This column is a little late, mostly due to the craziness of Monday here at VoicesofWrestling.com. Late Sunday night (or early Monday morning for many), New Japan kicked off this year’s G1 Climax tournament, which you can view at NJPWWorld.com. Also, at the same time, Dragon Gate held their Kobe World event, which has been highly acclaimed. Not to mention, WWE held their Battleground PPV in St. Louis just before the big events in Japan began. It was chaos on Monday, so this weekend update was delayed one day. We appreciate your patience. So let’s get to the crazy weekend that was July 17-19, shall we!?
WWE Battleground (July 19)
WWE held Battleground at the Scottrade Center in St Louis, featuring a main event of Seth Rollins vs Brock Lesnar. That main event began, but it didn’t end, due to the shocking return of The Undertaker. Undertaker is back, and we found out on Raw that he’ll be the main event of SummerSlam against Brock Lesnar.
- Voices of Wrestling’s WWE Battleground Review
- Podcast: Shake Them Ropes #95w/ Live Battleground Reaction
- Discuss Battleground on our Forums!
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Austin Aries Returns to ROH (July 17)
Ring of Honor held a live event in Las Vegas on Friday, July 17, featuring the return of Austin Aries to the promotion. Not only did he appear, but Aries would wrestle in the main event of the show. ROH returns to iPPV this Friday with Death Before Dishonor.
- Will Ferrara def. Romantic Touch
- Bobby Fish def. Matt Taven (TV Title #1 Contender Tournament)
- Nanae Takahashi def. ODB
- Christopher Daniels def. Mark Briscoe (TV Title #1 Contender Tournament)
- ACH defeated Frankie Kazarian (TV Title #1 Contender Tournament)
- Roppongi Vice def. Young Bucks
- Silas Young def. Willie Mack
- War Machine def. Michael Bennett & Adam Cole (The Kingdom)
- Bobby Fish def. Christopher Daniels & ACH (TV Title # Contender Match)
- Jay Briscoe & Kyle O’Reilly & Dalton Castle def. Moose & Jay Lethal & Austin Aries
NJPW G1 Climax 25 begins! (July 20)
This year’s grueling NJPW G1 Climax began with an event on Monday, July 20, that began at 2am EDT in the United States. Taking place in Sapporo, Night 1 of the G1 featured matches in the tournament’s A Block. You can get a full review of the event, featuring a main event of Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi, by Bryan Rose here at VOW. The tournament resumes on Thursday, July 23, with the opening matches in the B Block.
Dragon Gate Kobe World (July 20)
Dragon Gate held their huge event at the Festival in Kobe on July 20, as well. Featuring a main event of Masato Yoshino vs T-Hawk for the Open the Dream Gate Championship, this event had our reviewer Case Lowe ecstatic. You can check out Case’s full recap of DG Kobe World here!
House of Hardcore 9 (July 18)
Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore 9 took place this weekend in Toronto, Ontario. The event, which according to Tommy Dreamer was the most attended event in Ted Reeve Arena history, saw a main event dream tag team match of Young Bucks vs Dudley Boys (Team 3D). Austin Aries also appeared on the show in a surprise, answering an open challenge from Rhyno.
- Chris Hero def. Tommy Dreamer
- Bobby Roode def. Pepper Parks
- Team Tremedenous & Hacker Scotty & Matt Striker def. Ethan Page & RJ City & Vik Delishus & Ben Ortiz.
- Johnny Mundo def. Anthony Nese
- Christopher Daniels & Kaazarian (The Addiction) def. Matt Taven & Michael Bennett (Kingdom)
- Tommaso Ciampa def. Eddie Kingston
- Austin Aries def. Rhyno
- Team 3D def. Young Bucks
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