The Cruiserweight Division celebrates the holidays with hostility! THE Brian Kendrick & Akira Tozawa take on Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher, in a STREET FIGHT!
- Hideo Itami w/ Ariya Daivari VS Naom Dar; Itami wins.
- Lio Rush VS Aaron Solow; Rush wins.
- Tag Team Street Fight: Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick VS Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher; Tozawa & Kendrick win.
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Drake Maverick promises a #Can’tMiss edition of 205 Live!
First, the Cruiserweight Championship rivalry of Cedric Alexander and Buddy Murphy has been some of the best parts of WWE’s 2018! The tiebreaker went the way of the Juggernaut, and he is still the champion. Murphy will speak on his victory later tonight.
Then, the Man of the Hour will return to in-ring action, his first match since losing for the first time on 205 Live to Cedric Alexander. Who will he face now that he’s back?
And in the main event, the feud that’s heated up the winter season explodes in a Tag Team Street Fight! Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick are unlikely allies but they both have issues with Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher. Can Kendrick redeem himself from all his past sins? Or will the Submission Commission prove Kendrick really is too soft to stay in this new Cruiserweight Division?
Hideo Itami and Ariya Daivari head to the ring!
The Innovator of the GTS and the Persian Lion have come to a respectful understanding, and look to be a new team in the Cruiserweight Division. Daivari takes up the mic to make sure everyone to do something right “for the first time in their lives”, by showing Itami respect! Fans boo and jeer instead. Daivari shouldn’t have to speak for Itami, but he won’t stand by seeing the “gross mistreatment of this legend!” Itami is the most decorated international star on the entire roster, and his feet have a doctorate in stomping faces in! “This man, this legend, hasn’t gotten any real competition on this show for two months.” And until he does, this episode is cancelled!
Not if Drake Maverick has anything to say about it! These two want opportunities? They keep going like this, all they’ll get is suspended! But then Naom Dar appears! The Scottish Supernova assures Maverick that he’ll be the one to shut Itami up. “Put me in, I’m ready to go.” Maverick agrees, and this is Itami’s lucky day. Out of respect for the WWE Universe, Maverick makes Dar VS Itami right here and now! Will Itami and Daivari learn to respect everyone else after Dar gets through with them?
Hideo Itami w/ Ariya Daivari VS Naom Dar!
The bell rings and Itami runs at Dar. Dar dodges and throws haymakers and forearms! He puts Itami in a corner, then bumps him off buckles in another corner, and in another corner. Dar whips Itami but Itami reverses. Dar ducks and comes back with a dropkick! Itami bails out but Dar keeps after him. Dar tells Daivari to back off, then puts Itami back in. Dar headbutts Itami in the gut, then spins him around and around and around before going for the backslide. TWO! Itami and Dar are dizzy, but Dar drags Itami up. Dar goes after Itami’s bad arm but Itami fights him off. Itami haymakers and suplexes Dar up to hang him out on the top rope. Itami kicks away on Dar, then goes to a corner, for the flying guillotine! Fans boo as Itami demands respect. Cover, TWO!
Itami stomps Dar while fans rally up. Itami kicks away in a corner, but Dar hits back, until Itami body shots him back. They go to another corner and Itami rams in his shoulder. Itami whips Dar and hits him with a kitchen sink knee. Cover, TWO! Itami keeps on Dar with a chinlock, but fans rally up. Dar gets up and fights back, but Itami throws him down by his hair. Fans boo while Itami brushes himself off. Itami drags Dar up again, snapmares and drops knees. Itami pulls the knee pad down, but just to scuff Dar’s face. Fans boo but Itami soaks it up. Dar gets up and fires forearms! Dar runs but into another knee. Itami tells Dar to “Respect me!” as he rains rights. Itami drags Dar into another chinlock, but fans rally.
Dar feeds off the energy and gets back up to fight out. Dar grabs an arm to give it a shoulder breaker. Itami kicks low then whips but Dar reverses. Dar ducks and Itami’s dropkick gets nothing! Itami gets to a corner and Dar runs in, but into an elbow. Itami goes up but Dar sweeps the legs! Dar catches his breath and throws strikes on Itami. Itami gets to a corner, and Dar runs in for a big forearm smash! Dar brings Itaim out, Northern Lights suplex! Floatover cover, TWO! Dar tells Daivari to stay back but focuses back on Itami. Itami stands, dodges the sweep and mule kicks Dar. Itami’s back hand misses, Dar rolls him up! TWO, and Itami boots Dar! Itami runs but misses again, and Dar sweeps legs!
Dar hurries up top but Daivari runs in. Dar sends Daivari down, then leaps at Itami. Itami dodges the double stomps then fires a strike fest! Itami runs at Dar, hesitation dropkick! And then, GTS Mk. II! Cover, Itami wins!
Winner: Hideo Itami, by pinfall
Daivari joins Itami in the ring to celebrate, showing Itami the respect he “deserves”. Will Daivari help Itami rise to the top of the Division and finally take that Cruiserweight Championship?
Drake Maverick meets with Buddy Murphy.
He apologizes for the wait and congratulates Murphy on the victory. Now what business does the champion have tonight? Well Murphy heard all the fans saying Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali were his two biggest threats. They thought he was going to lose to Ali at Survivor Series, and then they thought he was going to lose to Alexander at TLC. But guess what happened? The same thing that always happens: Murphy’s hand is raised and is announced “still Cruiserweight Champion.” Maverick is sure no one meant any disrespect, Murphy is one of the best on the roster.
But that’s the thing. He is not one of the best, he is THE best Cruiserweight in the world. And the world needs to know that. And Maverick will help by setting up the next challenge. Murphy wants a challenge, he needs a challenge. That way, when he wins, no one can deny he is THE best Cruiserweight ever. Give Maverick some time and he’ll put it together, to announce it next week. He better. Murphy leaves having given his ultimatum, but who is there for Maverick to put up in the Juggernaut’s path?
Lio Rush VS Aaron Solow!
The 24 Year Old Piece of Gold is back on the fastest hour of WWE, finally looking to get himself back on track after losing to Cedric Alexander. Lio says “matches like this, I usually like to come out here, say a few things, get the crowd hyped up to see the Man of the Hour, but I’m a busy man.” So he sucker punches Solow! The Man of the Hour doesn’t work by the hour, and he insists the referee ring the bell already. The referee checks on Solow, who wants to have this match, so the bell rings. Solow fires off on Lio with fast hands!
