WWE finishes up the opening round of this year’s Mae Young Classic with incredible international flair! But the main attraction: Io Shirai of Stardom!
- Rachel Evers VS Hiroyo Matsumoto; Matsumoto wins and advances.
- Jessie Elaban VS Taynara Conti; Conti wins and advances.
- Isla Dawn VS Nicole Matthews; Matthews wins and advances.
- Io Shirai VS Xia Brookside; Shirai wins and advances.
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The second Mae Young Classic’s opening round wraps up!
We already have 12 of the Sweet Sixteen established, now it’s time to find out who are the final four in and the final four out! Who takes one step closer to WWE’s first ever All Women’s PPV, Evolution?
Rachel Evers VS Hiroyo Matsumoto!
The One-Woman Wrecking Crew and the Queen of Strong Smile is a second generation superstar as the daughter of WWE Hall of Fame manager, Paul Ellering! Rachel wants to carve her own path in the WWE, but she also wants to make the best of her return. Back then, she was bright eyed and bushy tailed, but she lost focus and lost to a veteran in Abbey Laith. Now Rachel is more prepared than ever before. Meanwhile, the Lady Godzilla vows to destroy any woman in her way! Her elbows, her lariats, her crossbodies will crush everything in their path. And once you see her in the ring, you’ll never forget her. Her strength and energy are like the great kaiju himself, but whose strength of will will earn them a spot in the next round?
The two shake hands, the bell rings and fans chant “Fight for Evers!” Rachel and Hiroyo circle and tie up. They go power for power and it’s Rachel who pushes Hiroyo back. Hiroyo digs in her heels and the two go down to the mat. They break and fans applaud this evenly matched up pairing. They both decide to run the ropes, side to side, then they collide. Neither woman backs down so Rachel throws a clothesline. Hiroyo stays up, and she throws a clothesline. Rachel stays up, but Hiroyo knocks her over with a shoulder! Lady Godzilla is fired up and fans are fired up with her. Hiroyo runs but Rachel trips her up to then dropkick her in the face. Cover, ONE, but Rachel keeps on Hiroyo with a gut wrench. Hiroyo resists so Rachel clubs her to lift and slam her! Cover, TWO!
Rachel brings Hiroyo up, Hiroyo fights back but Rachel boots her. Hiroyo sees Rachel coming and slips out to then hotshot her back! Hiroyo fires up and climbs up. She aims at Rachel and leaps for a big missile dropkick! Hiroyo unfolds Rachel then covers, TWO! Rachel gasps for air while Hiroyo backs off. Fans duel but Hiroyo brings Rachel up by her hair. Then she throws Rachel by her hair, too! Hiroyo drags Rachel up again, snapmare to big elbows. She wrenches Rachel back but fans rally up. Rachel feeds off the energy but she gets a stiff chop. Hiroyo chops Rachel again, then she eggs Rachel on. She shoves Rachel, runs back in, and stops the kick. She swings the leg sideways and sets Rachel up on the second rope for an elevated mudhole stomp. Fans boo but Hiroyo just goes back for more.
Hiroyo backs off and some fans cheer as she runs back in. Big corner splash! Hiroyo then climbs up, for a Vader Meteora! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Rachel but Hiroyo stands first. Hiroyo drags Rachel up and goes for a suplex, but Rachel fights out. Rachel runs but Hiroyo reels her back in. Rachel fights back and dodges the lariat to then shove and SPINEBUSTER! Both women are down but fans fire up. Rachel gasps for air with those bad ribs, but she’s still up first. Hiroyo follows, and now it’s a brawl! Forearm for forearm and the fans are divided. Rachel fires off several, but then Hiroyo throws a fastball! Hiroyo runs, but into the boot! Then a cutter! Rachel hits a big back senton! Cover, TWO!! Rachel was so close, but fans are loving it.
The fans cheer Rachel on as she drags Hiroyo back up. Rachel wants a bomb, but Hiroyo back drops out. Hiroyo runs corner to corner but misses, then walks into an STO! Rachel hurries up, double jump leg drop! Cover, TWO!? Rachel keeps her cool while fans continue to rally. Rachel drags Hiroyo up again, and throws haymakers. She spins but into Hiroyo’s palm strikes! Hiroyo spins, but into Rachel’s palm strike. Rachel runs, Hiroyo follows, Rachel dodges, but it’s Hiroyo who runs Rachel over with the lariat! Cover, TWO! Now Hiroyo grows frustrated as she works on one more idea to finish Rachel.
