We have returned to All Japan for the Raising an Army tour as it’s expected to be a big show tonight.
We have three title matches planned with one of them being considered unpredictable due to Zeus and Kento Miyahara involved which could change the course of how AJPW will be within the next year. After this show, we got the tag league coming up on November 11th and I will be covering that one while I take my break from Stardom until their tag league is over.
Got a stacked card from top to bottom and now it’s time to see if it’ll deliver as we…dive right in.
Atsushi Maruyama vs. Yusuke Okada
Review: Our opening match is a singles match with the returning Yusuke Okada taking on Atsushi Maruyama. Around April, Yusuke would suffer an injury that would leave him sidelined for about six months until he made his return a couple weeks ago with his stable, Evolution. Will Yusuke get a singles victory or will Atsushi get the win?
The match was pretty much very basic since Yusuke is slowly getting into the groove of things after being gone for so long and has an easy opponent to work with also. Yusuke has done rather well for himself in the match while Atsushi did well helping him out to give him a smooth match and to get the crowd warmed up. Nothing really big happened in the match, but Atsushi would go for a Fisherman Buster but Yusuke would break out of it and Atsushi would try to do a Roundhouse Kick till Yusuke ducked both of them and quickly rolled him up for the pin.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
Six Man Tag Team Match
Black Menso-re, Masanobu Fuchi & Takao Omori vs. SUSHI, Ultimo Dragon & Yutaka Yoshie
Review: Our next match is a six-man tag match with Ultimo Dragon getting involved with his partner’s SUSHI and Yutaka Yoshie as they take on Black Menso-re (aka Yohei Nakajima), Masanobu Fuchi, and Takao Omori. Menso-re is someone who has been pretty impressive when Yohei had this new persona and it’ll be interesting to see where it’ll lead him. Which os these two teams will win? Let’s find out.
The match really had nothing special to talk about when it comes to the in-ring aspect of the match, but it was pretty entertaining with the comical humor they would have here, especially with Mens0 and SUSHI at the beginning of the match when SUSHI would fail to jump onto the ropes due to him slipping each time he would. Fuchi would get his pop with the whole open hand gesture with the referee which still goes over well and is still funny when you watch it. Nothing wrong with small humor in a match when it’s not over the top and they do that part just fine here. Ultimo and Fuchi are in the ring now and once Fuchi missed the Dropkick, the crowd would just boo, they really do care for this guy still. Ultimo would hit the La Magistral in the match on Fuchi as he would get the win for his team.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato & KAMIKAZE vs. Naoya Nomura, Yuma Aoyagi & Yoshitatsu
Review: We got another six-man tag match this time with our current All Asia Tag Team Champions, Naoya Nomura and Yuma Aoyagi teaming up with Yoshitatsu as they take on KAMIKAZE and Evolution members, Hikaru Sato and Atsushi Aoki. This is just another tag match to get some people on the card but if Evolution could get a win over the champions, then we could possibly get some new contenders. Which team wins?
I really enjoyed Yuma in this match and his interactions with Aoki and Hikaru as they were both solid sequences. If Yuma wasn’t considered a heavyweight, I would say that he would fit in pretty well with the junior division and could be someone to help elevate it. I thought the match was solid as the majority of them would have impressive performances, especially Yuma and Hikaru who has some very nice kicks that match his style. Yoshi didn’t do too bad either while still being inconsistent here and there, but his interactions with KAMIKAZE wasn’t bad at all. The one big thing that would hurt the match was the ending as Yuma would have Hikaru down on the mat for Nomura to go to the top rope so he could hit an Elbow Drop and go for the cover as he got the three count while he kicked out at the same time, but the referee would still call it as the finish to give Nomura the win. I don’t think that was the actual finish, but there’s nothing they can do about it and gotta play it like it is, unfortunately, it happens.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Tag Team Match
Black Tiger VII & Joe Doering vs. Koji Iwamoto & Ryouji Sai
Review: We have a regular tag match this time as Joe Doering teams up with Black Tiger VII to take on two members of Sweeper, Koji Iwamoto, and Ryouji Sai. I was expecting Dylan James to be Joe’s partner but it looks like he already has a match later on tonight. Dylan would betray Sweeper to join Joe Doering as the two would be teaming up together after their little encounter during the tournament. Now it looks like Sweeper would want to get revenge on Joe, but can they do it?
