Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 374
The ROH World Tag Team Championships are on the line, in a Triple Threat! Can The Briscoes hold onto the belts against The Addiction AND The Young Bucks?
- No Disqualifications: Marty Scurll VS Shane “The Hurricane” Helms; Scurll wins.
- ROH World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Briscoes VS
The AddictionSoCal Uncensored VS The Young Bucks; SoCal Uncensored wins and become the new ROH World Tag Team Champions.
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The Peacock has returned!
Dalton Castle, and his Boys, helped the Franchise and the Octopus battle The Kingdom in Six Man Tag action. Matt Taven continued to flaunt his would-be world championship, but we all know the REAL ROH World Champion is Jay Lethal. Taven dominated his familiar foes, but his ego got the best of him as he allowed Dalton to get Vinnie Marseglia with a Bangarang! Dalton felt great after his success, but he also felt ready to go for gold again. The Peacock puts his name on the list, will Jay Lethal be the champion when his turn comes?
Speaking of, Dalton Castle is here!
The Peacock and his Boys head to the ring, and Castle has his custom mic to “catch you up to speed.” He had a “bit of an injury” that kept him out for a quarter of a year. But he didn’t go home to sip mint julips. He sipped mint julips and put in work! Castle was doing two rounds of physical therapy a day, he trained hard and traveled the world. HE went to Australia and kissed a kangaroo! Whatever it took to get back in the ring, he did it! And now that he’s back, his mission is to reclaim the ROH World Championship! So he wants to make this clear: “Jay Lethal, I’m back! And I want the champ!” However, the champ he gets is Matt Taven.
And Taven tells Castle that he’s confused. It’s been awhile since Taven broke Castle’s hand, back and spirit, but to think he broke Castle’s brain, too. Or was Castle just not watching the show? Because there’s a new champ, and it’s Taven. There is only man who can call himself THE champion around here, “and he is I and I am him, because IIIIII’M Matt Taven!” Is that what Taven believes? Castle takes a seat with the help of his Boys. Taven sounds crazy. “Go home, Matt, you’re drunk. Like, Myrtle Beach drunk!” Taven says that’s Castle’s problem. Castle thinks he’s so funny, but the real laugh was that when Castle put ROH on his back, he couldn’t handle it. Castle had to go home, when he should’ve left for good!
Taven thinks Castle is being funny? Does Taven want Castle to be serious? Then how about this: “You are a delusional, narcissistic, tall, gangly, uncoordinated idiot!” And as long as there are wrestlers like Castle, Taven will NEVER be the real ROH WHC. Fans agree with that. Taven tells Castle that he has a special surprise for him. Red balloons! The Horror King is already here and he attacks The Boys! Then Taven runs in and clobbers Castle with the belt! And TK O’Ryan comes in to help finish off The Boys, brain buster for one and suplex to inverted DDT for the other! Taven rains down rights on Castle, then coordinates his team. Vinnie throws in a few chairs for Taven, and Taven positions them before putting Castle on them.
Castle is inside a chair sandwich, as each man of the Kingdom takes a chair for themselves. They raise their chairs up and shout, “THY KINGDOM COME!” TRIPLE Con-Chair-To!! The Peacock has been mauled as The Kingdom stands tall. Taven raises his championship belt, and makes Castle kiss it. Can Castle recover from this devastation? Or is he already back on the shelf?
No Disqualifications: Marty Scurll VS Shane “The Hurricane” Helms!
The Villain and the Superhero have already completed a trilogy, but nothing was settled at Glory By Honor! Now we move into the fourth edition to this epic series, with no limits on what Scurll and Hurricane can do to each other! Who will triumph in this battle of good and evil?
Scrull brandishes the mask he stole from The Hurricane, an insult to the hero’s pride. But wait, the man on stage has a mask. Because that’s Delirious! Shane Helms appears behind Scurll in the ring! And he gets Scurll with the Hurricane Choke Slam! The bell rings as Hurricane covers, TWO!! The Hero almost conquers The Villain with his own trickery, a reference to how Hangman Page helped Scurll trick Helms! Hurricane throws Scurll out of the ring and then pursues. Hurricane whips Scurll into barriers, then CHOPS him against said barriers! He uses Scurll’s own shirt to choke him, and then whip him into more barriers! Hurricane sets the chair up, then CHOPS Scurll before sitting him down. Hurricane throws hands, then runs to clothesline Scurll down! The fans are thunderous for the Hurricane while we go to break.
ROH returns and Scurll has control now. He leaves Hurricane in the ring while he goes looking underneat it. He brings out his umbrella! And then another! Scurll has three umbrellas now, then four, then five! He would put six in but he trolls the fans on their counting and flips them a dirty bird. Scurll still brings that sixth umbrella in with him, to SMACK Hurricane in the stomach! Scurll uses umbrella number 2 to say “I’m singing~ in the rain~” and SMACK Hurricane on the back! And then SMACK again! Scurll brings up umbrella number 3, and watches Hurricane crawl for his stolen mask. Hurricane reaches out a hand, but Scurll stomps it! Then SMACK across the stomach and SMACK on the back. Umbrella number 4, SMACK!
Fans fire up for the vicious Villain as he uses umbrella number 5 in a clutch! The umbrella is across Hurricane’s face and bent back as Scurll uses it to bend Hurricane back. Then Scurll stomps Hurricane’s hand again. Scurll clears out his umbrellas to give a European Uppercut. Hurricane hits back with a body shot, but Scurll gives him another EuroUpper. Hurricane punches again, so Scurll gives him another EuroUpper. They go back and forth, but Hurricane gets an edge. Hurricane whips and runs, but Scurll dodges. Scurll’s kick is blocked, into a neckbreaker! Hurricane crawls for his mask instead of the cover, and he has the mask back! The mask is on, and Hurricane powers up! He blocks Scurll’s umbrella shot, to break the umbrella! Then he throws haymakers on Scurll. He whips but Scurll reverses, only for Hurricane to run him over!
Hurricane wrenches and hammerlocks, for the Mortifier complete shot! Cover, TWO! Scurll survives and the battle continues. Hurricane goes out to fetch chairs from under the ring. He fetches more chairs from the corners, then stomps Scurll down. Hurricane sets chairs up, but Scurll gets him with another EuroUpper. Scurll completes the chair structure, and brings Hurricane over. Hurricane hits back, then sets Scurll on the top rope. Fans anticipate what’s coming, and Scurll fights back. Scurll forearms Hurricane away, but Hurricane gets Scurll by his bullocks! And he throws Scurll down on the chairs! Then Nightmare on Helms Street! Cover, TWO!! The Hurricane has yet to vanquish the Villain, so we go to break.
