Andrew works on the A Block this year for the Champion Carnival! Not as star studded as last year, does it still stack up well?
So this is the second year Mathew and I will be covering the Champion Carnival as a tag team. Last year we both anticipated Marufuji winning, but he came from the block I was covering…so we started a small game.
We covered 4 tournaments last year, and my block won 3 of the 4 tournaments, Stardom’s 5 Star Grand Prix being the one that went Mathew’s way.
I’ve got some heavy hitters, and all of my pizza snacks are on Zeus. So let’s see how this one rides!
- Kento Miyahara vs Atsushi Aoki: Miyahara wins via Shutdown Suplex @13:30 – **** 1/2
- Shuji Ishikawa vs Yuji Okabayshi: Okabayashi wins via Golem Splash @ 22:35 – **** 1/4
- Dylan James vs Ryoji Sai: James wins via Lariat @8:20 – *
- Yuma Aoyagi vs Yuji Okabayashi: Okabayashi wins via Golem Camel @5:30 – **
- Atsushi Aoki vs Shuji Ishikawa: Ishikawa wins via TSUNAMI @7:55 – ***
Miyahara took the junior lightly early and it came back to bite him numerous times. Nearly getting counted out due to Kyohei Wada (the senior referee’s) personality. Much like Red Shoes in NJPW, his discretion is dependent on the participants. Kento was locked behind the gate around the 5 or 6 count and Aoki threw a chair at him when he got close, dazing the Champion. Instead of restarting the count at 1, Kyohei sometimes picks up where he left off, or counts faster as a way to say “hurry the hell up”. This time, he started at 7 and Kento scrambled to the gate but the latch was stuck and you see Kyohei generously allow Kento back, and then they had a few words which gave Aoki an opening.
All in all, this was a great back and forth match especially considering Aoki is a last second replacement since Kengo Mashimo got injured about 2 weeks before the carnival started. Great match and great start to 4/4 A Block!
This was an old fashioned Hoss fight. Both men have been embroiled in the war for the World Heavyweight Tag Team titles. So this fight was a little personal and showed that each were familiar with the other’s offense. Shuji landed a ton of knees to the chest and stomps to the midsection, while Yuji seemed to stick with more of his normal power game. Lariats, Torture Racks, Powerbombs, this was just a tough fight. My only complaint is with how much Shuji was working over the midsection, I would’ve liked to see Okabayashi struggle a bit more for some of his maneuvers. It doesn’t stop the match from being a hell of a slug fest, but it could’ve been better with a little more selling from Okabayashi.
Kicking off the 4/6 show for the A Block is Dylan James versus Ryoji Sai. Dylan has been positioned strongly as the number 2 gaijin and a good performance here could push him as a real main event contender. However, this match was a dumpster fire. Dylan trips Ryoji on the apron and then Sai proceeds to sell a knee injury for about 3 minutes to the point of awkward referee stops and excessive checking. Then Ryoji pulls off a Vertical Suplex, on a man about 6’3″ 275, knee doesn’t buckle, but then he tries to sell it after. Then he goes to the top rope and asks audience members to move, so that’s a painfully long stall for him to do nothing, but then runs back up after getting knocked off for a Superplex, and tries to sell the knee again. This was just bad psychology. Dylan James was the worst performer to me in last year’s Carnival, but this match wasn’t his fault at all. In fact, he was the highlight since he used his power eventually to stop the shenanigans and pick up the win the old Stan Hansen way. God this was painful.
Well as a stark contrast to the last match, this starts off before the bell even rings. Aoyagi tries to take the fight to the bigger man, but Okabayashi eventually has his way. An evil looking Boston Crab, followed by an Argentine Backbreaker all set up for the Camel Clutch and a rather quick tap out with the smaller man getting in a small flourish, but frankly, never looking like he had a prayer.
