RING OF HONOR WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 366
The Octopus may not have won the title, but he won the ROH World Champion’s respect and friendship. Can Gresham & Lethal shut down Bully Ray & Silas Young?
- The Boys VS Best Friends; Best Friends win.
- Kenny King VS “Hangman” Adam Page; King wins.
- 2018 Top Prospect Tournament Opening Round: Dante Caballero VS Brian Johnson; No Contest.
- Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham VS Bully Ray & Silas Young; Bully & Young win.
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Last time on ROH TV…
The Octopus stood up to the Hall of Fame bully, so the bully beat him down! Flip Gordon tried to save Jonathan Gresham, but Bully beat him down, too. Colt Cabana wasn’t anywhere present to fight Bully, either, so it was up to Jay Lethal to step forward for his new friend! The Franchise had Bully Ray on the ropes, but Silas Young would bail Bully out! The Last Real Man dislikes Lethal so he was doing it more for himself, but that only raised the ire of his old foe more. Lethal and Gresham are ready to do this the way you’re supposed to do this, will they make the bullies of ROH regret being bullies?
The Boys VS Best Friends!
The Peacock may not be back in action just yet, but his personal Wonder Twins are! But they’re returning against Trent and Chuckie T, who are an accomplished tag team on top of great pals. Will brothers of friends win in the City of Brotherly Love?
Being twins, both Boys want to offer their Code of Honor handshake at the same time. But they can’t decide if they want to shake hands with Trent first or Chuckie first. The Best Friends just give little handshakes so that the CoH is upheld. Chuckie starts against Boy 1, the one without dyed hair. Fans chant for Chuckie even as he kicks Boy 1 low. Chuckie whips Boy 1 but Boy 1 ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissor and dropkick Chuckie out. Trent comes in but Boy 2 comes in to headscissor and dropkick him! Chuckie returns but Boy 1 intercepts. The Boys whip the Best Friend at each other but they do-si-do and head back at the Boys. The Boys dodge, then hop up for double headscissors! Both Chuckie and Trent end up outside, so both Boys coordinate. Best Friends hug, but Boy 2 FLIES!
Chuckie takes the hit for Trent, but Trent gets strikes from Boy 2. Boy 1 holds Chuckie up, Boy 2 ducks Trent. Chuckie hits Boy 2 away while Boy 2 enziguris Trent. Boy 2 runs but Trent trips him up and chops him on the ropes. Trent runs, sliding German! Chuckie tosses Boy 2 for the long dart cutter! Chuckie gives Boy 1 the spinning sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO! The Boys still live while we go to break.
ROH returns and Boy 1 tilt-o-whirl DDT’s Chuckie down! Both men crawl for their corners, but Boy 2 isn’t there. Trent tags in and gives Boy 1 a big back elbow. He brings Boy 1 over, Chuckie helps, Best Friend Choke Slam! Cover, Boy 2 breaks it up! Chuckie throws Boy 2 out, then returns to his corner while Trent goes after Boy 1. Trent drags Boy 1 up by his hair and vows to finish this just like the Bad Guy used to do. Trent lifts Boy 1 but he slips out! Boy 2 tags in then kicks Trent. Boy 1 rolls while Boy 2 flies for the crossbody! Chuckie gets a forearm for good measure, and Boy 2 fires up. He runs at Trent for the back stabber, and feeds him to his twin’s flying code breaker! Cover, TWO!! The Boys were so close but they’re not deterred.
Boy 2 throws body shots then whips corner to corner. Chuckie saves Trent and Trent clobbers Boy 2! Boy 1 blasts Trent but Chuckie knees him. Trent adds a knee, and then the Best Friends vow to finish both Boys! “It’s going down for real!” Double Gotch lift, but Boy 2 slips out to a jackknife cover! Boy 1 holds Chuckie back while the ref counts, TWO!! So close! Chuckie boots Boy 1, Trent lifts Boy 2 in position. Chuckie lifts Boy 1 back up for synchronized Awful Waffle and Dude Buster! Cover, Best Friends win!
Winners: Best Friends, Trent Baretta pinning
And they hug it out! Chuckie T & Trent will join Team Chaos at Death Before Dishonor, can their five beat the Bullet Club’s chosen five in a crossover of ROH and NJPW?
ROH takes a look at what led to the coming World Tag Team Championship match-up.
At Best in the World, #DemBoyz looked to finish off the Young Bucks even after the match, but SoCal Uncensored came out to interrupt. It looked like SCU was going to add on, but then they attacked the Briscoes! The Addiction know their days are numbered, so they’re looking to go out the three-time ROH World Tag Team Champions. However, the Briscoes would beat down Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels every chance they could get. This war of East Coast VS West Coast is heating up, who will survive come Death Before Dishonor?
Kenny King VS “Hangman” Adam Page!
The K I N G of Sin City had to get a bit sneaky to win against The Villain, Marty Scurll. But that doesn’t bother him none, and he’s ready to do it again if it means big money. Before he takes on the living legend, Jushin Thunder Liger, he must get through Bullet Club’s Problem Solver! Will Kenny be able to solve the problem that is Adam Page? Or will the Hangman be ready for any tricks up Kenny’s sleeve?
ROH returns as Kenny and Hangman uphold the Code of Honor, and we begin. Hangman and Kenny tie up and push each other around. Hangman gets the headlock but Kenny reverses to a keylock. Kenny bends Hangman back but Hangman bridges then spins to reverse. Hangman has the wrist but Kenny reverses it back on. Hangman rolls and reverses to a hammerlock then spins Kenny for a chinlock. Kenny stands up and pries his way out but Hangman gets the ropes. Kenny applauds Hangman and backs off. Both men adjust their gear while fans rally up. The two circle again, and Kenny gets a waistlock. Hangman shifts but Kenny gets the headlock. Hangman powers out but Kenny bumps shoulders with him. Neither man backs down so Kenny breaks it down with his dance moves.
