Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 389
The ROH World Television Championship is on the line as Silas Young challenges Jeff Cobb! Will the Last Real Man take the title or a Tour of the Islands?
- ROH World Television Championship: Jeff Cobb VS Silas Young; Cobb wins and retains the ROH World Television Championship.
- Rush VS Vinnie Marseglia; Rush wins.
- The “REAL” ROH World Championship Open Challenge: Matt Taven w/ The Kingdom VS ???; Jonathan Gresham wins, by disqualification, Taven “retains” the “REAL” ROH World Championship.
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Jeff Cobb speaks.
He “congratulates” Silas Young. The Last Real Man went through worthy competitors to get at the ROH World Television Championship. But if Silas thinks he’ll become a three-time champ off of Cobb, that’s not going to happen. Cobb promises Silas will get a “first-class” Tour of the Islands.
ROH World Television Championship: Jeff Cobb VS Silas Young!
The Hawaiian Juggernaut said his piece, but the Last Real Man is looking to prove him and everyone else wrong. Will Silas become the first-ever three-time World Television Champion? Or will the undefeated Olympian stay undefeated?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Silas trash talks that he’ll beat Cobb easy and go on to Las Vegas, aka the Anniversary Show. Cobb shrugs that off and ties up with Silas. Cobb pushes Silas to a corner but backs off. He waits for Silas to come back, and they circle. Silas and Cobb tie up and Cobb gets a waistlock. Cobb rolls Silas back and shifts to a facelock. Silas scoots back to get the ropebreak with a foot. Cobb lets go at 3 and he grins as they circle again. They tie up, and Cobb gets a takedown. He goes for the mount but Silas keeps his guard up. Silas pushes away with his legs, but runs into another takedown. Fans applaud while Silas scrambles. Silas gets a ropebreak then bails out of the ring, and we go to break.
ROH returns as Silas offers a handshake? Cobb takes it, because Silas seems genuine. But then Silas throat chops! Silas is genuine in being a cheater! Silas clubs and chops Cobb, but Cobb blocks the whip. Cobb blocks then reverses to run Silas over! Cobb throws forearms and European Uppercuts. He whips Silas and dropkicks him! Cobb even standing moonsaults! Cover, TWO! Silas survives but Cobb keeps his cool. Cobb whips Silas but Silas holds the ropes. Silas uses the ropes as a defense, then kicks Cobb’s bad leg! Cobb runs in but into a stungun, the flapjack hotshot! Silas pursues Cobb on the outside and throws him into the barriers. Silas throws hands as the ring count climbs, and he bounces Cobb off the chair. The count passes 5 but Silas puts Cobb into the post!
Silas finally puts Cobb in, then slingshot stomps him! He stands on Cobb but backs off at 3. Cobb slowly sits up but Silas kicks him in the face. Silas puts Cobb in a corner to ram his shoulder in. Silas taunts Cobb as he gasps for air. Fans rally up as Silas jams Cobb off his knee. Cobb hits back and they start brawling with haymakers. Cobb gets the edge then whips, but Silas fakes out the dropkick! Silas drags Cobb back into a chinlock, and he fish hooks the mouth. The ref counts but Silas stops, to fish hook the other side. Fans rally but Silas clobbers Cobb with a crossface forearm. Silas taunts the fans while he toys with Cobb. Cobb punches back but Silas eggs him on.
Silas ducks to rake the back! But Cobb is just angry! Cobb runs but Silas puts him on the apron. Silas triangle jump clotheslines! Silas dusts off his hands before going back to Cobb. He stomps and punches Cobb to a corner but Cobb grits his teeth. Silas eggs Cobb on then rams in his shoulder again. Silas CHOPS Cobb, then bumps him off buckles. Cobb is literally on the ropes while we go to break.
ROH returns again as Cobb endures a sleeper hold and body scissors. Fans rally up and Cobb fights his way up and out. Cobb throws big forearms but Silas kicks back. Silas whips Cobb to a corner but Cobb dodges. Cobb runs in but misses, and Silas manages a fireman’s carry! Rolling Death Valley to double stomps! Fans have to applaud that showing of strength. Silas covers, TWO! Cobb still lives but Silas keeps his cool. Silas taunts Cobb as fans rally up. Silas brings Cobb up by his ear, but Cobb breaks free to forearm. The brawl is on again with big forearms, and Cobb gets the edge. Cobb backs Silas to a corner then rams his shoulder in. Cobb runs in for a corner clothesline, then runs corner to corner for a big back elbow!
Fans fire up as Cobb scoops and suplexes Silas, but Silas slips out. Silas gives Cobb the backbreaker to clothesline! Cover, TWO! Cobb survives again but his ribs are bothering him. Silas stalks Cobb and drags him up for a full nelson. Cobb breaks free and arm-drags out. Silas kicks the leg then knees stiffly, and manages to lift Cobb for the Anarchist Suplex! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives again and gets to a corner. Silas keeps his cool, and tells Cobb to just give it up. Silas toys with Cobb in the corner, “You’re supposed to be a champ?!” He tells Cobb to get up, and Cobb does by carrying Silas corner to corner! Cobb rams his shoulder in again and again! Silas tries to escape but Cobb just puts him back in for more shoulders! Cobb pushes and overhead suplexes Silas!
Fans fire up with Cobb as he stalks Silas. The ribs bother Cobb but he keeps going. Cobb scoops Silas, but Silas slips out. Silas goes to kick, but gets reeled into the Athletic Plex! Cobb drags Silas up again, reels him in, but Silas grabs ropes! Silas elbows out but Cobb’s on him again, German Suplex! Cobb holds on and drags Silas up again, for a second German! Cobb brings Silas up again, for the hat trick! But Cobb’s not done there, he gives Silas a fourth! And then a shove, for a Tour of the Islands! Cover, Cobb wins!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall; still ROH World Television Champion
This was perhaps his toughest challenge yet, but Jeff Cobb rises to the challenge to win! Who will step up to challenge him in Las Vegas?
ROH shares the results of Tag Wars 2019!
Villain Enterprises’ Brody King and PCO defeated LifeBlood’s FinJuice in the finals, and now they move on to face the ROH World Tag Team Champions, the Briscoes! A brawl broke out right after that match, and #DemBoyz did their best to wreck their future challengers with tables and chairs! But PCO’s not human, he survives a chair shot to give a chair shot! It’ll go down at the 17th Anniversary Show, who will hit the jackpot in Vegas?
