Who truly lives la vida lucha?
Before facing Drew Gulak for the Cruiserweight Championship, Humberto Carrillo will settle scores with Lince Dorado concerning the heart of lucha libre!
- Tony Nese VS Mike Kanellis; Kanellis wins.
- Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick VS Brandon Scott & Tyler Hastings; Tozawa & Kendrick win.
- Humberto Carrillo VS Lince Dorado; Dorado wins and is part of the WWE Cruiserweight Championship match at Clash of Champions.
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Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns have been devastated by Erick Rowan! As referees check on the two, Roman gets up first, and manages to walk on his own. As for Bryan, he perhaps took the worst of Rowan’s wrath. Will either man be able to truly recover from the wreckage caused by The Big Redwood?
Earlier today, Drake Maverick met with Lince Dorado and Humberto Carrillo.
The 205 Live General Manager noticed the interactions between the two last week, and figured they should get unfinished business out of the way. They will face each other in a main event match tonight. Maverick also saw Lince voice his complaints about not being given enough opportunities in the Cruiserweight Division. Lince knew Maverick was under a lot of pressure as the then 24/7 Champion. Don’t worry, no one else was around. But Lince reminded everyone he is a 205 Live original yet was passed up for title opportunities. Not one. That is a good point. And who knows what Lince would’ve done if he’d gotten the same chances as Carrillo.
Carrillo countered by saying he earned his opportunity. Maverick knows that, too. So then let’s raise the stakes. If Lince wins tonight, he is ADDED to the Cruiserweight Championship match. That sounded good to Lince. And he shook hands with Carrillo, saying, “May the best man win.” But who will be the best luchador this close to Clash of Champions?
Tony Nese VS Mike Kanellis!
The Premier Athlete vowed to upgrade and climb back up to the Cruiserweight Championship. Will he do so against the obnoxious Opportunist of Love, who claims Nese is already at the bottom of the division?
The bell rings and Kanellis stares Nese down before they circle. They tie up and go around. Kanellis wristlocks but Nese rolls him to the mat. Kanellis gets the ropebreak and barks for Nese to get away. Nese backs off and the two circle again. Kanellis kicks low then elbows Nese to the ropes. Kanellis CHOPS Nese in the corner but Nese CHOPS back. Kanellis headbutts and Nese falls back into a corner. Kanellis wrenches and whips Nese corner to corner, but Nese stops himself to elbow Kanellis away. Nese hops up and moonsaults, but lands on his feet as Kanellis avoids him. Nese goes matrix to mule kick, knee lift and sweep the legs! Cover, ONE, but Nese keeps his focus. Kanellis gets out of the ring, and avoids the slingshot. Nese cartwheels over the clothesline to ROCK Kanellis with a right! Norfolk fires up for Nese but Kanellis rams Nese into barriers. Kanellis DDT’s Nese to the ramp! It was double-edged, but Kanellis gets to the ring.
The ring count climbs past 5, then up to 7. Nese rolls and scrambles, and gets in at 9.5! Kanellis is on Nese with a fireman’s carry to slam! Cover, TWO! Nese survives but Kanellis drives knees down into him. Maria watches closely as Mike snapmares to a chinlock. Nese endures and fans rally as Mike drives his knee into Nese’s back. Nese fights up and fights out, but Kanellis knees low. Kanellis soaks up the heat as he runs, but Nese trips him up. Fans cheer as Nese gets back to the ring, and moonsaults! Nese lands on his feet again as Kanellis evades, but then runs into Kanellis’ back drop! Nese flies way out of the ring and hits the floor! The ring count returns but Kanellis goes out to throw Nese into barriers! Then Kanellis drapes Nese on the barriers, to go to the apron? Kanellis LEAPS to dropkick Nese off the barriers! Kanellis is fired up as he drags Nese up and into the ring. Cover, TWO!
