ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 404
Four of the best in ROH today face off all at once! Will Jay Lethal, Rush, PCO or Jeff Cobb prove they’re the best just weeks before Best in the World?
- Hikuleo VS Hirooki Goto; Goto wins.
- Kelly Klein & Jenny Rose VS The Allure; No Contest.
- Six Man Tag: Shinobi Shadow Squad VS PJ Black & LifeBlood; Black & LifeBlood win.
- Four Corner Survival: Jay Lethal VS Rush VS PCO VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Hikuleo VS Hirooki Goto!
The little brother to the Guerrillas of Destiny represents Bullet Club while the Fierce Warrior represents Chaos! Both represent NJPW in ROH tonight, but who represents their faction stronger with a win?
Since this is ROH, Goto offers the Code of Honor handshake. Hikuleo doesn’t care, he slaps the hand away. The bell rings and fans rally up behind Goto. Goto and Hiku tie up, and Hiku powers Goto down! Hikuleo grins as he and Goto circle again. They tie up and Goto goes for a scoop. Hiku blocks with his height, and clubs Goto into a scoop. Goto resists but Hiku still gets him up. Goto slips out and kicks low to put on a headlock. Hiku pulls hair and powers out, and the two collide shoulders. Neither falls, so Goto runs. They collide again but still no one falls. Goto goes to run again but Hiku grabs his hair to throw him down! The young son of Haku is grinning while we go to break.
ROH returns as Hikuleo has Goto in a corner. Hiku CHOPS Goto, then whips him corner to corner. Hiku runs in but misses, and Goto give kicks. Goto reels Hiku in but Hiku blocks the suplex with clubbing elbows. Hiku runs but Goto dodges to clobber him with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Goto keeps his cool as he gets to his feet. Goto drags Hiku up into a fireman’s carry, but Hiku fights out. Hiku CHOPS Goto then stands him up for another! Hiku grins as he drags Goto up again. Goto throws forearms then runs, but into another chop! But Goto just powers up! He deflects the boot to lariat Hiku down again! Both men are down, and they get to opposite corners.
Fans rally for Goto as Goto and Hiku stand. Goto runs in for a big corner clothesline! He pushes Hiku down then fires up as he goes up top. Hiku springs up to CHOP Goto on the top rope! Hiku climbs up to join Goto, but Goto fights back. They brawl and Hiku clubs away on Goto. Hiku brings Goto up, SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Hiku almost had a major upset! Hiku keeps going, scooping Goto up. But Goto slips out and the two collide with clotheslines. It’s Goto who falls to a knee! Hiku wants Goto to stand, and then he runs in, but they both collide with clotheslines again. Goto staggers but still dodges Hiku, only to get CLOBBERED! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives again and Hiku grows frustrated.
Hiku vows to end this as he lifts Goto. Goto fights out but gets shoved back. Hiku runs in but into a boot. He runs back in but Goto dodges and Hiku hits buckles. Goto blocks Hiku’s boot, spins him around, but Hiku elbows back. Hiku swings, misses, and gets a headbutt! Both men stagger but Goto has Hiku in the Reverse GTR! Cover, TWO!! Hiku survives, but Goto is not done with him! Goto fireman’s carries Hiku, for USHIGOROSHI! And then, dragon sleeper, TRUE GTR! Cover, Goto wins!
Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall
The Fierce Warrior got quite the fight out of Bullet Club’s young guerrilla. Will Goto be able to maintain momentum as the G1 Climax draws near?
Kenny King speaks on his Best of 3 Series with Jay Lethal.
“I walked out there, and I put a whooping on Jay Lethal. I broke him down. Jay Lethal couldn’t get out of first gear because I had an answer for everything.” The K I N G won’t lie, he’s a bit obsessed with Lethal. Did it ever occur to Lethal that King was coming out “blind” to his matches? Was that not strange to Lethal? King has the timing and the moves. The series is 1-0 for King, and King won with Lethal’s own move! King might just do it again in a sweep. He’s not playing, he’s not crazy, he’s just better. ROH has Lethal VS King Round 2 next week! Can Lethal get on the board to avoid the sweep?
Kelly Klein & Jenny Rose VS The Allure!
In order to get payback for the G1 Supercard assault, the Pretty Badass and American Joshi called out Mandy Leon and the Beautiful People to put up or shut up! Now the Exotic Goddess and Angelina Love team up for Allure’s ROH in-ring debut. Can they prove they’re worthy of our attention? Or will the Allure #GetFamiliar with losing?
ROH returns, and the Allure has already attacked during the break! They used their entrance music and titantron package to distract so they could attack from the crowd! Angelina Love would give Jenny a bicycle boot while Mandy Leon would use a studded high-heel boot to clobber Kelly Klein. Clearly, Jenny Rose and the WOH World Champion can’t compete now.
