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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/17/21)

World Tag League, Round 2!

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NJPW WTL X BOSJ 2021

Will Suzuki-Gun look to sweep the night?

The Dangerous Tekkers gave Taka Michinoku some tough love, but now Suzuki-Gun is stronger than ever! Will they start to take over World Tag League?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • World Tag League 2021: Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask VS The Guerrillas of Destiny; The Guerrillas of Destiny win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Goto & Hashi win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi; Yano & Tanahashi win.
  • World Tag League 2021: The United Empire VS Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo; The United Empire wins.
  • World Tag League 2021: SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku; Sanada & Naito win.
  • World Tag League 2021: The Dangerous Tekkers VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale; Dangerous Tekkers win.

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Here are the current World Tag League Standings!

Dangerous Tekkers: 1-0, 2 points
SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 1-0, 2 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 1-0, 2 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 1-0, 2 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 1-0, 2 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 1-0, 2 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-1, 0 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 0-1, 0 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 0-1, 0 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 0-1, 0 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 0-1, 0 points
The United Empire: 0-1, 0 points

 

World Tag League 2021: Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask VS The Guerrillas of Destiny!

Blue Justice and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion didn’t feel so cozy after facing off with TenCozy, but Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa proved themselves the alphas against Everyone’s Kokeshi and the Rampaging King Kong. Will the Good Bad Guy and the Silverback prove they’re still kings of the jungle?

The Guerrillas Low Sweet, then go right after Nagata & Tiger! Loa drags Nagata out but Tiger hits Tama back with knee after knee! The bell rings to put this on record and Tama throws body shots back. On the outside, Loa whips but Nagata reverses and sends him into railing! Tama whips Tiger into the corner, then runs in but misses as Tiger moves. Tiger sobats then CLUBS Tama, then dropkicks! Tama comes back with body shots and a headbutt! Tama throws Tiger out while Loa throws body shots on Nagata. Tama CLAWS Tiger’s back, ROCKS him with a haymaker, then bumps him off the apron.

Loa has Nagata down on the entryway while Tama puts Tiger in. Tama drops elbow after elbow, then CHOKES Tiger! The ref counts, Tama lets off, and Tama drags Tiger up to tag Loa in. Tama snap suplexes Tiger, Loa adds the slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Loa gets Tiger’s legs and stomps him in the stomach. Loa digs his heel in, stomps again, then digs his heel in more. Loa splashes down, high stacks, TWO! Tag to Tama and he throws down hands. Tama CLUBS Tiger in the chest and then mocks Nagata before he CLUBS Tiger again. The ref keeps Nagata back and Tama drags Tiger into a chinlock. Fans rally up for “TIGER MASK!” as he fights and throws body shots.

Tama CLUBS Tiger, Tiger hits back but Tama whips. Tiger blocks the kick to trip Tama! Tama blocks a kick but gets the spin back heel kick! Tag to Nagata! Nagata BOOTS Tama, BOOTS Loa, then fires up to KICK Tama to the corner! Nagata whips Tama corner to corner, runs in and BOOTS again! Tama staggers, Nagata reels him in, but Tama fights the exploder. Nagata ROCKS Tama to hit a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Nagata drags Tama up, suplexes, but Tama slips out. Nagata elbows Tama away, runs but Tama follows to CLOBBER Nagata! Tag to Loa, Loa runs around to hit Tiger Mask! The Guerrillas mug Nagata in a corner, Loa stomps away, then whips corner to corner.

Tama runs in but Nagata dodges to boot Loa! Tama kicks, runs, but Nagata gets him for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Everyone is down and fans fire up! Nagata gets up, hot tag to Tiger Mask! Tiger’s already up top, he leaps to CROSSBODY Loa down! Loa gets up, Tiger fires off KICKS then whips him to a corner. Loa reverses, runs in but Tiger dodges. Tiger gets around to waistlock but Loa switches. Tiger drops, victory roll, TWO! Tiger sobats hard, then reels Loa in to underhook! Tama gets in to CLUB Tiger! Tiger spins Tama to underhook him! TIGER DRIVER! Fans fire up and Tiger gets around Loa! Loa stays standing, but Nagata BOOTS him into the crucifix pin! TWO!!

Tiger gets Loa’s arms for a DOUBLE FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Nagata has Tama in the CROSSFACE! Loa crawls over to the ROPEBREAK! Tiger lets off, Nagata gets Loa up as Tiger climbs. ENZIGURI staggers Loa, Tiger leaps, but Loa gets under! Tiger keeps moving but Loa SPEARS him down! Loa gets Tiger up fast, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Tiger survives but Loa gets the OG KILLER! Tiger taps, the Guerrillas win!

Winners: The Guerrillas of Destiny, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Tiger Mask earn 0)

Tama & Loa are 2-0 to start the World Tag League! Will they soon be back on top of the Heavyweight Tag Division?

 

World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!

TenCozy won in round one but the Fierce Warrior and Head Hunter couldn’t beat Sanada & Naito. Will Chaos #GetBackUp at the expense of #ThirdGen?

The teams sort out, Kojima starts with Goto. They circle as fans cheer, and the two tie up. Goto waistlocks, Kojima wrenches out to a hammerlock. Goto moves around, slips around to switch the hammerlock onto Kojima, then headlocks. Kojima endures the grind, throws body shots and powers out, but Goto rams shoulders. Neither falls and fans cheer. Goto goes again to ram Kojima but still Kojima stays up! Goto runs, Kojima dodges the lariat and comes back with a shoulder tackle of his own! Kojima stomps Goto, tags Tenzan, and they pinball Goto between forearms and Mongolian Chops! Kojima Mongolian Chops and Goto falls!

Kojima DECKS Hashi, Tenzan drags Goto up for headbutts. Hashi sends Kojima into railing, Goto fires forearms! Tenzan fires them back and the two go back and forth. Tenzan headbutts Goto in the chest, then runs, but into a double shoulder tackle! Goto-Hashi coordinate, hip toss senton! Kojima gets in but Goto kicks him first. Goto-Hashi hammers away on Kojima’s back! Goto stomps Tenzan, drags him up and snapmares to a chinlock. Tenzan endures the knee in his back, so Goto jams an elbow into his head! Goto drags Tenzan up, bumps him off buckles, then tags in Hashi. They stomp away on Tenzan, then Hashi forearms and CHOPS!

Tenzan eggs Hashi on so Hashi forearms harder. Tenzan forearms back but Hashi forearms and CHOPS! Goto holds Tenzan in with a chinlock! Hashi CHOPS and CHOPS, then blocks Tenzan’s kick to club the leg! Another CHOP and Hashi snapmares Tenzan down for a chinlock of his own. Tenzan endures the knee, Kojima wants in but the ref keeps him back. Tag to Goto and Goto stomps Tenzan. Tenzan throws body shots, and Mongolian Chops! Goto knees low, clubs Tenzan then runs, but into a WHEEL KICK! Fans cheer and Tenzan gets up, tag to Kojima! Kojima rallies on Chaos with forearms, then puts Goto in a corner for MACHINE GUN CHOPS! That was at least 30!

Kojima whips, Goto reverses and runs in to clothesline! Goto shoves Kojima down and goes up top! Fans fire up with Goto, but Kojima hits him first! And throws him off the top! Kojima runs corner to corner to forearm! And then he climbs up to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives but Kojima brings him up to throw forearms over and over. ROLLING ELBOW! Kojima runs, Goto follows to LARIAT! Both men are down and fans rally up! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs in to CHOP Kojima to the corner! Hashi whips Kojima to CHOP him again! And then turn, but Kojima fights out to get a COZY CUTTER! Hot tag to Tenzan!

Tenzan rallies with big shoulders and then DECKS Goto! Fans fire up as Tenzan gives Hashi Mongolian Chop after Mongolian Chop! Hashi is in the corner, Tenzan stomps and headbutts then CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Tenzan whips corner to corner, runs in and splashes! Tenzan suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up, Tenzan stomps, but Hashi throws forearms. Tenzan gives them back so Hashi hits back! They go back and forth, Tenzan headbutts then runs. Hashi CHOPS but Tenzan stays up! Hashi fires off fast hands and another CHOP! Then the turn, Goto joins in, HEAD BUSTER! Hashi covers, TWO!

Kojima gets in but Goto intercepts and throws him out. Hashi aims at Tenzan, SUPERKICK! Then the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Tenzan endures, Hashi pulls back on the hold but Tenzan fights up! Fans rally but Hashi CLUBS Tenzan to ropes. Tenzan reverses the whip to MOUNTAIN BOMB! Cover, TWO! ANACONDA VICE!! Kojima keeps Goto on the outside but Goto fights him off! Goto goes in to CLOBBER Tenzan! Kojima clubs Goto and throws him out in return for earlier. Kojima stomps Hashi, Tenzan adds his own. TenCozy coordinates, but Hashi fights off the flapjack! Tenzan CLUBS Hashi, suplexes, but Goto stops that!

Goto CLUBS away on Tenzan, stomps him down, hooks him up, and Hashi runs. But Tenzan breaks free to run Hashi over! Tenzan Mongolian Chops Goto again and again! Tenzan runs, but Goto follows, only to run into a waistlock! Goto ducks, Hashi SUPERKICKS Tenzan down! Fans fire up, Hashi runs, LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Kojima gets in but Goto fireman’s carries him! Hashi SUPERKICKS before the USHIGOROSHI! Goto-Hashi gets Tenzan up, SHOKOU!! Cover, Goto-Hashi wins!!

Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; TenCozy earns 0)

The Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter #GetBackUp and get on the board! Will they start to #TurnItAllAround and win the league?

 

World Tag League 2021: Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi!

Everyone’s Kokeshi and the Rampaging King Kong look to bounce back, but The Joker & The Ace are a hard hand to beat. Will the Producer and the Once in a Century Talent prove that it isn’t luck but love and energy that carries them through?