Kanellis clamps on another chinlock and Nese endures all over again. Nese fights up again and puts Kanellis in a corner. Kanellis clubs back and whips Nese corner to corner hard! Nese falls to the mat, but Kanellis is on him again with a fireman’s carry. But Nese slips out to German Suplex Kanellis into buckles! Maria doesn’t like this. Fans rally up as Nese and Kanellis slowly stand up. Kanellis throws hands but Nese dodges. Nese blocks, facebuster then boots! Windmill heel kick! Nese kips up and fans fire up with him! Nese runs in corner to corner for a back elbow! Kanellis puts Nese on the apron, but Nese roundhouses back! Kanellis flounders, Nese hits the triangle moonsault! Cover, TWO! Kanellis survives but Nese grits his teeth. Nese brings Kanellis up for an Alabama lift but Kanellis clubs back. Kanellis gets space, but Nese blocks the kick to slip around for a waistlock. Kanellis resists the lift but Nese rolls him up, TWO! Nese turns around to cradle Kanellis, TWO! Kanellis hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Nese lives and Kanellis is furious!
Nese rolls to a corner but Kanellis heads over. Kanellis throws elbows and hoists Nese up top. Kanellis makes Nese a backpack but Nese fights Kanellis off! Nese leaps over Kanellis, but walks into a boot! Kanellis hops up, but Nese hits the SHORYUKEN! Nese hops up, SUPER STEINER in one go! Cover, TWO!! Nese pump handle scoops Kanellis but Kanellis slips out to LARIAT! Both men are down but Norfolk fires up! Kanellis crawls to Nese and sits Nese up for a CHOP! Then a headbutt, then a kick! Kanellis wants Nese to hit him back, and then slaps Nese! Nese ROCKS Kanellis with that Southpaw slap! Nese runs, but into a BOOT! Kanellis runs, but into a forearm! Nese runs, Kanellis follows, but Nese puts Kanellis on the apron. Kanellis blocks the kick but not the sweep! Nese runs and FLIES! Fosbury Flop takes Kanellis out but nese puts him in fast. Nese is up top, 450 Splash hits! Cover, TWO!? Maria is relieved but Nese is shocked!
Norfolk feels “This is Awesome!” but far from over. Nese pulls down the pads, but Kanellis goes to kick. Nese blocks and forearms, then Alabama lift, but Kanellis sunset flips. Nese slips out to spinning back kick back! Kanellis flounders to the corner, but still gets up to SUPERKICK Nese! Twisted Love!! Cover, Kanellis wins!!
Winner: Mike Kanellis, by pinfall
Mike did it for Maria! He defeated a former Cruiserweight Champion for one of his biggest wins yet! Is this going to be the spark Mike needs to go for gold? Is this Nese’s Premier progress already being halted?
Ariya Daivari finds Lince Dorado backstage.
The Persian Lion wishes the Golden Lynx luck tonight. Lince thanks Daivari for it, not that he needed it. Daivari knows this is an important match, but a thank you would be nice. A thank you? For what? If Daivari didn’t take out Gran Metalik and then beating Kalisto, Lince would still be stuck as one of the Three Amigos. Those guys were right about Daivari! Yeah but Lince would never have confronted Carrillo without Daivari. Daivari is right about one thing: Lince has what it takes to be champion. But Daivari is wrong about his success having to be without his friends. And now after what Daivari’s been doing, Kalisto and Metalik won’t even talk to him. Daivari and Dorado can run this division together!
Lince should’ve seen this coming. Daivari is a leech who latches on to someone else, so long as it helps him. So here’s how it goes: Lince will win tonight, he’ll win the Cruiserweight Championship, then he’ll call his amigos to apologize to let the Persian Leech get between them. And then they throw the biggest Lucha House Party anyone has ever seen! Will the Golden Lynx finally get some gold and rub it in Daivari’s face?
The Singh Brothers speak.
“We’re one week in to our Singh Study Sessions,” and the Bollywood Boys are making major breakthroughs. Their studies have shown that it all went awry when Kendrick and Tozawa stuck their noses into their business. Those two aren’t even award winning. They can’t even dance! As the thespian journey continues, Kendrick and Tozawa continue their physical journey in the ring next. And then, they will be reintroduced to the Lights, Cameras and Bollywood Action. When and where will the next Bollywood blockbuster hit our screens?
Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick VS Brandon Scott & Tyler Hastings!
