NXT UK rolls into Phoenix as we roll on towards Wrestlemania! Jinny battles Mia Yim in a crossover match while Pete Dunne battles Gallus’ Wolfgang!
- Noam Dar VS Jordan Devlin; Dar wins.
- Jinny VS Mia Yim; Jinny wins.
- Pete Dunne VS Wolfgang; Dunne wins.
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WWE honors the memory of Pedro Morales.
NXT UK is in Phoenix!
The newest brand to the WWE visits their cousins from across the pond! What kind of crossover instant classics will we see come from this excursion?
Toni Storm heads to the ring!
The Lightning from Down Under is also the new NXT UK Women’s Champion! Toni picks up a mic and hears the fans in Phoenix cheer her own. A little while ago at WWE Evolution, Toni won the second Mae Young Classic. She didn’t think it could get better than that, but then she moved on to TakeOver: Blackpool and became champion. Toni knew that Rhea Ripley would want a rematch, and that’s fine. But what Toni’s not fine is how Rhea behaves. Rhea is just a bully. Toni wants to be a fighting champion, she truly means that. “Because I’ve already kicked Rhea Ripley’s ass, and I will happily kick her ass again.” Fans like the sound of that, but Rhea doesn’t as she appears on stage! Rhea has her own mic to respond.
“Mate, mate, mate. At NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool, you got lucky.” Rhea is the inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion. Rhea makes her way to the ring as she says she’s “sick and tired of everybody comparing” her to Toni, when it should be the other way around. “I hate Toni Storm.” From her stupid hair to her stupid face, but especially that Toni has Rhea’s title. But Rhea is getting her rematch. Yes, that’s nice. But doesn’t Rhea think they’ve talked enough? Toni tackles Rhea and the fight is on! Rhea gets away and fans boo. Toni dares Rhea to bring the fight but Rhea’s willing to wait for their rematch. Who will win the tiebreaker when these two throw down for the third time?
Noam Dar VS Jordan Devlin!
The Scottish Supernova has bounced between NXT UK and 205 Live, and it would seem the Irish Ace takes offense. Will Dar’s return to NXT UK TV be a success? Or will he, too, be trumped by the Ace?
The bell rings and fans are behind Dar as he circles with Devlin. Devlin and Dar tie up and go around, but Devlin gets the wristlock. Dar rolls and wrenches to get an armlock. Devlin rolls and reverses to a back drop. Devlin stays on the arm but Dar moves around. Dar gets up and spins to then throw Devlin down! Fans applaud the technical exchange, and Dar mockingly claps with Devlin’s hand. Dar gets Devlin in a haedlock but Devlin pulls hair. Devlin powers out and things speed up, but Dar dodges and table tops Delvin down! Dar wants Devlin to take it easy, but he headbutts low and then spins Devlin around and around, and around, to finally get a backslide. TWO, and both Devlin and Dar stagger away. Dar comes back to give Devlin a shoulder breaker, then a back suplex toss! Cover, TWO!
Dar keeps his cool as he grabs Devlin’s feet. Devlin shoves Dar away then gets an urenage! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Devlin argues with the ref but then talks trash to the American fans. Devlin stalks Dar to a corner to grind Dar against the ropes. Fans chant “You Still Suck!” while Devlin backs off. Dar boots but Devlin kicks him back down. Devlin grinds his boot in but backs off at 4. Dar rolls and crawls away to another corner. Devlin is on him with shoulders into the stomach. Devlin hits Dar with the atomic backbreaker! Fans rally up for Dar but Devlin wrenches Dar’s hand. Dar gets up and fights back with forearms and kicks. Devlin rocks Dar with one heavy right! Devlin drags Dar up for a big European Uppercut, then kicks him while he’s down!
Dar gets to a corner and catches the next kick! Dar fires back with forearm and uppercuts, but runs into Devlin’s boot! Devlin grits his teeth as he kicks Dar in the ribs again. Devlin stands on Dar’s head but lets off at 4. Fans boo while Devlin stalks Dar around the ring. Dar elbows back and then kicks. Dar facelocks but Devlin suplexes! Cover, TWO! Devlin grows frustrated with Dar as he drags him up into an arm Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Fans rally as Dar endures. Dar feeds off the energy to get up and kick back. Dar throws forearms from both sides then a chop! Devlin hits back with a heavy body shot! Devlin whips but Dar reverses, and Dar dodges Devlin’s crossbody! Dar gets up but walks into Devlin’s elbow. Devlin hops up but Dar sweeps the legs! Devlin crashes down and Dar takes aim.
