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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.

NOAH “Rusher Kimura Memorial Show” 6/26/10

Posted in NOAH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2010 by Grappleholic

Some dudes go over the card.  Akira Taue comes to the ring to hold up a picture of the late Rusher Kimura.  The other wrestlers surround the ring and they do a 10-bell salute.

Naomichi Marufuji & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Genba Hirayanagi.  Marufuji and Kanemaru start.  Kanemaru backs Marufuji into the ropes and gives a clean break.  Marufuji takes a swing at Kanemaru, then they do some face paced stuff, stalemate, applause.  They do some chain wrestling, always a good thing.  Ogawa tags in and takes over.  Kanemaru does a cool victory roll style headscissors.  Ogawa cuts him off on top and Kanemaru rakes his face repeatedly.  Ogawa falls down, then hits the ropes to make Kanemaru crotch himself.  Kanemaru hits Ogawa in the balls and tags in Genba.  Genba kicks him in the balls again.  Marufuji tags in trades shots with Genba.  Kanemaru tags in, throws Marufuji outside, and whips him into the barricade.  Marufuji and Genba go at it int he ring again.  Marufuji throws Genba outside where Ogawa throws him into the barricade.  Ogawa and Marufuji take turns working over Genba.  Marufuji and Kanemaru fight on the outside.  Ogawa goes for his backdrop on Genba, but gets kicked in the balls again.  Kanemaru comes in against Ogawa and hits a moonsault press for 2.  Ogawa launches Kanemaru across the ring.  Marufuji and Kanemaru run around and hit each other.  Kanemaru hits a jumping DDT and goes for the Touch Out.  Marufuji counters and lands a superkick.  Kanemaru counters the Shiranui and hits a spinning DDT.  Genba comes and gets an inside cradle for 2.  Genba gets an Oklahoma roll for 2.  Genba hits an STO and goes op top, but Ogawa pulls his leg.  Kanemaru powerbombs Marufuji out of the corner and Genba hits a diving elbow for 2.  Marufuji hits Genba with a series of kicks, the Shiranui, and Kanemaru’s Touch Out for the pin in 12:37.  Marufuji uses Kanemaru’s finisher to pin his partner leading into their upcoming title match.  This was technically fine, but kind of boring.  The crowd seemed dead for Tokyo fans.  I wonder if that’s a Differ thing.

Marufuji’s post-match interview.

Kanemaru’s post-match interview.

Takeshi Morishima & Shuhei Taniguchi vs. Yutaka Yoshie & Bison Smith.  Moroshima and Taniguchi go on the attack immediately to start us off with a big brawl.  It settles down into Smith and Taniguchi being in the ring.  Taniguchi hits a dropkick and clamps ion a front face lock.  Smith backs him into the corner and tags in Yoshie.  Yoshie seems to want Morishima, but settles for trading shots with Taniguchi.  The crowd is slightly more lively for this match.  Morishima tags in and we have our FAT GUY FIGHT! between he and Yoshie.  Morishima lands a dropkick and Yoshie bails.  Morishima teases a dive, then just steps out.  Yoshie reverses an Irish whip to send Morishima into the barricade.  Yoshie slams Morishima on the floor.  Yoshie works over Morishima back in the ring.  Smith tags in and tries to knock down Morishima.  He struggles, despite not being small himself.  Morishima knocks Smith down with a shoulder block and tags in Taniguchi.  Taniguchi knocks Smith down again and locks in a camel clutch.  Yoshie tags in and hits Taniguchi with his large ass.  Stink face!  Yoshie hits a rolling senton splash for 2.  Yoshie applies kind of a half crab bow & arrow, then transitions into a regular half crowd.  Smith tags in and takes over the half crab.  Taniguchi gets a rope break.  Taniguchi clubbers Smith, then gets backed into the enemy corner again.  Yoshie tags in and beats up Taniguchi some more.  They trade shots, then Yoshie slaps the piss out of him.  Taniguchi avoids a charge in the corner and hits a backdrops suplex!  Morishima tags in and hits a missile dropkick, causing Yoshie to stumble into a corner.  Morishima hits a running ass to the corner.  Morishima struggles to known down Yoshie, but manages to drop him with a lariat for 2.  Morishima goes for the backdrop suplex, but Yoshie lands on top of him.  Yoshie hits a senton splash for 2.  Yoshie slams Morishima and goes up top.  Morishima cuts him off and hits a superplex.  Yoshie recovers and hits a German suplex.  Morishima hits a lariat.  Smith and Taniguchi tag in and go at it.  Taniguchi hits a spinebuster for like 1.  Smith escapes a German suplex attempt, but Taniguchi hits a belly to belly suplex.  Taniguchi and Morishima double team Smith.  Taniguchi hits a suplex for 2.  Taniguchi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Smith hits a half nelson suplex.  Yoshie and Smith double team Taniguchi.  Smith hits a belly to belly suplex for 2.  Smith hits an Iron Claw Bomb, but Morishima saves the match.  Smith nails Taniguchi with a lariat and a powerbomb for 2.  Smith hits the Bisontenniel (Styles Clash) for the pin in 14:23.  This was really fun.

Morishima’s post-match interview.

Yoshie’s post-match interview.

Jun Akiyama vs. Keith Walker.  Akiyama immediately bails when Walker tries to use a chain.  Akiyama throws Walker into the barricade.  Back into the ring.  For like a second.  Walker drops Akiyama, then beats him up outside in the crowd.  Finally back inside, Walker continues to abuse Akiyama.  Walker is a beast.  Walker hits a suplex for 2.  Walker drives a knee into Akiyama in the corner.  The referee tries to break and Walker throws him out of the ring.  Walker covers and yells for the ref to come back in.  The ref refuses to count for him.  Walker chokes Akiyama.  Akiyama starts to hulk up and they trade shots.  Walker nails him with an elbow smash for 2.  Akiyama hits a backdrop suplex.  Akiyama hits come knees and goes up top.  Walker cuts him off and hits a superplex.  Walker beats up Akiyama some more.  Walker hits a swank Fisherman buster for 2.  Walker hits a German suplex for 2.  Walker hits some lariats for 2.  Akiyama hits the Exploder and clamps on a guillotine.  Akiyama hits something for 2.  Akiyama tries for the Exploder again, but gets an inside cradle for the pin in 9:01.  This was sort of interesting, but it didn’t do much for me.  Walker throws a fit.  Akiyama pics up the mic and says “1, 2, 3!”  Walker is really pissed off.

Akiyama’s post-match interview.

Hype video for the Junior tag title match.

GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: Taiji Ishimori & Ricky Marvin (c) vs. NOSAWA Rongai & FUJITA.  FUJITA and NOSAWA jump Ishimori and Marvin before the bell.  They send Marvin outside and try to double team Ishimori, but Ishimori rallies and cleans house.  NOSAWA and Ishimori do the fast paced junior stuff, stalemate, applause.  NOSAWA shakes Ishimori’s hand for some reason.  Marvin and FUJITA tag in.  FUJITA tries to throw Marvin out of the ring, but Marvin skins the cat and hits a headscissors.  Marvin hits a rana and a rope walk arm drag.  FUJITA bails and Marvin fakes a dive to the outside.  Marvin applies a half crab.  FUJITA gets a rope break.  Ishimori tags in and works FUJITA’s leg.  Marvin tags back in and hits the Eddie hilo for 2.  Marvin hits a basement dropkick to the back of the head for 2.  NOSAWA comes in and slaps the back of Marvin’s head.  Ishimori tags in and gets sent into the turnbuckles by FUJITA.  NOSAWA tags in and ties up Ishimori in a wacky lucha submission hold.  NOSAWA and FUJITA take turns working Ishimori over.  Ishimori hits NOSAWA with a springboard missile dropkick.  NOSAWA tries to cut him off, but Marvin gets the tag and runs wild.  NOSAWA side steps Marvin and sends his shoulder into the post.  FUJITA comes in and hits an Ace Crusher for 2.  FUJITA plants Marvin with a DDT for 2, then locks in a submission hold.  Marvin botches a diving sunset flip, ducks a lariat, then rocks FUJITA with an enzuigiri.  Ishimori tags in and hits a Vader Bomb-style double stomp on FUJITA for 2.  Ishimori hits the diving double knees for 2.  FUJITA fights off a crucifix attempt, nails a lariat, and tags in NOSAWA.  They double team Ishimori with kicks for 2.  Marvin comes in and cleans house.  Ishimori and Marvin double team NOSAWA.  Marvin tries a dive on FUJITA, but FUJITA avoids it and Marvin eats the floor.  Ishimori goes up top to finish NOSAWA, but FUJITA cuts him off.  Marvin pulls FUJITA to the floor.  NOSAWA crotches Ishimori on the top rope and hits a superplex.  NOSAWA lands a Buzzsaw kick for 2.  FUJITA hits a Tombstone Piledriver on Ishimori.  NOSAWA gets an Oklahoma roll, but Marvin saves.  Marvin drops NOSAWA with a kick and takes out FUJITA with a tope suicida.  Marvin goes up top, but FUJITA knocks him down.  NOSAWA low blows Ishimori and gets a cradle for 2.  Ishimori hits NOSAWA with a Pele kick.  Ishimori lands a superkick, but FUJITA saves.  Marvin holds FUJITA while Ishimori hits NOSAWA with a 450 splash for the pin in 16:34.  Okay match, but it didn’t really light my world on fire.  The STILL champions are presented with trophies.  NOSAWA and FUJITA show respect to Ishimori, but NOSAWA flips off Marvin instead of shaking his hand.

NOSAWA & FUJITA’s post-match interview.

Ishimori & Marvin’s post-match interview.

Hype video for NOAH vs. New Japan!

