Our buddies in The End (Parrow/Odinson) are still towards the top of the standings. Can they pull it off? Mathew brings us all the AJPW Real World Tag League information.
Welcome back to our coverage of the Real World Tag League and we had a solid show at the last set of shows and we now got three more shows to cover on this one before our final article after this one.
At the end of this coverage, I’ll go over to the bottom of the standings to see who has a chance to make it and who doesn’t, along with how the ones that do can win. Who will become one step closer to winning it all?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
Real World Tag League 2018 Match
KAI & Kengo Mashimo vs. Gianni Valletta & TAJIRI
Review: Our first match of the show and the set of coverage is TAJIRI and Gianni Valletta up to their old tricks again as they now go up against KAI and Kengo Mashimo. KAI and Kengo had a big win over the Violent Giants and they’re still in the race if they could win another one right here or they could fail and get eliminated by TAJIRI and Gianni for them to play the spoiler. Will TAJIRI and Gianni be able to do that or will KAI and Kengo push forward?
Quite a short match but it was entertaining, to say the least. TAJIRI and Gianni attacked KAI and Kengo soon as the bell rang and they would go fight to the outside where Gianni attacked KAI with his chain before bringing him back inside. It was just usually TAJIRI and Gianni doing their typical heel work that you’ve seen in all the other matches that they’ve been involved in while KAI and Kengo would just do their best to fight them off. The only memorable part was when Gianni attempts to use his chain in the match as KAI pulled onto it and all four start to play tug of war with it as it hits the referee. TAJIRI tried to hit Kengo with the kendo stick as Kengo caught it and hits TAJIRI with it and hold him up as KAI accidentally kicked Kengo. TAJIRI would hold KAI in place now as Gianni tries to hit him with a chain and hits TAJIRI by accident now, then it happens with Kengo accidentally hitting KAI and once it went to Gianni holding Kengo, TAJIRI would accidentally spit green mist into Gianni’s eyes and Kengo rolled Gianni up to get another win!
Rating: Tony Schiavone and three quarters
Real World Tag League 2018 Match
Manabu Soya & Takao Omori vs. Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama
Review: Our next match is Get Wild taking on the current World Tag Team Champions, The Violent Giants. Get Wild has suffered two big losses in a row and right now they’re in a not so great spot that if they do lose this match, they will be eliminated from the tournament mathematically. Violent Giants are still in a great position but would be in a tough spot if they do lose here or they win and tie for first place. Can the Violent Giants tie up or will Get Wild steal a win?
Manabu and Suwama started the match off with mostly testing their strengths with a lock-up and trying to tackle each other down as they showed that they’re evenly matched here in this one before they switch it up with the tags. Takao and Shuji had a nice little encounter as well with the strikes but it does seem like Shuji had the advantage before he attempted a Piledriver onto the ring apron and Takao would flip him over so it doesn’t happen. Get Wild started to double team Shuji during the majority of the arm and even worked on his injured shoulder to weaken his offense more.
Suwama gets the hot tag as he enters the ring to hit Manabu with a Lariat and he tries to hit the Last Ride as Takao would hit him before he could even get a chance to as he now fights the both of them off with a series of chops. I did say Suwama can go when he really wants to and he shows it off right here with his performance when he fights Manabu mostly in this match. Violent Giants attempt to hit a Powerbomb onto their opponents as Takao hits the Package Driver onto Suwama while Manabu hits the Death Valley Driver onto Shuji to prevent the powerbomb to happen. Get Wild starts to get fired up with a Double Lariat to Suwama to get him dazed and Manabu picks him up to hit the Death Valley Driver for a two count when Shuji knees him in the face. Violent Giants get some payback with Suwama hitting Manabu with a German Suplex and Shuji hitting a Dragon Suplex which leads to a Dropkick for another two count. Suwama would go for a Backdrop for a two count and quick hits the Backdrop Driver to get the pinfall for Violent Giants to tie for first place while Get Wild is eliminated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
Real World Tag League 2018 Match
Zeus & The Bodyguard vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Jun Akiyama
Review: Our main event for this show takes place as Daisuke Sekimoto and Jun Akiyama make their return to take on The Big Guns. Daisuke and Uncle Gun are still three wins and losses each with four matches left, so they can play catch-up if they win the next three matches in a row to tie up. The Big Guns are in a tight spot and if they lose this match, they could be eliminated from the tournament, so a win here is needed if they wanna survive. Can The Big Guns get the win or will it belong to the other team?
Another match-up I would love to see would be between Zeus and Daisuke as they started the match off with a test of strength as they shared a good couple of minutes in the ring together to be evenly matched as they tagged in their respective partners. The Bodyguard was doing well holding out on his own against Uncle Jun until Daisuke was able to make a tag back in after a brawl to the outside as the Big Guns would now start to take control of the match. One thing I really enjoyed about this match was basically the wrestling of it as it had an old school Japanese wrestling type of feeling to it while also making it modern enough for the fans to get invested into this type of match, and just having both of these teams tell a story with their wrestling for this match.
