SmackDown GM Paige made it official on social media: there will be a contract signing for the WWE Championship No Holds Barred match at Super Show Down!
- The Miz VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; The Miz wins and takes back his talk show.
- Big E w/ The New Day VS Sheamus w/ Cesaro; Sheamus wins.
- Asuka & Naomi VS Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose; Asuka & Naomi win.
- Shinsuke Nakamura VS Tye Dillinger; Dillinger wins, by disqualification.
- Becky Lynch VS Lana; Becky wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Miz TV opens SmackDown in Denver!
No, wait, this is the FABULOUS Truth opening SmackDown! Denver knows “What’s Up?!” as Truth welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show: Truth TV! And real quick, “What’s up!?” Truth introduces the “Andy Richard” to his “Conan the Barbarian”, the newly dyed Princess of Staten Island, Carmella! And in less than two weeks, Truth’s guest faces off against the old host, on Super Show Down. The winner there goes on to face the WWE Champion. Give it up for the Yes Man, Daniel Bryan!
Daniel Bryan joins the Fabulous Truth in the ring and takes a seat. Truth invited Bryan as his first ever guest because of all his questions. Bryan is happy to be in Denver, and is ready for the questions. Carmella helps Truth go into business mode, and Truth asks “D” about dealing with Miz’s plots and schemes these last 8 years. And Bryan finally foiled his plans with “Other Carmella.” No offense, THE Carmella, but it’s a good thing she dyed her hair because people were getting confused. Mostly Truth. But how great will it be to finally defeat Miz and get back to that WWE Championship? Bryan is impressed by that question. Carmella knows Truth drops the truth. Truth TV is already better than Miz TV. But wait, it’s time! For what? The Seven Second Dance Break! The music hits and the Fabulous Truth break it down!
But as Bryan was saying? Wow, dance breaks on the show? Again, infinitely better than Miz TV. Heck there’s an animal segment with the Denver Zoo. But to Super Show Down. Bryan asks if they know what “catharsis” means. Of course, but just explain it to Denver. Catharsis is the release of unspent emotional energy. Bryan has used up so much emotional energy to get back to wrestling, but now Bryan wants to get back to being champion. Bryan was only able to defend his title once, he has some unfinished business with the title. He also has unfinished business with The Miz, and The Miz literally cheated Bryan out of the win. So if Bryan wins at Super Show Down, that’s cathartic. Cathartic! But Bryan also wants to prove he’s the best, and The Miz will do anything he can to simply say he’s the best.
Speaking of The Miz, here he comes! Denver boos the A-Lister as he asks what Truth is up to. Well it doesn’t take a genius to figure this out. Fans chant “Truth TV! Truth TV!” Two weeks ago, Truth beat Miz in a match. And if Miz had a title, it’d be Truth’s. But Miz does have a talk show, so Truth took that. He’s an idiot. He’s the idiot with a talk show! Miz raises his hands, and asks if we know what it means. Denver does but they don’t care. Miz wants everyone to listen. He and Bryan have their differences, but the WWE Universe loves Daniel Bryan because he’s “the scrappy relatable underdog” who always fights and fights fair. “But that’s why you will never beat me.”
Miz may not be scrappy but he’s smart, not a coward, and wins at any cost. He’ll do whatever it takes, it’s why he won at Summerslam, at Hell in a Cell and will win at Super Show Down! Bryan foiled one plan, but Miz has plans for days! Miz will do anything, and he means anything, to become #1 contender! Will Bryan? No, because he’s too proud. But that’s why he disappoints those who care for him. Bryan will only win by compromising his morals. But then when he does cheat, he’ll be tarnishing his legacy. Truth says Miz won’t be blasting people, not like that! not on Truth TV! Now they don’t have time for the animals. Miz is banned from Truth TV, forever! But this isn’t Truth’s show! Fans disagree.
Well if Miz wants his show back, fight Truth for it! Dance Break! Miz storms off and finds Paige. Did she see that? yes, she did. How can she replace Miz TV with that?! Miz wants Truth TV cancelled! Well it’s like Truth said, if he wants it back, go win it back. Go on. Go. Will Miz be able to reclaim the Most Must-See Talk Show with a match?
The Miz VS R-Truth w/ Carmella!
Before the Hollywood A-Lister battles the Goat for the right to face THE WWE Champion, he battles the new Most Must-See Talk Show Host in WWE History. Will Miz win to win back “his show”? Or will Truth show Miz #WhatsUp instead?
SmackDown returns as Truth and Miz circle in the ring. They tie up and Miz gets a headlock. Truth gets Miz down and reverses to a headlock of his own. Miz powers out but Truth runs him over. Bryan joins commentary and loves what he sees as Truth knocks Miz back down. Things speed up and Truth holds ropes. Truth breaks it down to then dodge and roll Miz up. TWO, but Miz scrambles away as Truth looks to punch his face. Miz sees Bryan and takes off the headband. Truth drags Miz up but Miz hotshots him away. Miz mocks the Yes fingers at Bryan, but he runs into Truth’s hip toss. Cover, TWO! Carmella moonwalks on the apron while Truth brings Miz back up. Truth punches but Miz slaps him! Truth is mad now, and the chase is on!
Miz finds himself stopped by Carmella, Truth rocks him with a right! Truth throws Miz into barriers, then asks “What’s Up!?” before bumping Miz off the apron. They go back in the ring at the count of 7, then Truth has Miz in the corner. Truth throws corner punches, but Miz stops him at 8. Miz boots Truth right down, then he stares Bryan down. Bryan admits that boot hist hard, but he’s still confident Miz’s loose morality will be his downfall. Miz parodies the Yes Kicks again, the “It Kicks” get “NO! NO!” from fans. Miz backs off, throws the buzzsaw but gets rolled up! TWO and Miz kicks out a leg to low DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz keeps his cool as he sits Truth up for a knee to the back. Miz pulls back on Truth’s arms for the half surfboard, but fans rally up.
Truth powers up and turns Miz around to put the hold on him! Miz turns it back and has the hold back on Truth. Truth endures as the fans rally back up. Truth gets up but Miz makes it a back slide. They struggle against each other, and Truth turns it around! TWO, and a close one! Truth uppercuts Miz, then rocks him to ropes. He whips but Miz reverses to give that kitchen sink knee. Miz has control while we go picture in picture.
