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Mitchell’s ROH Supercard of Honor Results & Report! (4/5/24)

History, destiny, legacy!

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There can only be one “first!”

Billie Starkz and Queen Aminata fight to be the inaugural ROH Women’s World TV Championship while Athena and Shida fight for THE Women’s World title! Will the Shining Samurai dethrone the Fallen Goddess?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Zero Hour – Six Man Tag: The Premier Athletes VS Rhett Titus, Tony Deppen & Adam Priest; The Premier Athletes win.
  • Zero Hour – The Beast Mortos VS Blake Christian; The Beast wins.
  • Zero Hour – Spanish Announce Project VS Griff Garrison & Cole Karter w/ Maria Kanellis; Griff & Karter win.
  • Zero Hour – Mariah May VS Momo Kohgo; Mariah wins.
  • ROH World Television Championship: Kyle Fletcher VS Lee Johnson; Kyle wins and retains the title.
  • Six Woman Tag: Mina Shirakawa, Maika & Mei Seira VS Saya Kamitani, Tam Nakano & AZM; Mina, Maika & Mei win.
  • ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Kingdom VS The Infantry; The Kingdom wins and retain the titles.
  • ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament Finals: Queen Aminata VS Billie Starkz; Billie wins and is the inaugural ROH Women’s World Television Champion.
  • ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championship Open Challenge: Bullet Club Gold VS Lance Archer, Alex Zayne & Minoru Suzuki; Bullet Club Gold wins and and retain the titles.
  • Fight Without Honor: Dalton Castle VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie; Castle wins.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Hikaru Shida; Athena wins and retains the title.
  • ROH World Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Mark Briscoe; Mark wins and becomes the new ROH World Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Home, there’s no place like it.

“Something familiar… Something deeper… Like someone’s watching over you. Over 20 years ago, an era of honor began here. Tonight, ROH returns to the City of Brotherly Love. This is Philadelphia, this is Supercard of Honor. This is home.”

 

Nigel McGuinness is here!

The former ROH World Champion is back on commentary for this one, because that’s how big tonight is for ROH!

 

ROH World Television Championship: Kyle Fletcher VS Lee Johnson!

The Protostar sees himself as THE star of this generation, and so far he’s made quite the case for himself since winning this title at Final Battle. But will the Aussie Arrow continue to prove himself? Or will it only take Big Shotty this one shot to hit the mark?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s really the Face of ROH TV!

The bell rings and the fans fire up already. The fans chant “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE! OI OI OI!” as Kyle and Lee stare down. They step up, Lee offers the Code of Honor, but Kyle kicks it away! The fans boo and Kyle circles around Lee. Lee and Kyle tie up, Lee waistlocks, but Kyle fights the lift. Kyle switches to SLAM Lee, then taunts him. Lee gets up while the fans rally up. Kyle eggs Lee on, he and Lee tie back up. Kyle headlocks, but Lee powers out to headlock back. Kyle powers out and he runs Lee over! The fans are torn as Kyle flexes, but Lee shakes it off. Kyle brings Lee up but Lee waistlocks. Kyle bucks the O’Conner, things speed up and Lee DROPKICKS!

Kyle staggers to a corner and the fans fire up with Lee. Lee bumps Kyle off buckles, CHOPS him, and the fans “WOO~!” Kyle goes to another corner, Lee storms up to CHOP again! The fans fire up while Kyle drops to his knees. Lee storms up on Kyle, but Kyle blocks the whips. Lee ROCKS Kyle, whips him, but Kyle reverses to pop-up and SWINGING SIDE SLAM! The fans fire up as Kyle shows off that strength! Kyle drags Lee up, brings him around, and bumps him off buckles. Kyle winds up to CHOP! The fans “WOO~!” as Kyle watches that homer fly. The fans want that “One More Time!” Kyle says alright, and he goes back to Lee.

Kyle stands Lee up, but Lee avoids the chop to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Lee runs, but Kyle CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Kyle fires up and the fans fire up with him! Kyle watches Lee go to ropes, then gets the legs to YANK Lee up! Lee lands on his feet, slips around and rolls Kyle up, TWO! Lee goes to a corner, goes up and over as Kyle runs in, and then runs in to CHOP! Lee whips, runs in, CHOP! Another whip, but Kyle reverses. Kyle runs in, but Lee throws him up and out! Kyle hits off apron on his way down! Lee builds speed as the fans rally, and Lee FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Kyle! Philly is all fired up with Big Shotty!

Lee gets Kyle up to go for railing. Kyle stops that, then kicks low. Kyle suplexes Lee onto the railing! Lee falls into the crowd, the ref checks, and somehow Lee is okay. Kyle gets a chair and positions it just right. Kyle runs up and uses the chair to LAUNCH over and CANNONBALL Lee! Kyle has the fans all fired up, but then flips off the haters. Kyle goes back for Lee, tosses him back to ringside, and Kyle puts Lee in the ring. Kyle underhooks, lifts, BUTTERFLY BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Lee survives but Kyle keeps calm. Kyle drags Lee up, the fans rally, and Lee throws body shots! Kyle ROCKS Lee with a forearm!

Kyle stands Lee up but Lee ducks to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Lee whips, Kyle reverses but Lee ducks to NECKBREAKER! Lee kips up and the fans fire up as he runs, slides and PENALTY KICKS! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Kyle stays in this but Lee stays cool. The fans rally, Lee waistlocks, but Kyle switches. Lee switches, Kyle switches, repeat! They go again and again then Kyle facelocks and suplexes! Kyle fires up while the fans again chant “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE! OI OI OI!” Lee crawls to a corner, Kyle takes aim, and Kyle runs in, but Lee gets around! Lee rolls Kyle, Kyle rolls through!

Kyle runs up but Lee dodges, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Kyle is still in this and Lee grows frustrated. The fans rally again and Kyle flounders to a corner. Lee runs in, blocks a boot, but not the SUPERKICK! Kyle goes up, but Lee GAMANGIRIS! Lee climbs after Kyle, but Kyle shoves him away! Lee backflips through, comes back, but Kyle scoops him! SUPER MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives and shocks Philly! Kyle looms over Lee, crown up and then slash of the throat. He hauls Lee up but Lee fights the driver! Kyle CLUBS away on Lee, then tries again. But Lee turns bomb into SPIKE RANA! Cover, TWO!!

Lee SUPERKICKS! Kyle stays up, so Lee SUPERKICKS again! Kyle falls, and the fans fire up as Lee climbs! But Kyle springs to his feet to KICK the legs out! Lee flounders up, into the GAMANGIRI! Kyle suplexes to BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Lee still lives, but Kyle hauls him right up! Lee tries to rana but Kyle powers him back up, LAST RIDE!! Cover, TWO?!? Lee survives and no one can believe it! But the fans are loving it all the same! “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly stir. Kyle gets to his feet, scowls and seethes, and he goes back to Lee. Lee is dazed, Kyle KICKS him in the chest!

Lee sits back up, punches himself to wake back up, and then he eggs Kyle on. So Kyle KICKS him again! Lee roars through the pain! Kyle likes the fighting spirit, but then Lee blocks the kick! Lee ROCKS Kyle, Kyle ROLLING ELBOWS Lee! Lee staggers to ropes, Kyle storms up and KICKS, KICKS, KICKS! The ref counts, Kyle lets off at 4, and Lee flops to the apron. Lee is still in this somehow, so Kyle goes out after him. Kyle drags Lee up, scoops him, but Lee fights and flails to turn things around! APRON SHOTTY DROP!! Both men are down after landing hard on that edge! A ring count starts, and both men stir at 5 of 20.

The count reaches 10 of 20 while both men are still down. Kyle sits up first, in a daze, and we hit 15! It’s 17! 18! Both men leap in at 19.5! The fans fire up and the two crawl towards each other. They get face to face, then go forearm for forearm! Lee gets the edge and fires a flurry! Lee roars, but Kyle ROCKS him! Kyle winds up, but Lee ducks the superkick to give a SUPERKICK! Kyle dodges the next one, to HALF ‘N’ HALF! But Lee rises!? POISON-RANA!! Kyle staggers to his feet, Lee roars, but Kyle CALF KICKS at the ropes! Kyle wrenches, hammerlocks, half nelsons, but Lee fights the lift! So Kyle scoops old school and hits a TOMBSTONE!! Cover, TWO?!!?

Kyle can’t believe it! Lee is showing something special and Philly is behind him! Kyle scowls, drags Lee up, and puts him on the top rope. Kyle SLAPS Lee, climbs up, and then brings Lee up. But Lee fights with body shots! Lee CLUBS Kyle, adjusts his position, and SUPER DESTROYERS!!! Lee hurries right back up and the fans are thunderous! FROG SPLASH!! Lee isn’t done, he reloads up top! FROG SPLASH!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Kyle survives, Lee is shocked and Philly is electric! “This is Awesome!” as Lee rises and Kyle sits up in a daze. Lee beats his chest, he’s all fired up! Lee dragon sleepers, but Kyle spins that around!

Kyle scoops, Lee fights it but Kyle still LAWN DARTS him! Kyle stands Lee up again, pats him on the cheek, then goes corner to corner, GAMANGIRI! Then right up top, for the SUPER TOP ROPE BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, Kyle wins!!

Winner: Kyle Fletcher, by pinfall (still ROH World TV Champion)

Lee Johnson’s red hot win streak ends at 9-1! Kyle keeps hold of the gold, but he does show Lee respect by offering the handshake. Lee takes it, and fans cheer as these two right here are truly the future of wrestling! How much harder will everyone else have to fight just to keep up?

 

Six Woman Tag: Mina Shirakawa, Maika & Mei Seira VS Saya Kamitani, Tam Nakano & AZM!

Six of Stardom’s best are here to show the world what Joshi wrestling is all about! The Fighting H-Cup teams with The Crimson Cannon Empress and The Moon Star against The Golden Phoenix, The Shining Dream and The Highspeed Superstar, whose stars will shine brightest tonight?

The Code of Honor is upheld by all six, then trios sort out. AZM starts against Mei and the fans rally up with the bell. They approach, then Mei dodges. Mei says she’s smarter than that, but AZM mule kicks low! AZM whips, Mei reverses then hurdles, drops, but AZM comes back. Mei dodges, drop toeholds, then Oklahoma Rolls, ONE! Mei whips, then follows, but AZM dodges, ducks but Mei redirects! They both keep going, dropkicks cancel out and they both kip up! The fans cheer that fast exchange, and AZM offers another handshake. Mei thinks about it, but then she blocks AZM’s kick! Mei ROCKS AZM and the fans fire up.

Mei runs but Saya gets a cheap shot in! Then AZM DROPKICKS Mei down! AZM tags Tam then DECKS Mina. Tam snapmares Mei to the corner and the whole team digs their boots in! The fans boo, the ref counts, and Tam’s team lets off. Tam whips Mei to a corner, runs in and BACK ELBOWS! She snapmares and rolls with Mei to KICK, KICK and AX KICK! Cover, TWO! Tam drags Mei up but Mei throws a forearm! The fans rally, Tam eggs Mei on, and Mei fires off more and more forearms! Tam winds up to DECK Mei! Tam drags Mei up, the fans rally, and Tam scoops, only for Mei to fight free! Mei blocks a shot to SUPERKICK!

Mei runs, to BLOCKBUSTER! The fans fire up as Mei crawls to her corner, hot tag to Maika! THE World of Stardom Champion has the fans fired up as she runs to clothesline Tam in the corner! Maika keeps moving and she runs Tam over! The fans fire up, Saya runs up and kicks low! Tam gets up, she and Saya mug Maika! But Maika fights the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX back! Maika drags Tam up, kicks low and whips. Tam reverses but Maika reverses back to scoop. Tam waistlocks, Maika elbows free, then runs. Tam goes Matrix to then sunset flip! Maika rolls through but Tam SHOTGUNS her down!

The fans fire up and Tam runs side to side to KNEE Maika in the ropes! Cover, TWO! Maika stays in this but AZM tags in! AZM climbs, Maika stands, and AZM MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! But into a FUJIWARA! AZM gets the other arm, RINGS OF SATURN! Saya and Tam intercept Mei and Mina, but Maika fights right up! She RAMS AZM into buckles! Maiak goes corner to corner, but AZM dodges! Saya & Tam join in, TRIPLE KICK in the corner! AZM keeps going, LA MYSTICA into FUJIWARA!! Then DISARM-HER!! Mina kicks free of Saya to CLOBBER AZM! Saya goes after Mina, Tam and Mei brawl on the outside!

Saya throws Mina out, and AZM goes up top! Mina hurries over but Saya stops her! AZM leaps, Maika dodges the double stomps! Mei CODE BREAKERS, then sets up so Mina can run in, POMMEL HORSE TORNILLO! Maika adds a SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! AZM survives but the fans fire up! Maika drags AZM up to suplex, but AZM fights that to suplex in return! AZM sits Maika up, runs, but Maika scoops! FALL AWAY SLAM, and Maika doesn’t even need to leave her feet! But AZM’s right up, and she ROUNDHOUSES Maika! The fans fire up while both women are down! They crawl for their corners, hot tags to Saya and Mina!

The fans fire up as Mina dodges Saya’s boot, then dodges again! Saya goes Matrix to dodge Mina, then mule kicks! Saya runs, but Mina dropkicks the legs out! Mina gets Saya’s leg to SMASH it! Saya writhes, Mina gets the leg again and drops an elbow on it! And another! Mina shimmies and shakes to drop another elbow! Mina lets off of the toehold to drag Saya up, SHIN BREAKER! Saya writhes, Mina pushes her and steps over, but Saya kicks her away! Roll-up, roll through, but Mina fights the German Suplex! Mina KICKS the leg, then runs, but Saya follows and WHEEL KICKS! The fans fire up, Tam runs up to BOOT Mei!

AZM BLASTS Maika, too, and Saya snapmares Mina. Tam & AZM run to DOUBLE PENALTY KICK! Saya then NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Mina survives and the fans fire up! Tam & AZM keep Maika & Mei on the outside. Saya whips Mina to a corner, runs in, but Mina goes to the apron! Mina ducks, ROCKS and goes up to REBOUND ENZIGIRI! Cover, TWO! Mina keeps cool while her team fights back. Mina says up Saya’s, then dragon sleepers! But Saya fights free! Mei DROPKICKS Saya! Maika joins Mina and two-thirds of Empress Nexus Venus get Saya up, cross leg and GOURD BUSTER!

Maika then goes out to help Mei against AZM and Tam! Mina gets Saya back up, Electric Chair Lifts, and SPINNING FACEBUSTER! Mina then gets the legs, FIGURE FOUR!! Saya endures, even as Mina bridges up! But AZM runs in to DOUBLE STOMP Mina! AZM and Tam brawl with Maika and Mei! Maika and Mei whip, but Tam and AZM get around to shove Maika and Mina into each other! HEEL KICK for Maika, ROUNDHOUSE for Mei! The fans fire up with Tam and AZM. AZM sets Mina’s team up together, Tam goes up, SUPER CROSSBODY! Tam takes them all out and the fans fire back up!

Tam roars and she gets Mina up to put her in. Tam and AZM rally for Saya and the fans fire up, too! Saya aims from the apron, springboards in, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Mina stays in this for her team, but Saya brings her up. Mina fights the fisherman but Saya ducks the lariat to roll and deadlift BACK SUPLEX, into a bridge! TWO!! Mina escapes, but Tam and AZM keep Maika and Mei out of the ring! Saya fires up, drags Mina back up, and has the fisherman. Mina slips free, shoves Saya, then ROLLING ELBOWS! Saya falls, the ref checks, but it wasn’t a knockout. Mina fires up and the fans rally again.

Mina storms up on Saya, stands her up, and URAKENS!! Cover, TWO!! Saya survives and Mina is furious! Mina stands Saya up, runs, but into a SNAP-RANA!! Cover, TWO!!! Mina escapes, stands up, and she wrangles Saya into GLAMOROUS COLLECTION MINA! Cover, Tam & AZM break it up! Mei goes after them but they mug her first. They double whip Mei, but she ducks the lariats and Maika DOUBLE LARIATS them! Maika and Mei get AZM and Tam outta there, brawl on the outside, and the fans rally as both Saya and Mina slowly rise. Mina roars, as does Saya! They both run in, but Saya BOOTS Mina down!

But Mina rises?!? GLAMOROUS SWORD ENZIGIRI!! Cover, TWO?!?! Saya survives and Mina is pulling at her hair! The fans fire up, Mina dragon sleepers, then ties up Saya’s legs, FIGURE FOUR DRIVER MINA!! Cover, Team Mina wins!

Winners: Mina Shirakawa, Maika & Mei Seira, by pinfall

Philly cheers on the winners, but all six showed the power of their promotion! Wait! Mariah May storms out here! She won big in the Zero Hour over Momo Kohgo, but she gets right in her old mentor’s face! Mina asks what this is about, and pushes Mariah back. Mariah picks Mina up to celebrate with her! The fans cheer the Rose Gold reunion, and Mariah brings out the bubbly! She wants to toast with her old friends, and gets the champagne flowing! Mariah pours everyone a glass, and then KANPAI~! A great moment here, will Mariah help keep the bond between Stardom and ROH strong?

 

ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Kingdom VS The Infantry!

After conspiring with Adam Cole in order to screw over MJF, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett once again reign over the ROH Tag Division. However, their arrogance cost them in the Proving Grounds just last night! Will they have to go back to Boot Camp? Or will Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo see Thy Kingdom Come?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who comes marching in!

The teams sort out, but then The Kingdom attacks first! The fans boo as Bennett beats down Bravo and Taven stomps away on Dean! The ref reprimands but Taven ROCKS Carlie! Taven stomps a mudhole in, digs his boot into Bravo’s neck, and Bennett CHOPS Dean! Bennett stomps Dean, digs his boot in, and Taven brings Carlie up. Taven whips, Carlie holds ropes and BOOTS back! Bennett clotheslines Carlie to the apron and the KICK OF THE KING sends Carlie down! Now the bell rings, Bennett brings Dean up but Dean cradle counters! Taven breaks the cover! Taven goes to the Kingdom’s corner so he can tag in.

Bennett hauls Dean up and whips him into a BOOT! Bennett ROCKS Dean, Taven goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Taven is annoyed but he keeps on Dean. Taven bumps Dean off buckles, tags in Bennett, and Bennett CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Dean fires up, he ELBOWS Taven and CHOPS Bennett! And CHOPS, and CHOPS and CHOPS! Bennett turns things around to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Dean CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Bennett CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Dean CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS and the fans fire up! Dean then scoops to SLAM Bennett, “OORAH~!”

