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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (2/15/24)

Let the tournament begin!

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ROH Wrestling 2023

Time to bust some brackets!

The ROH Women’s World Television Championship tournament is finally here! And the opening round is red hot as Kiera Hogan takes on Diamante!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Queen Aminata VS J-Rod; Aminata wins and advances.
  • The Infantry VS Midnight Heat; The Infantry wins.
  • ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Leyla Hirsch VS Rachael Ellering; Leyla wins and advances.
  • The Outrunners VS Jeaux Braxton & Ice Williams; The Outrunners win.
  • Bryan Keith VS Slice Boogie; Keith wins.
  • ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Trish Adora VS Mercedes Martinez; Martinez wins and advances.
  • Six Man Tag: Lance Archer & The Righteous VS Jon Cruz, JC Valentine & James Blackheart; Archer & The Righteous win.
  • Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Kenny King; Castle wins.
  • ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Kiera Hogan VS Diamante; Diamante wins and advances.

PLAY BY PLAY

ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Queen Aminata VS J-Rod!

To be an inaugural champion is to be immortalized in history, and the first match in such a tournament sets the tone for the entire thing! Will the Queen of Guinea make her way towards the throne? Or will J-Rod prove she is The Ultimate Athlete?

The Code of Honor is upheld and the fans already really behind Aminata. Aminata and J-Rod circle, stare down, then tie up. They’re in a deadlock, and then break. Fans applaud as the two circle again. They step up, and then J-Rod SLAPS Aminata! Fans fire up and J-Rod swings again, but Aminata ducks to CHOP! And CHOP! And DOUBLE CHOP! J-Rod falls over but Aminata brings her up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Aminata paces around, brings J-Rod up, but J-Rod hits a JAWBREAKER! Then J-Rod scoops Aminata to hit SNAKE EYES! J-Rod runs to BOOT Aminata down! J-Rod then rains down forearms!

J-Rod taunts Aminata, but lets off to let Aminata up. Aminata throws body shots but J-Rod knees low. J-Rod bumps Aminata off buckles, then CHOPS! J-Rod pushes Aminata to a corner then stomps her down. The ref counts, J-Rod lets off, but then she stomps Aminata again. J-Rod CHOPS, Aminata ROCKS her back! Aminata CHOPS, but J-Rod avoids the boot to CHOP again! J-Rod whips corner to corner hard and Aminata bounces off the buckles! J-Rod shows off by running in place, then she digs her knees into Aminata. The ref counts, J-Rod lets Aminata up and throws knees. J-Rod then snap suplexes hard! Cover, TWO!

J-Rod smirks as she pushes Aminata down then drops an elbow! Cover, ONE!! Aminata is showing her toughness but J-Rod scoops her for a SLAM! J-Rod goes up the corner while fans rally for Aminata, and J-Rod FROG SPLASH FLOPS as Aminata moves! Aminata then BASEMENT UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up as Aminata rallies on J-Rod with LARIAT after LARIAT! Aminata spins J-Rod, snapmares and KICKS her in the back! Aminata runs to PENALTY KICK! Fans fire up with Aminata, and she runs corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! Aminata roars, runs side to side, and BOOT WASHES!

The fans fire up as Aminata says she is one of one. Aminata drags J-Rod up but J-Rod grabs ropes. Aminata gets her free to whip corner to corner, then runs in again, but J-Rod drop toeholds her into buckles! J-Rod CHOPS and CHOPS and ROCKS and ROCKS Aminata! J-Rod roars, runs, but Aminata dodges! J-Rod POSTS herself, then staggers back into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Aminata wants J-Rod to rise up, and she does, into a HEADBUTT! Cover, Aminata wins!

Winner: Queen Aminata, by pinfall (advances to the second round)

And with that, Queen Aminata is the first of the “Elite Eight!” Will she make it all the way to the end to hold up that title? Or will another take the throne from her?

 

ROH shows the tournament bracket!

We already have half the matches slated for tonight with Mercedes Martinez VS Trish Adora, Leyla Hirsch VS Rachael Ellering and Kiera Hogan VS Diamante, but the other half includes: Red Velvet VS Sandra Moone; Abadon VS Viva Van; Taya Valkyrie VS Sussy Love; and Billie Starkz VS Robyn Renegade!

 

ROH Media catches up with Queen Aminata.

They congratulate her on the win, and ask that besides winning the tournament, what else does she have to prove here in ROH? Aminata says she just won, literally, so she’ll tell us something. “Queen Aminata did not move all the way from West Africa to be average in this country. ROH, I know that belt is silver, but I’m sure even though I look good in gold, that silver will look extra juicy on my skin. So just so you guys know, this is not just for the ROH Women’s TV Championship. I am representing a whole continent. A whole juicy continent. So if you guys I am here to play, honey, think about it again. Because Queen Aminata is the one and only African woman wrestler.”

 

ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Leyla Hirsch VS Rachael Ellering!

The LEGIT Friends of Strong Smile were joking about facing off in the first round, but it ended up becoming a reality! Will their friendship still be intact after having it out this early in the tournament?

The fans cheer and the bell rings. The Code of Honor is upheld, and the friends even hug before they circle. They tie up, Leyla wrenches, hammerlocks, but Rachael slips her way through to headlock. Leyla powers her way out and brings Rachael down to a knee. Leyla then lets off with pats on the shoulders, and the fans rally back up. Rachael and Leyla reset, tie up again, and Rachael headlocks for the takeover. Leyla headscissors, Rachael kips free, then roles reverse as Leyla hits a takeover but Rachael headscissors. Leyla kips free, runs up, but Rachael sweeps to cover. ONE, Leyla sweeps to cover, ONE, and fans cheer the standoff.

Leyla and Rachael resets and go again. Rachael waistlocks, shoves, then follows, but Leyla catches her to a backslide! Rachael slips free, but she blocks the knee! Rachael sets that down, but both show haymaker! The fans cheer the standoff, and then Leyla runs. Rachael runs her over! Rachael runs, but she stops the takedown and drags Leyla up with a gut wrench! Rachael carries Leyla around to then SUPLEX! Rachael hauls Leyla up to scoop and SLAM! Then the SENTON! Cover, TWO! Rachael keeps cool as she brings Leyla up. Rachael fireman’s carries but Leyla slips free and shoves Rachael to a corner.

Leyla runs up, blocks a boot and RAMS into Rachael! And again, and again, and again! Leyla then reels Rachael in for a gut wrench, but Rachael blocks the lift! Leyla powers through and she GUT WRENCH PLEXES! Cover, TWO! Leyla keeps cool and she brings Rachael up. Leyla whips, Rachael reverses but Leyla goes up and over to get on Rachael’s back! Leyla has the SLEEPER, then shifts to get an arm, IRON OCTOPUS! The fans fire up, Rachael RAMS Leyla into buckles. Leyla lets Rachael go, but then trips her up! Step over, LA MAGISTROL! TWO, and Leyla keeps on Rachael with a waistlock.

Rachael fights with elbows and is free. She waistlocks, but Leyla fights it with elbows of her own! The two cool off, reset, then start throwing forearms! Technical showdown turns into brawl, but then the two fist bump, so they can just fire off! Fans fire up, Rachael gets the edge but Leyla knees low! Leyla runs, but Rachael CLOBBERS her at the ropes! Rachael runs but Leyla reels her in, to GERMAN SUPLEX! But Rachael’s right back up! FALLING FOREARM! Rachael pushes Leyla to a cover, TWO! Rachael grows frustrated but she cools off. Rachael drags Leyla up, and CHOPS her to a corner!

Leyla is stinging from that, and Rachael storms up to CHOP again! Fans want that “One More Time!” but Leyla ELBOWS back! Leyla runs up, into an STO! Rachael goes up and IMPLODER LEG DROPS! Cover, TWO! Rachael hurries to RUNNING UPPERCUT Leyla down! Rachael shakes out her left arm, hurries to cover, TWO! Rachael’s concern for her arm is slowing her down, but she brings Leyla up. Leyla’s right after that arm! Rachael shouts and screams and scrambles to the ropes! The ref counts, Leyla lets off, and there’s concern about the arm. The ref calls to a medic and has Leyla back off.

Doc Sampson talks with Rachael and she says it’s the elbow. He checks it but it is clearly sensitive. Replay shows it might’ve happened when Rachael fell on that left arm after hitting the uppercut. Doc has Rachael hold on, and then he POPS the elbow back into place! Fans rally up for Rachael and she seems to feel better now. Rachael grits her teeth and steps back in. Leyla isn’t sure but Rachael tells her c’mon, it’s still a match. Leyla hesitates, Rachael gets frustrated and she pie face Leyla! Fans fire up so Leyla says alright! Leyla fires forearms, Rachael shoves her but Leyla SHOTGUNS Rachael into a corner! SWINGING DROPKICK on top of it!