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Go Shiozaki & Atsushi Aoki.  Despite this being a NOAH show, the crowd chants for the outsider Tanahashi.  Go wants to start with Tanahashi, but Tana decides to make him wait.  Aoki and Taguchi start.  Now the crowd is chanting for Aoki.  They lock up and do the usual great wrestling.  They trade submission holds.  Stalemate, applause.  Go tags in.  Tanahashi finally obliges and tags in.  They get the crowd going, which this show desperately needed.  They lock up.  Tanahashi backs Go into the ropes and teases a clean break, but instead punches him in the stomach.  Tanahashi clamps on a side headlock.  Go breaks free and scores a knockdown with a shoulder block.  They lock up again and Tanahashi pulls Go’s hair.  They trade forearms in the corner.  Tanahashi slams Go.  Go fires some vicious chops and sends Tanahashi outside.  Back inside, they go to a test of strength and Tanahashi hits a double arm suplex.  Go drops Tana with a chop and tags in Aoki.  Aoki knocks Taguchi off the apron and shines against Tanahashi.  Tanahashi and Taguchi double team Aoki.  Go throws Tanahashi to the outside and they brawl on the floor.  Tanahashi whips Go into the barricade.  Taguchi rams Aoki’s knee into the ring post.  Tanahashi and Taguchi apply a double leg lock on Aoki, then proceed to take turns torturing Aoki’s leg.  Aoki manages to land a missile dropkick on Tanahashi and make the hot tag to Go.  Go runs wild on Tanahashi until Taguchi knees him from the apron.  The New Japan team try to double team, but Go rallies and runs wild on both of them.  Go hits a Fisherman buster on Tanahashi for 2.  Go and Tanahashi trade strikes.  Go hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Aoki and Taguchi brawl on the floor.  Go hits Tanahashi with a discus lariat for 2.  Go slams Tanahashi and goes for a moonsault, but Tanahashi avoids it.  Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade on Go, then dropkicks Aoki off of the apron.  Tanahashi goes for the High Fly Flow, but Go moves out of the way.  Tanahashi and go have an awesome countering exchange.  Taguchi tags in and hits a springboard dropkick on Go’s knee, which was injured in the last exchange.  Go flapjacks Taguchi into the top turnbuckle.  Taguchi tries to take out the knee.  Go hits a spinny slam and tags in Aoki.  Aoki runs wild on Taguchi and hits a spin kick for 2.  Taguchi hits a dropkick and a Fisherman buster, then knocks Go off of the apron.  Aoki fights off a double team attempt and sends Tanahashi outside.  Aoki hits Taguchi with a backdrop suplex.  Go hobbles back in and Team NOAH double team Taguchi.  Go powerbombs Taguchi and Aoki hits a frog splash, but Tanahashi saves.  Go throws Tanahashi out of the ring and they brawl on the floor.  Go puns Tanahashi down with a sleeper.  Taguchi hits Aoki with a 2 German suplexes.  Aoki drops him with a kick.  Tanahashi gets in and cuts off Aoki from making the tag.  Tanahashi hits Aoki with a flying forearm and the Sling Blade.  He goes for a Dragon suplex, but Aoki counters into an arm lock.  Taguchi saves.  Go takes Taguchi out to the floor and they brawl.  Aoki and Tanahashi trade forearms.  Tanahashi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Tanahashi hits a Fisherman Michinoku Driver and goes up top.  Go cuts him off.  Aoki goes for something off the top.  Taguchi cuts him off and hits the Dodon.  Tanahashi hits the High Fly Flow on Aoki for the pin in 22:45.  Really fucking good match.  This match was the only reason I wanted to watch this show and it definitely delivered.  Tanahashi cuts a promo.  No clue what he’s saying, but it seems to irk Go.  He puts over New Japan.

Tanahashi & Taguchi’s post-match interview.

Go’s post-match interview.

Hype video for the main event.

Yoshihiro Takayama, Kensuke Sasaki, & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. GHC Heavyweight Champion Takashi Sugiura, Mohammed Yone, & KENTA.  Takayama and Sugiura start immediately beating the hell out of each other.  Sugiura manages a belly to belly suplex on the much larger Takayama.  Takayama responds in kind.  They clobber each other some more.  Sasaki and Yone tag in and lock up.  Sasaki gives a mostly clean break.  Repeat in reverse, but Yone declines the clean break.  They then tire of that wrestling BS and start clobbering each other.  Yone lands some boots.  Sasaki blasts him with a lariat.  Yone bails.  I’d be done after eating a lariat from Kensuke too.  He comes back in and they tease a test of strength, then Yone cheap shots him and tags in KENTA.  KENTA kicks the shout of Sasaki’s knee.  They wail on each other and it’s awesome.  Nakajima tags in and trade kicks with KENTA.  That’s a game you’re just not going to win, buddy.  Nakajima is finally forced to take a breather.  Sugiura tags in and beats up Nakajima.  Yone tags in and beats up Nakajima.  It’s a good old fashioned Nakajima beat off!  KENTA takes another turn.  A big brawl breaks out at ringside.  Back inside, Nakajima lands a dropkick on KENTA for 2.  Kensuke tags in and hits a lariat on KENTA for 2.  Takayama tags in and trades shots with KENTA, which is great shit.  KENTA is sent outside and all 3 opponents take turns wailing on him.  Back inside, KENTA gets the shit beaten out of him some more.  Sasaki hits a long stalling suplex for 2.  Sasaki applies the Strangle Hold Gamma.  Everybody else brawls.  Yone manages to make the save for KENTA.  KENTA and Nakajima trade shots.  Nakajima hits KENTA with the Go 2 Sleep!  Cover, but Yone saves.  I love KENTA’s subtle putting over of his move by needing to be saved instead of kicking out of it.  KENTA comes to and they wail on each other some more.  KENTA hits a Falcon Arrow.  Takayama and Sugiura tag in and go at each other again.  Takayama wails on Sugiura so hard you can see sweat fly off of him.  Sugiura hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Takayama does a headlock takeover into a cradle for 2.  Takayama lands a knee lift and tags in Sasaki.  Sasaki and Sugiura wail on each other.  Sasaki does a shoulder takeover for 2.  Sasaki hits a chokeslam like move and applies the Strangle Hold Gamma.  Yone saves again.  Sugiura ducks a lariat and hits a spear, then tags in Yone.  Sasaki lands some chops.  Yone lands a lariat in the corner, then in the opposite corner.  Yone slams Sasaki and hits a diving leg drop for 2.  They trade shots.  Sasaki nails a lariat.  Takayama tags in and hits a double arm suplex into a cross armbreaker.  KENTA and Sugiura saves, then send Sasaki and Nakajima to the floor.  The enemy team triple teams Takayama until his partners save.  Sugiura and KENTA take them out again and the 4 brawl at ringside.  Takayama hits Yone with a knee lift.  The Takayama/Kensuke Office team triple team Yone.  Takayama hits a backdrop suplex, but Sugiura and KENTA save.  Takayama and Sugiura trade forearms.  Kensuke blasts Sugiura with a lariat.  Takayama knees him in the face.  Nakajima whips KENTA into the barricade.  Yone drops Takayama with a kick.  Takayama and Yone trade boots.  Takayama hits a half nelson suplex for 2.  Takayama hits the German suplex hold for the pin in 23:31.  Really good match.  I love technical wrestling, but I’m not above enjoying a big slugfest like this.

Takayama, Sasaki, and Nakajima’s post-match interview.

Video clips of the late Rusher Kimura, who this show is in honor of.

Now I guess they’re going to go back and show the prelim matches that they didn’t show earlier…

Kento Miyahara vs. Eddie Edwards.  JIP.  Edwards reverses Miyahara into the turnbuckles, then locks in a rolling half crab.  Miyahara gets a rope break.  They trade shots.  Edwards gets the better of it and covers for 2.  Edwards hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Edwards applies a Muta Lock.  Edwards hits an elbow smash for 2.  Edwards applies a body scissors and a sleeper, then covers for 2.  They trade forearms.  Edwards lands a dropkick for 2.  Edwards applies a modified camel clutch and pulls on Miyahara’s mouth.  Ouch.  Cover gets 2.  Edwards gets the better of a chop exchange.  Edwards telegraphs a backdrop and gets kicked in the face.  Edwards goes for a suplex, but Miyahara blocks it and hits his own suplex.  Miyahara hits a dropkick to the head for 2.  Miyahara lands some knees in the corner, including one the face for 2.  Edwards hits a belly to belly overhead suplex and a snap suplex, then a missile dropkick.  Miyahara bails to the floor.  Edwards hits a tope sucida that sends them both crashing over the barricade.  Edwards hits a Shining Wizard for 2.  Edwards hits a Backpack Stunner for 2, then locks in the half crab.  Miyahara gets a rope break.  Miyahara hits a Frankensteiner for 2.  Miyahara gets a reverse cradle just as the 15 minute time limit expires (9:20 shown).  What they showed of it was pretty good.

Akira Taue & Akitoshi Saito vs. Takuma Sano & Masao Inoue.  JIP.  Inoue and Taue rake each other’s face.  Saito beats up Inoue on the outside.  Taue plants a boot on Inoue’s neck in the corner and tweaks his nipple.  Taue with a titty twister takedown.  Seriously.  Saito tags in and lands an elbow smash, then clamps on a rear chin lock.  Cover gets 2.  Saito hits a LONG stalling vertical suplex for 2.  Taue tags in and yells in Inoue’s ear.  And Inoue sells it.  Inoue hits a diving shoulder block and makes the tag to Sano.  Sano hits a diving double stomp on Taue for 2.  Taue hits a DDT and scampers over to make the tag to Saito.  Saito hits a Rock Bottom  and goes for a German.  Sano escapes.  They lariat each other.  Sano lands some kicks and scampers over to make the tag to Inoue.  Inoue hits a side Russian leg sweep for 2.  Inoue and Sano touble team Saito.  Inoue covers, but Taue saves.  Sano takes Taue outside and hugs him.  Inoue goes for a move, but Saito counters and hits a Rock Bottom.  Inoue blocks a lariat and gets an inside cradle for 2.  Inoue gets a schoolboy for 2.  Saito hits a knee lift and goes for a German, but Inoue turns it into a front cradle for 2.  Taue comes in and chokeslams Inoue.  Saito covers, but Sano saves.  Taue takes Sano outside.  Inoue rakes Saito’s eyes and goes for a suplex, but Saito turns it into a modified suplex, then hits 3 more Rock Bottoms for 2.  Saito lands an enzuigiri for the pin (9:02 shown).  Typical early card comedy match.  Taue cuts a promo that is apparently funny.

