Andrew brings us more ratings and coverage, this time, the ROH/New Japan hybrid shows for Honor Rising!
So my overwhelming disinterest in ROH was trumped by a slow day at work. So I turned on the first Night to basically just use as background noise, and instead was pleasantly surprised almost immediately.
With all that said, there are 6 championship bouts across the two days and a nice mixture of ROH and NJPW talent. So instead of droning on, let’s just get to the shows.
Honor Rising Night 1 Ratings:
- Marty Scurll vs Ren Narita: Scurll wins via Crossface Chicken Wing @11:30 – **
- Zack Sabre Jr vs Shota Umino: Sabre wins via Half Crab @13:55 – *** 1/2
- Taiji Ishimori & Robbie Eagles vs Jushin Liger & Jonathan Gresham: Liger wins via Rolling Crucifix Pin @5:25 – **
- David Finlay, Juice Robinson,Toa Henare & Tomoaki Honma vs Guerrillas of Destiny & The Briscoes: Juice wins via Roll-up @12:15 – ***
- NEVER 6 Man Tag Title: Togi Makabe, Toru Yano, Ryusuke Taguchi (c) vs Cheeseburger, Colt Cabana & Delirious: Yano retains via Low Blow/Roll-up @10:15 – ** 1/4
- NEVER Openweight Title: Will Ospreay (c) vs Dalton Castle: Ospreay retains via Stormbreaker @17:30 – *** 1/2
- ROH TV Championship: Hirooki Goto vs Jeff Cobb (c): Cobb retains via Tour of the Islands @13:50 – *** 3/4
- Jay Lethal, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kazuchika Okada vs The Kingdom: Lethal via Lethal Injection @14:10 – *** 1/2
Night 1 Review:
Scurll got a little more than he expected here. Narita fought out of some submissions and put up a decent fight, but eventually fell to the senior wrestler.
Umino did great work here. TAKA gave him the “Young Boy, get over here”, and Shota kicked TAKA out of the ring and took it to Sabre. A few surprising near falls, and Sabre went from taking the Young Lion lightly to trying to hurt him. Finally makes Shota tap out, but since Young Lion matches have a 20 minute time limit, you could tell the pressure was on Sabre. Damn good match.
Taiji and Robbie tagged together in the Junior Tag tournament, and Liger has a Jr Title match against Taiji on March 6th. So this had some nice set up, and Gresham and Eagles start off with solid technical wrestling. Then as soon as Liger and Taiji get in, Liger catches Taiji in a Rolling Crucifix for the flash pinfall. The finish was shocking, but adds some drama to the match since anyone who wrote off Liger just saw him pin the champion. Will Liger get his 12th IWGP Jr title reign?
In a typical set up match, we get two heel teams that don’t really get along, forced to coexist. So yes, we know how this goes, Jado accidentally hits Mark Briscoe and Juice gets the roll up win. Fun fact that came from this is, Hikuleo is back from injury!
Well this match was just awkward. You’ve got 4 wrestlers known more for comedy, a bruiser (Makabe) and someone who weighs as much as a 14 year old girl (Cheeseburger). With that said, the match was still funny at points and watching Yano get annoyed with how much longer it takes to remove American turnbuckle pads was funny. Yano ended the match with the Low Blow/Roll-up on Delirious while Cabana was tied up with someone else. So when Cabana goes to shake Yano’s hand as per Code of Honor, Delirious gets mad, Cabana doesn’t know why, so Delirious low blows Cabana. Cheeseburger and Delirious walk out as Cabana stays in the ring and Yano checks on him.
Dalton and Will jawed back and forth through most of this match. The whole match stayed in first gear, but it got across that Dalton’s back is mostly better and Ospreay’s Hidden Blade takes everyone out.
Goto and Cobb have history from last year when Cobb challenged for the NEVER Openweight championship, but lost to Goto. So the roles are reversed, as is the result. But before that we had a good hard hitting match, and even see Goto get aggressive and apply some heel tactics that he doesn’t usually do. The crowd responded with a chorus of boos, but Goto has had frustration moments in the last few months. I wonder if this is a slow build to Goto breaking and turning heel?
Not a fan of The Kingdom, but I do like the adjusted audio they came out to via the NJPWWORLD feed. As for the match, it was heavy on the Jay Lethal with just a sprinkle of Okada and Tanahashi. Tanahashi deserved a bit of a break after his losses to Jay White and then at the Giant Baba Memorial show. So Okada and Tanahashi most played clean up while Lethal finished the match. This feels like a big set up for The Kingdom to pile up a few losses and then at the ROH Anniversary show Taven takes the belt off Lethal. I hope not, but that’s how it feels to me.
