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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?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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!

No Contest

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?

 


 

My Thoughts:

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

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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.13 ~ 7TH DECEMBER 2018

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With a vacant Heavyweight Tag Title to figure out, and some finishing touches leading up to Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2, let’s see what Hisame brings us this week!






NEWS

EASTERN HEROES
Most of the roster (except for Naomichi Marufuji, who, much to his disappointment, couldn’t go due to injury, and says he has never been) went to China to participate in “Eastern Hero Wrestling”.

Despite the fact that they had broken up a few days beforehand at “Global League 2018”, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya teamed up. Nakajima’s only comment was that this was how the card had been arranged, and he walked off at the end of the match leaving Kitamiya behind.

It was a sold out over capacity crowd in Tianjin, and the crowd said in Japanese “please come back”.

Hi69, in particular, said he learned a lot of things from the trip. There were also some new athletes o the card which hadn’t been introduced to NOAH yet, Tiger God and Dragon God.

Article with results can be read here

IPW
Daisuke Harada has been announced for IPW’S Junior Heavyweight Championship Tournament on Tuesday 16th January 2019 at Milton Keynes.

For those unfamiliar with him, a small guide can be found here.

Tickets can be purchased here

Further names hopefully to be announced (I know YO-HEY & HAYATA are being hoped for)

CURRENT TOUR RECAP
Noah kicked off “Winter Navigation 2018” at Korakuen Hall, not a great attendance for the first night, but it needs to be factored in that it was a 6.30pm start on a Friday night, round about the time when people get out of work, plus there was a big event going on at the nearby Tokyo Dome.

There were two match signings, with Takashi Sugiura saying that he was not going to lose the belt or the era to “this young man” (Kaito Kiyomiya) and Kotaro Suzuki actually turned up for his with Daisuke Harada.

Kimiya Okada made his long overdue debut, and was beaten by fellow rookie, Yoshiki Inamura. Hajime Ohara (who had helped train Okada for the debut) looked on. Although Inamura picked up his first win, it should be noted that this is only a small one, and against a very green rookie. They will have a rematch on the 9th (check)

Both Atsushi Kotoge and Hitoshi Yamato were on top comedy form.

Hitoshi Kumano and Seiya Morohashi squared up as their grudge deepened.

The Hooligans announced the 5’10 and 243 lb Yuji Hino as their new member, and he picked up the 5’10 Akitoshi Saito and slammed him as if he weighed nothing.

YO-HEY defeated Shoki Kitamura with the Super Face G, and then said to SUGI that he wanted to continue this, but SUGI said that Yokohama was impossible as there was an ZERO-ONE show on the 16th. So, it looks like the New Year will be the resumption of it.

Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima defeated Kenoh and Masa Kitamiya for the vacant GHC Heavyweight tag team titles, and were later challenged by Yuji Hino and Maybach Taniguchi.

Then Hino cut the promo of the evening:

“Shiozaki, you are a good looking guy, but your chops mean nothing. Nakajima-kun! Growing up! You are becoming an adult. You look like you’ve graduated from being a virgin”.

This is the kind of trash talking which is sadly missing from NOAH.

Kaito Kiyomiya and Daisuke Harada teamed up to take on Takashi Sugiura and Kotaro Suzuki. The ref stopped the match when Sugiura got Kiyomiya in a Olympic slam into a chokehold, afterwards Sugiura stood over the fallen Kiyomiya and told him that “on the 16th, I will show you the difference between NOAH’s future and the man who has supported NOAH for eighteen years”.

