Simply the best of New Japan Cup’s first week back!
NJPW is back and brings us the tournament we were all hoping for! The New Japan Cup 2020 begins with simply the best!
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- 6/16/2020 – Hiromu Takahashi VS Tomoaki Honma; Hiromu wins and advances to the next round.
- 6/16/2020 – Tomohiro Ishii VS El Desperado; Ishii wins and advances to the next round.
- 6/17/2020 – Yuji Nagata VS Minoru Suzuki; Nagata wins and advances to the next round.
- 6/17/2020 – Kazuchika Okada VS Gedo; Okada wins and advances to the next round.
PLAY BY PLAY
Hiromu Takahashi VS Tomoaki Honma!
The Ticking Time Bomb sadly could not have his match against Tetsuya Naito at the Anniversary Show this year, but no matter! He will do everything he can to make it to the finals and win an opportunity at his leader in Los Ingobernables de Japon! But will The Innovator of Lighttube Deathmatches have something to say about that?
The bell rings and Hiromu circles with Honma. They approach, feel out the grapple, but break before coming back. Hiromu headlocks, Honma powers out, and the two collide. Neither falls so Hiromu tires again and again. Homna tries and Hiromu staggers. Honma hits Hiromu again, Hiromu comes back but gets run over! Honma stomps Hiromu then clubs him around. Honma cravats and cranks on Hiromu’s neck. Hiromu endures but Honma snapmares him down then sits him up for a neck crank. Hiromu endures and gets the ropebreak. Honma lets off fast to stomp Hiromu down. Honma brings Hiromu up to throw big forearms and then scoop slam Hiromu down. Honma fires up, runs, but the falling headbutt flops as Hiromu moves!
Hiromu drags Honma up and whips him to a corner. Honma reverse but Hiromu comes back to ram him! Honma stays up but Hiromu runs again to run him over! Hiromu fires up but sadly, there are no fans to join him. Hiromu circles Honma as he sits up. Hiromu brings Honma up to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Hiromu whips corner to corner, and hits Honma with a corner clothesline! He snapmares then runs to basement dropkick Honma down! Honma rolls to ropes and out of the ring. Hiromu watches Honma, goes to the apron, and comes around to flying knee Honma down! Hiromu claps but there’s no one to respond live. Honma crawls after Hiromu but Hiromu does a full lap! Hiromu comes back to JOHN WOO Honma into the railing! The speed of the Ticking Time Bomb amazes commentary!
Hiromu leaves Honma behind tot he mercy of the ring count. The count passes 5 of 20 but Honma stands. Hiromu climbs up top but Honma gets in the ring. Hiromu digs a knee into Honma’s chest and the ref counts, but he lets up at 3. Honma gasps for air but Hiromu stomps him. Hiromu drives his knee in again. He stops at 3 and kicks Honma while he’s down. Hiromu brings Honma up to snapmare back down to a headscissor hold! Honma endures but Hiromu pulls on the arms to bring him in deeper! Honma kicks around and reaches, and he kicks his way to the ropebreak! Hiromu has the ref help him get free, and then Hiromu taunts Honma. Honma hits Hiromu but Hiromu doesn’t back down. Hiromu throws forearms on Honma but Honma eggs him on. Hiromu throws harder and harder forearm shots, but Honma turns one into a DDT! Both men are down but stirring.
Honma rises and brings Hiromu up. Hiromu knees low then runs, but into Honma’s elbow! Honma drags Hiromu back up to CHOP! Hiromu staggers to a corner but Honma CHOPS him again! And again! Honma whips Hiromu corner to corner, runs in and forearm smashes! Then hits a bulldog! Honma fires up, runs and drops the headbutt, to flop again! Hiromu mocks Honma, but he fails the falling headbutt, too! Honma rises and brings Hiromu up again. Honma suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Hiromu barely escapes but Honma drags him back up again. Honma CHOPS and Hiromu wobbles. Honma CHOPS and CHOPS again, and Hiromu falls to the mat! Honma doesn’t give Hiromu time to rest. Honma goes to scoop, but Hiromu resists! Hiromu throws forearms but Honma gives them back. They brawl back and forth, and are picking up speed!