However, ROH management makes a decision to fix this! At Best in the World, The Allure will have no choice but to face Kelly and Jenny fair and square! Will Mandy and Angelina finally work up the courage to actually fight?
ROH makes another Best in the World tag match!
After the sneak attack and all the trash talked by The Briscoes, #DemBoyz will face the top two champions of NWA! Will Jay & Mark avenge the Crockett Cup “conspiracy”? Or will Nick Aldis and Colt Cabana shut them up and shut them down?
The ROH World Television Champions is also on the line at Best in the World!
The Notorious Hitman, Shane Taylor, got the belt in a Four Corner Survival after Jeff Cobb did the hard work. But he already has a contender in LifeBlood’s Bandido, given the major victory the luchador got over Taylor in a singles match! Will Bandido be able to replicate that amazing performance? Or will he get Greetings from the 216 instead?
The Peacock wants retribution!
Dalton Castle admits he lost at G1 Supercard to El Toro Blanco. But there is no shame in losing to Rush, because Rush is a “dirty, filthy, cheater!” Castle says that at Best in the World, he will challenge Rush’s brother, Dragon Lee, to a match! Rush will have to pay for his cheating through his family. But will Castle really get revenge on Rush this way? Or will he have loses to both brothers on his record?
ROH has other Best in the World matches to announce!
Speaking of Rush, he will be taking on Flip Gordon in a match that will surely excite, while “The Last Real Technician” Silas Young will have to put up or shut up. That’s because the Octopus, Jonathan Gresham, returns to ROH! Will Gresham prove Silas’ new leaf is just as rotten as the old one?
Six Man Tag: Shinobi Shadow Squad VS PJ Black & LifeBlood!
Cheeseburger leads Eli Isom and Ryan Nova into battle as the team with the best win-loss percentage of 85%! But it will take more than odds to take on a combination of Darewolf, Hot Sauce and Overkill! Will Triple S prove itself worthy of the ROH World Six Man Tag titles? Or will PJ, Tracy Williams & Mark Haskins unite in their fight to find Bully Ray?
The Code of Honor is upheld by all six men, and teams sort out. We start with Cheeseburger and Hot Sauce! Burger and Williams circle and tie up. Williams gets Burger in a chinlock then throws him, but Burger lands on his feet. Williams waistlocks and throws Burger down for sure, but Burger gets right back up. Burger and Williams tie up again, and Williams wrenches to a wristlock. Burger rolls and handsprings to wrench Williams back. He gets a headlock, but Williams just stands up and powers out. Williams runs Burger over, then things speed up. Burger leaps up but into a roll up, TWO! Burger dodges Williams and goes for an arm-drag, but Williams blocks. Williams yanks Burger up and deflects the superkick, but Burger ducks the chop! The two stand off and fans cheer!
PJ wants in, so Williams tags him. Eli Isom tags in, and now the Future of Honor circles with the Darewolf. PJ baits Isom in to a kick, then headlocks. Isom powers out but PJ runs him over. Things speed up, and PJ rolls off Isom’s back. Isom ducks a kick to give a kick then whips. Isom hurdles PJ a couple times before hitting him with a leaping knee! Fans fire up with Triple S but PJ needs a time-out. Good timing, as we go to break.
ROH returns as Haskins and Nova tag in. Fans rally up as the two tie up. Haskins KICKS Nova right down! But Nova gets up in a huff, and pie faces Haskins! Haskins keeps his cool, then fakes Nova out to get him with a JAB! But Nova hits back with forearms! Nova goes Matrix to dodge Haskins and mule kicks to then sweep the legs. Nova keeps moving, but misses the basement dropkick. Haskins kicks but Nova ducks it, and then things speed up. Haskins rolls and tags in Hot Sauce, then whips Nova into a CHOP! Williams whips Haskins in but Nova puts him on the apron, only to get Williams’ back elbow! Tag to Haskins, and he gives Nova a step-in springboard dropkick!
Fans cheer as Haskins tags in PJ. Haskins catapults Nova into PJ’s forearm, then Nova falls back onto Haskins’ knees. PJ springboards in to stomp Nova down! Cover, TWO! PJ keeps on Nova with a Mexican Surfboard! Or is it the Billy Goat’s Curse? Williams tags in and climbs up while PJ holds Nova, Sicilian Slice leg drop on the South African Bucket! Cover, but Burger and Isom break it up! Williams protests and the ref reprimands the other shinobi. Williams CHOPS Nova to an open corner, then brings him around to tag Haskins. Haskins gets the hand-off to snapmare and kick Nova swift in the back. Haskins drags Nova up to whip him hard into a corner. He hits a forearm smash then a running uppercut. Haskins runs in a third time, but Nova goes up and over, hot tag to Isom!
