Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 379
It’s the Best of ROH 2018! Join Ring of Honor in reviewing the greatest moments of the year, from titles to debuts to history made in and out of the ring!
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2018 was a great year for ROH.
From establishing the Women of Honor World Championship to strengthening bonds with promotions like NJPW, CMLL and even RevPro, it is clear that #HonorIsReal. ROH has grown stronger around the world and even online thanks to the Honor Club streaming service, and looks to grow even more in 2019. Join us in reliving some of the major highlights of this year from the biggest events on the Ring of Honor Calendar!
Supercard of Honor XII: Kenny Omega VS Cody!
This match between Best Bout Machine and the American Nightmare came about as part of the Bullet Club Civil War’s first phase. Omega and Cody constantly clashed in regards to how to lead the Bullet Club between both ROH and NJPW promotions. When Omega lost the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship to The Switchblade, Jay White, in Sapporo, Hangman Page would step up to go after the new champion. Omega didn’t want Page showing disrespect, but Cody felt Omega was disrespecting Page. One thing led to another, and now we are in New Orleans as these two battle!
ROH jumps in as Cody takes off his weight belt. Cody uses it to whip and lash Omega on the mat! Cody climbs up top, for a moonsault! But he flops as Omega rolls away! Omega has a wild look in his eyes as he gets up. Cody slowly rises, too, but Omega is on him with a point-blank V-Trigger! Cody dares Omega to keep hitting him, so Omega gives another V-Trigger. Omega double guns but Cody uses the ref as a shield. Cody then spits on Omega, and rakes the eyes. Omega stops that for yet another V-Trigger! Then a running V-Trigger!! Cover, TWO!!
Cut to moments later, Omega gives Cody a V-Trigger at the ropes! Omega drags Cody up, Electric Chair, but Cody fights out. Cody underhooks, Dinn’s Fire!! High stack cover, TWO!! Omega lives after the vertabreaker and fans are thunderous!
Cut to another moment later, and Cody slashes the throat. Cody drags Omega up for the dragon sleeper but Omega fights out. Cody catches the leg but Omega flips through. They back up into the ref! Things speed up, and double crossbodies collide! Everyone is down, but here come the Young Bucks! Matt & Nick Jackson were the two caught in the middle of the Bullet Club Civil War as they’re both great friends with Omega and Cody. The Bucks slide into the ring, and it’s the moment of truth. Whose side are they on? The Bucks take aim at Cody, but also take aim at Omega. Fans duel and The Bucks have to decide. They aim for Cody, but Cody dodges to send the SUPERKICKS into Omega!! What have they done?! Cody drags Omega up, Cross Rhodes!! Cover and the ref returns, Cody wins!
Cody would win the first battle in Bullet Club Civil War’s opening phase, but we know it wouldn’t end there. Through NJPW, the battles would rage on, and it would be at the G1 Special in San Francisco that things would change. Omega defended his IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Cody in an epic and extreme match and successfully retained. Just as it seemed that Omega and Cody had reunited the Bullet Club, it would be torn apart again by the Firing Squad, as led by Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa. It is unclear how the future of “Bullet Club” will unfold, or The Elite’s for that matter. Where will 2019 bring everyone involved?
The ROH World Television Championship also had a wild 2018.
Just between Silas Young and Kenny King, the title would change hands several times, and ultimately, the Last Real Man would keep it away from the K I N G. But then Silas would have to deal with a monster in Punishment Martinez. Martinez would take the title from Silas and run with it for a long and solid reign. However, a shocking in-ring debut would end even that, as the Hawaiian Hulk, Jeff Cobb, would appear on the scene!
ROH Wrestling TV Episode 370 – ROH World Television Championship: Punishment Martinez VS Jeff Cobb!
Martinez and Cobb are monsters in the ring to say the least, and this collision rivaled the action of any classic kaiju movie. Everyone from ROH fans to Martinez himself was shocked to see that Cobb could take the punishment and dish it out! There was nothing Martinez could do to finish Cobb, but Cobb had more than enough for Martinez. In fact, this match was so surprisingly short, ROH can replay it all here!
Cobb is now the ROH World Television Champion, and has already prove he is worthy with wins over great talents like the Notorious Hitman, Shane Taylor, Mr. Top Prospect 2017 Josh “The Goods” Woods, and perhaps his orneriest challenger ever, Hangman Page. Even as recently as Episode 378, he helped Team Lethal win the ROH Christmas Surprise tag match. Cobb rolls on into the New Year with gold, who will step up to the colossal challenge that he is?
The Kingdom’s 2018 was all about conspiracy!
Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan & Vinnie Marseglia had to wait roughly a full year for their contractual rematch for the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships. And while they got them back in controversial fashion, they also lost those titles in controversial fashion. Cody and The Young Bucks would pin an illegal tag partner, but the referee’s decision was final. However, The Kingdom would get their justice at Survival of the Fittest.
Survival of the Fittest 2018 – ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: Cody & The Young Bucks VS The Kingdom!
ROH jumps in as Vinnie and Taven double whip Matt Jackson, only for Matt to come back with double clotheslines! Ohio fires up with Matt as he wrecks Taven with a dropkick. Matt skins the cat into a Sliced Bread on Vinnie! Matt calls for the “SUPERKICK PARTY!” but Taven swipes at Matt. Matt turns around into a double flapjack from Vinnie and TK! They add a leg drop and back senton, then Vinnie covers. TWO and the Kingdom are frustrated. Vinnie drags Matt up and whips him to the Kingdom’s corner but Matt hits TK and Taven. Vinnie runs in but Matt dodges. Matt runs into Vinnie’s knee, but he SUPERKICKS Vinnie off the ropes! Matt dodges TK and tags his brother, Nick!
TK runs into a swing kick, then Nick slingshot double stomps! Nick keeps moving with a somersault to draping backstabber on Vinnie! The Bucks fire up and they whip TK and Vinnie at each other. The Kingdom reverses, we dosido, and The Bucks go for Sharpshooters! Taven runs in but so does Cody. Cody slingshots and sunset flips, to his own Sharpshooter! It’s a TRIPLE Cease & Desist! Fans chant but The Kingdom endures. Vinnie gets free then Taven, and even TK. The Elite regroup to whip Vinnie corner to corner. Cody runs in for a forearm, Matt htis his own forearm, then Nick hits a shining wizard! And then, TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! Cover, but Taven and TK both break it!