Hiromu wobbles and Honma eggs him on. Hiromu hits again and again but Honma gives it all back. Honma runs, but Hiromu elbows! Hiromu runs but Honma elbows! Honma runs, and they both collide with clotheslines! They don’t fall so they try again! Honma ducks to GERMAN SUPLEX!! Hiromu flounders to his feet, but catches Honma to a waistlock! Honma fights off the lift, runs, but into a LARIAT! Both men are down again and the commentary is very excited. Honma crawls towards ropes drags himself out to the apron. Hiromu stands and builds speed, to SUNSET FLIP! But Honma holds onto the ropes for dear life! Hiromu keeps trying to pull Honma away but Honma stomps on him! Honma gets back in the ring, Hiromu climbs the apron, but Honma HEADBUTTS him off! Hiromu hits railing on the way down, and Honma goes up top!?
Hiromu stops Honma with clubbing forearms! They brawl, Hiromu CHOPS and fireman’s carries, for an APRON DEATH VALLEY!! Honma falls to the floor and the referee checks on him. The ring count begins and passes 10 of 20. Honma flounders, falls again, hears the count hit 15, rises again, and gets in at 19! Hiromu isn’t frustrated, he just scuffs Honma with his boot. Hiromu toys with Honma then brings him up. Honma is dead weight so Hiromu lets him be. Honma gets up on his own and eggs Hiromu on. Hiromu throws big forearms while Honma’s response is weak. Hiromu stands on Honma’s head, then eggs him on more. Honma rises and throws forearms but Hiromu gives them back. They brawl, picking up speed again. Hiromu slows for just a moment but the brawling starts up again.
Hiromu and Honma change to CHOPS! CHOP, CHOP, CHOP! They don’t look to be stopping! Honma fires up for a string of CHOPS! Hiromu goes down, Honma runs, but the falling headbutt flops again! Hiromu brings Honma up, fireman’s carries, but Honma elbows against the move. Hiromu powers through, but Honma slips off. Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Hiromu builds up a lot of speed, but Hiromu runs into the HEADBUTT! Honma runs, the falling headbutt HITS! Honma keeps moving, BASEMENT HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!! Honma keeps moving, he scoop slams Hiromu to a drop zone and heads up top. SUPER FALLING HEADBUTT FLOPS!! Cradle counter, TWO!! Hiromu isn’t done, he watches Honma rise. They brawl again, Honma shoves, RABBIT HEADBUTT! He hits Hiromu in the back, builds speed, but runs into a LARIAT! Cover, ONE?!?
Hiromu can’t believe it and he grows frustrated. But he fireman’s carries again, only for Honma to slip out. Honma ducks the superkick to UPPERCUT HEADBUTT! Honma scoops Hiromu, Hiromu slips out, SUPERKICK! Hiromu fireman’s carries, to CORNER Death Valley! Hiromu drags Honma back up, fireman’s carries again, TIMEBOMB!! Cover, Hiromu wins!!
Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall
The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion conquers a headstrong heavyweight! But with as much as it took out of him, will Hiromu be ready to have more, more, MORE fun next round?
Tomohiro Ishii VS El Desperado!
The Stone Pitbull wants to finally sink his teeth back into someone, and Suzuki-Gun’s masked wrestler! Who shakes off the dust and ring rust and makes it to the next round?
The bell rings and Desperado stares Ishii down. They circle, approach, and tie up. They’re in a deadlock but Ishii gets Desperado backing down. They end up on ropes, go around, and Red Shoes calls for the break. Desperado lets off to pat Ishii on the shoulders. Desperado then mocks Ishii’s height, and pats “little Ishii” on his head. Ishii grabs Desperado by his mask and backs him down. Desperado gets away before Ishii can hit him, and then tells Ishii to calm down about the short jokes. Ishii dares Desperado to hit him first then. Desperado does but Ishii doesn’t budge. Ishii eggs Desperado on, Desperado hits Ishii more, and now we have a brawl! They throw forearm after forearm, Desperado wobbles and Ishii fires off! Desperado stomps on Ishii’s foot! Desperado runs but gets run over!
Ishii kicks Desperado while he’s down, and again! And again! Ishii stands on Desperado’s head but Desperado pushes him away. Desperado throws more forearms, runs and rams his shoulder, but Ishii stands solid! Desperado tries again but Ishii still tanks the shoulder. Ishii whips, Desperado reverses but Ishii holds ropes. ishii stomps Desperado and stands on his face this time. Red Shoes reprimands but Ishii keeps toying with Desperado. Desperado gets up to CHOP, and that finally affects Ishii. Desperado runs, bumps Ishii then runs him over on the return! Now Desperado gives Ishii back the taunting and toying. The two talk smack, and Desperado KICKS Ishii in the leg! Desperado keeps on that leg with a takedown and leg tweak!