When Jun did get the hot tag for the match, it did feel short-lived since he wouldn’t be in the ring for too long as he tagged Daisuke back in for him and Zeus to battle it out once again, and they do with them chopping each other on the turnbuckle. The two would have a staredown before chopping each other a bit more until Zeus got the better of Daisuke as he won the chop battle and attempts to go for the Jackhammer until Daisuke reversed it to hit Zeus with a Suplex. The two would try to take each other down with a Lariat as both men wouldn’t fall down upon impact since they both got enough strength to keep going but it was Zeus who won the battle when he hits a Lariat while jumping before he tagged in Bodyguard. The Big Guns throw Jun out of the ring and would attempt a Double Chokeslam onto Daisuke who fights out of it enough for both Jun and Daisuke to apply their submissions onto their opponents but none of them would tap out.
Jun and Daisuke would try to go for their Wrist-Clutch Exploder and German Suplex combo until Zeus grabbed a hold of Daisuke for Big Guns to hits them with a Brainbuster each to get them down and out for the count. Zeus Chokeslams Daisuke and Bodyguard hits an Elbow Drop for a two count and would then hit a Roundhouse Kick and a Lariat for Daisuke to still kick out of it. The match would come to a close when Daisuke hits Bodyguard with the German Suplex Hold as they stay in the race while The Big Guns are eliminated. Since Daisuke pinned Bodyguard, does he get a future All Asia Heavyweight Championship match? I hope so.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter
Real World Tag League 2018 Match
Naoya Nomura & Yumi Aoyagi vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Jun Akiyama
Review: Our first match on this show is NEXTREAM finally making their return to the tournament and they’re opponents are Daisuke Sekimoto and Jun Akiyama. We all know NEXTREAM are mathematically eliminated from the tournament but they could still stack up on a couple of wins to play spoiler right now. Jun and Daisuke are still in the race for the time being but they would have to win this match to keep the ball rolling for the most part. Can Jun and Daisuke do it or will NEXTREAM get their second win finally?
Jun does have a little score to settle with NEXTREAM too since it was them who defeated him and Yuji Nagata for the All Asia Tag Titles a few months ago, so he would definitely wanna get some type of payback on them, even if it’s with a new partner. One little complaint that I have here is Uncle Jun not really going hard on either of these guys as he did with Yoshitatsu or Jake Lee and you can tell when he was stiffing those guys while in here, just doing it normal and just threw me off a little bit. Despite the little nitpick, still a solid match between the two teams as NEXTREAM got sent to their limits once again with the veteran team to go head to head with them, even giving them a run for their money.
Jun delivering his knee strikes and even a Ko-Oh for a two count and before he would hit Nomura with another knee, Nomura would dodge it and hit a Spear onto Jun. NEXTREAM would do their tag team combo with Nomura hitting a Splash off the top rope and then Yuma hitting an Elbow Drop as Jun kicked out at two. Daisuke is in the ring to help Jun out to hold Yuma still while Jun hits him with a knee for another two count and applies the Guillotine Choke while Daisuke hits the Torture Rack onto Nomura for the double submission but none of them would tap out. Jun would go for the Wrist-Clutch Suplex onto Yuma as Daisuke would hit the German to give Jun that extra boost but both men are knocked out as Daisuke would get Jun’s arm over Yuma to get the pinfall and they’re still in the race!
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Real World Tag League 2018 Match
Zeus & The Bodyguard vs. KAI & Kengo Mashimo
Review: Our main event for this show is KAI and Kengo Mashimo taking on The Big Guns. The Big Guns got eliminated from the last show, but they could at least ruin it for other people in this tournament. KAI and Kengo are still in the running and would be tied for first place if they win this match, but they will be eliminated from the tournament if they do lose this match. Will KAI and Kengo get a win or will they suffer The Big Guns?
Kengo and Zeus do have a bit of a score to settle since Kengo was the one who made Zeus tap out in the Oudou Tournament when Zeus was the champion at the time, so Zeus would want a little bit of payback to redeem that loss by taking Kengo out of this tournament. The Big Guns though are just absolutely dominating this match though since they would just get control straight from the beginning after the usual miscommunication between KAI and Kengo, it was mostly Zeus who was doing the work after Bodyguard started the match off. Kengo would once in a while fight Zeus off but Zeus kept overpowering him and showing why he’s one of All Japan’s best here.
Kengo attempt to go for the tag to KAI but Bodyguard runs into the ring to take KAI out and keep Kengo in the ring for Big Guns to do more damage. Kengo would accidentally hit KAI after he tried to come in and help as The Big Guns would hit Kengo with a Double Chokeslam and as Bodyslam made the cover, KAI would break the count before three. We now have Kengo and Bodyguard alone in the ring while Zeus and KAI fight outside as the two would kick each other back and forth as Bodyguard won the kick off…haha get it? He would hit Kengo with a Lariat for a two count and he attempts to go pick him up, but Kengo rolls him up with a Small Package as KAI and Kengo get another win to stay in the race!
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
Real World Tag League 2018 Match
Naoya Nomura & Yumi Aoyagi vs. Dylan James & Joe Doering
Review: Our opening match for the final show of this article is NEXTREAM going at it once again as they take on The Bomber. The Bomber are actually in a great spot that they have two more matches left after this one and still ten points under their name, so they could win the whole thing if they win their last three matches and if they did somehow lose one more match, they would still be in the game if they don’t lose another one after. NEXTREAM though could have another win up their sleeve to give them something for the time being. Will NEXTREAM get it or does The Bomber take another victory?
