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The Good, Bad and Ugly Monday Night Raw (3/5/19)

Good Raw this week? Bad? Or bowling shoe Ugly?

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Bobby checks in on all of the action from the 3/5 WWE Raw! Was the show Good, Bad, or Ugly?

New Week, new action.  We are getting so close to WrestleMania at this point we can taste it.  Monday Night Raw needs to set the pace and go back to the Good things they were doing until their failure of a show last week.  The Good times were rolling, but can the Raw Brand bounce back before the big dance?

GOOD

Roman Reigns

In what used to be a heavy series of boos from a bitter crowd, the new trend is that of love and respect for the “Big Dog.”  Reigns after showing the world how big his heart really is in his fight for his life, has solidified the love of the Wrestling Community and it shows.  He has already made his official return and already made a big splash with his “Shield Brothers” last week.  What did he want here this week?  He wants the return of the Shield full time.  Out comes Seth Rollins to a hot crowd.  After mutual respect and admiration it finally came out in the open, Reigns laid it out.  Shield one last time.  The WWE Universe has spoken.  We want the Shield, Roman needs the Shield.  It’s now or never and of course it’s a Yes!  Ambrose is summoned, and never disappoints.  Out comes Ambrose.  Ambrose is still a shifty heel and made everyone wonder the outcome especially how he hung back on the ramp.  No one will find out right away though as Elias smashed Ambrose with a guitar before we got his answer.  To Be Continued.  Good buildup here for a huge reunion.  Ambrose still had everyone wondering by his hands off reaction to the aid of his Shield Brothers. 

Drew McIntrye, Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin vs. (I.C. Champion) Finn Balor, Braun Strowman and Kurt Angle

Everyone here in this match are future Hall of Famers (Angle of course aside).  Everyone brings something special and different.  McIntyre if he develops a feud with Reigns could propel him where he belongs at any moment.  Strowman only has to be given the slightest nudge to be Main Event Ready, hell all involved for that matter.  Balor/Lashley, Balor/McIntyre make a great base for the Intercontinental Championship picture, where several people could be included and make an impact.   This was a solid tag style match that showcased everyone and gave a quality variety to the audience.  Side note, Corbin working with Angle was great to watch, he really sold and they had a clear chemistry in there.  It was a lot to like.  Lio Rush getting involved has been fantastic and it would be interesting to see him pic up Corbin and see a Lashley/Corbin team become more official.  Lio Rush got murdered by Baron Corbin.  If he ever gets up he is not human.  Lashley hits a vicious “spear” on the I.C. Champ, Finn Balor for a decisive victory.  Score 1 for the Good column.  The heels continued the beat down on the losing team causing all kinds of damage.  It looked like no one was going to be able to stop them.  Balor out on his feet getting punished by Corbin, Lashley and McIntyre.  Game over this is a big, nasty team of heels.  They work well together and if written and marketed right, they can be a destructive stable. 

Triple H

No surprise here, this is a personal matter for DX and soon to be Hall of Famer/COO of the WWE HHH.  He is here to handle a freak in the pro wrestling and now acting world, Bautista who viciously and without cause aside from provoking HHH, attacked Ric Flair prior to his 70th birthday party celebration.  Bautista is just heeling out right now even just down right insulting the City of Philadelphia.  HHH is a boss and when he talks, we/you should always listen.  Same goes for a lot (ie. Jericho, etc) but especially HHH.  What he says has tremendous value no matter what or who you are in the Wrestling Universe (fan or worker).  Even when completely working it comes off in a professional shoot like fashion so few have mastered.  He blends the story with reality and makes you believe.  HHH sucks you in and by far may be the most powerful force in the business.  No matter what this will be a Good moment in history.  The Game, The King of Kings, is here.  *Next Week Face to Face HHH and Bautista (card subject to change) 

Tag Team Gauntlet- Heavy Machinery vs. The B-Team vs. The Ascension vs. Zach Ryder and Curt Hawkins

There was a lot going on here.  So many personalities and very gimmick heavy talent all in one place.  It had a retro feel and made me miss old school wrestling.  Otis vs. The World, Otis destroyed all comers.  This was Good fun, the crowd was into it, and Heavy Machinery is slowly becoming more than a flavor of the month type of team.  It seems that they been locked to win when they compete and have the attention of the audience as well as their hard to get approval.  This was all Heavy Machinery, well Otis especially who swept the board.  Heavy Machinery Win!  “Flawless Victory!”

