Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 370
The ROH World Television AND World Tag Team Championships are on the line! Will Jeff Cobb dethrone Punishment Martinez? Can Coast2Coast defeat The Briscoes?
- ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Briscoes VS Team Coast2Coast; The Briscoes win and retain the ROH World Tag Team Championships.
- ROH World Television Championship: Punishment Martinez VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins and becomes the new ROH World Television Champion.
- Chris Sabin VS Marty Scurll; Scurll wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Briscoes VS Team Coast2Coast!
The schedule originally called for this match to be the main event, but Shaheem Ali & Leon St. Giovanni aren’t waiting all night for their opportunity. C2C has been undefeated in the year 2018, which is why they’re getting this shot, but it won’t really matter if they don’t get it done. Ali & LSG want #DemBoys right now, so Jay & Mark appear! Will the challengers learn first hand to be careful what you wish for?
The introductions are made, the teams get in each other’s faces, but back off. The belts are raised and the bell rings as the Human Rocket starts against the Sussex County Chicken. They circle and tie up. Mark gets the waistlock but LSG the standing switch. Mark reverses to a waistlock and takedown, then a mounted armbar. He slaps LSG around then grinds LSG’s face in the mat. Mark backs off at 4, and drop toeholds LSG right back down. LSG gets up and gets a headlock, but Mark powers out. They collide shoulders but neither man falls. Mark shouts at LSG but LSG gives him a chop! LSG fires forearms and chops then tags Ali. C2C whip Mark but Mark holds ropes to regroup with Jay. Ali has LSG return to their corner, and Mark comes back.
Mark and Ali circle, but Mark hits LSG and Jay clobbers Ali! The Briscoes stomp away on Ali, then Mark whips Ali into the corner. Tag to Jay and Jay stomps a mudhole into Ali. Jay grinds his boot in but backs off at 4. The Briscoes have control while we go to break.
ROH returns as Mark chops Ali. Mark gut wrench slams then covers, TWO. Fans rally as Mark drags Ali over. Tag to Jay and Jay kicks Ali in the ribs. Jay headbutts Ali into the corner a couple times, then tags Mark back in. Mark stomps Ali but Ali fires up. Ali throws body shots but Mark takes them. Mark rakes the eyes then snapmares Ali into a neck wrench. Ali endures as Mark twists as hard as he can. Fans rally and Ali feeds off the energy. Ali throws hands but Mark headbutts him down. Mark suplexes but Ali slips out. Ali staggers back but fights out of the Briscoe corner. He rolls, hot tag to LSG! LSG rallies on Mark with forearms, but runs into an elbow. Mark runs out, but into the swinging gutbuster! LSG runs to hit the rolling neckbreaker!
LSG drags Mark up for forearms, then whips. Jay tags in and Mark kicks low. Jay runs but LSG dodges the clothesline to springboard lariat Mark out! LSG dodges Jay again, to fire forearms and chops. He whips but Jay dodges to kick. Jay throws LSG out hard, then pursues. Ali storms over to Jay, but Mark intercepts with the wrecking ball dropkick! Jay scoops and slams LSH, Mark says “Bang bang!” for the apron elbow drop. Jay throws Ali into the barriers upside down, then Mark chops LSG. Mark feeds LSG to Jay’s boot, then they put LSG back in the ring. Jay looms over LSG while trash talking Ali. LSG fights back, making Jay cuss in anger. Jay boots LSG down and cusses him out a bit more before tagging Mark.
The Briscoes mug LSG, Mark rocks him with an uppercut. Mark kicks Ali off the apron, then drops a fist on LSG. He covers with a face on LSG’s face, ONE. Mark drags LSG up for chops, then tags Jay. Mark holds LSG still for Jay’s running boot! Cover, TWO! LSG fights back but Jay headbutts him down, we go to break.
ROH returns as Jay knocks LSG down at the ropes. Jay taunts Ali while Mark gets in a cheap shot eye rake! LSG fights back but Jay yanks him up. LSG lands on his feet and fights back again. Jay gets him into a back suplex, but LSG slips out! LSG heads for his corner but Jay drags him away. LSG enziguris! Hot tags to Mark and Ali! Ali rallies on both Briscoes with elbows and kicks. He gets Mark in the sidewalk slam, then kips up! But Jay boots him off his feet! Mark gets up and drags Ali up, but Ali fights back. Mark chops, so Ali chops. They keep trading chops, but then Mark kicks low. Mark runs but Ali gets him with a forearm. Ali runs but Mark gets him with a forearm. Mark runs again, but into the discus clothesline!
Mark scrambles to his corner, tag to Jay, and Jay clobbers Ali with a clothesline! Jay stands Ali up for the stiff neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Jay drags Ali up, tags to Mark, and the Briscoes mug Ali in their corner. Jay feeds Ali to Mark’s Fisherman Buster! Cover, TWO!! Ali somehow survives, and both fans and LSG rally up for him. Jay tags in and hits LSG while Mark whips Ali corner to corner. Mark runs in for a clothesline, Jay runs in for his own. Jay feeds Ali to Mark’s Razor’s Edge, Mark long darts Ali into Jay’s neckbreaker, aka Redneck Boogie! Mark hits LSG while Jay covers, TWO!? Ali survives again, despite the documented neck injury. Jay drags Ali up and tags Mark.
