AXS gives us ANOTHER double dose of NJPW! It’s Days 14 and 15 as we get Naito VS Ibushi, Omega VS Ishii, Okada VS EVIL and Tanahashi VS Elgin!
This coverage of the G1 Climax 28 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- B Block: Kenny Omega VS Tomohiro Ishii; Ishii wins.
- B Block: Tetsuya Naito VS Kota Ibushi; Ibushi wins.
- A Block: Jay White VS Togi Makabe; White wins.
- A Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Michael Elgin; Tanahashi wins.
- A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL; Okada wins.
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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene for B Block!
The IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kenny Omega, is on a win streak with his 12 points, keeping even his opponent, Tomohiro Ishii, out of the running. However, the Stone Pitbull won’t just roll over, because he could be a spoiler for Omega’s chances while also earning himself a title match down the line. Omega won their last battle at the 2017 G1 Special, where Omega was crowned the inaugural IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion. Will Ishii fare better in this round robin format? Or will the Best Bout Machine win his way into his third G1 Climax finals appearance in a row?
In the main event, it’s the G1 Climax 27 Champion, Tetsuya Naito, and the Golden Star, Kota Ibushi. They’re the other contenders for B Block’s spot in the finals, but Naito needs this win if he’s to overcome the loss to Omega early on. As for Ibushi, he’s been on a hot streak of his own since reuniting with the other Golden Lover. Will Ibushi spoil Naito’s chance to repeat while also seizing his own future? Or is it just Destino that Naito will Tranquilo in the finals again?
Kenny Omega VS Tomohiro Ishii!
No time to waste as this rematch of the IWGP US Championship Tournament begins. The bell rings and fans already cheer for Omega as he stares Ishii down. The two tie up, and Omega puts Ishii on the ropes. He plays around with Ishii’s bald head, but Ishii swats his hands away. Omega backs up as Ishii stares him down, then they tie up again. Ishii puts Omega against the ropes, but Omega ducks the chop to give more playful head pats. Omega gives some playful slaps, but Ishii isn’t amused. Omega chops and kicks but it doesn’t back Ishii down. He keeps trying, but nothing works. Ishii dares him to keep going, so Omega gives a forearm. Omega gets a headbutt and staggers to the ropes. Ishii runs but Omega sees him coming. Things speed up but there’s a slight miscalculation. The two back off and reset.
They tie up and Omega puts Ishii in a corner. Omega chops but Ishii barely flinches. Omega chops again then gives elbows, but Ishii only bends over. They whip corner to corner but Ishii blasts out with a shoulder. Omega narrowly avoids the silding lariat and just misses hitting V-Trigger. He pushes Ishii, then gives head slaps. Ishii swings on him but Omega gets under to then get a facelock, but it’s Ishii who suplexes Omega! Fans applaud while Omega gets to ropes. Ishii slaps Omega around now, messing up that hair. Then he chops Omega in a corner hard, and follows Omega to another. Ishii chops again, and again, dangerously close to the throat. He toys with Omega now, then bumps him off the buckle pad. Ishii gives another blunt chop, but Omega rakes his face.
Omega puts Ishii in the corner but Ishii roars out. So Omega gives him a DDT! Cover, TWO, but Omega has wrist control. Omega fireman’s carry, “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton and moonsault hit! Cover, TWO! Omega keeps on Ishii with a camel clutch. He grinds it side to side but Ishii endures. Ishii dares Omega to try harder, so Omega pulls back. Fans rally up for Ishii as he further endures. Ishii pries his way out of Omega’s grip, then dares Omega to go after him. Omega kicks Ishii in the back, but Ishii wants more. Omega stomps an dkicks, but Ishii just shakes his head. More kicks and stomps but it just amuses Ishii now. Ishii gets up and chops Omega! Omega chops back and it finally gets through. Omega whips but Ishii reverses, to a powerslam! It was more of a throw, but it did the job.
Ishii chops and forearms Omega in the corner again and again. He whips corner to corner but Omega reverses, only for Ishii to fire out and get a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Omega barely got out of that cover, but Ishii is on him again. Ishii powerbomb lifts, but they teeter back. Omega slips off but Ishii hits, only to run into a huricanrana! Ishii goes out while fans fire up with Omega. The Terminator drums echo and Omega rises. Omega runs and FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp! Omega gets up and puts Ishii in the ring. Fans fire up again as Omega runs and hits the Kotaro Krusher! Cover, TWO! But Omega keeps going as he drags Ishii up. But Ishii powers Omega to a corner! Ishii chops and chops, so Omega gives a sharp chop back! Ishii roars, Omega spits!
Omega gives forearms but Ishii barely flinches. Omega keeps trying but his arm is the thing getting hurt. Ishii blasts Omega with one big forearm, then finally feels some of that pain. Ishii drags Omega up and whips him corner to corner, but Omega boots him away. Omega runs out but into a waistlock, and a German Suplex into the buckles! Both men drag themselves out of the corner, but Ishii is on Omega. Ishii hoists Omega up top, then climbs up to join him. SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Ishii takes aim and runs, but Omega dodges to run, running DDT hits! Omega stands and vows to end this. He grabs Ishii in a full nelson, but Ishii breaks free to backwards headbutt Omega! But Omega comes back with a V-Trigger!
Omega wants the Kotaro Krusher again but Ishii slips out to German Suplex! Ishii runs, but Omega boots, only to get a discus lariat! Omega sits down and Ishii runs for the sliding lariat! Cover, TWO!! Ishii was so close and the fans can feel it. The fans are thunderous as Ishii drags Omega back up. Ishii suplexes but Omega fights out. Omega forearms Ishii, but Ishii standing switches to copy the Electric Chair! He wants to steal the One Winged Angel! Omega slips down to heel kick Ishii in the back of the head, and Ishii stumbles to a corner. Omega takes aim and runs in, V-Trigger! He hits Ishii in the back, but drags him out for bomb position. Omega lifts, Dr. Wily Bomb! Cover, TWO!! The Pitbull shocks the champion while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns and Omega drags Ishii back up. Omega gives him a close-range V-Trigger! But Omega isn’t done there, he gives Ishii another V-Trigger! Ishii falls over and Red Shoes checks on him. Ishii isn’t giving in, so Omega sits him up again, for a third V-Trigger! But Ishii stands up! Omega is shocked, but he gives Ishii a fourth V-Trigger. Omega runs, but Ishii follows, to clothesline him at the ropes. Ishii runs, but Omega V-Triggers! Omega runs, ducks the clothesline and gives another V-Trigger, right into the Snap Dragon Suplex! But Ishii’s right up, only for Omega to clothesline him down! Cover, TWO!! Ishii does not die easy, but Omega won’t give up.
Omega lifts Ishii for the Electric Chair, but Ishii slips down to headbutt Omega in the back! Ishii throws Omega with his own Dragon Suplex, but Omega returns with a huricanrana, that Ishii just makes a powerbomb! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again. Red Shoes checks on them both, but doesn’t start a count as he sees them both stirring. Omega and Ishii slowly sit up, and stare each other down. Ishii headbutts but Omega forearms. Ishii headbutts again, and Omega forearms again. Omega drags Ishii up for a standing forearm, then another. Ishii staggers and wobbles, but stays on his feet. Omega chops Ishii, but Ishii suddenly fires off forearms from both sides! Omega throws haymakers then the Reverse-Rana! They’re both down again, but Omega is up first.
Omega loads up and takes aim, “BANG!” He runs, for a V-Trigger! Ishii ends up on the apron, but Omega keeps on him with slingshot double stomps! Omega rests against the railings while fans build to a rally. He drags Ishii up and in, then climbs up top. Omega aims, for more double stomps! He keeps going, Aoi Shoudou! Cover, TWO!! Omega is shocked and furious as he brings Ishii up in the Electric Chair. Ishii slips out again, to an inverted suplex. Omega slips out to backslide and V-Trig– No, Ishii blocks! Omega forearms, goes for the Trigger, but Ishii throws him with a German Suplex! But Omega lands on his feet, to V-Trigger again! Cover, TWO!! Butterfly Driver!! Cover, TWO!? Ishii refuses to let even this stop him!
Omega grits his teeth while fans rally up again. He brings his knee pad down, and backs off. Omega runs back in, for an even more dangerous V-Trigger! Cover, TWO!! Omega can’t stand it as he has to drag Ishii back up. Electric Chair again, but Ishii fights out to a crucifix takedown! Cover, TWO!? Ishii can’t believe that didn’t end this. Both men crawl as fans hit a fever pitch. Ishii gets to a corner and stands. He fires himself up, but Omega covers up as Ishii throws heavy hands. Omega blocks to V-Trigger one more time, but then runs into a pop-up headbutt! Ishii gives another headbutt, then a HUGE clothesline! Cover, TWO?! Omega also refuses to go down. Ishii drags Omega up in a facelock, but Omega suplexes Ishii! Cover, ONE!!
