NEW NXT North American Champion, Johnny Gargano, promises to open the show! What will he have to say? Who will be first to challenge him for the title?
- Jaxson Ryker w/ The Forgotten Sons VS Mansoor; Ryker wins.
- Drew Gulak VS Eric Bugenhagen; Gulak wins.
- Drew Gulak VS Matt Riddle; Riddle wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Bianca Belair & The Sky Pirates VS The Horsewomen; Belair & The Sky Pirates win.
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Johnny Gargano starts NXT!
The NEW NXT North American Champion grins as he heads to the ring. Johnny Wrestling finally became Johnny Champion, and the fans even changed the signs to match. Gargano holds the belt up in the ring and gets himself a mic. Fans chant “Johnny Champion!” but also “Johnny Sucks!” Gargano likes how the former chant sounds, because it feels so great to be standing in Full Sail as North American Champion. Everyone’s been on this journey with Gargano for years, and most feel “You Deserve It!” Gargano agrees, “We deserve it!” TakeOver: Phoenix validated it all when Gargano won. Gargano is THE North American Champion, and Johnny Wrestling is back! But speaking of champions, here comes THE NXT Champion, Tommaso Ciampa!
The Psycho Killer has his own mic to tell Johnny, “I’m not out here to take away from your moment.” Ciampa’s here to celebrate the moment. TakeOver: Phoenix was when Gargano proved what Ciampa knew all along: Gargano knows how to listen, and knows how to follow Ciampa’s lead. And look at Gargano now! Gargano is North American Champion, Ciampa is THE Champion, they own the world! “This is everything we used to talk about.” The final shot at TakeOver, Gargano and Ciampa side-by-side again, that proved to the world that “this is OUR moment.” Fans chant “DIY!” but Gargano looks conflicted. Gargano says, “No. There is no ‘our’ moment!” The only reason Gargano came out at the end was to show Ciampa that Gargano will never need Ciampa! But now, Velveteen Dream appears!
The Patrick Clark Experience thinks “this is cute.” DIY, champions again. But let’s not all forget that tonight isn’t about their moment. It’s not about Gollum and Goldie nor Johnny Badass. This is about the man who stole the show by simply showing up. They know who that is, right? That’s Dream. But let’s also not forget that while DIY put the finishing touches on a fairy tale ending, Dream won the Worlds Collide tournament! And if they don’t know what that means, Dream has earned a championship opportunity of his choosing. And guess who Dream chose? Ciampa, please back away. Dream sees that “lust” in Ciampa’s eyes to share the spotlight again, but the Dream is over Ciampa. Dream doesn’t want that title. He goes to the ring and tells Gargano that Dream wants him. Gargano VS Dream for the North American Championship?
Fans chant “Take His Title!” But since Dream is so self-absorbed, Gargano will remind him of something. While Dream was in the crowd, Gargano put on another Match of the Year! Gargano was winning the title, and then he represented NXT in the Royal Rumble! Gargano’s on top of the world and feeling “a little dangerous.” If Dream wants to take his shot, go for it, because Gargano will win. Maybe Gargano will win. But the fans really want to know is when it’s 1v1, Gargano VS Dream, will it be Johnny Champion? Or Johnny Jackass?! Fans like the sound of “Johnny Jackass!” Dream and Gargano trash talk, but then Gargano backs down. Gargano leaves and Dream tells him it’s only a matter of time. Gargano and Ciampa then look at each other before leaving without a word. Will Gargano win when the Experience comes for his gold?
Jaxson Ryker w/ The Forgotten Sons VS Mansoor!
Wesley Blake & Steve Cutler won big against the Street Profits, but now it’s time for the trio’s Gunner to remind everyone what he’s capable of. Will he continue to #DoUntoOthers when facing one of the top prospects from Saudi Arabia?
