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The Good, Bad and Ugly SmackDown Live (3/12/19)

Fastlane was Good, Raw was Red Hot, now it’s time for SmackDown Live!  We have a huge show this week, completely jam packed with potential.  How’d it go?

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Fastlane was Good, Raw was Red Hot, now it’s time for SmackDown Live!  We have a huge show this week, completely jam packed with potential.  Let’s get right to it!

GOOD

The Hardy Boyz and Aleister Black and Ricochet vs. The Bar and Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev

Legit total speed, and agility vs. raw power.  This went about as expected.  The heel team beat the hell out of Jeff Hardy.  They isolated him with frequent tags.  Once Hardy got the tag in, it was chaos. Bodies everywhere and everyone throwing fist.  Finally Jeff Hardy got control and was the last man standing, hitting a “swanton” but was broken up.  Again all bodies in the ring going at it.  Out of no-where New Day who was jumped by The Bar and Nakamura and Rusev came and got them some.  Revenge is sweet and although they cost the Hardy Boyz and Black and Ricochet the match, they got some good shots in and got to pick their heads up high.  Good match, good story, and Good job all around.

Randy Orton

Randy Orton came out to explain his beef with AJ Styles as of late.  He takes exception to how AJ says, “the house he built.”  Orton straight shot at AJ Styles indy career, his time with TNA and his long time “not” being in the WWE.  AJ Styles had enough and decided to shoot back.   AJ crapped on Orton saying everything was handed to him and he is a rip off artist.  After more back and forth gold, we now have a match at WrestleMania.  This promo was fire, and amazing all around. The match should also shine.  This was Good as all hell!

Non-Title Match- WWE SD Women’s Champion- Asuka vs. Sonya Deville

If you are a frequent reader of G.B.U on thechairshot.com, and even if you aren’t you know now, I am a huge fan of Sonya Deville and a push for her would be brilliant.  This isn’t a Bad start with a fiery match with Asuka.  As expected this was a really decent fight between two strikers.  We have a hell of a Good match but it was of course somewhat predictable.  The story unfortunately revolves around dissension between Deville and Mandy Rose.  That is where this road is headed, and it seems after a small “mishap” with the apron cost Deville as she was kicked in the head followed up by an “Asuka Lock.”  Asuka Wins! Good Match but a really lame ending.  This brings the question, will this lead to Asuka feuding elsewhere? Or will this turn into a 3-Way for the Title?  That is worth watching!  

“The Man” Becky Lynch

“When the Man comes around” a lot can happen on any given night.  Lynch is just on top of the world currently.  The hottest person in all of sports entertainment dug her claws into “Ronnie” about her little outburst as of late.  Lynch has been dynamite on the mic and this week was no different.  Becky is WrestleMania Ready.  One person, in fact, the only person that is unhappy about this, is Charlotte Flair.  Charlotte took exception to Lynch’s confidence and let her know that she never belonged in the WrestleMania Match to begin with.  Lynch bit back however claiming, maybe it was her carrying Charlotte all this time.  This was intense.  Lynch had a mic drop claiming WWE doesn’t need “The Queen” they need “The Man.” 

WWE Champion-Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs. Kevin Owens and Mustafa Ali

K.O. and Ali came out hot not wasting anytime opening up a major can of whoop-ass.  However the story here was Rowan.  Rowan dominated this match and although was neutralized momentarily kept control over his much smaller opponents.  Ultimately Rowan stole the show, got the blind tag, and hit Mustafa Ali with a devastating “Clawslam” for the victory.  The match again wasn’t great, it was just okay, but definitely not Bad.  This acted as a bit of a push for Rowan and his impressive size and power, and it worked!    

Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods)

Everyone knows that when Vince McMahon wants to give you hell, you will get it in bulk, but Kofi Kingston almost completely unprovoked has gotten the “royal” McMahon treatment as of late and came out with his New Day Fam to vent.  Unfortunately for them they got Vince McMahons attention even more so.  Vince will give him what he wants, “an opportunity” however the cost it seems will be a Gauntlet Match against pretty much everyone McMahon can think of.  Randy Orton, Rowan, US Champ-Samoa Joe and The Bar to be exact. If Kofi wins, he gets his title match at WrestleMania.  Again, another unfortunate reality hit when his opponents for the match next week came out one by one to beat the living hell out of New Day.  What wasn’t expected though, is that New Day took care of business and cleared the ring.  Hopefully Kofi will have the same results next time but he has an uphill battle for sure.  This was a very powerful promo and got a lot of emotions. 

