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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (9/7/23)

Enter the Proving Ground!

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ROH Wrestling 2023

Big Shotty tugs at the Swiss Superman’s cape!

The champions of ROH are put to the test! Claudio Castagnoli takes on Lee Johnson in a Proving Grounds match while Athena defends the ROH Women’s World Championship against Allysin Kay!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Allysin Kay; Athena wins and retains the title.
  • Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS Silas Young; Nese wins.
  • Spanish Announce Project w/ Luther VS Adam Priest & Schaff; SAP wins.
  • Skye Blue & Willow Nightingale VS The Renegade Sisters; Skye & Willow win.
  • ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championship Proving Ground: The Mogul Embassy VS Griff Garrison, Metalik & Gravity; The Mogul Embassy wins and deny Griff, Metalik & Gravity a title match.
  • Kiera Hogan VS Leila Grey; Kiera wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Willie Mack & The Infantry VS Davey Bang, August Matthews & JAH-C; Mack & The Infantry win.
  • Leyla Hirsch VS Lady Frost; Leyla wins.
  • Eddie Kingston & Katsuyori Shibata VS Blake Christian & Gringo Loco; Eddie & Shibata win.
  • ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Lee Johnson; Claudio wins and denies Johnson a title match.
  • The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson VS Wren Jones & Kaleb Konley; The Iron Savages win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Action Andretti, Darius Martin & Best Friends VS The Workhorsemen & The Outrunners; Action, Darius & Best Friends win.

PLAY BY PLAY

ROH shares an interview from after AEW All Out.

Lexi Nair was with Athena and Billie Starkz, and asks what happened out there. Athena asks back, “What do you think happened? Billie screwed up! We had a match on Zero Hour, and what were you supposed to do, minion?” Billie thinks, and then says, “Cheer!” Athena says no, Billie was supposed to help Athena’s team win at all costs! So when Willow Nightingale POUNCED Athena into the railing, Billie should’ve helped “Diabla!” But Billie was helping Athena. No, no, no, Athena is not a child, she is the Forever Champion! She doesn’t need help! So…! Athena says Billie is an idiot! She is, Lexi, she is an idiot!

Allysin Kay storms in and asks if Billie is really gonna stand there and take that. Athena asks, “Who is you, porcelain?” Allysin tells Athena not to play like that, she knows who this is. So why don’t you pick on someone… Well, not her own size, as Allysin is taller. But someone of her caliber. If Athena wants a fight, fight Allysin! Billie says yeah! The ROH Women’s World Champ can take her! Athena says no, that is not how this works. Allysin is a porcelain hussy, who faces the other porcelain hussies to earn her way to a title match. So whatever pedestal Allysin came off of, it is not the one on Athena’s show.

Well, Allysin just wanted a plain old fight but they’re the ones making it about the title. Let’s just make it for the title! Nah, Athena’s head, neck and back- Billie asks if Athena is scared. Allysin says the “minion” has a point. Athena tells everyone to stop. But fine. Athena will give Allysin her match for the title on Athena’s show. Billie is excited, but Athena tells Allysin that when she beats the brakes off her, Athena does not wanna see Allysin on her show ever again. Let’s roll out, fam! Athena and Billie head out, Lexi tells Allysin way to go. Allysin says that was easier than she thought. But then Athena snatches “bestie” Lexi away. Will Allysin snatch the title away from Athena?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Allysin Kay!

Why wait for this high stakes battle? Tonight opens with the Fallen Goddess taking on the ROH icon who is looking to bring her career full circle. Will Athena keep her Forever Reign going to 37-0? Or will she see AK don’t play?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see how long forever really is!

The Code of Honor is upheld though barely, and the bell rings. The fans rally up, Athena and Allysin circle, and Athena hears all her fans cheer. She hops up onto a corner to say hi to them, then she resets with Allysin. They approach but Athena ROCKS Allysin! Athena cheers herself on but Allysin storms up to pull Athena’s hair! Athena slips through to arm-drag and kip up, and cheer herself on again. Athena runs up but Allysin sidesteps then scoops! Allysin hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Then she whips Athena to a corner, scoops her and hits a SIDEWALK SLAM! Athena staggers up, into a BOOT! Cover, ONE!!

Athena bails out and Billie asks if she’s okay. Allysin waits on Athena, the ring count climbs, but then Allysin goes out. Allysin says there’s no timeouts here. Allysin storms up but Athena uses Billie as a shield. Billie says hold on, calm down, she’s the nice one! Allysin tells Billie to get out of the way but it’s all Athena as she sneaks around to RAM Allysin into railing! Athena scowls and Billie is a bit horrified. Athena tells Billie to do her job and then slides into the ring. Athena distracts the ref, and Billie is hesitant to attack Allysin. Billie looks around, Athena can see she hasn’t done anything and is upset.

Allysin gets in the ring, Athena throws her down! And CLUBS her, too! Athena stomps a mudhole in the corner, the ref counts, but Athena tells him to leave her alone! Athena storms back to Allysin but Allysin kicks her! Athena drags Allysin up but Allysin puts her in the corner now, to CHOP! And CHOP! And then bump her off buckles! Allysin fires off forearms, but Athena turns things around to ROCK Allysin! Fans rally, Athena whips corner to corner and then runs in, but Allysin ELBOWS! Athena UPPERCUTS! Athena snapmares and KICKS Allysin in the back! “This is MY show!” Fans fire up with Athena as she looms over Allysin.

Athena drags Allysin up, brings her through ropes, and then CLUBS away on her! Athena counts, fans join in, and Athena goes all the way to nine, then winds up to KNEE Allysin down! Athena and Billie cheer, and Athena makes sure Billie keeps track of this stuff. Yeah, that was ten total. Athena drags Allysin up, fireman’s carries, but Allysin hits a crucifix takedown! TWO, roll-up! TWO, and Allysin runs, but into a fireman’s carry! WASTELAND SLAM! Cover, TWO! Allysin toughs it out and Athena grows frustrated. Athena drags Allysin around to rain down fists! The ref reprimands the ground ‘n’ pound but fans fire up!

Athena tells the ref to back off, then she drags Allysin into a STRETCH PLUM! Allysin endures, fights up, and fans rally as Athena shifts to a standard chinlock. Allysin fights up but Athena throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but fans rally behind Athena. Athena mocks “pinkies up,” but Allysin ROCKS her! Athena gets mad, runs in, but into a FLAPJACK off buckles! Allysin whips Athena to ropes, and LARIATS her down! Athena staggers back up and Allysin ELBOWS her down! And then wrench and wrench and NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Allysin whips Athena again. POP-UP, SKY HIGH!! Cover, TWO!!

Athena is still in this, this is why she’s 36-0! Fans rally and Allysin gets her own eyelashes out of her eye. She storms up on Athena but Athena YANKS her into buckles! And roll up, with tights! TWO!! Allysin kicks low, reels Athena in, AK47!! Then ANKLE LOCK!! Athena endures, reaches out, crawls her way over as Billie calls to her, but Athena wants her to push the ropes closer? Billie doesn’t wanna bend the rules, but now Allysin bends that leg!! Athena powers through to kick with her free leg! Athena is free, but Allysin gets both legs. Allysin YANKS Athena from ropes but Athena lands on her feet! And ROLLING ELBOWS!

Both women are down and fans fire up! Athena goes to a corner and she climbs up. Allysin stands, and ROCKS Athena first! Allysin climbs up, CLUBS away on Athena’s back, then lifts, but Athena fights the superplex! Athena throws body shots, then SUPER GOURD BUSTERS Allysin! Allysin staggers up, into the O FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!

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

Billie celebrates Athena pulling out the win all on her own! Athena hobbles but she holds the title up, now 37-0! Athena then calls Billie in, and Billie thinks she wants a high-five. No, Athena wants Billie to smash Allysin off the title belt! Fans are torn, but Billie says no, she doesn’t want to do that. So Athena SMASHES Allysin! Athena says BILLIE messed up! But Athena won! How did Billie do something wrong? Will Billie find a way to break away from the Fallen Goddess?

 

Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS Silas Young!

If anyone can understand The Premier Athlete’s desire for a more physically fit audience, it’s surely the Last Real Man in Professional Wrestling, right? Sterling of course asks the fans to quiet down, and stop thinking about the mush on a plate with cheese and grease that Chicago calls “deep dish pizza,” because Nese here has something to say. Nese tells Chicago that it was almost three months ago that Nese was in this very ring, in this very building, and he gave them all the greatest advice they were ever given: get in shape! And when he found out they were coming back, he was so excited to see what they’d all done with that advice.

It’s all about progress, and so Nese spoke with ROH management, and finally tonight, we see what Chicago’s got! We’re all gonna do GROUP TRAINING! Stand up! Stretch! Reach for the sky! Get it? Oh, okay, starting to smell. Arms down. Now, let’s see how athletic they are! Jog in place! C’mon! What even is this? Stop, stop, this is just sad. the problem is that none of them can keep up with Nese’s training. To be honest, there is not a single MAN in this crowd! In fact, aside from Nese- WAIT! The Last Real Man makes his way out! Maybe he prioritizes how you conduct yourself over how you look! Will he whoop Nese’s ego into shape here tonight?

The Code of Honor is upheld, but Nese is talking trash the entire time. Nese then takes a swing, but Silas dodges! The bell rings, Silas fires haymakers and CHOPS! Nese gets away to a corner, then he YANKS Silas into the corner to fire body shots! Nese bumps Silas off buckles then fires up! “I’M the real man!” Fans boo but Silas CHOPS Nese back! Silas ROCKS Nese, CHOPS him again, then brings him around to whip to ropes. Nese reverses but Silas holds ropes to then toss Nese out, and triangle jump LARIAT! Fans fire up as Nese falls to the floor! Silas goes out after Nese and says it’s time to see who’s a real man now!

Nese tumbles over steps as he tries to get away. Sterling distracts Silas but backs down as Silas shows punch, and Nese POSTS Silas! Nese hammerlocks Silas’s arm and RAMS him into the apron! Then Nese puts Silas in the ring, stomps him, and talks trash to Chicago as he stomps Silas against ropes. The ref reprimands, Nese lets off, but Sterling pulls the bad arm! Silas breaks free but Sterling still gets away. Nese soaks up the heat, he brings Silas up but Silas throws hands and CHOPS! Nese knees low! And CLUBS Silas, then CLUBS away on that arm! HOTSHOT to the arm! Nese then hurries up the corner to MISSILE DROPKICK!

Silas writhes, Nese covers, TWO! Nese keeps on Silas’s arm, and drops a leg right on the shoulder! And again! Fans boo but Nese clamps onto the arm and steps over for a mounted armlock. Silas endures, fans rally up, and Silas fights to his feet. Nese wrenches but double wristlocks! Silas fights that with a knee! And another knee! And another! Nese lets go, Silas hits a back suplex but Nese lands on his feet! Nese waistlocks but Silas switches, and Silas shoves Nese to a corner. Silas runs in, Nese gets around and rolls Silas up! Silas rolls through but Nese SOBAT- NO! Silas blocks the kick and LARIATS Nese down!

Fans fire up for Silas but Sterling shouts to Nese to get up. Silas shakes out the bad arm as Nese goes to the ropes. Silas runs in but Nese tosses Silas to the apron! Nese gets that bad arm but now Silas HOTSHOTS! Silas gets back up, and he slingshots for the DOUBLE STOMP! And then DOUBLE STOMPS again, and again! Fans fire up as Silas runs to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Into a ghost pin! TWO, and Silas watches Nese! Fireman’s carry, but Nese slips free to yank the arm! Fireman’s carry, but Silas slips free to O’Conner Roll! TWO, and Silas is sent into the POST! Nese runs side to side, PREMIER KNEE!! Cover, Nese wins!

Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall

Sterling celebrates with his client for finding a way to beat the Last Real Man! Sterling gives Silas his card, and Nese shows Silas respect with the Code of Honor. But will Nese learn to show some respect to fans?

 

Backstage interview with Dalton Castle.

