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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (6/8/19)

The NWA National Championship returns to Ring of Honor!

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ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 403!

The partnership of ROH and NWA continues as Colt Cabana puts up the NWA National Heavyweight Championship against Cowboy James Storm! Plus, LifeBlood wants revenge on Bully Ray in the worst way, but will they get it in the ring?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NWA National Heavyweight Championship: Colt Cabana VS James Storm; Time Limit Draw, Cabana retains the NWA National Heavyweight Championship.
  • Silas Young VS ???; Young wins.
  • LifeBlood VS Bully Ray & Shane Taylor; No Contest.

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NWA National Heavyweight Championship: Colt Cabana VS James Storm!

Not only does this newest NWA title return to ROH, not only does Chicago’s own return to action on ROH TV, but The Cowboy makes an ROH debut! But will Cabana leave Chicago still holding the gold? Or will Storm have to apologize ’bout Colt’s damn luck?

Introductions are made, Nick Aldis joins commentary to take Colt’s place, and the belt is raised. Obviously Chicago cheers on their own as he takes off his windbreaker jacket and headband. The bell rings and we begin this NWA guess spot match!

Storm stares daggers at Colt as fans cheer. Colt is all smiles, though, as he circles and ties up with Storm. They go around and Storm puts Colt in the corner. Storm backs off but throws a sucker punch, but Colt ducks and dodges. Colt wags a finger at Storm, then has the ref properly reprimand Storm. The two circle again and Colt makes the pecs dance. He ties up with Storm and Storm puts Colt on the ropes. Storm lets up again, to kick low. But Colt blocks that, and now he’s getting upset. Colt wants this to be clean but Storm just brushes him off. Storm and Colt circle again and tie up.

Colt gets a headlock and then wrenches to a hammerlock, then to a facelock. He goes back to the hammerlock to go back to the headlock, but Storm powers out. Colt runs him over, then shows off his agility, to get the headlock again! Chicago cheers as Colt grinds Storm down. Storm pries his way out to get his own headlock, but Colt powers out. Colt goes to hip toss but Colt counters with his own! Storm whips but Colt reverses, only for Storm to go up and over, Slingblade! “Who’s the man now?!” Colt avoids the Last Call Superkick! Colt bails out and consults with Chicago while we go to break.

ROH returns and it’s James Storm having to return to the ring now. He trash talks the Chicago fans over it, then circles with Colt again. They tie up and Colt wrenches the arm. Colt clamps on tight, then wrenches through again. He hammerlocks Storm then spins him around to wring him out. Colt cartwheels to a “Superman” double leg clutch cover! TWO, but Colt stays on Storm with a snapmare and slow splash! Cover, TWO! Colt brings Storm up but Storm powers him to ropes. Storm knees low then throws a big haymaker! He slides out and trips Colt up to pull him out. Storm turns Colt around on the apron to BOOT him back in! Fans boo but Storm gives thumbs up.

Storm drags Colt back out to club away on the apron. The ref counts but Storm takes his time returning. Storm drags Colt up as Chicago rallies. Storm snapmares and runs, to hit a sliding lariat! Cover, TWO! Storm keeps his cool, but Colt gets a ghost pin! TWO, and Storm hammers Colt for that one. Colt gets away to ropes but Storm chokes him into the ropes! The ref counts and Storm lets up, only to choke and fish hook Colt on the other side! Storm lets up to soak up the heat, but Colt CHOPS him! Storm haymakers but Colt CHOPS again! Colt gets to a corner but Storm pokes his eyes! Storm stomps a mudhole into Colt, but lets up at the ref’s count.

Storm comes back to drag Colt up, but fans rally. Colt endures a cravat but arm-drags out! They speed up but it’s Storm who hits Colt with the Harley Race knee! Storm takes a bow as Chicago boos. Colt sits up but Storm covers, TWO! Storm grows annoyed but he keeps on Colt with a chinlock. Colt fights up but Storm clubs him down. Storm tells the fans to settle down, and he drags Colt into a powerbomb position. Colt resists the lift, then slips under to haymaker back! Storm staggers but swings a punch, Colt dodges to CHOP again! Colt whips Storm to throw him out, but Storm skins the cat. Colt dodges again, and even tilt-o-whirls to a headscissors! Storm staggers away again but both men are down! Fans rally up as both men slowly stir.

Storm uses the ropes to get up but Colt sits up on his own! Colt and Storm glare at each other, and Colt is the one to throw big hands! Colt whips but Storm reverses, only for Colt to dodge and jab! He jabs over and over, then powers up, Bionic Elbow! Storm ends up in a corner and Colt runs in, for the Flying Apple elbow! Colt throws Storm down and hops up, to flex and leap! Storm evades but Colt just jumps again to splash down! Cover, TWO! Storm survives and we go to break.

