The Cruiserweight Champion takes on his enemies with The Stamina Monster by his side! Can Alexander and Tozawa together shut both Gulak and Gallagher up?
- Buddy Murphy VS Gran Metalik; Murphy wins.
- Mustafa Ali VS Michael Thompson; Ali wins.
- Cedric Alexander & Akira Tozawa VS Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher; Gulak & Gallagher win.
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Drake Maverick sets the scene for tonight’s 205 Live!
The King of the Ropes takes on the Cruiserweight Juggernaut for the first time in 1v1 action. Gran Metalik bested one of the Body Guys in Tony Nese, but can he do it again against Buddy Murphy? Or will Buddy Murphy build momentum towards returning home to Melbourne for Super Show Down and his Cruiserweight Championship match?
Then, a tag team main event sees the Philly Fury and his ally in the Ungentle Gentleman take on the Soul and the Stamina of 205 Live. Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher go up against Cedric Alexander and Akira Tozawa as Gulak continues to pursue his own title match. Alexander remains undefeated after a main event match with TJP. However, Gulak and Gallagher would again attack, and put Alexander in the GuLOCK. Can Alexander get payback with Tozawa’s help? Or will Gulak actually prove himself worthy with a win tonight? For that matter, what happens if Tozawa or Gallagher make great impressions on the WWE Universe and Maverick tonight?
Buddy Murphy VS Gran Metalik!
The countdown is on for when the Juggernaut becomes the hometown hero against Cedric Alexander. Murphy has his chance at the Cruiserweight Championship, but he must first see if he can gain points for his team against the Lucha House Party. The King of the Ropes is on a roll, will he get the Body Guy sweep?
Just as last week, the tag team partners must stay backstage so that there won’t be any hijinks like before. Therefore, Metalik and Murphy are truly 1v1 as the bell rings. Murphy and Metalik circle as Lafayette chant “Lucha! Lucha!” Murphy gets a waistlock but Metalik the standing switch, only for Murphy to standing switch again. Metalik slips out of the back suplex but Murphy gets a headlock takeover. Fans duel as Metalik headscissors and Murphy pops out. Metalik knocks Murphy over for the cover, ONE. Murphy returns the favor and covers, ONE. The two stand off and fans like the evenly matched action. Murphy kicks but Metalik spins him around. Metalik waistlocks but Murphy elbows out again. Things speed up and Murphy misses Metalik as he handsprings. Metalik hits a huricanrana and a dropkick!
Murphy bails out and Metalik builds speed. Metalik slides but Murphy ducks under to then rock him with a right! Murphy throws Metalik into barriers, then all the way to the far side barriers. The 10 count begins so Murphy puts Metalik back in. He takes too long trash talking and Metalik wrecks him with a dropkick. Metalik jumps over the swipe, then mule kicks. Metalik climbs, SUPER ASAI! Direct hit takes out Murphy, but Metalik is slow to getting up. Metalik puts Murphy back in then covers, TWO! Metalik keeps on Murphy but Murphy blocks teh fireman’s carry. Murphy throws elbows, then puts Metalik on teh apron. He throws Metalik’s face right into the post! Metalik slumps to the floor, but Murphy doesn’t leave him out. Murphy puts Metalik in then covers, ONE. Murphy kicks Metalik right across the back!
Fans chant “Juggernaut! Juggernaut!” as Murphy puts a chinlock on. Metalik endures, working to get back up. Murphy hooks the mask, then wrenches harder. Metalik gets up but Murphy forces him back down. Murphy puts his weight on Metalik but Metalik refuses to quit. Metalik stands up again and fans slowly build to a rally. Metalik powers Murphy to a corner but Murphy holds on. He tries again, but Murphy still holds on. Metalik goes for another buckle bump but Murphy slings him into the buckles instead. Murphy throws strong right hands, then drags Metalik up to the top rope. Murphy climbs up but Metalik fights back. Metalik chops Murphy, bumps his head off buckles, then adjusts, for a SUPER Sunset Bomb!
But Metalik can’t make the cover, he’s too sore. However, Metalik drags himself up to swing kick Murphy away. Metalik springboards for the crossbody! Then he boots Murphy away, for the Sling-Dog! Metalik chops Murphy again, then whips. Murphy reverses but Metalik hits the springboard back elbow! Cover, TWO! Metalik grows frustrated but he keeps on Murphy. He fireman’s carry but Murphy fights out. Murphy shoves but gets a SUPERKICK! Metalik moonsaults, then goes back up top, only for Murphy to trip him up! Murphy climbs up and has Metalik. Metalik fights back and sends Murphy down. Metalik stands, but has to land on his feet. He walks the ropes, into a powerbomb! Cover, TWO into a spinning sit-out bomb! Cover, TWO!! Murphy can’t believe that Metalik survives, but is just as exhausted now.
Murphy stands to throw a hand, but Metalik chops back. Metalik goes to chop again but Murphy gives his strike fest. But Metalik avoids the knee to SUPERKICK! Then fireman’s carry, but Murphy slips out to boot! Murphy runs, into a BIG clothesline! Metalik fireman’s carry, Metalik Driver! Cover, TWO!? Now Murphy shocks Metalik by surviving! Metalik drags himself back up and stomps on Murphy. Fans build to a rally as Murphy throws Metalik to the apron. Metalik springboards back in, but is caught. He fights out with elbows, but Murphy blocks the kick. Murphy flips Metalik, Metalik lansd on his feet, but his knee jams. Yet Metalik still backhands Murphy! Murphy staggers but still knee triggers Metalik! Murphy drags Metalik up, pumphandle, Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall
The Juggernaut outlasts the King of the Ropes and gains major momentum towards Melbourne! Will Murphy’s homecoming be his crowning moment?
“I’ve said it before, and I’m gonna say it again! You can’t stop the unstoppable.” The bigger, faster, stronger Cruiserweight got this victory, but this is just a small step forward towards Super Show Down, where he becomes the NEW Cruiserweight Champion! Murphy has all the confidence in the world, but will he grab the title he’s worked so hard to have?
Cedric Alexander talks with Mustafa Ali backstage.
The Soul is glad to see the Heart of 205 Live is back, things haven’t been the same without him. Ali was losing his mind on the sidelines, but he’s sure he’s fine and is ready to be back in the ring. Although, Ali does wish he was tagging with Alexander to take on Gulak & Gallagher in the main event. Alexander doesn’t wnat Ali to worry about that, just get back to where you need to be. Alexander is just fine with Tozawa, who is just as fired up not three feet away.
Tozawa pumps himself up, then looks over at Ali, and gives a smile and a wave. Ali and Alexander wave back. Tozawa returns to being intense, so Ali is confident he’ll work as a tag partner. Alexander and Tozawa trade “AH! AH!” Who will Ali meet in his return match? Will the Soul and Stamina work well together against the brains and brutality of Gulak and Gallagher?
Mustafa Ali VS Michael Thompson!
The Beacon of Light is back, but he gave us all quite a scare a little over a month ago, when he had a match with Hideo Itami. Ali was not only suffering from extreme exhaustion, but the Innovator of the GTS showed no mercy when he went off on Ali. Ali has since been recovering, but now he’s 100%! Will the Heart of 205 Live get back on track towards the title?