Just as Sunil & Samir said, the Stamina Monster and Man with a Plan hit the ring in tag team action! Kendrick was going to face Jack Gallagher this week but the Extraordinary Gentleman was not medically cleared for tonight. Therefore, the dynamic duo goes up against those Steel City Boys who somehow survived their Viking Experience. Will Tozawa & Kendrick give these two another experience they’ll never forget?
Kendrick starts with Brandon at the bell. Fans chant “AH! AH!” for Tozawa as Kendrick ties up with Brandon. Kendrick knees low and headlocks but Brandon fights out. Tozawa tags as Kendrick hits the ropes. Brandon gets the waistlock, but Tozawa BOOTS Brandon off Kendrick! Kendrick and Tozawa double whip and double hip toss Brandon down, then drop an elbow and senton! Tozawa hears the fans “AH! AH!” as he drags Brandon up. Tozawa CHOPS Brandon over and over, then fakes him out for the JAB! Brandon flops to the mat but Tozawa brings him over. Tag to Kendrick and they double whip again. They send Brandon flying with double Japanese arm-drags, and then have him gasping with double KICKS!
Brandon crawls away, and tags in Tyler! Fans fire up for Tyler, right up until he gets that arm-drag. Tyler pulls hair and gets Kendrick on the ropes. Kendrick counter punches Tyler, but Brandon gets a cheap shot in! These two must have studied the Kendrick lessons! Tag to Brandon and they double suplex. Kendrick slips out and tags Tozawa. Tozawa climbs to double dropkick Brandon and Tyler! Tozawa kicks, swings, slides under and hits the spinning roundhouse! Tag to Kendrick, and Tozawa CHOPS Brandon. Brandon goes for a double whip, and gets a BIG forearm smash! Enziguri complete shot combo! Cover, Kendrick & Tozawa win!
Winners: THE Brian Kendrick & Akira Tozawa, Kendrick pinning
This is why you don’t anger someone as savvy and savage as Kendrick. He and Tozawa work together well to get a win, but will they be ready for their close-ups with the Singh Brothers?
Kendrick grabs a mic to say, “Another week, and another Jack Gallagher no show.” He’s disappointed but not surprised. In fact, Kendrick was prepared for this and talked with Drake Maverick. Gallagher gets good news: he’ll redeem himself in Madison Square Garden in a tag team match! It’ll be against Tozawa and Kendrick, with whoever Gallagher can get to be a partner. If he’s up to it, of course. Will Gallagher accept this challenge? Who will Gallagher find as an ally to fight in the Garden?
Backstage interview with Oney Lorcan.
The Boston Brawler vows he’s not through with Drew Gulak but will have to wait until after Clash of Champions. What is his mindset right now? Before Oney could speak, someone is banging on trunks. Cameras pan over to see it’s Tony Nese! Nese is obviously furious over his loss to Kanellis, and Oney tries to calm him down. He’s been there. Oh has he? Nese attacks Oney! The two brawl and Nese sends Oney into a wall! “You’ve been there!? I don’t think so!!” Nese drags Oney up to throw into a trunk! Referees arrive to pull Nese off Oney, but Nese says Oney knows NOTHING of what he’s going through. Will Nese’s rage be the change that leads him back to a win?
Humberto Carrillo VS Lince Dorado!
There is now more than just pride in their lucha libre style on the line! If Ultimo Ninja loses to the Golden Lynx, the Clash of Champions Cruiserweight Championship match becomes a Triple Threat! If Lince loses, he loses out on a golden opportunity. Can Carrillo keep things even between him and Drew Gulak? Or will Lince prove to everyone he is worthy?
The bell rings and Lince offers a handshake. Carrillo accepts it, but then Lince pulls Carrillo in close to let him know this is serious. They circle and tie up now, and Lince waistlocks. Carrillo pries free to a hammerlock, but Lince goes up for a big snapmare! Fans cheer and Carrillo grins as Lince is ready. Fans cheer “Lucha! Lucha!” as the two circle again. Carrillo rolls to get a leg and trip Lince up. Lince spins around but Carrillo gets him in a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Lince pops out to a cover, ONE! The fans cheer the stand-off. Lince and Carrillo tie up again, and Carrillo waistlocks. Carrillo throws Lince down then flips him over, but Lince kip-ups to arm-drag! Carrillo cartwheels through and things speed up. Carrillo blocks the rolling huricanrana but Lince lands on his feet. Lince arm-drags Carrillo to ropes, and then CHOPS him before he whips.
