Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (7/31/22)
Will Darkness Fall on Naito?
Will Tetsuya Naito avoid going 0-3?
Tetsuya Naito has had a rough start to G1 Climax 32, and it could get rougher taking on EVIL! Will the King of Darkness end Naito’s WrestleKingdom dreams?
- 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & Ryohei Oiwa VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- Bad Dude Tito & JONAH VS Tom Lawlor & Royce Isaacs; Tito & Jonah win.
- Six Man Tag: David Finlay, Tama Tonga & Jado VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
- Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
- G1 Climax, A Block: Jeff Cobb VS Lance Archer; Cobb wins.
- G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Juice Robinson; Hashi wins.
- G1 Climax, B Block: Jay White VS Chase Owens; White wins.
- G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Bad Luck Fale; Okada wins.
- G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS EVIL; Naito wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
G1 Climax, A Block: Jeff Cobb VS Lance Archer!
The Imperial Unit and the Murderhawk Monster are each 1-1, falling in the first but redeeming themselves in the second. But now in the third, only one giant can stand tall! Who moves on as 2-1 in this block of behemoths?
As Archer makes his way out, he CLOBBERS a Young Lion! Back to his old ways not that he’s back in Japan, it seems. He glares at another Young Lion, and SLAPS him down! Cobb tells Archer to focus on him, not the rookies. The bell rings and the two get face to face. Archer has the height advantage but Cobb isn’t intimidated. Fans rally as the two fire up and rush in! They RAM shoulders, but neither falls. Archer eggs Cobb on, Cobb runs, Archer drops and hurdles! And then hip tosses, but Cobb handsprings through!? Fans fire up as Cobb ducks the back elbow. Cobb whips but Archer goes up and over!
Things keep moving, but Cobb LEAPING SHOULDER TACKLES! Cobb grins as he says “You Can’t See Me!” But Archer grabs his arm to help with the kip up! Archer arm-drags Cobb, things keep moving, and Cobb hurdles. Archer fires off forearms, then a SHOTGUN dropkick! Cobb tumbles out of the ring and fans fire up! Cobb goes around the way, Archer waits on him. But then Archer builds speed!? Cobb moves, so Archer goes to the apron. CANNONBALL! Cobb and a Young Lion go down while the fans fire up again. Archer drags Cobb up, reels him in, but Cobb ducks the lariat to ROCK Archer! Cobb then suplexes, but Archer blocks!
Cobb still tries but Archer shoves him away. Cobb comes back but Archer pops him up into the ropes! Cobb flounders, Archer choke grips to APRON CHOKE SLAM! Fans fire up as Cobb flops back down! Archer snarls and he drags Cobb up while fans rally, “LANCE AR-CHER!” “JEFF COB-BU!” Archer gets Cobb in the ring, stands over him, and sits him up to rain down a punch! Archer tells the ref to shut up about the punches as he throws down more fists. Archer knuckle locks Cobb, goes to the corner and gives us some Old School! But Cobb yanks him off the top for an ATHLETIC PLEX! Fans fire up for that feat of strength!
Archer gets to a corner, Cobb runs in to clothesline! Cobb whips Archer out to send him back in, then hits a big back elbow! Cobb brings Archer around to suplex! And he holds Archer up for the RUNNING SLAM! Fans fire up, Cobb crawls to a cover, ONE!! Cobb stomps Archer but Archer shoves him away. Cobb stomps Archer again, to surf on Archer! Cobb mocks the song, “Every body dies~!” before he steps off. Fans rally up as Cobb stands Archer up to LARIAT! But Archer stays up! Cobb LARIATS again but Archer is still up! Cobb runs, but Archer follows to CROSSBODY, into Cobb’s arms?!
Archer fights with elbows but Cobb holds on! Cobb swings Archer, but Archer turns that into a DDT! Fans fire up as both big men are down! Archer drags Cobb up, whips him to ropes, but Cobb reverses. Archer LEAPS for a CROSSBODY! It hits this time, and Archer covers, TWO! Fans rally up as Archer drags Cobb up. Cobb throat chops! Cobb runs, but he just fakes Archer out! DROPKICK! Cover, ONE!! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives but Cobb keeps on him. Cobb whips Archer but Archer blocks to CLUB and ROCK Cobb! Archer whips but Cobb reverses to scoop! TOUR- NO, Archer slips off to full nelson!
Cobb elbows free of the hold and runs the ropes, but Archer goes perpendicular to DERAIL Cobb! Fans fire up and Archer drags Cobb back up. Archer ripcords to HELLICOASTER! Cover, TWO! Cobb survives but Archer keeps cool. Fans rally up, Archer stomps around and they follow his beat. Cobb rises, Archer choke grips, CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!! Cobb survives and fans fire up again! Archer grins and gnashes his teeth. Archer starts to salivate as he watches Cobb get to a corner. Archer runs in corner to corner, but Cobb dodges! Roll-up, TWO! Cobb gets up but Archer BOOTS him down! Fans rally as Archer drags Cobb up.
Archer puts Cobb in the corner, and he tells Cobb he messed up! Archer runs corner to corner to ELBOW Cobb down! Fans fire up and Archer says he’s bringing Cobb up. Archer hoists Cobb up top, ROCKS him with a haymaker, then climbs up after Cobb. Fans fire up more as Archer brings Cobb up. But Cobb throws body shots, and he HEADBUTTS Archer away! Cobb adjusts on the top rope, but Archer comes back with a STEP-UP KNEE! Cobb flops over but Archer sits Cobb up. Archer inverted crucifix lifts Cobb, but Cobb slips off! GERMAN SUPLEX! But Archer’s right back up!? Choke grip, but Cobb breaks free to GERMAN SUPLEX!
Archer and Cobb get up, Archer swings but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Archer flounders up and he eggs Cobb on! Cobb ROCKS Archer with a right hand! Cobb whips Archer, scoops him, and hits a TOUR OF THE ISLAND!! Cover, Cobb wins!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Archer earns 0)
The Murderhawk Monster falls, does he have a chance to stay alive in the G1? As for Cobb, he is 2-1, just behind the Rainmaker. Can the #IchibanKaiju keep going, hoping Okada makes a mistake?
G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Juice Robinson!
The Headhunter was slayed by The Dragon in his first G1 match this year, while The Booster is reeling from a shocker loss to The Rebel! Will Hashi #GetBackUp and get on the board? Or will Juice be the one to #TurnItAllAround this round?
Hashi makes his entrance then hops off the corner, and Juice attacks! The bell rings to put this on record and Juice drags Hashi up to ROCK with left hands! Hashi falls, Juice rains down fists, but the ref counts. Juice lets off and argues the closed fist stuff. Juice drags Hashi up and tosses Hashi out! Juice goes out after Hashi, and whips him into railing! And then again! And then again! Juice talks trash on English commentary before he scoops Hashi to SNAKE EYES off the railing! The ref reprimands and fans rally up, but Juice drags Hashi’s jacket off him. Juice wipes his butt on the jacket then throws it away.
Juice puts Hashi in the ring, drags Hashi back up, and reels him in for a PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and Juice is shocked! Juice argues with the ref, that count wasn’t fast enough! That was a piledriver, for crying out loud! Juice drags Hashi back up, throws him back out, and then pulls up some floor mats! He even shoves some over the railing at Japanese commentary! Juice storms over to drag Hashi up and bring him around. The ring count starts but Juice brings Hashi up! Hashi fights the driver to lift Juice up, but Juice CLUBS Hashi on the back! The count is 10 of 20 and Juice hauls Hashi up, but Hashi RANAS Juice into a POST!
Fans fire up as the count is 15! Hashi gets up and in at 17 but Juice is still down! Juice gets in at 19.99!! Fans rally up and Juice claims something is wrong with his eye. The ref checks, it seems okay to him. Juice gets up, Hashi storms over to him and CHOPS! Fans rally up for Hashi as he CHOPS again! And CHOPS! Juice grits his teeth but Hashi CHOPS him again! Hashi CHOPS again, but Juice turns things around. Hashi dodges the chop to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Juice says F U but he misses again! Hashi CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS, again and again and again! Fans fire up as Hashi is making Juice into ground beef!
Juice sits down and fans fire up more! Hashi drags Juice up to whip but Juice blocks, so Hashi CHOPS! And mule kicks! Hashi suplexes to hang Juice out to dry. Hashi runs to dropkick Juice down! Then he keeps going, basement dropkick! Cover, ONE!! Juice is still in this but Hashi looms over him. Fans rally up, Hashi drags Juice up to fisherman, but Juice fights it. So Hashi wrenches, CHOPS, and runs. Juice ELBOWS him at the ropes! Juice powers up, runs, but Hashi dodges to BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up as Juice and Hashi go to corners. Hashi runs corner to corner, to CHOP! Juice is stinging as he staggers out.
Hashi goes up, aims and FLYING BLOCKBUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up more as Hashi keeps his cool. Hashi drags Juice up, reels him in, full nelsons and spins, pump handle, but no Karma! Juice elbows free, but Hashi CHOPS! Hashi reels Juice in, fisherman to KUMAGOROSHI! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Juice saves himself by inches but the fans fire up again. Hashi drags Juice up and full nelsons, pump handle, but Juice pops out! Juice waistlocks and shoves Hashi at the ref! They avoid a collision but Juice rolls Hashi up! But with tights! The ref can see that clear as day! The ref stops the count and Juice is pissed! Juice shoves the ref, but the ref shoves Juice!
Juice gets up to get back in the ref’s face, but Hashi rolls him up! TWO!!! Juice escapes, he blocks Hashi’s superkick, but Hashi ducks the Left Hand o’ God! RIGHT HAND O’ GOD HITS! Then the chicken wings, the turn, PULP- NO, Hashi gest a SLEEPER! And he uses it to hit a BACKSTABBER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi crawls to a corner and Juice sits up. Hashi runs in to BLINDSIDE KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Juice survives again but Hashi fires up! Hashi drags Juice up, reels him back in, full nelson and pump handle, but still no Karma! Juice throws elbows, rolls and wrenches Hashi, but Hashi CHOPS!
Hashi LARIATS, Juice LARIATS back! Hashi roars, bobs ‘n’ weaves, and SUPERKICKS! Juice staggers, Hashi runs as the fans fire up. but Juice catches Hashi to LEFT HAND O’ GOD!! And then the chicken wings, the turn, PULP- NO, SNAP DRAGON!! Hashi turns things around and the fans are thunderous! Hashi runs to LARIAT! And Hashi roars again, he wants to finish this! Full nelson, pump handle, KARMA!!! Cover, HASHI WINS!!!
Winner: Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Juice earns 0)
Another shocker for Rock Hard Robinson! A loss to David Finlay, a loss to Yoshi-Hashi, is Juice out of juice in the G1 already? As for Hashi, he got back up, but can he use this momentum to keep on going?
G1 Climax, B Block: Jay White w/ Gedo VS Chase Owens!