BAD

Opening Segment- “The Best in the World” Shane O’ Mac

Shane lost his mind at Fastlane attacking both his tag team partner and Miz’s father.  He was very stiff and obviously was making a major impact to the story.  Shane came out to explain himself but not before he berated the ring announcer (Greg Hamilton) for his lack of enthusiasm.  Shane is demanding the proper respect that he deserves now, explaining he has always, well before getting a trophy for it, has been the “Best in the World.”  Nothing has changed.  He has no regrets for his actions and in fact issued a challenge to his former tag team partner, The Miz at the big dance WrestleMania for the true title of “Best in the World.”  Sorry to say this was Bad all around, the match will be Bad, the Promos will be Bad, the whole deal will be Bad.  Right here this promo was, you guessed it Bad.

UGLY

Rey Mysterio and R-Truth vs. Samoa Joe and Andrade

At Fastlane these four amazing talents tore the house down.  Now paired up in makeshift teams they go again.  The match was okay nothing spectacular.  Of course Andrade and Mysterio were impressive as usual however it was R-Truth stumbling around and Samoa Joe being highly awkward that took a few points away overall.  This really wasn’t a very Good match.  Rey Mysterio hits a surprise “roll up” for the victory.  Samoa Joe then does what he always does, and beat the hell out of everyone in the match.  Score a rare one for the Ugly Column. 

FINAL

Good- 6

Bad- 1

Ugly- 1

Overall

Good SD Live, we definitely had some a touch of bad and ugly but the energy was high, and the Good was plentiful, if this is the pace WWE is going to go prior to the biggest night in the sport, we are going to have a historic event.  SmackDown live continues to kill it!

NXT is next.  Then it is only a little more wait until we dance.  We cannot wait for WrestleMania as every wrestling fan on Earth (as well as all of AEW) will be watching, glued to the WWE Network.  Until NXT, hope you enjoyed this SDLive Good, Bad and Ugly.


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Tiffany: Intriguing Storyline Brewing in NJPW’s G1 Climax

Tiffany’s rookie experience through New Japan continues! What has she noticed in the G1 Climax?

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Tiffany’s rookie experience through New Japan continues! What has she noticed in the G1 Climax?

So, I’ve been watching the G1 Climax this year and loving it! Yes, I mostly made the choice to watch it because Jon Moxley declared at Dominion that he wanted in and his request was granted, but I’ve been genuinely intrigued and excited by the matches of the grueling tournament.

For some background for those who do not watch NJPW, the G1 Climax is NJPW’s big tournament of the year. They take a field of around 20 guys and split them into two Round Robin blocks. One day, Block A will have their matches while B Block has tag matches to tease upcoming matches and the next day B Block will have their matches while A Block has tag matches. A win gets you two points, a draw gets you one point, a loss gets you zero points and the two guys who have won their blocks by getting the most points face off in the G1 Climax Final and the winner faces the IWGP Heavyweight Champion at Wrestle Kingdom, NJPW’s WrestleMania in January. This tournament takes a month to get done, they don’t wrestle every day, but it’s usually a few days on, a day or so off, then start all over and, in some ways, is as grueling to watch as it is to do.

As it stands on Sunday, July 21, 2019, Jon Moxley, FKA Dean Ambrose, is the only man in B Block to be undefeated and he has 6 points after 3 matches. In A Block, IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kuzuchika Okada shares the undefeated mantle with KENTA, FKA Hideo Itami, each of whom have 8 points because A Block had two block shows this weekend, and that is where things get interesting.

