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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (9/8/18)

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Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 364

Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham, the ROH World Championship, and no less than 30 minutes! Only one will be the Iron Man, but what will it take to be champion?!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Frankie Kazarian VS Mark Briscoe; Kazarian wins.
  • ROH World Championship 30-Minute Iron Man Match: Jay Lethal VS Jonathan Gresham; Lethal wins and retains the ROH World Championship.

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Frankie Kazarian VS Mark Briscoe!

The show only just started and these two are already brawling! They’re the opening contest and are fighting for momentum towards The Addiction challenging #DemBoys for their ROH World Tag Team Championships, but right now, they’re just fighting! Mark gets the edge and chops Kaz to a corner. He bumps Kaz off buckles then chops again, then adds a headbutt. Mark scoop slams Kaz and drops an elbow, then kicks Kaz back to a corner. He whips corner to corner and runs in, but Kaz goes up to sunset flip. TWO, but Kaz gets Mark with a forearm. Kaz whips Mark and hip tosses to a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kaz keeps on Mark with haymakers, then whips. Mark reverses but Kaz holds ropes. Kaz puts Mark on the apron, but he anticipates the shoulder to hit the guillotine leg drop!

Mark staggers, Kaz slingshots to take him down with headscissors! Fans cheer “S C U!” as Kaz stalks Mark around the side. Kaz rocks Mark with an uppercut, then puts him in the ring. Mark rolls out the other side, so Kaz pursues. Mark knees low then tosses a chair into the ring. The referee gets the chair out, so he misses Mark kicking ropes to indirectly low blow Kaz! Mark then kicks Kaz back out and leaps for the blockbuster off the apron! Mark starts tearing up the barriers just because before bringing Kaz up to chop him. They go around the side and Mark moves the railings. Kaz throws hands and it’s a brawl.

Kaz gets the edge, but Mark counters with an apron back suplex! Mark puts Kaz in the ring but is too busy trash talking fans. He still gets Kaz in a corner with a clothesline and mudhole stomps. Mark grinds his boot into Kaz, then backs off at 4. He drags Kaz up but Kaz lands on his feet! Kaz fires haymakers, whips, but Mark reverses. Kaz slides off his back and then hits a backstabber! Mark staggers, Kaz springboards for a code breaker! Kaz runs in at Mark in a corner, for the swinging dropkick! He kips up and takes a bow, to then whip corner to corner. Mark goes up but ends up in the electric chair, for the drop! Bridging cover, TWO! The Heavy Metal Rebel has control while we go to break.

ROH returns and Kaz is turning Mark for the Unprettier, but Jay Briscoe has appeared! Kaz runs him off, but Mark rolls Kaz! He has tights, too, but TWO!! Kaz escapes the cheat but Mark rocks him with a haymakers. Mark whips Kaz, so Kaz hits Jay with a wrecking ball dropkick! But Mark gets Kaz with a back suplex, then climbs up. Mark leaps but misses! Crucifix pin, Kaz wins!

Winner: Frankie Kazarian, by pinfall

But of course, that just means Jay Briscoe gets to stomp away! Fans boo and jeer but here come the rest of SoCal Uncensored! Christopher Daniels and Scorpio Sky fight The Briscoes, but wait, Punishment Martinez is helping Jay & Mark? The Purple Mist wants payback for when Scorpio denied him satisfaction against Chris Sabin! The numbers are even but the strength is on the side of Sandy Fork. Jay Driller for Scorpio! South of Heaven Choke Slam for Daniels! Jay, Mark & Martinez stand tall now, but will they still have their gold when this is all over?

 

Tonight’s the night to determine ROH’s Iron Man!

Jonathan Gresham has worked his whole career for this. Jay Lethal is ready for no less than 30 minutes to prove to everyone that Lethal is the greatest. Round three is tonight, will The Franchise completely sweep The Octopus? Or will the hometown hero hold that gold high over his head?

 

ROH TV shares highlights of an Honor Club Exclusive!

Triple Threat Tag: The Dawgs VS Cheeseburger & Ryan Nova VS The Bouncers!

Rhett Titus & Will Ferrara have had their issues with the underdog Cheeseburger, but that didn’t help them win. Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas take the win at the expense of Future of Honor prospect, Ryan Nova. Just as Burger was checking on his partner, Lil’ Willie went after him from behind. Ferrara mocks the Shotei but Burger fires back! Big Rhett gets in but gets hands from Burger. But Ferrara gets Burger with the BLL, hammerlock and lariat! Then each Dawg grabs an opponent, and Rhett makes Burger watch as Ferrara hits Nova with the Shotei! Then Ferrara aims at Burger, but Burger SPITS on Ferrara’s face! Ferrara grits his teeth and hits Burger with his stolen Shotei! The Dawgs brag and boast, but will this really be the end of their grudge with the fan favorite?

