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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (9/1/18)

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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?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

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We have NEW ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions!

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!

No Contest

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?

 


 

My Thoughts:

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

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Joe’s CMLL Review & Results (12/7/2018)

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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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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: Power Struggle 2018 Part 2!

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NJPW Power Struggle 2018

NJPW Power Struggle continues as Tetsuya Naito once again battles Zack Sabre Jr! Will Tranquilo #JustTapOut? Or will ZSJ lost to The Ungovernable Charisma?

 

This coverage of Power Struggle will be as broadcast by AXS TV.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Super Junior Tag League Finals Triple Threat: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Roppongi 3K VS Bushi & Shingo Takagi; RPG3K wins the 2018 Super Junior Tag League.
  • Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr; Naito wins.

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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene!

Los Ingobernables de Japon continues to war with Suzuki-Gun! The leader of LIJ, Tetsuya Naito, has lost to the Submission Master, Zack Sabre Jr, twice this year in both the New Japan Cup and the G1 Climax! ZSJ angered Naito when he picked the bones of Evil after a vicious attack from Chris Jericho. Naito looks to get back at ZSJ for both Evil and those defeats, but ZSJ talks of retiring Naito himself. Who will win in this third time around in 2018?

Meanwhile, the Super Junior Tag League Tournament bring together familiar foes as the factions of LIJ, Suzuki-Gun and Chaos battle again! The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions are still Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru, and they look to show true dominance over the division. However, Roppongi 3K’s Sho & Yoh look to repeat as tournament winners while Bushi has LIJ’s newest member, Shingo Takagi, by his side. Who comes out of this finals match primed to rule over the Junior Heavyweight Tag Division?

 

Super Junior Tag League Finals Triple Threat: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Roppongi 3K VS Bushi & Shingo Takagi!

The round robin format of this tournament makes it so that the teams with the best records qualify for this tournament climax, and this year it ended up being three! All three teams have a 10-0 record going in, impressive to say the least. And naturally, the winners of this tournament, if they’re not the champions, get a shot to face the champions for the belts in the future. Will Sho & Yoh become back-to-back tournament champs? Will the tag champs come out as supreme rulers of Junior Heavyweight Tag wrestling? Or will this new combination of ungovernable stars be the key to victory?

Suzuki-Gun’s duo bring their belts, and a bottle of whiskey for Kanemaru. Kanemaru tags a swig then spits it to the sky, before attacking Bushi! Desperado goes after Shingo, but Sho & Yoh go after them! The match starts with the bell and Suzuki-Gun throws Yoh out of the ring. Kanemaru keeps on Sho with an eye rake, and Desperado adds a kick. Suzuki-Gun mug Sho then double whip, but he hits back! Desperado kicks Sho and chops him. Desperado runs, Sho ducks and Yoh comes back! They drop toehold and dropkick Desperado, then double dropkick Kanemaru. LIJ returns but they get dropkick’d out. Yoh goes back to Desperado while fans rally up. Sho keeps on Desperado with a big scoop slam. Sho drags Desperado up but Desperado rakes eyes.

This kind of Triple Threat Tag, anyone can tag anyone so long as it doesn’t create a match-up of the same team. Therefore, Bushi is allowed to tag in from Desperado. He goes after Sho, then drags him up for a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps his cool as he tags in Shingo. Shingo hits Yoh for good measure before bringing Sho up. Sho chops, but Shingo chops back. Sho leans against ropes, but Shingo double chops him down! Shingo drags Sho up and whips, follows after and rams his knee into Sho. Then he suplexes Sho up and over, floats to cover, TWO! Tag to Bushi and LIJ double whip. They double hip toss and combine back senton and leg drop. Bushi covers, TWO! Bushi uses his shirt to choke Sho, but lets up at 4.

Fans cheer while Bushi clubs Sho. Bushi runs but Sho hits him with the kitchen sink knee! Hot tag to Yoh! Yoh rallies on LIJ, ducks the enziguri and dragon screws Shingo. Yoh gives Bushi a backbreaker to necbreaker and kips up! Fans rally up as Yoh back elbows Bushi in a corner. Yoh suplexes but Bushi slips out. Bushi fires off forearms, then runs, but Desperado trips him up. Kanemaru tags in off Bushi and goes after Yoh. Desperado drags Bushi down to beat him up while Kanemaru hits Shingo. Bushi and Shingo go into barriers while Kanemaru whips Yoh. Kanemaru gives Yoh a kitchen sink, then tosses Yoh out. Desperado uses the backing of a chair to SMACK Yoh in the head. Then he whips Yoh into barriers! Desperado feeds Yoh to Kanemaru for a scoop slam.

