Kazuchika Okada & Michael Bennett with Maria & Matt Taven & Rocky Romero & Baretta vs. A.J. Styles & Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson & Young Bucks
Despite being a hard camera event, they made sure to get shots of Maria’s behind when she entered the ring. Amber Gallows was also here seconding the Bullet Club. This started out as the usual ten man tag but got wild at the end. Everyone paired off with their rival, and eventually it boiled down to Romero being worked on. He makes the hot tag to Taven, which brings in the two teams facing off for the titles on Sunday until Okada and AJ are tagged in. Lots of crazy action here including a double tope from the Kingdom onto various Bullet Club members. Anderson grabs Romero in the Razor’s Edge position and throws him onto the rest of the participants in the match. Anderson was stopped by Maria. Anderson was into Maria when Amber Gallows ran in and they had a catfight. Doc Gallows came in and he and Anderson were about to do the Magic Killer when the Kingdom ran in. They wen to the outside as it boiled down to Baretta vs. Young Bucks and AJ Styles. Young Bucks and AJ Styles all did 450 splashes on Baretta for a nearfall when Okada ran in. AJ wipes him out when he helps the Young Bucks do an assisted Indytaker then immediately follows that with the Styles Clash for the pinfall. Great spectacle of a match.
AJ cuts a promo on Okada after the match, saying he’ll always lose to the Bullet Club because they’re real.
Overall a pretty great show with a wild main event, and lots of interesting directions heading into Sunday’s PPV.
When WWE talent relations exec Marc Carrano told Maria Kanellis he saw her being in the business for a very long time, the Diva didn’t believe him.
Now, more than 10 years in, she is still thriving as the “First Lady of Ring of Honor.” Kanellis attributes her longevity in this competitive profession to being able to redefine her onscreen character and to constantly evolve.
“I think I’ve always had a passion for the pro wrestling business,”Kanellis said. “In Ring of Honor, I was able to find something that inspired me and challenged me. I have been able to have a lot of fun with it. I think with this character and being the ‘First Lady of Ring of Honor,’ I’m having so much fun with it.”
The 2008 Playboy covergirl has proven more than a pretty face on ROH, which airs Wednesday nights on Destination America. With only a handful of women on the roster, the manager and wrestler is completely at ease in a male-dominated world.
“I’ve always had a lot more guy friends than girlfriends, so it has never intimidated me being in a locker room full of guys,” she said. “The Ring of Honor locker room is one of the best locker rooms I’ve ever been in. The guys are just so sweet and so wonderful. A lot of them came to my wedding. It’s great to be surrounded by all my big brothers and little brothers.”
Kanellis can see women’s wrestling division on ROH TV somewhere down the line.
“Currently, we only have a one-hour show,” she said, “so it’s really difficult to highlight female wrestlers the way Ring of Honor would want to do it. Ring of Honor never does things half-speed. Whenever Ring of Honor decides to do something, it’s always going to be full-force. When we start that division, it will be when we can give adequate time to female wrestling because what we don’t want is to diminish how great these women truly are.”
The entertainer is happy to see that women’s wrestling as a whole is on the upswing. However, she believes there is much more that can be done.
“I think we are going in the right direction,” Kanellis said. “We still have a long way to go. We have to be very careful right now, because we can’t become complacent that we are getting a few more nuggets of hope with time on television. It’s not enough. You look at women as a whole. Yes, there are more females that are going be on the cover of Fortune 500. You are going to see more females take bigger roles in these sitcoms and television shows. That doesn’t mean it is equal. Just because the girls get one main event every six months at NXT, that’s not equal. Yes, we are moving in the right direction. No, it’s not enough.”
Kanellis has been a popular personality on ROH in The Kingdom, a faction including her husband Mike Bennett, plus Matt Taven and Adam Cole. Through the company’s partnership with New Japan Pro Wrestling, she has also gone to Japan for events.
“It is definitely incredible,” she said. “They remember me from WWE…I think it’s a whole lot of fun to go back and forth and to really play a character. It’s just so fun working with Bullet Club. They are some of the toughest men I’ve ever seen work out in that ring. The Kingdom really came into its stride. I think there is this incredible dynamic to go back-and-forth from the Bullet Club and The Kingdom because The Kingdom is now taking over where the Bullet Club left off.”
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Finally! Episode 2 of The Show With No Name is here with some awesome new guests! Ex- WWE Diva Maria Kanellis and New Japans Tag Team Champion Mike Bennett! Tony and Gianni will be reviewing Champion Pet Foods on this episode (Orijen/ACANA) ENJOY!
Confessionals are places of sanctuary and solace. But one woman has something else on her mind to divulge.