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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (7/28/18)

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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 358

The ROH World Six Man Tag Championships are on the line as The Kingdom defends against mishmash underdogs Kenny King, Chuckie T, and rookie Eli Isom!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jonathan Gresham VS Kushida; Kushida wins.
  • Oedo Tai VS Mayu Iwatani & Jenny Rose; Oedo Tai wins.
  • ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Kingdom VS Kenny King, Chuck Taylor & Eli Isom; The Kingdom wins and retain the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships.

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There is a NEW ROH World Champion!

The Franchise, Jay Lethal, fought his way through his loss column to get back at the likes of Punishment Martinez and Kushida. Then he staked his claim on episode 357, and it resulted in a Fatal 4 Way between him, the champion, Dalton Castle, Matt Taven and Cody. And after fight his heart out against those three top tier talents, Lethal would win back the title! Will this fairy tale ending only mark the beginning of a new chapter for both Lethal and ROH?

 

Jonathan Gresham VS Kushida!

The Octopus has evolved into a Master of the Craft, but he goes up against one of the best Super Juniors in the world in NJPW’s Time Splitter. Can Gresham grapple better than the former IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion? Or will he go Back to the Future with a loss?

The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. Kushida and Gresham circle and feel things out. Kushida lunges but Gresham reverses to a facelock. They stand up and Kushida reverses back to a wristlock. Gresham reverses to a wristlock of his own, then arm-drags Kushida. Kushida holds on as they stand up again. Gresham reverses back and around to a facelock, to then spin to a takedown. Kushida gets a headscissors but Gresham slips out, and fans applaud this technical exhibition. Gresham and Kushida circle again, and Kushida leaps at Gresham. Gresham denies the hoverboard and goes after the legs. Kushida pushes Gresham, then wraps up an arm for a crossface.

Fans rally as Gresham stands up and cartwheels out. Gresham takes Kushida down, rolls to an armlock, but Kushida gets the ropebreak. Fans applaud as Gresham lets Kushida go. Kushida gets out to collect himself, then returns to circle with Gresham. Gresham gets a wristlock and spins to the takedown. Gresham sits on the hammerlock to then pull on the other arm. He stands up and traps that arm between his legs, and teases the fall. He finally gives it, and tweaks both Kushida’s arms. Kushida can only endure as Gresham grabs a leg. Gresham pulls back and it’s a complex crab cover. TWO and Kushida rolls to ropes. Gresham waits for Kushida to stand, being a good sport about the ropes.

The two circle and tie up again, and Gresham gets another wristlock. Kushida reverses to a takedown and holds on to the facelock even as Gresham rolls. Kushida floats over and all around Gresham like he’s on a pommel horse. He stops and pats Gresham’s back. Kushida dares Gresham to bring it, but Gresham keeps his cool. Fans duel as the two tie up again. Gresham gets a wristlock and stands on the arm. He goes after the fingers, then the shoulder. Gresham pushes Kushida back, then monkey flips him off the ropes. Kushida prevents the cover and they stand back up. Kushida monkey flips, double bridge to prevent covers! Fans love this as they get back up.

Kushida pushes Gresham back, then gets another monkey flip. He sits on Gresham, ONE as Gresham sunsets. TWO as Kushida sits back on Gresham, but TWO as Gresham brings it back. Kushida rolls through to jackknife but Gresham rolls through to sit on it. TWO as Kushida sunsets, ONE and Gresham jackknifes to sunset. ONE and we go back again and again and again! Fans fire up over this fast and furious cover attempts, TWO as Kushida almost has Gresham. Gresham doesn’t stop, he uppercuts Kushida’s arm, only to get the Pele! Fans are loving how close this match is while we go to break.

ROH returns and Gresham tweaks Kushida’s arm. Gresham waistlocks but Kushida standing switches. Gresham switches but Kushid elbows out. Kushida runs but Gresham goes sideways. Gresham slides under Kushida, Kushida runs but Gresham follows for the quebrada! And stomp! Gresham grabs the arm for the Mahistrol, TWO! He goes for another, TWO, so he tries again! TWO, but Gresham gets an armbar. Kushida stands up to make it a cover, TWO. Kushida manages a hip toss and cartwheel, to kick Gresham’s arm! They’re even now as Gresham gets to a corner. Fans fire up as Kushida rolls and DDT’s! Kushida holds on, but he can’t go Back to the Future, so he hops up for the Hoverboard! He brings Gresham to the mat, but Gresham resists.

Gresham works his way against the hold, but Kushida uses his full weight. Gresham manages to pop Kushida off and shove him at ropes. Kushida comes back with shoulder, but both men slow down from the pain in their arms. Fans rally up as Kushida goes after Gresham’s arm. Gresham whips Kushida off, but Kushida fakes out the arm-drag, only to get in another arm-drag. Kushida arm-drags back, but Gresham headscissors. Kushida pops out and SLAPS Gresham! Gresham frowns and slaps Kushida back. “This ain’t New Japan, Kushida, this is Ring of Honor.” Gresham is uncharacteristically angry, but that makes Kushida just as uncharacteristically angry. Kushida shoves Gresham, then dares him to hit him. Gresham fires a forearm, so Kushida gives it back.

Gresham goes again, so Kushida gives him another one. They go back and forth and pick up speed. Kushida winces from his bad arm, but he still comes back with more! Roaring elbow, but Gresham kips up to enziguri, then German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!! Gresham can’t believe how close he was, but fans are rallying behind him. Gresham grabs Kushida’s leg while fans declare “This is Awesome!” He kicks Kushida while he’s down but Kushida shoves him away. Kushida kicks but misses, so he hops over and slides under to flip Gresham for the Hoverboard! He has his weight on Gresham, but Gresham shifts to relieve pressure. Gresham reaches for ropes but Kushida rolls him away, BACK TO THE FUTURE! Cover, Kushida wins!

