Another double dose of NXT UK means another two hours of major action! Will The Governor, Danny Burch, be the man to dethrone The Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne?
- Episode 5 – Dave Mastiff VS Damien Weir; Mastiff wins.
- Episode 5 – El Ligero VS James Drake; Ligero wins.
- Episode 5 – Ashton Smith VS ???; No Contest.
- Episode 5 – Eddie Dennis VS Sid Scala; Dennis wins.
- Episode 5 – WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Danny Burch; Dunne wins and retains the WWE United Kingdom Championship.
- Episode 6 – Dakota Kai VS Toni Storm; Storm wins.
- Episode 6 – Zack Gibson VS Amir Jordan; Gibson wins.
- Episode 6 – Kenny Williams VS Jordan Devlin; Devlin wins.
- Episode 6 – Six Man Tag: Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers VS Mark Andrews, Ashton Smith & Flash Morgan Webster; Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Dave Mastiff VS Damien Weir!
The big bad Bomber is back to shake the ground, and he already has his opponent shaking in his boots. Will Mastiff leave anything left of the smaller man?
The bell rings, Weir runs at Mastiff but bounces off him! Then Mastiff leaps to squash Weir with a senton! Weir writhes but Mastiff isn’t done with him. Mastiff deadlifts Weir up into a suplex, holds him up there, with one arm! Then throws him down! Fans applaud but Weir is writhing in pain again. Mastiff drags Weir to a corner with one arm, sits him up, then gives him a thumbs up. Because it’ll all be over soon. Corner to corner, Mastiff cannonball! Cover, Mastiff wins!
Winner: Dave Mastiff, by pinfall
As if there was any chance. Mastiff quite truly squashes his opponent, when will the Bomber finally be challenged?
NXT UK, meet El Ligero.
The Luchador from Leeds is a world-traveled hybrid, and what makes him unique is the mask itself. He wanted to stand out in UK wrestling, and now he looks to stand out in NXT UK.
NXT UK, meet James Drake.
Mr. Mayhem has gone around the world to become an elite pro-wrestlers. This man is completely different from just a year ago in the WWE UK Championship tournaments. He is more focused than before, and will go through anyone in front of him. Will Mayhem reign? Or will London lucha leap to another win?
NXT UK, Jinny is on her way.
She’s the Fashionista of Knightsbridge, and she’ll show the world that the NXT UK Women’s Division is already hers. She’s more fashionable, fierce and rich than everyone in wrestling today. Will she use all that talent, beauty and money to dominate the Women’s Division?
El Ligero VS James Drake!
A clash of styles to say the least, Ligero already has a win on NXT UK TV. Meanwhile, Mr. Mayhem makes his debut, will he already ruin Ligero’s win streak?
The bell rings and the two men stare down before circling. They tie up and Drake pushes Ligero back. Ligero turns it around to put Drake on the ropes, but the two separate. They circle again and tie up again. Drake gets a headlock and the takeover. Ligero gets his way back up as fans chant for him. He ends up at the ropes, and Drake lets go but sucker punches low. Drake throws left hands in the corner, but Ligero hits back with rights. Ligero chops, then whips Drake. Drake reverses but Ligero goes up and over to speed things up. Ligero slides under then sends Drake forward to get him with a calf kick! Cover, ONE! Ligero keeps his cool as fans sing. Drake gets a waistlock but Ligero the standing switch. Drake switches back but Ligero elbows out. But Drake throws him to the ropes!
The ropes get Ligero in the ribs and throat, but Drake throws hands all over. Fans rally for Ligero even as Drake grinds his knee into Ligero’s head. The ref backs Drake off, but only a moment as Drake grinds his foot into Ligero again. Fans jeer Drake as Ligero throws body shots back. Drake snampares and stomps Ligero down! He puts Ligero down, covers, ONE! Drake puts on a seated cobra clutch but fans rally for Ligero. Ligero endures and feeds off the energy. He gets up but Drake reels him in for a low knee. Drake whips but Ligero holds ropes. Ligero throws Drake out, but has to catch his breath. Drake is on him but Ligero gives forearms, chops and a back kick. Ligero ducks and baits Drake in, Code Red sunset flip powerbomb! Cover, TWO!
Ligero keeps his cool, he has more to give. He gets Drake to a drop zone but Drake resists. Ligero kicks Drake, covers, TWO! Ligero goes back to his original plan and gets up top. Drake gets over and Ligero leaps over. Drake sweeps the legs! Then tells him to #GritYourTeeth with the dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Ligero lives and Drake grows frustrated. Fans rally up again, and Drake toys with Ligero. Drake says to grit your teeth but Ligero fires off body shots. Ligero kicks but Drake blocks to spin him around. Drake gets a facelock but Ligero spins out. Ligero swings but Drake gets him around, but Ligero back drops out! Springboard, tornado DDT! Cover, Ligero wins!!
Winner: El Ligero, by pinfall
The Luchador of Leeds goes 2-0 through the same toughness that got him here! Will Ligero continue to soar all the way to a title shot?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
The Lightning Down Under has a match with the Captain of Team Kick, Dakota Kai, in the next episode. Toni wants that NXT UK Women’s Championship once it’s here, but what does that mean for her match with Dakota? Her preparations don’t change. She always fights to win. Dakota wants the title as much as Toni, but Dakota isn’t Toni. Speaking of, here comes Dakota. She respects Toni completely, but she isn’t playing around about kicking heads off to get what she wants. So as good as Toni is, Dakota vows to be a little bit better. In that case, may the best woman win. They shake hands on it, but who will be the best woman after the match?
Zack Gibson speaks.
Liverpool’s Number One vows that he’ll be back next episode against Bhangra Bad Boy, Amir Jordan. Gibson wants to make something crystal clear: Jordan is a great competitor, but he is NOT going to derail Gibson, the future NXT UK Number One. Will Jordan surprise Gibson in their match? Or will Gibson keep his word?
Ashton Smith VS ???
The young man from Manchester is ready to “Woop!” his opponent, but Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers attack at the stage! This alliance of sadistic Scots assault Ashton, then toss him aside. Fans jeer as Joe, Mark and Wolfie come down the ramp together. Joe grab a mic to speak for the trio, saying “Royal Albert Hall. Ever since then, myself and my brother have been imposing our will on everyone and anyone.” Fans continue to jeer with “No~ one knows what you’re saying~!” Joe ignores them to say that they don’t care if the NXT UK Universe likes them, because they don’t like the NXT UK Universe!
Joe reveals that at the Royal Albert Hall, he had an epiphany. He likes to surround himself with people who have the same mentality. Fans jeer with “What? What?” but Joe continues to say that whether it’s his blood or someone who takes pride in doing things their way. NXT has a heirarchy, and if you aren’t on their level, they will dispose you! No more British Strong Style! No more big strong boys! These three are true men! It doesn’t matter who likes them, because from now on, it’s a pack mentality. That means divide and conquer. That means pride and unity. Because that makes NXT UK their kingdom! Will this trio of titans take over all of the UK Division?
Backstage interview with Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster.
The Rockstar Welshman and the Modfather wish to speak with NXT UK GM, Johnny Saint, but why? They have a problem with the Coffey boys stemming from the Royal Albert Hall assault, and now Wolfgang has joined up with Joe & Mark. Flash and Andrews want Saint to help them out with something, but Ashton Smith does, too. These three get their meeting with Saint, will they get their match with Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers?
Eddie Dennis VS Sid Scala!
The Headmaster has told us these past few weeks of his storied past with Pete Dunne and Mark Andrews. He gave up his job in education to pursue his first love of pro-wrestling so that his friends wouldn’t leave him behind. But is he driven by passion? Or by bitterness?
The bell rings as Dennis scowls at Scala. The two circle and Dennis kicks Scala in the stomach, then in the head. Dennis drags Scala up and whips him, but Scala hits back! Dennis shoves Scala but Scala comes back with kicks. Scala has Dennis staggering, but Dennis grabs Scala by the ear, to then rock him with a forearm! Dennis kicks Scala while he’s down, then rains down right hands. Cover, TWO! Scala is dazed but Dennis is seething. Dennis drags Scala up, whips and runs him over with a back elbow. Cover, TWO! Scala survives but Dennis is frustrated. Dennis puts Scala in a cravat and pulls on the neck. He stands Scala up for big knee strikes, then snapmares him for a leaping knee drop. Cover, TWO! Scala survives again but Dennis has had enough of him.
Dennis drags Scala up, saying “I have waited a decade for this moment!” But Scala SLAPS him! Dennis actually laughs!? Scala ducks under him then slips out to the apron. Dennis hits aprons, Scala climbs up and leaps! Crossbody, cover, ONE! Dennis gets baited in again and Scala gives body shots. Scala hops up, but into a crucifix buckle bomb! Aka the Severn Bridge! Dennis dares Scala to stand, and Scala crawls over. Fans cheer Scala on, but all for naught as Dennis lift shim up, spins him around, inverted suplex driver! Cover, Dennis wins!
Winner: Eddie Dennis, by pinfall
The headmaster has turned headhunter, and he gets his debut win. Will ten years of pent up frustration fuel him all the way to the title?
WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Danny Burch!
The Bruiserweight has held that belt for well over a year, but The Governor has waited years for just such an opportunity as this. Will Dunne continue his reign well into two years? Or will Burch be the man to finally dethrone Dunne and become only the third-ever WWE UK Champion?
Both men are in each other’s face right away, but back down to wait for the bell. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Fans duel as both men circle. They tie up and Dunne pushes Burch back. Burch stops that so Dunne throws Burch. Burch slips out under the mount to get a hammerlock. Dunne works his way up and under to drop toehold Burch. Burch gets to the ropes, so Dunne lets go to kick Burch in the back! Burch shrugs it off, he’s tougher than that. The two circle again, and tie up. Fans rally as Burch pushes Dunne. Burch gets around to a full nelson but Dunne breaks out, so Burch snapmares Dunne down. Burch CHOPS Dunne on the back! Dunne shrugs that off, because he’s tougher than that. They go again with a test of strength.
Dunne brings Burch low, and stands on one hand to go after the other arm. He wrenches and twists from elbow to wrist to fingers! Burch screams with each on, then Dunne shifts to a hammerlock, and full arm yank! Dunne keeps on Burch by going after his other arm! Dunne twists and bends the arm while standing on Burch’s head. Fans rally as Burch throws Dunne! Burch goes after Dunne but Dunne uses the ropes for defense. Burch lets go, but gets Dunne’s sucker punch! Dunne shrugs, he doesn’t see the harm in it. Dunne goes after Burch’s left hand again, but Burch fights him in a test of strength. Burch spins around, trips Dunne up, then kicks out an arm! That’s Dunne’s trick! Burch headlocks, Dunne powers out. Things speed up, Burch catches Dunne by the foot! Burch wants a crossface but Dunne gets the ropes.
