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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (3/9/23)

A golden second episode!

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ROH Wrestling 2023

Will the landscape of ROH soon change?

On just the SECOND episode back, ROH puts up the Women’s, Television and Pure Championships in three star-studded showdowns! Who will hold the gold in this new era of honor?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe VS Tony Deppen; Joe wins and retains the title.
  • Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Marcus Kross, Cody Chhun & Guillermo Rosas; Castle & The Boys win.
  • La Faccion Ingobernable w/ Jose VS Spanish Announce Project w/ Luther; LFI wins.
  • Trish Adora VS Billie Starks; Adora wins.
  • The Trustbusters w/ Mark Sterling VS Jake Crist & Man Scout; The Trustbusters win.
  • ROH Pure Championship: Wheeler Yuta VS Timothy Thatcher; Yuta wins and retains the title.
  • Aussie Open VS Rhett Titus & Tracy Williams; Aussie Open wins.
  • Eddie Kingston VS Ben Dejo; Eddie wins.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Willow Nightingale; Athena wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe VS Tony Deppen!

While no longer the One True King of Wrestling Television, the Samoan Submission Specialist will not give up his final piece of gold without a fight. Will Joe still have a throne in ROH? Or will Deppen be steppin’ up to become The Czar of Honor?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly reigns in ROH!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans rally for “JOE! JOE! JOE!” as he circles with Deppen. They tie up, fans sing “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” as Joe puts Deppen on ropes. The ref counts the break, Joe lets off cleanly and smirks as Deppen resets. The two circle, tie up, and Joe puts Deppen in the corner. The ref calls the break again, but Joe CHOPS Deppen as he lets off. Fans rally up for Joe again but Deppen shrugs that off. Deppen and Joe tie up again, go around, and Deppen wrenches to a wristlock. Joe wrenches right back, but Deppen rolls and hooks a leg. Joe twists the wrist but Deppen rolls back, stands up and CHOPS! And ROCKS! And CHOPS!

Deppen fires off on Joe in the corner but Joe HEADBUTTS! Then JAB, JAB, JAB! Joe fires off fast hands and a CHOP! Deppen falls and fans fire up! Deppen sits up and gasps, but he CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Deppen runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him! Joe looms over Deppen before he covers, TWO! Deppen goes to ropes but Joe stalks him. Joe JABS again, and again, and again! Joe stomps Deppen to the corner, stomps him more then digs his boot in. The ref counts, Joe lets off, but Deppen shoulders into Joe. Deppen eggs Joe on, so Joe CHOPS and KICKS him down! Joe drags Deppen up, back elbows then JABS, then HEADBUTTS!

Joe stands Deppen up but Deppen throws hands. Deppen backs Joe down, ELBOWS him, then CLUBS him on the back! Deppen whips corner to corner, Joe reverses and runs in to back body block, then PELE! Deppen goes down again and fans fire up! Fans rally behind Joe, and Joe drags Deppen up. Joe hoists Deppen up top as fans sing again. But Deppen fights the tuck to HEADBUTT! Joe CHOPS in return! Joe climbs up, clinches, but Deppen throws body shots! Deppen ROCKS Joe, stands and leaps, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up, Deppen says Joe is dead, but Joje puts Deppen on the apron. Deppen dodges the haymaker to SLINGSHOT STUNNER!

Joe staggers, Deppen rolls Joe up, TWO!! Joe escapes but Deppen is focused! Deppen runs in, URENAGE and KNEE collide!! Both men fall but Deppen makes the cover, TWO!! Deppen almost had Joe but he isn’t sure what he has to do now. Deppen climbs the corner and fans rally up. DIVING- NO, Joe avoids the stomps! Deppen comes back, the URENAGE hits clean! Joe storms up on Deppen, reels him in, but Deppen drops! Victory roll, TWO!! Joe LARIATS Deppen! Joe then puts Deppen up top, tucks him in, and brings him out, MUSCLE BUSTER!! Cover, Joe wins!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (still ROH World Television Champion)

Down goes Deppen, long live the king! Joe still reigns, and now he wishes to speak. “Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to welcome you to the new Ring Of Honor.” Fans rally for “R O H! R O H!” Joe continues to say that there is much to be celebrated, but one thing that remains true: “When it comes to this ring right here, and when it comes to ROH, and what happens in between these ropes, Samoa Joe always runs things around here. And as of right now, your champion needs contenders. So if anybody in the back wants to come out here and make their case, the champ will see you now.”

“Reach for the sky, boy!” MARK BRISCOE walks out! Fans fire up and Mark tells “Big Joe” that it’s been a long time. “What’s good?” Fans rally for Briscoe, and Joe says if Mark has something to say, he needs to man up and say it. Mark says, “You know just as well as I know what I’m about to say. That TV Championship, my man, that’s my destiny! So what do you say uh me versus uh you?” Fans like it, and Joe says, “Any day I get an opportunity to get in a fist fight with a Briscoe is a good day to me. I accept!” The Sussex County Chicken is ready to fly, will he be the one to dethrone the king?

 

Dalton Castle speaks.

“The night that those ROH Six Man Tag Team Championships got taken away from me and my Boys, it pained me. It ate me up inside because I thought we were prepared for the challenge that lied in front of us. The Embassy, and that fanny burp of a manager they call Prince Nana. But defeat isn’t something we haven’t tasted before. We’ve been beaten in the past. But my Boys, when they get knocked down, they become Chumba Wumba! We come back stronger than ever! More powerful!” Castle grabs the Boys by their shirts and shake them as he says, “More hungry! More strong! We’ve been moving furniture all weekend! Heavy, dense furniture!”

Castle says they are more ready for a challenge at those Six Man titles than they’ve ever been! “Embassy, I suggest you stay limber. Because you’re in for the fight of your life. Show ’em your teeth, boys.” The Tate Twins growl, will they and the Peacock devour the competition until they get after Brian Cage & The Gates of Agony?

Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Marcus Kross, Cody Chhun & Guillermo Rosas!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the trios sort out and fans rally for “Dalton Castle!” “And The Boys!” Castle starts against Kross and they circle. Fans fire up with Castle as he says he wants to set this place on fire. Kross fires up with Castle, Castle pats him on the chest, and then Kross CHOPS Castle again and again! Castle runs in, Kross sends him to a corner and CHOPS! Castle shoves Kross away, Kross dodges, but jumps into the Alabama! Kross grabs ropes, gets free, and dumps Castle out! Kross strikes a stance and Castle stands down. Fans rally while the Boys fan Castle off. Castle has the Boys beat on those abs to fire him up!

Castle gets back in the ring, Kross runs in but misses! Castle trips him, waistlocks, and SLAMS him down! Kross flounders away, tag to Rosas. Rosas runs into a waistlock and SLAM! Castle drags Rosas up and fans fire up for The Boys! Tag to Brendan, and he tags Brent. The Boys double whip and double hurdle to double HIP TOSS! They roll Rosas to his feet to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up as Brent covers, TWO! Brent brings Rosas up, whips him to the corner but Rosas reverses. Brent goes up and over, ducks a boot and dropkicks a leg out! Cover, TWO! Brent brings Rosas up, waistlocks, but Rosas elbows free!

Rosas RAMS Brent into the corner, tag to Chhun! Brent fires back but Chhun CLOBBERS him! Fans boo but Chhun DECKS Brent! Tag back to Rosas, Team C4 coordinate to double whip, and then Chhun whips Rosas in to SPLASH! Chhun adds a SPLASH while Rosas BLASTS Brendan! Then DROPKICK SUPLEX COMBO! Rosas drags Brent back up, tags Kross, and Kross goes up! Kross DIVING- NO, Brent avoids the stomps! Brent wrenches and SLICED-0 NO, Kross slips free, but Brent ENZIGURIS! Both men are down, they crawl for their corners, hot tags to Rosas and Castle! Fans are thunderous as The Peacock rallies on everyone!

Castle scoops Rosas for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Kross swings, into a FALL AWAY SLAM! Chhun runs in, into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Castle stands tall! “BRING ME A BOY!” Brendan gets in, Castle TOSSES him onto Chhun! Brent gest in, Castle TOSSES him onto Kross! Brendan returns, and Castle TOSSES him onto Rosas! The fans fire up, the Boys put Rosas in and Castle Alabama Lifts! BANGARANG!! Cover, Castle & The Boys win!

