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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Road Results & Report! (9/11/20)

Big rematches with gold on the line!

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NJPW New Japan Road 2020

NJPW must be having deja vu on New Japan Road!

Both the NEVER Openweight Six Man and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships are on the line, in HUGE REMATCHES! Will the winners win again? Or will things be different the second time around?

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.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: YOSHI-HASHI, Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii VS Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano & Sho; Hashi, Goto & Ishii win and retain the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships Tournament Finals: Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado; Kanemaru & Desperado win and become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.

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NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: YOSHI-HASHI, Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii VS Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano & Sho!

Chaos won in the Six Man Tag tournament, and Chaos will win again! But will the Head Hunter be able to hold onto his first title ever with the help of the Fierce Warrior and Stone Pitbull? Or will the Rainmaker, the tentative Mr. KOPW 2020 and Mr. High Voltage change things in an instant?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and deja vu begins! The trios sort out, and Sho insists he start against Ishii. Ishii accepts the challenge, but Sho dropkicks and knees him right away! The bell rings and this is on record!

Sho lariats Ishii down! Sho rains down palm strikes but the ref reprimands the closed fists. The ref has to pull Sho off, but Sho keeps wanting after Ishii. Goto tags in and Yano wants in. Sho tags Yano, fans cheer and Yano circles with Goto. But then Yano goes for the buckle pads! Goto clubs Yano first, so Yano throws forearms! Goto and Yano brawl back and forth and fans rally up. Goto hits Yano again, but Yano goes after the buckle pad! Goto grabs Yano and whips corner to corner but Yano reverses. And Yano goes after the buckle pads! Yano strips the corner, dodges Goto and tosses the buckle pad at him. The ref takes the buckle pad from Goto, Yano kicks low and runs, into Goto’s BOOT! Yano gets up and tags Okada before bailing out.

Fans cheer as Goto and Okada circle now. Hashi wants in so Goto tags him. Hashi and Okada circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Okada powers Hashi back towards ropes, lets up at the ref’s count, and fakes Hashi with the chop to pat his shoulders. Fans cheer as Hashi swings but Okada ducks and kicks back. Okada headlocks and grinds Hashi down. Hashi endures, fans rally up, and Hashi pries at the hold. Okada powers Hashi back into the headlock and grinds him down more. Hashi throws body shots, powers out and CHOPS Okada on the run! Fans cheer as Hashi runs at Okada in the corner to CHOP again! Hashi whips Okada, CHOPS and mule kicks, then runs to duck, dodge and BLOCKBUSTER!

Fans fire up with Hashi as he stomps Okada to the corner. Hashi suplexes Okada and hangs him out to dry. Goto holds him and Hashi runs but Yano gets a cheap shot in! Okada pushes Goto away but Hashi clubs Yano. Hashi runs, Okada dodges, Sho gets in and drop toeholds Hashi into Okada’s boots! Sho keeps moving, he runs Hashi over with a shoulder then sucker punches Ishii. Ishii hits back, they brawl at the ropes and then out of the ring! The ref tries to get them to stop but they refuse! Ishii whips, Sho reverses and Ishii hits railing! Okada throws Hashi out, Yano gets a shot in and Okada whips Hashi into railing! Okada goes back to the ring and the count begins. Hashi writhes and stirs as the count passes 5 of 20, sits up at 10 of 20, and hurries back. Hashi gets in at 14 of 20, but Okada is on him quickly.

Okada bumps Hashi off buckles, tags Sho in, and Sho stomps and throws forearms. Hashi eggs him on then hits back. Sho rocks Hashi, stomps him, but the ref counts as Sho digs boots in. Sho lets off at 3, glares at Ishii, then drags Hashi up. Yano tags in and stomps Hashi, then brings him around. The ref has to keep Goto and Ishii back, and Yano whips Hashi into the bare buckles! Hashi writhes but Yano brings him around to cover, TWO! Yano stomops while fans cheer. Yano taunts Ishii and the ref has to keep him back again. Ishii goes through to hit Sho, Sho DECKS Ishii back! Sho pushes past the ref to kick Ishii out of the ring. The ref reprimands, Sho goes back to his corner, and Yano whips Hashi at the bare corner, only for Hashi to reverse! Yano runs into the bare buckles!

