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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/12/18)

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The NXT Champion, Tommaso Ciampa, returns to the air! What will he have to say about his blackhearted reign? Plus, Shayna Baszler returns to in-ring action!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Cezar Bononi & Adrian Jaoude; Lorcan & Burch win.
  • Shayna Baszler VS Violet Payne; Baszler wins.
  • Raul Mendoza VS Lars Sullivan; Sullivan wins.
  • Nikki Cross VS Bianca Belair; Double Count-out.

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Tommaso Ciampa arrives!

The NXT Champion is back, but he’s not going to talk to NXT Media. He heads right inside, what will he have to say?

 

Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Cezar Bononi & Adrian Jaoude!

The brawlers return! The brawler of Boston is back from injury and so he and the brawler from Britain are in action against these two behemoths from Brazil! Can Lorcan & Burch make a big impact in their return to NXT? Or will Bononi & Jaoude make an even bigger one when they ruin it?

Fans chant “One Two!” for the punching pair as Burch starts with Bononi. Bononi and Burch tie up, and go around until Burch gets a hammerlock. Bononi elbows but Burch hits back. Burch gives European Uppercuts, then swings Bononi around for a headbutt! Burch also hits a corner clothesline and enziguri, to then hit a second rope missile dropkick! He kips right up and brings Bononi over. Lorcan tags in and the One-Two combo double suplex. Jaoude rushes in but the referee keeps him back. Lorcan keeps on Bononi as he tags Burch back in. They double chop Bononi, then Burch wrenches the arm. Burch tries to bring Bononi to the mat but Bononi is too tall and strong. Tag to Jaoude and now the Brazilian duo isolate him in the corner.

Jaoude goes for an armlock but Burch forearms. Burch has a cravat, but Jaoude pries his way out for a reverse straitjacket, aka the Juji Garami! Jaoude pushes Burch but Burch feeds off the fans. Jaoude knees low to then throw Burch using the Garami! He throws body shots and tags into Bononi. Bononi stomps a mudhole and clubs away on Burch, then backs off. Tag to Jaoude and the Brazilians work together for a backbreaker and running knee! Cover, ONE, but Jaoude keeps on Burch with a modified keylock. Fans chant “One Two! Three Four!” Jaoude knees low and whips but Burch goes back and slides under, hot tag to Lorcan!

Lorcan grabs Jaoude to slap, slap and SLAP! He runs to run Jaoude over with a EuroUpper! Lorcan also takes out Bononi for good measure. Lorcan hits another EuroUpper on Jaoude, ducks Bononi, and comes back for a DOUBLE Blockbuster! Fans fire up with Lorcan as he tags into Burch. They bring Jaoude up, for the draping DDT! Cover, Burch & Lorcan win!

Winners: Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan, Burch pinning

The One-Two gets the one-two-there! The NXT Tag Team Division is stacking up, but with War Machine on the trail of the Undisputed Era, when will Lorcan & Burch find themselves near the titles again?

 

Tommaso Ciampa heads to the ring!

And he actually has theme music now. But that aside, Full Sail still boos and jeers at the Psycho Killer walking down the ramp. And even still, Ciampa still soaks it all in with a sinister grin and laugh as he holds up his NXT Championship. Ciampa ignores the fans chanting “You Suck! You Suck!” as he says “That music is a personal message from the champ to each and every one of you.” It is Ciampa’s way of saying, in the most polite way possible, “Shut up!” For the last month, Ciampa has heard all the whispers and pointed fingers, “I know who did it! I know who took out Aleister Black!” It had to be Ciampa. They based this on what? Imagination? Ciampa doesn’t play make believe, he lives in the real world, and bases opinions on facts.

When Ciampa confronts someone, he does it publicly, on the biggest stage possible, “with all the eyes of the world on me, so you can worship your master at work!” Fans are a thunderous mix as Ciampa says he isn’t going to lie to us, because a champ never lies. The fact is, Ciampa had all the intentions in taking out Aleister before Brooklyn, but someone beat him to the punch. Just like the fans, he wants to know who. But he doesn’t, because he’d be patting them on the back and say “Job well done.” However, Ciampa wants fans to understand: even if Aleister was at Brooklyn, things would remain the same. Gargano loses, Aleister loses, Ciampa wins. Ciampa takes a moment to admire the belt before continuing.

“The title has something it would like me to tell you all.” The belt THANKS Ciampa for putting it back in the main event of TakeOver! Because Ciampa IS the champion of champions, who talks the talk and walks the walk. When Ciampa says he’s going to do something, he does it! That makes Ciampa THE greatest NXT success story EVER! That’s what makes Ciampa “YOUR NXT Champion!” Fans duel as Ciampa says his final point. He really wants everyone watching and everyone in the locker room to listen to this. “Because the fact is, if you want to be a success, if you want to be a winner, if you want to be a champion, then follow the lead of Tommaso Ciampa.” The man with the darkest heart in NXT declares himself the mold of greatness, but will there come a challenger to break that mold?

 

Shayna Baszler VS Violet Payne!

The Queen of Spades no longer reigns with an iron fist, but she’s got her eyes set on her rematch with the Pirate Princess. Will Baszler build momentum back up by making Payne feel some pain? Or will she overlook the newcomer and end up in an upset?

The fans know “Shayna’s gonna kill~ you!” as the bell rings. Violet goes right at Shayna, but runs right into the takedown! Shayna throws hands from both sides, then gets up to stalk Violet. Violet sits up but Shayna knees her right down! Shayna goes after the hand, especially the fingers and wrist. She ends the entire limb all different ways, then into a modifed anaconda lock! Violet somehow doesn’t tap, so Shayna hammerlocks and STOMPS the arm! Violet feels the same as Dakota Kai did months ago, but Shayna shows even less mercy. She puts Violet in the Kirafuda Klutch! Violet taps, Shayna wins!

