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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (7/27/23)




ROH Wrestling 2023

New chapter, same title chase!

Samoa Joe, Katsuyori Shibata, Claudio Castagnoli and Athena are all still champions in ROH after Death Before Dishonor! But then, who are next to step up?


  • Pure Rules Match: Josh Woods w/ The Varsity Athletes VS Eli Isom; Woods wins.
  • Trish Adora VS Vita Vonstarr; Adora wins.
  • ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Jacked Jameson & The Iron Savages; The Mogul Embassy wins and retains the titles.
  • Leyla Hirsch VS B3CCA; Leyla wins.
  • The Renegades VS Tiara James & JC; The Renegades win.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Ground Match: Athena VS Christina Marie; Athena wins and denies Marie a title match.
  • The Kingdom VS Rhett Titus & Tracy Williams; The Kingdom wins.
  • ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: JD Drake VS Christopher Daniels; Daniels wins and advances to the next round.
  • Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Gabriel Hodder & Adrien Soriano w/ Matthew Omen; Lee & Bill win.
  • ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: Tony Nese w/ The Varsity Athletes VS Cheeseburger; Nese wins and advances to the next round.
  • ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: Gravity VS Anthony Henry; Gravity wins and advances to the next round.
  • ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: Shane Taylor VS Serpentico; Shane wins and advances to the next round.
  • Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS The Trustbusters; Castle & The Boys win.


ROH shares part of the Death Before Dishonor Post Show Press Conference.

Katsuyori Shibata, having retained the ROH Pure Championship, used his phone to translate so he doesn’t get anything wrong. “Thank you, Tony, for reviving me as a wrestler. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Tony Khan thanks Shibata and Shibata thanks Tony back. With the belt still on The Wrestler’s waist, who will he meet next in another technical classic?


Katsuyori Shibata is here!

Speaking of the Pure Champion, he joins Jerry Lynn & Jimmy Jacobs as judges for tonight’s opening contest, because one of these men could be his next opponent!

Pure Rules Match: Josh Woods w/ The Varsity Athletes VS Eli Isom!

The Technical Beast has been building an undefeated streak under Pure Rules! Will Woods have the goods to challenge Shibata? Or will he not be able to bring down #InfiniteEli?

The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. We’re on the clock and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, end up on ropes, but the ref calls it a neutral break. The two reset, feel things out, and tie up again. Woods puts Eli on the ropes, the ref calls that Eli’s first ropebreak as he did grab the ropes this time. Sterling makes sure everyone knows it counts, and the two reset again. Woods and Eli tie up, Eli shoots in and waistlocks but Woods rolls free. Woods trips Eli, has both legs then steps over to a headlock. Fans rally up, Eli rolls but Woods powers out. Eli kicks Woods away, headlocks, but Woods spins Eli.

Eli slips through to waistlock, but Woods switches. Eli pries free, shoots around again to another waistlock, but Woods uses his legs to pry free. Woods whips Eli to a corner, Eli goes up and over and he arm-drags Woods! Woods arm-drags back, but Eli drags Woods back down! Eli keeps on the arm with a cording hold, but Woods fights up. Woods pulls hair, the ref reprimands, but Woods whips Eli away. Eli goes up but Woods BOOTS him outta the air! Fans fire up and Woods drags Eli to stomp the arm! Fans boo and Eli gets away, but Woods throws hands on him! Woods wraps an arm around ropes and he pulls!

The ref counts, Woods lets off, that is a neutral break. Woods hammerlocks Eli’s arm, to RAM it into buckles! Fans rally but Woods wraps the arm around ropes again. But Eli throws a forearm! Woods cranks the arm, Eli forearms! Woods runs side to side to KNEE Eli in the arm! Woods stalks Eli, drags him up by his hair, and hammerlocks to RAM that arm into buckles again! Eli slumps down, but Woods drags him up. Woods whips but Eli blocks by holding ropes! This is Eli’s second, and we’re only four minutes into this. Woods whips again and YANKS the arm! Eli writhes on the mat, Woods pushes to a cover, TWO!

Woods keeps on Eli and drags him up. Fans chant “STERLING SUCKS!” while Woods RAMS shoulders with Eli. And again! Woods drags Eli up and Eli ROCKS Woods! And ROCKS him again! But Woods ROCKS Eli back! They go forearm for forearm and fans fire up for the brawl! Eli gets the edge and he ROCKS Woods! But Woods fires forearms all back, into Eli’s arm! Eli breaks free to ROCK, UPPERCUT, ELBOW and ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Woods goes to a corner! Eli clutches the bad arm, fans rally up, and Eli runs corner to corner, FLYING FOREARM! And then a SOBAT, KNEE SMASH, and suplex!

But the arm give sup! Woods fireman’s carries Eli, but Eli slips free to waistlock! Woods bucks the O’Conner, but runs into a SPIN OUT BACK SUPLEX! Cover, ONE!! Eli is hurting too much to be upset, but fans rally behind him. Eli aims as Woods rises, and Eli roars as he brings Woods in! But Woods wrenches to reel Eli in! O’Conner Roll, and a SLAM into the ARMBAR!! Eli flails and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! That’s Eli’s last one and now Woods has him where he wants him! We hit seven minutes, and Woods drags Eli up to fisherman. But Eli slips out and DROPKICKS! Woods staggers to a corner!

Eli runs in but Woods puts him on the apron! Eli swings, but Woods catches him to a SLEEPER!! With no ropebreaks, Eli is in danger! This is just what Shibata did to Daniel Garcia! Eli fights, but Woods drags him back in so he can stare Shibata down! Eli is fading, then Woods lets him go, to run and PENALTY KICK!! And then, GORILLA LOCK!!! Eli taps, Woods wins!

Winner: Josh Woods, by submission

Just short of eight minutes, and the Technical Beast wins! But Sterling insists on talking… “Folks, you are looking at what should be the Face of the ROH Pure Division! And I’ll tell you why! 108 collegiate wins! FOUR-TIME All American! National Champion! Who else is a National Champion, huh!?” Sterling notes that they call Shibata “The Wrestler.” But Josh Woods IS the wrestler, the fighter, and the man who could take your head off whenever he wants! So here’s the challenge! Next week, for the ROH Pure Championship, Woods VS Shibata! What does Shibata say? Shibata steps from the judge’s desk and into the ring.

Fans fire up for Shibata as he steps right up to Woods, and holds up the belt! Consider that a yes! Sterling wants everything to wait, they don’t do anything without a contract. Will Sterling’s stable finally bring home some gold? Or will Shibata shut Sterling up when he shuts Woods down?


Backstage interview with Trish Adora.

Lexi Nair is with the AfroPunk and says at Death Before Dishonor in the Zero Hour, there was a great match between Adora and Leyla Hirsch, that unfortunately for Adora, she lost. What is next for Adora now? Adora says yes, she did lose. But a few months ago, a year ago, she would’ve let it destroy her and define her. But now she doesn’t roll along, she has her brothers in arms watching her six. So now, she focuses on redemption. Adora says for The Infantry and for ROH, she’s always down to shake hands. Will she get back on track with her match up next?

Trish Adora VS Vita Vonstarr!

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Vita pie faces Adora! The bell rings and Vita smirks as she and Adora circle. Fans boo Vita but she and Adora tie up. Adora pushes Vita back to ropes, but Vita puts Adora in a corner. They go around the way, the ref counts, and Vita lets off. Adora says okay, bring it then. They tie up and Adora headlocks. Vita pulls hair, powers out, but Adora runs her over! Fans fire up for Adora and she runs, but Vita drops. Adora blocks the hip toss to scoop and SLAM! Fans fire up more as Adora brings Vita up, and WRINGS her out! Adora drags Vita up, wrenches and WRINGS her out again!

Adora keeps on Vita, Alabama Lifts, and shifts around to have the INVERTED OCTOPUS! Vita endures as Adora stretches her! Fans rally, but Vita fights out! Adora wrenches but Vita throws Adora by her hair! Vita BOOTS Adora to a corner, talks some trash, and CHOPS! Vita then headstands so she can dig her boot into Adora’s chin! Vita lets off as the ring counts, and runs in to ELBOW! Vita suplexes and bridges! TWO! Adora escapes and fans rally up. Adora throws body shots, Vita CLUBS her, and Vita hooks Adora up into a proper OCTOPUS! Adora endures, fans rally, and Adora powers out to hit a BACKBREAKER!

Fans fire up and Adora fires off forearms on Vita! Vita staggers, runs in, but into a DOUBLE AX HANDLE! And another! Vita swings back but Adora dodges to CLOBBER Vita! And BOOT! And SENTON! Cover, TWO! Vita is hanging tough but Adora says she’ll end it now. LARIAT- NO, Vita gets under and scoops, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Adora survives and Vita is frustrated! Vita drags Adora up, suplexes, but Adora slips free and shoves! Vita rebounds, Adora dodges, LARIAT TUBMAN!! Cover, Adora wins!

Winner: Trish Adora, by pinfall

A direct hit and Adora is back in the win column! Will Adora help The Infantry soon climb up the ranks and take all the titles they can get?


ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Jacked Jameson & The Iron Savages!

Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona brought down the team of Leon Ruffin, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato at Death Before Dishonor, but they might finally have run into a team that is their equal! As Jameson says himself, these challengers are jacked and juicy, but will they be large and in charge? Or will the Embassy refuse to sip the Savage Sauce?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who are truly the biggest and the baddest in ROH!

The Code of Honor is skipped, the trios sort out, and Dirty Bulk Bronson starts against The Machine. They tie up, Bronson headlocks, but Cage powers out. Cage hurdles, drops and CLOBBERS Bronson! Then Cage flexes to show off his bulk. Cage then scoops, but Bronson slips free to scoop! Bronson spins around then SLAMS Cage! Fans fire up as Bronson flexes! Bronson puts Cage in the corner, tags Beefcake Boulder, and whips him in to SPLASH! Tag to Jacked Jameson, and Boulder whips Jameson in to SPLASH! Then Jameson whips Boulder in to ELBOW Cage down! Jameson covers, TWO!

Jameson drags Cage up but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT, SOBAT, KICK and SUPERKICK! Fans fire up and Cage tags Kaun. Cage stands Jameson up so Kaun can CHOP him in the corner! Kaun brings Jameson around, whips him to ropes and kitchen sink knees! And SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Nana talks trash while Kaun looms over Jameson. Kaun fireman’s carries, but Jameson slips off, CLUBS Kaun, and tags Bronson! Bronson blows past Kaun to BLAST Kage and DECK Liona! Kaun CLUBS Bronson but Bronson ROCKS Kaun with haymaker after haymaker! Bronson whips, Kaun reverses but Bronson DIVES onto Cage!

