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!
- 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?
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
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