Lucha Underground Season 4, “The Circle of Life”
The leading ladies of Lucha Underground have always had tension, but it erupted when it came to their main men. Will Melissa or Catrina be THE Lady of LU?
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- Sacrifice to the Gods: Matanza Cueto VS Joey Wrestling; Matanza wins and Joey is sacrificed.
- Killshot VS Big Bad Steve w/ Beautiful Brenda; Killshot wins.
- Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS ???; Pentagon wins and retains the Lucha Underground Championship.
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Catrina tries to make Mil Muertes understand.
After putting Fenix in a coffin and taking his life force, the Femme Fatale is once again part of the land of the living. In other words, she’s done. She has her life back, and is done wasting it in the Temple, and with him. They ruled the Underworld, but she never loved him. She loved the very man who gave her this freedom. She won’t throw it away any longer. But here’s something to remember her by: the stone! She has given Muertes the item of power that represents his rebirth, and now walks away. But in her path is Melissa Santos! “Where do you think you’re going, bitch?” Melissa wants payback for both what Muertes did to Fenix, but also for what Catrina did to her before the Haunted House Match! And she starts off with a swift right and a left.
Catrina blocks Melissa’s third strike but Melissa goes low with knees. Catrina powers Melissa out of the inner sanctum just as Muertes becomes aware of Catrina’s “Dear John” gift. The ladies have moved to the backstage area, and Catrina counters Melissa to then put her into a wall! Then into glass! Melissa keeps fighting, using a headbutt to send Catrina into cabinets. The two stare down but Melissa eggs Catrina on. Catrina throws body shots, but Melissa bobs ‘n’ weaves when she goes high. Melissa sends Catrina into glass, but now Catrina throws a chain. She shoots a look of “Really?” back.
Melissa blocks and body shots back, to then have Catrina against a wall. Catrina pushes her away then escapes into the upper levels. Melissa pursues, and trips Catrina up as they reach an attic area. Melissa hops on for a sleeper but Catrina rams her into a wall. So Melissa grabs hair and rams Catrina into that same wall. She bangs Catrina off a pipe, then backs off. Both Melissa and Catrina throw boots, and knock each other down! They clear their heads and Melissa springs up first, but runs into Catrina’s kicks! Catrina gets up but Melissa splashes her with water. They brawl again, and Melissa gets a takedown. Catrina counters right into an armbar.
Catrina says Fenix never loved Melissa, his heart burned for another. “He gave me a thousand of his lives so I could live again!” Melissa accepts that while Fenix died for Catrina, Catrina will die for her! Melissa pries her way out, but Catrina retreats. Catrina busts her way through a wall and out to the fire escape. Melissa pursues, and now the jackets come off. Catrina throws hers at Melissa while backing away, but Melissa still pursues. They’re on the roof now, and Melissa gets a facelock. She gives Catrina body shots, but Catrina counters with power as she lifts and punches Melissa. Melissa gives shots, Catrina gives knees. Catrina grabs hair, and sees the medallion is still around her neck. Catrina uses the necklaces to CHOKE Melissa! But Melissa fights back, with throat punches!
Melissa judo throws Catrina over the side! Catrina holds on, and Melissa looks down at her. Catrina loses grip with one hand, but then Mil Muertes appears! He tells Melissa to leave, and Catrina thinks he’s there to save her. He takes her hand, but then says he has something for her to “remember me by.” Muertes gives her back the stone, and then DROPS her to her death! Yet Catrina smiles, because she knows death is only a beginning. Melissa walks over to the lifeless Catrina, as does Aerostar. She didn’t do it, but Aero knows. Now he needs her help with something. He needs the necklace, and he will give her back the one her heart desires. Melissa agrees, and hands it over to him. Aerostar uses the combination of it and the dark magic of the stone, and promises “I’ll be back.”
Flashback to 10 weeks ago!