Carrillo sunset flips but Lince pops out to a jackknife. ONE as Carrillo gets his shoulders up. Another try, another ONE! Another, and Carrillo bridges up to spin around to a backslide, but Lince slips out to run and tilt-o-whirl huricanrana! Carrillo handsprings through and avoids a sweep! Fans cheer this great exchange as the two reset. They grind forehead to forehead, then the CHOPS start flying! There is no hesitation from Lince nor Carrillo as they just CHOP CHOP CHOP! Lince gets the edge and just rocks Carrillo. Lince whips but Carrillo shows off his agility. Things keep moving as Carrillo springboards and arm-drags! Carrillo runs in but is put on the apron. Carrillo counter CHOPS Lince before slingshot arm-dragging Lince away. Carrillo huricanranas and Lince falls.
Lince bails out but Carrillo has him on the apron. Carrillo throws forearms, then runs, to slide out. Lince jumps over then comes back to DIVE and DDT Carrillo down! Fans are fired up for this lucha libre display from “205! 205!” Lince drags Carrillo up and into the ring to plank splash! Cover, TWO! Lince drags Carrillo up to kick away on the back! Standing moonsault, cover, TWO! Lince wraps on a chinlock but Carrillo endures. Fans rally up but Lince traps on arm. Lince jams elbows into Carrillo’s face, but Carrillo refuses to quit. Carrillo fights up as fans continue to rally. Carrillo elbows free then whips Lince. Lince kicks Carrillo back then rebounds for the heel kick! Carrillo is down and Lince hurries up top. Lince leaps for a big splash! Cover, TWO! Carrillo catches his breath but Lince is right on him with a mounted chinlock.
Lince hooks the arms under for a modified camel clutch, but Carrillo endures. Fans rally again and Carrillo fights up. Carrillo arm-drags Lince off him, then runs in at the corner. Lince boots back then puts Carrillo in the corner. Lince puts Carrill up top before he CHOPS! Lince then climbs to join Carrillo, but Carrillo fights back. Lince keeps trying but Carrillo resists the superplex. Carrillo punches Lince but Lince flips through. Lince runs back in but get a boot. Carrillo leaps for a missile dropkick! Both men are down but Norfolk is loving this! Lince drags himself up but Carrillo is up in the opposite corner. Carrillo dodges Lince to elbow and snapmare. Carrillo keeps moving, basement dropkick! Fans fire up as Carrillo somersault moonsaults! Cover, TWO! Lince still lives but Carrillo gets moving. Handspring deadlift arm-drag! Lince bails out the other side, and Carrillo builds speed. Carrillo FLIES to topple Lince over! Norfolk loves “205! 205!” as Carrillo puts Lince back in. Carrillo climbs, MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Lince survives and Carrillo can’t believe it!
Lince drags himself up on the ropes but Carrillo is there on him. Carrillo drags Lince back, hooks the legs, and then grabs at the arms. Lince gets the ropebreak but Carrillo yanks him off. Carrillo suplexes but Lince lands out of it. Lince rolls, mule kicks, rolls and Eddy Gordo kicks! Lince runs, handsprings, but into the underhooks! Lince slips out to arm-drag Carrillo. And then springboard POISON-RANAS! Not the cleanest but Lince covers, TWO!! Carrillo survives but Lince keeps his cool. Lince drags Carrillo into the drop zone and then climbs up. Carrillo anchors Lince’s foot but Lince punches him off. Lince CHOPS again, and again, and again! Again and again and again! Lince whips but Carrillo reverses. Carrillo ducks, pumphandle clutch to a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!? Lince survives Carrillo’s crazy move and Carrillo can’t believe it!
