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Joe’s CMLL Review & Results (1/7/19)

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CMLL New Year shows! Joe lets us know how they kicked of 2019!

Arena Mexico Tuesday New Years Show

Robin and Arkalis vs Grako and El Coyote

Grako and Arkalis lock up to start the show off and trade standing submission holds. They trade arm drags and then go to the outside and tell each other to get back in. Coyote and Robin are in next and they do some acrobatic exchanges. They hit a stale mate and then both pose to the crowd. They team up on Robin until Grako gets him in a leg lock submission. Coyote gets Arkalis in a stretch submission for the fall. First Fall: Coyote submits Arkalis with a stretch submission.

Grako and Coyote start the round out teaming up on Robin. Robin makes a come back, hitting a hurricanrana on Coyote. Arkalis gets Grako in a blue thunder bomb for the pin. Arkalis then slams Coyote and Robin hits a swanton bomb for the fall. Second Fall: Robin pins Coyote with a swanton bomb.

Arkalis starts off on fire against Grako getting the better of him. Grako and Coyote team up on Arkalis, however, and Grako hits an elbow drop on him for the pin. Coyote then hits a top rope frog splash on Robin for the win. Third Fall: Coyote pins Robin with a frog splash.

Winners: Grako and El Coyote

Lluvia, La Jarochita, and La Avispa Dorada vs Dayls, Amapola, and La Seductora

Seductora and Dorada start out with some grappling. Seductora is dressed like a police woman. Amapola and Jarochita come in next and Amapola works her over. Jarochita hits a hurricanrana followed by an arm drag, then knees to the corner. Amapola falls out of the ring, then Jarochita poses. Dayls is in next with Lluvia and they go back and forth until Dayls ties her up in the ropes and hits a drop kick. There’s now chaos in the ring and it concludes when Lluvia counters Dayls with a bulldog for the fall. First Fall: Lluvia pins Dayls with a bulldog.

Dorada and Seductora start the round out with Seductora getting the quick advantage. Dorada counters by hitting a few head scissors then a drop kick. Jarochita comes in and is greeted with a double team by Dayls and Amapola. She’s held on the ropes and Amapola hits her with a drop kick. They move their attack to Dorada and she gets teamed on now. Seductora gets Jarochita with an arm stretch submission. Amapola hits a tiger face buster on Dorada for the fall. Second Fall: Amapola pins Dorada with a tiger face buster.

Third round starts with Lluvia getting teamed up on. Dorada, Jarochita, and Lluvia hit drop kicks and then Dorada dives over the top on Dayls. Seductora then leaps off the top rope onto them. Jarochita then hits a middle rope dive on the pile. Amapola then hits a middle rope flip onto the pile. Lluvia goes to dive off the apron but Dayls catches her and brings her back into the ring. Lluvia hits a drop kick on Dayls and goes for a pin, but it’s just a two count. Dayls catches her and hits a swinging side walk slam for the win. Third Fall: Dayls wins hitting a swinging side walk slam on Lluvia. 

Winners: Dayls, Amapola, and La Seductora

(Hair and Mask vs Hair and Mask) Akuma and Camorra vs Yago and Hijo del Signo

Match starts with a brawl. Signo dives on Camorra and Akuma does a middle rope dive to take out Yago. In the ring now, Akuma and Camorra team up on Signo. Yago grabs Camorra’s leg to make them fail a double team attack. Signo then hits a victory roll on Akuma for the pin. He then spine busters and puts Camorra in a leg lock for the fall. First Fall: Hijo del Signo submits Camorra with a leg lock.

They brawl on the outside to start this round off. Yago suplexed Camorra in the crowd area and now they’re teaming up on Akuma. A double drop kick is hit on Akuma while he’s tied up in the ropes. Akuma dodges a double team attack, where Signo drop kicks Yago. Signo then does a springboard attack which Akuma counters with a drop kick for the pin. Camorra comes in and hits an arm drag on Yago into a rings of saturn for the submission. Second Fall: Camorra submits Yago with a rings of saturn.

They’re again brawling on the outside to start this round. Camorra and Akuma work on Signo and hit a double drop kick in the corner while he hangs on the tree of woe. This match has gotten very sloppy this round. The crowd isn’t really into it, which I guess makes sense. It’s a mask and hair match involving undercard guys. Yago and Signo regain some momentum after a double team attack went wrong for Camorra and Akuma. Signo goes to the outside and Akuma hits a middle rope dive on him. Camorra then hits a splash off the top on him as well. Yago then does a dive over the top. Akuma then leaps over the ref and performs a dive. To no crowd reaction.

Akuma hits a power bomb on Yago but Signo breaks up the count. Akuma hits a muscle buster on Signo, then goes for a power bomb but Signo reverses it into a hurricanrana. Camorra breaks up the pin. Camorra gets Signo in a very sloppy pin but Yago breaks it up. Yago hits a brain buster on Camorra which looked like a 3 but I guess it wasn’t. Signo goes for a middle rope dive on Akuma but Akuma grabs him mid air and throws him into the barricade. That looked nasty. Akuma drapes Yago on the barricade then hits a drop kick on him. A doctor is checking in on Camorra and they have a neck brace on him. In the ring Akuma pins Signo with a tiger pile driver.

So now Yago and Akuma are squaring off. I guess everyone’s gonna have to get pinned. As it turns out Camorra was pinned before, but it’s hard to tell with these potato refs. In the ring Akuma rips Yago’s mask in half. Luckily he didn’t rip it apart like last time. The fans are finally starting to kind of get into it as the last round goes on. They go to the top and Yago hits him with I guess a face buster but Akuma landed on his knees cause they were high enough, but alas he wins with it. Third Fall: Yago pins Akuma with a face buster off the top.

Luis Florence Martinez appears to be Akuma’s real name. Luis Martinez for sure. Might be off on the middle name.

Winners: Hijo del Signo and Yago

Kraneo, Volcano, and Hijo Del LA Park vs Villano IV, Hijo del Villano III, and El Felino

Poor Hijo del LA Park has to team with Kraneo and Volcano. Hijo Villano III and Park start out, let’s hope Hijo Villano is better than the last time he was here. They’re trading impressive acrobatic spots and it’s very smooth. Hijo Villano looks much better already than last time. Now in comes Volcano and Villano IV. It doesn’t last long as Felino comes in to beat on him as well. Kraneo and Park come in to fight them off. The ring gets cleared with Villano IV and Kraneo left. Felino and Villano IV get sandwiched by Volcano and Kraneo and then they put them in a double submission. Park then hits a reverse cradle pile driver on Hijo Villano for the fall. First Fall: Hijo Del LA Park pins Hijo del Villano III with a reverse cradle pile driver.

Park starts the round with Villano IV. Hijo Villano comes in and Park gets the better of him this time. Villano IV tries to enter the ring, then trips on the ropes. Fans laugh. IV clearly pissed, just tags in Felino. Volcano comes in and takes out Felino with an arm drag. IV now successfully enters the ring now. IV holds Volcano so Hijo can hit him but Volcano dodges and Hijo hits Villano IV. Volcano then hits Hijo with a shotgun drop kick. Felino tries to scoop slam Kraneo and he can’t because Kraneo is simply too fat. Hijo Villano comes in and hits a sunset flip on Kraneo, then moves to avoid the squash attack. Felino and Villano IV then double suplex him, and Hijo hits a top rope splash. Followed by a senton by IV and Felino for the pin. Second Fall: Hijo del Villano III pins Kraneo with a double suplex, followed by a top rope splash and then two sentons from Felino and Villano IV.

