Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 394
ROH keeps things going on G1 Supercard Weekend! The Last Real Man got away with an attack on the Octopus, but who will have the last laugh?
- Six Man Tag: Karl Fredericks, Clark Connors & Alex Coughlin VS Dalton Castle & The Boys; Castle & The Boys win.
- The Bouncers VS The Voros Twins; The Bouncers win.
- Silas Young VS Jonathon Gresham; Young wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: Karl Fredericks, Clark Connors & Alex Coughlin VS Dalton Castle & The Boys!
Three Young Lions from NJPW’s new LA dojo are here to show the results of their training, but is it too much to be going up against former ROH World Six Man Tag Champions?
The teams sort out and The Peacock starts against Connors. Connors and Castle circle but The Boys want in already? The Boys argue over who gets to be in, but Castle chooses Boy 1. Boy 1 hops in and circles with Connors. Connors gets a takedown and threatens ground ‘n’ pound, but he picks Boy 1 up to push him to the corner. Connors calls out Castle with a point of his finger! Fans applaud the bravado and Castle tags back in. Castle and Connors circle now and tie up. Castle pushes Connors around but Connors gets free. Connors rushes in and spins around with Castle as they grapple. Castle waistlocks and throws Connors down! Connors is up fast but Castle gut wrenches and drives him down.
Castle waistlocks and gator rolls with Connors but Connors powers his way up. Connors goes for a switch but Castle scoops. Connors escapes and gets to his corner, where Coughlin tags in. Coughlin rushes but Castle dodges and strikes the Peacock Pose! Coughlin tries again but ends up in a waistlock. Castle brings Coughlin to his corner, and both Boys tag in? Both Boys hop in and stomp Coughlin together. The Boys double whip while the ref tries to sort this out, and things speed up. Boy 1 dropkicks Coughlin and it seems he’ll be the legal twin. Castle wants back in but Boy 1 says hold on, while he CHOPS Coughlin. But it does nothing!
Boy 1 tries again, but Coughlin still doesn’t flinch. Coughlin swings but Boy 1 dodges and runs only to be run over! Coughlin stands Boy 1 up for a CHOP, then another! The Young Lions take over while we go to break.
ROH returns as The Young Lions blast the Peacock’s corner. Fredericks whips Boy 1 corner to corner but misses the corner splash! Boy 1 sends Connors out then dodges Coughlin to hot tag Castle! Castle rallies with CHOPS and clotheslines. He knees Fredericks low and DDT’s him down! Castle blocks Coughlin’s kick and brings him into a big back suplex! Connors returns but gets tossed back out! Fans fire up with Castle as he goes back to Fredericks. Fredericks hits Castle with a right then waistlocks, but Castle slips out to give Fredericks a German Suplex! Fredericks bails out and Castle has the ring. “Bring them Boys!” The Boys appear!
Castle throws Boy 2 at Connors! He throws Boy 1 at Coughlin! He throws Boy 2 at Fredericks! Castle throws Boy 1 at Connors! He throws Boy 2 at Coughlin! And he throws Boy 1 at Fredericks! Then BOTH Boys at Connors! The Boys put Connors back in and Castle gut wrenches him to a powerbomb! Cover, but Fredericks breaks it up! Fredericks whips but Castle reverses and throws Fredericks out. Castle knocks Coughlin back out of the ring then goes back to Connors. Sling-Dog! The Boys return and Boy 1 tags in, but Fredericks trips Boy 2 up and throws him into the post! Connors and Coughlin shoves Castle into Boy 1 then give Castle a BIG double flapjack! Fredericks feeds Boy 1 to Coughlin, who CHOPS away in a corner!
Fredericks runs corner to corner for a BIG splash! Then Frederick whips Boy 1 for Connors to POUNCE! Fredericks CHOPS Boy 1 then feeds him to Coughlin’s CHOP! Boy 1 goes down, Fredericks drops an elbow! Fredericks turns Boy 1 for a Boston Crab! But Castle returns to throw Coughlin out and fire off hands and CHOPS on Fredericks. Fredericks CHOPS Castle back! They brawl, Castle elbows and clotheslines! Connors returns to throw Castle out! Castle drags Connors out with him, then hurries back up. But the ref stops Castle, he’s not the legal man. That’s okay, Boy 2 uses Twin Magic with his brother! Fans rally up as Boy 2 plays hurt. Fredericks gets up and drags Boy 2 up, but gets a cradle counter! Castle & The Boys win!!
Winners: Dalton Castle & The Boys, Boy 2 pinning
A big win for Castle, not just in the Six Man Tag Division, but also this close to his match with Rush! Will The Peacock use this momentum to defeat El Toro Blanco? Will Castle & The Boys find themselves contending for the Six Man titles in the near future?