However, before the match begins, Hideo Itami makes his presence known. He walks out, a big smile on his face, and he tells “Mustafa-san” in Japanese, and then in English, that he came to watch Ali’s return because “I missed you.” Ali wants Itami to say hello face to face. Itami hopes Ali feels better, and “wishes” him good luck. Ali is furious now, and as the bell rings, he ducks Thompson and gives him a sharp chop! Ali chops and whips but Thompson reverses, only for Ali to dodge and dropkick! Thompson gets to a corner while Ali glares at Itami. Ali chops Thompson as if he were Itami, then whips him corner to corner. Thompson reverses and runs in but Ali goes up and over. Ali slips out and roundhouses Thompson back, then slingshots in for the X-Factor!
Ali glares at Itami, daring him to get a closer look at this match. But Itami doesn’t, and Ali gets yanked into buckles! Thompson reels Ali in, but Ali slips out of the back suplex to SUPERKICK! Then Ali springboards for the tornado DDT! ?Thompson flounders into a drop zone, and Ali makes sure Itami watches this. Maverick is watching this backstage, too, as Ali climbs up. Ali hits the 0-5-4! Cover, Ali wins!
Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall
Ali keeps his eyes locked on Itami, even as Itami laughs and “applauds”. Itami may not want to get in the ring with Ali, but Ali is chomping at the bit for their rematch. When and where will Maverick give Ali what he wants?
Drake Maverick meets with Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher.
The GM is excited for tonight’s main event, but hopes things don’t fall into chaos as they tend to with them. Gulak answered Alexander’s challenge, there was just… Well nevermind what that was. Tonight’s priority is to win an inspirational moral victory for THE Brian Kendrick, who is again sidelined because of an injury from Akira Tozawa. Gallagher believes that any chaos happening on 205 Live is more because Maverick is “preoccupied” with the Authors of Pain. Maverick says AoP does not get in the way of 205 or vice versa. Though he could arrange a meeting between G&G and AoP if they want. No, that’s just fine. Gulak wishes to put things behind them, and wants to build a positive working relationship once he’s Cruiserweight Champion. Gulak & Gallagher take their leave, but will they take the win tonight?
Noam Dar speaks.
The Scottish Supernova wants Lio Rush to know that he understands. Dar was once the “young hotshot” of 205 Live, which is why Lio feels so confident as the “23 year old piece of gold”. But Dar was here at 22, so if Lio wants to see what the hype is about, just meet him in the ring, “dafty”.
Lio Rush responds.
The Man of the Hour hopes Dar learned something from Akira Tozawa. “Keep the Man of the Hour’s name out of your mouth.” There is a difference between the two of them. Dar hit his peak, but as seen on Raw last night, Lio has big things ahead of him. Only now does Dar want to step to Lio Rush? Bad move, because next week, the Supernova will #FeelTheRush. The youngest, fastest and cockiest stars in the WWE Universe will shine, but which one will shine the brightest?
Cedric Alexander & Akira Tozawa VS Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher!
The Ungentlemanly Alliance promised #NoTitleNoPeace when they wrecked one of Akira Tozawa’s matches not too long ago. But then when Tozawa got his revenge on the Man with a Plan, Kendrick ended up injured and out of action. Now only Gulak and Gallagher remain standing, will Alexander and Tozawa finish them off so the champ can focus on his Super Show Down challenger?
The bell rings and Gulak starts against Alexander. This is the match up both have wanted, and some fans chant “Drew 0 5 Live!” in support of Gulak’s continuing campaign. Gulak taunts Alexander as they circle. They tie up and trade waistlocks. Alexander throws Gulak down but Gulak spins it around to a wristlock. Alexander spins back to mule kick. Gulak narrowly avoids the Lumbar Check and gets to his corner. Gallagher tags in and Gulak takes his time obeying the rules. Gallagher stays near his corner but then circles with Alexander. He gets a wristlock, but Alexander reverses back and into a hammerlock. Alexander shifts to a headlock and takeover. He denies Gallagher the headscissors, but Gallagher works his way up and out.
Gallagher tortures the wrist and fingers, but Alexander rolls and handsprings. Alexander headscissors and dropkicks Gallagher down, then dares Gulak to do something. Alexander brings Gallagher over and tags to Tozawa. Tozawa chops Gallagher, then Alexander chops Gallagher. Tozawa chops Gallagher agian, Alexander fakes the chop, and then they both jab! Gallagher staggers about, but manages to tag Gulak. Gulak runs in, but into the jab! Fans fire up with Tozawa as he whips Gulak. Gulak sunset flips but Tozawa rolls through to Penalty Kick and screaming senton! Cover, ONE! Tozawa keeps his cool as he stomps Gulak. Gulak hits back with body shtos and knees. Gulak whips but Tozawa speeds things up, tilt-o-whirl into the Octopus Stretch! Tozawa shouts “AH! AH!” while wrenching, but Gulak still gets to ropes for the ropebreak.
Tozawa lets Gulak go, and Gulak scurries to ropes on the other side. Gulak asks for mercy, but Tozawa just gives him kicks. Tozawa puts on a headlock, but Gulak powers out while Gallagher tags in. Gallagher and Gulak both miss, but they catch Tozawa’s crossbody for a double slam. Gualk drops an elbow while Gallagher bends Tozawa in the Skyder Stretch. Fans rally up for Tozawa as he wriggles to ropes and gets the ropebraek. Gallagher lets go, to then stomp Tozawa. Cover, ONE, but Gallagher keeps on Tozawa with an armlock. Gulak wants Gallagher to punish Tozawa, and he does with those knees. Tag to Gulak and they mug Tozawa. Fans rally and duel while Gulak taunts Alexander. Gulak tags Gallagher back in, and they continue to mug Tozawa.
Tozawa fights back with body shots to Gallagher, but Gallagher rocks him with a European Uppercut. Cover, but Tozawa uses the ropes to break it. Gallagher brings Tozawa up for more knees, then whips. He gives Tozawa a knee in the corner, then tags Gulak back in. Gulak takes aim and boots Tozawa in the corner. Cover, TWO! Gulak drags Tozawa back up and holds him in a light sleeper hold while Gallagher tags in. Gallagher throws more body shots, then stays between Tozawa and Alexander. He grinds his foot into Tozawa, then cheap shots Alexander! Alexander gets in but the referee keeps him away, so Tozawa suffers even more mugging! Gulak tags in again, and he brings Tozawa up. Tozawa keeps fighting, but Gulak wrenches his arm into the rolling Russian leg sweep, deadlift to powerbomb! Cover, TWO!
Tozawa’s resilience annoys Gulak, but Alexander rallies the fans up. Gulak drags Tozawa up but TOzawa resists the bomb. Gulak tries again, but Tozawa slips out to a DDT! The referee checks on Gulak, but both men are okay to continue. They both crawl for their corners, hot tags to Gallagher and Alexander! Alexander rallies on Gallagher, blocking a kick to give that stiff back elbow! Alexander runs, handspring to Neuralizer enziguri! Cover, TWO! But that doesn’t slow Alexander down, he watches Gallagher stand up. He lifts, but Gallagher counters to a headlock takeover cover. TWO and Alexander makes it his cover, TWO! Gallagher runs into the Spanish Fly!! Cover, but Gulak breaks it!