Kraneo gets teamed up on to start this round. They continue their attack on Park, hitting a drop kick to his inner thigh. Then they perform a 3 man back drop on Volcano. Hijo Villano hits a top rope hurricanrana on Kraneo. He must have some strong legs. Hijo Park hits a back breaker on Hijo Villano to make the come back. Park then hits a middle rope dive on Villano III. Kraneo hits a hip attack on Felino. Volcano hits a top rope splash on Villano IV and then Kraneo hits one of Felino. Third Fall: Kraneo pins Felino with a top rope splash. 

Winners: Kraneo, Volcano, and Hijo del LA Park

Fenix, Pentagon Jr, and Dragon Lee vs Cuatrero, Forastero, and Templario

Finally we see the return of Fenix. Dragon Lee and Templario start out the match and they start out hot with acrobatic moves. No chain wrestling here. Lee hits a drop kick on him and goes for a dive but Forastero kicks him to the outside. This match has broken down fast as it turns into them trading spots and brawling. Templario hits a drop kick to Lee’s inner thigh on the outside. Penta and Fenix are brought into the ring and they both get thrown into the corner. Cuatrero then launches Forastero into both of them for the pin. First Fall: Forastero pins Pentagon after being launched into him and Fenix.

Cuatrero power bombs Dragon Lee in the crowd area to start round 2. They team up on Fenix and Pentagon in the ring now. Dragon Lee hits a rolling drop kick on Cuatrero to make a come back, then hits a dive over the top rope on him. Fenix and Pentagon hit multiple strikes on Forastero and Templario. Then they do a double team move where Penta slams Fenix on to them for the pin. Second Fall: Pentagon and Fenix pin Templario and Forastero when Pentagon slammed Fenix on them.

Pentagon tries his cero miedo pose on Templario but Templario isn’t having any of it. Pentagon drop kicks him to the outside, then Forastero kicks Penta to the outside. Lee and Forastero exchange strikes until Cuatrero comes in to break it up and hit a slam on Lee. Fenix breaks that up, then gets Cuatrero to the top and hits the double stomp to the back of the head. In the ring Pentagon hits the Pentagon driver on Templario but Forastero breaks it up. Cuatrero hits a big german suplex on Lee. Penta comes from behind and hits a back stabber. Templario then hits a power bomb lung blower on Penta. Fenix then takes out the rest with strikes and everyone’s laid out. Templario and Forastero roll to the outside but Penta hits an over the top rope dive on them which leads to Fenix hitting a run up the ropes moonsault to the outside. In the ring it’s Dragon Lee and Cuatrero. Cuatrero gets Lee on the top rope but Lee counters it and hits the double stomp while Cuatrero is hung up in the ropes for the win. Third Fall: Dragon Lee defeats Cuatrero with a double stomp in the ropes.

Post match Pentagon and Fenix beat on Dragon Lee. This is probably because Lee threw Pentagon out of the ring earlier because he was in the way. Don’t mess with the lucha bros. Penta takes off Lee’s mask.

Winners: Fenix, Pentagon Jr, and Dragon Lee

Caristico vs Ultimo Guerrero

Guerrero attacks Caristico during the introductions. He presses Caristico and throws him into the barricade on the outside. Guerrero continues to work him over until Caristico hits a hurricanrana on him. He then dives to the outside, hitting another one. Back in the ring Caristico hits the head scissors into a Fujiwara arm bar for the first fall. First Fall: Caristico submits Guerrero with a Fujiwara arm bar. 

They begin round two each posturing to the crowd. Crowd’s hot for this match despite having a crazy match before it. Caristico lands a head scissors to the outside and follows up with a middle rope dive. He goes back in the ring and hits another middle rope dive. Caristico places Guerrero on the top rope but he’s reversed into a face buster. Caristico kicks out, however. He gets him to the top again and gets reversed again into a power bomb. However, Caristico kicks out again. This time he gets him to the top rope and successfully hits a hurricanrana. Guerrero throws Caristico in the air then hits a mule kick to the groin in front of the ref. Ref stares at him like come on. Guerrero then clotheslines the ref. Second Fall: Caristico wins via DQ.

Winner: Caristico

Arena Mexico Friday

Stuka, Guerrero Maya, and Rey Cometa vs Templario, Gran Guerrero, and Ephesto

Cometa and Ephesto start grappling to begin the match. Maya comes in next with Templario who is in his Los Guerrero’s gear for this match. They grapple as well and then stare off after they hit a stale mate. Stuka and Gran are in next and they hit a few transition moves on each other. Stuka hits a power slam for a two count. Chaos breaks out and it concludes with Gran Guerrero hitting a sit out death valley driver for the fall. First Fall: Gran Guerrero hits a sit out death valley from the top rope on Stuka.

They team up on Cometa to start the round off. Gran trips Maya on the apron then drop kicks him off. They slam Ephesto on Stuka and then posture to the crowd. Maya runs from Ephesto and Cometa hits a hurricanrana on him. Maya hits back breakers on Gran and Templario. Stuka then hits a top rope splash on Gran for the fall. Second Fall: Stuka pins Gran Guerrero with a top rope splash.

Ephesto and Maya do some posturing to begin round three. Maya is on fire as he takes out all three out them and then hits a pose. Cometa catches fire and hits a tornado arm drag like dive on Templario. Stuka comes in on fire and back breakers everyone. He shows some impressive athleticism on the ramp. Stuka, Maya, and Cometa all then hit dives at once on Gran, Templario, and Ephesto. Stuka hitting an asai moonsault. Back in the ring Ephesto hits a tombstone on Maya and Templario hits a power bomb on Cometa for the win. Third Fall: Templario pins Rey Cometa with a power bomb.

Winners: Templario, Gran Guerrero, and Ephesto

(Match Relampago) Titan vs Triton

They start the match doing some quick transitions and exchanging of moves. Titan catches Triton on the ropes with a hurricanrana and then hits an asai moonsault. Titan keeps spending time working on Triton in the ring. Working kinda heelish. Triton kicks his legs out from under him when Titan was posing. Triton then walks the ropes and hits a hurricanrana off the apron on Titan to the outside. When they get back in the ring Titan hits a dragon screw leg whip and gets him in a leg lock but Triton gets to the ropes. Titan goes to the top but Triton power bombs him off. He then hits a 450 for a close two count. Titan hits a dragon screw leg whip then gets into the most elaborate submission ever, which he turns into a pin for the win. Titan pins Triton with a very elaborate pinning combination.

Winner: Titan

Caristico, Volador, and El Valiente vs Ultimo Guerrero, Mephisto, and Euforia

Valiente and Euforia do some quick work and Caristico and Mephisto are in now. They work quick and Volador comes in with Ultimo and gets him out with a hurricanrana. Volador tricks Euforia to the outside and hits an asai moonsault. Valiente hits a run up the ropes moonsault on Mephisto. In the ring Caristico hits the head scissors to the Fujiwara arm bar. First Fall: Caristico submits Ultimo with a fujiwara arm bar.

