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With a new year and new champions, NOAH begins it’s 2020 trajectory! Hisame brings us all we need to know!



With a new year and new champions, NOAH begins it’s 2020 trajectory! Hisame brings us all we need to know!


Global Junior League 2020
Global Junior League started very early this year at Yokohama Radiant Halls, which NOAH ran on the 10th and 11th January. The third night took place on the 12th in Hamamatsu.

As per tradition the competing athletes came out and lined up in their respective blocks, however, the trouble didn’t come from the volatile D block, rather it started when Kotaro Suzuki decided to kick Tadasuke, and a fight broke out which Atsushi Kotoge had to break up.

The second issue came from Yoshinari Ogawa. When Kaito Kiyomiya declared in 2019 that he (as the GHC Heavyweight Champion at that time) wasn’t going to compete in the N-1 VICTORY, Yoshinari Ogawa announced that he as the GHC Junior Heavyweight champion wasn’t going to compete in Global Junior League. NOSAWA Rongai said that if Ogawa wasn’t going to be in it, then neither was he going to be, and so neither of them came out.

Hitoshi Kumano has changed his costume to blue. I am not sure if this is just for the duration of Global Junior League, or else this is a complete change for him, but he says that he is wearing it in honor of one of his trainers, Atsushi Aoki. He is also using a variant of Aoki’s finisher, The Assault Point. Kumano scored his first Global Junior League victory over former partner, Hajime Ohara. Kumano lost his second round when his trainer, Atsushi Kotoge, defeated him in 10 minutes and 56 seconds. Kumano bowed to his teacher after the match.

Dick Togo picked up his first ever Global Junior League victory over former pupil, Hao. Hao’s rallied and defeated Tadasuke on the 11th.

Chris Ridgeway beat Nio, but in the highly anticipated match with Minoru Tanaka, was pinned via a reversal. The match was said to be painful to watch, with Ridgeway practically tying Tanaka’s legs into a knot.

Junta Miyawaki faced HAYATA in what was both their first round of Global Junior League on the 11th January, but lost. The match was not as easy as HAYATA thought it was going to be, as Miyawaki fought to the end – kicking out from The Headache, moonsault, running powerbomb and sit down powerbomb. In the end, it was a second moonsault in which HAYATA picked up the win.

On the 12th in Hamamatsu, and to everyone’s surprise, Yoshinari Ogawa decided to participate in the league match against Miyawaki. Miyawaki put up a spirited fight, but since Ogawa smelt blood and targeted Miyawaki’s taped shoulder, he had the boy tapping out after eight minutes. With his endless capacity for twisting both reality and the truth, Ogawa said that he never said that he wouldn’t participate in the league, he was just different from Kiyomiya.

Miyawaki has said that he will win, he “has to win”.

Daisuke Harada and Minoru Tanaka had their first Global Junior League match on the 12th. Their history includes one win for each over each other, with the last Global Junior League match they had in 2019, ending in a draw. This match ended the same way.

Elsewhere on the roster

Kinya Okada has suddenly come into his own, and bridged the huge distance from his missing a lot of time and experience due to injury and where he should be at this point in his career. Inamura suddenly realised in Yokohama that he was growing to be a threat, and wasn’t going to be pushed around as easily as before, and the fans loved the fight between the next generation of NOAH. Okada also started giving his seniors orders, and I think the look on Hajime Ohara’s face said it all.

HAYATA found himself covering for YO-HEY (he’s injured, please see the news below for details), in Yokohama on the 11th in a match teaming with Naomichi Marufuji and Daisuke Harada against STINGER (Yoshinari Ogawa, Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Kotoge), which Daisuke Harada applauded him for at the end. Naturally, Marufuji amd Harada started being childish over things like neither of them wanting to stand near each other, and Marufuji going to steal Harada’s belt at the end of the match. Marufuji also tried to outmaneuver Ogawa. It didn’t work well.

Although it was not a title match, but it was against the person who he took the belt from, Go Shiozaki wore the green outfit for main event on 11th January, when Kumaxiz (himself, tag partner Katsuhiko Nakajima and mascot Hitoshi Kumano), took on Kaito Kiyomiya, Mohammed Yone and Shuhei Taniguchi. Naturally, Shiozaki’s main target was Kiyomiya. The big part of this match however, was junior with the strength of a heavyweight, Hitoshi Kumano, hoisting up Shuhei Taniguchi and slamming him.

Event recaps & post match promos

Global Junior League Night 1: 10th January, Yokohama Radiant Halls
Post match promos

Global Junior League Night 2: 11th January, Yokohama Radiant Halls

Global Junior League Night 3: 12th January, Act City Hamamatsu

~ Takashi Sugiura is trolling Masao Inoue and Shuhei Taniguchi over having gout. Masao Inoue said he has had a premonition that this means that Sugiura will develop the condition, and the three of them will become “The Gout Trio”.
~ Quiet Storm has not said anything about his future after NOAH, only that he is slightly dazed that this is his last tour. It has also been noted that he looks sad, which are making fans wonder what is really happening. Quiet Storm posted on the 12th on his official Twitter about a “big come back” (he has since deleted that post). His Twitter profile has changed and he has included an e-mail for bookings, which seems to confirm that he will become a freelancer.
~ Kotaro Suzuki’s pants came down slightly after a dive off the top turnbuckle
~ Tadasuke for reasons known only to himself, stole Hao’s belt and threw it out the ring.
~ RATELS appeared late to Tadasuke’s music
~ Yoshinari Ogawa held another training session for the roster in Yokohama
~ HAYATA, drafted in with Tadasuke to replace YO-HEY in the fan club sessions on the 12th in Hamamatsu, hid behind the NOAH sign. Tadasuke wore sunglasses indoors in the middle of winter.


