Lucha Underground Season 4, “Pet Cemetary”
The King of Hunters wants that Lucha Underground Championship, but he’s not the only one targeting Pentagon Dark. Who gets their shot at the Aztec gold?
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- Gift of the Gods Championship: El Dragon Azteca Jr. VS Ivelisse; Azteca wins and retains the Gift of the Gods Championship.
- King Cuerno VS ???; double disqualification, BOTH King Cuerno and Mil Muertes will challenge Pentagon Dark for the Lucha Underground Championship next week.
- Lucha Underground Trios Championships: The Reptile Tribe VS Los Lucha Super Amigos; The Reptile Tribe wins and retains the Lucha Underground Trios Championships.
PLAY BY PLAY
Gift of the Gods Championship: El Dragon Azteca Jr. VS Ivelisse!
The Heir of the Eagle Tribe has vowed to defend his title all the way to Ultima Lucha Quatro. If he succeeds in retaining the entire way, he plans on challenging whoever the Lucha Underground Champion is in the main event. But now, the Baddest Bitch in the Temple steps up to challenge his mission. Can Ivelisse grab that gold for herself to then put Pentagon Dark on her radar?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised and we begin! The fans duel between these two as Azteca swings first. Ivelisse ducks and mule kicks, to then whip. Azteca reverses but Ivelisse wheelbarrows and arm-drags. She runs and springboards to arm-drag Azteca again. He gets to a corner and she runs in, but misses. She SUPERKICKS him back, then hops up to leap for flying headscissors! Azteca bails out while fans fire up. Ivelisse takes aim and builds speed, but runs into the calf kick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Ivelisse while Azteca puts her in a corner hard. She falls to the mat but he waits for her to stand. Ivelisse stirs so Azteca brings her up, but she fires back with body shots. He throws her down, then brings her up again to whip her hard. Fans duel as Azteca covers, TWO!
Ivelisse drags herself up by the ropes while Azteca backs off. Azteca returns and wrenches her arm to then smack it. He goes after the legs and turns her, but she blocks it by grabbing his leg. He manages to pry her off and turn her all the way over! Azteca puts on a deep Boston Crab to go after the repaired leg. He then shifts to a Bully Choke, but fans rally up. Ivelisse gets up to fight back. Azteca throws her down by her red hair, then runs. She dodges his leg drop, and fans rally up again. Ivelisse runs, dodges, and rallies with lariats. She has Azteca reeling as she runs into the corner. He puts her on the apron but she dodges and kicks him back. Ivelisse climbs and springboards for the tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! She’s so close but the fans keep her going.
Ivelisse runs at Azteca, and tilt-o-whirls into the Octopus Stretch! She pulls on the neck and arm while fans chant “TAP! TAP!” Azteca powers out to a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again and Azteca whips Ivelisse. She reverses but he goes up and over. He misses in the corner but pushes her away. Azteca hops up, jumps and flying arm-drags her out of the ring. Azteca then springboards to FLY! But she dodges him, and he hits nothing but railing at the stairs! Azteca crashes and burns as fans lose their minds. Ivelisse drags Azteca up and into the ring. She takes aim, runs out, rolling destroyer! Cover, TWO!! That was even closer, but “This is Awesome!” Ivelisse works to keep her cool, but she shouts that this is her time!
Ivelisse slaps Azteca around, then rocks him with a spinning enziguri! Cover, TWO!! Ivelisse grows frustrated but the fans are thunderous. Ivelisse wants the rear naked choke, but Azteca powers up and throws her off. Azteca heads to the top rope and fans are mixed. Ivelisse stops him up top and then slaps away on him. He shoves her down, adjusts, but she gets him again! Ivelisse climbs up, throws forearms up to 10, then prepares the superplex. Azteca resists and headbutts her down. He again adjusts, and leaps for the leg drop! Cover, Azteca wins!
Winner: El Dragon Azteca Jr, by pinfall; still Gift of the Gods Champion
The Eagle continues to soar towards Ultima Lucha Quatro, but he and the Believers still respect the Baddest Bitch. Can Azteca make it all the way to UL4 to challenge THE Lucha Underground Champion? Meanwhile, La Sicaria wants herself some singles gold, but what will it take for her to get there?
But wait, XO Lishus and Joey Ryan appear. They can tell she’s upset, but she put on one hell of a match. If she wants gold as much as they do, then why not form a new trio? And then they can challenge whoever the champions are after tonight, because a trio of Ivelisse, Joey Ryan and XO himself, well that’s #XOlicious. What does she say? “Hell yeah, let’s do this!” Ivelisse finds herself in another unique team, but will she become the first three-time trios champion?
King Cuerno VS ???
The hunt is on as the Deer Tribe heir wants after Pentagon Dark’s title. Antonio Cueto comes out to comment on Cuerno’s attack that sent the message to Pentagon. Antonio admires Cuerno’s follow through. However, there is another man who has been even more dominant lately. That man also deserves himself a Lucha Underground Championship match, so this match will determine who challenges Pentagon next week for that title. Believers like the sound of that. Antonio introduces the opponent who hates Cuerno’s guts: MIL MUERTES!! The Man of 1000 Deaths owes Cuerno for taking that Gauntlet of the Gods from him at Ultima Lucha Tres! Has the hunter become the hunted!?
