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!
- 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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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?
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
Joe’s CMLL Review & Results (12/7/2018)
Another week of CMLL, and another week of Joe’s coverage. Indulge in the Lucha information if you couldn’t find time to watch it yourself.
Arena Puebla Monday
Sonic, Meyer, and Astro vs King Rocker, Sombra Diabolina, and Guerrero Especial
Rocker and Astro start out doing some ground grappling. They do a lot of acrobatic transitions into submission holds. Especial and Meyer are in next and they continue to do grappling as well. Especial hits an arm drag to the outside and feigns a dive. Sonic is in now with Diabolina. They do some freestyle wrestling while exchanging pins. Sonic arm drags him to the outside and in comes Astro and King Rocker again. Especial launches Astro into Diabolina and he hits a hurricanrana for the pin. Sonic victory rolls Rocker and Meyer submits Especial with a neck crank. First Fall: Meyer submits Guerrero Especial with a neck crank.
Sonic and Diabolina start this round off. Sonic goes wild hitting a very elaborate arm drag then feigns a dive. Especial and Meyer are in next and they trade strikes and they start to trade moves. Especial hits a power slam, Diabolina hits a basement drop kick, and then Rocker hits a splash on Meyer for the pin. Diabolina submits Sonic with an arm bar. Second Fall: Sombra Diabolina submits Sonic with an arm bar.
Rocker and Astro stare each other down then exchange strikes. Especial and Sonic get in and Especial works him over for a bit. Diabolina and Meyer are in and Diabolina hits an Alabama Slam on him followed by a basement drop kick. Meyer hits a splash off the top on Diabolina and then launches Astro into him and Especial for a double drop kick. He does a hurricanrana off the apron on Rocker. Sonic hits a swanton bomb on Especial while Meyer gets Diabolina in a knee bar. Third Fall: Meyer submits Sombra Diabolina with a knee bar.
Winners: Sonic, Meyer, and Astro
Mellinum, Arkalis, and Tigre Rojo Jr vs Espanto Jr, Fuerza Chicana, and Police Man
Police Man and Mellinum start out the match with grappling and submission trading. Tigre Rojo and Espanto come in next and they start to fight for position. Rojo using his speed, Espanto using his size. Espanto sits on his knees frustrated that Rojo won the grappling exchange. Fuerza Chicana and Arkalis are in next. Arkalis does a victory roll, into a basement drop kick. Arkalis does a double splash to Espanto and Chicana. Rojo gets Police Man in an abdominal stretch and Arkalis pins Chicana with a sunset flip. First Fall: Arkalis pins Fuerza Chicana with a sunset flip.
Rojo and Police Man start the round and Rojo uses his quickness, getting him in a back breaker. He feigns a dive and hits a pose. Espanto and Mellinum go at it but Mellinum uses his quickness to his advantage getting Espanto out with an arm drag. His two teammates knock everyone off the apron and get Mellinum in the corner. Espanto kicks him in the groin. Ref doesn’t see it apparently. Espanto pulls on Arkalis’ mask. Police Man splash pins Arkalis for the pin. Chicana hits a back drop on Mellinum the goes for a pinning combination for the fall. Second Fall: Fuerza Chicana hits a back drop then pinning combination on Mellinum for the fall.
Rojo gets teamed on to start the round. When he’s taken care of they move the attack to Mellinum. A come back gets made as Arkalis hits a hurricanrana then a back breaker. Rojo and Mellinum hit arm drags to the outside, then Rojo and Arkalis go for dives but gets their feet pulled to the outside. Espanto and Mellinum are in the ring. Mellinum hits a hurricanrana for a pin but no three. He goes to the top for a move but Espanto gets the feet up. He hits a back stabber for the win on Mellinum. Third Fall: Espanto Jr pins Mellinum with a back stabber.
