NXT reignites a heated rivalry as The One and Only Ricochet takes on Adam Cole BAYBAY! Who will prove themselves worthier of the North American Champion?
- Shane Thorne VS Dominik Dijakovic; Dijakovic wins.
- Street Profits VS Humberto Carrillo & Stacy Ervin Jr; Street Profits win.
- Taynara Conti VS Aliyah; Aliyah wins.
- Ricochet VS Adam Cole; Ricochet wins.
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WWE honors the memory of Pedro Morales.
Shane Thorne VS Dominik Dijakovic!
The Worst and the Croatian crusher both had a great showing in WWE Worlds Collide, but neither man won the epic tournament. Even so, both men look to climb the ranks on NXT all the same! Will a win help one of these men reach a championship opportunity on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
The bell rings and Thorne circles with Dijakovic. They tie up and go around, and Dijakovic pushes Thorne to a corner. Thorne pulls Dijakovic’s nose but Dijakovic pushes him back! The referee has the two break, but Thorne uses it to hotshot the arm! Thorne gets a waistlock and powers Dijakovic into buckles. He throws hands and wraps the arm on the ropes. Dijakovic pushes Thorne away but Thorne comes back with kicks and forearms! Thorne dropkicks Dijakovic down! Then he kicks away on every part of Dijakovic he can find! Fans fire up and Thorne goes after Dijakovic’s arm and neck. Thorne pulls and fans rally up. Dijakovic fights back but Thorne wrenches the bad arm. Dijakovic breaks free then counters Thorne, and even CHOPS him! Big clothesline clobbers Thorne!
Thorne comes back but Dijakovic kicks and elbows back. “Time to fly!” Dijakovic suplex and tosses Thorne! Dijakovic grabs Thorne by the throat, but Thorne pulls on the weak up to escape. Thorne uppercuts and saido suplexes! Both men are down but fans rally up. Thorne and Dijakovic get to corners but Thorne climbs up. Dijakovic stops him with a palm strike! Dijakovic climbs but Thorne throws hands. They brawl as Dijakovic climbs. Dijakovic clubs away on Thorne, but Thorne goes after the bad arm! Thorne pushes Dijakovic off but Dijakovic back flips! Dijakovic then SUPERKICKS Thorne down! Thorne staggers but Dijakovic springboards for a corkscrew plancha! Dijakovic defies physics and fans lose their minds! Dijakovic puts Thorne back in and fans call for it! Torture rack, Feast Your Eyes! Cover, Dijakovic wins!
Winner: Dominik Dijakovic, by pinfall
Dijakovic feasts on another victory! Will he continue his streak and feast on a title match in the near future?
The Undisputed Era speaks.
Adam Cole is tired of hearing they’re having a bad start to 2019. Everyone hits speed bumps, but they vow to finish what they started. Step one: regain the NXT Tag Team Championships. Step two: continue to be the best team on this whole show! The Undisputed Era will claim what is theirs and take what is theirs. Roderick Strong is excited. Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly will be back together as a tag team, and then Strong and Cole can go for singles titles. They will be dripping in gold in 2019, and that starts with Cole taking out Ricochet. Ricochet is a flash in the pan, but the Undisputed Era runs the show. They will show Ricochet, they will show NXT and they will show the world why they are Undisputed.
Exclusive interview after last week’s Six Woman Tag main event.
The Sky Pirates were pumped after their big victory alongside Bianca Belair over the Horsewomen. Io Shirai was especially excited because she proved she can beat Shayna Baszler. The Genius of the Sky wants that NXT Women’s Championship. The Pirate Princess warns Shayna to watch out, but then The EST comes by. There’s no beef between them, but Bianca would’ve had Shayna beat on two different occasions. Bianca is still Un-De-Fea-Ted, but will she get her second shot before Shirai gets her first?
Street Profits VS Humberto Carrillo & Stacy Ervin Jr!
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford are still stinging from the Forgotten Sons using numbers against them in their post-TakeOver showdown. But they look to get things back on track, even against this new young combination.
But wait, is that Kassius Ohno? Why? The Knockout Artist has been back for two years but not the best two years. He wants to let us know that as he was watching backstage, he sees some familiar faces in the Full Sail crowd. Ohno felt the need to come out here that, from the bottom of his heart, “each and everyone of you guys make me sick!” Ohno despises the Full Sail crowd! Their chants and their signs, too! The fans think they know everything but they don’t! Ohno is leaving, again! He’ll go somewhere where he can show he’s the “Best to Ever Do It”! But here comes Keith Lee! Lee rocks Ohno with an elbow!
The Limitless One takes the mic as fans sing for him. Lee tells Ohno, “Oh no… Or better yet, OH MY GAWD~!” This could’ve been so much worse. Lee could’ve low blow’d Ohno like he did Lee. But Ohno, don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out. And please, pardon the interruption. Let’s keep the show rolling! The Profits make their entrance and the match finally begins!
The Profits are wary of Lee, but he assures them, Wakanda Forever. Dawkins & Ford also taunt Ohno being knocked right out, then finally hit the ring.
The teams sort out and we begin with Carrillo and Ford. Carrillo and Ford tie up, and Carrillo gets a headlock. Ford can’t get free of the newest Cruiserweight’s grip, but the third time’s the charm. Carrillo runs Ford over, then things speed up and Carrrillo rolls of Ford’s back. Ford returns the favor and then sweeps the legs. Cover, ONE, and the two dodge each other’s kicks. Double dropkicks cancel out and both men handspring up. Fans fire up as Ford breaks it down. Carrillo and Ford shake hands to show there is respect. But then Ford kicks low! Ford clubs Carrillo and drags him to the corner. Tag to Dawkins and the Profits mug Carrillo.