Man, it took me a long time to get through this show.  The undercard was really boring.  The only 2 matches worth watching were the top 2, which were really good.  Also, I don’t understand why they aired the first 2 matches last.

NJPW “Dominion 6.19” 6/19/10

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Awesome New Japan open and PPV opening video.

Koji Kanemoto, El Samurai, & AKIRA vs. Super Strong Machine, Ryusuke Taguchi, & Tama Tonga.  Sammy and Machine lock up.  Sammy can’t knock the big guy off of his feet, but Machine can knock him down with no problem.  Machine hits a DDT and goes for a senton splash, but Sammy moves and gets a jackknife hold for 2.  Everybody gets in the ring and Kanemoto’s team hit dives to the outside on Machine’s team.  Kanemoto and AKIRA hit a double suplex on Machine.  Samurai lands a missile dropkick.  Tonga tags in and locks up with Kanemoto.  Tonga shoves Kanemoto down, then they trade chops and shoulder blocks.  I love how Kanemoto just hates the shit out of everybody.  Tonga hits a powerslam for 2.  Kanemoto locks in the ankle lock, but Taguchi breaks it up.  Taguchi tags in and gets kicked in the gut by Kanemoto.  AKIRA tags in and beats up Taguchi.  AKIRA clotheslines Taguchi, then decks Machine and Tonga too.  Taguchi hits a rebound dropkick for 2.  Tonga tags in and beats up AKIRA.  Tonga hits a modified Samoan drop, then sings or some shit, then hits a headbutt for 2.  Machine tags in and he and Tonga hit AKIRA with a double shoulder block.  Machine hits a senton splash, but Kanemoto saves.  Taguchi comes in and trades shots with AKIRA.  AKIRA drops Taguchi with a kick and tags in Kanemoto.  Kanemoto does the face wash in the corner.  Taguchi fires back with kicks.  Taguchi hits a springboard missile dropkick for 2.  Tonga and Sammy tag in.  Sammy hits the reverse DDT for 2.  Tonga hits a fall away slam, but Kanemoto and AKIRA save.  Machine and Taguchi come in to clear them out.  Samurai applies a wacky hold, but Tonga’s teammates make it in to save him.  Tonga gets triple teamed, taking Kanemoto’s Falcon Arrow, AKIRA’s Musasabi press, and Samurai’s diving headbutt.  Tonga fights back against Samurai, but Sammy gets him with a la magistral for the pin in 8:48.  Fine little opening match.  Samurai seems to be sour on former protege Taguchi for some reason.

CHAOS of Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii, & Gedo vs. Manabu Nakanishi, Mitsuhide Hirasawa, & KUSHIDA.  Everyone starts brawling immediately.  Iizuka accidentally nails Ishii, then gets nailed by Hirasawa.  KUSHIDA hits a sweet dive to the outside on his enemy Gedo.  Nakanishi hits a dive on Iizuka!  Hirasawa and Ishii brawl in the ring.  Hirasawa hits an Exploder for 2.  Ishii nails him with a lariat, then throws him out of the ring.  Iizuka beats up Hirasawa on the outside and hits him with a chair in the crowd.  Ishii beats up Hirasawa more in the ring.  Gedo tags in and beats up Hirasawa too.  Gedo chokes Hirasawa while Iizuka distracts the referee.  I think I just heard one of the Japanese announcers say “coitus.”  Hirasawa continues to take his beating.  Nakanishi tags in and cleans house.  Nakanishi hits Ishii with a lariat for 2.  Nakanishi goes for the Hercules Cutter, but Iizuka cuts him off.  Nakanishi drops Iizuka with a lariat too.  Ishii and Gedo try to suplex Nakanishi, but he suplexes both of them instead.  KUSHIDA tags in and Nakanishi launches him onto Gedo.  KUSHIDA  takes out his frustrations on his enemy.  Gedo hits a Manhattan drop and tags in Iizuka.  KUSHIDA does well against Iizuka until Iizuka rakes his eyes.  KUSHIDA rallies and tries a dive off the top, but Iizuka catches him with a punch, then hits the Pedigree.  Everybody brawls again.  Iizuka tries to use his metal glove, but the referee won’t let him.  Iizuka locks KUSHDA in the sleeper hold for the win in 9:25.  Fun match.

GBH vs. NOAH Special Singles Match: Tomoaki Honma vs. Mohammed Yone.  Honma is pissed off, presumably at Yone’s haircut.  They trade forearms.  Honma absorbs a big boot and knocks Yone down with a shoulder block.  Honma kicks Yone in the head until Yone bails.  Honma follows him outside and gets sent into the barricade.  Yone works over Honma back in the ring, placing him in a neck lock.  Yone kicks Honma in the back HARD.  Honma absorbs some more kicks.  Yone tries a suplex, but Honma reverses it and suplexes Yone.  Honma fires away with chops.  Honma hits a bulldog headlock and goes up top to hit a missile dropkick for 2.  Yone lands a big kick and some corner clotheslines.  Yone kicks Honma down and hits a diving leg drop for 2.  Yone lands some more kicks for 2.  Honma absorbs a hard lariat.  Yone knocks him down with another one.  Honma fires back with a hard lariat for 2.  Honma slams Yone and hits a diving headbutt for 2.  Honma tries a nbackdrop suplex, but Yone counters out.  Honma gets a schoolboy for 2.  Yone hits something for 2.  Yone hits the Muscle Buster for the pin in 8:59.  It was okay.  Kind of boring at first, but it picked up a little towards the end.

Shinsuke Nakamura Return Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Daniel Puder.  They do some MMA style strike teasing, then kind of sort of lock up.  Puder beats on Nakamura with weak looking punches.  Nakamura takes him down, but they go into the ropes.  They go to the mat and do some more worked MMA until they get into the ropes.  Puder takes Nakamura down again with a belly to belly suplex.  Nakamura gets up and takes Puder down.  Puder locks in a Kimura.  Nakamura counters and goes for a cross armbreaker.  He kinda gets it, but Puder escapes.  Nakamura knees him in the head repeatedly, then hits the Boma Ye (running knee, but he didn’t connect with the knee) for the pin in 4:42.  This sucked.

Goto/Tanaka video package.  They’ve been at war for a while now.

Special Singles Match: Masato Tanaka vs. Hirooki Goto.  They lock up and hit each other with shoulder blocks.  Mat wrestling, stalemate, applause.  They tease a test of strength, then chop the shit out of each other.  Goto clotheslines Tanaka out of the ring.  Goto follows Tanaka outside and sends him into the post.  Tanaka reverses an Irish whip to send Goto into the barricade.  Tanaka gets a table from under the ring, sets it up against the post, and rams Goto into it.  Tanaka lays Goto out on the table and puts him through it with a splash from the top rope to the outside!  They get back in the ring and trade chops again.  Tanaka hits a running elbow smash in the corner and knees Goto in the back of the head a few times.  Goto counters a suplex attempt with one of his own, then gets nailed with an elbow smash.  Tanaka applies a figure-four headscissors.  They get to their feet and trade forearms and elbows.  Goto nails Tanaka with a lariat, then a running spin kick to the corner.  Goto hits a diving elbow drop for 2.  Goto hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Tanaka nails Goto with a lariat.  Tanaka hits a brainbuster and goes up top.  Goto cuts him off and they fight on the top rope.  Tanaka hits a sunset flip powerbomb out of the corner for 2.  Tanaka slams Goto and goes up top again, but gets cut off again.  Goto hits a superplex.  Tanaka no sells it and hits the Sliding D for 2.  They hit each other with lariats until Goto manages to knock Tanaka down with a discus lariat.  Goto hits an enzui lariat in the corner pulls Tanaka up top to hit the Code Red off the top!  Tanaka kicks out!  Goto hits the Fireman’s carry into the over the knee backbreaker, then hits the Shouten, but Tanaka kicks out again!  Goto goes for the Shouten again, but Tanaka counters and hits the rolling elbow for 2!  Tanaka hits the Sliding D to the back of the head and again to the face, but GOTO KICKS OUT!  They trade forearms again.  Goto lands a headbutt.  They trade lariats.  Goto hits a German suplex.  Tanaka no sells it.  Double clothesline spot.  Goto hits a short range lariat for 2.  Goto hits the Shouten Kai for the pin in 13:40.  Pretty awesome match!  This was a hell of a war.

Intermission!  There’s an interview with Machine and Hirasawa and a video of Yuji Nagata in some kind of computer game, then the announcers talk about stuff.

Video package of the 3-Way Tag feud between Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue, NO LIMIT, and Bad Intentions.