Winners: Espanto Jr, Fuerza Chicana, and Police Man
Titan, Triton, and Stigma vs Kawato San, Okumura, and Tiger
Triton and Okumura start the match out and they lock up and quickly go to the ground. They grapple briefly and Kawato and Titan come in next. Kawato whips Titan to the corner but Stigma replaces him and kicks him. Now everybody is trading big moves. Okumura hits a cross roads on Stigma then Titan comes in and takes care of Kawato. Tiger hits a Canadian destroyer on Triton for the pin. Kawato hits an handspring elbow on Titan followed by Okumura with a clothesline. They do a hangman’s neck breaker for the fall. First Fall: Kawato pins Titan after him and Okumura hit a hangman’s neck breaker.
Tiger is beating on Stuka on the ramp while Okumura and Kawato team on Titan. Stuka is getting teamed on now and he makes the tag to Triton but the ref acts like he doesn’t see it. This ref is either awful or a heel. Triton is standing back on the ramp in protest or disgust. Titan makes a come back hitting some super kicks. Stigma drop kicks Kawato’s inner thigh while he’s tied up on the rope. Triton tries but gets pulled out. ThenTitan and Stigma hit middle rope dives on Kawato and Tiger. In the ring Triton gets Okumura down for a 450 splash and the fall. Second Fall: Triton pins Okumura with a 450 splash.
Stigma and Okumura start out the round and Stigma gets him out and Tiger comes in. Triton answers the call for Tiger. Triton hits an arm drag to the outside then feigns a dive and hits a pose. Titan and Kawato are in next and they trade strikes in the middle of the ring. Titan runs wild, taking out Kawato eventually, and then kicking Tiger off the apron. Okumura catches him with a cutter off the top. Stigma breaks up the pin. Kawato catches him with a splash off the top. He hits him with a 1 percenter but Triton breaks up the pin. He hits a power bomb into a pin but Tiger breaks it up. Triton goes for a handspring attack but is caught in a back stabber. Titan breaks up the pin. He gets him in a pinning combination with a neck bridge but Okumura breaks that up. Sheesh. Triton hits an asai moonsault on Okumura and in the ring Titan gets Tiger in an elaborate neck stretch submission. Stigma hits Kawato with a falcon arrow for the win. Third Fall: Stigma pins Kawato San with a falcon arrow.
Winners: Titan, Triton, and Stigma
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: Power Struggle 2018 Part 2!
NJPW Power Struggle continues as Tetsuya Naito once again battles Zack Sabre Jr! Will Tranquilo #JustTapOut? Or will ZSJ lost to The Ungovernable Charisma?
This coverage of Power Struggle will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- Super Junior Tag League Finals Triple Threat: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Roppongi 3K VS Bushi & Shingo Takagi; RPG3K wins the 2018 Super Junior Tag League.
- Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr; Naito wins.
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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene!
Los Ingobernables de Japon continues to war with Suzuki-Gun! The leader of LIJ, Tetsuya Naito, has lost to the Submission Master, Zack Sabre Jr, twice this year in both the New Japan Cup and the G1 Climax! ZSJ angered Naito when he picked the bones of Evil after a vicious attack from Chris Jericho. Naito looks to get back at ZSJ for both Evil and those defeats, but ZSJ talks of retiring Naito himself. Who will win in this third time around in 2018?
Meanwhile, the Super Junior Tag League Tournament bring together familiar foes as the factions of LIJ, Suzuki-Gun and Chaos battle again! The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions are still Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru, and they look to show true dominance over the division. However, Roppongi 3K’s Sho & Yoh look to repeat as tournament winners while Bushi has LIJ’s newest member, Shingo Takagi, by his side. Who comes out of this finals match primed to rule over the Junior Heavyweight Tag Division?
Super Junior Tag League Finals Triple Threat: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Roppongi 3K VS Bushi & Shingo Takagi!
The round robin format of this tournament makes it so that the teams with the best records qualify for this tournament climax, and this year it ended up being three! All three teams have a 10-0 record going in, impressive to say the least. And naturally, the winners of this tournament, if they’re not the champions, get a shot to face the champions for the belts in the future. Will Sho & Yoh become back-to-back tournament champs? Will the tag champs come out as supreme rulers of Junior Heavyweight Tag wrestling? Or will this new combination of ungovernable stars be the key to victory?