Winner: Shayan Baszler, by submission

But Shayna won’t let go until Violet goes to sleep! And she even toys with the unconscious Violet with slaps across the face. Bully Baszler made the rookie tap AND snap, so what will she do to Kairi when they have their title rematch?

Wait, Shayna isn’t leaving Violet alone after all! She goes right back and drags Violet back in the ring, into another Kirafuda Klutch! Violet gasps for air as referees rush in! Shayna holds on until Violet is out again, then paces about, before putting Violet in the Kirafuda AGAIN! Bully Baszler is downright evil as she squeezes Violet until she’s purple! Shayna finally lets go, to dump Violet out of the ring. The Queen of Spades finally storms off, leaving the poor Payne alone. Will she brutalize Kairi so bad that this looks like playful rough housing?

 

NXT receives footage of Heavy Machinery’s physical encounter.

Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic were investigating the Aleister Black assault case and were narrowing in on their top suspect, “Tomato Champus.” Mispronunciations aside, they just saw Ciampa claim he was innocent, but aren’t buying it. Ciampa walks over and heard Dozer get his name wrong. He wants them to say his name with respect. Or are they just like these fans who think this is a game? Otis tells Ciampa they aren’t playing around, so if Ciampa wants to get it on, they can get it on. GM William Regal sees them and keeps the peace. But it’s nice to see Ciampa, so they’ll talk in his office. The match will have to wait. Otis makes sure Ciampa knows, “I’m comin’!!” When and where will Dozer get his hands on Ciampa?

 

The Undisputed Era speak.

Roderick Strong has to get something off his chest, something that’s been bothering him. What’s that? The War Raiders talking about “You can run but you can’t hide.” This isn’t Hide ‘n’ Seek, Strong plays that with his son and wins every time. They’re way too popular to hide, Kyle O’Reilly gets spotted just shopping for groceries. The War Raiders are the real cowards, and a few hundred years short of making fashion statements. Where is it in the Viking handbook that you wait to attack your targets from behind?

But moving on from Rowe & Hanson, Adam Cole brings up next week’s first time ever, Champion VS Champion, Ricochet VS Pete Dunne. It should be called the Adam Cole Invitational, because whoever ends up North American Champion will defend against him via his rematch clause. Cole doesn’t care who wins, he gets his rematch one way or another, and in the end, his opponent will fail. He’s going to scout things out, because whether it’s Ricochet, Pete Dunne or the “Bore Raiders”, they’re not on the level of these four. “And that is Undisputed.” Clearly there’s no lack of confidence, but will there be some regret when those title match-ups finally happen?

 

Raul Mendoza VS Lars Sullivan!

The literal average man wants payback on the Leviathan for ruining his match with the Top One Percent. EC3 would probably be going after Lars himself if Lars didn’t take him out first. Can Mendoza survive the mauling the Mile High Monster has in store? Or will he just be another victim of Sullivan’s wrath?

Lars laughs at the much smaller Mendoza, but Mendoza is itching for this fight. The bell rings and Mendoza dodges Lars. Lars lunges in and grabs Mendoza this time. But Mendoza slips out to kick back. Mendoza kicks and kicks but Lars stops him with a whip. Mendoza slides under to springboard enziguri! Lars puts him on the apron to then block the kick and toss Mendoza halfway across the ring! Mendoza crawls to a corner, but Lars tosses him out of it! Fans want “One More Time!” so Lars throws Mendoza one more time! Mendoza writhes from the painful impact, but Lars isn’t done with him. Lars runs in for a big corner splash, then gives him the saido suplex toss! Lars laughs, as he enjoys what he’s doing to Mendoza.

Fans rally up and Mendoza fights back with a chop! But Lars clobbers Mendoza with one forearm! Lars sits Mendoza up for a neck wrench, then a wrench the other way. Fans rally up again while Lars laughs. Mendoza fades, but fans give him a second wind. Mendoza stands and fights back, to then jawbreaker out! Lars runs into Mendoza’s boots, then into the post! Mendoza kicks away on that leg, but his whip is blocked by power. He manages to slip and slide to the apron to swing kick Lars away. Springboard missile dropkick, but Lars only staggers. Mendoza runs, but into a pop-up powerslam! Lars isn’t done, he drags Mendoza up for crossface forearms. Then, the FREAK ACCIDENT! Cover, Lars wins!

Winner: Lars Sullivan, by pinfall

The monster of NXT just mangled Mendoza. It didn’t matter how much fire Mendoza had, the Leviathan had much more aggression and love of destruction. Will Lars climb back up to the NXT Championship scene and do the same to someone like Ciampa?

 

NXT Media interviews Pete Dunne.

The Bruiserweight faces the One and Only, winner takes all. Things have gotten heated, will that affect his mindset? Dunne’s mindset is fine. Their loss is on Ricochet, but Dunne does admit he probably should’ve stayed out of Ricochet’s problems. At the same time, Dunne does want after the gold Ricochet now holds, so he plans on becoming the first dual North American and United Kingdom Champion. Ricochet’s only been champion, but Dunne is the longest reigning WWE champion today. The only problem Dunne will have is figuring out how to fit both titles in his mouth. He says that’s his only problem, but will he soon have a One and Only problem?

 

Backstage interview with Ricochet to respond.

The second-ever NXT North American Champion heard Dunne’s words, and thinks it’s funny. Dunne says Ricochet can’t handle the situation, but in reality, Dunne knows Ricochet has been in these situations long before joining NXT. Ricochet knows Dunne is the same, but he’s just another hurdle he has to leap over. It doesn’t matter how long someone has been champion, it just matters that you are champion. Ricochet will prove it when he retains his NAC while taking Dunne’s UKC. Then Ricochet will be the One and Only Dual Champion. The King of Flight is ready to reach new heights, but will the Bruiserweight drag him down to the ground?

 

The Forgotten Sons speak.