Detailed event recap can be read here

GHC BELT NEWS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
  • GHC Junior Champion: Kotaro Suzuki
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69

All titles will be challenged for on the 16th December at “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2”

Kaito Kiyomiya will challenge for the GHC Heavyweight

Daisuke Harada will challenge for the GHC Junior

Yuji Hino & Maybach Taniguchi will challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag

The Backbreakers (Hajime Ohara & Hitoshi Kumano) will challenge for the GHC Junior Tag

TOUR TIDBITS
~ Maybach Taniguchi came out with his “Sasumata” pole (literally “speared fork”) that he had used when he was part of “The Super Violent Army“.
~ Takashi Sugiura said he learned the bidets in Japan, Taiwan and China were all of equal quality.
~ Masao Inoue is holding another bowling tournament
~ Senior referee, Shu Nishinaga, said that someone had “dumped” a load of Masao Inoue’s CDs in the waiting room.
~ Go Shiozaki gave a talk for “Wrestle Talk Mania”, one of the subjects he covered was mental training in wrestling; something which Shiozaki has extensive experience in, especially in dealing with what happened to Mitsuharu Misawa right in front of his eyes, and of course getting Kaito Kiyomiya over his own nerves.
~ Naomichi Marufuji is not cleared to return to the ring yet, although he can now walk more easily, except he has a slight limp.

KING SHAMELESS CORNER
None. He’s been good this week (aside from being a bidet inspector)

BROADCASTS
The final night of Global League, 25th November, will be broadcast at 6pm on Saturday 8th December
The event on the 7th December, will be broadcast on the 15th December
The event on the 16th December, will be broadcast on the 22nd December

LINKS
Today’s child of puroresu: Kaito Kiyomiya’s Story
150 people at debut?! Praise from Kobashi! Winning Global League! Kaito Kiyomiya special feature!
MINI INTERVIEW WITH KATSUHIKO NAKAJIMA: 7th December tag championship decision at Korakuen Hall, “I want you to hear the sound of Noah changing”
The scene of pro-wrestling Vol.23 ~ The wish for the soul that inherits the light of the emerald green.
Nakajima and Shiozaki to combine to take the championship
“Everybody’s Energy” ~ interview with Kaito Kiyomiya (Weekly Pro, December 2018)
“I want to advance the era” ~ mini interview with 2018 Global League winner, Kaito Kiyomiya
Takashi Sugiura’s determination for defense, “I will not hand over the belt or the era”.

BOOK TRANSLATION
“Heir To The Ark” ~ Naomichi Marufuji’s biography (Chapters 1 & 2 completed, chapter 3 ongoing)






How do you feel about Yuji Hino’s Hooligans debut? Let us know on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

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Another week of CMLL, and another week of Joe’s coverage. Indulge in the Lucha information if you couldn’t find time to watch it yourself.





Arena Puebla Monday

Sonic, Meyer, and Astro vs King Rocker, Sombra Diabolina, and Guerrero Especial

Rocker and Astro start out doing some ground grappling. They do a lot of acrobatic transitions into submission holds. Especial and Meyer are in next and they continue to do grappling as well. Especial hits an arm drag to the outside and feigns a dive. Sonic is in now with Diabolina. They do some freestyle wrestling while exchanging pins. Sonic arm drags him to the outside and in comes Astro and King Rocker again. Especial launches Astro into Diabolina and he hits a hurricanrana for the pin. Sonic victory rolls Rocker and Meyer submits Especial with a neck crank. First Fall: Meyer submits Guerrero Especial with a neck crank.

Sonic and Diabolina start this round off. Sonic goes wild hitting a very elaborate arm drag then feigns a dive. Especial and Meyer are in next and they trade strikes and they start to trade moves. Especial hits a power slam, Diabolina hits a basement drop kick, and then Rocker hits a splash on Meyer for the pin. Diabolina submits Sonic with an arm bar. Second Fall: Sombra Diabolina submits Sonic with an arm bar.

Rocker and Astro stare each other down then exchange strikes. Especial and Sonic get in and Especial works him over for a bit. Diabolina and Meyer are in and Diabolina hits an Alabama Slam on him followed by a basement drop kick. Meyer hits a splash off the top on Diabolina and then launches Astro into him and Especial for a double drop kick. He does a hurricanrana off the apron on Rocker. Sonic hits a swanton bomb on Especial while Meyer gets Diabolina in a knee bar. Third Fall: Meyer submits Sombra Diabolina with a knee bar.