Matt Taven speaks.
“For too long, this company has put a poser on its pedestal.” ROH wants everyone to praise Jay Lethal for how long he’s held a title that does not belong to him. There is only ONE ROH World Champion, and that’s Taven! Taven is going to do what Lethal has never had the guts to do: issue an Open Challenge! Anyone will have a chance at this title, except that “Melvin”, Jay Lethal. Why? Because he’s Matt Taven, and this is his Kingdom. Taven puts his month where his mouth is, but will he put his foot in his mouth, too?
It’s official for the 17th Annivesary Show!
The Hawaiian Juggernaut got through the Last Real Man, but he’ll have an even bigger challenge in the Notorious Hitman, Shane Taylor! Taylor already gave Cobb Greetings from the 216 in his sneak attack, but will he get to show Cobb the One Hitter Quitter?
Likewise, it will be an epic rematch from Bound by Honor! Mayu Iwatani of Stardom brought The Gatekeeper, Kelly Klein, way past her limit! It took two moonsaults but Mayu is now the NEW Women of Honor World Champion! Kelly won’t let this loss go, she wants her rematch! Will Mayu beat Kelly again? Or will she bust against the Pretty Badass?
Rush VS Vinnie Marseglia!
The White Bull returns after The Kingdom ruined his debut by trying to end his career! He wants revenge against all of them, but he’ll start with the Horror King. Will La Venganza del Toro Blanco (The Revenge of the White Bull) begin tonight?
The bell rings and these to go right at each other with furious fists! Fans fire up as Rush and Vinnie start trading CHOPS! Rush knees low but runs into a boot. Vinnie runs but into a knee! Rush runs and things speed up. Vinnie swings but into a whip. Rush hits a corner clothesline, but Vinnie comes back with his own. Vinnie runs but into the tilt-o-whirl. Vinnie lands on his feet to hit the Russian Leg Sweep! He rains rights down then drags Rush up to put him on the ropes. Rush whiplashes back and bails out of the ring. Vinnie pursues and CHOPS him to barriers. Vinnie throws Rush into other barriers, and grins maniacally while we go to break.
ROH returns as Vinnie throws Rush into more barriers! And even more barriers! Vinnie pulls mats up and shouts, “I’m gonna destroy him!” Fans duel as Vinnie drags Rush to the exposed area. Vinnie suplexes but Rush resists. Rush fights back with body shots, but Vinnie knees low and hard! Vinnie drags Rush up and into the ring. Vinnie stomps Rush and rains down more rights. Cover, TWO! Vinnie keeps his cool as he drags Rush up. Vinnie suplexes hard, then covers, TWO! Fans rally for Rush while Vinnie mocks Tranquilo. Vinnie taunts the fans while Rush gets to a corner. Vinnie whips Rush corner to corner but RUsh comes back with a forearm smash! Fans fire up with Rush as he rallies on Vinnie. Rush puts Vinnie on the outside to throw body shots and whip him into barriers! And he bounces Vinnie off the timekeeper’s desk!
Rush grabs a chair but the referee tells him not to use it. Rush tells the ref to back off, but he does put the chair down. He kicks Vinnie stiff in the leg, then whips Vinnie into barriers! Rush takes the other chair, but the referee takes that one away this time. Rush turns on the ref but the ref backs off. Fans wanna see Rush hit the ref but Rush puts Vinnie in the ring instead. Rush goes to Vinnie in a corner for big forearms. Vinnie turns it around to give back those forearms. Rush turns it around to CHOP, sweep and stomp away. Rush goes corner to corner, for a fake-out boot. And the true Tranquilo! Fans rally behind Rush as he drags Vinnie up. Rush suplexes and floats over, TWO!
Rush grows frustrated but Vinnie springs up for a ghost pin! TWO, and Rush dodges Vinnie for a rebound German Suplex! Vinnie’s up fast to hit a Side Effect! But Rush is up quick, only to get a boot. Vinnie hits a twisting butterfly backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Rush lives but Vinnie roars. Fans rally up as Vinnie puts Rush into the corner. Rush boots back then overhead suplexes Vinnie into buckles! Both men slowly stand as fans rally up. Rush runs in for a big splash, he sweeps the legs and stomps away. Rush goes corner to corner and hits La Lanza! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
El Ingobernables Original, the Original Ungovernable, gets his revenge on the Horror King! But he still has TK O’Ryan and Matt Taven to go after. When and where will his revenge be complete?
ROH shares the results of Bound by Honor’s Four Corner Survival!
Kenny King made sure to distract the referee by bringing in a chair, just so Marty Scurll’s Chicken Wing would be ignored. The Villain would’ve won if the ref saw Silas Young tapping out. But the moment Scurll let Silas go, Kenny kicked Scurll in the balls! The K I N G again proves to be more villainous than even The Villain, and wins big over Mr. Survival of the Fittest. But now, they’ll settle things in a grudge match at the 17th Anniversary Show! Will the K I N G be victorious in Vegas once again? Or will he regret getting on The Villain’s bad side?
The “REAL” ROH World Championship Open Challenge: Matt Taven w/ The Kingdom VS ???
As Taven said earlier, the only man he doesn’t want to see answer this championship challenge is Jay Lethal. In fact, Taven picks up the mic to call out “a man in this company who thinks he’s me.” There’s a guy running around claiming to be ROH WHC. “But everyone who gets it knows there’s only one world champion in this building, and you’re looking at him.” Taven doesn’t bother with Lethal because Lethal looks foolish. Taven’s problem is with ROH pumping up a poser and encouraging fans to tweet congratulations at Lethal for “cosplaying” as Taven.
But as Taven told us earlier, he’s about to do something Lethal would never do! Taven’s a fighting champion, the REAL ROH WHC! And he will defend his title right here and right now, against any “doofus” that isn’t Lethal. That Melvin doesn’t deserve a shot at this gold! That Melvin hasn’t earned being ROH WHC! But Taven has, because he runs the show! And he runs the show because “IIIII’M Matt Taven!” So whoever thinks they’re worthy of the King’s Throne, “come out, come out, whoever you are~!” And the one to answer the call is… The Octopus, Jonathan Gresham! Gresham has taken the real real world champion to the limit, but Taven’s wanted nothing to do with him before. Now he’ll have no choice, can Taven overcome the Octopus?