The Briscoes look to finish this but LSG runs in. Jay dodges LSG but that makes him let go of Ali. LSG baits Jay into the corner, then he jumps in for the handspring lariat! Mark comes back in but LSG hits him first. LSG whips Mark, C2C get Mark for Tu Lo Sabes! LSG brings Mark up, Ali comes in for the complete shot facebuster combo! Cover, TWO! Mark survives but C2C doesn’t slow down. They put Mark in a corner, LSG boots Jay away. C2C give double back elbows, then go to their corners! They line it up, Coast2Coast hits the Coast2Coast! But they don’t stop there, as Ali holds Mark down while LSG climbs back up. LSG hits the 450! Ali covers, but Jay breaks it up!
All four men are down, but stirring. C2C stand up first, and while Ali throws Jay out, LSG puts Mark on the top rope. Ali joins LSG and they climb up together. Jay comes back and knocks LSG down! He shoulders Ali in the electric chair, Mark adjusts, and they hit the Doomsday Device! Cover, The Briscoes win!
Winners: The Briscoes, Jay pinning; still ROH World Tag Team Champions
The Briscoes end the win streak of Coast2Coast while holding on to their titles! Jay & Mark continue their ninth reign as champions, will any team ever be able to stop them?
Jay Lethal speaks.
“Matt Taven, you have got a problem with Ring of Honor management, you have got a problem with Ring of Honor fans, and now more importantly, you have got a problem with the Ring of Honor World Champion.” Lethal sees Taven running around with “a belt that means nothing” after attacking him at Death Before Dishonor. Taven has a problem, but Lethal will repeat what his mom used to say: “You may be the one with the problem, but I’ll be the one to solve it.” Is the Franchise Player going to slap some sense into the would-be champion?
Matt Taven and The Kingdom respond.
“It’s nothing personal, Jay. I’m Matt Taven, the real Ring of Honor World Champion.” The self-proclaimed ROH Grand Slam Champion doesn’t see any other truth but his own. Will his truth be proven a lie once he collides with Lethal?
The Briscoes talk backstage.
“Coast2Coast, we tried to tell y’all boys, man. Y’all don’t stand a chance!” The Baddest Tag Team on the Planet stopped the undefeated team of 2018, but that team was only undefeated because they hadn’t met #DemBoys. 1000 days total, and counting! “Who can say that?!”
ROH World Television Championship: Punishment Martinez VS Jeff Cobb!
The Purple Mist has been a force to be reckoned with ever since coming into ROH. However, so has Mr. Athletic, who busted the Top Prospect Tournament 2018 bracket quite literally as he demolished each match. Both men’s power cannot be denied, but only one can be the strongest! Who will walk away from this battle of titans with the title?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! There is no Code of Honor handshake, the two behemoths are too busy staring each other down. The bell rings, and the two get face to face. Martinez ear claps and throws a forearm, but Cobb doesn’t flinch as he gives a forearm and chop back. Martinez kicks low then goes to whip, but Cobb blocks with pure power. Cobb whips Martinez and the two bump shoulders. Cobb comes back with a shoulder and puts Martinez in a corner. Martinez puts up a boot but is reeled into the swinging cradle Athletic-plex!
Cobb drags Martinez up, whips him, but Martinez holds ropes. Martine boots Cobb, turns him around, and gives him a chin check. Cobb stays standing, even after Martinez’s solid discus clothesline! Martinez is shocked, but still dodges the punch to spin Cobb around for a roundhouse! Cobb staggers, Martinez curb stomps! But Cobb gets up? Martinez runs, but Cobb throws the second stomp off! Cobb clobbers Martinez with a clothesline and Martinez falls! Cobb brings Martinez up, whips him, and takes him for a Tour of the Islands!! Cover, Cobb wins!!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall; NEW ROH World Television Champion
Unbelievable! The monster is defeated faster than anyone could ever imagine! Cobb’s ROH in-ring debut is not only for the title, he wins the title! If this is just day one, what more can Cobb accomplish?!
Tenille Dashwood heads to the ring!
The Aussie All-Star is still hurt from that attack at Death Before Dishonor, but that was only insult to injury after losing to Sumie Sakai in Sumie’s first Women of Honor World Championship match on PPV. Tenille is here now to speak to Vegas and say that “A lot of people keep asking me how I am. And I keep saying that I’m good, that I’m fine, but that’s not really the truth.” Tenille feels she can be real with the fans, so she lets them know she’s not good, okay, and haven’t been for a long time. She has both an auto-immune disease, a skin condition, and now this hurt shoulder. The shoulder injury has been bugging her for six months, and she stubbornly fights through it, but that’s because not being in the ring is what scares her the most.
Fans show Tenille their appreciation, but she continues to say that after DBD, she was attacked out of nowhere. If she’s being honest about how she feels, she’s pissed off! She doesn’t know who did it, and even if she did, it’s not like she can do anything about it because of this bad shoulder. Tenille is being forced onto the sidelines with surgery on her shoulder. Fans hope she gets better, and she intends to do that. She loves wrestling more than anything. That person who attacked thinks they’re lucky, but Tenille will have a long time to think about what she’ll do to them. If Tenille can fight like she did at DBD at 50%, just imagine what she’ll do at 100! Fans like the sound of that. When and where will Tenille be back? Who will she go after for revenge?
Hangman Page speaks.
“Next week, Scorpio Sky, I’ve got you right here in Las Vegas.” Page loves Vegas, from the gambling to the fighting. Vegas is where Page nearly beat Jay Briscoe within an inch of his life, and where Page escaped his kidnappers. But unfortunately for Scorpio, Vegas really will be the worst town he’s ever been in. Will Hangman hit the jackpot with a win over SoCal Uncensored’s Closer? Or will he go broke trying?