Dylan would attack NEXTREAM after the streamers were thrown into the ring as he started to dominate Nomura in the match. I see that Joe’s shoulder is all healed up too and a little time off was a good idea. The match was short and average as it was just Dylan mostly playing with his food aka beating up Nomura for a couple of minutes. The Bomber would try to go for the Double Piledriver but Yuma would Dropkick Joe before they could even do this and they tried to Double Clothesline Dylan but he hits them both with a Lariat and dominates them once again. Yuma goes for a Crossbody but Dylan catches him as Nomura Dropkicked him down and rolls him up once Yuma moved out of the way as NEXTREAM gets the win after four minutes! As I said before, The Bomber can still win despite the loss but they can’t lose their next match or they’re out.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
Real World Tag League 2018 Match
Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Jun Akiyama
Review: Our next match is Violent Giants taking on Daisuke Sekimoto and Jun Akiyama. I was wondering when this match was going to happen and I’m glad it’s happening now since we might get some stiff action in this bout. Jun and Daisuke would need to win the match in order to stay alive in the tournament and they’ve been on quite the winning streak lately too, so this would be good for them. If Violent Giants do lose, they would still be in the race since they’re still in first place with one more match left after this. Can Violent Giants win or will we have another team tie for first place?
This match is pretty much how I expected it to go with the old school type of wrestling along with just high impact type of wrestling with four of the top guys in the business. Daisuke being in All Japan pretty much made me want to see certain singles matches, like him against either Shuji or Suwama as he did very well with the both of them in the match with his power to match the both of theirs. Daisuke and Suwama going back and forth outside of the ring was a lot of fun seeing them get aggressive to each other but Suwama would win that battle and the Violent Giants start to take control of the match over Daisuke.
Uncle Jun would finally get a tag into the match as he applies the Guillotine onto Suwama to try and make him tap but the hold would be broken. Suwama would hit the Belly-to-Belly Suplex before tagging Shuji in now as he charges into Jun at the turnbuckle and hits him with a Double Stomp off the second rope for a two count. Daisuke gets back into the ring now to apply the Torture Rack onto Shuji and then throws him into Suwama before he now applies the Sharpshooter until there was a rope break. Shuji and Daisuke go back and forth with a Lariat battle until Violent Giants start to hit a double one onto him and just manhandle Daisuke. Violent Giants go for their Double Powerbomb as they get flipped over and Jun goes for the Exploder Suplex onto Suwama as Daisuke does the German combo to get him out of the ring. Daisuke and Shuji are in the ring going at it as Daisuke would hit one big Lariat and gets the win over Violent Giants!
Rating: Bruce Prichard
Real World Tag League 2018 Match
Kento Miyahara & Yoshitatsu vs. Zeus & The Bodyguard
Review: Our final match for this show and article is The Big Guns taking on Yoshiken. Both of these teams are technically eliminated but they still gotta do the match and I have no doubt they’ll deliver us a fun match. Plus, I get to see Kento and Zeus sharing a ring together again as a little treat for myself. Will Yoshiken get the win at least or will The Big Guns stop their little losing streak for a second time?
We had Kento and Zeus starting the match off here and I’m already hooked into the match as Kento and Zeus sharing the ring is always a treat to see together. There will be a couple of times that Yoshi and Bodyguard will get involved in the match but a good first part of it was mostly Zeus and Kento and I have no problem with that. I really enjoyed this tag match here as all four of them delivered big time here and we got great action from everyone playing their part. Yoshi though really held out his own against Zeus in the match as well and probably one of his better performances in this match-up and hopefully, we can see more of this Yoshi in 2019.
Zeus would attempt to go for the Chokeslam on Yoshi as he powered out of it and Kento would help him out to throw him into the turnbuckle and then Yoshi hits the Tornado DDT for a two count. Zeus is on the turnbuckle as Kento holds his leg still for Yoshi to come up to hits the Superplex as Zeus comes up right away but gets caught in a Spinning Heel Kick. Bodyguard gets in the ring as Yoshiken throw him into the ropes but Bodyguard hits a Clothesline on both of them as he hulks up now and they hit a Double Chokeslam onto Yoshi for a two count. Bodyguard gets Yoshi up on his shoulders to go for a Doomsday Device but Yoshi would duck the Clothesline for Zeus to miss and Kento hits Bodyguard with a Big Boot to get him out of the ring. Kento sees Zeus getting up as he eyes his target for a Blackout to the back of Zeus’ head then hits a German Suplex along with another Blackout with Yoshi topping it off with a Penalty Kick for a one count as Zeus quickly gets back up only to get caught in a Koji Clutch which he tries to break free with Yoshi trying to pin him for a two count. Yoshi gets up quickly to try and hit the Codebreaker of Jericho but Zeus caught him before he could connect and gets him off to hit a Lariat and then hits his Jackhammer as The Big Guns get a win!
Rating: Bruce Prichard
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Overall: Only two matches were average while the rest of the matches had solid to great matches. We now have a clear idea of how things can go for the last two shows and six matches remaining, so let’s get those done soon.
Favorite Match: Zeus & The Bodyguard vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Jun Akiyama
Least Favorite Match: Naoya Nomura & Yumi Aoyagi vs. Dylan James & Joe Doering
KAI/Kengo: (6-3) (12 Points)
Jun/Daisuke: (6-3) (12 Points)
The End: (6-3) (12 Points)
Violent Giants: (6-3) (12 Points)
The Bomber: (5-3) (10 Points)
Get Wild: (4-5) (8 Points)
Yoshiken: (4-5) (8 Points)
The Big Guns: (4-5) (8 Points)
Sweeper: (3-6) (6 Points)
Gianni/TAJIRI: (3-6) (6 Points)
NEXTREAM: (2-7) (4 Points)
So we see that four people are tied for first place while The Bomber has two matches left to give them enough time to maybe climb up to catch up with the others.
