After the last SmackDown ended with frightening video from Samoa Joe, GM Paige has no choice but to address the escalating feud between Joe and AJ Styles!
- R-Truth & Carmella VS Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega; Truth & Carmella win.
- Tye Dillinger VS Randy Orton; No Contest.
- Shelton Benjamin VS Daniel Bryan; Benjamin wins.
- Asuka w/ Naomi VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay; Asuka wins.
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SmackDown GM Paige is already in the ring!
The Glampire in Chief admits that when she first took this job, she was told it would be “exhilarating, emotional exhausting,” but to think it’d turn out like this! What Samoa Joe did was completely out of line! Joe committed one of the most dastardly crimes in WWE History. Paige was going to debate this, but she needs everyone to see the footage that shows the gravity of this situation. We relive last week’s video chat Joe started with the titantron. He poetically depicted his visiting the Styles Family home in Georgia while Styles was miles away. Joe says Styles stole the title from him, and this was the consequence. Ding dong, “Daddy’s home.”
Paige assures us the Styles Family is okay, and authorities were called. Joe did not enter the home, but charges were pressed. Paige thought it over and talked to WWE Management. The decision was unanimous: fire Samoa Joe. Fans are conflicted, but Paige says she gave someone else a call. She called AJ Styles to personally let him know things were okay. But she could feel his emotion through the phone. No one should go through what Styles did. But then Styles surprised Paige: he dropped the charge, and begged her not to fire Joe. Termination would be too easy, and Paige agreed. Styles then told her he’d want to had out the punishment personally. Therefore, the WWE Championship No Holds Barred match will still happen! But before tonight, Styles also wanted us to see something.
Styles films himself in his living room as he apologizes for not being present tonight in Portland. He cannot find it in himself to perform just yet. “This is bigger than WWE.” He doesn’t want to something he’d regret. Styles is home, and will not leave until he knows Joe is on his way to Australia. Styles has four amazing kids and they all need him. He’ll go to Australia, but he needs to be here right now for his daughter Annie. She hasn’t been able to sleep because she’s afraid of her “Uncle Joe”, like he’s the Bogeyman. And to Joe, Styles says that “This is going to end. This needs to end. You’re not coming back from the Land Down Under, because that’s exactly where I’m gonna put you.” He won’t take a limp body and put it in a casket, he will bury him ALIVE!
R-Truth & Carmella VS Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega!
The #FABULOUSTruth is “What’s up?!” and prepare to take on the Tranquilo Duo in this SmackDown exclusive Mixed Tag Match. Will Truth & the Princess of Staten Island prove they’re better than El Idolo & La Muneca? Or will Almas & Vega earn themselves points towards respective singles titles?
SmackDown returns as Almas & Vega make their entrance. The bell rings and the ladies start. Carmella and Vega trash talk then tie up. Vega gets the headlock but Carmella reverses. Vega powers out but also yanks Carmella down by her hair! Fans boo while Vega does a bad moonwalk. Carmella dropkicks Vega down, then shows her how it’s done! Vega gets mad and yanks Carmella into buckles, then gives a jump kick! Fans rally for Carmella while Vega swings into a chinlock on the ropes! Vega lets go at 4 then drives Carmella down with a facebuster. Cover, TWO! Vega toys with Carmella but Carmella jawbreakers back! Hot tags to the men, and R-Truth rallies on Almas! Almas kicks low then runs, but into the huricanrana!
Truth asks “What’s up!?” and Portland responds. He runs but misses in the corner. Almas has the waistlock but Truth pries his way out. Truth standing switches and shoves, but Almas goes tranquilo with Vega. Carmella comes in to show off the splits, then Truth adds his! Fans like the splits better. Almas & Vega run in but then run away from the haymakers. Dance break! Flossing and high-fiving, fans love Fabulous Truth. They chant for “Truth TV! Truth TV!” Almas and Vega are upset, but Almas baits Truth into a chase. They go back in the ring and Almas pounces with double ax handles. Almas brings Truth up and to a corner to then whip corner to corner. Truth dodges and Almas tumbles all the way out! We go picture in picture while Truth catches his breath.
