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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (2/22/24)

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ROH Wrestling 2023

What a way to celebrate ROH’s anniversary!

ROH TV makes it a full year, and Athena defends the Women’s World Championship in a Best 2 Outta 3 Falls TABLES MATCH, against Nyla Rose!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Taya Valkyrie VS Sussy Love;  Taya wins and advances.
  • Lee Johnson VS Sonico; Johnson wins.
  • ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Red Velvet VS Sandra Moone; Velvet wins and advances.
  • Danhausen VS Brandon Cutler w/ Colt Cabana; Danhausen wins.
  • ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Abadon VS Viva Van; Abadon wins and advances.
  • Ethan Page VS Anthony Henry; Ethan wins.
  • ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Billie Starkz VS Robyn Renegade; Billie wins and advances.
  • Four Corner Survival: AR Fox VS Komander VS Matt Sydal VS Exodus Prime; Komander wins.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship Best 2 Outta 3 Falls Tables Match: Athena VS Nyla Rose; Athena wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Taya Valkyrie w/ Johnny TV VS Sussy Love!

La Wera Loca feels she’s made to be Women’s TV Champion, but she still has to prove she’s worthy of it. Will Taya truly be TV Ready? Or will this tournament get a little Sussy?

The fans already rally for Taya while the Code of Honor is upheld. The bell rings, the two tie up, then they break. They circle, tie up, and Taya waistlocks to SLAM Sussy down. Taya stomps Sussy, soaks up the cheers and flips Sussy over. Sussy kips up to arm-drag and then runs up on Taya. Taya sidesteps but Sussy uses the ropes to flip up and around to arm-drag again! The fans fire up, and Taya CLOBBERS Sussy! Taya says that’s why she’s La Wera Loca and the fans fire up more. Taya stomps Sussy, bumps her off buckles, then CHOPS! The fans “WOO~” and Taya whips corner to corner. Taya runs up, blocks a boot but not the knee!

Sussy runs, slides to dodge, and then returns to tilt-o-whirl and OCTOPUS STRETCH! Taya endures, the fans rally, and Taya powers free. Sussy ROCKS Taya first, then whips her to ropes. Taya reverses but Sussy holds ropes. Taya doesn’t realize, then she runs up only for Sussy to do the splits! Taya tumbles out, Sussy builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and down goes Taya! The fans rally while Johnny talks some trash on Sussy. Sussy puts Taya in, tells Johnny to shut up, then jumps over Taya’s baseball slide! Sussy jumps a sweep but not the CHOP BLOCK! Taya drags Sussy off the apron, for an APRON POWERBOMB!

The fans fire up while Mr. & Mrs. TV high-five. Taya stomps Sussy, drags her up, then RAMS her into steel steps! The ring count climbs and Taya counts along in Spanish. Taya puts Sussy in, drags her up, and puts her on ropes to CHOKE! The ref counts, Taya lets off at 4, and she puts Sussy in a corner. Taya winds up to CHOP again! “WOO~!” and Taya says time to roll. Taya fires an elbow then a clothesline, and Sussy sits down. Taya runs up to METEORA! Taya drags Sussy to the cover, TWO! Sussy survives but Taya has a wild look in her eyes. Taya drags Sussy around into a chinlock and leans on her.

Sussy endures, reaches out, throws some elbows, then fights up. Taya cranks on the hold to keep Sussy down but Sussy still fights. Sussy fires more forearms but Taya throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands while also checking on Sussy, and Taya dusts her hands off. Taya then drags Sussy up to TOSS her around, also by her hair! The ref reprimands more but Taya covers, TWO! Taya has another crazy grin as she pushes Sussy around. The fans rally behind Taya even as Sussy fights back. Taya whips Sussy to a corner, runs up but into a BOOT! Sussy goes up, leaps, CROSSBODY! Then she runs up to ENZIGIRI! Cover, TWO!

