Post by The Kevstaaa on Jul 11, 2015 10:52:27 GMT -5
So I know this is late and I apologize for that. I like the looks at the different rosters and characters. You have some interesting looking people here, which is what makes this so unique. You put tons of effort into this and for that, I commend you. The level of detail in this is sick. The in-depth interview with Seth Cronyn was a delightful but lengthy read. I like how he respected other companies but still put over SUMMIT Pro. I'll be sure to leave a more detailed response to your next event. I'm glad you find the motivation to continue this and happy to see that you're the new mod. Side note, looking at the characters, I like the look of Jermaine Oxbow, Keiji Sakoda, Sydistiko, and Nigel Newhart the most.
If it wasn't evident before from your other two shows then just from the beginning of this show, you are so ing creative. It's insane.
The Bloodpack are spiteful. If Bane of Ruination are going to growl and shout then maybe they should just calm down. The leader of Occasus did a death rattle sound. How will I choose who I want to win? Well, Occasus are 7ft tall so I like that advantage so I'm going with them.
I trusted that their height would aid them and it didn't. They let me down. How dare they.
Occasus let me down in the last match so I'm not going with Sekem. I remember Seeds of Hate so I'm not going with Animus. So I'm going to go with Venom.
Venom is very accomplished. I think I may have picked the right guy.
Good match especially since the guy I picked to win won.
Cthulu and Reaper both seem like interesting characters but I'm going to have to go with Reaper on this one.
Well, now that it says Cthulu is like a modern day Papa Shango I may have to change my prediction. But I'll stick with Reaper.
Should have changed my pick. Oh well. Still a fascinating match.
He may have been threatening but he was impassioned so I'm going with Virus's team, The Pain Division. I think they'll retain the titles.
I knew they'd pull it off. Go tag champs!
Virus is wrestling in the next match. His team just pulled off a victory so I can't bet against him here.
Don't bet against The Pain Division.
Main event time. I saw it this time.
This is sure to be a great main event. Going to go with Bruiser. Vessel may be over 500 pounds but I think, despite being in his 40s, Bruiser can defeat the big guy.
Congratulations to the champion. I had confidence in him. I knew he could beat the big guy.
God, you put on ing awesome shows.
WAVES - Episode 2
Again enjoyed the recap.
Liking the interviews Striker is doing with Cronyn. Very in depth, no holds barred. Really enjoy it. And I can't wait to see Samoa Joe in action.
Post by Chris Reager on Jul 15, 2015 8:07:54 GMT -5
15th of July 2015.
SUMMIT PRO's APEX'S newest 'interview' section, entitled ベースキャンプからのお知らせ" - (News From Basecamp) featured a followup interview conducted by FORGE backstage interviewer Kyoko Fukada, as she interviewed FORGE's International Heavyweight champion, Steve Wilson.
The purpose of the interview was to recant his involvement with Jacob Roode's 3RW.
Kyoko was previously joined by Japanese actress and model Yoko Maki, but this time would be joined by well-known and respected model, spokesperson and actress, Misaki Ito.
Both women showed respect to a well-dressed Steve Wilson, who nodded in respect back to them, with the FORGE International Heavyweight championship belt on a table nearby.
Taking turns, both women asked Mr Wilson about his narrow defeat at the hands of 'The Immortal' Hulk Hogan at 3RW's Urban Freedom:
(Hmmm…well, I certainly gave my all, as did Hogan…being a Traditional Rules match, the key factor was stamina, endurance and perseverance…we both had that will to win, but unfortunately for me, I just couldn't get back up in time. Well done to Hogan though.)
(By winning this match, Hogan inserted himself into the match I had previously signed on to be a part of, going back to Saturday Night Slam…him being in the match now throws off the dynamic, but for me, and my fans in SUMMIT PRO and FORGE, I have news that I have to share, hence why I am doing so via 'News From Basecamp' here on APEX.)
Misaka and Kyoko gently pressed him for his answer.
(I am revealing here on this program that my commitment to 3NWPRO, SUMMIT PRO and of course my beloved FORGE and my wife Youki come first…as I did not sign a contract to face multiple opponents SUMMIT PRO's attorneys have claimed the contract not worth the paper it's printed on. Now before anyone gets 'uppity' and feels the need to call me less than a man for not accepting the challenge regardless - put yourself in my shoes! I've been in the business for over twenty years! I've worked my ass off everywhere I could, I deserved what I've worked for in FORGE! I didn't call 3RW looking for more work. They came to us. They came to us! They said 'We want the best,', and SUMMIT PRO gave them the best - Steve Wilson; FORGE International Heavyweight champion. Don't tell me, if you call yourself the best that you can't handle another person in the match! That changes everything, it's not what I signed up for - I know my worth, Goddamnit! You crossed the line, you didn't put the work in, and now - this experiment is over. You will not see Steve Wilson in another 3RW ring again - so well done Hogan, you get Luger at War Between The Four. All the best to you.)
Wilson waved his hands dismissively and glared at the camera, very much annoyed.
Kyoko and Misaki smiled tersely, and thanked Wilson for his time, who nodded sagely.
Both women signed off on 'News From Basecamp' as trailers for SUMMIT PRO programming played.
SUMMIT PRO: Tag Team Grand Prix - Third Stage SUMMIT PRO Showcase Event - RIPTIDE XI featuring Canada's Smash Wrestling SUMMIT PRO: Trivium Go Codex (anime series); 'SUMMIT PRO - KING: 指導者は、フォロワーありません (Leaders, Not Followers)' SUMMIT PRO: Focus Point: 'Reap...As We Have Sown...REAPER'
Post by Chris Reager on Jul 18, 2015 9:58:07 GMT -5
18th of July 2015.
On SUMMIT PRO's APEX'S newest 'interview' section, ベースキャンプからのお知らせ" - (News From Basecamp), a brief interview was held, with Eri Otoguro interviewing RIPTIDE's Dan Starling about the upcoming RIPTIDE Showcase Event, RIPTIDE XI in Ontario, Canada, as well his thoughts on recent events in SUMMIT PRO.
Eri bowed to Starling, who sat opposite her with his RIPTIDE Heavyweight championship folded on a table close to him. He returned the bow and smiled.
Eri began by asking Starling about his most recent defense of the title and how he felt about facing Windy Rhodes in Canada:
(Thank you Eri. I have so much respect for Windy Rhodes, he is an incredible opponent who I actually have not faced that much in RIPTIDE, what with him being in a tag team with Leon Harris. He deserves this match, he has not been pinned in 2014 and despite not holding any singles titles, is a very tough competitor and a worthy contender. He is very popular here in Japan, as well.)
(As for the last defense I had, it was the 2/3 falls match I had against my good friend Breckin Stryker. You will hear a lot of things said about Breckin in a negative light due to how the Internet loves to misconstrue things and take things out of context, but Breckin is a true wunderkind in every sense of the word. He's so strong, so athletic, so naturally gifted, it took everything I had to defeat him in two straight falls to retain this championship. You've noticed I have not defended since, as that match took a lot out of me. It was very emotional for both of us, closing out 2014 in style and ringing in 2015 on the backs of a 5-star rated match.)
Eri nodded and thanked him, and asked about SUMMIT PRO in 2015:
(SUMMIT PRO is growing very well, but at the same time we are not losing sight of what we are about. We don't want to become anything we are supposed to be, we don’t chase TV ratings, or mainstream American sensibilities. Recently NJPW has branched onto AXS TV with their NJPW on AXS TV program, which is exciting, but it's not where SUMMIT PRO needs to be right now. ROH and TNA are on Destination America in the US, and Lucha Underground is on the El Rey Network, also in the US. The only other company to mention is WWE, but they of course are seen as 'sports entertainment'…and yet watch professional wrestling events looking for talent to mold into 'sports entertainers'. Like our CEO, Seth Cronyn, we know the deal, we can see the status quo, and amazingly we've got a locker room full of guys and girls who want to be here. That's not so crazy, I should think.)
(Like Seth on WAVES, I am not defaming WWE, just stating my opinion. I would like to seriously thank DRIVEN for indirectly and perhaps inadvertently influencing WWE's 'Give Divas A Chance' thing they have over there…as of last week, the 13th of July, these 'Divas' finally got a chance. While it's great and all, it is a proud feeling we at SUMMIT PRO have for DRIVEN becoming a reality way before this movement happened…coincidence that it happened now? I'm not so sure. I do respect every single DRIVEN WOMAN though, for that event, DRIVEN I. It was fantastic, top to bottom.)
Eri thanked him once more, and for her final question, asked about RIPTIDE XI:
(Oh, I'm very excited for this event. We have had a great response in Canada for SUMMIT PRO, namely RIPTIDE, and this is our first foray into Ontario. People across the world know either Montreal or Calgary for wrestling (due to the Rougeaus and the Harts), but Wicked's GWV promotion has helped us tremendously in terms of traction in North America. This event was put together with their help, and we intend to help Smash Wrestling draw a great crowd to the Powerade Centre.)
(We have come to understand that a certain Smash Wrestling talent has unfortunately had to retire, at the age of 27. His name is Josh Alexander, otherwise known as 'The Walking Weapon', and was in a tag team called 'Monster Mafia'. He will be at the event with his tag team partner, Ethan Page. Originally he was going to be a part of this event when the wheels were in motion for it, but due to his retirement that sadly won't be happening. As a token of our respect to Josh for his contributions to wrestling and having to have his career cut criminally short, I will be presenting him with a replica RIPTIDE Heavyweight championship belt, which I think is a great gesture from SUMMIT PRO and RIPTIDE for him.)
Eri smiled and thanked 3NWPRO and SUMMIT PRO for the gesture mentioned by Starling. She wished him well and thanked him for his time, before signing off on 'News From Basecamp' as trailers for SUMMIT PRO programming played.
SUMMIT PRO: Tag Team Grand Prix - Third Stage SUMMIT PRO Showcase Event - RIPTIDE XI featuring Canada's Smash Wrestling SUMMIT PRO: Trivium Go Codex (anime series); 'SUMMIT PRO - KING: 指導者は、フォロワーありません (Leaders, Not Followers)' SUMMIT PRO: Focus Point: 'Reap...As We Have Sown...REAPER'
Post by Chris Reager on Jul 23, 2015 9:27:50 GMT -5
3NWPRO's official comment regarding FORGE International Heavyweight champion Steve Wilson and 3RW via FORGE President, Jim Weaver:
'Good evening; I'm Jim Weaver, President of FORGE.
As you may be aware, the US promotion 3RW that FORGE International Heavyweight champion Steve Wilson had been scheduled to wrestle for has aired their 'Saturday Night Slam' program, whereby their President, Jacob Roode, issued his own statement regarding why Steve Wilson will not be appearing for 3RW as originally contracted.
The fact that Mr Roode could not even acknowledge my name, let alone my standing in the company I helped found lends itself to the unfortunate messiness of this situation. Being that Mr Wilson is a top performer here in Japan, is a World champion and has the use of the dynamic legal team for 3NWPRO, found there to be 'creative differences', as Mr Roode put it, but differences that were altered after the contract was signed, rendering it moot.
Being that Mr Wilson is a tenured performer within FORGE and SUMMIT PRO, let alone being a World champion, this difference was too large to ignore. Add this to the fact that 3RW, while mentioning that Mr Roode welcomed the opportunity for others to be part of the creative process, trusted that as Mr Wilson was leaving the comforts of his home in Osaka, Japan, to perform at these dates for 3RW that this process was more than in good hands with Mr Roode and company. Sadly we found this not to be the case, but do not harbor ill feelings towards Roode and 3RW.
3NWPRO acknowledges that 3RW's World Heavyweight champion Lex Luger is the longest reigning in 3RW history, and is a formidable opponent for any battle-tested competitor. At the same time, Steve Wilson is a veteran of over 20 years in the professional wrestling business, and has always made his 'shots', with the exception of this one, which we have discussed..
While I, Jim Weaver, can understand that this issue has caused 3RW to restructure their upcoming event that Mr Wilson was to compete at, I do object to his comment about 'professionalism', to which 3NWPRO, SUMMIT PRO and FORGE at large have been nothing but.
This incident came to light due to unagreed-upon changes without consent, a lack of understanding about SUMMIT PRO and to borrow a quote from 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper - 'a failure to communicate', pure and simple.
3NWPRO as a company would like to thank @youknowhoiam regardless for the experience in working with a territorial US promotion, and sincerely wishes them nothing but the best - we would never say anything about 3RW is 'bland'.
We wish Jacob Roode and 3RW all the best for their future endeavours.
Post by Chris Reager on Jul 25, 2015 2:14:13 GMT -5
SUMMIT PRO: TAG TEAM GRAND PRIX III - THIRD STAGE Sento` Arena, Himitsu-No Shima Prefecture, Osaka, Japan
The event opened with a video package of all the tag teams participating in the event tonight, highlighting their wins in the previous two Stages.
3NWPRO CEO Seth Cronyn, along with the respective Presidents of SUMMIT PRO's promotions, opened the show on the stage to hype the evening's' proceedings, and made their way to the ring.
The dignitaries entered the ring to applause, giving great respect to the crowd in return.
Seth Cronyn was cheered for a lengthy amount of time before speaking, this time stemming from his interview on Waves - Episode 3.
Smiling humbly, Seth humourously waved off the fans' repeated chants of 'SE-SU KU-RON-IN!" in deference of him.
His grandfather, RIPTIDE CEO, Sovereign Cronyn, smiled and nodded as they basked in the adulation.
Finally Seth spoke, genuinely thanking the fans for their continued support of SUMMIT PRO, which resulted in a sell-out in the TCGOC-commissioned and built Sento` Arena (in addition to the Tsuruta Commemorative Arena) in Osaka in anticipation for the crucial Third Stage of the SUMMIT PRO Tag Team Grand Prix.
He gave sincere thanks to Wicked's GWV in Canada, slappy's RCW, as well as fellow Japanese promotion, newest supporter of SUMMIT PRO, OWF, while distancing himself, 3NWPRO and SUMMIT PRO from the ill-fated 'cross-promotion' with 3RW.
The recent scandal concerning Hulk Hogan was icing on the cake for the dissolution of the 'partnership'.
The First and Second Stages had seen some amazing matches take place, as varied tag teams throughout the SUMMIT PRO sub-promotions vied to extend their reach in the Grand Prix.
Since the Second Stage, the arrival of DRIVEN had set the wrestling world on notice, and as such all six promotions would be represented at this event.