Catrina tells Fenix that while his life is gone, her life begins again. And as the Lady in Red takes her leave, Aerostar appears! The time-traveling luchador stands by his friend, and imbues him with the powers of light and dark, life and death! Fenix… LIVES! “Come with me.”
Back to the future!
Er, present. But yes, Aerostar has brought Fenix forward in time, to reunite with Melissa! She hugs him, and he hugs back. But he won’t be himself for a time, given both resurrection and time-travel. Melissa’s fine with that, because “We have all the time in the world.” She thanks Aerostar, and he takes the necklace for his own. Aerostar leaves while Fenix returns. But is there more to this than meets the eye?
Joey Wrestling is in the ring!
The long-time best friend, tag team partner and even “Bestest” Man at Johnny Mundo’s wedding, the Man of Mercury is itching for a fight after what The Monster God did to the wedding of the century. However, Antonio Cueto walks out to address Joey. Seems Joey is “upset” with Antonio’s son. Good news: Joey will get his chance at revenge. Because tonight, Joey’s having his first ever Lucha Underground match. If only Antonio had called the paparazzi, because the headlines will read, “Joey Wrestling Arrives in Lucha Underground, and becomes the next… SACRIFICE TO THE GODS!!”
Sacrifice to the Gods: Matanza Cueto VS Joey Wrestling!
Joey’s first match in the Temple might very well be his last match anywhere! Because here comes Matanza! Joey swings on him right away but Matanza shoves and boots Joey down. Matanza lifts Joey for standing knees and a toss. Joey gets to a corner and manages to boot Matanza away. Joey throws hands, fireman’s carry, but Matanza fights his way out. Matanza stalks Joey to a corner, then whips him corner to corner. He whips Joey again, then runs in for a big corner splash! Fans are on Joey’s side, but it might not matter. Joey drags himself up, but Matanza puts him in a bearhug! Matanza squeezes Joey but Believers rally up. Joey fights out with haymakers, but Matanza blocks the whip. Matanza whips Joey but Joey dodges! Joey lifts Matanza, for a Death Valley Driver!
But Matanza doesn’t stay down for long, so Joey blasts him out of the ring! Joey pursues, clearing the timekeeper’s table. He bounces Matanza off it then puts Matanza in the ring. Joey whips Matanza but Matanza reverses and redirects Joey at the ref. Joey stops himself, and mule kick low blows Matanza! The ref didn’t see it, but then Joey low blows Matanza again. Joey SUPERKICKS Matanza, then kicks low. He double underhooks, for a Pedigree! But Matanza gets up!? Well Joey isn’t exactly the Game… Matanza headbutts Joey down, then whips him to a corner for another splash. And finally, WRATH OF THE GODS!! Cover, Matanza wins!
Winner: Matanza Cueto, by pinfall
The lights go red, the lightning flashes, and Joey Wrestling is no more. Matanza continues his path of destruction, will anyone hope to stop him?
Killshot VS Big Bad Steve w/ Beautiful Brenda!
The Luchador of Mass Destruction was Lucha Undergrounds Trios Champion alongside The Mack and Dante Fox. But when Dante went MIA, Antonio Cueto let fate decide his replacement. In entered Son of Havoc, who The Mack was on good terms with, but Killshot refused to accept. And when it was all on the line, Killshot chose his grudge with Havoc over keeping the gold. Now he’s on his own again, an army unto himself. What will come next for the Soldier of Fortune?
Meanwhile, Famous B’s mean mechanic is also a gentleman as he helps Brenda down the stairs. He’s still limping from what The Savage Jake Strong did to his ankle, but he’s still in wrestling capacity. The bell rings and he powers Killshot to a corner. BBS backs off but Killshot tests that bad leg already. They egg each other on, and Killshot goes right for the ankle! Killshot has a target and does NOT let up, as he curb stomps the foot! But wait, Son of Havoc appears! He even has popcorn and a drink to watch this. Brenda coaches BBS up but Killshot kicks him down. Havoc walks his way down, getting all the attention, and even sharing his snacks. Killshot only grows angrier, and he takes it out on BBS’s head.