Sussy is frustrated but she hurries to get Taya up. Sussy whips but Taya reverses, then Taya runs in but Sussy dodges. Sussy GAMANGIRIS, SHINING WIZARDS, then puts Taya in the ropes. Sussy KNEES Taya in the back, then goes to the apron to throw hands! Sussy then climbs, the fans rally, and Sussy headstands into the DOUBLE KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO!! Taya survives and fans fire up while Sussy hurries! “This is Awesome!” as Sussy stands Taya up but Taya kicks low. Taya wrenches, reels Sussy in, underhooks and lift, BUTTERFLY BUSTER! Cover, TWO?! Sussy survives and shocks Taya!

Taya drags Sussy around, but Sussy CHOPS! Taya CHOPS, Sussy CHOPS, repeat! The fans fire up and “WOO~!” then Taya mule kicks! And front kicks! But Sussy gets around to waistlock, but Taya fights the lift! Taya elbows free, runs, and SPEARS! Then Taya flips Sussy over, ties up the legs, SHANIA PAIN!! Cover, Taya wins!

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

That curb stomp has just put Taya one step closer to having the title with her initials on it! But will she really be THE TV Champion? Or will Queen Aminata have something to say about that in the quarterfinals?

 

ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Red Velvet VS Sandra Moone!

The Chef has been cooking, and she’s ready to finally #StirItUp as a champion! Will she be serving an L tonight? Or will the Subspace Sweetheart make Velvet very sour?

The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. Then Moone brings Velvet in! Fans are a little torn but Velvet’s game. They circle, tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Velvet headlocks, then hits the takeover. Moone keeps her shoulders up, headscissors back, and squeezes tight. The fans rally, Velvet kips free but Moone headlocks now. Moone hits a takeover, makes it a cover, ONE as Velvet headscissors. Moone kips free, the two stand off and the fans cheer. Moone rushes in, Velvet boots the lariat, but Moone avoids a haymaker to back suplex! Fans rally, Moone hurries to cover, TWO!

Velvet crawls but Moone powers up and runs, but Velvet ducks the sliding lariat! LA MAGISTROL, TWO! Velvet arm-drags Moone around and Moone goes to a corner. Velvet storms up, fires body shots from all sides, then ROCKS Moone with a right. Velvet stomps a mudhole, then she digs her boot in while doing the splits! Fans cheer, the ref counts, but Velvet lets off at 4. Velvet drags Moone up, runs corner to corner, but Moone BOOTS her down! Then Moone SLIDING LARIATS! Moone fires up and the fans rally behind her. Moone goes to a corner, climbs up, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO!

Velvet is still in this and Moone is a bit unsure what to do. Moone kicks Velvet around, but Velvet CHOPS! Moone CLUBS Velvet, kicks her around while holding the wristlock, then says this is done! Moone runs, but Velvet sweeps the legs! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Moone escapes but Velvet knows she’s close. Velvet grabs an arm and wrenches and wrenches to WRING Moone out! Velvet isolates that arm, then says bye as she STOMPS it! Moone writhes, Velvet gets the arm again, and Velvet drops a leg right into the short arm scissor! Moone endures, Velvet cranks on the arm, and fans rally up.

Moone fights up, Velvet pushes her back down, but Moone keeps fighting! Moone punches Velvet’s leg, rolls her back to a cover, TWO! Velvet swings, Moone ducks and lifts, but Velvet fights the atomic drop! Moone tries again, Velvet slips out of the back suplex! Velvet ducks the lariat, BODY BLOWS and then ROCKS Moone! Velvet runs, wheelbarrows, and BULL- NO, Moone makes it a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Velvet survives but Moone runs up, LARIAT! Both women are down and the fans fire up again! Moone crawls and covers, TWO! Velvet survives again and goes to a corner.

Moone grows frustrated but the fans rally up. Moone storms up and fires off forearms in the corner! Velvet fires up, eggs Moone on, so Moone fires off from all sides! Moone whips corner to corner, runs in, but Velvet BOOTS back! Velvet runs up but Moone blocks and ELBOWS, then ROLLING ELBOWS! Then wrenches to CLUB away on Velvet’s neck! Moone steps over the arm, and HOOK KICKS Velvet from below! Cover, TWO!! Velvet survives and then eggs Moone on more! Moone wrenches, knees low, then fisherman’s for the- NO, cradle counter! TWO!! Moone escapes, Velvet dodges, and Velvet CALF KICKS!

