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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (8/28/18)

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The Queen and the Princess battle 1v1 in Carmella’s rematch for the SmackDown Women’s Championship! Plus, a new tag team title contender tournament begins!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament Triple Threat: The Bar VS The Club VS The Colons; The Bar wins and advance to the next round.
  • Naomi VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce; Billie wins.
  • Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Daniel Bryan w/ Brie Bella; Bryan wins, by disqualification.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Carmella; Charlotte wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

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Awww~, Toronto~!

Don’t be sour, clap for the FIVE-time champs and FEEL~! The POWER~! Yes, the NEW Smackdown Tag Team Champions have a Stanley Cup of Pancakes to celebrate this momentous occasion. They won after an instant classic No Disqualification Tag Team match against the Bludgeon Brothers, Harper & Rowan. And with Toronto giving them a standing ovation, Xavier Woods and “ya boys” have some words to say. They did what they do best and became W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~! Harper & Rowan are ferocious no doubt, but The New Day put them out like a light (like a light!) and there’s no place they’d rather celebrate than in Toronto! Big E has waited to finally do this. They are not just one-time, two-time, three-time or four-time, they are– Wait, is that…? It’s KING BOOKAH!!

Yes, the Five-Time WCW World Heavyweight Champion honors us with his presence! Booker T heads to the ring, and The New Day is speechless with excitement. “Hear ye, hear ye,” King Bookah, Ruler of SmackDown, is here. Doth our eyes deceive us? Is it he, the WWE Hall of Fame Master of the Spinarooni?! The New Day kneel before their king, and Booker has a royal decree that he is proud to give in front of Toronto and the WWE Universe. Booker grants Lord Xavier the Wise, Sir Kofi the Brave, and… Big E, access to the most royal club of them all!

Wait, wait, where is Big E’s regal title? Umm… Well he already has it. It’s “Big”! But King, you just went Full Saxton! You did not just say that. Be on your knees and kiss his feet. There is only one man in the five-time five-time etc. club. “Until now.” Welcome to the Five Timers of All Time Club! Now Can You Dig that, SUCKAAAA!?!? The New Day help Booker T with his royal scepter, cape and crown because he’s about to give us… The SPINAROONI! Xavier hits one, too! So does Kofi! But wait, let’s see if Big E can do it. Big E is given space, gets on his knee, but only flops and flails. The New Day help him spin through it. All Hail King Bookah! All Hail The New Day!

But The New Day aren’t done out here, because they get their own commentary table! They’ll want to watch this very important tag team match that’s coming up next!

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament Triple Threat: The Bar VS The Club VS The Colons!

While The New Day took the titles from The Bludgeon Brothers, Harper & Rowan are in no shape for an immediate rematch. Therefore, GM Paige decided on a massive tag team tournament, as inspired by Cesaro & Sheamus accepting the challenge from Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson. However, she added Primo & Epico to the mix, which duo will move on towards becoming the new challengers to the newly crowned Five-Time Tag Champs?

SmackDown returns with all three teams in the ring and sorting out who starts. Sheamus and Anderson start, and the Celtic Gladiator gets a headlock takeover. Machine Gun headscissors but Sheamus pops out. Sheamus powers out of a headlock then runs Anderson over. Things speed up and Anderson dropkicks Sheamus’ leg out. Anderson adds another dropkick then covers, TWO. Anderson keeps on Sheamus while the New Day adds their comments. Sheamus tags in Cesaro and Cesaro gives a European Uppercut to Anderson. Anderson reverses the whip but runs into a bout, to give back a back elbow! Cover, TWO, but Anderson wrenches the arm. He tags to Gallows and Gallows kicks Cesaro. Gallows bumps and body shots Cesaro in the corner, the uppercut drops Cesaro off his feet. Gallows suplexes then covers, TWO.

Cesaro is put back in the Club’s corner, and Anderson tags in. The Club mug Cesaro then Anderson gives a EuroUpper. Cesaro gives one back, but Primo tags in. Primo walks into an arm-drag, and Anderson makes it an armlock. Anderson brings Primo up but Primo knees. Primo chops, then whips. Anderson sunset flips but Primo stays up to tag Epico. The Colons double kick then cover, TWO. Epico argues with the ref while he drags Anderson up. Epico gives Anderson punches and elbows, then tries to suplex. Anderson reverses to a cradle, TWO. Anderson runs Epico over then whips, but Epico reverses. Epico misses in the corner and gets the jump kick! Abs Anderson hops up but Primo distracts. Epico shoves Anderson down, then tags Primo.

Primo runs Anderson over on the outside, then grins while we go picture in picture. He stomps away on Anderson, then puts him in the ring. Primo slingshot sentons then dropkicks Anderson down. He drags Anderson into body scissors and a cobra clutch. Anderson endures as Primo shifts to just the cobra clutch, but fans rally up. Anderson gets up and reaches, but Epico tags in. Epico kicks Anderson down, then drives punches into the ear and cheek of Anderson. Gallows protests but the ref keeps him bakc. Epico drags Anderson up, and then holds Anderson up for the suplex, maybe even a brainbuster. Cover, TWO, and the Colons are frustrated. Epico keeps on Anderson, but Sheamus tags in! Sheamus gets Epico to go back to his corner, then kicks Anderson. Tag to Cesaro for Super Saiyan Kicks. Cover, TWO!

Cesaro grinds Anderson down with a chinlock. Fans rally up again and Anderson endures. They stand up, and Anderson back suplexes Cesaro down! Both men crawl for any corner, so Primo tags in via Cesaro. Cesaro reluctantly returns to The Bar’s corner while Primo throws hands. Anderson counters and rocks Primo with forearms. Anderson backs Primo up, but is given a quick takedown slam. Primo drags Anderson to a cover, TWO. He puts Anderson on the ropes, runs, and misses the colon rope attack! Cesaro tags in but Primo shoves him. Epico and Sheamus come in and the four start brawling! The Bar throw the Colons out, then Cesaro hits Gallows Anderson ducks and goes for a tag but Gallows ins’t there. Sheamus tags in and then tackles Anderson. Cesaro climbs up, elbow drop bakcbreaker! Cover, TWO!

The New Day like what they see, but can tell Anderson is in both good shape and rough shape as Sheamus lifts Anderson. Sheamus uses the Canadian backbreaker rack to bend Anderson. Anderosn slips out to give Sheamus a neckbreaker! Both men crawl as fans rally up. Hot tags to Cesaro and Gallows! Big Doc Gallows rallies on Cesaro and then hits a corner splash! He roundhouses Cesaro off his feet! Gallows boots Epico, too, then brings Cesaro up for the pumphandle slam! Gallows runs, for the big splash! Cover, TWO! Gallows runs at Cesaro but gets boots. Primo tags in, takes Cesaro up, but leaps into a YAKUZA Kick! Cover, Sheamus breaks it! Anderson gives Sheamus a Spienbuster! Gallows and Anderson give Cesaro the back suplex neckbreaker! The Club fires up, as does Toronto!

The Club grabs Primo, but Epico backstabs Anderson! Gallows misses Epico and hits Sheamus. Cesaro tags from Primo just as The Colons hit a DOUBLE Backstabber! Cesaro uppercuts Epico while Sheamus BROGUES Primo! Cover on Gallows, The Bar WINS!

Winners: The Bar, Sheamus pinning; advance to the next round

The New Day is pumped up, they know one possible challenger for their titles. Will The Bar get through whoever meets them next time? Tensions mount already between them and The New Day!

