Another Triple Threat will see The Usos, SAnitY and Rusev Day compete in the SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders tournament! Winners face The Bar!
- Daniel Bryan w/ Brie Bella VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Bryan wins.
- Naomi VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay; Naomi wins.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tournament Triple Threat: The Usos VS SAnitY VS Rusev Day; Rusev Day wins and will face The Bar in the finals.
- The Miz w/ Maryse VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; Truth wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Renee Young opens SmackDown Live with Brie Bella & Daniel Bryan!
Mr. & Mrs. YES are in Detroit! They’re here ahead of their Hell in a Cell Mixed Tag Match with Miz. & Maryse. Before forecasting what’s to come, we must look back to last week. Bryan was facing Andrade “Cien” Almas and was moments away from winning, and Brie made sure Zelina Vega didn’t interfere. However, Miz & Maryse would, and then work together with El Idolo & La Muneca to brutalize Brie & Bryan. Bryan is so “grateful” Renee lowered the mood with that review package. But Renee points out new footage relating to Miz & Maryse themselves. The It Couple were in the arena earlier today and vowed to finish things before Hell in a Cell. Of course, no one was around to hear the two call out Brie & Bryan. Yet the It Couple used that as reason enough to say Brie & Bryan are afraid.
Bryan says that’s perfect. That is a perfect encapsulation of those two as people. They attack from behind, make them watch each other get hurt, then call people out when they know those people are not here. The It Couple are actually a couple of cowards. Brie agrees, because cowards talk. Bryan & Brie aren’t here to just talk. They’re here because they don’t want to wait for Hell in a Cell either. SmackDown is live on the USA Network, let’s fight! Unfortunately, Miz & Maryse left before the show.
However, Almas & Vega are here! And they see Bryan & Brie are “crying in the ring yet again” over how unfair it all is. The stars of hit reality show, “Total Bores.” Vega & Almas thank Renee for that footage, because it reminds them how much fun it was to walk all over “the great Daniel Bryan.” Almas is ready to do it all again. Almas wants to finish what he started right here and now! Vega & Almas head to the ring, Bryan is ready! This match begins after the break.
Daniel Bryan w/ Brie Bella VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
SmackDown returns as the bell rings and the two men circle. The fans are on Bryan’s side as he ties up with Almas. Almas gets a waistlock but Bryan gets the wristlock. Bryan shifts to a headlock and takeover but Amlas gets the head scissors. Bryan rolls around and works his way out, to get the wristlock back. He turns it into an arm wrench but Almas kicks low. Almas has a headlock now, but Bryan powers out. Almas runs Bryan over, then gets moving. Things speed up and Bryan flips over to wrench and arm-snap! He kicks Almas to a corner, then wrenches Almas’ arm to a shoulder breaker!
Bryan drags Almas into the Yes Lock but Almas gets the ropebreak quickly. Almas comes back but into another shoulder breaker! Almas throws forearms but Bryan give shim a European Uppercut. Bryan runs, but into the boot feint and elbow! Cover, TWO! Vega coaches Almas on while Bryan rolls to a corner. Almas stalks Bryan and drags him up, for a hanging armbar! He lets go at 4, then runs to blast Bryan off with an elbow! Bryan hist barriers and Brie checks on him, but Vega is all smiles. Almas goes out to chop Bryan, then slam his arm on the apron. They go back in, cover, TWO! Fans rally and Bryan dodges, sending Almas crashing and burning to the outside! Bryan recovers while the referee counts Almas. Bryan runs on the apron, but jumps into a dropkick!
Both men are down while the referee checks on them. Almas puts Bryan in and covers, TWO! Almas keeps on Bryan and that arm, but Bryan whips him away. Bryan gets a kick for it, but then dumps Almas up and over. Bryan DIVES and sends Almas into barriers! Fans fire up while we go picture in picture. Both men are down again but Brie rallies the fans for Bryan. Vega is panicking while both men drag themselves in before the 10 count. Bryan sits up but Almas follows. They brawl on their knees then up to their feet. Bryan gets an edge but Almas comes back with a wicked chop! Almas then stomps Bryan out at the ropes, firing himself up. Almas drags Bryan up for another chop in the corner. Bryan chops back! Bryan backs Almas down but Almas hits back with a knee and forearm.