Isom throws hands on Haskins, then enziguris! Fans fire up as Isom runs in, but Haskins dodges. Haskins is put on the apron and Isom dropkicks him down! Isom hits PJ and Williams then climbs up, springboard moonsault onto Haskins! Isom puts Haskins in, tag to Nova! The shinobi combine for a flying knee drop back suplex! Burger springboards to add a senton! Cover, TWO!! Haskins survives the shinobi assault, but Nova stays on Haskins. Haskins dodges the basement dropkick again, and runs to jackknife Nova into a fireman’s carry! Soldier shoulder roll to a slam! Both men are down, hot tag to PJ! Burger and Isom run in but PJ dodges to Wolfsault them both down!
Williams and Haskins return but Nova dodges them to throw forearms! Nova runs, but into a knee, a boot, and an atomic drop! Haskins enzugiris and Williams fireman’s carries. Haskins goes to the apron and Penalty Kicks Burger down! Williams hits a Spicoli Driver, then wrecks Isom with a dropkick while PJ climbs up top. PJ gives Nova the moonsault double stomps!! Cover, PJ and LifeBlood win!
Winners: PJ Black and LifeBlood, Black pinning
The Darewolf flies high and gets the win for him and his new allies. PJ, Williams and Haskins bring the Code of Honor full circle as they again shake hands with Shinobi Shadow Squad and thank them for the match. But now, to business! “Bully Ray! And whatever goons you want to bring!” How about things finally go face-to-face? Any time, any where, the challenge has been made! Will Bully and the Soldiers of Savagery stand up to the trio in the ring? Or will they continue to bully and blindside LifeBlood instead?
Four Corner Survival: Jay Lethal VS Rush VS PCO VS Jeff Cobb!
All four stars of ROH have busy schedules. The Franchise Player has round two with Kenny King next week, while El Toro Blanco prepares for Flip Gordon. The inhuman living legend awaits contenders for his and Villain Enterprises’ multiple tag titles, while the Hawaiian Juggernaut prepares to challenge Matt Taven for THE ROH World Championship. But these four aren’t ones to back down from a fight, so who comes out of this one all warmed up for the summer heat?
Speaking of Matt Taven, he joins commentary to keep a close eye on his contender, but he does find time to brag his belt is bigger than Colt Cabana’s. Taven talks trash on each of them, from Rush’s name being pronounced wrong to almost blinding PCO in his good eye, and of course how he defeated Jay Lethal (and Marty Scurll) in the G1 Supercard Triple Threat ladder match to finally become ROH World Champion. All four participants make their entrances, and we begin this main event after the break.
ROH returns and the Code of Honor is upheld, except by Rush. Rush forearms PCO right into a corner! Lethal runs at Rush but Rush sends Lethal’s forearm into PCO! Cobb runs in but Rush jumps over, and Cobb sandwiches Lethal and PCO with his shoulder tackle. Rush runs at Cobb and things speed up while Lethal bails out. Cobb manages to keep up with Rush and then runs him over. Rush gets up to run Cobb over! The two get face to face with trash talk, but PCO runs them both over with clotheslines! Fans fire up with PCO, but Lethal returns to CHOP PCO. PCO doesn’t flinch! He even eggs Lethal on to hit harder! Lethal isn’t sure what to make of it, so he goes at PCO, to get uppercuts!
PCO whips but Lethal reverses to hip toss, cartwheel and dropkick! PCO gets up but gets another hip toss to dropkick! Fans fire up with Lethal as PCO goes to the apron. Lethal triangle dropkicks PCO down! But PCO stays on his feet, and even eggs Lethal on. Lethal builds speed, but stops when PCO practically demands he dive. Cobb runs Lethal over in the hesitation! PCO wants Cobb to fly!? Cobb shrugs and runs, but then stops. Rush runs Cobb over! Rush builds speed to fake PCO out to Tranquilo! Lethal basement dropkicks Rush, then DIVES onto Cobb! Lethal gets back in the ring to DIVE onto Rush! And then finally, as PCO keeps demanding it, Lethal runs and DIVES onto him! But PCO catches Lethal for a choke slam to the apron!
PCO gets in and catches Rush to a fireman’s carry! Rolling senton! PCO climbs up top, and BANZAI to a Vader Bomb! Cover, TWO! Cobb goes after PCO while Rush rolls out. Cobb whips but PCO ducks to grab Cobb around the throat! But Cobb breaks free to grab PCO around the throat! PCO breaks free to grab Cobb and shove Cobb at a corner. Cobb bounces off buckles, into the choke slam! Cover, but Rush breaks it with a swift kick to PCO’s face! Rush talks trash then runs at Lethal. He ducks Lethal’s lariat to knee trigger Cobb! Rush side steps Lethal for a rebound German Suplex! PCO returns to knee Rush low, then whips Rush to a corner. Rush reverses but PCO stops himself, only to turn around into a SUPER PUNCH!