Valiente was a house of fire and got everyone out. Caristico takes on Euforia and Ultimo and takes them out. He hits an arm drag on Mephisto then poses. Euforia and Valiente fight on the outside. Ultimo hits Caristico with a flapjack. They do the Los Guerrero’s triple team spot on Caristico and Volador. Caristico hits a running hurricanrana off the ramp. Valiente hits a middle rope dive. Caristico gets launched by Volador into a drop kick on Ultimo and Mephisto. Then they hit dives on them. In the ring Euforia kicks Valiente in the groin then takes off his mask. Second Fall: Valiente wins by DQ via groin shot and mask removal.

Winners: Caristico, Volador Jr, and El Valiente

Rush, El Terrible, and La Bestia del Ring vs Atlantis, Kraneo, and Volcano

The match starts in a brawl as you could imagine given it’s Los Ingobernables. Kraneo and Volcano get taken out fast so they go to triple Atlantis. They continue to beat on everybody until finally all three of them hit basement drop kicks on Atlantis and Rush pins him. First Fall: Rush pins Atlantis after a triple team basement drop kick.

They continue to triple team Volcano hitting him with another drop kick. They move onto Kraneo next. Finally the tide turns and Atlantis and Rush fight on the outside. In the ring Volcano and Kraneo sandwich Terrible and Bestia. Then Volcano hits a top rope splash on Terrible and Kraneo hits one on Bestia. Second Fall: Kraneo pins Bestia with a top rope splash.

Volcano and Bestia brawl up the ramp towards the stage. Rush removes his shirt then leaves the ring which frustrates Atlantis. Finally Kraneo gets in with Rush and then Terrible and Bestia attack from behind. Kraneo hits Rush with a shoulder block which sends him flying. He then splashes both Bestia and Terrible, then hits a leg drop on Terrible. They go to team Volcano but he fights back hitting a double arm drag on Bestia and Terrible. He knocks Rush out of the ring and then poses. Atlantis and Terrible are in next and Atlantis moves so Terrible hits Comandante. Atlantis then hip tosses everyone and hits back breakers. But Atlantis gets taken out and Terrible and Bestia hold Volcano’s feet and Rush hits the corner drop kick for the three. Rush and Terrible suplex Kraneo and Bestia hits a top rope senton for the win. Third Fall: Bestia pins Kraneo with a top rope senton.

Winners: Rush, El Terrible, and Bestia del Ring

Dragon Lee vs Cavernario

This should be wild. Lee quickly does Rush’s pose and Cavernario kicks him to stop it. Cavernario gets Lee to the outside then jumps up to the top and hits a cross body to the outsides. Cavernario hits his running splash in the ring for the first fall. First Fall: Cavernario pins Dragon Lee with a running splash. 

Cavernario continues to beat on him on the outside. Cavernario dumps Lee into the crowd, then goes into the ring to pose. He follows him and then whips him into the barricade. He continues to strike Lee against the announce table. Back in the ring he places Lee on the turnbucke and goes to untie his mask and take it off. He takes it off then puts it back on. The ref decides to DQ Cavernario for this. Second Fall: Dragon Lee wins this fall via mask removal.

In between rounds Cavernario rips at Dragon Lee’s mask, pulls it off and throws it on him. Lee hits a hurricanrana to start then hits a middle rope head butt dive, then gets back in the ring and hits a dive over the top. He’s a bat out of hell to start this third round. Lee hits a missile drop kick off the top for a two count. On the other side of the ring Lee hits another middle rope head butt dive. He sells his head as Cavernario is back in the ring before him. Lee still hits a corner drop kick then kicks Cavernario who does the worm. Lee ends up on the apron and gets knocked off. Cavernario does a middle rope dive, except he was running off the apron so he did it in between the turnbuckle. Impressive.

Cavernario goes for a razor’s edge which Lee reverses into a hurricanrana pinning combo. It’s just a 2 count after a slow count. Lee then hits a standing spanish fly into a pin for another two count. The ref is counting very slow. Cavernario is on the apron and Lee jumps over the ropes for a hurricanrana but Cavernario reverses it into a power bomb on the apron. Cavernario goes to the top but Lee meets him and trips him up in the ropes, then hits the double stomp on the apron. These two are going to kill themselves. Now as Cavernario gets back in the ring, Lee hits his leaping over the ropes hurricanrana to the floor. He brings him back in for a pin, but it’s a two count.

Lee goes to the top and Cavernario meets him up there hitting a superplex for a two count. Cavernario goes for a swanton bomb but misses. Lee trips his leg out in the corner and leaps over the ropes for a drop kick. Naito calls that move the Cabron Combination. The two then exchange strikes in the middle of the ring. Cavernario hits a flipping DDT for another close two count. Crowd is going crazy for this match. Lee comes off the ropes and hits a Canadian destroyer for a close two count. Cavernario comes from behind Lee and gets him in his camel clutch stretch but Lee grabs the ropes. Cavernario goes for a superplex but Lee reverses him into the top rope double stomp. Cavernario gets the ropes. Lee then goes for a suplex where he flips him into a sit out slam for the win. Third Fall: Dragon Lee defeats Cavernario with a flipping sit out slam.

Winner: Dragon Lee

(Trios Championship match) Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero (Champs) vs Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, and Soberano Jr

Soberano and Sanson start this match out with some standing grappling. Oro and Cuatrero come in and they do some fast paced grappling. It’s going to be tough to follow up from the last match. Let’s see what they can do. Oro gets Cuatrero out which brings in Roja and Forastero. They grapple on the ground trading some submissions. Soberano is back in with Sanson. He hits an arm drag to the outside and goes for a dive but Cuatrero and Forastero are there waiting for him. They then attack Roja and Oro and then hit middle rope dives on them. Soberano gets Sanson tied up in the ropes and then hits a lionsault on him. He then gets Sanson in a stretch submission for the fall. First Fall: Soberano submits Sanson with a stretch submission.

Oro starts the round out on fire taking on Sanson and Forastero. He throws Cuatrero to the outside with a head scissors then hits a pose. Sanson and Roja face off and then pose to the crowd. Cuatrero enters instead. Roja hits him with a basement drop kick to take him out. Sanson and Forastero keep trying to team on him but Roja makes them miss. Cuatrero comes in to try to bait him but Roja tags in Soberano. Forastero and Cuatrero try to team on Soberano but that fails too. He hits an arm drag on Cuatrero followed by a hurricanrana on Forastero. Roja is in with Sanson but Sanson quickly leaves and Roja follows causing him to get teamed on on the outside. Roja gets thrown into the crowd. In the ring Oro is getting picked apart now. Sanson and Cuatrero hit a double press slam followed by a Forastero drop kick. They then hit Soberano with a triple drop kick in the corner. Sanson gets Roja in a torture rack position then hits a sit out slam for the fall. Second Fall: Sanson pins Niebla Roja with a sit out Argentine power bomb fall.

