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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/24/20)

Full speed ahead into Royal Rumble Weekend!

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NEW 205 Live Coverage

The Cruiserweights roll into Royal Rumble Weekend!

While NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Angel Garza, will have his hands full at Worlds Collide, more contenders build up speed on the Road to WrestleMania!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ariya Daivari VS Tyler Breeze; Breeze wins.
  • THE Brian Kendrick VS Danny Burch; Kendrick wins.
  • Lio Rush VS Tony Nese; Nese wins, by count-out.

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Aiden English rejoins commentary!

Tom Philips is still out, so Jon Quasto joins the Drama King in calling the action for the fastest moving hour in WWE programming!

 

Ariya Daivari VS Tyler Breeze!

The Persian Lion wants to keep 205 Live the way it was, and has appointed himself a gatekeeper of sorts against this new wave of talent. But can Daivari Dinero cash in on Prince Pretty as we approach the Road to WrestleMania?

The bell rings and Daivari rushes Breeze! But Breeze is ready, blocking punches to give punches! Daivari kicks low then runs but into a dropkick! Fans fire up as Breeze goes after Daivari in a corner. Breeze rains down punches and gets all the way to 9, before giving 10 some extra heat! Daivari falls down and out of the ring and leans onto the announce desk. Breeze fetches Daivari to club him down hard. Fans fire up with Breeze as he puts Daivari into the ring. Daivari stomps Breeze down and hard! Daivari walks off his frustrations before bumping Breeze off buckles. Daivari mocks the fans before throwing more punches on Breeze. Daivari whips Breeze corner to corner but Breeze reverses to enziguri! Daivari stumbles into the corner and Breeze goes after him with shoulders.

The ref has Breeze back out, so Breeze whips. Daivari reverses but Breeze goes up and out to enziguri Daivari down! But Daivari counters the shoulder with a kick! Daivari runs to dropkick Breeze off the apron! The ref reprimands Daivari but Daivari tells him to shut up. Daivari soaks up the heat from Dallas as he goes out to fetch Breeze. Daivari puts Breeze in and then bring him back up to put on the ropes for a neckbreaker! Breeze writhes as Daivari gets in and covers, TWO! Daivari keeps his cool and drags Breeze up to CHOP! Breeze is stinging in the corner but Daivari comes over. Breeze CHOPS back, and CHOPS again! Breeze runs but into a big back elbow! Cover, TWO! Breeze gasps for air but Daivari is on him with a chinlock. Daivari grinds Breeze down into the mat and shouts at Dallas, “This is MY show!”

Breeze endures as fans rally up for him. Breeze fights his way up and jawbreakers free! Daivari staggers but so does Breeze. Daivari runs in but is sent way out! Breeze rests while the ring count begins, but Breeze won’t leave it at this, either. Breeze heads over but Daivari shoulders back in. Daivari drags Breeze up for another neckbreaker then rains down angry right hands, and even lefts! Daivari fires up but the fans boo and jeer. Daivari circles Breeze and brings him up for a neckbreaker stretch! Breeze endures being bent back and he starts to fade. Fans rally up and Breeze gets a second wind to fight up and turn the neckbreaker around to a backslide! Cover, TWO, and Breeze runs, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES! Both men wipe out and hit the mat. The standing count begins but Breeze sits up at 2. Daivari follows at 4 only to get forearms from Breeze! Mule kick and run to a dropkick!

Breeze runs at Daivari in the corner for a big forearm smash! Breeze whips, Daivari reverses but Breeze kicks back to LARIAT Daivari down! Cover, TWO! Daivari survives but Breeze snarls. Breeze stalks Daivari as he stands, hooks on, but Daivari powers him back. Daivari fires off fast hands over and over and over, but the ref backs him off at the count of 4. Breeze gets away but Daivari runs in corner to corner, only for Breeze to trip him up! Breeze’s catapult sends Daivari into buckles! But then Daivari BOOTS back! Daivari hops up, leaps, SUPER MODEL KICK! Cover, TWO!! Daivari survives and shocks Breeze! Breeze stalks Daivari again, underhooks and turns him, but still no Unprettier. Daivari back suplexes, Breeze lands on his feet to get him in a buckle. Underhooks, UNPRETTIER! Cover, ROPEBREAK!

So close and yet so far, all because they were too close to the ropes. Breeze can’t believe he forgot that, but he drags Daivari back up. Breeze suplexes but Daivari blocks. Breeze clubs Daivari and back suplexes but Daivari fights free! Daivari swings, Breeze ducks but the Beauty Shot misses! Daivari hammerlocks, LION- No, school boy! Daivari slips out to sunset flip, but Breeze sits on it! Breeze wins!

Winner: Tyler Breeze, by pinfall

Daivari didn’t think about that one! Breeze may be new to 205 Live but he’s not new to wrestling. Breeze gets another win, will he turn these into golden opportunities down the line?

 

THE Brian Kendrick talks with Ariya Daivari backstage.

Obviously Daivari is frustrated after that loss, but after what Kendrick has been through, maybe these two can be “friends.” Just remember, Kendrick scratched Daivari’s back. Will Daivari scratch Kendrick’s back here tonight?

 

THE Brian Kendrick VS Danny Burch!

Speaking of that favor, the Man with a Plan now takes on The Govnah in what will surely be a gritty grudge match from the luchador sneak attack. Will Kendrick be able to do this on his own? Or will Burch again be on the receiving end of chicanery?