Joe looked like a beast here and I did say before that when he actually does look like he’s trying his hardest in his matches, he can actually go and give us a solid performance and he does that here when he overpowered both Koji and Ryouji in the match. Black Tiger is still someone that gives us an entertaining performance while still showing how agile he can be in the ring when he was wrestling with Koji during the match. While the pacing felt a little bit off in some areas of the match, the story of it was easy enough to follow and understand the brief scenario of Sweeper and Joe. Just seeing Joe manhandle these guys with his brute strength was alone enough to get that heat with the crowd while Tiger just did his little dance like he snorted a lot of cocaine before the match and is just getting jiggy with it as he hits a Shining Wizard. Ryouji would have Joe held down to the outside while Koji would get Tiger into the European Clutch for the three count as Sweeper would steal a victory! Solid tag match and curious to see what’s next, maybe Joe and Dylan fight them next time.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
GAORA TV Title Match
TAJIRI (c) vs. Chikara
Review: Our next match is our first title match of the evening as the GAORA TV Championship is on the line as TAJIRI is set to defend the belt against Freelancer, Chikara. What’s the GAORA TV Championship, you ask? Well, it’s a title that was planned by AJPW and Gaora TV in 2012, so it’s still fairly new to the company and has been getting some feedback from being about comedy or wrestling, kinda like the Open the Owari Gate Championship, but without the voting after the match. Will TAJIRI get his second defense in or will we have a new champion?
I was expecting the match to be a lot more comical than anything else, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was treated as a regular wrestling match. This was my first time seeing Chikara wrestling and I gotta say that I was pretty impressed, and despite his goofy little outlook and facial expressions, he’s actually not bad in the ring at all. The two would fight outside for a bit and it looked like Chikara had an opening after delivering some chops, but TAJIRI would find a way to outsmart him as he moved out of the way of the next chop which caused Chikara to hit the turnbuckle post, injuring his arm as TAJIRI now has a body part to work on. What did you think was going to happen when you let TAJIRI stand still for you so you could hit him?
TAJIRI would start to take advantage of his arm in the match while still outmaneuvering Chikara in the match, but Chikara would be able to get a bit of a comeback during the match and get the crowd behind him. Despite his bad arm, he could climb up to the top rope and starts to call for the end as he jumped off the top to deliver a chop to TAJIRI’s head while TAJIRI tried to catch it before it would connect, but it was too late as it hits and TAJIRI goes down. Chikara went for the pin and TAJIRI kicks out but he would quickly turn it into the Kimura Lock as TAJIRI has it locked in tight while Chikara has nowhere to as he has no choice but to tap out and TAJIRI retains the title.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
Dylan James vs. Jake Lee
Review: We now have a singles match with Dylan James taking on Jake Lee. This would be his first singles match as a heel after leaving Sweeper and now one of the members, Jake Lee is set to fight him to try and teach him a lesson. Jake has been slowly building momentum as a singles competitor and this could be another step for him if he is to win the match against James. Will Jake Lee avenge Sweeper or will Dylan knock him down a peg?
James would take the fight to the outside with Jake as he would get the early advantage until Jake would turn it around and would throw him into the guardrails and knee him around until he brought him back inside of the ring. Once they were in the ring, this is where James would start to have control of the match once again as he would just destroy Jake with his chops and just beating him down. James would even have him on the turnbuckle and just force his shoulders into his stomach over and over again for quite a while and would only stop if he felt like he was out of breath and do something else to torture Jake.
