NXT UK spends some time in NYC! The Grizzled Young Veterans see if Amir Jordan and Kenny Williams are worthy competition. Plus, Dave Mastiff returns!
- Gallus VS Humberto Carrillo & Raul Mendoza; Gallus wins.
- Dave Mastiff VS Kona Reeves; Mastiff wins.
- Rhea Ripley VS Kacy Cantanzaro; Ripley wins.
- The Grizzled Young Veterans VS Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams; Jordan & Williams win, by count-out.
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Gallus VS Humberto Carrillo & Raul Mendoza!
Joe and Mark Coffey still vow to make NXT UK their Kingdom! They’ll start that climb by going forward in the tag team division! But their opponents are just as hungry for recognition, as Humberto Carrillo once again teams with Raul Mendoza! Will the Coffey Brothers be able to keep up with the lightning-fast luchadores?
The teams sort out and Mark starts against Mendoza. They circle and tie up, and Mark wrenches Mendoza around. Mendoza rolls and acrobatically reverses the wristlock. Mark standing switches to a takedown! Mark grinds Mendoza into the mat then stomps him to the corner. Tag to Joe and the Coffey Brothers mug Mendoza. Joe throws hands and uppercuts then back suplexes. Mendoza escapes and tags Carrillo. Ultimo Ninja rallies but not for long as Joe rams into him. Joe whips but Carrillo slips off Joe’s back to handspring back elbow him down! Cover, ONE, but Carrillo drags Joe to a drop zone. Carrillo goes up fast but has to bail out of his moonsault as Joe dodges. Joe tackles Carrillo to a corner!
Joe stomps and chops Carrillo then whips him out and into the corner. He does it again, then scoops Carrillo for a backbreaker! Tag to Mark and the Coffey Brothers stomp Carrillo. Mark knees Carrillo then forearms Carrillo to the corner. Tag to Joe and they mug Carrillo. Joe snapmares to a grounded full nelson. Carrillo endures as Joe thrashes and grinds him down. Fans rally up and Carrillo feeds off the energy. Carrillo powers up and breaks free! But Joe clubs him in the back for a butterfly swing! And suplex! Cover, TWO! Joe drags Carrillo and Mark tags in. The Coffey Brothers double whip but Carrillo holds ropes to kick the Coffey brothers. Hot tag to Mendoza!
Mendzoa springboards and crossbodies Joe. Mark is on him but Mendoza fires off strikes! Mendoza runs to enziguri Mark to his corner. Forearm smash then whip corner to corner but Mark reverses. Mendoza slips out to the apron to let Mark hit buckles. Mendoza adds a kick then springboards for a missile dropkick! Joe returns but Mendoza enziguris him out. Tag to Carrillo and they both build speed, DOUBLE DIVE! They take the Coffey Brothers out and Brooklyn fires up as Mendoza DIVES onto Joe! Carrillo DIVES onto Mark, then puts Mark in. Cover, TWO! Carrillo drags Mark up for a fireman’s carry! Tag to Mendoza then the slam, and Moonsult! Mendoza’s up, 450 splash! Cover, but Joe breaks it!
Carrillo throws Joe out but Mark rocks Carrillo. Mendoza rolls Mark, TWO, Joe uppercuts! Mark enziguris! Mark drags Mendoza over and tags Joe. Joe says All the Best, he hits the lariat! Cover, The Coffey Brothers win!
Winners: Gallus, Joe Coffey pinning
All the Best for the Bells, but will the Coffey Brothers truly ring in a new phase for NXT UK’s Tag Team Division?
Backstage interview with Kassius Ohno.
First, he wants to make sure they pronounce it right. There’s an H sound in there, no smooth S. But either way, “Mr. Ohno” has had mixed success. He stops things right there. Have things gone perfectly? No, but even a broken clock is right twice a day. Ohno is the kind of guy that steps foot in NXT UK to show everyone the authentic European style. That is not stopping. He sees all these “veterans” of the scene, like Ligero. Everyone speaks of Ligero with such reverence, but everything Ohno hears about Ligero’s crazy schedule and thinks, “Well done, mate!” Ohno is quality over quantity. He’ll show Ligero what a real veteran is. You can be a big fish in a small pond, or you can be the Wrestling Genius! Is the Knockout Artist looking to extinguish the light that is the Luchador from Leeds?
NXT UK superstars react to Pete Dunne VS Walter.
