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ROH Up For Grabs (Repost)

Posted in ROH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2010 by Grappleholic

The point of this show is an eight team tournament to crown new ROH World Tag Team Champions.

ROH World Tag Team Championship Tournament – Round 1: Chris Hero & Adam Pearce of Sweet N Sour Inc. (w/ Larry Sweeney, Bobby Dempsey, Shane Hagadorn, & Sara Del Rey) vs. Ruckus & Jigsaw of The Vulture Squad.  Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard are on commentary as always.  Jigsaw and Hero start with fine wrestling.  Hero bails.  Jigsaw teases a dive, but Hero walks up the aisle to avoid it.  Pearce and Ruckus tag in.  That doesn’t last long, as Hero and Jigsaw come back in.  There are frequent tags on both sides.  Jigsaw gets Pearce down with a cradle and has him pinned, but the referee is arguing with Ruckus.  The Sweet N Sour team manages to isolate Jigsaw and wear him down.  Ruckus gets the tag and comes in with lots of flippy stuff.  The Vulture Squad hits a whacky Gory Special/Ghetto stomp move on Hero.  Hero blasts Ruckus in the face with his elbow smash for the win at 12:06.  Eddie Kingston comes out to check on Ruckus and gets into a slap fight with Jigsaw.  Ruckus tries to calm everyone down.  Consulting Wikipedia… the angle here is that Ruckus is a member of the Vutlure Squad in ROH, but in CZW is a member of BLK OUT with Kingston.

Sweet N Sour Inc. are in the back talking about their win.  Hero says 1 down, 2 to go.

ROH World Tag Team Championship Tournament – Round 1: Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness & Go Shiosaki.  Steen coughs in his hand before offering to shake with Nigel.  Nigel responds by playing with his junk.  Go and Generico start.  Generico hits some nice armdrags, then Shiosaki chops the shit out of him.  Steen tags in and insists that Go tag in Nigel.  Nigel comes in for a moment, then tags out and bails.  The crowd sings some kind of weird rendition of “The London Bridge is Falling Down.”  Go and Steen trade shoulder tackles for a while, then Steen sidesteps one and tosses Go out of the ring.  Steen hits the ropes, but Nigel trips him.  Generico hits a suicide dive on Nigel.  Nigel come in the ring and gets a cheap shot on Steen and starts to work him over briefly, but Steen kicks his ass.  Generico tags in and he and Steen hit a backpack senton on Nigel.  Did I just invent that name?  Nigel and Go target Generico’s arm.  Generico plays face in peril and has his arm tortured for a while, then makes the hot tag to Steen.  Steen dispatches Nigel, then Go tags in and gets the better of him.  He goes for the Go Flasher, but can’t lift Steen. so he settles for a Fisherman’s suplex and gets a near fall from it.  Go hits a sweet diving knee drop to the back of Steen’s head.  Steen takes some punishment from Nigel and Go, but Generico saves him from being pinned with a German suplex.  Steen avoids Go’s moonsault, then they trade Germans and superkicks.  Tags to Generico and Nigel.  Generico hits a diving cross body for a near fall.  Steen tags in and nails Go before he can be tagged in.  Nigel goes for the Tower of London, but Generico hits a Yakuza kick to prevent it.  Nigel takes Steen’s Swanton and Generico’s diving splash, but Go breaks the cover.  With less than a minute left in the time limit, Steen forces Nigel to submit to the Sharpshooter at 19:21.  Nigel Pillmanizes Steen’s leg with a chair after the match, then Go makes him stop the attack.  Nigel leaves to “YOU TAPPED OUT” chants.  Steen and Generico hobble out hurt.

Steen and Generico are shown in the back getting their injuries taped up.

ROH World Tag Team Championship Tournament – Round 1: Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black of the Age of the Fall vs. Delirious & Pelle Primeau.  Delirious starts with Jacobs, then Pelle tags in, presumably to get his ass kicked, but he shows some fire against Black.  Delirious quickly comes back in and goes at it with Black.  Pelle eventually does take his ass kicking, then does some fancy flipping and makes the hot tag to Delirious, who cleans house.  Jacobs accidentally spears Black, then gets schoolboyed by Delirious for a near fall.  Jacobs (I think) blocks the Panic Attack, so Delirious tags in Primeau, who Black promply powerbombs into the turnbuckle, then hits the God’s Last Gift for the pin at 7:58.  Daizee Haze comes out and Delirious speaks jibberish to her, then Rhett Titus comes out.  He tries to woo Haze, but she bashes him and leaves.  Titus follows her to chants of “YOU GOT COCK BLOCKED!”  Delirious leaves, dejected.

Jacobs and Black talk in the back.

ROH World Tag Team Championship Tournament – Round 1: FIP World Heavyweight Champion Roderick Strong & Davey Richards of the No Remorse Corps vs. Bryan Danielson & Austin Aries.  “YOU’RE GONNA GET YOUR FUCKIN’ HEAD KICKED IN” is the best chant ever.  Richards and Aries start.  Aries does a sweet headstand in a pinning predicament, then tags in Danielson.  Danielson tries the surfboard and fails, but it leads to some sweet double teaming on Richards.  Strong tags in briefly against Danielson, then Richards comes back in.  Danielson tags in Aries and they double team Richards some more.  Strong comes in to save and brawls with Danielson until Danielson tosses him out of the ring.  Match goes on, and it’s good stuff.  Eventually the NRC starts to build the heat on Danielson.  Aries gets the hot tag and locks Richards in the Last Chancery.  Strong saves and hits a backbreaker variation on Aries, then tags in and covers for a near fall.  Aries hits a steam roller on Strong and tags in Danielson.  Danielson locks in the Cattle Mutilation, but Richards throws Aries on top of it to break it.  Strong hits some vicious backbreakers on Danielson, then locks in a crab hold.  Danielson escapes and goes for the Cattle Mutilation again, but Richards locks him in a Texas Cloverleaf.  Aries saves and NAILS Richards with a kick to the head.  Richards rolls outside and Aries nails a tope suicida.  Strong and Danielson trade strikes.  Strong hits a stomach breaker and a big sliding kick for a near fall.  Strong locks Danielson in some sort of strange submission hold, but Danielson gets a rope break.  Strong goes for the Tiger Driver, but Danielson backdrops his way out of it.  Danielson kicks Strong’s head in and locks in a triangle choke for the win at 19:23.  Awesome match.

Danielson and Aries talk in the back.  Aries is ready to kill Jimmy Jacobs in the next round.

ROH World Tag Team Championship Tournament – Semifinal: Chris Hero & Adam Pearce of Sweet N Sour Inc. (w/ Larry Sweeney, Bobby Dempsey, Shane Hagadorn, & Sara Del Ray) vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico.  Hero immediately attacks Steen’s injured leg.  Understandably, the Sweet N Sour team continues with this strategy for some time.  After a few minutes, Steen manages to tag out to Generico.  Generico comes in and cleans house until Sweet N Sour attack his injured shoulder.  Generico makes a comeback with a diving rana, but can’t get the pin because of various distractions.  Hagadorn gets on the apron with Pearce’s briefcase.  Hero tries to throw Generico into it, but Generico reverses him headfirst into the briefcase.  Generico pins Hero with a reverse cradle at about 8:15 (didn’t hear the closing bell).

Steen tells Generico they have to fight through the pain for one more match to win the titles.

ROH World Tag Team Championship Tournament – Semifinal: Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black of the Age of the Fall vs. Bryan Danielson & Austin Aries.  Aries runs down to brawl with Jacobs at ringside while Danielson starts with Black in the ring.  Aries and Jacobs come in the ring.  Jacobs uses a chair while the referee is paying attention Daniels and Black.  Aries ducks a shot and grabs the chair.  The referee sees him nail Jacobs and calls for the DQ at the 56 second mark.  AOTF leaves with Aries in pursuit.  Danielson listens to chants of “BULLSHIT” and “YOU GOT SCREWED” before leaving as well.  It makes sense for the match to go this way since the two teams were already scheduled to meet the following night.

Jacobs and Black talk backstage again.  Jacobs says he’s in Aries’ head.  They think they’ll have any easy time against Steen and Generico in the final.

Alex “Sugarfoot” Payne vs. Shane Hagadorn (w/ Larry Sweeney, Eddie Edwards, & Sara Del Ray).  Nice basic wrestling early on.  Payne shines, then Hagadorn hammers him down.  Payne fights back and gets a near fall with a sunset flip, then Hagadorn drops him with a sweet backdrop suplex for a near fall.  Payne fires up again, then Del Ray pulls him out of the ring and kicks the crap out of him.  Del Ray throws Payne back in the ring, then Hagadorn hits an STO for the win at 5:46.  Nice post-intermission match.

Sweeney gets in the ring and babbles a bit, then calls out Claudio Castagnoli for his match against Eddie Edwards.