Carmella and fans cheer for Truth while Vega coaches Almas up. Almas gets up but Truth goes after him with haymakers. They go around the corner and back into the ring, Truth whips Almas corner to corner. Almas reverses and Truth goes up and over, to then kick down Almas’ handspring. Cover, TWO! Truth brings Almas up for a suplex, but Almas resists. Truth throws body shots and suplexes Almas to the apron, but Almas hotshots him back! Almas has Truth now but Truth fights back with body shots. Truth runs but into the boot fake and elbow strike! Cover, TWO! Almas and Vega grow frustrated. Almas stomps away on Truth, but fans rally up. Truth gets to ropes but Almas chokes him. Almas brings Truth out for an armbar on the mat.
Truth endures while Almas wrenches. Carmella rallies the fans and Truth feeds off the energy. Truth stands and fights out with body shots. Almas knees low, then covers, TWO! Almas argues with the ref but goes back to putting the armlock on Truth. Truth endures again while Almas pulls back on an almost Fujiwara armbar. He gets up while we go single picture again with chants of “Truth TV!” giving him life. Truth fights but Almas chops. Almas runs but into the calf kick! Both men are down, and fans fire up. Carmella and Vega coach their partners on, hot tags to the ladies! Carmella rallies on Vega with lariats! Atomic drop and boot bump in the corner! Then a flying headscissors sends Vega across the way. Carmella fires up, runs in, FABULOUS Bronco Buster to Complete Shot! Cover, but Almas yanks her off!?
Carmella glares at Almas while Almas says to tranquilo. She goes to kick, but he blocks that. Truth unloads with haymakers! He clotheslines Almas out, then slingshots for the plancha! But Vega tries to sneak on Carmella. Carmella bucks her off, but the kick misses. Vega jackknifes but gets caught in the Code of Silence! Vega taps, FABULOUS Truth wins!
Winners: R-Truth & Carmella, Carmella pinning
Fabulous Truth still needs a win on Mixed Match Challenge, but this Mixed Tag win here could be a good start. Can they turn it around and take the SmackDown Block in MMC Season 2?
Paige encounters Tye Dillinger backstage.
The Perfect 10 wants after Randy Orton. Oh, and hi, Paige. Tye wants Orton. Well, Tye won against Nakamura- yes, Nakamura is for later, but Orton attacked unprovoked. Is Tye sure about that? Has anyone seen Jeff Hardy since Hell in a Cell? Good point, but this is something Tye feels he has to do. Paige will never understand men. But she will give this man what he wants, he gets his match. But will Tye regret it?
Feel the power as the New Day head to the ring! They and Bootysworth head out with pancakes and chef hats, because they promise us something special just days before Super Show Down and the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match. We’re going to learn what is in a New Day Flapjack, after the break!
SmackDown returns and everything is set up in the ring, from the batter to the griddle. Big E and the New Day proudly present the pilot episode to #NewDayCooks! But first a word from our sponsors: You trying to get swole? No, no, no. This Saturday, “ya bois” defend the W, W, E, SmackDown Tag Team Championships at Super Show Down live on the WWE Network! But these past couple of weeks, the New Day haven’t been hitting. They’ve been hit, but The Bar has their number. We need a strong dose of positivity! Thus, Mr. Bootysworth, and his bowl of batter. Bootysworth cooks all the pancakes they give out to the WWE Universe every week! Every week. And tonight is extra special because he will share the special recipe with everyone in the WWE Universe! “Boo! Tysworth!”
And now, let the “buttery and syrupy voice” be heard. But then The Bar interrupts! “Well, well, well.” Another week, another segment with The New Day “acting like a bunch of children.” Instaed of preparing for a match, they’re playing with food. This pilot is for Guy Fieri and now it’s ruined! How cna you ruin what’s already awful? The Bar is here to help. In case everyone forgot, Cesaro is from Switzerland, and the Swiss know pastries. Cesaro is quite the chef. Chef Cesaro and even Sheamus know how to make this more efficient. They tip the table! It’s a battle now, but Sheamus gets thrown out. Cesaro gets double whipped into Kofi’s double kicks, but then Sheamus throws flour in Kofi’s face! Cesaro throws Big E to a post and Sheamus throws Woods. They double backbreaker Kofi, then go back to Big E for the A-Swiss-ted White Noise!
