While the Cruiserweight Champion prepares for his next match, The Premier Athlete and Scottish Supernova settle a score! Who wins in No Disqualifications?
- Lince Dorado w/ Lucha House Party VS Jack Gallagher w/ Drew Gulak; Gallagher wins.
- No Disqualifications: Tony Nese VS Noam Dar; Nese wins.
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The Cruiserweight Division’s newest grudge will be settled.
The Scottish Supernova got even with Tony Nese about a month ago and with a surprise roll-up. Noam Dar says the problem with the Premier Athlete is that he thinks he’s so much better than the rest. Dar proved Nese wrong, but Nese says Dar only proved he’s lucky. Nese wanted to settle things then and there, but Dar says he only wants to compete against someone who will push him to his limits. Dar refused the rematch, so Nese went after him in the parking lot! As 205 Live General Manager, Drake Maverick had no choice but to suspend Nese until further notice.
But then Dar told Maverick that if Nese wants the match that bad, they should have it. Or else, Dar would just return the favor. Marverick, wanting to avoid another brawl, gave in. Now Dar and Nese will face off in No Disqualifications! Who wins this grudge match with no limits on what they can do?
Lucha House Party heads to the ring!
Winter’s still here and bringing the snow, but the trio of Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik bring the heat! The Golden Lynx grabs a mic and asks where they are. Doesn’t he know? They’re in Toledo! Good evening, everyone, and welcome to the show! But boy is it cold~! Especially at night. You know one wants to go home, because the party’s still going! And that means… “Lucha! Lucha!” A Lucha House Party! But on Raw, that was not a good night. Elias didn’t let them finish their performance. So before Lince cuts the Gentleman’s mustache off and gives it to Penelope, The King of the Ropes wants to serenade us with his heavenly voice. Who wants to hear Metalik sing? Toledo doesn’t mind. Metalik takes the mic and warms up his throat, but Gallagher’s entrance interrupts him!
Lince Dorado w/ Lucha House Party VS Jack Gallagher w/ Drew Gulak!
The Submission Commission isn’t really into “fun”, so it makes sense they’d deny Metalik his singing debut. But that aside, the Ungentle Gentleman wants to reestablish that the ground game is the only way to play. Will this rivalry revisited go the other way? Or will the fiesta continue all through the night?
Gulak joins commentary but leaves Vic Joseph hanging on the handshakes. The bell rings and Gallagher circles with Lince. They tie up and Gallagher gets a waistlock. He sits down and brings Lince to the mat for a high keylock. Lince kips up but Gallagher dodges to wring his arm out. Gallagher stands on the arm but Lince rolls and kips up. Lince breaks free but not for long, and Gallagher wrings Lince out again. Gulak applauds as Gallagher mounts and twists the arm. Gallagher bends the fingers and twists the wrist but fans rally up. Lince kips up and kicks low then goes acrobatic for an arm-drag! Lince headscissors Gallagher, then shows off his dance moves. Gallagher runs but into the drop toehold! Lince dropkicks Gallagher then covers, TWO!
Lince keeps on Gallagher with a snap suplex and float over. TWO, but Lince stays on the arm. Gallagher gets up and grabs at the mask but Lince shakes him off. Gallagher reverses and gets a headlock but Lince goes to power out. He can’t get out of Gallagher’s grip and Gulak likes what he sees. Gallagher grinds Lince but fans rally up. Lince powers out and then hits a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! He adds the planking splash and covers, TWO! Lince whips Gallagher but Gallagher dodges and catches Lince in a fireman’s carry. Gallagher hotshots Lince on the ropes, and Gulak gives a thumbs up as Gallagher headbutts Lince. Lince boots Gallagher back then hops up and over for headscissors! Gallagher bails out but Lince wrecks him with a dropkick!
Lince builds speed but Gallagher gets clear. Gallagher and Gulak regroup to taunt “Lindsey Dorito” with waves of the hand. Lince comes out to get at Gallagher and puts him back in the ring. Lince climbs but Galalgher trips him up! Gallagher clubs away on Lince’s back! Lince falls to the mat but Gallagher is on him with forearms. The ref backs Gallagher off but Galalgher comes back for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Gallagher keeps on Lince with a knee in the back. Gallagher pulls the arms for a Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Lince endures and fans rally with “Lucha! Lucha!” Lince fights up but Galalgher headbutts him down! Gallagher kicks Lince in the ribs, then drops springboard knees! Cover, ONE, but Gallagher keeps on Lince. Gallagher whips and catches Lince into an abdominal stretch!
Lince endures as fans rally again. Gallagher shoves and gets Lince again but Lince hip tosses Gallagher out of the ring! Lince springboards for a BIG crossbody! Fans fire up with the “Lucha! Lucha!” chants while the ref checks on both men. Gulak is concerned but Gallagher is okay to continue. Lince gets up first and puts Gallagher in the ring. Lince shoulders and slingshots for a crucifix! TWO, so Lince tries La Mahistrol! TWO, so Lince dropkicks Galalgher down. Lince runs, hurdles and heel kicks Gallagher down! Lince brings Gallagher up but Gallagher suplexes him tot he apron. But Lince forearms Gallagher back, climbs up, flying crossbody! Cover, TWO!
Gulak speaks on how ineffective high-flying is, but dodges questions about Humberto Carrillo, who Gulak has campaigned to help for weeks now. Gallagher surprises Lince with a roll up, ONE and Lince rolls Gallagher. ONE, and Lince kicks Gallagher down! Lince second rope moonsaults, then again, then climbs up top! Fans fire up, Lince goes for Tres! But gets knees! Gallagher gut wrenches Lince up, and powerbombs him! High stack, TWO, but into a Half Crab! Gulak hopes Carrillo is watching as Lince endures the hold. Lince manages to roll back and kick Gallagher. Gallagher deadlifts but Lince monkey flips! Lince elbows from a corner then SUPERKICKS Gallagher! Gallagher rebounds for the Extraordinary Headbutt! Cover, TWO! Lince lives and Gulak grows frustrated for Gallagher.
