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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (5/14/18)

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Who else from Raw will qualify for MITB's namesake matches?

Raw rolls further towards Money in the Bank with two more qualifying Triple Threats! For the men, it will be Bobby Roode, Baron Corbin and No Way Jose. For the women, it will be The Huggable Bayley all alone against Alexa Bliss & Mickie James! Plus, Kevin Owens challenges Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bobby Roode VS No Way Jose VS Baron Corbin; Roode wins and joins the Men’s MITB Ladder match.
  • The B Team VS Breezango; The B Team wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Sasha Banks, Ember Moon & Natalya VS The Riott Squad; Sasha, Ember & Natty win.
  • The Revival VS The Deleters of Worlds; The Deleters of Worlds win.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bayley VS Alexa Bliss VS Mickie James; Alexa wins and joins the Women’s MITB Ladder match.
  • Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre VS Finn Balor & Braun Strowman; Ziggler & McIntyre win.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley VS Elias VS Jinder Mahal Kevin Owens; Kevin wins and joins the Men’s MITB Ladder match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Radio City Music Hall had WWE on the red carpet.

But the biggest news to come out of this, was the Raw Women’s Champion, Nia Jax, calling out “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey! Is the Irresistible Force looking to up the ante in her first title reign?

 

Roman Reigns is in London!

The Big Dog survived Samoa Joe at Backlash, but a win is a win, and Raw is still His Yard. However, his ability is being questioned all over again, as Jinder Mahal robbed him of a win last week. Roman hears the crowd in the O2 Arena, then tells them he got robbed. Not by WWE management, but by the Modern Day Maharaja. He cuts to the chase: if Mahal wants to be more relevant than ever before, “face me like a man.” Roman waits, but instead of Mahal, he gets Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle!

London chants “You Suck!” out of tradition and admiration as the Olympic Gold Medalist makes his way to the ring. Angle tells Roman that regretfully, Mahal won’t be coming out. Since when did Angle speak for Mahal? He doesn’t, he speaks for WWE Management. Management gave Angle a call: when Angle denied Mahal his chance to qualify, he was “thinking emotionally” and was wrong. “As a leader, I should be thinking logically.” That’s what’s… #BestForBusiness. Fans boo that catchphrase. As a former champion, Mahal will have a chance, in a triple threat against Elias and Bobby Lashley. That’s fine, Roman wants in for a Fatal 4. He’ll beat Mahal and get into Money in the Bank. Fans say, “No! No!”

Angle says that won’t happen, either. Management made it clear, Roman will have no more opportunities. Angle knows that’s bad, and that Roman’s been screwed over. Roman isn’t upset with Angle, he’s just doing his job, doing what he has to for his family. Angle is thankful for that. But Roman says he’s going to do what he has to do. Roman leaves, and Angle follows him out. Roman lurks the halls, searching for Mahal. And when he finds him… It’s time for a fight! Mahal uses Sunil Singh as a shield, then throws hands. He throws Roman into walls then stomps away on him, even using a trash can as a weapon.

But Roman turns things around by throwing Mahal into railing and tables and trunks. Roman does not let up on Mahal, he rams a trunk right into the Maharaja’s ribs! They end up going out to the arena, to the stage and to the ramp. Roman loads up, and hits a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman wants more but Angle and security get in his way. Mahal runs but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Roman doesn’t get his full revenge, but will he be stopped when he tries again?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens!

The Prizefighter wanted to be in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but was put up against the Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman. With no path to the Universal Championship, Kevin decides he wants what The Architect has. Can #MondayNightRollins continue to #BurnItDown as a fighting champion? Or will the #KevinOwensShow be renewed with another Intercontinental reign?

Jojo makes the proper introductions, and the bell rings. Fans already chant for Rollins as he and Kevin circle. They tie up and Kevin clubs away on Rollins. Kevin chops then stomps Rollins, going off at the ropes. Kevin puts Rollins in a corner for body shots, then stalks him to another corner for shoulders. He whips Rollins corner to corner but Rollins fires back out with a clothesline. Rollins chops Kevin back, then throws hands. Rollins stomps Kevin in a corner now, then backs off at the referee’s count. He chops and whips Kevin, but Kevin rolls out of the ring to catch his breath. Rollins rocks Kevin as he tries to get back in, then builds speed to DIVE, only for Kevin to catch and toss Rollins into a post!

Kevin drags Rollins up and back into the ring. Back senton, then cover, TWO. Kevin keeps on Rollins with a knee to the back and a chinlock with both hands. Fans rally for Rollins, and he feeds off their energy. Rollins jawbreakers out, but then Kevin tosses him up and out of the ring. The Prizefighter has control while we go to break.

Raw returns to Rollins fighting up and out of the half-surfboard, but Kevin brings him back down. Kevin pulls Rollins back while fans rally for the champ. Rollins fights his way up again, but Kevin drives in a knee. Kevin lifts but Rollins resists. Rollins staggers, then side steps to send Kevin out. Rollins fires up but Kevin drags him out of the ring. Kevin wants but Rollins avoids the apron powerbomb. The two climb up and fight on the apron, and Kevin wants it again, but Rollins holds on. Rollins fights Kevin off, then boots him in the face, before giving him a FALCON’S ARROW ON THE APRON!!

Both men tumble to the floor while fans cheer. The ring count reaches 5, though. It reaches 7, and they both stand. They both enter at 9, and this match continues. Kevin and Rollins stand, and Kevin gives Rollins a headbutt. Rollins punches back, but Kevin clubs his back. Rollins throws more hands, and chops, but Kevin knees low. Kevin runs in but is sent out again, and Rollins DIVES! Rollins takes Kevin out but keeps going, he runs for a second DIVE!

Fans want “One More Time,” but Rollins puts Kevin in the ring for the springboard lariat! Rollins fires up again, and runs in for a forearm smash in the corner. He runs, but Kevin follows, only for Rollins to boot him back. Rollins hits a Blockbuster, covers, TWO! The Architect keeps his focus while fans rally again. Rollins stands while Kevin stirs. He wrings Kevin out but Kevin hits back. Kevin dodges a kick to give one, then give a DDT! Cover, TWO!

Kevin grows frustrated, and works on what to do next. He drags Rollins up, whips him for the Pop-up, but Rollins slips out. Rollins tries for something but Kevin back drops him. Rollins lands on his feet, to mule kick Kevin. Kevin dodges the stomp but gets a forearm, to give a SUPERKICK, that Rollins gives a Pele to! Kevin clotheslines, covers, TWO! Both men are down but stirring. Fans declare “This is Awesome!” Kevin walks over Rollins, then climbs up to the top rope. Kevin tries for a Swanton, but Rollins counters with his knees! Rollins starts up the stomp, then runs at Kevin, but Kevin rolls him up. Rollins rolls through, mule kick, Revolution Knee! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Rollins gets himself to a corner and climbs up. Rollins takes aim, FROG– Into knees! Cover, TWO!!

Kevin hurries to a corner, climbs up top again, but Rollins rocks him with a forearm. Rollins climbs up to join Kevin, but Kevin fights back. Rollins staggers down, but springs right up, but it’s Kevin’s SUPER FISHERMAN!

Kevin goes for a cover but Rollins rolls away and out of the ring. Fans again agree “This is Awesome!” as Kevin fetches Rollins. They both go back into the ring, CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, Rollins wins!

Winner: Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion

The Kingslayer guts out another major match and major win. The Grand Slam fighting Champion rolls on, who will be next to step up?

 

Raw takes a closer look at the NYC Red Carpet event.

WWE was represented by many, but especially by Charlotte Flair, Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax. Cathy Kelly would congratulate Ronda on her Wrestlemania and in-ring debut. Ronda was proud of that moment, but she knows it was only the beginning. Charlotte dared Ronda to “WOO~”, and Ronda gave it her best shot. Nia dared Ronda to see if she could be champion. Ronda figured time would tell, but Nia needed a challenger. So the champion challenged Ronda to be her challenger. Ronda humbly felt it’d be best if a more experienced superstar got the shot, but Charlotte wanted Ronda to accept. Ronda did accept, and “this is going to be good. WOO~!” The match is made, will Ronda be a Women’s Champion this early in her career?

 

Kurt Angle is in his office.

Even he is shocked this match was made. However, he’s interrupted by the duo formerly known as THe Miztourage. Bo Dallas & Curt Axel agree that women’s championship match will be epic. And they want their own Raw Tag Team Championship match. They’re the A-Team! That’s already something. How about the B-Team? That’s dumb. B as in Best! The B-Team wants a match. Well to be honest, these two have not won a match together period. Yet they want a title match against the guys who just beat them? Okay okay, Bo & Axel may not have many wins as The Miztourage, but The B-Team is undefeated at 0-0. No, Angle isn’t giving them a title match. But the “B-Team” can make their debut, so long as they leave him alone. Deal!

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bobby Roode VS No Way Jose VS Baron Corbin!

The GLORIOUS One, the Fighting Fiesta and the Lone Wolf are all getting a great opportunity with this qualifying match. Who will win and join Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, The Miz and Rusev in the 8-Man Money in the Bank match?

The bell rings and Corbin throws hands on both men. He scrapes Jose out of the ring and into steel steps. Then he goes after Roode, but Roode fights him off. Roode whips corner to corner but Corbin reverses, only for Roode to go up and over. Things speed up and Roode runs Corbin over. Roode hits a clothesline in a corner,but Corbin shoves out of the neckbreaker. Corbin runs into boots, then Roode hits the Blockbuster, cover, TWO. Roode grabs Corbin at the apron but Corbin hotshots him away. Corbin catches his breath but Jose runs him over! The Fighting Fiesta is still in this as we go to break.