Ishii gets to ropes again, but Omega runs, into another clothesline! Omega stands by instinct, wrenches the arm but gets a headbutt. He still gives a V-Trigger but gets an enziguri for it. Omega swings, but Ishii turns him around into a brainbuster! Cover, ISHII WINS!!
Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall; Ishii earns 2 points, Omega earns 0
Both men bleed from the lips, but it’s Ishii who gets a win over THE IWGP Heavyweight Champion! Ishii may not be in the G1 Climax Finals, but he now has a legitimate claim to a title match. But if it took this much for Ishii to win here, how much will it take to take that title away from Omega? As for Omega, he’ll likely need stitches for that busted lip, but are his chances of getting into the finals busted now, too?
Backstage interview with Kenny Omega.
“There it is. You guys love your underdog stories, huh? There you go. Hope your happy.” Clearly Omega isn’t happy about this blemish on his record, but there’s still time. Can he turn it around? Will he be ready for another rough rematch with the Pitbull in the future?
Tetsuya Naito VS Kota Ibushi!
Los Ingobernables de Japon’s charismatic leader defeated the Golden Star in last year’s G1 Climax round robin on his way to the finals. He looks to repeat that here, but not if Ibushi has anything to say about it. Will both Golden Lovers lose on the same day? Or will Ibushi shine bright to move up the ranks?
The bell rings and fans duel between these two mega stars. Naito and Ibushi slowly circle. They tie up quickly, and Ibushi gets a waistlock. Naito reverses to an arm wrench and a wristlock. Ibushi rolls and works to wrench it back but Naito kicks low then rakes the eyes. Naito throws forearms then whips Ibushi corner to corner. Ibushi goes up and over then speeds up. Naito dodges the clothesline and the kick to Tranquilo already. Ibushi isn’t amused, but Naito wants him to fist bump. Ibushi doesn’t so Naito bails out. Naito walks around the ring while Ibushi keeps an eye on him. Naito teases returning, but then wants Ibushi to give him space. Ibushi does while Red Shoes starts a count. Naito waits until 8 and then fires off on Ibushi. He whips Ibushi but Ibushi reverses.
Things speed up again and Ibushi dropkicks Naito down! Naito rolls out again but Ibushi slingshots out. Naito gets on the apron but Ibushi adjusts to join him. Ibushi elbows Naito, then takes aim at the apron. Naito resists the German Suplex by holding ropes then fighting with elbows. Ibushi kicks but Naito blocks to put it in the ropes, then Naito dropkicks Ibushi’s other leg out! Ibushi tumbles to the floor while Naito rests on the apron. Naito fetches Ibushi and has camera men move aside. He puts Ibushi’s leg on the railing to kick it! Fans boo but Naito doesn’t care. He stomps Ibushi, then opens the gate. Naito brings Ibushi around to the announce tables and throws him into the English table! Naito practically bowls Ibushi over Kevin Kelly!
Red Shoes counts and Naito leaves Ibushi outside. Ibushi drags himself up and hobbles his way back to the ring. He gets in at 11 but Naito is on him with stomps. Naito takes that bad leg and stomps right on the knee while smashing it on the mat. Naito repeats the knee smash stomp and Ibushi writhes in pain. Red Shoes checks on Ibushi but Naito stomps Ibushi to ropes. Naito puts Ibushi in the corner for back elbows. Naito stomps a mudhole into that bad knee, then drags Ibushi back up for more elbows. He stomps the knee again, then backs off. He drags Ibushi back up and out, turns him around, for the backbreaker and dropkick! Cover, TWO and we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as Naito toys with Ibushi. Red Shoes reprimands him and fans boo him, but Naito only spits and taunts at them. Naito drags Ibushi up but Ibushi fires forearms. Naito fakes a punch to give a kick, then goes back to the leg. He spits on Ibushi before elbowing the knee. He runs and aims for the leg, but Ibushi manages to hop over his slide. Ibushi still gets a kick, but manages to double stomp Naito on the run! Both men are down as Naito writhes and Ibushi catches his breath. Fans rally up and Ibushi sits up slowly. Ibushi brings Naito up and they start brawling with forearms. Naito hits, Ibushi hits, Naito hits, Ibushi spin kicks. Ibushi whips but Naito reverses, only for Ibushi to running roundhouse Naito down! Ibushi standing moonsaults, covers, TWO!
But Ibushi keeps focus as he drags Naito back up in a waistlock. Naito resists the German Suplex and fights out, then runs at Ibushi in the corner. Ibushi puts up boots but Naito blocks them. Naito turns Ibushi around and gives him a draping neckbreaker! He keeps on Ibushi but Ibushi fights out to huricanrana! Naito rolls back out of the ring but fans rally for Ibushi. Ibushi fires up and takes aim, for the Golden Triangle Moonsault! He hits Naito down but he’s down from exhaustion. Fans cheer while Red Shoes starts a count. Ibushi gets up and hobbles after Naito. The count hits 13 as Ibushi brings Naito up, and he puts him in at 14. Ibushi climbs up, but Naito stops him! Naito positions Ibushi and elbows away at that knee. Naito climbs up to join Ibushi but Ibushi grabs Naito’s leg.
They fight each other, and Ibushi dumps Naito down. Naito stays on his feet, but Ibushi drags him back up and around. Ibushi has Naito but Naito fights out! Naito trips Ibushi and he hits the mat! Naito hops right up top, aims, and leaps for the missile dropkick! Then the jump kick, sweep and swinging dropkick! Naito drags Ibushi out for a modified Figure Four! Ibushi endures the unique kneebar, but then Naito slaps him. Ibushi slaps back and it’s a figure four slap fight. They slap back and forth but Ibushi fires off with both hands from both sides. Naito puts more torque into the hold then spits on Ibushi. Ibushi drags himself to the ropes, but Naito holds on until 3.
Naito smirks as he brings Ibushi back up. He grabs the leg but Ibushi denies the shinbreaker. Naito elbows Ibushi back, then goes for the rope-assisted tornado, but Ibushi powers out. Ibushi runs but into the atomic drop. Naito whips but Ibushi reverses, only for Naito to leap with forearms! Naito drags Ibushi back up, hammerlock and GLOR– No, Ibushi escapes Gloria to give Naito a BIG Half Nelson Suplex! The Golden Star evens things as we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as Ibushi crawls over to Naito. He gives a forearm, and Naito gives one back. Ibushi goes again, but Naito elbows back. Ibushi gives yet another forearm, but so does Naito. They both stand now, and Ibushi gives another forearm. Naito hits Ibushi but Ibushi quickly kicks back. Naito forearms again, but Ibushi quickly kicks agian. Another forearm for another kick, then Ibushi fires off more kicks. Naito kicks Ibushi’s bad leg, then grabs it. Ibushi fires back with forearms but Naito spits right in his face! Fans boo and jeer but Naito just gives another forearm. Ibushi suddenly fires off a strike fest! Ibushi runs but into Naito’s wheelbarrow. But Ibushi blocks it! Naito still rolls it through and has Ibushi in the package, for the driver! But he doesn’t cover?
Naito smirks as he brings Ibushi back up for for the hammerlock and GLORIA! He still smirks as he still doesn’t cover. He drags Ibushi up again, and suplexes him to the ropes! For a draping neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!? Even Naito is surprised, but he won’t let that stop him. He drags Ibushi up but Red Shoes has him back off. Red Shoes checks on Ibushi, but somehow Ibushi is still good. Naito drags Ibushi up by his hair, wrenches the arm but Ibushi roundhouses! They both fall, and fans rally up. Ibushi drags himself to his feet as he grits his teet. Naito also stands in the opposite corner. Ibushi runs but into an alley-oop! Ibushi hits buckles and Naito enziguris him down! Naito drags Ibushi up, turns him around, but Ibushi fights off the inverted tornado to PELE!
Naito is dazed on the top rope while Ibushi fires himself up. Ibushi climbs up and positions Naito on the top rope. He tucks Naito in but Naito holds on for dear life! Ibushi gives Naito a forearm then tries again, but Naito just saves himself. They brawl now, returning to slapping strikes, then Naito goes after that bad leg. Naito stands and gets around Ibushi, for a SUPER Reverse-Rana, that Ibushi lands on his feet out of!! Ibushi clobbers Naito with a clothesline! Both men fall but fans fire up again. Ibushi crawls, blood in his mouth like Omega. He kicks Naito while he’s down in the corner. Ibushi then drags Naito up, in a waistlock, FOR A SUPER GERMAN!! Cover, TWO!!
Ibushi can’t believe it! But that just makes him more determined. He lifts Naito, for the Last Ride Sit-Out! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi is shocked again, but he stands back up. He drags Naito up as fans duel. Ibushi has the hands, but Naito dodges to DESTIN– No! Ibushi blocked the DDT and has hand control again. But Naito dodges Kamigoye a second time to tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!? Now Naito is shocked, but he just wants it more. He wrenches, tilt-o-whirl, but into Ibushi’s brainbuster! Fans fire up as Ibushi copies the King of Strong Style for a KINSHASA!! Cover, TWO!? Ibushi is all fired up, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, IBUSHI WINS!!
Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall; Ibushi earns 2 points, Naito earns 0
The Golden Star overcomes and gets himself a total of 10 points! He’s up near the top, and just needs another win to earn his spot in the finals. Naito is taken away and Ibushi takes up a mic.
Fans chant “Ibushi! Ibushi!” as he catches his breath. “This is my first time on the mic in Osaka.” He makes a promise to everyone right now. He vows to win the G1 and return here as champion. Ibushi thanks the fans for his support as he has only two matches left in the round robin. However, one of those is going to be his best friend and fellow Golden Lover, Kenny Omega! That one match could determine the entire course of the Finals, who will seize their future with their own two hands?!
NJPW and AXS TV set the scene for A Block!
The race is one to determine A Block’s G1 Climax 28 finalist! Kazuchika Okada finds himself in a complete 180 from last year, as the former IWGP Heavyweight Champion is now coming back from a shocking losing streak. The King of Darkness defeated Okada last year to deny him a spot in the finals, but will history repeat itself? Or is the Rainmaker’s Redemption going to continue?
But before that, The Ace and the Unbreakable battle in an all Taguchi Japan match. Will Big Mike spoil the chances of another finals for Tanahashi? Or will the Once in a Century Talent prove that name right and overcome?
And what of the other contender, The Switchblade, Jay White? Will he lose to leave it between Okada and Tanahashi? Or will the Unchained Togi Makabe spoil the upstart’s uprising within Chaos? We jump into that important match, right now!
Jay White VS Togi Makabe!
NJPW on AXS takes us to a point where Makabe has White down but not out. Makabe runs but White counters and ducks to chop and saido suplex! Both men are down now but White is up first. White drags Makabe up and suplexes into the twisting brainbuster. Cover, TWO, and fans applaud for Makabe’s toughness. White grows frustrated, but he keeps on Makabe with forearms. Makabe dares him to give more, so White rocks him with another. Makabe eggs White on, and now White chops Makabe. White fires off forearms, but Makabe keeps egging him on. White keeps going, then runs, but his clothesline barely makes Makabe budge. Another try but still nothing. White goes a third time, but Makabe gives a clothesline back. Makabe runs but White ducks to chop and chop and chop. White runs but Makabe knocks him over!
Fans fire up as Makabe runs, but into a complete shot! White keeps going, deadlift German Suplex! But Makabe stands with White to run him over! Both men are down again, but Makabe roars his way up. Makabe puts White in the corner and up onto the top rope. Makabe climbs up to join him, but White holds on! White fights Makabe off with elbows, and Makabe falls into the Tree of Woe. But Makabe sits up for the Spider Belly2Belly! Makabe turns around but White uses Red Shoes as a shield. White then gets Makabe with strikes and prepares the Blade Runner, but Makabe counters with a German Suplex! Makabe clotheslines White again, then covers, TWO!
Makabe drags White up and scoops to slam. He goes back to a corner, climbs up top, and leaps! His knee drop misses! White rolls all the way out, and starts searching under the ring. He brings out chairs, and puts them in the ring. Red Shoes reprimands him, but White doesn’t care. Makabe ducks the swing to give lariats, one through the chair! Makabe then threatens White with the chair, Red Shoes stops him. White shoves Makabe into Red Shoes! White scurries away while those two fall over, and gets himself that second chair. SMACK in the face! White gets the chairs out of the ring and then has Red Shoes get back in. Blade Runner! Red Shoes counts, White wins!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall; White earns 2 points, Makabe earns 0
The Switchblade uses another sneaky tactic to keep himself spotless in the round robin. He has one more match to go, can he make it to the goal?
Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Michael Elgin!
The Ace has won two G1 Climaxes before, and looks for his third. The Unbreakable “Big Mike” is out of the running but doesn’t mind being spoiler, even to a fellow main unit member. Will Elgin keep Tanahashi back? Or will Tanahashi keep his chances of a finals appearance going?
The bell rings and the fans chant for Tanahashi. He and Elgin circle then tie up. Elgin powers Tanahashi back, but lets his friend out respectfully. They go again, and Tanahashi calls for a test of strength. Elgin accepts and they tie up. They go shoulder to shoulder, but even with a bad shoulder, Elgin has power enough to put Tanahashi on his knees. Tanahashi comes back and puts both arms against Elgin’s bad one, but Elgin still has such strength! Elgin backs Tanahashi to the ropes, then they break. Tanahashi puts Elgin on the ropes, and they break. Elgin lunges for a headlock and takeover but Tanahashi rolls it to his own. They stand and Elgin lifts Tanahashi to the ropes.
Elgin powers out of the headlock then runs Tanahashi over, but Tanahashi’s right back up! Elgin runs him over again and Tanahashi still springs back up, but then staggers back. Tanahashi reverses Elgin’s whip and hip tosses Elgin down, then plays the air guitar. Both men stand and Tanahashi body shots Elgin to a corner. He whips corner to corner but Elgin reverses. Elgin runs into an elbow but catches Tanahashi as he goes up and over. Tanahashi fights his way out and goes to reverse-rana, but Elgin holds on with power! Elgin swings Tanahashi for an inverted Alabama Slam! Elgin walks around Tanahashi before bringing him back up. He lifts Tanahashi for a backbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Elgin keeps on Tanahashi.
Elgin brings Tanahashi up for the scoop slam, then he goes outside to slingshot splash! Cover, TWO but barely. Elgin keeps his cool and drags Tanahashi up again. Tanahashi gives body shots but Elgin chops him back. Elgin runs but into boots. Tanahashi fires forearms but Elgin gives another chop. Elgin whips but Tanahashi hits back with flying forearms. Tanahashi drops an elbow then a sommersault senton, cover, TWO! Tanahashi chops, but Elgin is too big for the scoop. Elgin scoops, Tanahahsi slips out, and they both kick. They both catch the kicks, then argue who lets go first. They decide to do it together, and then start again. Tanahashi ducks and chops, then forearms Elgin to a corner. He whips but Elgin reverses, to then dodge the dropkick on the rebound.
Elgin deadlifts but Tanahashi counters with a dragon screw! Elgin’s leg is also taped up so it’s another target for Tanahashi. Both men slowly sit up, and Tanahashi goes after the leg again. Elgin shoves him away then catches the kick, to give Tanahashi a dragon screw! Tanahashi has his own leg problems, so that was a good move from Elgin. Elgin drags Tanahashi up but they start brawling. Elgin hits, Tanahashi hits, repeat. Tanahashi kicks then runs, but into an overhead belly2belly! Both men slowly stand but Elgin runs in for a big corner clothesline. Elgin suplexes to a Falcon Arrow, cover, TWO! The battle of tag team partners continues as we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as Elgin brings Tanahashi back up. Elgin chops Tanahashi then lifts him to the top rope. Elgin climbs up but Tanahashi slips under! Tanahashi wants a high-angle German Suplex but Elgin holds on. Elgin fights Tanahashi off, then turns around. Tanahashi runs in, catches the foot, SUPER Dragon Screw! Elgin clutches his leg but Tanahashi isn’t done there. Tanahashi grabs the legs to Cloverleaf! He gets Elgin on his belly and pulls back. Elgin endures and uses his arms to drag himself forward. Tanahashi wrenches back and sits down into it, but Elgin powers back up! Elgin pushes himself off the mat and then pops Tanahashi off the hold! Tanahashi goes to the apron but skins the cat into headscissors! He drags Elgin over and down!
Tanahashi skins the cat again to return into the ring. Fans fire up as Tanahashi gets to a corner and the top rope. Elgin hurries in to stop him from jumping. Tanahashi fights Elgin off, but Elgin swing kicks Tanahashi back. Elgin climbs up and brings Tanahashi with him, for the SUPERPLEX! Tanahashi writhes from the impact, Elgin covers, TWO! Elgin feels hwo close he is, and fires himself up. Fans rally with him as he drags Tanahashi back up. Elgin prepares a powerbomb but Tanahashi grabs a leg. Elgin pries Tanahashi’s arms back for a double underhook, but Tanahashi back drops! Big Mike rolls through to high stack then deadlift, for the powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Elgin is surprised, but he grits his teeth as he works on what to do next.
Elgin drags Tanahashi back up, powerbomb lifts again, for a buckle bomb! But Tanahashi fires out for a slingblade! Cover, TWO! Crucifix! TWO! Both men are down, but they’re not done yet. Tanahashi is up first and goes after Elgin’s legs. Elgin forearms, but Tanahashi holds on, until the enziguri! German Suplex! Elgin holds on but Tanahashi fights with elbows. Elgin grabs thsoe arms, so Tanahashi blocks with a leg. He can’t tiger suplex, so Elgin swings Tanahashi out for a forearm! Elgin then powerbomb lifts, only for Tanahashi to slip out and hit the swinging neckbreaker! Slingblade!