Lexi is with The Peacock but points out he looks flustered. Castle says yes, he is exhausted! He has this goal, but there’s all these roadblocks, and it’s just so, so… Well, flustered is a great word, Lexi, that’s what’s going on. This smorgasbord of problems is preventing him from doing what he wants to do, and that is to do this for the fans! Does Lexi know what a smorgasbord is? She thinks. Well, he doesn’t mean charcuterie, or a hodge-podge. There’s a hummus ball of Samoa Joe, a gurken pickle of Stokely Hathaway, and they’re all colluding to impede what Castle is doing. And his Boys are sweet but they’re a handful to take care of!

And it’s so hard when people keep putting their hands all over The Boys! Castle takes a chug of water, and Lexi says he at least has a great looking new T-shirt for sale. Castle says he can’t even be happy about that, though, because all these distractions! He needs to EAT this smorgasbord of problems and put them in his belly! So what’s he gonna start with? He doesn’t know! He just doesn’t know! Well, flustered, bamboozled and distracted, will Castle be able to make it to the gold he wants?

 

Spanish Announce Project w/ Luther VS Adam Priest & Schaff!

Almost back to full power here, Angelico & Serpentico are getting back in action on behalf of SAP, looking to build their win streak to a whopping 3-0! Will the South African Stud and SNAKEMAN keep things rolling? Or will something get lost in translation?

The teams sort out and Angelico starts with Priest. They shake hands for the Code of Honor and the bell rings. Fans chant for “S A P!” Angelico and Priest tie up, Angelico wrenches an arm, but Priest rolls to wrench back. Priest wrenches again, wristlocks, but Angelico spins, slips through and has a standing armlock to a wrench and wristlock. Priest goes for a leg but Angelico twists the wrist. Priest goes after Angelico’s arm, wrenches and wristlocks, but Angelico slips around, spins Priest around, and then wrenches from another angle to arm-drag! Priest comes back but Angelico catches him to wrench and cording hold! Angelico gets both arms even!

Serpentico takes in, he and Angelico double wrench to double whip, then trip and ELBOW Priest down! Fans fire up as Serpentico wrenches but Priest knees low! Tag to Schaff and he CHOPS Serpentico down! Serpentico goes to a corner, Schaff ROCKS him, then goes corner to corner. SPLASH, and then Schaff stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Schaff lets off, but he goes corner to corner again to CANNONBALL! Schaff drags Serpentico up to suplex, hold, and TOSS! Fans fire up, Schaff SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Serpentico goes to the corner, and Schaff runs in, only for Serpentico to move!

Schaff bounces off buckles, he staggers after Serpentico and back suplexes, but Serpentico lands on his feet! Serpentico BOOTS Schaff away, and then BOOTS him again! Schaff comes back but the senton misses! Hot tag to Angelico! Fans fire up as Angelico rallies on Schaff with LARIATS! UPPERCUT for Priest, but Schaff full nelsons. Angelico arm-drags free then BOOTS Schaff down! Fans fire up and Angelico aims. Schaff jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK lands! Angelico then gets Schaff’s legs and ties them up, for the NAVARRO DEATHLOCK! Serpentico catches Priest to a GROUND COBRA TWIST! Schaff taps, SAP wins!

Winners: Spanish Announce Project, by submission

And the streak continues! SAP shows respect to Schaff & Priest, will they be vibing their way up to the ROH World Tag Team Championships?

 

Backstage interview with Kiera Hogan.

Lexi is with the fiery young star, and brings up her match with Leila Grey tonight. They used to be best baddies together, so is there any tension here? Kiera says to be honest, she and Leila didn’t have a problem. But if you want it, you can get it, though. Make sure you ready cuz she gives it, boo. But it doesn’t matter if it’s Leila Grey, Lady Frost, or any single woman in this locker room, and they’ll see why Kiera’s the hottest. If you can’t handle the heat, get up out the kitchen. And that’s all, PERIODT.

 

Skye Blue & Willow Nightingale VS The Renegade Sisters!

Chicago’s Own is back in action, and once again alongside the Babe with the Power. They’ve been a winning combination as of late, but can they keep it going and beat these sisters? Or will Robyn & Charlette show Illinois what Ohio’s all about?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and fans rally up as Skye starts against Charlette. They circle, Charlette & Robyn are annoyed by the chants for Skye, and the two tie up. Charlette headlocks, grinds the hold, but Skye powers out, only for Charlette to run her over! Charlette mocks the fans but Skye kips up! Fans fire up and Skye trips Charlette. Things speed up, Skye cartwheels over to then SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Skye keeps on Charlette, tags in Willow, and Willow runs in to clothesline Charlette! Feed to a SWINGING NECKBREAKER, and Willow adds a SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Willow drags Charlette up to headlock, she tags Skye back in, and Skye boots Charlette! Skye runs, hops on, but Charlette shrugs Skye off to kick low! Charlette whips, Skye reverses but Robyn tags in. Charlette gets around Skye to waistlock but Skye switches. Charlette uses that to bring Skye into a GAMANGIRI from Robyn! Charlette LARIATS, and Robyn rains down shots! “This your girl!? This is Skye Blue?!” Fans boo but Robyn bumps Skye off buckles. Tag to Charlette and Robyn sends her in to back body block! Robyn runs in to add DOUBLE KNEES! Feed to Charlette for a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!

Charlette was great but not quite perfect, so she clamps onto Skye with a chinlock. Fans rally as Skye endures, and Skye fights up. Skye throws body shots but Charlette CLUBS her down! Charlette steps over to mockingly hold Skye’s arm out, then she brings Skye around to bump off buckles. Tag to Robyn, the sisters go side to side, and they show double boot but Skye puts up the guard! The Renegades wait it out, and then they stomp Skye down! Fans boo but Robyn covers, only to let up? Robyn says no no, Skye isn’t getting off that easy. Fireman’s carry, but Skye fights free! Skye ELBOWS Charlette, but Robyn catches her!

Robyn tosses Skye away, Skye dodges her to hot tag Willow! Fans fire up as Willow rallies on the Renegades! Willow CLOBBERS Charlette again and again, CHOPS and ROCKS, but Robyn storms up. Willow whips her away, runs and POOOOUNCE! PERIOD!! Charlette runs up, but into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! The Renegades survive but Willow hauls Charlette up. Fireman’s carry, but Charlette fights free to waistlock. Willow switches, Charlette fights with elbows, JAWBREAKER and a tag to Robyn! Robyn runs, Renegades DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! And Skye SUPERKICKS Charlette!

Skye TOSSES Charlette out, Robyn drags Willow up, but Willow powers out to RAM Robyn into the corner! Tag to Skye, and Willow hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER on Robyn! Skye runs up and hops on, CODE BLUE!! Cover, Skye & Willow win!

Winners: Skye Blue & Willow Nightingale, by pinfall

#NightSkye keeps on winning, they’re on a roll! But will they be heading for gold in the near future?

 

ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championship Proving Ground: The Mogul Embassy VS Griff Garrison, Metalik & Gravity!

Speaking of titles, Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona keep holding onto these titles, but the competition is getting closer and closer. Will the Ivy League MVP, the King of the Ropes, and the Astronaut of Lucha earn themselves a shot? Or will The Machine & The Gates of Agony slam the doors shut up them?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the trios sort out, and Griff starts against Kaun. The two circle, Griff avoids an early takedown, but then they tie up. Kaun headlocks, Griff powers out but Kaun runs him over! Things speed up, Griff hurdles but Kaun shoves him. Kaun hurdles, drops, and CLOBBERS Griff! Kaun drags Griff up, brings him over, and tags Liona. But Griff fights back with forearms and elbows! But Kaun hits a BACKSTABBER, and feeds Griff to a BELLY2BELLY! Liona snarls as he stalks Griff to ropes, and then CHOKES him! The ref counts, Liona lets off at 4, and Nana creeps over.

Liona tags to Cage, they double whip Griff to ropes, and then DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Cage flexes while fans are torn. Gravity y Metalik call to Griff but Cage ROCKS Griff to ropes. Cage stands Griff up to CHOP! Nana says this is what they do to skinny blondies! Cage whips, but Griff KIKCKS back! Griff runs, but into an UPPERCUT! Cage suplexes, Griff slips free and BOOTS! Cage goes down! Hot tag to Gravity! Gravity runs in to slip around, but Cage swings the crucifix, only for Gravity to cradle counter! TWO, and Cage swings! Gravity dodges, handsprings, but into a waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Gravity lands on his feet!

Gravity SUPERKICKS, tilt-o-whirls, and rolls Cage to then ENZIGURI! Cage leans on ropes and fans fire up. Gravity runs, but Cage LARIATS him down! But Metalik tags in! CROSSBODY! Metalik takes Cage down, GAMANGIRIS Liona and DECKS Kaun! Metalik ROCKS Cage, CHOPS, and then flexes on him. Metalik whips, Cage reverses but Metalik handsprings! Cage gets clear, kicks low and whips Metalik to a corner, but Metalik BOOTS back! Metalik runs up to SLING-DOG! Cage flounders, fans fire up and Metalik goes up and along the ropes, MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up m ore as Metalik goes up the corner!

Metalik aims, tightrope walks, and he SWANTONS! Cover, Kaun breaks it! Gravity SUPER PUNCHES Kaun! Kaun puts Gravity on the apron and HOTSHOTS Gravity down! Griff ROLLING ELBOWS Kaun! Fans fire up with Griff and he runs corner to corner, STINGER- NO, he hits only buckles, then Liona POUNCES him out of the ring!! Metalik CHOPS Kaun, CHOPS Liona, repeat! Cage is up, Metalik runs into a SUPERKICK! ROCK-A-BYE- NO!! Metalik slips out of the cradling! Metalik SUPERKICKS Liona, swings on Kaun but is put into a full nelson! Cage helps hoist Metalik up and Liona is up top! HAMMOCK SPLASH BOMB!! Cover, The Embassy wins!

Winners: The Mogul Embassy, by pinfall (denies Griff, Metalik & Gravity a title opportunity)

Just when it seems like these monsters were being figured out, they level up! Will anyone ever stop these three from dominating the ROH Trios Division?

 

Kiera Hogan VS Leila Grey!

As she said earlier tonight, Kiera will take on anyone and show them they’re not as hot. Will she heat up her win streak by taking down her former baddie in arms? Or will Leila show us why she’s the Last Baddie Standing?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, the two tie up, and Kiera headlocks. Leila pulls tights to put Kiera in the corner! The ref counts, Leila lets off and they both argue their case to the ref. Kiera and Leila reset and tie up, and Kiera wrenches the arm to headlock again. Leila pulls hair and tights and whatever else she can grab! Leila puts Kiera in the corner again, the ref reprimands and Leila lets off, to ROCK Kiera with a sucker punch! Leila grins, shrugs, and then whips Kiera corner to corner. Leila runs in but Kiera goes up and over, things speed up, and Kiera slides under to then KNEE Leila down!

Leila goes to ropes, Kiera runs in to HIP ATTACK! Kiera YANKS the rope to jam Leila up, then STEP-UP LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Leila goes to a corner, Kiera eggs her on and Leila says to chill out. But then Leila YANKS Kiera into the buckles! Leila stomps away, the ref has her back off. Leila says alright, fine. Leila drags Kiera up, whips her to ropes, and KNEES her low! Leila mocks Kiera’s pain, says “This is how Baddies do it, baby.” Leila ROCKS Kiera, TOSSES her across the way, then runs in to basement dropkick! Kiera flops against ropes, and Leila BRONCO BUSTERS! The ref counts and Leila lets off.

Leila stalks Kiera, drags her up, but fans duel as Leila CHOPS! Kiera goes to a corner, Leila CHOPS her again! Leila says one more, but Kiera CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Kiera whips, Leila reverses, and Leila BACK ELBOWS Kiera down! Leila soaks up the cheers and jeers, then kicks Kiera around. Leila stalks Kiera, runs in at the corner, but Kiera moves! Leila stops herself, comes back, spins Kiera and fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Kiera hangs in there and fans rally up. Leila pushes Kiera around, toys with her, and swings, but Kiera counter punches! And again! Kiera fires off forearms and fans fire up!