Winners: Dalton Castle & The Boys, by pinfall

New era, new intensity, the Peacock and the Twins are ready! Will they get back after The Embassy and avenge their loss?

 

The Kingdom speaks.

“My name is Maria Kanellis-Bennett, and I am the First Lady of Professional Wrestling. And this right here is Mr. Motivation, Mike Bennett. And this is The Trend, Matt Taven. And we are the OGK.” Taven says “He is I and I am him, I AM Matt Taven, and you Melvins might think my favorite color’s purple. That would make you stupid, because my favorite color is gold! And the trend of us being world tag team champions everywhere we’ve gone is continuing. Whether it’s ROH, whether it’s AEW, it doesn’t matter! You Melvins better get in your cry closets because you’re avoiding the inevitable!”

Mike says it is crazy, because just as Matt said, they’ve literally won gold everywhere they’ve gone! They practically hand titles to The Kingdom. And you think this place will be any different? Are you insane? It will not. But what is really pissing Mike off is that Top Flight ruined their moment at Final Battle! Their return to ROH was ruined! So if they think the business between them is done, they are sorely mistaken! Maria says that they always says diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But gold solidifies legacy. And Maria wants the OGK’s legacy to last forever! They ARE the OGK, but just call them The Kingdom.

 

La Faccion Ingobernable w/ Jose VS Spanish Announce Project w/ Luther!

Rush & Dralistico are ready to make ROH tranquilo, but they’re going to be off to a chaotic start going up against Angelico and Serpentico. Will the South African Submission Specialist and #SNAKEMAN bring down LFI? Or will El Toro Blanco (The White Bull) y El Principe de Plata y Oro (The Prince of Silver and Gold) be the ones shining bright tonight?

The Code of Honor is not upheld, but the fans rally for “RUSH! RUSH!” Rush is actually a little surprised, and he steps to Angelico. Angelico still offers the handshake, but Rush kicks it away! The bell rings all the same, Rush and Angelico circle. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS an arm, but Angelico spins and steps through to then wrench and arm-drag! Rush gets up in a huff, Angelico sweeps the leg! Cover, ONE! Rush sweeps the leg and covers, ONE! Angelico spins and “HEEHEE!” a la Michael Jackson, but Rush shoves him to ropes. Angelico doesn’t let that kill the vibe, and fans rally up.

Fans duel now, “S A P!” “RUSH!” as the two reset. They tie up, Rush knees low and throws body shots. Rush tells fans to hush, but Angelico blocks the chop to wrangle Rush! Luther wants Angelico to break that arm with that top wristlock, but Rush kips up, knees low, and CHOPS! Angelico sputters and drops to a knee, but Rush eggs him on. Fans chant “One More Time!” and Rush wants Angelico to stand. Angelico asks Serpentico, “You want that one more time?” Serpentico nods, so Angelico tags him in! Serpentico is confused but he has no choice but to step in. Serpentico CHIOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but nothing happens!

Rush choke grips, but Serpentico breaks free to SUPERKICK! Serpentico fires up, only for Rush to CHOP him down! Fans want that “One More Time!” but Rush tags in Dralistico. Rush CHOPS Serpentico, Dralistico springboards to CROSSBODY! Dralistico CHOPS Serpentico now, and fans love that! Dralistico whips, Serpentico reverses, but Dralistico goes up and over and SOBATS, KNEES and HEEL KICKS! Serpentico staggers, into a SCREW HIGH KICK! Fans fire up and Dralistico drags Serpentico up. Dralistico pushes Serpentico in the corner, tags Rush, and he hushes fans. Dralistico CHOPS Serpentico!

Rush brings Serpentico around to ROCK, throw body shots, and whip corner to corner. Rush whips Dralistico in to SPLASH, then Rush hits a SPLASH! Snapmare and DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICKS! Fans fire up while the brothers Munoz raise the fist bump. But Angelico runs in to fire off JABS on each of them! Rush ducks and the ROUNDHOUSE hits Dralistico! Angelico runs, but into a mule kick! Dralistico dropkicks the legs out and Rush runs, to basement dropkick Angelico out of the ring! SAP regroups at the ramp but Dralistico builds speed, Dralistico FLIES! Direct hit on all of SAP!

Fans rally for Rush, Dralistico sets Serpentico up, but Rush just fakes us out to tranquilo! Fans are torn between cheers and jeers, but Dralistico POSTS Serpentico! Rush kicks Angelico, whips him into railing, and Dralistico does the same to Serpentico. They put Serpentico in the ring, fans rally up, and Dralistico goes to the apron. Rush has an extension cord to LASH Angelico with it while Dralistico springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK Serpentico! Cover, TWO! Rush LASHES Angelico more, then RAMS him into barriers! Dralistico fires off kicks on Serpentico, stomps a mudhole in, then digs his boot in.

The ref counts, Dralistico lets off, but Rush sends Angelico into more barriers! Dralistico bumps Serpentico off buckles, digs his boot in, and lets go of the ropes. That’s not the problem! Rush gets in, the brothers argue with the ref, and that allows Jose to get a cheap shot in! Fans boo but Jose just swaggers around. Rush storms over but Serpentico kicks back! Rush hoists Serpentico up onto the ropes, fans rally, and Dralistico springboards, GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Serpentico! Serpentico stands, he gets Dralistico with CHOP after CHOP! Fans duel, but Dralistico CHOPS!

Dralistico KICKS a leg out, he and Rush both stomp Serpentico! Dralistico takes Serpentico’s “head,” and Rush PUNTS it into the crowd. The kick is good but LFI drag Serpentico up. They double whip Serpentico corner to corner, Rush whips Dralistico in to clothesline! Dralistico KICKS Serpentico, calls to Rush, but Serpentico fights back. Rush CHOPS Serpentinco, LFI double whip to ropes, but Serpentico holds ropes. Dralistico runs in but Serpentico puts him on the apron! Dralistico CHOPS Serpentico and holds him in place, Rush runs in, but Serpentico dodges! Rush BLASTS Dralistico!

Rush freaks out but Serpentico builds speed, and Serpentico FLIES out onto Jose and Dralistico! Fans fire up and Serpentico hurries back up. Rush is fuming but Serpentico springboards, into a HEADBUTT! Rush drags Serpentico into the corner, stomps away on him, then slashes his throat. Rush stomps around, goes to the far corner, runs corner to corner, but Angelico stops him! Rush jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK knocks him down! Dralistico springboards in to FLYING CODE BREAKER! BIG forearm from Rush! Serpentico SUPERKICKS Dralistico, but runs into a waistlock.

Serpentico breaks free, runs, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Dralistico SPRINGBOARD DESTROYERS!! Cover, LFI wins!

Winners: La Faccion Ingobernable, by pinfall

But LFI isn’t done! Jose puts Serpentico back in the ring, so that Rush can SNATCH the mask! Rush and Dralistico RIP the mask apart! They even beat up on Luther now! Fans boo as LFI does what they want to who they want, and they even toss the mask pieces to the crowd! Will Rush stampede through ROH until he is champion once again?

 

Trish Adora VS Billie Starks!

While the women’s title is on the line later tonight, two young and hungry hopefuls are fighting to be one step closer to that goal! Who will be waiting in the wings with a win here tonight?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. Fans rally and duel, the two tie up, and they go around. Adora wrenches an arm to a wristlock and digs an elbow into the shoulder. Billie fights up but Adora twists the wrist. Billie rolls but Adora rolls with her! Billie gets the ropebreak, and Adora lets off. They go again, knuckle lock, and then Adora gets around to waistlock and SLAM Billie down. Billie sits up but Adora squeezes tight. Billie fights up, fans rally, and Billie wrenches out. But Adora wrenches back! Adora twists the wrist, Billie spins and arm-drags her away!

Adora goes out to steady herself, but Billie builds speed! Billie DIVES into an UPPERCUT! Billie flops to the floor, Adora scoops her and SLAMS her on the apron! Billie writhes and Adora smiles as she puts Billie in. Adora stalks Billie, grabs an arm and steps over, La Magistrol! TWO!! Billie is still in this but Adora double wristlocks an arm. Adora then waistlocks, lifts, but Billie fights free. Billie slips under, shoves, but Adora avoids the kick. Adora waistlocks and lifts but Billie flails and fights. GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Billie survives but Adora keeps right on her. CATTLE MUTILATION!! Billie endures, but Adora thrashes her around!