Three-Way Elimination Match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship: Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue (c) (w/ Super Strong Machine & Mitsuhide Hirasawa) vs. Bad Intentions vs. NO LIMIT.  Everybody brawls.  The other 2 teams gang up on NO LIMIT, then brawl with each other once Yujiro and Naito are dealt with.  Anderson hits a dive to the outside onto Inoue.  Nagata and Bernard trade blows in the ring.  Nagata boots Bernard to the outside.  Yujiro comes in and hits a German suplex hold on Nagata for 2.  Inoue comes in against Yujiro and gets through out of the ring.  Yujiro hits a tope sucida on Nagata.  Anderson hits a cannonball dive on Inoue.  Naito hits a twisting press off the top rope onto Bad Intentions.  Yujiro hits Anderson with one of the nice new championship belts.  Naito hits Bernard on the ramp with the other one.  Nagata and Inoue fight NO LIMIT in the ring.  Nagata hits a neckbreaker drop on Naito.  Nagata and Inoue double team Yujiro.  Naito throws Inoue into the barricade while Nagata kicks the crap out of Yujiro in the ring.  Nagata hits an Exploder on Yujiro, but Naito saves.  Naito hits Nagata with a flying forearm.  NO LIMIT double team Nagata.  Anderson comes back in and gets tied to the tree of woe, holding Nagata in the corner.  NO LIMIT kicks both of them.  Inoue comes back in to fight NO LIMIT, but he gets double teamed too.  Naito hits a flip senton for 2.  NO LIMIT are so awesome at double teaming.  Yujiro hits a German on Inoue for 2.  Yujiro argues with the referee while Naito kicks Inoue in the balls.  Naito gets a jackknife hold, but Nagata saves.  Nagata beats up Yujiro outside.  Naito goes up top, but Anderson cuts him off and goes for a superplex.  Nagata powerbombs Anderson to turn it into a tower of doom spot.  Bernard makes it back in.  Bad Intentions hit the Magic Killer on Naito.  Yujiro saves.  Bad Intentions and Nagata kick NO LIMIT’s asses.  Nagata hits a backdrop hold on Naito to get the pin and eliminate NO LIMIT in 10:19.  Bad Intentions shake hands with Nagata and Inoue, then cheap shot them.  Anderson beats up Inoue on the outside while Nagata and Bernard trade shots in the ring.  Bad Intentions double team Nagata.  Bernard hits the bottom rope decapitator that I attribute to him every time I see anyone do it.  Bad Intentions kick the shit out of Nagata’s legs.  Anderson gets some 2 counts on Nagata while Bernard prevents Inoue from getting back in.  Nagata fights back and hits an Exploder on Bernard.  Inoue makes it in and throws forearms at both opponents, but they kick his ass too.  Inoue ducks and Anderson accidentally clocks Bernard.  Inoue fires away at Anderson and avoids Bernard, who squashes Anderson in the corner.  Inoue hits a German suplex hold on Bernard for 2.  Inoue hits a side suplex on Anderson.  Bernard tries to save and splashes Anderson again.  Nagata hits a Shining Wizard on Bernard.  Covers for 2, then stereo submission holds as Nagata locks Bernard in the Nagata Lock II and Inoue locks Anderson in a half crab.  Bad Intentions break free and double team their opponents.  Anderson hits a big splash on Inoue for 2.  Anderson hits a Yakuza kick on Inoue for 2 after Bernard splashes Inoue in the corner.  Nagata prevents the Magic Killer and hits the Thunder Death Driver on Anderson.  Bernard saves.  Bernard takes down Nagata and Inoue with a double clothesline.  Nagata counters a Vader Bomb.  Inoue hits a spear on Bernard, but Anderson saves.  Anderson and Inoue go at it.  Inoue hits an Angel’s Wings on Anderson for 2.  Nagata and Bernard brawl outside.  Anderson leap frogs the spear and hits the Gun Stun (stunner) on Inoue for the pin in 18:52 to win the titles.  Really fun match!

Devitt/Marufuji hype video.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: Naomichi Marufuji (c) vs. Prince Devitt.  “LET’S GO DEVITT!” chants.  They lock up.  Devitt backs Marufuji into the ropes and gives a clean break.  Repeat in reverse.  Mat wrestling, stalemate, applause.  They trade fancy arm holds.  Devitt gets Marufuji in a rear chin lock and turns it into a side headlock.  Marufuji reverses it into a pinning predicament.  I love that spot!  They do a fancy run around.  Devitt dropkicks Marufuji out of the ring and hits a gorgeous plancha to the outside.  Marufuji dropkicks Devitt’s bad knee, knocking Devitt off of the apron.  Marufuji hits a shin breaker on the apron.  Devitt makes it back into the ring and Marufuji goes to work on the knee.  Devitt gets a rope break to escape a half crab and fires some chops.  Marufuji dropkicks his knee again and works it over some more.  Marufuji hits an over the knee kneebreaker.  That’s a new one.  Marufuji locks in a figure-four leglock.  Devitt gets a rope break.  Marufuji tortures the knee some more.  Marufuji applies a wonky ankle hold.  Devitt reaches the ropes again.  Marufuji tries another dropkick to the apron from the outside.  Devitt avoids it, but ends up getting dropkicked off of the apron.  Marufuji tries a suplex on the outside, but Devitt front suplexes him onto the guardrail.  Devitt hits a running dropkick from the apron to the guardrail!  Back inside, Devitt hits a missile dropkick for 2.  Marufuji goes for the Shiranui.  Devitt counters and chops.  Marufuji lands a superkick.  Devitt drops Marufuji with a Pele kick.  They trade strikes.  Marufuji goes after the knee again to get the advantage.  Marufuji goes for a backdrop suplex, but Devitt grabs him in a side headlock.  Marufuji hits another kneebreaker.  Devitt does something for 2.  Marufuji lands a superkick for 2.  Marufuji applies another leg lock.  Devitt escapes and hits a backdrop suplex off the top rope for 2!  Devitt goes for the Prince’s Throne.  Marufuji counters.  Devitt does a sunset flip.  Marufuji rolls through.  Devitt rolls through and lands a basement dropkick for 2.  Devitt goes for the Bloody Sunday, but Marufuji counters.  They duck kicks until Marufuji lands one for 2.  Marufuji does a front suplex drop into a superkick for 2.  Marufuji hits the Shiranui, but Devitt kicks out!  Marufuji goes for the Tiger Frosion, but Devitt counters and drops him with a kick.  Devitt hits a diving stomp to the back of Marufuji’s head!  Devitt goes back in and hits a diving Ghetto Stomp for 2.  Marufuji counters the Bloody Sunday again and sets Devitt on the top rope.  They fight over it.  Marufuji goes for the Tiger Frosion off the top!  Devitt counters him and hits the Bloody Sunday off the top rope!  Devitt gets the pin in 20:21!  Awesome match!  Devitt is finally Junior champion!  He’s the best around!  Devitt and Marufuji shake hands.  Devitt celebrates.

Tanahashi/Yano hype video.  Somebody’s getting a haircut!

Hair vs. Hair Match: Toru Yano vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi.  Yano throws water or something on Tanahashi, then goes into the crowd and threatens to cut a fan’s hair.  Tanahashi goes after him and kicks his ass.  The match finally starts and they get in the ring.  Tanahashi hits a tip ross and a rana.  Yano bails.  Tanahashi hits a baseball slide dropkick and hits him with a cannonball senton off of the apron to the floor.  Yano whips Tanahashi into the guardrail.  Yano hits Tanahashi with his CHAOS chair.  Yano removes one of the turnbuckle pads and awaits Tanahashi’s return to the ring.  Tanahashi makes it back in at 14.  Yano beats on him and whips him into the exposed turnbuckles a couple of times.  Tanahashi catches him with a kick and goes up to the middle rope, but Yano pulls him down.  Yano tries to suplex Tanahashi, but Tanahashi manages to counter into a suplex of his own.  Tanahashi avoids Yano, who hits the exposed corner.  Tanahashi lands a flying forearm.  They trade forearms.  Yano pulls Tanahashi’s hair.  Tanahashi responds in kind and pulls Yano down.  Yano tries to throw Tanahashi out of the ring, but he skins the cat back in.  Tanahashi botches an Asai DDT, but carries through with it.  Yano throws Tanahashi off the top rope.  Tanahashi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Tanahashi hits a reverse Sling Blade and 2 High Fly Flows, but Yano kicks out!  That man really prizes his hair.  Yano gets an inside cradle for 2.  Tanahashi reverses it for 2.  Tanahashi gets a backslide for 2.  Yano gets another cradle for 2.  Tanahashi gets a schoolboy, but the ref gets bumped in the process.  Yano hits Tanahashi with the CHAOS chair.  Yano hits the Oni Koroshi, but Tanahashi kicks out!  He prizes his flowing locks too.  Yano goes for a move.  Tana counters.  Yano slingshots him into the exposed corner.  Yano goes for the Oni Koroshi again, but Tanahashi counters into a sunset flip for 2.  Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade into a crucifix hold for the pin in 12:56.  Okay match, but it didn’t really light my world on fire.  I love Tanahashi, but I find Yano to be very mediocre.  Yano teases honoring the stipulations, but then low blows Tanahashi and tries to shave his head.  The young boys hold him back.  Takashi Iizuka jumps the young boys to help Yano.  KUSHIDA runs in to save Tanahashi, but Iizuka nails him with the metal glove.  Yano and Iizuka get ready to cut Tana’s hair, but TAJIRI appears and sprays mist in their eyes.  TAJIRI holds Yano so Tanahashi can shave his head.  TAJIRI and Tanahashi shake hands and hug, ending their long feud.  Tanahashi, TAJIRI, and KUSHIDA leave together.

Makabe/Shizoaki video package.

IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: Togi Makabe (c) vs. Go Shiozaki.  They lock up.  Go backs Makabe into the ropes and gives a clean break.  They trade hammerlocks and wrestle some.  You’re never going to hear me complain about a match having mat wrestling.  They get to their feet and trade forearms.  They score knockdowns, then trade slaps.  Makabe punches Go in the corner.  Go lands a superkick.  He tries to pick up Makabe, who kind of dead weights him.  Go hits some short range chops.  Makabe tries a German from the apron, but Go fights him off and tries a tope sucida.  Makabe stops that by punching him in the head.  Go DDTs Makiabe on the apron.  Go beats up Makabe on the outside.  Go sets Makabe on the apron and hits him with a knee lift.  Go works over Makabe back in the ring.  Makabe starts absorbing Go’s blows and trying to summon the spirit to fight back.  Makabe catches Go with a powerslam.  Makabe lands some punches and no sells some chops.  Makabe scores a shoulder tackle and some lariats.  Makabe hits a corner lariat and corner punches.  Makabe hits a Northern Lights suplex for 2.  Makabe goes for a German, but Go fights out.  They trade shots.  Makabe hits a German, then they clothesline each other down.  Makabe tries to set up a Spider German.  Go ends up taking a bump from the top rope to the floor.  Go tries a superplex to the outside and ends up hitting something off the top.  Go hits a Fisherman buster for 2.  Makabe avoids a moonsault, then charges Go.  Go hot shots Makabe into the top turnbuckle.  Go lands a lariat (I think) for 2.  Go hits the moonsault press for 2.  Makabe ducks a lariat and hits one of his own.  Go tries possibly the Go Flasher, but Makabe counters and hits a Dragon suplex hold for 2.  Makabe no sells a superkick and hits a lariat for 2.  Makabe hits a powerbomb for 1.  Makabe hits the Spider German and the diving King Kong knee drop for the pin in 20:41.  Very good match.  Makabe gets the big celebration ceremony and a post-match interview.  He calls out NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Prince Devitt to congratulate him and they celebrate together.

Another post-match interview with Makabe backstage.

Closing video.

Some of the matches didn’t light my world on fire, but all in all this was a fun show with some good matches.

ROH Driven 2007

Posted in ROH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2010 by Grappleholic

Ring of Honor… in association with… G-Funk!

Chicago!  Dave Prazak welcomes us to the show.  He and Lenny Leonard are on commentary.  Delirious, Erick Stevens, and Matt Cross come out.  Stevens challenges the No Remorse Corps to a six-man tag.  Delirious rants in Delirious speak.

Opening video.

Delirious, Erick Stevens, & Matt Cross vs. The No Remorse Corps of Roderick Strong, Rocky Romero, & Davey Richards.  The NRC run to the ring and everyone brawls.  Nobody bothers to ring the opening bell.  The NRC get routed and bail.  Richards comes back in and gets beaten up by Delirious.  Strong comes in and brawls with Stevens, knocking him to the floor.  Romero and Delirious both hit dives to the outside.  Delirious rolls Romero into the ring and works him over.  Romero takes over and the NRC take turns beating up Delirious.  Delirious gets triple teamed by the NRC.  He finally makes the tag to Stevens, who runs wild on the NRC.  Cross and Stevens sandwich the NRC in the corner.  Delirious hits the Panic Attack on Strong.  Stevens hits a TKO on Strong for 2.  Cross hits a dive to the outside on Richards and Romero.  Stevens hits a powerslam on Strong, but Romero saves.  Stevens throws Romero out of the ring.  Richards his a missile dropkick on Stevens.  Cross hits a reverse Frankensteiner on Richards.  Everybody hits moves.  Cross gets triple teamed a spiked by a jumping DDT from Romero.  Clusterfuck continues.  Strong and Stevens chop each other.  Stevens and Cross hit a double team move on Romero for 2.  There’s way too much going on.  Delirious hits the Shadows Over Hell on Richards.  Cross follows with the Shooting Star press, but Romero saves.  Strong drops Delirious on the apron.  Stevens takes on Strong.  Richards hits Stevens with a tornado DDT off the apron.  Cross and Romero do stuff.  Cross hits a spinning splash off the top for 2.  Romero locks Cross in an ankle hold, but Cross turns it into a cradle for 2.  Romero kicks the crap out of Cross.  Richards hits the DR Driver on Cross for the pin in about 11 minutes.  Total clusterfuck, but it was fun.  The NRC continue the beat down, but Austin Aries (fresh off of his TNA run) runs in for the save.  Aries cleans house and hits a dive to the outside.

With everyone else gone, Austin Aries cuts a promo in the ring.  He signs an ROH contract and says he’s back where he belongs.

The Briscoe Brothers introduce a video package of the ROH shows in Japan.

Bobby Cruise is the ring announcer.

Matt Sydal vs. Claudio Castagnoli.  They trade arm drags.  Claudio blocks a hip toss and gets arm dragged again.  Sydal gets a series of 2 counts.  Claudio hits a monkey flip.  They do a neat chain wrestling bit.  Claudio hits a leg drop for 2, brother.  Claudio continues to work Sydal over.  Claudio does the giant swing for a 2 count.  Claudio hits a side suplex for 2.  Sydal side steps Claudio, sends him outside, and takes him out with a dive.  Back inside, Sydal lands a spinning kick for 2.  Claudio hits a spinning drop thing for 2, then the Alpamare Waterslide for 2.  Sydal blocks a bicycle kick and hits a Dragon screw leg whip, then gets a la magistral for 2.  Sydal hits a Frankensteiner, leaning to a cradle reversal bit.  Sydal hits a standing moonsault for 2.  Sydal ducks the bicycle kick and hits a DDT for 2.  Sydal goes up top, but Claudio cuts him off and hits an enzuigiri.  Claudio hits the bicycle kick for 2.  Claudio hits a European uppercut for 2.  Sydal hits a big head scissors, then lands some chops.  Sydal hits a Frankensteiner for 2.  Sydal goes for another Frankensteiner, but Claudio rolls through it and gets the pin in 8:19.  Good match.

Sweet N Sour Inc. (Larry Sweeney, Chris Hero, Tank Toland, and Bobby Dempsey) come out.  Sweeney wants to recruit Sydal.  Claudio tells Sydal that Sweeney is a scum bag.  Crowd chants “YOU’RE A SCUM BAG!”  Claudio rips up the contract, then nails Dempsey and Hero with European uppercuts.  He goes for Sweeney, but Sydal jumps him.  Hero hits the Hero’s Welcome on Claudio, then puts in a modified STF.  Sydal shakes hands and hugs Sweeney.  Crowd chants “YOU SOLD OUT!”

Jimmy Rave video package.

BJ Whitmer vs. Naomichi Marufuji.  They lock up and trade arm locks, with Marufuji doing his flippy stuff.  Whitmer backs Marufuji into the corner and gives a clean break.  They trade arm drags, then throw simultaneous dropkicks.  Japanese style stalemate and applause.  They trade chops.  Whitmer lands a dropkick that sends Marufuji to the outside.  Whitmer hits a dive.  Back inside, cover gets 2.  Whitmer hits a suplex for 2.  Marufuji tries to suplex Whitmer inside from the apron, but ends up DDTing him onto the apron.  Marufuji gets a cross armbreaker, but Whitmer gets a rope break.  Marufuji goes up top, but Whitmer cuts him off and hits a superplex.  They get to their feet and trade chops and forearms again.  Whitmer hits a German suplex, rolls through and hits a Dragon suplex, then goes for a powerbomb.  Marufuji counters, but gets kicked in the face a bunch.  Marufuji hits a straight jacket German suplex hold for 2.  Marufuji hits a Codebreaker-like move for 2.  Whitmer catches Marufuji in mid-air and hits a powerslam for 2.  Marufuji hits a lariat for 2.  Marufuji goes for the Shiranui, but Whitmer counters and hits a brainbuster for 2.  Whitmer goes up top, but Marufuji hits the ropes.  Whitmer ends up in the tree of woe.  Marufuji hits the coast to coast dropkick for 2.  Marufuji hits a superkick and goes for the Shiranui again, but gets countered.  He lands on his feet from a suplex attempt, then lands another superkick and hits the Shiranui for the pin in 10:56.  Pretty good match.

Becky Bayless is super hot.  She’s also in the crowd to plug live events.

Pelle Primeau vs. Brent Albright.  Albright slaps Pelle before the match.  Pelle tries, but gets massacred.  Albright lands some hard forearms.  Albright throws Pelle across the ring.  Pelle tries to get something going, but gets killed with a series of suplexes.  Albright covers after a half nelson suplex, then lifts Pelle’s shoulder at 2.  Albright says he’s going to break Pelle’s arm.  Albright press slams Pelle into the Crowbar and gets the submission win in 1:40.  Total squash and a good way to make Albright look like a beast, which I’m sure was the intent.

ROHWrestling.com!

