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Stardom Gold May 2019 Results & Review (5/16/2019)

Welcome back to Stardom! We bring one of the bigger shows of the month of May, Stardom Gold!

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Welcome back to Stardom! We bring one of the bigger shows of the month of May, Stardom Gold!

We were originally going to have Bea Priestley defend the World of Stardom Championship against Toni Storm but it would sadly be pulled due to WWE not wanting the match to take place since it would require Toni to lose to an AEW wrestler, even though Bea is more Stardom than she is AEW.

Anyway, Stardom was able to make do with giving them different matches and still able to produce a great show.

We got some titles matches, big matches, and a highly anticipated rivalry coming to an end.

Let’s see how things unfold as we…dive right in.

Rating System:

  • 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
  • 1 Star: Vince Russo
  • 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
  • 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
  • 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
  • 5 Stars: Jim Cornette

 

Three Way Tag Team Match
STARS (Starlight Kid & Hanan) vs. Oedo Tai (Andras Miyagi & Natsuko Tora) vs. Queen’s Quest (Leo Onozaki & Hina)

Review: Our first match to start this show off is a triple threat tag match. STARS will battle Oedo Tai and Queen’s Quest. STARS is represented by Starlight Kid and Hanan, Oedo Tai by Andras Miyagi and Natsuko Tora, and Queen’s Quest by Leo Onozaki and Hina. Originally it was going to be a four-way with the Tokyo Cyber Squad involved. However, they had to be pulled out due to Rina suffering an injury. We wish her a speedy recovery. Since this is no longer a gauntlet, it’ll be under regular triple threat rules. It is still a solid opener with some big names. Andras Miyagi also recently signed a full-time contract with Stardom. One would expect to see her in bigger programs going forward. Which of these three teams will win?

Looks like both Leo and Hina changed their gears compared to what they wore before, it looks good on them. This match was something that you did expect with half of them being young an inexperienced and the other half trying to make it work, but both Andras and Natsuko weren’t in the match very long since they got taken out quickly and it was just QQ and STARS. There’s a lot you can do in five minutes but they also didn’t do as much and in a way, is kinda expected since three of them are still learning. Starlight missed the Moonsault and Natsuko hits her with a Spear to take her out as Andras hits a beautiful kick. Another Spear by Natsuko on both QQ’s members and Andras slammed Leo down as Natsuko hits the Splash off the top rope for the victory. Not a terrible match but also not great. Andras is fantastic though.

Rating: Tony Schiavone

 

Three Way Match
Saya Iida vs. Death Yama-San vs. Natsu Sumire

Review: Our next match is a triple threat with Saya Iida taking on Natsu Sumire and Kaori Yoneyam-wait, I mean Death Yama-San. That’s right, Kaori Yoneyama changed her name after being part of the Tokyo Cyber Squad and gave herself a new personality. Unless it’s just for this show since I can never get a read on her. The only thing you can expect for this match is some humor with Yama and Sumire along with more progression for Saya since she’s getting built up quite well here. Will Saya be able to get another win or will it belong to the other two?

Sumire coming out with the camera and recording herself and the fans is everything. Yama-san is officially the lost member of Kiss in their Japan sub rock group. Sumire and Saya did have a small little alliance or so everyone thought as Sumire would roll Saya up whenever they attacked Yama-san on the corner of the ring. Saya called her out on it and said they’ll work together for real this time and you should know by now that believing Sumire is a terrible idea as she tried to do it again but Saya held her ground and Double Stomps her. Not sure how I feel about Kaori’s new gimmick since she’s just taunting and posing for the most part and nothing really new happened during this time. Saya looked great though and Sumire is as entertaining as always. Saya tried to pin them both with the Iidabashi but they would both kick out of it. Sumire was on the top rope and Yama-san pushed Saya into the turnbuckle to make Sumire fall and Saya gets rolled up for Death Yama-san to get the victory.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and three quarters

 

Singles Match
Toni Storm vs. Kagetsu

Review: Our next match is a special singles match as Toni Storm takes on the leader of Oedo Tai, Kagetsu. These two are no strangers together as they fought in June last year where Kagetsu actually defeated her to win the World of Stardom Championship to start her eleven-month reign. Toni was never able to get a rematch with her due to joining WWE and the Mae Young Classic, but now as the NXT UK Women’s Champion, she’s back with a new attitude and looks to have a friendly match with her. I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do together in the ring now after not fighting each other since last June. Will Toni stand tall or does Kagetsu beat her twice in a row?