Tanahashi is all fired up as he climbs to the top. He aims, Elgin stands, High Fly Flow crossbody! But Elgin rolls through and scoops! Tanahashi slips out and wants a full nelson. Elgin breaks free so Tanahashi changes to trapping the arms. Elgin breaks out of that, too! Tanahashi hits him with a palm strike, but Elgin comes back with a back hand! Elgin clobbers Tanahashi with a clothesline! Elgin takes off his elbow pad and prepares that wrapped but powerful arm. He has Tanahashi stand, then runs, for another big clothesline! Then a powerbomb lift, crucifix sit-out!! Cover, TWO!! Elgin can’t believe it, but Tanahashi survives. Elgin fires up again and drags Tanahashi back up. He goes for and hits another buckle bomb! Then a spin, but Tanahsahi drops off and rolls him up! Tanahashi wins!!
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall; Tanahashi earns 2 points, Elgin earns 0
It was by the skin of his teeth and the seat of his pants, but Tanahashi gets the win! He keeps ahead of Jay White, but there’s still one last round in the round robin. Can The Ace get through to get back to the finals? Or will he leave room for the Switchblade to slide in?
Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL!
The Rainmaker has gone through a dry spell since losing his IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but he still has hope. However, he faces the man who denied him passage to the finals last year, right at the home stretch. Will Okada continue to climb back from defeat? Or will he find out Everything is Evil?
The bell rings and fans are behind Okada already. Okada and Evil circle then approach, and Evil kicks low. Evil puts on a headlock, but Okada works against the hold. Evil drags him back in, but Okada fights with body shots. Okada powers out, but Evil runs him over with a shoulder. Evil runs and things speed up, but Evil still gets Okada with the lariat. Cover, TWO and already a close one. Evil brings Okada up just so he can clothesline him back down. He drags Okada up again, but Okada escapes the STO. Okada European Uppercuts and catches Evil into the Air Raid neckbreaker! Both men are down but fans are rallying. Evil and Okada roll out of the ring, but Evil is the one who whips Okada. Okada reverses only for Evil to reverse back, and Okada gets the railings!
Evil drags a chair out from under the ring, then puts it around Okada’s head. He throws Okada and chair into the post! Okada falls and Red Shoes reprimands Evil for that. Red Shoes checks Okada but Okada’s okay somehow. Evil waits in the ring while Okada slowly stirs. Red Shoes holds off on the count a moment, but starts it as he sees Okada is moving. The climb counts to 10 but Okada gets in at about 13. Evil drags Okada up and wrenches the arm a couple times. He wrenches a third time, then grabs the other arm for a half surfboard. Evil pushes and Okada’s face hits the mat. Cover, TWO! Evil grows frustrated with Red Shoes, but that was the count.
Evil drags Okada up and around for a chop. Okada staggers to a corner, and Evil chops him again. Evil chops a third time, and Okada falls to the floor. Cover, TWO! Evil brings Okada into a chinlock, bending him back with a knee. Evil pulls back as hard as he can but Okada endures. Okada stands up and fights out again, then runs, but into a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Okada while Evil keeps his cool. Evil drags Okada up and turns him around, but Okada fights out. Evil kicks low then whips but Okada reverses into a DDT! Both men are down again, but Okada suddenly kips up!
Okada runs at Evil for a forearm smash, then elbow. He rallies with a whip but Evil reverses, only for Okada to come back with another elbow. Okada brings Evil up but Evil fights back. Evil runs but into the flapjack! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool now, and goes to gut wrench. Evil blocks so Okada clubs and kicks him. Okada EuroUppers Evil to a corner, then gives Evil a back elbow. Okada lifts Evil but Evil kicks him first. Evil dodges a dropkick to drop the senton! LIJ’s King of Darkness is in control while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns and Evil joins Okada on the apron. Evil drags Okada up, but Okada fights back with body shots. Evil rakes Okada’s eyes, then gives him a leaping facebuster to the railings! It was double-edged as Evil hit just as hard. Red Shoes checks on both men but they’re both okay somehow. Evil sits up first, and drags Okada up and around the corner. They go to the ramp now, and Evil fireman’s carry. Okada slips out to kick and DDT Evil on the ramp! Fans fire up as Okada rolls to his feet and gets a running start, for the John Woo dropkick! Evil is sent rolling all the way back to the ring! Okada catches his breath while Evil clutches his ribs.
Okada heads back and fetches Evil at the count of 13 to put him in the ring at 16. He aims at Evil from a corner, then runs out for another dropkick. Evil ends up in the other corner, but Okada keeps on him. Okada puts Evil in the middle to then climb up top. He aims, for a missile dropkick! But Okada isn’t done with Evil yet, he gets the fans fired up! Okada brings Evil up but Evil again blocks the gut wrench. Okada clubs Evi’s back and completes the lift, but Evil slips down. Evil shoves Okada then uses Red Shoes as a shield. He mule kicks Okada then suplex lifts him onto Red Shoe’s shoulder! Magic Killer! Everyone is down, including Red Shoes. Red Shoes rolls out to recover while Okada and Evil slowly stand.
Evil runs in at Okada, but into Okada’s boot. He tries again but gets more boots, yet still hits a corner clothesline! Evil lifts Okada for Darkness Falls! Cover, TWO!! It was close but not enough. Evil sits Okada up to slash the throat, and bring him up. Okada denies the STO but Evil kicks and roaring elbows. Okada reverses the whip but Evil holds ropes to evade the dropkick. Evil runs, but into Okada’s waistlock and wristlock ripcord! Evil ducks the Rainmaker to STEAL the Rainmaker! Cover, TWO!! Okada’s own move doesn’t do it!! Fans fire up while Evil roars. Evil drags Okada up, half ‘n’ half suplex! Then with elbow pad off, Clothesline from Hell! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives again and it infuriates Evil.
Evil calls for the end, brings Okada up, and goes for STO again. Okada reverses and swings Evil out but Evil reverses to try another steal. Okada reverses, to STEAL the STO!! Cover, TWO!! Evil won’t lose to his own move, either! Both men are down again but Okada stands first. He dropkicks Evil in the back of the head, then gut wrenches to the Tombstone! But he’s not done, he swings Evil out again. Evil blocks but Okada stops the STO, only to get a left-hand lariat! Evil drags Okada up again, ST– Discus lariat from Okada! And, THE Rainmaker!! Cover, OKADA WINS!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; Okada earns 2 points, Evil earns 0
The redemption continues! Okada redeems himself for last year’s loss, as well as for the losses earlier in the tournament. With just round left, can Okada pull off the comeback of the century? Or will Tanahashi stand in his way?
“I can’t believe it. It’s unbelievable.” After a brutal match like that, the fans won’t go home. What’s up with that, Osaka? Does it look like he won that easily? Is he that strong? Is he just that amazing? Well then he’ll go ahead and say it. “Win number six!!” And he’s a bit dizzy now. But Okada’s sure this is going smoothly. He’s so smooth. The Okada they expected has returned. But he won’t be as strong or amazing as he was before. He’ll be even more than that! He will bring NJPW with him.
“One more G1 qualifier match.” Fans know it’s against Tanahashi, and are already dueling. Okada takes note of it. Rocky Romero says Okada, too, right? But he feels bad for Tanahashi now. But too bad for Tanahashi, because Okada vows to win it all! “Are you satisfied now? Because I’d really like to sit down.” Thank you very… much! Okada takes his leave and hopes to take the G1 Climax, but what will it take just to win the block?
Another great selection for two hours of NJPW on TV. They didn’t use time to review the other matches, but that’s because they couldn’t spare time given the matches advertised. At the same time, the only matches that matter at this point are those vying for the top spots in each block. B Block was another Golden Lovers night as Omega surprisingly loses to Ishii in a great gritty match, while Ibushi toughs it out to win against Naito. I liked that Ibushi got to speak, and he was aware he doesn’t get to do it often. So in character, he keeps his speech to the point. Ibushi has Tama Tonga then Omega, those are going to be great. Naito will soon face fellow LIJ member Sanada, that should also make for great story, no matter who wins.
I was a bit surprised they fit White VS Makabe for A Block, but that match was important to see to know that White was keeping pace. Tanahashi VS Elgin and Okada VS Evil were great, and very clean compared to White’s. It was great for story that Okada and Evil each stole the other’s finisher once but couldn’t win with them. Okada wins and gets to speak, confident that even with thought it’s Tanahashi he has left, he can win. The only way White gets in over either of them is if he and Okada win, given White’s early win over Okada is the tiebreaker. Anything else and Tanahashi’s in.
My Score: 8.8/10; 8.8/10; Overall = 8.8/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (2/9/19)
The NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship is defended on ROH!
Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 386
ROH brings us the National Treasure and the Darewolf competing over THE NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship! Which man makes history in historic first?
- Six Man Tag: Villain Enterprises VS John Skyler, Corey Hollis & Josey Quinn; Villain Enterprises wins.
- NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship: Nick Aldis w/ Kamille VS PJ Black; Aldis wins and retains the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship.
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ROH opens with John Skyler, Corey Hollis & Josie Quinn in the ring.