Miz stalks Truth while also taunting Carmella. He runs and low boots Truth down. Then he does his best Moonwalk, which isn’t very good at all. He boots Truth down again, covers, TWO! Miz keeps on Truth with a chinlock, and he grins right at Bryan. Truth endures while Miz pulls on him. Carmella and the fans rally for Truth as he powers his way up. Truth fights out with body shots, then another uppercut. He whips Miz but Miz revesrs, only for Truth to roll him up. TWO, and Truth walks into the A-List combination! Cover, TWO, but Miz thinks he got it. Miz goes after Truth by choking him on the ropes, stopping at 4 to then hit his running rope attack. Miz grins again as he stares Bryan down. Truth gets to a corner, and counter punches!
Truth backs Miz down with chops, then whips corner to corner. Miz reverses hard, then runs in, and hits his A-List lariat. Miz climbs up top and aims at Truth, for the double ax handles! Cover, TWO! Miz keeps his cool but he’s growing frustrated. He drags Truth up and throws him out of the ring. Miz wants the count to begin, and it does. We return to single picture as the count reaches 5. Truth begins to stir, and gets in at 9! Miz thinks he won, but Truth runs him over with lariats! Truth ducks, dodges and calf kicks! Truth gives another splits then hits a big corner splash. He kicks Miz low, suplex to stunner! Cover, TWO!! That was a creative move, but it didn’t get the job done.
Truth still has ideas, runs, but Miz dodges the scissor kick. Things speed up, Lie Detector Elbow! Cover, TWO! Miz crawls but Truth is on him. Fans chant for Truth but Miz gets a thumb to the eye and then the Skull-Crushing Finale! Miz grins at Bryan because we all know he got away with cheating. Miz makes sure Bryan knows what he means by doing anything to win, but he’s not done yet. He mocks the Yes Fingers again but fans make them the “NO!” fingers. Miz aims at Truth, Knee Plus! Cover, Miz wins!
Winner: The Miz, by pinfall
Bryan runs Miz off, but the Miz still brags that he won and did Bryan’s move just as good as Bryan does it. The Miz may have his talk show back, but will he get back to the world title after Super Show Down?
Charlotte Flair was in the middle of a photo shoot when…
Becky attacked! The Lass Kicker slammed Charlotte into drawers, and says no one cares about seeing her face. Becky would kick Charlotte down and then have the photographer take her photo while standing over Charlotte. Things are getting heated between these former friends, but will it burn them both up come Super Show Down?
Big E w/ The New Day VS Sheamus w/ Cesaro!
Awww~ Denver~! The powerhouse of positivity represents his pancake producing pals as he goes up against the Celtic Gladiator! Which side will earn points going towards their Super Show Down SmackDown Tag Team Championship show down?
Before the match, “ya bois” know they’ve got jokes, but sometimes they play too much. The New Day plays around, but at the end of the day, they respect The Bar. Yes, they do. Cesaro beat Kofi Kingston last week, and it was fair ‘n’ square. So it’d be silly for The New Day to not take The Bar seriously. Because The New Day respects The Bar, here’s the #SaySomethingNice Challenge. Xavier Woods starts with Cesaro. They might poke fun at his awkwardly shaped areola and how he’s a Swiss Jason Stathem, they enjoy Stathem’s movies and that’s a good thing! Big E moves to Sheamus. That mohawk is distracting, but the carpet surely matches the drapes.
Sheamus takes the microphone. The New Day has the fans fooled, but The Bar isn’t. The Bar wants to fight. And this mockery will end at Super Show Down when this fifth title reign ends. The laughs end tonight after Sheamus beats the crap out of Big E. Because they don’t just set the bar, they ARE the Bar! The bell rings and we begin!
Sheamus puts Big E in a headlock but Big E powers out. Sheamus mule kicks Big E then puts him in for Beats of the Bodhrain. He stops at 4 but then gets hip tossed out of the ring! Big E keep son Sheamus with body shots and clubbing forearms on the apron. Big E climbs up, takes aim, and hits the apron splash! He takes a breather in his corner like a boxer, the pancakes being smelling salts, while we go to break.
SmackDown returns and Big E grabs Sheamus for a belly2belly! And then another! Sheamus stops the hat trick then scoops in a fireman’s carry. Big E gets out to then urenage Sheamus! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Big E swivels the hips. Big E runs, but Sheamus puts knees up for the splash! Cover, TWO! Sheamus scoops and slams Big E, covers, TWO! Denver rallies with “New! Day Rocks!” while Sheamus stands. Cesaro keeps Sheamus focused as he calls for the Brogue. Big E slowly rises, Sheamus runs in, but Big E counters with a powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus rolls away while Big E pulls himself up. The straps come down and Big E stalks Sheamus. Sheamus bails out, but Big E runs, only to run into the leg! Sheamus runs back in but Big E scoops him! But Sheamus holds ropes to escape, then BROGUE! Cover, Sheamus wins!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall
The Bar has so far swept the New Day in singles competition! But their Super Show Down is for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, after all. Can Sheamus & Cesaro win when it’s 2v2 and not 1v1?
Paige wants things to be under control tonight.
She pleads that the contract signing not get out of hand, because for one, the monitors on the announce desk are really expensive. Is that too much to ask? AJ Styles says he’s just going out there to sign the contract. If he’s destroying anything, it’ll be Samoa Joe. Paige tries to reassure herself things will be okay, but will they?
Lana finds Rusev backstage.
Mr. & Mrs. Machka promise to make Aiden English pay for what he did. Tonight is just about asking why. He and Lana head to gorilla position, will they get the answers from English? Or will today not be a Happy Rusev Day?
Rusev and Lana head to the ring!
The Bulgarian Brute could’ve been WWE United States Champion again, but the Drama King may have overstepped his bounds when he shouted for Rusev to “CRUSH!” And then, sending the end of their partnership was near, Aiden English attacked Rusev! Rusev feels betrayed, because English did that on the greatest day of them all. Yes, on Rusev Day! English is a traitor, but before Rusev crushes him for good, he needs to know why. Rusev calls out “Aiden the Traitor” so he can explain himself. English appears and knows Rusev is angry, but this isn’t his fault. None of this is.
Before English met Rusev, Rusev was the Super Athlete. But none of the fans cared. Rusev was floundering and lacked direction, but English saw potential. English stood by Rusev’s side and made him the most beloved superstar today! If you don’t believe him, just watch the footage English has prepared. Almost a year ago to the day, that was English singing the Bulgarian National Anthem for Rusev, and that was the very first Rusev Day ever! And every day since, both in singles and tag competition, it was Rusev Day! English sang for Rusev every Rusev Day, and now fans chant for Rusev Day every chance they get. English wants Rusev to understand that. Wrestlemania, 70 thousand people were chanting! They’re legends! But what happened? English knows what happened: Lana happened. “This whole mess is Lana’s fault.”
