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King Rocker and Espiritu Maligno vs Ares and Guerrero Especial
Maligno and Especial start out with some grappling. Ares enters with Rocker next and they start grappling as well. Especial hits Maligno with a slam and Ares hits a splash off of the top for the pin. Especial hits a power bomb on Rocker for the fall. First Fall: Guerrero Especial pins King Rocker with a power bomb.
Maligno goes back and forth with Ares and takes him out. Rocker and Especial go at it next. Rocker hits a hurricanrana out of nowhere for the pin. Maligno hits a power slam then submits Ares with an arm stretch submission. Second Fall: Maligno submits Ares with an arm stretch.
Rocker gets dumped to the outside, and then Maligno gets worked over. Maligno rolls into a guillotine on Especial for the submission. Ares submits Maligno with a face crank. But Rocker hits a sloppy sunset flip power bomb on Ares. It was more Ares’ fault. For the win.
Winners: King Rocker and Espiritu Maligno
Millenium and Asturiano vs El Malayo and Fuerza Chicana
Asturiano and Fuerza Chicana start the match out with some grappling. Malayo has a batman tank top on lol. He comes in with Millenium and they do some faster paced grappling. After the grappling exchange some spots get traded. Fuerza catches Asturiano with a spear for the pin. Malayo reverses Millenium into a rings of saturn for the sub. First Fall: El Malayo submits Millenium with a rings of Saturn.
Malayo works over Asturiano. Millenium gets worked over next. They make a quick come back and Millenium hits a moonsault on Malayo for the pin. Second Fall: Millenium pins Malayo with a moonsault.
Asturiano hits a flapjack on Chicana. Millenium hip tosses Malayo and then hits a drop kick. Malayo catches Millenium with a back breaker and pins him. Fuerza hits a fisherman’s suplex on Asturiano where he nearly spiked his head for the win. Third Fall: Fuerza Chicana pins Asturiano with a fisherman’s suplex.
Winners: El Malayo and Fuerza Chicana
Triton, Star Jr, and King Jaguar vs Nitro, El Coyote, and Disturbio
Jaguar and Coyote start out with some grappling. Star Jr enters next with Disturbio and they start grappling as well. Triton and Nitro come in and go back and forth. Disturbio hits a back stabber on Star for the pin. Nitro slams Jaguar and Coyote hits a splash off of the top for the round. First Fall: Coyote pins Jaguar with a splash.
Jaguar gets worked over to start this round. Triton enters but he eventually gets overwhelmed by numbers. Star runs up the ropes and hits a tornado splash. He avoids an attack and lets Coyote and Disturbio hit Nitro. Then while they’re all down Triton hits a springboard splash for the pin. Second Fall: Triton pins them all with a springboard splash.
Star and Coyote strike each other to start this round. Star takes them all out with arm drag head scissors combos. They all get the rudos to the outside and then Star and Triton hit dives over the top rope to the outside. Triton hits a moonsault on Nitro for the pin. Second kind of that finish tonight already. Third Fall: Triton pins Nitro with a moonsault.
Winners: Triton, Star Jr, and King Jaguar
Kraneo, Volcano, and Esfinge vs Hechicero, El Sagrado, and Misterioso
Misterioso and Esfinge begin the match locked up and they do some grappling but it all breaks down into a brawl with everyone in the ring. Hechicero hits a running knee on Kraneo and Sagrado pins him. First Fall: Hechicero hits a running knee on Kraneo and Sagrado pins him.
They kill Mije who is babyface when he accompanies Kraneo. Hechicero and the gang continue to team up on anyone who dares enter the ring. Esfinge hits a few back breakers to change momentum. Kraneo and Volcano sandwich Misterioso and Sagrado. Kraneo accidentally runs into Volcano and Hechicero drop kicks him. Esfinge super kicks Hechicero then hits a springboard splash for the pin. Second Fall: Triton pins Hechicero with a springboard splash.