Almas throws more forearms then whips Bryan corner to corner. Bryan goes up and over, runs and hits Almas with a leaping lariat! Fans fire up with Bryan as he runs in corner to corner for the dropkick! Then Yes Kicks! Bryan hoists Almas up, then climbs up to join him, but Almas counters the Super Steiner into a Sunset flip! TWO, but Almas gets a Fujiwara armbbar! Bryan endures as Almas pulls back on the arm. Bryan reaches for ropes, drags himself over with his legs, and gets the ropebreak. Almas lets go and is frustrated. He scoop slams Bryan, then climbs up top. Bryan trips him up! Bryan sets Almas in the Tree of Woe, for Yes Kicks! He runs corner to corner, for the basement dropkick!
Fans fire up again as Bryan brings Almas up. Bryan climbs to join Almas, but Almas fights back. Almas sends Bryan down, then adjusts, MOOONSAULT! He lands on his feet when he misses to moonsault again! TWO!! Almas adapts but Bryan survives, and fans declare “This is Awesome!” Almas and Bryan brawl again, giving kick for kick. Bryan gets an edge, then manages the buzzsaw! He kicks more, but Almas ducks that buzzsaw to school boy Bryna into buckles! Vega calls for it, Almas hits Cien Knees! Brie is worried now as Almas drags Bryan up. Hammerlock, but no DDT! Bryan sees the feint coming and kicks Almas down! Bryan aims and fans echo “YES! YES!” Knee Plus!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall
Brie celebrates with her hubby as he gets even with El Idolo. Brie gets even with Vega by rocking her with a kick, then the Brie Mode Knee! However, they really want after Miz & Maryse, who now appear via titantron. The It Couple hopes they’re having a lovely evening. These reality stars always have lovely evenings. They’re having date night by renting out an entire Italian restaurant so they wouldn’t have to dine with people from Detroit. But if Brie & Bryan are looking for them, they’ll just have to wait for Hell in a Cell. Until then, arrivederci, Bellas.
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Backstage interview with Brie & Bryan on their way out.
Why are they leaving now? Well it’s no big deal, they’re just getting some dinner. Maybe Italian? Hopefully there’s no strict dress code. Are they going to give Miz & Maryse some just desserts?
Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch are interviewed simultaneously via titantron.
The Queen of Flair and Relent-Lass Lass Kicker are former friends turned bitter enemies over the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Is the champion, Charlotte, at all able to comprehend the breakdown of their bond? Charlotte won the title at Summerslam, but lost her best friend. Becky felt it was her night and that she deserves it, but what could Charlotte do? Charlotte wasn’t going to lie down for her, and thought Becky would do the same. Becky said it herself, may the best woman win. Oh is Charlotte down? Or does she want more of Becky’s spotlight? No, if anyone knows about growing up in a shadow, it’s Charlotte. Becky is an equal, a pioneer, who put herself in someone else’s shadow! All Becky had to do was ask for a chance!
Oh, she could ask “Her Majesty?” “Screw you!” Becky should be the one holding up the title. Like she did when she ambushed Charlotte? Do it face to face. Becky will. Becky’s done playing, she’ll start taking. It was a full-time job being a friend to someone so insecure. The only thing Becky cares about now is being back on top where she belongs! But Charlotte is in her way. So it doesn’t matter how many times she has to throw Charlotte around, Becky will win.
Charlotte “applauds” seeing the Straight Fire is back. They’re getting what they both want at Hell in a Cell. It won’t be a friend who she traveled the world with. Charlotte knows Becky is second best and just can’t handle it. Becky says Charlotte should shine the belt up real nice, because it’ll be the last time she’ll ever see it. And what will Becky’s excuse be when she wins this time? There won’t be any love lost here, but who comes out the one having lost more than just a match?
Naomi VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay!
#GlowTime wants one more go at the IIconics, and it will be against the Venus Flytrap a second time. Billie and Peyton are so amused by how Naomi loves to get beat by them. But which one does she get beat up by more? Billie and Peyton both insist it’s them, “No, me!”, but then they realize they’ve been saying “Naomi”. But every woman has to understand that they are the future of the Women’s Division! Can Naomi turn it up and show the BFFs that the future is NOT IIconic? Or will Peyton shut down the glow once again?