Dawkins elbows Carrillo then tags Ford. They club away on Carrillo more, then Ford whips Carrillo corner to corner. Carrillo goes up and over and then shows off his agility! Ford runs into an arm-drag, then another! Carrillo has the armlock, but Ford finds his way up. Tag to Dawkins and Ford whips Carrillo. Carrillo reverses but gets run over by Dawkins. Dawkins whips but Carrillo somersaults and enziguris! Carrillo brings Dawkins over, tag to Ervin! They double whip and dropkick Dawkins down! Ervin hits a BIG standing shooting star! Cover, TWO! Ervin runs but Dawkins reels him in for a SPEAR! Dawkins gets up and brings Ervin over. Tag to Ford and the Profits stomp a mudhole into Ervin. Ford covers, TWO!
Ford keeps between Ervin and Carrillo as he clubs Ervin back down. He kicks Ervin hard in the ribs then reels Ervin into a chinlock. Ford thrashes Ervin around to show that new edge. Fans rally up and Ervin fights his way up. Ervin pries the hold open but Ford clubs him. Ford shoves and back suplexes HARD! Cover, TWO! Tag to Dawkins and the Profits double back suplexes. Ervin slips out and ducks, hot tag to Carrillo! Carrillo rallies on the Profits and fires off haymakers on Dawkins! Carrillo whips but Dawkins reverses, only to get a handspring back elbow! Ford runs in but misses, Carrillo uses Dawkins to arm-drag Ford! Carrillo rocks Dawkins back then climbs up fast, big missile dropkick! Fans fire up with Carrillo as he hits the somersault moonsault! Cover, TWO!
Carrillo drags Dawkins over and Ervin tags in. Ervin climbs, and hits a TSUNAMISAULT! Cover, but Ford breaks it! Ford puts Carrillo in the corner but Carrillo dumps and kicks him out. Dawkins ROCKS Carrillo and Ford tags in. Ervin runs into a pop-up, and his huricanrana is blocked! Dawkins spins Ervin, Ford says “SUCK IT!” for the blockbuster DOomsday device! Cover, The Street Profits win!
Winners: The Street Profits, Montez Ford pinning
The #CurseofGreatness now has a new intensity behind it! But they pick up mics to say “There seems to be a lot of gold raiding going around.” But best believe, Ford & Dawkins want a piece. Fans say “You Deserve It!” Ford says the Profits’ time in NXT has been a roller coaster. But one thing about roller coasters, it’s a fun ride! Make no mistake, at any given time, if they are given the ball, they can go to war! Profits call out the War Raiders, but they get the European Alliance!
Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel see Ford & Dawkins, and say, “Nein, nein, nein.” Opportunities are sacred in NXT. And no one deserves opportunities more than Aichner & Barthel. Street Profits, “stand aside.” But wait, here come Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch! The One Two Combination aren’t about words, they’re about fighting! All three teams argue, but here come the War Raiders! Hanson & Rowe stand on stage to say there’s an awful lot of talk, but no action. If these teams want these titles, “make a move!” Rowe & Hanson head for the ring, but here come the Undisputed Era! They attack Rowe & Hanson from behind 3v2! Then they feed the champs to the other contenders, and it is a feeding frenzy!
Rowe and Hanson hold their own against three teams, and even dump Ford out onto Barthel! Burch gets Thor’s Hammer! And Lorcan gets tossed onto everyone! The Undisputed Era’s plan didn’t work out at all! Who will earn the shot against the machines of Hanson & Rowe?
Taynara Conti VS Aliyah!
The Brazilian black belt and the Canadian Cat’s Meow want to prove they’re still worthy of an NXT Women’s Championship shot, but they’ll have to do it against each other. Who will gain some much needed momentum on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
The bell rings and fans duel as the two circle. Taynara avoids Aliyah’s grip and gets a takedown. Jackknife cover, TWO! Aliyah has Taynara by the hair but Taynara uses that for a flying armbar takedown! Aliyah scrambles to a ropebreak, and Taynara lets go. Taynara comes back but runs into a forearm. Aliyah brings Taynara down by her hair! Cover, TWO! Vanessa Borne appears at ringside to watch this up close and personal. Aliyah pulls Taynara around and hits a fireman’s carry takedown. Aliyah kicks away on Taynara’s back then covers again, ONE! The ref reprimands Aliyah as she grabs hair again. Aliyah kicks but Taynara catches the leg to another jackknife bridge. TWO, but Taynara rolls Aliyah up again. TWO, and Tyanara trips Aliyah into buckles!
Taynara throws Aliyah around with her judo training, then rolls through to finish her with a pump kick! Taynara toys with Aliyah then climbs up top. Aliyah gets up but gets caught into a hanging armbar! Taynara lets go at 4 but fires up. Vanessa doesn’t seem impressed, and then she goes after Taynara’s feet! Aliyah throws Taynara off the top! Aliyah drags Taynara up and around for a modified armlock! She stomps away on Taynara’s head as part of “Total Aliyahnation!” Taynara taps, Aliyah wins!!
Winner: Aliyah, by submission
The Vision helps the fashionable Aliyah win, and it seems an alliance is struck. But before they can explain themselves, Shayna Baszler storms her way out to the ring! Vanessa and Aliyah get clear of the angry Queen of Spades, but Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke put them back in! Shayna and the Horsewomen wreck Aliyah, then Marina fireman’s carry Vanessa into Jessamyn’s roundhouse! Taynara is not spared, Shayna gut wrench side slams her down! Shayna grabs a mic and says “This is your reality now!” Do not get in their way and do not question them. And do NOT piss them off. The Horsewomen leave, having made their statement. Who else will be trampled by their furious stampede?
Ricochet VS Adam Cole!
The King of Flight and the Panama City Playboy are far from through with each other, especially if it means getting closer to a championship match. While Johnny Wrestling and The Velveteen Dream fight for the NXT North American Championship next week, this match could determine a new #1 contender for afterward. Which former champion will take the next step back to that North American title?