Solow runs but Lio runs and trips him! Lio drags Solow out and leaps off the apron for a bulldog! Lio puts Solow back in and climbs up quick, for the Final Hour frog splash! But Lio actually doesn’t end it here, he wants to make a point. He takes off his vest and rains hands down on Solow. Then he goes to another corner and climbs up again. Lio leaps, for a second Final Hour! Cover, Lio wins!
Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall
Lio took the time to make a statement to the Cruiserweight Division. He #CametoCollect and get that title, but will the 24 Year Old Piece of Gold be chosen to challenge for the gold?
Cedric Alexander speaks.
“I’ve chased championships before, to come this close and let it slip away at the very last second.” But it takes more than a slip to make Alexander quit. So Murphy can enjoy his championship while he can, but this is still Alexander’s show, Alexander’s division, and that is still Alexander’s title. And Alexander promises to come back for it. Will Maverick make a decision to give Alexander that opportunity?
Tag Team Street Fight: Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick VS Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher!
To ring in both the holidays and the New Year, a long standing feud will be put to rest! The Stamina Monster and the Man with a Plan managed to bury the hatchet and are united against a common enemy. Will they make the Submission Commission pay for belittling Kendrick’s accomplishments and determination? Or will Gulak & Gallagher make them simply tap out?
Kendrick appears, clean shaven! This was the makeover Tozawa talked of last week, not to mention the return of Kendrick’s white leather jacket. Gulak and Gallagher laugh at this literal “baby face” Kendrick, but then they, Kendrick and Tozawa decide why wait to be in the ring? All four men rush each other on the ramp and the fight begins! Tozawa boots Gallagher down and then helps Kendrick go after Gulak! They take turns clubbing Gulak, then make sure Gallagher stays down. Kendrick whips Gulak into the LED then Tozawa whips Gallagher. Kendrick puts Gulak in as Tozawa puts Gallagher in, and now the match begins.
Tozawa kicks Gallagher while Kendrick kicks Gulak. Fans “AH! AH!” as Tozawa and Kendrick get a table! They put it in the ring, but Gulak & Gallagher counter attack. Gallagher throws Kendrick out while Gulak tosses Tozawa. Gulak & Gallagher ptu the table back? Fans boo and protest but a #Better205Live has no room for going extreme. But Tozawa and Kendrick improvise and use the announce desk cover to attack Gallagher & Gulak! Kendrick drags Gulak up and into the ring and Tozawa follows. Fans still want tables but Gulak gets stomps for now. Both Kendrick and Tozawa grind their boots into Gulak, but Gulak fights back. Kendrick clubs Gulak down while Tozawa gets the “AH! AH!” going again.
Tozawa helps put Gulak in a corner, and the unlikely duo double whip Gulak corner to corner. Tozawa runs in for a big forearm smash, then feeds Gulak to Kendrick, and they combine for an enziguri complete shot combo! Cover, but Gallagher returns and breaks it! Gallagher and Tozawa brawl, but then Gallagher finds himself 2v1 between Tozawa and Kendrick. Kendrick and Tozawa double whip and double boot Gallagher down, and then Kendrick becomes a step stool for Tozawa to use for his screaming back senton! Gallagher rolls away and regroups with Gulak. Fans rally up, but Gulak & Gallagher trip Tozawa & Kendrick! Gulak & Gallagher grimace, and decide to bring out a trash can, and a broom! Gallagher SMACKS Kendrick with the can while Gulak also brings out chairs, and an electric leveler?!
Gulak clobbers Tozawa with the leveler while Gallagher stomps Kendrick out. Gulak puts Tozawa back in the ring and then tosses the trash can after him. “You remember this?! I didn’t forget!” Gulak smacks Tozawa with the can and then puts Tozawa inside it. Fans boo and jeer as Gulak picks up the broom. Gulak sweeps the ring, to then SMACK the can! And SMACK down from above! Cover, TWO! Gallagher keeps Tozawa down while Gulak goes after Kendrick. Gulak throws Kendrick into barriers, then scoops him for a slam. Gallagher grinds boots into Tozawa while Gulak fetches a mop! Gulak jams Kendrick in the throat with the handle! And then throws the bucket at him! Gallagher drops Tozawa again, and then he takes the bucket to grind it into Tozawa’s head. Gulak uses the mop handle to SMACK Kendrick more, then gags him with the mop head.
Kendrick fights back and forearms Gulak against the post! Gallagher drags Tozawa up to knock him down. Cover, TWO! Gallagher keeps on Tozawa with an armlock, and Gulak uses cables to punch Kendrick. Gulak drags Kendrick up as fans rally, and TOzawa fights against Gallagher. Gulak chokes Kendrick with a cable assisted fish hook! He drags Kendrick up on the apron but then Tozawa returns the favor to Gulak! Tozawa drags Gulak into the ring but Gallagher clobbers Tozawa down. Gallagher drags Tozawa up to throw him out in a heap. The Submission Commission regroup to go after Tozawa on the outside. They haul Tozawa up to dump him into the timekeeper’s area! Then they go after Kendrick and put him in the ring.
Gulak covers, ONE! Gallagher covers, ONE! Gulak covers, TWO! Gallagher covers, TWO! Kendrick survives this string of pinfall attempts, but the Submission Commission change tactics. Gallagher hauls Kendrick up, to snake eyes him! Gulak clobbers Kendrick with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Gulak keeps his cool while he and Gallagher circle Kendrick. Gulak grabs the bucket and sits it upside down. Gallagher brings Kendrick up, and they double suplex, only to get double DDT’s! Everyone is down with only Gallagher and Kendrick in the ring. Kendrick rolls his way to the apron, and to a chair. Tozawa returns and brawls with Gulak. Gulak staggers around and into a chair, for Tozawa to knock him off! Tozawa fires up, and runs in, but into a mic!
Gulak uses a microphone to clobber Tozawa in the head! “Hah! You remember that one, punk?” Tozawa does, and hits Gulak back! Tozawa fakes the chop, to hit the jab! Gulak is down and Tozawa goes after Gallagher, huricanrana! Shining Wizard! Screaming senton! Kendrick hands Tozawa the chair to throw at Gallagher’s face! Tozawa throws a chair at Gulak! Fans fire up with Tozawa, and he regroups with Kendrick. Kendrick and Tozawa stalk Gulak and fans still want Tables. Tozawa holds Gulak in place against a post, and Kendrick ties him up with the bungie cord! Gulak is trapped, and Tozawa CHOPS him. Kendrick CHOPS, Tozawa CHOPS, and repeat! Gulak takes chop after chop after chop, held up only by the cable! But Gallagher barrels in with a trash can!