Leyla hauls Rachael up for the SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Leyla is frustrated now, and says Rachael wanted to keep going so c’mon. Leyla goes for a corner but Rachael anchors a foot. Leyla stomps Rachael but Rachael holds on! Leyla stomps and stomps, maybe even hitting the bad arm! Leyla goes up the corner to the very top, LEGIT MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO?!? Rachael survives and Leyla can’t believe it! Leyla tries to reason with Rachael about the arm, but Rachael isn’t giving up. Leyla goes after the arm, Rachael fights free, so Leyla hits another SAIDO! Cover, ONE?!?! Rachael is showing heart and tells Leyla to do it. She has to!

Leyla runs up, LEGIT KNEE!! Cover, TWO?! And into a ghost pin! TWO!!! Leyla escapes, runs up, LEGIT KNEE again!! Cover, Leyla wins!

Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by pinfall (advances to the second round)

Leyla wins out but she shows concern for her friend. Will Rachael be alright to still support her friend the rest of the way?

 

Nyla Rose speaks.

The Native Beast asks “Athen-a, where are ya, girl? I showed up early, I got on my best fit, I’m calling these emergency Minion meetings, but you don’t seem to be anywhere in sight.” That’s because Athena’s sneaking up from behind! She SMACKS Nyla with a piece of table! Athena rains down fists, security tries to stop her but Athena DECKS them, too! Nyla RAMS Athena into the wall! And into another wall! And another! Security tries again but Nyla CLOBBERS them! Nyla CHOKES Athena as she lifts her up with both hands! Security tries one more time, but Nyla sends them into the wall!

Nyla SMACKS Athena with that piece of table! The Fallen Goddess is down, will ROH no longer belong to her?

 

Backstage interview with The Infantry.

Lexi Nair is with Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo, they had a huge win tonight against Midnight Heat. But what will they do to continue the momentum? Captain Dean says he and #BadNews&Tattoos are back in the win column, where they belong. That’s where they’re staying, isn’t that right? Bravo says Cap Don’t Cap, the boys and Trish Adora are gonna keep on winning. But then in steps Lee Moriarty. He doesn’t want problems, he just wants to congratulate them. And if they don’t know, seems The Outrunners are stealing the Infantry’s flow. What now? Well that move they call “Boot Camp,” word for word, bar for bar, Outrunners just did it.

Now, Moriarty wouldn’t do that, but they can do what they want with that information. Dean & Bravo head out to verify, will they get after Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd for that one?

 

ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Trish Adora VS Mercedes Martinez!

The Infantry said they were all gonna keep rolling, so the AfroPunk looks to do her part! Will she move on into the Elite Eight? Or will the OG Badass be heading for another title in her career?

The Code of Honor is upheld, though maybe reluctantly by Martinez, and the bell rings. The two circle and Martinez says that title is gonna be hers. The two tie up, go around, and Martinez waistlocks to trip and then slap Adora around. Martinez kicks Adora, mocks the salute, then flexes. Adora gets up, she and Martinez circle, and they tie up. Martinez waistlocks, headlocks, then grinds. Adora powers up and throws body shots. Adora headlocks back, but Martinez wrenches free and stomps a foot. Martinez wrenches to a wristlock but Adora spins and wrenches and wristlocks. Adora slaps Martinez’s arm around and wristlocks deeper.

Martinez fights up but Adora double wristlocks, hammerlocks, and rolls her up! TWO, and Adora shoves Martinez. Martinez shoves back, Adora eggs her on. They tie up again, Adora waistlocks and wrangles Martinez. Adora then Oklahoma Rolls, ONE! Martinez facelocks, Adora wrenches out to a top wristlock and she wrangles Martinez again. Martinez fights up, wrenches through and grinds the shoulder. Adora fights up but Martinez snapmares and KNEES her in the back! Martinez clamps on with the motorcycle stretch but Adora fights up. The fans rally, Adora kicks free and wrenches to another double wristlock!

Adora gets a leg up on Martinez, literally, and shifts this into a modified Octopus! Martinez rolls through to get free, but Adora taunts her with push-ups! Martinez runs up but into an arm-drag! Adora runs Martinez over, gives her a salute, and Martinez gets up in a huff. Martinez kicks, UPPERCUTS, then headlocks. Adora throws body shots, headlocks back, but Martinez throws body shots back. Martinez powers out, drops down, and then bypasses to TOSS Adora out! Martinez CLUBS Adora, then RAMS her into the apron! Martinez pushes Adora into the ring, drops an elbow on the back, then drops a knee!

Martinez digs that knee in, bends Adora back, then drops another elbow! Fans rally but Martinez SPLASHES down on Adora! Martinez clamps on a chinlock and stretches Adora. Martinez says this is easy, but the fans rally for Adora. Dora endures, reaches out, but Martinez shifts to throw crossface forearms. Martinez hauls Adora up but Adora wrenches to PELE the arm! Adora CLUBS Martinez, but Martinez ROCKS her with a right! Adora drops to a knee, Martinez KICKS her in the back! Martinez brings Adora up for a snap suplex! Una Amiga, then Dos Amigas! Fans rally and Martinez brings Adora up, but no tres!

Adora rolls Martinez up, TWO! Adora runs up, into a BACKBREAKER! Martinez kicks Adora around, bumps her off buckles, then throws forearms and shoulders into the back! Martinez RAMS Adora, lets off as the ref counts, and Martinez pie faces Adora. Adora hits back, but Martinez ROCKS Adora! Adora hits again, Martinez ROCKS her again! Adora fires a flurry, the fans fire up with her, and she whips Martinez to ropes. Adora then gets around Martinez to waistlock, but Martinez fights the lift! Martinez throws elbows, then palm strikes! Adora forearms, Martinez palm strikes, repeat!

Adora gets the edge, whips Martinez to ropes again, and POLISH HAMMERS! And then POLISH HAMMERS again! Martinez staggers up, dodges, but Adora hits a THESZ PRESS! Adora rains down fists and the fans rally up again. Adora aims, runs corner to corner, and SPLASHES! Then she BOOTS Martinez down and SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Adora grows frustrated but she drags Martinez back up. Adora fireman’s carries, but Martinez fights free! Martinez CLUBS Adora on the back! Adora staggers, turns around, into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Adora is still in this and the fans rally back up!

Martinez is frustrated, she snarls as she stalks Adora. Martinez drags Adora around but Adora slips behind! Adora trips, steps over, LA MAGISTROL! TWO, and both women stand up! Adora dodges, BASEMENT GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO! Martinez survives but Adora fires back up! Adora torture racks, but Martinez gets free! Martinez CLUBS the back, then DECKS Adora from behind! And then she clamps on, BRASS CITY STRETCH! Adora taps, Martinez wins!

Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by submission (advances to the second round)

Adora put up a fight, but it just wasn’t enough! The OG Badass stands tall, barely keeps the Code of Honor, but will she have new gold around her waist soon enough?

 

Rachael Ellering speaks.

She’s backstage, arm in a sling, and says, “This is, um… This is tough. I’ve been thinking about this tournament, obviously, for awhile now, and you go to bed dreaming to be able to be a part of these things, and so for it to…” Leyla walks in, Rachael says hey, and continues to say that to face her friend in the first round and for it to go like this is tough. Leyla apologizes for the way it went down, that’s not how Leyla wanted to win. Leyla promises she never meant to hurt Rachael. Rachael knows that. They both knew only one was moving on so it’s okay. Leyla is proud of Rachael, though. They went out there, did the thing, and…

Rachael says she’s proud of Leyla, too. Rachael has Leyla’s back the next round, the round after that, whenever and wherever, always. Leyla says after what happened, that means a lot to her. They hug it out, and Leyla heads out first. Will the Queen of Strong Smile be able to keep her smile, even when it’s her friend going for the gold instead of her?

 

The Infantry finds The Outrunners backstage.

Dean & Bravo are heated and ask Truth & Turbo what is their problem. Turbo asks back what’s their problem? Word is, Truth & Turbo are out there using Boot Camp! Boot Camp? They’ve been doing “Miami Overdrive” since Sportatorium! What?! Bravo says he’s watched these guys wrestle for 37 years, they never used the Russian Leg Sweep Boot Combo before. Dean doesn’t know what planet these two are on, but on this planet, only The Infantry does that move, okay? If the Infantry ever catches the Outrunners doing that move again, it’s curtains for both of them! Boot Camp for real! Knock the Tab outta both of you, send you back to the 70s.

The Infantry heads out, and the Outrunners chuckle. But that’s how winning’s done! Will The Outrunners have to watch themselves now that the Infantry is watching them?

 

Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Kenny King!

The Peacock is desperately wanting a match with Johnny TV, but for now, he’ll focus on his win-loss record. Will Castle get back on track towards championship gold? Or will the Return of the King truly be an epic story?

