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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (3/21/24)

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Who is heading to Supercard of Honor?

The ROH Women’s World TV Championship tournament reaches the semifinals, and only two move on to fight for the gold! Who will be part of history in Philadelphia?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament Semifinals: Billie Starkz VS Mercedes Martinez; wins and advances to Supercard of Honor.
  • ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament Semifinals: Queen Aminata VS Red Velvet; Aminata wins and advances to Supercard of Honor.
  • Lee Johnson VS London Lightning; Johnson wins.
  • Hikaru Shida VS Rachael Ellering; Shida wins.
  • Matt Sydal VS TJ Crawford; Sydal wins.
  • Mina Shirakawa VS Anna Jay; Mina wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament Semifinals: Billie Starkz VS Mercedes Martinez w/ Diamante!

Minion 400,237 and three-quarters is back in action, ready to that final step into the tournament finals! But in her way stands a former ROH Women’s World Champion in the OG Badass, who has the Cuban Diamond by her side! Will Diamante help Martinez survive another round like she did against Abadon last time? Or will nothing stop Billie from heading to Philly?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. The fans rally behind Billie as she and Martinez tie up. Martinez fireman’s carries for the takeover, then kneels on Billie while she has the cording hold. Billie endures, but Martinez digs her knuckles into the ribs. Billie fights around but Martinez shifts to top wristlock. Billie still gets up so Martinez shifts to seated full nelson. Billie kicks, Martinez spins her around and facelocks. Martinez grinds Billie but Billie rolls. Martinez rolls with her, rolls the other way, and then floats around to have a half straitjacket. The fans cheer this technical exchange while Billie endures.

Martinez gets both arms for a full straitjacket, and she uses her shoulder to bend Billie back! Martinez then shifts to a chinbar grip but Billie CLAWS at Martinez’s face! The ref reprimands, both women let the other go, and Billie goes to a corner. Martinez runs up but into an ELBOW! Martinez shakes that off, runs in again but Billie dodges. Martinez blocks the arm-drag to ROCK Billie, then whip her to ropes. Billie ducks ‘n’ returns to roll, float, lateral press, but Martinez ghost pins! TWO, and Billie SUPERKICKS! Billie hauls Martinez up but Martinez fights the suplex to suplex! Una Amiga, and then Dos Amigas!

Martinez drags Billie up again, for TRES AMIGAS, and the stall! Martinez holds past TEN, and she waits until THIRTY before the BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Billie survives and Martinez is shocked! Martinez scowls, she stalks Billie and slaps her around. Martinez drags Billie up, UPPERCUTS and Billie drops right down! Martinez whips Billie to the corner, runs in but gets another ELBOW! Billie BOOTS, then goes up. Martinez blocks the kick, ducks the enzigiri, and has Billie in ropes! Martinez CLUBS Billie again and again, then goes up the corner! Martinez SLAPS Billie on the back, Billie is dangling and Martinez WOE STOMPS her!

The fans rally up, Martinez drags Billie to a cover, TWO! Billie is still in this but Martinez has her on ropes. Martinez CHOKES Billie, the ref counts, and fans boo as Martinez lets off at 4. Billie sputters to the apron but Martinez brings her back in. Martinez hauls Billie up, whips but Billie reverses to body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Billie whips, Martinez reverses, then runs in, but again blocks boots. But the REBOUND ENZIGIRI hits this time! Billie snarls and she KNEE SMASHES to then waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Martinez flounders and the fans rally up behind Billie as she rises.

Martinez bails out but Billie builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Billie grins, Diamante shouts to Martinez, but Billie gets back in the ring. “It’s MY title!” Billie builds speed and DIVES but FLOPS as Diamante gets Martinez to safety! The insurance policy kicks in and Martinez gets Billie up. Martinez UPPERCUTS Billie to then hoist her onto the railing. MAGIC SCREW to the floor! The ref checks Billie while Martinez takes a bow and soaks up the heat. Martinez leaves Billie behind to let the count handle this. The fans boo but Martinez takes another bow. Billie stirs as the count is 5 of 20, and Diamante already says Martinez has this.

