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NJPW Destruction In Kobe Preview (9/24/17): IWGP US Championship On The Line

NJPW Destruction In Kobe Preview 9 24 17

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NJPW is back in action on Sunday with the final Destruction show. Destruction In Kobe will air live on NJPW World, beginning at 3:00 am EDT Sunday morning and will emanate Kobe World Hall. This show will have commentary feeds in both Japanese and English, so there’s something for everyone.

Two IWGP championships will be on the line on this show, as the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Titles will be on the line in a Triple Threat Match, and the IWGP US Championship match will main event the show.

Kenny Omega has missed all of the Destruction tour due to a knee injury, and hopefully he isn’t coming back too soon for this title defense. I’d hate to see him make what was a relatively minor injury something far worse.

NJPW Destruction In Kobe Match Card

Hirai Kawato & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs Katsuya Kitamura & Tomoyuki Oka.

Ricochet, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask, Jushin “Thunder” Liger, & Togi Makabe vs Takahi Iizuka, El Desperado, Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, & TAKA Michinoku.

YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto vs Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale.

Beretta vs Yujiro Takahasni.

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Triple Threat
War Machine vs Killer Elite Squad vs Guerrillas Of Destiny.

Michael Elgin & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs David Finlay & Kota Ibushi.

Rocky Romero, Toru Yano, & Tomohiro Ishii vs BUSHI, Tetsuya Naito, & SANADA.

Will Ospreay & Kazuchika Okada vs Hiromu Takahashi & EVIL.

IWGP United States Championship
Kenny Omega vs Juice Robinson.

You can join me on Twitter at @AbbeyA, as I’ll be live tweeting the show beginning at 3:00 am EDT on Sunday morning.

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Impact Wrestling Filming Footage at WrestleCade


According to PWInsider, Impact Wrestling is sending talent to Wrestlecade on November 25th in Winston-Salem, NC and will be filming content at the event for inclusion on their TV series.

The show will be going opposite the WWE Starrcade event in Greensboro, NC, which was announced earlier this week.

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ROH Death Before Dishonor XV Results – September 22nd, 2017


The PPV opened with a series of promos from different ROH personalities playing off the idea that they are gambling with their careers since the show is live from Las Vegas.

We go to Ian Riccaboni and Colt Cabana, who ran down the lineup for the show.

The Kingdom vs. Bully Ray & The Briscoes
The teams fought to ringside early. Mark performed the Cactus Jack elbow drop off the apron. Ouch. The dives continued with Taven performing a safe dive over the top onto Mark. O’Ryan teased doing a moonsault, then turned and told the crowd to stick it. Jay performed a suicide dive.

After some streaming issues (probably on my end rather than on FITE TV’s end), the Briscoes and Bully performed a Doomsday Device on O’Ryan and scored the pin. After the match, Jay blew off his brother’s celebration. Jay went to ringside and grabbed a chair. Jay threw the chair at the head of O’Ryan…

Bully Ray, Jay Briscoe, and Mark Briscoe beat Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan, and Vinny Marseglia

he broadcast team spoke at ringside and announced that Kenny Omega will wrestle at the Global Wars events. They also claimed that “Hangman” Adam Page was missing. They held up a flier that they said the Young Bucks were passing out for the missing Page. They said the Bucks would have to defend the six-man tag titles in a handicap match if Page didn’t show up… A pre-taped video aired with the Bullet Club members searching for Page. They all got together at the end and simultaneously asked, “Where’s Hangman?”…

Marty Scurll vs. Chuck Taylor
They went back and forth with some nice wrestling before facing off. Scurll took him down to the mat and began working over his wrist. Taylor reversed and returned that strategy. Scurll yanked his hair to take Taylor down. Taylor responded by shoulderblocking him down. Taylor used a lucha takedown and a dropkick on Scurll. Scurll nailed Taylor and sent him into the barricades down on the floor, then superkicked him from the apron. Scurll continued to work over Taylor, locking him in a straitjacket. Taylor tried to fight him way out but was nailed with a lungblower.