Both men trash talk, daring each other to try the shoulder again. Hangman runs and they collide, but Kenny doesn’t fall. Hangman goes again, but Kenny drop toeholds and floats to the side headlock. Fans rally up as Hangman fights his way out. Hangman pushes but Kenny slides off his back. Things speed up and Kenny gets Hangman with the dropkick! Hangman bails out and Kenny soaks in the applause. Kenny slingshots but adjusts as Hangman dodges. Kenny leaps but Hangman dodges the clothesline to give Kenny haymakers. Fans applaud Hangman as he whips Kenny. Kenny slides off the apron to rock Hangman with a right. He puts Hangman in but Hangman crawls to the apron.
Kenny gets a selfie with a fan, but he turns around to see Hangman up. He swings but Hangman dodges, to come back with the shooting star shoulder! Now Hangman gets a selfie with that same fan! Hangman gives high-fives while fans chant for him. He gets Kenny up and into the ring, then grabs that golden donut pool ring, as well as the balloon bottle of Jack. Hangman wants to use the donut but the ref takes it away. Kenny uses the bottle balloon to shield himself from Hangman’s haymakers! Kenny bops Hangman with it, but the ref takes the balloon away. Hangman kicks Kenny back, then takes the bottle back. He puts the bottle on the mat, and fans fire up as he suplexes Kenny onto it! Somehow that hurt. Fans are fired up while we go to break.
ROH returns and Hangman throws Kenny for the pumphandle fall away slam! Bridge cover, TWO! Hangman keeps his cool while Kenny crawls away. Fans duel while Hangman stalks Kenny to a corner. Hangman whips Kenny corner to corner but Kenny reverses. Kenny runs into Hangman’s back elbow, but Hangman runs into the fireman’s carry, Chin Checker! Kenny counters Hangman’s clothesline into the backbreaker, then runs to give Hangman a clothesline of his own! He waits for Hangman to stand, but then Hangman dodges, only to get the spinning heel kick! Hangman staggers to a corner, Kenny runs but into the boot. Hangman runs but into the spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but fans rally up.
Kenny stands but Hangman follows, so Kenny stomps him. Kenny throws hands then forearms. He runs but Hangman reels him into a waistlock. They trade standing switches but Kenny gives the German Suplex! But Hangman lands on his feet! Hangman takes aim, but Kenny blocks the superkick. Kenny spins Hangman around but Hangman hits a roaring elbow! Hangman waistlocks, German Suplex with bridge! TWO! Both men are down but stirring. Kenny gets all the way out but Hangman sits up. Hangman feels the energy building, builds speed but runs into a BIG knee from Kenny!
Kenny hurries up to the apron and fireman’s carry, but Hangman manages to fight back. The Eddy Gordo kick hits, then Kenny slingshots in. But Hangman slingshots, Kenny runs into the Buck Shot! Cover, TWO!? Kenny survives and fans are thunderous. Hangman drags Kenny up and throws an elbow. Kenny throws one back, and now it’s a brawl. They go back and forth, but Kenny switches to jabs. Kenny runs but into another roaring elbow! Hangman lifts Kenny but Kenny sunset flips, and has ropes! The referee catches it this time, the King won’t cheat like a Villain this time. Hangman gets up but walks into the fireman’s carry. Royal Flush countered into a small package! TWO as Kenny rolls it his way, TWO as Hangman rolls it back. TWO, TWO, with tights! Kenny wins!!
Winner: Kenny King, by pinfall
Another match with a Bullet Club member, another win Kenny gets with cheating! The K I N G will do whatever it takes, but what will it take to cheat a legend like Liger?
2018 Top Prospect Tournament Opening Round: Dante Caballero VS Brian Johnson!
This year’s tournament has been plagued by the powerful Jeff Cobb pulverizing the prospects unprovoked. Will Cobb return to plaster Puerto Rico Suave and the One who is Number One like he has everyone else?
The bell rings and Dante tries to catch Johnson off guard. Johnson is ready and waistlocks Dante. Dante standing switches and clubs Johnson down, but Johnson gets up. Dante whips Johnson but Johnson forearms and dropkicks Dante. But here comes Cobb!! Fans are loving this, but then Johnson tries to reason with Cobb. Beat up Dante, not him! Cobb takes Johnson up on that. Dante tries to fight back but Cobb catches those kicks and yanks Dante up and in to the cradling side slam!
This bracket is thoroughly busted but Cobb isn’t done. Johnson thinks Cobb is still on his side, that he’s the Ric Flair to Cobb’s “The Enforcer”, Arn Anderson. But then Cobb headbutts Johnson down! Cobb drags Johnson up to whip, and take on a Tour of the Islands!! And finally, Cobb speaks!
“The Top Prospect Tournament is over!” Cobb claims the title of THE Top Prospect! No one disagrees with him, at least not in the audience. Will Cobb simply be handed a shot at the ROH World Television Championship? Or will Cobb have to still earn his shot at the title first?
ROH looks at what led to the WOH World Championship match at Death Before Dishonor.
Firstly, Sumie Sakai has been undefeated as the inaugural Women of Honor Champion. She’s won in the States, in Japan and in the United Kingdom, so that earns the belt the status of world title! But the Ray of Sunshine doesn’t feel right calling herself that just yet, so she challenged Tenille Dashwood to a title match. Tenille would come out and accept the challenge. But Tenille made sure Sumie understood something first: Tenille respects Sumie immensely, but that doesn’t mean she won’t do everything she can to win. Sumie feels the same, and we have our title match set. Will the spotlight move from Sumie to Tenille and make the WOH Division #AllAboutTenille? Or will the Ray of Sunshine still shine championship gold?
Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham VS Bully Ray & Silas Young!
The last time the Last Real Man and the Hall of Famer were in a match together, the ECW legend left Milwaukee’s Meanest high and dry. But now, in taking down common enemies, it seems Silas is willing to work with Bully so that he can also get one over on the ROH World Champion. Will Bully & Silas bully their way to a win? Or will the Franchise & Octopus show them that bullies never prosper?