ROH returns after one last break, and the referee EJECTS TK and Vinnie! A very smart move from the referee, because you can’t trust the Sassy Wild Horse or Horror King. The Kingdom protests the entire time other referees escort them out. Taven will have to do this alone now, and fans taunt him. The bell rings, and Taven goes right at Gresham! Taven stomps Gresham to a corner but backs off at 4. Gresham keeps his dukes up but Taven grabs a leg. Taven rains down rights even as Gresham guards. Taven backs off at 4 but comes back to drop ax handles. He even chokes Gresham! Taven stops at 4, but barely. The referee reprimands Taven but Taven keeps on Gresham.
Gresham tweaks Taven’s arm! Gresham gets to a corner and Taven runs in, but into a boot and a roll up! Taven rolls through but Gresham dodges Just the Tip to sunset flip! Taven rolls through again but falls for Gresham’s bait. Gresham waistlocks but Taven standing switches. Gresham gets a leg, rolls Taven and kicks the arm! He wrenches the arm to a hammerlock, hooks a leg, and puts on the Octopus Stretch! But The Kingdom revolt against the referees and rush the ring! The ref rings the bell immediately before TK and Vinnie attack!
Winner: Jonathan Gresham, by disqualification; Taven “retains” his “real” ROH World Championship
The Kingdom beat down Gresham, and jam Gresham with TK’s bat! TK chokes Gresham with the bat while Vinnie talks trash. But here comes Jay Lethal! Lethal fights off TK and Vinnie, then stares down with Taven. And they fire off fists! But TK helps out, as does Vinnie. The Kingdom stomp and choke Lethal while Taven fetches a table. Taven even admits this was the plan all along as he puts the table in the ring. Taven simply sets the table in the ring, and The Kingdom drags Lethal onto it. But here comes Juice and LifeBlood! The Kingdom get away, and simply laugh at Juice and crew. Taven, TK and Vinnie simply talk trash and walk away, but Taven’s belt was left behind!
Mark Haskins picks it up and dares The Kingdom to come back for it. Bandido has TK’s bat! Haskins hands Lethal Taven’s belt, and Tenille Dashwood speaks up. “As long as this thing exists, it’s like a slap in the face to all of us!” Tenille says it’s time to destroy the purple belt! Lethal puts the belt on the table and takes up TK’s bat. The Kingdom shout and protest as Lethal spits on then SMASHES the belt! And again, and again, and again! But that’s not all, Tenille hands Lethal Vinnie’s ax! Lethal chops away on the belt from plate to strap! Taven is almost in tears as Lethal rips pieces from the belt! Will Lethal get a chance to do roughly the same to Taven?
A pretty good episode for ROH this week. The ROH World Television Championship was a great match, Jeff Cobb and Silas Young did great, but naturally Cobb wins. Cobb VS Taylor is coming up, that is going to be great. It was quite the surprise to hear Kelly Klein lost the title, and that it was to a Stardom star. The rematch at the anniversary show will be great, and I’m thinking Kelly wins the title back in a dirty way to become the first-ever two-time WOH World Champion. I say this because again, I’m thinking if Tenille Dashwood circles back to the story about someone attacking her, it has to be Kelly Klein. Klein VS Dashwood at the Madison Square Garden G1 Supercard would be a great match for the women, assuming a women’s match makes it on that card.
Rush VS Marseglia was great, and it made sense by the end of the night why The Kingdom didn’t try to interfere. Rush wins, but obviously a lot of his Rudo (Heel) tendencies showed. I’m still hoping for an eventual Six Man Tag blow-off where Rush brings CMLL allies to take on The Kingdom, possibly for those ROH World Six Man titles. The Briscoes VS PCO & Brody King for the ROH World Tag Team Championships is going to be a great match, but I’m pretty sure The Briscoes win. First, it might be too soon for Villain Enterprises to have titles. Second, The Briscoes might just cheat. Third, there are bigger plans at work, as NJPW and ROH are putting together The Guerrillas of Destiny VS The Briscoes, winner takes both tag titles. So sorry, Villain Enterprises, it’s not time yet.
Things are really heating up in this story with Taven, Lethal, and the state of the ROH World Championship. Taven setting a trap should’ve been obvious, but it was delivered well, I didn’t expect things to escalate like that. I also didn’t expect Lethal to get the upper hand thanks to LifeBlood and then for him to smash Taven’s belt. I still want an Undisputed ROH World Championship match, and Taven either keeps the beaten belt or just makes a new one. Taven can claim it’s all about principle, and that the belt is just a symbol or something. So in the end, we still get Taven VS Lethal, winner is THE world champion. I would like to think that with everything Taven’s done, Lethal wins for The Kingdom’s biggest comeuppance.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (3/16/19)
Zack Sabre Jr. continues his journey in ROH!
Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 391
It’s ROH 17th Anniversary weekend, but the action keeps on rolling! The Submission Master returns, will he make Rocky Romero #JustTapOut?
- Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Silas Young & The Briscoes; Young & The Briscoes win.
- The Bouncers VS Brian Johnson & Joe Keys; The Bouncers win.
- Madison Rayne w/ Sumie Sakai VS Thunder Rosa w/ Holidead; Rayne wins.
- Zack Sabre Jr. VS Rocky Romero; ZSJ wins.
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Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Silas Young & The Briscoes!
Cheeseburger leads Ryan Nova and Eli Isom into battle! Will their fighting spirits combined be enough to overcome the Last Real Man and #DemBoyz?
The bell rings and Isom begins against Jay Briscoe. Isom is no stranger to taking on former ROH World Champions, this could be his third upset on one already. They tie up and Jay waistlocks. Isom standing switches and throws Jay down but Jay reverses to a facelock, but Isom slips away. Fans applaud the Future of Honor keeping up with Jay. Jay and Isom circle again and Jay keeps Isom guessing on the grapple. Jay reels Isom in for a headlock, but Isom powers out, only for Jay to run him over. Things speed up and Isom kicks Jay. Isom runs but sees Jay follow. Jay fakes Isom out and kicks him down. Jay tags Mark and The Briscoes mug Isom. Mark suplexes but Isom slips out and shoves Mark. Mark turns around into Isom’s arm-drag!