The bell rings and the two go right at each other! Burch dropkicks then throws hands! He puts Kendrick in the corner with buckle bumps, then the same in another! Burch throws European Uppercuts and bumps Kendrick off more couples before stomping a mudhole in. The ref backs Burch off at 4 but Burch watches Kendrick crawl. Burch drags Kendrick back into the ring to club him hard on the back! And then throw more EuroUppers. Burch brings Kendrick around to scoop and slam Kendrick down! Fans cheer as Burch throws up deuces. Burch drags Kendrick up but Kendrick knees and elbows back. Kendrick runs but gets run over by an elbow! Burch drags Kendrick back up for more EuroUppers, then whips him to the ropes. Kendrick ducks but comes back to get a Thesz Press and fast hands!

Burch gets up and fans fire up as he stalks Kendrick to a corner. Burch again brings Kendrick up but Kendrick rams shoulders into him! Kendrick headlocks but Burch powers out. Kendrick gets body checked to the mat! Burch brings Kendrick up to whip again, but Kendrick reverses, only to get picked out of the air! Fans fire up more for Burch but Kendrick gets out of the ring. Burch hurries after Kendrick and to the steel steps. Burch blocks the step bump to give it back to Kendrick! That was one, as Burch counts, and he refreshes the ring count. Burch brings Kendrick around the way to the other steel steps, and bumps him off those! That’s two, but Kendrick hits back to Russian Leg Sweep Burch into the post! Kendrick gets away again and the ring count continues to climb. It passes 5 then 6, 7 and 8, but Burch is in at 9.5! But into the CAPTAIN’S HOOK!

The submission is clamped on tight even as Burch moves around. Burch reaches, fans rally, and Burch powers his way up and out of the hold! Burch back suplexes and tosses Kendrick, but Kendrick is back up to CLOBBER Burch! Kendrick clamps the Captain’s Hook back on and cranks as hard as he can on the neck! Burch endures again, reaches again, and fans rally again! Burch uses that energy to power his way up again and rams Kendrick into buckles. But Kendrick stays hooked on! Burch snapmares free and throws big hands on Kendrick! Burch fires off forearms and EuroUppers, then whips. Burch runs Kendrick over with elbows and then more EuroUppers! Fans fire up as Burch goes corner to corner and corner clotheslines to a sharp enziguri!

Burch hops up and leaps, missile dropkick hits! Cover, TWO! Kendrick survives and Dallas can’t believe it! Burch can’t believe it, either, but he won’t give up. Fans rally once more and Burch feeds off that energy. Burch stalks up behind Kendrick and slashes the throat. Burch brings Kendrick around, suplexes, but Kendrick slips out to waistlock. Burch standing switches to German Suplex! Cover, ONE but Burch still has the waistlock. He makes it a wristlock to ripcord and HEADBUTT! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Burch feels just like Breeze a match ago. Kendrick slowly rises but on the outside. Burch comes over, the ref tries to hold him back, and Kendrick gets away with a thumb to the eye! Burch staggers around and Kendrick takes him down with a calf kick! Kendrick cravats and goes up the corner, but no Sliced Bread just yet! Burch LARIATS!

Fans fire up once again, but here comes Daivari! Burch swings on him, but then Kendrick dumps Burch over. Burch sunset flips through that, but Daivari helps Kendrick stay up! Kendrick has the cover, Kendrick wins!!

Winner: THE Brian Kendrick, by pinfall

Reciprocity complete, Daivari just returned the favor! The Man with a Plan steals one from Burch, and then he hugs it out with his new “friend.” But will these two 205 OG’s be able to keep this up with the new wave swelling?

 

Lio Rush VS Tony Nese!

The Man of the Hour and the Premier Athlete missed out on being in Worlds Collide’s Fatal 4 Way championship match, but there’s always tomorrow! Er, well, Worlds Collide is tomorrow, so there’s always the day after tomorrow. Wait that’s the Royal Rumble. Well whatever day it’ll be, there will come a day when Lio and Nese can get at the gold again. Who gets ahead of the other in this race to the Cruiserweight Championship on the Road to WrestleMania?

The bell rings and Lio circles with Nese. They both tell the other to run their mouth, and then Nese flexes on Lio. Nese shoves Lio but Lio pushes back. Nese swings but Lio ducks and trips him up to cover, ONE! Lio speeds things up, redirects on a dime and rolls, only to get run over by Nese! Nese talks trash but gets a kangaroo kick for it! Lio goes Matrix to mule kick and enziguri Nese down! Lio flexes back to then put Nese in a corner. Lio fires off stomps and punches but Nese turns things around. Nese walks into Lio’s boot and Lio hops up. Nese mule kicks the legs out! Lio adjusts but then gets YANKED off the ropes! Nese rains down angry left hands and fires up. Dallas boos him instead. Nese brings Lio up to whip and run him over again! Cover, TWO!

Nese taunts Lio, “You’re not so fast when you’re running into brick walls, are ya?” Fans rally for Lio as Nese drags him up for a scoop slam. Nese heads to the corner and up top, but Lio hurries to the apron. Nese hops down but then Lio rolls into the ring. Lio PELES Nese between the ropes, then handspring kicks him down! Lio builds speed to LOW-PE! They both crash into the announce desk, but Lio is back in the ring right away! Dallas is all fired up again as Lio lets the ring count get Nese. The count reaches 4 but then Lio changes his mind. Lio fetches Nese into the ring but Nese hits back. Nese goes to bump Lio off the desk but Lio blocks that. Nese still throws big body shots, and whips Lio at steps. Lio goes up and over!