Dean runs to ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Dean keeps Bennett from Taven, tags Bravo, and Dean bumps Bennett off buckles. Bravo runs in to BOOT! Then Bravo bumps Bennett off buckles, Dean runs in to back elbow! Bravo PLANCHAS out onto Taven! Dean sends Bennett out, Bravo sets The Kingdom up and Dean builds speed! Dean FLIES and takes The Kingdom down! The fans fire up and The Infantry gets Bennett into the ring. The Infantry double whip, but Bennett KICKS Dean away! Bennett TOSSES Bravo to the ramp, but Dean CROSSBODIES Bennett and himself out! Taven builds speed to FLY out onto them all!

The fans fire up while all four men are down! Taven brings Bravo off the ramp and tells fans to move. The fans step back, Taven gives Bravo a GOURD BUSTER on the railing! Bennett reels Dean in, but Dean back drops free! Taven brings out a table and he sets that up at ringside. Dean and Bennett brawl on the ramp but Taven storms up. Dean ROCKS Taven, but Bennett ROLLING ELBOWS Dean! Bennett wants to end Dean, Taven goes up the rope! HAIL MARY to the ramp!! Bennett says night night while the ref checks Dean. Taven says The Infantry really messed up this time! They asked for it but now they get it!

Bravo crawls to Dean but Taven brings him up. Taven TOSSES Bravo into the ring, then he and Bennett storm up. The Kingdom double whip, POP-UP BOSTON BAYONET! Cover, TWO! Bravo stays in this but Bennett stomps him around. Bennett stand Bravo up to CHOP him down! Bennett bumps Bravo off buckles, puts him up top, and Taven CLUBS Bravo into the Tree of Woe! Bennett runs to basement dropkick! Bravo falls out of the Tree, Bennett covers, TWO! Tag to Taven and he suplexes, but Bravo fights it! Taven tries again, Bravo cradle counters! TWO, and Taven LARIATS Bravo back down! Tag to Bennett, he covers, TWO!

Bennett bumps Bravo off buckles, stomps a mudhole in, then tags Taven. Taven stomps a mudhole into Bravo, then tag to Bennett. Bennett stomps Bravo, stands him up, and Taven joins in. Bennett CHOPS Bravo, sends Taven in, but Bravo TOSSES Taven up and out! Bravo BOOTS Bennett, slips to the apron and PENDULUM KICKS! Bravo then holds onto the rope so he can slip away, but Bennett runs in! Bravo DUMPS Bennett out! The fans fire up, Bravo crawls, but Taven returns! Taven drags Bravo back, but Bravo hops up to ENZIGIRI! Hot tag to The Captain! Dean rallies on The Kingdom with haymakers!

Dean JABS, JABS and JABS, then winds up, but Taven full nelsons! Dean BOOTS Bennett, switches with Taven, and DISCUS LARIATS! The fans fire up but Bennett storms up! Dean ROCKS Bennett with forearm after forearm, but Taven’s back! Dean DECKS Taven, ELBOWS Bennett, then kicks low! Dean underhooks, BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bennett stays in this for The Kingdom but the fans rally up for The Infantry. Bravo tags in, Dean feeds Bennett to a fireman’s carry! TKO to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover then jackknife bridge, TWO! Bravo hurries to tag Dean back in.

The Infantry hooks Bennett up, but Taven trips Bravo! Taven sends Bravo into barriers! Bennett turns things around on Dean, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER and JUST THE TIP of the knee! Cover, TWO!! Dean survives but Bennett tags Taven! Bennett picks Dean up and Taven aims, PROTON PACK!! Cover, BRAVO BREAKS IT! The fans fire up, but Bennett ROCKS Bravo! Bravo hits the CARLIE CROSSOVER! Taven HEEL KICKS Bravo! LIONSAULT onto Dean’s knees! All four men are down and the fans rally back up! Trish Adora rallies for her team, too, and the four all sit up. Dean and Bravo fire forearms, but Bennett and Taven give them back!

The teams brawl, forearms for forearms, but then Taven SUPERKICKS Bravo! Dean SUPERKICKS Taven! Bennett SUPERKICKS Dean! Bravo SUPERKICKS Bennett! Bravo blocks Taven’s superkick, hands it to Dean, and then Bravo gives Taven the NECKBREAKER! Taven flounders, The Infantry hooks him up! BOOT CAMP!!! Cover, BENNETT BREAKS IT! The fans rally, Bravo hurries to whip Bennett. Bennett reverses, BOSTON BAYONET! Bennett drags Taven to the corner and tags himself in. We return to the ramp, and Bennett aims for the table! The fans freak out, but Bravo SUPERKICKS Bennett!

The Infantry roars and Bravo stands Bennett up. Bennett CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Dean stands, clinches, and then with Bravo’s help, MODERN WARFARE!! The fans fire up for that urenage bomb combo, but Taven runs up on Dean! THE CLIMAX on the ramp!! The fans want tables, Taven says he doesn’t care what they want!  But Bravo SMACKS Taven off the table! And off steps! And the table! Repeat! Taven is on the table and Bravo says Philly’s gonna get what they want! “OORAH! OORAH!” Bravo roars and runs, FLYING SPLASH through the table!! The fans are thunderous while the ref checks both men.

Bennett and Dean are in the ring, and Dean climbs up! Dean aims, and DIVING SPLASHES onto Bennett! Cover, ref get in here! The ref’s too busy with Taven! Wardlow gets in the ring!! LARIAT!! Wardlow destroys Dean then gets outta there! Bennett covers Dean, The Kingdom wins!

Winner: The Kingdom, by pinfall (still ROH World Tag Team Champions)

Bennett laughs as The Kingdom steals this one from The Infantry! Bennett says they’re not going anywhere, they’re the best damn tag team in the world! Well, given their giant hulking insurance policy, will Taven & Bennett always be on top?

 

ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament Finals: Queen Aminata VS Billie Starkz!

A historic moment has finally arrived! The tournament was star-studded and top tier, and now it comes down to this! Will the Queen of Guinea finally have her crowning moment? Or will Minion 400,237 and three-quarters make her Overlord proud?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and there can only be one “first!”

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the fans rally up. The two circle while the fans duel. Both women smile to hear that support, and they tie up. They go around, end up in a corner, and the ref counts. Aminata slowly lets off, pats Billie on the shoulder, but Billie shoves her. Billie says this is for the title so get serious. They feel things out, and Aminata raises her hand high, calling for a test of strength. Billie says okay, but then Aminata goes low. Aminata toys with Billie but Billie gets around to waistlock. Aminata wrenches out to wristlock, but Billie rolls. Aminata trips her and has the top wristlock.

The fans rally as Billie fights up, rolls back and kips up to then wrench and put Aminata on ropes. The ref counts, Billie whips, but Aminata ducks. Billie comes back to sunset flip, ONE, and Billie KICKS Aminata down! Cover, ONE!! The fans cheer but Billie drags Aminata up. Billie reels Aminata in, suplexes, but Aminata cradle counters! ONE, Billie runs in but Aminata wrenches Billie to a snap suplex! The fans fire up while Billie flounders to ropes. Aminata smiles and runs the ropes, to BOOT WASH Billie right to the apron! Aminata says she is The One and Only, and she brings Billie around to CHOP her into the ring!

Billie tumbles out, Aminata says your champ is here. Aminata follows Billie around the way, but Billie avoids the chop to CHOP! Billie CHOPS again, but Aminata DOUBLE CHOPS in return! Aminata puts Billie in, storms up behind her, and HIP DROPS her down! Aminata then hooks Billie up in a CAMEL CLUTCH! The fans rally as Billie endures, and Billie gets an arm free. Billie fights up but Aminata drops into body scissors! Then she has a LEG HOOK FULL NELSON! Billie endures, powers up to stack, TWO! Aminata body scissors again and rolls Billie over to a cover, TWO! Aminata reels Billie in to snap suplex again!

The fans fire up as Billie goes to the corner. Aminata runs in, but Billie avoids the hip attack! Billie comes back to ELBOW, KNEE and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Billie brings Aminata up and whips, but Aminata reverses. Aminata runs in, but Billie ELBOWS her! And BOOTS her! Billie goes up, Aminata blocks the boot and ducks the rebound enzigiri, to GERMAN SUPLEX Billie away! Aminata roars, runs up, and she KNEES Billie back down! Cover, TWO! Billie survives and the fans rally up! Aminata kicks Billie around while the fans duel again. Billie snarls, Aminata kicks her and taunts her.

Billie blocks Aminata’s kick, stands up and ROCKS her with forearm after forearm! Aminata ducks to BACKBREAKER and COMPLETE SHOT! Aminata then hoists Billie up, but Billie sunset flips her! ONE!! Aminata runs up but Billie LARIATS! And ELBOWS! And then clinches to BACKBREAKER, and STO! Cover, TWO! The fans continue to rally as Billie rises up. Billie stalks Aminata, drags her up, and hooks the arms. Aminata turns the backslide around on Billie, TWO! Aminata swings, Billie gets under and ripcords, but then she blocks a kick to KNEE Aminata! Billie suplexes for GHOSTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Aminata survives and Billie snarls. The fans rally as Billie stalks Aminata. Billie puts Aminata up top to Electric Chair Lift! Aminata throws down fists, victory rolls, TWO! Billie has it, TWO! Aminata has it, TWO!! Billie escapes, and ROCKS Aminata! Billie reels Aminata in, but Aminata grabs a leg! FISHERMAN SCREW!! Cover, TWO!! Billie survives and Aminata is beside herself! Aminata refocuses, runs back up, but Billie rolls her up! Aminata rolls through, but Billie HEEL KICKS! Aminata LARIATS Billie down!! The fans fire up while both women are down! Billie pounds the mat in frustration as she stirs.

The fans continue to duel as both women sit up. Aminata fires a forearm first, but Billie gives it back! They stand, Aminata ROCKS Billie! Billie ROCKS Aminata, but Aminata DOUBLE CHOPS! Billie CHOPS, Aminata ROCKS her again! Billie ROCKS Aminata, Aminata fires a flurry in return! Billie blocks one to ROCK Aminata again! Aminata wobbles, drops to a knee, but Billie whips her to a corner. Billie runs in, Aminata dodges and KICKS a leg! Aminata has Billie stuck in the corner and CHOPS! Aminata goes corner to corner, but Billie ROUNDHOUSES back! Billie runs, Aminata redirects, do-si-do and a shove, then drop toehold!

Billie is on ropes, Aminata fires up and runs! But Billie avoids the boot! Aminata hits ropes hard, tumbles out, and Billie DIVES! Direct hit and the fans fire up with Billie! Billie drags Aminata up, hoists her onto the apron then sets her up. The fans fire up as Billie goes up the corner! Billie APRON SWANTONS but Aminata moves! Billie crashes down and falls to the floor! The ref checks her but somehow Billie is still in this! Aminata rises up, takes aim, and DIVING STOMPS! Aminata fires up and rises again! Aminata drags Billie up to waistlock, to GERMAN SUPLEX to the floor! Billie is a ragdoll but Aminata isn’t done with her!

Aminata puts Billie in the ring, then climbs up the corner. The fans fire up as Aminata aims to SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, ONE?!?!? No one can believe Billie survives, let alone has that much power to kick out! Billie rises, but Aminata SLAPS her! Then Alabama Lifts her, to AIR RAID CRASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Billie survives again and Aminata is beside herself! The fans rally up as Billie flounders to a corner. Aminata runs in to HIP ATTACK!! Then she goes side to side to BOOT WASH!! Aminata still isn’t done with Billie, she drags Billie up top! Billie throws forearms but Aminata gives them back!

Billie throws a body shot but Aminata CHOPS her! Aminata CLUBS her, but Billie SLAPS back! Billie BOOTS Aminata down, adjusts, SWANTON BOMB onto knees!! Billie calls to the ref, saying something is really hurting! Aminata isn’t sure what to make of this and Doc Sampson gets in. Billie says it’s her neck, and the ref has Aminata stay back. Doc checks Billie as the fans fall silent. Billie cries in pain and a neck brace is brought out. Fans rally for Billie, hoping she’ll be alright. Billie manages to sit up, and she’s able to move her arms and legs, all good signs. The fans cheer as we see Billie stand.

Aminata holds the ropes open for Billie and the medics, but then Billie GERMAN SUPLEXES her!! Billie was playing us all!!! Billie thrashes Aminata into a REAR NAKED CHOKE!!! Aminata flails, reaches out, but she’s fading!! The ref checks Aminata now, SHE’S OUT! BILLIE WINS!!!

Winner: Billie Starkz, by submission (INAUGURAL ROH Women’s World TV Champion)

The Minion has learned well from the Fallen Goddess, and maybe even surpassed her in terms of how well she just tricked the world! Billie showed her true colors, but those colors now also included the silver and red of this championship belt! If Billie’s following in Athena’s footsteps, then will Billie be the Forever Inaugural Women’s TV Champion?

 

Backstage interview with Top Flight.

Lexi Nair is with Action Andretti, Darius & Dante Martin, and brings us back to last year’s Supercard and Dante’s devastating injury. Dante was out of action for eight months but he’s back now and this trio is at their very best, how does it feel? Dante says it feels good. But as Lexi said, last year was when Dante broke his leg. And since then, he’s struggled, overcome, and work his ass off to put on bangers with these two. Saturday will see Dante & Darius face FTR in the AEW World Tag Team Championship semifinals, and Dante brings up how FTR said Top Flight’s never struggled. Did they not hear how Dante broke his leg?

Or perhaps they missed how Darius has been out more than he’s been in, so clearly he’s no stranger to struggle. Darius says is the past three years have taught you nothing else, it’s taught you that Dante & Darius can take a hit and get back up. Tomorrow night, FTR can hit them as hard as they want, but they will get back up and overcome. They know the road to the tag titles is hard, because it is FTR and then The Young Bucks, two of the best teams to ever do it. But at Dynasty, when Darius & Dante hold those titles up, then everyone will realize Top Flight is one of the best to ever do it, and they’re just taking off.

AEW Collision, special start time of 11:30 PM Eastern, will Top Flight take down the Top Guys?

 

ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championship Open Challenge: Bullet Club Gold VS ???

While they’ve got some business to handle with The Acclaimed & Daddy Ass, the Bang Bang Gang isn’t about to let Supercard of Honor pass them by! Jay White & The Gunns bring the newly redesigned belts with them, ready to put them on the line! Switchblade gets the mic to ask why they had to cut the greatest song in pro-wrestling. But “Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen!” Guns up for the Philly Gold Members~! The fans put up the finger guns, and White says Philly knows exactly what they’re looking at! Fully Cocked Colten Gunn! Switchblade Jay White! And… Austin! The Bang Bang Gang are the greatest three man team in ALL of pro-wrestling!

And they will prove that here and now by defending these titles! Yeah, yeah, shut up. White knows there is a long, long line of people in the back waiting for this opportunity, so to that line, who wants that opportunity of a life time? LANCE ARCHER DOES! And he’s brought Alex Zayne! Archer says hey, Philadelphia. Since the Bang Bang Gang is handing out opportunities, then here’s an opportunity to introduce his NJPW tag team partner, The Sauce! That means this is #MonsterSauce! And since they’re in the City of Brotherly Love, Archer’s gonna love whooping the Gunn brothers’ asses and taking their trios titles!

But then wait, only two against three? That’s not gonna work. Archer says he has another surprise. MINORU SUZUKI is here!! Now the mood changes for White & The Ass Boys! Will the Meanest Man in the World help the Monster Sauce burn up Bullet Club Gold? Or will the Bang Bang Gang win at their own gamble?

The trios sort out and White starts against Suzuki. White skips the Code of Honor, the bell rings, and White doesn’t know why Suzuki is here! Why is Suzuki following him? Suzuki tells him, “Shut up, Young Boy!” White says he’s not a Young Boy, Suzuki’s just an old man! White is a real shooter! But Suzuki grabs the finger gun to bend it! Suzuki KICKS and KICKS and wrenches to a wristlock! White rolls, wrenches, slips around to waistlock, then White goes for the arm again. Suzuki blocks the takedown to bend the fingers! Suzuki twists the wrist but White gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Suzuki lets go, and White CHOPS! Suzuki just smiles!

The fans tell White he messed up and Suzuki laughs. White CHOPS again, but it’s still not enough! White winds up to CHOP, but Suzuki blocks! SLEEPER! The Gunns freak out and get White out of the ring! Suzuki storms up, the Gunns run away! The ref has Suzuki stay back while the Bang Bang Gang hide behind commentary. White vows to knock Suzuki out but easy to say hiding behind Nigel! The ref has Suzuki stay back, and White storms back in. Then tag to Austin. The fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” as Austin slowly steps in. Austin says, “Okay, grandpa!” Suzuki says Austin is just an Ass Boy! The fans fire up and Suzuki laughs.

Austin scowls and does his best to block the chanting out, but Suzuki even says kiss this! So Austin CHOPS! Suzuki doesn’t flinch! White says go again, so Austin CHOPS! White says no, put twist into it! Austin CHOPS, then forearms! Suzuki just leans into the shots! Austin eggs on the old man, but Suzuki DECKS him! Suzuki tags Archer and Austin flounders over to tag Colten. Colten circles with Archer, they tie up, and Archer stays put even as Colten puts his all into it! Archer bends Colten back, then drops him down! The fans cheer and Archer takes a bow. Colten CHOPS, but Archer just TOSSES him overhead!

Archer runs corner to corner but Colten dodges! Colten stomps a mudhole in, ROCKS him, then goes corner to corner. STINGER SPLASH, but Archer just storms up on Colten! Colten pokes Archer in the eyes then kicks out a leg! The fans boo but Colten says watch this. Archer suplexes Colten first! Tag to Zayne and Archer SPLASHES! Zayne LEAP FROG DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Zayne brings Colten up to wrench and whip, but Colten reverses and Austin gets a cheap shot in! Zayne DECKS Austin for it! But Colten DROPKICKS Zayne! Tag to Austin, he gets Zayne up to bump off buckles. Austin stomps away, then shouts, “Who’s the Ass Boy now?!” “YOU!!”

Austin brings Zayne up, kicks low, but the fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” Austin brings Zayne up, ducks a haymaker then JABS! JABS! JABS! Austin does a two step, swings and DECKS Zayne! Cover, TWO! Austin drags Zayne up, tags White, and they mug Zayne. White CHOPS Zayne down, then winds up again. White CHOPS Zayne in a corner and Zayne falls! White drags Zayne up, reels him in, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! White drags Zayne around to GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Zayne goes to ropes but White CHOKES him! Suzuki storms up from the outside but White gets away. White drags Zayne to a corner, TWO!