Kanemaru grinds his foot on Yoh’s face, then tags Desperado. Desperado kicks Yoh down, and taunts Sho to return. Desperado chops Yoh back, but Yoh chops back. Yoh keeps firing strikes but Desperado shrugs it off. They go back and forth, but Desperado rakes eyes. Desperado runs but Shingo gets him to stop. Desperado hits Shingo, but turns around into Yoh’s calf kick! Hot tag to Kanemaru and he stops Sho from tagging in. Suzuki-Gun work together to start a corner train, and then Desperado cradles Yoh for Kanemaru to shotgun dropkick-start the slam! Cover, but LIJ breaks it. LIJ goes after everyone else, and double whip Kanemaru. Kanemaru holds ropes and dumps Shingo out. He puts Bushi on the apron and Desperado knocks him off. Kanemaru helps Desperado build speed to DIVE on LIJ! Desperado ends up safely on the announce desk!

Fans fire up, even if it’s for Suzuki-Gun. Desperado returns as Kanemaru brings Yoh up. Suplex to inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru grows frustrated, but he keeps on Yoh. Yoh hits back and they brawl with forearms and European Uppercuts. Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls for a DDT! He drags Yoh up again, but Yoh gets him back with a Falcon Arrow! Yoh is too sore to make the cover, and we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as fans rally up. Yoh and Kanemaru stir but Desperado attacks Sho! Desperado comes in but Bushi hits him first. Bushi grabs Yoh and throws him to the LIJ corner. Shingo tags in off Yoh, and then goes after Kanemaru’s inner thigh. Desperado saves Kanemaru by whipping Shingo but Shingo reverses. Shingo then starts up a clothesline train, first hitting Desperado then going corner to corner to hit Kanemaru. Desperado staggers into a shoulder from Shingo! Fans fire up as Shingo grabs Kanemaru. Sho comes in but gets caught, DDT and complete shot! Shingo goes back to Kanemaru for another suplex, but Kanemaru slips out. Kanemaru has a waistlock but Shingo fights out. Shingo whips and pop-up Death Valley Driver on Kanemaru! Cover, TWO!! Kanemaru barely survives but Shingo is not bothered.

Muscle Dragon Shingo stalks Kanemaru, but misses in the corner. Kanemaru misses, too, and Bushi hits a knee! Bushi feeds Kanemaru to the spinebuster, adding a backstabber! Cover, but RPG3K break it! RPG3K is thrown out and LIJ coordinates. Shingo lifts Kanemaru in a wheelbarrow, but Desperado intercepts Bushi! Kanemaru victory rolls, TWO! Bushi fights Desperado off to slingshot headscissor Desperado! Shingo runs but to a basement dropkick! Kanemaru staggers into a tag from Sho! Sho then rocks Kanemaru with a right, and throws Kanemaru out. Sho runs at Shingo for a big corner clothesilne. He whips but Shingo reverses, and they collide with clotheslines. Neither man falls so they try again. Shingo runs but into a dropkick!

Sho fires up, as do the fans. He deadlifts Shingo but Shingo fights back. Sho runs, but Shingo rocks him with an elbow and an uppercut! Shingo lifts Sho in the chicken wing, but Sho slips out. Shingo runs, but into RPG3K double knees! Yoh takes out Bushi while Sho brings Shinogo back up. Backstabber feeds into the shotgun dropkick! RPG3K fire up and stalk Shingo. Shingo stands but Bushi stops Yoh with a backstabber of his own. Sho gets Bushi in a deadlift German Suplex! Desperado spears Sho, but can’t spear Shingo! Shingo and Desperado brawl, but Desperado rakes the eyes. Shingo still waistlocks Desperado, Desperado kicks Sho but Shingo shoves Desperado into Sho. Sho and Desperado turn around into Shingo’s clotheslines!

Shingo lifts Sho in the chicken wing, for the Gory Bomb! Shingo gets up and builds speed, to clothesline from hell! Cover, TWO!? Sho lives and Shingo can’t believe it! Shingo roars as he drags Sho back up. He lifts Sho with a wristclutch, but Yoh SUPERKICKS! RPG3K hit 3K!! Cover, but the ref is yanked out! Kanemaru gets in and kicks away on Yoh! He stomps away on Sho, then drags Sho up. Desperado is in with a belt, and he clobbers Sho! Desperado drags Shingo over to a corner and uses him to tag in. Then he goes back to Sho while Kanemaru takes out Bushi. Desperado lifts Sho in the torture rack, for the slam! Cover, TWO!? Sho lives again! Desperado is furious and vows to end this.

