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AJPW Real World Tag League 2018 Results & Review Part 3

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Another installment for the superior tag league ran by AJPW. Anyone still not convinced should read Mathew’s in depth coverage and see what a tag league with important participants looks like.





We’re back with more AJPW Tag League and the last five shows have been pretty stacked with great tag team action.

Right now, we only have two tag teams that are considered undefeated and only one of them claims the top spot in the standings, while The Bomber is close behind them with six points as well. As we do the next three shows here, we should be near the halfway mark of how we’re looking.

Who’s going to get more points? Let’s find out as we…dive right in.

11/23/2018
Real World Tag League 2018 Match
Jake Lee & Ryouji Sai vs. TAJIRI & Gianni Valletta

Review: We got only two matches for this show and our first one for this day is Sweeper once again being in the mix as they take on TAJIRI and Gianni Valletta. Sweeper has failed to win their last two matches, leaving them with zero points while TAJIRI and Gianni are considered undefeated with only two wins under their belt and if they win here, they’ll be tied with the Violent Giants. Do TAJIRI and Gianni tie up or will they be swept?

Soon as Sweeper made their way to the ring, their opponents would first attack Jake’s knee and left him in the ring while they attacked Ryouji on the outside of the ring. TAJIRI and Gianni would show nice heel work in the match by attacked Jake’s injured knee during the whole match while making sure he didn’t get a chance to tag in his partner, causing TAJIRI and Gianni to get heat from the crowd since that’s what you want. I’ve really been enjoying the team-up between these two since they just have that chemistry in the ring to connect with each other and know how to be humorous while also playing as the bad guys. Jake did his part with selling the injury given to him and getting the crowd behind him while he would eventually get the chance to tag in Ryouji for the hot tag. Gianni would attempt to try and hit Ryouji with the chain while the referee wasn’t looking but Ryouji was able to throw it out of his hand and hits the Brainbuster. Jake Lee is back in the match along with TAJIRI and once TAJIRI kicked Jake down to his knees, he would attempt a Buzzsaw Kick which Jake ducks and accidentally pushed him into the referee, which caused TAJIRI to spit red mist into Jake’s eyes this time instead of green. Gianni would try to use this time to hit Jake with the chain but Ryouji would knock him down and hits the Shining Wizard onto TAJIRI into the corner so Jake could try to pin him, but Jake picked him up and hits him with a knee to the jaw of his own and now he pins him to give Sweeper their first victory in a solid bout.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

Real World Tag League 2018 Match
Naoya Nomura & Yumi Aoyagi vs. KAI & Kengo Mashimo

Review: This Yoshiken didn’t have a match scheduled for the league today, this final league match for this show wouldn’t main event it to close it out, but still doesn’t stop them for giving the fans a show at least. KAI and Kengo Mashimo were able to pick up their first victory together at the previous show and now look to get their second one as they take on the All Asia Tag Team Champions, Naoya Nomura and Yumi Aoyagi. Nomura and Yumi were unable to secure their first victory in the tournament yet and have three losses already under their belt, so they would need to pick up a win here to try and stay alive in the tournament. Can NEXTREAM get their first win or will Team Senpai get another win?

It’s the little things that I enjoy with KAI and Kengo before the bell where they would see who would be the one going first and when KAI decided to go first for the match, he would poke Kengo’s injured shoulder at the same time which gives Kengo with death glare towards him. Yuma and KAI started the match off with standard chain wrestling until Nomura got tagged into the ring and the fans chanted for Kengo to get involved into the match as well, so Kengo agrees by slapping KAI’s chest to get himself tagged in and the two would wrestle as the fans wanted. Seeing Nomura and Kengo square off in the ring made me wanna see a one on one match between the two since an opponent like Kengo would do wonders for Nomura and for his career.

I thought the match was nicely done with great wrestling, nice story, and just intensity between the two of these teams as they brought their game for this match-up. During the second encounter of Kengo and Nomura, the two would go back and forth with the punches until Nomura caught his injured arm to apply the Fujiwara Armbar to try and make him tap out but was unable to do so. When Kengo failed to get the Crucifix Pin on Nomura, he would roll it around to apply the Mudo but Yuma broke the hold before Nomura could tap out. Kengo accidentally kicked KAI in the face which gave NEXTREAM the opening they needed to take Kengo out of the equation and double team on KAI as Nomura hits the Splash and Yuma hits the Elbow Drop to go for the cover and Kengo breaks the count. NEXTREAM would come close to getting the victory but KAI would pick Yumi up for the Michinoku Driver and gets the pinfall victory, giving NEXTREAM four losses in a row. Great match, definitely worth checking out.

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter

 

11/25/2018
Real World Tag League 2018 Match
Jake Lee & Ryouji Sai vs. Naoya Nomura & Yumi Aoyagi

Review: Another show with only two matches in it as NEXTREAM are ready to go at it against for their fifth match as they take on Sweeper for this one. The Sweeper was able to secure their first victory at the previous show against TAJIRI and Gianni while NEXTREAM were unable to get their first victory in this tournament, so this is a critical point for them at this time or they would be considered eliminated from the tournament. Will they be able to get their first win or does Sweeper keep the ball rolling?

Bit of history for this once since Jake Lee left NEXTREAM when he made his return a few months ago, so both Nomura and Yumi seem to have a little bit of a resentment towards Jake for doing so and they get to take out that aggression in this match to hopefully give them the edge for the needed win. The match itself was standard but not a bad type of standard since it was just a straight tag team wrestling match and nothing more you could ask for in this type of bout. Naoya and Jake were the standouts for the match since you can see who are the more dominant ones in the tag teams while some can be equal, these two are just amazing while showing who the future really is. A lot of back and forth action to give both teams an equal amount of time together to add more depth to their match.

Nomura was on fire during the hot tag of the match and his encounter with Ryouji since it was almost non-stop with them. Nomura went for the Splash off the top rope but Ryouji puts his knees up before he could connect and when Ryouji tried to go for a German, Nomura turned it around for a Brainbuster. Nomura went to the top rope as Ryouji would stop him to do a Superplex and goes back up to attempt a Double Stomp but Nomura moved out of the way and hits him with a big forearm while Yuma comes in to hit a fisherman Suplex to help out his partner. Nomura would finally hit the Spear on Ryouji for a two count and now tries to do a Splash off the top for another kick out, but Nomura would have time to pick up Ryouji for a Death Valley Driver and NEXTREAM finally gets their first win!

