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Mitchell’s Lucha Underground Results & Report! (10/31/18)

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Lucha Underground Season 4, “Ultima Lucha Cuatro – Part 1”

Lucha Underground Season 4 begins its grand finale with the first night of Ultima Lucha Cuatro! Who will be THE LU Trios Champions by the end of the night?

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Lucha Underground Trios Championships Triple Threat Elimination Tag: The Reptile Tribe VS The Rabbit Tribe VS Ivelisse, XO Lishus & Sammy Guevara; The Reptile Tribe wins and retains the Lucha Underground Trios Championships.
  • Taya Valkyrie Mundo VS Ricky Mantel Mundo; Taya wins.
  • Mask VS Mask: Son of Havoc VS Killshot; Havoc wins, Killshot loses his mask.

PLAY BY PLAY

Captain Vasquez goes over files in LAPD Headquarters.

But in walks Aerostar, telling a story of a girl he met a millennia ago, who was going to save the world. He told her dying father to use a special amulet to give her immortality. He holds half of that amulet. The father told the girl that the amulet only works on women, “a necessary lie.” Otherwise, his tribe would have forced him to use it on himself. Vasquez has done well with her life. But then Aerostar realized he was wrong. She’s been instrumental in this war, but it is not her destiny to save the world. The future is clearer now. He needs both halves now. Her father, and her daughter Catrina, wait on the other side of the cosmos.

Vasquez relinquishes her half of the amulet, and it is once again whole. Aerostar leaves, and she fades to the other side. Who does Aerostar intend to give this immortal amulet to? Will it help sway this war in favor of good and life?

 

Ultima Lucha Cuatro begins!!

We have come so far in just four years, but Lucha Underground promises to continue on as the most innovative and violent promotion in all of professional wrestling!

 

Lucha Underground Trios Championships Triple Threat Elimination Tag: The Reptile Tribe VS The Rabbit Tribe VS Ivelisse, XO Lishus & Sammy Guevara!

When the Good, the Bad & the Sleazy failed to take the titles off Kobra Moon and her kingdom of serpents, the Mad Hatter and his new allies added insult to injury. Then when the Rabbits took Ivelisse, XO and Joey Ryan on in a fair fight, the White Rabbit choked Joey out. But now, Ivelisse’s team becomes the Good, the Bad & the Sammy to take on both dangerous clans until only on trio is left! Which team will survive to be THE Lucha Underground Trios Champions?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin! Tornado rules means all nine luchadores start together. White Rabbit tells Paul London and El Bunny to stand aside, and they obey. White Rabbit dares the others to come at him, so the Undead Death Machine runs in! Rabbit boots Jeremiah Snake in the face, then rocks Ivelisse and King Daga. He grabs Kobra Moon and Sammy G by their jaws! XO runs in but gets a boot, and he throws the other two down by their teeth! He lifts XO for a BIG saido suplex! Fans are impressed by the power on display, but White Rabbit brings out his white glove! He puts it on, but walks into a QUINTUPLE KICK! Rabbit is down, and now the other teams go after each other.

Snake boots Sammy while Daga goes after Ivelisse. Kobra stomps on XO, then the Reptiles throw both XO and Ivelisse out. Kobra builds speed, Snake gives her the lift, and he throws her at White Rabbit! But she merely bounces off him! Rabbit drags Kobra up and bounces her off a post. Snake runs and DIVES, and that takes Rabbit off his feet. El Bunny jumps and huricanranas Daga! Daga gets up but Bunny is fast, he tilt-o-whirls around and around to throw him again. London sets Snake and Daga up for Bunny’s springboard senton! Bunny bowls the Reptiles over and the Believers are fired up. But Ivelisse holds the way open for XO to DIVE! Lishus takes out everyone, but they’re not done. Ivelisse holds the rope down for Sammy to FLY! Then Ivelisse leaps and bowls everyone over!

Believers are thunderous as the teams start brawling. Kobra chops Sammy, Sammy chops Kobra. Rabbit urenages Snake on the apron! Sammy bounces Kobra off barriers while Daga headbutts Rabbit. Rabbit rakes Daga’s eyes while Sammy takes Kobra up top. They brawl near the top of the stands, and end up on the camera deck. Sammy bounces her off steel again, then surveys everything down below. Sammy brings Kobra to the edge, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY ONTO THEM ALL!! Believers lose their minds as Sammy stands above the other eight. But so does Rabbit! Rabbit brings Sammy around, for the mandible claw! He’s going Down the Rabbit Hole! And he uses it to toss Sammy into the ring. White Rabbit tells London to go after him, and London obeys.

London stalks Sammy and kicks him around. Bunny is added but he ends up a speed bump for London’s powerbomb! Sammy makes it a cover, Sammy ELIMINATES the Rabbit Tribe!! White Rabbit hears the bad news, and is seething. He blames London and Bunny, but takes it out on Sammy! Mandible claw STO!! This won’t eliminate Ivelisse’s team since the Rabbit Tribe is no longer legal. Sammy is bleeding from the mouth, but he sits up to spit on White Rabbit! White Rabbit grins as he’s covered in blood. Sammy still needs help, Ivelisse shouts “where’s the f*cking medic?!” while we go to break.

Lucha Underground returns with only two teams, but in a 3v2 situation. Ivelisse and XO take the fight to the Reptiles! Kobra backs off while Snake and Daga kick and stomp Ivelisse & XO down. Daga stomps XO once more while Snake drags Ivelisse up. Snake holds her in place and Daga swings a punch, but Ivelisse dodges, letting Snake take the hit! She tackles Kobra then comes back to crucifix bomb Daga! Cover, Snake breaks it in time! Snake throws Ivelisse out hard, but XO stands. Snake runs at him but gets a roundhouse! XO slingshots but into a boot! Snake whips but XO springboards to a wheelbarrow stunner! Cover, but both Daga and Kobra break it! Fans rally up as the Reptiles focus on XO. Snake yanks XO in for a guillotine hotshot! XO writhes from the pain in his shoulder and neck.

Ivelisse returns, and flies in for a double crossbody on Daga & Kobra! She aims at Snake, scorpion kick to then run and hit a running sunset flip powerbomb! Daga breaks the cover with a Penalty Kick! Believers rally as Kobra pushes Ivelisse out. The Reptiles pick on XO, but XO drags himself with his one good arm. XO shouts “F*CK YOU!!” as he fires off punches and elbows! He’s a house of fire against the three, but he runs into a TRIPLE Kick! Snake grabs XO, butterfly shoulder breaker! Kobra adds a running spike-rana! Daga puts on the Constrictor hold! XO holds on to his bad arm to prevent the full extension, and Ivelisse runs in. Kobra intercepts her, and Snake kicks apart the arms! XO is stuck in the hold, XO taps! The Reptiles win!

