NXT UK, prepare for another WALTER match! The Ring General goes against Gallus’ Mark Coffey, who seeks payback for how Walter treated brother Joe!
- Mark Andrews VS El Ligero; Ligero wins.
- Xia Brookside VS Candy Floss; Brookside wins.
- Mike Hitchman VS Joseph Conners; Conners wins.
- Ashton Smith VS Joe Coffey; Coffey wins.
- Walter VS Mark Coffey; Walter wins.
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Mark Andrews VS El Ligero!
The Welsh Rockstar missed out on the NXT UK Tag Team Championship match at TakeOver: Blackpool, but there’s always the singles division! The same goes for the Luchador of Leeds, who still races up the ranks. Will the Light or the High-Fiver Stage-Diver get a crucial win to stay afloat?
The bell rings and Andrews shakes hands with Ligero. These two respect each other as the fans duel for them. They tie up and go around. Andrews gets a waistlock but Ligero works his way out to a wristlock. Ligero wrenches and again, but Andrews rolls and handsprings to a reversal. Andrews has the hammerlock but fans rally up as Ligero works on his escape. Ligero reverses to a headlock, but Andrews powers out. They speed up and show off agility, but it ends with Ligero going pretzel! Andrews runs at him but gets caught into a cradle, TWO! Andrews goes to roll Ligero but Ligero sits on it, ONE! The sunset completes, ONE! Ligero sits, ONE! Andrews sunsets, ONE! Ligero, ONE! Andrews, ONE! ONE, ONE, ONE, Andrews ghost pins! TWO and we have a stand-off. Fans cheer, loving how closely matched this match is.
Andrews and Ligero fist bump but then speed up! Andrews arm-drags Ligero around but Ligero goes up and over in a corner. Ligero elbows Andrews then hops up, but Andrews leaps for a huricanrana! Cover, TWO! Fans duel again as Andrews is on Ligero at the ropes. Ligero tosses Andrews up and over, then slingshots out. Andrews slides in then slides out but Ligero slides in. Andrews drags him back out but Ligero handstands on the apron. Ligero headscissors but Andrews handsprings! Andrews elbows Ligero then hops onto the steps to moonsault. He lands on his feet and Ligero boots him away. Ligero stands on the barriers to senton onto Andrews! Ligero puts Andrews in then step-in springboards to a stunner! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer both men on while Andrews gets to a corner.
Ligero gets his legs working and CHOPS Andrews. Ligero brings Andrews from the ropes for another CHOP, and Andrews gasps as he drops to his knee. Andrews gets to another corner as fans rally up. He pushes Ligero away but Ligero elbows him back. Andrews kicks from a corner but Ligero elbows back. Fans duel as Ligero throws forearms. Ligero brings Andrews around for a waistlock but Andrews slips out of the suplex to CHOP Ligero back! Andrews fires off forearms and chops but Ligero dodges and whips. Andrews comes back with a wheelbarrow, Stomp 182! Standing corkscrew moonsault! Cover, TWO! Fans are loving this as Andrews keeps on Ligero.
Andrews drags Ligero up, wrenches and reels him in for Northern Lights but Ligero sunsets. Andrews rolls through and comes back for a jackknife. TWO as Ligero bridges up! Ligero spins Andrews to a backslide, but Andrews resists. Andrews tries to get Ligero but they break. Ligero throws kicks and chops, but Andrews catches a kick and ducks the enziguri. Andrews mule kicks then front kicks, then whips but Ligero reverses to a pump boot! Ligero whips but Andrews slides and PELES! Ligero staggers but boots back! Andrews staggers into Ligero’s suplex, but counters with Stun-Dog Millionaire! Both men are down but fans fire up again.
The ref begins a standing count but both men stir at about 4. Andrews sits up but Ligero bails out. Andrews builds speed to FLY onto Ligero! Direct hit, and Andrews puts Ligero back in. Andrews climbs up to springboard, but Ligero gets under. Ligero wrenches and ducks to pumphandle to a facebuster! Cover, TWO! Andrews lives and Blackpool is loving it! Ligero sits up and stalks Andrews as he crawls. Ligero runs but Andrews catches him in a waistlock, but Ligero elbows out. He puts Andrews in the corner, then hoists him up top. Ligero climbs up to join Andrews, SUPER STEINER but Andrews lands on his feet! Andrews ducks and REVERSE-RANAS! Cover, TWO! Ligero lives and Andrews is shocked, but fans are still loving this!