Gulak grins at Alexander while Alexander glares daggers. Alexander is distracted, misses Gallagher but still boots him away. Alexander springboards but Gallagher gets under. Gulak creeps back in but Alexander immediately gets rid of him. Gallagher hits the Gentleman Dropkick! Cover, but Tozawa breaks it! Gallagher throws Tozawa out, then goes back to Alexander. Gulak tags in, and the two work together on the champ. Gallagher runs, and they hit Alexander with a high-low, clothesline and leg sweep! Cover, TWO!! Alexander survives the combination attack and fans rally up again. Gulak taunts Alexander, then tags Gallagher back in. They drag Alexander back up, but Alexander resists the double suplex. They get him up but he slips out! Alexander boots Gallagher, tag to Tozawa!
Alexander hip tosses Gulak out but goes out with him! Tozawa hits Gallagher with the missile dropkick! Fans fire up with Tozawa as he whips Gallagher. He back kicks, swings, slips under and rolling roundhouses! Gallagher bails out but Tozawa builds speed, to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo hits! Tozawa puts Gallagher back in, then climbs up top. Fans echo “AH! AH!” and Tozawa leaps for the SUPER Senton! But Gulak drags Gallagher out of harm’s way!
Alexander tackles Gulak but Gallagher clobbers him. Gallagher rocks Alexander with the EuroUpper, then Gulak adds a stiff chop. Gulak throws Alexander at a post and he goes flying! Gallagher hits Tozawa with the Gentleman’s Headbutt! Then tag to Gulak, for the GuLOCK! Fans duel as Gualk says this is for a #Better205Live! Tozawa taps, Gulak & Gallagher win!
Winners: Jack Gallagher & Drew Gulak, Gulak by submission
The cruel winter has come back as Gallagher & Gulak use shrewd tactics and ruthless aggression to get the better of a former and the current Cruiserweight Champions. Alexander vows to make this a war Gulak won’t win, but has the #AgeofAlexander already come to an end?
Backstage interview with Drake Maverick.
After seeing that main event, has he anything to say? Maverick must congratulate the winners, and knows what must happen. Gulak is undeniable as a contender, and clearly Alexander wants after him, too. Therefore, next week, we will get our Cruiserweight Championship match of Alexander VS Gulak. Will this war come to an end already? Who moves on to meet Murphy in Melbourne?
This was a rather packed episode right here for only being under 50 minutes. Maverick returns to give us the rundown, so that meant there were no surprises that he’d spoil. This segment has clearly become just a way to fill time while switching ring decor from SmackDown’s to 205’s, which is smart but also a bit silly. However, I do appreciate that Maverick’s story on Raw is being used here as grounds for the Heel talent to question Maverick’s focus. I wonder if there will come a point where it really does start to become a problem. Or at the least, he starts using Akam & Rezar as his muscle like he implied to do with Gulak & Gallagher. Unfortunately, that would lead to one side being buried over the other, so maybe he shouldn’t.
I like the Dar and Lio promos, and their match next week is going to be great. I feel like Lio wins this first-time-ever so that he stays undefeated, but I could see them having a series and Dar gets at least one win so he can rub it in. Ali’s return was great, because they used his squash of Michael Thompson (who wore a spade with the letter J on it so his real name must be based on that) as a way for Itami to taunt Ali from a distance. Ali VS Itami has to happen again, and I really hope it is a true #1 contender’s match. If Ali comes out that the winner to give us another amazing rematch, I would hope Ali gets the win from there. Other than Alexander, Ali has been the strongest Face, so why delay him any longer?
Metalik VS Murphy was great, another match that took a moment to get going, but it got the fans into it by the end. Naturally Murphy wins for both keeping the Body Guys from looking weak against just one third of the Lucha House Party, as well as for Murphy’s singles strength since he’s going to face the champion at Super Show Down. The main event tag match was another great match, 205 Live main events have been consistent in that. It works that Tozawa takes the fall at Gulak’s hands, and now we get Alexander VS Gulak for the title. Again, it would be shocking if Gulak wins, and that’s a good thing. In Melbourne, Murphy will be Face just on hometown appeal, so it’s fine if it’s Heel VS Heel from American perspectives.
At the same time, Murphy probably won’t win, I still expect him and Nese to be part of the (potential) tag team title scene. Therefore, I expect the champion to retain at Super Show Down, whether it’s Alexander or Gulak. Gulak getting to be that champion and then facing Ali would be so great for their rivalry from last year, bringing things full circle in a way. I also like Ali wanting to tag with Alexander, the Cruiserweight Division should at least allow its superstars to fluidly go between the singles and tag titles since there aren’t that many of them right now, and aren’t competing for Raw or SmackDown tag titles. The Heart & Soul would be an unstoppable team given their combined ability and popularity.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: Power Struggle 2018 Part 3!
NJPW Power Struggle concludes with Chris Jericho defending his IWGP Intercontinental Championship against the King of Darkness, Los Ingobernables’ EVIL!
This coverage of Power Struggle will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
Gifs can be found at http://frentique.tumblr.com/
- Jay White & Bad Luck Fale w/ Gedo VS Kazuchika Okada & Trent Barreta; Okada & Barreta win.
- The Golden Lovers VS Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay; The Golden Lovers win.
- IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Chris Jericho VS Evil; Jericho wins and retains the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene!
Y2J took the IWGP Intercontinental Championship from Tetsuya Naito after a brutal attack, and then continued that brutality after the match! The King of Darkness rescued the leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon, and now looks to take the title from Chris Jericho. Jericho didn’t appreciate Evil interfering in his business, and attacked Evil at the King of Pro-Wrestling event. Jericho vows to finish this, with the title on the line! Will the Walls of Jericho crumble when Darkness Falls? Or is the Greatest of All Time at What He Does going to prove just that to conclude Power Struggle 2018?
Jay White & Bad Luck Fale w/ Gedo VS Kazuchika Okada & Trent Barreta!
The Switchblade attempted a mutiny of Chaos but failed to overthrow the Rainmaker, so he joined up with the Bullet Club Firing Squad instead. Now Okada and Chaos want payback, and look for it in this tag team match. Will Okada make White and Gedo pay for their betrayal? Or will he and Trent #BreathewiththeSwitchblade?
Before the bell rings, Okada rushes White! White bails out but Okada pursues with a slingshot plancha! Trent goes after Fale while Okada whips White into railing. The bell rings just so this match can happen. Fans move aside as Okada brings White past the railing. Okada bowls White into chairs then rocks him with European Uppercuts. Okada brings White back to ringside and throws White into the apron’s edge. Trent keeps the Underboss on the ropes in the ring with chops and haymakers. White hits Okada at the corner! White throws Okada into railing now! Fale throws Trent out while White returns the favor, bowling Okada through chairs! Fans are again around the action as White clubs Okada.