Winners: The Reptile Tribe, Daga by submission; still Lucha Underground Trios Champions

The champions retain, but give a small assist to White Rabbit making it easier for them. Will the Reptiles reign over the Trios Division forever? Will Ivelisse ever get back to gold?

 

Taya Valkyrie Mundo VS Ricky Mantel Mundo!

Don’t get it twisted, there is no relation between these two whatsoever. “La Wera Loca” legally changed her last name because she married the Guru of Greatness himself, Johnny Mundo. Ricky changed his last name because he was a fanboy. But now, the fanatic has gone psychotic, and wants to make the entire Worldwide Underground pay for looking down on him. Will his revenge come full circle? Or will the new Mrs. Mundo make Ricky regret ever being born?

Ricky takes a moment to set little Rosa down in a corner before Taya makes her entrance. She goes right at him with a Spear! The bell rings and she hammers away on Ricky. She whips but Ricky reverses, only to end up in a German Suplex. Taya fires up as she stalks Ricky. He stands, she hits a clothesline in the corner. She stomps a mudhole into him, then backs off. Taya whips her hair and runs in for Meteora! She drags Ricky to a cover, TWO! Ricky isn’t that easy, but Taya just slaps him around. Taya whips Ricky but Ricky dodges to SUPERKICK Taya down! Ricky throws away the headband to start raking Taya’s eyes and thrashing her head around. He brings her up and throws her out of the ring, to then follow her.

Believers rally for Taya as Ricky pulls a table out from under the ring. Ricky sets that up even as the referee reprimands him. He stomps Taya then stands the table up. He fetches Taya and rakes her eyes again. Ricky knees low then whips Taya at the announce desk. But Taya hops up on top of the desk! Ricky doesn’t see it as he is busy “borrowing” a pen. Taya boots him away, then leaps for a crossbody! And she kicks and clubs him back down! Believers are thunderous with Taya and she puts Ricky in the ring. Taya spins Ricky around for a saido suplex, then another! Cover, TWO!

Taya keeps on Ricky but Ricky knees low. Ricky whips her to a corner, then runs in, but she slips out and slides under for a sunset flip. He rolls through but she ducks the kick to get the legs. Queen Angelito stretch! And stomp! Then STF! Ricky endures, reaches for ropes, but he taps! Taya wins!

Winner: Taya Valkyrie Mundo, by submission

Wera Loca gets payback on Ricky for herself, but she now wants revenge for what he did to her friends, her family, and for “ruining my f*cking wedding!!” She gives Ricky a Choke Slam through the table!! Taya also takes Rosa away, leaving Ricky with nothing.

 

Mask VS Mask: Son of Havoc VS Killshot!

These two have been here since the very beginning. Both men have been Lucha Underground Trios Champions, and were even champions together. However, the Weapon of Lucha Destruction couldn’t get over his Brother in Arms, Dante Fox, being replaced so easily, and clearly took it out on the Man from the Open Road. Havoc had nothing against Killshot, until Killshot disrespected his mask by yanking it off! Now the winner will be the only one allowed to wear their mask, who will be left with less of themselves?

The Believers are divided, as both men have been fan favorites for almost as long as they’ve been in the Temple. The bell rings and the two stare down. Killshot throws a haymaker, Havoc responds with a forearm. It’s a brawl and they go back and forth. Killshot goes to throw Havoc out but Havoc throws him out first. Havoc swings but Killshot blocks. Killshot goes to bounce Havoc off buckles but Havoc clotheslines him down first! Havoc takes off the vest and builds up speed, to FLY with the Sasuke Special! Killshot flounders away while Havoc revels in the Believers’ praise. Havoc goes after Killshot with clubbing forearms, but Havoc CHOPS back. Killshot chops Havoc to sit him down in the bench seat, then chops him again.

Believers continue to duel as Killshot puts Havoc back in the ring. Killshot stalks Havoc and throws in knees. He hits Havoc with a butterfly slam! Killshot brings Havoc up but Havoc elbows out of the Half ‘n’ Half. Havoc runs in but Killshot puts him on the corner. Havoc boots Killshot away, then cartwheels no the ropes. He runs, rebound, but into a backslide catch! Killshot swings Havoc out like that for a knee! Havoc is down, Killshot hurries to a corner. He hops up, KILLSTOMPS! Cover, TWO!? Havoc survives Killshot’s best shot and Believers are again thunderous! Killshot decides to fetch something from outside the ring. He drags over a stretcher? And then he exposes a crossbar on a turnbuckle, and undoes it. This makes room for the stretcher, and puts that in the ring.

Killshot takes his time bringing the stretcher around. He drags Havoc up and powerbomb lifts, but Havoc slips out. Havoc catches Killshot into a backbreaker! Havoc pursues Killshot on the outside, and whips him into railing! He backs off while Killshot is down, because he wants something form under the ring. It’s a table! Havoc brings the table over and sets it up by Killshot. He bounces Killshot off railing again, then finishes setting the table. Believers rally up as Killshot bounces Havoc off railing! Killshot throws haymakers and beats Havoc into the table. Havoc is prone on the wood, and now Killshot climbs.

Havoc springs up to pursue, and they fight on the edge of the bleachers. Believers move aside for Havoc, as he boots Killshot! Killshot holds on, but barely! Havoc throws hands, and Killshot is now on the table. Havoc heads up to the camera deck, Believers fire up, and Havoc leaps for a SUPER splash!! Both men crash through the table!! Believers lose their minds, and it’s Havoc who is up first! Havoc drags Killshot to the ring, covers, TWO?! Killshot lives and Havoc can’t believe it. Believers rally up again, and Havoc climbs up top. But Killshot trips him up! Killshot drags himself up, climbs to join Havoc, and Believers rally again. Killshot clubs away on Havoc, then prepares the double underhook. He stands up but Havoc resists. Havoc gets a fireman’s carry, for a SUPER Death Valley Driver! Then he hurries back up, SHOOTING STAR! TWO!?