They both get in the ring, things speed up again, sunset flip but Nese slips through to mule KICK Lio down! Cover, TWO! Lio lives but Nese stomps him down. Nese scowls as he gives toying kicks. Nese whips Lio corner to corner and hard! Lio bounces off buckles and Nese just flexes again. Nese even encourages the boos and the jeers as he admires himself. Nese drags Lio up and whips him corner to corner again. Lio hits the buckles even harder than before! Lio ends up stuck between the ropes like that, and Nese taunts him more. Nese kicks Lio down but Dallas rallies up. Nese drags Lio back up but Lio throws body shots and haymakers. Lio gets going but Nese dropkicks Lio right down! Cover, TWO! Nese is right on Lio with body scissors!

Nese squeezes tight and Lio endures. Nese slaps Lio in the back of the head but Lio works on the hold. Fans rally for Lio as he pries the feet apart. Lio throws back elbows but Nese CHOPS. Lio CHOPS, Nese CHOPS, it’s a scrap on the mat! Lio gets free and rains down fists from all sides! Nese pushes Lio away and gets to his feet, only for Lio to give him a jawbreaker! Lio whips, Nese reverses to pump handle and lift, but LIo slips out of the scoop! Lio fires off fast hands then a boot! Lio hops up the ropes and leaps, but Nese catches him! Nese pops Lio up but Lio sunset flips! Nese slips out again but Lio ducks the mule kick to victory roll! Cover, ONE, and things speed up again. Springboard COME UP! Cover, TWO!! Nese survives but Lio won’t let this slow him down.

Lio heads to the top because he says it’s time. But Nese gets to the far corner, so Lio hops down. Lio stalks over but into an UPPERCUT! Nese grabs Lio for a bulldog hotshot! Premier Triangle Moonsault FLOPS! Lio gets up and whips Nese, but Nese holds ropes. Lio swings a kick but ends up in a pump handle, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Lio still lives and Nese can’t believe it! Both men are down but Dallas is firing up again. Nese drags Lio around and pie faces him. “You got nothing!” Lio SLAPS Nese! And then throws hands! Lio backs Nese into a corner but the ref pulls him off. Nese comes back to mule kick, knee lift, and leg sweep! Nese flounders his way up the ropes and to the very top, but Lio trips him up!

Nese pushes Lio away but Lio sweeps the legs, back heel buzzsaw! Lio heads up top once again, but Nese SHORYUKENS! Lio flops to the apron and Nese goes to the other side. Nese climbs but Lio gets up to throw hands! Lio and Nese fight up top, fighting for control. Lio body shots and tries to dump Nese in but Nese throws body shots of his own. Both men hit each other, both men crash on the apron and fall to the floor! A ring count begins, and both men rise at 5. They stagger over, but Nese goes around to throw Lio over the desk! Nese gets in at 8, and then the count hits 10!! Nese wins!!

Winner: Tony Nese, by count-out

The Premier Athlete feels like he just won Worlds Collide! He gets one over on the Living Piece of Gold, but is Nese going to head for gold after Royal Rumble Weekend? Who will be the Cruiserweight Champion when we arrive on the other side of this weekend?

 


 

My Thoughts:

While nothing on 205 Live tonight had anything to do with the Royal Rumble, this was a good go-home for the weekend. Obviously this alliance of Daivari and Kendrick is growing stronger. Breeze gets a quick pin win on Daivari but then Daivari helps Kendrick do the same to Burch. I wouldn’t mind seeing that tag match, it’d give Breeze some grit. The possibility of No Disqualifications for a tag match would be pretty good, as Kendrick and Daivari are very familiar with that stuff in 205 Live. Then the main event, Lio VS Nese, that was really good. I’m glad Dallas was able to wake up again for that one, those two really do deserve full attention and energy. Nese winning with the count-out does great for keeping them relatively even. Whoever wins at Worlds Collide, Nese will make a great Heel to go against them, as he has for many of his rivalries. But it would be pretty great to have a fresh match-up of Nese and Swerve. There’s so much speed and sharp striking between the two, that’d be like 205 Live Strong Style.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 2.29.2024

Not a lot of lead time til Sacrifice, so let’s find out if there’s just obvious rematches or any wrinkles to flesh out the PPV card!

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Coming out of No Surrender we get two tapings before Sacrifice! Curious how many rematches and build offs we’ll see since 2 weeks isn’t exactly a lot of time to propagate a fresh feud. The System is in the main event again, Mustafa Ali has his inauguration event, AJ Francis makes his in-ring debut and there’s some Hammerstone buzz that might pay off tonight.

So as I’ve already said once, we don’t have a ton of time til Sacrifice, so let’s get to it!

Ratings:

  • Steve Maclin w/The Rascalz vs Speedball Mike Bailey w/Trent Seven: Maclin wins via KIA – ***
  • Laredo Kid vs Jake Something: Jake wins via Into the Void – **
  • AJ Francis & Deaner vs Joe Hendry & Rich Swann: Hendry wins via Standing Ovation – ** 3/4
  • Tasha Steelz vs Xia Brookside: DOUBLE COUNT OUT – **
  • The System (Eddie Edwards, Moose & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards vs ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) & Eric Young: System with a Trios Tandem Backpack Stunner, Yakuza Kick + Machoman Elbow – ***

 

Results:

Steve Maclin w/The Rascalz vs Speedball Mike Bailey w/Trent Seven

Bailey comes down favoring the leg that Maclin clipped at No Surrender, so Bailey will most likely eat another loss here with injury excuse.