- The End: They can win if The Bomber lose their next match and they beat Violent Giants at the final show, while The End beats Yoshiken.
- Violent Giants: They need to defeat The Bomber while both Jun/Daisuke and KAI/Kengo lose their matches.
- KAI and Kengo: They defeat Sweeper while The End, Jun/Daisuke, and The Bomber lose their matches
- The Bomber: They win their last two matches.
- Jun and Daisuke: They win their last match while The Bomber loses to Violent Giants.
Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 6 B Block
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
This whole day is based around two major things:
Will Jay White or Tetsuya Naito get a win?
Will Moxley or Ishii kill one another?
Let’s find out!
- Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens vs Zack Sabre Jr & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Fale wins via Grenade @4:50 – **
- Tomoaki Honma & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer: Archer wins via EBD Claw Hold @9:50 – **
- SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI vs KENTA, Kota Ibushi & Clark Connors: BUSHI wins via MX @9:02 – ** 1/2
- YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay & Toa Henare: YOSHI wins via Fisherman Buster @8:45 – ** 1/4
- B Block: Shingo Takagi vs Taichi: Takagi wins via Last of the Dragon @14:40 – ****
- B Block: Jeff Cobb vs Juice Robinson: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @13:20 – *** 1/2
- B Block: Toru Yano vs Jay White: Yano wins via Brass Knuckle Low Blow/Roll-Up @3:05 – ** 1/2
- B Block: Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto: Naito wins via Destino @16:00 – *** 3/4
- B Block: Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii: Moxley wins via Deathrider @20:35 – **** 1/2
Well Fale tried to outsmart the Rainmaker in his last G1 match, and that didn’t go too well. So Sabre is being a whiny child, tried to step to Fale and for the most part, got brushed off. Fale isn’t really in a position to eat another loss, but it’s unusual for Sabre to be doing so poorly. I’m curious if Sabre continues this slide until maybe TAKA Michinoku returns to be his hype man, or Sabre gets off the schneid.
People, everybody dies. You know that, Lance knows that, Honma knows that…Kairi Sane knows that. This didn’t really add much to things except the undercurrent of a quiet Minoru Suzuki is scary for the whole world. Also – Everybody Dies!
Now that SANADA and EVIL have had their match, there is some symbiosis back on the LIJ undercards. KENTA and Kota teaming together was a cute call back, but nothing of heavy merit came from this match. BUSHI continues to rack up positive momentum during these tags, Clark Connors is impressive for an LA Dojo Young Lion. So decent match, but aside from EVIL and KENTA brawling after the match and SANADA and Ibushi having a rather civil fan support battle, nothing too important for the impending matches.
Okada and Ospreay did have the crowd hot, but aside from a small flourish, this was mostly YOSHI and Henare. Surprisingly, YOSHI-HASHI has put together a few pinfalls in the tag matches, so that tends to actually play a role in the second half story telling. Ospreay may be on his way to a big upset since even if Okada seems to be positioned to win A Block, he won’t make it through unscathed.
Now this was a fun match. It was a continuation of the Suzuki-Gun/LIJ drama, but Taichi has his own issues. Shingo is fighting as a Junior Heavyweight and Taichi moved up to Heavyweight last year, but was overlooked for the G1. So the fact that Shingo asks and gets in, yet Taichi moves up and was ignored has to bother him. With all of these little things eating through, Taichi brought out the Dangerous T that many of us have grown to love. Sure there was a brief moment of shenanigans with lovely Miho and the microphone stand, but 90% of the match was on the up and up. Pumping Bomber versus Axe Bomber was great, the callbacks to both of their mentors was wonderful and just generally speaking, when the Holy Emperor tries, those are great matches. Shingo getting the win won’t sit well with Taichi, but we’ve got plenty more time to see how this all falls.
Juice starts off the match in a 3 way tie for first, but Cobb really needs a win to legitimize his tournament. Being undefeated in ROH for about a year, as well as all his other accolades, he needs to stop losing. Cobb showed a little more fire than usual in this match and took it to Juice. Juice has been in hard hitting affairs all tournament and it looks like Juice might’ve finally hit the wall. Should be interesting to see if Juice flounders from here or if he recovers.
Well the Chaos revenge tour has another stop with Toru Yano and Jay White. Jay has not gotten off to a good start and it’s all his past decisions coming to bite him. This match…would be no different. Yano takes advantage of Gedo getting involved. Between Barbara Jean the turnbuckle pad and the brass knuckles from Gedo, Jay White’s nuts didn’t stand a chance. So Yano runs away with 2 more points and Jay’s pride…and other things…are a bit sore.
Goto started off the tournament looking like a new man, Naito has also looked different, but for different reasons. Naito sitting in the basement with zero points and Goto with the renewed sense of purpose makes for an odd dynamic. This match is one of their usual ones, where it’s quick bursts, hard hitting and a few solid false finishes. However, at multiple points Naito’s usual tranquilo is shaken and you can see him show levels of concern. Goto being the one with the power in the match, makes for some unique interactions. Naito does pull off the win, but it’s not for Goto’s lack of trying and kicking out of one running Destino. Naito finally gets some points, but it’s nothing near dominant enough to breathe a sigh of relief.