Cage is sent into the announce desk and fans fire up with Bronson! Kaun runs up, Bronson ROCKS him! But Liona gets under Bronson, only for Bronson to HIP DROP! Liona is the one getting squashed on the apron for once! But Kaun DROPKICKS Bronson and Liona still POWERBOMBS Bronson!! The Gates are all fired up and so is Nana! The Embassy puts Bronson in for Kaun to cover, TWO! Bronson is hanging tough but Kaun tags Liona. The Gates put Bronson in the corner, they SLAP each other, and Kaun whips Liona in to SPLASH Bronson! Then feed to a LARIAT from Kaun! Liona covers, TWO!

Liona clamps a claw onto Bronson, drags him up, and fans rally. Liona brings Bronson up but Bronson throws body shots! And haymakers! Liona HEADBUTTS Bronson back down! Liona drags Bronson up, whips him to the open corner, and tags Kaun. Liona then BLASTS Boulder and Cage BLASTS Jameson! Cage whips Kaun in at Bronson to clothesline! Cage adds an UPPERCUT! Liona adds a SPLASH! Kaun puts Bronson up top, CLUBS him, and goes up top for the TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER! Bronson flops to the apron, tag to Cage, but Liona APRON SENTONS! A return for just earlier!

Liona drags Bronson up for Cage to deadlift SUPERPLEX!! Cover, but Boulder breaks it in time! Fans fire up but Cage kicks Boulder out. Cage clamps a chinlock on Bronson, and fans rally as Bronson endures. Bronson fights to his feet, throws body shots, but Cage knees low! Cage ROCKS Bronson, whips him, but Bronson reverses! But Cage sunset flips over, so Bronson HIP DROPS him! Fans fire up as Bronson crawls for his corner! Cage also crawls, hot tags to Kaun and Boulder! Boulder rallies on the Gates! LARIAT for Kaun! Kaun staggers up, into a scoop and DROP! Cage runs in, but into a fireman’s carry!

Boulder start an AIR PLANE SPIN, and then he just TOSSES Cage away! Boulder choke grips Kaun, then grabs Cage! They break fere, dodge his lariats, but run into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK!! Fans fire up but Liona TOSSES Jameson off the apron! Liona steps to Beefcake and Nana distracts the ref! Boulder brings down the straps and fans fire up! Liona UPPERCUTS! Boulder comes back to ROCK Liona! The ref sees these behemoths brawling, Boulder fires off haymakers! Liona swings, but Boulder counter punches! Boulder whips, Liona reverses but Boulder ducks ‘n ‘dodges to FLYING SHOULDER!

Liona bails out, Kaun returns and dodges Boulder, but runs into a scoop! POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kaun survives but the fans fire up for Boulder! Boulder points to a corner, drags Kaun to a drop zone, and Boulder says he’s gonna do a flip! Fans want to see it, BOULDER MOONSAULT FLOPS as Kaun moves! Liona returns to CLOBBER Boulder! But Jameson is up top?! FLYING LARIAT takes out Liona! Cage tags in, he fireman’s carries Jameson for an F5!! Bronson tags in, dodges the discus and double grips, SKY HIGH BOMB!! Cover, Kaun breaks it!! Kaun gets around to fireman’s carry Bronson! AIR RAID CRASH!

Fans fire up as Kaun drags Jameson up. Jameson fires hands and SPINEBUSTERS Kaun! But Liona clinches to BELLY2BELLY Jameson! Boulder runs in, Liona dodges, Boulder’s BODY CHECK meets KNEE!! Liona storms over to drag Bronson up. Bronson fires off hands, runs, and he clotheslines Liona outta the ring! Cage returns to DISCUS LARIAT!! Jameson climbs again, but Cage catches him! OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Tag to Kaun, and they try to figure out what to do. Kaun underhooks, BIYAMBE!! Cover, The Embassy wins!

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

Jameson and the Savages put up a great fight, but the Embassy is becoming an unstoppable unit! Will these three have these titles until they decide to retire?


Leyla Hirsch VS B3CCA!

ROH continues to be LEGIT with Leyla climbing the ranks. Will she also be unstoppable on her way to the top? Or will she be looking past her opponent tonight and get caught?

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Leyla kicks the handshake away. The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Fans rally as Leyla shoves Becca away. The two reset and tie up, and Leyla headlocks. Becca powers up and out, but Leyla runs her over! Leyla flexes and fans are torn, but Becca rolls her up! ONE, and Leyla blocks a kick to make Becca do the splits! But Becca can do the splits, so she says neener-neener! Becca ducks Leyla’s kick but Leyla stomps Becca’s leg! And rolls Becca to her feet to LARIAT her back down! Fans are torn but Leyla stalks Becca to a corner. Leyla stomps a mudhole into Becca, and digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts.

Becca sputters, Leyla drags her up, GUT WRENCH PLEX! Leyla looms over Becca, kicks her around, and stalks her to a corner. Leyla whips Becca corner to corner hard, then runs in to clothesline! Leyla suplexes high and hard, and says “Too easy.” Leyla taunts the Becca fans, then wraps on a rear bearhug. Leyla squeezes and thrashes Becca around but Becca endures. Fans rally up, Becca fights up, and Becca throws elbows! Leyla lets go and Becca fires off forearms! But Leyla shoves Becca, swings, but misses! Becca SHOTGUNS and fans fire up! Becca runs in to UPPERCUT! Becca whips the other way, runs in, and BOOTS!!

Fans fire up with Becca as she snapmares Leyla, goes up a corner, and then leaps, but Leyla just moves outta the way! Becca crashes down, Leyla waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Becca flounders up, into a LEGIT KNEE! Cover, Leyla wins!

Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by pinfall

Leyla smiles and mocks the Becca faithful before sarcastically keeping the Code of Honor. Will Leyla look to legitimize the ROH Women’s Division? But speaking of…


Backstage interview with Athena.

Lexi is with the AEW Women’s World Champion and says she is coming off a huge win off Willow Nightingale. But then Athena cuts Lexi off here, asking if Lexi is finally going to congratulate her on “breaking” Willow. Tequila, whiskey, mani-pedi, massage, any of that? If she wants to… Absolutely! But one thing Lexi can do for Athena right now is to tell the “cowards” in the locker room to just step up! Athena is so bored of beating local jobbers, porcelain hussies and talentless lacks. So once again, give Athena better competition, or else. See you later! Athena sends out the ultimatum to everyone, will anyone step to the Fallen Goddess?


The Renegades VS Tiara James & JC!

Charlette & Robyn return to action, looking to define themselves in ROH and perhaps create an ROH Women’s Tag Division! Will they start on that here tonight? Or will their opponents bring a world of hurt to ROH?

The Code of Honor is upheld, though with attitude from the Renegades. Charlette starts against JC and the two tie up. Charlette waistlocks, SLAMS JC down, and then talks trash. Charlette claps at Tiara then drags JC up. But JC kicks low, reels Charlette in, snap suplex! Cover, ONE! JC stays focused and whips Charlette but Charlette reverses. Robyn gets a cheap shot in but JC DECKS her! JC ROCKS Charlette, CHOPS her, ROCKS her again, and whips. Charlette reverses and distracts the ref, Robyn trips JC up! Tiara protests but Charlette tags Robyn in. Robyn CLUBS away on JC then runs to BLAST Tiara!

Robyn storms up, stomps JC, and she taunts the fans. JC goes to a corner, Robyn stands JC up and tags in Charlette. The Renegades double suplex, but JC fights it! They try again, hold JC up, and then SLAM her down! Cover, TWO! Charlette drags JC up, RAMS her into the Renegade corner, and tags Robyn back in. Charlette stomps JC, Robyn stomps JC, and then Robyn digs her boot in. The ref counts, Robyn lets off, and Robyn tags Charlette. The Renegades hush the fans, to DOUBLE CHOP JC down! Charlette CHOKES JC on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Charlette then tags Robyn back in, and they bring JC around.

The Renegades double suplex again, but JC fights free this time! Hot tag to Tiara! Fans fire up as Tiara rallies on Robyn! Tiara whips, Robyn reverses but Tiara CLOBBERS her! Tiara BOOTS Charlette and BULLDOGS! Fans fire up with Tiara and she kicks Robyn. Tiara reels Robyn in, but Charlette throws Tiara by her hair! JC runs in but the Renegades dodge to DOUBLE SUPERKICK! The Renegades drag Tiara up, Charlette tags back in, and Robyn feeds Tiara to the SLINGBLADE HART ATTACK! Cover, Renegades win!

Winners: The Renegades, by pinfall

A strong win for Charlette & Robyn, will they make a case for tag team wrestling in the Women’s Division?


ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Ground Match: Athena VS Christina Marie!

The Fallen Goddess sent out the word, and surely someone is going to jump on this opportunity. Will that 32-0 streak be broken in the aftermath of Death Before Dishonor? Or will the only thing that breaks be another “porcelain” opponent?

The Code of Honor is upheld, though with some snark by Athena. And she pulls Marie in close to get up in her face! So Marie ROCKS Athena! The bell rings, Marie fires off, but Athena shoves her! Marie dodges, UPPERCUTS, UPPERCUTS and whips! Athena hits buckles hard, then Marie KICKS her in the back! Marie wrenches and whips but Athena reverses. Marie goes up and over and handsprings to SPLASH! Fans rally up and Marie snapmares Athena. Marie lines up the shot and KICKS Athena again! And then NECK SNAPPER! Cover, ONE!! Athena is tougher than that, but Marie runs to KICK her again!

Marie runs, but Athena TOSSES her to ropes! And then runs up to DECK her! Athena stomps Marie, dares her to get up, KICKS her, and then drags Marie up to throw her down! Athena CLUBS Marie, CLUBS her again and again and again, and says “This is MY show!” Marie rises, Athena runs in and SHOTGUNS Marie to the apron! And then she WRECKS Marie with a baseball slide dropkick! Fans cheer as Athena cheers herself on. Athena waits on Marie, and Marie rises up as the ring count climbs. Marie gets in at 8 of 10, but Athena is right there to bring her around and CLUB her down!