ROH shares the finish of Bandido VS PJ Black at Honor Reigns Supreme.
LifeBlood’s luchador has the Darewolf on the top rope and climbs up to join him. Bandido stands PJ up for a SUPER MOONSAULT POWERSLAM! Cover, Bandido wins!
LifeBlood gets another win thanks to The Bandit, but PJ Black was feeling very down after that. PJ thought he knew better, because he’s been doing this for 22 years now. But given how long he’s been doing this, the frustration is building. He’s been trying to take shortcuts to get ahead, but it doesn’t work. ROH is built on honor and respect, of course, but PJ’s been doing the opposite. Now he’s doing some soul searching and rethinking his mindset. He knows he has to do it differently now. LifeBlood sets a great example for him, and he’ll learn to follow the honor in Ring of Honor. PJ knows now he didn’t know better, but will he be able to make it right in a rematch in two weeks, aka episode 396?
The Bouncers VS The Voros Twins!
Brian Milonas & The Beer City Bruiser are the literally biggest team on the ROH roster, but they also want to be the top team. Will they rise higher after taking on the debuting Chris & Patrick?
ROH returns and the Voros Twins psych the Bouncers on the Code of Honor. Chris and Pat shake each other’s hands, but Bruiser gets the fans on his side. The bell rings and BCB starts against Chris(?). Chris wants Bruiser to wait as he digs in his pockets. He brings out… two thumbs down! Fans boo Chris, Bruiser reels him in for a lariat! Chris scrambles to a corner and Bruiser runs in for a big uppercut! BCB drags Chris up for a suplex toss! Fans fire up with Bruiser while Chris flounders to his brother. Bruiser runs in but Chris gets clear. Patrick also moves out of the way and wants no beef with Bruiser. But then he pie faces Bruiser! Patrick runs away and Chris runs in but Bruiser elbows him away. Bruiser aims at Chris but Patrick trips him up! Milonas protests but Chris chop blocks Bruiser!
Chris stomps Bruiser to his corner then tags in Patrick. The Voros Twins mug Bruiser while mocking Milonas. Patrick stomps more while Chris gives thumbs up. Fans rally with “BEER! BEER!” but Patrick CHOPS Bruiser on his chest. Patrick gives thumbs down then tags in Chris. The Voros Twins play around and mug Bruiser with double chops. Chris bumps Bruiser on buckles then tags Patrick back in. The Voros Twins toy with Bruiser then high-five, but Bruiser dodges and tags to Milonas! The Mastadon rallies on the twins, corner splash on one then whips him to his brother for a Voros sandwich! Milonas keeps moving and POUNCES Patrick then SLAMS Chris! At least, I think that’s who got what… Well anyway, fans fire up as Milonas tags in Bruiser.
Bruiser drags Patrick up to shove him all the way out! Then he turns his attention to Chris while Milonas climbs up, Last Call Leg Crop! Cover, The Bouncers win!
Winners: The Bouncers, Beer City Bruiser pinning
The Voros Twins don’t have to go home, but they can’t stay here. Though after that, why would they want to? The Bouncers share a #ToastofHonor, but will they be toasting to a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Championships? Who even will be the champions after G1 Supercard’s Titles For Titles Tag Fatal 4 Way?
ROH shares the finish to Jay Lethal VS Matt Taven, 17th Anniversary Show.
Jay Lethal was ready to Hail to the King, but the red balloons were released! Vinnie Marseglia the Horror King appears to attack but so does TK O’Ryan! The Kingdom gets away with beating down Lethal but Jonathan Gresham rushes out to even things up. However, that wasn’t enough when it was 2v1 on the outside. The Kingdom put Gresham on the barriers to SMACK a leg with a chair! In the end, Lethal VS Taven was a time-limit draw. But the night wasn’t over for Gresham as Silas Young came over.
The Last Real Man mocked Gresham’s pain, and said Gresham got what he deserved for interfering in someone else’s business. Silas worked hard to get a match with Gresham for the Anniversary Show and now this happens. What’s next? Gresham can’t compete? No way, Gresham is the best pure wrestler in the company! He’ll fight even with a bad knee! Silas says Gresham needs to lighten up and learn how to take a joke. But then he kicks the bad leg out! Silas adds injury to insult, but will he come to regret it?
The Briscoes speak.
“So here we are, getting ready to go qualify for the Crockett Cup. The greatest damn tag team of all time having to qualify?! Why? The hell if I know!” The point is, if they have to, then that’s what they’ll do. The first Crockett Cup in 30 years, and the best team on the planet has to qualify? No problem. Jay & Mark Briscoe will take on Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack, which team will make it into this prestigious tag team tournament?
Silas Young VS Jonathon Gresham!