Billie sits up at 7, crawls her way over at 9, and she gets in at 10! Martinez drags Billie up from the apron and brings her to a corner. Martinez brings Billie up higher and higher, and from the very top, SUPER DUPER PLEX! Martinez then drags Billie up, but Billie suplexes instead! GHOSTBUSTER!! Both women are down and the fans rally up! The standing count begins, we’re at 5 of 10 already! Martinez sits up at 6, Billie at 7, and they find each other. Billie fires a forearm but Martinez UPPERCUTS then hammers away! Martinez fires palm strike after palm strike, then UPPERCUTS Billie back down!

Martinez huffs and puffs and roars as she drags Billie up. Martinez whips Billie hard into buckles, then Electric Chair Lifts her up top. Martinez CLUBS Billie, then brings her out in the crucifix! But Billie fights free, slips to the apron and Martinez hits buckles! Billie DUMPS Martinez to the floor, then aims to CROSSBODY! The fans fire up with Billie and she puts Martinez back in. Billie climbs up and takes aim, SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Ghost pin, TWO!! Billie escapes but Martinez cradles her, TWO!! Both women stand, Billie blocks a boot, “EAT YOUR TEETH!” KNEE! But Martinez BOOTS on the rebound!

Both women are down again and the fans rally up. Diamante coaches Martinez while Billie goes to the far corner. Martinez runs up but Billie SHOTGUNS her down! Billie then runs in and gets around to Gory Especial, GORY BOMB! Billie goes back up while the ref checks Martinez, and Diamante runs up! Billie HAMMERS away on Diamante, then HEADBUTTS her down! But Martinez CLUBS Billie, tucks her in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Then the crucifix, for RAZOR’S EDGE! Cover, TWO?!? Martinez can’t believe Billie survives! The fans fire up, Martinez drags Billie up, and SAIDOS!

Billie flounders, Martinez hauls her right up! Fisherman, but Billie cradles!! TWO!!! Martinez runs up, but Billie avoids the knee to roll her! High stack, BILLIE WINS!!

Winner: Billie Starkz, by pinfall (advances to the finals)

The fans go wild as the youngest woman in all of ROH is once again heading for history! But will Billie be a history maker when she wins it all?

 

ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament Semifinals: Queen Aminata VS Red Velvet!

There’s no point in waiting, it is time to determine the second half of the historic title match! Will the Queen of Guinea make Supercard very juicy? Or will The Chef #StirItUp and serve up another L?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally as the two stare down. Aminata and Velvet circle, tie up, and Aminata waistlocks to SLAM Velvet down! Aminata facelocks, Velvet fights up, and Velvet wrenches to wristlock. Aminata breaks out, headlocks and hits the takeover. Velvet keeps her shoulders up, fights around, but Aminata wrenches to wristlock. Velvet rolls, kips up, but Aminata throws her down! Velvet kips up again, Aminata throws her down again, but Velvet kips up one more time. Aminata clamps onto Velvet’s arm, steps over, and twerk attacks! Velvet SPANKS Aminata!

Velvet wrenches, kicks a leg out, then steps over to give the twerk back! The fans rally up and the two reset. They tie up, Velvet gets around to a waistlock, then wrenches, then she wrenches to arm-drag! Velvet shifts to hammerlock but Aminata moves around. Aminata reaches back, stands up, and snapmares, only for Velvet to keep the hammerlock! Velvet leans on the arm, but Aminata fights up and wrenches back. Aminata whips, Velvet goes up and eggs Aminata on. Aminata runs in but into a BOOT! Velvet goes way up, to RANA, but Aminata blocks! Velvet still tries, Aminata still blocks! Velvet throws hands then SPIKE-RANA! Cover, TWO!