Yano is again in the long jacket but Tanahashi shows off the short jacket! The teams sort out and again Yano hurriedly goes through the discussion to give Tanahashi the start against Makabe. They circle as fans rally up, then they tie up. They break, tie up again, break, then go again. Tanahashi arm-drags and has an armlock, but Makabe headscissors. Makabe holds tight as Tanahashi tries to kip out, but Tanahashi turns him over and ties up the legs and then floats to a headlock. Makabe slips out to have the hammerlock, but Tanahashi fights up to drop toehold! Tanahashi gets the headlock but Makabe slips out again to get the hammerlock back.

Makabe turns Tanahashi around to headlock but Tanahashi powers out, only for Makabe to run him over. Tanahashi gets up but gets run over again! Tanahashi gets back up but stays back. Makabe tags Honma, to Tanahashi tags Yano! Yano does the school thug crouch but Honma kicks him! Honma whips, Yano reverses, then goes to untie the other buckle pad! Yano has the pad off! Honma runs in but Yano dodges and Honma gets bare buckles! Yano SLAPS Honma on the head! Yano runs but Honma elbows him down! Honma fires up, fans fire up with him, but Yano avoids the kokeshi! Yano throws Honma out, Tanahashi DECKS Makabe.

Yano goes out and whips Honma into railing! Tanahashi throws forearms then bumps Makabe off the apron! Yano drags Honma up, POSTS him, then gets in the ring. Tanahashi puts Honma in for Yano, and Yano stomps him down. Yano drags Honma around, whips him into the bare buckles, and Honma falls to the mat! Yano stomps Honma, bumps him off buckles, tag to Tanahashi. Tanahashi stomps Honma, bumps him off buckles, then puts the leg on the ropes to kick away on it! Tanahashi pulls on the foot, the ref counts, Tanahashi lets off at 4. Tanahashi brings Honma around but Honma throws forearms! Tanahashi fires off fast hands and an uppercut! Then he drops an elbow! Cover, TWO!

Tanahashi drags Honma by the leg, tags in Yano, and Yano eggs Makabe on. The ref keeps Makabe back, Yano & Tanahashi split the wishbone! Yano kicks Honma around while mockingly asking what’s wrong. Yano gets Honma up but Honma CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Yano rakes eyes! Honma falls, Yano brings him up and whips to the bare corner! Honma stops himself, dodges, and Yano gets bare buckles! Honma kicks low but Tanahashi runs in, only to get caught! DDT COMPLETE SHOT COMBO! Fans fire up and rally as Honma crawls for the corner. Hot tag to Makabe! Makabe storms after Yano and Yano wants mercy, but he gets forearms instead!

Tanahashi CLUBS Makabe, whips him but Makabe reverses. Makabe runs in to clothesline! Then he goes corner to corner to clothesline Yano against the buckles, then he goes back to clothesline Tanahashi! Makabe goes back to Yano for another clothesline! Fans fire up as Makabe climbs, and Makabe rains down punches! Makabe gets 10, but then he goes for a second round! Makabe laughs as he hops down, but Yano blocks the suplex! Yano rakes eyes, runs, but into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Makabe is annoyed but he drags Yano up to waistlock, Yano fights the German suplex off to turn around, only for Makabe to standard suplex him! Cover, TWO!

Makabe drags Yano up to throw haymakers! Yano pulls hair to throw Makabe down! Tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs, to FLYING FOREARM Makabe down! Fans cheer, Tanahashi stands Makabe back up. Tanahashi fires off fast hands, then scoops and SLAMS Makabe to a drop zone. Tanahashi goes up, SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi fire sup as Makabe rises, but no Slingblade! Tanahashi ducks one lariat but not the LEFT! Fans rally up, Makabe crawls, hot tag to Honma! Honma puts some stank on the CHOP! And then another CHOP! And another CHOP! Honma whips Tanahashi corner to corner then runs in to elbow! And then BULLDOG!

Honma fires up, runs, and KOKESHI! Honma drags Tanahashi up, and suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi gets up, Honma runs but into a dropkick to the legs! Tanahashi gets a leg to DRAGON SCREW! And then Tanahashi drags Honma around to tie up the legs, TEXAS CLOVER HOLD!! Makabe whips Yano into railing and hurries into the ring! Makabe CLUBS Tanahashi down! Yano CLUBS Makabe and throws him out! Tanahashi fires up, runs, but Honma spins him to a SLEEPER! Tanahashi endures, Honma hits the SLEEPER BUSTER! Both men are down, fans fire up and Honma rises. Tanahashi swings on him but Honma ducks to fire off forearms!

Honma runs and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi is still in this but Honma drags Tanahashi back up. Yano CLUBS Honma, intercepts Makabe, and then he and Tanahashi double whip. Makabe breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! Makabe and Honma coordinate as Tanahashi rises. LARIAT SANDWICH! Honma runs to LEAPING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi survives and shocks Honma! Honma and Makabe coordinate again as they put Tanahashi up top. Honma climbs, Makabe Electric Chairs, but Yano CLUBS them both down! They go after Yano, whip him to ropes but Yano holds the ropes to then send Honma into Makabe!

Yano shoves the ref and he DOUBLE LOW BLOWS Honma & Makabe! Yano bails out while Tanahashi stands up, to HIGH FLY ATTACK! And then he goes back up the corner, to HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, Tanahashi & Yano win!

Winners: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Honma & Makabe earn 0)

The Joker & The Ace win again! Will they continue to take teams to school? Or will they get caught and put in detention?

 

World Tag League 2021: The United Empire VS Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

The Great-O-Khan & The Ultimate Weapon are furious that they lost to the Bullet Club’s Crown Jewel & Rogue General, while the King of Darkness and Tokyo Pimp were trumped by The Joker & The Ace! Who redeems themselves and gets on the board while the other wallows in the 0-2?

The House of Torture Low Sweets and then the teams sort out. Khan starts against Evil and fans rally with the bell. Khan and Evil circle, Yano and Henare both step in to attack the enemy! Henare and Yujiro rush each other, Henare kicks low and throws Yujiro out. The ref reprimands but the Empire mugs Evil. They double whip, Evil holds ropes to then throw Henare down! Khan gets around to the IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Henare fires off fast hands on Evil, then Khan Mongolian Chops Evil down for Henare to BUZZSAW! Khan drops a knee, covers, TWO! Henare and Khan watch Yujiro closely as Khan drags Evil up. Khan bumps Evil off buckles, then hops up to sit on Evil’s head!

Fans cheer, and Henare even pulls Evil’s hair to keep him down! The ref reprimands and counts, Henare lets go and Khan hops down at 4. Khan drags Evil out, then BITES Evil’s shoulder?! The ref counts, Khan lets off. But doesn’t he have a mouth guard that just looks like fangs? Khan pulls on Evil’s hair, that’s real! The ref reprimands, Khan stops at 4, and then he CHOKES Evil! The ref reprimands again, Khan lets off at 4, and he paces around as fans cheer. Khan drags Evil up, stomps his hand, then pushes Evil towards his boot! Evil doesn’t kiss Khan’s foot, he BITES his shin!! The ref reprimands, Evil stops at 4, shoves the ref, but Khan blocks the low blow!

Khan gets Evil up but Evil rakes Khan’s eyes! Evil whips Khan to the corner, and surprise! Yujiro removes the buckle pad! Khan hits bare buckles, Henare rushes in but Evil intercepts and whips him into the bare buckles! Fans rally but Evil kicks Khan out of the ring. Yujiro drags Henare out to whip him into railing. Evil RAMS Khan into the railing and knocks the timekeeper over! Why does Evil hate Abe-san!? Evil drags Khan up by his ponytail, puts him in the ring, then stands on Khan’s face. Evil drags Khan up by his hair again, whips him in and Khan hits the bare buckles! Tag to Yujiro, he tags in, covers, TWO! Fans cheer but Yujiro stomps Khan.

Yujiro digs his knee into Khan but Khan gets the ropebreak. The ref counts, Yujiro lets off, and Khan gets up on the ropes. Yujiro brings Khan around to put him against the ropes, and Evil holds Khan in place for the BOOT! Cover, TWO! Yujiro tags Evil, Evil drags Khan up and throws him out. Evil distracts the ref so Dick and Yujiro can stomp Khan at the railing! Khan is put back in, Evil covers, TWO! Evil is furious but fans fire up. Evil gives toying kicks to Khan, but Khan ROCKS Evil with forearms in return! Evil pulls hair but Khan rakes Evil’s eyes! Khan throws Evil down and fans fire up! Tag to Henare!

Henare fires off big body shots and forearms, then KNEES Evil in a corner. Henare whips Evil corner to corner, runs in and SHINING IWZARDS! Snapmare and KICK! But Henare wags his finger, he’s not done there. He sits Evil up for a BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Dick gets on the apron but Henare DECKS him! Henare dodges Evil to SCREW HIGH KICK! Cover, TWO! Evil stays in this but Henare drags him up. Henare runs but Yujiro gets a cheap shot in! Evil runs in, Henare dodges! Evil stops from running into Yujiro, Henare runs in but Evil and Yujiro get out of the way and Dick trips Henare up! But Evil distracted the ref so he completely missed it!

Evil tags Yujiro then Evil DECKS Khan! Yujiro whips Henare to the corner, runs in and BOOTS! Evil runs in to clothesline! Evil FISHERMAN BUSTERS Henare, Yujiro BASEMENT BOOTS! Cover, TWO! Yujiro reels Henare in, INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Henare is still in this and fans rally up! Yujiro drags Henare up and reels him in, but no Pimp Juice! Henare blocks the superkick, too! Henare ROCKS Yujiro, whips him to a corner but Yujiro reverses! Henare bounces off the buckles to RAMPAGE SPEAR! Both Henare and Yujiro are down, but Khan sends Evil into railing! Henare crawls over, hot tag to Khan!