Desperado splashes down on the knee and then paces as Ishii clutches the knee. Desperado yanks on the leg then brings Ishii up for headbutts. Ishii forearms back but Desperado kicks the bad leg. Desperado digs his fingers into Ishii’s face in the corner, but stops when Red Shoes counts. Ishii goes down, Desperado is on his leg at the corner! Desperado SWINGS the bad leg into the post! And again! Desperado drags Ishii out to whip him into railing! Ishii staggers while Desperado goes back to the ring. The ring count passes 10 of 20 before Ishii gets back in. Desperado is on Ishii’s bad leg with stomps! Desperado drops knees on the knee! Ishii writhes as he clutches his leg, but Desperado brings him back up. Desperado wraps the bad leg on the ropes and pulls!
Red Shoes counts, Desperado stops for just a moment, but then he pulls the leg again. Desperado pushes Red Shoes away to then stand on the bad leg in the ropes! Red Shoes gets Desperado to stop, but while Red Shoes is helping Ishii, Desperado goes to untie a buckle pad! Desperado brings off the white pad and tosses it before Red Shoes is aware. Desperado drags Ishii up but brings up Ishii has bad knee. Then he stomps it! Desperado brings Ishii up to whip into the exposed buckles! Red Shoes disapproves but Desperado just shrugs. Desperado brings Ishii up and whips him back into the exposed buckles! Ishii writhes in pain and Red Shoes reprimands again, but Desperado doesn’t care. Desperado stands on Ishii and flexes, but he still needs to finish Ishii off.
Desperado whips Ishii back in again, but Ishii uses his pain and anger to propel himself and RAM Desperado! Ishii drags Desperado up now and CHOPS and forearms over and over in the corner! Desperado starts to fall but Ishii just stands him back up for more! Ishii keeps going, even as Desperado is sitting down in the corner! Red Shoes tries to reason with Ishii and Ishii backs off. Red Shoes checks on Desperado, and Desperado asks for mercy from Ishii. Ishii drags Desperado up to a waistlock but Desperado grabs ropes to deny the suplex. Desperado elbows Ishii away, then runs, but Ishii just catches him! And powerbomb lifts! But Desperado digs at Ishii’s eyes! Ishii wristlocks and runs, but Desperado goes the other way for a SPEAR!
Desperado grabs a leg, STRETCH MUFFLER! But Ishii powers out to get a KNEEBAR! Desperado kicks away at Ishii but can’t get him to let go! Desperado crawls for the ropebreak! Ishii lets go but the damage is done. Desperado clutches at jhis bad leg, Ishii drags him up, but Desperado fights the shin breaker off. Desperado kicks but Ishii catches it! Ishii STOMPS the bad leg! Desperado screams in pain, but Ishii whips him to ropes. Desperado reverses, and manages a SPINE BUSTER! And he’s back to the STRETCH MUFFLER! Desperado tortures the bad leg, but Ishii reaches, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Desperado holds on until Red Shoes counts 3. Both men have a bad leg now, but Desperado rises first. Desperado stomps Ishii around but Ishii still gets up. Ishii eggs Desperado on and Desperado kicks the leg.
Desperado runs, BOOTS, but Ishii stays up! Ishii roars, swings, but Desperado kicks and whips. Ishii reverses and Desperado gets bare buckles!! Desperado writhes, Ishii builds speed, but Desperado uses Red Shoes as a shield! Ishii gets Red Shoes away, but Desperado dropkicks the legs out! Desperado gets the leg again for another STRETCH MUFFLER! Ishii endures as Desperado moves around and even adds the arms into the hold, NUMERO DOS! Ishii resists it becoming a cover, and flings Desperado off! Both men are down and exhausted, but Desperado gets himself up first. Desperado drags Ishii up and around to a standing cobra twist. Ishii fights it off, ducks the clohtesline and backhand but Desperado mule kicks. Cobra Twist SCOOP, but Ishii slips out!