Raw returns to Corbin holding Roode down in a chinlock. Roode endures the half-nelson chinbar while fans rally. Roode fights up to his feet, then fights out of the hold with haymakers and chops. He runs, but into Corbin’s side slam. Cover, TWO, and Jose slowly returns. Corbin blasts Jose away, then goes out to put Jose into barriers. Jose slumps down and Corbin returns to Roode in the ring. He stomps Roode in a corner, but Jose returns again to throw hands! Jose whips but Corbin reverses, only to miss. Corbin slides out then in, but gets Roode instead of Jose. Jose rocks Corbin with rights, then a boot. Jose hammers away, and fires up! He climbs up and leaps for a big crossbody, but Roode breaks the cover.

Roode goes after Jose with a whip but Jose reverses, only to run into Roode’s boots. Roode flies but Jose ducks under, and runs into a GLORIOUS Spinebuster. Corbin breaks this cover, and all three men are down. Fans slowly build to a rally, and Corbin stands up first. Corbin grabs Roode, puts him in a corner and gives him a right hand. Corbin lifts Roode to the top rope, then climbs up, but Jose joins in. Jose knocks Corbin down and goes after Roode. Roode fights Jose off, knocking him down with a right. Roode takes aim, and leaps for a flying lariat. Fans fire up for Roode as he winds it up… GLORIOUS Pose! But Corbin is there, so Roode has to take him out first. Jose rolls Roode, TWO! Jose clotheslines Roode out, and fans start cheering for him.

Corbin stands, and hits JOse away from the apron. He LEAPS at Roode with a lariat, then stomps away in rage. Corbin takes aim at Jose in the ring, but runs into a boot. Jose runs out, but runs into a Choke Slam Backbreaker!

Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated, and takes it out on Jose with forearms. Roode returns, but Corbin grabs him now. He lifts but Roode slips out and rolls up, TWO. Roode dodges, but runs into Deep Six! Cover, Jose breaks it just in time. All three men are down again, but stirring. COrbin powers Jose to a corner, then runs to give Roode a clothesline. Corbin clotheslines Jose, then goes back, only for ROode to send him into the post. Jose lifts Roode, but Roode slips out, GLORIOUS DDT!! Cover, Roode wins!

Winner: Roode, by pinfall; qualifies for the Men’s MITB Ladder match

The Money in the Bank match is now Absolutely GLORIOUS with Roode joining the field. Can Roode climb up above the likes of The Miz, Finn Balor, Rusev and Braun Strowman to be Mr. GLORIOUS in the Bank?

 

Kurt Angle encounters Kevin Owens backstage.

Kevin wants to know if Angle saw what happened in his Intercontinental Championship match with Rollins. Kevin wants another rematch. No, it’s done, he lost. Kevin deserves a rematch after all he’s been through! “Do something!” “Or what?” Or Kevin will call Stephanie. Angle’s really sick of this. But it’s not just a threat. Kevin gets out his phone. Angle checks on Mahal instead. Mahal wants to postpone tonight’s Triple Threat, he cna’t compete after what “that animal” Roman did to him. Angle took care of Roman, he’s sent home for the night. But this match has to happen, it’s the last qualifying night. It’s #BestForBusiness. Mahal vows to do what Roman couldn’t, but he needs a lot of ice. Will Mahal be ready for The Drifter and the Alpha Male later tonight?

 

The B Team VS Breezango!

Bo Dallas & Curt Axel have rebooted themselves now that they’re without The Miz. Will “The Best Team” be able to best the Fashion Police and “remain undefeated”?

The bell rings and Prince Pretty starts against Bo. They tie up, and Bo rolls Breeze, TWO. Bo has the fans behind him, but Breeze backslides him. TWO, so time for an Oklahoma Roll, TWO. Small cradle, TWO and Axel gets Bo away from Breeze. The B Team talk strategy, then Bo goes back in, only for Breeze to dropkick him down. Breeze swipes at Axel but Bo catches him with right hands. Bo tags to Axel and feeds Breeze to the DDT, cover, TWO. Axel keeps on Breeze with a chinlock. Fans rally and Breeze stands up, only for Axel to throw him down. Tag to Bo, and Bo drops knees over and over on Breeze. Cover, TWO, but Bo keeps Breeze down in another chinlock.

Fans sing as Breeze fights out again. Bo reels Breeze in but Breeze counters with a back suplex. Both men are down, but crawling, hot tags to Axel and Fandango! Fandango rallies on Axel with jabs and clotheslines. Bo comes in but gets the atomic drop, then Fandango uses him for the tornado DDT, cover, TWO. Fandango keeps Bo down but Axel rolls him up, TWO. Powerslam! TWO, but Fandango keeps focus. He climbs up to the top rope, takes aim, and Breeze goes after Bo. Bo puts Breeze into barriers, and Axel avoids the flying leg drop. Axel tags Bo, and Bo brings Fandango up. The B Team hits the back suplex neckbreaker, cover, The B Team wins!?

Winners: The B Team (Bo & Axel), Bo pinning

Their first team win ever and it was as their first match as this new team! Well, it’s only a re-branding, but still.

In-ring interview with Charly Caruso.

What are they feeling after their first win ever? “That just happened!!” The B Team did it! Anything is possible for the B Team. Bray & Matt, the B Team is coming for those Raw Tag Team titles! The fans chant along with “B Team! B Team!” Will this “undefeated streak” take Bo & Axel to the very top? Or will there be nothing they can do to stop from being DELETED?

 

Six Woman Tag: Sasha Banks, Ember Moon & Natalya VS The Riott Squad!

The Boss has had trouble with the numbers game with Ruby, Sarah & Liv. But this time she has reinforcements she can count on, as the Prophecy of Flame and the Queen of Harts are joining her tonight. Will Sasha, Ember & Natty #EclipseTheCompetition? Or will The Squad #StartaRiott in the UK?

The bell rings and Ember starts against #KentuckyStrong. They tie up, and Sarah powers Ember to the mat. Sarah goes after Ember but Ember counters with a headscissors. Ember runs and flips through the hip toss to then arm-drag Sarah away. Sasha tags in and adds low double knees, cover, TWO. Fans rally while Sarah fights back against Sasha. Sasha hits a Thesz Press and hammers away, but Sarah bucks her off. Sasha puts Sarah in a corner, then wrings the arm, but Sarah pulls the hair. Sarah carries Sasha to the Squad’s corner and tags in Ruby. Ruby mugs Sasha, then tags Liv. Liv helps Ruby mug Sasha more, then tags in Sarah to get her shots in. Sarah tags to Ruby, and fans rally as Sarah and Ruby double suplex. Sasha slips out and sends Sarah’s kick into Ruby to then kick Ruby down.

Sarah swings but misses, and Sasha knocks her away. The Squad regroups on the outside, then all go after Sasha. Natty and Ember back Sasha up, though, and things are at a stalemate as we go to break.

Raw returns and Sasha and Natty double suplex Liv. Natty holds Liv down with a facelock, but Liv goes Matrix to avoid the clothesline. Liv then brings Natty down with a drop toehold, and stomps her on the back. Liv stomps away on Natty, then drags her up. Natty powers Liv to the corner and tags in Sasha. Sasha stomps and wrenches Liv to the mat. Liv gets up and pulls hair, but Sasha reverses the whip. Liv kicks Sasha back while Sarah tags in, but Sasha arm-drags Liv and dropkicks Sarah. Sasha rocks Sarah on reentry, but gets distracted by Ruby. Sarah pounces with a big knee lift, then covers, TWO. Sarah thrashes Sasha around, then fires up. She drags Sasha to the Squad’s corner and tags in Ruby. Ruby throws hands, then puts on a chinlock.

Ruby grinds Sasha down but fans rally.  Sasha fights her way up and jawbreakers Ruby away. Sasha runs, only to run into a clothesline! Cover, TWO, but Ruby puts Sasha in the corner. Ruby tags to Liv, Liv climbs up, and Ruby feeds Sasha to Liv’s knees. Liv gives Sasha a flying bulldog, then covers, TWO. The Squad grows frustrated with the former women’s champion. Natty and the fans rally while Liv puts Sasha in a straitjacket stretch. Sasha endures, and works her way out. Sasha throws Liv off, but Liv dropkicks her down. Cover, TWO, but Liv tags Ruby. They mug Sasha more, then Ruby rams in shoulders. Ruby taunts her opponents, but Sasha throws Ruby into the Squad! Liv tags in, but Sasha shoves her away. Liv jumps past Sasha to deck Ember buut misses Natty. Sasha rolls, TWO, hot tag to Natty!

The Queen of Harts rallies as she Russian Leg Sweeps Liv and rocks Sarah. Liv misse sin the corner, rebound sit down and low dropkick! Natty keeps going, discus lariat! Then Natty goes after the legs, for the Sharpshooter. Ruby runs in but is thrown out by Ember. Ruby drags Ember out and they brawl. Small package, TWO. Enziguri from Liv, and cover, Ember breaks the cover just in time. Sarah rocks Ember, but Ember pushes her back. Ember throws Sarah out, then Sasha dives on Sarah with METEORA! Ember DIVES on Ruby! Liv still has Natty, but Natty reverses into the Sharpshooter! Liv taps, Natty and team win!