Fans boo and jeer while The Bar fist bump. But then they spot Bootysworth and his batter! Fans beg The Bar not harm Bootysworth. The Bar take the batter, and pour it in Bootysworth’s hat. Then they make him wear it… Fans boo and jeer more because The Bar keeps bullying Bootysworth, with a whole heaping helping of the batter on his back. The Bar then shout for Bootysworth to get out of the ring, “you joke!” Bootysworth does, and then The Bar hold up the tag title belts. Will The Bar regret spoiling the fun? Or will they have fun becoming the new champions in Melbourne?
Tye Dillinger VS Randy Orton!
The Perfect 10 has a win over the King of Strong Style, but only because The Viper decided to strike. Tye doesn’t want to go after the United States of Nakamerica just yet, he wants revenge first! Will he get it? Or will he get a Perfect 10 RKO instead?
But as Orton makes his entrance, Tye goes on the attack! Tye clothesliens Orton down then put shim in the ring. Orton fires back with European Uppercuts and headbutts. Orton has Tye reelign around the ring but then Tye fires back with forearms and chops! Tye clotheslines Orton back out of the ring, then keeps on the pursuit. Orton kicks back and bounces Tye off the desk! Orton then back suplexes Tye, but Tye fights out! Tye fires off elbows and then back suplexes Orton on the desk! The Perfect 10 throws angry haymakers. Orton might have been annoyed by Tye’s gimmick, but Tye is pissed off, too! Tye goes to throw Orton over the barriers but Orton turns it around! Tye lands on his feet, only to get a haymaker! Orton drags Tye out, draping DDT to the floor!
The referee tries to get Orton to stop, but there’s no stopping the Apex Predator now. Orton moves steel steps around and takes aim at Tye. Tye crawls over, but Orton puts the steps down. Orton instead bares a turnbuckle’s crossbar, and laces a finger through it! And then he pulls!! Tye screams in pain from the excruciating innovation! Orton could very well break Tye’s finger like this! The ref tries to reason with Orton while Tye resists, and Orton finally lets the finger go. More referees appear, and they order Orton to back off. Tye grimaces, clutching his tortured finger. Orton decides to leave, perhaps feeling he taught Tye a lesson. Will Orton move on to his true prey?
The Miz talks with Shelton Benjamin backstage.
And Miz says “You’re welcome.” For what? Well everyone saw Benjamin’s tweet. Miz agrees, Benjamin is overlooked, Benjamin is the “real deal.” Miz put in a call and that’s why Benjamin gets a match with “Goat boy.” Will Benjamin beat Daniel Bryan tonight? Yes. Of course he will. But maybe Benjamin should make a statement. Benjamin should hurt Bryan, maybe rip that beard off and feed it to him! Benjamin’s statement is that he’s been waiting for a chance to show the world who he is. Bryan is casualty number one. Miz will be on commentary to see it all happen. Miz thanks Benjamin now, and they shake hands. Will Benjamin do Miz’s dirty work for him this close to Super Show Down?
Aiden English prepares for his segment up next.
The production truck is ready, and what the Drama King reveals to us, “this needs to be in high-def.” What is the scandal English is ready to reveal in #OneNightinMilwaukee?
But Rusev and Lana head to the ring first!
Mr. & Mrs. Machka show a united front against this supposedly scandalous secret English is willing to reveal. Fans still chant for “Rusev Day!” in support of the husband and wife duo. Rusev notes that English attacked him and ended the friendship first. Then English took a step forward, saying there is footage of him and Lana in Milwaukee. That makes Rusev want to tear English’s pale body apart! But, Rusev is willing to see what “bogus evidence” English claims to have. English appears, and knows this is the evidence we’ve all patiently waited to see. But before getting to that, some backstory. Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin, and borders two Great Lakes. Stop stalling, English! Just admit you have nothing. Lana, don’t be rude, he’s providing context.
Milwaukee isn’t so forgettable, it has history, science, culture. It was the location for many unforgettable movies and television shows, like Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, Love Actually and Baseketball. But tonight, more than all of those combined, this is the most anticipated premiere of the last decade! “One Night in Milwaukee!” Roll it!