Rusev doesn’t understand? Then watch the footage. Lana returned and she introduced Lana Day. But then there was loss after loss after loss, and nothing but arguments and tension between them all. Fans defend Lana with chants of “Lana Day!” but things were so much better when it was just the two of them. Not Rusev, English “and her.” Seriously? Before English, Lana was there making Rusev the unstoppable force. She is why he rode out on a tank! English is a great “glorified cheerleader”, but English is just making a name for himself off of Rusev’s name! Fair enough. No one questions Lana’s loyalty to her husband.
But if she was truly honest with Rusev, she would’ve told Rusev everything, right? With all of Lana’s “honesty”, what about that “one night in Milwaukee?” What one night?What is English talking about? English drops the mic before saying anything more, and Denver is suspicious. Is Rusev suspicious? Or is he going to trust his wife over his former friend?
Naomi helps Asuka warm up.
But the Empress of Tomorrow is like a jackhammer! Naomi has to take a break, and maybe get thicker gloves. Asuka goes again, and Naomi has to take another break. Will that Strong Style tear into the IIconics again tonight?
Rusev talks with Lana backstage.
She has no idea what Aiden English means. He trusts her, but it was rather specific for English to point out Milwaukee. Becky Lynch comes along and says Milwaukee’s a fun town. Becky, please, this is a private conversation. No no, Lana should leave her alone. This is Becky’s division now. Lana “tries” to compete, but when Becky finishes her off, Lana will need Rusev to pack her bags because Becky will make Lana unable to walk. Or maybe get English to do it. When were they last in Milwaukee? Was Rusev not listening just now?!
The IIconics are in the ring.
Peyton Royce & Billie Kay want to talk, but are interrupted right away by #GlowTime! And don’t forget the Empress of Tomorrow!
Asuka & Naomi VS Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose!
Time for Team #Glowmorrow to warm themselves up before Super Show Down and their match with the hometown heroes, the IIconics. Billie & Peyton join commentary to watch this match up close. The duo formerly known as Absolution don’t really see how this new pair of friends work out. But they only raised the ire of Asuka. Put your hair up and square up, because it’s time to #FeelTheGlow.
We go picture in picture while Mandy and Sonya finish up their introductions. The teams sort out, and we start with Mandy and Asuka. The Empress and God’s Greatest Creation circle and tie up. Asuka gets the wristlock then wrenches, but Mandy rolls through. Asuka wrenches her again, then hammerlcoks. Mandy elbows but Asuka catches it! Asuka wants her lock, but Mandy manages to tag Sonya. The Gladiator Gal enters while Asuka dodges Mandy’s knee, then Spears Asuka down! Cover, TWO, but Sonya keeps her cool. She toys with Asuka then brings her up to the corner. Tag to Mandy, and they stomp a mudhole into Asuka together. Mandy throws forearms, then backs off to choke Asuka on the ropes.
Mandy backs off again but Sonya gets a cheap shot. We return to single picture as Mandy gives Asuka more mudhole stomps. Tag to Sonya, and they kick Asuka from both sides! Sonya drags Asuka up for body scissors and the chinlock. Fans rally for Asuka while the IIconics feel pretty smug on commentary. Asuka slips around to throw hands on Sonya, but Sonya shoves her away. Sonya intercepts Asuka before she can tag, but then Asuka catches the kick to German Suplex Sonya down! Fans rally while Asuka crawls for her corner. Sonya also crawls, hot tags to Mandy and Naomi! Naomi rallies, then headscissors Mandy to ropes! She runs in for the siding SLAP, then a stiff kick! Leg drop on top, cover, but Sonya breaks it. Sonya gets thrown out, but Mandy hits her knee!
Tag to Sonya, and she runs for the shining wizard! Cover, but Asuka breaks it! Asuka throws Mandy out, then knocks her out with the hip attack! Sonya goes after Naomi with knees and punches. She whips but Asuka tags while Naomi springboards for the enziguri! Then it’s a double roundhouse! Cover, Asuka & Naomi win!
Winners: Asuka & Naomi, Asuka pinning
That’s lights out for the duo formerly known as Absolution. Will the Iconic Duo be able to avoid the same fate in their hometown?
Shinsuke Nakamura VS Tye Dillinger!
The King of Strong Style and the Perfect 10 are no strangers to each other, but now we live in the United States of Nakamerica. Will SmackDown truly be the Land of Opportunity should Dillinger win? Or will the Perfect Ten get a Knee2Face instead?
The bell rings and Dillinger dodges Nakamura’s bum rush! Dillinger chops and chops and chops! He whips but Nakamura reverses, only for Dillinger to blast his way back out with a lariat! Dillinger shows those ten fingers, then dares Nakamura to bring it. Nakamura boots but misses, yet dodges to roundhouse Dillinger down. Nakamura gives Dillinger Bad Vibrations, then puts Dillinger up top. Fans duel as Dillinger gets a Top Shelf Knee! Nakamura dumps Dillinger down and takes aim from the corner. Everyone knows what’s coming next, but so does Dillinger! He dodges, kicks, and gets it on the second time! Dillinger hurries up top fast, and jumps for a Perfect 10 Frog Splash! Cover, TWO!! That was so close but not close enough.
Dillinger is on Nakamura in the corner with Perfect 10 Punches! But wait, it’s Randy Orton!! He attacks Dillinger, but why!?
Winner: Tye Dillinger, by disqualification
The viper throws Dillinger into a post! Wait, Orton is counting? He batters Dillinger all around ringside, then tosses him over the announce desk! Orton drags Dillinger up for the back suplex onto the desk! They go back into the ring, and Orton stomps away on Dillinger. Orton drags Dillinger up, then hangs him out to dry on the ropes! But Orton still isn’t done with Dillinger, as he drags him out along the apron. Draping DDT to the ground! The Viper mocks the ten fingers, then leaves Dillinger for dead. Is this the new prey Orton spoke of?
Nakamura himself is a bit annoyed Orton ruined his fun. So he aims at the dazed Dillinger to KINSHASA him into the LED apron! The Viper and the King of Strong Style stand tall, will Dillinger be able to return to seek revenge on either of them?
Lana prepares for her match.
Rusev wishes her luck. And he says he still trusts her. But then why is he giving English a chance? Rusev doesn’t believe English. He’s just frustrated. That’s fine for him, but what about her? She’s facing the Relent-Lass one up next!
Backstage interview with Randy Orton.
Why did he go after Dillinger? Is he the next victim? No, no, but the bottom line is that the Perfect 10 “crap” just pisses Orton off. Well, if it’s not Dillinger, then who?!
Becky Lynch VS Lana!
The Straight Fire wants to burn the bridge between her and the Queen of Flair, and she’s just about done it with all the sneak attacks and disrespect shown the last few weeks. But now she wants to remove all the dead weight from her Women’s Division, starting with the Ravishing Russian. Will Becky break Lana’s spirit and possibly an arm? Or will Lana prove she’s the best, Lana number one?