Aminata stands, Velvet wheelbarrows, and she swings around to a sunset! TWO, Aminata runs up and blocks the arm-drag! Velvet shifts to roll Aminata, TWO! Aminata runs, Velvet sidesteps and leaps, but into Aminata’s arms! Aminata pops Velvet around for a FALL AWAY SLAM! The fans fire up while Velvet flounders to ropes. Aminata runs in to BOOT WASH! Aminata grins as she reminds us she is the one and only. Velvet flops to the floor and Aminata leaves her behind. The fans rally as a ring count starts, and Velvet sits up at 3 of 10. Velvet forces herself up and in at 5 but Aminata KICKS her!

Aminata reels Velvet in to snap suplex! Aminata sits Velvet back up to KICK her in the back! Cover, TWO! Velvet is tougher than that but Aminata clamps on with a facelock. Velvet fights up, throws body shots, then JAWBREAKERS! Velvet runs, but Aminata scoops to a BACKBREAKER! The fans rally with Aminata while Velvet goes to a corner. Aminata runs corner to corner, but Velvet avoids the hip attack! Velvet fires the BODY SHOTS! Then she head-fakes to SLAP! Velvet DOUBLE CHOPS, but Aminata shoves her back! Aminata runs up but Velvet goes Matrix! Velvet then rolls Aminata up, TWO!

Aminata stands, Velvet runs up to NECKBREAKER DROP! And then another NECKBREAKER DROP! Velvet CALF KICKS Aminata down and the fans rally up! Velvet stands, fires up and runs, wheelbarrow and BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Aminata is still in this and Velvet is frustrated. The fans rally up as Aminata goes to the corner. Velvet storms up to fire more body shots! Velvet snapmares Aminata, then runs up again, but Aminata avoids the dropkick! Aminata waistlocks, deadlifts, but Velvet fights with elbows! Victory roll, STOMP 182! Then cover, ONE?!? Aminata shows some grit but Velvet just DOUBLE STOMPS her again! Another cover, TWO!!

Aminata stays in this but Velvet DOUBLE STOMPS again!! Cover, TWO!! High stack, TWO, into a wheelbarrow and GERMAN SUPLEX! Velvet flops over and the fans fire up! Velvet flounders to the apron but Aminata storms out after her. Aminata waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Velvet lands out of it?! Velvet then SPEARS Aminata down!! The fans are thunderous as Velvet drags Aminata down off the apron. Velvet runs up to DOUBLE KNEE Aminata into steel steps! Velvet is turning up the heat! She puts Aminata in, cover, TWO!! Aminata survives and checks her face. Velvet brings Aminata up to SLAP, body shot, and body shot again!

Aminata ROCKS Velvet with one shot! Velvet SLAPS again! And again! And again! Velvet winds up, but Aminata ROCKS her again! Velvet ROCKS Aminata! Velvet runs, but Aminata ROCKS her right back! And GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Velvet staggers up, into the FISHERMAN SCREW!! Cover, TWO!! Velvet survives and Aminata is beside herself! The fans rally up, Aminata hauls Velvet back up but Velvet breaks free! SUPERKICK! Aminata wobbles, so Velvet kicks a leg out! Velvet says she’s the one and only, and HEEL KICKS! But Aminata HEADBUTTS!!! Aminata falls on the cover, Aminata wins!!

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

Heavy hangs the head that wears the crown, and it hits hard, too! Aminata is going to Philadelphia, will Supercard of Honor be The Queen’s crowning moment?

 

Backstage interview with Kiera Hogan.