Khan tells the ref to watch Evil, and then he uses the tag rope to CHOKE Yujiro! Kinda like- Wait, Dick gets in to use the SPOILER CHOKER! Khan lets Yujiro go, breaks free of the choker and HELLSTABS Dick! Evil run sin but gets caught, to the HITSU- NO, Evil slips out! EVERY- NO! Khan slips out of the STO! Khan reeks Evil into the KATAGATAMI, and STO!! Evil flops to the apron, Khan drags Yujiro up and spins him around, HITSUJIGOROSHI! Yujiro endures, Henare gets in to get Yujiro’s legs for the DOUBLE HEEL HOOK! HITSUJIGOROSHI FUBUKI!! Yujiro endures this chimera stretch, into an ELBOW DROP DDT from Khan! Cover, TWO!!

Khan is furious that Yujiro survives, but he prepares the claw! He clamps onto Yujiro, drags him back up, ELIMIN- NO! Yujiro shoves Khan into the ref! Then he mule kicks Khan very low! Dick gets the SPOILER CHOKER again! Yujiro gets his pimp cane! CHANE SHOT for Henare! CANE SHOT for Khan! Evil brings in a chair! Dick and Yujiro hold Khan up for Evil, but Henare BOOTS the chair into Evil! Henare DECKS Dick, tanks Yujiro’s boot, but runs into the REVERSE DDT! Yujiro sees he’s alone so he drags Khan up from the apron. Khan has a stick of some kind and he JAMS Yujiro with it! Then SMACKS him with it!

Yujiro writhes, Henare gets in and fireman’s carries. Khan runs, FLAPJACK CUTTER!! Cover, The United Empire wins!!

Winner: The United Empire, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)

Khan takes a seat in the chair Evil brought in, and applauds his own victory. Will the Dominator & The Ultimate Weapon rebuild and take the league for the glory of the United Empire?

 

World Tag League 2021: SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku!

Cold Skull & The Uncontrollable Charisma won big in the first round main event, and they look to do so again! But after the “tough love” last time, will the Meanest Man in the World and the Blue Playmaker be ready to tear down Los Ingobernables de Japon?

Suzuki-Gun grows impatient with LIJ but still allow Naito time to take off the suit. Naito tells Suzuki to Tranquilo already. As soon as Naito turns around to hand his pants to the Young Lion, Suzuki-Gun pounces! The bell rings to get this on record as Taka goes after Sanada and Suzuki goes after Naito on the outside! Taka POSTS Sanada while Suzuki throws hands. Suzuki brings Naito around but Naito hits back! Suzuki ROCKS Naito, Taka chokes Sanada on railing! Suzuki whips Naito hard into railing on the other side! Taka digs his knuckles into Sanada’s face before he BOOTS him down! Suzuki chokes Naito against railing in front of commentary, and even rakes eyes!

The ref does his best to restore order, but Suzuki uses someone’s PEN to dig into Naito’s forehead! The ref reprimands, Suzuki puts Naito in to stomp him around. Taka tags in, Suzuki-Gun mugs Naito. Taka rakes Naito’s eyes, whips him to ropes, but Naito holds ropes to BOOT back! Tag to Sanada, LIJ double whip to double elbow, then double basement dropkick! Fans cheer as Sanada looms over Taka. Taka swings but into an atomic drop! Sanada trips Taka, but Taka kicks him away. Sanada knee slow, runs but into a cheap shot from Suzuki! Suzuki catches Sanada for a HANGING ARMBAR! Taka DECKS Naito for good measure!

The ref counts, Suzuki lets go at 4, and then he drags Sanada out to whip into railing! Taka digs his boots into Naito’s face, while Suuzki puts Sanada’s arm through railing. Suzuki pulls on the arm, and even uses the timekeeper’s hammer for leverage! The ref reprimands, Suzuki brings Sanada around and ditches the hammer to have a double wristlock. Sanada gets to the ring, the ref reprimands, but Taka gets the arm for an armbar on the apron! Taka even pulls the other arm against the ropes! The ref reprimands, Taka lets off and fans rally for Sanada. Suzuki tags in, he drags Sanada up, snapmares and then clamps on a chinlock with a knee in the back.

Suzuki steps over to hammerlock the arm, then he pulls on the other arm. Sanada endures so Suzuki tortures the arm into a double wristlock! Sanada gets the ropebreak with a foot! Suzuki drags Sanada over, tag to Taka, and Taka kicks the bad arm. Taka wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And then another! Taka stomps Sanada down, drags him up to cross the arms, DOUBLE ELBOW BREAKER! Tag to Suzuki and he taunts Sanada. Suzuki kicks at Sanada, pushes him around, but Sanada chops. Suuzki doesn’t flinch, even as Sanada chops more. Suzuki wrenches the arm, KICKS it, then KICKS Sanada down. Suzuki and Naito stare down as Suzuki gets the wristlock.

Naito gets in, Suzuki drags Sanada away to fire a forearm, Sanada kicks but Suzuki blocks to get the HEEL HOOK! Sanada endures, reaches, moves around, rolls, but Suzuki holds on! Sanada claws at Suzuki but Suzuki cranks the foot more. Sanada crawls to the ROPEBREAK! Suzuki lets go to stomp Sanada to a corner. Suzuki goes corner to corner but into a dropkick! Fans fire up as Sanada crawls, hot tag to Naito! Naito rallies on Suzuki with forearms and kicks! Naito whips, elbows Suzuki down then basement dropkicks! Taka runs in but into a hip toss and dropkick! Suzuki rushes back in, into an atomic drop and NECKBREAKER!

Naito has Suzuki in a corner, stomps then whips him corner to corner, then runs in to ROCKET KICK and sweep! Swinging dropkick, Combinacion Cabron! Naito covers with a knee and fist, TWO! Naito gets Suzuki in a cravat but SUzuki slips around to a sleeper. Naito break sfree, runs but Suzuki drop steps to the SLEEPER! Tag to Taka, SUzuki-Gun mugs Naito. They whip Naito corner to corner, Taka runs in but misess, and Naito dropkicks Suzuki’s legs out! Naiot kicks and RANAS Taka! Naito crawls over, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada aims, PLANCHA for Taka! Sanada encourages the fans to get loud and they do.

Sanada puts Taka in the ring, aims and springboards but Taka gets under. Suzuki gets in to get the SLEEPER! Taka mugs Sanada, then whips Sanada corner to corner for Suzuki to BOOT! Suzuki whips but Sanada DECKS Taka! Suzuki gets the SLEEPER, Taka comes back to BOOT! Suzuki trips up Naito, Taka drags Sanada down but Sanada slips out and JAPANESE CLUTCH to Taka’s JUST FACELOCK! Taka clubs away on Sanada, pulls back, but Sanada endures! Naito gets in to stomp Taka. Taka CALF KICKS Naito down! Sanada O’Conner Rolls to the dragon sleepr! Taka victory rolls through it, TWO!! PENALTY KICK!

Suzuki ROCKS Sanada, Taka aims and they SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives but Suzuki intercepts Naito. Taka drags Sanada up, scoops, but Sanada slips to the dragon sleepre! Now Naito keeps Suzuki back, BACKBREAKER to PLUMA BLANCA! SKULL SWING for Taka, to the SKULL END!! Taka is caught, he taps! LIJ wins!!

Winners: Sanada & Tetsuya Naito, by submission (gain 2 points; Suzuki-Gun earns 0)

A strong 2-0 start for LIJ, but a frustrating 0-2 start for Suzuki and Taka! Suzuki walks away with his bloody nose and Taka with his bad neck. Will Suzuki-Gun be able to make the third time the charm for Taka’s comeback? As for Naito, he kicks and throws the ref out! Will Naito get better officiating next round?

 

World Tag League 2021: The Dangerous Tekkers VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale!

The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions were victorious, just as the Crown Jewel & Rogue General were in the first round. But now, Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi go from opener to main event. Will they make Chase & Fale #JustTapOut to close out round two?

Bullet Club Low Sweet but the champs belt clink. The teams sort out and Chase calls out Taichi for some sumo. Chase says he wasn’t ready when they tried in the G1, but he is here in WTL! Fans cheer for that idea, so Taichi accepts! Chase squares up, draws the line in the sand, as it were, and Taichi steps up to him. Chase says he needs a drink first. He sips from his bottle, then comes back. Fans rally as the two set up again, but then Chase needs another drink. Taichi waits, Chase comes back, and they go! Taichi throws Chase off, he gets that one. Chase wants another go, but then he tags out to Fale! Taichi doesn’t seem to realize until he turns around!

Chase says Fale will sumo with Taichi and fans rally up for that. Taichi offers a tag to ZSJ and ZSJ says he ain’t sumoing anyone! He cheers Taichi on like the fans, so Taichi has no choice. Fale runs him over! ZSJ backs off to regroup with Taichi on the outside. Chase tags back in and now he wants ZJS? Taichi tags ZSJ in and they circle. Chase and ZSJ feel things out, knuckle lock, ZSJ rolls to trip and then get the arm to bring Chase around to a hammerlock. Chase headlocks, hits the takeover, but ZSJ headscissors. ZSJ holds tight and pushes up for torque to keep Chase down! Chase moves around, and gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets off cleanly and Chase resets.

They feel it out, Chase waistlocks. ZSJ drop toeholds, floats to a headlock, then shifts to a cravat. Chase clubs the arms to wrench and trip ZSJ! Chase has a standing toehold, but ZSJ rolls and reels Chase in to headlock and takeover. Chase headscissors but ZSJ turns him over to tie up the legs for a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Chase endures, ZSJ throws him away. ZSJ tags Taichi, Taichi gets Chase in the corner and snapmares for a KICK to the back. Taichi then CHOKES Chase! Red Shoes reprimands, Fale gets in so Taichi backs off. Taichi drags Chase up, and chokes Chase to the corner! ZSJ tags in, Taichi stops and ZSJ EuroUppers Chase.