The Southern Savior tells everyone from commentary to the fans to “Shut your mouths!” The spotlight belongs on Quinn, Hollis and Skyler! This is the roughest, toughest trio in ROH, and if anyone doubts them, then step up and get stepped on! Who answers the call? Villain Enterprises! Marty Scurll leads PCO and Brody King out to the ring, and we have our opening Six Man Tag match!
Six Man Tag: Villain Enterprises VS John Skyler, Corey Hollis & Josey Quinn!
If The Southern Savior, The Original and The Pale Horse want to prove they’re the roughest, toughest team to come to ROH, then they’ll need to pull out all the stops against Marty Scurll’s own stable. Will Scurll, PCO and Brody spoil this newest trio’s debut?
Before the match, Scurll says, “How cute! Look at you guys! I used to be like all three of you: young, full of hope, full of spirit, full of optimism.” Scurll can tell these three haven’t been jaded by this business. Scurll is sure all three of them will be big “superstars” in ROH, and make one hell of an impact. But unfortunately for them, it won’t be tonight. They’re going to feel the wrath of Villain Enterprises! Scurll, PCO and Brody flank the ring, and they strike!
PCO and Brody drag Quinn and Skyler out of the ring while Scurll brawls with Hollis! Scurll dumps Hollis out and PCO sends Skyler into a post. Brody suplexes Hollis for Scurll to SUPERKICK from the apron, and Brody finishes him off with a gourd buster! Villain Enterprises takes control of the ring as the streamers fly! This match will still happen after the break.
ROH returns and PCO starts against Quinn. Quinn goes at PCO with kicks and chops, but PCO doesn’t flinch! PCO even dares him to chop more! Quinn chops and chops, and then PCO CHOPS back! PCO CHOPS Quinn to a corner and then keeps going! The ref counts and PCO backs off, only to come back with rapid fire chops! Fans fire up for PCO as he scoops and sidewalk slams Quinn! Skyler and Hollis rush PCO to club away on him. They double whip but PCO breaks the line to double clothesline them! PCO choke tosses Skyler into a corner, then choke slams him on the rebound! PCO climbs up top and LEAPS at Quinn on the apron! But Skyler gets Quinn clear and PCO hits only apron! But PCO gets up like it was nothing!
Fans fire up with PCO, but Hollis DIVES out onto him! PCO catches Hollis to send him into the barriers! Fans chant for “P C O!” as he gets back in. Quinn throws big forearms then runs, but PCO runs him over! Tag to Scurll and Scurll chops Quinn back down. Scurll rocks Quinn with a European Uppercut then another CHOP! Scurll runs but Hollis swipes his feet. Quinn tags out to Skyler in the distraction. Quinn runs at Scurll but Scurll throws him out, only to turn around into Skyler’s slingshot spear! Cover, TWO! Skyler keeps on Scurll with a rain of right hands. Tag to Hollis and they mug Scurll in the corner. Hollis snapmares and drops a knee, then covers. TWO, and fans rally up for Scurll. Hollis feeds Scurll to Quinn’s boot then tags Quinn in.
Quinn and Hollis mug Scurll in the corner, then Quinn snapmares Scurll to a chinlock. Scurll endures the squeeze while fans rally up again. Scurll fights his way up and out. Quinn whips Scurll to the corner but runs into boots. Scurll fights out but gets a corner clothesline! Quinn whips but Scurll reverses to a tornado DDT! Both men are down but crawling for their corners. Hot tags to Skyler and Brody! Brody rallies on all there opponents! Fans fire up as Brody puts Skyler on the ropes, for a cannonball! Scurll tags back in but Skyler knees low. Skyler throws hands, then runs, but into Brody’s flapjack! Scurll adds a dropkick then Brody adds the senton! Fans fire up again as Scurll drags Skyler up. Scurll suplexes but Skyler slips out.
Hollis tags in before Brody clotheslines Skyler out. Hollis dodges Scurll to hit PCO. Scurll catches Hollis for a powerbomb! PCO climbs up while Scurll turns Hollis over, leg drop Boston Crab! PCO DIVES on Skyler and Quinn! Scurll catapults Hollis into Brody’s forearm! Back senton across Scurll’s knees! Brody lifts Hollis and hits the Gonzo Bomb! Hollis bounces up into the Chicken Wing! Hollis taps, Villain Enterprises wins!
Winners: Villain Enterprises, Marty Scurll by submission
But wait! Red balloons fly out from under the ring! But also some black balloons… The Kingdom laugh as they appear on stage. Were they looking for someone? It’s no secret that The Kingdom are the best trio on this planet. They’re the best trio in history! The Kingdom doesn’t fear anyone, especially not these “three goons.” They’d love to get in that ring and even put the titles on the line! But Matt Taven keeps TK O’Ryan calm as he says they’re fighting champions. They have no problems defending any place, any where, any time, especially against “Melvin Enterprises.” Just not this time. The Kingdom loves to troll everyone, but will Scurll and company be the ones having the last laugh?
The Kingdom speaks backstage.
Vinnie Marseglia laughs again, and says he “hates to spoil it for all the puppets in ROH, but PCO is human.” TK O’Ryan says Brody King is big and bad, but getting hit upside the head with a baseball bat, he’d be out cold just like anybody else. And Taven lets them all know that while Villain Enterprises is new around here, The Kingdom runs the show. #RespectTheCrown. The Kingdom are the champions and will defend them when they choose. “Because IIII’M Matt Taven, and this is MY Kingdom.”
Jay Lethal speaks.
“It is getting more and more difficult to keep track of everybody in line for this ROH World Championship.” Because all Lethal can see is a man running around pretending that his fake belt counts! Taven attacks Lethal from behind, disrespects the company and disrespects the REAL belt by spitting on it! Lethal is sick and tired of Taven! Taven has Lethal’s attention, where and when will this issue of two world title belts be put to rest?
The Gatekeeper has a brand new challenger.
Kelly Klein put it upon herself to be a fighting champion on a level like no other champion. She willingly defends her title in every singles match she has! Watch Kelly defend that title against a debuting but very promising Woman of Honor via Honor Club’s On Demand!
NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship: Nick Aldis w/ Kamille VS PJ Black!
For the first time ever, ROH TV plays host to the NWA’s top title! The National Treasure brings the Ten Pounds of Gold to the Ring of Honor as the first man to defend it here. The Darewolf, who narrowly avoided death in a base jumping accident, has climbed back and is the first man to challenge for this title in ROH. History is being made, but will it be for a successful defense or a successful defeat?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this is the first time the title has been defended in Atlanta, Georgia since 1993! Fans say “Thank you, Nick!” This historic match finally begins, after the break!
ROH returns and the Code of Honor is skipped by PJ. The bell rings, and the two circle and tie up. Aldis wrenches but PJ cartwheels and wrenches. Aldis spins through and reverses the wristlock. PJ rolls and drop toeholds! Aldis reverses to a hammerlock but PJ gets the ropes. Aldis lets PJ go and the two circle again. They tie up and PJ gets a waistlock. PJ rolls Aldis, TWO, but PJ is on Aldis in a corner with a facelock. PJ honors the break but he gives Aldis a shove. Aldis decides to lounge on the top rope for a moment, so PJ shows off his capoeria while telling Aldis to “Suck It!” Fans echo “Suck It! Suck It!” as Aldis and PJ approach again. They tie up and Aldis gets a headlock. PJ powers out but Aldis runs him over.
Things speed up and Aldis avoids PJ’s Thesz Press. Aldis rebounds and blocks PJ’s hip toss, but PJ blocks Aldis’ hip toss to sweep the legs. PJ covers, ONE! Aldis gets the headlock takeover and makes it a cover, TWO and PJ gets the headscissors. PJ squeezes but Aldis moves around. Aldis headstands and pops out, but PJ gets back. PJ calls for a time-out, but there are no such things. Even so, Aldis lets PJ stand up, and they go again. PJ gets a headlock, and the takeover, but Aldis headscissors back. PJ headstands and pops out but Aldis ducks the boot to roll PJ! TWO, and PJ fakes Aldis out with a punch. PJ offers Aldis a hand, and Aldis takes it, only for PJ to uppercut! PJ uppercuts more but Aldis backslides, TWO!
The Darewolf asks for another time-out but from the corner. Aldis and PJ circle but PJ promises not to cheat. He offers a handshake but also crosses his fingers behind his back. Aldis takes the handshake, but PJ sweeps the legs and double stomps the back! PJ flexes but Aldis stands up. Aldis clotheslines PJ right down! Aldis puts PJ in the corner and CHOPS! He throws body shots and more chops, but PJ turns it around to CHOP Aldis back. They brawl in the corner but PJ stomps low. Aldis hits back and bumps PJ on buckles. Aldis whips corner to corner then runs in for a big clothesline. He whips PJ corner to corner again but PJ goes up and headscissors Aldis out!
PJ slingshots but Aldis slips into the ring. Aldis poses but PJ comes back. They speed up and PJ fakes Aldis out to then poke him in the eyes! The referee reprimands PJ while Aldis regroups with Kamille. PJ climbs up but Kamille stands in his way. Aldis gets to the other side, PJ slides out but gets run over with a lariat! Aldis refreshes the ring count while we go to break.