Lexi Nair is with the Hottest Flame and brings up her loss to Diamante in the tournament. But she also won the Four Corner Survival against Diamante, so how’s she feeling? Kiera says to be honest, she’s feeling hype! She did that, right? But besides that, whoever wins the TV title, whether it’s Aminata or Billie, Kiera says she’s got the first shot. And besides that, she also has unfinished business. Kiera says Diamante might’ve gotten the win in the tournament, but not without a fight, and Kiera’s still got some fight left in her. How about next week, they have a rematch? Diamante can accept or not, but whether Kiera sees Diamante in the ring, or at home, she’s gonna see her. That’s all, PERIOD.

 

Backstage interview with Johnny TV & Taya Valkyrie.

Lexi is now with Mr. & Mrs. TV Ready, and says we haven’t see or heard from The Boys in some time. How’re they doing? Taya says it has been a bit… difficult. Johnny says you can’t teach old boys new tricks. They’ve been acting up, chewing on couch cushions, Bowe & Presley are embarrassed. “You’re filling this room with LIES!!” Dalton Castle?! When’d he get behind the backdrop!? Castle tells Lexi to tell them to take back what they said! Then he starts crawling out from under the backdrop?! Where are his Boys! Johnny says he doesn’t know, they got lost! Taya says Johnny lost The Boys. WHAT?!

Johnny says they were on the mountain doing man stuff and then there was a bear. But bears EAT boys!! Taya wants everyone to calm down. Johnny, what kind of bear was it? They were in Canada so was it like a polar bear, grizzly bear, black bear- It was a BIG bear! A big bear! That’s not good. Castle rages at the irresponsible duo but Lexi holds him back while Johnny shields Taya. Taya says Castle’s the irresponsible one! Taya & Johnny get away, Lexi tries to reassure Castle but he says it’s not gonna be fine! The Boys are gone! He has NO Boys! He is BOY-LESS!! Castle drops to his knees, Lexi says look, he has Boys!

Castle looks over at the substitute boys, and they’re all eagerly waiting. Castle says yeah, sure, he has those boys, but they’re just the single-use disposable boys. But why did Lexi call Castle for an interview anyway? Because she wants him to stop interrupting his interviews! Oh, well… He’s busy. Castle leaves with his back-up boys, but what is the fate of THE Boys, Brandon & Brent?

 

Hikaru Shida VS Rachael Ellering!

The Full Metal Warrior made an incredible surprise return last week to confront The Fallen Goddess and challenge her for the ROH Women’s World Championship. That match is set for Supercard of Honor, so will Shida sharpen her edge in preparation? Or will the Queen of Strong Style refuse to be just some warm-up?

The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. But then wait! Here comes Athena! She wants to watch this one in person as she walks down to ringside. Athena gets a chair, takes a seat by the ramp, and makes sure Shida knows she’s watching her. Shida and Rachael circle, the fans rally, and the two tie up. They go around, end up on ropes, and the ref calls the break. Rachael lets off clean and the fans applaud. Rachael and Shida reset, Athena’s already biting her nails, did she see something worrying even in that grapple? Shida and Rachael tie up again, Shida headlocks, but Rachael picks her up!

Shida thrashes the hold, Rachael powers up and out, and they RAM shoulders! Neither budges, so Shida fires up and eggs Rachael on. Rachael says okay and she winds up. Rachael runs, and she runs Shida over! Rachael says Shida wanted it. Rachael runs again, but she stops to step over Shida’s dropdown, and deadlift gut wrenches Shida to carry her around! Rachael smiles before she SUPLEXES Shida! Rachael runs but Shida avoids the senton! Then she KICKS Rachael in the back of the head! Rachael ends up in the corner, Shida whips corner to corner and runs in, to JUMP KNEE! Fans fire up as Shida climbs, and Shida rains down fists!

The fans count along, Shida gets all the way to TEN! Shida fires up again while Rachael flops down. Athena scowls while Rachael flops to the outside. Shida pursues, brings Rachael around, and she SMACKS Rachael off the apron! Rachael falls, checks her nose, but Shida brings her up. Shida wants Athena to see this, and then she rushes up with Rachael! Athena falls right out of her chair as she tries to get away, but Shida was just faking her out! Athena is furious as she asks, “You think that’s funny?!” The fans say yes, and Shida says yes, too. Shida goes back for Rachael but Rachael CHOPS her!