The bell rings and the trash talk begins. Fans love “Both These Guys!” as they tie up. They go around the ring and end up in a corner. Cole turns it around and backs off only to sucker punch! Cole stomps a mudhole in then brings Ricochet up to whip. Ricochet holds ropes and back elbows hard! Ricochet throws haymakers but Cole kicks and punches back. Cole whips but Ricochet rolls off his back. Ricochet somersaults, handsprings, headscissors and dropkicks! Cole bails out but Ricochet DIVES! Ricochet rains down rights and then toys with Cole. Ricochet puts Cole back in and runs corner to corner. Cole boots Ricochet back, then hops up, but Ricochet enziguris back!
Ricochet climbs up but Cole bumps him off buckles. Cole adjusts but Ricochet resists the sunset flip. Ricochet rains rights, but Cole SUPERKICKS the legs out! Ricochet’s leg is caught in the ropes, and Cole stomps away! The referee backs Cole off then helps Ricochet out, but Cole comes back to swing the leg into the post! Ricochet writhes in agony and Cole takes his time returning. Cole stomps Ricochet more then drags him up into the corner. Cole wraps the leg on the ropes and pulls! The ref counts and Cole lets go at 4. Cole stomps Ricochet more as fans start to duel. Cole dragon screws Ricochet down! Fans grow louder in their duel while Cole stalks Ricochet. Ricochet stands but Cole kicks his legs out! Cole taunts Ricochet before grabbing the bad leg. Ricochet enziguris but Cole ducks it to then smash the knee on the mat!
Cole stomps the bad leg and Ricochet can only crawl. Cole takes the leg and drops knees on it! Fans rally up as Cole stomps Ricochet’s bad leg. Cole stomps Ricochet at the ropes and into a corner. The ref counts and Cole tells him to shut up! The ref and Cole argue but Cole goes back to Ricochet’s leg. Cole puts on a standing kneebar to push on the leg. Ricochet kicks free, but hobbles up. Cole dropkicks the leg right out! Ricochet clutches the leg but refuses to quit. Cole vows Ricochet will not reach the title before him. Cole stomps Ricochet more then drags him up. Ricochet denies the shin breaker and fans rally up. Cole reels Ricochet in but Ricochet slips out of the back suplex. Ricochet’s leg buckles but he shoves Cole away.
Ricochet somersaults but he can’t finish the attack! Cole swings, Ricochet dodges and comes back with a BIG clothesline! Both men are down and fans fire up! Ricochet drags himself up but Cole follows. Ricochet boots Cole with the good leg, then pushes Cole into buckles. Tiger Feint in the corner! Ricochet climbs on one leg, and leaps, for a flying uppercut! Ricochet still manages a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Ricochet gets the bad leg moving as fans rally up. Ricochet goes to Cole and brings him up, but the leg won’t allow the fireman’s carry. He rocks Cole with a forearm but Cole again kicks the bad leg out! Cole throws big forearms in the corner then hoists Ricochet up top. Ricochet pushes Cole away but Cole enziguris! Cole drags Ricochet out on a fireman’s carry, Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Ricochet lives and fans are loving this!
Cole keeps his cool while Ricochet slowly catches his breath. Fans duel as Cole stalks Ricochet to ropes. Cole drags Ricochet up as fans cheer for “Both These Guys!” Cole suplexes but Ricochet resists. Ricochet slips out of the suplex and ducks the enziguri! Northern Lights and roll through, to deadlift. But the legs give out, Last Shot Brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives but Cole tells him to stay down. Ricochet doesn’t and fans rally up. Cole pulls down the knee pad, runs, but Ricochet dodges the Shining Wizard to roll up! TWO, 52 Fake-Out! Cole misses the superkick to get a Reverse-Rana! Ricochet drags Cole to a drop zone then drags himself to a corner. Ricochet climbs but the bad leg is refusing to work. Fans cheer him on as he one leg springboard sentons! Cover, TWO!!
Ricochet’s desperate dive didn’t work out, but he still tries the fireman’s carry! Cole fights out but walks into a back elbow. Cole forearms back but Ricochet returns it. They keep hitting back and forth, and Ricochet grows stronger for it! Ricochet fires off more forearms but Cole mule kicks the leg out. Cole misses the boot and Ricochet uppercuts him. But Cole pump boots, only for Ricochet to knee strike. Cole enziguris, dodges the Pele, SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!? Ricochet lives and Cole is shocked! But Full Sail is thunderous for this main event! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but Cole wants to end this. Cole drags Ricochet up and to a corner. He throws big forearms, then hoists Ricochet up top again. Cole throws more forearms, then climbs up.
Fans duel as Cole throws more forearms. Ricochet slips out to club Cole back! Ricochet grits his teeth and climbs up on one leg. He grabs Cole but Cole elbows the bad leg. Cole sends Ricochet down to the apron! Cole turns around and drags Ricochet back up. But Ricochet fights back now, and steadies himself, for a SUPER STEINER! Ricochet ax kicks Cole down! But he’s not done there, Northern Lights roll through to Falcon Arrow! And a fireman’s carry, for the Vertigo Driver! Cover, Ricochet wins!!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall
The One and Only wins, but he’s instantly attacked by the rest of the Undisputed Era! But here comes Aleister Black! Aleister throws hands on Strong, O’Reilly and Fish, but Cole SUPERKICKS him! Strong gets Aleister with End of Heartache! “Nobody can touch us!” Will the Undisputed Era leave everyone behind on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
Another great episode for NXT! Thorne VS Dijakovic was essentially filler but anything is good for the now solo Aussie. Thorne should consider the option of being a crossover talent between NXT USA and NXT UK. NXT UK needs a more clear singles midcard, and Thorne could get some good play over there. Dijakovic meanwhile continues a nice roll, he himself might get a midcard title shot, perhaps after Wrestlemania Weekend. Good to see Keith Lee and Kassius Ohno will continue where they left off, especially the way Lee came out and clocked Ohno. I’m thinking Ohno’s talk of leaving for somewhere they’d appreciate him is a sign he’s finally going to the main roster, and perhaps as part of the coming Superstar Shake-Up after Wrestlemania. That will be great, the blow-off curtain call match for Ohno will be great, I really hope he goes to SmackDown.