Isom tags in Nova and Nova hops up for ax handles. Nova wrenches the arm but Mark rolls through. Mark breaks free but Nova dodges and fires off strikes. Nova wrenches and tags in Cheeseburger! Burger climbs up to drop his own ax handle. Burger wrenches but Mark pushes him away. Mark rushes at Burger but Burger crawls under and kicks him away. Burger speeds up but Jay stands in his way. Mark rocks Burger with a shotgun dropkick! Silas and the Briscoes take control as we go to break.
ROH returns and Silas taunts Burger to stand, only to stomp him down. Fans rally up for Burger and he throws body shots on Silas. Burger fires forearms but Silas shoves Burger for the backbreaker clothesline on the rebound! Silas drags Burger over and tags in Mark. Mark drops an elbow then drags Burger up. Mark suplexes and holds Burger up for a few seconds before dropping him down. Fans rally but Mark puts Burger in a camel clutch. Burger endures while Jay and Silas taunt him. Mark fish hooks Burger but lets up at 4. Mark blasts Nova but the ref keeps Isom from going after Mark. But he misses Mark biting Burger! Mark gets away with it then CHOPS Burger in a corner! Mark whips corner to corner but Burger dodges! Burger dodges Silas and Jay, too, hot tag to Isom!
Isom dropkicks Mark to his corner where Jay tags in. Silas runs at Isom but Isom puts him on the apron and dropkicks him down! Jay goes after Isom with a waistlock but is bucked off. Isom pops Jay up to a fireman’s carry! Nova intercepts Mark and DIVES on Silas! Air Raid Crash from Isom to Jay! Cover, TWO!! Isom almost had another former world champion caught! Isom keeps going but Jay blocks the suplex. Jay fights back but Isom throws his own forearms. Isom runs but into Jay’s fireman’s carry. Jay hits the Spicolli Driver while Mark climbs up! FROGGY-BOW! Jay covers, TWO!? Isom survives and The Briscoes are shocked!
The ref tells Mark to go to the corner but the Briscoes ignore him. #DemBoyz work together to finish this, double underhook but Isom fights out. Isom pushes Jay into Mark then kicks, suplex to brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Another close call but Isom keeps his focus. Isom and Jay stand as fans rally up. Isom throws forearms and elbows then an enziguri. Jay staggers and Jay runs, but SUPERKICK for Jay! High-Low combo for The Briscoes! Mark keeps Burger out while Jay hits his Jay Driller! Cover, The Briscoes & Silas win!
Winners: Silas Young & The Briscoes, Jay Briscoe pinning
The Shinobi Shadow Squad struggles in the Six Man Tag Division against such accomplished opponents. Will it be the Last Real Man and Dem Boyz who move on towards the titles instead?
Rhett Titus speaks.
“Willie Mack, I heard you had plans to take the NWA National Title and defend it in every state across America.” Well Willie, plans change, because the Fittest is looking to take that belt and bring it with him on the Flex Express. Will Rhett’s own plans have to change after facing The Mack next episode?
The Bouncers VS Brian Johnson & Joe Keys!
The literally biggest team in the ROH Tag Team Division takes on two other Future of Honor stars. With physiques like theirs, JK and The Number One were hoping for sunny beaches and “beautiful baby dolls”, but instead got “busted up broads and their beer-swilling bozos”! Well that’s no way to talk about the fans or beer! The Bouncers make their way out with plenty of drinks, and Brian Milonas takes the mic. He and The Beer City Bruiser are here to kick ass and drink beer! Will they do just that against these rude rookies?
The Code of Honor is still upheld between the teams, and we start with Bruiser and Keys. Keys shows off his body while teasing Bruiser about the beer belly. Bruiser admits Keys wins the body building, but Bruiser has the fans as they chant “Beer! Beer!” along with him. Keys calls for a test of strength and Bruiser isn’t sure he’s serious. Keys shoves Bruiser and tells him to take it serious. Bruiser accepts the test, and SLAPS Keys off his feet! Keys gets up and kicks but Bruiser catches it. Bruiser spins Keys for an atomic drop. Keys gets to a corner but covers up from Bruiser’s punch. So Bruiser CHOPS instead! And CHOPS, and CHOPS! Fans cheer for more but Keys turns around to protect his chest. So Bruiser CHOPS his back! Keys scrambles to his corner and tags in Johnson.
Johnson fires off on Bruiser but Bruiser shoves him to run him over! Bruiser drags Johnson up but Johnson powers him to the corner. Keys anchors Bruiser’s feet and Johnson gets a sucker punch! Johnson stomps away in the corner then tags in Keys. Keys stomps Bruiser now but lets up at 4. Keys chops Bruiser back then goes to scoop. Bruiser’s too big for that, so Keys gives a European Uppercut. Johnson tags in and rams in his own uppercut. Johnson and Keys work together for a double scoop slam! Cover, ONE, and with power! Bruiser reaches for Milonas but Keys tags back in. Keys stomps Bruiser down then puts Bruiser back in the corner. Keys throws EuroUppers then gestures at Milonas. He runs in for a splash but Bruiser dodges! Keys hits buckles and both men are down!
Fans rally up as Bruiser crawls for his corner. Johnson shouts to Keys, and Keys tags him in. Johnson grabs Bruiser’s feet but Bruiser still gets to Milonas! The Mastodon rallies on both Future of Honor stars! Fans fire up as he pounces Keys out of the ring, then squashes Johson in a corner. Milonas whips Johnson corner to corner for another splash, then scoops. Johnson slips out and shoves Milonas away. Johnson dodges the clothesline but gets a pop-up spinebuster! Keys attacks Milonas from behind but Bruiser gets Keys. Bruiser whips Keys and Milonas gives Keys a pop-up spinebuster! The Bouncers say bottom’s up and grab Johnson. Milonas climbs and Bruiser holds Johnson up, draping leg drop! Cover, The Bouncers win!
Winners: The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning
They kicked ass, now they drink beer! Will the Bouncers find their way to the ROH World Tag Team Championships and drink to a title reign?
Madison Rayne speaks.
“Thunder Rosa, you think that you and Holidead can come into ROH and control the narrative and call the shots?” Here’s the reality: the Twisted Sisterz are the opposite of what the Women of Honor stand for. The Queen Bee vows to make a statement, but will it go the way she hopes?
Willie Mack speaks.
The inaugural NWA National Champion is all about making history, and he makes history with ROH next week. He’ll defend his title in all 50 states, and is already on number 5. If Rhett Titus wants to stay fit, then he better get ready for a fight!