ROH returns and Scurll has a table set up. Scurll elbows Hurricane down on the apron, then positions the table. He climbs up to join Hurricane, and the two brawl with haymakers. They go back and forth, but Hurricane grabs Scurll with a choke grip! Scurll rakes the eyes to get free! Scurll lifts Hurricane in a fireman’s carry, Death Valley Driver through the table!! Fans fire up with “ROH! ROH!” as Hurricane stirs amid the wreckage. Scurll gets up first and drags the wood off Hurricane. Scurll puts Hurricane in the ring and covers, TWO!? The Hero lives! Scurll grits his teeth and moves the chairs aside. Scurll goes back to his umbrellas, but decides they’re not enough. He goes back out and goes under the ring. He brings out a mystery bag, clears some space, and pours out the contents. The Villain presents the ECW Arena with thumbtacks!
Scurll stalks Hurricane as he slowly stands. Hurricane staggers over, Scurll grabs him, but Hurricane fights out. Hurricane runs into a boot, and he staggers again. He stays standing, and almost gets Scurll with a drop toehold! Scurll manages to stay standing, and gets Hurricane’s fingers to SNAP them! Hurricane is reeling, Scurll runs, but into a choke grip! Hurricane Choke Slam on the tacks!! They stick into Scurll’s skin, and fans scream when they get a glimpse of it. Hurricane covers, TWO!! The Villain survives and Hurricane can’t believe it. The fans rally up for Marty, but Hurricane pulls down a knee pad. Hurricane runs but Scurll ducks the Shining Wizard, to give him a low blow! No DQ means it’s perfectly legal!
Scurll stands despite the pain in his back, and he grabs a handful of tacks, to feed Hurricane! SUPERKICK, and Hurricane spits tacks! Then Scurll underhooks, Graduation on the tacks!! Cover, Scurll wins!!
Winner: Marty Scurll, by pinfall
Scurll may be a villain, but he was Philly’s hero tonight as he toughs out the smacks and tacks! This was the tiebreaker in their fourth battle, but is Scrull truly done with Hurricane Helms? Or will the Hero return to triumph in the end?
Brandi Rhodes speaks.
Three months ago, Mrs. American Nightmare suffered the worst injury of her entire life. She has always been an athlete, and never broke a single bone, let alone even sprained anything. But on excursion to Stardom, Brandi would break her clavicle in two places, and it wasn’t even clear until some time later. Brandi still wanted to finish what she started and competed with one good arm. When the doctor showed her the x-ray, it was very clear there was a separation of bone. This was the first time Brandi was glad to have surgery, and she felt so much better.
The journey back is going to be a hard one, especially given the titanium plate and nine screws holding the bone together. Monthly x-rays show there is bone growth, but her range of motion is limited. Brandi can still wrestle, and she has adjusted her style accordingly. Witness her return now on HonorClub!
ROH World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Briscoes VS
The Addiction SoCal Uncensored VS The Young Bucks!
Three of the best teams in the company, if not the world, but only one can reign supreme! However, to improve their odds of retaining, Jay & Mark Briscoe attacked the Fallen Angel and Heavy Metal Rebel! And specifically, they went after Christopher Daniels’ neck with a Jay Driller to the stage! Will removing Daniels from the match help #DemBoyz keep their reign of terror going? Can SoCal Uncensored still save themselves from the Final Battle countdown? Or will the SUPERKICK Party help Matt & Nick Jackson stand atop the ROH Tag Team Division once more?
ROH returns after another break as the teams sort out. The Briscoes trash talk fans but per triple threat tag rules, only two teams are active at once. Therefore, Scorpio Sky starts against Nick Jackson while Jay & Mark pace about. Nick gets Scorpio down, brings him up and whips, but Scorpio reverses. Nick dodges and hurdles, but Scorpio gets him with a headscissor! Scorpio wrenches the arm but Nick wrenches back. Scorpio rolls and kips up to arm-drag. Nick runs and springboards to arm-drag. Nick runs but Scorpio dodges, and Scorpio FLIES out onto The Briscoes! Fans fire up as Scorpio sets Mark Briscoe up, for Kaz’s slingshot headscissors! SCU has Philly fired up as Scorpio feeds Jay to The Bucks!
Nick whips and then runs in, but Jay puts him on the apron. Jay puts Matt on the apron, too, but gets double kicks from both Bucks! Scorpio adds a running kick, a sweep, and then Kaz hits the swinging dropkick! Kaz kips up and fans chant “SCU!” Scorpio tags in from Scorpio while Mark tags in from Nick. Mark hotshots Nick out of the ring, but runs into Scorpio’s kick. Kaz tags in, and SCU double whip. Scorpio kicks Mark low, then helps Kaz with a tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Jay coaches his brother up but Kaz is on him with haymakers. Kaz whips Mark but Jay tags in. Mark kicks Kaz and feeds him to Jay’s clothesline! Mark hits Scorpio down for good measure, and #DemBoyz control the ring. Jay drags Kaz up, and gives him a big EuroUpper.
Kaz stumbles out of the ring but Mark fetches him to put him into barriers! Mark bangs Kaz’s head into the barrier again and again, then feeds Kaz to Jay’s boot! The Briscoes gloat as they put Kaz back in. Jay pulls Kaz back in a chinlock camel clutch. Kaz endures as fans rally up. Jay clubs Kaz down, then tags in Mark. The Briscoes mug Kaz, then Mark throws CHOPS. Mark keeps on Kaz with a facelock, and suplex! Fans boo as Mark mocks the others in this match. Fans rally and Kaz hits back with haymakers! Mark knees low, then whips. Kaz slides off Mark’s back to give him a back stabber! Both men are down, and fans rally. Jay just comes in to boot Scorpio down! The Briscoes are willing to do anything to retain the titles, and we go to one last break.
ROH returns again, and Mark chops Kaz. Mark whips Kaz at a corner, Kaz goes up and over, and Kaz gets Mark with a German Suplex into buckles! Kaz crawls for a corner, but Scorpio Sky is missing. Mark tags Jay, but Kaz dodges! Hot tag to Matt Jackson! Matt rallies on #DemBoyz, but his back gives him trouble. The Briscoes whip but Matt leaps for double lariats! Fans fire up as Matt wrecks Mark with a dropkick. Matt rocks Jay with a forearm, then wipes Mark out with a tornado cutter! Matt keeps going, shouldering in, and a slingshot sunset flip into the Sharpshooter! The Cease is in, but Scorpio breaks it! Scorpio bumps Matt off buckles then throws hands. Scorpio whips but Matt reverses, and Nick comes in to pop Scorpio up for Matt’s SPEAR!