For those who remember the inaugural Greatest Royal Rumble, Mansoor was one of the first signees from the region in WWE history, as introduced in front of the audience. Now “Manny” makes his NXT TV debut, but it’s against quite an intimidating opponent. The bell rings and Ryker powers Mansoor to a corner. Mansoor gets back with an arm wrench but Ryker elbows him down! Ryker drags Mansoor up for heavy knees to the head! Ryker drags Mansoor up for a back suplex lift, to put him on the top rope! He drags Mansoor into the Tree of Woe to club away! Ryker lets up at 4 then comes back to bring Mansoor up by his mane. He whips Mansoor into the corner again, but Mansoor elbows him away. Mansoor leaps but into a SPEAR! Ryker drags Mansoor up again, for a sit-out choke slam! Cover, Ryker wins!
Winner: Jaxson Ryker, by pinfall
The Forgotten Sons are all rolling on this Road to Wrestlemania Weekend! Ryker’s eyes show no remorse, and so do his actions! He gives Mansoor another sit-out choke slam!! Cutler and Blake get Ryker to leave Mansoor alone, but these three are far from through with the NXT roster. Will Ryker find himself in contention for a title soon enough?
Cathy Kelly waits backstage for an interview with Ricochet.
The One and Only updates the WWE photo gallery with a new shoot, but the Undisputed Era come over. They can’t believe Cathy seriously wants to interview a loser when she could interview Adam Cole. Ricochet’s a one trick pony while Cole is championship material, baybay. Ricochet hears all this trash talk, but Cole wants Ricochet to keep his cool. Cole was just saying that as far as the North American Championship, Ricochet’s back of the line. That title has Cole’s name on it. Did Ricochet knock a couple screws loose? Ricochet took that title from Cole. But if they want to prove who is more deserving, have a match. Cole accepts, and even looks forward to it.
As for Ricochet, he’ll find the opening to get that title back. Will Cole get one over on the One and Only? Or will Ricochet skip ahead of Cole in line to go after the winner of Gargano VS Dream?
Drew Gulak VS Eric Bugenhagen!
The Cruiserweight Division’s Philly Fury makes his NXT TV debut in a match! Full Sail loves to see Gulak, but will Gulak simply bring his same Laws of Drewtopia to NXT? Or will the debuting Wisconsin wild man win the with power of rooock~~?
Full Sail rocks out with Eric rocking out in the corner, but Gulak is not amused. The bell rings as Eric goes into an encore, but Gulak goes right at him! Eric dumps him with a spinebuster and shouts “Let’s rooooooock~~~!” But Gulak dropkicks Eric! Gulak gives Eric springboard stomps and kicks, then stomps a mudhole into the corner. Gulak scoops Eric to dump him into ropes on the far side. Fans rally for “Bugenhagen!” but Gulak CHOPS him! Gulak bumps Eric off buckles then drags him up for a snap suplex. Float over, TWO! Gulak slaps Eric around then drags him up into a chinlock. Eric gasps for air while fans rally up again.
Eric powers his way up and throws body shots, then whips Gulak to a corner. He rams his shoulder into Gulak then throws heavy haymakers. Eric whips but Gulak reverses. They go around but it’s Eric who gets the abdominal stretch! “Let’s rooooock~!” Air guitar on Gulak’s ribs! But Gulak elbows out stiff to belly2belly Eric overhead! Gulak throws Eric again and drags him up into the GuLOCK! Eric taps, Gulak wins!
Winner: Drew Gulak, by submission
Party’s over! Gulak wins but still glares down at Bugenhagen. Gulak grabs a mic and tells Full Sail that while he represents in 205 Live as the best submission specialist, he comes here and gets BUGENHAGEN!? This is disrespect! He doesn’t want Ben Stiller from Dodgeball, he’s THE BEST submission wrestler in all of WWE! If there’s someone man enough to step to Gulak, then he gives them a chance to #GetStretched! “Bro…” Matt Riddle answers the call!
Riddle tells Gulak “Bro… Is that what you really think of NXT?” Everyone here sets the bar day in and day out. How about Gulak get out of the ring and out of NXT, or Riddle make Gulak tap out. Fans are fired up for the Original Bro, but Gulak tells Riddle he should take those flip-flops off and make his day. A wise chose, bro. Riddle kicks off the sandals and heads right to the ring! Gulak has a second debutt, but will it be successful?
