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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (10/10/18)

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The NXT North American Championship is in a Triple Threat! Will Ricochet retain? Will Pete Dunne claim a new belt? Or will Adam Cole BAYBAY reign again?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Keith Lee VS Kona Reeves; Lee wins.
  • NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Ricochet VS Pete Dunne VS Adam Cole; Ricochet wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.

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Tommaso Ciampa heads to the ring!

The Blackheart NXT Champion heard what the Patrick Clark Experience had to say about who attacked Aleister Black. To sum it up, even Velveteen Dream thinks Ciampa took out the Embodiment of the End in order to insure he kept that title at TakeOver: Brooklyn 4. But Ciampa told Dream back to watch his tongue. Now Ciampa is here in person to say “The greatest sports entertainer of all time now has the greatest entrance music of all time!” Ciampa of course refers to his new theme song, which replaced the silence he used to come out to. But the icing on the cake is that the song has “brought silence to the sheep.” Though, there’s always one who tries to break away from the rest, who craves attention and needs to be different. Ciampa of course means the Velveteen Dream.

Dream has the champ’s attention, but he got it the wrong way with those accusations and sticking his nose in things that aren’t his business. But then the Dream himself appears! Velveteen Dream says “all of this right here” is extremely amusing. Especially the part where Ciampa says he’s the greatest entertainer of all time. But while they’re on the subject, Dream doesn’t appreciate Ciampa’s threats. Dream assumes Ciampa talks like that because he thinks he’s a “bad, bad man.” Well Dream believes that the belt deserves a true experience, and not a guilt trip from an “angry little bald man”. Fans like the sound of that! Ciampa says while he’s an angry little bald man, he’s an angry little bald man with a shiny, shiny title belt.

But Ciampa also understands that Dream wants what the champ has: the main event, the spotlight, and the NXT title. If they’re being honest, Ciampa doesn’t believe Dream believes his own accusations. Dream might just want attention. Everyone is listening, so Dream should man up and admit it. Ciampa says the title says, “Maybe Dream is just not tough enough.” Remember, the title said it, not Ciampa. Dream steps into the ring and tells everyone that he’s tough enough and man enough. He’s more man than Ciampa can handle, at least. But if Ciampa wants to find out, give Dream a moment with him and the title. Wait, what is Nikki Cross doing coming out here?  The Loony Lass of SAnitY gives her usual crazy grin as she suddenly rushes the ring!

Crazy Cross thrashes about and fans want a “Triple Threat! Triple Threat!” Nikki plays with Dream’s tassels, but wants to play with the title. Fans sing “Nikki knows a secret~”, because she has been going on about knowing who really attacked Aleister. Nikki corners Dream and says she knows what he’s done~! But also, she knows what Ciampa’s done. The belt tells her so. And she swats the mic out of Ciampa’s hand before he can speak. Nikki drops to talk into the mic to say she knows what they’ve done. She knows! And Dream bails out as she thrashes about again. Nikki kicks the mic away from Ciampa! She’s laughing, but he’s not amused. Nikki keeps saying “I know~! I know~!” as she takes her leave, but will she tell us what it is she knows?

 

Keith Lee VS Kona Reeves!

The Limitless was disrespected by The Finest, but was willing to give him a chance to prove he’s worthy to #BaskInMyGlory. Will Kona come out on top? Or will he simply be Keith’s Finest Victory?

The bell rings and fans chant “Keith Lee! Woop Woop!” but Kona talks trash. Kona says fans don’t know nor care who Keith is, but he is NXT’s Finest! Fans boo and Keith laughs it off. They tie up and fans say “Kona’s trash!” Kona puts Keith in a corner, then gives a quick jab. He also toys with Keith, but Keith grins as he puts Kona in the corner for big body shots! Keith gives Kona a big double chop! Fans want “One More Time!” but things speed up. Keith shows off his ability with a dropkick, and then a belly2belly that sends Kona out of the ring! Fans continue to chant “Keith Lee! Woop Woop!” Keith walks over but Kona uses the apron to blind him! Kona runs in to boot Lee down and then rain down right hands.

Kona wants Lee to look at him as he climbs up for the falling Finest elbow! He mocks Lee and hits his Finest Pose. Kona waits for Keith to sit up to then wrap on a chinlock. Fans rally for Lee as he endures. Lee powers out of the hold but Kona kicks him in the back. Kona hooks Lee’s face to then punch him. Kona keeps on Keith with haymakers, but that only makes Keith angry. Now Kona kicks and clubs Keith, but Keith powers up more. Kona runs, but Lee POUNCES! Kona flounders into a fireman’s carry, for a Super Nova powerslam! Cover, Keith Lee wins!

Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall

The Limitless One is unstoppable and has quite the undefeated streak already. Will Lee have to wait long before getting a shot at an NXT title?

 

Shayna Baszler continues her grueling training for WWE Evolution.

The Queen of Spades knows that with the year she had from losing the inaugural Mae Young Classic to winning the NXT Women’s Championship was all her. She became the fastest champion in history. But then in Brooklyn, that was a misstep. She was too confident. Kairi Sane didn’t win, that was Shayna losing. And knowing that, that 100% motivates Shayna to get it this time. But what was really upsetting was that no one else saw it the same way. Everyone thinks Kairi did great. Shayna can barely form the words, but she’ll show Kairi and everyone how she deals with that anger.

NXT Media interviews Kairi Sane.

