NXT goes hard during the Superstar Shake-Up! Buddy Murphy returns to see if Velveteen Dream can stop the unstoppable from taking the North American title!
- NXT North American Championship: Velveteen Dream VS Buddy Murphy; Dream wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.
- Dominik Dijakovic VS ???; Dijakovic wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane; Baszlers wins, by disqualification, and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
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NXT North American Championship: Velveteen Dream VS Buddy Murphy!
The Patrick Clark Experience is ready for a new challenge after being the first man to defeat the Original Bro in NXT! And after getting on the nerves of a defeated Juggernaut, Dream will take on the challenge of being the only other man to stop the unstoppable! Will it be #DreamOver or #ReignOver as Murphy returns to Full Sail?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and fans are divided between the returning Murphy and the incumbent Dream. The bell rings and we begin!
Murphy and Dream circle as the fans duel. Fans soon agree to love “Both These Guys!” Dream and Murphy go around and tie up. They push each other around and Dream gets Murphy to a corner. Dream backs off and adjusts his headband before shoving Murphy. Murphy clamps on a headlock and holds tight as Dream tries to power out. Murphy grinds Dream down to the mat but fans rally up as Dream gets up. Dream back suplexes but Murphy lands on his feet to get the headlock back. Dream feeds off the fans’ energy as he pries free of the hold. He gets a headlock and holds on tight as Murphy tries to power out. Murphy endures as Dream grinds him down, but he pulls off the headband. Dream lets that slide as they stand up.
Murphy suplexes but Dream lands on his feet for a headlock takeover. Murphy hits a headscissor but Dream pops out. Dream runs into a sweep and Murphy covers, but then roles reverse as Dream sweeps and covers. Both men kip up and fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” Dream and Murphy back off while fans chant “Aussie Aussie Aussie! OI OI OI!” Murphy mocks Dream’s pose so Dream shoves. Murphy shoves back, then bobs ‘n’ weaves. Dream also bobs ‘n’ weaves then things speed up. Murphy headscissors Dream down and Dream bails out! Fans fire up as Murphy speeds up, but Dream slides in! Dream tells Murphy “Nuh-uh!” but Murphy gives Dream the Juggernaut Knee! Cover, TWO!! Dream survives and Murphy is very annoyed.
Murphy stalks Dream as Dream flounders to the corner. Murphy drags Dream up for buckle bumps, then to another corner. Dream hits back and bumps Murphy off buckles, but is put on the apron. Murphy bounces Dream off the post! Dream flops to the floor and Murphy tries again. Murphy FLIES and takes Dream out with the tope con hilo! Fans fire up as Murphy puts Dream back in. Murphy climbs up high and leaps for a Meteora! Cover, TWO! Dream still lives and Murphy is frustrated. Fans rally and duel again as Dream drags himself to ropes. Murphy drags him back up and snapmares him for a Penalty Kick to the back! Dream writhes and flounders but Murphy scrapes him off the laces, to kick again! Murphy sits Dream up but Dream avoids the third kick. Dream boots Murphy then runs, but into a sleeper hold!
Murphy squeezes tight and Dream starts to fade! Fans rally up and Dream gets a second wind. Dream flails and crawls, but makes his way up. Dream powers Murphy to a corner but Murphy holds on. So Dream tries again, but Murphy grabs hair. Third time’s the charm and Dream is free, but Murphy throws him into the buckles! Murphy walks into a back elbow! And another! And a boot! Dream hops up but Murphy trips him up! Murphy brings Dream down and runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Both men are down but Full Sail loves it! Murphy and Dream crawl towards each other. Dream rocks Murphy with a big haymaker, but Murphy gives it back. Dream throws hands as they stand up and then whips. Murphy reverses but Dream slides to a stop to dropkick and elbow Murphy down.
Dream dodges to clothesline Murphy out. Murphy’s up fast but Dream ax handles him down. Dream climbs high fast and LEAPS for more ax handles! Dream puts Murphy back in and climbs again. Murphy runs in but Dream leaps over to come back with a code breaker! Cover, TWO! Murphy lives and Dream is surprised, but he keeps moving. Dream rolls to fireman’s carry, but Murphy fights out. Murphy boots Dream then hops up. Murphy grabs Dream for the tornado hotshot! He climbs again with Dream down, but Dream gets up to rock Murphy! Dream goes to the apron and climbs up to join Murphy. Murphy fights back and they brawl up top. They both punch each other down! Dream and Murphy crash and burn and a ring count begins. The count climbs to 5 before either man sits up. The count reaches 8, both men get in at 9.5!
Dream and Murphy realize the other is also in, so they head for each other. Murphy swats at Dream then throws forearms. Dream hits back with body shots but Murphy throws another right. Murphy drags Dream up but Dream fires off! Murphy kicks low, DDT! Cover, TWO!! Dream survives and fans are loving this! Murphy drags Dream to a drop zone and climbs up again. Dream gets up fast but Murphy shoves him away! Dream gets up again but gets a SUPER Gourd Buster! Murphy adjusts and leaps, sunset flip, but DREAM VALLEY DRIVER! High stack, TWO!! Murphy lives and fans hope they “Fight Forever!”