Of course, things are still tense between Silas and Bully, mostly because Bully gets in Silas’ face about how they’re doing things Bully’s way. Silas won’t let Bully tell him how to wrestle, but they’ll need to stay focused tonight if they want a chance against Flip Gordon & Colt Cabana at Death Before Dishonor. Gresham and Lethal make their entrances and we begin, after the break.
ROH returns but there is no Code of Honor. Bully trash talks Gresham but Lethal holds him back. Bully demands that Gresham start, and Gresham wants to, so Lethal allows it. Fans are obviously on Gresham’s side as the bell rings. Gresham and Bully circle, feeling out the grapple. Gresham rushes in but Bully manages to avoid the takedown. Bully then just tags right out to Silas. Bully even stays away from the corner just so Silas can’t tag right back out. Fans boo Bully while Silas enters. Silas circles with Gresham and tie up. Silas powers Gresham to ropes, then backs off. Gresham comes out and the two tie up again.
Gresham gets a waistlock, Silas gets the standing switch but Gresham gets the drop toehold. He floats over to the headlock but Silas slips out to a hammerlock. They both stand up and Gresham spins around to a hammerlock of his own. Silas backs down to a corner, and Gresham lets him go. Silas tells fans to shut up, but then Bully tells Silas to get it done. Even Gresham tells Bully to mind his own business, and he circles with Silas. Silas gets a headlock, but Gresham powers out. Things speed up but Silas holds rope to avoid the dropkick. Silas taunts Gresham but then Gresham handsprings to huricanrana! Gresham rolls to then dropkick Silas, and Silas rolls to a corner.
Gresham dares Bully to get in the ring! Bully doesn’t move, so Gresham SLAPS Bully! Silas tags Bully, telling him to do man up and work. Bully is surprisingly silent as he storms off and up the ramp! Is he ditching Silas again? But then Bully hears the fans chant “You Suck!” and all that, so Bully goes back. However, Bully throws the streamers in a tantrum first before entering the ring. Bully and Gresham circle then tie up. Gresham gets a waistlock and he ducks the back hand to speed things up. Gresham leaps but his crossbody is caught! Bully pops Gresham up but Gresham slips out and gets a headlock. Gresham shifts to a hammerlock, to slap Bully on the back of his head!
Lethal is fired up while Gresham runs, but Bully tosses Gresham with a back drop. Bully then pie faces Lethal, and dares him to tag in. Lethal asks Gresham for the tag, and Gresham gives it. Fans chant for Lethal as he stares down Bully. Bully has the referee come over to check Lethal? But Lethal is clean, the ref checked before the match started. Lethal gets Bully in a headlock and squeezes tight. Bully powers out then runs Lethal over. He drops but misses his elbow, yet still blocks the dropkick. Bully dropkicks but Lethal manages to avoid it! Fans are actually impressed, and we go to break.
ROH returns again and Bully CHOPS Lethal. Lethal throws haymakers but Bully gives another chop. Lethal wants another, Bully gives him another! This fires the fans and Lethal up. Lethal chops Bully, Bully slaps Lethal! They both trade slaps, then Bully fires off right hands. Lethal fires off haymakers and chops then runs, but into Bully’s big body! Bully glares while Silas tells Lethal that’s what he gets. Silas holds Lethal but Lethal dodges, sending Bully into Silas! Lethal enziguris Bully down then tags Gresham. Fans rally up and both Gresham and Lethal build speed to DOUBLE DIVE! They both take out Silas and Bully, then put in the legal Silas in.
Gresham climbs up while fans are thunderous, but Bully shakes the ropes up. Bully sits Gresham up to chop him, then dump him down. Silas tags in and holds Gresham down for Bully. Bully chops Gresham’s leg, then throws down a right. Gresham stands so Bully hits him again. Bully drags Gresham up for jabs. Gresham stays standing but on wobbly legs. Bully pumps it up but Gresham dropkicks the legs out! Gresham reaches for Lethal but Bully grabs him first. Bully ends up in the Octopus Hold! Gresham pulls as hard as he can but Silas distracts. Lethal trips Silas but Bully powers out with a side slam. Bully and Gresham stir while Lethal returns to his corner. Gresham reaches again but Bully is on him first. Bully puts Gresham in a corner for a chop!
Lethal coaches Gresham up and Gresham stands up to Bully. Fans are thunderous again as Gresham dares Bully to chop him. Bully does and Gresham falls, but then Gresham gets up again. Gresham wants more, so Bully floors him with another. Bully hops up now, leaps, but misses the back senton! Gresham crawls for his corner, Bully rolls for his, hot tags to Lethal and Silas! Lethal rallies on Silas, then he chops away in the corner. He whips but Silas reverses, Lethal takes out Bully. Lethal boots Silas then hops up for the missile dropkick! Lethal Combination! Fans fire up but Bully comes in, only to get the boot, the enziguri, and the suplex. Bully blocks it, but Lethal keeps trying. Lethal gets another, but then Gresham comes in to help! Double suplex lifts Bully up and over!
Bully wants to bail out but Lethal tags in. Lethal drags Bully into position while Gresham climbs up, and the champ asks, “Wazzup?!” Flying headbutt! Bully feels a taste of his own medicine, but in comes Silas. Silas misses and rebounds into a snap German Suplex! Gresham drags Silas around, Lethal climbs up, HAIL TO THE KING! Then for Gresham, SHOOTING STAR!! Cover, but Bully barrels through Lethal to break it! Everyone is done, including the referee. Bully dumps Lethal out, then low blows Gresham! Silas takes advantage, full nelson knee to fireman’s carry, Misery! Cover, Silas & Bully win!
Winners: Silas Young & Bully Ray, Silas pinning
The bullies win tonight with veteran cunning and treachery. However, they’ll face Flip & Cabana in Vegas, will they get what they deserve in Sin City?
The stars of ROH speak before Death Before Dishonor.