As we saw, the Last Real Man goaded the Octopus into this match then took a cheap shot on the bad leg! Will Silas’ ego only anger the Octopus into strangling him in the ring? Or will he take advantage of The Kingdom’s handiwork to get an easy win on G1 Weekend?
Silas doesn’t uphold the Code of Honor, he just trash talks with Gresham. Gresham bumps chests with Silas but backs off at the ref’s orders. The bell rings, and the two tie up fast. They go around and Silas puts Gresham in a corner. Gresham turns things around and they go around the ropes. Silas gets control and grinds Gresham but the ref breaks them up. Fans cheer for the aggression between both men as Gresham and Silas circle again. They tie up and Silas gets a headlock takeover. Gresham gets the headscissors but Silas pops out. Silas gets the headlock takeover again but Gresham gets the headscissors again. Silas pops out again and gets another headlock, but then Gresham rolls it to his own.
Fans applaud the technical exchange, but then Silas thumbs at the eye. Gresham holds on but Silas keeps doing it, so Gresham thumbs Silas back! The ref reprimands both men as they literally go eye for the eye, and then he counts. Both men let up at 4 but stand right up. The ref keeps them both back and reprimands them again. Gresham and Silas cool off as they circle again. Silas talks trash to the jeering fans before talking trash to tiny Gresham. Gresham wants to prove size doesn’t matter, and the fans chant for “Test of Strength!” Silas and Gresham go for it, and tie up with the knuckle locks. They go shoulder to shoulder and Silas uses leverage to bring Gresham to his knees. Fans rally up and Gresham powers up to push back! Silas kicks low then headlocks, but Gresham powers out.
Silas runs Grehsam over then dusts his shoulder off before things speed up. Gresham goes to hip toss but Silas blocks. Silas goes to hip toss but Gresham blocks. They repeat hip toss counters back and forth, and Silas gets Gresham up and out! Silas goes out after Gresham but Gresham grabs him with a headlock. Silas powers out but Gresham stops himself to elbow Silas away. Gresham goes up and over to uppercut Silas! Silas CHOPS Gresham but Gresham CHOPS back. They trade chops but they’re forgetting the ring count. The count passes 10/20 but the CHOPS keep going! Gresham chops, Silas chops, repeat! The count passes 15, then they hear 18! Silas and Gresham run in at 19! Fans cheer as this match continues after the break!
ROH returns again and the brawl has resumed in the ring! Gresham hits, Silas hits, repeat, but then Silas picks up and powers Gresham to a corner! Silas backs off but runs into a boot. Gresham waistlocks but Silas standing switches, but then Gresham switches but then Silas switches, and so on! Things slow down as Silas runs out of steam, but he pushes Gresham to ropes. Gresham bucks Silas off and then runs in, but gets the backbreaker and lariat! Silas dusts off his hands but Gresham stands back up. Gresham and Silas glare but Gresham runs into Silas’ knee. Silas goes to throw Gresham but Gresham throws Silas out. Gresham slingshots and splashes down on Silas! Fans fire up but Gresham winces and holds his ribs.
The ring count begins again and Gresham gets himself up. Gresham drags Silas up and in then aims from a corner. Fans rally as Gresham climbs and leaps, but Silas gets clear of the crossbody! Gresham flops on the mat and his ribs hurt again. Silas gets up and stomps Gresham down. Silas stalks and mocks Gresham all the way to a corner, then stomps a mudhole in. The ref counts and Silas backs off at 4. Gresham gets back up but Silas rocks him with a forearm. Gresham fires back with a CHOP! Silas haymakers and stomps Gresham back for that, then drags him out for a snap suplex. Cover, ONE! Silas keeps on Gresham with an arm surfboard. Fans rally as Gresham endures and fights his way up. Gresham frees himself then throws forearms and chops. Gresham runs but Silas shoves him out!
The ring count begins again and Silas smirks at the writhing Gresham. Silas waits as Gresham crawls his way up at 10/20. Gresham gets in at 11 but Silas stomps him back down. Silas throws forearms in the corner then whips corner to corner hard! Gresham bounces off the buckles and hits the mat! Cover, TWO!! Silas grows frustrated so he springboard stomps Gresham. Silas taunts Gresham and the fans then rams his shoulder into Gresham. Gresham clubs back but gets more shoulders. Silas whips hard again and Gresham bounces off by his chest! Deep cover, TWO! Silas grows further frustrated but he’s still in control as we go to one more break.
ROH returns once more, and Silas taunts and toys with Gresham. Gresham gets mad, and as Silas goes to stand him up, he grabs the arm and tweaks it between his legs! Silas reels away but standing switches. Gresham switches, Silas switches, repeat all over again. Gresham rolls Silas up, TWO! Silas gets up and gives Gresham another backbreaker. But Gresham sees the lariat coming and gets around it to a waistlock. Silas switches again, but so does Gresham. They keep going and Gresham fakes Silas out to a DDT! Fans cheer as Gresham and Silas are down. Fans rally up and Gresham gets himself to the far side. Gresham uses the ropes to stand and grits his teeth as he goes for Silas. He scoops but the bad back stops that. Silas runs in but into boots.