White brings Okada back around and whips, but Okada reverses to send White back into railing! Okada boots White up and White ends up across both blue and white railing. Okada drags him out, draping DDT to the floor! Trent keeps on Fale with a wrecking ball dropkick and Fale staggers. Fans fire up and Trent builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit takes Fale down! Trent comes back but Fale brings him up in a bearhug. Fale rams Trent into a post, then runs him over with a clothesline! Okada grinds a boot into White and a 20 count finally begins. The count reaches 7 but Fale puts Trent in the ring. Fale throws big hands and close-range clotheslines. He whips Trent corner to corner hard and Trent tumbles up and then back down. Fale squashes him in the corner! And the splash! Cover, TWO!!
Trent survives and fans fire up. Okada glares at Gedo, who begs for some mercy. Fale choke slams Trent and Okada goes to save Trent but Gedo anchors his feet! Fale brings Trent up but Trent slips through to a sunset flip! Trent & Okada win!!
Winners: Kazuchika Okada & Trent Barreta, Trent pinning
But Fale won’t let Trent enjoy it, as he stomps him out! White clobbers Okada and throws him into barriers. White keeps going but Okada hits back. They brawl but the Young Lions try to separate them. The Young Lions get knocked around and the brawl continues. White keeps on Okada but Okada hits him back! They both go into chairs, but Gedo gets involved. Gedo gets knocked away but White clobbers Okada again. Gedo wants White to retreat, but White goes right at Okada again! Okada almost gets White with a gut wrench but Gedo gets White away. Okada blasts his way through the Young Lions to again brawl with White! Gedo separates White once more and things finally settle down.
White gets a mic and dares Okada to a 1v1 match any time, anywhere, no one else around. Okada replies, “Let’s do this right now!” But White doesn’t accept that, and takes his anger out on Young Lions. When will White man up to face Okada like he says?
The Golden Lovers VS Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay!
The Best Bout Machine and The Once in a Century Talent compete for THE IWGP Heavyweight Championship, as Hiroshi Tanahashi has the challenging rights contract he won in the G1 Climax. But before their Wrestle Kingdom 13 showdown, we get a sampler as they join forces with friends for a tag team battle! Will Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi hit two birds with one stone by proving they are a top level tag team while Omega proves he’s better than Tanahashi? Or will The Ace and the #BlockChampion gain major momentum going into the biggest NJPW event?
The teams meet and Tanahashi mocks the Cleaner’s finger gun. Tanahashi and Omega start arguing, then they start fighting! The bell rings and the brawl continues. Tanahashi hist, Omega hits, and back again. Tanahashi gets an edge and whips but Omega holds the ropes. Omega boots Tanahashi but misses the V-Trigger. Tanahashi swings but Omega dodges, and back again. The two stare down but the fans fire up. Omega and Tanahashi cool off, and Omega tags to Ibushi. Tanahashi tags to Finlay, and fans rally for both of them. Ibushi and Finlay circle and tie up. Finlay gets a waistlock but Ibushi gets the standing switch. Finlay reverses to a wristlock bu Ibushi reverses back. Ibushi wrenches but Finlay reverses, shifts to a headlock, but Ibushi reverses to a hammerlock and headlock. Finlay powers out and things speed up, Finlay dropkicks Ibushi down!
Ibushi checks his teeth while Finlay brings him up. Omega manages a tag as Finlay whips Ibushi. Things speed up as both Lovers hurdle Finlay. Ibushi roundhouses Finlay, and Omega hits the Kotaro Krusher bulldog! Omega covers, TWO! Omega brings Finlay up and bumps him off the buckles, then tags to Ibushi. Ibushi stomps Finlay, then throws forearms. Ibushi eggs Finlay on so Finlay gives forearms back, but Ibushi’s one forearm knocks Finlay over. Tag to Omega, and Omega mugs Finlay. Omega whips Finlay and runs him over with a back elbow. He stands Finlay up in an open corner for haymakers and CHOPS! Omega whips Finlay corner to corner hard and Finlay hits the mat. cover, but Tanahahsi breaks it. So Omega throws Tanahashi out and follows after! Omega whips Tanahashi into railing!
Omega returns to Finlay but Finlay hits back. They brawl, forearms for EuroUppers. Finlay runs but into the kitchen sink knee. Omega spots Tanahashi returning and slingshots out to take him down! Omega gets up and assures Ibushi he’s got this. But he enters and collides with Finlay! Tanahashi returns to his corner, Finlay gives him the tag! Tanahashi rallies on the Lovers, blocks Omega’s boot, and hits a dragon screw! Fans fire up with Tanahashi as he stalks Omega, Tanahashi runs but Omega dodges to fireman’s carry. “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton but a little slow to the corner. Omeag’s moonsault misses and Tanahashi dropkicks the leg out. Tanahsahi runs into a CHOP, but he palm strikes back! V-Trigger outta nowhere! Omega then ducks to snap dragon suplex!
Omega fires up and drags Tananashi into the Electric Chair. Tanahashi spins through to the Twist ‘n’ Shout! Fans rally up while both men are down. Ibushi and Finlay return to their corners, and reach out as Omega and Tanahashi crawl. Hot tags bring them both in, but both men dodges each other. Ibushi fires off a strike fest, then a Penalty Kick to standing corkscrew! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Ibushi as he drags Finlay up. Finlay resists and fights out with elbows. Finlay forearms but Ibushi hits back. They brawl, fighting Irish spirit against Japanese bushido. Finlay staggers but EuroUppers. Ibushi forearms and they go back and forth. Ibushi kicks, then runs, but into a BIG urenage! Cover, TWO!! Finlay keeps his focus as he vows to finish this. He aims from a corner, but his cutter is blocked int a straitjacket German! Bridge, TWO!
Ibushi has both hands, but misses Kamigoye! Tanahashi Slingblades Ibushi, but gets Omega’s V-Trigger! Omega scoops Finlay up, and Ibushi comes in, Golden Indietaker! But they’re not done with Finlay, they sit him up for the Golden Trigger, only for Tanahashi to crossbody them both! Tanahashi runs again, but into V-trigger and roundhouse combo! Ibushi drags Finlay back in, Golden Trigger hits!! Cover, Golden Lovers win!
Winners: The Golden Lovers, Kota Ibushi pinning
Victory for the Cleaner and Golden Star! Omega taunts Tanahashi with both his belt and Tanahashi’s briefcase. Tick tock, Wrestle Kingdom is coming. Will Omega prove he can trump The Ace? Or will The Once in a Century Talent take the title for his own once more?
IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Chris Jericho VS Evil!
The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla has done what he wants when he wants since coming to NJPW, and that doubly goes for the two members of Los Ingobernables de Japon he’s gone after. Y2J left Tetsuya Naito bloody, and ambushed Evil as one of his acolytes. Will The King of Darkness make him pay for such disrespect? Or will Jericho simply add Evil to the List of wrestlers he’s defeated?
Jericho seems to mock LIJ as he takes his time with his wardrobe. He pulls off one mask to reveal he has another. Evil doesn’t wait for him to take that mask off, he attacks! The bell rings to get this match going, and Evil throws forearm after forearm into Jericho. Evil rakes Jericho’s eyes then whips him corner to corner. Jericho’s boot is blocked and Evil clotheslines back. Evil whips Jericho again, but Jericho bails out fast. Jericho wants to walk away already but Evil pursues him. Evil attacks Jericho and bowls him into chairs! Fans get clear as Evil clubs away. Jericho hits back and they brawl in the front row. Evil chops Jericho then follows him back to ringside. Evil bumps Jericho into a post, then suplexes him to the floor!