Rachael CHOPS Shida, the ring count is 5 of 10, and Rachael puts Shida in at 6. The fans rally, Rachael storms in and runs up, to SLIDING KICK! Then she says “SWISH!” and SENTONS! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Shida goes to a corner, but Rachael keeps her cool. Rachael storms up, stands Shida up, and CHOPS! Rachael ROCKS Shida, CHOPS, then lets Shida fall. Rachael looms over Shida, stands on her shoulder, and then pulls the arms! Rachael KNEES Shida into the motorcycle stretch! The fans rally as Shida endures but Athena gets upset. Shida fights up, fights to turn this, and she has Rachael in the motorcycle!

But Rachael turns things around again and knees low! Rachael reels Shida in, but Shida fights the suplex! Rachael CLUBS Shida, Athena likes that, and Rachael suplexes. Shida fights that, so Rachael CLUBS her again and again! Rachael reels Shida back in, but Shida suplexes first! The fans fire up, Rachael swings but misses, and Shida JUMP KNEES Rachael down! Athena no longer likes what she sees as Shida climbs! Rachael wobbles and stands, Shida MISSILE DROPKICKS her back down! Cover, TWO! Rachael is still in this but Shida takes aim! KATANA- NO! Rachael blocks, but Shida KNEES her!

Shida runs, but into a LARIAT! The fans rally for Shida while both women are down! Athena gets mad that the fans are behind Shida but the standing count rises. Shida stirs at 4 of 10, Rachael sits up at 5. They stand, and Rachael fires a forearm! Shida fires it back! Rachael CHOPS! Shida BOOTS! Rachael swings but Shida BOOTS it to block! Shida fires forearm after forearm, then winds up, but Rachael UPPERCUTS! Rachael fireman’s carries, but Shida slips free! Rachael swings, Shida blocks and then IRON CLAW STO!! The fans fire up and Shida says she’ll end it now! But Rachael wrenches out to fireman’s carry! TKO!! Cover, TWO!

Shida survives and Rachael is beside herself. Athena says to stay on Shida and Rachael rises. Rachael brings Shida up, whips, but Shida holds ropes! Shida blocks the lariat to ROCK Rachael! Then suplex for the FALCON ARROW! Shida won’t stop there, she KATANAS!! Cover, Shida wins!

Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall

Shida points right to Athena and Athena clutches her title. Is the Fallen Goddess finally feeling fear in ROH?

 

Backstage interview with Diamante.

Lexi is with the Cuban Diamond and says that we saw Mercedes Martinez lose to Billie Starkz tonight. Diamante stops Lexi there and she says that win was a fluke. Billie knows it, Mercedes knows it, Diamante knows it. But whether it is Billie or Aminata, Diamante & Mercedes are first in line! So as far as Kiera goes, if she’s feeling froggy, if she wants to go 1v1 again after Diamante beat her the first time, if she wants to bet on herself, then go ahead. You better see Diamante before Diamante does. Diamante shoves the mic back into Lexi, who steps up to establish themselves as first in line for the TV title?

 

Eddie Kingston speaks.

“Everyone saw me lose to Okada, everyone saw how I reacted to it, and I was all Mr. Oh Yeah, Y’Know, I Gotta Defend… I got a phone call after that, from my mentor, Homicide, a former ROH World Champion. He said, ‘Eddie, why’re you acting like such a b*tch? Eddie, where’s the Eddie that I know? That used to go in there and gouge people’s eyes, fishhook people, punch people in the bridge of their nose. What happened to the guy that liked being vicious?’ He said he misses that guy. He said that guy could’ve beat Okada. That guy will be the guy that beats Mark Briscoe.