Fans fire up with Rush but Cobb stands up. Rush throws body shots but Cobb SUPERKICKS Rush down! Cobb then lifts Rush to a stalling suplex, and holds him for 10 counts, before Lethal kicks Cobb! But Cobb keeps Rush up! After another five counts, Cobb tosses Rush! PCO returns to grab Cobb again, but Cobb breaks free to belly2belly PCO overhead! Lethal CHOPS Cobb, then whips, but Cobb reverses. Cobb runs in and blocks the boot to sweep the legs. Cobb yanks Lethal up into the Athletic Plex! Lethal bails out but Cobb pursues. Cobb drags Lethal up and in as fans cheer “This is Awesome!” Cobb covers, TWO! The fans keep cheering while we go to break.
ROH returns again, and Cobb whips Lethal to ropes. Lethal holds ropes to deny the powerslam, then boots Cobb away. Lethal runs, dodges and huricanranas Cobb! Rush returns but gets a kick from Lethal. Lethal has Rush and then catches Cobb, complete shot DDT combo! Fans fire up as Lethal goes to a corner. Lethal climbs up but PCO stops him with haymakers. PCO climbs up and clubs Lethal on the back. Lethal fights back but Cobb joins in to go after them both. Cobb climbs and has PCO but Lethal clubs Cobb. Cobb still tries to get PCO but also grabs Lethal. Rush adds on to go after Cobb! TOWER OF DOOM! Double superplex and a powerbomb! Fans are thunderous while all four men are down!
A standing count begins and the four men stir at 3. PCO sits up at 5! Rush bails out while PCO goes after Lethal. Lethal and PCO brawl! Lethal boots and spin kicks, then calls for his finish! But PCO counters to a pop-up powerbomb! Cover, but Cobb breaks it in time! Cobb drags PCO up to chop away then whip corner to corner. Cobb runs in for a big elbow! And then hoists PCO up for a Samoan Drop! And standing moonsault! Cover but Rush breaks it with a dropkick! Fans fire up as Rush goes after Cobb with body shots. Rush whips but Cobb reverses, only to get a SUPERKICK! Cobb runs back in, but into a belly2belly overhead suplex into buckles! Cover, but Lethal breaks it!
Lethal bumps Rush off buckles and CHOPS! Lethal whips but Rush reverses for a big corner splash! Rush rolls Lethal to dropkick him down! Cover, but PCO breaks it. Now Taven recognizes Rush as he CHOPS PCO! But PCO stays up so Rush throws forearms. Rush runs but into a clothesline! PCO puts Rush on the apron and heads for a corner. PCO climbs up, apron swanton misses!! He hits nothing but edge! Rush runs at Lethal but Lethal dodges, LETHAL INJECTION! But Lethal can’t make the cover before Rush bails out. Cobb sneaks up on Lethal and waistlocks, but Lethal breaks free.
But wait, Kenny King comes storming down the ramp?! Lethal runs, ducks a clothesline and gives Cobb the Lethal Combination! King gets Lethal’s attention, saying Lethal is using King’s move. “Did I tell yo ass you could use my move?!” Fans boo King but Lethal runs anyway, into a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! Cover, Cobb wins!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall
Matt Taven says he won’t be distracted against Cobb, and King says he is the “Lethal Injection Master.” King talks a lot of trash, but will this only be motivation for Lethal to tie up their Best of 3 Series? As for Cobb, is he going to roll into Best in the World to steamroll Taven and take that world title?
While this was a good episode, it also felt like a go-home, and not necessarily a well-executed one. Why did the Allure’s attack on Kelly and Jenny happen during commercial when ROH isn’t even live?! They should’ve just aired the attack as it happened, instead of framing it as a recap? Everyone knows this isn’t live when it airs at such random times all over the country, so understand that when scripting and editing! As for putting this match on the PPV for it to actually happen, Kelly and Jenny have to win now to make up for this. Then to the filler of Goto VS Hikuleo, it was really good stuff, but again, just kinda filler for the sake of exciting the crowd. The Six Man Tag was also very good, but only moderately progresses the story of LifeBlood VS Bully Ray.