Hechicero tries to lift Kraneo but he cannot. Kraneo hits a splash on Sagrado. Kraneo and Volcano hit a splash and leg drop on Hechicero. Volcano hits a bunch of suplexes on Sagrado. Hechicero pushes Esfinge into the ropes and then does a splash on him. Volcano hits a leg drop on Sagrado and Misterioso breaks it up. Triton hits a splash to the outside on Hechicero. Volcano hits a handspring splash on Sagrado. Third Fall: Volcano pins Sagrado with a handspring splash.
Winners: Kraneo, Volcano, and Esfinge
Mistico, Atlantis, and Soberano Jr vs Ultimo Guerrero, Cavernario, and Gran Guerrero
Mistico and Ultimo Guerrero roll around and grapple some. Soberano enters with Gran Guerrero and they do some interesting grappling. Atlantis gets double teamed with Cavernario and Ultimo. Then they get Mistico, Atlantis, and Soberano in a triple submission. First Fall: Ultimo, Cavernario, and Gran Guerrero submit them all in a triple submission.
Soberano get worked over to start the round. Atlantis then gets held and beat on. Mistico then helps them make a come back and Cavernario and Gran get knocked to the outside. Mistico hits la mistica which is the head scissors into a Fujiwara arm bar for the fall. Second Fall: Mistico submits Ultimo Guerrero with a Fujiwara arm bar.
Atlantis starts out hot, hitting moves on everybody and dodging attacks. Soberano gets flipped in the air but hits a hurricanrana on Gran. Mistico hits a head scissors to the outside on Ultimo then hits an over the top rope dive onto him. In the ring Cavernario pins Atlantis with a slingshot splash and then Gran pins Soberano with a sit out power bomb. Third Fall: Gran Guerrero pins Soberano with a sit out power bomb.
Winners: Ultimo Guerrero, Cavernario, and Gran Guerrero
Caristico vs Volador Jr
Caristico gets attacked from behind on his way to the ring. Volador just keeps beating on Caristico. Volador hits a school boy and pins him. First Fall: Volador pins Caristico with a school boy.
Volador continues to work over Caristico. Caristico hits a hurricanrana to the outside and then he hits a dive through the middle rope. Caristico super kicks Volador twice for the pin. Second Fall: Caristico pins Volador with a super kick.
Caristico starts out super hot and hits a hurricanrana to the outside. In the ring Caristico hits a hurricanrana for a pin but just for a two count. Volador reverses Caristico and hits a head scissors. Then he hits a dive to the outside. Caristico gets back in the ring first somehow and hits a spinning plauncha. Then he goes back into the ring and hits a dive through the middle rope. He then goes back in the ring and does it again. Back in the ring Caristico hits a back elbow for a two count. Volador hits a super kick then back stabber for a close two count. Caristico leaps up and hits a hurricanrana while Volador stands on the ropes for a two count. Volador hits a Canadian destroyer on Caristico for a two count. Caristico springs up and hits a destroyer on Volador for another two count. Volador distracts the ref and then removes Caristico’s mask and gets him in a small package for the win. Third Fall: Volador pins Caristico with a small package.
Winner: Volador Jr
Arena Mexico Tuesday
Aereo and Acero vs Pierrothito and Mercurio
Acero and Mercurio start grappling to start. Aereo and Pierrothito are in next and they trade some moves. Mercurio gets Aereo in a camel clutch like submission. Pierrothito gets Acero in a pinning combo. First Fall: Pierrothito pins Acero with a pinning combo.
They team up on Aereo to start this round. Aereo gets dumped to the outside. He’s missing his two front teeth, hopefully that didn’t happen now. Acero gets worked over next. Acero hits a cross body and Aereo hits a hurricanrana. Aereo hits a springboard splash on Pierrothito. Acero hits a lionsault on Mercurio. Second Fall: Acero pins Mercurio with a lionsault.