The Pirate Princess gets to also be part of the first ever All Women’s PPV, and she’s so excited! It’s a great opportunity for her, but how does she feel about Shayna’s new training style? Kairi says Shayna can train all she wants, but we all know Kairi can beat her again. The champion is confident she won’t be sunk, but will she be run aground instead?

 

Backstage interview with William Regal.

The NXT GM knows of the encounter between Ciampa, Dream and Cross, but in regards to the Aleister Black investigation, he will not reveal who remains on the suspect list. However, he needs answers, and Nikki has them, so perhaps… But Kassius Ohno is waiting outside his office. Has he given any thought to their previous coversation? Regal tells Ohno he’s completely cleared of suspicion. Ohno knows that Regal doesn’t see him as a threat. But he wants to know when that “shiny new toy” gets here. Where is he? When will he arrive? Regal is so blind to not see what Ohno is about or who attacked Aleister. Maybe the Bromance isn’t as competitive as Regal thinks. Maybe that guy attacked Aleister. Regal ignores Ohno’s sarcasm, but then Nikki comes along. “I know what you did~!” What dirty little secret of the Knockout Artist’s does Nikki know?

 

NXT looks ahead to next week’s Tag Team Championship match.

The Undisputed Era and Mustache Mountain battled it out at TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 in another instant classic. However, while Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly retained their titles, they weren’t able to celebrate long as the War Raiders would appear! Ray Rowe & Hanson would blindside and beat down the Undisputed Era, and bring the war to NXT. But week in and week out, Strong, O’Reilly, Bobby Fish and Adam Cole refused to take Hanson & Rowe seriously. It didn’t matter that the War Raiders were winning, and accused them of being cowards instead. “They aren’t on our freakin’ level.” The Undisputed Era would continue to run away, but that was fine by the Raiders. The hunt finally comes to a head, whose era of NXT will this really be?

 

NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Ricochet VS Pete Dunne VS Adam Cole!

The One and Only is only the second man to hold this title, but he’s got a long list of contenders. The second-ever WWE United Kingdom Championship wants to be more than champion in just one Division, while the original North American Champion wants his belt back. Will we see a champion retain? A new dual champion? Or the first ever two-time NXT NAC?

The introductions are made, the North American Championship belt is raised, and we begin! Fans duel between all three, then rally up. The three approach, but Cole backs out. Ricochet and Dunne decide to take care of him first, then! They throw hands on him in the corner, but then Dunne pushes Ricochet out of the way so he can focus on Cole alone. Ricochet pulls Dunne away so he can stomp Cole on his own. Dunne turns Ricochet around, but Cole shoves Ricochet into Dunne! Dunne tumbles out and Cole goes after Ricochet. Ricochet hits back with haymakers, but Cole kicks low. Cole whips corner to corner but Ricochet goes up and over. Things speed up and Ricochet slides off Cole’s back to then handspring, headscissor and dropkick Cole down! Dunne returns to bait Ricochet, Ricochet superhero lands out of the handspring.

Cole tosses Ricochet out so that he and Dunne can go 1v1. They tie up, Dunne powers out. Things speed up again and Dunne runs Cole over with a lariat! Ricochet returns and now he circles with Dunne. They tie up and fans rally up again. Dunne gets chin control and brings Ricochet to the mat. Dunne goes after the arm but Ricochet gets up. Ricochet spins to reverse the wristlock but Dunne rolls, handsprings and spins to reverse back. Dunne wrenches, Ricochet arm-drags. Dunne headlock takeovers, Ricochet headscissors, Dunne pops out. Ricochet avoids the sweep but Dunne avoids the kick, and we have a stand-off! Cole runs in but into a drop toehold. Dunne puts Cole in surfboard position and Ricochet watches him work. Cole endures being pulled back, so Ricochet adds a basement dropkick! Dunne adds the knee stomps, and Cole rolls away.

Ricochet wants a handshake, Dunne gives him a forearm! The Bruiserweight only cares about himself in this match. Dunne drags Ricochet over to trap an arm, then go after the other. Fans duel as Dunne tortures the fingers! Ricochet writhes as his fingers are bent ways they don’t go. Dunne traps both arms in hammerlocks, then stomps Ricochet’s head! He also kicks Ricochet while he’s down, before going back after the arm. Ricochet reverses and uses it to arm-drag Dunne into a hammerlock and Cloverleaf! Dunne endures but Cole breaks it up. Cole stomps away on both opponents, then hits his “BAYBAY!” Cole drags Ricochet to toss him out, then throws forearms down on Dunne. He brings Dunne up for a Rude Awakening, cover, TWO! Cole keeps his cool and drops elbows on Dunne.

Ricochet returns and hits Cole away, but Cole disrupts the springboard to send Ricochet back down. Dunne kicks Cole’s leg, but Cole bicycle boots Dunne down! Cover, TWO! Cole keeps his cool as he drags Dunne up. Dunne resists and throws haymakers from both sides. Cole blocks the boot but gets a slap and an enziguri! Cole flounders to a corner, Ricochet springboard huricanranas Dunne down! RIcochet runs to shoulder Cole, then swing kick him. He hurries up to moonsault Dunne down! Then he gets back to a corner to springboard uppercut Cole! Cover, TWO! Ricochet keeps his focus because he has control. Ricochet lifts Cole but Cole fights the fireman’s carry. Dunne returns to SLAP Ricochet, but Cole gives him a big forearm. Dunne gives back a bigger one!