Winners: Natty, Ember & Sasha, Natty by submission

The Queen, the Boss and the War Goddess give the Squad a taste of their own medicine. Ember herself rolls on towards the Women’s MITB match, will the Moon Rise above the rest?

 

Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler speak.

The Stud & The Show-Off feel everyone else has gone soft. The WWE had warriors and legends, but now it’s just pigs stuffing their faces. Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, two men who made it to the top, through shortcuts. Choreographed entrances, smoke and mirrors, and acting like a mindless meathead. These “superstars” aren’t hungry, but these two are going to remind everyone. They’re going to flip the tables on the Raw roster, but will they end up flipped by the Monster Among Men and his Extraordinary tag partner?

 

The Revival VS The Deleters of Worlds!

Raw is WONDERFUL~ now that Woken Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt are here. Will they make Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder OBSOLETE in the Raw Tag Team Division?

The bell rings and Dash starts against Matt. They tie up while fans sing for Bray. Dash wrenches Matt’s arm but Matt reverses it around into shoulder breakers. Matt wrings Dash down but Dash kips up and breaks free. That was WONDERFUL~! The fans applaud with Bray & Matt. Matt then throws hands and tags in Bray. Bray whips Matt into Dash, then Matt feeds Dash to Bray’s clothesline. We see The B Team taking notes while watching backstage. Bray clubs on Dash, but Dash hits back. Dash tags to Dawson and the #TopGuys double headbutt Bray. Dawson whips but Bray reverses. Bray misses in the corner but spooks Dawson with the spider walk. Bray uppercuts Dawson down, then gives a back senton.

Tag to Hardy, and he holds Dawson up for Bray, it’s a headbutt to leg sweep! Cover, TWO, and Dawson pushes Matt. He tags Dash, and while Hardy reverses Dawson, Dash dropkicks a leg out. The Revival have a target, and they go at it as Dash puts Hardy in a Tree of Woe.Tag to Dawson and they hammer away on the knees. Dawson backs off to let Hardy out. Bray and the fans rally for Hardy, but Dawson gives a dragon screw into the toehold. Fans rally and Hardy fights but Dawson wrenches deeper. Matt keeps fighting, and hops towards ropes for the ropebreak. Dawson tags Dash in and they stomp Matt down. Dash uses the ropes to wrench the knee, but lets go at 4. Hardy fights back and hits a Side Effect!

Both Hardy and Dash are down but crawling. hot tags to Dawson and Bray! Bray rallies, runs corner to corner for the body splash. Bray says “DELETE!” then slams Dawson with the yurinagi. He goes over to Matt for a WONDERFUL Spider Walk. Tag in, Twist of Fate to Dash! Then together, the KISS OF DELETION! Cover, Hardy & Wyatt win!

Winners: The Deleters of Worlds (Hardy & Wyatt), Hardy pinning

The Expedition of Gold continues on with yet another WONDERFUL victory. Will there be a team of contenders worthy enough to challenge this WOKEN Yin-Yang at Money in the Bank?

 

Bayley encounters Sasha backstage.

Sasha wishes Bayley luck tonight. Bayley thanks her. It isn’t much, but it is a slightly more friendly interaction than we’ve seen lately. Can the Huggable Bayley succeed in qualifying for the Women’s MITB match?

 

Sami Zayn is in the ring.

The Underdog and best friend of Kevin Owens wonders if anyone noticed how Prince Harry looks a lot like him. “Yes! Yes!” And from what we’ve heard, Harry is a fan of Sami’s. Maybe more than Bobby Lashley is, at least. “Mr. Jacked Up” leaves WWE for ten years and returns on Raw the same night Sami does. Lashley makes an impact, that’s well and good, but at Sami’s expense! Sami reviews footage of the “vertigo inducing” suplex. Fans cheered for all of that, but did anyone stop to think how it’d affect Sami? No they didn’t. Sami got vertigo! He has a doctor’s note , and reads it for us: “Vertigo is a debilitating condition that affects one’s balance and motor skills.” There you have it! That’s why he wasn’t in the Greatest Royal Rumble and why he lost the MITB qualifying match, and all the matches he’s had since!

Bobby Lashley targeted Sami! All to impress the fans? That’s disgusting. What’s worse, it’s working. Fans cheer, Lashley gets notoriety, and gets a sit-down interview with Renee Young! Sami watched Lashley’s interview, and it all made sense. Lashley wants to be Sami. Just think about it. The hat! That’s Sami’s hat. Sami trusts his instincts, and his instincts are saying Lashley has something to hide. Sami used Facebook and reached out to Lashley’s sisters. Boy oh boy, they had stories to tell! They are nothing like what Lashley said, and neither is Lashley. But that’s fine, just ask his sisters! Sami invited the Lashley sisters to attend Raw, and Sami will expose the REAL Bobby Lashley to the world! What new conspiracy has one half of the #YEPMovement concocted now?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bayley VS Alexa Bliss VS Mickie James!

The Goddess and her bestie are in this match together against the Huggable One. All three are former women’s champions, but will Bayley have a chance when this is practically a handicap match? Or will the greed break Alexa & Mickie up like it has so many others before?

The bell rings and fans already sing for Bayley as she comes under fire from both Mickie & Alexa. They both kick Bayley out of the ring, but stay on the same page while we go to break.

Raw returns and Mickie holds Bayley in a chinlock while Alexa taunts her. Bayley endures and fans rally, but Alexa sweeps Bayley’s legs to keep her down. Alexa keeps taunting, but Bayley kicks her away and gives Mickie a jawbreaker. Alexa returns but Bayley rocks her with a right. Bayley Thesz Press on Mickie but Alexa dropkicks Bayley off Mickie. They both go after Bayley but Mickie rolls Alexa! TWO, and the friends start showing each other. Bayley runs in but they both kick her down. Mickie & Alexa work together again to put Bayley in a corner and stomp away. They double suplex Bayley up to the top, then both climb up while the fans sing for Bayley. Bayley fights back and sends them both down. Bayley adjusts, and flies for a double crossbody!

The three stand up and Bayley rallies on the best friends. She saido suplexes Alexa, but Mickie kicks low. Mickie goes to throw Bayley out but Bayley reverses. Bayley catches Mickie and Alexa for a double hotshot! Bayley rams a shoulder into Alexa, then waves her arms, for the back elbow. She runs into Mickie’s uppercut, then Mickie hits the Mick-canrana. Mickie mocks Bayley but runs into snake eyes. Alexa kicks Bayley, then hits the sunset powerbomb!

Mickie kicks Alexa off the cover! All three are down again but fans rally. They slowly sit up, and Bayley is 2v1 even as they brawl. Bayley fights them both back, and ducks to send Alexa’s forearm into Mickie! Mickie gets mad, and Alexa tries to explain it was an accident, but Bayley sandwiches them in the post. Alexa puts Bayley on the apron but Bayley kicks Mickie away. Bayley climbs, flies, but Alexa gets under. Alexa goes up and over but Bayley sits down, TWO. Bayley hits the Bayley2Belly! Cover, Mickie drags her off! Mickie covers, but Bayley drags her off in return. They brawl, and Bayley shoves Mickie down. Alexa rocks Bayley with that killer right! Then the DDT! Cover, Alexa wins!

Winner: Alexa, by pinfall; qualifies for the Women’s MITB match

The Goddess joins the #Shenom and The Queen for a chance at the instant championship match contract. There are five spots left in all, who else will join these star former champions?

 

Jinder Mahal undergoes final preparations for the Triple Threat.

The Modern Day Maharaja will prove to Roman Reigns why he is the superior. But those ribs are still in bad shape. Roman SPEARS Mahal out of nowhere!!

The Big Dog just took Mahal out of the Triple Threat, but will he really be allowed to take Mahal’s place?

 

Kurt Angle sees what happened to Jinder Mahal.

The second Triple Threat will still happen, but not with him. Angle hurries to find a replacement.

 

Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre VS Finn Balor & Braun Strowman!

The Show-Off & The Scottish Stud say they are the show, but can they show they’re more hungry and determined than the Extraordinary Man and the Monster Among Men?

The bell rings, and Ziggler wants to start with Finn, but fans want Strowman. Strowman lets Finn start, and the inaugural Universal Champion starts against a former World Champion. They tie up, Finn gets the waistlock but Ziggler the standing switch. Finn switches back but Ziggler punches him away. Fans chant for Finn but Ziggler whips. Finn reverses, Ziggler sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick Ziggler. Cover, TWO, but Finn keeps on Ziggler. Ziggler slips away before Finn can tag out, so Ziggler tags out to McIntyre. One big man deserves another, so Finn tags in Strowman! The Celtic Colossus is face to face with Mount Strowman, and McIntyre is pumped up. Only to tag out to Ziggler. The mind games are in their favor while we go to break.

Raw returns and Strowman has Ziggler in his arms. Finn tags in and becomes Strowman’s weapon in a scoop slam senton.

Strowamn says Finn is fine so he can get up. They both roar, and Finn drags Ziggler up. Ziggler jawbreakers but runs into a dropkick. Ziggler gets out of the ring, so Finn builds speed, but McIntyre trips him! Strowman protests but he hast to stay in his corner. Ziggler tags McIntyre in and McIntyre goes after Finn with a sharp chop. McIntyre brings Finn up for a stiff right, then stomps him. McIntyre mocks Strowman then stomps Finn more. He chops Finn again, then tags Ziggler in. Ziggler kicks Finn in the ribs, then taunts Strowman. Finn reaches for a tag but Ziggler keeps him away with a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Ziggler keeps on Finn with a chinlock.