The bell rings and Muertes rushes Cuerno immediately! Cuerno dodges and dodges to then throw a haymaker. But it does nothing! Muertes grabs Cuerno and puts him in the corner for close-range clotheslines! Muertes hits 9, then uses the tenth for a powerful punch! Fans cheer as Muertes drags Cuerno up and throws him around. Cuerno dodges again to calf kick and lift Muertes. Muertes slips out to shove and powerslam Cuerno! Then he rains down rights and lefts! The Believers love this as Muertes drags Cuerno up. Cuerno slips out, shoves and gives Muertes a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Muertes gets to a corner, and Cuerno runs in for big double knees! Cuerno swing kicks Muertes out, then climbs up, only for Muertes to stop him.
Fans duel as Muertes climbs up, for the SUPERPLEX! Muertes stands up right away and looms over Cuerno. He drags Cuerno up and whips, but Cuerno kicks him away. Cuerno runs into the choke slam! Muertes seethes as he decides to go up. Cuerno crawls over as Muertes climbs, and Cuerno manages to counter the double ax handles with a big knee strike! Cuerno staggers but runs, only for double clotheslines to take them both out! Fans are thunderous as Muertes slowly sits up. Cuerno follows and they brawl on their knees with quick haymakers. They brawl as they stand, and Muertes rocks Cuerno with bigger shots. Cuerno hits back and whips, but Muertes reverses. Cuerno holds ropes then ducks, but Muertes counters the code breaker by throwing Cuerno out. But Cuerno brings Muertes with him, and now they’re on the floor.
The brawl continues even out here, and Cuerno fires off many shots, only to get rocked by an uppercut! The referee wants them to return to the ring, but neither man cares. They continue to brawl, neither showing any give. Muertes rocks Cuerno, but Cuerno keeps coming back. The referee insists they go into the ring, so they both shove the referee down! The brawl continues while fans boo and jeer over the disrespect for the official. Muertes continues to rock Cuerno with his rights, but Cuerno continues to come back with his own. Muertes brings Cuerno up the stairs, but the referee calls for the bell?
The referee spoils the fun but the brawl continues. Muertes and Cuerno grab at each other’s masks while fans tell the referee this choice is “Bullsh*t! Bullsh*t!” But Antonio Cueto returns to correct this. He shouts for them to stop fighting for one second! The two listen, and Antonio says that while neither men won, he won’t punish their lust for fighting. In fact, he rewards it! Therefore, Muertes and Cuerno, you BOTH get a shot at the Lucha Underground Championship, in a Triple Threat! Pentagon will have two truly lethal challengers to deal with, will he be able to survive? Actually, both Cuerno and Muertes keep fighting each other! Pentagon appears and watches. He’s just as entertained as the Believers, but will even Cero Miedo overcome death and the hunt?
Lucha Underground Trios Championships: The Reptile Tribe VS Los Lucha Super Amigos!
Kobra Moon’s once mighty kingdom is dwindling. She punished Pindar with death a season ago, Vibora was slain at the hands of the now Mr. & Mrs. Mundo, and then the Worldwide Underground wished for Drago’s freedom. Now it is just the Queen, her King in Daga, and her new knight in the Undead Death Machine, Jeremiah Snake. Meanwhile, the most exciting trio has reunited! Fenix is back from the dead thanks to Aerostar, and these former trios champions get another shot just on reputation alone. Can the Firebird, the Firebreather and the luchador of time and space return to glory? Or will the desperate snakes be more dangerous than ever?
But wait, what is Jake Strong doing here? He talks to Drago and Aerostar specifically. If they win these titles, then he wants them to know they’ll be defending them against him. And The Savage doesn’t need partners to fight against these three, because he’s a big strong wrestler. “And we all know a wrestler beats a luchador every single time!” Strong promises to snap their ankles because he can, and because it makes him strong! Believers duel, “Strong!” “Sucks!”, but the Savage is coming for the amigos one way or another. Can Drago and Aero focus on their opponents tonight and worry about Strong later?
The trios sort out and we begin with Snake going after both Aero and Drago! He hits Fenix for good measure, too, then drags Drago over to the Reptile corner. He bounces Drago off Kobra’s boot then tags in Daga. Daga goes to the opposite corner while Snake grinds his boot into Drago. Daga runs back in, and with help from Snake, he gives Drago a big hesitation dropkick. Cover, TWO! Daga keeps on Drago with haymakers while Fenix slowly returns to the corner. Believers rally up for Drago even as Daga throws big forearms. Tag to Snake, and Snake gives Drago a venomous chop! Tag back to Daga and Daga puts Dragon in an open corner. He hears the fans cheer for Drago, but gives Drago his own sharp chop.
The King of snakes embraces the heat as he throws more hands on Drago. He tags Snake back in and together they mug Drago. They double whip Drago but Drago ducks and waistlocks Snake. Snake standing switches but Drago ducks, sending Daga’s haymaker into Snake! Drago then counter kicks Daga, and tilt-o-whirls to a school boy. Daga rolls out, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Snake runs into kicks, then Drago gets past Daga to go up top. Drago grabs Daga in a headscissors while linking to Snake with a facelock. Daga throws Drago off, but Drago uses that to tornado DDT Snake! Drago then dodges Daga to tilt-o-whirl DDT him! Cover on Snake, TWO! Fans fire up but Snake thumbs Drago’s eyes. Snake adjusts, but Fenix tags in and hits a rolling cutter!
