The Cruiserweight Champion is STILL Buddy Murphy! Who will step to the Juggernaut next? Plus, TJP and Gran Metalik look to settle their lucha libre grudge!
- Tony Nese w/ Buddy Murphy VS Noam Dar; Nese wins.
- Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick VS Fidel Bravo & ???; Tozawa & Kendrick win.
- TJP w/ Mike & Maria Kanellis VS Gran Metalik w/ the Lucha House Party; Metalik wins.
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Survivor Series was about Brand Warfare, AND the Cruiserweight Championship!
The Juggernaut and the Beacon of Light renewed their rivalry for one more epic battle! Buddy Murphy promised to prove that he was truly unstoppable, but Mustafa Ali vowed not to let the title get away from him again. Both men gave it their all, but in the end, Murphy had just a little bit more. Murphy said he was willing to Hell and back, is that what it’s going to take to take that title away from him?
Buddy Murphy is here!
And the Cruiserweight Champion has a mic to speak. “Welcome to MY 205 Live!” LA cheers for Murphy. But before the show gets going, he has a question: “Did you really think Mustafa Ali was going to beat me at Survivor Series? Really?” Well it doesn’t matter if fans did, their opinions mean nothing to him! Murphy proved to Ali and to the world that “you can’t stop the unstoppable!” But here comes Tony Nese! The Premier Athlete is Murphy’s fellow Body Guy, and he has a match! Murphy heads down to the ring with him to show his support.
Tony Nese w/ Buddy Murphy VS Noam Dar!
The Scottish Supernova returns from NXT UK and his unsuccessful yet very impressive attempt at the WWE United Kingdom Championship. Now Dar looks to make an impact towards the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, can he do it against 205 Live’s Ab Master?
The bell rings and they circle. They tie up, Dar gets a headlock. Nese powers out then flexes right in Dar’s face. Dar shrugs it off, it doesn’t matter if Nese has bigger muscles. They tie up again and Dar gets the wristlock then shifts to a headlock. Nese powers out and runs Dar over, then flexes again. Fans boo, and Dar goes after that arm! Dar wants to wrench it but Nese swings on him. Dar gets a waistlock but Nese the standing switch. Fans rally as Dar elbows out and speeds things up. Dar holds ropes to bait Nese in, then gets him with a table top. Dar grins and fans applaud. Nese rushes in, but he gets caught into a spinning, spinning, spinning, spinning backslide! TWO but Nese is dizzy.
Dar puts Nese on the apron, then ducks to sweep the legs. Nese hits the apron, and Dar builds speed to blast him off with a basement dropkick! Fans fire up as Dar goes out. Murphy stands in Dar’s way, but the ref backs the champ off. Dar drags Nese up but Nese drives him into the LED apron. Nese then fireman’s carry to a gutbuster! Murphy mocks Dar while fans boo and jeer. Nese toys with Dar, then drags him up into the ring. Fans rally for Dar as Nese stalks him. Nese runs, and runs Dar over with back elbows! Cover, TWO! Nese keeps on Dar with body scissors! Dar endures the squeeze while Murphy tells commentary he and Nese run the Division. Fans rally and Dar pushes back to a cover. TWO and Nese keeps on the body scissors.
Dar goes after the knees, but Nese shifts to a rear bearhug. Dar endures again, and fights back. Nese squeezes tight but Dar fights free with headbutts and forearms. Nese knees low and Murphy hypes him up, but fans boo. Dar reverses the whip then dodges Nese’s tackle! Murphy coaches Nese up and Nese back elbows Dar. Nese hops up but Dar sweeps the legs again! Nese hits the mat, Dar takes ai. He throat chops, headbutts and uppercuts! Nese is in the corner again, and Dar runs in for a forearm smash! Northern Lights suplex, cover, TWO! Murphy is relieved, and he coaches Nese again. Fans rally up and Dar aims from a corner. Dar runs in but gets a back kick. Nese knee lifts then roundhouses, but Dar jumps over the sweep. Dar jumps on for a guillotine!
Nese stays up and powers out, but Dar fires off forearms from both sides. Dar runs into a jab, and Nese runs for the bulldog hotshot! Then springboard triangle moonsault, but Dar gets out of the way! Nese lands on his feet, and Dar leaps on for another guillotine! Fans rally as Dar pulls on Nese’s head. Nese powers out to his own Northern Lights! Bridge, TWO! Nese catches his breath while going over to Dar. He drags Dar up for a waistlock, but Dar pries his way out. Dar kicks and kicks Nese, then victory rolls, TWO! Dar brings Nese up, but Nese shoves him away and rocks him with a forearm on the rebound! Nese brings Dar around but Dar sweeps the legs yet again! Dar gordbusters then basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Nese survives and Dar is frustrated.
Dar refocuses as he aims from the corner. Murphy swipes at Dar, so Dar wrecks him with a boot. But Nese hits a big knee! And a German Suplex into buckles! Dar is down, Nese goes side to side, Premier Kneese! Cover, Nese wins!
Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall
The Body Guys worked together to make sure both men remain victorious. And Murphy adds insult to injury on Dar as he scrapes him out of the ring! With these two working together, will they both be unstoppable? But if Nese keeps winning, won’t he just end up facing his buddy for the title?
Mustafa Ali speaks.