The referee checks on BBS but he’s okay to continue. Killshot trash talks Havoc on the outside, continuing to blame Havoc for losing those trios titles. Killshot rocks BBS with palm strikes, then aims at the ankle. He runs and dropkicks it out! BBS clutches the bad leg, but Killshot grabs it for a modified Indian Deathlock. Killshot stares Havoc down while stomping and tweaking BBS’s bad knee! BBS crawls but Havoc says Killshot better pay attention to his real opponent. Brenda rallies the Believers behind Steve’s “hot rod”, and the Believers chant “Steve! Steve!” Killshot eggs the fans on, too, but BBS dares Killshot to give him more. Killshot throws hands, but BBS keeps coming back for more! They stand up, BBS ducks and blocks, only to get a back hand. Killshot swings but ends up in a saido suplex!
Believers fire up for BBS as he powers through the pain. BBS fireman’s carry, but Killshot counters the pop-up into double stomps! Killshot has his own fans, and drags BBS by his nose. Killshot boots, boots, but BBS slaps! That fire actually amuses Killshot, and he boots BBS down again. Killshot drags BBS up by his nose again, then runs, but BBS stops him. Killshot pries free and sweeps the leg! Brenda wants BBS to kill Killshot, and BBS counters Killshot into a pop-up cutter! Killshot is dizzy and Havoc rallies the fans behind BBS. They both stand, and BBS has Killshot in a package, swing out for a facebuster! Killshot gets to ropes and BBS crawls to a cover, but ROPEBREAK with those long legs. BBS thought he had this, too.
Killshot flounders to a corner and Brenda keeps coaching BBS up. Believers are behind him, too, and BBS rocks Killshot with haymakers. BBS chops Killshot, then hoists him up top. BBS climbs to join him and throws some elbows. He prepares Killshot on the top rope, but Killshot slips out! To sweep the legs! BBS is a sitting duck as Killshot hits Tree of Woe stomps! Then he hops up, KILL STOMPS! Cover, Killshot wins!
Winner: Killshot, by pinfall
The mechanic put up a good fight, but it wasn’t good enough. Killshot trash talks BBS on his way out, and then returns to staring Havoc down. The Believers are on Havoc’s side, but Killshot slaps the popcorn away! Havoc fights back with forearms and chops! Killshot knees low, but Havoc bowls Killshot into the bleachers! Havoc puts Killshot on the apron to rip at the mask! The mask comes off!! Killshot covers his face to keep his identity anonymous. He runs away to the back while Havoc claims a trophy! Will Havoc be the victor when this war is over?
Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS ???
The Collector of Bones was meant to face Johnny Mundo, as Antonio’s wedding gift to the Worldwide Underground’s power couple. But after what Matanza did to the entire wedding party, perhaps the Guru of Greatness won’t be able to cash in that opportunity. What does this mean for our main event?
Pentagon speaks, saying he had hoped to give his own wedding gift to Mundo & Taya, in the form of a broken arm! But the “doctors” say Mundo can’t wrestle for the foreseeable future. That makes Pentagon sad. He’s in the mood to break bones. So he makes an OPEN CHALLENGE to anyone who has “the balls” to face him. They can fight for the title right now! And it’s HERNANDEZ who appears!
Super Mex returns to the Temple, and says if Pentagon is looking for someone with balls, then he has the man with the biggest balls around. Hernandez claims that if Pentagon hadn’t been “a little bitch”, Hernandez would be LU Champion right now. Believers disagree, and Pentagon mocks Hernandez’s mannerisms before shouting “Screw you and get down here!” Hernandez still claims that he’ll become the next champion, but Pentagon says he’ll just be Pentagon’s bitch! Hernandez swaggers down to the ring, and we have our match! Will it be Super Mex or the Temple’s own Deathstroke that holds the title in the end?