Mercurio and Aereo go back and forth with Aereo getting the advantage. Acero is getting taken out on a stretcher. I’m not sure what happened, must have happened between the round break. Aereo has to take them both on on his own now. Aereo monkey flips Mercurio on the ramp. The numbers are too much for Aereo and Pierrothito submits him with a leg lock. Third Fall: Pierrothito submits Aereo with a leg lock.
Winners: Pierrothito and Mercurio
Stigma, Pegasso, and Super Astro Jr vs Raziel, Cancerbero, and Metalico
Super Astro and Raziel start the match with some grappling. Stigma enters next with Cancerbero and they too go to the ground and start to grapple. Pegasso enters with Metalico and but Pegasso’s speed is too much for him. Raziel and Cancerbero try a double team move on Astro and Cancerbero just falls off of the top rope. So Raziel hits a neck breaker then submits him. Metalico slams Pegasso and gets him in a stretch submission. First Fall: Metalico submits Pegasso with a stretch submission.
Stigma gets worked over to start the round. Astro tries to fight back but Metalico cuts him off. Pegasso is next up to be teamed up on. Astro hits a head butt off of the apron on Metalico to begin a come back. Stigma hits a crossbody and Pegasso hits a double arm drag. Stigma and Pegasso pin Raziel and Cancerbero with a hurricanrana. Second Fall: Stigma and Pegasso pin Raziel and Cancerbero with hurricanrana’s.
They try to work over Stigma but he uses his agility to fight back. Pegasso enters and he uses his speed to get the advantage. Now there’s a lot of back and forth action with them trading moves. Cancerbero hits a crucifix power bomb on Stigma for the pin. Astro drop kicks Metalico to the outside and then hits a big dive through the middle rope. Pegasso then hits a 450 on Raziel for the pin. And apparently they win. Who knows it’s CMLL. Third Fall: Pegasso pins Raziel with a 450.
Winners: Stigma, Pegasso, and Super Astro Jr
Blue Panther Jr, Triton, and Black Panther vs El Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr, and Tiger
Black Panther and Universo start to tie up and grapple. The match breaks down really quickly as both Panthers get attacked. Tiger hits a vertical suplex on Triton. Triton hits a handspring elbow on Sagrado and Universo but coming off of the handspring Tiger catches him with a back stabber. First Fall: Tiger pins Triton with a back stabber.
Mije splashes Blue Panther but remember midget interference doesn’t count. Tiger and Triton go at it and Triton gets Tiger to the outside and then hits a dive. Blue Panther comes in and hits a bunch of back breakers. Blue and Black Panther get victory rolls on Sagrado and Universo for the pin. Second Fall: Black and Blue Panther get victory rolls on Universo and Sagrado.
There’s posturing to begin this round. Now the tecnicos are teaming up on the rudos. Some payback. Triton hit an asai moonsault on Tiger. Blue Panther hits a middle rope dive on Sagrado. Black Panther faked a dive but Blue Panther then hit another dive. Black Panther hits a dive on Sagrado, then hits one on Universo. Crazy. Dives galore. Tiger hits a Canadian destroyer on Triton then Triton goes to the outside and Tiger hits a dive. Universo jumps and sits on Blue Panther for the win. Uneventful finish. Third Fall: Universo 2000 sits on Blue Panther Jr for the win
Winners: El Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr, and Tiger
(Lightning Round) El Audaz vs Misterioso
They start the match off with some grappling. Misterioso starts to work over Audaz. Audaz hits a head scissors on Misterioso and then hits a dive through the middle rope. Audaz then hits a dive over the top rope. Back in the ring Misterioso tries to take off Audaz’s mask. This is a sloppy match. Misterioso gets angry and pulls off the mask. Audaz wins via mask removal.