Well boys and girls, if you thought there was a size disparity last match, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Aoki is 5’7″, Ishikawa is 6’5″. Now Aoki is an alternate, and he was definitely placed into the group of death, but he has been the standard bearer for the Junior Division, so he’s not a push over. Early on Shuji tries to make fun of the size difference by holding his hand way up for a test of strength. Aoki counters by crouching and holding his hand up, making the bigger man come to him. The early portion was a lot of bobbing and weaving, with Aoki trying to use his quickness…that didn’t last long. Aoki did get a couple near falls, but the power of Ishikawa was effectively too much. Both of these guys are members of Evolution (Suwama’s stable, not Triple H’s), so there’s no bad blood. So for what it lacked in physical conflict, it made up for in physical comedy.
Overall Score: 7.5/10
A Block started hot out of the gates, and then on the second day of the tournament it tripped and fell into some ice. Yes I know tournaments ebb and flow, but the stark contrast to the first two days is a little surprising. Doesn’t stop it from being generally enjoyable and telling appropriate stories…except for the Sai and James match.
Solid start to things, let’s just hope for more 4/4 than 4/6 moving forward.
Yuji Okabayashi (2-0) – 4 Points
Shuji Ishikawa (1-1) – 2 Points
Dylan James (1-0) – 2 Points
Kento Miyahara (1-0) – 2 Points
Yuma Aoyagi (0-1) – 0 Points
Ryoji Sai (0-1) – 0 Points
Zeus (0-0) – 0 Points
Gianni Valletta (0-0) – 0 Points
Atsushi Aoki (0-2) – 0 Points
WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (7/20/19)
Stand back! There’s a Comic-Con coming through!
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?
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS The Hurricane VS Drake Maverick; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
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?
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.
Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 6 B Block
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
This whole day is based around two major things:
Will Jay White or Tetsuya Naito get a win?
Will Moxley or Ishii kill one another?
Let’s find out!
- Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens vs Zack Sabre Jr & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Fale wins via Grenade @4:50 – **
- Tomoaki Honma & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer: Archer wins via EBD Claw Hold @9:50 – **
- SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI vs KENTA, Kota Ibushi & Clark Connors: BUSHI wins via MX @9:02 – ** 1/2
- YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay & Toa Henare: YOSHI wins via Fisherman Buster @8:45 – ** 1/4
- B Block: Shingo Takagi vs Taichi: Takagi wins via Last of the Dragon @14:40 – ****
- B Block: Jeff Cobb vs Juice Robinson: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @13:20 – *** 1/2
- B Block: Toru Yano vs Jay White: Yano wins via Brass Knuckle Low Blow/Roll-Up @3:05 – ** 1/2
- B Block: Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto: Naito wins via Destino @16:00 – *** 3/4
- B Block: Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii: Moxley wins via Deathrider @20:35 – **** 1/2
Well Fale tried to outsmart the Rainmaker in his last G1 match, and that didn’t go too well. So Sabre is being a whiny child, tried to step to Fale and for the most part, got brushed off. Fale isn’t really in a position to eat another loss, but it’s unusual for Sabre to be doing so poorly. I’m curious if Sabre continues this slide until maybe TAKA Michinoku returns to be his hype man, or Sabre gets off the schneid.
People, everybody dies. You know that, Lance knows that, Honma knows that…Kairi Sane knows that. This didn’t really add much to things except the undercurrent of a quiet Minoru Suzuki is scary for the whole world. Also – Everybody Dies!
Now that SANADA and EVIL have had their match, there is some symbiosis back on the LIJ undercards. KENTA and Kota teaming together was a cute call back, but nothing of heavy merit came from this match. BUSHI continues to rack up positive momentum during these tags, Clark Connors is impressive for an LA Dojo Young Lion. So decent match, but aside from EVIL and KENTA brawling after the match and SANADA and Ibushi having a rather civil fan support battle, nothing too important for the impending matches.
