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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (9/15/18)

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Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 365

The ROH World Television and World Tag Team Champions team together, hoping to destroy SoCal Uncensored before any of them are challenged for their titles!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sumie Sakai VS Tasha Steelz; Sakai wins.
  • Jonathan Gresham VS Bully Ray; Gresham wins, by disqualification.
  • Six Man Tag: Punishment Martinez & The Briscoes VS SoCal Uncensored; SoCal Uncensored wins.

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Jay Lethal heads to the ring!

The Franchise Player is still ROH World Champion, even after a grueling 30-minute Ironman Match with the Octopus, Jonathan Gresham. Death Before Dishonor is on its way, but while the World TV and World Tag Team Champions have challengers, what about THE champion? Lethal takes the mic and says that he “wanted to address something.” For years, people have asked Lethal about his ROH career and ask what his favorite match was. Lethal liked him VS Roderick Strong, him VS Samoa Joe, and even him VS AJ Styles. Fans like all those, too.

But Lethal has a new one on the list, because after last week, his favorite ROH match is that Ironman match! Lethal says that match reminded him what the company was built on and why Lethal fell in love with this company to begin with. It’s also a match that reminded him that “you don’t need story lines, you don’t need angles, you just need two great friggin’ wrestlers in one ring to prove who the best is!” Fans agree with that, too! Lethal continues to say that “At the end of that match, Jonathan Gresham, not only did you earn my respect, you earned a good friend.” If the Octopus ever needs him, he’ll be there.

That brings him to the locker room of ROH. Lethal VS Gresham reminded him of what this company was built on, and he wants more matches like that. “So if you can hear this, listen up.” Lethal issues a Lethal Open Challenge, to both ROH’s locker room and ANY roster around the world! “If you feel you have mastered your craft,” whatever that style may be, “then this is for you.” “Boys, come and get it!” The Franchise is eager to put his title on the line, but it looks like someone already answers! Will Ospreay is on the titantron!

Ospreay wonders if Lethal ever feels like he’s lost “it”, he doesn’t have “it” anymore. Ospreay’s had those days. Does Lethal remember him? Their previous match in ROH, Lethal won. But Ospreay is back, and he wants something. Ospreay wants to put ROH on his back, so he has to go through Lethal and get that world title. The Aerial Assassin VS The Franchise, for the title, at Death Before Dishonor. What does Lethal say? “Hmm, hmm, hmm…” Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it, but at the same time, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Lethal accepts the challenge! DBD has it’s main event, but who will lead ROH as THE champion?!

 

SoCal Uncensored speaks.

“All of this started with The Addiction VS The Briscoes.” But now Punishment Martinez butts in, so Scorpio Sky is glad to join in. No one plays this game better than SoCal Uncensored. Daniels couldn’t have said it better himself. Can SCU overcome the ROH championship combination? Or will Martinez and #DemBoyz get major momentum before Death Before Dishonor?

 

The Briscoes and Martinez respond.

“Tonight, you in the ring with the champs, boys!” And they’ll joy SoCal how the East Coast gets down. It’s time, so hopefully those SoCal boys are ready. SCU, prepare to be punished. The champs are grinning now, but will SCU have the last laugh?

 

Sumie Sakai VS Tasha Steelz!

Call this a #ProvingGrounds match, as “Badass Boricua” tests herself against the Women of Honor Champion. Can the rookie from the Garden State surprise the Ray of Sunshine? Or is defeat inevitable against the star of Japan‘s Jersey Shore?

Fans rally behind Sumie already, and she offers the handshake. Tasha prefers to flex and double gun than honor the Code. But then she does, only to bring the champ in. The champ saw it coming, and throws hands at the bell. Sumie puts Tasha in a corner and whips but Tasha goes up then over. Tasha turns around to get a dropkick! She bails out and Sumie pursues, but Tasha grabs Sumie and knees low. Then she uses her power to throw Sumie into barriers. Tasha runs back in for a cannonball! She puts Sumie in the ring and covers, TWO! Sumie is tough, it’s how she’s undefeated in her reign as inaugural champ.