Burch lets Dunne go, but then Dunne drags Burch out and twists the ankle! Then X-Plex to the apron! Fans fire up on both sides as Dunne leaves Burch down and out. Fans chant for “British Wrestling!” as Dunne walks it off. A ring count begins but Burch gets up and in at 5. Dunne is on him and goes after the arm again. He hammerlocks it to the mat, then kicks it! Burch writhes to a corner, but Dunne won’t let up. Dunne drags him up and wrings him into an arm tweaking deathlock! He even hooks Burch’s face! Dunne puts Burch’s head down to stomp it now! Burch covers up but Dunne toys with him now. Fans rally as Dunne kicks Burch to ropes. Burch gets up but Dunne keeps stomping him.
Burch chops back, then chops again. Dunne keeps walking into chops! Burch spins Dunne to give him a European Uppercut! Then he runs in for another! Then a clothesline and enziguri! Burch rolls Dunne, hops up, missile dropkick! Both men are down but Burch kips right up! Burch is on Dunne, powerbomb lift, it hits! But he rolls Dunne through for a knee to the jaw! Cover, TWO!! Burch is shocked that Dunne survives, but he’s far from done with him. Burch drags Dunne up, and gives another EuroUpper. He throws a forearm but Dunne blasts him with a forearm back! Dunne whips Burch but Burchi reverses. Dunne goes up and over to enziguri! Burch is down, Dunne goes up, leaping stomp on the bad left arm! Burch rolls out but Dunne pursues, and grabs the arm. Dunne hammerlocks it, to stomp on the apron!
Burch crawls away but Dunne brings him to the steps, to slam that arm down. Then stomp it, too! But Burch avoids it, to trip Dunne up, and German Suplex him to the floor! Both men are down but Cambridge fires up. Fans chant “UK! UK!” as both men writhe. Burch is up and puts Dunne in at 9. Dunne comes back for a triangle hold takedown! Burch resists, deadlifts, and buckle bombs Dunne! Both men are down again but fans still rally. Burch fires himself up while Dunne hangs halfway out. Burch drags Dunne up on the apron, and then to the top rope. He climbs up with Dunne facing backwards, but Dunne resists. Burch clubs Dunne but Dunne grabs the left hand! Shoulder breaker, then another, but Burch gives back crossfaces. Burch has Dunne, SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!
But he can’t make the cover right away. He crawls over, covers, TWO!! Dunne somehow survives, but fans love this! Both men crawl to opposite ends. They both stand up, and run in for clotheslines! Neither falls, and now each man mirrors the other in palm strikes. Dunne gets the enziguri, then the X-Plex! Into armbar!! But Burch rolls through, to a crossface! Dunne makes it a cover, TWO!! They brawl again, Burch Germans but Dunne lands on his feet! Dunne kicks, but runs into a lariat!! Cambridge is thunderous with a standing ovation for this match! Both men slowly stir, but Burch is up first. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but someone has to win.
Burch goes over to Dunne, but Dunne has the fingers! Dunne kicks Burch in the face again and again and again. He stomps Burch out on the mat, but somehow Burch still moves. Dunne takes a moment to pose, but Burch stands right up! And headbutts Dunne! Suplex lift, draping DDT!! Cover, TWO!? Burch can’t believe it, but the fans are thunderous again. Fans sing as Burch wraps on the crossface! Dunne can barely see, but he moves around and around. He reaches for ropes, but Burch rolls him away! Dunne endures, but gets his arm free. He pries his way out, but Burch gets it back on!
Dunne punches himself to ignore the pain, then goes after Burch’s face. Dunne is free, pumphandle, Bitter End! Cover, TWO!? Burch survives now, and that shocks Dunne! But fans are once again giving an ovation. Dunne reels Burch into a triangle hold, but Burch tries to make it a cover. The two struggle for control, Dunne rolls to a mount, and SNAPS the fingers! Then pulls on the wrist! Burch taps, Dunne wins!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by submission; still WWE UK Champion
What a match! The Governor gave The Bruiserweight a run for his money, but it just wasn’t enough. Burch has nothing to be ashamed off, he pushed Dunne as far as anyone, maybe even farther. Burch stands and Dunne gives him a nod of respect. Will Burch be back for another go? Will Dunne’s reign continue to achieve new heights?
NXT UK looks back to WWE Evolution.
Specifically, the Mae Young Classic’s tournament finals. NXT UK’s Toni Storm went up against the Genius of the Sky, Io Shirai, and it was incredible! They went toe to toe and move for move, and to even Toni’s surprise, she won! The MYC 2018 trophy belongs to her, but that’s just the beginning for the Lightning from Down Under! And her match tonight opens the show, next!
Dakota Kai VS Toni Storm!
The Captain of Team Kick was in the inaugural Mae Young Classic, but she lost in the quarterfinals to the Pirate Princess. She has fought her way up the ranks, but has not captured the American NXT Women’s Championship. Therefore, she looks to start fresh in the United Kingdom Division. However, she’ll have to get through this year’s MYC winner. Can Dakota ride the Storm? Or will the Storm kick her down the road?
The bell rings and fans chant for Toni as she circles with Dakota. They tie up and go around, but it’s Toni putting Dakota in a corner. Toni backs off cleanly and Dakota comes out. The fans like “Both these girls!” as they tie up again. They go around again as fans chant “Evolution!” in honor of that All Women’s PPV. Dakota gets Toni to a corner this time, and backs away cleanly, too. Toni comes out and the two shake hands to show they respect each other, but then both go for a kick! They both catch the other’s kick, and gently put the feet down. Dakota tries again but Toni ducks. Toni wants the Strong Zero but Dakota slips out. Dakota gets Toni down, double stomps! Then penalty kick! Cover, TWO! Dakota comes close but hasn’t beat the MYC 2018 champ yet.
Fans chant “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! OI OI OI!” but it’s the New Zealander who throws forearms. Toni slaps and kicks back, then runs for a boot! Cover, TWO! Toni keeps on Dakota with a snap suplex, then float over, TWO! Toni toys with Dakota, then stomps her. Dakota gets to a corner as fans continue to cheer on “Both These Girls!” Toni throws EuroUppers, and then wraps Dakota’s legs in the deathlock. Toni drops back for a modified Muda Lock meets crossface! Dakota endures and uses her arms to move around. She drags herself and Toni towards ropes, but Toni wrenches back. Dakota keeps trying, and fans rally up, and she gets the ropebreak! Toni lets Dakota go, but stomps the leg lock on the way out.
Toni comes back and brings Dakota up. She throws forearms but Dakota holds the ropes. Toni kicks Dakota then whips. Dakota reverses to throw a forearm! They both throw forearms now, but then Dakota blocks to counter punch. Dakota throws more forarms, and more forearms, and then the scorpion kick! Dakota runs, but into Toni’s headbutt! Both women go down from that one, but fans fire up. Dakota drags herself to ropes while Toni clutches her neck. They both sit up at 5, and Toni throws a forearm. Dakota comes back so Toni hits her again. Fans rally for “Women’s Wrestling!” as the two women stand up and continue brawling. They go back and forth, Toni hitting but Dakota responding. Toni gets an edge, then gets running, but runs into a roundhouse! Then another!
Dakota has Toni on her knees, but Toni blocks the third kick, for a trapped-leg snap German Suplex! Fans fire up again as Dakota flounders to a corner. Toni lines it up and runs in for a back elbow. Toni runs, but Dakota follows her Around the World! Dakota keeps moving, for the side to side wash, but Toni dodges just in time! Toni keeps going, but runs into a bicycle boot! Dakota runs, but her kick is countered, into another German! Toni fires up as Dakota returns to a corner, double knees! Into the Storm Zero reverse neckbreaker! Cover, Storm wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
The Storm weathers the Captain, and comes away with another victory on NXT UK TV! Both women stand, shake hands and even hug, showing there is still respect between them. There’s still time before a Women’s Champion is crowned, can Dakota make a comeback? Or will Toni ride her momentum all the way to the top?
But then someone attacks Dakota on stage! It’s JINNY! The Fashionista, who lost to Toni in this year’s MYC opening round, already claims “This is my NXT UK.” She’s been hyping herself up for weeks, is it finally time for the fiercest female to make her mark? As for Dakota, Toni helps her up and to the back. Will Dakota make sure Jinny doesn’t have her way?
Zack Gibson VS Amir Jordan!
Liverpool’s Number One has already vowed not to let the Bhangra Bad Boy be a speed bump on his way to the top. Will Gibson come to eat his words? Or will Jordan get locked behind the Shankly Gates?
The bell rings and fans taunt Gibson with “If you hate Gibson, shoes up!” Jordan and Gibson tie up and Gibson wants that hammerlock already. They get to the ropes, and Gibson slaps Jordan at the break. Gibson says to ignore the fans because Jordan’s in the biggest match of his life. Jordan and Gibson tie up again, and Gibson gets a cravat. Gibson wrenches Jordan’s neck, then shifts to a facelock. Jordan reverses but Gibson rolls to reverse and bring Jordan to the mat. Fans sing “if you hate Gibson, stand up!” Gibson brings Jordan up and rolls him to then wring out the arm. Jordan gets to his feet as Gibson eggs him on. Jordan and Gibson go again, but Gibson gets the arm back. Gibson wrenches but Jordan spins, handsprings and wrings Gibson out. Jordan eggs Gibson on with his dance moves.
Gibson runs in but Jordan dodges to crossbody Gibson! Jordan keeps moving, sunset flip but Gibson stays up. Gibson gets the arm and yanks it! Gibson spins Jordan around, hammerlock DDT! Jordan clutches his arm but Gibson stays on him with forearms. Gibson has Jordan in the corner to throw more forearms. Gibson slaps Jordan around then gives another forearm. He reels Jordan in for a clothesline, but fans boo and jeer more. Fans again sing “If you hate Gibson, stand up!” Gibson lifts Jordan by his arm, then throws him in an arm lever suplex! Gibson dusts off his hands while Jordan gets to ropes. Jordan stands but Gibson is on him with forearms. Fans sing and sit back down, as Jordan fires off kicks! Jordan hops up, missile dropkick!
Gibson is down but Jordan goes back up, big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Jordan keeps his focus as he runs in, but into double throat chops! And a lariat! Gibson grimaces as he drags Jordan up. Suplex, Helter Skelter! Then, Shankly Gates! Gibson pulls back, Jordan taps!