Overall Score: 7/10
Well Night 1 was surprisingly solid. I say that mostly because last year’s Honor Rising was kinda lame and fell flat for most of the matches. So starting off with a strong first night when the second night have the bigger title matches, is a great sign. When even the Young Lions put up respectable fights, I can’t really complain. AND we should all know how much I love to nit pick, especially about ROH – but – if Night 2 is equally as good, I’ll stay happy.
Honor Rising Night 2 Ratings:
- Toa Henare & Jonathan Gresham vs Zack Sabre Jr & TAKA Michinoku: Gresham wins via Octopus Hold @12:20 – *** 1/4
- Robbie Eagles vs Marty Scurll: Scurll wins via Crossface Chicken Wing @8:55 – ***
- Cheeseburger & Delirious vs Colt Cabana & Toru Yano: Cabana wins via Chicago Skyline @10:10- ** 1/2
- Hirooki Goto & Will Ospreay vs Jeff Cobb & Dalton Castle: Ospreay wins via Stormbreaker @11:45 – *** 1/2
- Matt Taven & Vinny Marseglia vs Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito: Naito wins via Destino @11:50 – *** 1/2
- ROH World Championship: Jay Lethal (c) vs TK O’Ryan: Lethal retains via Lethal Injection @10:50 – *** 3/4
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Championship: Guerrillas of Destiny vs EVIL & SANADA (c): G.O.D. wins via Super Powerbomb @20:25 – **** 1/2 – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- ROH Tag Team Championship Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs The Briscoes (c): Briscoes retain via Froggy Bow @17:15 – *** 1/4
Night 2 Review:
Henare attacks TAKA after he gets is hype man lines out. Gresham and Sabre have a great technical exchange for a while. TAKA comes in, Henare clears the ring with his power. After kicking out of a Shooting Star Press, Gresham locks TAKA in the Octopus Hold for the submission victory.
Eagles and Scurll was a solid junior match. Could’ve rated higher if it weren’t for moves that were too cooperational. Most notably, the Super Frankensteiner that took forever to set up and nobody seemed to remember they were in a wrestling match as they were trying to get in position for the move. I hate stupid big moves that can’t be executed at a pace to continue to make the match look like simulated combat.
So this match was bred from the ending of Day 1’s match. Cabana and Yano are a great comedy tag team. This wasn’t a great technical match, but it was extremely entertaining. Good comedy spots, Cabana and Yano working great together, this was just good fun.
Coming off of singles matches the previous day, there was still tension in this match. Nice suplexes and strikes. Hell Castle and Cobb even passed Ospreay back and forth at one point turning him from side to side before a suplex. Part of Ospreay’s story is seeing if he can Stormbreaker bigger guys, so the fact that he hit Stormbreaker on Jeff Cobb, after Hidden Blade could be hinting towards a Davey Boy Smith Jr match for the NEVER Openweight title.
Good tag match. I don’t care much for the bootleg Kingdom, but they played their part well. Naito took a lot of early punishment, Shingo bought enough time for Naito to recover, and then we see Naito and Shingo put together some tandem combinations and swing the match in the LIJ favor. They clear out Taven, then a Pumping Bomber into a Destino gives the fan favorites the victory.
Solid match with a quicker pace. Nothing bad about this match, but it never felt like it really got out of first gear. There was more character work and playing to the crowd, as opposed to in-ring work. Entertaining, nothing bad about it, just didn’t tear the house down. This goes down as Lethal’s 39th defense of the ROH title, which puts him at the top of the All-Time defenses list.
EVIL and SANADA tend to have G.o.D.’s number in big matches. But damn, this match took a little bit of time to pick up, but when it did, it was great. EVIL and SANADA kept trying to go for Magic Killer, but Tama countered it twice. Guerrilla Tactics took out EVIL and then they finish SANADA with the Super Powerbomb that was given to them by Gedo and Jado. Great tag match. Ain’t nobody ready for Guerrillas.
After the Briscoes dominated most of the match, Finlay and Juice started putting together some offense. Double Cannonballs off the apron and into the barricade gave them an opening. But when they hit the Road Warriors’ style Doomsday Device, Finlay said he hurt his shoulder. Todd Sinclair runs to Juice and Jay Briscoe, tells them the info, Juice gets dumped out and then Mark hits a Froggy Bow to retain. Not sure if it’s a legit injury or just a good sell for the angle, but it looked legit. So the match felt cut short, but it wasn’t bad, just kind of a let down from the previous match.