The bell rings and Naomi rocks Peyton with forearms! She has Peyton in the corner, but has to back off at 4. Peyton slaps Naomi back, then clobbers her down. Peyton rains rights, still stinging from Naomi’s strikes. She drags Naomi up and gives body shots. She gives a forearm but fans rally for Naomi. Peyton chokes Naomi at the ropes, and Billie gets in her own shot. Peyton has Naomi in a corner as she trash talks how Naomi has no friends. But Naomi swings kicks and connects. Naomi runs to slide and hit Billie! She then trips up Peyton, shoulders in and slingshot sunset flips! Cover, Naomi wins!
Winner: Naomi, by pinfall
But Billie ruins the celebration with an attack! The Iconic Duo have Naomi and they throw her into the post! They yank her back out, and then set her up for the wheelbarrow boot! But here comes ASUKA! The Empress of Tomorrow may not be the closest friend to Naomi, but she definitely doesn’t like the IIconics. She rallies on them both with swift kicks and German Suplexes! Asuka slides and kicks Peyton out, and the IIconics regroup as they retreat. Asuka checks on Naomi, and it seems Naomi has someone on her side in this fight. Will Peyton & Billie regret running their mouths with someone so dangerous on the roster?
WWE and SmackDown look at the coming Hell in a Cell grudge match.
Jeff Hardy has done many great things, but he’s yet to step into the sadistic steel. But Randy Orton’s obsession with erasing the Enigma’s identity has pushed Hardy to push his limits further than ever before. Hardy fights for family and honor for the first time inside the Cell. He will soar higher than the Heavens and his depravity will reach the depths of Hell. Then Orton will have brought about his own destruction.
On the flip side, Orton promised to make everyone squirm, and that his actions would not be for the faint of heart. He promised to erase heroes and destroy idols. “But Jeff Hardy refuses to go quietly. Good.” Orton wants to feel Hardy take his last gasp before being stomped out. He’s no stranger to the cruelty that is the Cell. It changes you, inside and out. “What I do to Jeff Hardy will be sickening.” It will be perverse and disgusting, but it will make Orton smile. Orton vows to erase the Enigma for good. Will Hardy overcome the Legend Killer’s mission to kill his legacy? Or will The Apex Predator succeed in eliminating his target?
GM Paige meets with Miz & Maryse.
Seems they’re no longer at the restaurant. Partly because the restaurant served food he wouldn’t even serve his dog. But also because they want to confront Bryan & Brie once again. But Brie & Bryan left. Oh of course, they’re still running scared of the hardest hitting couple in WWE today. Hold on, Paige still has something for them: Miz is in a match. Against who? Whoever wants at him. Miz isn’t even ready! Paige should stop being a bad GM and start being a good GM. Right, fine, you two are free to leave again. But if you do, never come back. In other words, Miz better suit up. Who will accept this Punch Miz in the Face Open Challenge?
R-Truth thinks he’s found Carmella.
But it’s just Maryse. But Maryse is shocked he mistook her for that Staten Island trash. What’s Truth up to? He’s booking a match with Carmella. But she can’t handle the Truth. Don’t talk to his wife like that. Miz married Maryse? When did they last team up again? Seven years ago. Right, that was the last time Truth was relevant. Truth has become a joke. Well. Truth has no idea what Carmella sees in him. Truth storms off, but maybe he needs more than just his eyes checked…
Samoa Joe heads to the ring!
The Destroyer has been using the Phenomenal One’s own family as fodder for his mind games, including last week’s promise to visit the Styles family home. However, that’s definitely not here in Detroit. Joe takes up the mic to say, “Ooooh, Weeendyyy~!” Joe has walked the building back and forth, up and down, but it seems the Styles Family took him seriously. Last week, Joe said he’d stop by, and surely somewhere in Gainesville, Georgia, the Styles Family is watching. Little Annie must be trembling in fear over the stories of “Uncle Joe”, but surely is “hubby” AJ Styles, watching the door and windows, armed with a baseball bat. Maybe Joe will come through the back?