Eddie Edwards (w/ Larry Sweeney, Shane Hagadorn, & Sara Del Ray) vs. Claudio Castagnoli.  Edwards jumps Castagnoli from behind to start the match.  Claudio fights back and Edwards bails.  Claudio follows him out of the ring and kicks his ass.  Edwards managed to get the advantage back in the ring.  Sweeney takes a cheap shot when the referee isn’t looking, then does it again when Claudio is sent to the outside.  Edwards jumps on Claudio and continues to bring the pain.  Claudio makes a comeback and fires away with European uppercuts and a dropkick, the a spinning drop thingy for a near fall.  Edwards avoids the Ricola Bomb and hits the Backpack Stunner for a near fall.  Edwards hits a big missile dropkick and tries to set up a backdrop, but Claudio escapes and hits a sweet springboard European uppercut for a near fall.  Edwards counters another Ricola Bomb attempt and hits a Lionsault for a near fall.  Claudio hits an airplane spin for a near fall.  Claudio lands a European uppercut.  Edwards responds with a superkick, then another cool unidentifiable move for a near fall.  Claudio throws Edwards in the air and nails him with a European uppercut for the pin at 9:50.

Three-Way Relaxed Rules Match:
Erick Stevens vs. Brent Albright vs. Necro Butcher.  This is just a wild brawl.  Necro uses the ring bell, then a piece of the barricade.  They brawl into the crowd.  Necro tries to bury Albright and Stevens under a mountain of chairs.  They fight their way back to ringside and Necro bodyslams Stevens and a chair.  That was neat.  Albright nails Necro and takes Stevens back in the ring, then hits a diving elbow for a near fall.  Necro hits a backdrop suplex on Albright, then tries a Frankensteiner off the top on Stevens, but fails.  Albright gets a cool arm lock on Stevens, but Necro breaks it.  Necro goes for a Tiger Driver on Stevens, but gets backdropped out of it.  Stevens dives off the ropes at Necro, but Necro catches him with a punch to the face.  Albright sends Necro out.  Stevens goes for the Doctor Bomb, but Albright hits an Air Raid Crash.  Albright nails some knee strikes, but Necro comes back in and hits some knee strikes.  Stevens hits the Doctor Bomb on Necro for the win at 11:36.  Fun crazy brawl.

Sweet N Sour Inc. runs out to attack Albright after the match.  He fights off Edwards and Hagadorn, but Hero gets the better of him for a moment.  Albright fights back and powerbombs Hero, then gets hold of Sweeney.  Pearce runs in and nails him with the briefcase, then beats the shit out of him with it.  Edwards and Hagadorn hold Albright down while Pearce whips him with a belt, but Albright escapes and chases them all off.  That’s bad ass.

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ROH World Tag Team Championship Tournament – Final:
Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black of Age of the Fall vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico.  In-ring introductions for this one, because, ya know, it’s the final.  They argue and shove each other before the match starts, then just go at it, brawling.  They fight at ringside, where Steen powerbombs Black against the side of the ring.  Steen hits a sweet pumphandle neckbreaker on Jacobs back in the ring and gets a near fall.  Tag to Generico, who hits a diving splash, but Black makes the save.  AOTF works over Generico’s injured shoulder.  Generico is helped out of the arena 6 minutes in, leaving Steen to go it alone.  At 9 minutes, Black locks Steen in a figure-four leglock.  Steen fights it and manages to get a rope break.  Jacobs tags in and locks Steen in a Sharpshooter, which is one of Steen’s favorite holds.  Steen counters it as Jacobs makes a tag to Black.  Black goes for another figure-four, but Steen kicks him away into Black.  Powerbomb to Black, then a powerbomb to Jacobs onto Black.  Steen goes for the Swanton on Black, but catches Black’s knees on the way down.  Steen keeps fighting, but Jacobs clips the bad leg and AOTF gets the advantage again.  Steen gets a near fall on Black with an inside cradle.  He goes for the Package Piledriver, but his knee gives out.  Black hits the God’s Last Gift, but Steen manages to kick out.  Jacobs and Black go for the powerbomb/Contra Code out of the corner, but Generico runs back down to make the save.  Generico lands a Yakuza kick and an Asai Moonsault, then gets the tag.  Package Piledriver to Jacobs, then Generico tries to follow with the brainbuster, but Black schoolboys Generico for the pin at 16:51.  AOTF regain the titles.

Jacobs cuts his usual promo as the fans throw trash in the ring.  Jacobs says Age of the Fall is unstoppable, then repeats “unstoppable” about 437 times.  They leave, then Steen and Generico hobble to the back to applause.  Fin.

ROH The Tokyo Summit (Repost)

Posted in ROH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2010 by Grappleholic

Originally posted on 1/5/09.

Larry Sweeney is annoyed that Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards both lost their matches last night.  He tells Richards he has the Briscoes tonight, and his partner is Takeshi Morishima.

The ring announcer puts over that tonight’s show includes participation from 5 promotions: ROH, NOAH, Kensuke Office, DDT, and New Japan.  He starts talking about the main event, but Austin Aries comes out, mad about Age of the Fall kicking his ass last night, and calls out Tyler Black.

Austin Aries vs. Tyler Black. Aries meets Black on the ramp and they brawl they way to, out of, and around the ring.  Aries locks in the Last Chancery on the ramp.  As always, Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard are on commentary.  These two hate each other, and this match reflects that.  Aries wins with the Last Chancery in 11:06 in a good match.  Jimmy Jacobs attacks Aries after the match and locks him in the End Time until he passes out.  Jacobs takes the mic and says the same thing he says every time he picks up a mic.

Kazushi Miyamoto vs. Eddie Edwards (w/ Larry Sweeney).  I believe this is Miyamoto’s second match in ROH.  He wrestled in a tag match during the ROH vs. All Japan series at Final Battle 2003.  Shockingly, the announcers don’t mention it.  They normally put stuff like that over.  Good little match.  Sweeney gets involved.  Edwards holds Miyamoto for Sweeney to hit him, but Miyamoto ducks and Sweeney slugs Edwards.  Miyamoto school boys Edwards for the win at 5:09.  Sweeney apologizes to Edwards after the match, and they hug.  Awww.

Bryan Danielson talks about being in ROH since the beginning.  He says tonight he’ll achieve one of his dreams, and finally become a singles champion in Japan.

El Generico vs. Taiji Ishmori.  Ole, Ole Ole Ole!  The crowd is actually lively for this show, and they really like Ishimori.  7 minutes in, Ishimori does a big moonsault to the floor.  Back in, Ishimori gets some near falls.  Generico hits a crazy Crossfire-like move for a near fall.  Ishimori hits an avalanche-style Frankensteiner and follows with a German for a near fall.  Ishimori hits a sick tornado DDT.  Generico gets a near fall off a Michinoku Driver II.  Ishimori gets a near fall with a crucifix hold, then hits a sick DDT-type move for a near fall.  Ishimori wins with the Superstar Elbow at 12:23.

Takeshi Morishima & Davey Richards (w/ Larry Sweeney) vs. The Briscoe Brothers.  The Briscoes try double team tactics to take down the big former ROH World Champion, Morishima.  At one point they try to double suplex him, but Morishima suplexes them both.  The Briscoes try stereo sunset flips, but Morishima and Richards sit on them.  I imagine Richards’ butt splash is less effective than Morishima’s.  Sweeney keeps getting involved, but Jay decks him and knocks him off the apron.  Morishima takes Jay down, though, and Mark falls victim to Richards’ Alarm Clock to give Morishima & Richards the win at 11:58.  The announcers say it was right on the chin, even though he obviously hit Mark’s chest.  I always thought ROH wasn’t as stupid as WWE, but I’m rapidly being proven wrong.  AOTF runs in and assaults the Briscoes after the match, complete with Jacobs making Jay pass out to the End Time.

ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness says Danielson got lucky when he pinned him with an inside cradle last night.  He said tonight, Age of the Fall’s luck would run out tonight, because he wouldn’t lose the belt to Jimmy Jacobs.

GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru (c) vs. Bryan Danielson.  Joe Higuchi reads the title match declaration, we get the introductions.  I don’t watch much NOAH, so I’ve only seen Kanemaru wrestle a couple of times.  Even if he sucks, it doesn’t matter, because he’s in there with Danielson.  The match is typical Danielson greatness.  At 14 minutes, Kanemaru misses a moonsault but lands on his feet.  He hits lots of DDTs.  Fuck, Danielson is great.  Kanemaru murders Danielson with a DDT off the top, but Danielson gets his foot in the ropes, then kicks out of a brainbuster.  Kanemaru goes for the moonsault again, but Danielson gets up and hits a backdrop suplex off the top rope.  At 20 minutes, Danielson hits a Tiger suplex and transitions into the Cattle Mutilation.  Kanemaru fights it.  Danielson gives him the elbows and another Tiger suplex, then locks in the Cattle Mutilation again.  Kanemaru submits at 20:40.  Danielson is awarded the belt and a trophy, and poses for pictures like everybody in Japan when they win something.

Danielson’s post-match interview, which is translated into Japanese for their TV.  He says he wants his match next week with Katsuhiko Nakajima to be a title match.  After that, he’ll wrestle anybody.  He’s the champ, bitches!  At the end of the interview, you can hear Hogan’s nWo music playing in the background.  Weird.