Gallagher gets up and swipes at LHP. Gallagher runs corner to corner but misses! GOLDEN REWIND! Jackknife cover, TWO!! Gallagher survives and Gulak coaches him from commentary. Lince and Gallagher both get up and start throwing hands. They brawl back and forth but Gallagher European Uppercuts. Lince CHOPS Gallagher and puts him on the top rope! Lince climbs, SUPER STEINER, but sunset flip! Galalgher wins!!
Winner: Jack Gallagher, by pinfall
Gulak celebrates with Gallagher, saying “In your face!” Ground games do work! Carrillo, the offer still stands because the point has been proven! Will Ultimo Ninja choose to stay safe and sound with feet on the ground?
Backstage interview with Humberto Carrillo.
What is his reaction to Gulak & Gallagher trying to recruit him? He feels fortunate that they see him as a great talent. But what about their noted distaste for lucha libre and general high-flying? Carrillo’s athleticism is what brought him here to the WWE. He enjoys what he does, and does it for his family. But if great wrestlers like Gulak & Gallagher want to give him some training, who is he to refuse? Will Carrillo be turned to the grounded side? Or is he simply going to become a more well-rounded wrestler?
Ariya Daivari speaks.
“This is ridiculous. How many failures on this show do I need to prop up?” First he’s a sidekick to some wannabe wrestler Certified G, and then he is the mouthpiece to someone who couldn’t even articulate a single thought! Daivari didn’t come back to be someone’s Young Boy. He is back to serve himself! For the last 13 years, he’s been fighting all alone. They say in this business, the only thing anyone collects is the money and the miles. Daivari has the miles, and he definitely has the money. But he wants to collect the Cruiserweight Championship. And then people will put respect on his name. When and where will the Persian Lion get his shot at the title?
Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis speak.
“It took me 16 years to become an overnight sensation.” 16 years it took him to get here! He didn’t work that long just to lose to someone like Kalisto or THE Brian Kendrick. He did not work that long to be seen as a joke! But Maria says it’s not about losses, but the process. Every time Mike loses, they actually win. Every loss is a step closer to success. They’ve never been afraid to lose, because everywhere they’ve ever worked, they’ve been successful. It’s not about a match, it’s about THE match. On that “Day of Reckoning”, everyone will remember Mike Kanellis. If Mike’s waited 16 years, how much longer will he have to wait for that moment?
No Disqualifications: Tony Nese VS Noam Dar!
The Premier Athlete wanted after the Scottish Supernova so badly, he got himself suspended for the parking lot attack! But now he gets what he wants as even Dar wants to settle the score. Who comes out with the tiebreaker when there are no rules to be broken?
But before Nese even gets in the ring, Dar dropkicks him off the apron! Dar goes right after Nese to put him in the ring. The ref keeps Dar back to check on Nese. Nese refuses to quit so the ref rings the bell. Dar comes running in corner to corner for a big forearm smash! And an overhead belly2belly! Cover, TWO! Nese bails out but Dar pursues. Dar puts Nese into barriers, then into more barriers! Dar high fives the fans before whipping Nese into steel steps! Nese writhes and Dar talks trash. Dar pulls the steel steps apart and puts the top half down. He goes after Nese and ducks the punch to crotch Nese on the barriers. Dar then runs up the steps for a flying forearm! Nese tumbles down and Dar fires up! Fans fire up with Dar as he drags Nese back up.
Dar brings Nese around the corner to bump him off the apron. Nese staggers away but Dar works on the low rope’s crossbar. Dar puts Nese’s fingers through the bar and bends them! Nese screams as Dar tortures his fingers! Dar lets go so that he can slam the hand on the apron. But Nese throws Dar into the post! Nese drags Dar up with one good hand to throw Dar into the post again! Dar clutches his shoulder but Nese won’t let up. Nese runs Dar all the way into barriers on the far side! Toledo fires up with Nese now as he drags Dar up and into the ring. Nese searches under the ring to bring out a chair! Nese goes at Dar but Dar forearms back. Dar throws hands but Nese jabs him with the chair!
Nese sits the chair up and then knees Dar between ropes. Nese makes Dar a bridge between ropes and chair, for the triangle moonsault! Cover, TWO!! Dar lives but Nese fetches the chair. Nese grinds the chair into Dar’s ribs as a cover, TWO! Nese grinds the chair into Dar again but Dar keeps his shoulders up. Dar gets away but Nese kicks him to a corner. Nese drags Dar up and scoop slams him with the chair on his back! Dar writhes but Nese covers, TWO! Nese grows frustrated and takes it out on Dar by kicking his ribs. Nese flexes his good arm, then keeps Dar from getting the chair. He pushes Dar down but Dar comes back with forearms! Nese back kicks Dar low and hard, then flexes as he brings Dar back up.
Dar spins out and kicks but Nese hops over the sweep. Nese whips but Dar reverses, and then Dar ducks Nese’s crossbody! Dar and Nese both slowly get up, and Dar throat chops. Nese knees the headbutt away but then Dar dragon screws Nese’s leg! Nese ends up in a corner but elbows Dar away. He hops up but Dar sweeps the legs! Dar and Nese again slowly stand up as fans build to a rally. Dar hops up but Nese rolls forward. Nese’s Shoryuken is countered by Dar’s exploder! Nese hits buckles and Dar covers, TWO! Dar grows a little frustrated but refocuses while Nese rolls out of the ring. Nese crawls but Dar pursues. Dar searches under the ring, and fans hope he finds their favorite.
