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 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.
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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
Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 5 A Block
KENTA, Lance Archer and Kazuchika Okada are setting the early A Block pace! Something’s gotta give. Who comes out undefeated?
KENTA, Lance Archer and Kazuchika Okada are setting the early A Block pace! Something’s gotta give. Who comes out undefeated?
Shmoxley in the opening tag team match means we should start off fun. Tanahashi and Sabre are in the battle of, well, someone needs to get at least a point out of that.
Then we’ve got Ospreay and Ibushi who are banged up but most likely still going to be psychopaths in the ring. Let’s get ready for the carnage, I mean, no…I meant carnage.
- Shota Umino & Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii & Yuya Uemura: Shooter wins via Fisherman Suplex Hold @5:45 – ***
- Hirooki Goto, Jeff Cobb & YOSHI-HASHI vs Toa Henare, Yota Tsuji & Juice Robinson: YOSHI wins via Butterfly Lock @9:30 – ** 1/4
- Tomoaki Honma, Ren Narita & Toru Yano vs Jay White, Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi: Owens wins via Package Piledriver @8:50 – ** 1/2
- BUSHI, Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi vs Taichi, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Suzuki wins via Gotch Style Piledriver @8:35 – ** 1/2
- A Block: KENTA vs Lance Archer: Kenta wins via Game Over @12:00 – ***
- A Block: SANADA vs EVIL: EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @18:10 – **** 1/4
- A Block: Bad Luck Fale vs Kazuchika Okada: Okada wins via Double Legged Cradle @10:15 – ** 1/2
- A Block: Zack Sabre Jr vs Hiroshi Tanahashi: Tanahashi wins via Triangle Counter Pin @13:55 – *** 3/4
- A Block: Kota Ibushi vs Will Ospreay: Ibushi wins via Kamigoye Knee @27:15 – **** 3/4
Moxley and Ishii start off trying to kill one another. This is a great opener and the respective Young Lions have to pull their veteran off as to not incur a disqualification. The Young Lions then take the bulk of the match and Shota has definitely picked up a few mannerisms from Moxley that we slowly see him unlocking. This may be our evolution of Shooter, but for an opening match this was very fun and the fact Moxley and Ishii just want to fight added for a neat dynamic.
Juice and Cobb are both respectful Gaijin faces, so not a lot of heat for this match. Plus YOSHI-HASHI was in it, so I could’ve downed a few Valium and been more invested in staring at a wall. Pork Chop Sandwiches later, and YOSHI-HASHI wins with that awful Butterfly Lock. Great…I can now taste colors.
So Yano wanted to get him a piece of the Jay White on the down turn, but Jay tried to still play the calculating heel. Honma put in a bit of decent work but Narita was obviously the one sent out to eat the pin. Narita held his own against Yujiro and Chase, but Chase eventually stopped playing with his feud and hit the Package Piledriver to tie things up in a nice little bow.
Shingo took a hell of a beating in this match. Kanemaru played random interference and Taichi took Shingo to the woodshed. Naito also continued his distaste of Taichi and Suzuki while being a little protective of Shingo at points. Now being the unabashed fanboy of Shingo, yet also a subscriber to Holy Emperor weekly, I’m very torn about this whole thing. The match played up the G1 tensions and the LIJ vs Suzuki-Gun tensions very well, but my heart knows not which to root for.
Lance is a good foot taller than KENTA and that was the story of the first 75% of this match. Lance was shrugging off the strikes of our returning striker. KENTA was getting effectively crushed, until Lance pushed the anime comeback button and said “You’re fucking Hideo! That’s who you are! HIDEO!” – which prompted the anime comeback in KENTA. KENTA managed to even lift Lance for a few things, but relied heavily on the dropkicks and strikes. He couldn’t quite pull off the Go 2 Sleep, so he went to his Crossface submission, Game Over. And boy howdy, it was game over! (I will see myself out after that)
EVIL and SANADA have this brotherly rivalry in LIJ. Being former 2 time IWGP Heavyweight Tag Champions, familiarity is obvious. SANADA starts off the match quickly and this is definitely a match of quick bursts when the one gets an advantage. I guess they are transitioning SANADA away from the Paradise Lock since this is the second match where he had it mostly on, but “something happened” and the opponent gets out of the move. We get a bunch of great back and forth, but something that continues to plague SANADA is his limited moveset when it gets down to crunch time. EVIL pulled out a plethora of tricks, including using the referee as an anchor for the Magic Killer. Whereas, SANADA sticks to Dragon Sleeper variants, into Skull End attempt or a Moonsault. With how over SANADA is, I really expect him to start getting more crunch time maneuvers. EVIL wins and quickly wants to bury the hatchet by extending the LIJ fist bump. SANADA bumps fists, and all is fine in our ungovernable world.
Fale tends to have Okada’s number in tournaments, and he starts off by attacking him in the back and dragging him out. So we get a typical Bullet Club brawl with heel tactics and ref bumps, but Okada perseveres. Okada is able to lift Fale a few times, but can’t hit the Rainmaker, and wins via the wrestling move he tends to fall back on, the Double Legged Cradle.
Well both Tanahashi and Sabre come into this match 0-2, so there’s a level of desperation that both bring to the table. Sabre wrestled circles around Tanahashi, and Tanahashi just tried to keep up for most of the match. After countering the High Fly Flow, Sabre locks in a Triangle Arm Bar, but Tanahashi floats over for the bridging pin counter. The Ace finally has 2 points!
There have been well known injuries for both of these men, and they played into the story of the match well. Focusing on each other’s injuries, calling back to their Wrestle Kingdom match and just a generally high energy and high impact match. Watching this match, you have to assume one of them will die with their style, but it is damn entertaining. Everyone expected this to be a great match and it delivered.
Overall Score: 8/10
Well we had a lot of good storylines and matches that mostly paid off. Lance Archer has been doing great work, Fale and Okada was at least somewhat entertaining and the cripple fight in the main event was fantastic. The inner faction turmoil was now squashed, so we can have a nice tournament while The Ace gets a few points over the petulant British child.
So great show, great entertainment, and generally a good time. I can only hope the B Block carries equal weight.
Block A Standings:
- Kazuchika Okada: 3-0 (6 Points)
- KENTA: 3-0 (6 Points)
- Lance Archer: 2-1 (4 Points)
- EVIL: 2-1 (4 Points)
- SANADA: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Will Ospreay: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Bad Luck Fale: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Kota Ibushi: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Zack Sabre Jr: 0-3 (0 Points)