Naomichi Marufuji & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. KENTA & Kota Ibushi.  Marufuji has gotten a haircut since the last time I saw him.  Warning: If you don’t like kicks, this is NOT the match for you.  It is, however, fine for me.  There’s just something about guys kicking the shit out of each other that I enjoy.  28 minutes in, they finally mention that the match has a 30 minute time limit.  Ibushi and Nakajima desperately try to beat each other with less than a minute left, but the time limit expires.  They ask to go five more minutes, and get the restart.  KENTA and Marufuji start going for big moves to finish each other off.  Marufuji hits the Shiranui, but Ibushi breaks it up.  Ibushi hits an awesome handspring kick on Marufuji to set up KENTA’s top rope Falcon Arrow, but Nakajima breaks that cover up.  Ibushi hits the Phoenix splash and KENTA covers, but Nakajima breaks that one too.  KENTA eats Marufuji’s superkick, then hits the Busaiku knee kick and gets a two count just as the overtime expires as well.  Match is a time limit draw.  It still ruled.  Everybody shakes hands after the match.

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Tyler Black pumps up Jimmy Jacobs for his World title match.  Jacobs says he’ll win the title, then AOTF will have all the power.

Non-Title: Roderick Strong vs. GHC Heavyweight Champion Kensuke Sasaki.  This shall rule.  It doesn’t take long for them to start chopping the shit out of each other.  4 minutes in, Sasaki does an avalanche-style Frankensteiner.  Sasaki dominates Strong for several minutes, but Strong finally makes a brief comeback.  The match is back and forth from that point.  Sasaki wins with the Northern Lights bomb at 12:20.  Fine match.  They embrace afterwards.  How nice.

ROH World Championship Match: Nigel McGuinness (c) vs. Jimmy Jacobs.  Jacobs jumps Nigel during the introductions to start the match.  Nigel plays babyface for this match.  The Japanese like him, while Jacobs just gets on their nerves.  He gets on my nerves, anyway.  At 9 minutes, Jacobs locks in the End Time, but Nigel gets a rope break.  Jacobs sets Nigel in a chair at ringside and dives onto him.  He tries something else, but Nigel hits the rebound lariat, then the Tower of London off the guardrail.  Back in the ring, he gets a two count.  Jacobs hits the Contra Code at around 15 minutes for a near fall.  Jacobs goes for the End Time, but Nigel counters.  Nigel hits the Tower of London, but Jacobs gets a rope break at 2.  Nigel hits the lariat on the ropes, but Jacobs kicks out.  At 17 minutes, Jacobs locks in the End Time.  The ref gets hit and Jacobs nails Nigel with a chain, but only gets a two count.  Nigel sucks it up and hits the lariat for a near fall.  Crowd chants for Nigel.  They exchange blows.  Nigel hits another lariat and gets a near fall.  Jacobs tries to use the chain again, but Nigel hits the lariat for the win at 21:02.

But wait, there’s more!

NO LIMIT vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Genba Hirayanagi.  This was a dark match, but it was still taped and included on the DVD.  NO LIMIT were getting ready to challenge Suzuki & Kanemaru for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team title, and this is a preliminary skirmish to that.  It’s also the first New Japan vs. NOAH match in a few years.  There’s no commentary, which is annoying.  I haven’t seen Yujiro or Naito since they were young lions, and I don’t think I’ve seen Genba wrestle ever.  So far, he’s the most interesting guy in the match.  10 minutes in they brawl into the crowd and NO LIMIT throw Suzuki out of the building.  With Genba left all alone, he falls victim to Naito’s Stardust press.  It’s announced as 9:29 I think but I timed it at 11:41.  Maybe I misheard, and my time was probably a little off from the video skipping because my computer is ancient and sucks.  They brawl after the match, too.

Good show, all in all.

ROH Supercard of Honor III (Repost)

Posted in ROH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2010 by Grappleholic

Originally posted on 1/3/09.

That’s right, I’m back with more ROH!

Delirious vs. Go Shiosaki is our first match.  As always, Delirious goes crazy and runs all around when the bell rings.  After over a minute, they finally lock up.  Go backs Delirious into the corner, and Delirious begs “No chops!”  Delirious does all he can to avoid being chopped, and manages to do so for the almost the first 5 minutes.  Go then proceeds to chop the shit out of him.  Delirious comes off the top with a lariat, but then takes more abuse from Shiosaki.  Shiosaki hits a delayed Fisherman buster for a near fall and follows with a moonsault, but Delirious got his knees up.  Delirious goes on the offensive.  Delirious gets a Cobra Clutch in, but Go backs him into the corner and some chops.  Go ends up back in the corner and Delirious hits the Panic Attack and goes for the Shadows over Hell, but Go catches him with a kick and gets a near fall with a German suplex.  Delirious locks in the Cobra Stretch, but Go gets a rope break.  Go shrugs off an enzuigiri and hits a lariat for two.  Delirious tries an inside cradle but Go rolls through, picks him up, and hits the Go Flasher for the win at 12:14.  Go is a good sport and gives Delirious props after the match.

Larry Sweeney and Shane Hagadorn are backstage.

The YRR of Chasyn Rance, FIP Tag Team Champion Kenny King, & FIP Florida Heritage Champion Sal Rinauro (w/ generic bimbos) vs. Bushwhacker Luke Williams, Alex Payne, & Dingo.  Dingo and Rinauro start with mat work.  They resort to punching, then Dingo tags Payne in.  King and Rance work over Payne on the outside before they throw him back in the ring and the YRR take turns picking him apart.  Payne finally makes the hot tag to Dingo.  After his flurry, Luke finally comes in.  He uses Payne as a battering ram, then they do the Bushwhacker strut.  A kick from the top rope from Rinauro puts Dingo down for the pin at 8:13.

Sweeney and Hagadorn come out.  Sweeney again tries to recruit the ROH World Tag Team Champions, Davey Richards & Rocky Romero, who are in the ring having just wrestled a match taped for the upcoming PPV, into Sweet N Sour Inc.  Roderick Strong comes out and tells him “No” again.  Erick Stevens comes out and attacks the NRC.  He’s challenging Strong for the FIP World Heavyweight Title tonight.  They fight in the ring, and a referee is there to start the match, but they kick his ass, so this isn’t a match.  They fight all over and bloody each other.  Stevens eventually hits a TKO, dropping Strong face first onto a chair.  I thought that would be it, but they keep on fighting.  They’re having a pretty good match, except it’s not a match.  If they’re going all out anyway, why not just have the fucking match?  Strong calls for Richards and Romero to come back out.  They bring clippers and scissors, and Strong cuts Stevens’ mohawk.  Then my DVD won’t play any further.  Apparently when my friend burned it for me, it didn’t burn all the way.  Dammit.  I guess I’ll have to get another copy.

FOUR DAYS LATER…

Video package of the Age of the Fall/Briscoe Brothers feud.

Relaxed Rules Match: Age of the Fall (Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black w/ Lacey & Rain) vs. The Briscoe Brothers.  Jacobs cuts his usual promo before the match.  So what exactly is the difference between a Relaxed Rules match at a Fight Without Honor?  Didn’t I just watch these teams in a Relaxed Rules match yesterday?  Mark springboards off of a trampoline over the guardrail onto Jacobs and Black.  That was neat.  This another wild brawl that goes all over the arena.  The announcers leave because “they’re getting close.”  I always thought ROH commentary was added in post-production.  There’s a clip, then they make it back in the ring.  Mark is down from a big dive in the crowd onto a hobo, so Jay is all alone.  Mark finally makes it back after several minutes.  Briscoes for the springboard Doomsday Device, but Jacobs catches Mark in the End Time for the win at 15:05 + whatever was clipped.

Erick Stevens is bloody and missing some hair, but he still wants to kick Strong’s ass and take his title.

AOTF says the Briscoes are done, Aries will win the World title and join AOTF, and he and Black will regain the ROH Tag titles.

SHINGO & BxB Hulk vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico.  New Hazard vs. Steenerico.  Dragon Gate vs. ROH.  Okay, I’m done.  Fun Generico/Hulk exchange to start, then we get the battle of chunky guys with Steen and SHINGO.  Generico does a crazy suicide flip onto SHINGO.  Stuff happens.  Generico takes an accidental friendly fire senton from Steen.  More stuff happens.  Yeah, I suck and doing reviews.  Who cares?  Nobody ever reads this shit.  I type it and that’s it.  It’s fun, though, and for some reason having a place to write about wrestling makes me want to watch more.  Hulk hits the E.V.O. on Generico for a near fall.  Steen goes the Package Piledriver on Hulk, but Hulk gets out.  Match gets a little crazy.  Steen clotheslines SHINGO and the both go out of the ring, leaving Hulk and Generico alone.  Steen hits a Swanton on Hulk and Generico covers for a two count.  Steen goes for a moonsault on Hulk but misses.  SHINGO hits the Blood Fall, but Generico breaks the cover.  Hulk hits a pumphandle E.V.O. on Generico, but Steen breaks it.  Doomsday Device-style kick on Generico gets a near fall, Steen breaks the cover.  Hulk moonsaults onto Steen on the floor.  Top rope DVD from SHINGO on Generico gets a two count.  SHINGO hits the Last Falconry on Generico and gets the win at 17:50.

Backstage, Erick Stevens is finishing his haircut since the NRC fucked his mohawk all up.