Winner: El Audaz
Titan, Stuka, and Flyer vs Mephisto, Luciferno, and Ephesto
Stuka starts out with Ephesto and they do some grappling. Titan enters with Luciferno and they start grappling as well. Mephisto enters and Titan hurricanrana’s him to the outside. Titan chases him but Mephisto throws him into the barricade. Luciferno and Ephesto hit shoulder breakers on Stuka and Flyer for the pin. First Fall: Luciferno and Ephesto pin Stuka and Flyer with shoulder breakers.
Hijo del Infierno’s team up on everybody to start this round. Stuka and Titan take Luciferno and Ephesto to the outside and then Flyer gets Mephisto with a victory roll. Second Fall: Flyer pins Mephisto with a victory roll.
Titan and Luciferno go back and forth striking. Titan gets Luciferno and Ephesto out. He hits a head scissors on Mephisto to the outside and then poses. Flyer comes in with Luciferno and gets him out and then poses. Stuka comes in and takes out everyone. He does a back breaker to everyone on the outside. Stuka did an asai moonsault to Luciferno and then Titan and Flyer hit a middle rope dive on Mephisto and Ephesto. Back in the ring Mephisto tries to fight back, he slides to the outside but Flyer hits an asai moonsault. Titan slams Ephesto and Stuka hits a big dive. Titan gets Luciferno with a leg lock. Third Fall: Titan submits Luciferno with a leg lock.
Winners: Titan, Stuka, and Flyer
Caristico, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja vs El Terrible, Euforia, and Bestia del Ring
Euforia starts out with Angel de Oro and they start some grappling. Terrible attacks Oro and beats him up on the outside. Bestia jumps Roja and throws him into the barricade. Euforia works over Caristico. Euforia hits a modified pump handle slam for the pin. First Fall: Euforia pins Caristico with a pump handle slam.
Oro is getting mugged to start this round. Euforia goes to the outside and Caristico hits a splash to the outside. Oro and Roja hit corner super kicks on Bestia and Terrible. Second Fall: Roja and Oro pin Bestia and Terrible with corner super kicks.
Oro comes out on fire taking everyone out. Roja works over everybody but he gets in there with Terrible and they strike each other. Caristico enters with Euforia and then they posture a little. Caristico dodges an attack and Terrible hits Bestia. Oro hits a golden moonsault on Terrible. Roja gets a pinning combo on Bestia. Caristico gets the Fujiwara arm bar on Euforia for the win. Third Fall: Caristico submits Euforia with a Fujiwara arm bar.
Winners: Caristico, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja
Arena Mexico Friday
Stigma and Magia Blanca vs Hijo Del Signo and Espanto Jr
Well the on demand had no introductions for this match. Signo and Stigma start the match off with some grappling. Espanto and Magia come in next and they do some grappling. Stigma gets drop kicked off of the apron by Espanto. Signo gets a leg lock on Magia. Signo hit a code breaker and Espanto hit a german suplex on Stigma for the fall. First Fall: Espanto pins Stigma with a german suplex.
Magia gets worked over to start this round. Stigma gets teamed on next. They make a quick come back and Espanto gets caught up in the ropes and Stigma hits a guillotine leg drop for the pin. Magia gets Signo in a stretch. Second Fall: Magia submits Signo with a stretch.
Signo starts with Magia and tries to work him over but Magia hits an arm drag. Magia goes for a move and Espanto messes up so Magia just kicked him. Signo slams Stigma then gets him in a gory special. Stigma fights out of it and hits a fisherman’s driver for the pin. Espanto kicks Stigma in the corner and pins him. Down to Magia and Espanto. Espanto hits a northern lights suplex for a two count. Espanto hits a super sloppy back stabber and Magia kicks out. Magia then gets Espanto in a quick small package for the win. Third Fall: Magia Blanca pins Espanto with a small package.
Winners: Stigma and Magia Blanca
Guerrero Maya, Drone, and Fuego vs Polvora, Vangellys, and Kawato San
Maya and Kawato start grappling to begin this match. Polvora and Drone are in next and they trade moves back and forth. Fuego enters with Vangellys and Vangellys works him over. They try to cut off Fuego from his corner. Finally Maya gets the tag in and he gets Polvora in a victory roll for the pin. First Fall: Guerrero Maya pins Polvora with a victory roll.