Winner: Zack Gibson, by submission
Gibson doesn’t let go until he says to, and then he kicks Jordan out of the ring. Liverpool’s Number One wins again, and wants his way back to Pete Dunne’s title. Will Gibson get what he wants? Or will someone get in his way and show he’s not number one?
Zack Gibson hasn’t left the ring.
He paces about, then grabs a mic. Fans jeer him with new songs, but Gibson ignores them to say “I am Liverpool’s Number One!” And soon to be the World’s Number One! And soon to be recognized as the NXT UK’s Number One. Gibson stands in the ring once again victorious. He again reminds us that he won the 2018 WWE UK Championship Tournament, and that even after all that, he still pushed Pete Dunne to his limits. And then he beat 205 Live’s Noam Dar. “Every single day that I step into this ring is another step closer to become YOUR NXT UK Champion!” Fans disagree. Gibson says “this brand, this movement” is already the benchmark in British Wrestling. Fans still sing and jeer.
But Gibson says that the very best talent in this country flocked to this brand because they wanted to be part “of something special.” But none of the others in the locker room, just like none of the fans, are serious if they think Gibson will share the top spot. Gibson says he is the man to build this brand around. The rest of the roster just rides his coat tails! Gibson will be the one to elevate this brand, not the Bruiserweight, not Danny Burch, not– Trent Seven? The Man from Mustache Mountain appears, and he has a headache from listening to Gibson. Seven asks if Gibson is “completely delusional”. Fans say “Yes! Yes!”
But in seriousness, Seven has “no idea what goes on in that shiny, sweaty head” of Gibson’s. Fans make that a chant. Seven remembers back to the Empress Ballroom, where names like Dunne, Burch and Seven himself “kicked this whole thing off.” But hold on, where was Gibson? Gibson wasn’t on the promotional material or the social media. Was he in the audience? Oh, no, of course not. Gibson was in bed with a nice cup of tea and his mum’s laptop to watch the WWE Network! Gibson denies but the fans like that theory. Seven does give Gibson his dues, he was this year’s tournament winner. But he couldn’t get the job done, could he? However, Gibson did something pretty cool: he made everyone in the Royal Albert Hall take off their shoes. Fans again sing “If you hate Gibson, shoes up!”
Seven joins Gibson in the ring now, and brings up the names Gibson mentioned. But Gibson didn’t get to Seven, so how about they get to that right here and now?! The mics are dropped and the jacket’s off, but Gibson bails out. Gibson says he’ll face Seven on his time. And to a fair point, Gibson already competed once tonight. When will Liverpool’s Number One go up against Mustache Mountain’s Number One?
Kenny Williams speaks.
“The WWE Universe already met me on 205 Live”, back in the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament earlier this year. But now the NXT UK roster will find out while Kenny is the Luckyan. And the world will learn that he’s always lucky. Will luck help Kenny against Ireland’s iron man?
Kenny Williams VS Jordan Devlin!
The Luckyan was the Bullocks, but now he promises to be even better than that. He says he’s always lucky, but in his NXT UK debut, he’s up against a man who is always ready for a fight. Scotland and Ireland collide, who comes out not the luckier but the better?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Devlin gets the arm. Williams rolls and reverses, but Devlin gets him back down with a wristlock. Devlin grinds his knee into Williams’ face, but Williams kips up. Devlin keeps control with a headlock, but Williams rolls him off. Things speed up as each man shows their agility. Williams springboards for an arm-drag, but Devlin handsprings through. The fans applaud this even match-up as the two stare down. Williams runs in but Devlin dodges and throws him with a BIG urenage, then standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Devlin drives his elbows into Williams’ head, and Williams gets to a corner. Devlin is on him with a chop, then stalks him to the other corner. Williams turns it around for a chop of his own. Devlin goes after eyes!
The ref reprimands Devlin, but Devlin keeps on Williams with a neck wrench. Williams endures as fans rally up. Williams stands up and jawbreakers free. Both men stagger back, but Devlin runs in. Williams boots him away, then gets on the apron. Devlin’s shoulder misses but he dodges Williams’ shoulder to forearm him down! Williams stands as Devlin aims from the apron. Williams blocks the kick to trip Devlin up! Then he gets in the ring and builds speed, and he wrecks Devlin with a dropkick. Williams skins the cat and keeps moving, to DIVE! Devlin hits the ramp but Williams puts him in quick. Williams gets up top, and leaps for a big flying back elbow! Cover, TWO!
Williams is shocked, but he gets back on Devlin. He brings Devlin to a corner but Devlin breaks free. Williams runs into a scoop but slips out. Devlin goes for ropes but Williams rolls him up! TWO and Williams goes to ropes. Devlin ducks the kick to roll Williams. Williams comes back, wheelbarrows, and sees it’s time for the victory roll facebuster! Roll over to a cover, TWO!! Devlin survives again, showing why he was undefeated for a year as Fight Factory Pro Wrestling’s Irish Junior Heavyweight Champion. Williams brings him back up and throws heavy forearms. Fans duel as Williams runs, but Devlin reels him back in. Williams elbows free and runs again, but Devlin stops the tilt-o-whirl to fireman’s carry, swinging driver! AKA Ireland’s Call! Cover, Devlin wins!
Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall
Devlin is undefeated on NXT UK TV with a strong 2-0! Devlin carries all of Ireland on his back, who will be able to stop him?
Six Man Tag: Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers VS Mark Andrews, Ashton Smith & Flash Morgan Webster!
This battle started back in Royal Albert Hall when Joe & Mark Coffey attacked Andrews, Webster and Travis Banks. Then Travis Banks goes down in an ambush attack. Andrews and Webster looked to confront the Coffey boys for that, but they didn’t expect the Last King of Scotland joining forces with them! They went after the Manchester Prestige just to make a point, so now Ashton wants to make a point of picking on the wrong guys. Can the team of speed and flight beat the team of size and strength? Or will the Scottish trio prove this is their kingdom now?
The Scotsman surround the ring, just as the pack of wolves they’ve become. They each step in, but the referee keeps a fight from breaking out before the bell. The teams sort out and Flash starts with Wolfgang. Wolfgang and Flash circle as fans sing for the Modfather. Flash kicks away but Wolfgang shoves him. Flash slides under, gets a waistlock, but Wolfgang the standing switch. Wolfgang shoves Flash again, but Flash goes up and over. Flash gets to a corner and baits Wolfie in. Flashs houlders and slingshots in, but Wolfgang lifts Flash up! Firemans’ carry, trophy lift, but Flash slips out. Flash forearms, but Wolfgang shrugs it off to hit Flash back! Flash flounders to his corner, and Wolfgang dares him to tag someone else. Andrews tags in, so Joe Coffey tags in.
Andrews fires off forearms but Joe catches him with heavy hands. Joe runs in but Andrews dodges to kick back. Joe knees low then snapmares Andrews, but Andrews handsprings through. Andrews runs and wheelbarrows, but ends up in Joe’s swing and facebuster! Cover, ONE, but Joe stays on Andrews. Joe wrenches an arm and tags in brother Mark Coffey. Mark hits Andrews with body shots, then forearms. Mark reels Andrews in, back suplex but Andrews slips out. Hot tag to Ashton Smith! Fans “Woop!” with Ashton’s haymakers. Mark hits back but Ashton comes back with more haymakers. Ashton whips but Mark reverses. Ashton dodges and leaps for a lariat! Cover, ONE, but Ashton’s up fast. All six men come in ready to throw hands, but the referee orders for them to back down.
Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and both sides egg the other on. Ashton talks his side down but Mark sucker punches him. Mark runs in but Ashton dodges. Ashton runs in but is put on the apron. Ashton hits Mark back, then hops up for an ax handle! He throws more hands on Mark with “Woop!” haymakers. Ashton whips Mark corner to corner but Mark reverses. Mark runs in but gets a boot. Ashton runs out but gets ax handles! Mark drags Ashton up, tags in Joe, and the Coffey boys mug Ashton. Joe throws heavy hands but Ashton hits back. Joe rocks Ashton with a big left, then drags him up. He double underhooks and swings Ashton around, “No mercy!” Then the suplex and cover, TWO! Joe keeps on Ashton with an arm wrench. Tag to Wolfgang, and the mugging continues.
Wolfgang puts Ashton in a corner but Ashton hits back. Ashton leaps over, tag to Andrews! Andrews shoulders and slingshots his way in, then mule kicks and knee lifts. Wolfgang blocks the whip to whip Andrews into a corner. Andrews goes to boot back, but Wolfgang blocks that. Andrews enziguris, then hops up to leap for flying headscissors! The Coffey Brothers distract, and Wolfgang throws Andrews out. Things break down as Coffey eggs on Ashton and Flash, and Joe gets away with beating down Andrews! Flash and Ashton go back to their corner, and Andrews is fed to a cover. TWO, but Wolfgang keeps on Andrews. Tag to Mark, fans rally up but Andrews gets mugged.
Andrews reaches for his corner but Mark stomps him down. Mark drops knees and wrenches Andrews’ neck. Fans rally up as Andrews endures but Mark knees him down and covers. TWO, and Andrews goes for his corner but Mark brings him around. Tag to Joe, and Joe throws more heavy hands. Joe brings Andrews out and throws forearms into the back. Joe has Andrews in a straitjacket stretch but fans rally up. Andrews gets up and pries out of the hold! But Joe spins him around to get the hold back on. Joe drives in a knee, but Andrews continues to endure. Andrews throws Joe off, but Joe runs him over with a back elbow! Joe stands on Andrews’ head, then stomps the ribs. Joe drags Andrews up, and throws him into his corner.
Tag to Wolfgang, and Wolfgang rams his shoulder into Andrews’ ribs. Wolfgang taunts Andrews’ partners, but Andrews hits him back. Wolfgang rocks Andrews with a point blank knee! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang keeps on Andrews with a partial camel clutch. Fans rally up and Andrews gets up, only for Wolfgang to clothesline him down. Cover, TWO! Wolfgang brings Andrews back, Mark tags in. Joe helps keep Andrews in the corner as his brother throws hands. Mark then grounds Andrews with a facelock. Fans rally up and Andrews gets up. Andrews pushes Mark back towards the corner, but Mark forearms him back. Mark hits Ashton and swings on Flash, but Andrews comes back with forearms and chops. Mark spins him around, suplexes, but gets Stundog Millionaire! Both men are down but fans fire up. Andrews and Mark crawl for their corners, hot tags to Wolfgang and Flash!