Dar brings out more chairs, and then yes, a table! Toledo is happy to see that, even if Dar puts it aside for now. Dar gathers those chairs again, but Nese back kicks Dar down! Nese runs back in, but Dar back drops him onto the chairs! Both men are down but fans build back up. Dar stands first and puts Nese back in the ring. Dar covers, TWO! Nese lives but Dar grabs himself a chair. Dar traps one of Nese’s arms then smashes Nese’s knee on the chair over and over and over! Dar then pulls back for a modified Half Crab! Nese endures and powers out of the hammerlock, then gets Dar’s fingers! Nese pulls way back on the pinkie! Dar swings but Nese ducks and scoops Dar for a Michinoku Driver on the chair! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives but both he and Nese are exhausted.
Fans again want tables, but Nese keeps to the chair. Dar stands and puts pinkies out to take aim at Nese. Nese leans against the ropes but Dar comes over to throw forearms. Nese hits back and now they brawl. Dar hits but Nese hits back. Dar gets an edge with forearms and kicks from all sides. Nese shoves and rocks Dar with a forearm of his own! Nese runs back in but Dar uses the chair as a shield! Dar traps the arm in the chair, and uses it in a Fujiwara armbar! Nese endurse the modified hold, but he manages to roll and make it a cover! TWO, and Dar lets Nese free of the chair armbar. Dar gets to a corner and aims at Nese again. Pinkies out as Dar runs, but Nese drops out of the ring.
Fans want that table, so Dar gives the fans what they want. Dar props the table up against the barrier and brings Nese over. He whips but Nese reverses to send Dar into the steel steps! Nese pulls these steps apart now, and brings the base steps around. He positions the steps and then points to the table. Fans like where Nese is going, but then Nese refuses to use the table. Nese brings Dar up, but Dar spins and sweeps the legs! Nese’s face hits steel steps! Dar stands up and gets onto the apron. SHORYUKEN outta nowhere! Dar is dazed and Nese grits his teeth. But Dar gets Nese in an armbar! Nese drags Dar over to powerbomb him on the steel steps! But Dar still goes after the arm!
Nese climbs the steps and deadlifts Dar from here, to powerbomb him on the announce desk! The fans got a table after all! Toledo loves this as Nese drags Dar up and to the ring. Nese covers, TWO!! Dar still lives and Nese cannot believe it! Dar drags himself to a corner but Nese is right on him. Nese goes to lift but Dar gets a victory roll! TWO as Nese avoids a repeat from their previous match. Dar’s in the corner and Nese runs side to side, but the Premier Knee misses! Dar clotheslines Nese down then climbs up top. Double stomps on the bad knee! Then takedown to an Ankle Lock! Nese endures and reaches for ropes, but Dar grapevines! Nese drags them both a little further, and he gets a chair! He SMACKS Dar with it!
Nese is free and uses the chair as a crutch to get around. Dar pursues again, but Nese jabs the chair into the knees! Nese puts a chair around one leg like a vice, and STOMPS it! Dar writhes from the pain in his leg but Nese isn’t done with him. Nese aims from the other side and runs back in, Premier Knee THROUGH the timekeeper’s area!! Toledo loses its mind as Nese and Dar blast through the barriers! Nese forces himself up as fans declare “This is Awesome!” Nese drags Dar’s dead weight out of the wreckage and into the ring. Cover, Nese wins!
Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall
The Premier Athlete goes to extreme measures to defeat Dar! With this victory, Nese proves he’s better, but does he also prove himself worthy of a Cruiserweight Championship in the near future?
Drake Maverick presides over the Cruiserweight Championship contract signing.
The champion, Buddy Murphy, and challenger, Akira Tozawa, are with Maverick in his office. Murphy’s been on a four-month tear since winning the title at Super Show-Down, but Tozawa has revitalized himself after becoming allies with THE Brian Kendrick. This first-ever 1v1 match between them is very exciting, so they get down to business. Tozawa signs his part but Murphy speaks. Murphy offers Tozawa a selfie opportunity with him, because that’s as close as Tozawa will get to the title. Maverick wants Murphy to back off the taunting but Murphy says he’s not going to do anything foolish.
Murphy reminds Tozawa that the Fatal 4 Way didn’t do a thing. Murphy took on one of the best luchadors in the world, one of the best strikers in the world, and Tozawa. Tozawa couldn’t get the job done when the odds were against Murphy, so why does he think he has a shot 1v1? The competition isn’t with Tozawa or with 205 Live, but with the history of the Cruiserweight Division. Murphy will prove that no one can stop the unstoppable. He finally signs his part, and the deal is done. Tozawa speaks up. Murphy thinks he’s unstoppable? So did the King of the Cruiserweights. And Tozawa beat him to take the title. Tozawa smiles as he says, “See you Sunday.” Will Tozawa again do the impossible and again become Cruiserweight Champion?
This was a really fun go-home for 205 Live. I appreciate the Lucha House Party bring some of their story from Raw to here, I’m thinking that means we will get more of them and Elias after Elimination Chamber. What would make it better is if Elias makes a comment on not wanting to go to 205 Live just on the towns they go to. And as for 205 Live tonight, LHP was used to effectively push the story developing between Carrillo and the Submission Commission. Carrillo is rather reasonable that Gulak & Gallagher want to train him. I’m betting Carrillo takes those training lessons seriously, but then refuses to abandon his family’s traditional lucha libre style, and that adds to the conflict.
The No DQ main event was great, even if Toledo wasn’t that into it in the middle. There was some good innovation in this match, like other 205 Live No DQ based matches have had. I especially liked that while Toledo insisted on a table, Nese and Dar tricked them into thinking it would be the wood table to instead use the announce table. I’m surprised Nese won but that’s also a good thing, as another Heel moving up means a Face could take that title soon.