Cody throws TK out and Nick throws Taven. Cody runs to triangle jump and FLY onto TK! Nick Penalty Kicks, but he gets the outside referee! Taven trips Nick off the apron, then laughs at the “Melvin.” Matt wrecks Taven and skins the cat, but runs into Vinnie’s Sliced Bread! Cody runs in, Cross Rhodes! Taven returns, but the Kick of the King hits the main referee! Cody gets Taven with Cross Rhodes! Cover, but there’s NO ref! Fans count to five but it doesn’t matter, and then TK clubs Cody with his bat! TK swings for the fences and takes out both Bucks! Fans boo and jeer but there’s no ref to call the action. Taven drags Cody up, and The Kingdom coordinates, for ROCKSTAR SUPER NOVA! A third referee appears, but wait, is that…? Yes, it’s BRANDI! And she flips The Kingdom off!
Fans fire up for Mrs. American Nightmare, but she’s all alone in the ring. But The Bucks return to SUPERKICK TK and Vinnie! Then TRIPLE SUPERKICK for Taven! Cody grabs TK, Cross Rhodes! Cover, Brandi counts it, The Elite win! But wait, this can’t be official, because Brandi’s not a real referee. The actual referees see this and argue it with Brandi. The Kingdom obviously don’t want this to stand, and they shove Cody into Brandi! And the decision has been reached: Brandi isn’t an actual referee, so this match continues. Taven defends he didn’t mean to hurt Brandi, and allows Cody to pick up his wife. Cody carries Brandi but then Taven hits him with the Climax!! TK throws Nick to a post, Vinnie blocks a superkick, and they combine for House of 1000 Horses! Cover, The KINGDOM wins! They’re now THREE-Time trios champions!
The conspiracy, real or imagined, was finally put to rest. At least, a tag title related one. Taven would move on from the concern of the trios championships and on to the ROH World Championship. Taven claims to be the uncrowned king and the “real” champion, but saying so and making up a purple version of the belt doesn’t mean it’s true. Will Taven and the REAL World Champion, Jay Lethal, settle this “controversy” in 2019?
And speaking of Jay Lethal…
The Franchise was a great former ROH WHC, but he wasn’t satisfied with resting on his laurels. Lethal talked with ROH management about getting back to the title, and they brought up it was about what you do lately. Lethal agreed, and decided to make up for some losses in 2018. He would go on a streak of wins against some classic opponents, and would earn a shot at the title.
ROH Wrestling Television Episode 357 – ROH World Championship Four Corner Survival: Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Matt Taven VS Cody VS Jay Lethal!
So soon after retaining his title, The Peacock felt like putting it right back on the line! The Kingdom’s ringleader, The American Nightmare and The Franchise Player were all given a fair shot to see if they could dethrone Castle. Things would get chaotic and extreme, as tables and chairs would be brought in and used to destructively amazing effect. It would boil down to Castle and Lethal, and an emphatic Lethal Injection! Jay Lethal is now a two-time ROH World Champion, a rarity in itself. He would successfully retain against Cody at Final Battle, bring both wrestlers full circle in their rivalry. And again, as Taven wants to establish himself as the “real” world champion, Lethal continues to prove why he is the REAL world champion. When and where in 2019 will these two settle who is the undisputed ROH World Champion?
But let’s not forget the ROH World Tag Team Championships.
There are any number of great teams in ROH, but the two best of them are The Briscoes and The Young Bucks. This rivalry has raged long before 2018 but it certainly heated up. The fiercest may have been ROH Best in the World over the Summer.
Best in the World 2018 – ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Briscoes VS The Young Bucks!
#DemBoyz got away with these titles thanks to Championship Advantage and a disqualification, but that wouldn’t get Matt & Nick Jackson to give up on getting those titles back around their waists. At the time, The Bucks were already IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team and NEVER Openweight Six Man Champions, but that also was not going to stop them from trying.
ROH starts this match at the top with the introductions being made and the titles being raised. Mark and Nick start and tie up. Mark powers Nick to a corner then gets all over him but the ref backs him off. Nick hits back and whips corner to corner. Mark goes up and over but Nick chops him. Nick goes “lucha libre~” to arm-drag, but Mark deflects the dropkick. The two grind foreheads, but then Nick hits Jay Briscoe! Nick throws haymakers but Mark whips. Jay dumps Nick out but Nick still kicks him away. Nick shoulders and slingshots, but Jay comes in to run him over.
Matt jumps in to dropkick Mark but Jay throws hands. Jay gives a stiff European Uppercut, but Matt reverses the whip. The Bucks double hip toss and back flip, but Mark disrupts their rhythm. The Bucks go to superkick but the Briscoes block! Now all four men grind foreheads and talk trash, while ROH goes to break.
ROH returns and the brawl rages on between Bucks and Briscoes. The Briscoes get the edge, then run, into SUPERKICKS! The Bucks throw more hands on The Briscoes, then they run. Matt boosts Nick for the double dropkick! Fans fire up while The Briscoes back down. Nick tags in Matt and the fans chant for “The! Elite! The the Elite!” Matt and Nick double whip Jay and double hip toss him again. They backflip and finally get those double dropkicks. Mark returns and Matt headscissors, but Jay intercepts Nick going around the world! Mark then feeds Matt to Jay’s clothesline! The Briscoes combine for Redneck Boogie! Cover, TWO!
Cut to Mark and Matt brawling. Matt runs but Jay trips him up and drags him out. Jay holds Matt and Mark runs in, but Matt gets out of the way! Mark’s dropkick wrecks Jay! Matt kicks Mark, then hits a somersault cutter! He wrecks his back but he takes Mark with him. Fans rally up and Matt gets back in to tag Nick! Nick runs and triangle jumps for a corkscrew moonsault! Fans are thunderous as Nick lands on his feet! Nick rallies with kicks and elbows, and shining wizards Mark into barriers! He brings Mark along for the bulldog clothesline combo! Nick returns and Matt runs with him, and they double DIVE! The Briscoes go down and Nick puts Jay in the ring.