English apparently recorded himself rehearsing his Milwaukee introduction. He couldn’t find the right lyrics, and a knock came at the door. English saw it was Lana and answered the door. Lana walked in and fans immediately anticipate something is up. Lana told English that she’s been thinking about something for a long time. It’s important that she says it out loud. “I want you.” And that’s where it ends! Fans lose their minds, is this what it looks like? English wants to show us the rest, but legal obligations of SmackDown and all. Plus he’s courting TMZ, and he wouldn’t want to cheat on them. Rusev asks Lana if this is true, but Lana denies it. That’s not all. There’s more? Rusev rushes English and they run to the back! Will Rusev get his revenge on the Drama King for (supposedly) seducing his Ravishing Russian?
Rusev continues to hunt for English.
A staffer directs the Bulgarian Lion, but then Lana comes in. There’s more to the video, she needs to explain. But Rusev says they’re not doing this here. He continues his search, will he find the Drama King before the night is over?
Shelton Benjamin VS Daniel Bryan!
The Gold Standard clearly feels under appreciated since going solo again. The former WWE tag team, United States and Intercontinental Champion wants to finally get his Grand Slam, but it’s the Yes Man who gets the #1 Contender’s match against The Miz in Australia. Can Benjamin prove he’s worthy of his own championship chance? Or will Bryan keep his momentum going towards Melbourne?
SmackDown returns as Benjamin makes his entrance and Miz joins commentary as promised. Miz is intrigued by the drama of English, Rusev and Lana, but then he immediately focuses on the match when Benjamin runs Bryan over at the bell! Benjamin drags Bryan up to whip and throws in a knee. Benjamin whips Bryan again to give him another knee. Miz likes what he sees from this “elite level of talent”, and Benjamin whips Bryan again for a third knee! Benjamin drags Bryan around for a fireman’s carry. He pops Bryan up for a big gutbuster drop! Miz knows Benjamin needs to make that statement. Benjamin stomps Bryan but fans rally for Bryan. Benjamin puts Bryan in a corner but Bryan fights back with haymakers! Bryan bumps Benjamin off buckles then fires off kicks!
Bryan whips but Benjamin reverses, only for Benjamin to run into a boot. Even so, Benjamin counters Bryan with a flapjack toss! Cover, TWO! Miz wants Benjamin to keep on those ribs. Benjamin wraps Bryan in a chinlock and squeezes tight. Fans rally and Bryan feeds off the energy. Bryan stands and fights out, but Benjamin knees low again. Benjamin whips but Bryan kicks him away. Bryan gets Benjamin’s arm and brings him down, YES LOCK! Miz doesn’t like this, but Benjamin gets a ropebreak. Bryan lets go and Benjamin bails out. Bryan runs, but misses the dropkick. Benjamin puts Bryan into the barriers, then the apron, then the barriers, and back again! HE does not let up on those ribs, and Miz really likes that! Benjamin picks Bryan up to snake eyes him on the barriers! The Gold Standard has control while we go picture in picture.
Miz watches intently as Bryan clutches his ribs. Miz tries to quiet the fans while Benjamin recovers int he ring. Benjamin comes back and fetches Bryan, for another barrier snake eyes! Bryan winces from the rib pain while Benjamin leaves him behind. The ring count climbs but Bryan crawls his way over. Bryan makes it to the ring, but Benjamin is on him with haymakers. Benjamin headbutts Bryan on the apron and puts him back in the ring. He drags Bryan up for forearms and then a whip. Bryan holds ropes to then toss Benjamin out! Bryan goes back to the apron, for a flying knee! Both men are down, but Bryan is fired up! He puts Benjamin in then climbs up top. Bryan aims while we go single picture, for the flying headbutt! It just barely hits, but it’s still double-edged!
Miz is laser focused as both men are down. Miz vows to bring prestige back tot he WWE Championship, because that’s not what Bryan will do. Benjamin drags Bryan up for a bearhug. Fans rally up as Bryan endures. Bryan elbows back, then gives EuroUppers. He whips but Benjamin reverses. Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving, but gets caught into a German Suplex! Cover, TWO! Benjamin grows frustrated but keeps his focus. He gets to a corner, aims at Bryan across the way, and runs back in, to get a drop toehold into buckles! Bryan gets himself going, runs corner to corner, and htis the dropkick! He keeps going, but Benjamin counters with the knee, then another German Suplex! Bridge cover, TWO!