Gresham waistlocks but Silas backs him into buckles. Silas runs in but into a drop toehold that sends him into buckles! Gresham goes corner to corner for a marching basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Gresham while Silas bails out. Gresham takes aim, builds speed, but Silas dodges. Gresham slides to the apron and leaps, but Silas gets clear! Silas throws Gresham back in the ring and slingshots but misses the stomps. Gresham rolls him, TWO! Silas trips Gresham to a jackknife, TWO with a bridge! Gresham spins Silas but Silas goes to roll him, only for Gresham to sit on it! ONE and Silas sunsets but Gresham rolls through to high stack! Silas blocks to a roll up, TWO!! Gresham survives and Silas is exhausted, but the fans are loving this.
A standing count begins and fans rally up. Silas and Gresham slowly sit up, and get forehead to forehead. They give short headbutts back and forth, and neither man backs off. Silas runs and rams Gresham but Gresham rebounds to hit back! Silas runs and rams again, but so does Gresham! Gresham then hits Silas again, but runs into a lariat! Fans are fired up again as both men fall! Another standing count begins but both men are up at 5. Fans cheer as Gresham staggers up, but Silas gets him for a Spicoli Driver to double stomps! Cover, TWO!! Gresham still lives and Silas can’t believe it. Silas and Gresham are slow to stand again, but Silas knees Gresham! Silas hits the Anarchist Suplex! Cover, TWO!! Silas has had it with Gresham and goes for a full nelson.
Gresham crawls and reaches for ropes. Silas brings Gresham up and spins him, but Gresham blocks the knee to elbow the leg. Gresham dropkicks the leg out! Gresham has new life as he stands. He goes for the leg but Silas blocks the takedown to a gut wrench! Gresham pops out of the Canadian rack but his back stiffens up! Silas smirks as he stalks Gresham. He taunts Gresham to stand then brings him around, only for Gresham to throw forearms. Silas knees and clubs Gresham down but Gresham grits his teeth as he powers back up. Gresham forearms but Silas clubs. Gresham still hits back, so Silas gives it back. They go back and forth with those forearms and Gresham goes down. Gresham gets back up to give more forearms, but Silas keeps knocking him back down.
Silas tells the “boy” he’s gonna keep getting knocked down, but Gresham keeps getting up. Gresham swings but misses and Silas rocks him again. But Gresham nips up to enziguri! And German Suplex! And running forearm! Cover, TWO!! But Gresham keeps going, another running forearm! Cover, TWO!! Gresham won’t stop but he runs into a boot. He still side steps to another German, and a THIRD forearm! Cover, TWO!? Silas survives that surge from Gresham and Gresham isn’t sure what he has to do now.
Fans rally for Gresham as he refocuses. Gresham calls for it, and brings Silas back up. Gresham waistlocks but Silas elbows out. Silas runs, but Gresham goes perpendicular to jam Silas up. Gresham then springboards for a QUEBRADA! Silas bails out but Gresham DIVES! The fans fire up for Gresham again as he puts Silas back in. Gresham hurries up top, and hits a SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO?!? But into an Ankle Lock! Silas is bleeding as he flails and reaches! Gresham has him, but Silas rolls and Gresham bumps the ref! Gresham apologizes but Silas LOW BLOWS! Cradle, Silas wins!!
Winner: Silas Young, by pinfall
After all that, a bloody Last Real Man cheats the system! Will Silas ever win one clean? Or will that matter when he’s challenging for a title once again?
ROH is still running into this problem of having “go-home” episodes the day of a special event and having it result in being a filler episode. The three Young Lions looked good and worked well together, but naturally the established Dalton Castle & The Boys won. And it’s rather interesting that The Boys were the ones to get it done. I wonder if there’s something slowly developing for them as they’re starting to act more independent. Then those Voros Twins, they were definitely getting squashed. They look like the antagonists from a 90’s skater movie. The Bouncers are building momentum, but given the four teams in the ROH VS IWGP Tag Titles For Titles Fatal 4, I don’t know if Bruiser & Milonas are ready to dethrone any of them.
However, this episode at least had an incredible main event. Silas and Gresham have had history with each other and this was another great chapter in that story. Also a silly production thing, when the match ended and Silas’ bloody face was visible, they decided to blur censor just his head. It was really weird, I would’ve preferred them just turning everything black ‘n’ white. As for the match, I was really hoping Gresham was gonna pull it off given everything he was enduring and has endured at the hands of The Last Real Man. But Silas cheats to win, and perhaps he will circle back to facing LifeBlood like Bully Ray VS Juice Robinson. Personally still waiting on the 5v5 LifeBlood VS Bully and his fellow bullies.