Athena drags Marie by her hair to put her on ropes, and CHOKE her! The ref counts, Athena lets off and she tells the ref he doesn’t tell her what to do! Athena drags Marie up, and THRASHES her in the ropes! The ref counts, Athena lets off, and then she CLUBS away! Athena counts them out for us, then fans join in! Athena goes all the way to nine, then BOOTS Marie for the tenth! Fans fire up, Athena runs back in and DECKS Marie again! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (denies Christina Marie a title opportunity)

33-0 in ROH, and Athena is not slowing down! Athena TOSSES Marie out of the ring, goes out after her, and RAMS her into railing! And then drags her around to RAM her into more railing! And then she runs up to BOOT Marie right down! Fans cheer the Fallen Goddess’ fury, but who will ever stop her dominance?


The Kingdom VS Rhett Titus & Tracy Williams!

At Death Before Dishonor, Mike Bennett & Matt Taven lost out on the ROH World Tag Team Championships once again. But the chase is never done! Will the OGK win big to build back up? Or will The Professional & The Hot Sauce do just the same?

The Code of Honor is upheld between these ROH staples. The teams sort out and Mike starts against Tracy. They tie up, go around, end up on ropes, and Mike has Tracy caught. The ref counts, Mike lets off but shoves Tracy. Tracy comes back, ties up and then ROCKS Mike! Mike CHOPS Tracy! Tracy forearms, Mike CHOPS, repeat, then Tracy DECKS Mike! Mike tags Taven and Taven runs in, but Tracy wants that arm! Taven moves around, whips Tracy away, and Mike gets a cheap shot in! Taven ENZIGURIS and then tags Mike. Mike brings Tracy around to whip into Taven’s BOOT! FOREARM! MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, ONE!!

Mike stomps Tracy and tags Taven back in. Scoop SLAM, and then Taven’s MACHO- NO, Taven has to land on his feet as Tracy moves! Tracy dodges Taven again, hot tag to Titus! Titus spins Taven to short arm LARIAT! Short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up as Titus wrenches and torture racks, AIRPLANE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Titus is frustrated but he keeps after Taven. Taven gets around the lariat, whips and knees low! Then Taven whips Titus into Mike’s knee! Titus ROCKS Mike, ducks Taven’s enziguri, but then Mike CLOBBERS Titus! Taven tags Mike in, Mike drags Titus around, CATAPULT into the GAMANGIRI!

Titus falls back onto Mike’s knees as Taven goes up, ELBOW DROP BACKBREAKER! Taven then BLASTS Tracy while Mike covers, TWO!! Titus survives and Mike is furious! Mike drags Titus up and around, whips him to the corner hard, and Taven keeps Titus in the corner. Mike ROCKS Titus, CHOPS Titus, then tags Taven. The Kingdom double whip to SPINEBUSTER and LIONSAULT onto knees! Titus saves himself and fans rally up! Hot tag to Hot Sauce! Tracy dodges Taven, BLASTS Mike, then CHOPS Taven! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Miek returns, Tracy blocks the kick to CHOP! And OLYMPIC SLAM!

Taven BOOTS Tracy, runs in but into a knee! Tracy goes up but Taven GAMANGIRIS! Taven climbs but Tracy fights back! TOP BUCKLE DDT! Fireman’s carry, KNEE BREAKER! And then Tracy trips Taven, ties those legs out, TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!! But Mike BOOTS Tracy down! But Titus clinches to BELLY2BELLY Mike! Tracy bumps Taven off buckles, Titus BOOTS him! Feed to an ELBOW, a DROPKICK, and a DISCUS LARIAT!! Cover, MIKE BREAKS IT! Mike TOSSES Titus but Tracy drags Taven up! But Taven RAMS Tracy into the corner! Mike CLUBS Tracy, tags in, and he brings Tracy around.

But Tracy wrenches out to ROCK Mike! Mike and Tracy trade forearms and CHOPS, back and forth, harder and harder! Titus and Taven join in, but Mike clinches Titus for a SIDE EFFECT, and Tracy trips Taven! Tracy puts Taven in the HALF CRAB, Mike has Titus in the SHANKLY GATES!! They look to each other, and Mike SLAPS Tracy! Tracy forearms Mike! They brawl while making the others suffer! Tracy and Mike let off and fire off more shots! Titus and Taven return, but Mike and Tracy kick them low! Mike and Tracy are like mirror images as they both hit a PILEDRIVER!!

Fans fire up as Mike and Tracy just keep throwing shots! Mike SUPER- NO, Tracy swats it! But Mike SUPERKICKS! Tracy DISCUS LARIATS!! Tracy falls on the cover, TWO!! Mike survives and Maria rallies the fans! Mike crawls, as does Tracy, and they hot tag Taven and Titus! Titus DROPKICKS Taven! Fans fire up and Maria freaks out! Titus facelocks, he drags Taven up though he’s dead weight, and clinches, but Mike saves Taven from the suplex! Taven BOOTS back! Mike slides in, fireman’s carry! Taven BLASTS Tracy, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER and JUST THE TIP!! Mike then drags Titus up and the Kingdom hits PROTON PACK!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!

Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall

Maria is all smiles as Mike and Matt make the most of this match! They’re still rolling even without the titles, but will they be able to change that out before the year is over?


Backstage interview with Samoa Joe & Stokely Hathaway.

Lexi is with the ROH World Television Champion and one third of the Board of Directors, and she understands they have an announcement about Joe’s next challenger. Yes, Stokely spoke with Jerry Lynn & Tony Khan, and tonight begins another Contender Eliminator Tournament. Lexi says there seems to be some favoritism towards Joe, and Joe takes offense. Stokely? Showing favoritism to Joe? That is incorrect. Stokely makes his own decisions. Stokely’s the big boss! Right, Stokely? Stokely says yeah, that’s right. Joe says Stokely needs to tell the people who he is! Stokely says he IS Stokely Hathaway! He’s on the Board of Directors! This is HIS block! What he says goes!

Stokely is the Rough Rider of ROH! He barks it up, and says that Lexi needs to check the facts and get it right. Joe pats Stokely on the back and says, “Right?” Stokely says, “Yes, sir.” Well, one thing is clear, but it isn’t that Stokely is in charge. That aside, who comes out of this tournament ready to step the King of Wrestling Television?


ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: JD Drake VS Christopher Daniels!

One of the Workhorsemen clashes with The Fallen Angel in the kickoff of this newest contender tournament! But will Scrap Metal be able to scrap Daniels? Or will Daniels start towards redoing his ROH Grand Slam?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. Fans rally up, the two tie up, and JD puts Daniels in a corner. JD swings, Daniels dodges to CHOP and forearm! JD shoves Daniels away, Daniels dodges the chop to headlock but JD powers out. JD swings again, Daniels dodges and arm-drags! Daniels has the armlock and he grinds JD down. JD fights up, pulls an ear since Daniels is bald, but the ref counts either way. JD whips, Daniels gets under but JD elbows him away! JD runs but Daniels DROPKICKS JD down! Fans fire up, Daniels CLUBS JD again and again and again!

Daniels runs, but JD CLOBBERS him! Daniels stands back up but JD scoops and SLAMS him, then FALLING HEADBUTTS! Daniels clutches the shoulder, and JD soaks up the heat from Newark. JD drags Daniels up, brings him around, but Daniels fires body shots! JD ROCKS Daniels, CHOPS him against ropes, and JD brings Daniels to a snapmare. JD digs a knee into Daniels’ back, has the neck wrench, but fans rally as Daniels fights up. Daniels throws body shots, runs, and turns kitchen sink into roll-up! TWO, and JD stands to SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, TWO! JD SENTONS! And SENTONS again!

Fans want that one more time, and JD runs, but says nope, and he just stomps Daniels instead. Fans boo but JD doesn’t care, he drags Daniels up. Daniels throws body shots, but JD CLUBS him! And CHOPS him down! Daniels gets pissed and he CHOPS back! And again! JD CHOPS, Daniels CHOPS, and fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! JD knees low, ROCKS Daniels, then says good night, only to swing into a COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up as Daniels and JD are both down! Daniels goes to a corner, JD rises up, and Daniels runs in to forearm smash! Daniels keeps moving, and he forearm smashes again!

JD stays up so Daniels runs. Daniels dodges the haymaker, kicks the legs out, and BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Fans fire up with Daniels as he brings JD up again. Daniels whips, JD reverses and runs in, but into a BOOT! Daniels goes up and leaps, FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! JD survives and Daniels grows frustrated. Daniels calls his shot, though, and he brings JD up. Underhooks, but JD back drops free! JD runs, and SHOTGUN BOOTS! Daniels goes to a corner, JD runs in, CANNONBALL! JD drags Daniels to a cover, TWO!! Daniels survives and JD grows frustrated. JD storms around, drags Daniels to a drop zone, and then stomps him again.

JD goes up the corner, to MOONSAULT! But he FLOPS as Daniels moves! Daniels clinches, URENAGE! And now Daniels goes to a corner and fans fire up! BEST MOONSAULT EVER!! Cover, Daniels wins!

Winner: Christopher Daniels, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

The Fallen Angel fell the Workhorseman, but he shows JD respect with the Code of Honor. Will Daniels take this all the way to another match with old rival, Samoa Joe?


Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Gabriel Hodder & Adrien Soriano w/ Matthew Omen!

The team of #TAIGASTYLE and the human skyscraper reunites, ready to prove themselves worthy of tag title opportunities. Will Moriarty & Morrissey overcome Primal Fear to head for the titles?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Lee starts against Soriano. They circle, tie up, and Lee wrenches to headlock, and he wrangles Soriano right down, BORDER CITY STRETCH! Soriano scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Lee lets off and fans rally up. Lee UPPERCUTS Soriano, whips him to ropes, but Soriano reverses. Lee ducks ‘n’ dodges and runs Soriano over! Lee strikes the Heisman, runs in, but into a BOOT! Soriano runs but Lee trips him and stops a leg, then basement dropkicks! Lee kips up and fans fire up. Lee taunts Hodder, then brings Soriano up. Soriano fries hands, Lee blocks a kick, but Soriano SLAPS Lee!

Tag to Hodder and he runs up, ducks a haymaker, then jumps over the dropdown, but Lee DROPKICKS him! Lee rains down fists on Hodder, the ref reprimands over closed fists, but Lee lets off. Lee drags Hodder up, wrenches him, and fans want Big Bill! But Hodder short arm LARIATS Lee! Tag to Soriano, and Hodder runs in at the corner to SPLASH Lee! Soriano runs in to forearm smash! Hodder RAMS into Lee and Soriano GAMANGIRIS! Primal Fear fires up and fans are torn. But Lee tags Bill! Fans fire up as Bill flexes with Primal Fear, and then they turn around. Omen says do something, but Bill DOUBLE LARIATS them!