“Trashed. Tossed aside. Erased. Lost. Forgotten.” They gave so much of themselves, but once their usefulness was used up, they were forsaken. “Like garbage.” These three “twisted heaps” are not alone. They have each other, and they will be heard. Discarded but never forgotten again. Will they stamp their names on history by taking the NXT Tag Team Division by storm?

 

NXT Media took a survey for Ricochet VS Dunne.

Most fans went with Ricochet, but the survey was interrupted by an argument between Aliyah and Dakota Kai, that also bruoght in Lacey Evans and Deonna Purrazzo. The “ladies” of NXT didn’t want to escalate things, but it seems Team Kick has a new member. These four ladies face off next week, which side will win this battle?

William Regal continues his investigation into Aleister Black’s attack.

The Pirate Princess is innocent, but hopes to be of help in the investigation. She leaves, and next is Kassius Ohno. The Knockout Artist has his own perspective to share, but it seems he wasn’t a suspect at all. Ohno is confused. Is he invisible? No, it’s not that, Kairi gave him an alibi because they were together with Candice. However, when Ohno did walk in, he seemed upset.

Really? Good Guy Kassius? Oh no. If Regal paid attention to him more, maybe he’d see Ohno is actually upset all the time! Imagine being the returning hot free agents only to be pushed to the back of the line. Look at all the other “hottest free agents” that have come and gone. What does Ohno have to do to be part of TakeOver? Buy his own ticket? Sit in the front row with a nice suit on? Regal assures Ohno that he’s on the radar. Ohno doesn’t think so. But just let him know when the newest toy shows up, so he can “take care of him.”

 

Nikki Cross VS Bianca Belair!

The Loony Lass came close to taking the NXT Women’s Championship for herself, but she instead went to sleep with a smile on her face. Meanwhile, the EST is the only “Un-De-Fea-Ted” woman left in NXT. Can Bianca continue that streak to then move up towards the title? Or will Nikki make it back up to try for gold one more time?

Fans are excited for Nikki but that just annoys Bianca. The fans duel now, chanting for “EST! EST!” just as much. Nikki lunges but Bianca backs up. Nikki is having too much fun moving around, even as Bianca shoves her down. She gets around Bianca and waves hi. She gets under Bianca again, then scares Bianca off her feet! Fans are having almost as much fun as Nikki is as she shoves Bianca. Bianca hits back with a shoulder, then handsprings over Nikki. Nikki likes! She ducks under and monkey flips, then tilt-o-whirl headscissors. Nikki hops on for a sleeper, but Bianca swings her around for a backbreaker. Cover, TWO! Fans duel again as Bianca stalks Nikki to a corner.

Nikki gets up but Bianca drives in her shoulder! Bianca carries Nikki out of the corner and into a bearhug to use that impressive strength. Fans rally for Nikki and Nikki fights back with a headbutt. Nikki sunset flips but Bianca drags her up and into a corner. Bianca runs in but into an elbow. Nikki runs out but is caught, scooped, and lifted! Bianca military presses then dumps Nikki. Bianca says kiss this, then goes for the EST splash. She misses as Nikki gets clear! Nikki gets up, dodges and crossbodies! She thrashes Bianca around, then rallies with forearms. Nikki tackles with a Thezs Press and gives more fast hands! She has Bianca in the corner for a manic mudhole stomp.

Nikki runs in and hits a big corner splash. Bianca staggers while Nikki climbs, but Bianca gets to the apron. Nikki just changes plans and sweets the legs. Nikki has Bianca in the apron and fires off clubbing forearms! She stops at the ref’s count, and Bianca shoves her into the steel steps. Both women slowly stand, Bianca LASHES Nikki with her hair! But then Nikki hops on for another sleeper! The count passes 5, Bianca slams Nikki and herself onto the ramp! Both women get counted out!

Double Count-out; No Contest

Bianca doesn’t win, but she doesn’t lose, so she’s technically still undefeated. Even so, Bianca doesn’t appreciate this blemish on her spotless record. She and Nikki brawl on the ramp! Bianca bumps Nikki off the apron, but more referees come out. The officials work to separate the two even as fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Nikki gives chase and now she and Bianca brawl near the announce desk. Bianca clubs Nikki down but won’t let the refs stop her. Bianca tosses Nikki up and over onto the announce desk! Nikki recovers quick, and FLIES onto Bianca and the referees! Nikki puts the Cross in Crossbody, and smiles though she’s down and out. Will these two be given a rematch to settle the score?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another packed episode of NXT that builds plenty of stuff for down the line. It was great to see Lorcan & Burch back, as well as the on-air debut of at least part of that talked-about Brazilian stable. Bononi & Jaoude have legit talents but it was good for Lorcan & Burch to go over here in their return. Then Ciampa sandwiching them with his appearance and promo was great, Ciampa getting in Heavy Machinery’s face was great. Ciampa uses similar reasoning to Lars Sullivan as to why he wasn’t who attacked Aleister Black, and thankfully they kept it from being him so that it wasn’t just the obvious. Otis taking on Ciampa 1v1 would be a great opportunity for The Dozer, even though we know he’s going to lose. And when Aleister finally returns, his rematch with Ciampa is going to be killer.

Shayna just upped the ante on being a Heel physically, but it actually works that Kairi didn’t come out. Shayna can naturally accuse her of being a coward now, and this will help extend and heat up their build towards the rematch. I would love if that rematch was also more than just a normal match, I bet Kairi and Shayna could make even just a No Disqualification match incredible. The same goes for Lars Sullivan VS EC3. Lars himself is such a monster that it’d be okay if EC3 felt the need to go hardcore on him in order to win. The Undisputed Era are also setting themselves up for things, their respective tag title and North American title matches will be great. There are such great rivalries in NXT, it puts Raw and even SmackDown to shame.