James would then use the Lariats into his arsenal now and delivers a stiff one but Jake would kick out of it at one until James would use this opportunity to go for it again to knock him down, but Jake still kicked out at two this time around. It looks like it would be the end of the match as he calls for the Chokeslam to end it, but Jake would reverse out of it by kneeing him in the face and it would be the same pattern for a couple more times until James would fall down on the mat. Jake would get back up to pull his kneepad off to have his knee exposed as he ran towards Dylan for another knee strike and he’s knocked out as Jake pinned him for the three count! This was a very solid match between the two and Dylan has impressed me during these past couple of months and I hope he continues to grow better from here.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
AJPW World Tag Team Title Match
Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama (c) vs. KAI & Kengo Mashimo
Review: We get our second title match for the night as the Violent Giants defend their Tag Team Championships against the Notice Me, Senpai team…I mean KAI and Kengo Mashimo, but it’s hard to tell the difference since that’s the kind of relationship these two would have together since KAI loves and respects him but the feeling isn’t so mutual for Kengo. At the end of September, both Suwama and Shuji would suffer some minor injuries that would have them sidelined for a couple of weeks until they came back. Are the Violent Giants healed enough to retain the titles or will KAI and Kengo sneak in and grab those titles?
I really do enjoy the dynamic between KAI and Kengo as a tag team and it’s mostly due to their chemistry and how they interact with one another since all KAI wants is Kengo’s approval and he won’t give it to him. Even when KAI went to go for a handshake, Kengo would just pat his head and tell him to go with his corner to pretty much tell him that he’s just his partner and nothing more. It might be just me but it felt like both Suwama and Shuji didn’t fully give it their all in this match for the most part and I think it’s due to them still being rather sore with the nagging injuries, but they would try their best for the most part, but it also didn’t feel like it at the same time which would affect the match very slightly and not enough to fully hurt it.
Kengo and KAI would slowly start to work together due to having a common goal of winning gold in the match as you can see them working better, but Violent Giants are still the superior team in the match as they would start kicking it up to high gear to ignore the pain so they could just destroy their opponents in the match. Both Suwama and Shuji would have their opponents set up for a Powerbomb, but KAI would flip Suwama over while Kengo would hit a Dragon Screw on Shuji as they start to get momentum back into the match. Shuji would get Kengo out of the ring to get him out as the two would hit a Double Powerbomb onto KAI for another kick out. Shuji would focus on Kengo as KAI and Suwama are alone in the ring to finish off the match as Suwama would try to go for the Backdrop Driver but KAI tries to power out of it until Suwama turned it into a Gutwrench Powerbomb. Suwama gets KAI back up for the Backdrop Driver and he hits it this time as KAI would kick out at two, but Suwama quickly picked him back up for the Last Ride and pins him to retain the titles.
Rating: Bruce Prichard
Triple Crown Title Match
Zeus (c) vs. Kento Miyahara
Review: It is now time for our main event of the show as Zeus is set for his second Triple Crown Championship defense against the ace of the company and winner of the Oudou Tournament, Kento Miyahara. The last time these two fought one on one, Kento was the champion and Zeus would beat him to finally win his first Triple Crown Championship. Zeus only had one defense in his name when he defeated Shuji Ishikawa and I was hoping he could have a couple more defenses under his belt before the two would cross paths again, but now it looks like it’s the time for them to fight. The outcome of this match is pretty crucial since it’ll decide the direction of the company going forward and how things would be booked for the upcoming months. Can Zeus defeat Kento twice in a row or will Kento become a four-time champion?
I’m gonna bring up one issue people had before I go any further and people felt like the crowd not fully interacting in the match hurt the feel of it to make it not as important and I’m gonna have to disagree here since I feel like the fans were just too invested into the match that they would just wanna pay attention to it since this match is a big deal since you have two of their top guys fighting for the biggest prize to see who should actually lead the company into the future out of these two fan-favorites. If I had to say one word to describe this match, it would have to be tremendous because that’s exactly what it was from the beginning to the end of it while the ring work was technically a masterpiece while the story of it was just breathtaking to give us a MOTY contender, and rightfully so.