Suzuki-Gun’s duo bring their belts, and a bottle of whiskey for Kanemaru. Kanemaru tags a swig then spits it to the sky, before attacking Bushi! Desperado goes after Shingo, but Sho & Yoh go after them! The match starts with the bell and Suzuki-Gun throws Yoh out of the ring. Kanemaru keeps on Sho with an eye rake, and Desperado adds a kick. Suzuki-Gun mug Sho then double whip, but he hits back! Desperado kicks Sho and chops him. Desperado runs, Sho ducks and Yoh comes back! They drop toehold and dropkick Desperado, then double dropkick Kanemaru. LIJ returns but they get dropkick’d out. Yoh goes back to Desperado while fans rally up. Sho keeps on Desperado with a big scoop slam. Sho drags Desperado up but Desperado rakes eyes.
This kind of Triple Threat Tag, anyone can tag anyone so long as it doesn’t create a match-up of the same team. Therefore, Bushi is allowed to tag in from Desperado. He goes after Sho, then drags him up for a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps his cool as he tags in Shingo. Shingo hits Yoh for good measure before bringing Sho up. Sho chops, but Shingo chops back. Sho leans against ropes, but Shingo double chops him down! Shingo drags Sho up and whips, follows after and rams his knee into Sho. Then he suplexes Sho up and over, floats to cover, TWO! Tag to Bushi and LIJ double whip. They double hip toss and combine back senton and leg drop. Bushi covers, TWO! Bushi uses his shirt to choke Sho, but lets up at 4.
Fans cheer while Bushi clubs Sho. Bushi runs but Sho hits him with the kitchen sink knee! Hot tag to Yoh! Yoh rallies on LIJ, ducks the enziguri and dragon screws Shingo. Yoh gives Bushi a backbreaker to necbreaker and kips up! Fans rally up as Yoh back elbows Bushi in a corner. Yoh suplexes but Bushi slips out. Bushi fires off forearms, then runs, but Desperado trips him up. Kanemaru tags in off Bushi and goes after Yoh. Desperado drags Bushi down to beat him up while Kanemaru hits Shingo. Bushi and Shingo go into barriers while Kanemaru whips Yoh. Kanemaru gives Yoh a kitchen sink, then tosses Yoh out. Desperado uses the backing of a chair to SMACK Yoh in the head. Then he whips Yoh into barriers! Desperado feeds Yoh to Kanemaru for a scoop slam.
Kanemaru grinds his foot on Yoh’s face, then tags Desperado. Desperado kicks Yoh down, and taunts Sho to return. Desperado chops Yoh back, but Yoh chops back. Yoh keeps firing strikes but Desperado shrugs it off. They go back and forth, but Desperado rakes eyes. Desperado runs but Shingo gets him to stop. Desperado hits Shingo, but turns around into Yoh’s calf kick! Hot tag to Kanemaru and he stops Sho from tagging in. Suzuki-Gun work together to start a corner train, and then Desperado cradles Yoh for Kanemaru to shotgun dropkick-start the slam! Cover, but LIJ breaks it. LIJ goes after everyone else, and double whip Kanemaru. Kanemaru holds ropes and dumps Shingo out. He puts Bushi on the apron and Desperado knocks him off. Kanemaru helps Desperado build speed to DIVE on LIJ! Desperado ends up safely on the announce desk!
Fans fire up, even if it’s for Suzuki-Gun. Desperado returns as Kanemaru brings Yoh up. Suplex to inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru grows frustrated, but he keeps on Yoh. Yoh hits back and they brawl with forearms and European Uppercuts. Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls for a DDT! He drags Yoh up again, but Yoh gets him back with a Falcon Arrow! Yoh is too sore to make the cover, and we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as fans rally up. Yoh and Kanemaru stir but Desperado attacks Sho! Desperado comes in but Bushi hits him first. Bushi grabs Yoh and throws him to the LIJ corner. Shingo tags in off Yoh, and then goes after Kanemaru’s inner thigh. Desperado saves Kanemaru by whipping Shingo but Shingo reverses. Shingo then starts up a clothesline train, first hitting Desperado then going corner to corner to hit Kanemaru. Desperado staggers into a shoulder from Shingo! Fans fire up as Shingo grabs Kanemaru. Sho comes in but gets caught, DDT and complete shot! Shingo goes back to Kanemaru for another suplex, but Kanemaru slips out. Kanemaru has a waistlock but Shingo fights out. Shingo whips and pop-up Death Valley Driver on Kanemaru! Cover, TWO!! Kanemaru barely survives but Shingo is not bothered.