Jericho writhes but Evil looms over him. Evil has media clear out while he searches under the ring. Evil brings out a table! He sets it up nearby while Jericho leans on railing. Evil goes back to Jericho but the brawl continues. Evil throws Jericho into the apron, then brings him over to the table. Red Shoes tells Evil not to do it, but Evil still wants to use the table. Evil lifts but Jericho resists. Jericho back drops Evil to the ground! Jericho comes back to stomp Evil, then whips Evil into railing! Fans rally while Jericho confiscates a camera. Jericho films himself stomping Evil, then gives the camera back. Jericho uses his shirt to choke Evil, then dumps Evil over railing!
Red Shoes reprimands Jericho but Jericho goes to the commentary area. Jericho clears things out and slams Evil on the desk. Then he drags Evil onto that desk, and gives Evil a DDT to the desk! “Everything is Jericho!” while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and Jericho gloats over Evil. Jericho swats Young Lions and gets in Red Shoes’ face before going back to Evil. Jericho tosses Evil back over the railing then tosses the desk at more Young Lions! He takes the NJPW banner and blows his nose in it! Fans boo and jeer as Jericho tosses the banner away. Jericho talks trash to commentary before dropping double ax handles on Evil. He puts Evil in the ring and climbs up top. Evil stands and Jericho brings him down with a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Jericho stomps Evil out, then mocks the fans chanting for Evil. Jericho toys with Evil as he brings him up for chops. Evil staggers to a corner and Jericho gives him more chops, and forearms. Evil chops back but Jericho dropkicks him! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally for Evil but Jericho toys with him more. Jericho slaps Evil around but that angers Evil. Evil kicks and chops and haymakers back! Evil rakes eyes but runs into a SUPERKICK! Jericho hits the Lionsault! Cover, TWO! Evil survives again, but Jericho keeps his cool. Jericho drags Evil back up, scoops and slams him, then flexes his muscles. He stomps Evil in the face and kicks him in the back. Jericho goes to a corner and climbs while fans rally. Evil stops Jericho up top and gives him a chop. Evil climbs to join Jericho, but Jericho resists. They fight up there, and Jericho headbutts Evil down. Jericho adjusts as Evil stands, for a flying back elbow! Cover, TWO! Jericho stays calm while fans rally. Jericho flips the fans off then goes back to Evil. He still toys with Evil, so Evil hits back with chops!
Jericho kicks and scoops Evil, but Evil slips out. Evil blocks Jericho’s kick and hands it to Red Shoes, and kicks Jericho in the thigh! Evil throws punches and clotheslines Jericho out! Fans rally as Evil fetches Jericho. Evil brings Jericho up to club him, then whips him. Jericho reverses but Evil reverses back, Jericho collides with railing! Evil fires up and searches under the ring. Evil finds chairs! And he uses one on Jericho’s ribs! Evil puts it around Jericho’s head, and throws him at the post!! Jericho staggers, chair still around his head, and Evil SMACKS it off with another chair! Fans fire up for the ferocity, but Evil isn’t done with Jericho. Evil stalks Jericho and puts him back in the ring. Evil runs corner to corner for the corner clothesline! Then hits a fisherman suplex! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally and Evil brings Jericho up. Evil throws Jericho into buckles then stomps in a mudhole. Red Shoes counts and Evil backs off at 4. Evil runs back at Jericho, but the dropkick is blocked! Jericho wants the Walls but Evil resists. Evil throws Jericho off but Jericho dumps him out! Jericho hits the triangle jump dropkick! Evil hands on, so Jericho builds speed, only to run into a shoulder. Evil’s table is nearby, so Evil lines up a shot. He drags Jericho up, but Jericho resists the suplex. Evil keeps trying, but only manages to bring Jericho to the apron. Jericho breaks free of the facelock but gets a headbutt for it. Evil tries a new way, and leaps for an urenage through the table!! Both men crash and burn through the wood, and we go to break!
NJPW on AXS returns to find both men are still down. Red Shoes brings a 20 count, but neither man stirs until about 10. Evil sits up first at 13, followed by Jericho. They head for the ring and enter at 16. Evil climbs up top, aims and leaps, and the SUPER Back Senton manages to graze Jericho! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Evil grows frustrated, but fans rally up. Evil drags Jericho up and wants a fireman’s carry but Jericho fights. Jericho rolls Evil up and gets the Walls of Jericho! Evil endures this iconic stretch and crawls for ropes, but Jericho pulls back while talking trash. Fans rally and Evil feeds off it to crawl further. Evil gives one last gasp, and gets the ropebreak!
Jericho lets go, thinking he won, but he didn’t. Jericho argues with Red Shoes, then shove shim down. Evil clobbers Jericho with a clothesline! Cover, TWO!! Evil lines up another shot, but Jericho elbows to counter. Jericho springboards but the Lionsault misses! Evil rolls through to fireman’s carry Jericho, Darkness Falls!! Cover, TWO!? Jericho barely survives and Evil can’t believe it! Fans rally again, and Evil prepares his shot. Evil slashes Jericho’s throat, drags him up, but Jericho victory rolls through! TWO, Jericho dodges but the Code Breaker is blocked. Double clotheslines bring both men down! Fans rally yet again and both men slowly stir.
Jericho CHOPS Evil, but Evil responds with a CHOP of his own. Jericho throws forearms but Evil responds. Now Jericho rakes the eyes then runs, but Evil follows, only to get a Code Breaker! Cover, TWO!! Evil barely survives and Jericho can’t believe it. Jericho slaps Evil as he tells him to stay down. Jericho rains down rights and bounces Evil’s face off the mat. “Everything is Jericho!” as he climbs up top. Evil stands again, and catches the ax handles. Jericho gets out of the STO but Evil blocks the clothesline. Evil hits his STO! Cover, TWO!! Jericho still lives and Evil is stunned! Evil prepares again, runs, and clotheslines Jericho again! Evil wants another but Jericho pushes him at Red Shoes! Jericho’s kick is blocked, Evil fireman’s carry, DARKNESS– Huricanrana! Roll through, to Walls of Jericho!!
Evil is stuck in the middle of the ring, but he crawls for ropes. Jericho sits deep, but Evil keeps trying. Evil gets close, but Jericho brings him away! Jericho gets an angle on the hold, Evil taps! Jericho wins!!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by submission; still IWGP Intercontinental Champion
The first defense is successful, and Jericho smiles an evil smile. But as always, he attacks afterward! He puts Evil back in the Walls of Jericho, even as the bell rings and Red Shoes shouts. But here comes Naito! Naito makes another save and he tees off on Jericho! Jericho bails out fast, taking the title with him. Naito invites Jericho to return but Jericho doesn’t. Jericho holds his hands and belt up high, but Naito gets a mic. “Chris Jericho, your next opponent… Is me.” Los Ingobernables de Japon’s Testuya Naito, “against self-proclaimed worldwide superstar, Chris Jericho. I’m gonna bury you, cabron.” The Ungovernable Charisma wants to make Jericho pay, will we see that happen at Wrestle Kingdom?