Scurll set up for a move but was nailed with an enziguiri, then a second. Scurll reversed a suplex attempt and nailed a brainbuster, snapped his fingers and locked on a crossface chicken wing. Taylor made it to the ropes, necessitating a break. Taylor caught Scurll with an overhead suplex into the buckles, then tried to regain his win. Taylor worked over Scurll but missed a moonsault off the top, then hit a superkick. Scurll nailed a tope into a tornado DDT. He tossed Taylor back in but was caught with a sit-down powerbomb.

Scurll went to snap his fingers but Taylor nailed the Eat Defeat. He went to the top but Scurll knocked his legs out from under him and snapped his fingers on the other hand. He nailed a superplex but Taylor hooked him in a small package position for a two count. Taylor placed him on the top and snapped him down into a piledriver but Scurll got his foot on the rope at the last second. Taylor hit a big tope con hilo to the outside.

Taylor tossed Scurll into the crowd and nailed a big dive over the railing onto him. He tossed Scurll into the ringside area and hit a cannonball into the ringside area. Back in the ring, Scurll cut him off and tried to use his feet to get the pin but referee Todd Sinclair caught him. He shoved Todd. Todd channeled Tommy Young and shoved him back. Taylor rolled him up for a two count. Scurll caught him in the crossface chicken wing and forced a submission.

Winner: Marty Scurll

Bully & Briscoes vs. The Young Bucks & Hangman Page later tonight.

They announced that Kenny Omega will be working all four nights at the Global Wars dates.

They teased that Hangman Page won’t be appearing, playing off the Being the Elite Youtube series.

Las Vegas Street Fight: Punishment Martinez vs. Jay White

Lots of brawling and weapons. Martinez brought a chair into the ring but White flung it into his face as he came off the ropes. White showed some nice intensity as he worked over Martinez. He began nailing a series of German suplexes but had his ears clapped before he could do a third. White ducked him shot and nailed a Flatliner. He grabbed the chair and worked him over with a series of shots across the back.

Martinez made a comeback and drilled White with a Falcon Arrow. White made a comeback and went to use a trash can lid but when he saw Martinez daring him to bring it on, instead used a series of strikes and chops. White was sent to the floor and Martinez hit a crazy running dive over the corner to the floor on White. That was pretty damn impressive.

Martinez went to the top but White nailed him with a chair. White nailed a judo throw off the top for a two count. He set up and nailed the Kiwi Crusher for another two count. White set up a series of chairs and attempted to suplex Martinez through them. The first time I saw someone do this in CZW in 2001, I’d never have guessed the spot would still be done 16 years later. Martinez fought back and suplexed White onto the chairs, then hit an inverted DVDR through the chairs. He covered White, who kicked up at the last second.

Thumbtacks were brought into the equation. White was chokeslammed onto them and pinned.

Winner: Punishment Martinez

They showed tacks embedded in White’s back in after the match.

ROH Six Man Tag Team champions The Young Bucks & Hangman Page vs. Bully Ray & The Briscoes

Bully stopped Jay in the aisle and asked him if was OK after earlier. Foreshadowing!

The Bucks came out alone. They said earlier that if Page didn’t appear, the Bucks would have to defend the belts alone. Maybe Genichiru Tenryu is going to show up?

Page showed up in street clothes, tunning out with his hands taped together and his mouth taped. He used axehandles to nail the Briscoes and even hit a moonsault off the top while his hands was taped up. That was cool, but hardly a move for heels. The crowd chanted “Welcome back!”

The Briscoes attacked all the members of the Bullet Club. The Briscoes cleaned house until Page nailed a lariat. Bully backdropped Nick Jackson. Bully nailed some clubbering until he was caught with a double superkick. Lots of all over action. Jay went sent to the floor while rebounding as the ropes were held open by Page. Page hit the moonsault off the apron into the shoulderblock on Jay.

The Briscoes and Bully took control on Matt Jackson and nailed him with the Wazzup. They called for the tables. Mark grabbed one and Jay set it up against the ropes, then smashed it into Bully’s face. Mark stood there outside shocked. Jay looked at Bully and walked out. Page scrambled into the ring and scored the pin.

Winners: The Bullet Club

After the match, Jay yelled at his brother that they were the best tag team on the planet, “not that motherf***er.”