Dar throat chops, headbutts and uppercuts! Fans fire up with Dar while he and Devlin get to corners. Dar runs in for a big forearm smash! Dar drags Devlin up, Northern Lights toss! Cover, TWO! Dar gasps for air from his rib damage but fans rally up again. Dar takes aim with pinkies out, but Devlin dodges the sweep! Devlin enziguris but into an ankle lock! Devlin rolls through to escape, then slips out to let Dar hit buckles. He hits Dar back, slingshot cutter! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives and Devlin can’t believe it! Fans rally up again as Dar and Devlin rise. Devlin gives chase but Dar boots him away. They stand and Dar puts Devlin onto the apron! Devlin swings but Dar dodges to sweep the legs! Devlin tumbles down and fans fire up with Dar.
Dar follows and with pinkies out, runs at Devlin! Devlin jumps and Dar collides with steel steps! The referee checks on Dar’s ankle but Devlin just stomps away on it! Fans boo as Devlin drags Dar over to the steps. Devlin places Dar’s leg on the steel, but here comes Travis Banks! The Kiwi Buzzsaw won’t let Devlin do to Dar what he did to Banks. Devlin misses his stop, Dar trips Devlin up! Devlin hits steps and Banks backs off to let the match continue. A ring count begins as Devlin and Dar slowly stir. Devlin gets in first at 3 but Dar takes longer, standing at 6 and getting in at 7. Fans applaud as Dar runs at Devlin. Devlin rolls him up but with feet on the ropes! Banks breaks that up! Devlin kicks Banks back, but then Dar rolls Devlin! Dar wins!
Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall
Devlin’s devious schemes were undone by the Buzzsaw! Dar gets another win in NXT UK, will this help him get a future title shot? But Devlin attacks Dar from behind! Ripcord saido suplex! But Banks gets in to drag Devlin out! Banks fires off wild shots on Devlin! They brawl up the ramp and Banks stomps Devlin down! Devlin hits back but Banks still rocks him towards the backstage area. Referees can’t restore order so we go to break! Will Devlin and Banks finally finish their war when NXT UK returns home?
Jinny VS Mia Yim!
The Fierce Fashionista already feels she’s next in line for a shot at the NXT UK Women’s Championship. It doesn’t matter to her if next week ends with #ToniTime or another Riptide, she wants gold. However, can she prove she’s worthy when going against the Head Baddie in Charge?
The bell rings and Phoenix is strongly behind Mia. Mia makes sure Jinny knows it but Jinny just shrugs it off. They circle and tie up, and Jinny gets a headlock to takedown. Jinny traps an arm but Mia headscissors out. Mia squeezes but Jinny moves and turns Mia over. Jinny floats over and grabs hair to get a facelock. Mia powers through to reverse the facelock. Mia brings Jinny up as she wrenches. Jinny slips out and reverses to a mounted armlock. Jinny claws Mia’s arm! Fans rally up and Mia stands to reverse to a headlock. Jinny fights back and powers out but Mia runs her over. Cover, TWO! Mia Oklahoma rolls, TWO! Mia rolls Jinny up, TWO! Jinny gets to a corner but Mia runs in for big forearms!
Mia runs but into a boot, that she catches! Jinny shoves Mia away to headscissor, but Mia handsprings through! Mia dusts off her shoulders but Jinny rocks her with a right! Jinny clubs away on Mia, then eggs her on. Mia trips Jinny to rain down rights and lefts! Mia hammers away and gets an armbar! Jinny clasps hands and crawls around, to get a ropebreak with her feet. Mia lets Jinny go and Jinny scrambles to a corner. Mia runs but Jinny catches her into a corner shot! Cover, TWO! Jinny gets up and goes after Mia with raining right hands. Jinny covers, but Mia bridges. Fans rally as Jinny stomps away on Mia. Jinny taunts Mia with how the fans love her. Jinny slams Mia’s face off the mat and again. The ref counts and Jinny lets off, to SLAP Mia instead! Cover, ONE!