Fans rally for Finn as he endures the sleeper and body scissors. Finn gets up and reaches, but Ziggler drags him down again. Ziggler tags in McIntyre, and McIntyre brings Finn up to throw him into the corner. Finn fights back, booting McIntyre away, only to run into McIntyre. McIntyre knees and clubs Finn down, then stares Strowman down. McIntyre puts Finn in a corner for another chop. He whips Finn corner to corner but Finn evades. McIntyre runs into buckles, and fans rally. Hot tags to Strowman and Ziggler! The Monster runs Ziggler and McIntyre over, then clubs Ziggler right in the chest. Strowman takes aim from a corner, but Ziggler dodges to send him into the post!

Finn tags in, and goes after Ziggler with double stomps. Finn fires up while Ziggler goes to the corner, and hits a running chop. He whips corner to corner but Ziggler reverses. Finn goes up and over but Ziggler elbow shim, only for Finn to enziguri Ziggler. Elbow drop DDT, but McIntyre breaks the pin. Finn goes after him but Ziggler then rolls Finn up, TWO. Slingblade! Finn takes aim from the corner now, and blasts Ziggler with the dropkick. He climbs up now, but McIntyre brings him off. Strowman runs McIntyre over!!

AND BREAK THE TROPHY! Ziggler goes after Finn, covers, he & McIntyre win!

Winners: Ziggler & McIntyre, Ziggler by pinfall

Not only do the Show-Off & Stud steal the win, they cost Strowman his Greatest Royal Rumble trophy! While Strowman & Finn are in the MITB match, can they snap back from this defeat? Or will Ziggler & McIntyre steal everything from the spotlight to the titles?

 

Kurt Angle is back in his office.

The Triple Threat is happening, but not with Mahal and not with Roman. He has the perfect replacement, though. But, wait, what? Another opportunity? Angle knew Stephanie was getting a call from Kevin but… Is what’s happening really #BestForBusiness?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter is in the O2, but he’s interrupted by Kevin Owens!

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley VS Elias VS Kevin Owens!

The Alpha Male and The Drifter thought they were facing The Modern Day Maharaja for this golden opportunity. But after The Big Dog demolished Mahal, a replacement was named, by the Raw Commissioner, Stephanie McMahon. The Prizefighter waits for no one, but can he make the best of this second second chance?

The bell rings, and Kevin bails out of the ring, as usual. Elias goes after Lashley and Kevin joins in. They both club and stomp Lashley down, then double whip Lashley corner to corner. Kevin whips Elias in but Elias misses and Lashely runs Kevin over. Lashley gives Kevin a neckbreaker, then punches Elias away to clothesline him out. Lashley holds the ring while we take one last break.

Raw returns one last time, to Kevin whipping but Lashley reversing to send Kevin into barriers. Lashley whips Elias for the same, then bounces Elias off the edge. He puts Elias in the ring, but Kevin lurks up behind to anchor his foot. Elias dropkicks Lashley down, still working together with Kevin. Kevin puts Lashley in the ring, then holds him still for Elias to stomp on. Elias and Kevin keep Lashley down, then bring him up for chops. Fans sing for Elias as he stomps on Lashley, but then he and Kevin turn on each other. They start brawling, Kevin chops, then Elias chops. Elias whips but Kevin reverses to run Elias over. He adds the back senton, covers, TWO. Kevin grows frustrated, so he scoops Elias. Elias slips out to scoop and toss Kevin.

Lashley staggers to his feet, slips out of the scoop and full nelson slams Elias down. Cover, but Kevin breaks it. Kevin keeps on Lashley in a corner. He whips Lashley but Lashley reverses, to run in  for the clothesline. Lashley rams in a shoulder, then brings Kevin out for the suplex. Kevin fights back and runs, but into a big spinebuster! Elias rocks Lashley with a knee! Lashley tumbles out of the ring, but so does Kevin. Elias finds himself alone with the fans singing for him again. He decides to finally have that musical performance! “Now hold this microphone so these people can hear me sing.”

Elias starts, but Kevin interrupts again. Elias gets Kevin with a knee, covers, but Lashley breaks it. Lashley puts Elias in a corner and throws hands, then bounces Elias off buckles. Lashley whips Elias corner to corner but Elias dropkicks Lashley, only for Kevin to SUPERKICK! Kevin runs in but the cannonball hits buckles. Elias climbs up, takes aim, and hits a BIG elbow! Cover, but Lashley drags him off. Lashley and Elias stare down, and Elias backs off. Elias ends up back in the ring, runs but Lashley keeps up to clothesline Elias down. He throws Elias with a belly2belly then throws Kevin, too. He rams a shoulder into Elias, then lifts him up for the vertigo suplex. Kevin stops that, and works with Elias to suplex Lashley. Lashley resists, to suplex them both!

Lashley stands while the other tow get to corners. He runs and rams into Elias, then into Kevin, then back to Elias. Lashely runs back, but Kevin boots Lashley down! Then Kevin boots Elias. Kevin climbs, but Elias stops him. Elias gets Kevin on his shoulders, Electric Chair to sit-out powerbomb!

But Lashley breaks the cover. Lashley drags Elias up, but Elias hits back. They brawl back and forth with heavy hands. Lashley gets around but Elias fights out. Elias runs, but into the fireman’s carry, for a press slam! Lashley vows to end it here, and gut wrenches Elias up for the AK 47! Cover, but SAMI interferes! He throws Lashley into a post, then runs in for a HELLUVA Kick!

Kevin climbs up high, FROG SPLASH! Kevin wins!!

Winner: Kevin, by pinfall; qualifies for the Men’s MITB match

The Prizefighter cashes in on this second second chance, thanks to his best friend. Sami still has his own business with Lashley, but he’s just happy to have helped. Will Kevin take the MITB briefcase away from Roode, Finn, Strowman, Miz and Rusev? And who will the last two entrants from SmackDown be?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A decent episode of Raw tonight, but it also shows that Raw’s flaws have returned. They have so many people on the roster that they had to use way more tag and triple threat matches than in a long time. The Six Women’s Tag was really fun, though, and it was great for some combination of three to get one up on The Riott Squad. I don’t understand creating The B Team to make them a relevant team. The fans got behind it tonight but I don’t  see why WWE goes with them over AoP, who have been off TV for some time. Though, AoP are just another in a long line of NXT talents underutilized. Just look at The Revival: #TopGuys that lose too easily. Their match with Hardy & Wyatt could’ve been something if done right, but the momentum is no longer with Dash & Dawson.

Bayley loses her qualifier, because she and Sasha still have their story to work on. I don’t know if Alexa can win, but it’d be fitting if she or a Heel with friends wins, like Ruby Riott. Alexa and Ruby have people to help them figure out the cash-in, much like what the IIconics ended up doing for Carmella. And the hype behind Nia and Ronda, I swear they’re preparing a Rollins-type cash-in to switch that match around and let Ms. MITB win it all. Bobby Roode wins to enter MITB, too, just because it’s a better move than continuing Roode VS Elias. That feud wasn’t going anywhere relevant, so this might be good to truly jump start Roode.

Apparently Vince thinks he’s cleverly deceiving us into liking Roman by making him the new Daniel Bryan, aka the victim of corrupt administrations. It isn’t working, given London’s reaction. Though, I did like his Spear outta nowhere. Would it be too much to ask for that moment to be his Heel Turn? Or an actual step in the right direction, at least? And I was actually surprised Strowman & Finn lost to Ziggler & McIntyre. Though, I suppose it makes sense if the latter are serious about being Raw Tag Team Champions. A true tag team is supposed to be better than two singles guys together, so it’s best Ziggler & McIntyre don’t lose so soon.

The only singles match, and probably the best match of the night, goes to Seth Rollins once again. He and Kevin did great, pushing both superstars’ stories forward at the same time. Rollins is becoming The Man again, slowly but surely. Meanwhile, Kevin complains to Angle and tattles to Stephanie, and he gets himself another chance, all to upset Angle. Kevin also gets his shot at Lashley’s expense, and Sami himself has a grudge with Lashley. Who knows what Sami’s segment next week will do, but it feels like we’re getting Kevin & Sami VS Angle & Lashley down the line, which will be really fun.

My Score: 8/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.1.2022

After the holiday, we get on track for Hard to Kill. Deonna vs Mickie James is the main event…do we see Mickie’s career end tonight?

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With the holiday last week, I wasn’t home to cover IMPACT so it’s going to be a fun night of how much I remember and how well they frame the stories.

We’re on the road to Hard to Kill, so we need to remind people about Over Drive and then move forward. I’m also curious if we get any resolution on the VBD stare down after EY lost. I really don’t want EY to get kicked since that will be a sad group of mid card sacks of shit. But I guess we’ll see.

Ratings:

  • Rich Swann vs Bully Ray: Swann wins via DQ – * 1/2
  • Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar: Moose wins via Lights Out – * 3/4
  • Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via DQ – **
  • Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Victory Roll – *** 1/2

 

Results:

We get the Over Drive highlights, so I’m guessing they did their usual Thanksgiving fun episode. Bully Ray walks out to start the show. Bully recaps things, explains how he kept his word while running down the crowd, intimidating children and doing solid heel work. 

It goes a little long, but thankfully Rich Swann eventually gets sick of the diatribe and rushes the ring. Swann gets in a few pot shots, but Bully bails out, tries to walk away and gets a plancha. The referee comes out and the match will kick off the show!

