Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 362
The Kingdom continue to cry conspiracy after The American Nightmare & The Young Bucks were “handed” tonight’s ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championship match!
- Christopher Daniels VS Jay Briscoe; Daniels wins, by disqualification.
- Flip Gordon VS Silas Young; Flip wins.
- ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Kingdom VS Cody & The Young Bucks; The Bullet Club wins and become the new ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions.
PLAY BY PLAY
Christopher Daniels VS Jay Briscoe!
Two former ROH World Heavyweight Champions have a rematch from a classic years ago as both SoCal Uncensored and #DemBoyz prepare to fight for the World Tag Team Championships. Will the Fallen Angel or the elder Briscoe brother get a big win in the Center Stage Arena?
The bell rings and there is no Code of Honor as these two circle. They tie up and Briscoe gets Daniels on teh ropes. They go around the ring and end up in a corner. Briscoe backs off, but then shoves Daniels. Daniels shoves back, and Briscoe fires off. Daniels blocks to fire back and whip. Briscoe reverses but Daniels dodges the elbow to give a forearm. Daniels whips and hits a big dropkick! Fans fire up with “SCU! SCU!” but Daniels runs into an elbow. Daniels dodges then throws Briscoe out. He takes aim, Arabian Press already! The moonsault wipes Briscoes out with some speed, and Daniels keeps going by throwing Briscoe into barriers.
They go back in the ring, and Daniels whips Briscoe corner to corner. He hits a big corner forearm, then stomps a mudhole into Briscoe. The referee backs Daniels but Briscoe gives him a buckle complete shot! Briscoe gets back in control while we go to break.
ROH returns and fans rally for Daniels. But Briscoe rakes Daniels’ face as he puts him against the ropes! Briscoe whips Daniels then dropkicks him. Cover, TWO, and Briscoe grows frustrated. Daniels is also frustrated, but he gets the fans rally up. Briscoe stomps Daniels and tells the fans to shut up. Fans boo instead as Briscoe wraps Daniels in a chinlock. Daniels endures and fans rally up again. Daniels feeds off the energy to fight out with elbows. Briscoe headbutts him to a corner, then runs in. Daniels dodges and runs, to rally with forearms and lariats. He whips Briscoe but Briscoe reverses, only to get a kick, an STO and some fast hands! Daniels drags Briscoe up for a whip into a Blue Thunder Bomb! Cover, TWO!
Daniels calls for the Wings, and brings Briscoe up. He double underhooks but Briscoe powers him to a corner. Briscoe kicks low then turns Daniels, but Daniels pushes out. Briscoe hits back with a spinning forearm, then he gives Daniels his double underhook. Daniels back drops out, then slams him with a urenage. He calls for the moonsault, but Mark Briscoe attacks with a chair!!
Winner: Christopher Daniels, by disqualification
The fans boo and jeer as the younger Briscoe robs us of a classic match. Mark keeps going, too, as he SMACKS Daniels across the back again! Mark rains right hands and then passes the chair to Jay. But here come Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky! The SCU scare off #DemBoyz, but this is far from over. Will the Briscoes #ManUp and do things fair and square in their ROH World Tag Team title match?
ROH takes another look at the ROH World Championship Ironman Match, Jay Lethal VS Jonathan Gresham!
On Episode 364, we will have The Octopus and The Franchise go 1v1 for no less than 30 minutes. Lethal admits he underestimated Gresham in their second-ever match, back on April 15th, 2018 at Masters of the Craft. Gresham talks destiny. His destiny. At Masters of the Craft, Lethal wasn’t the ROH WHC. But now he is. Lethal also admits Gresham pushed him to his limits, so it’s not just Gresham who wants this rematch. Lethal wants this rematch and the fans want this rematch, the fans deserve this rematch. Gresham has wanted this his entire career.
Gresham is 0-2 but he’s still getting the chance of his life time. Lethal admits yet again that he narrowly won their first match and that he survived the second. But this third time, “you ain’t seen nothing yet.” Gresham brings his best and wants Lethal’s best. There is no better place for Gresham to win that title than in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. No less than 30 minutes, but it will be more than enough for Lethal to prove to everyone, including himself, that he’s the best. We have two more weeks until this guaranteed wrestling clinic begins. Who will prove that they are the best wrestler in ROH?
Flip Gordon VS Silas Young!
The Captain of Flip Army has had to deal with a bully in none other than Bully Ray Dudley as of late, but he now has to focus on The Last Real Man tonight. Silas had words for Flip, admitting Flip is as talented as they come. But if sky’s the limit for Flip, then Silas is outer space. Silas promises to make Flip see he’s just a boy in a man’s world. Flip’s response is that the last time these two were in the ring, it was for the ROH World Television Championship, and Flip lost. But a lot has changed since then, and Flip’s going to prove it. Will Flip show Silas he isn’t the last real man anymore?
Fans chant for Flip as he offers a Code of Honor handshake. Silas doesn’t take it, and the bell rings. Silas knees low and clubs Flip on the back. He chops Flip in the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Flip goes up and over to arm-drag Silas around. Silas bails out but Flip builds speed, only to run into a haymaker! Silas slingshot stomps in, then stands on Flip. He backs off at the ref’s count of 4, then finally takes off the shirt to throw it at Flip. He then stomps a mudhole into Flip, stopping at another count of 4. Silas stands Flip up for chops, then whips him hard corner to corner. Flip hits buckles then mat, Silas covers, TWO!
Silas trash talks Flip as he grabs hair. Flip fights back but gets rocked with Silas’ right. Silas mocks the Flip chants but fans chant genuinely. Silas puts Flip in a corner, snapmares him hard out of it, then wraps on a chinlock. He grinds Flip to the mat, but fans rally up. Flip gets up and fights out but Silas clubs him down. Silas whips Flip to a corner, then runs in. Flip boots him away, then slips out to swing kick him back. Flip springboards for a missile dropkick! Fans fire up with Flip and he runs corner to corner for a big dropkick! He hoists Silas up top then gives the Kinder Surprise! Silas tumbles down and out, but Flip keeps going. Flip FLIES! And lands on his feet! Flip rains forearms down then roars with fans while we go to break.