Winner: Kushida, by pinfall

The Time Splitter springs back from his loss to Lethal, while the Octopus continues to flounder. The Code of Honor is still upheld, showing that while frustrated, Gresham is still a good sport. Gresham is still in the International Cup coming up August 16th, can he get some career defining wins in such a star-studded field? Will Kushida climb his way up ROH’s ladder to challenge for a title?

 

Marty Scurll speaks.

He directs his message to Shane Helms. Is Shane trying to piss Scurll off? Because he’s come to ROH to make a name for himself off the Villain’s. Scurll tells Helms now not to anger him. When they face off next week in episode 359, a broken finger will be the least of Helms’ worries. The difference between them is that Shane is “playing the part of the superhero” whereas Scurll doesn’t cosplay, he IS a Villain.

 

The Briscoes are still ROH World Tag Team Champions after Best in the World.

But winning wasn’t enough. Jay Briscoe stood over Matt Jackson, which angered Nick Jackson. Nick pushed Jay away, which only angered Jay & Mark. #DemBoyz beat Nick and Matt down further, until The SCU came in. The SCU wanted their turn! Kaz and Scorpio sky held the Bucks up, but then Daniels SMACKED Jay! Kaz threw Mark out and for once, SCU were the heroes! But why?

SoCal Uncensored speaks.

Ever since Best in the World, everyone’s been asking “Why SCU, why?” It’s a simple story of respect, or lack there of. Best in the World 2017 is where Cody defeated Christopher Daniels to become ROH World Champion, but that only hurt a fraction of how bad it felt hearing the fans cheer. That disrespect hurt. The Addiction took that hurt out on the fans. They disrespected the ROH fans, the ROH talent, and the ROH commissioner, Joe Koff. What happened was Koff saying SCU’s days were numbered. Daniels woke up, and saw that he had less than six months left in ROH, and he was not about to forced out over hurt feelings.

Daniels asked himself, “In the twilight of my career, do I need to find a new home?” His best friend, Kaz, is in the best shape of his life with a decade left in him, was Daniels going to force him to start over? Scorpio Sky has been at it 15 years and finally caught a break, was Daniels going to cost him that? The answer is obviously “No”. Daniels says he could humbly apologize and beg, but instead of asking for a spot, they’re going to earn a spot. These next few months, Daniels will make it his mission to make the idea of SCU out of ROH a “preposterous proposition.” He will leave this company better than when he found it. That makes The Briscoes their next target.

Kaz poses a question. If you knew the exact day that you were going to die, how would you react? Would you right your wrongs? Hold your loved ones tights? Do everything you could to leave a good mark? Or would you go out in a blaze of glory? The Addiction had a long time to think it over, because they’ve had the deadline made clear, Final Battle 2018. Fate stepped in, in the form of The Briscoes winning back the ROH World Tag Team titles to become 9-time champions, “the baddest team on the planet.” They’re badasses from Sandy Fork, they’re vicious hunters, but have never been hunted. They’ve had a team like The Addiction coming after them with their 45 years of combined experience. That’s exactly what’s happening. The Addiction’s careers depend on beating those titles.

Scorpio Sky speaks now, saying he’s worked his entire life to be here in this company at this moment, where he belongs. He came in with The Addiction, and he’ll go out with them, too. SCU is united against Sandy Fork, will they be able to win the war before time runs out?

 

We have a NEW ROH World Television Champion.

And it’s none other than the Purple Mist, Punishment Martinez! He smashed Hangman Page up and down the arena in their Street Fight at Best in the World. Martinez is quite possibly the most dangerous ROH WTVC of all time. Who stands a snowball’s chance in Hell of taking the title from him?

 

Oedo Tai VS Mayu Iwatani & Jenny Rose!

Stardom’s most sinister stable returns to ROH for Women of Honor tag team action. Kagetsu is the current World of Stardom Champion, while both she and Hana Kimura were once the Goddess of Stardom tag team champions. They take on the highly decorated Icon of Stardom and the American Joshi for crossover action, who will win to climb both WOH and Stardom ladders?

The Exotic Goddess, Mandy Leon, joins commentary as she’s had experience in both promotions. She also wishes to climb the ranks in both, what will she learn from watching talent from both sides up close and personal?

No Code of Honor here as the bell rings and Jenny starts against Kagetsu. They rush each other and collide with shoulders, but neither one backs down. Kagetsu runs, but they have another solid collision. She tries again, but this time Jenny runs her over. Jenny tags Mayu, and they work together with a double whip. Jenny runs Kagetsu over with a leaping lariat, then Mayu adds a somersault senton. Cover, TWO, but Mayu keeps Kagetsu down. Tag to Jenny, and Jenny stomps Kagetsu more. She drags Kagetsu up for forearms, then whips. Kagetsu reverses, then distracts the ref while Hana trips Jenny up. Hana drags Jenny out and clubs away, but Mayu comes in to whip Kagetsu. Kagetsu uses that momentum to DIVE onto Jenny! Oedo Tai is sly and in control while we go to break.

ROH returns and Hana whips Jenny to a corner. She whips Kagetsu in for the forearm smash, then adds knees of her own. Oedo Tai works together while fans duel. They double whip but Jenny breaks the clothesline to then give clotheslines of her own! Jenny crawls for her corner, hot tag to Mayu! Mayu dropkicks Hana, then dropkicks Kagetsu. She whips Hana corner to corner but Hana reverses. Mayu slides out the side to then roll Hana back. Hana deflects the dropkick, then Kagetsu comes in to help. They go after Mayu with a double whip, but Mayu criss-crosses her own arms to acrobatically arm-drag Oedo Tai together!