Chris Jericho says his match with Evil was an instant classic. That’s the first classic that Evil has ever had, but #257 for Jericho. Jericho has classic after classic after classic. He’s the GOAT for a reason. For those who don’t get that, perhaps the Japanese audience, it stands for Greatest of All Time. And it’s not a tagline, it’s not a catchphrase, it’st he truth. Find someone in the history of this world who has more Intercontinental Championship reigns that Y2J, he dares you! But you can’t! And not just because they pretend to not speak English. They won’t because “the foreigner won”. Jericho is undefeated in NJPW against Japanese, and he’ll stay that way.
Evil’s great, that was a great match, best in a long time for Jericho, but Jericho won like he said he would, and now Evil is famous thanks to him. Naito is famous thanks to Jericho, too. If Naito wants to be famous again, he should find someone else. Jericho says no more rematches for Naito ever. However, Jericho isn’t the match maker. Will NJPW management deem Naito worthy of another shot? Will Naito make the best of that opportunity and take the title back? Or will NJPW never, ever, EVER, be the same again?
What a great conclusion for the Power Struggle event. I’m surprised we got three matches, but two of them were surprisingly quick. The chaos in the minor Chaos VS Firing Squad match was great, it was like two separate singles matches rather than a tag team match. Chaos gets the rather meaningless win, and clearly White’s halfhearted “anywhere, any time” challenge implies Wrestle Kingdom will see Okada VS White as a blow-off. Now what would really make this match mean more is if there is a stipulation relating to who controls Chaos. If White wins, he and Gedo run Chaos as an extension of the Firing Squad so that their numbers grow. Of course, many of the Chaos members probably won’t go for it, and they would help Okada win in that scenario. But I’m sure Okada wins, stipulation or not.
The Golden Lovers VS Tanahashi & Finlay was great for being under 10 minutes. They barely slowed down once things got going, and while Omega and Tanahashi aren’t involved in the finish, it establishes Omega has an edge going into Wrestle Kingdom’s title match. There is a lot going on for The Elite as we go into 2019, with any number of things being reason for why Omega himself might be staying or going. I’d imagine the results of this IWGP Heavyweight Championship match is a major indicator of what is happening for Omega and by extension, The Elite. Then the IWGP Intercontinental Championship main event was really great. Jericho’s NJPW attitude has really kept him fresh, and he definitely meant it when Evil gave him a great match. Jericho VS Naito rematch is coming, and that could go either way by my estimation.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (12/8/18)
Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 377
The real ROH World Champion and the “real” ROH World Champion battle before Final Battle! Will Jay Lethal and his allies bring down The Kingdom?
- Silas Young VS Flip Gordon; turned into…
- I Quit Match: Silas Young VS Flip Gordon; No Contest.
- Six Man Tag: Jay Lethal, Dalton Castle & Cody VS The Kingdom; Lethal, Castle & Cody win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Last time on ROH…
The Almighty Christopher Daniels explained that while Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky have new contracts, he does not. Daniels also explained that he had made the challenge to Marty Scurll to put his Survival of the Fittest ROH World Championship challenging rights on the line, and Scurll accepted! Final Battle will mean much more than a match to the Fallen Angel, but will The Villain do whatever he can to make sure this is Daniels’ final battle?
Silas Young VS Flip Gordon!
The Last Real Man feels pretty good about himself after beating The Sandman to make sure Flip Gordon would take his beating from Bully Ray. But the Captain of Flip Army looks to give Silas the receipt! Will Flip get some satisfaction just days before going against Bully in an I Quit Match?
Flip picks up a mic to speak to Silas. “You call yourself the Last Real Man? Well let’s see how much of a man you really are, and how about we have ourselves an I Quit match?” Silas’ response to the challenge is a throat chop! He clubs and stomps Flip, then decides to accept the challenge after all!
I Quit Match: Silas Young VS Flip Gordon!
The bell rings and Silas bumps Flip off buckles. Silas rips the shirt to CHOP Flip! Silas mocks the fans cheering Flip on, then snap suplexes Flip. He mocks the chanting as he lifts Flip up for another snap suplex. Silas stands up and eggs Flip on, so Flip fires off forearms! Flip whips but Silas reverses, only for Flip to go up and over. Flip goes Matrix with the handspring, to then kip up and PELE! Silas staggers and Flip springboards to a SPEAR! Silas rolls out and Flip builds up speed, to DIVE! Direct hit sends Silas into barriers, and Flip fires off hands! Fans fire up but Silas kicks low. Silas whips but Flip reverses to send Silas into more barriers! Flip drags Silas up for more forearms. Fans fire up as Flip stalks Silas.
Flip whips Silas into even more barriers, then brings him up for a snap suplex of his own! Silas writhes but Flip does not leave him alone. Flip puts Silas in the ring then climbs up. Flip aims and 450’s but rolls through as Silas evades. Silas gets Flip in the backbreaker and lariat, but Flip’s right up to SUPERKICK Silas! Flip runs, but Silas puts him on the apron. Silas ducks a clothesline but Flip ducks Silas’ triangle jump lariat! Flip trips Silas and brings him out for a brawl! Fans fire up as the haymakers fly. Flip dodges to mule kick from the apron, and climb up for a SUPER Asai! Down goes Silas and we go to break!
ROH returns and Flip gets a table! Flip puts the table in and starts setting it up in a corner. Flip fetches Silas but Silas throws a chair at him! Silas takes that chair and puts it in the ring, then puts Flip into a post! Silas grabs another chair and puts that in the ring, then puts Flip in the ring. Flip crawls but Silas flips him over to jab the chair into Flip’s ribs! And again! Fans say “Silas Sucks!” but Silas soaks up the heat as he jabs Flip again! Silas puts the chair down then sits the other chair up. He scoops and drops Flip onto the chair like a gutbuster! Silas again mocks the fans as he stomps Flip at the ropes.
Silas slingshots for double stomps and grinds his boots in. He takes the mic from the ref to shout “Give it up, Flip! Give it up!” Flip says “Never!” Silas drops the mic and stalks Flip to a corner. Fans rally for Flip but Silas throws forearms. Silas whips Flip but Flip slides to a stop. Flip swings but Silas ducks it to come back with a kick and a knee! Silas suplexes Flip onto the rope for the swinging neckbreaker! Silas then puts on a grounded full nelson for a modified stretch. Flip refuses to quit and rolls out to SUPERKICK Silas again! Silas slumps out of the ring and Flip slingshots. But Flip hits the floor as Silas dodges! Silas puts Flip in the ring then goes looking under the ring. He brings out a kendo stick!
Silas aims at Flip but Flip jabs and SMACKS Silas with the chair! Flip SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS! Flip picks up the kendo stick but here comes Bully Ray! Bully has a chain and wraps Flip up in it! And feeds Flip to Silas’ SPEAR through the table!! Fans boo and jeer, and even throw leftover streamers, all at Bully. Bully simply soaks it up as this match ends with Flip and Silas motionless in the wreckage. Will Flip even be able to compete against Bully at this rate? Or can Flip make Bully say the two words no one would ever expect to hear from him?
ROH’s pulse quickens.
Something is coming. Something that will get hearts pounding. But what is it? When and where will it appear?