The darker Fenix has the fans fired up but Melissa looks concerned at ringside. Daga reverses the whip but runs into a back elbow. Fenix hops up, Daga shoves him, but Fenix saves himself with a jump and back flip! Snake grabs Fenix but Fenix boots Daaga away to then escape and PELE Snake! Fenix kips up and calf kicks Daga, then runs to boot Snake on the other side! Fans fire up with Fenix and Melissa is relieved. Aero wants a tag, but Fenix senses Kobra coming up behind. He kicks but she leans back. He backs her down, and tags out to Aero. The tag was a bit stiff but Aero is ready to kick Snake. Aero hops up, big corkscrew crossbody! Daga full nelsons Aero, but Aero ducks and now Snake’s haymaker hits Daga!
Aero trips Snake onto the ropes, bumps Daga, then uses Snake as a springboard for the rolling cutter! Fans fire up for Aerostar while Daga rolls out. Aero runs but into Snake’s big lariat! Fans boo as Snake drags Aero back up. Snake suplexes and holds Aero up, to then bring him down. Tag to Daga, and they mug Aero on the mat. Daga whips Aero but Aero reverses, only for Daga to put him on the apron. Aero shoulders back in, slingshot and springboards for the code breaker. Daga still haymakers and dropkicks Aero down! Both men are down but the Believers fire up. Both men crawl, hot tags to Snake and Drago!
Drago rolls off Snake’s back, sweeps the legs and hits the kick. Daga runs in but gets a kick and a neckbreaker. Drago runs into Snake’s boot then SUPERKICK, then Snake grabs Drago. Snake lifts but Drago headscissors Snake out! Daga returns but Drago dodges and arm-drags him out. Aero is in, and he goes to the top rope to FLY onto both Daga and Snake! Believers fire up for this, but Drago tries to get Fenix back into the fight. Drago tags Fenix, and Fenix has his target. They work together, and Fenix LAUNCHES Drago onto the entire Reptile Tribe! Fenix fires up with the Believers, he builds up power, but then SUPERKICKS Aero!? Melissa doesn’t understand, and neither do the Believers.
Fenix attacks Aero in the corner, and then brings him up, for a spinning muscle buster?! Snake takes advantage, and gives Aero the butterfly breaker! Cover, The Reptiles win!
Winners: The Reptile Tribe, Jeremiah Snake pinning; still Lucha Underground Trios Champions
The Reptiles retain, but only because something is not right in the mind, or perhaps the soul, of the Man of 1000 Lives. Melissa is so confused, it’s Kobra Moon who makes the official announcement. Melissa tries to get through to Fenix, but he only responds with the dead eyes of a shark. She keeps trying to reason with him, but he takes hold of her, to shove her down!? Believers boo and jeer this dark Fenix, and Azteca comes out to check on his friend. Has something gone wrong with Fenix’s revival? What will it take to bring back the Fenix we used to know?
Antonio Cueto gets himself a drink.
However, someone comes to meet with him. It’s Marty “The Moth” Martinez. Marty is manic as ever as Antonio invites him in. Marty presents more money, much like his sister did. He’s all healed up, but health never mattered to Antonio. Guilty as charged. Marty brings up the bribe Mariposa paid Antonio a few weeks ago. Yes, that is correct. And therefore, Marty has also “earned” himself a shot at the Gift of the Gods Championship. Marty drops a couple more stacks, because he wants something more. What more could the maniac moth want from Antonio? Or perhaps, who?
A very stacked card for Lucha Underground tonight, with a lot of great storyline integration. We waste little time getting right to it, with Dragon Azteca defending his title against Ivelisse. A great match, and it made sense that Azteca retains to keep his story going. Ivelisse of course has her own story, as she, XO Lishus and Joey Ryan ended up on the same page after dealing with Jack Evans. They want after the Trios Championships, but I’m sure Jack Evans will come back for revenge, even if he has to do it without the Worldwide Underground. Cuerno VS Muertes was great, even with the double DQ. I’m surprised no one mentioned Catrina’s absence, but even within LU, they have their own separation of kayfabe and reality. A triple threat for the title is going to be amazing, it’d be quite the shock if Pentagon loses.
Then the Trios Championship match tonight was great. I loved that Fenix really was different, such as wearing all black. I was hoping for less mindless and more heartless, but Fenix did a nice enough combination of both. Him turning now was a bit surprising, but it brings in Azteca’s story of having feelings for Melissa, and it leaves Aero and Drago open to take Jake Strong on in a handicap match to settle their story. While Marty buys a Gift of the Gods match, I’m betting his bonus involves Melissa, who has always been his obsession. This will further Azteca’s story of his feelings for Melissa while bringing Fenix back around. I can see Fenix finding some of his humanity again in protecting her, but it will take him facing Azteca to bring it all back. Azteca might retain the belt, but Fenix will probably get the girl.
My Score: 8.5/10
Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 6 B Block
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
This whole day is based around two major things:
Will Jay White or Tetsuya Naito get a win?