Gallagher grimaces while Gulak gets himself free. Gallagher takes away Percy Watson’s arm chair, and then brings it over. He clubs Tozawa and Gulak sits Tozawa down with a headbutt. Gulak pushes Tozawa into Gallagher’s dropkick! Gallagher goes after Kendrick again, and decides it’s his turn. Gulak puts Kendrick in the chair but Kendrick fights back. Gulak ends up taking a seat, and then Kendrick uses an exploder to throw Gallagher onto him! The Submission Commission share the chair, but then flop out. Kendrick staggers over and puts Gallagher in the ring. Kendrick climbs in but Gallagher hobbles over. Gallagher elbows, and Gulak puts the trash can back in. Kendrick standing switches and wants the dragon suplex, but Gallagher resists.
Gallagher trips Kendrick but Kendrick kicks the can. But Gallagher still gets Kendrick in a figure four deathlock and falls back! Tozawa runs in and tilt-o-whirls into an Octopus Stretch! It’s a submission chain, but Gulak comes in to get Tozawa in the GULOCK! Gulak pulls Tozawa off Gallagher, but Gallagher also lets Kendrick free. Fans rally as Tozawa endures. Gallagher intercepts Kendrick but Kendrick scoops and slams him onto Gulak! Tozawa is free, and Kendrick has a wild look in his eyes. Kendrick fires off and brawls with Gulak. Kendrick gets Gulak down on the ground but Gallagher knees Kendrick in the head!
Gallagher brings Kendrick around and Gulak helps haul him up. The GuLOCK is on but Kendrick fights out! Gallagher gets Kendrick in an Indian Deathlock! But Tozawa climbs up top, SUPER SENTON!! Cover on Gallagher, but Gulak breaks it! Kendrick fireman’s carrys and goes for Silced Bread but Gulak stops it. Tozawa saves Kendrick by swinging, sliding and kicking Gulak out! Tozawa builds speed, to DIVE into a trash can!! The trash can stops the Tozawa Torpedo! Gallagher goes to Kendrick, but Kendrick resists. They fight, and Kendrick adjusts, SUPER SLICED BREAD!! Cover, Kendrick & Tozawa win!!
Winners: Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick, Kendrick pinning
Redemption comes with victory! Kendrick & Tozawa threw caution to the wind and overcame their enemies together! Will this finally end things between them and the Submission Commission? Or will things only get more vicious in the New Year?
What a great episode! For one, I like that they played up the surprise of Hideo Itami & Ariya Daivari “hijacking” the show via commentary. It works with Maverick’s opening segment to set the scene giving us what to expect, because we expect to go right into the advertised match. Itami VS Dar was pretty good, but naturally Itami wins so that he and Daivari grow stronger in their story. Perhaps Dar will team up with someone to cancel out Daivari’s presence. Then it was good to see Lio Rush back on 205 Live, and he signaled he wants the belt. With Murphy’s promo about getting past Ali and Alexander and now Ali apparently going to be SmackDown and only SmackDown, perhaps things get shuffled where Lio and Murphy face off for an unexpected Heel VS Heel idea.
And assuming Ali really isn’t going to be on 205 Live anymore, it’s a bit of a shame. His story was working up to be the man who finally gets that title off one of his biggest enemies, and I would’ve loved if he was the guy WWE put as the face of jailbreaking the Cruiserweight Division. But of course, even with this “fresh start” era of change and new things, WWE still isn’t going to be that innovative and give us something that would actually benefit everyone, namely the “new faces” and the fans watching. But this is only one week, and this holiday week is extra busy for SmackDown because they’ve taped Christmas SmackDown last night. Maybe in the New Year, we’ll see Ali do a promo on one show and a match on the other, in an effort to get more fans interested in 205 Live.
Of course, Cedric Alexander still wants to be the guy in the Cruiserweight Division, and could find his way back up if Ali really is going full SmackDown. However, I’d imagine Alexander would need to take an even more scenic route back to it than he did between Super Show-Down and TLC. Maybe he can be Dar’s friend in the fight against Itami & Daivari. If Kendrick & Tozawa can make amends, so can Alexander and Dar. And with that, I loved that Kendrick came out clean shaven and wearing his classic white. It’s as if Kendrick hasn’t aged since he was going solo in the early 2000’s. That street fight was incredible, even without a table spot the fans wanted so badly. Instead we got very creative spots involving items almost never used. Good move for the Faces to go over, though I am curious to see where this goes.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s Women of Wrestling Results & Report! (1/18/19)
Prepare to be wowed by WOW, the Women of Wrestling! Who will be the first to step up to the Super Woman, Santana Garrett, on the very first night?
- The Beast VS Stephy Slays; The Beast wins.
- Abilene Maverick VS Fire; Maverick wins.
- Eye Candy VS Khloe Hurtz; Eye Candy wins.
- WOW World Championship: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl; Jungle Grrrl wins by count out, Santana Garrett retains the WOW World Championship.
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Welcome to WOW!
The Women of Wrestling return to television with this season premiere! And what better way to kick it off than with THE WOW World Champion, Santana Garrett! The real-life Wonder Woman hits the ring with a newly designed title belt, and Santana is so happy to be here in front of the fans. And she’s especially proud to have her father, “TNT” Keny G watching live and in person. Both daughter and father are emotional over this moment. They’ve been through a lot, and they’re both so thankful that he’s here to cheer on his baby girl. The fans are happy for them, but here comes someone to crash the party! It’s Tessa Blanchard!
The second generation “Born Legend” stares down Santana, and takes the mic. Santana has her dad here, huh? Isn’t that sweet? Tessa says Grandpa Blanchard ran over his territory back in the day, while stepdad Magnum TA is one of the most respected men in this industry. And let’s not forget Tessa’s own father, THE Tully Blanchard, is a WWE Hall of Famer and an original Four Horseman! Keny probably laced up Tully’s boots. Actually, no, Keny probably carried Tully’s bags. WOW booker David McLane tries to keep the peace, but Tessa says Santana should be the one carrying her bags! David says Tessa coming in here bragging about her family tree doesn’t give her the right to just interrupt proceedings. Tessa says she’s not out here just to brag, she’s out here to go after the WOW World Championship.
David says that to get a shot at the title, you have to earn your way up. You don’t get something just because of dad, stepdad and granddad were special. Tessa says that because of who her dad is, she might as well be handed that belt. David asks Tessa to please leave. Tessa has to work for a shot. That’s fine by Tessa, she doesn’t want any trouble. But she will let Santana know that both she and the belt are Tessa’s. Santana says that she doesn’t see any of Tessa’s dads here. So get to the back of the line, girlfriend! Tessa smiles and nods, she knows she’ll get her match. But with the title on the line in the very first episode, will it be Santana Garrett or former champion, Jungle Grrrl, that Tessa will be targeting in the coming weeks?