Rich Swann vs Bully Ray

Bully jaws a little, lays in some punches and power moves but Rich eventually turns the tide. The quick step over back kick and a Frog Splash for 1. But then Bully catches Rich on the top rope, Tree of Woe and starts wailing on him.

Bully keeps control of Swann until Swann drops down with the Jawbreaker and then we see him start using the speed and athleticism with kicks and top rope moves. Bully stifles Rich, goes for the Avalanche Senton as he flirts with the referee and misses. Rich hits a 450 Splash for 2, and then we see a little back and forth, before Bully grabs his chain and hits Rich in front of the referee. So the DQ happens but Bully doesn’t care. Bully gets a chair and other weapons from under the ring and starts beating on Rich.

Bully really likes these zip ties, Tommy Dreamer comes out to stop Bully though. They argue, Bully shoves Dreamer and then D’Amore hits the ring to try and quell this. Bully is defiant, even D’Amore is getting fired up and looks like he wants to fight Bully. Dreamer trying to keep D’Amore away from Bully is funny and pretty great. 

Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar

Definitely not a match I expected. 

Moose gets in the early shots, but Gujjar starts to fire back and he gets some solid shots sending Moose to the outside. Gujjar takes to long to pander after the Dropkick and Moose has him eat a Big Boot into an Apron Powerbomb.

Gujjar shows more fire but Moose cuts him down. Moose goes for the Lights Out, but Gujjar dodges sending Moose into the corner. A few shots, Ripcord Knee, Slingblade and now…tuning up the Gargoyle Spear but Moose side steps it like Samoa Joe. Gujjar leapfrogs the Lights Out again, but Moose puts the brakes on and fires back connecting with the Lights Out and the win.

Moose starts to rant and says that he doesn’t want any of the idiots to to talk about Bully Ray or “Say his name”, and then JOE HENDRY’s music hits! There is already a “This is Awesome” chant just with Joe Hendry and Moose standing in the ring. Hendry fights Moose off mostly and Gujjar hits the awful Spear out of nowhere to get Moose to powder out. 

Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian

Maclin starts off with some big strikes but Kaz ducks the line and hits the Springboard Reverse Elbow, and begins his offensive. Kaz beats on him in one corner then Maclin tosses him out and we see some back and forth. Neither are really landing big strikes, Maclin keeps some control with smaller strikes and knees against the ropes, but nothing really definitive.

A few of Maclin’s shots piss off Kaz and they Hockey Fight a little but Maclin keeps all of the control. Kaz does finally start a comeback and we get some of the classic Kaz Flying Forearm, Guillotine Legdrop and Slingshot Cutter. Maclin powder…and grabs a chair. So…another DQ finish?

Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James

They do a good job pacing things back and forth early on. Deonna fights back and starts to rock Mickie, the Slingshot into the bottom rope gives Deonna full control. Headlock Takeover and tries to wear Mickie down, Mickie fires back but Deonna refuses to give her the advantage. Mickie finally manages to slow her down with a Headscissors and now we get Mickie dropping Deonna down, Mickie goes to the top for the Thesz Press, but Deonna pushes her off.

Commercial break kicks in, and Deonna hits a Brainbuster for a few sequential pinfall attempts, but Mickie refuses to stay down. Camel Clutch from Deonna is wearing down Mickie but she manages to fight out. A few back elbows, then Mickie goes to the ropes to try offense but Deonna stifles. They struggle and Mickie finally gets Deonna on the outside, Dropkick and Thesz Press to the outside.

Mickie throws Deonna in, Missile Dropkick, Neckbreaker and looking for the Mick D-T, but Deonna stops it. Tornado DDT attempt from Mickie, but a Pump Kick from Deonna drops Mickie for a 2 count. Queen’s Gambit attempt, Superkick counter from Mickie for another 2. Mick D-T again, but Deonna blocks and swings around driving Mickie down into the Fujiwara. Venus Di Milo gets locked in too close to the ropes.

Locomotion Victory Rolls, Deonna tries to grab the tights, but Mickie counters through and picks up the win with a little tights pull of her own.

Jordynne’s music hits. She basically says they both put things behind them, and challenges Mickie at Hard to Kill. Career versus Title. 

Overall Score: 6/10

Honestly, Bully went on a little long, Moose’s promo was a little too similar to Bully just being a piece of shit. Plus the match quality aside from the main event was lame, two DQs is redundant…so yeah, not sure what to make of this.

Career versus Title for Knockouts is nice but then after that we had the vignette killing off Eric Young so VBD is a mid card faction. Which I guess is a little sad since this is the best Deaner we’ve ever seen, but he’s still not a credible on the card.

So it was a weird show, but Joe Hendry always makes things a little better.


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/30/22)

World Tag League, Round 4!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

Will the United Empire continue to conquer?

World Tag League finally goes again, and round four might be bad luck for the top of the block! Will Aussie Open continue to lead as an undefeated duo?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tomoaki Honma & Ryohei Oiwa VS Yuto Nakashima & Oska Leube; Nakashima & Leube win.
  • Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Clark Connors & Kosei Fujita VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Fale & Chase win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Suzuki & Archer win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Aussie Open wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls; Shane & Mikey win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Yano & Tanahashi win.

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Here are the current World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 3-0, 6 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-1, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-1, 4 points
Suzuki & Archer: 2-1, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-1, 4 points
The Mighty: 2-1, 4 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 1-2, 2 points
Chase & Fale: 1-2, 2 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-3, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-3, 0 points

 

World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!

The #MechanicalBulls are barely holding on, but so are the General’s Jewels! Who gets a grip and claws their way back up before it’s too late?

The teams sort out and Kidd starts against Chase. Fans rally as the two circle, and they’re able to cheer “KIDDU! KIDDU!” The two tie up with knuckle locks, break, then go again. Chase waistlocks, but Kidd pries free to wrench. Chase spins and wrenches back to top wristlock. Kidd slips around, spins Chase and snapmares, then sits him up to a chinlock. Chase fights up to get in the ropes. The ref counts the break and Kidd counts along to let go at 4. Chase is annoyed but Kidd says it’s okay. Kidd and Chase approach, Chase kicks the knuckle lock away to tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Chase puts Kidd in a corner, the ref counts, and Chase lets off.

Chase CHOPS Kidd, but Kidd DECKS Chase! Kidd fires up and fans applaud. Chase stands up and resets with Kidd, they tie up, and Chase claws Kidd’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Chase headlocks but Kidd powers out. Chase runs Kidd over and tells him, “SUCK IT!” Things speed up, Kidd hurdles but Chase stomps the monkey flip with a stomp! Chase headlocks but Coughlin tags in as Kidd powers out. Kidd drops down and Coughlin scoops Chase to SLAM! Kidd drops a SENTON, then the Mechanical Bulls flex. Coughlin deadlift gut wrenches for the SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Chase goes to a corner. Coughlin runs in, but Chase dodges!

Chase CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Coughlin just frowns at him. Coughlin puts Chase in the corner, but Chase blocks the chop with knees! Coughlin shapes out the arm and Chase storms up on him, but Coughlin picks Chase up to RAM him in the corner! Coughlin UPPERCUTS, CHOPS, and roars! Fans fire up with The Android as he drags Chase up. Coughlin tags Kidd, whips Chase, then kicks Chase low. Kidd knee lifts, Coughlin CHOPS, and Chase falls for Kidd to drop an elbow! Fale gets in but Coughlin kicks him first. The Mechanical Bulls mug Fale then double whip, but Fale runs them both over! Fans fire up as the Rogue General stomps Kidd.

Fale drags Kidd up, whips him corner to corner, and Chase stomps a mudhole in. Chase drags Kidd up to scrape his face on the ropes! Tag to Fale, and Chase pushes Kidd down for him and Fale to stand on his back! The ref counts but Chase & Fale salute. Bullet Club steps away at 4, and Fale drags Kidd to a cover. TWO, and Fale is upset with the ref. Fans rally for Kidd but Fale stomps him down. Fale drags Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Fale throat chops back! Kidd sputters and Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up, he and Fale double whip, and they body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up for Kidd but Chase taunts Coughlin. The ref stops Coughlin from getting in as Chase brings Kidd up. Kidd swings but Chase dodges to BELL CLAP! Chase throws Kidd down for the NECK TWEAK! Kidd writhes and Chase tags Fale. Bullet Club whip Kidd to a corner, then Fale runs in, only for Kidd to dodge! Chase runs in but Kidd dumps him out! Fans rally up but Fale stomps Kidd down. Fale drags Kidd up, scoops him, but Kidd slips off! SUPERKICK! Fale staggers away and fans fire up! Kidd crawls for his corner, hot tag to- NO, Chase trips Coughlin! Chase wags his finger, and Fale SPLASHES Kidd in the corner! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up and Kidd sputters, but Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up and calls his shot! Chase suplexes, but Kidd blocks! Kidd throws body shots, but Chase blocks his suplex. They fight for control and fans rally up. Chase gets Kidd up, but Kidd fights back down to TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Kidd fires up as fans fire up, and both men crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Coughlin and Fale! The Android dodges the General to RAM shoulders! Coughlin fires off forearms then scoops! But Fale’s too big! Or is he?! Fale CLUBS Coughlin before he’s off the ground too far! Fale scoops Coughlin to a fireman’s carry, but Coughlin fights free!