Ricochet is up and kicks Dunne. Ricochet whips, Dunne goes up and over to enziguri Ricochet. Cole German Suplexes Dunne but Dunne lands on his feet to buzzsaw Cole. Dunne sweeps Ricochet’s leg, then stacks him on top of Cole. Dunne grabs a leg each, and turns both Cole and Ricochet over for simultaneous Half Crabs!! Both Ricochet and Cole endure, but Dunne struggles to hold both. Ricochet gets free, and puts Dunne in an Octopus Stretch! Cole is free, so he grabs Ricochet for a backstabber! Cover, TWO!! All three men are down but fans rally up. Cole hits Dunne with a forearm, but Ricochet hits Cole. Dunne hits Ricochet then he hits Cole. Ricochet hits Dunne, Dunne hits Ricochet, Cole hits Dunne, Dunne hits Cole, this triple brawl moves up to their feet! Each man hits someone, it’s hard to tell where the fists are flying!

Cole drops out as Dunne and Ricochet keep going. Cole grabs Dunne, Dunne standing switches but Cole breaks out to enziguri Dunne! Dunne falls out of the ring and Cole dodges Ricochet for a high shining wizard! Cover, TWO!! Cole grits his teeth, he’s not done with Ricochet yet. He wants a suplex but Ricochet resists. Ricochet reverses to rock Cole with a right. Ricochet runs in at the corner but misses. He fakes Cole out, but Dunne rocks Cole with a right. Ricochet ax kicks Dunne, Cole boots Ricochet, Dunne enziguris Cole, Ricochet shooting stars on Dunne’s back! All three men are down but Full Sail is fired up! Ricochet stands first and runs, springboard into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Fans lose their minds while all three men are down again.

Fans chant “Mamma Mia!” a la Mauro as Cole and Dunne crawl for covers. Ricochet rolls away, safe from both men. But now Dunne and Cole glare and get forehead to forehead. They explode into furious fists! Dunne even adds a headbutt in there! Dunne grabs Cole’s hands, puts them down, and stomps them both! Then the buzzsaw! Cole rolls to safety, but Dunne pursues. Dunne joins Cole on the apron, but gets a DDT to said apron! Cole stands while Dunne crawls. Cole takes aim, but Dunne dodges to send that kick into steel steps! Then Dunne grabs the hand, puts it on the steps, and hammerlock stomps the arm! Ricochet corner tiger kicks Dunne! Ricochet springboards but Cole avoids the asai moonsault! SUPERKICK for Ricochet! Dunne climbs, SUPER Moonsault takes out Cole!

Dunne puts Ricochet in, drags him up, X-Plex Bomb! Cover, but Cole breaks it!! Fans applaud and hope they “Fight Forever!” Dunne drags Cole outside, then climbs up top. Ricochet is in a drop zone, but Cole stops Dunne up top. Cole climbs up to join him but Ricochet jumps up. All three men are on the top rope, and Ricochet gets a DOUBLE SUPER STEINER!! Ricochet isn’t done there, he aims at Dunne for a the Reverse-Rana! Then, jumping flat liner! Cover, TWO!? Dunne survives but Ricochet isn’t done with him. Ricochet puts Dunne in the drop zone and climbs back up top. Cole trips Ricochet up, then brings down his knee pad.

Dunne grabs the hands, tortures them, but Cole rolls up with the ropes! TWO, and Dunne goes after the hands again. Dunne dodges the kick, pumphandle for the Bitter End! But Ricochet SHOOTING STAR, into a triangle hold?! Ricochet flails as he resists the submission, and goes for the stack. TWO, and Ricochet deadlifts, but Dunne goes after the fingers! Dunne snaps the fingers, SUPERKICK from Cole! Last Shot Shining Wizard for Ricochet, then Last Shot brainbuster for Dunne! Cover, TWO?! Cole cannot believe it! Fans love it, because “This is Awesome!” Cole drags himself up and aims at Dunne. He runs, but into a big lariat! Dunne drags Cole up, pumphandle, Bitter End again! Cover, but Ricochet 450’s in outta nowhere! Cover, Ricochet wins!!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall; still NXT North American Champion

Absolutely incredible! The One and Only King of Flight retains his title and continues his reign! If two great contenders weren’t enough to stop him, will anything stop Ricochet from going from second-ever to best-ever North American Champion?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Just as I said, an absolutely incredible night of NXT! And with only two matches! Ciampa, Dream and Nikki Cross gave us a great opening segment. They teased Ciampa VS Dream for the title at the next TakeOver, and then Nikki makes it seem like either one of them could still be the one who attacked Aleister Black. Of course, she does the same to Kassius Ohno, but I’m betting it’s none of them. I’m thinking Nikki will reveal it was someone else, and then the secrets she has on the others are still embarrassing or dark but not at all related to Aleister. And with Nikki having her match with Bianca Belair next week, I’m thinking that’s when we’ll finally learn what she knows.

Lee VS Reeves was of course a squash, Lee beats The Finest because A) it’s Keith Lee and B) it’s Kona Reeves. Lee is going to be undefeated until running into someone like Lars Sullivan, which I hope we get anyway. Next week’s tag title match is going to be great, but I’m betting War Raiders win because it’ll make Undisputed Era eat their words. The Shayna Baszler video and Kairi Sane interview were both good, but that WWE Evolution NXT Women’s Championship match can go either way. I would love seeing both an Evolution PPV where Ronda and Shayna win their respective title matches to celebrate together, as well as Kairi retaining to then see Io Shirai win the Mae Young Classic finals for a Stardom in NXT match at the next TakeOver.