Quite possibly the hardest hitting match ever. Flash Morgan Webster and Amir Jordan would love to see a rematch. NXT correspondent Cathy Kelly is surprised Dunne’s reign ended. Walter was the first man to take Dunne to his limit and take that title. The European Alliance, Barthel & Aichner, refuse to comment. Jordan Devlin is getting annoyed hearing about Dunne VS Walter. And even after coming face to face with Walter, Devlin doesn’t back down. Is the Irish Ace going to move ahead of the Bruiserweight on Walter’s contenders list?
Dave Mastiff VS Kona Reeves!
Kona may be NXT’s Finest, but he’s about to go up against NXT UK’s biggest, strongest and meanest! Will Kona survive a run-in with The Bomber from the Black Country?
The bell rings and fans feel “Kona Sucks!” Kona and Mastiff tie up and Mastiff powers Kona towards a corner. Kona turns it around but backs off at the ref’s count. He taunts the “big boy” to bring it, and Mastiff ties up with him again. Mastiff powers Kona to the ropes, but lets up at 4. Kona grabs a headlock but Mastiff powers out to ram into Kona! Fans cheer as Kona staggers to a corner. Kona and Mastiff go again, and Kona gets a waistlock. He tries to lift but Mastiff is just too massive. Mastiff gets the standing switch and the takedown! Kona gets up in the facelock and gets a ropebreak. Kona elbows Mastiff in the break and whips, but Mastiff blocks. Mastiff reverses and runs Kona over to then throw him over with a back drop!
Fans cheer as Mastiff puts Kona in a seated stretch. Mastiff elbows over and over and over! Kona flounders to a corner as Mastiff mercifully lets him go. But Mastiff goes corner to corner, only for Kona to bail out. Mastiff drags Kona up by his hair, Kona gives him a hotshot! Kona runs and gives Mastiff the finest knee, then covers, TWO! Kona is frustrated, and he takes it out on Mastiff with mean hands and the finest straitjacket stretch. Mastiff endures while fans rally up. Mastiff powers up but Kona manages to wrangle him down. Fans still rally and Mastiff gets a second wind. Mastiff gets up and arm-drags Kona off. Kona runs back but into a whip, and then Mastiff follows and flattens Kona with a crossbody! Mastiff then clubs Kona in the back to deadlift German Suplex!
Kona flounders around and Mastiff dropkicks Kona to a corner! Mastiff goes corner to corner, bombs away Into the Void! Cover, Mastiff wins!
Winner: Dave Mastiff, by pinfall
The Bomber continues to be undefeated even after his time away! Will Mastiff make that push towards the title now that he’s back?
Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster speak.
“NXT UK fans, it’s the High-Fiving, Stage-Diving, Knee-Sliding, Shooting Star Specialist” and The Modfather back together again. They’re excited to be in New York, and excited to wrestle Moustache Mountain. Trent and Tyler are the most decorated team on the NXT UK roster, but the Welshmen want to go to the top as the first Welsh champions in all WWE history. Will #Mandrews and FMW make that big splash against the Big Strong Boys next week?
Backstage interview with Dave Mastiff.
Radzy congratulates Mastiff on his big return victory, and Mastiff continues to prove how strong he is. Wolfgang interrupts and asks if they’re really calling Mastiff a “strong man”. What has Mastiff done? He hasn’t faced Wolfgang yet. Well what does that make Wolfgang? He just runs with his little friends. Let’s see you do what Mastiff can do. The two start shoving, and NXT UK security has to step in. Will the Bomber and the Last King of Scotland take this fight to the ring in the near future?
Rhea Ripley VS Kacy Cantanzaro!
The Mosh Pit Kid and original NXT UK Women’s Champion has been called a bully by Xia Brookside, and her dominance is in question with new superstars like Piper Niven joining the roster. But will she be able to prove at least one of them wrong when going against the American Ninja Warrior of NXT?
The bell rings and this rematch from the Mae Young Classic begins. KC gets a waistlock but Rhea throws her off. Rhea whips but KC hurdles then ducks, only to get caught by Rhea. Rhea tosses KC to the corner but KC silps out. KC uses her gymnastics training on that slingshot to headscissor Rhea down! Fans fire up with KC as she wheelbarrows, but Rhea pops out to throw KC down! Rhea rains down rights on KC then shouts at the ref she knows the rules. She drags KC up and into a corner to bump her on buckles. Rhea stomps KC around then clubs her down. Fans rally for KC as she is clubbed again and again. Rhea covers, TWO!