This round starts out with Drone using his quickness to his advantage against Vangellys. Fuego works over Polvora and gets him out and then hits a pose. Maya comes in and hits moves on everybody as well, getting the crowd fired up. Finally the rudos gang up on Maya to stop his momentum. Kawato hit a double foot stomp off of the top rope on Fuego for the pin. Vangellys pinned Guerrero Maya with a fisherman’s suplex. Second Fall: Vangellys pins Guerrero Maya with a Fisherman’s suplex.
Drone tries to enter the ring but Kawato kicks the ropes, crotching Drone. Drone then proceeds to get worked over. Drone catches Vangellys with a splash off of the apron to help make a come back. Vangellys is thrown into the ring and then Polvora and Kawato next to him. Maya, Fuego, and Drone all hit splashes on them. They kick out but are hit with drop kicks. Fuego and Drone hit dives. Finally everyone is back in the ring and a tower of doom spot is done. Fuego dives on a prone Kawato but he kicks out. Drone then gets Kawato in a pinning combo for the pin. Maya hits a springboard head butt on Polvora who rolls out and then Maya hits a dive through the middle rope. Fuego then gets Vangellys in a pinning combo close to the ropes for the win. Vangellys argues. Third Fall: Fuego pins Vangellys with a pinning combo.
Winners: Guerrero Maya, Drone, and Fuego
(Lightning Round) Kaho Kobayashi vs Amapola
Amapola attacks Kaho during entrances. They get back in the ring and Kaho tries to fire up a come back but Amapola continues to work her over. Finally she does have a small come back hitting a big drop kick on Amapola. But as she tries to continue, Amapola spears her. Kaho does a head scissors and then a shinning wizard bringing Amapola to the outside. Kaho hits a splash off of the top rope onto Amapola. As Amapola tries to get back in the ring Kaho throws her into the barricade to beat on her. They keep fighting each other until the ref calls for the double count out. Yes a double count out. They continue fighting despite all of this. Double count out finish.
Kaho challenges Amapola to a hair vs hair match. She agrees and attacks Kaho afterwards. So yeah, there’s that.
Atlantis, Sobernao, and Atlantis Jr vs Villano IV, Rey Bucanero, and Hijo del Villano III
Atlantis starts out with Villano IV and they fight for position. Atlantis Jr and Hijo Villano come in and they go back and forth until Atlantis Jr hits a big drop kick on him to the outside. Soberano enters with Rey Bucanero. Soberano gets him to the outside and then hits a middle rope dive. Atlantis Jr monkey flips Hijo to the outside and then hits a middle rope dive and almost kills himself. Atlantis gets Villano IV in a submission for the fall. First Fall: Atlantis submits Villano IV with a submission.
Atlantis Jr starts this round off on fire doing moves on all of the opposition. Soberano then comes in and hits big moves on his opposition as well. Eventually the rudos get the upper hand and start to beat on the tecnicos. Bucanero and Villano IV hold up Atlantis Jr in a vertical suplex and Hijo Villano hits a cross body for the pin. Bucanero hits a senton splash on Atlantis and then Hijo Villano hit a splash off of the top rope. Second Fall: Hijo Villano III pins Atlantis with a splash off of the top rope.
Atlantis Jr gets teamed on to start this round. Finally after being beat on Atlantis Jr hits a dive to the outside and Soberano hits a back flip dive to the outside. Atlantis works on Villano IV in the ring, trying to untie his mask. Bucanero power bombs Atlantis Jr who was trying to do a move to Hijo Villano. Soberano runs up and hits a hurricanrana on Bucanero and then Atlantis Jr hit an arm drag on Hijo Villano III. Soberano kicks Bucanero into the ropes and then hits a lionsault for the pin. Atlantis Jr gets Hijo Villano in a hurricanrana for the win. Third Fall: Atlantis Jr pins Hijo Villano III with a hurricanrana.