Sumie fires back with forearm then Mongolian chops. She runs but dodges Tasha to give her a backhand! She hammerlocks and back suplexes Tasha down! But Sumie’s not done there, she and the fans fire up as she aims from the corner. Tasha stands and Sumie gets her with the clothesline, then the shining wizard. Fisherman and spin out for the TJ Neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Sumie stays positive as she climbs up top. Tasha stands again and Sumie sends her down with a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Sumie keeps on Tasha, dragon sleeper but Tasha fights out. Tasha headlocks and runs at the ropes, for a springboard bulldog! Cover, TWO! Tasha is frustrated, she felt close on that one. Fans rally up for Sumie, but Tasha stands first. The BA Boricua trash talks as she calls for an end. She double underhooks, but Sumie fights out, swings around to Smash Mouth! Cover, Sumie wins!

Winner: Sumie Sakai, by pinfall

The champion is still undefeated during her reign, but Tasha gave her a good match. Who will rise up to challenge the Ray of Sunshine? Who will be the woman to dethrone her and become the second-ever champion?

 

The Bullet Club speaks.

The Villain, Hangman Page and the new ROH World Six Man Tag Champions are gathered together as Marty Scurll starts off. “When you talk about the most popular groups in Japan, at the very top is the Bullet Club.” Number 2, LIJ. Number 3, Suzuki-Gun. At number 4, The Firing Squad. The very bottom, the least popular group in NJPW today, is… Cody has an idea to the answer: Chaos. Yes, that’s right, Chaos! They’re the bottom of the pile. Cody mocks the “chubby little Ishii”, but Chaos is no match for The Bullet Club. Will Las Vegas be a sure thing for The American Nightmare and his friends? Or will Chaos win as major underdogs?

 

In-ring interview with Sumie Sakai!

Ian Riccaboni joins Sumie in the ring, and here in the Philadelphia 2300 Arena, we have major news. Sumie the international star has defended her title around the world, from America to Japan to the United Kingdom. ROH Board of Directors have announced it, and we hear it here, the title will officially be known now as the Women of Honor WORLD Championship! A huge accomplishment, but what is Sumie’s reaction to this news?

First, she addresses that she does speak in broken English. But fans don’t mind, they love her! Sumie knows she was training, wrestling and crying a lot here in ROH, but ROH is her home. She is so unbelievably happy to be the inaugural WOH World Champion. She vows to be the best ever, but she has one person in mind to defend this title against. Therefore, Tenille Dashwood, come on out. And the Australian all-star appears! Tenille heads right for the ring to stand in front of the now world champion.

Ian says that this has to make for a title match, so that Sumie can validate the “world” in her title. Tenille asks for clarification: is this a challenge? Because if so, Tenille knows where to have it: Death Before Dishonor! Tenille respects Sumie and everything she’s done for this company. Sumie is the foundation of this division. But that doesn’t mean Tenille won’t take that title. The two shake on it, and it’s official! Will the Ray of Sunshine still shine in Vegas? Or will the spotlight move to Tenille and make it #StillAllAboutMe?

 

Kenny King speaks.

The K I N G reminds us he’s on this show, too. But he’s not here to fight, he actually likes Hangman Page. Hangman’s good looking, could even be on The Bachelor like King, but King’s on a Bullet Club bagging spree. Just ask Marty Scurll. Then after Page, King’s going after the legend named Liger. Kenny is after some big prizes, but will he bust in Vegas?

 

In-ring interview with Jonathan Gresham!

The Octopus stands with Ian and is praised as one of the best pure wrestlers and having been only 90 seconds away from his first world title reign. Everyone wants to know, what’s next for him? Gresham says that he heard Lethal challenge the world, but before he can continue, here comes Bully Ray! Fans make a lot of noise for the meanest man in the building, and chant “E C Dub!” for him. But he tunes all that out as he gets in Ian’s face and rubs in that Colt Cabana isn’t around to defend Ian right now. So Ian should say to Bully’s face that he says on commentary. Ian doesn’t want trouble, but Bully gets angrier for that. Bully tells Ian to get out of the ring, and Ian does. Fans boo and jeer but Bully doesn’t care. However, Gresham stands right in his face now.