“This is Awesome!” as Andrews drags Ligero to a drop zone. Andrews climbs, Fall To Pieces get knees! Cover from Ligero, TWO! Ligero is right on Andrews, springboard to C4L!! Cover, Ligero wins!
Winner: El Ligero, by pinfall
The luchador is victorious! And best of all, he and Andrews shake hands again, showing they still respect each other. Will this lead the Light of Leeds to a title opportunity?
Backstage interview with Oney Lorcan.
With the NXT Tag Division being stacked as ever, does Lorcan feel he and Burch are worthy of being #1 contenders? Of course, he and Burch have shown everyone- Oh, speaking of Burch, he walks in having just gotten off the phone with Johnny Saint. Saint just told him that the One Two Combination is getting a shot at the NXT UK Tag Team Championships when the brands collide in Phoenix! Them against the Grizzled Young Veterans, they’ll slap the taste out of their mouths. Phoenix means the Grizzled Young Veterans’ first defense will be their last. Will the One Two get the one-two-three and shock both tag divisions?
Backstage interview with Pete Dunne.
What does the Bruiserweight make of Walter’s arrival in NXT UK? Dunne was impressed, and knows Walter will come for the title. But when that happens, Walter will learn why Dunne has been the champion for over 600 days. It’s because Dunne fears no one. Will that still be true when the Austrian Anomaly gets through with Mark Coffey tonight?
Xia Brookside VS Candy Floss!
The second-generation superstar returns and is ready to fly, but will she get a serious fight from her sugary sweet opponent?
The bell rings and the two young stars circle. They shake hands and show respect before they tie up. Xia gets a headlock and takedown but Candy headscissor counters. Xia moves around and headstands to pop out. She helps Candy up and the two go again. Candy gets the takedown to a cover, ONE and Xia rolls Candy, ONE! Candy gets a Oklahoma Roll, TWO, and the two stand off. Fans applaud and even Xia respects Candy’s skill. They go again and Candy gets a full nelson. Xia attempts to power out but Candy holds on. Xia drops and rolls Candy, ONE. Candy gets the full nelson back and holds on tight. Xia slips down again but Candy’s ready and gets Xia back up in the full nelson.
Fans duel and rally as Xia endures the hold. Xia jumps and arm-drags out to get Candy with her own armlock. Candy endures as Xia grinds her down. They stand up and Candy scoops Xia for a slam, but Xia holds noto the arm! Xia brings Candy back down but Candy’s up to moinkey flip! Xia still holds the wrist and wrenches again! Candy snapmares but Xia still holds on and brings Candy down again. Candy stands and fans duel again as Candy pries free. She throws Xia down and pulls on the arm! Xia endures and rolls to a headlock, but Candy slips out to hammerlock. Candy also gets the free arm and bends the fingers and shoulder! Xia gets up but Candy whips and wrings her out.
Candy throws the arm down then gets a double wristlock. Candy whips and wrings again, then hammerlock stomps the arm! Xia crawls away but Candy is on her again. Candy wrings Xia but Xia rolsl through to a jawbreaker! Xia runs, facebuster! Fans fire up with Xia as she builds speed and tilt-o-whirl headscissors Candy! Candy gets to a corner, Xia runs in for Broken Wing knees! Xia puts Candy up to the top rope, arm-drag slam for the Brooksy Bomb! Bridging clutch cover, Xia wins!
Winner: Xia Brookside, by pinfall
It’s Xia’s first win on NXT UK! Fans cheer the young superstar on, especially as she shows respect and sportsmanship to Candy Floss. But Rhea Ripley attacks! She shoves Xia aside to scoop slam Candy! Xia fires forearms but Rhea tosses her with a flapjack! Rhea goes back to Candy to throw her out hard! Fans boo and jeer as Rhea kicks Xia around, then puts on the hanging cloverleaf! Rhea swings Xia around, but here comes Toni Storm!