Drew Gulak VS Matt Riddle!
NXT returns and fans are fired up for “Bro! Bro!” The bell rings and Gulak circles with Riddle. They approach and feel out the grapple. They end up on the ropes and Gulak presses Riddle in. Riddle shoves him away and the two go again. Riddle shoots in and gets the leg, but Gulak keeps his guard up. They go around and around, and Riddle gets an armbar! Gulak blocks quick and slips out to a heel hook! Gulak grabs hair for a headlock, Riddle dumps him up and over, but Gulak rolls over. Riddle powers up and slams Gulak! But Gulak keeps the gut wrench grip. Riddle slips out to another armbar! Gulak resists so Riddle slaps his stomach. Riddle wants a leg but Gulak gets free. Gulak gets a waistlock, slaps Riddle, and has a chicken wing.
Fans rally and Riddle gets up. Riddle sweeps a leg, covers, ONE! Gulak sweeps and covers, ONE! The two stand off and fans applaud. The grapplers go again and Riddle gets a headlock. Riddle gets the takedown but Gulak gets the headscissors. Riddle works to pop out but Gulak holds tight. Fans rally up and Riddle moves around. Riddle pops out and Penalty Kicks Gulak! Then drops a back senton! Gulak gets to a corner as Riddle goes side to side, super forearm! Riddle goes again but gets a boot! Riddle reels away but Gulak runs over for a shotgun dropkick! Gulak drags Riddle from the ropes to trap one arm, then the other while pulling Riddle’s head. Riddle endures and fans “Bro! Bro!” again. Riddle rolls to a cover, TWO!
Gulak keeps his grip but Riddle endures. Riddle headscissors but Gulak fights him off. They both stand up and Riddle powers out. Gulak runs Riddle over and covers, ONE! Gulak throws Riddle, cover, ONE! The chinlock returns and Gulak digs his chin into Riddle’s head. Riddle pries at the hands but Gulak brings the arms back for a stretch. Gulak bends Riddle down to the mat and makes him kiss it! Riddle endures even as Gulak bends the arms all the way back! He even gets the fingers! Riddle pops out and crawls away, but Gulak’s right on him. Fans duel as Gulak snap suplexes and covers, TWO! Gulak traps the arm in a hammerlock then gets the other arm. Riddle endures as fans rally up again.
They both stand and Riddle throws body shots! And palm strikes! Gulak hits back but it’s Riddle who suplexes and drops Gulak! Both men are down but fans fire up. The referee starts a standing count and Riddle is up first. Riddle gives Gulak some Bro Kicks! Gulak catches one, for a dragon screw! Riddle gets to ropes but Gulak is on him again, only for Riddle to toss him out. Riddle drags Gulak back up, for a sleeper hold through the ropes! And he drags Gulak in, but Gulak fights out. Gulak waistlocks but Riddle standing switches to a bridging German Suplex! TWO, FUJIWARA! Riddle endures as Gulak goes after the arm from elbow to fingers! Riddle gets up but Gulak is on him with another sleeper.
Fans rally again as both men stand. Riddle fights out and CHOPS Gulak! Gulak throws a heavy forearm, Riddle CHOPS, repeat! Riddle kicks but Gulak ducks to roll him up. Riddle slips out to deadlift and powerbomb!! Then flips over for the Bro Trigger!! Cover, TWO!! Gulak lives, but Riddle’s on him with endless elbows! And the BROMISSION!! Gulak taps, Riddle wins!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by submission
The King of Bros is undefeated in NXT, and even proves who WWE’s best submission wrestler really is! Gulak gets up, but not to fight. He offers a handshake, and Riddle accepts it. Gulak respects the Bro, but will Gulak be back in NXT? Will Riddle take this victory to head for a title on the Road to Wrestlemania?