ROH TV champion KUSHIDA vs. Kenny King

They are doing the hometown challenger deal with King. They showed King’s daughter and KUSHIDA’s mother at ringside, which was a nice touch. King was on the floor at one point and embraced his daughter. King hit a nice series of moves. KUSHIDA went to the floor, where he got some advice from his mom. Some nice back and forth action early.

King nailed the chinchecker and cinched in a Muta Lock. They went to the floor, where KUSHIDA nailed a running dropkick off a chair into the barricade. Back in the ring, the champion continued to work over King’s arm, including a dropkick to the wrist. He rode King to the mat, trying to wear down his arms. He locked on a variation of cattle mutilation.

KUSHIDA worked over King, who made a comeback and scored a two count with a bridging suplex. He grabbed KUSHIDA for a move but was caught with an armbar submission. King powered up and nailed a powerbomb to break it. They battled to the floor, where KUSHIDA nailed a rana into the ringpost and then hit a dive off the top to the floor. The crowd loved the dive.

They went back and forth until King was locked in the Hoverboard lock. King was able to escape each time but the third time he was locked in, King fought hard to escape. The crowd was chanting for King. He escaped but was nailed with a big right hand. King responded in kind. King finally caught him with a big spinebuster that looked awesome. They continued battling back and forth with punches, going nose to nose.

KUSHIDA went for a springboard elbow but was caught in an electric chair. They went back and forth until King caught him with a spinning slam and scored the pin.

Winner: Kenny King

King celebrated with his daughter after the match. KUSHIDA showed respect after as well.

Last Man Standing: Jay Lethal vs. Silas Young

They went to the floor early. Lethal nailed a suplex off the barricade. Lethal was looking for something under the ring but Young attacked him and worked him over on the floor. Young was now looking for something under the ring but Jay nailed him. Lethal removed some of the mats from the floor and drilled Silas with a side Russian Legsweep.

Lethal pulled a table from under the ring and set it up on the floor. He nailed an uppercut and worked him over. Back in the ring, Young brought a belt into the ring but Lethal nailed a handspring into a dropkick. He cracked Young with the belt. Young told him if he wanted to be a man, go ahead and hit him. Lethal began beating the hell out of him with the belt. Young took a hell of a beating and had a lot of welts rising.

This brought out Beer City Bruiser, who was whipped but overpowered Lethal. He worked over Jay as Young set up a table on the floor. Bruiser went for a splash off the top through Lethal on the table but Jay escaped and Bruiser destroyed the table. Lethal nailed an Ace Crusher off the apron through another table on Young, which looked brutal.

The battle continued. Young got his hands on the belt and began whipping Lethal. He beat Lethal for a long time, then set up a chair. Lethal and Young battled until Lethal nailed the Lethal Injection on the chair. Lethal taped Young’s arm to the ropes. Lethal was kicked off and bounced into the rereree. They banged heads and Lethal was busted open. Referee Todd Sinclair was out on his feet.

Young worked over Lethal, and demanded the referee begin counting him out. Lethal was hit with Misery. Young told the ref to stop counting him out and hit a Lethal Injection on Jay. Jay got to his feet but was nailed with a ladder. Lethal came back and nailed a handspring into an Ace Crusher. He set up the ladder on the floor, followed by a table underneath. Young tried to nail him with a chair but Lethal beat him first and placed him on the table.

Lethal went to the top, teasing a flying elbow but Young attacked and nailed him over and over with a chair. They battled to the top the ladder, where Young ziptied him to the ladder. They battled until the ladder tipped over and they went through the ladder. Young made it to his feet before the ten count and was declared the winner.

Winner: Silas Young

ROH Tag Team champions The Young Bucks vs. The Motor City Machineguns

All the back and forth stereo tag team action with big moves and lots of reversals, playing up the idea they were mirror images. Matt held Shelley for Nick to suoerkick him. Matt nailed backbreaker but scored a two count when Sabin interfered. The Guns came back with a kick into a DDT, which the crowd booed as they liked the Bucks so much.

They continued, even whipping out the Dream Sequence. Matt Jackson cut off Sabin with a superkick. He went to work over Shelley and the Bucks turned the Guns into double sharpshooters. It was lots of really faced paced back and forth action. Shelley hit a nice dive to the outside The Guns hit stereo kicks in the corner.