White clamps onto Zayne with a chinlock and he grinds Zayne down. Suzuki storms in but the ref has to keep him back! Archer gets in to scare off the Gunns, but the ref counts. Archer and Suzuki stand down, and White snapmares Zayne into a chinlock. Zayne endures, but Suzuki gets a chair! Zayne fights up, throws body shots, but White throws Zayne by his hair! White drags Zayne over, Colten tags in, and he stomps Zayne around. Colten mocks Suzuki, stomps Zayne, then tags Austin. Austin stomps Zayne, tags Colten back in. and they double whip. Body shot, KNEE LIFT, and LARIAT! Cover but the ref’s busy with Suzuki!

Suzuki finally drops the chair he took, the ref finally sees the cover and hurries over to count, TWO! Colten is upset but he still stays away from Suzuki. Colten clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Zayne down. The fans rally as Zayne endures, White complains to Ian Riccaboni about the ref, but Zayne JAWBREAKERS free! Austin hurries in, the Gunns get the legs, but Zayne BOOTS them all away! Austin hurries up, Zayne dodges, hot tag to Archer! Archer blows past Austin, BLASTS White and Colten, but Austin throws hands! Archer doesn’t budge, he just eggs Austin on! Austin throws another shot, Archer ROCKS Austin with one!

Archer ripcords Austin for the HELLICOASTER! Colten returns, Archer CORSSBODIES him! Zayne BLASTS White, then Monster Sauce sees the Gunns in the corners. They run, Archer ELBOWS Colten and Zayne ELBOWS Austin! Zayne runs in and Archer helps him to HIP TOSS SENTON Colten! Then Archer ELBOWS Austin, and Zayne runs to tilt-o-whirl RANA CANNONBALL with Archer! They drag Austin out and serve him up for a CHOKE SLAM SPLASH! Cover, White breaks it! Archer glares, White bails out, but Suzuki is there! Suzuki kicks White, whips him hard into railing, and Archer puts Austin up top!

Archer carries Austin with the inverted crucifix, but Austin slips free to CLUB a leg! Archer runs up, Austin ROCKS him! Austin DECKS Zayne, BOOTS Archer, and runs to THROWBACK CUTTER! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Archer and Austin crawl, hot tags to Suzuki and White! White fires forearms on Suzuki but Suzuki fires fast hands and a PALM STRIKE! White wobbles into another flurry! White is on the ropes as Suzuki goes high, goes low,  and throws knees, but the ref backs him off! Suzuki eggs on the Young Boy, but White CHOPS! Suzuki DECKS White! Colten gets in, throws a forearm, but Suzuki DECKS him!

Austin fires a forearm, then regrets it, and Suzuki DECKS him! The fans are thunderous as the Murder Grandpa stands tall! Suzuki drags White up, whips him corner to corner then BOOTS him! Suzuki snapmares White, runs and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! But Suzuki has the arm to bend fingers and twist the wrist! White fights up, CLAWS Suzuki’s eyes, then gets free! Suzuki runs, slips around, and SLEEPERS! White flails, Suzuki spins him around, GOTCH- NO, White fights free! White wrenches, clinches, but Suzuki slips out! SLEEPER!! White flails, but Zayne tags in before White throws Suzuki away!

White blocks a kick to DRAGON SCREW Suzuki! Zayne LARIATS White down! The fans fire up as The Sauce runs corner to corner to ELBOW! Zayne puts White up, climbs up, but White fires body shots! White shoves Zayne, Zayne backflips and kips up through! NO HANDS STEINER! Then the BAJA BLAST!! Cover, TWO!! White survives but Zayne puts White in a drop zone. Zayne goes up, to 450- NO, he has to bail out as White moves! White clinches to URENAGE! White drags Zayne back up, but Suzuki gets White in the SLEEPER! The Gunns trip Suzuki and drag him out, to RAM him into railing!

Archer has White for the CHOKE SLAM!! The Gunns get in, Archer gets them first! The Gunns break free, dodge the lariats, 3:10 TO YUMA! “Suck on that, b*tch!” DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK from Zayne! Zayne CLOBBERS Colten but White clinches! BLADERUNNER!! Cover, Bang Bang Gang wins!

Winners: Bullet Club Gold, by pinfall (still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions)

Suzuki is pissed, but he and Monster Sauce couldn’t outmaneuver the Bang Bang Gang. White gets the mic again to say, “Like I said, we are the greatest three man team in professional wrestling. And if you ain’t down with that, we’ve got two words for ya! GUNS UP!” BUT WAIT! The Acclaimed is here! And they sneak in from the crowd! They fire off on Bullet Club Gold! White runs away, security gets in Billy’s way, and then White helps the Gunns take out Bowens with a BLADERUNNER! Billy gets back in the ring, White & The Gunns run away!

But if Switchblade and The Ass Boys want the AEW Trios Championships, they’ll have to face The Acclaimed soon enough! When and where will these top trios finally settle the score?

 

Fight Without Honor: Dalton Castle VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie!

The Peacock’s life is in shambles. He was screwed out of the ROH World Television Championship at Final Battle, then he was robbed of his Boys! And then, the Boys were lost in the wild woods of Canada! But Castle still has one thing left, and that is getting his revenge on “John Television” with his own two hands! Will nothing stop Castle from SMASHING Johnny right in his stupid face? Or is there still something for Johnny to take away from Castle?

The Substitute Boys all line up to make up for Brandon & Brent being gone, and Castle even has new gear, he’s ready to break some hearts! He is still burning hotter than the Sun, and he feeds his Substitute Boys all the same! The Peacock struts as all six of his Substitute Boys jazz finger for the wings to spread! The Substitute Boys even know to fall over! Philly fires up for Castle, the bell rings, and the two stare down. Johnny and Castle circle, feel things out, but Johnny shoves Castle. Castle shoves back, so Johnny shoves Castle again. Castle shoves again, the shoving gets harder, then Castle ROCKS Johnny! And ROCKS him again!

Johnny KICKS a leg, but Castle Alabama Lifts! BANGA- NO, Johnny grabs ropes and Taya helps him down. Castle runs up, but Johnny HOTSHOTS! Castle still avoids the leg sweep and the fans cheer his pose! Johnny rushes back in but Castle BOOTS him out! Castle gets the fans fired up again but Taya coaches Johnny. Castle goes out, but Johnny taunts him with how The Boys are “bear food!” Taya says there’s nothing Castle can do about it, either! The fans rally for “PEACOCK POWER!” as Castle chases Johnny. Johnny goes up the ramp, Castle grabs at him, but Johnny STOMPS the fingers! Castle staggers, Johnny AX HANDLES him!

Johnny clinches Castle to SNAKE EYES off the railing! Johnny steals someone’s water, then chases Castle. Castle hides behind a cameraman, then trips Johnny Drip Drip! The water goes flying, then Castle KICKS Johnny around! Now Johnny hides behind the camera and Castle says he’s just copying him! Johnny kicks low, puts Castle in the ring, and Taya tries to get fans chanting. They boo instead, but Castle wrenches to short arm LARIAT, KNEE, and DDT! The fans fire up and Castle facelocks to gator roll Johnny around. They go around on the mat, Castle rains down elbows, but Taya still rallies for Johnny.

The fans rally for Castle as he gets Johnny up and whips. Johnny reverses to TOSS Castle, and Castle slips in the water! But he still trips Johnny, drags him out, and waistlocks. Johnny ELBOWS Castle, RAMS him into barriers, then puts him in a corner to KNEE him down! Taya cheers, but Castle pushes Taya! Johnny KICKS and fires off on Castle for touching his wife! Johnny whips, Castle tiger feints to RANA Johnny away! The fans fire up and Castle glares at Taya. Taya glares back, but Castle stalks Johnny. “Caprice, do I look TV ready?” Caprice says yes, 10/10! Castle puts Johnny in the ring, but Taya anchors him! FLYING CHUCK!

Taya says she didn’t do anything, but the fans rally for Castle. Johnny KNEES Castle down, then SHINING WIZARDS! Mr. & Mrs. TV Ready make out and Philly feels sick. Johnny KICKS Castle, then gets him back up. Castle ROCKS Johnny, swings, but Johnny ducks! Castle punches POST! Johnny mockingly says that must hurt. Johnny puts Castle in the ring, stands him up, MOONLIGHT DRIVE! Cover, TWO! Castle is still in this and the fans rally up. Johnny stomps Castle around, KICKS him at the ropes, then KICKS again! Johnny mule kicks, then SPINNING ROUNDHOUSES, then ROCKS Castle again!

Castle hits back, but Johnny whips. Castle reverses, and he goes corner to corner! Johnny ducks again, Castle’s knee hits buckles and he tumbles out! Castle hits apron and steel steps on the way down! Johnny goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Philly likes that, even with Johnny being the one bringing it. Johnny has Taya help him set this up at ringside, and Taya goes looking for more goodies. Castle drags himself up to the apron but Johnny stalks him. ROUNDHOUSE to the leg, then SWEEP THE LEG! Then another ROUNDHOUSE! No mercy in Johnny’s dojo! He KICKS and BOOTS Castle, then HEEL KICKS him!

Castle sputters, flounders, but Johnny brings Castle up. Johnny SMACKS Castle off a chair, then talks trash. The fans boo but Johnny grabs the chair. Castle tug-o-wars with Johnny, and Castle takes the chair away! But Taya passes Johnny a kendo stick! Johnny SMACKS Castle! Castle drops to his knees, and Johnny SMACKS him again! The fans boo but Mr. & Mrs. TV put Castle in the ring. Johnny SMACKS Castle on the leg! Taya says do it again! Johnny nods and goes all Star Wars Kid! Johnny SMACKS Castle again, swings the kendo stick around, then SMACKS Castle again! Castle goes to a corner, and Johnny CHOKES him with the stick!

Castle fights, flails, but ends up in the WHITE RUSSIAN! Cover, TWO! Sandman he is not, but Johnny still CHOKES Castle with the stick! Castle fights up, the fans rally, and Castle throws hands! Castle elbows free, kicks Johnny, and he has the kendo stick! Johnny ducks the stick, bails out of the ring and goes to the ramp! The fans boo but Johnny runs down the runway to go up and KONG SAULT! Castle dodges, catches the kick, and SAIDOS!! The fans fire up and Taya freaks out! Castle then clinches Johnny to EXPLODER! Taya coaches Johnny, but Castle has his pick of the goodies. Castle gets the kendo stick to SMACK! And SMACK! And SMACK!

Taya freaks out as Castle fires off on Johnny high and low and all around! He JAMS the stick into Johnny’s ribs! Taya drags Johnny outta there, but Castle tucks the kendo stick through his shorts. Castle then goes out after Johnny, but Taya uses POCKET SAND!! ROUNDHOUSE!! Johnny laughs as now Taya LEAF BLOWS Castle! Even commentary gets caught up in this! Castle flounders around, has fans help him up, but Johnny ROCKS Castle! Johnny brings Castle around, but Castle throws body shots! Johnny whips, Castle tiger feints again, but Johnny makes that a POWERBOMB through the table!!

Johnny puts Castle in the ring, in a corner, and takes off in STARSHIP PAIN! Cover, TWO!! The Peacock survives and Johnny can’t believe it! Philly fires up but Johnny gets a chair. Johnny sits the chair up, then puts Castle through it! Castle is wearing the chair and Johnny kicks him around! Johnny gets the other kendo stick, and he digs it into Castle’s face! He JAMS it right into Castle’s neck!!! Cover, TWO!!! Castle survives again and the fans fire up! Johnny argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Johnny drags Castle back to a drop zone, then he puts a chair on Castle’s chest. Johnny gets the other chair, and he adds that on.

Johnny buries Castle in chairs and even the kendo sticks. Johnny goes up but Castle rises up! KENDO STICK SMACK! Johnny gets stuck in the ropes now! Castle ELBOWS him again and again! Castle fires up, and then KNEES Johnny in the back! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Johnny flounders away, Taya again gets her hubby outta there, and she clears out the wreckage. The fans rally and Castle says, “BRING ME A BOY~!” But… Oh wait! The Substitute Boys return! Castle TOSSES Sub Boy 1! Then he TOSSES Sub Boy 2! Then Sub Boy 3, and he’s rather big! Then there’s Sub Boy 4, the skinny one! Then Sub Boy 5, equally beefy!

Aw heck, Sub Boy 6 looks like he ate The Boys! He doesn’t even make it past the apron! Johnny KICKS Six and piles the Sub Boys on the side. But wait, JACK CARTWHEEL!? He’s lucky number seven! Castle whips and Cartwheel Boy FOSBURY FLOPS!! The fans are thunderous as the Sub Boys all celebrate! Wait, wait, wait, who is this eighth Boy? He’s just wearing Supercard of Honor merch. Castle gets Johnny up but Johnny SMACKS him with whatever’s left of  a kendo stick! And then KNEES Castle down! As Sub Boy 8 steps into the ring, we see it’s Paul Walter-Hauser. Or should we say, Boy Walter-Hauser.

Johnny drags Castle into the drop zone, then goes up, but the other Sub Boys drag Castle to safety! Johnny adjusts his flight plan to SUPER TORNILLO onto all of ’em!! The fans fire up, Taya helps Johnny up, and Johnny finds his way into the ring. Taya brings out the mystery bag, but Johnny spots Boy Walter-Hauser. Johnny runs up on him, but into a SKY HIGH!! Boy Walter-Hauser rips off the Supercard shirt to reveal his Wrestling Revolver promo-shirt! Matt Cardona VS Paul Walter-Hauser, Indy VS Emmy! The fans cheer as Walter-Hauser prances around and taunts Taya. Then the Sub Boys all swarm and carry Taya away!

The fans cheer as the evil stepmother is taken away, this is revenge for what happened to THE Boys! Castle stomps Johnny, and he looks to Walter-Hauser. REVEAL, it really IS Walter-Hauser! He and Castle embrace, and then Walter-Hauser bestows that mystery bag of Taya’s to Castle. They pour it out together, and voila! TACKS!! Johnny freaks out, the fans tell Walter-Hauser he’s a sick boy! Whip and Alabama Lift, BANGAAAARANG onto the tacks!!! Cover, Castle wins!

Winner: Dalton Castle, by pinfall

Revenge is sweet as Castle has all his Boys help him take this one! Will this victory help heal the wounds caused by Johnny & Taya?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Hikaru Shida!

The Fallen Goddess’s record setting reign and her 49-0 win streak make her THE greatest ROH Women’s World Champion. But the Shining Samurai’s THREE AEW Women’s World Championship reigns make her THE greatest AEW Women’s World Champion. And the only thing that could make Shida greater is if she becomes the first woman to hold the AEW and ROH Women’s World Championships in her career. Will Shida make such history here tonight? Or will Athena make sure she stays our Forever Champion?

To counter Shida’s kendo stick, Athena has brought a battle ax! The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if more history is made!

The Code of Honor is skipped, the bell rings, and the fans duel already. Shida and Athena circle, but then Athena bails out. Athena does her best to fire herself up but perhaps Shida really is in her head. Shida eggs Athena on, Athena storms back up to the apron, but then Athena drops back. Shida laughs it off while Athena paces. Athena tells herself she’s got this, and then she gets in the ring. They tie up, Shida wrenches and wristlocks, but Athena pushes through to wrench back. Shida rolls, wrenches, and wristlocks back. Athena endures, even as Shida puts on more pressure. Athena slips under and around to headlock and takeover.

Shida headscissors, Athena kips free, and roles reverses as Shida hits the takeover but Athena headscissors. Shida kips free, dodges Athena’s haymaker and runs to then run Athena over! The fans cheer, Shida goes for legs, but Athena kicks Shida away. Shida rebounds, Athena reaches up to RANA, but Shida cartwheels through! Shida blocks the haymaker this time, but Athena avoids the question mark kick! Shida avoids the leg sweep, but Athena dodges the Tamashii to roll Shida up! Shida rolls through, but Athena avoids the Katana Kick! The fans fire up for this stalemate while Athena bails out.

Athena again paces and cools herself off. Athena gets back in, Shida dares her to take a shot, but Athena offers a handshake instead. The fans don’t trust it, but Shida still steps forward. Shida accepts the handshake, then ducks the sucker punch to ROCK Athena! Shida blocks the haymaker and straitjackets to turn Athena. Athena fights free, but Shida BOOTS! Shida fireman’s carries, Athena slips free, but Shida still has the wristlock! Athena apologizes, but Shida short arm LARIATS! And short arm LARITS! And short arm LARIATS again! The fans fire up, Athena runs up but Shida sidesteps to tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER!

Athena flounders but the fans fire up with Shida. Shida storms up to the corner, but Athena puts her on the apron! Shida pulls hair, and she runs with Athena side to side for a buckle bump! Shida goes up and now she rains down fists! The fans count along and Shida goes all the way to TEN! But then Athena trips Shida! Shida’s leg is stuck in the ropes, Athena KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! The ref counts, Athena tells him to stop telling her what to do! Athena then STOMPS the knee! Shida falls out of the ropes but Athena grins. Now Athena eggs Shida on while the fans rally up. Athena drags Shida around by the leg to drive knees into the hamstring!

Athena knees the hamstring again, then YANKS the leg! Shida flounders but Athena KICKS her! Athena drops a knee on the knee, and the fans rally up. Athena stalks Shida, kicks her around, then taunts her. Athena mule kicks the leg, but Shida kicks with the good leg. Athena DOUBLE KNEE DROPS Shida in the stomach! Athena SLAPS Shida, talks more trash, then drags her up. Shida throws body shots and haymakers! Athena puts Shida in a corner, runs up and blocks a boot, KNEE JAMMER! Athena then Alabama Lifts to ALABAMA SLAM! Athena turns Shida over, ANKLE LOCK! Shida endures as Athena leans on the leg!

The fans rally, Shida reaches out and around, crawls forward, then rolls! Athena is sent into ropes! Shida manages to run up but Athena dodges! Knee hits ropes, but Shida ELBOWS back! And ROCKS Athena with a forearm! Shida fires away at the ropes, the fans fire up as she CLUBS Athena! Shida whips, fireman’s carries, and FLIPPING BACKBREAKERS! The fans fire up as both Shida and Athena are down, but Shida rises! Shida runs, SLIDING FOREARM! Then the suplex, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Athena is still in this and even grinning, perhaps happy she’s proving her own doubts wrong!