Nick runs in at the corner, shining wizard! He hoists Jay to the top rope and climbs up to join him. Mark wrecks Matt into barriers, and then yanks Nick down into a rear naked choke! Jay intercepts Matt, and then Mark feeds Nick to Jay’s clothesline! Mark wrecks Matt with a dropkick and blockbuster! The Briscoes coordinate and Jay hits the stiff neckbreaker. Mark climbs and leaps, Froggy-Bow! Cover, TWO!! Nick lives and keeps The Bucks in this match! Fans are thunderous again, and duel with “Young Bucks!” “Man Up!” Mark drags Nick up and Jay coordinates with him. Matt intercepts and drags Jay down. Nick SUPER STEINERS Mark! Nick crawls for his corner as fans rally up. Hot tag and Matt rallies on Mark!
Matt throws hands but Jay returns to clobber him. Jay headbutts Matt, and The Briscoes double whip. Matt breaks through to hit double clotheslines! Matt fires up and runs, but into a Death Valley Driver! Fans know “This is Awesome!” but it’s also far from over. Jay stands first and stomps Matt. He eggs Matt on, but says “Y’all boys ain’t sh*t!” Matt gets up to SUPERKICK! Mark runs into a SUPERKICK! The Bucks power up but The Briscoes SUPERKICK! The Briscoes run into SUPERKICKS! But then The Bucks run into clotheslines! Jay Driller on Matt!! Cover, but Nick manages to break it! The battle rages on after the break!
ROH returns once more in 2018, and The Briscoes call for Doomsday. Fans boo and jeer but Jay flips them the bird. Mark climbs while Jay drags Matt up in the Electric Chair. Nick intercepts Mark with a SUPER Cutter! Matt victory rolls Jay, TWO! Jay fights both Bucks with haymakers, elbows and EuroUppers. Jay runs, but into boots! Nick cartwheels to asai onto mark! Matt lifts Jay with an Electric Chair, and Nick springboards for a Young Bucks Doomsday!! Cover, TWO!! Jay survives and shocks The Bucks. Fans rally up and The Bucks work to use one of theirs. Nick climbs and Matt scoops Jay. More Bang for Your Buck completes the cycle, but Mark Froggy-Bows on the ref?! That was on purpose?! Yes, because Mark then grabs a chair!
Mark swings but misses, and gets double SUPERKICKS! The Bucks go back to Jay and call for it. Nick springboards, Five-Star Meltzer Driver! Cover, the referee returns to count, but Mark breaks it! Nick stomps Mark out of the ring and Matt positions the chair. The Bucks decide to up the ante, and reset the tombstone. Mark throws a second chair at Nick’s face! Jay slips out and gets Matt, with a Jay Driller on th chair!! Cover, TWO!? How does Matt survive?! Fans are thunderous in Baltimore! Jay stands and tags Mark, and they hoist Matt up top. Mark climbs and they coordinate again. Jay has to kick Nick away first, and then they hit SUPER Redneck Boogie! Cover, The Briscoes win!!
As epic as that instant classic was, The Briscoes would not finish the year with the titles. Not only were The Bucks hungry for more, SoCal Uncensored would be spurred on by their Final Battle countdown. The Addiction would step up to go after the titles, but #DemBoyz would take Christopher Daniels out of the running with a Jay Driller on the stage. However, Scorpio Sky stepped in, and in an amazing Triple Threat, he and Frankie Kazarian would shock the world! SoCal Uncensored would then raise the stakes on themselves, by allowing The Young Bucks and The Briscoes to challenge them for the titles in a Ladder War! This would ultimately backfire as Jay & Mark become the historic TEN-TIME ROH World Tag Team Champions! What new heights will The Briscoes reach in 2019? Where will we find SCU and The Elite?
Another year, another review episode. This was pretty good given that ROH aired the matches, in part or in full, to fill their hour of content. I think they hit some really good points of their year, making sure to highlight the best of each Division. However, there are some things pointed out with this retrospective. They said the Fatal 4 Way that Jay Lethal won was on June 30, but from the television airing (and therefore my previous article) it happened on July 21. I’ve said it before but obviously ROH still needs to work on streamlining how it schedules, tapes and airs their content. That is the one flaw in their system keeping them from being as great of a wrestling company as they could be. Other than that, they really do put out quality wrestling and I look forward to what they have planned for 2019.
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (3/16/19)
Zack Sabre Jr. continues his journey in ROH!
Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 391
It’s ROH 17th Anniversary weekend, but the action keeps on rolling! The Submission Master returns, will he make Rocky Romero #JustTapOut?
- Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Silas Young & The Briscoes; Young & The Briscoes win.
- The Bouncers VS Brian Johnson & Joe Keys; The Bouncers win.
- Madison Rayne w/ Sumie Sakai VS Thunder Rosa w/ Holidead; Rayne wins.
- Zack Sabre Jr. VS Rocky Romero; ZSJ wins.
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Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Silas Young & The Briscoes!
Cheeseburger leads Ryan Nova and Eli Isom into battle! Will their fighting spirits combined be enough to overcome the Last Real Man and #DemBoyz?
The bell rings and Isom begins against Jay Briscoe. Isom is no stranger to taking on former ROH World Champions, this could be his third upset on one already. They tie up and Jay waistlocks. Isom standing switches and throws Jay down but Jay reverses to a facelock, but Isom slips away. Fans applaud the Future of Honor keeping up with Jay. Jay and Isom circle again and Jay keeps Isom guessing on the grapple. Jay reels Isom in for a headlock, but Isom powers out, only for Jay to run him over. Things speed up and Isom kicks Jay. Isom runs but sees Jay follow. Jay fakes Isom out and kicks him down. Jay tags Mark and The Briscoes mug Isom. Mark suplexes but Isom slips out and shoves Mark. Mark turns around into Isom’s arm-drag!
Isom tags in Nova and Nova hops up for ax handles. Nova wrenches the arm but Mark rolls through. Mark breaks free but Nova dodges and fires off strikes. Nova wrenches and tags in Cheeseburger! Burger climbs up to drop his own ax handle. Burger wrenches but Mark pushes him away. Mark rushes at Burger but Burger crawls under and kicks him away. Burger speeds up but Jay stands in his way. Mark rocks Burger with a shotgun dropkick! Silas and the Briscoes take control as we go to break.