Jay returns and Matt gets him back down. Matt catapults Jay into Nick’s SUPERKICK! Jay is stuck across Matt’s knees, Nick springboards in for double stomps! Cover, TWO!! Jay survives but the fans rally up behind the Bucks. Matt brings Jay up to whip corner to corner. Jay reverses but runs into Matt’s boot. Matt hops up but Jay trips him up. Mark tags in, and The Briscoes coordinate. But Nick hurries over to anchor Jay. They brawl, Scorpio Sky SUPER Steiners Mark! Kaz uses Mark to tag in, but Matt leaps to sunset flip Kaz! Matt wants the Sharpshooter, but Kaz small packages! TWO!! Matt runs into Scorpio’s knee, and Scorpio helps get Matt up on Kaz’s shoulders. Scorpio dropkicks Matt for Kaz’s sit-out bomb! Cover, but Nick breaks it!
Nick gets put on the apron and Kaz hits the springboard guillotine! Kaz sees Matt and slingshots him in for a cutter! Scorpio gives Mark a slingshot cutter! SCU gives them both dragon sleepers! Nick and Jay come in to save their brothers with SUPERKICKS! Nick SUPERKICKS Jay! Fans rally up and Matt stirs. Matt tags Nick and Nick rallies with those kicks! Nick runs at Kaz in the corner, but Kaz dodges, sending the shining wizard into the ref!! Mark has a chair, and bounces it off Nick’s face! Then he tosses it at Scorpio, then at Matt! Jay has a chair, and then coordinates with Mark. Jay goes for a table, but Kaz gets Mark! Kaz wants a suplex but Jay saves Mark, then sets a chair up. Jay double underhooks, Jay Driller to Kaz! The ref comes to life, counts, but Matt breaks it outta nowhere!
Mark is on Matt and tosses him out. The Briscoes coordinate, sitting the chair up and stalking Kaz. Mark drags Kaz up, but Matt comes back to fight both Briscoes! Matt throws haymakers and chops, and fans fire up with him! Matt runs and SPEARS Mark! But Jay sidewalk slams Matt on the chair!! Nick helps his brother, but The Briscoes still have Kaz. They call for it, and Jay shovels Kaz onto his shoulders. Mark climbs up but Nick stops him! Mark bites Nick’s face, but Scorpio gives Kaz a title belt! Kaz uses the belt on Jay’s head! Mark climbs back up but Kaz catches the clothesline into a belly2belly! Cover, TWO!? Kaz cannot believe it and neither can Philly!
But fans rally up again for SCU as Kaz stands over Mark. Kaz drags Mark up, and we have a brawl of heavy haymakers. They go back and forth, then Kaz runs, but into a chair SMACK! Mark holds Kaz, Jay takes aim, but Kaz ducks and the chair goes into Mark’s face! Scorpio gives Jay a cutter on the apron! Then SCU combine, urenage backstabber! Cover, SOCAL UNCENSORED WINS!!
Winners: SoCalUncensored, Frankie Kazarian pinning; NEW ROH World Tag Team Champions
They’ve done it! Philly may now be the best town they’ve ever been in, because it’s where they take those titles off The Briscoes! Daniels, even with a neck brace, comes out to celebrate! Maybe now they can get Joe Koff to let go of the Final Battle countdown! Or will they still have to survive a rematch with The Briscoes to truly defuse that bomb?
What a great episode right here! Advertised as a “double main event”, those two matches were really the only two. Opening with Dalton Castle and The Kingdom was great, even if Castle looks in danger of kayfabe injury. This attack likely means we’re getting a rematch of Castle & The Boys VS The Kingdom while we all wait to see how Jay Lethal VS Cody turns out at Final Battle. I’m pretty sure Jay Lethal retains his title, and then the winner of Castle and Taven is the one to next challenge Lethal. I’d go with Taven winning so that we can settle the “Undisputed ROH World Heavyweight Championship” story.
The No Disqualification match, Scurll VS Hurricane 4 was great. It got extreme as things should be in the ECW Arena. I liked that Scurll prepared multiple umbrellas for himself, and I liked the story that Hurricane needed his mask to be at full strength. Like The Green Lantern and his ring. Of course, it was all for naught, as Scurll wins in the end thanks to the surprise of thumbtacks! Though, I’m still waiting for the Superhero Championship to be on the line, but perhaps that’ll be dangled in front of Scurll as a reason for a fifth match, in which Hurricane will win. That way Hurricane retains his title and has the last say on this feud.
The Triple Threat Tag was great, and when the referee went down, I feared The Briscoes would find a way to retain. But SCU overcomes, and they’ve done it! And as I put at the end, I bet the real end to the story is Final Battle, and a spectacular defense in some sort of insane match. Though, at this point, the SCU are beloved by fans, so I suppose Joe Koff would have to turn Heel for that to happen. A Heel authority figure is a tale as old as time in pro-wrestling, but I suppose it’d be easier to keep this story going if that happened.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s Women of Wrestling Results & Report! (1/18/19)
Prepare to be wowed by WOW, the Women of Wrestling! Who will be the first to step up to the Super Woman, Santana Garrett, on the very first night?
- The Beast VS Stephy Slays; The Beast wins.
- Abilene Maverick VS Fire; Maverick wins.
- Eye Candy VS Khloe Hurtz; Eye Candy wins.
- WOW World Championship: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl; Jungle Grrrl wins by count out, Santana Garrett retains the WOW World Championship.
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Welcome to WOW!
The Women of Wrestling return to television with this season premiere! And what better way to kick it off than with THE WOW World Champion, Santana Garrett! The real-life Wonder Woman hits the ring with a newly designed title belt, and Santana is so happy to be here in front of the fans. And she’s especially proud to have her father, “TNT” Keny G watching live and in person. Both daughter and father are emotional over this moment. They’ve been through a lot, and they’re both so thankful that he’s here to cheer on his baby girl. The fans are happy for them, but here comes someone to crash the party! It’s Tessa Blanchard!
The second generation “Born Legend” stares down Santana, and takes the mic. Santana has her dad here, huh? Isn’t that sweet? Tessa says Grandpa Blanchard ran over his territory back in the day, while stepdad Magnum TA is one of the most respected men in this industry. And let’s not forget Tessa’s own father, THE Tully Blanchard, is a WWE Hall of Famer and an original Four Horseman! Keny probably laced up Tully’s boots. Actually, no, Keny probably carried Tully’s bags. WOW booker David McLane tries to keep the peace, but Tessa says Santana should be the one carrying her bags! David says Tessa coming in here bragging about her family tree doesn’t give her the right to just interrupt proceedings. Tessa says she’s not out here just to brag, she’s out here to go after the WOW World Championship.