That main event was probably one of the best Triple Threats I’ve seen in a long time. The story was all there, such as Ricochet and Dunne both hating Cole but Cole doing his best to be opportunistic. The innovations were great, like the double Half Crab and ways of breaking and transitioning pinfalls. It makes sense for Ricochet to retain. It builds the North American Championship’s legacy through Ricochet growing his reign, and it’s just too soon for even a superstar like Dunne to become a dual UK/NA Champion. The same goes for the first ever two-time champion, the belt still only has two names on the list. Ricochet probably retains for a long time, until perhaps Keith Lee or Matt Riddle comes for the belt.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (5/18/19)

Episode 400 will be GOLDEN!

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ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 400

And to celebrate, both the ROH World Championship and World Six Man Tag Team Championships will be on the line!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: Villain Enterprises VS Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb & Rush; Villain Enterprises wins and retains the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships.
  • ROH World Championship: Matt Taven w/ TK O’Ryan VS Flip Gordon; Taven wins and retains the ROH World Championship.

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ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: Villain Enterprises VS Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb & Rush!

No need to waste any time, we open this historic 400th episode with action! The Franchise Player is a former world champion, will he become an ROH Grand Slam Champion with the help of El Toro Blanco and the current World Television Champion? Or will Marty Scurll, Brody King and PCO clutch on tight to the last bit of gold they still have?

ROH returns from break as teams sort out. Fans chant for PCO as he starts against Lethal. The bell rings and we begin this golden opener!

Lethal circles with PCO for the first time in history, and PCO is fired up! Fans fire up with PCO but Scurll tells PCO to calm down and focus. Lethal turns PCO around but PCO headlocks. Lethal powers out and things speed up. He CHOPS PCO, but PCO doesn’t feel it! PCO is still fired up with the fans as they chant for him. Lethalt urns PCO around again but gets uppercuts. Lethal headlocks now but PCO powers out. PCO drops but Lethal fakes him out to basement dropkick him. But PCO pops right back up! Lethal hip tosses, cartwheels and dropkicks PCO again, but PCO is again right back up! So Lethal just does it all again. PCO still gets up and baits Lethal to a corner. Lethal triangle dropkicks PCO down, but PCO is still on his feet.

PCO dares Lethal to dive at him. Lethal is confused by this, but he’ll happily do it. He turns to run but Scurll clobbers him! Scurll scurries back to his corner and PCO clubs away on Lethal. PCO brings Lethal over to tag Scurll. Scurll throws European Uppercuts and back suplexes but Lethal lands on his feet. Lethal staggers back to his corner to tag, but wait, where’s Amy Rose going? She’s helping the “blind” Kenny King out from backstage! Amy helps Kenny over to commentary. Rush tags in and Scurll backs off. The Villain and El Toro Blanco meet for the first time, but Rush wants Brody King. Scurll doesn’t oblige so Rush trips him and speeds things up. Scurll hurdles but so does Rush. Rush hurdles and Scurll grabs ropes.

Rush whips Scurll to a corner and splashes, then rolls Scurll. Scurll ducks the kick to roll Rush but Rush dodges the stomps! Fans cheer that exchange and Scurll tags out to Brody. Brody wants Cobb so Rush obliges! The two men collide shoulder to shoulder again and again and again! Cobb gets an edge but Brody dodges as things speed up. Cobb can leap! And he can dropkick! Fans fire up for Cobb and Kenny gets the wrong move, he thought Cobb just did a huricanrana. Cobb tags Lethal and they double whip Brody. Brody breaks through the line to crossbody them both! Brody keeps moving and he huricanranas Cobb!

Lethal stands and Brody runs but is dumped out. Lethal triangle dropkicks him down, then builds up speed. Scurll kicks Lethal from behind, but gets a dropkick for it! Lethal runs again, to DIVE onto Scurll! Then Lethal gets back in, runs, and DIVES on Brody, but is caught! Scurll hits Rush, then hurries to the apron, SUPERKICK to suplex! Kenny couldn’t tell that’s what happened, but he does like that Lethal took the damage. Villain Enterprises are fired up while we go to break.

ROH returns as Lethal throws body shots to deny a suplex. Lethal tries to suplex, but Brody is just too big. Fans rally behind Lethal but he can’t get Brody up. Brody suplexes Lethal up but Lethal slips out, cutter! Brody flounders and crawls as fans rally up. Lethal also crawls, hot tags to Scurll and Rush! Rush rallies on Villain Enterprises! He whips Brody but Brody reverses and corner clotheslines! Brody runs corner to corner but Rush follows for a splash! And then furious stomps! Rush goes corner to corner, but fakes Brody out to kick him! And then Tranquilo! But Scurll goes after Rush and his fingers!

Rush forearms free and then keeps hitting. He runs but falls for 52 Fake Out! Scurll also enzugiris Rush then hits Cobb away. Scurll wants it and fans fire up behind him. Spin and “CHICKEN-” HEADBUTT! Rush tags to Cobb! Cobb rallies on Scurll and then German Suplexes Brody! PCO runs in but Cobb sends him into buckles, for a German Suplex of his own! Scurll hops up, shows dirty birds and flies, but into Cobb’s arms! Cobb tosses Scurll overhead! Scurll ends up in a corner, and Cobb runs in to hit a big back elbow! Cobb fireman’s carries to a Samoan Drop, and kip up, to moonsault! Cover, but Brody breaks it! Brody brings Cobb up to CHOP him against ropes! Scurll gets up and whips Cobb with Brody. But Cobb reverses by crisscrossing and ramming them into each other.

