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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (12/5/18)

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205 Live = Cruiserweight Division

Cruiserweight grudges heat up the winter as THE Brian Kendrick and Drew Gulak go toe-to-toe! Will the Philly Fury end The Man with a Plan once and for all?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • THE Brian Kendrick w/ Akira Tozawa VS Drew Gulak w/ Jack Gallagher; Kendrick wins, by disqualification.
  • Ariya Daivari VS Clay Roberts; Daivari wins.
  • Tornado Tag: Lucha House Party VS TJP & Mike Kanellis w/ Maria Kanellis; Lucha House Party wins.

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Drake Maverick frames tonight’s action.

First, former friends face off for the first time as THE Brian Kendrick takes on Drew Gulak. Gulak purged Kendrick from the Ungentle Men’s Club two months ago over showing mercy, but now Kendrick plans to show no mercy to Gulak tonight. Will Kendrick burn down the Submission Commission? Or will just tap out?

Second, the Cruiserweight Championship rematch from Super Show-Down is coming, as Cedric Alexander is back in winning ways. Maverick himself will sit with Buddy Murphy for an exclusive interview to see how the Juggernaut is preparing for the Soul of 205 Live.

And lastly, the Lucha House Party look to settle the score with TJP and Mike Kanellis in a match that’s practically synonymous with the Cruiserweight Division. The Tornado Tag has also become a specialty of the luchadores, but it was the First Lady, Maria Kanellis, who asked for such a match. What could she be plotting against Kalisto and amigos here tonight?

 

THE Brian Kendrick w/ Akira Tozawa VS Drew Gulak w/ Jack Gallagher!

No time to waste as we get right to action! The Philly Fury still wants his #Better205Live by any means necessary, and won’t let things like compassion slow him down. He’s accused The Man with a Plan of going soft, but will Kendrick show Gulak how hard it is to defeat an angry and savvy veteran?

The bell rings and Kendrick circles with Gulak. They approach carefully but then separate. They try again and Gulak grabs at Kendrick. Kendrick reverses to a facelock but Gulak puts him on the ropes. They break at 3, then go again. Gulak gets the facelock and takedown, but Kendrick resists a cover. Fans applaud as Gulak backs off and they go again. Gulak gets double knuckle lock but Kendrick reverses to a wristlock. Gulak rolls and gets free, but fans chant for Kendrick. This annoys Gulak because of his no chanting rule. Gulak and Kendrick tie up and Gulak pushes Kendrick back again. Gulak has Kendrick on the ropes but breaks at 4.

Kendrick ducks Gulak’s swing but Gulak ducks Kendrick’s. Gulak blocks the back elbow and the boot to clothesline Kendrick down. Cover, ONE, but Gulak is on Kendrick with another facelock. Kendrick resists the dragon sleeper so Gulak goes after the leg! Gulak pulls back and then laces the legs to get Kendrick in a modified deathlock. Gulak pulls hair but Kendrick gets a ropebreak. The ref counts and Gulak lets go at 4. Gulak comes back but Kendrick elbows him, only to get a knee. Gulak gets the leg for an ankle DDT! Cover, ONE, but Gulak stays on Kendrick. Kendrick hits back with forearms then ducks Gulak’s punch to go for a full nelson. Gulak works against the hold but Kendrick shifts to double chicken wings. Tiger Suplex, with bridge! TWO but Kendrick goes after Gulak again.

Kendrick boots Gulak and again, but Gulak blocks the third. Gulak spins into a lift, and powerbomb! High stack, TWO, into the Half Crab! Kendrick endures and powers Gulak down, but now it’s a Heel Hook! Kendrick endures and goes after Gulak’s arms. He brings Gulak in for forearms and Gulak lets go. Gulak headbutts Kendrick then gives him both shots. Gulak puts on a headlock and grinds Kendrick down. Fans rally up for Kendrick, and he powers out. Things speed up and Kendrick calf kicks Gulak down! Cover, but Gulak immediately makes it a leg lock! Kendrick reaches but Gulak grabs an arm. Kendrick keeps reaching even as Gulak twists him sideways, and gets the ropebreak! Gulak lets go but he comes back for more.