Benjamin drags Bryan up and over to a corner. Benjamin puts Bryan up top then climbs up. He wants a fireman’s carry, but Bryan resists with elbows. Bryan keeps going an then adjusts, SUPER STEINER! Bryan fires himself up again, and gives YES Kicks! Miz says those are the It Kicks, but then Benjamin ducks. Benjamin misses the dragon whip kick to get Bryan’s enziguri! Bryan and the fans chant “YES! YES!” but Miz goes over to distract. Bryan hits Miz, but then Benjamin hits Pay Dirt! Cover, Benjamin wins!!
Winner: Shelton Benjamin, by pinfall
The Gold Standard cashes in on the A-Lister’s distraction! Bryan’s momentum is now slowed going into Super Show Down, but Miz won’t let it end there. Miz takes off the jacket and the glasses and drags Bryan to the outside. Miz throws knee after knee after knee into the weakened ribs, then rams Bryan body first into the desk! And again! Miz rakes the face, then rams Bryan in again! They go into the ring, even as the referee shouts for Miz to stop. Fans boo and jeer while The Miz pulls up his sleeves. Miz drags Bryan back up, in the full nelson, for the Finale! “See you at Super Show Down. Good luck, you’re gonna need it.” The Miz already feels like he’s won, but will he win a shot at the WWE Championship with the Goat in his way?
Asuka w/ Naomi VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay!
Just days before their Super Show Down showdown, the Empress of Tomorrow takes on the Aussie Venus Fly Trap 1v1! Which side will gain some last minute momentum before Melbourne sees the Empresses of Glowmorrow battle the IIconic Duo?
Before the match, Naomi reminds us that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. WWE is proud to team with Susan G. Komen once again. Join the fight against this #Unacceptable disease. And in the ring now with Naomi is Dana Warrior, and three special guests who are the true champions in this fight. Naomi and Dana introduce us to Dr. Toni Storm-Dickerson, fundraiser Janine Wolf, and survivor Lt. Caprice Massey! Do what you can to help in this fight, because it can’t be done alone, it takes a team.
Asuka finally makes her entrance, followed by the IIconics, and we get to tonight’s fight. Peyton & Billie are so excited to be going to their hometown, which means they can’t lose. They’ve practiced their victory dance, too! The Aussie Flossie! Will they be celebrating tonight? Or will they have to wait for Super Show Down?
SmackDown returns and Peyton throws forearms on Asuka. Peyton runs to boot Asuka down, and Billie likes what she sees. Peyton throws more forearms, runs, but then Asuka follows. Auska dodges but runs into a kick. Peyton kicks but Asuka counters to a roll up! TWO, and Peyton dodges a kick. Asuka dodges a kick but then Peyton gets Asuka into the Widow’s Peak! Cover, TWO! The IIconics are frustrated, and Peyton trash talks Naomi. Asuka gets to a corner and climbs up, but misses the missile dropkick. Cover, TWO! Peyton grows frustrated, so she puts Asuka in a chinlock. Fans rally up for Asuka and she feeds off the energy. Asuka fights back with body shots, then kicks away at the leg! Peyton falls, Asuka runs but Peyton ducks. Peyton rolls Asuka, TWO, and she clotheslines Asuka down. Cover, TWO!
The IIconics are shrilly frustrated, but Peyton puts Asuka back in the chinlock. Naomi coaches Asuka up and Asuka gets up again. Asuka throws more elbows, then puts Peyton in a corner. She throws more forearms then whips corner to corner. Peyton reverses but Asuka goes up to hit the missile dropkick this time! Cover, TWO! Asuka brings Peyton around and wants the German Supelx, but Peyton reverses to get the waistlock. Asuka reverse for the body scissor roll, into an ankle lock! Peyton crawls to ropes and Billie helps her BFF. Naomi kicks Billie away! Asuka reels Peyton into a modified Asuka Lock! Peyton taps, Asuka wins!
Winner: Asuka, by submission
The Empress wins again and celebrates with Naomi. Team Glowmorrow rolls on to Melbourne, will they prove they’re more than IIconic?
Becky Lynch heads to the ring!
The Straight Fire SmackDown Women’s Champion prepares to defend her title at Super Show Down against The Queen, Charlotte Flair. But before then, she promises to share a special surprise with us tonight. Becky has Portland on her side as she stands with a covered poster in the ring. Six weeks ago, Becky stopped waiting and started taking. And since then, the champ has been the best thing about the Blue Brand. And since Becky has ran through the entire roster, she runs the division! Becky has made this division the most relevant thing in all of WWE! Becky learned that being kind and patient gets you nothing but stabbed int he back and treated like a fool. But not anymore, no no. Now she is Relent-Lass. She strikes first, strikes often, kinda like this.