Fans rally, Billie fights around, but Adora is bridging deep! Billie reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Adora lets Billie go and Billie crawls to a corner. Adora runs in, but into an ELBOW! Adora shakes that off, comes back, but Billie BOOTS! Billie goes up, but Adora blocks the boot, only for Billie to KICK in return! Billie runs, into a PUMP KICK! Cover, TWO!! Billie survives again and Adora grows frustrated. Fans rally and duel again, Adora runs but has to jump over the dropdown! UPPERCUT! Adora keeps moving but Billie ROCKS her! Billie runs, but Adora reels her in! Adora swings but Billie ducks the blindside lariat!

Billie ROCKS Adora, Adora ROCKS Billie! They go back and forth with big forearms and fans rally up! This gets fast ‘n’ furious and fans love it! Billie shrieks and then fires off! HEEL KICK! But LARIAT TUBMAN OUTTA NOWHERE!!! Cover, Adora wins!!

Winner: Trish Adora, by pinfall

Adora shakes her head, she was not letting Billie get through her. But as aggressive as this got, the two keep the Code of Honor and even hug it out. Will Adora be ready for whoever comes out of tonight’s main event with the gold?

 

Backstage interview with Christopher Daniels.

Lexi Nair notes that the last time she and the Fallen Angel talked was at AEW Dark, where Daniels mentioned “opportunity.” What opportunities is he looking for in the new era of honor? A good question. This is the new era, but like in the previous, Daniels is in the thick of things. One of Daniels’ proudest achievements was becoming THE ROH World Champion. And in a perfect world, he’d happily give Frankie Kazarian a call in California and have him join Daniels one more time. But circumstances have made that impossible, and Daniels will be a man of his word in ROH.

But after 30 years, Daniels has been very fortunate with many partners by his side, and there just so happens to be another man in the ROH locker room ready for opportunity. That man is… MATT SYDAL! Sydal says there is an opportunity in front of him: them as a team. The answer is the same as the first time, Sydal will team with Daniels. Daniels has been a guiding light in Sydal’s career. He took Sydal from a backyard wrestler to an ROH Tag Team Champion. And since then, they’ve both gotten better, and not by a little but by a lot! They’re both the best in the world, and together, they will be tag team champions. Die flying or die trying.

They shake hands as Daniels thanks Sydal for this. Daniels tells Sydal that they’re gonna go out there and show all the tag teams in ROH “why they should say their prayers.” A reunion in ROH, will Sydal open his third eye to see gold in their future?

 

The Trustbusters w/ Mark Sterling VS Jake Crist & Man Scout!

Ari Daivari & Slim J split the difference in ROH’s return last week, but maybe together they can both cash in on a win. Will the Trustbusters be rolling in the winner’s purse against The Artist and the “Always Prepared” Jake Manning?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and we start with Daivari Dinero and Man Scout. Seems Scout is still reading his field guide, but there can’t possibly be anything on how to handle the Trustbusters. Fans rally for Man Scout as he prepares to knuckle lock. Daivari snatches the guide! And TOSSES it! Fans boo and Scout gets upset, but Daivari kicks low. Daivari bumps Scout off buckles, bumps him off more buckles, then stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Daivari lets off and tells off the fans. Fans boo, but Daivari drags Scout up to bump off buckles. Daivari CHOPS, then tags Slim.

Slim ROCKS Scout, fishhooks his mouth, then CLUBS the lip! Slim scoops Scout to SLAM him! Cover, TWO! Tag to Daivari, the Trustbusters mug Scout, then Daivari bumps Scout off buckles. Daivari whips corner to corner, runs in corner to corner, but Scout dodges! Tag to Crist and he fires off on Daivari! Fans rally, Crist whips but Daivari reverses. Daivari runs in into a BOOT, ROUNDHOUSE and mule kick! Crist goes up for a FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up as Crist kips up! Crist runs in but is put on the apron. Crist GAMANGIRIS, goes up top, and he CROSSBODY FLOPS as Daivari moves!

Tag to Scout and he fires off haymakers! Fans rally, Scout whips but Daivari reverses, and Slim kicks him in the back! Daivari then CLOBBERS Scout! Fans boo but Daivari tags Slim and Slim goes up. FLYING REVERSE DDT! And then STF! Scout taps, Trustbusters win!

Winners: The Trustbusters, by pinfall

Jake & Jake could not get it down, and Slim rips his tank top off like a Hulkamaniac! He even rips Daivari’s tank top off just because! But Sterling wants everyone to hold on. His client, “the richest man in pro-wrestling,” Ari Daivari, has something to say. Daivari takes the mic to say, “Last week, I beat Metalik all by myself! I pinned him in the middle of this ring, one two three, fair and square!” Fans boo because he didn’t. But wait, here comes Metalik! But Metalik gets mugged by the Trustbusters! Sterling says this is what he gets! Sterling even joins in! But wait, here comes BLAKE CHRISTIAN! All Heart has a CHAIR!

Blake chases the Trustbusters off and he helps Metalik up. Will Blake and Metalik combine their forces here in ROH like they have in NJPW Strong? Will Daivari put his money where his mouth is and face them?

 

ROH Pure Championship: Wheeler Yuta VS Timothy Thatcher!

The Decoder didn’t want the new era to start without him, so he gave an open challenge to the world last week. And almost immediately, the Professor of Pain answered! Will Thatcher prove he can be just as brutal as a Blackpool Combat Club member? Or will Yuta show that BCC ain’t nothing to mess with?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who is truly a technical master!

The Code of Honor is upheld, though Thatcher holds tight as Yuta tries to step back. The bell rings, Thatcher lets Yuta go with a push, and the two circle. Fans rally, the two feel things out, and Thatcher gets the FUJIWARA!! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets go, and that is one of the three Yuta is allowed. Our judges at ringside, Christopher Daniels, BJ Whitmer and BOOM BOOM Colt Cabana, take note. Yuta and Thatcher regroup, Yuta shoots in but Thatcher holds him back. Thatcher turns Yuta around, has a chinlock, and shifts grips as he moves around. Yuta fights up, pries the hold open and pushes on a top wristlock.

Yuta wrangles Thatcher to the mat and fans applaud. Thatcher fights around, bridges, rolls and wrenches. Thatcher hooks a leg, chinbars on top of it, and then has the chinlock again. Fans rally and duel, Yuta fights but Thatcher has both arms! Yuta powers one arm free but Thatcher is after the other. Yuta rolls, Thatcher wrangles him, and Thatcher bends the fingers! Thatcher also pushes the elbow and shoulder, and JAMS the fingers into the mat! Thatcher KNEES Yuta in the back, then scoops and SLAMS! ELBOW DROP! Cover, ONE! Yuta hangs tough but Thatcher scoops and SLAMS, then drops another elbow! Cover, ONE!!

Thatcher smirks as he stalks Yuta. Thatcher stands Yuta up, scoops him again, but Yuta slips free to hook Thatcher up! Yuta hops on, IRON OCTOPUS! Fans fire up as Thatcher endures now! Thatcher fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! Yuta lets go and that is one of three for Thatcher. Yuta stomps a mudhole, lets off and then snapmares. Yuta has the top wristlock and isolates the arm. Yuta talks trash, “How’s it feel, huh!?” But Thatcher avoids the stomp! Thatcher trips Yuta to get the arm, but Yuta turns that around on Thatcher, to STOMP the triceps! Fans applaud while Yuta paces.

Yuta goes after the arm again, digs fingers into the triceps, but Thatcher KICKS Yuta in the back! And KICKS him again! Yuta eggs Thatcher on, Thatcher fights up and digs forearms into Yuta’s face. Yuta SLAPS Thatcher, then wrangles him back down! Yuta keeps on the top wristlock and he bends the fingers in return. Thatcher fights up, fans rally, and Thatcher HEADBUTTS! Yuta goes after the arm, goes up and hits a FLYING ARMBAR DDT! Fans fire up while Thatcher writhes. Yuta drops a SENTON! Cover, TWO! Yuta looms over Thatcher while fans rally. Yuta paces, drags Thatcher up, and he wrenches to UPPERCUT the arm!