Bill SPLASHES Soriano in a corner, SPLASHES Hodder in a corner, then SPLASHES Soriano again! And then he BOOTS Hodder down, whips Soriano and scoops, BIG BOSS MAN SLAM! Fans fire up with Bill and he raises the hand! Soriano staggers up, Bill choke grips, and he pick Soriano up. Bill holds Soriano up so Lee can DIVE to take out Hodder & Omen! SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM! Cover, Bill & Lee win!

Winners: Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

This team is back at it and get another win! Will they be the ones facing Aussie Open for those ROH World Tag Team Championships down the line?


ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: Tony Nese w/ The Varsity Athletes VS Cheeseburger!

The Premier Athlete has been going on and on and on about his physical fitness, and he certainly doesn’t eat greasy fast food. But will that mean this All Beef Underdog be too much for Nese and his eight pack? Or will Nese chew him up, spit him out, and move on to the next round?

Of course Sterling has to talk… And he says his client has something to say. Nese tells New Jersey, “There’s a reason why all of you are sitting out there, and this beautiful body is on TV. Because this beautiful body is championship material, and soon, I’m gonna have the hardware to back it up.” And Nese says it is fitting that his opponent’s name is “Cheeseburger.” Yeah, the “tubbies” would cheer for a fattening food. “Did you all know that cheeseburgers are destroying this country!?” Fans rally up for “CHEESE-BUR-GER! CHEESE-BUR-GER!”

But Nese says he has amazing news. Before he throws Burger in the trash, he’s gonna help the fans burn off the burgers they’ve been stuffing down all day! Because right here and now, they’re gonna do GROUP TRAINING! Nese wants everyone to stand up and stretch! Raise your hands to the sky, stop sitting on your asses! Let’s do jumping jacks! But wait, here comes Cheeseburger! Fans fire up as New Jersey’s own is ready for a fight! The bell rings and Burger offers the Code of Honor. Nese accepts it reluctantly, and then rushes in! Burger gets around, waistlocks, but Nese reaches back. Burger avoids the headlock to ROCK Nese!

Nese RAMS Burger to a corner and fires off fast hands! The ref counts, Nese lets off and he fires up! Fans rally for Burger as Nese whips him corner to corner. Burger goes up and around and baits Nese into knuckle locks. Burger wrenches, sticks a leg out as bait and Nese falls for it. Burger leap frogs, says kiss this, then slides under to block a haymaker to body shot! Burger wrenches, climbs up onto Nese, and has the escalara armlock! Burger flexes, then traps that arm to TWEAK it! Burger kips up and fans fire up! Nese goes to ropes, Burger runs in and wrenches to ELBOW BREAKER! Burger fires off on the arm, then has Nese in a corner.

Nese blocks the whip by holding ropes, but Burger keeps trying. Nese kicks low, whips Burger to the corner, and runs in, but only gets buckles as Burger goes to the apron! Burger goes up but Nese trips him up! TOP SHELF KICK! And then GUT BUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Nese scowls as Burger survives, but the fans rally up. Nese stomps Burger, drags him up, and puts him up top. Nese puts Burger in the Tree of Woe, then he goes to the far corner. Fans boo but Nese runs in, to then sit down and do AB CRUNCH KICKS! The ref counts, Nese lets off at 4, and Burger flops out of the Tree. Nese then wraps on the body scissors!

Burger endures the squeeze and fans rally up. Burger throws elbows, shifts around, and he rains down fists! Nese pushes Burger away, then he ROCKS Burger with a left! Nese reels Burger in, suplexes, but Burger blocks! Nese ROCKS Burger again, reels him back in, and he mocks the fans rallying up. Nese suplexes, but Burger knees back! Nese still holds on, but Burger knees free! Nese SOBATS, mocks the fans, but Burger suplexes Nese! Fans fire up with Burger and he rises to his feet! Nese goes to a corner, Burger runs in to forearm SMASH! And then BULLDOG! Burger drags Nese up but Nese shoves him away.

Burger cartwheels to evade, and he SUPERKICKS! Nese staggers, fans fire up as Burger heats it up, SHOTEI!! Cover, TWO!??! Nese survives the strike handed down from Jushin Thunder Liger! But Burger says he won’t stop there, he goes for an arm! But Nese RAMS him into buckles, and fireman’s carries! But Burger pries on the arm! Burger waistlocks, Nese switches, Burger switches, repeat! Burger then changes the pattern up to DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Nese survives but the fans are with Burger! Burger reheats it, but Sterling distracts! Fans boo, Nese runs in, but Burger dodges! Backslide, roll through, Nese slips under to pump handle!

Nese scoops, LANDSLIDE! Cover, Nese wins!

Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Fans boo as the Varsity Athletes screw over Burger! Nese flexes on Burger as he moves on, but will he be able to make it to the finals?


ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: Gravity VS Anthony Henry!

The brother of Bandido lost to Pac on Dynamite, and he certainly won’t forget The Bastard now. But will Gravity rise back up towards a title opportunity? Or will the Saint of Augusta make up for JD Drake falling just earlier tonight?

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Henry kicks the handshake. The bell rings, the two circle, and Henry trips Gravity, goes after an arm, and he wrenches Gravity to a top wristlock. Henry brings Gravity down but Gravity bridges up! Gravity flips through the armlock to arm-drag, and then he kips up! Fans cheer as Gravity eggs Henry on. They tie up, Henry wrangles Gravity again, steps on him, then brings him up. Henry wrenches and wrangles Gravity but Gravity kips and bounces and keeps going, and fans cheer as he goes for about TEN! But Henry lets go and Gravity drops! Fans boo but Henry goes back for the arm.

Henry wrenches, Gravity spins to headlock, then Gravity wrenches to a wristlock. Henry rolls, handsprings, wrenches, but Gravity handsprings through the wringer! Fans cheer, but Henry BOOTS Gravity down! Henry calls Gravity stupid, and he whips Gravity to ropes. Gravity holds ropes, BOOTS back, then dumps Henry out! Gravity ROCKS Henry, builds speed, and fans fire up as Gravity FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up and Gravity brings Henry up. Gravity whips but Henry reverses, only for Gravity to handstand on the apron. But Henry SUPERKICKS, then APRON BACK SUPLEXES!

Henry stands on the apron, and he traps Gravity’s head to NECK TWIST! Fans boo but Henry soaks it up. Henry looms over Gravity, mocks the fans cheering, and he eggs Gravity on. So Gravity CHOPS! And CHOPS! And shoves, ducks, leaps, but into a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Henry keeps on Gravity with another NECK TWIST! And he holds onto the neck! Gravity gets free but Henry drags Gravity back up. Henry snapmares Gravity, puts some stank on the kick pad, but then clamps on a neck wrench! Henry then KICKS Gravity in the back! Gravity writhes but Henry mocks the fans as they boo.

Henry scuffs Gravity, eggs him on, and fans rally. Henry stomps a hand and shouts at Gravity to get up! Gravity rises, Henry brings him around, but Gravity CHOPS! And CHOPS! Henry throat chops! Th ref reprimands, Henry whips but Gravity reverses to trophy lift! But Henry slips free! Henry waistlocks, but Gravity throws elbows and Henry staggers away! Gravity runs in, Arabian Press ARM-DRAG! Gravity runs, ducks n’ dodges and handspring BACK ELBOWS! Then trophy lift, and the MILITARY PRESS DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Gravity keeps his focus and he hurries up the corner!

Fans rally up for “GRA-VI-TY!” but Henry yanks him down! Henry swings, misses, Gravity tilt-o-whirls and hooks Henry up, MOUSE TRAP into a GROUND OCTOPUS! Henry endures and powers his way around to a STRETCH MUFFLER! Gravity endures, sits up and slips around, sunset flip! TWO and Henry PENALTY KICKS! Henry drags Gravity up, fisherman for a SPINNING AOI SHODO!! Cover, TWO!?!? How did Gravity survive!? But Henry doesn’t hesitate, he goes right up! DIVING DOUBLE- NO, Gravity dodges! Henry ROCKS Gravity, CLUBS him, then reels him in! Canadian Rack, CLIFFHANGER DDT! Cover, TWO!!!

Henry is furious but the fans fire back up! Henry paces as Gravity stirs. Gravity rises up again, but he ducks the roundhouse to CHOP! Henry still storms up, but Gravity ROCKS him with forearm after forearm! Henry ROUNDHOUSES after all! And ENZIGURIS! Henry runs, but Gravity spins him around, KNEES and SNAP POWERSLAMS!! Gravity puts Henry in a drop zone, goes up top, and GRAVITY SPLASH! Cover, Gravity wins!

Winner: Gravity, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

The semifinals just got a lot more high octane as this rising star joins the field! Will Gravity bring down the competition to then challenge Samoa Joe?


ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: Shane Taylor VS Serpentico!

And the opening round wraps up as Big Bad Shaney T. meets #SNAKEMAN! Who will be the fourth man in and the fourth man out on the night?

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Shane slaps the hand away. The bell rings, fans rally as Shane and Serpentico circle. Serpentico dodges a haymaker to fire a forearm, then he bobs ‘n’ weaves! Serpentico SLAPS Shane, but Shane choke grips! Serpentico breaks free, fires off fast hands, but Shane blocks the whip! Shane whips Serpentico to scoop him, but Serpentico RANAS Shane to a corner! Serpentico GAMANGRIS, then CHOPS! Serpentico fires off forearms and ROCKS Shane! Fans rally up, but Shane shoves Serpentico down! And DECKS him! Shane is all fired up, and he drags Serpentico back up.

Shane TOSSES Serpentico across the ring! Serpentico writhes, Shane storms up and drags Serpentico up. “Now we having fun, right?” Shane TOSSES Serpentico again! Shane grins as Serpentico flops out of the ring. Shane drags him back in, then stands on Serpentico at the ropes! The ref counts, Shane steps away at 4, then he runs in to BACK BODY BLOCK! Shane runs, rolls and LARIATS Serpentico inside out!! Cover, TWO!! Serpentico survives but Shane is just amused. Shane drags Serpentico up, scoops him, but Serpentico slips free! Serpentico goes to a corner, Shane storms up but into a SUPERKICK! But Shane BODY SHOTS in return!