Dream goes for a corner but Murphy anchors his feet. Dream stomps Murphy out then makes it to the corner. Murphy intercepts but Dream shoves him down. Murphy comes back, tucks Dream in, SUPERKICK to POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Dream survives and Full Sail is thunderous! Dream crawls for a corner but Murphy pursues. Murphy kicks Dream down then joins him on the apron. Murphy boots Dream again, then a LEAPING knee trigger! Dream goes down and Murphy drags his dead weight back up. Champion’s Advantage means this has to end in the ring, but the count is at 8! Murphy refreshes the count at 9! He puts Dream back in, but gets a guillotine Famouser! And then another Dream Valley! Dream keeps going, climbs up top, and hits PURPLE RAIN MAKER!! Cover, Dream wins!!
Winner: Velveteen Dream, by pinfall; still NXT North American Champion
The Purple Rain means the reign continues! Dream stops the unstoppable and sends Murphy to SmackDown with a loss! How long will Dream last? What will Murphy do once he’s SmackDown Blue?
The Street Profits bring back #StreetTalk!
“You good? You good?” Remember, camera man, they pay you by the hour, so don’t mess around. But this special edition is where the Profits will do what they said they’re gonna do. They’re gonna create opportunities. Superstars in NXT want opportunities, they go knock on the boss’ door. So what’re they gonna do? Knock on the boss’ door! The Profits head for Mr. Regal’s office. Keep up, camera man! They arrive at the office of the NXT GM and opportunity is about to knock. “Oh Mr. Regal~!”
But Regal doesn’t come out, it’s Ray Rowe & Hanson! The War Raiders (the Viking Experience on Raw) have heard what Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins have been up to. They took care of things for them and went to Regal first. They’ll meet in the ring next week. “Be careful what you wish for.” Well did you hear that? Exclusive news: War Raiders VS Street Profits, first-time-ever! The Profits finally get to show what they can do! But will it be enough to earn a title shot?
Johnny Gargano is here!
Full Sail is excited to see Johnny Champion back home and back as THE NXT Champion! Gargano grabs a mic as fans chant for him. “We’ve been waiting a very, very, very, very, very long time for this moment, Full Sail.” Fans let him know, “You Deserve It!” Gargano says that the last time he was here, he told us the story of his journey. Four years later, this is what happens when you refuse to take “No” for an answer! The long, long, long journey has led Gargano to finally be THE Johnny Champion. TakeOver: New York was literally the toughest match of his career, but- The Undisputed Era comes out! Adam Cole will not stand by while Gargano has another love fest with the fans! “This isn’t about not taking no for an answer. This is about getting lucky!”
Cole beat Gargano in the ring in New York! Any other match, Cole would’ve been the winner. Fans remind Cole that in the end, “You Tapped Out!” Cole ignores that and wants Gargano to seriously think about this. Gargnao pretending to be proud of himself makes him an idiot. The fact is, Adam Cole is the uncrowned NXT Champion while Gargano is a punk! Cole is yelling, shouting things, what’s wrong? Is there trouble in the boy band? Are they not N*Sync right now? But jokes aside, yes, Cole got the first fall. But Gargano then beat Cole two straight! Gargano made Cole tap out in the second, and again in the third! The score was Gargano: 2, Cole: 1. That makes Gargano champion! That’s not just definitive, that’s Undisputed.
Cole tells Gargano to shut up. But Gargano cuts Cole off to say that if Gargano lost, he wouldn’t whine and complain like a “spoiled little BAYBAY”! But if the Baybay wants to grow a pair, Gargano will gladly put another point on that scoreboard. Cole accepts. “Be careful what you wish for.” Gargano is ready for a fight with Cole, but the missing man attacks from behind! Roderick Strong blindsides Gargano with a knee then fires off stomps and fists! The rest of the Undisputed Era hits the ring to add on and Cole picks up the NXT Championship belt. Fish and O’Reilly hold Gargano up while Cole slaps Gargano around. Cole aims and SUPERKICKS Gargano down! Referees rush out but the Undisputed Era is done with Gargano. Cole, Fish, O’Reilly and Strong pose over Gargano, but will there be consequences for ganging up on the champ?
Dominik Dijakovic VS ???
The Rare Breed Croatian Colossus wanted to settle things with Limitless Keith Lee, but even the Limitless One can suffer injury. So without a score to settle, who will be put in Lee’s place for Dijakovic to do battle with? It’ll be young Aaron Frye from Virginia making his NXT TV debut. Will Frye have a chance of surviving? Or will he simply feast his eyes on destruction?
The bell rings and Dijakovic hits a cyclone boot immediately! Cover, Dijakovic wins!
Winner: Dominik Dijakovic, by pinfall
That was probably THE SHORTEST match in NXT history! But Dijakovic isn’t satisfied, he picks up a mic. “I’m only in NXT because my family gave me that opportunity. They took the opportunity to come here to the United States. That spirit is coursing through my veins.” Dijakovic’s blood drives him to opportunity. Dijakovic sees that North American Championship. Feast Your Eyes, Velveteen. The Rare Breed has staked a claim, but will he find a way to end the Purple Reign?
Kushida debuts in two weeks!
The newest and most exciting recruit to NXT will finally make his in-ring debut! Who will be the first to take on the Time Splitter?
Backstage interview with the Undisputed Era.
It seems there was no real dysfunction after all, as Strong helps the guys beat up Gargano. The deal is, that’s the difference between Cole and Gargano. Gargano gets caught up in the moment, only to be caught in a trap. But then William Regal comes by and informs them of a conversation he just had with Gargano. Gargano definitely wants at the Undisputed Era. Well of course. So when and where is Cole getting his title match with “Johnny Chump Change”? Oh, he didn’t specify Cole. Gargano wants Strong. Next week on NXT, Gargano VS Strong. Regal wishes them well, and Strong is happy about this, but Cole is speechless. Will the Savior of the Backbreaker make good where Cole fell short?