This match just a lot of emotion and intensity between the two of them from every grapple, every strike, and just any move that these two would deliver or counter, it all meant something and you can feel it just by watching this match. This match should show you what exactly Zeus is capable of with how well rounded he is for a guy his size that can throw you with his power while moving quickly like a cruiserweight to throw you off guard, Zeus is the real deal and eyes should be on him. Kento is also no exception as he’s proving why he’s arguably the greatest in Japan right with how talented he is in the ring, his swagger, and just overall work with these two men should be more than enough for you to follow this company. Zeus would start to show a bit of frustration towards Kento as he would start to pummel him with mean forearms while he was on the ropes as the referee would try to pull him off until he got shoved out of the way and Zeus continue the attacking, but he would eventually be held back by the referee again to calm him down a little which looked like it worked thankfully because that would’ve been a bad way to end the match.
Kento started to get back into the groove of the match and use the energy of the crowd to get the strength to his a Blackout onto Zeus as he would hit his Shutdown German Suplex Hold as it looked like it’s the end, but Zeus would kick out of it and would be considered the first one to kick out of his finisher, leaving Kento speechless and the crowd going crazy! Kento would try to get him up for it the second time as Zeus broke free of the hold to hit a couple of Lariats and hits hit Jackhammer to try and put him away, but Kento would also kick out of it now as it looks like this match could go either way now! Both of these men were showing no surrender into the match and you can tell how important it is to win this match, but Kento would hit a few more Blackout’s and hits a second Shutdown German Suplex Hold as he pins Zeus to win his fourth Triple Crown Championship!
I was hoping Zeus would win to hold a little bit longer, but it was a bittersweet moment since the match was incredible and Kento showed that he’s the one to lead the company. After the match, Kento would tell Zeus that they should help build All Japan together to help it grow into what it used to be and the two would shake hands as the crowd would start chanting not for Kento or Zeus, but for All Japan as a whole. It was an incredible moment to end the show and they represented King’s Road Style very well here. I cannot express enough for you guys to start getting into All Japan Pro Wrestling if you haven’t done so already, they’re a great product that doesn’t get much appreciation anymore and does deserve praise for the year they’ve been having for professional wrestling. Just go to ajpw.tv and subscribe to their service, it’s only $8 a month and it’s well worth the money, you’d be crazy to say no to it and it’s not hard to catch up and follow the product, you can go to the Champions Carnival or the Oudou Tournament to start it off and get familiar with their roster, do it now. So what will be next for Kento now that he is champion again? The day after the show, Kento would talk in a press conference about his next goal which is to go for the most title defenses in the company as Toshiaki Kawada holds that record with 10 title defenses while Kento was only able to make it up to eight with his first run as the champion, so now he looks to try and break that record this time and I wish him luck in that.
Rating: Jim Cornette
Overall: With the first two matches being mediocre, the rest of the show was enjoyable with different aspects from the matches to give us quality throughout the show. We have a MOTY caliber match to end the show and have our ace leading the company once again to new heights, but where those heights will take them next is the real question, but I’m supporting them for the whole ride.
Favorite Match: Zeus vs. Kento Miyahara
Least Favorite Match: Atsushi Maruyama vs. Yusuke Okada
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Review: Day 4 (4/17/2021)
AJPW is back with Day 4 of the Champion Carnival and Mathew is back as well! Will Zeus stay undefeated? Check it out!
Hello everyone and you read it right, I have returned and ready to get the show on the road. I wanna thank Andrew for covering the first three days of the Carnival while I was on vacation while also dealing with laptop issues. Should be getting a new computer soon but in the meantime, gonna abuse this old laptop as much as I can till it happens. All Japan’s memorable time of the year, the Champion Carnival is currently underway and I’m here to take over the 6 remaining days.
It’s been a fun three shows so far and let’s see if the rest can deliver. Will Zeus remain undefeated?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
Star 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
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Shotaro Ashino vs. Kohei Sato
Review: Time for our first match-up as Shotaro Ashino takes on Kohei Sato. Ashino is in a bit of turmoil ever since he lost Enfants Terribles and only has one victory under his belt while losing his first two matches. Sato has a steady record as he only has one win and loss under his belt, and a win here would put him in the middle of the rankings. Can Ashino win two in a row or does he fall behind again?