The Modfather rallies on the Scottish trio! Flash dodges Wolfgang to give body shots. Joe comes in but gets a knee trigger! Wolfgang hits Flash then whips, but Flash goes up and over. Flash keeps moving, spins Wolfgang to then springboard senton! Cover, TWO! Flash keeps going, grabbing an arm. He wrenches, but Wolfgang powers him off. Wolfgang runs into boots, tag to Ashton! Flash runs in but is tossed over and out. Ashton gets Wolfgang with a knee and then a shotgun boot! Fans fire up with Ashton, but Mark distracts him. Ashton lets Wolfgang go, and runs into the flapjack! Tag to Joe, then tag to Mark. The Coffey Brothers double wrench, double chop and double whip Ashton, to then hit the pop-up EuroUpper! Cover, TWO!! Ashton survives and shocks the Scots!
Tag to Joe, and the Coffey Brothers coordinate again. Double back suplex but Ashton slips out to tag in Andrews! SUPERKICK for Mark Coffey but Joe Coffey POUNCES on Ashton! Andrews comes in, dodges Joe, enziguri! Fans rally up as Joe comse back. Tag to Wolfgang, but Andrews is ready, springboard to the tornado quebrada! Wolfgang rolls out, but Flash tags in. Andrews and Ashton build speed, to DOUBLE DIVE on the Coffey boys! Flash has Wolfgang in his sights, but runs into a BIG lariat! Wolfgang drags Flash up, powerbomb lift and he aims for the group, but Flash headscissors him out! Everyone gathers as Flash climbs, SUPER SENTON! He bowls everyone over! Flash drags Wolfgang up and into the ring to cover, TWO!! Wolfgang survives and the Modfather can’t believe it!
Fans chant “Mamma Mia!” for Mauro Ranello, even though he doesn’t call NXT UK matches… Flash drags Wolfgang over to his corner, but the Coffey Brothers yank Andrews and Ashton off the apron! Wolfgang SPEARS Flash! Tag to Joe, and Wolfgang feeds Flash to Joe’s discus lariat, All the Best for the Bells! Cover, the Scotsmen win!
Winners: Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers, Joe Coffey pinning
Size and strength win, but so does sly strategy. Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers stand tall, who will stand up to them next?
What another great two episodes! Eight matches that were all really good, but boy did that WWE UK Championship tear it down! That was probably the best match all week for WWE, and will still be even with American NXT and 205 Live still to come. Dunne raises his power level even higher, so that whoever defeats him will have to put on a truly powerful performance. The other matches of episode five were good, but the important development in that episode is the alliance of Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers becoming official.
In episode 6, Toni VS Dakota was great, and like I said, that could end up a major NXT UK Women’s Championship match. Johnny Saint is definitely announcing the tournament for that next week, it’s the only thing it could be. Jinny makes her presence known, too, so she’ll definitely be a semifinalist in the tournament. Devlin VS Williams was a good match, and naturally Devlin wins to help build the Heel side of the midcard. Gibson VS Jordan was pretty fun, but I really like Seven getting on Gibson’s nerves. Seven VS Gibson can make for a great singles match, and if Gibson and James Drake join up as the “Grizzled Young Veterans”, they could give some great tag matches with Mustache Mountain. I’m thinking those tag titles are part of Saint’s announcement, too, so we’ll be getting more tag action as we go now.
The Six Man Tag was great, too, but not quite as amazing as the UK Championship match. It works for the Heels to go over, or else this feud would be over too soon. Maybe once Travis Banks is back, he’ll join up with Andrews and Webster to give the Scottish trio a loss. The feud probably ends with the Scotsmen still going over, and then those three move on to the WWE UK and NXT UK Tag Team Championships. The one thing that might divide the Scottish trio is that Joe wants both the top title and his part in the tag titles, which locks Wolfgang out of gold.
My Score(s): Episode 5 – 9/10; Episode 6 – 8.4/10
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS Results: G1 Supercard Part 2!
AXS gives us MORE G1 Supercard!
NJPW and ROH shine even brighter as AXS’s coverage of G1 Supercard concludes! Who will come away with BOTH the ROH and IWGP Tag Team Championships?!
Coverage of G1 Supercard will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
You can find gifs from this event on http://frentique.tumblr.com/
- NEVER Openweight VS ROH World Television Championship Winner Takes All: Will Ospreay VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins and becomes the dual NEVER Openweight & ROH World Television Champion.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: Taiji Ishimori VS Dragon Lee VS Bandido; Lee wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
- ROH & IWGP Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Winners Take All: The Guerrillas of Destiny VS Villain Enterprises VS The Briscoes VS Evil & Sanada; The Guerrillas of Destiny win and are the dual ROH World & IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
- ROH World Championship Triple Threat Ladder Match: Jay Lethal VS Matt Taven VS Marty Scurll; Taven wins and becomes the new ROH World Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
NJPW and AXS set the scene for this historic crossover event!
The history between ROH’s Franchise Player and self-proclaimed “REAL World Champion” is long and tense as the contenders for that title kept piling up. Marty Scurll won ROH’s Survival of the Fittest to become a contender while Jay Lethal VS Matt Taven went to a 60 minute time limit draw! Instead of worrying about who got the next shot at Lethal, he decided that Taven and Scurll would both get their chance in the only match fair enough: a Ladder Match! Will Lethal climb to new heights to keep that belt? Or will one of his hungry challengers finally get their first taste of the real deal?
Meanwhile, Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa again climbed to the top of NJPW’s Heavyweight Tag Team Division by dethroning Los Ingobernables de Japon. At the same time, Jay & Mark Briscoe were again triumphant as the then 9-time ROH World Tag Team Champions. One pair of brothers called out the other, and said that they’d put their belts on the line if the other brothers did, too! “We’ll do title vs title at Madison Square Garden!” However, there were complications at the ROH 17th Anniversary Show in Las Vegas when The Briscoes lost their titles to Villain Enterprises’ PCO & Brody King! Things only get more complicated as Evil & Sanada want their rematch. Now all four teams will compete for all four belts! Who will find themselves atop two top promotions’ tag team divisions with one match?!
But before even all of this, the Bone Soldier Reborn continues to test himself after becoming IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion! Taiji Ishimori dethroned Kushida then successfully defended against Ryusuke Taguchi and Jushin Thunder Liger! He wants even more competition, but he might have bitten off more than he can chew! Dragon Lee of CMLL and Bandido of ROH both go for gold, who comes out of this high speed, star studded Triple Threat as THE Junior Heavyweight Champion?
NEVER Openweight VS ROH World Television Championship Winner Takes All: Will Ospreay VS Jeff Cobb!
Title for title isn’t just for tag teams! The Aerial Assassin and the Hawaiian Juggernaut both want to prove they’re big enough for two belts, but who wins when speed takes on strength?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this battle between these two great champions begins!
Fans duel thunderously as Cobb and Ospreay jaw at each other. Given this is part ROH, the Code of Honor is asked for and upheld by both men. The bell rings and Cobb immediately leaps at Ospreay in a corner! Big back elbow then whip corner to corner. Ospreay reverses but gets POUNCED out of the ring! Cobb follows but misses, Ospreay CHOPS. Ospreay whips but Cobb reverses again. Ospreay hops up and over then springboards for a forearm! Cobb is down but Ospreay keeps moving, SASUKE SPECIAL! Direct hit but Cobb catches Ospreay! Only for Ospreay to counter with a DDT! Fans keep up the fire as Ospreay drags Cobb up and in.
Fans duel as Ospreay throws forearms on Cobb. Ospreay runs but Cobb puts him on the apron. Ospreay forearms again then springboards, but into Cobb’s arms! He fights out of Cobb’s grip but Cobb comes running in, only to get a boot. Ospreay hops up but gets a CHOP! Cobb climbs up to join Ospreay and hits a stalling SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Cobb keeps on Ospreay with more CHOPS and uppercuts. He throws Opsreay across the way! Then drags him up for clubbing forearms. Cobb drives elbows in as fans continue to duel. He whips and elbows Ospreay down. Cover, TWO! Cobb keeps his cool as he drags Ospreay up again. Ospreay breaks free to fire forearms again, but Cobb kicks low. Cobb whips but Ospreay dodges to huricanrana, only for Cobb to block and counter to a bearhug! Cobb squeezes tight but Ospreay endures and fights back.
Ospreay breaks free but Cobb CHOPS again. Cobb whips but Ospreay handsprings to enziguri! Both men are down but slowly sitting up. Ospreay is in a corner and Cobb runs in but blocks the boot. Ospreay enziguris then elevated tiger feint kicks! Cobb staggers and Ospreay springboards for another forearm! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps his cool then fires himself up. Fans rally up as he goes to underhook. Cobb powers out but Ospreay drops down to kick away! Cobb catches the leg, so Ospreay starts slapping. Bad idea, Cobb throws him with a FALL AWAY SLAM! Cobb runs corner to corner for another uppercut, to Samoan Drop! And knip up to standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Ospreay survives but Cobb keeps on him with punches.
Fans duel again as Cobb keeps throwing those hands. Ospreay gets up and gets in Cobb’s face. Ospreay throws forearms but Cobb JABS him off his feet! Cobb whips Ospreay but Ospreay holds ropes. Ospreay elbows Cobb then throws a clothesline, but it does nothing! He blocks Cobb’s counter then hook kicks. Cobb SUPERKICKS! Cobb runs but into a SPANISH FLY!! But Ospreay can’t cover for the power it took to make that happen! Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men stir. Ospreay gets to a corner and the top rope. He aims at Cobb and flies, missile dropkick to the bad shoulder! And now Ospreay takes off the elbow pad. Ospreay aims, but Cobb ducks! TOUR OF- Crucifix! To DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives but Ospreay fires himself up again.
Ospreay drags Cobb up as fans duel again. Roundhouse rocks Cobb, then Ospreay runs, but Cobb reels him in. Ospreay fights out to back flip kick, only to get a LARIAT! Cobb sees Ospreay in a drop zone, and climbs up top!? Cobb leaps for a Frog Splash FLOP! Ospreay escapes being crushed, and then hits his Robinson Special spin kick! Ospreay calls for it, springboards, but Cobb blocks the cutter! He shoves Ospreay to a corner, but Ospreay comes back with the OSCUTTER! Cover, TWO?! Cobb survives and no one can believe it! But the fans are loving it as Ospreay takes aim again. Ospreay hits a hook kick! Then he underhooks, and gets Cobb up!? But Cobb gets out to a corner, and elbows Ospreay. Ospreay tucks Cobb in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Then from the outside, Ospreay climbs up and underhooks!? Cobb denies it with a headbutt!
Cobb scoops Ospreay now, SUPER TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! But he’s not done there! Cobb takes off the straps, pop-up TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! Cover, Cobb wins!!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall; still ROH World Television Champion, NEW NEVER Openweight Champion
Strength wins out, and now Cobb is the first American to hold that particular NJPW title.