Fans fire up with the Icon of Stardom while Oedo Tai regroups. Mayu runs in, 2-for-1 hesitation dropkick! Kagetsu rolls out, so Hana gets a bonus dropkick. Cover, TWO, but Mayu keeps focus. She drags Hana into position, then climbs up. Mayau aims, but her frog splash flops! Hana grabs Mayu while Kagetsu intercepts Jenny. Jenny struggles to get away while Hana locks on her modified octopus stretch! Mayu endures, and Jenny gets free of Kagetsu to kick Hana down! Kagetsu kicks Jenny back, then throws her out. Hana goes after Mayu again, vowing to finish this. She suplexes but Mayu slips out to back kick and roundhouse! Hana staggers and Mayu runs, but into a suplex slam! Both women are down but the fans fire up. They crawl for their corners, hot tags to Kagetsu and Jenny!

Jenny swings but Kagetsu rakes the eyes! Kagetsu stops at 4, but she runs into a spinning sidewalk slam! Jenny keeps going, Perfect Plex! TWO!! Jenny keeps going as she stomps away on Kagetsu. She climbs up and hits Kagetsu with the flying clothesline. Cover, but Hana breaks it. Mayu takes Hana out while Jenny drags Kagetsu up. Jenny throws forearms, then runs, but into an armbar takedown! Mayu tries to save her but Hana anchors her down. Jenny reaches for ropes, and gets the break! Kagetsu lets go at 4, but she’s ready to finish this. Fireman’s carry denied with elbows. Kagetsu and Jenny brawl with heavy elbows, and it fires Kagetsu up. She fires off, lifts Jenny, but Jenny fights out again. Kagetsu kicks low, runs, dodges, but SUPERKICK frm Mayu and lariat from Jenny! Cover, but Mayu fails to stop Hana, and Hana breaks the pin!

Jenny can’t believe it, but she won’t give up. She gets the fans fired up as she brings Kagetsu up. Hana takes out Mayu and Kagetsu fights with elbows. Kagetsu distracts the ref again, so that Hana can SMACK Jenny with the Oedo Tai sign! Hana SMACKS Mayu, too, then Kagetsu Buzzsaws Jenny! Cover, TWO!? Oedo Tai doesn’t want to believe it, so they have HZK distract this time. Oedo Tai gets away with double boots to Jenny! Cover, Hana intercepts Mayu, but Mayu powers through to break it! Oedo Tai is furious as they throw Mayu out. Kagetsu lifts Jenny, Samoan Driver! Cover, Oedo Tai finally wins!

Winner: Oedo Tai, Kagetsu pinning

It took every trick they had up their sleeve, but the devious duo found a way to win. Will this allow Oedo Tai to challenge for the tag titles in Stardom? Will this position one or both of them behind whoever the next #1 contender will be?

ROH announces a WOH #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way.

With Sumie Sakai still the WOH Champion, she needs challengers to add to her growing legacy. Will it be Tenille Dashwood, Karen Q, Madison Rayne or Kelly Klein that rises up to challenge the Ray of Sunshine?

 

Exclusive footage after Jay Lethal’s championship victory.

He did what he vowed to do, he got back the ROH World title. He was without it for almost two years, the longest time ever. It drove him mad, because this is the greatest title in the world. Lethal isn’t cocky or bragging, this is him proving his worth as the best wrestler in the world. This doesn’t mean he’s the greatest, this is the prize for being the greatest! The man makes the belt, and Lethal is at the top of his game, as well as on top of the wrestling world. There will be a line of men around the world wanting just one chance at the title. Lethal welcomes it all, “come and get it, boys!”

 

Austin Aries joins commentary for the main event.

The Greatest Man That Ever Lived and the Collector of Belts is far from over with his former friend and protege, Kenny King. But he insists he’s out here because he feels like it. Whatever his motivation, A-Double is ready to watch the championship main event.

ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Kingdom VS Kenny King, Chuck Taylor & Eli Isom!

Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan & Vinnie Marseglia cried conspiracy for an entire year while waiting for a rematch for the titles. They finally got the titles back after sticking their noses in title match after title match, but now they whine that it’s too soon to have challengers. On the other side, the K I N G, the Kentucky Gentleman and the Future of Honor won the first-ever Six Man Tag Gauntlet to earn this opportunity. They had to wait a week with last week’s impromptu World Championship match, can they make good on the extra seven days of preparation?

While the Kingdom makes their way out, we see their message to their opponents from just before the match. They all laugh at how it was Eli Isom who pinned Christopher Daniels. In other words, they think their opponents are a joke. Taven says all fairy tales come to an end, because this is his Kingdom. Will the champions overlooking their challengers come back to haunt them?

The Kingdom attacks before the bell! They kick Kenny and Chuckie out to isolate the rookie in the corner for mudhole stomps. The referee tries to get them to stop, but it’s Chuckie T and Kenny rushing the ring that backs them off. The Kingdom send them back out, then put Isom in their corner. Things finally begin as a proper match and Vinnie keeps on Isom with European Uppercuts. Tag to O’Ryan, and they lift Isom. Isom slips out and bumps their heads together. Tag to Chuckie! Chuckie whips but Vinnie reverses. Chuckie hurdles over the Horror King and hits an atomic drop. He whips Vinnie but Vinnie reverses again, only to get some Sole Food! Vinnie staggers and O’Ryan tags in. Taven tags in right after, but Chuckie back drops O’Ryan to then dropkick Taven down.

Chuckie fires up with the fans, and he shouts to his team to “Kill ’em!” Well that’s illegal but surely Chuckie isn’t talking literally. Isom and Kenny come in, and each member of the Kingdom is in a corner. Chuckie runs in at Vinnie, Isom runs at O’Ryan and Kenny runs at Taven, then they rotate! Then they rotate again. Then they hug! Aries says this is why Kenny isn’t champion anymore, he’s too busy goofing off. Kenny coordinates his team, and Isom runs at Taven. Taven boots Isom down, then stalks the rookie. He puts Isom in the Kingdom’s corner to grind in his boot. O’Ryan tags in to then tag in Vinnie.