Fans fire up with Velvet, she runs and wheelbarrows again, BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!! Moone survives and Velvet is beside herself! The fans rally again as Velvet stands Moone up. Moone ROCKS Velvet, so Velvet ROCKS Moone! Moone fires more shots, scoops Velvet, but Velvet slips free to shove! Moone comes bakc, but Velvet drop toeholds her into ropes! Velvet runs to DOUBLE KNEE Moone! Velvet yanks the ropes to get Moone off, but Moone avoids the Mixer! Moone FISHERMAN BUSTERS!! Cover, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Moone cannot believe it! Moone gets the fans going, goes to a corner and hops up, but Velvet ROCKS her first!

Velvet climbs up after Moone, and puts some stank on the CHOP! Velvet then climbs to the very top, for a SUPER VICTORY ROLL!! The fans are thunderous as Moone flounders, into the MIXER!! Cover, Velvet wins!

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

Moone brought the heat, but that helped the dough rise, and now Velvet is moving on to the quarterfinals! She’s got a LEGIT opponent in Leyla Hirsch up next, will things only get hotter from here?

 

Johnny & Taya speak.

La Wera Loca says “Sussy Love, bien venida a ROH, y adios! Okay, that was easy. Seriously! You wanna give her to me, one of the most decorated luchadoras in all of luche libre history? A multi-time world champion, against Sussy Love? C’mon, please! Put some respect on my name and give me someone I can sink my teeth into, because that TV Championship is coming home with me. Cuz this is the TV Era, and clearly she wasn’t TV Ready. Gimme some competition, I’m ready!” Well, the One & Only Queen Aminata awaits, will she be more than enough for Taya?

 

ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Abadon VS Viva Van!

The Living Dead Girl has hunted down gold in the past, but now she hunts down history! Will the inaugural champion have a real reign of terror? Or will nothing scare off the Hellbent Vixen?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Abadon throws Viva down, and then drops down just to tease her with a playful wave. The two slowly rise as they stare down, and then Viva shows off with a handspring and pose! Only for Abadon to HEADBUTT her down! Viva flounders to a corner while Abadon says she’s so stupid. Abadon runs in, METEORA! Abadon shoves Viva out to then BASEMENT CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Abadon argues the count, then stalks Viva to ropes. Abadon storms up to stand on Viva and CHOKE her! The ref counts, Abadon “apologizes” as she lets off.

Then Abadon stands on Viva again! Abadon laughs as she sits on Viva, then lets off to “apologize” again. Viva goes to the apron, Abadon runs up but Viva KNEES her! Viva slingshots up and over, runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then WHEEL KICKS! Fans fire up as Viva shoves Abadon to a cover, TWO! Viva grows frustrated, she drags Abadon up and reels her in to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Viva keeps her cool and she stalks Abadon now. The fans rally, Viva kicks Abadon at the ropes, then gives back that CHOKE! And even the sitting! Viva adds fishhooks to make Abadon smile! Viva lets off, then wipes her hands off on the ref.

Viva runs in, but Abadon dodges to send her into buckles! Abadon runs back in, but Viva goes up to catch her into a TARANTULA! The fans fire up as Viva thrashes Abadon! The ref counts, Viva lets Abadon go at 4. The fans rally up and Viva stomps Abadon around. Viva drags Abadon into a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Abadon endures, the fans rally, and Abadon fights to pop free! Cover, ONE, and Viva kicks low! Viva reels Abadon in, Abadon wrenches and whips but Viva reverses, only for Abadon to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Viva staggers up but LARIATS Abadon down! The fans fire up, Viva covers, TWO! Viva grows frustrated, and Abadon just sits up!