Gulak brings Kendrick up and scoop slams him, then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Gulak puts on a facelock, but fans rally up for Kendrick. Kendrick feeds off the energy and slips out of the scoop. Gulak gets another headlock but Kendrick fights out. Gualk drive sin kenes and now it’s a brawl. They go back and forth, fast and furious, and Kendrick knocks Gulak down! Cover, TWO! Captain’s Hook!! Gulak endures and moves around, and gets the ropebreak himself now. Kendrick holds on unto 4, then gets a Dragon Suplex! Cover, TWO!! Gulak lives but barely.

Gallagher coaches Gulak up but Kendrick stands first. Kendrick staggers over to Gulak and wants the hold again, but Gulak slips out. Gulak goes for his hold but Kendrick slips out. They go around and Kendrick tosses Gulak out of the ring. Tozawa keeps his space while Kendrick fetches Gulak. Gallagher goes after Tozawa and puts him into the post! Kendrick is distracted and Gulak rolls him up! TWO! Gulak runs but Kendrick dodges, then Sliced Bread!! Cover, but Gallahger gets in and attacks!

Winner: THE Brian Kendrick, by disqualification

Gallagher stomps away on Kendrick then rains down rights! Fans boo and jeer while Gallagher tosses off his jacket. But Kendrick hits back! Gulak gets up and puts Kendrick in the GuLOCK! Kendrick is stuck, and Gallagher intercepts Tozawa with knees! Tozawa keeps trying, but he gets the Gentleman’s Headbutt! Kendrick is out, and the Submission Commission stands tall. Gulak & Gallagher feel like the winners tonight, but will they win out in this cruel winter?

 

Drake Maverick holds his exclusive sit-down interview with Buddy Murphy.

The Juggernaut has had quite the 2018. He rose from obscurity to become the Cruiserweight Champion. But he is also one of the more polarizing stars here. He defeated Cedric Alexander to take the title, but now he’ll face Alexander again to keep the title. This time around won’t be like before, and with no home field advantage. Murphy knows the score, but he’s glad to be facing Alexander again. It took Alexander and Ali to defeat him, and Ali was actually the tougher one. Alexander should thank Ali for the help. But if Alexander wants to prove he’s as good as he says he is, have another match next week. Murphy will even have a match, and let Maverick decide each of their opponents. Or is that too “polarizing” for Maverick? Who will Maverick set up for the champion and challenger as mystery opponents for their tune-ups?

 

Ariya Daivari VS Clay Roberts!

The Privileged Persian Lion returns to action, but he already made quite the impact last week when he helped Hideo Itami beat up the young wrestler Itami had already beaten. Daivari declared he respects Itami, but will he show respect to his own opponent tonight?

The bell rings and Daivari glares at his opponent, before pie-facing him into a corner! Daivari fires off haymakers and stomps a mudhole in Roberts. Daivari drags Roberts up and whips but Roberts reverses. Roberts runs in but Daivari dodges to kick Roberts down! Itami watches backstage as Daivari brings Roberts up. Roberts punches back but Daivari slaps Roberts over and over and over! Then hammerlock lariat! Cover, but Daivari drags Roberts up! Daivari brings Roberts around for yet another hammerlock lariat! Cover, but again Daviari sits Raoberts up. Roberts is out on his feet as Daivari continues to clothesline him over and over and over! Daivari wants to finish with a right hand but Roberts is already done. The referee stops this match and Daivari wins.

Winner: Ariya Daivari, by referee stoppage

The Persian Lion shows new ferocity, but is it enough to impress the Innovator of the GTS?

 

Mustafa Ali speaks.

“We all fall. The hard part is getting back up.” The Heart of 205 Live lost at Survivor Series, but now he gets back up to try again. Last week was the first step. Ali is proud of his friend, Cedric Alexander, for earning his rematch. Ali’s on Alexander’s side, but everyone needs to know: when it’s Ali’s turn again, whether it’s friend or foe, the Cruiserweight Champion needs to be ready to fight for his life, because Ali will be.

Backstage interview with Cedric Alexander.