We review Summerslam and the attack heard around the world! Becky burned the bridge between her and Charlotte, and then burned it down in the ring at Hell in a Cell. Becky won, then left her former friend behind. The new champ demanded to be called the new Queen, but calling Charlotte a “bitch” was a step too far. Another brawl broke out, but Becky won that, too. Becky then added on as she attacked Charlotte during a photo shoot. This is Becky’s title, Becky’s division and Becky’s show. Fans enjoy it almost as much as Becky does. Time and time again, Becky has prove she owns Charlotte. But the more things change, the more they stay the same. The champ still doesn’t get the respect. Where’s Becky’s new merchandise? Instead, Becky suffers the indignity of the loser, Charlotte, posing for magazines.
But come Saturday, Becky’s face will be what’s on covers, billboards and posters! Becky’s face is the face of WWE Women’s Wrestling. And if no one’s going to give it to her, she’ll do it herself. Becky even went through the trouble of designing a new poster for Super Show Down. Drum roll please. Reveal! Becky standing over Charlotte! This is the poster for the show. It’s not about #OneLastTime, it’s about #TheFirstTime! But here comes Charlotte! And she doesn’t want to talk, she wants to fight! And it’s a fight we get! Becky has the edge and wants another Disarm-her, but Charlotte counters to SPEAR her! Charlotte glares at the poster, brings Becky up, and throws her through the poster with an exploder! But Charlotte isn’t done, she gets payback with a DRAPING figure four!
Charlotte pulls with the power of gravity, then lets Becky go to finish with a boot! Fans are torn as Charlotte lets out a “WOO~!” The Queen glares down at the Lass Kicker, but whose lass will get kicked come this championship rematch?
A really good go-home from SmackDown, but that’s par for the course. It seems mostly juts lip service that Paige had to address the issue of Samoa Joe (kayfabe) committing a crime, since nothing changes other than the intensity going into the No Holds Barred match. I was hoping Styles’ line about burying Joe alive in Melbourne meant this became a Buried Alive match, but I suppose that wouldn’t do any good if this feud is meant to continue. Either way, a No Holds Barred match with this much animosity is going to be great, and either man could come away the winner. Any combination of Joe/Styles VS Miz/Bryan will be fun, but with The Miz standing tall tonight after he helps Benjamin win, that has to mean Bryan wins, right?
Fabulous Truth VS Almas & Vega was pretty great, and I was surprised Truth & Carmella won. The moderate Mixed Match Challenge tie-in obviously helped, as Truth & Carmella can’t keep losing while trying to be strong contenders in the round robin. The Bar look strong as Heels going into Super Show Down, wrecking all three members of The New Day while humiliating “Bootysworth.” Again, pretty sure New Day wins, but it’d be quite the surprise if these titles changed hands at Super Show Down. I was surprised Tye VS Orton happened, as well as it becoming a brawl. Orton continues to find new ways to torture people, and that’s actually pretty good as a Heel. Paige brought up Tye would want a match with Nakamura, maybe we get that at Super Show Down as a way to keep Tye from going after Orton.
#OneNightInMilwaukee is obviously not that scandalous live on TV because of WWE PG ratings, but the implication is clear. At the same time, the explanation is that English cut it off there so that it sounds scandalous out of context. Surely Lana will find time to properly explain this to Rusev, but Rusev VS English will obviously still happen. I can’t be sure who wins, though, the math is still even. Asuka obviously was going to win against Peyton tonight, if only for her own singles record. The tag team match probably will go the IIconics’ way, so that Melbourne can be happy with their hometown heroes winning. Becky was the hero tonight, despite WWE’s narrative. She and Charlotte had a great brawl and this time Charlotte stands tall, so as I’ve been saying, Becky wins, retains, and goes into Evolution the champ.
My Score: 8.7/10
AAA’s Review & Results 6/16/2019
Joe brings us AAA updates! Big matches! The Young Bucks defend the Tag Titles!
Joe brings us AAA updates! Big matches! The Young Bucks defend the Tag Titles!