On top of the filler, there was also a lot of recap to fill for time, too. Yes, it keeps the stories fresh in our minds, but so would new promos backstage or via videos. Aldis & Cabana VS Briscoes will be pretty good, but I wonder if Briscoes lose because of disqualifications just so no one is too strong or too weak coming out of the match. Rush VS Flip surely goes Rush’s way clean, while Castle VS Dragon Lee probably goes Castle’s way thanks to cheating. Unless the Boys come back to screw Castle over. Shane Taylor VS Bandido will be another great match, but considering the connection to LifeBlood and Bully Ray, I expect something shady to cheat Bandido out of the title.
The Four Corner Survival tonight was great, mostly because it turned right into a normal Fatal 4 Way. None of this tagging business, just fight! All four men got to shine, and Taven was still good as his usual snarky self on commentary. But instead of Taven interfering, it was a good move for Kenny King to be the one to go to ringside. Lethal VS King II is happening next week, and I bet Lethal wins so that their third and final match in the series is at Best in the World. Cobb wins to stay strong, and I still think he’ll find a way to win, no matter what The Kingdom tries. Next week’s true go-home will have more to say on that, but I would hope there’s no 50-50 booking math when it comes to the Hawaiian Juggernaut.
My Score: 8/10
Andrew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Match Ratings: 4.9.2021
All Japan’s Champion Carnival kicks off today! The Triple Crown Champion Suwama is in action as well as the Ace of the company Kento Miyahara! Check it out!
All Japan’s Champion Carnival kicks off today! The Triple Crown Champion Suwama is in action as well as the Ace of the company Kento Miyahara! Check it out!
Now I haven’t kept close eyes on the product last few months, because personally, they weren’t grabbing my interest post Quarantine Comeback. But since my Puro Patronus Mathew Sarpraicone is having some computer issues, I guess I’m covering the first couple of these!
Let’s see how the tournament starts!
- Shuji Ishikawa vs Koji Doi: Ishikawa wins via Thesz Press @9:09 – ** ½
- Suwama vs Kohei Sato: Sato wins via German Suplex Hold @10:49 – ***
- Yuma Aoyagi vs Shinjiro Otani: Otani wins via Overhand Chop @9:51 – *** ¼
- Jake Lee vs Shotaro Ashino: Jake wins via D4C @3:44 – **
- Zeus vs Kento Miyahara: Zeus wins via Jackhammer @18:16 – **** ¼
Shuji Ishikawa vs Koji Doi
Doi is the least recognized name in the tournament this year, and last I was aware of his was during the closure of Wrestle-1. Most of his success has come in the tag team division, but he’s no real slouch. Interestingly, Ishikawa is the newest Gaora TV Champion, but also was tied heavily to Suwama and their Violence Giant tag team.
We see Doi come out fast trying to throw Ishikawa into the corners and take him off his base. Ishikawa towers over Doi, so Doi was underneath, literally and figuratively the entire match. As Ishikawa hit most of his signature spots, including the Mushroom Stomp from the middle rope, Doi had a moment where he locked in the Rings of Saturn; but Ishikawa is just too big.
As Doi tried to keep the pressure up, rope runs, big strikes, Murder Lariat attempts from Doi but Ishikawa stifles the surge with a Fire/Thunder Driver. They both stumble up, run the ropes a bit trading lariats and charges, Ishikawa jumps, hits a Thesz Press and manages to keep Doi down for the 3 count!
Suwama vs Kohei Sato
An early card match gives us the Triple Crown champion against one of his more recent challengers! Falling short for the Triple Crown a few months ago, Sato has a little bit to prove.
The match opens as a slugfest, Suwama gets the best of things and rides the power advantage over Sato for a long time. Sato is taller than Suwama but Suwama is more powerful and controlled the pacing. Things went to the outside and the former Violence Giant kept up to the name.
When the match came back in to the ring Suwama looks to try and finish things, goes for the Rolling Lariat, but it gets blocked. Sato starts fighting back, hits a Falcon Arrow for a near fall, and then Suwama starts looking like he’s in trouble. Suwama hits the Double Chop comeback, and tries a Powerbomb, but Sato blocks it, Sato goes for a Powerbomb, but Suwama blocks it. The power struggle is tangible, but Suwama seems to be losing some of the back and forth. Sato rocks Suwama, locks in the German Suplex, and hits the German Suplex Hold.
Kohei gets on the board and avenges his loss! Depending on how the tournament shakes out, Kohei might get another shot at the title in the future.
Yuma Aoyagi vs Shinjiro Otani
The veteran Otani is putting Yuma through the paces early. He’s side stepping Dropkicks and just kicking Yuma to prove a point. Yuma tries to fire back, and then Otani continues to push off certain moves and be funny.
Yuma does manage to take advantage of his youth, but when he goes for the disrespect by attempting the Bootwash, Otani fires, lays out the younger wrestler and hits the Wash. Yuma goes to the outside, and when he turns back to the ring, Otani charges and hits a running Bootwash straight to Yuma’s face.