The Beast has issued an open challenge!
She knows she’s the biggest and the baddest Woman of Wrestling, and looks to prove her superiority. She dares any woman in the locker room to step up and prove her wrong. While watching backstage, The Governor’s Daughter, Abilene Maverick, took advantage. Maverick tricked Stephy Slays about match times, and Slays was just a lamb to the slaughter! Slays realized she was fooled, but didn’t want to be a coward. She jumped into the ring, only to get demolished! Tonight, Slays wishes to prove she’s not so easily crushed. She takes on The Beast again, will she get payback on both Beast and Maverick? Or will it be more of the same?
The Beast VS Stephy Slays!
The bell rings and they tie up! Beast throws Slays into a corner hard! Slays gets right up, though, and goes again. Beast waistlock tosses Slays around, then SPEARS Slays to a corner! She rams shoulder after shoulder into Slays, then forearms! The ref counts and Beast backs off at 4. Beast runs in again but Slays dodges! Slays goes up and leaps, but into a belly2belly! Beast thrashes Slays then drags her up by her hair. Beast puts Slays in a corner then whips corner to corner for a big corner clothesline! Fans duel as Beast lifts Slays easily. Beast walks around and throws Slays with a Fall Away Slam! Slays rolls to ropes but Beast is on her again with another toss. Beast stands on Slays for a cocky cover, TWO!! Slays survives and shocks The Beast!
The Beast boots Slays back down and grins. She runs in but Slays rolls her up, ONE! Slays dropkicks and staggers Beast! Slays runs in again, victory roll countered to the Air Raid Siren! Cover, TWO!! Beast was cocky again but now she’s frustrated. Beast stomps Slays around, then drags her up for forearms. She kicks Slays while she’s down, then grins again. The sadistic specimen whips Slays corner to corner for another clothesline, then throws Slays with a gut wrench suplex! Beast grins as Slays slowly stands. Beast grabs Slays for a suplex, and slam! Cover, but Beast lets Slays up this time! Beast wants to make Slays pay for lasting this long, and she drags Slays up for a Beast Bomb!! Cover, Beast wins!
Winners: The Beast, by pinfall
Dominant for the second time against Slays, The Beast looks to be rolling on towards the title! Will she be the one to challenge the winner of tonight’s main event?
The Beast takes to the mic.
“I’m the biggest. I’m the baddest.” And she is THE BEAST! She roars in victory, will anyone ever come close to making a dent in her?
“My mom grew up in Georgia, my dad grew up in Mississippi, so I’m Southern Blood.” Fire was brought up in a strict upbringing, and she was a gifted student so there was a lot of pressure put on her to succeed. When she entered middle school, she went “off track”, and no one around her understood why. Fire was bullied for being smart, to the point of death threats. Wrestling was her way to feel stronger. Through wrestling, she realized anything was possible, like she could escape this reality. Fire steps up for who she really is, and for what she who to be. “If you want it enough, if you fight for it enough, there is no stopping you.” There is no stopping Fire now, will she blaze a trail to the title?
Abilene Maverick VS Fire!
The Governor’s Daughter shows off her new glittering robe as she makes her entrance, but we have a WOW debut for Fire tonight! Will Maverick be the first wrestler burned by Fire’s passion?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans fire up for Fire and she feeds off the energy. Maverick plugs her ears to ignore it all, and she pushes Fire down with a wristlock! Fire kips up and wrings Maverick out! Fire has an armlock but Maverick endures. Maverick rolls and scoop slams Fire fast! Fire gets up fast, and the two circle again. They tie up and Fire pushes Maverick back. Fire whips but Maverick reverses, only for Fire to slide under and hit a big dropkick! Maverick is reeling as Fire runs corner to corner for a splash! Fire keeps moving but misses this time. Maverick misses and Fire gets a waistlock. Maverick pries free to reel Fire in for a shoulder! She throws Fire down by her hair, then drags Fire up for a big back suplex! Cover, ONE!
Maverick keeps her cool while Fire crawls. Fans rally but Maverick grabs Fire to throw her back down. Fans boo but Maverick soaks up their heat. Maverick kicks Fire while she’s down, then drags her up by her hair again. Fire hits back with forearms, and then kicks. Fire runs, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fire keeps on Maverick at the ropes with a whip, but Maverick reverses to a drop toehold. Maverick grins as she picks Fire up again. Maverick rams Fire’s face back into the mat! Fire crawls while the referee reprimands Maverick. Maverick hotshots Fire on the ropes, then drags her over for springboard knee drops! Maverick soaks in the heat again, then runs corner to corner for a big knee! She kicks and rolls Fire, to mule kick her down! Cover, TWO!
Maverick keeps her composure as Fire continues to survive. Fans rally up for Fire again as Maverick drags her up. Scoop, but Fire slips out to shove! Fire dodges and elbows Maverick down! Fire rallies with more elbows, then brings Maverick to a snapmare and mule kick of her own! Maverick crawls and Fire runs corner to corner, big clothesline! She keeps going, hip attack! Then side to side for the shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Maverick survives and Fire can’t believe it! But fans fire up for Fire again as she drags Maverick back up. Fire fishermans, and swings for the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!? Maverick survives and Fire is in shock! Fire keeps going, powered by the fans. She drags Maverick up again, but Maverick knees low, for the draping DDT!! Cover, Maverick wins!
Winner: Abilene Maverick, by pinfall
The Governor’s Daughter may not be the fan’s favorite, but she’s still the winner. Will Abilene make her move towards the WOW World Championship?
Abilene Maverick spots Stephy Slays in the medical area.
Wow, poor Slays didn’t learn her lesson the first time. But then Maverick gets a taste of her own medicine as The All Natural pushes her out of the way. It seems there’s someone with a bigger attitude than even Maverick. Will Khloe Hurtz bring the pain tonight?
Eye Candy VS Khloe Hurtz!
Sugary sweet but ready to fight, Eye Candy will look to ruin #KhloeTime tonight. Will Candy leave the fans with a sugar high? Or will the All Natural leave Candy crushed?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Candy rolls Hurtz, TWO! Candy is all smiles as she and Hurtz go again. Hurtz kicks low then wrenches to reel Candy in. Candy ducks and hooks, backslide! TWO and the two turn sideways. Candy and Hurtz fight for control, Candy drop toeholds into a camel clutch! She tucks Hurtz in for a cover, TWO! Hurtz runs in but Candy blocks to a suplex! Fans fire up with Candy as she hits a back senton! Cover, TWO! Candy keeps her cool as she drags Hurtz up into a fireman’s carry. Candy hits a rolling senton, then climbs up top. Hurtz trips her up, and hits a draping backstabber! Hurtz whips Candy corner to corner but Candy cartwheels and comes back with forearms! Candy even headbutts before adding the hip attack!