Will Moxley or Ishii kill one another?
Let’s find out!
- Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens vs Zack Sabre Jr & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Fale wins via Grenade @4:50 – **
- Tomoaki Honma & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer: Archer wins via EBD Claw Hold @9:50 – **
- SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI vs KENTA, Kota Ibushi & Clark Connors: BUSHI wins via MX @9:02 – ** 1/2
- YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay & Toa Henare: YOSHI wins via Fisherman Buster @8:45 – ** 1/4
- B Block: Shingo Takagi vs Taichi: Takagi wins via Last of the Dragon @14:40 – ****
- B Block: Jeff Cobb vs Juice Robinson: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @13:20 – *** 1/2
- B Block: Toru Yano vs Jay White: Yano wins via Brass Knuckle Low Blow/Roll-Up @3:05 – ** 1/2
- B Block: Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto: Naito wins via Destino @16:00 – *** 3/4
- B Block: Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii: Moxley wins via Deathrider @20:35 – **** 1/2
Well Fale tried to outsmart the Rainmaker in his last G1 match, and that didn’t go too well. So Sabre is being a whiny child, tried to step to Fale and for the most part, got brushed off. Fale isn’t really in a position to eat another loss, but it’s unusual for Sabre to be doing so poorly. I’m curious if Sabre continues this slide until maybe TAKA Michinoku returns to be his hype man, or Sabre gets off the schneid.
People, everybody dies. You know that, Lance knows that, Honma knows that…Kairi Sane knows that. This didn’t really add much to things except the undercurrent of a quiet Minoru Suzuki is scary for the whole world. Also – Everybody Dies!
Now that SANADA and EVIL have had their match, there is some symbiosis back on the LIJ undercards. KENTA and Kota teaming together was a cute call back, but nothing of heavy merit came from this match. BUSHI continues to rack up positive momentum during these tags, Clark Connors is impressive for an LA Dojo Young Lion. So decent match, but aside from EVIL and KENTA brawling after the match and SANADA and Ibushi having a rather civil fan support battle, nothing too important for the impending matches.
Okada and Ospreay did have the crowd hot, but aside from a small flourish, this was mostly YOSHI and Henare. Surprisingly, YOSHI-HASHI has put together a few pinfalls in the tag matches, so that tends to actually play a role in the second half story telling. Ospreay may be on his way to a big upset since even if Okada seems to be positioned to win A Block, he won’t make it through unscathed.
Now this was a fun match. It was a continuation of the Suzuki-Gun/LIJ drama, but Taichi has his own issues. Shingo is fighting as a Junior Heavyweight and Taichi moved up to Heavyweight last year, but was overlooked for the G1. So the fact that Shingo asks and gets in, yet Taichi moves up and was ignored has to bother him. With all of these little things eating through, Taichi brought out the Dangerous T that many of us have grown to love. Sure there was a brief moment of shenanigans with lovely Miho and the microphone stand, but 90% of the match was on the up and up. Pumping Bomber versus Axe Bomber was great, the callbacks to both of their mentors was wonderful and just generally speaking, when the Holy Emperor tries, those are great matches. Shingo getting the win won’t sit well with Taichi, but we’ve got plenty more time to see how this all falls.
Juice starts off the match in a 3 way tie for first, but Cobb really needs a win to legitimize his tournament. Being undefeated in ROH for about a year, as well as all his other accolades, he needs to stop losing. Cobb showed a little more fire than usual in this match and took it to Juice. Juice has been in hard hitting affairs all tournament and it looks like Juice might’ve finally hit the wall. Should be interesting to see if Juice flounders from here or if he recovers.
Well the Chaos revenge tour has another stop with Toru Yano and Jay White. Jay has not gotten off to a good start and it’s all his past decisions coming to bite him. This match…would be no different. Yano takes advantage of Gedo getting involved. Between Barbara Jean the turnbuckle pad and the brass knuckles from Gedo, Jay White’s nuts didn’t stand a chance. So Yano runs away with 2 more points and Jay’s pride…and other things…are a bit sore.
Goto started off the tournament looking like a new man, Naito has also looked different, but for different reasons. Naito sitting in the basement with zero points and Goto with the renewed sense of purpose makes for an odd dynamic. This match is one of their usual ones, where it’s quick bursts, hard hitting and a few solid false finishes. However, at multiple points Naito’s usual tranquilo is shaken and you can see him show levels of concern. Goto being the one with the power in the match, makes for some unique interactions. Naito does pull off the win, but it’s not for Goto’s lack of trying and kicking out of one running Destino. Naito finally gets some points, but it’s nothing near dominant enough to breathe a sigh of relief.
Moxley versus Ishii was the insane hard hitting match we expected. Ishii even flew. He hit a splash on Moxley through a table. The Stone Pitbull flew. Yes I realize there is a callback to Masato Tanaka in that move, but you don’t understand, Ishii flew. Anyway, the beauty of Red Shoes as a referee is he understands each wrestlers personality, so he gives them a little more leash to do what they like to do. Moxley used weapons, Ishii egged it on, there were huge strikes, Ishii’s torpedo style rising headbutts and just good violence. This was a bar fight and no one was upset. Moxley getting the win was a little surprising since most of us assume he won’t be available for many if any later dates once AEW TV starts up. This was just a nice change of pace for the usual New Japan and/or Strong Style match.