Elias vs. Dean Ambrose

As it came as no surprise, after attacking Ambrose before a possible historic return to the Shield, Ambrose came out quickly into Elias’ act and came out swinging.  This of course was physical and pretty clean.  Both guys are Good at what they do and have contrasting styles.  This looked really solid but the crowd was dead quiet at times.  Elias hit a sick knee, off a botched spot off the top by Ambrose followed by a “Drift Away” fisherman neck-breaker for the clean, impressive victory.  Ambrose laying out in the ring, his Shield Brothers made their way to the ring.   The crowd was out of it here but the action was solid.  It didn’t blow anyone away but it was action packed and clean work.  Also, huge win for Elias, as Ambrose is a top star even in a slump. After Ambrose seemed to shrug off the reunion of his bros, he was later enticed by the strong crew of Corbin, Lashley and McIntyre who attacked the outnumbered Reigns and Rollins.  Ambrose came in and went berserk ultimately reuniting and completing The Shield!  They have their rivals and their mission, now it is time for the Shield to shine.  Good all-around once again!

Raw Tag Team Title Match- The Revival (C) vs. Ricochet and Aleister Black

Two of the top shelf talent from NXT pinned the Raw Tag Team Champs last week in a non-title contest but this week it does count.  Much like last time and almost any time these guys are working (all 4) this was solid all around.  Ricochet when let loose just tears through the air with non-stop offense and surprises.  Black is a megastar waiting to explode!  He will be a champion if there is any justice in this business.  The Revival finally have their gold, it is a way of WWE saying, we heard you, we saw what you do and here you go, let’s see you run with it.  So far so Good.  Dawson is a stiff bastard but damn he is Good.  Everyone here is special and unique bringing major qualities to the show.  Black is just plain sick and aside from being outdone by Ricochet who is not from this planet, very few can out do him.  Former champ’s Roode and Gable made their way down during the action as they have direct interest in this match.  Gable is a really talented but Roode really needs to be onto some bigger things.  Roode as a heel in the hunt for Gold would be a huge success and needs to be done.  Roode and Gable attack the Revival outside of the ring causing a D.Q. and first loss for the NXT Team of Aleister Black and Ricochet.  The two teams went at it ending in a stalemate and most likely a set up for a match next week, which should be Good. 

Vacant Raw Women’s Championship w/ Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley

In a half-ass title forfeiture that they forced down our throats, we have a vacant title in the hands of a McMahon and the Queen Charlotte Flair hot on it’s trail.  Out comes the “The People’s Champ, The Man!” Becky Lynch.  Hobbling to the ring, Lynch will not stop until she gets back the title or dies trying.  She is for the people, everyone loves her and Charlotte’s overconfidence may be her weakness.  Fastlane is going to be interesting.  Ronda Rousey wants no part of Lynch it seems as she took a very cheap but effective shot at taking out Lynch completely with a brutal assault on “The Man.”  Lynch signed off that WWE is not responsible for any damages Lynch suffers.  Lynch vs. Flair at Fastlane for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship but a very pissed off Ronda Rousey demanded her title back because she never lost it.  Stephanie gave it back clean and changed the stipulation at Fastlane to if Becky Lynch wins at Fastlane against Charlotte, they will have a “triple threat match” for the title at WrestleMania.  Rousey then cheaply did a “scripted” shoot but it was her best work.  Rousey went crazy, and both said no more pretending and “beat the hell out of Becky Lynch.”  This was by far the very best that Rousey looked in the ring and not being afraid to be stiff is a really Good look from her!  Let’s see more of this “step on Becky Lynch’s face” Ronda Rousey.  Good stuff Ronda Rousey.

BAD

Natalya vs. Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad

Ruby Riott and the Riott squad especially Sarah Logan have shown their worth in and out of the ring.  They really are diamonds in the rough and have been complete work horses every week having to carry half assed matches and keeping everything rolling when times have been tough.  Natalya is tremendously overrated and although was trained well just always looked awkward in there.  This match again was that same outcome.  Natalya wins with a reversed roll-up after a quick, pointless match against a hated rival.  Lacey Evan then did her now famous “catwalk” on the ramp to try to get the crowds forgiveness.  It worked but still this was just not Good. 