Live on Twitch 6/15
Keyra and Hijo Del Tirantes vs Mamba and Maximo
This match wasn’t even remotely advertised. Well a cookie sheet gets introduced really quickly by Tirantes. After getting beat on some Maximo hits a dive through the middle rope. Nothing really happens for a few minutes. This is a really slow paced match. Mamba hits a power bomb on Keyra, reversing her hurricanrana. Tirantes tries to pretend he was fouled. Ref ain’t having it. Tirantes argues with the ref, Maximo kisses him and then rolls him up for the win. Maximo pins Tirantes with a roll up
Winners: Mamba and Maximo
Dr. Wagner comes out for a promo talking about Silver King. Rey Escorpion comes out saying he doesn’t care. Wagner pushes Rey and folks come out to beat him up but Pagano helps Wagner out.
Taya Valkyrie, Lady Shani, and Scarlett Bordeaux vs La Hiedra, Chik Tormenta, and Tessa Blanchard
Match starts out much quicker than the first thankfully. An array of trading moves. We get some normal back and forth action before it becomes a brawl again. Taya gets hit with a super kick, stunner, then a german suplex. Scarlett does a canadian destroyer on Tessa. Boy has that move been bastardized. Scarlett power bombs Tormenta but the pin gets broken up. Shani has a flurry on Hiedra and Tormenta and Scarlett hits a dive off of the top to the outside. Daga comes down and super kicks Taya and Tessa hook DDTs her for the win. Tessa pins Taya with a hook DDT
Winners: La Hiedra, Chik Tormenta, and Tessa Blanchard
Myzteziz Jr vs Puma King vs Sammy Guevara
A make shift triple threat match. Puma and Myzteziz tried to work on Sammy to start. This match is going at a crazy pace. Myzteziz hits a tornillo splash. Guevara hits one of his own. Myzteziz messes up a hurricanrana spot with Puma. There’s some double team offense with Sammy and Puma. Puma hits an over the top rope dive. Puma counters Myzteziz on the top rope for a power bomb. Sammy comes and hits a shooting star press during the pin to break it up and pin Myzteziz. Sammy Guevara pins Myzteziz Jr with a shooting star press.
Killer Kross comes out. Kross kills Puma King with a kick. He hits a modified F5 on Myzteziz
Winner: Sammy Guevera
Daga vs Laredo Kid
There is a feel out process and then each postures to the crowd. They have some back and forth pinning exchanges and then Daga starts to work him over. Laredo Kid hits a middle rope dive but it hurts him more. Daga takes advantage. It’s really a long casual back and forth. Tessa interferes when Laredo Kid has Daga beat. Laredo Kid goes for a top rope move and Daga low blows him and then double stomps the back of his head for the victory. There was a lot of posturing in this match. They try to remove Laredo Kid’s mask and Taya comes to make the save. Daga pins Laredo Kid with a double stomp to the back of the head.
La Parka, Aerostar, and Hijo del Vikingo vs Chessman, Australian Suicide, and Monster Clown
The rudos quickly beat up on the tecnicos. This is pretty much a hardcore match. A trashcan gets introduced fairly early. Chessman brings a chair in. Vikingo uses his agility to gain the advantage on Chessman. Aerostar hits a tornillo splash and then makes Chessman miss an attack and hit Monster Clown. Aerostar climbs a structure which is legit like 25 feet off of the ground. Aerostar cannon balls off of it. What the hell. Suicide hits a piledriver on Vikingo for a close count. They go to the top rope and over rotate on a spanish fly. Vikingo gets crotched and dropped by Suicide. Suicide goes for a sideways shooting star but Vikingo gets the knees up. Vikingo hits an imploder 450 for the win. Hijo del Vikingo pins Australian Suicide with an imploder 450.