“I’m hurt.” And not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. Ali doesn’t want to forget the pain, though. He isn’t running from it, he’s embracing it. Ali wants to feel every single ounce of it. “That way, when I’m tempted to stay down, I’m gonna remember exactly how I feel in this moment, and that, that is what’s gonna make me rise back up.” So Ali should actually be thanking Murphy for the pain. “Because now, I am gonna work even harder, I am gonna dig even deeper.” This pain will become power because now, Ali really will have what it takes to become Cruiserweight Champion. Does the Heart of 205 Live have the fire he needs to break through?
Drake Maverick speaks with his head referee.
Maria Kanellis’ threat needs to be taken serious, which means something could happen during the main event. The referee understands, and will be ready for anything. He leaves and Cedric Alexander walks in. Maverick assures Alexander doesn’t need to worry about that. But congrats on winning again. Yes, it feels good, and getting back on track at Lio Rush’s expense puts a smile on his face. Maverick must admit he has a 205 Live dream match. Next week, Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali VS Tony Nese & Buddy Murphy! A major tag team main event. Alexander loves that idea, too! Can the Heart & Soul conquer the Body Guys?
Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick VS Fidel Bravo & ???
The unlikeliest duo tries another go as the Stamina Monster and the Man with a Plan look to get on the same page after miscommunications and misunderstandings cost them a match against Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher. Speaking of, the Ungentle Men’s Club are backstage giving “insight” to this odd couple. Gallagher used to look up to Kendrick, but now “he’s aligned himself with a wailing scoundrel”. Gulak says Tozawa & Kendrick will never be a real team, because they have nothing in common aside from their “misguided sense of vengeance.” Not like G & G, the #SubmissionCommission of 205 Live. If Tozawa & Kendrick have the gall to step up again, “They will tap out.” Maybe or maybe not, but can Kendrick & Tozawa first get through their opponents tonight?
Kendrick starts with ??? and they tie up. Kendrick gets the wristlock then the cravat. ??? powers out but Kendrick arm-drags him down. Tozawa tags in together with Kendrick, he whips ??? for double back elbows. Tozawa then hits his screaming senton and covers, TWO! Fans “AH! AH!” with Tozawa as he keeps on ??? with chops. And chop, and then the feint to jab! ??? sits down, and Tozawa stomps him down. Tozawa brings ??? up and tags in Kendrick. They double whip again, and double boot ??? down! Kendrick covers, TWO! Kendrick drags ??? up, tag to Tozawa. Tozawa kicks ?? low, but ?? knees back! Tag to Fidel Bravo! But Bravo runs into a hip toss! Tozawa hits the shining wizard, cover, TWO! Tozawa puts Bravo in the corner, tag to Kendrick, and they combine to give Bravo an enziguri complete shot! Cover, TWO!
Kendrick drags Bravo up but Bravo gives body shots. Bravo shoves and dodges, ?? tags in. Kendrick back drops Bravo and sees ?? coming. He rocks ?? with a back elbow, then kicks Bravo out, but ?? attacks with a big forearm. ?? throws haymakers and whips, but Kendrick reverses to a calf kick! Fans rally up and Kendrick tags Tozawa! Bravo is in, too, but Tozawa rallies with kicks. He swings, slides under and hits the spin kick again. Tozawa keeps moving, climbing up top. Missile dropkick hits! Cover, but ??? breaks. Kendrick drags ?? up and out, then goes after Bravo. Sliced Bread hits, then Tozawa adds the SUPER Senton! Cover, Tozawa & Kendrick win!
Winners: THE Brian Kendrick & Akira Tozawa, Tozawa pinning
A much much better showing for these former Cruiserweight Champions. Kendrick even joins in on the “AH! AH!” and rather likes it. But will they be able to maintain this friendship when going against a much more simpatico and sinister duo like Gallagher & Gulak?
Backstage interview with The Body Guys.
Next week’s main event is already considered “the biggest tag team match in 205 Live history.” Wait is it for those tag team titles everyone keeps talking about? No, it’s against Alexander & Ali. He was joking, Dasha, obviously. Because this is so ridiculous. Murphy has beaten Alexander and he has beaten Ali. Just imagine what he and Nese can do to both of them at the same time. Nese hangs back to tell Dasha she’s better than that. That’s a bit harsh. But are Alexander & Ali better than the Body Guys are making out?
TJP w/ Mike & Maria Kanellis VS Gran Metalik w/ the Lucha House Party!
The King of the Ropes and his amigos are feeling pretty great all things considered, such as their “lucha house rules” victory of The Revival on Raw. But here on 205 Live, things are still rough going as they haven’t gotten even with the mask stealing “Cruiser-Great”, or with Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis who have aligned with him. The First Lady issued a warning before Survivor Series that the final phase of her plan would happen once all three luchadores were back, and now all three luchadores are here. Will Kalisto and Lince Dorado be able to help Metalik avoid another loss of both match and mask? Or are they walking right into Maria’s trap?
To add insult to injury, Mike and TJP wear the stolen masks! This disrespectful trio mock the “Lucha! Lucha!” dance, and that riles up LHP to no end. Kalisto leads the charge as the luchadores storm up the ramp, but Maverick rushes out to stop this from happening. Things are heated as it takes extra referees to keep LHP from attacking TJP and Mike. Maverick says TJP gets in the ring, but everyone else is banned from ringside! Now it’s just the FilAmFlash and Gran Metalik as things begin.