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

Real World Tag League 2018 Match
KAI & Kengo Mashimo vs. Kento Miyahara & Yoshitatsu

Review: Our main event for the show and final match for this days edition of the tag league is KAI and Kengo Mashimo having another match as they take on the team of Kento Miyahara and Yoshitatsu. Kento and Yoshi are at the halfway point of their set of matches in this tournament with only two wins under their belt and three losses, so they would need to have a win here to have a little bit of room to keep alive in the tournament. KAI and Kengo won their last two matches and are still in a good spot in the tournament, but would need to win this won to solidify it a little bit better. Which of these two will win it?

Kento and KAI started the match off and they would go back and forth with the kicks to the face as it was a stalemate while the crowd gave the two a round of applause before they tagged in their respective partners. Kengo and Yoshi were also going back and forth with random kicks in the match until they were on the outside where KAI would hit a Suicide Dive onto his opponents and he seeks his senpai’s approval but Kengo would not shake his hand still. I honestly thought this match was great between the two teams as it had a lot that I look for in a match with a nice and slow build-up, in the beginning, to make it interesting until it would pick up near the end with the type of ending where it was the right way to do it for that type of pop which I’ll get to later on.

KAI really stepped up his game in this match, especially when he was in the ring with Kento when they did share one together but he also did a good job with Yoshitatsu in the match to make him look solid as well as Kengo did when he was in the ring with Yoshi. Both Kengo and KAI would have a big of a miscommunication once again when Kengo would kick KAI by accident and Kento hits KAI with a Blackout while Yoshi tops it off with a Tornado DDT right after for a two count. Yoshiken would do their Codebreaker of Jericho and German Suplex Hold combo for Keng o to break the pinfall in time. KAI would almost hit Kengo but stopped himself in time as they both would quickly work together to both kick Kento down as the fans start to love it and it looked like Kengo was gonna finally shake his hand to notice KAI, but he stopped himself and told him to go to the ropes.

Kento would hit a Blackout, German Suplex, and another Blackout all in a row onto KAI for him to kick out again when he did it and Kento starts to get all fired up now. It looked like Kento was going to end it with his Shutdown German Suplex Hold as he had it in but Kengo would kick Kento down before he could pick KAI up to save him from being pinned. KAI gets all fired up as he hits the Lariat for a two count and would pick him up for the Michinoku Driver and he gets the win over the Triple Crown Champion! I knew Kento would get pinned at least once in this tournament to help set up a future championship match once the tournament was over, but it looks like KAI was the one to get the pin and potentially has a future Triple Crown Championship match sometime in December if he and Kengo fail to win the league.

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter

 

11/26/2018
Real World Tag League 2018 Match
Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama vs. TAJIRI & Gianni Valletta

Review: Violent Giants make their return to the league as they’re set to take on TAJIRI and Gianni Valletta. Violent Giants are still the only ones in the tournament that’s undefeated with only three wins and they would like to keep that ball running with another victory. TAJIRI and Gianni recently suffered their first loss against Jake Lee and Ryouji Sai and wish to make up for that loss as they take on the World Tag Team Champions. Will Violent Giants remain undefeated or will they lose their undefeated streak?

TAJIRI and Gianni would attempt a handshake with the Violent Giants before the bell would ring but Shuji and Suwama would not fall for it and shake each other’s hands instead while TAJIRI and Gianni do the same thing as the bell starts to ring. This match was a little more on the comedic side of things and that’s expected when TAJIRI and Gianni are involved since that’s their thing and nothing wrong with that at all as they do it well together, plus it makes the fans happy so that’s a win all on its own. The match itself wasn’t bad at all but also nothing special either since it was just a comedy match with regular wrestling, so not much to really to give it a high grade or anything but still worth watching if you’re into that.

TAJIRI would hit Shuji with a kendo stick when they were on the outside and even Gianni looked like he was biting his injured should like a crazy cannibal that he is…(I mean not that I would know or anything…) Suwama was finally able to get in the ring for a brief moment in here to give his partner a break from all of the abuse he took in the match until Gianni stopped his momentum and tagged TAJIRI in. Once TAJIRI was tagged in, Suwama hits him with a Shoulder Block on his injured arm and started pulling on it a few times before tagging in Shuji. The referee would accidentally be knocked out and TAJIRI hits Shuji with the kendo stick and held him in place for Gianni to hit him with the chain, but Shuji ducked and hits TAJIRI by accident. TAJIRI would hit himself with the kendo stick right after before collapsing in the ring as Shuji picked TAJIRI up for the Fire Thunder Driver and picks up the win, meaning Violent Giants are still undefeated! Can anybody in that league end this streak? Someone has to.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Real World Tag League 2018 Match
Manabu Soya & Takao Omori vs. Naoya Nomura & Yumi Aoyagi

Review: Get Wild is back for action and looking to get another win under their plate as they take on NEXTREAM. NEXTREAM were able to pick up their first win at the last show when they defeated The Sweeper to keep themselves in the race a little bit longer, but a loss here would technically consider them to be eliminated. Can NEXTREAM get a second win in a row or will things Get Wild?

NEXTREAM has had a series of very solid to great matches in this tournament so far but it would be expected to see them have a weak bout coming and it would, unfortunately, involve Get Wild for that to happen. The match isn’t bad since it’s still solid enough to watch, but definitely one of their weaker ones at the same time and it could’ve been a lot better if they wanted to. My main problem with it was that it would feel pretty dull a few times and even when it was just standard wrestling action, wasn’t really enough to get fully invested into it either except for the last few minutes of the match. Yumi I feel like was the highlight of this match at least since he did try to keep it interesting for when he could when he was involved with Manabu and Takao in the ring. NEXTREAM would try to do their top rope combo but Yumi missed the Elbow Drop and Manabu gives Naoya a Superplex to take him down. Get Wild hits a Double Forearm onto Yumi to get him knocked out as Takao would attempt a Lariat onto Aoyga, but he blocked it and would get hit a few times before Takao tried again as he connected to give NEXTREAM another lose as things would Get Wild with another win for them.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Real World Tag League 2018 Match
Joe Doering & Dylan James vs. Kento Miyahara & Yoshitatsu

Review: Kento Miyahara and Yoshitatsu are in the main event spot once again as they are set to take on The Bomber. Yoshiken has four losses now and only two wins still, so their position in the tournament isn’t looking too good but still not eliminated just yet as they have a chance to stay afloat, but they gotta beat the powerhouse gaijin team. Joe Doering and James Dylan are in a good position right now with three wins and one loss, so a win here would have them tied with Violent Giants again. Does the Bomber get it or will Yoshiken get a win?