As Otani takes the role of the cagey veteran punishing the Young Boy, Yuma tries to find ways to come back, but things Otani stays a little ahead of the younger wrestler. Yuma gets a close moment where he locks in End Game, but Otani fights to the ropes. Otani then backs the younger wrestler down, hits Dragon Suplex, then goes for another, but Yuma blocks. Otani counters the block with a lariat, then another Dragon Suplex but Yuma kicks out at 1! Refusing to stay down, Otani goes into his bag of tricks and hits Yuma twice with Hashimoto style Overhand Chops, to finally keep the younger man down.
Jake Lee vs Shotaro Ashino
So there is some fun history between these two when Ashino brought Enfantes Terrible over to AJPW and took JIN down a peg. But then recently, Jake stole the Enfantes members from Ashino and betrayed JIN. Ashino is looking to avenge the turnabout, but Jake is trying to craft his Carnival masterpiece.
Jake definitely has the swagger of an anime villain. He widens his arms like he’s conducting a symphony and moves slowly yet deliberately. Ashino starts quick, hitting a Drop Toe Hold and going to the ground game, but Jake stabilizes. Ashino again brings Jake down after successive German Suplexes and goes for the Ankle Lock! Jake has trouble navigating it for a while, but eventually finds the ropes.
Retreating to the corner, Jake sees the referee, Ashino charges, Jake uses the referee shield and starts taking advantage. A few direct blows to the head, Giant Killing to the back of the head, followed by D4C. Jake drags the referee back, picks up the win and leaves cackling. He’s limping heavily, selling the viciousness of the Ankle Lock even in a short match, but yeah, not what I expected.
The match was used to help build Jake’s new persona and possibly give Ashino a steeper mountain to climb. But the length and abrupt end was definitely not expected. Interesting, but also a little off putting.
Zeus vs Kento Miyahara
Zeus and Kento have had great wars. There was a point a few years ago where Kento was Zeus’ hurdle, but after beating him for the Tag titles, he then gathered momentum. Zeus has beaten Kento for the Triple Crown before, has beaten him in the Carnival, and this has been one of the best rivalries of the last few years in current AJPW. Kento is of course the current generation Ace, and everyone knows that; but given Zeus’ track record and Kento’s stagnation the last year since losing the Triple Crown to Suwama, we could get something interesting.
The match starts with their usual sarcastic respect to one another during breaks and outside the ring moments. Given that they’ve had 2 5 Snowflake classics in the last 3 years, this had a lot to live up to. But at no point did it feel like retreading, since they are both in different positions comparatively, this felt like a whole new book, not an additional chapter. Zeus landed a lot of power spots while Kento combated everything with his Knees.
Kento’s usual attack of Blackouts from different angles rocked Zeus pretty hard. Zeus ate a few, grabbed a Chokeslam and they both landed for a rest spot. Zeus drives Kento into a corner, goes for an Outside-In Brainbuster and starts trying to end things. Kento goes for the Shutdown Suplex, Zeus fires out, a few big Lariats and a Jackhammer from Zeus…AND ZEUS WINS!
Overall Score: 7.25/10
Now this wasn’t a bad start to things! Sure the Ashino/Jake Lee match did not go the way I expected, it definitely told enough of a story to prove it’s going somewhere. Shinjiro Otani gets a solid start to things, Shuji Ishikawa won a match he was supposed to and Zeus/Kento ended up being a solid day 1 main event.
Kento has started on the back foot before. I guess we get to see if he wins out until the Final Day, or if he has a larger struggle. Let’s check out the Day 1 Standings!
- Zeus: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Kohei Sato: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Jake Lee: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: 0-1 – (0 Points)
- Suwama: 0-1 – (0 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: 0-1 – (0 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: 0-1 – (0 Points)
- Koji Doi: 0-1 – (0 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/9/21)
It’s a special WrestleMania edition!
WrestleMania Week makes SmackDown even bigger!
The SmackDown before WrestleMania becomes a kickoff to this year’s two night event! Who wins the returning Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal?
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy VS The Mysterios; The Dirty Dawgs win and retain the titles.
- Nia Jax w/ Shayna Baszler & Reginald VS Tamina w/ Natalya; wins.
- 2021 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
SmackDown opens with Daniel Bryan!
The Yes Movement is just days from an attempt at #YEStleMania2 and Bryan gets a mic to say, “We are so close.” We’re so close to the biggest event of the year, WrestleMania! Everyone is excited and Bryan is excited about everything! He’s excited to see the set, smell the smoke and breathe the fresh air of Raymond James Stadium! But he’s most excited to finally hear the roar of the WWE Universe in person! And don’t get Bryan wrong, the ThunderDome is awesome. But there is nothing like wrestling in front of a live audience, there’s nothing like being in front of fans at WrestleMania, and there is nothing like winning the Universal Championship in the main event of WrestleMania!