I’m liking the aggressive Street Profits. They had their fun in their first couple of years, now it’s time to get serious if they want gold. I also appreciate throwing in Aichner & Barthel as well as Lorcan & Burch. Lorcan & Burch are getting title shots on NXT UK, but I’m pretty sure they won’t win. I don’t think they’ll win on NXT USA, either. Of the five teams, the War Raiders either retain or the Undisputed Era’s reDRagon gets those belts back. But having a 5-team tag match of some kind at TakeOver: New York, that would be amazing! Perhaps make it a ladder match, that seems like the most reasonable way to do this. Though, I’m starting to think the other four teams will compete in something and then it’s just a #1 contender team against the Raiders, which is fine but not as insane.
Taynara VS Aliyah was clearly just a smokescreen to give us the first real moment of the Horsewomen running wild. I wonder if Taynara will be forced to join Aliyah and Vanessa against the Horsewomen in a Six Woman Tag, where Jessamyn and Marina can finally get some wins. And I also enjoy the nod that Bianca is not happy with the Sky Pirates thinking they can skip ahead of her in line. I wonder if something will happen to get William Regal involved to make an official decision on who is facing Shayna in New York. Maybe a Triple Threat of Bianca, Shirai and Kairi. Kairi and Shirai might be friends but they can give us some great Stardom style competition before Shirai eventually gets the win.
And of course, Ricochet VS Cole was amazing! That was almost on par with their title match. Ricochet did great selling the leg and impressed everyone by still getting moves off on one leg. It was good for the match to end before the Undisputed Era attacked, because at least Ricochet his win. Aleister Black coming out to help was an interesting surprise, but perhaps it’s out of respect for Ricochet from Halftime Heat. I’m very curious to see how this will turn out in regards to the two singles titles. Gargano VS Dream is next week and that is going to be amazing, and I’m sensing the outcome ties back into this developing story of Undisputed Era, Ricochet and Aleister.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (7/13/19)
The Kingdom, Jay Lethal and The Bouncers in a big Six Man main event!
ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 408
Manhattan Mayhem is on the horizon, and so is a major ROH World Championship match! But before Matt Taven and Jay Lethal face off 1v1, they bring allies to the ring for a truly massive Six Man Tag match!
- Proving Ground: Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor; Taylor wins.
- WOH World Championship #1 Contender’s Four Corner Survival: Stella Grey VS Jenny Rose VS Angelina Love VS Tasha Steelz; Steelz wins and will challenge Kelly Klein for the title at Summer Supercard.
- Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal & The Bouncers; Lethal & The Bouncers win.
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ROH looks back to Best in the World.
The Peacock faced Rush’s brother, Dragon Lee, and beat him using Rush’s moves! The Best of 3 Series’ third match saw the K I N G topple the Franchise Player! And the Villain Enterprises expanded to include an army! A FLIP Army! The Allure used every trick up their sleeves to beat the Pretty Badass and American Joshi, but were confronted by Maria Manic! Manic didn’t get her hands on Mandy Leon or the Beautiful People, so she ran roughshod over security! And most shocking of all, Matt Taven didn’t need to resort to anything underhanded to down the Hawaiian Juggernaut!! How can anyone hope to stop Taven’s #PurpleReign now?
Kenny King joins ROH commentary for this opening contest.
Coming off a big victory over THE Jay Lethal, the K I N G wants to see what his old friends are up to.
Proving Ground: Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor!
The Fittest returns to in-ring action to show that Strong Beach physique. But will physique be enough to survive the Notorious Hitman and ROH World Television Champion?
Rhett wants to shake hands with his former Rebellion brother, but Taylor SPITS on the Code of Honor! Rhett just uses it as body oil. The bell rings and the 10 minute time limit starts counting down. All Rhett has to do is survive the 10 minutes, and he gets a future shot at the title!
Fans rally as the two circle. Taylor shoves Rhett down and taunts him as he stands up. Rhett comes back to waistlock, but Taylor standing switches. Rhett powers his way out, but gets caught in a full nelson! Taylor grins but Rhett powers out of the nelson! Taylor headlocks but Rhett powers out to headlock back. Rhett grinds but Taylor powers out and runs Rhett over! Taylor wants Rhett to stop playing, and scoops him up. Rhett slips out and dropkicks Taylor back! Rhett grins and flexes, but then he tries to fireman’s carry, and Taylor is too much. Taylor spins Rhett, misses one way but hits the clothesline on the other! ROH goes to break as Taylor dares Rhett to get up.
ROH returns and Rhett wrecks Taylor with a dropkick. Rhett shows off his core strength with leg raises, but Taylor pulls him down to ROCK him with that One Hitter Quitter! Taylor drags Rhett up and into the ring to put him on the apron. Taylor climbs up, to drop the leg! He laughs and taunts Rhett as he CHOPS the chest! Rhett gasps for air while he crawls to a corner. Taylor climbs in and throws another big right! Rhett forearms Taylor back! Rhett backs Taylor down but Taylor blocks and reverses the whip to rock him again! Taylor yanks Rhett up but Rhett lands on his feet! Rhett rocks Taylor back with a JAB!