“See, Mark, it’s not personal. I love you, Chicken, you’re my brother. I’ve known you forever, we traveled together, we’ve done it all. But this is about the world championship. I can’t let this go. I can’t lose again, Chicken, you understand what I’m trying to tell you? What I’m trying to tell you is, I’m gonna bring more than just a fight. I’m gonna bring the old Eddie. The one that doesn’t care about life. The one that doesn’t care about your life, either. Chicken, I’m gonna bust you up, man. Because I have to. Because I can’t lose again, Chicken. I don’t ever wanna feel that pain again. I don’t want my mentor to ever doubt me again.

“So you better bring it. Because if you don’t… If you don’t, I can’t be held responsible for what I do to you. Let that sink in.” The Mad King is feeling desperate, what will he do in order to stay on his throne?

 

Backstage interview with Billie Starkz.

Lexi is excited as she says MIT is going to Supercard! Billie won her match, she’s on the road to face Queen Aminata in the finals for the ROH Women’s World Television Championship, baby! Let’s go! Billie says let’s not forget about boss! The camera pans over to a very stressed Athena but Billie says she’s finally got some real competition! Lexi says Supercard is gonna be awesome! Shida has that kendo stick and she is CRAZY~! Shida’s so cool, it’ll be awesome, Lexi still can’t believe Athena’s facing the THREE-TIME AEW Women’s World Champion! Can you believe that!? Athena snaps that Shida is also a three-time loser! Oh, uh… yeah, true.

Athena asks if they think this is a game. No! This is Athena’s show, her rules! Yeah, they know! That makes this title her Precious, and if you think for one second that Athena’s gonna let Shida get her grimy little hands on Athena’s title… No, they don’t think that! THEN WHY’RE THEY TALKING ABOUT SHIDA?! They should be talking about Athena and everything she’s done! 47-0 matches, undefeated, never even been pinned or submitted! Lexi & Billie applaud nervously while Athena says, “And you think just because Shida beat me years ago before we got here, that she’s gonna do it again, don’t you? Don’t you?!”

She beat Athena…? SHUT UP, BILLIE!!! Athena storms off and Lexi says, “Holy Shida…” The Fallen Goddess looks like she’s about to lose her mind, but is she going to lose her title first?

 

Mina Shirakawa VS Anna Jay!

The Fighting Gravure Wrestler makes her ROH debut, but her last singles match was losing to Mayu Iwatani in an IWGP Women’s Championship match back at NJPW New Beginning in Sapporo. Will this be a GLAMOROUS rebound? Or will Anna prove why she is the Star of the Show?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally up as the two circle. They approach, Anna dodges and takes a bow. The fans cheer but Mina says okay then. They circle, approach, and Mina dodges to then slide and pose. The fans cheer, Anna says okay then. The two tie up and go around, and Anna puts Mina on ropes. Anna lets off, but then ROCKS Mina. Anna whips, Mina stops herself, but Anna ROCKS her again! Anna runs but Mina follows to ROCK her! Mina snapmares, then KICKS Anna in the back! The fans rally, Mina brings Anna up, but Anna kicks low. Anna runs to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Anna keeps on Mina and brings her up. Anna runs but Mina dropkicks the legs out! Mina storms up on Anna, gets a leg, and SMASHES the knee! Mina drags Anna around, steps through, and SPLASHES a leg! The fans rally up behind Mina as she brings Anna around and steps through. Anna cradle counters, TWO! Mina kicks low, hooks Anna up, and hits a SHIN BREAKER! Mina then gets the leg, steps through, but Anna boots her away! Anna hobbles but runs up, only for Mina to slip out to the apron! Mina ducks Anna’s haymaker, ROCKS her, then goes up the corner to REBOUND ENZIGIRI! Cover, TWO!