Chris Sabin VS Marty Scurll!
One half of the Motor City Machine Guns is now a lone star as Alex Shelley retires from competition. The Villain wants to snap back from his loss to The Hurricane, and build momentum before the epic trilogy has its finale. With a new World TV Champion, who will make big leaps towards challenging Cobb’s newly minted reign?
Scurll skips the Code of Honor and the bell rings. Sabin and Scurll circle and tie up. Sabin gets a wristlock but Scurll pulls hair. Scurll rolls and spins around to reverse the wristlock and bring Sabin down. Scurll rolls over Sabin and they stand up again. Sabin spins and reverses to a hammerlock, to headlock, back to wristlock. Scurll steps in to slip through to a headlock. Sabin powers out and they bump shoulders. Sabin flexes but so does Scurll. Fans like Scurll’s more. They both run, but both drop down as they expect the other to jump over. They both get up and both hook arms, then both block kicks! Sabin and Scurll argue who lets go first, so the referee helps them both put the feet down. They back off and Vegas applauds.
Scurll fires up the fans more, and the two grapple with a test of strength. Sabin kicks and wristlocks, Scurll spins but Sabin trips him up. Sabin runs but holds ropes to fake Scurll out. He slides under and things speed up, Sabin knees Scurll down. Sabin runs for the calf kick and says “Hail Sabin!” Cover, ONE, but Sabin keeps his cool. Sabin drags Scurll up, wrenches the arm, and ties Scurll up in a standing abdominal stretch. He’s a little disappointed no one chants “Sabin! Woop Woop!” but he shrugs it off as he shifts Scurll into a ghost pin! TWO but Sabin keeps on Scurll with a headbutt. Sabin runs but into an uppercut. Scurll runs and uppercuts Sabin out of the ring, then keeps going to get onto the apron, for a SUPERKICK! Vegas fires up for Scurll while we go to break.
ROH returns once more, and Scurll has Sabin in a straitjacket. Fans rally up and Sabin powers up. Sabin bridges, spins and puts the straitjacket on Scurll. Scurll easily puts it back on Sabin, but Sabin powers his way out. Sabin puts the straitjacket back on Scurll, and brings Scurll to the mat. Sabin goes to bend Scurll backwards, but Scurll rolls through to put the hold back on Sabin! Fans applaud this back and forth, though Scurll shouts for Sabin’s fans to shut up. Sabin gets up, rocks back to lift Scurll, then rocks forward to jump into a wheelbarrow! He victory rolls Scurll, TWO! Scurll mule kicks Sabin, then sunset flips, but Sabin rolls through to Penalty Kick! Both men are down but fans build to a rally. Scurll sits up but Sabin drags himself to a corner.
Fans duel as both men stand. Scurll kicks but Sabin blocks. They both forearm, then again. Sabin spins to forearm, back kick, then runs in for an elbow in the corner. Sabin rolls Scurll out to climb up top, and leap for a missile dropkick! Scurll rolls out but Sabin goes to the apron. Sabin Penalty Kicks Scurll down! Sabin flexes then puts Scurll back in the ring. He uses the ropes for the tornado into a hanging neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Sabin grows frustrated, but fans rally up for him. Sabin brings Scurll up in a fireman’s carry. Scurll slips out, but Sabin mule kicks him. Sabin runs, but into the discus from Scurll! Scurll shoves Sabin but Sabin comes back. Sabin wants the leg takedown but Scurll sits on it! TWO as Sabin sunsets, TWO! Scurll high stacks, TWO into the sunset, TWO! Scurll sits on Sabin again, TWO!
Fans applaud the back and forth again and chant for “ROH! ROH!” Scurll and Sabin stand and again give forearms. Scurll runs into a boot, and Sabin hits a running enziguri! Sabin aims at Scurll in the corner, and hits a helluva kick! Scurll flops down and Sabin goes up top. Scurll stops Sabin with a SHORYUKEN! He climbs up, SUPERPLEX! But Sabin makes it his inside cradle! TWO!! SUPERKICK! Both men are down but Vegas fires up. Scurll stirs while Sabin reaches for ropes. Both men slowly sit up and head for each other.
Sabin headbutts, Scurll chops! Sabin chops back, but so does Scurll. Another chop from Sabin, but Scurll ducks under the clothesline to backslide, TWO! SUPERKICK again, then double underhook. Sabin slips out for a gutwrench roll-up with jackknife! TWO!! Scurll hits a European Uppercut, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Then an enziguri! Sabin goes to suplex, but Scurll counters with his own, to put Sabin in the CHICKEN WING!! Sabin is caught but Scurll can’t get those hands together. But Sabin rolls back to make it a cover, TWO! Scurll rolls Sabin into a crucifix, TWO! Sabin walks into a powerbomb! High stack, TWO, GRADUATION!! Cover, Scurll wins!!
Winner: Marty Scurll, by pinfall
The Villain is victorious, and he didn’t even have to cheat! Will Scurll be ready for his third match with The Hurricane? Will he find himself competing for a singles title in the near future? And what of “Constellation” Chris Sabin? Is there still time for him to become a singles star in ROH?
An interesting “Championship Episode” of ROH. It was great for Coast2Coast to “call an audible” with their World Tag Team Championship but I don’t get why the ROH World Television Championship match wasn’t the main event anyway. C2C looked pretty good against The Briscoes, but obviously The Briscoes are far from losing those titles. Or perhaps, C2C are still far from winning those titles. I’m thinking The Briscoes have another go against The Addiction and/or The Young Bucks before losing the belts.