The bell rings, the Code of Honor is upheld for “old times sake.” Castle then rather sluggishly feels out the grapple. King backs up to a corner, the ref has Castle back away, but then Castle rushes back in! King dodges, he and Castle reset, and Castle waistlocks to a headlock. Castle shouts and thrashes around and the fans rally up. King powers up and out, but Castle runs him over! Fans cheer and Castle seethes. Castle rushes in, King drops, hurdles and drop toeholds to then float to the headlock. Castle fights around but King stays clamped on. The fans rally and duel, Castle fights up and lifts, but King cranks the headlock.

Castle wrenches the hold open, then hammerlocks. King reaches around, spins and reels Castle in, JAPANESE ARM-DRAG! Castle bails out, The Boys fan him off, but the fans fire up for King. Castle storms up the steps, down the steps, and the fans fire up for Castle now. Castle feels that energy, King tells him to get in here, but Castle says mind your business! He’s doing his thing! Castle goes up the steps but King reaches out to pie face him! Castle storms back in and runs up, but King dumps him out! Castle hits ropes a bit roughly and he storms up the ramp in frustration. King waits and the ring count starts, The Boys fan hard.

Castle runs down the ramp, leaps up to the apron, but King ducks the haymaker to sweep the legs! Castle tumbles down, King TORNILLO PLANCHAS! The fans fire up and Kenny says, “That’s why I’m the K I N G, KING~!” King puts Castle in, brings him up and fireman’s carries, but Castle slips free. Fans duel, Castle blocks a lariat to ELBOW! Then Castle LARIATS! King rises, Castle seethes and calls his shot! Alabama Lift, the spin starts up, but King slips free! King then wrenches and runs with Castle, HOTSHOT BULLDOG! Castle sputters, King goes up a corner, but Castle avoids the cannonball!

King staggers up, Castle waistlocks, but King RAMS Castle into a corner! King ELBOWS Castle, runs up, but into a BOOT! Castle fires up, runs, but into the EDDY GORDO KICK! Castle falls into the corner, King runs up, but Castle pops him up! Alabama Lift and spin, BANGARANG! Cover, Castle wins!

Winner: Dalton Castle, by pinfall

King looked sharp as ever, but he was still trumped by The Peacock! Castle gets himself a mic and he huffs and puffs. “I… am exhausted! But I cannot sleep knowing that there is a face out there that needs a smashing!” Fans cheer that, and Castle says he will wait no longer! “John TV, get out here with my answer right now!” The Mayor of Slam Town’s music hits, but is he even here tonight? He is! As is Taya Valkyrie! Mr. & Mrs. TV stand on stage, mic in hands. Johnny says look, it’s that guy who’s not TV Ready. That’s right, “Cheese Man.” Have you been on any TV shows lately? NO! Because you are not TV Ready!

Castle just wanders around backstage, eating cheese, talking about smashing Johnny’s face, “The most TV Ready guy in the history of ROH.” So Jerry Lynn told Castle he can’t have the match or smash Johnny’s face unless Johnny agreed, because that’d be like smashing money. Castle laughs that off, but then Taya laughs off him laughing. They have a quick laugh battle, and then Taya says Castle should really see what he looks like right now. Now, they’ve had time to think about what they want from Castle, and Castle did say they could have anything. Yes, anything! What’s it gonna be? Castle just wants to smash Johnny’s face!

Taya asks Johnny if they should tell Castle. Taya also asks the fans if they wanna know. “Yes!” Oh, really? “YES!” She doesn’t believe them. Castle asks what they want! They wanna know, right? “YES!” Johnny says they want… THE BOYS! Oh no! Brandon faints and Brent fans him. Castle is stunned, Taya laughs at the “loser.” If Castle wants to finally get even with Johnny TV, he has to give up the Tate Twins? Can he really do the impossible?

 

Athena sulks backstage.

She’s still in one piece after Nyla Rose thwarted her sneak attack. “The question is, what do I do? What am I going to do next? Someone has come to my show, tried to usurp everything that I have spent building up in 2023. And every time I’ve tried to stand up to the Native Beast, Nyla Rose, I’ve been knocked flat on my ass and I’m tired of it. This is my show, my family, my championship, and I’m sitting here thinking to myself for the first time, I don’t know what’s going to happen when I do what I’m about to do and I’m just TIRED of all of it right now. But Nyla… I’m not one to back down from a fight.

“I am the Fallen Goddess, I am the Alpha, I am the Minion Overlord, I am the ROH Gatekeeper, I am the one that protects this show, this division, and I am the Forever ROH World Champion. And next week… Next week, Nyla, I am challenging you to a Tables Match, for my championship. And I’m gonna give it all I’ve got to put you in the ground. Because this is what I do as a dominant champion. I don’t need flowers, I don’t need whiskey, I don’t need tequila, this is what I do! For my show, my brand, and my championship.” Athena is sore but she’s not gonna take it anymore, will she slay the Native Beast and defend everything she has?

 

ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Kiera Hogan VS Diamante!

We’re hitting the halfway point of the opening round and it’s gonna make for a red hot end to the night! Will the Hottest Flame blaze a trail all the way to top? Or will she fail to crush the Cuban Diamond?

The Code of Honor is upheld, and Diamante says this is gonna hurt her more than it will Kiera. Kiera says okay. The bell rings, Diamante takes swings, but Kiera bobs ‘n’ weaves to ROCK Diamante! Kiera headlocks, Diamante powers up but can’t power out as Kiera holds on tight. Diamante fights up, goes to back suplex but Kiera uses that for a flying takeover! Kiera grinds Diamante down, taunts her a little, but Diamante fights up. Diamante powers Kiera to a corner, the ref counts, and Diamante lets off. Diamante ROCKS Kiera, backs off, and says she already said she didn’t wanna do this. Diamante runs in, but Kiera goes up and over!

Kiera keeps moving, she ducks ‘n’ dodges to then SPANK Diamante! Diamante is upset but Kiera drop toeholds her onto ropes! Kiera runs up to HIP ATTACK, then YANKS Diamante off the ropes. Diamante sits up, ducks the buzzsaw but not the HEEL KICK! Diamante flounders to a corner, fans fire up with Kiera and she runs in to clothesline! Then she KICKS Diamante, snapmares her, and goes up a corner. Diamante stands, and she hurries to YANK Kiera off the corner! Diamante repeats that she didn’t wanna do this, and she stomps Kiera down. Diamante throws hands, then brings Kiera up.

Diamante puts Kiera on the ropes to CHOKE her, the ref counts, and Diamante says she has ’til 5. Diamante stalks Kiera to a corner, stands her up, and CHOPS! Diamante whips Kiera to ropes, then ELBOWS her down! Diamante pushes Kiera to a cover, TWO! Kiera stays in this but Diamante stays on her with a chinlock. The fans rally as Kiera endures and fights up. Kiera throws body shots, but Diamante knees low. Diamante reels Kiera in, but Kiera suplexes first! The fans rally up while both women are down. Kiera and Diamante go to opposite ends, stand up, and the fans rally. Diamante runs in but Kiera elbows her away!

Kiera goes to a corner, Diamante runs in but into a BOOT! Kiera goes up and leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Diamante ends up in a corner and the fans fire up. Kiera runs corner to corner but Diamante dodges! Dragon sleeper, but Kiera turns that around! EYE OF THE STORM! Fans fire up with Kiera as she says kiss this! Keira goes corner to corner and HIP ATTACKS! Kiera keeps going, side to side for the BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kiera is annoyed but she says the belt is coming home with her! Kiera gets Diamante up, but Diamante rolls her up! TWO, and Diamante ROCKS Kiera! Diamante reels Kiera in, but Kiera powers out of the cravat!

SUPERKICK! Kiera reels Diamante in, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Diamante flounders to the apron, clutches her neck but Kiera grabs at her. Diamante pushes her away, says the neck is bothering her. Kiera still grabs at her, but Diamante CLAWS the eyes! HOTSHOT STUNNER! The ref reprimands but Diamante still hits SHIRANUI! Cover, TWO!! Kiera survives the trickery and the fans fire up! Diamante fumes, she drags Kiera up and waistlocks, but Kiera switches. Diamante switches, Kiera switches, repeat! They keep going, then Diamante pushes things to ropes. Kiera bucks the O’Conner to SUPERKICK!

Kiera reels Diamante in, has the leg, FISHER- NO, Diamante slips free! Diamante wrenches but Kiera fires forearms! Kiera swings big but misses, Diamante brings her into the CROSS RHODES! Cover, Diamante wins!

Winner: Diamante, by pinfall (advances to the second round)

Diamante kept saying she didn’t want to, but she found a way to, and now she’s the one moving on to the Elite Eight! She gives Kiera a kiss on the forehead, will the Cuban Diamond soon be kissing the title?