Viva scowls as Abadon shakes her head and wags her finger. Viva fires forearms, but Abadon SHRIEKS! Abadon fires forearms in return, then LARIATS! And LARIATS again! Abadon cravats but Viva powers out. Abadon dodges to CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Viva survives and Abadon is annoyed. Abadon drags Viva up, runs, but Viva avoids the lariat to kick low! Underhooks in the ropes, DRAPING BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Abadon escapes and Viva is beside herself! The fans rally up, Viva stalks Abadon and CLUBS her! Viva says time to end this, and she Electric Chair Lifts! But Abadon fights with fists!

Abadon wrenches and BITES Viva’s arm! The ref counts, Abadon lets off to run and KNEE! Abadon then sits Viva up, BLACK DAHLIA!! Cover, Abadon wins!

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

Mercedes Martinez needs to watch out, because something wicked her way comes! Will the OG Badass be able to survive the Living Dead Girl?

 

Queen Aminata speaks.

“The Queen has arrived, and The Queen has advanced to the next round of the ROH TV Tournament to face Taya Valkyrie. Taya, I gotta say, I used to watch my matches when I first started. I used to love the way you presented yourself. The way you move in the ring, all the good fight you used to put in that ring. But to be honest, somebody has to tell you, Taya. You’re not that old Taya anymore. No, you’re just this flamboyant Taya. This sleazy mirror Taya. This Taya that comes in the ring with her husband. What’re you doing? Who are you?

“The Queen doesn’t want this new Taya, I want the old one. The one that used to put up that great fight. The one that used to come feeling confident. I want this very Loca Taya. I wanna put on a great match. And after that, I want you, Taya, to move outta my way so The Queen, The One, The Only African Woman Wrestler, can finally be… the first-ever ROH TV Champion.” The Queen of Guinea is ready to be crowned, but will Taya deny her the throne?

 

ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Billie Starkz VS Robyn Renegade!

The opening round finally comes to a close, and it wraps up with Athena’s Number One Minion ready to take it all! Will she do the Fallen Goddess proud? Or will Billie fail to stop the Renegade?

The Code of Honor is upheld and Robyn says Billie got what she wanted. The bell rings, the two tie up, and they go around. Robyn headlocks but Billie powers out the back. Billie grinds the arm but Robyn rolls, wrenches and wristlocks. Robyn talks trash but Billie spins through to get free. Robyn chuckles and the fans rally up. Billie and Robyn tie up, and Billie powers Robyn back, only for Robyn to turn that around and put Billie in the corner. The ref counts, Robyn lets off slowly, then she pats Billie on the head. Billie shoves back! The fans fire up as the two talk smack. Billie calls for the test of strength and Robyn obliges.

The two knuckle lock, but then Billie spins and wrenches to whip. Robyn ducks ‘n’ dodges but Billie runs, sunset flips, TWO! EDDY GORDO KICK! The fans fire up and Billie grins. Billie drags Robyn up, suplexes, but Robyn fights that to a cradle! TWO, and the two stand up. Robyn blocks to ROCK Billie with a forearm! Billie goes to a corner, Robyn runs up to clothesline! Robyn says want some, get some! And she CHOPS! Fans fire up and Robyn stands Billie back up. Robyn says here’s one more, and she CHOPS again! Robyn mocks Billie stinging from that, and then she stands Billie up again. Fans rally for one more, Robyn puts some stank on it, but Billie dodges!

Billie ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat, over and over, and the fans fire up! Billie even adds some clotheslines! Billie snapmares, but Robyn is right up to DROPKICK! Billie ends up in the corner, Robyn stomps a mudhole then digs it in! The ref counts, Robyn lets off to soak up the heat, then she stands Billie back up. Robyn ROCKS Billie, whips her to ropes, but Billie ducks ‘n’ holds the ropes! Robyn ducks the heel kick to body shot! Robyn snap suplexes and bridges, TWO! Billie escapes but Robyn keeps cool. Billie crawls her way to a corner, Robyn mocks Billie and the fans about the clapping, but Billie hits back!