Metalik and TJP rush each other, but Metalik dodges to dropkick TJP! TJP bails out but Metalik keeps moving, to FLY out onto TJP! Direct hit! Metalik puts TJP in the ring, and springboard splashes! Cover, TWO! TJP bails out again, but Metalik pursues. Metalik puts TJP in and runs at TJP in a corner. TJP dodges but runs into a roundhouse! Metalik hits the Sling-dog! Metalik walks the ropes and leaps, but into a takedown! TJP gets the legs for the modified Scorpion Deathlock! Metalik crawls and gets to the ropes! TJP lets go and fans tell him “You suck! You suck!” Metalik rolls out, TJP slingshots to plancha! Direct hit, but TJP is still sore from the landing. TJP drags Metalik up and puts him in. TJP rains down right hands, then scrapes his shoe on Metalik’s face! Er, mask.
TJP drags Metalik up, snapmares him down, then slingshot sentons on top! Cover, TWO! TJP keeps his cool as he grabs Metalik for a clutch. He hooks at the nose and mask, but the referee reprimands him. He lets up, but then suplexes Metalik. TJP rolls through to then back suplex Metalik down. Cover, TWO! TJP keeps on Metalik with a chinlock. Fans rally as Metalik endures. Metalik gets up and fights back, but TJP knees low. TJP gut wrenches but Metalik arm-drags out! Metalik runs and handsprings to arm-drag TJP again! Metalik CHOPS TJP, then whips him. TJP goes Spider-Man, then gets Metalik with a springboard switch into a waistlock. TJP chicken wings Metalik into a Dodon Buster! Cover, TWO! Metalik survives and TJP grows frustrated. Fans rally up as TJP looms over Metalik. TJP drags Metalik up and whips, drop toehold into a deathlock. And Muda Lock!
Metalik endures as fans rally up again. They chant “Lucha! Lucha!” as Metalik fights his way out. Metalik is free of the bridging facelock, but TJP has the legs. Metalik drags himself over and gets a ropebreak! TJP claims he, the technical master, needs help undoing the lock. The ref helps out, giving him extra seconds to have Metalik enduring the pain. Metalik is finally free, but TJP is back on him. TJP throws forearms in the corner, then whips. Metalik reverses but TJP goes up and headscissors Metalik away. TJP hops up but Metalik swing kicks him! Metalik climbs up while TJP is dazed. Metalik brings TJP up, but TJP fights back. TJP tosses Metalik down, but Metalik rolls through! TJP is stuck in a backwards Tree of Woe, Metalik dropkicks him out! Cover, TWO! Metalik grows frustrated but fans are rallying behind him.
Metalik stomps TJP in the drop zone, then climbs up. Moonsault, gets boots! TJP drags Metalik up, sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Metalik lives and TJP is shocked! TJP drags Metalik into a drop zone and heads up top. TJP aims, but Metalik gets out of the way of the senton so TJP rolls through. Metalik runs, handsprings, but TJP evades. Metalik chops, walks the ropes and hits the missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! TJP lives and Metalik is again frustrated. Fans rally up as Metalik fireman’s carry. TJP slips out and pushes Metalik onto ropes. TJP triangle jump dropkicks Metalik back! Metalik staggers while TJP catches his breath. Metalik runs over to huricanrana TJP off the apron!! Both men crash and burn to the floor! Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” as Metalik puts TJP up and in.
Metalik drags TJP up, fireman’s carry, and spin into the Metalik Driver! But Metalik keeps going, top rope for the tight rope walking springboard elbow! But he’s caught into an armbar! Metalik makes it a cover, TJP pops out to the Kneebar! Metalik endures and drags himself to ropes, ropebreak! Fans are fired up as Metalik survives again. TJP grabs the pinata, but Metalik CHOPS him! Metalik keeps the pinata safe, but turns around into a huricanrana! But Metalik sunset flips through, Metalik wins!!
Winner: Gran Metalik, by pinfall
Victory for lucha libre! The Cruiserweight Classic finals rematch goes the other way now! Kalisto and Lince join Metalik in the ring to celebrate, but then Maria comes out screaming “How could you!? How could you?!” Maverick tries to calm Maria, but Maria is furiously desperate. She goes on about having a family to support, but what is going on? It’s a distraction so that Mike can SMACK the Lucha House Party with a chair! It was all part of the plan. Mike knocks Lince and Kalisto down and TJP gets Metalik with the Kneebar! And then Mike SMACKS Metalik on the back with the steel! TJP and the Kanellises get away with it all, but is this just the beginning of Maria’s master plan?
A great episode of 205 Live, with so much good stuff going for it. It’s great to see Noam Dar is back, he really should get more crossover play as both a WWE United Kingdom and Cruiserweight Division superstar. Dar’s match with Nese was good, but of course Murphy helps Nese win. It’s a bit of a shame that Kendrick and Tozawa get along in a match with jobbers, this is why a team like the Daivari Brothers or the Singh Brothers need to be part of 205 Live so they can be the jobber team and not random local talent. I only knew Fidel Bravo because he was on today’s NXT, and I don’t think even commentary knew his tag partner’s name. The rematch of Kendrick & Tozawa VS “The Submission Commission” (great name actually) is going to be fun since it likely won’t be a miscommunication finish this time.
And tag teams seemed to be a subtle theme of the night. I really like that we’re getting that dream tag match, Body Guys VS The Heart & Soul, and I loved that Murphy made a comment about the Cruiserweight Tag Team Championships rumor! That has been floating around for the better part of this year and still nothing, and these four guys would definitely be good choices for such a thing. But Murphy & Nese VS Ali & Alexander is going to be great, and could go either way both in result and in story. If Body Guys win, Maverick might make some kind of Body Guys Civil War for winter. If Ali and Alexander win, it might lead to Alexander getting that rematch he’s owed. Either way, it’ll be a lot of fun, and maybe Cruiserweights can be on two PPV main shows in a row with TLC coming up.