Kento and Joe starting off the match felt like it was the right move to give Kento that early start in the match and Kento does bring out the best in Joe and Dylan whenever he fights the both of them and just makes Joe more intense in the ring with how Kento sells the moves. Yoshitatsu would make it in the ring now to try and kick the big man down but not The Bomber starts to overpower Yoshi in the match to get the heat. Dylan really does have some stiff chops and Lariats in his arsenal, and while they’re no WALTER, they’re pretty close with the impact on them that you can hear the loudness of either strike he pulls. Bomber did well with the heat part of the match with dominating Yoshitatsu to get the fans to rally behind him and hits the Enziguri to Joe to tag in his partner, Kento.

Kento started coming in hot in this match but gets derailed by Dylan and the two started to work on him in the outside of the ring for a little bit. Joe would eventually try to pick him up for the Revolution Bomb but Kento would flip him over for a Hurricanrana as the both of them try to hit Kento with a Lariat and they missed to connect with each other by accident, enough time for Kento to tag back in Yoshitatsu. Yoshi would get some kicks into Dylan but would get hit with some stiff chops to take him down as Joe calls for the Double Piledriver but Kento hits Joe with the Blackout to get him out of the ring as he calls for Yoshi to try and take out Dylan, but Dylan hits both of them with a Double Lariat and hits a few more into the corners back and forth. Dylan picked up Yoshi for the Chokeslam and Yoshi turned it into the Codebreaker of Jericho just in time and now applies the Koji Clutch to knock Dylan out and give Yoshiken their third victory! Very solid match and a nice way to end it without making Dylan look weak.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters

 

Overall: Not a single bad match in these last three shows, which is rare to see in my coverage and is a nice treat for me to witness when I write these up. All of the matches were either solid or great and made me very hyped up for the next set of shows to watch, can’t wait to see how part 4 will go and I hope you guys do also.

Favorite Match: Naoya Nomura & Yumi Aoyagi vs. KAI & Kengo Mashimo

Least Favorite Match: Manabu Soya & Takao Omori vs. Naoya Nomura & Yumi Aoyagi

Score: 8.5/10

Current Standings
Violent Giants: (4-0) (8 Points)
The Bomber: (3-2) (6 Points)
Get Wild: (3-1) (6 Points)
Yoshiken: (3-4) (6 Points)
KAI/Kengo: (3-2) (6 Points)
Gianni/TAJIRI: (2-2) (4 Points)
Jun/Daisuke: (2-1) (4 Points)
The End: (1-2) (2 Points)
Sweeper: (1-3) (2 Points)
NEXTREAM: (1-5) (2 Points)
The Big Guns: (0-1) (0 Points)






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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: Power Struggle 2018 Part 2!

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NJPW Power Struggle 2018

NJPW Power Struggle continues as Tetsuya Naito once again battles Zack Sabre Jr! Will Tranquilo #JustTapOut? Or will ZSJ lost to The Ungovernable Charisma?

 

This coverage of Power Struggle will be as broadcast by AXS TV.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Super Junior Tag League Finals Triple Threat: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Roppongi 3K VS Bushi & Shingo Takagi; RPG3K wins the 2018 Super Junior Tag League.
  • Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr; Naito wins.

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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene!

Los Ingobernables de Japon continues to war with Suzuki-Gun! The leader of LIJ, Tetsuya Naito, has lost to the Submission Master, Zack Sabre Jr, twice this year in both the New Japan Cup and the G1 Climax! ZSJ angered Naito when he picked the bones of Evil after a vicious attack from Chris Jericho. Naito looks to get back at ZSJ for both Evil and those defeats, but ZSJ talks of retiring Naito himself. Who will win in this third time around in 2018?

Meanwhile, the Super Junior Tag League Tournament bring together familiar foes as the factions of LIJ, Suzuki-Gun and Chaos battle again! The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions are still Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru, and they look to show true dominance over the division. However, Roppongi 3K’s Sho & Yoh look to repeat as tournament winners while Bushi has LIJ’s newest member, Shingo Takagi, by his side. Who comes out of this finals match primed to rule over the Junior Heavyweight Tag Division?

 

Super Junior Tag League Finals Triple Threat: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Roppongi 3K VS Bushi & Shingo Takagi!

The round robin format of this tournament makes it so that the teams with the best records qualify for this tournament climax, and this year it ended up being three! All three teams have a 10-0 record going in, impressive to say the least. And naturally, the winners of this tournament, if they’re not the champions, get a shot to face the champions for the belts in the future. Will Sho & Yoh become back-to-back tournament champs? Will the tag champs come out as supreme rulers of Junior Heavyweight Tag wrestling? Or will this new combination of ungovernable stars be the key to victory?

Suzuki-Gun’s duo bring their belts, and a bottle of whiskey for Kanemaru. Kanemaru tags a swig then spits it to the sky, before attacking Bushi! Desperado goes after Shingo, but Sho & Yoh go after them! The match starts with the bell and Suzuki-Gun throws Yoh out of the ring. Kanemaru keeps on Sho with an eye rake, and Desperado adds a kick. Suzuki-Gun mug Sho then double whip, but he hits back! Desperado kicks Sho and chops him. Desperado runs, Sho ducks and Yoh comes back! They drop toehold and dropkick Desperado, then double dropkick Kanemaru. LIJ returns but they get dropkick’d out. Yoh goes back to Desperado while fans rally up. Sho keeps on Desperado with a big scoop slam. Sho drags Desperado up but Desperado rakes eyes.

This kind of Triple Threat Tag, anyone can tag anyone so long as it doesn’t create a match-up of the same team. Therefore, Bushi is allowed to tag in from Desperado. He goes after Sho, then drags him up for a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps his cool as he tags in Shingo. Shingo hits Yoh for good measure before bringing Sho up. Sho chops, but Shingo chops back. Sho leans against ropes, but Shingo double chops him down! Shingo drags Sho up and whips, follows after and rams his knee into Sho. Then he suplexes Sho up and over, floats to cover, TWO! Tag to Bushi and LIJ double whip. They double hip toss and combine back senton and leg drop. Bushi covers, TWO! Bushi uses his shirt to choke Sho, but lets up at 4.

Fans cheer while Bushi clubs Sho. Bushi runs but Sho hits him with the kitchen sink knee! Hot tag to Yoh! Yoh rallies on LIJ, ducks the enziguri and dragon screws Shingo. Yoh gives Bushi a backbreaker to necbreaker and kips up! Fans rally up as Yoh back elbows Bushi in a corner. Yoh suplexes but Bushi slips out. Bushi fires off forearms, then runs, but Desperado trips him up. Kanemaru tags in off Bushi and goes after Yoh. Desperado drags Bushi down to beat him up while Kanemaru hits Shingo. Bushi and Shingo go into barriers while Kanemaru whips Yoh. Kanemaru gives Yoh a kitchen sink, then tosses Yoh out. Desperado uses the backing of a chair to SMACK Yoh in the head. Then he whips Yoh into barriers! Desperado feeds Yoh to Kanemaru for a scoop slam.