DRIVEN's first event, the primarily female-produced (in terms of onscreen talent), held at the famous Ryogokuo Sumo Hall (coincidentally where RIPTIDE VS WWE I and the WWE 'Beast In The East' events were held) was a runaway success, and capitalising on this was Manami Toyota, President of DRIVEN.
She signed and commissioned the two non-Grand Prix matches on the crowd to feature DRIVEN talent, with two different 'objectives' for those involved.
Seth bowed to the crowd before bowing to Manami Toyota, before handing the microphone to her, who returned the bow and spoke warmly to the crowd regarding DRIVEN I and SUMMIT PRO as a whole.
Toyota in turn passed the microphone on to Kunimura Saito of KING, and one by one the other Presidents espoused the merits of all their promotions for their teams who had made it to the Third Stage of the Grand Prix.
Attention was drawn to the large screens and displayed the brackets for the Third Stage of the Grand Prix bouts.
The Presidents thanked the audience once more and bowed in respect, and left the ringside area one by one.
Seth mentioned to the crowd before he left that the last image from the Second Stage with MERCILESS, IRON FIST facing off against The RIPTIDE Five and Sienna Cronyn was something not long forgotten.
He announced that the next time Kenichi Saito and Nigel Newhart would be on the same card, it would feature the rematch between Kenichi Saito and Nigel Newhart, but this time the ante` would be upped and both men would face each other in a 'Breaking Point' match, with Kenichi's KING CKGP Openweight championship on the line!
'...その試合はプロレス閾値のキングで...開催されます！' ('...and that match will take place...at KING OF PRO WRESTLING THRESHOLD!')
The crowd cheered wildly; Breaking Point matches were rare and a commodity unique only to 3NWPRO and SUMMIT PRO.
(The rules of a Breaking Point match were essentially No Disqualification, and could only be won via Submission. The details didn't stop there, as Breaking Point matches were geared more toward the Strong Style/MMA-hybrid style of wrestling, with a penchant for aggression, high drama and resilience. Coupled with the Submission Only finish, Rope Breaks were not allowed, and once a competitor would lock in a Submission and look to finish, a countdown would sound from 20 seconds down, and even if the opponent tapped, the counter would need to completely tick down for there to be a winner.)
Video footage of the Breaking Point match where Joe Weaver defeated Breckin Stryker in a 5-star showing to become the RIPTIDE Openweight champion was shown as a visual aid; Weaver had won by locking in an excruciatingly tight Kneebar that Breckin could not free himself from, and thus Joe Weaver was crowned new RIPTIDE Openweight champion.
The Presidents of SUMMIT PRO bowed to all four corners of the ring before leaving.
SUMMIT PRO's English-speaking announce team, Lee Hunter, Carl Jordan and Matt Striker, commented on the in-ring actions, with the three men awe-inspired at what they had seen and heard.
Likewise, the Japanese announce team, Akitoshi Shirai and Nobuhiko Takase, conversed between themselves about the same development.
The Spanish announce team, Javier Moreno and Maximo` Valdez, made their own contributions, eager to see how IGNITION's teams would fare in the Third Stage.
They updated the viewers at home regarding the deal Seth had been working on regarding ROH and NJPW, and that further meetings were needed, but signs were very strong.
The screens showed the smiling Gravure Four; the backstage interviewers for SUMMIT PRO - Yukie Kawamura, Minase Yashiro, Harumi Nemoto and Eri Otoguro.
Screens also showed the following performers: Performing backstage interviewing duties for IGNITION was Raquel Arrulo, along with the Gravure Four and guest interviewer Yoko Maki; while Tetsuo Kaneda (KING), Takeo Shibasaki (RIPTIDE), El Encender` (IGNITION) and Kyoko Fukada (FORGE) would perform ring announcing duties intermittently. Lenne Hardt would announce for DRIVEN.
The facepainted Malevolence would announce for BEAST in his resonant voice as per usual, and after his graphic was shown, a picture in memoriam of Christopher Lee, of whom Malevolence had been inspired by, was also displayed.
A short video package highlighting the teams participating in the Third Stage of the Grand Prix was shown.
SUMMIT PRO: TAG TEAM GRAND PRIX III - THIRD STAGE
Backstage, Takeshi Gannosuke and Katsuhiko Yamada of MERCILESS each cut dissolute promos for the opening match, as interviewed by Eri Otoguro.
Elsewhere backstage, Oseron and Miasma did not cut a promo in return, as instead their leader Animus cut one on their behalf, as interviewed by Yukie Kawamura.
"MERCILESS" (Takeshi Gannosuke and Katsuhiko Yamada) [KING JHW] VERSUS Oseron and Miasma w/Animus [FORGE]
OF NOTE: Despite Yamada being KING CKGP Junior Heavyweight champion, he and MERCILESS stablemate Gannosuke were comfortable acting as backup to Kenichi Saito, who was far and away the most skilled and volatile Junior Heavyweight in KING. They were more than lackeys though, and held their own in every encounter they faced. On the other hand, the cold clinical approach of Seeds of Hate was as nihilistic as ever, the stable's constant bleak outlook on life seemingly only sated by sadistic violence on their opponents. Led by Animus, Seeds of Hate proved to be an anomaly, even in BEAST.
Yamada and Gannosuke came to the ring to boos as the familiar pulse of 'Merciless Cult' by Dir En Grey' assaulted the crowd.
Oseron and Miasma made their way to the ring next to stark boos and blank stares as Cradle Of Filth's 'From The Cradle To The Enslave' attacked the senses.
Tetsuo Kaneda announced MERCILESS while Malevolence announced Oseron and Miasma.
The vacant stares from both Oseron and Miasma elicited a laugh from Osaka as a seemingly-honest chance to shake hands with MERCILESS was of course a ploy engineered by Yamada and Gannosuke, confusing Oseron and Miasma from the start.
Knowing that they would not be trusted, both Yamada and Gannosuke erased their false smiles from their faces, and hammered their opponents anyway, gaining the advantage regardless.
The crowd showered them with boos as they stomped Seeds of Hate in tribute of their namesake; MERCILESS(ly), until the referee was able to restore order.
Already at a loss due to the ambush, Oseron weathered a ton of offense from the agile and athletic Yamada, relishing his own mean streak.
Yamada and Gannosuke cut down the stout yet athletic Miasma, leaving Oseron to languish on the apron, and administered quick tags and slowed the pace to frustrate the BEASTs.
Miasma would eventually break free, managing to avoid a Pinpoint Front Foot Dropkick to his knee, and crawled in pain to tag out as Osaka got behind them, strangely.
Gannosuke rushed in, trying to halt the progress of Miasma, and missed with a Sliding D-type strike, as Miasma pulled back, narrowly missing being hit.
Yamada cursed as Miasma grimaced and winced in pain, and was finally able to make the tag!
Oseron cleaned house on MERCILESS but in his rage he left an opening for Yamada to nail him with a vicious Northern Lariat!
As Oseron staggered, Gannosuke upended him with a dangerous Saito Suplex!
With the legal man prone, the MERCILESS duo regathered themselves, and sought to put an exclamation mark on the opener, as Gannosuke dragged the illegal man, Miasma, to the outside.
As photographers jockeyed for position, Gannosuke yelled, and Irish Whipped Miasma chest-first into the flimsy Japanese guardrails!
Yamada wiped the sweat from his face and slapped Oseron hard, sweat exploding as mist off of his face.
Oseron grunted, and bared his teeth in defiance.
Yamada repeated the slap, to no avail as Osaka rumbled, watching Oseron growl in anger!
It was for nought, however, as Gannosuke rushed in and drilled him with an explosively fast German Suplex!
Yamada grinned at his partner, and got into position for the Inverted Facebreaker.
Gannosuke shook the sweat from his brow and yelled at the crowd:
As he yelled the name of his faction, Yamada's foot came down with force on the back of Oseron's head!
"WHOOOOAAAAHHHHH!" came the response from the excited Osaka crowd.
Gannosuke instinctively got into position to ward off Miasma as Yamada sneered, hooking the leg of an unconscious Oseron.
The bell sounded to signal the end of the match, as fans were in awe of the level of competition already for this Stage.
RESULT: MERCILESS defeated Seeds of Hate (11:03) when Yamada pinned Oseron after a Inverted Facebreaker
At the commentary desk, Jordan, Hunter and Striker discussed the match, as did Shirai and Takase; all five men impressed with the hard work and effort from both teams, but noting the mean streak that MERCILESS had helped them indelibly in this outing.
A graphic showing the Third Stage field had Seeds of Hate eliminated with MERCILESS moving forward.
Backstage, Minase Yashiro interviewed Ya-Shima; Kazuharu Yasuda and Shingo Takashima, who each cut stern promos on The Treachery for the upcoming match.
Elsewhere backstage, The Treachery's Tinieblas Jr and Sydistiko cut their own promos in rapid-fire Spanish, as interviewed by the ever-reliable Raquel Arrulo. The leader, Lizmark Jr, weighed in as well, but swore he would not interfere.
A trailer for the newest episode from the SUMMIT PRO anime series for KING entitled 'SUMMIT PRO - KING: 指導者ではなく、信者 (Leaders, Not Followers) was shown as part of the third volume of 'Trivium Go Codex'.
A short hype video regarding Focus Point's next 'target'; BEAST's Reaper, was shown, entitled 'Reap…As We Have Sown…REAPER'.
"Ya-Shima" (Kazuharu Yasuda and Shingo Takashima) [KING] VERSUS "The Treachery" (Tinieblas Jr and Sydistiko) [IGNITION]
OF NOTE: Opening the show again, Ya-Shima were bolstered by the win in the Second Stage to advance to the Third, and had been defeated by The Treachery on an early VERSUS event between IGNITION and KING JHW.
The two likeable veterans were proving doubters wrong in 2015 , and wanted nothing more than to even the score against The Treachery.
The Treachery, originally a rudo stable in LLUSA, had the rights to their characters bought by 3NWPRO and new performers taking up the names; all three contracted to compete in IGNITION.
They quickly became a force to be reckoned with, finding their groove as sadistic and rough rudos, compared to other 'heels' like La Oscuridad and El V Fuego. Led by the enigmatic yet ruthless Lizmark Jr, The Treachery would constantly antagonise the tecnicos` in IGNITION for supremacy.
Ya-Shima made their entrance to 'Still Be Hanging On' by Show-Ya.
The Treachery made their way to the ring next to 'Rip Out Your Eyes' by Ill Nino.
Tetsuo Kaneda announced Ya-Shima while El Encender` announced The Treachery.
With Lizmark Jr watching from ringside, Ya-Shima cautiously made sure not to focus on him, but rather their opponents.
In contrast to the amusing start of the previous match, The Treachery eschewed any sportsmanship whatsoever and charged at their foes, catching them off guard.
However, Ya-Shima bravely fought back, and rallied themselves to clear the ring of both Sydistiko and Tinieblas Jr, causing them to stare one another down from outside the ring to inside.
Slimy as ever, Sydistiko slithered back into the ring and made a beeline for Yasuda, who cut him off at the pass.
The match favoured Ya-Shima, who used their experience to frustrate the masked men from IGNITION, punctuating their offense with slick Suplexes, stiff strikes, Spinal Taps and quick tags.
Lizmark Jr prowled the ringside area, sneering at the mass of photographers crowding the ring aprons.
Tinieblas Jr turned the tide by raking the eyes of Takashima after having been worked over, and tagged in Sydistiko, whose normal frenzied attacks had been quelled due to the strategy implemented by their opponents.
Sydistiko wheezed under his full facemask as he inhaled; and caught Takashima with a solid Throat Thrust, adding insult to injury after the Eye Rake by Tinieblas Jr, which, conveniently, the referee did not see.
The Treachery turned the tables, slowing the pace down and using a method to keep in control, utilising their own stiff strikes by way of knees and elbows to slow their elder opponents down.
Osaka rumbled in an outpouring of support for Ya-Shima, notably Takashima, who embodied a definitive 'babyface in peril'.
Sydistiko lunged at the prone Takashima, who lay facedown on the mat after a meaty Bulldog had landed, and attempted an Elbow Drop to the spine of Takashima.
Takashima willed himself to roll away, leaving Sydistiko to elbow the mat instead!
'YA-SHIMA! YA-SHIMA! YA-SHIMA!'
With the crowd urging him on, Takashima dodged another attempt by Sydistiko and managed to get the hot tag to Yasuda, who brought Osaka to its feet!
Yasuda, refreshed from the time to recover, made Sydistiko pay for his transgressions, clobbering him with little finesse, and extending that mindset to Tinieblas Jr.
All seemed to be going well for Ya-Shima, until Lizmark Jr from the ringside area caught the attention of Takashima, and gestured for him to come fight him.
With Takashima momentarily distracted, a fiery Tinieblas Jr dropkicked Takashima in the back, sending him sailing over the rope - and what a scene as the photographers parted like the Red Sea!
Yasuda, who had been busy working over Sydistiko, was pummelled from behind by Tinieblas Jr, giving legal man for The Treachery, Sydistiko, some breathing room.
Takashima struggled to get to his feet, but once he did was levelled by a Suicide Dive from Tinieblas Jr; a last ditch effort to give Sydistiko some time and space!
Yasuda had paid a price for being distracted by Lizmark Jr, and Sydistiko was the one to collect - as Yasuda picked himself up from the mat, Sydistiko delivered a shocking Double Foot Stomp to the back of Yasuda's head!
Sydistiko screeched in fury, and grabbed the prone head of Yasuda, and quickly synched in the Spike DDT position and nailed it!
The bell clanged, signalling the end of the match, with the fans were aghast as somehow The Treachery had taken everything Ya-Shima gave but still found a way to win - less than 100% honest, of course.
RESULT: The Treachery defeated Ya-Shima (13:48) when Sydistiko pinned Takashima after a Spike DDT
At the commentary desks, all five commentators discussed the match in three groups, the common thread being that the match was almost in the bag for Ya-Shima, and in this all-important tournament, they had unfortunately not come through. Resilience and resourcefulness seemed to be the same thing for The Treachery.
A graphic showing the Third Stage field had The Treachery advance while Ya-Shima were eliminated.
The commentary teams briefly spoke about the first non-Grand Prix match of the night, and the first of two DRIVEN Women's matches that would see the first-ever showdown between Japan's Hiromi Oshiro and Australia's Mikayla Benson.