ROH returns and Flip has Silas down again. Flip climbs up as Silas stands. Flip aims and gives a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Flip catches his breath and brings Silas up in a fireman’s carry but Silas slips out. Silas shoves Flip but Flip hops onto the ropes to then springboard SPEAR Silas down! Cover, TWO! Flip grows a bit frustrated, but fans rally up for him. Flip runs in at Silas, but Silas dodges and Flip hits buckles. He lands on his feet, but Silas grabs him for a back suplex. Flip slips out to then run, but into the backbreaker and lariat! Cover, TWO! Now Silas grows frustrated, and he grits his teeth as he drags Flip up.
Silas has the full nelson, but Flip uses the spin to roll Silas up. Silas rolls out of it, and kicks low to rock Flip with a knee! Then the suplex, hanging swinging neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Silas is shocked but Flip is fired up all over again! Fans fire up with Flip even as Silas toys with him. Silas dares Flip to do something, so Flip fires a forearm. Silas says that wasn’t good enough, so Flip gives another, but Silas rocks him right back. “This is how a man gets it done,” Silas brags as he drags Flip up. Silas suplexes but Flip counters with a Falcon Arrow!
Both men are down but slowly stirring with the 10 count. Flip and Silas sit up at about 6, and Silas throws a haymaker. Flip gives a forearm, and then more forearms. He kicks but misses, to hit on the return! Flip runs but Silas reels him in by the waistband. Flip elbows Silas away, then runs, but into a boot! PELE! Fans fire up while Silas is dazed. Flip stares him down forehead to forehead, and they start trading forearms. They pick up speed as they go back and forth, and Silas staggers. Silas still gives one back and Flip staggers, but Flip comes back again. They go back and forth, slowing down, but Flip gets an edge. Flip runs, but into a forearm from Silas. Silas runs but Flip follows to roll up and clutch! FLIP WINS!!
Winner: Flip Gordon, by pinfall
It was a surprise, but it was also a win for Flip! Flip still wants to uphold the Code of Honor, but here comes Bully!! Low blow uppercut from behind! The good-for-nothing Hall of Fame wrestler stares at Silas. Silas stares back, but it seems Bully is disappointed in the Last Real Man. Bully takes his leave without a word, but will Flip get the last word in this fight?
Marty Scurll speaks.
Well first he laughs. “Congratulations, Kenny King.” He has embraced his inner Villain. Did it feel good? Scurll is sure it did. Enjoy the feeling while it lasts, because this Villain is out to get his revenge. Will the K I N G regret causing a spot of bother for Marty?
Kenny King responds.
In regards to him cheating the Villain, “a change was necessary.” This time last year, Kenny King had just finished his part in the Bachelorette and was so happy to be back in the ring to be the best he could be. He did that, by becoming the World Television Champion with his daughter in the audience. King was feeling like a king, until Austin Aries took advantage of him. Kenny was no longer the student, he’s the master, and he should’ve finished his friend turned enemy. But he didn’t, so he lost.
But let’s look at history. The 16-time World Champion Ric Flair is the Dirtiest Player in the Game. So if you gotta be the dirtiest to be a 16-time, Kenny’s okay getting a little dirty just to win once. “Don’t get it twisted, man, I’m not the bad guy.” Kenny isn’t a Villain, but if he has to do what it takes to win, then he’ll do it. Kenny’s got options, that’s all. Will he use these options the next time he faces Scurll?
NWA Worlds Champion, Nick Aldis, joins commentary!
With All-In on the horizon, he wants to make sure the American Nightmare keeps up his end of the deal. They’re each to put something up in their match. Aldis puts up his NWA title, but will Cody have a title to put up in return? That’ll have to be seen in the main event, up next!
ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Kingdom VS Cody & The Young Bucks!
Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan & Vinnie Marseglia have cried conspiracy for a long, long time, because it took them roughly a year to get a rematch for the titles they never lost. Now they cry conspiracy whenever another trio gets a shot “too easily.” And they definitely shout conspiracy whenever it comes to ROH’s treatment of The Bullet Club. Even so, The American Nightmare will have to earn the titles alongside Matt & Nick Jackson tonight, can they do it?
ROH returns from a quick break to see Cody “hulk out” of his shirt, much to the enjoyment of the Georgia crowd. Cody starts with the Sassy Wild Horse, TK, at the bell. The two circle as fans build to a rally. TK calls for a test of strength and Cody accepts, only for Vinnie & Taven to blindside him! Vinnie & TK take out The Bucks while Taven stomps away on Cody. The Bucks are sent into railing then the apron while Taven keeps Cody down. Vinnie brings Nick all the way to the stage while TK & Taven regroup in the ring. The referee reprimands Taven & Vinnie, neither of them are legal. TK keeps on Cody at the ropes while Vinnie sends Nick back down to the ring.
TK & Vinnie keep on Cody while Taven argues with the ref. Vinnie & TK double suplex Cody but the Bucks bail him out! The Bucks show superkicks and that sends TK & Vinnie running! Taven comes in but Cody kicks him low to then triple whip with The Bucks. Taven gets back elbows, then is fed to the wheelbarrow uppercut to cutter! Fans fire up for the Bullet Club as TK runs in. Cody dodges him to back drop him high. The Bucks give TK double dropkicks, then see Vinnie come in. Vinnie gets kicks and Nick runs for the alley-oop dropkick! The Kingdom regroups on the outside, but get double slingshots from The Bucks! Taven somehow evades damage, but Cody triangle jumps onto him! Cody and Aldis stare down a second, but Cody goes back to the Bullet Club corner. Matt aims at TK but Vinnie creeps in to chop block!