Rhett is in the corner again, and dodges Taylor as he runs in, to give him back a splash! And a BOOT! Then side to side for another! Rhett keeps moving to boot again! Fans fire up with The Fittest as he fireman’s carries Taylor again! For a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Rhett keeps his cool as Taylor goes to a corner. Rhett runs corner to corner but his boot is blocked! Taylor shoves Rhett back to KNEE him in the face! Cover, TWO!! Rhett survives and now Taylor is frustrated. Taylor toys with Rhett but Rhett SLAPS him back! Taylor pie faces but Rhett CHOPS and forearms away! Rhett fires off forearm after forearm but Taylor bobs ‘n’ weaves to HEADBUTT! Cover, Taylor wins!
Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall
Rhett fell short of proving himself worthy, and the ROH World TV Champion continues rolling on. Kenny gives Taylor his due props, but goes to check on Rhett in the ring.
“I’m searching for the words, man, to describe what I just saw out of you right now.” The word is, “disgusting.” King is disgusted by Rhett. What happened to him? ROH stuck them together and they fought, they scratched and they clawed and became one of the best teams ever, the All Night Express. They beat The Briscoes, the Young Bucks, Roderick Strong, Tyler Black, you name them. “What the hell happened to you?!” Rhett fails a Proving Ground match because he only proved that while he has the body of a god, he has the “heart of a b*tch.” There’s no fight left in Rhett! If Kenny was Joe Koff, he’d rip up Rhett’s contract on the spot!
Rhett’s family and pregnant wife are here, yet he embarrasses them!? Does Rhett think it’s okay that the reason his son won’t look him in the eyes is because daddy’s a coward?! Rhett gets mad, and that’s what Kenny wants to see! Show him something! But when Rhett doesn’t, Kenny is the one who gets mad. Is the Titus family really proud of that?! Because the Rhett Kenny King knew was a man, not this “punk ass b*tch.” Will these fighting words light a fire in the Fittest? Or does the K I N G have a point?
ROH hears from Kelly Klein.
“Women of Honor has some of the best women wrestling has to offer right now, and I love it.” That means the Gatekeeper will defend her title against some of the best women around. Maria Manic has Kelly’s attention, and Kelly is ready for that match. Kelly’s even excited to fight Tasha Steelz, the Allure, Stella Grey or Jenny Rose as she defends her world title. Who makes it out of the contender’s match first in line for a fight with the Pretty Badass?
ROH looks back to June 29th.
Jay Lethal vowed to work twice as hard as before, “whip the crap out of Matt Taven,” and become a THREE-TIME ROH World Champion! But Taven told him that in New York City, July 20th, we will all finally see that we are living in “The Time of Matt Taven.” Taven is the King of ROH, because heee’s Matt Taven, and he was #BorntoRule! But then, Alex Shelley returned!
Shelley was careful not to say he retired from ROH. Let’s pretend he has a card in his hand that is known as the “veteran’s card.” And let’s say there’s a hole punched for every year he’s contributed to the industry. That’s 17 holes. Shelley’s fingerprints are all over the world of wrestling, so now he plays his card. Shelley expects to be respected! And it won’t matter who walks out of Manhattan, Shelley just wants his shot to prove to them, him, and the world that he still has #TalentonLoanfromGod! Who will the returning revolutionary meet after mayhem goes down in Manhattan?
WOH World Championship #1 Contender’s Four Corner Survival: Stella Grey VS Jenny Rose VS Angelina Love w/ The Allure VS Tasha Steelz!
While only one of the Beautiful People is in this match, it is no surprise that she still has her friends by her side. Angelina Love leads the way as Velvet Sky helps Mandy Leon and their fluffy mascot, Foxxy, into the ring. But the spotlight quickly moves to the Garden State Goddess, little gritty Grey, and the American Joshi. With Kelly Klein watching on commentary, who grabs a huge victory and earns a Summer Supercard showdown?
But before the bell rings, Velvet grabs a mic to tell Jenny she doesn’t belong here, that Stella doesn’t belong here, and Tasha- She doesn’t even know who Tasha is, actually, but she doesn’t belong here, either. The only woman in the ring that matters is the Allure’s Bada$$, Angelina Love, the TRUE #1 Contender! Angelina proved herself already when she pinned Kelly at Best in the World. Win-loss records leave out a lot, and Kelly knows Angelina didn’t need to cheat that night to win. But talking aside, the other three competitors uphold the Code of Honor, but don’t even worry about Angelina. The bell finally rings, and Jenny goes right at her!
Stella and Tasha fight while Jenny rains down rights on Angelina! Angelina and Jenny roll out of the ring and Angelina kicks back. Jenny forearms but Angelina kicks again. Stella whips Tasha but Tasha runs Stella over. Tasha brushes herself off and runs, but Stella keeps up. Tasha and Stella trade hip toss blocks while Angelina and Jenny trade apron bumps. Stella rolls Tasha but Tasha arm-drags back. Stella arm-drags Tasha now, but Angelina kicks Jenny away. Angelina is on Stella with a sleeper, but Stella kicks Tasha away. Angelina throws Stella down by her hair, and The Allure cheers her on as she whips Stella into a corner. Stella runs into Tasha, then Angelina dropkicks them into each other. Angelina throws Stella out and runs, but into Jenny’s SPEAR! Cover, TWO!
Tasha throws Jenny out fast and stares down with Angelina. Tasha flexes but it doesn’t impress Angelina. Angelina ties up with Tasha to a headlock. Tasha powers out but Angelina runs her over. Things speed up and Tasha shows agility to hip toss Angelina down! Fans fire up as Tasha whips. Angelina reverses and scoops to a spinning sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Tasha fires forearms back and whips, but Angelina reverses. Tasha goes up and over and rolls, to drop toehold Angelina down. Angelina gets clear of the basement dropkick but Tasha gets clear of the elbow drop. The two stare down as fans cheer.