First up, The Addiction know that in the Silver State, they strike gold to become three-time world tag team champions. The only sure bet here is #MandatoryViolence. Second, Punishment Martinez admits that as a tag team wrestler, Chris Sabin is a legend. “But alone, you’re just my next victim.” However, Sabin has a response, putting all his money on him walking out the ROH World Television Champion. Third, Silas Young tells Colt and Flip that they’re facing “the two realest men this business has to offer.” DBD will show everyone what Silas is all about.
Fourth, the K I N G thanks Liger for passing the torch and for being too old to stop him, because not even God himself could stop Kenny. Liger better hand over the torch, or Kenny will put his lights out. Fifth, Lethal says the ROH World Championship “sums up Death Before Dishonor.” That title will make you, it will break it, and is what it’s all for. Lethal vows that even after facing Will Ospreay, the belt stays with the Franchise! Lastly, the Bullet Club talk over each other as they tear into Chaos and the collection of “bloody numpties” they’re bringing. Who will walk out of Sin City having hit the jackpot? Who will walk out having lost it all?
This was a pretty decent semi-go-home for ROH. I like that the Boys are back, even without Dalton Castle. They did pretty good, but it was clear that they were going to be the tune-ups for Best Friends going into Death Before Dishonor. The Bullet Club has definitely been rolling as far as ROH goes, aside from Hangman and Scurll being cheated by Kenny King, so I am guessing they find a way to win against Chaos, even with Trent and Chuckie coming in with momentum. Plus, that group promo that turns into frantic crosstalk was hilarious. The string of promos at the end was also good, and helps review the entire card for anyone who has missed an episode or two in the builds.
I like that Jeff Cobb not only wrecked the Top Prospect Tournament again, but he declares himself Mr. Top Prospect 2018 without even having competed yet. I still want to see Cobb take on anywhere from four to all the “prospects” and then dominate them all again to officially earn that title match. And then while Chris Sabin faces Punishment Martinez at DBD and Scorpio Sky feels like the next contender, I must have Martinez VS Cobb no less than twice. Then in the main event, Lethal & Gresham made a great team against Silas & Bully. Of course, Bully being such a powerful Heel and needing to looking strong so that Colt & Flip get a great win in Vegas, Bully & Silas win. Lethal VS Ospreay is going to be great, too, but Lethal is the sure bet here.
My Score: 8.2/10
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Uncaged Ratings & Review
With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?
With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?
The pseudo-PPV atmosphere is sure to bring in more consistent viewership, but they’re in an interesting spot. Taya and Tessa are really the only two credible Knockouts unless Gail comes out of retirement (since Rosemary, Su and Jordynne are in the same storyline), so we’ll probably see this get extended somehow. As for the other title match, The Machine has a lot of support and wrestling fans all know the money is in the chase. So I could see Cage getting “screwed” again, but I’d much rather see Cage with the title.
So let’s get hype for the show with a video package of the returning Reno Scum!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
- Knockout’s Championship Street Fight: Tessa Blanchard vs Taya Valkyrie (c) – Taya retains via Double Footstomp through Table – *** 3/4
- ‘All Ego’ Ethan Page vs Willie Mack: Mack wins via Stunner – ** 1/2
- Elimination 4v4: Team Impact (Fallah Bahh, Sami Callihan, Eli Drake & Eddie Edwards) vs Team AAA (Puma King, Psycho Clown, Hijo del Vikingo & Aerostar): Team AAA 4-3 – *** 3/4
- Fatal 4 Way Impact World Championship: Killer Kross vs Moose vs Johnny Impact (c) vs Brian Cage: Johnny retains via Starship Pain on Moose – *** 1/4
Both women come out with throwback shirts. Tessa comes out with the old school Four Horsemen shirt and Taya comes out in her Perros de Mal shirt (old Triple A stable she was in with Perro Aguayo Jr). This match was a little awkward at times, and the first table they had ” La Wera Loca vs Diamond” painted on, didn’t break after two spear attempts. Really good hardcore style action, with chairs, insults, ring posts and another table. Definitely more of a brawl than wrestling, but after the table didn’t break the subsequent spots seemed to be a little off. Still a solid match, entertaining to watch, good way to start off the Uncaged show. Dios perdona, los perros no.
After a quick promo with Team Impact, Scarlett joins Melissa during the commercial break moment and she’s barely dressed and her and Melissa start doing squats. I mean they’re doubling down on sex sells, and I’m not even mad.
Mack and Page was a solid match. Good brawling, Willie’s agility outlasted Page’s strikes. One would assume the winner should be closer to an X Division title shot at least. So it should be interesting where this leads.
Killer Kross follows that with his typical chilling, slightly unhinged promo, and damn it was well done.
The interesting thing about the commercial break stuff tonight is Melissa doing live interviews with different people. It’s kinda neat, like extra content.
Team Triple A has a clap back promo after the commercial, which says the Cup is staying in Mexico. If memory serves, Team Triple A beat Team TNA in the first World X Cup, so I’m curious if they’ll pull from that for a storyline.
Sami Callihan calls out Swann one more time, Swann throws the shirt at Callihan, so a fight ensues. Swann gets the best of things momentarily, but an eye gauge allows Sami the opening to toss Rich around a little, Piledriver him on the stage and then Powerbomb him off the stage through a table. So I guess Sami will get the X Divison shot, but might have to go through Willie Mack first in the following weeks before Rebellion.