Jeff Cobb speaks, saying, “Will Ospreay, I respect you for the fact that you are a fighting champion.” Cobb respects both ROH and NJPW in trusting him with this opportunity. Cobb will continue where Ospreay left off and be a fighting champion in both companies! He also thanks the fans for their support, and plans to see both ROH and NJPW fans very soon.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: Taiji Ishimori VS Dragon Lee VS Bandido!
Three of the best Junior Heavyweights between the NJPW-CMLL-ROH alliance all battle for this title to establish themselves as the world’s best Junior Heavyweight! Will Bone Soldier keep his young legacy growing? Will Dragon Lee take a step towards redemption from his match with Hiromu Takahashi? Or will ROH’s LifeBlood gain its first bit of gold thanks to the gunslinger luchador?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this incredible and international match-up!
Dragon Lee kicks Ishimori out of the ring with the bell, then whips Bandido! Bandido huricanranas but Lee lands on his feet. Bandido comes back for another and it hits! Lee goes out and Bandido FLIES right on him! Bandido meets Ishimori in the ring and things speed up. Ishimori somersaults and headscissors, to a neck crank! Ishimori runs in at Bandido but misses. Bandido runs in but is put on the apron. Bandido hits back but Ishimori hits harder. Ishimori kicks Lee and whips but Lee dodges to huricanrana Bandido off the apron! Ishimori triangle moonsaults onto Lee! Fans fire up with the champ as he gets right back up. Ishimori drags Bandido up and in for chops. He puts Bandido in a corner to grind in his knee. The ref counts but Bandido lets up.
Ishimori whips corner to corner but Bandido reverses. Bandido runs in but Ishimori slips out to slide under and go around to shoulder in. Ishimori springboards for a leg lariat! Cover, but Lee breaks it up! Lee brings Ishimori up but Ishimori rakes his eyes. Ishimori whips but Lee reverses, and borrows the Combinacion Cabron from LIJ! He keeps on Ishimori with fast forearms then runs corner to corner for a hesitation dropkick! He drags Ishimori up for double underhooks, butterfly backbreaker! But he’s not done, basement dropkick and cover, but Bandido breaks it up. Bandido drags Lee up but Lee fires back. They brawl with forearms, but Lee knee triggers Bandido. Lee runs but into a tilt-o-whirl scoop and torture rack! Spinning to the knee, then a lariat! Cover, but Ishimori breaks it.
Ishimori drags Bandido up and whips but Bandido reverses. Ishimor handsprings and enziguris Bandido down! He goes after Lee with a kick, then runs, only to roll into Lee’s sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Lee fires up with the fans and brings Ishimori around. He puts Ishimori on the top rope, then CHOPS him into the Tree of Woe! Lee climbs but Bandido springboards to SUPER STEINER! Ishimori tilt-o-whirl facebusters Bandido, only to get up for Lee’s running Destroyer! All three men are down but MSG is fired up! “This is Awesome!” but not over yet. Bandido sits up first, followed by Lee. Bandido runs but into a wheelbarrow. Lee can’t hold on but he does slip out of a suplex, only for Ishimori to knee him down. Ishimori runs into a pop-up cutter! Cover, TWO!! Ishimori survives but Bandido keeps going.
Bandido has Ishimori in a drop zone, and fans fire up as he climbs. Lee returns to trip Bandido into the Tree of Woe! Woe Stomps from Lee to Bandido! Lee scoops Ishimori into a suplex, but huricanrana pin counter! TWO but Ishimori gut wrenches to the Blood Cross! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives but barely! Ishimori says BANG as he drags Lee up again. Bandido stops the other Bloody Cross to then put Ishimori up top. Bandido climbs but Ishimori fights him off. They brawl but Lee adds on. Lee throws Bandido off and goes after Ishimori. They brawl but Bandido returns to join on. Lee headbutts Ishimori, Bandido kicks Lee! Bandido climbs and has both opponents for a DOUBLE SUPER BACKFLIP POWERSLAM!! MSG is thunderous and losing their minds over that!
Bandido crawls to Lee for a cover, TWO!! Ishimori crawls away so Bandido doesn’t cover him. He does aim at Ishimori and scoops him, package piledriver! Cover, but Lee drags Bandido off to a suplex! Bandido slips out but gets an elbow, knee and reverse-rana! Lee knee triggers Ishimori! Lee goes back to Bandido, suplex to bomb! Cover, Lee wins!!
Winner: Dragon Lee, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
CMLL’s Dragon Lee has NJPW’s championship! Lee shows respect to Bandido as he helps him up, but Ishimori clears out with frustration. Bandido shows respect back by helping Lee put on the belt. With Best of the Super Juniors on the horizon, will Bone Soldier Reborn redeem himself through that tournament? Will Lee reign with that title through the Spring and to the Summer?
Ishimori wants to know “What the hell!?” How is it the result came through those two guys? Ishimori lost the belt but not the match. “So why don’t we do it again?” But Ishimori and Lee 1v1, no triple threat. What does Lee say to that?
Lee does speak, saying that was so much work. The title is what all his effort was for. Day after day, training hard and not being given anything for free. Everything Lee has is from hard work and education. Lee is content with this win. He thanks God for this blessing, as well as for his family and his father for supporting him. He dedicates this win to his father. Thanks to him, Lee is in a good place. He became the new champion in Madison Square Garden. But he does wait anxiously for the return of Hiromu, and hopes Hiromu can be his first challenger. The real goal was always Hiromu. Lee is now champion, but he dedicates this win to Hiromu and Daryl. He hopes to see them again, strnoger than ever.
ROH & IWGP Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Winners Take All: The Guerrillas of Destiny VS Villain Enterprises VS The Briscoes VS Evil & Sanada!
A massive match for a massive moment in wrestling history! Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa, PCO & Brody King, Jay & Mark Briscoe and Los Ingobernables de Japon’s King of Darkness & Cold Skull all want to be THE best tag team between both companies. What will it take for one team to take both pairs of belts home with them?
The introductions are made, PCO gets a jolt of electricity from Destro, and then he and Brody hit the ring with both the ROH World and ROH Six Man Tag titles! Will they be leaving with three belts each after the break?
NJPW on AXS returns and The Briscoes attack first! The bell rings and it’s just a huge brawl! Everyone clears out quick except Mark Briscoe and PCO. Mark has PCO in a corner then runs in, only to be tossed right out! PCO then takes aim and DIVES onto Mark! The brawling goes crazy on the outside as Jay Briscoe and Brody trade hands. The GoD regroup, as do LIJ. It seems the ROH teams are continuing where they left off in Vegas as PCO throws hands on Mark in front of the fans. LIJ and GoD brawl, too, then the champion teams hit the ring. Brody and PCO stand up to Tama and Loa, and another brawl begins! Villain Enterprises gets the edge, then both run, only for The Briscoes to drag them out.
But GoD isn’t alone, LIJ rushes them! They brawl in the ring while #DemBoyz keep on PCO and Brody on the outside. Sanada whips but Tama reverses. Jado is there with his kendo stick and Sanada stops himself, only for Tama to clobber him from behind. Tama kicks at Evil but Evil blocks and hands off to Loa. Loa doesn’t wanna but Evil still SUPERKICKS Tama down. Tama bails out and Loa goes at Evil. Evil feeds Loa to Sanada, who ties Loa up in Paradise! Fans love it, and the Briscoes are willing to leave Loa in it until Sanada dropkicks Loa out of Paradise! The Briscoes then rush LIJ, but Mark gets a back drop. Mark lands on his feet and fights both LIJ while Jay keeps GoD down. Mark Peles Evil out but Sanada kicks him. Sanada whips but Mark reverses and lets Jay CLOBBER Sanada!
The Briscoes double whip and double shoulder Sanada down! But here comes Brody King with big hands. The Briscoes get teh better of him, but not for long as he hits a double crossbody! Loa returns and throws hands on Brody! Loa bops Brody but Brody BOOTS Loa! Brody even headscissors Loa down! Cannonball on the ropes! Brody keeps Jay Briscoe and Tama Tonga out, but then takes aim at them all. Brody FLIES and wipes them all out! Fans fire up but Mark wrecks Brody with a dropkick. Mark then climbs up and leaps, corkscrew senton! The South Sussex Chicken puts Tama back in, but Tama elbows Mark to a corner. Tama throws hands and a dropkick on Mark, then whips Mark corner to corner. Mark reverses, Jay forearms then feeds Tama to Mark’s shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Mark hits Loa with an apron blockbuster! Jay drags Tama up for a neckbreaker but Tama powers out. SUPERKICK from Jay, back elbow from Tama. Tama slides and dropkicks Jay down and out! Sanada returns to bait Tama in and out! Evil gets away with putting a chair on Tama’s head, then SMACKING it off with another! Evil hit a homer with that one! He feeds Tama to Sanada and LIJ double whip. Tama gets their kick and clothesline combo, but they’re not done with him yet. Evil drags Tama up and suplexes, but The Briscoes disrupt Magic Killer! Jay underhooks for the Jay Driller! Mark climbs, FROGGY-BOW! Cover, but Brody breaks it! Brody clotheslines Jay and himself out of the ring! Mark slingshots but Brody catches him to apron choke slam him!!
Brody shouts to PCO and PCO climbs! PCO apron SWANTONS Mark! And he’s right back up! He’s NOT human! Brody drags Mark back in, powerbomb lifts, GONZO BOMB! PCO climbs again, MOONSAULT! Cover, but Tama breaks it up! Loa SPEARS Brody but PCO CHOPS Tama. PCO fires off on Tama in a corner, faster and faster! Loa runs in to forearm PCO and he throws headbutts. GoD take PCO for double electric chair, to POWERBOMB HIM TO THE FLOOR! GoD says “SUCK IT” but PCO still lives!! PCO falls back over but MSG is cheering him on. Tama tries to stun Brody but gets a German Suplex! Brody clobbers Loa but Tama distracts the ref. Jado kendo SMACKS Brody, then GUN STUN! GoD coordinate, suplex to the top rope, SUPER POWERBOMB! Cover, GoD wins!
Winners: The Guerrillas of Destiny, Tonga Loa pinning; still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and NEW ROH World Tag Team Champions
History is made as history is made! NJPW’s GoD hold belts in both companies!
But wait, who is that attacking The Briscoes? It’s Enzo and Big Cass- Er, uh, nZo and Caz XL! Former WWE wrestlers are attacking at G1 Supercard?! The Briscoes get them out of here, as does Bully Ray, while GoD celebrates their accomplishment. But wait, is that Toru Yano who just snatched the IWGP Heavyweight belts?! The Clown Prince of Chaos is all smiles as he runs away with the gold! Just what is going on with tag team wrestling?!