They double whip Isom, but Isom ducks to push O’Ryan into Vinnie. Isom enziguri’s Vinnie then tilt-o-whirl backbreaker O’Ryan. He hits Taven for good measure, then hops up. O’Ryan climbs up to stop him, and then Vinnie yanks Isom down for a backbreaker of his own! Vinnie drags Isom over for stomps at the ropes. The Kingdom has control while we go to break.

ROH returns once more, and O’Ryan drags Isom up. He swings on Kenny and Chuckie just because, but that allows Isom to knee strike O’Ryan way out of the ring! Hot tag to Kenny! The K I N G jabs and spins O’Ryan for a backbreaker and lariat. Vinnie runs in but is countered into a chin check and roundhouse! Taven runs in to blindside Kenny. Kenny throws Taven to the apron for the Eddy Gordo Kick. Taven goes down, Kenny FLIES! Chuckie tags in as Kenny takes out Taven! Chuckie clotheslines O’Ryan, then rolls him out for a missile dropkick. Vinnie kicks Chuckie, then whips him corner to corner. He runs but misses, and Chuckie throws O’Ryan overhead onto Vinnie! Chuckie grabs O’Ryan, Falcon Arrow! Cover, but Vinnie breaks it.

Isom grabs Vinnie for furious forearms. Vinnie reverses, bicycle boot! Kenny SPINEBUSTERS, Taven gives Kenny a Kick of the King! Chuckie knees Taven, but O’Ryan Peles Chuckie! All six men are down but the fans are fired up! A 10 count starts while O’Ryan and Chuckie crawl. Hot tags to Taven and ISOM! Taven dares the rookie to bring it, so Isom does! Forearm and chop, forearm and chop, but Taven knees low. Taven whips Isom, but Isom reverses to scoop, Fall Away Slam! Isom kips up and fires up! Aries actually likes the energy, but knows experience is the only thing he’s missing. Isom hops up, Vinnie POPS a balloon in his ear!! Taven gives Isom a snapmare, then brings in Vinnie & O’Ryan. Taven brings Isom up, “Thy Kingdom Come!”

Powerbomb lift, the other two run, but are tripped up! Isom rolls Taven and even jackknifes, TWO!! So clsoe to a major upset. King throws Vinnie into a post while Chuckie brawls with O’Ryan. Isom fires off on Taven, runs, but into a pop up. Isom tries to headscissor but Taven blocks. Taven holds Isom back up, O’Ryan & Vinnie return, Rockstar Supernova! Cover, The Kingdom wins!

Winner: The Kingdom, Taven pinning; still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions

They throws the rookie out to add insult to injury as they celebrate their victory. Taven vows he’ll get his Grand Slam eventually, but for now, this is still their Kingdom. Will anyone find a way to dethrone the #FirstLastAndOnly Six Man champs once and for all?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A really great episode of ROH here, lots of great action without too much filler. Gresham VS Kushida was a solid, technically based match. The story for Gresham continues to be a struggle, and I’m still waiting for the day he brings back the ROH Pure Wrestling Championship so that he can finally get some accolades. SoCal Uncensored had a great promo segment that at least establishes them as Tweeners while going against the full Heel Briscoe Brothers. They kept saying six months even though this aired in July, but the point is the same: their time is running out but they’re going to put up a fight until the very end. I like that, and I’m predicting that at the very least, they have one last tag team championship match at Final Battle 2018 to really put a point on the deadline.

That women’s tag was great, if not a bit overbooked with false finishes. Nothing personal to Jenny Rose but she was the weak link in that match, while Oedo Tai definitely deserves the win. With the partnership between ROH and Stardom, I wouldn’t be surprised if we start getting All Women War of the Worlds type events to feature both promotions. The World Six Man Tag title main event was great, too. Aries was fun on commentary while the story naturally became about whether Eli Isom was ready for such a big moment. It would’ve been amazing if Isom’s team won, but I can see why they didn’t. If ROH wants to continue Aries VS King, that totally makes sense, and there are still plenty of other true trios that could challenge The Kingdom first. Next episode’s 9 Man Tag will likely determine a lot of that.

My Score: 8.2/10

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Dragon Gate Fantastic Gate 2018 Results & Review (12/4/2018)

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Mathew brings us more coverage with…Dragon Gate? Well I suppose something big did happen, even though King of Gate was still horrid. But hey, let’s see if PAC’s involvement helps things out.






We now return to Dragon Gate to take a small break from the AJPW Real World Tag League, which you should check out if you haven’t just yet since it’s been a great tournament.

As of right now, this will be my last Dragon Gate coverage for the year due to scheduling with the holidays and work, plus I need to get ready for matches of the year at the end of the month. We got a big show today since we got Open the Dream Gate Championship defended against PAC.

So let us see how things will turn out as we…dive right in.

 

Eight Man Tag Team Match
Dragon Dia & Tribe Vanguard (BxB Hulk, Kagetora & YAMATO) vs. Don Fujii, Gamma, Ryo Saito & Super Shisa

Review: Our opening contest is an eight-man tag match with Don Fujii, Gamma, Ryo Saito, and Super Shisa taking on three members of Tribe Vanguard, Kagetora and the Open the Twin Gate Champions, BxB Hulk and YAMATO along with Dragon Dia. Dragon Dia is a new wrestler in Dragon Gate as he is also considered to be Dragon Kid’s new apprentice whenever he decides to hang it up. Let’s see how Dragon Dia does and will he help Tribe Vanguard get the victory or will it be the other team?