Fans fire up with Candy as she climbs up again! Candy shimmies and shakes then hits a big missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Hurtz survives and Candy can’t believe it! Hurtz’s Ring Rats grow concerned as Candy drags her back up. Fireman’s carry, but Hurts fights out again. Hurts fireman’s Candy, does some squats, then hits a Samoan Drop! Hurtz drops the leg! Cover, TWO! Candy survives and Hurtz can’t believe it! Hurtz drags Candy up and suplexes, but Candy resists. Candy hits back and wrenches to the fireman’s carry. Death Valley Driver! Candy drags Hurtz over, climbs up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, Candy wins!
Winner: Eye Candy, by pinfall
What a shocker! The sweet Eye Candy gets a big win on the series premiere! Will this shocker send Eye Candy all the way to WOW Championship contention?
The Voodoo Doll asks the WOW roster, “Would you like to know what The Siren has in store for you?” Let the cards tell your fate. The Devil: Siren is the change that is coming to Women of Wrestling’s landscape. The Five of Wands: currently, there is a power struggle in the locker room. But that top spot will soon belong to her. And finally, Death: Siren is the final transformation, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Siren has been to Hell and back, and has regained her power. She will sacrifice WOW to the darkness! Who will be the first?
WOW World Championship: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl!
The Wonder Woman of Wrestling is just one of eight children in her family, but she and her father grew closer through wrestling. Keny G brought her into the fold, and now they’re both living a dream together! But she again faces the Alpha Female, the one and only woman to have yet to be pinned in a match! Jungle Grrrl became WOW World Champion, but ended up getting in over her head in a Triple Threat. Santana pinned The Beverly Hills Babe to win the title, shocking everyone. But now Santana must prove she can defeat Jungle Grrrl 1v1, can Santana prove she deserves to be champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Fans are already fired up as the two circle and tie up. Santana waistlocks but JG standing switches. Santana headlocks then wrenches the wrist. JG rolls and reverses to her own wristlock, but Santana rolls and handsprings to reverse back. JG uses the ropes to flip through and wrench Santana back. Santana counters with another headlock, then a roll to a cover, TWO and JG gets Santana with a ghost pin! TWO, and Santana Oklahoma rolls! ONE and JG sweeps to a cover, ONE! The two stare down as fans fire up again. Santana and JG nod with respect as they circle again. They tie up and go for a test of strength. JG bends Santana back but Santana bridges. Santana comes back and rolls back to reverse the knuckle lock!
Santana throws an elbow while maintaining the grip. She whips but JG reverses to dropkick her down! Cover, TWO! JG stalks Santana and scoops her up, for a Jungle Driver! Cover, TWO! Santana survives but JG keeps her cool. JG stomps Santana and heads for a corner. She climbs up to the top rope, familiar territory, and leaps for the Jungle Splash! But she flops! Santana hurries up but Tessa Blanchard appears! Tessa goes after Keny G’s oxygen! Santana rushes out at Tessa and a fight is on! Santana throws Tessa around and into the ring, but she wasn’t aware of a ring count! It hits 10, and Santana loses!!
Winner: Junger Grrrl, by ring out; Santana Garrett retains the WOW World Championship
Champion’s Advantage is the only thing that saves Santana’s reign, but she still got suckered by the Born Legend! And now Tessa brings the fight to Santana, with a Hammerlock DDT! But Jungle Grrrl gets back at Tessa with a Jungle Driver! Tessa screwed Jungle Grrrl over just as much as she did Santana, and now she has problems. But wait, The Beast goes after Jungle Grrrl! These top predators are face to face but referees hurry to keep them apart. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but TV time is running out just as things are getting wild! Will Tessa pay for her interference? Will The Beast replace Jungle Grrrl as the Alpha Woman of Wrestling?
Apparently, this isn’t the beginning of the Women of Wrestling’s history. They’ve been around for a long time, trying in 2000 but fading away, until being revived in mid-2012. But even if this wasn’t the true beginning, this was a good beginning for their AXS TV run. There’s a lot of backstory to get caught up on, but it would seem they made sure to give us those needed recap packages so new viewers aren’t too lost. Many of these alter egos and their elaborate packages make me feel like WOW is an all women’s version of Lucha Underground, which is known for having many wrestlers come up with alternate characters to fit their universe. And there are even shared talents between WOW and LU, such as Shaul Guerrero and Kobra Moon.
As such, the story behind The Beast VS Stephy Slays rematch was made rather clear. It was a good match and Slays got to show plenty of heart, but obviously heart alone isn’t enough. The Beast wins to establish herself as the monster Heel to new viewers. And with Abilene Maverick (Callee Wilkerson) picking on her, that seems like a story going forward. Maverick VS Fire (Taylor Lewis) was also a solid match, and Maverick won to help towards that story with Slays. Eye Candy (Willow Nightingale) VS Khloe Hurtz (Katie Forbes) was decent, and Candy wins mostly so that it isn’t all Heels winning. There are WOW World Tag Team Championships, but they’ve been vacated for years, so I’m wondering if any teams will form out of these midcard stories to give us more action with that.
The main event was pretty good, just not as a match. First, I wouldn’t announce time limits when we know the show is only an hour, it just seems like a waste. Second, Santana VS Jungle Grrrl really only got going when Tessa came out to Heel it up. Third, that 10 count was probably the fastest 10 count I’ve ever seen. But the brawl between Tessa and Santana, and then the impending brawl between The Beast and Jungle Grrrl just managed to salvage things. We have our stories going forward, and at the very least, I wasn’t bored to sleep. There are some things that need work, and this was a rather tough time to move into the television wrestling sphere, but this isn’t a bad program to give a fair shake.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Wrestle Kingdom 13 Results, Part 3!
NJPW and AXS wrap up Wrestle Kingdom 13 with the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship! Will Kushida be able to deny The Bone Soldier, Taiji Ishimori?
This coverage of Wrestle Kingdom 13 will be as AXS TV broadcasts it.
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- NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Gauntlet: Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe & Toru Yano win and will challenge Taiji Ishimori & The Guerrillas of Destiny for the titles at New Year’s Dash.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Kushida VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this year’s spectacular event!