Coughlin fires off more forearms, he ROCKS Fale, then tries the scoop! Fans rally but Fale resists! Coughlin knees low, CHOPS, and fires up! “LET’S GO!!” Coughlin runs but Fale CLOBBERS him! Fale then runs to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Coughlin is still in this. Tag to Chase, Bullet Club double whip to FLAPJACK and SLIDING BOOT! Cover, but Kidd breaks it! Fans fire up as Kidd fires off forearms on Bullet Club! Kidd forearms, CHOPS, repeat! Kidd roars, runs, but Chase gets around to waistlock and lift! Fale runs in, GRENADE LAUNCHER! Fale whips Coughlin corner to corner, Chase runs in and forearm smashes!

Fale runs in to SPLASH! Fale then scoops Coughlin and Chase goes up, but Coughlin slips free! Coughlin shoves Fale into Chase, and Chase falls onto his crown jewels! Fale staggers, into a SCOOP SLAM!! The Android roars and fans fire up! Coughlin clinches Chase, for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up more and Coughlin drags Chase up. But Chase BOOTS, C-TRIGGERS, and tucks Coughlin in! PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, Chase & Fale win!

Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)

Chase turns things around in the blink of an eye, and he and Fale survive the Mechanical Bulls! Can they survive until the end of the league to be a finalist? As for Coughlin & Kidd, is their run already over at 0-4?

 

World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!

The All United Empire Finals is still possible, but only if the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon continue to dominate! Will they keep their hopes alive? Or will even the Empire see that #EverybodyDies?

As always, The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to give the Empire’s introductions. As for the Murderhawk Monster, he storms over the railing to get right up to commentary! Milano Collection AT and Master Wato ask for mercy, they don’t wanna get hit. Then Suzuki makes his entrance and Archer chases Gideon! Gideon runs all the way to the back row, and Archer pushes Young Lion Oskar Leube out of his way. Fans all join in on “KAZE NI NARE!” and then Suzuki-Gun attacks the Empire! Archer kicks Henare and throws him out while Suzuki himself is after Khan! Suzuki throws Khan out, stomps him at ringside, and the bell rings!

Suzuki stands Khan up to knee him low, then kick him down! Archer chases a cameraman off, but then Henare dodges his boot into the post! Henare comes back to ROCK Archer! Khan and Suzuki trade forearms, then Suzuki kicks low. Suzuki whips, Khan reverses and Suzuki hits railing! Suzuki slumps down and Khan is after him. Khan shakes the railing while choking Suzuki with his foot! Khan lets off to CLUB Suzuki but Suzuki throws body shots. Khan CLUBS Suzuki again, puts him in the ring, and then drags him around to CHOKE! The ref counts, Khan lets off and brings up all the stuff Suzuki was doing.

Suzuki kicks at Khan from below, but Khan stomps away on Suzuki! Khan CHOKES Suzuki again, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Fans rally up as Khan drags Suzuki up. Khan puts Suzuki in the corner, CLUBS him, then hops up onto his throne! Fans applaud but Suzuki snarls as Khan pulls back the arms! Henare talks trash right to Suzuki’s face while the ref manages to keep Archer back. Suzuki SPITS at Henare! Khan hops off, Henare CLUBS Suzuki, then Khan tags Henare in. The Empire mugs Suzuki but he fights back with CHOPS and palm strikes! But the Empire still mugs Suzuki with clubbing arms.

Henare ROCKS Suzuki with forearm after forearm in the corner, then digs his boots in! The ref counts and Henare lets off, but Suzuki stands right up! Henare KICKS, KICKS and ROCKS Suzuki! Fans fire up, and Suzuki hits back! Suzuki wrenches an arm, brings Henare to ropes, then HOTSHOTS the arm! Henare swings on Suzuki but into a HANGING ARMBAR! Archer runs to BLAST Khan off the apron! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off and drags Henare out to whip him hard into the railing! Suzuki ELBOWS Henare in the head and Henare drops to the floor. Archer stomps Khan around outside to keep him down.

Archer apparently takes offense to Khan’s ponytail being a braid, it’s too much like Archer’s murderhawk braid. Anyway, Suzuki stands Henare up, slaps him around, and he bumps Henare off the apron. The ring count climbs but Suzuki puts Henare in at 5 of 20. Tag to Archer, and Suzuki-Gun stands on Henare’s head! The ref reprimands, Suzuki-Gun steps away, and Archer drags Henare back up. Archer puts Henare in a corner, stomps a mudhole in, laughs and stomps some more. Archer digs his knee in but the ref counts. Archer lets off at 4, then Suzuki gets a shot in. Suzuki returns the trash talk from earlier as he slaps Henare around.

Archer stands Henare up and Henare throws a body shot. Archer fires up and throws his shirt off, egging Henare on. Henare throws forearms, then a CHOP! Archer laughs and dares him to do that again. Henare CHOPS, so Archer DECKS him! Fans fire up while Archer looms over Henare. Archer drags Henare up and to the corner to tag in Suzuki. Suzuki-Gun mugs Henare with body shot after body shot! Suzuki hits Henare one more time and he falls over! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Suzuki drags Henare up. Henare throws a forearm, but Suzuki gives it back! Suzuki eggs Henare on so Henare throws another forearm!

Suzuki ROCKS Henare with a shot, fans rally up, and Henare fires off a flurry! Suzuki kicks low! Suzuki runs, but Henare blocks the kick to step-over WHEEL KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Henare stirs, hurries over, hot tag to Khan! Khan throws hands on Suzuki then the Mongolian Chop! Khan whips Suzuki to a corner and clotheslines from behind! Khan dribbles Suzuki’s head off the buckles! The ref reprimands but Khan SLAM DUNKS Suzuki! Suzuki staggers around, Khan runs, and he runs Suzuki over! Cover, ONE!! Suzuki is still a tough old bastard and Khan drags him up.

Fans rally up as Khan whips Suzuki corner to corner. Suzuki reverses and BOOTS Khan! Then Suzuki dribbles Khan off the buckles! Fans rally, Suzuki snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Suzuki seems to prefer soccer to basketball. Cover, TWO! Suzuki stomps Khan, slaps him around, but Khan stands as fans rally. Khan ROCKS Suzuki, but Suzuki ROCKS Khan! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster, and fans rally with each shot! Khan ROCKS Suzuki, ROCKS him again, but Suzuki just laughs! Suzuki ROCKS Khan right back! Khan wobbles and drops to a knee! Suzuki eggs Khan on, so Khan Mongolian Chops!

Khan Mongolian Chops again! Khan roars, runs, but Suzuki kitchen sink knees him down! Tag to Archer! Archer stalks Khan, and clamps on an IRON CLAW! But Khan clamps on HIS IRON CLAW! The fans rally for the battle of iron claws! Khan and Archer go back and forth, but Archer breaks free to full nelson! Khan breaks free of that to drag Archer down to a KNEEBAR! Archer flails and crawls and reaches out as Khan grapevines the leg! Khan has a HEEL HOOK, then shifts the angle! Archer keeps moving and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer as Khan lets off to tag Henare. Khan still anchors the leg, then he and Henare stomp Archer down.

Henare drags Archer up to throw body shots in the corner. Henare & Khan double whip Archer corner to corner,  then Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to add a clothesline! Henare feeds Archer to the HITSUJIGOROSHI, then grabs at the legs. But Suzuki runs in to CLUB Henare and stop the Fubuki! Suzuki CHOPS Henare, CHOPS Khan, repeat! HEADBUTT for Henare, HEADBUTT for Khan! Henare swings but Suzuki gets around to shove Henare into Khan! Suzuki runs but into SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Fans fire up and Khan runs at Archer in the corner, but into a BOOT! Henare runs in, but Archer dodges!

Archer puts Khan in a corner, and he sees he has two targets! Fans fire up as Archer runs to back elbow Henare! And  runs corner to corner to back elbow Khan! Back to Henare, but then Khan dodges! Archer kicks Khan, runs, but into a chicken wing and PONYTAIL CHOKE! The ref reprimands but Khan feeds Archer to Henare’s HEEL KICK! Khan puts on HITSUJIGOROSHI, Henare gets the legs for FUBUKI, then MARINE!! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives and fans fire up again! Henare calls the shot, and he fireman’s carries Archer. Khan runs, but Suzuki slips in to catch Khan with a SLEEPER HOLD!

Archer slips free to choke grip Henare! But Henare throws a HARD body shot! Henare roars and runs in, to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Henare shoves Archer out, goes up, but Archer blocks the “brain chop!” Archer STEP-UP KNEES Henare, and has the inverted crucifix! BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!

Winners: Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)

The Suzuki Army just conquered the United Empire! Did they just kill the hopes of an All United Empire Finals? Or can Khan & Henare find new live in the next round?

 

World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!

Speaking of the Empire, Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher are leading the pack, hoping to carve their names in history! Will “Dunk-Zilla” and the “Aussie Arrow” still be riding high? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp bring them down by any means necessary?

Gideon Grey returns, safe from Archer, to give Aussie Open their introductions. Then the House of Torture makes their entrance, with Dick Togo already accompanying them outright. Who knows where Sho is lurking, but surely he’s here, too. Aussie Open don’t sweat Evil or Yujiro as they taunt them during the introductions. Fletcher tells Dick to shoo, “See you later, bucko.” But then the House of Torture attack 3v2! Evil claws Fletcher’s eyes while Dick and Yujiro mug Davis. Dick even DECKS Gideon! Yujiro throws Davis out while Evil throws Fletcher out. The bell rings to put this on record as the brawling continues outside.