The match was short and incredibly basic with nothing really too much to make the crowd seem overly invested in it in my opinion. Half of the match is pretty much Dia paying his dues in the ring while also getting a bit of offense into the match, so how did he do? From what I saw out of him, I thought he does have potential to be how Dragon Kid was but he has a long way to go if he wants to reach that level eventually. Dia did take a beating from the other team and even had Gamma kinda waterboard him while he was taking a Mexican Stretch. Tribe Vanguard would do stuff for a little bit into the match and they worked well with each other and not with Dia since he’s not really apart of their unit. Dia would get to have Fujii for a pinfall but he kicked out and hits Dia with a Lariat to end his momentum. Fujii would hit a Chokeslam onto Dia as Ryo would do his SaiRyo Rocket to get the pinfall victory.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter

Eight Man Tag Team Match
Hyo Watanabe, Kota Minoura, Masaaki Mochizuki & Yuki Yoshioka vs. Hiroshi Yamato & MaxiMuM (Jason Lee, Kaito Ishida & Naruki Doi)

Review: We get another eight-man tag match to continue this show as Masaaki Mochizuki is in action with Hyo Watanabe, Kota Minoura, and Yuki Yoshioka as the four take on Hiroshi Yamato and three MaxiMuM members, Jason Lee, Kaito Ishida, and Naruki Doi. While the opening match wasn’t really something that was memorable, I’m sure we’ll get some action in this one to pick stuff up. Which one of these four will win?

I’m still new to Hiroshi Yamato, but I’m still digging his singing type of gimmick and think it’s pretty funny. This one was a much better match than the opening contest since all of the competitors were more involved in this We had another small encounter with Mochizuki and Lee, and I still wanna see that match happen but I know we probably won’t get a singles match with them any time soon. Yuki is someone that keeps growing on me whenever I see him involved in these tag matches as he does show signs of progress and I hope to see big things from him in 2019. Jason Lee would try to do his taunt in the ring when he’s in his meditative state and rolled up Mochizuki for a two count and when Mochizuki would try to do the same taunt, Jason would just kick his head. Yuki would block Naruki’s Bakatare Sliding Kick but takes a German from Yamato, a Facebuster from Naruki, and a kick along with a German from Lee as they break the hold. Yuki would attempt a flash pin onto Kaito but Kaito would quickly maneuver out of it until Yuki pinned him back down as he gets the surprise victory!

Rating: Eric Bischoff

Singles Match
Shun Skywalker vs. U-T

Review: We only have two singles matches in this show and it’s time to get our first one underway as we have Shun Skywalker taking on U-T. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Shun in a singles match since the King of Gate Tournament and this might be the first time I’ve seen U-T in a singles match, so this is definitely a nice surprise since both men can go. Which one of these two will get the win?

If you were expecting a highflying type of match between these two, you don’t get that type of match here and while it did throw me off, I was honestly okay with it since they still did give us a technical match. For my first time seeing U-T in one on one action, I gotta say that seeing him more ground-based in this match was very surprising in a good way too since he’s very crisp in his ability. Shun Skywalker still continues to impress me every time I see him in the ring, so seeing both of these men deliver in this match made me feel very satisfied.

The match was also very even here and it looked like Shun was going to get him, but U-T would catch him with the Skayde to try and make him tap out to the hold until Shun would roll out of the hold and hits the Moonsault Press for a two count. Shun would hit a Reverse Suplex and goes to the top rope to go for another Moonsault as U-T puts his knees up before Shun could land. U-T would apply the Skayde once again but Shun would refuse to tap out of the hold once again and the bell rings to show that there’s a time limit draw. Huge ovation for these two in this match and I hope this isn’t the end for them.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

Six Man Tag Team Match
Dragon Kid, Bandido, & Flamita vs. DAGA & R.E.D. (Eita & Ben-K)

Review: Our next match is a six-man tag team match with Dragon Kid teaming up with Flamita and Bandido is they take on R.E.D. We found out that Dragon Kid and Eita are going to have one final match at Final Gate in a hair vs mask match, but I’m not sure if the Open the Brave Gate Championship is on the line yet. But this is sure to be an exciting tag bout and let’s see if R.E.D wins or the luchadors take it.

R.E.D starting the attack on their opponents before the match started in their typical heel fashion. The face team would start to make a comeback with Bandido and Flamita diving to the outside onto their opponents. Seeing Kid, Flamita, and Bandido team up worked out very well here with their Luchador agility with Bandido once again being on fire in this match and if he’s someone you follow, what the hell is wrong with you? Get on that shit right away if you like Lucha Libre. It’s a shame Ben didn’t win the belt but I know he’ll bounce back into something soon, maybe going back to the Open the Twin Gate picture with Big R. Eita and Dragon Kid going back at it develops more fuel into their story and I actually can’t wait for it to end and not because it felt like it went on for too long, but with the new stipulation they added to their match, it just adds a lot more involved for their eventual conclusion. After Flamita and Bandido did their tag team combo with Bandido hitting a Phoenix Splash after being flipped over, Eita and Kid are alone in the ring again. Dragon jumped off the ropes and got caught for a Super Kick and would go to finish off Kid but he hits the Bible onto Eita to get the surprise victory!

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

Eight Man Tag Team Match
Natural Vibes (Genki Horiguchi, Kzy, Susumu Yokosuka & YASSHI) vs. R.E.D. (Big R Shimizu, KAZMA SAKAMOTO, Takashi Yoshida & Yasushi Kanda)

Review: Our next match is another eight-man tag team match with R.E.D members, Big R Shimizu, KAZMA SAKAMOTO, Takashi Yoshida, and Yasushi Kanda taking on Natural Vibes members, Genki Horiguchi, Kzy, Susumu Yokosuka, and Brother YASSHI. Recently, Natural Vibes broke the record for most title defenses with the Open the Triangle Gate Championships and they still look to hold onto the titles for a long time to keep the record around more. Will Natural Vibes get the win or will it be R.E.D?