Kanemaru grinds his foot on Yoh’s face, then tags Desperado. Desperado kicks Yoh down, and taunts Sho to return. Desperado chops Yoh back, but Yoh chops back. Yoh keeps firing strikes but Desperado shrugs it off. They go back and forth, but Desperado rakes eyes. Desperado runs but Shingo gets him to stop. Desperado hits Shingo, but turns around into Yoh’s calf kick! Hot tag to Kanemaru and he stops Sho from tagging in. Suzuki-Gun work together to start a corner train, and then Desperado cradles Yoh for Kanemaru to shotgun dropkick-start the slam! Cover, but LIJ breaks it. LIJ goes after everyone else, and double whip Kanemaru. Kanemaru holds ropes and dumps Shingo out. He puts Bushi on the apron and Desperado knocks him off. Kanemaru helps Desperado build speed to DIVE on LIJ! Desperado ends up safely on the announce desk!

Fans fire up, even if it’s for Suzuki-Gun. Desperado returns as Kanemaru brings Yoh up. Suplex to inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru grows frustrated, but he keeps on Yoh. Yoh hits back and they brawl with forearms and European Uppercuts. Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls for a DDT! He drags Yoh up again, but Yoh gets him back with a Falcon Arrow! Yoh is too sore to make the cover, and we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as fans rally up. Yoh and Kanemaru stir but Desperado attacks Sho! Desperado comes in but Bushi hits him first. Bushi grabs Yoh and throws him to the LIJ corner. Shingo tags in off Yoh, and then goes after Kanemaru’s inner thigh. Desperado saves Kanemaru by whipping Shingo but Shingo reverses. Shingo then starts up a clothesline train, first hitting Desperado then going corner to corner to hit Kanemaru. Desperado staggers into a shoulder from Shingo! Fans fire up as Shingo grabs Kanemaru. Sho comes in but gets caught, DDT and complete shot! Shingo goes back to Kanemaru for another suplex, but Kanemaru slips out. Kanemaru has a waistlock but Shingo fights out. Shingo whips and pop-up Death Valley Driver on Kanemaru! Cover, TWO!! Kanemaru barely survives but Shingo is not bothered.

Muscle Dragon Shingo stalks Kanemaru, but misses in the corner. Kanemaru misses, too, and Bushi hits a knee! Bushi feeds Kanemaru to the spinebuster, adding a backstabber! Cover, but RPG3K break it! RPG3K is thrown out and LIJ coordinates. Shingo lifts Kanemaru in a wheelbarrow, but Desperado intercepts Bushi! Kanemaru victory rolls, TWO! Bushi fights Desperado off to slingshot headscissor Desperado! Shingo runs but to a basement dropkick! Kanemaru staggers into a tag from Sho! Sho then rocks Kanemaru with a right, and throws Kanemaru out. Sho runs at Shingo for a big corner clothesilne. He whips but Shingo reverses, and they collide with clotheslines. Neither man falls so they try again. Shingo runs but into a dropkick!

Sho fires up, as do the fans. He deadlifts Shingo but Shingo fights back. Sho runs, but Shingo rocks him with an elbow and an uppercut! Shingo lifts Sho in the chicken wing, but Sho slips out. Shingo runs, but into RPG3K double knees! Yoh takes out Bushi while Sho brings Shinogo back up. Backstabber feeds into the shotgun dropkick! RPG3K fire up and stalk Shingo. Shingo stands but Bushi stops Yoh with a backstabber of his own. Sho gets Bushi in a deadlift German Suplex! Desperado spears Sho, but can’t spear Shingo! Shingo and Desperado brawl, but Desperado rakes the eyes. Shingo still waistlocks Desperado, Desperado kicks Sho but Shingo shoves Desperado into Sho. Sho and Desperado turn around into Shingo’s clotheslines!

Shingo lifts Sho in the chicken wing, for the Gory Bomb! Shingo gets up and builds speed, to clothesline from hell! Cover, TWO!? Sho lives and Shingo can’t believe it! Shingo roars as he drags Sho back up. He lifts Sho with a wristclutch, but Yoh SUPERKICKS! RPG3K hit 3K!! Cover, but the ref is yanked out! Kanemaru gets in and kicks away on Yoh! He stomps away on Sho, then drags Sho up. Desperado is in with a belt, and he clobbers Sho! Desperado drags Shingo over to a corner and uses him to tag in. Then he goes back to Sho while Kanemaru takes out Bushi. Desperado lifts Sho in the torture rack, for the slam! Cover, TWO!? Sho lives again! Desperado is furious and vows to end this.

Desperado brings Sho up in the double underhook, but Bushi jumps over the ref to use the GREEN MIST! You SUPERKICKS Bushi! Kanemaru goes after Yoh, but Yoh ducks the Whiskey Mist to dropkick Kanemaru out! Yoh builds speed and FLIES onto Bushi and Kanemaru! Sho is up, and clobbers Desperado! Sho drags Desperado up again, powerbomb lift, double knees! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives but fans are thunderous. Sho fires up and wants another, but he tucks the arms this time. Package driver, the Shock Arrow! Cover, RPG3K win!!

Winners: Roppongi 3K, Sho pinning

Sho & Yoh win their second Super Junior Tag League! And best of all, it was on the tag team champions! Can Sho & Yoh use this momentum to get the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag titles back?

 

Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr!

Los Ingobernables de Japon and Suzuki-Gun are not through with each other, and these two are far from through with each other on top of it. Will Naito make ZSJ Tranquilo? Or will ZJS make Naito #JustTapOut?

As always, Taka Michinoku takes up the mic before the match. He welcomes everyone to “Zack Sabre Time.” This is a special singles match between ZSJ and Naito. “Who is gonna win this one?!” ZSJ is the man who can finish you with any lock anytime, anywhere, who has the deadly Zack Driver, and when he locks on, you #JustTapOut! This wrestling master is Zack Sabreeeeee Junior~! So Naito, you will repeat the New Japan Cup and G1 Climax. You can’t beat Zack, so “come on over here!” Naito makes his entrance, and takes his time as always with undressing. ZSJ doesn’t let the mind games get to him, but we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns with the bell. Fans cheer for Naito as he circles with ZSJ. Naito and ZSJ tie up and ZSJ gets the headlock. ZSJ throws Naito but Naito shrugs it off. He and ZSJ circle again and feel it out. ZSJ gets a wristlock but Naito reverses quick, so ZSJ breaks and slips away. They circle again and tie up. ZSJ gets the arm again and wrenches for a hammerlock. Naito rolls and goes for a leg but ZSJ gets his legs into a deathlock. Naito manages to pop free and get a headlock, but ZSJ headscissors. ZSJ squeezes tight as Naito tries to escape. Naito moves around but ZSJ goes for an arm. Naito frees himself from the headscissors to go for an armbar. ZSJ moves around and gets a leg again, Bow ‘n’ Arrow! But Naito pops out to a cover, ONE, Tranquilo!

