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Mitchell’s ROH Supercard of Honor Results & Report! (3/31/23)

Honor shines in LA!

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ROH sees what it is to live and die in LA.

In the City of Angels, all of ROH’s champions will defend their thrones! Who will rise and who will fall on this Supercard of Honor?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Zero Hour – Jeff Cobb VS Tracy Williams; Cobb wins.
  • Zero Hour – Konosuke Takeshita VS Willie Mack; Konosuke wins.
  • Zero Hour – Willow Nightingale VS Miranda Alize; Willow wins.
  • Zero Hour – Stu Grayson w/ Evil Uno VS Slim J w/ Ari Daivari & Mark Sterling; Stu wins.
  • AAA Mega Championship: El Hijo del Vikingo VS Komander; Vikingo wins and retains the title.
  • ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS AR Fox, Metalik & Blake Christian; win(s).
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Yuka Sakazaki; Athena wins and retains the title.
  • ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe VS Mark Briscoe; Joe wins and retains the title.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Daniel Garcia; Tanahashi wins.
  • ROH World Tag Team Championship Reach for the Sky Ladder Match: The Lucha Brothers VS Top Flight VS The Kingdom VS La Faccion Ingobernable VS Aussie Open; The Lucha Brothers win and are the new ROH World Tag Team Champions.
  • ROH Pure Championship: Wheeler Yuta VS Katsuyori Shibata; Shibata wins and becomes the new ROH Pure Champion.
  • ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli VS Eddie Kingston; Claudio wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Zero Hour – Jeff Cobb VS Tracy Williams!

The United Empire’s Imperial Unite could not bring the IWGP United States Championship home, but he brushes that off and moves forward. Will he take Tracy on a Tour of the Islands? Or will he get burned by the Hot Sauce?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two feel things out. They tie up, Tracy wrenches but Cobb clinches. Tracy shots in, Cobb counters, they roll, Cobb has a press but Tracy makes it a ghost pin, ONE! Fans applaud that opening exchange, and the two go again. Cobb waistlocks, gets a leg, but Tracy uses that to bring Cobb down to a HEEL HOOK! Cobb gets the ROPEBREAK, and Tracy lets go quickly. Fans rally, the two go again, and tie up. Cobb headlocks to a takeover but Tracy headscissors. Cobb stands and pops free, then gets in Tracy’s face. Tracy shoves Cobb, Cobb shoves back.

Tracy headlocks, but Cobb blocks the takeover for the ATHLETIC PLEX! Fans fire up and Cobb brings Tracy up. Cobb ROCKS Tracy, stalks him to a corner, and whips corner to corner. Tracy bounces off buckles, into a scoop SLAM! Cover, TWO! Cobb is still on Tracy, but Tracy throws body shots and forearms. Cobb ROCKS Tracy back! Cobb DECKS Tracy, but Tracy drags himself back up. Tracy CHOPS, Cobb throat chops! The ref reprimands but Cobb brings Tracy around. Cobb suplexes, holds Tracy up, runs a quick lap with him, then runs to the center to SLAM Tracy down! Fans fire up for that feat of strength! Cover, TWO!

Cobb keeps on Tracy with a wrench and short arm LARIAT! GACHI- NO, Tracy anchors the leg! Cobb CLUBS Tracy, GACHIMUCHI FLOP! Tracy gets the arm! Tracy pulls on the arm, CLUBS the arm, but Cobb fights up. Fans rally, Cobb scoops Tracy but Tracy slips out to get a leg! Cobb CLUBS Tracy, but Tracy just changes legs to SINGLE LEG SAIDO! Fans fire up with Tracy and he aims from a corner. Cobb stands, Tracy runs in but only gets buckles. Cobb runs in but gets an elbow! Tracy ROCKS Cobb, throws more shots, but Cobb ROCKS Tracy right back! Tracy goes to a corner, Cobb runs in but into BOOTS!

Tracy goes up, but Cobb YANKS him off the top, only for Tracy to DDT! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives but Tracy says he’ll end it! Tracy brings Cobb up, reels him in, but Cobb is too much for a lift! Cobb scoops Tracy, pops him around, but Tracy makes it a cradle! TWO!! Cobb escapes in time and he ELBOWS, JABS, YUKON- NO, Tracy ducks Cobb’s copy of the Shingo Takagi combo! Tracy ROCKS Cobb, spins, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Cobb and he runs at Tracy to LARIAT! Cobb says he’s gonna end this, and he brings Tracy up. Ripcord and TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, Cobb wins!

Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall

A big win for Cobb, and he is back on a roll! Tracy upholds the Code of Honor by shaking Cobb’s hand. Will Cobb help the United Empire conquer the world of wrestling?

 

Nigel McGuinness is here!

Fans fire up as the iconic former ROH World and former ROH Pure Champion is here to join commentary!

 

Zero Hour – Konosuke Takeshita VS Willie Mack!

The Future of Wrestling has a busy day today, but he is ready to live and die in LA! Will Konosuke still be the future in AEW and ROH? Or will this truly be the Return of the Mack?

The bell rings, the two circle, and Mack has Konosuke hold on. Mack offers the Code of Honor handshake, and Konosuke takes it. Fans cheer, the two tie up, and then they break. They talk a little smack, both men run, and they RAM into each other! Both men stay up, so they go again. They RAM shoulders, and Mack is proving more solid than Konosuke. Fans rally, the two go again, and they RAM again! Mack grins and shakes his arm out. Mack then ROCKS Konosuke! Mack whips Konosuke to a corner, runs in, but Konosuke dodges! Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges and TAKESHITA LINE! Mack bails out and fans fire up.

Konosuke goes to ropes, slingshots, PLANCHA, but he has to land on his feet as Mack moves. Mack CLOBBERS Konosuke on the return! Fans fire up, Mack drags Konosuke up and puts him in the ring. Konosuke staggers, fans rally up, and Mack CHOPS Konosuke against ropes. Mack whips Konosuke, Konosuke reverses but Mack arm-drags! Konosuke gets up, dodges, but Mack RANAS! Fans fire up and Konosuke goes to a corner. Mack runs in but into an ELBOW! Konosuke goes up and leaps, FLYING RANA! Fans fire up as Mack tumbles all the way out! Konosuke builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit right in front of commentary!

LA is thunderous as Konosuke puts Mack in the ring. “Let’s go!” Fans fire up for that, but Mack FLIES! Direct hit in front of commentary and fans lose their minds! Mack grits his teeth, stands back up, and Mack drags Konosuke up. Mack puts Konosuke in, brings him up, and KNEES him in the back! And again! And again! Mack then clamps on a chinlock and bends Konosuke back against his knee. Fans rally, Konosuke fights up, and throws elbows and body shots. Konosuke shoves Mack away, Mack dodges and LEAPING LARIATS on the return! Both men slowly rise, and Konosuke throws forearems and elbows!

Konosuke runs, but Mack redirects him to RUNNING GAMANGIRI! Mack fireman’s carries, to a SAMOAN DROP! Fans rally up while both men are down, and a standing count begins. The count reaches 5 of 10, and Mack kips up! Not the sharpest because of a bad back, but Mack figures whatever, STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Konosuke is still in this and stands at the ropes. Mack whips but Konosuke holds the ropes. Mack ROCKS Konosuke, whips him, but Konosuke reverses to ROCK, elbow and BACK ELBOW! ROLLING ELBOW! Mack wobbles, Konosuke runs, into a DROPKICK!

Fans fire up and Mack prepares the arm. Mack runs, into a LARIAT from Konosuke!! Cover, TWO!! Mack survives but Konosuke just powers up again. Konosuke stands Mack up, wrenches and reels him in, but Mack fights the lift. Mack CLUBS away on Konosuke, Konosuke swings but misses, and Mack kicks low to- NO, Konosuke fights the stunner! Konosuke waistlocks but Mack elbows free! Mack runs, and POUNCES Konosuke to the corner! Konosuke bounces off buckles, staggers about, into a STUNNER! But he JUMP KNEES in return! Then steals the STUNNER!! Fans are thunderous, as Mack SHINING WIZARDS!!

Fans are still thunderous as both men are down! “This is Awesome!” as the standing count climbs. Both men stir at 4 of 10, and then crawl to ropes at 5. Konosuke is up first, and Mack goes to a corner. Konosuke fires up and runs in, but Mack catches him! EXPLODER! Konosuke flounders into the corner, and Mack is a bit dazed. But Mack shakes the stars away, runs in, CANNONBALL! Konosuke is in the drop zone and Mack goes up top! FROG SPLASH FLOPS as Konosuke moves! Konosuke reels Mack in, for a BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! But Konosuke doesn’t end it there! Fans are thunderous as he aims from the corner!

Mack rises, Konosuke runs in, MOTOR DRIVER KNEE!! Cover, Konosuke wins!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

A wild match for just the Zero Hour, and a great win for the Future of Wrestling! Konosuke shows his respect by shaking Mack’s hand and standing him back up. Will both Konosuke and Mack fight for big prizes down the line?

 

Zero Hour – Willow Nightingale VS Miranda Alize!

The positive powerhouse was almost ROH Women’s World Champion, but there’s always another chance. Will Willow power her way up the rankings? Or will the Lucha Baddie make this a bad time?

The Code of Honor is not upheld by Alize, and the bell rings. Alize and Willow circle, approach, and Alize gets around to rabbit punch! Alize runs, wheelbarrows, but Willow SLAMS her down! Willow brings Alize up to snap suplex! Una Amiga! Another snap suplex, Dos Amigas! And then THREE AMIGAS, with a bridge! TWO! Alize gets away but Willow scoops her to SLAM her! Willow runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Alize bails out now, and Willow waits. The count climbs but Willow goes out. Willow chases Alize, Alize slides into the ring, but then Willow avoids the baseball slide! Willow then runs in to DIVE into a forearm!

Alize frowns, dusts herself off, and goes up to step in, SPIKE-RANA! Cover, TWO! Alize wants a faster count but brings Willow up. Alize CHOPS Willow, bumps her off buckles, then wraps the arm around ropes. Alize pulls the arm, and BITES the hand! The ref reprimands, Alize lets off to run, CHOP, and ROCK! “What’re you gonna do about it?!” Willow turns Alize around to CHOP her! And CHOP her again! And then bump her, only for Alize to get away! Alize CLAWS Willow’s face! Fans boo, Alize stomps a mudhole in, and the ref counts. Alize lets off to drag Willow up and ROCK her! Alize runs, rolls, comes back and UPPERCUTS!

Alize keeps going, side to side for the BOOT WASH! Fans boo but Alize just soaks it up and goes corner to corner, HESITATION DROPKICK! Alize drags Willow up, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Willow but Alize runs in to ROCK her! Alize whips corner to corner but Willow handsprings and comes back to ROCK her! And CHOP her! Willow whips corner to corner, runs in, and back body blocks! LARIAT! Snapmare and KICK! Willow whips, to SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Alize survives but the fans still rally for Willow. Willow brings Alize up, fireman’s carries, but Alize fights free.

Alize ripcords to KNEE, then facelocks to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO! Alize grows frustrated and she pounds the mat. Fans rally, Willow stands, and she shoves Alize away. Alize BOOTS back, runs in and spins Willow around, but Willow blocks the suplex! Willow runs, Alize follows and dropkicks a leg out! BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and fans fire up! Alize is beside herself, but she gets the ARMBAR! Willow endures, fights to a stack, TWO! Alize lets Willow go, and Willow SUPERKICKS! Fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Alize is still in this and Willow fires up!

Fans rally behind Willow as she goes to a corner. Alize is in the other, Willow runs in to CANNONBALL into buckles! Alize avoids disaster and she rushes up to fire forearms! Willow gives them back! Fans rally as the shots go back and forth! Willow gest the edge, but Alize spins Willow around to a CUTTER! Alize runs in, DRIVE BY misses as Willow moves! Alize flounders up, Willow runs in and shoves Alize, to then POUNCE!! Fans fire up for Willow and she brings down the straps! Willow drags Alize up, reels her in, DOCTOR BOMB!! Cover, Willow wins!

Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall

A powerful win for the powerful and positive Willow Nightingale! Will Willow be waiting on the other side of tonight’s big Women’s Championship match?

 

Zero Hour – Stu Grayson w/ Evil Uno VS Slim J w/ Ari Daivari & Mark Sterling!

The Dark Order’s Number Two is back and ready to play! But will the Trustbuster’s top investment finally pay off? Or will he not be ready for Nightfall?

The Code of Honor is upheld, though Slim then kicks the hand away. The bell rings and Stu CLOBBERS Slim! And again! And then picks Slim up to RAM him into a corner! Stu fires off, the ref counts, Mark Sterling complains but Stu lets off with a KNEE! Stu goes corner to corner, but Slim BOOTS Stu away! Slim runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Stu kips up, fans fire up, but Slim bails out. Sterling and Daivari tell Stu to stay back and they help Slim cool off. Slim gets back in the ring, but Stu CHOPS! Stu storms up on Slim but Slim BOOTS him, then headscissors him away! Stu stands up, and he blocks Slim’s hip toss!

Stu swings, but Slim ducks and tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Stu away again! Slim ROCKS Stu on the ropes, whips him to ropes, but Stu reverses. Slim KICKS, but Stu RANAS outta nowhere! Fans fire up as Slim bails out. Stu runs up, blocks a boot, and he sweeps the legs! Fans fire up while Sterling complains, but Stu APRON SLINGSHOT SENTONS! Fans fire up more as Stu brings Slim up and puts him back in. Stu brings Slim up, hoists him to the top rope, then climbs up after him. Fans rally, but Sterling distracts the ref! Uno gets on the apron, but Daivari slides into the ring! Stu runs Daivari off, but Slim FLYING GAMANGIRIS!

Slim tears the A-shirt! Cover, TWO! Slim rains down fists, the ref reprimands on the closed fists, and Slim lets off. Slim stands Stu up, throws Stu onto the ropes, then CHOKES him! The ref counts, Slim lets off, and Daivari talks trash. Daivari then CHOKES Stu! Fans boo, Daivari gets away with that one and Uno protests. Slim drags Stu up but Stu CHOPS back! Slim blocks the body shot to fire off point-blank lariats! Slim knuckle locks, brings Stu along and springboards, into a REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO!! Stu survives and Slim can’t believe it! Fans rally for Stu but Slim brings Stu up. Slim ROCKS Stu with a right!

Slim snapmares Stu, and ENZIGURIS! But Stu just snarls! Slim slaps Stu around, but Stu stands up. Stu glares at Slim, Slim throws hands, but Stu doesn’t budge! Stu backs Slim down as he leans into the shots! Slim knees low! Slim whips, but Stu LARIATS Slim inside-out! Fans fire up, Stu clinches, URENAGE! Then Stu springboards, LION SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Slim survives but Stu just fires himself up! Fans rally, Stu drags Slim up, but Slim CHOPS! Stu doesn’t flinch! Stu choke grips, trophy lifts, but Slim slips into a SLEEPER! Slim is a backpack, but Stu THROWS him!

Slim gets up, dodges Stu’s lariat, runs, but into a POP-UP POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Slim survives but Stu is amused. Sterling & Daivari coach Slim but Stu says he’s gonna break Slim! Stu drags Slim jump into the torture rack, but Slim fights with elbows! Stu just powers back up! Slim keeps fighting, he slips free and DESTINO!?! Cover, TWO!?! Slim is not tranquilo, he can’t believe Stu survives! Slim drags Stu to a drop zone, stomps him, and then goes up the corner. Slim MOONSAULTS but FLOPS as Stu moves! Stu torture racks, Sterling distracts, and Slim rakes the eyes! Uno YANKS Sterling down!

Daivari rushes over but Uno sends him into Sterling! then Uno DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up, Slim is freaking out, Stu JUMP KNEES Slim! And then he slashes his throat, “FINISH HIM!” Torture rack to NIGHTFALL!! Cover, Stu wins!

Winner: Stu Grayson, by pinfall

The Dark Order OG celebrate the victorious return to ROH! Will this be a new chapter in the Dark Order’s legacy?

Wait! Coming out on stage, it’s Dutch and Vincent, AKA The Righteous! They’re back in ROH, but to what end?

 

AAA Mega Championship: El Hijo del Vikingo VS Komander!

For the first time ever, the top title in AAA is being defending in ROH! Both men are redefining what it is to be a luchador, and by extension, what it is to be a pro-wrestler! But who will use this historic moment to become THE luchador in AAA?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is el campeon de campeones!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans are losing their minds already! EHDV and Komander fire up, they circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Fans chant for “LUCHA! LUCHA!” as Komander wrenches, only for EHDV to wrench, and then EHDV steps over to wrench again. Fans chant for “LUCHA LIBRE!” as Komander headlocks. EHDV wrenches out, whips, but Komander slides to catch EHDV! Komander rolls back, hooks up the legs, and fans rally up as he turns EHDV over to a surfboard cradle! TWO as EHDV bridges up! EHDV pries free, hooks Komander’s legs up, and goes for arms!

Fans rally for “VI-KIN-GO!” EHDV gets the arms, pulls back and gets Komander into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Komander gets his arms free, balances, and handsprings away! Fans fire up, but EHDV tackles Komander! EHDV traps the legs, but then holds off on firing fists. Komander brings EHDV off his feet! EHDV ROCKS Komander, Komander CHOPS, EHDV CHOPS! It becomes a CHOP fight, but EHDV has the edge. EHDV rolls, and they both headstand with legs hooked! Fans fire up for the upside-down SLAP fight! Both men get free, run in, dropkicks cancel out, and they both go for legs!

EHDV rolls, runs, Komander dodges but EHDV hurdles! EHDV then follows Komander, but Komander goes Matrix under the leap! EHDV rolls through, both men strike the superhero pose as fans fire up! Fans rally for “LUCHA! LUCHA!” as the two reset. Komander rushes in but EHDV tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Komander bails out, EHDV FLIES, to dragon sleeper! Inverted suplex, but Komander turns it around! Only for EHDV to return the favor! EHDV sends Komander at the ring but Komander tiger feints to get around EHDV! Komander springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! EHDV bails out and fans fire up!

Komander builds speed to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up, and Komander brings out a TABLE! Fans fire up even more, but the ref has the ring count. Komander sets the table up at ringside, this is starting to look like EHDV VS Omega… Komander refreshes the count, goes up the steps and to the stage. Fans fire up and Komander runs, to 450 SPLASH off the stage!! Komander puts EHDV back in the ring, climbs up the corner, and he tightrope walks, SHOOTING STAR! But Komander has to land on his feet as EHDV moves! EHDV GAMANGIRIS from the apron, then steps in and runs in, GAMANGIRI in the corner!