 

Nyla Rose speaks, again.

“Athena, y’know, I generously accept. I thought you would never ask. I really appreciate the offer to relinquish you of your ROH Women’s World Championship. Thank you so much. But um, pbbbbt, where I’m gonna have to draw the line is when you tell me what we’re gonna do. See tables are my thing, capiche? Capache. So because I’ve enjoyed putting you through a table soooo much, here’s what we gonna do. We’re gonna do it twice! That’s right, a 2 Outta 3 Falls Tables Match! And Billie Starkz, since you’re a little slow, I’m gonna spell it out for ya. The rules are exactly the same as a 2 Outta 3 Falls match, except instead of pinfalls, ya put ’em through a table. See ya out there.”

The Native Beast saw the Fallen Goddess’ stakes and raised ’em further! Will Athena be able to demolish Nyla twice to defend her title? Or will she get demolished twice and lose it all?


My Thoughts:

A really good episode of ROH here, clocking in at 95 minutes. There was still filler, but I didn’t think they’d build a story of Infantry VS Outrunners out of their separate squash matches. That’ll be a fun feud, probably going in the Infantry’s favor to build them up towards the ROH World Tag titles. An interesting element was Lee Moriarty getting involved. Maybe Shane Taylor Promotions is pitting the competition against each other and then they’ll just pick the bones so they’ll look like contenders. Problem is, when is Undisputed Kingdom ever gonna show up on ROH? Taven & Bennett used to, before getting involved on the story on AEW, so hopefully the return.

Really good match and good win for Keith as his first match since being officially signed to AEW, and good Six Man Tag squash win for Archer & The Righteous. But similar to the Kingdom conundrum, Bullet Club Gold really needs to show up on ROH some time since they’re now ROH World Six Man Tag Champions. And really good match for Kenny King’s return to ROH, but of course Castle won. And I should’ve known that Johnny & Taya are making this about Castle giving up The Boys, it’s very much the same move as the feud Castle had with Silas Young. I’m pretty sure Castle is going to say yes, but then The Boys will sabotage Johnny so Castle can win.

Really good stuff in the ROH Women’s World TV Championship tournament, and I’m surprised they went with 16 to start. We get some new faces that are of course going to lose, though, such as J-Rod did tonight against Aminata. Really good promo from Aminata, she’s definitely one of my top choices in this tournament. Leyla VS Rachael was great, even with an injury angle being how they added drama to this. Leyla wins but there’s a chance Rachael will be jealous and that tears the friendship apart. Martinez VS Adora was good but the fans seemed tired or uninterested in it. Still a good win for Martinez, it makes sense a former world champion would advance.

Great main event out of Diamante and Kiera, with their own take on the friends reluctantly facing each other, given how they’re girlfriends IRL. Good win for Diamante, but she isn’t gonna make it to facing her tag partner, Martinez. The bracket is gonna make it Martinez VS Abadon and Diamante VS Billie, because for one, of course Abadon and Billie are winning. And then Abadon and Billie are the favored to win there, so they’ll likely face off in the semifinals.

And then great stuff from Athena and Nyla Rose with their multiple promos tonight. A 2 Outta 3 Falls Tables match is a genius choice, and it honestly could go either way. Athena has done so much for ROH, she does deserve to still be champion, but she also deserves to move up to the AEW titles at some point, so that match will make for a great main event on episode 52, which is sorta the anniversary show for the new ROH.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (4/15/24)

OLE~, OLE OLE OLE~!

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Will it be a victorious homecoming for Sami Zayn?

Tonight on Raw, Sami Zayn returns home to Montreal as NEW Intercontinental Champion, but will he lose that title already to Chad Gable?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sheamus VS ???
  • Dominik Mysterio VS Andrade El Idolo; wins.
  • Jey Uso VS Finn Balor; wins.
  • Chelsea Green & Piper Niven VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; win.
  • Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Ivy Nile & Maxxine Dupri; win.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Chad Gable; wins and

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Rhea Ripley is here!

Montreal fires up for Mami as she makes her way out to the ring, but her arm’s in a sling! She holds up the Women’s World Championship with her good arm before going to the ring, clearly not in a good mood. Adam Pearce is waiting in the ring, and Rhea gets a mic. The fans cheer “MAMI! MAMI!” but Rhea says, “So… Obviously, you guys know what’s going on right now, yeah? After the attack last week from Liv Morgan… I’ve now been told that I’m stuck on the bench for quite a few months.” Fans are upset but Rhea says she’s also been informed, told, whatever, she’s pissed! Y’know why? Because she has to vacate the one thing that means the most to her, her world title!

The fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” but there’s no getting around this. Rhea takes a long look at the belt and the fans call BS. Rhea says it sure is BS. This title right here, this means the most to her in her entire life! And that’s why this is so painful. Rhea sets the belt down on the mat, and gives it one last look. Rhea pulls at her hair in frustration, but the fans chant, “Thank You, Mami!” Rhea says, “Revenge tour? This is all because your stupid little revenge tour, Liv! Are you kidding me?” Rhea could’ve actually had respect for Liv, if she’d done this face to face! Instead, she blindsides Rhea like the coward Rhea knows Liv is!

And Rhea knows why Liv did it! It’s because Rhea would’ve dropped Liv right where she stood! So this is a warning to whoever wins her Women’s World Championship. When Rhea comes back, she’s coming back for BLOOD! And not just because of injury, but because when she finds Liv back there, they’ll have to lock her up in Montreal jail! But speaking of, here comes Liv! Pearce already goes to the ropes and security is there to keep Liv back. Liv is laughing, Rhea storms out after her! Security stays between them both, Liv dares Rhea to try something with one arm! The fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but Pearce says nope!

Pearce ushers Liv away, Liv laughing all the way. Rhea is frustrated, so she HEADBUTTS a guard! The fans cheer, but when and where will Rhea’s revenge tour come looking for Liv?

 

 


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Mitchell’s NJPW Wrestling World Results & Report! (4/14/24)

NEVER give up!

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There WILL be new NEVER Openweight Six Man Champions!

Kazuchika Okada’s leaving NJPW meant vacating the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles. Now a tournament will be held in one go to crown new champions! Who NEVER stops until they make it reign?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Match – Puzzle Presents: Touyuu VS Axe Wang; Touyuu wins.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The United Empire; Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win and advance to tonight’s main event.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins and advances to tonight’s main event.
  • Tiger Mask & Satoshi Kojima VS El Desperado & Shoma Kato; Tiger Mask & Kojima win.
  • HANAKO VS Starlight Kid; Starlight Kid wins.
  • DOUKI VS Kosei Fujita; Douki wins.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Bishamon VS SANADA & Yuya Uemura; Bishamon wins and retain the titles.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The House of Torture; Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win and are the new NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions.

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NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The United Empire!

The Ace may also be President of NJPW, but that doesn’t mean he’s retired! He wants to get these Six Man titles back, will the Clown Prince and the Hulking Kazakh help him do that? Or will Great-O-Khan, Francesco Akira & Callum Newman conquer the Six Man Division?

The fans rally for “SACHOU! SACHOU!” as he shows off the abs. Then the trios sort out, and while Oleg gets in Khan’s face, we start with Callum and Tanahashi. The fans cheer, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Tanahashi finds a point of leverage and powers Callum onto ropes. The ref counts, Tanahashi lets off cleanly, and the fans applaud. Callum and Tanahashi reset, tie up again, and Tanahashi headlocks. Tanahashi thrashes and grinds the hold but Callum pulls hair! The fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Callum lets slowly. But then Callum kicks low! Callum whips Tanahashi hard into a corner!

Callum runs corner to corner but into an ELBOW! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! The fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars, but Callum gets to his feet in a huff. Yano and Oleg both reach out, but Tanahashi tags Yano. The fans fire up for Yano but Akira tags in. Yano goes to untie a buckle pad! Akira protests but he lets Yano have his fun. Akira then shadows Yano as he turns around. Yano is confused, turns around but Akira stays behind him. Akira then shoves Yano into the corner! Yano loses the pad and Akira dropkicks the legs out! Akira runs, rolls and basement dropkicks! Crowns up and the fans cheer.

Akira drags Yano over, tags in Khan, and Khan puts some stank on the Mongolian Chops! The Empire double whip but Yano holds ropes and tags Oleg! The fans fire up but The Empire mugs Oleg first! They double whip but Oleg holds ropes, to then come in and DOUBLE SHOUDLER TACKLE! Khan gets up but Oleg throws him with a fireman’s carry takeover! Callum runs in to BOOT Oleg, then runs, but Oleg CLOBBERS Callum and sends him flying! The fans fire up as Oleg hauls Khan up, but Khan CLAPS at him, twists an ear and CLUBS it, then clinches for a BELLY2BELLY! Khan then BLASTS Tanahashi and Yano off the corner!