He’s surely excited to have his rematch with Buddy Murphy, but how does he respond to Murphy’s comments from earlier tonight? Murphy says Ali is better than Alexander, and that strikes a nerve. Alexander is “on the cusp of becoming a two-time Cruiserweight Champion” and won’t allow even Ali to step ahead of him. Just kidding! Is Murphy thinking he can turn friends against each other with third grade mind games? Alexander never needed mind games to get the job done. So that challenge for next week? Alexander accepts. Whoever steps in his way, Alexander will take them out. “Hope Buddy can say the same.”

 

Noam Dar speaks.

“Usually I’m fun and easy going, but this, this I take seriously.” Buddy Murphy disrespected the Scottish Supernova when he helped his “daft pal”, Tony Nese, win. If Murphy’s man enough, he’ll take Dar on himself and learn why Dar’s the one true star of 205 Live. Well, Maverick does need to find opponents for the champ and challenger, is Dar going to go against the Juggernaut next week?

 

Tornado Tag: Lucha House Party VS TJP & Mike Kanellis w/ Maria Kanellis!

The trio of amigos is sans Gran Metalik again, but such is the life of a new father. The King of the Ropes tends to his family while Kalisto and Lince Dorado hold it down. But will they be able to hold on to their masks with the FilAm Flash and friends showing no respect?

Of course, with the holidays on the way, the Lucha Dragon and Golden Lynx want to wish everyone Feliz Navidad as they throw sombreros, baby pinatas and candy to the fans. However, the big bag of presents stays with them for now. TJP and the Kanellises make their entrance and things are already tense. The bell rings and the brawl ignites!

Mike and Kalisto fight in one corner while TJP and Lince are in the other. The luchadores get control and toss TJP out. Then they work on Mike together, Lince scooping and slamming. Kalisto runs for the elevated splash and Lince adds the plank! TJP returns but runs into kicks. Kalisto runs and Lince boosts him for the missile dropkick! Mike and TJP regroup on the outside, but Lince hurries up top, and leaps onto both of them! Fans fire up, and Kalisto takes something out of the big bag. It’s a matraca!

Kalisto makes some noise while Lince puts TJP in the ring. Kalisto stomps TJP while Lince whips Mike into barriers. TJP kicks out of a cover but Kalisto quickly gets a step-in tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Lince grabs the bag of gifts, but Mike gives him a spinebuster to the floor! Kalisto wrecks Mike with a dropkick then climbs up top. Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” but Maria grabs Penelope Pinata! Maria holds Penelope hostage, and TJP dropkicks Kalisto down! Then Maria stomps the pinata! Fans boo, you’re only supposed to break pinatas with sticks. TJP puts Lince in the ring while Mike drags Kalisto up. Mike throws Kalisto into barriers while TJP bumps Lince off buckles. Mike brings in the corpse of Penelope and stomps on it more.

TJP kicks Penelope out of the ring, then helps Mike double whip and double clothesline Lince. Maria hands Mike the stolen mask they took from Lince while TJP rains rights hand. Fans boo and jeer as Mike uses the mask to hit Lince in the face. TJP covers, TWO! Mike and TJP bring Lince up to double whip him corner to corner. Mike whips TJP in for a corner clothesline, then TJP trips Lince up. TJP throws Lince with the leg lock, then Mike drops an elbow! Lince resists the cover to Mike stomps him out. Mike covers, TWO, so TJP scrapes his shoe on Lince’s face. Kalisto returns and fights Mike. Kalisto leaps onto the barrier, but Mike trips him up! Mike leaves Kalisto behind and helps TJP mug Lince again. They double whip Lince again but Lince breaks through, double Golden Rewind!

Mike rolls out of the ring while TJP is down. Kalisto climbs back in the ring while Maria panics. Kalisto springboards as TJP stands, big crossbody! Things speed up, corkscrew crossbody! Kailsto kicks and kicks then whips, but TJP reverses. TJP runs in but Kalisto dodges to roll TJP up, for a Listo Kick! Kalisto fires up and runs, but the Spike-rana is countered into a modified STF! Mike intercepts Lince on the apron, for a Russian leg sweep that sends both men into barriers! TJP goes after Kalisto’s mask while fans rally up. Kalisto fights out with his free leg, but TJP brings him around for a cover. ONE but TJP has the mask’s tail now.