Evil and Yujiro whip Aussie Open but Aussie Open reverse to send Evil and Yujiro into railing! Then Aussie Open pick them up, run around the way, and SANDWICH them at ramp side! Fans fire up and Fletcher helps Gideon back up. Fletcher CLUBS Evil, Davis puts Yujiro in, and Fletcher goes in after Yujiro. Fans rally up as Aussie Open double whip the Pimp to double sledge, PENALTY KICK and SENTON! Fans fire up as Davis covers, TWO! Davis glares at Dick then drags Yujiro up to ROCK him with a forearm. Tag to Kyle, Aussie Open mugs Yujiro, and Yujiro staggers around. Fletcher reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro wrenches and BITES Fletcher’s hand!

The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops and he kicks Fletcher low. Yujiro whips, Fletcher reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Fletcher runs in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Evil BLASTS Davis and goes out after him! Dick ROCKS Fletcher while Evil brings Davis around. Evil RAMS Davis into the timekeeper! Davis and Abe-san both flop down on the other side of the railing! The ref reprimands and Young Lions hurry to help Abe-san. Evil kicks Fletcher around, pulls his hair, then puts him in the ring for Yujiro. Yujiro drags Fletcher to a cover and the ref returns to count, ONE! Fans rally but Evil is already annoyed with the count.

Yujiro bumps Fletcher off buckles, tags Evil, and Evil has the ref check Davis But this is so Evil can CHOKE Fletcher with his shirt! Fans boo but Evil gets away with that and covers, TWO! Evil is upset again but the ref defends his count. Tag to Yujiro and he drags Kyle up. Yujiro snapmares and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Fletcher as Evil argues the count. Yujiro drags Fletcher up, fans rally and cheer for Aussie Open. Yujiro ROCKS Fletcher, brings him around, and ROCKS him again. Evil holds Fletcher in place so Yujiro can CHOKE him with a boot! The ref has to keep Davis back so the House of Torture gets away with that.

Evil taunts Davis, then he drags Fletcher up into a cobra twist. Yujiro and Dick link up with Evil to link to the railing for leverage! Fans boo and Gideon storms over, but Dick kicks him first! Dick then makes Gideon part of the chain! Fletcher endures even more before the ref notices! The ref counts, the House lets off and Fletcher crawls away. Evil keeps him from Davis but taunts Davis to reach out. Evil brings Fletcher around but Fletcher fires off forearms! But Evil knees low! Evil suplexes but Fletcher blocks! Fans rally as Fletcher keeps fighting, and he wrenches out to get around and SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF!

Fans fire up with Fletcher and he crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Davis! Dunk-Zilla blasts through Yujiro to corner clothesline Evil! Then Davis CHOPS Yujiro, and corner clotheslines Evil again! Another CHOP for Yujiro, another corner clothesline for Evil! Davis goes for another but Yujiro dodges the chop to kick low. Evil & Yujiro double whip Davis, but Davis handsprings and comes back to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up with Davis as he storms up to Evil in a corner. Davis CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS again! Davis drags Evil up to fireman’s carry, but Evil slips around to a waistlock.

Davis elbows free but Dick swipes at him! Dick plays innocent, and Davis turns around into an EYE RAKE! Evil whips Davis into bare buckles! The fans boo the Bullet Club Special but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro & Evil stomp Davis, then Yujiro drags Davis up. Yujiro stands Davis against ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro then brings Davis out to FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Aussie Open but Yujiro brings Davis up. Davis fights the Incolle Slam, but Yujiro kick slow! Yujiro whips, Davis reverses and runs in, but Yujiro dodges! Yujiro runs in but Davis catches him to BUCKLE SHOT!

Davis runs side to side to SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Davis runs to BLAST Evil! But Dick grabs Davis! Fletcher runs in to SHOTGUN Dick down! Aussie Open brings Yujiro up, POP-UP KICK! And then the scoop, to the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, but Evil breaks it! Fletcher CLUBS Evil and throws him out! Fletcher hurries back to the corner, Davis tags him in! Fans rally as Aussie Open calls for the finish, but here’s SHO! Sho distracts everyone by brandishing his wrench! The ref tells Sho to get down so he does, but this allows Evil to shove Aussie Open into each other, and the ref!

Fans boo as Dick gets in to JAM Davis with a chair! And again! The House of Torture mugs Aussie Open 4v2! Fans boo harder, then they rally up for Aussie Open. Gideon gets in to block Sho from using the wrench! But Evil CLUBS Gideon! But here comes GREAT-O-KHAN! He BOOTS Sho down and DECKS Dick! He Mongolian Chops Evil, dodges Yujiro and hits the RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Fans roar and the Empire fires back up! Aussie Open aim at Evil, SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Evil goes down, Yujiro staggers, and he has his pimp cane! The ref stops Yujiro from using it, and then Gideon gets in to LOW BLOW Yujiro!

Fans fire up and Aussie Open give Yujiro COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!

Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)

The House of Torture can’t seem to figure it out! Will they ever get on the board at this rate? As for Fletcher & Davis, is it only a matter of time before they conquer the World Tag League?

 

World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls!

It was Lights Out for the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull last round, but The Mighty did not kneel! Will Shane & Mikey stay standing? Or will Los Ingobernables de Japon make them tranquilo?

Naito takes his time with his entrance attire as always, which mildly annoys The Mighty. Shane mocks Sanada’s dancing pecks with butt flexing. The teams sort out and Mikey wants Naito to step up. LIJ fist bumps, fans cheer, and Naito obliges. Fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” at the bell. Naito and Mikey circle slowly, feel things out, then Naito toys around with the step forward and the step back. Mikey gets annoyed but they tie up. Mikey waistlocks but Naito wrenches out to a wristlock. Mikey rolls, wrenches, wristlocks, but Naito rolls, wrenches and hammerlocks. Mikey reaches back to headlock, but Naito powers out, only for Mikey to run him over!

Naito gets up, Mikey runs him over again! Mikey wrenches and whips Naito to ropes, but Naito whips the back drop away. Mikey comes back to turn Naito’s back drop into a suplex! Mikey holds Naito up and fans rally! Mikey keeps Naito for over TEN before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Mikey drags Naito up. Mikey puts Naito in the corner, tags Shane, and the Mighty stomp away. Shane snapmares to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps on Naito’s arm with a knuckle lock. Shane KICKS Naito in the back, wrenches the arm and YANKS it. Shane wrenches and YANKS again, then tags Mikey.

The Mighty mugs Naito, double whips him, but Naito ducks the double clothesline to shove Mikey into Shane! Shane falls out of the ring and Naito whips Mikey to ropes. Sanada trips Mikey and Naito basement dropkicks! Fans rally up as Mikey flops out of the ring. Naito goes out after Mikey and whips him hard into railing! Sanada bumps Shane off the apron, then Naito whips Mikey into more railing! The ring count starts, Mikey drags himself up and in at 9 of 20. Naito headlocks Mikey and claws his eyes! The ref reprimands, Naito lets off, but then he just claws Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and tags Sanada in.

LIJ mugs Mikey, Sanada wrenches and CLUBS the arm. Sanada YANKS, wrenches, but Mikey throws big forearms! Sanada waistlocks, hammerlocks, then twists the arm. Mikey throws elbows to back Sanada up into a corner. Mikey whips but Sanada reverses. Sanada runs in, he blocks the boot, and he CLUBS the leg! Mikey falls, Sanada tags Naito, and Naito whips Mikey to another corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses, and he taunts Shane. Naito drags Mikey up but Mikey throws a haymaker. Naito returns it so Mikey throws another. They go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up!

Mikey ROCKS Naito, ROCKS him again, then ROLLING ELBOWS! But Naito just rakes Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and whips corner to corner. Naito runs in but Mikey UPPERCUTS! Mikey runs but into a kick! Naito whips, runs in, but Mikey LARIATS Naito down! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Shane! Shane CLOBBERS Naito, BLASTS Sanada then ELBOWS Naito! Shane whips Naito corner to corner to UPPERCUT him down! Sanada gets in, kicks Shane low and whips him to ropes. Shane reverses to wrench and SAIDO! Fans fire up, Shane KICKS, BOOTS and INVERTED EXPLODERS Naito! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up and Shane stalks Naito. Shane drags Naito up, hoists him up top and ROCKS Naito with a right. Shane climbs up after Naito but Naito CLAWS Shane’s eyes! Shane staggers away but Mikey rushes in to ROCK Naito! Mikey climbs up but Naito fires off forearms! Mikey drops back but he gives Shane a boost! Shane gets Naito, SUPERPLEX POWERBOMB COMBO! Mikey drags Shane onto the cover but Sanada breaks it! Mikey CLUBS Sanada and throws him out. Shane and Naito stir, Mikey whips Sanada but Sanada reverses! Mikey hits railing hard! Shane drags Naito up, reels him in, but Naito blocks the lift!

Naito wrenches out to throw ELBOW after ELBOW! Shane avoids an elbow to UPPERCUT, then he whips only for Naito to reverse it, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Naito crawls as fans rally, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada runs in at Shane and blocks a boot! Shane kicks free, but Sanada dropkicks the legs, then dropkicks Shane out of the ring! Sanada hurries and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Sanada drags Shane back up, puts him back in, and fans rally again. Sanada springboards but Shane gets under! Shane comes back, but into a fireman’s carry! Shane slips off, Sanada elbows him away, but Mikey sneaks a tag.

