The final SmackDown before Extreme Rules gives us another rematch between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura ahead of their respective title matches on Sunday!
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- AJ Styles VS Shinsuke Namakura; Styles wins, by disqualification.
- AJ Styles & Jeff Hardy VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev w/ Aiden English; Nakamura & Rusev win.
- Lumberjack Match: Asuka VS James Ellsworth; Asuka wins.
- Sin Cara VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Almas wins.
- 10 Man Tag: The New Day & Team Hell No VS The Bludgeon Brothers & SAnitY; The New Day & Team Hell No win.
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SmackDown opens with Miz TV!
The Most Must-See Talk Show in WWE starts off the night as the Hollywood A-Lister recounts how everyone is talking about the Miz & Mrs. debut! The fans can boo but he’s going to win an Emmy for it. But there is something else fans are talking about, and it’s the special reunion of tonight’s guests. Fans “YES! YES!” for the team fighting for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships this Sunday. Give a standing ovation to Kane & Daniel Bryan, Team Hell No!
Kane & Bryan make their way out to the ring, headed for Pittsburgh and the Bludgeon Brothers. But to address the elephant in the room, Miz knows Bryan is upset over their Gauntlet match encounter. Miz will be professional so long as Bryan promises the same. Fans say “NO! NO!” but Bryan wonders if Miz is really asking if he’s getting punched in the face. Fans say “YES! YES!” Kane calms Bryan down, it’s not the time to punch Miz. Bryan promises to be professional. Miz doesn’t appreciate the fans booing that, so he raises his hand. “You want to act like children, I’ll treat you like children.”
This is the level of respect Hell No deserves. They were box office record breakers and tag team champions. They’re a well-oiled machine, and Miz never thought he’d see the day. It’s like an N*Sync reunion. But are they prepared to face one of their greatest challenges? Kane says N*Sync will never reunited. But he will admit Harper & Rowan are formidable. But they’re not Team Hell No. Miz actually agrees. If there’s a team that can handle those two, it’s these two. Let’s look back at the “most united” tag team in WWE History! Footage rolls from two weeks ago, when they #HuggedItOut. And the week after, the two talked it out. Bryan always has a demon watching over him. But then the footage recaps everything Bryan says: the Tombstones, the attempted abductions, the other Tombstones, the arguments, and the beatings.
Miz “claims” that was not what he intended to show. Someone is getting fired over this. Though, with that all being brought up, let’s address it. Bryan stops Miz, and tells him to stop right there. They both see what he’s up to. Miz claims to be professional but he just stirs the pot. It won’t work, because he’s the Miz, who is terrible at everything. Fans agree with that. In fact, the only thing Miz is worse at is actually wrestling. Is that what Bryan thinks? That’s just what Bryan thinks. Because Miz is smarter. Miz doesn’t think, he knows it’ll implode because it’s always happened. Bryan came back from his injury, but Miz has wanted to be the one to end Bryan. Bryan hides behind nostalgia because he can’t hang with Miz anymore.
Kane works to keep Bryan calm. Breathe, deep in and out, to keep the energy focused on the Bludgeon Brothers. Yeah, hide behind the broken down demon. That angers Kane! But then the Bludgeon Brothers appear! Harper & Rowan head to the ring, ready with their hammers and belts. But Kane & Bryan aren’t going anywhere. Wait, now it’s SAnitY?! THey jump Kane & Bryan in the ring! They feed Kane to Harper & Rowan while they stomp away on Bryan! Harper & Rowan throw Kane into steel steps, but here come The New Day! Kofi, Xavier & Big E make the save as Kofi leaps on Rowan & Harper! Woods throws Eric Young while Big E runs Damo over! Woods is on Wolfe, but Young and the Bludgeon Brothers come back. Bryan knocks down Young but Damo runs Bryan over!
Referees finally appear but they can’t stop the chaos! Young gives Woods the wheelbarrow neckbreaker, then Harper & Rowan throw Kofi at the apron. Big E ends up in the powerslam neckbreaker from Wolfe & Damo, and only then does the carnage stop. This is far from how SmackDown was meant to open, will GM Paige have something to say about this?
