PAC gives a title shot to the up and coming Shun Skywalker! How does this Dragon Gate event play out?
Welcome back to Dragon Gate and their Champions Gate show!
There were two shows for this one and on the first day, Dragon Kid would retain the Open the Brave Gate Championship over K-ness and R.E.D retained the Open the Triangle Gate Championships over MaxiMuM. Now we look over at the following day as we have two more title matches to cover including PAC taking on Shun Skywalker.
It looks like a promising card and I’m looking forward to covering it as we…dive right in.
0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
1 Star: Vince Russo
2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Six Man Tag Team Match
K-ness, Masaaki Mochizuki & YASSHI vs. Don Fujii, Gamma & Ryo Saito
Review: Our opening contest is a six-man tag match with Don Fujii, Gamma, and Ryo Saito taking on K-ness, Masaaki Mochizuki, and ‘brother’ YASSHI. Weird how K-ness came from having a match for the Open the Brave Gate Championship, which he lost and is now back to the opening matches of the show. This is just random pairings for the match, but they usually go well if done right. Will they give us a fun opening contest?
The first matches are usually more comedy based and this one was no exception here as they did give you humor throughout the match with Don throwing his water bottle at his opponents, Ryo being abused by his opponents, and just whatever they could think of really. Other than that, it was mostly a solid and basic match with everyone performing quite well here which is nice since the opening contest is usually a dud, but I’m glad that it wasn’t the case here. For some reason, YASSHI had to to do a dick grab to his opponents at the same time…hot? Ryo would attempt a La Magistral to YASSHI and would stop halfway to do a submission but Mochizuki would slap him across the head. Don would use the Gedo Clutch onto YASSHI to get the pinfall victory in a solid and comedic bout.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Tag Team Match
Tribe Vanguard (Kagetora & YAMATO) vs. MaxiMuM (Jason Lee & Masato Yoshino)
Review: We now have a regular tag team match with Tribe Vanguard members, YAMATO and Kagetora taking on members of MaxiMuM, Masato Yoshino and Jason Lee. We got four incredibly talented people in the ring fighting against each other with two former Open the Dream Gate Champions as well, so you can definitely expect a great match to happen here. So let’s just enjoy a fun match and see who comes out on top.
YAMATO and Jason starting things off here and I’m still waiting for my one on one, which we might get at King of Gate at this point or I’ll be shocked that we don’t get it. Nice little sequence shared until Kagetora got tagged in and this guy is always an enjoyable treat to watch. YAMATO would do a closed fist onto Jason in the corner and Masato responds by smacking his ass…hot. I just enjoyed every interaction in this match since everyone was crisp in the ring and had nice counters like when Masato would catch Kagetora with a Dropkick in the air when they were both jumping and Kagetora just took it so well in the ring. They also had some fun comedic spots when YAMATO distracting Masato with a wrench to the turnbuckle post a couple of times and dropped it to apologize to the referee. Another fun spot they would do is during their back and forth battle with their punches, one would flick their own hair and the other one will do it after and was a nice little spot. The match was about ten minutes and it was very well paced with great action in between to make everyone look good and YAMATO would get the pin on Jason with the Ragnarok. Very fun tag match.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
Kaito Ishida vs. Takashi Yoshida
Review: Our first singles match of the night where we have Kaito Ishida taking on Takashi Yoshida. Kaito would add a little bet into this match where if he can somehow defeat Takashi in this match, MaxiMuM would be able to get another rematch for the Open the Triangle Gate Championship but is Takashi wins, MaxiMuM will be able to challenge for the titles for a whole year. We got a battle of strength from Takashi Yoshida and agility from Kaito Ishida, so it all comes down to which style will come out on top. Will speed win the match or power runs him down?