I’m looking forward to seeing ROH televise their part of the Crockett Cup, but I do agree with The Briscoes that they don’t need to qualify for this tournament as one of the best tag teams today. But either way, Briscoes VS Cobb & Mack will be great. I don’t know all the teams between ROH, CMLL, NWA and NJPW, but I know they’re all going to bring their best and I would think the truly best possible match for the finals will come about. And hopefully ROH doesn’t fall too far behind like they tend to do with their own PPV results.
My Score: 8/10
Andrew’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Match Ratings: 2.27.21
Castle Attack is a two day event, with this first one having top tier talent; but no championship stakes. Does that hurt the show?
Castle Attack is a two day event, with this first one having top tier talent; but no championship stakes. Does that hurt the show?
Kazuchika Okada finally gets his hands on EVIL, Jay White gets his “get right match” against Ishii after the last month of issues, and just generally a lot of feud building. The obvious thread is all of the CHAOS versus Bullet Club going on, but I don’t think any of us are excited for Tanga Loa and YOSHI-HASHI.
We also have The United Empire kicking things off to help give Great O-Khan more momentum going into his match against Hiroshi Tanahashi.
Even if the card seems a little flat, maybe we get surprised?
- The United Empire (Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan) vs TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) & Hiroshi Tanahashi: Ospreay wins via Oscutter @10:22 – * ½
- Tanga Loa w/Jado vs YOSHI-HASHI: Loa wins via Ape Shit @12:58 – (-*)
- Tama Tonga vs Hirooki Goto: Goto wins via GTR @6:39 – ** ¼
- KOPW 2021 Trophy: YTR Strap Match: Toru Yano (c) vs Chase Owens: Yano retains @12:50 – ** ½
- Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii: White wins via Blade Runner @25:42 – ****
- Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL w/Dick Togo: Okada wins via Rainmaker @28:11 – *** ¼
The United Empire (Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan) vs TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) & Hiroshi Tanahashi
So we saw a lot of dynamics that we’ve grown to expect. Tenzan struggles to not use the Mongolian Chops, O-Khan continues to prove himself a credible enough threat to Tanahashi, but this was a sloppy match. Between an early awkward exchange that made it seem like O-Khan didn’t know how to sell Kojima’s flurry, Ospreay slipped on the rope when he was coming in toward the end; even though he kinda saved it, it was obviously screwed up.
Interactions were clumsy, the match never got exciting and really just did what these kind of matches usually do, but not even as well as most Young Lions.
Tanga Loa w/Jado vs YOSHI-HASHI
Welp, this match was straight garbage. The sad thing about this match was that Loa did a pretty solid job at trying to vocally antagonize HASHI and keep things interesting, but HASHI was in slow motion. HASHI would visibly confirm things too much, his moves were bad, kept trying to rally the crowd but they didn’t respond; so there were a ton of times he waited a beat to see if the crowd would ever come alive, and they never really did.
Tanga Loa was his usual self with better verbal interactions. He kept trying to get HASHI to fight and prove what he had instead of cursing, but HASHI just fell into the waste of space mannerisms he was known for 99% of his career. He should go back to Loose Explosion on his tights, because he is the drizzling shits.
So Tama comes out to distract Hashi allowing for Loa to turn the situation and hit Ape Shit. Bullet Club beatdown ensues, Goto runs out, clears out Loa…and the referee decides to just start the match since Goto and Tama were supposed to wrestle anyway!
Tama Tonga vs Hirooki Goto
A quick start is stifled by the malaise that is known as Castle Attack so far. Tama dumps out Goto, Goto starts reviewing his life choices and why he’s here today, and then spends enough time on the outside to build a bird house before Jado eventually limps over and hits him with a kendo stick shot. Like…why? Goto saw it coming. Stevie Wonder saw it coming. The terrible decisions of YOSHI-HASHI have polluted Goto’s mind as well!
When things get back into the ring, at least Tama and Goto are good wrestlers. Tama hits the Tongan Twist and Veleno, but a missed Stinger Splash and countered Gun Stun gave Goto some space. Tama tried for Gun Stun again, but he got caught, Goto throws him on his shoulders Ushigoroshi style, but drops him into the GTR and lands it! So a surprising GTR gives Goto a victory from the jaws of defeat, and at least the in-ring action was serviceable enough to get the highest rating of the show so far.
I really hope the back half blows my socks off, because this is sad so far.
KOPW 2021 Trophy: YTR Strap Match: Toru Yano (c) vs Chase Owens
Now the gimmick here is instead of touch the 4 corner pads, you have to remove the 4 corner pads. So it seems like the person to remove the last pad, will be the winner.