Muscle Dragon Shingo stalks Kanemaru, but misses in the corner. Kanemaru misses, too, and Bushi hits a knee! Bushi feeds Kanemaru to the spinebuster, adding a backstabber! Cover, but RPG3K break it! RPG3K is thrown out and LIJ coordinates. Shingo lifts Kanemaru in a wheelbarrow, but Desperado intercepts Bushi! Kanemaru victory rolls, TWO! Bushi fights Desperado off to slingshot headscissor Desperado! Shingo runs but to a basement dropkick! Kanemaru staggers into a tag from Sho! Sho then rocks Kanemaru with a right, and throws Kanemaru out. Sho runs at Shingo for a big corner clothesilne. He whips but Shingo reverses, and they collide with clotheslines. Neither man falls so they try again. Shingo runs but into a dropkick!
Sho fires up, as do the fans. He deadlifts Shingo but Shingo fights back. Sho runs, but Shingo rocks him with an elbow and an uppercut! Shingo lifts Sho in the chicken wing, but Sho slips out. Shingo runs, but into RPG3K double knees! Yoh takes out Bushi while Sho brings Shinogo back up. Backstabber feeds into the shotgun dropkick! RPG3K fire up and stalk Shingo. Shingo stands but Bushi stops Yoh with a backstabber of his own. Sho gets Bushi in a deadlift German Suplex! Desperado spears Sho, but can’t spear Shingo! Shingo and Desperado brawl, but Desperado rakes the eyes. Shingo still waistlocks Desperado, Desperado kicks Sho but Shingo shoves Desperado into Sho. Sho and Desperado turn around into Shingo’s clotheslines!
Shingo lifts Sho in the chicken wing, for the Gory Bomb! Shingo gets up and builds speed, to clothesline from hell! Cover, TWO!? Sho lives and Shingo can’t believe it! Shingo roars as he drags Sho back up. He lifts Sho with a wristclutch, but Yoh SUPERKICKS! RPG3K hit 3K!! Cover, but the ref is yanked out! Kanemaru gets in and kicks away on Yoh! He stomps away on Sho, then drags Sho up. Desperado is in with a belt, and he clobbers Sho! Desperado drags Shingo over to a corner and uses him to tag in. Then he goes back to Sho while Kanemaru takes out Bushi. Desperado lifts Sho in the torture rack, for the slam! Cover, TWO!? Sho lives again! Desperado is furious and vows to end this.
Desperado brings Sho up in the double underhook, but Bushi jumps over the ref to use the GREEN MIST! You SUPERKICKS Bushi! Kanemaru goes after Yoh, but Yoh ducks the Whiskey Mist to dropkick Kanemaru out! Yoh builds speed and FLIES onto Bushi and Kanemaru! Sho is up, and clobbers Desperado! Sho drags Desperado up again, powerbomb lift, double knees! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives but fans are thunderous. Sho fires up and wants another, but he tucks the arms this time. Package driver, the Shock Arrow! Cover, RPG3K win!!
Winners: Roppongi 3K, Sho pinning
Sho & Yoh win their second Super Junior Tag League! And best of all, it was on the tag team champions! Can Sho & Yoh use this momentum to get the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag titles back?
Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr!
Los Ingobernables de Japon and Suzuki-Gun are not through with each other, and these two are far from through with each other on top of it. Will Naito make ZSJ Tranquilo? Or will ZJS make Naito #JustTapOut?