These two started with some chain wrestling but it appears to be a stalemate as they transition into a chop battle, where Sato is winning. I know Sato may not look like much in a physical sense but he can deliver some stiff shots to you, so definitely wanna be careful when in the ring with this guy. Ashino did try to make a comeback with a European Uppercut but Sato forearms him down. In the grand scheme of things, Shotaro being on his own is a much better path for him since he was mostly known as Wrestle-1’s guy and leader of this group, and now that he doesn’t have them and is now a babyface, it’s a fresher start for him to see what he can do on his own.
Sato appears to be heading towards Ashino and it was the opening Shotaro needed to hit a Dragon Screw, making Sato go down and this is where he will shine. Shotaro with the Gutwrench but Sato kicked out. Shotaro going in with the leg work to try and weaken it for the Ankle Lock later but Sato grabbed the ropes. Shotaro ran the ropes but Sato catches him with a knee to the gut, gaining control of the match once again while delivering kicks to the chest and midsection. Sato went for the Brainbuster but Ashino reversed it, hitting a German Suplex as he goes for the cover but once Sato kicked out, Ashino quickly turned it into the Ankle Lock! Sato would eventually get to the ropes and Shotaro is forced to let go of the hold. Shotaro tried to get the ankle again but Sato punched him in the gut and it leads to an exchange of blows till Sato won that battle, topping it off with a Falcon Arrow as Shotaro kicked out at two! It wouldn’t last much longer as Sato quickly picked him up to hit the Drill-a-Hole Piledriver, getting the victory over Ashino. I know people are frustrated with how Ashino has been booked since arriving at All Japan but all it takes is patience, he’s basically started over and getting the slow build back up.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter.
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Review: Time for our next match as Koji Doi takes on the Triple Crown Champion, Suwama. Suwama currently only has one win under his belt with two losses, so it’s a better record than last year but he still needs to find a way to get back up on the totem pole. Koji has the same record as the champ but a victory here would gain a lot of momentum. Will the champ prevail or does Koji pull an upset?
Loo at Koji getting the first advantage with a couple of shoulder tackles to the champ and oh wait, never mind, Suwama double chopped him and now has him in the corner. Suwama Irish-whips him into the corner but Koji reversed it as Suwama attempts a Lariat as Koji blocked it and hits his arm with a Codebreaker, turning it into a Fujiwara Armbar. After being forced to let go, Koji responds by stomping on his arm and having it through the ropes to pull on it. Koji Doi is someone I’ve always considered to be an underrated talent and glad he’s getting the opportunity on a bigger platform than Wrestle-1.
Suwama makes a comeback after hitting a flying shoulder tackle to get Koji down. Suwama then throws him into the corner to hit a Lariat before pulling him in for a Belly-to-Belly Suplex but Koji kicked out at two. Suwama called for the Last Ride but Koji was able to flip him over, leading the two to exchange blows until Koji tossed him into the ropes for a side slam. Koji delivered a Dropkick and would attempt to lift him but the champ refused to go up, causing Koji to just knock him down with a Lariat. Koji went for the Murder Lariat but Suwama catches him with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex, then gets him for a German, and then a Discus Lariat for good measure. Suwama hits the Backdrop but Koji got up to fight through the pain but Suwama applies the Sleeper Hold and Koji is out, giving Suwama the victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Jake Lee vs. Shinjiro Otani
Review: Halfway through the day as Zero1’s Shinjiro Otani takes on the leader of TOTAL ECLIPSE, Jake Lee. Jake Lee has made quite the transformation ever since he turned heel and took Enfants Terribles from Ashino, he has developed a whole new persona since then and it seems to be the change he needed to show he’s a top star. Can Jake bounce back from his first loss or will he lose two in a row?