Robyn CLUBS Billie down, brings her around and sends her to a corner. Billie stops from hitting buckles, dodges Robyn, but then Robyn dodges Billie! Robyn bumps Billie off buckles, slips around and BACKSTABBERS! Cover, TWO! Billie stays in this but Robyn stays on her. Robyn drags Billie up to snapmare and chinlock. Billie endures as Robyn thrashes her around and taunts her. “Smile for ’em!” The fans rally as Billie fights up, but Robyn wrangles her right back down. Billie still fights, the fans still rally, and Billie throws body shots. Robyn knees low, then whips Billie to a corner. Billie elbows back, then BOOTS!

Billie goes up, Robyn blocks a kick but Billie REBOUND ENZIGIRIS! Fans fire up as Billie LARIATS Robyn down! Billie grits her teeth, rises back up, and she ROCKS Robyn! Robyn ROCKS Billie! The forearms go back and forth, then Robyn CHOPS! Billie CHOPS, so Robyn DOUBLE CHOPS! Billie fires a flurry of forearms! The fans fire up more, Billie powers up but Robyn ENZIGIRIS! Billie flops against ropes but Robyn is on her. Robyn whips, Billie reverses and then HEEL KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives that shot but Billie keeps cool. Robyn bails out so Billie builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp!

Billie fires up, goes back into the ring, and she runs again! Another DIVE and down goes Robyn! Billie ain’t done, she slides in and runs again! The fans fire up for the DIVE into a clinch! Robyn RAMS Billie into the apron! The hattrick did not go Billie’s way and she flounders into the ring. Robyn pushes her from ropes, storms back up, but blocks boots! Billie still kicks Robyn away, goes up the corner, and leaps, but Robyn dodges! Billie comes back, but Robyn puts her on the apron! Billie ducks the haymakers, but Robyn catches the shoulder! Billie fights free of that, but Robyn manages to SUNSET FLIP through! POWERBOMB to the floor!!

The fans are thunderous while the ref checks Billie. Billie is somehow still in this but Robyn wants a count-out! The count begins while Billie stirs. Robyn wants it faster but this is still a 20 count! The count only reaches 7 while Robyn talks trash. Robyn says Billie will never amount to anything, but Billie stands and leaps in at 10 of 20! Robyn CLUBS away on Billie for that, then covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Robyn is frustrated and she drags Billie up to pump handle. But Billie slips free of the scoop, to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Billie holds on, traps an arm and has a half nelson with chinbar! Billie digs in her knee, Robyn taps! Billie wins!!

Winner: Billie Starkz, by submission (advances to the next round)

A big win off the Hammerlock Vice, and Billie has her spot in the quarterfinals! But will she continue on through the Elite Eight? Or will she fail to break the Cuban Diamond?

 

Backstage interview with Ethan Page.

Lexi Nair is with All Ego after his win over Anthony Henry tonight. Ethan is now 12-2 overall, and Ethan wants to stick with the positives. What does this mean for Ethan moving forward? Well, the obvious answer is an ROH World TV Championship match against Kyle Fletcher. Automatic shoe-in given Ethan’s win streak, but for some reason, the TV Champ doesn’t wanna show up for work. Maybe because he’s worried about losing it. But really, a fantastic strategy for Kyle, and if Ethan were Kyle, he’d keep doing it. But while he’s away, Ethan can hang out with the fans more and continue to have this feeling that keeps happening.

Ethan can’t explain the feeling, can’t put a word to it but he’s sure the fans feel it, too. There’s just something in the air. You can even smell it, and you feel it, and Ethan feels it in his heart. And after every win, he feels that feeling grow. That momentum grows. That fire inside of him and with the people watching, it grows! So Kyle, stay away, because by the time he comes back, that momentum will be astronomical! And when Kyle walks in, he’ll feel the electricity in the air and the hair on the back of his neck will stand up! Because everything in ROH since Kyle’s been gone has changed, because of Ethan!

“So please, bring that title back when you’re ready. Because I don’t think you’re gonna like this place anymore. I promise.” All Ego has called out the Protostar, how will the Don Callis Family let Kyle respond?

 

Billie Starkz speaks.