Leila shoves Kiera. Kiera dodges and CLOBBERS Leila! Kiera fires up, rallies with more forearms, and then SHOTGUNS Leila down! Kiera runs in at the corner, HIP ATTACK! Kiera goes side to side, BOOT WASH! Kiera pushes Leila to a cover, TWO!! Leila is hanging tough and Kiera grows frustrated. Fans rally behind Kiera and she storms up on Leila. Kiera runs, but Leila SPEARS! Cover, TWO!! Kiera survives and Leila is furious! Leila storms around, grabs her little hand fan, and she folds it up so it’s solid. She swings, misses, and Kiera SUPERKICKS! The ref catches the hand fan as it goes flying!

Kiera reels Leila in, says that’s all, PERIODT! FISHERMAN SCREW! Bridging cover, Kiera wins!

Winner: Kiera Hogan, by pinfall

Kiera made Leila #FaceTheMusic, and Kiera’s on top! Will this fire burn even hotter though the Summer is over?

 

Backstage interview with Maria Kanellis-Bennett.

Lexi is with the First Lady of Wrestling, and brings up the opportunity Maria said she was offering Griff Garrison. Can she tell us more about that? Maria says the opportunity she thinks she’ll explain to Griff in person first. But she loves creating opportunities for younger wrestlers, and this particular opportunity is to protect the legacy. The legacy built by her Kingdom- Wait, Cole Karter all but pushes Griff on set and proudly proclaims he found Griff for Maria. Also, he’s wearing a “I ♥ Hot Moms” shirt… Yes, thank you, Karter… Hi, Griff. How you feeling? Not so good. Yeah, she saw the match, and the loss.

But Maria still believes Griff has so much raw potential. Karter echoes “Raw potential!” Maria says that’s only if Griff is surrounded by the right people. So she wants Griff to know The Kingdom are the right people. Just think about that, okay? Yeah, just think about it, Griff. Karter follows Maria out, what will Griff choose to do with his future?

 

Six Man Tag: Willie Mack & The Infantry w/ Trish Adora VS Davey Bang, August Matthews & JAH-C!

Not only is it the Return of the Mack, it’s the return of Captain Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo to active duty! Will this trio march their way into the Trios Division?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the trios sort out, and Carlie starts against Jah-C. They circle, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Carlie wrenches to a wristlock, then headlocks. Jah powers out but Carlie runs him over! Carlie wrenches and wrenches and tags in Dean. They double whip, Jah reverses and kicks, but Dean blocks to hand that off to Carlie, so then Dean can go around and ENZIGURI! Carlie then slips around to JUMP NECKBREAKER! Jah scrambles away, tag to August. Fans fire up as Dean points to Mack. Tag to Mack and fans rally up as Mack circles with one half of Team Bangin’. Mack swaggers up and eggs August on.

August goes for a leg but he can’t throw Mack over! Mack whips, drops, hurdles and rolls back. August leaps over but Mack HIP TOSSES hard! Mack then redirects August to GAMANGIRI! Cover, TWO! August scrambles away, tag to Bang. Mack tags Dean, Dean gets around Bang and JAB! JAB! JAB! Dean then spins and DECKS Bang! Fans fire up as Dean runs in to BIG BACK ELBOW Bang! Tag to Carlie, he runs in to juke and DECK Bang! Tag to Mack, feed to a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Bang survives but Mack says okay. Mack drags Bang up, says he’s gonna bang this bro, and he gets Bang up in a Canadian Rack.

Jah & August save Bang but Mack staggers into a tag. Jah, Bang & August regroup, but run into TRIPLE SUPERKICKS! Mack clears out Jah and August, and then Dean wrenches Bang. Carlie runs and the Infantry hit BOOT CAMP! Cover, Mack & Infantry win!

Winners: Willie Mack & The Infantry, by pinfall

Trish Adora celebrates with her boys, and Carlie is excited for this trio. Will they stick together to storm the Gates of Agony?

 

Backstage interview with Lee Johnson.

Lexi is with Big Shotty and brings up his ROH World Championship Proving Ground match. If Lee beats Claudio, he has a future world title match. That sounds great to Lee. Lee is back and hungry and feeling healthy! He feels like he can conquer any obstacle put in his way. “Claudio, tonight, you are that obstacle. And baby, I’ma shoot it to you straight like this. I am not here to take part, I am here to take over! So tonight, all I need is one shot.” Will Lee be able to bring down the Swiss Superman with that shot?

 

Leyla Hirsch VS Lady Frost!

ROH continues to be LEGIT with Leyla storming up the ranks, but she just ran into a cold front! Will Leyla still keep the win streak hot? Or will she fail to break the Coolest Wrestler You’ll Ever Meet?

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Leyla kicks the hand away! The bell rings, the two tie up and fans fire up as they go around. They break, tie up again, and go around again. They break again, and circle. Fans rally, the two tie up, and Frost powers Leyla back but Leyla turns it around. Frost fights out of the corner but Leyla arm-drags. Frost holds onto the collar ‘n’ elbow, and the two go around again. Frost drags Leyla down but Leyla drags Frost down. They stand, Leyla puts Frost in a corner but Frost goes up. Leyla arm-drags Frost away! The two reset, Frost gets around to waistlock but Leyla bucks the O’Conner, only for Frost to run her over!

Fans fire up and Frost runs. Frost jumps over Leyla’s dropdown, rolls back but into a KICK! Leyla drags Frost around, stomps the arm, and then drops knees on the elbow! Maria appears on stage, and Karter follows like the lovesick puppy dog he is, as Leyla is still Maria’s number one prospect. Frost endures as Leyla drops elbows on the elbow, then stomps the arm again! Leyla drags Frost around, then KICKS the bad arm! The ref reprimands, Leyla argues with him, but Frost rolls her up! TWO, and Leyla knees low! Leyla whips Frost to a corner, runs in and FOREARM SMASH! Leyla sits Frost down, runs and SWINGING DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO!

Frost is hanging in there but Leyla clamps onto that bad arm! Frost resists the Fujiwara but Leyla taunts her and rubs her forearm in Frost’s face. Maria likes what she sees but fans rally up. Frost fights to her feet, but Leyla wrangles her right back down! Frost endures, fights up again, but Maria smirks as Leyla still has control. Frost ROCKS Leyla, but Leyla gets that bad arm to WRING it! But Frost rolls through! Frost rallies on Leyla with elbows and clotheslines! Frost then dodges to kick a leg out, but Leyla ducks the buzzsaw! But the HEEL KICK hits! Leyla goes to a corner, Frost runs in, and she handsprings to CANNONBALL! Fans fire up, Frost covers, TWO!

Frost grows frustrated but Leyla is tough. Frost runs up again, SPIN- NO, Leyla avoids the kick by inches! And gets Frost for an EXPLODER! Fans fire up, Leyla drags Frost by the bad arm, LEGIT ARMBAR!! Frost taps, Leyla wins!

Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission

And the LEGIT win streak makes it to 10-0! Maria and Karter join Leyla in the ring, Karter holding the rope open for her. Not that she needed it but nice that he offered. Maria offers a handshake to Leyla, but Leyla just walks past Maria. Leyla says she doesn’t need anyone, she’s doing just fine all on her own. Maria says okay, but will she cook up something to prove Leyla wrong?

 

Eddie Kingston & Katsuyori Shibata VS Blake Christian & Gringo Loco!

The Mad King & The Wrestler made a powerful combo at All Out, but a minor miscalculation allowed Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta to win. Will the NJPW Strong Openweight and ROH Pure Champions redeem themselves on ROH TV? Or will All Heart & The Crazy White Boy get themselves some golden tickets in Chicago?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and fans rally behind Eddie but Shibata starts with Blake. They circle, fans chant for Gringo. Shibata and Blake tie up, Shibata waistlocks but Blake pries the hold open. Shibata shifts to a full nelson, then he spins and snapmares Blake down to a chilock. Blake endures the knee in his back, bridges up to relieve some pressure, but Shibata gets a leg and ties Blake right up into a FIGURE FOUR! Blake endures, fans rally, and Shibata adds pressure by pulling on the foot. Shibata eggs Blake on, avoids his haymakers, and then pushes up for more pressure!

Blake scrambles and gets the ROPEBREAK! Shibata lets off fast, and he brings Blake up. Shibata bumps Blake off buckles, tags in Eddie and fans cheer as Eddie starts up the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans fire up as Eddie tops it off, then tags Shibata. Shibata CHPOS, JABS and repeat! Fans fire up and the ref counts, Blake sits down and Shibata shakes out his hand. Blake’s got some busted and bloody blisters as Shibata tags Eddie back in. Eddie drags Blake up to clinch, and EXPLODER! Cover, ONE!! Blake is hanging in there but Eddie brings Blake up. Eddie suplexes, Blake slips free and duck sunder to handspring and NEURALIZER!

Blake hurries to hot tag Gringo! Fans fire up as Gringo steps to Eddie, and CHOPS! Eddie eggs Gringo on, so Gringo CHOPS again! Eddie brings down the straps and fans fire up. Gringo CHOPS again, but Eddie CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Eddie runs, into a CALF KICK! Gringo brings Eddie up to whip to ropes, but Eddie reverses, drops under, but Gringo stops to STANDING MOONSAULT! Gringo keeps moving to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Gringo says it was that close, and the fans rally up behind him. Gringo drags Eddie up, brings him over, and tags in Blake. Blake runs to BLAST Shibata, then he comes back to stomp Eddie.

Blake whips, Eddie reverses but Gringo puts Blake up top. Eddie runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Gringo goes up to join Blake and he fires the fans up! Gringo DOUBLE JUMP MOONSAULTS, and then Blake follows in kind with a 450 SPLASH! Cover, Shibata breaks it! Fans rally, Blake stomps Eddie then goes up again. FROG SPLASH onto knees! Eddie saves himself but that was a little double-edged! Fans rally up, Eddie and Blake crawl, hot tag to Shibata! Shibata runs to BOOT Gringo, then he storms up on Blake. Shibata runs Blake to the corner to then BOOT him! Shibata fires off forearms, runs corner to corner, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK!

Fans fire up and Shibata hauls Blake up, HALF HATCH! Cover, Gringo breaks it! Gringo CHOPS Shibata down, rallies the fans, and Gringo aims, but Eddie storms in. Eddie blocks a kick, spins Gringo, but Gringo DRAGON WHIPS! Eddie wobbles, but he URAKENS! Gringo goes down, Eddie swings on Blake but Blake blocks and snapmares, to basement dropkick! Fans fire up as Blake takes aim and builds speed, to FLY! Fosbury Flop takes Eddie down! Fans fire up as Blake hurries to put Shibata back in and aims from the apron. SPRINGBOARD 450, but he has to roll through as Shibata moves!

Blake runs back in to SOBAT! Blake handsprings, but into a SLEEPER!! Shibata squeezes tight, sits Blake down, and then runs to PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata & Eddie win!

Winners: Eddie Kingston & Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall

The champions win out this time, but they still show respect to Blake & Gringo. Who will be next to challenge The Wrestler for his Pure title? And will The Mad King get himself a shot at Claudio Castagnoli?

 

Backstage with Josh Woods & Mark Sterling.

Lexi is with The Technical Beast and Smart Mark, and says Woods has seen a lot of success since separating from The Varsity Athletes to focus on his own singles career. So then, what is next for him? Sterling says there has been a lot of success. We’re here in the United Center in Chicago, and Sterling says he got to thinking of the people here. The people of Chicago got to sit through Michael Jordan’s career, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, in his prime. Then Sterling thinks about the people around the world that some day will get to say, “I saw Josh Woods, the greatest wrestler of all time, live.”

And it is just unfortunate that Woods wasn’t doing that tonight here. Because the talent here in ROH is just not up to snuff for Josh Woods, the NATIONAL CHAMPION! So consider this an open challenge. Woods would like to take on the best of the best pure wrestlers from around the world. Because Woods is #DTF, Down To Fight! Any time, any where! Call Sterling at 347-SMART-40, and let’s see what we can do. Then who will answer the call by giving Sterling a call and take on the national champion?