I’m curious as to how Daivari’s story is going to develop since Hideo Itami is not part of WWE. I appreciated the references to Enzo Amore and Itami without actually using their names, but that in itself is a sign Itami is truly gone. It seems WWE wants to wait until after this thing with Dean Ambrose boils over before officially saying Itami is gone. They get consistent in the weirdest ways, because I honestly don’t see how Itami’s release affects Ambrose’s story of leaving/not leaving. As for Daivari, the only way he’s getting a title shot before Wrestlemania is if Tozawa wins at Elimination Chamber. And speaking of, Tozawa does his own great reference to Neville/PAC, because Tozawa did win when no one thought he would. The way things are going, I’d be surprised if Tozawa loses, because he’s been building up so much momentum.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/13/19)
Who qualifies for the Crockett Cup?!
Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 395
ROH plays host to a Crockett Cup Qualifying Match! Will The Briscoes make it through Willie Mack and Jeff Cobb? Or will #DemBoyz be left out in the cold?
- Shane Taylor VS Luchasaurus; Taylor wins.
- Katie Forbes & Mazzerati VS Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani; Sakai & Iwatani win.
- Crockett Cup Qualifying Match: The Briscoes VS Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack; The Briscoes win and move on to The Crockett Cup tag team tournament.
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The Briscoes speak.
“So when we heard that they’re bringing back the Crockett Cup for 2019…” “Classic.” “We was hyped.” “Hyped!” The Crockett Cup, let’s go! But then they were making Jay & Mark qualify? What the hell? Jay felt disrespected hearing that. They’re 10-time tag team champions and they have to qualify!? But that’s fine, “watch this!” Because at the end, when they’ve won the whole thing atop a pile of bodies, “y’all did this.” Cobb, Mack, the Road to the Cup starts tonight. The Briscoes have warned their opponents, but will they be the ones left out?
Shane Taylor VS Luchasaurus!
The Notorious Hitman wants a championship and the paycheck that comes with it, and will go after anyone he has to to get there. But can he get past the towering beast put before him?
Taylor refuses the Code of Honor to tell Luchasaurus that it doesn’t matter where he came from, he’s in Taylor’s town. Taylor pie faces Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus gives it back. The bell rings and they tie up. They break and then go again, to break again. Fans cheer on Luchasaurus as he dares Taylor to bring it. Taylor runs in but gets a boot. Luchasaurus has his dukes up and Taylor likes the look of that. They circle and Luchasaurus kicks Taylor sharp in the leg. Luchasaurus stalks Taylor but Taylor comes back to circle with him. Taylor gets a swift JAB in, then talks trash, but Luchasaurus swings a kick. Taylor ducks it to give Luchasaurus a CHOP! Luchasaurus stays standing and gives Taylor kicks! Taylor staggers and Luchasaurus runs in, but Taylor puts him on the apron.
Luchasaurus headbutts Taylor but Taylor dodges the boot. Taylor gives another strong JAB, then slingshots Luchasaurus in for a stunner! Fans cheer that show of strength as Taylor covers. TWO, but Taylor keeps on Luchasaurus with clubbing forearms. The wrestling T-Rex is in trouble as we go to break.
ROH returns as Taylor puts Luchasaurus in a corner for CHOPS! Taylor whips Luchasaurus corner to corner then runs in, but into a boot. Luchasaurus boots again but Taylor grabs it. Luchasaurus pries free to give Taylor a knee! Taylor catches Luchasaurus for a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Taylor taunts Luchasaurus as he drags Luchasaurus up. Fans rally and Luchasaurus grabs Taylor for a choke! Taylor breaks free and grabs for Luchasaurus, but he blocks it! Luchasaurus gives a strike fest, and a cartwheel for Snake Bite headscissors! Rolling buzzsaw! Cover, TWO! Taylor survives but Luchasaurus keeps his cool. Luchasaurus drags Taylor up but Taylor hits back. They brawl with big shots back and forth, but Luchasaurus gets the edge.
Luchasaurus swings but Taylor bobs ‘n’ weaves to headbutt! Taylor runs but into a knee! Then a back heel kick! Luchasaurus runs, dodges, but still gets clobbered with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Taylor keeps his cool while he trash talks Luchasaurus. But Luchasaurus sits up and grabs Taylor by the throat! They both stand, but Taylor tries to break free. Luchasaurus lets him go to swing a heel kick. Taylor ducks it, to get the return kick! And another big heel kick! Luchasaurus hits his CHOKE SLAM! And a standing moonsault, but to knees! Taylor survives and then blocks the boot to give a massive urenage! He rolls Luchasaurus for a knee! Greetings from the 216! Cover, Taylor wins!!
Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall
The Hitman takes down the Monster from the Mesozoic! Will this be what Taylor needs to go for gold?
Last time on ROH…
The Octopus, Jonathon Gresham, went for revenge on The Last Real Man for adding insult to injury on his bad leg. But after getting bloodied, Silas Young got his hands dirty by sneaking in a low blow! Silas won, and in an interview afterward, Silas told Gresham via the camera that Gresham’s revenge didn’t go the way he thought. Sure he busted Silas open, but Silas-
Wait, Gresham finds Silas. Silas is talking crap, and he looks like crap, too. Gresham’s sure talking big. He may have busted Silas open, but he couldn’t get the job done, huh? Gresham says all their match proved was that Silas couldn’t win fair and square. Silas claims he won with a wrestling move a la that small package cradle. Gresham says Silas is lucky Gresham won’t punch him again. ROH security keeps this from getting any more heated, but there is much left to settle between Octopus and Last Real Man. Will Silas prove he’s a man by giving Gresham a fair rematch?
Tenille Dashwood joins commentary.
She has great news: she’s cleared to compete! When and where will she bring the spotlight back on her and head for that Women of Honor World Championship?
Katie Forbes & Mazzerati VS Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani!
The All Natural and her friend, The Fox, make their ROH TV debuts as a team, but will they stand a chance against two former WOH World Champions?! Just how bright will the Ray of Sunshine and Queen of Stardom shine as a dynamic duo?