Overall Score: 7.75/10
With a great Taichi match and Moxley changing the pace, this show was definitely something to behold. Jay White’s continued spiral is more amusing than Sabre’s since this seems like retribution where Sabre is just a punk bitch when he loses. Even with an uneventful undercard, the main Block matches kept everything moving upward and onward.
With Moxley as the sole 3-0, who unseats the Death Rider?
B Block Standings:
- Jon Moxley – 3-0 (6 Points)
- Toru Yano – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Tomohiro Ishii – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Juice Robinson – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Shingo Takagi – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Jeff Cobb – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Tetsuya Naito – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Hirooki Goto – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Taichi – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Jay White – 0-3 (0 Points)
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (7/13/19)
The Kingdom, Jay Lethal and The Bouncers in a big Six Man main event!
ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 408
Manhattan Mayhem is on the horizon, and so is a major ROH World Championship match! But before Matt Taven and Jay Lethal face off 1v1, they bring allies to the ring for a truly massive Six Man Tag match!
- Proving Ground: Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor; Taylor wins.
- WOH World Championship #1 Contender’s Four Corner Survival: Stella Grey VS Jenny Rose VS Angelina Love VS Tasha Steelz; Steelz wins and will challenge Kelly Klein for the title at Summer Supercard.
- Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal & The Bouncers; Lethal & The Bouncers win.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH looks back to Best in the World.
The Peacock faced Rush’s brother, Dragon Lee, and beat him using Rush’s moves! The Best of 3 Series’ third match saw the K I N G topple the Franchise Player! And the Villain Enterprises expanded to include an army! A FLIP Army! The Allure used every trick up their sleeves to beat the Pretty Badass and American Joshi, but were confronted by Maria Manic! Manic didn’t get her hands on Mandy Leon or the Beautiful People, so she ran roughshod over security! And most shocking of all, Matt Taven didn’t need to resort to anything underhanded to down the Hawaiian Juggernaut!! How can anyone hope to stop Taven’s #PurpleReign now?
Kenny King joins ROH commentary for this opening contest.
Coming off a big victory over THE Jay Lethal, the K I N G wants to see what his old friends are up to.
Proving Ground: Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor!
The Fittest returns to in-ring action to show that Strong Beach physique. But will physique be enough to survive the Notorious Hitman and ROH World Television Champion?
Rhett wants to shake hands with his former Rebellion brother, but Taylor SPITS on the Code of Honor! Rhett just uses it as body oil. The bell rings and the 10 minute time limit starts counting down. All Rhett has to do is survive the 10 minutes, and he gets a future shot at the title!
Fans rally as the two circle. Taylor shoves Rhett down and taunts him as he stands up. Rhett comes back to waistlock, but Taylor standing switches. Rhett powers his way out, but gets caught in a full nelson! Taylor grins but Rhett powers out of the nelson! Taylor headlocks but Rhett powers out to headlock back. Rhett grinds but Taylor powers out and runs Rhett over! Taylor wants Rhett to stop playing, and scoops him up. Rhett slips out and dropkicks Taylor back! Rhett grins and flexes, but then he tries to fireman’s carry, and Taylor is too much. Taylor spins Rhett, misses one way but hits the clothesline on the other! ROH goes to break as Taylor dares Rhett to get up.
ROH returns and Rhett wrecks Taylor with a dropkick. Rhett shows off his core strength with leg raises, but Taylor pulls him down to ROCK him with that One Hitter Quitter! Taylor drags Rhett up and into the ring to put him on the apron. Taylor climbs up, to drop the leg! He laughs and taunts Rhett as he CHOPS the chest! Rhett gasps for air while he crawls to a corner. Taylor climbs in and throws another big right! Rhett forearms Taylor back! Rhett backs Taylor down but Taylor blocks and reverses the whip to rock him again! Taylor yanks Rhett up but Rhett lands on his feet! Rhett rocks Taylor back with a JAB!
Rhett is in the corner again, and dodges Taylor as he runs in, to give him back a splash! And a BOOT! Then side to side for another! Rhett keeps moving to boot again! Fans fire up with The Fittest as he fireman’s carries Taylor again! For a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Rhett keeps his cool as Taylor goes to a corner. Rhett runs corner to corner but his boot is blocked! Taylor shoves Rhett back to KNEE him in the face! Cover, TWO!! Rhett survives and now Taylor is frustrated. Taylor toys with Rhett but Rhett SLAPS him back! Taylor pie faces but Rhett CHOPS and forearms away! Rhett fires off forearm after forearm but Taylor bobs ‘n’ weaves to HEADBUTT! Cover, Taylor wins!
Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall
Rhett fell short of proving himself worthy, and the ROH World TV Champion continues rolling on. Kenny gives Taylor his due props, but goes to check on Rhett in the ring.
“I’m searching for the words, man, to describe what I just saw out of you right now.” The word is, “disgusting.” King is disgusted by Rhett. What happened to him? ROH stuck them together and they fought, they scratched and they clawed and became one of the best teams ever, the All Night Express. They beat The Briscoes, the Young Bucks, Roderick Strong, Tyler Black, you name them. “What the hell happened to you?!” Rhett fails a Proving Ground match because he only proved that while he has the body of a god, he has the “heart of a b*tch.” There’s no fight left in Rhett! If Kenny was Joe Koff, he’d rip up Rhett’s contract on the spot!