The LHP segment was great, from getting the others kicked out to the match itself, which was on par with said Cruiserweight Classic finals, and then the attack after. These guys are making strong cases for those would-be tag titles, but I’m thinking now that “lucha house rules” was introduced on Raw, it might be used here on 205 Live in the blow-off match. TJP & Mike VS LHP in full, aka a handicap match. Though, I actually don’t want it, unless it’s lucha house rules of Metalik and Lince, Kalisto ringside to keep an eye on Maria. Though in a perfect booking, I’d have The Revival come over and team with TJP for a lucha house rules Six Man Tag to have full integration of Raw with 205 Live.
My Score: 8.6/10
AJPW Dream Power Series 2019 Results & Review (3/19/2019)
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Welcome back to AJPW! We’re gonna talk about the last big show before this year’s Champions Carnival coming up in early April as we have a few title matches in this show that I couldn’t resist wanting to cover it.
We got some dealing with revenge along with one trying to make history. How’s this year’s Champions Carnival gonna shape up?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, & Hokuto Omori vs. Evolution (Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, & Yusuke Okada)
Review: Our opening contest is a six-man tag team match with our young lions, Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, and Hokuto Omori taking on three members of Evolution, Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, and Yusuke Okada. Going up against three people from the junior division is a fair start to have them all fight each other in this tag bout and a better view of how the young guys are doing. Will Evolution school the young boys or will they somehow get one of the biggest wins in their starting careers?
As I’ve said, this match is mostly to showcase our future talent as they fight the vets of the game in the junior division. I do gotta admit that these three have definitely improved in the ring as they’re shaping up to be some of All Japan’s finest students. Evolution held off on their own and I’m glad they were their opponents for this match since they’re very easy to work with. Another thing I loved about the match is that they had a good amount of time instead of just being less than five minutes like how most matches will do. Yusuke and Hokuto are in the ring now and Yusuke would hit him with a Brainbuster for a two count and would quickly apply a Boston Crab onto him and Hokuto struggles to get to the ropes and once he does, Yusuke pulled him back in and would lock it in more as he would tap out to give Evolution the victory in a solid match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
Six Man Tag Team Match
Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
Review: We got another six-man tag team match here as Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, and Ultimo Dragon will be taking on Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, and Takao Omori. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Ultimo Dragon wrestling in All Japan, so I’ll never complain to see him in the ring. This is another match with the vets and Manso-Re for being a punching bag as it’ll most likely be a comedy style match. Which one of them will win?
Menso-Re starting with Ultimo Dragon as he wanted him first, but TAJIRI would slap Menso before the bell would ring and we would kick it off right now. They would do a little bit before Jun and Takao get tagged in, but we all care about TAJIRI and Fuchi getting tagged in now as Fuchi would try to get his hands on him. TAJIRI would be the sneaky heel with leaving the ring to sit with the crowd so he could avoid contact in the match. TAJIRI would get back in the ring only to tag in Ultimo as the crowd would just boo TAJIRI. Fuchi would do his antics with the punch to the forehead as the crowd eats it up but everything would backfire on Fuchi as he would miss a Dropkick to make the crowd boo Ultimo which is a shocker. Ultimo would kick Fuchi and attempt an Asai DDT but Fuchi would turn it around to a Backslide as Ultimo would kick out. Both TAJIRI and Jun would both make Fuchi miss a Dropkick and taunt him right after to make the crowd boo them. Ultimo would get Fuchi in the La Magistral and he gets the win for his team in a rather entertaining match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Tag Team Match
NEXTREAM (Yoshitatsu & Yumi Aoyagi) vs. Sweeper (Jake Lee & Ryouji Sai)
Review: Our next match here is a tag team match as NEXTREAM members, Yoshitatsu and Yuma Aoyagi will be taking on members of Sweeper, Jake Lee and Ryouji Sai. Since Naoya is no longer Yumi’s partner, he’s gonna be paired off with Yoshitatsu this time around. Since all four of them are in the Champions Carnival, a win for either of them would give them some momentum leading to the tournament. Which one of these two teams will win and what will be the future payoff?
It seems like Yoshitatsu has a little gripe with Jake Lee in this match as he seems to be disgruntled when he was in the ring with him, especially when Jake would just best him during the first sequence with the chaining. Ryouji and Yuma are in the ring now and Ryouji with a series of kicks in the match and have him in a submission before Yoshi would break the hold and just stared at Jake again. Yuma is really growing out on his own as an individual and you can see that when he’s not partner with Naoya. Yuma would have Jake in a Headlock but Jake would attempt a Backdrop Driver as Yuma flipped it into a Crossbody as Jake kicked out at two. Once Jake kicked out, Yuma would try to turn the pin into a European Clutch as Jake kicked out at 2 as even the referee was shocked by this. Yuma would run into him as Jake kneed him in the face and hits him with a Backdrop Driver as he pinned Yuma for the victory.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, & Zeus vs. Bomber (Dylan James & Joe Doering,) & Francisco Akira
Review: We have another six-man tag team match taking place as Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, and Zeus team up to take on Dylan James, Joe Doering, and Francisco Akira. KAI recently failed at Dragon Gate to win the Open the Twin Gate Championships, so he could at least try to win for his team but I think Zeus has a lot on his plate when it comes to their opponent since Dylan James and Joe Doering are a strong team to beat and wants to try and look powerful leading into the Carnival. Which one of these two teams will win the match?