UGLY

(Tag Team Champion) Sasha Banks vs. Tamina Snuka

Watching Tamina Snuka sometimes is like getting dizzy from drinking in the worst way possible.  I get motion sickness and giggly.  Sasha Banks is so Good too but this was just such an Ugly Match.  The end spot was well done though, with Nia Jax interfering and Banks getting hit with a Superkick if you can call it that from Tamina for the Win.  Hopefully the Tag Team Title Match will be short and the Boss n Hug Connection can move on to better things. 

FINAL

  • Good- 7
  • Bad- 1
  • Ugly- 1

Overall

If my calculations are correct, we had a much better Raw this week, and without any time to lose.  They all count from here out, including Fastlane.   We had a Bad and Ugly turn here and there but Raw was solid.  An extra applause to Ms. Rowdy Ronda Rousey who seemed to find her voice this week.  That was a Great turn of events and should only lead to better things if it becomes the norm.  Raw rocked!  Good show!

With a solid start, SmackDown who barely causes any heartburn with the fanbase is next up to the plate.  The Tuesday iconic WWE show should be a Good one but crazier things have happened.  Of course we always have NXT.  RIP to a real legend and a hell of a great guy, King Kong Bundy.  Thank you for your kindness. 


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Chris King: Seth Rollins vs. Kofi Kingston At Survivor Series-The Perfect Time For A Cash-in

Lesnar keeps playing his cash-in cards close to his vest. Never tipping if he’s aiming for Seth or Kofi. Por que no los dos?

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Lesnar keeps playing his cash-in cards close to his vest. Never tipping if he’s aiming for Seth or Kofi. Por que no los dos?

At WrestleMania 35, both Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston overcame their opposition and capture the World Heavyweight Championships of their respective brands. The self-proclaimed ‘Beastslayer’ kept his promise and slayed the beast with three skull-crushing curb stomps to capture the Universal Championship. Kofi toppled the self-proclaimed ‘Planet’s Champion’ the New Daniel Bryan; who endured his own personal trouble in paradise, and Kofi captured his first WWE Championship in eleven-years. On the Post-Mania-Raw; as Rollins was celebrating his huge victory with the WWE Universe Kofi joined in the fun and challenged Rollins for a ‘Monumental’ Champion vs. Champion winner-takes-all main event with major implications of unifying both championships.

While the incredible first-ever contest was ruined after The Bar interfered; throughout the whole broadcast they were announcing Kofi’s celebration on SmackDown Live so he wasn’t going to lose his title, WWE was forced to end the match so abruptly.

Leaving the Post-WrestleMania crowd furious, It felt like WWE was building this one-on-one contest up for a bigger platform…Survivor Series.

All-the-while ‘The Beast in the Bank’ is looming, waiting for his opportunity to strike. He unsuccessfully attempted to cash-in on a weakened Rollins at Super ShowDown, and hasn’t appeared since…Which is why during the Champion vs. Champion ‘dream-match’ is the perfect chance for ‘The Beast of the Box Office’ to make headlines once again!

In the past two years, Survivor Series has transitioned into a battle for brand supremacy, pitting Raw vs. SmackDown Live champion vs. champion in head-to-head competition. At last year’s main-event we saw Brock Lesnar then-Universal-champion vs. Daniel Bryan the brand-new SmackDown Live champion; who more days ago defeated AJ Styles using wily tactics.

Bryan had the Universal champion reeling after delivering a low-blow while the official was down; and nearly stole the victory but Lesnar bounced back with a devastating F5, to stand tall and give the red brand another win. At this year’s Survivor Series, pitting Rollins and Kofi against each other the winner of the match is an extremely difficult decision to make. Contrary to the others, Lesnar was the undeniable choice to bet your money on.

Both Rollins and Kofi are currently booked to appear dominant; and cannot afford to take such a significant loss, WWE has a track record of favoring the Raw superstars on their flagship show, compared to SmackDown being the secondary show. I must say I am positively shocked that they are building Kofi up as a credible WWE champion; but I can’t count WWE’s confusing logic, that Kofi will suffer the loss. Let’s not forget about Mr. Money in the Bank who’s lurking in the shadows…who am I kidding we all know he’s sitting at home in Canada.

I’ve been reading all over social media; and everyone’s prediction is that Lesnar will cash-in on October 4, 2019 on the first episode of SmackDown Live on Fox; while I agree that would be a tremendous surprise that might generate higher ratings, Fox has been extremely vocal that if WWE’s viewership doesn’t improve or drop they will pull the plug. It would be a damn shame if they use Lesnar cashing-in to capitalize on one good night of television.