No one can believe that this match isn’t over, but they do know “This is Awesome!” Havoc is at a loss for what to do, but he hurries to think what it’ll take. He drags Killshot over to that stretcher and sets him on it. He steps on Killshot to then climb up top again. Killshot sits up and stops him with a swing kick! Killshot pushes the stretcher aside and climbs back up. He has Havoc, SUPERPLEX on the stretcher! Havoc hits an edge, and Believers lose their minds again! Killshot climbs again, takes aim, KILLSTOMPS!! But he won’t settle for just that, he drags Havoc up for a half-nelson wheelbarrow, Storm Driver!! Cover, TWO!?! Now it’s Havoc’s turn to shock Killshot and the Believers! Believers sing “Ole~ ole ole ole~! Lucha~! Lucha~!”

Killshot and Havoc fight on their knees with haymakers and forearms. They both stand and continue brawling. Believers are still divided as Killshot boots Havoc. Havoc comes back to boot Killshot, then rebound cutter! The stretcher comes back in to play, as Havoc gives Killshot a piledriver on it! He straps Killshot in so he can’t leave, and then climbs back up. Killshot fights against the straps, but Havoc leaps for another SHOOTING STAR! Cover on the mat, Havoc wins!!

Winner: Son of Havoc, by pinfall; Killshot must remove his mask

Victory, thy name is Havoc! He gets to keep his persona, but now Killshot must lose his! The unmasking will happen after the break!

 

Lucha Underground returns…

Killshot sits up, and fans chant “Take his mask!” Havoc as the winner stands with Killshot as he reveals himself as “Lieutenant Jermaine ‘Killshot’ Strickland.” For these last few years, Strickland was trying to erase and hide from his past, the fact that he left his brothers for dead. Killshot kneels, and takes off the mask to reveal his true face. Strickland hands the mask over to Havoc, as it is his prize for winning. Havoc takes it, and holds it up in both victory, and in honor of the man who wore it. Strickland stands, and fans chant “Thank you, Killshot!” The Soldier of Misfortune leaves without his mask, but he still has the respect and admiration of the Believers. Will we see him again in Season 5?

Strickland heads backstage…

Someone calls out to him. It’s Dante Fox, in full Marine dress blues! Strickland asks why Fox went MIA. He had a mission that he couldn’t ignore. But it’s good to see his face again. It’ll be the last time. And sorry, for everything. Permission to be relieved of duty? Fox grants it. And salutes. Strickland returns it, and leaves the Temple. Is it truly for the last time?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This was a pretty great start to Ultima Lucha 4. I was really surprised to see the Reptile Tribe retain, while Sammy Guevara was taken out at the same time. I was hoping Ivelisse’s team would still find a way to win, but it seems it was too soon for XO and Sammy to win. Perhaps this will allow Ivelisse to move away from Trios Division and purely to singles as she is pretty much the top woman in Lucha Underground. Then the Reptiles and the Rabbits can battle as the main trios in the Temple. I should say that Taya VS Ricky was a bit lackluster, given they made it a squash. Though, I suppose that’s the only thing they could’ve done if they weren’t going to reveal Rosa to be something supernatural. Maybe something still happens in the rest of UL4 to escalate the story.

Aerostar taking the amulet was pretty interesting. He already gave the Gauntlet of the Gods to Johnny Mundo, so I doubt the amulet is to help against Matanza Cueto. Perhaps it’s for Fenix to save him from the darkness? Fenix VS El Dragon Azteca Jr is coming up next episode, maybe that’s the other key to restoring Fenix’s original self. Havoc VS Killshot was great, and escalated the spots well with the table and the stretcher. I don’t really see how the stretcher piledriver hurts but whatever, it’s pro-wrestling. Shane Strickland finally shows his face on Lucha Underground, but they make it seem as if he’ll be gone now. That seems a shame, he was so good, but perhaps that was always his contract deal. And maybe Havoc uses this momentum to finally get himself the Lucha Underground Championship in Season 5.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: New Japan Cup 2019 Part 1!

The 2019 New Japan Cup begins!

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NJPW New Japan Cup 2019

NJPW begins the 2019 New Japan Cup! Who among Tetsuya Naito, Kota Ibushi, Zack Sabre Jr. and EVIL will move on to the second round?

 

Coverage will be as broadcast by AXS TV

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL; ZSJ wins and advances to the second round.
  • Tetsuya Naito VS Kota Ibushi; Ibushi wins and advances to the second round.

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NJPW and AXS set the scene to kickoff the 2019 New Japan Cup!

Spring brings the best in the world in this special single elimination tournament! Only one man will win the right to challenge the IWGP Heavyweight Champion in Madison Square Garden!

The first round has already seen a bit of action, with NJPW standards, Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi, advance, but others falling victim to upsets. Juice Robinson lost to Chase Owens while Sanada overcome Hirooki Goto. The biggest surprises perhaps came from the biggest men losing to the Junior Heavyweights when Bad Luck Fale and Hiroyoshi Tenzan lost to Will Ospreay and Ryusuke Taguchi respectively. But tonight, two of the most anticipated matches take the spotlight! The rivalry of the last year takes the stage again as EVIL and Zack Sabre Jr. face off once again! Plus, Kota Ibushi returns from injury to battle Tetsuya Naito in a G1 Climax rematch! The Golden Star looks to be the comeback kid while the Uncontrollable Charisma wants to be a historic dual champion! Only one can make their dream come true tonight!

 

Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL!

Taka Michinoku welcomes everyone to Zack Sabre Time, and asks who everyone thinks will win this year’s New Japan Cup. Well it’ll be the man who won last yer’s winner, the Submission Master and British Heavyweight Champion! So Evil, you’ll #JustTapOut! C’mon over here! The King of Darkness responds to being called out, and we begin the next chapter of this already storied rivalry!

The bell rings and fans cheer Evil on as he circles with ZSJ. They slowly approach and Evil knees low. Evil headlocks but ZSJ tries to power out, only for Evil to hold on tighter. Evil gets the headlock takeover but ZSJ works for a headscissor counter. He can’t get it so he stands up. ZSJ spins through and arm-drags Evil off, but Evil headscissors him. Evil squeezes and ZSJ endures. ZSJ finds his way up and pops free, then dares Evil to come on. ZSJ headbutts and headlocks but Evil powers out and runs him off! Fans cheer as Evil waits for ZSJ to return. Taka keeps ZSJ calm as he gets back up. ZSJ and Evil circle again, and Evil calls for a test of strength. ZSJ accepts and they grapple, and Evil gets the double knuckle locks.