And that is what Bryan can’t wait for: he will walk down to the ring with 25 THOUSAND people chanting “YES!” in unison, there is nothing like it! Bryan is often associated with “Yes,” but most of his career revolved around being told, “No.” Is Bryan big enough? No. Does Bryan belong in the WWE? No. Is Bryan a superstar? No. Is he best for business? No. Can he be the face of the WWE? No. Does Bryan deserve to be in the main event of Mania? If you asked Batista and Randy Orton, or now Edge and Roman Reigns, they would say, “No.” But if you ask Bryan, “You’re damn right I do!”
Bryan is lucky, because every time he was told no, he was also told to ignore it! Bryan was told to dig down deep and find the truth, and that is how he came to say, “Yes, yes, yes.” Fans give the Yes Fingers in solidarity as Bryan says, “Every time life told me no, I said yes.” Will Bryan ever be able to wrestle again? Doctors said no, Bryan said yes. When he came back, could he ever be world champion again? People said no, Bryan said yes! At Fastlane, would Bryan tap out the un-tap-out-able Roman Reigns? Roman said no, Bryan said yes! And can Bryan main event Mania one more time? Adam Pearce first said no, but then he said yes!
This Sunday, at WrestleMania 37 Night 2, this is by far the biggest match of Bryan’s career. A Triple Threat for the Universal Championship. There’s Edge, furious because he thinks Bryan stole the spotlight that belongs on him. There’s Roman, who is enraged because for the first time, Bryan made him tap out, and if it happens again, Roman loses the title, isn’t Head of the Table or anything else he thinks he is. When people are furious, they are dangerous, and Edge and Roman are among the most dangerous in the WWE. But which Bryan are they facing? Not the SmackDown GM, not even “family man” Bryan.
This Sunday, they get the BEST DAMN BRYAN, the most DANGEROUS Bryan, the Bryan that tapped out Roman! The Bryan that will kick Edge’s head in despite his bad neck! The Bryan with fire in his eyes and in his heart as he’s willing to do anything! And that leads us to one last question: Can Daniel Bryan walk out of the main event of WrestleMania as NEW Universal Champion? Fans already know, and Bryan says “Yes. YES. YES! YES! YES!” But will the “No” from Roman and Edge ruin Bryan’s dreams?
The Street Profits are fired up, too!
Kayla tries to get an interview with them but both Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford are chanting “YES! YES!” with Bryan. Kayla knows this is #TakeBackSeason, but how does it feel to have a title opportunity? It’s about time! Bryan will win the Universal Championship and the Profits will win BACK the SmackDown Tag titles! But then Roode & Ziggler attack! The champions want an advantage in the Fatal 4 Way, but Dawkins throws Ziggler into a monitor! Things spill out on stage, and here come the ALPHA ACADEMY! And the Mysterios! The brawl spills down the ramp, Rey and Dominik are sent into barriers, and SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy VS The Mysterios!
SmackDown returns and these four teams are in the ring and this match is underway! In this Fatal 4 Way, only two teams are legal, and Chad Gable is throwing Dominik around with a waistlock! Dom gets up to throw Gable out, then dropkicks him as he returns! Dom arm-drags Gable around and clamps onto the arm. Gable gets up, pulls hair and Otis tags in. The Alphas whip, Dom tries to wheelbarrow but he just gets a POLISH HAMMER SUPLEX! Ziggler tags in to cover Dom, TWO! Ziggler is frustrated already, bumps Dom off buckles, then tags Roode in. The Dawgs mug Dom, Roode throws hands, and Roode whips Dom to ropes to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO!
Roode drives his knee into Dom and has a chinlock. Dom endures, fans rally up and Dom fights back with body shots. Roode CLUBS Dom down, drags him up and scoops for a SLAM! Roode runs but Gable tags in! Gable drags Dom around to JAM the arm! Cover, TWO! Gable clamps onto the arm and grinds the shoulder, but Dom endures as Rey coaches him on. Dom gets up, Gable wrenches and back suplexes but Dom crossbodies! ONE, and Gable has a foot. Dom BOOTS Gable away and tags in Rey! Rey fires off on Gable, Gable whips but Rey dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Rey kicks Gable and whips, but Gable reverses.