AJ Styles VS Shinsuke Namakura!
It’s yet another Dream (Re)match between the Phenomenal One and King of Strong Style, but not for the title. At Extreme Rules, the WWE Champion defends the House that AJ Styles Built from the Bulgarian Lion while Nakamura looks to become United States Champion against Jeff Hardy. Who will win this main-event caliber opener to gain momentum for Extreme Rules?
But before the match can begin, Rusev & Aiden English make their presence known. “Hey champ!” Rusev doesn’t care what happens Sunday, Styles can fortify the House all he wants, Rusev is going to break it down. Fans chant “Rusev Day!” as Rusev vows to claim his first ever WWE (world) Championship, to celebrate on a day that will haunt Styles forever. Rusev Daaaaaay~! The bell rings and Nakamura goes right at Styles! Things speed up but Styles dropkicks Nakamura out of the ring! Nakamura bails out while we go picture in picture.
Styles waits for Nakamura while Rusev & English walk to ringside. Styles chops Nakamura against the barriers, then puts him back in the ring. Nakamura rolls all the way out on the other side, but Styles pursues. Nakamura knees Styles then puts him into barriers. He drags Styles up and into the ring, and Styles gets to a corner. Nakamura kicks and knees Styles in the corner, then backs off at 4. Styles stands up but Nakamura is on him with a suplex. Styles blocks, even as Nakamura tries again and again. Nakamura shifts strategies and throws in knees and stomps. He walks it off while Styles crawls to a corner. Styles kicks back then bumps Nakamura off the buckles. Styles rams in his shoulder then brings Nakamura out for a snap suplex. Cover, TWO, but Styles keeps his cool.
Styles brings Nakamura up again, for a backbreaker! Nakamura writhes while Styles catches his breath. Styles comes back to bring Nakamura up and whips him corner to corner. Nakamura hits buckles hard and falls to the mat. Styles keeps on him, driving an elbow into his face. Styles then gets room for a running knee drop. Cover, TWO! Styles grows a bit annoyed but he keeps on Nakamura with a chinbar. Nakamura endures and grabs at Styles’ face. Nakamura stands an dfights out of the hold. He has Styles in a corner and rams knees in. He backs off again, but comes back with kicks. Nakamura walks around to embrace the ehat, but Styles mule kicks Nakamura! Styles whips Nakamura into the corner, then runs in, but is put on the apron. Styles hits Nakamura away, then springboards, but Nakamura trips him up!
The champ crashes and burns, but Nakamura throws him into barriers! Nakamura puts Styles back in the ring, cover, ONE. He tries again, ONE. Nakamura grabs Styles into a modified cobra clutch, but fans rally up for Styles. Styles stands but Nakamura brings him back down. Nakamura thrashes him around, but fans still cheer for Styles. Styles gets up again and fights out. He backs Nakamura down but Nakamura gives a strike fest and ax kick! Then a gordbuster! Nakamura backs off to take aim… But Styles rolls him up! TWO, enziguri from Styles! Nakamura staggers to a corner again as Styles stands up. Styles runs into a boot! Styles runs back in but is put on the top rope, for the Top Shelf Knee!
Nakamura drags Styles up from the corner, and scoops for a slam. Cover, TWO! Rusev likes what he sees, and thinks of how he’d improve on the move. Fans duel while Nakamura stomps Styles to the ropes. Nakamura kicks and kicks, but Styles catches on, only for Nakamura to kick with the other leg. Cover, TWO! Nakamura is frustrated but in control while we go to break.
SmackDown returns as Styles chops away on Nakamura. He whips but Nakamura reverss into a knee. Nakamura swings kicks but gets the Phenomenal Blitz instead! Styles adds the sliding forearm! Nakamura gets to a corner, and Styles runs in, for a big corner clothesline. Styles lifts Nakamura but Nakamura slips off to say, “C’MON!” Styles falls for it, but the sleeper becomes the Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but Rusev questions Styles’ strength to pick the Bulgarian Brute up. Styles drags Nakamura up but Nakamura denies the Clash. Styles clubs Nakamura to try it anyway, but Nakamura’s legs grab Styles into a triangle hold! Nakamura brings Styles to the mat, but Styles powers up to lift Nakamura into position. He can’t get free so he works ot make it a cover. ONE, but Nakamura still has the hold.