Six Woman Tag: Bianca Belair & The Sky Pirates VS The Horsewomen!
The EST is no longer Un-De-Fea-Ted, but not because she was weaker or slower than Shayna Baszler. It was because the Queen of Spades got help from Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir! But now, Bianca will have help from Kairi Sane & Io Shirai! Will these brightest stars soar high and sail right through Shayna and her cohorts? Or will they each #TapNapandSnap in turn to #ShaynaTwoTime?
Teams sort out and Shayna starts against Bianca for a TakeOver: Phoenix rematch. They circle and tie up, and Shayna gets the arm. She yanks on it and brings Bianca down, but Bianca powers up to scoop Shayna. Shayna slips out but Bianca standnig switches to yank Shayna’s arm. Bianca whips Shayna but Shayna reverses. Bianca goes up and over and handpsrings, but Shayna just casually evades. She tags to Marina, and Marina runs into a dropkick! Jessamyn tags in but she gets duoble chicken wings and facebuster! Bianca tags to Kairi! Bianca loads up the cannon and launches the Pirate Princess onto Jessamyn for the elbow! Cover, TWO! Kairi grins as she has fun grabbing Jessamyn. But Jessamyn powers Kairi to the Horsewomen corner and tags in Marina.
Marina kicks away on Kairi but Kairi kicks and CHOPS back! Marina eggs Kairi on so Kairi CHOPS her again! And again, and again! Kairi backs Marina but Marina keeps up her guard. Io jumps in and the Sky Pirates double elbow and whip! Io feeds Marina to Kairi’s double chops! Kairi ax kicks and facelocks Marina. Fans echo “Ahoy!” for Kairi as she drags Marina around. Marina powers Kairi to an open corner and the top rope. Marina throws hands and climbs up, but Kairi fights her off. Kairi boots and headbutts Marina in her face guard. Shayna distracts Kairi, Marina gets Kairi with a forearm and super arm-drag! Marina drags Kairi over and tags in Shayna! Shayna drags Kairi around for a cover, hammerlocking an arm underneath. TWO, but Shayna’s on Kairi’s legs.
Shayna pulls Kairi back while fans rally up. Shayna hammers Kairi down then dares her to tag out. But Shayna puts Kairi in the Horsewomen corner to tag in Jessamyn. Jessamyn rams her knees in but Kairi hits back. Jessamyn clubs Kairi down then drags her up to throw her to ropes. She roundhouses Kairi on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Jessamyn puts Kairi back in the corner and tags in Marina. Marina drags Kairi up for a judo throw! Marina sits on Kairi just to troll her. Then she drags Kairi back to tag Shayna. Shayna kicks Kairi then taunts Bianca. Shayna whips and foraerms Kairi, then pushes her down for a heel hook! Kairi endures as Shayna even stands on her head. Shayna lets her hair down to stomp Kairi’s head! Marina tags in and drags Kairi around for a cover, TWO!
Fans jeer Marina as she drags Kairi up into a dragon sleeper. Marina bends Kairi against her knee but fans rally up more. Kairi fights out but can’t get away before Marina grabs hair. Jawbreaker! But Jessamyn tags in to tackle Kairi down. Jessamyn goes to throw Kairi but Kairi throws her! Kairi crawls as Shayna tags in, hot tag to Io! The Genius of the Sky rallies on Shayna! Io runs but has to deal with Marina. Io uppercuts Marina, then meteoras Shayna! She also meteoras Marina! And then tiger feint to Shayna! Io boots and tiger feints Jessamyn, then springboard missile dropkicks Shayna! Cover, TWO! Hot tag to Kairi, and Kairi screams all the way to the top rope. Anchors aweigh, InSANE Elbow! But Marina kicks the cover apart!
Fans boo, but then rally as Shayna and Kairi crawl. Bianca snipes the tag and hits the Horsewomen! Bianca wants after Shayna, torture rack to KOD!! Cover, but both Jessamyn and Marina break it up. They go after the Sky Pirates but get dumped out! And then Kairi climbs for a HUGE crossbody! IO tags in, springs up, ASAI MOONSAULT! Cover, Bianca & The Sky Pirates win!