ZSJ EuroUppers again, but Chase knees back. Chase ROCKS ZSJ in a corner with a haymaker, then digs his knee in! Red Shoes counts, Chase lets off, and he brings ZSJ up to whip corner to corner. ZSJ goes up and under and comes back but only gets buckles. Chase only gets buckles but Fale CLOBBERS ZSJ! Chase DECKS Taichi, Fale whips ZSJ into railing! Chase gives Taichi back the choking from earlier! Chase and Fale get ZSJ up to mug him them back and forth. A ring count starts, Fale stomps ZSJ as it climbs to 10. Taichi goes after Fale but Fale DECKS him! The count is 15 of 20, Fale whips Taichi into railing! But ZSJ gets in at 18!

Chase steps on ZSJ’s face then tags in Fale. Chase puts ZSJ at the ropes, he and Fale stand on ZSJ’s back! The Bullet Club Massage and salute! Red Shoes counts, they step off at 4. Fale stomps ZSJ, dribbles him off buckles, then drags him up to scoop and SLAM! Chase gets in, he and Fale wrench and whip ZSJ to ropes to then body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! A third try, TWO! The double leg hook couldn’t do it and Chase grows frustrated. Fans rally up, Chase stays between the Tekkers and RAMS ZSJ into the corner. Tag to Fale, he stomps ZSJ. Fale slaps ZSJ around, ZSJ EuroUppers back! And again! But Fale DECKS him! Cover, TWO!

Fale drags ZSJ up, scoops him and SLAMS him again. Fale runs to then ELBOW FLOP as ZSJ moves! Fans rally up and ZSJ rolls to tag in Taichi! Taichi storms in to Kowata Kick Fale in the face! But Fale choke grips! Taichi breaks free to KICK away on Fale’s leg! Taichi dodges Fale’s lariat to sobat! Now Taichi wants to sumo! He catches Fale for a SUMO HIP TOSS! Chase gets in, whips, but Taichi reverses to HOOK KICK! Fans fire up and Taichi runs in to corner clothesline Fale! Taichi keeps moving, AX BOMBER! Fale stays up! Taichi runs again, but Fale LARIATS back! And then a short-arm LARIAT, too! Fale tags in Chase as fans rally up for Taichi!

Chase lines up his shot, run sin corner to corner and forearm smashes to short arm lariat! Cover, TWO! Chase keeps his cool, drags Taichi up, fireman’s carries, but Taichi fights off to get around and DAN- NO! Chase fights the saido, fireman’s carries to the GUT BUSTER DROP! Both men are down but Chase gets up and goes to a corner. Taichi goes to the opposite, Chase runs in but into a BOOT! Chase stays up, comes back but Taichi dodges to GAMANGIRI! Both men are down again and fans rally up. Hot tag to ZSJ! He runs in to EuroUpper in the corner! Chase holds off the Northern Lights so ZSJ goes for the arm. Chase body shots but ZSJ fights the suplex to WRING the arm!

ZSJ wrenches, wrenches, wrangles and isolates to STOMP the arm! Chase clutches his elbow, ZSJ brings him around to a double wristlock! Chase endures, gets the ropebreak with both feet, but ZSJ STOMPS the arm again! ZSJ drags Chase back up, wants the bad arm and he twists the wrist. Chase gets up, ZSJ wrenches but Chase breaks free to BOOT! ZSJ has wrist control but Chase BOOTS him more! Chase is free, wrenches and hammerlocks but no heist! ZSJ full nelsons, Chase breaks it but ends up in an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Fale runs in, but into SEITEIJYUJIRYOU!! Chase fights but into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Dual submissions as fans rally up!

Chase rolls around, ends up in another ARMBAR, but Fale powers up to RAM Taichi into buckles! Fale then drops an elbow on ZSJ! Chase is free, Fale whips ZSJ into the corner. Chase runs in to forearm smash and go to the apron. Fale SPLASHES ZSJ, then drags him up. Chase climbs, FLYING KICK DEATH VALLEY, to the SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally as ZSJ survives, but Chase drags him up. Chase waistlocks, Fale runs but Taichi AX BOMBERS him out! ZSJ drags Chase down, EURO CLUTCH! TWO!! Chase escapes, but Taichi Alabama lifts! Chase fights that to undehrook, but Taichi back drops free!

Chase gets up, blocks the bomber to spin Taichi around, and add ZSJ, URENAGE DDT!! Cover on ZSJ, TWO! Chase aims, runs in, but no trigger! ZSJ gets Chase down, ARMBAR! Chase fights up, cover, TWO!! Chase EuroUppers, then catches ZSJ’s to a backslide! ZSJ rolls through, Chase tucks him in, but no package! PELE to the arm, BOOT to Chase’s face! SHI TRIGGER on the return! Chase fires up, drags ZSJ up and around, but Taichi ROUNDHOUSES Chase! Fale runs Taichi over! Fale drags ZSJ up, pulls the pin, but Taichi SUPERKICKS Fale down before the Grenade! Chase runs in, Taichi dodges, BACK ELBOW from Chase! But Taichi choke grips!

Chase fights the slam, ZSJ waistlocks, CHOKE SLAM SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!! Chase survives but the Tekkers fire up! Chase fights the scoop, ZSJ EuroUppers! GAMANGIRI from Taichi! OFF COME THE PANTS! The Tekkers reset, scopo and JYUJI ZACK DRIVER!! Cover, Tekkers win!

Winners: Dangerous Tekkers, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Chase & Fale earn 0)

And the champions are spotless through two! Will Chase & Fale be able to make a recovery in the third? As for the Tekkers, ZSJ gets the mic first. First in English, “Oi, idiots of Toyama.” Then in Japanese, “Did you have fun?” They cheer and ZSJ tells them to calm down. But he asks Taichi, “It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?” But more importantly, #DangerousT and #ZackyBigTekkers the Dangerous bloody Tekkers, are 2-0. They’re the IWGP Heavyweight Tag champs, they’ll be the WTL champs next, they will have everything! “How was that?” ZSJ apologizes that his Japanese isn’t better, so now Taichi will speak.

Taichi says ZSJ did great, everyone understood. Taichi tells everyone to listen. “All these idiots are looking at Naito and Sanada this series. But we are the champions. You guys know that, don’t you?” This isn’t about LIJ or even Guerrillas of Destiny! It’s about them! They’ve taken the belts plenty of times, they want the trophies! Those trophies are needed for what the Tekkers want in the future. “In the end, it’ll be the Dangerous Tekkers standing in that sumo ring in Ryogoku! Understand, idiots?” The mission is clear: become simultaneous IWGP Heavyweight and World Tag League Champions! Will they succeed with still a long way to go?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League Standings!

Dangerous Tekkers: 2-0, 4 points
SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 2-0, 4 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 2-0, 4 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 2-0, 4 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 1-1, 2 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 1-1, 2 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 1-1, 2 points
The United Empire: 1-1, 2 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 0-2, 0 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 0-2, 0 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-2, 0 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 0-2, 0 points


My Thoughts:

A great round for World Tag League here, though perhaps still not as good as Best of the Super Juniors has been. I figured Guerrillas of Destiny and Goto-Hashi would win their matches against the elder statesmen teams. A very good match from Yano & Tanahashi against #GBH, Honma & Makabe. I would love if Yano & Tanahashi are near the top of the block by the end of this, they’d really give us a unique match-up with one of the obvious choices. United Empire had a good match and a good win off House of Torture, maybe Cobb joins them to at least give us a great NEVER Openweight Six Max Tag title match at WrestleKingdom.

Speaking of obvious choices, LIJ of course get a win off Suzuki-Gun by taking down Taka, and then the Tekkers win in a great main event from Chase & Fale. Tekkers of course want to be champions that win the tournament, and I like that they also call out the obvious choices, LIJ and GOD. All the more reason I hope Yano & Tanahashi get in the mix and really turn things upside-down.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 4.18.2024

Motor City Machine Guns either go out on their backs, or head to Rebellion as champs! Lets see how they finish their current run in TNA!

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No burying the lead here! The Main Event is The System versus Motor City Machine Guns, and it’s the Go Home episode before Rebellion! So we’re guaranteed a damn good tag match, and we should get either new wrinkles, or ways to keep the storylines cooking going into the Pay-per-View.

With all the rumors and innuendo about the Guns being on their way out, I think we all assume that MCMG is losing, but my inner fanboy is still excited.

Ratings:

  • Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone: Hammerstone wins via Torture Rack – SQUASH
  • LSG vs Joe Hendry: Hendry wins via Standing Ovation – SQUASH
  • Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno: Ali wins via 450 Splash – ** 3/4
  • Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna: Rosemary wins via Spear – ***
  • Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards: System wins via Roster Cut + Knee Party – *** 1/4

 

Results:

So we kick off the match with Josh coming out to commentary again to watch Hammerstone’s match. They really need a new way to try and keep heat without reusing the same tired gimmick of “ring side seat” to a Squash match.

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

Guido tries to shoot the half, but Hammerstone shrugs him off, lifts him like a child and runs him into a corner, few short shots and then just tosses him across the ring. Hammer gets a little distracted talking smack to Josh and eats a foot, but then tosses Guido with the ole Sack of Shit move and keeps working over Guido.

Hammer shoves Clayton, and provokes him to push him back right in front of the referee. She ejects them, Guido tries to take advantage but when he goes for the pinfall Hammer kicks out immediately and presses Guido out of thing through the ropes. Continues to dog walk Guido, puts the head gear on the ECW Original and then Torture Racks him while staring directly at Josh, and of course picks up the submission victory.