David says that to get a shot at the title, you have to earn your way up. You don’t get something just because of dad, stepdad and granddad were special. Tessa says that because of who her dad is, she might as well be handed that belt. David asks Tessa to please leave. Tessa has to work for a shot. That’s fine by Tessa, she doesn’t want any trouble. But she will let Santana know that both she and the belt are Tessa’s. Santana says that she doesn’t see any of Tessa’s dads here. So get to the back of the line, girlfriend! Tessa smiles and nods, she knows she’ll get her match. But with the title on the line in the very first episode, will it be Santana Garrett or former champion, Jungle Grrrl, that Tessa will be targeting in the coming weeks?
The Beast has issued an open challenge!
She knows she’s the biggest and the baddest Woman of Wrestling, and looks to prove her superiority. She dares any woman in the locker room to step up and prove her wrong. While watching backstage, The Governor’s Daughter, Abilene Maverick, took advantage. Maverick tricked Stephy Slays about match times, and Slays was just a lamb to the slaughter! Slays realized she was fooled, but didn’t want to be a coward. She jumped into the ring, only to get demolished! Tonight, Slays wishes to prove she’s not so easily crushed. She takes on The Beast again, will she get payback on both Beast and Maverick? Or will it be more of the same?
The Beast VS Stephy Slays!
The bell rings and they tie up! Beast throws Slays into a corner hard! Slays gets right up, though, and goes again. Beast waistlock tosses Slays around, then SPEARS Slays to a corner! She rams shoulder after shoulder into Slays, then forearms! The ref counts and Beast backs off at 4. Beast runs in again but Slays dodges! Slays goes up and leaps, but into a belly2belly! Beast thrashes Slays then drags her up by her hair. Beast puts Slays in a corner then whips corner to corner for a big corner clothesline! Fans duel as Beast lifts Slays easily. Beast walks around and throws Slays with a Fall Away Slam! Slays rolls to ropes but Beast is on her again with another toss. Beast stands on Slays for a cocky cover, TWO!! Slays survives and shocks The Beast!
The Beast boots Slays back down and grins. She runs in but Slays rolls her up, ONE! Slays dropkicks and staggers Beast! Slays runs in again, victory roll countered to the Air Raid Siren! Cover, TWO!! Beast was cocky again but now she’s frustrated. Beast stomps Slays around, then drags her up for forearms. She kicks Slays while she’s down, then grins again. The sadistic specimen whips Slays corner to corner for another clothesline, then throws Slays with a gut wrench suplex! Beast grins as Slays slowly stands. Beast grabs Slays for a suplex, and slam! Cover, but Beast lets Slays up this time! Beast wants to make Slays pay for lasting this long, and she drags Slays up for a Beast Bomb!! Cover, Beast wins!
Winners: The Beast, by pinfall
Dominant for the second time against Slays, The Beast looks to be rolling on towards the title! Will she be the one to challenge the winner of tonight’s main event?
The Beast takes to the mic.
“I’m the biggest. I’m the baddest.” And she is THE BEAST! She roars in victory, will anyone ever come close to making a dent in her?
“My mom grew up in Georgia, my dad grew up in Mississippi, so I’m Southern Blood.” Fire was brought up in a strict upbringing, and she was a gifted student so there was a lot of pressure put on her to succeed. When she entered middle school, she went “off track”, and no one around her understood why. Fire was bullied for being smart, to the point of death threats. Wrestling was her way to feel stronger. Through wrestling, she realized anything was possible, like she could escape this reality. Fire steps up for who she really is, and for what she who to be. “If you want it enough, if you fight for it enough, there is no stopping you.” There is no stopping Fire now, will she blaze a trail to the title?
Abilene Maverick VS Fire!
The Governor’s Daughter shows off her new glittering robe as she makes her entrance, but we have a WOW debut for Fire tonight! Will Maverick be the first wrestler burned by Fire’s passion?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans fire up for Fire and she feeds off the energy. Maverick plugs her ears to ignore it all, and she pushes Fire down with a wristlock! Fire kips up and wrings Maverick out! Fire has an armlock but Maverick endures. Maverick rolls and scoop slams Fire fast! Fire gets up fast, and the two circle again. They tie up and Fire pushes Maverick back. Fire whips but Maverick reverses, only for Fire to slide under and hit a big dropkick! Maverick is reeling as Fire runs corner to corner for a splash! Fire keeps moving but misses this time. Maverick misses and Fire gets a waistlock. Maverick pries free to reel Fire in for a shoulder! She throws Fire down by her hair, then drags Fire up for a big back suplex! Cover, ONE!
Maverick keeps her cool while Fire crawls. Fans rally but Maverick grabs Fire to throw her back down. Fans boo but Maverick soaks up their heat. Maverick kicks Fire while she’s down, then drags her up by her hair again. Fire hits back with forearms, and then kicks. Fire runs, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fire keeps on Maverick at the ropes with a whip, but Maverick reverses to a drop toehold. Maverick grins as she picks Fire up again. Maverick rams Fire’s face back into the mat! Fire crawls while the referee reprimands Maverick. Maverick hotshots Fire on the ropes, then drags her over for springboard knee drops! Maverick soaks in the heat again, then runs corner to corner for a big knee! She kicks and rolls Fire, to mule kick her down! Cover, TWO!
Maverick keeps her composure as Fire continues to survive. Fans rally up for Fire again as Maverick drags her up. Scoop, but Fire slips out to shove! Fire dodges and elbows Maverick down! Fire rallies with more elbows, then brings Maverick to a snapmare and mule kick of her own! Maverick crawls and Fire runs corner to corner, big clothesline! She keeps going, hip attack! Then side to side for the shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Maverick survives and Fire can’t believe it! But fans fire up for Fire again as she drags Maverick back up. Fire fishermans, and swings for the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!? Maverick survives and Fire is in shock! Fire keeps going, powered by the fans. She drags Maverick up again, but Maverick knees low, for the draping DDT!! Cover, Maverick wins!
Winner: Abilene Maverick, by pinfall
The Governor’s Daughter may not be the fan’s favorite, but she’s still the winner. Will Abilene make her move towards the WOW World Championship?
Abilene Maverick spots Stephy Slays in the medical area.
Wow, poor Slays didn’t learn her lesson the first time. But then Maverick gets a taste of her own medicine as The All Natural pushes her out of the way. It seems there’s someone with a bigger attitude than even Maverick. Will Khloe Hurtz bring the pain tonight?
Eye Candy VS Khloe Hurtz!