There appears to be an issue under the ring as the referee and announcer go check on it before starting the match, guess a bar or piece of wood popped out. Now the match is underway with Jake delivering some stomps down on Otani but would eventually get tossed over the ropes. Otani would deliver some stomps of his own after getting Lee back into the ring, just stomping away at him into the corner until Jake tripped him, delivering more stomps onto him. Jake is wrestling a completely different style compared to how we’re used to seeing him and it works for his new persona. He delivers it well and this whole tournament is a great way to showcase his new self. Jake delivered stiff kicks to the midsection and Otani would eventually catch his foot to hit it with an elbow and leg sweep him off his feet.
Jake grabbed Otani’s head and delivered multiple knees to his head but Otani would eventually counteract with a German Suplex. Otani went for a palm strike but Jake delivered a knee to the gut and then one more knee to the back of his head after getting him down. Jake delivered a couple more knee shots to Otani as he’s laughing maniacally to the crowd before he went to pick him up to hit his new finisher, the D4C, which is a delayed vertical drop Brainbuster. Jake crossed Otani’s arms while covering him and gets the victory. If this is how Jake Lee is going to be, this may very well be the trigger to make him the next Triple Crown Champion.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Review: It’s now time for our main event as Purple Haze leader and last year’s winner, Zeus takes on NEXTREAM’s own Yuma Aoyagi. Zeus is currently the only one that remains undefeated in the tournament so far and a win here would help secure himself closer to the winner of the tournament. Yuma only has one win under his belt but a victory here can stop Zeus and remain strong in the game. Does Zeus remain undefeated or will Yuma be his first loss?
It’s good to see that Zeus is still a snacc, Mathew likes. Yuma failed to challenge Zeus in raw power after being tackled down but Yuma could still try to outsmart him as he had Zeuss over the top ropes and Dropkicked him to get him to the outside. 2021 has been a great year for Yuma, winning the tag titles for the first time, delivering solid matches at the beginning of the year, this little resurgance this past year has been a big plus for Yuma since he was falling behind in terms of star power. They fight outside briefly but Zeus would deliver his beautiful chops to hurt his chest and tossed Yuma back into the ring. When you think about it, Zeus is still undefeated from last year’s Carnival as well, so has that undefeated Carnival record carried over from his victory to this upcoming one, so it makes sense for Zeus to look as dominating as possible during this tournament.
Yuma got back into it when hitting a Crossbody onto Zeus but would kick out at one. Yuma tossed Zeus into the ropes but Zeus would hit a Flying Clothesline instead as the two are down but Zeus is getting up first, lifting him up for a Bearhug and tossed him over. Zeus calls for the Chokeslam but Yuma fights him off, delivering an below to the face and as he ran the ropes, he ducked under Zeus to hit a German Suplex. Yuma climbed to the top rope but Zeus chops him before coming up to hit a Superplex as the two men go down. Zeus hits the Chokeslam this time and climbs to the top rope to hit a Frog Splash but Yuma kicked out at two! Zeus quickly went for the Facelock and looks like he could tap but Yuma had his foot on the rope. Zeus called for the Jackhammer but Yuma reversed it into a German Suplex but Zeus quickly got up to attempt a Lariat, however, Yuma ducked again to hit another German. Yuma has the End Game locked in but Zeus was close enough to grab the rope, and break the hold. Zeus went for a Lariat but Yuma ducked as they ran the ropes, making Zeus hit the Lariat this time as Yuma was turned inside out. Zeus went for one more Lariat as Yuma reversed it into a Crucifix Pin and gets the surprising victory over Zeus! Big win for Yuma and Zeus is no longer undefeated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half.
Overall: While none of the matches were mind blowing, everything was still solid. Nothing crazy or over the top, just solid and basic wrestling for this night. Hopefully tomorrow will deliver something different. We had two people in the top spot and two people who are one loss away from being eliminated.
Favorite Match: Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Least Favorite Match: Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Champion Carnival Standings:
- Zeus: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Jake Lee: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Kohei Sato: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Koji Doi: (1-3) (2 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: (1-3) (2 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!
The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!
Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!
Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!
Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!
Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?
August Grey VS Tony Nese!
#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?
Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!
Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!
Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.
Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!
Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!
Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?
NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?
A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.
Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.
My Score: 8.2/10
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