The NXT UK Women’s Champion throws hands with the Mosh Pit Kid! And rocks her with a headbutt! Xia gets up but Rhea uses her as a shield for Toni’s second headbutt! Rhea then scoops Toni into the Riptide! The former champion will get her rematch in Phoenix, but she’s sent a major message to the entire division in Blackpool! Will Rhea rip that title away from Toni? Or will the Lightning from Down Under strike twice?
Jordan Devlin speaks.
“This is the Irish Ace, Jordan Devlin, and I have been running roughshod over the entire NXT UK roster for the past few months.” And with NXT UK going to Phoenix, the Ace wants to represent and make a statement. He chooses a guy who came over to UK, had some matches, then left “with his tail between his legs.” Devlin calls out Noam Dar! The Scottish Supernova is going to find out personally why you #NeverBetAgainstTheAce.
Mike Hitchman VS Joseph Conners!
The Wild Boar of Wales never backs down from a fight, but will he think twice after facing the Righteous Killer?
The bell rings and Conners ties up with Boar. They go around and Conners clubs away on Boar at the ropes. Conners stomps Boar down, backs off at 4, but comes back for more. The referee backs Conners down but Conners whips Boar. Boar reverses and runs Conners over! Boar goes after Conners in the corner with punches! But Conners slips out and trips Boar up. Boar still headbutts back, then tosses Conners to the mat. Big back senton and fans cheer Wild Boar on. Boar stalks Conners then climbs up a corner. Conners stops Boar but the two brawl. Boar rocks Conners but Conners rocks Boar. Conners grabs an arm and drops to whiplash Boar against ropes! Boar tumbles down but Conners keeps pursuit to club him down!
Conners puts Boar on the apron and clubs away with heavy hands. Conners slams Boar’s chest on the apron then shoves him into the ring. He stomps Boar but fans rally up. Boar fights back but walks into an atomic facebuster! Cover, TWO! Conners brings Boar around for a neck wrench but fans rally up again. Conners taunts Boar as he tells him, “You are not taking it away!” Boar hits back but Conners stomps him down! Conners keeps raining ax handles down as fans boo and jeer. Conners runs but BOar blocks the kick! Boar dodges and dodges to then chop block a leg out. Conners is on the ropes, Boar back sentons him off! Boar throws Conners with an exploder! Conners rolls out but Boar gets on the apron, Boar frog splash!
Boar puts Conners in and stalks from the corner. Fans rally up as Boar runs corner to corner, but misses to get buckles! Conners slingshot DDT’s! Cover, TWO!! Wild Boar lives but Conners has a wild eyed look. Conners taunts Boar that he’s just a “pussy cat”! Conners vows to take over NXT UK, but Boar pop-up powerbombs him down! Fans fire up for Boar and he runs corner to corner again, but into a boot. Conners goes up but Boar headbutts him! Boar climbs to join Conners but Conners clubs him back. Conners sunset flip powerbombs him once, then sunset flip buckle bombs Boar in the opposite corner! And Conners isn’t done there, he drags Boar out to say, Don’t Look Down! Cover, Conners wins!
Winner: Joseph Conners, by pinfall
Conners gets through with one “shiny new toy”, but his personal crusade is far from over! Who else will he target on his way to the top?
Gallus warms up backstage.
Joe Coffey is ready to take out Ashton Smith, and he knows Mark will take care of Walter tonight. Wolfgang will get his shot at Pete Dunne next week, too, and soon, they’ll truly make NXT UK their Kingdom! And that is simply Gallus.
Backstage interviwe with Jinny.
The Fashionista tells Radzi he needs to improve his wardrobe to make up for his hideous face. Her “advice” aside, Radzi asks Jinny about her string of wins and how the Division looks to her. Well of course she won, she’s a queen. But her own amazing talent aside, there are plenty of talented superstars around. Jinny congratulates Toni Storm. Toni’s only 23 but is one of the best women wrestlers in the world. However, she also gets in Jinny’s way every single time. But regardless of Toni VS Rhea in Phoenix, everyone knows it’s only a matter of time before NXT UK’s true queen is crowned. The Fashionista will have her own crossover match with Mia Yim! Will Jinny defeat the Head Baddie in Charge to secure her title shot in the UK?