Cobb pump handles each of them, for DOUBLE single leg suplexes! Fans are thunderous, but Cobb encounters PCO! PCO choke grips but Cobb breaks free to grip PCO! PCO breaks free and powers Cobb out of the ring! Villain Enterprises regroups and Brody FLIES onto Team Lethal!! Brody sets them back up as PCO FLIES out! PCO bowls Team Lethal over, and then stands! Because he’s not human! Brody feeds Cobb to the ring and Scurll runs corner to corner, only to be put on the apron. But Brody adds on for the clothesline kick combo! Brody brings Cobb up but Cobb holds ropes. Scurll slingshots for a Sunset Flip German Suplex! Brody keeps moving, and cannonballs on Lethal and Rush! Scurll covers Cobb, TWO! “This is Awesome!” but far from over.

Cobb throws body shots and shoves Scurll. Scurll drop toeholds Cobb onto the ropes, then holds him for Brody. Brody and Scurll both run, 619 Cannonball sandwich! Cover, TWO!! The Hawaiian Hulk survives and Scurll is shocked. Fans rally as Scurll tags PCO. PCO stalks Cobb and drags him up, but Cobb SUPERKICKS! Rush blasts the corner and Lethal tags in. Lethal climbs up, Hail to the King! But PCO sits up!? Rush shotgun dropkicks but PCO stands up! PCO runs into an overhead suplex into buckles! Lethal climbs again, another Hail to the King! Cover, but Scurll breaks it in time! Scurll mule kicks and powerbombs Rush, catapult into Brody’s forearm! Then Brody drops the senton over the knees! Brody hits Cobb, but Lethal Injection for Scurll! Lethal Injection caught by Brody, Tower Hacker Bomb! PCO climbs, MOONSAULT! Cover, Villain Enterprises wins!!

Winners: Villain Enterprises, PCO pinning; still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions

Kenny King says “I told you so” about Lethal not being some kind of Superman of Honor. Lethal is the one that takes the loss, will Kenny King be further vindicated when he faces off with Lethal? As for Villain Enterprises, is there any trio that can take those titles from them?

 

Flip Gordon speaks on his leg injury.

It was at ROH Honor Reigns Supreme, in a match with Hot Sauce Tracy Williams. All seemed same as always, but as Flip dropkick’d Tracy in the corner, his knee gave out. Flip feared the worst, and wanted to finish the match, but his springboard spear only made it worse. He could only take another step, so he had to call it there. Flip feared the worst, but the MRI gave him a time frame. What did he have to do to beat this? Physical therapy. Flip stuck to the schedule, and trusted his doctors. Now his knee is ready, and he is ready! The other ROH World Championship contenders fell to Lethal, but then Taven rose up to win. But tonight is the night! The Captain challenges the throne, will Flip’s return be one of the greatest in ROH history?

 

ROH shares what happened during break.

Jay Lethal was making his way up the steps to the stage at the same time Amy Rose was helping Kenny King to the back. Lethal didn’t make anything of it, but then Kenny attacked! Kenny used his walking stick, because obviously he wasn’t blind! ROH security pried Kenny off Lethal, and Lethal was gasping for air. Will Lethal get payback for the K I N G’s cowardly attack?

 

ROH World Championship: Matt Taven w/ TK O’Ryan VS Flip Gordon!

Finally, after weeks of waiting, we will see this match! The Kingdom’s ring leader finally got to be #GrandSlamTaven after a G1 Supercard Triple Threat ladder match, but it is also finally the Captain of Flip Army’s turn to challenge for this title. Will Flip show Taven just how he earned this match when he earns the win?

Though, once again conspicuous by his absence, Vinnie Marseglia isn’t following Taven to the ring. That’s mostly because only TK has his corner man license, as is required now in Pennsylvania. Even so, will the Horror King again appear to help Taven retain?

The introductions are made, and we begin this golden main event, after the break!

ROH returns as the referee raises the belt. Taven offers the Code of Honor, surprisingly, and Flip takes it. The fans duel as the two back off and the bell rings. Flip and Taven circle and Flip avoids Taven getting his bad leg. Taven smirks but gets a shotgun dropkick! Flip throws forearms on Taven then whips corner to corner. Flip runs in but is put on the apron. He still kicks Taven back, then slingshots for a monkey flip! Taven crawls to a corner and Flip runs, but Taven puts him on the top rope, to shove him off! TK lurks but Flip stares him down. Flip shoulders into Taven then slingshot sunset flips. Taven rolls through but Flip ducks Just the Tip to schoolboy Taven out of the ring!

Fans rally up both ways while TK coaches Taven up. Flip builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit sends Taven into railing! But Flip is checking his leg. He may not be 100% like he thought. TK runs at him with the bat! Flip jumps over the swing, then mule kicks the Sassy Wild Horse down! But Taven blasts Flip off the apron and into barriers! Flip hits so hard, the cover comes off! Taven doesn’t care that fans boo, he fetches Flip from the wreckage. Taven scoops and slams Flip on the cover! The Kingdom fans cheer but Flip’s fans boo as Taven throws Flip into a post! Taven mockingly says, “He can fly!” and mockingly applauds while refreshing the count. He puts Flip back in the ring and Flip flounders to a corner.