Komander sits, EHDV climbs up over him, to IMPLODER DRAGON RANA!! Fans are thunderous for the SCREW HIGH KICK! Komander sits down, EHDV runs to METEORA through the ropes! Both men are on the outside but EHDV is back on his feet! EHDV goes to the apron, SHOOTING STAR onto knees! Komander saves himself, puts EHDV back in, and fans fire up! Komander is up top, he tries again, tightrope walk SHOOTING STAR, into boots! EHDV scoops for a SWINGING SIDE- NO, Komander slips through, brings EHDV up, but EHDV RANAS! Cover, TWO!! Komander swings, misses, EHDV shoves Komander to ropes!

Komander springboards, CROSSBODY, but EHDV catches him! EHDV swings Komander into the SIDE SLAM! Fans fire up and rally behind EHDV. EHDV goes to a corner, climbs up top, and he goes to the post! DOUBLE JUMP MISSILE- POWERBOMB!! Komander turns things around on EHDV!! Cover, TWO!!! EHDV survives and fans are thunderous! Komander grows frustrated, but he goes up the corner. EHDV SHOVES Komander to the floor! Komander sits up but EHDV is back on the post…! Komander stands, and EHDV DOUBLE JUMP IMPLODING CANNONBALLS!! Direct hit into the railing!!

Fans are losing their minds all over again, this is just the main show opener! EHDV puts Komander back in, goes onto the second rope, inside-out PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Komander survives and EHDV is shocked! Komander drags himself to the apron, “This is Awesome!” as EHDV joins him. EHDV drags Komander up, throws hands, then CHOPS! Fans “WOO~” and Komander CHOPS back! EHDV CHOPS, Komander mule kicks, front kicks and CHOPS! Komander goes side to side, goes up, but EHDV blocks his momentum! EHDV pops Komander up, but Komander uses that for an APRON DESTROYER!!

EHDV is dazed but the fans are electric! Komander goes back into the ring to refresh the count, and he goes up a corner. Fans rally up as Komander tightrope walks the entire length! SPRINGBOARD MOONSAULT!! Direct hit and fans are electric again! Komander salutes, and says he’s gonna get this title! Komander goes back for EHDV, puts him back in the ring, and he climbs the corner again. “This is Lucha!” as Komander tightrope walks again! SHOOTING STAR PRESS!! Cover, TWO!!! Third time is usually the charm, but Komander hasn’t put this away yet! Komander goes up top, still more in his arsenal!

Komander lines up the shot, tightrope, but EHDV hits the ropes! That trips Komander up, and now EHDV goes to the other corner! But Komander gets back up! Only for EHDV to FLYING DESTROYER!!! Komander flounders all the way to the other side of the ring, and onto the table! EHDV makes sure it’s all lined up, and fans rally again! EHDV runs side to side, he flashbacks to Dynamite with Omega! ESCALARA 630!!! But the table does NOT break!! Fans lose their minds, that may have broken Komander and EHDV! Fans rally, “OTRA! OTRA!” because they want another! EHDV drags Komander into the ring and climbs up.

EHDV says he’s gonna do it! 630 SENTON FLOPS!! Also like with Omega! Komander hurries to put EHDV in the drop zone and go up top! Komander brings out the ace in his wristband! Komander CORKSCREW SHOOTING STAR!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! EHDV survives by fingertips and Komander is furious!! Komander hauls EHDV up, ROCKS him with forearms, then puts him up top! Komander climbs up, roars, and stands EHDV up. EHDV throws body shots, clinches Komander, and scoops for a SUPER SWINGING SIDE SLAM!! Fans are thunderous again and EHDV drags himself to the far corner!

Fans love “BOTH THESE GUYS!” but only one can win! EHDV pounds the mat, aims at Komander, and Komander rises slowly. EHDV runs in, to METEORA in the corner!! Then he puts Komander in the drop zone, goes up top, 630 SENTON!! Cover, EHDV WINS!

Winners: El Hijo del Vikingo, by pinfall (still AAA Mega Champion)

What a way to OPEN a show! This was a main event worthy battle, and in the end, the champion retains! But best of all, EHDV shows respect to Komander by helping him up and hugging it out. Is this just the beginning of AAA’s rise on the global stage?

 

ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS AR Fox, Metalik & Blake Christian!

Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona are three towering tanks, while their opponents are high speed, high flying fighter jets. Which side will bring the shock and awe in this second of seven title matches?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see #WhoBetta?

The Code of Honor is upheld, though with tension. Then it turns into a brawl! The bell rings, the Embassy shove the challengers away, but the challengers all dodge, TRIPLE DROPKICKS send the Embassy out of the ring! Fans fire up and the challengers build speed, they all FLY! Direct hit on all of the Embassy, and Kaun even bumps into the steps at the stage! Fans fire up as the All Heart Air Force gets Liona up and into the ring. Metalik climbs up top, he leaps, CROSSBODY caught! SWINGING SLAM! Liona tags Kaun and the Gates of Agony bring Metalik up. They put him in the corner, Kaun SLAPS Liona to fire him up!

Kaun whips Liona in to SPLASH Metalik, then Liona whips Metalik at Kaun for a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Nana argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Tag to Cage and the Embassy mugs Metalik. The Machine wrenches and lifts Metalik to just SLAM him down! Cage ROCKS Metalik, wrenches and whips, but Metalik holds ropes. Metalik BOOTS back, runs in, gets around, but Cage switches the waistlock. Cage ripcords and whips, but Metalik handsprings to BACK ELBOW! Hot tag to Fox! Fox LARIATS but Cage stays up! Cage swings, Fox goes Matrix and then PELES! Cage staggers but Fox cravats.

Cage powers out, Fox ELBOWS! Fox goes up, but Cage hits ropes! Fox falls back, but he rolls back to land on his feet and roll Cage! Into a CUTTER! Cage wobbles, Fox springboards, FLYING CUTTER! Cage goes to a corner, Fox runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Kaun runs in, but Fox ELBOWS him away! Fox skins the cat, DROPKICKS Cage and CUTTERS Kaun! Liona runs in, Fox goes Matrix again, but Liona stops the cutter! Fox is in the corner, Liona runs in, but Fox dodges! Liona tumbles up and out and to the floor, and Fox FLIES out onto Kaun! Fox gets back in the ring, watches Cage, and runs in, to FLY! Direct hit on the outside!

Liona creeps up but Metalik FLIES to hit Liona! Fox puts Cage in, climbs up, and Nana is furious! Fox SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage is still in this but Fox goes to a corner. Fox goes up again, Cage staggers over into a BLOCKBUSTER, but he blocks it! Cage suplexes but Fox slips free, only for Cage to switch, waistlock and ripcord, BIG forearm! Fox wobbles, Cage fireman’s carries, F5! Tag to Liona, and Liona drags Fox from Blake! Fox ENZIGURIS, hot tag to Blake! Blake springboards to FLYING FOREARM! Blake keeps moving, he DECKS Cage! Blake runs at Liona, dodges him, then goes the other way!

Kaun rushes in but Blake SPEARS him! Blake baits Liona, dumps him out, then builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and fans are fired up with Blake! Blake puts Liona in, he tags Metalik and Metalik goes up! FLYING SPLASH! Cover, ONE!?! The Air Force is shocked there! Cage DOUBLE LARIATS Fox & Blake, Kaun gets Metalik for a BACKBREAKER! The Embassy takes control as Kaun puts Blake in the corner. Kaun ROCKS Blake in the back, hoists him up top, and Cage tags in. Kaun TOP ROPE BACKBREAKERS Blake! Blake falls to the apron, Liona APRON SENTONS! And then Liona puts Blake in the corner!

Cage deadlift– NO! Fox SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMBS Cage! Blake aims, SPRINGBOARD 450 SPLASH! Metalik goes up top, LIMIT BREAKER ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!?!? Cage survives and Nana can breathe again. Metalik drags Cage up, fireman’s carries, but Cage fights that off. Cage shoves Metalik, Metalik dodges to SOBAT! Metalik goes up and around the corner, FLYING- POWERBOMB!! Cage swings on Blake, Blake dodges and fireman’s carries!? To ROLLING DEATH VALLEY!? And then LIONSAULT! But Kaun fireman’s carries Blake! GUTBUSTER DROP! Fox BOOTS Kaun, Liona POUNCES Fox!

Fans fire up, but Liona turns around into a CROSSBODY! He catches it! SWINGING- TORNADO DDT!! All six men are down and fans are thunderous! Nana is freaking out as he shouts for his team to get up! The standing count climbs, we reach 5 of 10 but Cage stands. Cage brings Metalik up, reels him in, but Blake is up top. Blake jumps off Kaun and over Metalik to give Cage a DESTROYER!! Fans are thunderous again, they rally behind “ALL HEART!” but Liona sneaks up on Blake! BODY CHECK from behind! The Gates stand Blake up, DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! And then the DOUBLE FACEBUSTER!

Fox returns to TACKLE Kaun! Metalik slingshots to DROPKICK Liona! Kaun CLOBBERS Fox on the outside, Cage swings on Metalik but he dodges and returns, but Cage blocks the rana! Cage swings Metalik up, but Metalik sunset flips! TWO?!?! Cage escapes by nanoseconds! Metalik BOOTS, SLING- NO, Cage slips free! ROLLING- NO, Metalik dodges, but the SOUTHPAW hits! Cage suplexes, for DRILL CLAW!!! Cover, The Embassy wins!

Winners: The Embassy, by pinfall (still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions)

Nana mockingly shakes Metalik’s hand to keep the Code of Honor, but his men are still on top. Will anyone be able to stop this three headed monster?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Yuka Sakazaki!

The Fallen Goddess accused the Magical Girl of dodging her by staying home in Japan, but then found out Yuka isn’t to be messed with! Yuka brought the fight to Athena just days before this fight, but will she be the one to eclipse the champion? Or will Athena send Yuka back home to Japan in pieces?

Athena makes her entrance by having a porcelain doll dressed a bit like Yuka, and then STOMPING it! The introductions are made, the updated belt is raised, and the battle of polar opposites begins!

The Code of Honor is upheld, though tensely, and the bell rings. The two circle, Athena rushes in but Yuka dodges! Athena dodges, arm-drags, but Yuka kips up to arm-drag! They RAM shoulders, then DOUBLE LARIAT! Both women kip up and fans fire up! Athena and Yuka reset, and fans rally for “YUKA! YUKA!” Athena frowns, she and Yuka rush in, and Athena throws Yuka down by her hair! The ref reprimands and fans boo, but Athena pretends to not understand. Yuka gets up, kicks, but Athena blocks, only for Yuka to ENZIGURI! And then DROPKICK! Athena gets up again, Yuka runs to RANA!

Fans fire up as Athena bails out. Yuka goes up the corner, leaps and FLYING SPEARS?! Yuka almost didn’t make that jump, but she shakes it off as she brings Athena up. Athena pushes Yuka away, gets around the way, and wants to leave? Fans boo but Yuka CLOBBERS Athena off the railing! But Athena throws Yuka at the ring, only for Yuka to tiger feint and KICK! Yuka puts Athena in the ring, fires up, and fans fire up with her! Yuka climbs up top, leaps, but Athena deflects the missile dropkick! Athena snarls, she storms up on Yuka, but Yuka ROCKS Athena! Fans rally, Athena shoves Yuka but Yuka comes back, into a SWINGING SLAM!

Athena rains down forearms and fists! The ref has Athena let off to check Yuka, but somehow she’s okay to continue. Yuka goes to a corner, Athena ROCKS her! Athena whips corner to corner, runs in, blocks boots and puts Yuka in the ropes to SLAM her down! Athena does a dance, then laughs it up. Cover, TWO!! Yuka is still in this, but Athena asks if that’s true. Yuka sits up, and Athena clamps on a neck wrench! Fans rally as Yuka endures, and Yuka fights her way up to throw elbows! Yuka JAWBREAKERS free and Athena wobbles! Yuka snapmare rolls and kicks, but Athena ducks to kip up, only for Yuka to throw her down now!

Yuka BASEMENT GAMANGIRIS, then runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Yuka shakes her head, she’s not stopping now. Yuka drags Athena up, but Athena blocks the suplex! Athena suplexes, carries Yuka around, but Yuka slips free! Yuka shoves Athena to a corner, to GAMANGIRI! Yuka snapmares Athena, goes up the corner, but has to cartwheel away as Athena runs in. Yuka keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and RA- NO! Athena blocks and brings Yuka up, to POWERBOMB! Then a deadlift for ANOTHER POWERBOMB! And then ANOTHER POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!??! Yuka survives and Athena is furious!

Yuka sits up in a daze but Athena goes to a corner. Fans rally, Yuka shakes her head, so Athena stomps her down. Athena drags Yuka up, reels her in, and says, “Bye, Yuka.” Canadian rack, CLIFFHANGER ! Cover, TWO!??!?!? Yuka survives and shocks Athena! But Athena covers again, TWO!!! Yuka is still in this and fans rally up! Athena argues with the ref but the ref says the count was fair. Yuka drags herself to the apron, and Athena BLASTS her off with a dropkick! Athena grins, goes out after Yuka, and brings her over to SMACK off the steps! Yuka staggers around, Athena puts her back on the apron. TIGER FEINT- NO! Athena blocks!

Athena wheelbarrows Yuka, brings her out, GERMAN SUPLEX to the floor!! “I AM YOUR GODDESS!!” Fans rally up as Athena keeps shouting at them. Athena brings Yuka up, pushes her to the barriers, and then gets space. Athena runs in, but Yuka moves! The dropkick hits railing and jams Athena up! Yuka comes back to scoop and EXPLODER! Fans fire up while Athena writhes! Yuka RAMS Athena into the steel steps! Payback for their past, and then Yuka goes to the stage. Yuka runs and FLIES! Direct hit on the floor!! Fans fire up again as Yuka puts Athena in the ring. Fans fire up as Yuka aims, MAGICAL GIRL SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!??!

Athena survives and Yuka seethes. Yuka thinks of what to do while fans rally behind her. Yuka drags Athena up but Athena throat chops! The ref reprimands, but Athena swings. Yuka blocks to ROCK Athena! Boxing elbows, then ROLLING ELBOW! Athena flounders, Yuka brings her up and in, wrench and hammerlock, lift and spin, but Athena slips free to scoop! Yuka slips free, but Athena ROLLING ELBOWS! Athena falls onto the cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Athena is freaking out as Yuka keeps surviving! Fans rally up, but Athena climbs up the corner. Athena aims as Yuka rises, but Yuka ROCKS her first!

Yuka climbs up to get Athena, for a SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up as Yuka hurries to hammerlock, lift and spin! MAGICAL GURU GURU FACEBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!! Yuka can’t believe it, but she shakes her head. She isn’t giving up, she just puts Athena back at center. Yuka goes to the apron, climbs the ropes, but Athena grabs at the ref! Athena gets away, to O-FACE OFF THE TOP ROPE!! Cover, Athena wins!!

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

Athena holds up her title in the ref’s face, but Yuka pushed her further than she thought! Yuka may not be porcelain, so Athena “upholds” the Code of Honor. But then she literally kicks Yuka out of the ring! What will it take to dethrone the Fallen Goddess?

 

ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe VS Mark Briscoe!

The One True King of Wrestling Television has never lost to a Briscoe in singles competition, and vows that’ll not change even now. But the Sussex County Chicken vows that destiny will be fulfilled! Will Mark win this one for Jay, their families, and everyone who has believed in him? Or will Joe crush Mark’s dreams with his own two hands?

The introductions are made, the TV title is raised, and we see if destiny is real!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans rally up as these two stare down. Fans chant “DEM BOYS!” for Mark and his brother, and the two circle. Joe bails out and fans boo, but Mark keeps cool. Joe takes his time returning as the count climbs, fans now chant, “MAN UP!” Joe is annoyed by that but he doesn’t go any faster. Joe returns to the ring at 7 of 10, and circles with Mark. They tie up, are in a deadlock, so Joe swings! Mark ducks the punch and stays back. The two circle again, tie up, and Joe powers Mark to a corner. The ref calls the break, Joe lets off, but Mark dodges the haymaker!

Mark CHOPS, fires off forearms, but Joe shoves him away. Joe KICKS Mark in the leg, JABS, then wrenches. Mark rolls, throws Redneck Kung-Fu palm strikes, overhand chop, and a BOOT! Joe staggers, Mark runs to BOOT again! Mark fireman’s carries but Joe is too big! Joe CLUBS Mark, whips him, but Mark goes up and out. Joe runs in, Mark ROCKS him, but Mark slingshots into a CHOP! Mark flops into the ring, but he gets up to CHOP! Joe CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Joe CHOPS! The CHOPS keep going back and forth, louder and louder! Joe ROCKS Mark with a forearm, swings, but Mark dodges to UPPERCUT!

Joe sputters from the hell stab, but Mark fireman’s carries! And ROLLING DEATH VALLEYS! And fans fire up as Mark goes up! But Joe scrambles out of the ring and fans boo. Mark goes out, runs in from around the way, but Joe catches Mark for an EXPLODER! The ref tells Joe to get this in the ring but Joe takes his time bringing Mark up. Joe KICKS Mark, POSTS him, but the ring count starts. Joe puts Mark in quick, stalks up behind him, and HEADBUTTS him! And JABS him! And JABS! JAB! JAB! Joe fires off, the ref counts but Joe lets off. Joe soaks up the heat, but Mark CHOPS! And CHOPS! And fires forearms!

Mark runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him! Fans boo Joe, and the Briscoe family coaches Mark from their seats. Joe throws down hands, CLUBS Mark, then sits Mark up. Joe HEADBUTTS Mark, then KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS! Mark stands but into forearms! Joe brings Mark out to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, “Let’s Go, Briscoe!” “Let’s Go, Joe!” Joe HEADBUTTS Mark, JABS him, JABS again, and again! But Mark powers up off the JABS! Mark fires forearms in return! And palm strikes! And a CHOP! Mark whips, Joe reverses and ELBOWS, then PELES! Mark slumps down and flops out of the ring.

Joe demands the count and the count begins. Mark gets up and into the ring, but Joe is on him with forearms, and JAB! JAB! CHOP! Joe brings Mark out but Mark throws body shots! Joe throws Mark out of the ring, builds speed, and DIVES! Direct hit into railing and fans fire up! The Briscoe family coaches Mark but Joe looms over him. Joe puts Mark in the ring, goes to grab a chair, and the ref reprimands him! Joe puts the chair in the ring, soaks up the heat, but Mark WRECKS Joe! Joe staggers, Mark gets the chair and stands it up! Mark runs, uses the chair to get the boost, and he FLIES! Direct hit at the railing!

Fans fire up for Mark and Mark gives his kids a kiss! Mark then goes looking under the ring, for a TABLE! Fans fire up, Mark stands that table up at ringside, but Joe ROCKS Mark! Joe POSTS Mark, then smirks as he points to the table. Fans boo as Joe starts to put the table away, but Mark BLOCKBUSTERS Joe through the table!! Fans are thunderous as Mark drags Joe back up. Mark puts Joe in the ring, climbs the corner, and fans fire up again. Mark FLYING CHOPS! Joe staggers, into another CHOP! And another! And another! Mark reels back but Joe CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!