 

Paige brings in Team Rusev Day.

Rusev & Aiden English, along with Lana, are all on the same page these days. They want in the tag title scene, and Paige agrees. Therefore, Rusev & English VS The Usos VS SAnitY, winners move on to face The Bar for the #1 contender’s match. Wow! What a great present for Rusev & Lana Day! Mr. Machka thanks his wife, but it wasn’t even Lana who asked for this. It was his best buddy, English! Save the celebration for later, it’s time to focus and win on Rusev Daaaay~!

 

Jeff Hardy heads to the ring!

The Charismatic Enigma got a modicum of revenge on The Viper last week as the two went out and around the arena. Randy Orton wants to erase Hardy’s identity, but Hardy has words for the Legend Killer. “Since returning to SmackDown Live, Randy Orton has had this strange obsession with me.” Orton has beaten his body and gotten in his head. In fact, Orton made Hardy believe he could fly, which is why last week, he used his Swanton Bomb off the upper level! Orton make think Hardy is a stepping stone, but he’s wrong. Hardy felt alive after what he did! He felt like the Jeff Hardy of old, Re-broken by fate! “And this is just the beginning.” Orton must hear Hardy’s words, so let Hardy finish what Orton started!

Randy Orton appears! He stares at Hardy from the stage. The high-flying Hardy reborn, congratulations. And Orton appreciates being given credit for that. But the truth is, Orton isn’t finished working on Hardy. This version of Jeff Hardy that everyone adores will be what Orton takes away. This is the career he’s looking to end with broken bones in the middle of the ring. Orton approaches the ring and Hardy is ready for a fight, but Orton isn’t getting in on Hardy’s terms. Hardy isn’t as dumb as these Canadians. But Orton leaves them with this: Apex Predator, Viper, Legend Killer, those don’t matter compared to the three most destructive letters ever. R, K–

NO!! Orton is going to Hell and Hardy’s taking him there, with Hell in a Cell! Hardy mocks Orton’s signature pose, but what does Orton say to that challenge? He simply drops the mic. Is that a yes? And if so, will Orton get exactly what he wants inside that sinister steel structure? Or will Jeff Hardy render The Viper OBSOLETE?

 

Backstage interview with Carmella.

The FABULOUS Princess prepares for her title rematch, but is she worried about Becky’s buzz? The buzz is with the title, and that means Carmella was the hottest woman for the last four months. She brought attention to the Women’s Division, not Becky or Charlotte. Charlotte didn’t pin Crmella while Carmella’s beaten Charlotte twice. Carmella promises a third, and then the BFF’s can have their Best Friend Fight somewhere else. Those two are chump change but #MellaIsMoney. She leaves, but R-Truth is on the hunt? Tye Dillinger comes by and tries to talk reason into him. Let Carmella have her match. Right, the timing. Soon enough, the Truth shall set her free! The Perfect 10 sighs for his own burden. But will Carmella really defeat Charlotte a third time?

 

Naomi VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce!

The IIconics are 1-0 against #FeelTheGlow, and are going for the sweep. Will Naomi turn things around? Or will Billie prove #TheFutureIsIIconic?

The IIconics share a secret: Billie is clairvoyant. No one here knows what that means. Oh right. That means Billie sees the future. She predicted Peyton would win last week, and she did! What does Billie see now? Toronto Raptors have a dismal season. And Naomi having nightmares over losing again. She’s frozen with fear! No, that’s just how she always looks. Fans retaliate with “Let’s go Raptors!” chants, but wait, Peyton sees the future! The Future is IIconic! The bell rings and we begin!

Naomi dropkicks then leg drops! TWO, and Billie grabs Naomi’s hair. Naomi drags Billie all the way around, some hair comes out, and Billie kicks Naomi down. Billie rains rights then covers, TWO. She argues with the ref, but then taunts Lil’ Miss Glow not being IIconic. Naomi jawbreakers then roundhouses Billie for that. Then Naomi rallies with lariats and elbows. She tops it off with a corner buckle bulldog, then hits back with another roundhouse. Naomi brings Billie up but Billie knees low. Billie whips but Naomi reverses, and the IIconcis almost collide. Naomi rolls Billie, TWO, and Naomi is at the ropes. She kicks Billie away, but then as the ref checks on Billie, Peyton kicks Naomi! Roll up, Billie wins!

Winner: Billie Kay, by pinfall

There’s the sweep! The “prediction” comes true, but it wasn’t without an assist. Will Naomi ever turn her luck around? Or are the IIconics headed up and up to bigger and better?

 

Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella head to the ring!

Mr. & Mrs. Yes Movement are ready to give Miz & Mrs. a taste of their own medicine at Hell in a Cell for their Mixed Tag Match, and get a great ovation from Toronto. Last week, Miz & Maryse mocked Bryan’s retirement speech, but it was all an act. Everything is an act for them, like Miz acts like he has the strongest punch in WWE. But Miz is a very poor actor. Because Bryan got Miz to use Maryse as a shield, so that’s when Brie came out to punch him right in the face! Brie knows she doesn’t have to fight Bryan’s battles, but a wife can only take so much before going off.

Brie is sick that Maryse helps Miz win, and they always run their mouths. She wanted Maryse, but it felt so good to hit Miz! Bryan isn’t acting when he says, “it was also really hot.” Brie is a butt-kicking, diaper-changing hot mama! And Maryse can’t hide behind Miz, because–

El Idolo & La Muneca interrupt. Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega counter Brie & Bryan by saying it’s an “honor” to be next to two legends. Brie Bella and Andrade Almas. Oh, sorry, Bryan. Zelina formally introduces herself as the breath-taking, deal-making Doll to El Idolo. And since arriving, Almas has successfully put Sin Cara on the shelf, taken AJ Styles to the limit, and even pinned Rusev. Therefore, it’s time for Almas to show he can out-wrestle Bryan. Almas says that Bryan can have his battle with Miz, but the reality star is the one in this ring: Almas! Bryan would love to make this match official right now, but he’s not the SmackDown GM. “If only there was someone in the back” who could make this a match. Well, this is embarrassing, Paige doesn’t show up right away. Oh wait there she is!

The Glampire is out of breath. She had to run from her office to gorilla. But yes, the SmackDown GM is on the scene, and she’s going to give the WWE Universe what we want. Do the fans want Bryan VS Almas? “YES!” In that case, what are we waiting for? Get a ref!

 

Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Daniel Bryan w/ Brie Bella!

The challenge is accepted, the match is made, but will El Idolo make good on his word to out-wrestle and out-shine The Goat?

SmackDown returns as this first-time-ever match begins. Bryan has the fans on his side as he ties up with Almas. They go around and Bryan brings Almas in for a wristlock takedown. Almas gets up quick for a quick takedown, but Bryan gets loose. They circle again and tie up. Almas gets a headlock, but Bryan powers out. Almas runs Bryan over, then runs. Things speed up and Almas goes Tranquilo. Bryan dropkicks him out of it! Bryan brings Almas back into the ring but Almas tackles him on the return. Almas gives an uppercut and a corner to corner whip. Bryan tries to boot Almas but Almas gives him the draping backbreaker and elbow drop while Miz & Maryse watch. Cover, TWO.