To clarify, they called it an Argentine power bomb. They beat on Oro to start the final round. Oro makes a come back getting everyone out of the ring. Roja hits a dive on Forastero followed by Soberano hitting a back flip dive over the top on Cuatrero. Oro does a handspring back flip over the top on Sanson. Back in the ring Forastero and Sanson hit a side walk slam leg drop combo on Roja. Soberano breaks up the pin. Soberano kicks Sanson in the corner while trying a splash on the way down to Forastero but he botched it a bit. Roja gets Sanson in a Boston crab stretch but Sanson is able to escape. Oro and Roja go to double suplex Sanson off the top but Cuatrero and Forastero hit them with power bombs doing a tower of doom spot. Soberano goes for a top rope splash but Sanson gets his feet up.

Oro launches Roja into a drop kick on Forastero and Cuatrero. Roja does a flip dive and Oro does the golden moonsault to the outside. In the ring Sanson hits a back breaker for a two count. He does the Argentine power bomb, which they call a blue thunder bomb this time. It wasn’t that so I don’t know. Sanson goes to the top but Soberano pulls him off. He goes for a moonsault and lands on his feet as Sanson moves. He gets speared by Forastero. Oro gets Forastero in a submission but he lets go with Cuatrero approaches. He takes out Oro and Roja hits a sunset flip power bomb on Cuatrero but Sanson breaks it up. Soberano gets Sanson to the outside and then hits a tornado dive. Cuatrero and Forastero get Oro and Roja down in the corner on top of each other and Cuatrero launches Forastero into them for the win. Third Fall: Forastero pins Angel de Oro after being launched in Roja and Oro by Cuatrero.

Winners: Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero


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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: New Japan Cup 2019 Part 1!

The 2019 New Japan Cup begins!

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NJPW New Japan Cup 2019

NJPW begins the 2019 New Japan Cup! Who among Tetsuya Naito, Kota Ibushi, Zack Sabre Jr. and EVIL will move on to the second round?

 

Coverage will be as broadcast by AXS TV

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL; ZSJ wins and advances to the second round.
  • Tetsuya Naito VS Kota Ibushi; Ibushi wins and advances to the second round.

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NJPW and AXS set the scene to kickoff the 2019 New Japan Cup!

Spring brings the best in the world in this special single elimination tournament! Only one man will win the right to challenge the IWGP Heavyweight Champion in Madison Square Garden!

The first round has already seen a bit of action, with NJPW standards, Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi, advance, but others falling victim to upsets. Juice Robinson lost to Chase Owens while Sanada overcome Hirooki Goto. The biggest surprises perhaps came from the biggest men losing to the Junior Heavyweights when Bad Luck Fale and Hiroyoshi Tenzan lost to Will Ospreay and Ryusuke Taguchi respectively. But tonight, two of the most anticipated matches take the spotlight! The rivalry of the last year takes the stage again as EVIL and Zack Sabre Jr. face off once again! Plus, Kota Ibushi returns from injury to battle Tetsuya Naito in a G1 Climax rematch! The Golden Star looks to be the comeback kid while the Uncontrollable Charisma wants to be a historic dual champion! Only one can make their dream come true tonight!

 

Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL!

Taka Michinoku welcomes everyone to Zack Sabre Time, and asks who everyone thinks will win this year’s New Japan Cup. Well it’ll be the man who won last yer’s winner, the Submission Master and British Heavyweight Champion! So Evil, you’ll #JustTapOut! C’mon over here! The King of Darkness responds to being called out, and we begin the next chapter of this already storied rivalry!

The bell rings and fans cheer Evil on as he circles with ZSJ. They slowly approach and Evil knees low. Evil headlocks but ZSJ tries to power out, only for Evil to hold on tighter. Evil gets the headlock takeover but ZSJ works for a headscissor counter. He can’t get it so he stands up. ZSJ spins through and arm-drags Evil off, but Evil headscissors him. Evil squeezes and ZSJ endures. ZSJ finds his way up and pops free, then dares Evil to come on. ZSJ headbutts and headlocks but Evil powers out and runs him off! Fans cheer as Evil waits for ZSJ to return. Taka keeps ZSJ calm as he gets back up. ZSJ and Evil circle again, and Evil calls for a test of strength. ZSJ accepts and they grapple, and Evil gets the double knuckle locks.

Evil brings ZSJ to his knees but ZSJ reels him to reverse. ZSJ hammerlocks but Evil switches to his own, but ZSJ switches back, and so on. ZSJ spins and drops to get the takedown but Evil pushes him away. Evil avoids the Penalty Kick but ZSJ ducks the clothesline. Evil blocks ZSJ’s boot to chop and senton! But ZSJ gets his knees up and reels Evil into an armbar! Evil stacks for a cover, TWO! ZSJ still has the arm, but Evil gets the ropebreak. ZSJ lets go but comes back for more. He cranks Evil’s arm back then stomps the hammerlock. ZSJ also kicks Evil in the chest and stomps his legs. ZSJ ties the legs up in a figure four and pulls hair. The referee reprimands ZSJ but ZSJ stays on the arm with pulling fingers and twisting the arm.

ZSJ uses the hammerlock to turn Evil for a cover, TWO! Evil tries to get feeling in his arm but ZSJ kicks him in the back. ZSJ looms over Evil and gives his bad arm toying kicks. ZSJ kicks Evil again, but Evil grabs the kick! Evil hands the foot to Red Shoes before he mule kicks ZSJ down! The 2018 cup winner is down while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Evil brings ZSJ up for forearms. Evil puts ZSJ in a corner then whips him corner to corner. ZSJ stops himself and comes back, but for a sidewalk slam! Fans fire up with Evil as he drags ZSJ back up. Evil suplexes ZSJ up and over then covers, TWO! Evil keeps his cool as he brings ZSJ up again. ZSJ blocks the fireman’s carry and goes after the arm with a double wristlock. Evil powers through but ZSJ slips out to a full nelson. Evil endures the hold and breaks free! He headlocks and knees ZSJ right down! Evil stalks ZSJ to a corner and headlocks, but ZSJ denies the bulldog into the abdominal stretch! They go around and around and Evil puts it on ZSJ! ZSJ endures and pries the arm off, to Pele it!

ZSJ gives Evil European Uppercuts in the corner! He goes corner to corner but Evil follows for a clothesline! Evil runs but ZSJ follows, only for Evil to see him coming and clothesline him again! Cover, TWO! Evil drags ZSJ right up, fireman’s carry, Darkness Falls! Cover, TWO! Sabre survives but Evil has more where that came from. Evil drags ZSJ up and slashes the throat. But ZSJ victory rolls! TWO and Evil has it on ZSJ, TWO!! ZSJ wants a backslide but Evil powers it around, backslide on ZSJ! TWO, Penalty Kick! Both men are down, and fans cheer for Evil while Taka coaches ZSJ. ZSJ goes right at Evil to keylock stomp the arm! ZSJ kicks at it but Evil only gets angry. Evil stands and ZSJ throws EuroUppers, but those only make Evil stronger. He CHOPS ZSJ off his feet!

Evil stands ZSJ up for another chop, but ZSJ stands on his feet. ZSJ gives Evil a shoulder breaker, but Evil gives one back! Evil spins but into a EuroUpper. ZSJ runs but Evil goes sideways, ZSJ catches the clothesline into an Octopus Stretch! He drags Evil down and he cranks back! Evil endures as ZSJ twists him all around! ZSJ has one arm trapped and the other arm back, but Evil uses a leg for the ropebreak! ZSJ lets go but he comes back to dig his elbow into the back. He grabs Evil’s arm and twists it in his legs! ZSJ Penalty Kicks Evil down again! ZSJ catches his breath while Red Shoes checks on Evil. Evil sits up but uses Red Shoes as a shield! Evil mule kicks ZSJ again, then drags him up, to place on Red Shoes! Magic Killer!!