R.E.D once again attacking Natural Vibes before the bell would ring and both teams would start fighting to the outside of the ring and into the crowd near the bleachers until they got back into the ring as we get the match started now. The match felt a little too short for this type of match but I thought it was still solid enough for a quick little exhibition type of match. We had a little encounter with Takashi and Kzy during the middle of it where they would go back and forth and it did seem like Takashi was gonna win this little back and forth until Kzy hits his running Elbow Smash onto him. Natural Vibes started to get the shine in the match when Susumu hits an Exploder Suplex onto Kanda off the middle rope and Kzy tops it off with an Elbow Drop while YASSHI hits a Diving Headbutt for a two count. Members were taking each other out left and right until it was Genki and Takashi in the match now as he does his Backslide From Heaven to go for the pin but Big R picked him up in a Wheel Barrel position for a German Suplex. Big R would quickly pick him up for him and Takashi to hit a Doomsday Device and KAZMA topped it off with a Package Piledriver to give R.E.D the win.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

Open the Dream Gate Championship
Masato Yoshino (c) vs. PAC

Review: We now have our main event of the evening as Masato Yoshino defends his Open the Dream Gate Championship against PAC. This will be PAC’s second singles match in Dragon Gate ever since he made his return to the company and while his match was disappointing, he still wanted to make the challenge to prove himself. Only one gaijin won the Open the Dream Gate Championship and that man was Ricochet, so if PAC wins then he will be the second one to win it. Masato though won’t go down without a fight here as he defends Dragon Gate against this man. Will Masato retain once again or will we have a new champion?

While both R.E.D and MaxiMuM are surrounding the ring, none of them interfere in the match and I’m glad too because it would’ve been a little bit too much in this match, plus PAC needs to prove himself that he can defeat Masato on his own without any help. I thought this match was a great title defense and definitely PAC’s better match compared to his one with Flamita since this one had a nicer pace that didn’t make it drag out a bit at all and he played the heel persona well like how he did in WWE when he was considered the King of the Cruiserweights, but he’s now known as the Bastard Child in Dragon Gate. I think I liked Masato’s match against Ben-K a little bit better, this one was almost as good in my opinion. One spot I really did like was when Masato went for the Slingblade off the top rope and PAC just flipped out of it and it just looked more smooth. Also, the Corkscrew PAC did to the outside looks great despite him shooting himself a little bit too far since most of the people were a bit too close.

PAC pulled off a lot of power moves like the Pop-up Powerbomb and it looked like he had Masato right where he wanted him as he went to the top rope to go for the Black Arrow but he was able to catch himself once Masato moved out of the way and hits the Another Space and then would hit the first Torbellino as he calls for the submission finish to apply the Sol Naciente, but he wouldn’t hold it for long this time as PAC picked him up for the Powerbomb for a two count. PAC seems to be getting back control now as he would try to go for the Black Arrow once more time but Masato picked his knees up to make PAC land on it and rolled him up for a two count. Masato wouldn’t give PAC time to rest as he hits a second Torbellino and applies the Sol Naciente once again but PAC was unable to power out of it this time around as he falls onto the mat unable to move for a bit until his foot landed on the rope to break the hold. Both men would have bursts of energy in the last stand as Masato lands another Torbellino and PAC gets up quickly to hit Masato with a German Suplex and gets him up for a Powerbomb but Masato would Sunset Flip over him for a two count. PAC would hit a Lariat onto Masato to knock him down before hitting the German Suplex Hold for a two count, and it appears PAC has him right where he wants him as he went to the top rope to the Black Arrow and he connects this time for a three count and we have a new champion!

You heard right, PAC is the new Open the Dream Gate Champion. Part of me feels like it’s a bit too soon to win the belt since he just came back a couple of months ago but at the same time, they wanna capitalize on this while he’s still red hot since leaving WWE and it could potentially open new eyes to the product since most fans knew him as Neville. So in a business aspect, it’s a good idea and hopefully, it can lead to what the company is looking for. Let’s see how things turn out.

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half

 

Overall: Aside from the two singles matches being the highlight of the show, nothing else really stood out with the multi-man tag matches throughout the night. U-T and Shun did great work together and PAC had a much better match than he did with Flamita and we got a new champion out of it to bring in a new era for Dragon Gate.

Favorite Match: Masato Yoshino vs. PAC

Least Favorite Match: Dragon Dia & Tribe Vanguard (BxB Hulk, Kagetora & YAMATO) vs. Don Fujii, Gamma, Ryo Saito & Super Shisa

Score: 6.5/10






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Mitchell’s WWE Mixed Match Challenge 2 Results & Report! (12/11/18)

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WWE Mixed Match Challenge

The Mixed Match Challenge is almost done, but there’s been a last-minute substitution! Apollo Crews replaces Finn Balor, can he help Bayley make it to TLC?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jinder Mahal & Alicia w/ The Singh Brothers VS Apollo Crews & Bayley; Mahal & Alicia win and advance to the Finals at TLC.
  • The Miz & Asuka VS R-Truth & Carmella; Truth & Carmella win and advance to the Finals at TLC.

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It’s time for the Mixed Match Challenge Semifinals!

The final four teams will be cut down to just two tonight! The Season One champions are still in the running, but they’ve had a rough go of it this year. The Miz and Asuka lost to the #ExtremeFlair after Jeff Hardy stepped in for AJ Styles. However, not even the top seed still stands as the #FABULOUSTruth pulled off the biggest upset to date! Can Truth & Carmella pull off another upset against a tense and dysfunctional Team AWESKA?

As for the Raw Block, #Mahalicia is the only team standing with its original members! Of course, Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox have yet to truly see eye to eye despite making it back from the bottom of the block. That said, Finn Balor must step down from the Mixed Match Challenge because of the beating Drew McIntyre gave him on Raw a week ago. In his place now stands Apollo Crews, who wants to finally make his mark on the main roster! Can this new Team A’n’B go all the way to TLC?

 

Backstage with Bayley & Apollo Crews.