ROH returns and Aldis has PJ in a chinlock. Fans rally on both sides as PJ fights out. PJ throws heavy forearms then whips, but Aldis reverses. PJ kicks Aldis then runs, but Aldis follows to clothesline PJ upside-down! Aldis drags PJ up for a suplex, and holds him up there! Then brings him down! Cover, TWO! PJ gets to a corner but Aldis is right after him with a CHOP! Aldis whips PJ corner to corner hard, then back drops on the rebound! Fans cheer as Aldis covers, TWO! Aldis keeps on PJ with another facelock. PJ endures as Aldis wrenches. They stand and PJ hits back with body shots and a CHOP! Aldis CHOPS, PJ CHOPS, and now they brawl!
Aldis whips but PJ rolls off his back. PJ heel kicks Aldis down, then runs corner to corner for crossbody! PJ easily lands on the apron and bumps Aldis off buckles. He climbs up an dleaps for a flying elbow! PJ keeps going to the other corner and climbs again, for another flying elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as PJ stalks Aldis. PJ whips Aldis but Aldis reverses, only for PJ to hold ropes. Aldis walks into PJ’s boot, and then PJ springboards for a moonsault! PJ only grazes Aldis, so he quickly grabs Aldis for the inverted DDT. PJ hurries up top again and Aldis stands to get flying double stomps! Cover, TWO!! Aldis survives the stomp to the heart, but PJ keeps his cool. PJ climbs again and takes aim, but his double ax handles are caught into a BIG German Suplex!
Aldis drags PJ up again for a fast powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO, but Aldis holds onto the legs to try his Kingsland Cloverleaf! PJ brings Aldis in for a cradle! TWO, and both men get to corners. Aldis runs in but into an elbow. PJ hops up but Aldis trips him up! Aldis climbs up behind PJ but PJ resists. PJ elbows Aldis away but Aldis clubs him back. Aldis climbs again, SUPER GERMAN! Both men are down but fans fire up! Aldis crawls to a cover, TWO! The Darewolf survives and the National Treasure grows frustrated while we go to one last break.
ROH returns once more, and fans rally as Aldis heads for the top rope. PJ rolls and SHORYUKENS! PJ climbs but Aldis resists. Aldis hits back with body shots and pushes PJ away. PJ comes back quick, SUPER STEINER! Then springboard moonsault! Cover, TWO!! PJ can’t believe it, but Aldis escapes! PJ drags Aldis up for a dragon sleeper, but Aldis endures. Aldis pries free to scoop PJ into the TOMBSTONE! Aldis heads up top again, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! PJ lives and even Kamille is shocked. Aldis gives Kamille a signal and she tosses the belt in the ring! Kamille distracts the referee, but both men grab at the belt! PJ SLAPS Aldis away, then picks up the Ten Pounds of Gold! PJ tosses it to Aldis and falls over! Aldis gets caught with the belt in his hands but the referee takes it away. PJ rolls Aldis! TWO!!
PJ wheelbarrows and turns Aldis over, Billy Goat’s Curse! Aldis crawls as PJ stretches, and Aldis gets the ropebreak! Aldis bails out, but PJ DIVES on him! Direct hit brings Aldis down but PJ gets back in the ring. PJ builds speed again, to wreck KAMILLE with a dropkick! Kamille took the hit for Aldis but fans still boo PJ for it! Fans do know “This is Awesome!” as Aldis goes after PJ. But PJ throws Aldis into the post! PJ puts Aldis in the ring and springboards for a crossbody! But Aldis manages to roll through! TWO!! PJ shoulders and slingshots but Aldis sits on the sunset, but he also holds the ropes! The referee sees that, and kicks Aldis’ arms away! PJ finishes the sunset flip, TWO! Aldis gets the legs, Kingsland Cloverleaf! PJ endures but taps, Aldis wins!
Winner: Nick Aldis, by submission; still NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion
History is made as the National Treasure retains the title on ROH TV! Is this only the beginning of the Ten Pounds of Gold being part of ROH history?
Juice Robinson heads to the ring!
The Flamboyant One saw that there was still some time left over tonight and decided to take this opportunity to address the fans. “What up, Hotlanta?!” Juice says the last time he was here, he promised there’d be a lot more of him in an ROH ring. And he didn’t mean for a cup of coffee or for a Global Wars tour. He meant a hell of a lot more Juice in ROH in 2019! But why? Isn’t NJPW so fun? It’s because Juice knows what this company stands for: Honor. Juice has had something in the works, and the pieces have all come together.
“ROH was founded by guys like Samoa Joe. Guys like AJ Styles. The lifeblood of ROH for so long has been through the hard work of guys like the American Dragon, Bryan Danielson.” Or even Juice’s best friend, Tyler Black. All those guys cared about honor. Those are the guys that when their music hit, they came down the stairs, entered the ring, and looked their opponent(s) in the eyes and said, “Win, lose or draw, we’re going to start this with a handshake, and no matter what happens, end with a handshake.” That is what ROH is about. Juice can’t figure out what’s happened over the last few years. Tonight, ROH hits a reset button. Tonight, ROH begins its restoration. And tonight, “we bring ROH to the next level!” And that starts right here and now.
The pulse that we’ve seen for weeks! Juice is joined in the ring by David Finlay, Mark Haskins, Bandido, Tracy Williams, and Tenille Dashwood! “We are Lifeblood!” And together, they will put the Honor back in Ring of Honor! Fans are loving this already! Will this new alliance of rising stars revitalize ROH?
A really great episode right here, and we finally know what that pulse was about. Juice Robinson leading a new faction, Lifeblood, is a great move for him in ROH. It represents a new level Juice himself has reached, and helps give him and all the wrestlers in the stable something to be part of. This can definitely feed the story I’d been sensing of Tenille Dashwood returning to confront the person who attacked her, which can turn out to be Kelly Klein. Tenille VS Kelly can be Lifeblood’s Women of Honor Championship story while the five men go after the variety of titles. I’m sure Juice would want to be world champion, leaving the World TV, World Tag and World Six Man Championships to any of the other members.
Juice’s promo leading up to Lifeblood’s debut was also very well done. It kept the continuity of ROH’s past, with name drops including the wrestlers now known as Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins. Juice’s group might also be pitted against Bully Ray’s group, who aren’t so honorable. That will make for a great 5v5 tag down the line and then separate showdowns for things like the Briscoes defending the World Tag Team Championships against any combination from Lifeblood.
Villain Enterprises does great again in another Six Man Tag victory while The Kingdom do well again as the arrogant Heels they are. They’ll have it out for those titles soon enough, whether The Kingdom likes it or not. And with Jay Lethal’s promo, that match for the undisputed ROH World Championship has to be happening sooner rather than later. Maybe they can arrange it for the ROH Anniversary Show. And then the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship was great, and was rightfully given lots of time. PJ was great being the sneaky Heel he’s been known to be, but it almost felt like Aldis was turning Heel in the course of the match. Between Kamille being his shield but also getting him the belt, this match started to feel like Heel VS Heel. And that’s a good thing, we don’t get those enough in any promotion.
Obviously Aldis retains, a random ROH TV episode isn’t the place for a title change. But maybe ROH and NWA work a Pay-Per-View together and that is when an ROH star challenges and takes the NWA title, or vice-versa and an NWA star takes an ROH title.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/13/19)
It’s an epic rematch between Ricochet and Adam Cole BAYBAY!
NXT reignites a heated rivalry as The One and Only Ricochet takes on Adam Cole BAYBAY! Who will prove themselves worthier of the North American Champion?
- Shane Thorne VS Dominik Dijakovic; Dijakovic wins.
- Street Profits VS Humberto Carrillo & Stacy Ervin Jr; Street Profits win.
- Taynara Conti VS Aliyah; Aliyah wins.
- Ricochet VS Adam Cole; Ricochet wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE honors the memory of Pedro Morales.
Shane Thorne VS Dominik Dijakovic!
The Worst and the Croatian crusher both had a great showing in WWE Worlds Collide, but neither man won the epic tournament. Even so, both men look to climb the ranks on NXT all the same! Will a win help one of these men reach a championship opportunity on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
The bell rings and Thorne circles with Dijakovic. They tie up and go around, and Dijakovic pushes Thorne to a corner. Thorne pulls Dijakovic’s nose but Dijakovic pushes him back! The referee has the two break, but Thorne uses it to hotshot the arm! Thorne gets a waistlock and powers Dijakovic into buckles. He throws hands and wraps the arm on the ropes. Dijakovic pushes Thorne away but Thorne comes back with kicks and forearms! Thorne dropkicks Dijakovic down! Then he kicks away on every part of Dijakovic he can find! Fans fire up and Thorne goes after Dijakovic’s arm and neck. Thorne pulls and fans rally up. Dijakovic fights back but Thorne wrenches the bad arm. Dijakovic breaks free then counters Thorne, and even CHOPS him! Big clothesline clobbers Thorne!