The Code of Honor is denied with a flick of the hair and an L for loser on the foreheads. Mazz starts for her team against Mayu! Fans fire up for “Stardom! Stardom!” as Mayu tries the Code again. Mazz SLAPS Mayu and calls her a loser! Mayu kicks and whips Mazz and things speed up. Mayu springboards and arm-drags Mazz then hip tosses her down. She snapmares with hair and covers, TWO! Mazz gets away while Mayu knips up, and fans fire up for the decorated Joshi star. Mazz tags to Forbes but Mayu tags to Sumie. Sumie has the fans on her side but Forbes ignores it. They tie up and Forbes shoves Sumie down. Sumie gets back up and ties up with Forbes again.
Forbes uses the height advantage for leverage, but Sumie kicks at her legs. Sumie goes to whip but Forbes blocks. Forbes whips Sumie but misses in the corner. Sumie fires off Mongolian chops! And chops and chops and chops! Fans fire up but Forbes throws Sumie by her hair! Forbes sits Sumie up for her “enhanced” hip attack! Sumie scrambles to a corner and Forbes handsprings corner to corner for a back elbow. Forbes adds insult to injury with her “All Natural” Stink Face! The ref counts and Forbes backs off at 4. Forbes drags Sumie to a cover, TWO! The duo of champions is in trouble as Forbes drags Sumie to her corner and we go to break.
ROH returns as Mazz whips Sumie corner to corner. Mazz then runs in, but into a boot! Mazz staggers but comes back in to block the next boot. She puts Sumie’s leg on the ropes to kick it. Mazz suplexes and covers, TWO! Mazz keeps her cool and runs to drop the leg, but Sumie gets clear! Sumie crawls but Forbes goes around to the corner and drags Mayu off the apron! Forbes teases Sumie as she holds Mayu up. Sumie gets attacked from behind and Forbes gives Mayu a snake eyes on the apron. Mazz drags Sumie up and whips but Sumie reverses. Mazz grabs ropes and spins to heel kick Sumie away. She gives Sumie a DDT, then covers, but Mayu breaks it! Mazz is furious but fans rally up for Sumie. Mazz spins but Sumie dodges to kick and TJ Neckbreaker!
Fans rally up and Sumie crawls for her corner. Hot tag to Mayu! Mayu aims and dropkicks Mazz down! She drags her back up but Forbes runs in to attack. The duo double whips Mayu but she reverses and wristlocks for a springboard DOUBLE arm-drag! Fans fire up as Mayu gives them both the basement dropkick! Mayu fires up now as she stays on Mazz. She drags Mazz up for a Northern Lights! Bridging cover, TWO! Mazz lives but Mayu stomps her down before tagging Sumie. Mayu climbs one corner as Mazz staggers up, missile dropkick sends her back down! Sumie is perched, crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Mazz survives and Forbes attacks Sumie just because.
Sumie slaps Forbes then puts her in a corner. The Joshi duo double whips but Mazz dodges and spins things around. Mazz sends Sumie into Mayu, then Forbes grabs them both for a DOUBLE Fireman’s Carry! The All Natural does squats with that weight, then hits a DOUBLE Samoan Drop! Mazz flounders to cover Sumie but Sumie gets up. Mazz throws hands then drags Mayu back in. Sumie hits Mazz while Forbes goes to throw Mayu. Mayu blocks and then SUPERKICKS Forbes! Mazz hits Sumie back then goes after Mayu. Mayu SUPERKICKS Mazz, then Smash Mouse from Sumie! Cover, Sumie & Mayu win!!
Winners: Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani, Sakai pinning
The duo of former champions toughs it out and gets the win! Will this new team make big waves in the WOH Division’s growing tag scene?
PJ Black speaks.
“Let me start from the beginning.” The Darewolf came in with a chip on his shoulder, thought he knew better and was just plain better. But his loss to Bandido really hurt. PJ’s been doing this for 22 years now, but given how long he’s been doing this, the frustration is building. He’s been trying to take shortcuts to get ahead, but it doesn’t work. ROH is built on honor and respect, of course, but PJ’s been doing the opposite. Now he’s doing some soul searching and rethinking his mindset. He knows he has to do it differently now. LifeBlood sets a great example for him, and he’ll learn to follow the honor in Ring of Honor. PJ knows now he didn’t know better, but will he be able to make it right in a rematch next week in episode 396?
Crockett Cup Qualifying Match: The Briscoes VS Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack!
The most decorated tag team in ROH were practically offended that they’d have to qualify for the return of the iconic tag team tournament! But as the “baddest tag team on the whole damn planet”, they’ll gladly beat up anyone and everyone they have to in order to win it all. Will #DemBoyz be able to overcome the ROH World Television and NWA National Heavyweight Champions? Or will Cobb and Mack be the duo to #ManUp and make it into the Crockett Cup?
ROH returns as both teams uphold the Code of Honor. That’s surprising for the way The Briscoes have been acting lately. Fans duel for the two teams as they sort out. Mack and Mark start and stare down with the bell. Fans rally up and Mack circles with Mark. They tie up and Mack powers Mark to a corner. Mark turns it around and grinds his forearm in. He backs off at 4 but Mack dodges the chop to give a chop! Mack CHOPS again, but Mark CHOPS back. They trade CHOP after CHOP! Neither man backs down as they keep firing them off! Mack eggs Mark on but Mark knees low. Mark headlocks but Mack powers out to his own. Mark powers out but Mack runs him over!
Mack speeds things up and hurdles over Mark, to then hit a BIG Thesz Press! He fires off hands then runs for a Stone Cold elbow drop. Fans fire up as Mack brings Mark up and powers him to the corner. Cobb tags in and rams his shoulders in. Cobb throws European Uppercuts then whips Mark to a corner. He scoops Mark on the rebound to then suplex! Cobb holds Mark up for a count of 15! Mark flops up and out of the ring! Jay hurries to regroup with his brother and get him back in this. Mark goes back in to tag Jay and Jay circles with Cobb.