Evil brings ZSJ to his knees but ZSJ reels him to reverse. ZSJ hammerlocks but Evil switches to his own, but ZSJ switches back, and so on. ZSJ spins and drops to get the takedown but Evil pushes him away. Evil avoids the Penalty Kick but ZSJ ducks the clothesline. Evil blocks ZSJ’s boot to chop and senton! But ZSJ gets his knees up and reels Evil into an armbar! Evil stacks for a cover, TWO! ZSJ still has the arm, but Evil gets the ropebreak. ZSJ lets go but comes back for more. He cranks Evil’s arm back then stomps the hammerlock. ZSJ also kicks Evil in the chest and stomps his legs. ZSJ ties the legs up in a figure four and pulls hair. The referee reprimands ZSJ but ZSJ stays on the arm with pulling fingers and twisting the arm.

ZSJ uses the hammerlock to turn Evil for a cover, TWO! Evil tries to get feeling in his arm but ZSJ kicks him in the back. ZSJ looms over Evil and gives his bad arm toying kicks. ZSJ kicks Evil again, but Evil grabs the kick! Evil hands the foot to Red Shoes before he mule kicks ZSJ down! The 2018 cup winner is down while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Evil brings ZSJ up for forearms. Evil puts ZSJ in a corner then whips him corner to corner. ZSJ stops himself and comes back, but for a sidewalk slam! Fans fire up with Evil as he drags ZSJ back up. Evil suplexes ZSJ up and over then covers, TWO! Evil keeps his cool as he brings ZSJ up again. ZSJ blocks the fireman’s carry and goes after the arm with a double wristlock. Evil powers through but ZSJ slips out to a full nelson. Evil endures the hold and breaks free! He headlocks and knees ZSJ right down! Evil stalks ZSJ to a corner and headlocks, but ZSJ denies the bulldog into the abdominal stretch! They go around and around and Evil puts it on ZSJ! ZSJ endures and pries the arm off, to Pele it!

ZSJ gives Evil European Uppercuts in the corner! He goes corner to corner but Evil follows for a clothesline! Evil runs but ZSJ follows, only for Evil to see him coming and clothesline him again! Cover, TWO! Evil drags ZSJ right up, fireman’s carry, Darkness Falls! Cover, TWO! Sabre survives but Evil has more where that came from. Evil drags ZSJ up and slashes the throat. But ZSJ victory rolls! TWO and Evil has it on ZSJ, TWO!! ZSJ wants a backslide but Evil powers it around, backslide on ZSJ! TWO, Penalty Kick! Both men are down, and fans cheer for Evil while Taka coaches ZSJ. ZSJ goes right at Evil to keylock stomp the arm! ZSJ kicks at it but Evil only gets angry. Evil stands and ZSJ throws EuroUppers, but those only make Evil stronger. He CHOPS ZSJ off his feet!

Evil stands ZSJ up for another chop, but ZSJ stands on his feet. ZSJ gives Evil a shoulder breaker, but Evil gives one back! Evil spins but into a EuroUpper. ZSJ runs but Evil goes sideways, ZSJ catches the clothesline into an Octopus Stretch! He drags Evil down and he cranks back! Evil endures as ZSJ twists him all around! ZSJ has one arm trapped and the other arm back, but Evil uses a leg for the ropebreak! ZSJ lets go but he comes back to dig his elbow into the back. He grabs Evil’s arm and twists it in his legs! ZSJ Penalty Kicks Evil down again! ZSJ catches his breath while Red Shoes checks on Evil. Evil sits up but uses Red Shoes as a shield! Evil mule kicks ZSJ again, then drags him up, to place on Red Shoes! Magic Killer!!

Evil catches his breath and grins while he, ZSJ and Red Shoes slowly get up. ZSJ gets to a corner as Taka coaches him up. Evil runs in for a big clothesline! Evil roars and fans fire up as Evil drags ZSJ up to the top rope. He climbs up to join ZSJ, for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Sabre survives again but he clutches his own shoulder now. Evil stands and slashes the throat! He drags ZSJ up, spins him around but ZSJ slips through to scoop. Evil escapes but ZSJ standing switches. ZSJ rolls Evil back but the European Clutch is blocked! Evil wants a Half ‘n’ Half but ZSJ resists. ZSJ reaches for ropes but Evil shifts to a German Suplex! Evil takes aim, but ZSJ kicks the clotheslines away once, twice, but not the third time! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous after that close call!

Evil roars and drags ZSJ up again. He spins ZSJ around but ZSJ slips around and hops up! Sleeper to victory roll to EuroClutch, to EVERYTHING- Is Octopus! ZSJ drags Evil down, Napalm Death! Evil is stuck, Evil taps! ZSJ wins again!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission; advances to the second round

The 2018 New Japan Cup winner keeps on winning! ZSJ has a cup winning streak, will it continue all the way to the finals?

 

Tetsuya Naito VS Kota Ibushi!

This match feels almost too soon in the tournament! The leader of Los Ingobernables and the Golden Star could both have both made their way to the finals, but now only one of them will move on! Will Ibushi’s comeback lead him all the way to New York? Or will the IWGP Intercontinental Champion move towards being a historic dual champion in NJPW?

Fans love both stars so they’re naturally divided at the bell. Naito and Ibushi stare down as the cheers are thunderous. They start circling and then approach to tie up. Naito gets a headlock but Ibushi spins out for a keylock. Ibushi headlocks now but Naito punches out. Naito pulls hair and pushes Ibushi and things speed up. Ibushi hurdles Naito then again, but Naito ducks the kick and moonsault. Naito arm-drags but Ibushi headscissors, and the two break! Naito even hits Tranquilo. Fans cheer while Naito decides to roll out of the ring. Naito takes his time returning, telling Ibushi to relax. Ibushi doesn’t give Naito a choice, but then Naito escapes Ibushi to tease him about taking time. Ibushi returns but Naito is on him with kicks and elbows.

Naito whips but Ibushi reverses, but Naito grabs ropes. Naito dumps Ibushi out then sweeps the legs. He slingshots and dropkicks Ibushi down, a new take on his Cabron Combo. Naito has control while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Naito whips Ibushi into railing. Naito drags Ibushi up and brings him around the way, to whip him into more railing! Fans cheer Naito but also show concern for Ibushi as Naito whips him into railing a third time! Naito brings Ibushi around the railing and bounces him off the desks. Red Shoes tells Naito to bring things back to the ring but Naito bounces Ibushi off wood again. Naito leaves Ibushi behind and rests in the ring. Ibushi crawls his way back as the ring count begins. The count passes 5 of 20 as Ibushi stands. Ibushi returns ringside at 10 and hops in at 11. Naito is on Ibushi with a whip and big elbow, then a swift basement dropkick! Naito poses more while Ibushi writhes.