Shida gets up, goes to the far corner, and the fans rally as she runs in at Athena! JUMP KNEE! Shida ROCKS Athena, runs, but Athena follows to HANDPSRING FOREARM! Athena goes side to side, but Shida SHOTGUNS! Athena’s right up to BOOT Shida down! Athena builds speed, Shida bails out, so Athena slides out, only for Shida to KNEE her into the desk! The fans fire up again while both women are down by commentary! The ring count starts, Shida manages to sit up but the bad leg is holding her back. We pass 5 of 20, the fans rally for Shida as she hobbles over to Athena. Shida drags Athena up, puts her in, covers, TWO!

The fans rally, Shida throws hands down on Athena, but Athena stands. Shida runs, but Athena ROCKS her! Athena goes to run, Shida reels her back in, but Athena uses her leg to hook free. But Shida blocks the superkick to QUESTION MARK KICK! Athena wobbles but stays on her feet, and UPPERCUTS! Shida stays up, they both fire forearms, then Athena fires boxing elbows! Shida KNEES low! And again! And again! Shida throws down forearms to the neck! Athena kicks the bad leg! Athena fires fast hands, knees, but Shida ducks the heel kick! Athena catches the haymaker into a SAIDO!

Athena gets Shida up, whips her, and pops her up, but Shida wheelbarrows! Athena makes it a WHEELBARROW GERMAN! Cover, TWO! Shida just gets that arm up and Athena is frustrated. Athena talks out what to do next, then goes to the corner. Athena kicks Shida’s kendo stick away before she climbs up. Shida stands, O- NO!! No O-Face, Shida whips! Athena reverses and waistlocks, but Shida bucks the O’Conner! KATANA- NO, Athena blocks! Athena kicks, Shida blocks, but Athena rolls to get the ANKLE LOCK!! GRAPEVINE!! Shida endures as Athena twists the leg and grins the whole time! Shida claws her way forward as the fans rally!

Athena shakes her head, she even digs her chin into the ball of the feet! Shida has the ROPEBREAK!! The ref counts as Athena holds on, but she lets go at 4, cuz she has ’til 5! Shida hobbles out to the apron, Athena builds speed, and Athena DIVES into a knee!! Shida drags Athena up, waistlocks, but Athena grabs ropes! Athena runs and brings Shida with her, to POST her! Athena reels Shida in now and grins, but Shida fights the lift! Shida then Alabama Lifts Athena, tucks her in, BASTARD DRIVER on the ramp!! The fans are thunderous as Shida drags Athena into the ring! Shida kicks her into the drop zone, then goes up top!

Athena sits up, Shida leaps, METEORA!! Cover, TWO?!? “This is Awesome!” as Athena survives and Shida shouts in frustration! Shida grabs at Athena but Athena holds ropes. Athena goes up the ropes, kicks at Shida, but Shida YANKS her up! Athena lands, swings but Shida KNEES low! Shida brings Athena up, whips her to a corner, but Athena goes up and FLYING CODE BREAKERS! Then she reels Shida in, Canadian Rack, CODE BREAKER!! Cover, ONE?!?! WHAT?!? Shida snarls as she rises up and Philly is thunderous! Athena shakes her head as she watches Shida stand. Shida runs up, Athena gets around and underhooks!

Shida fights the lift, so Athena SWINGS Shida around! But Shida wrenches out, suplexes, FALCON ARROW! Cover, ONE?!!? Athena returns the favor by shocking Shida! The fans rally up, a standing count begins, and both women sit up at 4 of 10. They stand, Shida SLAPS Athena! Shida runs, RANAS, covers, TWO! Athena stacks, TWO, into a deadlift POWERBOMB! Another stack, but Athena deadlifts again! Shida fights, and they go to ropes! Shida hammers Athena, and RANAS Athena out of the ring! But Athena holds on to POWERBOMB Shida to the floor!! The fans are thunderous again as Athena grins.

Athena stands over Shida, drags her up, and puts her in the ring. Athena dusts off her hands, then climbs the corner. Shida stands, into the O-FACE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Athena’s shocked all over again! She’s starting to lose her composure but the fans are rallying for Shida! Athena gets mad now, and she stomps Shida! Athena goes up to the top rope again, but Shida anchors a foot! Athena drags Shida up the corner, Shida throws body shots! Shida climbs now but Athena CLUBS away on her! Shida CLUBS at the legs! Shida throws more shots, then she HEADBUTTS Athena! Both women wobble up top and the fans fire up!

Shida stands Athena up, fireman’s carries, for a SUPER BACKBREAKER on the ropes! Then FALCON ARROW!! But that’s not the end! KATANA!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! The fans are electric as Athena shocks everyone! Shida pulls her pant leg up, her kneepad down, and she takes aim! The fans are dueling as Shida runs up again, TAMA- NO, Athena blocks! Shida CLUBS at Athena, but Athena SLAPS her! Shida SLAPS back! And GERMAN SUPLEXES! Athena rises, but Shida LARIATS! Shida roars and the fans are with her! Shida runs, to TAMA- NO, Athena ducks, kips up and SUPERKICKS! And DECKS Shida!!

Athena flounders her way to the corner and climbs back up! O-FACE!!!! Cover, ATHENA WINS!!

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

Just when it looked like “forever” was going to end, the Fallen Goddess rises to the occasion and hits FIFTY WINS! But if not even a women’s champion as great as Shida can stop her, will Athena never EVER let go of that title?

 

ROH World Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Mark Briscoe!

Eleven years ago to the day, the late, great Jay Briscoe won this championship right here in Philadelphia. Beloved by all, Jay’s memory is with us today, and perhaps even his spirit. But even so, The Mad King has vowed that he cannot and will not lose this title to Jay’s brother. Will Eddie deny Mark his dream in order to hold onto his own? Or is this the night the Sussex County Chicken flies like an eagle?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and as Jay would say, it’s time to man up!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans are fired up already. The two circle, feel things out, and the fans chant “MAN UP! MAN UP!” Eddie and Mark both fire up a bit more hearing that, and they tie up. Eddie uses his size to put Mark in a corner, then he lets off. The two reset, circle, knuckle lock, and then back up again. They tie up, go around, Mark wrenches and hammerlocks, but Eddie switches. The fans rally for “DEM BOYS!” and Mark drop toeholds to then float and facelock. Eddie wrenches right out, wristlocks, but Mark rolls. Mark YANKS the arm to then wrench it, but Eddie stays up.

Eddie endures as Mark puts on the pressure. Mark headlocks, Eddie powers up but can’t power out as Mark holds tight. Eddie wrenches at the hold but can’t wrench out. Eddie throws body shots, powers out this time, but Mark runs him over! The fans cheer, Mark runs but Eddie gets under the lariat to SAIDO! And a high angle at that! Mark flounders to a corner but Eddie storms up. Eddie digs his boot in, scrubs Mark a few times, then runs side to side, to BOOT WASH! Eddie lets off after that, then goes back to bring Mark up. Eddie CHOPS, then whips corner to corner. Mark goes up and out, ROCKS Eddie then REDNECK UPPERCUTS!

Mark jumps in to BOOT Eddie down! Mark lines up his shot as Eddie sits up, and then runs up to BOOT WASH in return! Eddie bails out, the fans fire up with Mark and he WRECKS Eddie with a dropkick! Eddie goes to barriers but Mark keeps moving! Mark DIVES with the cannonball tope! The Briscoe Family is there to cheer Mark on! Then Mark throws a chair into the ring! Fans fire up for that, but the ref warns Mark to be careful with that. Mark claps with the chair, then stands it up. The fans rally as Mark builds speed, but Eddie’s in! Choke grip, CHOKE SLAM onto the chair! The ref reprimands but can’t disqualify, Eddie used Mark against the chair, not the other way around!

Eddie pursues Mark out of the ring, but the ref wants him to stay back. Eddie goes into the ring while Mark crawls. Mark clutches his lower back while the count begins. Mark stands but Eddie wanting to go out only delays the count. Mark has time, but then Eddie sneaks out the side! Eddie CLOBBERS Mark, and he SLAMS a chair down! Eddie takes his frustration out on the chair, then he brings Mark up to DRIBBLE him off the desk! The ref reprimands but Eddie keeps going until Mark’s busted open! Mark already has a crimson mask flowing as Eddie leaves him behind. The ring count returns, but Mark gets in at 3 of 20.

Mark stands, he just eggs Eddie on! Eddie fires haymakers, then he HEADBUTTS away on the bloody wound! Mark just fires up and CHOPS! Eddie CHOPS back! Mark CHOPS! Eddie fires hands into the forehead! Mark staggers back, Eddie may have even hurt his own hand punching so hard! Mark sits in a corner, the ref checks the wound, but somehow Mark’s okay to continue. Eddie storms up to CLAW at the forehead! The ref counts, Eddie lets off at 4, and Mark’s blood is painting even his neck and shoulders. Eddie comes back to MACHINE GUN CHOP! The fans fire up, and Mark CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And CHOPS again!

Eddie reloads to MACHINE GUN CHOP again! Mark CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Mark CHOPS again, but then Eddie traps the arms to OVERHEAD SUPLEX! The fans fire up, and Mark crawls around. “MAN UP! MAN UP!” echoes out, but Eddie clamps on a neck wrench! Eddie’s trying to squeeze the blood outta Mark’s melon! Mark rises, to SLAP Eddie! And SLAP! And CHOP! Mark CHOPS again, but Eddie fires forearms! Eddie runs to LARIAT! Mark flops over and Eddie tells off the Philly fans! Eddie KICKS Mark, and CHOPS! And KICKS! And CHOPS! Mark still sits up, so Eddie CHOPS again!

Eddie HEADBUTTS Mark, dumps him out, and builds speed! But Mark UPPERCUTS first! Eddie flops to the apron, and Mark BITES Eddie’s forehead now! Mark UPPERCUTS Eddie, stalks him to railing, and has him take a seat so he can rain down fists! Mark goes to get space, and he comes back to SHOTGUN Eddie against barriers! Eddie falls over, Mark resets the count, and then he snap suplexes Eddie to the floor! Mark goes up the apron, says BANG BANG, Cactus Jack ELBOW DROP! The fans fire up as Mama Briscoe’s Baby Boy drags Eddie up! But Eddie POSTS Mark! Mark falls, Eddie refreshes the count, and Eddie goes back for Mark.

Eddie puts Mark in, storms up on him, and drops an ELBOW of his own! Cover, TWO! Mark stays in this but Eddie keeps calm. Eddie rains down fists, aiming right for the forehead. The fans rally and duel, Eddie puts Mark up top. Eddie puts Mark in the Tree of Woe then digs his boots in! The blood is just rushing to Mark’s head and out of the wound, but Mark frees himself. So Eddie WRECKS Mark with a dropkick! Eddie drags Mark to a cover, TWO! Mark is still tougher than that, and Eddie is a bit frustrated. Eddie CLUBS Mark, then reels him in. Mark fights the lift, so Eddie fires Kawada Kicks! Mark LARIATS right back!!

The fans fire up as both men are down! The crimson mask just keeps growing but Mark pounds the mat. The fans rally with Mark as he drags himself up. Mark goes back to Eddie and fires a forearm! Eddie CHOPS! Mark CHOPS back! Eddie brings down one strap, then the other! The fans fire up as Eddie CHOPS! Mark shakes that off and fires back up, so he can CHOP again! Eddie roars, then RIDGE HAND CHOPS! Eddie runs, Mark REDNECK KUNG-FU UPPERCUTS! Mark ROCKS Eddie with a forearm, whips him to ropes, but Eddie reverses. Mark CLOBBERS Eddie with forearms! Eddie goes to a corner, Mark runs in, GAMANGIRI!

Mark whips corner to corner but Eddie barely makes it! Mark runs up again to clothesline! The fans rally, Mark reels Eddie in and has the leg! FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Eddie survives but Mark stays fired up! Eddie bails out, so Mark goes to the apron. Mark runs to BLOCKBUSTER to the floor! Eddie writhes, Mark chucks chairs around, then Mark drags Eddie up. Mark puts Eddie in the ring and climbs up. Mark aims, FROGGY- NO, Eddie moves! But he runs into a fireman’s carry! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Mark hurries back up, takes aim again, FROGGY BOW!! Cover, TWO?!? Eddie survives again and the fans fire up!

Mark gets up, that crimson mask still bright red on his face! The fans rally, Mark hauls Eddie up and whips, but Eddie reverses, clinches, and EXPLODERS! But Mark’s right up!? And he clinches to EXPLODER! But Eddie clinches, EXPLODER!! Mark clinches, EXPLODER!! Both men stagger around from being thrown around, then they run in! DOUBLE LARIATS!! The fans are thunderous as both men are down again! The standing count begins, fans love “Both These Guys!” The count passes 5 of 10, but Mark rises up! Eddie goes to the apron but Mark pursues. Mark storms out after Eddie, and SLAPS him!

Eddie CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Eddie SLAPS! Mark kicks, reels Eddie in, and underhooks! Eddie fights that, fires forearms, then clinches! But Mark fights the lift, throws down elbows, but Eddie HEADBUTTS away! Clinch and EXPLODER to the floor!! The fans lose their minds from that one! The ring count climbs but the fans chant “MAN UP! MAN UP!” Mark and Eddie flounder, the count is 5 of 20, and Eddie rises at 10. We hit 15, Eddie slides in! Mark flounders at 17 and falls back over! 18! 19!! Mark springs in at 19.5!! The fans are thunderous as Mark stays in this! Mark pounds the mat and the fans rally up again!

Eddie and Mark slowly rise, and they crawl to each other. Eddie fires a haymaker, but Mark hits back! They fire forearms and other wild shots back and forth. Eddie SLAPS Mark, but Mark shakes his head! Mark uses ropes to stand, and he SLAPS Eddie! Eddie SLAPS! Mark CHOPS! Eddie grimaces and CHOPS back! Mark CHOPS again! Eddie takes a moment, nods and CHOPS again! Mark roars to SLAP, CHOP and CHOP! Mark unleashes all his Redneck Kung-Fu, then runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and LARIATS!! The fans are thunderous as Mark drags Eddie up and calls his shot! But Eddie wrenches, HALF ‘N’ HALF!!

Eddie says this is the end, and he URAKENS!! Mark falls, Eddie covers, TWO!??! Mark survives and the fans are electric! Eddie snarls but the fans say to “MAN UP! MAN UP!” Mark sputters, eggs Eddie on, so Eddie says okay, and he runs. But Mark ducks the sliding lariat! ROLLING ELBOW!! Eddie falls but Mark hauls him up! Underhooks, but Eddie back drops! Mark sunset flips, TWO!! Eddie stands, URA- NO, Mark ducks, trips Eddie, high stacks, TWO! Eddie URAKENS again!! Mark PELES!! Eddie wobbles, Mark gets him, but then Eddie scoops! Mark slips free, straitjackets and torture racks, CUTTHROAT DRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?!?

The fans fire up as Eddie survives that blast from the past, but Mark calls upon the spirit of Jay Briscoe! Mark gets Eddie up, underhooks, JAY DRILLER!!!! Cover, MARK WINS!!!

Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall (NEW ROH World Champion)

And the streamers all fly in! Finally, and for the first-time-ever, Mark Briscoe wins THE title here in ROH! Papa Briscoe gets in the ring to hug his son in celebration, and even Mark’s friends in the locker room make their way out here! Jay Lethal, Rhett Titus, Dalton Castle, Christopher Daniels, even The Kingdom and so many more join in the celebration! They hoist Mark up on their shoulders, and then they all hug it out! Mark says hold on, they gotta give it up to the former champion, too! Eddie manages to stand, looks to Mark, and they nod. They shake hands to keep the Code of Honor, and then hug it out!

The fans cheer this moment that is not only Mark celebrating destiny achieved, but also him honoring the memory of big brother Jay. Supercard of Honor ends with a true feel good moment, how much bigger and better will ROH get from here?


My Thoughts:

A great Supercard of Honor here. I know, I skipped Zero Hour but this is also WrestleMania Weekend, so many other things are happening and I don’t have time for all four-and-a-half hours that this would be. But the Zero Hour is free on AEW’s YouTube, whatever. I did skim, it was all pretty good stuff, other than duh, Premier Athletes were winning their return match. Black Taurus has transformed into Beast Mortos, he of course won. I was actually surprised SAP didn’t win here, this should’ve been where they ended the story with Maria’s boys but it seems like they’ve doubled down because Serpentico lost another mask to them.

Awesome match from Kyle VS Lee to open the main show, and great Kyushin Thunder Liger reference in Kyle’s entire presentation. Kyle winning made a lot of sense, he’s just doing so well. Maybe if this was Ethan Page, there would be a chance Kyle lost, but Lee was clearly fed to the Protostar’s reign. Great Six Woman Tag from Stardom, and you gotta appreciate the constant action going on outside the ring, very unique compared to American style. Great win for Mina’s team, and fun little moment with Mariah coming out to celebrate with them. Well, mostly with Mina. Depending on how things go in Storm VS Thunder, it’d be fun to have Mariah’s two mentors interact and maybe even fight over the title.

Great tag title match from The Kingdom VS Infantry, but just as we saw on Rampage tonight with Roddy VS Rocky, Wardlow got involved to help The Kingdom, just as Adam Cole said. And hey, as I was hoping, Bullet Club Gold actually shows up to do stuff with their ROH World Six Man titles. But while Archer, Zayne and Suzuki are a great trio, of course they were losing. BCG still has to settle things with The Acclaimed, and great to see them show up here, too, so maybe we get Winners Take All at Dynasty. Then Acclaimed can show up on ROH TV, or who knows, maybe BCG wins and they bring all the belts to ROH TV. Just someone show up on ROH TV more often.

Really good stuff in the Fight Without Honor, it’s just too bad The Boys got released before this. They definitely should’ve made their epic return all feral and violent so they could help Castle win. But instead, we did get admittedly hilarious gags with the substitute Boys, and Paul Walter-Hauser so he could plug his own stuff. Which is fine, ROH is making it work with Wrestling Revolver, Athena & Billie went there once. And speaking of, both women’s titles were awesome tonight. I don’t know how to feel about Billie faking such a scary injury but WOW did she do a great job of it. Both Billie and Aminata are great, but I suppose Face in the chase makes sense, and now Billie gets to reign alongside Athena.

Honestly, didn’t Athena was winning. 50-0 is a great mark to hit, but now it’s like, who beats Athena for the title? The only thing I can think of is if she and Billie face off again for both belts, but that doesn’t seem right either. It would be great if Aminata moved up to the world title to make up for not winning the TV title. And in a way, that’s what happened with Mark Briscoe. Great stuff between Mark and Eddie tonight, and wow did Mark bleed. Mark winning out was the right call, he’s been long overdue for a singles title and here we are. Eddie still has his NJPW Strong title, too, so this was surely a great honor for him to give Mark the ROH title.