Ishii shoves Desperado to a corner, Desperado comes back, but swings into a big suplex! Desperado gets up from the pain, but he runs into a spinning powerslam! Both men are down and the commentary is all fired up! Ishii and Desperado stir, but Ishii is up first. Ishii hobbles over to Desperado, brings him back up, and reels him in. Desperado resists the powerbomb so Ishii kicks Desperado in the face. Desperado dares Ishii to give him more! So Ishii does! Desperado shakes his head, shoves Ishii, and gives him the kicks back! They brawl with forearms but Ishii hits the elbows from all sides! Desperado fires up but Ishii DECKS him! Ishii fires himself up and brings Desperado up and around. Powerbomb lift but the leg gives out! Desperado hits the mat from Ishii letting him go, but Ishii brings him back up.
Ishii tries again, powers through the pain to POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! Desperado survives but Ishii keeps his focus. Ishii waits for Desperado to stand, then runs, but Desperado blocks and waistlocks. Ishii switches, Desperado grabs at Red Shoes, but Ishii blocks the low blow mule kick! Ishii HEADBUTTS Desperado, but Desperado tilt-o-whirls to a crucifix! Ishii stays up and turns the takedown into a SLAM! Ishii sits Desperado up for the SLIDING D!! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives but Ishii won’t let up! Ishii drags Desperado up, suplexes, but Desperado slips out to shove him at Red Shoes! Ishii stops himself, but Desperado quickly LOW BLOW UPPERCUTS! Desperado cradles Ishii, TWO!! Ishii survives Desperado’s dirty tricks but it sure hurt!
Desperado grows frustrated while Ishii rolls to the bare buckles corner. Desperado runs in at Ishii, but only gets buckles! Ishii runs in, BUCKLE SHOT! Cover, TWO!!! Desperado hurries, GUITARRA DE ANGEL! Cover, TWO!?! Ishii survives but Desperado is too tired to be frustrated. Desperado rises and drags Ishii up. He double underhooks but Ishii resists the lift. Ishii slips out, swings, but back into double underhooks! Desperado lifts, Ishii back drops out, SUPERKICK! BIG FOREARM! Ishii goes down and Desperado fires up. Desperado drags Ishii up, but Ishii HEADBUTTS! Ishii fires himself up, runs, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!?! Desperado still lives and Ishii can’t believe it! Ishii drags Desperado back up, suplexes, but Desperado fights out, hooks a leg, EL ES CULERO! TWO, Desperado SLAPS Ishii but Ishii LARIATS Desperado! Ishii suplexes for the BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, Ishii wins!!
Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall
Desperado goes down and the Pitbull advances! But what does Ishii have left in the tank to make it further on?
Yuji Nagata VS Minoru Suzuki!
Blue Justice still has a lot of fight left in him, and he’s still hungry for gold! But the same goes for the Meanest Man in the World! Who proves they’ve got the grit and determination to make it to round two?
The bell rings and Suzuki fires off on Nagata, but Nagata gives it right back! It is a fast and furious brawl right away, and Suzuki laughs! Suzuki throws another big forearm, but Nagata gives it back. They brawl again, and Suzuki just keeps laughing. Nagata eggs him on, so Suzuki ROCKS him! Nagata stays up and throws another big forearm. They go back and forth again, Suzuki throws a string, but Nagata still stays up. Nagata gives forearms back and Suzuki wobbles! But Suzuki laughs again as he paces. Suzuki pats Nagata on the shoulder before he ROCKS him with forearm after forearm! Nagata gets back up, and throws forearms back! Suzuki staggers, but he’s still smiling! Suzuki ROCKS Nagata, and again, but Nagata eggs him on. Suzuki hits Nagata again and dares him to come back. So Nagata does!
Nagata throws forearm after forearm but Suzuki gives plenty back. These old warriors won’t let up on each other! Nagata wobbles Suzuki and Suzuki just keeps smiling. They keep brawling, and Suzuki ROCKS Nagata again. Nagata shakes it off to throw more forearms again. And again! And again! Suzuki even puts his hands back as he dares Nagata to hit him harder. Nagata does, but Suzuki stays on his feet. They each egg each other on, and Suzuki SLAPS Nagata. Nagata SLAPS back, and now it’s a palm strike battle! Suzuki staggers but comes back, and the brawling continues. Nagata roars and Suzuki grits his teeth. Suzuki eggs Nagata on and they just keep hitting each other with slapping palm strikes! Nagata’s turning red on that left side, but he refuses to fall! Nagata ROCKS Suzuki, and again, and again! Suzuki manages to stay on his feet, so Nagata BOOTS! And SLAPS!