ROH World Tag Team Championship Match: The Briscoe Brothers (c) vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico.  Jay and Generico shake hands, then start the match.  Jay backs Generico into the corner and gets an aggressive clean break.  Jay and Generico wrestle some more.  Jay wants a test of strength.  We he gets it, he takes Generico down and hits him in the face, then clamps on a front face lock.  Another speedy exchange, then back to the front face lock.  Generico backs Jay into a corner and gives his own aggressive clean break.  Speedy arm drag routine from Generico.  Steen tags in and trades strikes with Jay.  Mark comes in to trade shots with Steen as well.  Mark does his goofy karate chops and gets dropped with an enzuigiri.  Jay tags in and runs wild a bit.  Double dropkick into the corner by Briscoes on Steen.  Jay hits a dropkick on Steen for 2.  Steen throws Jay into Mark to knock Mark off the apron, then hits a neckbreaker on Jay for 2.  Generico tags in.  Steenerico double team Mark a bit.  Steen blind tags in and beats up Jay some more.  Steen chokes Jay with the middle rope.  Steen knocks Mark off the apron again.  Generico tags in to work over Jay some more.  Dropkick gets 2 for Generico.  Jay manages to tag in Mark.  Briscoes double team Generico.  Mark finally gives Steen a receipt by knocking him off the apron.  Mark hits a brainbuster for 2.  Mark hits a fist drop and a knee drop for 2.  Jay tags in and hits a diving leg drop to the back of the head for 2.  Jay locks Generico in the stretch plum.  Jay kicks Generico in the back of the head, then makes the tag.  Mark hits a diving knee drop for 2.  Mark hits a Samoan drop for 2.  Briscoes cut off Generico from making the tag.  Generico sends Jay out of the ring.  Steen hits a dive on Jay, then grounds and pounds him.  Mark hits a dive on Steen.  Jay clotheslines Generico and they both go out of the ring.  Mark hits a moonsault off the barricade on Steen.  Briscoes hip toss Generico into chairs in the crowd.  Steen spears Jay into the barricade, then powerbombs Mark into chairs in the crowd.  Steen asks Generico “What are you doing all the way over there?”  Steen and Jay go at it back in the ring.  Jay goes for a Frankensteiner, but Steen powerbombs him for 2.  Steen goes for the Package Piledriver, but Mark cuts him off.  Generico throws Mark outof the ring and takes him out with an Asai moonsault.  Steen hits a pumphandle backbreaker thing and a Swanton Bomb for 2.  Steen goes for the Package Piledriver again, but Mark cuts him off again.  Generico hits a swinging DDT on Mark.  Mark catches Generico with a boot in the corner, then dives outside and puts Steen through a table.  Jay hits a Death Valley Driver on Generico for 2.  Briscoes hit a spiked Jay Driller on Generico and Jay gets the pin in 16:07.  Typically crazy Briscoes match, but pretty good.  Steen lays out the Briscoes with a ladder, then blows his nose on them.

Larry Sweeney and Chris Hero talk to Matt Sydal backstage, then Sweeney rants at Claudio Castagnoli.  Toland has Dempsey on some kind of workout machine.  They all make fun of Dempsey.  Toland uses a cookie to motivate him, then doesn’t give him the cookie.  That dick.

ROH World Championship Match: Takeshi Morishima (c) vs. Jimmy Rave.  Morishima goes into ass kicking mode immediately.  He throws Rave out of the ring.  Rave reverses Morishima into the barricade.  The ring is still covered with streamers.  Back inside, Rave spears Morishima and goes up top.  Morishima catches the dive and hits an overhead belly to belly suplex.  Morishima goes up top, but Rave cuts him off.  Morishima pushes Rave away and hits a missile dropkick.  Morishima hits a handspring forearm into the corner for 2.  Morishima hits a lariat.  Rave goes for a sunset flip.  Morishima tries to sit on him, but Rave avoids it and hits a running knee for 2.  Rave goes for the Pedigree, but gets backdropped out.  Rave locks in his heel hook finisher.  Morishima gets a rope break.  Morishima hits a sidewalk slam and a lariat for 2.  Morishima hits the backdrop driver for the pin in 3:57.  Fine little match.  I like Morishima’s short, explosive title defenses.  He’s a beast.

“We’ll go to Philly in a moment…”

Adam Pearce talks to Shane Hagadorn in an empty gymnasium somewhere, then to the camera.  He hugs BJ Whitmer, then punches him out.

Philadelphia!

ROH World Championship #1 Contender Match: Nigel McGuinness vs. Bryan Danielson.  They shake hands, then lock up.  Nigel gives a clean break.  Danielson takes Nigel to the mat.  Nigel gets to the ropes to escape.  Danielson gives a clean break.  “YOU’RE GONNA GET YOUR FUCKIN’ HEAD KICKED IN!” chant.  That’s my favorite chant ever.  Gorgeous mat wrestling.  Stalemate, applause.  Nigel grabs a side head lock.  Nigel gets thrown into the ropes, but drops Danielson with a shoulder block.  They lock up again.  Danielson takes Nigel down for some worked MMA.  Nigel escapes and keylocks Danielson into a pinning predicament, but they’re in the ropes.  Danielson offers a handshake, then slaps Nigel in the face.  Crowd chants “YOU GOT BITCH SLAPPED!”  Danielson lands some kicks to Nigel’s chest.  Nigel gets to his feet and slaps Danielson.  Danielson slaps Nigel several times in the corner.  Nigel head stands in the corner and kicks Danielson in the head.  Nigel goes to work on Danielson’s arm.  Danielson escapes a painful looking hold strangles Nigel with his own arms.  Nigel hits a lariat and Danielson bails.  Nigel follows and beats up Danielson out the outside.  Danielson fights back.  Danielson turns the time keeper’s table over onto Nigel’s head.  Danielson throws Nigel back into the ring, but Nigel comes back with the rebound lariat and knocks Danielson into the crowd.  Nigel hits a dive from the top rope into the crowd.  “ROH!” chants.  Nigel goes for a lariat on the outside, but Danielson nails him with a forearm.  Danielson suplexes Nigel across the guardrail.  Fucking ouch.  Danielson suplex Nigel from the barricade to the floor.  Back inside, cover gets 2.  Danielson attacks Nigel’s injured back, then locks him in the crossface.  Danielson works the back some more and grinds his elbow into the back of Nigel’s neck.  The ref counts, but Danielson reminds him that he has until 5, referee!  Danielson lands some forearms across Nigel’s nose.  Ouch.  Danielson throws European uppercuts.  Nigel responds with a forearm.  Danielson attacks the side of Nigel’s face.  Nigel starts asking for more slaps.  He’s FIRED UP!  Nigel hits the lariat, but can’t make the cover.  Nigel hits a European uppercut to the corner.  Nigel lands another lariat for 2.  Nigel fails a suplex because of the injured back and gets driven into the corner.  Danielson kicks Nigel in the ear for 2.  Danielson goes up top, but Nigel cuts him off and goes for the Tower of London.  Danielson fights him off and hits a diving sunset flip, but Nigel rolls through it and they do some commercials.  Nigel catches a leap frog and powerbombs Danielson for 2.  Nigel locks in a half crab.  “THIS IS WRESTLING!” chant.  Danielson gets a rope break.  Nigel head stands in the corner again, but Danielson dropkicks him the head.  Danielson throws some more kicks at Nigel’s back, then hits the avalanche-style backdrop suplex for 2.  Danielson locks in the crossface chickenwing.  Nigel forces a break and hits the Tower of London almost out of nowhere, but fails to make the cover.  Nigel sets Danielson on the top rope and hits a diving lariat for 2, as Danielson manages to get a foot on the rope.  Danielson connects with an enzuigiri.  They come face to face again and start slapping each other, then trading headbutts.  Nigel hits a lariat.  Danielson is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Danielson lands some elbows.  Danielson hits a Tiger suplex hold for 2, then turns into the Cattle Mutilation.  Nigel rolls through for 2.  Danielson lands the elbows, then locks in the Cattle Mutilation for the win in 24:31.  Fucking awesome match.  Crowd chants “BEST IN THE WORLD!”  Nigel gets up.  Crowd chants “THANK YOU BOTH!”  They shake hands again.

Good show.  The main event was fucking awesome.

ROH Respect Is Earned 2007

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The first ROH PPV!

Ring of Honor in association with G-Funk!

New York City!

BJ Whitmer is in the ring.  He issues an open challenge.

Respect Is Earned open.

The challenge is answered by the ROH World Champion, Takeshi Morishima!  He indicates that he’s putting the title on the line.  Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard are on commentary.

ROH World Championship Match: Takeshi Morishima (c) vs. BJ Whitmer.  They trade elbows.  Whitmer can’t knock Morishima down.  Morishima can hit a sidewalk slam.  Morishima just shoves the referee out of his way.  He goes for backdrop driver, but Whitmer lands on top for like 0.  Whitmer hits the Exploder for 2.  Whitmer hits a lariat for 2.  Whitmer hits a frog splash for 2.  Whitmer goes for the wrist-clutch Exploder, but fails.  Whitmer still can’t knock Morishima down.  Morishima nails Whitmer with a lariat, then a big boot for 2.  Morishima hits another lariat for 2.  Morishima hits the backdrop driver for the pin in 2:52 to retain the title.  Good way to make Morishima look like a beast.

Nigel McGuinness comes out and challenges Morishima for the next title shot.  Bryan Danielson comes out to a big pop, returning from a 5 month absence.  He also wants a title shot.  Danielson and Nigel banter, then start brawling.  Danielson and Morishima team up to take out Nigel.  Danielson picks up the belt and says it’s his.  Morishima snatches it away and leaves.  Nigel gets up ready to fight, but Danielson leaves.

Brent Albright hype video.

Bobby Cruise is the ring announcer.

