NJPW and AXS bring us the A Block finals! Will it be Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi or Jay White who qualifies for THE G1 Climax 28 Finals?!
This coverage of the G1 Climax 28 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- Jay White VS EVIL; EVIL wins.
- Kazuchika Okada VS Hiroshi Tanahashi; Time Limit Draw.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this final night of A Block action!
This is the end of round robin competition for the block as NJPW returns to Budokan! Hiroshi Tanahashi leads with 14 points, and is just one win away from the goal. However, his career rival in the Rainmaker stands in his way. Kazuchika Okada defeated The Ace to also break his record of consecutive successful defenses for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. But since then, the Once in a Century Talent has revived while Okada has fallen on hard times, including losing the title to Kenny Omega. Now these two will battle once again to take another step towards getting the title back.
However, Jay White has wins over both men, and could usurp the throne should he win tonight. The Switchblade could take the block in his first ever G1 Climax if both he and Okada win. Of course, White is up against the King of Darkness, EVIL, who would love to spoil things for the young star. Who will enter the G1 Finals as A Block’s champion?
Jay White VS EVIL!
One wants everyone to #BreatheWithTheSwitchblade, but the other hopes to make Darkness Fall. Can White qualify for the G1 Finals his first time trying? Or is it just too soon for a talent so young?
The bell rings and we begin. Fans are on Evil’s side as he circles with White. White knows it, too, but he doesn’t care. He says this is his G1, his block to win, so he’s not letting Evil take it from him. White SLAPS Evil,so Evil grabs him by the throat. White gets loose and chops away, then throws many forearms. He whips but Evil reverses, only to miss in the corner. White chops and forearms again, then whips again. Evil blasts right out to run White over! White gets to ropes but Evil toys with him. Evil chops White, then chops again. Evil whips but White holds ropes. White elbows Evil back then chops him again. White runs, but into Evil’s forearm!
Evil fires up but White saido suplexes Evil right out of the ring! Evil hits apron and then the floor, and writhes while White comes out to fetch him. White whips Evil at the barriers hard, then drags him up to half hatch Evil into the barriers. White taunts commentary before leaving Evil on the outside. He wants this win by count out, so Red Shoes begins the count. Evil gets up at 12 but fumbles at the apron. The count climbs past 15 but Evil’s in at 17. White is right on him again with stomps, then a pumphandle backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Evil but White keeps his cool. White steps on Evil, toying with him. White brings Evil up and chops him again.
Fans rally but Evil gets another chop. White sits Evil up for another chop and Evil falls right to the mat. White brings Evil up in the fireman’s but Evil slips out. Evil blocks the kick, gives it to Red Shoes, then mule kicks White in the ribs. Both men are down now as we go to break.
NJPW on AXS and both men slowly stand. Evil clotheslines White right out, then roars. Fans fire up with him as he goes out to fetch White. Evil whips White at barriers now as payback for earlier. He whips again, but White reverses, only for Evil to reverse back and still send White into more barriers. Evil drags White up and into the ring, then aims at White in the corner. He runs in corner to corner, hits the clothesline, then hits the fisherman suplex. Cover, TWO, but fans rally up for Evil. Evil drags White up and goes for a fireman’s carry but White fights against it. White tries a waistlock but Evil fights out. Evil runs, White follows, but Evil redirects himself, only to run into a complete shot! White deadlifts and German Suplexes! Both men are down again, as White couldn’t bridge.
White gets himself to ropes and then brings Evil back up. White suplexes and slams, then floats to a cover, TWO! He drags Evil up for the Blade Runner but Evil rakes his eyes! White staggers into Red Shoes, but then dodges as Evil runs in. Evil stops himself from crashing into Red Shoes, so White gets away with a low blow! White’s done this practically every match, and he does it again. Evil staggers but fights out of Blade Runner, to hit Darkness Falls! But Evil can’t cover, he’s hurting too much. Fans rally up for Evil as both men slowly stir. White drags himself up with the ropes but Evil follows. Evil reels him in for a waistlock but White fights back with elbows. Evil refuses to let go, and gets a Half ‘n’ Half suplex! Then the BIG lariat! Cover, TWO!!
Evil feels how close he was, so he prepares to end this. He slashes the throat, sits White up and brings him around. White resists the STO, then ducks the lariat, to hit a half nelson suplex! White drags Evil up again, cross fisherman buster, the Kiwi Krusher! Cover, TWO!? Evil shocks White by surviving, but the fans are loving it. White slips out of the ring and finds himself some chairs. This is another standard of White’s during the G1, and Red Shoes knows it. Red Shoes tries to get White to stop, but White still swings on Evil. Evil ducks the chair, then uses Red Shoes as a shield! White has to move him aside, Evil decks White with a clothesline!
Evil has the chair, but Red Shoes doesn’t want him to use it, either. White gets up, for another half nelson suplex! Red Shoes gets rid of the chairs while White brings Evil up. Blade Runner denied, but so is the STO! White shoves Evil into Red Shoes, and fans boo as White has the chair. Evil ducks that, STO hits! Red Shoes returns to count, Evil wins!
Winner: Evil, by pinfall; Evil earns 2 points, White earns 0
And there’s the spoiler! Even if Okada wins over Tanahashi, White no longer has a way into the G1 finals. White wants to be the leader of Chaos, but how can he control the stable with a loss like this?
Kazuchika Okada VS Hiroshi Tanahashi!
The Switchblade is no longer an obstacle, so now the fate of the block is in these men’s hands. It’s “win and you’re in”, but will it be the Rainmaker or the Ace going to the finals to face B Block’s champion?
The fans are already thunderous for this newest rematch of these two mega stars. The bell rings, and we begin. Tanahashi and Okada hear the fans chanting at the top of their lungs as they circle. They slowly approach and feel out the grapple. Okada backs off to then fire in with a dropkick! Tanahashi dodges, whips but Okada reverses. Tanahashi holds ropes to deny the dropkick again, but then Okada dodges his dropkick. Okada leaps but Tanahashi avoids the back senton, but then he avoids Tanahashi’s elbow. They both swing clotheslines but evade, and it’s a stand-off. Fans applaud as the two modern greats back off. Fans chant “Go Ace!” as Tanahashi and Okada circle again.
They tie up and Okada gets a waistlock. Tanahashi gets a standing switch and shifts to a full nelson. Okada pries his way out but Tanahashi wristlocks and snapmares to a facelock. Okada slips out of that to get a hammerlock. He shifts to a headlock, but Tanahashi works his way out to put a headlock on Okada. Okada works his way out, but Tanahashi brings him back in. Okada powers Tanahashi to ropes, and fakes the chop to pat the shoulders. Tanahashi gives Okada forearms! Tanahashi backs Okada down but Okada comes back with forearms of his own. Okada whips but Tanahashi reverses to then hip toss, and strum his air guitar. Tanahashi goes after Okada’s leg with stomps and knees, and even elbows. Tanahashi has the shinlock and he wrenches the ankle and knee. He even digs his knuckles into the knee.
