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Jonathan Gresham(c) vs Claudio Castagnoli | ROH World Championship Match

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IMG Credit: ROH Wrestling

Claudio Castagnoli def. Jonathan Gresham via Pinfall at 11:30

This match went shorter than I thought it did, and honestly deserved more considering it’s for ROH’s signature championship, but I digress. This ended up being a pretty good match while it lasted. Not too crazy, but enough to put me in a good mindset for the rest of the show. While I would’ve waited for Claudio to win the title, I’m really happy that he’s getting the push he deserves. Also gotta give credit to Gresham, who really showcased his technical skills and his athleticism. I really hope his current issues are resolved and he comes back to give us more bangers. ***

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The Righteous(c) vs Dalton Castle & The Boys | ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships Match

IMG Credit: ROH Wrestling & Last Word on Sports

Dalton Castle def. Vincent via Pinfall at 9:11

A fun tag match that introduced me to all 6 of these guys. This was all over the place and was a bit crazy. I’m really happy for Dalton Castle and The Boys mostly because of their performance. **3/4

Wheeler Yuta(c) vs Daniel Garcia | ROH Pure Championship Match

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IMG Credit: ROH Wrestling & Wrestling Headlines

Wheeler Yuta def. Daniel Garcia at 15:55

I really enjoy the unique pure rules stipulation. It really reflects the art of wrestling and pretty much draws the line between real and professional. Which is why I enjoy this match a lot because it focuses on the in ring mat wrestling perspective which I always love. As I get more into the match I learn more about pure style wrestling and really am interested in seeing more of it. Loved the final few minutes where we got transition after transition of the both of them trying to defeat the other. Loved that Wheeler and won too. Really good match. ***1/4

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Rush vs Dragon Lee | Singles Match

IMG Credit: ROH Wrestling & Wrestling Observer

Rush def. Dragon Lee via Pinfall at 15:50

For being brothers, these two beat the living hell out of each other and I really enjoyed it. Some really good mat wrestling before they let loose and did anything they could to incapacitate their opponent. Especially Rush who did not hold back and brutally beat the shit out of Lee. From throwing Lee into something to tricking him into thinking he’s injured in order to win, Rush really showed out here and I’m interested in seeing more of him. ***1/4

Mercedes Martinez(c) vs Serena Deeb | ROH Women’s World Championship Match

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IMG Credit: ROH Wrestling & Wrestlezone

Mercedes Martinez def. Serena Deeb via Submission at 17:20

I think both women wrestled pretty well here, and this match isn’t bad in the slightest, but my issue was the lack of interest myself and even the crowd had shown. This also went a bit too long and really felt more like 30 minutes. Again not badly wrestled, just not exactly exciting. **1/2

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Samoa Joe(c) vs Jay Lethal | ROH World Television Championship Match

IMG Credit: ROH Wrestling & Wrestlezone

Samoa Joe def. Jay Lethal via Submission at 12:20

I really enjoyed the pre match brawl and once they got started they had a pretty good contest. I like the formula they went with here and the crowd was being really receptive which I loved. I was surprised at Joe winning after such a long build up, but I’m happy that he remains champion. Maybe Lethal will win a big match some day. ***

FTR(c) vs The Briscoes | ROH World Tag Team Championships 2 out of 3 Falls Match

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IMG Credit: ROH Wrestling & Wrestlezone

Dax Harwood def. Jay Briscoe via Pinfall at 43:26 (2-1)

This very well may be match of the year. These guys fought for nearly 3/4 of an hour with zero bullshit. Just wrestling. And I loved it. Loved the first fall being dedicated to them trying to out wrestle each other and it was a great start to the match. Also loved the story of FTR getting the two final falls after the disadvantage of losing the first fall. The drama of who will win was incredible, and even though I wanted FTR to just win, I couldn’t help but want the match to go on forever. This is also my first look at The Briscoes and from what I’ve seen they are a great team. As for FTR, we’ll of course they are incredible. The finish makes sense as it is arguably the most brutal move in the entire match. A top rope piledriver to get FTR the win and the respect of many wrestling fans. I adored this match. ****1/4

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Overall, this is a great show and I personally do like the presentation of new ROH. A lot of good matches here and a match of the year contender. What’s not to like? 8/10

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Best Of Wrestling: April 2022

A rundown of what took place last month in the eyes of wrestling fans!