 

ROH has backstage footage after last week’s main event.

Silas Young found Bully Ray after the Hall of Famer left the Last Real Man high and dry against Best Friends, Trent & Chuckie. Bully clearly didn’t care about what Silas had to say, but Silas grabbed him by the face to make him care. For the full verbal confrontation, join Honor Club at ROH’s official website.

 

ROH World Championship 30-Minute Iron Man Match: Jay Lethal VS Jonathan Gresham!

The Franchise Player may have defeated The Octopus in their previous two encounters, but it took a lot more than anyone could’ve expected to do it. It may be 30 minutes, but will the third time be the charm for Atlanta’s own? Or will Lethal prove once and for all he is the best wrestler in ROH today?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we take a break before we begin.

ROH returns and the Code of Honor is upheld. The countdown begins and fans fire up already. They feel it out and tie up. Lethal gets a wristlock and wrench, but Gresham works against it. Gresham slips behind for a waistlock but Lethal spins to go to an armlock. They stand up and Gresham puts Lethal on the ropes. Both men honor the ropebreak, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. Gresham and Lethal circle and tie up again. Gresham gets around to the waistlock but Lethal backs him to a corner. Lethal tries to honor the break but Gresham keeps grabbing at him. The referee pries them apart and Lethal gives Gresham a shove. Gresham shoves back, but both men cool off. They tie up again and Gresham gets the wristlock this time.

Lethal rolls, handsprings and reverses the hold. Gresham spins but can’t pry himself free. Lethal twists the wrist and brings Gresham to the mat. Gresham gets up to arm-drag Lethal, but Lethal holds onto the wrist. Lethal shifts to an armlock, but Gresham backs him up and arm-drags again. Lethal still holds on and arm-drags Gresham back to get the armlock. Gresham rolls up and gets a takedown, then twists Lethal’s foot in a toehold. Lethal endures and even grabs at Gresham’s ear. Gresham shifts to a stretch muffler but only uses it to roll Lethal around. Gresham shifts to a headlock, and the two stand again. Lethal spins around to his own headlock and gets the takedown. Gresham gets up and cartwheels out, then gets a facelock. Lethal stands and back drops Gresham off.

Gresham backs off to ropes while Lethal checks his neck. The two circle again and fans build to a rally. They tie up again, and struggle for wrist control. Gresham gets control but Lethal gets a leg. Gresham bends Lethal’s arm and puts it in a painful double wristlock. Lethal powers Gresham to a corner, and pushes him away at the ropebreak. These two are still very even as we go to break.

ROH returns and Gresham powers out of another headlock. Lethal runs him over with a shoulder and things speed up, and Lethal blocks Gresham’s hip toss to give a hip toss. Lethal cartwheels and dropkicks Gresham down! Cover, ONE, but Lethal keeps his cool. Gresham goes to the ropes but Lethal is on him. Lethal scoop slams then covers, ONE. Gresham grabs the ropes, then stands up to chop Lethal. Lethal throat chops back! Lethal puts Gresham in a corner for a true chop of his own, then yanks him out with a saido suplex! Cover, TWO! Lethal looms over Gresham, but Gresham won’t allow the chinlock. Lethal kicks Gresham, but that only makes Gresham mad. Gresham grows stronger with every kick, and he gives Lethal a blunt chop. Lethal chops back and it staggers Gresham.

Lethal lifts Gresham again but Gresham manages to land on his feet. Gresham spins out of the facelock to chop Lethal back. Lethal overhand chops, and Gresham falls to his knees. Lethal snap suplexes and floats to a cover, TWO as Gresham bridges out! But Lethal keeps on Gresham with stomps and European Uppercuts. Gresham chops back, but Lethal chops him. Lethal snap suplexes again, but takes longer to cover. TWO, so Lethal wraps on a chinlock. Fans build to a rally, and Gresham pries one of Lethal’s hands out to go after the fingers. Gresham stands up and chops Lethal. Lethal eggs him on, so Gresham gives him another chop. They get face to face as Lethal eggs Gresham on more, so Gresham gives him another.