Naito rolls out to catch his breath but ZSJ stays in the ring. Naito takes his time returning, and circles with ZSJ again. They approach and tie up, and ZSJ brings Naito’s hands down to stand on one and wrench the other. ZSJ shifts to a headlock, then throws to the takeover. Naito endures and rolls ZSJ to a cover, ONE. Naito sits up and gets up, and powers out of the headlock. He arm-drags ZSJ around, then runs him over with an elbow to hit the basement dropkick! Naito poses but ZSJ runs in with a leaping triangle hold takedown! Naito gets a ropebreak but ZSJ lets go at 4. ZSJ takes a moment to catch his breath now while Naito bails out again. Naito comes back but ZSJ presses a knee down on him.

ZSJ loops Naito’s arm through the ropes and then a leg and uses them to pull in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow. ZSJ backs off at 4, so he can mock the LIJ posing. Naito sits up but ZSJ is on with the double wristlock, then top wristlock to stomp! Naito writhes but ZSJ circles him like a shark. ZSJ brings Naito up for a EuroUpper, but Naito chops back. ZSJ gives another EuroUpper, but Naito gives back a CHOP. That stuns ZSJ, but ZSJ still kicks and whips Naito. Naito reverses, then run sin. ZSJ puts him on the apron to sweep the legs! ZSJ goes after Naito on the ramp and uses a calf killer! Then he shifts to a modified half crab! ZSJ tortures the legs, then rams the knees on the ramp. ZSJ leaves Naito behind as the 20-count starts.

Naito slowly gets up but the count is at 16! He hurries and gets in at 19! ZSJ is on Naito again with another trapped leg toehold to a half crab! Then a heel hook, then a deep crab! ZSJ just keeps combining holds, such as a trapped arm and another deep crap. But Naito gets the ropes and is freed. Fans rally up as Naito gets to a corner. ZSJ stomps the legs, but Naito hits back. ZSJ kicks the legs but Naito hits back. They continue to go back and forth, a kick for a forearm and back again. Naito goes down after another kick to the leg, but he crawls to a corner. ZSJ runs in but into boots. Naito gives an atomic drop and running headscissors!

Both men are down as Naito tries to get feeling in his legs. Michinoku coaches ZSJ up but Naito stands first. Naito hits ZSJ with punches and kicks, then gets the dragon sleeper to backbreaker, and adds a basement dropkick! ZSJ gets to a corner, but Naito hits the jump kick and leg sweep. Naito slingshots but into the cravat! Naito arm-drags out, but ZSJ runs back in. ZSJ is put in a corner, but he boots Naito. Naito spits then spins ZSJ sideways for the draping neckbreaker! Naito then scoops ZSJ into the reverse DDT! Cover, TWO! Naito has things back in his favor as we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns, and Naito gives ZSJ elbows in the corner. Naito drives elbows into ZSJ even as ZSJ sits down. Then Naito hoists ZSJ up top and climbs up to join him. Naito drives in more elbows and then stands up for a SUPER STEINER! But ZSJ makes it a cradle into a leg lock, into an STF! ZSJ keeps shifting to modify the crossface, then keeps pushing with his weight. Naito pushes back and gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets Naito go, and both men are down from exhaustion. Fans rally up, and ZSJ slowly stands. ZSJ grabs Naito’s leg for a spinning toehold. Naito clutches that bad leg, but ZSJ does the spinning tweak to his arm! ZSJ stalks Naito as he stands, and gives him a EuroUpper. Naito hits back with a forearm, but ZSJ gives another EuroUpper. Naito CHOPS ZSJ and sits him down.

ZSJ gets up to kick Naito in the leg again. Naito CHOPS, but ZSJ stays standing this time. ZSJ eggs Naito on so Naito fires off forearms until ZSJ sits down. Naito goes side to side for the basement dropkick! He brings ZSJ up but ZSJ gets a full nelson! Naito arm-drags ZSJ away but ZSJ comes back with another EuroUpper. ZSJ tries again but Naito back slides and back elbows to the tornado DDT! Naito keeps going, hammerlock and lift, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ lives but Naito keeps his cool. Naito brings ZSJ up again, wrenches the arm but ZSJ kicks it! Naito kicks back and then whips. ZSJ reveres and catches the lariat into an Octopus! Naito endures as he steps towards ropes. ZSJ shifts to go after the arm, then cradles to a Calf Killer!

Naito endures leg pain, but he rolls. ZSJ keeps him trapped for a calf slicer, but Naito fights with his free leg. But ZSJ grabs it to make it part stretch muffler! Naito gets free and gets another ropebreak! ZSJ lets Naito go but he grows frustrated. Fans rally for Naito again, but ZSJ gets up first. ZSJ EuroUppers Naito again and again and again, then even more in the corner. He throws Naito out to Penalty Kick him! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives, but barely. Michinoku keeps ZSJ focused as he gets up again. ZSJ lifts Naito but Naito slips out to waistlock. ZSJ elbows out and wants the Octopus, but Naito breaks free. Naito runs into an uppercut but enziguris, only for ZSJ to make it an ankle lock! ZSJ then reels Naito in but Naito standing switches, for a German Suplex!

Naito runs, DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ barely survives, but Naito keeps on him. Naito wrenches the arm but ZSJ drops down, only for Naito to sit on it! TWO and ZSJ drags Naito into the European Clutch! TWO but barely! ZSJ and Naito go to opposite ends as they stand up. ZSJ kicks but Naito catches it to enziguri back. Naito wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, but into ZSJ’s scoop! But Naito slips out to scoop ZSJ, brainbuster! Fans are thunderous as Naito wrenches and whirls, DESTINO! Cover, Naito wins!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall

The Ungovernable finally wins against the Submission Master! Naito did not tap out and he didn’t fall to the Zack Driver, but can Naito use this to launch himself back towards a title?

 

Backstage interviews

Taka Michinoku explains that Zack only just arrived yesterday. This loss was because of jet lag! He was battling jet lag and an opponent at the same time. But ZSJ dares Naito to come to England and see if this still happens. ZSJ will even fight him in a pub if he wants.