Tonga Loa says, “There’s a title missing, but he just got one.” Yano taking their IWGP belts? “That’s bullsh*t.” But that was just on top of other BS. There was an agreement in this match, “but just like anything else, it’s f*cking wrestling.” You can’t believe what you’re told. So the deal is: GoD doesn’t care about ROH, or whoever those guys were at the end of the match trying to take the spotlight. GoD won the titles. But another BS: they worked for free tonight. Tama takes the ROH belts and throws them away like garbage! Tama knows nobody cares about ROH.
But GoD handled their business, it was easy. And it’s surprising that those losers still had energy to fight some other losers not even in the match! The fact the Briscoes brawled with those guys, it just tells Tama that “you muthaf*ckas ain’t on NJPW’s level.” Tama can tell The Briscoes weren’t giving their best, because they were saving energy for that BS that happened. But let it be known, the double champs are done with y’all. Will GoD even care to keep those ROH tag titles after what went down?
ROH World Championship Triple Threat Ladder Match: Jay Lethal VS Matt Taven VS Marty Scurll!
The Franchise Player has had this title time and again but he wants to hold it for the rest of his career if he can. The Kingdom’s ring leader wants recognition as the “REAL World Champion” after being held down by a supposed conspiracy. And The Villain, now finally a leader of his own team, wants the belt he feels he deserves. Three men live a childhood dream of wrestling in the most famous arena in the world. But who will live an even greater dream by winning in that same arena, for the top prize in ROH?
The introductions are made, the belt is hoisted high overhead, and this epic triple threat begins after the break!
NJPW on AXS returns and all three men look up as the belt finally reaches its apex. The bell rings, and Lethal goes right at Taven! Scurll decides this is the perfect time to bail out and get a ladder. Taven and Lethal brawl to a corner and Lethal chops. Lethal sees Scurll bringing in a ladder and baseball slide dropkicks the ladder into Scurll! Lethal brings Scurll up and now they brawl. Scurll throws uppercuts then goes back to the ladder. Lethal grabs the other end, and it’s a tug-o-war, until Tavne FLIES out! Taven hits ladder but still brings Scurll and Lethal down with it! All three men are down and fans lose their minds over Taven’s self-sacrifice. Taven fights through the pain to put the ladder in the ring.
Lethal forearms but Taven forearms back, only to run into a hip toss! Lethal carthweels and dropkicks Taven down! Scurll goes after Lethal but gets a boot for it! Lethal brings another ladder over and plops it down. He snap suplexes Taven for good measure before going under the ring. Lethal finds a few chairs and puts them near the ladder. He uses one chair to jab Scurll back down, then starts setting something up. Lethal makes a bridge between the chairs with the ladder. Scurll hits Lethal then bounces him off the ladder. Scurll gives Taven a tornado DDT! Fans fire up with The Villain as he brings over yet another ladder. Scurll puts that one in the ring and then puts the first one in a corner. He sets up the other ladder in the other corner.
Taven returns but Scurll throws him into one ladder, then the other! And back again! Taven tumbles out of the ring but Lethal returns to back drop Scurll onto a ladder! Scurll bails out and Lethal has the ring to himself. Lethal takes one ladder but Scurll returns. Lethal snap suplexes Scurll and then drops a ladder on him! Taven returns but Lethal rams him with the other ladder. And then drops that ladder on Taven! Taven and Scurll writhe with back pain while Lethal eyes the prize. Lethal sets up a ladder but in a corner, sideways on the bottom rope. He kicks and chops Scurll but Scurll CHOPS back. They trade CHOPS and then Lethal whips. Scurll reverses but Lethal slides to a stop, to drop toehold! But Scurll stops himself to throw Lethal into that ladder.
Scurll places Lethal in a Tree of Woe with the ladder, and then goes out to fetch a chair! Scurll keeps Lethal in the Tree and brings the chair over, to SMACK steel into Lethal! And again! And again! Scurll gives another chair shot to Lethal and fans fire up! Scurll introduces another ladder while Lethal is stuck in the Tree. Taven returns but Scurll kicks him out. Scurll sets up the ladder but has to kick Taven away again. Scurll climbs but notices the ladder isn’t tall enough. So he fetches his umbrella! Scurll climbs but Taven yanks him down to SUPERKICK him down! Taven climbs now but Lethal is free of the Tree. Lethal drags Taven down to bounce him off that ladder. Scurll gets up to mule kick and uppercut Lethal. Fans cheer Scurll on as he CHOPS Lethal again.
Scurll keeps those CHOPS going, then runs, but Lethal dodges. He falls for 52 Fake Out! Scurll brings that corner ladder over and makes it a neck brace on Lethal. Scurll aims but Taven drags him out of the ring. Taven throws Scurll into barriers, then gives Lethal Just the Tip through the ladder! Why? Because “IIIIII’M Matt Taven!” Lethal writhes as Taven sits a ladder up. Taven climbs but Scurll returns to yank him off. Scurll and Taven brawl and Scurll CHOPS Taven. Scurll runs to clothesline Taven out, then hops to the apron, SUPERKICK! Fans fire up with Scurll as he skins the cat. Scurll climbs but Lethal returns to club him down. Lethal laces Scurll’s legs through the ladder, for a hanging figure four! But Taven returns to climb!
Lethal lets Scurll go to go after Taven. Lethal throws Taven out and then takes the ladder to slam it on Scurll. He drags Scurll back up and puts the Figure Four back on, but Scurll pushes him out of the ring. Scrull goes back to the apron, but that bad leg slows him down. Cutter on the apron! Lethal leaves Scurll down but Taven follows Lethal into the ring. Lethal CHOPS Taven then runs, but Taven tosses Lethal out. Taven kicks Lethal then runs, to slide and powerbomb Lethal onto the ladder bridge! MSG loses their minds as Lethal suffers at the hands of his own construction! But it’s Scurll who gets back in the ring! Scurll sets a ladder up but he can only hop up rather than climb. Taven returns but Scurll gets him with CHOPS!
Scurll sets the ladder in a corner and brings Taven over, but Taven denies. Taven suplexes but Scurll slips out to drop toehold Taven to ropes. Scurll runs, Villainous 619! Scurll calls for it, then stalks Taven as fans fire up. MSG shouts along, “CHICKEN WING!” But Taven kicks low and DDT’s! Taven grins then mocks the “Melvins”. Fans tell Taven what they think of him but he takes it as a compliment. Taven tries to set up a ladder but Scrull stomps it closed on his hands! Scurll grabs that hand, but Taven kicks low again, Moonlight Drive onto the ladder! Taven grimaces as he takes the corner ladder and stands it up. He climbs up as fans jeer hard as ever, but Scurll hurries up the other side! Scurll punches away then brings Taven up, SUPERPLEX!
Both Taven and Scurll are down from that hard landing, and Lethal finally returns to the ring! Lethal forces himself to stand but Scurll SMACKS him down with an umbrella shot! Scurll aims again, but Lethal dodges to Lethal- CHICKEN WING! But Lethal rams Scurll into a ladder to break free! Scurll and Taven are on the outside and Lethal goes for the standing ladder. Lethal positions it under the belt and climbs again. But Taven returns and follows after. Lethal and Taven fight as Taven climbs up behind. Lethal even spits on Taven before punching him down! The belt is within fingertips, but Scurll creeps up from behind! Chicken Wing atop the ladder! But Lethal fights his way out, but then Scurll shoves him down.
Taven returns as Scurll stands. They both fight for the top, but Scurll grabs the fingers! SNAP! But Taven has his other hand! Scurll grabs those fingers, SNAP! But Lethal uses Scurll’s umbrella to SMACK Scurll down! But that leaves Taven up top! Taven reaches but his hands hurt, and he falls off! Taven is frustrated as he works on his fingers. Fans let him know “You Deserve It!” Lethal and Taven stand and brawl with forearms. Scurll slips in as Lethal gives Taven a Lethal Combination including the ladder! The ladder tips over but Scurll focuses on another. Lethal shoves Scurll away and stands the other ladder back up. Lethal folds it and aims it at Scurll, but Scurll gets clear! The ladders are now intertwined!
Scurll knocks Lethal down then throws him out. Scurll drags the X-Ladder to the middle of the ring, but Taven attacks. Taven suplexes but Scurll Gourd Busters Taven onto X-Ladder! Lethal returns, LETHAL INJECTION! But there’s no ladder standing! Lethal hobbles up with his bad back and dumps X-Ladder out. It almost hits the front row fans! Thankfully they were paying attention. Fans still say “That’s a Lawsuit!” Lethal goes to a fresh ladder and brings it in. Scurll blocks his way so Lethal goes around the outside. Lethal searches under the ring and brings out a table! Scurll kicks Lethal away from it, to then brain buster Lethal onto the floor! Scurll takes control of the table and sets it up. He drags Lethal up to the apron and then stands him up.
Scurll wants a piledriver but Lethal is dead weight. Lethal uppercuts and boots Scurll! Scurll enziguris Lethal down and away, but Taven SPEARS Scurll through the table!! All three men are down again and fans lose their minds all over again. Taven and Scurll crawl from the wreckage while Lethal slowly stands up. Lethal brings out a new table, but Taven has a ladder. Lethal clubs Taven then puts him on the table with an uppercut and chops. He then stands a very tall ladder up nearby. Lethal climbs it and fans beg, “Please Don’t Die!” But Lethal stands up, and Hail to the King through the table!! Lethal and Taven are in the wreckage and fans are thunderous! But with these two down, Scurll crawls into the ring! Scurll gets a ladder, brings it over, and stands it up!
Scurll climbs but Lethal pursues. They both climb on opposite sides, and then start fighting. But wait! Taven has a purple ladder!? Taven brings that in and it’s taller than the one Scurll and Lethal fight on! He stands his ladder up and climbs pass them, only for Lethal to hit him off. Lethal keeps on Taven while Scurll ditches his ladder to make it a weapon! He throws it at Lethal’s head then rams it into Taven’s body. Scurll uses Taven’s ladder, but that bad leg slows him down. Scurll goes back to the silver ladder to make a bridge to Taven’s. Lethal brings in a ladder while Taven has a chair. Lethal copies Scurll’s idea for the ladder shortcut. Taven SMACKS Lethal! Then he trips up Scurll! Taven uses Scurll’s shortcut and climbs up his purple ladder, but Lethal struggles to follow.
Both men go rung for rung then throw hands near the top! Lethal grabs for the title but Taven swats it away. Taven use the title as a weapon to SMACK Lethal! Lethal lands on the ladder bridge!! Taven takes the belt down and WINS!