Sugary sweet but ready to fight, Eye Candy will look to ruin #KhloeTime tonight. Will Candy leave the fans with a sugar high? Or will the All Natural leave Candy crushed?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Candy rolls Hurtz, TWO! Candy is all smiles as she and Hurtz go again. Hurtz kicks low then wrenches to reel Candy in. Candy ducks and hooks, backslide! TWO and the two turn sideways. Candy and Hurtz fight for control, Candy drop toeholds into a camel clutch! She tucks Hurtz in for a cover, TWO! Hurtz runs in but Candy blocks to a suplex! Fans fire up with Candy as she hits a back senton! Cover, TWO! Candy keeps her cool as she drags Hurtz up into a fireman’s carry. Candy hits a rolling senton, then climbs up top. Hurtz trips her up, and hits a draping backstabber! Hurtz whips Candy corner to corner but Candy cartwheels and comes back with forearms! Candy even headbutts before adding the hip attack!
Fans fire up with Candy as she climbs up again! Candy shimmies and shakes then hits a big missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Hurtz survives and Candy can’t believe it! Hurtz’s Ring Rats grow concerned as Candy drags her back up. Fireman’s carry, but Hurts fights out again. Hurts fireman’s Candy, does some squats, then hits a Samoan Drop! Hurtz drops the leg! Cover, TWO! Candy survives and Hurtz can’t believe it! Hurtz drags Candy up and suplexes, but Candy resists. Candy hits back and wrenches to the fireman’s carry. Death Valley Driver! Candy drags Hurtz over, climbs up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, Candy wins!
Winner: Eye Candy, by pinfall
What a shocker! The sweet Eye Candy gets a big win on the series premiere! Will this shocker send Eye Candy all the way to WOW Championship contention?
The Voodoo Doll asks the WOW roster, “Would you like to know what The Siren has in store for you?” Let the cards tell your fate. The Devil: Siren is the change that is coming to Women of Wrestling’s landscape. The Five of Wands: currently, there is a power struggle in the locker room. But that top spot will soon belong to her. And finally, Death: Siren is the final transformation, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Siren has been to Hell and back, and has regained her power. She will sacrifice WOW to the darkness! Who will be the first?
WOW World Championship: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl!
The Wonder Woman of Wrestling is just one of eight children in her family, but she and her father grew closer through wrestling. Keny G brought her into the fold, and now they’re both living a dream together! But she again faces the Alpha Female, the one and only woman to have yet to be pinned in a match! Jungle Grrrl became WOW World Champion, but ended up getting in over her head in a Triple Threat. Santana pinned The Beverly Hills Babe to win the title, shocking everyone. But now Santana must prove she can defeat Jungle Grrrl 1v1, can Santana prove she deserves to be champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Fans are already fired up as the two circle and tie up. Santana waistlocks but JG standing switches. Santana headlocks then wrenches the wrist. JG rolls and reverses to her own wristlock, but Santana rolls and handsprings to reverse back. JG uses the ropes to flip through and wrench Santana back. Santana counters with another headlock, then a roll to a cover, TWO and JG gets Santana with a ghost pin! TWO, and Santana Oklahoma rolls! ONE and JG sweeps to a cover, ONE! The two stare down as fans fire up again. Santana and JG nod with respect as they circle again. They tie up and go for a test of strength. JG bends Santana back but Santana bridges. Santana comes back and rolls back to reverse the knuckle lock!
Santana throws an elbow while maintaining the grip. She whips but JG reverses to dropkick her down! Cover, TWO! JG stalks Santana and scoops her up, for a Jungle Driver! Cover, TWO! Santana survives but JG keeps her cool. JG stomps Santana and heads for a corner. She climbs up to the top rope, familiar territory, and leaps for the Jungle Splash! But she flops! Santana hurries up but Tessa Blanchard appears! Tessa goes after Keny G’s oxygen! Santana rushes out at Tessa and a fight is on! Santana throws Tessa around and into the ring, but she wasn’t aware of a ring count! It hits 10, and Santana loses!!
Winner: Junger Grrrl, by ring out; Santana Garrett retains the WOW World Championship
Champion’s Advantage is the only thing that saves Santana’s reign, but she still got suckered by the Born Legend! And now Tessa brings the fight to Santana, with a Hammerlock DDT! But Jungle Grrrl gets back at Tessa with a Jungle Driver! Tessa screwed Jungle Grrrl over just as much as she did Santana, and now she has problems. But wait, The Beast goes after Jungle Grrrl! These top predators are face to face but referees hurry to keep them apart. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but TV time is running out just as things are getting wild! Will Tessa pay for her interference? Will The Beast replace Jungle Grrrl as the Alpha Woman of Wrestling?
Apparently, this isn’t the beginning of the Women of Wrestling’s history. They’ve been around for a long time, trying in 2000 but fading away, until being revived in mid-2012. But even if this wasn’t the true beginning, this was a good beginning for their AXS TV run. There’s a lot of backstory to get caught up on, but it would seem they made sure to give us those needed recap packages so new viewers aren’t too lost. Many of these alter egos and their elaborate packages make me feel like WOW is an all women’s version of Lucha Underground, which is known for having many wrestlers come up with alternate characters to fit their universe. And there are even shared talents between WOW and LU, such as Shaul Guerrero and Kobra Moon.
As such, the story behind The Beast VS Stephy Slays rematch was made rather clear. It was a good match and Slays got to show plenty of heart, but obviously heart alone isn’t enough. The Beast wins to establish herself as the monster Heel to new viewers. And with Abilene Maverick (Callee Wilkerson) picking on her, that seems like a story going forward. Maverick VS Fire (Taylor Lewis) was also a solid match, and Maverick won to help towards that story with Slays. Eye Candy (Willow Nightingale) VS Khloe Hurtz (Katie Forbes) was decent, and Candy wins mostly so that it isn’t all Heels winning. There are WOW World Tag Team Championships, but they’ve been vacated for years, so I’m wondering if any teams will form out of these midcard stories to give us more action with that.
The main event was pretty good, just not as a match. First, I wouldn’t announce time limits when we know the show is only an hour, it just seems like a waste. Second, Santana VS Jungle Grrrl really only got going when Tessa came out to Heel it up. Third, that 10 count was probably the fastest 10 count I’ve ever seen. But the brawl between Tessa and Santana, and then the impending brawl between The Beast and Jungle Grrrl just managed to salvage things. We have our stories going forward, and at the very least, I wasn’t bored to sleep. There are some things that need work, and this was a rather tough time to move into the television wrestling sphere, but this isn’t a bad program to give a fair shake.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Wrestle Kingdom 13 Results, Part 3!
NJPW and AXS wrap up Wrestle Kingdom 13 with the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship! Will Kushida be able to deny The Bone Soldier, Taiji Ishimori?
This coverage of Wrestle Kingdom 13 will be as AXS TV broadcasts it.