Almas keeps on Bryan with knees and a whip, but Bryan reverses. Almas gets Bryan up in a modified Gory Especial! Byran endures, pops his way up and around to a sunset flip! TWO, and Almas gives Bryan a LOUD chop! Almas puts Bryan in the corner for more chops. Bryan turns it around to chop Almas, but Almas dares him to give more. Bryan obliges, then shifts to kicks. “YES! YES!” with every kick, and then Bryan whips Almas corner to corner. Bryan runs in and hits the dropkick! He keeps going, but gets a big knee from Almas! Almas keeps going, but misses! He crashes and burns while Bryan recovers in the ring.

Vega coaches Almas up but Bryan is on the apron. Bryan hits a flying knee! Vega panics but Toronto echoes “YES! YES!” Bryan puts Almas back in, then climbs up top. Bryan jumps but Almas gets under, to use the boot feint for the back elbow! Cover, TWO! Miz & Maryse continue to watch, and whisper strategy. Maryse & Miz head somewhere while we go picture in picture.

Bryan and Almas slowly get back up, but Almas stomps Bryan first. Almas embraces the heat while he backs off. Vega applauds while Almas brings Bryan back up. Almas suplexes then covers, TWO. Almas rains down rights out of frustration, then mocks the Yes chant. Fans don’t take too kindly to that, but Vega has Almas ignore it. Almas brings Bryan up with an arm wrench, then back down with an armlock. Bryan endures as he gets up, but he gets a knee. Almas whips but Bryan goes up and over to speed up and hit Almas with a leaipng lariat! Bryan fires up while Vega panics. Bryan gives more Yes Kicks! Almas ducks but is sent to the apron. We go single picture as Almas gest teh hanging armbar! He lets go at 4, then covers, TWO!

Brie grows worried for Bryan as Almas climbs up top. Bryan stands and hurries over to dropkick Almas! He then climbs up to join Almas, for a SUPER butterfly suplex! But now Miz & Maryse appear! The Hollywood A-Lister swaggers out, but where did his wife go? Bryan is distracted, Almas pounces, but Bryan DIVES on Miz! Bryan throws hands, but then Almas FLIES onto Bryan! Almas puts Bryan back in, inverted tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Bryan isn’t screwed out yet, but “This is Awesome!” Almas positions Bryan while going to the corner. He climbs up, but Bryan boots the moonsault! YES LOCK! Vega distracts but Brie trips her up and knocks her out! But wait, Maryse pushes Brie into a post! Then Miz goes after Bryan!

Winner: Daniel Bryan, by disqualification

The Miz feeds Bryan to Almas’s Idolo Hammerlock DDT! Mr. & Mrs. Awesome get one over on Mr. & Mrs. Yes Movement, with Miz putting a Yes Lock on Bryan while Brie watches. Then Vega gives Brie Cien Knees! Maryse taunts Bryan as she gives Brie a DDT! Bryan crawls to his wife, but then gets a Skull-Crushing Finale! Miz & Maryse are so proud of themselves for this, and celebrate with a kiss. Hell in a Cell will be must-see, but will it be a happy ending for the Hollywood couple?

 

Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.

The Queen has been on an emotional roller coaster. She gained the title but lost a friend. Becky Lynch thinks she deserves a title. No one deserves something they don’t win. Charlotte couldn’t let Becky win, and wouldn’t have blamed Becky if tables were turned. Becky blames Charlotte for not winning the big one. Charlotte won’t apologize for working hard and busting her ass to win. She won’t let anyone take this away from her, even a former friend. If Becky wants center stage, then maybe after Charlotte runs through Carmella, that’s what Becky will get. What does Charlotte mean by that? Perhaps we’ll see after tonight.

 

AJ Styles heads to the ring!

The Phenomenal WWE Champion has had his troubles with Samoa Joe all month, and after the No DQ finish at Summerslam, there will be a rematch at the Hell in a Cell PPV. Styles promises to end Joe’s harassment, and will speak after the break.

SmackDown returns and Styles has his mic. Styles sees the review footage of what Joe did to him last week, and he’s angry all over again. He calms down to say “It’s official. Samoa Joe VS AJ Styles at Hell in a Cell”, for the WWE Championship. Good work, Joe, really. He’s great with mind games, he has Styles where he wants him. Joe brought Styles’ wife and daughter into this, but isn’t man enough to actually get the title. But why play games? Why not just face Styles like a man? “Because you’re not, Joe. You’re not a man.” Styles vows to end the games right here and now. Styles IS WWE Champion, and makes the rules around here. He doesn’t need to wait, he wants to face Joe NOW! It isn’t’ a threat, this is a demand by the champion to knock Joe’s teeth down his throat!

Styles waits, but Joe laughs on the titantron. “Oh, AJ~!” Joe isn’t going to come out there, just look at Styles proving his point. Styles acts like a hero, but who is there for his kids? Joe isn’t done playing daddy yet, it’s just too much fun. Joe calls someone? “Hello, Wendy.” She knows who this is. How is little Annie? Easy now, Wendy, just listen. Joe will keep a promise Styles never did: Styles is headed home. Are they on for the back-to-school BBQ? Save Joe a plate for next Tuesday. Joe laughs more, which only pisses Styles off! Styles rushes to the back to find Joe, but is this only Joe’s game going to the next level?

 

AJ Styles searches for Samoa Joe.

He runs through the backstage area, but Joe is nowhere to be found. Styles is furious all over again, and almost hits an event staffer. He works to cool off, but will he just seethe all the way to Hell in a Cell?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Carmella!

Controversies aside, the FABULOUS Princess of Staten Island does have two wins over The Queen of Queen City. Of course, Charlotte got one win back to then earn a spot in the title match at Summerslam, which is how she’s champion again at all. Will Carmella make it 3-1 and get the belt back? Or will Charlotte block her out to then turn her full attention to Straight Fire Becky Lynch?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Carmella and Charlotte circle and tie up. Carmella gets a waistlock but Charlotte standing switches. Charlotte throws Carmella down, then they stand back up. Carmella fights out of the waistlock to roll Charlotte, TWO. Fans chant “We Want Becky!” while Charlotte rolls Carmella. TWO and Carmella kicks Charlotte to then throw her down by her hair. Carmella wraps on a headlock and mocks the “WOO~!” Charlotte powers out and things speed up, but Carmella gets the headlock again. Charlotte lifts but Carmella gets a takedown. Carmella taunts as she makes it a cover, ONE. They stand up but Carmella bumps Charlotte off buckles. She puts the headlock back on, then repeats.

Fans still want Becky as Charlotte powers out and rolls Carmella again. TWO, but Charlotte throws Carmella with the exploder. Charlotte kips up and fans “WOO~”. Charlotte walks on Carmella then climbs up top, but Carmella knows this too well. She shoves Charlotte all the way off and Charlotte hits barriers! Carmella catches her breath while Charlotte stirs. Carmella aims, runs, and DIVES! Air Fabulous connects! She puts Charlotte back in, covers, TWO! The match continues while we take one last break.

SmackDown returns once more, and Carmella thrashes Charlotte around in a chinlock. Carmella mocks the “WOO~” again as she puts her weight on Charlotte. Fans rally and Charlotte powers up. Charlotte throws Carmella off, then gets her up for a back suplex. She can’t make the cover, but she does recover and catch her breath. The two stand and Carmella throws forearms. Charlotte gives those Flair chops in return! Carmella runs, wheelbarrows and arm-drags. She dropkicks Charlotte down, then grins. Fans fire up as Charlotte drags herself up in a corner. Carmella trash talks and runs in, but is put on the apron. She hits Charlotte away, then counters the shoulder with a kick! Carmella climbs and flies fora crossbody! Charlotte rolls through, TWO!