Winners: Atlantis, Soberano, and Atlantis Jr
Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, and Gran Guerrero vs Mascara Ano 2000, Sanson, and Cuatrero
Los Dinamitas jump Los Guerrero’s to start this match off. They beat on Los Guerrero’s the whole round. Mascara Ano gets Euforia in an abdominal stretch. Mascara looks great for 62. Just thought I’d throw that out there. Sanson back breakers Gran and Cuatrero hits an elbow drop for the pin. First Fall: Cuatrero pins Gran Guerrero with an elbow drop.
The beat down continues in the middle of the round. And when the round starts guess what? Beat down continues. It’s a critical beatdown. Los Guerrero’s gets Los Dinamitas all on the apron and then they sliding drop kick them all off. Finally a come back. They do the Los Guerrero’s triple team spot on Mascara Ano. Euforia and Gran press slam Cuatrero off of the top rope. Then they do a normal one to Sanson. Ultimo and Mascara exchange strikes. They’re just beating the hell out of each other. Ultimo falls to the outside attempting a move. Euforia double drop kicks Sanson and Cuatrero to the outside. Gran then hits a splash to the outside followed by Euforia. Ano then low blows Ultimo when the ref isn’t looking for the win. Second Fall: Mascara Ano 2000 pins Ultimo Guerrero with a low blow.
Ultimo wants a hair vs hair match with Mascara. Mascara does have nice hair for a 62 year old. I don’t know if I’d ever want to cut it.
Winners: Mascara Ano 2000, Sanson, and Cuatrero
Mistico, Volador Jr, and Dragon Lee vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, and Cavernario
There was posturing and then it became a nice brawl. Niebla crotches Mistico on the barricade. Negro works on Dragon Lee and Cavernario beats up Volador. Cavernario hits a slingshot splash on Volador for the pin. Cavernario hits a snap suplex on Mistico and Mr. Niebla hits a top rope splash for the pin. First Fall: Mr. Niebla pins Mistico with a top rope splash.
Volador gets beat on to start this round. Mistico then gets taken out by a strike from Niebla. Lee drop kicks Niebla and Volador hits a handspring elbow on Cavernario and Casas. Mistico from the ramp hits a hurricanrana on Niebla to the outside. Volador then hits a splash over the top rope onto Niebla. In the ring Lee gets Casas in a pinning combo and Mistico submits Cavernario with the Fujiwara arm bar. Second Fall: Mistico submits Cavernario with a Fujiwara arm bar.
Mistico starts fighting back in this round and does successfully. He hits a hurricanrana on Niebla to the outside. Then leaps over the ropes to hit another one. Dragon Lee using his quickness to out work Cavernario and Negro Casas. Mistico and Lee super kick Negro to the outside and then get Cavernario out there as well. They hit dives over the top rope onto them. In the ring Volador just back stabbers Niebla for the win. Third Fall: Volador hits a back stabber on Mr. Niebla for the win.
Winners: Mistico, Volador Jr, and Dragon Lee
WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (7/20/19)
Stand back! There’s a Comic-Con coming through!
The WWE 24/7 Championship makes an SDCC debut!
As superheroes, super villains and super fans all converge in San Diego, watch as WWE icons collide! Who gets out of the convention with the title?
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS The Hurricane VS Drake Maverick; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
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WWE 24/7 Champion, R-Truth, appears for an interview!
What’s up, San Diego and IGN!? Truth sits with hosts Max Scoville and Sydnee Goodman and has been having a blast. he’s seen everything and everybody, but he just hopes no one recognized him. Truth being the 24/7 Champion, he had to stay incognito. Someone, anyone, everyone, they could take this title because it is defended at all times of the day. That is why it is the “48/7 7-11 TV” Championship. How has Truth been holding up? Well he can’t sleep, not even for a nap. He’s fought over this belt on a golf course, a tarmac, in a plane, and ruined one man’s wedding AND honeymoon. But don’t worry, Drake Maverick’s not constipated.