Thatcher UPPERCUTS in return! But Yuta wrenches the bad arm to another UPPERCUT! But Thatcher uses that arm to catch Yuta, and UPPERCUT again! Yuta wrenches to UPPERCUT the arm again! Thatcher grabs at Yuta but Yuta WRINGS his bad arm out! Thatcher writhes, Yuta pushes him to a cover, TWO! Fans rally while Yuta keeps wrist control. Yuta BITES Thatcher’s ear! The ref reprimands, Yuta lets off, and he brings Thatcher up to throw forearms. Thatcher staggers, but he snarls and comes back to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Both men are down and fans rally up again!

Thatcher and Yuta rise as the fans duel. Thatcher underhooks arms for a butterfly stretch, but Yuta breaks free to UPPERCUT and KNEE the bad arm! Yuta wrangles Thatcher, hammerlocks the arm and chinbars Thatcher! Thatcher moves around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! That’s the second, Thatcher is metaphorically back against the ropes. Yuta toys with Thatcher now, rope a dope and then an elbow drop! Yuta SLAPS Thatcher, but Thatcher still wants a leg. Yuta stomps Thatcher, drags him up and UPPERCUTS! Yuta UPPERCUTS again, and again! Thatcher UPPERCUTS again and again and again!

Yuta goes to a corner, Thatcher is after him and brings him out, but Yuta wrenches the bad arm! Hammerlock and a wrangle, Yuta has Thatcher down again. Yuta leans on the hold but Thatcher endures. Fans rally, Thatcher fights up, but Yuta waistlocks now. Thatcher fights the lift, but Yuta CLUBS him! Thatcher just glares at Yuta! Thatcher UPPERCUTS again and again! Thatcher fires off in the corner, the ref counts, and Thatcher lets off at 4. Fans fire up while Thatcher clutches his bad arm. Thatcher drags Yuta up, puts him on the top rope and CLUBS him on the back! Thatcher then climbs up behind Yuta, but Yuta headlock punches him down!

The ref warns Yuta, that was a closed fist! Yuta just shrugs that off to turn around and leap, FLYING FOREARM! Fans rally and duel, Yuta ripcords to the OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, ROPEBREAK! That’s Thatcher’s final ropebreak, Yuta has him right where he wants him! Yuta kicks Thatcher around, taunts Thatcher, and he fires forearms! Yuta eggs Thatcher on, throws more forearms, but Thatcher DECKS him! Yuta rewinds and shoots around, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO, into the KIMURA!! Thatcher pushes on Yuta, Yuta fights around, ROPEBREAK! Yuta uses his second, but Thatcher is getting closer.

Yuta goes to the apron, Thatcher storms over and brings him up to CLUB him in the chest! And CLUBS him again! The ref counts, Thatcher back suplexes Yuta back into the ring! Cover, TWO! Yuta survives but Thatcher drags him up into underhooks! BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives again! Thatcher KNEES Yuta in the back! And again! And again! And then into the ribs and sides! Yuta goes to the ROPEBREAK! That’s the last one, this is anyone’s match! But Yuta BOOTS the bad arm! Yuta fires off forearms and CHOPS over and over and over! Yuta ROLLING ELBOWS! Fans fire up with Yuta, but Thatcher SLAPS Yuta down!

Thatcher stomps away on Yuta because neither man can use them as sanctuary! Yuta flops out of the ring but the ref wants Thatcher to stay in the ring. Thatcher pushes the ref away, and Yuta ROCKS Thatcher with a haymaker!! Fans boo but Yuta gets away with the cheat! Yuta gets Thatcher in the ropes, and has the IRON OCTOPUS!!! Thatcher TAPS, Yuta wins!!

Winner: Wheeler Yuta, by submission (still ROH Pure Champion)

Fans boo but The Decoder finds a way to hold onto his gold! Yuta then gets a mic to say, “Hey, hey, hey, I’m hearing a mixed reaction. But I told you, everyone, I told you. I told you that I am a champion. I told you that I roll with three of the greatest of all time. I’m not one of those dudes doing laundry, wearing a $50 tracksuit. Nah, man. I’m on the 96 Bulls! I got Jordan, I got Rodman, I got Pippen, and then you’ve got Wheeler Yuta! I’m tired of talking about mystery people, let’s name names. Let’s talk about these tracksuit boys, these LA Dojo boys.

“It really grinds my gears that you think you’ve accomplished something, because you haven’t. Even your trainer fell short in his biggest moment!” But wait! Here comes CLARK CONNORS! The Wild Rhino of the LA Dojo and a big name in NJPW Strong, he goes right to the ring! Fans fire up as Connors stares Yuta down then snatches his mic away. “Hey yo, hey yo, hey yo, cut the music.” Yuta says they already did. Connors says he isn’t sure if anyone remembers him, it’s been awhile since he was in ROH, but he is Clark Connors, and he’s from the LA DOJO!

Fans fire up, and Connors tells Yuta that he had a wonderful match with Thatcher. But man, he grabbed that mic and was about to put the people to sleep! Fans agree with that. So if Yuta is talking dojos and who is the best, with his BCC and “Jeeeeeeon~,” “Claud” and “Bryan.” Everyone of those guys wishes they trained under Katsuyori Shibata, a man Connors trained under for four years with blood, sweat and tears. But if Yuta is really a Pure Champion, then how about Yuta steps up next week. Yuta VS the Wild Rhino! What’s the big dog say? Yuta takes the mic back, but then drops it. Yuta leaves, fans boo, but then Yuta stops at the ramp.

Yuta turns around, stares Connors down, and shouts, “YOU’RE ON!!” Connors fires up and so do the fans! The Pure title will be on the line in back to back weeks, but will Yuta survive back to back defenses?

 

Aussie Open VS Rhett Titus & Tracy Williams!

Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis are representing the United Empire in AEW and ROH, and still have the FTR seal of approval as the future of tag team wrestling. Will the Aussie Arrow and Dunkzilla soon conquer another tag team division? Or will The Professional and the Hot Sauce be too much for even the former NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Fletcher starts against Titus. Titus and Fletcher circle, tie up, and go around, Titus clinches an arm, fireman’s carry takeovers, then has the armlock. Fletcher stands, Titus wrenches and RAMS Fletcher, then tags Tracy. Tracy KNEES the arm, then goes right after it. Fletcher gets free and rolls away, and fans applaud. Tag to Davis, he and Tracy circle. Davis runs in, but into a drop toehold! Tracy gets a facelock but Davis powers up! Tracy cranks the hold and brings Davis back down. Davis wrenches out but Tracy wrenches back to ELBOW BREAKER!

Tag to Titus, Tracy whips and Titus leap frogs to HIP DROP the arm! Titus wrenches the arm, but Davis CLUBS Titus away. Davis goes to the Aussie corner, and he says he’s good. Titus eggs Davis on, the two circle, and Davis BOOTS Titus down! Fletcher runs in to BLAST Tracy! Fans are torn but Aussie Open double whips and DOUBLE CHOPS, to then PENALTY KICK and SENTON! Fans fire up and Davis pushes Titus to a kneeling cover. ONE, but Davis brings Titus up. Davis CHOPS Titus again! Titus snarls and stays up, but Davis CHOPS him off his feet! Fans fire up for that one!

Davis paces around, drags Titus up, then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Fletcher, he stomps Titus. Fletcher brings Titus in, suplexes, and he holds Titus up! Fans rally as Fletcher walks over and Davis tags in. Davis takes the handoff, and he holds Titus up! Fans fire up more, and Davis SLAMS Titus down! Fans fire up while Titus writhes. Titus crawls but Davis drags him away to tag Fletcher back in. Fletcher GAMANGIRIS Tracy, Davis drags Titus up. Aussie Open double whip Titus to a corner, Davis runs in but Titus goes up and over! Davis POSTS himself, and Titus BOOTS Fletcher! Titus skins the cat to the top rope, jumps over Fletcher, hot tag to Hot Sauce!

Tracy blows past Fletcher, BLASTS Davis, then CHOPS Fletcher! Tracy blocks a kick, CHOPS Fletcher, and brings him around for a SAIDO! Fans fire up and Tracy runs in to clothesline in the corner! Tracy runs back in, he blocks Fletcher’s boot and dodges the superkick! Tracy BOOTS, goes up, but Fletcher blocks a kick! Fletcher YANKS Tracy off the corner, but Tracy uses that to hit a FLYING DDT! Cover, TWO! Fletcher survives but Tracy fires up! Fans rally with him, Tracy brings Fletcher up, but Fletcher fights the lift! They go to ropes, and Fletcher back drops Tracy to the apron. Tracy ROCKS Fletcher in return!