Zeus and Dylan would charge at each other right away to test their strengths with also some chops and a test of strength as the two appear to be evenly matched, which is no surprised. KAI gets tagged in and he calls Joe to get tagged in since he wants to fight him as Dylan honors that request and lets Joe have a turn on the fun. Joe would start to make him regret that decision as he had the upper hand on him at first but KAI would hit a few Dropkicks on him but Joe still wouldn’t go down as he tackled him and went for an Elbow Drop before KAI moved and quickly tagged in Atsushi. The juniors get a turn on the fun as Francisco showed more of his impressive ability. One problem I had with the match was that the last few minutes are incredibly sloppy with Atsushi missing most of his kicks to Joe in the corner, Francisco slipping on his Moonsault to the outside, which he thankfully caught himself and redid it again. The finish would be with Joe hitting Atsushi with the Powerbomb and it looked like he got knocked out as he took the pinfall despite his shoulder being kinda up, so it looked botched but the referee still has a job to do as Joe just left the ring and walked to the back possibly frustrated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
World Junior Heavyweight Title Match
Koji Iwamoto (c) vs. Kotaro Suzuki
Review: Our first title match of the show is Koji Iwamoto defending his Junior Heavyweight Championship against Kotaro Suzuki. The two fought each other in the A Block of the Junior Battle of Glory Tournament where Kotaro defeated Koji in the match but would eventually fail to win as Koji would actually be the one to win it all. Koji decided to defend the title against Kotaro since it was only fair due to him winning the match and wants to avenge that loss. Will Koji be able to retain his title again or will Kotaro get the upper hand on him again?
Kotaro showed no mercy to the champion as fought him to the outside and Slingshots him into the turnbuckle post and DDT’s him face first into the mat as you hear the loud thud and damage has been done to Koji. Kotaro has beaten Koji before so he knows what he has to do to try and defeat him again as he worked on Koji’s neck a bit during the match and gets the heat from the crowd. I know Kotaro is a Freelancer and is mostly at NOAH right now due to being a champion there, I hope he does stick around a little bit longer since I feel like the division could really use him as he’s a very talented individual. Koji would try to outrun him after he dodged him to the outside and it appeared as if Kotaro would botch but he quickly caught himself and dived to the outside to land on Koji, getting the better of him again.
Koji would finally be able to get a comeback as he hits an STO onto the ring apron to knock Koji down and most of the time, he would try to hit the Koko no Geijutsu but Kotaro would hold his ground to make sure he wouldn’t hit it but Koji would be able to deliver a German Suplex and a Dragon Suplex. Kotaro would land a few punches before Koji tried to hit the move again, but Kotaro would hold his ground again and kick his leg out to work on his neck before landing Gory Bomb Special and tops it off with the La Magistral for the pin and Koji would kick out various times whenever Koji would try to roll out of it and was so close to having a new champion. Koji would just use this time to hit a couple of STO’s in a row to weaken him down a bit. Koji would go for it again but he catches him for a Back Suplex to save himself a bit. Kotaro would now hit not one but two Excaliburs onto him to try and end it as Koji would somehow kick out of it again. It all came down to his as Koji would attempt the Koko no Geijutsu again as Kotaro would stop himself to pin him for a two count and they both would spin around as Koji would hit it this him but he picked him up to hit the Koko no Geijutsu properly this time and pins him to retain the title! After the match, various people from the junior division would come out and it looks like they all want a shot at the Junior Heavyweight Championship but Koji would have to pick one of them to be his opponent. It does look like, however, that Koji doesn’t have a clear opponent right now as he left the ring but I guess we’ll see soon.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
World Tag Team Title Match
Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) (c) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Review: Our next title match for this show is Strong BJ defending their titles against the team that they defeated them for, The Violence Giant. Strong BJ defeated them on January 13th to win the titles and after they retain their titles on the February 24 show, Violence Giant requested a rematch to bring the titles back home on their turf this time instead of the BJW show. If it’s anything like their previous match, it’s sure to be hard hitting and a not miss. Will Strong BJ remain on top or will Violence Giant bring the belts back home?
Shuji and Daisuke would be the ones to start off our match here with an incredible display of power as the two were unable to budge and they would tag in their respective partners. Suwama and Yuji were both also very hard-hitting as they would now fight outside of the ring as these two teams are making it personal. Strong BJ has been doing great work during this rivalry with the Violence Giant and they would even give Suwama a big beatdown but the former ace would even try his best to fight them off, even when he was on the corner and would kick Yuji to show his fighting spirit. Suwama would hit a Dropkick to save himself for a little bit and would tag in Shuji for the hot tag and Shuji does indeed come in hot with his Lariats, knees, anything he can throw along with the kitchen sink.