Lucha Underground returns from break, and the bell rings on this surprise main event. Pentagon mocks the swagger, and declares “CERO! MIEDO!” He ducks Hernandez’s punch, gives back kicks, then runs. He throws Hernandez with a huricanrana, and Hernandez bails out. Hernandez avoids the baseball slide, but then gets another huricanrana! Believers fire up already as Pentagon kicks Hernandez’s leg. Pentagon pursues Hernandez as he sits down, and chops him in his seat! Pentagon brings Hernandez up and bowls for chairs! The referee checks on Hernandez, but he gets up on his own. Pentagon brings him to a post, hushes the crowd, and CHOPS him on the chest. Fans want “Otra! Otra!” aka another one. Hernandez slowly stands, and Pentagon kicks that leg again!
They go back in the ring and Pentagon climbs up top. Believers echo “CERO! MIEDO!” but Hernandez avoids the double stomps. Pentagon sees Hernandez on the apron, and rocks him with forearms. He tells him to his face, “CERO! MIEDO!” but he runs into the slingshot shoulder! Hernandez swaggers while Pentagon bails out. Hernandez runs and FLIES! He wipes out the champion and swags about again. Fans let him know what they think of him, but he clubs Pentagon down. Hernandez wants fans to clear out, but they refuse, so he brings Pentagon around to another spot. Those fans refuse to clear out, so Hernandez just puts Pentagon in the ring. Cover, TWO!
Hernandez keeps on Pentagon with a camel clutch. He hears the fans jeer and boo as he lets Pentagon go. Hernandez drags Pentagon up but Pentagon kicks that leg! Pentagon runs, but into Hernandez’s solid tackle. Hernandez drags Pentagon up for the dominator lift, flips Pentagon off, then drops him with a Canadian backbreaker. Hernandez continues to swagger about, then drags Pentagon back up. Believers are thunderous for Pentagon while Hernandez chops him. Hernandez whips corner to corner but Pentagon dodges, to then SUPERKICK! And slingblade! Cover, TWO! Pentagon argues with the count, but the Believers are still behind him.
Hernandez gets to a corner and catches his breath. Pentagon stands him up to hush the crowd and… CHOP! Hernandez already has a hard time breathing, that only makes it tougher. He wants a time-out? There’s no time-outs in the Temple! Pentagon whips him corner to corner and hits a big corner clothesline. Pentagon runs in again, but Hernandez boots him away. Hernandez pulls himself up to the top rope, but Pentagon stops him with a chop. Pentagon climbs up, throws forearms, and prepares a superplex. Hernandez fights back and ear clubs, for a Super Mex splash! Cover, TWO!
Pentagon gets himself to a corner, and Hernandez lines up his shot. Hernandez runs in, but Pentagon puts him on the apron. Pentagon rocks him with a swing kick, then runs back. Hernandez shoulders, then slingshots, but into a SUPERKICK! Pentagon drags Hernandez back up but Hernandez shoves him away. Pentagon still gets Hernandez in a pumphandle piledriver! Cover, Pentagon wins!
Winner: Pentagon Dark, by pinfall; still Lucha Underground Champion
And as always, Pentagon puts Hernandez in the Dark Armbar. However, this keeps him from seeing King Cuerno coming in! Cuerno takes the belt and shoves the ref, to then clobber Pentagon with the title! Hernandez escapes, and Cuerno calf kicks Pentagon! Cuerno scoops Pentagon, brings him over to both the Aztec seal and the championship, for Thrill of the Kill! Inverted package piledriver, on the belt! The King of Hunters has sent a message to his new prey. Will Cuerno finally get the biggest and best trophy of all?