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- NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Gauntlet: Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe & Toru Yano win and will challenge Taiji Ishimori & The Guerrillas of Destiny for the titles at New Year’s Dash.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Kushida VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this year’s spectacular event!
The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship had a rocky 2018. The Ticking Time-Bomb, Hiromu Takahashi, had only just won the belt off of Will Ospreay, and moved on to defend it against fierce CMLL rival, Dragon Lee, at the G1 Special in San Francisco. Hiromu won but was badly injured from that fight, and so a tournament between the four previous title holders was held! Kushida defeated Bushi while Marty Scurll again got the better of Will Ospreay. And in the tournament finals, Kushida would defeat The Villain to become a six-time champion. Meanwhile, The Bone Soldier would be resurrected as Taiji Ishimori joined Bullet Club! Ishimori was a Super Junior finalist, but missed out on his chance at the title. Now he gets his chance to have the title for his own, can he throw down the Time Splitter?
However, Ishimori’s focus might be split, as he is also one third of the current NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions. Tonight, five top teams in the Six Man Tag Division will compete, and the last team standing moves on to New Year’s Dash to challenge Ishimori and the Guerrillas of Destiny! Who comes out on top aimed at the Bullet Club’s fiercest trio? That match, is now!
NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Gauntlet!
First out for this gauntlet are the Bullet Club Elite’s trio of Marty Scurll, Hangman Adam Page and Yujiro Takahashi! The Villain has his umbrella, Hangman has his rope and Tokyo Pimp has both cane and vivacious valet. Chase Owens also hangs around, for moral support. Their opponents are David Finlay, Jeff Cobb and Yuji Nagata! Will either of these teams be able to complete the gauntlet and make a run at New Year’s Dash?
The Bullet Club VS David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata!
The teams sort out and it’ll be Blue Justice starting against The Villain. Marty and Yuji circle and tie up, and Marty gets a waistlock. Yuji reverses but Marty rolls and spins to reverse back. Yuji gets a headlock takeover but Marty headscissors so Yuji pops out. The two stand off and fans applaud. They circle again, and Marty kicks low. Marty throws forearms but Yuji throws them back. Yuji runs but Marty dodges for the 52 Fake Out! Marty flaps his wings and runs, but Yuji dodges. Yuji fakes Marty out to dropkick! Yuji drags Marty up but Marty gets the fingers! Marty calls for silence, but Yuji breaks fre. Yuji sweeps the legs then ties them up for a deathlock! Marty crawls and gets the ropebreak! Yuji lets Marty go but grabs the legs again to tag to Cobb.
Cobb grabs Scurll but Scurll rakes the eyes! Scurll tags to Hangman, and both Hangman and Yujiro go after Yuji and Finlay! The Elite surround Cobb but Cobb fires off haymakers and chops on all of them! Cobb runs, but Yujiro drop toeholds. Scurll adds a basement dropkick and Hang,an hits the standing shooting star! Cobb rolls away while fans cheer The Elite on. Marty and Hangman run crisscross for a SUPERKICK to another shooting star! They take down Hawaiian Hulk and put him in the ring. Fans rally up as Yujiro keeps Cobb’s attention. Hangman slingshots for the Buckshot lariat! Cover, TWO! Hangman keeps his cool as he goes to lift Cobb. He gets Cobb up but Cobb fights out, so Hangman forearms. Hangman kicks but is blocked into a Fall Away Slam!
Both men crawl for their corners, and fans rally as hot tags are made to Finlay and Yujiro! Finlay rallies on Tokyo Pimp with forearms. They start brawling with forearm after forearm back and forth, then Finlay European Uppercuts. Finlay kicks but Yujiro blocks that to throw him down, then adds a basement dropkick! Yujiro hits a Fisherman Buster, covers, but Yuji and Cobb break it! Scurll and Hangman throw them abck out and brawl on the outside. Yujiro lifts Finlay but Finlay slips out for a urenage backbreaker! Finlay fires up but Yujiro denies the cutter. Yujiro pushes Finlay to ropes and Chase swipes at Finlay’s feet! Finlay grabs Chase’s hair, but gets caught. Hangman runs in but gets Chase instead!
Yujiro gets mad at Hangman and shoves him, but Hangman shoves Yujiro back! Finlay rolls Yujiro up, Finlay’s team ELIMINATES The Elite! Chase and Hangman start shoving and Scurll has to keep the peace. It seems the Bullet Club is still not fine, but the action rolls on! The third team is Chaos’ Hirooki Goto and the Best Friends, Chuck Taylor and Trent Baretta!
David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata VS Hirooki Goto & Best Friends!
NJPW on AXS returns as Goto, Trent and Chuckie T enter the ring. And before the bell rings again, Goto and Best Friends attack! Cobb and Finlay are thrown out while the Fierce Warrior stays on Blue Justice! The bell does ring and Goto stomps away in the corner. Yuji hits back with forearm and now it’s a brawl! Yuji hits and runs but Goto follows to run him over! Goto drags Yuji back up for a lift but Yuji reverses to the Fujiwara Armbar! Best Friends save Goto but Finlay and Cobb return. Chuckie T dropkicks Cobb out but Finlay dropkicks him back. Trent runs in but to a kick. Finlay whips but Trent comes back with a shotgun knee!
Fans applaud as Trent slingshots at Cobb, but Cob turns it into a powerbomb lift! Trent gets to the apron and mule kicks Cobb, and then Chuckie FLIES onto Cobb and Finlay! The Kentucky Gentleman wipes them both out at the ramp, but then holds them back up, for Trent’s BIG Asai Moonsault! Back in the ring, Goto fights with Yuji. Yuji fires off kicks then whips. Goto reverses and redirects, to scoop Yuji into Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Goto keeps his cool as he stomps Yuji out. He bumps Yuji in the corner then tags in Chuckie. Chuckie stomps a mudhole into Yuji then walks it off. He comes back to snapmare Yuji for a basement dropkick. Cover, TWO! Chuckie tags to Trent and Best Friends work together with double whips, elbows, and a hug! And then double elbows!
Trent stomps Yuji before bringing him up for a CHOP! He trash talks and pie faces Yuji before another CHOP. Trent whips but Yuji reverses into the Fujiwara! Chuckie attacks to save Trent, but then Finlay goes after Chuckie. Chuckie throws Finlay out and puts Yuji in the corner. Trent hits a running chop, Chuckie hits a clothesline, then he feeds Yuji to Trent for a tornado DDT. But Yuji powers out and gets Chuckie with an exploder! Trent kicks and whips but Yuji reverses to an overhead suplex! Fans rally as Yuji crawls for his corner. Hot tags to Cobb and Goto! Cobb fires off chops and haymakers on Goto, then whips corner to corner. He runs in for a BIG back elbow, then runs back in. Goto boots, runs, but into the Athletic Plex! Cobb standing moonsaults! Cover, but Chuckie breaks it!