Moxley versus Ishii was the insane hard hitting match we expected. Ishii even flew. He hit a splash on Moxley through a table. The Stone Pitbull flew. Yes I realize there is a callback to Masato Tanaka in that move, but you don’t understand, Ishii flew. Anyway, the beauty of Red Shoes as a referee is he understands each wrestlers personality, so he gives them a little more leash to do what they like to do. Moxley used weapons, Ishii egged it on, there were huge strikes, Ishii’s torpedo style rising headbutts and just good violence. This was a bar fight and no one was upset. Moxley getting the win was a little surprising since most of us assume he won’t be available for many if any later dates once AEW TV starts up. This was just a nice change of pace for the usual New Japan and/or Strong Style match.
Overall Score: 7.75/10
With a great Taichi match and Moxley changing the pace, this show was definitely something to behold. Jay White’s continued spiral is more amusing than Sabre’s since this seems like retribution where Sabre is just a punk bitch when he loses. Even with an uneventful undercard, the main Block matches kept everything moving upward and onward.
With Moxley as the sole 3-0, who unseats the Death Rider?
B Block Standings:
- Jon Moxley – 3-0 (6 Points)
- Toru Yano – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Tomohiro Ishii – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Juice Robinson – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Shingo Takagi – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Jeff Cobb – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Tetsuya Naito – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Hirooki Goto – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Taichi – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Jay White – 0-3 (0 Points)
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (7/13/19)
The Kingdom, Jay Lethal and The Bouncers in a big Six Man main event!
ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 408
Manhattan Mayhem is on the horizon, and so is a major ROH World Championship match! But before Matt Taven and Jay Lethal face off 1v1, they bring allies to the ring for a truly massive Six Man Tag match!
- Proving Ground: Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor; Taylor wins.
- WOH World Championship #1 Contender’s Four Corner Survival: Stella Grey VS Jenny Rose VS Angelina Love VS Tasha Steelz; Steelz wins and will challenge Kelly Klein for the title at Summer Supercard.
- Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal & The Bouncers; Lethal & The Bouncers win.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH looks back to Best in the World.
The Peacock faced Rush’s brother, Dragon Lee, and beat him using Rush’s moves! The Best of 3 Series’ third match saw the K I N G topple the Franchise Player! And the Villain Enterprises expanded to include an army! A FLIP Army! The Allure used every trick up their sleeves to beat the Pretty Badass and American Joshi, but were confronted by Maria Manic! Manic didn’t get her hands on Mandy Leon or the Beautiful People, so she ran roughshod over security! And most shocking of all, Matt Taven didn’t need to resort to anything underhanded to down the Hawaiian Juggernaut!! How can anyone hope to stop Taven’s #PurpleReign now?
Kenny King joins ROH commentary for this opening contest.
Coming off a big victory over THE Jay Lethal, the K I N G wants to see what his old friends are up to.
Proving Ground: Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor!
The Fittest returns to in-ring action to show that Strong Beach physique. But will physique be enough to survive the Notorious Hitman and ROH World Television Champion?
Rhett wants to shake hands with his former Rebellion brother, but Taylor SPITS on the Code of Honor! Rhett just uses it as body oil. The bell rings and the 10 minute time limit starts counting down. All Rhett has to do is survive the 10 minutes, and he gets a future shot at the title!
Fans rally as the two circle. Taylor shoves Rhett down and taunts him as he stands up. Rhett comes back to waistlock, but Taylor standing switches. Rhett powers his way out, but gets caught in a full nelson! Taylor grins but Rhett powers out of the nelson! Taylor headlocks but Rhett powers out to headlock back. Rhett grinds but Taylor powers out and runs Rhett over! Taylor wants Rhett to stop playing, and scoops him up. Rhett slips out and dropkicks Taylor back! Rhett grins and flexes, but then he tries to fireman’s carry, and Taylor is too much. Taylor spins Rhett, misses one way but hits the clothesline on the other! ROH goes to break as Taylor dares Rhett to get up.
ROH returns and Rhett wrecks Taylor with a dropkick. Rhett shows off his core strength with leg raises, but Taylor pulls him down to ROCK him with that One Hitter Quitter! Taylor drags Rhett up and into the ring to put him on the apron. Taylor climbs up, to drop the leg! He laughs and taunts Rhett as he CHOPS the chest! Rhett gasps for air while he crawls to a corner. Taylor climbs in and throws another big right! Rhett forearms Taylor back! Rhett backs Taylor down but Taylor blocks and reverses the whip to rock him again! Taylor yanks Rhett up but Rhett lands on his feet! Rhett rocks Taylor back with a JAB!
Rhett is in the corner again, and dodges Taylor as he runs in, to give him back a splash! And a BOOT! Then side to side for another! Rhett keeps moving to boot again! Fans fire up with The Fittest as he fireman’s carries Taylor again! For a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Rhett keeps his cool as Taylor goes to a corner. Rhett runs corner to corner but his boot is blocked! Taylor shoves Rhett back to KNEE him in the face! Cover, TWO!! Rhett survives and now Taylor is frustrated. Taylor toys with Rhett but Rhett SLAPS him back! Taylor pie faces but Rhett CHOPS and forearms away! Rhett fires off forearm after forearm but Taylor bobs ‘n’ weaves to HEADBUTT! Cover, Taylor wins!
Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall
Rhett fell short of proving himself worthy, and the ROH World TV Champion continues rolling on. Kenny gives Taylor his due props, but goes to check on Rhett in the ring.
“I’m searching for the words, man, to describe what I just saw out of you right now.” The word is, “disgusting.” King is disgusted by Rhett. What happened to him? ROH stuck them together and they fought, they scratched and they clawed and became one of the best teams ever, the All Night Express. They beat The Briscoes, the Young Bucks, Roderick Strong, Tyler Black, you name them. “What the hell happened to you?!” Rhett fails a Proving Ground match because he only proved that while he has the body of a god, he has the “heart of a b*tch.” There’s no fight left in Rhett! If Kenny was Joe Koff, he’d rip up Rhett’s contract on the spot!
Rhett’s family and pregnant wife are here, yet he embarrasses them!? Does Rhett think it’s okay that the reason his son won’t look him in the eyes is because daddy’s a coward?! Rhett gets mad, and that’s what Kenny wants to see! Show him something! But when Rhett doesn’t, Kenny is the one who gets mad. Is the Titus family really proud of that?! Because the Rhett Kenny King knew was a man, not this “punk ass b*tch.” Will these fighting words light a fire in the Fittest? Or does the K I N G have a point?
ROH hears from Kelly Klein.
“Women of Honor has some of the best women wrestling has to offer right now, and I love it.” That means the Gatekeeper will defend her title against some of the best women around. Maria Manic has Kelly’s attention, and Kelly is ready for that match. Kelly’s even excited to fight Tasha Steelz, the Allure, Stella Grey or Jenny Rose as she defends her world title. Who makes it out of the contender’s match first in line for a fight with the Pretty Badass?
ROH looks back to June 29th.
Jay Lethal vowed to work twice as hard as before, “whip the crap out of Matt Taven,” and become a THREE-TIME ROH World Champion! But Taven told him that in New York City, July 20th, we will all finally see that we are living in “The Time of Matt Taven.” Taven is the King of ROH, because heee’s Matt Taven, and he was #BorntoRule! But then, Alex Shelley returned!
Shelley was careful not to say he retired from ROH. Let’s pretend he has a card in his hand that is known as the “veteran’s card.” And let’s say there’s a hole punched for every year he’s contributed to the industry. That’s 17 holes. Shelley’s fingerprints are all over the world of wrestling, so now he plays his card. Shelley expects to be respected! And it won’t matter who walks out of Manhattan, Shelley just wants his shot to prove to them, him, and the world that he still has #TalentonLoanfromGod! Who will the returning revolutionary meet after mayhem goes down in Manhattan?
WOH World Championship #1 Contender’s Four Corner Survival: Stella Grey VS Jenny Rose VS Angelina Love w/ The Allure VS Tasha Steelz!
While only one of the Beautiful People is in this match, it is no surprise that she still has her friends by her side. Angelina Love leads the way as Velvet Sky helps Mandy Leon and their fluffy mascot, Foxxy, into the ring. But the spotlight quickly moves to the Garden State Goddess, little gritty Grey, and the American Joshi. With Kelly Klein watching on commentary, who grabs a huge victory and earns a Summer Supercard showdown?
But before the bell rings, Velvet grabs a mic to tell Jenny she doesn’t belong here, that Stella doesn’t belong here, and Tasha- She doesn’t even know who Tasha is, actually, but she doesn’t belong here, either. The only woman in the ring that matters is the Allure’s Bada$$, Angelina Love, the TRUE #1 Contender! Angelina proved herself already when she pinned Kelly at Best in the World. Win-loss records leave out a lot, and Kelly knows Angelina didn’t need to cheat that night to win. But talking aside, the other three competitors uphold the Code of Honor, but don’t even worry about Angelina. The bell finally rings, and Jenny goes right at her!
Stella and Tasha fight while Jenny rains down rights on Angelina! Angelina and Jenny roll out of the ring and Angelina kicks back. Jenny forearms but Angelina kicks again. Stella whips Tasha but Tasha runs Stella over. Tasha brushes herself off and runs, but Stella keeps up. Tasha and Stella trade hip toss blocks while Angelina and Jenny trade apron bumps. Stella rolls Tasha but Tasha arm-drags back. Stella arm-drags Tasha now, but Angelina kicks Jenny away. Angelina is on Stella with a sleeper, but Stella kicks Tasha away. Angelina throws Stella down by her hair, and The Allure cheers her on as she whips Stella into a corner. Stella runs into Tasha, then Angelina dropkicks them into each other. Angelina throws Stella out and runs, but into Jenny’s SPEAR! Cover, TWO!
Tasha throws Jenny out fast and stares down with Angelina. Tasha flexes but it doesn’t impress Angelina. Angelina ties up with Tasha to a headlock. Tasha powers out but Angelina runs her over. Things speed up and Tasha shows agility to hip toss Angelina down! Fans fire up as Tasha whips. Angelina reverses and scoops to a spinning sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Tasha fires forearms back and whips, but Angelina reverses. Tasha goes up and over and rolls, to drop toehold Angelina down. Angelina gets clear of the basement dropkick but Tasha gets clear of the elbow drop. The two stare down as fans cheer.
Tasha eggs Angelina on, and the two start trading forearms. Tasha gets an edge and fires off! She runs but Mandy trips her up! A Fatal 4 Way means no disqualifications, but the referee tells the Allure they’re EJECTED! Mandy is upset and Velvet just shrugs it off as they take Foxxy with them. Angelina is a bit more concerned now that she’s all alone as ROH goes to break.