Evil catches his breath and grins while he, ZSJ and Red Shoes slowly get up. ZSJ gets to a corner as Taka coaches him up. Evil runs in for a big clothesline! Evil roars and fans fire up as Evil drags ZSJ up to the top rope. He climbs up to join ZSJ, for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Sabre survives again but he clutches his own shoulder now. Evil stands and slashes the throat! He drags ZSJ up, spins him around but ZSJ slips through to scoop. Evil escapes but ZSJ standing switches. ZSJ rolls Evil back but the European Clutch is blocked! Evil wants a Half ‘n’ Half but ZSJ resists. ZSJ reaches for ropes but Evil shifts to a German Suplex! Evil takes aim, but ZSJ kicks the clotheslines away once, twice, but not the third time! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous after that close call!

Evil roars and drags ZSJ up again. He spins ZSJ around but ZSJ slips around and hops up! Sleeper to victory roll to EuroClutch, to EVERYTHING- Is Octopus! ZSJ drags Evil down, Napalm Death! Evil is stuck, Evil taps! ZSJ wins again!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission; advances to the second round

The 2018 New Japan Cup winner keeps on winning! ZSJ has a cup winning streak, will it continue all the way to the finals?

 

Tetsuya Naito VS Kota Ibushi!

This match feels almost too soon in the tournament! The leader of Los Ingobernables and the Golden Star could both have both made their way to the finals, but now only one of them will move on! Will Ibushi’s comeback lead him all the way to New York? Or will the IWGP Intercontinental Champion move towards being a historic dual champion in NJPW?

Fans love both stars so they’re naturally divided at the bell. Naito and Ibushi stare down as the cheers are thunderous. They start circling and then approach to tie up. Naito gets a headlock but Ibushi spins out for a keylock. Ibushi headlocks now but Naito punches out. Naito pulls hair and pushes Ibushi and things speed up. Ibushi hurdles Naito then again, but Naito ducks the kick and moonsault. Naito arm-drags but Ibushi headscissors, and the two break! Naito even hits Tranquilo. Fans cheer while Naito decides to roll out of the ring. Naito takes his time returning, telling Ibushi to relax. Ibushi doesn’t give Naito a choice, but then Naito escapes Ibushi to tease him about taking time. Ibushi returns but Naito is on him with kicks and elbows.

Naito whips but Ibushi reverses, but Naito grabs ropes. Naito dumps Ibushi out then sweeps the legs. He slingshots and dropkicks Ibushi down, a new take on his Cabron Combo. Naito has control while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Naito whips Ibushi into railing. Naito drags Ibushi up and brings him around the way, to whip him into more railing! Fans cheer Naito but also show concern for Ibushi as Naito whips him into railing a third time! Naito brings Ibushi around the railing and bounces him off the desks. Red Shoes tells Naito to bring things back to the ring but Naito bounces Ibushi off wood again. Naito leaves Ibushi behind and rests in the ring. Ibushi crawls his way back as the ring count begins. The count passes 5 of 20 as Ibushi stands. Ibushi returns ringside at 10 and hops in at 11. Naito is on Ibushi with a whip and big elbow, then a swift basement dropkick! Naito poses more while Ibushi writhes.

Fans cheer for Ibushi and Naito spits at them. Naito stomps Ibushi and drags him up into a cravat neck wrench. Ibushi endures as Naito cranks hard. Ibushi fights out with body shots but Naito elbows him down. Naito then brings Ibushi around for a neckbreaker and casually covers, TWO! Ibushi’s bad neck is a target and Naito keeps on it. Naito brings Ibushi up but Ibushi breaks free. Ibushi throws forearms but Naito just smirks. Ibushi throws more but Naito elbows him around the side. Naito throws more elbows into the neck and Ibushi slumps against the ropes. Naito toys with Ibushi but Red Shoes reprimands him. He whips but Ibushi reverses and dodges to whip back. Ibushi dropkicks Naito right down! Both men fall into each other but Ibushi’s up first.

Ibushi drags Naito up for a strike fest! Naito blocks the kick to kick the knee, but still runs into a roundhouse! Ibushi standing moonsaults! Cover, TWO! Ibushi keeps his cool as he drags Naito up again. Naito resists the German suplex and gets the standing switch. Ibushi throws elbows to break free. Ibushi runs in but Naito boots him from the corner. Naito runs out but into a huricanrana! Fans fire up while Naito bails out of the ring. Ibushi fires up with the fans and goes to the corner. Naito knows it’s coming and stops the Golden Triangle! Naito drags Ibushi out for a draping neckbreaker to the apron! Ibushi falls to the floor and Red Shoes checks on him. He’s somehow okay to continue and drags himself into the ring.

Naito is waiting again, and runs out from a corner, shotgun dropkick! Then he drags Ibushi up to the top rope and out for another draping neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi survives and Naito is surprised, but we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Naito drags Ibushi back up. Naito ties Ibushi up but Ibushi fights out with his free arm. Naito clubs Ibushi in the neck then hits a German Suplex, but Ibushi lands on his feet! Ibushi kicks but Naito ducks to enziguri! Naito whips but Ibushi reverses only for Naito to come back with flying forearms, only to be caught into a snap German! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Naito and Ibushi stir as fans duel. Red Shoes checks and they’re both okay to continue. Ibushi and Naito grit their teeth as they sit up. They head for each other and start throwing forearms. Ibushi hits, Naito hits, repeat. They slowly stand but the brawling continues.

Ibushi hits but Naito comes back. The two stare down and Ibushi throws a forearm. Naito throws one back, so Ibushi gives another. They start picking up speed and now they’re just swinging wild! Ibushi fires off many palm strikes but Naito throws slaps. Ibushi runs but into Naito’s spinebuster! Naito drags Ibushi up and to the top rope again. Naito climbs up behind Ibushi and fans anticipate something dangerous. Ibushi holds on so Naito clubs away. Naito stands Ibushi up, but Ibushi grabs at Naito’s leg. Ibushi turns around and trips Naito up! Naito manages to stay on the apron, but Ibushi stalks him from above. Ibushi drags Naito up while standing on the ropes. Ibushi lifts but Naito fights out! Naito slaps away on Ibushi’s face, then brings Ibushi in, TOMBSTONE on the apron!!

Naito puts Ibushi in the ring then drags him up again. Hammerlock and underhook, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!? Ibushi still lives but Naito isn’t fazed. Naito drags Ibushi up again, arm wrench and tilt-o-whirl, but into Ibushi’s own PACKAGE TOMBSTONE!! Cover, TWO!? Now Naito survives and shocks everyone! Fans duel as Naito and Ibushi drag themselves to opposite corners. Naito runs at Ibushi but into a roundhouse! Ibushi brings Naito in but Naito spins out for a tornado DDT! Naito aims at Ibushi and runs in, into a clothesline!! Ibushi drags Naito up and to a lift, SIT-OUT LAST RIDE! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives again but Ibushi is too tired to be frustrated. Ibushi drags Naito up and grabs both hands, but Naito dodges Kamigoye, DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!?!