Fans cheer for Ibushi and Naito spits at them. Naito stomps Ibushi and drags him up into a cravat neck wrench. Ibushi endures as Naito cranks hard. Ibushi fights out with body shots but Naito elbows him down. Naito then brings Ibushi around for a neckbreaker and casually covers, TWO! Ibushi’s bad neck is a target and Naito keeps on it. Naito brings Ibushi up but Ibushi breaks free. Ibushi throws forearms but Naito just smirks. Ibushi throws more but Naito elbows him around the side. Naito throws more elbows into the neck and Ibushi slumps against the ropes. Naito toys with Ibushi but Red Shoes reprimands him. He whips but Ibushi reverses and dodges to whip back. Ibushi dropkicks Naito right down! Both men fall into each other but Ibushi’s up first.

Ibushi drags Naito up for a strike fest! Naito blocks the kick to kick the knee, but still runs into a roundhouse! Ibushi standing moonsaults! Cover, TWO! Ibushi keeps his cool as he drags Naito up again. Naito resists the German suplex and gets the standing switch. Ibushi throws elbows to break free. Ibushi runs in but Naito boots him from the corner. Naito runs out but into a huricanrana! Fans fire up while Naito bails out of the ring. Ibushi fires up with the fans and goes to the corner. Naito knows it’s coming and stops the Golden Triangle! Naito drags Ibushi out for a draping neckbreaker to the apron! Ibushi falls to the floor and Red Shoes checks on him. He’s somehow okay to continue and drags himself into the ring.

Naito is waiting again, and runs out from a corner, shotgun dropkick! Then he drags Ibushi up to the top rope and out for another draping neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi survives and Naito is surprised, but we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Naito drags Ibushi back up. Naito ties Ibushi up but Ibushi fights out with his free arm. Naito clubs Ibushi in the neck then hits a German Suplex, but Ibushi lands on his feet! Ibushi kicks but Naito ducks to enziguri! Naito whips but Ibushi reverses only for Naito to come back with flying forearms, only to be caught into a snap German! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Naito and Ibushi stir as fans duel. Red Shoes checks and they’re both okay to continue. Ibushi and Naito grit their teeth as they sit up. They head for each other and start throwing forearms. Ibushi hits, Naito hits, repeat. They slowly stand but the brawling continues.

Ibushi hits but Naito comes back. The two stare down and Ibushi throws a forearm. Naito throws one back, so Ibushi gives another. They start picking up speed and now they’re just swinging wild! Ibushi fires off many palm strikes but Naito throws slaps. Ibushi runs but into Naito’s spinebuster! Naito drags Ibushi up and to the top rope again. Naito climbs up behind Ibushi and fans anticipate something dangerous. Ibushi holds on so Naito clubs away. Naito stands Ibushi up, but Ibushi grabs at Naito’s leg. Ibushi turns around and trips Naito up! Naito manages to stay on the apron, but Ibushi stalks him from above. Ibushi drags Naito up while standing on the ropes. Ibushi lifts but Naito fights out! Naito slaps away on Ibushi’s face, then brings Ibushi in, TOMBSTONE on the apron!!

Naito puts Ibushi in the ring then drags him up again. Hammerlock and underhook, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!? Ibushi still lives but Naito isn’t fazed. Naito drags Ibushi up again, arm wrench and tilt-o-whirl, but into Ibushi’s own PACKAGE TOMBSTONE!! Cover, TWO!? Now Naito survives and shocks everyone! Fans duel as Naito and Ibushi drag themselves to opposite corners. Naito runs at Ibushi but into a roundhouse! Ibushi brings Naito in but Naito spins out for a tornado DDT! Naito aims at Ibushi and runs in, into a clothesline!! Ibushi drags Naito up and to a lift, SIT-OUT LAST RIDE! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives again but Ibushi is too tired to be frustrated. Ibushi drags Naito up and grabs both hands, but Naito dodges Kamigoye, DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!?!

Fans are thunderous as this match continues! Naito staggers up and drags Ibushi to his feet. Wrench and tilt-o-whirl but Ibushi slips out to roundhouse! Ibushi gives a shout out to the King of Strong Style as he aims from a corner. Naito sits up, BOMAYE!! Cover, TWO?!? Ibushi can NOT believe Naito survived again! But Ibushi vows to finish this, double underhook, Butterfly Driver! But he’s not done there, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!

Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall; advances to the second round

It took so much, but Ibushi makes it through the opening round! Naito’s dream is denied for now, what will it take for him to become the first-ever dual Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion in NJPW history? As for Ibushi, he advances only to take on Zack Sabre Jr. next! Will Ibushi break ZSJ’s streak in the New Japan Cup? Or will he #JustTapOut?

Ibushi takes the mic and thanks Naito for that amazing match. “In 2019, in NJPW, I’ll show you a new version of Kota Ibushi.” Ibushi vows to go all the way and win! Will everyone else in the tournament, let alone Jay White, take this to heart?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Wow, what a great opening to the tournament! At first, I thought it was a bit of a shame that this will be it for the first round, no Okada or Tanahashi, but seeing they had matches with slightly less important opponents (sorry, Mike Elgin), the two matches we got were much more worthy of airtime. Evil VS ZSJ is again an incredible match, and it makes a lot of sense for ZSJ to win. While Sanada is in the tournament, too, he and Evil are still strongly in the Heavyweight Tag Team Division. ZSJ has a great New Japan Cup win streak story to tell, and it’ll make a loss, should one come, all the more exciting if it’s in the later rounds. ZSJ going for back-to-back tournament wins on top of a huge title match is great, but I can’t be sure the chances of it happening.

Naito VS Ibushi was a really great match, and it’s not just kayfabe saying this match could’ve been a logical tournament finals choice. Naito’s story of becoming a dual champion could’ve propelled the tournament to some interesting places, but at the same time, it doesn’t have to be told in the tournament. Ibushi is in NJPW to stay so it means a lot more that he gets a push in the tournament. He already has a hard road ahead of him if the second round pits him against ZSJ, but perhaps a Kota Ibushi that can get through such big names, much like ZSJ did in last year’s tournament, can be a Kota Ibushi that defeats Jay White in Madison Square Garden.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (3/16/19)

Zack Sabre Jr. continues his journey in ROH!