Bullet Club meets Bullet Club again as the Switchblade meets the Crown Jewel! But will Chase do the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion a favor and give him this win? Or will Chase pull off a heist on the Bullet Club captain?
White and Gedo Too Sweet, but White doesn’t want to Too Sweet Chase. Fans rally as the bell rings, and White gives Chase a push. Chase pushes back, and then they Too Sweet. White gets a big fat envelope of money from his corner to give to Chase and Chase accepts. White seems to make it worth Chase’s while to give up these points. But uh, check it after. It’s all there. Just trust White. Wait, what? White makes sure Abe-san the timekeeper holds onto that to keep it safe. But just don’t count it. Chase then lies down but then sits up. He just isn’t sure. Chase takes the envelope from Abe-san, and pulls what’s in it out.
Chase already sees something is amiss. The top two bills are legit, so he pockets those in his tights for about ¥20,000 (roughly $150 USD at today’s exchange rate). But the rest is just paper cut to the size and shape of the Yen bills! White says he put it all in there, he doesn’t understand! White defends his innocence but Chase wants his money! White hurries to check his belongings, but he claims ABE pulled something! Abe defends his innocence, showing his pockets are empty. White wants Chase to trust him but Chase wants to get paid. White says it’s okay, this was all just a joke. The champ’s good for it, he’ll get Chase the money backstage.
Chase says he doesn’t trust that, he wants to fight. White says fine, and they approach. Finger poke o’ doom!! Chase tells White to cover, but now White thinks Chase is going to pull something. Chase will just turn the cover to a cradle or something like that. Chase gets back up, saying he has no tricks. White can trust him! So White reels Chase in for a clinch! But Chase escapes Bladerunner! Chase wants to know what the heck, White apologizes, but White also points out what happened to lying down. Well what happened to the money? Chase wants to get back to the hotel as quickly as possible. White tells Gedo to explain it to Chase. Chase and Gedo argue, and White CLOBBERS Chase!
White CLUBS and STOMPS but Gedo makes White stop. This isn’t the plan! Chase was going to lie down! White isn’t so sure, but now Chase shoves White. Chase goes to his corner and White apologizes. They’ll just stick to the plan. But Chase hits a C-TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO!! White scrambles away and Gedo is freaking out! Chase goes out after White, “Where’s my money!?” Chase DECKS White, then drags him up. “Where’s my money!?” Chase RAMS White into railing! White staggers away but Chase drags him around to RAM into more railing! Chase wants White to pay up. Does Gedo have the money? Gedo says it’s in the locker room!
Chase drags White up, tucks him in, but Gedo shouts at him to hold on, they’re the same team! Chase accepts that and puts White in the ring instead. But then White clinches! Chase escapes again, runs in, but White puts Chase on the apron! White HOTSHOTS Chase down! White goes out to drag Chase up, but White decides not to ram Chase into railing. He also decides not to whip him into railing. White puts Chase in, but Chase cradles! TWO!! White LARIATS Chase down! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! White is frustrated but he puts Chase in the corner. White says Too Sweet, but he doesn’t chop. Chase CHOPS White, though!
Chase forearms, White kicks low and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! White can’t believe Chase is doing this to him after the deal they made. White runs in at the corner to uppercut! And then BLADE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Chase is still in this but White hauls him up. Chase fights the clinch, but White knees low! Chase blocks that to CLUB the leg! Full nelson and spin to a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up for Chase and he drags White up. Chase fireman’s carries, but White slips off to CHOP! Chase ends up in a corner, White swings but misses. Chase forearm smashes, snapmares and SHINING- NO, White ducks it to CHOP back!
White whips Chase, Chase reverses and then SUPERKICKS White down! Chase drags White up, runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! White survives but Chase keeps on him. Chase tucks White in, but Gedo gets on the apron to beg for mercy. Chase says to bring the money then! Gedo says hold on until after, but Chase isn’t going for that! But White back drops out of the driver! White keeps saying he has the money but Chase fires off haymakers and CHOPS! Chase whips but White blocks. White CLUBS Chase, Chase ELBOWS White! White CHOPS Chase, but Chase rebounds, into a COMPLETE SHOT!
Fans fire up while White drags himself over. White waistlocks and drags Chase up, but Chase throws elbows! White uses that to get Chase in a SAIDO! White gets Chase up, for the URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Chase survives and White is furious! White clamps onto Chase with a sleeper but Chase looks out. White wants the ref to check him. Chase is still in this, so White drags him up. VICTORY ROLL, TWO!!! Chase almost had White! White CHOPS Chase, then brings him up, to CHOP again! And CHOPS again! Chase falls over but White drags Chase up again. White runs, but Chase follows to C-TRIGGER! And then the tuck! PACKAGE-
White fights it, but Chase holds on! White keeps trying, so Chase lets him down, to hook him up for a STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!?!? White survives and fans fire up! Chase gets up and he goes to a corner. Fans rally up behind Chase, he aims at White, but White catches him! But Chase rolls through! White rolls out, dodges the C-Trigger and has the SLEEPER! But Chase fights the suplex! Chase backs White down but White sends him into buckles! C-TRIGGER on the return! Chase keeps moving, C-TRIGGER again!! Fans fire up, Chase reels White in and tucks him, but White slips out! BLADERUNNER OUTTA NOWHERE!! White covers, White wins!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Chase earns 0)
In the end, White wins and is 3-0, but this wasn’t how he wanted to do it. White may be undefeated in the “Jay1,” but is he going to lose control of Bullet Club dealing like this?
G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Bad Luck Fale!
Another battle from the block of beasts, and the Rainmaker is undefeated at 2-0! Okada conquered Jeff Cobb and he was ready for Toru Yano’s tricks, but will he be prepared for some Bad Luck? Or will even the Rogue General fall in this summer heat?
The bell rings and Okada rushes Fale with forearms! Fale stays up so Okada runs and RAMS him! Fale is still up, so Okada runs and RAMS again. Nope, Fale is still up. Okada keeps trying but Fale RAMS him! Okada staggers and fans rally up. Okada tries again, and he dropkicks a leg! Okada kicks away on that leg, then runs, and he ducks the clothesline to come back and runs Fale over! Fans fire up with Okada and he brings Fale back up. Okada tries to scoop but Fale CLUBS him. Fale scoops Okada but he slips off to roll Fale up! TWO, Okada runs but into a back drop! Fans fire up while Okada flops out of the ring.
Fans rally, the ring count starts, and Fale waits on Okada. Okada stirs at 5 of 20, sits up at 10, and stands at 15. Fale is there to guard the ropes, but Okada jukes to get in at 18! Fale stomps Okada at the ropes, then stands on his back! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Fale lets off at 4. Fale drags Okada up, and clamps on a BEARHUG! Okada endures, he CLUBS Fale, and fans rally. Fale squeezes tighter but Okada keeps throwing down elbows. Fale squeezes tighter again! And then RAMS Okada into a corner! Fale CLUBS Okada on the back again and again until Okada falls over. Fans rally for “O-KA-DA!” and he fires off forearms!
Fale throat chops Okada! Then ROCKS him with a right! Fale bumps Okada off buckles, throws big shots into Okada’s back, but fans continue to rally. Fale brings Okada around but Okada fires forearms! Fale throws body shots to back Okada down, then DECKS him with a right! Fans rally as Fale backs off. Okada drags himself up, Fale runs corner to corner, but Okada dodges the splash! Okada kicks low to DDT! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Okada and Fale rise, and Okada storms up on Fale. Okada fires forearms, whips but Fale reverses. Okada holds ropes, Fale runs in, but Okada drop toeholds him into ropes!
Okada gets moving to basement dropkick Fale! Fans fire up and Okada drags Fale up. Okada scoops but still can’t lift! Fale CLUBS Okada, whips him, but Okada ELBOWS Fale back! Okada scoops Fale to SLAM him! Okada gets Fale’s arm for a MONEY CLIP! Fale endures and fans rally up! Fale fights up, and he RAMS Okada into the corner! Okada flops out of the ring but fans rally up again. Fale goes out to fetch Okada, and whip him hard into railing! Okada falls down but Fale brings him back up. Fale gut wrenches to a crucifix, but Okada fights free! Okada kicks low and DDTs to the floor! Fans fire up while both men are down!
The ring count starts, and it climbs to 5 of 20. Okada sits up at 10 again, then stands at 12. Okada puts Fale in the ring at 15, and then he stalks Fale as he rises. Alabama Lift?! Okada manages it, to REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Okada goes to the corner and climbs up top! MACHO ELBOW! And of course, the Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Fale up, ripcords and- NO, fireman’s carry for the SAMOAN DROP! Fans are thunderous as Fale and Okada are down again! Okada and Fale stir, but Fale is up first. Fale drags Okada up but Okada fires forearms and an uppercut! Okada runs, into a SPEAR from Fale! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up as Okada survives! Fale drags Okada around, then runs from a corner for the BIG ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Okada survives but Fale hurries to get him back up. GRE- NO, SHOTGUN from Okada! Okada dodges Fale on the rebound, and a DROPKICK takes Fale down! Okada hauls Fale up, ripcords, but Fale LARIATS first! Fale drags Okada back up, reloads, GRENADE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Okada survives being blown up and Fale can’t believe it! Fale drags Okada up, reels him in, and fans are thunderous as Fale gets Okada up. But Okada squirms free, to hit a NECKBREAKER! And MONEY CLIP!!
Fale endures as Okada thrashes him! Fale TAPS, Okada wins!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by submission (gains 2 points; Fale earns 0)
The Rainmaker is 3-0, the clear leader in this A Block! But with still so much of the G1 left, will Okada keep this going through the rest of the monsters?
G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS EVIL!
It is almost unthinkable that the Uncontrollable Charisma is 0-2, tapping out to Zack Sabre Jr. and being trumped by The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi. And now, as if by fate, he runs into the King of Darkness! Will Naito admit Everything is Evil? Or can he stay tranquilo and thwart his archenemy to get on the board?
Evil stands right behind Naito as Naito raises his fist. Evil throws up the Too Sweet, calling back to the New Japan Cup betrayal! But Naito fights off the STO and arm-drags Evil away! Evil bails out, Naito skips taking off his entrance attire, and the bell rings to get this on record. Naito goes out after Evil but Evil kicks and whips. Naito reverses and Evil hits railing hard! Naito gets in the ring, fans rally up, and Naito finishes taking off his entrance attire. Evil gets up and tells Naito to back off. Red Shoes has Naito stay back but the ring count still starts. Evil goes looking under the ring as we approach 10 of 20, and he gets a chair!
Red Shoes reprimands as Evil throws the chair into the ring. Red Shoes grabs it but Naito isn’t tricked, he DECKS Evil off the apron! Naito builds speed, but Evil dodges, so Naito tranquilos! Evil is mad now because he fell for Naito’s favorite trick! Evil slides in fast but Naito kicks, CLUBS and CLUBS Evil to ropes. Naito pulls Evil into a corner by his hair! Red Shoes reprimands, Naito lets off at 4, and then he whips Evil corner to corner. Naito runs in but Evil BOOTS him! Dick Togo undoes the blue buckle pad behind Evil’s back! Naito runs in, Evil pulls the pad away, and Naito hits bare steel!