Winners: Bianca Belair & The Sky Pirates, Io Shirai pinning
Bianca’s happy the team won, but Io’s even happier that she got to pin the NXT Women’s Champion! Does this mean the Genius of the Sky will be the next to challenge the Queen of Spades? Or is there still a way for the EST to earn a second chance?
What an incredible episode! Gargano does start the show off as advertised, and while Gargano got to gloat, this was also to set two things up. Ciampa again insists DIY is back together, but Gargano says that’s never happening (which means it’s totally happening), and Dream chooses the championship he wants in the North American Championship! Obviously internet leaks and spoilers give away what happens, but even without them, we all know Gargano VS Dream II will be an amazing title match. Ricochet VS Cole II is also happening, and I wonder if this will serve as an unofficial contender’s match. Winner moves on to face the North American Champion at TakeOver: New York.
Gulak showing up was quite the surprise, and I was even more surprised he had two matches! He does great against debuting Bugenhagen, and then Gulak VS Riddle was astounding! That was probably Gulak’s greatest match in the WWE, and maybe even Riddle’s. I have a feeling this was a one night thing for Gulak. It’s rather a shame, because Gulak hasn’t had a singles match this great on 205 Live since the Cruiserweight Championship tournament last year. Then we got the Six Woman Tag I was hoping for, and it went the way I hoped for, too. The Faces win but it’s Shirai who pins, and now the story should be Shirai VS Bianca to determine Shayna’s next challenger. I’m thinking it’ll be Shirai, or else we wouldn’t be getting this story at all. Then Shayna VS Shirai will dictate what happens after Wrestlemania.
My Score: 8.7/10
Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 6 B Block
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
This whole day is based around two major things:
Will Jay White or Tetsuya Naito get a win?
Will Moxley or Ishii kill one another?
Let’s find out!
- Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens vs Zack Sabre Jr & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Fale wins via Grenade @4:50 – **
- Tomoaki Honma & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer: Archer wins via EBD Claw Hold @9:50 – **
- SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI vs KENTA, Kota Ibushi & Clark Connors: BUSHI wins via MX @9:02 – ** 1/2
- YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay & Toa Henare: YOSHI wins via Fisherman Buster @8:45 – ** 1/4
- B Block: Shingo Takagi vs Taichi: Takagi wins via Last of the Dragon @14:40 – ****
- B Block: Jeff Cobb vs Juice Robinson: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @13:20 – *** 1/2
- B Block: Toru Yano vs Jay White: Yano wins via Brass Knuckle Low Blow/Roll-Up @3:05 – ** 1/2
- B Block: Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto: Naito wins via Destino @16:00 – *** 3/4
- B Block: Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii: Moxley wins via Deathrider @20:35 – **** 1/2
Well Fale tried to outsmart the Rainmaker in his last G1 match, and that didn’t go too well. So Sabre is being a whiny child, tried to step to Fale and for the most part, got brushed off. Fale isn’t really in a position to eat another loss, but it’s unusual for Sabre to be doing so poorly. I’m curious if Sabre continues this slide until maybe TAKA Michinoku returns to be his hype man, or Sabre gets off the schneid.
People, everybody dies. You know that, Lance knows that, Honma knows that…Kairi Sane knows that. This didn’t really add much to things except the undercurrent of a quiet Minoru Suzuki is scary for the whole world. Also – Everybody Dies!
Now that SANADA and EVIL have had their match, there is some symbiosis back on the LIJ undercards. KENTA and Kota teaming together was a cute call back, but nothing of heavy merit came from this match. BUSHI continues to rack up positive momentum during these tags, Clark Connors is impressive for an LA Dojo Young Lion. So decent match, but aside from EVIL and KENTA brawling after the match and SANADA and Ibushi having a rather civil fan support battle, nothing too important for the impending matches.