ROH World Championship Match: Nigel McGuinness (c) vs. Austin Aries.  Aries works Nigel’s arm.  He tries the Last Chancery early, but Nigel gets a rope break.  Aries continuously works on Nigel’s neck, weaking him for the Last Chancery.  Nigel gets the advantage and works on Aries’ arm, trying to weaken him for the London Dungeon.  At 13 minutes, Aries gets the Last Chancery seemingly out of nowhere, but Nigel counts out of it.  Nigel goes for the Tower of London, but Aries pushes him away and hits a missile dropkick.  Nigel tries again and hits it, but Aries kicks out.  Nigel goes for a lariat to Aries on the ropes, but Aries ducks.  At 17 1/2 minutes, Nigel nails the lariat, but it took all of Nigel’s energy too, and they both lay out.  They barely make it to their feet before the 10 count.  Aries hits the brainbuster, but misses the 450 splash.  Nigel locks in the London Dungeon.  Aries rolls through into a cradle and has a near fall so convincing I thought he was going to win even though I know the results of the match.  Aries goes the Last Chancery, but Nigel gets the London Dungeon again.  Aries gets out, Nigel goes the lariat but Aries gets a backslide for a near fall.  Aries hits the brainbuster and the 450 splash, but Nigel gets his foot on the ropes.  Son of a bitch!  Nigel ducks out and Aries tries to dive on him, but Nigel moves and Aries hits the guardrail head first.  Nigel sets Aries on the guardrail and gives him the lariat.  Nigel drags Aries back into the ring and covers, but Aries kicks out.  Nigel picks him up and nails the lariat, but Aries kicks out again.  Aries ducks another lariat and hits the Crucifix Bomb, but Nigel rolls through, hits the ropes, and nails another lariat to win at 24:44.  Awesome match.

Afterwards, Age of the Fall comes out and again try to convince Aries to join them.  Lacey says she’ll “show” Aries why he should join them and takes him by the hand.  Crowd chants “She has herpes.”  “Back In Black” hits, and Tammy Sytch comes out.  She chastises Aries for chosing Lacey over her.  Aries ignores her and leaves with Lacey.  Jacobs and Black hold Tammy and Rain slaps her.  Briscoes make the save.

SHILL SHILL SHILL!  Go to ROHWrestling.com, they sell stuff!

Nigel says he’s still champ, and he’s still the best, and if anyone tries to take his belt, he’ll break their jaw.

Main event time!

Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, & Genki Horiguchi of the Muscle Outlaw’z vs. CIMA, Ryo Saito, & Dragon Kid of Typhoon.  This is almost a direct rematch of the first Dragon Gate six-man tag in ROH, with CIMA and Horiguchi switching sides.  Saito and Genki start with a fun and speedy exchange.  CIMA and Doi follow with their own exchange.  Then we get the REALLY fast guys, as Dragon Kid and Yoshino come in.  At the 5 minute mark, it’s Doi and CIMA who are legal.  Yoshino saves Doi from a submission hold.  Oh, it’s Dragon Gate rules, so tags are allowed, but not required.  A lot of people shit on the Dragon Gate style for being all spotty, but I love it.  It’s the most exciting wrestling out there that I’ve seen.  At 11 minutes, Dragon Kid is taking the brunt of the abuse from the MO’z.  The crowd chants for him in encouragement.  At 14 minutes, CIMA comes in and hits the Venus palm strike and the Iconoclasm on Horiguchi.  Kid comes in and does the deja-vu on Yoshino, then sends him out and its a moonsault to the floor.  The match gets crazy to the point where I can’t watch and type at the same time.  Everybody hits big, painful looking moves.  Doi counters a super Frankensteiner attempt from Kid into a very HIGH powerbomb.  CIMA hits a top-rope Perfect Driver on Yoshino for a near fall.  CIMA goes for the Crossfire, but Yoshino counters into a sunset flip for a near fall.  The counter each other, then CIMA hits the Schwein, Saito hits the German suplex, and Kid hits the Frankensteiner, but Yoshino STILL kicks out.  Doi goes the Doi 555 off the top rope on Kid, but Kid fights it.  Doi manages to hit it and follows with the Bakatare Sliding kick, but Saito makes the save.  Genki hits the Beach Break on Kid.  Doi hits the Muscular Bomb on Kid to win it at 25:47.  Awesome match.

Larry Sweeney and Shane Hagadorn reflect on what a great weekend they had.  Sweeney says soon, he’ll be in control and have all the money… or something.

Another great show from ROH!

NJPW “Best of the Super Jr. XVII” 6/13/10

Posted in NJPW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2010 by Grappleholic

Opening video hyping the Best of the Super Jr. tournament.  We’re back in the Mecca of Japanese wrestling, Korakuen Hall!  The announcers talk.  I believe they’re recapping the tournament so far.

Tomoaki Honma & Mitsuhide Hirasawa vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Kyosuke Mikami.  Young lions Hirasawa and Mikami start.  Mat wrestling, stalemate, applause.  Nakanishi tags in.  Hirasawa wants none of him, so he tags out to Honma.  Honma lands some chops that have little effect.  Nakanishi throws some that are much more effective.  Honma gets the advantage briefly, but Nakanishi absorbs the abuse and beats him up some more.  Nakanishi rams Honma’s head into Mikami’s boot, then tags Mikami in.  Honma beats up Mikami, knocks Nakanishi off the apron, and tags in Hirasawa.  Hirasawa hits a slam for 2.  Hirasawa and Honma continue to work over young Mikami.  Mikami tags out to Nakanishi, who chops the crap out of Hirasawa.  Nakanishi does a suplex throw and hits a knee drop for 2.  Nakanishi goes for the Hercules Cutter.  Honma tries to knock him down, but Nakanishi drops Hirasawa and shoves Honma down.  Hirasawa spears Nakanishi and tags in Honma.  Honma tries to Irish whip Honma, but fails.  Mikami tags in and tries to suplex Honma.  Nakanishi helps him pull it off.  Cover gets 2.  Nakanishi and Mikami land a double dropkick.  Mikami covers, but Hirasawa saves.  Nakanishi disposes of  him.  Mikami hits a spinebuster on Honma for 2.  Honma hits Mikami with a lariat, but Nakanishi saves.  Hirasawa takes out Nakanishi.  Honma locks Mikami in a crab hold for the win in 7:38.  Okay little match.

Nakanishi & Mikami’s post-match interview.

Honma & Hirasawa’s post-match interview.  Hirasawa has a deep voice.

KUSHIDA vs. Gedo is scheduled to be next, but Gedo comes out with his arm in a sling.  He brings out Toru Yano to replace him.

Best of the Super Jr. – Special Singles Match: KUSHIDA vs. Toru Yano (w/ Gedo).  KUSHIDA dropkicks Yano off the apron and hits him with a suicide plancha.  Yano kicks his ass and throws him into chairs, the post, and hits him with the time keeper’s hammer.  Yano stomps KUSHIDA’s ass in the ring.  Yano hits a vertical suplex for 2.  KUSHIDA tries to fight back and manages to land a couple of dropkicks and forearms to little effect.  KUSHIDA lands a rolling elbow and goes for a cross body, but Yano catches him and drives him down with a slam.  Yano hits a Last Ride for the pin in 2:58.  Well this was short.  Post-match, Yano tapes KUSHIDA to the ropes and he and Gedo take turns caning the crap out of him.  Hiroshi Tanahashi runs in to make the save and the heels bail.  Tanahashi helps KUSHIDA to the back.

Yano & Gedo’s post-match interview.

Tanahashi speaks while helping KUSHIDA to the back.

Best of the Super Jr. – Semifinal: Taiji Ishimori vs. Prince Devitt.  They lock up.  Devitt backs Ishimori into the ropes and gives a clean break.  Repeat, but backwards, and without the clean break.  They trade arm locks and do flippy stuff.  Devitt does a very elaborate takedown into a side headlock.  Ishimori cuts it into a cradle for 2.  I love that spot, as I’ve mentioned a million times.  Ishimori sends Devitt outside with a headscissors and teases a dive, then lands a baseball slide dropkick  and hits a dive to the floor from the top rope.  Back inside, Ishimori hits the Bourne double knee thing for 2.  Devitt lands a Pele kick and a brainbuster for 2.  Devitt dropkicks Ishimori on the top rope and hits a HUGE superplex for 2.  Devitt goes for a suplex, but Ishimori takes him down with a complex cradle for 2.  Devitt hits the Prince’s Throne for 2.  Devitt goes up top, but Ishimori cuts him off and hits a rolling slam thing for 2.  Ishimori hits a Canadian backbreaker into a gut buster for 2.  Ishimori goes for the Superstar Elbow, but Devitt catches him with his knees.  Devitt lands an enzuigiri and a diving double stomp, the the Bloody Sunday for the pin in 6:56.  Great sprint here.  Devitt’s going to the final!

Ishimori’s post-match interview.  It’s long, so I’m sure he said something profound.  I can only assume he said that Devitt is the best around and nothing’s gonna ever keep him down.