Aliyah & Vanessa Borne speak.
“Candice LeRae got lucky last week!” They weren’t in any condition to compete! They were enjoying New York City! Wining, dining, shopping, enjoying the shows, how could they be ready? But they’ll be ready next time. Candice, go find another “lower” and meet them in the ring. Who will join Mrs. Wrestling in this tag team challenge? Will that team be able to shut #BorneBougie up?
NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane!
The Queen of Spades and the Pirate Princess are even in their overall series, and have both won and lost the title at each other’s hands. But with Kairi Sane heading to SmackDown, this will be her last chance at the championship! Will Kairi put her name on the title’s history one last time? Or will she have a somber sayonara for Full Sail?
The introductions, the belt is raised, and we begin what could be the final chapter in this storied rivalry!
Shayna grins at Kairi as they circle. The fans build up as they tie up. Kairi gets around Shayna and shoves her, but they tie up and Shayna puts Kairi in a corner. Shayna throws forearms but backs off. Kairi dodges to throw hands, then a back hand! Shayna sits down and Kairi hits Sliding D! Shayna bails out but gets the crossbody! Kairi fires up and puts Shayna in fast. Kairi climbs just as fast and leaps, Flying Kabuki! Cover, TWO! Shayna just gets that shoulder up but Kairi keeps on her with a headlock. Shayna pulls hair and powers out, then things speed up. Kairi runs into a forearm, but then gives it back! Kairi runs again but Shayna follows. Shayna slides to fire off a strike fest! She knees Kairi down, covers, TWO!
Shayna drags Kairi up to kick her swiftly in the back. Shayna brings Kairi up to club her down, then whips Kairi to a corner. She hits a shining wizard then covers! TWO, but barely! Shayna looms over Kairi and goes for the sleeper. Kairi fights her way out then gets to a corner. Shayna runs in but misses, and the knee hits buckles! Kairi runs and SPEARS Shayna with the Interceptor! Fans rally up as a standing count begins. Kairi and Shayna slowly stand. Kairi fires off CHOPS and body shots but Shayna shoves. Shayan kicks but into a dragon screw! Kairi runs to hit the blockbuster! Kairi shrieks then drags Shayna up for a whip. She slides under Shayna to go for the Anchor Lock!
Kairi bridges back with that modified cloverleaf, but Shayna gets a ropebreak! Kairi holds on until 4 before letting go. She drags Shayna around and climbs up again. Kairi aims, InSane Elbow to the back! But she’s not done there, as she climbs again. Shayna gets up to kick Kairi down! Shayna climbs to join Kairi, but Kairi resists the suplex. Kairi clubs but Shayna keeps pulling. The bad back stops Shayna, and Kairi headbutts Shayna into the Tree of Woe! Kairi adjusts, and hits double stomps! Shayna slumps out and Kairi goes to the apron. Kairi leaps but Shayna dodges the Flying Kabuki! Kairi crashes and burns into barriers! Shayna drags Kairi up despite the ref wanting to check on her. Shayna puts Kairi in the ring and goes after the bad arm!
Kairi resists but Shanya still wrenches the hammerlock to then yank the arm! The referee backs Shayna off but Shayna comes back to deadlift gut wrench Kairi to a slam! Cover, TWO!! But into a modified crossface! Kairi screams as she endures and flails about. Shayna wrenches the arm back but Kairi gets a ropebreak with her foot! Shayna lets go at 4 and Kairi rolls out of the ring. The referee checks on Kairi’s bad arm, then calls for the medics! A medic appears to check on Kairi, and even Io Shirai appears. Shirai is concerned for her friend, but Shayna drags Kairi in! Shayna is a shark and she smells blood! She goes after the arm with a hammerlock, but Shirai attacks to stop the stomp!
Winner: Shayna Baszler, by disqualification; still NXT Women’s Champion
Kairi loses her last opportunity at the title, but Shirai kept her from losing her arm! Shirai and Shayna argue with each other, but then Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir drag Shirai out of the ring! They throw her into barriers! And then into the apron! And then they make her watch as Shayna goes after Kairi’s bad arm! Hammerlock STOMP!! Fans boo as Shirai gets free to check on her best friend. The Horsewomen applaud as they take their leave, but Kairi writhes in both pain and frustration. Shayna tells everyone, “Get used to it!” Shirai is enraged, will she be able to avenge Kairi?
What a wild episode for NXT! Of course, a lot of what the Superstar Shake-Up did has thrown some moderately heavy monkey wrenches into the plans for this brand. First and foremost, the Viking Experience conundrum that is, well, renaming them “Viking Experience”! Rowe and Hanson were literally wearing War Raiders shirts when they appeared! But whatever, it seems like they’ll be having a match with the Street Profits, which will be great, but I wonder if it gets to the point where the NXT Tag Team Championships are just vacated and a new tournament happens to determine the new champions. Good going, Vince (obviously that’s sarcasm).
Opening with the North American Championship was a great move, and that match was practically TakeOver worthy. But knowing Murphy is going to SmackDown, it was obvious Dream was going to retain. It was a shame we didn’t get Lee VS Dijakovic like we were told weeks ago, but that was a great squash match win for Dijakovic. Dream VS Dijakovic is going to be a great match should it happen, and at the rate Dijakovic is going, it’d be believable if he took the title. However, Dream is so over, I’m pretty sure he’ll retain in another TakeOver worthy match. Kushida is also having his own debut in a few weeks, that’s going to be great.