The Horror King rains down rights while TK takes out Nick. TK throws Matt’s leg against the mat again and again, then drops a knee on it. Vinnie adds stomps, and fans boo and jeer. TK puts Matt into Taven’s boot, then Taven tags in. Matt fights back and throws Taven out. Taven “skins the cat” to then chopblock Matt again. Fans rally up but Taven drags Matt back. Tag to Vinnie and Vinnie takes that leg to drop elbows on it. Vinnie tags TK, and they split the wishbone. TK then hits Nick for good measure while Vinnie hits Cody. Cody rushes in but the ref holds him back. Taven holds Matt at the ropes for TK and Vinnie to double headbutt and double chop. Tag to Taven but fans rally up for Matt. Taven drags Matt around by the bad leg, to drop his own elbow on it.
Matt endures as Taven traps and twists the leg. Taven even punches away on the knee! Fans chant “Kingdom Sucks!” but Taven doesn’t care. He drags Matt over to tag in TK. TK drops an elbow then covers. TWO, and Matt fights back. TK rakes Matt’s eyes then runs, ducks Matt’s blind clothesline to then mule kick the bad leg out. Vinnie tags and drops a headbutt on the leg. The Kingdom has control while we go to break.
ROH returns as Matt is isolated in the Kingdom’s corner. Nick protests while Taven taunts. Taven turns around but into Matt’s boots! Matt fights out and hops up to missile dropkick Taven down! But that’s double-edged because of the bad leg. TK & Vinnie rush back in to take out Nick & Cody. They also knock Matt down, then drag him up to taunt on the ropes. They double whip but Matt breaks through to double clothesline them down! Fans rally up and Matt shoves Taven away. Hot tag to Nick! Nick rallies on The Kingdom with kicks! He gives Taven a shining wizard, then hits the bulldog clothesline combo! Vinnie has a balloon, and pops it! Taven goes after Nick with the King of the King! Cover, TWO! Taven rains down rights out of frustration. The referee has him back off but Taven argues with him.
Taven brings Nick up and whips. Nick sunset flips but Taven rolls through. Nick ducks the knee and clothesline, hot tag to Cody! Cody throws Taven down and slips out of the back suplex. Cody gives TK the Beautiful Disaster, then goes up and over Taven to powerslam Vinnie! Taven runs for the Oklahoma Roll but Cody rolls out. Cody grabs Taven in the dragon sleeper but Taven snapmares out of Cross Rhodes. Cody gets a takedown, and The Bucks come back in just as Vinnie & TK do. TK & Vinnie throw The Bucks out as Cody turns Taven over for the Sharpshooter. The Bucks slingshot sunset flip back in, and they get TK & Vinnie in Sharpshooters, too! It’s a Triple Cease! The Kingdom all endure while fans chant “The! Elite! The the Elite!”
TK and Vinnie get to ropes but that doesn’t matter. However, Taven also gets to ropes, so Cody lets him go. The Bullet Club regroup and fans rally up for Cody. Cody goes after Taven with a corner to corner whip. He sees Taven going up and over and gets the dragon sleeper, but Vinnie bicycle boots Cody down. Matt returns to SUPERKICK Vinnie! TK gives Matt a rocking haymaker, but Nick comes in. They bob ‘n’ weave with each other until Nick gets a SUPERKICK! Taven grabs Nick for a snapmare and Just The Tip shining wizard. Cody springboard dropkicks Taven! Cody drags Taven up, but Vinnie comes in with another balloon. Vinnie kicks low, but Matt SUPERKICKS the balloon in Vinnie’s ear!
The Bucks double SUPERKICK TK out! Cody joins them to Triple SUPERKICK Taven! Cover, TWO!? Taven surprises the Bullet Club, but the fans rally up again. Nick and TK brawl while Cody hits Cross Rhodes! Cover, but TK manages to drag Cody off just in time. TK drags Cody all the way out ot bump him off the apron. The Bucks get TK in the headscissor dropkick but TK falls on Cody. The Bucks run but Vinnie trips them up. Vinnie DIVES on Cody, but Matt wrecks him and TK with a dropkick. Matt holds the ropes and Nick FLIES onto them both. Taven hits Matt, then runs, to FLY on everyone! He even lands on his feet. But wait, Brandi is up top!? Taven returns to the ring while she FLIES onto the others! Taven didn’t even notice he was so absorbed in himself.
But wait, Burnard the Bear wants in? He taunts Taven, but then decides that was a mistake. Taven swing kicks him down! Cody rolls Taven up! ONE, but Cody gets the dragon sleeper. Taven escapes and hits Climax! Vinnie climbs up, for Redrum Swanton! Cover, but Matt breaks it just in time! All six men are down and Brandi checks on Burnard. Fans know “This is Awesome!” but Aldis only has criticisms. Matt and Nick stand first and go after TK & Vinnie. Cody and Taven brawl and it’s back and forth all over. Vinnie throws Matt out, TK throws Nick out, and they regroup with Taven. Powerbomb lift, but SUPERKICKS!! Cody drops down to throw Taven out. Taven hangs on, only to get SUPERKICKS! Vinnie is up, but runs into Cross Rhodes! Cover, The Bullet Club wins!!
Winners: The Bullet Club, Cody pinning; NEW ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions
But wait! Taven was legal, not Vinnie! This pin shouldn’t count! The announcement is made but Taven still protests. Taven headbutts the referee down! Controversy and conspiracy aside, that’s uncalled for. Aldis also doesn’t like this, because he might be facing such confusion and miscommunication in his match with Cody. Will ROH officials sort this out? Or is the conspiracy realer than we thought?