Full Sail is dueling as Rachel catches Hiroyo in a small package! TWO and Hiroyo is shocked she got out, but then her discus back elbow hits! Hiroyo German Suplexes Rachel, but Rachel stands right up!! Rachel eggs Hiroyo on then boots her down, only for Hiroyo to clothesline her again. Hiroyo drags Rachel back up, prepares the powerbomb, but Rachel powers her up. Hiroyo sunset flips and deadlifts Rachel for the BOMBZILLA! But that’s not all, Hiroyo ends it with the Rock Drop saido suplex!! Cover, Hiroyo wins!!
Winner: Hiroyo Matsumoto, by pinfall; advances to the second round
Lady Godzilla conquers the Daughter of Ellering! It was a strong showing from Rachel, will the third time be the charm? And as for Hiroyo, will she destroy all in her path to the top of the tournament? Or will she be done in by the Storm?
Jessie Elaban VS Taynara Conti!
The young Brazilian judoka returns to the MYC after falling short. She’s also worked hard in NXT, and her confidence is back up as the TRUE black belt of WWE. Meanwhile, the most “amazeballs” and “glumsy” girl of NXT hopes to show that her eccentric full-body style will be more than enough to win. It’s serious versus silly, what will carry over into the Sweet Sixteen?
Jessie offers a handshake but Taynara gives a bow per judo. The bell rings and the two tie up. Taynara gets the arm, then the judo throw! She stands Jessie up to throw her again. Taynara taunts Jessie, because the experience gap between her, a black belt, and Jessie, a relative rookie in wrestling, is so great. Jessie rushes in but gets caught in a waistlock. Jessie manages a standing switch but so does Taynara. Taynara grins but then she gets an elbow and high kick! Jessie adds a penalty kick then a back senton, cover, ONE! Taynara gets to a corner but Jessie runs in for a big splash, only for Taynara to deflect it into ropes! Taynara wraps the arm around the ropes to pull on it. She stops at the ref’s count of 4. Jessie pushes back but ends up in an STO. Cover, TWO!
Taynara tries again. ONE, so Taynara yanks hair. Another cover, ONE, and Taynara grows frustrated. Taynara stomps Jessie’s hand then puts the arm into a high keylock. Taynara pulls on it but fans rally up for Jessie. Jessie tries to get free but Taynara shifts to an armbar. Taynara bends the wrist, then the elbow. Jessie stands up but Taynara throws her down. Taynara rolls over to go back after the arm. It’s almost a Fujiwara as Taynara pulls on the wrist, fingers and forearm! Jessie endures as Taynara shouts for her to give up. Jessie makes it a cover, TWO, and Jessie throws forearms. Taynara gets mad and kicks Jessie down! Taynara puts Jessie’s hand against the ropes, to give the webbing between the fingers rope burn! Conti is creatively cruel, and enjoys herself as she kicks Jessie to a corner.
Taynara stomps a mudhole into Jessie, then tells the ref to shut up about the count. She drags Jessie out but Jessie grabs ropes, so Taynara kicks the arms out! Jessie dodges and Taynara kicks ropes! Jessie fights back and gets a takedown. She catapults Taynara right into the mat! Then she dropkicks Taynara down again and again. Jessie fires up and hits that corner clothesline. Taynara staggers and Jessie ax kicks her down. Cover, TWO! Fans cheer Jessie on as she keeps her cool. Jessie brings Taynara up but Taynara counters the suplex with a swing-out side slam, the Taya Goshi! Cover, Taynara wins!
Winner: Taynara Conti, by pinfall; advances to the second round
The black belt beats the newbie, and Taynara is crying tears of joy. Taynara takes one step closer to glory, will she make all of her work worth it by reaching the finals? Or will facing the lightning quick Lacey Lane be her downfall?
Isla Dawn VS Nicole Matthews!
