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[PPV Review] ‘ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard’ – White vs. Okada, Lethal vs. Taven vs. Scurll

Date: April 6, 2019
Venue: Madison Square Garden (Manhattan, NY)
Commentators: Ian Riccaboni, Colt Cabana, & Kevin Kelly

ROH and NJPW combines its forces to present the G1 Supercard, the first non-WWE pro wrestling event to be held in the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden in a very long time. Did both companies bring their A-game? Was I, a man who barely watches either, convinced to put these two companies in the rotation? Let’s find out!

Champion Roll-Call

  • ROH WORLD CHAMPION: Jay Lethal
  • IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: ‘Switchblade’ Jay White
  • ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: Jeff Cobb
  • IWGP INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: Tetsuya Naito
  • IWGP JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: ‘Bone Soldier’ Taiji Ishimori
  • NEVER OPENWEIGHT CHAMPION: ‘The Aerial Assassin’ Will Ospreay
  • WOMEN OF HONOR WORLD CHAMPION: Mayu Iwatani
  • RPW BRITISH HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Zack Sabre Jr.
  • ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Villain Enterprises (PCO & Brody King)
  • IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa)
  • IWGP JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Rappongi 3K (Sho & Yoh)
  • ROH WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Villain Enterprises (‘The Villain’ Marty Scurll, PCO, & Brody King)

The Lineup

  • Jeff Cobb [c] vs. Will Ospreay [c] for the ROH WORLD TELEVISION and NEVER OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIPS (****1/4)
  • Dalton Castle vs. Rush (NR)
  • Mayu Iwatani [c] vs. Kelly Klein for the WOMEN OF HONOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (*1/4)
  • NYC STREET FIGHT: Juice Robinson, Flip Gordon, & Mark Haskins vs. Bully Ray, Silas Young, & Shane Taylor (**)
  • Taiji Ishimori [c] vs. Dragon Lee vs. Bandido for the IWGP JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (****)
  • Villain Enterprises [c] vs. Guerrillas of Destiny [c] vs. The Briscoes vs. Los Ingobernables de Jopon for the ROH WORLD TAG TEAM and IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS (***)
  • Zack Sabre Jr. [c] vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the RPW BRITISH HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (***3/4)
  • Tetsuya Naito [c] vs. Kota Ibushi for the IWGP INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (****1/2)
  • LADDER MATCH: Jay Lethal [c] vs. Marty Scurll vs. Matt Taven for the ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (**3/4)
  • Jay White [c] vs. Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)

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[PPV Recap] ‘Impact Wrestling Slammiversary XVI’ – Aries vs. Moose, 5150 Street Fight, Mask vs. Hair

Date: July 22, 2018
Venue: The Rebel Complex (Toronto, Ontario)
Commentators: Josh Matthews & Don Callis

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After five years, Impact Wrestling has finally gone and done it: presented a PPV that looks good enough for me to shell out some money. The 16th annual Slammiversary (feel old yet?) features a big main event as Austin Aries defends the Impact World Championship against a man many see as the future of the company, the former NFL player turned pro wrestler Moose. The rest of the show also has a lot to look forward to, from hardcore matches to hair vs. mask matches, to even an International 4-Way which looks like an excuse to just have a whole lot of high spots. I’m down for it. Will Impact get more of my hard-earned money or is this a one and done? Let’s find out.

Champions

  • IMPACT World Champion: Austin Aries
  • IMPACT X-Division Champion: Matt Sydal
  • IMPACT Knockouts Champion: ‘The Undead Bride’ Su Yung
  • IMPACT World Tag Team Champions: LAX (Santana & Ortiz)

Lineup

  • Johnny Impact vs. Petey Williams vs. Fenix vs. Taiji Ishimori (***1/2)
  • Allie vs. Tessa Blanchard (***3/4)
  • House of Hardcore Match: Tommy Dreamer vs. Eddie Edwards  (**3/4)
  • Matt Sydal [c] vs. Brian Cage for the IMPACT X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • Su Yung [c] vs. Madison Rayne for the IMPACT KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/4)
  • 5150 Street Fight: LAX [c] vs. The OGz [c] for the IMPACT WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (****)
  • Mask vs. Hair: Pentagon Jr. vs. Sami Callihan (****1/2)
  • Austin Aries [c] vs. Moose for the IMPACT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (***)

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