We are about one-third to halfway through this tournament and two former WWE guys are in the top of the standings, but where Jon Moxley has largely been embraced by the Japanese fans, KENTA, a native of Japan, has largely been shunned, even getting booed by the Japanese crowd in his match with EVIL in Saturday’s A Block match. It would very easy for whomever does the booking for NJPW to create a rivalry between KENTA and Moxley based on how they’ve been treated since coming to NJPW, especially playing up KENTA resenting Moxley for being loved and/or respected by the Japanese fans, while KENTA has not. Add in Moxley getting, and winning, the IWGP US Championship in his first match, while KENTA, due to the tournament schedule, has not.

That would not have to be the only point of contention between them, they could use Shota Umino, a Young Lion (NJPW rookie) who has becoming Moxley’s sidekick, and have KENTA resent how Moxley’s…’corrupting’ Umino and the teachings of the NJPW Dojo.

Does it HAVE to be KENTA? No, there have been other wrestlers in NJPW who have expressed resentment and skepticism over Moxley, and all of them have paid for expressing those doubts with serious ass-kickings, just ask Juice Robinson, Taichi, and Tomohiro Ishii, but KENTA, who has also just left WWE would make the most sense as they came in about the same time, from the same company, but the way the Japanese fans have welcomed and treated them has been VERY different.

Is this NJPW’s plan? I have no idea, Moxley is signed to a full-time contract with AEW, who will have first dibs on his dates once the TNT show starts up. Plus, I’m not familiar enough with NJPW to know how their booking works, but it definitely makes for an intriguing storyline coming out of the G1, so we’ll see.


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.44 ~ 21ST JULY 2019

The Global Junior League is wrapping up, and Marine Day is celebrated by all! Hisame gives the overview on the NOAH course of action!

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The Global Junior League is wrapping up, and Marine Day is celebrated by all! Hisame gives the overview on the NOAH course of action!

CURRENT TOUR RECAP
NOAH started the long trek to the finals (and the GHC Heavyweight Tag match championship) at Korakuen Hall on 15th July on Japan’s “Marine Day” National Holiday. By the 16th they had moved up to Japan’s North to the Shin Yuri Twenty-One Hall, with the dreaded “Demon Staircase from Hell”. 19th July in Morioka, 20th in Akita and the 21st in Aomori.

Kenoh debuted his new ring wear (its all red) and Kongoh got their first win over The Sugiura Army (who all came out wearing the “Company Dog T-shirts”)
Kenoh has vowed to enter the N-1, win it, win the GHC Heavyweight at Sumo Hall, and then return to the provinces with the belt.

Naomichi Marufuji also debuted new ring wear. He said he changed it from red as red was Kongoh’s colors, and he has gone with a black and metallic silver. Black and silver are LIDET’S colors, but Kenoh seems not to have picked up on that yet.

RATELS continued with their periodic squabble (which happens in leagues, and when one of them has a belt which another one challenges for) in a match that one fan termed “speed vs power” with Tadasuke taking on YO-HEY, and defeating him within ten minutes. Elsewhere for RATELS that evening, Daisuke Harada was bloodied by Yoshinari Ogawa, who in turn was bloodied by Harada when he threw him into a table. As YO-HEY said about the match (which he watched on the monitor), that Harada is known for bleeding, but for Ogawa, its very rare.

There was blood everywhere by the end of the match, all over the mat, the mats outside (in pools), and senior Referee Nishinaga’s shirt was smeared with it. Yoshinari Ogawa won with a sneak roll up (see “Rat Boy” in dictionary), and Harada threw one of his famous tantrums and had to be pulled off Ogawa. Ogawa said afterwards that if you think what he did to Harada was bad then he was going to do worse to YO-HEY (who is “not on Harada’s level”). YO-HEY gave a nonsensical confused and rambling promo (please DO NOT GET ME STARTED on it) about hitting Ogawa’s nose on the right side. However, in the event of things, neither bled and it was YO-HEY who took the victory.

The bloodshed resolved nothing between Harada & Ogawa as on the 16th when Harada came out to second RATELS, friction once again rose between them, with a fight breaking out at the end of the match as Harada got into the ring to attack Ogawa.