Mark CHOPS! Joe CHOPS! Repeat! Joe gives boxing elbows and a HEADBUTT! Mark staggers to a corner, but goes up to FLYING FOREARM! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, both men stir at 4 and sit up at 5. Mark crawls to a corner, stands up at 8, and Joe follows. Mark looks for a tag, but remembers Jay isn’t there. Even so, Mark fires up! Joe runs in, but into an URENAGE! Mark fires up, he brings Joe up and underhooks the arms! But Joe wrenches out to HEADBUTT! Both men stagger, Mark comes back, but into the POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!

Joe is seething, he brings Mark up, and lifts Mark for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO, but into the STF!! Mark endures as Joe has him caught! Joe has a bloody nose but he pulls on Mark! Mark reaches out, but Joe shifts to a CROSSFACE! Mark still fights, to the ROPEBREAK! Joe lets go in frustration but the fans fire up again! Fans rally but Joe literally tastes his own blood. Joe looms over Mark, brings him up, but Mark SLAPS! CHOPS! CHOPS! CHOSP! Mark keeps going, he powers up and runs, but Joe ducks to SAIDO!! Mark roars and rises!! Joe LARIATS Mark down! Cover, TWO!!!

Joe isn’t really stunned or upset that Mark survived, he just stalks Mark to a corner. Joe stands Mark up, fans duel, and Joe puts Mark up top. Joe tucks Mark in but Mark fights Joe off! REDNECK CHOP! HOTSHOT! And a BOOT! Joe falls down, Mark goes up! Fans are thunderous for the FROGGY-BOW!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives and no one can believe it! Joe shake his head, but Mark says it’s time! Mark reels Joe in, underhooks the arms, but Joe powers out! Mark lands on his feet, throws forearms, and tries a torture rack? But Joe gets the SLEEPER! Mark fades, but he reaches for the sky!

Mark fights up, reaches out for ropes, fights his way forward, but Joe SLEEPER SUPLEXES!! And then COQUINA CLUTCH!!! Mark is caught in the body scissors, he’s fading, he’s OUT!!! JOE WINS!!

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

Destiny denied by the ruthless King of Wrestling Television! Mark regains consciousness, and Joe gets in his face! But, so that he can shake Mark’s hand to keep the Code of Honor. Joe still respects Mark, but Mark still has to wait for his destiny. Who will Joe battle in the time between then and now?

As for Mark, the fans still cheer for him because of that valiant effort. Mark points to heaven where Jay is watching from. Surely Jay is proud of Mark, just like the rest of the Briscoe family. Mark hugs Mama Briscoe, and his sister, and the kids. Will Mark never stop fighting until he’s reached his destiny?

 

Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Daniel Garcia!

A dream match come true for the Dragonslayer as he gets to face The Ace of NJPW! But will it be the greatest  moment in the career of this young sports… enner-tay-ner? Or will he lose to the Once in a Century pro-wrestler?

The Code of Honor is skipped, the bell rings, and the two circle. Fans chant for “TANAHASHI!” and “GO ACE!” Tanahashi and Garcia tie up, Tanahashi powers Garcia to ropes, but lets off quickly. Fans cheer, Garcia mockingly applauds, and then Garcia circles with Tanahashi. They tie up again, Tanahashi waistlocks but Garcia gets to ropes. The ref calls for the break, Tanahashi lets off, but Garcia puts Tanahashi on the ropes! The ref calls for the break, and Garcia lets off, to throat chop! Fans boo but Garcia soaks it all up. Garcia pulls Tanahashi’s hair, taunts him, and uses the hair to keep Tanahashi from hitting back!

Garcia throws Tanahashi down by his hair! Fans boo but Garcia mockingly says, “Go Ace!” Garcia stomps Tanahashi, kicks him, then whips him corner to corner. Garcia runs in but into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! And air guitar! Fans fire up, but Garcia bails out. Tanahashi pursues, fans rally, and Tanahashi kicks Garcia, then ROCKS him with forearms! Garcia staggers but Tanahashi keeps on him. Fans fire up with Tanahashi, and he pursues Garcia around the way for more forearms! Garcia staggers away, Tanahashi runs in, but is sent into the steel steps! The count is 7 of 20, but Garcia DROPKICKS the legs against the steps!

Fans boo but Garcia has the leg, DDT to the floor! Garcia soaks up the heat and mocks the air guitar. Then he does his dance on the steps. Fans boo but Garcia steps into the ring as the count is 16! Tanahashi springs in at 17, but Garcia stomps away! Fans boo but Garcia just soaks it up. Garcia pretends to not understand why the fans are booing, then goes back for Tanahashi’s leg. Garcia hooks the legs up, and STOMPS the knees! Tanahashi writhes and gets to ropes while fans boo more. Garcia drags a leg onto the ropes, stands on it, “I’m a sports entertainer!” Fans boo as he HIP DROPS the leg!

Fans chant “You’re a Wrestler!” but Garcia tells them no, he’s not! Garcia gets the leg, and drops a knee on the knee! Garcia has the toehold, Tanahashi endures but Garcia taunts him. Tanahashi gets the ROPEBREAK! Garcia grabs that arm but Tanahashi gets the ROPEBREAK with the other arm! Garcia lets off at 4, and drops another knee! Garcia taunts Tanahashi more, stomps him around, and has him in the corner. Garcia stomps away, the ref counts, and Garcia gives Tanahashi some Good Vibrations! Garcia even does the pose at the ropes! Garcia’s mocking the King of Strong Style while beating down the Ace!

Fans boo but Garcia brings Tanahashi up. Tanahashi fires off strikes! Garcia grabs hair, but Tanahashi fires off more shots! Fans fire up and Tanahashi whips, but Garcia reverses, only for FLYING FOREARMS to take him down! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he fires off more strikes on Garcia! Garcia staggers to a corner, Tanahashi brings him out to scoop and SLAM! Tanahashi goes up the corner, for the SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Garcia kicks at Tanahashi but Tanahashi stands. Tanahashi runs, but Garcia dropkicks the bad leg! Garcia runs, to SCISSOR KICK! Cover, TWO! Garcia grits his teeth in frustration.

Fans rally up, “GO ACE! GO ACE!” Tanahashi rises up, he fires a forearm, but Garcia throws a haymaker! Tanahashi forearms, Garcia haymakers, and they speed up! Fans rally, both men egg each other on, but then Garcia kicks low! So Tanahashi kicks low! Garcia kicks the leg, Tanahashi kicks the leg, repeat! Garcia sweeps the legs! Fans boo but Garcia has a standing toehold! Garcia then steps through, but Tanahashi fights and gets to the ropes! Garcia stomps the legs but the ref counts. Garcia lets off at 4 and fans boo. Garcia steps through, but Tanahashi makes it a cradle! TWO, and Garcia kicks, only for Tanahashi to block! DRAGON SCREW!

Both men are down and fans fire up again. Tanahashi gets Garcia’s legs, but Garcia pulls hair! Tanahashi powers through to have the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Garcia endures, reaches out, crawls forward, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets off while fans boo. Garcia goes to the corner but Tanahashi stomps him. Tanahashi stands Garcia up to whip corner to corner, but Garcia barely makes it there. Tanahashi runs in, Garcia dodges, and Garcia blocks a boot to a DRAGON SCREW STUNNER! A modification on the classic, and then he GERMAN SUPLEXES Tanahashi away! “SPORTS ENTERTAINER!!”

Garcia aims, runs in, BUSAIKU KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi survives and Garcia is furious! Garcia pounds the mat, fans rally up, and Garcia brings Tanahashi up. Garcia reels him in, Tanahashi fights, and Tanahashi wrenches out to turn Garcia around, for a TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he runs, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi roars and fans fire up, Tanahashi climbs! HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, Tanahashi wins!

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall

Garcia may be a great sports entertainer, but Tanahashi is an amazing pro-wrestler! Will the Ace never be trumped?

 

ROH World Tag Team Championship Reach for the Sky Ladder Match: The Lucha Brothers VS Top Flight VS The Kingdom VS La Faccion Ingobernable VS Aussie Open!

To honor the memory of Jay Briscoe while passing on the torch of tag team wrestling, this match was created by Mark Briscoe to give the best tag teams in the world an opportunity! Will it be Rey Fenix & Penta, Dante & Darius Martin, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett, Rush y Dralistico, or Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis that rise up to carry that banner?

The introductions are made, the newly redesigned belts hang from the rafters, and we see who can carry that weight!

The bell rings, and teams immediately go for ladders! The only ones staying in the ring are LFI and the Kingdom. Aussie Open brawls with Top Flight while the Lucha Bros take a moment. Top Flight get a ladder up but LFI DROPKICK it into them! The Kingdom BLASTS Fenix off the apron, then LFI BLASTS Aussie Open! They’re basically playing defense. Fans boo but LFI and the Kingdom soak it up. Dralistico keeps Penta out of the ring, but then Mike SUPERKICKS him, and Taven TOSSES Rush! Now The Kingdom goes out to get themselves a ladder. Mike DROPKICKS a ladder into Darius!

Top Flight regroups, rushes in, and they slide under the ladder attack! Top Flight then hurdle over, and DROPKICK the ladder into The Kingdom! LFI returns, Dralistico ducks the lariats to kick, KICK dodge and SCREW HIGH KCIK! Darius ROCKS Darlistico, but Rush shoves Darius into a GAMANGIRI, and then GERMAN SUPLEX! Springboard, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Dralistico has Dante in a corner and adds Darius on top via Tree of Woe. Rush brings the ladder over, LFI puts it on top of Top Flight. Rush runs corner to corner to BULL’S HORN DROPKICK the ladder into Top Flight! It’s a sadistic sandwich, but LFI just tranquilos.

Aussie Open get in and fans fire up! The brawl is on, forearms for forearms! LFI gets the edge, Rush ROCKS Davis, and says it’s go time, cabrones! But they runs into a BOOT and SUPERKICK! Dralistico ends up in a corner, Fletcher runs in but into a BOOT! Davis runs in, he gets a BOOT! Darlistico goes up, leaps, but Davis catches him! Pop-up, AUSSIE DENTAL PLAN! Rush runs in, but Fletcher feeds him to a scoop! Fletcher goes up, LAWN DART CUTTER! Fans fire up and Aussie Open picks up the ladder. They RAM Rush down! But Penta SUPERKICKS Davis, Fenix KICKS Fletcher! Fans rally, Fenix CHOPS Fletcher!

The Lucha Bros whip Fletcher corner to corner, then Fenix whips Penta in to GAMANGIRI! Fenix somersaults and LEAPING FOREARMS! Fans chant “CERO MIEDO!” as the Lucha Bros put the ladder up against Fletcher. Taven runs in, but the Lucha Bros dodge, the SPLASH hits the ladder to sandwich Fletcher! Davis runs in, into double mule kicks! UNO! DOS! TRES! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! The ladder is put on Davis, Fletcher is put on the ladder, Penta runs and wheelbarrows with Fenix, VICTORY SPLASH onto the sandwich! That one had even more meat than LFI’s! Fans fire up as the Lucha Bros stand the ladder up!

Fenix climbs one end, Penta climbs the other, but Davis returns to drag them both down. Davis pushes the ladder over, and he whips Fenix. Fenix reverses to SUPERKICK! Fenix goes up, tight rope PENALTY KICK! Penta FLIES out onto Fletcher! Fans are thunderous, Darius whips Fenix but Fenix slides out. Darius DIVES into him! LFI returns to the ring and fans boo. LFI build speed to DOUBLE TOPE! Dralistico takes out Darius, Rush takes out Aussie Open and Penta! Fans boo but Rush soaks it up. Wait, Taven is in the ring and Mike lifts Darius up! Taven builds speed, TOPE DOOMSDAY!!

Fans are thunderous and losing their minds over that one! The Kingdom says that was for Jay, and now they get a TABLE! Fans cheer as they set this table up ringside. Then they get another table! LFI brawls with the Lucha Bros then mock Cero Miedo. The Kingdom add on, and Rush pulls on Penta’s mask! Fans boo, but The Kingdom is setting up more tables?! That’s about four of them in a double decker! LFI POSTS Penta! Aussie Open attacks The Kingdom! They get ladders, even the really tall one on stage! The Kingdom attacks them back! LFI SMACKS Penta off the announce desk! The Kingdom get Aussie Open in double underhooks!

Fans fire up, but Aussie Open wrench out to kick low! They gut wrench the Kingdom, DOUBLE PILEDRIVERS on the stage!! Fans are losing their minds again! Rush PENALTY KICKS Penta against commentary! Then he ROCKS Dante! Aussie Open brings the biggest ladders to ringside, and they run around the way! The others try to run, but Dante gets SANDWICHED!! Fans are thunderous again, and now the ladders are put in the ring. Davis plays defense as LFI gets up, and Fletcher stands the ladder up. Mike stirs but he is busted open! Fletcher climbs, paws at the belts, but the Lucha Bros return!

Fenix CLUBS Fletcher, Penta CHOPS Davis, then Penta mule kicks Fletcher’s legs out! Fenix sends Davis into the ladder! The Lucha Bros climb, but LFI drags them down! Penta whips Rush, but Rush returns with a DESTROYER! Dralistico goes up the ladder but Fenix drags him back down into an Electric Chair! Dralistico fights, to POISON-RANA! LFI fist bump and fans boo as they climb. But Taven returns to drag Dralistico down! Rush goes after Taven, and DECKS him! Mike makes it up the ladder, but Rush also climbs. They see each other at the top, then decide to climb back down.

Fans fire up as the ladder is put aside, and these two are fired up! Rush paints himself with Mike’s blood, and they start firing forearms! Fans are thunderous as Mike gets the edge! Rush roars and fires them all back! Rush CHOPS, Mike CHOPS, now it’s a CHOP fight! CHOP after CHOP, neither man slowing down! Rush eggs Mike on, the CHOPS just keep going! They SLAP each other now! SLAP after SLAP! Rush ROLLING ELBOWS! Taven gets up to hit THE KING OF THE KING! Taven BOOTS Dralistico, runs, but into an OVERHEAD suplex onto a ladder! Jose the Assistant laughs at Taven’s pain while he writhes.

Dralistico staggers up and goes to Rush. Meanwhile, Fletcher takes the other tall ladder and sets that up as a bridge between ring and barriers! Dralistico sets the ladder up and he rallies the fans. Dralistico climbs, but Darius climbs up with him! Darius and Darlistico brawl to keep the other from grabbing belts. Dralistico sends Darius down, but Darius gives Dante a boost to the top! Now Dante brawls with Dralistico! Dante SMACKS Dralistico off the top, Darius YANKS him down! But Dralistico hurries to drag Dante down!

Dralistico whips Dante at Darius but Darius pops Dante up and over! Top Flight combines to TORNADO DDT Dralistico! Rush returns with a chair, CHUCKS it, but Darius catches it! Darius throws it back, then sets up, Dante runs in, FULL METAL POETRY IN MOTION! Rush goes down and fans fire up again! Top Flight climbs the ladder, but Aussie Open bring them down. Top Flight is sent into the rungs, and Aussie Open rearrange some things. Fenix returns to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Aussie Open kicks low, whips Fenix into the corner ladder, but Penta returns! Penta KICKS, CHOPS, repeat!

“CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs, into a BOOT SUPERKICK COMBO! Aussie Open DOUBLE HIP TOSS Penta onto the ladder! Fans are torn as Aussie Open reset the ladders, tall ladder being a bridge to the short ladder. Fletcher climbs, reaches up, but Dante SPRINGBOARD MISSILE DROPKICKS Fletcher down! ENZIGURI for Davis! Darius climbs, but Taven is after him! They are on the ladder bridge, Darius throws hands and SPANISH FLIES off the ladder! Mike climbs! Fans fire up, Mike reaches up but this ladder isn’t tall enough! Dante goes up to fire hands! Dante climbs up, looks to the belts, but also sees Mike, SUPER SUNSET POWERBOMB!

Dante climbs back up, but Aussie Open returns! They drag Dante down, into COREALIS!! Dante flounders away but Darius SUPERKICKS Davis! Darius then blocks Fletcher’s kick to PELE! Darius staggers, brings Fletcher up on the apron, but Fletcher hits back. Fletcher suplexes but Darius fights it! Darius ROCKS Fletcher, he wobbles, but Davis spins Darius! Butterfly suplex handoff, POWERBOMB onto the ladder bridge!! Fletcher’s bridge from earlier comes into play! Both men are writhing, and Dralistico tilt-o-whirl spin-out DDTs Davis! Dralistico fires up again, but he doesn’t climb. “This is Awesome!” as Darlistico climbs a corner.

Fletcher ROCKS Dralistico, Dralistico ROCKS him! SUPER FLYING RANA!! Fletcher hits commentary!! Fans lose their minds, Dralistico SUPERKICKS Mike! Dralistico whips him at the ring, but Mike rebounds to ROCK Dralistico! Mike brings Darlistico over, POWERBOMB on the ladder bridge! Taven is up top! FROG SPLASH through the ladder!! Taven breaks the ladder, and maybe Dralistico and himself! Fenix and Rush return to the ring, as does Davis. Fans are thunderous as Rush and Davis throw forearms on each other! Fenix moves ladders around, Penta brings one up. Davis rushes Rush, but Rush OVERHEAD suplexes Davis onto the wrecked ladder!!

The Lucha Bros finish their own ladder bridge situation, but Jose gets on the apron? But so does Alex! They start shoving, and Alex shoves Jose down! Alex jumps, misses, Jose DECKS him! Mike & Maria have a ladder, but Penta SUPERKICKS Mike! Mike falls back, the ladder brings Maria down with him! Fenix climbs, but Dante box jumps up! Dante is on the bridge, and he stops Fenix! Dante throws hands, but Fenix hits back! Fenix SMACKS Dante off the ladder, then shifts around. Fans chant, “PLEASE DON’T DIE!” as things are getting dicey. Fenix waistlocks, Dante holds on, and Dante throws elbows!

Fenix falls onto the ladder bridge! But Penta hurries up! Dante throws hands with Penta, Fenix gets off the bridge, and Dante SMACKS Penta off the rungs! But Penta fires body shots! Dante steps back, Penta climbs up and says “CERO! MIEDO!” But Dante hits back! Penta kicks away on Dante and Dante walks the ladder bridge. Penta follows, “CERO! MIEDO!!” SUPER DESTEROY THROW THE DOUBLE DECKER TABLES!!! OH GOD DANTE’S ANKLE!!! Dante’s foot is pointing the other direction!!! Medical hurries to help Dante and Darius hurries to his brother. Fans lose their minds, Fenix goes up the ladder!

But the Kingdom returns! Taven climbs to intercept Fenix while Mike sets up another ladder! The Kingdom beat up on Fenix, Fenix fights them both, and he KICKS Mike onto his ladder! Taven and Fenix brawl, Fenix BOOTS Taven onto the other ladder! Fenix reaches up, and brings the belts down! The Lucha Brothers win!!