Styles rolls and makes it another cover, TWO! Nakamura had to let go this time, but he keeps his eyes on Styles. Styles swings but ends up in the inverted exploder! He lands on his feet, and tells Nakamura, “C’MON!” Nakamura falls for it and is thrown outside! Styles slingshots for the forearm! English trash talks Styles about Rusev beating the crap out of him, so Styles haymakers the crap out of English! Rusev protests, but Nakamura boots Styles right in the face! Nakamura takes aim, but Styles dodges, KINSHASA for English!! Styles throws Nakamura into a post, then into the ring. Styles takes aim, but Rusev trips him up!
Winner: Styles, by disqualification
Rusev claims Styles knew the Kinshasa was going into English, so he’s making Styles pay. But then here comes Jeff Hardy! The Charismatic Enigma fights Rusev and Nakamura but numbers get the better of him. They double whip but Hardy dodges to dropkick them down! Hardy takes aim, wrecking ball dropkick wipes them out! Fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” Here comes GM Paige! The Glampire wants the boys to calm down. With all four men in the ring all set to face off Sunday, why not have us a tag team match? Yes, and right now! Will the reigning champions thwart their challengers together tonight?
AJ Styles & Jeff Hardy VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev w/ Aiden English!
In the wise words of former SmackDown GM, Teddy Long: Holla holla! SmackDown returns to this match as Styles and Rusev circle. Styles kicks Rusev in the leg but Rusev keeps with him. Rusev catches the next kick but Styles throws haymakers. Rusev runs Styles over with a lariat, cover, ONE. The Bulgarian Brute stomps Styles now, then brings him up for big haymakers. Rusev drags Styles up for a knee while fans duel between Styles and “Rusev Day!” Rusev lifts Styles in a Bulgarian bearhug, but fans rally up for Styles. Styles fights against the hold, then leaps for a tag, but Rusev catches him. Rusev scoop slams then snap suplexes Styles. He drags Styles up again, for more bearhug! We go picture in picture as Styles endures the squeeze.
Rusev keeps his grip on Styles, and Styles begins to fade. But Styles comes back to fight with forearms again. Fans rally up, and Styles breaks free. But not for long, as Rusev gets him again. We return to single picture as fans boo and jeer. Styles endures and fights out again. Styles gets free, but Rusev knees low. Rusev suplexes but Styles slips out to jump onto Rusev for a sleeper hold! Rusev reaches but backs Styles down into buckles. Styles lets go, but he dodges Rusev’s shoulder! Rusev hits post, and now Styles crawls for his corner. Fans rally, hot tag to Hardy! The US Champ throws hands on Rusev, but Rusev whips Hardy. Hardy runs Rusev over, then atomic drop to leg splitting leg drop and dropkick. He adds a splash, cover, TWO. Hardy keeps his eyes on Nakamura while he waits for Rusev.
Rusev denies the Twist, but runs into an elbow. Whisper in the Wind! But Nakamura breaks the cover! Styles throws Nakamura out, then hits the sliding knee from the apron. MACHKA Kick takes Styles out, then Rusev thrusts at Hardy. Hardy dodges, Twist of Fate! Hardy climbs up quick, but Nakamura trips him up. Rusev is up, MACHKA KICK! Cover, Rusev & Nakamura win!
Winners: Rusev & Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev pinning
It took distractions and opportunism to do it, but the challengers beat the duo of champions. Will Nakamura have tricks up his sleeve for Hardy? Will Rusev demolish the House that AJ Styles Built? Or will the champions get revenge and retain their belts at Extreme Rules?
James Ellsworth warms up backstage.
Carmella wants him to take care of Asuka tonight. Don’t worry, eh’s got it. She doesn’t seem as assured. And don’t ever wink at her, or you’ll get a beating worse than Asuka this Sunday. Ellsworth is “ready”, but is he really?
Lumberjack Match: Asuka VS James Ellsworth!
The WWE Battle of the Sexes has another go after the count-out draw from last week. With the entire SmackDown Women’s Division at ringside, will the Chinless Wonder weasel his way out of a beating from the Empress of Tomorrow? Or will he shock the world by defeating her?