Charlotte goes to spear but gets a kick to the leg. Carmella gives a Fabulous Flat Liner, cover, TWO! She grows frustrated even though Charlotte looks exhausted. Carmella throws hammer hands, then goes after Charlotte in a corner. She misses, tries for her Fabulous Steiner, but Charlotte works to counter! Carmella sits up and pulls hair, but Charlotte tries to use that for a bomb. Carmella STILL Fabulous Steiners! Cover, TWO!! That was so close and Carmella can feel it. Fans rally up as Carmella drags Charlotte up again. She throws more furious hammer hands. She and Charlotte brawl as Carmella shrieks. Carmella brings Charlotte up again, sunset flips, but Charlotte rolls through. Carmella pushes her away, FABULOUS Kick, and another! Cover, TWO!! Another cover, TWO! High stack, TWO!!

Carmella can’t explain why she hasn’t won yet. She stands up while Charlotte stirs. Charlotte blocks the kick, SPEAR! Then Natural Selection! But she’s not done, Figure Four, to Figure EIGHT! Carmella endures, reaches, shrieks, but taps! Charlotte wins!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission; still WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion

The Queen takes care of the Princess, but here comes Becky! Becky won’t let Charlotte enjoy her moment, and fans are okay with that! She gives Charlotte a kick down, then demands a mic! Fans chant “Let’s Go Becky!” Becky holds up the belt and then tells Charlotte, “When I get my way come Hell in a Cell, I’m taking my title back, you bitch!” Fans are thunderous for the Lass Kicker. Will Becky kick some serious lass in three weeks?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a great SmackDown! They didn’t bother with Super Showdown build, they didn’t put too much on Evolution, they just focused on Hell in a Cell, which really helped. We started with a bang, too, as New Day celebrated with KING BOOKAH! It was great to “formally” induct them into the Five-Time Club, this fifth run is going to be great. Then the truly surprise Triple Threat was great. The Colons haven’t gotten much TV play but man they didn’t show any rust on them. They were a nice X-factor in the match, but in the end The Bar wins by taking advantage of their work. Rusev Day VS Usos VS SAnitY is the next triple threat, and I really hope Rusev Day wins that one. I don’t want that team breaking up, but if it must happen, then let it happen when The Bar likely beats them later.

I like that Jeff Hardy wants Randy Orton for THE Hell in a Cell match, and we finally get to see him give it a try, but now I fear he’s going to Swanton off the very top. Last we knew, Jeff had to worry about his back, so hopefully he doesn’t put himself through too much in this grudge match. I’m surprised Styles VS Joe wasn’t automatically a Cell match, too, but after what Joe has said, said tonight and what might say next week to get on Styles’ nerves, I hope something happens to make their rematch a Cell match. Almas VS Bryan was pretty solid, even with Miz & Maryse getting involved. The feud is intensifying, so that Mixed Tag Match is going to be really good now.

That SmackDown Women’s Championship match was pretty great, too. Carmella really has improved in the ring for being the Last Real Diva in WWE. That suicide dive of hers is pretty solid, but naturally Charlotte wins because we’re moving on to Charlotte VS Becky. If Hardy VS Orton and Styles VS Joe weren’t already so heated to deserve a Cell match, I’d love for another Women’s Cell match. Becky is still being written as the Heel but adored as the Face, so her winning the title back and doing it in extreme fashion would be all the better. Of course, Charlotte will likely win again, but I hope in that scenario, Becky wins at WWE Evolution because that’s another great venue for her crowning moment.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Lestat, Rey Samuray, Asturiano vs Rey Apocalipsis, Joker, and Guerrero Espacial

Samuray and Joker start off and Samuray is so much taller than Joker. They start grappling on their feet which soon becomes mat wrestling. Asturiano and Guerrero make their way in and continue the trend of grappling. They hit a stale mate and shake hands bringing in Lestat and Apocalipsis. They pick up the pace as Lestat attacks his partners in the corner. Lestat gets Apocalipsis out of the ring, and hits Guerrero with a fireman’s carry. Then Samuray hits a springboard 450 for the pin. Asturiano hits a lionsault on Joker for the fall. First Fall: Asturiano hits a lionsault on Joker for the pin.

Lestat and Apocalipsis start off the next fall. Lestat hits a hurricanrana and goes for a top rope dive but Rey’s female companion covers him. Asturiano comes in with Joker briefly but he hits a pose and Samuray and Guerrero enter. Samuray hits a head scissors then a springboard arm drag, then feigns a dive. Lestat comes in with Apocalipsis. Rey has him in his corner and they take him out. Asturiano comes to make the save but he suffers the same fate. Samuray gets triple teamed until he’s hit with a fireman’s carry then a splash off the top by Joker which pins him. Lestat comes in and gets double teamed and then Guerrero submits him for the fall. Second Fall: Guerrero Espacial submits Lestat with a stretch for the fall.

Third fall starts with Lestat being triple teamed. Samuray makes the save and they start to exchange spots. Lestat comes in and hits a springboard leg drop on Apocalipsis but the count is broken up. Rey Samuray hits a lionsault but gets up after 2. Samuray hits a rotating dive off the top on Guerrero for the pin. Joker then hits him with a canadian destroyer for a pin. Apocalipsis and Lestat get in. Lestat hits a death valley driver. He goes to the top and misses the swanton bomb. Apocalipsis gets him in a leg roll which leads to an arm bar for the win. Third Fall: Apocalipsis submits Lestat with an arm bar.

Winners: Rey Apocalipsis, Joker, and Guerrero Espacial

Marcella, Lluvia, and La Vaquerita vs Dayls, Tiffany, Amapola

Tiffany starts with Vaquerita. They exchange submission holds and counters. Lluvia and Dayls make their way in. They start to work at a faster pace until Lluvia stops and takes her shirt off. Dayls doesn’t let up and attacks her after. Lluvia hits a face buster and feigns a dive. This brings in Marcella and Amapola. Marcella hits a head scissor take over then a foot stomp from the top. The match starts to break down, Vaquerita hits a drop kick off the top, then Lluvia hits one in the corner on Dayls for the fall. First Fall: Lluvia pins Dayls with a corner drop kick.

Marcella starts with Tiffany and they’re slapping each other in the chest to start. It quickly breaks down and all 6 women are in the ring. The two other are taken out and Vaquerita gets triple teamed. She gets taken out and Lluvia comes in and she gets drop kicked to the ramp. Marcella tries to help but she’s drop kicked to the floor. Tiffany gets Vaquerita in a torture rack like submission for the fall. Second Fall: Tiffany submits La Vaquerita with a modified torture rack.

Third round begins with more triple teaming on Marcella. They take one out and move on to triple teaming the next. They make a come back and get a triple submission in the center of the ring but it’s broken up. Marcella goes for a vertical suplex but Dayls reverses it into a small package for the win. Third Fall: Dayls pins Marcella with a small package.

Winners: Dayls, Tiffany, and Amapola

Diamante Azul, Kraneo, and Volcano vs Hechicero, Templario, and El Felino

Volcano starts off with Templario and I don’t think you’re going to see much mat wrestling with Volcano. Templario tries to move around Volcano but he can’t because he’s too big. Volcano hits a big boot on Templario sending him to the outside. All of them stare down for a moment before Azul and Hechicero come in. Hechicero tries to unmask him while they’re grappling on the ground. Felino gets in their next with Kraneo next. Kraneo body slams Felino and is about to go for a splash but then Templario and Hechicero come in to attack him and this leads to a brawl. They hit Kraneo with a triple team spine buster but sell their backs afterwards. They get him in a triple submission afterwards. Hechicero hits a running knee on Azul and Felino pins him. First Fall: Hechicero hits a running knee on Diamante Azul and Felino pins him.