The bell rings and Becky circles with Lana. They tie up and Becky gets the arm. Fans chant “Milwaukee!” to remind Lana of the suspicion English has cast. Becky has Lana by the arm and arm-drags her to a cover, TWO. Lana gets away and circles with Becky again. Becky gets a waistlock and slam, and then lets Lana go. She dares Lana to get up. Lana does and Becky shoves her. Lana SLAPS Becky, then tackles her! The Ravishing Russian throws furious forearms but Becky pushes her away. Becky walks into a kick but reverses the whip. Lana catches Becky with headscissor and an ax kick. Bulldog, cover, TWO! Becky bails out while Lana gets up.
Lana dares Becky to come back, but Becky takes her time. Lana comes out so Becky kicks her and throws her into barriers! Becky mocks Lana over the Milwaukee rumors, but Lana small packages! TWO, and Lana dodges to roundhouse Becky down! Cover, TWO!! Lana thought she had the champ, but she keeps on her with stomps. Lana climbs up but Becky trips her up and to the mat. Becky gets mad now, and she drags Lana up for the Becksploder, but Lana fights out. Becky gets her again, and throws her! Then, Disarm-Her! Lana taps, Becky wins!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission
Becky shows mercy by letting Lana go, but that’s because she wants to raise her belt high over Lana’s head. Lana has her own troubles, can she sort this scandal out with Rusev and English? As for Becky, will she retain against an angry Queen down in Melbourne?
Backstage interview with Aiden English.
Will The Drama King elaborate on Milwaukee? Not right now, but he will. English has proof, and will show his video evidence next week. Is this evidence going to tear Rusev Day apart from within?
SmackDown GM Paige is in the ring!
The Glampire in Chief presides over this contract signing prompted by the controversial ending at Hell in a Cell. Therefore, Super Show Down will be a NO HOLDS BARRED match! There has to be a winner, and Paige has taken all precautions possible. But everyone knows how these things end, so let’s just get to it. She introduces first the WWE Champion, the Phenomenal AJ Styles! The champion hits the ring, and that of course leaves the challenger, Samoa Joe! But wait, where is Samoa Joe? His music doesn’t hit, but is he even here right now? Styles sure doesn’t think Joe has the guts to show up. Joe might attack from behind somewhere, because that’s how Joe works. But Styles has eyes in the back of his head.
Joe isn’t here now, but we all know he’ll be at Super Show Down for that chance at the title. The match will have no disqualifications and no count outs, it’s right up Joe’s alley. Joe doesn’t follow rules, but that just means– Oh, Joe’s on the titantron! The great thing about this business is traveling all over the world, going to places they’d never imagine going. And Joe is in one of those places: the Styles family home in Georgia! What is Joe doing at Styles’ house!? Joe said daddy was coming home, but where is Daddy AJ? In Denver. Styles swears he’ll rip Joe apart, but Joe admires Styles’ lawn and white picket fence.
Joe wonders how Styles is feeling. is he helpless? is he horrified? Does he feel sick? Guilty for not heeding the warnings? Styles could’ve made a difference, but he’s far far away. What to do, what to do? Joe wants Styles to get his phone, but oh wait. Styles doesn’t bring his phone out to the ring. Well that’s okay, that’d ruin the surprise. Joe got a nice gift for Annie after all. Styles pleads that Joe stop, but Joe keeps walking to the porch. Is Styles feeling rage now? Is Styles fired up and feeling his blood boil? Good! Because both Joe and Styles know the wife and kids are home. What is Styles feeling now? Fear? Paralyzed and confused about what to do?
Joe wants Styles to remember that feeling, because he’ll feel that way again when he loses at Super Show Down. Remember this feeling, because this has always been about consequences. Styles “stole” the title from Joe at Hell in a Cell, “that demanded consequences.” Styles still pleads, but Joe rings the door bell. “Daddy’s home.” SmackDown’s out of time!! What’s happening now?!
Wow! What a crazy good episode. SmackDown has been much better at prioritizing builds, and now that Super Show Down is the next thing up, that’s where they’re directing us. Though, I will say SmackDown knows how to properly interweave Mixed Match Challenge as Truth and Carmella continue their own feud with The Miz. Truth TV was so great, but sadly it seems short-lived as Miz wins it back. But of course that’s so Miz and Bryan can plug their story. I still think Bryan wins at Super Show Down to then give us a big match up whether it’s Joe or Styles. At the same time, Miz is making a point of doing anything to win. This could give us at least a tease of Bryan wanting to cheat, but then doing things the right way and proving Miz wrong.
Big E VS Sheamus was a great match, and it’s a bit surprising Sheamus won. There’s no 50-50 booking so far, but maybe this just further establishes that The New Day retains. It’d be a great surprise if The Bar wins, for similar reasons why it would’ve been great if Rusev Day won. And speaking of, the twist in the Rusev Day story is actually making their break-up worth it. The Milwaukee mystery is definitely going to be WWE’s true Fall blockbuster. Becky also earns some big points for herself attacking Charlotte during a photo shoot then more or less squashing Lana. I really hope there’s more for Becky and Charlotte, something that leads us into and past even Evolution. Becky is on fire, WWE just needs to pour gasoline on it.
Naomi and Asuka are actually working as a duo, and I like that they’ve basically come up with a team finisher with the double roundhouse. Just as Nia Jax and Ember Moon could be Raw’s new candidate for Women’s Tag Team Champions while Sasha Banks is out, Naomi and Asuka could move up for SmackDown. Becky and Charlotte are enemies, and it’d great for Asuka to at least get tag titles on the main roster while she rebuilds her power. And lastly, that twist to the contract signing was evil but genius. In fact, Joe is an evil genius. He escalates this attack on Styles’ family by showing up to the Styles house! Television viewers don’t get to see much after the final minutes, but if this doesn’t get buzz for Styles VS Joe, nothing will.
My Score: 8.6/10
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Uncaged Ratings & Review
With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?
With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?
The pseudo-PPV atmosphere is sure to bring in more consistent viewership, but they’re in an interesting spot. Taya and Tessa are really the only two credible Knockouts unless Gail comes out of retirement (since Rosemary, Su and Jordynne are in the same storyline), so we’ll probably see this get extended somehow. As for the other title match, The Machine has a lot of support and wrestling fans all know the money is in the chase. So I could see Cage getting “screwed” again, but I’d much rather see Cage with the title.