LSG vs Joe Hendry

Hendry cuts a little promo, mentioning the Fat Uncle Phil joke…something about shopping at the TOP Dollar Store. Solid mic work.

LSG is a damn good local talent, he’s been seen in ROH and AEW in the past (perhaps others, but that’s what comes to mind immediately for me), but we all know this is an enhancement match. A few nice chain wrestling spots early, but Hendry uses his power to stop the smaller wrestler, Sack of Shit into Standing Ovation and the match is over quickly.

Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno

Well okay, having Deaner ask the crowd if they wanted a 3v2 or their third member…RHYNO…is pretty much a no brainer in Philly. But at least the gimmick isn’t quite as cringe as I expected.

Jake starts with Zack Gibson and throws him around. Jake goes for the tag and Deaner asks the crowd who Jake should tag, and the crowd picks Rhyno. Rhyno Whips Gibson into a corner, Drake actually softens the impact, allowing Gibson to fire back, tag out, but Rhyno levels both GYV members and then even knocks Ali off the apron. Rhyno tries to call to the crowd to tag in Deaner and that goes over like a fart in church. He tags him in anyway, and the crowd is kinda dead and doing whatever it wants after the obvious ECW chants when Rhyno tagged in.

GYV take a couple lumps but they of course start to work over Deaner and capture some momentum. Solid tandem work from GYV, they cut off Deaner from making a tag and goad Jake a little to cause the ref to block off the babyfaces so the heels can take a few shortcuts. Cody eventually makes the tag to Rhyno, hot tag, he tries to set up the Gore but the GYV manage to stop him in his tracks and hit an Enzuigiri to daze the Man Beast, he falls to his corner and Jake tags himself in. Jake literally runs them all over, tags in Cody and Launches him from the Top Rope into Zack Gibson. Ali makes the save and Jake tries to get his hands on Ali, but the GYV keep throwing themselves at him, literally. The triple team finally gets the best of Jake, they hit 3 Dives and then post Jake, so they gather around Cody like hyenas.

They forgot about Rhyno, he’s set up for a Gore, he Gores Drake, Gibson and Ali take out Rhyno, but then Cody starts to fight back. Ali stops Deaner’s offense with an Avalanche Sunset Bomb, then hits his 450 Splash. Jake barely misses being able to break up the pin.

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

Jody tries to start quickly with Shoulder Tackles, Lariats and Scoop Slams, and it does seem somewhat effective. Rosemary is having trouble finding offense against the intensity, but she keeps kicking out. Shotgun Dropkick finally gives Rosemary an opening, she goes into full mount and rains down strikes. Rosemary shoves Jody into a corner and Bites her in the corner. Jody tries to fight out, they go across and Rosemary catches her with the legs and puts her in the Upside Down. Splash in the corner from Rosemary, Exploder Suplex and Jody is eating a lot of offense.

Rosemary looks like she’s caught after she gets tripped up into the ropes and Jody goes for her Rope Knee into the German, but Rosemary dodges. Rosemary hits her own suplex and pulls out a beautiful Last Chancery! I haven’t seen her do that in a long time. Jody manages to fight to the ropes, Rosemary is a little slow to capitalize and eats a Pump Kick. Rosemary goes flying into the ropes, Jody hits the Double Knees into the German this time for 2, and they trade a few haymakers after that. Jody folds Rosemary with a low Lariat, Zombie rise spot a few times, Jody goes for a pinfall and Rosemary kicks out.

Havok jumps up on the apron, Dani meets her and they decide to step down, but the distraction was enough. Jody turns around and eats a Spear. Rosemary wins!

Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards

Eddie and Shelley start off, and its a very simple slow start. Mostly an early stalemate, the typical Japanese style the TNA seem to love to employ. Starters tag out, but then Shelley with the blind tag, Sabin Baseball Slides out, picks Eddie’s ankle and sends his face bouncing off the apron, while Shelley sneaks up being Myers and they hit a tandem move before we cut to commercial. Off of the commercial it looks like Eddie and Myers regained control. But a nice Jawbreaker from Shelley sends Eddie falling back into the MCMG corner. Dragon Screws to both legs from Sabin and Shelley, and we get the Dragon Screw dissection spot for the Guns.

Myers gets sick of things, tries to get involved, but Simultaneous Figure Fours from the MCMG makes The System look silly. Alisha does the classic “push the rope forward” gimmick to assist Eddie in breaking the hold. She keeps chirping at Shelley until she finally grabs his foot. Shelley doesn’t take kindly, tries to grab her by the hair but she gets away, Shelley eats a strike and falls back to the ropes so Lish can just throttle him with the rope, Sabin walks over and acts like he’s going to PK her and the look of disgust on her face is hilarious, like “how dare he threaten to kick her”. Would I be mad is Masha decides to team with Lish and they win the Knockouts Tag titles? No, because the Knockouts Tags are trash. But I still prefer Lish as valet/manager.

Shelley starts fighting back after another commercial break, Eddie tries to cut him off, but Sabin clocks Eddie and Shelley manages to make the tag and Sabin comes in. Lights up both System members, Kick off Tornado DDT, into a Running Gamengiri. Eddie tries to counter but Shelley assists, tandem strikes, Double Baseball Slide into the classic MCMG spot 5 Hole Dive! Keeping up with the classics Shelley stacks the System members on each other and hit the Missile Dropkick/Flatliner spot. As the Guns are rolling, Sabin accidentally catches Sabin with his foot and The System take control! They hit their pieces of the System Overload spot, but Sabin kicks out. Roster Cut attempt from Myers, but Shelley is back. High Speed Dirt, Machine Gun Sandwich, but Lish grabs Shelley’s foot when they’re setting up Skull and Bones. Shelley gets dropped on the turnbuckle and thrown out, Sabin eats the Roster Cut followed up with Boston Knee Party and System retains!

Its a little weird to have had the two commercial cuts and the fact there’s still Nic Nemeth to follow. So it feels a little flat, I hope this wasn’t their swan song match, because it was nice to see some classic spots, but it was entirely too abbreviated. 

Nemeth comes out, goes into the crowd and finds a kid with a kendo stick and borrows a beer from someone, so he does a bit of a Sandman tribute. Moose cuts off his promo basically immediately. He throws out the “can’t beat the system” line again, and Nic rolls with the punches well. Moose uses a few cute analogies about Nic having a failure laden past, but Nemeth bites back and its really damn good. He says he can see it in Moose’s eyes that he thinks he’s getting in the ring with Dolph Ziggler, but no, there is no more old Dolph Ziggler, just the new Nic Nemeth. And Moose’s cool seems to be slightly shaken after those words. Good promo.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

So this was okay, if it didn’t end as strongly as it did, I would’ve rated this much lower. Two squash matches in the beginning, reusing the Josh comes out to the announce table to watch trope is boring, hell even Clayton’s shove to Hammerstone was super lame looking. The Deaner match was luke warm at best, but things picked up around the Rosemary match.

Lets also not overlook the segments with ASH & Xia, Jonathan Gresham’s whole deal and EY having to return to the violence/sickness/world class maniac, whatever you want to call it, were all great building blocks. This definitely wasn’t what I would call a strong Go Home, but it didn’t hurt things for Rebellion. The whole injury of Cardona was addressed, which honestly sounded weird since Jordynne basically said she was expecting them to have a backup plan so she has a backup plan. I don’t really like how that video package came across.

But who knows, all I know is, this wasn’t an awful episode, it just wasn’t really strong either.  Here’s to hoping Rebellion Saturday is still strong.


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/18/24)

Time to Man Up!

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Will the Ivy League MVP earn a title shot?

The NEW ROH World Champion, Mark Briscoe, is here to step onto the Proving Ground with one of Maria Kanellis’ baby boys, Griff Garrison! Will Griff make Maria proud? Or will he reach for the sky?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bryan Keith VS Aaron Solo; Keith wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Lance Archer & The Righteous VS Jon Cruz, Savion Truitt & Damian Chambers; Archer & The Righteous win.
  • Lee Johnson VS JD Drake; Lee wins.
  • Abadon VS Allysin Kay; Abadon wins.
  • The Infantry VS The Iron Savages w/Jacked Jameson; The Infantry wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Diamante, Leila Grey & Taya Valkyrie VS Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora; Kiera, Leyla & Adora win.
  • The Beast Mortos VS Nick Comoroto; Mortos wins.
  • Lady Frost VS Marti Belle; Frost wins.
  • The Dark Order VS Zak Patterson & Frank Milano; The Dark Order wins.
  • ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Mark Briscoe VS Griff Garrison w/ Cole Karter & Maria Kanellis; Mark wins and denies Griff a title match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Mark Briscoe speaks.

“Now House of Black, I’ve been doing this dance with y’all a little while now, and I’m starting to understand how y’all operate. Starting to understand y’all’s M-O. You try to intimidate me. You try to strike fear into the hearts of men. Well I done told you, I fear no man, I fear no evil. And ancient wisdom says the violent take it by force. Now lemme tell you, Eddie Kingston, Adam Copeland, and Mark Briscoe, we some violent men! And at Dynasty, we bringing the violence, babeh! So heed my advice, House of Black! Be afraid, be very afraid!” The Sussex County Chicken is ready for a fight, will he, the Rated R Superstar and Mad King tear down The House of Black once and for all?

 

Bryan Keith VS Aaron Solo!

The Bounty Hunter is still looking for a prize, but he’ll gladly fight to earn his shot. Will Keith be heading for a golden opportunity on the other side of Dynasty? Or will Solo shoot first?

