Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 363
The Last Real Man disappointed the resident Bully of ROH, but tonight is a chance for redemption in the Hall of Famer’s eyes. Will Silas Young come through?
- WOH Championship: Sumie Sakai VS Madison Rayne; Sakai wins and retains the WOH Championship.
- Shane Taylor VS Josh Woods; Taylor wins.
- 2018 Top Prospect Tournament, Opening Round: Charles Zanders VS Marcus Kross; no contest.
- Bully Ray & Silas Young VS Best Friends; Best Friends win.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Bullet Club’s American Nightmare and Young Bucks took on The Kingdom, took them to the limit, and succeeded in dethroning them! However, there is a point of controversy, as they pinned Vinnie Marseglia while Matt Taven was the legal man. Taven and TK O’Ryan shouted up and down that this was wrong, but the referee’s decision was considered final. Is the conspiracy a reality!?
WOH Championship: Sumie Sakai VS Madison Rayne!
The Queen Bee earned this title shot through a Fatal 4 Way match with Tenille Dashwood, Karen Q and Kelly Klein, where she proved to be more opportunistic than even the crafty Queen of Queens. However, the inaugural champion has been undefeated since winning the WOH Championship Tournament. Will the Ray of Sunshine have to take a Rayne Check in tonight’s forecast?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the Code of Honor is upheld. The bell rings and these two circle, with Mandy Leon on commentary. The Exotic Goddess respects both these women and their accomplishments, and knows this is a great match-up. Sumie and Madison tie up but break. Madison applauds, as do the fans. The two circle again, then tie up again. Sumie gets a waistlock but Madison the standing switch. Sumie bucks her off but Madison dodges to arm-drag into a cover. TWO, but Sumie backslides. ONE, and Madison rolls for a leg cradle. TWO, and Sumie kicks low. Sumie goes to suplex but Madison small packages. They roll around and around and around, and stop on Sumie’s shoulders. TWO, and the two back off. Fans applaud, they love this evenly matched exchange already.
Madison and Sumie tie up again, and Madison backs Sumie to a corner. She lets Sumie out cleanly, but then swings on her. Sumie counters with those Mongolian Chops! Sumie chops once, twice, then several times in a row. Fans fire up but Madison runs Sumie over with an ambush forearm! Madison drags Sumie up and bumps Sumie’s head off her knee a couple times before hitting the modified DDT. Cover, TWO, and Madison grows frustrated already. Another cover, TWO! Madison drags Sumie back up but Sumie fights back. Sumie runs, but Madison pursues to stop her with forearms. Madison runs but Sumie follows to forearm her. They both run and hit each other with clotheslines! Both women are down while we go to break.
ROH returns and both women brawl with forearms! Madison throws a forearm, Sumie throws one back, and repeat. Sumie gets an edge and whips but Madison reverses. Sumie comes back with a dropkick, then rallies with more forearms. She brings Madison up and hits TJ Neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Madison survives that but Sumie is not deterred. Sumie climbs up while Madison stands, and she hits the missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Sumie grows frustrated now, but she keeps on Madison. The fans rally behind the champ as she walks over Madison and climbs up top. Moonsault misses! Madison gets up and boots Sumie away. She hops up and grabs Sumie, for a tornado DDT! Madison crawls to a cover, TWO!
Madison is frustrated again but she won’t stop, either. She drags Sumie up again, but Sumie slips out to fire forearms. Sumie tries the fisherman again, for the Fisherman Buster! Cover, TWO!! Sumie can’t believe it, but she has more to give. She drags Sumie up but Madison spins and rolls her up, TWO! Sumie runs in, to the Rayne Check! Cover, TWO!! Madison is now the one who can’t believe it! Madison grits her teeth and takes aim at Sumie. Sumie slowly stands and Madison runs, but into Smash Mouth! Cover, Sumie wins!
Winner: Sumie Sakai, by pinfall; still WOH Champion
The first champion is still the champion, even after facing the five-time Knockouts Champion! But both women still respect each other so deeply, and keep the Code of Honor with a hug in celebration. How far will Sumie’s historic inaugural run go? What will it take for someone to dethrone her?
ROH looks back at the grudge between Shane Taylor and Josh Woods.
The Notorious Hitman wants to prove he’s the baddest man in the business, and believes he had The Goods “dead to rights” in Palm Beach back in April. It was only because of King Mo, Muhammed Lawal, that Woods survived Taylor. But when it was rematch time, Taylor used the referee as an advantage to hit that notorious One Hitter Quitter. Both Woods and Taylor have been fighting their entire lives, but Taylor hits harder than anyone Woods has ever met. Woods wanted round three in NYC, but “Big Money Shane don’t fight for free.” What’s the Hitman’s price to make this tiebreaker happen?