So let’s get hype for the show with a video package of the returning Reno Scum!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
- Knockout’s Championship Street Fight: Tessa Blanchard vs Taya Valkyrie (c) – Taya retains via Double Footstomp through Table – *** 3/4
- ‘All Ego’ Ethan Page vs Willie Mack: Mack wins via Stunner – ** 1/2
- Elimination 4v4: Team Impact (Fallah Bahh, Sami Callihan, Eli Drake & Eddie Edwards) vs Team AAA (Puma King, Psycho Clown, Hijo del Vikingo & Aerostar): Team AAA 4-3 – *** 3/4
- Fatal 4 Way Impact World Championship: Killer Kross vs Moose vs Johnny Impact (c) vs Brian Cage: Johnny retains via Starship Pain on Moose – *** 1/4
Both women come out with throwback shirts. Tessa comes out with the old school Four Horsemen shirt and Taya comes out in her Perros de Mal shirt (old Triple A stable she was in with Perro Aguayo Jr). This match was a little awkward at times, and the first table they had ” La Wera Loca vs Diamond” painted on, didn’t break after two spear attempts. Really good hardcore style action, with chairs, insults, ring posts and another table. Definitely more of a brawl than wrestling, but after the table didn’t break the subsequent spots seemed to be a little off. Still a solid match, entertaining to watch, good way to start off the Uncaged show. Dios perdona, los perros no.
After a quick promo with Team Impact, Scarlett joins Melissa during the commercial break moment and she’s barely dressed and her and Melissa start doing squats. I mean they’re doubling down on sex sells, and I’m not even mad.
Mack and Page was a solid match. Good brawling, Willie’s agility outlasted Page’s strikes. One would assume the winner should be closer to an X Division title shot at least. So it should be interesting where this leads.
Killer Kross follows that with his typical chilling, slightly unhinged promo, and damn it was well done.
The interesting thing about the commercial break stuff tonight is Melissa doing live interviews with different people. It’s kinda neat, like extra content.
Team Triple A has a clap back promo after the commercial, which says the Cup is staying in Mexico. If memory serves, Team Triple A beat Team TNA in the first World X Cup, so I’m curious if they’ll pull from that for a storyline.
Sami Callihan calls out Swann one more time, Swann throws the shirt at Callihan, so a fight ensues. Swann gets the best of things momentarily, but an eye gauge allows Sami the opening to toss Rich around a little, Piledriver him on the stage and then Powerbomb him off the stage through a table. So I guess Sami will get the X Divison shot, but might have to go through Willie Mack first in the following weeks before Rebellion.
A lot of fun fast paced action, good dives, good strikes, nice story telling and only one slip so far from Aerostar. Eli Drake is the first one eliminated by Puma King because he tries to tell Eddie to not use the kendo stick, but tries to use it himself, Eddie catches him and takes his stick back, then pushing Eli. So one Gedo Clutch later, Eli is eliminated by pinfall. Fallah Bah eliminates Vikingo after a Twisted Running Powerslam. Aerostar eliminates Bahh after a Crucifix Pin when Bahh misses the Banzai Drop. Boston Knee Party from Eddie eliminates Aerostar. Piledriver from Sami eliminates Puma King. Two on one advantage with Sami and Eddie against Psycho Clown. Eddie hits a Boston Knee Party lays out Psycho Clown, but Sami pushes Eddie off and tries to steal the spotlight, only a two count, Psycho Rolls Up Sami for the pinfall elimination. Eddie has Psycho on the ropes, but Eli returns, takes Kenny the Kendo Stick and distracts Eddie. Then he hits Eddie to give Psycho a shot to hit a Backstabber, followed up the La Magistral for the victory. So Impact kinda played themselves, but it was a damn good match with a lot to unpack.
Melissa finally returns after a few commercial breaks off, with Sami Callihan and David Crist. This was ridiculous but great. Just erratic idiocy, they steal Melissa’s sandals at some point, David sings “Hey there Samuel” and Sami does a pitch like a dating service while Melissa is getting her sandals. So dumb, but great.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
Small promotional video package for Reno Scum. Returning to Impact for the first time since the first wave of GFW “invasion” (nearly 2 years).
A quick little moment with Dark Allie, Su Yung and Rosemary, followed by a commercial with Melissa and KM & Fallah Bahh. Very funny, Melissa plays off the wrestlers well. She needs to stick around since she’s got a nice personality and seems to work well with most of the guys.
Scarlett with a weird video package, her in a bed, a little moan and showing cleavage is her formula. So if it ain’t broke, I’m not gonna fix it, shut up, stop judging me!
LAX joins Melissa before the main event and the Latina comes out in her. She’s more animated that usual, very fun and entertaining. She even busts their chops a little, but they take it in stride and seem to enjoy each other’s company.
Since the match starts with only about 12 minutes before time limit the match wasn’t going to be a technical masterpiece, but for what it was it was fun. It was more of a brawl, since there were 3 bigger guys. Kross had a bunch of moments looking like a beat, Cage looked like a million bucks hitting the Drill Claw on both Moose and Kross. But Johnny pulled the opportunistic thing, and while Kross and Cage were tied up, Johnny pulls Moose to the corner, barely hits Starship Pain and sneaks in a pinfall before Cage finishes the Drill Claw + pin on Kross. So Johnny retains while looking like a punk, and the crowd wanted nothing to do with him. Terminator claps most of the match.
.@MrGMSI_BCage had the World Championship right within his fingertips once again…
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
Overall Score: 7.5/10
Solid solid show from start to finish. Tessa and Taya got things kicked off well, Melissa doing backstage interviews as the Twitch commercial break stuff was great. World Cup match was fun and set up a few storylines for the Impact stars while Team Triple A got the home field advantage win. Main event was a little disappointing to be honest. Johnny has worn out his fan support both in Mexico and on Twitch chat. Granted yes, I’m hopeful this is building towards a big blow off at Rebellion, maybe with Cage going over and Austin Aries returning, but I guess we’ll have to see.
Also from the main event, we see some cracks in the Moose and Kross alliance, so that could definitely be an interesting match in the near future.
So yeah, we have a lot to chew on moving into TV tapings for the shows leading up to Rebellion, but from a completely playlist mentality view point, Cage got screwed. Brian Cage better be getting this damn title soon, or I want him to put Don Callis through the announce table.
Now the weekly Twitch viewers portion:
- Week 1: High – 10,350 / Low – 8,500
- Week 2: High – 8,000 / Low – 6,500
- Week 3: High – 8,500 / Low – 7,900
- Week 4: High – 7,100 / Low – 5,300
- Week 5: High – 7,450 / Low – 5,650
- Uncaged: High – 9,000/ Low – 8,000
Well it looks like people just need a reason to tune in. Not only was this week mostly main event talent, but since the event had was named, I feel like people just expected better quality. So still no record breaking high, but solid numbers throughout the entire show.