Overall Score: 8/10
Well this was great. From top to bottom the matches were solid, stories made sense and that IWGP Tag match was tremendous. Now I’ll be in attendance for the April 6th G1 Supercard, but these events actually made me excited enough to want to catch ROH’s Anniversary show. The Briscoes also challenged G.o.D. for the G1 Supercard show, title vs title. So that makes me happy to finally have some confirmed matches for the show.
So yup, damn good shows this year.
WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (7/20/19)
Stand back! There’s a Comic-Con coming through!
The WWE 24/7 Championship makes an SDCC debut!
As superheroes, super villains and super fans all converge in San Diego, watch as WWE icons collide! Who gets out of the convention with the title?
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS The Hurricane VS Drake Maverick; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE 24/7 Champion, R-Truth, appears for an interview!
What’s up, San Diego and IGN!? Truth sits with hosts Max Scoville and Sydnee Goodman and has been having a blast. he’s seen everything and everybody, but he just hopes no one recognized him. Truth being the 24/7 Champion, he had to stay incognito. Someone, anyone, everyone, they could take this title because it is defended at all times of the day. That is why it is the “48/7 7-11 TV” Championship. How has Truth been holding up? Well he can’t sleep, not even for a nap. He’s fought over this belt on a golf course, a tarmac, in a plane, and ruined one man’s wedding AND honeymoon. But don’t worry, Drake Maverick’s not constipated.
And now at SDCC, Truth has been able to slip through as a penguin! Pengi the penguin, noot noot! He got to shake hands and hang out with Darth Vader. Truth loves SDCC, it’s the bomb. But what else has Truth done while here? Chewbacca stared him down, but then Pikachu came along. The weather’s been a bit iffy, though. But wait! Is that…?! Yes! It is THE Hurricane!! Truth mentioned weather, so stand back, because there’s a hurricane coming through! Truth thinks this is a really great cosplay, but he’s a bit thick around the waist. Oh wow, what a great referee cosplay! He looks just like John Combs! But he’s blonde. No, wait, that’s… Nevermind. ROLL UP! TWO, but Hurricane runs away before Truth can retaliate. Because here comes Rockstar Banana, Drake Maverick! Roll up, TWO!!
Truth bails out before Maverick can attack again. Maverick vents! Truth has ruined Maverick’s life! His wedding, his honey moon, and he’s yet to consummate the marriage! Maverick is getting sick and tired of this! And then he realizes he’s on camera. Maverick gets up and runs off, but into the cameras! The signal goes down, but is Maverick too down in the dumps to get back up?
This title continues to be amazing! I was actually shocked Truth didn’t lose the title here, but him retaining is actually even more surprising. Great to see Hurricane again, even if it’s just for the gag of, “Oh, it’s Comic-Con, cosplay is everywhere.” Maverick is slowly breaking, and I love that he tied in the banana costume from when he showed up at the WWE Mattel panel during SDCC. Can’t wait to see reference to this on Raw.
Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 6 B Block
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
This whole day is based around two major things:
Will Jay White or Tetsuya Naito get a win?
Will Moxley or Ishii kill one another?
Let’s find out!
- Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens vs Zack Sabre Jr & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Fale wins via Grenade @4:50 – **
- Tomoaki Honma & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer: Archer wins via EBD Claw Hold @9:50 – **
- SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI vs KENTA, Kota Ibushi & Clark Connors: BUSHI wins via MX @9:02 – ** 1/2
- YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay & Toa Henare: YOSHI wins via Fisherman Buster @8:45 – ** 1/4
- B Block: Shingo Takagi vs Taichi: Takagi wins via Last of the Dragon @14:40 – ****
- B Block: Jeff Cobb vs Juice Robinson: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @13:20 – *** 1/2
- B Block: Toru Yano vs Jay White: Yano wins via Brass Knuckle Low Blow/Roll-Up @3:05 – ** 1/2
- B Block: Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto: Naito wins via Destino @16:00 – *** 3/4
- B Block: Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii: Moxley wins via Deathrider @20:35 – **** 1/2
Well Fale tried to outsmart the Rainmaker in his last G1 match, and that didn’t go too well. So Sabre is being a whiny child, tried to step to Fale and for the most part, got brushed off. Fale isn’t really in a position to eat another loss, but it’s unusual for Sabre to be doing so poorly. I’m curious if Sabre continues this slide until maybe TAKA Michinoku returns to be his hype man, or Sabre gets off the schneid.