I liked Kassius Ohno actually getting upset that he wasn’t a suspect, because he wants to be taken seriously as a threat. He has to be the first real opponent for Keith Lee and/or Matt Riddle at this point, he is making a point of going after the “new guy”. Nikki VS Bianca was surprisingly fast, but boy was it great. This will surely become a thing to give Bianca that boost up to the title scene, and should also be something that escalates to a No Disqualification or even a Falls Count Anywhere to fit what happened tonight. Then Nikki can go up to main and Bianca can go after the title, win win for them both!

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/13/19)

Who qualifies for the Crockett Cup?!

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Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 395

ROH plays host to a Crockett Cup Qualifying Match! Will The Briscoes make it through Willie Mack and Jeff Cobb? Or will #DemBoyz be left out in the cold?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shane Taylor VS Luchasaurus; Taylor wins.
  • Katie Forbes & Mazzerati VS Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani; Sakai & Iwatani win.
  • Crockett Cup Qualifying Match: The Briscoes VS Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack; The Briscoes win and move on to The Crockett Cup tag team tournament.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Briscoes speak.

“So when we heard that they’re bringing back the Crockett Cup for 2019…” “Classic.” “We was hyped.” “Hyped!” The Crockett Cup, let’s go! But then they were making Jay & Mark qualify? What the hell? Jay felt disrespected hearing that. They’re 10-time tag team champions and they have to qualify!? But that’s fine, “watch this!” Because at the end, when they’ve won the whole thing atop a pile of bodies, “y’all did this.” Cobb, Mack, the Road to the Cup starts tonight. The Briscoes have warned their opponents, but will they be the ones left out?

 

Shane Taylor VS Luchasaurus!

The Notorious Hitman wants a championship and the paycheck that comes with it, and will go after anyone he has to to get there. But can he get past the towering beast put before him?

Taylor refuses the Code of Honor to tell Luchasaurus that it doesn’t matter where he came from, he’s in Taylor’s town. Taylor pie faces Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus gives it back. The bell rings and they tie up. They break and then go again, to break again. Fans cheer on Luchasaurus as he dares Taylor to bring it. Taylor runs in but gets a boot. Luchasaurus has his dukes up and Taylor likes the look of that. They circle and Luchasaurus kicks Taylor sharp in the leg. Luchasaurus stalks Taylor but Taylor comes back to circle with him. Taylor gets a swift JAB in, then talks trash, but Luchasaurus swings a kick. Taylor ducks it to give Luchasaurus a CHOP! Luchasaurus stays standing and gives Taylor kicks! Taylor staggers and Luchasaurus runs in, but Taylor puts him on the apron.

Luchasaurus headbutts Taylor but Taylor dodges the boot. Taylor gives another strong JAB, then slingshots Luchasaurus in for a stunner! Fans cheer that show of strength as Taylor covers. TWO, but Taylor keeps on Luchasaurus with clubbing forearms. The wrestling T-Rex is in trouble as we go to break.

ROH returns as Taylor puts Luchasaurus in a corner for CHOPS! Taylor whips Luchasaurus corner to corner then runs in, but into a boot. Luchasaurus boots again but Taylor grabs it. Luchasaurus pries free to give Taylor a knee! Taylor catches Luchasaurus for a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Taylor taunts Luchasaurus as he drags Luchasaurus up. Fans rally and Luchasaurus grabs Taylor for a choke! Taylor breaks free and grabs for Luchasaurus, but he blocks it! Luchasaurus gives a strike fest, and a cartwheel for Snake Bite headscissors! Rolling buzzsaw! Cover, TWO! Taylor survives but Luchasaurus keeps his cool. Luchasaurus drags Taylor up but Taylor hits back. They brawl with big shots back and forth, but Luchasaurus gets the edge.

Luchasaurus swings but Taylor bobs ‘n’ weaves to headbutt! Taylor runs but into a knee! Then a back heel kick! Luchasaurus runs, dodges, but still gets clobbered with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Taylor keeps his cool while he trash talks Luchasaurus. But Luchasaurus sits up and grabs Taylor by the throat! They both stand, but Taylor tries to break free. Luchasaurus lets him go to swing a heel kick. Taylor ducks it, to get the return kick! And another big heel kick! Luchasaurus hits his CHOKE SLAM! And a standing moonsault, but to knees! Taylor survives and then blocks the boot to give a massive urenage! He rolls Luchasaurus for a knee! Greetings from the 216! Cover, Taylor wins!!

Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall

The Hitman takes down the Monster from the Mesozoic! Will this be what Taylor needs to go for gold?

 

Last time on ROH…

The Octopus, Jonathon Gresham, went for revenge on The Last Real Man for adding insult to injury on his bad leg. But after getting bloodied, Silas Young got his hands dirty by sneaking in a low blow! Silas won, and in an interview afterward, Silas told Gresham via the camera that Gresham’s revenge didn’t go the way he thought. Sure he busted Silas open, but Silas-

Wait, Gresham finds Silas. Silas is talking crap, and he looks like crap, too. Gresham’s sure talking big. He may have busted Silas open, but he couldn’t get the job done, huh? Gresham says all their match proved was that Silas couldn’t win fair and square. Silas claims he won with a wrestling move a la that small package cradle. Gresham says Silas is lucky Gresham won’t punch him again. ROH security keeps this from getting any more heated, but there is much left to settle between Octopus and Last Real Man. Will Silas prove he’s a man by giving Gresham a fair rematch?

 

Tenille Dashwood joins commentary.

She has great news: she’s cleared to compete! When and where will she bring the spotlight back on her and head for that Women of Honor World Championship?

 

Katie Forbes & Mazzerati VS Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani!

The All Natural and her friend, The Fox, make their ROH TV debuts as a team, but will they stand a chance against two former WOH World Champions?! Just how bright will the Ray of Sunshine and Queen of Stardom shine as a dynamic duo?

