The future of NXT, decided tonight!
With the Viking Raiders now main roster stars, they must address their status as the NXT Tag Team Champions! Plus, more action from Kushida!
- Keith Lee VS Cezar Bononi; Lee wins.
- Kushida VS Kona Reeves; Kushida wins.
- Jessie Eleban VS Vanessa Borne w/ Aliyah; Borne wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: The Viking Raiders VS The Street Profits; The Viking Raiders win, by disqualification, and retain the NXT Tag Team Championships.
PLAY BY PLAY
Percy Watson moves on from NXT.
Showtime Percy was a valued part of the commentary team, but he’s moving on to bigger and better things! But fear not, a new member joins commentary in his place!
Beth Phoenix is now on NXT commentary!
The Glamazon and youngest WWE Hall of Fame inductee is now alongside Mauro Ranello and Nigel McGuinness to call all the action!
The Viking Raiders return to Full Sail!
Erik Rowe and Ivan Hanson are part of Raw’s Tag Team Division after the Superstar Shake-Up, but they’re still the NXT Tag Team Champions. And they return to speak to the fans. “Over the last few weeks, we have raided Monday Night Raw. And we have brutalized the tag team division.” “We are far from done raiding Raw. But, since we still have these… Mr. Regal, we ask that you join us out here, right now.” Erik and Ivar wait as General Manager William Regal appears. Regal joins the Viking Raiders in the ring and grabs a mic.
Erik asks Mr. Regal that since there is no one who can take the titles off them, the Viking Raiders are here to relinquish them. Full Sail is shocked as they simply hand Regal the NXT Tag Team Championships. But before Regal can address this, the Street Profits appear! Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford shake out their ears. “Dawks, I think I’m having trouble hearing but did they say no one?” “They sure did!” Well the Profits are far from no one. Everyone seems afraid of the big bad Vikings. But a few weeks ago, the Profits brought the fight to them. And though they didn’t win, the fans realized that the Raiders realized that the Profits can beat them.
Fans want to “Ring the bell! Ring the bell!” and give us a rematch. Well the Raiders are relinquishing the titles and heading to Raw, because deep down, they know the Profits can beat them! “If that’s your real names…” The Raiders take the belts back and shout, “Make the match!” Regal says it here and now: Viking Raiders VS The Street Profits for the NXT Tag Team Championships! We get an epic rematch with the gold on the line! Will the Raiders win only to leave the titles behind? Or will the titles be taken from them on their way out?
NXT shares footage from after we went off the air last week.
As also seen on WWE’s YouTube, Adam Cole is pissed off at Roderick Strong for screwing up his match with Matt Riddle. Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish kept the two apart but the moment Cole called Roddy a “b*tch”, that riled Roddy up. Roddy threw his shirt and armband back at Cole, and Cole said Roddy isn’t worthy of wearing it!
Backstage interview with The Undisputed Era.
Well, the Undisputed Era minus Roddy. There is obviously a lot of dysfunction and doubt about the status of their team, given Roddy isn’t here at all. Cole doesn’t know where Roddy is, nor care. But as far as who the leader of the team is, that was never in question. It’s Adam Cole. But wait, Roddy shows up? He tells Cole that he thought about their argument. Cole was right, the unit is stronger together. And their Riddle problem has been taken care of. Roddy gives Cole a bloody flip-flop! And Cole gives Roddy his armband back. What happened to the King of Bros?!
Keith Lee VS Cezar Bononi!
The Limitless One finally returns to action on NXT TV, and against the Brazilian V8! Will Lee be back on track tonight? Or will he be derailed all over again?