A lot of fun fast paced action, good dives, good strikes, nice story telling and only one slip so far from Aerostar. Eli Drake is the first one eliminated by Puma King because he tries to tell Eddie to not use the kendo stick, but tries to use it himself, Eddie catches him and takes his stick back, then pushing Eli. So one Gedo Clutch later, Eli is eliminated by pinfall. Fallah Bah eliminates Vikingo after a Twisted Running Powerslam. Aerostar eliminates Bahh after a Crucifix Pin when Bahh misses the Banzai Drop. Boston Knee Party from Eddie eliminates Aerostar. Piledriver from Sami eliminates Puma King. Two on one advantage with Sami and Eddie against Psycho Clown. Eddie hits a Boston Knee Party lays out Psycho Clown, but Sami pushes Eddie off and tries to steal the spotlight, only a two count, Psycho Rolls Up Sami for the pinfall elimination. Eddie has Psycho on the ropes, but Eli returns, takes Kenny the Kendo Stick and distracts Eddie. Then he hits Eddie to give Psycho a shot to hit a Backstabber, followed up the La Magistral for the victory. So Impact kinda played themselves, but it was a damn good match with a lot to unpack.
Melissa finally returns after a few commercial breaks off, with Sami Callihan and David Crist. This was ridiculous but great. Just erratic idiocy, they steal Melissa’s sandals at some point, David sings “Hey there Samuel” and Sami does a pitch like a dating service while Melissa is getting her sandals. So dumb, but great.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
Small promotional video package for Reno Scum. Returning to Impact for the first time since the first wave of GFW “invasion” (nearly 2 years).
A quick little moment with Dark Allie, Su Yung and Rosemary, followed by a commercial with Melissa and KM & Fallah Bahh. Very funny, Melissa plays off the wrestlers well. She needs to stick around since she’s got a nice personality and seems to work well with most of the guys.
Scarlett with a weird video package, her in a bed, a little moan and showing cleavage is her formula. So if it ain’t broke, I’m not gonna fix it, shut up, stop judging me!
LAX joins Melissa before the main event and the Latina comes out in her. She’s more animated that usual, very fun and entertaining. She even busts their chops a little, but they take it in stride and seem to enjoy each other’s company.
Since the match starts with only about 12 minutes before time limit the match wasn’t going to be a technical masterpiece, but for what it was it was fun. It was more of a brawl, since there were 3 bigger guys. Kross had a bunch of moments looking like a beat, Cage looked like a million bucks hitting the Drill Claw on both Moose and Kross. But Johnny pulled the opportunistic thing, and while Kross and Cage were tied up, Johnny pulls Moose to the corner, barely hits Starship Pain and sneaks in a pinfall before Cage finishes the Drill Claw + pin on Kross. So Johnny retains while looking like a punk, and the crowd wanted nothing to do with him. Terminator claps most of the match.
.@MrGMSI_BCage had the World Championship right within his fingertips once again…
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
Overall Score: 7.5/10
Solid solid show from start to finish. Tessa and Taya got things kicked off well, Melissa doing backstage interviews as the Twitch commercial break stuff was great. World Cup match was fun and set up a few storylines for the Impact stars while Team Triple A got the home field advantage win. Main event was a little disappointing to be honest. Johnny has worn out his fan support both in Mexico and on Twitch chat. Granted yes, I’m hopeful this is building towards a big blow off at Rebellion, maybe with Cage going over and Austin Aries returning, but I guess we’ll have to see.
Also from the main event, we see some cracks in the Moose and Kross alliance, so that could definitely be an interesting match in the near future.
So yeah, we have a lot to chew on moving into TV tapings for the shows leading up to Rebellion, but from a completely playlist mentality view point, Cage got screwed. Brian Cage better be getting this damn title soon, or I want him to put Don Callis through the announce table.
Now the weekly Twitch viewers portion:
- Week 1: High – 10,350 / Low – 8,500
- Week 2: High – 8,000 / Low – 6,500
- Week 3: High – 8,500 / Low – 7,900
- Week 4: High – 7,100 / Low – 5,300
- Week 5: High – 7,450 / Low – 5,650
- Uncaged: High – 9,000/ Low – 8,000
Well it looks like people just need a reason to tune in. Not only was this week mostly main event talent, but since the event had was named, I feel like people just expected better quality. So still no record breaking high, but solid numbers throughout the entire show.
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: New Beginning in Sapporo Part 2!
Who leaves Sapporo with the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team titles?
NJPW continues in Sapporo with two HUGE tag team matches! The Rainmaker and The Ace look for further revenge while EVIL & SANADA defend their tag titles!
This coverage of New Beginning in Sapporo will be as aired by AXS TV.
Gifs can be found courtesy of http://frentique.tumblr.com/
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: EVIL & SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki; EVIL & SANADA win and retain the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships.
- Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jay White & Bad Luck Fale; White & Fale win.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene!
The Ace is once again IWGP Heavyweight Championship after dethroning The Best Bout Machine at Wrestle Kingdom 13! But the record-setting 8-time champion has a very determined challenger in The Switchblade. Jay White has Gedo and the Bullet Club by his side, and now has his title match in Osaka! But before then, Hiroshi Tanahashi will look to slow White down with the help of his old rival, Kazuchika Okada! Will this amazing tag team be able to defeat White and Bad Luck Fale? Or will it only be a sampling of the Cutthroat Era’s coming?
And before that, Los Ingobernables de Japon’s Heavyweight Tag Team Champions broke even with their challengers in singles competition. Now it is time to face off for the titles! Can the two-time Tag League and Two Time Tag Champions be able to overcome the Undisputed British Tag Team Champions? Or will Suzuki-Gun have two tag titles around their waists? That match is now!
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: EVIL & SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki!
Why wait for bells when you just wanna fight? Suzuki and ZSJ go right at Evil & Sanada as they enter the ring! ZSJ stomps Evil while Suzuki mugs Sanada on the outside. Red Shoes holds the belts, but Suzuki gets one to choke Sanada with it. Suzuki whips Sanada but Sanada reverses to send Suzuki into railing! Evil and ZSJ end up the leg men and brawl while the introductions are made. Evil whips ZSJ and goes to hip toss, but ZSJ counters to an abdominal stretch. ZSJ denies a counter but Evil still hip tosses out! Tag to Sanada, and LIJ go after ZSJ together. Double whips, clothesline, back senton! Cover, TWO! ZSJ rolls away but Sanada stalks him to a corner. Cold Skull whips ZSJ corner to corner but ZSj goes up and over. He fakes Sanada and rolls him up, TWO!