Rhea toys with KC now then drags KC up for a big stalling suplex! She holds her up for about 10 before dropping KC down. Cover, TWO! Rhea grows frustrated with KC as she puts her into an armlock. KC endures as Rhea adds the chinbar, and fans rally up. KC feeds off the energy but Rhea grabs her hair to throw her around. But KC cartwheels through then tilt-o-whirls into a crucifix to a sunset. Rhea stomps but KC gets away! Rhea runs but into boots, and KC hops up to leap! But Rhea catches her easily, for another suplex. But KC cradle counters! TWO, and KC whips, only for Rhea to block. Rhea reverses and catches KC as she goes up and over. Canadian rack to pump handle, RIPTIDE! Cover, Rhea wins!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall
And Rhea goes 2-0 against KC all-time. But here’s that bully side of her, as she puts KC in the inverted Cloverleaf! Rhea thrashes KC around before throwing her back down. Will Rhea soon show Piper this mean streak in person?
Kacy visits the trainer’s room for her bad back.
But then Rhea comes by to rub in the defeat. This is what happens when you step into Rhea’s division. Look at Rhea and then look at- Piper! Hello, there. Was Rhea saying something? Rhea stays quiet as she storms off. Piper the Viper is clearly in Rhea’s head. Will the bully be the one beat next time?
NXT UK Media catches up with Jinny.
The Fierce Fashionista hits the Wrestlemania Axxess red carpet, but is asked about her loss to Toni Storm. Does she have anything to say? She doesn’t. Is it a loss for words? Or is she just keeping her plans to herself?
The Grizzled Young Veterans VS Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams!
Zack Gibson and James Drake are the NXT UK Tag Team Champions, but feel they are SOON to be recognized as the greatest tag team in all of the WWE! However, they first want to prove a fun-loving team like the Bhangra Badboy and the Lucky Yin aren’t even in the same league. Will GYV back up their words in NYC?
Before the match, Brooklyn chants “If you hate Gibson, shoes off!” Gibson introduces himself and Drake to New York as the history-making first-ever NXT UK Tag Team Champions. Whether it’s TakeOver: Blackpool stealing the show or here in New York, the mission is the same. They’re the best team in the world, and the titles they were are SOON to be seen as the most important titles anywhere. They’ve demanded their opponents still be from the UK roster, so Williams & Jordan better listen up before coming out. A non-title match 4000 miles from home is the closest they will ever get to the titles! Bring them out, and let’s get this done. Williams & Jordan do make their entrance, and we begin this answered Open Challenge!
Fans still taunt Gibson as the teams sort out. Gibson starts against Amir and the bell rings. Amir and Gibson tie up and Gibson chinbars Amir to the mat. Gibson wrenches the arm and pulls at the fingers. Amir endures as Gibson twists the wrist. Amir works his way up but Gibson brings him back down. Gibson knuckle locks while hitting the wristlock. Amir gets up to snapmare but Gibson keeps the wrist. Gibson drags Amir back down, then wrenches more. Amir gets up but Gibson holds on. Amir rolls, spins and wrenches Gibson down! Then dropkicks him back! Tag to Drake and he smashes Amir with forearms. Mr. Mayhem whips Amir but Amir ducks to bait Drake to a takedown. Amir wrenches the foot but Drake spins to throw Amir off. Drake whips Amir but Amir reverses and things speed up. Amir monkey flips Drake to the ropes!
Fans fire up as Amir tags in Kenny. Kenny clubs and CHOPS Drake then wrenches to whip. Gibson saves Drake then keeps him cool from just rushing in. The GYV keep focus, this is only an exhibition to them. Drake goes in and tags Gibson. Gibson and Kenny circle and tie up. Gibson throws Kenny down but Kenny wheelbarrows to a victory roll! TWO and Kenny boots Gibson to bulldog him into buckles! KEnny boots Drake away then shoulders and slingshots on Gibson. He springboards to back elbow Gibson down! Gibson flounders up and Kenny runs corner to corner for a forearm smash. Kenny goes to bulldog but Gibson powers out to a headlock. Drake tags in and the GYV work on Kenny, dropkick to dropkick! Poetry in Motion dropkick for Amir! The GYV high-five then Drake goes to Kenny.
Drake whips and elbows Kenny right out of the ring. Tag to Gibson and Gibson brings Kenny up. Drake slingshots, backbreaker stomp combo! Fans boo the GYV while Drake taunts Kenny. Gibson flapjacks Kenny onto railing! Kenny clutches his ribs while the ring count climbs. Gibson puts Kenny in then keeps between him and Amir. Gibson reels Kenny in for a big lariat then covers, TWO! Amir coaches Kenny up and fans rally up, but Gibson puts Kenny in a modified cobra clutch. Kenny fights his way up but gets thrashed back down. Gibson grinds Kenny but Amir and Brooklyn rally. Kenny powers up again but Drake tags in. The GYV work together to rock Kenny with a right! Drake stomps Kenny out then forearms him to the apron. The ref warns the GYV so Drake drags Kenny back in.