ROH returns and Silas taunts Burger to stand, only to stomp him down. Fans rally up for Burger and he throws body shots on Silas. Burger fires forearms but Silas shoves Burger for the backbreaker clothesline on the rebound! Silas drags Burger over and tags in Mark. Mark drops an elbow then drags Burger up. Mark suplexes and holds Burger up for a few seconds before dropping him down. Fans rally but Mark puts Burger in a camel clutch. Burger endures while Jay and Silas taunt him. Mark fish hooks Burger but lets up at 4. Mark blasts Nova but the ref keeps Isom from going after Mark. But he misses Mark biting Burger! Mark gets away with it then CHOPS Burger in a corner! Mark whips corner to corner but Burger dodges! Burger dodges Silas and Jay, too, hot tag to Isom!
Isom dropkicks Mark to his corner where Jay tags in. Silas runs at Isom but Isom puts him on the apron and dropkicks him down! Jay goes after Isom with a waistlock but is bucked off. Isom pops Jay up to a fireman’s carry! Nova intercepts Mark and DIVES on Silas! Air Raid Crash from Isom to Jay! Cover, TWO!! Isom almost had another former world champion caught! Isom keeps going but Jay blocks the suplex. Jay fights back but Isom throws his own forearms. Isom runs but into Jay’s fireman’s carry. Jay hits the Spicolli Driver while Mark climbs up! FROGGY-BOW! Jay covers, TWO!? Isom survives and The Briscoes are shocked!
The ref tells Mark to go to the corner but the Briscoes ignore him. #DemBoyz work together to finish this, double underhook but Isom fights out. Isom pushes Jay into Mark then kicks, suplex to brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Another close call but Isom keeps his focus. Isom and Jay stand as fans rally up. Isom throws forearms and elbows then an enziguri. Jay staggers and Jay runs, but SUPERKICK for Jay! High-Low combo for The Briscoes! Mark keeps Burger out while Jay hits his Jay Driller! Cover, The Briscoes & Silas win!
Winners: Silas Young & The Briscoes, Jay Briscoe pinning
The Shinobi Shadow Squad struggles in the Six Man Tag Division against such accomplished opponents. Will it be the Last Real Man and Dem Boyz who move on towards the titles instead?
Rhett Titus speaks.
“Willie Mack, I heard you had plans to take the NWA National Title and defend it in every state across America.” Well Willie, plans change, because the Fittest is looking to take that belt and bring it with him on the Flex Express. Will Rhett’s own plans have to change after facing The Mack next episode?
The Bouncers VS Brian Johnson & Joe Keys!
The literally biggest team in the ROH Tag Team Division takes on two other Future of Honor stars. With physiques like theirs, JK and The Number One were hoping for sunny beaches and “beautiful baby dolls”, but instead got “busted up broads and their beer-swilling bozos”! Well that’s no way to talk about the fans or beer! The Bouncers make their way out with plenty of drinks, and Brian Milonas takes the mic. He and The Beer City Bruiser are here to kick ass and drink beer! Will they do just that against these rude rookies?
The Code of Honor is still upheld between the teams, and we start with Bruiser and Keys. Keys shows off his body while teasing Bruiser about the beer belly. Bruiser admits Keys wins the body building, but Bruiser has the fans as they chant “Beer! Beer!” along with him. Keys calls for a test of strength and Bruiser isn’t sure he’s serious. Keys shoves Bruiser and tells him to take it serious. Bruiser accepts the test, and SLAPS Keys off his feet! Keys gets up and kicks but Bruiser catches it. Bruiser spins Keys for an atomic drop. Keys gets to a corner but covers up from Bruiser’s punch. So Bruiser CHOPS instead! And CHOPS, and CHOPS! Fans cheer for more but Keys turns around to protect his chest. So Bruiser CHOPS his back! Keys scrambles to his corner and tags in Johnson.
Johnson fires off on Bruiser but Bruiser shoves him to run him over! Bruiser drags Johnson up but Johnson powers him to the corner. Keys anchors Bruiser’s feet and Johnson gets a sucker punch! Johnson stomps away in the corner then tags in Keys. Keys stomps Bruiser now but lets up at 4. Keys chops Bruiser back then goes to scoop. Bruiser’s too big for that, so Keys gives a European Uppercut. Johnson tags in and rams in his own uppercut. Johnson and Keys work together for a double scoop slam! Cover, ONE, and with power! Bruiser reaches for Milonas but Keys tags back in. Keys stomps Bruiser down then puts Bruiser back in the corner. Keys throws EuroUppers then gestures at Milonas. He runs in for a splash but Bruiser dodges! Keys hits buckles and both men are down!
Fans rally up as Bruiser crawls for his corner. Johnson shouts to Keys, and Keys tags him in. Johnson grabs Bruiser’s feet but Bruiser still gets to Milonas! The Mastodon rallies on both Future of Honor stars! Fans fire up as he pounces Keys out of the ring, then squashes Johson in a corner. Milonas whips Johnson corner to corner for another splash, then scoops. Johnson slips out and shoves Milonas away. Johnson dodges the clothesline but gets a pop-up spinebuster! Keys attacks Milonas from behind but Bruiser gets Keys. Bruiser whips Keys and Milonas gives Keys a pop-up spinebuster! The Bouncers say bottom’s up and grab Johnson. Milonas climbs and Bruiser holds Johnson up, draping leg drop! Cover, The Bouncers win!
Winners: The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning
They kicked ass, now they drink beer! Will the Bouncers find their way to the ROH World Tag Team Championships and drink to a title reign?
Madison Rayne speaks.
“Thunder Rosa, you think that you and Holidead can come into ROH and control the narrative and call the shots?” Here’s the reality: the Twisted Sisterz are the opposite of what the Women of Honor stand for. The Queen Bee vows to make a statement, but will it go the way she hopes?
Willie Mack speaks.
The inaugural NWA National Champion is all about making history, and he makes history with ROH next week. He’ll defend his title in all 50 states, and is already on number 5. If Rhett Titus wants to stay fit, then he better get ready for a fight!
Madison Rayne w/ Sumie Sakai VS Thunder Rosa w/ Holidead!
As The Queen Bee alluded to, The Twisted Sisterz have done what they want to who they want since joining the Women of Honor Division, including the Ray of Sunshine. Now Sumie stands beside Madison, will they put the trouble-makers in their place?