The Code of Honor is upheld with sarcastic enthusiasm by Solo, and Keith shoves him away. The bell rings and Solo SLAPS Keith! Keith TACKLES Solo and rains down fists! The fans  fire up, Solo gets away then knees Keith low. Solo ROCKS Keith, whips him to a corner, but Keith comes back to run Solo over! Keith scoops to SLAM Solo, then stands on Solo’s face! The fans fire up for the KNEE DROP! Keith then SLAPS Solo! The fans rally for “BK! BK!” Solo storms up but Keith kicks low. Keith reels Solo in, suplexes, and he holds Solo up! Keith marches around, then SLAMS Solo down! Solo bails out and the fans fire up as Keith aims.

Keith builds speed, slides, but Solo ducks! Solo sends Keith into steel steps! The fans boo as Solo leaves Keith behind. The ring count starts, fans chant “SOLO SUCKS! SOLO SUCKS!” Solo counts along but wants it to go faster. Keith stands at 8 of 20, slides in, but Solo stomps and HAMMERS away! The fans boo more, but Solo stands Keith up to bump him off buckles. Keith CHOPS in return! Then CHOPS again! The fans “WOO~,” then Keith ROCKS Solo with a forearm. Keith CHOPS in the corner, but then Solo dodges. Solo tries but Keith dodges the chop to CHOP Solo down! The fans fire up while Solo is stinging.

Keith whips Solo, Solo reverses and CLOBBERS Keith! Cover, TWO! Keith grits his teeth but Solo knees him in the back! And again! The fans rally, Solo taunts them, and then ELBOWS Keith in the head. Solo stalks Keith to a corner, digs his boots in, but again the fans chant “SOLO SUCKS!” Solo stomps away on Keith, digs his boots in again, but Keith fights up! The fans fire up as Keith fires forearms! Keith fires forearms again and again and again, winds up, but Solo dodges! Solo comes back, but Keith ROCKS him after all! The fans fire up as Keith runs in to BOOT! Solo sputters, Keith runs, but then Solo SUPERKICKS! Keith just roars!

Solo swings, but into a T-BONE SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Keith keeps calm. Keith waits on Solo as fans rally behind him. Solo staggers into a fireman’s carry, but he fights free! Solo shoves, goes to a corner, but then Keith comes back. Solo ELBOWS Keith, whips, but Keith reverses! Solo goes up but gets caught, for an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up again as Keith slashes his throat and aims his finger gun! Keith underhooks, but Solo fights the lift! Solo back drops, Keith sunset flips but Solo stays up to DOUBLE STOMP! Solo then runs up, catches Keith and hits a T-BONE! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up but Solo hurries to a corner. Solo climbs fast, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Keith survives that coup de grace and Solo isn’t sure what to do. Solo kicks Keith around, drags him up and reels him in to underhook. Keith fight that lift, Solo CLUBS away on him, but Keith Alabama Lifts! Solo grabs ropes so Keith lets him down, and ENZIGIRIS! But Solo SCREW HIGH KICKS! Solo goes up top, but Keith RISING HEADBUTTS! The fans fire up with Keith and he climbs! Keith reels Solo in, for DIAMOND DUST!! Cover, Keith wins!

Winner: Bryan Keith, by pinfall

A big win for BK! And he gives back that sarcastic handshake. Will the Bounty Hunter be hot on the trail of a championship after AEW & ROH pass through the Gateway City?

 

Mark Sterling speaks.

“If you ask AI to create the perfect professional wrestler, it wouldn’t even come close to you. If wrestling is a body business, then you’re a multinational corporation. Biology defying symmetry, no fat, all muscle, no waste. As functional as you are aesthetic. High-flying? You got it. Ground ‘n’ pound? You got that, too. Striking, brawling, submission, technical, there is not a single style you have not perfected. For the last 20 years, you’ve been one of the most consistent and proficient wrestling specimens for any company that’s been willing to throw money at you and begged you to stay. And now, it’s time for them to beg for mercy.

“You are Tony Nese, and you are a Premier Athlete.”

Now Mark Sterling & The Premier Athletes are here in person.

They stand backstage, Sterling’s guys in matching tracksuits, and he says the last time he looked into the camera, he told everyone he had a plan. The very next day, they enacted that plan. Sterling took them off the road, they entered a professional fight camp. They got the best coaches, best trainers, best doctors, and these three started to do what they do best: go to work. Supercard of Honor, against two former ROH TV Champions, PA got an impressive victory. Fruits of their labor. Ariya Daivari is back better than ever. Josh Woods is bigger and better than he was when he won the National Championship. And Tony Nese is in the best shape of his life, which is saying something.

In fact, what’re we even talking about? These three are the most underappreciated athletes in the company. They walk like stars, they move like stars, they present themselves like stars, and by the end of this year, they will be champions. Supercard was just phase one of this plan. Phase two… starts tonight. Then just what happens when the Premier Athletes start making moves?

 

Lee Johnson VS JD Drake!

Even though he lost at Supercard, Big Shotty stays positive! He got close to the ROH World Television Championship, will he get back there for another shot? Or will Scrap Metal be another speedbump in Lee’s momentum?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, JD HIP TOSSES, and Lee scrambles to ropes. JD flexes and fans cheer, which surprises JD. Lee gets up, he and JD reset. They tie up, JD arm-drags, but Lee gets up. Lee keeps calm while JD talks some smack. They circle, tie up again, and JD scoops! JD carries Lee around, with one arm! Then SLAM! JD dusts off his hands and the fans fire up more. Lee is a bit frustrated, but he fires himself up. The fans rally with him, he and JD circle to tie up. Lee goes to hip toss, but JD blocks! JD tells Lee he knows that’s not gonna work!

JD goes to hip toss but now Lee blocks! Lee arm-drags, then he goes to feint, but JD blocks with a headlock. Lee shoves JD, tries another arm-drag, but JD blocks that. JD whips Lee, Lee ducks ‘n’ dodges and arm-drags again! The fans fire up as Lee tries to scoop, but JD’s too hefty! JD SLAPS Lee, ROCKS him, then whips him to ropes. Lee ducks ‘n’ dodges again, shoves JD and hurdles! Lee drops, then DROPKICKS! JD staggers to a corner, Lee fires up, and the fans fire up with him! Lee runs up on JD in a corner to CHOP! JD barely flinches! JD puts his arms back and dares Lee to try again. Lee CHOPS, but JD puts Lee in the corner!

JD swings, Lee dodges and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Lee whips, JD reverses but Lee ELBOWS back! Lee runs up but into a lift, and FLAPJACK off buckles! Lee falls, the fans rally up, and JD dusts himself off. JD storms back up on Lee, brings him up, and the fans rally. JD ROCKS Lee, stands him up in the corner, and CHOPS! The fans “WOO~!” while Lee sputters. The fans want that “One More Time!” so JD stands Lee up. JD winds up, to JAB! The fans boo JD trolling them, but JD stands Lee up to CHOP him after all! Lee is stinging, but JD brings him up. Lee throws body shots but JD ROCKS Lee!

JD whips, Lee sunset flips! JD stays up, but Lee avoids the hip drop! Ghost pin, TWO! JD gets up, kicks low and whips, to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Lee stays in this and the fans rally up. JD sits Lee up, KICKS him in the back, then paces around. The fans rally for Lee but JD pie faces him around. Lee rises, JD brings him up and Lee CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! JD throat chops! The ref reprimands, JD claims he jabbed to the chest. JD then scoops and SLAMS Lee, to then FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! Lee is still in this but JD CHOKES him! The ref counts, JD lets off, claiming he was just checking the pulse.

JD clamps on a chinlock, digging his knee into Lee’s back. Lee endures, the fans rally up, and Lee fights to his feet. Lee throws body shots, but JD knees low! JD suplexes but Lee slips free! Lee ROCKS JD, ROCKS him again, but JD CHOPS! JD runs, but Lee SUPERKICKS! JD flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! The fans rally as Lee builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp and the fans fire up even more! Lee puts JD in, climbs a corner, and JD stands. JD staggers around, into the CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! JD stays in this but then bails back out. Lee thinks on what he has to do and the fans rally up.

Lee runs, to slide, but JD gets under! JD pops Lee up to CLOBBER him! JD puts Lee in, aims from a corner, and Lee goes to the opposite end. JD runs up, but Lee moves, CANNONBALL hits buckles! Lee hurries up while JD is down! The fans cheer as Lee aims, FROG SPLASH, but JD moves! Lee rolls through, runs back at JD but JD puts him on the apron. JD ROCKS Lee, goes up, and he brings Lee around. The fans fire up as JD brings Lee up, but Lee fires body shots! Lee GAMANGIRIS, then climbs! Lee sunset flips for the POWERBOMB! The fans fire up and Lee climbs back up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Lee wins!

Winner: Lee Johnson, by pinfall

Big Shotty’s got range, and he hit the mark! Will Lee take this momentum and turn it into another chance at a championship?

 

Abadon VS Allysin Kay!

Speaking of second chances, The Living Dead Girl got screwed out of the ROH Women’s World Television Championship when Mercedes Martinez & Diamante conspired against her. And while AK Don’t Play, she knows the OG Badass well. Can Abadon prepare for revenge by taking down Martinez’s greatest rival?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, but Abadon holds on, to BITE Allysin’s arm! Abadon then laughs, dodges Allysin to HEADBUTT low, HELL STAB, then mule kick! Abadon runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! Allysin goes to a corner while the fans rally up and Abadon shrieks! But Allysin BOOTS Abadon down! Allysin rains down fists, covers, ONE!! Abadon sits up but Allysin brings her around to fireman’s carry. SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up, Allysin drags Abadon up to TOSS her to a corner! Allysin fires body shots, then she CHOPS! Allysin whips corner to corner hard and Abadon bounces off buckles!