Tasha eggs Angelina on, and the two start trading forearms. Tasha gets an edge and fires off! She runs but Mandy trips her up! A Fatal 4 Way means no disqualifications, but the referee tells the Allure they’re EJECTED! Mandy is upset and Velvet just shrugs it off as they take Foxxy with them. Angelina is a bit more concerned now that she’s all alone as ROH goes to break.
ROH returns and Tasha waistlocks Angelina. They roll to a cover, TWO! Stella throws Tasha out to roll Angelina, but Jenny breaks it. Jenny kicks Stella out to then La Magistrol Angelina, TWO! Jenny stays on Angelina in a corner for a back elbow and whip. Angelina reverses but Jenny dodges to send Angelina into the post! Jenny dropkicks Stella back out and goes out to join her. They start trading hands, but Tasha slingshots out to take them both down! Fans fire up but now Angelina climbs up top. Angelina LEAPS to crossbody them all down! This is the top tier talent Kelly has wanted to see. But speaking of, Angelina dares Kelly to come closer. Kelly heads closer to the ring, and stares Angelina down the whole way. But this keeps Angelina seeing Jenny, Stella and Tasha all get back in the ring.
Jenny clubs Angelina, and has help from Stella! They DOUBLE POWERBOMB Angelina down! But then Tasha double clotheslines Jenny and Stella down! Fans fire up behind the Boricua Badass as she fireman’s carries Stella. Stella fights out and drags Tasha into a sleeper hold clutch! Angelina kicks Jenny then hits a complete shot, to the Koji Klutch! Side-by-side submissions, but which one puts their victim out first!? Jenny and Tasha endures, and Jenny reaches for a ropebreak! The ref counts and Angelina lets her go. Meanwhile, Tasha sits up, and Angelina kicks Stella off her! Jenny kicks Angelina down, then goes to Tasha for a German Suplex! Jenny kicks Stella for a snap suplex! She runs at Angelina but gets the Botox Injection! Angelina covers, but Stella breaks it!
Stella scoops but Angelina slips out and shoves, Botox Injection for Stella! Tasha throws Angelina out to get Stella with a CUTTER! Cover, Tasha wins!!
Winner: Tasha Steelz, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WOH World Championship
Angelina ain’t happy about it, but the Boricua Badass got the better of her fair and square, okurrr? Can Tasha make it a one and done when it comes to title matches? Or will Kelly still be the champion when she leaves Toronto?
But wait, the lights drop down. And a rather creepy little video plays. Dolls sit in a line, but a hand reaches out to take the man. To chew him up and spit him out! Because the MANEATER is here! And Maria Manic has appeared behind Tasha and Angelina! Angelina saw this once before, she gets away again. But Tasha shows no fear! Security hurries to keep this fight from happening, but Maria just manhandles them like she did at Best in the World! She takes one and tosses him from the ring, then clotheslines another! But she slaps the third around to then put him in the torture rack! And then she dumps him out onto the other two! The fourth man gets the double hand choke slam! Maria Manic made mince meat of five grown men, but is she going to devour the entire WOH Division?
ROH hears from Rush.
El Toro Blanco is “sick and tired” of Dalton Castle. Rush whooped The Peacock in 15 seconds. But if Castle wants to mess with his familia, well perro, the bull is going to end him for good! Rush didn’t come to ROH to play, he came to become the best! “Nothing happens unless I say so.” When and where will this grudge match happen? Mass Hyteria on July 21st! A wild weekend is coming for ROH, who survives the mayhem and hysteria on the way to the Summer Supercard?
Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal & The Bouncers!
Matt Taven vows to prove he’s the king, while TK O’Ryan and Vinnie Marseglia vow to show who are the real elite tag team wrestlers in ROH. But they’ll have to prove it with actions, not words, as they take on their rivals all at once! Will the Franchise Player gain major momentum towards Manhattan when he sides with former foes in Brian Milonas & The Beer City Bruiser?
But given the apparent collusion involving Kenny King and timekeeper Amy Rose, Jay Lethal asks that she take her leave. Amy obliges, not wanting to be a source of controversy for this main event. The Kingdom then make their entrance, and ROH takes another break.
ROH returns and Lethal starts against the Horror King. The bell rings and they tie up right away! Vinnie powers Lethal to a corner but the ref backs him off. Vinnie throws a forearm but Lethal gives it back and we have a brawl! Lethal starts backing Vinnie down but Vinnie knees low and puts Lethal in a corner. Vinnie chops but Lethal CHOPS right back. They trade more CHOPS, and Vinnie wants Lethal to give him more. Lethal CHOPS Vinnie like he wants, but Vinnie just trash talks and knees low. Vinnie runs but misses in the corner, Lethal hip tosses and cartwheels to dropkick! Vinnie hurries to the Kingdom’s corner and tags to TK. Brian “Brawler” Milonas tags in and ties up with the Sassy Wild Horse.
Milonas shoves TK all the way back to his corner! TK runs back out but skids to a stop as Milonas towers over him. TK says he wants Lethal? Milonas gives TK what he wants, but he does tag Lethal a bit hard. Lethal shakes it off and ties up with TK. TK headlocks but Lethal powers out, only for TK to run him over. TK runs and runs Lethal over again, but things speed up. Lethal hurdles but his hip toss is blocked to TK’s own hip toss. Lethal boots TK back but runs into an elbow. TK runs but into that hip toss and cartwheel dropkick! Lethal has gotten two Kingdom members with that, and then tags in Bruiser. Taven tags in and Bruiser dares him to bring the fight. Taven has Bruiser calm down, and fans chant “Melvin! Melvin!” But again, The Kingdom wants Lethal.