Yuji would brawl with Shuji to deliver some chops while Shuji would give him a couple of forearms and a headbutt to try and daze him but Yuji is pumped up and slams him down with a few Lariats. Once Yuji would hit another Lariat to Shuji, he would kick out at one that time around before getting hit with another one with a two count. What’s it gonna take to take Shuji down for good? Yuji would get to the top rope to hit the Splash and it looks like this could be it but Suwama would break the pinfall to save his partner. Strong BJ would have them up for the Torture Racks but they would get down for Suwama to hit a Back Suplex while Shuji hits a Dragon Suplex. Shuji is alone with Yuji again and would hit another Dragon Suplex and a Running Knee to get him out for another two count, he was so close! Shuji would pick Yuji up real quick for the Fire Thunder and goes for the pin as Daisuke breaks the pinfall this time around as Suwama would get Daisuke out of the ring. Shuji knew what he had to do to try and end it as he hits the Giants Slam and pins Yuji to win back the titles! Hell of a match and definitely topped their previous encounter at BJW. I would love to see Violence Giant get a fair and dominating run with this reign, can’t wait to see where this goes now.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half
— 全日本プロレス/alljapan (@alljapan_pw) March 14, 2019
Triple Crown Championship
Kento Miyahara (c) vs. Naoya Nomura
Review: This is our third title match and the main event of the show as we have Kento Miyahara defending his Triple Crown Championship against former NEXTREAM member, Naoya Nomura. On the February 24th show, Naoya Nomura would defeat Dylan James in a singles match and Kento Miyahara would have his second successful title defense against Suwama. After Kento would defeat Suwama, Naoya would come in to make the challenge to his stablemate and announce his departure from the NEXTREAM group in the process, leading him to also vacate the All Asia Tag Team Championship with Yuma Aoyagi. Kento is now 30 years old and while it’s his third title defense in this run, this will be his first time defending it while no longer in his twenties. If Kento can defeat Naoya, he’ll be the champion leading into the Champions Carnival and won’t defend the title until the tournament is over. Will Kento be able to retain it once again or does Naoya pull the surprise victory?
Kento came in here with a plan since he knew what he was gonna do to Naoya once he challenged him to this match, he didn’t wanna go easy on him despite being former teammates but he wants to see how badly Naoya wants the spotlight on him. They were fairly matched during the lock-up part of the match and they would start to fight outside for a little bit as Naoya would get Kento down as he taunts him when he got back in the ring. Naoya would hit him with a big forearm before going onto the apron to jump and Kento catches him with a knee and has him right where he wants him now. This is where Kento would just attack him with a few Headbutts as Naoya would try to deliver one to him but Kento gives him multiple ones as a counterattack and this is why you don’t mess with the champion.
Naoya would eventually make a comeback after being kicked around by Kento as he quickly got up to charge at him with a shoulder tackle and you can hear that too. He would hit a few more along with another forearm to the face as he goes for the Brainbuster but Kento would struggle to make sure he didn’t hit it and has Naoya over the ropes but wait, Naoya grabbed his leg to pull him over as he attempted a Death Valley Driver onto the apron as Kento jumped off to hit a Blackout. The two would be on the turnbuckle and Naoya gets behind him to attempt a German Suplex as Kento struggles, but Naoya would slam Kento’s head on the post and gets off the turnbuckle to hit the German Suplex as both men are down. Naoya would go to the top rope to hit the first Splash as Kento kicked out but Naoya would quickly get up again to hit one more as Kento still kicked out.
Kento would eventually hit him with a Blackout at full force and hits him with a German Suplex for another two count. Kento looks like he’s going for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold as Naoya would kick his knee out and hit him with a Spear and the two are down again. Kento would hit another Blackout on the back of his head and tries the German Suplex Hold once again as Naoya would still kick out at two as Kento is starting to get concerned with what he has to do now. Kento tried the Shutdown German Suplex Hold again as Naoya broke out of it and picked him up Fisherman style and dropped him on his head and picked him up for the Death Valley Driver as Kento fought him off but Naoya would hit him with a flurry of forearms to daze him and hits the Spear with the roll-up as Kento kicked out at two again! Naoya picked him back up but Kento would go back to delivering the Blackouts and it looks like Naoya is all out of fight as Kento finally hits the Shutdown German Suplex Hold to get the pinfall victory and his third successful title defense. Great match and a very impressive showing to Naoya but Kento is just still better than him right now. Kento will now officially be the Triple Crown Champion leading into the Champions Carnival. Three defenses down, eight more to go.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter
Overall: I thought it was a very solid show from top to bottom but the last three title matches were what sold it to me. I would highly recommend that you look out for those matches if you can find them online or subscribe to the streaming service and if you’re not already subscribed, what the hell is wrong with you? Get on that!
Favorite Match: Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Least Favorite Match: Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/20/19)
Triple H addresses an NXT Championship dilemma!
NXT sees the return of HHH, but under sad circumstances. The Game will address Tommaso Ciampa’s injury, and what happens with his precious championship!
- NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle; Cole wins and will face Johnny Gargano for the vacated NXT Championship at TakeOver: New York.
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Triple H opens NXT!
Full Sail is happy to see The Game, but he comes out holding the NXT Championship. HHH goes to the ring and also picks up a mic. He takes a moment to hear the fans chant for him and NXT before getting to business. “From those cheers, I don’t have to remind you of just how special this place is.” The building, the environment, the fans. “NXT is something special.” It is here in NXT and the ring that “dreams can become possibilities.” For some, the dream starts in NXT. For others, it takes a long time, maybe years of scratching and clawing, going up and down a road, just to get to this ring. But in reality, for every superstar, their dream can end at any moment.
HHH was going to announce the main event of TakeOver: New York, an epic years in the making, of Johnny “Wrestling” Gargano VS Psycho Killer, Tommaso Ciampa. But the reality has made that impossible now. Ciampa’s dream is on hold, because he needs neck surgery. That surgery has taken place, and now Ciampa must relinquish the title. But the beauty of NXT is that when one dream ends, another begins. And that new dream begins right here! Gargano continues his dream and he WILL compete for the NXT Championship! But against who? We find that out tonight! Five men step into this ring! Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!