Ashton Smith VS Joe Coffey!
Manchester’s Prestige has a big opportunity against the Iron King tonight, but will he make good on it in Blackpool? Or will Coffey be too gallus for the young gun?
The bell rings and Joe speeds things up right away. He and Ashton go around the ring as fans cheer “Woop!” for Ashton. They tie up, Ashton gets a headlock, and he holds on as Coffey tries to power out. Coffey gets free but Ashton dodges to get the headlock back on. Coffey powers out again, goes parallel and pounces Ashton out! Ashton is reeling from that truly gallus tackle, but Coffey doesn’t give him time to rest. Coffey punches then SPEARS Ashton into barriers! Coffey wants everyone to see that this is still his kingdom! He drags Ashton up and into the ring, then rains down left hands. Coffey rams a knee into Ashton’s back then puts on a nerve hold! Coffey makes it half straitjacket but Ashton endures. Fans rally up as Coffey makes it a full straitjacket.
Ashton stands up and gets an arm free, but Coffey wrenches back and rams his knee in again. Coffey grinds Ashton back down and makes the hold a cobra clutch now. Ashton claws at Coffey’s hold but Coffey shouts in his ear, “STILL my kingdom!” Coffey thrashes Ashton about but Ashton fights his way up. Fans rally as Ashton powers the hold off, but Coffey reels him out. Ashton runs but into a bearhug! Coffey rams Ashton into buckles, then more buckles, then throws him down. Coffey clubs Ashton down, then shoves him for a forearm on the rebound. Fans boo and jeer as Coffey keeps trash talking. Ashton hits back but Coffey knocks him down. Coffey brings Ashton back up in the bearhug and Ashton endures the squeeze again.
Fans rally and Ashton feeds off it to throw hands on Coffey! Coffey reels Ashton in but Ashton elbows him away. Ashton runs but into an overhead suplex! Coffey aim from the corner, he runs corner to corner and barrels into Ashton! He gives European Uppercut after uppercut, then whips Ashton for a pop-up EuroUpper! Coffey drags Ashton up as dead weight, “This is STILL my kingdom!” Fans boo as Coffey aims, but Ashton hits back! Ashton bobs ‘n’ weaves with Coffey to throws hands on the bad eye! Coffey still powers Ashton to a corner then whips, but Ashton flapjack knees Coffey down! Ashton fires up, SUPERKICK! Ashton stalks Coffey, runs in, hop up but into a German Suplex! All the Best for the Bells!! Cover, Coffey wins!
Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall
The Iron King came close to falling but he still wins it out! Will he get a second chance at the WWE United Kingdom Championship to finally take the throne?
Walter VS Mark Coffey!
Brother Joe was successful, but what about brother Mark? The younger Coffey boy takes on the Austrian Anomaly, will he be able to stop Walter from reaching the WWE UK Championship? Or is there no stopping the Ring General from taking over?
Fans sing for Walter as the bell rings. Walter and Coffey tie up and Coffey gets behind to start clubbing away. Coffey CHOPS Walter, but it only angers Walter. Walter swings but Coffey avoids the chop and gives back forearms. But Walter still CHOPS Coffey on the return! Walter puts Coffey on the ropes for a clubbing crossface, and another! Coffey tumbles to the floor, and Walter goes after him. Coffey powers Walter into the apron and the barriers, then clubs him around. Fans cheer Walter on as Coffey puts him in the ring for stomps. Walter gets up but Coffey keeps on him with body shots. Coffey throws EuroUppers and more stomps, but Walter resists the arm stretch. Coffey still manages it with the help of kicks into Walter’s back. Fans rally up for Walter as Coffey stomps away.