Madison doesn’t wait for the bell, she goes right at Thunder Rosa! She tackles Rosa down and the bell has to ring as she fires off right hands. Rayne puts Rosa in one corner then runs her all the way to the other. She bumps Rosa off a third then hits a sliding lariat. Rayne runs Rosa over with a shoulder and fires up while Rosa regroups with Holidead. Rayne doesn’t give Rosa much time to regain composure, she goes right out and rocks her with a right! She puts Rosa back in while Sumie keeps her eyes on Holidead. Rayne runs Rosa over with a clothesline but notices Holidead egging Sumie on. Rayne runs and wrecks Holidead with a dropkick! Sumie and the fans cheer Rayne on but Rosa hits Rayne back!
Rosa fetches Rayne and rams her into the apron. She then CHOPS Rayne against the apron, before shoving her into the ring. Rosa stomps Rayne then covers, TWO! Rosa drags Rayne up and bumps Rayne off the buckles. She stomps a mudhole into Rayne but backs off at 4. Rosa snapmares Rayne and kicks her sharp on the back. Holidead wants another so Rosa kicks Rayne again. Rosa runs and dropkicks Rayne in the back, covers, TWO! Sumie coaches Rayne up while Rosa mockingly applauds. Rayne throws body shots but Rosa clubs her down. Rosa scoops and slams Rayne down, then applauds herself. Rosa runs side to side for a BIG leg drop! Cover, TWO! The Queen Bee is in trouble while we go to break.
ROH returns and Rosa toys with Rayne. Rayne throws forearms back and enziguris! Rosa falls over and Rayne covers, TWO! Holidead is relieved but Rayne keeps on Rosa. Rosa throws Rayne down by her hair, then drags her up for chops. Rosa whips Rayne corner to corner then runs in for a big back elbow! She snapmares Rayne to a cover, TWO! Fans rally for Rayne but Rose wraps on a chinlock. Rayne endures and fights her way up, but Rosa throws her back down. Cover, TWO! Rosa grabs Rayne for more chops, then does a little salsa to show off. She whips but Rayne reverses and things speed up, Rayne SPEARS Rosa down! But Rayne is also down and a standing 10 count begins.
The count reaches 5 as both women sit up. Rosa grabs Rayne and brings her up but Rayne fires forearms! Rayne dodges Rosa and rallies with more forearms. Rayne fires up and goes corner to corner but Rose catches her! Rosa puts Rayne on the top rope but Rayne boots her back. Rayne leaps for the crossbody! Both women are back up, Rayne ducks a kick to give an enziguri! Cover, TWO! Rayne keeps on Rosa with a waistlock. She wrings Rosa out but Rosa goes to swing. Rayne adjusts and gets around Rosa again for a dragon sleeper. Rosa elbows out and brings Rayne up into the Gory Especial, and spins around for the facebuster! Cover, TWO!! Rayne survives and the Twisted Sisterz are shocked!
Rosa is furious as she drags Rayne right up onto her shoulder! Rosa spins but Rayne slips out for the Rayne Drop! Cover, Rayne wins!
Winner: Madison Rayne, by pinfall
The Queen Bee wins outta nowhere and gets revenge on behalf of Sumie Sakai! Will Rayne and others teach the Twisted Sisterz a lesson about being Women of Honor?
Team Coast2Coast speaks.
“We were gone for a very long time, but for good reason.” Shaheem Ali and Leon St. Giovanni were “rediscovering” themselves. But now C2C is better than ever and will take on the best in the world! Their return is next week against Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham, will Chocolate Man and the Human Rocket be ready for the Franchise and the Octopus?
Zack Sabre Jr. VS Rocky Romero!
The partnership of ROH and NJPW is on display as the Submission Master returns! But not only that, the player-coach of Roppongi 3K makes his own return! Will Rocky make a run in ROH for gold? Or will he #JustTapOut?
ROH returns with the bell! Fans cheer Rocky on as he circles with ZSJ. Rocky keeps away from ZSJ’s grip and then they approach. ZSJ still gets Rocky down with a headlock but Rocky keeps up with his reversals. ZSJ gets free but both he and Rocky smirk as they circle again. They tie up again and ZSJ gets the arm. He cranks on it to get Rocky to the mat. Rocky endures the wristlock and ZSJ grinds a knee in. Rocky gets to his feet but ZSJ wrenches and arm-drags Rocky back down. Fans cheer ZSJ’s technique as he twists and pulls Rocky’s arm. Rocky spins through and gets up to dropkick ZSJ out of the ring! ZSJ is frustrated already as he kicks the railing. Rocky waits for ZSJ as he catches his breath.
ZSJ returns and circles with Rocky. They tie up and ZSJ gets a leg. He trips Rocky and stands on his feet. ZSJ twists the leg around and then ties the legs up so he can go after Rocky’s neck with a wrench. But he also hooks the face so the ref counts. ZSJ lets up at 4 to bring Rocky into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Rocky pops out to a cover, TWO! Fans applaud as Rocky and ZSJ circle again. Rocky and ZSJ approach and Rocky gets ZSJ’s leg now. Rocky waistlocks but ZSJ wrenches to a switch. ZSJ wrenches again and brings Rocky to his knees. ZSJ brings Rocky further down as he mounts the arm to pull back. Fans applaud while Rocky endures the pair of knuckle locks.
Rocky and ZSJ go shoulder to shoulder but ZSJ gets the cover. TWO so ZSJ tries again. TWO as Rocky brings up the shoulder, so ZSJ pushes it down. Rocky bridges this time, and then anticipates ZSJ hopping on with a monkey flip! It’s a double cover, but Rocky rolls back, only to get caught into ZSJ’s armbar! Rocky rolls and shifts but ZSJ slips out to a hammerlock. Fans applaud this continued exchange as Rocky reaches back for ZSJ. Rocky leaps and snapmares but ZSJ headbutts back. ZSJ snapmares but Rocky handsprings through to dropkick him down! Rocky brings ZSJ up for a chop then a cravat. ZSJ endures but Rocky snapmares. ZSJ responds with his own snapmare, but then Rocky snapmares back. They go snapmare for snapmare, but then ZSJ shoves Rocky down for a neck crank! Rocky writhes while we go to one last break.