They tie up and Jay waistlocks Cobb. Cobb pries his way out to a wristlock but Jay rolls and spins and drop toeholds. Jay gets a facelock but Cobb powers him to a corner! Cobb lets Jay go clean and now the hair comes down from both men. Fans fire up as Cobb shakes the locks out. Jay calls for a test of strength, but with the Hawaiian Hulk? They tie up, but Jay kicks low. The Briscoes tag and mug Cobb while we go to break.
ROH returns as Jay uppercuts Cobb to a corner. Jay throws more uppercuts then whips corner to corner. Cobb reverses but runs into a back elbow. Jay tags in Mark and the Briscoes double whip, to run Cobb over with double shoulders! Fans cheer that as Mark covers, ONE! Mark keeps his eyes on Mack while stomping Cobb. Cobb grits his teeth and throws body shots back. Cobb rocks Mark but Mark hits Mack! Mark still gets forearms from Cobb then Cobb whips to elbow Mark down. Cobb brings Mark up for more forearms, then whips again. Mark holds ropes and Jay tags in. The Briscoes swarm and Mark feeds Cobb to Jay’s boot!
Mark hits Mack again for good measure while Jay drags Cobb up again. The Briscoes throw Cobb out then Mark climbs to corkscrew moonsault onto them both! The South Sussex Chicken flies and takes them both out! Mark puts Cobb in for Jay and Jay covers. TWO, but Jay keeps on Cobb with a headbutt. Jay kicks and bumps Cobb in a corner then stomps in a mudhole. He grinds his boot in but backs off at 4. Jay drags Cobb up to tag Mark, and The Briscoes mug Cobb again. Mark stays between Cobb and Mack as he CHOPS and forearms Cobb. He puts Cobb back in the corner and tags in Jay. They mug Cobb more and Jay rams his shoulders in. Jay brings Cobb around and manages to snap suplex him! Fans cheer that as Jay tags Mark.
Mark clubs Cobb but Cobb throws hands. Mark knees low and clubs Cobb again, but Cobb dodges to DROPKICK! Cobb rolls, hot tag to Mack! The Return of the Mack rallies on The Briscoes! Running leg lariat puts Mark in a corner! Mack goes side to side for a sharp forearm, then side to side again for a bicycle boot! Mark sits down and Mack goes corner to corner for the inverted cannonball! Cover, TWO! Mark survives but Mack keeps his cool. Mack whips Mark corner to corner but Mark reverses. Jay runs in to forearm, and feed Mack to Mark’s shotgun dropkick! Mark drags Mack to a cover, TWO! Tag to Jay and the Briscoes stomp out Mack while we go to one last break.
ROH returns again as Mark holds Mack in the Briscoe corner. Jay distracts the ref while Mark rakes Mack’s eyes, but then the ref has to keep Cobb back. Jay stomps a mudhole into Mack in that time, then both Briscoes grind their boot in. The ref reprimands them both but Jay keeps going to EuroUpper Mack. Tag to Mark and The Briscoes continue to mug Mack. Mark rocks Mack with an uppercut, then stalks him to an open corner for more stomps. Mack throws hands but Mark haymakers and headbutts him down. Mark snapmares Mack to a neck wrench! Fans rally up as Mack endures. Mack works his way up and fights his way out. Mark clubs Mack back then runs, but into Mack’s pop-up complete shot! Both men are down but fans fire up as they stir.
Mack and Mark crawl, hot tag to Cobb but Jay still runs in! Cobb catches Jay for a BIG overhead belly2belly suplex! Mark staggers up and gets one of his own! Cobb sees the Briscoes in opposite corners, so Cobb runs for a big leaping elbow on Jay, then corner to corner for one on Mark! Cobb scoops Mark but Jay saves him. The Briscoes double whip but Cobb reverses to pull them into each other! Cobb gets a leg each, and gives both Briscoes a single leg suplex! Fans fire up as Cobb hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Mark lives and gets to a corner but Cobb goes at him for CHOPS. Cobb whips but Mark goes up and forearms Cobb back. Mark ducks Cobb to PELE! Tag to Jay, and Jay runs to clobber Cobb! Cover, TWO!
Jay grows frustrated but he drags Cobb up for a neckbreaker, only for Cobb to power out and SUPERKICK! Hot tag to Mack! Mack rallies on Jay with clotheslines and elbows! Mack scoops to a Samoan Drop! And knip up to his own standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Jay still lives and gets away. Mack builds speed but Jay gets away again. Mack pursues but Mark wrecks Mack with a dropkick! Cobb comes around, but gets an apron blockbuster! The Briscoes suckered both opponents in! Jay gets Mack in and fans cheer “Man Up!” Jay underhooks Mack but Mack powers out and ducks to hit a big exploder! Cover, TWO! Mack keeps cool as he whips Jay corner to corner. Jay reverses but runs into a boot. Mack climbs up but Jay intercepts! Mark springboards in, Doomsday! Cover, but Cobb barrels in to break it up!
Fans know “This is Awesome!” and far from over! The Briscoes throw Cobb out then go back to Mack. Mark tags in and Jay helps Mark get Mack up. Canadian rack, but Cobb blasts Jay down! Mack escapes, STUNNER! TO GERMAN!! Mack climbs up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Mark survives and Mack cannot believe it! Cobb drags Mark up to whip but Jay saves Mark at the ropes. Mark baits Cobb in to send him out, and Jay BOOTS Cobb down! Mark drags Mack up and throws a CHOP! Mack CHOPS back, Mark CHOPS back, repeat! They go for forearms next, then Mack back hands. Mack runs but into a forearm. Mark runs but into a BOOT! Mack runs but Jay headscissors! Jay underhooks, JAY DRILLER! Mark up, FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, The Briscoes win!!
