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Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival B Block Results & Review: Part 1

Champion Carnival kicks off in full force! Mathew lends his expertise to help catch you up on the first portion of the B Block matches!

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Champion Carnival kicks off in full force! Mathew lends his expertise to help catch you up on the first portion of the B Block matches!

Welcome back to All Japan as both me and Andrew are once again covering their tournament, the Champion Carnival!

This time though, we’ll be switching it up with me doing B Block this time around while Andrew will focus on the A Block.

We, unfortunately, found out that Kengo Mashimo is dealing with injuries that he’ll be unable to compete for the tournament and will be replaced by Atsushi Aoki for the A Block and we wish Kengo a speedy recovery. For this part, I’ll be covering the first two days with five matches.

If you saw my predictions about a week or so ago, you’d see that my pick for the winner is Jake Lee and let’s see how it pans out. Who will get some points on the board?

Let’s find out as we…dive right in.

Rating System:

  • 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
  • 1 Star: Vince Russo
  • 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
  • 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
  • 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
  • 5 Stars: Jim Cornette

 

4/4/2019
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Daichi Hashimoto vs. Takashi Yoshida

Review: Our first match of my clock is BJW’s Daichi Hashimoto taking on Dragon Gate’s very own, Takashi Yoshida. I know I complained about Takashi being in this tournament due to being my least favorite in Dragon Gate and wish they had a better heavyweight, but it looks like this is who we got and nothing we can do about it now. I don’t know too much about Daichi except that he’s young and can gain a lot of experience in this tournament. Which one of these outsiders will get the first victory?

Okay, so I’m kinda convinced that Dragon Gate is a bit of a curse here since when Shingo came here last year, he did fantastic in his performance and now I see Takashi on his own without outside interference from R.E.D or anyone, and he didn’t do badly at all. It wasn’t great sure, but if you take the goofy stuff out of the way sometimes and the potential is somehow there. Daichi though, this is my first time seeing him in action and I gotta say that I was a bit impressed with him in the match. Nothing spectacular happened in the match but it was very solid enough to get by without any complaints and had the right amount of time it needed to do what needed to be done. Takashi had him up for a Jackhammer and lands it as Daichi would kick out at two to his surprise. Takashi didn’t know what he had to do, so he spits green mist into his eyes and does a Small Package but Diachi still kicked out! Takashi quickly got him up and hits the Kong Lariat to knock him down and gets the first victory.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Naoya Nomura vs. Jake Lee

Review: Our next match is set as Naoya Nomura takes on Jake Lee. I expected this to be the main event for B Block and for this to happen later on in the tournament but it looks like we’re getting it now for our first day, isn’t this just exciting? Both Nomura and Lee are two incredible talents with a bright future in All Japan, especially with the performances both of them have been having over the past few months. One of these two is gonna have to get the win, but who will it be?

This match was more of a taste of what’s to come in future bouts between the two and for what we got in just this one, be very excited for what comes next because this was a great match. Both of these men stiffing each other in this match with their elbows, knees, kicks, forearms, you just name it and they did it while showing off their fighting spirit. Nomura is the one who has been showing the most progress so far when he fought Kento a few weeks ago and it’s great to see him still having that drive to get another rematch by winning this tournament. Jake Lee continues to impress in the ring as well as he doesn’t give Nomura much room to recover as he just wants to beat him down. Nomura looks like he’s ready to finish of Jake with a Death Valley Driver but Jake fights it off and gives him a knee to the chest as he went down. Jake has him right where he wants him now as he would pick him up for the Backdrop Driver but Nomura rolled out of it to first apply the Butterfly Lock and once Jake slips out of it, Nomura would transition it into a new submission which he calls the Nomura Lock and Jake tapped out. Great match, worth the twelve minutes of your time, and gave us enough to want more from these two.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Suwama vs. Joe Doering

Review: It’s now time for our final match for my block on this show as we have two former Triple Crown Champions fighting each other, we got Suwama taking on Joe Doering. Some people know the history behind them when they were in Evolution before Joe left and even defeated him to win that Triple Crown Championship when he was the champion at the time. Now, they’ll fight once again to get some points on the board. Which one of them will take the two points?