Fans are thunderous as this match continues! Naito staggers up and drags Ibushi to his feet. Wrench and tilt-o-whirl but Ibushi slips out to roundhouse! Ibushi gives a shout out to the King of Strong Style as he aims from a corner. Naito sits up, BOMAYE!! Cover, TWO?!? Ibushi can NOT believe Naito survived again! But Ibushi vows to finish this, double underhook, Butterfly Driver! But he’s not done there, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!

Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall; advances to the second round

It took so much, but Ibushi makes it through the opening round! Naito’s dream is denied for now, what will it take for him to become the first-ever dual Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion in NJPW history? As for Ibushi, he advances only to take on Zack Sabre Jr. next! Will Ibushi break ZSJ’s streak in the New Japan Cup? Or will he #JustTapOut?

Ibushi takes the mic and thanks Naito for that amazing match. “In 2019, in NJPW, I’ll show you a new version of Kota Ibushi.” Ibushi vows to go all the way and win! Will everyone else in the tournament, let alone Jay White, take this to heart?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Wow, what a great opening to the tournament! At first, I thought it was a bit of a shame that this will be it for the first round, no Okada or Tanahashi, but seeing they had matches with slightly less important opponents (sorry, Mike Elgin), the two matches we got were much more worthy of airtime. Evil VS ZSJ is again an incredible match, and it makes a lot of sense for ZSJ to win. While Sanada is in the tournament, too, he and Evil are still strongly in the Heavyweight Tag Team Division. ZSJ has a great New Japan Cup win streak story to tell, and it’ll make a loss, should one come, all the more exciting if it’s in the later rounds. ZSJ going for back-to-back tournament wins on top of a huge title match is great, but I can’t be sure the chances of it happening.

Naito VS Ibushi was a really great match, and it’s not just kayfabe saying this match could’ve been a logical tournament finals choice. Naito’s story of becoming a dual champion could’ve propelled the tournament to some interesting places, but at the same time, it doesn’t have to be told in the tournament. Ibushi is in NJPW to stay so it means a lot more that he gets a push in the tournament. He already has a hard road ahead of him if the second round pits him against ZSJ, but perhaps a Kota Ibushi that can get through such big names, much like ZSJ did in last year’s tournament, can be a Kota Ibushi that defeats Jay White in Madison Square Garden.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (3/16/19)

Zack Sabre Jr. continues his journey in ROH!

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Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 391

It’s ROH 17th Anniversary weekend, but the action keeps on rolling! The Submission Master returns, will he make Rocky Romero #JustTapOut?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Silas Young & The Briscoes; Young & The Briscoes win.
  • The Bouncers VS Brian Johnson & Joe Keys; The Bouncers win.
  • Madison Rayne w/ Sumie Sakai VS Thunder Rosa w/ Holidead; Rayne wins.
  • Zack Sabre Jr. VS Rocky Romero; ZSJ wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Silas Young & The Briscoes!

Cheeseburger leads Ryan Nova and Eli Isom into battle! Will their fighting spirits combined be enough to overcome the Last Real Man and #DemBoyz?

The bell rings and Isom begins against Jay Briscoe. Isom is no stranger to taking on former ROH World Champions, this could be his third upset on one already. They tie up and Jay waistlocks. Isom standing switches and throws Jay down but Jay reverses to a facelock, but Isom slips away. Fans applaud the Future of Honor keeping up with Jay. Jay and Isom circle again and Jay keeps Isom guessing on the grapple. Jay reels Isom in for a headlock, but Isom powers out, only for Jay to run him over. Things speed up and Isom kicks Jay. Isom runs but sees Jay follow. Jay fakes Isom out and kicks him down. Jay tags Mark and The Briscoes mug Isom. Mark suplexes but Isom slips out and shoves Mark. Mark turns around into Isom’s arm-drag!

Isom tags in Nova and Nova hops up for ax handles. Nova wrenches the arm but Mark rolls through. Mark breaks free but Nova dodges and fires off strikes. Nova wrenches and tags in Cheeseburger! Burger climbs up to drop his own ax handle. Burger wrenches but Mark pushes him away. Mark rushes at Burger but Burger crawls under and kicks him away. Burger speeds up but Jay stands in his way. Mark rocks Burger with a shotgun dropkick! Silas and the Briscoes take control as we go to break.

ROH returns and Silas taunts Burger to stand, only to stomp him down. Fans rally up for Burger and he throws body shots on Silas. Burger fires forearms but Silas shoves Burger for the backbreaker clothesline on the rebound! Silas drags Burger over and tags in Mark. Mark drops an elbow then drags Burger up. Mark suplexes and holds Burger up for a few seconds before dropping him down. Fans rally but Mark puts Burger in a camel clutch. Burger endures while Jay and Silas taunt him. Mark fish hooks Burger but lets up at 4. Mark blasts Nova but the ref keeps Isom from going after Mark. But he misses Mark biting Burger! Mark gets away with it then CHOPS Burger in a corner! Mark whips corner to corner but Burger dodges! Burger dodges Silas and Jay, too, hot tag to Isom!

Isom dropkicks Mark to his corner where Jay tags in. Silas runs at Isom but Isom puts him on the apron and dropkicks him down! Jay goes after Isom with a waistlock but is bucked off. Isom pops Jay up to a fireman’s carry! Nova intercepts Mark and DIVES on Silas! Air Raid Crash from Isom to Jay! Cover, TWO!! Isom almost had another former world champion caught! Isom keeps going but Jay blocks the suplex. Jay fights back but Isom throws his own forearms. Isom runs but into Jay’s fireman’s carry. Jay hits the Spicolli Driver while Mark climbs up! FROGGY-BOW! Jay covers, TWO!? Isom survives and The Briscoes are shocked!

The ref tells Mark to go to the corner but the Briscoes ignore him. #DemBoyz work together to finish this, double underhook but Isom fights out. Isom pushes Jay into Mark then kicks, suplex to brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Another close call but Isom keeps his focus. Isom and Jay stand as fans rally up. Isom throws forearms and elbows then an enziguri. Jay staggers and Jay runs, but SUPERKICK for Jay! High-Low combo for The Briscoes! Mark keeps Burger out while Jay hits his Jay Driller! Cover, The Briscoes & Silas win!

Winners: Silas Young & The Briscoes, Jay Briscoe pinning

The Shinobi Shadow Squad struggles in the Six Man Tag Division against such accomplished opponents. Will it be the Last Real Man and Dem Boyz who move on towards the titles instead?

 

Rhett Titus speaks.

“Willie Mack, I heard you had plans to take the NWA National Title and defend it in every state across America.” Well Willie, plans change, because the Fittest is looking to take that belt and bring it with him on the Flex Express. Will Rhett’s own plans have to change after facing The Mack next episode?

 

The Bouncers VS Brian Johnson & Joe Keys!

The literally biggest team in the ROH Tag Team Division takes on two other Future of Honor stars. With physiques like theirs, JK and The Number One were hoping for sunny beaches and “beautiful baby dolls”, but instead got “busted up broads and their beer-swilling bozos”! Well that’s no way to talk about the fans or beer! The Bouncers make their way out with plenty of drinks, and Brian Milonas takes the mic. He and The Beer City Bruiser are here to kick ass and drink beer! Will they do just that against these rude rookies?