Red Shoes reprimands him so Tanahashi stops that. Okada drags himself around but Tanahashi gets up to go after the knee again. Tanahashi grabs both legs and starts tying them together. Okada resists, but Tanahashi just ties them up deeper to trap the legs! Then Tanahashi turns Okada by that other ankle, and has the Queen Angelito. Okada reaches for ropes and gets the break. Tanahashi frees Okada, but then comes back to put him in a corner. Tanahashi stomps the knees, then throws forearms. He puts Okada’s leg through the ropes for another shinlock. Tanahashi lets go at 4, then backs off while Okada frees himself. Tanahashi comes in, ducks the boots and then drags Okada down. He slings the leg against the post! Twice!
Tanahashi takes a moment to catch his breath while fans cheer him on. He stomps away on Okada as Okada crawls out of the corner. Tanahashi brings Okada up but Okada wants the gut wrench! Okada’s legs keep him from getting the whole lift, so Tanahashi fights free and kicks those legs again. Tanahashi runs in but misses, and Okada puts him on the top rope. Tanahashi knows the dropkick follows so he kicks Okada away. He runs out now but into the gut wrench! Okada can’t hold Tanahashi up, but he blocks the kick to dragon screw Tanahashi! Both men are down with bad knees while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns and Okada rolls over to Tanahashi. Okada drags Tanahashi to the apron and then over to railings, for a shin breaker! Okada keeps hold of the leg to then smash it on the floor! Tanahashi clutches his leg while Okada walks off his own pain. Okada comes back around and grabs the leg again for a toe hold and knee smash! Red Shoes comes out to check on Tanahashi while getting Okada to go back inside. Okada does, and a ring count begins. Tanahashi makes sure his legs are working, but he gets in before 15. Okada is right on that knee with another smash, this time to the mat. Okada brings Tanahashi up and over to a corner. He puts Tanahashi’s legs through the ropes to return the favor from earlier.
Okada backs off at 4, but runs in to dropkick the leg against the ropes. Tanahashi winces while he pulls himself out of the corner. Okada clubs him on the back but Tanahashi seems to feed off it. Okada throws forearms but Tanahashi throws many forearms back. Tanahashi kicks but Okada catches it. Tanahashi fights free, catches Okada’s leg, and gives him the dragons crew! Both men are down again, but Tanahashi fires up with the fans. Tanahashi hobbles over to fire off more strikes. He repeats it a couple more times, then whips. Okada reverses but Tanahashi leaps for flying forearms. Tanahashi brings Okada up, scoops and slams, then hops up. Tanahashi flips for the senton! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again behind “Go Ace! Go Ace!” Tanahashi runs, but Okada dodges and runs to then hit a big back elbow.
Okada hobbles over now and brings Tanahashi up. He whips Tanahashi to the corner, then runs in for another back elbow. Okada kicks and DDTs Tanahashi down stiffly. Cover, TWO! Okada waits for Tanahashi to stand now, and scoops for the Alabama Slam. Tanahashi fights out, wants the leg, but Okada fights back, so Tanahashi dropkicks the other leg. But Okada runs and dropkicks Tanahashi! Tanahashi ends up in a corner, but Okada brings him back up and out. Okada climbs up while Tanahashi is down. Okada aims, and hits the missile dropkick! The fans fire up with Okada as he grits his teeth with a wild-eyed look. Okada drags Tanahashi up, gut wrenches, but Tanahashi reverses to have Okada up, TOMBSTONE! But Tanahashi can’t cover, he’s too tired. Fans rally up and duel as both men slowly stir. Tanahashi stands up first, but Okada follows.
Tanahashi throws a forearm, and Okada staggers. Okada gives the forearm back, but so does Tanahashi. Okada forearms, Tanahashi forearms, and repeat. They go back and forth, faster and faster, but then Okada staggers down to his knees. Tanahashi brings him up but Okada fires back again. Tanahashi gives body shots and a European Uppercut, but Okada gives his own EuroUpper. Okada gives more EuroUppers, then runs at Tanahashi, but ends up on the apron. He forearms Tanahashi away, but Tanahashi dropkicks Okada off! Okada hits barriers on the way down, but Tanahashi isn’t done there. Tanahashi climbs up and aim at Okada. High Fly Flow crossbody! It’s a direct hit, but Tanahashi takes some damage from the landing.
Red Shoes checks on both of them, but they’re okay to continue. Tanahashi gets back in the ring, so it’s Okada who is at the mercy of the count. The count reaches 10 just as Okada stirs. Okada hops and hobbles and staggers, but he gets in at 17. Tanahashi has the leg! Dragon screw through the ropes! Then a dropkick and another dragon screw! Okada’s leg is hurting even worse now as Tanahashi goes for another leg hold. Tanahashi has the Cloverleaf! And he sits on it deep! Okada endures, reaches, flails, and manages to power his way up, only for Tanahashi to sit on it even deeper. Okada refuses to give up, and Tanahashi’s own legs and arms are getting exhausted.
Tanahashi shifts to a Boston Crab, then a Styles Clash! Tanahashi hurries up top, High Fly Flow FLOPS as Okada dodges! Both men stir as the fans hit a fever pitch. Tanahashi stands but Okada follows. Okada dropkicks Tanahashi down! Okada hobbles over and brings Tanahashi back up to whip. Tanahashi holds ropes to deny the dropkick, but then runs into another one! Okada hurries to waistlock and wristlock, but into a slingblade! Both men are down again as we go to break!
NJPW on AXS returns and both men brawl as they get to their knees. Tanahashi hits first, but Okada responds. Tanahashi hits again, but so does Okada. Fans fire up with Tanahashi, and the brawl moves to standing up. Tanahashi hits and eggs Okada on. Okada hits and rocks Tanahashi to the mat. Okada drags Tanahashi up, gut wrench, but Tanahashi fights out. They struggle for control as Okada gets Tanahashi up but can’t turn him all the way. Tanahashi tries but can’t get Okada up all the way. Okada tries again, and gets Tanahashi up, but not long enough to execute! Tanahashi shifts and hits a swinging neckbreaker! Tanahashi grits his teeth as he drags Okada back up, and hits a second swinging neckbreaker! But he won’t stop here, he brings Okada up again, and gets the hat trick!