Naito checks his face, Evil brings him around to toss out. Naito hits railing on the way down but Evil goes out after him. Evil RAMS Naito into Abe-san! Down goes the timekeeper, as well as Naito! Red Shoes checks on everyone but Evil gets more chairs! Fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” and Evil is annoyed by that. Evil drags Naito up to whip into railing hard! Naito tumbles up and over in front of Japanese commentary! Evil twists Naito’s arm as he drags him up. Fans still rally for Naito but Evil knees Naito low. Evil puts one chair around Naito’s head, and he gets the other chair! HOME RUN CHAIRSHOT!
Dick and Evil Too Sweet, and Evil leaves Naito behind to get in the ring. Red Shoes sees the aftermath, he has a pretty good idea what happened but the damage is done. Red Shoes reprimands Evil, then starts the ring count. Evil wants it to go faster, Naito sits up at 8 of 20. Red Shoes has Dick stay away but Evil mocks tranquilo. Naito stands at 17 and rolls in at 18! But Evil covers, TWO! Evil argues the count, but then he drags Naito around to stomp the leg. Evil drops an elbow on the knee! Naito clutches that leg but fans still rally up. Evil scuffs Naito, drags him up, but Naito throws body shots! And forearms!
Evil rakes the eyes! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Evil lets off to whip, but Naito reverses to atomic drop then dropkick the legs out! Fans fire up as both men are down. Naito stands while Evil sits up. Naito ROCKS Evil, kicks, CLUBS, and whips to arm-drag Evil! Naito then elbows Evil down and basement dropkicks! Fans fire up and Naito whips Evil to a corner. Naito runs in, JUMP KICK, leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up, Naito drags Evil back up, and turns him. But Evil fights free to get away to the outside! Naito stays cool and waits on Evil. The ring count starts but Naito goes out after Evil.
Evil grabs a chair! Naito kicks Evil first and RAMS Evil into railing! Naito uses the chair to JAM Evil in return! Naito then glares and Dick backs away. Naito puts the chair around Evil now, and Red Shoes keeps Dick away. Red Shoes says he hears no evil and sees no evil, as Naito HOME RUNS off of Evil! Fans fire up as Naito goes yard! Naito drags Evil up and puts him in the ring. Naito drags Evil up, hoists him to the top rope, then climbs up after Evil. But Evil slips out and trips Naito up! Naito hits buckle on the way down and they’re both on the mat! Fans rally up again as Red Shoes checks. Naito’s nose is not bleeding, so Evil drags Naito out, to RAM INTO ABE AGAIN!!
Evil shows no mercy to the timekeeper and he drags Naito up again. Fans rally for Naito as hard as they can as Evil puts Naito in. Evil stomps Naito around but fans still rally. Evil drags Naito up, scoops him, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Naito writhes and Evil gets the legs! DARKNESS SCORPION! Evil’s take on the Sharpshooter bends Naito back, but fans rally as Naito endures! Naito powers up, crawls for ropes, but Evil sits deep on the hold! Naito’s legs are also taking damage but Naito fights through to get the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Evil lets off at 4! Fans rally up but Evil looms over Naito.
Evil drags Naito up, fireman’s carries, DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and fans fire up again! Evil scowls and he slashes his throat. Evil drags Naito up, spins him around, but Naito slips out to a full nelson! Evil fights out, runs, but into a SHOTGUN BOOT! Both men are down again and fans rally up! Evil and Naito crawl to opposite corners, and Naito runs in at Evil. Naito blocks those boots, drapes Evil out and hits a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Naito then goes up, reels Evil in, but Evil ROCKS Naito right off the corner! Naito falls to the floor and Red Shoes goes out to check on him.
Evil signals to Dick, and Dick fetches a TABLE! Dick sets that up for Evil while Evil fetches Naito. Evil drags Naito over to the table and fireman’s carries. But Naito fights free! Naito shoves Evil at the table, he elbows Dick and BOOTS Evil! Naito then whips Evil into Dick and Dick hits railing! Naito then brings Evil back around to whip into the railing! Evil goes up and over!! Fans are thunderous as everyone is down! Red Shoes checks on both men and Naito gets up. Naito walks over to Evil while the ring count starts. Naito drags Evil up at 7 of 20, brings him back around at 11 and puts him in at 13.
Naito rolls into the ring and fans rally up. Naito drags Evil up, but blocks Evil’s eye rake! Naito throws back elbow after back elbow! Fans fire up and Naito brings Evil back up to throw more elbows! Evil drops and fans applaud again while Naito catches his breath. Naito drags Evil up but Evil reels him in! Naito throws elbows to fight off the STO! Naito then runs in, CORRIENDO SHIKI DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives but Naito isn’t bothered, he just drags Evil up again. Wrench, but Evil fights free, so Naito ENZIGURIS! Naito wrenches, but Dick distracts! Evil shoves Naito into Red Shoes, then LOW BLOWS Naito!
Everyone is down again and the fans rally up for “NA-I-TO!” Evil staggers up and he scuffs Naito. Evil kicks Naito to ropes, Dick drags Naito out, and they’re near the table! Evil and Dick slash their throats to call for the end! Evil drags up the dead weight, and he coordinates with Dick. But Naito fights free! Naito HOTSHOTS Dick and he tumbles down! Evil steps in, Naito kicks the rope! The rope gets Evil right in his darkness! Naito joins Evil on the apron, drags him up and reels him in, but Evil fights the driver! Naito drags Evil back up, PILEDRIVER through the table!! Fans are thunderous as both men are down in the wreckage!
Naito, Evil, Dick and Red Shoes are all down, but at least Evil and Naito are stirring. Red Shoes gets back in the ring, Naito sits up and Naito drags Evil back up. Naito puts Evil in, a bloody cut on his back. Naito still gets in and fans rally up again. Naito drags Evil up, then goes up the corner, for ESPERANZA!! Then the wrench and- NO, Evil RAMS Naito into the bare steel! As if Naito’s back wasn’t hurting already! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Evil grits his teeth and pushes himself up off the mat while Naito leans against the corner. Evil storms over but into a BOOT! Naito fires up, runs, but into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Naito survives!
The rallying continues as Evil stands back up. Evil slashes his throat and he hauls Naito up! Spin and EVERY- NO, Naito fights it, ROLLING KICK! Naito whips, Evil reverses, FLYING FOREARMS knock Evil down! Naito wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, but Evil holds off Destino! Red Shoes avoids Naito’s boots swinging past, Naito slips off Evil’s shoulder, and Naito sees Dick on the apron! Naito KICKS Dick down and hits the TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up again and Naito gets Evil back up! Scoop and VALENCIA! Naito keeps going, wrenches the arm and tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!!! Cover, NAITO WINS!
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Evil earns 0)
And in the longest, most grueling match of this year’s G1 yet, Naito finally scores! Will King of Darkness just have to reset and stack the deck for The Ace next round?
As for Naito, he gets some water, catches his breath, and gets the mic. “BUENAS NOCHES, NAGOYA~! NJPW held two G1 Climax events here in Aichi this weekend.” Fans applaud that fact, and Naito continues to say he started with two losses, but he’s happy to show us a victorious Naito here in Aichi. Fans definitely applaud that! Naito says he and LIJ are all thankful to the fans for their support. “Gracias, amigos!” Naito takes a moment and fans rally up, “NA-I-TO!”
Naito says he won the main event, so you all know what’s coming. “I want to cheer with all of you together, but times are still tough. So yell in your hearts with me. Are you ready? Let’s close out two days of G1 in Aichi the right way. Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Y Naito. Nosotros… Los! Ingoberrrrrnableeees~! DE! JA! PON!” Naito tosses the mic, ready to make a comeback! Will he keep going all the way to the finals, even with two strikes against him?
Another great round for the G1, but with five G1 matches as opposed to the four we’ve been getting each time. An awesome match out of Cobb VS Archer, both big men busting out their agility, and a great win for Cobb. Cobb going into his match with Jonah with momentum, that is gonna be a show stealer for August 5th. Hashi VS Juice was also great, because Hashi got to look strong and win! I did not see that coming, and now we can even think of Hashi as in on the IWGP US Championship scene with this.
White VS Chase was great because yes, it started as if they were going to just hand this over to White, and then the gags and the arguments got going and it turned into an awesome showing for Chase in his loss. White and Chase were okay afterward, though, but maybe under the surface, there’s still tension that could bring us into another phase of the Bullet Club dysfunction. Okada VS Fale was great stuff, Fale is always booked strong against everyone so he had half a chance in there. Okada still wins, though, because he is Okada and he is 3-0. There’s still a lot of block left, so maybe there’s a stumble, as no one, not even Okada, has gone undefeated in taking a block.
And of course, that main event was great. Lived up to the hype given it was Naito VS Evil and Naito was fighting to avoid an 0-3 start. Naito does get that win after really pushing it to the limit with Evil, so maybe he can sweep the second half of his run. Every match of Naito’s will have that storyline ingrained in it, and especially his last one before the semifinals. If Naito really is retiring after this year, Naito having a very dramatic G1 and beyond is a great way to see him off.
My Score: 8.8/10
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Andrew’s IMPACT Match Ratings & Results: 3.23.2023
The Go Home to Sacrifice! PPV this week, Mania weekend special next week! Fun times for Impact!
It’s the Go Home to Sacrifice! I think there’s definitely more than a 33 1/3% chance that I’ll at least tolerate the episode. But with all of the fun pairings with Sacrifice participants we get the potential for a ton of story beats. We also might get a clearer picture of whatever the endgame is for The Design (doubtful though).
With all that, let’s hop into the show and kick off with how Kenny King and Eddie Edwards are exactly feeling about their Frankenstein problem.
.@KennyKingPb2 and @TheEddieEdwards want @PCOisNotHuman "On Ice"!#IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/blVnhWPv4p
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 24, 2023
- The Design (Deaner, Kon, Angels w/Callihan) vs Time Machine (Alex Shelley, Kushida, Chris Sabin): Kushida wins via Hoverboard Lock – *** 1/4
- Savannah Evans w/Gisele Shaw & Jai Vidal vs Deonna Purrazzo: Deonna wins via Crucifix Bomb – ** 1/4
- Masha Slamovich & Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer & Mickie James: Bully wins via Piledriver – ** 1/4
- Dirty Dango & Joe Hendry vs Brian Myers & Moose: Myers wins via Roster Cut – ** 1/2
The Design (Deaner, Kon, Angels w/Callihan) vs Time Machine (Alex Shelley, Kushida, Chris Sabin)
Well Kushida does enjoy mixing it up with Heavyweights…and he starts against Kon. Kushida tries to chop down the tree, gets stifled, Shelley tags in to try and assist but they both meet the brick wall of Kon. Kon tags in Deaner and Shelley is getting worked over. Blind tag from Sabin, Deaner gets spun around and kicked in the face for a quick near fall.