And while I didn’t expect Jeff Cobb to basically squash Punishment Martinez to take the title, it makes some sense given Martinez is now joining the WWE via NXT. No sense in dragging out things if Cobb is going to be the new monster. I still feel this would’ve made a great closing segment, but maybe it would’ve been predictable from watching the clock. In kayfabe, it looks like bad scheduling, but it did add to the shock factor that Cobb won so fast with so much time left in the episode.
Tenille Dashwood announcing her coming shoulder surgery was quite the surprise. Hopefully she does recover soon, and given we never saw who attacked her, Tenille’s time away allows ROH writers to decide who did it and where that story goes. Then the main event by default, Scurll VS Sabin, was pretty great for just the last 10 to 15 minutes of the show. Scurll going over works for both his and Sabin’s story. Sabin is working on becoming a singles wrestler again so struggling a bit works for when he figures it out and racks up some wins. Scurll stays strong as he prepares for both an eventual rematch with Shane Hurricane Helms, as well as a run at some sort of singles title.
My Score: 8.1/10
AJPW Dream Power Series 2019 Results & Review (3/19/2019)
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Welcome back to AJPW! We’re gonna talk about the last big show before this year’s Champions Carnival coming up in early April as we have a few title matches in this show that I couldn’t resist wanting to cover it.
We got some dealing with revenge along with one trying to make history. How’s this year’s Champions Carnival gonna shape up?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, & Hokuto Omori vs. Evolution (Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, & Yusuke Okada)
Review: Our opening contest is a six-man tag team match with our young lions, Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, and Hokuto Omori taking on three members of Evolution, Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, and Yusuke Okada. Going up against three people from the junior division is a fair start to have them all fight each other in this tag bout and a better view of how the young guys are doing. Will Evolution school the young boys or will they somehow get one of the biggest wins in their starting careers?
As I’ve said, this match is mostly to showcase our future talent as they fight the vets of the game in the junior division. I do gotta admit that these three have definitely improved in the ring as they’re shaping up to be some of All Japan’s finest students. Evolution held off on their own and I’m glad they were their opponents for this match since they’re very easy to work with. Another thing I loved about the match is that they had a good amount of time instead of just being less than five minutes like how most matches will do. Yusuke and Hokuto are in the ring now and Yusuke would hit him with a Brainbuster for a two count and would quickly apply a Boston Crab onto him and Hokuto struggles to get to the ropes and once he does, Yusuke pulled him back in and would lock it in more as he would tap out to give Evolution the victory in a solid match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
Six Man Tag Team Match
Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
Review: We got another six-man tag team match here as Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, and Ultimo Dragon will be taking on Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, and Takao Omori. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Ultimo Dragon wrestling in All Japan, so I’ll never complain to see him in the ring. This is another match with the vets and Manso-Re for being a punching bag as it’ll most likely be a comedy style match. Which one of them will win?
Menso-Re starting with Ultimo Dragon as he wanted him first, but TAJIRI would slap Menso before the bell would ring and we would kick it off right now. They would do a little bit before Jun and Takao get tagged in, but we all care about TAJIRI and Fuchi getting tagged in now as Fuchi would try to get his hands on him. TAJIRI would be the sneaky heel with leaving the ring to sit with the crowd so he could avoid contact in the match. TAJIRI would get back in the ring only to tag in Ultimo as the crowd would just boo TAJIRI. Fuchi would do his antics with the punch to the forehead as the crowd eats it up but everything would backfire on Fuchi as he would miss a Dropkick to make the crowd boo Ultimo which is a shocker. Ultimo would kick Fuchi and attempt an Asai DDT but Fuchi would turn it around to a Backslide as Ultimo would kick out. Both TAJIRI and Jun would both make Fuchi miss a Dropkick and taunt him right after to make the crowd boo them. Ultimo would get Fuchi in the La Magistral and he gets the win for his team in a rather entertaining match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Tag Team Match
NEXTREAM (Yoshitatsu & Yumi Aoyagi) vs. Sweeper (Jake Lee & Ryouji Sai)
Review: Our next match here is a tag team match as NEXTREAM members, Yoshitatsu and Yuma Aoyagi will be taking on members of Sweeper, Jake Lee and Ryouji Sai. Since Naoya is no longer Yumi’s partner, he’s gonna be paired off with Yoshitatsu this time around. Since all four of them are in the Champions Carnival, a win for either of them would give them some momentum leading to the tournament. Which one of these two teams will win and what will be the future payoff?
It seems like Yoshitatsu has a little gripe with Jake Lee in this match as he seems to be disgruntled when he was in the ring with him, especially when Jake would just best him during the first sequence with the chaining. Ryouji and Yuma are in the ring now and Ryouji with a series of kicks in the match and have him in a submission before Yoshi would break the hold and just stared at Jake again. Yuma is really growing out on his own as an individual and you can see that when he’s not partner with Naoya. Yuma would have Jake in a Headlock but Jake would attempt a Backdrop Driver as Yuma flipped it into a Crossbody as Jake kicked out at two. Once Jake kicked out, Yuma would try to turn the pin into a European Clutch as Jake kicked out at 2 as even the referee was shocked by this. Yuma would run into him as Jake kneed him in the face and hits him with a Backdrop Driver as he pinned Yuma for the victory.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, & Zeus vs. Bomber (Dylan James & Joe Doering,) & Francisco Akira
Review: We have another six-man tag team match taking place as Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, and Zeus team up to take on Dylan James, Joe Doering, and Francisco Akira. KAI recently failed at Dragon Gate to win the Open the Twin Gate Championships, so he could at least try to win for his team but I think Zeus has a lot on his plate when it comes to their opponent since Dylan James and Joe Doering are a strong team to beat and wants to try and look powerful leading into the Carnival. Which one of these two teams will win the match?