ROH returns and Tasha waistlocks Angelina. They roll to a cover, TWO! Stella throws Tasha out to roll Angelina, but Jenny breaks it. Jenny kicks Stella out to then La Magistrol Angelina, TWO! Jenny stays on Angelina in a corner for a back elbow and whip. Angelina reverses but Jenny dodges to send Angelina into the post! Jenny dropkicks Stella back out and goes out to join her. They start trading hands, but Tasha slingshots out to take them both down! Fans fire up but now Angelina climbs up top. Angelina LEAPS to crossbody them all down! This is the top tier talent Kelly has wanted to see. But speaking of, Angelina dares Kelly to come closer. Kelly heads closer to the ring, and stares Angelina down the whole way. But this keeps Angelina seeing Jenny, Stella and Tasha all get back in the ring.
Jenny clubs Angelina, and has help from Stella! They DOUBLE POWERBOMB Angelina down! But then Tasha double clotheslines Jenny and Stella down! Fans fire up behind the Boricua Badass as she fireman’s carries Stella. Stella fights out and drags Tasha into a sleeper hold clutch! Angelina kicks Jenny then hits a complete shot, to the Koji Klutch! Side-by-side submissions, but which one puts their victim out first!? Jenny and Tasha endures, and Jenny reaches for a ropebreak! The ref counts and Angelina lets her go. Meanwhile, Tasha sits up, and Angelina kicks Stella off her! Jenny kicks Angelina down, then goes to Tasha for a German Suplex! Jenny kicks Stella for a snap suplex! She runs at Angelina but gets the Botox Injection! Angelina covers, but Stella breaks it!
Stella scoops but Angelina slips out and shoves, Botox Injection for Stella! Tasha throws Angelina out to get Stella with a CUTTER! Cover, Tasha wins!!
Winner: Tasha Steelz, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WOH World Championship
Angelina ain’t happy about it, but the Boricua Badass got the better of her fair and square, okurrr? Can Tasha make it a one and done when it comes to title matches? Or will Kelly still be the champion when she leaves Toronto?
But wait, the lights drop down. And a rather creepy little video plays. Dolls sit in a line, but a hand reaches out to take the man. To chew him up and spit him out! Because the MANEATER is here! And Maria Manic has appeared behind Tasha and Angelina! Angelina saw this once before, she gets away again. But Tasha shows no fear! Security hurries to keep this fight from happening, but Maria just manhandles them like she did at Best in the World! She takes one and tosses him from the ring, then clotheslines another! But she slaps the third around to then put him in the torture rack! And then she dumps him out onto the other two! The fourth man gets the double hand choke slam! Maria Manic made mince meat of five grown men, but is she going to devour the entire WOH Division?
ROH hears from Rush.
El Toro Blanco is “sick and tired” of Dalton Castle. Rush whooped The Peacock in 15 seconds. But if Castle wants to mess with his familia, well perro, the bull is going to end him for good! Rush didn’t come to ROH to play, he came to become the best! “Nothing happens unless I say so.” When and where will this grudge match happen? Mass Hyteria on July 21st! A wild weekend is coming for ROH, who survives the mayhem and hysteria on the way to the Summer Supercard?
Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal & The Bouncers!
Matt Taven vows to prove he’s the king, while TK O’Ryan and Vinnie Marseglia vow to show who are the real elite tag team wrestlers in ROH. But they’ll have to prove it with actions, not words, as they take on their rivals all at once! Will the Franchise Player gain major momentum towards Manhattan when he sides with former foes in Brian Milonas & The Beer City Bruiser?
But given the apparent collusion involving Kenny King and timekeeper Amy Rose, Jay Lethal asks that she take her leave. Amy obliges, not wanting to be a source of controversy for this main event. The Kingdom then make their entrance, and ROH takes another break.
ROH returns and Lethal starts against the Horror King. The bell rings and they tie up right away! Vinnie powers Lethal to a corner but the ref backs him off. Vinnie throws a forearm but Lethal gives it back and we have a brawl! Lethal starts backing Vinnie down but Vinnie knees low and puts Lethal in a corner. Vinnie chops but Lethal CHOPS right back. They trade more CHOPS, and Vinnie wants Lethal to give him more. Lethal CHOPS Vinnie like he wants, but Vinnie just trash talks and knees low. Vinnie runs but misses in the corner, Lethal hip tosses and cartwheels to dropkick! Vinnie hurries to the Kingdom’s corner and tags to TK. Brian “Brawler” Milonas tags in and ties up with the Sassy Wild Horse.
Milonas shoves TK all the way back to his corner! TK runs back out but skids to a stop as Milonas towers over him. TK says he wants Lethal? Milonas gives TK what he wants, but he does tag Lethal a bit hard. Lethal shakes it off and ties up with TK. TK headlocks but Lethal powers out, only for TK to run him over. TK runs and runs Lethal over again, but things speed up. Lethal hurdles but his hip toss is blocked to TK’s own hip toss. Lethal boots TK back but runs into an elbow. TK runs but into that hip toss and cartwheel dropkick! Lethal has gotten two Kingdom members with that, and then tags in Bruiser. Taven tags in and Bruiser dares him to bring the fight. Taven has Bruiser calm down, and fans chant “Melvin! Melvin!” But again, The Kingdom wants Lethal.