Shane wrenches Sanada but Sanada fights the back suplex. Sanada swings at Mikey but into the BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Mikey runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this but Mikey snarls. Fans rally, Mikey drags Sanada up and fireman’s carries, only for Sanada to slip off! Sanada ducks the back elbow but right into a DDT! Fans rally back up while both men are down, and Mikey roars! Mikey drags Sanada up to scoop, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey into Naito’s atomic drop! ENZIGURI! Fireman’s carry and T K O! Cover, Shane breaks it! Naito throws Mikey out and fans fire up as Sanada climbs the corner!

ROUNDING BODY- NO, Sanada has to land out as Mikey moves! Shane gets in to BROKEN ARROW! Naito dropkicks Shane’s legs out! Mikey storms up into Naito’s ELBOW! Mikey roars, Naito dodges his lariat and comes back to dropkick the legs! Naito runs, CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Mikey blocks Destino and Shane runs in, LAWN DART DDT! Fans fire up and Mikey drags Sanada up. Shane hops up, Mikey scoops, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey at Shane! Sanada O’Conner BRI- NO, Mikey stops the bridge and shoves Sanada into Shane’s ROUNDHOUSE! Mikey scoops Sanada again, TANK BUSTER!! Cover, The Mighty win!!

Winners: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Naito & Sanada earn 0)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they find a way to win! Will Shane & Mikey find an outside way into the finals? Is the pressure to make it to WrestleKingdom going to break Naito before the league is out?

 

World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!

The Joker & The Ace finally got on the board, but the winstreak of one win might already end against the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter. Can the trickster bring himself to pull any tricks on his friends in Chaos? Or will Bishamon turn out the lights on Yano & Tanahashi?

The teams sort out and Yano grows impatient. He doesn’t even take note of Tanahashi taking off his jacket to show off the muscles. Goto steps up and Yano fires up. The bell rings and fans rally and duel. Yano squats and talks some smack, but Goto squats with him! Goto gives back the trash talk, Hashi steps in to back Goto up, and even smooshes Goto’s face up to make it more menacing! Yano says enough jokes, but Goto blocks Yano’s kick! Hashi runs to dropkick the leg! Goto BLASTS Tanahashi, then Bishamon brings Yano up to drum away! Tanahashi rushes in, but Bishamon kicks him to drum him, too! Fans fire up as Bishamon stands tall.

Goto stomps Yano to a corner, fires forearms, then whips him corner to corner. Yano reverses, then hurries to untie a buckle pad! Yano fires up but turns around into a kick! But the pad shielded Yano! Fans boo and Goto can’t believe it! Yano throws the pad to Goto and SLAPS him! Yano whips and Goto hits the buckles! Hashi runs in, Yano kicks him and whips him into bare buckles, too! Tag to Tanahashi and Yano throws Hashi out. Tanahashi drags Goto up, throws him out, and the bad boys bring Bishamon around to whip into railing! Fans rally and cheer as Tanahashi drags Goto back up to put him in the ring.

Tanahashi stomps Goto’s leg then YANKS it! Fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi drags Goto up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Yano, and he bumps Goto off the bare buckles! And again! Fans fire up while Red Shoes keeps Hashi back. Yano whips Goto into the bare buckles now! Goto hobbles and fans fire up. Yano kneels on Goto for a cover, but Red Shoes says it’s a choke! Yano says no, it’s just up high! Yano stomps Goto, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tanahashi, and the bad boys whip Goto to ropes. They run him over, then they squat! Tanahashi drags Goto up, but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!

Tanahashi throws body shots, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi ELBOWS Tanahashi down, BLASTS Yano, then storms up on Tanahashi. Tanahashi kicks low, whips Hashi to the padded corner, but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Hashi mule kicks and turns Tanahashi for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi runs in again, to CHOP Tanahashi against ropes! Hashi hangs Tanahashi out to dry, runs side to side, and he DROPKICKS Tanahashi down! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Hashi stalks Tanahashi.

Fans rally, “GO ACE! GO ACE!” but Hashi brings Tanahashi up. Hashi reels Tanahashi in but Tanahashi fights the lift. Hashi keeps trying, but Tanahashi wrenches out. Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi ROCKS Hashi! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans rally up! Tanahashi gets the edge, but Hashi CHOPS back! Hashi aims but Tanahashi blocks the superkick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally while both men are down! Hashi and Tanahashi crawl, hot tags to Goto and Yano! Yano dodges Goto, claws his eyes and whips him, but Goto reverses! Yano hits the bare buckles, then Goto hits MURAMASA, and the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally, Goto fireman’s carries but Yano fights with elbows! Yano runs, Goto follows but Yano ducks! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up with Goto and he drags Yano up, but Yano ROCKS him! Goto ROCKS Yano back, the forearms start flying back and forth, faster and faster! Fans rally as Goto gets the edge, but Yano rakes the eyes! But Goto SLAPS Yano! Goto whips, Yano reverses and throws Goto by his hair! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs in to forearm smash, then he feeds Goto to an atomic drop! Trip and CATAPULT into the bare buckles! Tanahashi runs but Goto denies the Slingblade!

Goto shoves Tanahashi into Yano, then DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up as all three men are down! Goto crawls, fans rally up, and Goto hot tags Hashi! Hashi runs the ropes but Tanahashi blocks the lariat! Hashi spins to CHOP! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest! But both men roar! Hashi fires off his own strike fest and CHOPS! SUPERKICK! Tanahashi stays up, Hashi runs to LARIAT him down! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Hashi and he brings Tanahashi back up. Hashi fisherman’s but Tanahashi fights the suplex to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, to SLINGBLADE! Cover, but Goto breaks it!

Yano throws Goto back out! Tanahashi fires up and he goes up the corner! HIGH FLY FLOW onto Hashi’s knees!! Hashi cradles, TWO!!! Tanahashi survives the sudden turnaround and fans are thunderous! Fans rally with “GO ACE! GO ACE!” as Tanahashi and Hashi stir. They both sit up, head for each other, and Tanahashi throws a forearm. Hashi throws it back! Tanahashi throws another forearm, but Hashi throws it back! They stand, egg each other on, and the forearms fly faster and faster! Fans rally, SHOTEI rocks Hashi! Tanahashi runs, but into Goto’s fireman’s carry! Tanahashi slips off but Goto powers him into the corner!

Hashi runs in and Goto moves, Hashi CHOPS Tanahashi! Hashi feeds Tanahashi to the fireman’s carry but he slips off again! Tanahashi full nelsons but Goto breaks that and ducks, HIDDEN GAP! Fireman’s carry again, FIERCE FLASH! Fans fire up more as Bishamon says it’s time! They drag Tanahashi up, hook him up, but Tanahashi kicks Hashi away! Yano drags Hashi out while Tanahashi hits TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Yano puts Hashi back in, drags Goto out, and Tanahashi runs, into a CHOP! Hashi runs, dodges Tanahashi once, but the SLINGBLADE comes back around!! Fans fire up as Tanahashi climbs the corner!

Goto anchors Tanahashi’s legs! Tanahashi CLUBS Goto but Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi! Hashi climbs up, but Yano LOW BLOWS Goto! Yano slips in and grabs Hashi for the ONIGOROSHI BOMB!! Tanahashi adjusts, HIGH FLY FLOW!!! Direct hit!! Cover, Ace & Joker win!!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toru Yano, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Goto & Hashi earn 0)

The World Tag League 2021 winners have fallen to 2-2! Are their chances of back-to-back wins in jeopardy?

As for Yano & Tanahashi, Tanahashi gets the mic to thank the fans for coming tonight. “Hey, Toru, it’s great to hear the cheers, huh?” Fans cheer because it’s great TO cheer! Tanahashi says he wants to have this every day, “so make sure you stay safe and healthy so that happens! Thank you for today!” Fans cheer for that, and they want the air guitar! Tanahashi borrows one from a fan on the east side, that he passes to Yano! Yano’s happy to be part of a rare air guitar duet! Master Wato even has his on commentary, so now it’s a trio! “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “LET’S ROCK!” The jam session is on!

Fans clap along as Yano is a natural! Fans cheer but they want the “EN-CO-RU! EN-CO-RU!” Tanahashi is never one to disappoint the fans, and Yano gets his chair guitar! They jam out again, and Yano can truly do it all! But he’s not gonna throw the chair to the fans, that’s dangerous. But the fans want another encore! Tanahashi says, “LAST ONE! Yano takes a seat in his chair for air DRUMS! Now it’s a real jam session! Big finish and…! Fans cheer the great performance, and Tanahashi gets the mic back. “Toru and Hiroshi are going for the trophies, so keep supporting us! And keep supporting NJPW! Finally, people of Shizuoka… ASHITEMASU~!”

Will love, energy and comedy propel the Joker & the Ace to the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 4-0, 8 points
The Mighty: 3-1, 6 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-1, 6 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 2-2, 4 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-2, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-2, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-2, 4 points
Chase & Fale: 2-2, 4 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-4, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-4, 0 points


My Thoughts:

Another really good event and a really good round for World Tag League. I’m a little surprised Coughlin & Kidd haven’t gotten a win yet, but they always look solid in their matches. Great stuff back to back for the United Empire, even though Khan & Henare did lose. Khan helping Aussie Open was good stuff, though, and of course the House of Torture keep losing big time. Also, Naito & Sanada losing again puts the pressure on them, they could have an even stronger showing in the second half of this tournament. Tanahashi & Yano winning to close was a bit of a surprise, but they’re a great team and huge fan favorites, I would love to see them be a team for more than just World Tag League.

My Score: 8.7/10


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