Winners: The Lucha Brothers (NEW ROH World Tag Team Champions)

Penta and Fenix did it! They reached for the sky, and they add new belts to the collection! They’re ROH World Tag Team Champions for the first time in their careers, and they did it for their good friends, the Briscoes! And speaking of, Mark walks back out on stage, holding the original belts. And then out comes FTR! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood were also rivals and friends of the Briscoes, they’re also here to congratulate the Lucha Brothers. Mark even hugs it out with The Kingdom, another team of friends and rivals. Will Fenix & Penta continue to #ReachForTheSky to carry on in Jay’s place?

 

ROH Pure Championship: Wheeler Yuta w/ Jon Moxley VS Katsuyori Shibata!

The Blackpool Combat Club’s Decoder has beaten great technicians, and even top students of the NJPW LA Dojo, though he did have to bend the rules. Will he be able to do that against The Wrestler? Or will he be the one getting bent?

A bit surprising that The Maniac is here, but it seems he is supporting his BCC teammates. Our judges for this match are Christopher Daniels, Pat Buck and Madison Rayne. The introductions are made, the newly redesigned belt is raised, and we see if Yuta is ready for the master!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and we are on the clock. Fans rally for “SHI-BA-TA!” as he and Yuta feel things out. They then test the waters with kicks, but both men stays clear. They feel it out again, clinch, and Shibata gets around to a waistlock. Yuta switches, Shibata switches to push Yuta down but Yuta scrambles. Shibata keeps on him, press, ONE and Shibata keeps the full mount. Shibata has a cover, ONE, but he keeps Yuta wrapped up. Yuta tries to slip away but Shibata waistlocks. Yuta stands, Shibata denies the switch and wrangles him to a chinlock. Yuta fights up, Shibata has the headlock, and then arm-drags!

Shibata floats, keeps the arm for a double wristlock, but Yuta fights around. Shibata waistlocks, they end up on ropes, but per referee discretion, this does not count as one of either man’s three ropebreaks, this is a neutral ropebreak. Shibata lets off, but Yuta puts Shibata on the ropes! Same situation, so the ref calls for the neutral ropebreak. Yuta lets off, but reels back, only for Shibata to hit him first! And again! And again! Shibata UPPERCUTS, runs, but fakes out the dropkick! Yuta avoids the Penalty Kick, and fans fire up! The two reset, Shibata slides but Yuta avoids the kick.

The two knuckle lock, Yuta shoots in but Shibata switches! Shibata pump handles to throw Yuta down, and Shibata gets the double wristlock! Yuta fights, but Shibata headscissors! Shibata pushes up to squeeze tight! Yuta endures, fights around, headstands and rolls to pop free. Shibata resets and fans applaud. The two feel things out, Yuta drop toeholds, and rear mounts. Shibata sits up, fireman’s carry takeover, but Yuta keeps his shoulders up. Shibata has the legs, stomps Yuta in the stomach then steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Yuta endures, fans “WOO~!” and Shibata adds pressure. Yuta wants to punch but Shibata just adds more pressure!

Yuta keeps trying, Shibata keeps on the pressure. Yuta keeps his shoulders up, tries to pry the hold, but Shibata just keeps on it. Yuta shakes his head, he isn’t giving up, but will he use the ropes? Yuta is conflicted as he reaches out, but Shibata drags him away! Shibata adds more pressure, even has a heel hook added! We pass five minutes in the 60 minute limit, and Yuta gives in to get the ROPEBREAK! That is his first, and Shibata lets off. Shibata snapmares Yuta and digs a knee into Yuta’s back. Yuta endures the chinlock, fans chant “F U YUTA!” Shibata sits Yuta up into a seated cobra, and he throws down elbows! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL!

Fans fire up, Yuta flops and Shibata covers, TWO! Shibata keeps on Yuta, snapmares, then wraps on a headscissors! Shibata squeezes tight, it is almost a figure four necklock! Yuta endures, pushes back to a cover, TWO! Shibata lets Yuta go, but he keeps cool. The two circle, feel things out, knuckle lock, and Yuta rolls to wrench and wrangle Shibata. Yuta has the top wristlock, then STOMPS the arm! Fans duel, Yuta drops a knee on the arm! Cover, TWO! Yuta is annoyed but he gets the arm to wrench and ELBOW BREAKER! And again! Snapmare, short arm scissor! Shibata fights, Yuta shifts, Yuta wants the armbar!

Shibata rolls, pushes Yuta back, and he turns Yuta over to a pump handle and flip! Shibata stomps Yuta right in the chest! Yuta gets up to CHOP, but Shibata doesn’t even flinch! Another CHOP, and another! Shibata just lets Yuta CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Then Shibata ROCKS Yuta with a forearm! Yuta is in the corner, Shibata kicks him, then kicks him again. The ref counts, Shibata still stomps. Shibata stops for just a moment, throws down forearms, then runs corner to corner. Yuta follows to ELBOW! Yuta brings Shibata out but Shibata switches. Yuta grabs at the ref, then LOW BLOW MULE KICKS!!

Fans boo, but Yuta then DECKS Shibata with a haymaker! That’s Yuta’s warning for closed fist to the face, but the ref missed the far more important foul! Fans boo harder but Yuta rains down forearms! Yuta slaps Shibata around, fans chant “F U YUTA!” but Yuta just soaks up the heat as he stands on Shibata at the ropes. The ref counts, Yuta steps off, and he brings Shibata up. Yuta suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO!! Yuta kicks Shibata around, taunts him, and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! We pass 10 minutes, Yuta CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS in the corner! Shibata leans into them!

Shibata backs Yuta down, even as Yuta CHOPS, and then Shibata ROCKS him! Yuta sits down in a corner, Shibata stomps a mudhole! The ref counts, Shibata digs his boot in. Shibata lets off at 4, and apologizes to the ref, while getting in sneaky mule kicks! Fans cheer as turnabout is fair play! Shibata lines up the shot, runs in, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! The Shibata signature returns! Shibata HALF HATCH SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Shibata wraps on a chinlock, almost a sleeper. Yuta fights up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! That’s the second, and then Shibata KNEES low! Then SAIDO! Cover, but Shibata pulls Yuta up!?

Shibata shakes his head, he doesn’t feel Yuta has been humbled yet. Shibata KICKS Yuta! And then stretches, before he KICKS Yuta again! Shibata eggs Yuta on, then KICKS him again! And again! Yuta snarls, Shibata KICKS him more and more! Yuta flops over and fans fire up! Shibata stands Yuta up, and Yuta SPITS at him! Then KICKS, CLUBS and repeat! Fans boo but Shibata hits back! Shibata runs, into a DROPKICK! Yuta ROCKS, snapmares, Shibata blocks the seatbelt but Yuta still has the cover, TWO! Yuta waistlocks, Shibata breaks free to ROCK Yuta with a forearm! Yuta rewinds in the ropes, but right into a palm strike!

Shibata keeps Yuta from falling, he puts on the SLEEPER!! Yuta is fading and fans are fired up! Yuta is red, Shibata lets off to PENALTY KICK!! Cover, SHIBATA WINS!!!

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall (NEW ROH Pure Champion)

Fans are thunderous as The Wrestler beats the upstart! The streamers fly in celebration! Shibata is truly back, maybe better than ever! And he still shows Yuta respect by offering the handshake. Yuta stands, and says no thanks. Fans boo Yuta again, will nothing humble the Decoder? Will Shibata bring this title all around the world to show everyone how it’s done?

 

ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli VS Eddie Kingston!

The Swiss Superman still believes the Mad King is not a man of honor, and therefore unworthy of the top title in Ring of Honor. But Eddie takes that with a grain of salt, considering the lack of honor Claudio himself has shown. Who will be THE champion of honor at the end of Supercard?

The introductions are made, the newly redesigned belt is raised, and a grudge that’s been building for a decade finally has it out!

Fans are already chanting, “F him up, Eddie, F him up!” And of course he Code of Honor is NOT upheld, Eddie flips Claudio off instead. The bell rings, and Eddie TACKLES Claudio to a corner! Eddie CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS and SLAPOS Claudio! Fans fire up as Eddie SLAPS him again! And again! Claudio staggers, Eddie eggs him on and CHOPS him again! And again! Claudio turns it around to CHOP! And CHOP! And UPPERCUT! And UPPERCUT! UPPERCUT! Eddie staggers all the way out of the ring! Fans boo but Claudio soaks up the heat. Eddie drags himself up at the railing, the ring count climbs, but Eddie is dizzy.

Eddie gets a chair! Eddie gets in with the chair but the ref stops him. This is a standard match, he can’t use it. Eddie lets the chair go, he and Claudio approach, and then Eddie fires off fast hands! Claudio headlocks, Eddie powers out, and Eddie CHOPS Claudio on the return! Claudio sputters, Eddie headlocks him now. Claudio powers up to back suplex! But Eddie’s right up to CHOP! Eddie headlocks again, Claudio fights up, and Claudio puts Eddie in the corner. Fans rally for Eddie, Claudio lets off slowly, but Eddie kicks! And dropkicks the leg out! Claudio hobbles, Eddie gets the leg but Claudio fights free.

Eddie throws palm strikes, then he KICKS the leg out! Claudio does the splits, and not comfortably! Eddie ROCKS Claudio, fans chant for Eddie more, and Eddie CHOPS! And HEADBUTTS! Claudio hobbles but Eddie kicks the leg again! And again! And again! Claudio flops out of the ring now and fans fire up. Eddie builds speed!? Eddie DIVES into an UPPERCUT! Eddie falls back into the ring, and Claudio shakes out the bad leg. Claudio goes up the steps, gets in the ring, and he stalks Eddie to ropes. Claudio runs in to STRADDLE ATTACK! But Claudio’s leg jams a bit as he lands on the outside.

But Eddie still eggs Claudio on, and flips him off again! Claudio fires off forearms in the ropes! The ref reprimands, fans boo, but Claudio lets off to drag Eddie up. Claudio uses Eddie’s own shirt to keep him stuck as he throws hands! Then Claudio drags Eddie into a suplex to the floor! Fans fire up but the ref wants this back in the ring. Claudio leaves Eddie behind, and the ring count climbs. Eddie stirs at 3, sits up at 4, huffs and puffs at 5 and crawls to the ring at 6. Eddie gets in at 7, but Claudio is right after him. Claudio gets the legs but Eddie SLAPS and SLAPS and SLAPS! Claudio DOUBLE STOMPS!

Claudio hobbles, but he goes to a corner and climbs up. Claudio DIVING HEADBUTTS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Claudio hobbles back over. Eddie staggers up, to CHOP! Claudio throws a forearm, and we’re back to a SLAP fight! Eddie backs Claudio down, the SLAPS keep going, and then Eddie fires off! Claudio trips Eddie to the SWISS SWING! But the bad leg gives up! Claudio lets Eddie go and flops out of the ring! Claudio hurries back in, he storms up on Eddie to cover, TWO! Eddie is still in this and goes to the corner. Fans rally, Claudio hobbles over while Eddie is dizzy. Eddie swings wild, misses, and Claudio UPPERCUTS!

Claudio puts Eddie up top and fans rally up. Claudio ROCKS Eddie, but Eddie CLAWS Claudio’s face! Claudio UPPERCUTS in return, but Eddie SLAPS! Claudio SLAPS, Eddie SLAPS, Claudio fires off on Eddie, then DROPKICKS! Eddie flops down, Claudio pushes him to the apron, and then Claudio climbs the corner. Claudio drags Eddie up to the top, throws hands, but Eddie pie faces and SLAPS back! Claudio fires forearms, and then SUPERPLEXES! Eddie flounders away, Claudio hurries over to cover, TWO!! Eddie is still in this and Claudio grows frustrated, but fans rally up and duel!

Eddie slaps Claudio from below, kicks at him, but Claudio pushes Eddie back. Claudio sits Eddie up to KICK, CHOP and KICK! Eddie just flips Claudio off. Claudio DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, but Eddie rakes the eyes! The ref reprimands but Eddie still gets free. Eddie sits up to ROCK Claudio, CHOP him, and CHOP again! Claudio drags Eddie up, throws a forearm, but Eddie ENZIGURIS! Claudio wobbles, Eddie runs in and clotheslines Claudio up and out! Eddie builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Eddie drags himself to steel steps and Claudio flounders around.

Eddie kicks Claudio as the ring count starts. Eddie CHOPS! Claudio CHOPS! Eddie clinches to EXPLODER to the floor! Claudio crawls around the way, Eddie gets in the ring. Fans rally, Claudio rises at 7, but slides in at 8. Eddie goes up the corner, Claudio stands, and Eddie leaps, FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!! Claudio survives and Eddie grows frustrated. Eddie brings Claudio up to SLAP! Claudio SLAPS back! They SLAP fight again, while on their knees! Claudio fires a flurry, then ROCKS Eddie! Eddie leans on Claudio, they stand, and Claudio ROCKS him again! Eddie shoots in, SAIDO, but Claudio blocks it to rain down elbows!

Claudio drags Eddie up, fans duel again, and Claudio throws more forearms! Claudio roars, swings, but misses! Eddie catches Claudio to the STRETCH PLUM!! Claudio drops to a knee, reaches out for ropes, but Eddie has the dragon sleeper and the armlock! Claudio falls to the mat, but he reaches the ROPEBREAK! Eddie lets go in frustration but fans fire up again. Eddie CLUBS Claudio, reels him in, but Claudio holds the rope to fight the saido! Eddie CLUBS him again! SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!! Claudio survives and Eddie is beside himself! Fans rally up and Eddie snarls as he sits back up.

Eddie and Claudio stand, Eddie half nelsons but Claudio fights free! GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Claudio drags Eddie up, fans rally, and the two lean on each other. Claudio throws a forearm but Eddie gives it back! Claudio throws another, and eggs Eddie on. Eddie throws a forearm, Claudio throws a forearm, repeat! Claudio gets the edge, he blocks the uraken! UPPERCUT! But Eddie BACKHANDS, then rebounds to BOOT! Claudio LARIATS!! Cover, TWO!! Eddie survives and fans fire up while Claudio sits and seethes. Claudio drags Eddie up, throws knee after knee after knee.

Claudio tucks the arm! RICO- NO, Eddie slips free! URAKEN!!! Claudio falls, Eddie falls on the cover, TWO!?!? Claudio survives and Eddie cannot believe it! The fans are thunderous for Eddie as he rises up, and he sees Claudio at the apron. Eddie storms over as Claudio sits up. Eddie joins Claudio on the apron, CHOPS and SLAPS, then clinches! Claudio holds ropes to block, then throws down elbows! And KNEES! And then the gut wrench, to GUT WRENCH PLEX Eddie to the floor! Fans lose their minds while Claudio crawls over and past Eddie. Eddie sputters as he sits up, and Claudio pops railing loose?

Eddie stands, Claudio SLAMS the railing into Eddie! The ref reprimands, but Claudio just SLAMS Eddie again! And again! The ref tells Claudio to stop, and Claudio drags Eddie up. Claudio puts Eddie in the ring, soaks up the heat, and he aims at Eddie. Eddie rises, Claudio runs in, UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Eddie gets that arm up and fans are thunderous! Claudio is stunned, but he shakes his head. Claudio brings Eddie up, tells him, “You’ll never get my respect!” And he SLAPS Eddie! Eddie URAKENS, but Claudio just laughs that off. Claudio CHIPOS, URAKEN hits harder!! Claudio staggers, into the suplex!

But Eddie’s back gives up! Claudio gets a SLEEPER, and he SWINGS Eddie like that! Then he brings Eddie in, Gotch lift, NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, ONE?!?!? WHAT?!? Claudio is freaking out but Eddie is furious, only for Claudio to UPPERCUT him back down! Cover, TWO!?!?!? Fans are thunderous for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” Claudio argues with the ref but somehow, that was still a two! Fans chant for “R O H! R O H!” as Claudio drags Eddie back up. Eddie SLAPS, Claudio fires off a flurry! UPPERCUT! UPPERCUT to the back of the head! Claudio then drags Eddie up, crosses the arms, RICOLA- RANA!!! Cover, TWO!!! Claudio sunsets, CLAUDIO WINS!!

Winner: Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall (still ROH World Champion)

No one can believe it, but Claudio snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! He catches Eddie with a quick pin, and he survives this war! Yuta returns to celebrate with Claudio, the one BCC member still holding gold. However, Claudio will offer the Code of Honor. Eddie is wary of Yuta, though, and the ref tells Yuta to stop. But instead, the BCC are flanking Eddie. Wait! Here comes Shibata! The NEW Pure Champion makes his way back out here, he will not allow the BCC to tarnish tonight. Shibata and Eddie stare down Claudio and Yuta. Claudio and Shibata raise their titles, and then Shibata raises Eddie’s hand.

Fans cheer for Eddie and Shibata, but Claudio raises his belt again. Fans boo, but then cheer as Eddie raises his hand. Will Eddie have to scratch and claw to get back to a title opportunity? Will the Swiss Superman have to worry about The Wrestler coming for him soon?

Eddie gets a mic, makes sure it’s working, “Hello, hello. Is this on? Are we still on PPV? Are we, Paul? One minute? F***, sh*t, mother f***, I don’t care. Go ahead, HR, fine me, I don’t care. First off, ladies and gentlemen, please, give it up for a living legend, Shibata.” Fans cheer and Shibata waves. Eddie continues to say that they should give it up for Tanahashi. The fans cheer, and Eddie says he doesn’t care how long they have, he’ll keep going even if they go off the air. Usually, MJF gets thirty minutes on TV, let Eddie get five. Fans cheer and Eddie says if they’re going off the air, then real quick! Eddie isn’t going anywhere, he’s gonna beat Claudio’s ass!!

The fans cheer, Eddie and Shibata take their leave, and this is far from over! Will the BCC still be standing when Eddie gets through with them?


My Thoughts:

A great PPV event for ROH, though a little surprised they put this up against SmackDown on WrestleMania weekend. But just like with AEW, ROH had a great preshow, those four matches were all a lot of fun, with Cobb VS Tracy and Konosuke VS Mack on a TV main event level. And quite the surprise to see Dutch & Vincent (formerly Vinnie Marseglia) showing up. Definitely building some intrigue in the ROH Tag Division, and just ROH in general as those two were free agents fans were thinking would join in on the Wyatt 6 stuff in WWE. Seems not, despite how much Uncle Howdy poses like Dutch and has hair like Vinnie.

The AAA Mega Championship was an insane opener, definitely the most exciting match of the entire night. Vikingo retaining made sense, though, as this title wasn’t going to change hands in a non-AAA event. The ROH World Six Man Tag was really good, with a great showing from Blake, Fox & Metalik even in losing. The Women’s Championship was great stuff, but a bit scary as Yuka got stuck between cannonball and just jumping, so it was more a spear or DDT situation. Athena winning makes sense, though, the ROH title is going to stay in ROH and the states, as there are still many possibilities for Athena’s next challenger.