Walter powers up and starts turning the hold around onto Coffey! Walter stretches Coffey’s arm snow but Coffey gets a ropebreak. Coffey gets a cheap elbow in, then a EuroUpper in the corner. Coffey whips but Walter holds ropes. Fans cheer Walter but Coffey clubs away on him with forearms. Coffey whips but Walter reverses. The two collide, but Walter does not budge! Coffey is in shock as Walter eggs him on. Coffey throws more clotheslines but Walter barely moves! Walter even takes them head on! Coffey runs but Walter clubs him away, then throws him with a German Suplex! Fans fire up while Walter aims from across the way. Walter runs corner to corner for a boot! Coffey drops as Walter fires up.
Walter puts Coffey on the top rope sideways for a CHOP! Walter then climbs to stand on Coffey for a corner backbreaker stretch! The ref counts but Walter lets up at 4, and Coffey tumbles to the floor. Walter pursues and drags Coffey up. Walter CHOPS Coffey again, then back suplexes Cofffey onto the apron! Coffey rolls in and Walter pursues again. Walter drags Coffey up for more clubbing crossfaces! Walter wraps Coffey in a sleeper but Coffey keeps it off for dear life. Coffey gets a shoulder beaker, and a stiff forearm! He even hits a stiff double ax handle, and a EuroUpper. Coffey clotheslines, dodges Walter, then PELES! Cover, TWO! Walter and Coffey both grit their teeth and catch their breath.
Fans rally as Coffey scoops but Walter slips out to CHOP Coffey on the back! Walter has the sleeper but Coffey backs him down for elbows! Walter DROPKICKS Coffey! Then, Walter Bomb! Cover, Walter wins!
Winner: Walter, by pinfall
Only his second match on NXT UK and it was a tough one, but the Ring General toughs it out and is victorious! Fans sing for Walter again, will everyone be singing all the way to Walter taking the title?
A really great episode here before NXT UK goes to Phoenix. Andrews VS Ligero was incredible just for an opening match, and it doesn’t even need a reason to happen. I can’t be sure but I feel like the colors in their gear alluded to Dragonball Z, Ligero as Piccolo and Andrews as Goku. But maybe that’s just me. Anyway, it’s pretty big for Ligero to win. NXT UK midcard title when? Also, I like Jordan Devlin calling out Noam Dar, those two can have a great match and even a great program for NXT UK. Again, NXT UK midcard title please? Joseph Conners moves up in the midcard after having a pretty good match with Wild Boar, but I can’t be sure who his real opponent in this story of his ends up being.
Xia VS Candy Floss was good, though I sensed just a moment or so of being rusty. Naturally Xia wins, they’ve been hyping her up as a standout midcard superstar. Rhea did great to show up outta nowhere and beat them both down, that’s what a ruthless Heel like her should do. Toni showing up was a good spot, too, as that’s what a top Face should do. Good idea to have Xia be a human shield, and Rhea stands tall going into NXT UK Phoenix. But because of that, and because of Jinny’s promo, it’s still gonna be #ToniTime, and then Toni VS Jinny will happen for the next UK TakeOver. Jinny VS Mia Yim is also going to be great, but for the same reasons, Jinny wins. As for Rhea, she and Xia can have a female David VS Goliath story for UK TakeOver.
Both Coffey brothers had good showings tonight. Ashton looked strong against Joe but obviously Joe wins to stay strong in the upper-midcard, just outside of title contention. Mark did great as Walter’s second match on NXT UK, which is great for both of them. Walter looks more legitimate to fans unfamiliar with him, and Mark looks great for fans who do know Walter. But again, Walter looks strong because he is going to be the next contender to the title. Dunne’s promo on that was good, and Dunne VS Walter is going to be incredible. However, I expected Gallus to come back out to fight Walter all at once, to then bring out Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner. Perhaps that’ll happen later, regardless if Walter is champion.
My Score: 8.5/10
WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (7/20/19)
Stand back! There’s a Comic-Con coming through!
The WWE 24/7 Championship makes an SDCC debut!
As superheroes, super villains and super fans all converge in San Diego, watch as WWE icons collide! Who gets out of the convention with the title?
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS The Hurricane VS Drake Maverick; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
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WWE 24/7 Champion, R-Truth, appears for an interview!