Best of the Super Jr. – Semifinal: Kota Ibushi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi.  They do mat wrestling to start.  They do some jumping around.  Ibushi lands a dropkick that sends Taguchi outside.  Ibushi goes for an Asai moonsault, but Taguchi kicks him in the back.  Taguchi attacks Ibushi’s knee.  Taguchi applies a leg lock.  Ibushi gets a rope break.  Taguchi hits a Dragon screw leg whip and applies a half crab hold.  Ibushi gets a rope break again.  Taguchi continues torturing the knee.  Ibushi lands an enzugiri and sends Taguchi outside.  Ibushi slides outside and Taguchi drops him with a big boot, then throws him into chairs.  Ibushi manages to hit his Asai moonsault to the floor.  Back inside, Ibushi lands some kicks.  Taguchi kicks his leg.  Ibushi goes for his flurry, but Taguchi kicks the leg again and gets a la magistral for 2.  Taguchi rolls through a schoolboy and lands a basement dropkick for 2.  Taguchi hits a Fisherman buster and transitions into… kind of putting Ibushi’s leg in the Torture Rack.  Ibushi gets a rope break.  Taguchi hits a front suplex and goes for the Dodon, but Ibushi resists.  Taguchi goes for a German, but Ibushi counters and lands a Pele kick.  Taguchi counters a move and hits a modified Dodon out of nowhere for 2.  Taguchi goes for the Dodon, but Ibushi turns it into a front cradle for 2.  Ibushi hits a Dragon suplex hold for 2.  Ibushi downs Taguchi with a kick and hits the 450 splash for the pin in 10:15.  Good match.  I enjoy Ibushi’s theme music.  The final will be a battle of awesome entrance music, Ibushi’s “27” by Breaking Point vs. Devitt’s “You’re The Best” by Joe Esposito.

Taguchi’s post-match interview.

The announcers talk for a while.  I guess it’s intermission.

Best of the Super Jr. – Special Tag Match: Davey Richards & La Sombra vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Nobuo Yoshihashi.  Liger and Richards start with some nice wrestling.  Liger backdrops Richards to the floor and fakes a dive.  Sombra dropkicks Liger out of the ring and Richards lands a tope suicida.  Sombra knocks Yoshihashi out of the ring and hits a tope suicida of his own.  Richards brings Liger back in and covers for 2.  Sombra tags in and goes to work on Liger.  Yoshihashi tags in and beats up Sombra briefly.  Richards tags back in, hits a hooking clothesline, and tags back out.  Sombra covers Yoshihashi for 2.  Yoshihashi lands a dropkick on Sombra and tags in Liger.  Liger puts Sombra in a hold that Richards almost immediately breaks.  Liger rocks a surfboard hold, then tags in Yoshihashi.  Sombra shows Liger how to properly do a surfboard hold, then tags out to Richards.  Richards and Yoshihashi trade blows, then Richards beats the hell out of him.  Richards hits a snap suplex and a diving headbutt.  Cover, but Liger saves.  Sombra tags in and hits a Northern Lights suplex hold for 2.  Sombra hits Wade Barrett’s finish and a split legged moonsault for 2.  Richards tags in and hits a backdrop suplex on Yoshihashi for 2.  Sombra tags in and clobbers Yoshihashi some, then gets dropped with a dropkick.  Liger gets the tag.  Sombra hits his rope balance arm drag thing a tilt a whirl backbreaker.  Sombra hits his spinning body attack dive for 2, as Yoshihashi saves.  Sombra and Liger counter each other.  Liger hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker.  Yoshihashi and Richards tag in.  Yoshihashi hits a flying forearm for 2.  Yoshihashi hits his side suplex drop thingy for 2.  Yoshihashi goes for a German suplex and hits up hitting his double arm suplex into a cross armbreaker.  Sombra saves, but gets sent outside by Liger.  Liger and Yoshihashi try to double team Richards, but fail.  Sombra hits the dive thing he fucked up on the last show on Liger.  Richards beats up Yoshihashi and hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Richards kicks Liger in the head and hits a Falcon Arrow into a cross armbreaker for the win in 10:58.  Fun tag match.  Liger takes the mic and say something after the match.  Yoshihashi says something too.  I really wish I understood Japanese.  Sombra comes back to the ring and pals around with them.  I assume this all had something to do with putting over young Yoshihashi’s performance in the tournament.

Liger & Yoshihashi’s post-match interview (the backstage one as opposed to the one they just did in the ring).

Best of the Super Jr. – Special Tag Match: Kenny Omega & Tama Tonga vs. Koji Kanemoto & AKIRA.  Kanemoto and Tonga start brawling immediately.  I love how Kanemoto hates everybody, especially this fuck.  They brawl outside while AKIRS and Omega do stuff int he ring.  Omega dropkicks AKIRA to the floor and hits a nice plancha suicida.  Tonga and Kanemoto come back in with Tonga having the advantage.  Omega tags in and fights with Kanemoto.  AKIRA tags in and beats up Omega.  Omega fires back with chops.  Tonga tags in and goes his stupid taunting and yelling shit, then hits a splash on AKIRA for 2.  AKIRA drops Tonga with a lariat and tags in Kanemoto, who beats the shit out of him because he hates him.  Kanemoto does the face wash in the corner x2.  Omega distracts him, then knocks AKIRA off the apron.  Omega hits Kanemoto with a Dragon suplex.  Tonga follows with the Tongan Twist for 2.  Tonga goes for a German suplex, but Kanemoto counters into the ankle lock.  Omega breaks it up, but gets taken out by AKIRA with a dive to the floor.  AKIRA tags in and goes back and forth with Tonga.  Tonga hits a fall away slam and stupidly tries to tag in Kanemoto.  He manages to get it right and tags in Omega.  Omega and AKIRA do stuff.  Omega hits a Frankensteiner and Staggerin’ Blow (I need to stop being lazy and find his name for it) for 2.  Omega goes for the Croyt’s Wrath, but AKIRA turns it into the STA.  Kanemoto puts Tonga in the ankle lock at the same time.  Omega and Tonga both get rope breaks.  Kanemoto hits a Falcon Arrow on Omega.  AKIRA follows with the Musasabi press for 2.  Omega hits a double bulldog leg lariat thing on Kanemoto and AKIRA.  Omega goes for the Hadouken, but AKIRA blocks it.  Omega rolls through a sunset flip and hits it anyway, then hits the Croyt’s Wrath for the pin in 8:32.  Fun match here too.  Everybody shakes hands and makes friends except for Tonga and Kanemoto, presumably because Kanemoto just hates that guy.

Kanemoto & AKIRA’s post-match interview.

Omega & Tonga’s post-match interview.  Finally, someone who speaks English!  Omega says he and Ibushi are coming for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team title held by Kanemoto & El Samurai.  Tonga speaks Tongan, I guess.

Before the ten-man tag, Takashi Iizuka goes through the crowd knocking over chairs and apparently assaulting random bystanders.

New Japan Seikigun, GBH, & Aogi-gun vs. CHAOS Special Ten Man Tag Team Match: IWGP Heavyweight Champion Togi Makabe, IWGP Tag Team Champions Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue, Hiroshi Tanahashi, & Hirooki Goto vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka, NO LIMIT, & Tomohiro Ishii.  As usual, everyone brawls to start.  Respective rivals pair off and brawl all over Korakuen.  Yano and Iizuka double team Makabe in the ring.  All of CHAOS make it inside and assault Makabe.  Makabe starts lariating fuckers and clears the ring.  “MAKABE!” chants fill Korakuen.  The match finally settles down into Goto vs. Ishii.  They shoulder block each other.  Ishii drops Goto, then beats on him in the corner.  Goto whips Ishii into the opposite corner and hits a lariat, then goes for a diving elbow drop that Ishii avoids.  They trade forearms for a while, then lariat each other a few times.  Goto finally drops Ishii with one, then tags in Nagata.  Nagata and Goto double team Ishii a bit.  Yujiro tags in and promptly gets kicked really hard repeatedly.  They start trading forearms too.  Nagata drops Yujiro with a slap, then kicks him some more.  Inoue tags in and the tag champs double team Yujiro.  Inoue attacks Yujiro’s leg.  Naito comes in and dropkicks Inoue, then throws him outside.  CHAOS beat up Inoue on the outside, with Yano using a chair.  Everybody brawls on the outside again.  Back inside, Naito chokes Inoue with a towel.  Cover gets 2.  Yano tags in and beats up Inoue.  Tanahashi comes in to help but gets whipped into the corner by Yano.  Iizuka hits Inoue with a chair on the outside.  Inside, Ishii and Naito get into a brief chop battle.  Yujiro tags in and slams Inoue, then knocks Nagata off the apron.  Nagata brings a chair into the ring, but the referee stops him.  So chairs are fine as long as they’re on the outside.  NO LIMIT double team Inoue, then double team Nagata when he tries to save.  Inoue hits NO LIMIT with sort of a double spear and makes the hot tag to Makabe, who cleans house.  Makabe beats up Yujiro.  Makabe hits a Northern Lights suplex for 2.  Makabe goes for a German, but Yujiro counters.  Naito kicks Makabe from the apron, then tags in.  Makabe will have none of their shit and drops them both before tagging in Nagata.  Nagata kicks the hell out of Naito and hits an Exploder for 2.  Tanahashi wants in and Korakuen wants him in.  Nagata hits Naito with a belly to belly throw and covers, but Yujiro saves.  NO LIMIT double team Nagata.  Naito gets a jackknife hold, but Inoue saves.  Iizuka tags in and tries a sleeper hold, but Nagata hits him with a belly to belly.  Tanahashi tags in and Korakuen loses their shit.  Yano holds Tanahashi for Iizuka, but Tanahashi ducks and heels collide.  Iizuka throws Tanahashi over the ropes.  He tries to skin the can back in, but Yano stops him.  Clusterfuck breaks lose.  Iizuka Pedigrees Tanahashi for 2, then tries to use the metal glove, but Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade on Iizuka, then Yano, then hits the High Fly Flow on Iizuka for the pin in 17:30.  This is the third variation I’ve seen of this match and it’s still fun.  Yano tries to do something to ring boy Mikami’s hair and everybody brawls some more, with emphasis on Yano vs. Tanahashi.  Yano cuts some of Mikami’s hair off.  Tanahashi cuts a promo on Yano.