Fans fire up with Tanahashi as he runs. He slingblades Okada down, then covers, TWO! But that was so close! Tanahashi won’t stop, he goes right up top, and watches Okada stand. High Fly Flow crossbody, gets a dropkick! Tanahashi writhes with pain from his ribs and chest while Okada fires himself up. Okada drags Tanahashi up, gut wrench scoop, TOMBSTONE! But that’s not the end, as he brings Tanahashi back up. Okada wristlocks and swings out, but gets caught into a full nelson. Okada denies the dragon suplex to swing Tanahashi out again, but Tanahashi dodges the lariat only to get another dropkick. For the third time, Okada brings Tanahashi up, swings him out, but Tanahashi dodges again. Tanahashi runs into the discus lariat!
Okada shouts as he brings Tanahashi up again. Fans are again at that fever pitch as he swings Tanahashi out, but Tanahashi cradles! TWO!! Okada won’t let Tanahashi get away this time, wristlock but DRAGON SUPLEX! With a bridge! TWO!? Okada escapes by the skin of his teeth! Tanahashi, Okada and the fans know time is running out, it adds to the intensity of the moment! Both men slowly stir, and Okada drags Tanahashi up. Okada wants it but Tanahashi denies the wristlock. Tanahashi runs but Okada reels him in, wristlock ripcord but Tanahashi counters with a left hand! Both men fall, and Tanahashi hurries up top! HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, TWO?! The bell rings, TIME IS UP!!
Time Limit Draw; both Okada and Tanahashi earn 1 point
Thirty minutes has gone by, so there’s nothing they can do about it. Neither man wins but neither man loses, yet the one moving on is The Ace on points! Tanahashi will compete in his sixth G1 Climax finals, can he make it his third win? Or will his opponent to come out of the B Block be too much for even the Once in a Century Talent?
Hiroshi Tanahashi speaks.
“Thank you all for supporting me to the end.” Fans continue to cheer “Go Ace!” for him as he catches his breath. “But I’ve still only made it through A Block.” Tanahashi knows there’s still one last match in the tournament. But he’ll take care of business and win it all!
Tanahashi notes this is his 17th G1 Climax tournament. But he feels even more fulfilled here than ever before. He tried the Triangle Scorpion but it was double-edged. Tanahshi knows so many fans are coming to watch, and it’s great to see their excitement. He wishes they’d stop underestimating him, like “Good job for making it this far!” He’s following his dream, but will it lead him all the way to that Wrestle Kingdom main event contract?
An incredible hour for NJPW here. Naturally the focus is on the matches that determine the fate of the finals, with no filler anywhere. There was great drama with whether White would keep himself alive in the running, though he didn’t seem that much more desperate than usual. He used his usual tactics, sure, but he should’ve tried to pull out something new to cheat. In the end, White doesn’t do enough, and he misses out on being one if not the youngest finalist in G1 Climax history. But of course, he is too young to do it so easily, but having another year of experience works in his favor for next year.
Then Okada VS Tanahashi was amazing, an instant classic even with the time limit draw. For those who forgot or just didn’t know at all, NJPW always uses time limits on their matches, and they used that brilliantly for the sake of storytelling here. Okada and Tanahashi pushed themselves to their limits, all the way to the end, and in the end, tying is just fine for Tanahashi’s standings, he still advances with 15 points rather than 16. Tanahashi is truly NJPW’s Iron Man, always making it to a G1 Climax these last 17 years, no matter how banged up he is going in. B Block will be the last part, and those matches are going to be amazing, giving us a G1 Climax Finals that will somehow be even more amazing.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: Power Struggle 2018 Part 2!
NJPW Power Struggle continues as Tetsuya Naito once again battles Zack Sabre Jr! Will Tranquilo #JustTapOut? Or will ZSJ lost to The Ungovernable Charisma?
This coverage of Power Struggle will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- Super Junior Tag League Finals Triple Threat: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Roppongi 3K VS Bushi & Shingo Takagi; RPG3K wins the 2018 Super Junior Tag League.
- Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr; Naito wins.
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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene!
Los Ingobernables de Japon continues to war with Suzuki-Gun! The leader of LIJ, Tetsuya Naito, has lost to the Submission Master, Zack Sabre Jr, twice this year in both the New Japan Cup and the G1 Climax! ZSJ angered Naito when he picked the bones of Evil after a vicious attack from Chris Jericho. Naito looks to get back at ZSJ for both Evil and those defeats, but ZSJ talks of retiring Naito himself. Who will win in this third time around in 2018?
Meanwhile, the Super Junior Tag League Tournament bring together familiar foes as the factions of LIJ, Suzuki-Gun and Chaos battle again! The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions are still Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru, and they look to show true dominance over the division. However, Roppongi 3K’s Sho & Yoh look to repeat as tournament winners while Bushi has LIJ’s newest member, Shingo Takagi, by his side. Who comes out of this finals match primed to rule over the Junior Heavyweight Tag Division?
Super Junior Tag League Finals Triple Threat: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Roppongi 3K VS Bushi & Shingo Takagi!
The round robin format of this tournament makes it so that the teams with the best records qualify for this tournament climax, and this year it ended up being three! All three teams have a 10-0 record going in, impressive to say the least. And naturally, the winners of this tournament, if they’re not the champions, get a shot to face the champions for the belts in the future. Will Sho & Yoh become back-to-back tournament champs? Will the tag champs come out as supreme rulers of Junior Heavyweight Tag wrestling? Or will this new combination of ungovernable stars be the key to victory?
Suzuki-Gun’s duo bring their belts, and a bottle of whiskey for Kanemaru. Kanemaru tags a swig then spits it to the sky, before attacking Bushi! Desperado goes after Shingo, but Sho & Yoh go after them! The match starts with the bell and Suzuki-Gun throws Yoh out of the ring. Kanemaru keeps on Sho with an eye rake, and Desperado adds a kick. Suzuki-Gun mug Sho then double whip, but he hits back! Desperado kicks Sho and chops him. Desperado runs, Sho ducks and Yoh comes back! They drop toehold and dropkick Desperado, then double dropkick Kanemaru. LIJ returns but they get dropkick’d out. Yoh goes back to Desperado while fans rally up. Sho keeps on Desperado with a big scoop slam. Sho drags Desperado up but Desperado rakes eyes.
This kind of Triple Threat Tag, anyone can tag anyone so long as it doesn’t create a match-up of the same team. Therefore, Bushi is allowed to tag in from Desperado. He goes after Sho, then drags him up for a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps his cool as he tags in Shingo. Shingo hits Yoh for good measure before bringing Sho up. Sho chops, but Shingo chops back. Sho leans against ropes, but Shingo double chops him down! Shingo drags Sho up and whips, follows after and rams his knee into Sho. Then he suplexes Sho up and over, floats to cover, TWO! Tag to Bushi and LIJ double whip. They double hip toss and combine back senton and leg drop. Bushi covers, TWO! Bushi uses his shirt to choke Sho, but lets up at 4.