All six mix it up a bit before Time Machine gets the best of it, they post Angels in the corner, Hesitation Dropkick from Sabin while Angels is retrained and we get a quick tag bringing Shelley back in to work over Angels left arm. I guess you can see they made him a…one winged angel – okay no more FF7 references. I feel dirty. Kushida lays in the grounded Bow and Arrow Liger Style, and Angels is just get rocked.
Eventually Angels manages to get away from Sabin and tag in Deaner, then The Design start quick tags and stomping away on Sabin in their corner. The Design tries to set up a tandem move, Sabin manages to escape and tag in Kushida. Hot tag with a few quick spots, Running Crossbody, Pele Kick, and then Shelley comes in. They go for some Time Splitters action but Angels interrupts it, so he receives the Time Splitters tandem offense of the PK to the Arm and Kon stunned on the apron eating a Back Handspring Kick, big Dive from Kushida puts an exclamation point on the Time Machine momentum.
Commercial break, we come back to Kushida and Shelley going for the Enzuigiri/Shotei combination, but Deaner moves and Shelley kicks Kushida. Angels gets tagged in and we see The Design put some stuff together. After a Spine Buster/Frog Splash combo, they set up a Double Doomsday and finally the MCMG portion of Time Machine come in for the save. Things start breaking down into signature spams, Angels looks to have the advantage until her stumbles just a little and the triple team starts.
They look for Outatime, but Deaner breaks it up, then Callihan slides in to just protect Deaner. He even stands there and asks the Guns to hit him. So Callihan gets rocked and Kushida flies in with the Hoverboard Lock for the win.
There was a vignette for The Coven, which checks that weird IMPACT spin since they love to play in the Shadow Realm. Not bad, just not work showing in the article.
JESUS H CHRIST – they are rebranding Raj Singh as Champagne Singh? I hope this is a short lived attempt at relevance, because he is talentless. Raj was the worst part of the Desi Hit Squad and somehow he’s stuck around the longest. I don’t get it…he’s cringe, can’t cut a promo and wrestles like trash.
Savannah Evans w/Gisele Shaw & Jai Vidal vs Deonna Purrazzo
Deonna takes the offense right to Savannah, which is dumb; but Deonna does love to be the female Minoru Suzuki. By that I mean, just fighting the opponents fight for a little bit until the gameplan eventually kicks in. So it looks dumb, but let’s see if it continues to be dumb.
The match has been fairly basic, but not awful, hence why its hard for me to really highlight anything. Savannah hits some nice power moves, Jai and Gisele tend to jaw and be petty distractions but never physically get involved. Deonna tries to fire up with a few quick Chops, but Savannah puts the brakes to the that and hits a great Snap Suplex. Deonna absorbs some offense, tries to use a little bit of join manipulation and momentum to give herself a few openings. Savannah stops Deonna, goes for a Backbreaker, but Deonna counters.
Deonna runs the ropes, hits a few big Knee Lifts, Russian Leg Sweep, float over, Fujiwara…but Savannah grabs the ropes. Savannah stalls Deonna’s offense attempts, catches her with a beautiful Northern Lights Suplex Hold for 2. Full Nelson Slam attempt, Deonna drops down, rolls through, tries to use the ropes to her advantage, but Gisele and Jai finally makes their presence really felt. Deonna hits the ropes, Jai grabs her, Savannah swings, misses Deonna and wipes out Jai, Gisele eats a Pump Kick from Deonna. Deonna flies through the attempts slam, Crucifix Bomb from Deonna, and Deonna gets the pinfall.
Post match 3 on 1 beatdown begins! Deonna has no friends left, so she eats a Full Nelson Bomb and Denouement, and she’s left laying.
Flashback Moment: Sacrifice 2010, Team 3D vs Beer Money vs MCMG, #1 Contender for the TNA Tag Team Championship Match
Masha Slamovich & Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer & Mickie James
Dreamer and Bully circle a little, Bully tries to take a swipe at Mickie and then goads her to tag in. Bully keeps talking crap but Masha demands to be tagged in. So Masha and Mickie start off, while Mickie is trying to keep her eyes peeled for Bully while getting the best of Masha early after a Thesz Press, Sole But, Flapjack, Kip Up. But Mickie allows herself to be distracted a little, Masha returns the Sole Butt and clocks Mickie to drop her and tag in Bully. Bully talks too long before the Elbow Drop, so Mickie rolls away and Dreamer tags in. So the babyfaces are getting the best of the early going until Bully grabs Mickie’s hair as she runs the ropes while the ref is distracted.
Bully cheap shots Dreamer, tries to grab the Kendo Stick and threaten Mickie but the referee stops him. Bully starts man handling Mickie, tags Masha back in and Masha is literally whipping her around by her hair. Same time Lariats give Mickie the chance to tag out, simultaneous tags on the guys and Dreamer is doing…as hot of a tag as he can. 10 Count Punches, Bites his head, Cutter, but Masha breaks the pin. Flip, Flop and Fly in stereo, Dreamer calls for a WAZZUP, Mickie does a Diving Polish Hammer to Bully’s balls. Then Dreamer shoves Mickie and tells her to get the tables.
Masha does one of the ugliest dives I’ve ever seen on Mickie, but its effective. Bully hits a Low Blow while the referee is messing with the table, Piledriver from Bully and the Bully wins it for the team.
Masha tells Bully to set up the table after the match. Bully is about to Powerbomb Mickie, but Jordynne Grace hits the ring with a Kendo Stick. Bully turns, Jordynne hits the ropes for a Spear but Bully moves and Jordynne cuts Mickie in half.
Is @SteveMaclin getting into the heads of #RichSwann, @FrankieKazarian, and @Walking_Weapon?#IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/1iDn0ehHMx
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 24, 2023
Next week is going to be more of a hype show for Mutiverse United. There will be a few never broadcasted matches, but since its WrestleMania Weekend, that takes precedence.
Dirty Dango & Joe Hendry vs Brian Myers & Moose
Joe Hendry’s doing his usual promo after his music, but Dango also grabs a microphone which throws off Hendry a little. So when Hendry says “Say the only two words that matter” – Dango interjects with SUCK IT. Fun ways to tap dance around trademarks.
Hendry and Myers start off which actually plays nicely into the story. Hendry invoked Myers’ rematch clause, so of course he wouldn’t be opposed to mixing it up before the PPV. Dango gets tagged and tries to get Moose to dance. Moose’s leg shakes a little like he has to fight the urge to dance, and then charges at Dango. Little things like that reminds everyone that Moose is a likable performer, he’s just a heel right now, so he’s trying to ignore his fun side. Myers comes back in, Arm Trap Suplex, Tornado DDT where he kicks off of Moose who’s trying to interrupt. They wipe out Moose and Myers, Hendry puts his hands in the air for the wave, but Dango thinks it should be something else. Moves Hendry’s hands a little and then does a SUCK IT.
Off the commercial, Falcon Arrow from Dango, he tries to go to the top but Moose distracts Dango and Myers throws him off the top rope to the outside. Dango tries for the Cradle Counter Roll, but Myers blocks long enough to tag Moose. So Moose blindsides Dango before the 1 count even happens. Myers Knee Lift, holds onto Dango’s ankle and reaches to tag in Moose. So Dango is just getting totally singled out. Dango kicks Moose away, Moose tries for Go To Hell, but Dango keeps swinging, rocks Moose a little and then the Diving European Uppercut gives Dango the space he needs for the tag.
Simultaneous tags, Myers gets caught mid Crossbody, Sack of Shit from Hendry and then Joe Kips Up. Hendry tries a Trust Fall, Myers slips it, Enzuigiri, but then Hendry hits the Pop-Up Powerbomb for 2. Moose is in, Dango is in, Dango gets dumped out, Moose hits the Lights Out on Hendry. Roster Cut from Myers, 1-2-3.
Josh Alexander walks out to the ring after the Maclin/Swann shenanigans. Josh punctuates his promo with saying Maclin is afraid of failure, afraid of being a man without a purpose, afraid of being a Forgotten Son. Maclin’s music hits and he chuckles at the line and gives Josh a little kudos.
Maclin is cutting a perfect heel promo since he’s validating everything Josh said, and even presents video evidence of how much scouting he’s doing to avoid failure. However, through his validation he’s also poking holes in Josh’s confidence. Josh tries to say it changes nothing and he’s a fighting champion and tries to challenge Maclin now…because now Josh is scared. Like Frankie said, Maclin is doing it “My Way”. So he says no to the challenge and that he wants to take it in Josh’s home town.
Overall Score: 7.25/10
Now I usually get bored with promos to close a show, but they both played their parts perfectly. Josh with the strong babyface opening trying to discredit the opponent as just another victim of circumstance; but Maclin bringing the receipts like he just walked into H&R Block was beautiful. I’ve enjoyed a lot of Maclin’s run in IMPACT, but this is the cherry on the top. He NEEDS to win the title, he’s perfect since you could see in Josh’s face and body language his confidence is a little shaken.
I also appreciated a few of the little storytelling beats, like in Hendry’s match. Opening against Myers plays into the story, and then Moose hitting the Lights Out and then walking out of the ring just watching his handy work as Myers hits the Roster Cut for the win. Proves everything both men said leading up through this story. Deonna also being the best wrestler in the Knockouts division, but still not capable of beating a 3 on 1 with no friends played well towards something. It’s either going to culminate in Mickie and Deonna burying the hatchet frenemies style, or we’ll see Deonna having to evolve into a more straight forward babyface since she can’t play the heel or tweener with no friends.
The Twitter feed didn’t have the segment with The Death Dollz, but potentially writing off Taya by bringing Su Yung/Susie/Susan back works well since it gives JesSICKa a chance at an angle, Su could always side with The Coven, they can play in the paranormal nicely for a few more months. I just really hope they don’t return JesSICKa to Havok. Havok got stale and pathetic, whereas JesSICKa is entertaining both in and out of the ring.
But hey, tomorrow is Sacrifice, so watch your Steiner Math promos and strap in for the PPV!
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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (3/23/23)
Who answered the Open Challenge?
In a big return to ROH, Cheeseburger challenges Samoa Joe for the World Television Championship! But will Burger survive the King of TV?
- Mark Briscoe VS Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling & Josh Woods; Briscoe wins.
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox, Blake Christian & Metalik VS The Trustbusters; Fox, Blake & Metalik win.
- Skye Blue VS Lady Frost; Skye wins.
- Rush & Dralistico w/ Jose the Assistant VS Rhett Titus & Tracy Williams; Rush & Dralistico win.
- Matt Taven w/ The Kingdom VS Darius Martin w/ Dante Martin; Taven wins.
- Brian Cage w/ The Embassy VS Tony Deppen; Cage wins.
- Silas Young VS Shane Taylor w/ JD Griffey; Shane wins.
- Billie Starkz VS Miranda Alize; Starkz wins.
- Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal VS Aussie Open; Aussie Open wins.
- ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe VS Cheeseburger; Joe wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Mark Briscoe VS Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling & Josh Woods!
While Samoa Joe is defending that title in the main event, the Sussex County Chicken says the ROH World TV title is his destiny! But standing in his way is Mark Sterling and his stuck up stable! Will Briscoe be representing against the Premier Athlete? Or will his destiny be derailed again?
But Nese attacks right before the bell! Fans boo as Nese stomps a mudhole in, but Nese lets off to soak up heat. Nese fires forearms, whips, but Briscoe ducks ‘n’ dodges to BOOT Nese! And then he unleashes a Redneck Kung-Fu UPPERCUT! And a CHOP! And some forearms! Fans rally for #DemBoys as Mark ROCKS then DECKS Nese! Nese bails out, Mark pursues, and Mark keeps Nese from running away. Mark CHOPS, ROCKS and stalks Nese, to then CHOP again! Mark scoops and SLAMS Nese to the floor! Fans fire up as Mark goes to the apron, and Mark fires up to “BANG BANG!” FOLEY ELBOW DROP!
Fans fire up more as Mark drags Nese up and into the ring. Nese bails out again but Mark pursues. Sterling gets in Briscoe’s face, and that distracts so Nese can POST Briscoe! Fans boo but Nese soaks it up. Nese CHOPS Briscoe, has him against the apron, and CHOPS again! Nese puts Briscoe in the ring, high-fives Woods, but Mark fires off haymakers! But Nese YANKS Mark and throws him out of the ring! Woods is there but Mark hits him with the CHOP first! Mark steps in, but Nese kicks the ropes to jam him up! The ref is busy with Sterling, Woods snap suplexes Briscoe down! Fans boo but Nese just soaks it up again.
Nese drags Mark up as fans chant, “YOU SUCK!” Nese says he doesn’t suck, and he CHOPS again! Nese puts Mark in the ring again, stomps him to a corner, then stomps him more. Fans continue to boo but Nese drags Mark up. Nese puts Mark in the Tree of Woe, gets space, and he runs in to… Do crunches ‘n’ kicks! Fans boo but Nese says this is how he has his 8 pack. Nese drags Mark out of the Tree but Mark fires forearms in return! Nese knees low! Nese whips corner to corner, Mark goes up and over and rolls to come back and BOOT! Fans fire up and Mark brings Nese in. Mark underhooks, but Nese fights the lift!
Nese back drops, Mark sunset flips! Nese rolls through to SOBAT Mark in the face! Cover, TWO! Nese wraps on body scissors to keep Mark down. Fans rally while Mark endures the squeeze. Mark fights up, and rains down REDNECK-FU CHOPS! Nese lets go of the body scissors to have a bearhug! Fans rally, Mark fights up and throws elbows. Mark is free, but Nese throat chops! Nese then brings Mark around, BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Fans boo as Nese flexes on ’em, then Nese goes to the ropes, but Mark avoids the Premier Triangle! Mark swings, Nese dodges but Mark CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!
Mark has Nese in a corner but Nese blocks the whip. So Mark fires off palm strikes! Mark CHOPS Nese, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to clothesline! Mark puts Nese up top, powers up, REDNECK UPPERCUT! Mark crosses the arms, ICONOCLASM! Cover, TWO!! Nese survives and fans rally up. Mark clinches, Nese fights with elbows, but swings into the EXPLODER! Mark powers up and fans fire up, Mark runs in, into a BOOT! Nese runs in, into a kick low! Mark turns Nese into the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nese is still in this but the fans still rally. Mark reels Nese in, Canadian Rack but Nese slips free!
Nese goes Matrix to dodge the haymaker to kick, KICK, KICK and SUPERKICK! Mark staggers into a facelock, but Mark suplexes first! Fans fire up again while Sterling and Woods are furious! Mark drags Nese up, underhooks, but Nese wrenches free. Nese waistlocks, Mark switches, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Nese lands on his feet! DOUBLE STOMP! Mark flounders to a corner, Nese brings down the kneepad. Nese runs, but into a LARIAT! Fans are fired up as Mark fireman’s carries! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY, and then Mark goes up top! FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, Mark wins!
Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall
The roll continues! Mark even shakes Nese’s hand to keep the Code of Honor. Supercard of Honor is waiting, will Mark be ready to take on Samoa Joe for the title?
Six Man Tag: AR Fox, Blake Christian & Metalik VS The Trustbusters!
When All Heart & The King of the Ropes needed a third man, the Whole Fox’n Show answered the call! Will this three man air force be what finally shuts up Ari Daivari, Slim J & Jeeves Kay?
The Code of Honor is upheld, though the Trustbusters do it with some snark. The trios sort out and Fox starts against Jeeves. Fans rally for Fox and he storms up on Jeeves, but Jeeves stays back. They tie up, Fox wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Jeeves wrenches through to headlock. Fox wrenches out to hammerlock then headlock for the takeover. Jeeves headscissors but Fox kips free. Fans applaud the opening, and Jeeves offers another handshake. Fox catches the cheap shot! Fox kicks, whips, but Jeeves slides under to RANA! And DROPKICK! Fans boo but Jeeves soaks it up. Jeeves whips Fox, but Fox reverses to mule kick and BOOT!
Fox JAWBREAKERS then NECKBREAKERS! Fox kips up and fans fire up, then Fox tags Blake. Blake kicks Jeeves, wrenches, but Jeeves knees low! Jeeves headlocks Blake, tags in Daivari, and the Trustbusters mug Blake. Daivari CHOPS, whips, but Blake ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ redirects to trip and DROPKICK! Fans fire up, Blake runs in at the corner but is put on the apron. Blake comes back with a FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Blake CHOPS, CHOPS again, and Daivari sputters. Blake snapmares Daivari and wraps him up in a ground cobra! Blake air-guitars Daivari’s arm, then shifts to a facelock.
Daivari powers up and he RAMS Blake into the corner! Daivari RAMS Blake, but distracts the ref as he backs off. Slim and Jeeves mug Blake! Daivari tags in Slim, Slim drags Blake by his legs to rockabye him into a POWERBOMB! Slim drags Blake up to DECK him! Tag to Jeeves, the Trustbusters mug Blake more, but fans chant “SLIM J SUCKS!” Jeeves snapmares Blake, goes up, FALLING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Jeeves drags Blake back, tags Daivari, and the mugging continues. Daivari stands Blake up, taunts Fox and Metalik, but Blake slips out of the back suplex to give a back suplex!
Both men are down and the fans rally up! Blake and Daivari crawl, hot tag to Metalik! Metalik dodges Daivari, RANAS him out, then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp! Metalik puts Daivari in and the fans fire up more. Metalik climbs the corner, tightrope walks, and SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Metalik is a little frustrated but he drags Daivari into the drop zone. Metalik goes up again, to MOONSAULT! He has to bail out as Daivari moves, but then he dodges and comes back, sunset flip with a twist, TWO! Daivari escapes but Metalik whips him to ropes. Daivari reverses to send Metalik out.
Metalik fights off Jeeves, ROCKS Daivari, but Jeeves YANKS Metalik down! Fans boo as the ref misses that one! Daivari goes out to fetch Metalik and Sterling protests that Fox is just checking his teammate. Daivari RAMS Metalik into the apron, then he high-fives Sterling. Sterling says money money money as Daivari puts Metalik in the ring. Daivari anchors Metalik, tags Slim and Slim drops an elbow. Slim drags Metalik up, snapmares, and double stomps right into an ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Tag to Jeeves, the Trustbusters mug Metalik with heavy body shots, and then an UPPERCUT! Jeeves soaks up heat before he clamps on a chinlock.
Fans boo, especially as Jeeves pulls at the mask. Metalik endures, fans rally up, and Metalik fights up! Jeeves CLUBS Metalik, scoops, SLAMS and SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Jeeves rains down fists in frustration, then he drags Metalik up. Jeeves UPPERCUTS Metalik but Metalik CHOPS! Jeeves ROCKS Metalik, whips him to ropes, but Metalik handsprings to BACK ELBOW! Both men are down and fans fire back up! Hot tag to Daivari, and he drags Metalik back for another ELBOW DROP! Daivari CHOPS, whips, but Metalik springboards to BACK ELBOW again! Now Metalik and Daivari are down as fans rally up!
Metalik crawls, as does Daivari. Hot tag to Slim, he runs to BLAST Fox and Blake! But Metalik back drops Slim! Daivari tags back in, he drags Metalik away. Metalik hops up to ENZIGURI! Daivari flops down, Metalik crawls, but there’s no one in the corner! Daivari runs in, and only gets buckles! Metalik scoops to BACKBREAKER! Daivari writhes but he and Metalik are both down. Metalik crawls around, as does Daivari, hot tags to Fox and Jeeves! Fox rallies on Jeeves, ELBOWS in the corner, then snapmare rolls to the CUTTER! Slim and Daivari attack Fox! Fans boo, they double whip, but Fox crisscrosses them!
Fox puts Daivari in the corner and hits the A-LIST LARIAT! Slim runs in, into an ELBOW! Fox skins the cat to DROPKICK Daivari and DOUBLE STUNNER on Slim & Jeeves! Daivari runs in, Fox avoids the Penalty Kick to STUNNER him, too! Fans are thunderous for “A R FOX!” and he stomps Jeeves’ hand! Fox knuckle locks, goes up and up and jumps around, to then SUPER CANNONBALL Daivari & Slim! Jeeves builds speed, but runs into a GAMANGIRI! Blake is in, he throws Jeeves right out! Fans fire up as All Heart climbs up, and SUPER TWISTING CROSSBODIES The Trustbusters!
Fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” as Fox puts Jeeves in. Fireman’s carry, but Sterling distracts! fox goes after Sterling, but Jeeves runs in! Fox dodges and Jeeves almost hits Sterling! Fox runs in, Jeeves moves and the BOOT hits Sterling! Jeeves SUPERKICKS Fox and BLOODY SUNDAYS!! Cover, TWO!!! Jeeves is shocked but he tags in Daivari! Only for Metalik to GAMANGIRI Daivari up top! Slim CLUBS Metalik down, so Blake GAMANGIRIS Slim! Blake has Slim but Jeeves CLUBS Blake! Jeeves climbs up, but Metalik joins in, too! SUPER SPANISH FLY SUPERPLEX!??! Daivari leaps, into a CUTTER!!! Fox goes up top, to 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Fox and team wins!!
Winners: AR Fox, Blake Christian & Metalik, by pinfall
But wait, The Embassy attacks! Brian Cage & The Gates of Agony know Fox and team want their ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships, so they are beating them down for it! Fans boo but The Machine, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona stand tall here. Will these three tanks be able to shoot down the three fighter jets coming for their titles?
Skye Blue VS Lady Frost!