ROH returns once again as Rocky manages a ropebreak while in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow. ZSJ reluctantly lets go, and waits for Rocky to sit up. ZSJ clamps on a half straitjacket, then digs in elbows and knuckles to get the full. Rocky endures as fans rally up. Rocky feeds off the energy but ZSJ does his best to keep Rocky down. The two struggle against each other, and ZSJ digs a knee in to keep the straitjacket. Rocky stands and spins the straitjacket around but ZSJ spins it back on. ZSJ brings Rocky back down then flips him over, but Rocky uses that to reverse the hold! Rocky has ZSJ but ZSJ breaks free to throw a EuroUpper. ZSJ whips but Rocky elbows back. Rocky springboards for a tornado DDT! Both men are down but fans rally up.
Another standing count begins and Rocky sits up at 3. ZSJ follows and grabs Rocky first. Rocky dodges and huricanranas! Things speed up, Rocky springboards again for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Rocky toys with ZSJ, then starts slapping him around. ZSJ EuroUppers then grabs a leg. Rocky misses the first enziguri but not the rewind! Fans fire up with Rocky as he runs corner to corner to start the Forever Clotheslines! He gets one, then another, but runs into a boot! ZSJ runs but into Rocky’s leaping knee, only to make it an STF! Rocky is caught, and ZSJ shifts sides! Rocky drags himself around and manages a ropebreak! ZSJ lets Rocky go and catches his breath. Now ZSJ toys with Rocky as he stomps him around. ZSJ kicks but Rocky gets mad. ZSJ pie faces so Rocky SLAPS away!
Rocky knees and hauls ZSJ up to the top rope. Rocky runs corner to corner for a top shelf knee! ZSJ falls to the apron but Rocky checks his shoulder first. Rocky brings ZSJ up but ZSJ resists the suplex. ZSJ goes after the arm but Rocky throws forearms. Rocky shoulders in but gets caught into an Octopus through the ropes! ZSJ lets go at 4 then shoves Rocky away. Rocky dropkicks ZSJ on the return! Rocky throws forearms and CHOPS, then ties ZSJ up in the ropes. He goes to the side and springboards for a guillotine missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and Rocky is exhausted. Fans build to a rally for Rocky as he brings ZSJ up. Rocky throws forearms on ZSJ then eggs him on. ZSJ throws a EuroUpper, but Rocky comes back for fast hands. Rocky kicks and runs for a Sliced Bread! Cover, TWO!
Rocky drags ZSJ up again and wants more, but ZSJ escapes Sliced Bread 2 for the standing abdominal stretch! Rocky reaches but ZSJ rolls him away, then around, Hurrah! The double wrist-clutch octopus is on and Rocky taps quickly! ZSJ wins!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission
The Submission Master brings in Another Year, Surely This One Will Be Better Than the Last. Will ZSJ’s first year in ROH be golden sooner rather than later?
Another ROH PPV, another disconnect between it and their television episodes. This episode, as all episodes are, was clearly recorded long before the PPV as nothing that happened at the PPV affects this episode’s events. For those who didn’t see the ROH 17th Anniversary, make sure to check here for the full card results. But for those who did, you know The Briscoes lost the the ROH World Tag Team Championships to Villain Enterprises, yet Jay & Mark still had the belts here. And all this makes it strange for commentary to vaguely reference the PPV when it hadn’t happened for them yet. The Six Man Tag they had was only okay, so I don’t see why it couldn’t have been three other Heels going against Shinobi Shadow Squad to get the spotlight instead.
In fact, seeing as how more Future of Honor stars were brought on for this episode, I’m starting to think that’s what episodes like this should be about. ROH Future of Honor stars can appear, get some television exposure, and take the card in place of literally anyone involved on the PPV card. And of course, facing Future of Honor stars meant an easy win for The Bouncers, who might finally be moving up now that they’re Faces. Meanwhile, Rhett Titus’ new gimmick is like if Lex Luger and Val Venis fused, but then the combination was slightly diluted. But Rhett VS Mack, even non-title, sounds fun. Pretty sure Mack wins that, but bringing NWA and its new championship into the fold of ROH’s many partnerships also sounds great.
Rayne VS Rosa was a good match, and I’m sensing this is building to something more. I’ve said before that having the Twisted Sisterz in WOH must mean Women’s Tag Team Championships are on the horizon, and it would be pretty big if Sumie Sakai joins Rayne in competing for those. I don’t think Rayne & Sumie would be the inaugural champions, that really should be the Twisted Sisterz given their resumes. But Sumie one day becoming a tag champ to be the first woman to have both the WOH World and Tag Team Championships would be a great thing for her own career. ZSJ VS Romero was a good match, and clearly ZSJ is set to dominate to at least a World Television Championship level. ZSJ VS Jeff Cobb would be great for the sheer difference in styles, but we know it’ll have to wait until after G1 Supercard.
My Score: 8/10
AJPW Dream Power Series 2019 Results & Review (3/19/2019)
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Welcome back to AJPW! We’re gonna talk about the last big show before this year’s Champions Carnival coming up in early April as we have a few title matches in this show that I couldn’t resist wanting to cover it.
We got some dealing with revenge along with one trying to make history. How’s this year’s Champions Carnival gonna shape up?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, & Hokuto Omori vs. Evolution (Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, & Yusuke Okada)
Review: Our opening contest is a six-man tag team match with our young lions, Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, and Hokuto Omori taking on three members of Evolution, Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, and Yusuke Okada. Going up against three people from the junior division is a fair start to have them all fight each other in this tag bout and a better view of how the young guys are doing. Will Evolution school the young boys or will they somehow get one of the biggest wins in their starting careers?
As I’ve said, this match is mostly to showcase our future talent as they fight the vets of the game in the junior division. I do gotta admit that these three have definitely improved in the ring as they’re shaping up to be some of All Japan’s finest students. Evolution held off on their own and I’m glad they were their opponents for this match since they’re very easy to work with. Another thing I loved about the match is that they had a good amount of time instead of just being less than five minutes like how most matches will do. Yusuke and Hokuto are in the ring now and Yusuke would hit him with a Brainbuster for a two count and would quickly apply a Boston Crab onto him and Hokuto struggles to get to the ropes and once he does, Yusuke pulled him back in and would lock it in more as he would tap out to give Evolution the victory in a solid match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
Six Man Tag Team Match
Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
Review: We got another six-man tag team match here as Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, and Ultimo Dragon will be taking on Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, and Takao Omori. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Ultimo Dragon wrestling in All Japan, so I’ll never complain to see him in the ring. This is another match with the vets and Manso-Re for being a punching bag as it’ll most likely be a comedy style match. Which one of them will win?