As always, Taka Michinoku takes up the mic before the match. He welcomes everyone to “Zack Sabre Time.” This is a special singles match between ZSJ and Naito. “Who is gonna win this one?!” ZSJ is the man who can finish you with any lock anytime, anywhere, who has the deadly Zack Driver, and when he locks on, you #JustTapOut! This wrestling master is Zack Sabreeeeee Junior~! So Naito, you will repeat the New Japan Cup and G1 Climax. You can’t beat Zack, so “come on over here!” Naito makes his entrance, and takes his time as always with undressing. ZSJ doesn’t let the mind games get to him, but we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns with the bell. Fans cheer for Naito as he circles with ZSJ. Naito and ZSJ tie up and ZSJ gets the headlock. ZSJ throws Naito but Naito shrugs it off. He and ZSJ circle again and feel it out. ZSJ gets a wristlock but Naito reverses quick, so ZSJ breaks and slips away. They circle again and tie up. ZSJ gets the arm again and wrenches for a hammerlock. Naito rolls and goes for a leg but ZSJ gets his legs into a deathlock. Naito manages to pop free and get a headlock, but ZSJ headscissors. ZSJ squeezes tight as Naito tries to escape. Naito moves around but ZSJ goes for an arm. Naito frees himself from the headscissors to go for an armbar. ZSJ moves around and gets a leg again, Bow ‘n’ Arrow! But Naito pops out to a cover, ONE, Tranquilo!
Naito rolls out to catch his breath but ZSJ stays in the ring. Naito takes his time returning, and circles with ZSJ again. They approach and tie up, and ZSJ brings Naito’s hands down to stand on one and wrench the other. ZSJ shifts to a headlock, then throws to the takeover. Naito endures and rolls ZSJ to a cover, ONE. Naito sits up and gets up, and powers out of the headlock. He arm-drags ZSJ around, then runs him over with an elbow to hit the basement dropkick! Naito poses but ZSJ runs in with a leaping triangle hold takedown! Naito gets a ropebreak but ZSJ lets go at 4. ZSJ takes a moment to catch his breath now while Naito bails out again. Naito comes back but ZSJ presses a knee down on him.
ZSJ loops Naito’s arm through the ropes and then a leg and uses them to pull in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow. ZSJ backs off at 4, so he can mock the LIJ posing. Naito sits up but ZSJ is on with the double wristlock, then top wristlock to stomp! Naito writhes but ZSJ circles him like a shark. ZSJ brings Naito up for a EuroUpper, but Naito chops back. ZSJ gives another EuroUpper, but Naito gives back a CHOP. That stuns ZSJ, but ZSJ still kicks and whips Naito. Naito reverses, then run sin. ZSJ puts him on the apron to sweep the legs! ZSJ goes after Naito on the ramp and uses a calf killer! Then he shifts to a modified half crab! ZSJ tortures the legs, then rams the knees on the ramp. ZSJ leaves Naito behind as the 20-count starts.
Naito slowly gets up but the count is at 16! He hurries and gets in at 19! ZSJ is on Naito again with another trapped leg toehold to a half crab! Then a heel hook, then a deep crab! ZSJ just keeps combining holds, such as a trapped arm and another deep crap. But Naito gets the ropes and is freed. Fans rally up as Naito gets to a corner. ZSJ stomps the legs, but Naito hits back. ZSJ kicks the legs but Naito hits back. They continue to go back and forth, a kick for a forearm and back again. Naito goes down after another kick to the leg, but he crawls to a corner. ZSJ runs in but into boots. Naito gives an atomic drop and running headscissors!
Both men are down as Naito tries to get feeling in his legs. Michinoku coaches ZSJ up but Naito stands first. Naito hits ZSJ with punches and kicks, then gets the dragon sleeper to backbreaker, and adds a basement dropkick! ZSJ gets to a corner, but Naito hits the jump kick and leg sweep. Naito slingshots but into the cravat! Naito arm-drags out, but ZSJ runs back in. ZSJ is put in a corner, but he boots Naito. Naito spits then spins ZSJ sideways for the draping neckbreaker! Naito then scoops ZSJ into the reverse DDT! Cover, TWO! Naito has things back in his favor as we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and Naito gives ZSJ elbows in the corner. Naito drives elbows into ZSJ even as ZSJ sits down. Then Naito hoists ZSJ up top and climbs up to join him. Naito drives in more elbows and then stands up for a SUPER STEINER! But ZSJ makes it a cradle into a leg lock, into an STF! ZSJ keeps shifting to modify the crossface, then keeps pushing with his weight. Naito pushes back and gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets Naito go, and both men are down from exhaustion. Fans rally up, and ZSJ slowly stands. ZSJ grabs Naito’s leg for a spinning toehold. Naito clutches that bad leg, but ZSJ does the spinning tweak to his arm! ZSJ stalks Naito as he stands, and gives him a EuroUpper. Naito hits back with a forearm, but ZSJ gives another EuroUpper. Naito CHOPS ZSJ and sits him down.