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: New Beginning in Sapporo Part 2!
Who leaves Sapporo with the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team titles?
NJPW continues in Sapporo with two HUGE tag team matches! The Rainmaker and The Ace look for further revenge while EVIL & SANADA defend their tag titles!
This coverage of New Beginning in Sapporo will be as aired by AXS TV.
Gifs can be found courtesy of http://frentique.tumblr.com/
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: EVIL & SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki; EVIL & SANADA win and retain the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships.
- Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jay White & Bad Luck Fale; White & Fale win.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene!
The Ace is once again IWGP Heavyweight Championship after dethroning The Best Bout Machine at Wrestle Kingdom 13! But the record-setting 8-time champion has a very determined challenger in The Switchblade. Jay White has Gedo and the Bullet Club by his side, and now has his title match in Osaka! But before then, Hiroshi Tanahashi will look to slow White down with the help of his old rival, Kazuchika Okada! Will this amazing tag team be able to defeat White and Bad Luck Fale? Or will it only be a sampling of the Cutthroat Era’s coming?
And before that, Los Ingobernables de Japon’s Heavyweight Tag Team Champions broke even with their challengers in singles competition. Now it is time to face off for the titles! Can the two-time Tag League and Two Time Tag Champions be able to overcome the Undisputed British Tag Team Champions? Or will Suzuki-Gun have two tag titles around their waists? That match is now!
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: EVIL & SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki!
Why wait for bells when you just wanna fight? Suzuki and ZSJ go right at Evil & Sanada as they enter the ring! ZSJ stomps Evil while Suzuki mugs Sanada on the outside. Red Shoes holds the belts, but Suzuki gets one to choke Sanada with it. Suzuki whips Sanada but Sanada reverses to send Suzuki into railing! Evil and ZSJ end up the leg men and brawl while the introductions are made. Evil whips ZSJ and goes to hip toss, but ZSJ counters to an abdominal stretch. ZSJ denies a counter but Evil still hip tosses out! Tag to Sanada, and LIJ go after ZSJ together. Double whips, clothesline, back senton! Cover, TWO! ZSJ rolls away but Sanada stalks him to a corner. Cold Skull whips ZSJ corner to corner but ZSj goes up and over. He fakes Sanada and rolls him up, TWO!
Sanada knees and whips ZSJ but ZSJ denies the dropkick. ZSJ misses the Peantly Kick, and Sanada trips him up! Sanada gets ZSJ in the Paradise Lock, but ZSJ slips out and toys with him. ZSJ kicks Sanada, but Sanada knees back. Sanada whips but ZSJ reverses. Suzuki gets a cheap shot and gets Sanada in a hanging armbar! ZSJ hits Evil just because. Suzuki lets Sanada go then goes after Evil. ZSJ keeps on Sanada and Suzuki mugs Evil. Suzuki brings Evil out to the crowd to bowl him through chairs. Suzuki laughs as he rams Evil with the railing. Then he throws chairs onto Evil! ZSJ twists Sanada around for a modified Octopus, then he hammerlock stomps an arm! Suzuki searches under the ring while ZSJ gives Sanada a shoulder breaker. Suzuki has a folding chair to jab Evil in the head!
The ring count passes 17, but Sanada manage to make it in at 19.5! ZSJ is on Sanada with an arm bar, to hammerlock, then digs his elbows into Sanada’s spine. ZSJ pulls back on Sanada’s free arm from wrist to elbow for another hammerlock. He makes it a buttefly of sorts, then a cover, TWO! ZSJ drags Sanada over and tags in Suzuki. Suzuki takes Sanada and wrenches, but then ZSJ wrenches, and they keep passing Sanada for wrenches. ZSJ boots the arm and then Suzuki boots the arm. Sanada clutches that tortured arm but Suzuki goes after it more against the ropes. REd Shoes counts but Suzuki lets go at 4. Suzuki toys with Sanada now, but Sanada hits back. Suzuki just laughs again and throws forearms back. They go back and forth, but Suzuki hits hard. The champs are in trouble while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns while Suzuki taunts Sanada. Sanada does sit up but Suzuki’s right on him with fast forearms. Suzuki kicks but Sanada dragon screws, only for Suzuki to counter into an armbar! ZSJ hits Evil to keep him away, but Sanada resists the arm. Suzuki gets the arms apart and has Sanada at full extension! Sanada flails while ZSJ keeps Evil down with his own armlock! Suzuki pulls as hard as he can, but Sanada gets a ropebreak with his feet. Suzuki holds on to slam the arm on the mat. Tag to ZSJ and he hands the wrench off to ZSJ. ZSJ hammerlocks and tweaks Sanada’s arm. ZSJ sits down on the arm to practically triangle it! Suzuki keeps Evil at bay with an armbar on the ropes! ZSJ shifts his weight into a modified Labell meets Rings of Saturn!
Suzuki tortures Evil on the apron but Red Shoes can’t do anything about that while he watches ZSJ and Sanada. Sanada shifts again and gets another ropebreak via feet. Suzuki keeps on Evil with body shots while ZSJ lets Sanada go. ZSJ dares Sanada to stand, and then rock shim with a European Uppercut. Sanada returns the EuroUpper, but his arms are hurting. ZSj shoulder breakers, then catches the leap frog for a flapjack! Penalty kick is CAUGHT! Dragon Screw! Suzuki runs in and gets a dragon screw, too! Fans rally for LIJ as Evil tags in! The King of Darkness rallies on ZSJ! He scoop slams ZSJ hard, then rocks him with forearms. Evil whips but ZSJ reverses, only for Evil to run him over!
Fans rally as Evil drags ZSJ up. ZSJ kicks but Evil blocks it to elbow the knee. ZSJ grabs the arm but Evil counters to a shoulder breaker! Evil blocks another kick, Fisherman Buster! Cover, TWO! Evil keeps his cool as fans fire up again. He drags ZSJ up again and turns him, but ZSJ turns and suplexes Evil! Then the neck twist! Both men are down from exhaustion, but they still come back for more. ZSJ wants revenge for Sapporo Part 1 as he throws EuroUppers. Things speed up and each man dodges the other, but then ZSJ runs into Evil’s lariat! Evil drags ZSJ up, fireman’s carry, but ZSj reverses to a Pele! ZSJ kicks then sweeps the legs! Both men are down again but Suzuki returns. Suzuki tags in and goes right at Evil with forearms.