“I got until ten, motherfucker.” That is now my favorite line from Joe. If you were expecting something hard-hitting and powerful, then you came to the right place since this match will give you that and then some. Joe and Suwama usually do work well together, so it’s no surprise here that we would get another solid bout between these two giants. This is the type of Joe that I like seeing in the ring because when he actually does try and doesn’t half-ass his strikes, he’s a joy to watch and he is here in this match too. Suwama, of course, does his fair share of the match with match his power as well and would even land a Powerbomb on him, even though it was slightly botched but it still carried over quite well. Joe would start pounding him with Lariats and would pick him up for a Fireman’s Carry Slam and quickly picked him up for another Lariat as Suwama still kicked out of it. Suwama starting to fight back and does a Lariat of his own before picking him up for the Backdrop Driver, but he’s not done as he applied the Sleeper Hold onto him. Joe starts to fight off the Sleeper for a little bit but Suwama would deepen the hold as he would pass out and the referee calls for the bell, smart way to make Joe look strong while still giving Suwama the victory.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

4/6/2019
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joel Redman vs. Daichi Hashimoto

Review: Our first match on this show for my block is Daichi Hashimoto taking on Joel Redman. Daichi already suffered a loss on the first day against Takashi Yoshida and he looks to try and bounce back in the game if he can win here. I don’t know much about Joel Redman but this is a good time to see what he can do. Will Joel get a win in his Carnival debut or will Daichi make up for his loss?

Before the bell would ring, Joel would offer a handshake to Daichi before the match would start as a sign of respect as the two shake hands. So how did Joel fair in this match? Well, this was my first time seeing him wrestle at all and I did enjoy what I saw of him so far. He’s got a great physique, pretty technical in the ring, agile, and looks to be a solid worker from what I’ve seen so far and this tournament is a great way to get introduced by him. Daichi was able to put on another solid performance in the ring and was able to see a little bit more of him compared to his previous match against Takashi. Around the eight-minute mark, Daichi would kick out one of Joel’s legs to get him down and hits a Shining Wizard to the back of his head before running to the other side to hit one more directly at his face and gets the pinfall victory along with his first set of points. Not bad guys, I like what I saw.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Naoya Nomura vs. Takashi Yoshida

Review: Our final match on this show and this article are Naoya Nomura taking on Takashi Yoshida. On the first show, Nomura would defeat Jake Lee and Takashi would defeat Daichi Hashimoto to both get points on the board. So both Nomura and Yoshida are considered undefeated and only one of them is gonna keep that streak alive while the other one takes the loss. Who will be undefeated in this match?

Takashi probably has one of the better throat thrusts I’ve seen since Kane, he just does them so well and makes them look like they hurt. Speaking of Takashi, again he delivers a very solid performance during the Carnival and why can’t I get more of this version of him? Anyway, Nomura did a great underdog story in this match when he would have a fairly even fight with him in the beginning and Takashi would get the heat to make the crowd get more behind Nomura in the match as the sympathetic babyface. We get another f-bomb when Takashi tells the crowd to shut the fuck up in plain English mind you, so that was quite the surprise. Nomura gets another big opponent to work with and the fact that he fought someone entirely new to him, he was able to match him fairly well and gets more experience this way.

Takashi would give him a couple more throat thrusts in this match and would deliver a beautiful Jackhammer (not Zeus beautiful though) as Nomura would kick out at two as he tries to rally up from the cries of the fans in the arena. Nomura would do a Gutbuster and climbs to the top rope to hit a Splash but Takashi would kick out at two. Nomura would try to lift him up again but Takashi got off to hit a German Suplex onto him and Takashi has him right where he wants him. Takashi would hit a Sitout Powerbomb as Nomura would kick out of it but would climb to the top rope to hit a Diving Elbow Drop right away as Nomura still kicked out of it. Nomura would duck a Lariat as he hits him with a Spear and rolled him up for a two count. Nomura would pick up Takashi one more time as he hits the Death Valley Driver this time and gets the pinfall to get the top spot in the standings!

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

Overall: While nothing as a MOTY contender or anything, all of the matches were very solid and this was a great way for B Block to kick off in the carnival. Solid debuts, nice surprises, one match is great, a fun night and I can’t wait to cover the next three shows for part 2.

Favorite Match: Jake Lee vs. Naoya Nomura

Least Favorite Match: Daichi Hashimoto vs. Takashi Yoshida

Score: 7/10

Current Standings:
Naoya Nomura: (2-0) (4 Points)
Suwama: (1-0) (2 Points)
Takashi Yoshida: (1-1) (2 Points)
Daichi Hashimoto: (1-1) (2 Points)
Jake Lee: (0-1) (0 Points)
Joe Doering: (0-1) (0 Points)
Joel Redman: (0-1) (0 Points)
Yoshitatsu: (0-0) (0 Points)
Sam Adonis: (0-0) (0 Points)


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WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (7/20/19)

Stand back! There’s a Comic-Con coming through!