Taven takes a moment to trash talk the Flip fans, then runs corner to corner to hit Flip with a forearm smash. Taven whips Flip but Flip reverses. Flip runs in but Taven goes up and over. Things speed up, Flip leaps then ducks to mule kick and snapmare. Flip runs to Penalty Kick and standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Taven gets out but Flip keeps focus. Flip slingshots but Taven gets back in the ring. The bad knee stops Flip and Taven kicks him off the apron! Flip crashes down and fans rally as Taven builds speed. Taven misses the dropkick to get a SUPERKICK! Flip fires up and runs in, but gets hip tossed into barriers and a chair! Flip writhes and clutches his back while we go to break.

ROH returns again as Taven stalks Flip in the ring. Taven slams the knee into the mat while fans rally both ways. Taven brings Flip around to elbow the knee. He puts Flip’s leg in a toehold and punches the knee, then stands to drop another elbow. Taven returns to the hold but Flip elbows him away. Flip stands and CHOPS Taven at the ropes. Flip forearms Taven, too, then enziguris! Taven flounders to the corner and Flip fires himself up. Flip stands but walks into a kick from Taven. Taven looms over Flip before he drags him up by the bad leg. He gives the bad leg a dragon screw! Then a leg yank! Flip slumps out of the ring and Taven distracts the ref so that TK can stomp Flip out!

TK puts Flip back in and Taven drags Flip up by his hair. Taven bumps Flip off buckles then puts the bad leg around the ropes. He pulls but stops at 4, and fans duel again. Taven puts the leg back on the rope to kick it. Flip chops back, so Taven kicks the leg again. Taven punches Flip then whips corner to corner. Flip reverses but Taven rolls under to enziguri and back suplex to bomb! Cover, TWO! Right to a Half Crab! Flip endures and fans duel. Flip crawls and gets the ropebreak! But Taven doesn’t let go, he just drags Flip away! The referee reprimands him so Taven lets up on the Crab. Flip kicks Taven with his good leg! Taven comes back but gets another kick. Flip stands but gets a BOOT from Taven!

Taven drags Flip up but Flip slips out of Moonlight Drive! Flip runs, springboards to SPEAR! But Flip can’t make a cover, he’s too tired. Fans rally up both ways as the standing count begins. The count hits 5 before either man sits up. Taven is up first at 7 but Flip follows as he feeds off fan energy. Flip forearms but Taven responds, and they go back and forth. Flip gets an edge but Taven kicks the bad leg. Taven adds forearms and another kick, but Flip responds with a knee! Flip brings Taven in but Taven pushes him off. Taven runs in but Flip goes up and over and blocks the boot! Flip pries Taven off the ropes, to inverted Alabama Slam him into buckles! Taven flounders up into Flip’s modified neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Flip’s shocked while we go to one last break.

ROH returns once more as fans declare “This is Awesome!” Flip climbs up top but Taven stops him with a haymaker! Taven climbs up to join Flip but Flip hits back. They brawl and Taven falls. Taven’s back up with another big right. Taven climbs again but Flip still fights back. Flip headbutts and Taven staggers, only to kick Flip back! Taven climbs a third time and fans duel as he gets a SUPERPLEX! Cradle but from who!? TWO, Flip goes Matrix then mule kicks to PELE! Flip fires up but Taven mule kicks the bad leg! Taven runs, springboards, but Flip catches him for a Russian Leg Sweep! SUPERKICK to spinning Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!! Flip can’t believe Taven escaped that!

Fans duel again as Flip catches his breath. Taven crawls and Flip is on him with a fireman’s carry. Spin but Taven lands and SPITS at Flip! Flip runs into a Pop-Up Powerbomb! Just the Tip of the knee! Cover, TWO!! Now Taven can’t believe Flip survives! Taven tells Flip’s fans to shut up, then drags Flip up again. He headlocks but Flip slips out to fireman’s carry again, swinging cutter! Flip hurries up top, but the BALLOONS! Taven springs up to kick out the legs! SUPER CLIMAX!! Cover, Taven wins!!

Winner: Matt Taven, by pinfall; still ROH World Champion

Vinnie didn’t even need to appear, his balloons of doom were distraction enough! But Vinnie still appears to celebrate with his king. Will #GrandSlamTaven ever be stopped with his Kingdom always around?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty great 400th episode for ROH. We only had two matches and that’s all we really needed given how great the matches were. Lethal-Cobb-Rush was definitely an odd team going into this, though star-studded as it is, but it was pretty clear they weren’t going to win. Villain Enterprises is a great trio because each member is great. It really will take a big name trio to take those titles from them. I’m still thinking The Kingdom comes back around to challenge for those belts, and can tie into another world title shot for Scurll. Kenny King did his blind act great on commentary, because for one, he obviously was never blind so it’s just him being a naturally funny guy. And it was a good move for him to “reveal” he wasn’t blind and then attack Lethal. This gets some great heat for their second time around.

Clearly Flip Gordon is a star in ROH now, but sadly not big enough of a star to overcome the odds. Commentary did a good job selling how Taven didn’t need to do this given how his win at G1 Supercard was all him. But this does heap Heel heat back on him, even with Philly weirdly having fans who like The Kingdom. This could be another way for Scurll and Villain Enterprises to be the team that takes that belt off Taven, as PCO and Brody King will be there to counter TK and Vinnie. Flip himself will surely be a champion one day, he just has to wait a little bit longer.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Stardom Cinderella Tournament 2019 Result & Review: Final Part (4/29/2019)

Now we get to find out who wears the pretty dress! Stardom Cinderella tournament time! 