Shane watches Serpentico writhe and flounder. The ref wants Shane to hold on while he checks Serpentico, but Shane says no thanks! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! Cover, TWO!?! Serpentico hangs tough but Shane grins as he gets to do more damage. Shane slaps Serpentico around, talks some trash, and Serpentico wants mercy. Fans rally, Shane says no mercy. So Serpentico flips him off! Shane bends that finger! Serpentico avoids the haymaker, mule kicks, ROCKS and SUPERKICKS! Serpentico runs in at the corner, but Shane puts him on the apron. Serpentico GAMANGIRIS again!

Serpentico climbs while Shane staggers, and Serpentico CROSSBODIES! But Shane catches him with ease! Serpentico throws elbows and gets free, but Shane bobs ‘n’ weaves to HEADBUTT! RIPCORD URENAGE! Then the SPLASH DOWN! Cover, Shane wins!

Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

And there you have it! Shane was once a dominant ROH World TV Champion, will he dominate this tournament to reestablish his reign?


Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS The Trustbusters!

We saw the Mogul Embassy hold onto the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships, and we’ve seen The Peacock & Tate Twins battle them for those titles. Will Castle & The Boys win here to get just one more crack at Cage, Kaun & Liona? Or will go belly up against Slim J, Jeeves Kay & Sonny Kiss?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the trios sort out, and Jeeves starts with Castle. Jeeves talks trash on Castle, but Castle ROCKS Jeeves! And whips him to the corner, and BOOTS him! Tag to Brandon, tag to Brent, and they double whip to double leap frog and DOUBLE ARM-DRAG! Cover, ONE! Brent keeps on Jeeves but Jeeves throws hands! Tag to Kiss, Kiss & Kay mug Brent, then Kiss digs a boot into Brent’s face! The ref reprimands, Kiss lets off and then waits on Brent. Brent gets away to tag in Castle and fans cheer this rare encounter. Castle and Kiss circle, tie up, and Castle puts Kiss into a corner.

The fans rally, the ref counts, and Castle lets off. But then Kiss SLAPS Castle! Castle scowls, runs up, but Kiss dodges, Castle dodges, Kiss dodges, repeat! And again, and again! Fans fire up as the dodging continues again and again! Castle stops the cycle, then runs in, but into a headscissor and ax kick! Kiss goes up, leaps, but into Castle’s arms! EXPLODER! Tag to Brent and he runs in to ROCK Kiss! Brent whips, Kiss reverses but Slim trips Brent up! Brent ELBOWS Kiss away, Slim runs in but Brent TOSSES him out! Brent SHOTGUNS Jeeves but Kiss DECKS Brent! Then SPLIT LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!

Kiss tags Jeeves and Jeeves runs up to ROCK Brent! Jeeves scoops to SLAM and SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jeeves has Kiss jump in, and Jeeves says, “You wanna see something cool?” Jeeves back suplexes but Brent lands on his feet! But then Kiss back suplexes, only for Brent to land out of it again! Wow, that was cool! Brent staggers back, Kiss runs in but into a BOOT! Brent ELBOWS Slim down, Jeeves runs in but Brent goes up and over! Hot tag back to Castle! Fans fire up as Castle rallies on Jeeves! Jeeves dodges one but not the next! Kiss runs in, but gets an ELBOW! Slim runs in, but gets an EXPLODER!

Jeeves returns, to get an EXPLODER! Fans fire up with Castle and he looks around. The Trustbusters are all down on the outside, and he asks who is legal? Well that doesn’t matter! “BRING ME A BOY!” Brandon runs in, Castle LAUNCHES him onto Kiss & Slim! Then Castle TOSSES Brent onto Jeeves! Brent puts Jeeves in, Castle hoists him up, but Jeeves claws free! Jeeves POSTS Castle, rolls Castle up, with tights! TWO!! Castle escapes but Jeeves snarls. Jeeves whips, Castle reverses and Jeeves ends up on the apron. Jeeves shoulder sin, slingshots up and over, but into the Alabama! BANGARANG!! Cover, Castle & The Boys win!

Winners: Dalton Castle & The Boys, by pinfall

A great win for this trio, but it is a long climb back up the mountain. Castle says he isn’t having fun, because the fans are in danger! The fans are seeing things they don’t need, but they do need Castle! The Peacock is all fired up, but will that fire help him burn a path back to a title?

My Thoughts:

A really good episode, but I’m a little disappointed they made this episode two hours. Though at the same time, they sprung the entire first round of a new contender tournament on us. We got a good promo from Joe and Stokely to introduce it, though. And great matches from all four first-round match-ups, though I knew Shane would basically squash Serpentico. As fun as Castle & The Boys VS Trustbusters was, because Castle is always fun to watch, I would’ve made one of the tournament matches the main event. Probably Gravity VS Henry, but a main event win might’ve been too much for Gravity this soon. I figured Daniels would beat JD, and Nese VS Burger was really good stuff. But I suppose Nese winning makes sense, Daniels needs a Heel to fight next round.

And going back to Castle & The Boys, I don’t know why ROH would build them back towards the Six Man titles again. As much as fans love that team, they’ve already faced the Embassy and lost. The Embassy VS Iron Savages was a great match, and a great first match in ROH for Jameson, but I figured the Embassy would retain. I really have no idea what team will dethrone these guys, they’re being booked almost too strong. Maybe whatever trio comes out of the Blackpool Combat Club VS Death Triangle VS Best Friends & Cassidy will be seen as contenders and they’re the ones who take down The Embassy.

Great Pure Division stuff to open the night, though Shibata was mostly a judge so Woods and Sterling could call him out in person. Shibata VS Woods for next week is going to be awesome stuff, I’ve always liked Woods as a wrestler, but I don’t see Woods being the guy to dethrone Shibata. Likewise, we’re still seeing Athena just demolish everyone. Willow was the best chance and they chose not to go with her at Death Before Dishonor. I suppose we’re on the long wait for Leyla to build herself up, and she got a good win tonight, but so did Adora. This feels like the same vibe as me thinking Mark Briscoe should’ve won the ROH World TV title, but at least ROH gives multiple women matches a night.

Great match from Kingdom VS Titus & Tracy, and great win for The Kingdom, but I honestly can’t be sure what they’re to do now that Aussie Open has the ROH tag titles. Aussie Open ain’t losing a thing until they’ve loaded up on belts, such as regaining the NJPW Strong Openweight and IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. And Kingdom isn’t gonna get the AEW World Tag titles. Even with FTR VS MJF & Adam Cole on Saturday, the winner of that is not going to lose to The Kingdom. Though I would love if The Kingdom interacted with MJF & Cole to heap on more of the “many friends of Adam Cole.”

My Score: 8.7/10

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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (12/1/23)

SmackDown hears voices!



The Viper is here for The Bloodline!

He returned at WarGames, he returned to Monday Night Raw, and now, The Apex Predator, Randy Orton, returns to Friday Night SmackDown! Will he be able to strike at The Bloodline tonight?


  • Pete Dunne VS Bobby Lashley w/ The Street Profits; wins.
  • Kevin Owens VS Grayson Waller; wins.
  • Bianca Belair w/ Charlotte Flair & Shotzi VS Kairi Sane w/ DMG CTRL; wins.


Bianca Belair is here!

Brooklyn cheers The EST as she skips to the ring, her team victorious against Damage Control in WarGames! After a recap package, fans chant for Bianca and she gets the mic to say, “Man, it is so cool to be in one of the best boroughs in one of the greatEST cities in the world, Brooklyn!” The fans cheer that! Bianca says DMG CTRL really tried to take them out, but her team did what needed to be done. So shout out to Becky Lynch for coming through, showing up and showing out. Shout out to Shotzi for her guts and passion. And shoutout to Charlotte Flair for being a bigger person and making that call to Becky.

“Now while it feels great to be standing in this ring and celebrating that W from WarGames, my war with DMG CTRL, it ain’t over~! Cuz Iyo Sky, I’m still coming for you, cuz I want my title back!” Fans also cheer that. But speaking of Iyo, here she comes! The Evil Genius leads DMG CTRL out, though where’s Bayley? That aside, Dakota Kai is the one to tell Bianca, “It’s really great how uh, you can get all of these people to cheer for you.” The fans boo her but Dakota tells them to shut up! Dakota says just earlier, Iyo was saying how gross it is here in Brooklyn! It smells! Who would want to live here?!

DMG CTRL slide into the ring, and Dakota says Iyo was also saying that Bianca is in way over her head, dude. Iyo already beat Bianca twice. So… if Bianca wants to get yet another shot, she’ll have to go through all of DMG CTRL. Well that ain’t nothing new. So who wants it first, huh? But wait! Here come Charlotte & Shotzi to back Bianca up! Fans cheer as Charlotte says “Ladies~…! Bianca isn’t the only one coming for you. And I’d love to go through all of DMG CTRL.” Shotzi says it seems to her that there’s enough DMG CTRL to go around. They rush in, and the brawl is on! Fans fire up but Iyo TOSSES Bianca and helps Asuka against Charlotte!

Shotzi and Kairi brawl in a corner, Bianca returns, Charlotte BOOTS Asuka way while Bianca RAMS Iyo into a corner! Bianca stomps Iyo down, Charlotte helps Shotzi with Kairi, and Charlotte sets Kairi up for Shotzi’s BOOT! Iyo ends up isolated, and Bianca hits a SPINEBUSTER! Iyo scrambles out, DMG CTRL regroups, are their days on top numbered?


DMG CTRL regroups backstage.

And Bayley is confused as to what’s going on. Iyo angrily asks where Bayley was but Bayley says no one told her they were going out there! Maybe if she knew, things would’ve been different! The joshi talk in Japanese, Dakota cools it off. What matters is that Kairi is facing Bianca tonight. No one knows Bianca better than Bayley so Kairi would appreciate the help. Kairi says yes, they’re “tomodachi <friends>,” that’d be appreciated. Bayley says okay, but are they really Bayley’s friends?


Pete Dunne VS Bobby Lashley w/ The Street Profits!

With Sheamus recovering from injury and Ridge Holland just ditching him last week, The Bruiserweight is all alone against The All Mighty! Will Dunne stand a chance against the overwhelming strength of Bobby Lashley?