Lee takes his time enjoying and conducting the singing fans as they “Oh~ Bask in his glory~!” It speeds up and annoys Bononi. The bell rings and fans switch to “Keith Lee! Woop woop!” Bononi runs at Lee but Lee scoops. Bononi slips out and shoves, and now things speed up as Lee hurdles Bononi! Lee runs Bononi over with a shoulder block, then goes after Bononi in a corner with double CHOPS! Bononi is wincing but then he kicks low and yanks Lee into ropes. Lee staggers and Bononi fires off kicks and body shots. Bononi runs to kick Lee in the head. Bononi grinds Lee against the ropes. He backs off at the ref’s count but comes back with more body shots and knees. Bononi runs and collides with Lee, and Lee falls to a knee.
Lee grabs Bononi’s wrist, so Bononi fires forearms. Bononi can’t get free, and Lee just gets angry. Fans sing again and Lee throws hands on Bononi! Lee reels Bononi in then shoves him to a corner for a big left forearm and big right lariat! Lee runs and POUNCES Bononi! Fans fire up and Lee gathers their energy. Bononi stands and Lee gives him the SPIRIT BOMB!! Cover, Lee wins!
Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall
The Brazilian Bomber gets bombed, and Lee is still limitless! Will Lee finally go for gold and make it #BaskInHisGlory?
Big news regarding the NXT Women’s Championship!
After the back-and-forth attacks and beatings between Shayna Baszler and Io Shirai, William Regal has decided it needs to come to a head! At NXT TakeOver: XXV, it will be The Queen of Spades VS The Genius of the Sky for the Women’s Championship! Who will win when they finally go head-to-head?
Backstage interview with The Forgotten Sons.
What do they want to talk with GM Regal about? Oh y’know, the Street Profits being handed a title shot that should belong to the Forgotten Sons. Once again, these three get forgotten, but that’s because they haven’t done enough to be remembered. Regal has no good reason not to think of them. But they’ll show what happens when you forget the Forgotten Sons! What will they demand of Regal? Will it affect what’s already scheduled for later tonight?
Kushida VS Kona Reeves!
The Time Splitter was successful against the Wrestling Genius last week, but now he faces The Finest! Will Kushida show Kona it’s about the best skills and not the finer things in life?
Full Sail is fired up for Kushida as he circles with Kona at the bell. They tie up and Kona gets a waistlock and slam. Kona brags but Kushida gets right back up. Kushida gets the waistlock now and brings Kona down. Kona rolls but Kushida holds on with the facelock. Kushida floats and even spins all over Kona! Kona headlock takeovers but Kushida headscissors. Kona pops out and tries again but Kushida still headscissors. They go again, and Kona wrenches. Kushida wrenches back but Kona pushes Kushida back. Kona whips but Kushida slides under to arm-drag Kona around! Kushida has Kona down with an armlock.
Kona pries his way out and arm-drags but Kushida holds on to get the armlock again. Kushida hammerlocks and twists it, but Kona endures. But wait, is that Drew Gulak on stage? Kushida sees 205 Live’s greatest grappler, but Kona uses that to power Kushida to the ropes and knee him low. Kona whips but Kushida reverses and headscissors Kona down. Kushida wrenches Kona but Kona scoops and throws him into buckles! Kona stomps away on Kushida then rains down rights. Kona throws hands on Kushida and has him on the apron. He puts Kushida through the ropes to run and knee lift! Then Kona suplexes Kushida and floats to a cover, TWO! Kona keeps on Kushida with a half nelson chinbar.
Fans rally up while Gulak watches closely. Kushida powers his way up and fights back. Kona wrenches back and whips Kushida but Kushida holds ropes. Kushida kicks then boots then kicks again. Kona staggers and Kushida springboard chops him down! Kushida fires off kicks on the arm. He whips but Kona reverses, only for Kushida to handspring and back elbow! Kushida keeps moving as he hip tosses and cartwheels to a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kushida keeps his cool but also locks eyes with Gulak. Kushida gets Kona in the Hoverboard kimura already! But Kona powers through to suplex. Kushida escapes and waistlocks but Kona elbows free. Kona runs but into Kushida’s handspring heel kick!