Zeus and Dylan would charge at each other right away to test their strengths with also some chops and a test of strength as the two appear to be evenly matched, which is no surprised. KAI gets tagged in and he calls Joe to get tagged in since he wants to fight him as Dylan honors that request and lets Joe have a turn on the fun. Joe would start to make him regret that decision as he had the upper hand on him at first but KAI would hit a few Dropkicks on him but Joe still wouldn’t go down as he tackled him and went for an Elbow Drop before KAI moved and quickly tagged in Atsushi. The juniors get a turn on the fun as Francisco showed more of his impressive ability. One problem I had with the match was that the last few minutes are incredibly sloppy with Atsushi missing most of his kicks to Joe in the corner, Francisco slipping on his Moonsault to the outside, which he thankfully caught himself and redid it again. The finish would be with Joe hitting Atsushi with the Powerbomb and it looked like he got knocked out as he took the pinfall despite his shoulder being kinda up, so it looked botched but the referee still has a job to do as Joe just left the ring and walked to the back possibly frustrated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
World Junior Heavyweight Title Match
Koji Iwamoto (c) vs. Kotaro Suzuki
Review: Our first title match of the show is Koji Iwamoto defending his Junior Heavyweight Championship against Kotaro Suzuki. The two fought each other in the A Block of the Junior Battle of Glory Tournament where Kotaro defeated Koji in the match but would eventually fail to win as Koji would actually be the one to win it all. Koji decided to defend the title against Kotaro since it was only fair due to him winning the match and wants to avenge that loss. Will Koji be able to retain his title again or will Kotaro get the upper hand on him again?
Kotaro showed no mercy to the champion as fought him to the outside and Slingshots him into the turnbuckle post and DDT’s him face first into the mat as you hear the loud thud and damage has been done to Koji. Kotaro has beaten Koji before so he knows what he has to do to try and defeat him again as he worked on Koji’s neck a bit during the match and gets the heat from the crowd. I know Kotaro is a Freelancer and is mostly at NOAH right now due to being a champion there, I hope he does stick around a little bit longer since I feel like the division could really use him as he’s a very talented individual. Koji would try to outrun him after he dodged him to the outside and it appeared as if Kotaro would botch but he quickly caught himself and dived to the outside to land on Koji, getting the better of him again.
Koji would finally be able to get a comeback as he hits an STO onto the ring apron to knock Koji down and most of the time, he would try to hit the Koko no Geijutsu but Kotaro would hold his ground to make sure he wouldn’t hit it but Koji would be able to deliver a German Suplex and a Dragon Suplex. Kotaro would land a few punches before Koji tried to hit the move again, but Kotaro would hold his ground again and kick his leg out to work on his neck before landing Gory Bomb Special and tops it off with the La Magistral for the pin and Koji would kick out various times whenever Koji would try to roll out of it and was so close to having a new champion. Koji would just use this time to hit a couple of STO’s in a row to weaken him down a bit. Koji would go for it again but he catches him for a Back Suplex to save himself a bit. Kotaro would now hit not one but two Excaliburs onto him to try and end it as Koji would somehow kick out of it again. It all came down to his as Koji would attempt the Koko no Geijutsu again as Kotaro would stop himself to pin him for a two count and they both would spin around as Koji would hit it this him but he picked him up to hit the Koko no Geijutsu properly this time and pins him to retain the title! After the match, various people from the junior division would come out and it looks like they all want a shot at the Junior Heavyweight Championship but Koji would have to pick one of them to be his opponent. It does look like, however, that Koji doesn’t have a clear opponent right now as he left the ring but I guess we’ll see soon.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
World Tag Team Title Match
Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) (c) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Review: Our next title match for this show is Strong BJ defending their titles against the team that they defeated them for, The Violence Giant. Strong BJ defeated them on January 13th to win the titles and after they retain their titles on the February 24 show, Violence Giant requested a rematch to bring the titles back home on their turf this time instead of the BJW show. If it’s anything like their previous match, it’s sure to be hard hitting and a not miss. Will Strong BJ remain on top or will Violence Giant bring the belts back home?
Shuji and Daisuke would be the ones to start off our match here with an incredible display of power as the two were unable to budge and they would tag in their respective partners. Suwama and Yuji were both also very hard-hitting as they would now fight outside of the ring as these two teams are making it personal. Strong BJ has been doing great work during this rivalry with the Violence Giant and they would even give Suwama a big beatdown but the former ace would even try his best to fight them off, even when he was on the corner and would kick Yuji to show his fighting spirit. Suwama would hit a Dropkick to save himself for a little bit and would tag in Shuji for the hot tag and Shuji does indeed come in hot with his Lariats, knees, anything he can throw along with the kitchen sink.