Shane Taylor VS Josh Woods!
ROH must have met the price Taylor needs, because here is round three! The Hitman wants everything in ROH, from titles to glory to money, but will his desire be enough to overcome Mr. Top Prospect 2017 once and for all?
ROH returns from a break as the bell rings and Woods runs at Taylor with a flying knee! Woods throws haymakers from both sides, high and low. Taylor shoves him away but Woods comes back. Woods gets a waistlock but Taylor is too much to lift. Taylor switches and shoves Woods away. Taylor backs off to a corner, and Woods accuses Taylor of hiding something inside his new gloves! The Hitman says that’s just an excuse for getting knocked out. Woods and Taylor circle and Woods avoids a punch to go for a leg. Taylor elbows Woods off then clubs him on the back. He whips but Woods dodges to sunset flip. Taylor stays up but Woods switches around to catch his arm! Woods has Taylor in a triangle hold, then takedown to a kneebar! Taylor shouts as Woods gets a full ankle lock!
Woods holds on as Taylor drags himself towards ropes. Woods keeps that leg trapped and waistlocks Taylor for a deadlift! But Taylor fights out before the German Suplex is complete. He rocks Woods with an elbow, but Woods pump kicks and knees. Woods runs back in but Taylor puts him on the apron. Taylor sends Woods down with a swift right forearm! Taylor catches his breath before going out to fetch Woods. He stalks Woods around the corner, to then snake eyes him on the railing! The referee starts a count to get this match back in the ring. Taylor puts Woods in, but then on the apron to club away. Taylor climbs up onto the apron, for the guillotine leg drop! Woods rolls away while Taylor grins and even gives a fan a fist bump.
Woods is in a corner, but Taylor has him with body shots. Taylor rocks Woods with another forearm, but Woods gets back up. Taylor scoops and slams, then splashes! Cover, ONE! Taylor is definitely surprised but also amused. He looms over Woods as Woods gets to ropes. Taylor drags Woods up but Woods fires forearms of his own. Woods runs but Taylor ducks, and dodges the springboard super punch. Taylor scoops but Woods slips out to roundhouse! Taylor drops to the mat but Woods is also down. Both men slowly stand as fans rally up. Woods throws body shots and forearms and knees, then a back elbow. He runs corner to corner, for a big shining wizard! He throws Taylor with an exploder! Woods crawls to the cover, TWO! Taylor is reeling while we go to break.
ROH returns to see Woods throwing hands on Taylor at the ropes! The referee backs him off but Woods is still fired up. But Taylor blocks his boot to give him a knee! Woods rolls away as Taylor fires himself up. Fans rally up, too, and Taylor swings. Woods judo arm-drags into an armbar! Taylor resists, but Woods pries the hands apart! And he pulls off the glove! Woods lets Taylor go, to reveal there was an extra weight in the glove! Woods’ accusations are justified! The referee sees the illegal item, and says he has to throw this match out. Woods insists to keep it going, sot hat there is a true winner! Woods grabs Taylor, goes for the arm, but Taylor clubs him with the other arm. Taylor scoops, for Greetings from the 216! Cover, Taylor wins!
Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall
Oh the irony! Woods could’ve won by disqualification, but his pride as a fighter wanted more, and now he loses! Taylor gets away with it all, but will he take everything in ROH for his own?
SoCal Uncensored speaks.
Christopher Daniels fired a warning shot at Best in the World, but The Briscoes have gotten back at them twice. Two separate attacks with chairs, yet The Addiction is still coming for those ROH World Tag Team titles! #DemBoys come from Sandy Fork, but Sandy Fork is in fact THE worst town they’ve ever been in. Frankie Kazarian promises to even the score against “Mr. Bawk Bawk” Mark Briscoe, SCU style! Will the Heavy Metal Rebel make fried chicken out of the Sussex County Chicken next week?
We are one week away from the ROH World Championship Ironman Match, Jay Lethal VS Jonathan Gresham!
The Franchise’s first match with The Octopus was one of his favorite matches ever, and Gresham worked hard for 13 years to reach this point. Lethal knows Gresham will never forget the losses, because Lethal won’t. Gresham pushed him to his limits, so it’s not just Gresham who wants this rematch. Lethal wants this rematch and the fans want this rematch, the fans deserve this rematch. Gresham needs that one win to truly establish himself as the best pure wrestler in the world today. He’s wanted something like this his entire career. Gresham is 0-2 but he’s still getting the chance of his life time.
Gresham promises to bring his best and wants Lethal’s best. There is no better place for Gresham to win that title than in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. No less than 30 minutes, but it will be more than enough for Lethal to prove to everyone, including himself, that he’s the best. Just seven days and this guaranteed wrestling clinic begins. Who will prove that they are the best wrestler in ROH?