Maclin shoots for the injured leg but Bailey defends back into the corner and manages to hit his Kick Flurry before the leg flares up. Maclin then powders, Bailey follows and its just a Fighting Spirit spot on the outside that resolves in classic NJPW way where both hear the officials count at the same time, stare at each other and slide in simultaneously. Maclin Lariats Bailey back out after the count is broken, Maclin distracts the ref and The Rascalz go after Bailey and the bad leg.

Bailey is now getting dissected, there’s a small comedy spot where Bailey lifts his Left Leg to dodge the offense and adopts the Karate Kid Crane Kick pose, but Maclin front kicks the plant leg out to cause Speedball to land in a split, then Maclin keeps up offense. Tree of Woe, Caught in the Crosshair, but Bailey sits up! Maclin posts himself, eats some offense, powders out and Bailey with a gorgeous Corkscrew Moonsault. Bailey brings Maclin to the apron to try and bring him back, but they start fighting on the apron, Bailey kicks with the bad leg and sells for a second while Maclin Lariats him back into the ring. Speedball with a Sweep, tries the Backflip Knees but misses and crashes on the apron. Maclin hits his SCUD missile Dive, then throws Bailey back in, Jarhead Butt attempt missed, Mayhem for All gets hit by Maclin but only for 2.

Trent causes a small distraction so Bailey manages a Crane Kick, Superkick combo, aims for the Tornado Kick but gets intercepted. Buckle Bomb connects, Powerbomb two is countered by a Poison Rana, Bailey heads to the top for Ultima Weapon and misses hard. KIA ends the match in a win for Steve.

If the name sticks, I do like Maclin and the Rascalz being known as the HIGHerarchy. 

Laredo Kid vs Jake Something

Laredo tries a dumb tie up and gets chucked backwards. Then he tries for a few Low Kicks to compromise Jake’s base, but it takes a Headscissor to cause Jake to roll to the outside. Laredo goes for a Plancha into a Rana, but Jake rolls through it and into a Powerbomb on the outside. Both head back in, early pinfall attempt only gets two, but Laredo is reeling after the Powerbomb.

Vader Hammer style strike into an Into the Void attempt but Laredo counters and then starts a little ducking and weaving. Jake goes for a charge and eats turnbuckle as Laredo is floating between ropes, Jake tries to fire but eats a Code Red DDT for a near fall. BME from Laredo Kid for another near fall. Satellite Takedown into a Cradle for another close call for Laredo…but as he goes for his next move attempt Jake just catches him with Into the Void and wins!

Thanks I hate it.

AJ Francis & Deaner vs Joe Hendry & Rich Swann

Do we get a heel turn from Swann, does he go 0-5 in the new TNA rebrand or does he finally end up on the winning end? Yeah, the first two are the most likely.

AJ Francis points at Hendry, says he wants Hendry but Rich doesn’t oblige for AJ takes a cheap shot at Joe and then tags Deaner in so Swann and Deaner can finally start the match. Swann rolls early, knocks Deaner to the outside, goes for a Dive but AJ gets in the way to tell Swann he should be with him and not against him. This gives Deaner and opening, he sends Rich reeling, then when he goes for the rope run Joe is there to cut him off. Deaner mouths off to Joe, Joe pulls the Bugs Bunny and points behind Deaner, and Swann is just biding his time with a little dancey dance into a Superkick.

Joe comes in, throws Deaner around a little and then tags back out to Rich, and Rich loses the advantage. Stiff Strike from Deaner into a the hard Irish Whip to the corner, Deaner goes for a second but Swann pulls the Uno Reverse and connects with the Crossbody into some quick offense and then tags out to Hendry. Hendry then initiates the We Believe Chest Chops into a Stalling Vertical Suplex. Hendry hits the kip up and plays to the crowd before hitting his own cheap shot on AJ. Receipts are fun, but that costs Joe the advantage.

AJ tags in and starts manhandling Hendry. Hits his Tennessee Whiskey Knee Strike as Deaner hits the blind tag and Hendry is stuck in the opponents corner. Quick tags between Deaner and AJ keeps Hendry isolated and getting throttled. Francis goes for a Leg Lariat while Hendry is draped on the middle rope, Hendry dodges, AJ crotches himself and Hendry tries some offense. A Dropkick careens AJ back to Joe, Joe goes for the Trust Fall but AJ is too big. AJ goes for a Chokeslam, but Joe counters it into a DDT. Simultaneous tags, Deaner gets lit up, Rolling Thunder for 2. Francis gets in the ring, tries to send a message to Swann but Swann just smacks him. AJ charges, low bridge into Swann hitting a Senton off the apron to wipe out AJ. Lethal Injection from Swann, tags in Hendry, Standing Ovation for the win!

-Wait- Swann finally won a match in new TNA? Color me surprised. After the match, Hendry hogs the limelight a little in the victory and Swann’s face looks like he’s buying AJ’s pitch a bit more. The heel turn seems very much in the works, now just a matter of time.

DDIWAPSEA will be fire. I look forward to the DDIWAPSEA Heavyweight Title.

We get Ali’s inauguration speech next, and its what you would expect. The Good Hands act like typical mooks, Ali’s bland presence is the right level of cringe lameness for a political gimmick and it gets cut off by Chris Sabin of course.  Fight breaks out of course, Intergalatic Pizza Cats or whatever the bad name is make the save and Ali makes a very calm exit flanked by his security (this part is actually great). 

After the inaugural melee, ASH by Elegance cuts off everything before the Xia and Tasha match. The “major announcement” is just that she’s going to have a match next week, but she comes out like a super model and not in an evening gown…so I actually really liked her look tonight. Plus her and Iceman are so delusional and hilarious I can’t help but love this gimmick. 