Gresham dares Bully to bully a real wrestler. Oh sorry, did he interrupt the interview? Bully will interview Gresham now. Bully hasn’t been properly introduced to him. Does Gresham know who he is? Of course he does, he’s “the guy that single-handedly sold out Madison Square Garden for this company.” That’s not true, that’s just Bully’s ego. Bully claims that G1 Supercard is sold out because of Bully! “Never because of guys like you.”

This reminds Bully of the Piper’s Pit days, Roddy Piper interviewed Frankie Williams. Piper was the legend and Williams was the jobber. Fans boo because Gresham’s not a jobber. Bully says not out of disrespect, but because it’s the truth. Gresham is great, he’s this and he’s that, but Bully knows the fans. If fans really loved Gresham, they would’ve given a standing ovation when he showed up. They aren’t doing it now, are they? But they do, though! They even throw streamers. Gresham wants to talk. If he wants it, take it. So he does.

“Thank you, Bubba.” Gresham knows “Bubba” is looking for a fight. He always is. But Bubba, Gresham isn’t here to give him that fight. Gresham can’t go toe to toe with him and win. Therefore, Gresham challenges Bubba to a wrestling match! Because for the last 20 years, on national TV, D-Von was carrying Bubba through all their matches! Fans love that burn on Bubba! And fans chant for “D-Von! D-Von!” Gresham puts the jokes aside, and still wants that match. If Bubba wins, Gresham will be a man and shake his hand. But if Bubba loses, in this building, the building he put on the map, he must stand in the ring, look Gresham in the eyes and shake his hand. Bully takes the mic back and says, “Get a referee down here right now!”

Jonathan Gresham VS Bully Ray!

Bully makes Todd Sinclair ring the bell, and it rings. Philly is behind Gresham as he circles with Bully. They approach, and Bully low blows Gresham! As if he was going to do anything else!

Winner: Jonathan Gresham, by disqualification

Bully then shoves Sinclair! And he grabs his chain before speaking again. “Well, I guess you’re the better wrestler, Mr. Gresham.” Then he lashes Gresham with the steel! But wait, here comes Flip Gordon! Flip throws hands on Bully, but then Bully shoves and boots Flip down! But here comes Jay Lethal! Lethal just said he’d be a friend to Gresham, and now he gives Bully big haymakers! He climbs up for corner punches and gives way more than 10. But Silas Young appears! We know Silas doesn’t like Lethal, and he yanks Lethal off Bully for Misery, the spinning neckbreaker! Philly boos the Last Real Man as he looms over Lethal. Bully grins while the fans cuss out Silas. But then Silas shoves Bully!? The Last Real Man is friend to few, will he regret his actions one way or another?

 

Lethal regroups with Gresham backstage.

The Franchise tells the Octopus, on camera, that Gresham IS the greatest technical wrestler. Lethal is sick of Bully, he’s sick of Silas digging up the past, so time to settle this! Gresham isn’t in ROH for these shenanigans! Lethal & Gresham VS Silas & Bully to settle this! They’ll accept it, right? Will the Franchise & the Octopus prove who the real men of ROH are?

 

ROH takes a quick look at the coming World Television Championship match.

Chris Sabin made a major move in his singles career in ROH when he defeated former champion, Silas Young, to earn himself this title opportunity. Alex Shelley gave a heartfelt speech to both announce his retirement from the ring and encourage his best friend in going for gold. However, The Purple Mist would ruin the moment with a sneak attack! Punishment Martinez does not respect the Motor City Machine Guns, but was stopped by Scorpio Sky coming in. But from what we can assume, Martinez finished Shelly off backstage with an attack targeting that weakened jaw.

Sabin speaks, Martinez is surely trying some mind games. But Martinez doesn’t realize who Sabin is. Sabin can read Martinez’s actions like a book: Martinez is worried, because he’s never been in the ring with someone like Sabin, because there’s no one like Sabin. At Death Before Dishonor, put all your money on Sabin to walk out as ROH WTVC, because #ChrisSabinRules!

 

Six Man Tag: Punishment Martinez & The Briscoes VS SoCal Uncensored!

The monster of ROH joins the fight of Sandy Fork VS Everybody, and right now “everybody” is Southern California. Can this alliance of champions conquer The Addiction before they can challenge in Sin City? Or will we get a preview of Death Before Dishonor here in the City of Brotherly Love?