Fans cheer while Bushi clubs Sho. Bushi runs but Sho hits him with the kitchen sink knee! Hot tag to Yoh! Yoh rallies on LIJ, ducks the enziguri and dragon screws Shingo. Yoh gives Bushi a backbreaker to necbreaker and kips up! Fans rally up as Yoh back elbows Bushi in a corner. Yoh suplexes but Bushi slips out. Bushi fires off forearms, then runs, but Desperado trips him up. Kanemaru tags in off Bushi and goes after Yoh. Desperado drags Bushi down to beat him up while Kanemaru hits Shingo. Bushi and Shingo go into barriers while Kanemaru whips Yoh. Kanemaru gives Yoh a kitchen sink, then tosses Yoh out. Desperado uses the backing of a chair to SMACK Yoh in the head. Then he whips Yoh into barriers! Desperado feeds Yoh to Kanemaru for a scoop slam.
Kanemaru grinds his foot on Yoh’s face, then tags Desperado. Desperado kicks Yoh down, and taunts Sho to return. Desperado chops Yoh back, but Yoh chops back. Yoh keeps firing strikes but Desperado shrugs it off. They go back and forth, but Desperado rakes eyes. Desperado runs but Shingo gets him to stop. Desperado hits Shingo, but turns around into Yoh’s calf kick! Hot tag to Kanemaru and he stops Sho from tagging in. Suzuki-Gun work together to start a corner train, and then Desperado cradles Yoh for Kanemaru to shotgun dropkick-start the slam! Cover, but LIJ breaks it. LIJ goes after everyone else, and double whip Kanemaru. Kanemaru holds ropes and dumps Shingo out. He puts Bushi on the apron and Desperado knocks him off. Kanemaru helps Desperado build speed to DIVE on LIJ! Desperado ends up safely on the announce desk!
Fans fire up, even if it’s for Suzuki-Gun. Desperado returns as Kanemaru brings Yoh up. Suplex to inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru grows frustrated, but he keeps on Yoh. Yoh hits back and they brawl with forearms and European Uppercuts. Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls for a DDT! He drags Yoh up again, but Yoh gets him back with a Falcon Arrow! Yoh is too sore to make the cover, and we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as fans rally up. Yoh and Kanemaru stir but Desperado attacks Sho! Desperado comes in but Bushi hits him first. Bushi grabs Yoh and throws him to the LIJ corner. Shingo tags in off Yoh, and then goes after Kanemaru’s inner thigh. Desperado saves Kanemaru by whipping Shingo but Shingo reverses. Shingo then starts up a clothesline train, first hitting Desperado then going corner to corner to hit Kanemaru. Desperado staggers into a shoulder from Shingo! Fans fire up as Shingo grabs Kanemaru. Sho comes in but gets caught, DDT and complete shot! Shingo goes back to Kanemaru for another suplex, but Kanemaru slips out. Kanemaru has a waistlock but Shingo fights out. Shingo whips and pop-up Death Valley Driver on Kanemaru! Cover, TWO!! Kanemaru barely survives but Shingo is not bothered.
Muscle Dragon Shingo stalks Kanemaru, but misses in the corner. Kanemaru misses, too, and Bushi hits a knee! Bushi feeds Kanemaru to the spinebuster, adding a backstabber! Cover, but RPG3K break it! RPG3K is thrown out and LIJ coordinates. Shingo lifts Kanemaru in a wheelbarrow, but Desperado intercepts Bushi! Kanemaru victory rolls, TWO! Bushi fights Desperado off to slingshot headscissor Desperado! Shingo runs but to a basement dropkick! Kanemaru staggers into a tag from Sho! Sho then rocks Kanemaru with a right, and throws Kanemaru out. Sho runs at Shingo for a big corner clothesilne. He whips but Shingo reverses, and they collide with clotheslines. Neither man falls so they try again. Shingo runs but into a dropkick!
Sho fires up, as do the fans. He deadlifts Shingo but Shingo fights back. Sho runs, but Shingo rocks him with an elbow and an uppercut! Shingo lifts Sho in the chicken wing, but Sho slips out. Shingo runs, but into RPG3K double knees! Yoh takes out Bushi while Sho brings Shinogo back up. Backstabber feeds into the shotgun dropkick! RPG3K fire up and stalk Shingo. Shingo stands but Bushi stops Yoh with a backstabber of his own. Sho gets Bushi in a deadlift German Suplex! Desperado spears Sho, but can’t spear Shingo! Shingo and Desperado brawl, but Desperado rakes the eyes. Shingo still waistlocks Desperado, Desperado kicks Sho but Shingo shoves Desperado into Sho. Sho and Desperado turn around into Shingo’s clotheslines!
Shingo lifts Sho in the chicken wing, for the Gory Bomb! Shingo gets up and builds speed, to clothesline from hell! Cover, TWO!? Sho lives and Shingo can’t believe it! Shingo roars as he drags Sho back up. He lifts Sho with a wristclutch, but Yoh SUPERKICKS! RPG3K hit 3K!! Cover, but the ref is yanked out! Kanemaru gets in and kicks away on Yoh! He stomps away on Sho, then drags Sho up. Desperado is in with a belt, and he clobbers Sho! Desperado drags Shingo over to a corner and uses him to tag in. Then he goes back to Sho while Kanemaru takes out Bushi. Desperado lifts Sho in the torture rack, for the slam! Cover, TWO!? Sho lives again! Desperado is furious and vows to end this.
Desperado brings Sho up in the double underhook, but Bushi jumps over the ref to use the GREEN MIST! You SUPERKICKS Bushi! Kanemaru goes after Yoh, but Yoh ducks the Whiskey Mist to dropkick Kanemaru out! Yoh builds speed and FLIES onto Bushi and Kanemaru! Sho is up, and clobbers Desperado! Sho drags Desperado up again, powerbomb lift, double knees! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives but fans are thunderous. Sho fires up and wants another, but he tucks the arms this time. Package driver, the Shock Arrow! Cover, RPG3K win!!
Winners: Roppongi 3K, Sho pinning
Sho & Yoh win their second Super Junior Tag League! And best of all, it was on the tag team champions! Can Sho & Yoh use this momentum to get the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag titles back?
Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr!
Los Ingobernables de Japon and Suzuki-Gun are not through with each other, and these two are far from through with each other on top of it. Will Naito make ZSJ Tranquilo? Or will ZJS make Naito #JustTapOut?