But that’s not happening, because Joe is not some monster. Joe only said things like that to keep his promise to Wendy. Look at your husband to see what Joe’s done for you. Joe has forced Styles to actually care about his family. Joe has forced Styles to come home and look after his family. Samoa Joe has kept his promise, so the Styles Family should enjoy it. Annie should enjoy Styles tucking her in for the night, because there will be many more nights just like this. “Because, Annie, at Hell in a Cell, a very, very bad man is coming to take your daddy’s championship.” Then daddy goes night-night! But wait, AJ Styles is on the titantron! “Threatening another man, Joe? I get that. Threatening another man’s family?” That’s when talking stops. Joe just smirks and shrugs it off, but AJ Styles is HERE!
Joe looks around, but Styles comes right down the ramp to do this face to face. Both men are ready to fight, so it’s a fight we get! They brawl in the ring, Joe rocking Styles and punching away at the ropes. Styles dodges to fire off body shots in return! Fans are fired up for Styles as he bobs ‘n’ weaves and sends Joe reeling. Joe drags Styles out to throw him into steel steps! Styles tumbles over the side, but Joe isn’t done. Joe grabs a chair, but Styles FLIES with the Phenomenal Forearm! Styles has Joe down, and with fury in his eyes, takes that chair for his own! Styles SMACKS, but only gets LED post. Joe scurries away while referees rush out to keep them apart.
Fans boo, they want to “Let Them Fight!” So Styles takes a detour, to slingshot and springboard! He wipes out Joe and more refs! Paige and more refs rush out to stop this but Styles won’t listen. Fans still want ot “Let Them Fight!” but referees force Styles to the back. Styles showed Joe what happens when you mouth off, but what happens when they
R-Truth and Tye Dillinger search for Carmella.
The FABULOUS Princess has to be around here somewhere, Truth just knows it. And there she is! Truth asks Carmella if she’s seen Carmella. Uh, this IS Carmella. Just leave her alone already! Well sorry. Truth wants a quick truce to have Carmella ringside to counter Miz’s Carmella. No that was Maryse. No, Maryse is his cousin. Miz’s Carmella called this Carmella “Staten Island trash.” What now?! If Maryse wasn’t married to Miz, she’d be back in Montreal bagging groceries. Carmella has more talent in her one pinkie than Maryse does in her entire body. Carmella vows to feed Maryse her own bleach blonde hair. Is that a yes? Possibly. Tye wants to know what’s going on. Truth is teaching him something. And what is that? How to get into a SmackDown main event! Oh… Truth is accepting that open challenge, but will he make the best of it?
SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tournament Triple Threat: The Usos VS SAnitY VS Rusev Day!
Cesaro & Sheamus won last week’s Triple Threat to be one half of the finals, it’s time to determine the other half! Will The Bar end up in the Uso Penitentiary, in utter anarchy, or part of the most popular WWE holiday ever?
MC Artiste, Aiden English, says the Shakespeare of Song, the Bulgarian Brute and Ravishing Russian are stronger than ever before, to take tag title gold and kick down the door. All others better stay out of the way, because in Detroit Rock City, they only celebrate RUSEV DAAAY~!
We go picture in picture as the teams sort themselves out. SAnitY represents themselves with big Killian Dain and wily Eric Young. Eric starts with Jimmy Uso, leaving Rusev Day to wait it out. Eric kicks and clubs away on Jimmy, then whips him to a corner, Jimmy goes up and over to arm-drag Eric into an armlock. They get up, and Jimmy whips. Eric holds ropes and Rusev tags in. Eric has no choice but to exit, and Rusev circles with Jimmy. But then Eric tags back in. Rusev throws Eric and Jimmy covers, TWO. Jimmy wrenches Eric’s arm but Eric forearms him down. Eric shouts then runs, btu English tags in. English rocks Eric then whips Jimmy. Rusev tags in and Rusev Day works together for the whip, elbow and clothesline. Cover, TWO and we return to single picture.
Rusev tags English back in and they stomp a machka hole into Jimmy. English whips Jimmy but jimmy slides to a stop to rock English with an uppercut! Jimmy chops English then tags in Jey. Jey runs in for a big forearm smash, then covers. TWO, but Jey keeps on English with a scoop slam. Cover, TWO, but Jey chops English. Jey whips but Big Damo tags in. Jey dodges English but Damo drags Jey out to run him over! The Beast of Belfast glares at Jey before putting him in. Tag to Eric and SAnitY work together for the gutbuster and ax handle. Cover, TWO, but Rusev Day was ready to break it. Eric stomps Jey then tags Damo back in. Damo stomps Jey, then keeps him cornered. He clubs Jey on the back, then brings him around for a fisherman suplex! Cover, TWO!
