By Scott Zaraki
Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7
NJPW & ROH Honor Rising Japan: Night 1 Results – 22/02/2019
Commentary Team: Kevin Kelly and Chris Charles
REN NARITA vs. MARTY SCURLL:
This is Scurll’s first appearance in Japan since The Elite left, so the Villain is currently unaligned with any of the factions.
Scurll with a Double Wristlock cover for a 2 count, but Narita bridges out, Marty tries to break the bridge, but Ren carries all of Scurll’s weight, Scurll with a Superkick off the apron to Narita, Decavitator then a very cocky one foot cover for a 2 count, Scurll rips at the nose as the Sato gets in Marty’s face & Scurll takes exception to it, Narita with a Vertical Suplex for a 2 count, Boston Crab, but Marty makes it to the rope, Marty with a Backslide, Narita blocks, Scurll with an Enzugiri then a Powerbomb into a Boston Crab, but Narita makes it to the rope, Half-Nelson Suplex blocked, Marty with the Fifty-Two Fake-Out, Stomp on the hand, Ren blocks The Chickenwing, Marty answers back with a Half & Half, Marty with a Superplex, Narita counters the Chickenwing into a Victory Roll for a near fall, Marty with a Forearm then locks in The Crossface Chickenwing and gets the Body Scissors on & Narita taps out.
WINNER: MARTY SCURLL
SHOTA UMINO vs. ZACK SABRE JR W/TAKA MICHINOKU:
TAKA: Welcome to Honor Rising Japan this is Zack Sabre Time, Zack Sabre vs Young Boy what do you think about this match? Who’s going to win this match? Of course, the winner of this match is British Heavyweight Champion, Submission Master, Zack Sabre Jr. Anytime. Anywhere. Anyone. All they can do is JUST TAP OUT! Hey, you Young Boy GET OVER HERE!
Shota decks TAKA after the disrespect.
Zack goes right after the arms, Shota counters into a Surfboard, Zack counters into a Full Nelson, Shota counters into one of his own, he blocks Zack’s reversal attempt thrice, then takes Zack down, but Zack comes back as he’s taken aback by Shota, Zack goes to the arm, Zack with a European Uppercut then a trio of kicks to the hamstring, Stretch Muffler then splits the leg, Muta Lock then twists on the neck, pair of Shoot Kicks, Boston Crab then switches to a Half Crab, but Shota makes it to the rope, Shota with a Vertical Suplex for a 2 count, Boston Crab, but Zack turns it into a Heel Hook then crosses the legs & Shota goes to the rope, Zack twists on the ankle, Shota with a Bridging German Suplex for a 2 count, Zack scissors the arm then pulls back on the other shoulder, but Shota goes to the rope, Shota with a second rope Missile Dropkick, up top, Missile Dropkick countered into a Boston Crab, Shota turns it into a flash pin for a 2 count, Zack with a Backslide into a Jackknife pin for a 2 count, La Magistral into a Crucifix for a near fall, Shota with a Juji-Gatame, Zack makes it to the rope, Zack blocks a Fisherman Suplex, Suplex, but Zack counters into a Front Guillotine Choke, Shota powers up, Zack cranks it in tighter, Shota with a Deadlift into a Vertical Suplex, up top with the Missile Dropkick for a near fall, Fisherman Suplex countered into a Cross-Legged variation of a Half Crab & Shota taps out.
WINNER: ZACK SABRE JR.
Zack’s not done and locks on a Half Crab as officials are in to break it up
JONATHAN GRESHAM & JUSHIN THUNDER LIGER vs. BULLET CLUB – ROBBIE EAGLES & TAIJI ISHIMORI:
Gresham with a Headscissors on Eagles, Hammerlock, Eagles counters into one of his own, Gresham with the Lady of the Lake then back to the Hammerlock, Gresham counters a Ripcord Belly to Belly, Liger catches Ishimori with a Rolling Crucifix for the quick win.
WINNERS: JUSHIN THUNDER LIGER & JONATHAN GRESHAM
Ishimori is beyond pissed and has to be escorted to the back, Eagles is asking what just happened.