CHAOS post-match interview.

The babyfaces’ post-match interview.

Best of the Super Jr. – Final: Kota Ibushi vs. Prince Devitt.  The other participants in the tournament are at ringside to watch.  Korakuen loves Devitt.  They shake hands.  They lock up.  Mat wrestling, stalemate, applause.  They lock up again and Devitt grabs a side headlock.  Devitt hits a shoulder block, but Ibushi nips up and hits a dropkick.  Ibushi tries to apply a half crab, but Devitt reaches the ropes.  Ibushi whips Devitt into the corner, charges, and gets caught with an elbow.  Ibushi dropkicks Devitt off the apron.  Devitt slips back in to avoid a dive and dropkicks Ibushi off the apron, then hits a suicide plancha.  Back inside, Devitt hits a missile dropkick for 2.  Devitt hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Devitt goes for a suplex, but Ibushi drops behind him.  Devitt charges, but Ibushi catches him with a Frankensteiner that sends him outside and hits one of his beautiful moonsaults to the floor.  Ibushi follows with a missile dropkick to the floor.  Devitt barely beats the count back inside.  Ibushi hits the standing Shooting Star press and the Lionsault for 2.  “DEVITT!” chants fill Korakuen.  Ibushi slams Devitt and goes for a moonsault press.  Devitt moves, so Ibushi lands on his feet and tries a standing moonsault, but Devitt gets his knees up.  They trade strikes.  Devitt drops Ibushi with a Pele kick.  Devitt dropkicks Ibushi in the back against the corner and hits a backdrop suplex off the top rope for 2.  Devitt hits the Prince’s Throne and a DIVING DOUBLE STOMP TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD.  Devitt hits another diving double stomp, but Ibushi kicks out!  Devitt goes for a double arm suplex, but Ibushi counters and hits a Pele kick and a Dragon suplex hold for 2.  They fight on the top rope.  Ibushi hits a handspring Pele kick and an avalanche-style Frankensteiner, but DEVITT KICKS OUT!  Ibushi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Ibushi hits the 450 splash!  1, 2, he gothimnohedidn’tcomeonref!  Ibushi looks to have injured his shoulder.  The attendants and some of the wrestlers check on him, but he decides he’s fine.  Devitt ducks a kick, rocks Ibushi with an enzuigiri, and hits the Bloody Sunday for the pin in 14:35!  DEVITT WINS!  He’s the best around!  Nothing’s gonna ever keep him down!  Very very good match.

The tournament participants fill the ring.  Devitt shakes Ibushi’s hand as Ibushi ices his shoulder.  Masahito Kakihara reads the thing that I guess offically declares Devitt tournament champion.  Devitt gets presented with a bunch of trophies and a giant check  ¥5,000,000 ($55,634.38 USD). The tournament participants pose for pictures.  Devitt does his post-match interview in the ring, thanking the fans in Japanese and promises to bring the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back to New Japan.  He asks the fans to continue supporting New Japan.  Confetti falls.  He’s the best around!

The announcers talk as Korakuen empties out.

Ibushi’s post-match interview, but he doesn’t seem to say anything.

Devitt and other New Japan wrestlers toast with Coors Light.  Devitt gets celebratory beer poured all over him.  Devitt talks about his upcoming title shot against Naomichi Marufuji and other things.

Highlight video of the semifinals and final.

Great show to end a great tournament.  New Japan was my first love in Japanese wrestling, and this tournament has reinforced that.  It’s also completely sold me on Prince Devitt and Kota Ibushi in addition to reinforcing my love of old favorites.

NJPW “Best of the Super Jr. XVII” 6/12/10 Matches

Posted in NJPW with tags , , , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by Grappleholic

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. La Sombra.  Sombra attacks Liger immediately and sends him outside, then hits a dive, all before Liger can get his cloak off.  Sombra hits Liger with a baseball slide dropkick to kick him out of the ring, then hits a diving moonsault to the floor.  Liger barely beats the count back into the ring.  Sombra covers him for 2.  Sombra covers again, but Liger gets a rope break.  Sombra gets a schoolboy for 2.  Liger hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker.  Liger hits a running shotei to the corner, then goes for a powerbomb, but Sombra counters it into a Frankensteiner for 2.  Sombra hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker and a diving spinning body attack for 2.  Liger goes outside and Sombra hits a springboard dive that looked kinda botched.  I think he slipped on the top rope.  Sombra makes it back into the ring, but Liger gets counted out in 4:32.  That was weak.  I hope Liger wasn’t hurt on the dive.  Sombra helps Liger up and raises his arm.  He’s a good sport!

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Kota Ibushi vs. Davey Richards.  JIP right after the bell.  They both throw some kicks.  They trade arm locks.  Ibushi turns it into a headscissors.  Richards turns it into a leg lock, then a head lock.  Ibushi lands a dropkick.  They trade chops and forearms, then Ibushi drops Richards with a kick.  They trade kicks on the apron.  Richards drops Ibushi on the apron with an arm ringer.  Richards works Ibushi over on the floor and rams his arm into the post.  Ibushi beats the count back in at 17.  Richards works his arm and hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Richards keeps working the arm.  Ibushi botches a Frankensteiner.  Richards goes outside and Ibushi hits him with one of his gorgeous moonsaults to the floor.  They trade forearms in the ring, then boot each other in the face.  Ibushi ducks a kick and lands a flurry of strikes, then the standing Shooting Star press and the Lionsault for 2.  They fight on the top rope.  Richards goes for a sunset flip powerbomb and they counter each other a bunch, leading into a nice pinfall reversal sequence.  Richards lands on his feet from a German suplex attempt and hits a Tombstone.  “That’s it!” he yells, and jumps clear across the ring with a diving headbutt for 2.  How long until he learns that the headbutt is never “it?”  Richards goes for the Kimura, but Ibushi turns it into a cradle for 2.  Ibushi ducks a lariat Matrix-style and hits a German suplex for 2.  Richards locks in the Kimura again.  Ibushi manages to get a rope break.  Richards slams Ibushi and goes up top.  Ibushi cuts him off, but Richards knocks him down.  Ibushi hits a handspring Pele kick, then an avalanche-style Frankensteiner for  a very close 2.  Ibushi hits a 450 splash for the pin (11:20 shown).  Really good match.  I need to check out their EVOLVE match from earlier this year.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: AKIRA vs. Kenny Omega.  They shake hands and lock up.  They trade arm locks and AKIRA does flippy shit.  Mat wrestling, stalemate, applause.  Omega lands some strikes, then does a pelvic thrust and yells “BOOYAH!”  Omega hits a Frankensteiner.  AKIRA rolls outide.  Omega tries a dive, but AKIRA catches his leg and pulls him down, with Omega hitting his knee hard on the floor in the process.  AKIRA attacks the knee.  AKIRA does his backwards figure-four around the ring post again.  Omega barely beats the count back in the ring at 19.  They trade forearms.  Omega blocks a suplex attempt and tries one of his own, but his knee gives out.  He lands on his feet from another suplex attempt and drops AKIRA with a spin kick.  Omega fires back and hits a running elbow to the corner, then a missile dropkick for 2.  Omega goes for a Frankensteiner, but AKIRA counters into the STA.  Omega gets a rope break.  They trade forearms again.  They do some more stuff.  Omega hits the leg lariat bulldog thing for 2.  Omega goes for the Croyt’s Wrath, but AKIRA counters.  AKIRA hits a Shining enzuigiri and goes for the Musasabi press, but Omega avoids it.  Omegag gets a couple of 2 counts from cradles.  AKIRA hits another enzuigiri and plants Omega with a DDT and hits the Musasabi press for 2.  AKIRA locks in the STA again, but Omega reaches the ropes again.  AKIRA goes for the Muasabi press again, but Omega gets his knees up.  Omega hits the Hadouken and goes for the Croyt’s Wrath, but AKIRA counters and gets the Growing Up (weird STF cradle thing) for the pin in 11:27.  Good match.

Good stuff from this day, besides the abrupt ending to Liger/Sombra.