New partners start big with a semifinals match, but the dynamic doesn’t change for Bayley. These two are more prepared than ever, and they’ll be so close to being the #30 spots in their respective Royal Rumbles! But the Singh Brothers come in to get them to slow down. No one cares about where they “think” they’re going, because they’re going home! The Maharrrrraja and Foxy will be Too Sweet. No, better: they can hug it out! Bayley boots the Bollywood Boys out, and says she and Apollo will worry about vacation destinations after the match.

 

Backstage interview with R-Truth & Carmella!

The FABULOUS Truth is ecstatic for tonight. They had a rough start but are on a roll. They’ll be up against the MMC Champions. Miz & Asuka were worried about every team but Truth & Carmella. Well Miz has run his mouth a long time, and Truth knows that from teaming with Miz back in the day. Truth knows for a fact Asuka carries that team. As for tonight, Mella & Truth will carry SmackDown’s flag all the way to TLC. They vow to win, and that’s the truth. Also, Miz said something about shoes? Check these! Carmella’s kicks are F A B U L O U A S! That’s not how you spell fabulous. That aside, let’s move on to choosing a vacation site. Truth likes the idea of Athens. Greece? Georgia? No, Ohio. Well on to match preparations!

 

Jinder Mahal & Alicia w/ The Singh Brothers VS Apollo Crews & Bayley!

Team A’n’B already meshed well together when they and The Boss, Sasha Banks, took it to #Mahalicia on Raw. However, Sasha Banks won’t be present to help cancel out Samir & Sunil, will #HugNation be able to overcome Shanti and head to TLC?

Bayley and Apollo talk on the way out, and it’s decided: once they win that vacation, they’ll go to Jamaica. “This one’s for Finn!” The teams then sort out, and the men begin. Apollo circles with Mahal and they tie up. Mahal gets a headlock and the Singhs already celebrate. Apollo powers out but Mahal runs him over with a shoulder. Mahal runs but Apollo gets up, only for Mahal to whip him. Apollo leaps over for the sunset flip, TWO! Backslide, TWO! Apollo rolls Mahal up, TWO! Mahal scrambles away and Alicia tags in. Mahal claims he had this, but Alicia doesn’t care. Vegas fires up for Bayley as she circles with Alicia. Bayley rolls Alicia, TWO! She tries again, ONE! A third time, TWO!

Alicia wants a breather and she bails out of the ring. She reprimands the Singhs and Mahal for not helping out. Alicia wants that 30th spot and vacation, but the Singhs and Mahal remind her she needs to win first. Alicia gets back in the ring, but Bayley gets her with a drop toehold! Bayley wants to put on an abdominal stretch, but Alicia resists. They go around and Bayley gets a facelock. The Singhs say that’s cheating, but Alicia drives Bayley into a corner. Alicia throws forearms then wrenches the arm. She kicks Bayley around then reels her in. Bayley reverses to a cradle, TWO! Bayley gets to a corner and flapjacks Alicia on the buckles! The Singhs coach Alicia up and she tags to Mahal!

Apollo comes in, but Mahal wants him to take it easy. Mahal kicks but Apollo blocks to counter punch. Apollo whips but Mahal hits a body shot. Mahal stomps a mudhole into Apollo, then whips him corner to corner. Apollo goes up and over and handsprings, then leaps over Mahal to hip toss him down. Fans fire up with Apollo and Apollo back flips. He lansd on his feet but walks into a hotshot and big knee! Cover, TWO! Mahal keeps his cool as he drives an elbow into Apollo’s head. He whips Apollo corner to corner hard and Apollo hits the mat. Mahal stomps away but Bayley keeps the Singhs back. Mahal drops knees then grinds Apollo down. The ref counts and Mahal stops at 4. Mahal brings Apollo up in a half nelson chinbar.

Apollo endures as fans rally up, and Apollo fights out. Mahal shoves Apollo and runs him over with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Mahal puts Apollo back in the half nelson, but Apollo endures. Fans rally up and Apollo fights back. Mahal shoves but Apollo kicks back. Apollo runs but into a clobbering clothesline! Mahal pulls back with a camel clutch. Fans rally again but Mahal wrangles Apollo back down. Mahal wrenches back on the chinlock, but Apollo endures. Fans rally up and Apollo gets moving. Apollo arm-drags out and enziguris Mahal down! Both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Bayley!

Alicia comes in but Bayley rallies! Bayley puts Alicia in a corner for the back elbow, and corner punches! She gets 8, but Alicia slips out. Bayley jumps over to hit a big back suplex! Bayley runs in for the big knee, but Alicia gets to the apron. Alicia bumps Bayley off buckles, but Bayley hotshots her back! Bayley2Belly! Cover, but the Singhs drag Alicia out! The referee reprimands them but Apollo wipes them out with flying clotheslines! Apollo then leaps up again, asai moonsault takes them out again! He feeds Samir to Bayley2Belly! Then the same for Sunil! Bayley fires up but Mahal boots Apollo down! Bayley DIVES on Mahal! She puts Alicia back in, but walks into a boot!! Cover, Mahalicia wins!!

Winners: Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox, Alicia pinning; advance to the MMC Finals at TLC

The dysfunctional duo makes it work! Granted, they succeeded against teams that had substitute members, such as how Curt Hakwins stepped in for Braun Strowman last week. But a win is a win, and now Mahalicia will represent Raw in the Finals! Who will they face in their shot at the 30th spots and the all-expenses-paid vacation?

Backstage interview with Mahalicia.

Did they ever think this day would come? Of course they did! Mahal meditated and visualized, and he sees himself, Alicia, and the Singhs on the beach. Alicia agrees with winning, but NOT with letting the Singhs joining them. They’re successful because SHE is the Captain! She’s driving this ship into Port Victory, without them! But Asuka comes over, laughing at how Mahalicia thinks they’re gonna win. It doesn’t matter what happened on tonight’s SmackDown, Asuka says she’s gonna win, because her match is next!

 

The Miz & Asuka VS R-Truth & Carmella!