My Score: 9.1/10


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Will Daddy Magic & Cool Hand Ange never rise?

Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker got the band back together and want those ROH World Tag Team Championships! Will Mike Bennett stop them before they begin?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH World Television Championship Proving Ground: Kyle Fletcher VS London Lightning; Kyle wins and denies London a title match.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Spanish Announce Project; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Nyla Rose VS Riea von Slasher; Nyla wins.
  • Satnam Singh VS Jimmy Jacobs; Singh wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Jon Cruz & Artemis Spencer; Shane Taylor Promotions win.
  • Matthew Menard VS Mike Bennett w/ Matt Taven; Menard wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Premier Athletes w/Mark Sterling; Lee, Action & Top Flight win.

PLAY BY PLAY

JD Drake speaks.

“Here I am again, just like I talked about the last time I was here: all by myself. Just because unfortunate circumstances happen doesn’t mean the work stops. So it’s time for me, I reckon, just like I said, to reach down, tighten up the bootstraps and get back to work. All by my lonesome.” But then Anthony Henry walks in! No more of that. Not today, not any day. They’ve been doing this since 2016, so they’ll keep doing this. So you know what time it is? Punch in, knock out! The Workhorsemen are riding together again, but will they get past the Spanish Announce Project?

 

ROH World Television Championship Proving Ground: Kyle Fletcher VS London Lightning!

The Aussie Arrow couldn’t help out Will Ospreay last night on Dynamite, but perhaps that was because Don Callis wanted him to be ready for tonight. Will Kyle prove he is The Protostar and the future of this business? Or will he be struck down by the Lightning?

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Kyle kicks the hand away, and the bell rings. The two circle, tie up, and go around. London wrenches but Kyle wrenches back. Kyle WRINGS the arm out, but London gets up fast. The fans taunt Kyle with “Your Hair’s Stupid!” Kyle just flips them off over his shoulder. The two tie up, Kyle gets around to waistlock and he SLAMS London down! Kyle flexes while London scrambles up. The two reset and feel things out, then tie up. London wrenches, Kyle spins and headlocks to hit the takeover! Kyle grinds but London endures. London fights up, powers out, then headlocks in return!

Kyle lifts, London fights the back suplex. Kyle powers through to back suplex but London lands on his feet! London ducks ‘n’ dodges then hurdles, to CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Kyle is up but London ROCKS him with right hands! Kyle kicks low, ROCKS London back, and then whips. London reverses and JUMP KNEES! Kyle bails out, the fans rally for London, and London PLANCHAS! Direct hit, but Kyle manages to shrug off the impact! Kyle drags London back up to suplex and BRAINBUSTER to the floor! London writhes and Kyle smirks. Kyle soaks up the heat while the ring count climbs. Kyle leaves London behind at 10 of 20.

The fans rally for London, but we’re at 16! 17! London slowly rises at 18, staggers about, and slides in at 19.5! Kyle mockingly applauds, then he stomps London down! Then he KICKS London in the back! The fans rally, Kyle lines up a shot and BODY BLOWS! Kyle grinds his forearm into London, then CHOPS him! London staggers, but he comes back to kick! London CHOPS Kyle again and again and the fans fire up! London runs but Kyle ELBOWS him down! London writhes and the fans rally up, but Kyle grins as he stands over London. Kyle then scoops to SLAM! Kyle paces, the fans rally, and London staggers back up.

Kyle scoops and SLAMS again! Kyle mockingly applauds and waits on London. London stands, but into another scoop and SLAM! But London’s right up! London fires off haymakers but Kyle kicks low. Kyle whips, London ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ dodges more to LARIAT! Then atomic drop! Kyle swings, but into another atomic drop! London SPLASHES in the corner, drop toeholds and gator rolls to a suplex! The fans fire up for London and he goes to a corner. London hops up, leaps, FALLING AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Kyle is still in this but London refocuses. London whips, but Kyle BOOTS him away!

Kyle runs at the corner, but Lnodon BOOTS back! London goes up, but Kyle GAMANGIRIS! London falls to the apron then the floor, but Kyle builds speed! Kyle DIVES and direct hit on London! Kyle puts London in, runs corner to corner, GAMANGIRI! And then suplex to the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO?!? London lives and Kyle argues the count! The ref says it was a fair count, two is two. The fans rally for London but London is in a daze. London sits up, but Kyle snarls. Kyle aims and KICKS! London falls over, but he sits up again. Kyle eggs London on, and KICKS again! London stays seated, so Kyle KICKS, but London blocks!

London ROCKS Kyle with forearm after forearm, but Kyle ROCKS him right back! London fires more forearms, but Kyle gives those all back! London ducks to fire another flurry! London runs, but Kyle BOOTS him! Kyle reels London in but London back drops! And sits on it! TWO!! Kyle swings, misses, London SPINEBUSTERS! London steps through and Canada goes wild for the SHARPSHOOTER! The fans are thunderous but Kyle endures and crawls his way over! ROPEBREAK! But London drags him back! We’re under 90 SECONDS! Kyle turns London to a cradle, TWO!! Both men stand up, SUPERKICK from Kyle!

Kyle reels London back in, for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle Fletcher, by pinfall (denies London Lightning a title opportunity)

Literal last minute, but The Protostar puts this one away! Will Kyle Fletcher continue to prove he is the greatest ROH World Television Champion in history?

 

The Workhorsemen VS Spanish Announce Project!

We heard from JD Drake & Anthony Henry to start tonight, they’re both 100% and raring to go! But Angelico & Serpentico have been wanting after Cole Karter & Griff Garrison for one final fight. Who puts in the work and heads for the top?

The Code of Honor is upheld, teams sort out and we start with Scrap Metal and the South African Stud. They tie up, the fans rally, and Angelico wrenches to wristlock. JD endures, winds up, but Angelico catches him to a headlock. JD powers up and out, but Angelico rolls off JD’s back! JD hip tosses but Angelico makes it an arm-drag! JD runs up, RAMS Angelico, but Angelico rebounds and bypasses. JD blocks the hip toss to arm-drag for a cover! TWO, and JD sweeps to a cover! ONE, Angelico tries to sweep but JD’s too sturdy! JD kicks Angelico down, but Angelico avoids the senton! Angelico sweeps now, covers, ONE!

Both men stand up and the fans fire up! Angelico and JD reset, but then back up to their corners. The fans fire up as #SNAKEMAN and the Saint of Augusta tag in. Serpentico and Henry circle, tie up, and Henry wrenches. Serpentico rolls, wrenches, but Henry rolls and wrenches to slip around, spin Serpentico and snapmare him into a chinlock. The fans cheer the exchange, and Serpentico fights up. Serpentico pries free, wrenches Henry to a wristlock then snapmare, then ghost pin! TWO, and the two stand up. Serpentico  headlocks, Henry powers out, but Serpentico BOOTS him away! Then Serpentico goes up to RANA!

Things speed up, Henry turns arm-drag into takedown! Henry has a leg, Serpentico rolls and throws Henry, but Henry cartwheels through! Serpentico runs up, Henry drops down, arm-drags, but Serpentico arm-drags back! Henry hits a slick headlock takeover but Serpentico headscissors. Henry kips free, roles reverse as Serpentico hits the headlock takeover! Henry headscissors, Serpentico kips free, and both men handspring up! The fans fire up for the standoff! Serpentico nods, Henry is definitely 100%! They get all the fans fired up, then Henry BOOTS Serpentico! Henry mockingly gives a thumbs up to then give a thumbs down.

Henry runs up to forearm SMASH in the corner, tag to JD! LARAIT, NECK TWIST and slingshot SENTON! The Workhorsemen BLAST Angelico, then JD mocks the string tugging! JD drags Serpentico up but Serpentico CHOPS! JD doesn’t flinch, then he CHOPS Serpentico down! The fans “WOO~!” and even Henry checks on Serpentico. He’s okay! The fans want that “One More Time!” so JD stands Serpentico up in a corner, to JAB! JD shakes his head, he won’t do what the fans want. JD whips, then CHOPS after all! Serpentico sputters, JD tags Henry in, and Henry says he’s got one. Henry snapmares Serpentico to KICK him!

Tag to JD, and JD stomps Serpentico’s ribs. JD drags Serpentico up, CHOPS, but Serpentico DOUBLE CHOPS! And CHOPS! JD CHOPS, Serpentico CHOPS, repeat! Serpentico RODCKS Henry, ROCKS JD, then goes up to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! JD and Serpentico crawl, hot tag to Henry! Henry gets Serpentico’s leg, but Serpentico BOOTS him away! Hot tag to Angelico! The fans fire up as Angelico rallies on the Workhorsemen! Henry gets around, JD runs up, but Angelico BOOTS JD and RAMS Henry into buckles! Angelico arm-drags Henry, then uses him as a step to FLYING LARIAT JD!

The fans fire up but Henry SOBATS! Angelico ROCKS Henry! Angelico then eggs Henry on, gets him for a strike fest, then fires up with the fans! Angelico whips, Henry reverses but Angelico rolls off Henry’s back! Henry jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK hits! Cover, TWO! Angelico calls to Serpentico, ROCKS Henry, then tags in Serpentico. The fans rally as Angelico gets Henry up, BACK SUPLEX AX HANDLE COMBO! Then Angelico holds the ropes open so Serpentico can DIVE onto JD! Down goes JD at the ramp and the fans fire up! Angelico gets Henry up, clinches, FLATLINER! Serpentico goes up again, but GRIFF & KARTER are here!

The SAP get distracted by Maria’s baby boys, Henry trips Serpentico up! JD gets in to clinch and BELLY2BELLY Angelico right outta the ring! Henry runs to METEORA Serpentico! Feed to JD, WORKIN’ NINE TO FIVE! Cover, Workhorsemen win!

Winners: The Workhorsemen, by pinfall

Give the assist to Griff & Karter, and they mug Angelico! They know SAP wants revenge but they’re striking first! The fans boo, but now they beat up on Serpentico! Griff gets a chair! Karter drags Serpentico up, Griff takes aim, but Angelico anchors Karter! Serpentico mule kicks Griff! Serpentico gets the chair, but Griff dodges the chair shot! Only for Angelico to send him into steel steps! SAP stand tall tonight, will they be the ones on top at the end of this war?

 

Matthew Menard speaks.

“Now, a lot of you guys gotta be wondering, ‘Daddy Magic, this is a tag team situation, where’s your tag team partner?’ That is a great question. And the answer: I have no idea! I dunno if he’s got a Lamaze class, I dunno if he’s got a little morning sickness, NO idea what the problem is. But I’ll tell you this right now, what I do know, is that tonight, I got a gigantic opportunity in front of me. So Mike Bennett, you little Bean Town B*TCH! We’re in Canada tonight, baby! And I’ll tell ya this: Daddy Magic gets a win over you in the middle of that ring, Cool Hand Ange, Daddy Magic, we got a opportunity at the tag team championships. And THAT, that makes Daddy Magic’s nipples hard.”

 

ROH hears from Marina Shafir.

The Problem is back in the MMA gym, sharpening her skills. “My father was a calculated man. He taught me that in life, you’re gonna have a lot of problems. Some will be big, and others will be small. Some you’ll see coming, and others will sneak up right behind you. He showed me how problems are resilient, moldable, and relentless. So he taught me to become my own problem. And now, I’m gonna teach you.” Marina takes her son’s hand, and the next generation begins here. Will Marina be a Problem the rest of the ROH Women’s Division cannot solve?

 

Matthew Menard VS Mike Bennett w/ Matt Taven!

Daddy Magic spoke his mind earlier but now it’s time to take action! Will Menard win some golden tickets for him and Cool Hand Ange? Or will The Kingdom nip this challenge in the bud?

The Code of Honor is upheld, but Menard holds on at the bell. Bennett gets mad, kicks low, reels Menard in, but Menard back drops free! The fans fire up while Bennett bails out. Menard is fired up, too, but he waits on the “Beat Town B*tch!” Bennett says that’s unnecessary. Bennett slides in, he eggs Menard on but the fans are all behind “DADDY MAGIC!” Bennett frowns, especially as Menard revels in the cheers. Menard tells Taven to kiss his ass! The fans cheer that, and Menard circles with Bennett. They tie up, go around, and Bennett headlocks for the takeover. Bennett says kiss HIS ass! Menard endures the grind and fights up.

Menard powers up and out of the hold, but Bennett runs him over! Bennett flexes, the fans boo, then thinsg speed up. Menard sets up but Bennett reels him in! But Menard back drops after all! Then he clotheslines Bennett up and out! The fans fire up, Taven checks Bennett, and Menard storms out after Bennett to RAM him into the barriers! The fans fire up as Menard rains down fists against the barriers! The fans count to TEN, then Menard lets off to tell Taven off! But Bennett mule kicks! Menard sputters, Bennett whips, but Menard reverses and Bennett hits steel steps! Menard storms after Bennett, drags him up, and SMACKS him off the commentary desk!

Bennett staggers, Menard ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! Taven talks trash and that distracts Menard, Bennett ROCKS him! Bennett whips, Menard reverses, but Bennett rebounds to CLOBBER Menard! Bennett says night night while relaxing on the apron. Then Bennett refreshes the count, gets Menard up and whips him into steel steps! Bennett takes a bow, blows kisses, then drags Menard up and into the ring. Cover, ONE! Menard is still in this but Bennett stays on him with a chinlock. The fans rally for “DADDY MAGIC!” and he fights up! Menard fires body shots and forearms! Menard runs, but Bennett DROPKICKS him down!

Taven applauds but the fans boo. Menard swipes at Taven, Bennett drags Menard up to CLUB him down. Bennett CLUBS Menard again, snapmares, then clamps on another chinlock. Menard endures, even as Bennett squeezes tight and leans on him. The fans rally, Menard fights up again and he throws body shots. Menard ROCKS Bennett, whips, but Bennett stops to KICK the back drop! Then ROLLING ELBOW, and Bennett reels Menard in! But again, back drop! Menard sits on the sunset, TWO!! Bennett finishes the sunset, ONE!! Menard hurries but Bennett gets him for a KIMURA! The fans rally as Menard endures the double wristlock!

Menard fights around, Bennett hooks a leg to slow him down. Menard gets the legs free, reaches out, and the fans continue to rally up! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Bennett lets go, and Taven even tugs at the ropes! The ref reprimands Taven, Bennett looms over Menard and tells the fans to kiss his ass! Bennett stands Menard up, reels him in, but Menard fights the piledriver again! Bennett fires knee after knee, then tries once more! Menard fights it still, so Bennett gives him more knees! But Menard DUMPS Bennett up and out of the ring! Taven checks Bennett while the fans fire up! Menard catches his breath, heads out and he follows Bennett up the ramp.

Bennett mule kicks Menard again! Bennett reels Menard in one more time, but Menard back drops him onto the ramp! Bennett writhes and flounders his way back down the ramp and Taven says the piledriver is no longer worth it. Just finish Menard with some other move. Taven helps Bennett back to ringside and gets him in at 15 of 20. Menard hurries as Taven wants the count go go faster, and Menard storms in at 17! Bennett runs up to ROCK Menard! Menard ROCKS Bennett! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder! The fans rally as they pick up speed, too! Menard fires a flurry and then he climbs up in a corner!

The fans fire up as Menard rains down fists! Menard goes all the way to TEN! Menard hops down, whips Bennett corner to corner, then runs up, but into an ELBOW! Bennett goes up, leaps, but Menard catches the dropkick! Menard turns Bennett, for the BOSTON CRAB! Bennett endures as Menard sits deep! Taven coaches Bennett, then gets on the apron! The ref reprimands, Menard swings but Taven gets away! But Bennett fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Menard survives and the fans fire up! Bennett and Taven are both shocked, but Bennett goes to a corner. Menard stands, Bennett runs in, but Menard KICKS him first!

Menard reels Bennett in, DDT! Cover, TWO! Bennett gets out of that, and Taven slides a tag title into the ring! The ref gets that belt outta there, but Taven slides in! Bennett grabs Menard with chicken wings, and Taven pours something out of a little bag! But Menard ducks, POCKET SAND goes into Bennett! Menard says here it comes! CUTTER for Taven! CUTTER for Bennett!! Cover, MENARD WINS!!

Winner: Matthew Menard, by pinfall

The Kingdom tried to get tricky, but they only messed themselves up! Menard wins big for him and Parker, but Taven CLOBBERS Menard! The fans boo as Taven stomps away! Bennett goes outside to grab the other tag title! Taven sets Menard up for the BELT SHOT!! They’re just lucky Parker is busy on his honeymoon with Ruby Soho. But will Menard & Parker ever rise to the occasion and take those titles from The Kingdom?

 

Backstage interview with Athena & Billie Starkz.

Lexy Nair is with the ROH Women’s World & ROH Women’s World Television Champions, and says this is an Emergency Minion Empowerment Meeting. Queen Aminata put her hands on Athena AGAIN! She has embarrassed MIT and this is ridiculous! Billie says hold on, boss, because Billie’s got something to say. “These girls wanna talk, talk, talk like it’s their show. This is MIT’s show! This is her show!” Lexy points to herself but Athena says Billie of course means Athena. Billie says if Aminata wants to throw hands, then catch some, too! Lexy says, “Baddest one hits first!”

Billie also tells Red Velvet that while she likes to talk, talk, talk, what has she really done since coming here? Athena says NOTHING. And they get it, they attacked the top of the food chain cuz they’re struggling to stay relevant. Well, Athena is glad they stepped up. Velvet & Aminata can call themselves whatever they want. They can say they’re juicy, say that they’re queens, but at the end of the day, they can never say that they are champions. Belt clink! So how about you stir that up, b*tch!? Let’s go. Athena & Billie head out, then they pull Lexy along. Will no one ever dethrone the Fallen Goddess and her protege?

 

8 Man Tag: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

While Menard & Parker want after the tag titles, so do all eight of these men! Big Shotty joins up with The Sight to See & The Martin Brothers against Maria’s baby boys and Smart Mark’s stable, who will hit the mark and climb up the ROH ranks?

The teams sort out and Darius Martin starts against Ariya Daivari. They keep the Code of Honor juts barely, and the bell rings. They circle, tie up, and Darius headlocks. Darius hits the headlock takeover, Daivari fights up, and Daivari powers up and out. Darius rolls over the dropdown, keeps moving, and turns hip toss into backslide! TWO, but Darius wrenches to hook and roll for a cover, TWO! Daivari gets up but into an arm-drag! The fans rally, Daivari fights up and pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Daivari RAMS Darius into the corner. Daivari CHPOS, then tags Tony Nese. The Premier Athletes mug Darius, then Nese puts Darius in a corner.