Okada and Ospreay did have the crowd hot, but aside from a small flourish, this was mostly YOSHI and Henare. Surprisingly, YOSHI-HASHI has put together a few pinfalls in the tag matches, so that tends to actually play a role in the second half story telling. Ospreay may be on his way to a big upset since even if Okada seems to be positioned to win A Block, he won’t make it through unscathed.
Now this was a fun match. It was a continuation of the Suzuki-Gun/LIJ drama, but Taichi has his own issues. Shingo is fighting as a Junior Heavyweight and Taichi moved up to Heavyweight last year, but was overlooked for the G1. So the fact that Shingo asks and gets in, yet Taichi moves up and was ignored has to bother him. With all of these little things eating through, Taichi brought out the Dangerous T that many of us have grown to love. Sure there was a brief moment of shenanigans with lovely Miho and the microphone stand, but 90% of the match was on the up and up. Pumping Bomber versus Axe Bomber was great, the callbacks to both of their mentors was wonderful and just generally speaking, when the Holy Emperor tries, those are great matches. Shingo getting the win won’t sit well with Taichi, but we’ve got plenty more time to see how this all falls.
Juice starts off the match in a 3 way tie for first, but Cobb really needs a win to legitimize his tournament. Being undefeated in ROH for about a year, as well as all his other accolades, he needs to stop losing. Cobb showed a little more fire than usual in this match and took it to Juice. Juice has been in hard hitting affairs all tournament and it looks like Juice might’ve finally hit the wall. Should be interesting to see if Juice flounders from here or if he recovers.
Well the Chaos revenge tour has another stop with Toru Yano and Jay White. Jay has not gotten off to a good start and it’s all his past decisions coming to bite him. This match…would be no different. Yano takes advantage of Gedo getting involved. Between Barbara Jean the turnbuckle pad and the brass knuckles from Gedo, Jay White’s nuts didn’t stand a chance. So Yano runs away with 2 more points and Jay’s pride…and other things…are a bit sore.
Goto started off the tournament looking like a new man, Naito has also looked different, but for different reasons. Naito sitting in the basement with zero points and Goto with the renewed sense of purpose makes for an odd dynamic. This match is one of their usual ones, where it’s quick bursts, hard hitting and a few solid false finishes. However, at multiple points Naito’s usual tranquilo is shaken and you can see him show levels of concern. Goto being the one with the power in the match, makes for some unique interactions. Naito does pull off the win, but it’s not for Goto’s lack of trying and kicking out of one running Destino. Naito finally gets some points, but it’s nothing near dominant enough to breathe a sigh of relief.
Moxley versus Ishii was the insane hard hitting match we expected. Ishii even flew. He hit a splash on Moxley through a table. The Stone Pitbull flew. Yes I realize there is a callback to Masato Tanaka in that move, but you don’t understand, Ishii flew. Anyway, the beauty of Red Shoes as a referee is he understands each wrestlers personality, so he gives them a little more leash to do what they like to do. Moxley used weapons, Ishii egged it on, there were huge strikes, Ishii’s torpedo style rising headbutts and just good violence. This was a bar fight and no one was upset. Moxley getting the win was a little surprising since most of us assume he won’t be available for many if any later dates once AEW TV starts up. This was just a nice change of pace for the usual New Japan and/or Strong Style match.
Overall Score: 7.75/10
With a great Taichi match and Moxley changing the pace, this show was definitely something to behold. Jay White’s continued spiral is more amusing than Sabre’s since this seems like retribution where Sabre is just a punk bitch when he loses. Even with an uneventful undercard, the main Block matches kept everything moving upward and onward.
With Moxley as the sole 3-0, who unseats the Death Rider?
B Block Standings:
- Jon Moxley – 3-0 (6 Points)
- Toru Yano – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Tomohiro Ishii – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Juice Robinson – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Shingo Takagi – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Jeff Cobb – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Tetsuya Naito – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Hirooki Goto – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Taichi – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Jay White – 0-3 (0 Points)