Tasha Steelz vs Xia Brookside

The rubber match no one wanted gets a stipulation of “winner gets a Knockouts title shot at Sacrifice”. This promises to be miserable and make the Sacrifice card kinda trash. 

Lame strikes, Xia screams like 10 seconds into the match to “fire up” for no reason, completely whiffs a Dropkick so Tasha slams Xia into the corner and brings her out by hitting a Jackhammer for 2. Bad Headscissors into a weak looking Dropkick from Xia and a Running Crossbody for 2. Xia tries to lift Tasha, Tasha goes to the eyes and then a few strikes into a bottom turnbuckle foot choke cause their both like 4 foot 10 instead of 7 feet like Kevin Nash.

Xia tries to fight out of the corner but Tasha stays on top of her with clubbing Axehandles into a kneeling Sleeper. Xia Snapmare to break the Sleeper, Flying Lariat, another Flying Headscissors, too much Screaming out of nowhere, Broken Wings to the corner, Cutter attempt is countered, Brooksie Bomb is countered by Tasha. Gamengiri from Xia knocks Tasha to the ground, Xia with a Baseball Slide into Tasha and then a Running Neckbreaker on the outside.

Both cut the other one off trying to get back into the ring, and the count continues, 10 count happens and Double Count Out is declared. Jordynne will probably just accept both of them as opponents.

Look Jordynne comes out and does what was obvious. The concerning part here is that one on one neither could believably beat Jordynne…but as a Three Way Dance, shenanigans are nearly guaranteed.

The System (Eddie Edwards, Moose & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards vs ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) & Eric Young

As we’ve established, TNA 6 mans are very Japanese, so the opening salvos are kinda inconsequential. A few mind games, but everyone gets a chance to shine and hit low to mid tier moves to keep things moving. The System side keeps up with quick tags, Back Rakes, Arm Wringers, Headbutts and just general strategy to keep Bey eating offense. Bey flips out of the move from Myers, tags in Ace and sends Myers reeling. Myers powders, Alisha is trying to fan him down, but Ace comes around the corner. Nice little wrinkle for when Ace was the XXX Division Champion and was trying to bang Eddie’s wife, but Eddie is the heel now. Those interactions are always a bit fun.

Lish does a good job at distracting the referee though and allowing System to eventually stop Ace’s momentum and take back over. Lish gets involved a bit by choking Ace on the bottom rope while the ref is distracted and Ace has had no offense in a few minutes. Myers works him over, tags in Moose and Moose is dissecting him with Garvin Style Stomps. EY and Bey are getting frustrated, but Ace is paying the price and getting manipulated. Quick tags keep Ace rocked, but finally a foot up stops Moose, he fights out of the corner, connects on a Roundhouse Kick and uses the momentum of his jump to tilt Moose backwards to tag in Bey…but the referee didn’t see it!

A few moves delayed, but EY takes the hot tag and starts finding offense, there’s a tornado moment that gets sloppy and looks a bit bad after Moose crotches himself on the top rope. 1-2-SWEET landed on Moose, but Eddie breaks up the pin.

 

Overall Score: 7/10

Since we’ve got Sacrifice on March 8th, the logic for stories had to be very quick and dirty. The System potentially in line to get a tag title match after the 6 Man makes sense, Knockouts World title picture is messy but could lend to a weird way in getting the belt off Jordynne, Dango being relevant to the show but not really in any major angle keeps him on people’s radar, Kaz’s threat to Santino can lead to things and Maclin versus Nemeth is happening much earlier than I expected.

Honestly, the only match that is bound to be disappointing is the Knockouts Three Way Dance unless Jordynne really kicks it into overdrive to cover both her opponents weaknesses. Oh yeah, and Alexander Hammerstone officially getting signed it the best news to come out of tonight. So now Hammerman just needs to win at Sacrifice and we’ll start some nice momentum to potentially get him a title shot by Slammiversary or Bound For Glory. Hell if Hammerstone takes the belt off Moose at some point and then Nemeth challenges Hammerstone at something like Bound For Glory; that’s pretty box office when all things are said and done.

 


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (2/29/24)

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Dalton Castle will do it for The Boys!

After weeks of obsessing, and after being faced with a tough decision. Dalton Castle gets his match with Johnny TV, with The Boys on the line! Will Castle SMASH Johnny’s face in once and for all?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Quarterfinal: Taya Valkyrie w/ Johnny TV VS Queen Aminata; Aminata wins and advances.
  • Lee Johnson VS Mike Sydal; Johnson wins.
  • Komander w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Blake Christian; Komander wins.
  • Taiji Ishimori VS Jacoby Watts; Taiji wins.
  • Custody of The Boys: Dalton Castle VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie; Johnny wins and takes custody of The Boys.

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ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Quarterfinal: Taya Valkyrie w/ Johnny TV VS Queen Aminata!

La Wera Loca says this tournament and that title belong to her, but she’s up against the Queen of Guinea! Will the One and Only African Woman Wrestler in ROH & AEW take one step closer to history? Or will nothing stop Mrs. TV from being TV Champion?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally up. Taya taunts Aminata as they get face to face, but then Aminata stands tall to be head, shoulders and chest above! The fans fire up, Aminata reels Taya into a headlock, then hits a takeover. Taya moves around, fights up to her feet, and slips out to hammerlock then headlock and takeover. Aminata headscissors, Taya moves around, and Taya pops free to then get a headlock back. Aminata fights up, powers out the back and steps over to twerk attack! Aminata then wrenches, headlocks and grinds. Taya puts Aminata in a corner, the ref counts, and Taya lets off.