Suzuki slaps back, and just keeps egging Nagata on. Nagata hits, Suzuki hits, repeat! BOth men wobble, Suzuki blocks the boot to get the KNEEBAR! Nagata fights, reaches, but Suzuki shifts around for another angle on the leg! Nagata gets the ropebreak but Suzuki won’t let go! The ref counts, Suzuki lets go at 3, and Nagata gets to the apron. Suzuki pursues as Nagata goes to the floor. Suzuki kicks Nagata and whips him into railing! Suzuki goes looking and finds a chair under the ring! The ref stops Suzuki from using it so Suzuki pushes the ref down. Suzuki runs and BOOTS Nagata, then grabs a bucket from under the ring. Suzuki SMACKS Nagata with the bucket! Suzuki then grabs a bottle of water and opens it up, to SMASH off Nagata’s head! Water goes all over and the ref reprimands Suzuki.
Suzuki leaves Nagata behind and fetches that chair from before. Suzuki grins as he brings the chair around the way. The ref spots him and tells him not to use the chair, but Suzuki argues with him again. Suzuki throws the ref down, grabs a second chair, and SMACKS Nagata’s arm with it!! Nagata clutches that shoulder but Suzuki drags him up. They brawl again, Suzuki puts Nagata’s arm through the railing and pulls! The ref starts a ring count but Suzuki holds on to the arm until 10 of 20. Suzuki chokes and stomps Nagata down before leaving him behind. The count passes 15 but Nagata flounders in at 19! Suzuki toys with Nagata at the ropes but the ref pulls him away. Nagata sits up but Suzuki knees him back down! Suzuki taunts Nagata as Nagata gets to his feet. Suzuki throws forearm after forearm but Nagata eggs him on.
Nagata hits back, but Suzuki throws body shots and ROCKS Nagata with that right! Nagata is still conscious, so Suzuki grabs his leg and brings him to the post! Suzuki locks the legs up and pulls! The ref tells Suzuki to stop and counts, but Suzuki stops at 4. Nagata sits up in the corner and glares as Suzuki returns. Suzuki KICKS Nagata down then stomps the bad arm. But Nagata gets up in anger, so Suzuki throws more knees! Suzuki CHOPS Nagata, and again, but Nagata just glares at him. So Suzuki CHOPS and KNEES again. Suzuki goes corner to corner, to BOOT! He snapmares Nagata and Penalty Kicks, but Nagata blocks it! Nagata elbows the knee! Nagata KICKS Suzuki down, then Penalty Kicks! Suzuki sits back up and glares at Nagata, but Nagata KICKS again! Suzuki sits back up so Nagata just keeps kicking!
Suzuki powers up just to stay sitting up, so Nagata hits him again! Suzuki eggs Nagata on, and Nagata powers up to kick even harder. And again! And again! Nagata boots Suzuki to a corner then BOOTS again! Suzuki denies the slam to get a guillotine facelock! Suzuki cranks on Nagata’s head but Nagata pries free. Nagata wrenches to an arm wringer! Suzuki scrambles to ropes but Nagata KICKS the bad arm! Nagata has Suzuki on the run as he kicks again! Nagata wrenches the arm again, to another wringer! Suzuki clutches the arm and falls to the mat. Nagata dares Suzuki to get back up, but when Suzuki doesn’t, Nagata stomps him. Nagata brings Suzuki up for forearms, then wrenches the bad arm yet again. Suzuki catches Nagata to a sleeper hold! Nagata fades fast as Suzuki squeezes tight! The ref checks on Nagata, but Suzuki shifts to a cover, TWO!!
Suzuki drags Nagata back up and puts the sleeper on again! Blue Justice is turning purple! But Suzuki spins him around, reels him in, Gotch hold, but Nagata resists the lift! Nagata powers up, but Suzuki KNEES him down! Suzuki drags Nagata back up and in, tries the Gotch again, but Nagata kicks the piledriver away! Nagata powers up to back drop Suzuki! Both men are down, but refuse to stay down. Suzuki stands first, brings Nagata up and throws more forearms. Suzuki ROCKS Nagata and sweat goes flying! But Nagata comes back to throw forearms in return. Suzuki ROCKS Nagata again and Nagata tastes blood in his mouth. Nagata fires off forearms and the brawl is on again! Neither man backs down, but Nagata makes Suzuki stagger! Suzuki gets back up and SLAPS Nagata! Nagata SLAPS back, and Suzuki wobbles! But Suzuki smiles again!!