I love Lucha Underground. That cinematic opening was perfect. I was hoping they’d do some of that stuff for the Haunted House Match, but getting all this made up for it. Melissa and Catrina had a great fight, and I knew Muertes was going to drop Catrina like that. I’m also very curious about how Fenix’s character will be now that he’s risen from the dead this way. Perhaps he will become a darker Fenix, wearing darker gear and using more aggression. I wonder if Melissa will need to become his Catrina, using that stone to rein him in when he goes too far.
Poor Joey Mercury. He shows up to Mundo’s wedding, but that gets ruined. He fights for Mundo’s honor but gets “sacrificed”. And in the real world, he’s been arrested! This literally may be the last time we see Joey Mercury anywhere for a long time. But it’s good story for LU, as I’m sure Mundo will want even more revenge on Matanza now that he took Mundo’s best friend. I’m thinking now maybe Mundo is the man to stop the demigod’s streak of sacrifices, with some help from Taya. And that makes me wonder where El Dragon Azteca Jr. has been lately. He wants to be a fighting champion, but he’s gotten a couple weeks off already.
Killshot VS Big Bad Steve was great, especially because of Havoc’s appearance and reception. Killshot getting unmasked was shocking, and I bet now this grudge between him and Havoc becomes a Mask VS Mask match. I’m thinking Havoc wins that, he’s the hero in this, and Killshot having to reveal himself to the world would be a nice twist to his story. Then it was great that Pentagon still wanted a match, no matter who the opponent was. Hernandez gives him a good fight, but of course Pentagon wins. Cuerno coming out and attacking was another great surprise, and a match between him and Pentagon is going to be great. I bet if anyone takes that title off Pentagon, it’ll be Cuerno, who is just as ruthless and cunning.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s NXT UK Results & Report! (4/24/19)
NXT UK is still in NYC!
NXT UK continues to spend time in the States with plenty more action! What goes down when Moustache Mountain mixes it up with Andrews & Webster?
- Kassius Ohno VS Ligero; Ohno wins.
- Kay Lee Ray VS Xia Li; wins.
- Moustache Mountain VS Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews; win(s).
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Kassius Ohno VS Ligero!
The Wrestling Genius called out the Luchador of Leeds as another fraud of British wrestling. Will Ligero make Ohno see the light? Or will Ohno get a KO in NYC?
The bell rings and Ligero waits for Ohno as he stays in the corner. Ohno comes out and fans rally up as he ties up with Ligero. Ligero headlocks but Ohno powers out easy. Ohno taunts Ligero, then pie faces him. Ligero doesn’t back down so Ohno does it again. They tie up and Ohno puts Ligero in a corner. Ligero climbs up and uses the top rope to leap, but Ohno denies the arm drag to put Ligero in the corner. Ligero dodges Ohno and waistlocks then speeds up to sunset flip. Ohno stays standing and pries Ligero off to whip him to a corner. Ligero goes up and under then back in, but is put on the apron. He slingshots in, but into a BOOT! Ohno covers, ONE!
Ohno grins as he stalks Ligero and fans rally up. He drags Ligero up to club him hard on the back. Ohno brings Ligero up for a CHOP! Ligero drops to a knee and Ohno toys with him. Ohno stalks Ligero then brings him up for a back suplex. Ligero escapes and boots Ohno to then rally with kicks. Ligero runs and tilt-o-whirls to throw Ohno out! Fans fire up with Ligero as he gets on the apron. Ligero leaps and cannonballs, but also gets steel steps to the face! Ohno may have just managed to direct Ligero that way! Ohno drags Ligero’s dead weight up and into the ring at 5. He taunts Ligero having an “accident” as he stomps Ligero out. Ohno drops elbows then covers, TWO! Ohno drags Ligero up and suplexes for a big slam! Cover, TWO! Ligero lives but Ohno keeps his cool.