Nese grinds a forearm into Darius’ face, the ref counts, and Nese lets off. Nese runs in, Darius goes up and over to DROPKICK! Darius storms up on Nese, tags Action, and they snapmare to then KICK, basement dropkick, and cover, TWO! Action stays cool but Sterling protests, there’s something in those boots! Action drags Nese up, but Nese pulls hair! Nese puts Action in the corner, smothers him, but lets off as the ref counts. Nese ELBOWS Action, whips corner to corner, but Action goes up and over. Action keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Nese staggers up into a DROPKICK!

The fans fire up and Action runs, IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Daivari coaches Nese, but Action brings Nese up. Nese gets free to throat chop! Nese ROCKS Action, bumps him off buckles then fires body shots! Tag to Karter and he brings Action around. Karter CLUBS Action, suplexes him, and holds him up! But Action slips free! Action waistlocks, Karter switches, but Action slides under, leaps over, tag to Lee! Big Shotty gets around to headlock, but Karter powers up and out. Lee goes up and over, shoots around again, shoves and hurdles, then drops to DROPKICK! Griff runs up, but Lee DROPKICKS him, too!

Nese runs in, Lee dodges and LARIATS! The fans fire up, Lee beats his chest, and he takes aim at everyone on the outside! Sterling freaks out, PLANCHA for Daivari! Lee turns around, Nese CLOBBERS him! Top Flight is kept back by the ref and Nese puts Lee in for Karter to stomp away! Karter drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Griff. They mug Lee, then the Ivy League MVP scoops Lee for SLAM! Cover, ONE, but Griff clamps on a chinlock. The fans rally for “TOP FLIGHT! SHOTTY!” Tag to Nese, he and Griff mug Lee, then Nese CHOPS! Nese taunts Top Flight, but when did Dante grab Karter’s “I <3 Hot Moms” shirt?

Nese fires off on Lee, but Lee fires back! Daivari grabs Lee and Nese DROPKICKS! The ref reprimands but Daivari tags in. The Premier Athletes fires off hands on Lee! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Sterling tells the fans to shut up. Daivari scoops Lee, carries him around, then SLAMS him! Daivari stomps Lee, stays between him and Top Flight, then stomps him. Daivari spins Lee around, stomps him again, and Lee writhes. Tag to Griff, he and Daivari stomp Lee, then Griff shoves Dante! The ref keeps Dante back, Griff brings Lee up and over to his corner. Tag to Daivari, the mugging continues and Lee clutches his ribs.

Daivari snapmares Lee, then KNEES him in the back! Daivari clamps on a chinlock, then grinds Lee into the mat, The fans rally as Lee endures, but Sterling says to shut up! Lee fights up, fires body shots, but Daivari ROCKS him! Lee ROCKS Daivari, repeat! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Lee fires shot after shot, but Daivari blocks the kick! The ENZIGIRI hits! Both men are down, they crawl for the corners, hot tag to Nese! Nese STOMPS Lee first! Nese keeps Lee from Top Flight, taunts the fans, and suplexes, only for Lee to slip free! Lee hits a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Both men are down and the fans fire back up!

Lee crawls, Sterling shouts for Nese to tag out! Hot tags to Griff and Dante! Angel Dorado goes up and over Griff, BLASTS the rest, then he fires off hands on Griff! The fans fire up as Dante hammers away on Griff! Dante roars, drags Griff up and whips, but Griff reverses. Griff runs in, Dante slips out, up and over, then GAMANGIRIS! Dante then goes up and up and springboard CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Dante takes off the shirt, uses it to block Karter’s boot, and LARIATS Karter down! Dante shows off the shirt, and says OLE as Griff runs in! Dante BLASTS Griff, then calls in Top Flight and Lee!

The fans fire up as all four men take aim, Dante and Action build speed, STEREO TOPES AND STEREO PLANCHAS!! Direct hits all around and the fans are thunderous! Dante gets Griff in, spins him and hits the INVERTED GUT WRENCH! Cover, Nese & Daivari break it! Everyone jumps in and it is a brawl! The Premier Athletes TOSS Darius, TOSS Lee, and stomp away on Action! They double whip Action, but he handsprings to DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! Action kips up and nods, but Karter storms up! Karter whips, Action goes to the apron then ROCKS Karter! Action goes up but Karter trips him up!

Action tumbles down, but Dante climbs! Griff runs up, Dante drops back to GAMANGIRI! Dante goes back up, aims, but Sterling gets on the apron! The ref argues with him, and Griff trips Dante up! Griff drags Dante down, Karter goes looking for something! Karter slips a chair into the ring! The chair is wedged into a corner, then Griff & Karter stomp on Dante. But here’s SERPENTICO! He undoes the chair and Sterling is furious! Karter storms out after Serpentico, but now Serpentico has that chair! Karter backs off, Griff turns around into a JUMP KNEE! Dante brings Griff around, half nelson for the SWINGING BOMB! Cover, Top Flight wins!

Winner: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight, by pinfall

Spanish Announce Project get their revenge already tonight as they make sure Maria’s baby boys get nothing! Will Big Shotty and the high-flyers be cruising towards title opportunities?


My Thoughts:

A very nice episode of ROH at just 69 minutes. Good squash wins in the middle of the episode, and very good promo from Athena & Billie to call out Aminata & Velvet, thereby setting up each of those title matches for… Wow, it’s probably gonna be Death Before Dishonor in two months? That’s Tony Khan’s pacing for ya. Great return from injury for Anthony Henry, but I do appreciate they protected SAP’s loss by having Karter & Griff interfere. Great 8 Man Tag main event to also flip things around so that SAP make sure Karter & Griff lose. SAP VS Griff & Karter needs to have its true blowoff once and for all, a ladder match for Serpentico’s mask. Next week can announce it, then the week after that it happens so that both teams move on for the summer.

Great promo from Menard to hype up the really good match between him and Bennett. Great win for Menard, he and Parker are surely getting their shot at the tag titles, but I don’t know if they can wait two months for Death Before Dishonor. They can have the tag title match in a couple weeks, Kingdom cheats to retain, tag title contender build in June to determine challenges for DBD. And great Proving Ground from Kyle and London, but of course Kyle wins. Kyle still has a part to play in this Don Callis story, here’s hoping he stays on Ospreay’s side and they become United Empire in AEW while for whatever reason, Cassidy joins Don Callis.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/22/24)

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A Block Round 7, but B Block Round 6!

It’s a little complicated, but A Block’s going again while B Block’s getting back up. Point is, Best of the Super Juniors 31 is in the home stretch!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Kosei Fujita; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Dragon Dia; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney; Drilla wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS HAYATA; Hayata wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS Ninja Mack; Taiji wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Clark Connors; Despe wins, by disqualification.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS Blake Christian; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS SHO; Sho wins.

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Here are the current A Block standings!

El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-2, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-2, 8 points
Titan: 4-2, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-3, 6 points
HAYATA: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
BUSHI: 2-4, 4 points
TJP: 2-4, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-4, 4 points

 

BREAKING NEWS for Francesco Akira!

As reported by NJPW just yesterday, The Nova Fireball’s knee injury has taken him out of the tournament. The remaining matches he was scheduled to have will now be scored as “loss by forfeit,” and the points have already been awarded. Therefore…

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

KUSHIDA: 4-1, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
SHO: 3-3, 6 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 3-2, 6 points
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points
Ninja Mack: 2-3, 4 points
Dragon Dia: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Kosei Fujita!

El Inmortal is still alive in the block, but the Ichiban Young Punk needs this win! The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but do they still fall short? Or will Fujita ruin Titan’s chances of returning to the finals?

The bell rings, they tie up, then break. They tie up again, Fujita wrenches and wrenches and wristlocks. Titan rolls, kips up, bridges back to handspring again, then he arm-drags free. Fujita runs up into a sweep, cover, ONE! Fujita sweeps to cover, ONE! Titan kips up again and the fans cheer. Titan and Fujita reset, tie up, and Titan trips Fujita. Titan runs, cartwheels over Fujita, then dodges him, Fujita stops himself, Titan runs in but Fujita puts him on the apron. Titan blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI! Titan springboards to CROSSBODY! The fans fire up and Titan DROPKICKS Fujita down!

Fujita bails out, Titan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Young Lions keep Fujita from hitting the front row! Titan clutches his arm, it still beat up from last night. Titan roars and rises up, and the fans rally behind him. Titan drags Fujita up, puts him in the ring, and then covers, TWO! Fujita’s still in this and the fans applaud. Titan stomps Fujita, drags him up, and then fireman’s carries. Fujita fights free, fires a forearm, but Titan gives it back. They go back and forth, the fans rally up, and Fujita kicks low. Fujita throws forearms, but Titan SUPERKICKS! Fujita HEEL KICKS! Fujita runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge!

Titan then CALF KICKS and whips. Fujita reverses to LEG LARIAT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Fujita goes to ropes on one side, Titan goes to the other. Fujita runs in to STRADDLE ATTACK! Fujita keeps moving and he PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Fujita drags Titan up. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips, but Titan blocks. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips him but Titan reverses to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up again and rally as Titan pounds the mat. Titan roars and rises, then drags Fujita around to step through and deathlock! But Fujita rolls it back, slips free, and he hooks Titan up now! CROSS CAMEL!

Titan reaches out, but Fujita gets the arms! QUEEN ANGELITO, but Titan fights to the ROPEBREAK! The fans fire up and Fujita roars! Fujita goes to a corner, aims at Titan and runs in, but Titan BOOTS! Fujita blocks that to ROCK Titan with a forearm! Fujita runs but Titan follows! LOCO LARIAT! The fans fire up and Titan goes to the apron! Titan climbs the corner, DIVING- NO, Fujita avoids the stomps! Titan comes back, but Fujita GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fujita can’t keep the bridge because of the bad arm, but he just deadlifts Titan for another GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging this time, TWO! Titan survives but Fujita isn’t done!

Fujita waistlocks again, deadlifts again, but Titan fights the suplex with elbows! Titan runs, wheelbarrows, then rolls through to get the legs! Deathlock, JAVE INMORTAL!! Fujita endures, but now it’s the STRAITJACKET! Fujita quits, Titan wins!!

Winner: Titan, by submission (gains 2 points; Fujita earns 0)

Titan’s been on a roll with that devastating hold! Will El Inmortal return to the finals and take the trophy home? Will Fujita just have to settle to being a spoiler in these remaining rounds?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Dragon Dia!

The Sniper of the Skies gets free points from Francesco Akira’s misfortune, but the Infinity Carat Diamond is out of luck. Will Dia shift into spoiler mode and ruin things for Robbie? Or will Eagles still fly high towards the top of the block?

The fans rally and duel already, and Eagles tries to figure out who is getting more. The bell rings, the two rush in, but then back off. Eagles has Dia take it easy, and they circle. Eagles gest a leg, trips Dia and rolls to get the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Dia gets the ROPEBREAK, the fans cheer and Eagles slowly lets off. Eagles slaps Dia around, whips but Dia blocks to CHOP! The fans cheer and Dia whips. Eagles blocks now, so Dia CHOPS again! Eagles drops to a knee, but Dia brings him up to whip. Eagles reverses to go up and around an darm-drag! Things speed up. Eagles hurdles but Dia hurdles back.

Dia runs, ducks the boot and tilt-o-whirl arm-drags! Then he DROPKICKS Eagles out! Eagles rewinds and RANAS! Dia runs up but into a WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up, Dia bails out, and the fans rally up! Eagles builds speed but has to stop as Dia slides in! Dia fakes the plancha, mule kicks, then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit but Dia holds onto a knee. Dia shakes it out and fires up as he walks over. The fans applaud and Dia gets Eagles in the ring. Dia hops in, goes up, and aims for D D D- NO, Eagles moves, the leg jams, and then Eagles CHOP BLOCKS! Dia writhes and the fans duel a bit more as Eagles storms over to Dia.

Eagles and the fans get a “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” going! “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” The fans cheer and Eagles brings Dia around to step through and tie up the legs in a deathlock. Eagles then uses Dia as a skateboard! Eagles then SNAP LOCKS, and he lets Dia go. Dia clutches that leg, Eagles scuffs him and eggs him on. Dia CHOPS back, but Eagles eggs him on. Dia CHOPS again, so Eagles DRAGON SLEEPERS! Dia fights up, throws shots from below and gets free. But Eagles dropkicks the bad leg!

The fans rally as Dia crawls but Eagles is on him. Eagles sits Dia up to KICK! And KICK! And KICKS! Dia gets mad, Eagles pie faces and LEG LARIATS! Dia is folded up and the fans fire up. Eagles pounds the mat, the fans clap along, and he goes corner to corner, but Dia dodges the double knees! Dia goes to the apron, GAMANGIRIS, then avoids the low 619! Dia trips Eagles to slingshot TORNILLO SPLASH! The fans fire up and Eagles goes to ropes. Dia runs in to 619! Eagles staggers, Dia runs up to tilt-o-whirl and DEJA VU SPIKE! Eagles falls over, Dia STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up and Dia stands Eagles up. Dia runs, rolls, but no Reptilians here! Eagles rolls Dia to a schoolboy bridge, TWO! RON MILLER- BOOT! Dia is free to SOBAT, but Eagles blocks! Eagles reels Dia in, TURBO- NO, Dia goes up and around, MYSTERIO RANA! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives but Dia goes to the corner! Dia runs back in, rolls and REPTILIAN- NO, Eagles fireman’s carries! But Dia fights it to the REPTILIAN KAI! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and the fans are thunderous! Dia roars, and he goes to the corner! Dia climbs, aims, and D D D D- NO! Eagles stops the 4DT, ties up the legs, and DOUBLE KNEE CRUSHERS!

Eagles SUPERKICKS Dia down, goes out then up, for the 450 onto legs! Dia writhes, Eagles steps through to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Dia flails, reaches out, but Eagles drags him from ropes! Dia TAPS, Eagles wins!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission (gains 2 points; Dia earns 0)

Dia still has the goose egg in his win column after being shot down by The Sniper! Will Dia ever get points on the board? Will Eagles be unstoppable on his rise to the top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

This is truly a make or break moment for Black Mask and Heel Master. Only one man can stay alive in the block, who will do whatever it takes to win?

But as Bushi is introduced, Kanemaru attacks! The fans boo as Kanemaru stomps Bushi on the floor! Kanemaru drags Bushi up, POSTS Him, and Bushi falls in a heap. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, drags him up, puts him in the ring, and the bell rings. Kanemaru whips Bushi then dropkicks Bushi’s legs out. Kanemaru grabs the bad leg to SMASH the knee on the mat! Kanemaru then drags Bushi to the corner, and he SLAMS the leg into the post! The ref reprimands, Bushi flops out of the ring, and the fans rally up. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, leaves him behind, and the fans rally as Bushi sits up.

Bushi wants to get in the ring but Kanemaru is near the ropes. The ref has Kanemaru give Bushi space and Bushi slides in. Kanemaru goes right after Bushi with stomps! Kanemaru takes Bushi’s shirt away then stomps away some more. Kanemaru drags Bushi and drops an elbow on the knee! Kanemaru has the toehold, Bushi endures, and Bushi drags Kanemaru along to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets go at 4. Kanemaru stomps Bushi to a corner, then drags him up. Kanemaru whips corner to cornre but Bushi barely makes it. Kanemaru runs in but Bushi BOOTS him! And then PENDULUM- NO, Kanemaru stops the kicks!

Kanemaru drags Bushi in, whips him again, but Bushi holds ropes. Kanemaru runs in, Bushi puts him on the apron! Bushi dropkicks the legs out! The fans rally and Bushi WRECKS Kanemaru with another dropkick! The fans rally again, Bushi builds speed, but Kanemaru’s back to dropkick the legs out! Bushi bails out, Kanemaru pursues and he grabs the bad leg. Kanemaru SMASHES the knee on the floor! Kanemaru leaves Bushi behind and the ring count begins. Bushi is still down at 5 of 20, sits up at 8, and rises up at 11. Bushi shakes out the bad leg, hobbles around at 16, and slides in at 18! Kanemaru dropkicks the leg agian!

Kanemaru drags Bushi around, steps through, but Bushi kicks him away! Kanemaru kicks again but Bushi blocks, CLUBS the leg, then dropkicks it out! Bushi gets his own leg moving, runs, but Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Bushi moves him aside, Kanemaru blocks the kick! Kanemaru ducks the enzigiri, but not the REWIND HEEL! The fans fire up as Bushi runs up again. CODE- NO, Kanemaru stops the Code Breaker, and then THROWS Bushi at the ref! Kanemaru gets the leg and he SMASHES the knee! The fans boo but Kanemaru goes for his whiskey! Kanemaru doesn’t bother with a sip, he just takes aim! BOTTLE SMASH to the leg!

Kanemaru steps through, but gets BLACK MIST!! Kanemaru staggers around blind, and Bushi goes up! M X!! Cover, BUSHI WINS!

Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

The Black Mask gets the better of the Heel Master, and now Kanemaru is DONE! With no chance at a top spot, will Kanemaru just have to settle for being a spoiler? Can Bushi make that dark horse run at the top a reality?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney!

The Timesplitter leads the block, but time could be running out. Plus, 44 Caliber is aiming for the kill, will he hit the mark? Or can Kushida avoid disaster and head Back to the Future?

Kushida’s on the corner for his introduction, but Drilla rushes him! Kushida jumps up an dover, rolls through and then dodges Drilla’s boot! Drilla fires haymakers, but so does Kushida! Kushida whips, Drilla reverses, and the bell rings right before Kushida FLYING FOREARMS Drilla! The fans are all fired up as Kushida dumps Drilla out, then runs. Drilla avoids the baseball slide, but Kushida keeps him from sliding away. Drilla keeps Kushida from sliding in, and spins him around, for a DRAPING DDT to the floor! The ref reprimands then checks Kushida. The fans rally up, Drilla finally takes his own vest off, and he looms over Kushida.

The ref wants this in the ring, Drilla mocks Kushida checking his watch, and Drilla leaves Kushida behind. Kushida grits his teeth as he clutches a shoulder, and the ring count climbs. Drilla paces, a wild dog behind the fence as it were. Kushida is still down at 10 of 20, even Drilla dares Kushida to get up. Kushida rises at 15 and slides in at 16. Drilla drags Kushida up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Kushida is still in this and the fans applaud. Drilla digs a boot into Kushida’s neck and shoulder, and he pulls on Kushida’s head! The ref counts as Drilla claws at Kushida’s eyes! Drilla lets go at 4, and Kushida crawls.