Mina keeps cool and dragon sleepers Anna. Anna snapmares free, runs up and ELBOWS Mina down! Anna drags Mina up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to HEEL KICK! Anna then wrenches to HOOK KICK! Anna hooks Mina up, Gory Especial to GORY BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Mina survives but Anna pushes her back to a cover, TWO!! Mina survives again and Anna is beside herself! The fans rally, Anny drags Mina up, and Anna clinches. Mina fights the clinch, shoves Anna away and ROLLING ELBOWS! Anna falls right down and the fans fire up! Mina catches her breath, she and Anna rise, and the fans rally again.

Anna fires a forearm first, but Mina fires back! Anna fires another forearm, so Mina fires back! They stand, fire more forearms, and the fans rally up as they pick up speed! Anna gets the edge, fires up and ROCKS Mina! Mina staggers, but she blocks a boot to DRAGON SCREW! Mina hurries to go for Anna’s legs, step through, and FIGURE FOUR! The fans “WOO~” while Anna endures! Mina thrashes the hold, but Anna crawls back, ROPEBREAK! Mina lets go quickly and hurries up a corner! The fans rally as Anna rises, and Mina MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Anna survives and Mina is frustrated, but she fires back up!

Mina says it’s time, and she drags Anna up! But Anna fights free! Mina URAKENS Anna right down! Mina drags Anna into the dragon sleeper, for the GLAMOR- NO, Anna slips out! QUEENSLAY- NO, Mina wrangles Anna to the GLAMOROUS COLLECTION MINA! Mina wins!

Winner: Mina Shirakawa, by pinfall

Anna gets caught by the leg-trap crucifix cradle, and it was certainly a GLAMOROUS debut to top off the night! Mina and Anna do show each other respect, showing the bonds of ROH, AEW and Stardom are strong. Mina’s already been champion up and down the Stardom card, will she start a GLAMOROUS journey to the top here in America?


My Thoughts:

A really good ROH with it being just over an hour, but once again I have to question the order of the card. Anna is really good, Mina is really good, but why were they the main event when you have two matches that have big story implications to choose from? Bookend the night with the ROH Women’s TV Championship tournament to make it feel as big as we all know it is, Tony. You’ve got Mercedes Mone in AEW, she’s talking about the Global Women’s Revolution, this new title is coming in, make that the focus. Billie VS Martinez to open was the right move, Aminata VS Velvet to follow right up was perhaps not. Both great matches, but you are basically saying the fans can stop watching after the first third of the show.

Shida VS Rachael could’ve been better in order to properly make Athena worried about facing Shida. Maybe they didn’t want someone like Leyla Hirsch to eat a loss to Shida, but Leyla is a step better than Rachael, it’d work better if Athena was more worried after seeing Shida beat Leyla. Also the fans might’ve cared more, they barely registered emotion when Rachael was standing tall. But Athena’s promo with Billie & Lexi did a better job to sell Athena being worried and we’ve still got a couple weeks to build on that. And good promos from Kiera and Diamante to set up their rematch, that’ll be some good stuff.

More filler with Lee Johnson getting another solid win without a story because of how Tony is distracting Shane Taylor Promotions with taking losses to The Blackpool Combat Club and what not, and Sydal was just here to fill time. I know “card subject to change” is a thing, but why write down “Serpentico VS Mark Sterling” in the preview if, as a PRE-RECORDED show, it wasn’t gonna happen tonight? And Ethan Page has disappeared despite having momentum and this being the AEW/ROH Canada tour, so is anyone even getting an ROH World TV Championship match with Kyle Fletcher?

Great promo from Eddie to hype up the ROH World Championship match with Mark Briscoe, though. I like that he put in perspective his loss to Okada as him going soft. Eddie bringing back the mean, nasty Eddie to face Mark is going to be awesome stuff, and maybe Eddie will be showing up on ROH TV more often now that he’s not holding the AEW Continental Championship. And just a great and hilarious promo from Dalton Castle with Johnny & Taya. I was hoping they’d give us the TV Ready Boys instead of saying the Boys are lost in the woods. But at the same time, I’d laugh even harder if The Boys returned all feral and wild and Castle brings back their humanity and that’s how they reunite.