Jinny keeps on Mia with an ax kick! Cover, TWO! Jinny doesn’t let up, she wraps Mia up in a chinlock. Mia endures the squeeze as fans rally up again. Mia gets up and fights out, but Jinny rocks her with a right. Jinny whips Mia to SLAP her again! Jinny whips but Mia reverses, only for Jinny to roll through to the surfboard! Mia endures as Jinny rocks back and forth to stretch her! Mia gets an arm free but Jinny uses a foot to stomp her down. Even so, Mia gets a ropebreak! Jinny lets go of the hold, only to hammer away on Mia. Fans boo as Mia gets to a corner. Jinny runs but into a boot. Jinny tries again but gets caught in the Tarantula! Mia lets go at 4 and hits a running neckbreaker!
Fans rally up for Mia as both women slowly stand. Mia counter punches Jinny and then throws forearms of her own. Mia rallies with lariats and a roundhouse! She boots Jinny down and then CHOPS Jinny to a corner! Mia keeps chopping and then throws body shots. She boots Jinny again, then runs for a cannonball! High stack cover, TWO! Mia keeps her cool as she kicks Jinny on both sides. Jinny catches a kick and spins Mia into a creative jawbreaker on her knee! Jinny runs, but into Mia’s German Suplex into buckles! Mia goes to cover but Jinny falls out of the ring. Mia fetches Jinny back in but Jinny gets her on the reentry! Cover, with feet on the ropes! Jinny wins!
Winner: Jinny, by pinfall
The Spoiled Princess wins by any means necessary! With a win on NXT UK TV but also over an NXT USA superstar, is Jinny now poised to take over both Women’s Divisions?
Pete Dunne VS Wolfgang!
The Bruiserweight and the Last King of Scotland faced off in the past, and the WWE United Kingdom Champion stayed the WWE United Kingdom Champion. However, this non-title rematch could turn the tides, and Gallus might actually find a way back to the title! Will Wolfie howl his way to a win? Or will it be just another Bitter End?
The bell rings and Phoenix is strongly behind the Bruiserweight. Wolfgang throws his jacket at Dunne, but Dunne just grimaces. They circle and tie up fast and hard! Wolfgang pushes Dunne but Dunne pushes Wolfgang. Wolfgang gets a wristlock and wrenches but Dunne goes after a leg. Dunne finds a way around and out to then shove Wolfgang off his feet! Wolfgang gets away and fans applaud the exchange already. Dunne and Wolfgang circle again and tie up. Dunne spins to a wristlock and goes for a keylock. He gets Wolfgang down but Wolfgang scrambles out of the ring. Fans boo as Wolfgang takes a breather. Wolfgang takes his time to return but Dunne is willing to wait.
Wolfgang wants Dunne to stay back and the referee keeps Dunne away. Dunne tries to rush Wolfgang but the ref keeps him away again. Wolfgang cheap shots Dunne! Wolfgang stomps away then drives elbows into Dunne’s head. Fans rally up for Dunne and Dunne kicks back from the mat. Wolfgang catches one to stomp Dunne again. Wolfgang stretches Dunne and taunts, “Smile for your fans, Pete!” Dunne gets up and powers out of the headlock. Things speed up and Dunne runs Wolfgang over with a lariat! Fans fire up and Wolfgang wants another breather. Dunne doesn’t let him as he wrenches and whips. Wolfgang reverses but runs into a boot. Dunne hops up to dropkick the legs out! Phoenix fires up as Dunne takes aim. Dunne kicks, Wolfgang blocks, but Dunne immediately jabs and rolls Wolfgang into a kneebar!