Taya swings but Aminata ducks! Aminata then ROCKS Taya in the corner! And CHOPS! And ROCKS her again! And CHOPS her again! Aminata ROCKS Taya one more time, but Taya avoids the double chop to CHOP! Taya eggs Aminata on but Aminata dodges, fakes the chop and body shots! Aminata whips corner to corner, runs up and hip attacks! Taya sits down, the fans fire up and Aminata twerks into the HIP- NO, Taya dodges and says hecc no! Johnny says Taya’s too smart for that. Aminata storms out after Taya, Taya slides in and Johnny distracts Aminata. Taya DECKS Aminata and Johnny catches her!

Taya is confused, and then both Johnny and Aminata freak out. They tell the other not to touch them, but Taya WRECKS Aminata with a dropkick! Aminata falls, Taya stomps away and says do not touch her man! Taya and Johnny then kiss, and Taya drags Aminata up. Taya brings Aminata around to whip her into railing hard! Aminata sits down and Johnny starts a “Taya! Taya!” chant. Taya slides into the ring but slides out to refresh the count. Taya runs in, but Aminata dodges to send Taya into railing! Aminata storms back up but Taya kicks low. Taya snap suplexes Aminata to the floor!

Aminata writhes while Taya mockingly chants for her. Taya then brings Aminata up and brings her around, to CHOP her against the apron! Taya pushes Aminata in the ring, stomps her, then pushes her around to grab the legs. Taya ties up the legs, pulls hair, but then shifts to the QUEEN ANGELITO! The fans rally for Aminata as she endures and reaches out. Aminata claws her way forward to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Taya lets go, and Aminata grits her teeth as she rises up. Taya runs up but into an elbow! Taya tries again but Aminata ELBOWS again! Taya tries a third time, Aminata goes up and over to sunset flip! TWO!

Taya stands and SPEARS Aminata down! Cover, TWO!! Aminata survives and the fans fire up! Taya has a wild grin but she’s frustrated. “This is your queen?” The fans cheer but Taya mocks them. Taya SPANKS Aminata, drags her up, and the fans chant “She’s Our Queen!” Taya CLUBS Aminata, reels her in, but Aminata fights around to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up while both women are down! Johnny coaches Taya as a standing count starts. Both women rise, stand at 5 of 10, and Taya throws a forearm! Aminata hits back! Taya throws another, so Aminata ROCKS her right back!

Taya fires a flurry of forearms, then winds up, but Aminata wrenches and snap suplexes! Then LARIATS! Then clinches, spins, snapmares and runs, PENALTY KICK! The fans fire up with Aminata while Taya flounders to a corner. Aminata runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Aminata goes corner to corner now, for the HIP ATTACK! The fans fire up again, Aminata covers, TWO!! Taya survives and Aminata grows frustrated. Johnny coaches Taya but the fans rally for Aminata. Aminata drags Taya up, fisherman, but Taya slips free to kick, KICK and LARIAT! Taya roars and Aminata rises. Aminata swings, Taya gets under, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!!

Aminata is still in this but Taya still has that wild look in her eyes. Taya gets the legs but Aminata kicks her away! Aminata runs up but Taya BOOTS her! Taya reels Aminata in to underhook, lift and BUTTERFLY BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Taya is shocked that Aminata survives but the fans are thunderous! Aminata goes to ropes, Taya runs in, but into a BOOT! Aminata ROCKS Taya with a forearm, rolls her up, TWO! Aminata hurries to HEADBUTT!! Cover, AMINATA WINS!!

Winner: Queen Aminata, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)

Aminata just brought down a former champion and is in the Final Four! Will Aminata continue to knock people out of this tournament to finally have her crowning moment?

 

Lexi Nair is on stage.

She says, “Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention please. Your ROH Women’s World Champion, Athena, and Billie Starkz have called an emergency MEM (Minion Empowerment Meeting).” And now, Athena & Billie walk out on stage. The fans cheer and Athena smiles as she still has the title around her waist. Athena says, “Hello, Minions.” “Hi~, Athena.” “I said HELLO~ Minions~!” The fans cheer, and Athena says it is very important we start off with this bit of information. She’s read the comments online, everything they had to say about MIT, the Athena family, and how they are falling apart.

Athena thinks it is finally time to address the problem. Lexi Nair! Huh!? Athena says if Lexi doesn’t stop chasing Dalton Castle and every hack around the back, she will take her fist and… Y’know what? Lexi’s place is next to Billie, next to Athena, does she understand? Y-Yes! Athena then smiles and says to business. Last week, Athena was in a historic Best 2 Outta 3 Falls Tables match for her ROH Women’s World Championship. And to be honest, Nyla Rose took Athena to the limit, she presented challenges that Athena didn’t know she’d have to deal with. Nyla was the embodiment of chaos, and showed us why she is a former AEW Women’s World Champion.

The fans do applaud but Athena says also last week, Athena YEETED that hussy right through a table! Didn’t she? The fans applaud and Billie adds, “But what about me last week? I won my first round match last week against Robyn.” The fans do cheer and Athena says yeah, but Robyn Renegade isn’t what Athena would really call… competition. Y-Yeah, but Billie also gets Diamante in the second round. Right… And Billie thinks she can beat “Diabla” without Athena motivating her? Yeah, Billie’s gonna win by herself! The fans cheer and Athena asks Lexi if she thinks Billie can do this.