SmackDown returns and Lashley makes his entrance, Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins by his side. But before the bell, Lashley gets a mic to say “Hey, listen, kid. When I told you to make a name for yourself…” The fans chant “BOBBY! BOBBY!” and Lashley says that’s a name. Does Dunne know what Lashley can do to him? Lashley will break Dunne into pieces! Is Dunne ready for that? Dunne SLAPS Lashley! Fans fire up, Lashley grins, and the bell rings. Dunne then BOOTS Lashley! And BOOTS! And fires off furious fists! Lashley carries Dunne to then TOSS him! Dunne flounders but also snarls. Dunne swipes at the Profits, but Lashley run sin to CLOBBER him!

Lashley whips Dunne hard into buckles, then storms around. The Profits high-five Lashley and Brooklyn is behind him as he stands Dunne up for haymakers! Lashley smothers Dunne in the corner, lets off to whip corner to corner, then storms up on Dunne. Lashley digs hands into Dunne’s face, the ref counts and Lashley lets off. Lashley runs in but Dunne BOOTS again! Dunne runs up to DROPKICK Lashley out of the ring! Fans are torn as Dunne goes out to FLYING KNEE! Lashley staggers back, Dunne sets up to MOONSAULT! Down goes Lashley and Dunne hurries back up! Dunne ARIHARA MOONSAULTS! Down goes Lashley and fans fire up as SmackDown goes to break!


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Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/1/23)

A Block, round 5!



Will it be Chaos for the Reiwa Musketeers?

Shota Umino & Ren Narita are just outside the top spot in A Block, can they take over and truly lead NJPW’s future in World Tag League?


  • Six Man Tag: El Phantasmo, Hikuleo & Jado VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Just5Guys VS Tiger Mask, Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Just5Guys win.
  • Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Ryusuke Taguchi, Lance Archer & Alex Zayne;  Wato, Nagata & Suzuki win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Yoh, Bishamon & Boltin Oleg VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; Yoh, Bishamon & Oleg win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, Block A: The Gates of Agony VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Evil & Yujiro win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, Block A: TMDK VS Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa; TMDK wins.
  • 2023 World Tag League, Block A: Great-O-Khan & Henare VS Gabe Kidd & Alex Coughlin; Kidd & Coughlin win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, Block A: Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii; Yano & Ishii win.


Here are the current A Block standings.

TMDK: 3-1, 6 points
Shota Umino & Ren Narita: 3-1, 6 points
Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa: 2-2, 4 points
War Dogs: 2-2, 4 points
The United Empire: 2-2, 4 points
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 2-2, 4 points
The House of Torture: 1-3, 2 points
The Gates of Agony: 1-3, 2 points


2023 World Tag League, Block A: The Gates of Agony VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi w/ The House of Torture!

Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona finally got on the board, beating the War Dogs. Meanwhile, the House of Torture is falling apart as they just keep losing! Will the Gates slam shut on them, too? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp find a way to lie, cheat and steal a win once again?

Wait, the Gates are coming out wearing House of Torture shirts? And then they wait for the House to make their entrance? Is this a sign that they’ve become allies? Dick Togo, Sho, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, and of course Evil & Yujiro all come out together and they seem pretty chummy with the Gates. All seven go to the ring now, and this is a rather interesting development. Did Prince Nana approve this deal? Everyone shakes hands and “put one out” so clearly there’s something to this. They even pose for photos! But then Kaun & Liona quickly and quietly TOSS Sho & Kanemaru, then they TOSS Dick! Yujiro & Evil don’t understand!

Kaun & Liona throw forearms, the bell rings and the Gates whip Evil & Yujiro. Yujiro & Evil hold ropes to then BOOT in return! But they run into double scoop SLAMS! The Gates tear off the House of Torture shirts, and Liona even wipes his butt with it! Evil & Yujiro are in opposite corners, Kaun runs in to ELBOW Yujiro and Liona SPLASHES Evil! Then the Gates trade, ELBOW for Evil and SPLASH for Yujiro! And back the other way! Fans fire up as the Gates tricked the tricksters! They fire each other up, and Kaun sends Liona into SPLASH Evil! The fans rally up, the Gates run in to SPLASH SANDWICH Evil!

Liona stands Evil back up, he and Kaun OPEN- NO, Yujiro saves Evil and they bail out. The House falls back, daring the Gates to come out after them. The Gates storm out after them, but going all the way to the entrance is suspicious. Sho & Kanemaru attack from behind with chairs! Fans boo as Dick distracts the ref so that the House can mug the Gates! Sho CHOKES Liona with his chair, but Liona bench presses it away! Yujiro helps Sho while Evil drags Kaun around, to RAM into the timekeeper’s area! Poor Abe-san! The fans boo but Evil gets on the mic to basically say this is what they get for messing with the House!

Yujiro SMACKS Liona off the timekeeper’s table, but Liona roars! So Yujiro POSTS Liona to knock him down! Evil drags Kaun up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up. Evil CLUBS Kaun, CLUBS him again, and calls to the ref. Marty Asami returns and Evil stomps Kaun. Evil drags Kaun up, wrenches the arm and tags in Yujiro. Yujiro CLUBS Kaun’s arm, then reels him in to snapmare and ROCK with a haymaker. Yujiro looms over Kaun to rain down more fists but the ref reprimands. No closed fists! So Yujiro fishhooks Kaun’s nose! Yujiro sits Kaun up to run and basement BOOT! Cover, ONE!!

Yujiro is annoyed but he drags Kaun back up. Yujiro wrenches, wristlocks, and he CLUBS the arm. And stomps it! Kaun clutches the arm, it is taped up from that fight with the War Dogs. Yujiro wraps the arm around ropes! The ref counts, Yujiro lets off at 4 but the House all complains. Tag to Evil and he throws his shirt at Liona. Now the ref has to keep Liona out, and Evil throws Kaun out for the boys to stomp away on! Fans boo these vultures, but then Sho puts Kaun back in for Evil. Cover, TWO! Evil argues with the ref but the fans rally up. Evil tags Yujiro then runs to BLAST Liona! Liona stays up and roars, so Evil pokes him in the eyes!

Evil and Yujiro drag Kaun up, whip him to a corner, and Yujiro runs in but into Kaun’s BOOT! Kaun catches Evil for an URENAGE! Then Kaun uses Evil as a step to SHOTGUN Yujiro! Fans fire up while they’re all done, and Kaun crawls over. Hot tag to Liona! Liona rallies on Yujiro, BOOTS him, then catches Evil for a spin and LARIAT! Fans fire up more and Liona has targets in opposite corners. Liona roars, then SPLASHES Evil! SPLASH for Yujiro! SPLASH for Evil! SPLASH for Yujiro! Liona just keeps going, then he whips Evil into Yujiro! Fans fire up with Liona, and he runs back in, but both Yujiro and Evil dodge!

Yujiro & Evil kick low, double whip to ropes, but Liona breaks the line to DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Fans fire up again and Liona roars for Kaun! Kaun rises and tags in, and the Gates get Yujiro up! But Yujiro moves, the double lariats collide! Kaun hurries to grab a leg but Yujiro BOOTS Kaun into Liona! Evil tags in and he storms up to CLUB Kaun! Evil stomps Kaun, Yujiro joins in, and the ref reprimands. Yujiro drags Kaun to a corner, he and Evil double whip Kaun corner to corner. Yujiro runs in to BOOT! Evil runs in to clothesline! Snapmare and then they set Kaun up while Sho distracts! Dick hops up, DICK CHOP!!

Fans boo as Evil covers, TWO!! Kaun survives and the fans fire up again! Evil slashes his throat, drags Kaun up, and spins him around, but Liona is back! HELL STAB! Then a HEADBUTT for Yujiro! Liona & Kaun BLAST Dick & Sho off the apron! The fans fire up as now Evil is alone! Kaun & Liona high five and LARIAT SANDWICH! They roar again and they get Evil up. HEAVEN’S GATES!! Cover, but Dick YANKS the ref out!! Fans boo, but Yujiro slips back in to CLUB the Gates! Kaun ROCKS Yujiro in return! Kaun & Liona set Evil & Yujiro up, but they block double low blows! Kanemaru and Sho get in, they DOUBLE LOW BLOW!!

Fans boo as the House stomps away on the Gates! Yujiro has his cane, Dick has the Spoiler Choker. Liona shoves Sho aside but gets the CANE SHOT! Dick CHOKES Kaun, Kanemaru gives him WHISKEY MIST! And then Sho CLOBBERS Kaun with his wrench! Dick gets the ref back in as Evil hits EVERYTHING IS EVIL on Kaun!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: Evil & Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; The Gates of Agony earn 0)

Kaun & Liona lured the House in, but one good trick wasn’t enough to beat the numbers game. The House even mugs the Young Lions trying to help The Gates! Will this be the beginning of the most unwanted comeback in World Tag League history?


2023 World Tag League, Block A: TMDK w/ Kosei Fujita VS Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa!

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls did fall for the trickery of Toru Yano. Will TMDK be able to rebound and stay at the top of the block? Or will the Green Supernova and his protege still #CreateTheFuture?

The teams sort out and Mad Mikey starts against Oiwa. They tie up, fans rally up, and Oiwa pushes Mikey back, only for Mikey to put him on ropes. Mikey lets off but shoves Oiwa. Oiwa shoves back! They go forehead to forehead, then forearm for forearm! Mikey claws eyes, headlocks, and brings Oiwa over. Shane tags in, Oiwa gets away, and then Oiwa arm-drags Mikey! Shane runs in, but into an arm-drag! Oiwa wrenches and whips Shane to ropes, Kaito joins in so they can DOUBLE ARM-DRAG! And then DOUBLE DROPKICK! The fans fire and Oiwa has Shane in a corner. Shane throws a chop, but Oiwa stomps and ROCKS Shane in return.

Oiwa drags Shane up to wrench and wristlock, then he scoops to POWERSLAM! Oiwa runs, but Shane gets up to DROPKICK back! Shane puts Oiwa on ropes, stomps away, and then BLASTS Kaito! Mikey smothers Oiwa on the apron, lets off before he gets caught, and then Shane slides to SHOVE Oiwa to the floor! The ref has to keep Kaito back, so that lets Mikey stomp Oiwa. Mikey puts Oiwa in, Shane covers, TWO! Shane drags Oiwa up, brings him around and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Mikey and he CHOPS! Fans rally, Mikey eggs Oiwa on then CHOPS him again! Mikey ROCKS Oiwa, Oiwa ROCKS Mikey!