 

ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Lee Johnson!

The Swiss Superman has been ignoring Eddie Kingston while calling out everyone else to step up. Big Shotty’s ready to step up, but will this be his shot? Or will he not even make it to the time limit?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and we’re on the clock. They tie up, Claudio puts Lee in a corner, but the ref counts. Claudio lets off and he pie faces Lee. So Lee SLAPS back! Claudio UPPERCUTS again and again and again! The ref counts, Claudio UPPERCUTS until Lee sits down, then even UPPERCUTS some more! The ref counts, Claudio lets off so as not to hand Lee this win. Lee sputters, crawls along the ropes, and tries to get up. Claudio brings Lee up to back suplex high and hard! Kneeling cover, ONE! Lee huffs ‘n’ puffs and fans rally, but Claudio drags Lee up to scoop and SLAM!

Lee writhes, Claudio stalks him to ropes, and fans rally up. Claudio gets the legs to YANK Lee up, but Lee lands on his feet! Lee slips under, rolls Claudio up, ONE!! Claudio runs in but into an ELBOW! Lee ENZIGURIS, then goes up and up and QUEBRADAS, but is caught! Claudio shakes his head, pops Lee around, but Lee swings it to a DDT! Cover, TWO! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Claudio shakes his head but Lee pounds the mat. Fans rally up, Lee fires himself up, and he fireman’s carries! Claudio blocks, so Lee throws forearms! Claudio eggs Lee on, Lee runs, but Claudio UPPERCUTS him down! Cover, TWO!

Lee shakes his head, he is still in this. Claudio says okay, and he throws off the elbow pad! UPPERCUT into an arm hook! Claudio fights Lee’s backslide, flips things around, but Lee flips up and over. CRADLE! TWO!! Claudio escapes, to LARIAT Lee right down! Cover, TWO!?! Lee survives that shot and Claudio is surprised! Fans fire up but Claudio shakes his head. Claudio clamps onto Lee, for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! The BCC special is rag-dolling Lee! The ref checks, but Claudio says no! He wants to finish this! POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, Claudio wins!

Winner: Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall (denies Lee Johnson a title opportunity)

Claudio “shows respect” with the Code of Honor handshake, but no one has even slowed him down. Will anyone come close to taking this title from him?

 

The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson VS Wren Jones & Kaleb Konley!

As Jacked Jameson says himself, Dirty Bulk Bronson & Beefcake Boulder are beefy ‘n’ bulky, jacked ‘n’ juicy, LAAAARGE~ and in charge! They’re sippin’ sauce and livin’ hoss, will they make ROH the Savage Sanctuary?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Bronson starts against “The Midnight Son,” Kaleb Konley. The two circle, tie up, and Bronson shoves Konley down! Konley storms up to shove Bronson but Bronson shoves him back. Konley kicks, Bronson blocks and CLOBBERS him! And again! Bronson whips Konley, scoops and POWERSLAMS! Bronson drags Konley over, tags in Boulder, and Boulder scoops Konley. Konley slips free, tags to Jones, and Jones CHOPS! Jones fires up but Boulder doesn’t flinch! Boulder scoops Jones and catches Konley, SCRAPBUSTER SIDEWALK SLAM COMBO!

Boulder brings down the straps and fans fire up! Tag to Bronson, and Boulder hoists Bronson up! Electric Chair Lift, SAVAGE SPLASH!! Cover, The Savages win!!

Winners: The Iron Savages, by pinfall

A fast and furious win for these behemoths, and Bronson’s ready to bust! But will they bust through to the next level and get some gold?

 

Backstage interview with Athena and Billie Starkz.

Lexi is with the Fallen Goddess and her minion, and we’ve seen them as a duo. Is Athena satisfied with Billie’s, uh, “minionship?” Athena asks Lexi where is her shirt. Y’know, the custom made, 17 hours of work, rhinestone encrusted friendship shirt?! Lexi takes off her coat to show she has it on. Good. At least someone appreciates Athena. Athena then brings Billie in by her collar and tells her that Athena has done everything for her! Athena’s taken Billie under her wing and given her more passes than her own mother! Athena doesn’t know where she’s gone wrong! Three times, Billie has left Athena hanging. THREE TIMES!! WHY!?

Has Athena not been good to Billie? Billie defends she did everything she was supposed to. Everything…? Oh, well, Billie didn’t know! That’s it! Athena says they’ll give Billie some home training. Some minion training. Athena drags Billie off, just what kind of training is that going to be? Will Billie survive it?

 

8 Man Tag: Action Andretti, Darius Martin & Best Friends VS The Workhorsemen & The Outrunners!

The Sight to See and the Air Wolf join forces with The Kentucky Gentleman and #JustTrent to take on JD Drake, Anthony Henry, Turbo Floyd & Truth Magnum in a battle of friendship! Sorta. But then, which team of super friends comes out on top?

No Code of Honor here as Henry leads the attack! Henry knocks down Trent, JD and Truth mug Action, then Truth & Turbo go after Darius and Chuck! The bell rings, fans boo, but the brawling continues on! Turbo keeps Chuck in the ring, everyone else spills out, and fans rally up. Turbo then throws Chuck out, while the Workhorsemen whip Trent to ropes from the outside, and JD DECKS Trent on the rebound! Truth SMACKS Darius off the apron, Henry CALF KICKS Trent over the railing! Fans boo but the Outrunners soak up the heat. Henry slides in, JD drags Trent over the railing and sends him in.

Henry drags Trent up, scoops him, but Trent slips off! JD tags in before the O’Conner Roll so he can DDT Trent! Cover, TWO! JD drags Trent up, tags in Turbo and Turbo tags Truth. The Outrunners coordinate, POWERSLAM NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, Chuck breaks it! Fans fire up but Turbo BLASTS Action! Truth drags Trent over, tags Henry, and Henry whips Trent to a corner. Henry whips JD in, JD CANNONBALLS! Henry hurries up top now, JD BLASTS Chuck, Action & Darius! Henry DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS Trent! Cover, TWO!! Trent survives and Henry is furious, but he drags Trent over.

Fans rally, Henry taunts Trent and says they’re gonna finish this. Henry reaches out but Turbo snipes the tag from JD! JD is upset but Henry calms him down, they’re all the same team right now anyway. Turbo drags Trent up, tags Truth in, and they try again, but Trent slips free! Trent shoves Outrunners into each other! Fans fire up, Trent fights the Workhorsemen off, but The Outrunners keep Trent from his corner! JD wants them to hit Trent, but Trent ducks their double clothesline to hot tag Darius! Fans fire up as Darius rallies on The Outrunners with big forearms! Atomic drop for Truth, then a CHOP!

Darius whips Truth, Truth reverses but Darius BOOTS him back! Darius goes up, reels Truth in, and he gets Turbo at the same time, DOUBLE DDT COMBO! JD runs in to CHOP Darius! JD talks trash, ROCKS Darius with forearm after forearm, but Action runs in. Action ducks a chop, Darius gives him a boost into the wheelbarrow, and then they combine for a BULLDOG BASEMENT DROPKICK COMBO! But Henry PENALTY KICKS Action! And PELES Darius! Henry waistlocks but Darius switches. Henry ELBOWS free, only to run into a SHOTGUN GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO! Fans fire up but the Outrunners CLOBBER Action & Darius!

Action tumbles out, The Outrunners mug Darius, then they say they’re gonna go up! They double suplex Darius but Chuck makes the save! Darius hot tags Trent, and Chuck sends Outrunners into each other! Trent brings Turbo around, SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Action & Darius return, fans fire up, and they GROUP HUG! You GOT to give the people- Oh, wait, Excalibur isn’t here. Then Action & Darius DOUBLE PLANCHA The Workhorsemen and Truth! Trent hauls Turbo up, Chuck climbs up, STRONG ZERO!! Cover, Best Friends and friends win!

Winners: Action Andretti, Darius Martin & Best Friends, by pinfall

A big win in the main event for these teams, and they’re ready to chase down those ROH World Tag Team Championships! But will it be Top Flight MKII or Best Friends that catch MJF & Adam Cole first?


My Thoughts:

A really good ROH here, though this was an hour and 43 minutes, a touch longer than they’ve been going lately. Good filler stuff like Skye & Willow getting another win together, SAP getting another win of their own, The Iron Savages getting on the winning side again, and Willie & The Infantry having a fun first win as a trio. Eddie & Shibata VS Blake & Gringo was also basically a filler match but also really good. I do like that Eddie & Shibata are sticking together, but it feels like this match was a test run for the All Out match with Claudio & Yuta (because duh, ROH is prerecorded). Still hoping that win at All Out then brings us around to Eddie VS Claudio, Winner Takes All.

Great stuff from the ROH Women’s World Championship story, with a really good promo to open the show and set up tonight’s title match. Really good title match, too, and I like that Athena is trying to force Billie into being a Heel like her and it not working. I would hope we get a vignette of this “minion training” for some fun and hilarious bits, but also this has to move Billie towards standing up to Athena and getting her own title match. Good match from Kiera VS Leila Grey, and good match from Frost VS Leyla Hirsch. Good story intertwining between all the prospects Maria Kanellis has her eyes on, and especially Leyla brushing Maria off.

Karter’s shirt is basically a sign he simps for Maria, and I really feel this is all going to blow up in his face. I don’t know if Griff takes Maria’s offer, but it would be funny if Maria passes on Karter for Griff. Nese of course keeps trying the Group Training but he at least gets a win tonight. Also good promo from Sterling to set up an open challenge, can’t wait to see who answers.

And really good 8 Man Tag main event, though also a bit of a filler in itself. Good win for the Faces, but there’s a lot of other stuff going on with the tag titles since MJF & Adam Cole have them. I would love if MJF & Cole actually showed up on ROH TV but HAH, like that happens with those two being such big names and ROH not being actually seen as a big deal. Because, duh, they put the tag titles on the two big names of AEW to add drama to their brochacho story.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Got my mind on my money and my money on my mind!

WWE made it through Clash at the Castle, and now prepares for Money in the Bank! Who will qualify for the Men’s & Women’s ladder matches tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: ???
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: ???

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Will the Rogue Luchador have his revenge on the Murder Machine?

After winning Best of the Super Juniors, El Desperado got Sho to accept an IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship STEEL CAGE MATCH, so will Sho have no choice but to do this without the House of Torture?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff – Masatora Yasuda VS Daiki Nagai; Time Limit Draw.
  • 10 Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Tomohiro Ishii, Satoshi Kojima, Katsuya Murashima & Shoma Kato VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • DOUKI & Taichi VS Ren Narita & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Douki & Taichi win.
  • Bishamon VS EVIL & Dick Togo; Bishamon wins.
  • Tetsuya Naito & Titan VS Taka Michinoku & Yuya Uemura; Naito & Titan win.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg; Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win and become the new NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Clark Connors & “Drilla” Dan Moloney VS Robbie Eagles & Kosei Fujita; Connors & Drilla win and retain the titles.
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi VS HENARE; Henare wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.
  • IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship: David Finlay VS SANADA; Finlay wins and retains the title.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Steel Cage Match: SHO VS El Desperado; Desperado wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.

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NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg!

It’s a Dominion rematch as Yota Tsuji, Bushi & Hiromu Takahashi once again face The Ace, The Joker & The Rook! It was already rather incredible that LIJ won in the first place, will they prove it wasn’t just luck at Osaka-Jo Hall? Or will Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg prove you can’t keep bad boys down?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and let’s see who really runs the schoolyard!

The teams sort out and while Yota and Oleg stare down, Yano insists he start. Hiromu obliges, and they both squat at the middle of the ring. They talk some smack, then the bell rings. And Hiromu copies Yano by going right to a corner to untie a buckle pad! Yano SMACKS Hiromu on the back of the head, then finishes the job himself! Hiromu SMACKS Yano on the head! Hiromu whips, Yano reveres, but Hiromu holds the ropes and copies Yano’s taunt! Yano runs up but Hiromu drop toeholds him onto ropes! Then he KICKS the rope, runs, but into an atomic drop! Yano tags Oleg and Tanahashi jump in, too.