Sanada knees and whips ZSJ but ZSJ denies the dropkick. ZSJ misses the Peantly Kick, and Sanada trips him up! Sanada gets ZSJ in the Paradise Lock, but ZSJ slips out and toys with him. ZSJ kicks Sanada, but Sanada knees back. Sanada whips but ZSJ reverses. Suzuki gets a cheap shot and gets Sanada in a hanging armbar! ZSJ hits Evil just because. Suzuki lets Sanada go then goes after Evil. ZSJ keeps on Sanada and Suzuki mugs Evil. Suzuki brings Evil out to the crowd to bowl him through chairs. Suzuki laughs as he rams Evil with the railing. Then he throws chairs onto Evil! ZSJ twists Sanada around for a modified Octopus, then he hammerlock stomps an arm! Suzuki searches under the ring while ZSJ gives Sanada a shoulder breaker. Suzuki has a folding chair to jab Evil in the head!
The ring count passes 17, but Sanada manage to make it in at 19.5! ZSJ is on Sanada with an arm bar, to hammerlock, then digs his elbows into Sanada’s spine. ZSJ pulls back on Sanada’s free arm from wrist to elbow for another hammerlock. He makes it a buttefly of sorts, then a cover, TWO! ZSJ drags Sanada over and tags in Suzuki. Suzuki takes Sanada and wrenches, but then ZSJ wrenches, and they keep passing Sanada for wrenches. ZSJ boots the arm and then Suzuki boots the arm. Sanada clutches that tortured arm but Suzuki goes after it more against the ropes. REd Shoes counts but Suzuki lets go at 4. Suzuki toys with Sanada now, but Sanada hits back. Suzuki just laughs again and throws forearms back. They go back and forth, but Suzuki hits hard. The champs are in trouble while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns while Suzuki taunts Sanada. Sanada does sit up but Suzuki’s right on him with fast forearms. Suzuki kicks but Sanada dragon screws, only for Suzuki to counter into an armbar! ZSJ hits Evil to keep him away, but Sanada resists the arm. Suzuki gets the arms apart and has Sanada at full extension! Sanada flails while ZSJ keeps Evil down with his own armlock! Suzuki pulls as hard as he can, but Sanada gets a ropebreak with his feet. Suzuki holds on to slam the arm on the mat. Tag to ZSJ and he hands the wrench off to ZSJ. ZSJ hammerlocks and tweaks Sanada’s arm. ZSJ sits down on the arm to practically triangle it! Suzuki keeps Evil at bay with an armbar on the ropes! ZSJ shifts his weight into a modified Labell meets Rings of Saturn!
Suzuki tortures Evil on the apron but Red Shoes can’t do anything about that while he watches ZSJ and Sanada. Sanada shifts again and gets another ropebreak via feet. Suzuki keeps on Evil with body shots while ZSJ lets Sanada go. ZSJ dares Sanada to stand, and then rock shim with a European Uppercut. Sanada returns the EuroUpper, but his arms are hurting. ZSj shoulder breakers, then catches the leap frog for a flapjack! Penalty kick is CAUGHT! Dragon Screw! Suzuki runs in and gets a dragon screw, too! Fans rally for LIJ as Evil tags in! The King of Darkness rallies on ZSJ! He scoop slams ZSJ hard, then rocks him with forearms. Evil whips but ZSJ reverses, only for Evil to run him over!
Fans rally as Evil drags ZSJ up. ZSJ kicks but Evil blocks it to elbow the knee. ZSJ grabs the arm but Evil counters to a shoulder breaker! Evil blocks another kick, Fisherman Buster! Cover, TWO! Evil keeps his cool as fans fire up again. He drags ZSJ up again and turns him, but ZSJ turns and suplexes Evil! Then the neck twist! Both men are down from exhaustion, but they still come back for more. ZSJ wants revenge for Sapporo Part 1 as he throws EuroUppers. Things speed up and each man dodges the other, but then ZSJ runs into Evil’s lariat! Evil drags ZSJ up, fireman’s carry, but ZSj reverses to a Pele! ZSJ kicks then sweeps the legs! Both men are down again but Suzuki returns. Suzuki tags in and goes right at Evil with forearms.
Suzuki whips Evil corner to corner and boots him. He snapmares and Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO! Evil barely escapes, but Suzuki toys with him now. Suzuki throws haymakers, then boots, but Evil hands it off to Red Shoes! Evil SUPERKICKS Suzuki down! Tag to Sanada! Sanada whips but Suzuki reverses. Sanada tumbles, springboards, but into Suzuki’s sleeper! ZSJ hits Evil again, and then helps Suzuki corner to corner train on Sanada! Snapmare, DOBULE Peanlty Kicks! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives that string of attacks, but Suzuki stomps him down. We can hear someone throw the other into railing while Suzuki hammers away on Sanada in the corner. Red Shoes backs Suzuki off, but Suzuki runs back in. Sanada dodges, and Evil returns for a corner clothesline! He feeds Suzuki to Sanada’s back suplex!
Evil hits ZSJ and now LIJ has Suzuki isolated! They call for the finish and fans are thunderous! Evil lifts Suzuki, but ZSJ stops Magic Killer. Suzuki rolls Sanada into an Ankle Lock! ZSJ has Evil in the Octopus! Suzuki shifts to a kneebar! Sanada endures teh grapevine’d move, and Suzuki even grabs an arm! Sanada grabs Red Shoes to keep himself from tapping! ZSJ has shifted Evil into a grounded twist! Neither LIJ can get free as Suzuki shifts the position of his kneebar! Sanada endures, as does Evil. Fans cheer LIJ on, but Suzuki just twists the ankle harder! Sanada uses one last gas to get the ropebreak! Suzuki lets Sanada go, to come back for a sleeper. And then ZSJ Penalty Kicks! Suzuki also Penalty Kicks! Cover, but Evil breaks it in time!