Oiwa fires off on Mikey but Mikey ROCKS him right back! And CHOPS him right down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Mikey sits Oiwa up and runs. Oiwa avoids the sliding lariat! Mikey hobbles up, throws a forearm but Oiwa throws back a flurry! Mikey fires a flurry of his own! Mikey runs, into an UPPERCUT! Oiwa runs and ROLLING ELBOWS Mikey down! Fans fire up as both men crawl, hot tag to Kaito! Kaito rallies on TMDK, whips Mikey and DROPKICKS him down! Shane kicks and runs, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up again and Kaito whips corner to corner. Mikey reverses but Kaito comes back to NECKBREAKER DROP! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up again as Kaito drags Mikey up and reels him in. Mikey fights the suplex, but Kaito fires forearms! Kaito reels Mikey in but Mikey suplexes! Kaito slips free, ducks Mikey’s elbow, but Mikey DDTS! Fans fire up while both men are down, Mikey crawls to hot tag Shane! Shane UPPERCUTS again and again on Kaito, whips him to a corner then BLASTS Oiwa before he UPPERCUTS Kaito! Shane keeps moving, CANNONBALL! Fans fire up with Hysterical Haste and he drags Kaito up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Kaito survives and fans rally up. Shane calls his shot and he drags Kaito back up to reel him in.

Shane underhooks the arms, lifts, but Kaito fights free to chicken wing! Shane fights that to ROCK Kaito! Shane eggs Kaito on then UPPERCUTS him! Kaito comes back to UPPERCUT Shane! Shane UPPERCUTS Kaito! Kaito grits his teeth and shakes his head. Kaito UPPERCUTS, Shane UPPERCUTS, repeat! Fans rally, Shane gets the edge with UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT, but Kaito rebounds to RUNNING UPPERCUT! Both men are down again, and the fans fire up! Shane crawls to an open corner, Kaito crawls to hot tag Oiwa! Oiwa runs in to forearm smash, then he whips Shane corner to corner. Oiwa runs in to DROPKICK!

Fans rally up again as Oiwa clamps on a gut wrench, for a GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Oiwa drags Shane up again, GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Oiwa isn’t done, he drags Shane up for a GUT WRENCH BRIDGE! Cover, TWO! Oiwa BLASTS Mikey and Kaito slides in. They double whip Shane, then Kaito sends Oiwa in to ELBOW! Kaito runs in to forearm! Feed to the SPIN POWERSLAM! Cover, Mikey breaks it! Kaito TOSSES Mikey and Oiwa fires up! Oiwa drags Shane up in a waistlock but Mikey makes the save! Mikey CHOPS and Shane LARIATS! They coordinate, fireman’s carry, HIGHWAY TO HELL! Cover, Kaito breaks it!

The fans fire up again but Mikey tosses Kaito out. Shane kicks Oiwa around, eggs him on, but Oiwa sits up. Kaito gives more kicks, and a boot! Shane aims from a corner, runs in, but Oiwa dodges the Shane-ing Wizard to single leg, ANACONDA SUPLEX! Shane staggers back up, Oiwa gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, but Mikey sweeps Oiwa’s legs! Mikey whips, Oiwa reverses and DROPKICKS! Oiwa calls to Kaito and he returns. They get Shane up and fans fire up with them. Oiwa Electric Chair Lifts while Kaito climbs. But Shane victory rolls under the crossbody! TWO!! Mikey catches Kaito for a MIKEY BOMB!

Oiwa fires off on Mikey and DOUBLE CHOPS! But Shane SUPERKICKS! Mikey scoops, TANK BUSTER!! Cover, TMDK wins!!

Winner: TMDK, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kaito & Oiwa earn 0)

A powerful battle from both teams, but only one team was mighty! Will Shane & Mikey still be the A Block finalists


2023 World Tag League, Block A: Great-O-Khan & Henare w/ Callum Newman VS Gabe Kidd & Alex Coughlin!

The Dominator & Face of Fury are holding on at 2-2, but so are #WarReady and the Dreadnought! Will the United Empire conquer these War Dogs and stay strong? Or will Kidd & Coughlin win won for the Rebel?

But of course the War Dogs attack at the ramp! But the Empire is ready, and Khan JAMS Kidd with his banner’s staff! Henare fires hands on Coughlin, HEADBUTTS him, and Khan CHOKES Kidd with the staff! Khan throws Kidd down, Henare CLUBS away on Coughlin, and the Empire gets the Dogs set up for Callum! Callum FLIES! Direct hit and he even lands on his feet! Fans fire up with the Empire and they throw the crowns up. Khan CLUBS Kidd, Henare LASHES Coughlin with his vest, and then Khan whips Kidd hard into railing! Red Shoes says fine then, and the bell rings to get this on record.

Fans cheer while Henare puts Coughlin in and throws forearms. Henare runs to then run Coughlin over! Fans cheer more, and Henare aims. Henare KICKS Coughlin in the back! And KICKS him again! Henare snapmares Coughlin to KICK him again! Then he SENTONS onto knees! Coughlin deadlifts and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Coughlin stomps Henare while Kidd whips Khan hard into railing, sending him up and out! Kidd then drags Khan to the back area of the stands, and whips him all the way into a wall! Coughlin digs his boots into Henare in a corner, then his knee. Red Shoes reprimands and Coughlin lets off.

Kidd and Khan keep brawling in the back as Coughlin CHOPS Henare! Coughlin whips Henare corner to corner then clotheslines! Coughlin then scoops Henare, and hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Henare tumbles and writhes while fans applaud the show of strength. Coughlin covers, TWO! Tag to Kidd, and the War Dogs get Henare up. Coughlin holds the arms back so Kidd can CHOP Henare! And CHOP again! Kidd then stands on Henare’s head but Red Shoes reprimands. Kidd steps off to storm around. Kidd mockingly asks where Will Ospreay went. Kidd says he’s beating up Ospreay’s boys like they’re his b*tches!

Kidd DECKS Henare, then digs his knee in again. Tag to Coughlin, he drags Henare up, and says “Knock knock” as he taps Henare on the head. Henare snarls but Coughlin SLAPS him down! Coughlin says Henare’s supposed to respond, “Who’s there.” Coughlin kneels on Henare but Khan knocks him over! The War Dogs mug Khan, Kidd drags him out of the ring, then whips him hard into railing! Kidd even DECKS Callum for the hell of it! Fans boo but Kidd says he’s a madman! Coughlin stomps Henare, drags him up, and RAMS him into the corner. Tag to Kidd and Kidd RAMS into Henare. Kidd then snapmares Henare to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO!

Khan runs back in but Kidd DECKS him! Kidd drags Khan up to throw him out, and Coughlin hauls him up to whip hard into more railing! Kidd storms around, kicks Henare, but Henare grits his teeth. Kidd eggs Henare on, kicks again, but Henare blocks! Henare steps over to WHEEL KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Henare crawls, Khan drags himself up! But Coughlin runs in to BLAST Khan off the apron! Coughlin then goes out to stomp on Khan, and Kidd CLUBS Henare. Coughlin sends Khan into railing again! Kidd drags Henare up, ROCKS him, then bumps him off buckles. But Henare just growls!

Kidd bumps Henare off more buckles, but Henare just headbutts the buckles! Kidd eggs Henare on, CHOPS him, then whips him. But Henare reverses to SAMOAN DROP! Fans fire up as Henare crawls for his corner. Hot tag- NO, Coughlin YANKS Khan down! Red Shoes reprimands, Coughlin whips, but Khan reverses to send him into railing! And then Khan BOOTS Coughlin down! The fans fire up, hot tag to Khan! Khan runs Kidd over, whips him to a corner and clotheslines! Then torture rack and swing, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kidd is still in this but the fans rally behind Khan. Khan sits Kidd up, into the IRON CLAW SLEEPER!

Kidd BITES the fingers! And SNAPS them! Kidd runs, rebounds, but Khan gets under! Henare runs in, ASSISTED SITOUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Kidd survives but Henare and Khan coordinate. Shoutout to Aussie Open, RUNNING KICK SANDWICH! Scoop, HEEL KICK T T D!! Cover, Coughlin breaks it! Coughlin and Henare trade big forearms! Fans fire up as they go back and forth! Coughlin gets the edge, but Henare BODY BLOWS! And ULTIMA- NO, Coughlin fights the full nelson! So Henare shoves him to a corner for a SHINING WIZARD! Then snapmare and RUGBY KICK! And then the Monster Rage boils over!

Henare drags Kidd up, fireman’s carries, and Khan runs. But Kidd slips free to shove Henare into Khan! Kidd BITES Henare, TOSSES him out, talks trash, but turns around into the HELL STAB! IRON CLAW, but Kidd grabs at Red Shoes! RIGHT HAND!! Kidd and Khan fall over after that closed fist shot! Fans rally up as hard as they can but Kidd snarls as he drags Khan up. Kidd runs, springboards, OSCUTTER?!? Kidd sends a message to Ospreay, and Coughlin is back in! Gut wrench, Coughlin goes up, HIJACK TOMBSTONE!! Cover, War Dogs win!!

Winners: Gabe Kidd & Alex Coughlin, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)

That madman tells Ospreay that he’s dead when they finally face off 1v1! December 16th is still two weeks away, is Kidd going to overlook the rest of the WTL all because he wants after the Kingpin?


2023 World Tag League, Block A: Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii!

The Reiwa Musketeers are coming off a big main event win last round, and are near the top of the block! But the Clown Prince & Stone Pitbull just took down the top of the block last round against TMDK! Will Yano & Ishii pull off another shocker to get to the front of the line? Or will the Roughneck & Son of Strong Style make it through the Chaos?

The teams sort out and Ishii starts against Narita. The fans rally, the two tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Every step Narita pushes Ishii back, Ishii pushes Narita back. Ishii uses his stockier frame to keep pushing Narita, and they end up on ropes. Red Shoes calls the break, Ishii lets off, but Narita intercepts the forearm with a forearm! Narita fires off more shots, but Ishii eggs him on! Ishii and Narita trade forearms back and forth, fans fire up as they pick up speed! Narita ROCKS Ishii, runs, but Ishii avoids the boot. Narita avoids the lariat to BOOT Ishii down after all! Fans fire up and Narita stomps Ishii. Narita then stands Ishii up to bump off buckles.

But then Ishii hits Shota! Shota hits back, Ishii fights both Musketeers at once! That doesn’t go well and they mug him 2v1. Tag to Shota and he digs his boots in while Narita BLASTS Yano! Red Shoes counts, Shota & Narita double whip Ishii to ropes, then DOUBLE ELBOW! SENTON! SOMERSAULT SENTON! Then they shake hands to DOUBLE ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Shota kicks Ishii around, eggs him on, but Ishii stands. The two stare down, and Shota throws a forearm. Ishii eggs Shota on now, so Shota throws more forearms. Ishii leans into the shots and backs Shota down like that! Shota keeps throwing shots, but Ishii DECKS him!