Khan stomps away on Oleg, drags him back up, then Mongolian CHOPS! Oleg staggers, Khan Mongolian CHOPS again! And again! Oleg falls, Khan cocky covers, ONE! The fans rally as Khan hauls Oleg up in a facelock. Khan brings Oleg to the corner, tags Callum, and the Empire mugs him. Callum CHOPS, then tags Akira. Callum bumps Oleg off buckles, Akira CHOPS, then they double whip. Callum runs in to forearm SMASH! Akira runs in to clothesline! Feed to the DROPKICK! The fans fire up with Akira as he and Callum coordinate, back suplex SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Akira drags Oleg up and around to facelock, but Oleg throws body shots.

Khan tags in, he and Akira mug Oleg, and Khan CLUBS Oleg down. Khan drags Oleg up but Oleg ROCKS him! And CHOPS him! Oleg whips, Khan reverses to NORTHERN- NO, Oleg fights the suplex, so Khan RAMS him into the corner! Khan turns Oleg around, CLUBS him, and then climbs up. The fans cheer as Khan sits on his throne! Oleg flails, the ref reprimands but Khan hops down. Khan then HIP TOSSES Oleg down! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Khan kicks Oleg around then whips. Oleg reverses and lifts, but Khan claws the ear! Oleg lets Khan down but avoids the lariat to DROPKICK Khan down!

The fans fire up while both men are down. Hot tag to Tanahashi! The fans fire up as Sachou rallies on Khan with FLYING FOREARMS! Then he BLASTS Callum and Akira off the apron! Tanahashi runs in at the corner, but blocks Khan’s boot! DRAGON SCREW! The fans fire up as Akira runs in, and gets a DRAGON SCREW! Callum steps in, but Tanahashi gets his leg! Tanahashi waves bye before the DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! The fans fire up with Tanahashi and he waits on Khan. Khan rises, Tanahashi runs in, but Khan sidesteps and TOSSES Tanahashi! But Tanahashi skins the cat! Only for Khan to waistlock!

Tanahashi fires elbows, but Khan ducks the shotei to HITSUJIGOROSHI into MARINE! Both men are down and the fans rally up! Khan and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Callum! Callum runs up to whip Tanahashi, but Tanahashi reverses. Callum stops himself, comes back, but into a spin, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! The fans rally as Tanahashi crawls, hot tag to Yano! The fans fire up with Yano, he whips Callum at the bare corner! Callum stops himself, Yano runs in, but Callum dodges so Yano hits bare buckles! Callum runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and BOOTS Yano down! The Prince of Speed shows why that’s the case!

The fans fire up with Callum as he goes Around the World for a DROPKICK! Snapmare and PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!! Yano survives, but Akira DROPKICKS Oleg down! Khan joins in, The Empire gets Yano up. They mug Yano in the corner, whip him corner to corner, then Khan runs in. Khan clotheslines, Akira clotheslines, and Callum runs to trip and STOMP Yano down! Cover, TWO!! Yano stays in this and the fans rally up again. Callum scowls and drags Yano to a drop zone. The Empire brawls with Tanahashi and Oleg while Callum climbs. The fans fire up as Callum aims, SHOOTING STAR, but he has to land out as Yano moves!

Tanahashi returns to dropkick Callum’s legs out! Khan BOOTS Tanahashi! Oleg scoops and SLAMS Khan! Akira dodges Oleg to ENZIGIR! The fans fire up, Akira runs and RANAS, but Oleg blocks it! Oleg swings Akira around to Shake, Rattle and- SUPERKICK from Callum! Tanahashi returns again, Callum ducks the shotei but then Tanahashi ducks the heel kick! SHOTEI! Yano rolls Callum up, Yano’s team wins!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (advance to the main event)

The Ace, the Joker and the Rook snatch the win and are now in the title match! Will this hot hand take the pot? Or will they be trumped by the winner of the next match?

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture!

Shingo Takagi is once again NEVER Openweight Champion, but he, Yota Tsuji & Bushi are looking to add to the LIJ trophy case. But Evil, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Sho want to make up for their losses, will they find redemption through this tournament? Or will everything be tranquilo in Taiwan?

Sho gets the mic to say he hates being here in Taiwan, so he wants to win, get the titles, and get outta here as fast as he can! The fans boo but Sho just taunts them all. He tells LIJ to get out here already, so LIJ makes their entrance. Takagi shows off that he cleaned up that NEVER Openweight belt from all the black spray paint Evil defaced it with! The fans cheer Takagi, Yota and Bushi in turn, and LIJ fist bump. But the House attacks! The fans boo but the bell rings, and Kanemaru has Yota in the ring. Evil KNEES Takagi, then steps on the NEVER Openweight title! Sho DECKS Bushi, Kanemaru whips Yota, but Yota comes back to run Kanemaru over!

Yota runs to SPLASH, cover, TWO! Yota keeps cool and he brings Kanemaru up. Yota reels Kanemaru in, suplexes, but Kanemaru fights it! Yota ROCKS Kanemaru, ROCKS him again, and then again! Yota runs but Sho is there! The fans boo but Kanemaru CLAWS Yota’s eyes! Kanemaru whips Yota to the corner, and surprise! Evil takes the blue buckle pad away! Yota hits bare steel, then the House BLASTS Bushi and Yota! The fans boo but Kanemaru drags Yota up. Sho SMACKS Bushi off apron, Kanemaru TOSSES Yota, and then Sho and Kanemaru stomp away. The fans boo more, but then Evil whips Takagi at the edge of the stage!

Takagi stops himself by flailing and wobbling! The fans are relieved he stays safe, but then Evil CLAWS Takagi’s back! Sho puts Yota in the ring, Kanemaru covers, TWO! Kanemaru tags Sho, Sho scuffs Yota around and taunts him. Yota rises up, fires a forearm, but Sho eggs him on! Yota fires another forearm so Sho CLAWS Yota’s eyes! Sho throws Yota out then gets in the ref’s face, Evil JAMS Yota with a chair! The fans boo but Evil taunts them. The ref has to keep LIJ from going after The House, and Evil puts Yota in for Sho to cover. ROPEBREAK! Sho is upset but he steps on Yota’s arm. Tag to Kanemaru, he and Sho DOUBLE KNEE DROP!

Kanemaru drags Yota up, whips him to ropes, then kitchen sink KNEES him down! Cover, TWO! Gene Blast stays in this for his team but Kanemaru stomps away. Kanemaru then scuffs Yota, taunts him, but Yota just gets mad! The fans rally for Yota as Kanemaru gives him more kicks. Yota stands to ROCK Kanemaru, ROCK him again, and ROCK him again! But Kanemaru CLAWS eyes! Tag to Evil, the ref is again told to stop LIJ, and Evil CHOKES Yota with a House of Torture shirt! Evil shoves Yota down, covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Evil is furious with the ref but Yota’s tougher than all that.

Evil stands Yota up, wrenches and whips Yota to a neutral corner. Evil runs in, blocks a boot, but Yota reels him in for the STOMP! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Yota and Evil crawl, hot tag to Takagi! The Rampaging Dragon runs up but Sho & Kanemaru drop away. So Takagi runs Evil over, scoops him and SLAMS him, but Evil avoids the senton! Sho & Kanemaru get in to stomp Takagi, double whip, but he holds ropes! Then DOUBLE PUMPING BOMBERS! But Evil CLAWS Takagi’s eyes! Evil runs, but into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! The fans fire up as Takagi gets Evil back up.

Takagi suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Evil is tougher than that, but Takagi then says in Taiwanese, he’s not done! But Takagi still uses Japanese for “TOKI GA KITA! <THE TIME HAS COME!>” The fans fire up with “OI! OI! OI!” Then he fires down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS on Evil! Takagi runs, but Evil uses the ref as a shield! Takagi moves the ref aside, but Evil blocks the kick, gives it to the ref, and mule kicks Takagi down! The standard formula works out, and Evil tags Sho. Sho laughs as he runs up in the corner, clothesline! Then he brings Takagi around, wrenches, kicks, KICKS and SUPER- NO, Takagi blocks the superkick!

Takagi JABS, then YUKON feints to DDT! The fans fire up again and Takagi encourages them to get louder. Takagi hurries over, tag to Bushi! Bushi fires forearms on Sho, runs, but Kanemaru gets a cheap shot in! Bushi falls, Kanemaru steps in, he and Sho double whip Bushi to ropes. Bushi gets under the double elbows and shoves Kanemaru into Sho! Then Bushi DOUBLE RANAS! The fans fire up, and Bushi BLASTS Evil for good measure! Sho swings, Bushi spins him, DDT! Cover, TWO! Sho stays in this for the House but the fans rally behind Bushi. Bushi brings Sho to a corner, whips corner to corner, but Sho reverses.