Lethal knees low, but Gresham seems to be hurting. The 15 minute mark is announced as Lethal puts Gresham in a corner for more chops. Gresham still resists so Lethal whips him corner to corner. Lethal runs and stops the boot, but Gresham pries free to sunset flip. Lethal rolls through but Gresham gets a takedown and rolls Lethal to kick out the arm. Gresham keeps going, tilt-o-whirl facebuster! Gresham’s back slows him down but he’s evened things as we go to break.

ROH returns and Gresham has Lethal on the outside. Gresham pursues and chops Lethal, so Lethal chops back. They brawl and Gresham hits Lethal’s bad arm. Gresham wrenches the arm from shoulder to elbow and gets a hammerlock, to bounce it off the apron! Gresham refreshes the ring count and goes back after Lethal. He drags him around to stomp the bad arm. He tortures the arm from elbow to wrist to hammerlock and STOMP it! Gresham refreshes the count again, but Lethal gets back in anyway. Gresham has Lethal in the corner, then grabs a leg. He gets a takedown, spins around to a side headlock. He traps one arm while going after the bad arm. It’s a cover, TWO! Lethal endures as Gresham continues to torture that arm. Another cover, ONE, crucifix, TWO!

Gresham arm-drags and has Lethal down again. He traps the arm in a step-over hammerlock, then pulls that bad arm as far back as he can! Gresham steps over again to hold Lethal in place while simply standing. Gresham claps with Lethal’s hand, to then fall back and tweak Lethal’s arms that way. The 20 minute mark is announced while Gresham adds a leg to the hold, meaning they have 10 minutes left. Gresham has made Lethal a pretzel and covers, TWO! Lethal manages to escape, but Gresham keeps on him. Gresham wrenches the bad arm, but Lethal chops! Lethal goes after Gresham’s arm but Gresham forearms the bad left limb. Lethal still chops, but Gresham chops back.

Another chop from Lethal, another chop from Gresham, and they’re struggling for wrist control all at the same time. Lethal chops, Gresham chops, repeat, repeat, repeat! Fans echo “Woo! Woo!” with every chop, Ric Flair would be proud! Gresham switches it up and tweaks the arm between his feet, then runs, but into the backbreaker. Gresham denies the full Lethal Combination with a backslide! Lethal rolls through to try it again, but Gresham counters the Combination with a school boy. TWO, and Lethal hits a bicycle and enziguri kick combination! Both men are down and the score is still 0-0 while we go to break.

ROH returns again and Lethal runs. Gresham goes the other way, slides under and then follows through to springboard quebrada! Lethal bails out and Gresham builds speed to dropkick the legs out. Gresham copies Lethal now, but Lethal sees it coming. Lethal gets in to triangle dropkick Gresham out. Now Lethal builds speed, to DIVE! It hits, but Lethal will ditch the hat trick. He puts Gresham in and then climbs up top. Lethal aims, Hail to the- No, Gresham sticks a foot out but Lethal anticipated it. Lethal goes for the Figure Four but Gresham slips out, only to run into the full Lethal Combination! Cover, TWO! Lethal stalks Gresham to the ropes, but Gresham holds on to deny the whip. Lethal chops Gresham to then whip.

Gresham reverses and wrenches the arm into a stunner! Then spinning double ax handle! Then BIG German Suplex! The 25 minute mark is announced as Gresham bridges, TWO! There’s only 5 minutes left yet neither man has a fall. Gresham keeps focused and fans fire up for him. Gresham runs, but fakes out the bicycle boot to get a Snap German Suplex, then a running right hand! Cover, TWO, but into the armbar! Lethal denies by clasping hands. He makes it a cover, TWO, so Lethal goes for the figure four. Gresham kicks Lethal right in the face! Gresham runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Lethal handsprings, but Gresham kicks out the arm! Tilt-o-whirl takedown, then slip around to the Octopus Hold!! He even hammers away on Lethal’s neck and shoulder! Lethal TAPS, Gresham gets a fall!!

Lethal: 0; Gresham: 1

The Octopus has the lead with time winding down! And most impressive of all, was that he made Lethal submit! Can Lethal recover to tie things up? Or is there just not enough time for even The Franchise to get even?