Suzuki-Gun drags LIJ up but LIJ fights back! Suzuki wants his piledriver, and ZSJ wants his, but Evil and Sanada deny those, for Darkness Falls and TKO in stereo! LIJ fires up as they go after Suzuki again. MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, but ZSJ breaks it just in time! Sanada grabs Suzuki and Evil gets ZSJ. Skull End, but ZSJ counters the STO! Evil counters back, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! And then for Suzuki, True Skull End, but Suzuki slips through! Sleeper, Gotch hold, but Evil saves Sanada! Everything is countered, but the Sleeper is escaped. MAGIC KILLER AGAIN!! Sanada climbs while Evil takes ZSJ out, Moonsault! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, Sanada pinning; still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions
The King of Darkness and Cold Skull are still golden! Suzuki-Gun’s quest to have two different companies’ tag titles has not worked out, it’ll be back to the drawing board for them. However, will Evil & Sanada now have a claim to the British Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?
Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jay White & Bad Luck Fale!
The Rainmaker and The Ace have fought hard over the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the claim to being the best one ever, but now they are united in making sure the Switchblade does NOT become champion! Will this all-star alliance succeed against the new Bullet Club leader and his Underboss underling?
White refuses to let this dream team have their photo op. He insists he is the historic wrestler everyone should take pictures of, not the old generation. Tanahashi and Okada bite their tongues and bide their time, they’ll get at White after the break.
NJPW on AXS returns and White starts against Tanahashi. Fans are strongly behind The Ace but White just chuckles. They circle and Gedo can be heard shouting “You’re stupid!” at commentary. White lunges but Tanahashi stays away. They tie up and go around, and Tanahashi manages to power White to a corner. White turns it around, but backs off, only to get the leg! White grins as he shows how easy he could’ve gone after the bad leg. He backs off but tries a sucker punch! Tanahashi dodges and headlocks, and he grinds White down. White gets up but can’t power out of Tanahashi’s grip. Tanahashi grinds White down again but White fights out with body shots. White powers out this time, but Tanahashi fakes him out to get him back in the headlock!
Tanahashi grinds White on the mat but White powers back up. White again can’t power out so he pulls hair! Tanahashi pulls White’s hair in return! Tanahashi throws body shots then whips, but White reverses. White runs into an elbow, Tanahashi springboard crossbodies! Tanahashi air guitars and tosses it out. He brings White over and tags Okada. Okada and Tanahashi whip White and double elbow him down. Okada back sentons, then Tanahashi somersault sentons. The dream team shake hands and drop double elbows! Fans are loving this already! Okada drags White up and fans are thunderous for him. He snapmares White and then hits a running basement dropkick! Okada drags White up but White powers him to the corner. Tag to Fale, but Okada gets away.
Okada and Fale circle and tie up. Fale shoves Okada but Okada’s right back with hammering hands! Okada whips but Fale reverses and whips Okada hard into buckles! Fale looms over Okada then stomps him down. Fale drags Okada up and talks trash, so Okada hits back. Okada runs and handsprings over the back drop! He wants a sleeper and hops on as a backpack. Fale endures then drops back! Okada lets Fale go, and White attacks Tanahashi! White goes after Tanahashi on the outside and throws him into barriers! Okada bails out but Fale gives chase. Fale throws Okada into barriers, too! White chokes Tanahashi with camera cables! White says he IS the next champion! Fans boo while Fale takes a towel and chokes Okada with it. It was an Okada Dollar towel, too!
White keeps on Tanahashi in the front row with Euro Uppers. White takes apart barriers to throw the railings onto Tanahashi. He buries Tanahashi while the ring count climbs. Then White scoops slams a Young Lion onto Tanahashi! Fale chokes Okada on the ropes in the ring. Red Shoes backs Fale off, but he comes back to drag Okada up and dump him out. White goes right at Okada by ramming him into the apron and then the railing! And then the apron again, and then the railing! White rams Okada into the apron once more, then throws forearms. Red Shoes finally spots this and reprimands White. White plays innocent as he puts Okada back in the ring. Fale tags White in, and White soaks up the heat.
White runs corner to corner for a huge Euro Upper, and then suplexes Okada into the buckles! Cover, TWO!! Somehow Okada escapes! White takes his frustrations out on Tanahashi, then returns to Okada. White grinds his forearm into Okada’s face, then puts on a Half Crab. Fans rally up for Okada and Okada crawls for ropes. White pulls harder but Tanahashi comes it go after White. Fale throws Tanahashi out, and then tags back in. Fale goes after Okada’s leg with stomps. Okada hits back and clubs Fale. Okada hops on for a guillotine, but Fale simply puts Okada in the Bullet Club corner. Fale stomps a mudhole into Okada then tags White. White drags Okada up for a CHOP! White follows Okada to the open corner, then tells Tanahashi this CHOP is for him.
Fans continue to rally as White snapmares Okada into a chinlock. Okada feeds off the energy and fights out with body shots. Okada runs but into White’s back elbow! Cover, TWO! White keeps on Okada with another chinlock. Okada endures while Tanahashi and the fans rally up again. Okada gets up and fights back again, but White clubs him down. White puts Okada in a corner and whips corner to corner, but Okada reverses. Okada runs into White’s boot. White runs but into a flapjack! Both men are down but stirring while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns once more, and Okada crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Tanahashi! White stands and The Ace fires off forearms on him! Tanahashi whips but White reverses, only for Tanahashi to forearm him down! Tanahashi dropkicks Fale then goes after White again. He scoop slams White into a drop zone, then hops up. Second rope somersault senton hits! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps his cool while fans rally up again. Tanahashi waits for White to stand then runs, but he runs into a CHOP! But he keeps going, only to run into another CHOP! Tanahashi still shakes it off, but runs into a waistlock. He elbows out but White chop blocks the bad leg! White catches his breath as he looms over Tanahashi.