Drake snap suplexes and covers, TWO! Kenny lives but Drake wraps onto Kenny with a chinlock. Fans rally again and Kenny endures. Drake uses leverage to grind Kenny harder, but Kenny finds a second wind. Kenny works his way up and hits a jawbreaker! Drake staggers and Kenny hits Gibson. Kenny fights the GYV off, but Drake still clobbers him! Gibson clutches his bad ear that Kenny hit, so Drake makes Kenny pay with a backbreaker. Cover, TWO! Drake puts a chinbar half nelson on but Kenny feeds off the fans’ energy. Gibson gives Drake the go-ahead, but Kenny breaks free to tag Amir! Amir rallies on Drake with big haymakers! Amir hits a forearm in the corner but Drake reverses the whip. Drake misses as Amir goes up and over and tackles Drake down!
Fans fire up with Amir but Drake hits him back. Drake throws Amir out but Amir slingshots back in for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Amir keeps his cool as he drags Drake up. Drake spins out and rocks Amir with a right. Gibson still isn’t good so Amir gets to Kenny. Drake goes after Amir but Kenny comes in, springboard back elbow! Cover, but Gibson breaks it! Amir dropkicks Gibson back out then goes back to Drake. Drake shoves Amir all the way out but Kenny waistlocks. Drake switches to a roll up, TWO! Kenny uppercuts and runs, but into a tilt-o-whirl. Kenny escapes and tags Amir! Wheelbarrow facebuster to SWANTON BOMBAY! Cover, but Gibson drags Drake out!
The fans call Gibson names while Amir and Kenny protest. Drake wants to go back in but Gibson says they don’t need to do this. The ring count hits 10, Amir & Kenny win!
Winners: Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams, by count-out
The Grizzled Young Veterans quit and that’s a win for the underdogs! It wasn’t the way they wanted to win, but does that mean they have what it takes to take the fight to the champions?
NXT UK Media catches up with Pete Dunne.
After his loss to Walter, what’s next for the Bruiserweight? What does he mean what’s next? Dunne had the title for 685 days. Dunne built this division from the ground-up. And they think he’s just going to walk away after his first loss? That title is an extension of Dunne’s body. People got so used to Dunne as champion, they forgot about the chase. Dunne hasn’t. Tyler Bate was the first champion, but Dunne wouldn’t stop just because they were friends. Dunne made sure he got that title. Dunne was only the second-ever champion, and he’s experienced every angle possible in the WWE. Yet Walter was the man to give him the fight of his life.
Walter is now champion and Dunne is now challenger, but Dunne knows how to beat Walter now. Dunne is confident he’ll win the title back. He knows what it is to be WWE UK Champion. Walter doesn’t. Walter will learn what it feels like for Dunne to be bringing down his neck. Dunne built the platform Walter stands on. Dunne gave Walter their first match, so perhaps Walter will return the favor and give Dunne their second. When and where will we see the sequel to that epic TakeOver title match?
A solid episode for NXT UK’s newest trip to the States. We got a nice surprise in these many crossover matches as Humberto Carrillo returns. He and Mendoza still make a great team, I’m surprised Mendoza hasn’t made the move up to 205 Live. But since this is NXT UK, the Coffey Brothers win to stay strong on their brand. At some point, they’re going to challenge for those tag titles, but it’ll have to be once a Face team takes them off the Grizzled Young Veterans. And speaking of, the GYV VS Williams & Jordan was a good match, and it was good Heel heat for the champs to quit. The titles on the line so of course they can lose like this and it doesn’t hurt anything. It would’ve been the same if it was a title match and they used Champions Advantage.
Much like with Gallus, the NXT UK superstars won their matches over their NXT opponents. Mastiff VS Wolfgang in the near future is going to be a great match, but I’d imagine Mastiff wins to keep that streak going. Rhea wins and bullies Kacy to bring in Piper for their story, that match is also going to be great. Jinny’s no comment promo was also good for her character, she is obviously still fuming over her defeat. It feels like we’ll get a rematch of Toni VS Jinny that’s even bigger and better, given their history. The Pete Dunne interview and video was great, and it was a trip seeing Dunne in 2017 looking so young without that beard. Dunne VS Walter II is a possibility, but they’re also teasing Devlin VS Walter. I wonder if it’d be upped to a Triple Threat of all three…
My Score: 8.1/10
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)