People, everybody dies. You know that, Lance knows that, Honma knows that…Kairi Sane knows that. This didn’t really add much to things except the undercurrent of a quiet Minoru Suzuki is scary for the whole world. Also – Everybody Dies!
Now that SANADA and EVIL have had their match, there is some symbiosis back on the LIJ undercards. KENTA and Kota teaming together was a cute call back, but nothing of heavy merit came from this match. BUSHI continues to rack up positive momentum during these tags, Clark Connors is impressive for an LA Dojo Young Lion. So decent match, but aside from EVIL and KENTA brawling after the match and SANADA and Ibushi having a rather civil fan support battle, nothing too important for the impending matches.
Okada and Ospreay did have the crowd hot, but aside from a small flourish, this was mostly YOSHI and Henare. Surprisingly, YOSHI-HASHI has put together a few pinfalls in the tag matches, so that tends to actually play a role in the second half story telling. Ospreay may be on his way to a big upset since even if Okada seems to be positioned to win A Block, he won’t make it through unscathed.
Now this was a fun match. It was a continuation of the Suzuki-Gun/LIJ drama, but Taichi has his own issues. Shingo is fighting as a Junior Heavyweight and Taichi moved up to Heavyweight last year, but was overlooked for the G1. So the fact that Shingo asks and gets in, yet Taichi moves up and was ignored has to bother him. With all of these little things eating through, Taichi brought out the Dangerous T that many of us have grown to love. Sure there was a brief moment of shenanigans with lovely Miho and the microphone stand, but 90% of the match was on the up and up. Pumping Bomber versus Axe Bomber was great, the callbacks to both of their mentors was wonderful and just generally speaking, when the Holy Emperor tries, those are great matches. Shingo getting the win won’t sit well with Taichi, but we’ve got plenty more time to see how this all falls.
Juice starts off the match in a 3 way tie for first, but Cobb really needs a win to legitimize his tournament. Being undefeated in ROH for about a year, as well as all his other accolades, he needs to stop losing. Cobb showed a little more fire than usual in this match and took it to Juice. Juice has been in hard hitting affairs all tournament and it looks like Juice might’ve finally hit the wall. Should be interesting to see if Juice flounders from here or if he recovers.
Well the Chaos revenge tour has another stop with Toru Yano and Jay White. Jay has not gotten off to a good start and it’s all his past decisions coming to bite him. This match…would be no different. Yano takes advantage of Gedo getting involved. Between Barbara Jean the turnbuckle pad and the brass knuckles from Gedo, Jay White’s nuts didn’t stand a chance. So Yano runs away with 2 more points and Jay’s pride…and other things…are a bit sore.
Goto started off the tournament looking like a new man, Naito has also looked different, but for different reasons. Naito sitting in the basement with zero points and Goto with the renewed sense of purpose makes for an odd dynamic. This match is one of their usual ones, where it’s quick bursts, hard hitting and a few solid false finishes. However, at multiple points Naito’s usual tranquilo is shaken and you can see him show levels of concern. Goto being the one with the power in the match, makes for some unique interactions. Naito does pull off the win, but it’s not for Goto’s lack of trying and kicking out of one running Destino. Naito finally gets some points, but it’s nothing near dominant enough to breathe a sigh of relief.
Moxley versus Ishii was the insane hard hitting match we expected. Ishii even flew. He hit a splash on Moxley through a table. The Stone Pitbull flew. Yes I realize there is a callback to Masato Tanaka in that move, but you don’t understand, Ishii flew. Anyway, the beauty of Red Shoes as a referee is he understands each wrestlers personality, so he gives them a little more leash to do what they like to do. Moxley used weapons, Ishii egged it on, there were huge strikes, Ishii’s torpedo style rising headbutts and just good violence. This was a bar fight and no one was upset. Moxley getting the win was a little surprising since most of us assume he won’t be available for many if any later dates once AEW TV starts up. This was just a nice change of pace for the usual New Japan and/or Strong Style match.
Overall Score: 7.75/10
With a great Taichi match and Moxley changing the pace, this show was definitely something to behold. Jay White’s continued spiral is more amusing than Sabre’s since this seems like retribution where Sabre is just a punk bitch when he loses. Even with an uneventful undercard, the main Block matches kept everything moving upward and onward.
With Moxley as the sole 3-0, who unseats the Death Rider?
B Block Standings:
- Jon Moxley – 3-0 (6 Points)
- Toru Yano – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Tomohiro Ishii – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Juice Robinson – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Shingo Takagi – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Jeff Cobb – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Tetsuya Naito – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Hirooki Goto – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Taichi – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Jay White – 0-3 (0 Points)