Oleg & Tanahashi double whip to DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE Hiromu! Oleg then scoops Hiromu to SLAM him! Tanahashi drops an elbow, Oleg SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and Yano tags back in. Yano whips but Hiromu reverses, only for Yano to avoid the bare buckles. Hiromu runs in, but only gets bare buckles! Yano runs, but into a kick! Bushi gets in to dropkick legs out, then Yota runs in to basement dropkick! Bushi & Yota then knock Tanahashi & Oleg off the apron! Bushi & Yota then go out after them, stomp them down, and Hiromu stomps Yano. Hiromu drags Yano up, bumps him off the red corner, and tags Bushi in.

Bushi stomps Yano, digs his knee in, and the ref counts. Bushi lets go of the ropes, but that’s not the problem! The ref reprimands and Bushi steps away. Bushi drags Yano up, wrenches and wristlocks to then YANK the arm and CLUB it. Tag to Yota, he BOOTS the arm! Yano clutches the elbow, but Yota wrenches the arm to YANK it. Tag to Hiromu and he climbs up, and the fans rally for the AX HANDLE! Yota drops to his knees and Hiromu mocks his pain while bringing him back up. Hiromu whips Yano tot he corner, clotheslines, snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Hiromu calls to Yota, and he has Yota scoop him, for the assisted SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Hiromu has the ref watch Tanahashi & Oleg, then calls Bushi in! LIJ double whip Yano but Yano holds ropes! Yano sends Hiromu into Bushi, then throws them both down by their heads! The fans fire up, Yano and Hiromu crawl, and hot tag to Tanahashi! Yota tags in but Tanahashi dropkicks the legs out! Tanahashi fires hands, whips, but Yota reverses, only for Tanahashi to FLYING FOREARM! The fans fire up as Tanahashi fires fast hands, then Tanahashi scoops to SLAM Yota into the drop zone! Tanahashi goes up, SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi stays cool and the fans rally up. Yota rises, Tanahashi runs, but Yota TOSSES Tanahashi out!

The fans fire up as Tanahashi skins the cat! But then Yota ROCKS him with a right! Tanahashi falls back into a corner, Yota runs in, and he STINGER SPLASHES! Yota keeps going, he runs Tanahashi over, then SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up and Yota drags Tanahashi up. Yota reels Tanahashi in, suplexes, but Tanahashi fights it, to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT The fans rally up while both men are down. Tanahashi and Yota crawl, hot tag to Oleg! Oleg runs Yota over, gets him back up and fires forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Oleg whips, but Yota RAN- NO! Oleg stops the rana to get Yota up, for Shake, Rattle and THROW!

Oleg even kips up! The fans fire up, Oleg BLASTS Bushi & Hiromu off the corner, then he stalks Yota. Oleg waistlocks to deadlift Yota, for a GERMAN- NO, Yota fights free! Yota clinches, BACKBREAKER to FLATLINER to DOUBLE STOMP! Both men are down and the fans rally back up. Yota crawls over, hot tag to Bushi! Bushi goes up the corner, Oleg rises, and Bushi MISSILE DROPKICKS! And Bushirooni! Bushi runs corner to corner to ELBOW Oleg, then he brings Oleg in to FISHERMAN SCREW! Hiromu BLASTS Tanahashi & Yano! LIJ gets Oleg up, whips him to the corner, then Hiromu runs in to clothesline!

Bushi adds a back elbow, feeds to the SUPERKICK, then BACKSTABBERS! Cover, Tanahashi breaks it! Hiromu tosses Tanahashi out, Bushi and Oleg rise. Bushi runs up, CODE- NO, Oleg tosses Bushi away! Yano throws Bushi down! Hiromu SUPERKICKS Yano! Tanahashi blocks a superkick, but Yota gets in! Tanahashi blocks that superkick, too!? Tanahashi DOUBLE DRAGON SCREWS! The fans fire up but Bushi kicks low. Bushi runs, but into a SLINGBLADE! The fans fire up and Tanahashi drags Bushi up. Feed to Oleg for the KAMIKA- NO, Bushi slips free, and ENZIGIRIS! Oleg wobbles, Bushi goes to the corner!

Bushi runs up again, CODE- NO!! Oleg still blocks, and he fireman’s carries! Oleg coordinates with Tanahashi as he climbs, but Yota gets in Tanahashi’s way! Bushi rolls Oleg up! Tanahashi shoves Yota down onto the cover!! Tanahashi then aims to TRIPLE HIGH FLY ATTACK LIJ!! The fans are all fired up and Oleg drags Bushi back up! Fireman’s carry, and KAMIKAZE!! Cover, Oleg and team win!!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg, by pinfall

The Rook comes through for the team, and they get the belts back! Has Oleg proved he’s far from just a Young Lion now? Or will we need quite the tiebreaker between these trios to put this to rest?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Clark Connors & “Drilla” Dan Moloney VS Robbie Eagles & Kosei Fujita w/ Zack Sabre Jr!

The Bullet Club War Dogs claimed their losses to the TMDK Junior Heavyweights were flukes, but they still have to put up the gold. Will 100 Proof & 44 Caliber shoot down the Sniper of the Sky & Ichiban Young Punk? Or will we see that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who’s really number one with a bullet!

The teams sort out and Fujita starts against Connors. The bell rings, the two stare down and the fans rally up. The two circle, feel things out, then Connors swings on Eagles! Eagles ROCKS Connors first! Fujita ROCKS Connors, then he DECKS Drilla! Eagles jumps in, TMDK double whip to hip toss, then PENALTY KICK! Drilla storms in but into DOUBLE BLOWS! Then TMDK rolls Drilla back to DOUBLE KNEE SMASH! Eagles rallies the fans, Fujita builds speed, but Connors gets in, JEEP FLIPPER! Drilla drags Eagles out, too, and sends him into railing! Connors stomps Fujita while Drilla tosses Eagles over railing!

Drilla steps over and has fans move aside. Connors keeps on Fujita on the other end of the arena while Drilla BOWLS Eagles into chairs! STRIKE! Connors fires hands on Fujita, and he tells a segment of fans to move! Then he BOWLS Fujita into the chairs! Another STRIKE! The fans cheer while Connors throws up the Too Sweet. Drilla drags Eagles around, scoops him, and then SLAMS him onto some seats! The ring count starts, but Connors is bringing Fujita back. Connors POSTS Fujita at 5 of 20, then takes his time to scuff Fujita before he steps in at 12. Connors taunts ZSJ at ringside, but Fujita rolls in at 17! The fans cheer but Connors mockingly applauds.

Connors kneels on Fujita’s neck, the ref reprimands and counts, and Connors steps away. Connors drags Fujita up, Drilla dusts off his boot, and Connors bumps Fujita off the boot! Tag to Drilla, and he CHOPS! And then he digs his boots in! The ref counts, Drilla steps off at 4. Connors CHOKES Fujita against ropes while the ref is busy with Drilla. The fans boo but Connors lets off before the ref catches him. Drilla looms over Fujita as he sputters, and the fans rally up. Fujita rises to throw body shots and forearms! Drilla CHOPS Fujita down! Drilla drags Fujita around, steps through, and ties up the legs into a DEATHLOCK!

Drilla tags Connors in, and Connors stomps away on Fujita! Then he JUMP ELBOW DROPS! Drilla lets Fujita go so Connors can cover, TWO! Connors smirks as he grabs the leg, and he mockingly calls “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” Drilla bark, bark, barks! Connors steps through to steal the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Eagles storms in but Drilla intercepts to TOSS him back out! Connors thrashes Fujita around but Fujita endures! Fujita crawls forward, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and the ref reprimands. Connors lets off with a smug grin, then drags Fujita up. But Fujita fires a forearm, and a CHOP!

Connors eggs Fujita on so Fujita CHOPS! Connors UPPERCUTS! Connors whips, but Fujita GAMANGIRIS! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Connors crawls and tags in Drilla. Drilla grabs Fujita’s leg but Fujita BOOTS him away! Fujita scrambles, hot tag to Eagles! Eagles goes up and over Drilla, BOOTS Connors, then RANAS Drilla! The fans fire up with Eagles and he KICKS Drilla! And KICKS! And KICKS! Eagles runs, Connors sneaks in to CLOBBER him! Connors & Drilla double whip, Eagles reverses to send Connors away! Then he sends Drilla into Connors! Eagles kicks a leg out, then runs to BLINDSIDE LARIAT BASEMENT DROPKICK COMBO!

The fans fire up with Eagles and he goes corner to corner at Drilla! DOUBLE KNEES! Drilla sits down, Eagles runs in to METEORA! Eagles drags Drilla to a cover, TWO! Eagles keeps cool and goes to the apron. Eaglee climbs, the fans rally up, and Eagles 450- NO, Drilla moves! Eagles rolls through, btu Drilla blocks his kick! Drilla pops Eagles up into the Canadian Rack! But Eagles sunset flips through! ONE, but Eagles has the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Drilla flails, Fujita keeps Connors out! Connors powers out, gets in, and he CLUBS Eagles! Eagles holds on, but Connors stomps away until he lets Drilla go!

The ref reprimands but Connors shoves him away! Connors stomps Eagles, and Drilla hobbles up. Connors stands Eagles up, but Eagles fires CHOPS and ELBOWS! SOBAT for Drilla, then a cravat! Eagles uses Connors to kick off, but Drilla denies him Sliced Bread! Drilla ELBOWS Eagles away, but Fujita tags in! Fujita slingshots but Connors catches him! Connors hands Fujita off to Drilla! But Fujita flails to go to the apron and HOTSHOT! Fujita and Eagles both springboard, DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS! The War Dogs are down and they bail out while the fans fire up! Fujita aims to springboard, DOUBLE CANNONBALL!

Direct hit and the Dogs go down! The fans fire up, Fujita puts Drilla in, and Eagles stands Drilla up. TMDK double wrench the arms, for MAXXY BOMB!! High stack, TWO!! Drilla survives but the fans fire up with TMDK! Fujita hoists Drilla up, Eagles ROUNDHOUSES and Fujita GERMAN SUPLEXES! Then SUPERKICK PENALTY KICK COMBO!! Cover, Connors breaks it! The fans rally, Eagles whips but Connors reverses to TOSS Eagles out! Connors runs at Fujita but Fujita TOSSES him out! Fujita goes after Drilla with a CHOP! But Drilla wrenches to ripcord, but Fujita dodges! Sunset flip, but Drilla DOUBLE STOMPS and SENTONS!

The fans rally up and both men crawl. Drilla reaches out, hot tag to Connors! Connors takes aim, runs in, but Fujtia pops him up! Connors fights the German Suplex but Fujita holds the waistlock! Connors throws elbow after elbow but Fujita’s grip is tight! Connors throws even more elbows, and Fujita finally lets go. Fujita runs up, but into a SNAP POWERSLAM! Drilla roars as he storms in, and the Dogs take aim from the corners! But Eagles anchors Drilla! Fujita O’Conner Rolls Connors, then trips him into the QUEEN ANGELITO STRETCH! Drilla gets loose but Eagles MISSILE DROPKICKS him down! And puts him in the RON MILLER SPECIAL!!

Fujita sees Eagles has Drilla, and Fujita pulls Connors into the NELL VOSS SPECIAL!! Connors endures, flails, and Drilla reaches out, but Eagles drags him away! Connors grabs at the ref, Drilla grabs at Fujita! Drilla CLAWS Fujita’s face, and he lets Connors go! Eagles lets Drilla go, and the four are all down. The fans rally as Eagles regroups with Fujita. The Dogs regroup on the outside, and Eagles DIVES onto them! But is caught! DRILLA KILLA to the floor!! Drilla & Connors are laughing that they just shot down the Sniper! Connors & Drilla then slide into the ring, flanking Fujita. They bring Fujita up, but he still fires forearms and elbows!