The Code of Honor is denied with a flick of the hair and an L for loser on the foreheads. Mazz starts for her team against Mayu! Fans fire up for “Stardom! Stardom!” as Mayu tries the Code again. Mazz SLAPS Mayu and calls her a loser! Mayu kicks and whips Mazz and things speed up. Mayu springboards and arm-drags Mazz then hip tosses her down. She snapmares with hair and covers, TWO! Mazz gets away while Mayu knips up, and fans fire up for the decorated Joshi star. Mazz tags to Forbes but Mayu tags to Sumie. Sumie has the fans on her side but Forbes ignores it. They tie up and Forbes shoves Sumie down. Sumie gets back up and ties up with Forbes again.

Forbes uses the height advantage for leverage, but Sumie kicks at her legs. Sumie goes to whip but Forbes blocks. Forbes whips Sumie but misses in the corner. Sumie fires off Mongolian chops! And chops and chops and chops! Fans fire up but Forbes throws Sumie by her hair! Forbes sits Sumie up for her “enhanced” hip attack! Sumie scrambles to a corner and Forbes handsprings corner to corner for a back elbow. Forbes adds insult to injury with her “All Natural” Stink Face! The ref counts and Forbes backs off at 4. Forbes drags Sumie to a cover, TWO! The duo of champions is in trouble as Forbes drags Sumie to her corner and we go to break.

ROH returns as Mazz whips Sumie corner to corner. Mazz then runs in, but into a boot! Mazz staggers but comes back in to block the next boot. She puts Sumie’s leg on the ropes to kick it. Mazz suplexes and covers, TWO! Mazz keeps her cool and runs to drop the leg, but Sumie gets clear! Sumie crawls but Forbes goes around to the corner and drags Mayu off the apron! Forbes teases Sumie as she holds Mayu up. Sumie gets attacked from behind and Forbes gives Mayu a snake eyes on the apron. Mazz drags Sumie up and whips but Sumie reverses. Mazz grabs ropes and spins to heel kick Sumie away. She gives Sumie a DDT, then covers, but Mayu breaks it! Mazz is furious but fans rally up for Sumie. Mazz spins but Sumie dodges to kick and TJ Neckbreaker!

Fans rally up and Sumie crawls for her corner. Hot tag to Mayu! Mayu aims and dropkicks Mazz down! She drags her back up but Forbes runs in to attack. The duo double whips Mayu but she reverses and wristlocks for a springboard DOUBLE arm-drag! Fans fire up as Mayu gives them both the basement dropkick! Mayu fires up now as she stays on Mazz. She drags Mazz up for a Northern Lights! Bridging cover, TWO! Mazz lives but Mayu stomps her down before tagging Sumie. Mayu climbs one corner as Mazz staggers up, missile dropkick sends her back down! Sumie is perched, crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Mazz survives and Forbes attacks Sumie just because.

Sumie slaps Forbes then puts her in a corner. The Joshi duo double whips but Mazz dodges and spins things around. Mazz sends Sumie into Mayu, then Forbes grabs them both for a DOUBLE Fireman’s Carry! The All Natural does squats with that weight, then hits a DOUBLE Samoan Drop! Mazz flounders to cover Sumie but Sumie gets up. Mazz throws hands then drags Mayu back in. Sumie hits Mazz while Forbes goes to throw Mayu. Mayu blocks and then SUPERKICKS Forbes! Mazz hits Sumie back then goes after Mayu. Mayu SUPERKICKS Mazz, then Smash Mouse from Sumie! Cover, Sumie & Mayu win!!

Winners: Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani, Sakai pinning

The duo of former champions toughs it out and gets the win! Will this new team make big waves in the WOH Division’s growing tag scene?

 

PJ Black speaks.

“Let me start from the beginning.” The Darewolf came in with a chip on his shoulder, thought he knew better and was just plain better. But his loss to Bandido really hurt. PJ’s been doing this for 22 years now, but given how long he’s been doing this, the frustration is building. He’s been trying to take shortcuts to get ahead, but it doesn’t work. ROH is built on honor and respect, of course, but PJ’s been doing the opposite. Now he’s doing some soul searching and rethinking his mindset. He knows he has to do it differently now. LifeBlood sets a great example for him, and he’ll learn to follow the honor in Ring of Honor. PJ knows now he didn’t know better, but will he be able to make it right in a rematch next week in episode 396?

 

Crockett Cup Qualifying Match: The Briscoes VS Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack!

The most decorated tag team in ROH were practically offended that they’d have to qualify for the return of the iconic tag team tournament! But as the “baddest tag team on the whole damn planet”, they’ll gladly beat up anyone and everyone they have to in order to win it all. Will #DemBoyz be able to overcome the ROH World Television and NWA National Heavyweight Champions? Or will Cobb and Mack be the duo to #ManUp and make it into the Crockett Cup?

ROH returns as both teams uphold the Code of Honor. That’s surprising for the way The Briscoes have been acting lately. Fans duel for the two teams as they sort out. Mack and Mark start and stare down with the bell. Fans rally up and Mack circles with Mark. They tie up and Mack powers Mark to a corner. Mark turns it around and grinds his forearm in. He backs off at 4 but Mack dodges the chop to give a chop! Mack CHOPS again, but Mark CHOPS back. They trade CHOP after CHOP! Neither man backs down as they keep firing them off! Mack eggs Mark on but Mark knees low. Mark headlocks but Mack powers out to his own. Mark powers out but Mack runs him over!

Mack speeds things up and hurdles over Mark, to then hit a BIG Thesz Press! He fires off hands then runs for a Stone Cold elbow drop. Fans fire up as Mack brings Mark up and powers him to the corner. Cobb tags in and rams his shoulders in. Cobb throws European Uppercuts then whips Mark to a corner. He scoops Mark on the rebound to then suplex! Cobb holds Mark up for a count of 15! Mark flops up and out of the ring! Jay hurries to regroup with his brother and get him back in this. Mark goes back in to tag Jay and Jay circles with Cobb.