But Davis grabs at Tracy’s legs! Titus runs in and BOOTS Davis down! Fletcher runs in but Tracy dumps him out! Tracy eggs Fletcher on, Fletcher stands but he avoids Tracy’s flying knee! Tracy hits railing, Titus still jumps at Davis! But Davis catches Titus, steadies himself, and Fletcher drags Tracy up. SPINEBUSTER SANDWICH! Fans fire up as Aussie Open puts Tracy in the ring. Fireman’s carry, POP UP KICK! Tracy staggers from the Aussie Dental Plan, and Davis scoops him again! Fletcher goes up top, LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, TWO!?! Tracy survives and shocks Aussie Open! Fans fire up while Fletcher fumes.

Fans rally, Fletcher tags Davis, and they drag Tracy up. Feed to the scoop, Fletcher aims, but Tracy slips off! Tracy shoves Aussie Open into each other and fires off CHOPS and forearms! But Aussie Open block, double wrench and DOUBLE FOREARM! And then fireman’s carry, POP-UP- NO! Tracy blocks the Dental Plan’s follow-up, and he DRAGON SCREWS Fletcher’s leg! Davis rushes in but into a clinch! Tracy wants the arm, but Davis whips him away. Scoop but Tracy tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTERS! CROSSFACE!! Titus intercepts Fletcher to a HALF CRAB!! Titus sits deep while Tracy pulls back hard!

Aussie Open crawl to each other, Fletcher keeps Davis from tapping! Davis rolls to the ROPEBREAK! Titus and Fletcher also end up in ropes, and Fletcher kicks Titus onto Tracy! Davis is free, all four men are down, and fans rally back up. Aussie Open regroups on their side of the ring and Davis crawls. Hot tags to Fletcher and Titus! Titus runs in, dodges, and KNEES low! Titus runs to KNEE LIFT! Fletcher staggers, Titus runs in to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Titus roars and fans fire up as he runs in. BOOT! Tag to Tracy, Titus goes side to side to BOOT! Whip to the ELBOW! DROPKICK into the DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, Davis breaks it!

Titus clotheslines Davis and himself out! Tracy aims from the apron, to KING KONG KNEE DROP Davis on the floor! Titus goes up, KING KONG KNEE DROP on Fletcher! Tracy is up top, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?! Fletcher survives and fans fire up again! Tracy grows frustrated but he just snarls and watches Fletcher flounder. Tracy drags Fletcher up, reels him in, but Fletcher fights the lift! Fletcher back drops Tracy away, sits down to cover, TWO!! Sunset flip, TWO!! Fletcher scoops Tracy for a SPINNING TOMBSTONE!! Titus runs in but Fletcher blocks the kick! And gives it over to Davis!

Fletcher SUPERKICKS Titus, Davis trips him! Davis yanks Titus up by those legs, Close Your Eyes and Count to F@#$!! Fans are thunderous and Aussie Open throws off the elbow pads! Tracy stands into the DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH!! And then, double pump handle, COREALIS!!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!!

Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall

Former NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions defeat former ROH Tag Team Champions, because they are THE future of tag team wrestling. And though a bit sarcastically, they uphold the Code of Honor. Will Aussie Open help the United Empire conquer yet another tag team division?

 

Eddie Kingston VS Ben Dejo!

Last week, The Mad King shocked the world by quitting AEW, and then immediately shocked us again by showing up in ROH! And bigger than that, he wants after Claudio Castagnoli and the ROH World Championship! Will Eddie fight his way up to force Claudio’s hand? Or will he be the one shocked by the man also sometimes known as Jon Cruz?

Fans are thunderous for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” already. The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. The two tie up, and Eddie puts Ben in the corner. The ref counts, Eddie lets off, but Ben CHOPS! That does nothing. Eddie turns things around to MACHINE GUN CHOP Ben! And then EXPLODER! Ben flounders up, into the URAKEN!! Cover, Eddie wins!

Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall

And Eddie upholds the Code of Honor. But that Backfist to the Future isn’t done, he wants a mic! Eddie gets the mic to have the music cut, and he says, “HEY! Claudio! ROH World Champion! Come out here now. Do not be scared.” And so, Claudio appears! But then Eddie shouts for them to cut the music again. Eddie wants his shot! Give him his shot at the title! Fans are fired up for it. Claudio has a mic but Eddie dares him to be a champion. “For once in your life, do business correctly and fight me.” Claudio tells “Edward, a man without honor will never be Ring of Honor Champion.” Claudio drops the mic again and Eddie asks where he’s going.

Fans boo and Eddie is not settling for that! Eddie hurries to the back to chase after the Swiss Superman! We cut to Lexi Nair catching Claudio for an interview. She asks what that was about, and Claudio asks, “Did I stutter?” Claudio heads out but Eddie storms up. He thought he was coming here… Lexi, get outta here with the mic. Where’s Claudio? He just left. Oh of course he did! Eddie storms off, and even Lexi has to ask, just what is going on here? Will Claudio continue to duck Eddie? Or will rankings force him to face the Mad King?

 

Willow Nightingale speaks.

“Why hello there, Miss Athena. You just think I’m so happy to be here. But I am! I am. I’m so happy to be here, but there’s more. There’s more to me. I’m not coming out to the ring just so you can break me like porcelain. Of course I’ve bled, I’ve sweat for professional wrestling. We all do that. But I’ve fallen to my knees, cried. I’ve thrown up, I’ve shook throughout the night, with fear that I’m not good enough to do this.

“But y’know what? I’m in ROH because I am good enough to be here. And I’m gonna prove that to you, I’m gonna prove that to everyone watching at home, I’m gonna prove that to everyone watching in the back. Because I plan on walking out the ROH Women’s World Champion.”

Athena responds.

“Willow, you have the audacity calling my name out. You think you want this? You want my precious ROH championship? But you are in for a world of hurt! I don’t care how many people you’ve beaten, I’ve broken porcelain broad after porcelain garbage, left and right, week after week after week. And if you think that for one second, I’m gonna let you get your grimy little paws on this… Well, you’ve lost your damn marbles.” This is about to get wild, will the Fallen Goddess eclipse the Nightingale?

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Willow Nightingale!

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the main event gets hyped!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans rally as the two circle. Fans are on Willow’s side and Athena gets upset by that. Athena and Willow tie up, Willow wrenches and wristlocks, but Athena handsprings and wrenches to arm-drag! Athena kips up and fans do cheer the ability, and Athena waves mockingly at Willow. The two tie up again, Athena headlocks, but Willow powers out to run Athena over! Fans fire up, Willow flexes, then things speed up. Willow runs Athena over again! Willow keeps moving, she rolls over the dropdown to then bypass, and she even dodges the dropkick! CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Athena is up but Willow is on her.

Athena ROCKS Willow with a forearm! Willow steadies herself, Athena talks trash and slaps her. Willow DECKS her! Willow snap suplexes, rolls, Una Amiga! Another snap suplex, Dos Amigas! And then the FISHER-AMIGA! Bridging cover, TWO! Athena escapes but fans fire up for Willow. Willow storms up on Athena in the corner, puts some stank on it, and she swings, but Athena ducks into the ropes. So Willow CHOPS Athena on the back! Fans fire up and Athena is feeling it! Willow runs in, Athena dodges, but then Willow puts Athena on the apron. Athena HOTSHOTS an arm! Fans boo but Athena stomps Willow down!

Athena snarls as she looms over Willow. Fans rally for Willow but Athena KICKS her in the back! Athena KNEES Willow in the back, covers, TWO! But Athena wraps on a straitjacket! Athena even fishhooks Willow’s mouth! The ref counts, Athena lets off, and fans rally up again. Willow throws body shots but Athena KNEES Willow to a corner. Athena stomps a mudhole into Willow, but she lets off as the ref counts. Willow kicks back from below but Athena FOREARMS Willow! Athena wraps the bad arm around ropes and pulls! She even digs a boot into Willow’s face! The ref counts and Athena lets off at 4.