Sho runs up, Bushi dodges, Yota STINGER SPLASHES! Takagi clotheslines, then feeds Sho to Yota’s V-TRIGGER! Sho wobbles, Bushi BACKSTABBERS! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives the onslaught but the fans rally for Bushi. Bushi drags Sho up, but Kanemaru runs in to BOOT Bushi down! Takagi JUMP KNEES Kanemaru! Evil whips Takagi into bare buckles! Evil mule kicks Yota, whips him, and Yota also hits bare buckles! Bushi dropkicks Evil’s legs out! Bushi drags Sho up, reels him in, but Sho breaks free and CLAWS the eyes! Sho runs, into a dropkick to the legs! Bushi SMASHES the knee, then ties the legs up! RIVERA!!

Sho endures, flails, but Kanemaru gets his whiskey! Evil distracts, Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS! Sho is free, he has his Torture Tool! WRENCH SHOT!! Sho drags Bushi up, reels him in and tucks the arms, SHOCK ARROW!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: The House of Torture, by pinfall (advance to the main event)

Like always, The House finds a way to cheat their way to success! Will The King of Darkness and his pawns find a way to trump Team Go Ace? Or will Sachou get to personally punish this faction for all their nefarious deeds?

 

DOUKI VS Kosei Fujita!

Japones Del Mal and the Ichiban Young Punk each staked their claim to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, to the point that Douki left with the belt! If possession is nine-tenths of the law, then who will be the de factor champion after tonight?

The moment Douki’s on the apron, Fujita dropkicks him down! Fujita then builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit on Douki and the fans fire up! Fujita drags Douki up, puts him in the ring, then springboards to SWANTON BOMB! The bell rings, Fujita covers, TWO! Fujita runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Fujita waistlocks and deadlifts Douki, but Douki throws elbows. Fujita ducks to CHOP, then he runs, only for Douki to do the splits! Fujita tumbles out, Douki builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit in return and the fans fire up again! The ref checks both men, they’re both okay to continue.

Douki sits up first, the ring count starts and Douki POSTS Fujita! Fujita falls over, Douki drags him up, and then DDTs to the floor! Douki slides in at 10 of 20, leaving Fujita to the count. The count reaches 15 before Fujita sits back up! Fujita flounders around at 17, 18, but springs in at 19! Douki drags Fujita up, CLUBS him, then stalks him to ropes. Douki CLUBS Fujita again, drags him up, and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and Douki keeps on Fujita with a chinlock. Fujita endures the knee digging into his back, reaches out, and kicks around. The fans rally more as Fujita keeps moving forward, to the ROPEBREAK!

Douki lets off in frustration, then drags Fujita back up. Fujita fires forearms but Douki eggs him on. Douki then knees low, and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Fujita is still in this and the fans cheer again. Douki whips Fujita but Fujita holds ropes to block! Douki tries again, knees low, then whips. Fujita reverses, CHOPS, but Douki HELL STABS! Douki runs, but into the WHEEL KICK! It was only a grazing blow but enough to knock Douki down! The fans rally up and Fujita hurries after Douki. Fujita fires a forearm, an UPPERCUT and a CHOP! Fujita whips corner to corner then runs in, to CHOP! Fujita snapmares Douki, then goes up, out and waits.

Douki slowly rises, Fujita springboards in, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Douki shakes his head, he’s tougher than that. Fujita drags him up, reels him in, and suplexes high and hard! Fujita keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Fujita grows frustrated but he drags Douki up. Fujita waistlocks, goes to ropes, but Douki bucks the O’Conner. Fujita CLUBS Douki, brings him back, but Douki fights the lift. Douki switches, spins Fujita around and drops down, ITALIAN STRETCH 32! Fujita scrambles, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Fujita escapes by a literal foot! Douki lets go in frustration and the fans rally.

Douki turns Fujita to Gory Especial, but Fujita fights free! Fujita arm-drags Douki away, then runs up, but into a BOOTS! Douki goes to the apron, RAMS into Fujita, then slingshots for DAY- NO, Fujita stays up, pops Douki around, but Douki sunset flips! Fujita rolls through, rolls Douki and hooks the legs up, REGAL STRETCH! Douki endures and the fans rally up! Douki claws at the mat but Fujita has those legs trapped! Douki still fights but Fujita pulls way back! Douki doesn’t give in, he gets the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer while Fujita lets off in frustration. Fujita drags Douki up, spin him, but Douki fights the lift!

Douki throws elbows, runs, but Fujita reels him in! Douki kicks free but then Fujita ducks the enzigiri! Fujita waistlocks to deadlift, but Douki wheelbarrows! Victory roll, TWO! Douki goes for the full nelson! Fujita fights, so Douki shifts for the Bow ‘n’ Arrow Rack! Douki spins and spins, REINEDA! And then ghost pin, TWO!! Fujita escapes, but ends up in the ITALIAN STRETCH!! Douki pulls and Fujita is already red in the face! Fujita reaches out, Douki rolls him away from ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH!! Fujtia is fading! The ref checks, but Fujita gets a second wind! Fujita kicks around, reaches out, but Douki pulls!

Fujita’s fading again! The fans rally harder as Fujita gives one last kick, to the ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and the fans cheer! Douki rises, goes to the apron, and takes aim for DAYBREAKER!! Cover, TWO?!? Fujita survives and Douki is furious! The fans rally, Douki gets the legs and turns Fujita over. Wheelbarrow, lift, but Fujita fights the rest! Fujita fires elbows, waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Douki tumbles away and the fans fire up while both men are down. Fujita rises, the fans rally, and Fujita brings Douki up. Douki ENZIGIRIS, but Fujita ENZIGIRIS! Fujita runs, but Douki ELBOWS! Douki runs but Fujita BOOTS then HEEL KICKS!

But Douki stays up! Douki runs up to LARIAT! But then Fujita rises!! Both men run, and Fujita LEG LARIATS! Douki crawls to ropes, Fujita runs in, STRADDLE ATTACK! Fujita roars, the fans fire up, and Fujita deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Douki survives but Fujita stays on him! Suplex, but Douki fights free, wrenches, hammerlocks, rolls, then drags Fujita up into Gory Especial! DODON NO JUTSU! Backslide cover, TWO! Douki just hops over Fujita to hook him up again! SUPLEX DE LA LUNA!! Bridging cover, Douki wins!!

Winner: Douki, by pinfall

And “still” IWPG Junior Heavyweight Champion, at that! If Douki can put on a match like that and pull off the victory, will nothing stop him from becoming the Best of the Super Juniors?

Oh no, Sho attacks! He wants his belt back! The fans boo as he stomps away on Douki then picks up the belt. To be fair, Sho is still the actual champion, but he takes aim with the belt! Douki dodges to ENZIGIRI! Then he reels Sho in for the torture rack, and swings for the SIDEWALK SLAM! The fans fire up as Douki takes the belt back! The Murder Machine tried and failed to take the belt back, will he also fail to stay a champion through the Spring?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Bishamon VS SANADA & Yuya Uemura!

Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi only just got these title back, but they’re fighting champions so they’re already putting them on the line! Will it be lights out in Taiwan? Or will the Cold Skull & Heat Storm bring gold back to Just5Guys?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Chaos still reigns!

The teams sort out and Hashi starts against Yuya. The bell rings and the fans rally for Yuya as the two circle. They tie up, Yuya wrenches to a wristlock, but Hashi spins, wrenches back, and then hammerlocks. Yuya switches that onto Hashi, but Hashi drop toeholds. Hashi floats to a headlock but Yuya pops out the back to hammerlock again. Hashi rolls, headscissors, but Yuya fights that off to keep the headlock. Hashi keeps his shoulders up, fights to his feet, then rolls Yuya to get his own headlock. Yuya headscissors, Hashi kips free and the fans cheer! Hashi and Yuya circle again, feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Yuya shoots around to headlock.

Yuya grinds the hold, Hashi powers up but can’t power out as Yuya holds tight! Yuya grinds Hashi to the mat but Hashi endures and fights back up. Hashi throws body shots, powers up and out, but Yuya RAMS shoulders! The fans cheer as the two stare down. Yuya runs, RAMS Hashi again, but Hashi gets in Yuya’s face. Yuya shoves, runs, but Hashi ELBOWS! Hashi runs, but into a hip toss! And arm-drag! Yuya DROPKICKS Hashi, then BLASTS Goto for good measure! The fans fire up and Yuya goes back for Hashi. Yuya drags Hashi up, CHOPS him, then CHOPS again. Yuya whips, Hashi holds ropes, then BOOTS back!