The Season One champions are on the rocks right now as The Empress doesn’t appreciate The A-Lister trying to take credit for her work. Meanwhile, the fourth seed FABULOUS Truth have put in the work to make it back up from the bottom. Will we see another historic upset from Truth and the Princess of Staten Island?

“Las Vegas, make some noise! What’s up!?” The Miz and Asuka aren’t impressed, and aren’t in the mood for that Dance Break the fans are cheering for. The teams sort out and both Miz and Asuka say “I’ve got this.” Fans are on Asuka’s side. Miz concedes, and Asuka starts with Carmella. But then Miz calls over to tag in. Asuka refuses, because she’s got it. But then she chops him, which counts for a tag! Truth comes in and Asuka is annoyed. Truth rolls Miz up! TWO, but Truth stays on Miz. Miz powers out but Truth runs him over. Truth does his bunny hop dance, then things speed up. Truth holds ropes to do the rest of his dance. Miz runs in but Truth dodges to tilt-o-whirl Miz to a corner. Truth runs in to haymaker Miz. The ref backs Truth up and Miz kicks low.

Miz bumps Truth off buckles, then stomps him. Miz whips corner to corner but Truth goes up and over to dab on ’em! This annoys Miz and he runs back in, but Truth does the splits to dodge, then hip tosses Miz down! Truth clotheslines Miz out, and Carmella comes in, for the DANCE BREAK~! Asuka is furious at Miz while Truth and Carmella floss and twerk. Carmella calls out Asuka, so Asuka shows off her moves on the apron. Miz is annoyed but Truth hip tosses Miz back in! Truth throws hands then climbs up for corner punches. He gets 8 before Miz pushes him away and boots Truth down. Miz chokes Truth on the ropes, then hits his straddle attack. Cover, TWO!

Miz keeps on Truth with a camel clutch but Carmella rallies the fans. Truth gets up and fights back. Miz pulls hair to throw Truth down and deny the tag. Miz stalks Truth, to boot him down! Cover, TWO! Truth survives and Miz argues with the ref. Miz hears the fans rally and say “We Want Asuka!” Miz ignores that but gets rocked by haymakers from Truth! Truth back suplexes but Miz lands out to kick low and hit the basement DDT! Cover, but Carmella breaks it! Carmella goes back to her corner, but then Miz mocks the moonwalk. It wasn’t very good, but Miz stomps Truth down. Miz brings Truth up and uses his It Kicks. Miz winds up but misses, Truth rolls him up! TWO, and Miz clobbers Truth with a clothesline!

Fans rally but Miz grins as he runs corner to corner at Truth. He hits the dropkick, then keeps going to hit another. Miz soaks up the heat before running back in, but Truth clobbers him! Both men are down but fans are fired up. Truth and Miz crawl, hot tag brings in the ladies! Carmella rallies with lariats and a kick. She brings Asuka over for a bump off her boot. Asuka’s down but she dodges the bronco buster to then lift Carmella in a waistlock. Carmella screams and shouts to be let down, so Asuka gently sets Carmella back on her feet. To then lift her back up! Carmella fights out but gets the pop-up knee! Asuka runs, sliding wizard! Cover, TWO!

Carmella survives and Asuka grows frustrated. Miz is also frustrated but Asuka stays on Carmella with knees. Carmella jawbreakers and shoves Asuka away, Miz tags in! Miz goes after Truth but Truth punches him away. Truth rallies with the Lie Detector elbow! Cover, but Asuka breaks it! Carmella throws Asuka into buckles, and tunes up the band. She aims at Miz, but Miz uses Asuka as a shield?! The FABULOUS Kick hits Asuka, then Miz shoves Truth into Carmella before rolling Truth up! TWO!! FABULOUS KICK, to Scissor Kick! Cover, TWO!? Miz lives?! Fans are stunned but loving this!

Asuka throws Carmella out, then Miz dumps Truth out. Miz and Asuka catch their breath, but Asuka locks eyes with Miz. She knows what Miz just did, and he tries to say it wasn’t him. Asuka doesn’t believe Miz, she knows what she saw. Miz is afraid of what she’ll do, and says that they’re still a team. They can still win this together! Okay? No! Asuka fires off on Miz!! Buzzsaw! Miz is rocked, and Asuka ditches him! Truth gives Miz an Unprettier! Cover, Fabulous Truth win!!

Winners: R-Truth & Carmella, Truth pinning; advance to the MMC Finals at TLC

The Season One Champions are no longer in the tournament! The A-Lister made a major mistake thinking he could manipulate the Empress of Tomorrow, and now the FABULOUS Truth capitalize! It will be Truth & Carmella VS Mahal & Alicia at TLC, who wins to become the new Mixed Match Challenge Champions?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Last episode, last time for one of these. Admittedly, we all should’ve known, me especially, that this was not going to end with an amazing match up of top stars in the Finals. The big names like Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, Charlotte Flair, AJ Styles, etc were only in this second MMC to hook fans. WWE needs people to use Facebook Watch because of the deal they made, so that’s why we got great combinations to start. But naturally, it was all bait and switch, considering how those same big names would inevitably end up in more important stories like the titles and grudges we’re getting at TLC. Rest in peace, my dream of Bullet Club leaders and NXT Four Horsewomen members all in one match.

As for the bracket we did get, I knew it was going to end up this way. I thought Apollo was going to be Bayley’s second chance at that 30th spot after Finn had to step down for the sake of his match against Drew McIntyre. Then San Jose could cheer on their hometown girl as she goes against SmackDown’s finalist. However, Mahalicia still wins so that they are the Heels of the Finals. And while I knew Truth & Carmella were going to go in once Asuka ended up in the TLC Triple Threat, I really enjoy how they wrote it for the match. It was only a matter of time before Asuka got fed up with Miz’s ego, and this was the breaking point. Truth and Carmella will certainly benefit the most from being the 30th entrants, even if they aren’t destined to win the Rumbles.

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