We get a mostly expected Yano gimmick match. He made small references to his earlier gimmick of being a cheating, violent, always disqualified heel; when he started whipping Chase early and being more aggressive than we usually see. But Chase was clever using the outside to a great advantage. Yano was forced to go after Chase because Chase was going to take the pads off from outside, and then used Yano’s momentum against him by ramming him into posts and barricades.
The last pad was solid comedy where both took turns knocking the other out, too far from the last pad. So we had some goofy “drag the dead body” spots. Chase nearly had things won until Yano came to, pulled him close for Oni Koroshi! Yano makes it to the corner, takes it off and the God of all KOPW continues!
Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii
Ishii has had White’s number lately, and just added to the broken status of his mental health after the Wrestle Kingdom loss. Within the first minute or so, Jay looked to have tweaked his hamstring, and that added an interesting layer to his early attack. But much like the strategic genius that he is, he lays Ishii over the barricade, and Ishii starts selling a rib injury.
Everything in this match mattered, the leg and ribs came back to play into aspects of the finishing sequence. Ishii was slow transitioning between some of his power moves since he was hampered with the rib injury, and Jay got caught a bit more than usual because his quickness was taken away.
A huge Avalanche Brainbuster after a Jumping Headbutt nearly gave Ishii the win, but a slow cover as he wanted the high stack, kept Jay alive. They fight back and forth, then we get a great counter wrestling sequence to finish the match. Ishii slips suplexes and Blade Runners, Jay slips the Brainbuster and eats a strike. It was up, down, back and forth, just hard to call until Jay finally slips a hold and catches Ishii with Blade Runner for the win!
— njpwworld (@njpwworld) February 27, 2021
THANK GOD we got a match worth watching! Great pacing, solid story, this is something to watch.
Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL w/Dick Togo
Ugh, okay so we know what we get with EVIL any more right? Okada tried to eliminate Dick Togo early when he hit Double DDTs on the ramp, but then the trek back to the ring was awkward. Okada bringing EVIL back to the ring, was a microcosm of the match, where it was just very slowly paced, inactive and not a good idea.
Part of the point in this match was for Okada to finally get closure on EVIL beating him during last year’s New Japan Cup; but he wanted to drag out the old aggressive EVIL. EVIL fired up late, and the crowd responded excitedly expecting something good, but it was short lived. Plus, we have Okada being a complete moron. He was shoved into Red Shoes, fights off Dick and lays EVIL out and goes for the stupid Money Clip. He goes for a submission after he was driven into the referee. This is a gap in logic so embarrassing, just so Dick could interfere again with the garrote.
All the garrote did was possibly foreshadow when Okada Tombstoned Dick, and then had a moment where he considered using the weapon. This is either a throw away for Okada to continue to be the Golden Boy, or it’s a hint that darker things are on the horizon for Okada.
Either way, Fire/Thunder Driver lead to the Rainmaker again, and we’re finally at a point where Okada is beating people with the move that started it all! No more Money Clip! It looks bad and it’s just sad.
Overall Score: 4.25/10
At least we got one match really worth watching out of this show. Jay White versus Tomohiro Ishii is truly the only thing to watch from this whole show.
I don’t know how some people didn’t find the YOSHI-HASHI embarrassing, but it completely was. The opener was sloppy to the point of uselessness. Tama and Goto was just flat given how the story was being told. Then we’ve got the gimmicky goofball match being a highlight before the semi-main and main events. I’ve seen more salient card structure and match booking from Dragon Gate during the waning days of ANTIAS.
Tomorrow has to be better because if it’s worse, then I think 2015 TNA would be happy to know they aren’t the bottom of the barrel anymore. This show was so embarrassing I think I’m just gonna end the article with the hockey coach from Letterkenny:
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (2/26/21)
It’s a Retro Premier grudge match!
Is 205 Live still Tony Nese’s show?
Tony Nese helped Ariya Daivari beat August Grey last 205 Live, but now has to put up or shut up! Will the Premier Athlete make RetroAG get with the times?
- Ever-Rise VS Curt Stallion & Mansoor; Stallion & Mansoor win.
- Tony Nese w/ Ariya Daivari VS August Grey w/ Jake Atlas; Grey wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Ever-Rise VS Curt Stallion & Mansoor!
Don’t misunderstand, the truce and friendship of #BollyRise is still strong! But for taking on the Lonestar and still undefeated Star of Saudi Arabia, it’s time to go with what’s been proven to work! Will the classic combo of Matt Marthel & Chase Parker end Mansoor’s growing undefeated streak?