Fans rally as Hashi crawls, but Yano stomps him and brings him up. Hashi spinning mule kicks Yano down! Hashi crawls again, tag to Goto! Sho gets in but Goto runs him over! Goto hits Okada off the apron, Yano hits Goto then runs, but Goto follows! Goto swings, Yano ducks and rakes eyes! Yano whips, Goto reverses, and Yano gets bare buckles again! Yano staggers into Goto’s SAIDO! Fans fire up with Goto as he runs at Yano for the corner clothesline, to the bulldog! Cover, TWO! Yano survives, Goto drags him up but Yano resists the fireman’s carry. Yano whips Goto, Goto reverses, Yano stops himself before hitting buckles! But Yano turns around into Goto’s kick! Goto goes to run but Yano grabs his hair! Goto hits Yano with forearms, whips but Yano reverses to use hair in the takedown!

Fans rally up as Yano tags in Okada! Okada clubs and forearms Goto to whip him corner to corner. Okada runs in to back elbow, kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps focus as he drags Goto back up. Goto resists the gut wrench, Okada clubs him back and Okada runs. Goto swings, Okada ducks, but Goto blocks the kick, only for Goto to dodge the kick and spin. Okada ducks the discus to get Goto DEEP IN DEBT! Goto kicks free, fireman’s carries, but Okada slips off to uppercut! Okada runs, Goto follows, Okada dodges and runs but again Goto follows. Okada dodges again, Goto keeps moving forward, and comes back to LARIAT Okada down! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto tags in Ishii and Ishii stalks up behind Okada to CHOP him and forearm in the corner!

Ishii keeps throwing forearms and chops, whips Okada corner to corner but Okada boots him away. Ishii comes back but Okada boots him down! Sho is on the apron and calls for the tag, but Ishii DECKS him! Ishii waistlocks Okada, Okada elbows but Ishii ducks to rock Okada with a right. Ishii runs but into the flapjack! Both men are down again and fans fire up. Hot tag to Sho! Sho runs corner to corner at Ishii but Ishii boots. Sho still comes back to clothesline! Sho whips, Ishii reverses but Sho stops himself to kick away on Ishii, then SUPERKICK! Ishii stays up so Sho Penalty Kicks him down! Sho stands on Ishii’s head to grind his feet in. Fans rally as Sho slaps and kicks Ishii around.

Ishii gets mad and grabs Sho, but Sho fires off forearms. Ishii eggs him on then hits back. Sho eggs Ishii on and they brawl! The fans love the back and forth! Sho gets the edge and fires elbows from all sides! Sho facelocks but Ishii suplexes! Sho fights that off, and spins Ishii down to a Fujiwara armbar! Ishii rolls through, Sho blocks him to the double wristlock! Ishii scrambles, Sho gator rolls him away, but Ishii suplexes! Sho lands on his feet, waistlocks, but Ishii standing switches. sho gets the arm again and goes for the wristlock! Ishii stays standing, Sho wrenches through and hops on, but Ishii blockas the takedown! Ishii spins Sho but Sho suplexes to a BRAIN BUSTER!

Fans fire up as Sho watches Ishii rise. Sho kicks him again and again, but Ishii stays up. Ishii eggs Sho on, Sho kicks but Ishii CHOPS! Sho goes to a corner, Ishii CHOPS and CHOPS, high and hard! The ref tries to pull Ishii off but Ishii pushes him away. Ishii CHOPS Sho over and over, very close to the throat! Ishii won’t let up, even as Sho flounders around! Ishii whips Sho, Sho reverses, but Ishii comes back to POUNCE Sho across the way! Goto and Hashi hit Okada and Yano! Fans rally up as Ishii stalks Sho to a corner. Ishii runs in, corner clothesline against the bare buckles! Ishii lifts Sho for a POWERBOMB! High stack cover, TWO!! Sho survives and fans cheer!