Fans are loving the “Lucha! Lucha!” as Lince crawls to the ropes. Fans duel as Carrillo crawls over to Lince. Lince fires up off the chanting but Carrillo is on him with forearms. Lince gives them back, and both men wobble. Carrillo hits, but Lince hits back. Lince hits again, and again, and again! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Carrillo CHOPS back! Lince kicks then runs, but into a mule kick to front kick to big forearm! Lince staggers into a boot! Lince still wobbles on his feet, ducks a roundhouse to take the enziguri! Carrillo runs but into a fireman’s carry, gutbuster! Lince hurries up top again, GOLDEN SHOOTING STAR! But he bounces off! Carrillo rolls to the apron to avoid the cover, and then flops onto the floor. Lince goes out to fetch Carrillo and puts him back in. Lince drags Carrillo up, but Carrillo cradle counters! TWO but close! Carrillo kicks but Lince Spike-ranas! Cover, LINCE WINS!!
Winner: Lince Dorado, by pinfall; adds himself to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship match
Ultimo Ninja is shocked! He gets caught off guard and now will have to beat two men for the title! As for Lince, he celebrates his first opportunity at the title on stage, only for Drew Gulak to clobber him from behind! The champion cruelly “congratulates” Lince! Gulak clubs away on Lince and wants Carrillo to see what is in store for them both. But Carrillo comes closer, only to be blindsided by Nese?! Nese nods at Gulak, they’re on the same side again!? But Lince and Carrillo put up a fight! Nese knocks Carrillo down and helps Gulak beat Lince down. Gulak sets Lince up and lets Nese give Lince the PREMIER KNEE! Carrillo returns but he gets beat down 2v1! And Nese feeds Carrillo to Gulak’s CYCLONE CRASH! Does this mean Gulak and Nese are a duo again? Does this mean that nothing will change while Drew Gulak is the Law of 205 Live?
What a great episode! And with a great crowd, Norfolk seems to be a good wrestling city. But crowd aside, we got some great stuff going towards Clash of Champions. Nese VS Kanellis was a great opener, and Kanellis winning seems to have helped both guys. Kanellis needed a win to stay afloat given how he’s been losing a lot, and Nese’s loss has spurred a surprising but badly needed turn back to Heel. Nese taking it out on Oney, that definitely sets up a story for after Clash of Champions. I appreciate 205 Live doing some moderate long-term planning. That includes the Singh Brothers keeping their rivalry with Kendrick & Tozawa in mind with their promo. And it’s good that Kendrick VS Gallagher wasn’t just dropped. Kendrick & Tozawa VS Gallagher and a mystery partner, I can’t wait to see what happens with that. With so many Cruiserweights being used for other things, it might be Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, who is already halfway between 205 Live and NXT as it is.
Daivari’s interaction with Lince was good, and it seems Lince won’t turn Heel since he sees through Daivari’s schemes. Lince VS Carrillo was amazing! And it may not seem fair to Carrillo, but adding Lince might actually be what helps Carrillo win since he won’t have to do all the damage to Gulak. But throwing Nese into the mix on Gulak’s side for that beat down makes things really wild. I assume next week, the go-home for Clash of Champions, has a Six Man Tag of Gulak, Nese & Daivari VS Lince, Carrillo & Oney to keep with all the stories. It could give both Lince and Carrillo momentum so that they’re going in as the strong ones, but it could also mean that the math works in Gulak’s favor. The same for the reverse, Gulak could get all the momentum but keeps things muddy between Carrillo and Lince.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Review: Day 4 (4/17/2021)
AJPW is back with Day 4 of the Champion Carnival and Mathew is back as well! Will Zeus stay undefeated? Check it out!
Hello everyone and you read it right, I have returned and ready to get the show on the road. I wanna thank Andrew for covering the first three days of the Carnival while I was on vacation while also dealing with laptop issues. Should be getting a new computer soon but in the meantime, gonna abuse this old laptop as much as I can till it happens. All Japan’s memorable time of the year, the Champion Carnival is currently underway and I’m here to take over the 6 remaining days.