If I had to compare their match right now compared to the one they had last year, I would say the one last year was much better. One problem I had with this match was what would the payoff be? If Toni wins and beats the former champion, she can’t get a title match if Bea retains since WWE won’t book it due to the fact that Toni would have to lose and Kagetsu could be out of the picture for a while and sure, you can use this as a way to build her back up but who knows what her direction would be. They had a title match on the line and this one is just them making do with what they can book since Kagetsu is still a credible opponent despite no big payoff if either of these women would win. My only real complaint was the beginning of the match and the pacing of it since it was just a regular match with nothing special to add and just a bit of an outside spot that dragged a little bit. Despite the little complaints that I just mentioned, this was still a really good match with what they were given and you have two top talents in that ring fighting each other just for the entertainment given to the fans.

Toni would hit a German Suplex Hold for a two count and would do a modified STF to try and get our Prime Minister to tap out and Kagetsu struggle for a little bit until she was able to grab the ropes to break the hold. Toni would try to put it away but Kagetsu attempts to spit red mist into her eyes just like last year, but Toni moved out of the way as the referee would take the mist and Toni hits the Strong Zero. Toni couldn’t get the pinfall with the referee getting the mist off his eyes but she goes to the top rope and Kagetsu would spit blue mist into her eyes this time. Kagetsu would hit a Michinoku Driver and an Oedo Coaster to try and get the pin before the time would run out, but Toni kicked out at two and a half. Kagetsu doesn’t have a lot of time left and hits the Death Valley Driver but the bell rang during the motion as the match ends in a no contest. Neither of them won or lost, this was the only outcome they could do and the two gave each other respect once they got up.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters

 

Artist of Stardom Title Match
STARS (Mayu Iwatani, Saki Kashima, & Tam Nakano) vs. Tokyo Cyber Squad (Hana Kimura, Jungle Kyona, & Konami)

Review: Our first title match of the evening is STARS members Mayu Iwatani, Saki Kashima, and Tam Nakano defending their Artist of Stardom Championships against members of Tokyo Cyber Squad, Hana Kimura, Konami, and Jungle Kyona. It looks like Mayu is cleared for the competition since she’s able to defend her title for this match. Their last defense was on March 24th and ironic enough that it was against Hana Kimura and her group before she had had a new unit. Now it looks like Hana is set to get a rematch with a new unit and an actual crew behind her. Will Tokyo Cyber Squad win their first championships or will STARS retain?

Tokyo Cyber Squad going straight at it once the bell even rang as they would attack STARS around the outside of the ring before they would eventually get back in. Konami was really ruthless against Mayu when she and the others would work on her injured leg, but Konami was the one who did the most damage to her leg during the match and with how good Mayu is at selling, she made everything look painful as she took the moves and strikes. This match was more for the Tokyo Cyber Squad than anything else since they’re the ones that need the development into the promotion due to Hana just creating them, Hana using these women to their full potential when they couldn’t during their previous factions. It was a solid tag match with consistent pacing throughout the match and simple enough for anyone to really follow and enjoy it. Aside from Mayu’s incredible selling, Konami was the MVP of the match since she really did show what Queen’s Quest was missing when they had her in their unit. It was Saki and Konami in the ring and Konami would struggle to try and get the Triangle Lancer until she actually applies it and makes Saki tap out and we have new champions!

After the match, Tokyo Cyber Squad will stay in the ring to pose with the belts and would be able to cut a small little promo for the crowd. Hana talked about how they crushed STARS to win the titles and dares anyone to try and challenge them now as she calls out her former faction, Oedo Tai. Konami has a turn to speak now and she mostly talks about her homecoming show on May 26th as she’ll fight Kagetsu on the show and just thanked the crowd. Hana talked once again to say that they’re all different but that’s why they’re all better. I’m really loving this faction and wish them all the best.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

World of Stardom Title Match
Bea Priestley (c) vs. Hazuki

Review: Our next match is for the World of Stardom Championship as Bea Priestley is set to defend her title against the High Speed Champion, Hazuki. As I stated earlier that Bea was originally scheduled to defend against Toni Storm but they had to pull out and they went with Hazuki instead, which is a great move since she’s a fantastic talent. Hazuki did defeat Bea in the first round of the Cinderella Tournament, so it makes sense that she would get first dibs on a title opportunity against the new champion. Been a while since we had a gaijin holding that title and now we can see if she can help elevate it since Rossy did put faith in her when she won it. Will Bea be able to have her first successful defense or will she be known as a transitional champion?