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Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 391

It’s ROH 17th Anniversary weekend, but the action keeps on rolling! The Submission Master returns, will he make Rocky Romero #JustTapOut?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Silas Young & The Briscoes; Young & The Briscoes win.
  • The Bouncers VS Brian Johnson & Joe Keys; The Bouncers win.
  • Madison Rayne w/ Sumie Sakai VS Thunder Rosa w/ Holidead; Rayne wins.
  • Zack Sabre Jr. VS Rocky Romero; ZSJ wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Silas Young & The Briscoes!

Cheeseburger leads Ryan Nova and Eli Isom into battle! Will their fighting spirits combined be enough to overcome the Last Real Man and #DemBoyz?

The bell rings and Isom begins against Jay Briscoe. Isom is no stranger to taking on former ROH World Champions, this could be his third upset on one already. They tie up and Jay waistlocks. Isom standing switches and throws Jay down but Jay reverses to a facelock, but Isom slips away. Fans applaud the Future of Honor keeping up with Jay. Jay and Isom circle again and Jay keeps Isom guessing on the grapple. Jay reels Isom in for a headlock, but Isom powers out, only for Jay to run him over. Things speed up and Isom kicks Jay. Isom runs but sees Jay follow. Jay fakes Isom out and kicks him down. Jay tags Mark and The Briscoes mug Isom. Mark suplexes but Isom slips out and shoves Mark. Mark turns around into Isom’s arm-drag!

Isom tags in Nova and Nova hops up for ax handles. Nova wrenches the arm but Mark rolls through. Mark breaks free but Nova dodges and fires off strikes. Nova wrenches and tags in Cheeseburger! Burger climbs up to drop his own ax handle. Burger wrenches but Mark pushes him away. Mark rushes at Burger but Burger crawls under and kicks him away. Burger speeds up but Jay stands in his way. Mark rocks Burger with a shotgun dropkick! Silas and the Briscoes take control as we go to break.

ROH returns and Silas taunts Burger to stand, only to stomp him down. Fans rally up for Burger and he throws body shots on Silas. Burger fires forearms but Silas shoves Burger for the backbreaker clothesline on the rebound! Silas drags Burger over and tags in Mark. Mark drops an elbow then drags Burger up. Mark suplexes and holds Burger up for a few seconds before dropping him down. Fans rally but Mark puts Burger in a camel clutch. Burger endures while Jay and Silas taunt him. Mark fish hooks Burger but lets up at 4. Mark blasts Nova but the ref keeps Isom from going after Mark. But he misses Mark biting Burger! Mark gets away with it then CHOPS Burger in a corner! Mark whips corner to corner but Burger dodges! Burger dodges Silas and Jay, too, hot tag to Isom!

Isom dropkicks Mark to his corner where Jay tags in. Silas runs at Isom but Isom puts him on the apron and dropkicks him down! Jay goes after Isom with a waistlock but is bucked off. Isom pops Jay up to a fireman’s carry! Nova intercepts Mark and DIVES on Silas! Air Raid Crash from Isom to Jay! Cover, TWO!! Isom almost had another former world champion caught! Isom keeps going but Jay blocks the suplex. Jay fights back but Isom throws his own forearms. Isom runs but into Jay’s fireman’s carry. Jay hits the Spicolli Driver while Mark climbs up! FROGGY-BOW! Jay covers, TWO!? Isom survives and The Briscoes are shocked!

The ref tells Mark to go to the corner but the Briscoes ignore him. #DemBoyz work together to finish this, double underhook but Isom fights out. Isom pushes Jay into Mark then kicks, suplex to brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Another close call but Isom keeps his focus. Isom and Jay stand as fans rally up. Isom throws forearms and elbows then an enziguri. Jay staggers and Jay runs, but SUPERKICK for Jay! High-Low combo for The Briscoes! Mark keeps Burger out while Jay hits his Jay Driller! Cover, The Briscoes & Silas win!

Winners: Silas Young & The Briscoes, Jay Briscoe pinning

The Shinobi Shadow Squad struggles in the Six Man Tag Division against such accomplished opponents. Will it be the Last Real Man and Dem Boyz who move on towards the titles instead?

 

Rhett Titus speaks.

“Willie Mack, I heard you had plans to take the NWA National Title and defend it in every state across America.” Well Willie, plans change, because the Fittest is looking to take that belt and bring it with him on the Flex Express. Will Rhett’s own plans have to change after facing The Mack next episode?

 

The Bouncers VS Brian Johnson & Joe Keys!

The literally biggest team in the ROH Tag Team Division takes on two other Future of Honor stars. With physiques like theirs, JK and The Number One were hoping for sunny beaches and “beautiful baby dolls”, but instead got “busted up broads and their beer-swilling bozos”! Well that’s no way to talk about the fans or beer! The Bouncers make their way out with plenty of drinks, and Brian Milonas takes the mic. He and The Beer City Bruiser are here to kick ass and drink beer! Will they do just that against these rude rookies?

The Code of Honor is still upheld between the teams, and we start with Bruiser and Keys. Keys shows off his body while teasing Bruiser about the beer belly. Bruiser admits Keys wins the body building, but Bruiser has the fans as they chant “Beer! Beer!” along with him. Keys calls for a test of strength and Bruiser isn’t sure he’s serious. Keys shoves Bruiser and tells him to take it serious. Bruiser accepts the test, and SLAPS Keys off his feet! Keys gets up and kicks but Bruiser catches it. Bruiser spins Keys for an atomic drop. Keys gets to a corner but covers up from Bruiser’s punch. So Bruiser CHOPS instead! And CHOPS, and CHOPS! Fans cheer for more but Keys turns around to protect his chest. So Bruiser CHOPS his back! Keys scrambles to his corner and tags in Johnson.

Johnson fires off on Bruiser but Bruiser shoves him to run him over! Bruiser drags Johnson up but Johnson powers him to the corner. Keys anchors Bruiser’s feet and Johnson gets a sucker punch! Johnson stomps away in the corner then tags in Keys. Keys stomps Bruiser now but lets up at 4. Keys chops Bruiser back then goes to scoop. Bruiser’s too big for that, so Keys gives a European Uppercut. Johnson tags in and rams in his own uppercut. Johnson and Keys work together for a double scoop slam! Cover, ONE, and with power! Bruiser reaches for Milonas but Keys tags back in. Keys stomps Bruiser down then puts Bruiser back in the corner. Keys throws EuroUppers then gestures at Milonas. He runs in for a splash but Bruiser dodges! Keys hits buckles and both men are down!