A little surprised that Mark didn’t win the TV title. I thought that would’ve been a great moment for everyone, especially the Briscoe family. I’m not sure who would even be next for Joe anyway, but I guess that’s what the next round of ROH TV will be about. Great match from Tanahashi and Garcia just for having a great match, and it makes sense Tanahashi wins. Garcia is good, but he’s not better than the Ace just yet. The tag team ladder match was amazing stuff, but there are no words for how unfortunate and painful for Dante Martin to break his ankle. Top Flight just can’t stay healthy long enough for them to get to where they should be, and my heart goes out to them.

In the end, Lucha Brothers winning was the right choice. They are Faces like the Briscoes, they are an amazing brother tag team like the Briscoes, and they can fight all the Heel teams waiting in the wings. It was also a heartwarming moment to have Mark, the Lucha Bros, FTR and even The Kingdom hug it out because of how much they all loved Jay. There was almost a Face turn for The Kingdom through this match because I think the fans started to cheer for them. They were the ones to get busted open but kept fighting, and with Top Flight out of commission now, they don’t have that feud. Maybe The Kingdom can feud with LFI and be Faces by default.

And great thinking to have the BCC matches back to back. I am actually surprised Shibata won the Pure title, but perhaps he won because he stays stateside with the LA Dojo and NJPW Strong. And the world title match was awesome, though I’m surprised they went with a sunset flip to finish. I suppose that keeps Eddie strong even in losing since it wasn’t one of Claudio’s finishers. And great stare down moment with Shibata backing Eddie up against Yuta and Claudio. Eddie wants after Claudio, but I would love if Shibata got a match with Claudio. Eddie can probably take the title in the rematch, but Shibata would have to drop the Pure title before picking up another.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker got the band back together and want those ROH World Tag Team Championships! Will Mike Bennett stop them before they begin?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH World Television Championship Proving Ground: Kyle Fletcher VS London Lightning; Kyle wins and denies London a title match.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Spanish Announce Project; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Nyla Rose VS Riea von Slasher; Nyla wins.
  • Satnam Singh VS Jimmy Jacobs; Singh wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Jon Cruz & Artemis Spencer; Shane Taylor Promotions win.
  • Matthew Menard VS Mike Bennett w/ Matt Taven; Menard wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Premier Athletes w/Mark Sterling; Lee, Action & Top Flight win.

PLAY BY PLAY

JD Drake speaks.

“Here I am again, just like I talked about the last time I was here: all by myself. Just because unfortunate circumstances happen doesn’t mean the work stops. So it’s time for me, I reckon, just like I said, to reach down, tighten up the bootstraps and get back to work. All by my lonesome.” But then Anthony Henry walks in! No more of that. Not today, not any day. They’ve been doing this since 2016, so they’ll keep doing this. So you know what time it is? Punch in, knock out! The Workhorsemen are riding together again, but will they get past the Spanish Announce Project?

 

ROH World Television Championship Proving Ground: Kyle Fletcher VS London Lightning!

The Aussie Arrow couldn’t help out Will Ospreay last night on Dynamite, but perhaps that was because Don Callis wanted him to be ready for tonight. Will Kyle prove he is The Protostar and the future of this business? Or will he be struck down by the Lightning?

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Kyle kicks the hand away, and the bell rings. The two circle, tie up, and go around. London wrenches but Kyle wrenches back. Kyle WRINGS the arm out, but London gets up fast. The fans taunt Kyle with “Your Hair’s Stupid!” Kyle just flips them off over his shoulder. The two tie up, Kyle gets around to waistlock and he SLAMS London down! Kyle flexes while London scrambles up. The two reset and feel things out, then tie up. London wrenches, Kyle spins and headlocks to hit the takeover! Kyle grinds but London endures. London fights up, powers out, then headlocks in return!

Kyle lifts, London fights the back suplex. Kyle powers through to back suplex but London lands on his feet! London ducks ‘n’ dodges then hurdles, to CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Kyle is up but London ROCKS him with right hands! Kyle kicks low, ROCKS London back, and then whips. London reverses and JUMP KNEES! Kyle bails out, the fans rally for London, and London PLANCHAS! Direct hit, but Kyle manages to shrug off the impact! Kyle drags London back up to suplex and BRAINBUSTER to the floor! London writhes and Kyle smirks. Kyle soaks up the heat while the ring count climbs. Kyle leaves London behind at 10 of 20.

The fans rally for London, but we’re at 16! 17! London slowly rises at 18, staggers about, and slides in at 19.5! Kyle mockingly applauds, then he stomps London down! Then he KICKS London in the back! The fans rally, Kyle lines up a shot and BODY BLOWS! Kyle grinds his forearm into London, then CHOPS him! London staggers, but he comes back to kick! London CHOPS Kyle again and again and the fans fire up! London runs but Kyle ELBOWS him down! London writhes and the fans rally up, but Kyle grins as he stands over London. Kyle then scoops to SLAM! Kyle paces, the fans rally, and London staggers back up.

Kyle scoops and SLAMS again! Kyle mockingly applauds and waits on London. London stands, but into another scoop and SLAM! But London’s right up! London fires off haymakers but Kyle kicks low. Kyle whips, London ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ dodges more to LARIAT! Then atomic drop! Kyle swings, but into another atomic drop! London SPLASHES in the corner, drop toeholds and gator rolls to a suplex! The fans fire up for London and he goes to a corner. London hops up, leaps, FALLING AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Kyle is still in this but London refocuses. London whips, but Kyle BOOTS him away!

Kyle runs at the corner, but Lnodon BOOTS back! London goes up, but Kyle GAMANGIRIS! London falls to the apron then the floor, but Kyle builds speed! Kyle DIVES and direct hit on London! Kyle puts London in, runs corner to corner, GAMANGIRI! And then suplex to the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO?!? London lives and Kyle argues the count! The ref says it was a fair count, two is two. The fans rally for London but London is in a daze. London sits up, but Kyle snarls. Kyle aims and KICKS! London falls over, but he sits up again. Kyle eggs London on, and KICKS again! London stays seated, so Kyle KICKS, but London blocks!

London ROCKS Kyle with forearm after forearm, but Kyle ROCKS him right back! London fires more forearms, but Kyle gives those all back! London ducks to fire another flurry! London runs, but Kyle BOOTS him! Kyle reels London in but London back drops! And sits on it! TWO!! Kyle swings, misses, London SPINEBUSTERS! London steps through and Canada goes wild for the SHARPSHOOTER! The fans are thunderous but Kyle endures and crawls his way over! ROPEBREAK! But London drags him back! We’re under 90 SECONDS! Kyle turns London to a cradle, TWO!! Both men stand up, SUPERKICK from Kyle!

Kyle reels London back in, for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle Fletcher, by pinfall (denies London Lightning a title opportunity)

Literal last minute, but The Protostar puts this one away! Will Kyle Fletcher continue to prove he is the greatest ROH World Television Champion in history?

 

The Workhorsemen VS Spanish Announce Project!

We heard from JD Drake & Anthony Henry to start tonight, they’re both 100% and raring to go! But Angelico & Serpentico have been wanting after Cole Karter & Griff Garrison for one final fight. Who puts in the work and heads for the top?

The Code of Honor is upheld, teams sort out and we start with Scrap Metal and the South African Stud. They tie up, the fans rally, and Angelico wrenches to wristlock. JD endures, winds up, but Angelico catches him to a headlock. JD powers up and out, but Angelico rolls off JD’s back! JD hip tosses but Angelico makes it an arm-drag! JD runs up, RAMS Angelico, but Angelico rebounds and bypasses. JD blocks the hip toss to arm-drag for a cover! TWO, and JD sweeps to a cover! ONE, Angelico tries to sweep but JD’s too sturdy! JD kicks Angelico down, but Angelico avoids the senton! Angelico sweeps now, covers, ONE!

Both men stand up and the fans fire up! Angelico and JD reset, but then back up to their corners. The fans fire up as #SNAKEMAN and the Saint of Augusta tag in. Serpentico and Henry circle, tie up, and Henry wrenches. Serpentico rolls, wrenches, but Henry rolls and wrenches to slip around, spin Serpentico and snapmare him into a chinlock. The fans cheer the exchange, and Serpentico fights up. Serpentico pries free, wrenches Henry to a wristlock then snapmare, then ghost pin! TWO, and the two stand up. Serpentico  headlocks, Henry powers out, but Serpentico BOOTS him away! Then Serpentico goes up to RANA!

Things speed up, Henry turns arm-drag into takedown! Henry has a leg, Serpentico rolls and throws Henry, but Henry cartwheels through! Serpentico runs up, Henry drops down, arm-drags, but Serpentico arm-drags back! Henry hits a slick headlock takeover but Serpentico headscissors. Henry kips free, roles reverse as Serpentico hits the headlock takeover! Henry headscissors, Serpentico kips free, and both men handspring up! The fans fire up for the standoff! Serpentico nods, Henry is definitely 100%! They get all the fans fired up, then Henry BOOTS Serpentico! Henry mockingly gives a thumbs up to then give a thumbs down.

Henry runs up to forearm SMASH in the corner, tag to JD! LARAIT, NECK TWIST and slingshot SENTON! The Workhorsemen BLAST Angelico, then JD mocks the string tugging! JD drags Serpentico up but Serpentico CHOPS! JD doesn’t flinch, then he CHOPS Serpentico down! The fans “WOO~!” and even Henry checks on Serpentico. He’s okay! The fans want that “One More Time!” so JD stands Serpentico up in a corner, to JAB! JD shakes his head, he won’t do what the fans want. JD whips, then CHOPS after all! Serpentico sputters, JD tags Henry in, and Henry says he’s got one. Henry snapmares Serpentico to KICK him!

Tag to JD, and JD stomps Serpentico’s ribs. JD drags Serpentico up, CHOPS, but Serpentico DOUBLE CHOPS! And CHOPS! JD CHOPS, Serpentico CHOPS, repeat! Serpentico RODCKS Henry, ROCKS JD, then goes up to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! JD and Serpentico crawl, hot tag to Henry! Henry gets Serpentico’s leg, but Serpentico BOOTS him away! Hot tag to Angelico! The fans fire up as Angelico rallies on the Workhorsemen! Henry gets around, JD runs up, but Angelico BOOTS JD and RAMS Henry into buckles! Angelico arm-drags Henry, then uses him as a step to FLYING LARIAT JD!

The fans fire up but Henry SOBATS! Angelico ROCKS Henry! Angelico then eggs Henry on, gets him for a strike fest, then fires up with the fans! Angelico whips, Henry reverses but Angelico rolls off Henry’s back! Henry jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK hits! Cover, TWO! Angelico calls to Serpentico, ROCKS Henry, then tags in Serpentico. The fans rally as Angelico gets Henry up, BACK SUPLEX AX HANDLE COMBO! Then Angelico holds the ropes open so Serpentico can DIVE onto JD! Down goes JD at the ramp and the fans fire up! Angelico gets Henry up, clinches, FLATLINER! Serpentico goes up again, but GRIFF & KARTER are here!

The SAP get distracted by Maria’s baby boys, Henry trips Serpentico up! JD gets in to clinch and BELLY2BELLY Angelico right outta the ring! Henry runs to METEORA Serpentico! Feed to JD, WORKIN’ NINE TO FIVE! Cover, Workhorsemen win!

Winners: The Workhorsemen, by pinfall

Give the assist to Griff & Karter, and they mug Angelico! They know SAP wants revenge but they’re striking first! The fans boo, but now they beat up on Serpentico! Griff gets a chair! Karter drags Serpentico up, Griff takes aim, but Angelico anchors Karter! Serpentico mule kicks Griff! Serpentico gets the chair, but Griff dodges the chair shot! Only for Angelico to send him into steel steps! SAP stand tall tonight, will they be the ones on top at the end of this war?

 

Matthew Menard speaks.

“Now, a lot of you guys gotta be wondering, ‘Daddy Magic, this is a tag team situation, where’s your tag team partner?’ That is a great question. And the answer: I have no idea! I dunno if he’s got a Lamaze class, I dunno if he’s got a little morning sickness, NO idea what the problem is. But I’ll tell you this right now, what I do know, is that tonight, I got a gigantic opportunity in front of me. So Mike Bennett, you little Bean Town B*TCH! We’re in Canada tonight, baby! And I’ll tell ya this: Daddy Magic gets a win over you in the middle of that ring, Cool Hand Ange, Daddy Magic, we got a opportunity at the tag team championships. And THAT, that makes Daddy Magic’s nipples hard.”

 

ROH hears from Marina Shafir.

The Problem is back in the MMA gym, sharpening her skills. “My father was a calculated man. He taught me that in life, you’re gonna have a lot of problems. Some will be big, and others will be small. Some you’ll see coming, and others will sneak up right behind you. He showed me how problems are resilient, moldable, and relentless. So he taught me to become my own problem. And now, I’m gonna teach you.” Marina takes her son’s hand, and the next generation begins here. Will Marina be a Problem the rest of the ROH Women’s Division cannot solve?

 

Matthew Menard VS Mike Bennett w/ Matt Taven!

Daddy Magic spoke his mind earlier but now it’s time to take action! Will Menard win some golden tickets for him and Cool Hand Ange? Or will The Kingdom nip this challenge in the bud?

The Code of Honor is upheld, but Menard holds on at the bell. Bennett gets mad, kicks low, reels Menard in, but Menard back drops free! The fans fire up while Bennett bails out. Menard is fired up, too, but he waits on the “Beat Town B*tch!” Bennett says that’s unnecessary. Bennett slides in, he eggs Menard on but the fans are all behind “DADDY MAGIC!” Bennett frowns, especially as Menard revels in the cheers. Menard tells Taven to kiss his ass! The fans cheer that, and Menard circles with Bennett. They tie up, go around, and Bennett headlocks for the takeover. Bennett says kiss HIS ass! Menard endures the grind and fights up.

Menard powers up and out of the hold, but Bennett runs him over! Bennett flexes, the fans boo, then thinsg speed up. Menard sets up but Bennett reels him in! But Menard back drops after all! Then he clotheslines Bennett up and out! The fans fire up, Taven checks Bennett, and Menard storms out after Bennett to RAM him into the barriers! The fans fire up as Menard rains down fists against the barriers! The fans count to TEN, then Menard lets off to tell Taven off! But Bennett mule kicks! Menard sputters, Bennett whips, but Menard reverses and Bennett hits steel steps! Menard storms after Bennett, drags him up, and SMACKS him off the commentary desk!

Bennett staggers, Menard ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! Taven talks trash and that distracts Menard, Bennett ROCKS him! Bennett whips, Menard reverses, but Bennett rebounds to CLOBBER Menard! Bennett says night night while relaxing on the apron. Then Bennett refreshes the count, gets Menard up and whips him into steel steps! Bennett takes a bow, blows kisses, then drags Menard up and into the ring. Cover, ONE! Menard is still in this but Bennett stays on him with a chinlock. The fans rally for “DADDY MAGIC!” and he fights up! Menard fires body shots and forearms! Menard runs, but Bennett DROPKICKS him down!

Taven applauds but the fans boo. Menard swipes at Taven, Bennett drags Menard up to CLUB him down. Bennett CLUBS Menard again, snapmares, then clamps on another chinlock. Menard endures, even as Bennett squeezes tight and leans on him. The fans rally, Menard fights up again and he throws body shots. Menard ROCKS Bennett, whips, but Bennett stops to KICK the back drop! Then ROLLING ELBOW, and Bennett reels Menard in! But again, back drop! Menard sits on the sunset, TWO!! Bennett finishes the sunset, ONE!! Menard hurries but Bennett gets him for a KIMURA! The fans rally as Menard endures the double wristlock!

Menard fights around, Bennett hooks a leg to slow him down. Menard gets the legs free, reaches out, and the fans continue to rally up! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Bennett lets go, and Taven even tugs at the ropes! The ref reprimands Taven, Bennett looms over Menard and tells the fans to kiss his ass! Bennett stands Menard up, reels him in, but Menard fights the piledriver again! Bennett fires knee after knee, then tries once more! Menard fights it still, so Bennett gives him more knees! But Menard DUMPS Bennett up and out of the ring! Taven checks Bennett while the fans fire up! Menard catches his breath, heads out and he follows Bennett up the ramp.

Bennett mule kicks Menard again! Bennett reels Menard in one more time, but Menard back drops him onto the ramp! Bennett writhes and flounders his way back down the ramp and Taven says the piledriver is no longer worth it. Just finish Menard with some other move. Taven helps Bennett back to ringside and gets him in at 15 of 20. Menard hurries as Taven wants the count go go faster, and Menard storms in at 17! Bennett runs up to ROCK Menard! Menard ROCKS Bennett! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder! The fans rally as they pick up speed, too! Menard fires a flurry and then he climbs up in a corner!

The fans fire up as Menard rains down fists! Menard goes all the way to TEN! Menard hops down, whips Bennett corner to corner, then runs up, but into an ELBOW! Bennett goes up, leaps, but Menard catches the dropkick! Menard turns Bennett, for the BOSTON CRAB! Bennett endures as Menard sits deep! Taven coaches Bennett, then gets on the apron! The ref reprimands, Menard swings but Taven gets away! But Bennett fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Menard survives and the fans fire up! Bennett and Taven are both shocked, but Bennett goes to a corner. Menard stands, Bennett runs in, but Menard KICKS him first!

Menard reels Bennett in, DDT! Cover, TWO! Bennett gets out of that, and Taven slides a tag title into the ring! The ref gets that belt outta there, but Taven slides in! Bennett grabs Menard with chicken wings, and Taven pours something out of a little bag! But Menard ducks, POCKET SAND goes into Bennett! Menard says here it comes! CUTTER for Taven! CUTTER for Bennett!! Cover, MENARD WINS!!

Winner: Matthew Menard, by pinfall

The Kingdom tried to get tricky, but they only messed themselves up! Menard wins big for him and Parker, but Taven CLOBBERS Menard! The fans boo as Taven stomps away! Bennett goes outside to grab the other tag title! Taven sets Menard up for the BELT SHOT!! They’re just lucky Parker is busy on his honeymoon with Ruby Soho. But will Menard & Parker ever rise to the occasion and take those titles from The Kingdom?

 

Backstage interview with Athena & Billie Starkz.

Lexy Nair is with the ROH Women’s World & ROH Women’s World Television Champions, and says this is an Emergency Minion Empowerment Meeting. Queen Aminata put her hands on Athena AGAIN! She has embarrassed MIT and this is ridiculous! Billie says hold on, boss, because Billie’s got something to say. “These girls wanna talk, talk, talk like it’s their show. This is MIT’s show! This is her show!” Lexy points to herself but Athena says Billie of course means Athena. Billie says if Aminata wants to throw hands, then catch some, too! Lexy says, “Baddest one hits first!”