Instead, why doesn’t he choose a more unpredictable time to cash-in; to pay Rollins back for cashing-in on him when he was down and out at WrestleMania 31, and equally exercise the element of surprise on Kofi who he’s never been in the ring with? Everyone hated when Lesnar climbed up the ladder; unscratched and fresh to retrieve the Money in the Bank briefcase but, when his music blared through the arena the WWE Universe popped loud. Nobody had the slightest clue Lesnar was even in the building, and in this day and age, that’s hard to pull off.

Credit: TalkSport

So how do we get Lesnar to cash-in and keep the titles on both Rollins and Kofi who are more deserving? You execute the bait-and-switch formula. The WWE Universe is already expecting another boring Lesnar title reign; so when ‘The Beast Incarnate’ rushes down to the ring and turns it into a triple-threat-match, have Rollins and Kofi join forces to take him out.

Since it’s now a triple-threat-match any and all weapons can be utilized; have Kofi knock Lesnar out with a Trouble in Paradise onto the announce table, then have Rollins deliver an a Frog-splash through Lesnar and the table. After that, when ‘The Beast’ starts stirring and he will…Rollins can crush his skull with a colossal Curb Stomp through the final announce table…Paul Heyman will be beside himself as views the damage of his client.

Paramedics come down to stretcher Lesnar out of the arena; no more Mr. Money in the Bank looming, and the best part of all is both champions can carry on with their fantastic match. Where will are guaranteed to get a definitive winner, and prove once and for all which championship is the ‘Undisputed’ Championship in the land of WWE!


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Andrew’s Top Matches: Week Ending 6/16/2019

A jam packed week of matches displays a few of the more infrequent companies. Who made the Top 5?

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A jam packed week of matches displays a few of the more infrequent companies. Who made the Top 5?

Two big New Japan shows had them dominate last week. Funnily enough, one match dominated by amassing nearly 5 times as many votes as second place. The winner of last week’s Japanese filled Top 5, NJPW BOSJ 26 Finals: Shingo Takagi vs Will Ospreay.

For anyone who was upset about the domination last week, well this is the week for you. We’ve got some WWE products, a little flavor from Mexico, and of course some matches from Japan.

Let’s get down to business!

 

5. NXT UK: Imperium (WALTER, Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner) vs British Strong Style ( Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate & Trent Seven)

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Barthel throws Dunne out while Walter throws Seven. Walter stomps Dunne down while Barthel has Bate. Aichner tags in but Bate fights back. Bate boots but Barthel deflects that to ropes. Aichner gives Bate a draping backstabber! Barthel climbs to add double stomps! Aichner covers, TWO!! Bate survives and Glasgow loves it! Aichner is furious but he keeps focus on Bate. Tag to Barthel and they trash talk Bate in their respective languages. But Bate fires off with fast hands! Aichner kicks low and whips Bate, but Bate rebounds for DOUBLE LARIATS! Bate crawls but Walter intercepts, only to get the rolling kick! Hot tag to Seven!

Dunne tags in off Seven, Seven gives Barthel the Seven Stars Lariat! Seven DIVES onto Aichner while Dunne tags Bate. Dunne pump handles, Bitter End on Barthel! Bate climbs, for the corkscrew senton! Walter returns and barrels through Dunne to BOOT Bate! Dunne dropkicks Walter then slingshots out, only to miss. Walter runs at Dunne but Dunne sends him into steel steps! But then Walter back suplexes Dunne onto barriers! Wait, who is that coming down the ramp? He wears a hood and familiar mask… In the ring, Seven CHOPS Aichner. Aichner shoves Seven into the ref! Seven clotheslines Aichner and himself out of the ring! The mystery man enters the ring and targets Bate! It’s ALEXANDER WOLFE!! The German Ax Man POWERBOMBS Bate! Glasgow boos but Wolfe grins. Barthel covers while Walter gets the ref in. Imperium wins!!