Gargano and the Undisputed Era had a great segment, and I’m actually liking this twist to the Undisputed Dysfunction. Strong isn’t getting kicked out for failing, but Cole might cause a rift over jealousy. Then Mrs. Wrestling could have any number of superstars for her mystery partner, but I would hope whoever teams with Candice helps her defeat Vanessa and Aliyah, that’s just how it feels this story is going. And going back to those monkey wrenches, it seems like there was way more to the road to Shirai challenging Shayna than Vince knew. Kairi teaming with Asuka on SmackDown obviously meant Shirai would challenge Shayna by default, but now it makes Shayna wrecking Kairi’s arm out of place. In a vacuum, ignoring the main roster, this is definitely compelling motivation for that title match, but including it, it’s very sloppy pacing. Again, good going Vince (sarcasm).
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (7/13/19)
The Kingdom, Jay Lethal and The Bouncers in a big Six Man main event!
ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 408
Manhattan Mayhem is on the horizon, and so is a major ROH World Championship match! But before Matt Taven and Jay Lethal face off 1v1, they bring allies to the ring for a truly massive Six Man Tag match!
- Proving Ground: Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor; Taylor wins.
- WOH World Championship #1 Contender’s Four Corner Survival: Stella Grey VS Jenny Rose VS Angelina Love VS Tasha Steelz; Steelz wins and will challenge Kelly Klein for the title at Summer Supercard.
- Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal & The Bouncers; Lethal & The Bouncers win.
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ROH looks back to Best in the World.
The Peacock faced Rush’s brother, Dragon Lee, and beat him using Rush’s moves! The Best of 3 Series’ third match saw the K I N G topple the Franchise Player! And the Villain Enterprises expanded to include an army! A FLIP Army! The Allure used every trick up their sleeves to beat the Pretty Badass and American Joshi, but were confronted by Maria Manic! Manic didn’t get her hands on Mandy Leon or the Beautiful People, so she ran roughshod over security! And most shocking of all, Matt Taven didn’t need to resort to anything underhanded to down the Hawaiian Juggernaut!! How can anyone hope to stop Taven’s #PurpleReign now?
Kenny King joins ROH commentary for this opening contest.
Coming off a big victory over THE Jay Lethal, the K I N G wants to see what his old friends are up to.
Proving Ground: Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor!
The Fittest returns to in-ring action to show that Strong Beach physique. But will physique be enough to survive the Notorious Hitman and ROH World Television Champion?
Rhett wants to shake hands with his former Rebellion brother, but Taylor SPITS on the Code of Honor! Rhett just uses it as body oil. The bell rings and the 10 minute time limit starts counting down. All Rhett has to do is survive the 10 minutes, and he gets a future shot at the title!
Fans rally as the two circle. Taylor shoves Rhett down and taunts him as he stands up. Rhett comes back to waistlock, but Taylor standing switches. Rhett powers his way out, but gets caught in a full nelson! Taylor grins but Rhett powers out of the nelson! Taylor headlocks but Rhett powers out to headlock back. Rhett grinds but Taylor powers out and runs Rhett over! Taylor wants Rhett to stop playing, and scoops him up. Rhett slips out and dropkicks Taylor back! Rhett grins and flexes, but then he tries to fireman’s carry, and Taylor is too much. Taylor spins Rhett, misses one way but hits the clothesline on the other! ROH goes to break as Taylor dares Rhett to get up.
ROH returns and Rhett wrecks Taylor with a dropkick. Rhett shows off his core strength with leg raises, but Taylor pulls him down to ROCK him with that One Hitter Quitter! Taylor drags Rhett up and into the ring to put him on the apron. Taylor climbs up, to drop the leg! He laughs and taunts Rhett as he CHOPS the chest! Rhett gasps for air while he crawls to a corner. Taylor climbs in and throws another big right! Rhett forearms Taylor back! Rhett backs Taylor down but Taylor blocks and reverses the whip to rock him again! Taylor yanks Rhett up but Rhett lands on his feet! Rhett rocks Taylor back with a JAB!
Rhett is in the corner again, and dodges Taylor as he runs in, to give him back a splash! And a BOOT! Then side to side for another! Rhett keeps moving to boot again! Fans fire up with The Fittest as he fireman’s carries Taylor again! For a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Rhett keeps his cool as Taylor goes to a corner. Rhett runs corner to corner but his boot is blocked! Taylor shoves Rhett back to KNEE him in the face! Cover, TWO!! Rhett survives and now Taylor is frustrated. Taylor toys with Rhett but Rhett SLAPS him back! Taylor pie faces but Rhett CHOPS and forearms away! Rhett fires off forearm after forearm but Taylor bobs ‘n’ weaves to HEADBUTT! Cover, Taylor wins!
Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall
Rhett fell short of proving himself worthy, and the ROH World TV Champion continues rolling on. Kenny gives Taylor his due props, but goes to check on Rhett in the ring.
“I’m searching for the words, man, to describe what I just saw out of you right now.” The word is, “disgusting.” King is disgusted by Rhett. What happened to him? ROH stuck them together and they fought, they scratched and they clawed and became one of the best teams ever, the All Night Express. They beat The Briscoes, the Young Bucks, Roderick Strong, Tyler Black, you name them. “What the hell happened to you?!” Rhett fails a Proving Ground match because he only proved that while he has the body of a god, he has the “heart of a b*tch.” There’s no fight left in Rhett! If Kenny was Joe Koff, he’d rip up Rhett’s contract on the spot!