The clock is down to three minutes, and the second fall begins already! Lethal goes right at Gresham with endless knees! He suplexes but Gresham slips out. The two minute warning is given as Gresham rolls Lethal back, TWO and Lethal goes for the Figure Four! But Gresham denies it by holding the main leg off! Gresham won’t let Lethal submit him back. Lethal chops Gresham, and chops, and chops. He gets the hold! Gresham endures, flails, but Lethal puts all he can into this hold. Both men are enduring their own pain, and the hold becomes a cover. TWO, but Lethal chops Gresham again! Back to a Figure Four cover, TWO, but another chop! Another cover, TWO, now a kick! Cover, TWO!!

Gresham grabs Lethal just to keep himself from falling back. He even tries to turn this hold around! Lethal keeps it in his favor, but Gresham elbows Lethal. 90 seconds remaining, and Lethal puts whatever he has left into the Figure Four! Gresham TAPS, we’re tied!!

Lethal: 1; Gresham: 1

Gresham could not hold off for another minute and a half, and now we’re back to square one! How can Gresham get one more fall in such a small window?

Lethal clutches his arm as he crawls away while Gresham clutches a leg. Both men have put so much into this, and we’re down to the final minute. Lethal gets up, grabs Gresham’s wrist, and drags him up. Gresham rolls him up, TWO! Thirty seconds, cover, TWO! Cover, TWO! Cover, TWO! Grseham keeps trying every cover he knows, TWO! Lethal rolls Gresham, TWO! The clock hits 00:00, and it’s a DRAW!

Draw at 1-1; Jay Lethal retains the ROH World Championship

Fans don’t want this match to end this way. Gresham was so close, and he wants a mic. Gresham speaks, saying “There is no way in this world that I’m gonna come this far, 14 years, I started right here in Atlanta, Georgia. There is absolutely no way I’m letting you leave this building with that kind of decision.” Gresham wants Lethal to prove he’s the man and the champion we believe him to be, he’ll go just five more minutes. Fans want “Five More Minutes!” but it’s up to Lethal. Lethal’s response? “Start the clock.” Yes, we’re getting a five-minute overtime period!

ROH World Championship, Five Minute Sudden Death!

Lethal and Gresham quickly prepare and we begin!

Gresham and Lethal fire off forearms fast and furious and the fans are thunderous! Neither man slows down, but Gresham gets the edge. Lethal chops and hits a roaring elbow, but Gresham kips up for an enziguri! Lethal staggers and Gresham gets him in a waistlock. They trade standing switches around and around, but Gresham breaks the chain as he throws Lethal. Gresham drops a knee on the bad arm! Then La Mahistrol into the bridging clutch, TWO!! Gresham knows he’s close, but he has to come up with something else to finish this. He gets up, grabs Lethal’s bad arm, and hammerlocks. Lethal reverses to a torture rack while fans duel.

Lethal uses the rack to bend Gresham back, then hits an inverted rolling senton! Gresham is down, Lethal climbs up. Hail to the King at the three minute mark. Cover, TWO!? Lethal still has time on his side, but he doesn’t want to settle for another draw. Fans rally up as he brings Gresham up. Lethal wants a bomb but Gresham fights out and huricanranas. High stack to jackknife to sunset flip to another high stack and sunset, Lethal has the cover, TWO! Two minute warning and Gresham leaps on for a sleeper hold! Lethal begins to fade, but he backs Gresham into buckles. Gresham hops back on, so Lethal gets a cutter! Lethal handsprings, for THE Lethal Injection! Cover, Lethal wins and finishes this!

Winner: Jay Lethal, by pinfall; still ROH World Champion

Just over 33 minutes and this instant classic finally ends. The Octopus falls short of his dream, but he once again pushed The Franchise to his limits. If Lethal can retain even after all that, what will it take for someone to take that belt away from him? What will it take for Gresham to finally claim the title for himself?

 


 

My Thoughts:

An amazing episode of ROH, and it’s pretty much all about that Ironman match. Kazarian and Mark Briscoe having their match from the very start of the episode was good, it actually feeds the story between The Addiction and The Briscoes for it to have it start even before cameras are rolling. Punishment Martinez joining The Briscoes was a nice touch given the previous week. I bet this means Scorpio Sky joins Chris Sabin in challenging Martinez for the ROH World Television Championship for a triple threat. That way, Martinez can still stay strong even if he loses the belt. As for Daniels & Kazarian, I’d imagine they win the tag titles and use those in their contract countdown story to negotiate new contracts. Then if Scorpio gets the ROH WTVC, we could have a golden SoCal Uncensored.