They tie up and Jay waistlocks Cobb. Cobb pries his way out to a wristlock but Jay rolls and spins and drop toeholds. Jay gets a facelock but Cobb powers him to a corner! Cobb lets Jay go clean and now the hair comes down from both men. Fans fire up as Cobb shakes the locks out. Jay calls for a test of strength, but with the Hawaiian Hulk? They tie up, but Jay kicks low. The Briscoes tag and mug Cobb while we go to break.

ROH returns as Jay uppercuts Cobb to a corner. Jay throws more uppercuts then whips corner to corner. Cobb reverses but runs into a back elbow. Jay tags in Mark and the Briscoes double whip, to run Cobb over with double shoulders! Fans cheer that as Mark covers, ONE! Mark keeps his eyes on Mack while stomping Cobb. Cobb grits his teeth and throws body shots back. Cobb rocks Mark but Mark hits Mack! Mark still gets forearms from Cobb then Cobb whips to elbow Mark down. Cobb brings Mark up for more forearms, then whips again. Mark holds ropes and Jay tags in. The Briscoes swarm and Mark feeds Cobb to Jay’s boot!

Mark hits Mack again for good measure while Jay drags Cobb up again. The Briscoes throw Cobb out then Mark climbs to corkscrew moonsault onto them both! The South Sussex Chicken flies and takes them both out! Mark puts Cobb in for Jay and Jay covers. TWO, but Jay keeps on Cobb with a headbutt. Jay kicks and bumps Cobb in a corner then stomps in a mudhole. He grinds his boot in but backs off at 4. Jay drags Cobb up to tag Mark, and The Briscoes mug Cobb again. Mark stays between Cobb and Mack as he CHOPS and forearms Cobb. He puts Cobb back in the corner and tags in Jay. They mug Cobb more and Jay rams his shoulders in. Jay brings Cobb around and manages to snap suplex him! Fans cheer that as Jay tags Mark.

Mark clubs Cobb but Cobb throws hands. Mark knees low and clubs Cobb again, but Cobb dodges to DROPKICK! Cobb rolls, hot tag to Mack! The Return of the Mack rallies on The Briscoes! Running leg lariat puts Mark in a corner! Mack goes side to side for a sharp forearm, then side to side again for a bicycle boot! Mark sits down and Mack goes corner to corner for the inverted cannonball! Cover, TWO! Mark survives but Mack keeps his cool. Mack whips Mark corner to corner but Mark reverses. Jay runs in to forearm, and feed Mack to Mark’s shotgun dropkick! Mark drags Mack to a cover, TWO! Tag to Jay and the Briscoes stomp out Mack while we go to one last break.

ROH returns again as Mark holds Mack in the Briscoe corner. Jay distracts the ref while Mark rakes Mack’s eyes, but then the ref has to keep Cobb back. Jay stomps a mudhole into Mack in that time, then both Briscoes grind their boot in. The ref reprimands them both but Jay keeps going to EuroUpper Mack. Tag to Mark and The Briscoes continue to mug Mack. Mark rocks Mack with an uppercut, then stalks him to an open corner for more stomps. Mack throws hands but Mark haymakers and headbutts him down. Mark snapmares Mack to a neck wrench! Fans rally up as Mack endures. Mack works his way up and fights his way out. Mark clubs Mack back then runs, but into Mack’s pop-up complete shot! Both men are down but fans fire up as they stir.

Mack and Mark crawl, hot tag to Cobb but Jay still runs in! Cobb catches Jay for a BIG overhead belly2belly suplex! Mark staggers up and gets one of his own! Cobb sees the Briscoes in opposite corners, so Cobb runs for a big leaping elbow on Jay, then corner to corner for one on Mark! Cobb scoops Mark but Jay saves him. The Briscoes double whip but Cobb reverses to pull them into each other! Cobb gets a leg each, and gives both Briscoes a single leg suplex! Fans fire up as Cobb hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Mark lives and gets to a corner but Cobb goes at him for CHOPS. Cobb whips but Mark goes up and forearms Cobb back. Mark ducks Cobb to PELE! Tag to Jay, and Jay runs to clobber Cobb! Cover, TWO!

Jay grows frustrated but he drags Cobb up for a neckbreaker, only for Cobb to power out and SUPERKICK! Hot tag to Mack! Mack rallies on Jay with clotheslines and elbows! Mack scoops to a Samoan Drop! And knip up to his own standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Jay still lives and gets away. Mack builds speed but Jay gets away again. Mack pursues but Mark wrecks Mack with a dropkick! Cobb comes around, but gets an apron blockbuster! The Briscoes suckered both opponents in! Jay gets Mack in and fans cheer “Man Up!” Jay underhooks Mack but Mack powers out and ducks to hit a big exploder! Cover, TWO! Mack keeps cool as he whips Jay corner to corner. Jay reverses but runs into a boot. Mack climbs up but Jay intercepts! Mark springboards in, Doomsday! Cover, but Cobb barrels in to break it up!

Fans know “This is Awesome!” and far from over! The Briscoes throw Cobb out then go back to Mack. Mark tags in and Jay helps Mark get Mack up. Canadian rack, but Cobb blasts Jay down! Mack escapes, STUNNER! TO GERMAN!! Mack climbs up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Mark survives and Mack cannot believe it! Cobb drags Mark up to whip but Jay saves Mark at the ropes. Mark baits Cobb in to send him out, and Jay BOOTS Cobb down! Mark drags Mack up and throws a CHOP! Mack CHOPS back, Mark CHOPS back, repeat! They go for forearms next, then Mack back hands. Mack runs but into a forearm. Mark runs but into a BOOT! Mack runs but Jay headscissors! Jay underhooks, JAY DRILLER! Mark up, FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, The Briscoes win!!