“I had one heck of a fight tonight. I’ll give it to you, Robyn, you brought more than I thought you would. But this tournament’s for me. That’s my title, and I don’t know how many times I have to say this. I’m going through every single round of this tournament. I’m the youngest and the dumbest, I’m gonna fight all I can. I want this more than anything else. I lost at Final Battle, I’m not losing again. Y’all’re not better than Athena, I’m better than all of you. Get it through your heads. That title is mine.” The Fallen Goddess’ Number One Minion is ready to stand beside her with gold, will she succeed?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship Best 2 Outta 3 Falls Tables Match: Athena VS Nyla Rose!

After the Fallen Goddess was violently ambushed at her own training school, an equally violent return led to a brutal back and forth between her and the Native Beast. Now it will all come to a devastating end as only one can reign! Who’s body will be broken along with the tables?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and Nyla is already setting up the furniture! It’s the main event of the ROH TV anniversary, but who celebrates the biggest of all?

The bell rings and Athena DROPKICKS! Nyla stays up to CLOBBER Athena! Nyla brings Athena up but Athena throws hands! But then Nyla HEADBUTTS Athena down! The fans rally for Athena as she comes right back, but into a SAMOAN DROP! Fans boo but Nyla tells them to shut up. Nyla goes out to fetch a table and set that up at ringside. Nyla drags Athena to the apron to SMACK her off the edge, then she finishes setting the table. Only for Athena to DROPKICK Nyla! Athena RANAS, but Nyla blocks! APRON POWERBOMB, and then the BEAST BOMB through the table!!

Athena: 0; Nyla: 1

And the all-important first “fall” goes to Nyla! She tells us not to “change the channel” because she’s 1-0, and says we’ll see if she can finish this fast. Nyla puts Athena in the ring, goes looking under but there’s no tables there. Nyla goes around the corner, there’s a table! Nyla puts that table in the ring, but Athena stops her! Athena uses the table to RAM Nyla into barriers! The fans rally, and Athena SUPERKICKS Nyla down! Athena hauls that table up into the ring for herself, and the fans rally up. Athena runs up to KICK Nyla in the side! Athena gets in the ring, brings the table to a corner, but then sees Nyla stand.

Athena runs and DIVES, but into Nyla’s hands! APRON CHOKE SLAM! The fans are stunned while Athena writhes. The ref checks Athena, she is somehow still in this, so Nyla hobbles over. Nyla THROWS Athena into steel steps! Athena writhes again while Nyla soaks up the heat. Nyla even plays with a fan’s very long beard. Nyla drags Athena up but Athena throws body shots. Nyla SMACKS Athena off the apron, pushes her in, then stomps away! The fans rally for Athena as hard as they can but Nyla CLUBS her down. Nyla claims they are all HER Minions now, but Athena fires off CHOP after CHOP!

Nyla CHOPS back, DECKS Athena, then hauls her back up. Nyla scoops and SLAMS Athena, then soaks up more heat. Nyla throws off the gloves and drags Athena up again. Nyla whips her hard into a corner, then SPLASHES! Athena sits down and Nyla calls her shot, CANNONBALL! Athena flops over and Nyla grabs that table. Nyla sets it up in a corner, and Nyla says, “Careful what you wish for.” But Athena runs up to SMACK Nyla off the table! And again! The table stays standing, Nyla shoves Athena away, but Athena tilt-o-whirl RANAS! Nyla hits off buckles, Athena goes to fireman’s carry! Nyla CLUBS away to knock Athena down!

Nyla hobbles, she stands Athena up, and HIP TOSS but Athena handsprings through! Athena ROCKS Nyla, but Nyla PELES Athena! Nyla runs, to CROSSBODY! Athena flounders her way to the apron, back to the wreckage of the first table, and even to the steel steps. Nyla pushes the second table over before she pursues Athena. Nyla digs her boots in at the railing but the ref reprimands. Nyla lets off, sits Athena up, and KNEES her against railing! Fans boo but Nyla backs up. Nyla runs back in, but Athena moves, CANNONBALL hits railing! Nyla writhes now and the fans rally for Athena! Athena runs up to SHOTGUN Nyla down!