Fans rally up as Bruiser crawls for his corner. Johnson shouts to Keys, and Keys tags him in. Johnson grabs Bruiser’s feet but Bruiser still gets to Milonas! The Mastodon rallies on both Future of Honor stars! Fans fire up as he pounces Keys out of the ring, then squashes Johson in a corner. Milonas whips Johnson corner to corner for another splash, then scoops. Johnson slips out and shoves Milonas away. Johnson dodges the clothesline but gets a pop-up spinebuster! Keys attacks Milonas from behind but Bruiser gets Keys. Bruiser whips Keys and Milonas gives Keys a pop-up spinebuster! The Bouncers say bottom’s up and grab Johnson. Milonas climbs and Bruiser holds Johnson up, draping leg drop! Cover, The Bouncers win!

Winners: The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning

They kicked ass, now they drink beer! Will the Bouncers find their way to the ROH World Tag Team Championships and drink to a title reign?

 

Madison Rayne speaks.

“Thunder Rosa, you think that you and Holidead can come into ROH and control the narrative and call the shots?” Here’s the reality: the Twisted Sisterz are the opposite of what the Women of Honor stand for. The Queen Bee vows to make a statement, but will it go the way she hopes?

 

Willie Mack speaks.

The inaugural NWA National Champion is all about making history, and he makes history with ROH next week. He’ll defend his title in all 50 states, and is already on number 5. If Rhett Titus wants to stay fit, then he better get ready for a fight!

 

Madison Rayne w/ Sumie Sakai VS Thunder Rosa w/ Holidead!

As The Queen Bee alluded to, The Twisted Sisterz have done what they want to who they want since joining the Women of Honor Division, including the Ray of Sunshine. Now Sumie stands beside Madison, will they put the trouble-makers in their place?

Madison doesn’t wait for the bell, she goes right at Thunder Rosa! She tackles Rosa down and the bell has to ring as she fires off right hands. Rayne puts Rosa in one corner then runs her all the way to the other. She bumps Rosa off a third then hits a sliding lariat. Rayne runs Rosa over with a shoulder and fires up while Rosa regroups with Holidead. Rayne doesn’t give Rosa much time to regain composure, she goes right out and rocks her with a right! She puts Rosa back in while Sumie keeps her eyes on Holidead. Rayne runs Rosa over with a clothesline but notices Holidead egging Sumie on. Rayne runs and wrecks Holidead with a dropkick! Sumie and the fans cheer Rayne on but Rosa hits Rayne back!

Rosa fetches Rayne and rams her into the apron. She then CHOPS Rayne against the apron, before shoving her into the ring. Rosa stomps Rayne then covers, TWO! Rosa drags Rayne up and bumps Rayne off the buckles. She stomps a mudhole into Rayne but backs off at 4. Rosa snapmares Rayne and kicks her sharp on the back. Holidead wants another so Rosa kicks Rayne again. Rosa runs and dropkicks Rayne in the back, covers, TWO! Sumie coaches Rayne up while Rosa mockingly applauds. Rayne throws body shots but Rosa clubs her down. Rosa scoops and slams Rayne down, then applauds herself. Rosa runs side to side for a BIG leg drop! Cover, TWO! The Queen Bee is in trouble while we go to break.

ROH returns and Rosa toys with Rayne. Rayne throws forearms back and enziguris! Rosa falls over and Rayne covers, TWO! Holidead is relieved but Rayne keeps on Rosa. Rosa throws Rayne down by her hair, then drags her up for chops. Rosa whips Rayne corner to corner then runs in for a big back elbow! She snapmares Rayne to a cover, TWO! Fans rally for Rayne but Rose wraps on a chinlock. Rayne endures and fights her way up, but Rosa throws her back down. Cover, TWO! Rosa grabs Rayne for more chops, then does a little salsa to show off. She whips but Rayne reverses and things speed up, Rayne SPEARS Rosa down! But Rayne is also down and a standing 10 count begins.

The count reaches 5 as both women sit up. Rosa grabs Rayne and brings her up but Rayne fires forearms! Rayne dodges Rosa and rallies with more forearms. Rayne fires up and goes corner to corner but Rose catches her! Rosa puts Rayne on the top rope but Rayne boots her back. Rayne leaps for the crossbody! Both women are back up, Rayne ducks a kick to give an enziguri! Cover, TWO! Rayne keeps on Rosa with a waistlock. She wrings Rosa out but Rosa goes to swing. Rayne adjusts and gets around Rosa again for a dragon sleeper. Rosa elbows out and brings Rayne up into the Gory Especial, and spins around for the facebuster! Cover, TWO!! Rayne survives and the Twisted Sisterz are shocked!

Rosa is furious as she drags Rayne right up onto her shoulder! Rosa spins but Rayne slips out for the Rayne Drop! Cover, Rayne wins!

Winner: Madison Rayne, by pinfall

The Queen Bee wins outta nowhere and gets revenge on behalf of Sumie Sakai! Will Rayne and others teach the Twisted Sisterz a lesson about being Women of Honor?

 

Team Coast2Coast speaks.

“We were gone for a very long time, but for good reason.” Shaheem Ali and Leon St. Giovanni were “rediscovering” themselves. But now C2C is better than ever and will take on the best in the world! Their return is next week against Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham, will Chocolate Man and the Human Rocket be ready for the Franchise and the Octopus?

 

Zack Sabre Jr. VS Rocky Romero!

The partnership of ROH and NJPW is on display as the Submission Master returns! But not only that, the player-coach of Roppongi 3K makes his own return! Will Rocky make a run in ROH for gold? Or will he #JustTapOut?

ROH returns with the bell! Fans cheer Rocky on as he circles with ZSJ. Rocky keeps away from ZSJ’s grip and then they approach. ZSJ still gets Rocky down with a headlock but Rocky keeps up with his reversals. ZSJ gets free but both he and Rocky smirk as they circle again. They tie up again and ZSJ gets the arm. He cranks on it to get Rocky to the mat. Rocky endures the wristlock and ZSJ grinds a knee in. Rocky gets to his feet but ZSJ wrenches and arm-drags Rocky back down. Fans cheer ZSJ’s technique as he twists and pulls Rocky’s arm. Rocky spins through and gets up to dropkick ZSJ out of the ring! ZSJ is frustrated already as he kicks the railing. Rocky waits for ZSJ as he catches his breath.