Hazuki rushes towards Bea once the bell rings to deliver the Dropkick and the fast pacing style of this match goes underway. This is the type of Bea that I want to see more of since she just moves a lot more fluently now in the ring and has been getting a lot crisper with her moveset too, which really is a nice thing to see and is slowly starting to become one of my favorite gaijins in Stardom in a long time. I really love the chemistry these two share in the ring and really did top their Cinderella Tournament outing for sure. One sequence I really enjoyed was when the two would go back and forth with the ropes as they hit elbows onto each other and Bea ended it with a beautiful V-Trigger type knee onto Hazuki and how she sold it was quite a sight. Bea would attempt a Queen’s Landing after hitting a deadly knee strike to Hazuki and Hazuki would find a way to power out of it and would even grab her hair at one point, throwing her around while still grabbing onto her hair for a good while. After delivering a Regalplex which Hazuki kicked out of at two, Bea would once again try to go for the Queen’s Landing as Hazuki rolled forward to pin her as she quickly transitioned it into the Hazukistral as Bea kicked out just in time before she would lose the belt. Hazuki doesn’t get her eyes off of her but Bea would deliver another Backdrop and hits a Curb Stomp to knock her down. Bea doesn’t give Hazuki a chance to recover this time as she hits the Queen’s Landing this time around to retain her title! If we get more of this Bea on a constant basis, I’ll be very happy for her reign as champion. Great match by both of these women and I hope Hazuki gets a bigger push down the road.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

Wonder of Stardom Title Match
Momo Watanabe (c) vs. Arisa Hoshiki

Review: Our main event of the evening is the Wonder of Stardom Championship as Momo Watanabe defends the title against Arisa Hoshiki. Arisa was able to get this opportunity when she won the Cinderella Tournament and was able to request a match against Momo. Momo has neglected Arisa and her request for a singles match and even pinned her when they were fighting for the Goddesses of Stardom Championship. Now Arisa has won this chance and Momo can’t back away from this one as the time has come to see them fight one on one. Will Arisa be able to defeat the ace or will Momo put her in her place?

So after about eight months of building it up, was this worth the wait? I can honestly say that the build-up for this match was worth the wait as we were able to get a great match out of these two. They had a beautiful chaining sequence at the beginning of the match with everything being crisp between the two when they went back and fort hand once it looked like it was over, Momo just kicks her right in the chest before the crowd had a chance to react to what was going on, shows how much Momo just wants to hurt Arisa. Momo is the queen in Stardom right now and she has proved it time and time again for the past year and she’s just teaching Arisa a hard lesson in that while she was gone for a long time, she was here to climb and ranks and thinks she can go after her when she gets back? Arisa has another thing coming then since Momo never planned on making it easy for Arisa. Momo attempted a Package Driver to the outside but Arisa would fight it off to hit a Powerslam onto the floor and the shift has changed for a little bit. The weird thing that the match was only twelve minutes and it felt so much longer than that at the same time like it went on for about twenty minutes, that’s how much I was into this match.

When Arisa went to the top rope to attempt her little Splash, Momo went to the top to hit the Superplex and Momo just unleashed her queen’s fury on her as she hits a Somato, a Package Driver, two more Somato’s off the ropes, and a partridge in a pear tree (Boo!). Arisa is out of it and Momo looks to put her away with the Tequila Sunrise and to her surprise, Arisa kicked out at two and she went to go for the Peach Sunrise to end it as Arisa fights out of it and Powerslams her again. Arisa hits her Rounding Splash this time around but Momo would kick out at two and Momo doesn’t look happy as she was able to catch her off guard to hit another Tequila Sunrise but Arisa kicked out again. Momo held onto Arisa as she kicked out and she finally hits the Peach Sunrise as it looks to be over now but Arisa had her foot on the ropes before the three count, Momo is frustrated now! Momo looks to do it again as Arisa rolled her for a pin and hits a couple of knee strikes and hits the Brazilian Kick to knock the champ down as she pinned Momo to win the championship!

