ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 398
LifeBlood wants revenge on Bully Ray, but they’ll first settle things with The Kingdom! Plus, WOH World Champion Kelly Klein returns to ROH action!
- PJ Black VS Eli Isom w/ Shinobi Shadow Squad; wins.
- Kelly Klein VS Ray Lyn; Klein wins.
- LifeBlood VS The Kingdom; LifeBlood wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Rhett Titus joins ROH commentary!
The Fittest of Honor flexes and admires himself while he joins Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman, though he really should watch the action.
PJ Black VS Eli Isom w/ Shinobi Shadow Squad!
The Future of Honor represents the Shinobi Shadow Squad against the redeemed Darewolf! But while Black turned over a new leaf, he didn’t get the win in a rematch with Bandido. Will he stay on the straight and narrow and get that win here? Or will Isom continue to shock the world against veteran wrestlers?
The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. Black and Isom circle and tie up with a test of strength. Black slips through and brings Isom down, then stands him up to wrench. Isom rolls and knips to a reversal. Black reverses back but so does Isom, and now Isom brings Black to the mat. Black gets up and slips to a fireman’s carry takedown. He sits down for an armbar but Isom rolls him to a cover, TWO! Fans applaud this early exchange and even Black has to nod in respect. Black and Isom tie up and Isom gets the headlock. Isom powers out but Black runs him over. Black speeds things up and arm-drags Isom. Isom arm-drags back but then Black blocks to a sweep. Cover, ONE, and Isom jumps the next sweep to get La Magistrol! TWO and things speed up again.
Isom hurdles and knees Black down! Fans fire up with Isom while Black gets to a corner. Isom runs in but into an elbow. Black hops up and headscissors but Isom tosses him to the apron. Black hits back and springboards, but Isom gets under. Isom runs in but is put on the apron now. Isom hits back and takes aim, to springboard and dropkick! But Black blocks to a Boston Crab! Fans rally as Isom endures the bend! His squad cheers him on as he rolls, and Isom throws hands on Black. Isom turns it to a cover, TWO! Black clobbers Isom at the ropes and keeps on Isom while we go to break.
ROH returns and Black snap suplexes Isom. He floats over to a double armbar. Black bends the fingers, too, but fans rally behind Isom. Isom gets up and turns Black, but Black wheelbarrows to a cover, TWO! Black keeps Isom’s legs to turn him over to Billy Goat’s Curse! Draping surfboard and some buckle bumps. Black drops Isom and fans applaud classic Darewolf. Black runs in corner to corner for a big forearm smash, then slingshots to crossbody! But Isom rolls through, TWO! Isom ducks and full nelsons, but Black blocks! Black breaks free but Isom hits a trapped-arm German Suplex! Both men are down and a standing count begins. Fans rally up as both men stand. Black and Isom throw forearms and chops! They go back and forth but Black mule kicks, front kicks and roundhouses!
Black prepares a big punch but Isom blocks it to then fire off strikes and an enziguri! Isom whips and pops Black up to a Fireman’s carry, Air Raid Crash! Cover, TWO! Isom was close but he keeps his focus. Black bails out and Isom builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit on the Darewolf! Isom puts Black back in and then springboards, but trips! Black takes advantage, TWO! Isom survives his own mistake, but now Black is on him. Black puts Isom in a corner and on the top rope. Isom fights back but Black hops up for a SUPER STEINER! Black then hops up and springboards to 450! Cover, TWO!? Black can’t believe it! Black mule kicks Isom down then climbs again. Moonsault Stomps, aka The Wildness! Cover, Black wins!
Winner: PJ Black, by pinfall
The Darewolf kept it clean and gets the win! He also keeps it respectful by offering the handshake. Isom takes it and Black raises Isom’s hand. Will this new PJ Black be the one that heads for a title opportunity?
ROH previews War of the Worlds tour matches!
After an amazing 30-Minute Iron Tag Match in which they were victorious over LifeBlood’s Tracy Williams & Mark Haskins, Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham are now in line for an ROH World Tag Team Championship match! Can the Franchise and the Octopus defeat the Guerrillas of Destiny in their first defense of those titles?