Billie also tells Red Velvet that while she likes to talk, talk, talk, what has she really done since coming here? Athena says NOTHING. And they get it, they attacked the top of the food chain cuz they’re struggling to stay relevant. Well, Athena is glad they stepped up. Velvet & Aminata can call themselves whatever they want. They can say they’re juicy, say that they’re queens, but at the end of the day, they can never say that they are champions. Belt clink! So how about you stir that up, b*tch!? Let’s go. Athena & Billie head out, then they pull Lexy along. Will no one ever dethrone the Fallen Goddess and her protege?

 

8 Man Tag: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

While Menard & Parker want after the tag titles, so do all eight of these men! Big Shotty joins up with The Sight to See & The Martin Brothers against Maria’s baby boys and Smart Mark’s stable, who will hit the mark and climb up the ROH ranks?

The teams sort out and Darius Martin starts against Ariya Daivari. They keep the Code of Honor juts barely, and the bell rings. They circle, tie up, and Darius headlocks. Darius hits the headlock takeover, Daivari fights up, and Daivari powers up and out. Darius rolls over the dropdown, keeps moving, and turns hip toss into backslide! TWO, but Darius wrenches to hook and roll for a cover, TWO! Daivari gets up but into an arm-drag! The fans rally, Daivari fights up and pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Daivari RAMS Darius into the corner. Daivari CHPOS, then tags Tony Nese. The Premier Athletes mug Darius, then Nese puts Darius in a corner.

Nese grinds a forearm into Darius’ face, the ref counts, and Nese lets off. Nese runs in, Darius goes up and over to DROPKICK! Darius storms up on Nese, tags Action, and they snapmare to then KICK, basement dropkick, and cover, TWO! Action stays cool but Sterling protests, there’s something in those boots! Action drags Nese up, but Nese pulls hair! Nese puts Action in the corner, smothers him, but lets off as the ref counts. Nese ELBOWS Action, whips corner to corner, but Action goes up and over. Action keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Nese staggers up into a DROPKICK!

The fans fire up and Action runs, IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Daivari coaches Nese, but Action brings Nese up. Nese gets free to throat chop! Nese ROCKS Action, bumps him off buckles then fires body shots! Tag to Karter and he brings Action around. Karter CLUBS Action, suplexes him, and holds him up! But Action slips free! Action waistlocks, Karter switches, but Action slides under, leaps over, tag to Lee! Big Shotty gets around to headlock, but Karter powers up and out. Lee goes up and over, shoots around again, shoves and hurdles, then drops to DROPKICK! Griff runs up, but Lee DROPKICKS him, too!

Nese runs in, Lee dodges and LARIATS! The fans fire up, Lee beats his chest, and he takes aim at everyone on the outside! Sterling freaks out, PLANCHA for Daivari! Lee turns around, Nese CLOBBERS him! Top Flight is kept back by the ref and Nese puts Lee in for Karter to stomp away! Karter drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Griff. They mug Lee, then the Ivy League MVP scoops Lee for SLAM! Cover, ONE, but Griff clamps on a chinlock. The fans rally for “TOP FLIGHT! SHOTTY!” Tag to Nese, he and Griff mug Lee, then Nese CHOPS! Nese taunts Top Flight, but when did Dante grab Karter’s “I <3 Hot Moms” shirt?

Nese fires off on Lee, but Lee fires back! Daivari grabs Lee and Nese DROPKICKS! The ref reprimands but Daivari tags in. The Premier Athletes fires off hands on Lee! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Sterling tells the fans to shut up. Daivari scoops Lee, carries him around, then SLAMS him! Daivari stomps Lee, stays between him and Top Flight, then stomps him. Daivari spins Lee around, stomps him again, and Lee writhes. Tag to Griff, he and Daivari stomp Lee, then Griff shoves Dante! The ref keeps Dante back, Griff brings Lee up and over to his corner. Tag to Daivari, the mugging continues and Lee clutches his ribs.

Daivari snapmares Lee, then KNEES him in the back! Daivari clamps on a chinlock, then grinds Lee into the mat, The fans rally as Lee endures, but Sterling says to shut up! Lee fights up, fires body shots, but Daivari ROCKS him! Lee ROCKS Daivari, repeat! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Lee fires shot after shot, but Daivari blocks the kick! The ENZIGIRI hits! Both men are down, they crawl for the corners, hot tag to Nese! Nese STOMPS Lee first! Nese keeps Lee from Top Flight, taunts the fans, and suplexes, only for Lee to slip free! Lee hits a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Both men are down and the fans fire back up!

Lee crawls, Sterling shouts for Nese to tag out! Hot tags to Griff and Dante! Angel Dorado goes up and over Griff, BLASTS the rest, then he fires off hands on Griff! The fans fire up as Dante hammers away on Griff! Dante roars, drags Griff up and whips, but Griff reverses. Griff runs in, Dante slips out, up and over, then GAMANGIRIS! Dante then goes up and up and springboard CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Dante takes off the shirt, uses it to block Karter’s boot, and LARIATS Karter down! Dante shows off the shirt, and says OLE as Griff runs in! Dante BLASTS Griff, then calls in Top Flight and Lee!

The fans fire up as all four men take aim, Dante and Action build speed, STEREO TOPES AND STEREO PLANCHAS!! Direct hits all around and the fans are thunderous! Dante gets Griff in, spins him and hits the INVERTED GUT WRENCH! Cover, Nese & Daivari break it! Everyone jumps in and it is a brawl! The Premier Athletes TOSS Darius, TOSS Lee, and stomp away on Action! They double whip Action, but he handsprings to DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! Action kips up and nods, but Karter storms up! Karter whips, Action goes to the apron then ROCKS Karter! Action goes up but Karter trips him up!

Action tumbles down, but Dante climbs! Griff runs up, Dante drops back to GAMANGIRI! Dante goes back up, aims, but Sterling gets on the apron! The ref argues with him, and Griff trips Dante up! Griff drags Dante down, Karter goes looking for something! Karter slips a chair into the ring! The chair is wedged into a corner, then Griff & Karter stomp on Dante. But here’s SERPENTICO! He undoes the chair and Sterling is furious! Karter storms out after Serpentico, but now Serpentico has that chair! Karter backs off, Griff turns around into a JUMP KNEE! Dante brings Griff around, half nelson for the SWINGING BOMB! Cover, Top Flight wins!

Winner: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight, by pinfall

Spanish Announce Project get their revenge already tonight as they make sure Maria’s baby boys get nothing! Will Big Shotty and the high-flyers be cruising towards title opportunities?


My Thoughts:

A very nice episode of ROH at just 69 minutes. Good squash wins in the middle of the episode, and very good promo from Athena & Billie to call out Aminata & Velvet, thereby setting up each of those title matches for… Wow, it’s probably gonna be Death Before Dishonor in two months? That’s Tony Khan’s pacing for ya. Great return from injury for Anthony Henry, but I do appreciate they protected SAP’s loss by having Karter & Griff interfere. Great 8 Man Tag main event to also flip things around so that SAP make sure Karter & Griff lose. SAP VS Griff & Karter needs to have its true blowoff once and for all, a ladder match for Serpentico’s mask. Next week can announce it, then the week after that it happens so that both teams move on for the summer.

Great promo from Menard to hype up the really good match between him and Bennett. Great win for Menard, he and Parker are surely getting their shot at the tag titles, but I don’t know if they can wait two months for Death Before Dishonor. They can have the tag title match in a couple weeks, Kingdom cheats to retain, tag title contender build in June to determine challenges for DBD. And great Proving Ground from Kyle and London, but of course Kyle wins. Kyle still has a part to play in this Don Callis story, here’s hoping he stays on Ospreay’s side and they become United Empire in AEW while for whatever reason, Cassidy joins Don Callis.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/22/24)

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A Block Round 7, but B Block Round 6!

It’s a little complicated, but A Block’s going again while B Block’s getting back up. Point is, Best of the Super Juniors 31 is in the home stretch!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Kosei Fujita; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Dragon Dia; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney; Drilla wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS HAYATA; Hayata wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS Ninja Mack; Taiji wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Clark Connors; Despe wins, by disqualification.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS Blake Christian; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS SHO; Sho wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current A Block standings!

El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-2, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-2, 8 points
Titan: 4-2, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-3, 6 points
HAYATA: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
BUSHI: 2-4, 4 points
TJP: 2-4, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-4, 4 points

 

BREAKING NEWS for Francesco Akira!

As reported by NJPW just yesterday, The Nova Fireball’s knee injury has taken him out of the tournament. The remaining matches he was scheduled to have will now be scored as “loss by forfeit,” and the points have already been awarded. Therefore…

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

KUSHIDA: 4-1, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
SHO: 3-3, 6 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 3-2, 6 points
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points
Ninja Mack: 2-3, 4 points
Dragon Dia: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Kosei Fujita!

El Inmortal is still alive in the block, but the Ichiban Young Punk needs this win! The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but do they still fall short? Or will Fujita ruin Titan’s chances of returning to the finals?

The bell rings, they tie up, then break. They tie up again, Fujita wrenches and wrenches and wristlocks. Titan rolls, kips up, bridges back to handspring again, then he arm-drags free. Fujita runs up into a sweep, cover, ONE! Fujita sweeps to cover, ONE! Titan kips up again and the fans cheer. Titan and Fujita reset, tie up, and Titan trips Fujita. Titan runs, cartwheels over Fujita, then dodges him, Fujita stops himself, Titan runs in but Fujita puts him on the apron. Titan blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI! Titan springboards to CROSSBODY! The fans fire up and Titan DROPKICKS Fujita down!

Fujita bails out, Titan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Young Lions keep Fujita from hitting the front row! Titan clutches his arm, it still beat up from last night. Titan roars and rises up, and the fans rally behind him. Titan drags Fujita up, puts him in the ring, and then covers, TWO! Fujita’s still in this and the fans applaud. Titan stomps Fujita, drags him up, and then fireman’s carries. Fujita fights free, fires a forearm, but Titan gives it back. They go back and forth, the fans rally up, and Fujita kicks low. Fujita throws forearms, but Titan SUPERKICKS! Fujita HEEL KICKS! Fujita runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge!

Titan then CALF KICKS and whips. Fujita reverses to LEG LARIAT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Fujita goes to ropes on one side, Titan goes to the other. Fujita runs in to STRADDLE ATTACK! Fujita keeps moving and he PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Fujita drags Titan up. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips, but Titan blocks. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips him but Titan reverses to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up again and rally as Titan pounds the mat. Titan roars and rises, then drags Fujita around to step through and deathlock! But Fujita rolls it back, slips free, and he hooks Titan up now! CROSS CAMEL!

Titan reaches out, but Fujita gets the arms! QUEEN ANGELITO, but Titan fights to the ROPEBREAK! The fans fire up and Fujita roars! Fujita goes to a corner, aims at Titan and runs in, but Titan BOOTS! Fujita blocks that to ROCK Titan with a forearm! Fujita runs but Titan follows! LOCO LARIAT! The fans fire up and Titan goes to the apron! Titan climbs the corner, DIVING- NO, Fujita avoids the stomps! Titan comes back, but Fujita GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fujita can’t keep the bridge because of the bad arm, but he just deadlifts Titan for another GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging this time, TWO! Titan survives but Fujita isn’t done!

Fujita waistlocks again, deadlifts again, but Titan fights the suplex with elbows! Titan runs, wheelbarrows, then rolls through to get the legs! Deathlock, JAVE INMORTAL!! Fujita endures, but now it’s the STRAITJACKET! Fujita quits, Titan wins!!

Winner: Titan, by submission (gains 2 points; Fujita earns 0)

Titan’s been on a roll with that devastating hold! Will El Inmortal return to the finals and take the trophy home? Will Fujita just have to settle to being a spoiler in these remaining rounds?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Dragon Dia!

The Sniper of the Skies gets free points from Francesco Akira’s misfortune, but the Infinity Carat Diamond is out of luck. Will Dia shift into spoiler mode and ruin things for Robbie? Or will Eagles still fly high towards the top of the block?

The fans rally and duel already, and Eagles tries to figure out who is getting more. The bell rings, the two rush in, but then back off. Eagles has Dia take it easy, and they circle. Eagles gest a leg, trips Dia and rolls to get the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Dia gets the ROPEBREAK, the fans cheer and Eagles slowly lets off. Eagles slaps Dia around, whips but Dia blocks to CHOP! The fans cheer and Dia whips. Eagles blocks now, so Dia CHOPS again! Eagles drops to a knee, but Dia brings him up to whip. Eagles reverses to go up and around an darm-drag! Things speed up. Eagles hurdles but Dia hurdles back.

Dia runs, ducks the boot and tilt-o-whirl arm-drags! Then he DROPKICKS Eagles out! Eagles rewinds and RANAS! Dia runs up but into a WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up, Dia bails out, and the fans rally up! Eagles builds speed but has to stop as Dia slides in! Dia fakes the plancha, mule kicks, then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit but Dia holds onto a knee. Dia shakes it out and fires up as he walks over. The fans applaud and Dia gets Eagles in the ring. Dia hops in, goes up, and aims for D D D- NO, Eagles moves, the leg jams, and then Eagles CHOP BLOCKS! Dia writhes and the fans duel a bit more as Eagles storms over to Dia.

Eagles and the fans get a “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” going! “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” The fans cheer and Eagles brings Dia around to step through and tie up the legs in a deathlock. Eagles then uses Dia as a skateboard! Eagles then SNAP LOCKS, and he lets Dia go. Dia clutches that leg, Eagles scuffs him and eggs him on. Dia CHOPS back, but Eagles eggs him on. Dia CHOPS again, so Eagles DRAGON SLEEPERS! Dia fights up, throws shots from below and gets free. But Eagles dropkicks the bad leg!

The fans rally as Dia crawls but Eagles is on him. Eagles sits Dia up to KICK! And KICK! And KICKS! Dia gets mad, Eagles pie faces and LEG LARIATS! Dia is folded up and the fans fire up. Eagles pounds the mat, the fans clap along, and he goes corner to corner, but Dia dodges the double knees! Dia goes to the apron, GAMANGIRIS, then avoids the low 619! Dia trips Eagles to slingshot TORNILLO SPLASH! The fans fire up and Eagles goes to ropes. Dia runs in to 619! Eagles staggers, Dia runs up to tilt-o-whirl and DEJA VU SPIKE! Eagles falls over, Dia STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up and Dia stands Eagles up. Dia runs, rolls, but no Reptilians here! Eagles rolls Dia to a schoolboy bridge, TWO! RON MILLER- BOOT! Dia is free to SOBAT, but Eagles blocks! Eagles reels Dia in, TURBO- NO, Dia goes up and around, MYSTERIO RANA! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives but Dia goes to the corner! Dia runs back in, rolls and REPTILIAN- NO, Eagles fireman’s carries! But Dia fights it to the REPTILIAN KAI! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and the fans are thunderous! Dia roars, and he goes to the corner! Dia climbs, aims, and D D D D- NO! Eagles stops the 4DT, ties up the legs, and DOUBLE KNEE CRUSHERS!

Eagles SUPERKICKS Dia down, goes out then up, for the 450 onto legs! Dia writhes, Eagles steps through to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Dia flails, reaches out, but Eagles drags him from ropes! Dia TAPS, Eagles wins!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission (gains 2 points; Dia earns 0)

Dia still has the goose egg in his win column after being shot down by The Sniper! Will Dia ever get points on the board? Will Eagles be unstoppable on his rise to the top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

This is truly a make or break moment for Black Mask and Heel Master. Only one man can stay alive in the block, who will do whatever it takes to win?

But as Bushi is introduced, Kanemaru attacks! The fans boo as Kanemaru stomps Bushi on the floor! Kanemaru drags Bushi up, POSTS Him, and Bushi falls in a heap. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, drags him up, puts him in the ring, and the bell rings. Kanemaru whips Bushi then dropkicks Bushi’s legs out. Kanemaru grabs the bad leg to SMASH the knee on the mat! Kanemaru then drags Bushi to the corner, and he SLAMS the leg into the post! The ref reprimands, Bushi flops out of the ring, and the fans rally up. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, leaves him behind, and the fans rally as Bushi sits up.

Bushi wants to get in the ring but Kanemaru is near the ropes. The ref has Kanemaru give Bushi space and Bushi slides in. Kanemaru goes right after Bushi with stomps! Kanemaru takes Bushi’s shirt away then stomps away some more. Kanemaru drags Bushi and drops an elbow on the knee! Kanemaru has the toehold, Bushi endures, and Bushi drags Kanemaru along to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets go at 4. Kanemaru stomps Bushi to a corner, then drags him up. Kanemaru whips corner to cornre but Bushi barely makes it. Kanemaru runs in but Bushi BOOTS him! And then PENDULUM- NO, Kanemaru stops the kicks!

Kanemaru drags Bushi in, whips him again, but Bushi holds ropes. Kanemaru runs in, Bushi puts him on the apron! Bushi dropkicks the legs out! The fans rally and Bushi WRECKS Kanemaru with another dropkick! The fans rally again, Bushi builds speed, but Kanemaru’s back to dropkick the legs out! Bushi bails out, Kanemaru pursues and he grabs the bad leg. Kanemaru SMASHES the knee on the floor! Kanemaru leaves Bushi behind and the ring count begins. Bushi is still down at 5 of 20, sits up at 8, and rises up at 11. Bushi shakes out the bad leg, hobbles around at 16, and slides in at 18! Kanemaru dropkicks the leg agian!

Kanemaru drags Bushi around, steps through, but Bushi kicks him away! Kanemaru kicks again but Bushi blocks, CLUBS the leg, then dropkicks it out! Bushi gets his own leg moving, runs, but Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Bushi moves him aside, Kanemaru blocks the kick! Kanemaru ducks the enzigiri, but not the REWIND HEEL! The fans fire up as Bushi runs up again. CODE- NO, Kanemaru stops the Code Breaker, and then THROWS Bushi at the ref! Kanemaru gets the leg and he SMASHES the knee! The fans boo but Kanemaru goes for his whiskey! Kanemaru doesn’t bother with a sip, he just takes aim! BOTTLE SMASH to the leg!

Kanemaru steps through, but gets BLACK MIST!! Kanemaru staggers around blind, and Bushi goes up! M X!! Cover, BUSHI WINS!

Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

The Black Mask gets the better of the Heel Master, and now Kanemaru is DONE! With no chance at a top spot, will Kanemaru just have to settle for being a spoiler? Can Bushi make that dark horse run at the top a reality?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney!

The Timesplitter leads the block, but time could be running out. Plus, 44 Caliber is aiming for the kill, will he hit the mark? Or can Kushida avoid disaster and head Back to the Future?

Kushida’s on the corner for his introduction, but Drilla rushes him! Kushida jumps up an dover, rolls through and then dodges Drilla’s boot! Drilla fires haymakers, but so does Kushida! Kushida whips, Drilla reverses, and the bell rings right before Kushida FLYING FOREARMS Drilla! The fans are all fired up as Kushida dumps Drilla out, then runs. Drilla avoids the baseball slide, but Kushida keeps him from sliding away. Drilla keeps Kushida from sliding in, and spins him around, for a DRAPING DDT to the floor! The ref reprimands then checks Kushida. The fans rally up, Drilla finally takes his own vest off, and he looms over Kushida.