ROH returns again and Storm starts pulling up floor mats. He drags Colt over to the blue concrete to throw him into barriers. Storm refreshes the count to then go back and pull up even more floor mats! He drags Colt up but Colt blocks the suplex! Colt goes to suplex Storm but Storm fights him off to throw him into barriers! Storm takes a moment to stare down Aldis on commentary. He refreshes the count again, but Colt hip tosses Storm on the concrete! Colt puts Storm in the ring, climbs up top, and MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Colt can’t believe it. Chicago swears “That Was Three!”

Colt goes after Storm with big hands, but Storm gives them back. They trade haymakers back and forth, but Colt dodges to power up the elbow. Storm hits the Last Call SUPERKICK! And another!! He crosses the legs, for a Texas Cloverleaf! Colt endures and fans rally up! Colt reaches but Storm drags him away from ropes! Storm sits down deep but the bell rings! But Colt didn’t tap out, that was the TIME LIMIT!!

Time Limit Draw; Colt Cabana is still NWA National Heavyweight Champion

Fans want “Five More Minutes!” while Storm just wants to have the belt flat out. Colt gets a mic and tells Storm, “Now all of Chicago knows there was no way I was gonna tap out to that.” But he does realize what it looks like. And that belt is not Storm’s yet. If he wants to earn it, then they should go five more minutes! Chicago loves the fighting champion Colt Cabana is, but what does Storm say? Colt just says ring the bell and let’s go!

But wait! The Briscoes attack Cabana from behind!? Aldis is furious but Storm just laughs and leaves. Jay picks up that mic and wants everyone here to know: “The Hell with the NWA!” The NWA screwed the Briscoes out of the Crockett Cup! ROH screwed the Briscoes out of everything! So now #DemBoyz are gonna screw everyone! Mark keeps on Colt with haymakers while Jay says, “ain’t nobody got the balls to stop us!” Jay calls out Aldis! The National Treasure knows he was here to do commentary, but he’s not going to let the Briscoes disrespect him and his promotion. Aldis heads to the ring, and starts fighting the Briscoes! He throws Jay into barriers but Mark stomps Aldis out! Mark puts Aldis in a corner but Aldis hits back!

Aldis throws furious haymakers and then bumps Mark off buckles. But Jay saves his brother to throw hands back on Aldis. The Briscoes mug the NWA World Heavyweight Champion, and then mug Colt the second he’s back in the ring. They choke Aldis with his own shirt collar, stomp Colt out, then feed Aldis to a BOOT! Chicago boos, but the Briscoes don’t care. They have nothing to lose, but will they drag everyone else down with them?

 

ROH returns without Nick Aldis.

After what The Briscoes did to him before the break, both Aldis and Colt Cabana have been taken to the trainer’s room. ROH shares footage during the break of The Briscoes more or less spitting on the NWA National Heavyweight Championship belt, and by extension, the partnership of NWA and ROH. What action will be taken by both NWA and ROH management to address the attitudes of Jay & Mark Briscoe?

 

ROH Best in the World is on the horizon!

On Friday, June 28th, the UMBC Event Center in Baltimore, Maryland will host the best in ROH, such as Dalton Castle challenging Dragon Lee as a vendetta against Lee’s brother, Rush. Plus, the ROH World Television Championship will be on the line as we get another match of Shane Taylor VS Bandido. And of course, THE ROH World Championship will be defended as Matt Taven takes on the Hawaiian Juggernaut, Jeff Cobb! Will the champions leave with the titles? Or will the challengers prove who really are the Best in the World?

 

ROH continues its closer look at Jeff Cobb.

The transition from amateur to professional wrestler began in 2008. Cobb was more than ready for the training, because he was already at his peak physical condition. He remembers that Hawaii did have pro-wrestling, and went to a show near his home. He borrowed a car, bought a ticket, and fell in love.

Cobb’s first day was doing 500 squats. That’s not easy, but Cobb isn’t a normal man. Cobb blasted out the 500, ran the ropes, and was more than ready when it came to physical attributes. However, the challenge was in the other part of pro-wrestling. Cobb’s first match was in 2009, during a NJPW tour. He talked to War Machine, Ray Rowe and Hanson, and they got him into ROH. Cobb admits there was pressure to make an impression, but a three-minute title win sure does help. Punishment Martinez was quite the challenge, but Cobb was too much of a challenge for Martinez! He would go on to also be NEVER Openweight Champion simultaneously, but would also lose them both. However, Cobb shrugs that off because he has a shot at THE ROH World Championship at Best in the World!

This will be his first shot, and his first main event, so the pressure is on. But Cobb is Cobb’s worst critic, no one can get in his head. Cobb is ready to show Matt Taven that he, the only man to not be pinned or submitted in ROH, will bring his A Game to prove he is the best. Will it be another one shot, one win for the strongest rising star in ROH today? Or will The Kingdom keep the gold because iiiiiit’s Matt Taven?