As for Naito, he finally got his revenge. To be precise, Naito won in last year’s G1, but yes he did lose in the 2018 New Japan Cup and G1. Therefore, Naito is 2-2 against ZSJ all-time. Naito appreciates ZSj, because this match had no upside for him and yet he took it. He has Naito’s thanks, “Gracias, amigo.” When and where will there be a tiebreaker for their overall series?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another great hour version of this event. While there wasn’t a lot of Super Junior Tag League coverage on AXS, this triple threat finals was great to see. It was all an impressive match and I was really impressed to see that RPG3K got to repeat. I really hope this means Sho & Yoh get those titles off of Desperado & Kanemaru, that would be great for them. The evolution of these two from being the Tempura Boyz to the gold ‘n’ silver duo has been great to see, and while they’ve already had the titles, getting the titles again would just add to their great growth. Naito VS ZSJ 4 was also great, just as good as their previous matches. I’m glad to see Naito won this time, it works for his story of coming back around strong towards the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

My Score: 8.7/10

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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (12/1/18)

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Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 376

The ROH World Tag Team Championships are on the line this close to Final Battle! Will SoCal Uncensored even make it to the Ladder Wars they declared?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kenny King VS Christopher Daniels; King wins.
  • Jeff Cobb VS Josh Woods; Cobb wins.
  • Hangman Adam Page VS Facade w/ Danni; Page wins.
  • ROH World Tag Team Championships: SoCal Uncensored VS Guerrero Maya Jr. & Stuka Jr; SoCal Uncensored wins and advances to Final Battle’s Ladder War ROH World Tag Team Championship match.

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Last time on ROH…

The Briscoes and The Young Bucks battled to determine #1 contenders to the World Tag Team Championships, and it was another instant classic. However, the ending was marred by double disqualifications, so there is no one challenger for the titles. SoCal Uncensored’s Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky wouldn’t accept that, they want to settle the scores with both the Bucks and #DemBoyz. And the only way to do that is to wage war! Final Battle will have a LADDER WAR for the titles!

 

Kenny King VS Christopher Daniels!

The K I N G takes a break from being the #BulletClubSilencer to prove himself against the Almighty former ROH World Champion. However, on commentary, Marty Scurll watches and scouts his Final Battle opponent. The Villain knows Daniels wants to make SCU the top trio in the business, but he prefers “S C U R double L.” Will the Fallen Angel gain some last minute momentum going into his match with Marty?

Before the match, Kenny King speaks to Daniels. “You are, homey, a timeless talent.” Kenny uses “timeless” because there’s no one here who knows how old Daniels really is. But it turns out Daniels doesn’t have a lot of time left in ROH. So Kenny figures it’d look real good on his resume if he was one of Daniels’ last losses in ROH “as we boot you out the door.” But Kenny will be nice enough to “haul you back to SCU”, as in the Senior Citizens Unit at the hospital! Daniels gets riled up with that one, and he starts swinging with the bell!

Daniels jabs and jabs on Kenny, then whips. He knocks Kenny down with a calf kick, but he stays on him with chops. Daniels bumps Kenny off buckles then chops him more. Kenny knees back and throws forearms. Daniels ducks the heel kick and hits the quebrada! Cover, TWO! Kenny apologizes for the “joke” but Daniels doesn’t accept it. Daniels bumps him off more buckles, then gets the “SCU!” going. He whips and elbows Kenny out of the ring. Daniels builds speed and hits a baseball slide. Fans fire up and high-five Daniels. Daniels clears some fans out to whip Kenny at barriers! Kenny writhes as fans chant for the Fallen Angel. Kenny hits back but Daniels bumps Kenny off the apron. Daniels climbs up and ducks another kick, and even the Eddy Gordo kick. But then Kenny sweeps the legs! Daniels crashes and burns, and we go to break.

ROH returns as Daniels fights out of Kenny’s chinlock. Daniels swings but Kenny spins him around with a full nelson into a backbreaker, then runs Daniels over with a clothesline. Kenny grins as he reminds us all he’s the K I N G Kiiing~! Then he mocks old man Daniels before stomping him. Scurll admits this change in Kenny is working for him. Daniels gets up but Kenny runs him over with a shoulder. Kenny then does his dance before covering, TWO! Kenny keeps on Daniels with a chinlock, but fans rally up. Daniels feeds off the power and gets up to fight out again. Daniels throws forearms and chops. He runs but into Kenny’s chin checker and Eddy Gordo kick. Kenny hotshots Daniels then goes back to the apron. He springboards but Daniesl gets under. Kenny comes back but Daniels catches him into a Blue Thunder Bomb!

Both men are down but fans rally up again. Daniels gets to a corner and drags himself up. Kenny gets to another corner but Daniels runs out to rally. Daniels whips but Kenny reverses, only for Daniels to slide under and hit the STO! Fans fire up with Daniels as Kenny gets to a corner. Daniels tells Scurll he’s watching him, then he hits Kenny with a corner clothesline. Daniels brings Kenny up for a wheelbarrow facebuster! Cover, TWO! Daniels points to a corner and brings Kenny up. Kenny fights back, and gets Daniels into a spinebuster! Cover and Kenny grabs the ropes, TWO! Scurll reprimands Kenny’s cheating. Kenny brings Daniels up in the fireman’s carry but Daniels fights out and runs. Kenny elbows him but runs into Daniels’ uppercut. Daniels runs and counters Kenny’s counter into an urenage!

Daniels wants to go to the corner but Kenny grabs his feet and kicks him down! The ref gets knocked over, too, and Kenny kicks Daniels in the balls! Kenny blows a kiss good-bye, to hit the Royal Flush! Cover, Kenny wins!

Winner: Kenny King, by pinfall

The #BulletClubSilencer turns into a #FallenAngelSlayer as we head for the New Year. Will the K I N G use this to get back towards a title? Can Daniels turn things around and be ready for The Villain at Final Battle? For that matter, can Daniels do anything about his contract countdown?

 

Dalton Castle speaks.

“Three months. Three months is how long I was out with an injury, with one thing in mind: to regain the ROH World Championship.” The Peacock didn’t lose his focus, but he is being distracted. Castle didn’t have doctors stick needles in his spine just so he could face Matt Taven. That belt Matt wears is just a ruse! A fake! However, the rage ignited within Castle is real. Will that rage burn The Kingdom down?

 

Jeff Cobb VS Josh Woods!

The Hawaiian Hulk and current ROH World Television Champion also considers himself Mr. Top Prospect 2018 after he destroyed the field without ever competing. However, The Goods became Mr. Top Prospect 2017 the old fashion way: by winning the tournament. Who will prove themselves the true Top Prospect of ROH tonight?