A pretty wild episode tonight from top to bottom. Daniels VS Jay Briscoe was fun, but Mark Briscoe attacking should’ve been expected. It’s been the way The Briscoes have been since turning Heel and getting those tag titles back. The tag title match should be pretty great, but maybe it needs to be made into something that keeps the Champions’ Advantage happening. At the very least, a No Disqualification Tornado Tag would be good for these four teams and their increasingly personal feud. And as before, I would think The Addiction/SCU winning the belts to then go from hunters to the hunted makes their story of the contract countdown more compelling.
Flip VS Silas was great, I love that springboard spear. He needs to make that a standard move. But even better was Flip winning, because he’s really done great and deserves some solid wins like this. Bully Ray attacking was logical per the story, but I like the idea that not even a Heel like Silas is exempt from whatever Heel philosophy Bully follows. Bully VS Silas sounds good, and I’m curious if this turns into some kind of turn for Silas. Kenny King’s own story sounds like it could become a Heel turn for him, and he might as well. Scurll is Face despite being The Villain, so Kenny might as well become Heel again just to freshen things up.
That main event was pretty incredible. The Kingdom and Bullet Club have so much history, both teams are so talented, and it was a nice touch to have Nick Aldis present and on commentary to plug All-In. It was a perfect touch for there to be a controversial finish where Bullet Club wins the titles, because for once, it legitimizes their “It’s a conspiracy!” gimmick. It was getting annoying weeks ago when there was the Six Man Tag Gauntlet, but now it’s looking real. Aldis agrees with The Kingdom more out of general fairness, butt I’m pretty sure it’s also because he doesn’t want a tag title in return for a singles title. There’s literally one episode of ROH before All-In (it’s same day) and I’m wondering if they’ve planned to clear this up in that episode.
My Score: 8.5/10
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Uncaged Ratings & Review
With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?
With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?
The pseudo-PPV atmosphere is sure to bring in more consistent viewership, but they’re in an interesting spot. Taya and Tessa are really the only two credible Knockouts unless Gail comes out of retirement (since Rosemary, Su and Jordynne are in the same storyline), so we’ll probably see this get extended somehow. As for the other title match, The Machine has a lot of support and wrestling fans all know the money is in the chase. So I could see Cage getting “screwed” again, but I’d much rather see Cage with the title.
So let’s get hype for the show with a video package of the returning Reno Scum!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
- Knockout’s Championship Street Fight: Tessa Blanchard vs Taya Valkyrie (c) – Taya retains via Double Footstomp through Table – *** 3/4
- ‘All Ego’ Ethan Page vs Willie Mack: Mack wins via Stunner – ** 1/2
- Elimination 4v4: Team Impact (Fallah Bahh, Sami Callihan, Eli Drake & Eddie Edwards) vs Team AAA (Puma King, Psycho Clown, Hijo del Vikingo & Aerostar): Team AAA 4-3 – *** 3/4
- Fatal 4 Way Impact World Championship: Killer Kross vs Moose vs Johnny Impact (c) vs Brian Cage: Johnny retains via Starship Pain on Moose – *** 1/4
Both women come out with throwback shirts. Tessa comes out with the old school Four Horsemen shirt and Taya comes out in her Perros de Mal shirt (old Triple A stable she was in with Perro Aguayo Jr). This match was a little awkward at times, and the first table they had ” La Wera Loca vs Diamond” painted on, didn’t break after two spear attempts. Really good hardcore style action, with chairs, insults, ring posts and another table. Definitely more of a brawl than wrestling, but after the table didn’t break the subsequent spots seemed to be a little off. Still a solid match, entertaining to watch, good way to start off the Uncaged show. Dios perdona, los perros no.
After a quick promo with Team Impact, Scarlett joins Melissa during the commercial break moment and she’s barely dressed and her and Melissa start doing squats. I mean they’re doubling down on sex sells, and I’m not even mad.
Mack and Page was a solid match. Good brawling, Willie’s agility outlasted Page’s strikes. One would assume the winner should be closer to an X Division title shot at least. So it should be interesting where this leads.
Killer Kross follows that with his typical chilling, slightly unhinged promo, and damn it was well done.
The interesting thing about the commercial break stuff tonight is Melissa doing live interviews with different people. It’s kinda neat, like extra content.
Team Triple A has a clap back promo after the commercial, which says the Cup is staying in Mexico. If memory serves, Team Triple A beat Team TNA in the first World X Cup, so I’m curious if they’ll pull from that for a storyline.
Sami Callihan calls out Swann one more time, Swann throws the shirt at Callihan, so a fight ensues. Swann gets the best of things momentarily, but an eye gauge allows Sami the opening to toss Rich around a little, Piledriver him on the stage and then Powerbomb him off the stage through a table. So I guess Sami will get the X Divison shot, but might have to go through Willie Mack first in the following weeks before Rebellion.
A lot of fun fast paced action, good dives, good strikes, nice story telling and only one slip so far from Aerostar. Eli Drake is the first one eliminated by Puma King because he tries to tell Eddie to not use the kendo stick, but tries to use it himself, Eddie catches him and takes his stick back, then pushing Eli. So one Gedo Clutch later, Eli is eliminated by pinfall. Fallah Bah eliminates Vikingo after a Twisted Running Powerslam. Aerostar eliminates Bahh after a Crucifix Pin when Bahh misses the Banzai Drop. Boston Knee Party from Eddie eliminates Aerostar. Piledriver from Sami eliminates Puma King. Two on one advantage with Sami and Eddie against Psycho Clown. Eddie hits a Boston Knee Party lays out Psycho Clown, but Sami pushes Eddie off and tries to steal the spotlight, only a two count, Psycho Rolls Up Sami for the pinfall elimination. Eddie has Psycho on the ropes, but Eli returns, takes Kenny the Kendo Stick and distracts Eddie. Then he hits Eddie to give Psycho a shot to hit a Backstabber, followed up the La Magistral for the victory. So Impact kinda played themselves, but it was a damn good match with a lot to unpack.