ZSJ returns and circles with Rocky. They tie up and ZSJ gets a leg. He trips Rocky and stands on his feet. ZSJ twists the leg around and then ties the legs up so he can go after Rocky’s neck with a wrench. But he also hooks the face so the ref counts. ZSJ lets up at 4 to bring Rocky into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Rocky pops out to a cover, TWO! Fans applaud as Rocky and ZSJ circle again. Rocky and ZSJ approach and Rocky gets ZSJ’s leg now. Rocky waistlocks but ZSJ wrenches to a switch. ZSJ wrenches again and brings Rocky to his knees. ZSJ brings Rocky further down as he mounts the arm to pull back. Fans applaud while Rocky endures the pair of knuckle locks.

Rocky and ZSJ go shoulder to shoulder but ZSJ gets the cover. TWO so ZSJ tries again. TWO as Rocky brings up the shoulder, so ZSJ pushes it down. Rocky bridges this time, and then anticipates ZSJ hopping on with a monkey flip! It’s a double cover, but Rocky rolls back, only to get caught into ZSJ’s armbar! Rocky rolls and shifts but ZSJ slips out to a hammerlock. Fans applaud this continued exchange as Rocky reaches back for ZSJ. Rocky leaps and snapmares but ZSJ headbutts back. ZSJ snapmares but Rocky handsprings through to dropkick him down! Rocky brings ZSJ up for a chop then a cravat. ZSJ endures but Rocky snapmares. ZSJ responds with his own snapmare, but then Rocky snapmares back. They go snapmare for snapmare, but then ZSJ shoves Rocky down for a neck crank! Rocky writhes while we go to one last break.

ROH returns once again as Rocky manages a ropebreak while in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow. ZSJ reluctantly lets go, and waits for Rocky to sit up. ZSJ clamps on a half straitjacket, then digs in elbows and knuckles to get the full. Rocky endures as fans rally up. Rocky feeds off the energy but ZSJ does his best to keep Rocky down. The two struggle against each other, and ZSJ digs a knee in to keep the straitjacket. Rocky stands and spins the straitjacket around but ZSJ spins it back on. ZSJ brings Rocky back down then flips him over, but Rocky uses that to reverse the hold! Rocky has ZSJ but ZSJ breaks free to throw a EuroUpper. ZSJ whips but Rocky elbows back. Rocky springboards for a tornado DDT! Both men are down but fans rally up.

Another standing count begins and Rocky sits up at 3. ZSJ follows and grabs Rocky first. Rocky dodges and huricanranas! Things speed up, Rocky springboards again for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Rocky toys with ZSJ, then starts slapping him around. ZSJ EuroUppers then grabs a leg. Rocky misses the first enziguri but not the rewind! Fans fire up with Rocky as he runs corner to corner to start the Forever Clotheslines! He gets one, then another, but runs into a boot! ZSJ runs but into Rocky’s leaping knee, only to make it an STF! Rocky is caught, and ZSJ shifts sides! Rocky drags himself around and manages a ropebreak! ZSJ lets Rocky go and catches his breath. Now ZSJ toys with Rocky as he stomps him around. ZSJ kicks but Rocky gets mad. ZSJ pie faces so Rocky SLAPS away!

Rocky knees and hauls ZSJ up to the top rope. Rocky runs corner to corner for a top shelf knee! ZSJ falls to the apron but Rocky checks his shoulder first. Rocky brings ZSJ up but ZSJ resists the suplex. ZSJ goes after the arm but Rocky throws forearms. Rocky shoulders in but gets caught into an Octopus through the ropes! ZSJ lets go at 4 then shoves Rocky away. Rocky dropkicks ZSJ on the return! Rocky throws forearms and CHOPS, then ties ZSJ up in the ropes. He goes to the side and springboards for a guillotine missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and Rocky is exhausted. Fans build to a rally for Rocky as he brings ZSJ up. Rocky throws forearms on ZSJ then eggs him on. ZSJ throws a EuroUpper, but Rocky comes back for fast hands. Rocky kicks and runs for a Sliced Bread! Cover, TWO!

Rocky drags ZSJ up again and wants more, but ZSJ escapes Sliced Bread 2 for the standing abdominal stretch! Rocky reaches but ZSJ rolls him away, then around, Hurrah! The double wrist-clutch octopus is on and Rocky taps quickly! ZSJ wins!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission

The Submission Master brings in Another Year, Surely This One Will Be Better Than the Last. Will ZSJ’s first year in ROH be golden sooner rather than later?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another ROH PPV, another disconnect between it and their television episodes. This episode, as all episodes are, was clearly recorded long before the PPV as nothing that happened at the PPV affects this episode’s events. For those who didn’t see the ROH 17th Anniversary, make sure to check here for the full card results. But for those who did, you know The Briscoes lost the the ROH World Tag Team Championships to Villain Enterprises, yet Jay & Mark still had the belts here. And all this makes it strange for commentary to vaguely reference the PPV when it hadn’t happened for them yet. The Six Man Tag they had was only okay, so I don’t see why it couldn’t have been three other Heels going against Shinobi Shadow Squad to get the spotlight instead.

In fact, seeing as how more Future of Honor stars were brought on for this episode, I’m starting to think that’s what episodes like this should be about. ROH Future of Honor stars can appear, get some television exposure, and take the card in place of literally anyone involved on the PPV card. And of course, facing Future of Honor stars meant an easy win for The Bouncers, who might finally be moving up now that they’re Faces. Meanwhile, Rhett Titus’ new gimmick is like if Lex Luger and Val Venis fused, but then the combination was slightly diluted. But Rhett VS Mack, even non-title, sounds fun. Pretty sure Mack wins that, but bringing NWA and its new championship into the fold of ROH’s many partnerships also sounds great.

Rayne VS Rosa was a good match, and I’m sensing this is building to something more. I’ve said before that having the Twisted Sisterz in WOH must mean Women’s Tag Team Championships are on the horizon, and it would be pretty big if Sumie Sakai joins Rayne in competing for those. I don’t think Rayne & Sumie would be the inaugural champions, that really should be the Twisted Sisterz given their resumes. But Sumie one day becoming a tag champ to be the first woman to have both the WOH World and Tag Team Championships would be a great thing for her own career. ZSJ VS Romero was a good match, and clearly ZSJ is set to dominate to at least a World Television Championship level. ZSJ VS Jeff Cobb would be great for the sheer difference in styles, but we know it’ll have to wait until after G1 Supercard.

My Score: 8/10


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