They worked over Matt but Nick Jackson broke it up with a swanton. The Guns set up sliced bread #2 off the top but again, Nick broke it up. Matt superkicked Sabin who came back with a big lariat. The ref got KO. The Addiction hit the ring and attacked both teams with the story being that they are trying to ruin everything ROH fans love. It ended up with the Bucks and the Guns double teaming to hit a double Indy Taker on the floor to take them out.

Everyone then went nuts going back and forth until finally the Guns scored the pin.

Winners and new ROH Tag Team champions: The Motor City Machineguns

ROH champion Cody Rhodes vs. Minoru Suzuki

Cody came out with his wife and several Vegas showgirls. He offered his ROH ring to Suzuki to kiss, but Suzuki grabbed his hand and bit him on the finger. Suzuki caught him in an armbar immediately and almost submitted him. Cody made it to the floor and escaped. Suzuki hit a series of strikes that sent Cody back to the floor. Cody was completely off guard. Back in the ring, Cody got some brief offense but was again nailed. He went to the floor. Suzuki went for a kick off the apron but Brandi was pulled in front. He stopped and Cody nailed his legs, knocking him to the floor.

Cody worked him over but Suzuki fired back. Cody chopped him and Suzuki demanded he keep bringing it, as it had no effect. Cody finally kicked him low and tossed him in the ring. Cody stomped him but Suzuki sat up and laughed. Cody tossed him back to the floor. Cody caught him coming in and drilled him with a Dragon Screw Legwhip. Undeterred, Suzuki grabbed an upsidfe down hanging armbar.

Suzuki continued working over Rhodes, kicking away at him. Suzuki worked over Rhodes’ neck and cinched in a guilllotine choke. Rhodes escaped and hit a gourd buster. Rhodes locked in a Yes Lock, then did a “Yes” chant. Gee, I wonder who that was a message too? Suzuki grabbed an anklelock and then maneuvered him into a sleeper. Suzuki rolled him to the mat and cinched in a sleeper from a sitting position.

He went for the piledriver but Cody fought to escape. He did and nailed the Disaster Kick. Suzuki avoided a charge and went for a sleeper. Cody maneuvered him into the CrossRhodes for the pin.

Your winner and still ROH champion Cody Rhodes!

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John Cena Explains Issues with Roman Reigns as the Face of WWE


While appearing on the E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness, John Cena talked about Roman Reigns and his issues with him being the face of WWE.

“In a very legitimate sense, my biggest hangup with Roman Reigns as the frontrunner of the WWE, is the fact that he seems to lack in his ability to communicate with the audience,” Cena said. “And [it’s] not that he can’t. I know Roman. Like, socially, he’s a great guy. He has a presence that’s undeniable, so I know it’s there. Just nobody had the nuts to bring it out of him, nobody. So my job in the WWE is to either be the best or be a vehicle for the best and I was going to go out there and rip that kid every single week until he said, ‘enough’. And I thought his promo on Monday was brilliant. I thought it was like what a [Garry] Kasparov chess move. Speak, say only what you need to say and let me cut a promo on myself. I, literally on the other side of the phone, got goosebumps. And I know that it didn’t come from anybody else but him. Like, he went home and was like, ‘damn it, I’m sick of it. I’m going to stamp this M.F. right here.’ And he thought of that and it was brilliant for the reasons you say: you could see it in his eyes, that those are his words, and that he believes it. The way he looked into the camera, the way he mocked me flipping the microphone, dude that’s a shot across someone’s bow. That’s a real shot and that’s why we watch.

“Although Roman and I may shake hands and play nice behind the curtain, there is an edge between the two of us of, ‘bro, I’m going to hold onto this as long as I possibly can because I feel you’re not even close to my league’ and him as a younger talent saying, ‘who the hell is this guy? And why won’t he just go home?’ and there is that conflict, that friction, and it is a professional, very respectful rivalry. It is a definitive rivalry and it’s the same with me and Dwayne [Johnson] and it’s the same with anyone I’ve ever stepped in there with because we all want to strive to be that number one. And I think in a locker room searching for personality, Roman knows who he is. He just doesn’t have everybody every week to tee off on him. Dude, we kind of matriculated with some pretty good talkers, so you either sank or swam every single F-in’ week with somebody to knock you down a peg no matter what every week. It’s rare that that exists nowadays. I was doing my best to get Roman Reigns.”