Goto gets in, he and Hashi run Yuya over! Bishamon coordinate, ZANMAI! Sanada storms in but Goto kicks low! “SE NO!” and they DRUM away on Sanada’s back! The fans fire up with Bishamon, and Goto stomps Sanada to a corner. Hashi has Yuya in the opposite, then they whip. Sanada & Yuya reverse to send Goto and Hashi into each other! DROPKICKS send Bishamon out, then STEREO PLANCHAS take them down! The fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans oblige and Sanada brings Goto up. Yuya brings Hashi up to CHOP! And CHOP! Hashi fires a foraerm, but Yuya eggs him on.

Hashi fires more forearms, then CHOPs! Yuya CHOPS Hashi down! The fans fire up, but the ref says to get this in the ring. Yuya drags Hashi up and puts him in. The fans applaud and Yuya storms in after Hashi. Yuya drags Hashi up, ROCKS him with a haymaker, then CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Yuya CHOPS Hashi in the corner, CHOPS him again, but Hashi CHOPS back! Yuya knees low, then CHOPS Hashi down! Tag to Sanada and the fans rally up. Sanada drags Hashi up, reels him in, and Sanada CLUBS Hashi on the neck. Sanada CLUBS Hashi again, but Hashi throws body shots! Sanada CLUBS Hashi down, then stomps him at the ropes.

The ref reprimands and counts, Sanada stops, then drags Hashi back up. Sanada knees Hashi into the corner, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but blocks a boot! Sanada trips Hashi, and ties him up for Paradise! The fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get even louder. The fans cheer Sanada on as he then runs to DROPKICK Hashi out of Paradise! Sanada then drags Hashi up and around, reels him in, but Hashi fights the suplex! The fans rally as Sanada powers up, but Hashi still fights it! Hashi goes to suplex but Sanada slips free! Sanada blocks the superkick to CLUB the leg! Snada runs, Hashi dodges, BLOCKBUSTER!

Sanada flounders and Hashi crawls, but Yuya jumps in! Yuya drags Hashi up but Hashi SPIN BACK KICKS! Hashi crawls, hot tag to Goto! Goto runs in at a corner to clothesline Sanada! Then he runs corner to corner to clothesline Yuya! Sanada kicks and whips, then he sends Yuya in. Goto dodges Yuya, CLOBBERS Sanada, then kicks Yuya! Goto snap suplexes Yuya onto Sanada! The fans fire up and Goto brings Sanada up. Fireman’s carry, but Sanada flails free! Goto elbows free of the waistlock, then kicks and whips. Goto runs in, but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada QUEBRADAS, but Goto gets under!

Goto runs up but into a fireman’s carry! Goto slips free, Sanada throws more elbows! Sanada runs, Goto follows, but Sanada ELBOWS! STANDING MOONSAULT, but Sanada lands on his feet as Goto moves! Then Sanada basement dropkicks! The fans fire up while both men are down! Sanada and Goto stir, and Sanada crawls for his corner, hot tag to Yuya! Yuya storms up on Goto, brings him up and reels him in, SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Goto stays in this but Yuya stays calm. Yuya drags Goto up, underhooks the arms, but Goto fights the lift! Yuya still tries, but Goto lifts Yuya to back drop him! The fans fire up while both men are down!

Yuya goes to a corner, Goto crawls to ropes. Goto stands, runs up, but Yuya ELBOWS him! Yuya runs, Goto follows and LARIATS! Both men are down again and the fans rally! Goto crawls his way over, hot tag to Hashi! The fans cheer as Hashi fires off a forearm, body shot and CHOP! Yuya falls, the fans fire up, and Yuya goes to a corner. Hashi runs up to CHOP! Hashi whips to CHOP! Then he mule kicks, turns Yuya, but Yuya fights the neckbreaker! Yuya whips, Hashi reverses but Yuya CLOBBERS him! The fans fire up as Yuya kips up, and Sanada jumps in. They get Hashi up in a corner, and whip corner to corner.

Yuya runs in to CHOP! Sanada runs in to ELBOW! Sanada feeds Hashi to Yuya’s arm-drag! And then they DOUBLE DROPKICK! Hashi roars as he rises, but then a DOUBLE BOOT takes him down! Cover off #Just2Boots, TWO! Yuya is a little annoyed but Sanada keeps Goto out of the ring. Yuya drags Hashi up, underhooks, but Hashi fights the lift! Hashi wrenches out, Yuya ducks the lariat and waistlocks, but Hashi RAMS him into buckles! Goto runs in to clothesline Yuya! The fans fire up as Goto BLASTS Sanada off the apron! Bishamon fires up, they bring Yuya around, feed to the fireman’s carry, and FIERCE FLASH!

The fans fire up with Bishamon as Hashi calls for the finish! Goto dragon sleepers, Hashi grabs the legs, but Sanada CLUBS Hashi! Goto pushes Yuya aside but Sanada kicks him to whip him. But Goto reverses to fireman’s carry! But Sanada slips free! Only to run into HIDDEN GAP! And then they get Sanada up! But Sanada kicks free of Hashi! Goto fights Sanada’s suplex, Hashi gets the legs, but Sanada kicks free of Magic Killer! Sanada then puts Goto up for MAGIC SCREW! The fans fire up again as Hashi runs in! Sanada ducks, feed to Yuya’s UPPERCUT! DOUBLE CHOP! ENZIGIRI! Cold Skull & Heat Storm watch Hashi rise, SHINING WIZARD!

The fans fire up as Yuya brings Hashi back up, underhooks, and BUTTERFLY BOMBS! Cover, Goto breaks it! Sanada TOSSES Goto out and leaves it to Yuya! Yuya roars, goes to a corner and climbs up, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and the fans fire up again! Yuya grits his teeth and roars! Yuya drags Hashi up, reels him in. Yuya traps the arms, but Hashi fights the Deadbolt! Yuya CLUBS away on Hashi, then tries again. But Hashi CHOPS! Yuya PELES! Yuya gets Hashi back up, swings him around, but Hashi LARIATS! Both men are down and the fans rally even harder! Hashi and Yuya stir, and head for each other.

Yuya gets in Hashi’s face, but Hashi fires a forearm! Yuya fires back! Hashi fires another, so Yuya HAYMAKERS! Hashi throws another forearm, Yuya fires another haymaker, repeat! They go back and forth, pick up speed, and the fans rally harder and harder! Hashi gets the edge, then CHOPS! Yuya roars, but Hashi DOUBLE CHOPS! Hashi roars, runs, but into a DOUBLE CHOP from Yuya! Goto returns but Yuya dodges! Feed to Sanada’s DROPKICK! Sanada & Yuya double whip Hashi to a corner, then Yuya runs in. Hashi dodges, dropkicks Sanada’s leg, then he sends Yuya into Sanada! SUPERKICK!

Yuya staggers, Hashi brings him around, and Hashi fires forearm, body shot and CHOP! Hashi runs, but Yuya spins him around! DEAD- NO, Hashi fights the suplex and Goto LARIATS at the ropes! Then spin and tuck, KARMA ROLL! Bishamon wins!!

Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

Yuya can’t believe he got caught, but he did! Goto & Hashi

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The House of Torture!

Ace-sachou and the Clown Prince bring back the high school “Yankee” bad boy look as they prepare to face some real punks! Will they and big bad Boltin tear down the House? Or will the King of Darkness make sure Everything is Evil again?

The introductions are made, but then the House attacks! They TOSS Tanahashi aside, then TOSS Yano, and Evil CLAWS Oleg’s face! Sho digs a chair into Tanahashi’s leg! Red Shoes is so busy with Sho that he misses Kanemaru’s WHISKEY BOTTLE SHOT on Oleg! The fans boo but the match hasn’t started, there’s nothing Red Shoes can do about any of this! Kanemaru & Evil then mug Yano on the outside, and use spare wrist tape to hogtie him! The bell finally rings as Sho puts Tanahashi in the ring, and Sho CHOKES Tanahashi! Red Shoes reprimands, Sho steps off, but Kanemaru stomps away on Yano!

Yano calls for help but Oleg is down and the House mugs Tanahashi! The fans boo but the House soaks up the heat. They stomp Tanahashi more, but Red Shoes reprimands. Evil and Kanemaru split the wishbone, and then Kanemaru CLUBS Tanahashi. But Tanahashi fights back with forearms! The House mugs Tanahashi again! Red Shoes reprimands, there has to be a 1v1! Kanemaru stays the legal man as he drops elbow after elbow on the bad knee! Tanahashi endures the toehold, so Kanemaru shifts to drag him over. Tag to Evil, he and Kanemaru split the wishbone again! Tanahashi writhes but Evil drags him around.

Evil stomps away on the bad leg while Sho keeps Yano and Oleg down on the outside. Evil has Tanahashi on ropes but the fans boo. Evil CHOKES Tanahashi, Kanemaru and Sho join in, and then Evil covers. Red Shoes refuses because of all the shenanigans. Evil stomps Tanahashi drags him from ropes to cover, TWO! Wait, who rings the bell? That’s Sho of course, and the fans boo. Red Shoes and Sho argue, and Sho acts like that was all Abe-san. Red Shoes knows better than that, so the match continues. Evil tags Sho, Sho stomps Tanahashi around, then Sho drags Tanahashi by the leg to DDT the foot!