Second fall begins with them interacting with the midgets that are ring side. Hechicero and Templario hit a double suplex on Volcano. Hechicero, Templario, and Felino continue to triple team everybody. They start to make a come back and Kraneo hits Felino with a hip attack in the corner. Volcano hits a sit out press slam on Templario for the pin. Azul body slams Hechicero and Kraneo goes up to the top for a splash and pin. Second Fall: Kraneo pins Hechicero with a splash off the top.

Third round starts with Kraneo and Felino in the ring attacking each other. Kraneo hits a double splash on Hechicero and Templario after they try to double him. Templario then is in there alone with Volcano and he’s trying to get him down again. He gets Templario out of there, Hechicero comes in and tries to hit a springboard attack but he’s caught and slammed. Felino tries his hand but to no avail, and Volcano feigns a dive when Felino goes to the outside. I don’t think we’ll be seeing him dive. Templario is in there with Azul now. Azul gets off rapid fire tilt-a-whirl back breakers. Azul hits a hurricanrana on Hechicero then goes for a middle rope dive. Leading to Templario and Volcano in the ring again. Volcano hits a spine bsuter then his handspring splash. Kraneo sits on Felino after a failed sunset flip for the win. Third Fall: Kraneo sits out on El Felino after a failed sunset flip.

Winners: Kraneo, Volcano, Diamante Azul

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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.5 ~ 12TH OCTOBER 2018

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CURRENT TOUR RECAP
As Noah head towards the end of the year, Autumn Navigation began on October 7th in Gunma. I am afraid I don’t have too much information about the first two shows.

Naomichi Marufuji’s feud (not so much Akitoshi Saito’s) with Mitsuya Nagai and “The Hooligans” began in earnest. Marufuji came out with a weary expression like he had to deal with something that was tiresome (and to him it is, as he says that The Hooligans are not worthy of the title shot, although he’s had to begrudgingly give them one), and this match was to prove just to be that as Nagai came out to “second”.

“Second” in this case being another word for “interfere”, which he did by pulling the referee out of the ring when Marufuji went for the pin on Taniguchi. While the ref and Nagai argued, Cody Hall used the distraction to creep into the ring and ambush Marufuji with “The Hooligan” bomb, meaning that Taniguchi got the win when the ref got back in the ring.

Afterwards The Hooligans stood over Marufuji, Cody Hall & Taniguchi holding the heavyweight tag belts, and Taniguchi with his foot on him.

Marufuji said afterwards that he was irritated before, but he’s angry now, and he’s had enough. This wasn’t enough, however, to stop The Hooligans from running over them again on the 11th October.

Noah have started the pre-matches for Global League; on the 11th October, Masa Kitamiya and Katsuhiko Nakajima faced off against each other after a long while. Nakajima, as ever, smirking when kicking someone, this time his tag partner.

NEWS

NOAH MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE IN EUROPE & USA
IPW have announced that they have become the official merchandise vendor for Noah for Europe, and I understand they also deliver to the USA. I am afraid for any other country, you would need to check directly with them. Shop can be accessed via the link above.

“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS”
Kenoh’s column this week is thought to be generally not too interesting (aside from maybe the end about appearing in a quiz show), but he does give some interesting insights into life in Noah and how wrestlers branching out into other programs beyond wrestling, can help a product.

Speaking of Kenoh, I read a very sweet story in an interview earlier this week.

When Kenoh was a tiny infant (about two or three), he used to stand at the window of the Nippon Kempo watching them practice until his mother removed him. Even when it snowed, he would stand at the window.

His mother later asked if he could see inside, and then enrolled him in the school.

NAOMICHI MARUFUJI VS HIKARU SHIDA
For her tenth anniversary in wrestling, Hikaru Shida challenged Naomichi Marufuji to a rematch. They had last clashed on April 17th, and she had been knocked out within a few minutes (108 seconds to be precise). This time she managed to last eighteen minutes with him. He took knee attacks, and she took chops.

Marufuji won with the high knee, and said afterwards that “the match was fun, and with so much potential, I want you to be the top girl”.”.

WINTER NAVIGATION 2018 & EARLY DATES FOR JANUARY 2019
Noah have announced the dates for “Winter Navigation 2018”, plus “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2” and “NOAHFul Gift in Differ”.

They have also announced dates for January 2019.

Last year NOAHFUL Gift was held in ShinKiba, this year it will be being held at Korakuen Hall. Although Noah have announced no plans for the format as of yet, it will most likely feature the flea market in which Noah sell their old ring wear to fans (in the old days they would also serve Dojo chanko) and the usual battle royal and comedy matches.

Genba Hirayanagi threatened to appear last year in some gnarly old pants when he heard there was a flea-market. Sugiura said no one would want them, and Marufuji told him that it was “called obstruction of business”.

Thankfully Genba’s questionable taste in clothes is not a recurring feature, but Akitoshi Saito in cosplay is. In past years we have seen a lounge singer (complete with frilled cuffs, cummerbund and a velvet suit), and a pigtailed joshi. 2017 saw him in a video which was played in installments throughout the evening flanked by Moose in a Burger King hat, Eddie Edwards in a Santa hat (both were trying not to laugh), and Saito in various stages of undress whilst wearing a wig and make-up.

During the Battle Royale last year, everyone dressed up; well, almost everyone, as Kenoh appeared in an old karate outfit, and HAYATA came as himself in DOVE Pro. Other highlights included Takashi Sugiura being labelled a “vulgar and tasteless Santa” by Tokyo Sports, Hi69 was a “Panda” (his costume was purple tights and Panda face-paint, and according to Hajime Ohara he had gone out and bought his costume the night before, leading Sugi to point, laugh and say “that’s not a Panda, that’s a monster), Hajime Ohara as Kiki from “Kiki’s Delivery Service” complete with satchel full of bakery goods, a Jiji on his shoulder, black wig with a bow and a broom, Hitoshi Kumano as a bear, Daisuke Harada as HAYATA (which HAYATA did not appreciate and glared at him afterwards) and of course the inevitable Mr. Koto (Atsushi Kotoge).

Needless to say its a fun show, and if you are going to be in Tokyo over Christmas\New Year, I not only envy you, I also highly recommend you go and see it. All grudges, rivalries and title matches are put aside, and the roster relax and have fun.

OUTSIDE PARTICIPATION
Naomichi Marufuji and Hi69 will miss Noah’s event on the 18th November as they will be participating in Ryuku Dragon Pro in Okinawa

Kenoh will be appearing for KAIENTAI DOJO on Sunday October 28th, he will team with Tank Nagai against Yuri Asakawa & Kengo Mashimo.

Junta Miyawaki will make his second appearance for YOUNGDOMS (FREEDOMS sub brand) on the 5th November, he will team with Shunsuke Sayama vs Toru Sugiura and SUSUMU

GHC BELT NEWS

Current champions

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
  • GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69

The GHC Heavyweight Championship currently has no challenger as Global League will begin in late October to determine the number one contender.

Daisuke Harada and Atsushi Kotoge will clash over the GHC Junior Championship on October 30th at Korakuen Hall (match signing to be held the same day)

Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito will defend the GHC Heavyweight Tag Championship against “The Hooligans” (Maybach Taniguchi and Cody Hall) on Sunday October 14th in Kobe.