Taven wants Lethal and even offers a free shot. Bruiser says Taven’s too scared to fight a real man. Taven just wants Lethal, and again gives a free shot. Lethal tags in but he sees the sucker punch coming. The two fire off haymakers and CHOPS on each other! Lethal whips but Taven reverses, but Lethal gets under TK at the ropes. Vinnie rushes at Lethal on the outside but Lethal dodges to CHOP! TK jumps but Lethal punches him out of the air, only for Taven to wreck Lethal with a dropkick! Taven drags Lethal up and throws him into railing, then The Kingdom attacks like piranha! The Bouncers protest but The Kingdom put Lethal in. Taven stomps and chokes Lethal to then tag in Vinnie. The Kingdom mugs Lethal with stomps then Vinnie rains rights down. Fans duel as ROH goes to one more break.
ROH returns once again, and The Kingdom continues to mug Lethal. Taven stomps Lethal down then drags him up to put in the Kingdom’s corner. Taven CHOPS Lethal then tags in Vinnie. Vinnie tags in TK, and the two whip Lethal. Lethal reverses to whip Vinnie, but TK waistlocks him. Lethal boots Vinnie then slips out of TK’s suplex. He ducks them both to tag in Bruiser! Bruiser rallies with the power of “BEER! BEER!” He punches Taven, uppercuts Vinnie, and uppercuts TK! Bruiser brings TK in for the sidewinder DDT! Cover but Vinnie breaks it! Vinnie fish hooks Bruiser but Bruiser bites the fingers. Oh but wait, Bruiser can’t bite, “I ain’t got no teef!” Bruiser brings TK up but TK CHOPS! TK kicks low and DDT’s Bruiser! But Milonas tags in to rally on The Kingdom! He even back drops Taven!
Milonas falls back to senton on Taven! Vinnie runs but gets flattened with a crossbody! Cover, but Taven breaks it! Taven fires off strikes on Milonas, but Milonas powers Taven to a fireman’s carry. TK leaps but into Milonas’ arms! Milonas gives them a Fall Away Samoan Drop combo! Fans fire up with the Mastodon, but also for Lethal as he DIVES onto Vinnie! Lethal gets back in to DIVE onto TK! And of course, he runs and DIVES onto Taven! The trifecta has been completed! Vinnie runs in to fight with the Bouncers, and whips Bruiser, but Bruiser reverses. TK tags in before Vinnie gets fed to the Scrapbuster! TK climbs and leaps, but into Bruiser’s arms. Milonas sandwiches TK with Bruiser, and it even sends Bruiser stumbling. But Bruiser comes back while Milonas climbs, and it’s the Last Call leg drop! Cover, The Bouncers and Lethal win!
Winners: Jay Lethal & The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning
The winner of Guerrillas of Destiny VS The Briscoes in the ROH World Tag Team Championship match at Manhattan Mayhem better watch out, because some big competition is meeting them at Mass Hysteria. Who will The Bouncers get to toast with on the 21st?
But wait, Taven doesn’t let Lethal go, and gives him CLIMAX to the floor!! The Bouncers hurry to Lethal’s side as The Kingdom retreats. Taven raises the title, but will he still be holding onto the gold after Manhattan Mayhem?
A pretty good go-home with major developments for a busy weekend coming up for ROH. Not only is Manhattan Mayhem on Saturday, July 20th, but now there’s another event on July 21st with this “Mass Hysteria” in Lowell, Massachusetts. Of course, this is all on top of ROH TV finally referencing Best in the World, but the usual mess was mostly ironed out. Rush has a solid promo, and his grudge match with Castle will surely be longer and better than the shocking 15 second squash at G1 Supercard. What’s odd is that while Kenny King beat Lethal at BitW in their Best of 3, he’s doing a story with Rhett Titus next? Lethal’s using his contractual rematch, sure, but is this story with Rhett going to delay Kenny’s shot at Taven more? Is Rhett going to turn so that we more or less get an All Night Express reunion? It is both intriguing yet confusing as to what is going on here.
The Women’s Fatal 4 was a great match, and what a great surprise to see the younger Tasha Steelz getting this chance. I thought it was going to be Angelina Love, but at the same time, even Angelina Love seems like an odd choice from out of The Allure. But I suppose with now women’s tag titles in ROH (yet?) all three could try going after Kelly in turn. And then we got to see Maria Manic at the same time tonight, that was a great way to debut! The Maneater will surely be a contender, and a monster for the Allure to worry about while they’re each taking turns against Kelly Klein. Kelly’s promo is obviously to put the company over, but for just the WOH Division in a vacuum, it is definitely heating up now with an addition like Manic.
And to end the show, we get a really good Six Man Tag, and obviously the goal for The Kingdom was to do as much as they could to Lethal so it’ll be easier for Taven in Manhattan. I am still disappointed the timing kept Jeff Cobb from becoming ROH’s top guy, but I again reference that the G1 Climax and Cobb going back and forth just wouldn’t be good for him or ROH. Lethal might as well dethrone Taven, joining Adam Cole as the only other three-time champ. Then we could get Lethal VS King 4 within a span of a few months, and maybe that story (which has an interesting twist with how it involves timekeeper Amy Rose) is what gives King his first world title reign, and makes him an ROH Triple Crown winner. Then we can circle back to King VS K I N G, Grand Slam Taven VS Triple Crown Kenny for the One True King of Honor!
My Score: 8.2/10
Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 5 A Block
KENTA, Lance Archer and Kazuchika Okada are setting the early A Block pace! Something’s gotta give. Who comes out undefeated?
KENTA, Lance Archer and Kazuchika Okada are setting the early A Block pace! Something’s gotta give. Who comes out undefeated?
Shmoxley in the opening tag team match means we should start off fun. Tanahashi and Sabre are in the battle of, well, someone needs to get at least a point out of that.
Then we’ve got Ospreay and Ibushi who are banged up but most likely still going to be psychopaths in the ring. Let’s get ready for the carnage, I mean, no…I meant carnage.