Rey elbows back, goes up and QUEBRADA, but into a scoop! Tilt-o-whirl DDT from Rey! Cover, the Dawgs break it! Ziggler & Roode hit the Profits, but the Mysterios double DROPKICK! The Mysterios DECK Otis, too! The Mysterios whip Gable, pop him up and out but Otis catches him! Dom goes up and around to open the way, Rey DIVES! Then Dom MOONSAULTS! The Mysterios stand tall while SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Roode keeps Ford from his corner! Roode knees low and hard, whips him to the Dawgs’ corner but Ford goes up and over and handsprings to show off before he dropkicks Roode down! Cover, TWO! Ford is annoyed but he brings Roode up. Roode hits back, CLUBS Ford down, then has him in the Dawgs’ territory with the back suplex. Ford lands on his feet to ROCK Ziggler, ROCK Roode, then ROCK Ziggler again! But Ford turns around into Roode’s GLORIOUS SPINEBUSTER! Otis tags in off Roode and backs him down. Ziggler and Gable argue but Otis runs to DISCUS Ford down! Cover, Rey breaks it!
Otis is mad but he stays focused on Ford. Otis scoops and SLAMS Ford, runs and drops an elbow! Otis fires up for the Academy and he clamps onto Ford with a neck wrench. Ford gets up, Otis whips him and ROCKS him with that body shot! Tag to Gable, the Alphas mug Ford then NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ford survives but Gable clamps onto him again. Ziggler tags in off Gable to return the favor, and he clamps onto Ford with a camel clutch. Ford fights up,. Ziggler chinlocks and cranks back, but Ford back suplexes! Ziggler lands on his feet to dropkick Ford down! Ziggler wants Ford to get up, he aims but no Famouser! Ford hits a SPIRALING POWERBOMB!
Both men are down, the four teams are fired up and so are the fans! Ford and Ziggler grab at each other to get past the other, hot tags to Roode and Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Roode, dodges and leaping back elbows! Gable runs in, into an EXPLODER! Roode CYCLONE SPLASHES Roode, then runs to BULLDOG! But Rey tags in to stop that, and he SEATED SENTONS! Dawkins runs at Rey but is dumped out! Rey tilt-o-whirls and sends Roode into Otis! Tag to Dom, Dom dropkicks Roode onto ropes! Ziggler gets in but get added to the call! DOUBLE 619!! Rey gets Ziggler out, Dom goes up top, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Otis SPLASHES down!!
Rey leaps but into Otis’ arms! Otis slides Rey out to the floor, but the Profits DOUBLE DROPKICK Otis out! Ford runs to FLY and take Otis down! Dom is down, Roode is down, but Dawkins and Gable tag in off them! Dawkins sunset flips and covers, TWO! Gable sits on the cover, TWO! Gable runs, gets around Dawkins and backslides, ONE!! Dawkins swings, but into CHAOS THEORY!! But Ford tagged in first! And he enters FROM THE HEAVENS!! But Roode tags in! Ziggler SUPERKICKS Ford out!! Roode covers, the Dirty Dawgs win!!
Winners: The Dirty Dawgs, by pinfall (still SmackDown Tag Team Champions)
It was utter chaos near the end, and the champions pounced on it! If three teams can’t stop them, will their reign ever end?
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.
The EST is a night away from facing Sasha Banks in her first-ever WrestleMania match! Can she put into words what she’s feeling? Well, butterflies for sure, but that’s not bad! She’s excited and nervous. But her daddy always told her that being nervous means you care. Just don’t be scared. And she was raised not to be scared of anything. She has to be mentally tough as well as physically because this is the opportunity of a lifetime. Even when no one was watching, she was working so hard. Now the world gets to see what she can do.
But Sasha’s been here before and will do anything to keep the title. That makes her dangerous. What about Bianca? Well dang, Kayla. But no, the strongest, the fastest, the roughest, the toughest has all the tools to win and that makes HER dangerous. So when Bianca wins and becomes champion, that will be the greatEST night of her life!
WWE Media was with Big E as he went back to his roots.
Being he’s from Tampa, Florida, he went home before Mania. “Apollo, you spend a lot of time talking about remembering where you came from, reconnecting with home.'” Big E never forgot. WrestleMania is in HIS city, and this here is Big Jay the barber, a Tampa legend. This is where Big E gets his hair cut, and where he gets his mind right. Then there’s Downtown Tampa and the Calf Street Bridge, near his alma mater of Tampa Prep. This is where he would run two miles before a grueling two hours of wrestling training. This is what taught Big E about the grind.
And then there’s Raymond James Stadium, where Big E played in his high school all star game 17 years ago! Where champions shined! Big E owns a piece of this! And this is where Big E will walk in and walk out THE WWE Intercontinental Champion! And this is where Apollo’s dreams will come to die! Apollo wants to make this personal but Big E is ready to give it back in kind! Who goes bigger to have the gold at the end of WrestleMania?
Nia Jax w/ Shayna Baszler & Reginald VS Tamina w/ Natalya!
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