The Code of Honor is still upheld between the teams, and we start with Bruiser and Keys. Keys shows off his body while teasing Bruiser about the beer belly. Bruiser admits Keys wins the body building, but Bruiser has the fans as they chant “Beer! Beer!” along with him. Keys calls for a test of strength and Bruiser isn’t sure he’s serious. Keys shoves Bruiser and tells him to take it serious. Bruiser accepts the test, and SLAPS Keys off his feet! Keys gets up and kicks but Bruiser catches it. Bruiser spins Keys for an atomic drop. Keys gets to a corner but covers up from Bruiser’s punch. So Bruiser CHOPS instead! And CHOPS, and CHOPS! Fans cheer for more but Keys turns around to protect his chest. So Bruiser CHOPS his back! Keys scrambles to his corner and tags in Johnson.

Johnson fires off on Bruiser but Bruiser shoves him to run him over! Bruiser drags Johnson up but Johnson powers him to the corner. Keys anchors Bruiser’s feet and Johnson gets a sucker punch! Johnson stomps away in the corner then tags in Keys. Keys stomps Bruiser now but lets up at 4. Keys chops Bruiser back then goes to scoop. Bruiser’s too big for that, so Keys gives a European Uppercut. Johnson tags in and rams in his own uppercut. Johnson and Keys work together for a double scoop slam! Cover, ONE, and with power! Bruiser reaches for Milonas but Keys tags back in. Keys stomps Bruiser down then puts Bruiser back in the corner. Keys throws EuroUppers then gestures at Milonas. He runs in for a splash but Bruiser dodges! Keys hits buckles and both men are down!

Fans rally up as Bruiser crawls for his corner. Johnson shouts to Keys, and Keys tags him in. Johnson grabs Bruiser’s feet but Bruiser still gets to Milonas! The Mastodon rallies on both Future of Honor stars! Fans fire up as he pounces Keys out of the ring, then squashes Johson in a corner. Milonas whips Johnson corner to corner for another splash, then scoops. Johnson slips out and shoves Milonas away. Johnson dodges the clothesline but gets a pop-up spinebuster! Keys attacks Milonas from behind but Bruiser gets Keys. Bruiser whips Keys and Milonas gives Keys a pop-up spinebuster! The Bouncers say bottom’s up and grab Johnson. Milonas climbs and Bruiser holds Johnson up, draping leg drop! Cover, The Bouncers win!

Winners: The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning

They kicked ass, now they drink beer! Will the Bouncers find their way to the ROH World Tag Team Championships and drink to a title reign?

 

Madison Rayne speaks.

“Thunder Rosa, you think that you and Holidead can come into ROH and control the narrative and call the shots?” Here’s the reality: the Twisted Sisterz are the opposite of what the Women of Honor stand for. The Queen Bee vows to make a statement, but will it go the way she hopes?

 

Willie Mack speaks.

The inaugural NWA National Champion is all about making history, and he makes history with ROH next week. He’ll defend his title in all 50 states, and is already on number 5. If Rhett Titus wants to stay fit, then he better get ready for a fight!

 

Madison Rayne w/ Sumie Sakai VS Thunder Rosa w/ Holidead!

As The Queen Bee alluded to, The Twisted Sisterz have done what they want to who they want since joining the Women of Honor Division, including the Ray of Sunshine. Now Sumie stands beside Madison, will they put the trouble-makers in their place?

Madison doesn’t wait for the bell, she goes right at Thunder Rosa! She tackles Rosa down and the bell has to ring as she fires off right hands. Rayne puts Rosa in one corner then runs her all the way to the other. She bumps Rosa off a third then hits a sliding lariat. Rayne runs Rosa over with a shoulder and fires up while Rosa regroups with Holidead. Rayne doesn’t give Rosa much time to regain composure, she goes right out and rocks her with a right! She puts Rosa back in while Sumie keeps her eyes on Holidead. Rayne runs Rosa over with a clothesline but notices Holidead egging Sumie on. Rayne runs and wrecks Holidead with a dropkick! Sumie and the fans cheer Rayne on but Rosa hits Rayne back!

Rosa fetches Rayne and rams her into the apron. She then CHOPS Rayne against the apron, before shoving her into the ring. Rosa stomps Rayne then covers, TWO! Rosa drags Rayne up and bumps Rayne off the buckles. She stomps a mudhole into Rayne but backs off at 4. Rosa snapmares Rayne and kicks her sharp on the back. Holidead wants another so Rosa kicks Rayne again. Rosa runs and dropkicks Rayne in the back, covers, TWO! Sumie coaches Rayne up while Rosa mockingly applauds. Rayne throws body shots but Rosa clubs her down. Rosa scoops and slams Rayne down, then applauds herself. Rosa runs side to side for a BIG leg drop! Cover, TWO! The Queen Bee is in trouble while we go to break.

ROH returns and Rosa toys with Rayne. Rayne throws forearms back and enziguris! Rosa falls over and Rayne covers, TWO! Holidead is relieved but Rayne keeps on Rosa. Rosa throws Rayne down by her hair, then drags her up for chops. Rosa whips Rayne corner to corner then runs in for a big back elbow! She snapmares Rayne to a cover, TWO! Fans rally for Rayne but Rose wraps on a chinlock. Rayne endures and fights her way up, but Rosa throws her back down. Cover, TWO! Rosa grabs Rayne for more chops, then does a little salsa to show off. She whips but Rayne reverses and things speed up, Rayne SPEARS Rosa down! But Rayne is also down and a standing 10 count begins.

The count reaches 5 as both women sit up. Rosa grabs Rayne and brings her up but Rayne fires forearms! Rayne dodges Rosa and rallies with more forearms. Rayne fires up and goes corner to corner but Rose catches her! Rosa puts Rayne on the top rope but Rayne boots her back. Rayne leaps for the crossbody! Both women are back up, Rayne ducks a kick to give an enziguri! Cover, TWO! Rayne keeps on Rosa with a waistlock. She wrings Rosa out but Rosa goes to swing. Rayne adjusts and gets around Rosa again for a dragon sleeper. Rosa elbows out and brings Rayne up into the Gory Especial, and spins around for the facebuster! Cover, TWO!! Rayne survives and the Twisted Sisterz are shocked!

Rosa is furious as she drags Rayne right up onto her shoulder! Rosa spins but Rayne slips out for the Rayne Drop! Cover, Rayne wins!

Winner: Madison Rayne, by pinfall

The Queen Bee wins outta nowhere and gets revenge on behalf of Sumie Sakai! Will Rayne and others teach the Twisted Sisterz a lesson about being Women of Honor?

 

Team Coast2Coast speaks.

“We were gone for a very long time, but for good reason.” Shaheem Ali and Leon St. Giovanni were “rediscovering” themselves. But now C2C is better than ever and will take on the best in the world! Their return is next week against Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham, will Chocolate Man and the Human Rocket be ready for the Franchise and the Octopus?

 

Zack Sabre Jr. VS Rocky Romero!

The partnership of ROH and NJPW is on display as the Submission Master returns! But not only that, the player-coach of Roppongi 3K makes his own return! Will Rocky make a run in ROH for gold? Or will he #JustTapOut?