And now at SDCC, Truth has been able to slip through as a penguin! Pengi the penguin, noot noot! He got to shake hands and hang out with Darth Vader. Truth loves SDCC, it’s the bomb. But what else has Truth done while here? Chewbacca stared him down, but then Pikachu came along. The weather’s been a bit iffy, though. But wait! Is that…?! Yes! It is THE Hurricane!! Truth mentioned weather, so stand back, because there’s a hurricane coming through! Truth thinks this is a really great cosplay, but he’s a bit thick around the waist. Oh wow, what a great referee cosplay! He looks just like John Combs! But he’s blonde. No, wait, that’s… Nevermind. ROLL UP! TWO, but Hurricane runs away before Truth can retaliate. Because here comes Rockstar Banana, Drake Maverick! Roll up, TWO!!
Truth bails out before Maverick can attack again. Maverick vents! Truth has ruined Maverick’s life! His wedding, his honey moon, and he’s yet to consummate the marriage! Maverick is getting sick and tired of this! And then he realizes he’s on camera. Maverick gets up and runs off, but into the cameras! The signal goes down, but is Maverick too down in the dumps to get back up?
This title continues to be amazing! I was actually shocked Truth didn’t lose the title here, but him retaining is actually even more surprising. Great to see Hurricane again, even if it’s just for the gag of, “Oh, it’s Comic-Con, cosplay is everywhere.” Maverick is slowly breaking, and I love that he tied in the banana costume from when he showed up at the WWE Mattel panel during SDCC. Can’t wait to see reference to this on Raw.
Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 6 B Block
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
This whole day is based around two major things:
Will Jay White or Tetsuya Naito get a win?
Will Moxley or Ishii kill one another?
Let’s find out!
- Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens vs Zack Sabre Jr & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Fale wins via Grenade @4:50 – **
- Tomoaki Honma & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer: Archer wins via EBD Claw Hold @9:50 – **
- SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI vs KENTA, Kota Ibushi & Clark Connors: BUSHI wins via MX @9:02 – ** 1/2
- YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay & Toa Henare: YOSHI wins via Fisherman Buster @8:45 – ** 1/4
- B Block: Shingo Takagi vs Taichi: Takagi wins via Last of the Dragon @14:40 – ****
- B Block: Jeff Cobb vs Juice Robinson: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @13:20 – *** 1/2
- B Block: Toru Yano vs Jay White: Yano wins via Brass Knuckle Low Blow/Roll-Up @3:05 – ** 1/2
- B Block: Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto: Naito wins via Destino @16:00 – *** 3/4
- B Block: Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii: Moxley wins via Deathrider @20:35 – **** 1/2
Well Fale tried to outsmart the Rainmaker in his last G1 match, and that didn’t go too well. So Sabre is being a whiny child, tried to step to Fale and for the most part, got brushed off. Fale isn’t really in a position to eat another loss, but it’s unusual for Sabre to be doing so poorly. I’m curious if Sabre continues this slide until maybe TAKA Michinoku returns to be his hype man, or Sabre gets off the schneid.
People, everybody dies. You know that, Lance knows that, Honma knows that…Kairi Sane knows that. This didn’t really add much to things except the undercurrent of a quiet Minoru Suzuki is scary for the whole world. Also – Everybody Dies!
Now that SANADA and EVIL have had their match, there is some symbiosis back on the LIJ undercards. KENTA and Kota teaming together was a cute call back, but nothing of heavy merit came from this match. BUSHI continues to rack up positive momentum during these tags, Clark Connors is impressive for an LA Dojo Young Lion. So decent match, but aside from EVIL and KENTA brawling after the match and SANADA and Ibushi having a rather civil fan support battle, nothing too important for the impending matches.