As always, Taka Michinoku takes up the mic before the match. He welcomes everyone to “Zack Sabre Time.” This is a special singles match between ZSJ and Naito. “Who is gonna win this one?!” ZSJ is the man who can finish you with any lock anytime, anywhere, who has the deadly Zack Driver, and when he locks on, you #JustTapOut! This wrestling master is Zack Sabreeeeee Junior~! So Naito, you will repeat the New Japan Cup and G1 Climax. You can’t beat Zack, so “come on over here!” Naito makes his entrance, and takes his time as always with undressing. ZSJ doesn’t let the mind games get to him, but we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns with the bell. Fans cheer for Naito as he circles with ZSJ. Naito and ZSJ tie up and ZSJ gets the headlock. ZSJ throws Naito but Naito shrugs it off. He and ZSJ circle again and feel it out. ZSJ gets a wristlock but Naito reverses quick, so ZSJ breaks and slips away. They circle again and tie up. ZSJ gets the arm again and wrenches for a hammerlock. Naito rolls and goes for a leg but ZSJ gets his legs into a deathlock. Naito manages to pop free and get a headlock, but ZSJ headscissors. ZSJ squeezes tight as Naito tries to escape. Naito moves around but ZSJ goes for an arm. Naito frees himself from the headscissors to go for an armbar. ZSJ moves around and gets a leg again, Bow ‘n’ Arrow! But Naito pops out to a cover, ONE, Tranquilo!
Naito rolls out to catch his breath but ZSJ stays in the ring. Naito takes his time returning, and circles with ZSJ again. They approach and tie up, and ZSJ brings Naito’s hands down to stand on one and wrench the other. ZSJ shifts to a headlock, then throws to the takeover. Naito endures and rolls ZSJ to a cover, ONE. Naito sits up and gets up, and powers out of the headlock. He arm-drags ZSJ around, then runs him over with an elbow to hit the basement dropkick! Naito poses but ZSJ runs in with a leaping triangle hold takedown! Naito gets a ropebreak but ZSJ lets go at 4. ZSJ takes a moment to catch his breath now while Naito bails out again. Naito comes back but ZSJ presses a knee down on him.
ZSJ loops Naito’s arm through the ropes and then a leg and uses them to pull in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow. ZSJ backs off at 4, so he can mock the LIJ posing. Naito sits up but ZSJ is on with the double wristlock, then top wristlock to stomp! Naito writhes but ZSJ circles him like a shark. ZSJ brings Naito up for a EuroUpper, but Naito chops back. ZSJ gives another EuroUpper, but Naito gives back a CHOP. That stuns ZSJ, but ZSJ still kicks and whips Naito. Naito reverses, then run sin. ZSJ puts him on the apron to sweep the legs! ZSJ goes after Naito on the ramp and uses a calf killer! Then he shifts to a modified half crab! ZSJ tortures the legs, then rams the knees on the ramp. ZSJ leaves Naito behind as the 20-count starts.
Naito slowly gets up but the count is at 16! He hurries and gets in at 19! ZSJ is on Naito again with another trapped leg toehold to a half crab! Then a heel hook, then a deep crab! ZSJ just keeps combining holds, such as a trapped arm and another deep crap. But Naito gets the ropes and is freed. Fans rally up as Naito gets to a corner. ZSJ stomps the legs, but Naito hits back. ZSJ kicks the legs but Naito hits back. They continue to go back and forth, a kick for a forearm and back again. Naito goes down after another kick to the leg, but he crawls to a corner. ZSJ runs in but into boots. Naito gives an atomic drop and running headscissors!
Both men are down as Naito tries to get feeling in his legs. Michinoku coaches ZSJ up but Naito stands first. Naito hits ZSJ with punches and kicks, then gets the dragon sleeper to backbreaker, and adds a basement dropkick! ZSJ gets to a corner, but Naito hits the jump kick and leg sweep. Naito slingshots but into the cravat! Naito arm-drags out, but ZSJ runs back in. ZSJ is put in a corner, but he boots Naito. Naito spits then spins ZSJ sideways for the draping neckbreaker! Naito then scoops ZSJ into the reverse DDT! Cover, TWO! Naito has things back in his favor as we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and Naito gives ZSJ elbows in the corner. Naito drives elbows into ZSJ even as ZSJ sits down. Then Naito hoists ZSJ up top and climbs up to join him. Naito drives in more elbows and then stands up for a SUPER STEINER! But ZSJ makes it a cradle into a leg lock, into an STF! ZSJ keeps shifting to modify the crossface, then keeps pushing with his weight. Naito pushes back and gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets Naito go, and both men are down from exhaustion. Fans rally up, and ZSJ slowly stands. ZSJ grabs Naito’s leg for a spinning toehold. Naito clutches that bad leg, but ZSJ does the spinning tweak to his arm! ZSJ stalks Naito as he stands, and gives him a EuroUpper. Naito hits back with a forearm, but ZSJ gives another EuroUpper. Naito CHOPS ZSJ and sits him down.
ZSJ gets up to kick Naito in the leg again. Naito CHOPS, but ZSJ stays standing this time. ZSJ eggs Naito on so Naito fires off forearms until ZSJ sits down. Naito goes side to side for the basement dropkick! He brings ZSJ up but ZSJ gets a full nelson! Naito arm-drags ZSJ away but ZSJ comes back with another EuroUpper. ZSJ tries again but Naito back slides and back elbows to the tornado DDT! Naito keeps going, hammerlock and lift, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ lives but Naito keeps his cool. Naito brings ZSJ up again, wrenches the arm but ZSJ kicks it! Naito kicks back and then whips. ZSJ reveres and catches the lariat into an Octopus! Naito endures as he steps towards ropes. ZSJ shifts to go after the arm, then cradles to a Calf Killer!
Naito endures leg pain, but he rolls. ZSJ keeps him trapped for a calf slicer, but Naito fights with his free leg. But ZSJ grabs it to make it part stretch muffler! Naito gets free and gets another ropebreak! ZSJ lets Naito go but he grows frustrated. Fans rally for Naito again, but ZSJ gets up first. ZSJ EuroUppers Naito again and again and again, then even more in the corner. He throws Naito out to Penalty Kick him! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives, but barely. Michinoku keeps ZSJ focused as he gets up again. ZSJ lifts Naito but Naito slips out to waistlock. ZSJ elbows out and wants the Octopus, but Naito breaks free. Naito runs into an uppercut but enziguris, only for ZSJ to make it an ankle lock! ZSJ then reels Naito in but Naito standing switches, for a German Suplex!
Naito runs, DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ barely survives, but Naito keeps on him. Naito wrenches the arm but ZSJ drops down, only for Naito to sit on it! TWO and ZSJ drags Naito into the European Clutch! TWO but barely! ZSJ and Naito go to opposite ends as they stand up. ZSJ kicks but Naito catches it to enziguri back. Naito wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, but into ZSJ’s scoop! But Naito slips out to scoop ZSJ, brainbuster! Fans are thunderous as Naito wrenches and whirls, DESTINO! Cover, Naito wins!!