Ring Of Honor Returns under Brand New Partnership with AEW

IMG Credit: ROH & Catch-Newz
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  • ROH ran their annual ‘Supercard Of Honor’ after a hiatus following the release of all wrestlers signed under the company
  • This show included the dream match of FTR vs The Briscoes finally bring realized and it was a classic
  • Samoa Joe made his return to wrestling at this show and was confirmed to be signed under All Elite Wrestling via Tony Khan’s Twitter

Annual WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony Takes Place

IMG Credit: WWE

WWE ran their annual Hall Of Fame Ceremony by inducting the following:

  • Queen Sharmell (inducted by Booker T)
  • The Steiner Brothers (inducted by Bron Breakker)
  • Vader (inducted by his wife & son)
  • Shad Gaspard (recipient of Warrior Award)
  • The Undertaker (inducted by Mr. McMahon
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WrestleMania 38 takes place on two different nights!

IMG Credit: WWE & Sportsmanor
  • Bianca BelAir dethroned Becky Lynch of her Raw Women’s Championship
  • Cody Rhodes returned to WWE after 6 years to face Seth Rollins in a classic!
  • ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin came out of retirement to fight Kevin Owens in the main event of Night One
  • Johnny Knoxville and The Jackass Crew delivered a prank filled beating to Sami Zayn
  • ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin came back on stage on Night Two to take out Austin Theory, the boss himself Mr. McMahon, Byron Saxton, and Pat McAfee
  • The WWE’s two World Titles were Unified when Roman Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar to retain his Universal Championship and win the WWE Championship

Elias’ Younger Brother debuted on Raw!

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IMG Credit: WWE & POST Wrestling
  • During a Kevin Owens promo, an unknown named ‘Ezekiel’ came out and introduced himself as Elias’ younger brother!
  • He’s impressed us ever since!

Wheeler Yuta Earned His Place in the ‘Blackpool Combat Club’

IMG Credit: AEW & 411MANIA
  • After multiple teases of AEW’s Wheeler Yuta perhaps taking his own spot with William Regal, Bryan Danielson, and Jon Moxley’s seemingly unstoppable faction
  • After losing to Bryan Danielson, interest was taken in Yuta
  • Wheeler defied the odds and managed to stay alive in a bloody war against Jon Moxley before passing out
  • In the end, Wheeler Yuta earned his spot in AEW’s most vicious group
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Gunther and Raquel Rodriguez made their presence known on Smackdown

IMG Credit: WWE & Metro
  • On the Smackdown following WrestleMania, Gunther & Raquel Gonzalez made their debut appearances on the brand
  • Gunther debuted with Ludwig Kaiser, formerly known as Marcel Barthel, squashing a jobber and making his brutality known.
  • Meanwhile, a rather charismatic Raquel Rodriguez (Gonzalez) seemed all smiles ahead of her future on Smackdown

Josh Alexander reclaimed his Impact World Title at Impact Rebellion

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IMG Credit: Impact Wrestling & TopFitness20
  • After Josh Alexander was screwed out of his first World Title Reign in Impact, he swore to get revenge on Moose, who took everything from him
  • After a brutal war, Alexander finally pinned Moose to win his title back and to finally get his post match moment. Congratulations Josh!

Asuka & Mustafa Ali returned to WWE Monday Night Raw

IMG Credit: WWE & TheSportster
  • On the April 25th edition of Monday Night Raw, Asuka & Mustafa Ali made their much anticipated returns
  • Asuka, who had been gone for 9 months due to an arm injury, returned to confront and tease a feud with Becky Lynch
  • Mustafa Ali, who had previously asked for his release months ago, made a shocking return to WWE on Television and after a convincing promo pinned The Miz to further himself towards redemption
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