Rhett’s family and pregnant wife are here, yet he embarrasses them!? Does Rhett think it’s okay that the reason his son won’t look him in the eyes is because daddy’s a coward?! Rhett gets mad, and that’s what Kenny wants to see! Show him something! But when Rhett doesn’t, Kenny is the one who gets mad. Is the Titus family really proud of that?! Because the Rhett Kenny King knew was a man, not this “punk ass b*tch.” Will these fighting words light a fire in the Fittest? Or does the K I N G have a point?
ROH hears from Kelly Klein.
“Women of Honor has some of the best women wrestling has to offer right now, and I love it.” That means the Gatekeeper will defend her title against some of the best women around. Maria Manic has Kelly’s attention, and Kelly is ready for that match. Kelly’s even excited to fight Tasha Steelz, the Allure, Stella Grey or Jenny Rose as she defends her world title. Who makes it out of the contender’s match first in line for a fight with the Pretty Badass?
ROH looks back to June 29th.
Jay Lethal vowed to work twice as hard as before, “whip the crap out of Matt Taven,” and become a THREE-TIME ROH World Champion! But Taven told him that in New York City, July 20th, we will all finally see that we are living in “The Time of Matt Taven.” Taven is the King of ROH, because heee’s Matt Taven, and he was #BorntoRule! But then, Alex Shelley returned!
Shelley was careful not to say he retired from ROH. Let’s pretend he has a card in his hand that is known as the “veteran’s card.” And let’s say there’s a hole punched for every year he’s contributed to the industry. That’s 17 holes. Shelley’s fingerprints are all over the world of wrestling, so now he plays his card. Shelley expects to be respected! And it won’t matter who walks out of Manhattan, Shelley just wants his shot to prove to them, him, and the world that he still has #TalentonLoanfromGod! Who will the returning revolutionary meet after mayhem goes down in Manhattan?
WOH World Championship #1 Contender’s Four Corner Survival: Stella Grey VS Jenny Rose VS Angelina Love w/ The Allure VS Tasha Steelz!
While only one of the Beautiful People is in this match, it is no surprise that she still has her friends by her side. Angelina Love leads the way as Velvet Sky helps Mandy Leon and their fluffy mascot, Foxxy, into the ring. But the spotlight quickly moves to the Garden State Goddess, little gritty Grey, and the American Joshi. With Kelly Klein watching on commentary, who grabs a huge victory and earns a Summer Supercard showdown?
But before the bell rings, Velvet grabs a mic to tell Jenny she doesn’t belong here, that Stella doesn’t belong here, and Tasha- She doesn’t even know who Tasha is, actually, but she doesn’t belong here, either. The only woman in the ring that matters is the Allure’s Bada$$, Angelina Love, the TRUE #1 Contender! Angelina proved herself already when she pinned Kelly at Best in the World. Win-loss records leave out a lot, and Kelly knows Angelina didn’t need to cheat that night to win. But talking aside, the other three competitors uphold the Code of Honor, but don’t even worry about Angelina. The bell finally rings, and Jenny goes right at her!
Stella and Tasha fight while Jenny rains down rights on Angelina! Angelina and Jenny roll out of the ring and Angelina kicks back. Jenny forearms but Angelina kicks again. Stella whips Tasha but Tasha runs Stella over. Tasha brushes herself off and runs, but Stella keeps up. Tasha and Stella trade hip toss blocks while Angelina and Jenny trade apron bumps. Stella rolls Tasha but Tasha arm-drags back. Stella arm-drags Tasha now, but Angelina kicks Jenny away. Angelina is on Stella with a sleeper, but Stella kicks Tasha away. Angelina throws Stella down by her hair, and The Allure cheers her on as she whips Stella into a corner. Stella runs into Tasha, then Angelina dropkicks them into each other. Angelina throws Stella out and runs, but into Jenny’s SPEAR! Cover, TWO!
Tasha throws Jenny out fast and stares down with Angelina. Tasha flexes but it doesn’t impress Angelina. Angelina ties up with Tasha to a headlock. Tasha powers out but Angelina runs her over. Things speed up and Tasha shows agility to hip toss Angelina down! Fans fire up as Tasha whips. Angelina reverses and scoops to a spinning sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Tasha fires forearms back and whips, but Angelina reverses. Tasha goes up and over and rolls, to drop toehold Angelina down. Angelina gets clear of the basement dropkick but Tasha gets clear of the elbow drop. The two stare down as fans cheer.
Tasha eggs Angelina on, and the two start trading forearms. Tasha gets an edge and fires off! She runs but Mandy trips her up! A Fatal 4 Way means no disqualifications, but the referee tells the Allure they’re EJECTED! Mandy is upset and Velvet just shrugs it off as they take Foxxy with them. Angelina is a bit more concerned now that she’s all alone as ROH goes to break.