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall
The Ungovernable finally wins against the Submission Master! Naito did not tap out and he didn’t fall to the Zack Driver, but can Naito use this to launch himself back towards a title?
Taka Michinoku explains that Zack only just arrived yesterday. This loss was because of jet lag! He was battling jet lag and an opponent at the same time. But ZSJ dares Naito to come to England and see if this still happens. ZSJ will even fight him in a pub if he wants.
As for Naito, he finally got his revenge. To be precise, Naito won in last year’s G1, but yes he did lose in the 2018 New Japan Cup and G1. Therefore, Naito is 2-2 against ZSJ all-time. Naito appreciates ZSj, because this match had no upside for him and yet he took it. He has Naito’s thanks, “Gracias, amigo.” When and where will there be a tiebreaker for their overall series?
Another great hour version of this event. While there wasn’t a lot of Super Junior Tag League coverage on AXS, this triple threat finals was great to see. It was all an impressive match and I was really impressed to see that RPG3K got to repeat. I really hope this means Sho & Yoh get those titles off of Desperado & Kanemaru, that would be great for them. The evolution of these two from being the Tempura Boyz to the gold ‘n’ silver duo has been great to see, and while they’ve already had the titles, getting the titles again would just add to their great growth. Naito VS ZSJ 4 was also great, just as good as their previous matches. I’m glad to see Naito won this time, it works for his story of coming back around strong towards the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (12/1/18)
Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 376
The ROH World Tag Team Championships are on the line this close to Final Battle! Will SoCal Uncensored even make it to the Ladder Wars they declared?
- Kenny King VS Christopher Daniels; King wins.
- Jeff Cobb VS Josh Woods; Cobb wins.
- Hangman Adam Page VS Facade w/ Danni; Page wins.
- ROH World Tag Team Championships: SoCal Uncensored VS Guerrero Maya Jr. & Stuka Jr; SoCal Uncensored wins and advances to Final Battle’s Ladder War ROH World Tag Team Championship match.
PLAY BY PLAY
Last time on ROH…
The Briscoes and The Young Bucks battled to determine #1 contenders to the World Tag Team Championships, and it was another instant classic. However, the ending was marred by double disqualifications, so there is no one challenger for the titles. SoCal Uncensored’s Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky wouldn’t accept that, they want to settle the scores with both the Bucks and #DemBoyz. And the only way to do that is to wage war! Final Battle will have a LADDER WAR for the titles!
Kenny King VS Christopher Daniels!
The K I N G takes a break from being the #BulletClubSilencer to prove himself against the Almighty former ROH World Champion. However, on commentary, Marty Scurll watches and scouts his Final Battle opponent. The Villain knows Daniels wants to make SCU the top trio in the business, but he prefers “S C U R double L.” Will the Fallen Angel gain some last minute momentum going into his match with Marty?
Before the match, Kenny King speaks to Daniels. “You are, homey, a timeless talent.” Kenny uses “timeless” because there’s no one here who knows how old Daniels really is. But it turns out Daniels doesn’t have a lot of time left in ROH. So Kenny figures it’d look real good on his resume if he was one of Daniels’ last losses in ROH “as we boot you out the door.” But Kenny will be nice enough to “haul you back to SCU”, as in the Senior Citizens Unit at the hospital! Daniels gets riled up with that one, and he starts swinging with the bell!
Daniels jabs and jabs on Kenny, then whips. He knocks Kenny down with a calf kick, but he stays on him with chops. Daniels bumps Kenny off buckles then chops him more. Kenny knees back and throws forearms. Daniels ducks the heel kick and hits the quebrada! Cover, TWO! Kenny apologizes for the “joke” but Daniels doesn’t accept it. Daniels bumps him off more buckles, then gets the “SCU!” going. He whips and elbows Kenny out of the ring. Daniels builds speed and hits a baseball slide. Fans fire up and high-five Daniels. Daniels clears some fans out to whip Kenny at barriers! Kenny writhes as fans chant for the Fallen Angel. Kenny hits back but Daniels bumps Kenny off the apron. Daniels climbs up and ducks another kick, and even the Eddy Gordo kick. But then Kenny sweeps the legs! Daniels crashes and burns, and we go to break.
ROH returns as Daniels fights out of Kenny’s chinlock. Daniels swings but Kenny spins him around with a full nelson into a backbreaker, then runs Daniels over with a clothesline. Kenny grins as he reminds us all he’s the K I N G Kiiing~! Then he mocks old man Daniels before stomping him. Scurll admits this change in Kenny is working for him. Daniels gets up but Kenny runs him over with a shoulder. Kenny then does his dance before covering, TWO! Kenny keeps on Daniels with a chinlock, but fans rally up. Daniels feeds off the power and gets up to fight out again. Daniels throws forearms and chops. He runs but into Kenny’s chin checker and Eddy Gordo kick. Kenny hotshots Daniels then goes back to the apron. He springboards but Daniesl gets under. Kenny comes back but Daniels catches him into a Blue Thunder Bomb!
Both men are down but fans rally up again. Daniels gets to a corner and drags himself up. Kenny gets to another corner but Daniels runs out to rally. Daniels whips but Kenny reverses, only for Daniels to slide under and hit the STO! Fans fire up with Daniels as Kenny gets to a corner. Daniels tells Scurll he’s watching him, then he hits Kenny with a corner clothesline. Daniels brings Kenny up for a wheelbarrow facebuster! Cover, TWO! Daniels points to a corner and brings Kenny up. Kenny fights back, and gets Daniels into a spinebuster! Cover and Kenny grabs the ropes, TWO! Scurll reprimands Kenny’s cheating. Kenny brings Daniels up in the fireman’s carry but Daniels fights out and runs. Kenny elbows him but runs into Daniels’ uppercut. Daniels runs and counters Kenny’s counter into an urenage!
Daniels wants to go to the corner but Kenny grabs his feet and kicks him down! The ref gets knocked over, too, and Kenny kicks Daniels in the balls! Kenny blows a kiss good-bye, to hit the Royal Flush! Cover, Kenny wins!
Winner: Kenny King, by pinfall
The #BulletClubSilencer turns into a #FallenAngelSlayer as we head for the New Year. Will the K I N G use this to get back towards a title? Can Daniels turn things around and be ready for The Villain at Final Battle? For that matter, can Daniels do anything about his contract countdown?
Dalton Castle speaks.
“Three months. Three months is how long I was out with an injury, with one thing in mind: to regain the ROH World Championship.” The Peacock didn’t lose his focus, but he is being distracted. Castle didn’t have doctors stick needles in his spine just so he could face Matt Taven. That belt Matt wears is just a ruse! A fake! However, the rage ignited within Castle is real. Will that rage burn The Kingdom down?
Jeff Cobb VS Josh Woods!