Rocky Romero vs. Naomichi Marufuji.  They have neat little video packages to show highlights of the wrestlers.  Romero takes Marufuji down.  Marufuji does some gorgeous wrestling.  Romero locks in an Octopus hold.  He turns it into a cradle for 2.  Marufuji locks in an abdominal stretch.  He turns it into a ground Cobra Twist for 2.  More gorgeous mat wrestling to a stalemate and applause from the crowd.  Marufuji runs the ropes and ducks a knee.  Marufuji leap frogs Romero.  Romero lands with some kicks.  Really quick action, which I love, but it’s hard to transcribe.  I don’t know how court transcribers do their job.  I could never keep up with every little thing like that.  Romero takes Marufuji down into a cross armbreaker.  Awesome.  He lets go and throws hard kicks at Marufuji’s arm.  Romero works the arm.  Marufuji turns a cross armbreaker into a cradle for 2.  Romero keeps punishing the arm in awesome ways.  Marufuji backdrops Romero to the apron, then springboard dropkicks him off and into the barricade.  Marufuji tries to work feeling back into his arm, then follows Romero outside.  Marufuji rams Romero’s knee into the post.  Back inside, Marufuji goes to work on the knee.  Gorgeous leg work.  Marufuji brings Romero off the middle rope with a Dragon screw leg whip, then locks in the figure-four leglock.  Romero gets a rope break.  Romero fights back and brings Marufuji down RIGHT ON TOP OF HIS FUCKING HEAD!  Romero goes for a flying dropkick, but Marufuji catches his legs.  Romero flips around and kicks Marufuji, then dances.  They counter suplex attempts.  Romero hits a tornado DDT for 2.  Romero goes for the Tiger suplex, but Marufuji lands on his feet and hits a Codebreaker-like move.  They get to their feet and trade chops.  Marufuji hits a lariat.  Marufuji hits a powerbomb for 2.  Marufuji goes up top, but Romero cuts him off and hits an avalanche-style cross armbreaker!  Crowd chants “PLEASE DON’T TAP!”  Marufuji gets a rope break.  Romero kicks the arm.  Marufuji kicks the face.  Romero kicks the head to drop Marufuji.  Marufuji powerbombs Romero into the corner, then ties him to the tree of woe.  Marufuji hits a coast to coast dropkick for 2.  Marufuji goes for the Shiranui, but Romero hits the Tiger suplex and a head kick for 2.  Marufuji lands some kicks and hits the Shiranui for the pin in 16:04.  Awesome match!

Larry Sweeney and Tank Toland are backstage.  Sweeney says Sweet N Sour Inc. have signed a new client… Sara Del Rey.  Toland says he’s going to get Bobby Dempsey in shape.  He makes Dempsey do squats.  Del Rey joins in.  Toland says this is an exercise for men.  Del Rey says she can do more squats than Toland, so they have a squats challenge.  Dempsey falls down.  This was stupid.  There’s something going on in the ring!

Takeshi Morishima and Nigel McGuinness brawl in the ring.  Bryan Danielson joins in to help Morishima.  KENTA makes the save for McGuinness.

ROHWrestling.com!

ROH World Tag Team Championship Match: The Briscoe Brothers (c) vs. Claudio Castagnoli & Matt Sydal.  No entrances for the challengers.  The Code of Honor is observed.  Mark and Claudio lock up.  Nice mat wrestling.  Claudio works Mark’s arm a bit.  Mark gets a Northern Lights suplex, but Claudio holds on and turns it into a front face lock.  Sydal tags in and wrestles with Mark.  Jay tags in and clamps a side headlock on Sydal.  Sydal wrestles him to his feet and into the ropes.  Sydal chops Jay instead of giving a clean break.  Really fast exchange with ranas between Jay and Sydal.  Sydal catches Jay with a spin kick, then tags in Claudio.  Claudio schoolboys Jay for 2, then twists him into a wacky crucifix hold for 2.  Mark tags in.  Briscoes double team Claudio.  Claudio takes Mark down and tags in Sydal.  Sydal hits a Cannonball leg drop for 2.  Briscoes double team Sydal.  Mark hits a knee drop on Sydal for 2.  Briscoes double team Sydal some more.  Jay locks Sydal in a stretch plum, then chops him.  Sydal fights back, but Jay hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and holds Sydal so Mark can hit a split legged moonsault.  Cover by Jay gets 2.  Mark tags in and hits a belly to belly suplex for 2.  Sydal rallies, sends Mark outside, and ranas Jay off the top rope (jumping up from the ground).  Claudio gets the hot tag and runs wild on Jay.  Diving elbow drop gets 2.  Mark catches Claudio with a knee from the apron and comes in with a double stomp.  Briscoes double team Sydal.  Briscoes double team Claudio.  Claudio hits one Briscoe with a diving European uppercut while Sydal hits the other an enzuigiri.  Claudio works over Jay.  Sydal tags in and works over Jay as well.  Now it’s Jay’s turn to play face in peril.  He gets double teamed.  Mark and Sydal fight outside.  Claudio gets Jay with the giant swing.  Cover gets 2.  Sydal tags in and plants Jay with a bulldog.  Sydal hits a springboard twist senton for 2.  Claudio tags in and hits a springboard elbow drop for 2.  They try setting up Jay on the top rope, but Jay fights them off and makes the hot tag to Mark.  Mark runs wild and does a bunch of karate chops.  Briscoes send Claudio out of the ring.  Jay wipes him out with a suicide dive.  Mark and Sydal do some fast stuff in the ring.  Briscoes hit the veg-o-matic on Sydal for 2.  All 4 guys in now.  Claudio hits the Match Killer (I think that’s what they called it).  Sydal covers for 2.  Claudio tags in and hits the Alpamare Waterslide on Mark for 2.  Claudio with a flying headscissors and a big boot on Mark for 2.  Sydal hits a leg Final Cut on Mark for 2, then a standing moonsault for 2.  Mark makes a comeback against Claudio and tags in Jay.  Jay hits a diving cross body for 2.  Jay hits a front suplex on Claudio.  Hart Attack-style kick on Claudio.  Mark hits a springboard kick on Claudio and Jay covers for 2.  Claudio hits a springboard European uppercut on Jay and sends him outside.  Sydal dives off of Claudio shoulders onto both Briscoes with the knee strike.  Sydal throws Jay into Claudio.  Claudio hits the Ricola Bomb, but Mark saves.  Claudio throws Mark out of the ring.  Sydal tags in and hits the Shooting Star press.  Mark barely makes the save.  Claudio and Mark trade shots.  Mark sends Claudio out.  Jay hits a Death Valley Driver on Sydal.  Mark takes Claudio out with a dive.  Jay covers for 2.  Sydal counters the Jay Driller with a Frankensteiner for 2.  Jay ducks a kick and lifts Sydal.  Briscoes hit the springboard Doomsday Device.  Jay pins Sydal in 20:07.  Another really good match.

Prazak and Leonard put over the sell-out crowd.  Kevin Steen and El Generico come out.  They want a title shot.  The Briscoes seem to challenge them to come to the ring.  They do, and the 2 teams brawl.  Security and other geeks try to break them up with limited success, as some of them get beaten up int he process.  Steen and Generico in the Package Piledriver/brainbuster combo on somebody, then Genero hits a suicide dive onto a big pile of people.  The Briscoes and Steenerico brawl to and around the back.  Steen eventually lays on Jay with a chair shot.

Delirious/Roderick Strong video package.

Roderick Strong vs. Delirious.  No entrances.  Delirious goes ape shit at the bell, as always.  Strong bails before any contact is made.  Delirious gives chase and beats up Strong on the outside.  They make it inside and Delirious continues to dominate.  Strong goes for the Strong Hold, but Delirious turns it into a cradle for 2.  Delirious hits a cross body for 2.  Delirious hits a diving rana.  Strong finally manages to get the advantage briefly.  Delirious hits a clothesline and a backdrop suplex for 2.  Strong avoids a shot in the corner and hits a uranage backbreaker for 2.  Back and forth action.  Strong goes for a springboard dive, but Delirious catches him mid-air with a headbutt.  Delirious hits some clotheslines.  Delirious dropkicks Strong into the corner and hits the Panic Attack.  Delirious goes up top, but Strong avoids him.  Delirious hits the Bizarro Driver for 2.  Delirious goes for the Cobra Stretch, but Strong backs him into the corner.  Delirious hits a hangman’s neckbreaker for 2.  Strong hits a Torture Rack backbreaker for 2.  Strong hits a fall away slam off the middle rope for 2.  Delirious counters a fireman’s carry into a crucifix hold for 2.  Delirious hits an enzuigiri and goes up top, but Strong cuts him off and goes for a superplex.  Delirious fights him off and hits the Shadows Over Hell to the back for 2.  Delirious goes for the Cobra Stretch.  They do a sweet cradle reversal sequence.  Strong hits a sick powerbomb backbreaker.  They fight on the apron.  Delirious dropkicks Strong to the floor and hits a suicide flip from the top rope.  Delirious sends Strong into the guardrail and hits the Panic Attack.  Back to the apron.  Strong hits a backdrop suplex onto the ring apron.  Ouch.  Cover gets 2.  Strong goes for the Tiger Driver, but Delirious blocks it.  They trade blows.  Strong gouges Delirious eyes.  Strong hits a gut buster for 2.  Strong locks in a crab hold.  Delirious gets a rope break.  Strong goes for another backbreaker, but Delirious counters and hits the Chemical Inbalance II for 2.  Delirious locks in the Cobra Stretch and turns it into a Cobra Clutch suplex.  Cover, but Strong gets a rope break.  Delirious whiffs a kick, but lands a serious of blows.  Strong ducks a clothesline and hits the half nelson backbreaker, a big boot, and the Tiger Driver for the pin in 17:06 (estimate, as I didn’t hear a closing bell).  Very good match.  Strong’s No Remorse Corps mates, Rocky Romero and Davey Richards, bring out a piece of steel barricade.  They beat down Delirious and set up the barricade between the ring and… well, the barricade.  Strong hits the Tiger Driver on the barricade.  Erick Stevens of the Resilience runs in and takes out Romero and Richards.  He and Strong brawl, then Stevens hits a powerslam to send him running too.

Adam Pearce talks to Shane Hagadorn backstage.  He tells Hagadorn to go find someone, then cuts a promo.  Hagadorn says “he” is around the corner.  “He” is BJ Whitmer, who got destroyed earlier tonight.  Pearce talks some more, then goes to console Whitmer.

Main event time!