Melissa finally returns after a few commercial breaks off, with Sami Callihan and David Crist. This was ridiculous but great. Just erratic idiocy, they steal Melissa’s sandals at some point, David sings “Hey there Samuel” and Sami does a pitch like a dating service while Melissa is getting her sandals. So dumb, but great.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
Small promotional video package for Reno Scum. Returning to Impact for the first time since the first wave of GFW “invasion” (nearly 2 years).
A quick little moment with Dark Allie, Su Yung and Rosemary, followed by a commercial with Melissa and KM & Fallah Bahh. Very funny, Melissa plays off the wrestlers well. She needs to stick around since she’s got a nice personality and seems to work well with most of the guys.
Scarlett with a weird video package, her in a bed, a little moan and showing cleavage is her formula. So if it ain’t broke, I’m not gonna fix it, shut up, stop judging me!
LAX joins Melissa before the main event and the Latina comes out in her. She’s more animated that usual, very fun and entertaining. She even busts their chops a little, but they take it in stride and seem to enjoy each other’s company.
Since the match starts with only about 12 minutes before time limit the match wasn’t going to be a technical masterpiece, but for what it was it was fun. It was more of a brawl, since there were 3 bigger guys. Kross had a bunch of moments looking like a beat, Cage looked like a million bucks hitting the Drill Claw on both Moose and Kross. But Johnny pulled the opportunistic thing, and while Kross and Cage were tied up, Johnny pulls Moose to the corner, barely hits Starship Pain and sneaks in a pinfall before Cage finishes the Drill Claw + pin on Kross. So Johnny retains while looking like a punk, and the crowd wanted nothing to do with him. Terminator claps most of the match.
.@MrGMSI_BCage had the World Championship right within his fingertips once again…
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
Overall Score: 7.5/10
Solid solid show from start to finish. Tessa and Taya got things kicked off well, Melissa doing backstage interviews as the Twitch commercial break stuff was great. World Cup match was fun and set up a few storylines for the Impact stars while Team Triple A got the home field advantage win. Main event was a little disappointing to be honest. Johnny has worn out his fan support both in Mexico and on Twitch chat. Granted yes, I’m hopeful this is building towards a big blow off at Rebellion, maybe with Cage going over and Austin Aries returning, but I guess we’ll have to see.
Also from the main event, we see some cracks in the Moose and Kross alliance, so that could definitely be an interesting match in the near future.
So yeah, we have a lot to chew on moving into TV tapings for the shows leading up to Rebellion, but from a completely playlist mentality view point, Cage got screwed. Brian Cage better be getting this damn title soon, or I want him to put Don Callis through the announce table.
Now the weekly Twitch viewers portion:
- Week 1: High – 10,350 / Low – 8,500
- Week 2: High – 8,000 / Low – 6,500
- Week 3: High – 8,500 / Low – 7,900
- Week 4: High – 7,100 / Low – 5,300
- Week 5: High – 7,450 / Low – 5,650
- Uncaged: High – 9,000/ Low – 8,000
Well it looks like people just need a reason to tune in. Not only was this week mostly main event talent, but since the event had was named, I feel like people just expected better quality. So still no record breaking high, but solid numbers throughout the entire show.
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: New Beginning in Sapporo Part 2!
Who leaves Sapporo with the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team titles?
NJPW continues in Sapporo with two HUGE tag team matches! The Rainmaker and The Ace look for further revenge while EVIL & SANADA defend their tag titles!
This coverage of New Beginning in Sapporo will be as aired by AXS TV.
Gifs can be found courtesy of http://frentique.tumblr.com/
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: EVIL & SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki; EVIL & SANADA win and retain the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships.
- Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jay White & Bad Luck Fale; White & Fale win.
PLAY BY PLAY
NJPW and AXS set the scene!
The Ace is once again IWGP Heavyweight Championship after dethroning The Best Bout Machine at Wrestle Kingdom 13! But the record-setting 8-time champion has a very determined challenger in The Switchblade. Jay White has Gedo and the Bullet Club by his side, and now has his title match in Osaka! But before then, Hiroshi Tanahashi will look to slow White down with the help of his old rival, Kazuchika Okada! Will this amazing tag team be able to defeat White and Bad Luck Fale? Or will it only be a sampling of the Cutthroat Era’s coming?
And before that, Los Ingobernables de Japon’s Heavyweight Tag Team Champions broke even with their challengers in singles competition. Now it is time to face off for the titles! Can the two-time Tag League and Two Time Tag Champions be able to overcome the Undisputed British Tag Team Champions? Or will Suzuki-Gun have two tag titles around their waists? That match is now!
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: EVIL & SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki!
Why wait for bells when you just wanna fight? Suzuki and ZSJ go right at Evil & Sanada as they enter the ring! ZSJ stomps Evil while Suzuki mugs Sanada on the outside. Red Shoes holds the belts, but Suzuki gets one to choke Sanada with it. Suzuki whips Sanada but Sanada reverses to send Suzuki into railing! Evil and ZSJ end up the leg men and brawl while the introductions are made. Evil whips ZSJ and goes to hip toss, but ZSJ counters to an abdominal stretch. ZSJ denies a counter but Evil still hip tosses out! Tag to Sanada, and LIJ go after ZSJ together. Double whips, clothesline, back senton! Cover, TWO! ZSJ rolls away but Sanada stalks him to a corner. Cold Skull whips ZSJ corner to corner but ZSj goes up and over. He fakes Sanada and rolls him up, TWO!