The Hawaiian Hulk and current ROH World Television Champion also considers himself Mr. Top Prospect 2018 after he destroyed the field without ever competing. However, The Goods became Mr. Top Prospect 2017 the old fashion way: by winning the tournament. Who will prove themselves the true Top Prospect of ROH tonight?
The Code of Honor is upheld and the two approach. Cobb gets a leg and then the waistlock, but Woods drops down to reverse. Cobb gets a ropebreak and Woods honors it. They go again, but as Cobb gets the facelock, Hangman Page appears! Hangman has a chair to take a seat, and a mic for later. Cobb rolls Woods in a waistlock but Woods breaks out to roll Cobb. Woods has a leg but Cobb gets up and to the ropes. They break clean and even Hangman applauds. Woods lunges and gets Cobb down, and goes for the armbar! Cobb moves around and gets the ropebreak again, so Woods lets him go. Woods keeps after the arm and traps it to get Cobb down again. Woods still wants an armbar but Cobb powers off. They go around but Woods keeps control as he goes after the elbow and wrist.
Fans rally up and Cobb powers up. Woods spins Cobb but Cobb blocks the belly2belly. Cobb suplexes Woods back but Woods slips out. Woods goes for a sleeper but Cobb blocks and arm-drags Woods off. Woods comes back but is caught into a trap-leg exploder! Cobb runs but misses in the corner, Woods throws him down! Woods goes for the armbar again, but Cobb clasps hands! Cobb puts Woods in a cover, TWO! Woods goes to use his legs but Cobb moves around. Fans rally and Cobb deadlifts Woods! Cobb catapults Woods at buckles, and Hangman seems mildly impressed. Fans rally as both Woods and Cobb stand up. Cobb runs at Woods but Woods boots him back. Woods runs for a big knee strike! Woods keeps moving, and springboards but into Tour of the Islands!! Cover, Cobb wins!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall
Mr. 2018 beats Mr. 2017 and rolls on towards Final Battle. Hangman gets up with his mic and heads to the ring. He stands face to face with Cobb and says “Pretty impressive, huh, guys? Jeff Cobb, TV Champion!” But Cobb should get out of the ring so Hangman can show him “how a real ass whooping is done.” Bring out Hangman’s opponent!
Hangman Adam Page VS Facade w/ Danni!
The Problem Solver won’t let the ROH World TV Champion get ahead of him, and looks to use the Neon Ninja as a tune-up. Will Hangman be able to focus on the opponent in front of him? Or will he be too busy thinking about the opponent ahead of him at Final Battle?
ROH returns as Hangman stomps a mudhole into Facade. He backs off at 4 but then clotheslines Facade out of the ring. By the way, Cobb has taken Hangman’s seat on stage so he can watch up close just as Hangman did. And Hangman makes sure Cobb saw what he just did, too. Hangman then gets on the apron and htis the shooting star shoulder! Fans fire up as Hangman puts Facade back in. Hangman enjoys the cheers a moment before going back in the ring. Hangman pumphandle deadlifts Facade to show off his strength, and then Fall Away slams to a bridge! TWO, and Danni is relieved for her Neon Ninja. She and fans rally up for Facade and Facade chops Hangman. Hangman haymakers back, so Facade chops back. Hangman rocks Facade with a right, then whips.
Facade reverses but Hangman holds ropes. Facade runs in but is put on the apron. He shoulders into Hangman then slingshots up and over. Facade runs and waistlocks but Hangman bucks him off. Facade comes back and baits Hangman. Hangman runs but Facade goes up and moonsaults over! Facade goes Matrix and then cartwheel kicks Hangman to a corner! Fans fire up as Facade runs in corner to corner. Hangman dodges but runs into boots. Facade climbs up and prepares himself. He walks the ropes but gets booted out of the sky! Scurll laughs it up on commentary while Hangman stalks Facade to a corner. Facade gets on the apron but Hangman drags him up. They fight as Hangman drags Facade to the top rope.
Hangman holds Facade, and throws him with a SUPER Fall Away Slam! Facade ends up in the opposite corner and Danni is concerned. Hangman trash talks Cobb but Cobb tells Hangman to focus. Hangman toys with Facade but Facade chops back! It does nothing, and Hangman rocks Facade with a right. Facade chops and chops and forearms, but Hangman still shrugs it all off. Facade keeps throwing strikes but gets rocked with a roaring elbow! Hangman kicks Facade around, then runs, but Facade follows for a springboard enziguri! Hangman ends up outside and Facade builds speed to double jump springboard somersault ax handle! The fans are thunderous and Danni is running laps as Facade puts Hangman in the ring. Facade springboards but has to roll through. He turns around into the Buckshot! Then the Rite of Passage! Cover, Hangman wins!
Winner: Hangman Adam Page, by pinfall
Hangman turns the Neon Ninja’s lights out while he keeps pace with Cobb. Cobb returns to the ring to stand face to face with Hangman again. The two are raring for this fight, who will win when it all goes down?
ROH revisits Survival of the Fittest 2018.
The finals came down to Marty Scurll and Christopher Daniels, and Scurll won! The Villain has a future ROH World Championship match in his back pocket, but Daniels says Scurll only won because of the gauntlet format. Hangman Page did all the work and Scurll capitalized on a tired Daniels. Scurll wouldn’t let Daniels make such excuses, which brings us to their 1v1 Final Battle match. Daniels wants Scurll to put his Survival of the Fittest shot on the line, so Scurll put it on the line. Scurll thinks Daniels’ desperation is sad, but he’s confident he’ll win and keep his shot. This first-time ever match has huge stakes on it, especially for Daniels. Can the Fallen Angel turn his luck around all in one night?
Jay Lethal speaks on his coming match with Cody.
The Franchise’s first match with The American Nightmare, Cody was here to “prove that he could hang.” Cody failed because he had to cheat. Lethal wondered when that exact moment was that Cody realized he couldn’t hang with the best in the world. But then fast forward to a rematch in the Bull Rope Match and Lethal evened the score. Lethal won’t take away from Cody’s resume, from his wins to his lineage. Deep down, Lethal likes Cody. They may not always agree or get along, Cody is still great, but Lethal also knows how Cody is. This year’s Final Battle, Cody can use all the tricks in the book, but Lethal vows to leave still ROH World Champion. Lethal vows that he will not lose to Cody, but can he keep his word?
Matt Taven speaks.
“Remember? Do you remember? Or does that memory hurt so bad that you have to bury it deep down inside?” Because Taven remembers Castle crumbling under the pressure of being top champion. But not Taven. Taven is a diamond formed by such pressure. Taven’s worked harder than anyone else to get his spotlight. Castle was a one hit wonder, but Taven is building a legacy. The Peacock will be chapter one. At Final Battle, everyone will remember Taven is the real ROH WHC, because he is Matt Taven.