Thorne comes back but Dijakovic kicks and elbows back. “Time to fly!” Dijakovic suplex and tosses Thorne! Dijakovic grabs Thorne by the throat, but Thorne pulls on the weak up to escape. Thorne uppercuts and saido suplexes! Both men are down but fans rally up. Thorne and Dijakovic get to corners but Thorne climbs up. Dijakovic stops him with a palm strike! Dijakovic climbs but Thorne throws hands. They brawl as Dijakovic climbs. Dijakovic clubs away on Thorne, but Thorne goes after the bad arm! Thorne pushes Dijakovic off but Dijakovic back flips! Dijakovic then SUPERKICKS Thorne down! Thorne staggers but Dijakovic springboards for a corkscrew plancha! Dijakovic defies physics and fans lose their minds! Dijakovic puts Thorne back in and fans call for it! Torture rack, Feast Your Eyes! Cover, Dijakovic wins!
Winner: Dominik Dijakovic, by pinfall
Dijakovic feasts on another victory! Will he continue his streak and feast on a title match in the near future?
The Undisputed Era speaks.
Adam Cole is tired of hearing they’re having a bad start to 2019. Everyone hits speed bumps, but they vow to finish what they started. Step one: regain the NXT Tag Team Championships. Step two: continue to be the best team on this whole show! The Undisputed Era will claim what is theirs and take what is theirs. Roderick Strong is excited. Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly will be back together as a tag team, and then Strong and Cole can go for singles titles. They will be dripping in gold in 2019, and that starts with Cole taking out Ricochet. Ricochet is a flash in the pan, but the Undisputed Era runs the show. They will show Ricochet, they will show NXT and they will show the world why they are Undisputed.
Exclusive interview after last week’s Six Woman Tag main event.
The Sky Pirates were pumped after their big victory alongside Bianca Belair over the Horsewomen. Io Shirai was especially excited because she proved she can beat Shayna Baszler. The Genius of the Sky wants that NXT Women’s Championship. The Pirate Princess warns Shayna to watch out, but then The EST comes by. There’s no beef between them, but Bianca would’ve had Shayna beat on two different occasions. Bianca is still Un-De-Fea-Ted, but will she get her second shot before Shirai gets her first?
Street Profits VS Humberto Carrillo & Stacy Ervin Jr!
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford are still stinging from the Forgotten Sons using numbers against them in their post-TakeOver showdown. But they look to get things back on track, even against this new young combination.
But wait, is that Kassius Ohno? Why? The Knockout Artist has been back for two years but not the best two years. He wants to let us know that as he was watching backstage, he sees some familiar faces in the Full Sail crowd. Ohno felt the need to come out here that, from the bottom of his heart, “each and everyone of you guys make me sick!” Ohno despises the Full Sail crowd! Their chants and their signs, too! The fans think they know everything but they don’t! Ohno is leaving, again! He’ll go somewhere where he can show he’s the “Best to Ever Do It”! But here comes Keith Lee! Lee rocks Ohno with an elbow!
The Limitless One takes the mic as fans sing for him. Lee tells Ohno, “Oh no… Or better yet, OH MY GAWD~!” This could’ve been so much worse. Lee could’ve low blow’d Ohno like he did Lee. But Ohno, don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out. And please, pardon the interruption. Let’s keep the show rolling! The Profits make their entrance and the match finally begins!
The Profits are wary of Lee, but he assures them, Wakanda Forever. Dawkins & Ford also taunt Ohno being knocked right out, then finally hit the ring.
The teams sort out and we begin with Carrillo and Ford. Carrillo and Ford tie up, and Carrillo gets a headlock. Ford can’t get free of the newest Cruiserweight’s grip, but the third time’s the charm. Carrillo runs Ford over, then things speed up and Carrrillo rolls of Ford’s back. Ford returns the favor and then sweeps the legs. Cover, ONE, and the two dodge each other’s kicks. Double dropkicks cancel out and both men handspring up. Fans fire up as Ford breaks it down. Carrillo and Ford shake hands to show there is respect. But then Ford kicks low! Ford clubs Carrillo and drags him to the corner. Tag to Dawkins and the Profits mug Carrillo.
Dawkins elbows Carrillo then tags Ford. They club away on Carrillo more, then Ford whips Carrillo corner to corner. Carrillo goes up and over and then shows off his agility! Ford runs into an arm-drag, then another! Carrillo has the armlock, but Ford finds his way up. Tag to Dawkins and Ford whips Carrillo. Carrillo reverses but gets run over by Dawkins. Dawkins whips but Carrillo somersaults and enziguris! Carrillo brings Dawkins over, tag to Ervin! They double whip and dropkick Dawkins down! Ervin hits a BIG standing shooting star! Cover, TWO! Ervin runs but Dawkins reels him in for a SPEAR! Dawkins gets up and brings Ervin over. Tag to Ford and the Profits stomp a mudhole into Ervin. Ford covers, TWO!
Ford keeps between Ervin and Carrillo as he clubs Ervin back down. He kicks Ervin hard in the ribs then reels Ervin into a chinlock. Ford thrashes Ervin around to show that new edge. Fans rally up and Ervin fights his way up. Ervin pries the hold open but Ford clubs him. Ford shoves and back suplexes HARD! Cover, TWO! Tag to Dawkins and the Profits double back suplexes. Ervin slips out and ducks, hot tag to Carrillo! Carrillo rallies on the Profits and fires off haymakers on Dawkins! Carrillo whips but Dawkins reverses, only to get a handspring back elbow! Ford runs in but misses, Carrillo uses Dawkins to arm-drag Ford! Carrillo rocks Dawkins back then climbs up fast, big missile dropkick! Fans fire up with Carrillo as he hits the somersault moonsault! Cover, TWO!
Carrillo drags Dawkins over and Ervin tags in. Ervin climbs, and hits a TSUNAMISAULT! Cover, but Ford breaks it! Ford puts Carrillo in the corner but Carrillo dumps and kicks him out. Dawkins ROCKS Carrillo and Ford tags in. Ervin runs into a pop-up, and his huricanrana is blocked! Dawkins spins Ervin, Ford says “SUCK IT!” for the blockbuster DOomsday device! Cover, The Street Profits win!
Winners: The Street Profits, Montez Ford pinning
The #CurseofGreatness now has a new intensity behind it! But they pick up mics to say “There seems to be a lot of gold raiding going around.” But best believe, Ford & Dawkins want a piece. Fans say “You Deserve It!” Ford says the Profits’ time in NXT has been a roller coaster. But one thing about roller coasters, it’s a fun ride! Make no mistake, at any given time, if they are given the ball, they can go to war! Profits call out the War Raiders, but they get the European Alliance!
Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel see Ford & Dawkins, and say, “Nein, nein, nein.” Opportunities are sacred in NXT. And no one deserves opportunities more than Aichner & Barthel. Street Profits, “stand aside.” But wait, here come Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch! The One Two Combination aren’t about words, they’re about fighting! All three teams argue, but here come the War Raiders! Hanson & Rowe stand on stage to say there’s an awful lot of talk, but no action. If these teams want these titles, “make a move!” Rowe & Hanson head for the ring, but here come the Undisputed Era! They attack Rowe & Hanson from behind 3v2! Then they feed the champs to the other contenders, and it is a feeding frenzy!
Rowe and Hanson hold their own against three teams, and even dump Ford out onto Barthel! Burch gets Thor’s Hammer! And Lorcan gets tossed onto everyone! The Undisputed Era’s plan didn’t work out at all! Who will earn the shot against the machines of Hanson & Rowe?
Taynara Conti VS Aliyah!
The Brazilian black belt and the Canadian Cat’s Meow want to prove they’re still worthy of an NXT Women’s Championship shot, but they’ll have to do it against each other. Who will gain some much needed momentum on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
The bell rings and fans duel as the two circle. Taynara avoids Aliyah’s grip and gets a takedown. Jackknife cover, TWO! Aliyah has Taynara by the hair but Taynara uses that for a flying armbar takedown! Aliyah scrambles to a ropebreak, and Taynara lets go. Taynara comes back but runs into a forearm. Aliyah brings Taynara down by her hair! Cover, TWO! Vanessa Borne appears at ringside to watch this up close and personal. Aliyah pulls Taynara around and hits a fireman’s carry takedown. Aliyah kicks away on Taynara’s back then covers again, ONE! The ref reprimands Aliyah as she grabs hair again. Aliyah kicks but Taynara catches the leg to another jackknife bridge. TWO, but Taynara rolls Aliyah up again. TWO, and Tyanara trips Aliyah into buckles!
Taynara throws Aliyah around with her judo training, then rolls through to finish her with a pump kick! Taynara toys with Aliyah then climbs up top. Aliyah gets up but gets caught into a hanging armbar! Taynara lets go at 4 but fires up. Vanessa doesn’t seem impressed, and then she goes after Taynara’s feet! Aliyah throws Taynara off the top! Aliyah drags Taynara up and around for a modified armlock! She stomps away on Taynara’s head as part of “Total Aliyahnation!” Taynara taps, Aliyah wins!!