The fans rally as Fujita fights and fights, switches with Drilla, but Drilla elbows free! Connors runs in, Drilla hurdles, SPEAR! Fujita staggers back up, into the SPEAR GORE COMBO!! Cover, TWO?!? Fujita survives and shocks The Dogs! The fans fire up as Connors goes up a corner and Drilla drags Fujita up. Drilla suplexes, but Fujita slips free! GERMAN SUPLEX! Connors still leaps but Fujita gets under! Fujita O’Conner Rolls, but Connors fights Chaos Theory! Fujita HEEL KICKS! Fujita whips Connors, pops Connors up, and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Connors survives, but Fujita still holds on!

Fujita drags Connors up and the fans are thunderous! Fujita suplexes, ABANDON- SUPERKICK from Drilla! Connors suplexes Fujita into the DRILLA KILLA!!! Drilla then feeds Fujita to the NO CHASER!! But they’re still not done!?! Connors climbs, Drilla suplexes, FULL CLIP!!! Cover, War Dogs win!

Winners: Clark Connors & “Drilla” Moloney, by pinfall (still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they can’t withstand artillery of this magnitude! Bullet Club keeps these titles right where they are, and Connors himself asks, “Who’s next?”

 

NJPW announces the G1 Climax 34 Block line-ups!

In A Block, it will be: Tetsuya Naito; Shota Umino; Shingo Takagi; SANADA; Great-O-Khan; Zack Sabre Jr; Gabe Kidd; EVIL; and Pro-Wrestling Noah’s Jake Lee!
In B Block, it will be: Hirooki Goto; El Phantasmo; Yota Tsuji; Jeff Cobb; HENARE; David Finlay; Ren Narita; Yuya Uemura; and AEW & DDT Pro’s Konosuke Takeshita!

And this year, there will be a special G1 Climax preliminary round! 12 men, six for each block, must battle to earn the coveted tenth seed spots! In A Block’s prelim: Tomohiro Ishii; Yoshi-Hashi; Callum Newman; KENTA; Chase Owens; and Yujiro Takahashi! In B Block’s prelim: Hiroshi Tanahashi; Toru Yano; Boltin Oleg; Satoshi Kojima; Taichi; and TJP! Whoever comes out of those matches will join this already star-studded field! Who will help burn up this already red hot summer?

 

NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi VS HENARE!

It’s another Dominion rematch, as we ended up with a Double TKO Draw in Osaka-Jo Hall! Will Takagi stay standing this time? Or will the Face of Fury finally slay The Rampaging Dragon?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who pushes past their limits to be victorious!

The two are forehead to forehead, then they go forearm for forearm! The bell rings, and Takagi ROCKS Henare! Henare fires back, but Takagi shoves him. They both run, they RAM shoulders, then Henare kicks to snapmare. Henare KICKS Takagi in the back, but Takagi gets up to DOUBLE CHOP! Takagi eggs Henare on, so Henare HEADBUTTS! Henare eggs Takagi on so Takagi HEADBUTTS! Henare nods, and HEADBUTTS again! Takagi staggers, but he comes back to HEADBUTT! Henare HEADBUTTS, Takagi HEADBUTTS, they HEADBUTT again and again and again! Henare gets the edge, then JUMP HEADBUTTS!

Henare runs, RAMS Takagi but Takagi comes back to RAM Henare! ELBOW! JAB! But Henare KICKS! Takagi runs Henare over! Then Takagi KICKS Henare in the back! Henare goes to a corner, the fans rally for Takagi, and he runs up, and blocks a boot! Takagi clotheslines through, then fires the fans up more. Takagi JABS and CHOPS on repeat! Then he JABS, JABS, JABS, but Henare leans into the punches! Takagi fires more shots, then ROCKS Henare! Takagi whips corner to corner, runs up and clotheslines! Then SAIDOS! Henare flounders and the fans rally up. Takagi stands Henare up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO!

Henare bails out but Takagi keeps cool. Takagi goes out after Henare, brings him around, and whips him hard into railing! Henare staggers away, Takagi follows, and he JABS Henare again. Takagi brings Henare up to SMACK him off the apron, but that just angers Henare! Henare SMACKS Takagi off the apron! Takagi RIDGE HAND CHOPS, then fireman’s carries! SNAKE EYES off the apron! Henare falls back and the ref wants this back in the ring. Takagi takes a moment to shake out his hand, then he walks over to Henare. Takagi drops a knee right on Henare’s face! Takagi then puts Henare in the ring, and the fans cheer.

Takagi kicks Henare around, taunts him, scuffs him, and Henare snarls. Henare fires body shots and a forearm! Takagi ELBOWS! And YUKON LARIATS! The fans cheer and Takagi says he’s still gonna be champ. Takagi brings Henare up, puts him on ropes, and then KNEES him low! And KNEES him again! And again! The ref reprimands, Takagi lets off, and he whips Henare to ropes. Takagi KNEES low, runs, but into a POP-UP SAMOAN DROP! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Takagi goes to a corner, Henare runs in to clothesline! Takagi shouts at Henare, so Henare shouts back! Henare fires off fast hands from all sides!

The ref reprimands, Henare HEADBUTTS Takagi before he fireman’s carries. WASTELAND SLAM, then a SENTON! The fans rally up as Takagi sputters and goes back to the corner. Henare storms over, stomps Takagi, then HEADBUTTS him! Henare whips but Takagi blocks by holding ropes! The ref calls the ropebreak as Henare still tries to whip. Takagi still holds on, so Henare ELBOWS him in the head! The ref reprimands, but Henare whips corner to corner. Takagi reverses, runs up, but into an ELBOW! Henare goes up, FLYING CHUCK! But Takagi just runs! Into a BERSERKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives and Henare fires back up!

The fans rally, Henare stands and he aims from a corner. Takagi rises as Henare stomps the mat. Henare runs in, RAMP- NO! Takagi stuffs the spear to fire off knees! Henare shoves back but Takagi ELBOWS! JABS! And YUKON feints to DDT! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Henare flounders to a corner and the fans rally up. Takagi runs, but into a RAMP- DDT!! Takagi turns things around again and Henare is in a daze! Takagi kicks Henare, drags him up, and puts him on the top rope! The fans rally as Takagi climbs up, and he fires RIDGE HAND CHOPS! Takagi then goes to the very top, brings Henare up with him, SUPER DUPER PLEX!!

The fans are thunderous while Henare writhes from that hard landing! Takagi sits up and shouts, “OI! OI! OI!” The fans join in and Takagi nods. Takagi stands, the fans fire up more, and Takagi says “My time is coming! TOKI GA KITA!” The fans fire up, Takagi runs, PUMPING BOMBER! But Henare withstands the impact and stays standing! Takagi runs again, PUMPING BOMBER! Henare drops to his knees! Takagi gives scuffing kicks, slaps Henare around, then fires a few forearms. Henare growls, headbutts the mat, but Takagi ROCKS him! Takagi fires forearm after forearm, but Henare eggs him on!

Takagi fires more forearms, but Henare leans into those shots! Henare swings, Takagi bobs ‘n’ weaves and UPPERCUTS! Takagi runs, but into a RAMPAGE!! Both men are down again and the fans rally up! Henare slowly rises, sits Takagi up, and PENALTY KICKS! But Takagi’s right up to RUN Henare over! The fans rally while both men are down, and Takagi sits up first. Takagi crawls over to Henare and they give each other junkyard dog headbutts. They start throwing palm strikes, then forearms! Takagi CHOPS and Henare staggers! Henare snarls, comes back, and KICKS! Takagi staggers, Henare eggs him on, and the fans rally up!

Takagi winds up to CHOP! Henare drops to a knee and Takagi shakes out his hand. Henare rises, and Takagi braces for the KICK! Takagi CHOPS! Henare KICKS! CHOP! KICK! Repeat! The fans fire up and so does Henare! Henare KICKS, and KICKS, and ROLLING KICKS! Takagi wobbles, Henare runs, but Takagi blocks the kick! Henare fires off strikes, but Takagi still pump handles! MADE IN JAPAN!! But Takagi can’t make the cover! The ref checks both men, this could end up like Dominion! Takagi slowly rises, the fans rally up again, and Takagi sits Henare up. Takagi clamps on to rain down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!

Takagi runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Henare rolls through to SLIDING KNEE!! Both men are down again and the fans fire up! Henare sits up first, and he snarls as he slashes his throat. Henare vows to end this but he’s a bit wobbly as he walks over. Henare drags Takagi up but Takagi HEADBUTTS! Henare HEADBUTTS! They DOUBLE HEADBUTT! And DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Both men wobble, but Takagi JABS! Henare HEADBUTTS! Takagi PUMPING BOMBERS! Henare JUMP HEADBUTTS! Takagi SLIDING FOREARMS!! Both men are down again and the fans are all fired up!

The ref checks, and both men are somehow still in this, but the standing count is here! Takagi hears it and he stirs. Takagi goes to ropes, and he drags himself up at 5 of 10! Takagi is up but what of Henare? He’s still down at 8, pushes up at 9, and stands at 9.9!! The fans fire up and Takagi runs in! DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Both men lean on the other, and Takagi fires boxing elbows! Takagi throws in about nine, but then Henare bobs ‘n’ weaves the tenth to BODY BLOW! And HEEL KICK! PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, ONE?!?! The fans are thunderous as Henare snarls, but Takagi gets moving! PUMPING BOMBER!!! Cover, TWO!!!

The fans are thunderous again as Henare survives being flipped upside-down! Takagi roars, he drags Henare up, and he pump handles to the torture rack! Henare slips out, spins Takagi around, STREETS OF RAGE!! But he has to crawl to the cover! TWO!!! Takagi survives and Henare is stunned! Henare growls, fires himself up, and he drags Takagi back up. But Takagi fights the cross-arm hold! Takagi HEADBUTTS, HEADBUTTS, and HEADBUTTS! Henare HEADBUTTS!! Cover, ONE!?!?! But Henare runs to RUGBY KICK!! Cover, TWO!!!! Takagi still survives but Henare is furious! Henare reels Takagi in for STREETS OF- NO, Takagi fights the lift!

Takagi and Henare fight for suplex control! Takagi throws body shots, avoids the headbutt and UPPERCUTS! Then HEADBUTTS back! Then YUKON- NO, Henare blocks that, then blocks the other lariat! KAMI-HEADBUTT!!! Cover, HENARE WINS!!!

Winner: Henare, by pinfall (NEW NEVER Openweight Champion)

Henare unleashes the headbutt to surpass God, and he slays the Rampaging Dragon! Finally, the Face of Fury wears gold in NJPW! Will this be a sign of even bigger things to come? Or will Takagi have his revenge in the G1 Climax?

 

IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship: David Finlay w/ Gedo VS SANADA w/ Just5Guys!

When The Rebel heard the Cold Skull was back on the mend, he demanded this be the return match. Finlay still owes Sanada payback for the 2023 New Japan Cup finals loss, and that moment has finally come. Will Finlay ruin Sanada’s return right from the start? Or will he regret it when Sanada takes this title from him?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the War Dogs stay golden!

The bell rings and the fans rally behind “SA-NA-DA! SA-NA-DA!” Finlay gets on the corner to shout “WAR~ DOGS~!” and some fans do cheer, but the fans are still more on Sanada’s side. The two circle, feel things out, and tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Finlay pulls hair to put Sanada on ropes. Red Shoes calls the break, Finlay pie faces Sanada as he lets off, then SPITS on Sanada! Sanada just brushes that off and the two reset. They tie up, are in another deadlock, but Sanada uses height for leverage. Sanada puts Finlay on the ropes, Red Shoes calls the break, and Sanada lets off with pats on the shoulder.

The fans applaud but Finlay is annoyed. Finlay runs up, Sanada kicks low then headlocks. Finlay powers up and out but Sanada runs him over. Things speed up, Finlay hurdles but then Sanada hurdles, hurdles and DROPKICKS! The fans fire up but Gedo is upset as Finlay bails out. Sanada aims, PLANCHA, but he lands on the apron as Finlay slides in. Finlay DECKS Sanada off the apron, goes out to CLUB Sanada, then SMACKS him off the apron! Finlay rains down fists, soaks up the heat, and says it’s too easy. Finlay fist bumps with Gedo then goes back to stand on Sanada’s face. Red Shoes reprimands but Finlay drags Sanada up and into the ring.