Allysin takes a bow, puts pinkies up, and SPLASHES in the corner! Allysin CHOPS, whips, and runs up again, but Abadon BOOTS her! Abadon runs to BULLDOG! The fans rally as Abadon slithers out to the apron then climbs up the corner. Allysin crawls, Abadon aims, CROSSBODY! Abadon runs to KNEE Allysin back down! Abadon storms up on Allysin, reels her in, BLACK DAHLIA! Cover, Abadon wins!

Winner: Abadon, by pinfall

Abadon smiles, then shrieks into the night! Will Mercedes Martinez make sure to stay far, far away from the frightening Living Dead Girl?

 

Backstage interview with Taya Valkyrie.

Lexi Nair is with La Wera Loca and brings up her trios match alongside Diamante and Leila Grey. But this is also the first time we’ve seen her since Supercard, where Johnny TV lost to Dalton Castle. The question is: where is Johnny? Uh, recovering from that vicious attack by Dalton Castle and his “special boy,” Paul Walter-Whatever! Taya is gonna call up Fran Dreischer to file a complaint! For someone so TV Ready, Castle and Paul sure don’t look it. So yes, Johnny is rehabbing. Wait he’s in rehab? Ew, no, who do you think they are? Johnny is rehabbing the abs! This is an aesthetics business so he has to look amazing!

So tonight, Taya will carry the weight of the TV Family in trios action. So run along, Lexi, Taya has things to do. Uh, this is Lexi’s interview space. Oh, well, her apologies. Taya bumps Lexi on the way out, but will Taya’s team win some major points in the title chase tonight?

 

The Infantry VS The Iron Savages w/Jacked Jameson!

Captain Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo may not be the ROH World Tag Team Championships, but they are not deterred. Will they get through the jacked ‘n’ juicy juggernauts to go after The Undisputed Kingdom once again?

The teams sort out, #BadNewsAndTattoos starts against Beefcake Boulder, and they keep the Code of Honor. They tie up, Bravo tries but can’t push Boulder back, but Boulder pushes Bravo back! Bravo resets with Boulder, beefs up, and they tie up. Bravo wrenches to wristlock, but Boulder WRINGS Bravo out! Boulder talks smack on Dean and Bravo, but Bravo pie faces. Boulder scoops Bravo, but Bravo slips free to DROPKICK! Boulder stays up, runs up, but Dean is there to GAMANGIRI! Bravo tags Dean while Boulder throws a fit, but DOUBLE DROPKICKS send him reeling! Bulk Bronson tags but runs into a DOUBLE HIP TOSS!

The fans fire up as the Infantry crisscross and SPLIT the wishbone! Bravo gets fans going with “OORAH!” Dean runs to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Bronson bails out, Boulder is there to help him, and Dean builds speed, only for Jacked Jameson to stand in the way! He wants Dean to sip the Savage Sauce! Dean says no thanks, but in comes Bronson! EXPLODER! Bravo protests but Bronson drags Dean to a cover. The ref is busy arguing, he finally sees the pin, TWO! Bronson is annoyed, but he mocks Bravo’s air machine gun. Bravo then tags Boulder before he brings Dean up. The fans rally but the Savages still hit a SHOULDER TACKLE SUPLEX COMBO!

Bronson flexes, Boulder taunts Bravo, and then Boulder whips Dean to the corner. Boulder wraps Dean’s arms around ropes to HEADBUTT again and again and again! Tag to Bronson, he brings Dean around, and they visit #TIDDYCITY! But Dean reverses, it’s Bronson who dives in! Boulder panics, runs up, but Dean DUMPS him! Bronson swings, misses, hot tag to Bravo! Bravo rallies on Bronson with big forearms! Bravo whips, Bronson reverses, but the CARLIE CROSSOVER takes Bronson down! Boulder gets up, Bravo fakes him out to SCISSOR KICK! Bravo then kicks Bronson, and manages a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally, Bravo pounds the mat, but now Jameson wants Bravo to sip! Bravo says no, get outta here! Bronson runs up again, Bravo dodges, and Bronson barely avoids hitting Jameson! Bravo aims, Bronson dodges, the SUPERKICK hits Jameson! Jameson spews sauce! Boulder catches Jameson, Dean goes up, and Dean CROSSBODIES to wipe them both out! But Bronson rolls Bravo up! TWO, and Bronson grabs Bravo, only for Bravo to kick low! Bravo reels Bronson in, tags Dean, and TORNADO- NO, Bronson stops the DDT! Dean gets in, Bronson scoops, but Dean slips free! Feed to a SUPERKICK!

The Infantry coordinate, for BOOT CAMP! Cover, Infantry wins!

Winners: The Infantry, by pinfall

Dean & Bravo redeem themselves from Supercard and are ready to get back on track! But wait, The Premier Athletes make their way out here! Is this what Smart Mark was talking about for phase two? Daivari & Nese rush the ring and start throwing hands with The Infantry! Woods tips the scales as he DECKS Dean, then DECKS Bravo! But wait! Here comes Dalton Castle! The Peacock won’t stand for there to be bullies, and he takes off his sandals to weaponize them! The Premier Athletes dare him to, but wait! Here comes Mark Briscoe, Bryan Keith and Lee Johnson! They run The Premier Athletes off!

Sterling shouts, “Who do you think you are?!” but he’s shouting at THE ROH World Champion and many other big names around here! Will The Peacock, the Chicken and the rest of ROH humble Sterling’s stable once and for all?

 

Six Woman Tag: Diamante, Leila Grey & Taya Valkyrie VS Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora!

The Cuban Diamond has staked her claim at challenging for the ROH Women’s World Television Championship, but so has The Hottest Flame. But let’s not forget The Last Baddie Standing, La Wera Loca, the LEGIT One and The AfroPunk! Billie Starkz still sees herself above all six of these women, but which trio takes the lead in the title chase with a win tonight?

The teams sort out, Taya starts against Kiera and the Code of Honor is upheld. The bell rings, the two tie up, and Kiera gets around to waistlock. Taya pries the hold, backs Kiera into a corner and throws elbows! Taya stomps away on Kiera, then says who’s the hottest now? Taya snapmares, covers, ONE!! Taya drags Kiera up, whips her to ropes, but Kiera holds ropes to BOOT back! Taya runs up again but Kiera drop toeholds her onto ropes! HIP ATTACK! Taya flounders, Kiera runs to step-up and LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she brings Taya up, but Taya ROCKS Kiera then throws her by her hair!

Taya tags Diamante, they stomp Kiera, then Diamante sucker punches Leyla! Diamante runs in to DROPKICK Kiera, then drags her to a high stack cover, ONE!! Kiera is tougher than that but Diamante says it’s just a matter of time. Diamante runs, PLANKING SPLASH flops as Kiera moves! Hot tag to Leyla! Leyla gut wrenches Diamante to GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Tag to Adora, then Leyla wrenches so she can hand it off to Adora. Adora WRINGS Diamante’s arm, drags her up and wrenches again, but Diamante ROCKS her! Adora swings, Diamante dodges to tilt-o-whirl and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Diamante snarls and pushes Adora down to rain down fists!

Diamante storms around, brings Adora up and CHOPS her on the back! Tag to Grey and she NECK SNAPPERS Adora! Cover, TWO! Adora is tougher than that but Grey rains down fists! Grey drags Adora up, bumps her off buckles, then tags Taya. Taya and Grey dig their boots in, then Taya stomps a mudhole. Taya sits Adora down to METEORA! Tag to Diamante and she stomps a mudhole! The ref reprimands but Diamante tags Taya back in. Taya steps over Adora and mockingly has Adora reach out to her corner. The ref has to keep Hirsch back so Grey gets shots in, then Taya drags Adora up.

Taya again mockingly holds out Adora’s hand but the fans rally up. Adora fights up, but Taya pulls her into the motorcycle stretch! Adora endures the knee in her back, fights up to her feet, and then arm-drags Taya away! Taya gets up, ducks ‘n’ dodges and mule kicks! But Adora ducks the buzzsaw to BASEMENT GERMAN! The fans fire up while both women are down! Adora and Taya crawl, hot tags to Kiera and Diamante! Kiera rallies on Diamante with big forearms, then a SUPERKICK! Turn and NECKBREAKER! Kiera goes up a corner while Diamante flounders around. Diamante stands, into a MISSILE DROPKICK!

Diamante flounders, Grey tags in but Kiera dodges to fire off forearms! Grey shoves back, but Kiera returns to SHOTGUN! Grey flounders, Kiera fires up, and says kiss this! HIP ATTACK in the corner! She sits Grey back down to run and BOOT WASH! Kiera drags Grey to a cover, Diamante breaks it! Diamante gets Grey outta there, and Taya tags in. Taya runs up to mule kick, KNEE LIFT and wrench Kiera, into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Leyla also gets in, she pushes Taya around. Leyla drags Taya up but Diamante runs in. Leyla gets around to SAIDO! Taya gets Kiera up but Kiera SUPERKICKS!

Kiera brings Taya over, tags Adora, and they feed Taya to the BUBBA BOMB! Body scissor and GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Hot tag to Grey, she runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Grey is frustrated but she gets Adora up. Underhooks, but Adora breaks that to fireman’s carry! Adora storms over, tags Hirsch, but Grey slips free! Leyla dodges Leila and feeds her to Adora’s BOOT! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Hirsch tags Kiera. Kiera runs, but Taya trips her up! Diamante distracts so the ref misses that! But then Leyla DIVES onto Taya! Diamante CANNONBALLS Leyla!

LARIAT TUBMAN from Adora to Diamante! Kiera dodges Grey to ROUNDHOUSE! And then “That’s all, PERIODT!” FACE THE MUSIC!! Bridging cover, Team Kiera wins!

Winners: Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora, by pinfall

It was fast ‘n’ furious in the end there, but the Hottest Flame burns it down! Will she be first up to strike a match with Billie Starkz?