Madison Rayne w/ Sumie Sakai VS Thunder Rosa w/ Holidead!
As The Queen Bee alluded to, The Twisted Sisterz have done what they want to who they want since joining the Women of Honor Division, including the Ray of Sunshine. Now Sumie stands beside Madison, will they put the trouble-makers in their place?
Madison doesn’t wait for the bell, she goes right at Thunder Rosa! She tackles Rosa down and the bell has to ring as she fires off right hands. Rayne puts Rosa in one corner then runs her all the way to the other. She bumps Rosa off a third then hits a sliding lariat. Rayne runs Rosa over with a shoulder and fires up while Rosa regroups with Holidead. Rayne doesn’t give Rosa much time to regain composure, she goes right out and rocks her with a right! She puts Rosa back in while Sumie keeps her eyes on Holidead. Rayne runs Rosa over with a clothesline but notices Holidead egging Sumie on. Rayne runs and wrecks Holidead with a dropkick! Sumie and the fans cheer Rayne on but Rosa hits Rayne back!
Rosa fetches Rayne and rams her into the apron. She then CHOPS Rayne against the apron, before shoving her into the ring. Rosa stomps Rayne then covers, TWO! Rosa drags Rayne up and bumps Rayne off the buckles. She stomps a mudhole into Rayne but backs off at 4. Rosa snapmares Rayne and kicks her sharp on the back. Holidead wants another so Rosa kicks Rayne again. Rosa runs and dropkicks Rayne in the back, covers, TWO! Sumie coaches Rayne up while Rosa mockingly applauds. Rayne throws body shots but Rosa clubs her down. Rosa scoops and slams Rayne down, then applauds herself. Rosa runs side to side for a BIG leg drop! Cover, TWO! The Queen Bee is in trouble while we go to break.
ROH returns and Rosa toys with Rayne. Rayne throws forearms back and enziguris! Rosa falls over and Rayne covers, TWO! Holidead is relieved but Rayne keeps on Rosa. Rosa throws Rayne down by her hair, then drags her up for chops. Rosa whips Rayne corner to corner then runs in for a big back elbow! She snapmares Rayne to a cover, TWO! Fans rally for Rayne but Rose wraps on a chinlock. Rayne endures and fights her way up, but Rosa throws her back down. Cover, TWO! Rosa grabs Rayne for more chops, then does a little salsa to show off. She whips but Rayne reverses and things speed up, Rayne SPEARS Rosa down! But Rayne is also down and a standing 10 count begins.
The count reaches 5 as both women sit up. Rosa grabs Rayne and brings her up but Rayne fires forearms! Rayne dodges Rosa and rallies with more forearms. Rayne fires up and goes corner to corner but Rose catches her! Rosa puts Rayne on the top rope but Rayne boots her back. Rayne leaps for the crossbody! Both women are back up, Rayne ducks a kick to give an enziguri! Cover, TWO! Rayne keeps on Rosa with a waistlock. She wrings Rosa out but Rosa goes to swing. Rayne adjusts and gets around Rosa again for a dragon sleeper. Rosa elbows out and brings Rayne up into the Gory Especial, and spins around for the facebuster! Cover, TWO!! Rayne survives and the Twisted Sisterz are shocked!
Rosa is furious as she drags Rayne right up onto her shoulder! Rosa spins but Rayne slips out for the Rayne Drop! Cover, Rayne wins!
Winner: Madison Rayne, by pinfall
The Queen Bee wins outta nowhere and gets revenge on behalf of Sumie Sakai! Will Rayne and others teach the Twisted Sisterz a lesson about being Women of Honor?
Team Coast2Coast speaks.
“We were gone for a very long time, but for good reason.” Shaheem Ali and Leon St. Giovanni were “rediscovering” themselves. But now C2C is better than ever and will take on the best in the world! Their return is next week against Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham, will Chocolate Man and the Human Rocket be ready for the Franchise and the Octopus?
Zack Sabre Jr. VS Rocky Romero!
The partnership of ROH and NJPW is on display as the Submission Master returns! But not only that, the player-coach of Roppongi 3K makes his own return! Will Rocky make a run in ROH for gold? Or will he #JustTapOut?
ROH returns with the bell! Fans cheer Rocky on as he circles with ZSJ. Rocky keeps away from ZSJ’s grip and then they approach. ZSJ still gets Rocky down with a headlock but Rocky keeps up with his reversals. ZSJ gets free but both he and Rocky smirk as they circle again. They tie up again and ZSJ gets the arm. He cranks on it to get Rocky to the mat. Rocky endures the wristlock and ZSJ grinds a knee in. Rocky gets to his feet but ZSJ wrenches and arm-drags Rocky back down. Fans cheer ZSJ’s technique as he twists and pulls Rocky’s arm. Rocky spins through and gets up to dropkick ZSJ out of the ring! ZSJ is frustrated already as he kicks the railing. Rocky waits for ZSJ as he catches his breath.
ZSJ returns and circles with Rocky. They tie up and ZSJ gets a leg. He trips Rocky and stands on his feet. ZSJ twists the leg around and then ties the legs up so he can go after Rocky’s neck with a wrench. But he also hooks the face so the ref counts. ZSJ lets up at 4 to bring Rocky into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Rocky pops out to a cover, TWO! Fans applaud as Rocky and ZSJ circle again. Rocky and ZSJ approach and Rocky gets ZSJ’s leg now. Rocky waistlocks but ZSJ wrenches to a switch. ZSJ wrenches again and brings Rocky to his knees. ZSJ brings Rocky further down as he mounts the arm to pull back. Fans applaud while Rocky endures the pair of knuckle locks.
Rocky and ZSJ go shoulder to shoulder but ZSJ gets the cover. TWO so ZSJ tries again. TWO as Rocky brings up the shoulder, so ZSJ pushes it down. Rocky bridges this time, and then anticipates ZSJ hopping on with a monkey flip! It’s a double cover, but Rocky rolls back, only to get caught into ZSJ’s armbar! Rocky rolls and shifts but ZSJ slips out to a hammerlock. Fans applaud this continued exchange as Rocky reaches back for ZSJ. Rocky leaps and snapmares but ZSJ headbutts back. ZSJ snapmares but Rocky handsprings through to dropkick him down! Rocky brings ZSJ up for a chop then a cravat. ZSJ endures but Rocky snapmares. ZSJ responds with his own snapmare, but then Rocky snapmares back. They go snapmare for snapmare, but then ZSJ shoves Rocky down for a neck crank! Rocky writhes while we go to one last break.