The ref wants this in the ring, Drilla mocks Kushida checking his watch, and Drilla leaves Kushida behind. Kushida grits his teeth as he clutches a shoulder, and the ring count climbs. Drilla paces, a wild dog behind the fence as it were. Kushida is still down at 10 of 20, even Drilla dares Kushida to get up. Kushida rises at 15 and slides in at 16. Drilla drags Kushida up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Kushida is still in this and the fans applaud. Drilla digs a boot into Kushida’s neck and shoulder, and he pulls on Kushida’s head! The ref counts as Drilla claws at Kushida’s eyes! Drilla lets go at 4, and Kushida crawls.

Drilla stalks Kushida, drags him up and CLUBS him on the neck! Drilla stalks Kushida around, then CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts, Drilla lets off at 4, and Drilla backs the ref down to a corner. Drilla then goes back for Kushida, drags him up and hooks him up for a chinbar style abdominal stretch! Kushida endures, pries free and throws elbows. Kushida kicks but Drilla dodges! Drilla drops down for a headlock but Kushida headscissors for the cradle! TWO!! Drilla CLOBBERS Kushida! Kushida bails out, finally takes his own vest off, but Drilla is there to RAM him into the apron! Drilla UPPERCUTS Kushida, then follows him around the corner.

Drilla storms up on Kushida, UPPERCUTS again, but Kushida gets in Drilla’s face now. Drilla CHOPS, then KICKS, then he clamps on that chinbar! Kushida endures, the ref reprimands, and Drilla ELBOWS Kushida down. Drilla leaves Kushida behind again and demands a ring count. The count begins, Kushida stands at 3 and slides in at 4. The fans rally up but Drilla ROCKS Kushida with a right. Drilla mocks Kushida, Kushida snarls but Drilla fires more forearms! The fans rally, Kushida storms back up and fires forearms of his own! They go back and forth, Drilla pie faces Kushida, so Kushida fires a flurry!

But Drilla gets under, spins Kushida, but Kushida ducks to then get the arm! Drilla steps over and ENZIGIRIS! But the FASTBALL hits back! The fans fire up for the Masahiro Tanaka and we’re at the five minute mark. Kushida STOMPS Drilla’s hands! Kushida eggs Drilla on, baits him into an ELBOW, then goes up to QUEBRADA! Kushida then hurries back up, for a MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Drilla’s tough and the fans rally up, but Kushida clamps onto the fingers! Drilla breaks free but Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Drilla falls and goes to a corner while the fans fire up again. Kushida powers up, runs in, and SHOTEIS!

Kushida puts Drilla up top, climbs, but Drilla slips under! CHOP to the leg! Drilla then drags Kushida off the corner into DRILLA- NO, Kushida slips free! But Drilla ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, TWO! Kushida leaps on, but Drilla pushes the Hoverboard away. Kushida comes back to RAM that bad arm! Then he jumps on, HOVER- NO, SPINEBUSTER! And DOUBLE STOMP ELBOW DROP COMBO! Kushida flounders out of the ring and Drilla pursues. Kushida still wants the arm, but Drilla RAMS him into the apron! Drilla follows Kushida to the corner and grabs for him, but Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post first!

Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post again, and then goes up the corner! Kushida pulls Drilla’s arm into the crossbar! The ref counts, Kushida lets go, and Drilla drops back. The ring count starts, the fans rally, but both men are still outside at 10. Drilla drags himself up but the bad arm lets go of the ropes! Kushida is in at 15, Drilla rises at 17! Drilla shakes out the bad arm, and rolls in at 19! Kushida PENALTY KICKS the bad arm! Kushida whips then hip tosses! Cartwheel and DROPKICK! Drilla staggers, Kushida gest the arm, KIMURA! Drilla endures, fights up, but now it’s the HOVERBOARD!! Drilla flails, reaches out, tries to stack, TWO!!

Kushida lets Drilla go and Drilla CHOPS! Kushida PELES! Drilla wobbles, Kushida whips, but Drilla reverses. Kushida handsprings but into DRILLA KILLA!! Cover, DRILLA WINS!!

Winner: “Drilla” Moloney, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kushida earns 0)

Kushida tried to make Drilla into a one-armed man, but it wasn’t enough to stop him! Is Kushida’s comeback running out of time? Will the Best of the Super Juniors end up being an Abunai Gaijin?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS HAYATA!

The Jet is squarely in the middle of the block right alongside the GHC National Champion. But will Knight be able to take flight? Or will he be left in the Silence of Darkness?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They slowly circle, Hayata avoids Knight’s leg pick, and the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Knight wrenches then wristlocks. Hayata wrenches back, but Knight rolls handsprings, and wrenches gain. Knight snapmares then drops a knee on the arm! The fans cheer and Knight keeps on the armlock. Knight brings Hayata up, wrenches again, then cording holds. Hayata slips through, wrenches, but Knight slips through to headlock for the takeover. Hayata headscissors, Knight kips free and the fans cheer. The two reset, circle, and they tie up.

Hayata trips Knight, things speed up, and Knight hurdles, hurdles, then follows. Hayata sidesteps but Knight goes up and over. Knight then arm-drags Hayata, arm-drags again, then runs up and springboards to FLYING arm-drag! The fans fire up and Hayata bails out. Knight aims, but has to stop the plancha as Hayata moves aside. Knight lands on the apron, jumps again, but Hayata YANKS him down! The fans cheer and rally up while Hayata shakes out the arms. Hayata brings Knight up, POSTS him, then brings him back up. Hayata headlocks Knight, brings him around and POSTS him again! The fans are torn but Hayata stalks Knight.

The ring count starts, Hayata drags Knight up at 5 of 20, then into the ring at 7. The fans applaud, and Hayata stalks Knight more. Hayata stomps Knight, CLUBS him, then snapamres. Hayata runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this, the fans rally, but Hayata clamps on with a headlock. Hayata grinds Knight down but Knight endures. The fans rally as Knight fights up, only for Hayata to wrangle him back down! Knight pries at the hold, fights up, and throws body shots. Hayata CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands but Hayata whips Knight to ropes. Knight hurdles over the lariat to then PELE! The fans fire up while both men are down!

Knight crawls to a corner as the fans rally. Knight runs back in at Hayata, to STINGER SPLASH! Then a whip and DROPKICK! Hayata bails out again, and the fans fire up as Knight kips up! Knight builds speed, slides as Hayata moves, then goes to the corner for the PLANCHA! Direct hit and Knight shouts “TSUYOI~!” The fans cheer and even high-five Knight, and he gets Hayata up and in the ring. Knight aims, springboards, but Hayata dodges! Knight comes back, to SKY 2 HIGH! Cover, TWO! Hayata survives and the fans fire up again! Knight watches Hayata stir and the fans rally. Knight runs up, SATELLITE- NO, Hayata stops the DDT!

Knight kicks, whips, but Hayata reverses to arm-drag! And atomic drop! Hayata runs and BULLDOGS Knight down! The fans still rally, Hayata BASEMENT ENZIGIRIS! Cover, TWO! Knight survives and the fans cheer! Hayata gets annoyed but he and Knight slowly rise. Hayata goes to a corner, runs back in and SHOTGUNS Knight into the other corner! Knight slumps down and the fans rally up! Hayata brings Knight in, TORNADO- NO, Knight stops the DDT to put Hayata on the corner! CHOP and UPPER ROOM! Hayata writhes and the fans fire up! Knight gets Hayata up, fireman’s carries, but Hayata slips free to cradle! TWO!!

Hayata dodges Knight to slip around, sunset, then Oklahoma! TWO and Knight cradles, TWO!! Hayata escapes, Knight feints the superkick to ROUNDHOUSE! Knight resets, Hayata rises, and Knight runs up to SATELLITE- NO, still no DDT! Hayata gets Knight around for the 403 IMPACT!! Cover, Hayata wins!

Winner: Hayata, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Knight earns 0)

Both Jet Setters get grounded in the same round! Will all flights to the semifinals be grounded? Will the GHC National Champion prove he is the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS Ninja Mack!

Francesco Akira’s withdrawal ended up giving points to Hiromu, Douki, Eagles & Sho, and that ended up bumping The Bone Soldier down a couple spots! Will he take his frustrations out on the American Shinobi? Or will the Mack Attack only add to his misery?

The bell rings, Mack offers a handshake, but Taiji kicks it away. They tie up, go around, Mack goes for a leg but Taiji holds it off. They reset, feel things out, and clinch. They end up on ropes and the ref calls the break. Mack lets off clean and the fans applaud. The two reset and tie up again, and Taiji headlocks. Mack powers up to put Taiji on ropes then power out of the hold. Taiji runs Mack over and fans applaud. Things speed up, Mack drops then hurdles, but Taiji leaps over. Mack stands and strikes his fighting stance! Then finger gun to taunt Taiji! Taiji runs in, but into a drop toehold and LION’S BARRAGE!

Mack aims, Taiji avoids the falling chop, but then Mack FALLING CHOPS again! Taiji bails out, Mack builds speed and the fans rally for the handspring, but Taiji gets in to leap up, REVERSE SHOT! Mack bails out and Taiji builds speed to go up and GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Mack and the fans fire up! The ref checks Mack, and Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club Special is in effect, and Taiji goes out after Mack. Taiji CLUBS Mack, but Mack throws body shots. Taiji throws a body shot, then he POSTS Mack! The fans fire up and Taiji stalks Mack. Taiji puts Mack in the ring, covers, ONE!

The fans rally as Mack stays in this, but Taiji stays on him with a COBRA CLUTCH! Mack endures, fights up, and the fans rally. But Taiji wrangles Mack into an almost Koji Klutch variation! Mack scrambles and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and the ref counts, Taiji lets go at 4. Mack sputters but Taiji brings him up to wrench and POST in the open corner! The ref reprimands but Taiji hammerlocks and scoops, for a SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mack is still in this and the fans cheer. Taiji goes to the corner, takes aim, and the fans rally again. Taiji runs up, but Mack ELBOWs, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS!

Mack CHOPS and CHOPS more, then fires up, but Taiji ELBOWS him! And CHOPS! And ripcords, tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! And then BONE LOCK!! Mack flails, reaches out, and the fans rally! Mack claws his way to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Taiji lets off in frustration, and he stalks Mack. Mack throws a body shot but Taiji CLUBS him. Taiji whips, Mack blocks, but that hurts Mack’s arm! Taiji stomps Mack, whips, but Mack reverses and SNAP GERMANS! Taiji stands up into the SUPERKICK! Taiji bails out, Mack builds speed! The fans fire up for the SASUKE SPECIAL! Direct hit and the fans fire up again!

Mack drags Taiji up, puts him in as the ring count climbs, and the fans cheer. Cover, ONE!! Taiji is tougher than that and now he’s mad! But Mack KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Taiji goes to ropes, Mack KICKS more and more! But Taiji blocks one! Mack swings hands but Taiji ducks them to CLUB the leg. Taiji whips, Mack reverses again and SCREW HIGH KICKS! Mack crawls to a cover, TWO! Taiji is still in this but Mack hurries to CHOP him! Mack says BANG then he goes up the corner! Mack’s up top, for the NINJA- FLOP!! Taiji avoids the senton and clamps on the BONE LOCK!! Mack scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away from ropes!

Taiji hauls Mack up, for BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Mack earns 0)

Taiji just proved you don’t bring a ninja to a gun fight! Will all of the BOSJ be reborn? Can Mack keep from falling off before the end?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Clark Connors!

The Rogue Luchador has won two main events in a row, but he’s still only on par with 100 Proof. Desperado wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors so badly, he can almost taste it, but will there be No Chaser to go with it? Or can he make it three in a row overall to head for the top?

Connors isn’t playing around, he’s brought chairs with him to the ring! He takes a seat while waiting on Despe’s entrance, then he pushes the ref aside so he can send one over to Despe. The ref says no, this isn’t that kind of match, but Connors wants a shootout with Desperado. Despe keeps the ref from taking the chair, and says if that’s what Connors wants… Despe picks the chair up, the ref says no, this won’t be a match then! Connors and Despe swing! They clash, clash and CLASH! Both men drop the chairs from the recoil, and now the bell rings! The fists start flying and the fans fire up! Despe knees low, CLUBS Connors, then runs, but into a THESZ PRESS!

Connors rains down fists, but Despe turns it around to give it back! Connors CHOKES Despe from below, the ref reprimands, and Connors knees low at 4. Connors runs but Despe follows to ELBOW! Despe runs but Connors goes the other way! JEEP FLIPPER! Despe tumbles out of the ring, Connors goes out after him. Connors stomps Despe, drags him up, and UPPERCUTS! Connors SMACKS Desep off the apron, but Despe CHOPS him in return. Despe CHOPS again, Connors staggers into the crowd and ends up sitting on a woman’s lap! Despe storms up and Young Lions hurry in, Despe ROCKS Connors!

Connors staggers along, fans move aside, and Connors sits in a chair. Despe throws hands but Connors hits back! The Young Lions keep fans back as Connors whips Despe into the back wall! Connors CLUBS Despe, and now they move through the back of the crowd! Connors CHOPS, Despe hits back, but we can’t see too well because the cameramen can’t follow! They’re continuing along, and a cameraman is there as Connors sends Despe into the corner wall! Then Connors grabs a spare railing and THROWS it at Despe! The ref reprimands, Despe UPPERCUTS Connors, and Connors staggers down an aisle.

Connors topples some railings over then he stumbles into an open chair. The fans move aside, Connors kicks Despe, then ROCKS him! Despe ROCKS Connors back, and then Despe SMACKS Connors off a fan’s chair! The Young Lions usher the fans out of the way, and Despe brings Connors up, but Connors RAMS Despe into the apron! The ref finally starts a ring count, but Connors SMACKS Despe off the timekeeper’s table! We reach 10 of 20, Connors ROCKS Despe, then throws him in the ring. The fans applaud as Connors follows, but then Despe bails out the side. The fans fire up as Despe wants to keep fighting outside!

Connors shoves the ref aside, goes out after Despe, but Despe throws body shots! Despe CLUBS Connors, whips him, but Connors reverses to POST Despe! The fans fire up and Connors goes around the way. Connors grabs the chair from earlier, brings it over, and he takes aim! He SMACKS Despe on the back! The ref reprimands but Connors argues with him. Connors drags Despe up, brings him around, and headlock punches! Connors tells fans to move and the Young Lions hurry to get them out of the way! Connors brings Despe up and whips, but Despe reverses! FLAPJACK off the apron! But now Despe wants to go bowling!

Despe whips Connors and STRIKE! Right into the middle of the crowd! The fans fire up with Despe, but then Connors SPEARS! Both men are down and the fans fire up more! Connors rises first as the fans rally, and he snarls as he pulls up floor mats! Connors goes back for Despe, CLUBS him, then drags him up. The ref reprimands and says not to, but Connors reels Despe in. But Despe fights the suplex! The fans rally but Connors suplexes! Despe slips free! Now Despe BACK- NO, Connors fights off the back suplex with fists! Despe runs up, but into a SNAP POWERSLAM! Luckily for Despe, it was to the floor mats that were nearby!

Connors snarls as he rises up, storms his way over to Despe, and drags him back up. Connors CLUBS Despe, then snarls at the fans. He clears one of the spare commentary tables! Fans move aside and the ref reprimands, but Connors hauls Despe up. Despe throws body shots but Connors ROCKS him! Connors reels Despe in, throws up the Too Sweet, and lifts Despe to POWERBOMB him through the table!! The fans are thunderous while the ref checks on Despe. Connors roars and beats his chest and the fans fire up again. The ref reprimands Connors but he just looms over Despe. Connors drags Despe up and puts him in the ring.

The fans applaud and Connors slowly rolls in. Connors pushes Despe to a cover but the ref refuses after all the shenanigans! Connors glares at the ref, but the ref shoves Connors! The fans fire up for the ref, but Connors grabs him by the shirt! The ref warns Connors, Connors says he’s lucky he’s a ref! But Despe runs up to LARIAT Connors and himself outta the ring! The fans fire up and both men spot the chair! They both scramble over, Connors grabs the chair but Despe stands on Connors’ hand! The fans cheer and Despe ROCKS Connors! Then Despe grabs the chair to SMACK Connors on the back!

The fans fire up and Connors writhes, but Despe goes to get another chair! The ref reprimands. but then Despe JAMS Connors with the new chair! Despe wants fans to move aside again, then he puts the old chair on Connors’ face! Despe grabs his new chair, CON-CHAIR-TO, Despe Remix!! Connors sputters and then feels the pain in his nose! Despe stalks Connors, taunts him, drags him back up, and puts him in the ring. Despe grabs the chair and brings it in again, but the ref says no. Despe and the ref argue, and the ref takes the chair from Despe. SPEAR!! Connors gets Despe again and he drags Despe back up!

Connors reels Despe in, serves it up, NO CHASE- NO, Despe fights No Chaser, wrenches out, and LOCO MONO!! Connors wobbles, Despe reels him in, underhooks and PINCHE- NO, Connors fights free to wrench and short arm LARIAT! The fans are thunderous and Connors goes to a corner! Connors aims, barks, runs in, SPEAR!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Despe survives and shocks Connors! The fans are thunderous but Connors rains down fists! The ref reprimands as Connors hammers away! Despe punches back but Connors traps those arms to just throw down fists! The ref wants Connors to stop but Connors shoves him away!

Connors checks Despe, he seems pretty out of it. Connors drags Despe up, reels him in, and NO CHASER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Despe survives and the fans are thunderous! Connors is stunned, and then Despe flips him off! Connors rains down more fists of fury! The ref tries but Connors shoves the ref aside again! The ref counts, Connors won’t stop! THE REF CALLS IT!! DESPE WINS!

Winner: El Desperado, by disqualification (gains 2 points; Connors earns 0)

Connors’ rage costs him! He wouldn’t listen, and now Desperado comes away with the points! Connors is mad with Marty Asami, so he SPEARS Marty Asami down!!! Then he TOSSES Young Lions aside! Then he gives one a GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans boo but Connors shows no remorse as he’s the one standing tall. Then he SNATCHES Desperado’s mask!! Then he SLAPS Desperado on the face! Connors then drags Despe out of the ring, stands on his head, and taunts the fans. Connors grabs a piece of the broken table, SLAPS a Young Lion aside, then looms over Despe. Connors sits Despe up, and SMACKS him in the head with the wood!

Connors flips Despe off then throws up the Too Sweet. Connors may have lost this round, but he has Despe’s mask as his trophy. Will Connors be unstoppable in these remaining rounds? Taichi gets off commentary to help his old friend, but will The Rogue Luchador even be able to continue at this point?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS Blake Christian!