Nigel McGuinness & KENTA vs. ROH World Champion Takeshi Morishima & Bryan Danielson.  Danielson and KENTA lock up and wrestle, and it’s great.  Morishima and Nigel tag in and go at it.  Nigel can’t knock Morishima down, but Morishima can knock Nigel down.  Danielson tags in and takes Nigel down to the mat.  Awesome stuff there as always.  Nigel tries to set up the Tower of London, but Morishima provides a distraction that lets Danielson hit a diving European uppercut.  Brief clusterfuck ensues as everybody comes in to hit moves.  Order is restored and Morishima dominates Nigel some more.  Danielson tags in and gets on Morishima’s back as Morishima stands on Nigel’s throat in the corner.  Danielson has until 5, referee!  Danielson works over Nigel.  Danielson does a sweet grounded Dragon sleeper, but Nigel turns it into a cradle for 2.  Morishima tags in to beat up Nigel some more.  There isn’t really a clear face/heel dynamic, but Nigel is the de facto face in peril.  He takes a beating from Morishima and Danielson.  He finally makes a comeback on Danielson.  Morishima comes in and Nigel connects with the rebound lariat.  KENTA tags in and runs wild on Danielson.  Danielson fights back and we get an awesome exchange.  Danielson makes the tag to Morishima.  Morishima hits a flying dropkick on Danielson.  KENTA hits a powerslam on Morishima and makes the tag to Nigel.  Nigel and Morishima start throwing bombs.  Nigel takes a flying dropkick, but hits the lariat for 2.  Nigel hits another lariat for 2.  KENTA and Danielson brawl outside.  Nigel goes for a sunset flip powerbomb, but Morishima sits on him.  Morishima blocks the lariat and hits the backdrop driver, but KENTA saves.  Morishima throws KENTA out of the ring.  Morishima goes up top, but KENTA grabs his leg.  Nigel hits the Tower of London on Morishima.  Tags to KENTA and Danielson.  They trade blows.  KENTA slingshots Danielson into the ropes, then hits a diving knee drop to the back of the head for 2.  Danielson hits a Dragon suplex hold for 2, then locks in the cross face chickenwing.  KENTA kicks off the turnbuckles and lands on top of Danielson for 2.  Danielson goes for a backdrop suplex off the top, but Nigel powerbombs Danielson.  Morishima catches KENTA and hits a move on him.  Nigel hits the lariat on Danielson.  Morishima throws Nigel outside, then tries to throw him back in, but Nigel hits the lariat.  Nigel comes off the top rope and dives onto Morishima in the crowd.  Danielson hits a double-arm suplex on KENTA.  Nigel and Danielson face off and trade European uppercuts.  Danielson kicks Nigel’s elbow and sends him outside.  Danielson goes for a diving heatbutt on KENTA, but gets kicked in the head.  KENTA hits the KENTA rush and the Busaiku knee kick for 2.  KENTA hits the Go 2 Sleep on Danielson, but Morishima saves.  Nigel tapes up his elbow.  Danielson hits a diving headbutt on KENTA for 2.  Danielson hits the rolling elbow on KENTA.  Morishima hits a lariat.  Danielson covers for 2.  Morishima and Danielson set up a Doomsday something, but Nigel saves and hits the lariat on Morishima.  KENTA hits an avalanche-style Falcon Arrow on Danielson for 2.  Danielson and KENTA trade blows.  Danielson goes for the cross face chickenwing and ends up hitting the backdrop suplex off the top for 2.  Danielson locks in the Cattle Mutilation, then turns it into the MMA elbows.  KENTA lifts Danielson and goes for the Go 2 Sleep, but Danielson counters into a Tiger suple xhold for 2.  Danielson locks in the Cattle Mutilation again.  Morishima cuts off Nigel from making the save.  KENTA submits to Danielson’s Cattle Mutilation in 24:56.  Awesome match.  Danielson picks up the title belt.  Morishima hits him with the backdrop driver.  Nigel picks up the belt and hands it to Morishima.  Morishima clotheslines him.  Don’t fuck with Morishima.

That’s the PPV, and it was an awesome show.  Now for the bonus matches!

Tank Toland (w/ Larry Sweeney & Bobby Dempsey) vs. Brent Albright.  They shake hands.  Toland looks like a buff midget.  Albright dominates the match.  Toland finally manages to press slam Albright into the top rope, then knocks him down for 2.  Toland hits a slam, then does jumping jacks on Albright, then drops an elbow for 2.  Toland locks Albright in a body scissors, then hits some sit up elbows for 2.  Dempsey does squats at ringside.  Toland hits a one armed delayed chokeslam for 2.  Albright connects with a dropkick and makes his comeback.  Albright hits an enzuigiri and a 619-style knee (“6-1-knee”).  Toland hits a spear for 2.  Albright gets a reverse cradle for 2.  Albright hits the half nelson suplex for the pin in 6:47.  Fine little match.  Albright plays with Toland’s bendy thing that weight lifters have after the match.

We get a No Remorse Crops promo backstage.  Strong puts over being the FIP World Champion, then they beat up Pelle Primeau, just to be dicks.

Erick Stevens vs. Davey Richards.  It’s Resilience vs. No Remorse Corps.  Richards refuses the handshake and they just go at it.  Richards tries to bail, but Stevens pursues him and kicks his ass all over the place.  A fan pours beer on Richards.  What a fucking prick.  That guy should have been kicked out.  Richards catches Stevens coming back in the ring and gets the advantage for like a second, then gets his ass kicked some more.  Stevens clotheslines Richards out of the ring.  Stevens hits a shoulder block off of the apron.  Richards makes it back into the ring and boots Stevens off of the apron into the barricade.  Richards throws Stevens into the barricade.  Richards works over Stevens in the ring.  Diving leg drop gets 2.  Richards clamps on a leg scissors hold.  Stevens suplexes Richards out of the ring.  Back inside, they trade chops.  Richards hits a flurry of strikes, then Stevens hits a German suplex.  Stevens hits the Choo Choo and a TKO for 2.  Richards hits a handspring enzugiri.  Stevens hits a cool pumphandle powerbomb for 2.  Richards hits a springboard dropkick, a running elbow to the corner, and a backdrop suplex.  Stevens no sells.  Richards kicks his arm and hits an other backdrop suplex for 2.  Richards locks in the Kimura.  Stevens gets a rope break.  Stevens goes for the TKO, but Richards counters and goes for the DR Driver.  Stevens counters, but Richards hits a tornado DDT, then locks in the Kimura for the win in 10:03.  Good match.

Jimmy Jacobs and Lacey go shopping in Chicago, then he drops her off at her hotel room and they hug.  Pointless.  He’s in love with her and she doesn’t reciprocate, apparently.

Sara Del Rey vs. Daizee Haze.  Hand shake.  They lock up and go back and forth with some good stuff.  Haze fails a diving cross body and gets fall away slam’d.  Del Ray covers for 2.  Del Ray works Haze’s arm.  Del Rey gets another near fall.  Haze gets a sunset flip, but Del Rey rolls through.  No count.  Del Rey locks in a crab hold and walks around the ring with it.  Haze gets a rope break.  Del Rey ties Haze to the tree of woe and puts the boots to her.  Haze fights out and hits an Ace Crusher to start her comeback.  Haze gets a cross body for 2.  Haze goes up top, but Del Rey cuts her off.  Haze fights Del Rey off and hits a diving lariat for 2.  Del Rey locks in the Royal Butterfly, then turns it into a modified Gory Special.  Haze gets free and gets a sunset flip for 2.  Del Rey puts her knees on Haze’s shoulders for the pin in 5:51.  It was fine.  They shake hands again afterward.

Another stupid Jimmy Jacobs & Lacey video.  I’m fast forwarding.

Tag Team Scramble Match: Pelle Primeau & Mitch Franklin vs. The Irish Airborne vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. Adam Pearce & Jimmy Rave (w/ Shane Hagadorn).  Everybody shakes hands.  Rave and Pelle start.  Pelle sends Rave out with a tilt a whirl head scissors.  Generico comes against Pelle and they do stuff.  Pelle hits a dropkick on Rave coming off the apron.  Pearce comes in and heels it up against Generico.  Crowd chants “REPO MAN!” at Pearce, so he puts on a Repo Man mask.  Awesome.  Franklin comes in and slaps Pearce.  Pearce slaps Franklin.  Franklin slams Pearce again.  Pearce launches Franklin across the ring from the top rope.  The Irish Airborne double team Pearce.  Steen and Generico go with the Airborne.  Dave Crist hits a cross body on Generico that takes them both out of the ring.  Steen and Jake Crist go at it in the ring.  Steen sends him out and hits a flip dive on everybody.  Rave drops Steen face first on the apron.  Pearce beats up Pelle in the ring.  Rave tags in and beats up Pelle too.  Pelle fights back.  Rave backdrops Pelle out.  Pelle hits a springboard Bombs Away and a double stomp.  Jake Crist and Kevin Steen go at it again.  Jake hits a sweet springboard neckbreaker.  Generico hits a tilt a whirl gut buster on Dave.  Pearce hits a lariat on Generico, followed by a diving leg drop, but the Irish Airborne save.  Irish Airborne hits stereo Asai moonsaults outsdie on Pearce, Rave, and somebody.  Franklin hits a Franklinsteiner (I just made that up) up Generico for 2.  Generico hits a sick spinning powerbomb on Franklin for 2.  Pearce low bridges Franklin out of the ring.  Pelle cradles Genericho for 2.  Steen catches Pelle’s dive and hits a spinning Samoan drop for 2.  Generico hits a tornado DDT on the blonde Airborne… Dave, I think.  It’s a clusterfuck now.  Rave hits Jake with a knee lift and goes for the Pedigree, but Steen breaks it up.  Steen hits the Package Piledriver on Dave Crist for the pin in 7:33.  Fun little clusterfuck.  Steenerico, the Irish Airborne, and the students shake hands after the match.

Another stupid Jimmy & Lacey video.  He gives her a ring.  She puts on something naughty and invites him into her room.  “Some time later…” the camera man comes back to find Jimmy’s shirt on the floor.  Stupid.

The show was really good, especially the actual PPV.  The Jimmy & Lacey crap was stupid.