ROH returns from a quick break, and SCU jumps Martinez & the Briscoes! Chris Sabin is on commentary, and he hopes this softens up Martinez before they face each other in Vegas. The brawl continues amid the mess of streamers as the bell rings. Scorpio sends Mark out while Christopher Daniels is on Martinez and Frankie Kazarian stomps Jay. Daniels throws Martinez out then hits him with a flying forearm! Jay and Kaz brawl in the ring as Scorpio rocks Mark with a knee. Kaz holds ropes to elbow Jay, then Scorpio rocks Jay with that big knee! Kaz slingshots to headscissor Martinez! Scorpio and Kaz regroup as fans chant “SCU! SCU!” They double whip Jay, hit him with a running kick and the swinging dropkick! Kaz kips up then covers, TWO!

The streamers are finally moved aside and Kaz bumps Jay off Daniels’ boot. Tag to Daniels and the Addiction kick, clobber and stomp Jay. Daniels drags Jay up to whip him hard into buckles. He brings Jay back up for a pumphandle and slam! Cover, but Mark breaks it with a kick. Mark backs off while Daniels brings Jay up. Jay fights back with body shots, but Daniels hits back. Daniels headlocks but Jay powers out. Things speed up but Mark gets a cheap shot. Daniels hits Mark away but Jay gets him with a clothesline. The ref has to keep Kaz back, but that allows Martinez to choke slam Daniels on the apron! Mark throws hands, too, then feeds Daniels to Jay.

Jay drags Daniels up for European Uppercuts. Jay tags Martinez and they mug Daniels together. The monster stalks the Fallen Angel, and rocks him with an uppercut. Mark holds Daniels for Martinez as the mugging continues. Tag to Mark and he stomps a mudhole into Daniels. He brings Daniels out to suplex! Mark taunts SCU, so that he can get away with a forearm grind. Martinez comes in without a tag, so that he and Mark can double suplex Daniels down. Mark drags Daniels over to tag Jay, but both Jay and Martinez rush Kaz and Scorpio! Jay runs back in for a big clothesline, then Martinez adds a splash. Mark hits a splash, then the Briscoes feed Daniels to Martinez’s uppercut! Martinez looms over Daniels as he drags him up. Fans rally for SCU but Daniels gets the scoop slam. Cover, TWO, and we go to break.

ROH returns again as Daniels fights out of Martinez’s chinlock. Daniels throws elbow after elbow then a forearm. He runs but his forearm only staggers Martinez. Daniels runs again, but into the choke grip. Daniels slips out but Martinez elbows him back. Martinez runs, but into a Blue Thunder Bomb! Daniels is too tired to cover, and both men are down. Fans rally up as both men crawl. Hot tags to Mark and Scorpio! The Closer rallies on the Sussex County Chicken, but he also hits Jay for good measure. Scorpio runs and headscissors Mark! Jay runs in, Scorpio whips but Jay reverses. Scorpio double stomps that back drop down! Then he goes to the apron to roundhouse and slingshot cutter Mark! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up with Scorpio as he kicks at Mark. Mark dodges but he gets that enziguri. Scorpio runs but into Jay’s Death Valley Driver! Then Martinez comes in for the Silencer curb stomp! Jay hits Kaz down while Mark covers, TWO!! The Briscoes and Martinez are shocked, but fans fire up with more “SCU!” chants. Martinez whips Scorpio to a corner, but Jay runs into boots. Kaz slingshots for an “SCU you son of a–” DDT! Martinez roundhouses Kaz but Daniels missile dropkicks. Mark urenages Daniels but Scorpio suplexes. Mark slips out but gets an elbow. Scorpio runs and Kaz tags in, to then get the assisted tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! SCU keeps their cool as they regroup.