Taven wants Lethal and even offers a free shot. Bruiser says Taven’s too scared to fight a real man. Taven just wants Lethal, and again gives a free shot. Lethal tags in but he sees the sucker punch coming. The two fire off haymakers and CHOPS on each other! Lethal whips but Taven reverses, but Lethal gets under TK at the ropes. Vinnie rushes at Lethal on the outside but Lethal dodges to CHOP! TK jumps but Lethal punches him out of the air, only for Taven to wreck Lethal with a dropkick! Taven drags Lethal up and throws him into railing, then The Kingdom attacks like piranha! The Bouncers protest but The Kingdom put Lethal in. Taven stomps and chokes Lethal to then tag in Vinnie. The Kingdom mugs Lethal with stomps then Vinnie rains rights down. Fans duel as ROH goes to one more break.
ROH returns once again, and The Kingdom continues to mug Lethal. Taven stomps Lethal down then drags him up to put in the Kingdom’s corner. Taven CHOPS Lethal then tags in Vinnie. Vinnie tags in TK, and the two whip Lethal. Lethal reverses to whip Vinnie, but TK waistlocks him. Lethal boots Vinnie then slips out of TK’s suplex. He ducks them both to tag in Bruiser! Bruiser rallies with the power of “BEER! BEER!” He punches Taven, uppercuts Vinnie, and uppercuts TK! Bruiser brings TK in for the sidewinder DDT! Cover but Vinnie breaks it! Vinnie fish hooks Bruiser but Bruiser bites the fingers. Oh but wait, Bruiser can’t bite, “I ain’t got no teef!” Bruiser brings TK up but TK CHOPS! TK kicks low and DDT’s Bruiser! But Milonas tags in to rally on The Kingdom! He even back drops Taven!
Milonas falls back to senton on Taven! Vinnie runs but gets flattened with a crossbody! Cover, but Taven breaks it! Taven fires off strikes on Milonas, but Milonas powers Taven to a fireman’s carry. TK leaps but into Milonas’ arms! Milonas gives them a Fall Away Samoan Drop combo! Fans fire up with the Mastodon, but also for Lethal as he DIVES onto Vinnie! Lethal gets back in to DIVE onto TK! And of course, he runs and DIVES onto Taven! The trifecta has been completed! Vinnie runs in to fight with the Bouncers, and whips Bruiser, but Bruiser reverses. TK tags in before Vinnie gets fed to the Scrapbuster! TK climbs and leaps, but into Bruiser’s arms. Milonas sandwiches TK with Bruiser, and it even sends Bruiser stumbling. But Bruiser comes back while Milonas climbs, and it’s the Last Call leg drop! Cover, The Bouncers and Lethal win!
Winners: Jay Lethal & The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning
The winner of Guerrillas of Destiny VS The Briscoes in the ROH World Tag Team Championship match at Manhattan Mayhem better watch out, because some big competition is meeting them at Mass Hysteria. Who will The Bouncers get to toast with on the 21st?
But wait, Taven doesn’t let Lethal go, and gives him CLIMAX to the floor!! The Bouncers hurry to Lethal’s side as The Kingdom retreats. Taven raises the title, but will he still be holding onto the gold after Manhattan Mayhem?
A pretty good go-home with major developments for a busy weekend coming up for ROH. Not only is Manhattan Mayhem on Saturday, July 20th, but now there’s another event on July 21st with this “Mass Hysteria” in Lowell, Massachusetts. Of course, this is all on top of ROH TV finally referencing Best in the World, but the usual mess was mostly ironed out. Rush has a solid promo, and his grudge match with Castle will surely be longer and better than the shocking 15 second squash at G1 Supercard. What’s odd is that while Kenny King beat Lethal at BitW in their Best of 3, he’s doing a story with Rhett Titus next? Lethal’s using his contractual rematch, sure, but is this story with Rhett going to delay Kenny’s shot at Taven more? Is Rhett going to turn so that we more or less get an All Night Express reunion? It is both intriguing yet confusing as to what is going on here.
The Women’s Fatal 4 was a great match, and what a great surprise to see the younger Tasha Steelz getting this chance. I thought it was going to be Angelina Love, but at the same time, even Angelina Love seems like an odd choice from out of The Allure. But I suppose with now women’s tag titles in ROH (yet?) all three could try going after Kelly in turn. And then we got to see Maria Manic at the same time tonight, that was a great way to debut! The Maneater will surely be a contender, and a monster for the Allure to worry about while they’re each taking turns against Kelly Klein. Kelly’s promo is obviously to put the company over, but for just the WOH Division in a vacuum, it is definitely heating up now with an addition like Manic.
And to end the show, we get a really good Six Man Tag, and obviously the goal for The Kingdom was to do as much as they could to Lethal so it’ll be easier for Taven in Manhattan. I am still disappointed the timing kept Jeff Cobb from becoming ROH’s top guy, but I again reference that the G1 Climax and Cobb going back and forth just wouldn’t be good for him or ROH. Lethal might as well dethrone Taven, joining Adam Cole as the only other three-time champ. Then we could get Lethal VS King 4 within a span of a few months, and maybe that story (which has an interesting twist with how it involves timekeeper Amy Rose) is what gives King his first world title reign, and makes him an ROH Triple Crown winner. Then we can circle back to King VS K I N G, Grand Slam Taven VS Triple Crown Kenny for the One True King of Honor!
My Score: 8.2/10