I like the plug for both Honor Club and the escalations in both Cheeseburger’s story with The Dawgs as well as Silas’ story with Bully Ray. It would be such a weird twist if Bully teamed with The Dawgs to face Silas Young, Cheeseburger and Flip Gordon. At the same time, The Bouncers being Silas’ friends, would be rather torn. They like being the big bad bullies, but they might not stand for Bully bullying Silas. Maybe they’d turn Face Tweener with Silas to counter Bully, or go hard Heel and side with Bully over Silas. Then whatever happens, a trio can emerge from this to jump into the World Six Man title scene against The Kingdom and the Bullet Club.

That Ironman match, that was amazing. It wasn’t high-scoring, but that makes it good in its own way. They were going hard for the majority of the normal time limit, and it was so great for Gresham to score the first fall. Ironically, if this was a normal match, Gresham would be the new champion, but the match continuing gave Lethal his chance for a comeback. Lethal wins out in the end, because as great as it would’ve been for Gresham to surprise us all, it might still be too soon for him to be world champion. Lethal will certainly retain until Dalton Castle returns to the ring to get his rematch. Franchise VS Peacock will be great, and could go either way, but I would certainly hope it is something on the level of this Ironman match.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Andrew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Ratings & Review: Day 7 & 8

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We get another combined article because of the way Stardom likes to stagger matches in this tournament.

Day 7 actually didn’t have any Blue Star matches at all, so now the articles will be titled a little differently. I need that Rick and Morty clip about getting your shit together and direct it at Stardom booking. Oh wait, I can!

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So with that established, I guess we should look at the matches to come. Tam is eliminated but still has 3 matches to go. So she can go from a measly 2 to a respectable 8 if she can put a few wins together. Utami and Rachael however are still very much in the thick of things, and even face one another on Day 8.

Let’s find if anyone else gets eliminated, or if we continue to have the top half stay alive.

 

Day 7

Rachael Ellering vs Tam Nakano

Rachael’s promo is fake and over enthusiastic, whereas Tam’s was realistic and a little bubbleheaded. So it’s really hard for me to ever connect to Ellering’s promos, cause she’s not convincing and her matches thus far have been…umm…shall we say, sub par. So sadly Tam seems to be in the plucky underdog role this year and always getting close with not much of a pay off. So let’s she if she picks up a win to play spoiler, or continues to come up short.

I have no clue what it is about most of Rachael’s matches, but they are hard to watch. Rachael’s Pump Kick that she over uses never looks impactful, she doesn’t take or sell offense well, and it’s just a schlog. This match was no different.

Tam’s kicks are usually crisp, but they hit awkwardly and slowly. Tam even went for a bottom rope assisted Back Body Drop, but Rachael’s foot cause the middle rope and it just looked sloppy. Tam still sold her back, while Rachael focused it, so that was good.

We also see a decent barrage at the end of the match with some false finish rollups, Rachael’s Bossman Slam and then Ellering finally finishes this with the Fallaway Powerbomb.

Winner: Ellering via Fallaway Powerbomb

Rating: * 1/2

 

Kagetsu vs Kimber Lee

Kimber always has this oddly endearing way of cutting a promo. She talks fairly slowly (the way people do when you’re speaking a language people might not understand), which I find ridiculous, but she says all the correct babyface things. Kagetsu however has a skull mask on her head, pops up into frame and just starts talking casually about things. She just wants to end the match, eat some good food and head to Osaka. It’s casually dismissive of Kimber, but not cruel, perfect tweener kind of temperature.

Kagetsu takes the early advantage and does the cocky heel thing by throwing Kimber to the outside. Hazuki and Sumire get in a few cheap shots before rolling her back in. Kagetsu takes a drink of water and then we get her water spit/mist spot. Which I’m still not sure why that isn’t a disqualification, but I like it, so I’m not questioning it.

After the initial cockiness, Kimber takes advantage of Kagetsu taking her foot of the gas and puts together some offense. A few well placed kicks and suplexes lead to the Swanton Bomb attempt, but Kimber misses. After a little more struggle, Kagetsu eventually hits a Chokeslam and then enough of the Oedo Coaster to get the pinfall.

Not Kagetsu’s best work, but it was a fairly short match and Kimber isn’t positioned as a threat in this tournament.

Winner: Kagetsu via Oedo Coaster

Rating: *** 1/4

 

Day 8

Kimber Lee vs Tam Nakano

The opening promos are pretty low energy for both women. Kimber talks about being eliminated but fighting for herself and Tam tries her best to psych herself up. The lack of points is effecting both of these women. Who will get the ball moving to end on a high note?