The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship had a rocky 2018. The Ticking Time-Bomb, Hiromu Takahashi, had only just won the belt off of Will Ospreay, and moved on to defend it against fierce CMLL rival, Dragon Lee, at the G1 Special in San Francisco. Hiromu won but was badly injured from that fight, and so a tournament between the four previous title holders was held! Kushida defeated Bushi while Marty Scurll again got the better of Will Ospreay. And in the tournament finals, Kushida would defeat The Villain to become a six-time champion. Meanwhile, The Bone Soldier would be resurrected as Taiji Ishimori joined Bullet Club! Ishimori was a Super Junior finalist, but missed out on his chance at the title. Now he gets his chance to have the title for his own, can he throw down the Time Splitter?
However, Ishimori’s focus might be split, as he is also one third of the current NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions. Tonight, five top teams in the Six Man Tag Division will compete, and the last team standing moves on to New Year’s Dash to challenge Ishimori and the Guerrillas of Destiny! Who comes out on top aimed at the Bullet Club’s fiercest trio? That match, is now!
NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Gauntlet!
First out for this gauntlet are the Bullet Club Elite’s trio of Marty Scurll, Hangman Adam Page and Yujiro Takahashi! The Villain has his umbrella, Hangman has his rope and Tokyo Pimp has both cane and vivacious valet. Chase Owens also hangs around, for moral support. Their opponents are David Finlay, Jeff Cobb and Yuji Nagata! Will either of these teams be able to complete the gauntlet and make a run at New Year’s Dash?
The Bullet Club VS David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata!
The teams sort out and it’ll be Blue Justice starting against The Villain. Marty and Yuji circle and tie up, and Marty gets a waistlock. Yuji reverses but Marty rolls and spins to reverse back. Yuji gets a headlock takeover but Marty headscissors so Yuji pops out. The two stand off and fans applaud. They circle again, and Marty kicks low. Marty throws forearms but Yuji throws them back. Yuji runs but Marty dodges for the 52 Fake Out! Marty flaps his wings and runs, but Yuji dodges. Yuji fakes Marty out to dropkick! Yuji drags Marty up but Marty gets the fingers! Marty calls for silence, but Yuji breaks fre. Yuji sweeps the legs then ties them up for a deathlock! Marty crawls and gets the ropebreak! Yuji lets Marty go but grabs the legs again to tag to Cobb.
Cobb grabs Scurll but Scurll rakes the eyes! Scurll tags to Hangman, and both Hangman and Yujiro go after Yuji and Finlay! The Elite surround Cobb but Cobb fires off haymakers and chops on all of them! Cobb runs, but Yujiro drop toeholds. Scurll adds a basement dropkick and Hang,an hits the standing shooting star! Cobb rolls away while fans cheer The Elite on. Marty and Hangman run crisscross for a SUPERKICK to another shooting star! They take down Hawaiian Hulk and put him in the ring. Fans rally up as Yujiro keeps Cobb’s attention. Hangman slingshots for the Buckshot lariat! Cover, TWO! Hangman keeps his cool as he goes to lift Cobb. He gets Cobb up but Cobb fights out, so Hangman forearms. Hangman kicks but is blocked into a Fall Away Slam!
Both men crawl for their corners, and fans rally as hot tags are made to Finlay and Yujiro! Finlay rallies on Tokyo Pimp with forearms. They start brawling with forearm after forearm back and forth, then Finlay European Uppercuts. Finlay kicks but Yujiro blocks that to throw him down, then adds a basement dropkick! Yujiro hits a Fisherman Buster, covers, but Yuji and Cobb break it! Scurll and Hangman throw them abck out and brawl on the outside. Yujiro lifts Finlay but Finlay slips out for a urenage backbreaker! Finlay fires up but Yujiro denies the cutter. Yujiro pushes Finlay to ropes and Chase swipes at Finlay’s feet! Finlay grabs Chase’s hair, but gets caught. Hangman runs in but gets Chase instead!
Yujiro gets mad at Hangman and shoves him, but Hangman shoves Yujiro back! Finlay rolls Yujiro up, Finlay’s team ELIMINATES The Elite! Chase and Hangman start shoving and Scurll has to keep the peace. It seems the Bullet Club is still not fine, but the action rolls on! The third team is Chaos’ Hirooki Goto and the Best Friends, Chuck Taylor and Trent Baretta!
David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata VS Hirooki Goto & Best Friends!
NJPW on AXS returns as Goto, Trent and Chuckie T enter the ring. And before the bell rings again, Goto and Best Friends attack! Cobb and Finlay are thrown out while the Fierce Warrior stays on Blue Justice! The bell does ring and Goto stomps away in the corner. Yuji hits back with forearm and now it’s a brawl! Yuji hits and runs but Goto follows to run him over! Goto drags Yuji back up for a lift but Yuji reverses to the Fujiwara Armbar! Best Friends save Goto but Finlay and Cobb return. Chuckie T dropkicks Cobb out but Finlay dropkicks him back. Trent runs in but to a kick. Finlay whips but Trent comes back with a shotgun knee!
Fans applaud as Trent slingshots at Cobb, but Cob turns it into a powerbomb lift! Trent gets to the apron and mule kicks Cobb, and then Chuckie FLIES onto Cobb and Finlay! The Kentucky Gentleman wipes them both out at the ramp, but then holds them back up, for Trent’s BIG Asai Moonsault! Back in the ring, Goto fights with Yuji. Yuji fires off kicks then whips. Goto reverses and redirects, to scoop Yuji into Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Goto keeps his cool as he stomps Yuji out. He bumps Yuji in the corner then tags in Chuckie. Chuckie stomps a mudhole into Yuji then walks it off. He comes back to snapmare Yuji for a basement dropkick. Cover, TWO! Chuckie tags to Trent and Best Friends work together with double whips, elbows, and a hug! And then double elbows!
Trent stomps Yuji before bringing him up for a CHOP! He trash talks and pie faces Yuji before another CHOP. Trent whips but Yuji reverses into the Fujiwara! Chuckie attacks to save Trent, but then Finlay goes after Chuckie. Chuckie throws Finlay out and puts Yuji in the corner. Trent hits a running chop, Chuckie hits a clothesline, then he feeds Yuji to Trent for a tornado DDT. But Yuji powers out and gets Chuckie with an exploder! Trent kicks and whips but Yuji reverses to an overhead suplex! Fans rally as Yuji crawls for his corner. Hot tags to Cobb and Goto! Cobb fires off chops and haymakers on Goto, then whips corner to corner. He runs in for a BIG back elbow, then runs back in. Goto boots, runs, but into the Athletic Plex! Cobb standing moonsaults! Cover, but Chuckie breaks it!