Fans fire up and Ishii rains down more shots on Shota! Red Shoes counts, Ishii lets off, and then Ishii eggs Narita on. Red Shoes keeps Narita back and Yano tags in. Yano fires up, and he unties a buckle pad! Then he throws it to Shota and tattles on him to Red Shoes! Shota gives the buckle pad over, and Yano SLAPS Shota in the head! Fans cheer but Shota scowls. Yano claws the eyes! Yano runs, Shota ELBOWS him then runs to basement dropkick! Tag to Narita, and Narita whips Yano to ropes, for a NECKBREAKER DROP! Cover, TWO! Yano is still in this and fans rally up. Narita brings Yano up but Yano pulls hair!

Narita kicks and whips but Yano reverses to throw Narita down by his hair! Yano drags Narita up and whips him into the bare buckles! Narita writhes, Yano BLASTS Shota, and Ishii rushes over to go after him! Yano throws Narita out and then goes out after him. Yano whips Narita hard into railing! Ishii whips Shota hard into railing, too! Yano drags Narita back up, puts him in the ring, and he stomps Narita around. Yano drags Narita up, tells haters to shut up, then tags in Ishii. Ishii CHOPS Narita, stalks him, and CHOPS him against the ropes! Ishii eggs Narita on and CHOPS him again. Ishii continues to egg Narita on, so Narita throws a forearm!

Ishii slaps Narita around, Narita throws more shots, but Ishii CHOPS him back down! Fans applaud, and Ishii taunts Shota. Shota coaches Narita but Ishii gives Narita toying kicks. Ishii HEADBUTTS Narita, CHOPS him, then CHOPS and CHOPS again! Narita roars but Ishii CHOPS him back down! Ishii whips Narita corner to corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Narita runs up, Ishii ROCKS him! Ishii swings, but into a HALF HATCH! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Hot tag to Shota! Shota fires off on Ishii, whips him to ropes, but Ishii reverses. Shota CLOBBERS Ishii, then BLASTS Yano! Fans fire up behind Shota and he sends Ishii to a corner.

Shota runs in to UPPERCUT, then FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Shota keeps going, and he turns Ishii over into an STF! Yano stomps Shota, so Shota kicks Yano and tosses him out. Shota goes back to Ishii, stands him up, and clinches. Ishii fights the lift with elbows! Shota ROCKS Ishii, gives him taunting kicks, but Ishii ROCKS Shota back! Shota and Ishii stare down, and Shota fires off forearm after forearm! Shota has Ishii in the corner for more shots! Red Shoes reprimands but Ishii roars and turns things around to CHOP and ROCK Shota on repeat! The fans rally up as Shota sits down, only for Ishii to stand him back up for more!

Ishii CHOPS and ROCKS Shota into sitting down again, and the fans fire up! Ishii eggs Shota on, kicks him around, slaps him even, and Shota scowls. Shota storms up on Ishii, Ishii throws a forearm. Shota eggs Ishii on, and leans into the shots a la Ishii. Shota then ROCKS Ishii and he staggers away! Ishii comes back, Shota clinches but Ishii slips around. Shota elbows Ishii, whips, but Ishii reverses to SAIDO! Fans fire up while both men are down! Shota and Ishii crawl, hot tag to Yano! Yano fires up and whips Shota, but Shota reverses. Yano avoids the bare buckles, to then bait Shota into them! Roll up, TWO!

Yano runs, but Shota DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up again, and Shota crawls to hot tag Narita! Narita runs up on Yano, BACK ELBOW! Then HALF HATCH BRIDGE! Cover, TWO! Yano escapes, but Narita BLASTS Ishii to cut off the tag. Narita clinches but Yano fights the lift! So Narita trips Yano, and rolls him, CROSS ANKLE CLOVERLEAF! Yano endures, the fans rally up, but Narita drags Yano from ropes! Yano keeps fighting around, he reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Narita lets off in frustration but the fans rally up again. Narita stands Yano up, reels him in, COBRA TWIST! But Yano powers free with a hip toss!

Narita runs in but Yano trips him! CATAPULT into the bare buckles!! Ishii clotheslines Narita, too! Then he BLASTS Shota! Yano fires up and he hauls Narita up. ONI- NO, Narita fights free! Narita gets around, SLEEPER! Yano is fading fast, but Narita goes to the COBRA TWIST now! Yano endures, fans rally up, and Yano fights his way around. Shota keeps Ishii out, and Narita brings Yano away with the SLEEPER! Then back to COBRA TWIST! Yano is turning red like his favorite chair! But Ishii sends Shota into railing, to then TACKLE Narita! Fans fire up while Narita tosses Ishii back out. Narita roars and goes back for Yano.

Narita drags Yano up but Yano fights the suplex. Narita knees low, runs, but Yano avoids the boot to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Fans fire up while both men are down! Yano and Narita crawl, hot tag to Ishii, and he BLASTS Shota! Ishii drags Narita up, throws him into Shota, then runs, but Narita BOOTS! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ishii escapes and the fans fire up again. Narita crawls, hot tag to Shota! Shota aims at Ishii, BANG and V-TRIGGER! Shota then slingshots to APRON DDT Ishii!! Fans are thunderous and Shota stands tall as Ishii flops over. Red Shoes checks but Ishii is somehow still in this.

Shota drags Ishii up as the ring count begins. Shota puts Ishii in, climbs up a corner, and he MISSILE DROPKICKS Ishii down! Then Shota resets, to slingshot CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and the fans fire up again! Shota drags Ishii up, dragon sleepers, but Ishii fights free. Ishii runs, into a snap cradle, that then shifts into a BONE LOCK!! Ishii endures the over-the-shoulder crossface, but Narita keeps Yano out! Shota pulls on the hold, but Ishii still fights around! Ishii reaches out, but Shota pulls back more! Ishii flails and kicks around, to have the ROPEBREAK! Shota lets go and the fans fire up again.

Narita slides in, he and Shota coordinate. Shota wrenches Ishii, dragon sleepers, and then gets Ishii up. Narita runs, BOOT into SAVING GRACE! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and the fans are thunderous again! The Musketeers stay focused, though, and they haul Ishii up. They double whip him to a corner, Shota runs in to ELBOW! Narita runs in to JUMP KICK! Feed to Shota’s forearm! Narita’s BOOT! Shota’s ROLLING ELBOW! Another BOOT! And then the lift, for the HART ATTACK! Cover, YANO BREAKS IT! Fans fire up but Narita fires off on Yano! Yano gets around, fireman’s carry takeover! Yano kicks and whips Shota, but Shota reverses!

But Yano denies the tornado DDT! Yano atomic drops Shota, then pops him up. Shota fights the Onigoroshi, underhooks Yano, but Yano RAMS Shota into bare buckles! Ishii reels Shota in, hoists him up, POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! Shota survives and the fans fire up again! Ishii roars, the fans duel, and Shota flounders up. Ishii runs, Shota BOOTS him, blocks the lariat, and ENZIGURIS! Narita is back to WHEEL KICK! Narita hurries to get Ishii up and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Then a clinch, but Ishii HEADBUTTS free! Narita ENZIGURIS, Shota full nelsons! Narita runs, but Ishii gets free, the BOOT hits Shota!

Ishii shoves Shota into Narita, Yano drags Narita out! LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!?! Shota survives and fans are thunderous again! Ishii grits his teeth and he stands back up. Ishii roars and looks to finish this off. We’re at 20 minutes, Ishii suplexes, but Shota slips free! HALF ‘N’ HALF! But Ishii gets right up to CLOBBER Shota! But Shota’s right up to SHOTGUN Ishii! Ishii’s back, but Shota pop-up KNEES, and LARIATS! Fans fire up again and Shota drags Ishii up. HALF ‘N’ HALF BRIDGE! Cover, TWO!! The fans are thunderous and Shota just fires up again! Shota aims from a corner, vowing to end it here!

Ishii slowly rises, Shota runs in, BLAZE BLADE!! But Shota isn’t done! Underhooks and- NO, Ishii wrenches out to PELE!! Both men are down and the fans are electric! Ishii goes to the corner while the fans duel, and he SLIDING LARIATS!! Cover, NARITA BREAKS IT! Yano runs in to toss Narita out! Ishii roars and he drags Shota back up. Ishii suplexes, but Shota fights free! Shota wrenches, ROCKS and ROLLING- NO, Ishii ROCKS Shota! But Shota catches Ishii, only for Ishii to wrench out! Shota POP-UP UPPERCUTS! And then V- NO, Ishii blocks to HEADBUTT! And then Ishii spins Shota to a BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, CHAOS WINS!

Winners: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Shota & Narita earn 0)

There weren’t any tricks needed here, Ishii & Yano beat the Musketeers straight up! Is it still too soon for Shota & Narita to say the Paradigm Shift is coming?

And because it’s Ishii who won this, he’s a true strong silent type, so he and Yano just get outta here! No closing address tonight, but will actions speak louder than words for the Stone Pitbull in this tournament’s second half?


Here are the NEW A Block standings!

TMDK: 4-1, 8 points
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 3-2, 6 points
Shota Umino & Ren Narita: 3-2, 6 points
War Dogs: 3-2, 6 points
Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa: 2-3, 4 points
The United Empire: 2-3, 4 points
The House of Torture: 2-3, 4 points
The Gates of Agony: 1-4, 2 points

My Thoughts:

Another great round for World Tag League and this block, with some rather shocking moves. I really thought The Gates were going to get going after their win last round, but I guess the House of Torture couldn’t just drop off that badly so they had to win this here. And as we saw in that main event, Yano & Ishii are making a go of it in this block. They beat Shota & Narita, who are certainly still frontrunners, but that was great stuff to make a point that Shota & Narita aren’t ready to beat the real “old guard” they’re talking about replacing here. War Dogs beating the Empire seems fine, they’re mostly just keeping pace so they could cost somebody later.

And great match from TMDK VS the Noah duo, and a great win for TMDK to again be the clear first place team. 4-1 at the halfway point, this block is on Shane & Mikey to win or lose, and as I’ve been saying, TMDK as both a group and as just these two, the OG members, have been solid a long time. It’d be great if they got to the tournament finals here, maybe even get that title shot at WrestleKingdom.

My Score: 8.9/10

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