What’s up, San Diego and IGN!? Truth sits with hosts Max Scoville and Sydnee Goodman and has been having a blast. he’s seen everything and everybody, but he just hopes no one recognized him. Truth being the 24/7 Champion, he had to stay incognito. Someone, anyone, everyone, they could take this title because it is defended at all times of the day. That is why it is the “48/7 7-11 TV” Championship. How has Truth been holding up? Well he can’t sleep, not even for a nap. He’s fought over this belt on a golf course, a tarmac, in a plane, and ruined one man’s wedding AND honeymoon. But don’t worry, Drake Maverick’s not constipated.
And now at SDCC, Truth has been able to slip through as a penguin! Pengi the penguin, noot noot! He got to shake hands and hang out with Darth Vader. Truth loves SDCC, it’s the bomb. But what else has Truth done while here? Chewbacca stared him down, but then Pikachu came along. The weather’s been a bit iffy, though. But wait! Is that…?! Yes! It is THE Hurricane!! Truth mentioned weather, so stand back, because there’s a hurricane coming through! Truth thinks this is a really great cosplay, but he’s a bit thick around the waist. Oh wow, what a great referee cosplay! He looks just like John Combs! But he’s blonde. No, wait, that’s… Nevermind. ROLL UP! TWO, but Hurricane runs away before Truth can retaliate. Because here comes Rockstar Banana, Drake Maverick! Roll up, TWO!!
Truth bails out before Maverick can attack again. Maverick vents! Truth has ruined Maverick’s life! His wedding, his honey moon, and he’s yet to consummate the marriage! Maverick is getting sick and tired of this! And then he realizes he’s on camera. Maverick gets up and runs off, but into the cameras! The signal goes down, but is Maverick too down in the dumps to get back up?
This title continues to be amazing! I was actually shocked Truth didn’t lose the title here, but him retaining is actually even more surprising. Great to see Hurricane again, even if it’s just for the gag of, “Oh, it’s Comic-Con, cosplay is everywhere.” Maverick is slowly breaking, and I love that he tied in the banana costume from when he showed up at the WWE Mattel panel during SDCC. Can’t wait to see reference to this on Raw.
Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 6 B Block
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
This whole day is based around two major things:
Will Jay White or Tetsuya Naito get a win?
Will Moxley or Ishii kill one another?
Let’s find out!
- Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens vs Zack Sabre Jr & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Fale wins via Grenade @4:50 – **
- Tomoaki Honma & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer: Archer wins via EBD Claw Hold @9:50 – **
- SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI vs KENTA, Kota Ibushi & Clark Connors: BUSHI wins via MX @9:02 – ** 1/2
- YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay & Toa Henare: YOSHI wins via Fisherman Buster @8:45 – ** 1/4
- B Block: Shingo Takagi vs Taichi: Takagi wins via Last of the Dragon @14:40 – ****
- B Block: Jeff Cobb vs Juice Robinson: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @13:20 – *** 1/2
- B Block: Toru Yano vs Jay White: Yano wins via Brass Knuckle Low Blow/Roll-Up @3:05 – ** 1/2
- B Block: Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto: Naito wins via Destino @16:00 – *** 3/4
- B Block: Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii: Moxley wins via Deathrider @20:35 – **** 1/2
Well Fale tried to outsmart the Rainmaker in his last G1 match, and that didn’t go too well. So Sabre is being a whiny child, tried to step to Fale and for the most part, got brushed off. Fale isn’t really in a position to eat another loss, but it’s unusual for Sabre to be doing so poorly. I’m curious if Sabre continues this slide until maybe TAKA Michinoku returns to be his hype man, or Sabre gets off the schneid.
People, everybody dies. You know that, Lance knows that, Honma knows that…Kairi Sane knows that. This didn’t really add much to things except the undercurrent of a quiet Minoru Suzuki is scary for the whole world. Also – Everybody Dies!
Now that SANADA and EVIL have had their match, there is some symbiosis back on the LIJ undercards. KENTA and Kota teaming together was a cute call back, but nothing of heavy merit came from this match. BUSHI continues to rack up positive momentum during these tags, Clark Connors is impressive for an LA Dojo Young Lion. So decent match, but aside from EVIL and KENTA brawling after the match and SANADA and Ibushi having a rather civil fan support battle, nothing too important for the impending matches.