Drilla stalks Kushida, drags him up and CLUBS him on the neck! Drilla stalks Kushida around, then CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts, Drilla lets off at 4, and Drilla backs the ref down to a corner. Drilla then goes back for Kushida, drags him up and hooks him up for a chinbar style abdominal stretch! Kushida endures, pries free and throws elbows. Kushida kicks but Drilla dodges! Drilla drops down for a headlock but Kushida headscissors for the cradle! TWO!! Drilla CLOBBERS Kushida! Kushida bails out, finally takes his own vest off, but Drilla is there to RAM him into the apron! Drilla UPPERCUTS Kushida, then follows him around the corner.

Drilla storms up on Kushida, UPPERCUTS again, but Kushida gets in Drilla’s face now. Drilla CHOPS, then KICKS, then he clamps on that chinbar! Kushida endures, the ref reprimands, and Drilla ELBOWS Kushida down. Drilla leaves Kushida behind again and demands a ring count. The count begins, Kushida stands at 3 and slides in at 4. The fans rally up but Drilla ROCKS Kushida with a right. Drilla mocks Kushida, Kushida snarls but Drilla fires more forearms! The fans rally, Kushida storms back up and fires forearms of his own! They go back and forth, Drilla pie faces Kushida, so Kushida fires a flurry!

But Drilla gets under, spins Kushida, but Kushida ducks to then get the arm! Drilla steps over and ENZIGIRIS! But the FASTBALL hits back! The fans fire up for the Masahiro Tanaka and we’re at the five minute mark. Kushida STOMPS Drilla’s hands! Kushida eggs Drilla on, baits him into an ELBOW, then goes up to QUEBRADA! Kushida then hurries back up, for a MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Drilla’s tough and the fans rally up, but Kushida clamps onto the fingers! Drilla breaks free but Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Drilla falls and goes to a corner while the fans fire up again. Kushida powers up, runs in, and SHOTEIS!

Kushida puts Drilla up top, climbs, but Drilla slips under! CHOP to the leg! Drilla then drags Kushida off the corner into DRILLA- NO, Kushida slips free! But Drilla ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, TWO! Kushida leaps on, but Drilla pushes the Hoverboard away. Kushida comes back to RAM that bad arm! Then he jumps on, HOVER- NO, SPINEBUSTER! And DOUBLE STOMP ELBOW DROP COMBO! Kushida flounders out of the ring and Drilla pursues. Kushida still wants the arm, but Drilla RAMS him into the apron! Drilla follows Kushida to the corner and grabs for him, but Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post first!

Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post again, and then goes up the corner! Kushida pulls Drilla’s arm into the crossbar! The ref counts, Kushida lets go, and Drilla drops back. The ring count starts, the fans rally, but both men are still outside at 10. Drilla drags himself up but the bad arm lets go of the ropes! Kushida is in at 15, Drilla rises at 17! Drilla shakes out the bad arm, and rolls in at 19! Kushida PENALTY KICKS the bad arm! Kushida whips then hip tosses! Cartwheel and DROPKICK! Drilla staggers, Kushida gest the arm, KIMURA! Drilla endures, fights up, but now it’s the HOVERBOARD!! Drilla flails, reaches out, tries to stack, TWO!!

Kushida lets Drilla go and Drilla CHOPS! Kushida PELES! Drilla wobbles, Kushida whips, but Drilla reverses. Kushida handsprings but into DRILLA KILLA!! Cover, DRILLA WINS!!

Winner: “Drilla” Moloney, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kushida earns 0)

Kushida tried to make Drilla into a one-armed man, but it wasn’t enough to stop him! Is Kushida’s comeback running out of time? Will the Best of the Super Juniors end up being an Abunai Gaijin?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS HAYATA!

The Jet is squarely in the middle of the block right alongside the GHC National Champion. But will Knight be able to take flight? Or will he be left in the Silence of Darkness?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They slowly circle, Hayata avoids Knight’s leg pick, and the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Knight wrenches then wristlocks. Hayata wrenches back, but Knight rolls handsprings, and wrenches gain. Knight snapmares then drops a knee on the arm! The fans cheer and Knight keeps on the armlock. Knight brings Hayata up, wrenches again, then cording holds. Hayata slips through, wrenches, but Knight slips through to headlock for the takeover. Hayata headscissors, Knight kips free and the fans cheer. The two reset, circle, and they tie up.

Hayata trips Knight, things speed up, and Knight hurdles, hurdles, then follows. Hayata sidesteps but Knight goes up and over. Knight then arm-drags Hayata, arm-drags again, then runs up and springboards to FLYING arm-drag! The fans fire up and Hayata bails out. Knight aims, but has to stop the plancha as Hayata moves aside. Knight lands on the apron, jumps again, but Hayata YANKS him down! The fans cheer and rally up while Hayata shakes out the arms. Hayata brings Knight up, POSTS him, then brings him back up. Hayata headlocks Knight, brings him around and POSTS him again! The fans are torn but Hayata stalks Knight.

The ring count starts, Hayata drags Knight up at 5 of 20, then into the ring at 7. The fans applaud, and Hayata stalks Knight more. Hayata stomps Knight, CLUBS him, then snapamres. Hayata runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this, the fans rally, but Hayata clamps on with a headlock. Hayata grinds Knight down but Knight endures. The fans rally as Knight fights up, only for Hayata to wrangle him back down! Knight pries at the hold, fights up, and throws body shots. Hayata CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands but Hayata whips Knight to ropes. Knight hurdles over the lariat to then PELE! The fans fire up while both men are down!

Knight crawls to a corner as the fans rally. Knight runs back in at Hayata, to STINGER SPLASH! Then a whip and DROPKICK! Hayata bails out again, and the fans fire up as Knight kips up! Knight builds speed, slides as Hayata moves, then goes to the corner for the PLANCHA! Direct hit and Knight shouts “TSUYOI~!” The fans cheer and even high-five Knight, and he gets Hayata up and in the ring. Knight aims, springboards, but Hayata dodges! Knight comes back, to SKY 2 HIGH! Cover, TWO! Hayata survives and the fans fire up again! Knight watches Hayata stir and the fans rally. Knight runs up, SATELLITE- NO, Hayata stops the DDT!

Knight kicks, whips, but Hayata reverses to arm-drag! And atomic drop! Hayata runs and BULLDOGS Knight down! The fans still rally, Hayata BASEMENT ENZIGIRIS! Cover, TWO! Knight survives and the fans cheer! Hayata gets annoyed but he and Knight slowly rise. Hayata goes to a corner, runs back in and SHOTGUNS Knight into the other corner! Knight slumps down and the fans rally up! Hayata brings Knight in, TORNADO- NO, Knight stops the DDT to put Hayata on the corner! CHOP and UPPER ROOM! Hayata writhes and the fans fire up! Knight gets Hayata up, fireman’s carries, but Hayata slips free to cradle! TWO!!

Hayata dodges Knight to slip around, sunset, then Oklahoma! TWO and Knight cradles, TWO!! Hayata escapes, Knight feints the superkick to ROUNDHOUSE! Knight resets, Hayata rises, and Knight runs up to SATELLITE- NO, still no DDT! Hayata gets Knight around for the 403 IMPACT!! Cover, Hayata wins!

Winner: Hayata, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Knight earns 0)

Both Jet Setters get grounded in the same round! Will all flights to the semifinals be grounded? Will the GHC National Champion prove he is the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS Ninja Mack!

Francesco Akira’s withdrawal ended up giving points to Hiromu, Douki, Eagles & Sho, and that ended up bumping The Bone Soldier down a couple spots! Will he take his frustrations out on the American Shinobi? Or will the Mack Attack only add to his misery?

The bell rings, Mack offers a handshake, but Taiji kicks it away. They tie up, go around, Mack goes for a leg but Taiji holds it off. They reset, feel things out, and clinch. They end up on ropes and the ref calls the break. Mack lets off clean and the fans applaud. The two reset and tie up again, and Taiji headlocks. Mack powers up to put Taiji on ropes then power out of the hold. Taiji runs Mack over and fans applaud. Things speed up, Mack drops then hurdles, but Taiji leaps over. Mack stands and strikes his fighting stance! Then finger gun to taunt Taiji! Taiji runs in, but into a drop toehold and LION’S BARRAGE!

Mack aims, Taiji avoids the falling chop, but then Mack FALLING CHOPS again! Taiji bails out, Mack builds speed and the fans rally for the handspring, but Taiji gets in to leap up, REVERSE SHOT! Mack bails out and Taiji builds speed to go up and GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Mack and the fans fire up! The ref checks Mack, and Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club Special is in effect, and Taiji goes out after Mack. Taiji CLUBS Mack, but Mack throws body shots. Taiji throws a body shot, then he POSTS Mack! The fans fire up and Taiji stalks Mack. Taiji puts Mack in the ring, covers, ONE!

The fans rally as Mack stays in this, but Taiji stays on him with a COBRA CLUTCH! Mack endures, fights up, and the fans rally. But Taiji wrangles Mack into an almost Koji Klutch variation! Mack scrambles and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and the ref counts, Taiji lets go at 4. Mack sputters but Taiji brings him up to wrench and POST in the open corner! The ref reprimands but Taiji hammerlocks and scoops, for a SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mack is still in this and the fans cheer. Taiji goes to the corner, takes aim, and the fans rally again. Taiji runs up, but Mack ELBOWs, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS!

Mack CHOPS and CHOPS more, then fires up, but Taiji ELBOWS him! And CHOPS! And ripcords, tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! And then BONE LOCK!! Mack flails, reaches out, and the fans rally! Mack claws his way to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Taiji lets off in frustration, and he stalks Mack. Mack throws a body shot but Taiji CLUBS him. Taiji whips, Mack blocks, but that hurts Mack’s arm! Taiji stomps Mack, whips, but Mack reverses and SNAP GERMANS! Taiji stands up into the SUPERKICK! Taiji bails out, Mack builds speed! The fans fire up for the SASUKE SPECIAL! Direct hit and the fans fire up again!

Mack drags Taiji up, puts him in as the ring count climbs, and the fans cheer. Cover, ONE!! Taiji is tougher than that and now he’s mad! But Mack KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Taiji goes to ropes, Mack KICKS more and more! But Taiji blocks one! Mack swings hands but Taiji ducks them to CLUB the leg. Taiji whips, Mack reverses again and SCREW HIGH KICKS! Mack crawls to a cover, TWO! Taiji is still in this but Mack hurries to CHOP him! Mack says BANG then he goes up the corner! Mack’s up top, for the NINJA- FLOP!! Taiji avoids the senton and clamps on the BONE LOCK!! Mack scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away from ropes!

Taiji hauls Mack up, for BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Mack earns 0)

Taiji just proved you don’t bring a ninja to a gun fight! Will all of the BOSJ be reborn? Can Mack keep from falling off before the end?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Clark Connors!

The Rogue Luchador has won two main events in a row, but he’s still only on par with 100 Proof. Desperado wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors so badly, he can almost taste it, but will there be No Chaser to go with it? Or can he make it three in a row overall to head for the top?

Connors isn’t playing around, he’s brought chairs with him to the ring! He takes a seat while waiting on Despe’s entrance, then he pushes the ref aside so he can send one over to Despe. The ref says no, this isn’t that kind of match, but Connors wants a shootout with Desperado. Despe keeps the ref from taking the chair, and says if that’s what Connors wants… Despe picks the chair up, the ref says no, this won’t be a match then! Connors and Despe swing! They clash, clash and CLASH! Both men drop the chairs from the recoil, and now the bell rings! The fists start flying and the fans fire up! Despe knees low, CLUBS Connors, then runs, but into a THESZ PRESS!

Connors rains down fists, but Despe turns it around to give it back! Connors CHOKES Despe from below, the ref reprimands, and Connors knees low at 4. Connors runs but Despe follows to ELBOW! Despe runs but Connors goes the other way! JEEP FLIPPER! Despe tumbles out of the ring, Connors goes out after him. Connors stomps Despe, drags him up, and UPPERCUTS! Connors SMACKS Desep off the apron, but Despe CHOPS him in return. Despe CHOPS again, Connors staggers into the crowd and ends up sitting on a woman’s lap! Despe storms up and Young Lions hurry in, Despe ROCKS Connors!

Connors staggers along, fans move aside, and Connors sits in a chair. Despe throws hands but Connors hits back! The Young Lions keep fans back as Connors whips Despe into the back wall! Connors CLUBS Despe, and now they move through the back of the crowd! Connors CHOPS, Despe hits back, but we can’t see too well because the cameramen can’t follow! They’re continuing along, and a cameraman is there as Connors sends Despe into the corner wall! Then Connors grabs a spare railing and THROWS it at Despe! The ref reprimands, Despe UPPERCUTS Connors, and Connors staggers down an aisle.

Connors topples some railings over then he stumbles into an open chair. The fans move aside, Connors kicks Despe, then ROCKS him! Despe ROCKS Connors back, and then Despe SMACKS Connors off a fan’s chair! The Young Lions usher the fans out of the way, and Despe brings Connors up, but Connors RAMS Despe into the apron! The ref finally starts a ring count, but Connors SMACKS Despe off the timekeeper’s table! We reach 10 of 20, Connors ROCKS Despe, then throws him in the ring. The fans applaud as Connors follows, but then Despe bails out the side. The fans fire up as Despe wants to keep fighting outside!

Connors shoves the ref aside, goes out after Despe, but Despe throws body shots! Despe CLUBS Connors, whips him, but Connors reverses to POST Despe! The fans fire up and Connors goes around the way. Connors grabs the chair from earlier, brings it over, and he takes aim! He SMACKS Despe on the back! The ref reprimands but Connors argues with him. Connors drags Despe up, brings him around, and headlock punches! Connors tells fans to move and the Young Lions hurry to get them out of the way! Connors brings Despe up and whips, but Despe reverses! FLAPJACK off the apron! But now Despe wants to go bowling!

Despe whips Connors and STRIKE! Right into the middle of the crowd! The fans fire up with Despe, but then Connors SPEARS! Both men are down and the fans fire up more! Connors rises first as the fans rally, and he snarls as he pulls up floor mats! Connors goes back for Despe, CLUBS him, then drags him up. The ref reprimands and says not to, but Connors reels Despe in. But Despe fights the suplex! The fans rally but Connors suplexes! Despe slips free! Now Despe BACK- NO, Connors fights off the back suplex with fists! Despe runs up, but into a SNAP POWERSLAM! Luckily for Despe, it was to the floor mats that were nearby!

Connors snarls as he rises up, storms his way over to Despe, and drags him back up. Connors CLUBS Despe, then snarls at the fans. He clears one of the spare commentary tables! Fans move aside and the ref reprimands, but Connors hauls Despe up. Despe throws body shots but Connors ROCKS him! Connors reels Despe in, throws up the Too Sweet, and lifts Despe to POWERBOMB him through the table!! The fans are thunderous while the ref checks on Despe. Connors roars and beats his chest and the fans fire up again. The ref reprimands Connors but he just looms over Despe. Connors drags Despe up and puts him in the ring.

The fans applaud and Connors slowly rolls in. Connors pushes Despe to a cover but the ref refuses after all the shenanigans! Connors glares at the ref, but the ref shoves Connors! The fans fire up for the ref, but Connors grabs him by the shirt! The ref warns Connors, Connors says he’s lucky he’s a ref! But Despe runs up to LARIAT Connors and himself outta the ring! The fans fire up and both men spot the chair! They both scramble over, Connors grabs the chair but Despe stands on Connors’ hand! The fans cheer and Despe ROCKS Connors! Then Despe grabs the chair to SMACK Connors on the back!

The fans fire up and Connors writhes, but Despe goes to get another chair! The ref reprimands. but then Despe JAMS Connors with the new chair! Despe wants fans to move aside again, then he puts the old chair on Connors’ face! Despe grabs his new chair, CON-CHAIR-TO, Despe Remix!! Connors sputters and then feels the pain in his nose! Despe stalks Connors, taunts him, drags him back up, and puts him in the ring. Despe grabs the chair and brings it in again, but the ref says no. Despe and the ref argue, and the ref takes the chair from Despe. SPEAR!! Connors gets Despe again and he drags Despe back up!

Connors reels Despe in, serves it up, NO CHASE- NO, Despe fights No Chaser, wrenches out, and LOCO MONO!! Connors wobbles, Despe reels him in, underhooks and PINCHE- NO, Connors fights free to wrench and short arm LARIAT! The fans are thunderous and Connors goes to a corner! Connors aims, barks, runs in, SPEAR!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Despe survives and shocks Connors! The fans are thunderous but Connors rains down fists! The ref reprimands as Connors hammers away! Despe punches back but Connors traps those arms to just throw down fists! The ref wants Connors to stop but Connors shoves him away!

Connors checks Despe, he seems pretty out of it. Connors drags Despe up, reels him in, and NO CHASER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Despe survives and the fans are thunderous! Connors is stunned, and then Despe flips him off! Connors rains down more fists of fury! The ref tries but Connors shoves the ref aside again! The ref counts, Connors won’t stop! THE REF CALLS IT!! DESPE WINS!

Winner: El Desperado, by disqualification (gains 2 points; Connors earns 0)

Connors’ rage costs him! He wouldn’t listen, and now Desperado comes away with the points! Connors is mad with Marty Asami, so he SPEARS Marty Asami down!!! Then he TOSSES Young Lions aside! Then he gives one a GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans boo but Connors shows no remorse as he’s the one standing tall. Then he SNATCHES Desperado’s mask!! Then he SLAPS Desperado on the face! Connors then drags Despe out of the ring, stands on his head, and taunts the fans. Connors grabs a piece of the broken table, SLAPS a Young Lion aside, then looms over Despe. Connors sits Despe up, and SMACKS him in the head with the wood!

Connors flips Despe off then throws up the Too Sweet. Connors may have lost this round, but he has Despe’s mask as his trophy. Will Connors be unstoppable in these remaining rounds? Taichi gets off commentary to help his old friend, but will The Rogue Luchador even be able to continue at this point?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS Blake Christian!

This is a tale of two tides turning. Being on the hotseat lit a fire under The Public Enemy while All Heat has cooled off. Can TJP keep this historic comeback going? Or will the GCW Champion end the Cinderella story right here?