Yuji throws Chuckie out as Cobb focuses on Goto. Cobb lifts Goto but Goto fights out of the Olympic Slam to get a sleeper! Goto rolls Cobb to a pin but Yuji breaks it. Goto and Cobb collide with clotheslines, but neither falls. They try again, but still neither falls. Cobb combs back but Goto deflects and spins to clobber him with a clothesline! Both men are down but fans rally up. Tag to Chuckie and he goes at Cobb in a corner. Chuckie goes corner to corner for a back elbow, then whips. Cobb holds the ropes, breaks free but gets a mule kick. Trent runs in to hit a back elbow, then Best Friends fire up with a double whip. Cobb reverses to pull them into each other, then he gives both Best Friends a single leg suplex! Fans fire up for Cobb’s superhuman strength.
Cobb tags Finlay, and Finlay hits Best Friends with back elbows! He goes corner to corner again and again, then hops up to hit Chuckie with a flying uppercut! He runs in but into Chuckie’s knee! Chuckie hits the snap piledriver! Cover, but Yuji breaks it! Goto and Trent throw Cobb and Yuji out and brawl on the outside. Fans fire up as Chuckie climbs. Chuckie moonsaults but FLOPS! Finlay rolls him up, Finlay’s team ELIMINATES Goto & Best Friends! An incredible roll already, but can Finlay, Cobb and Yuji keep it up? The fourth team is Suzuki-Gun’s Killer Elite Squad and Minoru Suzuki himself!
David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata VS Minori Suzuki & Killer Elite Squad!
NJPW on AXS returns as The Meanest Man in the World leads Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer to the ring. And much like Chaos did, Suzuki-Gun strikes the moment they hit the ring! Things spill out of the ring and Suzuki keeps on Finlay at the bell. Yuji whips DBS to the barriers and quickly tags in! An old feud reignites as Blue Justice goes after Suzuki with kicks. He whips corner to corner but Suzuki boots him back. Suzuki and Yuji throw forearms, then Suzuki slaps! Yuji slaps, and now it’s a slap fight! Neither man slows down, but Yuji does stagger Suzuki. Suzuki escapes the exploder and goes for a guillotine! Then Suzuki shifts to an Octopus Stretch! Yuji slips out to hip toss and exploder! Cover, TWO!
Yuji keeps on Suzuki with a suplex, but Suzuki slips out to a sleeper hold. DBS tags in and throws forearms. He whips Yuji but Yuji dodges and fakes him out to dropkick the legs! Yuji tags to Cob and Cobb fires off on DBS! Cobb tries to lift but DBS fights out. DBS kicks away but Cobb grabs the leg. Cobb gets DBS in the Olympic Slam! Cobb moonsaults but misses! DBS hits Cobb with a BIG Back Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Suzuki and Yuji don’t stop brawling on the outside, and Yuji makes sure Suzuki doesn’t get away. Suzuki whips but Yuji reverses to send Suzuki into railing! Meanwhile, hot tags to Finlay and Archer! Finlay gets Archer with a Michinoku! Cover, TWO! DBS boots Finlay down, then KES hit Finlay with the Killer Bomb! Cover, Suzuki-Gun ELIMINATES Finlay, Cobb & Yuji!
The streak ends, and now we’re on to the fifth and final team! NJPW on AXS returns from break to reveal that it’ll be Ryusuke Taguchi, Toru Yano and Togi Makabe! But they don’t even make it to the ring before Suzuki-Gun strikes!
Minori Suzuki & Killer Elite Squad VS Ryusuke Taguchi, Toru Yano & Togi Makabe!
Suzuki-Gun throw hands and then throw their opponents into barriers! The ref has no choice but to ring the bell, and things slowly make their way to ringside. Suzuki whips Taguchi at the camera and sound crews, then he gets in the faces of commentary just because they’re there! Suzuki goes back to Taguchi to take off the rugby helmet and throw it at Taguchi. He puts Taguchi in the ring while Archer keeps on Makabe and Yano. Suzuki grinds his foot into Taguchi, then intimidates the ref. Suzuki drags Taguchi up for forearms, and Taguchi staggers about. Tag to DBS and he whips Taguchi for a boot. DBS pumps up and runs, for a leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO! DBS drags Taguchi up and tags Archer.
KES mug Taguchi, then scoop him for a double slam! Archer kicks Taguchi around, then drags him up for clubbing forearms. Archer climbs and goes Old School on the Funky Weapon, tagging Suzuki in as he does. Suzuki looms over the sputtering Taguchi, but he taunts Makabe and Yano. Taguchi hits back but Suzuki eggs him on. Taguchi keeps hitting but Suzuki rocks him with a right. Suzuki whips then dodges the Funky Weapon itself. He whips but Taguchi reverses to finally hit that Funky Weapon! Tag to Makabe! The Unchained Gorilla runs at Suzuki for corner to corner clotheslines! Then he roars as he gives corner punches! He hits all ten then laughs as he lifts Suzuki. Suzuki knees back then whips, and hits a boot in the corner. Suzuki snapmares then Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up while Suzuki toys with Makabe. Makabe forearms but Suzuki gives it back. They keep going, forearm for forearm, back and forth. Makabe eggs Suzuki on, so Suzuki sneers as he winds up. Suzuki hits a HEAVY forearm and grins as Makabe staggers. Makabe stands and hits Suzuki back. Suzuki gives another heavy shot and Makabe again staggers. But Makabe starts grinning, and hits Suzuki again. Suzuki hits, Makabe hits, and the brawl is on. Makabe runs but into a kick. Suzuki runs, ducks, but gets the clothesline! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tags to DBS and Yano! YTR rallies on DBS with eye rakes. Yano looks to Taguchi for the call and Taguchi uses baseball signals! DBS headbutts Yano before the order completes!
DBS whips Yano corner to corner but misses. Yano runs corner to corner, to get the buckle pad! Taguchi gives another signals, and Yano understands. But Yano misses with the swing and DBS boots him down! Archer hits Taguchi, and then KES work together. Killer Hart Attack! Cover, TWO?! Archer argues with the referee but they just go again, high low! Cover, TWO!? Archer again argues with the referee, but KES try one more move. DBS lifts while Archer climbs, they hit Yano with a frog splash sidewalk slam! Cover, but Taguchi saves Yano! Archer swings on Taguchi but Taguchi dodges and runs! Funky Weapon is caught, but Makabe saves him. Suzuki and Makabe brawl again, but Suzuki follows to get Makabe in a sleeper! Then, Gotch Piledriver set up, but Funky Weapon saves Makabe!