In the main event at Korakuen when AXIZ clashed with the challengers to their GHC Heavyweight tag titles, Kaito Kiyomiya aimed a missile dropkick to Go Shiozaki’s knee (despite promising that he wouldn’t as he felt that a champion should be “emphatic” at times). Also in the match sparks flew between Chris Ridgeway and Naomichi Marufuji, who had a kick\chop war. After the match they both made the “single match” signal to each other, which is something that fans very much want to see.

After the match (and Go Shiozaki tapping out to Taniguchi), NOAH announced that Shiozaki would be missing time due to a shoulder dislocation. During this time, which was a time of worry for fans and Nakajima, Nakajima came out holding both the tag belts and to AXIZ theme music. Taniguchi made him tap out on the 16th to his modified camel clutch.

Kaito Kiyomiya has now turned 23 (17th July) and fans have started detecting a change of vibe him in, he seemingly has gone from the nice young (slightly naive) boy of 22, to more steely and less sympathetic person. This was seen when talking about Shiozaki’s injury he said something to the effect of, “yeah, we all get injured, and while I sympathize, we are trying to have a title match here”, and in the title match he attacked Shiozaki’s damaged neck and shoulder. In Morioka, he was seen to have slight smirk on his lips (as opposed to his usual worried expression) when he held the belt up to Kenoh at the end of the main event, and Kenoh stalked off.

Go Shiozaki returned to action on the 20th July. He doesn’t seem to have had any further problems, and he says he is fine, but fans think that he is probably a lot worse than he is making it out to be.

The afternoon at Korakuen belonged to the juniors with HAYATA vs Kotaro Suzuki putting on a stellar match, with HAYATA wearing Kotaro Suzuki down by letting him wear himself out. HAYATA wouldn’t quit, he took everything that Suzuki threw at him, and likewise with Suzuki taking everything that HAYATA threw at him. The audience were firmly on the side of HAYATA (as opposed to NOAH’s first born son), and just as Suzuki hit the Tiger Driver, the time ran out.

Hajime Ohara, it must be said, was not in a good way during the closing stages of Global Junior League as the problem with his neck and shoulder flared up again (it had plagued him during Global Tag League 2018 too), so while fans wanted to see him win, it was probably better that he didn’t, especially as he is responsible pretty much for the planning of NOAH’s Kawasaki event. During the match on the 16th, the referee was concerned and asked him if he was fit to continue.

The semi final night of Global Junior League 2019 and the GHC Heavyweight title match came on the 21st July 2019 in the Mutsu Grand Hotel in Aomori. It is a small venue, a hotel, which NOAH created a “big match” atmosphere at.

Takashi Sugiura & NOSAWA Rongai teamed up to take on Minoru Tanaka & Kinya Okada. After the match, which Sugiura naturally won, he said that he wanted Kinya Okada to enter The Sugiura Army. Kinya Okada did (and how could he refuse after being commanded by Takashi Sugiura), and he will have his first match as one of them on the 27th July at Kawasaki when they fight Kongoh. His joining The Sugiura Army is a good move as not only does it mean that he has the chance to be mentored by Takashi Sugiura, it also brings him into conflict with Yoshiki Inamura, who is in Kongoh, and calls him “my rival”.

Global Junior League 2019 came down to HAYATA vs Tadasuke, following their wins over Hajime Ohara & Kotaro Suzuki (HAYATA, who was seconded by YO-HEY) and Tadasuke (who defeated Daisuke Harada earlier in the evening). When they met in the ring later, Tadasuke gave HAYATA the finger.

Daisuke Harada commented, “RATEL’S showdown in the final, I have nothing but jealousy.”

AXIZ defended the GHC Heavyweight tag titles successfully against Kaito Kiyomiya & Shuhei Taniguchi, with Go Shiozaki getting the win with the lariat on Shuhei Taniguchi. They were challenged for the titles by The Return of The Dark Agents (Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue).

Title match will take place at NOAH’s anniversary show on the 4th August.