NXT UK’s Scottish Sorceress takes much inspiration from the Celtic occult and goddess worship. Women are creators of life and full of power, and Isla plans to use that power, that drive and that determination to conquer the world of wrestling. She’s ready for a straight up fight all the way to the finals. Meanwhile, everyone who has ever faced Nicole knows what she’s capable of. It doesn’t matter if her opponent has three months or 30 years of experience, she will throw them, stretch them and hurt them. She was an alternate for last year’s MYC, but since she didn’t make it in, that tournament didn’t really have the best of the best. It isn’t a revolution without her, but will there be an Evolution without her?
The two shake hands, but neither lets go at first. Both women smile with confidence as the bell rings. They tie up, and Nicole powers Isla to a corner. She backs off and pats Isla’s head. Isla shrugs it off and circles with Nicole. They tie up again, and Isla puts Nicole in a corner now. Isla returns the pats, then backs off. They circle again, and Isla gets the wristlock. Nicole throws her down by her hair, then runs. Isla trips her then double stomps her! Then an ax kick to front kick to another kick. Isla runs and drops double knees! Cover, TWO, but barely.
Nicole gets herself to a corner and Isla runs in. Nicole dodges and sends Isla to buckles. She sets Isla up on the second rope for a draping neckbreaker! Nicole drags Isla over for a cover, TWO, but she keeps her cool. She kicks Isla stiff in the back, then again. Isla gets to ropes, but Nicole brings her up to whip. Nicole picks Isla up for the pendulum backbreaker, then the backbreaker rack. She chops Isla right on the chest and it even stings her own hand. Isla fights back but Nicole clubs her down. Isla keeps fighting but Nicole rocks her with a right. Nicole puts Isla in a corner for chops, then runs back in. Isla dodges and rocks her back. Isla rolls and hits a running European Uppercut. She rolls and runs again, but into the big shoulder! Nicole covers, TWO!
Nicole seems surprised, but then she puts Isla on the ropes. She puts Isla’s arms back to kick her square in the chest! Nicole won’t let the spotlight be taken away from her as she shoves Isla back in. Cover, TWO! Nicole drags Isla up for elbows to the shoulder and neck. She then pulls back on Isla’s arms while fans rally up. Isla feeds off the energy and stands up, but Nicole knees her in the ribs. Nicole kicks a leg out, then eggs Isla on. Isla throws a forearm but Nicole gives a kick. Nicole keeps trash talking but Isla fires off more forearms. Isla boots and kicks away on Nicole. She runs and knees Nicole in the face!
Fans fire up with the Modern Day Witch as she goes to whip. Nicole holds ropes, so Isla boots her and saido suplexes! Isla roundhouses then fisherman’s to the Perfect Plex! TWO! Isla grows frustrated while fans rally up. Isla drags Nicole up and whips. Nicole reverses but Isla holds ropes. Isla boots but Nicole catches and counters with a back elbow. Nicole goes to suplex but Isla fights out to throw a forearm, then an Olympic Slam! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up while Isla formulates a plan. Isla drags Nicole up in a waistlock, but Nicole resists the lift. Isla clubs Nicole back and hits a knee trigger! She runs but into a clobbering clothesline! Nicole drags Isla around for the Lion’s Tamer! Isla taps, Nicole wins!
Winner: Nicole Matthews, by submission; advances to the second round
The versatile veteran wins with a shout out to Y2J and a smile on her face. Will she be able to show up Tegan Nox? Or will the Shiniest Wizard succeed where the Scottish Witch failed?
Io Shirai VS Xia Brookside!
This is the main event of tonight and of the entire first round! It pits the Genius of the Sky against the 19-year-old second-generation sweetheart. Io flies but hits hard, and takes much inspiration from Rey Mysterio. Io promises to prove women’s wrestling isn’t lesser than men’s, but 100% equal. She was the best in Japan, and Japan style is stronger, so if she does what she did there, she’ll definitely win. Meanwhile, the young English superstar had her father pave the way, but she’s built her skills up all by herself. Will the youngster’s heart be enough to surprise the ace of Stardom? Or will the inevitable happen as Shirai takes the first step to the very top?