The bright future of this young wrestler has been a bit cloudy already. Toni Storm rained on Skye’s parade, and now she’s facing a cold front! Will Skye stay sunny even after facing Lady Frost?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and these two tie up. They go around then break, and reset. They tie up again, and Frost wrenches to a wristlock. Skye rolls, handsprings, and wrenches to a wristlock. Fans duel, Frost uses the ropes to flip through the wristlock and wrench Skye back. Skye cartwheels, wrenches and wristlocks again. Frost rolls, cartwheels and arm-drags free. Fans applaud the exchange, but Skye comes back. Frost jumps over, keeps moving, so Skye hurdles. Frost leaps over, blocks the arm-drag, but Skye goes to the other side to arm-drag after all! Then wheelbarrow arm-drag!
Fans fire up but Frost takes a second to cool off. Frost respects Skye’s ability, and the two go again. They feel out a knuckle lock, but Frost kicks low! Frost bumps Skye off buckles, stomps a mudhole in, but lets off at 4. Frost runs in to GAMANGIRI! “She’s out of the corner.” Frost then spins, but Skye avoids the kick! Skye full nelsons, Frost switches and shoves Skye away, SCREW HIGH KCIK! Skye falls into the corner, Frost handsprings to CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Frost grows frustrated but fans rally up. Frost stalks Skye, mocks the applause, but Skye throws body shots. Frost throws Skye by her hair!
Frost handstands to drops knees on Skye’s back! Frost gives toying kicks but the fans rally up. Skye rises, Frost bumps her off buckles, and Frost CHOPS! Fans want one more, so Frost says kiss this instead. Frost runs in but Skye slips out to ROCK Frost! And SUPERKICK! Skye goes up but Frost GAMANGIRIS! Skye falls to the floor, Frost goes to the apron, and Frost CANNONBALLS to the floor! Frost mocks the applause while the ring count climbs. Frost drags Skye up into the ring, then covers, TWO! Skye is hanging tough, and fans rally up again. Frost drags Skye up to throw knees. Skye swings, misses, and Frost kicks a leg out!
Skye ducks the buzzsaw but the HEEL KICK hits! Only for Skye to spring up and SUPERKICK! Both women are down and fans fire up again! Skye crawls her way to a corner while Frost stands. Frost runs in, but into an ELBOW! Skye goes to another corner, Frost runs in but into a BOOT! Skye goes up to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up with Skye and she runs in to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! Snapmare, but Frost blocks the superkick! BASEMENT ENZIGURI hits! Cover, TWO! Frost is still in this but Skye full nelsons! Only for Frost to drop and victory roll! TWO, and Skye runs in, but falls for the feint! QUESTION MARK KICK!
Frost cartwheels into the Alabama Lift, AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up while Frost is shocked! Frost drags Skye into a drop zone, goes up the corner, but Skye CLUBS her first! Skye CLUBS away on Frost, brings her around and then ROCKET LAUNCHES her to the mat! Fans fire up, Skye goes up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Frost is still in this and Skye grows frustrated. Fans rally up, Skye takes aim, and she runs in to get around, backslide, TWO! Facelock, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then full nelson, lift, SKYE FALL!! Cover, Skye wins!
Winner: Skye Blue, by pinfall
The Outcasts may have knocked her down, but Skye got back up! And she shows Frost respect by upholding the Code of Honor. Will Skye be reaching for the stars in the ROH Women’s Division?
Rush & Dralistico w/ Jose the Assistant VS Rhett Titus & Tracy Williams!
All the tag teams in ROH want to #ReachForTheSky, including these two teams. Will La Faccion Ingobernable keep things tranquilo? Or will The Professional and the Hot Sauce be just a little too much for LFI?
The Code of Honor is NOT upheld, so the brawl is on! The bell rings, the forearms fly fast and furious, and the former ROH Tag champs get the edge! They run, but into DOUBLE SHOTGUNS! LFI builds speed, only to double tranquilo! Fans are torn, but Tracy SHOTGUNS Rush back! Rhett goes after Dralistico but gets thrown out. Double CHOPS sandwich Tracy, then Dralistico CHOPS again! Rush CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Rush sends Dralistico in to clothesline, Rush SPLASHES, then DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICKS hit! The ref reprimands, LFI lets things cool off, and Dralistico brings Tracy up.
Dralistico whips, Tracy reverses but runs into a BOOT! ROUNDHOUSE! SOBAT! Front KICK and SCREW HIGH KICK! Fans fire up for the kick combo and Dralistico stomps Tracy. Tag to Rush, Dralistico BLASTS Rhett, and then LFI mugs Tracy. Rush CHOPS, then eggs Tracy on. Tracy CHOPS, but Rush CHOPS! Rush fires forearm after forearm, then he tags Dralistico. Rush puts Tracy in the ropes, holds him in place while Dralistico climbs. KICK and GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Tracy hangs tough but Dralistico stomps him. And KICKS! And eggs him on. Tracy ROCKS Dralistico!
Dralistico ROCKS Tracy! Tracy ROCKS Dralistico! Dralistico CHOPS! The forearms fly back and forth again, Dralistico shoves then swings, but into a SAIDO! Both men are down, fans rally up, hot tags to Rhett and Rush! Rhett fires off with Rush, forearm for forearm! Rhett gets the edge! Fans fire up, but then Rush fires all those back! Rush CHOPS, whips, but Rhett reverses to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Fans fire up again as Rhett aims from a corner. Rhett runs in to BOOT Rush! Rhett DECKS Dralistco, BOOTS Rush, and feeds to Tracy’s ELBOW! DROPKICK! ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO!!!
Draslitico gets in to attack but Tracy throws him out! Rush sends Tracy into a ROUNDHOUSE then GERMAN SUPELXES! Dralistico adds a FLYING CODE BREAKER! Rhett spins Dralistico, NECKBREAKER! Rush CLOBBERS Rhett! Fans fire up, Rush runs at Tracy, but Tracy SPEARS first!! All four men are down and the fans are thunderous for “R O H! R O H!” Rhett drags himself up, Rush roars, Rhett runs in! Rush OVERHEAD suplexes Rhett into buckles! Dralistico FLIES out onto Tracy and Jose! Rush stomps around, aims at Rhett, “When you mess with the bull!” BULL’S HORNS!!! Cover, LFI wins!
Winners: Rush & Dralistico, by pinfall
La Faccion Ingobernable is on a win streak, but Supercard of Honor is coming. Will LFI be the NEW ROH World Tag Team Champions?
Caprice Coleman sits with Eddie Kingston and Claudio Castagnoli.
Caprice is with The Mad King and the Swiss Superman to talk about the last few weeks. Eddie challenged Claudio for the ROH World Championship, and Claudio denied it, saying Eddie is a man without honor. Can Claudio explain that? Well, it should be self-explanatory. But Claudio does want to apologize. Eddie does have honor, in his own way. Eddie has pride, something that has gotten in his way many times, but Eddie has honor. Claudio admits to being wrong on that. But he will still stand by his statement that someone like Eddie should not be ROH World Champion.
How does Eddie respond to that? Caprice knows all the years he’s put into wrestling, and knows that ROH is a prestigious title. Can Eddie shoulder that responsibility? Eddie says Claudio’s opinion doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is beating Claudio for that title. A title that mentors of Eddie’s have held. Low-Ki. Xavier. Homicide. That lineage belongs to Eddie, the underdog, the fighter. Claudio’s not a fighter, not an underdog, he knows that, because they know each other. They’ve lived with each other, met each other’s families. Claudio’s a coward for not doing business, so Eddie will force his hand. And Mox can’t stop this.
Interesting that Eddie would use the words “underdog” and “fighter.” Eddie always sees himself as an underdog, as a victim. When it comes to being a fighter, who is the one who always quits? Yeah, they used to live together, but also train together. Who ran off when things got hard? Claudio stayed, worked every single day that Eddie didn’t while throwing a pity party. Guess who put the work in? Guess who is champion right now because of that? Yeah, for now. Talk tough all you want, Eddie, you don’t walk the walk. Oh, word? Well, Eddie promised not to get up and punch Claudio, it’ll stay civil.
Claudio says Eddie is always a tough talker, always loud, that’s fine. Claudio isn’t afraid of Eddie, he’s afraid for Eddie. Eddie cannot beat Claudio, he cannot reach Claudio. Never did, never will. Then prove it! Prove it by giving Eddie his shot! Claudio says that if Eddie wants the shot, he’s got it! But Claudio will tell us all what’s gonna happen, think of this as a spoiler. Claudio will beat Eddie and outclass him. Then Eddie will blame everyone but himself for the loss. He’ll throw a tantrum then quit and run away to implode. Claudio tells Caprice that this man, Eddie, is the biggest waste of potential Claudio’s seen in his life!
Claudio saw Eddie when he was young, he saw the fire in his eyes, and that Eddie could’ve had it all. But then he threw himself a pity party and threw it all away. So mark Claudio’s words. After he retains his title at Supercard of Honor, this will happen again. Because Eddie can’t handle it! Caprice says it is official for March 31st in Los Angeles. Eddie VS Claudio, sign, sealed and delivered. But who will fight and who will run when all is said and done?
Matt Taven w/ The Kingdom VS Darius Martin!
Mike Bennett lost to Angel Dorado, so The Kingdom took it out on him just last night on Dynamite! That screwed Top Flight out of becoming AEW World Tag Team Champions. But will Air Wolf screw The Trend out of going to Supercard of Honor and the tag title ladder match?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and then Taven pie faces Darius! Darius pie faces then arm-drags! Kicks and KICKS, but Taven kicks low. Things speed up and Darius DROPKICKS Taven out of the ring! Fans rally up while The Kingdom regroups. Darius goes out after Taven, Taven hurries into the ring, then he drop toeholds Darius! Taven runs to drop an elbow! Taven then runs in at the corner but only gets buckles! Darius arm-drags once, but Taven blocks the next. Darius headlocks, Taven powers up but Darius uses that to whip Taven away. Then Darius pie faces Taven! Taven is furious, he runs but into a drop toehold! DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!
Darius keeps cool and he brings Taven up. Fans rally, Darius wrenches and UPPERCUTS the arm. Taven whips Darius out of the ring, but Darius BOOTS him away! The ref is busy with Taven, Mike rushes in but Darius goes up and over to ROUNDHOUSE! But now Maria anchors Darius! KICK OF THE KING! Taven soaks up the heat while the ring count starts. Fans chant “TAVEN SUCKS!” but Taven is amused. Taven distracts the ref, Mike whips Darius but Darius reverses, only for Mike to rebound and CLOBBER Darius! Taven goes out to put Darius back in the ring, and then Taven whips Darius to a corner.
Darius bounces off buckles, into a BACKBREAKER! Taven then gut wrenches, underhooks, and TIGER BACKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Taven clamps onto Darius with a motorcycle stretch. Darius endures, fans rally, and Darius fights up. Darius swings, but into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Taven runs to SPRINGBOARD SENTON but Darius moves! Taven flounders, runs in at Darius but into a BOOT! Darius ELBOWS Taven, runs, but Taven waistlocks. Darius bucks the O’Conner, sunset flips, but Taven rolls through! JUST THE- NO, Darius ducks the knee to roll Taven up again, TWO!