Those five men fight for an opportunity to live a dream in New York, on the biggest stage yet, and compete for the title against Gargano. It will be decisive in New York, 2 Out of 3 Falls! The winner will walk out the NEW NXT Champion! A major match of former, current and future champions, but who will have a match with Gargano to determine NXT’s future?
Backstage interview with various superstars.
The Finest thinks Cathy Kelly was waiting for him. But since he showed up, what is his reaction to the big news tonight? Well tonight’s main event will be great, but Kona Reeves knows it won’t be The Finest. The Forgotten Sons appear next, and they don’t care about tonight’s main event. They are more concerned with next week’s main event, because in case people have already forgotten, they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic FINALS! Aleister Black & Ricochet need to not forget Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake are coming. They hope one of those two win, so that they’ll be too focused on something else. Then it’ll be that much easier for the Forgotten Sons to go on and win the NXT Tag Team Championships. Then no one will forget them ever again.
NXT Media shares Tommaso Ciampa’s trip to Birmingham, Alabama.
This is not the first time Ciampa has been to the WWE’s preferred surgical facility. Ciampa has had one knee and both shoulders, but now the neck leaves him no choice but to have another surgery. The pressure on his spinal cord could paralyze Ciampa, so this is not just for his career, but for his life as he knows it. There are various bone graftings and now it’s just about time. When and where will the greatest sports entertainer in NXT make another return?
NXT’s contenders speak.
The King of Flight and the Embodiment of the End are one of the most unexpected duos in the tag team division. They work together because they expect the best from each other. But there’s no misunderstanding, it will be every man for himself tonight.
Velveteen Dream is already the NXT North American Champion, but he wants the biggest spotlight possible. The way he sees it, tonight’s Fatal 5 Way will be #DreamOver. And when Dream wins it all, then Dream will just be the first ever dual champion, on the grandest stage in NXT history.
The Original King of Bros is still undefeated, and is stoked to have such a big opportunity so soon. Riddle worked his ace off to get here, and nothing will stop him from going to NXT TakeOver: New York and becoming the new NXT Champion, bro.
Adam Cole says he is the one who makes history in NXT, and no one is more deserving! The inaugural North American Champion wants to be the first to also have the top title. He takes on four of the best to then go to the Barclays Center. That’s the very place Cole made his debut and held that title high above his head. He’ll do it again, when the announcement is made that he is the new NXT Champion! And that is Undisputed!
Backstage interviews with The Sky Pirates.
Io Shirai & Kairi Sane are very excited for tonight’s main event to see who goes to TakeOver. And speaking of, they’re both going, too, because they’re in a Fatal 4 Way for the NXT Women’s Championship. Are they concerned the title and their friendship will get in the way? Not at all! May the best woman win! Io and Kairi both want the title, and will fight each other if they need to. “Gurl, uh-uh!”
Bianca Belair knows this isn’t her business, but this shouldn’t be a Fatal 4. Shayna got in the way and kept Bianca from beating Io. And this doesn’t have anything to do with the little pirate! But now it does, so in New York, The EST will run through both of them to become the new NXT Women’s Champion. No one can do anything about it, because she still feels Un-De-Fea-Ted. Io holds Kairi back while Bianca takes her leave. Whether it’s Bianca, Kairi or Io, will there be a new Women’s Champion alongside a new NXT Champion in New York?
NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!
The One and Only, Panama City Playboy, Dutch Destroyer, Patrick Clark Experience and Original Bro wage war like NXT has never seen! Johnny Wrestling awaits, who moves on to challenge him for the vacant throne?
The fans are already fired up for “All These Guys!” as the bell rings. Cole goes after Aleister than Ricochet while Riddle chases Dream. Riddle originally wanted after Dream for the North American title, so why not have that out here? Dream has other ideas as he throws Riddle into barriers then gets back in the ring. Aleister and Ricochet work together against Cole then Dream. Ricochet clotheslines Cole out but Cole drags Ricochet out. Dream rolls ALeister, TWO! Riddle returns but Dream throws him back out. Aleister waistlocks but Dream throws him off. Dream runs into Aleister’s boots then Aleister hops up. Aleister leaps but Dream gets under. Dream lifts Aleister but Aleister slips out. Aleister sweeps but Dream jumps over and rolls through! Aleister slips out again to cradle, TWO!
Dream runs into Aleister’s boot! Aleister runs but Cole trips and drags him out. Cole swings but gets Aleister’s kick! Aleister clibms up but Dream sends him back down. Ricochet mule kicks and whips Dream but Dream reverses. Ricochet rolls off the back and handsprings to headscissor and dropkick! Dream bails out but Riddle’s back. Riddle gut wrenches Ricochet, then holds on to do it again! And again! Full Sail is thunderous for the “Bro!” but Cole is after him. Riddle standing switches but gets an enziguri from Cole. Cole stomps a mudhole, then hits his pose BAYBAY! ALeister attacks but Cole reverses. The Unexpected Duo work together, leg sweep and standing moonsault! Cole gets away, and now the tag team phenomenons face each other. They shake hands and circle. But Cole disrupts it by shoving Ricochet into Aleister!
Aleister falls out and Cole stomps away on Ricochet. Cole hits a neckbreaker then covers, TWO! Cole keeps Riddle out with a right hand then goes after Ricochet. He snap suplexes and covers, TWO! Ricochet just escapes, but Cole boots Aleister back out! Cole drags Ricochet up for a big back suplex! Cover, TWO! Another close call but Cole can’t put Ricochet away. Cole goes after Dream but Dream shoulders in. Ricochet somersault shotgun dropkicks Cole! Dream knees Ricochet out then throws heavy hands on Cole. Dream whips but Cole reverses, only for Dream to slide out. Cole runs over but gets an uppercut! Dream climbs up and ax handles Alesiter out.