The two shake hands and bow out of the utmost respect. But then the bell rings and Xia rushes Shirai! She fires forearm after forearm on the Stardom superstar, but Shirai reverses the whip. Xia comse back with a headscissor but Shirai handsprings through. Fans love “Io! Io!” already. Xia runs into a kick, then Shirai puts Xia into a corner hard. Shirai backs off to run back in for a big back elbow. She stands Xia up for forearms, then sits her down with a stiff shot. Shirai stomps Xia then grinds in both boots. She backs off at three to give a swinging meteora! Shirai drags Xia to a cover, TWO! Xia survives and swings, but ends up right into a crossface!!
Shirai smiles while Xia endures. It isn’t a sinister, sadistic smile, Shirai is just having too much fun. Xia powers her way out and tries to lift Shirai. Shirai rolls Xia to give her a knee strike! Xia is down but Shirai waits for her to stand. Xia slowly rises, and manages to block the buzzsaw! Shirai comes back but Xia shoves her away to jawbreaker back. Xia runs and gives a facebuster! She fires up as she aims at Shirai now. She kicks but Shirai ducks to SHORYUKEN! Shirai fires herself up now as she aims at Xia. Shirai runs in for another meteora! And she’s not done there, either, she ends this with her BIG Moonsault! Cover, Shirai wins!
Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall; advances to the second round
The Genius of the Sky wins fast and dominant, but that takes nothing away from the heart and determination of her young opponent. Xia has a long career ahead of her, the day will come when she is in the same spot Shirai is in tonight. As for Shirai, she shows respect and encouragement to Xia as she helps her up to her feet. They shake hands and bow again, but now Shirai moves on. Will she blaze a trail all the way to the end? Or will Zeuxis pull off a Sweet Sixteen shocker?
The first round is over, and I can see why these four matches were left for the end. These four were very competitive and highly anticipated matches, especially Io Shirai’s WWE debut. Evers VS Matsumoto was great for how both women were so even in strength. There was great story for how Evers really wanted to succeed where she failed last year, but unfortunately she was up against another veteran who was just a bit better. Evers is second generation, and apparently in a relationship with Kassius Ohno, so she already has her way in with WWE. Matsumoto will make for a great match-up with Toni Storm in round two, but I’d expect it’s to help boost Storm as she advances back to the quarterfinals.
Conti winning her match was great, because it really does make sense for the black belt to beat someone who only just got going in wrestling. At the same time, Elaban has a long career ahead of her, so she’ll definitely be somewhere someday as a sort of nerdier Bayley Face. Nicole Matthews wins because she, too, is a veteran, and Isla Dawn always has NXT UK to fall back on. Plus, Matthews will surely serve a similar role as Matsumoto, she’ll put the younger Tegan Nox over to establish Nox as an Elite Eight. Shirai VS Brookside was pretty good for being so quick and so obvious. As I said, Xia has a long road ahead of her, one loss to such a big name doesn’t hurt her. Shirai will surely win against Zeuxis and make her way to the finals at Evolution, it’s just logical.
My Score: 8.6/10
Joe’s AAA Review & Results (12/9/2018)
Joe Dinan checks in with your AAA review and results for the week ending 12/9/2018!
AAA on Twitch 12/8
La Parkita, Nino Hamburguesa, and Dinastia vs La Parkita Negra, Arkangel Divino, and Ultimo Maldito
The match starts with chaos. Everybody is doing moves to each other. Mini Parka and Parka Negra get in there and trade moves. Maldito and Hamburger Boy are in next and Hamburger boy hits a shoulder block. Negra hits a reverseranna on Parkita. They team up on Hamburger Boy. Boy counters with a headlock, head scissors take over on Negra and Maldito. Dinastia and Divino are in and Dinastia hits a power slam on him. Negra beats on Dinastia and Parkita works on him. Maldito then works over Parkita. Maldito hits a tiger pile driver on him. Dinastia hits a asai moonsault, then celebrates even though he hit his teammate. Divino does a moonsault off the top. They get everyone seated in the corner and Hamburger Boy does a running senton. Then he goes to the top and splashes them for the win. Hamburger Boy pins Parkita Negra with a top rope splash.