Sanada knees and whips ZSJ but ZSJ denies the dropkick. ZSJ misses the Peantly Kick, and Sanada trips him up! Sanada gets ZSJ in the Paradise Lock, but ZSJ slips out and toys with him. ZSJ kicks Sanada, but Sanada knees back. Sanada whips but ZSJ reverses. Suzuki gets a cheap shot and gets Sanada in a hanging armbar! ZSJ hits Evil just because. Suzuki lets Sanada go then goes after Evil. ZSJ keeps on Sanada and Suzuki mugs Evil. Suzuki brings Evil out to the crowd to bowl him through chairs. Suzuki laughs as he rams Evil with the railing. Then he throws chairs onto Evil! ZSJ twists Sanada around for a modified Octopus, then he hammerlock stomps an arm! Suzuki searches under the ring while ZSJ gives Sanada a shoulder breaker. Suzuki has a folding chair to jab Evil in the head!
The ring count passes 17, but Sanada manage to make it in at 19.5! ZSJ is on Sanada with an arm bar, to hammerlock, then digs his elbows into Sanada’s spine. ZSJ pulls back on Sanada’s free arm from wrist to elbow for another hammerlock. He makes it a buttefly of sorts, then a cover, TWO! ZSJ drags Sanada over and tags in Suzuki. Suzuki takes Sanada and wrenches, but then ZSJ wrenches, and they keep passing Sanada for wrenches. ZSJ boots the arm and then Suzuki boots the arm. Sanada clutches that tortured arm but Suzuki goes after it more against the ropes. REd Shoes counts but Suzuki lets go at 4. Suzuki toys with Sanada now, but Sanada hits back. Suzuki just laughs again and throws forearms back. They go back and forth, but Suzuki hits hard. The champs are in trouble while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns while Suzuki taunts Sanada. Sanada does sit up but Suzuki’s right on him with fast forearms. Suzuki kicks but Sanada dragon screws, only for Suzuki to counter into an armbar! ZSJ hits Evil to keep him away, but Sanada resists the arm. Suzuki gets the arms apart and has Sanada at full extension! Sanada flails while ZSJ keeps Evil down with his own armlock! Suzuki pulls as hard as he can, but Sanada gets a ropebreak with his feet. Suzuki holds on to slam the arm on the mat. Tag to ZSJ and he hands the wrench off to ZSJ. ZSJ hammerlocks and tweaks Sanada’s arm. ZSJ sits down on the arm to practically triangle it! Suzuki keeps Evil at bay with an armbar on the ropes! ZSJ shifts his weight into a modified Labell meets Rings of Saturn!
Suzuki tortures Evil on the apron but Red Shoes can’t do anything about that while he watches ZSJ and Sanada. Sanada shifts again and gets another ropebreak via feet. Suzuki keeps on Evil with body shots while ZSJ lets Sanada go. ZSJ dares Sanada to stand, and then rock shim with a European Uppercut. Sanada returns the EuroUpper, but his arms are hurting. ZSj shoulder breakers, then catches the leap frog for a flapjack! Penalty kick is CAUGHT! Dragon Screw! Suzuki runs in and gets a dragon screw, too! Fans rally for LIJ as Evil tags in! The King of Darkness rallies on ZSJ! He scoop slams ZSJ hard, then rocks him with forearms. Evil whips but ZSJ reverses, only for Evil to run him over!
Fans rally as Evil drags ZSJ up. ZSJ kicks but Evil blocks it to elbow the knee. ZSJ grabs the arm but Evil counters to a shoulder breaker! Evil blocks another kick, Fisherman Buster! Cover, TWO! Evil keeps his cool as fans fire up again. He drags ZSJ up again and turns him, but ZSJ turns and suplexes Evil! Then the neck twist! Both men are down from exhaustion, but they still come back for more. ZSJ wants revenge for Sapporo Part 1 as he throws EuroUppers. Things speed up and each man dodges the other, but then ZSJ runs into Evil’s lariat! Evil drags ZSJ up, fireman’s carry, but ZSj reverses to a Pele! ZSJ kicks then sweeps the legs! Both men are down again but Suzuki returns. Suzuki tags in and goes right at Evil with forearms.
Suzuki whips Evil corner to corner and boots him. He snapmares and Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO! Evil barely escapes, but Suzuki toys with him now. Suzuki throws haymakers, then boots, but Evil hands it off to Red Shoes! Evil SUPERKICKS Suzuki down! Tag to Sanada! Sanada whips but Suzuki reverses. Sanada tumbles, springboards, but into Suzuki’s sleeper! ZSJ hits Evil again, and then helps Suzuki corner to corner train on Sanada! Snapmare, DOBULE Peanlty Kicks! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives that string of attacks, but Suzuki stomps him down. We can hear someone throw the other into railing while Suzuki hammers away on Sanada in the corner. Red Shoes backs Suzuki off, but Suzuki runs back in. Sanada dodges, and Evil returns for a corner clothesline! He feeds Suzuki to Sanada’s back suplex!
Evil hits ZSJ and now LIJ has Suzuki isolated! They call for the finish and fans are thunderous! Evil lifts Suzuki, but ZSJ stops Magic Killer. Suzuki rolls Sanada into an Ankle Lock! ZSJ has Evil in the Octopus! Suzuki shifts to a kneebar! Sanada endures teh grapevine’d move, and Suzuki even grabs an arm! Sanada grabs Red Shoes to keep himself from tapping! ZSJ has shifted Evil into a grounded twist! Neither LIJ can get free as Suzuki shifts the position of his kneebar! Sanada endures, as does Evil. Fans cheer LIJ on, but Suzuki just twists the ankle harder! Sanada uses one last gas to get the ropebreak! Suzuki lets Sanada go, to come back for a sleeper. And then ZSJ Penalty Kicks! Suzuki also Penalty Kicks! Cover, but Evil breaks it in time!