Yuji throws Chuckie out as Cobb focuses on Goto. Cobb lifts Goto but Goto fights out of the Olympic Slam to get a sleeper! Goto rolls Cobb to a pin but Yuji breaks it. Goto and Cobb collide with clotheslines, but neither falls. They try again, but still neither falls. Cobb combs back but Goto deflects and spins to clobber him with a clothesline! Both men are down but fans rally up. Tag to Chuckie and he goes at Cobb in a corner. Chuckie goes corner to corner for a back elbow, then whips. Cobb holds the ropes, breaks free but gets a mule kick. Trent runs in to hit a back elbow, then Best Friends fire up with a double whip. Cobb reverses to pull them into each other, then he gives both Best Friends a single leg suplex! Fans fire up for Cobb’s superhuman strength.
Cobb tags Finlay, and Finlay hits Best Friends with back elbows! He goes corner to corner again and again, then hops up to hit Chuckie with a flying uppercut! He runs in but into Chuckie’s knee! Chuckie hits the snap piledriver! Cover, but Yuji breaks it! Goto and Trent throw Cobb and Yuji out and brawl on the outside. Fans fire up as Chuckie climbs. Chuckie moonsaults but FLOPS! Finlay rolls him up, Finlay’s team ELIMINATES Goto & Best Friends! An incredible roll already, but can Finlay, Cobb and Yuji keep it up? The fourth team is Suzuki-Gun’s Killer Elite Squad and Minoru Suzuki himself!
David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata VS Minori Suzuki & Killer Elite Squad!
NJPW on AXS returns as The Meanest Man in the World leads Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer to the ring. And much like Chaos did, Suzuki-Gun strikes the moment they hit the ring! Things spill out of the ring and Suzuki keeps on Finlay at the bell. Yuji whips DBS to the barriers and quickly tags in! An old feud reignites as Blue Justice goes after Suzuki with kicks. He whips corner to corner but Suzuki boots him back. Suzuki and Yuji throw forearms, then Suzuki slaps! Yuji slaps, and now it’s a slap fight! Neither man slows down, but Yuji does stagger Suzuki. Suzuki escapes the exploder and goes for a guillotine! Then Suzuki shifts to an Octopus Stretch! Yuji slips out to hip toss and exploder! Cover, TWO!
Yuji keeps on Suzuki with a suplex, but Suzuki slips out to a sleeper hold. DBS tags in and throws forearms. He whips Yuji but Yuji dodges and fakes him out to dropkick the legs! Yuji tags to Cob and Cobb fires off on DBS! Cobb tries to lift but DBS fights out. DBS kicks away but Cobb grabs the leg. Cobb gets DBS in the Olympic Slam! Cobb moonsaults but misses! DBS hits Cobb with a BIG Back Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Suzuki and Yuji don’t stop brawling on the outside, and Yuji makes sure Suzuki doesn’t get away. Suzuki whips but Yuji reverses to send Suzuki into railing! Meanwhile, hot tags to Finlay and Archer! Finlay gets Archer with a Michinoku! Cover, TWO! DBS boots Finlay down, then KES hit Finlay with the Killer Bomb! Cover, Suzuki-Gun ELIMINATES Finlay, Cobb & Yuji!
The streak ends, and now we’re on to the fifth and final team! NJPW on AXS returns from break to reveal that it’ll be Ryusuke Taguchi, Toru Yano and Togi Makabe! But they don’t even make it to the ring before Suzuki-Gun strikes!
Minori Suzuki & Killer Elite Squad VS Ryusuke Taguchi, Toru Yano & Togi Makabe!
Suzuki-Gun throw hands and then throw their opponents into barriers! The ref has no choice but to ring the bell, and things slowly make their way to ringside. Suzuki whips Taguchi at the camera and sound crews, then he gets in the faces of commentary just because they’re there! Suzuki goes back to Taguchi to take off the rugby helmet and throw it at Taguchi. He puts Taguchi in the ring while Archer keeps on Makabe and Yano. Suzuki grinds his foot into Taguchi, then intimidates the ref. Suzuki drags Taguchi up for forearms, and Taguchi staggers about. Tag to DBS and he whips Taguchi for a boot. DBS pumps up and runs, for a leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO! DBS drags Taguchi up and tags Archer.
KES mug Taguchi, then scoop him for a double slam! Archer kicks Taguchi around, then drags him up for clubbing forearms. Archer climbs and goes Old School on the Funky Weapon, tagging Suzuki in as he does. Suzuki looms over the sputtering Taguchi, but he taunts Makabe and Yano. Taguchi hits back but Suzuki eggs him on. Taguchi keeps hitting but Suzuki rocks him with a right. Suzuki whips then dodges the Funky Weapon itself. He whips but Taguchi reverses to finally hit that Funky Weapon! Tag to Makabe! The Unchained Gorilla runs at Suzuki for corner to corner clotheslines! Then he roars as he gives corner punches! He hits all ten then laughs as he lifts Suzuki. Suzuki knees back then whips, and hits a boot in the corner. Suzuki snapmares then Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up while Suzuki toys with Makabe. Makabe forearms but Suzuki gives it back. They keep going, forearm for forearm, back and forth. Makabe eggs Suzuki on, so Suzuki sneers as he winds up. Suzuki hits a HEAVY forearm and grins as Makabe staggers. Makabe stands and hits Suzuki back. Suzuki gives another heavy shot and Makabe again staggers. But Makabe starts grinning, and hits Suzuki again. Suzuki hits, Makabe hits, and the brawl is on. Makabe runs but into a kick. Suzuki runs, ducks, but gets the clothesline! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tags to DBS and Yano! YTR rallies on DBS with eye rakes. Yano looks to Taguchi for the call and Taguchi uses baseball signals! DBS headbutts Yano before the order completes!
DBS whips Yano corner to corner but misses. Yano runs corner to corner, to get the buckle pad! Taguchi gives another signals, and Yano understands. But Yano misses with the swing and DBS boots him down! Archer hits Taguchi, and then KES work together. Killer Hart Attack! Cover, TWO?! Archer argues with the referee but they just go again, high low! Cover, TWO!? Archer again argues with the referee, but KES try one more move. DBS lifts while Archer climbs, they hit Yano with a frog splash sidewalk slam! Cover, but Taguchi saves Yano! Archer swings on Taguchi but Taguchi dodges and runs! Funky Weapon is caught, but Makabe saves him. Suzuki and Makabe brawl again, but Suzuki follows to get Makabe in a sleeper! Then, Gotch Piledriver set up, but Funky Weapon saves Makabe!