Only for Suzuki to get the sleeper hold again! But Taguchi gives an extra bump to break free, then he runs to hit teh Funky Weapon again! Everyone’s down, but KES go after Yano again. They drag him up, Killer Bomb denied! Double low blow, denied! But double FUNKY WEAPON hits! DBS boots Taguchi but Makabe runs in. DBS stops him and KES double whip. Makabe breaks through for double clotheslines! Neither man falls so Yano makes sure to bump the ref. Taguchi intercepts Suzuki, double low blows! Archer thrown out, Yano rolls DBD, Yano and team win!!
Winners: Toru Yano, Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi, Yano pinning; #1 contenders to the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships
The unlikeliest of trios wins it all! Suzuki is furious but all he can do is take it out on Young Lions. He grabs a chair and SMACKS away on them, then storms off to the back. Suzuki’s rage aside, will Taguchi, Makabe and Yano be able to pull off an upset against the Firing Squad? Is the New Year going to see new champions?
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Kushida VS Taiji Ishimori!
The Time Splitter is a six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, but the new Bone Soldier is a three-time GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion. Who will prove themselves to be THE top Junior Heavyweight tonight?
Introductions are made, and a little Kushida comes out? Doc Brown Taguchi comes out and powers up the flux capacitor. And… BAM! Kushida’s all grown up! Science fiction aside, the belt is raised and we begin! Kushida and Ishimori circle and feel it out. They tie up and Kushida gets the wristlock. Ishimori rolls and handsprings to reverses. Ishimori whips but Kushida reverses, only for Ishimori to handspring over him. Thigns speed up and Kushida kicks otu the arm! Kushida already has his target but Ishimori rakes the eyes! Ishimori runs but things speed up again, Kushida hip tosses and cartwheel dropkicks! Ishimori rolls to a corner but Kushida follows up with a dropkick to that arm! Kushida runs more, tilt-o-whirl but Ishimori pops out. Kushida tries again and goes for the Hoverboard! Ishimori blocks to get Kushida’s arm in a Labell Lock!
Kushida endures as Ishimori bends him back. He rolls but Ishimori rolls through to keep the lock on. Kushida endures more but Ishimori wrenches harder. Kushida crawls for ropes and reaches, ropebreak with a foot! Ishimori lets Kushida go and Kushida rolls out of the ring. Ishimori stomps Kushida at the corner, then goes after him in a corner. Kushida chops back, but Ishimori gives his own chop! Ishimori wrenches and whips corner to corner, but Kushida reverses! Ishimori Spider-Mans through the ropes, and slides under Kushida. He goes back out to shoulder and springboard to drop Kushida with a flying lariat! Ishimori takes a moment to flex while Kushida clutches his shoulder.
Ishimori stalks Kushida to the ropes, then drags him up. Kushida hits back with forearms to the abs but Ishimori hits back. Kushida kicks Ishimori hard in the leg! Ishimori runs in and deflects boots to kick Kushida in the back! Kushida is stuck on the ropes as Ishimori runs side to side, and hits the sliding German Suplex! Fans rally as Ishimori springboards, 450 splash! But Kushida evades enough to get the arm! Ishimori resists as Kushida pulls, but Kushida gets the armbar! Ishimori endures, flails and reaches. Things shift, and now Kushida uses the Labell Lock! Ishimori endures and pries his way out, but gets caught in a triangle! Kushida throws elbows in, but Ishimori deadlifts! Fireman’s carry, but Kushida goes for his Hoverboard again. Ishimori slips out, runs, tilt-o-whirl takedown back to the Labell!
Kushida rolls through, and kicks at the arm. Ishimori avoids the kick, then kicks back. Ishimori clubs Kushida, then whips him. Kushida handsprings, but onto an Electric Chair. Kushida spins but is blocked! Ishimori brings Kushida back up, shifts to Tombstone position, for a gutbuster drop! But Kushida catches the feet! He passes Ishimori to the ref, to kick out the arm! Fans fire up with Kushida while Ishimori clutches his bad arm. Kushida grits his teeth, runs side to side, big enziguri! He keeps going, rolling Ishimori through to the package, but Ishimori counters back to his gutbuster! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and Ishimori is too sore to be frustrated.
Both men stir but Ishimori stands first. Ishimori drags Kushida back up, underhook, gutbuster! But Kushida makes it the Hoverboard! Kushida pulls on the double wristlock, but Ishimori moves around. Kushida rolls him and wrenches hard! Ishimori endures the twist in his arm, slips out the back, and rolls to fireman’s carry! Death Valley Driver!! But he’s too exhausted to cover! Both men stir and crawl again as fans rally. They get to opposite corners, and Ishimori runs in for a meteora! Ishimori drags Kushida back up, underhoo, but Kushida rolls to hit Back to the Future! But he’s not done there, he wants the sequel! But Ishimori resists, pushes Kushida away, and knee triggers! FAST BALL! Kushida runs, but into double stomps!
Ishimori roars as he drags Kushida back up. He underhooks, BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Ishimori wins!!
Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
The Bone Soldier grabs his first IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, and now reigns over the division!
Taiji Ishimori’s backstage interview
“I managed to catch that slippery otter.” And now Belt-san is with him. This must be tearing Kushida up inside. But from now on, as the champion, Ishimori will raise the bar for the NJPW Junior Division. “It’s reborn!” How long will this rebirth of the Junior Heavyweight Championship last?
A pretty good last part to AXS TV’s NJPW Wrestle Kingdom coverage. Of course, they kinda did things backwards. The first part was the big matches, the big finale with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, so readers technically should go backwards with part 3 first, then part 2, then finish with part 1. Either way, the entirety of Wrestle Kingdom 13 was great, even these two opening matches. The trios gauntlet was pretty good for having a couple teams that seemed slapped together. I was really surprised to see it was one of those slapped together teams winning. Toru Yano, Togi Makabe and Ryusuke Taguchi are definitely a fun and funny trio, but I have no idea if they’ll be a match for Ishimori and Guerrillas of Destiny. Granted, Tama Tonga is trying to be a good guy, but on just pure ring skill, he, Loa and Ishimori should win.
And speaking of Ishimori, his match with Kushida was great. This match was so evenly booked that Ishimori came out as a slightly surprising winner. Just as I’d imagine this new Cutthroat Bullet Club keeping the trios titles, Ishimori will likely have the Junior Heavyweight Championship for some time. If Hiromu Takahashi makes a recovery and comeback, he’d be the only one right off the bat who could take the title in a rematch from their amazing Super Juniors match. And it could work for a Bullet Club VS Los Ingobernables de Japon scenario, since LIJ has a lot of the other belts.
My Score: 8.4/10
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