Not a bad match, just fairly short. Given that all of the Grand Prix matches have a 15 minute time limit, even the longer ones are a little short. Both women utilize a fair amount of kicks and flexibility in their offense, so the mirror aspect was on full display.

Kimber does her split spot, Tam goes for a Buzzsaw Kick, but Kimber blocks it and tries to sweep the leg, but Tam does a split and they both start throwing forearms from the split position. Kimber hits a kick combination first, which drops Tam but only for two. In her opening promo Tam put some emphasis on not wanting to lose to kicks, since those are kinda her thing.

Maintaining advantage, Kimber goes to the top rope but Tam shows some fight. Eventually hitting the Avalanche Snapmare and going up for her Diving Idol Knee, for only a near fall. After a few more close calls, Kimber catches Tam coming off the ropes for a Brain Buster, pulls her to a corner and lands the Swanton Bomb for the pinfall.

Valiant efforts in all her matches, but Tam really can’t catch a break.

Winner: Kimber via Swanton Bomb

Rating: ** 1/4

 

Rachael Ellering vs Utami Hayayshishita

Well, ya know I’m usually overly disinterested in whatever Rachael’s been doing, but this match was a little different. She basically got to play the heel since she was being very tough on Utami and showing some personality while arguing with the referee. So when it comes down to Rachael’s involvement, it wasn’t the thing that brought the match down, for a change.

However, after the initial burst from Rachael and the playing up a few strikes on the outside, the match never kick it into another gear. It basically was treading water for the last half. Signature moves were hit, Utami landed her Sleeper Hold takeover into the Coquina Clutch, but Rachael got out of it. I’m guess the high point was supposed to be Rachael hitting a Superplex, but nothing felt important, desperate or impressive.

The match ends just as Utami cinches in an Inside Cradle, but the time expires. All of the draws in this tournament are a little off putting.

Winner: Time Limit Draw

Rating: ***

 

Red Stars Standings:

Kagetsu 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Rachael Ellering 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Jungle Kyona 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Utami Hayashishita 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Konami 3-3 (6 Points) – Eliminated
Kimber Lee 2-4 (4 Points) – Eliminated
Tam Nakano 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated
Natsuko Tora 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated

 

Thoughts:

You know Stardom, you know what happens when you make Tam look good but don’t give her wins? Nothing happens, it’s actually decent story telling and could set up for a big upset of Kagetsu on the Finals day. So as much as the fan in me hates watching Tam come up short (Naito fans around the world know that feel), her determination and the storyline wrinkles could pay off later.

As for the two days…meh? Nothing stood out and these really just felt like matches to set up for the final swerve. These kind of days happen in all tournaments, it just hit really hard in these four matches. I just really really hope Rachael doesn’t win Red Stars.


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Mathew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Blue Stars Results & Review: Day 8

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So tomorrow is the last day of the Five Star Grand Prix where we will have our final four matches and the final match on the same day but we got two matches left to cover before we go to the final day.

This show is for people that didn’t have their six matches before the final day and we’re using this to make sure they’re all caught up to speed and we can see who has a chance to make it and who doesn’t. I know it says day 8 in my headline but I had no matches on the seventh day, so I decided to just skip it and go where I have my actual matches. So who wins these two matches?

Let’s find out and…dive right in.

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Kelly Klein vs. Natsu Sumire

Review: It’s pretty clear that Sumire is pretty much eliminated and even if she does win this match and her last one, the fact that Mayu would hold the tiebreaker over her if she lost today and won tomorrow, but would still be out if Momo won on the final day since she’d have nine points while Sumire would still have eight if she won both and wouldn’t matter, but she has been one of the highlights of this tournament due to her personality flourishing a lot more here and the fans loving her more and more. Sumire in her pre-match interview seems to be more focused on her bust size and even talked about the supplements she’s been taking for a couple weeks now and is disappointed that there’s been no change in her results just yet and hopes to provide progress updates. Kelly is her opponent tonight and if Kelly does win here, she’ll be in the top spot of the standings and would have a strong chance of winning. Can Kelly win again or will Sumire ruin it for her?

Once again, Sumire made the match fun when it was needed due to it not being the best bout in the tournament here but they did work with what they got, even if it was as pretty standard as they come. Kelly did an okay job in the match as well and probably my least favorite outing of her in the Grand Prix and she just wanted to dominate Sumire. Sumire was mostly doing her antics that you would see in her matches with the false handshakes, cradling them up when they least expect it, and just whipping them. It looked like Kelly was going to go for the win here and when she ran the ropes, Kagetsu kicked her in the back to stun her long enough for Sumire to grab the Oedo Tai sign so she could hit Kelly with it, but Kelly moved out of the way causing the sign to bounce off the ropes and hit Sumire instead in which it gets turned around for Kelly to hit the Fireman’s Carry Slam for the victory and she’s now in first place.