Yuji would brawl with Shuji to deliver some chops while Shuji would give him a couple of forearms and a headbutt to try and daze him but Yuji is pumped up and slams him down with a few Lariats. Once Yuji would hit another Lariat to Shuji, he would kick out at one that time around before getting hit with another one with a two count. What’s it gonna take to take Shuji down for good? Yuji would get to the top rope to hit the Splash and it looks like this could be it but Suwama would break the pinfall to save his partner. Strong BJ would have them up for the Torture Racks but they would get down for Suwama to hit a Back Suplex while Shuji hits a Dragon Suplex. Shuji is alone with Yuji again and would hit another Dragon Suplex and a Running Knee to get him out for another two count, he was so close! Shuji would pick Yuji up real quick for the Fire Thunder and goes for the pin as Daisuke breaks the pinfall this time around as Suwama would get Daisuke out of the ring. Shuji knew what he had to do to try and end it as he hits the Giants Slam and pins Yuji to win back the titles! Hell of a match and definitely topped their previous encounter at BJW. I would love to see Violence Giant get a fair and dominating run with this reign, can’t wait to see where this goes now.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half
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Triple Crown Championship
Kento Miyahara (c) vs. Naoya Nomura
Review: This is our third title match and the main event of the show as we have Kento Miyahara defending his Triple Crown Championship against former NEXTREAM member, Naoya Nomura. On the February 24th show, Naoya Nomura would defeat Dylan James in a singles match and Kento Miyahara would have his second successful title defense against Suwama. After Kento would defeat Suwama, Naoya would come in to make the challenge to his stablemate and announce his departure from the NEXTREAM group in the process, leading him to also vacate the All Asia Tag Team Championship with Yuma Aoyagi. Kento is now 30 years old and while it’s his third title defense in this run, this will be his first time defending it while no longer in his twenties. If Kento can defeat Naoya, he’ll be the champion leading into the Champions Carnival and won’t defend the title until the tournament is over. Will Kento be able to retain it once again or does Naoya pull the surprise victory?
Kento came in here with a plan since he knew what he was gonna do to Naoya once he challenged him to this match, he didn’t wanna go easy on him despite being former teammates but he wants to see how badly Naoya wants the spotlight on him. They were fairly matched during the lock-up part of the match and they would start to fight outside for a little bit as Naoya would get Kento down as he taunts him when he got back in the ring. Naoya would hit him with a big forearm before going onto the apron to jump and Kento catches him with a knee and has him right where he wants him now. This is where Kento would just attack him with a few Headbutts as Naoya would try to deliver one to him but Kento gives him multiple ones as a counterattack and this is why you don’t mess with the champion.
Naoya would eventually make a comeback after being kicked around by Kento as he quickly got up to charge at him with a shoulder tackle and you can hear that too. He would hit a few more along with another forearm to the face as he goes for the Brainbuster but Kento would struggle to make sure he didn’t hit it and has Naoya over the ropes but wait, Naoya grabbed his leg to pull him over as he attempted a Death Valley Driver onto the apron as Kento jumped off to hit a Blackout. The two would be on the turnbuckle and Naoya gets behind him to attempt a German Suplex as Kento struggles, but Naoya would slam Kento’s head on the post and gets off the turnbuckle to hit the German Suplex as both men are down. Naoya would go to the top rope to hit the first Splash as Kento kicked out but Naoya would quickly get up again to hit one more as Kento still kicked out.
Kento would eventually hit him with a Blackout at full force and hits him with a German Suplex for another two count. Kento looks like he’s going for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold as Naoya would kick his knee out and hit him with a Spear and the two are down again. Kento would hit another Blackout on the back of his head and tries the German Suplex Hold once again as Naoya would still kick out at two as Kento is starting to get concerned with what he has to do now. Kento tried the Shutdown German Suplex Hold again as Naoya broke out of it and picked him up Fisherman style and dropped him on his head and picked him up for the Death Valley Driver as Kento fought him off but Naoya would hit him with a flurry of forearms to daze him and hits the Spear with the roll-up as Kento kicked out at two again! Naoya picked him back up but Kento would go back to delivering the Blackouts and it looks like Naoya is all out of fight as Kento finally hits the Shutdown German Suplex Hold to get the pinfall victory and his third successful title defense. Great match and a very impressive showing to Naoya but Kento is just still better than him right now. Kento will now officially be the Triple Crown Champion leading into the Champions Carnival. Three defenses down, eight more to go.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter
Overall: I thought it was a very solid show from top to bottom but the last three title matches were what sold it to me. I would highly recommend that you look out for those matches if you can find them online or subscribe to the streaming service and if you’re not already subscribed, what the hell is wrong with you? Get on that!
Favorite Match: Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Least Favorite Match: Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/20/19)
Triple H addresses an NXT Championship dilemma!
NXT sees the return of HHH, but under sad circumstances. The Game will address Tommaso Ciampa’s injury, and what happens with his precious championship!
- NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle; Cole wins and will face Johnny Gargano for the vacated NXT Championship at TakeOver: New York.
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Triple H opens NXT!
Full Sail is happy to see The Game, but he comes out holding the NXT Championship. HHH goes to the ring and also picks up a mic. He takes a moment to hear the fans chant for him and NXT before getting to business. “From those cheers, I don’t have to remind you of just how special this place is.” The building, the environment, the fans. “NXT is something special.” It is here in NXT and the ring that “dreams can become possibilities.” For some, the dream starts in NXT. For others, it takes a long time, maybe years of scratching and clawing, going up and down a road, just to get to this ring. But in reality, for every superstar, their dream can end at any moment.
HHH was going to announce the main event of TakeOver: New York, an epic years in the making, of Johnny “Wrestling” Gargano VS Psycho Killer, Tommaso Ciampa. But the reality has made that impossible now. Ciampa’s dream is on hold, because he needs neck surgery. That surgery has taken place, and now Ciampa must relinquish the title. But the beauty of NXT is that when one dream ends, another begins. And that new dream begins right here! Gargano continues his dream and he WILL compete for the NXT Championship! But against who? We find that out tonight! Five men step into this ring! Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!