Ohno looms over Ligero and brings him around for a standing chinlock. Ligero endures as Ohno drags him around. Ohno drops back to bend Ligero over his knees! Fans rally for Ligero as he endures. Ligero pries Ohno’s hands apart! But Ohno brings them back to ear clap Ligero! Ohno drops knees right to Ligero’s face! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Ligero stays in this match. Ohno kicks Ligero while he’s down but Ligero keeps pushing back. Ohno clubs Ligero then stands on his hand! Then Ohno grabs the other arm, to stomp Ligero right in the head! Ohno mocks Ligero as he stands him up to boot him down. Ohno brings Ligero up again to boot him back down, and dares him to get up. Ligero does slowly stand, and blocks the boot! Ohno powers Ligero down but Ligero dodges the stomps and senton!
Fans rally while Ohno glares. Ligero dodges and kicks away on Ohno’s leg! Ligero brings Ohno to his knees to knee him in the face! And again! Ligero gives Ohno a third boot, but he’s not done there! Ligero goes to the apron and climbs to springboard splash! Cover, TWO! Ohno survives and gets to a corner while Ligero sits up. Ligero whips Ohno but Ohno holds the ropes. Ligero SLAPS Ohno then whips but Ohno reverses. Ohno misses as Ligero ducks, Ligero grabs Ohno, but Sliced Bread is denied. Ohno prepares a gut wrench but Ligero victory roll counters, TWO! Ligero baits Ohno in and leaps up, DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Ohno survives again and slumps out of the ring.
Fans fire up as Ligero builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit takes Ohno down! Ligero gets Ohno up but Ohno shoves him away. Ohno runs into an elbow and Ligero gives Ohno Sliced Bread to the floor! But the ring count is at 7! Ohno and Ligero crawl for the ring, and both get in at 9! Ligero springboards in but the stunner is blocked. Ohno goes after the mask! Ligero is busy defending his face, Ohno hits the Dream Crusher elbow! Cover, Ohno wins!
Winner: Kassius Ohno, by pinfall
The Knockout Artist redeems himself after losing to The Kiwi Buzzsaw but through cheating the Luchador of Leeds. Will Ohno move on to prove he’s the proper British style wrestler?
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival B Block Results & Review: Part 4
Time for another part of the Champion Carnival B Block with Mathew!
Time for another part of the Champion Carnival B Block with Mathew!
Last time we were here, we had the majority of the block tied up except for Naoya Nomura still in first place while Joe Doering is officially dead last.
We’ll now talk about the next three shows with five matches in this one instead of six, meaning I’ll be having more matches to cover in the next part.
Who will be advancing in our next series of matches? Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Sam Adonis vs. Takashi Yoshida
Review: Our first match for this show and article is Sam Adonis taking on Takashi Yoshida. Both men are not in a so great position, so neither one of them can fully afford a loss as of right now. If one of them does win though, they’ll be in a position that they really can’t lose their last set of matches going forward. Which one of these two will have that honor.
That moment when Takashi was the better one of a singles match…what is life anymore? Anyway, it’s not a typo when I write this since he did perform a lot better than Sam did in this match and I wasn’t expecting anything spectacular either but was enough for how they work. The first half of the much was rather slow as it was more taunting and trying to overpower the other but it just wasn’t exciting or anything to keep people interested. Later on, they would be fighting outside of the ring when Sam failed to hit Yoshida with a chair and brought Sam back in the ring for Yoshida to hit an elbow drop for a two count. Sam would eventually put Yoshida in a Cattle Mutilation for a Yoshida to have his foot on the rope. Sam would go for the chair again as the referee would grab it as the two would tug until the referee let’s go, having the chair hit Sam when he pulled back as it leads to Yoshida hitting the Kong Lariat to get the victory.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Naoya Nomura vs. Yoshitatsu
Review: Our next match is Naoya Nomura taking on Yoshitatsu. Nomura is currently tied with Takashi Yoshida when it comes to the both of them having six points but Nomura is still in a great position that if he can win his next two matches, he’ll be able to knock down most of his competition and still be in first place. Yoshi would need to beat him right here for the other competitors to have a better chance of winning. Will Nomura stay in first place or does Yoshitatsu ruin it?