TOMOAKI HONMA, TOA HENARE & FIN-JUICE vs. THE BRISCOES & THE GUERILLAS OF DESTINY W/JADO & HIKULEO:
Tama with a Dropkick on Honma for a 2 count, Guerrillas and Briscoes have miscommunication as Jay hits a Big Boot, but Honma ducks and he hits Tama, Honma tried Kokeshi, but Jado trips him up, Toa with a Flying Shoulder Block to Tama, he fights off Loa & hits a Samoan Drop on Tama for a near fall, he charges, but Loa drives him into the corner, Tama with a Leaping Inverted Neckbreaker for a near fall, Tama with a Superman Punch, Toa comes back with a Straight Headbutt, Juice with the jabs to Mark, Mark stops the Left Hand of God, but Juice with a Spinebuster, Jay sends Juice into a Dropkick from Mark, Fin-Juice drops the Briscoes with Double Dropkicks, then crisscross Lariats, Redneck Boogie, but Honma makes the save, Doomsday Device blocked, Loa crashes into Mark, Pulp Friction blocked, Mark goes to send Juice into the ropes for a waiting Jado, but Juice reverses & Jado canes Mark, Juice with a rollup on Mark for the win
WINNERS: FIN-JUICE, TOMOAKI HONMA & TOA HENARE
Jay went after Jado, Bullet Club has turned on The Briscoes, Guerrillas look for the Superbomb, but Mark makes the save with a chair
NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship
COLT CABANA, DELIRIOUS & CHEESEBURGER vs. TAGUCHI JAPAN (c):
Delirious loses his mind as the bell rings and Yano is very unprepared for the Man with a Lizard-Face, Makabe catches Burger and uses him to knock Colt down, Taguchi with a Suplex on Burger for a 2 count, Taguchi with a trifecta of Butt-Butts for a 2 count, Colt with a Bionic Elbow on Taguchi then a Quebrada for a near fall, Colt with a Body Slam on Taguchi then Burger with a Double Stomp, Delirious follows with Shadows Over Hell, Colt goes for a Stomp, Taguchi evades, Colt lands on his feet and hits a Standing Splash, but Yano & Makabe makes the save, Yano takes off the top turnbuckle pad, Colt charges, Yano evades, but Colt stops before he hits the steel, Yano grabs another pad, Colt has one as well, turnbuckle fight, Colt delivers a shot to the ribs, Delirious grabs the other one, they both hit Yano, Delirious hits all 4 ropes then a Leaping Lariat for a 2 count, Cobra Clutch but Yano breaks it, Taguchi with a Butt-Butt, Yano with a Nut Shot then runs him into Burger & Colt & rolls up Delirious to retain
WINNERS and STILL NEVER OPENWEIGHT SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: TAGUCHI JAPAN
Delirious tries to tell Colt what happened then delivers a nut shot to Colt & leaves with Burger
NEVER Openweight Championship
DALTON CASTLE W/THE BOYS VS WILL OSPREAY (c):
Ospreay counters Bang-a-Rang into a Sunset Flip for a 2 count, Storm Breaker blocked, Castle with a Backdrop Driver, Will rolls to the floor & Dalton with a Back Suplex on the floor, he sends Ospreay back in for a 2 count, Waist lock Takedown into a pin for a 2 count, Dalton with a Standing Splash for a 2 count, Ospreay with Pip Pip Cheerio off the barricade, he rolls back in then hits the No-Hands Space Flying Tiger Drop, he sends Castle back in, Handspring Enzugiri for a near fall, Pip Pip Cheerio, Dalton stops an OsCutter & hits a Snap DDT, Running Knee in the corner, Barrage of Knees, Bang-a-Rang blocked, Backflip Kick, Step-Up Enzugiri, Ospreay lands on his feet when Castle tries a German Suplex, Will follows with The Robinson Special, OsCutter, countered into a Release German Suplex, Ospreay avoids another Knee Strike and Dalton falls to the floor, Ospreay tries a dive, Dalton catches him and looks to send him to the floor with a German Suplex, but Will blocks, up top, but Dalton meets him, he blasts him off the top and sends him back in, Inverted Slingblade for a near fall, Bang-a-Rang countered into a Victory Roll for a near fall, Rainham Maker for a near fall, Dalton ducks the Hidden Blade & hits a Lariat, Doctor Bomb for a near fall, Bang-a-Rang countered into a Poisoned Frankensteiner, Hook Kick, Hidden Blade then finishes Castle with Storm Breaker to retain
WINNER and STILL NEVER OPENWEIGHT CHAMPION: WILL OSPREAY
ROH World TV Championship
HIROOKI GOTO vs. JEFF COBB (c):
They trade Forearms, Cobb with a Dropkick for a 2 count, Goto takes him to the floor, he posts Cobb, Goto assaults a young lion and Suplexes him on top of Cobb, he sends Cobb back in, Mid Kick for a 1 count, Headscissors, Russian Leg sweep into a Grounded Manji-Gatame, but Cobb makes it to the rope, Goto with a Spinning Wheel Kick, up top, Cobb avoids a Diving Elbow Drop, Goto avoids a Stinger Splash, he tries one of his own, but Cobb catches him with an Exploder Suplex, nip up then a Standing Moonsault for a near fall, Athletic Plex for a near fall, Cobb charges, but Goto catches him with an Ushi-Goroshi, they both charge with Lariats, Goto takes Cobb down with 2 Lariats, Sign of the Tiger, Mid Kick for a near fall, Ura GTR for a near fall, Cobb blocks the GTR, rollup for a near fall, Cobb shoves Goto into the ropes and finishes him with The Tour of the Islands to retain the television gold.
WINNER and STILL ROH WORLD TV CHAMPION: JEFF COBB
THE KINGDOM vs. KAZUCHIKA OKADA, HIROSHI TANAHASHI & JAY LETHAL:
Lethal with a Dropkick on Vinny for a 2 count, Okada with a Running Senton, Lethal into the cover for a 2 count, Okada blocks Climax, Taven blocks the Rainmaker, TK says he doesn’t want Okada, he wants The Ace, they pull each other’s hair, Tana with a Crossbody off the second rope, Kingdom Triple Teams Tana on the floor, TK & Vinny with a Double Flapjack, but Lethal makes the save, Taven (well trying to think of a tasteful way to put it) uh twists the pecs of Tana then Scissors the arm, they drag Tana’s face across the rope, Tana comes back with a Dragon Screw on Vinny then one for TK, Okada with a DDT on Taven for a 2 count, Lethal with a Springboard Dropkick on Taven, the Tope Suicida, he sends him back in, Okada with an Air Raid Crash Neckbreaker for a near fall, Taven shoves Okada into Lethal, Vinny & TK with an Elevated Samoan Drop on Okada, Tana makes the save, Double Dropkick on Tana, Kingdom looks to finish Lethal, Thy Kingdom Come, they set up for Rockstar Super Nova, but Tana & Okada takes down Taven & TK with a Dropkick & Slingblade combo, Jay finishes Vinny with The Lethal Injection for the victory.
WINNERS: JAY LETHAL, KAZUCHIKA OKADA & HIROSHI TANAHASHI
Kingdom assaults Lethal, Tana & Okada drive them off before much damage is done. Lethal tells Taven it’s only a matter of time & he’s going to send TK back to the US crying and says he’ll see him tomorrow to end the first night.