Rhett’s family and pregnant wife are here, yet he embarrasses them!? Does Rhett think it’s okay that the reason his son won’t look him in the eyes is because daddy’s a coward?! Rhett gets mad, and that’s what Kenny wants to see! Show him something! But when Rhett doesn’t, Kenny is the one who gets mad. Is the Titus family really proud of that?! Because the Rhett Kenny King knew was a man, not this “punk ass b*tch.” Will these fighting words light a fire in the Fittest? Or does the K I N G have a point?
ROH hears from Kelly Klein.
“Women of Honor has some of the best women wrestling has to offer right now, and I love it.” That means the Gatekeeper will defend her title against some of the best women around. Maria Manic has Kelly’s attention, and Kelly is ready for that match. Kelly’s even excited to fight Tasha Steelz, the Allure, Stella Grey or Jenny Rose as she defends her world title. Who makes it out of the contender’s match first in line for a fight with the Pretty Badass?
ROH looks back to June 29th.
Jay Lethal vowed to work twice as hard as before, “whip the crap out of Matt Taven,” and become a THREE-TIME ROH World Champion! But Taven told him that in New York City, July 20th, we will all finally see that we are living in “The Time of Matt Taven.” Taven is the King of ROH, because heee’s Matt Taven, and he was #BorntoRule! But then, Alex Shelley returned!
Shelley was careful not to say he retired from ROH. Let’s pretend he has a card in his hand that is known as the “veteran’s card.” And let’s say there’s a hole punched for every year he’s contributed to the industry. That’s 17 holes. Shelley’s fingerprints are all over the world of wrestling, so now he plays his card. Shelley expects to be respected! And it won’t matter who walks out of Manhattan, Shelley just wants his shot to prove to them, him, and the world that he still has #TalentonLoanfromGod! Who will the returning revolutionary meet after mayhem goes down in Manhattan?
WOH World Championship #1 Contender’s Four Corner Survival: Stella Grey VS Jenny Rose VS Angelina Love w/ The Allure VS Tasha Steelz!
While only one of the Beautiful People is in this match, it is no surprise that she still has her friends by her side. Angelina Love leads the way as Velvet Sky helps Mandy Leon and their fluffy mascot, Foxxy, into the ring. But the spotlight quickly moves to the Garden State Goddess, little gritty Grey, and the American Joshi. With Kelly Klein watching on commentary, who grabs a huge victory and earns a Summer Supercard showdown?
But before the bell rings, Velvet grabs a mic to tell Jenny she doesn’t belong here, that Stella doesn’t belong here, and Tasha- She doesn’t even know who Tasha is, actually, but she doesn’t belong here, either. The only woman in the ring that matters is the Allure’s Bada$$, Angelina Love, the TRUE #1 Contender! Angelina proved herself already when she pinned Kelly at Best in the World. Win-loss records leave out a lot, and Kelly knows Angelina didn’t need to cheat that night to win. But talking aside, the other three competitors uphold the Code of Honor, but don’t even worry about Angelina. The bell finally rings, and Jenny goes right at her!
Stella and Tasha fight while Jenny rains down rights on Angelina! Angelina and Jenny roll out of the ring and Angelina kicks back. Jenny forearms but Angelina kicks again. Stella whips Tasha but Tasha runs Stella over. Tasha brushes herself off and runs, but Stella keeps up. Tasha and Stella trade hip toss blocks while Angelina and Jenny trade apron bumps. Stella rolls Tasha but Tasha arm-drags back. Stella arm-drags Tasha now, but Angelina kicks Jenny away. Angelina is on Stella with a sleeper, but Stella kicks Tasha away. Angelina throws Stella down by her hair, and The Allure cheers her on as she whips Stella into a corner. Stella runs into Tasha, then Angelina dropkicks them into each other. Angelina throws Stella out and runs, but into Jenny’s SPEAR! Cover, TWO!
Tasha throws Jenny out fast and stares down with Angelina. Tasha flexes but it doesn’t impress Angelina. Angelina ties up with Tasha to a headlock. Tasha powers out but Angelina runs her over. Things speed up and Tasha shows agility to hip toss Angelina down! Fans fire up as Tasha whips. Angelina reverses and scoops to a spinning sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Tasha fires forearms back and whips, but Angelina reverses. Tasha goes up and over and rolls, to drop toehold Angelina down. Angelina gets clear of the basement dropkick but Tasha gets clear of the elbow drop. The two stare down as fans cheer.
Tasha eggs Angelina on, and the two start trading forearms. Tasha gets an edge and fires off! She runs but Mandy trips her up! A Fatal 4 Way means no disqualifications, but the referee tells the Allure they’re EJECTED! Mandy is upset and Velvet just shrugs it off as they take Foxxy with them. Angelina is a bit more concerned now that she’s all alone as ROH goes to break.
ROH returns and Tasha waistlocks Angelina. They roll to a cover, TWO! Stella throws Tasha out to roll Angelina, but Jenny breaks it. Jenny kicks Stella out to then La Magistrol Angelina, TWO! Jenny stays on Angelina in a corner for a back elbow and whip. Angelina reverses but Jenny dodges to send Angelina into the post! Jenny dropkicks Stella back out and goes out to join her. They start trading hands, but Tasha slingshots out to take them both down! Fans fire up but now Angelina climbs up top. Angelina LEAPS to crossbody them all down! This is the top tier talent Kelly has wanted to see. But speaking of, Angelina dares Kelly to come closer. Kelly heads closer to the ring, and stares Angelina down the whole way. But this keeps Angelina seeing Jenny, Stella and Tasha all get back in the ring.