Athena storms up on Willow, brings her up to CLUB her down! Fans feel that one, but Athena mocks Willow’s positivity. Fans boo, but then Willow KICKS Athena in the leg! Athena goes after her and dribbles her head into the mat! Athena drops a knee on the bad arm! Athena top wristlocks but Willow endures. Fans rally for Willow as Athena leans on the hard. Willow fights up, throws body shots, but Athena throws her down by her hair! Fans rally for Willow but Athena runs. Willow avoids the senton! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Willow rolls Athena up, TWO! Willow tries again, O’Conner turns into a HOTSHOT! BAYONET FOREARM!

Athena rains down fists while fans boo, but the ref counts. Athena lets off, Willow goes to the apron, but Athena KICKS her down! Willow sputters, Athena runs to baseball slide dropkick Willow to the floor! Athena smiles but then gets upset hearing the fans boo. Athena goes out, brings Willow up but Willow throws body shots. Athena CLUBS away on Willow’s back, then she drags Willow back up. Athena puts Willow on the steel steps, puts the arm in the gap, but Willow fights back! Athena SMACKS Willow off the steps, then puts both arms in the gap! The fans boo, Athena pulls Willow against the post again and again!

The ref reprimands, Athena stops, but then she mocks the fans. And she DROPKICKS the steel steps! Willow falls back and writhes, clutching her arm! The ref reprimands but Athena just plays innocent in the ring. Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” and that upsets Athena. The ring count climbs, Willow stands at 6 of 20, and she drags herself with her one good arm at 8. But Athena DROPKICKS Willow right back out! Athena then goes out to the apron, rallies the fans almost mockingly, and she leaps, but Willow blocks the rana! APRON POWERBOMB!! And then a fireman’s carry, for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER to the floor!!

Both women writhe on the ground and fans are thunderous for “R O H! R O H!” The ring count is up to 5 of 20 again while Willow drags herself around. The count is 7, then 8. Both women sit up at 9, and Willow drags herself along the railing. We’re at 12 of 20 as Athena finally stirs. Athena finds her way to the ring, fans rally as we hit 15! Willow staggers about at 16, Athena flounders at 17. Both women slide in at 19!! Fans fire up as this continues! Athena says Willow ain’t ish! She SLAPS away on Willow, saying she’s fragile porcelain, then she starts pie facing. But Willow DECKS Athena! And back body blocks in the corner! And LARIATS! Snapmare and BOOT!

Fans fire up with Willow, she whips Athena, and hits a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO!! Willow roars and the fans are with her! Willow drags Athena back up, reels her in, gut wrenches, but the bad arm gives up! Athena wrenches to ARM CODE BREAKER! And then METEORA! And then CROSSFACE!! Willow endures, fans boo, but Athena pulls back on the hold! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!!! Willow fights, rolls it to a cover, TWO!! Athena lets go in time, and she METEORAS in the corner!! Fans boo but Athena tells them it’s over. She drags Willow up, wants the fans to say bye, and then Canadian Racks, CLIFFHANGER CODE BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Willow shocks Athena but the fans are thunderous again! Athena pulls at her hair, throws a tantrum, but fans declare, “This is Awesome!” Willow stirs, but Athena goes to the corner. Athena wants to finish this with her best shot, but Willow runs in! Athena jumps up and over, but runs into a POUNCE!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Now Athena shocks Willow! But fans are electric for Willow as she stalks Athena. Athena grabs at ropes, but Willow YANKS her up. Athena lands on her feet, to SUPERKICK! Athena runs, but Willow CLUBS her at the ropes! Gut wrench, double clutch, BAE BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!?!?

Fans are thunderous again as Athena survives! Willow grows frustrated, but the fans rally behind her again. Athena crawls to the outside but Willow snarls. Willow shakes her head and pursues. “This is Wrestling!” but Athena wants to leave? Willow chases her down at the ramp! But Athena CLAWS Willow’s face! Fireman’s carry, and WASTELAND SLAM to the ramp!! Willow rolls all the way to ringside, and Athena RAMS her into steel steps!! Athena puts Willow in the ring, goes up top, THE O-FACE!!! Cover, Athena wins!!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)

Willow proved she wasn’t porcelain but tough as nails! However, Athena still managed to bend that iron will and hold onto the gold! Athena then drags Willow up and puts the belt in place. The ref won’t let her do this, but Athena gest in the ref’s face now! The ref tells her to let off, but Athena grabs her belt. She chases after Willow to CLOBBER her with the belt at the ramp!! Fans boo but then Athena METEORAS Willow into the steel steps! Athena shakes Willow’s hand to barely keep the Code of Honor. Will anyone be able to stop the savagery the Fallen Goddess brings to the ring?


My Thoughts:

A great second episode for ROH’s return, and they went big with three title matches on one night. Great opener with the TV title, and of course Joe wins. I like that Mark Briscoe wants after the title next, I remember that being his mission in ROH years ago. Obviously, there’s still the issue of how to handle the ROH Tag titles, but that aside, Joe VS Mark will be a great match and could probably go either way. Great promo from Castle, and really good win for him and The Boys. They’re definitely going to be in the conversation for the ROH World Six Man titles going towards Supercard of Honor at the end of March.

Good promo from The Kingdom, though they’re definitely more likely to get the ROH Tag titles rather than the AEW Tag titles. I feel like LFI is going to be strong in ROH, too, though they didn’t have the smoothest match with the SAP. They might’ve just lost track of what spot was when because of just how fired up the fans were for Rush, a Heel. Aussie Open VS Titus & Tracy was awesome stuff, Aussie Open seems to bring out the best of everybody they face. Fletcher & Davis wins because they’re going to be strong across the board from NJPW and NJPW Strong to AEW and ROH. But somehow, someway, Aussie Open probably won’t get the ROH titles because they’re going all over the place.

Really good showing from Trustbusters VS the Two Jakes, but of course Daivari & Slim win. It was a bit lame for Metalik to show up to immediately flop in his fight against Trustbusters, but cool to see Blake Christian show up. All Heart & The King of Ropes will make a great duo but it feels like they’re just going to be fed to the Trustbusters. I feel like we need confirmation on how the Trustbusters and Varsity Athletes work together more than anything. Daivari runs a faction but is a teammate in another? Just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

Great squash from Eddie beating down Ben Dejo, aka Jon Cruz (aka Serpentico so he lost twice tonight). Claudio being smug champion fits with the Heel turn of the BCC, and while Eddie quit AEW, he could still get Moxley involved in this story somehow. Great Pure Championship match from Yuta and Thatcher, but Yuta also shows his Heel turn by getting away with that cheating. Yuta was almost as smug as Claudio to have Connors waiting, but I like that he decided to accept the challenge after all. That’s going to be great stuff, as Connors almost had Zack Sabre Jr. for the NJPW World Television Championship, but I think Yuta cheats some other way next week to retain.

Good match from Adora and Billie, and for being so young, Billie definitely shows all the great potential of a future champion. But because that time isn’t now, Adora wins. And then, great move making the women’s title the main event. Good promos from both Willow and Athena, awesome match, and I was kinda hoping they’d shock us by giving us a new champion on the second episode, they’re clearly waiting until the PPV for anything even remotely like that. Athena has any number of possible contenders, I can’t be sure who they’ll choose but it’ll be great stuff.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/20/24)

NXT Takes Care o’ Business!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Who reigns on the Road to WrestleMania?

Both the NXT Women’s and North American Championships are on the line tonight! It’s Lyra Valkyrie VS Shotzi and Oba Femi VS Lexis King!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Lexis King; Oba wins and retains the title.
  • Roxanne Perez VS Wren Sinclair; Roxie wins.
  • Josh Briggs VS Brooks Jensen; wins.
  • Kelani Jordan VS Lash Legend w/ Jakara Jackson; wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Lyra Valkyria VS Shotzi Blackheart; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Lexis King!

The Ruler dominated the Breakout Tournament, cashed in on Dragon Lee, then retained against Dragon Lee at Vengeance Day. And The Drama King wants all the credit since he “softened up” the Boy Wonder first. Will Oba “thank” Lexis by making this quick and painless? Or will the King truly have his Coronation?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly reigns over NXT!

The bell rings and King dodges Oba to fire kicks! Oba blocks one, then SHOVES King to a corner! King dodges Oba, runs in to clothesline and CHOP! And SLAP! And CHOP! King whips but Oba blocks and reverses! King goes up, leaps, but bounces right off Oba! Oba whips King to ropes, then back drops him high and hard! The fans fire up as Oba hauls King up for body shots. Oba UPPERCUTS, then whips again, but King sunset flips! Oba spins out, but King avoids the elbow drop! King KICKS, and KICKS, then talks some trash. King BOOTS Oba, runs, but Oba grabs King to SHOVE him up and out!