Lexi nervously says yeah, duh! Athena asks the “Minion Mafia,” do they think Billie can win it all? “YES!” Well then, Billie. You better win the ROH Women’s World TV Championship, or else. Because this is THEIR year, this is the Year of MIT, of Minion Bestie, of Minion 400,237 and three-quarters! And most of all, this is the Year of the Fallen Goddess, the ROH Gatekeeper, the Minion Overlord, the American Joshi, and most of all the inspiration for every woman’s division! This right here is HER show! With HER rules! And if you don’t like that, you can step up, or step out. Mic drop moment and the family heads out. Will Billie bring home the gold to stand beside Athena?

 

Taiji Ishimori VS Jacoby Watts!

It’s a great surprise return to ROH for the Bone Soldier Reborn! Will Taiji prove that Bullet Club is still Too Sweet even as ROH is reborn?

The Code of Honor is skipped as Taiji kicks Jacoby’s hand away. Jacoby takes a swing, Taiji dodges and claws the eyes! The ref reprimands, Taiji whips but Jacoby reverses! Taiji goes out, slides under, slips around and RAMS into Jacoby. Taiji then springboards to SEATED SENTON! The fans fire up with Taiji as he looms over Jacoby. Taiji fist drops Jacoby, then NECK TWISTS him! Jacoby writhes, the fans rally behind “Bone Soldier! Bone Soldier!” Taiji drags Jacoby up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Jacoby stays in this but Taiji keeps cool. The fans cheer as Taiji paces around. Taiji goes to a corner then climbs up.

Jacoby stands, Taiji leaps at him, CROSSBODY but Jacoby catches him! Swing and END OF DAYS! Taiji flounders to a corner, Jacoby runs up to fire off haymakers! The ref counts, Jacoby lets off, and then Jacoby whips corner to corner. Jacoby winds up and runs in place, then runs in to clothesline! Jacoby keeps moving and LARIATS Taiji down! Cover, TWO! Taiji survives and the fans rally up. Jacoby stomps Taiji, drags him up, but Taiji kicks low. Taiji claws eyes, whips, but Jacoby reverses. Taiji handsprings to NEURALIZER! Both men are down and the fans rally up again. Taiji goes to ropes and he takes aim, BANG!

Taiji reels Jacoby in but Jacoby fights out of the half hatch. Taiji UPPERCUTS, runs, but Jacoby scoops! Taiji claws eyes and slips free to then wrench, tilt-o-whirl and LA MYSTICA, into BONE LOCK!! Jacoby taps, Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by submission

The Bone Soldier brings down Jacoby and has his first win back in ROH. Will he stick around to see if it turns into a title opportunity?

 

Queen Aminata speaks.

“Listen, guys. I told you The Queen would beat Taya, and I actually beat Taya. Y’know, I have to say, that wasn’t easy. My neck is sore, my back feels like crap right now, I don’t feel very juicy. But at the end of the day, this tournament started with 16 women, and I know it will end with only one woman. And that one woman will be the one and only Queen Aminata.” The Queen is ready to win it all now that she got past Mrs. TV, will Aminata soon be the Queen of TV?

 

Custody of The Boys: Dalton Castle VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie!

The Peacock has been so obsessed with revenge on the Guru of Greatness for ruining his shot at the ROH World Television Championship, he was ready to do anything to get this chance. Sadly, Johnny used that, and now he wants to take away the two things that mean more to Castle than anything in the world! Will Brandon & Brent have no choice but to leave their Castle? Or will Castle prove once and for all he is more than TV Ready?

Wait, The Iron Savages are here? And Jacked Jameson says they’ve got a little something to help. It’s the Savage Sauce! We all saw how that stuff pepped The Peacock up a month or so ago, and he can definitely use the pick-up! Castle chugs the sauce and he is ALL fired up! “Let’s go break some hearts!” Castle has wanted nothing more in his entire life to SMASH Johnny TV! He gives the Boys a sample of the sauce, and now Castle is feeling the magma flowing through his veins! Castle is back to his old self for the time being, but will he be able to hold onto his Boys?

The introductions are made, the Boys’ hands are raised, and we see who brings ’em home!

The Code of Honor is skipped and the bell rings. Castle and Johnny circle, Johnny ends up in a corner but he dodges Castle’s lunge. Johnny rolls, resets and circles with Castle again. Castle corners Johnny this time, but then Johnny escapes. Johnny lounges on the corner, Castle runs in but Johnny gets away again. Johnny says he can do this all day. But then Castle gets a leg and trips him! Johnny scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts but Castle waistlocks Johnny to a corner. The ref pries Castle away and Johnny bails out. Taya protests, that sauce should count as an illegal performance enhancer!

Taya whispers something to Johnny before he slides back in. Johnny and Castle circle, Johnny kicks but Castle blocks, so Johnny pokes him in the eye! Johnny then shoots around to CLUB Castle on the back! Castle bails out, The Boys fans him off, and Taya taunts them all. Castle scowls at Taya but storms back up the steps. Taya tells him, “Get in the ring, loser!” But Castle hops down and he gets the fans fired up! Castle then gets back in, he blocks a punch to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Castle whips corner to corner, Johnny reverses and runs in, but Castle pops him up! Johnny holds ropes to stop the Bangarang!

Castle lets Johnny go but then Johnny DUMPS him out! The Boys fan Castle but Johnny goes out to SHINING WIZARD! Johnny hopes they caught that on camera. Then he tells The Boys to come this way. Johnny forces the Boys to back up, and Taya takes a new family selfie! The ref reprimands, this is not the time! The ref takes Taya’s phone away and says they’re not a real family so stop it. But then Johnny sends The Boys at Castle! The Boys stop from colliding with Castle, and Castle gets in. Johnny runs in, handsprings, but into an EXPLODER! The fans fire up as Castle KNEES Johnny down!