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Now we get to find out who wears the pretty dress! Stardom Cinderella tournament time!

I know I’m a little late to the party for the second part of the tournament but we’re here now and I wanna get to it.

So far, we have Arisa advancing to the semi-finals due to Kagetsu and Tam ending in a tie, meaning we have about six matches to cover on this part. But don’t worry, I’ll be adding a surprise match at the end of this show to cover to get the ball rolling.

Who will win the tournament?

Let’s find out 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

 

Cinderella Tournament 2019 Quarter Final Match
Hazuki vs. Starlight Kid

Review: It’s time to start the second round of the tournament as we have Hazuki taking on Starlight Kid. Hazuki was able to advance by defeating Bea Priestley and Starlight advanced by defeating Natsu Sumire. The winner of this match will fight the winner of the next match. These two are no strangers to each other and Starlight is going to make sure she wins this time around. Who will advance?

Starlight wasted no time as she would deliver a Dropkick to Hazuki soon as the bell rang and would hit a couple more on her, she’s getting fierce with this. Starlight got her off the corner to hit a Moonsault as Hazuki kicked out at two. Starlight picked her up as Hazuki hits a Codebreaker to stop her full-out assault. Hazuki ran to the top rope as Starlight was able to Dropkick her off onto the apron. Starlight tried to finish her off as Hazuki punched her in the face and went for a springboard as Starlight pushed her off to eliminate her in less than two minutes! Wow, talk about an upset. Not a terrible match but it’s really short and everything was executed really well too, so I liked it for what it was actually. Good job, ladies.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

Cinderella Tournament 2019 Quarter Final Match
Konami vs. AZM

Review: Our next match is AZM taking on Konami. Konami had an upset victory when she eliminated Momo Watanabe in the first round and AZM won by eliminating Rebel Kel. AZM is going to have a tough opponent ahead of her if she’s going to want to advance and fight her rival, Starlight. Will Konami keep the ball rolling by beating another Queen’s Quest member or will AZM get the upset win?

AZM really is proving that she can hang with some of the best here in Stardom away from the lower division. My only takeaway here for this match is not that it was short since it’s expected for this tournament but there were some sloppy spots for a good amount of it, unfortunately. Aside from the sloppy sequences here and there, they did still have some good performances. Konami looked like she was gonna go for a Leglock but AZM would hold onto her leg to make her fall back for a pinfall but Konami would kick out at two. Konami would eventually apply the Triangle Lancer as she did prove it is in fact 100% as AZM tapped out, leaving Konami to advance against Starlight Kid.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and three quarters

 

Cinderella Tournament 2019 Quarter Final Match
Hana Kimura vs. Natsuko Tora

Review: Our final quarterfinal match is up next as we have Hana Kimura taking on Natsuko Tora. Natsuko was able to defeat her former JAN partner, Jungly Kyona to advance with a brand new look and attitude. Hana defeated Andras Miyagi to advance and is looking to bring more momentum to the Tokyo Cyber Squad. Which one of these two will advance to fight Arisa Hoshiki?

There wasn’t a whole lot to see with Natsuko here since it looked like we saw most of that with her match against Jungle rather than her match with Hana right here. We had the match outside of the arena for a little bit but they didn’t go over the top rope, so they were able to do as much as Hana threw her around for a little bit before taking her back into the ring. Natsuko does have a really nice Spear, so I’ll give her points for that but she failed to put Hana away with something like that. The match was exactly seven minutes and Hana would have Natsuko over by the ropes so she can go for a kick as Hana’s leg was over the rope, leaving Natsuko an opening to flip her over and hits her with the Oedo Tai sign to eliminate her as Natsuko advances to the semi-finals!

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Cinderella Tournament 2019 Semi-Final Match
Arisa Hoshiki vs. Natsuko Tora

Review: It’s now time for the semi-finals as Natsuko Tora is now going to fight Arisa Hoshiki. Natsuko going back to back could be a little bit of trouble for her if she’s not too worn out with Arisa being fresh due to advancing further after the first round. The winner will advance to the finals but which one of them will go forward?

Wow, the crowd was actually split even for this one except for that annoying cunt in the audience, I forgot all about him. Natsuko had most of the control in this match and even worked on Arisa’s leg a bit to make sure she would be too weak to even attempt the Brazilian Kick in the match. This one was a much better match compared to anything in the quarterfinals so that at least gave me something. Arisa had a little bit of momentum when she hits a Springboard Diving Knee for a two count and went to pick her up as Natsuko would hit a Spear. Natsuko went to the top rope to hit a Splash as Arisa kicked out at two and would get her down again to hit a Diving Leg Drop as Arisa moved out of the way this time. Arisa would lift her up for a Powerslam and would go to the ropes to hit a Rounding Splash for the win as Arisa is now set for the finals!

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

Cinderella Tournament 2019 Semi-Final Match
Konami vs. Starlight Kid

Review: Our next match in the semi-finals is between Konami and Starlight Kid. Starlight was able to get two big wins under her belt in the tournament when she defeated both Natsu Sumire and Hazuki. Konami has one more win to go before she can advance to fight Arisa. Who will meet Arisa in the finals?