Rating: Tony Schiavone

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Review: A win here is very crucial for Mayu Iwatani if she wants to tie it up with Kelly, otherwise she would be eliminated from the tournament and her opponent, Hazuki would take the top spot with nine points and potentially win the whole thing if things work out in her favor. The last time the both of them fought one on one was around February during the ROH Women of Honor tournament and Mayu would come out the winner of that match and Mayu wants to beat her again to show she’s on a whole different level now. Who will take the top spot of the standings, Mayu or Hazuki?

Hazuki is in my top 5 wrestlers of Stardom right now and this match here with Mayu just solidified my statement for this claim. This whole tournament, she has been one of the most consistent wrestlers in her matches with her sequences being on point, her moves are crisp, and how to handle a match lately has been outstanding that she should be under peoples radar. Hazuki right away was being aggressive with Mayu before the bell even rang when she attacked her from behind and kept rolling her up which failed, but she kept on the attack by throwing her around into chairs on the outside and even destroyed Mayu’s arm during the whole match and not holding back on her, I love this side of Hazuki.

This match is one of my favorites in my block next to Hazuki/Momo still being my favorite one, but this one was still pretty damn close with their chemistry in the ring together gave us a special match and it’s not even their last one for their block. They told a great story in the ring, executed everything almost flawlessly, seeing a more aggressive side of Hazuki in her previous two matches, and Mayu selling it all to make it look more dangerous than it probably is, but they were just on point with everything together. Hazuki was pulling out all the stops with having her in the Crossface, working on her arm, stiff Dropkicks and a Codebreaker, but it still wasn’t enough to take Mayu out as she hits the Dragon Suplex Hold and gets the victory to tie first place with Kelly Klein. After the match, she told the crowd that she was now in first place and hopes the crowd will still support her as she looks to win it all at the final.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

Overall: Can’t really give it a fair assessment due to only having two matches with one being average and the other one being great, but the average of it was solid enough. I’m glad to see that all three of my picks are in the top 4 of potential winners and excited for the last day since it’s stacked.

Favorite Match: Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Score: 6/10

Blue Stars Standings:
Mayu Iwatani: 4-2 (8 Points)
Kelly Klein: 4-2 (8 Points)
Momo Watanabe: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Hazuki: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Nicole Savoy: 3-3 (6 Points)
Jamie Hayter: 2-4 (4 Points)
Saki Kashima: 2-4 (2 Points)
Natsu Sumire: 2-4 (4 Points)

Now that we have our final standings before the final show tomorrow, we see that our top 4 people that could still win this are Mayu Iwatani, Kelly Klein, Momo Watanabe, and Hazuki. We’re gonna break down the final card for tomorrow and see who has a real chance and how can it be done.

  • Mayu Iwatani vs. Momo Watanabe
  • Hazuki vs. Natsu Sumire
  • Kelly Klein vs. Nicole Savoy
  • Saki Kashima vs. Jamie Hayter

Here is how these four can win.

Mayu Iwatani: Defeat Momo Watanabe and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Momo Watanabe: Defeat Mayu Iwatani and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Kelly Klein: Defeat Nicole Savoy

Hazuki: Defeat Nicole Savoy, Momo Watanabe defeats Mayu Iwatani, and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein

If Momo and Hazuki do win their matches and Kelly loses, these two will be in a tie and it’ll be interesting to see who gets the final spot since they did tie it up in their outing, interesting direction if that’s the case.


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CMLL Arena Puebla Show Monday

El Asturiano and Black Tiger vs Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Maligno and Asturiano start out the match exchanging arm drags. Maligno is bare foot so Asturiano while having him in a hold bites his feet. Not very hygienical. Tiger and Chicana make their way in trading holds. Tags are made briefly and they pick up the pace but Chicana and Tiger come back in soon after to continue the faster pace. Maligno misses a splash and Tiger gets him in a surfboard stretch for the submission, then Asturiano pins Chicana with a hurricanrana pin combo. First Fall: El Asturiano pins Fuerza Chicana with a hurricanrana.