Only for Suzuki to get the sleeper hold again! But Taguchi gives an extra bump to break free, then he runs to hit teh Funky Weapon again! Everyone’s down, but KES go after Yano again. They drag him up, Killer Bomb denied! Double low blow, denied! But double FUNKY WEAPON hits! DBS boots Taguchi but Makabe runs in. DBS stops him and KES double whip. Makabe breaks through for double clotheslines! Neither man falls so Yano makes sure to bump the ref. Taguchi intercepts Suzuki, double low blows! Archer thrown out, Yano rolls DBD, Yano and team win!!
Winners: Toru Yano, Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi, Yano pinning; #1 contenders to the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships
The unlikeliest of trios wins it all! Suzuki is furious but all he can do is take it out on Young Lions. He grabs a chair and SMACKS away on them, then storms off to the back. Suzuki’s rage aside, will Taguchi, Makabe and Yano be able to pull off an upset against the Firing Squad? Is the New Year going to see new champions?
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Kushida VS Taiji Ishimori!
The Time Splitter is a six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, but the new Bone Soldier is a three-time GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion. Who will prove themselves to be THE top Junior Heavyweight tonight?
Introductions are made, and a little Kushida comes out? Doc Brown Taguchi comes out and powers up the flux capacitor. And… BAM! Kushida’s all grown up! Science fiction aside, the belt is raised and we begin! Kushida and Ishimori circle and feel it out. They tie up and Kushida gets the wristlock. Ishimori rolls and handsprings to reverses. Ishimori whips but Kushida reverses, only for Ishimori to handspring over him. Thigns speed up and Kushida kicks otu the arm! Kushida already has his target but Ishimori rakes the eyes! Ishimori runs but things speed up again, Kushida hip tosses and cartwheel dropkicks! Ishimori rolls to a corner but Kushida follows up with a dropkick to that arm! Kushida runs more, tilt-o-whirl but Ishimori pops out. Kushida tries again and goes for the Hoverboard! Ishimori blocks to get Kushida’s arm in a Labell Lock!
Kushida endures as Ishimori bends him back. He rolls but Ishimori rolls through to keep the lock on. Kushida endures more but Ishimori wrenches harder. Kushida crawls for ropes and reaches, ropebreak with a foot! Ishimori lets Kushida go and Kushida rolls out of the ring. Ishimori stomps Kushida at the corner, then goes after him in a corner. Kushida chops back, but Ishimori gives his own chop! Ishimori wrenches and whips corner to corner, but Kushida reverses! Ishimori Spider-Mans through the ropes, and slides under Kushida. He goes back out to shoulder and springboard to drop Kushida with a flying lariat! Ishimori takes a moment to flex while Kushida clutches his shoulder.
Ishimori stalks Kushida to the ropes, then drags him up. Kushida hits back with forearms to the abs but Ishimori hits back. Kushida kicks Ishimori hard in the leg! Ishimori runs in and deflects boots to kick Kushida in the back! Kushida is stuck on the ropes as Ishimori runs side to side, and hits the sliding German Suplex! Fans rally as Ishimori springboards, 450 splash! But Kushida evades enough to get the arm! Ishimori resists as Kushida pulls, but Kushida gets the armbar! Ishimori endures, flails and reaches. Things shift, and now Kushida uses the Labell Lock! Ishimori endures and pries his way out, but gets caught in a triangle! Kushida throws elbows in, but Ishimori deadlifts! Fireman’s carry, but Kushida goes for his Hoverboard again. Ishimori slips out, runs, tilt-o-whirl takedown back to the Labell!
Kushida rolls through, and kicks at the arm. Ishimori avoids the kick, then kicks back. Ishimori clubs Kushida, then whips him. Kushida handsprings, but onto an Electric Chair. Kushida spins but is blocked! Ishimori brings Kushida back up, shifts to Tombstone position, for a gutbuster drop! But Kushida catches the feet! He passes Ishimori to the ref, to kick out the arm! Fans fire up with Kushida while Ishimori clutches his bad arm. Kushida grits his teeth, runs side to side, big enziguri! He keeps going, rolling Ishimori through to the package, but Ishimori counters back to his gutbuster! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and Ishimori is too sore to be frustrated.
Both men stir but Ishimori stands first. Ishimori drags Kushida back up, underhook, gutbuster! But Kushida makes it the Hoverboard! Kushida pulls on the double wristlock, but Ishimori moves around. Kushida rolls him and wrenches hard! Ishimori endures the twist in his arm, slips out the back, and rolls to fireman’s carry! Death Valley Driver!! But he’s too exhausted to cover! Both men stir and crawl again as fans rally. They get to opposite corners, and Ishimori runs in for a meteora! Ishimori drags Kushida back up, underhoo, but Kushida rolls to hit Back to the Future! But he’s not done there, he wants the sequel! But Ishimori resists, pushes Kushida away, and knee triggers! FAST BALL! Kushida runs, but into double stomps!
Ishimori roars as he drags Kushida back up. He underhooks, BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Ishimori wins!!
Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
The Bone Soldier grabs his first IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, and now reigns over the division!
Taiji Ishimori’s backstage interview
“I managed to catch that slippery otter.” And now Belt-san is with him. This must be tearing Kushida up inside. But from now on, as the champion, Ishimori will raise the bar for the NJPW Junior Division. “It’s reborn!” How long will this rebirth of the Junior Heavyweight Championship last?
A pretty good last part to AXS TV’s NJPW Wrestle Kingdom coverage. Of course, they kinda did things backwards. The first part was the big matches, the big finale with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, so readers technically should go backwards with part 3 first, then part 2, then finish with part 1. Either way, the entirety of Wrestle Kingdom 13 was great, even these two opening matches. The trios gauntlet was pretty good for having a couple teams that seemed slapped together. I was really surprised to see it was one of those slapped together teams winning. Toru Yano, Togi Makabe and Ryusuke Taguchi are definitely a fun and funny trio, but I have no idea if they’ll be a match for Ishimori and Guerrillas of Destiny. Granted, Tama Tonga is trying to be a good guy, but on just pure ring skill, he, Loa and Ishimori should win.
And speaking of Ishimori, his match with Kushida was great. This match was so evenly booked that Ishimori came out as a slightly surprising winner. Just as I’d imagine this new Cutthroat Bullet Club keeping the trios titles, Ishimori will likely have the Junior Heavyweight Championship for some time. If Hiromu Takahashi makes a recovery and comeback, he’d be the only one right off the bat who could take the title in a rematch from their amazing Super Juniors match. And it could work for a Bullet Club VS Los Ingobernables de Japon scenario, since LIJ has a lot of the other belts.
My Score: 8.4/10
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