Johnny staggers up, Castle bumps him off buckles! And then off more buckles! Castle reels Johnny in for a DDT! The fans fire up with Castle as he rises up. Castle drags Johnny up, reels him in, but Johnny shoves him away. Castle runs back up but Johnny ducks the lariat, only for Castle to LARIAT on return! The fans chant “For The Boys!” while Johnny bails out. Castle pursues but Taya blocks the way! And then Johnny RAMS Castle into railing! The fans rally for Castle while Johnny mockingly pats him on the head. Castle ROCKS Johnny! Taya again stands in the way and says kiss this! Johnny then uses that to POMMEL HORSE KICK Castle!

Taya laughs at Castle while fans boo, but Johnny grins as he tells the Boys, go ahead, fan Castle while they can. Then Johnny whips Castle into steel steps! Taya mockingly asks Castle what’s wrong while Johnny refreshes the count. Johnny KICKS Castle low! And FLAPJACKS Castle off barriers! The fans boo while Johnny shoves Castle in. Johnny brings Castle up, turns him, NECKBREAKER! Johnny grins, strikes a pose, but the fans still rally behind Castle. Johnny cravats for a neck wrench and The Boys keep the fans going. Castle endures, fights up, and he throws body shots! Johnny CLUBS Castle down!

Johnny winds up, aims, but Castle blocks the haymaker to BACK ELBOW! And LARIAT! The fans fire up again and Castle shoots in to clinch and EXPLODER! Johnny staggers back up, into another EXPLODER! Castle has Johnny again, EXPLODER! The hattrick is complete, and the fans rally as Castle clinches for a fourth! The Suplex Peacock is unleashed, and he watches Johnny flounder around. Castle BOOTS Johnny, then GERMAN SUPLEXES! High stack cover, TWO! Johnny survives being thrown around and the fans rally up again. Castle gets around Johnny and hooks an arm so he can throw ELBOWS into the ribs!

Johnny sputters, Castle drags him up, and says time to smash his face! Castle fireman’s carries but Johnny slips free! MOONLIGHT DRIVE! Cover, TWO!! Castle survives and the fans fire up! Johnny is frustrated, Taya coaches him up, and he drags Castle up with a waistlock. Castle slips out the back, waistlocks, but Johnny RAMS him into the corner! Johnny ELBOWS Castle, but Castle BOOTS him back! Castle back suplexes Johnny onto the ropes! Johnny lands on his Mr. Belvedere! The fans chant “No More Babies!” and Castle SAIDOS Johnny off the ropes! Cover, TWO!! Johnny survives and Castle cannot believe it!

Castle drags Johnny up but Johnny ROCKS him with a forearm! Johnny crawls away but Castle grabs a leg! Johnny throws an elbow to get free, but Castle keeps pursuing. Johnny kicks Castle away, drags himself up the ropes, but Castle runs in. Johnny BOOTS him, goes up the corner, and he brings Castle in, but Castle UPPERCUTS him! Castle has Johnny in the crucifix, for a BLACKOUT DRIVER?!? Taya freaks out and throws a Boy into the ring! The ref is busy with, uh, Brent perhaps, while Castle covers! Castle would’ve won by now!! The fans boo and the ref sees it now! Cover, TWO!! Johnny survives because of the delay!

Taya shouts for Johnny to get up, and he flounders up on the apron. Castle storms up but Johnny kicks him low! Johnny laughs, climbs, but Castle kicks out his legs! Castle goes to the adjacent corner and the apron. Castle runs in, but Johnny avoid the boot! Johnny swings, Castle counter punches! But Taya anchors Castle while Johnny distracts the ref ! “This is Awesome!” even as Johnny grabs at Castle over the corner! Johnny drags Castle up using a chinlock, and they go to the top rope. But Castle DECKS Johnny onto the Boys! The ref is again distracted and Taya SHOVES Castle down!! Castle flounders up, into a GAMANGIRI!

Johnny goes to the corner, for the STARSHIP PAIN!! Cover, Johnny wins!!

Winner: Johnny TV, by pinfall (acquires custody of The Boys)

The decision should really say Johnny AND Taya won, because they worked together to screw Castle over! For the second time in his life, Castle must give up The Boys to another! The Last Real Man used The Boys against Castle, will Mr. & Mrs. TV do the same in the 2024 remake no one wanted?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of ROH here, mostly because it was only a little over an hour. I probably could’ve done all the matches because of that, but oh well. Still good to see Mike Sydal back in action, though good win for Lee Johnson off him. And Komander VS Blake turned out to be some great stuff, too. But I got the important tournament match, and how great for Aminata to win, she’s definitely going to be a finalist. And after the really good promo from Athena, Billie & Lexi, Billie is of course going to be the other. Athena adding that “or else” was a nice touch, and oddly makes me think Billie loses so that we get Athena VS Billie 2 down the line, and that is where Billie wins the world title so Athena can move up/over to AEW.

Great to see Taiji in ROH, though of course he was gonna squash Jacoby. Not sure what more this is about other than maybe just a stop over while Taiji also (probably?) visits NJPW Strong. And great main event out of Castle VS Johnny. I had a feeling Johnny was going to win because that would be the more intriguing story. Johnny & Taya are going to force The Boys to adopt a more “TV Ready” style, like sunglasses and fur coats. I expect Castle to be even more distraught and out of it than he was the whole time during this story build, and maybe there’s a rematch to get The Boys back for Supercard of Honor in April. That would be a big moment for ROH’s answer to WrestleMania Weekend.

My Score: 8.7/10


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