Winner: Aliyah, by submission
The Vision helps the fashionable Aliyah win, and it seems an alliance is struck. But before they can explain themselves, Shayna Baszler storms her way out to the ring! Vanessa and Aliyah get clear of the angry Queen of Spades, but Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke put them back in! Shayna and the Horsewomen wreck Aliyah, then Marina fireman’s carry Vanessa into Jessamyn’s roundhouse! Taynara is not spared, Shayna gut wrench side slams her down! Shayna grabs a mic and says “This is your reality now!” Do not get in their way and do not question them. And do NOT piss them off. The Horsewomen leave, having made their statement. Who else will be trampled by their furious stampede?
Ricochet VS Adam Cole!
The King of Flight and the Panama City Playboy are far from through with each other, especially if it means getting closer to a championship match. While Johnny Wrestling and The Velveteen Dream fight for the NXT North American Championship next week, this match could determine a new #1 contender for afterward. Which former champion will take the next step back to that North American title?
The bell rings and the trash talk begins. Fans love “Both These Guys!” as they tie up. They go around the ring and end up in a corner. Cole turns it around and backs off only to sucker punch! Cole stomps a mudhole in then brings Ricochet up to whip. Ricochet holds ropes and back elbows hard! Ricochet throws haymakers but Cole kicks and punches back. Cole whips but Ricochet rolls off his back. Ricochet somersaults, handsprings, headscissors and dropkicks! Cole bails out but Ricochet DIVES! Ricochet rains down rights and then toys with Cole. Ricochet puts Cole back in and runs corner to corner. Cole boots Ricochet back, then hops up, but Ricochet enziguris back!
Ricochet climbs up but Cole bumps him off buckles. Cole adjusts but Ricochet resists the sunset flip. Ricochet rains rights, but Cole SUPERKICKS the legs out! Ricochet’s leg is caught in the ropes, and Cole stomps away! The referee backs Cole off then helps Ricochet out, but Cole comes back to swing the leg into the post! Ricochet writhes in agony and Cole takes his time returning. Cole stomps Ricochet more then drags him up into the corner. Cole wraps the leg on the ropes and pulls! The ref counts and Cole lets go at 4. Cole stomps Ricochet more as fans start to duel. Cole dragon screws Ricochet down! Fans grow louder in their duel while Cole stalks Ricochet. Ricochet stands but Cole kicks his legs out! Cole taunts Ricochet before grabbing the bad leg. Ricochet enziguris but Cole ducks it to then smash the knee on the mat!
Cole stomps the bad leg and Ricochet can only crawl. Cole takes the leg and drops knees on it! Fans rally up as Cole stomps Ricochet’s bad leg. Cole stomps Ricochet at the ropes and into a corner. The ref counts and Cole tells him to shut up! The ref and Cole argue but Cole goes back to Ricochet’s leg. Cole puts on a standing kneebar to push on the leg. Ricochet kicks free, but hobbles up. Cole dropkicks the leg right out! Ricochet clutches the leg but refuses to quit. Cole vows Ricochet will not reach the title before him. Cole stomps Ricochet more then drags him up. Ricochet denies the shin breaker and fans rally up. Cole reels Ricochet in but Ricochet slips out of the back suplex. Ricochet’s leg buckles but he shoves Cole away.
Ricochet somersaults but he can’t finish the attack! Cole swings, Ricochet dodges and comes back with a BIG clothesline! Both men are down and fans fire up! Ricochet drags himself up but Cole follows. Ricochet boots Cole with the good leg, then pushes Cole into buckles. Tiger Feint in the corner! Ricochet climbs on one leg, and leaps, for a flying uppercut! Ricochet still manages a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Ricochet gets the bad leg moving as fans rally up. Ricochet goes to Cole and brings him up, but the leg won’t allow the fireman’s carry. He rocks Cole with a forearm but Cole again kicks the bad leg out! Cole throws big forearms in the corner then hoists Ricochet up top. Ricochet pushes Cole away but Cole enziguris! Cole drags Ricochet out on a fireman’s carry, Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Ricochet lives and fans are loving this!
Cole keeps his cool while Ricochet slowly catches his breath. Fans duel as Cole stalks Ricochet to ropes. Cole drags Ricochet up as fans cheer for “Both These Guys!” Cole suplexes but Ricochet resists. Ricochet slips out of the suplex and ducks the enziguri! Northern Lights and roll through, to deadlift. But the legs give out, Last Shot Brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives but Cole tells him to stay down. Ricochet doesn’t and fans rally up. Cole pulls down the knee pad, runs, but Ricochet dodges the Shining Wizard to roll up! TWO, 52 Fake-Out! Cole misses the superkick to get a Reverse-Rana! Ricochet drags Cole to a drop zone then drags himself to a corner. Ricochet climbs but the bad leg is refusing to work. Fans cheer him on as he one leg springboard sentons! Cover, TWO!!
Ricochet’s desperate dive didn’t work out, but he still tries the fireman’s carry! Cole fights out but walks into a back elbow. Cole forearms back but Ricochet returns it. They keep hitting back and forth, and Ricochet grows stronger for it! Ricochet fires off more forearms but Cole mule kicks the leg out. Cole misses the boot and Ricochet uppercuts him. But Cole pump boots, only for Ricochet to knee strike. Cole enziguris, dodges the Pele, SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!? Ricochet lives and Cole is shocked! But Full Sail is thunderous for this main event! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but Cole wants to end this. Cole drags Ricochet up and to a corner. He throws big forearms, then hoists Ricochet up top again. Cole throws more forearms, then climbs up.
Fans duel as Cole throws more forearms. Ricochet slips out to club Cole back! Ricochet grits his teeth and climbs up on one leg. He grabs Cole but Cole elbows the bad leg. Cole sends Ricochet down to the apron! Cole turns around and drags Ricochet back up. But Ricochet fights back now, and steadies himself, for a SUPER STEINER! Ricochet ax kicks Cole down! But he’s not done there, Northern Lights roll through to Falcon Arrow! And a fireman’s carry, for the Vertigo Driver! Cover, Ricochet wins!!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall
The One and Only wins, but he’s instantly attacked by the rest of the Undisputed Era! But here comes Aleister Black! Aleister throws hands on Strong, O’Reilly and Fish, but Cole SUPERKICKS him! Strong gets Aleister with End of Heartache! “Nobody can touch us!” Will the Undisputed Era leave everyone behind on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
Another great episode for NXT! Thorne VS Dijakovic was essentially filler but anything is good for the now solo Aussie. Thorne should consider the option of being a crossover talent between NXT USA and NXT UK. NXT UK needs a more clear singles midcard, and Thorne could get some good play over there. Dijakovic meanwhile continues a nice roll, he himself might get a midcard title shot, perhaps after Wrestlemania Weekend. Good to see Keith Lee and Kassius Ohno will continue where they left off, especially the way Lee came out and clocked Ohno. I’m thinking Ohno’s talk of leaving for somewhere they’d appreciate him is a sign he’s finally going to the main roster, and perhaps as part of the coming Superstar Shake-Up after Wrestlemania. That will be great, the blow-off curtain call match for Ohno will be great, I really hope he goes to SmackDown.
I’m liking the aggressive Street Profits. They had their fun in their first couple of years, now it’s time to get serious if they want gold. I also appreciate throwing in Aichner & Barthel as well as Lorcan & Burch. Lorcan & Burch are getting title shots on NXT UK, but I’m pretty sure they won’t win. I don’t think they’ll win on NXT USA, either. Of the five teams, the War Raiders either retain or the Undisputed Era’s reDRagon gets those belts back. But having a 5-team tag match of some kind at TakeOver: New York, that would be amazing! Perhaps make it a ladder match, that seems like the most reasonable way to do this. Though, I’m starting to think the other four teams will compete in something and then it’s just a #1 contender team against the Raiders, which is fine but not as insane.
Taynara VS Aliyah was clearly just a smokescreen to give us the first real moment of the Horsewomen running wild. I wonder if Taynara will be forced to join Aliyah and Vanessa against the Horsewomen in a Six Woman Tag, where Jessamyn and Marina can finally get some wins. And I also enjoy the nod that Bianca is not happy with the Sky Pirates thinking they can skip ahead of her in line. I wonder if something will happen to get William Regal involved to make an official decision on who is facing Shayna in New York. Maybe a Triple Threat of Bianca, Shirai and Kairi. Kairi and Shirai might be friends but they can give us some great Stardom style competition before Shirai eventually gets the win.
And of course, Ricochet VS Cole was amazing! That was almost on par with their title match. Ricochet did great selling the leg and impressed everyone by still getting moves off on one leg. It was good for the match to end before the Undisputed Era attacked, because at least Ricochet his win. Aleister Black coming out to help was an interesting surprise, but perhaps it’s out of respect for Ricochet from Halftime Heat. I’m very curious to see how this will turn out in regards to the two singles titles. Gargano VS Dream is next week and that is going to be amazing, and I’m sensing the outcome ties back into this developing story of Undisputed Era, Ricochet and Aleister.
My Score: 8.5/10