The GHC Junior Tag Championship has not been challenged for yet.

TOUR TIDBITS

  • Naomichi Marufuji was involved in a minor car accident this week when someone reversed into him, he is fine fortunately.
  • Noah released Halloween Revolutionary cloaks for kids which were sold on the 11th October, with the Revolutionary Hero on hand to sign them. Atsushi Kotoge has said that the manufacturing cost is too high to make them for adults.
  • Takashi Sugiura gave a defense match interview, in it he said he wants to be the first reigning champion in history to win Global League, and if that happens he will nominate his own opponent, which will be Masato Tanaka. They have fought against each other in the past, but they have never had a title match over a single belt.
  • Mitsuya Nagai called a lady in the crowd “you old bag” because she was mouthing off to him.
  • Mohammed Yone’s disco ball for his entry has become a thing
  • People would like to see Atsushi Kotoge and Kaito Kiyomiya tag together and challenge for the belts
  • HAYATA has a new online diary, “HAYATAbot”, I am afraid that to access it requires a paid subscription
  • Kenoh will finally get his wish for a singles match with Naomichi Marufuji on the 8th November at Korakuen Hall for Global League 2018.
  • Like Hi69 does, Atsushi Kotoge did a short question time with fans on Twitter, highlights included; Kotoge saying he doesn’t drink at home, and Go Shiozaki asking what the capes were made of to which, Kotoge said playfully, “asshole, I’ll go and look”. He never actually answered Shiozaki’s question.
  • Kenoh’s friend, Masahiro-san (whom Kenoh has blocked, and who Masahiro-san calls “that asshole who blocked me”), posted a few candid pictures of when he stayed at Kenoh’s home for the night on Twitter. Masahiro-san usually deletes them a few minutes after posting, but they were there long enough to ascertain Kenoh bought tourist fodder Union Jack boxer shorts when he visited London for Frontline Pro Wrestling.
  • Hajime Ohara is holding exercise classes in Kawasaki which are open to adults of every age and sex. The classes will be simple exercises in how to build, tone and maintain muscles and how to exercises with a water bottle.

KING SHAMLESS’S CORNER
None this week, he’s managed to behave himself.

EVENT RECAPS
7TH OCTOBER 2018, NEW SUNPIA TAKASAKI, GUNMA
11TH OCTOBER 2018, OYAMA CITY CULTURAL CENTER SMALL HALL, OYAMA, TOCHIGI

LINKS
English language translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s biography, “Heir to The Ark”
Takashi Sugiura’s sixth defense interview
Akira Taue loved the “Talk Battle” with Toshiaki Kawada
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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: Destruction in Hiroshima 2018!

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AXS moves on in its NJPW coverage by bringing us Destruction in Hiroshima! Does the Best Bout Machine hold on to his title against the Stone Pitbull?

 

This coverage of Destruction in Hiroshima will be as broadcast by AXS TV.

Gifs can be found at http://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma VS Kazuchika Okada, Yoshi-Hashi & Jay White; Tanahashi, Makabe & Honma win.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega VS Tomohiro Ishii; Omega wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

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NJPW and AXS set the scene!

Kenny Omega continues his reign as the newest IWGP Heavyweight Champion after his epic 2 Out of 3 Falls match Kazuchika Okada. He has bested some of the best, such as The American Nightmare, Cody, at the G1 Special in San Francisco, and six straight victories in this year’s G1 Climax tournament. However, things were changed when The Stone Pitbull looked to play spoiler. Tomohiro Ishii was no longer in contention for the G1 Climax 28 Finals, but he was more concerned about evening the score from the IWGP United States Championship tournament. Ishii defeated Omega in a toughly contested match, and that would ultimately cost Omega his spot in the G1 Climax finals. That victory has earned Ishii his shot tonight in Hiroshima, but will he be able to repeat his upset performance? Or will the Best Bout Machine break the tie and retain the title?

 

Six Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma VS Kazuchika Okada, Yoshi-Hashi & Jay White!

There is much tension within the Chaos trio as the Switchblade has made it clear he wants to take control of the faction away from The Rainmaker. Can White and Okada get along, with the Head Hunter stuck in the middle, against The Ace, the Uncaged Gorilla and the “Innovator of Lighttube Death Matches”?

NJPW and AXS jump into this match as it is in progress. White tags in off Okada and chops away on Honma. He whips him corner to corner then chops Honma off his feet. White taunts Honma then brings him up, but Honma chops back. White elbows Honma’s neck and tries to suplex, but Honma blocks. Honma goes to suplex White but White reverses and chops him to a corner. White runs in but into a boot, and Honma runs out for a leaping shoulder tackle! Fans fire up for Honma as he crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Makabe, who runs White over with a shoulder then barrels into Okada. Yoshi-Hashi slips in to kick and run, but into a powerslam! Hashi exits while Makabe corner clotheslines White. Makabe climbs up to throw hands but White slips out underneath. White tags Okada in so he can get away.

Okada comes in but Makabe is on him with big forearms. Makabe whips Okada corner to corner then hits a corner clothesline. Makabe climbs up and gives corner punches, all the way to 10. He goes to Northern Lights but Okada fights it off. Okada runs but into a big lariat! Cover, TWO! Makabe brings Okada up but Okada resists, countering with a back drop. Okada runs in corner to corner for the clothesline, then hits a DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada drags Makabe up and wants the gut wrench but Makabe fights it. Makabe and Okada both club each other, but Okada gets the edge. Okada runs but ducks one clothesline to get the other! Both men are down, and fans rally up. Hot tag to Tanahashi!

The Ace hits Hashi and White, then focuses on Okada. Tanahahsi runs, but into the gut wrench! He turns it around to hit the swinging neckbreaker! He keeps moving as Okada stands, to bring him down with the slingblade! Cover, but Hashi breaks it. Makabe tosses Hashi out and Tanahashi gets moving again. Tanahashi climbs up but Okada dropkicks him! Okada drags Tanahashi off the top rope, still wanting the Tombstone. Tanahashi slips off to rock Okada with a palm strike! Tanahashi runs but into a dropkick! Fans rally up and Okada tags in Hashi. Hashi runs and hits the blockbuster! He hits Makabe and Honma then runs back at Tanahsahi for the chop in the corner. But White wants him to use a chair now? Hashi refuses, and Tanahashi hits White! Tanahashi gets Hashi in the dragon screw!

Honma hits Okada and then Makabe comes in. They and Tanahashi rally on Yoshi-Hashi with a corner dropkick, and feed to the double clothesline sandwich! Honma drops the headbutt! Tanahashi heads up top but White dumps him down! Makabe and White exit and get into a fight with White while Yoshi-Hashi gets up. Hashi runs but into a full nelson. He denies the dragon suplex, but Tanahashi wants the straitjacket. Okada runs in to save Hashi, and then Hashi runs. Tanahashi boots Yoshi-Hashi away, then elbows Okada. Yoshi-Hashi still comes back to grab Tanahashi, and Okada runs in. Tanahashi ducks, Okada’s boot goes into Yoshi-Hashi! Tanahshi small packages while Makabe trips Okada, Tanahashi’s team wins!