Kaz whips Mark into Daniels’ elbow, then they work together for the wristlock stomp! Daniels DIVES on Jay! Former world champions wipe out together while Kaz slingshots Mark in for a cutter! Cover, but Martinez breaks it. Martinez stomps Kaz then Scorpio then Kaz again. The ref reprimands Martinez, but Martinez just stomps Kaz more. The ref warns Martinez, but Jay comes in with a chair. Jay swings but Kaz dodges, SMACK on the REF! Kaz swings on Jay with haymakers, but Martinez has the chair. Martinez throws it in Kaz’s face, then spinning roundhouses Daniels down! Jay chucks the chair into Scorpio’s face now! Mark returns with another chair, and throws it off Scorpio’s face.

Martinez has something, but Sabin isn’t about to let him use it. Sabin moves from commentary to ringside. Mark hits a bang bang apron elbow on Kaz, but Sabin throws a shoe at Martinez! Martinez gives chase, and they brawl! Sabin backs the monster down with his other shoe! Meanwhile in the ring, Jay drags Scorpio up. Jay prepares the Driller but Scorpio counters with a knee. He clotheslines Jay out and goes with him. Mark has Kaz and whips but Kaz reverses. Daniels boots Mark, and Kaz scoops for the Tombstone, Best Meltzer Ever!! Cover, but where is the referee!? Sinclair returns, counts, SCU wins!!

Winners: SoCal Uncensored, Kazarian pinning

The Addiction do get the win tonight, and gain major momentum towards Death Before Dishonor. Will we see another Best Meltzer Ever to crown new tag team champions? Or will #DemBoyz #ManUp and stay golden in Vegas?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This was a really fun episode here. Major points for tying stories together, namely with Jay Lethal. He issues his open challenge and it’s immediately answered by a really great choice, given that Death Before Dishonor is also used for a lot of ROH-NJPW crossover. If only Ospreay recorded that promo in a room that didn’t echo so much. I’m not sure I actually understood what he said. But that aside, Lethal VS Ospreay is going to be amazing, though I expect Lethal to retain.

Then with the next segment, tying Lethal right into the story of Bully Ray was great. Bully picks on Ian, he picks on Gresham, and amazingly turns even Philly against him. Flip coming out was great even though he gets wiped out quick. Silas coming out after Lethal to take Lethal down for his own reasons, not because was helping Bully, was great. Next week’s tag team match of Lethal-Gresham VS Bully-Silas will be good, and I bet Silas half-turns and abandons Bully as payback for their match with Best Friends. Silas doesn’t have to change too much to go from Heel to Face, he just has to direct his attitude at Heels instead of Faces. Therefore, Bully VS Silas can come out of this in time for Death Before Dishonor.

Tasha Steelz does pretty good in the “proving ground” match for her ROH TV debut, but obviously the big story is Sumie Sakai. She is now officially the WOH World Champion, and her first defense as a world champion will be Tenille at DBD. I would be pleasantly shocked if Tenille was the first woman to take the belt, but it would also boost Sumie even more if she won, and it’s truly well-deserved if she does. Either way, a Face VS Face match is really good, because the winner can come out and still wrestle the same line-up of women either way, such as Karen Q or Kelly Klein.

The Six Man Tag was a great bit of chaos, and I like that there was no sense of dysfunction for Martinez and The Briscoes. They’re all united under destroying contenders and they almost did that here. It was an interesting assist for Sabin to be present, and perhaps he turned the tide for SCU. I can’t be sure if Sabin wins, but clearly Scorpio Sky is set up to challenge next if Sabin doesn’t. The Addiction win here but there’s still time before the PPV. Something could happen that The Briscoes stand tall last, allowing the Addiction to win via 50-50 booking. I’ve said it before, but I like the idea of The Addiction winning titles to then defend them as if every match could be their last. A countdown can only be compelling for so long in a chase scenario, the hunters must become the hunted.

My Score: 8.5/10

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

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






NEWS

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

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

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

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

Article with results can be read here

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

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

Tickets can be purchased here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Then Hino cut the promo of the evening:

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

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

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

Detailed event recap can be read here

GHC BELT NEWS

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

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

Kaito Kiyomiya will challenge for the GHC Heavyweight

Daisuke Harada will challenge for the GHC Junior

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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

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





Arena Puebla Monday

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

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

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

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

Winners: Sonic, Meyer, and Astro

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

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

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

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

Winners: Espanto Jr, Fuerza Chicana, and Police Man

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

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

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

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

Winners: Titan, Triton, and Stigma

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