Winner: Matt Taven; NEW ROH World Champion
Madison Square Garden, witness history being made! Matt Taven is now Grand Slam Champion!
“Right now is about celebrating.” For Matt Taven, this moment is about a 6-year-old boy wanting this more than anything. For the last 9 months, Taven has called himself the real world champion, and no one believed him. Everyone doubted that he was ROH’s best. It came down to Madison Square Garden, where all the “Melvins” are now proven wrong. There is no one who can claim to be ROH World Champion other than Taven. “And man, isn’t that a beautiful thing to say?” The Kingdom celebrates now that their leader finally sits upon the throne. Who will come for Taven’s crown now that it’s solid gold?
A great two hours of action between both NJPW and ROH, and quite literally with all these crossover matches. It was really great to see all these title matches and the major changes to the status quo. Ospreay VS Cobb, an amazing opener, and it’s big for Cobb to be the dual champion. He’s very active in both promotions so seeing him carry the weight of both belts will be quite the responsibility. No matter who contends for which title, I’m sure Cobb will give us great matches. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship was as fast and frantic as it should be, and I was really surprised to see Ishimori lose. Dragon Lee will make a great cross-promotion wrestler, too, and I really like his hopes for facing Hiromu again. Whether we get Lee VS Ishimori or Lee VS Hiromu, both rematches will be great.
The Fatal 4 Way Tag was insane, and it’s great to see GoD win to have both belts. Their interview promos were great on their shoot merits. That Realest Guys “invasion” was definitely surprising. Seems like ROH didn’t tell their NJPW partners, which explains why Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa came off genuinely upset. Tama’s main point seems to be truly accurate, that ROH just isn’t at NJPW’s level pulling a stunt like that. And lastly, the ROH World Championship Ladder Match was pretty extreme. Perhaps too extreme, as they didn’t handle “X-Ladder” right. Never dump something like that near fans, go to the ramp side. It was quite the surprise to see Taven win, but perhaps ROH likes him better than their booking appears. No offense to Lethal, but I hope Scurll is first to challenge Taven, to bring their story of Kingdom VS Villain Enterprises into it.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/13/19)
Who qualifies for the Crockett Cup?!
Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 395
ROH plays host to a Crockett Cup Qualifying Match! Will The Briscoes make it through Willie Mack and Jeff Cobb? Or will #DemBoyz be left out in the cold?
- Shane Taylor VS Luchasaurus; Taylor wins.
- Katie Forbes & Mazzerati VS Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani; Sakai & Iwatani win.
- Crockett Cup Qualifying Match: The Briscoes VS Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack; The Briscoes win and move on to The Crockett Cup tag team tournament.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Briscoes speak.
“So when we heard that they’re bringing back the Crockett Cup for 2019…” “Classic.” “We was hyped.” “Hyped!” The Crockett Cup, let’s go! But then they were making Jay & Mark qualify? What the hell? Jay felt disrespected hearing that. They’re 10-time tag team champions and they have to qualify!? But that’s fine, “watch this!” Because at the end, when they’ve won the whole thing atop a pile of bodies, “y’all did this.” Cobb, Mack, the Road to the Cup starts tonight. The Briscoes have warned their opponents, but will they be the ones left out?
Shane Taylor VS Luchasaurus!
The Notorious Hitman wants a championship and the paycheck that comes with it, and will go after anyone he has to to get there. But can he get past the towering beast put before him?
Taylor refuses the Code of Honor to tell Luchasaurus that it doesn’t matter where he came from, he’s in Taylor’s town. Taylor pie faces Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus gives it back. The bell rings and they tie up. They break and then go again, to break again. Fans cheer on Luchasaurus as he dares Taylor to bring it. Taylor runs in but gets a boot. Luchasaurus has his dukes up and Taylor likes the look of that. They circle and Luchasaurus kicks Taylor sharp in the leg. Luchasaurus stalks Taylor but Taylor comes back to circle with him. Taylor gets a swift JAB in, then talks trash, but Luchasaurus swings a kick. Taylor ducks it to give Luchasaurus a CHOP! Luchasaurus stays standing and gives Taylor kicks! Taylor staggers and Luchasaurus runs in, but Taylor puts him on the apron.
Luchasaurus headbutts Taylor but Taylor dodges the boot. Taylor gives another strong JAB, then slingshots Luchasaurus in for a stunner! Fans cheer that show of strength as Taylor covers. TWO, but Taylor keeps on Luchasaurus with clubbing forearms. The wrestling T-Rex is in trouble as we go to break.
ROH returns as Taylor puts Luchasaurus in a corner for CHOPS! Taylor whips Luchasaurus corner to corner then runs in, but into a boot. Luchasaurus boots again but Taylor grabs it. Luchasaurus pries free to give Taylor a knee! Taylor catches Luchasaurus for a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Taylor taunts Luchasaurus as he drags Luchasaurus up. Fans rally and Luchasaurus grabs Taylor for a choke! Taylor breaks free and grabs for Luchasaurus, but he blocks it! Luchasaurus gives a strike fest, and a cartwheel for Snake Bite headscissors! Rolling buzzsaw! Cover, TWO! Taylor survives but Luchasaurus keeps his cool. Luchasaurus drags Taylor up but Taylor hits back. They brawl with big shots back and forth, but Luchasaurus gets the edge.
Luchasaurus swings but Taylor bobs ‘n’ weaves to headbutt! Taylor runs but into a knee! Then a back heel kick! Luchasaurus runs, dodges, but still gets clobbered with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Taylor keeps his cool while he trash talks Luchasaurus. But Luchasaurus sits up and grabs Taylor by the throat! They both stand, but Taylor tries to break free. Luchasaurus lets him go to swing a heel kick. Taylor ducks it, to get the return kick! And another big heel kick! Luchasaurus hits his CHOKE SLAM! And a standing moonsault, but to knees! Taylor survives and then blocks the boot to give a massive urenage! He rolls Luchasaurus for a knee! Greetings from the 216! Cover, Taylor wins!!
Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall
The Hitman takes down the Monster from the Mesozoic! Will this be what Taylor needs to go for gold?
Last time on ROH…
The Octopus, Jonathon Gresham, went for revenge on The Last Real Man for adding insult to injury on his bad leg. But after getting bloodied, Silas Young got his hands dirty by sneaking in a low blow! Silas won, and in an interview afterward, Silas told Gresham via the camera that Gresham’s revenge didn’t go the way he thought. Sure he busted Silas open, but Silas-
Wait, Gresham finds Silas. Silas is talking crap, and he looks like crap, too. Gresham’s sure talking big. He may have busted Silas open, but he couldn’t get the job done, huh? Gresham says all their match proved was that Silas couldn’t win fair and square. Silas claims he won with a wrestling move a la that small package cradle. Gresham says Silas is lucky Gresham won’t punch him again. ROH security keeps this from getting any more heated, but there is much left to settle between Octopus and Last Real Man. Will Silas prove he’s a man by giving Gresham a fair rematch?
Tenille Dashwood joins commentary.
She has great news: she’s cleared to compete! When and where will she bring the spotlight back on her and head for that Women of Honor World Championship?
Katie Forbes & Mazzerati VS Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani!
The All Natural and her friend, The Fox, make their ROH TV debuts as a team, but will they stand a chance against two former WOH World Champions?! Just how bright will the Ray of Sunshine and Queen of Stardom shine as a dynamic duo?
The Code of Honor is denied with a flick of the hair and an L for loser on the foreheads. Mazz starts for her team against Mayu! Fans fire up for “Stardom! Stardom!” as Mayu tries the Code again. Mazz SLAPS Mayu and calls her a loser! Mayu kicks and whips Mazz and things speed up. Mayu springboards and arm-drags Mazz then hip tosses her down. She snapmares with hair and covers, TWO! Mazz gets away while Mayu knips up, and fans fire up for the decorated Joshi star. Mazz tags to Forbes but Mayu tags to Sumie. Sumie has the fans on her side but Forbes ignores it. They tie up and Forbes shoves Sumie down. Sumie gets back up and ties up with Forbes again.
Forbes uses the height advantage for leverage, but Sumie kicks at her legs. Sumie goes to whip but Forbes blocks. Forbes whips Sumie but misses in the corner. Sumie fires off Mongolian chops! And chops and chops and chops! Fans fire up but Forbes throws Sumie by her hair! Forbes sits Sumie up for her “enhanced” hip attack! Sumie scrambles to a corner and Forbes handsprings corner to corner for a back elbow. Forbes adds insult to injury with her “All Natural” Stink Face! The ref counts and Forbes backs off at 4. Forbes drags Sumie to a cover, TWO! The duo of champions is in trouble as Forbes drags Sumie to her corner and we go to break.
ROH returns as Mazz whips Sumie corner to corner. Mazz then runs in, but into a boot! Mazz staggers but comes back in to block the next boot. She puts Sumie’s leg on the ropes to kick it. Mazz suplexes and covers, TWO! Mazz keeps her cool and runs to drop the leg, but Sumie gets clear! Sumie crawls but Forbes goes around to the corner and drags Mayu off the apron! Forbes teases Sumie as she holds Mayu up. Sumie gets attacked from behind and Forbes gives Mayu a snake eyes on the apron. Mazz drags Sumie up and whips but Sumie reverses. Mazz grabs ropes and spins to heel kick Sumie away. She gives Sumie a DDT, then covers, but Mayu breaks it! Mazz is furious but fans rally up for Sumie. Mazz spins but Sumie dodges to kick and TJ Neckbreaker!
Fans rally up and Sumie crawls for her corner. Hot tag to Mayu! Mayu aims and dropkicks Mazz down! She drags her back up but Forbes runs in to attack. The duo double whips Mayu but she reverses and wristlocks for a springboard DOUBLE arm-drag! Fans fire up as Mayu gives them both the basement dropkick! Mayu fires up now as she stays on Mazz. She drags Mazz up for a Northern Lights! Bridging cover, TWO! Mazz lives but Mayu stomps her down before tagging Sumie. Mayu climbs one corner as Mazz staggers up, missile dropkick sends her back down! Sumie is perched, crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Mazz survives and Forbes attacks Sumie just because.
Sumie slaps Forbes then puts her in a corner. The Joshi duo double whips but Mazz dodges and spins things around. Mazz sends Sumie into Mayu, then Forbes grabs them both for a DOUBLE Fireman’s Carry! The All Natural does squats with that weight, then hits a DOUBLE Samoan Drop! Mazz flounders to cover Sumie but Sumie gets up. Mazz throws hands then drags Mayu back in. Sumie hits Mazz while Forbes goes to throw Mayu. Mayu blocks and then SUPERKICKS Forbes! Mazz hits Sumie back then goes after Mayu. Mayu SUPERKICKS Mazz, then Smash Mouse from Sumie! Cover, Sumie & Mayu win!!