SoCal Uncensored heads to the ring!
Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky are the ROH World Tag Team Champions and are days away from a Ladder War for the titles! “Pittsbuuuuuuurgh~!” Wait, the Briscoes attack!! Jay & Mark stomp away on Kaz & Scorpio, and then Jay picks up the mic. “Y’all boys want a Ladder War with the Briscoes? Y’all know who we are?!” A Ladder War with them? They’re the OG’s of Ladder Wars, and of this “whole damn company”! But here come The Young Bucks! Matt & Nick Jackson go right after #DemBoyz with SPEARS! The Briscoes go running and fans are fired up for The Bucks. Matt & Nick look at Scorpio & Kaz as they get up. The four shake hands, but the Briscoes come back and shove SCU into The Bucks!
Naturally the Bucks misunderstand, so they SUPERKICK SCU! But then they SUPERKICK The Briscoes, too! Matt & Nick aren’t done here, they bring out a ladder! The Bucks bring it up but Kaz dropkicks it into them! Scorpio FLIES onto The Briscoes! Kaz puts the ladder in the ring and stands it up. SCU climb up the ladder on either side with the title belts and hold them up high! SCU have their contracts, but will they still have those belts after such an intense Triple Threat title match?
ROH takes a look at the coming WOH Women’s Championship Fatal 4 Way.
It was at Global Wars in November that Karen Q won a match to qualify for this very match. Sumie Sakai came out to look her third challenger eye to eye, but Karen Q wanted a fight! Sumie brought it, but then Kelly Klein appeared to join in! It was 2v1 until Madison Rayne rushed in! The four women fought back and forth and all over, culminating in the Ray of Sunshine taking flight! This Fatal 4 Way of femme fatales will be the inaugural champion’s biggest challenge yet, can she succeed? Or will the title soon find it’s second-ever owner?
Christopher Daniels speaks.
“It’s funny, sometimes I feel like every year there’s a come to Jesus moment for me, where I have to look at my life and put it in perspective.” Before Ladder War a couple years ago, Daniels spoke so strongly about holding onto the things he wanted if he thought he’d never have them again. And then the 15th Anniversary Show, he spoke of fighting so hard for the things he’d never had before. Now 2018, he looks back again and realizes he’s done just about everything he set out to do. No one would blame him to hang it up now. “He did it all, he had a great career, what a way to go out.”
But the problem is, Daniels refuses to go out. Final Battle returns and what he fights for now is another fight. That is the most important thing to him, more important than any title he’s ever held before. Daniels has no one to blame but himself. He acted in a way that compelled Joe Koff to create this deadline. And Daniels accepts that. But Daniels also realizes he’s wrong and he wants to make it right. In Koff’s eyes, giving Daniels another contract would just be an excuse for Daniels to do it all over again as the “evil bastard that started this.” So Daniels needs more time to convince everyone to keep him. The sand in the hourglass is running out, and it’s down to Final Battle against Marty Scurll.
Scurll won a world title shot at Survival of the Fittest. Daniels dared Scurll to prove he could win 1v1 with both of them at 100%, and Scurll accepted. But this isn’t just a chance at gold for Daniels, but at a new lease on life in ROH. So at Final Battle, Fallen Angel VS The Villain, Daniels knows exactly what it is to be a villain. Daniels knows what it means to dig up that evil and do what is necessary. Scurll is doing what Daniels has already done. So now it’s just them and this one match, but it’s also so much more. Daniels isn’t going to go out quietly, and Scurll will see that at Final Battle.
Six Man Tag: Jay Lethal, Dalton Castle & Cody VS The Kingdom!
The Franchise defends his ROH World Championship against The American Nightmare at Final Battle, but for tonight, they’ll work together to put Matt Taven in his place. At the same time, The Peacock battles the “real” ROH World Champion, with that would-be title on the line, to settle old scores and some new ones. Can Lethal, Cody & Castle shut The Kingdom down days before Final Battle?
The teams make their entrance, with Jay Lethal entering last. Cody politely helps with the ropes but Taven holds up his title while we go to break.
ROH returns and teams sort out. Fans are on Castle’s side, as well as Cody’s and Lethal’s. Vinnie Marseglia and TK O’Ryan talk trash while Taven insists the referee take his belt to the timekeeper just like Lethal’s. We start with the Sassy Wild Horse against The Franchise. Lethal circles with TK as fans cheer Lethal on. Lethal makes sure The Kingdom hears that chant, too. He and TK circle again, but Cody tags in. Cody flexes but lets Lethal exit before he circles with TK. Fans are on Cody’s side, but Castle tags in! Castle goes right at TK but in come Taven and Vinnie! Lethal and Cody don’t see it, because they’re too busy arguing with each other! They finally do and save Castle from the mugging. Now it’s three different brawls at once!
Cody has Vinnie while Lethal throws hands on Taven and Castle goes after TK. Cody CHOPS Vinnie while Lethal throws Taven out, but TK turns it around on Castle. Castle turns it back around as Cody throws Vinnie out. Cody uses the Beautiful Disaster to send Vinnie down, then DIVES on Taven and Lethal! TK whips Castle while Cody realizes who he hit, but Castle reverses to get TK in the overhead suplex! The Peacock fires up in his holiday sweater, then sees Lethal and Cody arguing again. Castle gets their attention by shouting “Hello~?!” Cody and Lethal return to their corner as Castle stomp a mudhole into TK. Castle tags Cody and Cody throws hands on TK. Cody wrenches and reels TK into a suplex. He holds TK up for a few seconds then throws him for a gordbuster.
Cody keeps on TK and wrenches again. Lethal tags and works with Cody to mug TK. Lethal chops TK in an open corner, then whips him for a back elbow. Cover, ONE, but Lethal stays on TK to tag Castle. Castle throws hands and half nelson snapmares TK. Castle drives elbows in then drags TK up. TK backs Castle down and elbows free. TK rolls and runs back in, but into a boot. Castle covers, TWO! The Kingdom is on the ropes while we go to break.
ROH returns and Castle brings TK up again. Castle bumps TK off buckles and tags in Cody. Cody brings TK up to bump him off buckles and chop. He whips TK corner to corner to then toss with a back drop! Cody flexes and fans fire up. Cody puts on a dragon sleeper but Taven attacks! Lethal attacks Taven,and then Vinnie rushes in. Castle comes back in and it’s another brawl! Taven rams shoulders into Castle while Lethal clubs Vinnie down. Taven throws Castle out then puts Cody in the Kingdom’s corner. He shouts to TK to get up, and The Kingdom mug Cody in the corner. TK tags Taven and Taven clubs away. Taven tags Vinnie and the Horror King stomps in a mudhole. Vinnie drags Cody up and gives him a European Uppercut. Vinne chops Cody, then tags TK.
TK throws body shots then mocks the fans. He snapmares Cody into a chinlock and grinds Cody to the mat. Fans rally up and Cody feeds off the energy. Cody fights back but TK throws him down by his hair. Cody hits Taven and Vinnie! He goes up and over to powerslam TK! Fans fire up as Cody catches his breath. Cody crawls to his corner, and tags in Castle! The Peacock rallies on The Kingdom, and gets TK with a back elbow. Castle runs in at TK but into TK’s elbow. TK hops up top but Castle boots a leg out. TK is stuck up there and Castle runs side to side. Castle goes on the apron but Taven trips him! Taven also takes out the Boys before throwing Castle into barriers on the far side!