Wolfgang crawls and gets a ropebreak. Dunne kicks the arm off the rope! Dunne runs but Wolfgang tosses him out hard! Wolfgang takes time to check his legs while fans rally up for Dunne. Wolfgang goes out to fetch Dunne, stomping him down. The ref tells Wolfgang to put Dunne in the ring but Wolfgang talks back. Wolfgang grinds his knee into Dunne then drags him up onto the apron. Wolfgang clubs away on Dunne, but returns to the ring at 6. Dunne gets an arm, twists the wrist, for a hammerlock stomp! Dunne keeps on Wolfgang’s arm from fingers to elbow and hops on. But Wolfgang powers out to hotshot Dunne on ropes! Dunne gasps for air while Wolfgang grits his teeth. Fans rally up again but Wolfgang toys with Dunne. Cover, TWO! Dunne kicks Wolfgang from the mat again!
Fans rally up as Dunne stomps Wolfgang’s bad leg. Wolfgang gets to a corner but goes over to Dunne. Wolfgang throws a heavy Euro Upper, then grinds Dunne’s face on ropes. The ref counts and Wolfgang lets up at 4. Wolfgang runs in but misses! Dunne dodges again and rebound snap German suplexes Wolfgang! Both men are down but fans rally up. Wolfgang stands but Dunne follows. Dunne throws hands from both sides and Wolfgang can only guard. Dunne whips but Wolfgang reverses, only for Dunne to go up and over to enziguri! Wolfgang standing switches and throws Dunne but Dunne lands on his feet! Buzzsaw kick! Dunne drags Wolfgang up, X-Plex! Cover, TWO!! Phoenix knows “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly stand.
Dunne is up first and drags Wolfgang around to wrench the fingers! Then he stomps away on Wolfgang’s head! Dunne drags Wolfgang into a Triangle Hold! Wolfgang make sit a cover, ONE! Dunne gets the pinkie! But Wolfgang deadlifts for a buckle bomb! Dunne is down, Wolfgang runs, BIG back senton! Wolfgang drags Dunne up, fisherman suplex with a twist! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives and Wolfgang can’t believe it. Fans rally up again as Wolfgang goes to the top rope. Dunne kips right up to enziguri Wolfgang down! Dunne climbs to join Wolfgang and stands him up for a SUPERPLEX! But Dunne can’t cover from the big impact on the mat!
Wolfgang and Dunne again gasp for air as a standing count begins. Dunne gets to a corner at 5 and uses it to stand up. Wolfgang crawls after Dunne but Dunne stomps the hands! Dunne buzzsaws Wolfgang again, then wrenches the fingers! Wolfgang breaks free to rock Dunne back. Dunne enziguris, then runs, but into a HUGE clothesline! Wolfgang lifts Dunne for a gutbuster drop! Wolfgang crawls to a cover, TWO!! Dunne lives again but Wolfgang has one last thing to try. Wolfgang goes to a corner and climbs up again. HOWLING, but into the armbar! Dunne snaps the fingers and pulls the arm! Wolfgang taps, Dunne wins!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by submission
The Bruiserweight wins again! Dunne hasn’t lost since first becoming WWE UK Champion, what will it take to ever dethrone him?
What a great way for NXT UK to start their Phoenix visit! Toni opening the show helps live fans understand that they will be getting an NXT UK Women’s Championship match, and her scrap with Rhea was good, too. Toni VS Rhea 3 is going to be great, but I feel like Toni retains. This is enforced by how well Jinny is doing, including today’s match with Mia Yim. Toni VS Jinny is going to be a great program going into the next UK TakeOver, which I would imagine is a week or so before Wrestlemania. They wouldn’t want to do UK TakeOver and USA TakeOver on the same day, that’s too much for any fan to do in one day, even me.
Dar VS Devlin was great, but it turns out it’s just to help keep Devlin VS Banks going. Dar has more to do right now in 205 Live in his rivalry with Tony Nese, but I’m hoping after Wrestlemania 35, he can do more on NXT UK just to freshen things up. Devlin VS Banks in Falls Count Anywhere should really happen, those guys obviously aren’t going to stay in the ring based on the story that’s building. Again, NXT UK midcard title please? I’m also pleased to hear about some upcoming matches for the Phoenix taping, those are all going to be great, too. Dunne VS Wolfgang was great for even a non-title match. Dunne is staying strong while Walter climbs up on his own end, only building up how great their match is going to be.
My Score: 8.4/10
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