My Score: 8.6/10


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

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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.
  • WWE World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: #DIY VS The New Day VS The Creed Brothers; win(s) and will challenge The Awesome Truth for the titles.
  • 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?

 

Triple H is here!

Montreal fires up as The Game walks out to the ring! He joins Adam Pearce in the ring, and there’s a podium with a cover on it. HHH gets a mic to say, “You guys are on fire tonight, I gotta tell you that.” The fans cheer again, and HHH continues by saying it is hard to believe that only eight days ago, we were in the midst of the biggest WrestleMania of ALL time. “WrestleMania 40, kingdoms fell, nightmares began, and a whole knew era started.” The fans cheer that, too! Pearce says the new era certainly started for the Tag Division. It has never been bigger, better, or deeper. WWE walked in with one set of champs, and walked out with two.

That is why Raw and SmackDown deserve titles they can be proud of going into the new era. So what does the boss say? Should we bring the champs out? Then please welcome The Awesome Truth! Fans fire up as Miz & R-Truth make their way, carrying the red tag team titles. Miz & Truth get mics, and the fans chant “You Deserve It!” Miz pats Truth on the shoulder cuz he really does. The fans cheer as Miz raises Truth’s hand, and Truth lets Miz hold on to the belt so he can do the splits! He’s still got it, too! HHH then says he wants to be the first to say, what’s up? Also, congratulations. HHH shakes their hands as he says they won probably the biggest tag match in history.

And Truth, HHH has to say from a certain perspective, seeing Truth have that Mania moment, to quote The Miz, it was awesome. But the thing is, this is a new era. So if they are going to represent this brand and those titles, then they need to do it in a way that represents an all new era. So going forward, they will now be the WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS! And as such, they will be carrying THESE! Brand new belts that look like miniature World Heavyweight Championships! Truth is losing his mind! Now, now, he has seen a rabbit come out of a hat, and birds come out of a hat. Even a lady got cut in half and walked away from it. But he’s never seen a trick like that!

What? Truth says he knows good magicians, and HHH just made titles appear outta thin oxygen! That boy good! Right? The fans cheer, but only Truth is the one confused here. HHH asks Miz to explain. HHH is not a magician. That’s what a magician wants you to think. But Truth doesn’t really trust magicians. Not after Lil’ Jimmy. Everyone used to be able to see Lil’ Jimmy. So what else is HHH hiding? Miz says this is what they wanted. This is one of the most important times in WWE history! This is their chance to elevate the Tag Division! Their chance to take these new belts to new heights! That is why Pearce and HHH-

HHH!? WHERE?! Truth, that’s this guy! Man, Houdini’s got Miz fooled, too? He’s one crafty little genie. But Truth sees right through you, Tommaso Ciampa! Miz sighs and says he’ll try one more thing. Because we are in Montreal! Fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” and Miz is pretty sure they’re ready for Sami Zayn. But Miz tells Truth in French, that they’re getting new belts. OMG really!? “OUI! OUI! OUI!” So they can take ’em? Oui! OUI! As in yes, but anyway, HHH speaks up. Can he just go? He takes the old belts, then hands over the new belts. HHH wishes Pearce luck on handling it from here.

HHH leaves, Awesome Truth hold up the awesome new belts, and Pearce asks why Truth made the boss leave. Who? HHH. He just left. That wasn’t HHH! Pearce says while we still have brain cells that function, the only thing left is to figure out some new challengers! Time for a Triple Threat #1 Contenders Tag Match! And that’s right now!

WWE World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: #DIY VS The New Day VS The Creed Brothers!

Speaking of Ciampa, the REAL Ciampa and Johnny Gargano are still in that title hunt, but so are Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods, and so are Julius & Brutus! Which team defies the odds to head for an awesome showdown with Miz & Truth?

 


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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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