Menso-Re starting with Ultimo Dragon as he wanted him first, but TAJIRI would slap Menso before the bell would ring and we would kick it off right now. They would do a little bit before Jun and Takao get tagged in, but we all care about TAJIRI and Fuchi getting tagged in now as Fuchi would try to get his hands on him. TAJIRI would be the sneaky heel with leaving the ring to sit with the crowd so he could avoid contact in the match. TAJIRI would get back in the ring only to tag in Ultimo as the crowd would just boo TAJIRI. Fuchi would do his antics with the punch to the forehead as the crowd eats it up but everything would backfire on Fuchi as he would miss a Dropkick to make the crowd boo Ultimo which is a shocker. Ultimo would kick Fuchi and attempt an Asai DDT but Fuchi would turn it around to a Backslide as Ultimo would kick out. Both TAJIRI and Jun would both make Fuchi miss a Dropkick and taunt him right after to make the crowd boo them. Ultimo would get Fuchi in the La Magistral and he gets the win for his team in a rather entertaining match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Tag Team Match
NEXTREAM (Yoshitatsu & Yumi Aoyagi) vs. Sweeper (Jake Lee & Ryouji Sai)
Review: Our next match here is a tag team match as NEXTREAM members, Yoshitatsu and Yuma Aoyagi will be taking on members of Sweeper, Jake Lee and Ryouji Sai. Since Naoya is no longer Yumi’s partner, he’s gonna be paired off with Yoshitatsu this time around. Since all four of them are in the Champions Carnival, a win for either of them would give them some momentum leading to the tournament. Which one of these two teams will win and what will be the future payoff?
It seems like Yoshitatsu has a little gripe with Jake Lee in this match as he seems to be disgruntled when he was in the ring with him, especially when Jake would just best him during the first sequence with the chaining. Ryouji and Yuma are in the ring now and Ryouji with a series of kicks in the match and have him in a submission before Yoshi would break the hold and just stared at Jake again. Yuma is really growing out on his own as an individual and you can see that when he’s not partner with Naoya. Yuma would have Jake in a Headlock but Jake would attempt a Backdrop Driver as Yuma flipped it into a Crossbody as Jake kicked out at two. Once Jake kicked out, Yuma would try to turn the pin into a European Clutch as Jake kicked out at 2 as even the referee was shocked by this. Yuma would run into him as Jake kneed him in the face and hits him with a Backdrop Driver as he pinned Yuma for the victory.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, & Zeus vs. Bomber (Dylan James & Joe Doering,) & Francisco Akira
Review: We have another six-man tag team match taking place as Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, and Zeus team up to take on Dylan James, Joe Doering, and Francisco Akira. KAI recently failed at Dragon Gate to win the Open the Twin Gate Championships, so he could at least try to win for his team but I think Zeus has a lot on his plate when it comes to their opponent since Dylan James and Joe Doering are a strong team to beat and wants to try and look powerful leading into the Carnival. Which one of these two teams will win the match?
Zeus and Dylan would charge at each other right away to test their strengths with also some chops and a test of strength as the two appear to be evenly matched, which is no surprised. KAI gets tagged in and he calls Joe to get tagged in since he wants to fight him as Dylan honors that request and lets Joe have a turn on the fun. Joe would start to make him regret that decision as he had the upper hand on him at first but KAI would hit a few Dropkicks on him but Joe still wouldn’t go down as he tackled him and went for an Elbow Drop before KAI moved and quickly tagged in Atsushi. The juniors get a turn on the fun as Francisco showed more of his impressive ability. One problem I had with the match was that the last few minutes are incredibly sloppy with Atsushi missing most of his kicks to Joe in the corner, Francisco slipping on his Moonsault to the outside, which he thankfully caught himself and redid it again. The finish would be with Joe hitting Atsushi with the Powerbomb and it looked like he got knocked out as he took the pinfall despite his shoulder being kinda up, so it looked botched but the referee still has a job to do as Joe just left the ring and walked to the back possibly frustrated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
World Junior Heavyweight Title Match
Koji Iwamoto (c) vs. Kotaro Suzuki
Review: Our first title match of the show is Koji Iwamoto defending his Junior Heavyweight Championship against Kotaro Suzuki. The two fought each other in the A Block of the Junior Battle of Glory Tournament where Kotaro defeated Koji in the match but would eventually fail to win as Koji would actually be the one to win it all. Koji decided to defend the title against Kotaro since it was only fair due to him winning the match and wants to avenge that loss. Will Koji be able to retain his title again or will Kotaro get the upper hand on him again?
Kotaro showed no mercy to the champion as fought him to the outside and Slingshots him into the turnbuckle post and DDT’s him face first into the mat as you hear the loud thud and damage has been done to Koji. Kotaro has beaten Koji before so he knows what he has to do to try and defeat him again as he worked on Koji’s neck a bit during the match and gets the heat from the crowd. I know Kotaro is a Freelancer and is mostly at NOAH right now due to being a champion there, I hope he does stick around a little bit longer since I feel like the division could really use him as he’s a very talented individual. Koji would try to outrun him after he dodged him to the outside and it appeared as if Kotaro would botch but he quickly caught himself and dived to the outside to land on Koji, getting the better of him again.