Ishii keeps his focus as he runs at Sho, but Yano trips him up! Yano catches Ishii but Ishii gets away, Sho’s forearm hits Yano! Ishii waistlocks Sho, Hashi runs in, but Sho gets away and Hashi DECKS Ishii! Okada BOOTS Hashi, Goto LARIATS Okada! Sho swings on Goto but ends up in a sleeper hold! Goto spins Sho around, he and Ishii work together but Sho escapes! Sho shoves Goto into Ishii, but runs into a fireman’s carry! Hashi SUPERKICKS into Goto’s USHIGOROSHI! Hashi adds METEORA! Ishii runs but Yano trips him! Yano dumps Hashi out then shoudlers into Goto! Yano whips Goto into the bare buckles! Atomic drop for Ishii, Okada whips and dropkicks Ishii down! Fans fire up as Sho rises! Sho drags Ishii into the DEAD LIFT GERMAN!! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Ishii survives but Sho still has the waistlock! German feint to the armbar! Okada keeps Goto out but Hashi gets in to break the hold! Yano throws Hashi out, fans rally up and Sho aims at Ishii. Ishii dodges the Penalty Kick to his arm, but he swings into Sho’s chicken wings. Sho spins him around, crosses the arms, and lifts for the Straitjacket Piledriver! Cover, TWO!?! Ishii survives but Sho refuses to let that scare him off! Sho just drags Ishii back up, crosses the arms for the package, but Hashi gets in to SUPERKICK Sho down! Hashi elbows Yano down, Okada uppercuts Hashi, but Hashi LARIATS back! Hashi spins Sho around, BACKSTABBER! Feed to Goto’s suplex, and they work together, G Y R!!

Sho is in a daze as fans rally behind Ishii! Ishii watches Sho flounder up, but Sho KNEES first! Sho ducks the lariat to SNAP GERMAN! Sho powers up, runs, but Ishii LARIATS first! Sho gets up!? Sho spears, but into Ishii’s suplex! Sho gets free, and gets the arm! Ishii stays up to avoid the armbar, but Sho wrangles him down for the DISARMER! Ishii scrambles around, turns Sho over, but Sho goes for the triangle hold! Ishii powers up to stomp Sho off! Sho and Ishii throw forearms, Sho ROCKS Ishii! Sho drags Ishii back up, tucks the arms, SHOCK- NO! Ishii powers out, tanks the lariat, HEADBUTT and ENZIGURI! SLIDING D!! Cover, TWO!?! Sho survives and the fans are thunderous!

Ishii drags Sho back up while everyone else brawls outside. Ishii suplexes Sho for the BRAIN BUSTER!! Cover, Ishii’s team wins!!

Winners: Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (still NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions)

Chaos brought Chaos to a new level, but in the end, the champions keep their belts! And Ishii offers Sho a handshake in respect. Sho takes it, showing Chaos is still united! How will each of the heavyweights of the faction fair inside the G1?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships Tournament Finals: Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado!

The top two teams to come out of the four team round robin must battle again! Will the Timebomb and Black Mask get back at the Heel Master and Namajague while also bringing the titles to LIJ? Or will Kanemaru and Desperado have new tricks up their sleeves?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and one way or another, new champions will be crowned!

The teams sort out, and while Desperado calls out Hiromu, Hiromu has him wait. After the LIJ fist bump, it’s Bushi starting against Kanemaru! The fans rally already as the two stare down and circle. They tie up, Kanemaru kicks low and then boots Hiromu off the apron! Kanemaru clubs Bushi and runs, but Hiromu gets in! They both hurdle Kanemaru, Bushi kicks and Hiromu dropkicks Kanemaru out! Desperado gets in, Bushi kicks him first. LIJ whips Despy, mule kick, dropkick and basement dropkick! Bushi stomps Kanemaru, takes off his shirt and uses it to choke Kanemaru! Red Shoes reprimands, Bushi turns Kanemaru into a neckbreaker! Cover, but Red Shoes insists on getting the shirt out first.