Fans continue to rally as TJP pulls at the eye holes. The mask doesn’t come off so TJP stomps Kalisto down. TJP drags Kalisto up and scoop slams him, to then hit the senton atomico. Cover, TWO! Kalisto keeps his team in this but TJP keeps on him and his mask. TJP puts Kalisto in the corner then whips him corner to corner. Kalisto boots TJP back, then runs out, but TJP dropkicks the legs out. TJP goes after that leg with the Kneebar! Kalisto endures as TJP grape vines on. Maria shouts for Kalisto to “TAP! TAP!” but fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” Kalisto endures, and drags both himself and TJP towards ropes. He reaches out and gets the ropebreak! TJP lets go at the count of 4, but he’s still growing frustrated. Mike slowly returns as TJP gives a spinning toehold to that leg.

TJP soaks up the heat as he climbs up top, but Kalisto kicks Mike away. Kalisto hurries and kicks TJP, too! TJP holds on so he doesn’t fall off, but Kalisto SUPERKICKS Mike away! Kalisto kicks TJP again then climbs up. Kalisto goes all the way up, and SUPER STEINERS TJP at Mike! Lince returns from the top rope for a big crossbody! Lince runs and headscissors Mike around, then CHOPS him down. And a rolling enziguri, too! Lince runs corner to corner for the forearm smash, then whips corner to corner. Mike reverses but Lince dodges and SUPERKICKS Mike again. Moonsault uno, moonsault dos, and then moonsault tres! Cover, but TJP breaks it! TJP goes after Lince but gets an uppercut. Mike goes to the apron while LHP fire up together. “Get the bolso (bag)!” Kalisto gives Lince the bag of gifts, and reveal baby pinatas!

The pinatas are in a pile, and Lince brings TJP over. TJP reverses and suplexes, but Lince resists. TJP shifts but Lince slips out and then shoves TJP. Lince tackles TJP into the corner and hoists him up top. Lince chops TJP, then calls for Kalisto. Kalisto hurries over, and the two climb up to join TJP. But Mike returns and gets Kalisto out of the way. Mike lifts Lince in the electric chair, but Kalisto pushes them forward. Lince grabs TJP and Kalisto removes Mike. Mike runs back but Kalisto dumps him out! Kalisto returns to help Lince, to give TJP a DOUBLE SUPERPLEX on the pinata pile!! The pinatas break but perhaps so does TJP! Kalisto and Lince crawl to double cover, but Mike breaks it up at the last second! All four men are down but fans are loving this.

The fans rally up as Mike drags Lince up. Mik throws Lince out but Kalisto clotheslines Mike out. Kalisto goes to TJP, but gets a sit-out powerbomb on a pinata! TWO!! TJP is at a loss for words, other than he hates pinatas. Mike returns and TJp tells him to get the other fully grown pinata. Mike tosses it to him, and TJP brings it over, but Kailsto kicks him away! Kalisto takes the pinata back, but then Maria takes it from her. They fight over it and Maria demands to have the pinata. Kalisto gives her the pinata, by throwing it at her! Maria freaks and falls on Mike! Kalisto then gets TJP, and uses Mike for the Salida Del Sol, on pinatas! Lince returns up top, and hits the Golden Shooting Star! Cover, Lucha House Party wins!

Winners: Lucha House Party, Lince Dorado pinning

Vindication! The many machinations of Maria Kanellis have failed and the fiesta continues! And best of all, they get those stolen masks back! Can the LHP put TJP behind them to move on to bigger and better?

 

Drake Maverick has made a decision.

Given the mystery opponent challenge Murphy issued and Alexander accepted, Maverick makes it official! Buddy Murphy will face Noam Dar, just as the Scottish Supernova himself wanted. As for Alexander, he’ll face the other Body Guy, Tony Nese.

As such, Tony Nese speaks.