Before the match, #EllsworthisExquisite wants to address everyone with his shirt off. It must be tempting, but please show some restraint around him. “None of you are ready for Asuka, but James Ellsworth is! Bring her out.” Bold last words, someone better put those on his headstone. Asuka appears as Ellsworth wanted, and this match begins.
Ellsworth and Asuka circle, but Ellsworth avoids her grapple. He also avoids the back hand, but the Lumberjacks keep him in the ring. Ellsworth wants a time-out, but there’s no time-outs in wrestling. Asuka swings a kick, and Ellsworth again narrowly avoids it. Sonya & Mandy keep him from fleeing, so Asuka kicks away and hip attacks him to the floor. Ellsworth ends up surrounded, then swarmed as they put him back in the ring. Asuka kicks him again, then fires off palm strikes from both sides. She gives body shots, then the pop-up knee. Asuka adds a sliding kick, but Ellsworth runs away from the cover. Sonya & Mandy surround him again, but he flees to the timekeepers area. Everyone grabs at Ellsworth, but then theys tart fighting each other! Ellsworth retreats, but Becky pursues! The Lass Kicker knocks him down and drags him over, with help from Naomi.
But then, the Lumberjacks swarm! Asuka has grown impatient, she LEAPS onto everyone! Carmella hands Ellsworth something. It’s pepper spray! He tries but fails to use it on Asuka, she back kicks him in the stomach. Carmella shouts at Asuka, and Asuka shouts at Carmella. Ellsworth stands back up, so Asuka kicks him into Carmella! Carmella falls, Asuka grabs Ellsworth into the armbar! Then the Asuka Lock! Ellsworth atap,s Asuka wins!
Winner: Asuka, by submission
But Carmella is on Asuka already! It fails, Asuka fires off on Carmella! She goes back to Ellsworth, who uses the pepper spray! He holds her down, for Carmella’s FABULOUS Kick! The Princess of Staten Island stands tall thanks to help from her henchman, but will she learn the truth that NO ONE is ready for Asuka?
The New Day & Hell No talk strategy.
Their opponents are all huge, so go after the knees. No, they need something permanent like setting them on fire! How? Summon Satan through a portal? Yes! This is why SAnitY got the jump on them. Hell No needs to work together. Well if Kane let Bryan punch Miz, they would’ve seen SAnitY coming. No. Yes. No… Yes… No…! Yes…! STOP!! If they don’t get ti together, they don’t stand a chance. Xavier, use that big brain of yours! Kofi, run circles around them! Daniel, become the Goat Face Killer! Kane– Kane, are you paying attention? The Big Red Machine promises that they will win, and forever has now begun. YES!! Wait was that an N*Sync lyric? It still applies. YES!
Carmella & Ellsworth encounter Paige backstage.
Did she see what Ellsworth just did? His stock is higher than WWE’s! And he’ll make an exception if she wants to kiss. Pucker up! Ew no. Back off. Paige wants Ellsworth to be high above the ring this Sunday, because it’s now a SHARK CAGE Match! Ellsworth is going to be a Chinless Pinata, will he end up watching Carmella lose from the best seat in the house?
Sin Cara VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
The former Lucha Dragon wanted this match over a month ago, but El Idolo ambushed him backstage. Sin Cara was injured for some time after that, but now he’s back. Can he get revenge on his former amigo and get him away from Vega’s influence? Or will Almas finally get the spotlight Vega believes he deserves?
The bell rings and the two circle. Almas slaps Sin Cara, then back elbows out. He puts Sin Cara against ropes to CHOP! He whips Sin Cara but Sin Cara counters the tilt-o-whirl with an armdrag! Then he headscissors Almas out of the ring. Vega panics but Sin Cara DIVES! The tope suicida sends Almas to the ramp! Sin Cara puts him back in the ring, then drags him up. Almas standing switches but Sin Cara bucks him off. Almas catches the boots to give Sin Cara a draping backbreaker and elbow DDT. Cover, TWO, and we go picture in picture as Almas stomps away on Sin Cara.