Suzuki whips Evil corner to corner and boots him. He snapmares and Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO! Evil barely escapes, but Suzuki toys with him now. Suzuki throws haymakers, then boots, but Evil hands it off to Red Shoes! Evil SUPERKICKS Suzuki down! Tag to Sanada! Sanada whips but Suzuki reverses. Sanada tumbles, springboards, but into Suzuki’s sleeper! ZSJ hits Evil again, and then helps Suzuki corner to corner train on Sanada! Snapmare, DOBULE Peanlty Kicks! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives that string of attacks, but Suzuki stomps him down. We can hear someone throw the other into railing while Suzuki hammers away on Sanada in the corner. Red Shoes backs Suzuki off, but Suzuki runs back in. Sanada dodges, and Evil returns for a corner clothesline! He feeds Suzuki to Sanada’s back suplex!
Evil hits ZSJ and now LIJ has Suzuki isolated! They call for the finish and fans are thunderous! Evil lifts Suzuki, but ZSJ stops Magic Killer. Suzuki rolls Sanada into an Ankle Lock! ZSJ has Evil in the Octopus! Suzuki shifts to a kneebar! Sanada endures teh grapevine’d move, and Suzuki even grabs an arm! Sanada grabs Red Shoes to keep himself from tapping! ZSJ has shifted Evil into a grounded twist! Neither LIJ can get free as Suzuki shifts the position of his kneebar! Sanada endures, as does Evil. Fans cheer LIJ on, but Suzuki just twists the ankle harder! Sanada uses one last gas to get the ropebreak! Suzuki lets Sanada go, to come back for a sleeper. And then ZSJ Penalty Kicks! Suzuki also Penalty Kicks! Cover, but Evil breaks it in time!
Suzuki-Gun drags LIJ up but LIJ fights back! Suzuki wants his piledriver, and ZSJ wants his, but Evil and Sanada deny those, for Darkness Falls and TKO in stereo! LIJ fires up as they go after Suzuki again. MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, but ZSJ breaks it just in time! Sanada grabs Suzuki and Evil gets ZSJ. Skull End, but ZSJ counters the STO! Evil counters back, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! And then for Suzuki, True Skull End, but Suzuki slips through! Sleeper, Gotch hold, but Evil saves Sanada! Everything is countered, but the Sleeper is escaped. MAGIC KILLER AGAIN!! Sanada climbs while Evil takes ZSJ out, Moonsault! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, Sanada pinning; still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions
The King of Darkness and Cold Skull are still golden! Suzuki-Gun’s quest to have two different companies’ tag titles has not worked out, it’ll be back to the drawing board for them. However, will Evil & Sanada now have a claim to the British Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?
Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jay White & Bad Luck Fale!
The Rainmaker and The Ace have fought hard over the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the claim to being the best one ever, but now they are united in making sure the Switchblade does NOT become champion! Will this all-star alliance succeed against the new Bullet Club leader and his Underboss underling?
White refuses to let this dream team have their photo op. He insists he is the historic wrestler everyone should take pictures of, not the old generation. Tanahashi and Okada bite their tongues and bide their time, they’ll get at White after the break.
NJPW on AXS returns and White starts against Tanahashi. Fans are strongly behind The Ace but White just chuckles. They circle and Gedo can be heard shouting “You’re stupid!” at commentary. White lunges but Tanahashi stays away. They tie up and go around, and Tanahashi manages to power White to a corner. White turns it around, but backs off, only to get the leg! White grins as he shows how easy he could’ve gone after the bad leg. He backs off but tries a sucker punch! Tanahashi dodges and headlocks, and he grinds White down. White gets up but can’t power out of Tanahashi’s grip. Tanahashi grinds White down again but White fights out with body shots. White powers out this time, but Tanahashi fakes him out to get him back in the headlock!
Tanahashi grinds White on the mat but White powers back up. White again can’t power out so he pulls hair! Tanahashi pulls White’s hair in return! Tanahashi throws body shots then whips, but White reverses. White runs into an elbow, Tanahashi springboard crossbodies! Tanahashi air guitars and tosses it out. He brings White over and tags Okada. Okada and Tanahashi whip White and double elbow him down. Okada back sentons, then Tanahashi somersault sentons. The dream team shake hands and drop double elbows! Fans are loving this already! Okada drags White up and fans are thunderous for him. He snapmares White and then hits a running basement dropkick! Okada drags White up but White powers him to the corner. Tag to Fale, but Okada gets away.
Okada and Fale circle and tie up. Fale shoves Okada but Okada’s right back with hammering hands! Okada whips but Fale reverses and whips Okada hard into buckles! Fale looms over Okada then stomps him down. Fale drags Okada up and talks trash, so Okada hits back. Okada runs and handsprings over the back drop! He wants a sleeper and hops on as a backpack. Fale endures then drops back! Okada lets Fale go, and White attacks Tanahashi! White goes after Tanahashi on the outside and throws him into barriers! Okada bails out but Fale gives chase. Fale throws Okada into barriers, too! White chokes Tanahashi with camera cables! White says he IS the next champion! Fans boo while Fale takes a towel and chokes Okada with it. It was an Okada Dollar towel, too!
White keeps on Tanahashi in the front row with Euro Uppers. White takes apart barriers to throw the railings onto Tanahashi. He buries Tanahashi while the ring count climbs. Then White scoops slams a Young Lion onto Tanahashi! Fale chokes Okada on the ropes in the ring. Red Shoes backs Fale off, but he comes back to drag Okada up and dump him out. White goes right at Okada by ramming him into the apron and then the railing! And then the apron again, and then the railing! White rams Okada into the apron once more, then throws forearms. Red Shoes finally spots this and reprimands White. White plays innocent as he puts Okada back in the ring. Fale tags White in, and White soaks up the heat.
White runs corner to corner for a huge Euro Upper, and then suplexes Okada into the buckles! Cover, TWO!! Somehow Okada escapes! White takes his frustrations out on Tanahashi, then returns to Okada. White grinds his forearm into Okada’s face, then puts on a Half Crab. Fans rally up for Okada and Okada crawls for ropes. White pulls harder but Tanahashi comes it go after White. Fale throws Tanahashi out, and then tags back in. Fale goes after Okada’s leg with stomps. Okada hits back and clubs Fale. Okada hops on for a guillotine, but Fale simply puts Okada in the Bullet Club corner. Fale stomps a mudhole into Okada then tags White. White drags Okada up for a CHOP! White follows Okada to the open corner, then tells Tanahashi this CHOP is for him.