“Last time I faced Cedric Alexander one on one, I not only beat him, I broke him.” The Premier Athlete claims credit for sending Alexander into the “downward spiral”, and is amazed Alexander recovered at all. Nese knows Alexander better than anyone, he has Alexander’s number. This Murphy VS Alexander rematch everyone wants won’t happen, because Nese vows to leave Alexander in such bad shape, “he will never recover.” Will Nese drag the Soul of 205 Live down into a new slump? Or will the Age of Alexander’s reformation continue, using Nese’s abs as the foundation?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A great episode here, with great progression in each part of the episode. Kendrick VS Gulak was a great match, and that DQ finish still works given the story between everyone involved. Gulak & Gallagher stand tall but I’m thinking we get some kind of crazy tag team match as the blow-off. Maybe it’ll be some form of a No Disqualification Tag match in the spirit of TLC coming up. Then I’m sensing Ariya Daivari will convince Hideo Itami to be his tag team partner with how he brutalized that jobber tonight. I am still disappointed it isn’t the Daivari Brothers in 205 Live but if Ariya and Itami teaming helps get us the tag team titles, I’ll allow it. Especially with a match like LHP VS TJP & Mike Kanellis. This was such a great match, and is what Raw should be doing with LHP VS The Revival!

Then with the “tune-up” matches we’re going to get next week, I like the mingling of stories. Noam Dar got dragged into this so it’s great that he wants at Murphy now. But I feel like there was a missed opportunity for Alexander’s mystery opponent. Alexander mentioned the mind games Murphy was playing, trying to make Alexander upset that Ali is supposedly a better opponent, so why not go with it? Make Ali VS Alexander happen next week for a great Wrestlemania rematch moment. But I suppose they want to save that for when it’s for the title, to bring their story together full circle. Either way, Alexander VS Nese is still going to be good because of how familiar they are with each other. And I’m pretty sure both champion and challenger stay hot going towards their title match.

My Score: 8.7/10

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Joe’s CMLL Review & Results (12/7/2018)

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Another week of CMLL, and another week of Joe’s coverage. Indulge in the Lucha information if you couldn’t find time to watch it yourself.





Arena Puebla Monday

Sonic, Meyer, and Astro vs King Rocker, Sombra Diabolina, and Guerrero Especial

Rocker and Astro start out doing some ground grappling. They do a lot of acrobatic transitions into submission holds. Especial and Meyer are in next and they continue to do grappling as well. Especial hits an arm drag to the outside and feigns a dive. Sonic is in now with Diabolina. They do some freestyle wrestling while exchanging pins. Sonic arm drags him to the outside and in comes Astro and King Rocker again. Especial launches Astro into Diabolina and he hits a hurricanrana for the pin. Sonic victory rolls Rocker and Meyer submits Especial with a neck crank. First Fall: Meyer submits Guerrero Especial with a neck crank.

Sonic and Diabolina start this round off. Sonic goes wild hitting a very elaborate arm drag then feigns a dive. Especial and Meyer are in next and they trade strikes and they start to trade moves. Especial hits a power slam, Diabolina hits a basement drop kick, and then Rocker hits a splash on Meyer for the pin. Diabolina submits Sonic with an arm bar. Second Fall: Sombra Diabolina submits Sonic with an arm bar.

Rocker and Astro stare each other down then exchange strikes. Especial and Sonic get in and Especial works him over for a bit. Diabolina and Meyer are in and Diabolina hits an Alabama Slam on him followed by a basement drop kick. Meyer hits a splash off the top on Diabolina and then launches Astro into him and Especial for a double drop kick. He does a hurricanrana off the apron on Rocker. Sonic hits a swanton bomb on Especial while Meyer gets Diabolina in a knee bar. Third Fall: Meyer submits Sombra Diabolina with a knee bar.

Winners: Sonic, Meyer, and Astro

Mellinum, Arkalis, and Tigre Rojo Jr vs Espanto Jr, Fuerza Chicana, and Police Man

Police Man and Mellinum start out the match with grappling and submission trading. Tigre Rojo and Espanto come in next and they start to fight for position. Rojo using his speed, Espanto using his size. Espanto sits on his knees frustrated that Rojo won the grappling exchange. Fuerza Chicana and Arkalis are in next. Arkalis does a victory roll, into a basement drop kick. Arkalis does a double splash to Espanto and Chicana. Rojo gets Police Man in an abdominal stretch and Arkalis pins Chicana with a sunset flip. First Fall: Arkalis pins Fuerza Chicana with a sunset flip.