Damo wrenches Jey’s neck while fans rally. Jey endures and powers up but Damo throws him back down. Damo goes back to the neck wrench, but fans rally up again. Jey feeds off the energy and heads for Jimmy, but Damo clubs him back down. Damo splashes then covers, TWO. SAnitY grows frustrated but Damo goes back to the neck wrench. Jey endures again while Rusev Day talks strategy. Fans rally up for Lana Day, and Rusev even coaches Jey up. Jey gets up and fights back with haymakers! Jey runs, but into a shotgun dropkick from Damo! It sends Jey right out, and Eric tags in. Eric aims for Jey, and hits a flying elbow! The men of madness have control while we go to break.
SmackDown returns as both Damo and Jey Uso are down! Hot tags to Jimmy and Eric! Jimmy rallies and gets the reverse dragon whip kick! Eric ends up in a corner and Jimmy runs for the hip attack! Jimmy scoops but Eric slips out. Rusev tags in via Jimmy just before Eric whips Jimmy into the ropes! Rusev rallies with roundhouse kicks and a big shoulder tackle, then the spinning heel kick on the run! The Bulgarian Lion has Detroit fired up as he stomps the mat. Rusev has to kick Alexander Wolfe first, but then goes at Eric. Eric dodges, Jey tags in and Eric gives Rusev a neckbreaker. Jey USO SPLASH on Eric, but English breaks it! Damo returns to give English the Divide, then stops Jimmy’s kick with a lariat. Jey SUPERKICKS Damo, then builds speed. Rusev tags in and Jey FLIES onto SAnitY!
Fans chant “Rusev Day!” and Rusev builds speed, to run into Jimmy’s punch, English gives Jimmy a DDT on the apron! Rusev recovers, but Eric rolls him up! Cover, with ropes, but English stops that! Eric argues with English but gets a MACHKA KICK! Cover, Rusev Day wins!!
Winners: Rusev Day, Rusev pinning; advance to the finals
Rusev Day is victorious! But The Bar appears to remind them who they’re up against next. Can the Bulgarian Brute & Drama King overcome the Swiss Cyborg & Celtic Gladiator?
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The Miz w/ Maryse VS R-Truth w/ Carmella!
The It Couple has been playing cat ‘n’ mouse with Brie & Bryan, but they’ve fallen into a trap of their own making. The Hollywood A-Lister talked down to his former #AwesomeTruth tag partner, and Mrs. A-Lister talked trash about the Princess of Staten Island. Will Truth and Carmella show Miz what’s up in the Motor City? Or will Miz & Maryse actually back up all their talk for once?
Miz & Maryse speak before the match. And Miz puts his hand up as always. But after eight years, Miz must continue to prove he’s superior to Daniel Bryan. He has the footage from earlier replay, showing how Miz & Maryse got the better of Bryan & Brie from behind. The It Couple are so sick of chasing Brie & Bryan across this city. They will drop them faster than a defense drops Matthew Stafford. For the last time tonight, they call Brie & Bryan out. But Maryse knows Bryan & Brie are so afraid of them. Right, Bryan tucked his tail and ran like he always has against The Miz. And now he has Brie fighting his battles for him! Wherever Bryan is, Miz asks him, “Who’s the coward now?” Detroit says it’s Miz.
Miz says it’s one thing to have little regard for your own body, but it’s another to drag your family into it. Bryan dragged Brie into this, but Miz & Maryse will put the blame for what happens on Bryan. But enough with the trash talk, Carmella & Truth head out to moonwalk! The #FABULOUSTruth are already in sync ahead of Mixed Match Challenge, will this be a preview of a future MMC match-up?
SmackDown returns and as Truth has Miz on the ropes! Truth hip tosses Miz down, then with Carmella moonwalking on the apron, Truth hits a boogie and spin leg drop! Cover, TWO! Truth has Miz in the corner to throw hands whiel fans chant “Cleveland sucks!” Miz fires out but mises, Truth gives him a spinebuster! Truth rains down rights, then whips Miz. Miz reverses and gives Truth the kitchen sink knee! Miz sits Truth up to boot him back down, then covers, TWO. Maryse is frustrated but Miz has Truth in a chinlock. Fans rally up for Truth and Truth gets up to fight back. But Miz gives him the A-Lister combo! Cover, TWO!