Fans continue to rally as White snapmares Okada into a chinlock. Okada feeds off the energy and fights out with body shots. Okada runs but into White’s back elbow! Cover, TWO! White keeps on Okada with another chinlock. Okada endures while Tanahashi and the fans rally up again. Okada gets up and fights back again, but White clubs him down. White puts Okada in a corner and whips corner to corner, but Okada reverses. Okada runs into White’s boot. White runs but into a flapjack! Both men are down but stirring while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns once more, and Okada crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Tanahashi! White stands and The Ace fires off forearms on him! Tanahashi whips but White reverses, only for Tanahashi to forearm him down! Tanahashi dropkicks Fale then goes after White again. He scoop slams White into a drop zone, then hops up. Second rope somersault senton hits! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps his cool while fans rally up again. Tanahashi waits for White to stand then runs, but he runs into a CHOP! But he keeps going, only to run into another CHOP! Tanahashi still shakes it off, but runs into a waistlock. He elbows out but White chop blocks the bad leg! White catches his breath as he looms over Tanahashi.
White scoops Tanahshi but Tanahashi fights out. Tanahashi waistlocks but WHite standing switches to a saido suplex! Both men are down but White tags out to Fale. Fale corners Tanahashi and throws big body shots. Then he throws bit clubbing forearms! He taunts the fans and they boo back as he drags Tanahashi up. Fale whips corner to corner then runs in, but misses! Tanahashi waistlocks, but Fale’s too big for a German Suplex! Fale fights out of the waistlock, then suplexes Tanahashi. Okada saves Tanahashi, and then they double suplex Fale together! Fans rally up again and Tanahashi crawls, but he dropkicks White first! Hot tag to Okada!
The Rainmaker forearms and whips Fale, but Fale reverses. Okada hits Fale then hits the DDT! Okada kips up and fans fire up again! He drags Fale up and manages a scoop slam! Okada winces just a moment before climbing up top. Fale gets under and Okada rolls through. Okada runs back but into a Samoan Drop! Fale hits a big splash! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but White goes after Tanahashi! White puts Tanahashi into railing while fans cheer Okada on. Fale aims, grabs Okada, but the Grenade is denied with a dropkick! Okada wants to lift Fale!? Fale reverses but Okada slips out. Okada runs but gets run over! Both men are down but Tanahashi returns to the corner. Hot tags to Tanahashi and White!
The Ace and Switchblade each dodge each other. White trash talks Tanahashi but the brawl is on! Tanahashi hits, then White hits, repeat. They build up speed back and forth, then White throws several. Tanahashi gives them all back, but White kicks out the bad leg. White whips but Tanahashi reverses. Tanahashi dodges and slingblades White down! Cover, TWO!! Okada hits Fale then tells Tanahashi to finish this. Tanahashi gets the Cloverleaf but White rakes the eyes! White kicks Tanahashi away while Fale puts Okada into barriers. Tanahashi dragon screws White! Fale runs in but Tanahashi blocks, hands off to Okada and Okada dragon screws! Tanahashi returns to White, running, but Gedo swipes him! White gets Tanahashi with a Complete Shot to German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous again as White slashes the throat. He drags Tanahashi up into position, and Fale chases Okada. Okada saves Tanahashi then has to fight off Fale. Fale rebounds, Tanahashi slingblades him down! White rocks Tanahashi, but Okada dropkicks him down! The dream team have each other’s backs! And they both power up to combine forces! Gut wrench to TOMBSTONE! Hand off, to STYLES CLASH! Tanahashi rolls White, for Okada’s elbow! Fans are at a fever pitch, but Gedo distracts Tanahashi. Fale attacks Tanahashi and dumps him off the top rope! Red Shoes reprimands Gedo but it’s too late. Okada leaps but into the Grenade! Fale corner splashes Tanahashi, and gives him a Grenade! Fale crushes Tanahashi with his boot while White crawls over. White has Fale stand down so he can finish Tanahashi.
White drags Tananashi up, fireman’s carry, Death Valley Driver! Cover, TWO!? Tanahashi survives but White isn’t done. He slashes the throat, drags Tanahashi, but ends up in Twist ‘n’ Shout! Fale whips Tanahashi but Tanahashi reverses to another Twist ‘n’ Shout! Red Shoes keeps Gedo out of the ring, but White gets a chair in the distraction! White swings but misses, Tanahashi slingblades White down! Tanahashi sees Fale coming, and manages a German Suplex! Gedo is in, but his brass knuckles miss to get a slap! White SMACKS Tanahashi from behind! Fans boo as White gets away with it. Dragon screw to the mat! And another! And then an inverted Figure Four! Okada wants to get in but Fale drags him back out. Tanahashi endures while Okada fights Fale off. So Gedo drags Okada out! Fale SPLASHES Okada! Fale lifts Okada, Bad Luck Fall!
Tanahashi still endures as White wrenches and pulls as hard as he can on the hold! Fale keeps his eyes on Okada while Tanahashi reaches and flails. Tanahashi taps, White and Fale win!!
Winners: Jay White & Bad Luck Fale, White by submission
The unthinkable has happened! The Switchblade has made the IWGP Heavyweight Champion tap out! Is the Cutthroat Era inevitable?
White picks up the belt and the mic to address Sapporo. White looks down at Tanahashi and says, “I told you that I would beat you and take this belt from you.” People think it’ll be a shock when White wins, but it will not be! White’s already beaten Tanahashi and everyone NJPW has to offer. And he made Tanahashi submit! Gedo rubs it in, but can The Ace pull off a miracle in Osaka?
White says “You can give it multiple names.” Call it Tanahashi is White’s “b*tch”, you can call it TGU: Tanahashi Gave Up. No, TTO: Tanahashi Tapped Out. That’s what the inverted figure four will be! Put it everywhere! #TTO!
Tanahashi responds by saying he used his knee as bait. White took that bait, but he wasn’t as big of a fish as Tanahashi expected. Is The Ace putting on a brave face? Or are he and his reign in more trouble than he knows?
A really great hour for NJPW, especially with big tag team matches. Evil & Sanada VS Suzuki & ZSJ was great because they knew how to play up all the story from the many, many matches all four men have had in the past. I honestly was surprised Suzuki-Gun lost, I thought they were going to end up double champions. But LIJ has been red hot, hence why they are all champions at this point, so it makes sense to keep that hot streak going. LIJ probably won’t lose those tag titles for a long time from what I can tell. No other heavyweight tag team looks strong enough right now.
Then in the special tag match for the main event, the dream team of Okada and Tanahashi had some really good chemistry with each other, and there was plenty of story to fuel this match, too. I’m a bit surprised White won, but NJPW doesn’t really use the kind of math a company like WWE would. WWE’s math would put it that White winning now means he won’t win the title in their New Beginning Osaka match, but NJPW isn’t so back and forth like that. White’s on his own hot streak, and literally has Gedo by his side, so Osaka might be the night we all Breath with the Switchblade.
My Score: 8.5/10