Plus, Villain Enterprises’ PCO was the one who pinned Matt Taven in an ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships match. As such, before Episode 400’s ROH World Championship match of Matt Taven VS Flip Gordon, PCO has his shot! Will Flip be meeting The Kingdom’s Grand Slam Taven? Or will he see first-hand how PCO’s not human?
Kelly Klein VS Ray Lyn!
The first and only two-time Women of Honor World Champion had the night she won the belt back ruined by the Beautiful People and the betraying Mandy Leon! Now Allure has come to ROH, but the Pretty Badass has put all three of them on notice. Will she give them even further reason to tread lightly after what she does in her in-ring return?
Fans rally for Kelly as she offers the handshake. Ray Lyn refuses, and demands a mic first. The referee obliges and Ray Lyn talks to “Kelly, Kelly, Kelly. Just so you know, I don’t like you.” She doesn’t respect Kelly, either. #NotMyChamp. So in other words, she’ll never shake Kelly’s hand. Kelly shrugs that off but fans sing, “Kelly’s gonna kill~ you~!” The bell rings and the two circle. Kelly and Ray Lyn tie up, and Kelly shoves Ray Lyn right to a corner! Ray Lyn gets back up and waistlocks Kelly. Kelly spins to a headlock and takeover, then pushes Ray Lyn aside. Ray Lyn runs but Kelly blocks the arm-drag to a waistlock and takedown. Kelly pushes Ray Lyn around then wants Ray Lyn to bring it. Ray Lyn pie faces and throws her down by her hair!
Fans boo but that just upsets Ray Lyn. Ray Lyn dropkicks Kelly from behind then stomps away. She grounds ‘n’ pounds Kelly while we go to break.
ROH returns and Ray Lyn sweeps Kelly off her feet! Ray Lyn then rubs Kelly’s face in it, and by “it”, it’s her butt. Ray Lyn runs and hits a basement meteora to a cover, TWO! Fans rally for Kelly as she gets up to a corner. Ray Lyn runs corner to corner for a big knee, then rolls Kelly out so she can climb. Ray Lyn gets up top and leaps at Kelly, but Kelly catches her! Kelly throws Ray Lyn with a Fall Away Slam! Fans fire up for the Pretty Badass as she grits her teeth. Kelly crawls after Ray Lyn and counter punches to throw her around by her hair. Ray Lyn flounders but Kelly runs in for a forearm, back elbow and clothesline! Then a running boot! She lifts Ray Lyn to a fireman’s carry, K-Power slam! Cover, Kelly wins!
Winner: Kelly Klein, by pinfall
Ray Lyn is now 0-2 against Kelly Klein while Kelly keeps moving forward. Kelly then picks up the mic for herself, and tells Ray Lyn, “Now you will respect me.” She offers a handshake, and Ray Lyn takes it. Ray Lyn does have to admit Kelly is the better woman, and peacefully leaves the ring.
But Kelly still has the mic to remind us that she will be the fighting champion. She is proud to represent ROH and WOH. She will always represent when in this ring. When Kelly won the belt back to be the first-ever two-time champion, that was the greatest victory of her career. But someone decided to take the spotlight from her. That’s all they are about: attention. Kelly’s all about wrestling. They care about filters and hashtags, Kelly cares about wrestling. The Allure cares about having their boobs pushed up to their chins, but Kelly cares about wrestling. “Because that is what Women of Honor is about!”
Kelly holds up her title, but speak of the devils. It’s Velvet Sky and Mandy Leon, but where is Angelina Love? She sneaks up behind! And she bicycle BOOTS Kelly off her feet! Mandy and Velvet join Angelina in the ring as they laugh at Kelly. But here comes Jenny Rose! Jenny is not Kelly’s friend but she won’t stand for this! However, she gets kicked and DDT’d by someone who was her friend, Mandy Leon! And like they did to Kelly at G1 Supercard, The Allure humiliate Jenny with lipstick graffiti and a selfie. Will the Allure soon have all the world watching as they take over the WOH Division?
Dalton Castle returns to ROH!