Suzuki-Gun drags LIJ up but LIJ fights back! Suzuki wants his piledriver, and ZSJ wants his, but Evil and Sanada deny those, for Darkness Falls and TKO in stereo! LIJ fires up as they go after Suzuki again. MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, but ZSJ breaks it just in time! Sanada grabs Suzuki and Evil gets ZSJ. Skull End, but ZSJ counters the STO! Evil counters back, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! And then for Suzuki, True Skull End, but Suzuki slips through! Sleeper, Gotch hold, but Evil saves Sanada! Everything is countered, but the Sleeper is escaped. MAGIC KILLER AGAIN!! Sanada climbs while Evil takes ZSJ out, Moonsault! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, Sanada pinning; still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions
The King of Darkness and Cold Skull are still golden! Suzuki-Gun’s quest to have two different companies’ tag titles has not worked out, it’ll be back to the drawing board for them. However, will Evil & Sanada now have a claim to the British Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?
Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jay White & Bad Luck Fale!
The Rainmaker and The Ace have fought hard over the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the claim to being the best one ever, but now they are united in making sure the Switchblade does NOT become champion! Will this all-star alliance succeed against the new Bullet Club leader and his Underboss underling?
White refuses to let this dream team have their photo op. He insists he is the historic wrestler everyone should take pictures of, not the old generation. Tanahashi and Okada bite their tongues and bide their time, they’ll get at White after the break.
NJPW on AXS returns and White starts against Tanahashi. Fans are strongly behind The Ace but White just chuckles. They circle and Gedo can be heard shouting “You’re stupid!” at commentary. White lunges but Tanahashi stays away. They tie up and go around, and Tanahashi manages to power White to a corner. White turns it around, but backs off, only to get the leg! White grins as he shows how easy he could’ve gone after the bad leg. He backs off but tries a sucker punch! Tanahashi dodges and headlocks, and he grinds White down. White gets up but can’t power out of Tanahashi’s grip. Tanahashi grinds White down again but White fights out with body shots. White powers out this time, but Tanahashi fakes him out to get him back in the headlock!
Tanahashi grinds White on the mat but White powers back up. White again can’t power out so he pulls hair! Tanahashi pulls White’s hair in return! Tanahashi throws body shots then whips, but White reverses. White runs into an elbow, Tanahashi springboard crossbodies! Tanahashi air guitars and tosses it out. He brings White over and tags Okada. Okada and Tanahashi whip White and double elbow him down. Okada back sentons, then Tanahashi somersault sentons. The dream team shake hands and drop double elbows! Fans are loving this already! Okada drags White up and fans are thunderous for him. He snapmares White and then hits a running basement dropkick! Okada drags White up but White powers him to the corner. Tag to Fale, but Okada gets away.
Okada and Fale circle and tie up. Fale shoves Okada but Okada’s right back with hammering hands! Okada whips but Fale reverses and whips Okada hard into buckles! Fale looms over Okada then stomps him down. Fale drags Okada up and talks trash, so Okada hits back. Okada runs and handsprings over the back drop! He wants a sleeper and hops on as a backpack. Fale endures then drops back! Okada lets Fale go, and White attacks Tanahashi! White goes after Tanahashi on the outside and throws him into barriers! Okada bails out but Fale gives chase. Fale throws Okada into barriers, too! White chokes Tanahashi with camera cables! White says he IS the next champion! Fans boo while Fale takes a towel and chokes Okada with it. It was an Okada Dollar towel, too!
White keeps on Tanahashi in the front row with Euro Uppers. White takes apart barriers to throw the railings onto Tanahashi. He buries Tanahashi while the ring count climbs. Then White scoops slams a Young Lion onto Tanahashi! Fale chokes Okada on the ropes in the ring. Red Shoes backs Fale off, but he comes back to drag Okada up and dump him out. White goes right at Okada by ramming him into the apron and then the railing! And then the apron again, and then the railing! White rams Okada into the apron once more, then throws forearms. Red Shoes finally spots this and reprimands White. White plays innocent as he puts Okada back in the ring. Fale tags White in, and White soaks up the heat.
White runs corner to corner for a huge Euro Upper, and then suplexes Okada into the buckles! Cover, TWO!! Somehow Okada escapes! White takes his frustrations out on Tanahashi, then returns to Okada. White grinds his forearm into Okada’s face, then puts on a Half Crab. Fans rally up for Okada and Okada crawls for ropes. White pulls harder but Tanahashi comes it go after White. Fale throws Tanahashi out, and then tags back in. Fale goes after Okada’s leg with stomps. Okada hits back and clubs Fale. Okada hops on for a guillotine, but Fale simply puts Okada in the Bullet Club corner. Fale stomps a mudhole into Okada then tags White. White drags Okada up for a CHOP! White follows Okada to the open corner, then tells Tanahashi this CHOP is for him.
Fans continue to rally as White snapmares Okada into a chinlock. Okada feeds off the energy and fights out with body shots. Okada runs but into White’s back elbow! Cover, TWO! White keeps on Okada with another chinlock. Okada endures while Tanahashi and the fans rally up again. Okada gets up and fights back again, but White clubs him down. White puts Okada in a corner and whips corner to corner, but Okada reverses. Okada runs into White’s boot. White runs but into a flapjack! Both men are down but stirring while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns once more, and Okada crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Tanahashi! White stands and The Ace fires off forearms on him! Tanahashi whips but White reverses, only for Tanahashi to forearm him down! Tanahashi dropkicks Fale then goes after White again. He scoop slams White into a drop zone, then hops up. Second rope somersault senton hits! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps his cool while fans rally up again. Tanahashi waits for White to stand then runs, but he runs into a CHOP! But he keeps going, only to run into another CHOP! Tanahashi still shakes it off, but runs into a waistlock. He elbows out but White chop blocks the bad leg! White catches his breath as he looms over Tanahashi.