Backstage, Mikayla Benson spoke with Yukie Kawamura via a translator in actress Yoko Maki, iterating to the crowd in an unwavering tone that despite her flawless beauty, she had a background in BJJ and would not hesitate to make Oshiro tap.
Elsewhere backstage, Hiromi Oshiro stood in stoic fashion, offering a reply to Mikayla's promo with a confident and quietly assured promo of her own in almost-whispered Japanese, as interviewed by Harumi Nemoto.
A video set to 'Siamese Almeida' by defunct UK alternative rock band Queenadreena gave more of an idea of the types of competitors these ladies were, spliced with footage from DRIVEN I and modelling and training sessions.
DRIVEN WOMEN'S MATCH: Hiromi Oshiro [DRIVEN] VERSUS Mikayla Benson [DRIVEN]
OF NOTE: Hiromi Oshiro had established herself as one to watch out of a stacked roster of diverse yet talented DRIVEN WOMEN at DRIVEN I, her story of meeting IRON FIST's Heihachi Miyamoto (which helped her get noticed by 3NWPRO) had already done the rounds on social media.
At nearly 6ft tall, Oshiro's biggest asset was the length of her arms and legs, which were thin yet very strong and lithe.
Her stern face was framed by a sharp fringe along with waist-length straight jet-black hair.
Having a legitimate background in Judo and Jiu-Jitsu helped her immensely, and had impressed Lady Crothers during a pop-in visit. Oshiro would no doubt want to make the most of the opportunity presented here at the Third Stage.
Mikayla Benson on the other hand, was a go-getter from Sydney, Australia - she thrived on making the most out of every day, and pushed herself to be the best she could be. A stunningly beautiful woman, Mikayla had benefitted from her looks, and focused on a modelling career, but wanted more - and with the explosion of MMA in Sydney saw her seek out training in BJJ, to give her an edge in her first love - pro wrestling.
Her seemingly 'typical Diva' body was seemingly primed for WWE TV, with an enviable tan, sizeable bust and long cascading dark hair.
Unlike Oshiro, she had been defeated at DRIVEN I, whilst teaming with Priya Roshan, and wanted nothing more than to avenge that loss with an emphatic showing here in the Third Stage.
Mikayla Benson made her strong yet sultry entrance to 'Gone' by Antonomasia.
Hiromi Oshiro came to the ring next, to 'Enthrone' by Taiwanese symphonic metal band Chthonic.
Lenne Hardt announced both women to applause, and welcomed the DRIVEN WOMEN's announce team; the beautiful trio of Naoko Yutani, Motoko Suwa and Katsuki as announcers, and would commentate alongside the other announce teams.
Despite the difference between the two, both women shook hands before the match as Osaka applauded and cheered.
The two women felt each other out with solid chain-wrestling in the opening Quarter, with neither one gaining an advantage on the other.
The tide would turn when Oshiro's incredible reach advantage came into play, much in the way that Charlotte Flair would be a handful for the likes of Sasha Banks or Bayley in NXT. The advantage that Oshiro implemented saw the match play to both strengths, as both women drew upon their Jiu-Jitsu experience - something that Osaka appreciated, and showed it in spades.
Benson did not break her guard, and Oshiro patiently waited to pass it, and transitioned into Side Control!
Osaka rumbled with support as they did not expect both women to resort to Jiu-Jitsu tactics; it brought to mind some of the wonderful catch wrestling from yesteryear, but updated for 2015.
As the match wore on, the Jiu-Jitsu petered off and both women upped their games with strong forearms and knees to the abdomen.
Benson screamed in pained frustration as Oshiro shrugged off the pain of the knee to the gut and slapped on a tight Octopus Stretch!
'WHOOOAAAHHH!' Osaka came alive.
Benson eventually got to the ropes but the damage was done; Oshiro had targeted Benson's arm, and tried to capitalise on it every chance she got.
As Oshiro tried to target the arm via an Omoplata, Benson squirmed and rolled out, and went on the offensive, lunging towards Oshiro in a Sprawl!
Oshiro held her at bay and attempted another Omoplata, but Benson rolled through again - only to have been duped by the cunning Oshiro!
As Benson rolled through, Oshiro anticipated it and lay in her own guard, waiting for an opportune moment.
That moment came as Benson completed the roll, and shot back in, trying to shrug Oshiro off her arm.
As she did, Oshiro threw her incredibly long and surprisingly strong legs around Benson's head, and completed a Triangle Choke!
'WHOOOOAAAHHH!' Osaka rumbled again, eager to see what Benson would do.
Benson ground her teeth and tried a variety of escapes, to no avail.
To make matters worse for Benson, she left her weakened arm free, and Oshiro gritted her teeth as she grasped Benson's arm, and simultaneously worked in an Armbar!
With no option left, Benson tapped with her free hand as Osaka cheered for Oshiro!
The bell sounded as Hiromi Oshiro was declared the winner by submission!
Members in the crowd were amazed beyond belief at the proficiency of Oshiro, who had shown resiliency, tenacity and most importantly resourcefulness to full effect!
At the commentary desks, all commentators dissected the match in groups, astounded beyond belief at the effort from Hiromi Oshiro, who Carl Jordan affectionately nicknamed 'The Spider Queen'.
The feeling was that Benson did well, just not well enough - and mentioned as they all spoke, the crowd was still cheering for the efforts of both women. The DRIVEN announcers thanked the other announcers, and would be back to announce for DRIVEN in the pre-main event.
A 'first-run' vignette was aired, which focused on the annual 'supercard' for SUMMIT PRO, the event mentioned by Seth Cronyn earlier; 'KING OF PRO WRESTLING THRESHOLD', a two-day event, held in the Saitama Super Arena.
This year's KING OF PRO WRESTLING THRESHOLD would feature a veritable who's who of SUMMIT PRO talent, special guests and live music, as the event served as an on-site sponsor to the "Loud Park Metal My Way Redux Festival 2015; a heavy metal festival - "ラウドパーク•マイ•ウェイ再来の祭り" (featuring Dir En Grey, At The Gates, Carcass and Parkway Drive amongst others)
As mentioned earlier by 3NWPRO CEO Seth Cronyn, the first match signed for the event would be Kenichi Saito VS Nigel Newhart in a Breaking Point match for the KING CKGP Openweight championship!
A short video featuring the members of Dir En Grey was shown, thanking SUMMIT PRO for putting the festival together, and for a considerable amount of talent using their songs as entrance themes.
Backstage, Viktor and Ivar Koloff, flanked by the ever-impressive Draco, cut quiet but harsh promos in Russian and broken Japanese as interviewed by Minase Yashiro.
Elsewhere backstage, The Dexter Bros replied in derisive fashion by virtue of their own promos in Japanese, as interviewed by Eri Otoguro.
The Koloff Bros (Ivar Koloff and Viktor Koloff) [FORGE] VERSUS The Dexter Bros (Jesse Dexter and Joey Dexter) [RIPTIDE]
OF NOTE: Ivar and Viktor were the team in FORGE to best TEN-KODA, becoming the second ever FORGE Tag Team champions.
Despite losing the titles after two successful title defenses, the fact they had wrested the championships away from the formidable combination of Tengan and Sakoda spoke volumes.
Both were grizzled brothers who were born a decade too late, and were looking forward to carving up the young American boys, The Dexters.
The only tag team in RIPTIDE's brief yet storied history to become two-time champions, the Dexters were seen as pariahs in RIPTIDE once the Young Bucks comparisons began and they embraced it. To deny their talent would be foolish - the twins defeating WWE's Usos showed they could mix it up with the best and thrive.
The Koloffs, accompanied by Draco Koloff, came to the ring to applause as their entrance theme 'Sgori' by Stvore played.
The Dexters made their way to the ring as 'Can You Feel My Heart' by Bring Me The Horizon rang throughout the arena.
Kyoko Fukada announced The Koloffs while Takeo Shibasaki announced The Dexters.
Two sets of brothers, generations apart. The commentators made sure to point that out.
The Dexters grinned sheepishly in the direction of their opponents, and playfully shadowboxed in front of them, garnering some laughs from the crowd.
Привет! Не ебать вокруг!
(Hey! Don't f**k around!)
The booming voice of Draco at ringside, angrily chided The Dexters in Russian.
Both Joey and Jesse held up their hands, trying to appease Draco, only for both Koloffs to begin the match with the advantage from Viktor's nephew.
Both Viktor and Ivar peeled off with a Dexter each, and for the next five minutes, Osaka was treated to a slowed pace with stiff Knife Edge chops and hard Slams and Suplexes that put red welts all over the chests and backs of both Dexters.
Viktor playfully mocked the shadowboxing from the beginning of the match as Joey writhed in pain, to the delight of the crowd.
As Ivar was tagged in, Joey begged off hilariously, his hair disheveled and both hands outstretched, with a pitiful look on his face.
Ivar grinned and took it in, holding his hands outstretched to the crowd as they cheered for more hurt to be put on the cocky Dexters.
He strode over to assert himself over Joey, who shocked the crowd (and presumably everyone watching) by incredibly jumping to his feet from a kneeling position and blasting him with a deft Superkick right in the face!
'WHHOOOAAAAHHH!' Osaka roared with excitement.
Joey lay dazed from what he had managed to accomplish, as Viktor growled on the apron. Draco balled his fists in anger from the ringside area.
Jesse Dexter screamed, urging his brother to tag out to him.
Joey grimaced in pain and eventually tagged out to the fresher Jesse Dexter, who coolly stomped seven shades of spite out of Ivar.
The youthful exuberance from the Dexters showed as they recovered to the point where the ring had been well and truly cut in half and Ivar was unable to find his footing.
Osaka made a lot of noise trying to will Ivar to tag out, but the wily youngsters used their speed and tenacity to frustrate their opponents from FORGE.
Despite gaining several nearfalls and nearly kicking Ivar's head off of his shoulders, he crept ever closer to his brother to tag out, and showed great resourcefulness by bringing up his knees to deflect a Cannonball Senton in the corner from Jesse!
Finally, Ivar tagged out to his brother, the impressively put-together Viktor, who ran roughshod over The Dexters, and cleaned house with stiff Knife Edge Chops, hard Lariats and crisp Forearm Smashes.
With The Dexters on the back foot and Ivar winded, Viktor pulled up the slack where he could, but even he was susceptible to the cheapshots taken by The Dexters, who raked eyes, backs, and even stomped on the toes of Viktor!
Viktor realised he was not fast enough, but he was strong, experienced and just needed to think outside the box.
Amongst the crowd noise, Viktor yelled:
Мы должны учить эти панки урок ... мы должны согнуть немного ... (We must teach these punks a lesson...we must bend a little...)
After Viktor tried to rally back only for Jesse to once again play dirty and rake the eyes, Ivar had recovered enough to yell and get Jesse's attention, who came over to gloat whilst the referee tried to dissuade him from it.
Osaka came to its feet as Draco cracked his colossal neck and entered the ring!
Viktor nodded at his nephew, his body language suggesting that he had indeed thought outside the box, and Draco was his answer.
With Ivar still making a scene, and Jesse unaware, Draco stood, imposing as ever in front of Joey Dexter, who nervously begged off, as Osaka laughed!
Viktor nodded again, mouthing that he had it coming. Draco offered a wry smile and without warning, reached across with his enormous hand and grasped the head of Joey Dexter!
Joey went to yell, but Draco covered his mouth with his other hand and yanked him from his position on the apron to the inside in one huge move!
A dazed Joey ate a Big Boot from Viktor but before falling, was grabbed around the throat by Draco!
Before dropping him, Draco held Joey in position and clambered out of the ring, stopping on the apron - all while he held Joey around the throat!
Not wanting to get his father and uncle disqualified, he stood on the apron, his right hand holding all of Joey's body weight!
He slowly lowered Joey, before raising him up again, and in one awe-inspiring and powerful motion, he delivered a monumental Chokeslam from outside the ring to the inside!
'WHOOOAAAHHH!' Osaka came unglued!
The referee snapped back into the match, and saw a prone illegal man Joey Dexter in the ring with a cunning Viktor Koloff playing possum, laying prone as well!
Confused, Jesse Dexter went over to his brother, wondering what happened to him.
Viktor rose and yelled at Jesse:
Американец! Вы не только один, чтобы играть грязные! (American! You are not only one to play dirty!)
Jesse's ears pricked up as he heard that, and turned to face a vengeful Viktor Koloff!
Viktor rushed at Jesse and decapitated him with the Russian Scythe, their version of the Lariat!
Ivar and Draco cheered from their places as Viktor yelled triumphantly, as he hooked the leg of Jesse Dexter.
The bell sounded to signify the end of the match, the Russian family proving to have an ace up their sleeve and a penchant for revenge.
RESULT: The Koloffs (Viktor and Ivar) defeated The Dexters (Jesse and Joey) (17:47) when Viktor pinned Jesse after a Russian Scythe
At the commentary desks, the three groups of commentators smiled and shook their heads in wonder at how the match had played out; praise of the highest order to the former FORGE Tag Team champions and the Koloff family making Russia proud.
They noted also that so far, The Koloffs had defeated only RIPTIDE teams - and now the only RIPTIDE team left were the champs, Rhodes and Harris.
The Dexters' attitude left a lot to be desired, but they backed it up well - until it crossed the line.
A graphic showing the Third Stage field had The Dexters eliminated with The Koloffs moving forward, becoming third team to do so.
Backstage, Morphosis cut enigmatic and vague promos each in Spanish, as interviewed by Raquel Arrulo. She grilled them about their strategy used over El Azul and Super Xero in the Second Stage, to which they walked away dismissively.
Elsewhere backstage, Furious Senden replied with confident and assured promos in Japanese, as interviewed by special guest Yoko Maki.
Nigel Newhart was shown in another area backstage, being asked about the Breaking Point title match for the KING CKGP Openweight championship by Minase Yashiro. He looked determined and focused, and answered her questions in Japanese.
A camera crew filmed Kenichi Saito trying to calm himself down after hearing the news of his next title defense, with MERCILESS, Miyamoto and Nakata present, representing IRON FIST, while Sekimoto was absent.
Morphosis (Mantis and Silvestro) [IGNITION] VERSUS Furious Senden (Manabu Okamoto and Takeo Shiraishi) [KING]
OF NOTE: Furious Senden had been buoyed by defeating IGNITION's La Muerte Roja at the First Stage, and looked to extend their winning streak in the Grand Prix by defeating another team from IGNITION, the new 'darker' Morphosis.