Winners: Tanahashi, Makabe & Honma, Hiroshi Tanahashi pinning

Taguchi Japan makes it a victory against Chaos! And Chaos’s trio isn’t in a good move over it. Yoshi-Hashi won’t let Okada console him, and White gets in Okada’s face about the loss, too. With his faction so against him here, does Okada have a chance of keeping control? And what of his shot at Tanahashi’s IWGP Heavyweight Championship Wrestle Kingdom match contract?

Backstage interviews.

Jay White can’t understand why Chaos follows Okada. Okada ended up kicking Yoshi-Hashi square in the face and cost the team that match. The two of them were in there with that “old man” Tanahashi, but couldn’t do what White did by himself during the G1 Climax. White says it is Okada’s fault. Okada boots his friend Yoshi-Hashi in the face, for what? Is Okada angry that White beat him? Is Okada taking his anger out on Chaos? Okada shouldn’t bully someone who was on his side this whole time like that. The rest of Chaos should look at that and realize who they’re following. Clearly the Switchblade sees circumstances his own way, but will he be able to manipulate the rest of Chaos into seeing it the same way?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega VS Tomohiro Ishii!

The Cleaner won against the Stone Pitbull to become the inaugural IWGP United States Champion, but the Pitbull won to be the first loss on the Cleaner’s G1 Climax 28 record. Now they will have a tiebreaker with the title on the line! Who will win the third match in this hard-hitting trilogy?

The introductions are made, Red Shoes shows Ishii the belt, and we begin! Fans are immediately thunderous for both men and Omega makes sure Ishii hears it. Ishii steps closer to Omega, and Omega backs up until he ends up in his corner. Ishii takes a step back, and Omega comes out for a furious tie-up! They push each other back and forth, and end up breaking. The fans applaud as Omega and Ishii go again. Omega gets a headlock and grinds Ishii to the mat. Ishii gets back up and pries at the hold. Omega holds on, so Ishii powers out. Omega and Ishii collide but neither man backs down. Ishii dares Omega to go again, and Omega does, and they collide again. Again, neither man backs down, so Ishii dares Omega to try a third time. Omega looks to go, but he instead rakes Ishii’s eyes.

Omega rakes Ishii’s eyes again, then runs, to collide shoulders. Ishii staggers back but rebounds to run Omega over! Ishii runs and things speed up, but Ishii holds ropes to fake out Omega. Omega still boots Ishii, then runs. He dodges Ishii but Ishii dodges back. Omega boots Ishii’s lariat down, but Ishii blocks the V-Trigger. Ishii runs into a drop toehold, Omega runs but Ishii evades the dropkick! Fans fire up as we have a stand-off. Ishii and Omega grind foreheads, then start shoving. Omega throws a forearm, but Ishii comes back with one. Omega gives another forearm, but Ishii comes back with another. They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, until Omega kicks low. Omega wants the DDT but Ishii slips out to throw another forearm. Omega retaliates with a forearm, and we’re back to forearm for forearm!

Ishii hits, Omega hits, repeat, until Omega kicks Ishii again, and gets the DDT! Ishii crawls to ropes and Red Shoes checks on him. Omega brings Ishii up to kick him in the back, then sits him up for another kick. He brings Ishii all the way up and turns him, for the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Omega drags Ishii around for a rear mount and chinlock. Ishii endures, even as Omega shifts to a half came clutch. Ishii seems to just egg Omega on, so Omega puts him down to stomp him out. Omega grimaces as he drops double ax handles on Ishii. Ishii sits up so Omega kicks and clubs him. Omega brings Ishii over to bump him off buckles, but Ishii just fires up! Omega throws more forearms, then bumps Ishii on buckles again. Ishii continues to come back, so Omega bumps him off another buckle.

Omega stands on Ishii’s back to choke him in the ropes. Red Shoes counts and Omega lets up at 4. Omega brings Ishii up to throw more forearms, then whips corner to corner. He runs in and hits a big back elbow. He keeps moving but runs into Ishii’s powerslam! Ishii has evened things with Omega while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Ishii and Omega stand. Ishii chops Omega at the ropes again and again, then throws forearms into the mix. Forearm, chop, repeat, then Ishii whips. Omega reverses and fireman’s carry, “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton is a bit rough because Ishii is no light man, but Omega still gets up to moonsault! Ishii rolls out of the way so the moonsault flops! Both Omega and Ishii stand up slowly, but Ishii gets running, only to run into Omega’s huricanrana! Ishii rolls out of the ring but Omega takes aim. The Terminator Drums begin and Omega rises. Omega builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Ishii! Omega brings Ishii up and into the ring, then slides in to build speed, Kotaro Krusher!

But Omega doesn’t go for a cover, he locks and loads, but Ishii gets right up in that finger gun. Ishii fires forearms off, then runs, but into a boot! He’s right back up and he clotheslines Omega out of the ring! Ishii pursues and drags Omega up, to whip him into railing. Ishii chops Omega around the ringside area, and even against a post. Omega chops back, and now they brawl. Ishii forearms, Omega chops, Ishii chops, Omega chops again. They continue to trade sharp, echoing chops, but then Omega decides to clear an announcer table. Ishii stops Omega and whips him at railing, but Omega stops himself. Omega mule kicks Ishii then goes to springboard off the rails, but Ishii catches him into an electric chair! Ishii then tries to fold Omega, perhaps steal One Winged Angel, but Omega fights out.

Omega clubs Ishii on the back, brings him over, but it’s Ishii who snap suplexes Omega to the floor! Both men are down, but Red Shoes is letting them fight. Ishii gets Omega up and into the ring, but Omega dropkicks him back out. Omega takes aim again, builds speed and hits a wrecking ball dropkick! Ishii is sent into railing, but Omega keeps on him. Omega dumps him over onto that cleared desk, then continues where he left off. He clubs away on Ishii, even throwing monitors on him, before going back in the ring. Omega aims from a corner, springboards himself, and hits a DOUBLE STOMP! Omega cracks the table with Ishii’s body while Ishii clutches his chest. Red Shoes checks on both men but they’re somehow okay to continue.

Omega mocks Ishii while he makes his own way back to the ring. He’ll leave Ishii to the mercy of the 20 count as Red Shoes starts. Fans rally for Ishii, and he stirs at 8. Ishii drags himself over the railing at 10, but still crawls. The count passes 15, then 17, but Ishii’s in at 19! Omega says he’ll finish this, as he brings Ishii up. Aoi Shoudou brainbuster! Ishii rolls to ropes for safety, but Omega still says BANG! Ishii avoids the V-Trigger but Omega fights the waistlock. Omega swings but ends up in a saido suplex! Both men are down but fans are rallying up. Ishii sits up but Omega follows. Ishii chops Omega in a corner, and chops and chops! Omega chops back but Ishii doesn’t flinch. Ishii chops and Omega is again in the corner.

Ishii is chopping high on the chest, almost getting the throat! Red Shoes reprimands Ishii, so he stops that. Ishii whips Omega but Omega reverses. Ishii still barrels out to blast Omega to the corner with his shoulder! He brings Omega up, powerbomb lift, and the BIG powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO!! Omega survives but Ishii runs. Omega dodges the sliding lariat, then chops Ishii. Ishii felt that one, but he still comes back. Omega boots Ishii to a corner, then runs in. Ishii dodges but runs into a boot. Omega’s up but Ishii hits him with a forearm. Ishii and Omega brawl as Ishii climbs. Omega kicks but Ishii forearms. Omega gets more kicks in, then brings Ishii up for a slap! He stomps Ishii down, but Ishii grits his teeth as he comes back up. Ishii headbutts outta nowhere!