Almas brings Sin Cara over to the ropes to then slingshot wrecking ball dropkick him out! He builds speed, to Tranquilo with Vega! He stops posing to put Sin Cara back in the ring, then stomp him more. Almas brings Sin Cara up but Sin Cara fights back. Almas whips but Sin Cara hits back. Sin Cara whips but Almas tumbles to the apron. Almas catches Sin Cara into a hanging armbar! He lets go at 4, then covers. TWO, but he keeps on Sin Cara with an armlock. Sin Cara endures and gets up. Almas throws forearms then whips him corner to corner. Almas catches the boots again but Sin Cara back elbows Almas. Sin Cara dodges the splash, then throws forearms. Almas throws them back while we go single picture. Sin Cara gives chops, but Almas shoves. Sin Cara springboards for the crossbody!
They stand up, Sin Cara whips but Almas reverses, only to get another springboard crossbody! Sin Cara keeps going while fans fire up. Vega coaches Almas up, and Almas gets Sin Cara only for a spike-rana! Cover, TWO! Vega is frustrated for Almas while Sin Cara keeps the fans in it. Sin Cara brings Almas back up, an dsuplexes, but Alma sslips out. Sn cara elbow sbut runs into an elbow! Almas drags Sin Cara up, Hammerlock DDT coutnered! Cover, TWO, Sin Cara gets Almas with an uppercut! Almas runs in, but is dumped out to the floor!
Sin Cara fires up again while Vega panics. Slingshot huricanrana! Then back into the ring as Sin Cara climbs up. Frog Splash hits knees! Almas crawls over, then climbs up top, but Sin Cara trips him up! Sin Cara climbs up to join him, but Almas trips him up into Tree of Woe! WOE STOMPS! Almas keeps going, CIEN KNEES!! Cover, Almas wins!
Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas, by pinfall
El Idolo downs his former friend, and with authority. With Vega by his side, keeping him on this course, will he find his way to the top in no time?
They are here to “break the status quo.” They are here to make happiness into havoc. And they’re not here for nostalgia. Team Hell No & New Day have had their time in the light, but now it’s time for the “pure, unadulterated chaos.” Harper & Rowan enter the darkness, and agree. “Let the bludgeoning begin.” This collection of cruel and unusual allies is unified, will they conquer their Extreme Rules opponents even before Sunday?
10 Man Tag: The New Day & Team Hell No VS The Bludgeon Brothers & SAnitY!
Alliances born from chaos and convenience, only one side will gain momentum for their respective matches at Extreme Rules. Can Bryan & Kane keep it together long enough to challenge Harper & Rowan for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships? Or will doomsday come early as the champions and their chaotic comrades come out on top?
The bell rings and it’s a brawl! All ten men fight, and it’s The New Day & Hell No who hold the ring! We go to break while things settle down.
SmackDown returns and Woods has Wolfe in a snapmare. Woods tags Kofi and they hit their kick, sliding lariat and elbow drop combo! Big E tags in for the Big Splash! Cover, TWO, but Big E manages to keep Wolfe from a tag. Woods tags back in and throws in body shots. Woods brings Wolfe up but Wolfe hits back. Wolfe whips Woods, but runs into a boot. Woods covers, TWO. Woods brings Wolfe to an open corner for a buckle bump, but has to fight off Young & Damo. Wolfe gets Woods in a German Suplex! Rowan tags in without permission, then drags Woods up in a pumphandle backbreaker. He keeps going for a scoop slam and elbow drop. Tag to Harper for the slingshot senton, cover, TWO. Harper rolls Woods around gator style while we go to picture in picture.
Harper keeps Woods down with a chinlock, but fans rally up. Woods gets up and reaches for ropes, then stands up, but Harper yanks him back down. Harper grinds the chinlock in, but Woods endures. Woods sits up again, then fights out, only to get a scoop slam. We return to single picture as Big Damo tags in without asking. The Beast from Belfast drives in elbows on Woods, then wrenches his neck. Woods endures again, and fans rally up. He fights out with body shots, but Damo shoves him. Woods fights out of the enemy corner, only to run into the Wasteland slam and big back senton! Damo looms over Woods while we go to commercials.