Morphosis had always been a pillar for the forces of good for fans of tecnico` action in IGNITION, and had been successful Twin Turbo Tag Team champions as well. For them to have used a rudo`-esque tactic was heresy, but instead of embracing the fact they were seen in a different light, continued as normal, hoping people would see that they had no option but to implement that strategy to get past the younger and flashier team of El Azul and Super Xero.
Morphosis came to the ring to the strains of 'Prophecy' by Soulfly.
Furious Senden made their way to the ring next to 'I.V' by X Japan.
El Encender announced Morphosis while Tetsuo Kaneda announced Furious Senden.
Okamoto and Silvestro started off, dipping their toes into the First Quarter with slick moves and crisp reversals, with neither man getting the upperhand on the other.
Both men pushed the other competitively as the match continued, and it soon became a case of speed versus strikes, with Morphosis winning out by combining the two to make Okamoto regret not tagging out earlier.
Morphosis had boos rain upon them but genuinely held out their hands to the Osaka crowd as if to say 'What? We're good guys here!'
Mantis tagged in and aggressively worked over the leg of Okamoto, causing even more boos, which Silvestro and Mantis got upset by, covering their ears!
Shiraishi egged on the crowd but was set upon by a seething Silvestro, who charged at him and Dropkicked him off the apron!
The match was not Tornado Rules, but it appeared that if Morphosis were going to get booed, they were going to earn them, which all the commentators picked up on. With Shiraishi and Silvestro outside, Mantis delved into a sadistic side, mercilessly hammering the leg of Okamoto and yelling at the crowd in Spanish:
"Usted quiere boo? ¡Muy bien! Bueno darle algo a abuchear!" (You want to boo us? Fine! We'll give you something to boo!)
Mantis kicked Okamoto's leg without pity, and the fans rallied behind Okamoto, who channelled Ricky Morton, Seth Cronyn and Corey Knight in selling his leg; the fans believing the animosity behind Mantis' attack was as real as it possibly could be.
The referee went to bring Shiraishi and Silvestro back in, as Mantis dragged a pained Okamoto across to the ringpost, and almost as if in tribute to the heel Bret Hart of WWE in 1997, wrapped a perfect Figure Four around the ringpost, as Osaka rumbled behind Okamoto!
Mantis got the referee's attention after he let go of the Figure Four, leading Silvestro to linger and stomp the legs of Okamoto even more, drawing even more heat!
It was clear - Morphosis had turned a corner, and there was now no going back.
With Okamoto clutching his legs in desperate pain, Mantis tagged out to Silvestro, who held out his hands to the crowd, inciting more boos.
He grinned and yelled:
"No tenía por qué ser así, ¿sabes? Queremos ganar! Tenemos tanto derecho como su amada Furioso Senden! Mira este perro! Él sólo tiene una pierna buena!" (It didn't have to be this way, you know? We want to win! We have just as much right as your beloved Furious Senden! Look at this dog! He only has one good leg!)
Osaka had never heard so much trash-talking from an IGNITION team, and the Spanish went right over the heads.
The arrogance of Silvestro caught up to him however, as he walked over to pick up Okamoto, who nailed an Ace Crusher out of nowhere!
Silvestro lay dazed, as Osaka screamed for Okamoto to tag out to Shiraishi!
Before he could, though, Mantis rushed in and hit a Running Senton Bomb to the back of Okamoto, leaving him writhing in pain!
Shiraishi entered despite being the illegal man and levelled both members of Morphosis with stiff Forearm Smashes, Knife Edge Chops and Shoot Kicks that brought Osaka to its feet!
Mantis scrambled away from Shiraishi, and with some space between him and Shiraishi, he mockingly jeered under his mask:
" ¿Por qué tan furioso?" (Why so furious?)
With Shiraishi momentarily confused, Silvestro recovered long enough to deliver a Thrust Kick to the back of Shiraishi's head!
Following up on the kick, Mantis utilised a Jumping Calf Kick to knock a woozy Shiraishi out of the ring.
A severely weakened but legal man in Okamoto regained his composure long enough to roll up Mantis for a long nearfall!
As Mantis kicked out, Okamoto used the ropes to steady himself. Focusing only on trying to get to his feet, he didn't see an enraged Silvestro below the apron, out of sight of the referee.
Silvestro seethed and lunged forward, spitting silver mist in the face of Okamoto!
Okamoto recoiled in unimaginable pain, and pushed himself away from the ropes, his hands instinctively clutching his eyes!
Mantis signalled for the end, and leapt upon Okamoto's shoulders, and used his momentum to spin backward, driving Okamoto's head into the mat in a sickening Inverted Rana!
Mantis grinned evilly and staggered over to Silvestro, who had returned to their corner.
Silvestro winced in pain as he strode over to Okamoto, and hooked his leg in a cocky pinning predicament.
Incredibly, Okamoto kicked out!
Morphosis collectively yelled in frustration, not being able to believe the willpower of Okamoto.
With Shiraishi still out from the Superkick to the back of the head from earlier, Silvestro grimaced as he tagged out to Mantis, who balled his fists and signalled for his finisher, the Praying Mantis Bomb!
Mantis hoisted Okamoto up for the move, and was aided by a Second Rope Footstomp from Silvestro on Okamoto's chest as Mantis completed the Bomb on the way down!
This time, the fall was successful, and Osaka let out a collective sigh of disappointment, but applauded the efforts of all involved, especially Okamoto.
RESULT: Morphosis defeated Furious Senden (17:01) when Mantis pinned Okamoto after an Assisted Praying Mantis Bomb
At the commentary desk, the commentators analysed what they had witnessed, an embrace of the new 'Dark Morphosis' and unbelievable fighting spirit from Furious Senden. No one could take away the heart of Okamoto and Shiraishi, but would Morphosis have what it takes to go all the way?
A graphic showing the Third Stage field showed Morphosis advancing and Furious Senden eliminated.
They noted the only KING Junior Heavyweight team remaining now were the champions, First Strike.
Backstage, Tetsuya Sekimoto reappeared, giving his team-mates in IRON FIST, Heihachi Miyamoto and Koji Nakata, words of encouragement as they each cut assured and rough promos in stern Japanese, as interviewed by Minase Yashiro.
Elsewhere backstage, Arkane interviewed Inferno and Raze of Hellfire Eternal, who replied with heated promos of their own, eager to garner a huge win over the likes of IRON FIST.
IRON FIST (Heihachi Miyamoto and Koji Nakata) [KING] VERSUS Hellfire Eternal (Inferno and Raze) [BEAST]
OF NOTE: Hellfire Eternal had surprised few wrestling pundits regarding their standing in the Grand Prix so far; they had shown themselves to be a capable team with truly BEASTly intentions, and after defeating one team from KING, the imposing R-RAMPAGE, hungered for the opportunity to knock another team from KING out of contention, arguably the most feared and imposing team of all - IRON FIST.
IRON FIST could not be compared to any other dominant faction; not the Four Horsemen, not the nWo, or even The Shield. They had the aura of Yakuza overlords who just happened to be epic Strong Style wrestlers. Numbers counted for a lot of things in KING, and the presence these men had could not be taught, but they knew to build for the future, hence why they aligned with MERCILESS.
IRON FIST, once again led by KING CKGP Heavyweight champion Tetsuya Sekimoto, made their way to the ring with severe looks on their faces by 'Total Destruction' by Argument Soul.
Hellfire Eternal, came to the ring with their trademark entrances, punctuated by the heavy chug of 'As Above So Below' by Behemoth.
Tetsuo Kaneda announced IRON FIST while Malevolence announced Hellfire Eternal.
All four competitors locked eyes with each other and didn't break their gaze, despite being showered with streamers.
Almost as if on cue, both teams moved forward and got in each others' faces!
The referee squirmed between them to break it up, all four continuing to stare hatefully at the other.
Sekimoto sat as a guest with Takase and Shirai on the commentary desk, and yelled:
'「さあ、行こう！' (Come on, let's go!)
Both Raze and Inferno's expressions changed; they both tilted their heads as if they were trying to look at IRON FIST from another angle.
'「彼らは、これらの獣何をしているのか？」'('What are they doing, these BEASTS?')
Sekimoto was just as confused as the audience in Osaka.
Hellfire Eternal returned their heads in an upright position and clenched their fists, and strode forward, roaring like lions in the faces of Nakata and Miyamoto! For a split second, the aura of the tough Yakuza overlords had no recourse, and recoiled in surprise.
That was all it took for Raze and Inferno to get IRON FIST off-guard, and within seconds they charged their opponents, hammering them with stiff Forearm Smashes and Elbows!
The crowd got behind the action, as the First and Second Quarters were replaced with a solid extended Third Quarter that brought out the best in all four combatants; fighting spirit, immense effort, epic but not overly done nearfalls, teamwork and perseverance.
As time wore on, Osaka grew restless wondering which team would edge out the other - and for fans of Hellfire Eternal, it was incredible - they were part of the First Surge from BEAST, and were holding their own against the esteemed IRON FIST.
Nakata proved to be invaluable to Miyamoto, but being able to block Inferno from breaking up frequent pinfall attempts, Raze's strength sapped faster than his partner's, and as the Fourth Quarter arrived, the ante` had been upped, well and truly.
With Raze having been the legal BEAST for some time, he was slowed considerably by countless Knife Edge Chops, Forearm Strikes, Elbows and even Backfists from the heavy-handed Miyamoto.
Inferno seethed and interfered, enraged by the tried-and-tested strategy used by IRON FIST to wear down Raze.
Nakata jumped nervously onto Inferno's back, and applied a Sleeper!
As Inferno growled in pained annoyance, he managed to hurl Nakata off of his back, only for Miyamoto to double him over with a strong Toe Kick and hoist him up for the Black Ogre Bomb!
Inferno grunted in pain and rolled out of the ring, helped by a vengeful Nakata.
As Raze slowly got to his feet, a weary Miyamoto snapped at the crowd to never doubt IRON FIST.
He smashed his knee into the face of Raze; almost a short version of a Knee Trembler.
Miyamoto gasped with exertion as he heaved Raze up with all his might, and nailed another Black Ogre Bomb, this time on the legal BEAST.
Just like that, IRON FIST had prevailed once more, and done so with authority - taking out a highly-regarded team from BEAST in the Third Stage no less. IRON FIST seemed to emulate Yuji Nagata, in that as time went on, and the older he got (they got), the better they got.
RESULT: IRON FIST defeated Hellfire Eternal (22:07) when Heihachi Miyamoto pinned Raze after a Black Ogre Bomb
At the commentary desk, the commentators discussed what they had just seen, an epic battle between two awe-inspiring teams in Hellfire Eternal and IRON FIST.
Stiffness supreme seemed to be the measure of a team like these two, but experience proved to be the deciding factor.
A graphic showing the Third Stage field showed Hellfire Eternal eliminated and IRON FIST advancing was shown.
They noted that so far, only teams from KING, FORGE and IGNITION had advanced to the next Stage, showing that truly anything was possible within the Grand Prix.
Backstage, President of DRIVEN Manami Toyota was shown alongside 3NWPRO CEO Seth Cronyn, congratulating Hiromi Oshiro and Mikayla Benson regarding their earlier singles bout. Both women bowed and shook each other's hand.
A short video showing footage of the DRIVEN WOMEN at DRIVEN I was shown, notably of the six women participating in the pre-main event.
As a trio, Narumi Tamayama, Sienna Cronyn and Asumi Ishimoto stood backstage, and were interviewed by Yukie Kawamura. Each woman spoke confidently and assertively about how important this match was to each of them, and how they would not falter in proving how DRIVEN they were.
Elsewhere backstage, the trio of Sophie Geroux, Tanisha Landon and Keisha Hamilton cut calm and collected promos about vengeance for Hamilton and Landon, and for Geroux to teach Narumi a further lesson.
A short video set to 'Silence' by Theatre Of Tragedy gave further scope regarding the women involved, intercut with footage from their combined matches at DRIVEN I and in Sienna's case, her win at MAELSTROM III.
SPECIAL PRE-MAIN EVENT: DRIVEN'S WOMEN'S TRIOS MATCH: Narumi Tamayama, Sienna Cronyn and Asumi Ishimoto [DRIVEN] VERSUS Sophie Geroux, Tanisha Landon and Keisha Hamilton
OF NOTE: Asumi Ishimoto and Sienna Cronyn had developed a strong friendship during the training sessions for DRIVEN, and both women helped the other learn their predominant language, amongst other things. Manami Toyota had picked up on their friendship and booked them for DRIVEN I's main event, which did not disappoint.
Finding a kindred spirit in the amiable Narumi Tamayama, the three came across as skilled, likeable and inherently 'good' girls who wanted to be the absolute best.
Tanisha Landon and Keisha Hamilton, despite the loss at DRIVEN I had put DRIVEN on notice; their pre-existing friendship bleeding into their portrayal as self-assured and clinical DRIVEN WOMEN who also wanted to be the absolute best. Their approach resonated with Sophie Geroux, who had a true dark horse performance at DRIVEN I, and was chosen by Manami Toyota to team alongside Tanisha and Keisha for this all-important match.
Sienna Cronyn, Asumi Ishimoto and Narumi Tamayama made their entrance to Sienna's entrance song; 'Set The Tone' by Stuck Mojo, with the lyrics once again changed to 'Me and my girls set the tone'.
Tanisha Landon, Keisha Hamilton and Sophie Geroux came to the ring next to Tanisha's entrance song; 'Money Ain't A Problem' by Trina.
Lenne Hardt announced all six women to great applause, and again welcomed the DRIVEN WOMEN's announce team; the stunning Naoko Yutani, Motoko Suwa and Katsuki as announcers, who would commentate alongside the other announce teams.
All six women stared at one another as their names were announced; they all had something to prove and wanted nothing more than to steal the show; if such a mindset was borne out of the thought paths of dedicated and motivated male stars, it stood to reason that these DRIVEN WOMEN would be no different.
With a cautious yet skilled approach to the opening Quarters, all six women were featured in displays of fantastic chain wrestling, surprising clean breaks, crisp maneuvers and stalemates.
It appeared to the crowd that they could possibly see another instance of great sportsmanship come the end of the match, but those thoughts were dashed in the Second Quarter by the combined mean streaks of Sophie, Keisha and Tanisha, who gelled well together and found their groove by isolating Narumi, and concentrating their attacks on her back.