Kona tumbles out and Kushida climbs up top. Kushida leaps for a cannonball! Full Sail fires up as Kushida takes out Kona! Kushida puts Kona back in and kicks the arm! Kushida runs, tilt-o-whirls, takedown to the Hoverboard! Kona taps and Kushida wins!
Winner: Kushida, by submission
The Super Junior takes down another towering opponent, but Gulak is the only one underwhelmed. Is it only a matter of time before we see the Cruiserweight Crusader tie up with Kushida?
Bianca Belair makes sure Cathy Kelly and NXT Media catches this.
The EST wants everyone to see her ask William Regal for her own title opportunity, because duh she deserves one, Un-De-Fea-Ted. Is Cathy ready? Yes. They arrive, but Mia Yim is the one walking out of the office! What is she doing here? She’s getting on Bianca’s nerves. Bianca beat Mia, she can’t be jumping the line. That’s not what this was. Mia wants a rematch with Bianca because nothing is taken care of. Mia promises to handle her business, but Bianca is still going to ask for hers. Which rematch are we getting first? EST VS Shayna Two Time? Or EST VS HBIC?
Johnny Gargano checks with Matt Riddle in the NXT Trainer’s Room.
Obviously the King of Bros is sore after what Roderick Strong did to him. Johnny Wrestling talks with NXT Media that Riddle is okay, but he’s angry. The Undisputed Era won’t like the Bro when he’s angry. And speaking of, the UE is back at full force of four, is Gargano concerned? No, Gargano doesn’t care if they’re together or not, he knows they’ll be targeting him anyway. He has a big target from the NXT Championship, but that’s fine. Because at TakeOver: XXV, it will be a rematch of Gargano VS Cole. Will history repeat itself as Johnny Champion solidifies his reign? Or will the Panama City Playboy be the first piece to the whole team being #DrapedInGold?
Jessie Eleban VS Vanessa Borne w/ Aliyah!
With TakeOver on the horizon, the entire NXT Women’s Division is making moves. The #Adorkable Jessie is finally back on television, but will she be able to take down the #BorneBougie’s Vision?
The bell rings and fans cheer Jessie on as she ties up with Vanessa. Vanessa headlocks but Jessie powers out. Vanessa runs Jessie over but only Aliyah cheers. Things speed up and Vanessa leaps over Jessie to drop toehold her down. Vanessa stomps and steps on Jessie, but Jessie grabs her foot. Vanessa makes her pay for that by stomping her even more. Jessie blocks the buckle bump but Vanessa tackles her and throws big forearms! The ref backs Vanessa off and Vanessa checks her hair. Vanessa goes back to Jessie for more clubbing forearms. She stops at 4 and fans duel. Vanessa throws Jessie around by her hair and then dropkicks her down!
Jessie gets to ropes but Vanessa chokes her against them. Vanessa backs off at 4, but then Aliyah gets a cheap shot in! Fans boo but Vanessa hits Jessie with a straddle attack! Vanessa rubs Jessie’s face in it, aka her butt, and then hip attacks Jessie into the ring. Vanessa taunts Jessie as she stalks her. Jessie cradle counters! TWO to a crucifix, TWO! Jessie throws Vanessa into ropes now, then hits a big heel kick! Aliyah freaks out but Vanessa dodges the splash. Vanessa headbutts Jessie, then runs to hit a spinning neckbreaker! Cover, Vanessa wins!
Winner: Vanessa Borne, by pinfall
The Vision wins one for Borne Bougie, and for her own singles hopes. Will the “highers” continue to rise higher in the NXT Women’s Division?
NXT Tag Team Championships: The Viking Raiders VS The Street Profits!
The challenge was made, and the challenge was accepted! This could very well be the last match on NXT TV for Erik and Ivar, but will they be leaving the victors or the losers?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin!