Koji would finally be able to get a comeback as he hits an STO onto the ring apron to knock Koji down and most of the time, he would try to hit the Koko no Geijutsu but Kotaro would hold his ground to make sure he wouldn’t hit it but Koji would be able to deliver a German Suplex and a Dragon Suplex. Kotaro would land a few punches before Koji tried to hit the move again, but Kotaro would hold his ground again and kick his leg out to work on his neck before landing Gory Bomb Special and tops it off with the La Magistral for the pin and Koji would kick out various times whenever Koji would try to roll out of it and was so close to having a new champion. Koji would just use this time to hit a couple of STO’s in a row to weaken him down a bit. Koji would go for it again but he catches him for a Back Suplex to save himself a bit. Kotaro would now hit not one but two Excaliburs onto him to try and end it as Koji would somehow kick out of it again. It all came down to his as Koji would attempt the Koko no Geijutsu again as Kotaro would stop himself to pin him for a two count and they both would spin around as Koji would hit it this him but he picked him up to hit the Koko no Geijutsu properly this time and pins him to retain the title! After the match, various people from the junior division would come out and it looks like they all want a shot at the Junior Heavyweight Championship but Koji would have to pick one of them to be his opponent. It does look like, however, that Koji doesn’t have a clear opponent right now as he left the ring but I guess we’ll see soon.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
World Tag Team Title Match
Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) (c) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Review: Our next title match for this show is Strong BJ defending their titles against the team that they defeated them for, The Violence Giant. Strong BJ defeated them on January 13th to win the titles and after they retain their titles on the February 24 show, Violence Giant requested a rematch to bring the titles back home on their turf this time instead of the BJW show. If it’s anything like their previous match, it’s sure to be hard hitting and a not miss. Will Strong BJ remain on top or will Violence Giant bring the belts back home?
Shuji and Daisuke would be the ones to start off our match here with an incredible display of power as the two were unable to budge and they would tag in their respective partners. Suwama and Yuji were both also very hard-hitting as they would now fight outside of the ring as these two teams are making it personal. Strong BJ has been doing great work during this rivalry with the Violence Giant and they would even give Suwama a big beatdown but the former ace would even try his best to fight them off, even when he was on the corner and would kick Yuji to show his fighting spirit. Suwama would hit a Dropkick to save himself for a little bit and would tag in Shuji for the hot tag and Shuji does indeed come in hot with his Lariats, knees, anything he can throw along with the kitchen sink.
Yuji would brawl with Shuji to deliver some chops while Shuji would give him a couple of forearms and a headbutt to try and daze him but Yuji is pumped up and slams him down with a few Lariats. Once Yuji would hit another Lariat to Shuji, he would kick out at one that time around before getting hit with another one with a two count. What’s it gonna take to take Shuji down for good? Yuji would get to the top rope to hit the Splash and it looks like this could be it but Suwama would break the pinfall to save his partner. Strong BJ would have them up for the Torture Racks but they would get down for Suwama to hit a Back Suplex while Shuji hits a Dragon Suplex. Shuji is alone with Yuji again and would hit another Dragon Suplex and a Running Knee to get him out for another two count, he was so close! Shuji would pick Yuji up real quick for the Fire Thunder and goes for the pin as Daisuke breaks the pinfall this time around as Suwama would get Daisuke out of the ring. Shuji knew what he had to do to try and end it as he hits the Giants Slam and pins Yuji to win back the titles! Hell of a match and definitely topped their previous encounter at BJW. I would love to see Violence Giant get a fair and dominating run with this reign, can’t wait to see where this goes now.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half
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Triple Crown Championship
Kento Miyahara (c) vs. Naoya Nomura
Review: This is our third title match and the main event of the show as we have Kento Miyahara defending his Triple Crown Championship against former NEXTREAM member, Naoya Nomura. On the February 24th show, Naoya Nomura would defeat Dylan James in a singles match and Kento Miyahara would have his second successful title defense against Suwama. After Kento would defeat Suwama, Naoya would come in to make the challenge to his stablemate and announce his departure from the NEXTREAM group in the process, leading him to also vacate the All Asia Tag Team Championship with Yuma Aoyagi. Kento is now 30 years old and while it’s his third title defense in this run, this will be his first time defending it while no longer in his twenties. If Kento can defeat Naoya, he’ll be the champion leading into the Champions Carnival and won’t defend the title until the tournament is over. Will Kento be able to retain it once again or does Naoya pull the surprise victory?
Kento came in here with a plan since he knew what he was gonna do to Naoya once he challenged him to this match, he didn’t wanna go easy on him despite being former teammates but he wants to see how badly Naoya wants the spotlight on him. They were fairly matched during the lock-up part of the match and they would start to fight outside for a little bit as Naoya would get Kento down as he taunts him when he got back in the ring. Naoya would hit him with a big forearm before going onto the apron to jump and Kento catches him with a knee and has him right where he wants him now. This is where Kento would just attack him with a few Headbutts as Naoya would try to deliver one to him but Kento gives him multiple ones as a counterattack and this is why you don’t mess with the champion.
Naoya would eventually make a comeback after being kicked around by Kento as he quickly got up to charge at him with a shoulder tackle and you can hear that too. He would hit a few more along with another forearm to the face as he goes for the Brainbuster but Kento would struggle to make sure he didn’t hit it and has Naoya over the ropes but wait, Naoya grabbed his leg to pull him over as he attempted a Death Valley Driver onto the apron as Kento jumped off to hit a Blackout. The two would be on the turnbuckle and Naoya gets behind him to attempt a German Suplex as Kento struggles, but Naoya would slam Kento’s head on the post and gets off the turnbuckle to hit the German Suplex as both men are down. Naoya would go to the top rope to hit the first Splash as Kento kicked out but Naoya would quickly get up again to hit one more as Kento still kicked out.
Kento would eventually hit him with a Blackout at full force and hits him with a German Suplex for another two count. Kento looks like he’s going for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold as Naoya would kick his knee out and hit him with a Spear and the two are down again. Kento would hit another Blackout on the back of his head and tries the German Suplex Hold once again as Naoya would still kick out at two as Kento is starting to get concerned with what he has to do now. Kento tried the Shutdown German Suplex Hold again as Naoya broke out of it and picked him up Fisherman style and dropped him on his head and picked him up for the Death Valley Driver as Kento fought him off but Naoya would hit him with a flurry of forearms to daze him and hits the Spear with the roll-up as Kento kicked out at two again! Naoya picked him back up but Kento would go back to delivering the Blackouts and it looks like Naoya is all out of fight as Kento finally hits the Shutdown German Suplex Hold to get the pinfall victory and his third successful title defense. Great match and a very impressive showing to Naoya but Kento is just still better than him right now. Kento will now officially be the Triple Crown Champion leading into the Champions Carnival. Three defenses down, eight more to go.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter
Overall: I thought it was a very solid show from top to bottom but the last three title matches were what sold it to me. I would highly recommend that you look out for those matches if you can find them online or subscribe to the streaming service and if you’re not already subscribed, what the hell is wrong with you? Get on that!
Favorite Match: Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Least Favorite Match: Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
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