The crowd got behind Narumi, her natural likeability shining through as she reached out in pain to the crowd as the combined forces of her opponents found new ways to put her through more pain.
Sophie made Sienna and Asumi practically beg to tag out to Narumi, having beaten her down just mere inches away from the opposing corner.
Out of desperation, Narumi found the will to battle back via a break in focus from Sophie; and tagged in Sienna after nailing a Last Ditch Effort Enzuguri!
Sienna leapt over the rope and made a beeline for Sophie, doubling her over with a solid Liver Kick!
She grasped the back of Sophie’s head and scanned at the crowd, motioning for the Kawada Kicks, which glanced off Sophie’s forehead!
With such a statement made, it didn’t take long for Keisha and Tanisha to interfere, knocking down Sienna to save Sophie, while Asumi and a weary Narumi advanced to do the same on Sienna’s behalf.
Keisha nailed Narumi with a heavy Forearm Smash, knocking her to the ground as well, while Asumi’s attempt at a Spear on Tanisha was transitioned instead into a DDT!
The crowd gasped as Sienna was left to fend for herself against the united front of Sophie, Keisha and Tanisha.
With Osaka cheering her on, Sienna bravely fought as best she could, until the numbers game got the best of her.
Sienna's arms were restrained by both Sophie and Keisha, with her body placed in a kneeling situation in front of Tanisha.
"WE ARE JUST BEGINNING, LITTLE CRONYN!' Tanisha yelled.
With that, she nailed Sienna with a Short Superkick, who was thrown to the mat without remorse by both Keisha and Sophie, who raised their arms to the crowd, inciting deafening boos.
Narumi and Asumi crawled back into the ring gingerly, with Sophie and Keisha opting to go after Narumi while Tanisha laughed cruelly as Asumi crawled towards her.
She was taken aback as instead of Asumi trying to fight back, she watched as Asumi tried to wake Sienna up.
Tanisha took exception to this, and stomped Asumi multiple times; Asumi's beautiful face twisted in agony.
In a scene that harkened back to the days of Misawa and Kobashi facing The Holy Demon Army, Asumi covered Sienna's body from the stomps, sacrificing herself!
Tanisha grew impatient and yelled at Keisha to help her, and together they ripped Asumi away from Sienna to the disappointment of the crowd.
The commentators were breathless in conveying just how emotional and deep the match had become for these women.
As Keisha helped Tanisha take Asumi away, Narumi had been worked over by Sophie, who unloaded stiff Spinal Taps which saw Narumi thrash in pain!
Again, the three basked in the boos that drowned any other noise out, unaware that Sienna had stirred and got to her feet slowly.
Asumi got to her feet too, as did Narumi, and as the combined force of Tanisha, Keisha and Sophie turned around they were met with individual Bolt Cutters from their opponents, eliciting a huge response from the Osaka faithful!
With all six women down momentarily, the commentators espoused how incredible the match had been, noting every woman had been very impressive thus far.
Asumi, Narumi and Sienna rose slowly, as did Tanisha, Keisha and Sophie, the six wincing in pain, staggering until they all faced off as they did at the start of the match.
The fans invested fully, the women gave their all again, peeling off as they battled again, exchanging Forearm Smashes, and leaving Sienna and Sophie in the ring as the legal women.
A Strong Style battle continued between the two as Narumi and Keisha waged war on the outside, as Asumi and Tanisha followed suit elsewhere at ringside.
After Sophie grabbed Sienna's head and hammered four unanswered Forearm Smashes, only for Sienna to no-sell in fiery defiance!
Sophie, taken aback, gritted her teeth and went to grab Sienna, only for Sienna to swiftly turn around and deliver a stiff knee to the abdomen, and resumed her Kawada-like glancing forehead kicks to rapturous applause!
Sienna, fully immersed in her comeback, leapt over the doubled-over body of Sophie and crushed her with a Double Foot Stomp to the spine!
She was able to place her feet on either side of Sophie's body upon landing, and hit a Backflip, with her hands landing near Sophie's face.
Sienna exhaled with exertion and hooked her arms around Sophie's neck and shoulders, and flipped in a beautiful bridge; completing the Bridging Arm Triangle Choke!
Keisha and Tanisha tried to fight off Narumi and Asumi respectively, as Sienna synched in the submission in the middle of the ring!
Sophie yelled in pain and her face contorted in further anguish as Sienna exhibited her amazing flexibility, finally locking in the Cronyn Plight!
Keisha and Tanisha struggled to break it up but Narumi and Asumi held onto their legs, leaving them to watch as Sophie screamed in pain as she finally tapped!
Sienna released the hold as soon as the bell sounded, utterly exhausted. She was joined by Asumi and Narumi, who were just as exhausted.
Unfortunately for them, Keisha and Tanisha took exception and knocked them from behind with cheapshots, despite the effort exerted in the match, the longest DRIVEN WOMEN's match thus far.
The crowd booed as they planted both Japanese girls with shocking Suplexes, causing them to roll out to the ring.
Sophie was helped by ringside staff and managed to watch as Keisha and Tanisha dragged Sienna to her feet and tied her hair around the top rope.
With the crowd booing and the referee trying to break it up, both women slapped Sienna on either side of her face while she was tied up in the ropes.
They scowled at the crowd, slapped Sienna again and departed as Osaka rumbled in support of such a draining and heavy match they had witnessed.
RESULT: Sienna Cronyn, Asumi Ishimoto and Narumi Tamayama defeated Keisha Hamilton, Tanisha Landon and Sophie Geroux (23:29) by submission when Sienna submitted Sophie with the Cronyn Plight
At the commentary desk, all the commentators were floored by what they had seen, the talk focusing on the amazing fortitude and desire inherent in all women to 'steal the show' and make a lasting impression, with mention of what Tanisha and Keisha did post-match.
They spoke fondly of all the matches that had occurred and announced that the main event was only minutes away.
The DRIVEN commentators bowed to the commentators, and returned backstage.
Backstage, Bane of Ruination cut a gruff, incendiary promo in low, gravelly Japanese on their opponents, as interviewed by Yukie Kawamura.
Elsewhere backstage, Terry Sampson and Robbie Drake responded with their own promo, determined to do whatever it took to advance to the next Stage, as interviewed by Harumi Nemoto in English.
MAIN EVENT: Bane of Ruination (Nightmare and Ravage) [BEAST] VERSUS Terry Sampson and Robbie Drake [FORGE]
OF NOTE: Bane of Ruination's Nightmare and Ravage were on the biggest roll of their careers so far as BEASTs; winning their Triptych match at BEAST XI and defeating the tough Ootoko-Gun in an acclaimed match.
Sampson and Drake had been amazed at the support from SUMMIT PRO fans across the world for their emphatic win over BRUTE. They knew they had beaten one of KING's toughest Heavyweight teams, but so had Bane of Ruination with their defeat of Ootoko-Gun.
The atmosphere was electric, as neither team had beaten the other in a previous VERSUS event. This, coupled with the fact they had both beaten top KING teams left an impression of a 'clean slate' as far as the teams were concerned.
Bane of Ruination made their way to the ring, as the epic sweeping entrance theme 'The Serpentine Offering' by Dimmu Borgir played.
Sampson and Drake entered next to the strains of 'Breaking The Law' by Judas Priest.
Lenne Hardt announced in her shrill commanding voice:
'Ladies and gentlemen, it is now time…for the main event of the evening! This contest is the final match in the Third Stage of the SUMMIT PRO Tag Team Grand Prix, and is scheduled for one fall, with a 60 minute time limit. The winners of this match will advance to the Fourth Stage of the Grand Prix, and will be one step closer to becoming the first ever SUMMIT PRO World Tag Team champions! To introduce the competitors, please welcome; for FORGE, the wonderful Kyoko Fukada, and for BEAST, the enigmatic Malevolence!
Kyoko Fukada announced Sampson and Drake while Malevolence announced Bane of Ruination.
Nightmare snarled in Sampson and Drake's direction; his intricate and somewhat terrifying warpaint as Ravage backed him up, balling his fists.
Sampson and Drake noticeably gulped, but got straight in their faces, and flexed their muscles as well, essentially 'peacocking' the BEASTs.
Nightmare and Ravage nodded in agreement, and extended their hands in sportsmanship.
Confused, Sampson and Drake cautiously returned the handshakes, only for Nightmare and Ravage to crush the hands of both their opponents!
The British team howled in pain and quickly cut the BEASTs off with knees to the abdomen.
Shaking the feeling back into their hands, both Drake and Sampson tried to keep on top of their foes, with multiple stomps and knees to the gut.
The match continued on, with Sampson as the powerhouse for his team testing himself against both Nightmare and Ravage, two impressive powerhouses in their own right; Nightmare noticeably more sadistic than his partner Ravage.
The fans witnessed passages of incredibly stiff Strong Style strikes from both teams, pushing each other, knowing how important the match was to them.
The fans were torn, loving the effort from both teams, as they relished the 'big match' feel and the natural rivalry between FORGE and BEAST.
With that said, Ravage and Sampson fought tooth and nail on the outside, while Nightmare fought off a Dragon Sleeper attempt from Drake!
Ravage tried to hurl Sampson off of him, but their momentum saw both of them topple over the guardrails into the crowd!
Nightmare roared in defiance, and shrugged off the submission attempt from Drake.
Drake, undeterred, brought Nightmare to his feet and hit him with a solid Knife Edge Chop, which Nightmare no-sold with an air of epic barbarism!
Drake shook his head in confusion, only for Nightmare to lunge forward and grasp his throat in one motion!
Nightmare howled with anger and Chokeslammed Drake with one hand - but didn't let go as he landed!
'WHOOOOAAAHHHHH!' Osaka rumbled.
With his other hand, he gestured for his finisher, the Dreamless Defeat.
Sampson and Ravage were still battling on the outside, and Osaka came unglued when Ravage hit a Suplex on Sampson over the guardrail and back into the ringside area! With a woozy Drake held by the throat, Nightmare growled and hoisted him up, nailing the move with ferocity!
The bell sounded as Bane of Ruination were declared the winners; utterly spent, they still exuded such awe as Osaka covered them with streamers.
They stood triumphant and pounded their chests in respect toward Sampson and Drake, who received warm cheers from the crowd.
RESULT: Bane of Ruination defeated Sampson and Drake (32:01) when Nightmare pinned Drake after a Dreamless Defeat
A graphic showing the Third Stage field displayed Bane of Ruination as the final team from the Third Stage to advance, while Sampson and Drake had been eliminated.
At the commentary desk, the entire panel of commentators in attendance:
English Matt Striker Carl Jordan Lee Hunter
Japanese Akitoshi Shirai Nobuhiko Takase Naoko Yutani (DRIVEN) Motoko Suwa (DRIVEN) Katsuki Omigawa (DRIVEN)
Spanish Javier Moreno Maximo` Valdez
Each gave their thoughts on the event, as a highlights video of the entire show played (set to the looped opening riff of 'These Colours Don't Run by Architects).
Each commentator gave their own spin on the bar being well and truly being raised for the Fourth Stage, which would see the final title defenses for the current individual promotions' tag team championships.
The focus shifted back to Carl Jordan and Lee Hunter, who edified the Grand Prix once more, and acknowledged the next event for SUMMIT PRO would be the anticipated eleventh RIPTIDE Showcase Event (involving Smash Wrestling in Ontario, Canada); RIPTIDE 対 XI.
A montage of certain moves/strikes/entrances etc. closed out the event as SUMMIT PRO signed off.
Post by Chris Reager on Jul 31, 2015 19:50:48 GMT -5
3NWPRO extends heartfelt and genuine support and well wishes to the families and close friends of 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper.
His contributions to the professional wrestling industry are incomparable and his originality and uniqueness will always be an influence for many young hopefuls wanting to break in, in SUMMIT PRO or otherwise.
While Piper's request to interview 3NWPRO CEO Seth Cronyn on his PodcastOne podcast was politely declined, Mr Cronyn had nothing but the nicest things to say about his brief time meeting with the Legend and Hall of Famer.
'Our deepest condolences to his family in this trying time,' he was quoted as saying.
Carl Jordan, Lee Hunter and Matt Striker will call the action alongside SMASH's Bryce Remsburg.
Awesome that Bryce is there because we all love Bryce. However he has only been there a couple of times and Jimmy Korderas is there every month and I know how much the details mean for you so I thought I'd mention this to you bud. Best of luck. I have a review for you buddy.
Interview with Starling:(RIPTIDE) I really appreciate being mentioned in that interview with Dan Starling. Like I said before he is one of my favourite characters. I like his attitude and you seem to write a lot of good stuff with using him as an outlet. I really enjoyed the conversation about Josh Alexander as well. It seemed very genuine and awesome. Great stuff. Great writing as always. I love the altered universe and the constant additions which expands the Summit Pro universe even greater each time. Super creative and always fun to read. Good stuff and nice interview, always great content.
TAG TEAM GRAND PRIX III- 3rd Stage: This was a fantastic event. Very well written with a great strong style feel and an awesome depiction of great characters. Great stuff per usual.
-MERCILESS vs. Oseron and Miasma Was a sweet match with some awesome intros. I dig all the characters in this one. I like the actions of the whole Merciless squad. Good stuff.
-Ya-Shima vs. The Treachery Was a pretty awesome match with a great mix of styles. I was happy that Treachery won this one. That Spike DDT sounded brutal.
-Oshiro vs. Mikayla Benson I liked this a lot. It had a great Joshi resu feel which you made into something awesome. Good match.
-The Dexter Bros vs. The Koloff Brothers The Battle of the brothers was another awesome addition to this show. I always usually root for RIPTIDE guys or FORGE guys so it was hard to root for either of them but I think I like the Dexters more. I liked the way the Dexters came off same with the Koloff bros.
-Mantis and Silvestro vs. Furious Senden Good stuff. Nice mix of styles and I really liked the lucha team from IGNITION. I was proud when they won with that awesome Assisted Praying Mantis bomb. Good stuff.
-IRON FIST vs. Inferno and Raze I love the progression of this match. Great stuff. I think you did a great job building the IRON FIST up in defeating the true beats of Inferno and Raze. Great stuff.
-The womens trios match was awesome. Good stuff. Love the DRIVEN product.
-Bane of Ruination vs. Terry Sampson and Robbie Drake WHAT A GREAT BOUT! I loved it. Robbie Drake and Terry Sampson worked the perfect FORGE style while the Bane of Ruination worked the great BEAST style. Nice mixing of styles and I loved it. Great stuff. Team FORGE have a great fighting spirit!!