Black Tiger hits a monkey flip on Maligno to start the round and then hits a pose. Asturiano and Chicana are in to follow. He ends up feigning a dive to the outside. Maligno and Chicana start to get heat on the other team by double teaming both guys when they get the chance. Malingo hits a baseball slide to Asturiano in the corner and then they get both of them in submissions. Some elaborate stretches. Second Fall: Espiritu Maligno submits El Asturiano with a submission hold.

Third round starts with Asturiano being double teamed. Maligno hits a drop kick on him sending him out bringing in Black Tiger to get doubled. All four are in the ring now exchanging chops. Maligno gets Asturiano in a Gory Guerrero special into a pinning combination for the pin. The Chicana gets Black Tiger in a single leg boston crab for the win. Third Fall: Fuerza Chicana submits Black Tiger with a single leg boston crab.

Winners: Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr vs King Rocker Jr, El Malayo, and King Jaguar

King Jaguar and Oro Jr start off with some chain wrestling, exchanging holds. They meet a stale mate and King Rocker come in and continue to exchange holds and chain wrestle. Tigre Rojo and Malayo come in and pick up the pace. Malayo gets Rojo in the corner to get an advantage on him, but it doesn’t work out. Oro Jr and Rojo hit a combo neck breaker on Malayo. Super Astro hits him with a dive for a pin. Tigre Rojo gets King Jaguar in an arm bar for the first fall. First Fall: Tigre Rojo Jr submits King Jaguar with an arm bar.

King Rocker starts the second fall with Oro jr and Oro gets him to the outside and then hits a pose. Astro comes in there next with Malayo. Astro gets him to the outside and then feigns a dive and hits an elaborate pose. After that Rojo and Jaguar come in and he too gets Jaguar to the outside and feigns a dive. Finally Rocker and Malayo are working over Tigre Rojo. Once they dispose of him they start to triple team Astro Jr. Jaguar hits a big baseball slide dive on Astro. Oro Jr gets hit with a basement drop kick to the hit by King Rocker for the second fall. Second Fall: King Rocker pins Oro Jr with a basement drop kick.

Oro and Rocker start out in the third round. This becomes a triple team attack soon. It doesn’t last for long and Oro Jr, Astro, and Rojo go for dives but they get dodged and then it becomes a brawl. They exchange spots and go for pins that get broken up. Astro hits a top rope headbutt on Malayo and pins him. Oro hits a power slam on Rocker and then Tigre and him do a double team move where Rojo flips Oro onto Rocker for the pin. Third Fall: Oro pins Rocker while being flipped by Tigre Rojo.

Winners: Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr

Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma vs El Sagrado, Misterioso, and Tiger

Interesting note, the Arena Puebla is called Temple of Pain in translation. They should do Lucha Underground out of here. Maya and Misterioso start out in the match, and as they exchange holds and perform some mat wrestling, I’d like to point out how hype Fuego’s entrance is. After they go to a stale mate Sagrado and Stigma come in. They don’t last long and Fuego and Tiger get in there and pick up the pace.

Tiger irish whips Fuego into his corner and this causes his teammates to come in and triple team Fuego for a moment. Fuego’s teammates come in to confront. Fuego makes a come back and gets Tiger to the outside and then a brawl breaks out on the outside. After that Maya starts to get triple teamed. Misterioso hits a weak drop kick bringing Maya to the outside then hits a pose, but Fuego rolls him up. First Fall: Fuego rolls up Misterioso.

The second round is started with Stigma getting triple teamed. After they dispose of Stigma to the outside, Maya comes in to try his hand but the numbers are too much. El Sagrado hits an elbow drop for the second fall. Second Fall: El Sagrado hits an elbow drop on Guerrero Maya for the pin.

Maya starts the fall getting triple teamed but made a come back by hitting everyone with a tilt-a-Whirl back breaker. After that Stigma and Fuego came and hit middle rope dives. They all start to exchange spots now, one at a time. Fuego hits his matrix bridge spot and then hits a dive. Stigma hits a big hurricanrana on Misterioso. Tiger and Stigma start to exchange chops.

Eventually Tiger hits a big power bomb. Fuego hits a big victory roll on Misterioso and the ref takes forever to go for the count and Sagrado breaks it up. Misterioso hits a reverse power slam and Fuego breaks up the pin and then he hits a big dive. Stigma hits a pinning combination on on Sagrado and Maya hits a spring board, shoulder block on Tiger for the win. Third Fall: Guerrero Maya hits a shoulder block on Tiger for the win.

Winners: Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma

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