The Code of Honor is upheld and the two approach. Cobb gets a leg and then the waistlock, but Woods drops down to reverse. Cobb gets a ropebreak and Woods honors it. They go again, but as Cobb gets the facelock, Hangman Page appears! Hangman has a chair to take a seat, and a mic for later. Cobb rolls Woods in a waistlock but Woods breaks out to roll Cobb. Woods has a leg but Cobb gets up and to the ropes. They break clean and even Hangman applauds. Woods lunges and gets Cobb down, and goes for the armbar! Cobb moves around and gets the ropebreak again, so Woods lets him go. Woods keeps after the arm and traps it to get Cobb down again. Woods still wants an armbar but Cobb powers off. They go around but Woods keeps control as he goes after the elbow and wrist.

Fans rally up and Cobb powers up. Woods spins Cobb but Cobb blocks the belly2belly. Cobb suplexes Woods back but Woods slips out. Woods goes for a sleeper but Cobb blocks and arm-drags Woods off. Woods comes back but is caught into a trap-leg exploder! Cobb runs but misses in the corner, Woods throws him down! Woods goes for the armbar again, but Cobb clasps hands! Cobb puts Woods in a cover, TWO! Woods goes to use his legs but Cobb moves around. Fans rally and Cobb deadlifts Woods! Cobb catapults Woods at buckles, and Hangman seems mildly impressed. Fans rally as both Woods and Cobb stand up. Cobb runs at Woods but Woods boots him back. Woods runs for a big knee strike! Woods keeps moving, and springboards but into Tour of the Islands!! Cover, Cobb wins!

Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall

Mr. 2018 beats Mr. 2017 and rolls on towards Final Battle. Hangman gets up with his mic and heads to the ring. He stands face to face with Cobb and says “Pretty impressive, huh, guys? Jeff Cobb, TV Champion!” But Cobb should get out of the ring so Hangman can show him “how a real ass whooping is done.” Bring out Hangman’s opponent!

Hangman Adam Page VS Facade w/ Danni!

The Problem Solver won’t let the ROH World TV Champion get ahead of him, and looks to use the Neon Ninja as a tune-up. Will Hangman be able to focus on the opponent in front of him? Or will he be too busy thinking about the opponent ahead of him at Final Battle?

ROH returns as Hangman stomps a mudhole into Facade. He backs off at 4 but then clotheslines Facade out of the ring. By the way, Cobb has taken Hangman’s seat on stage so he can watch up close just as Hangman did. And Hangman makes sure Cobb saw what he just did, too. Hangman then gets on the apron and htis the shooting star shoulder! Fans fire up as Hangman puts Facade back in. Hangman enjoys the cheers a moment before going back in the ring. Hangman pumphandle deadlifts Facade to show off his strength, and then Fall Away slams to a bridge! TWO, and Danni is relieved for her Neon Ninja. She and fans rally up for Facade and Facade chops Hangman. Hangman haymakers back, so Facade chops back. Hangman rocks Facade with a right, then whips.

Facade reverses but Hangman holds ropes. Facade runs in but is put on the apron. He shoulders into Hangman then slingshots up and over. Facade runs and waistlocks but Hangman bucks him off. Facade comes back and baits Hangman. Hangman runs but Facade goes up and moonsaults over! Facade goes Matrix and then cartwheel kicks Hangman to a corner! Fans fire up as Facade runs in corner to corner. Hangman dodges but runs into boots. Facade climbs up and prepares himself. He walks the ropes but gets booted out of the sky! Scurll laughs it up on commentary while Hangman stalks Facade to a corner. Facade gets on the apron but Hangman drags him up. They fight as Hangman drags Facade to the top rope.

Hangman holds Facade, and throws him with a SUPER Fall Away Slam! Facade ends up in the opposite corner and Danni is concerned. Hangman trash talks Cobb but Cobb tells Hangman to focus. Hangman toys with Facade but Facade chops back! It does nothing, and Hangman rocks Facade with a right. Facade chops and chops and forearms, but Hangman still shrugs it all off. Facade keeps throwing strikes but gets rocked with a roaring elbow! Hangman kicks Facade around, then runs, but Facade follows for a springboard enziguri! Hangman ends up outside and Facade builds speed to double jump springboard somersault ax handle! The fans are thunderous and Danni is running laps as Facade puts Hangman in the ring. Facade springboards but has to roll through. He turns around into the Buckshot! Then the Rite of Passage! Cover, Hangman wins!

Winner: Hangman Adam Page, by pinfall

Hangman turns the Neon Ninja’s lights out while he keeps pace with Cobb. Cobb returns to the ring to stand face to face with Hangman again. The two are raring for this fight, who will win when it all goes down?

 

ROH revisits Survival of the Fittest 2018.

The finals came down to Marty Scurll and Christopher Daniels, and Scurll won! The Villain has a future ROH World Championship match in his back pocket, but Daniels says Scurll only won because of the gauntlet format. Hangman Page did all the work and Scurll capitalized on a tired Daniels. Scurll wouldn’t let Daniels make such excuses, which brings us to their 1v1 Final Battle match. Daniels wants Scurll to put his Survival of the Fittest shot on the line, so Scurll put it on the line. Scurll thinks Daniels’ desperation is sad, but he’s confident he’ll win and keep his shot. This first-time ever match has huge stakes on it, especially for Daniels. Can the Fallen Angel turn his luck around all in one night?

 

Jay Lethal speaks on his coming match with Cody.

The Franchise’s first match with The American Nightmare, Cody was here to “prove that he could hang.” Cody failed because he had to cheat. Lethal wondered when that exact moment was that Cody realized he couldn’t hang with the best in the world. But then fast forward to a rematch in the Bull Rope Match and Lethal evened the score. Lethal won’t take away from Cody’s resume, from his wins to his lineage. Deep down, Lethal likes Cody. They may not always agree or get along, Cody is still great, but Lethal also knows how Cody is. This year’s Final Battle, Cody can use all the tricks in the book, but Lethal vows to leave still ROH World Champion. Lethal vows that he will not lose to Cody, but can he keep his word?

 

Matt Taven speaks.

“Remember? Do you remember? Or does that memory hurt so bad that you have to bury it deep down inside?” Because Taven remembers Castle crumbling under the pressure of being top champion. But not Taven. Taven is a diamond formed by such pressure. Taven’s worked harder than anyone else to get his spotlight. Castle was a one hit wonder, but Taven is building a legacy. The Peacock will be chapter one. At Final Battle, everyone will remember Taven is the real ROH WHC, because he is Matt Taven.

 

The pulse quickens.

Something is coming to ROH. Something that will get hearts pounding. But what is it? When and where will it appear?