Suzuki throws more palm strikes but so does Nagata! They’re just picking up more speed! Suzuki fires off a flurry but so does Nagata! Suzuki fires off half a dozen, but Nagata comes back with his own trio. Suzuki HEADBUTTS! Nagata falls to a knee, but Suzuki headbutts him again! Nagata staggers about, Suzuki headbutts him again, and both men fall!! Suzuki sits up and smiles again! He’s truly evil! Nagata sits up and grits his teeth as he and Suzuki head for each other. They throw more forearms, and Suzuki eggs Nagata on. Nagata ROCKS Suzuki, then eggs him on. Suzuki ROCKS Nagata, Nagata wobbles, but still hits Suzuki again. Suzuki laughs as he wobbles, then comes back to ROCK Nagata again. And again! Suzuki swings another forearm, but into Nagata’s EXPLODER! But Suzuki’s right back up!?
Suzuki rushes Nagata, Nagata side steps and swings on Suzuki, but Suzuki gets around him to headlock! Nagata hits a SAIDO SUPLEX! Cover, NAGATA WINS!!
Winner: Yuji Nagata, by pinfall
Incredible! Blue Justice triumphs over the King of Pancrase! But after such a battle, can he recover in time for round two?
Kazuchika Okada VS Gedo!
The Rainmaker gets back in the title hunt, but he also finally gets his hands on the man that betrayed him! Will Gedo finally face the consequences of choosing The Switchblade over his friend?
Wait, Gedo claims his arm is in bad shape? He says he can’t wrestle Okada because of it, as much as he really, really wanted to. Okada makes his entrance and sees the “bad arm.” Gedo tries to reason with his former friend, but Okada isn’t falling for it. Red Shoes isn’t, either. Gedo takes the sling off, and has a can of pepper spray! But Okada swats it right out of his hand! Gedo tries to explain, but for one, his arm isn’t in bad shape. Red Shoes confiscates the spray and Gedo gives himself up? He’ll let Okada just cover him? The bell finally rings, but Okada sees the cradle trap coming! Okada stomps Gedo over and over, then frisks him just in case. Wait, there’s something in the jacket! Gedo resists so Okada stomps him more, and brings out the brass knuckles!
Okada tries them on for size, but Gedo begs for mercy while Red Shoes reprimands. Okada hands the knuckle dusters over to Red Shoes, but Gedo has something taped to his side?! Gedo brings it out and JAMS Okada in the ribs with it! The item is a wrench! Gedo stalks Okada on the outside and JAMS him with it again! And again! Red Shoes hurries after Gedo to figure out what’s going on, but Gedo hides the wrench in a pocket. Gedo gives Red Shoes his jacket but still has the wrench, and he CLUBS Okada down! Red Shoes finally spots the wrench and takes it from Gedo. Gedo drags Okada up to shove into railing! The ribs just keep taking damage as Gedo brings Okada around to RAM into more railing! Okada falls, Gedo kicks him while he’s down, but the ring count begins.
Gedo kicks and kicks then refreshes the count at 13. Gedo goes around to take the timekeeper’s table from him! Okada hurries over and kicks Gedo back. Gedo knees Okada down and brings the table up and over the railing. Gedo folds the table up to use it as a battering ram! Okada falls while clutching his stomach, but Gedo digs the table’s edge in! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, and Gedo stops at 3. Gedo tosses the table aside and kicks Okada while he’s down. Gedo leaves Okada to the mercy of the count as it passes 10 of 20. Okada gets up and flounders into the ring at 15, but Gedo is right on him. Gedo tosses Okada out the other side, then RAMS him into railings again! Gedo goes looking under the ring and he finds a chair! Red Shoes disapproves but Gedo grins as he stalks behind Okada. Okada gets up, Gedo JAMS the chair in! And again!