Jenny clubs Angelina, and has help from Stella! They DOUBLE POWERBOMB Angelina down! But then Tasha double clotheslines Jenny and Stella down! Fans fire up behind the Boricua Badass as she fireman’s carries Stella. Stella fights out and drags Tasha into a sleeper hold clutch! Angelina kicks Jenny then hits a complete shot, to the Koji Klutch! Side-by-side submissions, but which one puts their victim out first!? Jenny and Tasha endures, and Jenny reaches for a ropebreak! The ref counts and Angelina lets her go. Meanwhile, Tasha sits up, and Angelina kicks Stella off her! Jenny kicks Angelina down, then goes to Tasha for a German Suplex! Jenny kicks Stella for a snap suplex! She runs at Angelina but gets the Botox Injection! Angelina covers, but Stella breaks it!
Stella scoops but Angelina slips out and shoves, Botox Injection for Stella! Tasha throws Angelina out to get Stella with a CUTTER! Cover, Tasha wins!!
Winner: Tasha Steelz, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WOH World Championship
Angelina ain’t happy about it, but the Boricua Badass got the better of her fair and square, okurrr? Can Tasha make it a one and done when it comes to title matches? Or will Kelly still be the champion when she leaves Toronto?
But wait, the lights drop down. And a rather creepy little video plays. Dolls sit in a line, but a hand reaches out to take the man. To chew him up and spit him out! Because the MANEATER is here! And Maria Manic has appeared behind Tasha and Angelina! Angelina saw this once before, she gets away again. But Tasha shows no fear! Security hurries to keep this fight from happening, but Maria just manhandles them like she did at Best in the World! She takes one and tosses him from the ring, then clotheslines another! But she slaps the third around to then put him in the torture rack! And then she dumps him out onto the other two! The fourth man gets the double hand choke slam! Maria Manic made mince meat of five grown men, but is she going to devour the entire WOH Division?
ROH hears from Rush.
El Toro Blanco is “sick and tired” of Dalton Castle. Rush whooped The Peacock in 15 seconds. But if Castle wants to mess with his familia, well perro, the bull is going to end him for good! Rush didn’t come to ROH to play, he came to become the best! “Nothing happens unless I say so.” When and where will this grudge match happen? Mass Hyteria on July 21st! A wild weekend is coming for ROH, who survives the mayhem and hysteria on the way to the Summer Supercard?
Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal & The Bouncers!
Matt Taven vows to prove he’s the king, while TK O’Ryan and Vinnie Marseglia vow to show who are the real elite tag team wrestlers in ROH. But they’ll have to prove it with actions, not words, as they take on their rivals all at once! Will the Franchise Player gain major momentum towards Manhattan when he sides with former foes in Brian Milonas & The Beer City Bruiser?
But given the apparent collusion involving Kenny King and timekeeper Amy Rose, Jay Lethal asks that she take her leave. Amy obliges, not wanting to be a source of controversy for this main event. The Kingdom then make their entrance, and ROH takes another break.
ROH returns and Lethal starts against the Horror King. The bell rings and they tie up right away! Vinnie powers Lethal to a corner but the ref backs him off. Vinnie throws a forearm but Lethal gives it back and we have a brawl! Lethal starts backing Vinnie down but Vinnie knees low and puts Lethal in a corner. Vinnie chops but Lethal CHOPS right back. They trade more CHOPS, and Vinnie wants Lethal to give him more. Lethal CHOPS Vinnie like he wants, but Vinnie just trash talks and knees low. Vinnie runs but misses in the corner, Lethal hip tosses and cartwheels to dropkick! Vinnie hurries to the Kingdom’s corner and tags to TK. Brian “Brawler” Milonas tags in and ties up with the Sassy Wild Horse.
Milonas shoves TK all the way back to his corner! TK runs back out but skids to a stop as Milonas towers over him. TK says he wants Lethal? Milonas gives TK what he wants, but he does tag Lethal a bit hard. Lethal shakes it off and ties up with TK. TK headlocks but Lethal powers out, only for TK to run him over. TK runs and runs Lethal over again, but things speed up. Lethal hurdles but his hip toss is blocked to TK’s own hip toss. Lethal boots TK back but runs into an elbow. TK runs but into that hip toss and cartwheel dropkick! Lethal has gotten two Kingdom members with that, and then tags in Bruiser. Taven tags in and Bruiser dares him to bring the fight. Taven has Bruiser calm down, and fans chant “Melvin! Melvin!” But again, The Kingdom wants Lethal.
Taven wants Lethal and even offers a free shot. Bruiser says Taven’s too scared to fight a real man. Taven just wants Lethal, and again gives a free shot. Lethal tags in but he sees the sucker punch coming. The two fire off haymakers and CHOPS on each other! Lethal whips but Taven reverses, but Lethal gets under TK at the ropes. Vinnie rushes at Lethal on the outside but Lethal dodges to CHOP! TK jumps but Lethal punches him out of the air, only for Taven to wreck Lethal with a dropkick! Taven drags Lethal up and throws him into railing, then The Kingdom attacks like piranha! The Bouncers protest but The Kingdom put Lethal in. Taven stomps and chokes Lethal to then tag in Vinnie. The Kingdom mugs Lethal with stomps then Vinnie rains rights down. Fans duel as ROH goes to one more break.