Okada and Ospreay did have the crowd hot, but aside from a small flourish, this was mostly YOSHI and Henare. Surprisingly, YOSHI-HASHI has put together a few pinfalls in the tag matches, so that tends to actually play a role in the second half story telling. Ospreay may be on his way to a big upset since even if Okada seems to be positioned to win A Block, he won’t make it through unscathed.
Now this was a fun match. It was a continuation of the Suzuki-Gun/LIJ drama, but Taichi has his own issues. Shingo is fighting as a Junior Heavyweight and Taichi moved up to Heavyweight last year, but was overlooked for the G1. So the fact that Shingo asks and gets in, yet Taichi moves up and was ignored has to bother him. With all of these little things eating through, Taichi brought out the Dangerous T that many of us have grown to love. Sure there was a brief moment of shenanigans with lovely Miho and the microphone stand, but 90% of the match was on the up and up. Pumping Bomber versus Axe Bomber was great, the callbacks to both of their mentors was wonderful and just generally speaking, when the Holy Emperor tries, those are great matches. Shingo getting the win won’t sit well with Taichi, but we’ve got plenty more time to see how this all falls.
Juice starts off the match in a 3 way tie for first, but Cobb really needs a win to legitimize his tournament. Being undefeated in ROH for about a year, as well as all his other accolades, he needs to stop losing. Cobb showed a little more fire than usual in this match and took it to Juice. Juice has been in hard hitting affairs all tournament and it looks like Juice might’ve finally hit the wall. Should be interesting to see if Juice flounders from here or if he recovers.
Well the Chaos revenge tour has another stop with Toru Yano and Jay White. Jay has not gotten off to a good start and it’s all his past decisions coming to bite him. This match…would be no different. Yano takes advantage of Gedo getting involved. Between Barbara Jean the turnbuckle pad and the brass knuckles from Gedo, Jay White’s nuts didn’t stand a chance. So Yano runs away with 2 more points and Jay’s pride…and other things…are a bit sore.
Goto started off the tournament looking like a new man, Naito has also looked different, but for different reasons. Naito sitting in the basement with zero points and Goto with the renewed sense of purpose makes for an odd dynamic. This match is one of their usual ones, where it’s quick bursts, hard hitting and a few solid false finishes. However, at multiple points Naito’s usual tranquilo is shaken and you can see him show levels of concern. Goto being the one with the power in the match, makes for some unique interactions. Naito does pull off the win, but it’s not for Goto’s lack of trying and kicking out of one running Destino. Naito finally gets some points, but it’s nothing near dominant enough to breathe a sigh of relief.
Moxley versus Ishii was the insane hard hitting match we expected. Ishii even flew. He hit a splash on Moxley through a table. The Stone Pitbull flew. Yes I realize there is a callback to Masato Tanaka in that move, but you don’t understand, Ishii flew. Anyway, the beauty of Red Shoes as a referee is he understands each wrestlers personality, so he gives them a little more leash to do what they like to do. Moxley used weapons, Ishii egged it on, there were huge strikes, Ishii’s torpedo style rising headbutts and just good violence. This was a bar fight and no one was upset. Moxley getting the win was a little surprising since most of us assume he won’t be available for many if any later dates once AEW TV starts up. This was just a nice change of pace for the usual New Japan and/or Strong Style match.
Overall Score: 7.75/10
With a great Taichi match and Moxley changing the pace, this show was definitely something to behold. Jay White’s continued spiral is more amusing than Sabre’s since this seems like retribution where Sabre is just a punk bitch when he loses. Even with an uneventful undercard, the main Block matches kept everything moving upward and onward.
With Moxley as the sole 3-0, who unseats the Death Rider?
B Block Standings:
- Jon Moxley – 3-0 (6 Points)
- Toru Yano – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Tomohiro Ishii – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Juice Robinson – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Shingo Takagi – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Jeff Cobb – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Tetsuya Naito – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Hirooki Goto – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Taichi – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Jay White – 0-3 (0 Points)