2018 Top Prospect Tournament, Opening Round: Charles Zanders VS Marcus Kross!
This year’s TPT had a rough start, as both Eli Isom and FR Josie were bulldozed by THE Jeff Cobb! There has yet to be a decision on how that match factors into the brackets, and for that matter, we have yet to see official brackets. Will Alabama’s Prodigal Son and The Kick Master Kross be able to have their match?
The Code of Honor is upheld by these two Future of Honor prospects, and fans chant “Goku! Goku!” and “Super Saiyan!” for the wrestling DBZ cosplayer. Kross and Zanders circle, tie up, and Zanders gets a headlock. Kross slips out to get his own headlock, and he shouts “Over 9000!” The fans applaud for his power level, but Zanders pries his way out back to his own headlock. Zanders holds on but Kross powers out. He sweeps and covers, TWO. Zanders whips, sweeps and covers, ONE. Kross whips but Zanders sees the sweep coming. Zanders dropkicks Kross down, then gets the wristlock. Kross spins and arm-drags then whips. Zanders somersaults over, but so does Kross. Kross runs and slides off Zander’s back. Kross unleashes the kicks! Zanders is out on his feet and fans fire up, but not for the action. They’re on fire for JEFF COBB!!
Yes, Jeff Cobb is back again, and though the referee reprimands him, he CLOBBERS Kross! Then he headbutts Zanders!
Two weeks in a row, Cobb shows these Top Prospects that they don’t stack up to his standards. He throws Kross with a pumphandle Fall Away Slam, then reels Zanders in for a cradling saido suplex! But wait, Eli Isom appears! Isom is furious over having his match thrown out and now throws forearms on Cobb. But they do nothing! Cobb just smirks as fans chant “This is Awesome!” Isom gets scooped, for a Tour of the Islands!! Cobb proves he’s greater than three “Top Prospects” at once. Is Cobb just going to be named Mr. Top Prospect 2018 without a single match?
Bully Ray & Silas Young VS Best Friends!
The Hall of Fame legend of hardcore has made it his personal mission to show Millennial wrestlers they don’t belong, and his favorite targets have been Cheeseburger and Flip Gordon. So when Flip Gordon got the better of the Last Real Man, Bully was sorely disappointed. Now Bully and Silas team up to pick on Trent and Chuckie T. Will Silas redeem himself in the eyes of the ECW original? Or will even Bully be beat by the younger generation?
As Bully makes his way to the ring, he gets a rise out of Colt Cabana. Caprice Coleman wants Cabana to keep his cool, but then Bully just mouths off on him and Ian Riccaboni. Bully wants the camera to stay on him, because HE is the money draw, HE is the (WWE) Hall of Famer. Cabana miraculously keeps his cool, but he’s also ready to go if things get any more heated.
ROH returns from break as the bell rings. Trent starts against Bully and they circle. But Bully tags right out to Silas! Silas takes off his shirt while Trent flexes the pecs. Silas throws the shirt at Trent, Trent catches it, and tosses it aside. They tie up and Trent gets a waistlock. Silas pries out to a wristlock, but Trent rolls and reverses to then get a takedown. Silas gets a headscissor but Trent pops out. Roles reverse as Silas gets a headlock takedown but Trent headscissors. Silas pops out and Trent chops him down! Trent dares Silas to come back, but Bully is again disappointed. Bully practically demands Silas tag him back in, so Silas tags him in. Bully then eggs Trent on, mocking his return by daring him to “do something!” Fans want Trent to do something, even Ian wants him to do something.
Trent and Bully tie up, and Bully scoop slams Trent hard. Bully says that’s how you do a body slam. He brings Trent up and wrenches the bad arm, trash talking the entire way. Bully even slaps the shoulder to add insult to injury. Bully looms over Trent, then wrenches and yanks the bad arm. He brings Trent up and whips, but Trent ducks and dodges to huricanrana! Fans fire up as Trent runs in at Bully for the big back elbow. Trent keeps going and hits a leaping lariat! Trent brings Bully over and tags in Chuckie T! The Kentucky Gentleman fires off on Bully, then dropkicks him to a corner. Chuckie runs in, but into a Thesz Press! Cover, TWO! Bully drags Chuckie over and tags in Silas. Silas stomps Chuckie in a corner, grinds in his boot, and backs off at 4.