The fans fire up while Athena growls and glares at Nyla. Athena rises as the fans are thunderously behind her. Athena catches her breath, goes looking under the ring, and finds herself a new table! The fans cheer as she sets that up ringside. Athena DROPKICKS Nyla back down and HAMMERS away on her in fury! Athena shoves Nyla and tells the ref to leave her alone! Athena goes back to her table, finishes setting that up, and then positions it just right. Athena storms up on Nyla, brings her around, and hauls her up to the apron. Fans fire up as Athena lines up the shot, but Nyla fires hands!

Athena and Nyla brawl on the edge, and then Nyla HEADBUTTS! Athena fires shots again and again, then clinches! Nyla fights free of that, and choke grips! Fans freak out, CHOKE- NO, Athena slips up and over the ropes! Athena ROCKS Nyla, Nyla holds onto ropes as she wobbles! Athena goes up a corner, takes aim, for the O FACE!! Nyla falls through the table!!

Athena: 1; Nyla: 1

And we’re all tied up! It all comes down to this final fall, “This is Awesome!” as Athena already has that second table ready to go! Nyla flounders out of the wreckage, drags herself into the ring, and Athena stalks her. Athena stomps Nyla, drags her up, SLAPS her, then fireman’s carries! Fans fire up as Athena manages the lift! But then she falls right over, Nyla right on top of her! Nyla laughs as she sits back up and then brings Athena around. Nyla scoops, but Athena slips free! Nyla BOOTS Athena down then hurries to get her back up! Nyla puts Athena on the table, punches away on her face, then goes up the corner!

Nyla aims but Athena slips off the table! Athena CHOPS Nyla, then climbs up! Fans fire up as Athena climbs, CLUBS away on Nyla, but Nyla fights the superplex! Nyla CLUBS away on Athena now, then dumps Athena to the apron! Nyla repositions herself, kicks at Athena from above, but Athena SLAPS Nyla! Nyla kicks, Athena SLAPS! They go back and forth, each wobbling after the other’s shot! Nyla realizes there’s a table at ringside! Nyla CLAWS Athena’s eyes to stop her! Nyla then sees another table at ringside and aims for it! But Athena has Nyla’s foot to stay on the apron! Athena ROCKS Nyla again!

Athena UPPERCUTS, then she uses the corner to Electric Chair Lift Nyla!! ELECTRIC CHAIR FACEBUSTER through the table!!! Athena wins!!!

Winner: Athena, by 2-1 falls (still ROH Women’s World Champion)

The Fallen Goddess, the Minion Overlord, the woman carrying this promotion, just slayed the Native Beast! If not even this could stop Athena, will she truly be our Forever Champion? But at the same time, Nyla sits up and manages to laugh…? Is Nyla’s hunt for gold in ROH not over yet?


My Thoughts:

A great ROH right here, but apologies to the fellas on this episode, I didn’t have time for anything other than the women’s title stories. Though, I did skim, so I know Lee Johnson had another great showing, Danhausen VS Brandon Cutler w/ Colt Cabana was a lot of goofy fun, and Exodus Prime had a great showing in a Fatal 4 Way that he of course wasn’t winning. And really good promo from Ethan after his newest win, though I wish there didn’t have to be as many worked shoot promos of “You need to show up on ROH so I can face you already!” type stuff going on. Tony Khan needs to get people who hold ROH titles onto ROH TV!

Great matches in the Women’s TV Championship Tournament, of course. Taya VS Sussy was good, Sussy really getting a good showing in the loss. Taya talked trash on Sussy as like she’s just a jobber in the promo after, and Queen Aminata had a very good response promo, so their match is going to be awesome next round. Equally great showings from Viva Van against Abadon and Sandra Moone against Red Velvet, but naturally Abadon and Velvet won out. Abadon is very likely to get past Mercedes Martinez, Velvet VS Leyla could go either way depending on how Leyla’s story with Rachael Ellering is going to go.