 

ROH World Tag Team Championships: SoCal Uncensored VS Guerrero Maya Jr. & Stuka Jr!

The Briscoes did everything they could to keep their title, such as injuring Christopher Daniels’ neck so that he couldn’t compete alongside Frankie Kazarian. However, Scorpio Sky stepped up, and he helped Kaz dethrone Jay & Mark in the star-studded Triple Threat Tag Match. The Heavy Metal Rebel and Closer have their contracts, but are they risking too much putting their titles on the line against two CMLL stars?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the Code of Honor is upheld. The teams sort out and Scorpio starts against Maya. They circle and tie up, and Scorpio gets the wristlock. Maya reverses to a hammerlock, but Scorpio uses a drop toehold to trip him up. Scorpio gets the facelock, but Maya reverses to a Fujiwara armbar. Maya brings Scorpio up for an arm wrench but Scorpio reverses back. Scorpio puts on a headlock but Maya brings him down to a cradle cover. TWO as Scorpio lets Maya go. The two stand up but stand off as Scorpio nears a corner. Fans applaud as Scorpio and Maya circle again.

Scorpio and Maya tie up and Scorpio gets a headlock. Maya counters with a wristlock but Scorpio uses the ropes to flip through. Scorpio gets the headlock again, but Maya fights back. Maya powers out of the hold and things speed up, Scorpio runs into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Maya tags out to Stuka, and Stuka stomps Scorpio. Stuka whips and gives Scorpio a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker of his own! Stuka stomps more, then drags Scorpio up for punches right to the head. Scorpio fights back and then runs, with Kaz tagging in. Scorpio dodges Stuka’s swing to whip. Things speed up, Kaz comes in with a windmill kick! Cover, TWO! Kaz brings Stuka up for a scoop but Stuka slips out. Stuka waistlocks but Kaz bucks him off to dropkick him down! Cover, TWO!

Stuka barely gets out but he doesn’t get away as Kaz tags Scorpio. SCU grab a leg each and use that to throw Stuka! Scorpio covers, TWO, and we go to one last break.

ROH returns once more, and Stuka catches Scorpio into an atomic lift. Maya runs in and Team CMLL combines for a flapjack bulldog! Stuka runs and Maya gives him a tilt-o-whirl for a splash on Scorpio! Cover as Maya intercepts Kaz with a kick, TWO! Maya and Stuka coordinate to grab a leg each, and they give Scorpio a 2v1 Mexican Surfboard! But Kaz tags from the neutral corner, which apparently is legal? Kaz runs and double covers on Team CMLL! TWO as they let Scorpio go! The fans love it, though, and the match continues. Kaz swings on Stuka but ends up in a full nelson. Kaz fights off Maya a moment, but can’t break free of Stuka. Maya comes back and gets Kaz’s leg, and Team CMLL twists Kaz in both directions!

Kaz endures and Scorpio saves him. Team CMLL double whip Kaz but Kaz sends them into each other. Hot tag to Scorpio, and the Closer rallies! Scorpio baits Maya into the corner and then slingshot headscissors him down! He gets Stuka but Stuka reverses the whip, only to get dumdum stomps! Scorpio hits Maya with a corner kick, then sweeps the legs. Kaz runs in for the swinging dropkick! Maya bails out but Stuka comes back to rally on SCU. Stuka whips but Kaz reverses. Kaz runs in but Stuka dodges to send him into the post! Stuka grabs Scorpio for a spinebuster, then hurries up top! SUPER ASAI onto Kaz! Maya goes after Scorpio and returns the headscissors. Scorpio bails out while Maya fires up. Maya DIVES to somersault tope onto Scorpio! They crash and burn into barriers but Stuka helps Maya up and in.

Team CMLL are fired up as Kaz returns. Kaz shoulders in and slingshots to DDT Maya. Stuka elbows Kaz and then kicks Scorpio. Stuka whips but Scorpio reverses and Kaz boots Stuka. SCU combine for a urenage backstabber, Burning Heart! Cover, SCU wins!

Winner: SoCal Uncensored, Scorpio Sky pinning; still ROH World Tag Team Champions

Hearts on fire, strong desire, Kaz and Scorpio win! Daniels returns to the ring to celebrate, but also to speak. “First of all, let me say, SCU. Second of all, two weeks ago, these two gentlemen walked into the ring and walked out the world tag team champions.” The first thing SCU did was negotiate their new contracts! But only for Kaz and Scorpio. That means the Fallen Angel is behind the 8 ball. He has one match remaining on his ROH contract at Final Battle, against The Villain, Marty Scurll. As we saw, Daniels challenged Scurll to put his shot on the line, and now Daniels is in position to get a “new lease on life in ROH.” If he has to go through Scurll to stay in the company he helped built and put on the map, then he will!

Scurll moves from commentary to respond to SCU directly. Fans duel as Scurll tells Daniels he’s right. Daniels did help build ROH. But does Daniels want to be known as a legend? The first-ever ROH main eventer and Grand Slam Champion. Or does he want to be remembered for a “stupid three letter catchphrase”? It would be Scurll’s pleasure to give Daniels the match of his career. But a warning: “this will be your final battle.” Daniels is a man with his back against the wall, will he stay standing in his company?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty great episode, but perhaps with some issues in organizing a very important story. Firstly, the build between Jeff Cobb and Hangman Page is pretty good because it focuses on matches and action to do it. Cobb looks great against Woods and Hangman looks great against Facade, but both Woods and Facade still looked strong in return. The matches were in no way squashes, so that the midcard isn’t hurt for the sake of the champion and challenger. Cobb VS Hangman is going to be really good, really physical, and I’m sure Hangman will have a shocking moment of strength somewhere in there, but it’ll still be Cobb winning to retain. The promos this week to hype the real and “real” ROH World Championship matches were pretty good, and I’m looking forward to next week’s Six Man of The Kingdom VS Cody, Castle & Lethal.

Now, the issue I speak of is this story for Christopher Daniels. His match with Kenny King to open was great, and it works that Scurll was on commentary to talk it all up. However, I don’t know why they waited to air the Survival of the Fittest backstage scene until after another story took place, then still had Daniels come out at the end to officially inform fans. Daniels VS King should’ve been next week for the actual go-home show and have a stare down of Daniels and Scurll close the night, instead of piggybacking on tonight’s main event. SoCal Uncensored VS Team CMLL was a great tag match, perhaps with some miscues like Kaz’s weird neutral corner tag, but still great. Daniels and Scurll kinda took their spotlight, tonight should’ve ended with The Bucks or Briscoes coming out for a stare down on the way to Ladder War.

My Score: 8.5/10

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