Dream tosses Cole out then climbs, to LEAP for a big ax handle! He puts Cole in fast and climbs back up. Purple Rain- Riddle gets Dream with a German! Aleister kicks but Riddle reverses! Riddle wants and gets the BroMission!! But Dream breaks it with a falling elbow! Dream stalks Riddle as fans fire up again. Dream tosses Riddle out and turns his attention to Aleister. Aleister fires off a strike fest, sweep to knee! Cole returns but Aleister is ready, two-for-one quebrada! Aleister roundhouses Dream, covers, TWO! Dream survives but Aleister keeps going. Aleister lifts Dream with his foot, but Cole drags Aleister out by the other foot. Cole sends Aleister into steel steps! Cole returns to the ring, only to meet Riddle. They were going to fight to see who contends for the North American title, so now they have it out!
Riddle gets the edge with open palm CHOP after CHOP! Cole stomps Riddle’s bare foot! But his superkick is caught, Riddle gets Cole in a Bromission! But again Dream breaks it up with a leaping ax handle! Dream haymakers Riddle but Riddle ROCKS Dream with that right! Cole hits Riddle now, but Riddle hits back. Dream, Riddle and Cole brawl on their knees in a triangle of strikes. They slowly stand, throwing big hands, forearms and uppercuts. Riddle CHOPS Dream, Cole BOOTS Riddle, Dream SUPERKICKS Cole! Ricochet returns, rolls and PELES Dream down! Cole SUPERKICKS Ricochet but Riddle KNEES Cole! Aleister returns and fires off with Riddle, double roundhouses take them both out! All five men are down and Full Sail reaches a fever pitch!
Ricochet staggers up and goes after Riddle. He puts the Bro in the drop zone then climbs up. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” as Cole intercepts Ricochet. Cole climbs up to join Ricochet, but Ricochet resists. Dream adds on, climbing up to join them. They brawl and Aleister staggers over. Riddle follows, and they’re all on the second rope! It’s a Double Russian Leg Sweep SUPERPLEX! All five men are down again and fans know “This is Awesome!” The referee checks on everyone in turn and they’re all okay to continue. Fans build to a rally as the five slowly stir. Cole, Riddle and Ricochet bail out while Dream meets Aleister. Dream and Aleister trade haymakers on their knees. Aleister fires off hand after hand but Dream powers him to a corner. Aleister boots Dream away then hops up, Meteora!
Dream’s up but gets a roundhouse and a German! But Riddle sentons the bridge! Riddle drags Aleister up in a deadlift Fisherman Buster! Cradle, but Cole breaks it! Cole drags Riddle up but Riddle fires off fast hands! Riddle misses, gets a SUPERKICK, and Last Ride brainbuster! Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! Ricochet drags Cole up but Cole breaks free. Ricochet fakes Cole out for a boot and an ax kick! He keeps going, fireman’s carry but Cole rakes eyes! SUPERKICK to the front, SUPERKICK to the back! Cole brings the knee pad down but misses the Last Shot Wizard to get a Reverse-Rrana! Cole rolls all the way out and Ricochet can’t believe it. But Ricochet also sees a prime target, and FLIES with the Sasuke Special! Ricochet wipes Cole out but hurries to get back up.
Dream returns to the ring but so does Riddle. The would-be North American Championship showdown happens as Riddle throws chops. Riddle swings up and around Dream’s clothesline to powerbomb, but Dream slips out! Dream wants but Riddle denies the Sidewinder, to wring Dream out for a Bro Trigger! Riddle reels Dream into the BroMission! Dream flails but Cole yanks the ref out! No Disqualifications, but plenty of consequences as Riddle BOOTS Cole! Riddle turns around into BLACK MASS! Aleister turns around into Dream Valley Driver! Dream hurries to the top rope, but Ricochet’s right up for a SUPER STEINER onto Aleister and Cole! Ricochet hurries up for his own, SHOOTING STAR onto Riddle! Cover, but LAST SHOT!! Cole covers, Cole wins!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; will face Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship
You never see the shot that takes you down! Cole came outta nowhere, and now he’s going to New York City! Will Cole finally make the NXT Championship #Undisputed? Or will Gargano once again become Johnny Champion?
I’m going to call this episode a one match classic, because how else would you describe it? First it is unfortunate for Ciampa to again be out with an injury, and an injury as serious as the neck, so I’m sure I speak for everyone by saying get well soon, Psycho Killer. But HHH had such a great speech to open the night, and it is very true, this became a massive opportunity for another superstar to move up. The five men chosen were the right choices, and this made for an amazing Fatal 5 Way.
However, it makes a lot of sense for this to be Adam Cole’s night. Aleister & Ricochet are not only busy on the main roster, but they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Classic finals, where I would think they defeat the Forgotten Sons and move on to the War Raiders. It wouldn’t be very good to give those two double duty on TakeOver Friday and possibly something on Mania Sunday. Then Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle can and will still happen, and that is going to be great. It would’ve been too epic if Dream was trying for both titles, even if it’s Wrestlemania Weekend. Gargano VS Cole is going to be great and really could go either way, but I feel that since Gargano VS Ciampa was the plan, Gargano might’ve won that title to have his triumphant victory on the biggest WWE weekend of the year.
My Score: 8.6/10
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