The fans fire up again and Oba storms out after King. Oba hauls King into the ring, but King DROPKICKS Oba down! King huffs and puffs out after Oba, but Oba shoves him! Oba swings but only gets post! King SLAMS Oba’s arm into the post! Oba ROCKS King with the good hand! Oba brings King up, puts him in again, but King stomps Oba as he slides in! King CLUBS the bad arm, then clamps on with a top wristlock. Oba endures, fights up, but King grinds that shoulder. Von Wagner & Robert Stone watch this, and Stone says he’ll be right back. Where’s he going? Out there. Stone heads to gorilla but Von says it’s still not worth going after King!

As for in the ring, Oba fights up but King CLUBS the arm! King grinds the shoulder, but Oba whips him away! Then Oba scoops, but King slips free! King RAMS Oba into buckles, runs up again, but Oba puts him on the apron. King ROCKS Oba, goes up, but fans chant for “O~BA!” Stone is on the ramp as King DOUBLE STOMPS Oba’s bad arm! King runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then slides out to shove Stone down! Fans boo as King talks trash, then gets back in. Oba grabs King, but King breaks fere! King fires forearms and CHOPS, then more forearms! King runs, but Oba LARIATS! King flounders up, Oba has him for the FLAPJACK!

Oba storms up on King, scoop shim, and gives him SNAKE EYES! Oba then hauls King up, SHOT-PUT! Oba fires up, the fans rally behind him, and King stands into the POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Cover, Oba wins!

Winner: Oba Femi, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

The Ruler keeps the King from taking the crown, and Stone gets some sense of payback. Will nothing stop Oba’s reign that is backed by destiny?

 

Thea Hail, Jacy Jayne and Jasmine talk backstage.

Thea sighs, and they ask if she’s okay. Riley Osborne hasn’t answered her all week. Then please tell them she didn’t desperately text him. No, she did what Jacy said and played hard to get on the date. Yeah, Jacy knows that part. Just tell us what happened on the date. And we see Arianna Grace eavesdropping… Thea says he opened the door for her, she said not to do that cuz she’s a grown ass woman who can do it herself. Oh, okay… So, what next? They went to dinner, he asked what it was like first starting at Chase University, and she was on her phone most of the time so she wouldn’t be “too available.”

Jasmine, Jacy and even Ariana see how the advice was backfiring, and Jacy says that’s not what she meant about any of that. Uh oh… And then Arianna walks over, pretending like she couldn’t help but overhear. But Thea, a true lady is never afraid to come off as daring. She for one has been on many, many dates, and it just sounds like she scared Riley away. What!? Jacy calms Thea down, and Arianna continues. “When a man opens the door for you, you welcome it. When he shows interest in the little things you do, you engage and reciprocate.” It isn’t too late. Just go talk to Riley. And then what? Come off desperate?

Jacy agrees with Jasmine, but Arianna says respectfully, how would Thea look desperate? Thea looks to Jacy but Jacy says no, don’t look at her. Jacy didn’t mean it the way Thea executed it. Jacy can’t do everything! Right, sorry. Arianna says, “And she’s your best friend?” Jacy tells Ariana to stop filling Thea’s head up with stuff, and stay out of their business. Or else she’ll make an example out of you. Jacy has the group leave, and Arianna scoffs. Which side is the right side of this? Is there still hope for this Chase U romance?

 

Lyra Valkyria checks in on Tatum Paxley.

The Morrigan looks her superfan over, she took a pretty serious blow. Is she good? Well, yeah, everything hurts, and Tatum’s only been able to have soup the past week, but she’s just happy Lyra came to her rescue! That wasn’t what that was, but someone had to tell Tatum to just tap out. She shouldn’t try to be a hero. Well, Lyra is Tatum’s hero~! Well, Lyra does feel bad about last week, but if Tatum can do something for her tonight, Lyra promises to make it up to her. Anything! Attack Shotzi with a baseball bat? Hit her with green mist so she’ll match her green hair? No, none of that! But she does need Tatum to just stay away from ringside.

But! No buts! Keep your butt back here! That’s her one request. If Tatum can do that, then Lyra has a very special surprise for her. A surprise? Really? Yes, really. Okay, Tatum will stay right here. Great! Tatum sits down and says this will be the hardest thing she’s ever done. But can Tatum be patient and let Lyra handle things on her own?

 

Bron Breakker & Baron Corbin head to the ring!

The fans fire up as the Wolf Dogs, the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions, are here. And this is even after the Big Bad Booty Nephew signed with Friday Night SmackDown! They step into the ring, belts on and trophy waiting for them, and the fans chant, “You Deserve It!” Bron says wow, who would’ve thought way back in September, when these two were beating the hell outta each other at No Mercy, that they’d be here today in alligator skin boots and NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! Corbin says yes, yes, yes, yes! He remembers No Mercy like it was yesterday, cuz didn’t Corbin win? Uh… Not funny. It’s a little funny.

Well alright, but then Corbin wouldn’t be here if not for Bron carrying the team. Corbin says if he remembers right, he did set Bron up pretty nicely. Boom, End of Days! Fans chant “Spear of Days!” and Bron says yeah, EOD was the set-up, he hit his Spear, and so just like the fans are saying, Spear of Days. The fans cheer that Spear of Days is a thing now. Corbin does love it. A couple A-Holes standing here with brand new hardware, and they are good with being the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! But wait, here comes Chase U! Andre Chase & Duke Hudson ask for everyone to hold on just a second.

Now, the Wolf Dogs might not care about who’ll be their next challengers, but Chase U certainly does. Should they spell it out for ya? Duke has to hand it to the Wolf Dogs. Beating seven other teams to win the Dusty Cup, then winning the titles, that’s not easy. But Chase U is back at 100%, and it is Chase U’s time to shine! Bron says take the school spirit and their calendars, and shove ’em! Easy now, easy now. What we have right here… IS A TEACHABLE MOMENT! Chase says the former champs promised a shot at those titles, and Chase U ain’t taking no for an answer! So, Wolf Dogs… Chase U will get their match, and will give them an Andre Chase U sized ass whooping!

But wait! Nathan Frazer & Axiom are here! And they say no no no! That’s not how this works! Hate to break it to ya, Mr. Chase, but that agreement with the former champions is therefore null and void. “And that, my friends, is a Hart-Hitting Home Truth.” Axiom adds that in case no one remembers, these two were the closest to beating the Wolf Dogs. So therefore, if there’s anyone that deserves this shot, it’s them! Frazer & Axiom storm up to the ring and add that Wolf Dogs went and jumped them from behind, so they’re gonna pay for that, “You pieces of sh-” Whoa! Hey! Axiom calms Frazer down and they get in the ring.

Duke mocks Frazer’s accent as he says, “I don’t know who invited you two to the party,” but seriously, good to see you. But grab a ticket, get to the back of the line, because the future TWO-TIME NXT Tag Team Champions are about to plant the Chase U flag firmly where it belongs. Corbin says hold on, listen. This sounds like a you guys problem, and the tag champs have stuff to do and places to be. They can take these problems and tell someone who cares. Ava Raine walks out and tells Baron & Bron that yeah, they’re right. It isn’t up to the Wolf Dogs about who their challengers. That’s up to her!

But it is so easy when she sees two very deserving teams right in front of her. So she feels it’ll be Frazer & Axiom VS Chase & Duke to decide the NEW #1 Contenders. The fans like the sound of that, and Ava says it will also happen tonight. The fans really like that, and now tonight is even bigger than before! #ThankYouAva, but who will rise above to then step to the Wolf Dogs?

 

Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

Kelly Kincaid says we are moments away from Roxie’s match with Wren Sinclair after their… heated altercation. Roxie says Wren shows a lot of promise, and reminds her a bit of herself. Y’know, all happy to be here. But once Wren’s been here awhile, just being “happy to be here” won’t cut it anymore. We’ll see others getting chances she deserves, the spotlight that was once on her being ripped away by every single girl in the locker room, and then as she tries to make sense of it all, it just won’t! Chances you work for an entire year, even your entire LIFE for, will be handed to main roster stars.