NJPW “Best of the Super Jr. XVII” 6/11/10 Matches

Posted in NJPW with tags , , , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by Grappleholic

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Ryusuke Taguchi vs. AKIRA.  JIP right after the opening bell.  They lock up and trade arm locks.  AKIRA does some flippy shit and they trade headlocks.  AKIRA dropkicks Taguchi out of the ring and hits a baseball slide dropkick.  Taguchi hits a rebound elbow off the apron.  They fight over who is going to suplex who into or out of the ring.  AKIRA dropkicks Taguchi’s leg and goes to work on it.  Taguchi retaliates by dropkicking AKIRA’s leg and going to work in it.  AKIRA rams Taguchi’s knee into the ring post and cranks on it.  He does the Bret Hart figure-four around the ring post, but with himself in the ring instead of the other way around.  They continue to attack each others’ legs.  AKIRA hits a missile dropkick for 2.  AKIRA counters a suplex and gets a schoolboy for 2, then goes for the STA.  Taguchi gets a rope break.  Taguchi lands a dropkick for 2.  AKIRA lands on his feet from a backdrop suplex attempt, but Taguchi dropkicks his leg, then hits a bulldog and a basement dropkick for 2.  AKIRA lands a couple of enzuigiris and goes for the Musasabi press, but Taguchi gets his knees up.  Taguchi goes for the Dodon, but AKIRA turns it into a front cradle for 2.  Taguchi gets a backslide for 2.  They trade kicks and Taguchi’s manages to drop AKIRA.  Taguchi goes for the Three Amigos, but AKIRA counters the third and hits a DDT for 2.  AKIRA hits a shining enzuigiri for 2.  AKIRA hits the Musasabi Press to tbe back of the legs, then locks in the STA.  Taguchi escapes and applies an STF.  AKIRA rolls out.  Taguchi applies a side STF for the win (11:59 shown).  Good match.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Taiji Ishimori vs. Tama Tonga.  Tonga attacks Ishimori before the bell and throws him out of the ring, then throws him into chairs and otherwise beats the hell out of him.  Ishimori makes it into the ring and fights back, but Tonga no sells his chops.  Tonga slams Ishimori and hits an elbow drop, then prances around the ring and poses.  Tonga hits a spinebuster for 2.  Tonga continues putting a beating on Ishimori.  Tonga takes it outside again and sends Ishimori into the post, then rams his back into the ring apron.  Ishimori fights back and hits a missile dropkick.  Ishimori hits a double stomp for 2.  Ishimori hits a double knee takdown thing (that Evan Bourne does) for 2.  Ishimori goes for a cross body, but Tonga makes a fair catch and hits a fall away slam.  Tonga hits the Tongan Twist, but Ishimori gets a rope break at 2.  Tonga goes for it again, but Ishimori counters and drives him down for 2.  Ishimori hits a Tombstone-style gut buster and the 450 splash for the pin in 6:40.  It was okay, but kind of lame that the shitty guy dominated the match.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Davey Richards.  Crowd is very pro-Liger.  They lock up.  Richards slaps Liger’s chest instead of diving a clean break.  Liger backs Richards into the ropes and slaps him.  They lock up again and Richards does his flippy shit.  Stalemate, applause.  Liger works Richards’ leg.  Richards gets a reverse cradle for 2, then transitions into a surfboard hold, then back into a cradle for 2.  This time Liger transitions it into a surfboard hold, then cranks on Richards’ arms.  Richards gets a rope break.  Liger chops him.  Liger tries to set up the avalanche-style brainbuster, but Richards fights him off.  Repeat.  Richards hits a missile dropkick to the back and hurts Liger’s elbow.  Either it really fucked up the elbow or Liger is just awesome at selling.  Richards awesomely counters the shotei into a cross armbreaker, but too close to the ropes.  Richards brings Liger outside and rams his arm into the posts a couple of times.  Richards continues working the arm.  Liger holds into the ropes to try to escape the onslaught.  Liger fires back with shoteis and chops.  Richards lands a handspring enzuigiri.  Liger lands a shotei, then sells his arm.  Liger hits a tilt a while backbreaker, then a shotei to the corner.  Liger hits a powerbomb for 2.  Liger hits a frog splash for 2.  Liger goes for the brainbuster, but Richards gets him in an arm hold.  Richards hits a Tombstone and yells “THAT’S IT!”  Richards hits a diving headbutt for 2.  Guess that wasn’t it.  Richards locks in the Kimura.  Liger turns it into a cradle for 2.  Richards lands on his feet from a German suplex, then hits a Falcon Arrow into a cross armbreaker for the submission win in 9:14.  Richards is hit or miss for me, but this was really good.  Sweet finish too.

NJPW “Best of the Super Jr. XVII” 6/8/10

Posted in NJPW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2010 by Grappleholic

The opening video hypes the Best of the Super Jr. tournament.  The announcers presumably recap and hype stuff.

Jushin Thunder Liger, Ryusuke Taguchi, & AKIRA vs. Davey Richards, Tama Tonga, & King Fale.  Liger and Richards start.  They do some wrestling, then Richards does a back bridge and kicks Liger in the head.  They do a quick cradle reversal bit on the mat.  After some hopping around, Richards gets a reverse cradle for 2, then turns it into a surfboard, then turns it back into a reverse cradle for 2.  Liger turns it into a surfboard of his  own.  Taguchi runs in and dropkicks Richards in the head.  Taguchi tags in and he and Liger split the wish bone on Richards.  Tonga tags in and beats up Taguchi a bit.  New Japan’s newest young lion King Fale tags in for my first look at him.  The Tongans double team Taguchi a bit.  Taguchi gets Fale into his corner and tags in AKIRA.  AKIRA attacks Fale’s leg.  Liger comes in to continue that work while taunting Richards and Tonga.  Taguchi takes a turn attacking the leg too.  Taguchi and AKIRA try to double suplex the big Tongan Fale, but fail (pun not intended).  Clusterfuck kind of ensues.  Fale hits a Samoan drop on AKIRA for 2, as Liger saves.  Taguchi hits a dive on somebody.  AKIRA locks Fale in his modified STF that I’ve decided to call the STA.  Richards breaks it.  Taguchi disposes of Richards.  Taguchi hits a frog splash on Fale.  AKIRA follows with the Musasabi press for the pin in 8:11.  It was fine.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Kenny Omega vs. Nobuo Yoshihashi.  They slap hands, then lock up and go at it.  No clean breaks here.  Brief mat wrestling bit just to get the stalemate, applause bit.  Yoshihashi grabs a headlock and lands on his feet when Omega backdrops him.  They chop each other.  Yoshihashi hits some arm drags.  Another stalemate and applause.  Omega grounds Yoshihashi with a headlock.  Back on their feet, the trade forearms.  Omega chokes Yoshihashi with his boot in the corner.  Omega hits a Frankensteiner, then a drop toe hold, then a sliding dropkick to the head for 2.  Omega works over Yoshihashi’s leg.  Yoshihashi gets a rope break to escape what I think is an Indian Death Lock.  Omega picks up Yoshihashi and rams his shin into the turnbuckle.  Omega kicks the leg and gets him in a leg hold.  Yoshihashi gets a rope break.  Omega continues working the leg.  Yoshihashi gets a cradle out of nowhere for 2.  Omega kicks his leg some more.  Yoshihashi replies with elbows and chops.  Omega kicks him down.  Yoshihashi hits a jawbreaker and lands a dropkick.  Yoshihashi starts making a comeback.  He hits his weird side suplex drop thing for 2.  Yoshihashi hits a missile dropkick for 2.  Omega takes his leg out again and his a move that looks like he botched his bulldog thing for 2.  Omega hits the Staggerin’ Blow (he has his own name for it, but I can’t remember it) for 2.  Yoshihashi rolls through a Frankensteiner and gets a sunset flip for 2.  They trade blows again.  Yoshihashi lands a flying forearm for 2.  Yoshihashi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Yoshihashi goes for a Swanton, but Omega moves.  Omega goes for a la magistral, but Yoshihashi ends up on top for 2.  Omega hits a release Dragon suplex and the Hadouken.  Omega hits the Croyt’s Wrath for the pin in 14:21.  Pretty good match.  I’m starting to like young Yoshihashi.  They shake hands before the ring boys help Yoshihashi to the back.

Omega’s post-match interview.  He says looking good for the fans is more important than winning.  Well that’s a stupid thing to say.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: KUSHIDA vs. Gedo.  These two have heat going back to the Super J Tag tournament.  Gedo attacks KUSHIDA on the ramp with a Singapore cane and canes him a bunch before the match actually starts.  Once it does start, Gedo chokes KUSHIDA with his own shirt.  Gedo beats up KUSHIDA and cuts him off quickly when he tries to make a comeback.  Gedo throws KUSHIDA outside and abuses him at ringside, ramming his face into the announcers’ table.  Gedo throws KUSHIDA into some chairs and goes back inside.  KUSHIDA barely beats the count back in.  Gedo punishes him for having such nerve by continuing to choke and beat the shit out of him.  Also, gouging his eyes.  They go outside again and Gedo canes KUSHIDA some more.  Back inside, KUSHIDA finally manages to make a comeback by landing some dropkicks.  KUSHIDA backdrops Gedo to the apron and nails him with an elbow smash, then rams his head into the turnbuckle.  KUSHIDA runs up and down the ramp and nails Gedo with a flip dive off of the ramp.  Back in the ring, KUSHIDA hits a diving cross body for 2.  Gedo hits a DDT for 2.  Gedo hits a superkick for 2.  Gedo tries to use the cane again, but KUSHIDA dodges it.  KUSHIDA considers using the cane, but throws it again.  Gedo pokes him in the eye.  KUSHIDA lands a Buzzsaw kick for 2.  KUSHIDA hits a moonsault press for 2.  Gedo hits KUSHIDA in the balls and shoves the referee, then headbutts KUSHIDA in the balls.  The referee finally DQs Gedo in 10:11.  King Fale offers KUSHIDA an ice pack for his balls, but KUSHIDA declines.  Man, you have to do a lot to get DQ’d in Japan.  The match was quite fun.