Blake mockingly puts up the crown, but TJP throws his shirt to the crowd as a free souvenir. TJP tells Blake to stop the crown, he’s not United Empire. The bell rings and the fans rally up. They circle, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. Blake goes for the arms but TJP headlocks. TJP wrenches, Blake rolls and cartwheels, then slips through to wrench back. Blake snapmares to chinlock but TJP slips right out to wristlock. The fans cheer the exchange, and Blake wrenches back. Blake wristlocks but TJP stays on his feet. Blake wrenches again, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, and drops to TWIST SCISSORS, but Blake handsprings through!

The fans cheer and Blake smirks as he taunts the crown. TJP kicks low, whips, but Blake reverses. TJP handsprings over the dropdown then sidesteps, but Blake handsprings over the back drop! Blake whips, TJP RANAS, but Blake handsprings through! The fans cheer this exchange and Blake again mocks the crown. TJP runs up but Blake kicks low. Blake whips, TJP goes up, comes back, mule kicks, then bumps Blake off buckles. TJP throws knees, then he pushes Blake down. The fans fire up as TJP scrubs Blake’s face! But then Blake bails out and the fans boo. TJP smirks as Blake doesn’t want to be washed clean.

Blake mocks the fans cheering him and TJP on, then paces as the ring count climbs. Blake returns at 9 of 20, he and TJP circle and feel things out. They knuckle lock, then TJP rolls to trip Blake. TJP turns Blake over, hooks up the legs, and the fans rally as TJP messes with Blake’s hair. TJP grabs Blake’s arms to pull, pull and pull Blake into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Blake endures and the fans fire up! TJP brings Blake back for the ROMERO BRIDGE, but it’s a double cover? TWO as TJP lets Blake go! TJP double checks with Red Shoes while Blake goes to a corner. TJP accepts Red Shoes’ reasoning and runs in at Blake.

TJP blocks the boot but not the ENZIGIRI! Blake rolls back, TJP avoids his Pele and kicks low. TJP whips, Blake reverses but TJP goes Spiderman. Blake runs up, TJP ROCKS him, but Blake jumps up as TJP rams in! GUILLOTINE SPLASH! TJP flops to the floor, Blake builds speed and fans fire up for the FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and down goes TJP! Blake walks it off, then mocks the fans clapping. Blake flips them off, the fans boo, and Blake goes back for TJP. Red Shoes checks TJP, TJP clutches his side but seems otherwise okay. Blake puts TJP in, follows, but now it might be TJP’s arm that’s bothering him.

Red Shoes has Blake stay back so he can check TJP. That arm is really bothering TJP, so Blake shoves Red Shoes aside to RAM TJP into a corner! Blake wrenches the arm, hits an ELBOW BREAKER, then hits another ELBOW BREAKER! TJP drops back to a corner, Blake wraps the bad arm around ropes! Red Shoes counts, Blake YANKS the arm, and TJP staggers away. TJP leans on Red Shoes a moment, but Blake rolls under to then PELE the arm! TJP clutches the elbow as he drops to his knees but Blake smirks. Blake grabs the bad arm, hammerlocks it while he has TJP down, and then he drives his knee into the arm again and again!

Blake lets off, TJP clutches the arm, and Blake mocks the fans rallying for TJP. Blake then isolates the arm to drop a leg on it! Blake wrenches but TJP throws body shots. TJP ELBOWS free, Blake ends up in a corner, but Blake dodges TJP to then BOOT him! TJP flops over, Blake covers, TWO! The fans rally up but Blake puts on a body scissors! Blake grabs the bad arm, hammerlocks it and puts a lot of pressure on the hold. Blake then rolls things to a cover, TWO! Blake still has TJP’s arm, steps over, and claps with TJP’s hand. Blake makes TJP flip the fans off, then he BITES that finger! Red Shoes reprimands and Blake lets off.

Blake mocks the fans more, grabs TJP’s arms, and pulls back on a motorcycle stretch. TJP endures, the fans rally, and TJP fights up. TJP moves around, and flip kicks Blake away! Blake comes back, TJP ROUNDHOUSES! But Blake PELES! TJP goes to a corner, Blake runs up, but TJP goes up and over to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! TJP rises up, storms up on Blake, and atomic drops! WHEEL KICK! Blake staggers to a corner, TJP whips corner to corner hard! TJP runs in to ELBOW! Blake sits down, and now TJP scrubs his face! The fans rally up and TJP goes side to side, BOOT WASH!

The fans cheer and want it again! TJP obliges, and he scrubs Blake more! TJP runs side to side for the second BOOT WASH! The fans fire up and TJP waits on Blake. Blake staggers up, TJP kicks low and reels him in. “ICHI!” Half Hatch! “NI!” Half Hatch! “SAN!” The hattrick is complete and the fans fire up! TJP goes up the corner, aims, MAMBA- NO, TJP has to bail out as Blake moves! Blake wheelbarrows, somersaults and SPLASH! Blake goes to the corner, takes aim, and he somersaults for the ARMBAR DDT! FUJIWARA ARMBAR! TJP endures, the fans fire up and TJP moves around! TJP rolls, but Blake wrenches!

Blake tries to wrangle TJP but TJP uses that to get Blake down! TJP has the stepover, but Blake fights forward! TJP still gets the arm for the PINOY STRETCH! Blake BITES TJP’s hand! Red Shoes reprimands but then Blake has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go one way or another, and Blake goes to the apron. TJP crawls out after Blake and the fans rally up. Blake stands, TJP ROCKS him with a forearm! Blake ROCKS TJP back! TJP and Blake trade haymakers, then TJP CHOPS! Blake kicks, TJP blocks but Blake ENZIGIRIS! Blake reels TJP in to WRING the arm into the apron! Blake gets back up, slashes his throat, and he drags TJP up!

Blake reels TJP in but TJP fights the lift! TJP then Alabama Lifts but Blake fights it! Blake BOOTS, but TJP BOOTS back! TJP grabs for an arm but Blake steps over and STUNNERS! TJP flops into the ring, and Blake takes aim. The fans fire up as Blake springboards, and TJP anchors him! Fireman’s carry, DETONATION KICK! Cover, TWO!! Blake survives but the fans rally for “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP aims, runs up, ONE BY- NO, Blake ducks! And ROUNDHOUSES! TJP JUMP SOBATS! Blake kips up to SUPERKICK! Both men fall and the fans are thunderous! The fans rally again and both men slowly sit up.

Blake finds TJP, throws a forearm, but TJP gives it back. Blake throws another, so TJP gives it back. They stand, and Blake fires a haymaker! TJP fires one back! Blake fires another haymaker, but TJP KICKS Blake’s leg! Blake KICKS TJP’s arm! TJP KICKS Blake’s leg again! Blake KICKS TJP’s arm again! TJP fires off a flurry of kicks, but Blake JUMP KNEES! Blake runs up but into a SUPERKICK! Blake swings, into the FINAL CUT! TJP aims from the corner! ONE BY- SPANISH FLY!! Blake roars and aims from the corner! STEP-UP STOMPS!! Cover, TWO?!? TJP survives and the fans are thunderous again!

Blake storms his way to the apron and slashes his throat. Blake springboards, 450- CUTTER!! ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO?!!? But TJP won’t stop there, he goes up a corner! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, TJP WINS!

Winner: TJP, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Blake earns 0)

That was a fiery battle, but TJP wins not just for him but for Francesco Akira! Will the Public Enemy conquer this tournament for The United Empire? Is Blake’s heat about to go cold?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS SHO!

This one’s gonna be good! It was Wrestling Satsuma no Kuni when Japones Del Mal got his shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, only for the Murder Machine to cheat him out of it. But now, Douki is ahead in the block and could do some serious damage with a win here! Will Douki earn both points and a golden ticket tonight? Or will Sho stack the deck so high it’ll reach the sky?

Wait, Sho is running out here from the exit side while Douki’s music is playing? Sho drops off his stuff and then grabs a chair so he can then wait by the tunnel! But where’s Douki? Sho peeks through the curtain, nothing. Douki is running in from the exit and he CLOBBERS Sho from behind! The fans cheer as Douki gets the better of Sho! Douki drags Sho up, brings him to ringside, and POSTS him! The fans cheer more but Red Shoes reprimands. Douki drags Sho up and puts him in the ring. The bell rings, Douki storms in and he stomps Sho around. Douki drags Sho up again to whip to ropes. Sho reverses but Douki arm-drags!

Douki runs, arm-drags again, but Sho gets mad! Sho swings, Douki dodges, and Douki tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Sho tumbles out, Douki builds speed, and Douki WRECKS Katsuya Murashima! Sho used the Young Lion as a shield! Sho then RAMS Douki into the apron! Sho snarls, drags Murashima up, and puts Murashima in the ring? Red Shoes hurries to usher the Young Lion out, but Sho grabs the bell hammer! Sho HAMMERS Douki, HAMMERS him again, then digs the hammer into Douki’s ribs! Red Shoes finally sees, Sho stops, and Sho drags Douki up to bring around the way. Sho RAMS Douki into the apron!

Sho storms off to the back corner, and pushes through an exit, to bring a dumpster in!? Sho laughs as he then goes to fetch “the trash.” Sho stomps Douki, brings him over to the dumpster, and then knees low into Douki’s ribs. Sho scoops and DUMPS Douki into the dumpster! The fans boo but Sho leaves him behind. The ring count starts while fans rally up. Sho talks trash, the ring count is 10 of 20, an Douki’s still stuck! Douki drags himself up and out of the dumpster, but we’re already at 17! 18! Douki slides in at 19.9! The fans cheer but Sho digs his boots into Douki! Sho scrapes Douki to the apron, pulls a sleeve off a crossbar, then pulls Douki onto the bar!

Red Shoes reprimands Sho while Douki suffers, but Sho pulls harder! Red Shoes counts and Sho lets off at 4. Sho storms in to stomp Douki and talks trash. Sho drags Douki up but Douki fires forearms! Sho kicks low, then he suplexes Douki to hang him out to dry! Sho climbs up onto Douki, then drags him off the ropes in a Canadian Rack. GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Sho is upset so he stands on Douki and pulls on the arms! Douki endures, the fans rally, but then Sho shifts to clamp on the inverted straitjacket! Douki endures, so Sho shifts to dig heels into ribs, and pulls on an arm and leg! Douki endures again, fights around, but Sho pulls!

Douki still fights with his free leg, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Red Shoes counts, and Sho lets off. Sho stands on Douki, digs his heel in, but steps away to bring Douki up. Sho whips corner to corner, runs in, and RAMS into Douki! Sho then hauls Douki up onto the top rope, CLUBS him again and again, then goes corner to corner. Sho runs up to TOP SHELF KNEE! Douki falls, Sho covers, TWO! Douki is still in this and the fans fire up! Sho paces around Douki, talks trash, and digs his heels in again. Douki pushes Sho away, fires up and fires off forearms! Douki runs, but Sho kitchen sink knees! Sho drags Douki up, whips, and kitchen sink knees again!

Sho taunts Douki while the fans rally, and Sho whips Douki again. But Douki turns kitchen sink into roll up, TWO! Sho runs up to kick low! Sho runs but Douki FLYING HEADBUTTS! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Douki and Sho go to corners, and then Douki runs in. Douki ELBOWS Sho, runs, but Sho dodges! Douki still hip tosses, RAMS, then springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Sho bails out, Douki builds speed to WRECK Sho with the dropkick! The fans fire up, Douki stalks Sho, then he drags Sho up to headlock. Douki brings Sho to the dumpster! Sho fights free, reels Douki in, and lifts, but Douki fights the bomb!

Sho tries again but Douki throws hands! Douki RANAS Sho into the dumpster! The fans fire up and Sho struggles to get out of the mess! Douki rises and the fans cheer as he leaves Sho behind. Sho flounders out of the dumpster covered in paper and plastic. Sho throws that away, we’re at 12 of 20! Sho staggers his way over and slides in at 16! But Douki dodges him to then DDT! Cover, TWO! Sho stays in this but Douki stays on him with a Gory Especial! Sho fights free by bending fingers! Sho then CLUBS the arm, but Douki blocks the kick! Douki spins Sho back into the Gory Especial, for the DODON NO JUTSU!! Backslide cover, TWO!

The fans rally, Douki goes to the apron, and he takes aim as Sho rises. DAY- NO, Sho uses Red Shoes as as shield! Then he SPEARS! Both men are down again and the fans rally for Douki. Sho shakes his head, aims his bow, and he drags Douki up. Sho reels Douki in, double pump handle, but Douki flips through to ITALIAN STRETCH #32! But Sho steps on Douki’s neck! Douki lets go, Sho reels him in, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up but Sho shakes his head. Sho calls his shot again, and he drags Douki up. Sho reels Douki in for a Canadian Rack, but Douki fights free of that! ITALIAN STRETCH!!

Sho endures, moves around, reaches out, but Douki rolls him away from ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH!! Sho endures again, kicks at Douki, steps on him again, but Douki pulls on the hold! Sho falls over and the fans fire up! Red Shoes checks Sho, Sho sputters, and someone rings the bell! YUJIRO TAKAHASHI!! Not this trick again! Taichi storms off of commentary, but Yujiro PIMP CANE SHOTS Taichi down! The fans boo but Sho keeps Red Shoes from seeing Yujiro get in the ring. Douki dodges Yujiro to then DROPKICK him out! But Sho sneaks up to LOW BLOW! Roll up, with tights! TWO!! Sho is furious but Douki survives!

Sho storms over to his ring, grabs his IWGP Junior Heavyweight title, but Red Shoes says don’t try it! Sho gives the belt over, but then he throws Douki into Red Shoes! Down goes the ref and the fans boo! Sho laughs and he goes for his Torture Tool! The fans boo but Douki has his PIPE! The fans fire up and Sho freaks out! They stand off, Sho takes a swing but Douki blocks! Douki powers Sho back, takes a swing, but Sho goes low! Sho grins, winds up, but Douki gets around! LOW BLOW!! Sho suffers a taste of his own medicine! The fans fire up as Douki now has his pipe! Douki uses the pipe to CHOKE Sho, then turn him for a Gory Especial! METAL DODON NO JUTSU!!

The fans fire up as Douki now calls for Red Shoes. Red Shoes returns, none the wiser, and Douki fires up! Douki drags Sho up, torture racks, and swings Sho for the MARISHITE! Cover, YUJIRO YANKS RED SHOES OUT!! The fans boo as Tokyo Pimp just won’t go away! Yujiro sneaks up on Douki, CANE SHOT! Taichi is up but Yujiro BOOTS him down! Yujiro sits Douki up for PIMP JUICE! Yujiro helps Sho crawl to the cover, then Yujiro fetches Red Shoes! Red Shoes sees the cover and counts, TWO?!?! Douki lives and the fans are thunderous! And Taichi throws Yujiro into the ring! Red Shoes is confused, but Taichi storms around.

Taichi takes a chair from a fan, threatens Yujiro, but Red Shoes stands in the way. Taichi drops the chair, pushes Red Shoes aside, and he blocks Yujiro’s kick! LOW BLOW!! And no problems since Yujiro isn’t in the match! Taichi then runs to AX BOMBER!! The fans fire up and Taichi calls to Douki! Douki rises while Taichi drags Yujiro out of the ring and away from ringside! The fans cheer as things are 1v1 again, and Douki aims from the apron. Sho flounders about, rises up, but runs up! Douki RAMS into Sho, then slingshots for DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki just fires up! The fans are with Douki as he rises!

Douki wheelbarrows Sho, full nelsons, SUPLEX DE LA- NO, Sho fights free and throws elbows! Sho runs up, but Douki blocks the kick! But wait, it really hurt! What’s in Sho’s boot?! Sho KICKS Douki again!! Douki writhes and clutches ribs, but Sho aims from a corner! Sho PUNTS Douki in the side!! Cover, TWO?!?! Douki survives, even with Sho’s clearly loaded boot! Sho drags Douki up and reels him in as we reach 20 minutes! Gut wrench, Canadian Rack, PIMP SLAM!! Cover, SHO WINS!

Winner: Sho, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

Surprise, surprise, all this cheating helps Sho win! Sho needs an icepack for his leg, because he loaded his kick pad with a big piece of metal! Will Douki ever get one over on this snake?

Speaking of, Sho slithers over to get the mic so he can say, “Everyone thought Douki would win! You were all cheering for him! You at home were, too! You’re welcome, all of you!” The fans boo but Sho continues by saying, “Different day, same result. The champion is on a different level. A different level to all of you! Even if a scrub makes it to the finals, he doesn’t need to be in the main event. I’m winning this comfortably. Besides, you Osaka folks don’t really know wrestling.” The fans boo again, but Sho says that even if it’s in Osaka-Jo, it doesn’t need to be the main event, that’s how easily he’s gonna win.

“I’m on a different level from every other Junior Heavyweight out there, especially those in this Super Juniors!” Sho drops the mic and leaves Douki behind, will he do this to everyone left in the block?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Titan: 5-2, 10 points
El Desperado: 5-2, 10 points
HAYATA: 4-3, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-3, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-3, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-4, 6 points
BUSHI: 3-4, 6 points
TJP: 3-4, 6 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the EVEN NEWER B Block standings!

Robbie Eagles: 5-2, 10 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 4-2, 8 points
KUSHIDA: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
SHO: 4-3, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-3, 8 points
Ninja Mack: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points [FORFEIT]
Dragon Dia: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

Another great night for BOSJ, and things are starting to take shape here. As I said last time, a shame about Akira’s injury, I thought he could really get things going for himself. But B Block is now just a touch lopsided since the forfeited points put some people ahead of others with less matches. Eagles of course gets a win off Dia, Dia has been “struggling” this whole tournament. Hiromu got the bye this round, so he can’t really move in the block. Kushida may have lost but he’s still ahead of Hiromu because Kushida beat Hiromu in their match.

Great win for Drilla in that, though, and he’s getting going at the right time. Drilla has Taiji and Hiromu left, those are going to be critical matches. Sho of course has to cheat again to win out, but it makes Douki look great and has the fans on his side. Douki has the top two, Eagles and Kushida, and he’d need to pull off some ultimate underdog stuff to beat them both and take a spot from one of them.

Meanwhile, A Block is looking like a race to the top between Desperado and Titan. Despe beat Titan in their match from an earlier round, so if he and Titan both win out from here, they’re both going to the semifinals just like that. Despe has TJP next, and TJP is making a great comeback, while Titan has Kanemaru who isn’t even in the running anymore. But TJP and Kanemaru can both go for a spoiler, so those are going to be really good matches. In fact, Titan also has TJP to top this off, he’s in for two big fights in a row. Though, Connors did a lot of damage to Despe, that adds more pressure to whether Despe can get past TJP and then Hayata after that.

My Score: 8.9/10


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