Miz mocks the moonwalk, mostly because he isn’t very good at it. He stomps Truth then drives in knees. Miz puts Truth in a chinlock, but Truth endures. Fans rally again and Truth gets up. Truth fights back once more, and rocks Miz with a haymaker. Truth whips but Miz reverses, and then uses the “It Kicks”! Fans prefer the “NO! NO!” kicks. Carmella and Maryse trash talk, but Miz still hits a corner to corner dropkick. Fans boo and jeer while Miz soaks up the heat. Miz runs in and hits the A-list lariat in the corner. Miz climbs up top, and hits ax handles. He takes his time with Truth as he mocks the Yes pose, and the Yes Kicks. Miz takes aim but Truth ducks the buzzsaw to roll Miz up! TWO!! Truth staggers but boots Miz from a corner.
Fans rally up again and Truth rallies! He whips but Miz reverses again, only to get the Lie Detector elbow. Miz avoids the leg drop but not the big corner splash! Truth kicks low then runs, but Miz dodges the scissor kick. Miz kicks low and hits the DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans chant “Let’s go, Truth!” but Miz again parodies the Yes pose. Miz runs but into the calf kick! Cover, TWO! Truth is close but it’s not enough. Truth stalks Miz and suplexes, but Miz slips out. Miz chop blocks the left leg! And then puts on the Figure Four, only to get caught in a cradle! TWO and Miz boots Truth right down! Miz again soaks in the heat as he stalks Truth. But Daniel Bryan’s music hits! Is he here? Yes, he and Brie have returned! Truth rolls Miz, Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall
And now Bryan gets his own punches on Miz! Bryan is adding injury to insult with a Yes Lock! Brie stalks Maryse and runs her down to put her in the ring! Brie kicks Maryse down, and now Miz must watch as Brie fires up. But Vega and Almas help out! It’s a swap from last week! Maryse and Miz get away while Almas and Vega put Brie and Bryan in.
Fans boo and jeer while these two ungovernables drag up Brie & Bryan, to end up in DOUBLE YES LOCKS! Almas and Vega endure what will surely be the future for Miz & Maryse, and tap out! Miz and Maryse decide to rush Brie & Bryan while they’re busy, but then the Yes Locks come off. Bryan & Brie scare Miz & Maryse back to have full control of the ring! Will the It Couple be put in their place come Hell in a Cell?
SmackDown again does things much smarter than Raw. While the Mixed Match Challenge was announced earlier today, they did not let that detract from the show. The opening segment leading into the opening match was great, we finally got a real ending to Almas VS Bryan. Almas still looked great even in defeat, but of course Bryan goes over. Miz & Maryse pretending to be tough when they’re the ones staying away adds to their Heel points, and the segments with Truth and Carmella were great as a somewhat subtle nod to that they’re going to be MMC partners this time. It was great that Bryan helped Truth win, and then it was a nice reversal from last week that Bryan & Brie get the better of Miz, Maryse, Almas & Vega to stand tall. I just fear this means Miz & Maryse win at HiaC because of how the math works out.
That interview/debate/argument between Charlotte and Becky was pretty great, and they stuck to their guns for why they’re doing this. Their match is going to be one to watch at Hell in a Cell, even without the Cell. Naomi going against the IIconics again clearly was to set up a tag team feud, but as great as it is for Asuka to be doing something, this was a missed opportunity for Tamina to come back. Maybe Tamina isn’t ready for in-ring action, but she was a logical choice over being in-laws with Naomi via Jimmy Uso. Asuka is going to be a big part of this feud, though, and will probably be the one collecting pinfalls.
I liked the video package promos for Hardy and Orton. Their Hell in a Cell really will be great, and Orton probably will do something vile while Hardy does something wild. I have no idea who will win, but I would think the winner moves on to at least a US Championship match. Styles and Joe had a great exchange, verbally and physically, and I wouldn’t be surprised if more of this happens next week to force Paige to make this the third Cell match for the PPV. SmackDown is full of stories that deserve a Cell, so why not escalate this one accordingly? Then that Triple Threat Tag was great, just like last week’s. I knew Rusev Day was gonna win it and I love that they did. Rusev Day VS The Bar is going to be great, but I can still see it going both ways.
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.
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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