Tanahashi writhes, Sho tags Kanemaru, and Kanemaru storms up to get the bad leg. Kanemaru SMASHES the knee! Kanemaru eggs Tanahashi on, stomps the bad leg, but Tanahashi glares at him defiantly! The fans fire up as Tanahashi rises, and he fires off forearms! But Kanemaru claws the eyes! Kanemaru runs, Tanahashi blocks the boot to DRAGON SCREW! The fans fire up, Tanahashi crawls, and Yano’s free of the tape! Hot tag to Yano! The fans fire up as Yano goes to untie a buckle pad! Shiro is free and Yano throws him to Kanemaru! Red Shoes reprimands Kanemaru, Kanemaru defends his innocence, but Yano SLAPS Kanemaru on the head!

Yano whips Kanemaru but Kanemaru reverses! Yano stops from hitting bare buckles, Kanemaru runs in, but Yano sends him into the bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO! Yano stays fired up and the fans join in. Yano gets Kanemaru up but Kanemaru body shots, elbows and runs! But Yano atomic- NO, Kanemaru CLAWS the eyes! So Yano CLAWS the eyes! Yano runs, but Evil trips him! Sho stomps Oleg down, Evil drags Yano out, and Evil CLAWS Yano’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands, but Evil and Kanemaru distract him so Sho can CHOKE Yano with a chair! Sho then drags Yano up, puts him in the ring, and Evil takes off his shirt.

Red Shoes says no, he doesn’t trust Evil with the shirt. Red Shoes confiscates the shirt, but Evil has a tag rope! Evil CHOKES Yano with the tag rope! The fans boo as Evil gets away with that one! Cover, TWO! Yano is still in this and Evil is upset with Red Shoes! Evil drags Yano up, wrenches, and YANKS the arm, to then CLUB it! Tag to Sho and he runs up to wrench Yano’s arm and bend the fingers! Sho wrenches again to ELBOW BREAKER! Yano falls but Sho tags Kanemaru. Sho pulls on the bad arm while Kanemaru goes up, and Kanemaru AX HANDLES the arm! Kanemaru wrenches the arm, YANKS and YANKS and wrangles Yano!

Kanemaru isolates the arm with atop wristlock, and STOMPS it! Then Kanemaru hits an ARM WRINGER! Kanemaru stomps Yano, BLASTS Tanahashi, then tags Sho. They get Yano up, Kanemaru wrenches the arm and Sho climbs, to AX HANDLE! Sho grins while Yano writhes, and Sho stomps Yano around. Sho bends the fingers, twists the wrist, then gets Yano up to wrap his arm around ropes. Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Sho lets off but distracts Red Shoes so Kanemaru can bend the arm! Evil tags in, he storms over, and he bumps Yano off buckles. Evil then TOSSES Yano out, and gets in Red Shoes’ face again!

Sho CHOKES Yano with the chair, then Kanemaru drags Yano up. Kanemaru wrenches and hammerlocks the arm to POST it! Sho then puts Yano in while Tanahashi protests. Red Shoes tells Sachou to stand down, and Evil covers. Red Shoes is late to the count, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Yano is still in this and Evil is furious! The fans cheer, though, and Evil drags Yano up. Yano pulls hair! Evil kicks low, whips, but Yano reverses for the hair-pull takedown! The fans rally up, hot tag to Oleg! Oleg CLOBBERS Evil, BLASTS the House, then scoops Evil to SLAM him! Oleg runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Oleg stays cool and he deadlifts Evil! Sho & Kanemaru attack, they reel him in, but Oleg fights the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX them! The fans fire up as Oleg deadlift GUT WRENCH PLEXES Sho! Then he deadlifts Kanemaru for Shake, Rattle and THROW! The fans fire up as Oleg fires forearms on Evil, then gut wrenches. But Evil CLAWS the eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Evil reels Oleg in. Oleg fights the fisherman to clinch and OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! Evil survives but Oleg hauls him back up! Fireman’s carry, but Evil slips free! Evil shoves Oleg at Red shoes, then LOW BLOWS!

Fans boo but The House BLASTS Tanahashi & Yano! The House then gets Oleg up, whips him to a corner, Sho forearm SMASHES! Kanemaru ELBOWS! Evil clotheslines! Snapmare and the set-up! Yano gets in but Red Shoes is distracted! Kanemaru DICK CHOPS! Cover, TWO!! Oleg survives and the fans fire up! Evil is shocked, but he vows to end this now! The fans boo but Evil drags Oleg up, spins him around, EVERYTHING- NO, Oleg fights free! Evil knees low, runs, but Oleg CLOBBERS him! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Oleg crawls his way over, hot tag to Tanahashi! The fans fire up as The President BLASTS the House!

Tanahashi keeps going to CLOBBER Evil! Tanahashi fires forearms and body shots, then he scoop SLAMS Evil into the drop zone! Tanahashi goes up, for the SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi stays cool as the fans fire up. Evil wants mercy but Tanahashi runs to SLING- NO, Evil ducks it, and whips Tanahashi into bare buckles! Tag to Sho and Kanemaru BLASTS Yano! Sho & Kanemaru double whip, Sho runs up to forearm smash! Feed to Kanemaru’s basement dropkick! They DOUBLE SMASH the knees! Sho clamps on the KNEEBAR!! Tanahashi endures, the fans rally, but Yano stomps Sho!

Kanemaru CLAWS Yano’s eyes and TOSSES him out! Evil gets in with the chair! Red Shoes stops Evil but Sho sneaks his Torture Tool! The Murder Machine wants to do this like he did to LIJ! Sho lines up the shot, but Tanahashi ducks! But WHISKEY MIST is there! Roll up, OLEG BREAKS IT!! The fans fire up as the House goes after Oleg! They TOSS Oleg, then they intercept Yano! They double whip, Yano holds ropes to taunt them! Yano ducks Kanemaru, shoves him into Evil, then shoves Red Shoes aside so he can DOUBLE LOW BLOW! Sho staggers up, winds up with the wrench, but Yano dodges!

SHOTEI from Tanahashi, then he SLINGBLADES Sho down! Oleg returns and he hauls Sho up! Oleg fireman’s carries Sho, and hits the ROLLING SENTON! Tanahashi is up top, HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, Team Go Ace wins!!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (NEW NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions)

A huge victory for The Ace of the Universe, for the Producer, and for the Young Lion! Oleg goes right from new kid on the block to a champion alongside two living legends! The House regroups, will they ever learn their lesson?

As for the new champs, Yano presents Oleg with his own high schooler blazer! It might be a couple sizes too small, but Yano still helps Oleg get it on! Oleg smiles as he is presented one of the belts, and is truly part of the club! Yano gets Shiro the buckle pad to join in on the photo op! And of course, they do the squat! Tanahashi-sachou then gets the mic so that he may speak. “Long time no see, Taiwan! Thank you very much, xièxiè.” Fans applaud his use of Mandarin! Tanahashi continues to say that NJPW hasn’t been able to visit Taiwan in some time, “but we’ll be back a lot from now on!” The fans love the sound of that!

Tanahashi vows to “keep NJPW fired up in Taiwan,” and that they’ll see them again very soon. “And finally… Taiwan, ASHITEMAAASU~!” The fans cheer and once again, the bad boy champs squat for the photo op. Will this unique trio lead the way into a brighter future for not just NJPW, but for the entire Wrestling World?


My Thoughts:

A great event for NJPW’s return to Taiwan, though things went about how you’d expect as far as results. Great stuff in the non-title matches, and really great win for Douki over Fujita. Douki giving Sho a taste of his own medicine with the theft of the belt is great, I hope Douki literally holds onto the belt until the final round of the Best of Super Juniors. Great tag title match from Bishamon VS Sanada & Yuya, with a great win for Bishamon. I figured Yuya was taking that pin, but he and Sanada make a pretty good team, maybe they’ll try again.

And great stuff in the NEVER Openweight Six Man tournament, but I had a feeling it was going to be Tanahashi’s team winning in the end. At least, once it was them against House of Torture, it was certainly clear. It wasn’t even that Tanahashi is President of NJPW. Evil wasn’t gonna just get a belt to replace the NEVER Openweight title, and Takagi wasn’t gonna be Mr. NEVER right away, so why not put these belts back on Tanahashi and a team he now leads. Great honor for Oleg as he hasn’t even gone from Young Lion to established guy with a gimmick. Oleg’s shown he can have fun and goof around, I think he’ll be a great third man to Tanahashi & Yano.

My Score: 8.7/10


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