Omega is dazed but Ishii climbs up to join him. Ishii wants it, and gets the SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Omega survives, but Ishii is not deterred. Ishii waits for Omega to stand, then runs, but omega ducks to get the German Suplex! Ishii’s right back up to give Omega a German Suplex! Omega stands up, but he’s a bit wobbly. Ishii clubs him in the back, then German Suplexes again! Omega lands on his feet! V-Trigger outta nowhere! Both men are down, but fans are fired up again. Red Shoes checks on them as they stir. Omega sits up first, then stands. He brings Ishii up but intercepts him with a forearm. Omega throws more forearms, and Ishii kneels. Omega keeps going, but now Ishii grows stronger! Ishii takes a forearm, gives a forearm, but runs into a roaring elbow. Ishii swings but ends up in a Snap Dragon Suplex!

Omega stands, runs, V-Trigger! Ishii rebounds to his feet, and Omega lifts in the electric chair. Ishii fights out and gets the dragon sleeper, but Omega counters into a brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Omega stands up. He sits Ishii up, for a point blank V-Trigger! Then another! Omega grins as he keeps Ishii up, but then Ishii falls over before Omega can get the third. Omega drags Ishii up, holds him in place, and gives that next V-Trigger. Ishii crawls to a corner as Omega backs away. Omega runs in to V-Trigger Ishii in the back of the head! Omega drags Ishii up and onto the top rope, then climbs up to join him. He has Ishii in the full nelson, but Ishii resists. Omega clubs away on his back with palm strikes, but Ishii headbutts backwards! Omega staggers away and Ishii turns around, but into a chop. Now Omega double underhooks on the top rope, but Ishii still resists. Ishii sends Omega back down, but Omega jumps to V-Trigger!

Omega climbs back up, turns around, and brings Ishii up in a fireman’s carry. Ishii fights again, and stands, for a SUPER STEINER!! How rare for Ishii to fly like that! Omega crawls away but Ishii runs in corner to corner for a big clothesline. Ishii keeps going but runs into boots. Omega boots again but gets a headbutt for it! Ishii fires up and declares that belt is his! He sits Omega up, copies the finger gun, and runs in for a a V-Trigger?! Ishii keeps going to run him over with a lariat! Cover, TWO!! The Pitbull hasn’t put the champion away just yet! Ishii drags Omega up, suplex, but Omega slips out. Ishii headbutts, then runs, but into a leaping lariat! Omega drags Ishii up fast, into the Electric Chair, but Ishii slips out to suplex. Omega slips out, REVERSE-RANA!

Both men are down again but fans are loving it. They rally up for both men while Red Shoes checks on them. Ishii drags himself up on the ropes, but Omega crawls to the far side. They both stand and stagger over to each other. Omega throws a forearm, Ishii gives one back. Again these two go back and forth. Omega wobbles but still comes back. Ishii finally feels some of those hits, and Omega gives him a swift palm strike. Ishii fires off forearms from both sides, but Omega again palm strikes! Omega ducks the enziguri, and gets the Snap Dragon! To V-Trigger! Cover, TWO!! Omega refuses to stop, and he brings Ishii up again. Electric chair, the fold, but Ishii fights with elbows. So Omega pops him into the Croyt’s Wrath German Suplex!

Omega aims, runs, V-Trigger! But Ishii comes back with a lariat outta nowhere!! Fans are reaching a fever pitch as these two keep going. Ishii sits Omega up, runs, and hits the sliding lariat! Cover, TWO!! Omega still lives and Ishii can’t believe it! Ishii still has more to give, though, and runs, but into another V-Trigger. Omega runs but into another lariat. Ishii runs and Omega follows, but Ishii just stops and gives him another lariat! Ishii drags Omega up, but Omega gut wrenches for a quick piledriver! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Hiroshima is thunderous again! Omega slowly stands, and he brings Ishii up again. He stands Ishii up against ropes, pulls down the knee pad, and runs, for a BIG V-Trigger! Omega tumbles out of the ring but gets back in, for another V-Trigger!! Cover, ONE?! The insanity!

Ishii is floundering, and Omega gives him another V-Trigger! Yet Ishii still enziguris Omega! Ishii blocks the next V-Trigger, but then Omega comes back with another. Omega double underhooks for the butterfly driver! Cover, TWO!? Ishii’s head really must be stone to endure all this. Omega takes a moment to catch his breath as the fans build to a rally. He runs again, and hits another V-Trigger! Then the electric chair, ONE WINGED ANGEL! Cover, Omega wins!

Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion

Finally Omega finishes Ishii! Omega retains in his second defense, and settles the score with the Stone Pitbull. We’ll return with the celebration and more after the break.

NJPW on AXS returns and Omega stands back up to have his hand raised. Kota Ibushi joins him in the ring and puts the belt on Omega. Ishii flounders his way out, needing the help of the Young Lions to make his exit. Omega looks to him with a nod, showing that Ishii certainly has Omega’s respect. When and where will the Pitbull be back for another shot at the title?

As for Omega, he takes to the mic. In Japanese, Omega says that “Ishii-san, it feels like we still have unfinished business.” But what else? When Omega became champion, he thought it meant he was the strongest. That he’s the best, THE greatest in the world. But the truth is a bit different. The truth is, Kota Ibushi is the reason Omega is the best. Omega told Ibushi back at Osaka-Jo Hall, that “whenever or wherever, I’ll be ready.” Ibushi takes the mic now, and tells Kenny that they’ll make good on their promise.

Yes, they made a promise. That no matter where, no matter when, “The Golden Lovers will keep fighting with the same heart and emotion.” Being the Golden Lovers means more to them than just belts. But this is all for now, so thank you for being here. As always, but in Golden Trigger style, “Good Bye, MWAH, and Good Night, BANG!” What promise do the Golden Lovers mean? When and where will they make good on it?

Backstage interviews.

Omega makes this simple: “I am pro-wrestling.” He’s the face of pro-wrestling. He thought that meant he was the best by far, but he’s heard what Hiroshi Tanahashi had to say about his own ideology. Omega thought Tanahashi meant all of NJPW. Ishii is different than Tanahashi, Okada is different than Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito is different than Tanahashis. They’re all different, and special in their own way.

In fact, the only thing wrong in NJPW is Tanahashi’s “old guard attitude” and close-minded heart. Tanahashi got lucky in the A Block. Omega was so close to using that mic to dare Tanahashi to have their title match here instead of at Wrestle Kingdom. But until then, good bye and good night, BANG! Though the Ace and the Cleaner are still months away from their WK13 match, things are already growing personal! Will Tanahashi be able to hold onto his contract briefcase? Will Omega be able to hold onto the IWGP Heavyweight Championship? Or will one of them lose their prize before Wrestle Kingdom ever arrives?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A really great night here for NJPW. With AXS airing Fighting Spirit Unleashed before this, there was a lot of this that was clear, but it was still great to watch. Chaos continues to fracture, and Jay White makes stronger moves towards taking control away from Okada. Of course, from FSU, we know he’s also after the IWGP Heavyweight Championship match contract. Perhaps White’s greed will be his downfall, but things could easily go his way and we suddenly have The Switchblade leading Chaos while aiming at Omega’s title. And it is still Omega’s title after that amazing match with Ishii.  Their G1 Climax match was itself very physical, but match did great to build on that. FSU gave us a hint that the Golden Lovers’ promise was to battle 1v1 for the title, and we might still get that down the road, but the wait will be worth it.

My Score: 8.7/10


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