It’s been a fun three shows so far and let’s see if the rest can deliver. Will Zeus remain undefeated?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
Star 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
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Shotaro Ashino vs. Kohei Sato
Review: Time for our first match-up as Shotaro Ashino takes on Kohei Sato. Ashino is in a bit of turmoil ever since he lost Enfants Terribles and only has one victory under his belt while losing his first two matches. Sato has a steady record as he only has one win and loss under his belt, and a win here would put him in the middle of the rankings. Can Ashino win two in a row or does he fall behind again?
These two started with some chain wrestling but it appears to be a stalemate as they transition into a chop battle, where Sato is winning. I know Sato may not look like much in a physical sense but he can deliver some stiff shots to you, so definitely wanna be careful when in the ring with this guy. Ashino did try to make a comeback with a European Uppercut but Sato forearms him down. In the grand scheme of things, Shotaro being on his own is a much better path for him since he was mostly known as Wrestle-1’s guy and leader of this group, and now that he doesn’t have them and is now a babyface, it’s a fresher start for him to see what he can do on his own.
Sato appears to be heading towards Ashino and it was the opening Shotaro needed to hit a Dragon Screw, making Sato go down and this is where he will shine. Shotaro with the Gutwrench but Sato kicked out. Shotaro going in with the leg work to try and weaken it for the Ankle Lock later but Sato grabbed the ropes. Shotaro ran the ropes but Sato catches him with a knee to the gut, gaining control of the match once again while delivering kicks to the chest and midsection. Sato went for the Brainbuster but Ashino reversed it, hitting a German Suplex as he goes for the cover but once Sato kicked out, Ashino quickly turned it into the Ankle Lock! Sato would eventually get to the ropes and Shotaro is forced to let go of the hold. Shotaro tried to get the ankle again but Sato punched him in the gut and it leads to an exchange of blows till Sato won that battle, topping it off with a Falcon Arrow as Shotaro kicked out at two! It wouldn’t last much longer as Sato quickly picked him up to hit the Drill-a-Hole Piledriver, getting the victory over Ashino. I know people are frustrated with how Ashino has been booked since arriving at All Japan but all it takes is patience, he’s basically started over and getting the slow build back up.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter.
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Review: Time for our next match as Koji Doi takes on the Triple Crown Champion, Suwama. Suwama currently only has one win under his belt with two losses, so it’s a better record than last year but he still needs to find a way to get back up on the totem pole. Koji has the same record as the champ but a victory here would gain a lot of momentum. Will the champ prevail or does Koji pull an upset?
Loo at Koji getting the first advantage with a couple of shoulder tackles to the champ and oh wait, never mind, Suwama double chopped him and now has him in the corner. Suwama Irish-whips him into the corner but Koji reversed it as Suwama attempts a Lariat as Koji blocked it and hits his arm with a Codebreaker, turning it into a Fujiwara Armbar. After being forced to let go, Koji responds by stomping on his arm and having it through the ropes to pull on it. Koji Doi is someone I’ve always considered to be an underrated talent and glad he’s getting the opportunity on a bigger platform than Wrestle-1.
Suwama makes a comeback after hitting a flying shoulder tackle to get Koji down. Suwama then throws him into the corner to hit a Lariat before pulling him in for a Belly-to-Belly Suplex but Koji kicked out at two. Suwama called for the Last Ride but Koji was able to flip him over, leading the two to exchange blows until Koji tossed him into the ropes for a side slam. Koji delivered a Dropkick and would attempt to lift him but the champ refused to go up, causing Koji to just knock him down with a Lariat. Koji went for the Murder Lariat but Suwama catches him with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex, then gets him for a German, and then a Discus Lariat for good measure. Suwama hits the Backdrop but Koji got up to fight through the pain but Suwama applies the Sleeper Hold and Koji is out, giving Suwama the victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Jake Lee vs. Shinjiro Otani
Review: Halfway through the day as Zero1’s Shinjiro Otani takes on the leader of TOTAL ECLIPSE, Jake Lee. Jake Lee has made quite the transformation ever since he turned heel and took Enfants Terribles from Ashino, he has developed a whole new persona since then and it seems to be the change he needed to show he’s a top star. Can Jake bounce back from his first loss or will he lose two in a row?