The teams sort out and Stallion starts with Marthel. Fans rally for Stallion but there is an Ever-Rise Rules section. Stallion and Marthel tie up, break up, and Marthel shouts at “Cowboy Curt” to bring it! They tie up again, Marthel puts Stallion on ropes, and “Clean break, no problem!” Stallion smirks as he and Marthel circle. Stallion gets a headlock, Marthel powers out and the two ram shoulders! Marthel shoves Stallion but Stallion ROCKS Marthel! Stallion hits a headlock takedown, grinds Marthel down, and gives the trash talk back as Marthel tries to kip out. Marthel powers up, powers out, but Stallion ducks and doges to CLOBBER Marthel! Cover, ONE, but Stallion has a facelock!
Mansoor tags in, takes the hand-off and wrenches Marthel to an armlock. Marthel powers up, whips Mansoor away, then drop toeholds Mansoor to a chinlock. Tag to Parker but Mansoor gets away. Mansoor and Parker reset, circle, and tie up. Parker snapmares but Mansoor rolls right to his feet. Fans rally, they tie up again, and go around. Parker gets a headlock, Mansoor powers up but Parker keeps hold of the hold. Mansoor keeps trying but Praker grinds the hold harder. Mansoor powers up a third time to atomic drop! Mansoor hits the headlock takeover now and he grinds Parker down! Marthel shouts, Parker headscissors but Mansoor kips out to headlock takeover again!
Parker endures the grind, pushes with forearms, then gets up. Stallion tags in, he mugs Parker and headlocks to hit a takeover of his own. Parker pushes Stallion’s face with forearms, fights his way up, and powers out, only for Stallion to duck and CLOBBER Parker with a back elbow! Cover, TWO! Stallion clamps onto Parker’s arm, wrenches, tags Mansoor in and Mansoor gets a facelock. Mansoor snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Mansoor clamps onto Parker with a chinbar and armlock. Fans rally, Parker fights up, pulls hair and stomps Mansoor’s foot! Tag to Marthel, Ever-Rise tries a double keylock but Mansoor stays up! Mansoor flips through to DOUBLE ARM-DRAG!
Mansoor atomic drops Marthel! Parker flies in but into an atomic drop! Stallion tags in, double dropkicks send Ever-Rise out! Fans fire up with Mansoor and Stallion, and the Bollywood Boyz run out to cool things off! They say they can still do this as Bolly-Rise! Parker goes back in, Samir & Suni keep Marthel calm, but Stallion gets Parker with a waistlock slam! Stallion facelocks, Mansoor tags in, and they mug Parker. Mansoor headlocks, grinds Parker, but Parker throws hands to get a headlock of his own. Mansoor powers out, drops, Parker hurdles but Mansoor hurdles! Marthel tags in, Parker fakes Mansoor out, and Marthel POWERBOMBS Mansoor down!
Mansoor is dazed, Marthel stomps away on him at the ropes. Marthel drags Mansoor up to bump off buckles and stomp away! The ref counts, Marthel gets mad as he lets off, and Marthel throws hands on Mansoor. Tag to Parker, they wrench Mansoor’s arms for a double shoulder tackle, and double fist drops! Parker covers, TWO! Parker drags Mansoor up while the Singhs coach them through. Parker throws hands to keep Mansoor down, but Mansoor avoids the elbow drop! And the second one! Mansoor ROCKS Parker with an uppercut, slingshots up and over but Marthel tags in! Mansoor completes the sunset flip but Marthel stomps him down! Cover, TWO!
Marthel drags Mansoor up, bumps him off buckles and throws forearms. Mansoor hits back on Ever-Rise! Mansoor hurries for his corner but Marthel trips him up BOOYAH ELBOW FLOPS as Mansoor moves! Hot tag to Stallion! Stallion shoves Marthel out, fires off on Parker and CHOPS him! Stallion sends Parker into Marthel, rolls Parker up, TWO! BASEMENT DROPKCIK! Stallion DIVES onto the Bollywood Boyz! Then he goes up, FALLING SPALSH onto Parker’s knees! Marthel tags in, but runs into a cradle! TWO!! Tag to Mansoor and he goes up to leap! Marthel gets under, comes back but Mansoor elbows him! Mansoor tries the Bulldog but Parker saves Marthel from it!
Marthel tags Parker, Ever-Rise brings Mansoor up and they give him a SWEET TASTE! But Stallion RUNNING HEADBUTTS Marthel! But Parker BOOTS Stallion! The Bollywood Boyz want Parker to use the clapboard but the ref sees it! Mansoor rolls Parker up, O’Conner roll AND BRIDGE! Mansoor and Stallion win!
Winners: Mansoor & Curt Stallion, by pinfall
The Saudi Arabian Star’s streak continues! Ever-Rise blames Bollywood for that one but the Singhs defend they were just trying to help! Is Bolly-Rise doomed to fail?
Tony Nese VS August Grey!