Arisa was able to defeat the ace to win the Wonder of Stardom Championship after months of building it up, the story during that period, and the conclusion we’ve gotten at the end of it. Arisa went to go shake her hand after the match and it looked like Momo just left the arena this time and Arisa was left to celebrate. Arisa grabbed the microphone to talk to the crowd along with closing the show as she thanked the crowd and talked about the first time she went to challenge for this title was back in 2011 against the first champion, Yuzuki Aikawa when she was a rookie and this was the second time she challenged for the title and was able to win it this time. They’re now in a new era in Japan and she wants to rise up to another level with the belt and with herself. Hazuki came into the ring as they just tugged their hairs and it seemed like Arisa was laughing a bit about it this time and it looks like they’ll eventually have that match sooner rather than later. Congrats to Arisa for finally winning the belt and I wish her all the best in her reign. So what’s next for Momo? I don’t see her having a title anytime soon but I do believe it’s time for her to move up and eventually go for the red belt. She was a great Wonder of Stardom Champion and it was the right time to drop the title.

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter

 

Overall: Aside from the first two matches being a bust, the last four matches delivered and had two great title matches at the end of the show. It’s time for a new era in Japan as well and I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of 2019 unfolds for not just Stardom, but for all of Japanese wrestling.

Favorite Match: Momo Watanabe vs. Arisa Hoshiki

Least Favorite Match: STARS (Starlight Kid & Hanan) vs. Oedo Tai (Andras Miyagi & Natsuko Tora) vs. Queen’s Quest (Leo Onozaki & Hina)

Score: 7.5/10


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (7/13/19)

The Kingdom, Jay Lethal and The Bouncers in a big Six Man main event!

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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!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?

 


 

My Thoughts:

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


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Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 5 A Block

KENTA, Lance Archer and Kazuchika Okada are setting the early A Block pace! Something’s gotta give. Who comes out undefeated?

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KENTA, Lance Archer and Kazuchika Okada are setting the early A Block pace! Something’s gotta give. Who comes out undefeated?

Shmoxley in the opening tag team match means we should start off fun. Tanahashi and Sabre are in the battle of, well, someone needs to get at least a point out of that.

Then we’ve got Ospreay and Ibushi who are banged up but most likely still going to be psychopaths in the ring. Let’s get ready for the carnage, I mean, no…I meant carnage.

Ratings:

  • Shota Umino & Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii & Yuya Uemura: Shooter wins via Fisherman Suplex Hold @5:45 – ***
  • Hirooki Goto, Jeff Cobb & YOSHI-HASHI vs Toa Henare, Yota Tsuji & Juice Robinson: YOSHI wins via Butterfly Lock @9:30 – ** 1/4
  • Tomoaki Honma, Ren Narita & Toru Yano vs Jay White, Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi: Owens wins via Package Piledriver @8:50 – ** 1/2
  • BUSHI, Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi vs Taichi, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Suzuki wins via Gotch Style Piledriver @8:35 – ** 1/2
  • A Block: KENTA vs Lance Archer: Kenta wins via Game Over @12:00 – *** 
  • A Block: SANADA vs EVIL: EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @18:10 – **** 1/4
  • A Block: Bad Luck Fale vs Kazuchika Okada: Okada wins via Double Legged Cradle @10:15 – ** 1/2
  • A Block: Zack Sabre Jr vs Hiroshi Tanahashi: Tanahashi wins via Triangle Counter Pin @13:55 – *** 3/4
  • A Block: Kota Ibushi vs Will Ospreay: Ibushi wins via Kamigoye Knee @27:15 – **** 3/4

 

Analysis:

Moxley and Ishii start off trying to kill one another. This is a great opener and the respective Young Lions have to pull their veteran off as to not incur a disqualification. The Young Lions then take the bulk of the match and Shota has definitely picked up a few mannerisms from Moxley that we slowly see him unlocking. This may be our evolution of Shooter, but for an opening match this was very fun and the fact Moxley and Ishii just want to fight added for a neat dynamic.