I’m living in a world where Yoshitatsu has had the best matches on my block, first with Suwama and now against Naoya Nomura. I don’t know what’s going on here or who slipped what into my drink but I need to see this part of Yoshitatsu more often. Nomura did just as well in the match too as the both of them would deliver a great match in the ring with Nomura still shining a lot in these past couples of months, but Yoshitatsu doing as well here is a big surprise for me. Nice technical wrestling, random bursts of energy when they would go at it, and just a nice story for that little cherry on top.
After Yoshi delivered a DDT to Nomura onto the ring apron, they would slowly get back into the ring and it looked like Yoshi had him right where he wanted him as he would attempt to go for the Koji Clutch, but Nomura would hold his ground and hits him with a Spear and rolled him up for a two count. Nomura would attempt to go for another Spear as Yoshi would knee him in the face and the both of them would be down as the crowd cheered for them. When they would get up, they would hit each other with a series of German Suplexes until Nomura would be the one to hit the final German Suplex as the two were down again. Nomura made it to the top rope to attempt the Splash but Yoshi puts his knees up before he could land and not applies the Koji Clutch this time around. Nomura was unable to tap as Yoshi pinned him for a two count. Yoshi was able to get up and attempts to hit the Codebreaker of Jericho as Nomura caught him to push him off as he hits a forearm and then a Brainbuster. Nomura would get to the top rope once again as he hits the Splash for a two count and would pick him up for the Death Valley Driver to secure the pinfall victory and his position on top. Great match and a great showing by both of these men.
Rating: Bruce Prichard
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joe Doering vs. Takashi Yoshida
Review: Our first match on this show is Joe Doering taking on Takashi Yoshida. Joe is currently in last place with one win and three losses, so he really needs to start winning from now on or he’ll be eliminated after this one. Takashi only has a couple more opponents left, so he’s in a not so hot zone either and would need to win his last three or his chances will be slim to none. Will Joe get a chance to bounce back or will Takashi get him eliminated?
Takashi would attempt a test of strength on Joe and it seems like a bad idea because Joe is bigger than him and I was proven right when Joe just not only won the test of strength but was unable to be knocked down when Takashi tried to shoulder tackle him. A bit surprising to see Joe pretty much throw Takashi around like a rag doll for about more than half of the match and then again, Joe needs to be more aggressive here if he wants to even stay in the race. Takashi would finally get some offense in after distracting Joe when he begged him to stop, gave him a couple of throat thrusts, even lifted him up for a Brainbuster, and ended it with an Elbow Drop off the top rope for a two count. Takashi would start to knock him down with a couple of Lariats until the giant fell onto his knees and he would go for the Cyber Bomb but Joe flipped him over and hits a Lariat for a two count. Joe went for another one as Takashi ducked and Joe would hit him with a Diving Body Press and would get the pinfall victory to stay in the game a little bit longer!
Rating: Tony Schiavone and three quarters
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Daichi Hashimoto vs. Suwama
Review: Our main event for this show is Suwama taking on Daichi Hashimoto. It’s been a few days since we’ve seen Daichi in any Carnival matches, so it’s good to see him getting another match right here. Both of these men could use a win but Suwama needs it a little bit more since he has three more matches after this one while Daichi has four more. Will Suwama jump to second place or will that belong to Daichi?
Man, Daichi sure is a screamer, huh? He just screams a lot in this match and I hate to see how he is in the bedroom. Joking aside, while the wrestling aspect of the match was solid, the story of the match was told much better here at the end of things as Suwama was able to send Daichi to his limit in this match. Suwama would pretty much control a big majority of the match here while Daichi would try as hard as he can to fight back, but Suwama doesn’t give him a fighting chance to do so here. Daichi does have a lot to prove due to being the son of Shinya Hashimoto, who was the longest reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion until Kazuchika Okada broke that record, but still left a big legacy behind and Daichi wants to do his father proud.