White scoops Tanahshi but Tanahashi fights out. Tanahashi waistlocks but WHite standing switches to a saido suplex! Both men are down but White tags out to Fale. Fale corners Tanahashi and throws big body shots. Then he throws bit clubbing forearms! He taunts the fans and they boo back as he drags Tanahashi up. Fale whips corner to corner then runs in, but misses! Tanahashi waistlocks, but Fale’s too big for a German Suplex! Fale fights out of the waistlock, then suplexes Tanahashi. Okada saves Tanahashi, and then they double suplex Fale together! Fans rally up again and Tanahashi crawls, but he dropkicks White first! Hot tag to Okada!
The Rainmaker forearms and whips Fale, but Fale reverses. Okada hits Fale then hits the DDT! Okada kips up and fans fire up again! He drags Fale up and manages a scoop slam! Okada winces just a moment before climbing up top. Fale gets under and Okada rolls through. Okada runs back but into a Samoan Drop! Fale hits a big splash! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but White goes after Tanahashi! White puts Tanahashi into railing while fans cheer Okada on. Fale aims, grabs Okada, but the Grenade is denied with a dropkick! Okada wants to lift Fale!? Fale reverses but Okada slips out. Okada runs but gets run over! Both men are down but Tanahashi returns to the corner. Hot tags to Tanahashi and White!
The Ace and Switchblade each dodge each other. White trash talks Tanahashi but the brawl is on! Tanahashi hits, then White hits, repeat. They build up speed back and forth, then White throws several. Tanahashi gives them all back, but White kicks out the bad leg. White whips but Tanahashi reverses. Tanahashi dodges and slingblades White down! Cover, TWO!! Okada hits Fale then tells Tanahashi to finish this. Tanahashi gets the Cloverleaf but White rakes the eyes! White kicks Tanahashi away while Fale puts Okada into barriers. Tanahashi dragon screws White! Fale runs in but Tanahashi blocks, hands off to Okada and Okada dragon screws! Tanahashi returns to White, running, but Gedo swipes him! White gets Tanahashi with a Complete Shot to German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous again as White slashes the throat. He drags Tanahashi up into position, and Fale chases Okada. Okada saves Tanahashi then has to fight off Fale. Fale rebounds, Tanahashi slingblades him down! White rocks Tanahashi, but Okada dropkicks him down! The dream team have each other’s backs! And they both power up to combine forces! Gut wrench to TOMBSTONE! Hand off, to STYLES CLASH! Tanahashi rolls White, for Okada’s elbow! Fans are at a fever pitch, but Gedo distracts Tanahashi. Fale attacks Tanahashi and dumps him off the top rope! Red Shoes reprimands Gedo but it’s too late. Okada leaps but into the Grenade! Fale corner splashes Tanahashi, and gives him a Grenade! Fale crushes Tanahashi with his boot while White crawls over. White has Fale stand down so he can finish Tanahashi.
White drags Tananashi up, fireman’s carry, Death Valley Driver! Cover, TWO!? Tanahashi survives but White isn’t done. He slashes the throat, drags Tanahashi, but ends up in Twist ‘n’ Shout! Fale whips Tanahashi but Tanahashi reverses to another Twist ‘n’ Shout! Red Shoes keeps Gedo out of the ring, but White gets a chair in the distraction! White swings but misses, Tanahashi slingblades White down! Tanahashi sees Fale coming, and manages a German Suplex! Gedo is in, but his brass knuckles miss to get a slap! White SMACKS Tanahashi from behind! Fans boo as White gets away with it. Dragon screw to the mat! And another! And then an inverted Figure Four! Okada wants to get in but Fale drags him back out. Tanahashi endures while Okada fights Fale off. So Gedo drags Okada out! Fale SPLASHES Okada! Fale lifts Okada, Bad Luck Fall!
Tanahashi still endures as White wrenches and pulls as hard as he can on the hold! Fale keeps his eyes on Okada while Tanahashi reaches and flails. Tanahashi taps, White and Fale win!!
Winners: Jay White & Bad Luck Fale, White by submission
The unthinkable has happened! The Switchblade has made the IWGP Heavyweight Champion tap out! Is the Cutthroat Era inevitable?
White picks up the belt and the mic to address Sapporo. White looks down at Tanahashi and says, “I told you that I would beat you and take this belt from you.” People think it’ll be a shock when White wins, but it will not be! White’s already beaten Tanahashi and everyone NJPW has to offer. And he made Tanahashi submit! Gedo rubs it in, but can The Ace pull off a miracle in Osaka?
White says “You can give it multiple names.” Call it Tanahashi is White’s “b*tch”, you can call it TGU: Tanahashi Gave Up. No, TTO: Tanahashi Tapped Out. That’s what the inverted figure four will be! Put it everywhere! #TTO!
Tanahashi responds by saying he used his knee as bait. White took that bait, but he wasn’t as big of a fish as Tanahashi expected. Is The Ace putting on a brave face? Or are he and his reign in more trouble than he knows?
A really great hour for NJPW, especially with big tag team matches. Evil & Sanada VS Suzuki & ZSJ was great because they knew how to play up all the story from the many, many matches all four men have had in the past. I honestly was surprised Suzuki-Gun lost, I thought they were going to end up double champions. But LIJ has been red hot, hence why they are all champions at this point, so it makes sense to keep that hot streak going. LIJ probably won’t lose those tag titles for a long time from what I can tell. No other heavyweight tag team looks strong enough right now.
Then in the special tag match for the main event, the dream team of Okada and Tanahashi had some really good chemistry with each other, and there was plenty of story to fuel this match, too. I’m a bit surprised White won, but NJPW doesn’t really use the kind of math a company like WWE would. WWE’s math would put it that White winning now means he won’t win the title in their New Beginning Osaka match, but NJPW isn’t so back and forth like that. White’s on his own hot streak, and literally has Gedo by his side, so Osaka might be the night we all Breath with the Switchblade.
My Score: 8.5/10