Juice and Cobb are both respectful Gaijin faces, so not a lot of heat for this match. Plus YOSHI-HASHI was in it, so I could’ve downed a few Valium and been more invested in staring at a wall. Pork Chop Sandwiches later, and YOSHI-HASHI wins with that awful Butterfly Lock. Great…I can now taste colors.

So Yano wanted to get him a piece of the Jay White on the down turn, but Jay tried to still play the calculating heel. Honma put in a bit of decent work but Narita was obviously the one sent out to eat the pin. Narita held his own against Yujiro and Chase, but Chase eventually stopped playing with his feud and hit the Package Piledriver to tie things up in a nice little bow.

Shingo took a hell of a beating in this match. Kanemaru played random interference and Taichi took Shingo to the woodshed. Naito also continued his distaste of Taichi and Suzuki while being a little protective of Shingo at points. Now being the unabashed fanboy of Shingo, yet also a subscriber to Holy Emperor weekly, I’m very torn about this whole thing. The match played up the G1 tensions and the LIJ vs Suzuki-Gun tensions very well, but my heart knows not which to root for.

Lance is a good foot taller than KENTA and that was the story of the first 75% of this match. Lance was shrugging off the strikes of our returning striker. KENTA was getting effectively crushed, until Lance pushed the anime comeback button and said “You’re fucking Hideo! That’s who you are! HIDEO!” – which prompted the anime comeback in KENTA. KENTA managed to even lift Lance for a few things, but relied heavily on the dropkicks and strikes. He couldn’t quite pull off the Go 2 Sleep, so he went to his Crossface submission, Game Over. And boy howdy, it was game over! (I will see myself out after that)

EVIL and SANADA have this brotherly rivalry in LIJ. Being former 2 time IWGP Heavyweight Tag Champions, familiarity is obvious. SANADA starts off the match quickly and this is definitely a match of quick bursts when the one gets an advantage. I guess they are transitioning SANADA away from the Paradise Lock since this is the second match where he had it mostly on, but “something happened” and the opponent gets out of the move. We get a bunch of great back and forth, but something that continues to plague SANADA is his limited moveset when it gets down to crunch time. EVIL pulled out a plethora of tricks, including using the referee as an anchor for the Magic Killer. Whereas, SANADA sticks to Dragon Sleeper variants, into Skull End attempt or a Moonsault. With how over SANADA is, I really expect him to start getting more crunch time maneuvers. EVIL wins and quickly wants to bury the hatchet by extending the LIJ fist bump. SANADA bumps fists, and all is fine in our ungovernable world.

Fale tends to have Okada’s number in tournaments, and he starts off by attacking him in the back and dragging him out. So we get a typical Bullet Club brawl with heel tactics and ref bumps, but Okada perseveres. Okada is able to lift Fale a few times, but can’t hit the Rainmaker, and wins via the wrestling move he tends to fall back on, the Double Legged Cradle.

Well both Tanahashi and Sabre come into this match 0-2, so there’s a level of desperation that both bring to the table. Sabre wrestled circles around Tanahashi, and Tanahashi just tried to keep up for most of the match. After countering the High Fly Flow, Sabre locks in a Triangle Arm Bar, but Tanahashi floats over for the bridging pin counter. The Ace finally has 2 points!

There have been well known injuries for both of these men, and they played into the story of the match well. Focusing on each other’s injuries, calling back to their Wrestle Kingdom match and just a generally high energy and high impact match. Watching this match, you have to assume one of them will die with their style, but it is damn entertaining. Everyone expected this to be a great match and it delivered.

Overall Score: 8/10

Well we had a lot of good storylines and matches that mostly paid off. Lance Archer has been doing great work, Fale and Okada was at least somewhat entertaining and the cripple fight in the main event was fantastic. The inner faction turmoil was now squashed, so we can have a nice tournament while The Ace gets a few points over the petulant British child.

So great show, great entertainment, and generally a good time. I can only hope the B Block carries equal weight.

Block A Standings:

  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-0 (6 Points)
  • KENTA: 3-0 (6 Points)
  • Lance Archer: 2-1 (4 Points)
  • EVIL: 2-1 (4 Points)
  • SANADA: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Will Ospreay: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Bad Luck Fale: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Kota Ibushi: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 0-3 (0 Points)


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