Winners: The Briscoes, Mark Briscoe pinning; advance to the Crockett Cup Tournament

Against a team as tough as they are strong, the Baddest Team on the Whole Damn Planet makes it into the more prestigious tag tournament in the world! Will #DemBoyz beat the best teams in NJPW, NWA and CMLL to take the whole cup, too?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a great episode of ROH! Taylor VS Luchasaurus was a solid opener, both guys are big but agile so it made for a good match-up. Taylor wins because he’s a strong enough Heel to go after Face champion Jeff Cobb for that ROH World TV title. Of course, by this time in real-time, Cobb is dual champion with both the ROH WTV and NEVER Openweight Championship after G1 Supercard. I’d imagine Cobb being that strong now, I doubt Taylor wins. And there’s obviously a lot more to Silas VS Gresham, their next rematch will be just as good if not better than their previous. The PJ Black VS Bandido rematch next week will be a great match for TV, but I wonder if PJ really will keep it clean like he’s been saying.

The WOH tag match was pretty good, but I’m both surprised and disappointed it wasn’t just an exhibition of how great Sumie Sakai and Mayu Iwatani are. Even after watching her as Khloe Hurtz on Women of Wrestling, and full-well knowing she was trained by Rob Van Dam, I still don’t see how she and a tag partner could’ve lasted this long against two former champions. Especially when, at the time of this taping, Mayu was still WOH Champion and a champion in Stardom. Sumie and Mayu still win, thankfully, and this just seems to further push that ROH is considering their own Women’s Tag Championships. A sadder irony of tape delay is that while Tenille Dashwood is cleared to compete, her contract expired and it doesn’t seem like she’s renewing with ROH. There goes my idea that she’d say Kelly Klein was the one who attacked and injured her.

The tag match main event was incredible! It really is a shame this wasn’t part of the Crockett Cup itself, but if this was just a qualifier, all the matches of the tournament are going to be insane! And I would really hope with how hard The Briscoes fought to get in, they at the very least go to the finals. The Briscoes should also beat Villain Enterprises as payback for losing the ROH World Tag Team Championships to them. Then hopefully once they’ve won the Crockett Cup, The Briscoes go back after the Guerrillas of Destiny to at least take back the ROH tag titles and we get the 2v2 match we were supposed to get in the first place.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival B Block Results & Review: Part 3

Another few days, Mathew brings us another part of the Champion Carnival! All Japan’s biggest tournament of the year keeps churning in quality! How is B block going?

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Another few days, Mathew brings us another part of the Champion Carnival! All Japan’s biggest tournament of the year keeps churning in quality!

Welcome back to the Carnival, as we look at the next three shows for the part of the ongoing tournament.

The last part had a lot of solid matches and some nice victories that changed the game a little bit. As we get a little bit closer to the finals, the standings for this set of matches should be interesting.

Will Yoshitatsu remain the only one undefeated now or someone breaks that? Let’s see who will move up or down in the standings as we…dive right in.

Rating System:

  • 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
  • 1 Star: Vince Russo
  • 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
  • 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
  • 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
  • 5 Stars: Jim Cornette

 

4/11/2019
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Jake Lee vs. Yoshitatsu

Review: Our first match for this show is Jake Lee taking on Yoshitatsu. Jake Lee was recently able to get his first win when he defeated Joel Redman. Yoshitatsu is currently the only one undefeated when he won against Suwama at the last show. Jake would need to have another win here to move up while Yoshi winning would move him to the top spot. Can Jake get another win or will Yoshi remain undefeated?

Yoshi, I know you spent money on Hunter Club gear and I’m sure you’re very proud of yourself but I think you should let that go. You’re not in New Japan anymore, no real need for it and just move forward. Anyway, I thought this was an enjoyable match but if I had to nitpick one thing, it would be that I wish there was a lot more intensity in the match since you kinda felt that when they had a tag match in the last big show I did for them and it didn’t feel like a grudge match or anything for the first half of it. Yoshi having good matches back to back is a very pleasant surprise and I hope that momentum keeps on going as we go forward with the tournament. The chemistry between them was a really nice touch with a great showing by both these men. Jake psyched Yoshi out with a punch to the gut and ran towards him only to get caught in a Koji Clutch which Jake rolled him up for a two count. Yoshi would eventually hook the Koji Clutch all the way after countering his Backdrop and it looked like he had him tapped but Jake answered the referee, making him break it up and pin him for a two. Jake would deliver two knees to his chest before hitting the Backdrop Driver to get the three count, ending the only winning streak we had for B Block.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Suwama vs. Sam Adonis

Review: Our next match is Sam Adonis taking on Suwama. Suwama recently lost to Yoshitatsu but he’s still in a good position with only one win and one loss as he still has time to bounce back. Sam currently has zero wins and two losses, so he would need to get a win here if he would wanna stay in the game a little longer. Can Suwama bounce back or does Sam sweep his chances under the rug?

Suwama is a great opponent for Sam as they have similar styles, making it easier for Sam to work with and show more of what he could do in the ring as he gave a much better performance here than his previous match against Joel. They were able to showcase enough power and strikes to make it rather engaging for the audience who are fans of this type of style, to begin with. It also shows how helpful Suwama can be with his opponents to help make them look good while bringing out your potential as the match progresses. Sam would get Suwama down with a few hits such as the Blockbuster and even lifted him for a Running Powerslam as Suwama was still able to kick out and gets frustrated as he goes to grab a chair for later. Suwama would attempt another Last Ride after failing the first time as Sam would use a dirty tactic of biting his fingers to make him let go as he grabbed the chair to try and strikes him, but Suwama grabbed it and threw it to the side. When the referee wasn’t looking, Sam would hit him with a low blow and roll him up for a two count. Sam isn’t done as he hits a Lariat and a modified Brainbuster it looked like as he shocked the fans by picking up his first win in the tournament. More of this Sam and he’ll be in good shape.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

4/13/2019
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Naoya Nomura vs. Joel Redman

Review: Onto the next show as the one opening this up is Naoya Nomura taking on Joel Redman. Nomura recently suffered his first loss when he fought Joe Doering but he’s still in a good spot as he’s still in first place with the three wins he already has under his belt. Joel recently got his first win when he defeated Sam Adonis and he now has a chance to climb up the ladder a little bit more if he can take Nomura down here. Will Nomura get another win and secure his spot or will Joel pull him down a bit?