After awhile, she’ll build up a callous towards other people’s feelings, and realize that the only person she can make happy around here is herself. Roxie tells Shotzi and Lyra to watch her tonight. Because she’ll be doing the same for them. Is The Prodigy going to use her edge to cut down the future so she can once again be the present?

 

Another mysterious message plays.

“Men deny their truth. I will be a mirror to it.” And then someone smashes glass! Just what is making its way to NXT?

 

Roxanne Perez VS Wren Sinclair!

NXT returns and Wren makes her entrance, still remembering that sucker punch to her left cheek. The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, Wren powers Roxie to ropes but Roxie turns it around and digs into Wren. The ref counts, Roxie lets off and then shoves Wren. Wren shoves Roxie, then trips her to rain down shots! Roxie turns that around and gives those shots back! The fans fire up as the two scrap, roll, then tumble out of the ring! Roxie fires off on Wren, lets off as the ref counts, and then Roxie pushes Wren in. Roxie storms up but Wren turns her for a backslide! TWO, and Wren rolls Roxie up, TWO!

Roxie is up, and she ROCKS Wren with that same haymaker! Roxie talks trash on Wren, whips her but Wren reverses to ROCK Roxie! And then wrench, scoop and BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Wren clamps on a facelock and grinds Roxie. Roxie endures, fights up, and WRINGS Wren’s arm out! Wren bails out, Roxie pursues, and Roxie wrenches again. Wren ROCKS Roxie again, but Roxie just gets mad! Roxie WRINGS Wren’s arm into the floor! Roxie SLAMS the bad arm, drags Wren up and SLAMS the arm on the apron! Then she SMACKS Wren off the apron, shoves her in, and covers, TWO!

Roxie is seething, but she stands Wren up to wrench and YANK! Roxie wrenches, then chinbars Wren. Wren endures and fights up, but Roxie wrenches and hits an STO! Then she drops a knee on the arm! Wren clutches the elbow, Roxie covers, TWO! Wren is showing toughness but Roxie pulls hair to sit Wren up. Roxie wrap son a cobra clutch and thrashes Wren about. The fans rally, Wren fights up, and Wren pries at the hold, but Roxie hits another STO! Roxie has a top wristlock, leans on Wren, but Wren fights up. Wren throws body shots, the fans rally, but Roxie cranks the arm. Wren arm-drags free!

Wren goes to a corner, Roxie runs in, but Wren ELBOWS her away! Roxie runs up again but Wren BOOTS her! Wren LARIATS, then LARIATS again! The fans fire up as Wren DROPKICKS! Roxie goes to a corner, Wren runs up, but Roxie boots! Wren blocks it and SLINGS Roxie down! Wren then suplexes, but Roxie fights free! The bad arm bothers Wren, Roxie WRINGS it out again! Then SOBAT! Roxie hops on, POP ROX! And then lets off!? She puts Wren in a CROSSFACE! Wren taps, Roxie wins!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

Roxie showed us some thing new: sadism! Will Roxie tear into whoever is champion after tonight so she can Stand & Deliver?

 

The Meta Four meets backstage.

Noam Dar says tonight, Lash Legend takes care of Kelani Jordan. But he and Oro Mensah need to figure out how to handle No Quarter Catch Crew. They want the Cup because of the sport and tradition, when both of those belong to Dar! Oro says to relax. They’re champions! Oh, wait, here comes NQCC! Not during the secret handshake, man! But Drew Gulak says hello to Miss Jackson and Miss Legend. Charlie Dempsey reminds Dar that the cup represents over 100 YEARS of British Wrestling. Yeah, shut up, Charlie, you’re boring. Dar’s from the UK and even he doesn’t to listen to a history lesson.

So less talky-talky, more walky-walky. This is two weeks in a row they’ve stunk up Dar’s lounge! Damon Kemp says once one of them wins the Cup, they won’t need to come back. Okay then, who IS Dar facing? Yeah, wouldn’t he like to know. Uh, duh, that’s why he asked! Kemp says Catch Clause means you find out once they’re all in the ring. So see you next week, bud. Catch Clause? What? Dar is confused. He has to prepare for ALL FOUR of them just because of this clause? How is that fair? NQCC might’ve just found a way to counter Meta Four’s numbers game. Will the Cup soon belong to someone who respects its Heritage?

 

Josh Briggs VS Brooks Jensen!

Country Strong went their separate ways in a mutual break-up, but not everyone in the trio was able to stand strong alone. Briggs told Jensen to grow up and toughen up, so here’s Jensen’s response! Will “little brother” Brooks show everyone that he’s a grown man? Or will he still just be Briggs’ sidekick?

 


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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.16.2024

Rich Swann…how dumb are you going to be? Do we see 0-4 in this current TNA incarnation?

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So let’s see if this will give us anything to talk about. Trent Seven will make his TNA ring debut technically, and Rich Swann is going to continue this reign of stupidity where he gets distracted from help. I can’t tolerate the level of babyface stupid Swann has looked during this. Who does this help? It ain’t Francis and it ain’t Rich. If we get an evil Rich payoff who just becomes a mega heel…maybe. But it’s painful.

Ratings:

  • Trent Seven vs Shera: Trent wins via BirmingHammer – ** 1/2
  • Rich Swann vs John Skyler w/Jason Hotch –

 

Results:

Trent Seven vs Shera

So, Shera gonna be the jobbing gatekeeper of getting momentum for bigger matches. Either that, or Maclin interferes to give Shera a dirty win, but Shera eating the pin seems more likely to me.

Simple tie up that turns into Shera laying in the Shoulder Tackle, trying to bully Trent, but he slips a Slam attempt, lights up Shera with a few chops and then a Snap DDT. Shera powders after the DDT, makes space, slides in, Trent follows, and Shera runs the ropes, ducks the Lariat and a Big Boot sends Trent’s tooth flying and drops him. Shera starts manhandling Trent, running him from corner to corner, Stalling Suplex after the corner attack and Trent has had no offense. Shera goes for a goozle, Trent tries to fight back with some punches, bounces off the ropes and eats a Spinebuster.

Shera then goes to the top turnbuckle, looking for something big and unusual from him. So of course Trent cuts him off with Chops, Headbutts and a big Superplex finally gives Trent and opening. Overhand chop from Trent, tries another Suplex, but Shera blocks and rains down some clubbing forearms. Trent tries to fire, Pop & Bang, some apron battling but Shera gets the best of things, Chokeslam on the apron, rolls Trent back in and Trent kicks out.

Going for the frustration chokes, Shera is trying anything but Trent chops a few times, Backfist, Lariat, for…a near fall. Trent keeps slapping the back of Shera, BirmingHammer for the win!

Don West, You’ve Got to be Kidding Me! Trending Topics of the week:

5. MK Ultra getting their rematch

4. Trinity’s final TNA match

3. Moose & Alex Shelley’s stupid stipulation match

2. Simon Gotch’s revenge

1. Rebellion declaration for April 20th

“Around the Ring” with Gia Miller and her guest Xia Brookside. Apparently they bonded over accents and horses. So it seems like Xia just has an affinity for cowboys and stuff, so Gia was totally up her alley. They make a little country posse, its cute, but cringey…but cute. 

TNA+ Flashback Moment: Sting vs Mr Anderson vs Kurt Angle – No Surrender 2011

Always nice to see the classic stuff from the pinnacle of TNA. 

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Rich Swann vs John Skyler w/Jason Hotch

If Rich goes 0-4…I will be, AJ Francis shows up for commentary. Christ…Rich is gonna lose to the other Good Hand ain’t he?

Rich Swann and Skyler go back and forth but you’re always just waiting for the shoe to drop. Rich has the advantage, goes to the top for the Phoenix Splash, Hotch gets up on the apron and AJ Francis leave commentary and takes out Hotch. But for some stupid reason Swann is distracted by the assistance, then Skyler hits an Avalanche Forward Rolling Senton for the win.

I can’t even understand the level of moronic babyface Rich Swann is for this angle.

 

Overall Score: 4.5/10

This was…the definition of useless. Trent’s match was okay, but obvious because Shera is a gatekeeper to looking decent before a major match. Rich, as I’ve said many times, just looks unabashedly stupid. I’m over this, Rich needs to turn heel at No Surrender or within a week or so. All of this was cringey, stupid and a waste of time, especially Xia and Gia.

Ugh.


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