Winner: Imperium via Sit-Out Powerbomb

Rating: ****

 

4. AAA Verano de Escalando 2019: AAA Tag Team Championship: Lucha Brothers vs The Young Bucks (c)

From Joe’s AAA Coverage:
Lucha Bros jump the Bucks. Matt Jackson does 3 northern lights suplexes to Fenix then does one to Fenix and Pentagon at the same time. Matt does a baseball slide and then Nick does a dive over him. Matt unties Pentagon’s mask and then beats him up in the crowd. Back in the ring they hit double super kicks. Pentagon hits sling blades on both Bucks. Fenix does a double cutter. They roll out and Fenix hits a huge dive and goes flying into the crowd while Pentagon hits Matt with the Pentagon driver. Matt hits a Canadian destroyer then a spear and Fenix breaks it up. Lucha bros go for super kicks but the Bucks reverse it into sharptshooters. Lucha bros break out and a ton of super kicks get hit. Nick hits a frog splash on Fenix and Penta runs up his back and hits a Canadian destroyer on Matt. Fenix then hits a stomp on the apron on Nick. Pentagon hits the package piledriver on Matt. He kicks out. Then Fenix and Pentagon do the combo package piledriver. Nick pulls the ref out. Nick does an asai moonsault to the ref and Fenix. Matt pulls off Pentagon’s mask and kicks him in the groin and then they hit a Meltzer driver. Fenix pulls the ref out now. Fenix kicks Matt in the groin and then hits a cutter for a two. A new ref is out here now. They do the combo package piledriver again and Fenix hits a middle rope splash on Nick. Penta pins Matt. Pentagon pins Matt Jackson with a package piledriver combo.

Winner: Lucha Bros via Spike Fear Factor

Rating: ****

 

3. 205 Live: #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way: Drew Gulak vs Humberto Carrillo vs Akira Tozawa vs Oney Lorcan

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Sacramento fires up behind Lorcan, but Ariya Daivari runs out to SMACK Lorcan with a chair!! The Persian Lion is a sore loser from his loss last week. The referee can’t disqualify anyone but he does get Daivari to leave. That doesn’t matter to Daivari, the damage has been done, and he laughs all the way to the back. This leaves Carrillo and Gulak in the ring. Gulak goes to throw Carrillo but Carrillo throws him out first. Carrillo turns around to get Tozawa’s mule kick. Tozawa swings, misses, slides under and hits the rolling roundhouse! Nese is still watching as Tozawa climbs up top! Fans fire up but Carrillo kicks Tozawa down! Carrillo climbs but Gulak returns to shove him off! Carrillo hits barriers!

Gulak has Tozawa, but Tozawa fights back! They brawl up top and Tozawa clubs away. Fans “AH! AH!” along with him, but Gulak just headbutts Tozawa to stop him. Gulak adjusts, for the SUPERPLEX! But both men cradle the other!! Three count, but who wins!?

Winner: Tozawa & Gulak via Simultaneous Pin

Rating: ****

 

Honorable Mentions:

NOAH Misawa Memorial 6.9.2019: Naomichi Marufuji vs Go Shiozaki
Winner: Shiozaki via Gowan Lariat
Rating: *** 3/4
NXT: Submission Match: Drew Gulak vs Kushida
Winner: Kushida via Hoverboard Lock
Rating: *** 1/2
NJPW Kizuna Road: IWGP Jr Tag Team Titles: Roppongi 3k (c) vs El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori
Winner: ELP via CR2
Rating: *** 1/2
205 Live: Chad Gable vs Jack Gallagher
Winner: Gable via Countout
Rating: *** 1/2
AAA Verano de Escalando 2019: Tessa Blanchard & Daga vs Taya Valkyrie & Laredo Kid
Winner: Laredo Kid via Laredo Fly
Rating: *** 1/2
NJPW Kizuna Road: LIJ vs Kota Ibushi, Yuji Nagata, Tiger Mask IV, Jyushi Thunder Liger & Shota Umino
Winner: Shingo via Pumping Bomber
Rating: *** 1/2
IMPACT: Michael Elgin vs Willie Mack
Winner: Elgin via Elgin Bomb
Rating: *** 1/4
NJPW Kizuna Road: DOUKI, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi vs Tomohiro Ishii, Tomoaki Honma & Ren Narita
Winner: Taichi via Superkick
Rating: *** 1/4
WWE Raw: Bobby Lashley, Samoa Joe & Cesaro vs Ricochet, The Miz & Braun Strowman
Winner: Ricochet via 630 Senton
Rating: *** 1/4
NXT: Undisputed Era (Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly) vs Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch
Winner: Burch via Distracted Roll-Up
Rating: *** 1/4
NJPW Kizuna Road: Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer & Zack Sabre Jr vs Kazuchika Okada, YOSHI-HASHI & Toa Henare
Winner: Archer via Claw
Rating: ***
IMPACT: Jordynne Grace vs Madison Rayne
Winner: Rayne via CrossRayne
Rating: ***