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WWE 24/7 Championship

The WWE 24/7 Championship makes an SDCC debut!

As superheroes, super villains and super fans all converge in San Diego, watch as WWE icons collide! Who gets out of the convention with the title?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS The Hurricane VS Drake Maverick; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.

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WWE 24/7 Champion, R-Truth, appears for an interview!

What’s up, San Diego and IGN!? Truth sits with hosts Max Scoville and Sydnee Goodman and has been having a blast. he’s seen everything and everybody, but he just hopes no one recognized him. Truth being the 24/7 Champion, he had to stay incognito. Someone, anyone, everyone, they could take this title because it is defended at all times of the day. That is why it is the “48/7 7-11 TV” Championship. How has Truth been holding up? Well he can’t sleep, not even for a nap. He’s fought over this belt on a golf course, a tarmac, in a plane, and ruined one man’s wedding AND honeymoon. But don’t worry, Drake Maverick’s not constipated.

And now at SDCC, Truth has been able to slip through as a penguin! Pengi the penguin, noot noot! He got to shake hands and hang out with Darth Vader. Truth loves SDCC, it’s the bomb. But what else has Truth done while here? Chewbacca stared him down, but then Pikachu came along. The weather’s been a bit iffy, though. But wait! Is that…?! Yes! It is THE Hurricane!! Truth mentioned weather, so stand back, because there’s a hurricane coming through! Truth thinks this is a really great cosplay, but he’s a bit thick around the waist. Oh wow, what a great referee cosplay! He looks just like John Combs! But he’s blonde. No, wait, that’s… Nevermind. ROLL UP! TWO, but Hurricane runs away before Truth can retaliate. Because here comes Rockstar Banana, Drake Maverick! Roll up, TWO!!

Truth bails out before Maverick can attack again. Maverick vents! Truth has ruined Maverick’s life! His wedding, his honey moon, and he’s yet to consummate the marriage! Maverick is getting sick and tired of this! And then he realizes he’s on camera. Maverick gets up and runs off, but into the cameras! The signal goes down, but is Maverick too down in the dumps to get back up?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This title continues to be amazing! I was actually shocked Truth didn’t lose the title here, but him retaining is actually even more surprising. Great to see Hurricane again, even if it’s just for the gag of, “Oh, it’s Comic-Con, cosplay is everywhere.” Maverick is slowly breaking, and I love that he tied in the banana costume from when he showed up at the WWE Mattel panel during SDCC. Can’t wait to see reference to this on Raw.


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Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 6 B Block

Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?

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Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?

This whole day is based around two major things:

Will Jay White or Tetsuya Naito get a win?

Will Moxley or Ishii kill one another?

Let’s find out!

Ratings:

  • Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens vs Zack Sabre Jr & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Fale wins via Grenade @4:50 – **
  • Tomoaki Honma & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer: Archer wins via EBD Claw Hold @9:50 – **
  • SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI vs KENTA, Kota Ibushi & Clark Connors: BUSHI wins via MX @9:02 – ** 1/2
  • YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay & Toa Henare: YOSHI wins via Fisherman Buster @8:45 – ** 1/4
  • B Block: Shingo Takagi vs Taichi: Takagi wins via Last of the Dragon @14:40 – ****
  • B Block: Jeff Cobb vs Juice Robinson: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @13:20 – *** 1/2
  • B Block: Toru Yano vs Jay White: Yano wins via Brass Knuckle Low Blow/Roll-Up @3:05 – ** 1/2
  • B Block: Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto: Naito wins via Destino @16:00 – *** 3/4
  • B Block: Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii: Moxley wins via Deathrider @20:35 – **** 1/2

 

Analysis:

Well Fale tried to outsmart the Rainmaker in his last G1 match, and that didn’t go too well. So Sabre is being a whiny child, tried to step to Fale and for the most part, got brushed off. Fale isn’t really in a position to eat another loss, but it’s unusual for Sabre to be doing so poorly. I’m curious if Sabre continues this slide until maybe TAKA Michinoku returns to be his hype man, or Sabre gets off the schneid.

People, everybody dies. You know that, Lance knows that, Honma knows that…Kairi Sane knows that. This didn’t really add much to things except the undercurrent of a quiet Minoru Suzuki is scary for the whole world. Also – Everybody Dies!