Finlay slides in to cover but Red Shoes says no, because of the shenanigans on the outside. Finlay is upset with Red Shoes, but then he drags Sanada up. Finlay hammerlocks an arm and leans on the hold. Sanada endures, even as Finlay grabs the other arm in a cording hold. Finlay digs knuckles into Sanada’s ribs, then a forearm in Sanada’s face! Red Shoes counts, Finlay lets off and gets mad at Red Shoes, but rules are rules. Finlay drags Sanada up, snap suplexes, then covers, TWO! The fans applaud but Finlay argues with Red Shoes more. Finlay drags Sanada up, but Sanada throws body shots! Finlay sputters, but then Sanada ROCKS him with a forearm!

Finlay knees low, whips, but Sanada reverses to ELBOW Finlay down! STANDING MOONSAULT FLOPS as Finlay moves! Finlay covers, TWO! Finlay keeps cool as he drags Sanada up. Finlay whips corner to corner hard and Sanada falls! Sanada writhes but Finlay barks it up. Finlay aims from a corner, runs in, and UPPERCUTS! Then he suplexes for a TOSS! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this and Gedo protests while Finlay argues the count. Sanada goes to the apron, Finlay storms over and drags him up. Finlay brings Sanada through the ropes to UPPERCUT! And UPPERCUT again! And UPPERCUT again!

Finlay UPPERCUTS and UPPERCUTS and UPPERCUTS, then UPPERCUTS some more! Finlay dares the fans to cheer Sanada now. The fans do cheer, and Sanada back drops Finlay outta the ring! Sanada catches his breath while Finlay is on the floor. Finlay drags himself up with the apron skirt, but Sanada PLANCHAS him right back down! The fans cheer and Sanada rises. Sanada stalks Finlay, brings him around, and puts him in the ring. The fans applaud, but then Finlay bails out the side. Sanada just PLANCHAS again! Down goes Finlay and the fans fire up! Sanada then brings Finlay up, ROCKS him, then slides into the ring.

Sanada builds speed and he fakes Finlay out! Sanada flips back in, then PLANCHAS again! A hattrick for Sanada and the fans fire up! Sanada encourages them to get louder, then he goes back for Finlay. Sanada puts Finlay in the ring, stalks him, then brings him up to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally while Sanada brings Finlay back up. Sanada fireman’s carries, Finlay slips free to waistlock, but Sanada switches. Finlay denies the O’Conner to roll Sanada up, TWO! Sanada runs in, but into a SPIN-OUT BOMB! Finlay grins as he leans against ropes, then he watches Sanada rise. Finlay runs in, and he clotheslines Sanada up and out!

Finlay goes out after Sanada, talks some trash, “This your boy?” Finlay flexes, drags Sanada up, and RAMS him into the railing! And RAMS him in again! Finlay’s trying to squish English commentary as he RAMS Sanada in again! Finlay lets Sanada falls over, then asks Gedo, “You wanna see a dead body?” Finlay fireman’s carries Sanada, to run up, but Sanada slips free! Finlay kicks low, reels Sanada in, but Sanada fights the piledriver! Sanada back drops Finlay onto the floor! The fans cheer while Sanada hobbles away. But then Finlay runs up! Sanada moves and Finlay crashes into railing! Sanada then brings Finlay out through the gate!

The Young Lions hurry to brace railing, but Sanada reels Finlay in for a PILEDRIVER on the floor!! And there’s far less padding out by the crowd then by ringside! Red Shoes wants this back in the ring, but Sanada has to catch his breath first. Sanada drags Finlay up, cravats for a neck wrench, and he brings Finlay back to ringside like that. Sanada puts Finlay in the ring and the fans applaud. Sanada then stalks Finlay, stands him up, and CLUBS him on the neck! Finlay staggers up, and he fires a forearm back! Sanada eggs Finlay on, so Finlay fires another forearm! And then SPITS at Sanada! And flips him off!

Sanada fires off furious fists on Finlay! The fans fire up but they’re on the ropes now! Red Shoes reprimands, but Sanada shoves him down! Sanada’s losing his cool, and Finlay YANKS Sanada into ropes! Both men are down and the fans rally up for Sanada. Finlay drags Sanada up, reels him in, Canadian Rack, but Sanada slips free, to get the dragon sleeper! Finlay arm-drags free, runs up, but into a BOOT! Sanada goes up to QUEBRADA, and he has the dragon sleeper! Sanada drops back but Finlay rolls through to inverted suplex! And LAWN DART off the corner! Then a Canadian Rack, DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up as Sanada survives! Gedo is upset and we pass 15 minutes. The fans rally for “SA-NA-DA!” as he and Finlay slowly rise. Finlay uses ropes to help stretch out one of his arms, then he goes back for Sanada. Finlay clamps on to sit Sanada up, for a crossface forearm! And then another! And another! Finlay drags Sanada up again, runs, and BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this and Finlay is frustrated. The fans rally up for Sanada again, but Finlay drags Sanada up and reels him in. Sanada is dead weight so Finlay has Red Shoes check. Sanada refuses to give in and the fans rally up more.

Finlay talks more trash on the fans, then drags Sanada back up and in. POWER- RANA! Cover, TWO!! Finlay escapes, runs up, but Sanada spins him around, MAGIC- NO, Finlay slips free to suplex! But Sanada slips free to O’Conner Roll, but Finlay turns that around! O’Conner- NO, Sanada keeps Finlay up, then brings him into SKULL END!! Finlay flails and endures but he’s stuck in the body scissors! Sanada puts on the squeeze and Finlay is starting to fade! Red Shoes checks, Finlay flips everyone off! But he’s fading all the same! Sanada almost loses grip, and Finlay grabs at Red Shoes! Finlay endures as Sanada thrashes him around!

Red Shoes checks again, but Sanada lets Finlay go to go up top! ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees! Finlay saves himself at the last moment and both men are down! The fans rally for Sanada as he and Finlay stir. We hit 20 minutes and Sanada grabs at Finlay. They both rise up and Finlay fires a haymaker. Sanada fires it back! Finlay fires another haymaker, so Sanada gives it back! Red Shoes reprimands about closed fists, so Finlay fires a forearm! Sanada fires one right back! Finlay staggers away to ropes, but then Sanada eggs him on. Finlay fires a flurry, but Sanada UPPERCUTS! Finlay wobbles, staggers, but comes back.

Finlay UPPERCUTS, but Sanada shakes his head. The fans rally up as Sanada goes back to UPPERCUT Finlay! Finlay wobbles, Sanada eggs him on, and Finlay UPPERCUTS! Sanada grits his teeth, Finlay eggs him on, and Sanada UPPERCUTS! Finlay leans on Sanada, but he still fires a flurry of forearms, then an UPPERCUT! Finlay runs, but Sanada dodges! Sanada tilt-o-whirls, and has the dragon sleeper! But Finlay slips through to suplex! But Sanada turns that around, MAGIC SCREW! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Sanada hurries up a corner, to ROUNDING BODY PRESS! Direct hit and Sanada covers, TWO!!

The fans fire up more as Sanada drags Finlay back up. Sanada clinches, but Gedo storms up to the apron! Sanada drops Finlay so he can KICK the ropes! The fans cheer as Gedo gets jammed up down low! But then Finlay cradles Sanada! TWO!! Sanada escapes, runs up, BLINDSIDE WIZARD! Both men are down again and the fans fire back up! Sanada kips up and the fans cheer! Sanada shouts at Finlay to get up, then runs in, but Finlay ducks the Shining Wizard! Finlay wrenches, suplexes, INTO OBLIVION!! Cover, TWO!! Finlay almost had this one but he won’t stop there! Finlay suplexes again, OVER- BLOCKED!!

Sanada waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls and BRIDGES! TWO!!! Finlay escapes, but SHINING WIZARD hits!! The fans are thunderous and Sanada drags Finlay back up! Clinch and- NO, Finlay slips out to bring Sanada up! But Sanada slips free to ENZIGIRI! The fans fire up as we hit 25 minutes! Time is running out, but Sanada aims from the corner! SHINING- NO, Finlay smothers the wizard to high stack and deadlift into a POWERBOMB! Then the flip over and suplex! OVERKILL!!! Cover, Finlay wins!

Winner: David Finlay, by pinfall (still IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion)

The Cold Skull got hot, but maybe too little too late. Finlay holds onto the belt he created, for now. Will he prove that NJPW and the world needs The Rebel?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Steel Cage Match: SHO VS El Desperado!

The Murder Machine missed out on the Best of the Super Juniors finals, and it was the Rogue Luchador who finally added that trophy to his list of accomplishments. And as Sho tried to rain on the parade, Desperado goaded Sho into not just putting up the title, but putting up the steel fence around the ring! Truly a historic first for this title, will Desperado continue to make history by winning again? Or will Sho somehow, someway win without The House of Torture’s help?

But of course, the NJPW ref corps knows Sho has tricks of his own, so they make sure to pat him down before he enters the cage. AHA! Scissors! Sho says those aren’t his! But the check continues, and wait! Evil is storming his way onto commentary! The King of Darkness is going to find a way to be here for Sho one way or another. But wait, the search finds handcuffs, as well as a metal plate in the kick pad! Sho is upset that all his tricks have been found out, but Desperado’s having a great time watching his humiliation. Sho is already trying to find things under the ring but the refs were thorough even before the cage was set up.

Sho, Desperado and Red Shoes are locked inside, and all of Sho’s things have been secured, because a Young Lion is taking them to the back! It’s sinking in for Sho that there’s nothing he can do to cheat this one. Sho finally steps into the ring, the introductions are made and the belt is raised. And now, with the odds finally even, we see who is truly the Best of the Super Juniors!

The bell rings and the fans rally for “DE-SU-PE! DE-SU-PE!” The two feel things out, clinch, go around, and Sho waistlocks. Despe spins through to facelock, but Sho wrenches out. Despe rolls, wrenches back, and wristlocks. Sho pushes Despe to then wrench, wrench and wristlock. Despe drop toeholds, floats to a facelock, then he ties up the legs. Despe pulls Sho with a chinbar, but then shifts to have a cording hold. Sho endures, reaches out to the ropes, and Despe lets go. The fans cheer, and Despe talks some smack as Sho goes to a corner. The two reset, feel things out, knuckle lock, and Despe rolls to top wristlock.

Despe shifts to a cording hold, but Sho rolls back to stand up. Despe wrenches to wristlock, then he arm-drags Sho down into the cording hold. Sho endures, even as Despe adds a chinbar. Sho fights up, Despe hammerlocks the arm and goes for the crossface. Sho fights that, so Despe headlocks. Despe hits the takeover, Sho headscissors and squeezes tight. Despe bridges back, headstands, then pushes down on Sho’s legs. Despe floats onto the headlock but Sho slips out the back. Sho has the arm, and he drags Despe in, SNAKEBITE! Despe fights up to get the KNEEBAR! Sho flails, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans applaud as Despe lets off.

Sho crawls to the corner and Despe waits on him. The fans rally, the two circle, and they feel things out again. Sho bends Despe’s fingers, then hammerlocks. Despe elbows Sho, switches the hammerlock onto him then spins him around to whip. Despe arm-drags Sho then runs him over! The fans fire up but Sho bails out of the ring. But he can’t go far with the cage all around! Despe storms up but Sho kicks him! Sho whips Despe into the cage! Despe staggers, Sho grins and whips the other way, only for Despe to reverse! Sho hits cage, staggers forward, and Despe back drops him on the floor! Sho writhes and the fans cheer!

Despe stalks Sho as he scurries, but then Sho slips around. Sho reaches out and Evil slips him the “Torture Tool” wrench through the bars! But Red Shoes is right on Sho to take that away! Despe whips Sho at the cage! Sho stops himself, then HIP TOSSES Despe into steel! Evil acts like he did nothing wrong but Yano is also on commentary and telling him off. Sho drags Despe up to whip him into the cage! Despe slumps down, but Sho stands him up, to whip him in again! Despe staggers and falls, and part of the cage swings open! Seems there was a second door! Sho keeps Despe from getting out, and sends him back into steel!