Bushi tags Hiromu, Hiromu stomps Kanemaru and drags him up to CHOP! Hiromu CHOPS Kanemaru more, Kanemaru falls against ropes, and Hiromu whips him to ropes. Kanemaru holds ropes, boots bakc, but Hiromu throws forearms. Hiromu runs but into a dropkick! Desperado goes after Bushi and whips him into railing! Kanemaru brings Hiromu up to throw him out, and POST him! Kanemaru drags Hiromu up, puts him on the apron and runs to BOOT Hiromu down! Hiromu is stuck upside-down and Kanemaru digs his boots in. Desperado rakes Hiromu’s eyes at the same time! Red Shoes reprimands, Suzuki-Gun lets up and Hiromu falls to the floor. Desperado hits Hiromu for good measure before the ring count begins.

Hiromu stands at 10 of 20, gets in at 14, but Kanemaru is on him with a whip. Kanemaru grabs Hiromu for a sleeper, Desperado tags in and they mug Hiromu. They both dig their boots into Hiromu at the corner, but stop at Red Shoes’ count of 4. Fans rally, Hiromu hits Desperado back but Desperado elbows him down. Desperado talks trash before he brings Hiromu up. Desperado BITES Hiromu’s forehead! Red Shoes counts, Desperado stops at 4 before putting Hiromu in the corner. Suzuki-Gun mugs Hiromu in that corner but stop at Red Shoes’ count. Desperado CHOPS Hiromu back to the corner, tags Kanemaru in, but Hiromu throws chops! They aren’t enough and Suzuki-Gun mugs him again!

Desperado hits Bushi while Kanemaru scoops Hiromu into the dragon sleeper, British Fold inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru keeps on Hiromu with a camel clutch! Hiromu endures, Desperado keeps Bushi out, but Hiromu powers an arm out! Hiromu uses that one arm to crawl, Bushi and Desperado keep fighting, but Hiromu gets the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets go, stomps Hiromu down and tags Desperado in. Desperado suplexes Hiromu high and hard, then covers, TWO! Fans rally behind Hiromu as Desperado talks more trash. Desperado drags Hiromu up but Hiromu throws forearms. Desperado rakes Hiromu’s eyes! Tag to Kanemaru and he stomps away on Hiromu in the corner.

Kanemaru toys with Hiromu, Hiromu chops back but Kanemaru knees and elbows him down. Kanemaru runs, but Hiromu follows, only for the shotgun dropkick to miss. Kanemaru aims from a corner, runs at Hiromu, but Hiromu blocks the kick and punch, for a modified DRAGON SCREW! Both men are down, fans rally up and Hiromu crawls for the LIJ corner. Hot tag to Bushi! Bushi stomps Kanemaru, drags him up and whips but Kanemaru reverses. Bushi huricanranas Kanemaru! Desperado attacks Bushi, and Suzuki-Gun double hip him corner to corner. Bushi boots Desperado, elbows Kanemaru, and double missile dropkicks them both! Bushirooni and the fans fire up! Bushi drags Kanemaru up, counters the clothesline into a DDT! Cover, TWO!

Fans keep rallying as Bushi kicks Kanemaru around. Bushi drags Kanemaru up, no Fisherman Screw and Kanemaru rakes eyes! Kanemaru runs into a dropkick! Bushi builds speed but Desperado trips him up! Desperado plays innocent as Bushi gets to a corner. Kanemaru runs in and boots Bushi! Kanemaru scoops and goes for another British Fall but Bushi counters to FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps his cool as he drags Kanemaru up to a fireman’s carry. Kanemaru fights out, Bushi elbows him away, but Bushi runs into a dropkick to the legs! Both men are down, Kanemaru crawls and tags Desperado. Desperado stomps Bushi’s legs, drags him up and lifts. Bushi fights out of the shin breaker but Desperado corner clotheslines him.

Desperado runs but Bushi boots back! Bushi goes up, FLYING RANA! Both men are down again, fans rally up and Bushi crawls to tag in Hiromu! Hiromu whips Desperado, forearms and kicks the ropes, then runs from the corner to shotgun dropkick! Fans fire up as Hiromu goes corner to corner again, for a clothesline, roll and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans keep rallying as Hiromu drags Desperado back up. Hiromu reels Desperado in, suplexes but Desperado lands on his feet and kicks back. Desperado runs, Hiromu follows but Kanemaru gets a cheap shot in! Desperado SPEARS Hiromu down! Desperado drags Hiromu up, Kanemaru adds the dropkick to the back suplex! Cover, TWO!