White scoops Tanahshi but Tanahashi fights out. Tanahashi waistlocks but WHite standing switches to a saido suplex! Both men are down but White tags out to Fale. Fale corners Tanahashi and throws big body shots. Then he throws bit clubbing forearms! He taunts the fans and they boo back as he drags Tanahashi up. Fale whips corner to corner then runs in, but misses! Tanahashi waistlocks, but Fale’s too big for a German Suplex! Fale fights out of the waistlock, then suplexes Tanahashi. Okada saves Tanahashi, and then they double suplex Fale together! Fans rally up again and Tanahashi crawls, but he dropkicks White first! Hot tag to Okada!
The Rainmaker forearms and whips Fale, but Fale reverses. Okada hits Fale then hits the DDT! Okada kips up and fans fire up again! He drags Fale up and manages a scoop slam! Okada winces just a moment before climbing up top. Fale gets under and Okada rolls through. Okada runs back but into a Samoan Drop! Fale hits a big splash! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but White goes after Tanahashi! White puts Tanahashi into railing while fans cheer Okada on. Fale aims, grabs Okada, but the Grenade is denied with a dropkick! Okada wants to lift Fale!? Fale reverses but Okada slips out. Okada runs but gets run over! Both men are down but Tanahashi returns to the corner. Hot tags to Tanahashi and White!
The Ace and Switchblade each dodge each other. White trash talks Tanahashi but the brawl is on! Tanahashi hits, then White hits, repeat. They build up speed back and forth, then White throws several. Tanahashi gives them all back, but White kicks out the bad leg. White whips but Tanahashi reverses. Tanahashi dodges and slingblades White down! Cover, TWO!! Okada hits Fale then tells Tanahashi to finish this. Tanahashi gets the Cloverleaf but White rakes the eyes! White kicks Tanahashi away while Fale puts Okada into barriers. Tanahashi dragon screws White! Fale runs in but Tanahashi blocks, hands off to Okada and Okada dragon screws! Tanahashi returns to White, running, but Gedo swipes him! White gets Tanahashi with a Complete Shot to German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous again as White slashes the throat. He drags Tanahashi up into position, and Fale chases Okada. Okada saves Tanahashi then has to fight off Fale. Fale rebounds, Tanahashi slingblades him down! White rocks Tanahashi, but Okada dropkicks him down! The dream team have each other’s backs! And they both power up to combine forces! Gut wrench to TOMBSTONE! Hand off, to STYLES CLASH! Tanahashi rolls White, for Okada’s elbow! Fans are at a fever pitch, but Gedo distracts Tanahashi. Fale attacks Tanahashi and dumps him off the top rope! Red Shoes reprimands Gedo but it’s too late. Okada leaps but into the Grenade! Fale corner splashes Tanahashi, and gives him a Grenade! Fale crushes Tanahashi with his boot while White crawls over. White has Fale stand down so he can finish Tanahashi.
White drags Tananashi up, fireman’s carry, Death Valley Driver! Cover, TWO!? Tanahashi survives but White isn’t done. He slashes the throat, drags Tanahashi, but ends up in Twist ‘n’ Shout! Fale whips Tanahashi but Tanahashi reverses to another Twist ‘n’ Shout! Red Shoes keeps Gedo out of the ring, but White gets a chair in the distraction! White swings but misses, Tanahashi slingblades White down! Tanahashi sees Fale coming, and manages a German Suplex! Gedo is in, but his brass knuckles miss to get a slap! White SMACKS Tanahashi from behind! Fans boo as White gets away with it. Dragon screw to the mat! And another! And then an inverted Figure Four! Okada wants to get in but Fale drags him back out. Tanahashi endures while Okada fights Fale off. So Gedo drags Okada out! Fale SPLASHES Okada! Fale lifts Okada, Bad Luck Fall!
Tanahashi still endures as White wrenches and pulls as hard as he can on the hold! Fale keeps his eyes on Okada while Tanahashi reaches and flails. Tanahashi taps, White and Fale win!!
Winners: Jay White & Bad Luck Fale, White by submission
The unthinkable has happened! The Switchblade has made the IWGP Heavyweight Champion tap out! Is the Cutthroat Era inevitable?
White picks up the belt and the mic to address Sapporo. White looks down at Tanahashi and says, “I told you that I would beat you and take this belt from you.” People think it’ll be a shock when White wins, but it will not be! White’s already beaten Tanahashi and everyone NJPW has to offer. And he made Tanahashi submit! Gedo rubs it in, but can The Ace pull off a miracle in Osaka?
White says “You can give it multiple names.” Call it Tanahashi is White’s “b*tch”, you can call it TGU: Tanahashi Gave Up. No, TTO: Tanahashi Tapped Out. That’s what the inverted figure four will be! Put it everywhere! #TTO!
Tanahashi responds by saying he used his knee as bait. White took that bait, but he wasn’t as big of a fish as Tanahashi expected. Is The Ace putting on a brave face? Or are he and his reign in more trouble than he knows?
A really great hour for NJPW, especially with big tag team matches. Evil & Sanada VS Suzuki & ZSJ was great because they knew how to play up all the story from the many, many matches all four men have had in the past. I honestly was surprised Suzuki-Gun lost, I thought they were going to end up double champions. But LIJ has been red hot, hence why they are all champions at this point, so it makes sense to keep that hot streak going. LIJ probably won’t lose those tag titles for a long time from what I can tell. No other heavyweight tag team looks strong enough right now.
Then in the special tag match for the main event, the dream team of Okada and Tanahashi had some really good chemistry with each other, and there was plenty of story to fuel this match, too. I’m a bit surprised White won, but NJPW doesn’t really use the kind of math a company like WWE would. WWE’s math would put it that White winning now means he won’t win the title in their New Beginning Osaka match, but NJPW isn’t so back and forth like that. White’s on his own hot streak, and literally has Gedo by his side, so Osaka might be the night we all Breath with the Switchblade.
My Score: 8.5/10