Overall a great show. Keep up the great work buddy.
Post by Chris Reager on Aug 4, 2015 4:49:16 GMT -5
SUMMIT PRO: RIPTIDE XI SHOWCASE EVENT 荒海XIショーケースイベント Powerade Centre, Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Prior to RIPTIDE arriving in Canada, SUMMIT PRO had promoted the event heavily on APEX, and had worked with GWV and Smash Wrestling on a few specials on APEX to get fans who may not be familiar with Smash Wrestling up to speed on the talent from there.
To draw 5,000 fans to the Powerade Centre for a wrestling event that wasn't the 'sports entertainment' of WWE was a big ask, as SUMMIT PRO had travelled to Canada before, but mainly in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver - but they pulled it off.
3NWPRO CEO Seth Cronyn took a vested interest in this Event for RIPTIDE, and had organised to come across, along with his friends in FORGE, 'TEN-KODA' - Keiji Sakoda and Ryusuke Tengan. Some of the amazing athletes of DRIVEN had also come across, as a way to boost their profile in accordance with SUMMIT PRO.
The uplifting yet heavy crunch of 'Dreamcatcher' by ERRA, the theme of RIPTIDE, played as Sovereign Cronyn, the RIPTIDE CEO, made his way to the ring.
He smiled at the fans and shook hands before stepping inside the ring.
'SOV-EREIGN! 'SOV-EREIGN!' The Brampton faithful chanted his name, which he appreciated.
Sovereign spoke about how much they had been looking forward to finally coming across to Ontario by way of Brampton's own Powerade Centre, and put over GWV and Smash Wrestling, the latter for agreeing to be part of a small 'cross-promotion'.
'….a proper cross-promotion too,' he quipped, with that remark being a reference to the much-discussed 'co-promotion' of FORGE's Steve Wilson and the Southern company 3RW.
The Canadian crowd shared a collective chuckle with Sovereign, as he nodded, his dry wit coming across to the fans in that line.
He again thanked the fans, and put over their sports people, not just incredible wrestlers like Archie Gould, Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Lance Storm and Edge.
He went on to talk about making the most out of one's time in professional wrestling, and that it was a shame that today's guest of honour has had his career cut so tragically short.
Before he announced for that guest to come out, the staccato riffs of 'Tranquil' by Darkest Hour played, and RIPTIDE Heavyweight champion Dan Starling made his way to the ring, wearing two RIPTIDE Heavyweight championship belts.
He shook Sovereign's hand and mentioned to the crowd that RIPTIDE acknowledges hard work, sacrifice and perseverance, and it would be an honour to present the replica title belt to Josh Alexander as a token of this acknowledgement.
Sovereign welcomed Josh Alexander of the Monster Mafia tag team to the ring, to a loud and warm reception.
Josh made his way to the ring to his theme music along with his tag team partner Ethan Page and his young family.
He shook hands with Sovereign and Starling and thanked his fans for all their support. He thanked Sovereign, Seth and SUMMIT PRO and RIPTIDE for making this evening possible.
Starling presented him with the replica RIPTIDE Heavyweight championship title belt, and they posed for the photographers with Sovereign and Ethan at ringside, many of them from Japan.
Josh shook his head in disbelief, overcome by the amazing professionalism and genuine support SUMMIT PRO and RIPTIDE had shown him, and by turns, Canada.
They posed again, as Brampton cheered them, before making their exit and asking the crowd to enjoy themselves.
Lee Hunter would be taking announce duties for the event, as Takeo Shibasaki would not be able to make it from Japan.
The audience at home were informed that Bryce Remsburg would also not be able to make the event, and so, along with SUMMIT PRO's Matt Striker and Carl Jordan would be Smash's own Jimmy Korderas, himself a former WWE referee for many years.
SUMMIT PRO: RIPTIDE XI 荒海XI MATCHES
The Dexters (Joey and Jesse) VERSUS Drew Gulak and Biff Busick [SMASH]
The Dexters made their way to the ring to 'Can You Feel My Heart' by Bring Me The Horizon.
Drew Gulak made his entrance to 'Beast' by Nico Vega, while Biff Busick made his entrance to 'Bro Hymn' by Pennywise.
Lee Hunter announced all the competitors for the opening match.
OF NOTE: Gulak and Busick had eventually 'broken through' with the PWG fans, the notoriously loud and at times overly obnoxious 'smart' wrestling fans that felt the need to chant constantly. Part of its appeal, one would hazard a guess. That would not be the case here, as in Ontario, they had the advantage of having wrestled previously for Smash. They relished the challenge of facing a new team they'd not 'done the dance with' before.
The Dexters knew they would be compared unmercifully to The Young Bucks, but were very different when you boiled it down - people (IWC) just liked to compare just to feel in control. The Dexters were polished wrestlers, athletes and shrewd businessmen too - they were tougher than some gave them credit for. Refreshed after being defeated by The Koloffs in Osaka at the Third Stage, they looked to get back in the winning column.
The match was a fun yet engaging and highly contested affair, with all four men looking sharp and focused in their roles.
The strikes would eventually be amped up, with the crowd more and more into it as the match wore on.
The audience gave their support throughout, with many from Ontario impressed with The Dexters, despite not seeing them before in person.
All it took was one error from Joey Dexter on the top turnbuckle for Busick to appeal to the crowd and hit an Avalanche version of his 'Half-and-Half Suplex' on him!
With Gulak keeping Jesse busy, Busick made the cover:
The fans showed their appreciation as Lee Hunter announced Busick and Gulak the winners; the crowd also chanting 'PLEASE COME BACK!' to all four men, who shook hands after the very physical match they had just been through.
RESULT: Biff Busick and Drew Gulak defeated The Dexters (16:42) when Biff pinned Joey Dexter after an Avalanche Half-and-Half Suplex
At the commentary desk, Carl, Matt and Jimmy discussed the match, very happy with the atmosphere of the crowd and the amazing effort from all four men in the first 'VERSUS' match.
Zen Pike, Corey Knight and Leon Harris VERSUS Mason Jones, Mossad Hammoud and Johnny Prime
Zen Pike, Leon Harris and Corey Knight came to the ring as a solid team, united via Corey's entrance theme; 'I'll Go Until My Heart Stops' by 36 Crazyfists.
Similarly, Mossad Hammoud, Mason Jones and Johnny Prime made their way to the ring, also as a united team, with Prime's entrance theme, 'Ain't Love Grand' by Atreyu.
Lee Hunter announced all the competitors for the second match of the evening.
OF NOTE: In the vein of 'showcase Trios matches' between factions in Dragon Gate, RIPTIDE's spin was to highlight their talent irrespective of factions, and 'let the cream rise to the top'. For Corey Knight and Zen Pike, already a tag team, against Mason Jones and Mossad Hammoud, another team, it gave both the chance to show who would be better on this night, along with an opportunity for revenge for Leon Harris against reviled heel Johnny Prime.
The main theme of the match was that Prime avoided Harris at every turn, while the two tag teams battled for supremacy. The fans were treated to six of RIPTIDE’s up and coming stars giving their all to showcase just what RIPTIDE PRO WRESTLING was all about.
Just as he is accustomed to in Japan, Corey Knight would be taken advantage of by the ‘heel’ teams’ method of cutting the ring in half and taking turns inflicting punishment on him.
The audience in Brampton was amazed at the detail in Corey’s psychology, his selling coming across to the fans in a true Ricky Morton-like manner. Once he did make the (hot) tag, the crowd came unglued as action galore saw Harris finally get his hands on Prime, while Zen Pike’s explosiveness took down Hammoud and Jones in short fashion.
Zen gave a reason for a ‘HOLY S**T!* chant to break out, as he Powerbombed Mossad ONTO Jones!
With Zen tagging back out to Corey, the crowd willed him on!
As legal man Mason Jones lay prone, Corey Knight hit his finisher; the breathtaking ‘Last Knight’ - a Corkscrew Sky Twister Press!
A proper melee between the other combatants carried on as Corey hit it – with the referee slapping the mat successfully!
The fans celebrated wildly as Lee Hunter announced the team of Corey Knight, Leon Harris and Zen Pike as the winners. Similar to the first match, the crowd chanted 'PLEASE COME BACK!' again, thanking all six for an action-packed and hard-fought match.
RESULT: Zen Pike, Corey Knight and Leon Harris defeated Mason Jones, Mossad Hammoud and Johnny Prime (17:31) when Corey Knight pinned Mason Jones after the Last Knight (Corkscrew Sky Twister Press)
At the commentary desk, Carl, Matt and Jimmy discussed the match, noting how elated the fans were to see a match that hooked you in and delivered in all aspects.
Breckin Stryker and Kaleb Delta VERSUS Michael Elgin and Johnny Gargano [SMASH]
Breckin Stryker made his way to the ring to 'Silent Wars' by Arch Enemy.
Kaleb Delta came to the ring to Lamb of God's 'Ruin'.
Michael Elgin made his entrance to 'Incubus' by Prometheus-X.
Johnny Gargano made his entrance to 'Don't Die Digging' by The Graduate.
Lee Hunter announced all the competitors for the third match of the evening.
OF NOTE: Michael Elgin had unfortunately double-booked himself, he was part of New Japan’s G1 Climax 25, but had already promised to be part of RIPTIDE XI. 3NWPRO CEO Seth Cronyn came to both parties’ aid, and flew Elgin out from Japan to Canada on his own dime to ensure Elgin could work the match for RIPTIDE and Smash, and would fly him back as soon as the match was over. The ulterior motive for Seth was to assure New Japan that a potential business opportunity down the line was not ‘best for business’, as WWE has made a habit of saying, but best for the pro wrestling business.
Johnny Gargano was a well-known name on the independent circuit, the Ohio native still under the age of thirty, and had been a major force as the leader of ‘Fourth Gunn’ in Smash, as well as a top contender in PWG, EVOLVE and DGUSA, amongst others.
For Delta and Breckin, they were the first ever RIPTIDE Tag Team champions, and both had been involved in highly-rated matches in their young careers. Both had made the move to become singles stars, but relished this opportunity to team again, if for only one night against stars they’d never faced before.
The fans were exceptionally loud, especially for Breckin and Elgin, the awe and utter amazement as the two strongest members of their teams tore into each other with reckless abandon!
The match had all the hallmarks of a classic in the making; a hot crowd, slick and well-executed wrestling, psychology and high drama at every turn.
One notable spot saw Elgin try to lift Breckin and Delta at the same time! He succeeded in lifting them, but not in an offensive maneuver. Breckin turned the tide and picked up Elgin in a Fallaway Slam position after smashing him with a solid Forearm Smash; further lifting him in a Fireman’s Carry!
Gargano came off the top in a Crossbody, only to be caught by Delta! The two studs from RIPTIDE made everyone’s jaw hit the floor as Delta Gorilla Press Slammed Gargano ONTO Elgin, who was laid across Breckin’s shoulders!
Breckin was carrying over 450lb across his shoulders, and looked focused and determined. As Brampton chanted ‘THIS IS AWESOME!’ he strode forward and unleashed the Breck-5, his version of Brock Lesnar’s devastating finishing move!
‘HOL Y S**T! HOLY S**T!’The crowd in Brampton were gobsmacked at the unholy strength of Breckin, who was exhausted but by no means out. The resilience of both Elgin and Gargano was something to behold as they kept fighting.
As the match wore on, Gargano was able to ensnare Breckin on the outside due to his quickness, and took advantage of an opening to hit a Double Stomp to Breckin’s broad back!
A Strong Style strike battle ensued inside with the legal men, Elgin and Delta, and in a battle of the backfists, Elgin’s was meatier by a touch, and knocked Delta loopy! Elgin followed up with a painful Buckle Bomb and the awe-inspiring Spinning Liger Bomb!
With Breckin outside clutching his back in pain, he could only watch as the referee made the count.
Jumping up and down as Lee Hunter made the announcement, the fans did not let up, cheering the match and the efforts of all four men. The same chant as before was heard (‘PLEASE COME BACK!’), as all four men shook hands and raised their arms, exhausted, but happy to have potentially stolen the show.
RESULT: Michael Elgin and Johnny Gargano defeated Breckin Stryker and Kaleb Delta (22:07) when Elgin pinned Delta after a Buckle Bomb/Spinning Liger Bomb combination
At the commentary desk, Carl, Matt and Jimmy were in awe of what they had seen, with Korderas mentioning several times that both Breckin and Delta would be snapped up by the WWE in a heartbeat if they could. A wonderful show of sportsmanship as well between all four men, Gargano’s speed and technique a highlight, and for Elgin, great momentum heading back into the G1 Climax.
Seth Cronyn and TEN-KODA held a brief Q&A in the ring, as adjudicated by Carl Jordan. A meet and greet with most of the roster of DRIVEN was held as well.
Nigel Newhart, Caden Raith and Samuel Phoenix VERSUS Matt Cross and The Super Smash Bros (Player Uno and Stupefied/Player Dos) [SMASH]
Nigel Newhart, Caden Raith and Samuel Phoenix made their way to the ring as a unit, soldified under Nigel's entrance theme, 'This Could Be Any City In The World' by Alexisonfire.
Matt Cross made his entrance to 'King Of The Cleveland Streets' by American Werewolves.
The Super Smash Bros made their fun entrance to 'Mortal Kombat Theme' from the 1995 film's official soundtrack.
Lee Hunter announced all the competitors for the fourth match of the evening.
OF NOTE: The homecoming for Nigel Newhart now that he had found a reliable promotion to be his base of operations was incredible and could be compared to what Finn Balor/Prince Devitt must have felt when he won the NXT title. Despite not being Edmonton, it mattered not – it was still Canada, and Ontario welcome him warmly, along with two of RIPTIDE’s next breakthrough stars – Caden Raith and Samuel Phoenix, who were eager to push through to the next stage of their careers.
The Super Smash Bros had found fame on the independents in Canada as well as PWG, but had relegated themselves to wrestling in Canada only in 2015. Matt Cross, who wrestled as Son of Havoc in Lucha Underground, had a storied rivalry against Johnny Gargano, but given the nature of the event, put it aside for the time being to represent Smash to the best of his ability.
Given what had taken place in the previous match, the intermission brought the mood down in terms of intensity, which was welcome. The Trios ‘VERSUS’ match was an opportunity to also bring it down in terms of appreciation of wrestling’s scientific base; of which Nigel Newhart shone.