 

Silas Young VS ???

The Last Real Man also claims he’s the “Last Real Technician” in wrestling after the highly suspect methods he used to defeat Jonathan Gresham. Silas has the mic now to say that it’s “fairly obvious to anybody that’s been paying attention” that Silas has turned over a new leaf. “Gone are the days of taking shortcuts and doing what I thought was necessary to win a match.” This new leaf shows that there is no one who can wrestle the way Silas does. There is not a better pure wrestler today than The Last Real Man. Silas could have a match with anyone on the ROH roster, but he would mop the floor with them, 1 2 3.

But Silas wants to push himself, to kick it up a notch. He found someone who is perhaps one of the greatest of all time. Silas found someone trained by Lou Thesz, who beat Johnny Saint and Billy Robinson. Surely everyone knows who he means: The Squid! And out comes a man in a squid mask… This is clearly just Silas making fun of The Octopus, Jonathan Gresham. Either way, this match is actually happening, does The Squid stand a chance?

Chicago chants “Squid is Gonna Kill~ You!” The ref calls for it, and the Code of Honor is upheld. The bell rings and Silas ties up with The Squid. Silas waistlock, slams and floats all over Squid. Squid backs off and gets to his feet, but Silas is on him with an arm wernch. Squid wrenches back but Silas rolls and handsprings to show off his agility. Silas then wrings Squid back, and offers a handshake? Squid isn’t sure what to make of this, but he does shake Silas’ hand. They tie up and Silas hammerlocks to headlocks to another hammerlock. He headlocks again and gets the takedown. Squid gets the headscissors and Chicago cheers! But Silas moves around to rolls Squid over, and rolls him back into a Crab!

Squid scrambles to the ropes to get the ropebreak. Silas lets go fast to offer another handshake. Squid is still skeptical, but he again accepts the handshake. Silas uses it to reel Squid into a headlock! Squid powers out but Silas runs him over! Silas claps and fans rally as he speeds things up. Squid goes to hip toss but Silas blocks to spin Squid around and around into a Cobra Twist! Squid taps, Silas wins!!

Winner: Silas Young, by submission

Silas doesn’t let go, no matter how much Squid taps! Silas even lights a cigarette while he pulls on Squid harder! The ref reprimands Silas and Silas finally lets Squid go. Silas bows and finishes his cigarette, but if this is a new leaf, it’s a rotten one. When and where will Gresham return to show Silas that a Squid is nothing compared to the Octopus?

 

In ROH, Bully Ray is why bad things happen to good people.

Even before LifeBlood arrived in ROH, Bully Ray was ruining the lives of many fan favorites like Flip Gordon and Cheeseburger. But with LifeBlood’s mission to restore the Honor to Ring of Honor, the Bully has felt threatened by them. Attacking David Finlay and Mark Haskins backstage was one thing, but Bully would make Tenille Dashwood’s last night in ROH the worst night ever! LifeBlood confronted him in the ring, but Bully was saved by the Soldiers of Savagery! It was completely by SOS’s own volition, but does that mean Bully has new friends in this fight for honor?

 

Mark Haskins is here!

Mr. Overkill represents LifeBlood as he walks to the ring here in Chicago. Haskins almost had the ROH World Championship if not for Bully, so this grudge goes even deeper for him. Haskins grabs a mic to say he came to ROH because “this is a place where wrestling matters.” Haskins didn’t bust his ass for 15 years to be labeled an “entertainer.” He is a wrestler! He is a “gritty, in-your-face, fight you any day of the week and twice on Sunday, kind of wrestler!” Chicago applauds that, because they appreciate it, because we all love pro-wrestling! Haskins has a fight in his heart that just doesn’t quit.

From day one here, Haskins tore it up with the best talents in the world, like Bandido. They left it all in the ring, and then the first person to meet them backstage was Juice Robinson. He saw something special in them, and asked them to be part of his vision for ROH. That is how LifeBlood began. A group of up-and-coming wrestlers like Hot Sauce, Tracy Williams, and the Fighting Irish, David Finlay! David’s hurt but get well soon because he is missed. Then there was another: Tenille. “A girl ready to come back from injury and show the world what she was capable of.” But that was taken from her by a man… No, not a man. By the dirtiest “piece of scum” Haskins has ever seen and hates just as much as the fans.

Bully needs to know that Haskins is the kind of guy who when he has something to say, he’ll say it to that person’s face. Haskins dares Bully to show up and meet him face to face! Haskins paces but we go to break. Will we see Bully on the other side?