Winners: Sonic, Meyer, and Astro

Mellinum, Arkalis, and Tigre Rojo Jr vs Espanto Jr, Fuerza Chicana, and Police Man

Police Man and Mellinum start out the match with grappling and submission trading. Tigre Rojo and Espanto come in next and they start to fight for position. Rojo using his speed, Espanto using his size. Espanto sits on his knees frustrated that Rojo won the grappling exchange. Fuerza Chicana and Arkalis are in next. Arkalis does a victory roll, into a basement drop kick. Arkalis does a double splash to Espanto and Chicana. Rojo gets Police Man in an abdominal stretch and Arkalis pins Chicana with a sunset flip. First Fall: Arkalis pins Fuerza Chicana with a sunset flip.

Rojo and Police Man start the round and Rojo uses his quickness, getting him in a back breaker. He feigns a dive and hits a pose. Espanto and Mellinum go at it but Mellinum uses his quickness to his advantage getting Espanto out with an arm drag. His two teammates knock everyone off the apron and get Mellinum in the corner. Espanto kicks him in the groin. Ref doesn’t see it apparently. Espanto pulls on Arkalis’ mask. Police Man splash pins Arkalis for the pin. Chicana hits a back drop on Mellinum the goes for a pinning combination for the fall. Second Fall: Fuerza Chicana hits a back drop then pinning combination on Mellinum for the fall.

Rojo gets teamed on to start the round. When he’s taken care of they move the attack to Mellinum. A come back gets made as Arkalis hits a hurricanrana then a back breaker. Rojo and Mellinum hit arm drags to the outside, then Rojo and Arkalis go for dives but gets their feet pulled to the outside. Espanto and Mellinum are in the ring. Mellinum hits a hurricanrana for a pin but no three. He goes to the top for a move but Espanto gets the feet up. He hits a back stabber for the win on Mellinum. Third Fall: Espanto Jr pins Mellinum with a back stabber.

Winners: Espanto Jr, Fuerza Chicana, and Police Man

Titan, Triton, and Stigma vs Kawato San, Okumura, and Tiger

Triton and Okumura start the match out and they lock up and quickly go to the ground. They grapple briefly and Kawato and Titan come in next. Kawato whips Titan to the corner but Stigma replaces him and kicks him. Now everybody is trading big moves. Okumura hits a cross roads on Stigma then Titan comes in and takes care of Kawato. Tiger hits a Canadian destroyer on Triton for the pin. Kawato hits an handspring elbow on Titan followed by Okumura with a clothesline. They do a hangman’s neck breaker for the fall. First Fall: Kawato pins Titan after him and Okumura hit a hangman’s neck breaker.

Tiger is beating on Stuka on the ramp while Okumura and Kawato team on Titan. Stuka is getting teamed on now and he makes the tag to Triton but the ref acts like he doesn’t see it. This ref is either awful or a heel. Triton is standing back on the ramp in protest or disgust. Titan makes a come back hitting some super kicks. Stigma drop kicks Kawato’s inner thigh while he’s tied up on the rope. Triton tries but gets pulled out. ThenTitan and Stigma hit middle rope dives on Kawato and Tiger. In the ring Triton gets Okumura down for a 450 splash and the fall. Second Fall: Triton pins Okumura with a 450 splash.

Stigma and Okumura start out the round and Stigma gets him out and Tiger comes in. Triton answers the call for Tiger. Triton hits an arm drag to the outside then feigns a dive and hits a pose. Titan and Kawato are in next and they trade strikes in the middle of the ring. Titan runs wild, taking out Kawato eventually, and then kicking Tiger off the apron. Okumura catches him with a cutter off the top. Stigma breaks up the pin. Kawato catches him with a splash off the top. He hits him with a 1 percenter but Triton breaks up the pin. He hits a power bomb into a pin but Tiger breaks it up. Triton goes for a handspring attack but is caught in a back stabber. Titan breaks up the pin. He gets him in a pinning combination with a neck bridge but Okumura breaks that up. Sheesh. Triton hits an asai moonsault on Okumura and in the ring Titan gets Tiger in an elaborate neck stretch submission. Stigma hits Kawato with a falcon arrow for the win. Third Fall: Stigma pins Kawato San with a falcon arrow.

Winners: Titan, Triton, and Stigma

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