But also a great match of Billie VS Robyn, and of course Billie won there. Billie had a great promo, she is still highly favored to win in my opinion, more than likely facing Aminata in the finals. Both are so talented, and while Billie has gotten the overt push with her joining Athena, facing Athena, and having Athena’s support, Aminata stuck it out, proved herself, and has been recognized by management to finally get some wins. That’s a real toss-up there, and either result would make for a huge moment at what I’m assuming is Supercard of Honor on April 5th, aka them piggybacking WrestleMania Weekend.

The tables match was really good stuff, but much like any tables match, and much like any 2 Outta 3 Falls match, the flow was pretty standard. We end up with a tie and the final fall finishes it, which made for a great comeback by Athena to win it all. A part of me is surprised Athena won out, but Athena has done such phenomenal work since becoming ROH Women’s World Champion that in a way, she’s kinda stuck. If this women’s tournament arc is any indication, ROH knows how to use the women’s division better per episode than AEW, but viewership and live audience attendance are still lacking. To me, Athena is the big fish in the small pond, but is deserving of being the biggest of them all.

My Score: 8.8/10


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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 Ivar; Sheamus wins.
  • 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

PLAY BY PLAY

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?

 

Rhea returns backstage.

Judgment Day is there to see her off with a group hug. Damian Priest says they know when she comes back, she’ll make Liv regret ever messing with her, and even more badass than she is right now! Cuz she is Rhea Bloody Ripley, and they love her. She thanks them, and tells them to keep Judgment Day on top. Rhea heads out, will the boys be able to keep things together without Mami?

 

Sheamus VS Ivar!

After months away with his own injury, the Celtic Warrior is back! And that means Monday Night Raw is now Fight Night, fellas! He’s never felt better, but will the Viking Raider make him feel awful already?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally and welcome Sheamus back. Sheamus smiles and ties up with Ivar. They go around, break, then tie up again. Sheamus headlocks, Ivar powers up and out, but Sheamus RAMS him! Ivar rebounds, RAMS Sheamus, but Sheamus steadies himself. The fans chant “Let’s Go, Sheamus!” and the forearms start flying! Sheamus gets the edge, whips, but Ivar reverses. Sheamus ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Ivar! The fans fire up while Ivar goes to the apron! Sheamus storms up and grabs the arms, but Ivar HOTSHOTS Sheamus away! Ivar goes up, but Sheamus ROCKS him first!

Sheamus fires haymakers, then climbs up after Ivar to fire more! The fans fire up as Sheamus fireman’s carries Ivar, into the SUPER WHITE NOISE! Sheamus fires up and the fans are with him as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Ivar has Sheamus in a chinlock. The fans rally, Sheamus fights up, and Sheamus throws body shots. But Ivar UPPERCUTS back! Ivar runs, but Sheamus scoops to POWERSLAM! The fans fire up and Ivar goes back to the apron. Sheamus storms up, brings Ivar up, and hooks him in the ropes! The fans fire up as we get BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! And Sheamus goes all the way to TEN! Ivar slumps down, flops into the ring, and Sheamus hauls him up. Fireman’s carry, but Ivar elbows free! Ivar BOOTS Sheamus, then HEEL KICKS! Sheamus falls, Ivar goes up! VIKING SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Sheamus survives and Ivar pulls at his hair in frustration! Sheamus goes to a corner, but he eggs Ivar on! Ivar storms up on Sheamus to rain down fists! The fans boo, the ref counts, and Ivar lets off. Sheamus still eggs Ivar on! Ivar and Sheamus throw hands and Sheamus gets the edge! Ivar shoves, cartwheels, and knees low! Ivar runs, springboards, but into a KNEE! Ivar staggers around, Sheamus brings the kneepad down, for the KNEE CAP! Ivar falls, the fans are thunderous as Sheamus beats his chest. Ivar stands up, into the BROGUE!! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

The Celtic Warrior is back, as is his classic theme song! He feels better than ever, looks better than ever, is he going to make one more run at the top of the mountain?

 

 


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

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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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