EVENT RECAPS
Korakuen Hall, 15th July 2019 
Post match interviews

Shin Yuri Twenty-One Hall, 16th July 2019
Post match interviews

Morioka Gymnasium, 19th July 2019
Post match interviews

Serion Plaza, 20th July 2019
Post match interviews (AXIZ only)

Mutsu Grand Hotel, Aomori, 21st July 2019

NEWS

Atsushi Aoki memorial

All Japan announced this week that the memorial for Atsushi Aoki will take place on the 11th August at Korakuen Hall. NOAH wrestlers have been announced to be participating in the event (although he was an All Japan wrestler, Aoki was NOAH  born) with Naomichi Marufuji, Takashi Sugiura, Shuhei Taniguchi and Hitoshi Kumano in attendance.

The main event will see Naomichi Marufuji team with Kento Miyahara and Yuma Aoyogi against Shuji Ishikawa, Shuhei Taniguchi and Suwama. Suwama has wanted a singles match with Marufuji since the Tokyo Sports Award in January, and says that he doesn’t care about the other opponents, he wants Marufuji.

In the semi, Jun Akiyama will tag with Takashi Sugiura against Naoya Nomura and Hitoshu Kumano.

 

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

 

TOUR TIDBITS
~ NOAH have released a Sugiura Army “Company Dog” towel, which features both of Takashi Sugiura’s dogs with his little toy poodle at one end and his beloved Shiba Inu at the other, both barking “Yip! Yip!”
~ HAYATA gave Kotaro Suzuki a slight black eye
~ Kenoh has said that HE will enter the N-1, and if LIDET don’t let him, he will go ahead and do it anyway.
~ Yoshiki Inamura turned on Junta Miyawaki when Miyawaki came in to try and help him after the match in Morioka
~ Minoru Tanaka stole Rocky Kawamura’s apples and ate one in the ring, and posted that the other one was for his lunch. When asked how they were by Rocky, he said they were tasty.
~ Kenoh’s latest bout of paranoia is to claim that LIDET turned the microphone down on him during a promo.
~ Naomichi Marufuji scooped up the white and black feathers left in the ring from Kaito Kiyomiya and AXIZ’S jackets, and putting them in the palm of his hand, blew them into the crowd.
~ Mohammed Yone and Atsushi Kotoge did the Disco Fever vs Revolutionary Pose stand off. This hasn’t happened for a while.
~ RATELS went on a wander while in Akita, and came across a fenced off area because Bears were in the forest. YO-HEY joked that it was Hitoshi Kumano (who’s surname means “Bear”, and also incorporates bears into his persona\merchandise), doing a private autograph session. In one picture, in the background, HAYATA had his back to the camera while he stood by some bushes…
~ Minoru Suzuki vs Naomichi Marufuji will be their first match since the Suzuki Gun invasion of NOAH in summer 2016, although the match at TAKAYAMANIA 2 when this takes place, will not be a singles match.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya turned 23 on the 17th July
~ “The Tadasuke Women” were seen again in force at the Shin-Yuri Twenty One Hall. These middle aged to elderly women I believe are family and friends of Mohammed Yone, but they were given the name “The Tadasuke Women” after he played up to them last year. Minoru Tanaka, who sprained his ankle during the match, said that he had been distracted by them, hence the reason for his injury. Tadasuke behaved himself this year.
~ Masao Inoue suffered the usual sneak videos from Naomichi Marufuji on NOAH’s long bus journey (they have a twelve hour trip on the 22nd back to Tokyo), and then Marufuji bought out his new toy, “FaceApp” and made him into a woman (who looked a little like Betty Boop) and an old man. Marufuji also made himself into an old man, and then into woman. A photograph of himself and Takashi Sugiura as old grey men (looking like they where hosts of a daytime or direct to video art series) made Sugiura remark that they should challenge for the tag titles.
~ Referee Ben, who was kneeling at ringside, was knocked over by a dueling Chris Ridgeway and Tadasuke

BROADCASTS
NOAH’s big Kawasaki Kultz event (and the GHC Heavyweight title, plus the final night of Global Junior League 2019) will air on the 2nd August on G+ at 8.30PM JST

NOAH will be broadcast live on Sunday 4th August at 11.30am JST on G+

LINKS
“Devil Form” Taniguchi – Onslaught on Shiozaki’s Weak Point

PICTURE CREDITS: Noah.co.jp, Daisuke Harada, Naomichi Marufuji, Battle Sports


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