 

 

2. Stardom Shining Destiny: Wonder of Stardom Championship: Tam Nakano vs Arisa Hoshiki (c)

The backstory is interesting for the match. Arisa returned to Stardom about 6 months ago and has been part of the STARS faction, the same faction as Tam. Tam is an awkward girl who just wants to prove herself. Io pushed her before she left (see the Exploding Baseball Bat Match), Mayu saved her from humiliation when she was kicked out of Oedo Tai. So Arisa joining STARS and becoming quite friendly with Mayu, never sat well with Tam. Then during this years draft, Arisa was taken before Tam. This is their chance to express their feelings through a fight, since words don’t seem to be doing the job.

Tam came out with a stoic and distant look in her eyes, while Arisa was her typical upbeat self. It almost looked like Tam was distracted by her own determination to prove herself. Arisa smiles as she hits you, she’s having fun, she enjoys the sport. This was notable since Tam was straight faced through the first half of the match. Once it spilled to the outside and Tam his a German Suplex on the apron, the tone shifted.

Tam was smiling through the ropes down on Arisa, but not chiding, like she started having fun. The two had a big exchange of strikes and smiles, before Arisa started to harden a little. Tam knew to dodge the Brazilian Kick, but everything else was a great back and forth. Arisa and Tam trade running Knee Strikes, top rope attempts and Arisa tries to submit Tam, but she gets out of it.

We see the fight come to an end after the second time Arisa caught Tam with the Brazilian Kick. They have a moment after the match where Tam tells her that she’s not allowed to lose that belt to anyone besides her, or she’ll boil her. They even posed with their STARS faction, embracing with the Wonder of Stardom belt between them…and Starlight Kid keeping Tam standing.

This was a hard fought match, with a unique story that you’d see in anime but not often in professional wrestling. The concept of, words weren’t enough, so maybe they could communicate better in the ring. It’s quite poetic if you think about it.

Winner: Hoshiki via Brazilian Kick

Rating: **** 1/4

 

 

1. NOAH Misawa Memorial 6.9.2019: GHC Heavyweight Championship: Kaito Kiyomiya (c) vs Takashi Suigiura

Now as we all know from Hisame’s Newsletters, the June 9th show wasn’t televised until June 13th, hence why it qualifies for this week’s matches. Sugiura has been a great mentor to the young champion Kiyomiya. But since their tag team dissolved, Sugiura has taken to tough love. Earning his opportunity by pinning the champion a few weeks ago, Sugiura looks to become a 5 time GHC Heavyweight Champion.

Kaito came out with a lot of energy. He was trading with The Killing Machine, and holding his own, even trying to focus the left arm to take away some of his power, but the champion took a beating for a while. Kaito managed to fight out of everything Sugiura threw at him. Front Neck Lock, Olympic Slam and even a Guillotine with Body Scissors.

Kiyomiya eventually found an opening when Sugiura went for the Avalanche Olympic Slam, but Kaito turned it into an Avalanche Reverse DDT. Being Misawa’s Memorial show, Kaito hit a few Emerald Flowsions and it was only appropriate that Sugiura pulled out the ole Misawa Rolling Elbow, to rock the young champion and give hope that the old vet would pick up the win. But in a feat of beautiful camera work and great resolve from Kiyomiya, he pulls off the Tiger Suplex Hold, right in front of the portrait banner of Misawa. Almost as if Misawa gave the match his blessing.

Brutal match that proved the young champion has guts and could easily be a Match of the Year candidate.

Winner: Kiyomiya via Tiger Suplex Hold

Rating: **** 1/2

 

Thoughts:

A lot of good stuff this week! AAA managed to make an appearance outside of TripleMania, NOAH saved some great matches for the memorial shows and 205 Live looks to be almost back on track.

However, my vote will go to, Wonder of Stardom: Arisa Hoshiki (c) vs Tam Nakano. Though it wasn’t the highest rated match, I really enjoyed the story and how it told the story throughout the match and even the promo afterwards. Arisa has cemented her return and her position as a prominent player. Tam felt like she got better overnight last year during the 5 Star Grand Prix and she continues to prove she’s figured it out. If she can manage to stay healthy (she has a history of missing a few shows here or there with little nagging injuries), she might finally get a singles title.


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