ROH returns and Tasha waistlocks Angelina. They roll to a cover, TWO! Stella throws Tasha out to roll Angelina, but Jenny breaks it. Jenny kicks Stella out to then La Magistrol Angelina, TWO! Jenny stays on Angelina in a corner for a back elbow and whip. Angelina reverses but Jenny dodges to send Angelina into the post! Jenny dropkicks Stella back out and goes out to join her. They start trading hands, but Tasha slingshots out to take them both down! Fans fire up but now Angelina climbs up top. Angelina LEAPS to crossbody them all down! This is the top tier talent Kelly has wanted to see. But speaking of, Angelina dares Kelly to come closer. Kelly heads closer to the ring, and stares Angelina down the whole way. But this keeps Angelina seeing Jenny, Stella and Tasha all get back in the ring.
Jenny clubs Angelina, and has help from Stella! They DOUBLE POWERBOMB Angelina down! But then Tasha double clotheslines Jenny and Stella down! Fans fire up behind the Boricua Badass as she fireman’s carries Stella. Stella fights out and drags Tasha into a sleeper hold clutch! Angelina kicks Jenny then hits a complete shot, to the Koji Klutch! Side-by-side submissions, but which one puts their victim out first!? Jenny and Tasha endures, and Jenny reaches for a ropebreak! The ref counts and Angelina lets her go. Meanwhile, Tasha sits up, and Angelina kicks Stella off her! Jenny kicks Angelina down, then goes to Tasha for a German Suplex! Jenny kicks Stella for a snap suplex! She runs at Angelina but gets the Botox Injection! Angelina covers, but Stella breaks it!
Stella scoops but Angelina slips out and shoves, Botox Injection for Stella! Tasha throws Angelina out to get Stella with a CUTTER! Cover, Tasha wins!!
Winner: Tasha Steelz, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WOH World Championship
Angelina ain’t happy about it, but the Boricua Badass got the better of her fair and square, okurrr? Can Tasha make it a one and done when it comes to title matches? Or will Kelly still be the champion when she leaves Toronto?
But wait, the lights drop down. And a rather creepy little video plays. Dolls sit in a line, but a hand reaches out to take the man. To chew him up and spit him out! Because the MANEATER is here! And Maria Manic has appeared behind Tasha and Angelina! Angelina saw this once before, she gets away again. But Tasha shows no fear! Security hurries to keep this fight from happening, but Maria just manhandles them like she did at Best in the World! She takes one and tosses him from the ring, then clotheslines another! But she slaps the third around to then put him in the torture rack! And then she dumps him out onto the other two! The fourth man gets the double hand choke slam! Maria Manic made mince meat of five grown men, but is she going to devour the entire WOH Division?
ROH hears from Rush.
El Toro Blanco is “sick and tired” of Dalton Castle. Rush whooped The Peacock in 15 seconds. But if Castle wants to mess with his familia, well perro, the bull is going to end him for good! Rush didn’t come to ROH to play, he came to become the best! “Nothing happens unless I say so.” When and where will this grudge match happen? Mass Hyteria on July 21st! A wild weekend is coming for ROH, who survives the mayhem and hysteria on the way to the Summer Supercard?
Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal & The Bouncers!
Matt Taven vows to prove he’s the king, while TK O’Ryan and Vinnie Marseglia vow to show who are the real elite tag team wrestlers in ROH. But they’ll have to prove it with actions, not words, as they take on their rivals all at once! Will the Franchise Player gain major momentum towards Manhattan when he sides with former foes in Brian Milonas & The Beer City Bruiser?
But given the apparent collusion involving Kenny King and timekeeper Amy Rose, Jay Lethal asks that she take her leave. Amy obliges, not wanting to be a source of controversy for this main event. The Kingdom then make their entrance, and ROH takes another break.
ROH returns and Lethal starts against the Horror King. The bell rings and they tie up right away! Vinnie powers Lethal to a corner but the ref backs him off. Vinnie throws a forearm but Lethal gives it back and we have a brawl! Lethal starts backing Vinnie down but Vinnie knees low and puts Lethal in a corner. Vinnie chops but Lethal CHOPS right back. They trade more CHOPS, and Vinnie wants Lethal to give him more. Lethal CHOPS Vinnie like he wants, but Vinnie just trash talks and knees low. Vinnie runs but misses in the corner, Lethal hip tosses and cartwheels to dropkick! Vinnie hurries to the Kingdom’s corner and tags to TK. Brian “Brawler” Milonas tags in and ties up with the Sassy Wild Horse.
Milonas shoves TK all the way back to his corner! TK runs back out but skids to a stop as Milonas towers over him. TK says he wants Lethal? Milonas gives TK what he wants, but he does tag Lethal a bit hard. Lethal shakes it off and ties up with TK. TK headlocks but Lethal powers out, only for TK to run him over. TK runs and runs Lethal over again, but things speed up. Lethal hurdles but his hip toss is blocked to TK’s own hip toss. Lethal boots TK back but runs into an elbow. TK runs but into that hip toss and cartwheel dropkick! Lethal has gotten two Kingdom members with that, and then tags in Bruiser. Taven tags in and Bruiser dares him to bring the fight. Taven has Bruiser calm down, and fans chant “Melvin! Melvin!” But again, The Kingdom wants Lethal.