Those five men fight for an opportunity to live a dream in New York, on the biggest stage yet, and compete for the title against Gargano. It will be decisive in New York, 2 Out of 3 Falls! The winner will walk out the NEW NXT Champion! A major match of former, current and future champions, but who will have a match with Gargano to determine NXT’s future?
Backstage interview with various superstars.
The Finest thinks Cathy Kelly was waiting for him. But since he showed up, what is his reaction to the big news tonight? Well tonight’s main event will be great, but Kona Reeves knows it won’t be The Finest. The Forgotten Sons appear next, and they don’t care about tonight’s main event. They are more concerned with next week’s main event, because in case people have already forgotten, they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic FINALS! Aleister Black & Ricochet need to not forget Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake are coming. They hope one of those two win, so that they’ll be too focused on something else. Then it’ll be that much easier for the Forgotten Sons to go on and win the NXT Tag Team Championships. Then no one will forget them ever again.
NXT Media shares Tommaso Ciampa’s trip to Birmingham, Alabama.
This is not the first time Ciampa has been to the WWE’s preferred surgical facility. Ciampa has had one knee and both shoulders, but now the neck leaves him no choice but to have another surgery. The pressure on his spinal cord could paralyze Ciampa, so this is not just for his career, but for his life as he knows it. There are various bone graftings and now it’s just about time. When and where will the greatest sports entertainer in NXT make another return?
NXT’s contenders speak.
The King of Flight and the Embodiment of the End are one of the most unexpected duos in the tag team division. They work together because they expect the best from each other. But there’s no misunderstanding, it will be every man for himself tonight.
Velveteen Dream is already the NXT North American Champion, but he wants the biggest spotlight possible. The way he sees it, tonight’s Fatal 5 Way will be #DreamOver. And when Dream wins it all, then Dream will just be the first ever dual champion, on the grandest stage in NXT history.
The Original King of Bros is still undefeated, and is stoked to have such a big opportunity so soon. Riddle worked his ace off to get here, and nothing will stop him from going to NXT TakeOver: New York and becoming the new NXT Champion, bro.
Adam Cole says he is the one who makes history in NXT, and no one is more deserving! The inaugural North American Champion wants to be the first to also have the top title. He takes on four of the best to then go to the Barclays Center. That’s the very place Cole made his debut and held that title high above his head. He’ll do it again, when the announcement is made that he is the new NXT Champion! And that is Undisputed!
Backstage interviews with The Sky Pirates.
Io Shirai & Kairi Sane are very excited for tonight’s main event to see who goes to TakeOver. And speaking of, they’re both going, too, because they’re in a Fatal 4 Way for the NXT Women’s Championship. Are they concerned the title and their friendship will get in the way? Not at all! May the best woman win! Io and Kairi both want the title, and will fight each other if they need to. “Gurl, uh-uh!”
Bianca Belair knows this isn’t her business, but this shouldn’t be a Fatal 4. Shayna got in the way and kept Bianca from beating Io. And this doesn’t have anything to do with the little pirate! But now it does, so in New York, The EST will run through both of them to become the new NXT Women’s Champion. No one can do anything about it, because she still feels Un-De-Fea-Ted. Io holds Kairi back while Bianca takes her leave. Whether it’s Bianca, Kairi or Io, will there be a new Women’s Champion alongside a new NXT Champion in New York?
NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!
The One and Only, Panama City Playboy, Dutch Destroyer, Patrick Clark Experience and Original Bro wage war like NXT has never seen! Johnny Wrestling awaits, who moves on to challenge him for the vacant throne?
The fans are already fired up for “All These Guys!” as the bell rings. Cole goes after Aleister than Ricochet while Riddle chases Dream. Riddle originally wanted after Dream for the North American title, so why not have that out here? Dream has other ideas as he throws Riddle into barriers then gets back in the ring. Aleister and Ricochet work together against Cole then Dream. Ricochet clotheslines Cole out but Cole drags Ricochet out. Dream rolls ALeister, TWO! Riddle returns but Dream throws him back out. Aleister waistlocks but Dream throws him off. Dream runs into Aleister’s boots then Aleister hops up. Aleister leaps but Dream gets under. Dream lifts Aleister but Aleister slips out. Aleister sweeps but Dream jumps over and rolls through! Aleister slips out again to cradle, TWO!
Dream runs into Aleister’s boot! Aleister runs but Cole trips and drags him out. Cole swings but gets Aleister’s kick! Aleister clibms up but Dream sends him back down. Ricochet mule kicks and whips Dream but Dream reverses. Ricochet rolls off the back and handsprings to headscissor and dropkick! Dream bails out but Riddle’s back. Riddle gut wrenches Ricochet, then holds on to do it again! And again! Full Sail is thunderous for the “Bro!” but Cole is after him. Riddle standing switches but gets an enziguri from Cole. Cole stomps a mudhole, then hits his pose BAYBAY! ALeister attacks but Cole reverses. The Unexpected Duo work together, leg sweep and standing moonsault! Cole gets away, and now the tag team phenomenons face each other. They shake hands and circle. But Cole disrupts it by shoving Ricochet into Aleister!
Aleister falls out and Cole stomps away on Ricochet. Cole hits a neckbreaker then covers, TWO! Cole keeps Riddle out with a right hand then goes after Ricochet. He snap suplexes and covers, TWO! Ricochet just escapes, but Cole boots Aleister back out! Cole drags Ricochet up for a big back suplex! Cover, TWO! Another close call but Cole can’t put Ricochet away. Cole goes after Dream but Dream shoulders in. Ricochet somersault shotgun dropkicks Cole! Dream knees Ricochet out then throws heavy hands on Cole. Dream whips but Cole reverses, only for Dream to slide out. Cole runs over but gets an uppercut! Dream climbs up and ax handles Alesiter out.