Winners: La Parkita, Nino Hamburguesa, and Dinastia
Starfire and Lady Maravilla vs Mamba and Lady Shani
Shani and Starefire start the match out with some grappling. Maravilla comes in quick to double Shani. Afterwards they double Mamba. Starfire hits a drop kick off the top. Mamba hits a big move on Maravilla and now they’re getting the heat back doubling Starfire. We get back to normalcy in the ring. Shani hits a drop kick on Starfire. She gets to the top and hits a hurricanrana on Shani. Maravilla drop kicks Mamba to the outside and hits a cross body to the outside. Starfire hits a michinoku driver on Shani for a two count. Shani hits the Okada neck breaker and the ref counts slow. Shani argues with the ref and Starfire comes from behind and hits a german suplex for a fast count. Starfire pins Lady Shani with a german suplex and fast count.
Starfire wants a title fight after the match. Not immediately, in the future. They brawl after the match and promo.
Winners: Lady Maravilla and Starfire
Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo, and Myzteziz Jr vs Taurus, Australian Suicide, and Jack Evans
Match starts with Jack Evans and Laredo Kid. Evans gets crotched on the post and Kid drop kicks him. Vikingo and Myzteziz dive to the outside on the others. They triple drop kick Evans in the corner. Kid code breakers Suicide then holds him. Vikingo jumps off Myzteziz and stomps the back of Suicide. Taurus gets Myzteziz on his shoulders then catches Kid for a double fall away slam. Suicide does a press slam into a code breaker on Vikingo. He holds him and Evans hits a 450, then Taurus hits a splash. Taurus holds up Myzteziz, Evans on the top bounces off him and helps Suicide complete his pile driver on Vikingo. Vikingo makes all of them miss corner attacks. He does a moonsault off of Myzteziz and Kid’s hands on the top, then they hit their own moonsault dives after that. Incredible spot, Luchablog has the gif of it on twitter, find it.
Myzteziz hits a Canadian destroyer on Evans but Suicide breaks up the pin. Suicide then does a springboard destroyer to him, but Vikingo breaks up the pin. He does knees to the corner but Taurus breaks up the pin. Taurus shoulder blocks Vikingo and sends him flying. Laredo Kid and Vikingo go for springboard attacks but get pulled out of the ring. Evans then hits an asai moonsault on everyone. They fight on the stage and throw Taurus and Evans off and do dives. Vikingo then does a Spanish Fly on Suicide off the stage on to the rest of them. Evans and Kid are back in the ring. Evans slams him and goes to the top but gets kicked. Laredo Kid hits the Laredo Fly for the win. Laredo Kid pins Jack Evans with the Laredo Fly.
Winners: Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo, and Myzteziz Jr
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.13 ~ 7TH DECEMBER 2018
With a vacant Heavyweight Tag Title to figure out, and some finishing touches leading up to Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2, let’s see what Hisame brings us this week!
Most of the roster (except for Naomichi Marufuji, who, much to his disappointment, couldn’t go due to injury, and says he has never been) went to China to participate in “Eastern Hero Wrestling”.
Despite the fact that they had broken up a few days beforehand at “Global League 2018”, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya teamed up. Nakajima’s only comment was that this was how the card had been arranged, and he walked off at the end of the match leaving Kitamiya behind.
It was a sold out over capacity crowd in Tianjin, and the crowd said in Japanese “please come back”.
Hi69, in particular, said he learned a lot of things from the trip. There were also some new athletes o the card which hadn’t been introduced to NOAH yet, Tiger God and Dragon God.
Article with results can be read here
Daisuke Harada has been announced for IPW’S Junior Heavyweight Championship Tournament on Tuesday 16th January 2019 at Milton Keynes.
For those unfamiliar with him, a small guide can be found here.
Tickets can be purchased here
Further names hopefully to be announced (I know YO-HEY & HAYATA are being hoped for)
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
Noah kicked off “Winter Navigation 2018” at Korakuen Hall, not a great attendance for the first night, but it needs to be factored in that it was a 6.30pm start on a Friday night, round about the time when people get out of work, plus there was a big event going on at the nearby Tokyo Dome.
There were two match signings, with Takashi Sugiura saying that he was not going to lose the belt or the era to “this young man” (Kaito Kiyomiya) and Kotaro Suzuki actually turned up for his with Daisuke Harada.