Taven wants Lethal and even offers a free shot. Bruiser says Taven’s too scared to fight a real man. Taven just wants Lethal, and again gives a free shot. Lethal tags in but he sees the sucker punch coming. The two fire off haymakers and CHOPS on each other! Lethal whips but Taven reverses, but Lethal gets under TK at the ropes. Vinnie rushes at Lethal on the outside but Lethal dodges to CHOP! TK jumps but Lethal punches him out of the air, only for Taven to wreck Lethal with a dropkick! Taven drags Lethal up and throws him into railing, then The Kingdom attacks like piranha! The Bouncers protest but The Kingdom put Lethal in. Taven stomps and chokes Lethal to then tag in Vinnie. The Kingdom mugs Lethal with stomps then Vinnie rains rights down. Fans duel as ROH goes to one more break.
ROH returns once again, and The Kingdom continues to mug Lethal. Taven stomps Lethal down then drags him up to put in the Kingdom’s corner. Taven CHOPS Lethal then tags in Vinnie. Vinnie tags in TK, and the two whip Lethal. Lethal reverses to whip Vinnie, but TK waistlocks him. Lethal boots Vinnie then slips out of TK’s suplex. He ducks them both to tag in Bruiser! Bruiser rallies with the power of “BEER! BEER!” He punches Taven, uppercuts Vinnie, and uppercuts TK! Bruiser brings TK in for the sidewinder DDT! Cover but Vinnie breaks it! Vinnie fish hooks Bruiser but Bruiser bites the fingers. Oh but wait, Bruiser can’t bite, “I ain’t got no teef!” Bruiser brings TK up but TK CHOPS! TK kicks low and DDT’s Bruiser! But Milonas tags in to rally on The Kingdom! He even back drops Taven!
Milonas falls back to senton on Taven! Vinnie runs but gets flattened with a crossbody! Cover, but Taven breaks it! Taven fires off strikes on Milonas, but Milonas powers Taven to a fireman’s carry. TK leaps but into Milonas’ arms! Milonas gives them a Fall Away Samoan Drop combo! Fans fire up with the Mastodon, but also for Lethal as he DIVES onto Vinnie! Lethal gets back in to DIVE onto TK! And of course, he runs and DIVES onto Taven! The trifecta has been completed! Vinnie runs in to fight with the Bouncers, and whips Bruiser, but Bruiser reverses. TK tags in before Vinnie gets fed to the Scrapbuster! TK climbs and leaps, but into Bruiser’s arms. Milonas sandwiches TK with Bruiser, and it even sends Bruiser stumbling. But Bruiser comes back while Milonas climbs, and it’s the Last Call leg drop! Cover, The Bouncers and Lethal win!
Winners: Jay Lethal & The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning
The winner of Guerrillas of Destiny VS The Briscoes in the ROH World Tag Team Championship match at Manhattan Mayhem better watch out, because some big competition is meeting them at Mass Hysteria. Who will The Bouncers get to toast with on the 21st?
But wait, Taven doesn’t let Lethal go, and gives him CLIMAX to the floor!! The Bouncers hurry to Lethal’s side as The Kingdom retreats. Taven raises the title, but will he still be holding onto the gold after Manhattan Mayhem?
A pretty good go-home with major developments for a busy weekend coming up for ROH. Not only is Manhattan Mayhem on Saturday, July 20th, but now there’s another event on July 21st with this “Mass Hysteria” in Lowell, Massachusetts. Of course, this is all on top of ROH TV finally referencing Best in the World, but the usual mess was mostly ironed out. Rush has a solid promo, and his grudge match with Castle will surely be longer and better than the shocking 15 second squash at G1 Supercard. What’s odd is that while Kenny King beat Lethal at BitW in their Best of 3, he’s doing a story with Rhett Titus next? Lethal’s using his contractual rematch, sure, but is this story with Rhett going to delay Kenny’s shot at Taven more? Is Rhett going to turn so that we more or less get an All Night Express reunion? It is both intriguing yet confusing as to what is going on here.
The Women’s Fatal 4 was a great match, and what a great surprise to see the younger Tasha Steelz getting this chance. I thought it was going to be Angelina Love, but at the same time, even Angelina Love seems like an odd choice from out of The Allure. But I suppose with now women’s tag titles in ROH (yet?) all three could try going after Kelly in turn. And then we got to see Maria Manic at the same time tonight, that was a great way to debut! The Maneater will surely be a contender, and a monster for the Allure to worry about while they’re each taking turns against Kelly Klein. Kelly’s promo is obviously to put the company over, but for just the WOH Division in a vacuum, it is definitely heating up now with an addition like Manic.
And to end the show, we get a really good Six Man Tag, and obviously the goal for The Kingdom was to do as much as they could to Lethal so it’ll be easier for Taven in Manhattan. I am still disappointed the timing kept Jeff Cobb from becoming ROH’s top guy, but I again reference that the G1 Climax and Cobb going back and forth just wouldn’t be good for him or ROH. Lethal might as well dethrone Taven, joining Adam Cole as the only other three-time champ. Then we could get Lethal VS King 4 within a span of a few months, and maybe that story (which has an interesting twist with how it involves timekeeper Amy Rose) is what gives King his first world title reign, and makes him an ROH Triple Crown winner. Then we can circle back to King VS K I N G, Grand Slam Taven VS Triple Crown Kenny for the One True King of Honor!
My Score: 8.2/10