Winners: The Briscoes, Mark Briscoe pinning; advance to the Crockett Cup Tournament
Against a team as tough as they are strong, the Baddest Team on the Whole Damn Planet makes it into the more prestigious tag tournament in the world! Will #DemBoyz beat the best teams in NJPW, NWA and CMLL to take the whole cup, too?
What a great episode of ROH! Taylor VS Luchasaurus was a solid opener, both guys are big but agile so it made for a good match-up. Taylor wins because he’s a strong enough Heel to go after Face champion Jeff Cobb for that ROH World TV title. Of course, by this time in real-time, Cobb is dual champion with both the ROH WTV and NEVER Openweight Championship after G1 Supercard. I’d imagine Cobb being that strong now, I doubt Taylor wins. And there’s obviously a lot more to Silas VS Gresham, their next rematch will be just as good if not better than their previous. The PJ Black VS Bandido rematch next week will be a great match for TV, but I wonder if PJ really will keep it clean like he’s been saying.
The WOH tag match was pretty good, but I’m both surprised and disappointed it wasn’t just an exhibition of how great Sumie Sakai and Mayu Iwatani are. Even after watching her as Khloe Hurtz on Women of Wrestling, and full-well knowing she was trained by Rob Van Dam, I still don’t see how she and a tag partner could’ve lasted this long against two former champions. Especially when, at the time of this taping, Mayu was still WOH Champion and a champion in Stardom. Sumie and Mayu still win, thankfully, and this just seems to further push that ROH is considering their own Women’s Tag Championships. A sadder irony of tape delay is that while Tenille Dashwood is cleared to compete, her contract expired and it doesn’t seem like she’s renewing with ROH. There goes my idea that she’d say Kelly Klein was the one who attacked and injured her.
The tag match main event was incredible! It really is a shame this wasn’t part of the Crockett Cup itself, but if this was just a qualifier, all the matches of the tournament are going to be insane! And I would really hope with how hard The Briscoes fought to get in, they at the very least go to the finals. The Briscoes should also beat Villain Enterprises as payback for losing the ROH World Tag Team Championships to them. Then hopefully once they’ve won the Crockett Cup, The Briscoes go back after the Guerrillas of Destiny to at least take back the ROH tag titles and we get the 2v2 match we were supposed to get in the first place.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival B Block Results & Review: Part 3
Another few days, Mathew brings us another part of the Champion Carnival! All Japan’s biggest tournament of the year keeps churning in quality! How is B block going?
Another few days, Mathew brings us another part of the Champion Carnival! All Japan’s biggest tournament of the year keeps churning in quality!
Welcome back to the Carnival, as we look at the next three shows for the part of the ongoing tournament.
The last part had a lot of solid matches and some nice victories that changed the game a little bit. As we get a little bit closer to the finals, the standings for this set of matches should be interesting.
Will Yoshitatsu remain the only one undefeated now or someone breaks that? Let’s see who will move up or down in the standings as we…dive right in.
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Jake Lee vs. Yoshitatsu
Review: Our first match for this show is Jake Lee taking on Yoshitatsu. Jake Lee was recently able to get his first win when he defeated Joel Redman. Yoshitatsu is currently the only one undefeated when he won against Suwama at the last show. Jake would need to have another win here to move up while Yoshi winning would move him to the top spot. Can Jake get another win or will Yoshi remain undefeated?
Yoshi, I know you spent money on Hunter Club gear and I’m sure you’re very proud of yourself but I think you should let that go. You’re not in New Japan anymore, no real need for it and just move forward. Anyway, I thought this was an enjoyable match but if I had to nitpick one thing, it would be that I wish there was a lot more intensity in the match since you kinda felt that when they had a tag match in the last big show I did for them and it didn’t feel like a grudge match or anything for the first half of it. Yoshi having good matches back to back is a very pleasant surprise and I hope that momentum keeps on going as we go forward with the tournament. The chemistry between them was a really nice touch with a great showing by both these men. Jake psyched Yoshi out with a punch to the gut and ran towards him only to get caught in a Koji Clutch which Jake rolled him up for a two count. Yoshi would eventually hook the Koji Clutch all the way after countering his Backdrop and it looked like he had him tapped but Jake answered the referee, making him break it up and pin him for a two. Jake would deliver two knees to his chest before hitting the Backdrop Driver to get the three count, ending the only winning streak we had for B Block.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Suwama vs. Sam Adonis
Review: Our next match is Sam Adonis taking on Suwama. Suwama recently lost to Yoshitatsu but he’s still in a good position with only one win and one loss as he still has time to bounce back. Sam currently has zero wins and two losses, so he would need to get a win here if he would wanna stay in the game a little longer. Can Suwama bounce back or does Sam sweep his chances under the rug?
Suwama is a great opponent for Sam as they have similar styles, making it easier for Sam to work with and show more of what he could do in the ring as he gave a much better performance here than his previous match against Joel. They were able to showcase enough power and strikes to make it rather engaging for the audience who are fans of this type of style, to begin with. It also shows how helpful Suwama can be with his opponents to help make them look good while bringing out your potential as the match progresses. Sam would get Suwama down with a few hits such as the Blockbuster and even lifted him for a Running Powerslam as Suwama was still able to kick out and gets frustrated as he goes to grab a chair for later. Suwama would attempt another Last Ride after failing the first time as Sam would use a dirty tactic of biting his fingers to make him let go as he grabbed the chair to try and strikes him, but Suwama grabbed it and threw it to the side. When the referee wasn’t looking, Sam would hit him with a low blow and roll him up for a two count. Sam isn’t done as he hits a Lariat and a modified Brainbuster it looked like as he shocked the fans by picking up his first win in the tournament. More of this Sam and he’ll be in good shape.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Naoya Nomura vs. Joel Redman
Review: Onto the next show as the one opening this up is Naoya Nomura taking on Joel Redman. Nomura recently suffered his first loss when he fought Joe Doering but he’s still in a good spot as he’s still in first place with the three wins he already has under his belt. Joel recently got his first win when he defeated Sam Adonis and he now has a chance to climb up the ladder a little bit more if he can take Nomura down here. Will Nomura get another win and secure his spot or will Joel pull him down a bit?