I see Joel went back to his better gear than his previous one, thank goodness because he looks a lot better without the singlet. Speaking of Joel, he delivers another great performance in his match against Nomura who also performed just as great as Joel did. Joel was able to do arm manipulation once he threw Nomura into the turnbuckle to know where he needed to take the advantage over him. Nomura did great selling the injury and getting the crowd behind him when he hits Joel with the Spear to try and get momentum back on his side. Nomura would be able to hit a Northern Lights Suplex and another Spear with a roll-up as Joel would still kick out of it. Joel was able to catch him into the Fujiwara Armbar and it looked like he had him ready to tap but Nomura would grab the ropes. Joel saw him going towards the apron and hits a Suplex from the other side and catches him for a Spinning Tombstone and Nomura would still kick out of it, but he quickly turned it back into the Fujiwara Armbar and Nomura tapped out! I know it’s been 7 years since this match happened, but I would love to see Joel Redman fight Zack Sabre Jr again, like immediately.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Suwama vs. Takashi Yoshida

Review: Our match to close our block for this show is Takashi Yoshida coming back as he takes on Suwama. Suwama has one win and two losses while Takashi is one win and one loss as of right now, so they’re pretty much about even right now. Suwama would need to win the match here though if he can stay in the game. Which one of these two giants comes out the victor in this brawl?

I wasn’t too fond of the first half of the match due to it being a little bit clunky and the fighting around the outside of the arena dragged on a little bit longer than it needed to, plus the camera angles for most of it didn’t help out at all. Outside of that though, the middle of the match was a lot better than I highly anticipated since you got two giants duking it out as best they could with the throat thrusts, Lariats, and a Powerbomb from Takashi along with other power moves. While I’m still not a big fan of Takashi, he has been performing in this tournament much better than anticipated since he used this time to actually showcase his move set properly. Suwama was also able to help Takashi out in the match to make him perform better like how he did with Sam the previous night.

Takashi would have Suwama in his clutches as he hits him with a Diving Elbow Drop for a two count and would do his throat thrusts with a Lariat as Suwama would counter the Lariat with a Lariat of his own on his arm. Suwama would be able to hit the Backdrop and Takashi would be able to kick out of it and Suwama wants to call for the finish when he sets him up for the Last Ride. Once he had Takashi up for the Last Ride, he would just drop him down without doing the full move and I’m not exactly sure what happened there. Suwama would pick him up instead of pinning him as he hits one more Backdrop to get the pinfall victory in a solid match but sloppy beginning and end.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

4/14/2019
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joe Doering vs. Sam Adonis

Review: Our final show for this article as our opening match is Joe Doering taking on Sam Adonia. Both of these men are currently with one win and two losses under their belt, meaning one of them is going to have to suffer a third loss and be in a rather bad position with the standings. Which one of them will be in last place?

The first minute or so was basically Sam hiding behind the rope so he wouldn’t be touched as you have Joe waiting by the ropes, not having any of his crap today as he just wants to beat him up. Which is exactly what he does do when they’re outside of the ring for a couple of minutes as the two were back and forth, but it was mostly Joe that was getting the upper hand. Joe got him back in the ring as he would look to put him away as Sam would distract the referee long enough to kick Joe in the dick and down goes the giant. Joe is unable to move as Sam would pin him down to get the pinfall victory, leaving Joe in last place with three losses.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joel Redman vs. Takashi Yoshida

Review: Our final match for this set of matches is Joel Redman taking on Takashi Yoshida. Joel is even right now with two wins and losses while Takashi only has one win still but with two losses, meaning things aren’t looking so hot for Takashi right now. Is Joel does win here, then he’ll be in first place next to Naoya Nomura and if Takashi wins, the majority of them will all be tied up except for Joe and Nomura. Which one of them will get the victory?

It’s so weird seeing Takashi trying to chain wrestle Joel at the beginning of the match and the shocking part of it is him doing it well on top of that, scary sight if you ask me. Joel is, of course, more technically sound compared to Takashi, so of course, he would win this part of the bout. Takashi performed a lot better here than he did in his previous match with Suwama from beginning to end while Joel keeps on proving his worth with all the matches he’s been in. Joel would give Takashi a couple of kicks to take him down before he does his Diving Knee Drop off the top rope for a two count. It looked like Joel was gonna go for the Spinning Tombstone but Takashi would fight out of it to pick him up as Joel gets off him to go for a Backslide with Takashi kicking out. Takashi would hit the Kong Lariat to knock him down and Joel would still kick out, leaving Takashi frustrated and would pick him up to hit the Cyber Bomb as he gets the victory over Joel.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Overall: Aside from one match, the rest of the show was solid again as usual as I’m very happy with my results so far as it comes to the quality of the matches with an exception for a couple that happened. Our next set of shows should give us a better assessment to see where people stand and who will have no chance of making it.

Favorite Match: Joel Redman vs. Naoya Nomura

Least Favorite Match: Joe Doering vs. Sam Adonis

Score: 7/10

Current Standings:
Naoya Nomura: (3-2) (6 Points)
Yoshitatsu: (2-1) (4 Points)
Daichi Hashimoto: (2-1) (4 Points)
Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
Jake Lee: (2-2) (4 Points)
Joel Redman: (2-2) (4 Points)
Takashi Yoshida: (2-2) (4 Points)
Sam Adonis: (2-2) (4 Points)
Joe Doering: (1-3) (2 Points)


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