Kaito would be able to sneak attack Takashi in the match as he would actually have the upper hand when he fought him outside of the ring and would get him inside to try and do more work to him. Takashi would finally have an opening when he throat thrusts him to get him to choke and now he goes back to dominating him in the match. This is where Takashi would just control the match by throwing him around, beating him down, just anything he could do to him to make sure Kaito will lose the match and the opportunity. Kaito definitely did play the part of getting sympathy from the crowd as he just kept on getting destroyed but wait, Kaito would actually catch Takashi into a cradle to get the surprise victory! Now that Kaito was able to get the win, he and MaxiMuM will be able to get a rematch for the Open the Triangle Gate Championships soon. Average match but a nice story with a fitting outcome.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and three quarters
Tag Team Match
Mochizuki Dojo (Hyo Watanabe & Yuki Yoshioka) vs. MaxiMuM (Dragon Kid & Naruki Doi)
Review: Our next tag match has two students from the Mochizuki Dojo, Yuki Yoshioka, and Hyo Watanabe taking on Naruaki Doi and current Open the Brave Gate Champion, Dragon Kid. This is a match between the veterans going against the future of Dragon Gate, which Mochizuki took under his wing to groom them up into the future. A win here could do wonders for Mochizuki Dogo, especially if they can pin Kid which would be possible contenders for the Open the Brave Gate Championship. Which team will win?
Dragon Kid still wrestles like he’s ten years younger while being 43 years old, it’s incredible and had really nice chemistry with Hyo for a little bit there when they would open up together. Once Yuki got in the ring with Naruki, it pretty much turned into a pair of Dragon Gate Veterans beating down the newbies to groom them up for success because Hyo and Yuki are some people that you’ll need to keep an eye when it comes to the future of this company. Naruki and Kid would do what they need to do to get the crowd behind Yuki as he would take the majority of the moves in the match until he delivered a Missle Dropkick onto Naruki and caught Kid in the air with another Dropkick as he makes the hot tag to Hyo. Hyo started coming in red hot, showing off his athletic ability in the match and he would do his flips off the corner shades of old PAC as he meets a forearm from Naruki once he turned around. Less than ten minutes of solid tag team action as Naruki would hit a Bakatare Sliding Kick onto Hyo as he sold it beautifully and pins him to give MaxiMuM the victory.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Six Man Tag Team Match
Natural Vibes (Genki Horiguchi, Kzy & Susumu Yokosuka) vs. R.E.D. (Eita, KAZMA SAKAMOTO & Yasushi Kanda)
Review: We have another six-man tag team match with Natural Vibes members, Kzy, Susumu Yokosuka taking on R.E.D members, Eita, Yasushi Kanda, and KAZMA SAKAMOTO. Natural Vibes lost their Open the Triangle Gate Championships at Final Gate against R.E.D after breaking the record for most title defenses with the title. R.E.D were able to retain the titles at their previous show and now if Natural Vibes can get the win, they could possibly get a rematch. Will Natural Vibes be able to win or does R.E.D win?
Of course, R.E.D does an interference spot outside of the ring before the match starts, it wouldn’t be R.E.D without them doing that at this point. Thankfully, they go back in the ring for the match to start properly now and Kzy is still red hot despite losing to PAC last month. The match itself was at least fun despite the bad beginning with how things would normally go in this six-man tag match with R.E.D doing the heel work and Natural Vibes being the babyfaces of the match and also giving them a run for their money. R.E.D would actually do their own version of a Shield Powerbomb sorta and would have Kzy kick out of it still. Kzy and Kanda are in the ring now and it looked like Kanda was gonna end it but Kzy would hit him with a bunch of elbows and tricks him with the Skayde Schoolboy and would get the win for Natural Vibes. It looks like Natural Vibes could be in line for a Open the Triangle Gate Championship match soon, but R.E.D has to defend the titles against MaxiMuM next, so Natural Vibes will get their opportunity soon. Solid tag match, Kzy is still great.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Open the Twin Gate Title Match
Big Ben (Ben-K & Big R Shimizu) (c) vs. Tribe Vanguard (KAI & U-T)
Review: Our first title match of the night is the Open the Twin Gate Championship match with Big Ben defend their titles against Tribe Vanguard members, U-T and KAI. The two teams fought each other before at the last show I covered here and U-T would pick up the win after a miscommunication occurred with Eita accidentally hitting Ben-K with a chair. This time is now for the titles as they’ve earned that opportunity and Big Ben would need to try and avenge that loss. Will Big Ben retain or will lightning strike twice and we’ll have new champions?
In typical R.E.D fashion, they would attack all over the arena and throw their opponents into a bunch of chairs, but that wouldn’t last long thankfully as they got back into the ring for Big Ben to take charge. Big R Shimizu is like The Bodyguard in a way that I’m not a fan of them when they’re by themselves but when with their tag partner, they’re great together. Big Ben is a great tag team and just have great chemistry together in the ring and have evolved together from when they were with MaxiMuM and now with R.E.D, they showed that they could play both face and heel together. I felt like this match was more about U-T than anything else and how much he progressed as a wrestler. He can surely take a beating too as he would take all the heat from Big Ben during the beginning and middle of the match until he hits a Hurricanrana onto Big R to tag KAI in for the hot tag.