There appears to be an issue under the ring as the referee and announcer go check on it before starting the match, guess a bar or piece of wood popped out. Now the match is underway with Jake delivering some stomps down on Otani but would eventually get tossed over the ropes. Otani would deliver some stomps of his own after getting Lee back into the ring, just stomping away at him into the corner until Jake tripped him, delivering more stomps onto him. Jake is wrestling a completely different style compared to how we’re used to seeing him and it works for his new persona. He delivers it well and this whole tournament is a great way to showcase his new self. Jake delivered stiff kicks to the midsection and Otani would eventually catch his foot to hit it with an elbow and leg sweep him off his feet.
Jake grabbed Otani’s head and delivered multiple knees to his head but Otani would eventually counteract with a German Suplex. Otani went for a palm strike but Jake delivered a knee to the gut and then one more knee to the back of his head after getting him down. Jake delivered a couple more knee shots to Otani as he’s laughing maniacally to the crowd before he went to pick him up to hit his new finisher, the D4C, which is a delayed vertical drop Brainbuster. Jake crossed Otani’s arms while covering him and gets the victory. If this is how Jake Lee is going to be, this may very well be the trigger to make him the next Triple Crown Champion.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Review: It’s now time for our main event as Purple Haze leader and last year’s winner, Zeus takes on NEXTREAM’s own Yuma Aoyagi. Zeus is currently the only one that remains undefeated in the tournament so far and a win here would help secure himself closer to the winner of the tournament. Yuma only has one win under his belt but a victory here can stop Zeus and remain strong in the game. Does Zeus remain undefeated or will Yuma be his first loss?
It’s good to see that Zeus is still a snacc, Mathew likes. Yuma failed to challenge Zeus in raw power after being tackled down but Yuma could still try to outsmart him as he had Zeuss over the top ropes and Dropkicked him to get him to the outside. 2021 has been a great year for Yuma, winning the tag titles for the first time, delivering solid matches at the beginning of the year, this little resurgance this past year has been a big plus for Yuma since he was falling behind in terms of star power. They fight outside briefly but Zeus would deliver his beautiful chops to hurt his chest and tossed Yuma back into the ring. When you think about it, Zeus is still undefeated from last year’s Carnival as well, so has that undefeated Carnival record carried over from his victory to this upcoming one, so it makes sense for Zeus to look as dominating as possible during this tournament.
Yuma got back into it when hitting a Crossbody onto Zeus but would kick out at one. Yuma tossed Zeus into the ropes but Zeus would hit a Flying Clothesline instead as the two are down but Zeus is getting up first, lifting him up for a Bearhug and tossed him over. Zeus calls for the Chokeslam but Yuma fights him off, delivering an below to the face and as he ran the ropes, he ducked under Zeus to hit a German Suplex. Yuma climbed to the top rope but Zeus chops him before coming up to hit a Superplex as the two men go down. Zeus hits the Chokeslam this time and climbs to the top rope to hit a Frog Splash but Yuma kicked out at two! Zeus quickly went for the Facelock and looks like he could tap but Yuma had his foot on the rope. Zeus called for the Jackhammer but Yuma reversed it into a German Suplex but Zeus quickly got up to attempt a Lariat, however, Yuma ducked again to hit another German. Yuma has the End Game locked in but Zeus was close enough to grab the rope, and break the hold. Zeus went for a Lariat but Yuma ducked as they ran the ropes, making Zeus hit the Lariat this time as Yuma was turned inside out. Zeus went for one more Lariat as Yuma reversed it into a Crucifix Pin and gets the surprising victory over Zeus! Big win for Yuma and Zeus is no longer undefeated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half.
Overall: While none of the matches were mind blowing, everything was still solid. Nothing crazy or over the top, just solid and basic wrestling for this night. Hopefully tomorrow will deliver something different. We had two people in the top spot and two people who are one loss away from being eliminated.
Favorite Match: Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Least Favorite Match: Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Champion Carnival Standings:
- Zeus: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Jake Lee: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Kohei Sato: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Koji Doi: (1-3) (2 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: (1-3) (2 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!
The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.
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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!
Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!
Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!
Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!
Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?
August Grey VS Tony Nese!
#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?
Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!
Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!
Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.
Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!
Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!
Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?
NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?
A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.
Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.
My Score: 8.2/10
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