The teams sort out, and it will be Erik who starts and shotgun knees Dawkins! Ford tags in right away but he gets Ace Ten Mao! Tag to Ivar and he becomes the human weapon hip attack on Dawkins! The Vikings pump themselves up and target Ford! He gets fed to Thor’s Hammer, but Dawkins intercepts! Ford cradles Ivar, TWO!! The Profits almost got that one! Ford rolls Ivar again, TWO! Ivar boots Ford and Ford flounders to tag Dawkins. Dawkins swings but Hanson cartwheels. Hanson swings but Dawson cartwheels! They both cartwheel! Hanson runs into a SPINEBUSTER! Tag to Ford and Ford climbs up fast! Ford frog splashes! Cover, TWO!? The Profits can’t believe how close they are!
Tag to Dawkins and he whips Ford in, to a seated senton! Ivar rolls and tags in Erik! Erik rallies on Dawkins and hits him with a big knee! Cover, TWO! Erik keeps on Dawkins with a mounted armlock. Dawkins endures but here come the Forgotten Sons! Ivar intercepts them all, but gets a 3v1 beat down!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, by disqualification
Fans boo but Erik goes after Ryker! The Vikings and Forgotten Sons fight 3v2 but the Vikings get the better of them! They throw Ryker into a post! But now Ford & Dawkins jump into the brawl! And then Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch run in! Four teams fight at once, and end up in the ring! Ford gets thrown out, then Dawkins. The Vikings catch up and run over everyone! They throw the Forgotten Sons out, and Ivar CANNONBALLS onto them all! Ford climbs but Erik grabs him, making Ford let out a scream. Dawkins saves Ford and lifts Erik in an Electric Chair! The Profits give him their Doomsday Blockbuster! Cover, and that would’ve been a win!
The Profits celebrate being the team that stands tall, but the Vikings get back up. Dawkins & Ford run off, so the Vikings take their anger out on Danny Burch with the springboard lariat German Suplex! And then Oney Lorcan gets a double trophy lift, to be tossed out onto all three Forgotten Sons! Wesley Blake flounders into THOR’S HAMMER!! And after celebrating, Erik & Ivar set those titles down, and take a bow. This tag team war is far from over, but what happens to the future of the tag team titles?
An amazing episode of NXT! Even the news of Percy moving on and Beth joining commentary is big. It’s great to have the second female voice on commentary, and whatever Percy is doing next, I hope he’s having a good time. We also get a lot of Women’s Division progress this week. Jessie VS Vanessa was a good match, but it should’ve been obvious that Vanessa was going to win. There need to be more Heels outside of the Horsewomen so it seems #BorneBougie is going to be that. Mia VS Bianca II is on the horizon, and that should be good since it’ll surely be better than their first. And we do get Shayna VS Shirai after all, and given the hype behind TakeOver: XXV, the title has to change. We need something exciting, and giving us a new champion for new match-ups is the way to do that.
Lee VS Bononi was a lot of fun, and it’s great to see Lee back in action. We know Dijakovic is supposed to be going after the North American Championship, so maybe we get the Dijakovic VS Lee rematch we’ve wanted for the title. Kushida VS Kona was really good, and it helps that Gulak was on stage to tease his next NXT story. Kushida VS Gulak in a highly technical match will be great for both guys, but definitely expect Kushida to win. And as soon as we saw the Forgotten Sons go in to talk to Regal, we should’ve known they’d ruin the tag title match. But it was still a great story for the Raiders to want to relinquish the titles like I expected, they were “goaded” into keeping them to defend them.
The brawl we got of the four teams was great, and this has to mean a Fatal 4 Way Tag at TakeOver: XXV. That way, the Raiders can lose the titles without ever being weakened. Plus, the 25th ever TakeOver special, a match of this size is just fitting of the moment. Of the teams in this match, I see it as being between the Forgotten Sons and the Street Profits. Lorcan & Burch are out because Lorcan is more 205 Live now and Burch has NXT UK. The Profits are clearly running hot as Faces while the Forgotten Sons are almost nuclear as Heels though perhaps in all the wrong ways. Either way, fans are either going to explode or riot at the end of this coming tag match.
My Score: 8.6/10
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)
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.
PLAY BY PLAY
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