ZSJ gets up to kick Naito in the leg again. Naito CHOPS, but ZSJ stays standing this time. ZSJ eggs Naito on so Naito fires off forearms until ZSJ sits down. Naito goes side to side for the basement dropkick! He brings ZSJ up but ZSJ gets a full nelson! Naito arm-drags ZSJ away but ZSJ comes back with another EuroUpper. ZSJ tries again but Naito back slides and back elbows to the tornado DDT! Naito keeps going, hammerlock and lift, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ lives but Naito keeps his cool. Naito brings ZSJ up again, wrenches the arm but ZSJ kicks it! Naito kicks back and then whips. ZSJ reveres and catches the lariat into an Octopus! Naito endures as he steps towards ropes. ZSJ shifts to go after the arm, then cradles to a Calf Killer!
Naito endures leg pain, but he rolls. ZSJ keeps him trapped for a calf slicer, but Naito fights with his free leg. But ZSJ grabs it to make it part stretch muffler! Naito gets free and gets another ropebreak! ZSJ lets Naito go but he grows frustrated. Fans rally for Naito again, but ZSJ gets up first. ZSJ EuroUppers Naito again and again and again, then even more in the corner. He throws Naito out to Penalty Kick him! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives, but barely. Michinoku keeps ZSJ focused as he gets up again. ZSJ lifts Naito but Naito slips out to waistlock. ZSJ elbows out and wants the Octopus, but Naito breaks free. Naito runs into an uppercut but enziguris, only for ZSJ to make it an ankle lock! ZSJ then reels Naito in but Naito standing switches, for a German Suplex!
Naito runs, DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ barely survives, but Naito keeps on him. Naito wrenches the arm but ZSJ drops down, only for Naito to sit on it! TWO and ZSJ drags Naito into the European Clutch! TWO but barely! ZSJ and Naito go to opposite ends as they stand up. ZSJ kicks but Naito catches it to enziguri back. Naito wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, but into ZSJ’s scoop! But Naito slips out to scoop ZSJ, brainbuster! Fans are thunderous as Naito wrenches and whirls, DESTINO! Cover, Naito wins!!
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall
The Ungovernable finally wins against the Submission Master! Naito did not tap out and he didn’t fall to the Zack Driver, but can Naito use this to launch himself back towards a title?
Taka Michinoku explains that Zack only just arrived yesterday. This loss was because of jet lag! He was battling jet lag and an opponent at the same time. But ZSJ dares Naito to come to England and see if this still happens. ZSJ will even fight him in a pub if he wants.
As for Naito, he finally got his revenge. To be precise, Naito won in last year’s G1, but yes he did lose in the 2018 New Japan Cup and G1. Therefore, Naito is 2-2 against ZSJ all-time. Naito appreciates ZSj, because this match had no upside for him and yet he took it. He has Naito’s thanks, “Gracias, amigo.” When and where will there be a tiebreaker for their overall series?
Another great hour version of this event. While there wasn’t a lot of Super Junior Tag League coverage on AXS, this triple threat finals was great to see. It was all an impressive match and I was really impressed to see that RPG3K got to repeat. I really hope this means Sho & Yoh get those titles off of Desperado & Kanemaru, that would be great for them. The evolution of these two from being the Tempura Boyz to the gold ‘n’ silver duo has been great to see, and while they’ve already had the titles, getting the titles again would just add to their great growth. Naito VS ZSJ 4 was also great, just as good as their previous matches. I’m glad to see Naito won this time, it works for his story of coming back around strong towards the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
My Score: 8.7/10