Winners: Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani, Sakai pinning
The duo of former champions toughs it out and gets the win! Will this new team make big waves in the WOH Division’s growing tag scene?
PJ Black speaks.
“Let me start from the beginning.” The Darewolf came in with a chip on his shoulder, thought he knew better and was just plain better. But his loss to Bandido really hurt. PJ’s been doing this for 22 years now, but given how long he’s been doing this, the frustration is building. He’s been trying to take shortcuts to get ahead, but it doesn’t work. ROH is built on honor and respect, of course, but PJ’s been doing the opposite. Now he’s doing some soul searching and rethinking his mindset. He knows he has to do it differently now. LifeBlood sets a great example for him, and he’ll learn to follow the honor in Ring of Honor. PJ knows now he didn’t know better, but will he be able to make it right in a rematch next week in episode 396?
Crockett Cup Qualifying Match: The Briscoes VS Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack!
The most decorated tag team in ROH were practically offended that they’d have to qualify for the return of the iconic tag team tournament! But as the “baddest tag team on the whole damn planet”, they’ll gladly beat up anyone and everyone they have to in order to win it all. Will #DemBoyz be able to overcome the ROH World Television and NWA National Heavyweight Champions? Or will Cobb and Mack be the duo to #ManUp and make it into the Crockett Cup?
ROH returns as both teams uphold the Code of Honor. That’s surprising for the way The Briscoes have been acting lately. Fans duel for the two teams as they sort out. Mack and Mark start and stare down with the bell. Fans rally up and Mack circles with Mark. They tie up and Mack powers Mark to a corner. Mark turns it around and grinds his forearm in. He backs off at 4 but Mack dodges the chop to give a chop! Mack CHOPS again, but Mark CHOPS back. They trade CHOP after CHOP! Neither man backs down as they keep firing them off! Mack eggs Mark on but Mark knees low. Mark headlocks but Mack powers out to his own. Mark powers out but Mack runs him over!
Mack speeds things up and hurdles over Mark, to then hit a BIG Thesz Press! He fires off hands then runs for a Stone Cold elbow drop. Fans fire up as Mack brings Mark up and powers him to the corner. Cobb tags in and rams his shoulders in. Cobb throws European Uppercuts then whips Mark to a corner. He scoops Mark on the rebound to then suplex! Cobb holds Mark up for a count of 15! Mark flops up and out of the ring! Jay hurries to regroup with his brother and get him back in this. Mark goes back in to tag Jay and Jay circles with Cobb.
They tie up and Jay waistlocks Cobb. Cobb pries his way out to a wristlock but Jay rolls and spins and drop toeholds. Jay gets a facelock but Cobb powers him to a corner! Cobb lets Jay go clean and now the hair comes down from both men. Fans fire up as Cobb shakes the locks out. Jay calls for a test of strength, but with the Hawaiian Hulk? They tie up, but Jay kicks low. The Briscoes tag and mug Cobb while we go to break.
ROH returns as Jay uppercuts Cobb to a corner. Jay throws more uppercuts then whips corner to corner. Cobb reverses but runs into a back elbow. Jay tags in Mark and the Briscoes double whip, to run Cobb over with double shoulders! Fans cheer that as Mark covers, ONE! Mark keeps his eyes on Mack while stomping Cobb. Cobb grits his teeth and throws body shots back. Cobb rocks Mark but Mark hits Mack! Mark still gets forearms from Cobb then Cobb whips to elbow Mark down. Cobb brings Mark up for more forearms, then whips again. Mark holds ropes and Jay tags in. The Briscoes swarm and Mark feeds Cobb to Jay’s boot!
Mark hits Mack again for good measure while Jay drags Cobb up again. The Briscoes throw Cobb out then Mark climbs to corkscrew moonsault onto them both! The South Sussex Chicken flies and takes them both out! Mark puts Cobb in for Jay and Jay covers. TWO, but Jay keeps on Cobb with a headbutt. Jay kicks and bumps Cobb in a corner then stomps in a mudhole. He grinds his boot in but backs off at 4. Jay drags Cobb up to tag Mark, and The Briscoes mug Cobb again. Mark stays between Cobb and Mack as he CHOPS and forearms Cobb. He puts Cobb back in the corner and tags in Jay. They mug Cobb more and Jay rams his shoulders in. Jay brings Cobb around and manages to snap suplex him! Fans cheer that as Jay tags Mark.
Mark clubs Cobb but Cobb throws hands. Mark knees low and clubs Cobb again, but Cobb dodges to DROPKICK! Cobb rolls, hot tag to Mack! The Return of the Mack rallies on The Briscoes! Running leg lariat puts Mark in a corner! Mack goes side to side for a sharp forearm, then side to side again for a bicycle boot! Mark sits down and Mack goes corner to corner for the inverted cannonball! Cover, TWO! Mark survives but Mack keeps his cool. Mack whips Mark corner to corner but Mark reverses. Jay runs in to forearm, and feed Mack to Mark’s shotgun dropkick! Mark drags Mack to a cover, TWO! Tag to Jay and the Briscoes stomp out Mack while we go to one last break.
ROH returns again as Mark holds Mack in the Briscoe corner. Jay distracts the ref while Mark rakes Mack’s eyes, but then the ref has to keep Cobb back. Jay stomps a mudhole into Mack in that time, then both Briscoes grind their boot in. The ref reprimands them both but Jay keeps going to EuroUpper Mack. Tag to Mark and The Briscoes continue to mug Mack. Mark rocks Mack with an uppercut, then stalks him to an open corner for more stomps. Mack throws hands but Mark haymakers and headbutts him down. Mark snapmares Mack to a neck wrench! Fans rally up as Mack endures. Mack works his way up and fights his way out. Mark clubs Mack back then runs, but into Mack’s pop-up complete shot! Both men are down but fans fire up as they stir.
Mack and Mark crawl, hot tag to Cobb but Jay still runs in! Cobb catches Jay for a BIG overhead belly2belly suplex! Mark staggers up and gets one of his own! Cobb sees the Briscoes in opposite corners, so Cobb runs for a big leaping elbow on Jay, then corner to corner for one on Mark! Cobb scoops Mark but Jay saves him. The Briscoes double whip but Cobb reverses to pull them into each other! Cobb gets a leg each, and gives both Briscoes a single leg suplex! Fans fire up as Cobb hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Mark lives and gets to a corner but Cobb goes at him for CHOPS. Cobb whips but Mark goes up and forearms Cobb back. Mark ducks Cobb to PELE! Tag to Jay, and Jay runs to clobber Cobb! Cover, TWO!
Jay grows frustrated but he drags Cobb up for a neckbreaker, only for Cobb to power out and SUPERKICK! Hot tag to Mack! Mack rallies on Jay with clotheslines and elbows! Mack scoops to a Samoan Drop! And knip up to his own standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Jay still lives and gets away. Mack builds speed but Jay gets away again. Mack pursues but Mark wrecks Mack with a dropkick! Cobb comes around, but gets an apron blockbuster! The Briscoes suckered both opponents in! Jay gets Mack in and fans cheer “Man Up!” Jay underhooks Mack but Mack powers out and ducks to hit a big exploder! Cover, TWO! Mack keeps cool as he whips Jay corner to corner. Jay reverses but runs into a boot. Mack climbs up but Jay intercepts! Mark springboards in, Doomsday! Cover, but Cobb barrels in to break it up!
Fans know “This is Awesome!” and far from over! The Briscoes throw Cobb out then go back to Mack. Mark tags in and Jay helps Mark get Mack up. Canadian rack, but Cobb blasts Jay down! Mack escapes, STUNNER! TO GERMAN!! Mack climbs up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Mark survives and Mack cannot believe it! Cobb drags Mark up to whip but Jay saves Mark at the ropes. Mark baits Cobb in to send him out, and Jay BOOTS Cobb down! Mark drags Mack up and throws a CHOP! Mack CHOPS back, Mark CHOPS back, repeat! They go for forearms next, then Mack back hands. Mack runs but into a forearm. Mark runs but into a BOOT! Mack runs but Jay headscissors! Jay underhooks, JAY DRILLER! Mark up, FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, The Briscoes win!!
Winners: The Briscoes, Mark Briscoe pinning; advance to the Crockett Cup Tournament
Against a team as tough as they are strong, the Baddest Team on the Whole Damn Planet makes it into the more prestigious tag tournament in the world! Will #DemBoyz beat the best teams in NJPW, NWA and CMLL to take the whole cup, too?
What a great episode of ROH! Taylor VS Luchasaurus was a solid opener, both guys are big but agile so it made for a good match-up. Taylor wins because he’s a strong enough Heel to go after Face champion Jeff Cobb for that ROH World TV title. Of course, by this time in real-time, Cobb is dual champion with both the ROH WTV and NEVER Openweight Championship after G1 Supercard. I’d imagine Cobb being that strong now, I doubt Taylor wins. And there’s obviously a lot more to Silas VS Gresham, their next rematch will be just as good if not better than their previous. The PJ Black VS Bandido rematch next week will be a great match for TV, but I wonder if PJ really will keep it clean like he’s been saying.
The WOH tag match was pretty good, but I’m both surprised and disappointed it wasn’t just an exhibition of how great Sumie Sakai and Mayu Iwatani are. Even after watching her as Khloe Hurtz on Women of Wrestling, and full-well knowing she was trained by Rob Van Dam, I still don’t see how she and a tag partner could’ve lasted this long against two former champions. Especially when, at the time of this taping, Mayu was still WOH Champion and a champion in Stardom. Sumie and Mayu still win, thankfully, and this just seems to further push that ROH is considering their own Women’s Tag Championships. A sadder irony of tape delay is that while Tenille Dashwood is cleared to compete, her contract expired and it doesn’t seem like she’s renewing with ROH. There goes my idea that she’d say Kelly Klein was the one who attacked and injured her.
The tag match main event was incredible! It really is a shame this wasn’t part of the Crockett Cup itself, but if this was just a qualifier, all the matches of the tournament are going to be insane! And I would really hope with how hard The Briscoes fought to get in, they at the very least go to the finals. The Briscoes should also beat Villain Enterprises as payback for losing the ROH World Tag Team Championships to them. Then hopefully once they’ve won the Crockett Cup, The Briscoes go back after the Guerrillas of Destiny to at least take back the ROH tag titles and we get the 2v2 match we were supposed to get in the first place.
My Score: 8.3/10
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