Desperado brings Sho up in the double underhook, but Bushi jumps over the ref to use the GREEN MIST! You SUPERKICKS Bushi! Kanemaru goes after Yoh, but Yoh ducks the Whiskey Mist to dropkick Kanemaru out! Yoh builds speed and FLIES onto Bushi and Kanemaru! Sho is up, and clobbers Desperado! Sho drags Desperado up again, powerbomb lift, double knees! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives but fans are thunderous. Sho fires up and wants another, but he tucks the arms this time. Package driver, the Shock Arrow! Cover, RPG3K win!!

Winners: Roppongi 3K, Sho pinning

Sho & Yoh win their second Super Junior Tag League! And best of all, it was on the tag team champions! Can Sho & Yoh use this momentum to get the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag titles back?

 

Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr!

Los Ingobernables de Japon and Suzuki-Gun are not through with each other, and these two are far from through with each other on top of it. Will Naito make ZSJ Tranquilo? Or will ZJS make Naito #JustTapOut?

As always, Taka Michinoku takes up the mic before the match. He welcomes everyone to “Zack Sabre Time.” This is a special singles match between ZSJ and Naito. “Who is gonna win this one?!” ZSJ is the man who can finish you with any lock anytime, anywhere, who has the deadly Zack Driver, and when he locks on, you #JustTapOut! This wrestling master is Zack Sabreeeeee Junior~! So Naito, you will repeat the New Japan Cup and G1 Climax. You can’t beat Zack, so “come on over here!” Naito makes his entrance, and takes his time as always with undressing. ZSJ doesn’t let the mind games get to him, but we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns with the bell. Fans cheer for Naito as he circles with ZSJ. Naito and ZSJ tie up and ZSJ gets the headlock. ZSJ throws Naito but Naito shrugs it off. He and ZSJ circle again and feel it out. ZSJ gets a wristlock but Naito reverses quick, so ZSJ breaks and slips away. They circle again and tie up. ZSJ gets the arm again and wrenches for a hammerlock. Naito rolls and goes for a leg but ZSJ gets his legs into a deathlock. Naito manages to pop free and get a headlock, but ZSJ headscissors. ZSJ squeezes tight as Naito tries to escape. Naito moves around but ZSJ goes for an arm. Naito frees himself from the headscissors to go for an armbar. ZSJ moves around and gets a leg again, Bow ‘n’ Arrow! But Naito pops out to a cover, ONE, Tranquilo!

Naito rolls out to catch his breath but ZSJ stays in the ring. Naito takes his time returning, and circles with ZSJ again. They approach and tie up, and ZSJ brings Naito’s hands down to stand on one and wrench the other. ZSJ shifts to a headlock, then throws to the takeover. Naito endures and rolls ZSJ to a cover, ONE. Naito sits up and gets up, and powers out of the headlock. He arm-drags ZSJ around, then runs him over with an elbow to hit the basement dropkick! Naito poses but ZSJ runs in with a leaping triangle hold takedown! Naito gets a ropebreak but ZSJ lets go at 4. ZSJ takes a moment to catch his breath now while Naito bails out again. Naito comes back but ZSJ presses a knee down on him.

ZSJ loops Naito’s arm through the ropes and then a leg and uses them to pull in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow. ZSJ backs off at 4, so he can mock the LIJ posing. Naito sits up but ZSJ is on with the double wristlock, then top wristlock to stomp! Naito writhes but ZSJ circles him like a shark. ZSJ brings Naito up for a EuroUpper, but Naito chops back. ZSJ gives another EuroUpper, but Naito gives back a CHOP. That stuns ZSJ, but ZSJ still kicks and whips Naito. Naito reverses, then run sin. ZSJ puts him on the apron to sweep the legs! ZSJ goes after Naito on the ramp and uses a calf killer! Then he shifts to a modified half crab! ZSJ tortures the legs, then rams the knees on the ramp. ZSJ leaves Naito behind as the 20-count starts.

Naito slowly gets up but the count is at 16! He hurries and gets in at 19! ZSJ is on Naito again with another trapped leg toehold to a half crab! Then a heel hook, then a deep crab! ZSJ just keeps combining holds, such as a trapped arm and another deep crap. But Naito gets the ropes and is freed. Fans rally up as Naito gets to a corner. ZSJ stomps the legs, but Naito hits back. ZSJ kicks the legs but Naito hits back. They continue to go back and forth, a kick for a forearm and back again. Naito goes down after another kick to the leg, but he crawls to a corner. ZSJ runs in but into boots. Naito gives an atomic drop and running headscissors!