Okada and Ospreay did have the crowd hot, but aside from a small flourish, this was mostly YOSHI and Henare. Surprisingly, YOSHI-HASHI has put together a few pinfalls in the tag matches, so that tends to actually play a role in the second half story telling. Ospreay may be on his way to a big upset since even if Okada seems to be positioned to win A Block, he won’t make it through unscathed.
Now this was a fun match. It was a continuation of the Suzuki-Gun/LIJ drama, but Taichi has his own issues. Shingo is fighting as a Junior Heavyweight and Taichi moved up to Heavyweight last year, but was overlooked for the G1. So the fact that Shingo asks and gets in, yet Taichi moves up and was ignored has to bother him. With all of these little things eating through, Taichi brought out the Dangerous T that many of us have grown to love. Sure there was a brief moment of shenanigans with lovely Miho and the microphone stand, but 90% of the match was on the up and up. Pumping Bomber versus Axe Bomber was great, the callbacks to both of their mentors was wonderful and just generally speaking, when the Holy Emperor tries, those are great matches. Shingo getting the win won’t sit well with Taichi, but we’ve got plenty more time to see how this all falls.
Juice starts off the match in a 3 way tie for first, but Cobb really needs a win to legitimize his tournament. Being undefeated in ROH for about a year, as well as all his other accolades, he needs to stop losing. Cobb showed a little more fire than usual in this match and took it to Juice. Juice has been in hard hitting affairs all tournament and it looks like Juice might’ve finally hit the wall. Should be interesting to see if Juice flounders from here or if he recovers.
Well the Chaos revenge tour has another stop with Toru Yano and Jay White. Jay has not gotten off to a good start and it’s all his past decisions coming to bite him. This match…would be no different. Yano takes advantage of Gedo getting involved. Between Barbara Jean the turnbuckle pad and the brass knuckles from Gedo, Jay White’s nuts didn’t stand a chance. So Yano runs away with 2 more points and Jay’s pride…and other things…are a bit sore.
Goto started off the tournament looking like a new man, Naito has also looked different, but for different reasons. Naito sitting in the basement with zero points and Goto with the renewed sense of purpose makes for an odd dynamic. This match is one of their usual ones, where it’s quick bursts, hard hitting and a few solid false finishes. However, at multiple points Naito’s usual tranquilo is shaken and you can see him show levels of concern. Goto being the one with the power in the match, makes for some unique interactions. Naito does pull off the win, but it’s not for Goto’s lack of trying and kicking out of one running Destino. Naito finally gets some points, but it’s nothing near dominant enough to breathe a sigh of relief.
Moxley versus Ishii was the insane hard hitting match we expected. Ishii even flew. He hit a splash on Moxley through a table. The Stone Pitbull flew. Yes I realize there is a callback to Masato Tanaka in that move, but you don’t understand, Ishii flew. Anyway, the beauty of Red Shoes as a referee is he understands each wrestlers personality, so he gives them a little more leash to do what they like to do. Moxley used weapons, Ishii egged it on, there were huge strikes, Ishii’s torpedo style rising headbutts and just good violence. This was a bar fight and no one was upset. Moxley getting the win was a little surprising since most of us assume he won’t be available for many if any later dates once AEW TV starts up. This was just a nice change of pace for the usual New Japan and/or Strong Style match.
Overall Score: 7.75/10
With a great Taichi match and Moxley changing the pace, this show was definitely something to behold. Jay White’s continued spiral is more amusing than Sabre’s since this seems like retribution where Sabre is just a punk bitch when he loses. Even with an uneventful undercard, the main Block matches kept everything moving upward and onward.
With Moxley as the sole 3-0, who unseats the Death Rider?
B Block Standings:
- Jon Moxley – 3-0 (6 Points)
- Toru Yano – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Tomohiro Ishii – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Juice Robinson – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Shingo Takagi – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Jeff Cobb – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Tetsuya Naito – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Hirooki Goto – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Taichi – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Jay White – 0-3 (0 Points)