Instead of attacking Konami head on as she did with Hazuki, Starlight would try a different approach when she would try to get that quick pin in to throw Konami off guard and it looked like she had her during the crucifix pin but Konami barely kicked out at two. Konami knows she would need to finish hero ff quick as she attempted the Triangle Lancer but Starlight would roll her up for another two count. Starlight hits a Swinging Neckbreaker for a two count and would position Konami to hit a Moonsault but Konami rolled out of the way and applied the Triangle Lancer to make Starlight tap out in less than three minutes. Konami is officially in the final round as she now has to fight Arisa Hoshiki.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Cinderella Tournament 2019 Final Match
Konami vs. Arisa Hoshiki

Review: It’s now time for the final round as we have Konami from Tokyo Cyber Squad taking on Arisa Hoshiki from STARS. These two women made it this far in the tournament when most people probably didn’t expect them to win, but here we are. The winner of this match will get a dress to wear and able to request any match they want. Which one will win? Who wears a pretty dress?

I’m now convinced that Konami was officially held back and was able to shine a lot more as a Tokyo Cyber Squad member than she has at Queen’s Quest. Konami’s personality would flesh out more as she just wanted to make Arisa suffer when she would be going after her leg in the match since it was still weak from Arisa’s previous matches. Both of them meshed really well together in the ring and gave us a really good match. Also to that annoying fan again, please shut up and don’t come back. A lot of close calls in the match when Arisa would do her Powerslam combo with a Rounding Splash and the two times that she did hit it, Konami actually kicked out of it, leaving Arisa a little bit speechless. Konami was able to attempt the Triangle Lancer to try and make her tap out before Arisa grabbed the ropes to make her break the hold. Arisa was finally able to hit her Brazillian Kick despite her bad leg and pinned Konami for the victory to win the Cinderella Tournament. Can’t believe my dark horse won the whole thing.

Arisa was able to win the Cinderella Tournament as she now gets to wear the dress they had prepared for her. I’m sure glad they know their sizes before making them. Anyway, this is a big win for Arisa as she now calls out Momo Watanabe to the ring. Arisa declared that she will be fighting Momo for the Wonder of Stardom Championship so she could finally get her one-on-one match that Momo has been denying her for quite a while. The match is made official as it will take place on the May 16th show. I’m excited to see this match finally happen and it’s one you don’t wanna miss.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

5/4/2019
World of Stardom Title Match
Kagetsu (c) vs. Bea Priestley

Review: Now that the Cinderella Tournament is over, let’s fast forward just a little bit to the May 4th show so we can get a little bit caught up. Plus, this was the only match that caught my interest and is pretty important as it’s for the World of Stardom Championship. The match took place at the Queen’s Quest Produced show as Kagetsu defends her title against a member of Queen’s Quest, Bea Priestley. Bea went from losing in the first round of the tournament to getting a match for the big red belt, but I’m game to see what happens and it looks like Kagetsu needs another defense under her belt. Good because her last one left little to the imagination and Bea has improved recently. Will Kagetsu retain or does Bea somehow win?

One, Bea looks great in her new attire and two, this might be the best match that I’ve seen our of her along with Kagetsu’s best match in months. This match was nicely paced from beginning to end here with the two of them executing everything they did in the ring almost flawlessly and had nice sequences during the match. I loved when Bea jumped to the top rope and Kagetsu followed right after when she jumped to the second rope to Dropkick her on the way down, nicely done. Kagetsu shows how good of a worker she is if Stardom wasn’t too busy giving her scraps most of the time and Bea needed this match more to show what she actually can do in a high caliber match like this one and the progression she made in the past year as you can see for yourself.

Bea hits a beautiful Regalplex for a two count and wouldn’t stop there as she hits a Curb-Stomp as our Prime Minister kicked out again, but Bea quickly applied for the Rings of Saturn before Kagetsu had the ropes. Our Prime Minister is up to her old tricks as she pushed Bea into the referee to spray green mist into her eyes before she would hit the Michinoku Driver and the Oedo Coaster as it looks like this could be it, but Bea would somehow kick out at two, leaving the fans shocked along with Kagetsu. Kagetsu would get back to the top rope to try and hit another one but Bea would stop her this time and hits a kick to her tucked head, shades of her boyfriend, Will Ospreay and had her up on her shoulders to hit the Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex and Bea pins Kagetsu to win the championship!

Well…if you’re surprised, then don’t feel bad because I am just as surprised as you are right now. This was something I didn’t expect to see and I’m not too sure how I feel about it right now. Sure, Bea has improved a lot and she delivered a great match against Kagetsu but I’m just not sure if she’s considered red belt material. The World of Stardom Championship has taken a bit of a back burner ever since Toni Storm won it when Mayu Iwatani was injured but Kagetsu did try her best to help elevate it despite Momo taking most of the spotlight due to beating Io Shirai last year. Despite my feelings on the matter, congratulations to Bea on winning and I hope she actually does well with the title. If Bea can perform like how she did more often, she’ll be okay. Congratulations, Bea and I wish you luck.

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half

 

Overall: I thought the second half of the tournament was well done and the finals were much better than last year, but we still had plenty of good matches along with the surprise title match I added for after the tournament. May 16th show is shaping up to be a good one.

Favorite Match: Kagetsu vs. Bea Priestley

Least Favorite Match: Konami vs. AZM

Score: 8/10


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