Sho grins as he stalks Despe, and he RIPS at Despe’s mask! Red Shoes reprimands, Sho lets off and stalks Despe around the way. Sho drags Despe up to GRIND his face against the cage! Evil applauds as Sho goes along the whole side! Sho throws Despe down, and a good part of Despe’s mask has been ripped away! Sho talks trash on Despe, then brings him up to ROCK him with a right! Sho DIGS Despe’s face into the cage again, then SCRAPES him along! Evil applauds but he’s the only one. Sho makes Despe suffer, then shoves him back down. Sho soaks up the heat before bringing Despe back into the ring.

Sho CHOKES Despe against ropes! Red Shoes reprimands, then counts, but Sho steps away at 4. Sho drags Despe back up, CLAWS at Despe’s exposed face, then lets off as Red Shoes counts. Sho not so subtly unties the blue buckle pad, and uses the strap to CHOKE Despe! Red Shoes counts, Sho lets go, and Evil says that’s genius! The fans rally for “DE-SU-PE!” but Sho talks more trash. Despe sits up, and Sho scuffs him. Sho taunts Despe, scuffs him again, but Despe grabs Sho’s foot. Despe CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Sho DECKS him with a right hand! Sho storms up to digs his boot into Despe’s face! Red Shoes reprimands and Sho steps off.

Sho eggs Despe on, so Despe stands to CHOP and CHOP! Sho fires another haymaker, but Despe HEADBUTTS! Despe runs, but into a kitchen sink knee! Despe falls, but Sho brings him up to whip to ropes, for another kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Despe stays in this, and goes to a corner, but Sho runs in to RAM him! Sho then hoists Despe up to stick him across the top rope. Sho runs in, TOP SHELF KNEE! Cover, TWO! Sho pulls on an arm and a leg! Despe endures, the fans rally, but Sho pulls harder! Despe still reaches out with his free arm, fights over with his free leg, and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer but Sho holds until Red Shoes counts 4.

Despe crawls to the apron but Sho grins as he runs up, to LARIAT Despe down! Despe falls on the apron then flops down to the floor. Sho wants a ring count, but this is a cage match, there’s no such thing. Sho says fine, and he goes out to fetch Despe. Sho whips Despe into the cage! Despe leans against the steel, and Sho grins as he brings Despe around to throw into more cage! Sho then SMACKS Despe off the steel, and runs him along the way, only for Despe to turn it around and send Sho into steel! The fans fire up and Despe RAMS Sho into steel! Then Despe throws Sho into the cage wall! Despe goes into the ring, builds speed, and DIVES! Both men hit the steel!!

The fans are thunderous and Despe roars as he rises up! Sho sputters while he’s slumped against the cage, but Despe drags him up. Despe whips Sho into the cage again! Sho falls, clutching an arm, but Despe gets him up and runs him hard into more steel! The fans fire up as Despe snarls and drags Sho up again. Despe still throws Sho into the cage! Despe then puts Sho in the ring, drags him up, and hits a BIG back suplex! Despe drags Sho right back up, for a BIG regular suplex! Despe then climbs up the corner, for a FROG SPLASH! But Despe’s own ribs make it hard to keep the cover. Despe drags Sho up, reels him in, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!

Sho survives but Despe just shakes his head. Despe staggers around, he drags Sho up, and he reels Sho in to tuck the arms. But Sho wrenches out to KNEE low and throw Despe down by his hair! Sho sputters, he goes back to the blue corner, and he finishes untying the pad. The Bullet Club Special is still possible in this cage, and as Despe runs in, TADA! Bare buckles! Sho whips Despe back into those bare buckles! Sho runs to SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! Despe survives and Sho is stunned! The fans rally for Despe but Sho calls his shot. Sho drags Despe up, but Despe fights the gut wrench! Despe CLUBS Sho’s legs, but Sho still tries to lift!

Sho KNEES Despe low, then whips him back to the bare buckles! Sho grins, but Despe comes back! Despe swings, but Sho gets around to POP UP and ARMBAR! Despe fights around, but ends up in SNAKEBITE!! Despe flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Sho pulls harder on the hold, and Despe falls over! But then Despe gets a second wind! The fans rally as hard as they can, and Despe drags Sho over, but Sho just pulls harder on the hold! Despe tips over, but into the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes tells Sho to let go but he refuses! So Red Shoes pulls Sho’s hair to make him stop! Respect his authority, Sho!

Sho lets go and Red Shoes checks on Despe. Red Shoes keeps Sho back, and Despe raises a hand. Despe wags a finger, he isn’t done yet. Sho kicks Despe mockingly, toying with him. Sho stands on Despe’s head, then gives him another mocking kick. Despe slowly sits up and the fans rally up again. Despe looks up at Sho defiantly, and Sho gives him a kick. Despe stays up so Sho fires a forearm! Despe snarls as he stands, so Sho fires another forearm! Despe forearms back but Sho LARIATS! Sho is mad now! Sho gets Despe up to gut wrench, Canadian Rack, FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Despe survives and the fans fire up!

Sho is freaking out, slapping himself around. Sho pulls at his own hair in frustration, but he drags Despe back up. Sho reels Despe in, tucks the arms, but Despe slips out to wrench and OLYMPIC SLAM! The fans fire up while both men are down! Despe and Sho stir, and Sho crawls his way to ropes. Despe snarls as he rises at center, but Sho storms back over. Despe fires body shots, then a forearm! Sho fires off boxing elbows fast and furious! Sho ROCKS Despe, runs, but Despe DECKS him! Despe roars and the fans fire up with him! Despe underhooks, FACEBUSTER! And then the roll through, for PINCHE- NO, Sho fights it!

Sho shoves Despe into Red Shoes! Sho runs up, to SHOTGUN Red Shoes into the bare buckles! Despe slumps out of the ring, Sho storms over and “accidentally” drops an elbow on Red Shoes! Evil claims Sho is innocent, but here comes The House of Torture! The fans boo, so much for Sho doing this on his own! Sho drags Despe up as the fans tell all the others to go home, or at least go away. But Sho puts Despe against the cage, and Narita SMACKS Despe with a chair! But here comes Oleg! But Kanemaru CLOBBERS Oleg! Evil even hits Yano on commentary! Tanahashi and even Satoshi Kojima run out here, but The House goes after them, too!

The fans boo but The House starts throwing chairs into the ring for Sho to use! Evil pretends he sees nothing wrong with this. Sho grins stands Despe back up, talks trash on everyone, then brings Despe into the ring. Sho soaks up the heat, then talks more trash. But Despe has a chair! Despe HEADSHOTS Sho!! Sho flops into the ring and the fans are thunderous! Despe turns things around on The House as he puts Sho’s head on one chair, and grabs another! Evil can only freak out as Despe hits a HOMERUN!! Evil tries to climb into the cage?! Despe CHUCKS a chair at him and he falls right off! The others try, but Despe chucks more chairs!

The fans fire up as now Yano, Oleg and Tanahashi fight back, too! They all stomp the House, Kojima CLUBS Kanemaru, and Despe CHUCKS chairs as Narita tries to climb! Despe goes back to Sho while Tanahashi and team drag The House outta here! The fans cheer as justice is again served! Despe calls to Red Shoes and he slowly returns. Despe gets Sho up but Sho LOW BLOWS! The ref missed that by sheer luck! Sho pretends he got hit, too, and so now everyone’s down again! Sho can’t help but laugh, though, and he tells Red shoes to get up. Sho hobbles over to Despe, drags him up, and reels him in to pump handle!

But Despe Alabama Lifts! And then he tucks Sho in, BASTARD DRIVER!! The fans are thunderous as Despe gets Sho up, underhooks, and JAY DRILLER!! And then the PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, DESPE WINS!!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion)

The Murder Machine couldn’t win it on his own, and that is why he lost it all tonight! Will it ever sink in that crime doesn’t pay?

As for Desperado, he now has trophy and championship belt to hold! Despe makes sure “the trash” is taken out of the ring first, then he gets the mic. The fans cheer “DESPE! DESPE!” as he gets the spotlight on him. Despe takes a moment, and then says, “Ah… that hurt. Thank you.” The fans cheer, and Despe continues by saying that there are all different types of wrestlers, and that’s what makes pro-wrestling so interesting. But even knowing that, it’s exhausting having to go this far. Why the heck are they opening the cage up? It took a lot to put it together in the first place, not that Despe really knows about that.

Despe won’t say this was fun, it’s not really his style, and his whole body hurts. He probably won’t do this kinda thing ever again. But he does want to get to his next challenger. The fans are shocked he’s doing this so soon! And then Despe calls out DOUKI! Despe tells Douki to come on out here, they don’t need to make a mess with the cage coming down just yet. The fans cheer for “DOUKI! DOUKI!” Despe waits, but he starts to wonder if Douki left already. Despe figured he’d give the guy he fought in the BOSJ semifinals, a guy who’s like a brother to him, a shot. But then, while he was home, he was kind alike, “Nah, maybe I’ll go with another guy.”

But wait! Here comes Douki! The fans cheer as Japones Del Mal heads into the ring. And Despe already knows what Douki must be thinking. Why’s he giving the shot to a guy he already beat? Is it because it’ll be an easy defense? Despe says the BOSJ was the BOSJ, and this cage match was this cage match. Whether the energy is flowing or not, a true IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match is different. Despe is sure Douki has what it takes. Despe knows Douki got cheated by Sho, so this will be different, too. So what does Douki say? Is he up for the challenge? The fans like the sound of that!

Despe keeps explaining that people might be thinking this is because of their past friendship, and maybe it is. After all, even though Despe is older, Douki helped him out a lot while they were in Mexico. This is Despe returning the favor. A chance like this doesn’t come along all the time, but don’t think of this as a handout. Despe just wants Douki to see for himself that he can do this. But if he doesn’t think he can, then Douki can walk away. The fans tell Douki to go for it! Douki steps inside! The fans fire up as Douki is face to face with Despe! Despe says he doesn’t know when or where this’ll happen, but when it does, it’ll be Despe VS Douki.

The fans cheer, Douki nods, and the fans even cheer Douki on. Despe lets Douki have the mic, and he says there was no way he was saying no with Despe asking him like that! Douki then says Despe better do everything he can to keep that belt. Despe tells Douki not to be so cocky. The Rogue Luchador grins as his old amigo heads back out. And then he grumbles that Douki shouldn’t have given him the mic back, now he has to wrap this up! And then he says, “That’s just how it is!” Despe drops the mic and the streamers fly! We have our next title match on the books, when and where will these former Suzuki-Gun soldiers do battle as rivals?


My Thoughts:

A great New Japan Soul, full of so much meaningful stuff for being the start to a short tour. A little surprised Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg won the NEVER titles back already, but I do appreciate NJPW isn’t afraid to hot potato their titles around. And I really do think there should be a tiebreaker coming, maybe with a heightened stipulation like Elimination or Best 2 Outta 3 Falls. Great Junior Heavyweight Tag title match, and TMDK came so close, but I should’ve figured The War Dogs would win out. And very good field for the G1 this year. I’m a little surprised so many people are in the qualifiers, but that should make it really wild stuff. I’d love if TJP got in for B Block.

Takagi VS Henare was an awesome rematch, and Henare winning was quite the surprise. Takagi’s not just in the G1, but he’s gonna be in AEW’s Owen Hart Cup, so I thought he’d bring that along. But maybe since Takagi isn’t likely to win the Owen Hart Cup, NJPW doesn’t want anyone getting a win over one of their midcard champions. Great return match for Sanada, but I suppose Finlay was going to retain either way. Finlay already felt the shame of losing this title once this year, he wasn’t gonna do it again.

And great stuff in the main event. I just knew The House of Torture would show up despite the cage, but then great of Tanahashi and friends to stop them. Desperado winning was the right choice and certainly great for him. Desperado naming Douki as his next challenger is really cool stuff, and Douki is definitely going to have a great showing. I still think Despe retains, but Douki is slowly rising up the ranks. If all things go well, Douki can definitely find himself as champion within the next year.

My Score: 9/10


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