Okada and Ospreay did have the crowd hot, but aside from a small flourish, this was mostly YOSHI and Henare. Surprisingly, YOSHI-HASHI has put together a few pinfalls in the tag matches, so that tends to actually play a role in the second half story telling. Ospreay may be on his way to a big upset since even if Okada seems to be positioned to win A Block, he won’t make it through unscathed.
Now this was a fun match. It was a continuation of the Suzuki-Gun/LIJ drama, but Taichi has his own issues. Shingo is fighting as a Junior Heavyweight and Taichi moved up to Heavyweight last year, but was overlooked for the G1. So the fact that Shingo asks and gets in, yet Taichi moves up and was ignored has to bother him. With all of these little things eating through, Taichi brought out the Dangerous T that many of us have grown to love. Sure there was a brief moment of shenanigans with lovely Miho and the microphone stand, but 90% of the match was on the up and up. Pumping Bomber versus Axe Bomber was great, the callbacks to both of their mentors was wonderful and just generally speaking, when the Holy Emperor tries, those are great matches. Shingo getting the win won’t sit well with Taichi, but we’ve got plenty more time to see how this all falls.
Juice starts off the match in a 3 way tie for first, but Cobb really needs a win to legitimize his tournament. Being undefeated in ROH for about a year, as well as all his other accolades, he needs to stop losing. Cobb showed a little more fire than usual in this match and took it to Juice. Juice has been in hard hitting affairs all tournament and it looks like Juice might’ve finally hit the wall. Should be interesting to see if Juice flounders from here or if he recovers.
Well the Chaos revenge tour has another stop with Toru Yano and Jay White. Jay has not gotten off to a good start and it’s all his past decisions coming to bite him. This match…would be no different. Yano takes advantage of Gedo getting involved. Between Barbara Jean the turnbuckle pad and the brass knuckles from Gedo, Jay White’s nuts didn’t stand a chance. So Yano runs away with 2 more points and Jay’s pride…and other things…are a bit sore.
Goto started off the tournament looking like a new man, Naito has also looked different, but for different reasons. Naito sitting in the basement with zero points and Goto with the renewed sense of purpose makes for an odd dynamic. This match is one of their usual ones, where it’s quick bursts, hard hitting and a few solid false finishes. However, at multiple points Naito’s usual tranquilo is shaken and you can see him show levels of concern. Goto being the one with the power in the match, makes for some unique interactions. Naito does pull off the win, but it’s not for Goto’s lack of trying and kicking out of one running Destino. Naito finally gets some points, but it’s nothing near dominant enough to breathe a sigh of relief.
Moxley versus Ishii was the insane hard hitting match we expected. Ishii even flew. He hit a splash on Moxley through a table. The Stone Pitbull flew. Yes I realize there is a callback to Masato Tanaka in that move, but you don’t understand, Ishii flew. Anyway, the beauty of Red Shoes as a referee is he understands each wrestlers personality, so he gives them a little more leash to do what they like to do. Moxley used weapons, Ishii egged it on, there were huge strikes, Ishii’s torpedo style rising headbutts and just good violence. This was a bar fight and no one was upset. Moxley getting the win was a little surprising since most of us assume he won’t be available for many if any later dates once AEW TV starts up. This was just a nice change of pace for the usual New Japan and/or Strong Style match.
Overall Score: 7.75/10
With a great Taichi match and Moxley changing the pace, this show was definitely something to behold. Jay White’s continued spiral is more amusing than Sabre’s since this seems like retribution where Sabre is just a punk bitch when he loses. Even with an uneventful undercard, the main Block matches kept everything moving upward and onward.
With Moxley as the sole 3-0, who unseats the Death Rider?
B Block Standings:
- Jon Moxley – 3-0 (6 Points)
- Toru Yano – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Tomohiro Ishii – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Juice Robinson – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Shingo Takagi – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Jeff Cobb – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Tetsuya Naito – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Hirooki Goto – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Taichi – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Jay White – 0-3 (0 Points)
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