KUSHIDA’s post-match interview.  I can only assume he says something to the effect of “Fuck you, Gedo!”

New Japan Seikigun & Aogi-gun vs. CHAOS Special Ten Man Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, IWGP Tag Team Champions Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue, & CMLL World Trios Champion La Sombra vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka, NO LIMIT, & Tomohiro Ishii.  Yano spits water at Tanahashi and everyone starts brawling.  Tanahashi ducks a double clothesline from NO LIMIT and dropkicks them both.  Sombra hits a diving moonsault to the outside on Naito and Ishii.  The heels are all cleared out of the ring now.  It finally settles down, with Tanahashi and Yano going at it.  Nagata tags in and works Yano’s arm.  Goto tags in and continues that work.  Yano pokes Goto in the eye and knows Tanahashi off the apron.  Goto lands a lariat on Yano.  Tanahashi comes in and puts the boots to his enemy.  Tanahashi and Goto double team Yano.  Shit breaks lose again and Goto gets chaired by Iizuka and Yujiro on the outside.  Iizuka chairs Nagata and Sombra too.  When things get back in order, Ishii and Goto go at it in the ring.  Naito continues the working over of Goto.  Iizuka tags in and chokes Goto with his chain while Yujiro distracts the referee.  Iizuka covers Goto for 2, then chokes him with the chain again.  The referee (I think it’s Tiger Hattori) tells Iizuka to cut that shit out.  Yujiro beats up Goto and attacks Nagata just to antagonize him.  Yujiro puts Goto in a camel clutch and Naito hits a springboard dropkick.  Yujiro covers for 2, as Inoue saves.  Yano tags in and tries to suplex Goto, but Goto Hulks up and suplexes Yano, then hits him with an enzuigiri and makes the tag to Tanahashi.  Tanahashi and Yano continue their war.  Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade and goes up top, but Iizuka grabs his leg allowing Yano to throw him off Flair-style.  Tanahashi locks Yano in a Dragon sleeper, but Ishii breaks it.  Tanahashi throws Ishii out of the ring and continues to beat up his rival.  Yano catches Tanahashi and slams him.  Nagata and Yujiro tag in and unleash their hatred on each other.  Yujiro powerslams Nagata and tags in Naito.  NO LIMIT try to double team Nagata, but fail.  Inoue comes in and spears Yujiro.  Sombra tags in.  Naito and Ishii try to double team him, but Sombra overcomes him and hits a rana on Naito.  Sombra hits a diving sunset flip on Naito for 2.  Naito hits a flying forearm.  All hell breaks loose.  NO LIMIT hit a double team move on Sombra.  Naito covers, but Inoue saves.  Naito goes for a German suplex, but Sombra lands on his feet.  Naito kicks Sombra in the balls.  Yujiro lariats Sombra, then Naito catches Sombra with a jackknife hold for the pin in 13:08.  Really fun and solid match.  Naito goes for Sombra’s mask, but Tanahashi prevents such shenanigans.

GBH vs. NOAH Special Tag Match: IWGP Heavyweight Champion Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Go Shiozaki & Mohammed Yone.  Honma and Yone start brawling before the match starts.  This is a preliminary skirmish to the Makabe vs. Shiozaki and Honma vs. Yone singles matches coming up on 6/19.  Shiozaki tags in and wants Makabe.  Makabe obliges.  They lock up.  Go grabs a side headlock briefly, then they just start throwing heavy blows at each other.  Honma tags in and trades shots with Go.  Go hits a knee drop for 2.  Yone slams Honma on the floor.  Go whips Honma into a lariat from Yone at ringside.  Back inside, Yone slams Honma and hits a running leg drop, brother.  Yone cranks on Honma’s neck in painful looking ways.  Go tags in and superkicks Makabe on the apron.  Go tries to suplex Honma, but Honma blocks it and suplexes Go.  Makabe tags in and clobbers Go.  Makabe hits a powerslam and a couple of lariats.  Makabe hits a Northern Lights suplex hold for 2.  Go superkicks Makabe hits a his a release German suplex.  Go hits a lariat for 2.  They clothesline each other until Makabe knocks Go down.  Yone and Honma tag in and brawl.  Honma hits a bulldog and a missile dropkick for 2.  They trade hard shots again.  Go tags in.  Makabe attacks him before he can further damage Honma.  GBH double team Go.  Honma hits a lariat for 2, as Yone saves.  Makabe throws Yone out of the ring and brawls with him on the floor.  Honma headbutts Go a few times, then slams him and goes up top.  Yone grabs his leg, allowing Go to hit a superplex.  Go hits a lariat for 2, as Makabe saves.  Yone hits a diving leg drop on Honma.  Go hits a German suplex hold on Honma for 2.  Go wears down Honma as Makabe and Yone brawl outside.  Honma gets an S.O.S. like cradle for 2.  Go hits a lariat, then slams Honma and hits a moonsault press.  Yone holds Makabe outside to keep him from making the save.  Go hits Honma with a lariat for the pin in 13:08.  Pretty good match.  Go and Makabe have some post-match words leading into their upcoming title match.

Go’s post-match interview.

Makabe’s post-match interview.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Koji Kanemoto vs. Taiji Ishimori.  They start trading big strikes immediately and keep it up for a couple of minutes.  Ishimori ranas Kanemoto out of the ring and goes for a 619, but Kanemoto catches his leg and locks in the ankle hold at ringside.  Kanemoto releases the hold, then hits the Falcon Arrow on the floor.  Kanemoto hits the face wash in the corner x2.  Ishimori blocks the third, but Kanemoto kicks the fuck out of him and face washes him again.  Kanemoto kicks the shit out of Ishimori some more.  Ishimori lands a handspring kick, then hits a Dragon screw leg whip on the apron.  Ishimori hits a springboard double stomp.  Ishimori hits another Dragon screw leg whip and locks in a figure-four leglock.  Kanemoto manages to get a rope break.  Ishimori goes for a Tombstone, but Kanemoto counters and goes for the ankle lock.  Ishimori manages to escape that certain destruction.  Kanemoto hits a Frankensteiner off the top for 2.  Kanemoto goes for the ankle lock, but Ishimori counters into a cradle, when locks Kanemoto in the ankle lock.  Kanemoto reverses it and tortures Ishimori, then kicks him in the head for 2.  Kanemoto tortures Ishimori’s ankle some more.  Ishimori manages to get a rope break.  Kanemoto goes for a moonsault, but Ishimori avoids it and locks in the ankle lock again.  After that, Ishimori goes for a 450 splash, but Kanemoto gets his knees up.  They get to their knees and trade forearms and slaps.  Ishimori ducks a kick and lands one of his own.  He goes for a Pele kick, but Ishimori catches his leg and locks in the ankle lock for the win in 13:14.  Awesome match, if not quite as awesome as Kanemoto vs. Hayato from Day 1.  Kanemoto speaks after the match.

Kanemoto’s post-match interview.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Prince Devitt vs. Kota Ibushi.  They lock up.  Devitt backs Ibushi into the ropes and gives a clean break.  They do some sweet chain wrestling.  Devitt works on Ibushi’s shoulders.  Ibushi gets a rope break to escape a hold.  Ibushi sends Devitt outside with a dropkick.  Devitt slips back and dropkicks Ibushi off the apron.  Devitt lands a beautiful Space Flying Tiger Drop.  Devitt suplexes somebody at ringside.  I’ll have to check on who and update this.  Devitt hits a missile dropkick for 2.  Devitt goes up top and Ibushi knocks him to the floor with a kick and hits a diving moonsault to the floor.  They trade hard shots in the ring.  Ibushi hits his flurry, then the standing Shooting Star press and the Lionsault for 2.  Devitt drops Ibushi with a Pele kick.  Ibushi gets a la magistral for 2.  Ibushi hits a Regal Plex for 2.  Ibushi goes up top, but Devitt drops him with a dropkick and hits a brainbuster off the top rope for 2.  Devitt hits the Prince’s Throne for 2.  Devitt goes up top, but Ibushi cuts him off.  They fight on the top rope.  Ibushi gets knocked down, but comes back and hits a Frankensteiner off the top rope for 2.  Ibushi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Ibushi hits the Phoenix splash for the pin in 11:00.  Really good match.  They shake hands.

The announcers talk as the arena starts to empty out.

Devitt’s post-match interview.  He hopes he and Ibushi make it to the finals to have their rubber match.

Ibushi’s post-match interview.

Highlights video.

Awesome show!