ROH returns with the bell! Fans cheer Rocky on as he circles with ZSJ. Rocky keeps away from ZSJ’s grip and then they approach. ZSJ still gets Rocky down with a headlock but Rocky keeps up with his reversals. ZSJ gets free but both he and Rocky smirk as they circle again. They tie up again and ZSJ gets the arm. He cranks on it to get Rocky to the mat. Rocky endures the wristlock and ZSJ grinds a knee in. Rocky gets to his feet but ZSJ wrenches and arm-drags Rocky back down. Fans cheer ZSJ’s technique as he twists and pulls Rocky’s arm. Rocky spins through and gets up to dropkick ZSJ out of the ring! ZSJ is frustrated already as he kicks the railing. Rocky waits for ZSJ as he catches his breath.

ZSJ returns and circles with Rocky. They tie up and ZSJ gets a leg. He trips Rocky and stands on his feet. ZSJ twists the leg around and then ties the legs up so he can go after Rocky’s neck with a wrench. But he also hooks the face so the ref counts. ZSJ lets up at 4 to bring Rocky into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Rocky pops out to a cover, TWO! Fans applaud as Rocky and ZSJ circle again. Rocky and ZSJ approach and Rocky gets ZSJ’s leg now. Rocky waistlocks but ZSJ wrenches to a switch. ZSJ wrenches again and brings Rocky to his knees. ZSJ brings Rocky further down as he mounts the arm to pull back. Fans applaud while Rocky endures the pair of knuckle locks.

Rocky and ZSJ go shoulder to shoulder but ZSJ gets the cover. TWO so ZSJ tries again. TWO as Rocky brings up the shoulder, so ZSJ pushes it down. Rocky bridges this time, and then anticipates ZSJ hopping on with a monkey flip! It’s a double cover, but Rocky rolls back, only to get caught into ZSJ’s armbar! Rocky rolls and shifts but ZSJ slips out to a hammerlock. Fans applaud this continued exchange as Rocky reaches back for ZSJ. Rocky leaps and snapmares but ZSJ headbutts back. ZSJ snapmares but Rocky handsprings through to dropkick him down! Rocky brings ZSJ up for a chop then a cravat. ZSJ endures but Rocky snapmares. ZSJ responds with his own snapmare, but then Rocky snapmares back. They go snapmare for snapmare, but then ZSJ shoves Rocky down for a neck crank! Rocky writhes while we go to one last break.

ROH returns once again as Rocky manages a ropebreak while in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow. ZSJ reluctantly lets go, and waits for Rocky to sit up. ZSJ clamps on a half straitjacket, then digs in elbows and knuckles to get the full. Rocky endures as fans rally up. Rocky feeds off the energy but ZSJ does his best to keep Rocky down. The two struggle against each other, and ZSJ digs a knee in to keep the straitjacket. Rocky stands and spins the straitjacket around but ZSJ spins it back on. ZSJ brings Rocky back down then flips him over, but Rocky uses that to reverse the hold! Rocky has ZSJ but ZSJ breaks free to throw a EuroUpper. ZSJ whips but Rocky elbows back. Rocky springboards for a tornado DDT! Both men are down but fans rally up.

Another standing count begins and Rocky sits up at 3. ZSJ follows and grabs Rocky first. Rocky dodges and huricanranas! Things speed up, Rocky springboards again for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Rocky toys with ZSJ, then starts slapping him around. ZSJ EuroUppers then grabs a leg. Rocky misses the first enziguri but not the rewind! Fans fire up with Rocky as he runs corner to corner to start the Forever Clotheslines! He gets one, then another, but runs into a boot! ZSJ runs but into Rocky’s leaping knee, only to make it an STF! Rocky is caught, and ZSJ shifts sides! Rocky drags himself around and manages a ropebreak! ZSJ lets Rocky go and catches his breath. Now ZSJ toys with Rocky as he stomps him around. ZSJ kicks but Rocky gets mad. ZSJ pie faces so Rocky SLAPS away!

Rocky knees and hauls ZSJ up to the top rope. Rocky runs corner to corner for a top shelf knee! ZSJ falls to the apron but Rocky checks his shoulder first. Rocky brings ZSJ up but ZSJ resists the suplex. ZSJ goes after the arm but Rocky throws forearms. Rocky shoulders in but gets caught into an Octopus through the ropes! ZSJ lets go at 4 then shoves Rocky away. Rocky dropkicks ZSJ on the return! Rocky throws forearms and CHOPS, then ties ZSJ up in the ropes. He goes to the side and springboards for a guillotine missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and Rocky is exhausted. Fans build to a rally for Rocky as he brings ZSJ up. Rocky throws forearms on ZSJ then eggs him on. ZSJ throws a EuroUpper, but Rocky comes back for fast hands. Rocky kicks and runs for a Sliced Bread! Cover, TWO!

Rocky drags ZSJ up again and wants more, but ZSJ escapes Sliced Bread 2 for the standing abdominal stretch! Rocky reaches but ZSJ rolls him away, then around, Hurrah! The double wrist-clutch octopus is on and Rocky taps quickly! ZSJ wins!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission

The Submission Master brings in Another Year, Surely This One Will Be Better Than the Last. Will ZSJ’s first year in ROH be golden sooner rather than later?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another ROH PPV, another disconnect between it and their television episodes. This episode, as all episodes are, was clearly recorded long before the PPV as nothing that happened at the PPV affects this episode’s events. For those who didn’t see the ROH 17th Anniversary, make sure to check here for the full card results. But for those who did, you know The Briscoes lost the the ROH World Tag Team Championships to Villain Enterprises, yet Jay & Mark still had the belts here. And all this makes it strange for commentary to vaguely reference the PPV when it hadn’t happened for them yet. The Six Man Tag they had was only okay, so I don’t see why it couldn’t have been three other Heels going against Shinobi Shadow Squad to get the spotlight instead.

In fact, seeing as how more Future of Honor stars were brought on for this episode, I’m starting to think that’s what episodes like this should be about. ROH Future of Honor stars can appear, get some television exposure, and take the card in place of literally anyone involved on the PPV card. And of course, facing Future of Honor stars meant an easy win for The Bouncers, who might finally be moving up now that they’re Faces. Meanwhile, Rhett Titus’ new gimmick is like if Lex Luger and Val Venis fused, but then the combination was slightly diluted. But Rhett VS Mack, even non-title, sounds fun. Pretty sure Mack wins that, but bringing NWA and its new championship into the fold of ROH’s many partnerships also sounds great.

Rayne VS Rosa was a good match, and I’m sensing this is building to something more. I’ve said before that having the Twisted Sisterz in WOH must mean Women’s Tag Team Championships are on the horizon, and it would be pretty big if Sumie Sakai joins Rayne in competing for those. I don’t think Rayne & Sumie would be the inaugural champions, that really should be the Twisted Sisterz given their resumes. But Sumie one day becoming a tag champ to be the first woman to have both the WOH World and Tag Team Championships would be a great thing for her own career. ZSJ VS Romero was a good match, and clearly ZSJ is set to dominate to at least a World Television Championship level. ZSJ VS Jeff Cobb would be great for the sheer difference in styles, but we know it’ll have to wait until after G1 Supercard.

My Score: 8/10


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