In a “guerrilla” move, NOAH showed a small amount of the match between Hao & Dick Togo on the 10th on Periscope via their official Twitter. They then increased this on the 11th to three matches, but they didn’t stream anything on the 12th in Hamamatsu, with the main event being Daisuke Harada vs Minoru Tanaka. I don’t know if this is because the network have said no more, or because they only will stream in the metropolitan areas of Japan. However, wherever and whenever they do it, it has been welcome for fans to be able to see shows that are not normally streamed or televised, and that are usually clipped on YouTube or shown in parts on Battlemen.

This looks to be something they will do going forward.

I have included the links to the matches shown, but I am afraid I don’t know how long these links will be valid for.

HAYATA vs Junta Miyawaki 

Naomichi Marufuji, Daisuke Harada & HAYATA vs STINGER (Yoshinari Ogawa, Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Kotoge) 
Kumaxiz vs Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi & Mohammed Yone

Katsuhiko Nakajima won the W-1 Championship from Daiki Inaba in Osaka on the 12th January. Nakajima was his usual smug sarcastic self, pinning Inaba with a huge grin on his face, and then throwing the belt outside the ring when the referee presented it to him. Nakajima was confronted by Shotaro Ashino, who challenged for the belt. Nakajima said that he didn’t want to do it, as he didn’t want the belt, but he would do it if the fans wanted it.

Saying that he was “saddled” with a belt he didn’t want, for a promotion that he was predicting would collapse (despite everything fans and wrestlers had built), Nakajima arrived for NOAH’s event in Hamamatsu, and despite being announced as the W-1 champion, Nakajima did not even bother to bring the belt with him for the ring. This wasn’t because he had lost it or anything, but more because he didn’t want to.

In Yokohama on opening night of Global Junior League, after being knocked out of the ring, it was noted that YO-HEY was clutching his chest and breathing heavily. He himself said on his Twitter that he didn’t feel well, and was worried he had torn his lung again. At almost the last moment (via hasty Twitter announcement and written sign at the venue), NOAH announced that YO-HEY had a sternum injury, and so would be sidelined for the 11th and 12th January events.

YO-HEY himself seemed upbeat about it, and he won’t miss (hopefully) any of his Global Junior League matches, or the event in his hometown next Sunday. He also joked that he enjoyed watching “Wife” fill in for him.

Needless to say that with a torn lung last time in Yokohama, and a sternum injury this time, Yokohama Radiant Halls have not been auspicious for YO-HEY so far.

NOAH’s show on the 12th January was attended by Sekine Shrek Hideki (MMA, and has also appeared in All Japan), who had a picture taken with Takashi Sugiura afterwards. NOSAWA later announced that he had made an extra special match to his “Tokyo Love” show, which will take place on 4th March at Shinjuku FACE by booking Takashi Sugiura into a tornado tag street fight, teaming with Hideki and against The Brahman Brothers.

Sugiura said he had no idea who the Brahman Brothers were, and then went on to grumble that NOSAWA was centre in the event posters.


  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Go Shiozaki
    Challenger: none as of yet
  • GHC Junior Champion: Yoshinari Ogawa
    Challenger will be the winner of Global Junior League 2020
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: MM (Naomichi Marufuji & Masaaki Mochizuki)
    No challengers as of yet
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Kotoge)
    No challengers as of yet
  • GHC National Champion: Takashi Sugiura
    No challengers as of yet
    – According to Tokyo Sports, Sugiura will make arrangements for a challenger if no one has done it by the last Korakuen Hall of the month. Tokyo Sports have speculated that it might be KENTA, but I would take that story with a pinch of salt, especially since the match of the 12th in Hamamatsu, seemed to hint that it might be Kiyomiya who challenges. Tokyo Sports are known for sometimes having highly imaginative articles
  • IPW Junior Heavyweight Champion: Daisuke Harada
    No challenger as of yet, and it is not known if there will be one, but Harada has hinted in a post match promo that he will do something about it. I will keep this up for as long as he continues coming out with the belt.

“A NEW SUNRISE, DAY1” will be broadcast on 14th January 2020.
NOAH have not announced any further broadcast dates or upcoming live streams.

Please note that with the demise of Puroresu Dream uploads, I will be uploading and sending out the download link for all broadcasted NOAH shows.

Monday 13th January: Tadasuke (34)
Tuesday 14th January: Shuhei Taniguchi on Satoko’s Room
Thursday 16th January: Kaito Kiyomiya at The Tokyo Sports Awards
Friday 17th January: Katsuhiko Nakajima is the one day manager at Yoneya
Saturday 18th January: Fan event in Osaka
Sunday 19th January: Global Junior League (YO-HEY’S hometown, Yabu)

“Higher Ground” Tour Dates (February 7th – February 22nd 2020) 
Sugura, frustrated by stagnation of the belt, does he want to “Exile”? 

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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

Score: 6.5/10

Champion Carnival Standings:

  1. Zeus: (3-1) (6 Points)
  2. Jake Lee: (3-1) (6 Points)
  3. Shuji Ishikawa: (2-1) (4 Points)
  4. Kohei Sato: (2-1) (4 Points)
  5. Yuma Aoyagi: (2-2) (4 Points)
  6. Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
  7. Kento Miyahara: (1-2) (2 Points)
  8. Shinjiro Otani: (1-2) (2 Points)
  9. Koji Doi: (1-3) (2 Points)
  10. Shotaro Ashino: (1-3) (2 Points)

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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)

Will Retro take down The Premier?



Coverage 205 2021

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.


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?

My Thoughts:

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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