Now that SANADA and EVIL have had their match, there is some symbiosis back on the LIJ undercards. KENTA and Kota teaming together was a cute call back, but nothing of heavy merit came from this match. BUSHI continues to rack up positive momentum during these tags, Clark Connors is impressive for an LA Dojo Young Lion. So decent match, but aside from EVIL and KENTA brawling after the match and SANADA and Ibushi having a rather civil fan support battle, nothing too important for the impending matches.

Okada and Ospreay did have the crowd hot, but aside from a small flourish, this was mostly YOSHI and Henare. Surprisingly, YOSHI-HASHI has put together a few pinfalls in the tag matches, so that tends to actually play a role in the second half story telling. Ospreay may be on his way to a big upset since even if Okada seems to be positioned to win A Block, he won’t make it through unscathed.

Now this was a fun match. It was a continuation of the Suzuki-Gun/LIJ drama, but Taichi has his own issues. Shingo is fighting as a Junior Heavyweight and Taichi moved up to Heavyweight last year, but was overlooked for the G1. So the fact that Shingo asks and gets in, yet Taichi moves up and was ignored has to bother him. With all of these little things eating through, Taichi brought out the Dangerous T that many of us have grown to love. Sure there was a brief moment of shenanigans with lovely Miho and the microphone stand, but 90% of the match was on the up and up. Pumping Bomber versus Axe Bomber was great, the callbacks to both of their mentors was wonderful and just generally speaking, when the Holy Emperor tries, those are great matches. Shingo getting the win won’t sit well with Taichi, but we’ve got plenty more time to see how this all falls.

Juice starts off the match in a 3 way tie for first, but Cobb really needs a win to legitimize his tournament. Being undefeated in ROH for about a year, as well as all his other accolades, he needs to stop losing. Cobb showed a little more fire than usual in this match and took it to Juice. Juice has been in hard hitting affairs all tournament and it looks like Juice might’ve finally hit the wall. Should be interesting to see if Juice flounders from here or if he recovers.

Well the Chaos revenge tour has another stop with Toru Yano and Jay White. Jay has not gotten off to a good start and it’s all his past decisions coming to bite him. This match…would be no different. Yano takes advantage of Gedo getting involved. Between Barbara Jean the turnbuckle pad and the brass knuckles from Gedo, Jay White’s nuts didn’t stand a chance. So Yano runs away with 2 more points and Jay’s pride…and other things…are a bit sore.

Goto started off the tournament looking like a new man, Naito has also looked different, but for different reasons. Naito sitting in the basement with zero points and Goto with the renewed sense of purpose makes for an odd dynamic. This match is one of their usual ones, where it’s quick bursts, hard hitting and a few solid false finishes. However, at multiple points Naito’s usual tranquilo is shaken and you can see him show levels of concern. Goto being the one with the power in the match, makes for some unique interactions. Naito does pull off the win, but it’s not for Goto’s lack of trying and kicking out of one running Destino. Naito finally gets some points, but it’s nothing near dominant enough to breathe a sigh of relief.

Moxley versus Ishii was the insane hard hitting match we expected. Ishii even flew. He hit a splash on Moxley through a table. The Stone Pitbull flew. Yes I realize there is a callback to Masato Tanaka in that move, but you don’t understand, Ishii flew. Anyway, the beauty of Red Shoes as a referee is he understands each wrestlers personality, so he gives them a little more leash to do what they like to do. Moxley used weapons, Ishii egged it on, there were huge strikes, Ishii’s torpedo style rising headbutts and just good violence. This was a bar fight and no one was upset. Moxley getting the win was a little surprising since most of us assume he won’t be available for many if any later dates once AEW TV starts up. This was just a nice change of pace for the usual New Japan and/or Strong Style match.

 

Overall Score: 7.75/10

With a great Taichi match and Moxley changing the pace, this show was definitely something to behold. Jay White’s continued spiral is more amusing than Sabre’s since this seems like retribution where Sabre is just a punk bitch when he loses. Even with an uneventful undercard, the main Block matches kept everything moving upward and onward.

With Moxley as the sole 3-0, who unseats the Death Rider?

 

B Block Standings:

  • Jon Moxley – 3-0 (6 Points)
  • Toru Yano – 2-1 (4 Points)
  • Tomohiro Ishii – 2-1 (4 Points)
  • Juice Robinson – 2-1 (4 Points)
  • Shingo Takagi – 2-1 (4 Points)
  • Jeff Cobb – 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Tetsuya Naito – 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Hirooki Goto – 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Taichi – 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Jay White – 0-3 (0 Points)


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