The Peacock hasn’t been seen since his shockingly quick loss to El Toro Blanco, Rush, at G1 Supercard. But what was even more shocking than that was Castle turning on The Boys! The twins had no chance against Castle’s sudden wrath, and now that he’s back, everyone finally gets the answers to “Why, Dalton, Why?”
Castle still gets streamers from the fans as he enters the ring with his bedazzled mic. Fans want to know, “Where’s The Boys?!” As Castle looks around, he sees a lot of faces looking for answers. That’s fair. Castle does owe an explanation. But he owes two people more than anything. He wants to say this to their faces, so Castle asks The Boys to come out and hear him out. Castle waits, and here come The Boys! He thanks them for appearing, and assures they’ll be okay. He just wants to make this right. The Boys enter the ring and Castle isn’t sure where to begin. What happened at Madison Square Garden was a mistake. But as he steps closer, they step away. Castle knows he deserves that one.
Castle was just so frustrated. It was MSG, he lost, and he took that out on them. He knows he shouldn’t have done that. What these three have is something special, and he doesn’t want throw that away over a mistake. So if The Boys would agree to move past this and shoot forward like they always have, maybe they can make it right. The Boys agree, and offer a big hug. Castle lets them bring it in, and fans cheer! That’s what he needed. Castle chokes back the tears. “What you’re looking at is stronger than ever.” Castle wants to make something clear to everyone. “You will NEVER see me put my hands on My Boys again!” Because these two, are NOT his Boys! Castle attacks again!
Castle punches Boy 1 down and throws Boy 2 with an exploder and then a gut wrench! Fans boo but he’s not done! He rains down rights on Boy 2 then deadlift German Suplexes Boy 1! Castle rains rights down on Boy 2! And he even takes their masks! Castle adds the highest insult to the injuries inflicted, but what does this mean for him and the boys formerly known as The Boys?
LifeBlood VS The Kingdom!
Specifically, this is Hot Sauce Tracy Williams and Mr. Overkill Mark Haskins looking to take down Vinnie Marseglia and TK O’Ryan. Both teams want to climb towards those ROH World Tag Team Championships, but will LifeBlood do that on top of heading for Bully Ray? Or will their split focus cost them against the Horror King and Sassy Wild Horse?
But before a Code of Honor can even be offered, The Kingdom attacks LifeBlood! Vinnie and TK throw hands on Tracy and Haskins! They both whip but both Tracy and Haskins reverse. LifeBlood shows double boots but The Kingdom bails out! Vinnie taunts LifeBlood while TK cools things off. They use LifeBlood’s dedication to bringing back honor against them, and Vinnie slowly enters the ring. Vinnie circles with Haskins but TK slips in. Haskins gets distracted and Vinnie fires off! The ref keeps Tracy back while Vinnie chokes Haskins! The ref counts and Vinnie lets up to throw elbows. Tag to TK and TK CHOPS Haskins! TK drags Haskins out for a European Uppercut! Haskins pushes and punches back, but Haskins gets TK with a test of strength.
TK gets the knuckle locks but Haskins breaks and spins to get a takedown. Haskins wants the legs but TK shoves him away. Tracy tags in and Haskins rolls over TK. Haskins whips TK into Tracy’s CHOP! Tracy whips Haskins in but TK puts him on the apron. Tracy gives TK a back elbow then Haskins tags back in. Haskins monkey flips TK into Tracy’s Penalty Kick! Cover, TWO! Haskins drags TK up for another CHOP! TK falls off his feet and Haskins tags Tracy back in. LifeBlood keeps on TK with a wrench to knee! They’re targeting the arm as Tracy brings TK up. Vinnie runs in but the knee is blocked! Tracy trips Vinnie then throws TK at Vinnie. Tracy links their legs and tags in Haskins. First Tracy kicks Vinnie, then Haskins kicks TK! And repeat!
Haskins tags Tracy back in and they go back to The Kingdom for DOUBLE kicks! And they’re not done there, they turn The Kingdom over for double camel clutches! TK and Vinnie both endure, but the ref counts because someone has to get out! LifeBlood lets go and The Kingdom scurries away while we go to break.