August Grey helps Jake Atlas get one over on Daivari Dinero, so the Premier Athlete helps Daivari get the gold chains back. Then Nese helps again so Daivari could clobber Grey into next week. Of course, last week is now this week, and Nese looks to send August into the Fall! Will the purple ‘n’ orange still belong to the OG? Or will it soon be Retro AG’s?
But surprise! If Nese has Daivari, Grey can have Atlas ringside! Will the muscle of El Monte keep the Persian Lion from stacking the deck in Nese’s favor? The bell rings, Nese and Grey circle, and they tie up. Grey wrenches an arm, clamps onto the shoulder, but Nese rolls and trips Grey up. Nese gets a leg, ties it up with the other, and has a seated figure four deathlock. Nese adds a chinlock but Grey fights free of that. Grey pops free of the leg lock and clamps onto Nese’s arm again. Nese fights up, puts Grey in a corner, but the ref counts. Nese lets off but RAMS into Grey! The ref reprimands but Nese ROCKS Grey with a right!
Nese CHOPS Grey to another corner, then throws a forearm! “I’m the Premier Athlete!” Fans boo, but Grey puts Nese in the corner to stomp away! Grey ROCKS Nese, fans cheer, but Nese reverses the whip, only for Grey to RANA and CLOBBER Nese! Nese gets around, but Grey counter punches him already! Grey throws more haymakers, keeps Nese up and whips him to the corner hard! Grey then scoops Nese to SIDEWALK SLAM Nese! Cover, TWO! Daivari swipes at Grey but Atlas storms over. The ref tells them both to cool off, Grey goes out to have Atlas back down. Grey tells Daivari he’ll get his. Nese runs over but Grey dodges the baseball slide to ROCK him!
Grey grabs Nese and glares at Daivari. “You having a good time?!” Grey puts Nese in, tells Daivari to watch him beat Nese with a smile on his face. But Daivari keeps distracting Grey, and Nese hits a BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Nese then goes up and PREMIER TRIANGLES! Cover, TWO! Nese clamps onto Grey with a neck wrench and Daivari talks trash. Fans boo while Nese clubs and toys with Grey. Nese drags Grey up, CHOPS him, and Daivari is the only one cheering as Nese brings Grey out to CHOP him off his feet! Nese flexes, fans boo, and Atlas coaches Grey. Nese pulls Grey against ropes to then KICK him in the chest!
Grey sputters, swipes at Daivari, but Nese drags him up. Grey blocks a buckle bump to give a buckle bump! Grey counter punches Nese, goes up and walks the tightrope for a CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Grey runs in to CHOP Nese in the corner! Grey whips corner to corner, Nese reverses to slide and pump handle scoop, for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Nese grows frustrated but he puts on the body scissors! Nese squeezes, Grey fights and pries at the hold, and Grey is free! Nese hurries after Grey to get a rear bearhug! Grey elbows Nese over and over, is free again, and ROCK Nese with haymakers and CHOPS! Nese back kicks, knee lifts and whips, but Grey returns to LARIAT!
Grey starts to rally, and he whips Nese to ropes. Nese kicks, but runs into a JAWBRAEKER, to a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Grey hits the back suplex with a little extra! Cover, TWO! Atlas and Grey are both a bit surprised, but Grey drags Nese to a drop zone. Grey climbs up top and Atlas fires up, but Daivari RAMS Atlas into steel steps! The ref reprimands Daivari but Nese SHORYUKENS Grey! Nese throws Grey off the top, goes up top himself, and leaps for a 450 only to flop! Grey gets Nese in, Daivari distracts again! Nese throws Grey out hard, but Atlas trips and DECKS Daivari! Nese FLIES to take out Atlas! But Grey DIVES to do the same to Nese!
Grey puts Nese in, fans fire up, and Grey chicken wings Nese! He turns Nese, runs up the corner, and hits the SO MUCH PRETTIER!! Cover, Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
Retro takes us back, and he takes down a former Cruiserweight Champion!! But things aren’t over between the OG and AG, will there be more in this series to come?
A very fun episode, but certainly more exciting in the main event. That is how it should be, but it was a bit easy to see that Ever-Rise was losing. For one, that’s the story going on with them and Bollywood Boyz, though I did like that it was the Bollywood Boyz overdoing the help that cost Ever-Rise. The other reason was Mansoor is still building an undefeated streak, and he might not lose until it’s finally his turn to challenge for a Cruiserweight Championship. And I say “a” because obviously there’s still the issue of Escobar VS Devlin for one true Cruiserweight Champion, which may not happen for a long time. Grey VS Nese was very good, even with Daivari still getting involved, because at least Atlas was around to counter him in the end. I’m still seeing a tag team blow-off before they all move on to something else.
My Score: 8.1/10
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