ROH returns once again as Rocky manages a ropebreak while in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow. ZSJ reluctantly lets go, and waits for Rocky to sit up. ZSJ clamps on a half straitjacket, then digs in elbows and knuckles to get the full. Rocky endures as fans rally up. Rocky feeds off the energy but ZSJ does his best to keep Rocky down. The two struggle against each other, and ZSJ digs a knee in to keep the straitjacket. Rocky stands and spins the straitjacket around but ZSJ spins it back on. ZSJ brings Rocky back down then flips him over, but Rocky uses that to reverse the hold! Rocky has ZSJ but ZSJ breaks free to throw a EuroUpper. ZSJ whips but Rocky elbows back. Rocky springboards for a tornado DDT! Both men are down but fans rally up.
Another standing count begins and Rocky sits up at 3. ZSJ follows and grabs Rocky first. Rocky dodges and huricanranas! Things speed up, Rocky springboards again for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Rocky toys with ZSJ, then starts slapping him around. ZSJ EuroUppers then grabs a leg. Rocky misses the first enziguri but not the rewind! Fans fire up with Rocky as he runs corner to corner to start the Forever Clotheslines! He gets one, then another, but runs into a boot! ZSJ runs but into Rocky’s leaping knee, only to make it an STF! Rocky is caught, and ZSJ shifts sides! Rocky drags himself around and manages a ropebreak! ZSJ lets Rocky go and catches his breath. Now ZSJ toys with Rocky as he stomps him around. ZSJ kicks but Rocky gets mad. ZSJ pie faces so Rocky SLAPS away!
Rocky knees and hauls ZSJ up to the top rope. Rocky runs corner to corner for a top shelf knee! ZSJ falls to the apron but Rocky checks his shoulder first. Rocky brings ZSJ up but ZSJ resists the suplex. ZSJ goes after the arm but Rocky throws forearms. Rocky shoulders in but gets caught into an Octopus through the ropes! ZSJ lets go at 4 then shoves Rocky away. Rocky dropkicks ZSJ on the return! Rocky throws forearms and CHOPS, then ties ZSJ up in the ropes. He goes to the side and springboards for a guillotine missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and Rocky is exhausted. Fans build to a rally for Rocky as he brings ZSJ up. Rocky throws forearms on ZSJ then eggs him on. ZSJ throws a EuroUpper, but Rocky comes back for fast hands. Rocky kicks and runs for a Sliced Bread! Cover, TWO!
Rocky drags ZSJ up again and wants more, but ZSJ escapes Sliced Bread 2 for the standing abdominal stretch! Rocky reaches but ZSJ rolls him away, then around, Hurrah! The double wrist-clutch octopus is on and Rocky taps quickly! ZSJ wins!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission
The Submission Master brings in Another Year, Surely This One Will Be Better Than the Last. Will ZSJ’s first year in ROH be golden sooner rather than later?
Another ROH PPV, another disconnect between it and their television episodes. This episode, as all episodes are, was clearly recorded long before the PPV as nothing that happened at the PPV affects this episode’s events. For those who didn’t see the ROH 17th Anniversary, make sure to check here for the full card results. But for those who did, you know The Briscoes lost the the ROH World Tag Team Championships to Villain Enterprises, yet Jay & Mark still had the belts here. And all this makes it strange for commentary to vaguely reference the PPV when it hadn’t happened for them yet. The Six Man Tag they had was only okay, so I don’t see why it couldn’t have been three other Heels going against Shinobi Shadow Squad to get the spotlight instead.
In fact, seeing as how more Future of Honor stars were brought on for this episode, I’m starting to think that’s what episodes like this should be about. ROH Future of Honor stars can appear, get some television exposure, and take the card in place of literally anyone involved on the PPV card. And of course, facing Future of Honor stars meant an easy win for The Bouncers, who might finally be moving up now that they’re Faces. Meanwhile, Rhett Titus’ new gimmick is like if Lex Luger and Val Venis fused, but then the combination was slightly diluted. But Rhett VS Mack, even non-title, sounds fun. Pretty sure Mack wins that, but bringing NWA and its new championship into the fold of ROH’s many partnerships also sounds great.
Rayne VS Rosa was a good match, and I’m sensing this is building to something more. I’ve said before that having the Twisted Sisterz in WOH must mean Women’s Tag Team Championships are on the horizon, and it would be pretty big if Sumie Sakai joins Rayne in competing for those. I don’t think Rayne & Sumie would be the inaugural champions, that really should be the Twisted Sisterz given their resumes. But Sumie one day becoming a tag champ to be the first woman to have both the WOH World and Tag Team Championships would be a great thing for her own career. ZSJ VS Romero was a good match, and clearly ZSJ is set to dominate to at least a World Television Championship level. ZSJ VS Jeff Cobb would be great for the sheer difference in styles, but we know it’ll have to wait until after G1 Supercard.
My Score: 8/10
AJPW Dream Power Series 2019 Results & Review (3/19/2019)
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Welcome back to AJPW! We’re gonna talk about the last big show before this year’s Champions Carnival coming up in early April as we have a few title matches in this show that I couldn’t resist wanting to cover it.
We got some dealing with revenge along with one trying to make history. How’s this year’s Champions Carnival gonna shape up?
Let’s find out 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
Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, & Hokuto Omori vs. Evolution (Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, & Yusuke Okada)
Review: Our opening contest is a six-man tag team match with our young lions, Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, and Hokuto Omori taking on three members of Evolution, Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, and Yusuke Okada. Going up against three people from the junior division is a fair start to have them all fight each other in this tag bout and a better view of how the young guys are doing. Will Evolution school the young boys or will they somehow get one of the biggest wins in their starting careers?
As I’ve said, this match is mostly to showcase our future talent as they fight the vets of the game in the junior division. I do gotta admit that these three have definitely improved in the ring as they’re shaping up to be some of All Japan’s finest students. Evolution held off on their own and I’m glad they were their opponents for this match since they’re very easy to work with. Another thing I loved about the match is that they had a good amount of time instead of just being less than five minutes like how most matches will do. Yusuke and Hokuto are in the ring now and Yusuke would hit him with a Brainbuster for a two count and would quickly apply a Boston Crab onto him and Hokuto struggles to get to the ropes and once he does, Yusuke pulled him back in and would lock it in more as he would tap out to give Evolution the victory in a solid match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
Six Man Tag Team Match
Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
Review: We got another six-man tag team match here as Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, and Ultimo Dragon will be taking on Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, and Takao Omori. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Ultimo Dragon wrestling in All Japan, so I’ll never complain to see him in the ring. This is another match with the vets and Manso-Re for being a punching bag as it’ll most likely be a comedy style match. Which one of them will win?