This is a tale of two tides turning. Being on the hotseat lit a fire under The Public Enemy while All Heat has cooled off. Can TJP keep this historic comeback going? Or will the GCW Champion end the Cinderella story right here?

Blake mockingly puts up the crown, but TJP throws his shirt to the crowd as a free souvenir. TJP tells Blake to stop the crown, he’s not United Empire. The bell rings and the fans rally up. They circle, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. Blake goes for the arms but TJP headlocks. TJP wrenches, Blake rolls and cartwheels, then slips through to wrench back. Blake snapmares to chinlock but TJP slips right out to wristlock. The fans cheer the exchange, and Blake wrenches back. Blake wristlocks but TJP stays on his feet. Blake wrenches again, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, and drops to TWIST SCISSORS, but Blake handsprings through!

The fans cheer and Blake smirks as he taunts the crown. TJP kicks low, whips, but Blake reverses. TJP handsprings over the dropdown then sidesteps, but Blake handsprings over the back drop! Blake whips, TJP RANAS, but Blake handsprings through! The fans cheer this exchange and Blake again mocks the crown. TJP runs up but Blake kicks low. Blake whips, TJP goes up, comes back, mule kicks, then bumps Blake off buckles. TJP throws knees, then he pushes Blake down. The fans fire up as TJP scrubs Blake’s face! But then Blake bails out and the fans boo. TJP smirks as Blake doesn’t want to be washed clean.

Blake mocks the fans cheering him and TJP on, then paces as the ring count climbs. Blake returns at 9 of 20, he and TJP circle and feel things out. They knuckle lock, then TJP rolls to trip Blake. TJP turns Blake over, hooks up the legs, and the fans rally as TJP messes with Blake’s hair. TJP grabs Blake’s arms to pull, pull and pull Blake into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Blake endures and the fans fire up! TJP brings Blake back for the ROMERO BRIDGE, but it’s a double cover? TWO as TJP lets Blake go! TJP double checks with Red Shoes while Blake goes to a corner. TJP accepts Red Shoes’ reasoning and runs in at Blake.

TJP blocks the boot but not the ENZIGIRI! Blake rolls back, TJP avoids his Pele and kicks low. TJP whips, Blake reverses but TJP goes Spiderman. Blake runs up, TJP ROCKS him, but Blake jumps up as TJP rams in! GUILLOTINE SPLASH! TJP flops to the floor, Blake builds speed and fans fire up for the FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and down goes TJP! Blake walks it off, then mocks the fans clapping. Blake flips them off, the fans boo, and Blake goes back for TJP. Red Shoes checks TJP, TJP clutches his side but seems otherwise okay. Blake puts TJP in, follows, but now it might be TJP’s arm that’s bothering him.

Red Shoes has Blake stay back so he can check TJP. That arm is really bothering TJP, so Blake shoves Red Shoes aside to RAM TJP into a corner! Blake wrenches the arm, hits an ELBOW BREAKER, then hits another ELBOW BREAKER! TJP drops back to a corner, Blake wraps the bad arm around ropes! Red Shoes counts, Blake YANKS the arm, and TJP staggers away. TJP leans on Red Shoes a moment, but Blake rolls under to then PELE the arm! TJP clutches the elbow as he drops to his knees but Blake smirks. Blake grabs the bad arm, hammerlocks it while he has TJP down, and then he drives his knee into the arm again and again!

Blake lets off, TJP clutches the arm, and Blake mocks the fans rallying for TJP. Blake then isolates the arm to drop a leg on it! Blake wrenches but TJP throws body shots. TJP ELBOWS free, Blake ends up in a corner, but Blake dodges TJP to then BOOT him! TJP flops over, Blake covers, TWO! The fans rally up but Blake puts on a body scissors! Blake grabs the bad arm, hammerlocks it and puts a lot of pressure on the hold. Blake then rolls things to a cover, TWO! Blake still has TJP’s arm, steps over, and claps with TJP’s hand. Blake makes TJP flip the fans off, then he BITES that finger! Red Shoes reprimands and Blake lets off.

Blake mocks the fans more, grabs TJP’s arms, and pulls back on a motorcycle stretch. TJP endures, the fans rally, and TJP fights up. TJP moves around, and flip kicks Blake away! Blake comes back, TJP ROUNDHOUSES! But Blake PELES! TJP goes to a corner, Blake runs up, but TJP goes up and over to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! TJP rises up, storms up on Blake, and atomic drops! WHEEL KICK! Blake staggers to a corner, TJP whips corner to corner hard! TJP runs in to ELBOW! Blake sits down, and now TJP scrubs his face! The fans rally up and TJP goes side to side, BOOT WASH!

The fans cheer and want it again! TJP obliges, and he scrubs Blake more! TJP runs side to side for the second BOOT WASH! The fans fire up and TJP waits on Blake. Blake staggers up, TJP kicks low and reels him in. “ICHI!” Half Hatch! “NI!” Half Hatch! “SAN!” The hattrick is complete and the fans fire up! TJP goes up the corner, aims, MAMBA- NO, TJP has to bail out as Blake moves! Blake wheelbarrows, somersaults and SPLASH! Blake goes to the corner, takes aim, and he somersaults for the ARMBAR DDT! FUJIWARA ARMBAR! TJP endures, the fans fire up and TJP moves around! TJP rolls, but Blake wrenches!

Blake tries to wrangle TJP but TJP uses that to get Blake down! TJP has the stepover, but Blake fights forward! TJP still gets the arm for the PINOY STRETCH! Blake BITES TJP’s hand! Red Shoes reprimands but then Blake has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go one way or another, and Blake goes to the apron. TJP crawls out after Blake and the fans rally up. Blake stands, TJP ROCKS him with a forearm! Blake ROCKS TJP back! TJP and Blake trade haymakers, then TJP CHOPS! Blake kicks, TJP blocks but Blake ENZIGIRIS! Blake reels TJP in to WRING the arm into the apron! Blake gets back up, slashes his throat, and he drags TJP up!

Blake reels TJP in but TJP fights the lift! TJP then Alabama Lifts but Blake fights it! Blake BOOTS, but TJP BOOTS back! TJP grabs for an arm but Blake steps over and STUNNERS! TJP flops into the ring, and Blake takes aim. The fans fire up as Blake springboards, and TJP anchors him! Fireman’s carry, DETONATION KICK! Cover, TWO!! Blake survives but the fans rally for “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP aims, runs up, ONE BY- NO, Blake ducks! And ROUNDHOUSES! TJP JUMP SOBATS! Blake kips up to SUPERKICK! Both men fall and the fans are thunderous! The fans rally again and both men slowly sit up.

Blake finds TJP, throws a forearm, but TJP gives it back. Blake throws another, so TJP gives it back. They stand, and Blake fires a haymaker! TJP fires one back! Blake fires another haymaker, but TJP KICKS Blake’s leg! Blake KICKS TJP’s arm! TJP KICKS Blake’s leg again! Blake KICKS TJP’s arm again! TJP fires off a flurry of kicks, but Blake JUMP KNEES! Blake runs up but into a SUPERKICK! Blake swings, into the FINAL CUT! TJP aims from the corner! ONE BY- SPANISH FLY!! Blake roars and aims from the corner! STEP-UP STOMPS!! Cover, TWO?!? TJP survives and the fans are thunderous again!

Blake storms his way to the apron and slashes his throat. Blake springboards, 450- CUTTER!! ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO?!!? But TJP won’t stop there, he goes up a corner! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, TJP WINS!

Winner: TJP, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Blake earns 0)

That was a fiery battle, but TJP wins not just for him but for Francesco Akira! Will the Public Enemy conquer this tournament for The United Empire? Is Blake’s heat about to go cold?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS SHO!

This one’s gonna be good! It was Wrestling Satsuma no Kuni when Japones Del Mal got his shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, only for the Murder Machine to cheat him out of it. But now, Douki is ahead in the block and could do some serious damage with a win here! Will Douki earn both points and a golden ticket tonight? Or will Sho stack the deck so high it’ll reach the sky?

Wait, Sho is running out here from the exit side while Douki’s music is playing? Sho drops off his stuff and then grabs a chair so he can then wait by the tunnel! But where’s Douki? Sho peeks through the curtain, nothing. Douki is running in from the exit and he CLOBBERS Sho from behind! The fans cheer as Douki gets the better of Sho! Douki drags Sho up, brings him to ringside, and POSTS him! The fans cheer more but Red Shoes reprimands. Douki drags Sho up and puts him in the ring. The bell rings, Douki storms in and he stomps Sho around. Douki drags Sho up again to whip to ropes. Sho reverses but Douki arm-drags!

Douki runs, arm-drags again, but Sho gets mad! Sho swings, Douki dodges, and Douki tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Sho tumbles out, Douki builds speed, and Douki WRECKS Katsuya Murashima! Sho used the Young Lion as a shield! Sho then RAMS Douki into the apron! Sho snarls, drags Murashima up, and puts Murashima in the ring? Red Shoes hurries to usher the Young Lion out, but Sho grabs the bell hammer! Sho HAMMERS Douki, HAMMERS him again, then digs the hammer into Douki’s ribs! Red Shoes finally sees, Sho stops, and Sho drags Douki up to bring around the way. Sho RAMS Douki into the apron!

Sho storms off to the back corner, and pushes through an exit, to bring a dumpster in!? Sho laughs as he then goes to fetch “the trash.” Sho stomps Douki, brings him over to the dumpster, and then knees low into Douki’s ribs. Sho scoops and DUMPS Douki into the dumpster! The fans boo but Sho leaves him behind. The ring count starts while fans rally up. Sho talks trash, the ring count is 10 of 20, an Douki’s still stuck! Douki drags himself up and out of the dumpster, but we’re already at 17! 18! Douki slides in at 19.9! The fans cheer but Sho digs his boots into Douki! Sho scrapes Douki to the apron, pulls a sleeve off a crossbar, then pulls Douki onto the bar!

Red Shoes reprimands Sho while Douki suffers, but Sho pulls harder! Red Shoes counts and Sho lets off at 4. Sho storms in to stomp Douki and talks trash. Sho drags Douki up but Douki fires forearms! Sho kicks low, then he suplexes Douki to hang him out to dry! Sho climbs up onto Douki, then drags him off the ropes in a Canadian Rack. GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Sho is upset so he stands on Douki and pulls on the arms! Douki endures, the fans rally, but then Sho shifts to clamp on the inverted straitjacket! Douki endures, so Sho shifts to dig heels into ribs, and pulls on an arm and leg! Douki endures again, fights around, but Sho pulls!

Douki still fights with his free leg, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Red Shoes counts, and Sho lets off. Sho stands on Douki, digs his heel in, but steps away to bring Douki up. Sho whips corner to corner, runs in, and RAMS into Douki! Sho then hauls Douki up onto the top rope, CLUBS him again and again, then goes corner to corner. Sho runs up to TOP SHELF KNEE! Douki falls, Sho covers, TWO! Douki is still in this and the fans fire up! Sho paces around Douki, talks trash, and digs his heels in again. Douki pushes Sho away, fires up and fires off forearms! Douki runs, but Sho kitchen sink knees! Sho drags Douki up, whips, and kitchen sink knees again!

Sho taunts Douki while the fans rally, and Sho whips Douki again. But Douki turns kitchen sink into roll up, TWO! Sho runs up to kick low! Sho runs but Douki FLYING HEADBUTTS! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Douki and Sho go to corners, and then Douki runs in. Douki ELBOWS Sho, runs, but Sho dodges! Douki still hip tosses, RAMS, then springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Sho bails out, Douki builds speed to WRECK Sho with the dropkick! The fans fire up, Douki stalks Sho, then he drags Sho up to headlock. Douki brings Sho to the dumpster! Sho fights free, reels Douki in, and lifts, but Douki fights the bomb!

Sho tries again but Douki throws hands! Douki RANAS Sho into the dumpster! The fans fire up and Sho struggles to get out of the mess! Douki rises and the fans cheer as he leaves Sho behind. Sho flounders out of the dumpster covered in paper and plastic. Sho throws that away, we’re at 12 of 20! Sho staggers his way over and slides in at 16! But Douki dodges him to then DDT! Cover, TWO! Sho stays in this but Douki stays on him with a Gory Especial! Sho fights free by bending fingers! Sho then CLUBS the arm, but Douki blocks the kick! Douki spins Sho back into the Gory Especial, for the DODON NO JUTSU!! Backslide cover, TWO!

The fans rally, Douki goes to the apron, and he takes aim as Sho rises. DAY- NO, Sho uses Red Shoes as as shield! Then he SPEARS! Both men are down again and the fans rally for Douki. Sho shakes his head, aims his bow, and he drags Douki up. Sho reels Douki in, double pump handle, but Douki flips through to ITALIAN STRETCH #32! But Sho steps on Douki’s neck! Douki lets go, Sho reels him in, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up but Sho shakes his head. Sho calls his shot again, and he drags Douki up. Sho reels Douki in for a Canadian Rack, but Douki fights free of that! ITALIAN STRETCH!!

Sho endures, moves around, reaches out, but Douki rolls him away from ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH!! Sho endures again, kicks at Douki, steps on him again, but Douki pulls on the hold! Sho falls over and the fans fire up! Red Shoes checks Sho, Sho sputters, and someone rings the bell! YUJIRO TAKAHASHI!! Not this trick again! Taichi storms off of commentary, but Yujiro PIMP CANE SHOTS Taichi down! The fans boo but Sho keeps Red Shoes from seeing Yujiro get in the ring. Douki dodges Yujiro to then DROPKICK him out! But Sho sneaks up to LOW BLOW! Roll up, with tights! TWO!! Sho is furious but Douki survives!

Sho storms over to his ring, grabs his IWGP Junior Heavyweight title, but Red Shoes says don’t try it! Sho gives the belt over, but then he throws Douki into Red Shoes! Down goes the ref and the fans boo! Sho laughs and he goes for his Torture Tool! The fans boo but Douki has his PIPE! The fans fire up and Sho freaks out! They stand off, Sho takes a swing but Douki blocks! Douki powers Sho back, takes a swing, but Sho goes low! Sho grins, winds up, but Douki gets around! LOW BLOW!! Sho suffers a taste of his own medicine! The fans fire up as Douki now has his pipe! Douki uses the pipe to CHOKE Sho, then turn him for a Gory Especial! METAL DODON NO JUTSU!!

The fans fire up as Douki now calls for Red Shoes. Red Shoes returns, none the wiser, and Douki fires up! Douki drags Sho up, torture racks, and swings Sho for the MARISHITE! Cover, YUJIRO YANKS RED SHOES OUT!! The fans boo as Tokyo Pimp just won’t go away! Yujiro sneaks up on Douki, CANE SHOT! Taichi is up but Yujiro BOOTS him down! Yujiro sits Douki up for PIMP JUICE! Yujiro helps Sho crawl to the cover, then Yujiro fetches Red Shoes! Red Shoes sees the cover and counts, TWO?!?! Douki lives and the fans are thunderous! And Taichi throws Yujiro into the ring! Red Shoes is confused, but Taichi storms around.

Taichi takes a chair from a fan, threatens Yujiro, but Red Shoes stands in the way. Taichi drops the chair, pushes Red Shoes aside, and he blocks Yujiro’s kick! LOW BLOW!! And no problems since Yujiro isn’t in the match! Taichi then runs to AX BOMBER!! The fans fire up and Taichi calls to Douki! Douki rises while Taichi drags Yujiro out of the ring and away from ringside! The fans cheer as things are 1v1 again, and Douki aims from the apron. Sho flounders about, rises up, but runs up! Douki RAMS into Sho, then slingshots for DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki just fires up! The fans are with Douki as he rises!

Douki wheelbarrows Sho, full nelsons, SUPLEX DE LA- NO, Sho fights free and throws elbows! Sho runs up, but Douki blocks the kick! But wait, it really hurt! What’s in Sho’s boot?! Sho KICKS Douki again!! Douki writhes and clutches ribs, but Sho aims from a corner! Sho PUNTS Douki in the side!! Cover, TWO?!?! Douki survives, even with Sho’s clearly loaded boot! Sho drags Douki up and reels him in as we reach 20 minutes! Gut wrench, Canadian Rack, PIMP SLAM!! Cover, SHO WINS!

Winner: Sho, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

Surprise, surprise, all this cheating helps Sho win! Sho needs an icepack for his leg, because he loaded his kick pad with a big piece of metal! Will Douki ever get one over on this snake?

Speaking of, Sho slithers over to get the mic so he can say, “Everyone thought Douki would win! You were all cheering for him! You at home were, too! You’re welcome, all of you!” The fans boo but Sho continues by saying, “Different day, same result. The champion is on a different level. A different level to all of you! Even if a scrub makes it to the finals, he doesn’t need to be in the main event. I’m winning this comfortably. Besides, you Osaka folks don’t really know wrestling.” The fans boo again, but Sho says that even if it’s in Osaka-Jo, it doesn’t need to be the main event, that’s how easily he’s gonna win.

“I’m on a different level from every other Junior Heavyweight out there, especially those in this Super Juniors!” Sho drops the mic and leaves Douki behind, will he do this to everyone left in the block?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Titan: 5-2, 10 points
El Desperado: 5-2, 10 points
HAYATA: 4-3, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-3, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-3, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-4, 6 points
BUSHI: 3-4, 6 points
TJP: 3-4, 6 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the EVEN NEWER B Block standings!

Robbie Eagles: 5-2, 10 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 4-2, 8 points
KUSHIDA: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
SHO: 4-3, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-3, 8 points
Ninja Mack: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points [FORFEIT]
Dragon Dia: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

Another great night for BOSJ, and things are starting to take shape here. As I said last time, a shame about Akira’s injury, I thought he could really get things going for himself. But B Block is now just a touch lopsided since the forfeited points put some people ahead of others with less matches. Eagles of course gets a win off Dia, Dia has been “struggling” this whole tournament. Hiromu got the bye this round, so he can’t really move in the block. Kushida may have lost but he’s still ahead of Hiromu because Kushida beat Hiromu in their match.

Great win for Drilla in that, though, and he’s getting going at the right time. Drilla has Taiji and Hiromu left, those are going to be critical matches. Sho of course has to cheat again to win out, but it makes Douki look great and has the fans on his side. Douki has the top two, Eagles and Kushida, and he’d need to pull off some ultimate underdog stuff to beat them both and take a spot from one of them.

Meanwhile, A Block is looking like a race to the top between Desperado and Titan. Despe beat Titan in their match from an earlier round, so if he and Titan both win out from here, they’re both going to the semifinals just like that. Despe has TJP next, and TJP is making a great comeback, while Titan has Kanemaru who isn’t even in the running anymore. But TJP and Kanemaru can both go for a spoiler, so those are going to be really good matches. In fact, Titan also has TJP to top this off, he’s in for two big fights in a row. Though, Connors did a lot of damage to Despe, that adds more pressure to whether Despe can get past TJP and then Hayata after that.

My Score: 8.9/10


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