ROH returns once more and Vinnie now stands over Tracy. Vinnie stomps Tracy and has taken Tracy’s shoulder brace off! Vinnie taunts Haskins, but turns around into Tracy’s CHOP! Tracy CHOPS more but TK grabs his feet! Vinnie gives Tracy an uppercut! Tracy staggers for his corner but Vinnie goes after that bad arm. Tracy forearms Vinnie down while fans rally and duel, oddly. Vinnie reels Tracy in for a saido suplex! Tag to TK and TK slingshots to stomp the bad arm! The ref counts but TK lets up at 3 to put Tracy’s arm on the ropes. TK springboard sits down on the arm, but Tracy kicks back with his leg. TK grabs the bad arm for a keylock, but fans rally up.
Tracy fights out with palm strikes but TK clubs Tracy back. TK underhooks for a butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! Tag to Vinnie and they continue to go after the arm. Vinnie taunts Hot Sauce but Tracy throws forearms with his good arm! Vinnie blocks to knee Tracy, then go side to side for forearms! He suplexes but Tracy lands on his feet! Tracy boots VInnie then hits a leaping Famouser! Both men are down but fans rally up! Tracy and Vinnie crawl, hot tags to TK and Haskins! Haskins boots and forearms TK then whips to kitchen sink knee! He hits VInnie for good measure, then dodges TK. TK elbows Haskins and takes the knee for a school boy! But Haskins slips out to a Crossface!
TK endures and scrambles around, but Vinnie grabs a leg. Haskins makes it a Rings of Saturn but Vinnie won’t let go! The ref counts Vinnie but it’s Haskins who lets go to get on the apron and Penalty Kick him! Haskins gives Vinnie an apron back suplex! Fans fire up and Haskins high-fives, but TK catches him in a cradle! TWO, and Haskins mule kicks the legs out! Haskins tags Tracy on hsi way to the apron. Haskins kicks TK off the ropes and then Tracy climbs to hit a frog splash! Cover, TWO!! TK survives but Tracy fires up! Tracy drags TK up with one good arm, but he can’t lift for a piledriver. TK powers Tracy to a corner but then Tracy CHOPS back.
Tracy hops up but has to fight Vinnie off. TK CHOPS Tracy back, then climbs up top. But Tracy gets him for a buckle DDT! Discus lariat! Cover, TWO, but to an ankle lock! Vinnie BOOTS Tracy down! Then hits Haskins for good measure! The Kingdom coordinates, but TK is staggered. TK’s leg gives out and Tracy gets away to tag Haskins! Haskins dumps Vinnie out and Tracy fireman’s carries TK. Tracy gives TK a shinbreaker drop, then wrecks Vinnie with a dropkick! Haskins rolls TK to a Sharpshooter!! TK endures and Haskins goes WAY back! TK taps, LifeBlood wins!!
Winners: LifeBlood, Haskins by submission
Overkill overwhelms TK, and now LifeBlood climbs up the tag team division ranks! But they don’t care about that right now, because Tracy gets a mic. “That is what ROH is all about! Taking care of your business in this ring!” But speaking of that, they call out Bully Ray! Bully has been nothing but a snake and a stench and a cancer in ROH! The only way to get rid of that is to cut it out completely. Bully, consider them the only two people who want to see him out here! Tracy knows Bully probably won’t come alone, but he just wants Bully to come out and face them. LifeBlood waits, but it’s not surprising Bully is too scared.
But lo and behold, Bully appears! Bully looks at them from the stage and asks, “Are you still mad about Tenille?” Tracy and Haskins dare Bully to get in the ring. Bully just says “Go to Hell.” Bully leaves, but will LifeBlood make him face the consequences for his actions?
This was a really great episode, at a time when ROH really needed it in my opinion. Rhett Titus cracked me up just being there in his Speedo flexing. Black VS Isom was a great match, Isom is definitely The Future of Honor, but it was great for Black to win. Black’s change wouldn’t really mean anything if he kept losing. We get some good War of the Worlds teases, with some nice surprises. I didn’t expect Taven VS PCO to come about but that’ll be a good match. Continuity demands PCO loses so that it’ll be Taven VS Flip for episode 400, though. And I didn’t expect Lethal & Gresham to become tag title contenders so soon, but at the same time, it’s Jay Lethal so it makes sense. But I don’t see Lethal & Gresham winning for other reasons, such as a GoD VS Briscoes 2v2 match.