You can listen to the podcast embedded in the audio below:

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Konnor of The Ascension Becomes A Father


Konnor of The Ascension took to his Instagram account to share a photo of his baby boy Elijah who was born in Tampa. He mentioned that this is the happiest day of his life.

You can check out a photo of baby Elijah below:

Happiest day of my life! #Elijah #fatherhood

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Long-Term Plans for Impact Wrestling to Move Out of Orlando?


We noted last week that Impact Wrestling is phasing out the ‘GFW’ name, as the company never completed the deal with Jeff Jarrett to own the rights to owning it. The belief is that Jarrett will be back with the company, but privately and no one is certain of anything.

Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer reports that the long-term goal is to make Impact a Canadian company because Anthem is based in Toronto and they believe they can have some economic advantages there. There had been some sentiment against another re-branding and continuing to use the ‘GFW’ name but it appears that is no longer an issue moving forward.

The feeling is that the company wants to get away from the negativity associated with the “TNA” name and as long as they are based in Orlando, that will never change.

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FloSlam Refusing To Air This Weekend’s EVOLVE Wrestling Events

FloSports files lawsuit against WWN

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Well, this situation keeps getting uglier and uglier by the minute, it seems. FloSports, the parent network of FloSlam, which streams all of WWN’s live events, is now saying they will not air the scheduled EVOLVE Wrestling events this weekend. And, along with not airing this weekend’s events, FloSlam will not be airing any of EVOLVE’s future events.

The following statement was posted on FloSlam’s website:

“Planned coverage of WWN events will no longer be available on FloSlam. This includes EVOLVE, SHINE, FIP, Style Battle, and ACW events. We know fans are excited If about these events and we’re disappointed to share that we will no longer provide the coverage you deserve and expect. If you’d like a refund, please email with the subject line “Floslam Refund Request” and our team will assist you.”

EVOLVE 92 and EVOLVE 93 are scheduled this weekend in Michigan and Illinois, but it’s being reported that FloSports informed employees planning to travel to the events that they were not to go to EVOLVE and work the shows.

Gabe Sapolsky took to Twitter to let people know what was going on.

He also said they would try to get the weekend’s events up on WWN Live as soon as possible.

As we reported yesterday, FloSports has filed a lawsuit against WWN, citing that the company misrepresented their financial data when the parties struck a deal. Today, WWN’s attorney tried to shift the blame to FloSports, saying that the streaming service failed to promote their events as promised.

The way this is playing out, it’s really the talent that is going to suffer, as well as the fans who have already paid for a FloSlam subscription to see EVOLVE. Plus, this looks really, really petty on the part of FloSports. Kind of like, “Hey, you breached our contract, so we’ll just do it, too!”

We’ll keep everyone updated on this ongoing situation between FloSports and WWN.

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Rob Van Dam Says He Recently Spoke to WWE


While speaking to Sports Illustrated at a charity event that was organized by Booker T to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, RVD commented on a potential comeback to WWE.

“I don’t have any plans to share, but there is always a possibility of a return. I’ve talked to WWE recently, but it’s about the new video games that are coming out. That was more of a business talk about that, but when the business is right and it’s the right time to go back, that, of course, is then always a possibility.”

Since RVD’s time away from WWE, he has participated matches on the independent circuit.

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John Cena Says He’s Not Retiring


While appearing on the E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness, John Cena mentioned that he is not retiring despite being 40 years-old. Cena says he realizes that his body will not be able to do a full scheduled for WWE and mentioned that he hashad conversations with himself about when he gets a step slower it’s time to bow out before he becomes one of those guys.

Cena points out that he had a longer run than he probably should have and mentions that he’s very thankful for that run and he’s willing to do anything Vince needs him to do but these “asks” need to be more selective, not only for the company’s future but his health and personal well-being.

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NoDQ Video #1005: WWE’s low attendance, Rousey vs. Charlotte, Paige’s return, more


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