Menso-Re starting with Ultimo Dragon as he wanted him first, but TAJIRI would slap Menso before the bell would ring and we would kick it off right now. They would do a little bit before Jun and Takao get tagged in, but we all care about TAJIRI and Fuchi getting tagged in now as Fuchi would try to get his hands on him. TAJIRI would be the sneaky heel with leaving the ring to sit with the crowd so he could avoid contact in the match. TAJIRI would get back in the ring only to tag in Ultimo as the crowd would just boo TAJIRI. Fuchi would do his antics with the punch to the forehead as the crowd eats it up but everything would backfire on Fuchi as he would miss a Dropkick to make the crowd boo Ultimo which is a shocker. Ultimo would kick Fuchi and attempt an Asai DDT but Fuchi would turn it around to a Backslide as Ultimo would kick out. Both TAJIRI and Jun would both make Fuchi miss a Dropkick and taunt him right after to make the crowd boo them. Ultimo would get Fuchi in the La Magistral and he gets the win for his team in a rather entertaining match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Tag Team Match
NEXTREAM (Yoshitatsu & Yumi Aoyagi) vs. Sweeper (Jake Lee & Ryouji Sai)
Review: Our next match here is a tag team match as NEXTREAM members, Yoshitatsu and Yuma Aoyagi will be taking on members of Sweeper, Jake Lee and Ryouji Sai. Since Naoya is no longer Yumi’s partner, he’s gonna be paired off with Yoshitatsu this time around. Since all four of them are in the Champions Carnival, a win for either of them would give them some momentum leading to the tournament. Which one of these two teams will win and what will be the future payoff?
It seems like Yoshitatsu has a little gripe with Jake Lee in this match as he seems to be disgruntled when he was in the ring with him, especially when Jake would just best him during the first sequence with the chaining. Ryouji and Yuma are in the ring now and Ryouji with a series of kicks in the match and have him in a submission before Yoshi would break the hold and just stared at Jake again. Yuma is really growing out on his own as an individual and you can see that when he’s not partner with Naoya. Yuma would have Jake in a Headlock but Jake would attempt a Backdrop Driver as Yuma flipped it into a Crossbody as Jake kicked out at two. Once Jake kicked out, Yuma would try to turn the pin into a European Clutch as Jake kicked out at 2 as even the referee was shocked by this. Yuma would run into him as Jake kneed him in the face and hits him with a Backdrop Driver as he pinned Yuma for the victory.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, & Zeus vs. Bomber (Dylan James & Joe Doering,) & Francisco Akira
Review: We have another six-man tag team match taking place as Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, and Zeus team up to take on Dylan James, Joe Doering, and Francisco Akira. KAI recently failed at Dragon Gate to win the Open the Twin Gate Championships, so he could at least try to win for his team but I think Zeus has a lot on his plate when it comes to their opponent since Dylan James and Joe Doering are a strong team to beat and wants to try and look powerful leading into the Carnival. Which one of these two teams will win the match?
Zeus and Dylan would charge at each other right away to test their strengths with also some chops and a test of strength as the two appear to be evenly matched, which is no surprised. KAI gets tagged in and he calls Joe to get tagged in since he wants to fight him as Dylan honors that request and lets Joe have a turn on the fun. Joe would start to make him regret that decision as he had the upper hand on him at first but KAI would hit a few Dropkicks on him but Joe still wouldn’t go down as he tackled him and went for an Elbow Drop before KAI moved and quickly tagged in Atsushi. The juniors get a turn on the fun as Francisco showed more of his impressive ability. One problem I had with the match was that the last few minutes are incredibly sloppy with Atsushi missing most of his kicks to Joe in the corner, Francisco slipping on his Moonsault to the outside, which he thankfully caught himself and redid it again. The finish would be with Joe hitting Atsushi with the Powerbomb and it looked like he got knocked out as he took the pinfall despite his shoulder being kinda up, so it looked botched but the referee still has a job to do as Joe just left the ring and walked to the back possibly frustrated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
World Junior Heavyweight Title Match
Koji Iwamoto (c) vs. Kotaro Suzuki
Review: Our first title match of the show is Koji Iwamoto defending his Junior Heavyweight Championship against Kotaro Suzuki. The two fought each other in the A Block of the Junior Battle of Glory Tournament where Kotaro defeated Koji in the match but would eventually fail to win as Koji would actually be the one to win it all. Koji decided to defend the title against Kotaro since it was only fair due to him winning the match and wants to avenge that loss. Will Koji be able to retain his title again or will Kotaro get the upper hand on him again?
Kotaro showed no mercy to the champion as fought him to the outside and Slingshots him into the turnbuckle post and DDT’s him face first into the mat as you hear the loud thud and damage has been done to Koji. Kotaro has beaten Koji before so he knows what he has to do to try and defeat him again as he worked on Koji’s neck a bit during the match and gets the heat from the crowd. I know Kotaro is a Freelancer and is mostly at NOAH right now due to being a champion there, I hope he does stick around a little bit longer since I feel like the division could really use him as he’s a very talented individual. Koji would try to outrun him after he dodged him to the outside and it appeared as if Kotaro would botch but he quickly caught himself and dived to the outside to land on Koji, getting the better of him again.