Dream tosses Cole out then climbs, to LEAP for a big ax handle! He puts Cole in fast and climbs back up. Purple Rain- Riddle gets Dream with a German! Aleister kicks but Riddle reverses! Riddle wants and gets the BroMission!! But Dream breaks it with a falling elbow! Dream stalks Riddle as fans fire up again. Dream tosses Riddle out and turns his attention to Aleister. Aleister fires off a strike fest, sweep to knee! Cole returns but Aleister is ready, two-for-one quebrada! Aleister roundhouses Dream, covers, TWO! Dream survives but Aleister keeps going. Aleister lifts Dream with his foot, but Cole drags Aleister out by the other foot. Cole sends Aleister into steel steps! Cole returns to the ring, only to meet Riddle. They were going to fight to see who contends for the North American title, so now they have it out!
Riddle gets the edge with open palm CHOP after CHOP! Cole stomps Riddle’s bare foot! But his superkick is caught, Riddle gets Cole in a Bromission! But again Dream breaks it up with a leaping ax handle! Dream haymakers Riddle but Riddle ROCKS Dream with that right! Cole hits Riddle now, but Riddle hits back. Dream, Riddle and Cole brawl on their knees in a triangle of strikes. They slowly stand, throwing big hands, forearms and uppercuts. Riddle CHOPS Dream, Cole BOOTS Riddle, Dream SUPERKICKS Cole! Ricochet returns, rolls and PELES Dream down! Cole SUPERKICKS Ricochet but Riddle KNEES Cole! Aleister returns and fires off with Riddle, double roundhouses take them both out! All five men are down and Full Sail reaches a fever pitch!
Ricochet staggers up and goes after Riddle. He puts the Bro in the drop zone then climbs up. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” as Cole intercepts Ricochet. Cole climbs up to join Ricochet, but Ricochet resists. Dream adds on, climbing up to join them. They brawl and Aleister staggers over. Riddle follows, and they’re all on the second rope! It’s a Double Russian Leg Sweep SUPERPLEX! All five men are down again and fans know “This is Awesome!” The referee checks on everyone in turn and they’re all okay to continue. Fans build to a rally as the five slowly stir. Cole, Riddle and Ricochet bail out while Dream meets Aleister. Dream and Aleister trade haymakers on their knees. Aleister fires off hand after hand but Dream powers him to a corner. Aleister boots Dream away then hops up, Meteora!
Dream’s up but gets a roundhouse and a German! But Riddle sentons the bridge! Riddle drags Aleister up in a deadlift Fisherman Buster! Cradle, but Cole breaks it! Cole drags Riddle up but Riddle fires off fast hands! Riddle misses, gets a SUPERKICK, and Last Ride brainbuster! Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! Ricochet drags Cole up but Cole breaks free. Ricochet fakes Cole out for a boot and an ax kick! He keeps going, fireman’s carry but Cole rakes eyes! SUPERKICK to the front, SUPERKICK to the back! Cole brings the knee pad down but misses the Last Shot Wizard to get a Reverse-Rrana! Cole rolls all the way out and Ricochet can’t believe it. But Ricochet also sees a prime target, and FLIES with the Sasuke Special! Ricochet wipes Cole out but hurries to get back up.
Dream returns to the ring but so does Riddle. The would-be North American Championship showdown happens as Riddle throws chops. Riddle swings up and around Dream’s clothesline to powerbomb, but Dream slips out! Dream wants but Riddle denies the Sidewinder, to wring Dream out for a Bro Trigger! Riddle reels Dream into the BroMission! Dream flails but Cole yanks the ref out! No Disqualifications, but plenty of consequences as Riddle BOOTS Cole! Riddle turns around into BLACK MASS! Aleister turns around into Dream Valley Driver! Dream hurries to the top rope, but Ricochet’s right up for a SUPER STEINER onto Aleister and Cole! Ricochet hurries up for his own, SHOOTING STAR onto Riddle! Cover, but LAST SHOT!! Cole covers, Cole wins!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; will face Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship
You never see the shot that takes you down! Cole came outta nowhere, and now he’s going to New York City! Will Cole finally make the NXT Championship #Undisputed? Or will Gargano once again become Johnny Champion?
I’m going to call this episode a one match classic, because how else would you describe it? First it is unfortunate for Ciampa to again be out with an injury, and an injury as serious as the neck, so I’m sure I speak for everyone by saying get well soon, Psycho Killer. But HHH had such a great speech to open the night, and it is very true, this became a massive opportunity for another superstar to move up. The five men chosen were the right choices, and this made for an amazing Fatal 5 Way.
However, it makes a lot of sense for this to be Adam Cole’s night. Aleister & Ricochet are not only busy on the main roster, but they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Classic finals, where I would think they defeat the Forgotten Sons and move on to the War Raiders. It wouldn’t be very good to give those two double duty on TakeOver Friday and possibly something on Mania Sunday. Then Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle can and will still happen, and that is going to be great. It would’ve been too epic if Dream was trying for both titles, even if it’s Wrestlemania Weekend. Gargano VS Cole is going to be great and really could go either way, but I feel that since Gargano VS Ciampa was the plan, Gargano might’ve won that title to have his triumphant victory on the biggest WWE weekend of the year.
My Score: 8.6/10
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