The Kingdom mug Castle on their side of the ring, ramming him into the barriers. TK returns to the ring, and Taven puts Castle back in. Cover, ropebreak! TK tags Vinnie and Vinnie stomps Castle’s face. Vinnie puts Castle in a corner for stomps, then bumps Castle off buckles. Taven tags in and he mocks Castle. Taven taunts Lethal, but fans rally up with “Sweatshirt! Sweatshirt!” Castle stands but Taven is on him. Castle hits back with forearms and chops, but Taven knees low. Taven snapmares and hits Just the Tip of the knee! Fans boo as Taven covers, but Lethal comes in and Taven immediately lets off. Taven grins at Lethal but Lethal says he’s watching Taven closely. Taven brings Castle up but Castle small packages! TWO and Taven clobbers Castle with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Taven is furious as we go to one last break.
ROH returns once more, and Taven drags Castle up by his hair. Taven puts on a facelock but Castle reverses to drive his knee into Taven, and give him a DDT! Both men are down but fans fire up. Castle crawls, as does Taven, hot tags to TK and Lethal! TK hits Cody for good measure, but Lethal rallies on him with lariats. Vinnie runs in but he gets lariats. Taven comes in and hits Lethal. Taven whips but Lethal reverses to back drop Taven! Vinnie kicks and whips but Lethal blocks. Lethal then reverses the whip into a powerslam! TK clubs Lethal and whips but Lethal ducks and gives TK a Lethal Combination! Cover, but Taven breaks it. Taven brings in chairs, and wants to give Lethal a Con-chair-to! The referee reprimands Taven but it’s Castle who saves the REAL ROH WHC!
Castle pulls off his sweater to attack Taven with it! Taven bails out but Castle gives chase! Castle dumps Taven over barriers, and chases him through the crowd! Back in the ring, Lethal wonders what happened. Lethal aims at TK but Cody tags in. Lethal won’t let Cody come in, and he goes after TK with a cutter! Vinnie kicks Lethal and hits him with Sliced Bread! Cody SUPERKICKS Vinnie! Cody runs at TK but TK dodges to kick and clothesline! Lethal boots TK then hits a spinning roundhouse. Lethal calls for it, and hits his handspring, but Cody denies the Injection by rolling TK up! TWO, Lethal aims at Cody?! SUPERKICK hits TK as Cody dodges!
Vinnie shoves Cody into Lethal, TK swings. Cody dodges, but TK gets him with a rocking haymaker! TK drags Cody up and Vinnie runs in to boot Cody down. Vinnie brings Cody up in the fireman’s carry, and TK goes to lift Vinnie, but Cody fights out. Cody shoves Vinnie into TK and Lethal brings Vinnie out. Cody gets TK with Cross Rhodes! Cover, Cody and team win!
Winners: Jay Lethal, Dalton Castle & Cody, Cody pinning
The Boys hurry to go find The Peacock, because that fight’s still happening. As for the ROH World Champion and his challenger, they stand in the ring together as Cody grabs a mic. “There’s nothing left to say, and there’s nothing left to do. I’ll see you at Final Battle.” Cody drops the mic because he’s right, there’s nothing left but to have this rematch two years in the making. Will The American Nightmare get the title back now that he finally has his 1v1 rematch? Or will The Franchise end his year still THE World Champion?
Time for a Final Battle rundown!
Dalton Castle promises Matt Taven he is “in for a treat”, because The Peacock will dish out a baker’s dozen of suplexes! Wait, is a baker’s dozen 20? Well, Castle’s giving no less than 20. But Matt Taven vows that Castle will remember who the real ROH World Champion is, because it’s Matt Taven. Who will be the real owner of that “real” world title after Friday the 14th?
Hangman Page wants to know what Jeff Cobb will do when he faces someone just as strong as him, just as tough as him, but is crazy enough to climb onto a Hammerstein Ballroom balcony and jump off it! But Cobb tells Page that Cobb’s first Final Battle will be Hangman’s last. Hangman feels that TV title should’ve been his a long time ago, but will he finally get it now?
Jonathan Gresham and Zack Sabre Jr. will step in the ring, and The Octopus promises he’s someone who can finally go hold for hold with the Submission Master. Who proves themselves the best technical wrestler in the world today?
Madison Rayne has worked her whole career for a moment like the WOH World Championship Fatal 4 Way. The Queen Bee vows to walk in a challenger and walk out the champion. But Kelly Klein vows to show Sumie Sakai is a fraud for not giving the Pretty Badass her fair shot. Stack the odds all you want, Kelly will make sure Final Battle will be where Sumie Sakai finally loses to her. Will the Queen Bee, Gatekeeper or Queen of Queens be the one to dethrone the Ray of Sunshine?
The American Nightmare says his rematch with Jay Lethal is “a convergence”, and ROH’s 2019 hinges on this match. Lethal is fired up because Final Battle comes to his hometown. He won’t let someone come into his house and take what he’s worked for! If Cody wants the belt, he’ll have to put up the fight of his life! Who celebrates the holidays with gold around their waist?
A pretty great go-home from ROH here. I don’t really feel the opening recap was needed, but it was fine. Christopher Daniels’ promo was amazing, it really frames his 2018 story and really ups the importance of this match that really only came into shape the last few weeks. Daniels has to win because that’s the story, it’d be a shame if he lost and was released from ROH like this. At the same time, I can’t be sure Daniels wins, because maybe there is a decision in reality that he’s going to retire from in-ring competition. As for the rest of SCU, they stood tall tonight in hyping up the Ladder War, but I wonder if that means they’re losing (probably to the Young Bucks) and even give up their contracts if Daniels is leaving, to show solidarity. It’s all or nothing for SCU in my mind.
I loved that Flip Gordon goes for an I Quit match with Silas Young just a week before another I Quit match with Bully. Flip is pretty over on his ability, but the guts and the aggression he’s showing are keeping him over. Bully naturally has to ruin tonight’s match, though I didn’t realize an I Quit could end on a No Contest. Bully VS Flip in their I Quit match is going to be brutal, and I really hope Flip wins. The attention given to the Women of Honor title is great, and I’m sure this Fatal 4 Way will be the best ROH Women’s match yet because the four chosen all have great amounts of experience. I feel that this has to be how Sumie loses, there’s nowhere else for her to go if she wins, unless ROH wants to start getting their women into extremer matches.
The Six Man Tag main event was great, there was a lot of great story elements with the history between all the people involved. I really liked that Castle took it upon himself to get Cody and Lethal back on the same page. And I liked that dysfunction didn’t bring the team down, they all found a way to win, and that means all the Faces go in hot. With Taven putting his purple title on the line, I have a feeling he retains because of a disqualification, or “Champion’s Advantage” as he’ll claim. He still has to be the one to go against Lethal to determine an “undisputed” ROH World Champion. Which also means Cody doesn’t win, especially now that he’ll be focusing on All Elite Wrestling. Maybe.
My Score: 8.5/10