 

Backstage interview with Maria Kanellis, Griff Garrison & Cole Karter.

Lexi is with the First Lady of Wrestling and her baby boys, the Diamond in the Rough wearing the stolen mask from Serpentico. Lexi congratulates them on their win over Spanish Announce Project at Supercard, but it seems there might be some unfinished business. Are they ever going to give Seprentico his masks back? Karter takes the mask off to say hell no! Griff says Serpentico’s masks mean a lot to him and his lucha libre culture. But uh, they don’t care! It got them the attention that they deserve, and those wins have been a stepping stone in this company.

If Serpentico wants his masks back, he doesn’t need to trick them into a match. They’re happy to beat the crap outta him anytime, anywhere! Maria loves the confidence, and says Griff will need it in his Proving Grounds match against THE ROH World Champion, Mark Briscoe. Griff is all fired up, will the Ivy League MVP pass the test with flying colors? Or will he fail to #ManUp?

 

The Beast Mortos VS Nick Comoroto!

Black Taurus has evolved into something even more menacing than before, and he is looking to stampede all the way to the top of ROH! But Mr. Freak Beast has changed a lot about himself, too, in hopes of finding success. Whose transformation will prove to be for the better as these behemoths collide?

The Code of Honor is upheld reluctantly, the bell rings, and the fans rally up. The two tie up, go around, and Comoroto shoves Mortos down! Mortos gets up in a huff, gets in Comoroto’s face, but Comoroto pie faces him. So Mortos SLAPS Comoroto! Comoroto runs up, Mortos dodges, and they RAM shoulders! Mortos ducks ‘n’ dodges and jumps to RANA! Comoroto goes to a corner but Mortos runs in to UPPERCUT, CLOTHESLINE, and GAMANGIRI! Mortos wrenches and hits an ARMBAR CODE BREAKER! Comoroto staggers, but he blocks the whip! Comoroto shoves Mortos, runs up, but Mortos dodges to then roll off Comoroto’s back!

Mortos tries to hip toss but Comoroto blocks! Comoroto LARIATS Mortos down then rains down fists! Fans are torn as Comoroto huffs ‘n’ puffs and stomps Mortos around. Comoroto digs his boot into Mortos’ face, lets off to soak up heat, then he drags Mortos up. Comoroto scoops to SLAM, then he runs to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Mortos pounds the mat in frustration. Comoroto slashes his throat, but Mortos throws body shots. Comoroto CLUBS Mortos, Alabama Lifts, but Mortos sunset flips! Comoroto stays up, hauls Mortos up, but Mortos JAWBREKAERS, KNEES and ROCKS Comoroto!

Mortos goes to suplex but Comoroto’s a big guy, too! Comoroto suplexes Mortos, but Mortos knees free! Mortos goes to a corner, Comoroto runs in but Mortos dropkicks the legs out! Comoroto hits buckles, then Mortos runs in, CORNER 619! Comoroto staggers away and Mortos climbs, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Comoroto still has power to spare and he storms up on Mortos. Mortos UPPERCUTS first! Mortos goes to whip but Comoroto blocks again! Comoroto whips Mortos to a corner, runs up, but Mortos slips out to the apron! Comoroto hits buckles, Mortos goes up, and the fans rally! MORTOS TWISTER! Cover, Mortos wins!

Winner: The Beast Mortos, by pinfall

Comoroto is big and bad but this is a beast of a different breed! Will nothing stop the modern day minotaur from making ROH his domain? Will Jacoby Watts’ teachings ever pay off for Comoroto?

 

Backstage interview with Nick Comoroto.

Lexi is with Mr. Freakbeast as he returns backstage, and she asks him what his strategy will be moving forward after this tough loss. Jacoby Watts walks in to say, “Turn the page. Start a new chapter. Nothing changes if nothing changes, Nick. It’s a harsh reality. But I am your answer. Your beacon of hope in the darkness. Follow me and I will lead you into the light! For I am Jacoby Watts, the one and only, praise be to he, and he is me.” Watts waxes poetic while making himself the focus, but will Comoroto accept his guidance?

 

ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Mark Briscoe VS Griff Garrison w/ Cole Karter & Maria Kanellis!

The Sussex County Chicken won this title after a war with Eddie Kingston at Supercard, and those two are still going to be friends taking on The House of Black this Sunday! But will Mark be able to focus on tonight with Dynasty on the horizon? Or is this where Maria’s baby boys start building their kingdom?

Mark shows off the belt and its new camouflage patterned leather! The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans cheer on Mark as he circles with Griff. They tie up, Griff headlocks, but Mark powers up and out. Griff sunset flips, but Mark rolls through to drop on the headlock! Griff moves around, fights up, and powers up, but Mark holds tight! Mark hits the takeover, Griff headscissors, but Mark kips free. Roles reverse as Griff headlocks for the takeover, and Mark headscissors. Griff kips free, but Mark shows Redneck Kung-Fu stance and Griff scrambles away! The fans cheer but Maria coaches Griff back up.

Griff cools off, he and Mark reset, and the two circle again. They knuckle lock but Griff kicks low. Griff UPPERCUTS, UPPERCUTS again, then whips corner to corner. Mark goes up and out, SWATS the haymaker to REDNECK KUNG-FU UPPERCUT! Then Mark gets in to BOOT Griff down! Griff is on ropes, Mark runs in to BOOT WASH him right outta the ring! The fans fire up as Mark builds speed, and he DIVES onto Griff! Not the cleanest landing but Mark borrows a hat to put it on! The fans fire up with Mark, he gives the hat back, then drags Griff up to DECK him! Mark drags Griff up again, to scoop and SLAM!

Griff sputters, Mark goes to the apron, and the fans fire up as Mark takes aim. But then Karter and Maria stand in the way! The fans boo, Mark sighs and steps inside, and Maria coaches Griff up. Griff flounders up, the fans rally behind Mark but then Karter and Maria each get on the apron! The ref is busy arguing with Maria but Karter distracts Mark. Griff sneaks in to CLOBBER Mark! Griff fires forearms while the fans boo, but then Griff stomps a mudhole into Mark. The ref counts as Griff digs his boots in, but Griff lets off at 4. But then that lets Karter CHOKE Mark behind the ref’s back!

The fans boo as Karter gets away with one, and Griff drags Mark up. Griff UPPERCUTS, but Mark CHOPS! Griff sputters, Mark CHOPS again! Griff knees low, whips Mark to a corner, but runs into an ELBOW! Mark runs up, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Griff clamps onto Mark with a chinlock and he grinds Mark down. The fans rally as Mark endures and fights up. Mark throws body shots, then fires up to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Mark runs, but into the ROLLING ELBOW! Griff then torture racks for the TOWER HACKER BOMB! High stack, TWO! Mark survives and Griff is frustrated but Maria coaches him up.

The fans continue to rally behind Mark as Griff aims again. Griff goes up but Mark REDNECK UPPERCUTS! Griff gets caught up in ropes, Mark lets him loose so he can fall to the floor. Karter hurries over, but Mark goes up to PLANCHA both baby boys! The fans are thunderous, and Mark cracks open a can of WOOOOO Energy! Mark chugs it, bangs the can against his head, then gets Griff in the ring. The fans fire up as Mark runs corner to corner, but Griff BOOTS him! Mark comes back to LARIAT! The fans fire up, Mark reels Griff in, but Griff wrenches out, only for Mark to LARIAT! Mark hauls Griff up again for underhooks!

Mark lifts, for the JAY DRILLER!! Cover, Mark wins!

Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall (denies Griff Garrison a title opportunity)

Maria is upset but there’s nothing she can do, her baby boy wasn’t man enough to stop the NEW ROH World Champion! Will Mark continue to carry on his brother’s legacy and become one of the best champions in ROH history?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of ROH for being 92 minutes. I still skipped some very clear filler, but Marti Belle got a good showing in her loss to Frost and The Dark Order got a good match out of Zak & Frank. Cruz, Damian & Savion got an okay showing but c’mon, they were against Archer & The Righteous, those guys have been running through everyone. It hasn’t really led them to anything yet, but maybe after we get undisputed AEW & ROH World Trios Champions after Dynasty, Archer & Righteous challenge the winners. And real good wins for Bryan Keith and Lee Johnson, each guy looking good towards midcard titles at some point.

Really good match from Infantry VS Savages, with the Savages being a bit more Heelish this time. Good win for Infantry, but I didn’t think The Premier Athletes would be going after them first. And I didn’t expect Faces like Keith, Lee and Briscoe to run out to get at them. Maybe the Premier Athletes can also position themselves to go after the trios titles after Dynasty. If The Acclaimed win, they’ll need Heel opponents. Archer & Righteous can play either side, but fans really like Archer so I kinda want him and Righteous to be Faces when facing Bang Bang Gang.

Good match and good win for Abadon over Allysin. Good win for Kiera, Leyla & Adora, though things got a little sloppy in the middle, Leyla’s timing wasn’t quite there. Athena & Billie are both Heels, so while Queen Aminata is in the mix, the champion she doesn’t choose still needs a good Face challenger so you can take your pick of the winners from tonight. Really good match from Mortos and Comoroto, and Mortos winning also helped serve Comoroto’s story with Watts. Watts keeps insisting he’s the answer, but this has to lead to Comoroto breaking free and beating Watts up for his arrogance.

Good promo from Maria, Griff & Karter, and they just kinda copy-pasted Mark Briscoe’s promo from Collision that same Saturday. Really good match for Griff against Mark but of course Mark wins. Mark getting involved with Premier Athletes, maybe Woods or Nese get a shot at Mark only to lose and be Mark’s solid first defense. Not sure who could be a more prolonged feud with Mark, but there are plenty of possibilities, and I’m just happy to see him showing up on ROH TV as the ROH World Champion should.

My Score: 8.5/10


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