better assessment to see where people stand and who will have no chance of making it.
Favorite Match: Joel Redman vs. Naoya Nomura
Least Favorite Match: Joe Doering vs. Sam Adonis
Naoya Nomura: (3-2) (6 Points)
Yoshitatsu: (2-1) (4 Points)
Daichi Hashimoto: (2-1) (4 Points)
Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
Jake Lee: (2-2) (4 Points)
Joel Redman: (2-2) (4 Points)
Takashi Yoshida: (2-2) (4 Points)
Sam Adonis: (2-2) (4 Points)
Joe Doering: (1-3) (2 Points)
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