U-T dives to the outside of the ring and so does KAI as they had to get the advantage once again. U-T would get tagged in again as he would apply the Rings of Saturn onto Ben and it looks like he could be tapping out until Big R would break the hold, but U-T would lock it in once again and held it a little bit longer this time around as Big R would break it up again. Big R held U-T for a Chokeslam as Ben-K would Dropkick him to get him down as Big R would have him up for the Shot-put Slam and does so with Ben Spearing U-T down with him and goes for the pin as U-T kicked out of it. U-T is starting to get more momentum as he would just reverse another Shot-put into a pinfall for a kickout and did the same thing to Ben-K when he tried to hit the Ben-K Bomb and caught him in a Crucifix. Big R would throw U-T into the air for Ben to catch him with a Spear and U-T kicked out once again! This kid is trying so hard to win this match and is having a lot of fans supporting him. Big R would finally hit the Shot-put Slam and gets the pin to retain the titles. Great tag team match, U-T is definitely going places.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter
Open the Dream Gate Title Match
PAC (c) vs. Shun Skywalker
Review: It’s now time for our main event as we have the Open the Dream Gate Championship on the line as the current champion, PAC is scheduled to defend the title against Shun Skywalker. This match came about after PAC had his first successful defense against Kzy and PAC said everyone would fear him now after he destroyed Kzy and asked who else would be brave enough to fight him. This will be where Shun Skywalker came out and he would issue a challenge to PAC for the title and while he was mocked by R.E.D, PAC was amused by the challenge as he would put him over saying he was a great fighter and is generous enough to accept his challenge for the title, and that’s how we got here. This will be Shun’s first singles title match and now is the time to test himself and see if he’s ready for the main event. Will Shun pull the upset or does PAC retain once again?
Shun would shock PAC for a moment here when he would reverse/flip out of his moves, leaving the current champion a little bit stunned but that wouldn’t last too long when PAC just took over once again. This match…really did irritate me here since I know Shun can do so much better than how he performed in this match as it just made him look like he was one of those guys that are just acrobatics and no substance, which is not true since he actually is a solid worker. PAC is also someone that has been a hit or miss in his matches and I know a lot of people love the guy as he can do no wrong, but he hasn’t been consistent in his matches and it’s hard for me to fully support him when one day he’ll have a great match and the next something that’s so basic or overkill, that’s my only big problem with him. Another thing I wanna point out is that this really didn’t feel like a title match and something you would see on any mid-card show, it was just very bland for my taste while the two of them just under performed.
I will say that there were some good moments with Shun during the middle of the match, like when he would jump off the ropes to land onto PAC as he had great height there. The last two minutes of the match was when it started to get more exciting but the problem with that is that it happened in the last couple of minutes to keep it interesting that it was a buzzkill. PAC would go to the top rope to go for the Black Arrow as Shun got up to hit a Spanish Fly and quickly goes to the top rope again for a Moonsault and PAC kicked out at two. It looked like Shun was gonna go for another Moonsault to finish him off but PAC puts his knees up just in time and hits a Standing Moonsault with his knees connecting in Shun’s ribcage. PAC finally got to the top rope to hit the Black Arrow and he retains the title. Shun, I like you and I know you’re a talented guy but you’re honestly not ready for the main event spotlight yet. I think he should try to go for the Open the Brave Gate Championship first before trying to go for the Dream Gate.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
Overall: Despite having an underwhelming main event, the rest of the show was pretty consistent from top to bottom with some solid tag team matches and the Twin Gate Title match stealing the show for this one.
Favorite Match: Big Ben (Ben-K & Big R Shimizu) vs. Tribe Vanguard (KAI & U-T)
Least Favorite Match: Kaito Ishida vs. Takashi Yoshida
I would also like to announce that this will be the final Dragon Gate show that I will be covering for The Chairshot as I am moving Dragon Gate to another site I write for, so I can help balance everything out with my personal life and give equal content to my providers. I had a lot of fun covering it here, but I wanna focus more of Stardom and All Japan for this website.
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.
PLAY BY PLAY
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