There was no ‘…WRESTLING!’ chant here, as Nigel and Cross worked flawlessly in creating a masterpiece of catch wrestling with innovative counters, reversals, holds and so forth that brought to mind the great Johnny Saint of the UK, or Billy Robinson in his heyday.
All six men got their chance to shine, as the First and Second Quarters engaged the crowd with excellent technical wrestling, psychology, crowd participation via respectful chants and the famous Super Smash Bros taunt which added to the fun factor.
As the match wore on the adrenaline kicked in for all men, and the desire to win for their respective promotion reared its head.
It would be somewhat poetic that the two captains, Nigel and Cross, would be the legal men and the ones in which the fate of the match hung.
Uno and Dos were preoccupied with Phoenix and Raith, as Nigel and Cross battled it out in the ring.
Despite Cross reversing an Irish Whip, Nigel would ensure Cross would be the one to come off the ropes, and in doing so, rolled through ala` Lance Storm in a flawless Roll Through Single Leg Boston Crab!
Amazingly though, Cross scrambled out as quick as he could, leaving Nigel perplexed.
An attempted Springboard Senton by Cross was thwarted by Nigel, who caught him in a Backbreaker but didn’t let go!
Nigel signaled to the crowd, who were as behind him as they could be, and hoisted Cross up in a Vertical Suplex.
As he had done with Kenichi Saito of KING in their first singles encounter, he transitioned into the shattering Dynamite Tombstone!
Uno and Dos were tied up with Raith and Phoenix on the outside, and reached fruitlessly from the aprons to break up the count as Nigel made the pinfall, his sweat masking his tears.
The ecstatic fans showed their appreciation, cheering hysterically as Lee Hunter made the announcement. The fans genuinely appreciated the efforts from all six men, and once more, united to chant ‘PLEASE COME BACK!’ again.
Nigel and Phoenix helped up a woozy Cross, and along with the remaining competitors shook hands in another show of sportsmanship – and none had felt false, it was the equivalent of reuniting with a friend you’d never met. Nigel brushed tears away and thanked his homeland for the amazing support.
RESULT: Nigel Newhart, Caden Raith and Samuel Phoenix defeated Matt Cross and The Super Smash Bros (23:04) when Nigel pinned Matt Cross after a Dynamite Tombstone
At the commentary desk, Carl, Matt and Jimmy spoke excitedly regarding what they had seen; a triumphant return for Nigel Newhart to his beloved Canada, and a delightful showing from every competitor.
PRE-MAIN EVENT: RIPTIDE Openweight champion Joe Weaver VERSUS Chris Hero [SMASH] (non title)
Chris Hero made his entrance to 'Chris Is Awesome' by Viro The Virus.
Joe Weaver made his entrance to 'Playing To Win' by Dungeon, itself a cover of John Farnham's original.
Lee Hunter announced both competitors for the pre-main event.
OF NOTE: No pun intended, but it was most definitely a hero's welcome for Chris Hero to Smash Wrestling; Chris' journeys around the world as an experienced and respected veteran on the indies endeared him to countless fans across the globe. Despite this match being against someone he'd never taken on before, he was more than up for the challenge.
Joe Weaver knew with his father's guidance that trying to make a living given his elite-level amateur wrestling skills that the US could only get him so far in the transition to professional wrestling.
Upon training in RIPTIDE, he had brought a true amateur wrestling ethic and no-nonsense attitude that the Japanese gravitated to, with many comparing his work ethic to Tatsumi Fujinami or the late great Jumbo Tsuruta. Despite not having as many years as a professional under his belt compared to Hero, his wrestling acumen was second to none, and he was sure to give Hero a surprise or two in Brampton.
With streamers encasing both men as their names were announced, they shook hands, and the match played out very cautiously, with passages of holds and chain-wrestling where Weaver would be in his element, but Hero would be the one to force a rope break.
As time wore on, the opportunities to immerse themselves in pure scientific/amateur wrestling dwindled, and Hero went on the offense with stiff and sick-looking strikes. Weaver's ability to weather the storm and still sell tremendously had the fans invested heavily. The match became an ebb and flow of striking versus grappling, and despite the blows Weaver suffered, he was able to suplex Hero multiple times, sometimes in a fairly dangerous manner.
A large portion of the fans started dueling chants, but every fan was in agreement that they were witnessing an amazing match, much less a non-title match.
Weaver would surprise Hero by standing with him, trading ferocious Elbows and Forearm Smashes, the war of attrition approach evoking memories of incredible Strong Style battles in Japan.
Beyond exhausted, Weaver and Hero traded more Elbows, and with Hero thinking he had Weaver prone - turned into his Discus Elbow Smash, only for Weaver to snap into an adrenaline-fuelled fighting spirit mode, and catch Hero in a Head and Arm Suplex position, launching Hero in a painful-looking throw!
Hero no-sold in defiance, screaming at the crowd, who had been awestruck by the intensity in the match thus far.
As he strode toward Weaver, he was levelled by a thunderous Lariat by Weaver, still on his own high.
Weaver pounded his chest and heaved the heavyset Hero to his feet.
Despite not being as physically imposing as Breckin or Delta, Joe was an unbelievably strong athlete, and incredulously was able to hoist Hero up for the Project Weaver Bomb!
He made the exasperated pinfall, unable to watch the referee slap the mat.
Gobsmacked fans cheered and made a whole lot of noise, after such an incredibly grueling match for both competitors. Lee Hunter announced Joe Weaver as the winner, and on their knees, both men bowed to one another, and shook hands despite being utterly drained of energy. Slowly they rose, and were mobbed by gracious and wonderful support from fans, who chanted with fervour: ‘PLEASE COME BACK!’
RESULT: Joe Weaver defeated Chris Hero (31:14) with a Project Weaver Bomb
At the commentary desk, Carl, Matt and Jimmy shared opinions on what they thought had been perhaps match of the night so far – but to say so would deprive the other great matches of their specialness. They joined the crowd in giving both Joe Weaver and Chris Hero a standing ovation.
MAIN EVENT: RIPTIDE Heavyweight champion Dan Starling VERSUS Windy Rhodes (non title)
Windy Rhodes made his entrance to the emotional 'Song Of One Word' by New Disease.
Dan Starling made his entrance to the before-heard but still magnetically powerful 'Tranquil' by Darkest Hour.
Lee Hunter announced both competitors for the main event: 'Ladies and gentlemen, it is now time…for the main event of the evening! This contest is scheduled for one fall, with a 60 minute time limit, and is a non-title bout.
Introducing first, from Irvine, California by way of Himitsu-No Shima, Osaka, Japan, and weighing in at 278 lbs, this is Windy Rhodes!'
Streamers were thrown into the ring as Windy raised his arm in acknowledgment.
'…and his opponent, from Pasadena, California by way of Himitsu-No Shima, Osaka, Japan, weighing in at 226 lbs, he is the RIPTIDE Heavyweight champion and the 2014 Junior Heavyweight Grand Prix winner, he is The Man That Does Not Yield, Dan Starling!'
Starling raised his arm in pride, and like Windy, was rewarded with streamers from the wonderful Canadian crowd.
Both men shook hands and even hugged before the bell rang.
OF NOTE: Much had been discussed about the ascent of Starling and Windy; the two, as part of RIPTIDE’s ‘First Wave’ hammered home to Seth Cronyn that he had inspired young Americans to follow in his footsteps and build upon his foundation.
The two trained alongside elite amateur wrestlers such as Joe Weaver and Breckin Stryker, but for an all-round professional wrestling training mentality, the entire First Wave was in the same boat.
When the forces of RIPTIDE had a standoff with MERCILESS and IRON FIST at the Second Stage of the Tag Grand Prix, it didn’t seem like some transparent ‘sports entertainment’ angle; all of the talent on the stage (along with Nigel Newhart and Sienna Cronyn) had that ‘kliq’ aura about them – you saw them on TV, and just knew they were good friends in real life.
With other promotions intent on rehashing angles centred on soap opera elements and faction dissension, RIPTIDE offered something fresh and seemingly simple – amazing wrestling performed by likeable and accomplished athletes.
Starling's background as a kickboxer was well-documented, whereas Windy emulated his heroes, Dusty Rhodes and Kenta Kobashi, but mixed their influences on him so well it spoke to Windy's character, a big loyal kid who loved wrestling more than anything - and was living his dream.
The Canadian crowd had been wowed at every turn with every match thus far; for the fans and the likes of Jimmy Korderas, who commentated as breathlessly as someone could be, he made a point to ask Carl several times during the event 'Why don't you guys travel here more? This is incredible!'
When it came time for the actual match, both men were all business, and Brampton witnessed a true RIPTIDE showcase; as for over thirty-five minutes they saw a countless amount of stiff and loud Knife Edge Chops from Windy to Starling (turning his chest beet red) perilously dangerous and solid Shoot Kicks to Windy's chest from Starling, all amongst epic, emotionally draining and physically demanding professional wrestling.
Gripping nearfalls, ring psychology, fighting spirit and grit, determination and an epic feeling that had Brampton nodding, yelling, cheering - they were invested in two incredibly talented wrestlers express themselves.
As Starling tried to Superplex Windy, it was blocked - Windy's strength was enough to drive Starling to the mat in a huge Gordbuster!
He slowly changed his position, balled his right fist, and in homage to the great Kenta Kobashi, hit his Moonsault - the Windsault!
An unbelievable move from a near 300-pound man, Windy hit Starling flush!
After nearly 40 minutes of intense action, he hooked Starling's leg and nodded as the ref made the count:
'1…..' '2…..' ….3!'
'We are all winners,' Carl Jordan managed to say as the successful pinfall was made! The fans blew the roof off the Powerade Centre, as Windy lay, exhausted, tended to by staffers.
Starling, too, was helped by staffers, as the Canadian fans threw their remaining streamers and defiantly chanting ‘PLEASE COME BACK!’ and 'THAT WAS AWESOME!'
RESULT: Windy Rhodes defeated Dan Starling (39:45) with a Windsault
The locker room emptied out, as RIPTIDE and Smash talent got in the ring and cheered along with the fans, as Windy and Starling embraced, causing grown men to pretend they had allergies.
Every talent that had been a part of the show in some way was in the ring, cheering along with the fans, and chanting along 'THANK YOU RIPTIDE!' and 'THANK YOU SMASH!' Carl, Matt and Jimmy were joined by Lee, and gave their final thoughts on the event.
A video package highlighting certain moments from the evening was shown, set to the looped opening riff of 'These Colours Don't Run' by Architects.
Sincere thanks were given once again to Wicked's GWV and to Smash Wrestling for their professionalism and ease to work with.
Post by Chris Reager on Aug 15, 2015 10:34:22 GMT -5
WAVES - Episode 4 (波 - エピソード4)
Fans of SUMMIT PRO were welcomed to the fourth episode of WAVES; the program itself massively important as it pertained to all things SUMMIT PRO, especially leading into the yearly supercard, KING OF PRO WRESTLING THRESHOLD.
The SUMMIT PRO signature video, set to 'The Banishment' by Prong (SUMMIT PRO's theme) was shown, spliced with superbly-edited footage of SUMMIT PRO in action; i.e. 'the open'.
Broadcast on TCN and Nippon TV (as well as new partner TV Asahi), WAVES was made available as featured content available for streaming on SUMMIT PRO's VOD service, 'APEX'.
As the previous three episodes had attested, WAVES was the recap and discussion show of the most recent events in SUMMIT PRO, loosely comparable to Samurai TV's 'Puroresu News'.
The main shows to be discussed and recapped would be:
SUMMIT PRO TAG TEAM GRAND PRIX: THIRD STAGE SUMMIT PRO SHOWCASE: RIPTIDE XI Despite highly-acclaimed feedback regarding the first three episodes of WAVES since its launch, 3NWPRO CEO Seth Cronyn would not be able to be interviewed again by Matt Striker. As mentioned on a special announcement via ‘News From Basecamp’ on APEX, WAVES Episode 4 would be dedicated towards discussion and news about the two-day event; KING OF PRO WRESTLING THRESHOLD and "Loud Park Metal My Way Redux Festival 2015”.
Before the episode could begin, 3NWPRO CEO Seth Cronyn was shown in a brief video, speaking in Japanese to The Gravure Four's Eri Otoguro about a recent brief (and reluctant) interview he conducted in the US with 411mania.com.
He asserted that due to the fact that the US interviewer, a Kelvin Pantoliano, and his offsider, Brent Cash-Willis, along with WON’s Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez, had more or less proved Seth’s fears true about the US’ mindset towards ‘international’ wrestling - 'lumping it in' with 'sports entertainment' meant that these mentalities were groundless at best and essentially not what SUMMIT PRO was after.
When Cronyn bluntly asked Pantoliano about the wrestling culture in the US based on his comments on the three WAVES episodes; Pantoliano was quoted as saying in a reply:
I do agree about SUMMIT PRO…It may be too out there for the US, (but) in a good way. It's incredibly creative and very well done, but in my opinion it is far and away over most people's heads…it's no wonder it does better in other countries due to the approach being too ahead of itself…mainstream wrestling in the US is geared towards fans who simply won't 'get' SUMMIT PRO…as such the fans can't wrap their heads around something so innovative….but I hope you changed your mind Seth, and see what happens…"
Ring Of Honor (ROH), TNA (Impact Wrestling), Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling (GFW) and PWG (Pro Wrestling Guerilla) had each, in their own way, gone about trying to allay Seth’s fears about potential cross-promotions in the US, noting the company’s varied and innovative reach.
ROH had been approached by SUMMIT PRO in the past with hopes of a cross-promotion, the basis being the strength of their own cross-promotion with NJPW.
The camera panned across the Japanese audience in Osaka to the SUMMIT PRO WAVES studio with a five-person panel on this occasion, hosted by SUMMIT PRO commentator Carl Jordan.
His broadcast colleague, Lee Hunter sat next to him, and it was evident Matt Striker was absent, (who was in the US on business related to Lucha Underground).
The guests for this week were the three lovely announcers for DRIVEN – Motoko Suwa, Katsuki Omigawa and Naoko Yutani.