Both men are down as Naito tries to get feeling in his legs. Michinoku coaches ZSJ up but Naito stands first. Naito hits ZSJ with punches and kicks, then gets the dragon sleeper to backbreaker, and adds a basement dropkick! ZSJ gets to a corner, but Naito hits the jump kick and leg sweep. Naito slingshots but into the cravat! Naito arm-drags out, but ZSJ runs back in. ZSJ is put in a corner, but he boots Naito. Naito spits then spins ZSJ sideways for the draping neckbreaker! Naito then scoops ZSJ into the reverse DDT! Cover, TWO! Naito has things back in his favor as we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns, and Naito gives ZSJ elbows in the corner. Naito drives elbows into ZSJ even as ZSJ sits down. Then Naito hoists ZSJ up top and climbs up to join him. Naito drives in more elbows and then stands up for a SUPER STEINER! But ZSJ makes it a cradle into a leg lock, into an STF! ZSJ keeps shifting to modify the crossface, then keeps pushing with his weight. Naito pushes back and gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets Naito go, and both men are down from exhaustion. Fans rally up, and ZSJ slowly stands. ZSJ grabs Naito’s leg for a spinning toehold. Naito clutches that bad leg, but ZSJ does the spinning tweak to his arm! ZSJ stalks Naito as he stands, and gives him a EuroUpper. Naito hits back with a forearm, but ZSJ gives another EuroUpper. Naito CHOPS ZSJ and sits him down.

ZSJ gets up to kick Naito in the leg again. Naito CHOPS, but ZSJ stays standing this time. ZSJ eggs Naito on so Naito fires off forearms until ZSJ sits down. Naito goes side to side for the basement dropkick! He brings ZSJ up but ZSJ gets a full nelson! Naito arm-drags ZSJ away but ZSJ comes back with another EuroUpper. ZSJ tries again but Naito back slides and back elbows to the tornado DDT! Naito keeps going, hammerlock and lift, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ lives but Naito keeps his cool. Naito brings ZSJ up again, wrenches the arm but ZSJ kicks it! Naito kicks back and then whips. ZSJ reveres and catches the lariat into an Octopus! Naito endures as he steps towards ropes. ZSJ shifts to go after the arm, then cradles to a Calf Killer!

Naito endures leg pain, but he rolls. ZSJ keeps him trapped for a calf slicer, but Naito fights with his free leg. But ZSJ grabs it to make it part stretch muffler! Naito gets free and gets another ropebreak! ZSJ lets Naito go but he grows frustrated. Fans rally for Naito again, but ZSJ gets up first. ZSJ EuroUppers Naito again and again and again, then even more in the corner. He throws Naito out to Penalty Kick him! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives, but barely. Michinoku keeps ZSJ focused as he gets up again. ZSJ lifts Naito but Naito slips out to waistlock. ZSJ elbows out and wants the Octopus, but Naito breaks free. Naito runs into an uppercut but enziguris, only for ZSJ to make it an ankle lock! ZSJ then reels Naito in but Naito standing switches, for a German Suplex!

Naito runs, DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ barely survives, but Naito keeps on him. Naito wrenches the arm but ZSJ drops down, only for Naito to sit on it! TWO and ZSJ drags Naito into the European Clutch! TWO but barely! ZSJ and Naito go to opposite ends as they stand up. ZSJ kicks but Naito catches it to enziguri back. Naito wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, but into ZSJ’s scoop! But Naito slips out to scoop ZSJ, brainbuster! Fans are thunderous as Naito wrenches and whirls, DESTINO! Cover, Naito wins!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall

The Ungovernable finally wins against the Submission Master! Naito did not tap out and he didn’t fall to the Zack Driver, but can Naito use this to launch himself back towards a title?

 

Backstage interviews

Taka Michinoku explains that Zack only just arrived yesterday. This loss was because of jet lag! He was battling jet lag and an opponent at the same time. But ZSJ dares Naito to come to England and see if this still happens. ZSJ will even fight him in a pub if he wants.

As for Naito, he finally got his revenge. To be precise, Naito won in last year’s G1, but yes he did lose in the 2018 New Japan Cup and G1. Therefore, Naito is 2-2 against ZSJ all-time. Naito appreciates ZSj, because this match had no upside for him and yet he took it. He has Naito’s thanks, “Gracias, amigo.” When and where will there be a tiebreaker for their overall series?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another great hour version of this event. While there wasn’t a lot of Super Junior Tag League coverage on AXS, this triple threat finals was great to see. It was all an impressive match and I was really impressed to see that RPG3K got to repeat. I really hope this means Sho & Yoh get those titles off of Desperado & Kanemaru, that would be great for them. The evolution of these two from being the Tempura Boyz to the gold ‘n’ silver duo has been great to see, and while they’ve already had the titles, getting the titles again would just add to their great growth. Naito VS ZSJ 4 was also great, just as good as their previous matches. I’m glad to see Naito won this time, it works for his story of coming back around strong towards the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

My Score: 8.7/10

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