Red Shoes takes the chair from Gedo but Gedo taunts Okada. Gedo drags Okada up and puts him in, to double stomp him down! Gedo keeps kicking Okada, but Okada gets angry. Gedo stomps Okada but Okada gets up. Gedo throws punches but Okada just gets angrier! Okada throws forearm after forearm, but Gedo body shots. Gedo runs, kicks, but Okada catches it to spin Gedo around for a BOOT! Okada can’t capitalize as he clutches his ribs, but he brings Gedo up for more forearms. Okada whips, Gedo reverses, but Okada still comes back with the elbow! Okada fires up as Gedo gets to a corner. Okada whips corner to corner, runs in and hits a back elbow! Then kicks to DDT! Cover, TWO! Gedo survives and Okada clutches his ribs again, but Okada won’t let up. Okada scoops Gedo for a slam, and standard formula brings Okada to the corner. Okada climbs but Gedo knows that formula and bails out.
Gedo looks to run away but Okada pursues. Okada catches up to Gedo on stage but Gedo has something in his hand again! Gedo JAMS Okada with a hammer?! Gedo hammers away on Okada but Red Shoes takes the hammer from him. Gedo “apologizes” but he grins as he brings Okada up and into the ring. Gedo kicks Okada over and over again at the ropes, then stomps away. Gedo brings Okada up, whips, but Okada reverses, only for Gedo to deny him his dropkick! Gedo kicks Okada in the ribs then covers, TWO!! Okada toughs it out but Gedo is on him with a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Gedo goes after those ribs but Okada endures. Okada gets his arm free and reaches for ropes, but Gedo grabs the arm again to bend Okada back. Okada still reaches, even as Gedo pulls as far back as he can! Okada gets the ROPEBREAK! Gedo holds on until 3 and grins as he watches Okada slowly rise.
Okada turns around into Gedo’s mule kick! Gedo mule kicks again, but Okada gets under it for the Alabama lift! Gedo kicks free and pokes Okada in the eyes! Gedo runs in, Okada pops him up, Alabama swing to the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Both men are down from all the damage done, but Okada sits up first. Okada brings Gedo up and scoops, but Gedo grabs at Red Shoes! Okada clubs Gedo and throws European Uppercuts, then gets the gut wrench. Gedo knows this, too, and slips out to shove Okada into Red Shoes! LOW BLOW!! Gedo must’ve been watching Ishii VS Desperado! But Gedo can’t capitalize with a cover while Red Shoes is down! So instead, Gedo undoes part of the ring apron, and finds a hidden pair of brass knuckles?! Did Gedo go that far to prepare his cheats?
Okada stands up and gets DECKED!! Gedo hides the knuckles and revives Red Shoes. Gedo puts on the GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!?!? Okada survives and no one can believe it! Gedo drags Okada up, slashes the throat a la The Switchblade, but Okada denies Blade Runner! But Gedo dodges the dropkick! Okada crashes down on the mat, and now Jado has appeared! The Master Heater is helping out his brother, and Gedo has another pair of knuckles! Jado grabs Red Shoes while Gedo aims, but Okada ducks to dropkick! The knuckles go flying, Okada whips Gedo and hits the dropkick! Okada clobbers Jado and stalks Gedo. Gedo tries to run away but Gedo stands on him at the ropes. Okada drags Gedo back inside, scoops him for the TOMBSTONE! Then Okada clamps on a keylock cobra clutch! Gedo’s #DeepInDebt! Gedo taps, Okada wins!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by submission
To think the Rainmaker could win without using his Rainmaker! Gedo gives up, and Okada finally has his vengeance! Will Okada rise back to the top and take the New Japan Cup?
It’s so great to have NJPW back in action! If you want to read the full review of Day 1, 6/16/20, check out Andrew Balaz’s article covering it and even giving his own star ratings. And I’m sure he’ll have Day 2 at some point, too. But as stated at the beginning, I’m just focused on the top tier matches for these events. Which means next week’s stacked cards for 6/22 and 6/23 are going to be hard to pick from. Hiromu VS Honma and Ishii VS Desperado were great matches, far better than I expected. Though maybe I should’ve expected something amazing for the first serious event for NJPW in months. They definitely wanted to give it their all for the fans watching at home.
Suzuki and Nagata couldn’t possibly have given more, that was as true of a slug fest as it could be. And I am incredibly surprised Nagata won, that is pretty great for him. Obviously Okada was going to beat Gedo, but there were a lot of great gags involving Gedo’s cheating being foiled. It’s also quite surprising Okada won using a submission hold, but it shows Okada is adapting and changing his style, especially for opponents that know him so well. Okada is almost always a top choice for a tournament, so he’s at least becoming a semifinalist in a final four of a very competitive New Japan Cup.
My Score: 6/16 – 9/10; 6/17 – 9.1/10
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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