- Shota Umino & Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii & Yuya Uemura: Shooter wins via Fisherman Suplex Hold @5:45 – ***
- Hirooki Goto, Jeff Cobb & YOSHI-HASHI vs Toa Henare, Yota Tsuji & Juice Robinson: YOSHI wins via Butterfly Lock @9:30 – ** 1/4
- Tomoaki Honma, Ren Narita & Toru Yano vs Jay White, Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi: Owens wins via Package Piledriver @8:50 – ** 1/2
- BUSHI, Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi vs Taichi, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Suzuki wins via Gotch Style Piledriver @8:35 – ** 1/2
- A Block: KENTA vs Lance Archer: Kenta wins via Game Over @12:00 – ***
- A Block: SANADA vs EVIL: EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @18:10 – **** 1/4
- A Block: Bad Luck Fale vs Kazuchika Okada: Okada wins via Double Legged Cradle @10:15 – ** 1/2
- A Block: Zack Sabre Jr vs Hiroshi Tanahashi: Tanahashi wins via Triangle Counter Pin @13:55 – *** 3/4
- A Block: Kota Ibushi vs Will Ospreay: Ibushi wins via Kamigoye Knee @27:15 – **** 3/4
Moxley and Ishii start off trying to kill one another. This is a great opener and the respective Young Lions have to pull their veteran off as to not incur a disqualification. The Young Lions then take the bulk of the match and Shota has definitely picked up a few mannerisms from Moxley that we slowly see him unlocking. This may be our evolution of Shooter, but for an opening match this was very fun and the fact Moxley and Ishii just want to fight added for a neat dynamic.
Juice and Cobb are both respectful Gaijin faces, so not a lot of heat for this match. Plus YOSHI-HASHI was in it, so I could’ve downed a few Valium and been more invested in staring at a wall. Pork Chop Sandwiches later, and YOSHI-HASHI wins with that awful Butterfly Lock. Great…I can now taste colors.
So Yano wanted to get him a piece of the Jay White on the down turn, but Jay tried to still play the calculating heel. Honma put in a bit of decent work but Narita was obviously the one sent out to eat the pin. Narita held his own against Yujiro and Chase, but Chase eventually stopped playing with his feud and hit the Package Piledriver to tie things up in a nice little bow.
Shingo took a hell of a beating in this match. Kanemaru played random interference and Taichi took Shingo to the woodshed. Naito also continued his distaste of Taichi and Suzuki while being a little protective of Shingo at points. Now being the unabashed fanboy of Shingo, yet also a subscriber to Holy Emperor weekly, I’m very torn about this whole thing. The match played up the G1 tensions and the LIJ vs Suzuki-Gun tensions very well, but my heart knows not which to root for.
Lance is a good foot taller than KENTA and that was the story of the first 75% of this match. Lance was shrugging off the strikes of our returning striker. KENTA was getting effectively crushed, until Lance pushed the anime comeback button and said “You’re fucking Hideo! That’s who you are! HIDEO!” – which prompted the anime comeback in KENTA. KENTA managed to even lift Lance for a few things, but relied heavily on the dropkicks and strikes. He couldn’t quite pull off the Go 2 Sleep, so he went to his Crossface submission, Game Over. And boy howdy, it was game over! (I will see myself out after that)
EVIL and SANADA have this brotherly rivalry in LIJ. Being former 2 time IWGP Heavyweight Tag Champions, familiarity is obvious. SANADA starts off the match quickly and this is definitely a match of quick bursts when the one gets an advantage. I guess they are transitioning SANADA away from the Paradise Lock since this is the second match where he had it mostly on, but “something happened” and the opponent gets out of the move. We get a bunch of great back and forth, but something that continues to plague SANADA is his limited moveset when it gets down to crunch time. EVIL pulled out a plethora of tricks, including using the referee as an anchor for the Magic Killer. Whereas, SANADA sticks to Dragon Sleeper variants, into Skull End attempt or a Moonsault. With how over SANADA is, I really expect him to start getting more crunch time maneuvers. EVIL wins and quickly wants to bury the hatchet by extending the LIJ fist bump. SANADA bumps fists, and all is fine in our ungovernable world.
Fale tends to have Okada’s number in tournaments, and he starts off by attacking him in the back and dragging him out. So we get a typical Bullet Club brawl with heel tactics and ref bumps, but Okada perseveres. Okada is able to lift Fale a few times, but can’t hit the Rainmaker, and wins via the wrestling move he tends to fall back on, the Double Legged Cradle.
Well both Tanahashi and Sabre come into this match 0-2, so there’s a level of desperation that both bring to the table. Sabre wrestled circles around Tanahashi, and Tanahashi just tried to keep up for most of the match. After countering the High Fly Flow, Sabre locks in a Triangle Arm Bar, but Tanahashi floats over for the bridging pin counter. The Ace finally has 2 points!
There have been well known injuries for both of these men, and they played into the story of the match well. Focusing on each other’s injuries, calling back to their Wrestle Kingdom match and just a generally high energy and high impact match. Watching this match, you have to assume one of them will die with their style, but it is damn entertaining. Everyone expected this to be a great match and it delivered.
Overall Score: 8/10
Well we had a lot of good storylines and matches that mostly paid off. Lance Archer has been doing great work, Fale and Okada was at least somewhat entertaining and the cripple fight in the main event was fantastic. The inner faction turmoil was now squashed, so we can have a nice tournament while The Ace gets a few points over the petulant British child.
So great show, great entertainment, and generally a good time. I can only hope the B Block carries equal weight.
Block A Standings:
- Kazuchika Okada: 3-0 (6 Points)
- KENTA: 3-0 (6 Points)
- Lance Archer: 2-1 (4 Points)
- EVIL: 2-1 (4 Points)
- SANADA: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Will Ospreay: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Bad Luck Fale: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Kota Ibushi: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Zack Sabre Jr: 0-3 (0 Points)