Darius stands, into a HEEL KICK from Taven! Fans cheer and jeer but definitely more jeer. Taven taunts Darius, kicks him around, but the fans rally up. Darius throws body shots, but Taven bobs ‘n’ weaves to kick, kick and facelock. Darius powers out but runs into a BOOT! Taven goes up, but leaps into an atomic drop! Darius fires off haymakers! Taven shoves Darius but gets the People’s Haymaker! Darius whips, Taven reverses but Darius slides out to the apron. Darius shoulders in, GAMANGIRIS, then steps in for the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Taven is still in this, there’s a reason he’s an ROH Grand Slam winner.
Darius drags Taven up, suplexes, but Taven slips out to headlock. Darius powers out, ducks the roundhouse, but Taven avoids the sweep to BOOT! Darius rebounds, sends Taven to ropes, SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO and into a ghost pin! TWO!! DOUBLE ENZIGURIS!! Both men are down and the fans fire back up! A standing count starts, fans rally up but Taven rises first. Darius follows, both men bump into each other, and Taven RAMS Darius into a corner! Taven puts Darius up top but Darius CLUBS Taven! Sunset flip, but Taven rolls through again, JUST THE TIP!! Taven goes up top, to FROG SPLASH onto knees!! Cover, TWO!!
Darius sidesteps Taven to SNAP GERMAN! Taven flops out of the ring, Mike checks on him, but Darius builds speed! Darius DIVES but gets only Mike! Taven is back in the ring, Darius hurries, but Maria trips him up! CLIMAX!!! Cover, Taven wins!
Winner: Matt Taven, by pinfall
Top Flight and The Kingdom are 1-1 in the singles series, and Taven mockingly upholds the Code of Honor. But the Kingdom isn’t done, they want Darius to get up to get clobbered. But DANTE is here! Dante chases them off, but the Kingdom still acts tough hiding behind Maria. Will either of these teams #ReachForTheSky in LA?
Brian Cage w/ The Embassy VS Tony Deppen!
We saw the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions beat down their future challengers, but The Machine looks to do some damage all on his own. Deppen finds himself in the deep end, will he make it out alive?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two tie up. Cage shoves Deppen away but Deppen comes back. Cage shoves him away again, and Deppen gets mad! Deppen SLAPS Cage! Bad move, Deppen! Cage TOSSES Deppen to a corner, runs in but Deppen goes up and over. Deppen keeps going, rolls off Cage’s back, and SLAPS again! Cage whips Deppen out, but Deppen gets right back up to GAMANGIRI! Deppen steps in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage drags Deppen up at the corner, and he deadlift SUPERPLEXES! Cage flexes but fans boo. Cage then drags Deppen up to bump him off buckles.
Fans chant “BRIAN SUCKS!” but Cage ROCKS Deppen. Cage soaks up the heat, brings Deppen up and whips corner to corner hard! Deppen bounces off buckles and falls in a heap, and Cage asks, “Who sucks now, huh?!” Cage scoops and SLAMS Deppen, to then drop a BIG elbow! Cover, ONE!! But Cage just does push-ups. Cage drags Deppen up but Deppen throws body shots. Cage BOOTS Deppen, then hauls him up to RAM into him in the corner. Cage puts Deppen up top to ROCK him! Then Cage climbs up, soaks up the heat, but Deppen slips out! Deppen mule kicks the legs out! DRAPING BACKSTABBER!
Fans fire up with Deppen as he goes to the apron. Deppen steps in, CODE BREAKER! Cage flops out of the ring! Fans fire up, Deppen builds speed, and he SOMERSAULT TOPES!! Fans are thunderous as Deppen takes out Cage! Deppen puts Cage in, springboards, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cage ends up in a corner and Deppen roars! METEORA! Deppen has Cage in the drop zone then climbs up top! DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!!! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives and Deppen can’t believe it! Fans rally up, though, and Deppen goes to a corner. Deppen aims, runs in, but Cage ducks to rol lhim up!
Deppen slips free, dodges the lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW! Cage says it’s done! But Deppen cradles!! TWO!!! Cage escapes, but the JUMP KNEE hits! Cage roars, spins, ROLLING- HEADBUTT!! Deppen runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cage drags Deppen up to suplex, DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Cage wins!
Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall
Deppen came close but not close enough, and now the Embassy is mugging him for it! Kaun rains down fists, Liona drops a HEABUTT of his own! Deppen sputters and spasms, but the fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” The Gates of Agony drag Deppen up, but here comes Fox, Blake and Metalik! They have pipes and chains!! They clobber the Embassy! Liona takes one pipe shot, then ANOTHER! Nana wants his team to fall back and regroup! The Embassy is furious, but will they be blown away by these high-flying kings of heart?
Silas Young VS Shane Taylor w/ JD Griffey!
Believe it or not, these two have never met in 1v1 competition! Despite being two of the best ROH World TV Champions, only one can prove they are THE best. Will it be the Last Real Man in Professional Wrestling? Or will it be big bad Shane T?
The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. The two tie up, Shane shoves Sials away then eggs him on. They tie up again, go around the ropes and Silas ends up in control. Silas lets off with pats on the shoulder, but Shane shoves him! Shane talks trash, so Silas SLAPS him! Shane swings on Silas but Silas ducks ‘n’ dodges, only for Shane to run him over! Fans rally behind Shane as he stalks Silas to ropes, but Silas HOTSHOTS! Silas throws hands, but Shane blocks the whip. Silas kicks low, but Shane still blocks that whip. Shane whips Silas to then CLOBBER him in the corner! Fans fire up, Shane runs, but Silas ROCKS him!
Silas talks trash but Shane ROCKS him! Silas ROCKS Shane, eggs him on, so Shane DECKS Silas! Silas falls right out of the ring! Shane goes out after Silas, puts him in the ring, and then on the apron. Shane climbs up and takes aim, but Silas avoids the leg drop! Silas KNEES Shane off the apron! Fans boo but Silas goes out after Shane. Silas puts Shane back in the ring, then slingshot DOUBLE STOMPS! And DOUBLE STOMPS again and again! Fans boo, but Silas mocks them before he SENTONS! Cover, but Shane makes it a ghost pin! TWO!! Shane runs in, Silas puts him on the apron and TRIANGLE JUMP LARIATS! Silas drags Shane in to cover, TWO!
Silas snarls but fans taunt him, “SILAS SUCKS!” Silas still BOOTS Shane down, then drops an ELBOW! And another ELBOW! And another ELBOW! Silas says he can do this all day! ELBOW after ELBOW, then a BIG elbow! Cover, ONE!!! Fans fire up and Silas is stunned! Silas says okay, Shane wants to be a man. Then get up and fight! Shane swings, Silas dodges, but the SOUTHPAW clobbers Silas!! Fans rally up behind Shane as he rises. Silas flounders at the ropes, and Shane CLOBBERS him! And CLOBBERS him again! Silas goes to a corner, Shane SPLASHES! But Silas dodges the lariat, only to get a KNEE!
Shane brings Silas up, SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Fans argue the count but Shane just keeps going. Shane drags Silas up, turns him a la Briscoe, but Silas powers out to kick and KNEE!! And then TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Shane survives but he looks dazed. Fans rally up again as Shane and Silas rise. Silas brings Shane around, fireman’s carries, but Shane sips free. Shane bobs ‘n’ weaves and HEADBUTTS! Then he ripcord URENAGES! Run and SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Silas survives and fans argue the count again. But then the fans rally up behind Shane as he looms over Silas. Shane drags Silas up, tucks him in, but Silas wrenches out.
Silas BOOTS Shane, but Shane swings, into the full nelson and SMASH! Fireman’s carry!? ROLLING SENTON!! Silas goes up the corner, headstand, PEEWEE- NO, Shane dodges! Shane blocks the boot, Ace Ten Mao! And then PACKAGE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Shane wins!
Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall
The baddest man in ROH was and still is Shane Taylor! And he also shows respect by keeping the Code of Honor. But will Shane Taylor Promotions be going for gold after Supercard of Honor?
Billie Starkz VS Miranda Alize!
The young rising star has shown great promise, but she’s about to meet the returning #LuchaBaddie! Will Alize reestablish herself quickly in ROH? Or will Starkz still have a bright future?
The Code of Honor is NOT upheld as Alize slaps the hand away. The bell rings, she and Starkz circle, and fans are on Billie’s side. Billie and Alize tie up, go around, go along the ropes, and then into corner after corner after corner! They go back to center, break, and fans applaud. The two tie up again, Alize arm-drags to a cover. ONE, Billie has the cover, ONE and Alize bails out. Fans boo but Billie is patient. Alize scowls and storms back in. Billie calls for a knuckle lock, and Alize accepts, but she BITES Billie’s hand! Fans boo but Alize kicks Billie low! Alize whips, Billie reverses and follows to then get around, HALF ‘N’ HALF!
Fans fire up while Alize bails out. Billie builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up with Billie and the ring count starts. Billie drags Alize up and into the ring, then she climbs up the corner. Billie leaps but Alize avoids the double stomps! Billie runs in, Alize dodges again, then runs in. Alize blocks boots, puts Billie in the ropes and throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands, Alize drags Billie to a corner, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Fans rally for Billie but Alize bumps her off buckles. Alize BITES the hand again! The ref reprimands, Alize stops and she drags Billie back up to throw heavy body shots!
Alize snapmares Billie, mocks the fans clapping, and Alize runs to build speed, just to pie face Billie! Alize talks trash, drags Billie up, but Billie ROCKS her! And ROCKS her again! Billie roars, runs, but into an ELBOW! Billie flops to the apron but Alize drags her back in. Fans rally, Alize whips her to ropes, and then Alize follows, tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER into the MIRANDA RIGHTS!! Billie is stuck in the crossface and reaches out, but Alize drags her back from the ropes! Billie powers to a roll-up, TWO!! Billie blocks a kick to KNEE back! Alize goes to a corner and fans rally up again. Alize stands, she runs in at Billie, but only gets buckles!
Billie ELBOWS Alize, goes to another corner, and Alize runs in. Billie BOOTS Alize, goes up, but Alize blocks the boot! Billie ENZIGURIS, then spins Alize for a KNEE SMASH and HEEL KICK! Fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Alize survives but Billie snarls. Billie brings Alize up, Alize cravats but Billie powers out. Billie runs in but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Alize goes to the apron, shoulders in then SPIKE-RANAS! Cover, TWO!! Billie survives and Alize grows frustrated. Alize drags Billie up, spins her around, but Billie suplexes, GHOSTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Alize survives, but Billie goes up, SWANTON- FLOP as Alize dodges! Alize spins Billie, for a CUTTER! Alize runs in, but Billie ducks the Drive-By to roll Alize up! TWO!!! Alize escapes, tilt-o-whirls, but into a TOMBSTONE!!! Cover, STARKZ WINS!!