Koji would finally be able to get a comeback as he hits an STO onto the ring apron to knock Koji down and most of the time, he would try to hit the Koko no Geijutsu but Kotaro would hold his ground to make sure he wouldn’t hit it but Koji would be able to deliver a German Suplex and a Dragon Suplex. Kotaro would land a few punches before Koji tried to hit the move again, but Kotaro would hold his ground again and kick his leg out to work on his neck before landing Gory Bomb Special and tops it off with the La Magistral for the pin and Koji would kick out various times whenever Koji would try to roll out of it and was so close to having a new champion. Koji would just use this time to hit a couple of STO’s in a row to weaken him down a bit. Koji would go for it again but he catches him for a Back Suplex to save himself a bit. Kotaro would now hit not one but two Excaliburs onto him to try and end it as Koji would somehow kick out of it again. It all came down to his as Koji would attempt the Koko no Geijutsu again as Kotaro would stop himself to pin him for a two count and they both would spin around as Koji would hit it this him but he picked him up to hit the Koko no Geijutsu properly this time and pins him to retain the title! After the match, various people from the junior division would come out and it looks like they all want a shot at the Junior Heavyweight Championship but Koji would have to pick one of them to be his opponent. It does look like, however, that Koji doesn’t have a clear opponent right now as he left the ring but I guess we’ll see soon.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
World Tag Team Title Match
Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) (c) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Review: Our next title match for this show is Strong BJ defending their titles against the team that they defeated them for, The Violence Giant. Strong BJ defeated them on January 13th to win the titles and after they retain their titles on the February 24 show, Violence Giant requested a rematch to bring the titles back home on their turf this time instead of the BJW show. If it’s anything like their previous match, it’s sure to be hard hitting and a not miss. Will Strong BJ remain on top or will Violence Giant bring the belts back home?
Shuji and Daisuke would be the ones to start off our match here with an incredible display of power as the two were unable to budge and they would tag in their respective partners. Suwama and Yuji were both also very hard-hitting as they would now fight outside of the ring as these two teams are making it personal. Strong BJ has been doing great work during this rivalry with the Violence Giant and they would even give Suwama a big beatdown but the former ace would even try his best to fight them off, even when he was on the corner and would kick Yuji to show his fighting spirit. Suwama would hit a Dropkick to save himself for a little bit and would tag in Shuji for the hot tag and Shuji does indeed come in hot with his Lariats, knees, anything he can throw along with the kitchen sink.
Yuji would brawl with Shuji to deliver some chops while Shuji would give him a couple of forearms and a headbutt to try and daze him but Yuji is pumped up and slams him down with a few Lariats. Once Yuji would hit another Lariat to Shuji, he would kick out at one that time around before getting hit with another one with a two count. What’s it gonna take to take Shuji down for good? Yuji would get to the top rope to hit the Splash and it looks like this could be it but Suwama would break the pinfall to save his partner. Strong BJ would have them up for the Torture Racks but they would get down for Suwama to hit a Back Suplex while Shuji hits a Dragon Suplex. Shuji is alone with Yuji again and would hit another Dragon Suplex and a Running Knee to get him out for another two count, he was so close! Shuji would pick Yuji up real quick for the Fire Thunder and goes for the pin as Daisuke breaks the pinfall this time around as Suwama would get Daisuke out of the ring. Shuji knew what he had to do to try and end it as he hits the Giants Slam and pins Yuji to win back the titles! Hell of a match and definitely topped their previous encounter at BJW. I would love to see Violence Giant get a fair and dominating run with this reign, can’t wait to see where this goes now.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half
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Triple Crown Championship
Kento Miyahara (c) vs. Naoya Nomura
Review: This is our third title match and the main event of the show as we have Kento Miyahara defending his Triple Crown Championship against former NEXTREAM member, Naoya Nomura. On the February 24th show, Naoya Nomura would defeat Dylan James in a singles match and Kento Miyahara would have his second successful title defense against Suwama. After Kento would defeat Suwama, Naoya would come in to make the challenge to his stablemate and announce his departure from the NEXTREAM group in the process, leading him to also vacate the All Asia Tag Team Championship with Yuma Aoyagi. Kento is now 30 years old and while it’s his third title defense in this run, this will be his first time defending it while no longer in his twenties. If Kento can defeat Naoya, he’ll be the champion leading into the Champions Carnival and won’t defend the title until the tournament is over. Will Kento be able to retain it once again or does Naoya pull the surprise victory?
Kento came in here with a plan since he knew what he was gonna do to Naoya once he challenged him to this match, he didn’t wanna go easy on him despite being former teammates but he wants to see how badly Naoya wants the spotlight on him. They were fairly matched during the lock-up part of the match and they would start to fight outside for a little bit as Naoya would get Kento down as he taunts him when he got back in the ring. Naoya would hit him with a big forearm before going onto the apron to jump and Kento catches him with a knee and has him right where he wants him now. This is where Kento would just attack him with a few Headbutts as Naoya would try to deliver one to him but Kento gives him multiple ones as a counterattack and this is why you don’t mess with the champion.
Naoya would eventually make a comeback after being kicked around by Kento as he quickly got up to charge at him with a shoulder tackle and you can hear that too. He would hit a few more along with another forearm to the face as he goes for the Brainbuster but Kento would struggle to make sure he didn’t hit it and has Naoya over the ropes but wait, Naoya grabbed his leg to pull him over as he attempted a Death Valley Driver onto the apron as Kento jumped off to hit a Blackout. The two would be on the turnbuckle and Naoya gets behind him to attempt a German Suplex as Kento struggles, but Naoya would slam Kento’s head on the post and gets off the turnbuckle to hit the German Suplex as both men are down. Naoya would go to the top rope to hit the first Splash as Kento kicked out but Naoya would quickly get up again to hit one more as Kento still kicked out.
Kento would eventually hit him with a Blackout at full force and hits him with a German Suplex for another two count. Kento looks like he’s going for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold as Naoya would kick his knee out and hit him with a Spear and the two are down again. Kento would hit another Blackout on the back of his head and tries the German Suplex Hold once again as Naoya would still kick out at two as Kento is starting to get concerned with what he has to do now. Kento tried the Shutdown German Suplex Hold again as Naoya broke out of it and picked him up Fisherman style and dropped him on his head and picked him up for the Death Valley Driver as Kento fought him off but Naoya would hit him with a flurry of forearms to daze him and hits the Spear with the roll-up as Kento kicked out at two again! Naoya picked him back up but Kento would go back to delivering the Blackouts and it looks like Naoya is all out of fight as Kento finally hits the Shutdown German Suplex Hold to get the pinfall victory and his third successful title defense. Great match and a very impressive showing to Naoya but Kento is just still better than him right now. Kento will now officially be the Triple Crown Champion leading into the Champions Carnival. Three defenses down, eight more to go.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter
Overall: I thought it was a very solid show from top to bottom but the last three title matches were what sold it to me. I would highly recommend that you look out for those matches if you can find them online or subscribe to the streaming service and if you’re not already subscribed, what the hell is wrong with you? Get on that!
Favorite Match: Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Least Favorite Match: Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
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