ROH returns once again, and The Kingdom continues to mug Lethal. Taven stomps Lethal down then drags him up to put in the Kingdom’s corner. Taven CHOPS Lethal then tags in Vinnie. Vinnie tags in TK, and the two whip Lethal. Lethal reverses to whip Vinnie, but TK waistlocks him. Lethal boots Vinnie then slips out of TK’s suplex. He ducks them both to tag in Bruiser! Bruiser rallies with the power of “BEER! BEER!” He punches Taven, uppercuts Vinnie, and uppercuts TK! Bruiser brings TK in for the sidewinder DDT! Cover but Vinnie breaks it! Vinnie fish hooks Bruiser but Bruiser bites the fingers. Oh but wait, Bruiser can’t bite, “I ain’t got no teef!” Bruiser brings TK up but TK CHOPS! TK kicks low and DDT’s Bruiser! But Milonas tags in to rally on The Kingdom! He even back drops Taven!
Milonas falls back to senton on Taven! Vinnie runs but gets flattened with a crossbody! Cover, but Taven breaks it! Taven fires off strikes on Milonas, but Milonas powers Taven to a fireman’s carry. TK leaps but into Milonas’ arms! Milonas gives them a Fall Away Samoan Drop combo! Fans fire up with the Mastodon, but also for Lethal as he DIVES onto Vinnie! Lethal gets back in to DIVE onto TK! And of course, he runs and DIVES onto Taven! The trifecta has been completed! Vinnie runs in to fight with the Bouncers, and whips Bruiser, but Bruiser reverses. TK tags in before Vinnie gets fed to the Scrapbuster! TK climbs and leaps, but into Bruiser’s arms. Milonas sandwiches TK with Bruiser, and it even sends Bruiser stumbling. But Bruiser comes back while Milonas climbs, and it’s the Last Call leg drop! Cover, The Bouncers and Lethal win!
Winners: Jay Lethal & The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning
The winner of Guerrillas of Destiny VS The Briscoes in the ROH World Tag Team Championship match at Manhattan Mayhem better watch out, because some big competition is meeting them at Mass Hysteria. Who will The Bouncers get to toast with on the 21st?
But wait, Taven doesn’t let Lethal go, and gives him CLIMAX to the floor!! The Bouncers hurry to Lethal’s side as The Kingdom retreats. Taven raises the title, but will he still be holding onto the gold after Manhattan Mayhem?
A pretty good go-home with major developments for a busy weekend coming up for ROH. Not only is Manhattan Mayhem on Saturday, July 20th, but now there’s another event on July 21st with this “Mass Hysteria” in Lowell, Massachusetts. Of course, this is all on top of ROH TV finally referencing Best in the World, but the usual mess was mostly ironed out. Rush has a solid promo, and his grudge match with Castle will surely be longer and better than the shocking 15 second squash at G1 Supercard. What’s odd is that while Kenny King beat Lethal at BitW in their Best of 3, he’s doing a story with Rhett Titus next? Lethal’s using his contractual rematch, sure, but is this story with Rhett going to delay Kenny’s shot at Taven more? Is Rhett going to turn so that we more or less get an All Night Express reunion? It is both intriguing yet confusing as to what is going on here.
The Women’s Fatal 4 was a great match, and what a great surprise to see the younger Tasha Steelz getting this chance. I thought it was going to be Angelina Love, but at the same time, even Angelina Love seems like an odd choice from out of The Allure. But I suppose with now women’s tag titles in ROH (yet?) all three could try going after Kelly in turn. And then we got to see Maria Manic at the same time tonight, that was a great way to debut! The Maneater will surely be a contender, and a monster for the Allure to worry about while they’re each taking turns against Kelly Klein. Kelly’s promo is obviously to put the company over, but for just the WOH Division in a vacuum, it is definitely heating up now with an addition like Manic.
And to end the show, we get a really good Six Man Tag, and obviously the goal for The Kingdom was to do as much as they could to Lethal so it’ll be easier for Taven in Manhattan. I am still disappointed the timing kept Jeff Cobb from becoming ROH’s top guy, but I again reference that the G1 Climax and Cobb going back and forth just wouldn’t be good for him or ROH. Lethal might as well dethrone Taven, joining Adam Cole as the only other three-time champ. Then we could get Lethal VS King 4 within a span of a few months, and maybe that story (which has an interesting twist with how it involves timekeeper Amy Rose) is what gives King his first world title reign, and makes him an ROH Triple Crown winner. Then we can circle back to King VS K I N G, Grand Slam Taven VS Triple Crown Kenny for the One True King of Honor!
My Score: 8.2/10
Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 5 A Block
KENTA, Lance Archer and Kazuchika Okada are setting the early A Block pace! Something’s gotta give. Who comes out undefeated?
KENTA, Lance Archer and Kazuchika Okada are setting the early A Block pace! Something’s gotta give. Who comes out undefeated?
Shmoxley in the opening tag team match means we should start off fun. Tanahashi and Sabre are in the battle of, well, someone needs to get at least a point out of that.
Then we’ve got Ospreay and Ibushi who are banged up but most likely still going to be psychopaths in the ring. Let’s get ready for the carnage, I mean, no…I meant carnage.