Carl Jordan: こんばんは紳士淑女し、サミットPROのエピソード4のための私達に参加していただきありがとうございます：WAVES;私はカール•ジョーダンだし、私は今夜に参加することは、私の放送同僚リーハンターです。私たちはのDRIVENコメンテーターの美しいトリオによって結合されている - 素晴らしいもとこ諏訪、勝木小見川と直子油谷。女性、大歓迎！[/p][/i]
(Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for joining us for Episode 4 of SUMMIT PRO: WAVES; I'm Carl Jordan, and joining me tonight is my broadcast colleague Lee Hunter. We are joined by the lovely trio of DRIVEN's commentators - the stunning Motoko Suwa, Katsuki Omigawa and Naoko Yutani; ladies, welcome!)
The crowd cheerfully applauded as Carl mentioned each panellists' name.
One by one Motoko, Katsuki and Naoko smiled and nodded graciously, bowing to both Carl and Lee.
Naoko Yutani: 私たちを持つためにありがとうございました！ (Thank you very much for having us!)
Motoko Suwa: 大変感謝いたします;喜びはここに！ (Much appreciated; a pleasure to be here!)
Katsuki Omigawa: ありがとう！私はこれを楽しみにしてきました！ (Thank you! I've been looking forward to this!)
Lee Hunter: あなたに感謝カールを、ありがとう、と私たちの尊敬のお客様に、ここにいてくれてありがとう。今夜は特別な夜です。それがプロレスTHRESHOLDとラウドパークメタルマイウェイReduxの祭り2015年のそれに取得してみましょうに関する最新ニュースをWAVESや更新の第四話です!。
(Thank you Carl, much appreciated, and to our esteemed guests, thank you for being here. Tonight is a special night; it is the fourth episode of WAVES with the latest news and updates regarding PRO WRESTLING THRESHOLD and the Loud Park Metal My Way Redux Festival 2015. Let's get into it!)
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The panel discussed the following topics at length along with accompanying video footage of:
SUMMIT PRO: TAG TEAM GRAND PRIX - THIRD STAGE Focus was on the card as a whole; but specifically:
News of the first match commissioned for KING OF THE PRO WRESTLING THRESHOLD – Nigel Newhart of RIPTIDE against Kenichi Saito of KING in a Breaking Point match; additionally made as the main event
MERCILESS living up to their namesake against the usually sadistic Seeds of Hate
Ya-Shima's luck running out despite a worthy showing against The Treachery – resourceful to the end
Incredible action from DRIVEN with Hiromi Oshiro's skill eclipsing Mikayla Benson's
News breaking of the "Loud Park Metal My Way Redux Festival 2015” - "ラウドパーク•マイ•ウェイ再来の祭り" , the heavy metal festival playing the day after KING OF PRO WRESTLING THRESHOLD
The battle of the brothers – FORGE's more experienced Koloffs versus RIPTIDE's two-time Tag Champs and the chaos that ensued
The descent into rudo` revelations for Morphosis, and the fighting spirit of Furious Senden
The astounding emotional Trios DRIVEN Women's match, which despite the amazing finish, was marred by a post-match beatdown of Sienna Cronyn
Another chapter of stiffness absolute for Bane of Ruination; their winning ways paying dividends with a hard-fought win over FORGE's former Tag Team champions, Sampson and Drake
SUMMIT PRO SHOWCASE: RIPTIDE XI Focus was on the card as a whole; but specifically:
Selling out the Powerade Centre in Brampton, Ontario, Canada – highest of praise to GWV and Smash Wrestling
The importance of showing respect to Josh Alexander of Monster Mafia and how amazing it was to see Dan Starling's show of respect on behalf of SUMMIT PRO
Praise for The Dexters for backing up from the Grand Prix to face a hard-hitting team such as Busick and Gulak in a well-received opener The RIPTIDE Trios showcase match; a clinic in drama, psychology and awesome RIPTIDE action
The selfless actions of 3NWPRO CEO Seth Cronyn to help Michael Elgin make both bookings; for RIPTIDE/Smash and for NJPW
The unofficial MOTN – and strength beyond strength between Elgin and Breckin
Up close with the Canadian fans during intermission, the Q&A and DRIVEN's meet and greet
The incredible homecoming for Nigel Newhart; a stellar match for him and RIPTIDE against three of Smash's finest American Strong Style meets American Elite-Level Wrestling in Canada – Hero and Weaver look to steal the show
The emotional and stirring main event showcasing Windy Rhodes in a singles capacity in a 5-star showing against his good friend and RIPTIDE Heavyweight champion, Dan Starling – a sterling match earning the highest of praise
After the discussion by the panel of the two events, promos were aired for:
The second SCW-type facility to train committed hopefuls for potential roster spots in either of the six SUMMIT PRO sub-promotions/rosters – the name given was PROJECT: SWORN
SUMMIT PRO: Trivium Go Codex (anime series); SUMMIT PRO – FORGE: Unbowed, Unhallowed and Unbroken
VERSUS: KING VS BEAST XIII - to be held at the Eidolon Combat Arena, Osaka
Next Showcase Event: IGNITION XI, to be held in Tijuana, Mexico at the Auditorio Fausto Gutierrez Moreno
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Carl Jordan: ご列席の皆様、「しきい値」に向かう一つの重要なと興味深い事実がPROは、クロスプロモーションの角を曲がったことSUMMITです。我々は前に彼らに言及を与えたが、のは、WWA、アライアンスやプロレスへのアプローチレスリングの世界を見てみましょうてきました。おかげで再びマット！どのような素晴らしいインタビュー。あなたは今、3のための3つだと、それが私たちの最高経営責任者（CEO）を聞くことがとても素晴らしいですが、私たちのメンターは、我々はそんなに愛して、この信じられないほどのスポーツやビジネスについてあなたとそう公然と情熱的に話します！
(Ladies and gentlemen, one important and interesting fact heading into 'THRESHOLD' is that SUMMIT PRO has turned a corner on a cross-promotion; we've given them a mention before, but let's have a look at the WWA, the World Wrestling Alliance and their approach to pro wrestling.)
A vignette is shown, with Japanese narration from SUMMIT PRO ring announcer Tetsuo Kaneda, giving a brief overview on WWA; itself a promotion molded in the vein of SUMMIT PRO - with promotions 'Turnbuckle Wrestling Federation' (*), 'Overtop Wrestling Federation' (OWF) and 'Empire British Wrestling' (EBW), amongst others.
It was revealed by the end of the vignette that three of OWF's stars would be appearing in a small cross-promotion capacity for WWA; namely 'Russian Bear' Roman Dragunov, 'Large Whale' Taichi Kujira and the mysterious Hangman.
The panel gave their thoughts on WWA and the subsequent sub-promotions, before revealing to the audience that after the commercial break, the matchups for KING OF PRO WRESTLING THRESHOLD would be announced!
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Attention was drawn to the screens for the matchups for the annual supercard; SUMMIT PRO’s ‘KING OF PRO WRESTLING THRESHOLD’ event. The matches had been commissioned by special consideration from all six Presidents of the respective promotions.
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SUMMIT PRO : KING OF PRO WRESTLING THRESHOLD
PRELIMINARY DRIVEN WOMEN'S MATCH: Eliana Velez, Carmen Mendoza, Isabelle Vasquez, Raina Ji-Kyung, Sun Xiao-Jing and Priya Roshan [DRIVEN] VERSUS Satori Onizuka, Sadaka Kisugi, Tatsumi Shindo, Yasumi Fujita, Tamika Ito and Kumiko Nakayama [DRIVEN]
"YA-SHIMA” (Shingo Takashima and Kazuharu Yasuda) [KING JHW] VERSUS “Team OWF” (‘Large Whale’ Taichi Kujira and HangMan [OWF]
IGNITION SHOWCASE: “La Oscuridad” (Criptico and Malicioso) and “La Muerte Roja” (Razor Dragon and Equinox) [IGNITION] VERSUS “Los Campeones” (GT Havok and El Graffiti), Ortega and Shintaro Suzuki [IGNITION]
DRIVEN TEN-WOMAN TAG MATCH: Sienna Cronyn, Asumi Ishimoto, Narumi Tamayama , Hiromi Oshiro and Mikayla Benson [DRIVEN] VERSUS Keisha Hamilton, Tanisha Landon, Sophie Geroux, Lucy Renshaw and Kayana Dawson [DRIVEN]
INTERPROMOTIONAL WARFARE MATCH: Vessel, Bludgeon and Kraken [BEAST] VERSUS Draco Koloff and Ivar Koloff [FORGE] and Roman ‘The Russian Bear’ Dragunov [OWF]
KING CKGP JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH: Katsuhiko Yamada [KING] VERSUS Kiyoshi Genjiro [KING]
"IRON FIST" (Tetsuya Sekimoto, Heihachi Miyamoto and Koji Nakata) [KING] VERSUS "Team RIPTIDE" (Dan Starling, Breckin Stryker and Kaleb Delta) [RIPTIDE]
TITLE FOR TITLE MATCH: FORGE International Heavyweight champion Steve Wilson [FORGE] VERSUS FORGE Eastern Pacific champion Jermaine Oxbow [FORGE]
BREAKING POINT MATCH: Nigel Newhart [RIPTIDE] VERSUS Kenichi Saito [KING]
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A video package hyped the event, along with footage of all the athletes in action.
Several matches had been delayed due to injuries or other circumstances; regardless, the matches made were a testament to the drive and determination inherent in SUMMIT PRO.
The crowd applauded the as the video displayed the matchups with Japanese narration, again by Kaneda.
The panel discussed the matchups before entreating the audience to a lineup of heavy music acts that would be featured on the Second Day for the "Loud Park Metal My Way Redux Festival 2015”.
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SUMMIT PRO AND LOUD PARK: METAL MY WAY REDUX FESTIVAL 2015
HEADLINERS: BEHEMOTH, AT THE GATES, DIMMU BORGIR, DIR EN GREY
SUPPORTING: CARCASS, PARKWAY DRIVE, MASTODON, ERRA, PRONG, ARGUMENT SOUL, X JAPAN, TYRANT, BOLT THROWER, GOJIRA, SOULFLY and BRING ME THE HORIZON
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A video package hyped the event, along with footage of all of the bands in a live setting.
The panel thanked the fans, and in return the audience applauded as the end signature for WAVES was shown.
This broadcast of SUMMIT PRO: WAVES – Episode 4 was seen on:
SUMMIT PRO: APEX
Special well-crafted and edited promo shorts hyping the next shows were shown for:
SUMMIT PRO TAG TEAM GRAND PRIX: FOURTH STAGE (to be held in the Tsuruta Commemorative Arena, Himitsu-No Shima, Osaka, Japan)
Post by Chris Reager on Aug 19, 2015 17:25:32 GMT -5
3NWPRO expresses sincere appreciation for the gestures made by RAW's WWA, most notably Frank Hamfist's OWF (Overtop Wrestling Federation) for the stars that will appear in a cross-promotion capacity for OWF against SUMMIT PRO.
As mentioned on WAVES Episode 4, two matches with stars from OWF (with HangMan officially with 'TW.F' - Turnbuckle Wrestling Federation) have been signed for KING OF PRO WRESTLING THRESHOLD as follows:
"YA-SHIMA” (Shingo Takashima and Kazuharu Yasuda) [KING JHW] VERSUS “Team OWF” (‘Large Whale’ Taichi Kujira and HangMan [OWF]
INTERPROMOTIONAL WARFARE MATCH: Vessel, Bludgeon and Kraken [BEAST] VERSUS Draco Koloff and Ivar Koloff [FORGE] and Roman ‘The Russian Bear’ Dragunov [OWF]
3NWPRO and SUMMIT PRO have learned that all three stars have been busy training ahead of their respective matches and are eager to show fans of SUMMIT PRO what they can bring to the table on the biggest supercard in 2015 for SUMMIT PRO.
'We here at SUMMIT PRO are looking forward to KING OF PRO WRESTLING THRESHOLD even more now with this alliance with OWF via WWA,' 3NWPRO CEO Seth Cronyn was quoted as saying in a brief interview before a meeting with Lady Crothers. 'The vision of all at WWA, clear and respectful communication coupled with a fresh and invigorating approach to professional wrestling in 2015 meant that this cross-promotion is exactly what we are after. Thanks again to Mr Hamfists and all involved who have helped make it a possibility.'
Read through your last page of shows here. Really like how you give background on your guys in every match, that's a big help when they're created! So many people skip that part. And you included the indie guys in that in the VS SMASH show. Definitely some intriguing stuff going on. I'll check out future shows for sure. I'm amazed that you're able to keep track of five shows at once haha.
Last Edit: Dec 6, 2015 2:12:09 GMT -5 by Chris Reager: Mod change 'made up' to 'created'
Post by Chris Reager on Aug 31, 2015 6:59:15 GMT -5
3NWPRO expresses sincere appreciation for the comments made about the company at large from a US-based Puroresu online publication; 'Kingdom of Hearts Puroresu Online', as SUMMIT PRO continues to build towards KING OF PRO WRESTLING THRESHOLD.
Below is an excerpt from the feature article, written by an anonymous contributor:
"First and foremost, the amount of detail that goes into SUMMIT PRO as a company, and the subsequent self-sustaining sub-promotions/rosters is incredible...we're conditioned to think of how professional wrestling is structured based off of the reign of Vince McMahon but here is an approach like nothing else...I couldn't compare it to something else if I tried...
The fact that many non-Japanese stars can actually speak Japanese is just amazing and it adds something that makes me feel like I'm watching a film at times, as there's no hesitation with the speech...everyone who has a match gets to talk, you begin to get a feel for who to root for, and who you don't...
Things like interview segments done by are chock full of little things that make it feel you actually transcribed something with footnotes.
The potential for inter-promotional warfare is there for the taking; and it's a draw - no one is doing it and no one has crafted how well it can be until now...
Each of the companies have a different style through matches and different character development; though the impetus is always on caring about why the opponents are having a match, as opposed to just 'wrestling for wrestlings' sake', as well as on-point ring psychology.
It's hard to even pick some that are my favorites because everyone on the entire SUMMIT PRO roster do so well in different ways...perhaps it's due to the fact that foreigners in Japan behind SUMMIT PRO understand how much you can glean from creativity and have exploited it to the best of their ability...the word 'unique' in this day and age is something bandied about without real recourse; SUMMIT PRO is exactly that - and it's done without any pretense or an aura of inorganic feelings...it's professional wrestling, but not as we know it..."
3NWPRO and SUMMIT PRO again extend their thanks to 'Kingdom of Hearts Puroresu Online' time in giving their appraisal, in addition to their regular news and reviews of other Puro companies, most notably former SUMMIT PRO alliance, Pro Wrestling NOAH.