Rojo and Police Man start the round and Rojo uses his quickness, getting him in a back breaker. He feigns a dive and hits a pose. Espanto and Mellinum go at it but Mellinum uses his quickness to his advantage getting Espanto out with an arm drag. His two teammates knock everyone off the apron and get Mellinum in the corner. Espanto kicks him in the groin. Ref doesn’t see it apparently. Espanto pulls on Arkalis’ mask. Police Man splash pins Arkalis for the pin. Chicana hits a back drop on Mellinum the goes for a pinning combination for the fall. Second Fall: Fuerza Chicana hits a back drop then pinning combination on Mellinum for the fall.

Rojo gets teamed on to start the round. When he’s taken care of they move the attack to Mellinum. A come back gets made as Arkalis hits a hurricanrana then a back breaker. Rojo and Mellinum hit arm drags to the outside, then Rojo and Arkalis go for dives but gets their feet pulled to the outside. Espanto and Mellinum are in the ring. Mellinum hits a hurricanrana for a pin but no three. He goes to the top for a move but Espanto gets the feet up. He hits a back stabber for the win on Mellinum. Third Fall: Espanto Jr pins Mellinum with a back stabber.

Winners: Espanto Jr, Fuerza Chicana, and Police Man

Titan, Triton, and Stigma vs Kawato San, Okumura, and Tiger

Triton and Okumura start the match out and they lock up and quickly go to the ground. They grapple briefly and Kawato and Titan come in next. Kawato whips Titan to the corner but Stigma replaces him and kicks him. Now everybody is trading big moves. Okumura hits a cross roads on Stigma then Titan comes in and takes care of Kawato. Tiger hits a Canadian destroyer on Triton for the pin. Kawato hits an handspring elbow on Titan followed by Okumura with a clothesline. They do a hangman’s neck breaker for the fall. First Fall: Kawato pins Titan after him and Okumura hit a hangman’s neck breaker.

Tiger is beating on Stuka on the ramp while Okumura and Kawato team on Titan. Stuka is getting teamed on now and he makes the tag to Triton but the ref acts like he doesn’t see it. This ref is either awful or a heel. Triton is standing back on the ramp in protest or disgust. Titan makes a come back hitting some super kicks. Stigma drop kicks Kawato’s inner thigh while he’s tied up on the rope. Triton tries but gets pulled out. ThenTitan and Stigma hit middle rope dives on Kawato and Tiger. In the ring Triton gets Okumura down for a 450 splash and the fall. Second Fall: Triton pins Okumura with a 450 splash.

Stigma and Okumura start out the round and Stigma gets him out and Tiger comes in. Triton answers the call for Tiger. Triton hits an arm drag to the outside then feigns a dive and hits a pose. Titan and Kawato are in next and they trade strikes in the middle of the ring. Titan runs wild, taking out Kawato eventually, and then kicking Tiger off the apron. Okumura catches him with a cutter off the top. Stigma breaks up the pin. Kawato catches him with a splash off the top. He hits him with a 1 percenter but Triton breaks up the pin. He hits a power bomb into a pin but Tiger breaks it up. Triton goes for a handspring attack but is caught in a back stabber. Titan breaks up the pin. He gets him in a pinning combination with a neck bridge but Okumura breaks that up. Sheesh. Triton hits an asai moonsault on Okumura and in the ring Titan gets Tiger in an elaborate neck stretch submission. Stigma hits Kawato with a falcon arrow for the win. Third Fall: Stigma pins Kawato San with a falcon arrow.

Winners: Titan, Triton, and Stigma

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

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NJPW Power Struggle 2018

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

 

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

Gifs can be found at http://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Roppongi 3K, Sho pinning

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

 

Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interviews

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

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

 


 

My Thoughts:

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

My Score: 8.7/10

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