Winner: Billie Starkz, by pinfall
A massive win over a veteran, Billie just put herself on the map! Will the 18 year old upstart find herself in the title scene for the summer?
Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal VS Aussie Open!
Former ROH World Tag Team Champions are reunited and they are as good as they’ve ever been. But they’re up against the original NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions! Will the Fallen Angel & Third Eye be able to survive? Or will the Aussie Arrow & Dunkzilla conquer ROH for the United Empire?
The Code of Honor is upheld, and the teams sort out. Sydal starts, and he tries to make the chant, “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE! MATT SYDAL!” Kyle Fletcher thinks that’s funny, and the two circle. They tie up, Fletcher puts Sydal in a corner but Sydal slips away fast. Fletcher keeps Sydal at a distance with his long legs, then comes back. They circle, feel things out and tie up. Fletcher cravats, Sydal fights the snapmare but Fletcher powers through. Sydal handsprings through, but Fletcher runs him over! Fletcher scoops, Sydal slips free, then runs. Sydal tilt-o-whirl RANAS, then he taunts Fletcher into a rolling cradle! TWO!!
Sydal facelocks, tags Daniels, and they double whip Fletcher to trip and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Daniels as he wrenches to a wristlock, but Fletcher scoops and SLAMS fast! Tag to Davis, he runs in but Daniels dodges. Daniels headlocks, Davis powers out and runs Daniels over! Davis drags Daniels up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Daniels sputters while fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” Davis obliges, and he CHOPS again! Fans fire up with Davis, then he drags Daniels up. Davis whips Daniels away, runs in, but Daniels drop toeholds Davis into buckles! Daniels kicks a leg out then runs to BLINDSIDE LARIAT!
Fans rally up as Daniels stands Davis up. Daniels wrenches, tags in Sydal, and they double whip. Davis cartwheels, BOOTS Daniels, but Sydal blocks one! DOUBLE LEG SEWEP! Sydal back suplexes Daniels for the SPLASH! Then he adds the MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Sydal PENALTY KICKS Davis in the back! Tag to Daniels, Sydal wrenches so Daniels can kick low. Daniels whips Davis, but Davis blocks! Daniels JABS Davis, but Davis still blocks the whip. Daniels JABS again, Davis staggers away but Daniels kicks low. Daniels JABS, JABS and JABS! Fans fire up as Daniels whips, but Davis reverse.
Daniels slips under Fletcher trying to be sneaky! Daniels trips Fletcher, ROCKS him, then shoulders into Davis! Slingshot sunset flip, but Fletcher tags in! Davis rolls through, wrenches, Aussie Open double whips to DOUBLE CHOP! And then PENALTY KICK to a SENTON! Sydal slingshots, but into an UPPERCUT! Fans fire up as Fletcher fetches Daniels and Davis has Sydal. Aussie Open meet around the way, SPINEBUSTER SANDWICH! Fans fire up as they put the crowns up! Aussie Open regroups and they put Daniels in the ring. Fletcher covers, TWO! Fletcher slaps Daniels around, stands him up and scoops to SLAM!
Fans rally and Fletcher stomps Daniels down. And he springboard stomps Daniels at the ropes! Fans rally, “FALLEN ANGEL! OI OI OI!” Fletcher tags Davis, and Davis DECKS Daniels! Davis roars and barks, then he suplexes to hold Daniels up! Tag to Fletcher and Fletcher takes the handoff, only for Daniels to cradle! TWO!! Fletcher CLOBBERS Daniels! Fans rally, Sydal coaches Daniels, but Fletcher tags Davis back in. Fletcher BOOTS Sydal, then Davis drags Daniels up. Davis clamps onto the arm and shoulder but Daniels endures the armlock. Fans rally up, Daniels fights to his feet, and he throws forearms! Davis scoops Daniels to SLAM him down!
Fletcher tags in, Aussie Open brings Daniels up and fans rally. Davis scoops, but Daniels slips off to shove him into Fletcher! Daniels then BOOTS Davis and goes up, to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Fans rally up as Daniels and Aussie Open are all down. Hot tag to Sydal! Sydal dodges Fletcher to HEEL KICK! Sydal dodges Davis to WHEEL KICK! Sydal fires off KICK after KICK on Fletcher, then the JUMP SOBAT! POP-UP RANA! Cover, TWO!! Fletcher survives but fans fire up! Sydal has Fletcher in a corner, hoists him up top, and he climbs up to join him! Fletcher shoves Sydal away, but Sydal jumps, SUPER STEINER! Ghost pin, TWO!!
Sydal keeps cool, he puts Fletcher in the drop zone. Sydal climbs up, but Davis hurries up! Davis anchors Sydal, and Fletcher GAMANGIRIS! Sydal is stuck up top, and Aussie Open coordinates. They drag Sydal back up, climb up after him, but Daniels runs in. Davis shoves Daniels away, runs after him, but is sent out! Daniels CLUBS Fletcher and brings him around! Sydal helps out, METEORA BOMB!! Cover, DAVIS BREAKS IT! Fans chant “This is Awesome!” “R O H!” Davis rushes Daniels, Daniels dodges one lariat but not the SOUTHPAW! Davis swings on Sydal, Sydal dodges both north and south to JUMP KNEE!
Fletcher runs in, dodges the roundhouse to HALF ‘N’ HALF! But Daniels hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! All four men are down and fans are thunderous again! Daniels and Fletcher stir, the teams regroup, and Daniels runs at Davis. Davis TOSSES Daniels out! Davis sees Sydal, he gets the legs, Close Your Eyes- RANA!! Sydal KICKS Fletcher, KICKS Davis, repeat! Davis blocks one, fireman’s carries, AUSSIE DENTAL PLAN! LAWN DART CUTTER!! Cover, Daniels breaks it!! Davis runs in, into a COMPLETE SHOT! “This is (still) Awesome!” as Daniels drags Sydal to a corner and tags in.
Daniels JABS Fletcher, JABS Davis, repeat! Then MEETING OF THE MINDS! Daniels runs, dodges double lariats and gives DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans are thunderous again, Daniels hits Fletcher with BLUE THUNDER! Cover, TWO!! Fletcher survives but Daniels says it’s time. Daniels drags Fletcher up, underhooks, but Davis returns. Fletcher send Daniels into the BOOT! SUPERKICK! Fireman’s carry! But Daniels denies the dental plan to SMACK Davis! Sydal dodges Fletcher to KNEE Davis! Fletcher scoops Sydal for GRIMSTONE!! But Daniels hits the URENAGE! And he goes to the corner!
But Fletcher drags Daniels down! Daniels sits on the cover, TWO!! Fletcher runs into a kick, Daniels underhooks, but Davis ENZIGURIS! Fans are thunderous for “R O H!” as the elbow pads come off. DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Double pump handles, COREALIS!!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!
Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall
The future is now! Aussie Open wins big, and the veterans look to leave, but think better of it. They all uphold the Code of Honor and fans cheer. Fletcher & Davis take down the classic combination of Daniels & Sydal, but will they #ReachForTheSky to bring gold to the Empire?
ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe VS Cheeseburger!
The King of Wrestling Television is going to get a helping of Sussex County Chicken at Supercard of Honor, but he’s having quite the appetizer! Will Joe tear into the all beef body of Cheeseburger? Or will this be the biggest upset in ROH history?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is headed for the Supercard of Honor!
The bell rings and Joe fires off knees and JABS on Burger! Joe says, “You remember, Mark! You remember what you’re getting in the ring with: ME!!” Fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” but Burger still fires body shots and forearms! Burger runs, into a LARIAT! Joe asks if Mark remembers. “I’m gonna remind you.” Joe drags Burger up, hoists him up top, HEADBUTTS him, then tucks him in! MUSCLE BUSTER!!! Cover, Joe wins!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (still ROH World Television Champion)
Forget biggest upset ever, this was the fastest ROH World TV Championship match ever! But Joe isn’t done! He drags Burger back up, for a SECOND MUSCLE BUSTER!! Joe then snatches Bobby Cruise’s chair away! Referees rush out to reprimand Joe, but here comes BRISCOE! Mark is here with a chair of his own! Mark runs Joe off, but the clock is ticking! Will Mark finally fulfill his destiny by dethroning Joe? Or will the King of Wrestling TV only shine in Hollywood?
A really good ROH here, lots of development towards Supercard of Honor, and surprisingly, only one promo. That one promo was a very good promo as Eddie and Claudio get at each other and make an official ROH World Championship match for the PPV. There’s a lot of continuity to call upon from AEW here, can’t wait to see which way this one goes. Given how much the Blackpool Combat Club is still doing in AEW, this would be a pretty good opening for Kingston to win and let Claudio focus on AEW for a minute. Eddie can then have all sorts of great matches with ROH stars both old and new as ROH reestablishes itself.
Good women’s matches tonight, with Skye Blue getting a great win off Lady Frost and Billie Starkz with the surprising win over Alize. Athena VS Yuka Sakazaki is set for the PPV but I don’t see Athena losing. That means there must be plenty of strong Faces ready to challenge her. Skye is also still part of story in AEW, so maybe after we see The Outcasts VS Team AEW Homegrown play out, Skye devotes time to ROH and challenges for the title. Really good stuff out of Taven VS Darius, but of course The Kingdom helps Taven win that. Top Flight and The Kingdom should both be in that Reach for the Sky ladder match to both settle their feud and perhaps crown one team the champs.
Great interweaving of stories when it comes to the ROH Six Man titles. Fox, Blake & Metalik win against Trustbusters to shut them up and be clear next challengers, which is also made clear by The Embassy jumping them. Great showing from Deppen against Cage but I figured Cage would win. And then great retaliation from Fox, Blake & Metalik, which are going to need an official trio name if they’re gonna stick together. It really is three big hosses against three lighter high-flyers, this clash of styles is going to make for great stuff, but I can’t be sure the Faces dethrone the Embassy.
Really good stuff from tag teams tonight, such as LFI VS Rhett & Tracy and Aussie Open VS Daniels & Sydal. LFI and Aussie Open each winning makes sense, both factions are going strong in ROH but also other companies (AEW for LFI and NJPW for Aussie Open), these teams should also get in on the ladder match. Not to be mean to Aussie Open, but they’re already set for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, they don’t necessarily need the ROH titles. LFI would be a strong choice for the next ROH Tag Team Champions, and should think about bringing Preston Vance into ROH so they can really start to dominate a promotion.
Really good match from Silas VS Shane, both guys have been great mainstays of ROH, and great win for Shane. Depending how the titles go, I would love if Shane went after the world title in the next phase. I mostly say that because the fans really like Shane, and it’d be a shame if Shane had to face another fan favorite. Though that said, fan favorite Cheeseburger got squashed in a title match main event just so Joe could prove a point to Mark Briscoe. Mark had a great win to open tonight, and he made the save to close the night, I kinda hope Mark finds a way to get that TV title to “fulfill destiny” on the same night ROH honors the Briscoe tag team legacy with that ladder match.
My Score: 8.7/10
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