- Shota Umino & Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii & Yuya Uemura: Shooter wins via Fisherman Suplex Hold @5:45 – ***
- Hirooki Goto, Jeff Cobb & YOSHI-HASHI vs Toa Henare, Yota Tsuji & Juice Robinson: YOSHI wins via Butterfly Lock @9:30 – ** 1/4
- Tomoaki Honma, Ren Narita & Toru Yano vs Jay White, Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi: Owens wins via Package Piledriver @8:50 – ** 1/2
- BUSHI, Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi vs Taichi, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Suzuki wins via Gotch Style Piledriver @8:35 – ** 1/2
- A Block: KENTA vs Lance Archer: Kenta wins via Game Over @12:00 – ***
- A Block: SANADA vs EVIL: EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @18:10 – **** 1/4
- A Block: Bad Luck Fale vs Kazuchika Okada: Okada wins via Double Legged Cradle @10:15 – ** 1/2
- A Block: Zack Sabre Jr vs Hiroshi Tanahashi: Tanahashi wins via Triangle Counter Pin @13:55 – *** 3/4
- A Block: Kota Ibushi vs Will Ospreay: Ibushi wins via Kamigoye Knee @27:15 – **** 3/4
Moxley and Ishii start off trying to kill one another. This is a great opener and the respective Young Lions have to pull their veteran off as to not incur a disqualification. The Young Lions then take the bulk of the match and Shota has definitely picked up a few mannerisms from Moxley that we slowly see him unlocking. This may be our evolution of Shooter, but for an opening match this was very fun and the fact Moxley and Ishii just want to fight added for a neat dynamic.
Juice and Cobb are both respectful Gaijin faces, so not a lot of heat for this match. Plus YOSHI-HASHI was in it, so I could’ve downed a few Valium and been more invested in staring at a wall. Pork Chop Sandwiches later, and YOSHI-HASHI wins with that awful Butterfly Lock. Great…I can now taste colors.
So Yano wanted to get him a piece of the Jay White on the down turn, but Jay tried to still play the calculating heel. Honma put in a bit of decent work but Narita was obviously the one sent out to eat the pin. Narita held his own against Yujiro and Chase, but Chase eventually stopped playing with his feud and hit the Package Piledriver to tie things up in a nice little bow.
Shingo took a hell of a beating in this match. Kanemaru played random interference and Taichi took Shingo to the woodshed. Naito also continued his distaste of Taichi and Suzuki while being a little protective of Shingo at points. Now being the unabashed fanboy of Shingo, yet also a subscriber to Holy Emperor weekly, I’m very torn about this whole thing. The match played up the G1 tensions and the LIJ vs Suzuki-Gun tensions very well, but my heart knows not which to root for.
Lance is a good foot taller than KENTA and that was the story of the first 75% of this match. Lance was shrugging off the strikes of our returning striker. KENTA was getting effectively crushed, until Lance pushed the anime comeback button and said “You’re fucking Hideo! That’s who you are! HIDEO!” – which prompted the anime comeback in KENTA. KENTA managed to even lift Lance for a few things, but relied heavily on the dropkicks and strikes. He couldn’t quite pull off the Go 2 Sleep, so he went to his Crossface submission, Game Over. And boy howdy, it was game over! (I will see myself out after that)
EVIL and SANADA have this brotherly rivalry in LIJ. Being former 2 time IWGP Heavyweight Tag Champions, familiarity is obvious. SANADA starts off the match quickly and this is definitely a match of quick bursts when the one gets an advantage. I guess they are transitioning SANADA away from the Paradise Lock since this is the second match where he had it mostly on, but “something happened” and the opponent gets out of the move. We get a bunch of great back and forth, but something that continues to plague SANADA is his limited moveset when it gets down to crunch time. EVIL pulled out a plethora of tricks, including using the referee as an anchor for the Magic Killer. Whereas, SANADA sticks to Dragon Sleeper variants, into Skull End attempt or a Moonsault. With how over SANADA is, I really expect him to start getting more crunch time maneuvers. EVIL wins and quickly wants to bury the hatchet by extending the LIJ fist bump. SANADA bumps fists, and all is fine in our ungovernable world.
Fale tends to have Okada’s number in tournaments, and he starts off by attacking him in the back and dragging him out. So we get a typical Bullet Club brawl with heel tactics and ref bumps, but Okada perseveres. Okada is able to lift Fale a few times, but can’t hit the Rainmaker, and wins via the wrestling move he tends to fall back on, the Double Legged Cradle.
Well both Tanahashi and Sabre come into this match 0-2, so there’s a level of desperation that both bring to the table. Sabre wrestled circles around Tanahashi, and Tanahashi just tried to keep up for most of the match. After countering the High Fly Flow, Sabre locks in a Triangle Arm Bar, but Tanahashi floats over for the bridging pin counter. The Ace finally has 2 points!
There have been well known injuries for both of these men, and they played into the story of the match well. Focusing on each other’s injuries, calling back to their Wrestle Kingdom match and just a generally high energy and high impact match. Watching this match, you have to assume one of them will die with their style, but it is damn entertaining. Everyone expected this to be a great match and it delivered.
Overall Score: 8/10
Well we had a lot of good storylines and matches that mostly paid off. Lance Archer has been doing great work, Fale and Okada was at least somewhat entertaining and the cripple fight in the main event was fantastic. The inner faction turmoil was now squashed, so we can have a nice tournament while The Ace gets a few points over the petulant British child.
So great show, great entertainment, and generally a good time. I can only hope the B Block carries equal weight.
Block A Standings:
- Kazuchika Okada: 3-0 (6 Points)
- KENTA: 3-0 (6 Points)
- Lance Archer: 2-1 (4 Points)
- EVIL: 2-1 (4 Points)
- SANADA: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Will Ospreay: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Bad Luck Fale: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Kota Ibushi: 1-2 (2 Points)
- Zack Sabre Jr: 0-3 (0 Points)