Desperado grows frustrated but Kanemaru attacks Bushi. Fans rally up, Desperado drags Hiromu up, and he hooks Hiromu up. Hiromu fights out, Desperado just spins him around, but Hiromu escapes again! Hiromu waistlocks, Desperado breaks free, and Desperado dodges the superkick to spin Hiromu to a backslide. Hiromu slips off, Desperado underhooks but no Pinche! Bushi enziguris Desperado down! Kanemaru BOOTS Bushi but Hiromu SUPERKICKS Kanemaru! Hiromu dodges Desperado’s punch to waistlock, they both duck and Bushi sunset flips, SUNSET GERMAN! Fans fire up as LIJ drags Desperado back up. Double wheelbarrow but Kanemaru attacks!

Kanemaru runs, into ENZIGURI SUPERKICK! Hiromu shotguns Kanemaru out, Bushi DIVES! Direct hit sends Kanemaru into railing! Hiromu fires up and drags Desperado up. Desperado pokes eyes and reels Hiromu into EL ES CULERO! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu escapes but Desperado kicks and uppercuts. Desperado runs into Hiromu’s LARIAT! Fans fire up again as Hiromu grits his teeth. Hiromu fires up, drags Desperado up to a fireman’s carry, DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Cover, TWO! Desperado survives but LIJ isn’t deterred. They drag Desperado up, suplex to NECKBREAKER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Desperado writhes but LIJ double wheelbarrow. L A T!! Cover, Kanemaru drags Red Shoes out!

Kanemaru attacks Bushi then Hiromu, but runs into double hip toss! Kanemaru lands on his feet, pushes Bushi into Hiromu and enziguris Bushi down! Hiromu kicks and runs, into pop up atomic drop! Kanemaru grabs his bottle of whiskey! BOTTLE SMASH!! Kanemaru tells Desperado to get going, and Kanemaru gets Red Shoes up. Desperado drags Hiromu up and Kanemaru keeps Bushi out. Desperado underhooks Hiromu’s arms, PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, but Bushi pushes past Kanemaru to break it! That was so close! Kanemaru gives Bushi TOUCH OUT!! The twisting brain buster takes Bushi down!

Fans rally up but Kanemaru drags Hiromu up. Kanemaru shouts for Desperado and Desperado fires up, to DECK Hiromu!! Desperado isn’t done, he drags Hiromu back up. PINCHE LOCO AGAIN!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!!

Winners: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

NJPW has Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions again! Suzuki-Gun revels in the moment, but Kanemaru’s favorite drink might have something to do with it! Desperado gets the mic to speak. “Did you two punks think you could beat us?” “Nobu” was basically beating them both up 2v1. He probably didn’t even need Desperado. Oi, Hiromu. Desperado wants it to be more fun. He wants “motto. Motto! That’s enough of that.” Desperado vows to never say anything fans want to hear. Desperado tells Hiromu and Bushi that they’re done with LIJ, and that LIJ will never get another shot at these belts again. But Kanemaru isn’t done, he throws Bushi out of the ring! And then boots the Young Lions away so he can drag Hiromu back up.

Desperado takes his belt, to CLOBBER Hiromu!! Guess this is how Suzuki-Gun shows gratitude. Suzuki-Gun has the NEVER Openweight Championship, the IWGP Heavyweight and Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships! Will they all reign over NJPW with iron fists?


My Thoughts:

What great tag title matches here. Chaos VS Chaos II was a lot of fun, but I had a feeling Hashi’s half would win. You don’t give the titles to the guy who waited for 12 years and then just take it away in a few months. I hope Hashi and his team carry those belts all the way to WrestleKingdom 15. And all but Sho is in the G1, but I really only see Okada making it all that far. The Junior Heavyweight Tag title match was great, definitely better than from 9/9/20, but I’m actually surprised Suzuki-Gun wins. They used all the tricks to do it, and now Suzuki-Gun has so much gold. Desperado and Kanemaru could face any number of opponents here, which is what they’re implying with that promo. But I feel like LIJ might come back for more on the way to WrestleKingdom, forcing Desperado and Kanemaru to accept a challenge.

My Score: 8.3/10


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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!

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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?

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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?


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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