Bully shouts for Silas to stay on him, so Silas whips Chuckie corner to corner. Chuckie goes up and over to then scoop slam Silas. Tag to Trent, for the World’s Most Dangerous Move… the slingshot face scuff! That’s one dog, but Chuckie swings in for the second, Two Dog Night! And then the Best Friends DON’T get to hug as Silas gets in the way! Silas throws Chuckie out then keeps on Trent in a corner. Silas bumps Trent off buckles, then whips him to his corner. Bully trash talks but gets a back elbow! Trent elbows Silas away, but Silas distracts the ref while Bully trips Trent and rams the post right up the middle! Trent’s bad bicep was one thing but this is uncalled for. Bully just soaks up the heat while we go to break.
ROH returns once again, and Bully tags Silas back in while Trent is down. Bully holds Trent down for Silas to stomp. Silas drops knees on the bad bicep, then covers. TWO, but Silas keeps on Trent with an armlock. Fans rally up and Trent feeds off the energy. Trent fires forearms and chops, but Silas rocks him with a haymaker. Silas ducks the enziguri, then drags Trent up in the full nelson, but Trent slips out to victory roll! TWO, but Trent flounders up. Bully grabs hair and yanks Trent down! Silas and Bully grind their boots into Trent while Chuckie protests. Bully tags in and mocks Trent as he crawls for a tag. Fans rally up but Bully stays between Trent and Chuckie. Bully throws jabs, winds it up, but Trent kicks out the legs! Trent gets to a corner while Bully has a bloody nose.
Trent runs out but into a back drop! Bully tags Silas back in and tells him to cover. Silas covers, TWO. Chuckie and the fans rally up again, but Silas has Trent in a corner. Silas whips him corner to corner hard, then hits a corner clothesline. Trent sits down and Silas dares him to stand back up. Silas runs but misses, Trent tornado DDT’s! And he flips Bully off! Hot tag to Chuckie! Chuckie clotheslines Silas, then hops up for a missile dropkick. He whips but Silas reverses, only for Chuckie to reverse back into Sole Food! Falcon Arrow on top, cover, TWO! But Chuckie keeps his eye on Bully as he positions Silas. Chuckie climbs up, MOONSAULT! He lands on his feet and scoops Silas into a Samoan Driver! Cover, TWO!
Bully shouts that Silas is embarrassing himself. Chuckie brings Silas up for chops, then runs, but Bully gets a cheap shot. Silas scoops Chuckie but Trent tags in. Silas fights Chuckie off but gets an enziguri. Then the long dart cutter! And yes, the Best Friends hug! Bully runs in and clotheslines them both down! Bully shouts at Silas to get this tag. Silas drags himself over, but Bully abandons him?! Bully is the most selfish man in the business, and he says Silas is going to “learn a lesson”. According to Bully, Silas isn’t the man he used to be. Trent scoops Silas, and Best Friends hit Dude Buster! Cover, Best Friends win!
Winners: Best Friends, Trent pinning
Bully blames Silas for everything, but that’s because his ego is too big to allow anything else. Will someone finally put Bully in his place? But while Bully gives up on this match, The Best Friends gain some ground back towards the top. Can Trent & Chuckie make it back to a match for those ROH World Tag Team Championships?
A pretty good episode here, given this is All In weekend. Sakai VS Rayne was good, but it just made sense with Madison still in Impact as well as competing in WWE’s Mae Young Classic, she wasn’t going to be taking the ROH women’s title anywhere just yet. Sumie still has many more contenders waiting to challenge her, but it will surely be at a PPV that she finally loses. Woods VS Taylor was also pretty good, and I liked the story element of Woods exposing Taylor as a cheater. At the same time, Taylor still wins, so I bet there will be an even better rematch down the line. Taylor wants it all, so I wonder if he’s going to find himself challenging for a title before the year is out.
I nailed it. I knew Jeff Cobb would continue to interject himself into the Top Prospect Tournament. He actually let this week’s match pick up some speed before destroying it, though, so that was nice of him. Isom going after him for payback was great, too, mostly because it allowed Cobb to escalate by wrecking three guys instead of two. I really hope my idea of Cobb VS half the tournament entries happens, with Isom and Kross being two of them. In fact, just have the four he decimated all face him together for him to still steamroll through to then earn the title of Mr. Top Prospect 2018. If Martinez is still ROH World TV Champion by then, then I want Martinez VS Cobb to be a title match.
The main event was pretty great. There was so much story and character work just from Bully Ray himself. He only stopped talking at the end when the match was finally over. I almost thought Silas was going to stand up to him and be the one to leave, but Bully’s not going to take the pin just yet. Bully VS Silas should happen to freshen things up from Bully always picking on Flip or Cheeseburger, and from Bully and Cabana always fighting. Silas doesn’t have to turn Face, he just has to stand up to a bully, to show that a real man isn’t a bully, and a bully isn’t a real man. Silas doesn’t even have to win, him standing up to Bully will be enough for the fans to like him.
My Score: 8/10
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