There were a couple of times where you would see a spark of hope in Daichi’s eyes while he took the Lariats, Belly-to-Belly Suplexes, chops, German Suplexes, Daichi would just keep finding a way to still fight whenever he could. Daichi was able to stop Suwama for a short period once he would catch him for a Falcon Arrow as it gives him time to recuperate. Daichi would hit a Shining Wizard into the corner and be able to land a couple of kicks in but Suwama would just meet him with a Lariat to knock him done once again. Suwama would hit the Backdrop and Daichi would kick out of it and while he went for a second one, Daichi would shift himself to land a Crossbody to get him down again. Daichi would hit Suwama in the back of the head with a Shining Wizard and it looks like he’s going to win as he charges in to hit another one, but Suwama hits another Lariat to ruin his momentum once again. Suwama throws him around with a couple of German Suplexes and another Lariat or two, even a Dropkick for good measure before Suwama hits the Backdrop Driver with a bridge as Suwama puts Daichi away. A valiant effort by Daichi here and great underdog type performance to get him over even in defeat.
Rating: Bruce Prichard
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Jake Lee vs. Takashi Yoshida
Review: Our first and final match for this set of matches is Jake Lee taking on Takashi Yoshida. Takashi has one more match after this one as he only has three wins and three losses, so he would need to win this match right here or he will be mathematically eliminated from the tournament. Jake still has a chance to rack up some points but he would need to win here so he could take out someone and ruin his chances from winning. Will Jake win and eliminate Takashi or does Takashi take it?
There’s the Yoshida we all remember showing his shades of R.E.D here with the heel tactics in this match since he’s gonna want to pull off all the stops he can get if he wants to win here since he cannot afford another loss at all. Takashi would give him a few throat thrusts and rip up some of his wrist tape to choke Jake a little bit here. Jake was able to give Yoshida one of his better matches here compared to the last two he had which were rather lackluster. Both were able to match each other with Jake getting someone bigger to work with.
Yoshida would try to go after his legs for a little bit to hopefully try and get him to tap out later on and Yoshida would mostly just cut him down with his throat thrusts, which he does quite well and then again, he should since he does them more than Kenny Omega does V-Triggers. Takashi would apply the Figure Four on him now as he would try to make him tap out but he would get to the ropes before he could tap. Yoshida would attempt the Cyber Bomb as Jake would flip him over to save himself some time. Yoshida would go for the Kong Lariat as Jake would knee him in the chest and rolls him down to hit the PK as Yoshida kicked out at two. Jake goes for the Backdrop as Takashi fights out of it and gets him off to attempt another Lariat as Jake knees him in the chest twice to knock him down for a two count. Jake would apply the Boston Crab as Takashi would go for the ropes until Jake dragged him in the middle, turning it into a Single Leg Crab as he used his free arm to grab Yoshida’s arm to wrench it back into a weird Bow and Arrow type submission it looks like, I could be wrong as Yoshida would give up to give Jake the victory while Yoshida is eliminated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
Overall: I was able to get two four-star matches in this one, so I’m happy with that happening. Solid nights for this set as we already have one elimination while the rest are up in the air as of right now until the next series of matches. Looking forward to what happens next.
Favorite Match: Naoya Nomura vs. Yoshitatsu
Least Favorite Match: Sam Adonis vs. Takashi Yoshida
Naoya Nomura: (4-2) (8 Points)
Suwama: (3-2) (6 Points)
Jake Lee: (3-2) (6 Points)
Takashi Yoshida: (3-4) (6 Points) (Eliminated)
Yoshitatsu: (2-2) (4 Points)
Daichi Hashimoto: (2-2) (4 Points)
Joel Redman: (2-3) (4 Points)
Sam Adonis: (2-3) (4 Points)
Joe Doering: (2-3) (4 Points)
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