I see Joel went back to his better gear than his previous one, thank goodness because he looks a lot better without the singlet. Speaking of Joel, he delivers another great performance in his match against Nomura who also performed just as great as Joel did. Joel was able to do arm manipulation once he threw Nomura into the turnbuckle to know where he needed to take the advantage over him. Nomura did great selling the injury and getting the crowd behind him when he hits Joel with the Spear to try and get momentum back on his side. Nomura would be able to hit a Northern Lights Suplex and another Spear with a roll-up as Joel would still kick out of it. Joel was able to catch him into the Fujiwara Armbar and it looked like he had him ready to tap but Nomura would grab the ropes. Joel saw him going towards the apron and hits a Suplex from the other side and catches him for a Spinning Tombstone and Nomura would still kick out of it, but he quickly turned it back into the Fujiwara Armbar and Nomura tapped out! I know it’s been 7 years since this match happened, but I would love to see Joel Redman fight Zack Sabre Jr again, like immediately.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Suwama vs. Takashi Yoshida
Review: Our match to close our block for this show is Takashi Yoshida coming back as he takes on Suwama. Suwama has one win and two losses while Takashi is one win and one loss as of right now, so they’re pretty much about even right now. Suwama would need to win the match here though if he can stay in the game. Which one of these two giants comes out the victor in this brawl?
I wasn’t too fond of the first half of the match due to it being a little bit clunky and the fighting around the outside of the arena dragged on a little bit longer than it needed to, plus the camera angles for most of it didn’t help out at all. Outside of that though, the middle of the match was a lot better than I highly anticipated since you got two giants duking it out as best they could with the throat thrusts, Lariats, and a Powerbomb from Takashi along with other power moves. While I’m still not a big fan of Takashi, he has been performing in this tournament much better than anticipated since he used this time to actually showcase his move set properly. Suwama was also able to help Takashi out in the match to make him perform better like how he did with Sam the previous night.
Takashi would have Suwama in his clutches as he hits him with a Diving Elbow Drop for a two count and would do his throat thrusts with a Lariat as Suwama would counter the Lariat with a Lariat of his own on his arm. Suwama would be able to hit the Backdrop and Takashi would be able to kick out of it and Suwama wants to call for the finish when he sets him up for the Last Ride. Once he had Takashi up for the Last Ride, he would just drop him down without doing the full move and I’m not exactly sure what happened there. Suwama would pick him up instead of pinning him as he hits one more Backdrop to get the pinfall victory in a solid match but sloppy beginning and end.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joe Doering vs. Sam Adonis
Review: Our final show for this article as our opening match is Joe Doering taking on Sam Adonia. Both of these men are currently with one win and two losses under their belt, meaning one of them is going to have to suffer a third loss and be in a rather bad position with the standings. Which one of them will be in last place?
The first minute or so was basically Sam hiding behind the rope so he wouldn’t be touched as you have Joe waiting by the ropes, not having any of his crap today as he just wants to beat him up. Which is exactly what he does do when they’re outside of the ring for a couple of minutes as the two were back and forth, but it was mostly Joe that was getting the upper hand. Joe got him back in the ring as he would look to put him away as Sam would distract the referee long enough to kick Joe in the dick and down goes the giant. Joe is unable to move as Sam would pin him down to get the pinfall victory, leaving Joe in last place with three losses.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joel Redman vs. Takashi Yoshida
Review: Our final match for this set of matches is Joel Redman taking on Takashi Yoshida. Joel is even right now with two wins and losses while Takashi only has one win still but with two losses, meaning things aren’t looking so hot for Takashi right now. Is Joel does win here, then he’ll be in first place next to Naoya Nomura and if Takashi wins, the majority of them will all be tied up except for Joe and Nomura. Which one of them will get the victory?
It’s so weird seeing Takashi trying to chain wrestle Joel at the beginning of the match and the shocking part of it is him doing it well on top of that, scary sight if you ask me. Joel is, of course, more technically sound compared to Takashi, so of course, he would win this part of the bout. Takashi performed a lot better here than he did in his previous match with Suwama from beginning to end while Joel keeps on proving his worth with all the matches he’s been in. Joel would give Takashi a couple of kicks to take him down before he does his Diving Knee Drop off the top rope for a two count. It looked like Joel was gonna go for the Spinning Tombstone but Takashi would fight out of it to pick him up as Joel gets off him to go for a Backslide with Takashi kicking out. Takashi would hit the Kong Lariat to knock him down and Joel would still kick out, leaving Takashi frustrated and would pick him up to hit the Cyber Bomb as he gets the victory over Joel.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Overall: Aside from one match, the rest of the show was solid again as usual as I’m very happy with my results so far as it comes to the quality of the matches with an exception for a couple that happened. Our next set of shows should give us a better assessment to see where people stand and who will have no chance of making it.
Favorite Match: Joel Redman vs. Naoya Nomura
Least Favorite Match: Joe Doering vs. Sam Adonis
Naoya Nomura: (3-2) (6 Points)
Yoshitatsu: (2-1) (4 Points)
Daichi Hashimoto: (2-1) (4 Points)
Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
Jake Lee: (2-2) (4 Points)
Joel Redman: (2-2) (4 Points)
Takashi Yoshida: (2-2) (4 Points)
Sam Adonis: (2-2) (4 Points)
Joe Doering: (1-3) (2 Points)
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