The pulse quickens.
Something is coming to ROH. Something that will get hearts pounding. But what is it? When and where will it appear?
ROH World Tag Team Championships: SoCal Uncensored VS Guerrero Maya Jr. & Stuka Jr!
The Briscoes did everything they could to keep their title, such as injuring Christopher Daniels’ neck so that he couldn’t compete alongside Frankie Kazarian. However, Scorpio Sky stepped up, and he helped Kaz dethrone Jay & Mark in the star-studded Triple Threat Tag Match. The Heavy Metal Rebel and Closer have their contracts, but are they risking too much putting their titles on the line against two CMLL stars?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the Code of Honor is upheld. The teams sort out and Scorpio starts against Maya. They circle and tie up, and Scorpio gets the wristlock. Maya reverses to a hammerlock, but Scorpio uses a drop toehold to trip him up. Scorpio gets the facelock, but Maya reverses to a Fujiwara armbar. Maya brings Scorpio up for an arm wrench but Scorpio reverses back. Scorpio puts on a headlock but Maya brings him down to a cradle cover. TWO as Scorpio lets Maya go. The two stand up but stand off as Scorpio nears a corner. Fans applaud as Scorpio and Maya circle again.
Scorpio and Maya tie up and Scorpio gets a headlock. Maya counters with a wristlock but Scorpio uses the ropes to flip through. Scorpio gets the headlock again, but Maya fights back. Maya powers out of the hold and things speed up, Scorpio runs into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Maya tags out to Stuka, and Stuka stomps Scorpio. Stuka whips and gives Scorpio a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker of his own! Stuka stomps more, then drags Scorpio up for punches right to the head. Scorpio fights back and then runs, with Kaz tagging in. Scorpio dodges Stuka’s swing to whip. Things speed up, Kaz comes in with a windmill kick! Cover, TWO! Kaz brings Stuka up for a scoop but Stuka slips out. Stuka waistlocks but Kaz bucks him off to dropkick him down! Cover, TWO!
Stuka barely gets out but he doesn’t get away as Kaz tags Scorpio. SCU grab a leg each and use that to throw Stuka! Scorpio covers, TWO, and we go to one last break.
ROH returns once more, and Stuka catches Scorpio into an atomic lift. Maya runs in and Team CMLL combines for a flapjack bulldog! Stuka runs and Maya gives him a tilt-o-whirl for a splash on Scorpio! Cover as Maya intercepts Kaz with a kick, TWO! Maya and Stuka coordinate to grab a leg each, and they give Scorpio a 2v1 Mexican Surfboard! But Kaz tags from the neutral corner, which apparently is legal? Kaz runs and double covers on Team CMLL! TWO as they let Scorpio go! The fans love it, though, and the match continues. Kaz swings on Stuka but ends up in a full nelson. Kaz fights off Maya a moment, but can’t break free of Stuka. Maya comes back and gets Kaz’s leg, and Team CMLL twists Kaz in both directions!
Kaz endures and Scorpio saves him. Team CMLL double whip Kaz but Kaz sends them into each other. Hot tag to Scorpio, and the Closer rallies! Scorpio baits Maya into the corner and then slingshot headscissors him down! He gets Stuka but Stuka reverses the whip, only to get dumdum stomps! Scorpio hits Maya with a corner kick, then sweeps the legs. Kaz runs in for the swinging dropkick! Maya bails out but Stuka comes back to rally on SCU. Stuka whips but Kaz reverses. Kaz runs in but Stuka dodges to send him into the post! Stuka grabs Scorpio for a spinebuster, then hurries up top! SUPER ASAI onto Kaz! Maya goes after Scorpio and returns the headscissors. Scorpio bails out while Maya fires up. Maya DIVES to somersault tope onto Scorpio! They crash and burn into barriers but Stuka helps Maya up and in.
Team CMLL are fired up as Kaz returns. Kaz shoulders in and slingshots to DDT Maya. Stuka elbows Kaz and then kicks Scorpio. Stuka whips but Scorpio reverses and Kaz boots Stuka. SCU combine for a urenage backstabber, Burning Heart! Cover, SCU wins!
Winner: SoCal Uncensored, Scorpio Sky pinning; still ROH World Tag Team Champions
Hearts on fire, strong desire, Kaz and Scorpio win! Daniels returns to the ring to celebrate, but also to speak. “First of all, let me say, SCU. Second of all, two weeks ago, these two gentlemen walked into the ring and walked out the world tag team champions.” The first thing SCU did was negotiate their new contracts! But only for Kaz and Scorpio. That means the Fallen Angel is behind the 8 ball. He has one match remaining on his ROH contract at Final Battle, against The Villain, Marty Scurll. As we saw, Daniels challenged Scurll to put his shot on the line, and now Daniels is in position to get a “new lease on life in ROH.” If he has to go through Scurll to stay in the company he helped built and put on the map, then he will!
Scurll moves from commentary to respond to SCU directly. Fans duel as Scurll tells Daniels he’s right. Daniels did help build ROH. But does Daniels want to be known as a legend? The first-ever ROH main eventer and Grand Slam Champion. Or does he want to be remembered for a “stupid three letter catchphrase”? It would be Scurll’s pleasure to give Daniels the match of his career. But a warning: “this will be your final battle.” Daniels is a man with his back against the wall, will he stay standing in his company?
A pretty great episode, but perhaps with some issues in organizing a very important story. Firstly, the build between Jeff Cobb and Hangman Page is pretty good because it focuses on matches and action to do it. Cobb looks great against Woods and Hangman looks great against Facade, but both Woods and Facade still looked strong in return. The matches were in no way squashes, so that the midcard isn’t hurt for the sake of the champion and challenger. Cobb VS Hangman is going to be really good, really physical, and I’m sure Hangman will have a shocking moment of strength somewhere in there, but it’ll still be Cobb winning to retain. The promos this week to hype the real and “real” ROH World Championship matches were pretty good, and I’m looking forward to next week’s Six Man of The Kingdom VS Cody, Castle & Lethal.
Now, the issue I speak of is this story for Christopher Daniels. His match with Kenny King to open was great, and it works that Scurll was on commentary to talk it all up. However, I don’t know why they waited to air the Survival of the Fittest backstage scene until after another story took place, then still had Daniels come out at the end to officially inform fans. Daniels VS King should’ve been next week for the actual go-home show and have a stare down of Daniels and Scurll close the night, instead of piggybacking on tonight’s main event. SoCal Uncensored VS Team CMLL was a great tag match, perhaps with some miscues like Kaz’s weird neutral corner tag, but still great. Daniels and Scurll kinda took their spotlight, tonight should’ve ended with The Bucks or Briscoes coming out for a stare down on the way to Ladder War.
My Score: 8.5/10