SmackDown returns once more, and Rowan squeezes Woods’ head in a hammer fist vice. Fans rally up again, and Woods jawbreakers free. Woods gets up but gets run over by a back elbow. Rowan whips Woods into an open corner, then tag sin Harper. Harper slaps Rowan to fire him up for the corner to corner whip. Harper hits Woods, then Rowan does, to feet Woods to the Michinoku Driver! Cover, but The New Day breaks it. SAnitY throws them out, including Woods. Harper can’t find WOods, but Woods gets him with the siwng kick and the step-n tornado DDT! Fans rally while Young tags in. Hot tag to Bryan! Bryan fires off on everyone, then focuses on Young. He kicks and kicks away in a corner, “YES! YES!” Young reverss the whip but Bryan goes up and over to hit the leaping lariat!
Bryan boots Wolfe & Damo down, then dropkicks Young in a corner. He hoists Young up top, climbs up, and gives Young the SUPER STEINER! Bryan fires up more, and gives proper YES Kicks. “YES! YES!” Bryan loads up the buzzsaw, but Young dodges to roll up. TWO, into Yes Lock! Young is locked in but Wolfe breaks it. Kane grabs Wolfe, CHOKE SLAM! Rowan heel kicks Kane, but Woods missile dropkicks Rowan. Harper gives Woods a scrapbuster! Kofi gives Harper Trouble in Paradise! Big E returns and works with Kofi for the alley-oop dive! Everyone is down on the outside, but Big E sees his targets. Big Damo hits the DIVIDE on Kofi, but Big E has him. He throws Damo out, to then run and SPEAR him down! Bryan is up, fired up, and aiming at Young! Young staggers over, KNEE PLUS!! Cover, Bryan & team wins!
Winners: Team Hell No & The New Day, Bryan pinning
“YES! YES!” Bryan & Kane worked together with each other and with their pancake-serving allies. Even Kane does the “YES!” hands. But Bryan shows him the proper way of celebrating, BOOM! Wait, no fire? It works for Kane. Bryan tries again… Nope. Kane says he can do it, but Bryan wants to do it himself. Fans fire up with Bryan and… BOOM!! The fire came! Even Kane is surprised! With them this synchronized, can anything stop Team Hell No from becoming champions again?
Once again, SmackDown is Raw, but better. We get “impromptu” matches made up of unlikely teams, but at least with SmackDown, there was better delivery on most of it. Miz TV leading to a confrontation and an attack was the usual set up, but I like that Miz kept the spark of him VS Bryan alive for later on. And opening with Styles-Nakamura was clearly to lead into something else, but the resulting 2v2 tag match was pretty good. The challengers stand tall now, but you can expect at least Styles to retain over Rusev. Nakamura VS Hardy can still go either way, and it wouldn’t be so bad if Nakamura won his first main roster title to give him something for Summerslam.
The co-ed Lumberjack match went as about you could expect in WWE. Asuka fires off all the shots on Ellsworth, as he deserves, but Ellsworth only runs away because showing men hitting women would not be good for national, family-friendly television. Carmella gets good Heel Heat at the end there, but I feel like making things a Shark Cage match downgrades it a little. But at the same time, there’s no way to keep Ellsworth out of things when a normal Cage match was already given to Strowman VS Kevin on Raw. I hope Asuka wins this, because otherwise, WWE is just burying the streak NXT gave her. Almas VS Sin Cara was great, hopefully they get something more going for Summerslam’s build.
The one odd point is that Samoa Joe VS Tye Dillinger was advertised, but the only acknowledgement of it was on Twitter. WWE shared a video that had Dillinger making his way out, only for Joe to mercilessly attack and choke him out. It was meant to be from the start of the night, though that doesn’t make sense because Miz TV was advertised to open. Then it wouldn’t make sense to say it was after Miz TV because we went right into Styles VS Nakamura. It would’ve been better if WWE never advertised in the first place and ditched the blindside attack, but WWE seems to be so big that their left hand doesn’t know what the right is doing. The 10 Man Tag was really good, and definitely piques interest for the tag matches on Sunday, and a long-running program for New Day VS SAnitY for the Summer.
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.
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
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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