For those who didn’t know, Ray Lyn has been on Women of Wrestling as Chantilly Chella, which marks at least the fourth WoW star to also be in WOH. I wonder if WOW will join the alliance ROH has created with Stardom for a stronger base of women’s wrestling. Kelly gives a great promo that trash talks The Allure but it seems a wrestler forgets how to count when going Face. She should’ve known a sneak attack was coming when only two members of a trio appeared. But the Allure stands tall again, even against Jenny Rose. An alliance of Kelly and Jenny would be good for character development, and maybe even a third Face joins for a Six Woman Tag. But if nothing else says WOH wants women’s tag titles, Allure becoming a thing should make that clear.
Castle’s fake apology was really well done. I felt it coming but his delivery almost got me to think not. But this will be good for all of them. Castle going Heel will freshen him up, and now The Boys are free to be The Tate Twins or whatever name they want after this. The main event tag match was great, Hot Sauce and Haskins work great together just like Vinnie and TK. And then while they call Bully out, it makes sense for Bully not to fight when it’s 2v1. He might comeback and enlist the help of Shane Taylor to go after LifeBlood, and probably backstage. Maybe they’ll end up with a match for War of the Worlds just to give the story a bigger stage.
My Score: 8.4/10
WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (7/20/19)
Stand back! There’s a Comic-Con coming through!
The WWE 24/7 Championship makes an SDCC debut!
As superheroes, super villains and super fans all converge in San Diego, watch as WWE icons collide! Who gets out of the convention with the title?
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS The Hurricane VS Drake Maverick; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE 24/7 Champion, R-Truth, appears for an interview!
What’s up, San Diego and IGN!? Truth sits with hosts Max Scoville and Sydnee Goodman and has been having a blast. he’s seen everything and everybody, but he just hopes no one recognized him. Truth being the 24/7 Champion, he had to stay incognito. Someone, anyone, everyone, they could take this title because it is defended at all times of the day. That is why it is the “48/7 7-11 TV” Championship. How has Truth been holding up? Well he can’t sleep, not even for a nap. He’s fought over this belt on a golf course, a tarmac, in a plane, and ruined one man’s wedding AND honeymoon. But don’t worry, Drake Maverick’s not constipated.
And now at SDCC, Truth has been able to slip through as a penguin! Pengi the penguin, noot noot! He got to shake hands and hang out with Darth Vader. Truth loves SDCC, it’s the bomb. But what else has Truth done while here? Chewbacca stared him down, but then Pikachu came along. The weather’s been a bit iffy, though. But wait! Is that…?! Yes! It is THE Hurricane!! Truth mentioned weather, so stand back, because there’s a hurricane coming through! Truth thinks this is a really great cosplay, but he’s a bit thick around the waist. Oh wow, what a great referee cosplay! He looks just like John Combs! But he’s blonde. No, wait, that’s… Nevermind. ROLL UP! TWO, but Hurricane runs away before Truth can retaliate. Because here comes Rockstar Banana, Drake Maverick! Roll up, TWO!!
Truth bails out before Maverick can attack again. Maverick vents! Truth has ruined Maverick’s life! His wedding, his honey moon, and he’s yet to consummate the marriage! Maverick is getting sick and tired of this! And then he realizes he’s on camera. Maverick gets up and runs off, but into the cameras! The signal goes down, but is Maverick too down in the dumps to get back up?
This title continues to be amazing! I was actually shocked Truth didn’t lose the title here, but him retaining is actually even more surprising. Great to see Hurricane again, even if it’s just for the gag of, “Oh, it’s Comic-Con, cosplay is everywhere.” Maverick is slowly breaking, and I love that he tied in the banana costume from when he showed up at the WWE Mattel panel during SDCC. Can’t wait to see reference to this on Raw.
Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 6 B Block
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
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)