Kimiya Okada made his long overdue debut, and was beaten by fellow rookie, Yoshiki Inamura. Hajime Ohara (who had helped train Okada for the debut) looked on. Although Inamura picked up his first win, it should be noted that this is only a small one, and against a very green rookie. They will have a rematch on the 9th (check)
Both Atsushi Kotoge and Hitoshi Yamato were on top comedy form.
Hitoshi Kumano and Seiya Morohashi squared up as their grudge deepened.
The Hooligans announced the 5’10 and 243 lb Yuji Hino as their new member, and he picked up the 5’10 Akitoshi Saito and slammed him as if he weighed nothing.
YO-HEY defeated Shoki Kitamura with the Super Face G, and then said to SUGI that he wanted to continue this, but SUGI said that Yokohama was impossible as there was an ZERO-ONE show on the 16th. So, it looks like the New Year will be the resumption of it.
Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima defeated Kenoh and Masa Kitamiya for the vacant GHC Heavyweight tag team titles, and were later challenged by Yuji Hino and Maybach Taniguchi.
Then Hino cut the promo of the evening:
“Shiozaki, you are a good looking guy, but your chops mean nothing. Nakajima-kun! Growing up! You are becoming an adult. You look like you’ve graduated from being a virgin”.
This is the kind of trash talking which is sadly missing from NOAH.
Kaito Kiyomiya and Daisuke Harada teamed up to take on Takashi Sugiura and Kotaro Suzuki. The ref stopped the match when Sugiura got Kiyomiya in a Olympic slam into a chokehold, afterwards Sugiura stood over the fallen Kiyomiya and told him that “on the 16th, I will show you the difference between NOAH’s future and the man who has supported NOAH for eighteen years”.
Detailed event recap can be read here
GHC BELT NEWS
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
- GHC Junior Champion: Kotaro Suzuki
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69
All titles will be challenged for on the 16th December at “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2”
Kaito Kiyomiya will challenge for the GHC Heavyweight
Daisuke Harada will challenge for the GHC Junior
Yuji Hino & Maybach Taniguchi will challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag
The Backbreakers (Hajime Ohara & Hitoshi Kumano) will challenge for the GHC Junior Tag
~ Maybach Taniguchi came out with his “Sasumata” pole (literally “speared fork”) that he had used when he was part of “The Super Violent Army“.
~ Takashi Sugiura said he learned the bidets in Japan, Taiwan and China were all of equal quality.
~ Masao Inoue is holding another bowling tournament
~ Senior referee, Shu Nishinaga, said that someone had “dumped” a load of Masao Inoue’s CDs in the waiting room.
~ Go Shiozaki gave a talk for “Wrestle Talk Mania”, one of the subjects he covered was mental training in wrestling; something which Shiozaki has extensive experience in, especially in dealing with what happened to Mitsuharu Misawa right in front of his eyes, and of course getting Kaito Kiyomiya over his own nerves.
~ Naomichi Marufuji is not cleared to return to the ring yet, although he can now walk more easily, except he has a slight limp.
KING SHAMELESS CORNER
None. He’s been good this week (aside from being a bidet inspector)
The final night of Global League, 25th November, will be broadcast at 6pm on Saturday 8th December
The event on the 7th December, will be broadcast on the 15th December
The event on the 16th December, will be broadcast on the 22nd December
Today’s child of puroresu: Kaito Kiyomiya’s Story
150 people at debut?! Praise from Kobashi! Winning Global League! Kaito Kiyomiya special feature!
MINI INTERVIEW WITH KATSUHIKO NAKAJIMA: 7th December tag championship decision at Korakuen Hall, “I want you to hear the sound of Noah changing”
The scene of pro-wrestling Vol.23 ~ The wish for the soul that inherits the light of the emerald green.
Nakajima and Shiozaki to combine to take the championship
“Everybody’s Energy” ~ interview with Kaito Kiyomiya (Weekly Pro, December 2018)
“I want to advance the era” ~ mini interview with 2018 Global League winner, Kaito Kiyomiya
Takashi Sugiura’s determination for defense, “I will not hand over the belt or the era”.