ROH returns and Bully shows up to ask, “You dare me?” A dare? Haskins is ready to go, and Bully accepts that dare. Bully walks to the ring, and tells the ring announcer to get out. The ref, too, get out. Sit down, Bobby Cruz. Ref, go sit in the corner. They do as they’re told, and Bully gets in the ring. Bully asks Haskins something: “Are you going to bark all day, little doggy? Or are you gonna bite?” This is exactly why Haskins hates Bully. The people are fed up with him, so Bully should do us a favor and go back to the cesspool he crawled out of! “Please, please, pretty please, RETIRE!” Retire? Fans chant “Please Retire!” But this shows how much fans forget.

Bully lets Haskins in on something. Haskins wasn’t here a year ago, when Bully actually tried to retire. Bully tried to retire in Chicago, in this arena, in this ring. Fans say “Try Again!” But the fans begged him not to retire! Does no one remember that? This entire arena gave him a standing ovation of “Thank You, Bully!” Grown men sitting front row WEPT over Bully’s retirement! And who could forget this little kid in the ring, and Bully gave that kid a hug and said, “This is the last table I’m ever going to break and it was for you.” And the fans all wept. And why was that? Because they’re all suckers! They all bought it! Bully lied to them, and has been lying his entire career. It’s what Bully does!

And not Haskins, not other legends, not a single man has stopped him. “What makes you think you’re the guy that’s finally going to shut me up?” Haskins smirks as he says, “I don’t think, I know.” So how about they just do this here and now?! But wait, here comes Shane Taylor! Bully cheers on his pal, the Notorious Hitman and ROH World TV Champion! Taylor joins Bully in the ring but Haskins doesn’t back down. Because he has back-up in Hot Sauce! LifeBlood stares down the Bully and his buddy, because the time for talk is over. It’s time for a fight, and this looks like a good fight right here! It’ll be tag team action as the ref gets in the ring, and Bully allows it.

LifeBlood VS Bully Ray & Shane Taylor!

The teams sort out and Bully starts with Haskins. The bell rings and Bully dares Haskins to tie up with him. Haskins is a wrestler, isn’t he? Haskins approaches, but the Soldiers of Savagery attack again!!

No Contest

Moses Maddox attacks Haskins while Jasper Kaun attacks Williams! Fans boo but the beating continues while Bully and Shane just watch. Again, the SOS seem to be doing this on their own as they give Haskins a Samoan Drop and Williams a gutbuster drop! But Bully and Shane do help out, by getting a table! Bully puts the table in while SOS stomp Williams out. Taylor talks trash to Williams while SOS grind their feet in. Bully finishes setting up a table while Taylor throws Williams into barriers! “I thought he wanted to fight!” Kaun feeds Haskins into the ring, and Bully is right on him.

But PJ Black comes in to SMACK SOS with a chair! He hits Bully, but Moses stops him, and then Taylor gives PJ a headbutt! But Taylor says PJ isn’t going to get chair shots, he’s getting the TABLE! SOS bring PJ to Bully on the top rope, for a SUPER POWERBOMB through the table!! The Darewolf is down and out as fans boo and jeer! Are the Soldiers of Savagery now Bully’s lieutenants in this war for honor? Can LifeBlood recover and retaliate?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A fairly good episode right here, though not much was resolved, just extended. Cabana VS Storm was a really good match for only being roughly 15 minutes, but I was with the fans and Colt on giving it five more minutes. Instead, we immediately detour into this Briscoes story where they hate ROH and NWA management. I expect a tag match of Briscoes VS Cabana & Aldis, putting the NWA National and World Champions together on one team. It could even be for both titles just to add some drama to it! Then Silas Young obviously taunts Gresham with this Squid guy. I did like that his mask was basically a stuffed animal squid gutted to be a mask. Squid is also the first jobber I’ve ever seen lose to a rest hold submission. That’s actually rather creative in the grand scheme of things. Gresham totally has to win the rematch.

These Jeff Cobb videos are great. He is great, I loved reliving that shock win over Punishment Martinez, and his match with Taven at Best in the World is going to be huge. I don’t know the chances of Cobb doing another first shot victory like with the TV title, but it would be so great if he did. As I said before, even if The Kingdom interferes, it’d be amazing for Cobb to toss them aside to still give Taven a Tour of the Islands. The only low point of the night might’ve been the swerve on this whole LifeBlood tag match thing. We thought Haskins would be fighting Bully, or maybe Taylor, but then we get a tag match that doesn’t even happen because Soldiers of Savagery attack. Not only do they take down LifeBlood but they take out PJ Black.

Maybe while Finlay is still recovering, PJ joins in for that 8 Man Tag: Bully, Taylor & SOS VS LifeBlood & Darewolf. I wonder if it’ll be in time for Best in the World, given Juice was in NJPW during all this. I suppose he could do a video message to pose the match and then be live for BITW. And I would hope LifeBlood wins it, to shut Bully up for a bit.

My Score: 8/10


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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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