Winners: La Parka, Aerostar, and Hijo del Vikingo
Dr. Wagner Jr, Psycho Clown, and Pagano vs Rey Escorpion, Taurus, and Killer Kross
Scarlett was a baby face earlier in the night and now she’s heel because she’s with Kevin Kross. They all start brawling on the outside. Dr. Wagner clearly has hair extensions in. It’s hilarious. This is really like 5 on 3 with Scarlett and Hiedra out there. We got cookie sheets and other weapons. Psycho Clown gets his trusty broomstick. Kross is selling on the outside and Scarlett is shielding him. Clown gets his strap and hits everyone with it. Wagner and Escorpion go at it. Kross goes to the top and hits a sloppy frog splash. He goes up to the top again but Puma King comes out and head scissors him. He drops kicks a chair into him then hits a plauncha. Pagano then hits a dive through the middle rope. Wagner hits a flip dive off of the apron on Taurus. Clown gets Rey in a pinning combo and Hiedra stops it. Clown makes Rey attack Hiedra and then Rey takes his mask off for the DQ. Escorpion attacks the ref with a cookie sheet. The rudos stand tall at the end. Which is usual for AAA. Psycho Clown wins via mask removal
Winners: Dr. Wagner Jr, Psycho Clown, and Pagano
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(Reina de Reinas) Keyra vs Lady Shani (Champ) vs Chik Tormenta
Just as the match was gonna start AAA has technical difficulties. Never change AAA. We finally come back to Keyra having Shani in a pinning combo. They apologize for the technical difficulties. Hey don’t apologize to us, you guys probably have a lot of casual viewers for this show. Lol. Keyra hits a nice hurricanrana and split leg moonsault on Shani. She hits a face buster on Tormenta but Shani breaks up the pin. Tormenta does a running death valley on Keyra into Shani. We are a little sloppy in this match but it’s okay, they’re working hard. Shani does a back stabber on Keyra on the apron. I think that hurts Shani more. Tormenta kicks her and does a knee dive off of the apron. Back in the room they do a tower of doom spot. Keyra kicks out of the power bomb by Shani. Shani hits a northern lights suplex on Keyra but she kicks out. Keyra rolls out of a victory roll and stomps on Shani and then pins her. Interesting finish. Keyra pins Shani with a double stomp into a pinning combo.
The Young Bucks come out for a promo. Fenix comes out with that belt he’ll never defend. Pentagon alerts us Los Lucha Bros have 0 fear. Konnan comes out in a D Wade Jersey and a chair. Looking in the best shape he’s looked in years probably. So basically Lucha Bros turned on Konnan so he brings the Bucks in. Konnan slaps Pentagon and the Bucks come running out. The beat down is on. Definitely got better heat this time than last time they were here. Now the crowd knows to boo them later.
Faby Apache vs Hijo del Tirantes
Time to follow up that segment with this match. Tirantes beats up on Faby to start. Tormenta is at ring side with Tirantes so it’s basically a handicap match. Tirantes smashes Faby with a cookie sheet. Faby dodges the attacks finally and gets the cookie sheet and hits Tirantes and Tormenta. They keep starting up someone’s theme by accident I presume. Sounds like Scarlett’s. Faby is now beating down Tirantes. Crowd’s going crazy for this. I imagine the casual viewers on twitch aren’t. Faby gets a conveniently placed trash can and lid. She goes to put Tirantes in a surfboard stretch but Tormenta comes from behind. Faby hits a face buster on her. Tirantes hits one on her and nearly kills her but she kicks out. Tormenta throws a trash can to Tirantes. Faby drop kicks it and pins him. Faby Apache pins Tirantes with a top rope drop kick into a trash can.
Post match he goes to shake her hand but he beats her down with Tormenta.
Winner: Faby Apache
Maximo and Mamba vs Sammy Guevara and Australian Suicide
Sammy gets on commentary during the Exoticos entrance to tell everyone to check out his youtube page. There’s a ridiculous amount of posturing to start this match. Mamba slaps Sammy and drop kicks him out. And that’s like all that’s happened for 5 minutes. Maximo knocks them out of the ring, and then Mamba comes in to go for dives but Suicide and Guevara enter and super kick them. Sammy and Suicide pretty much just beat them down. They miss spots and Maximo and Mamba kiss them then make them kiss each other. Then they hit middle rope dives. Back in the ring they both hit swanton bombs that get kicked out of. Suicide and Guevara get Maximo and Mamba to the outside. Suicide hits a back flip dive and Guevara hits a tornillo. Guevara hits a swanton bomb. Suicide hits a 450 then hits a middle rope dive on Maximo. Guevara then hits a shooting star press for the win. Sammy Guevara pins Mamba with a shooting star press
Winners: Sammy Guevara and Australian Suicide
Laredo Kid and Taya Valkyrie vs Daga and Tessa Blanchard
Taya and Tessa start fighting to start. Laredo Kid hits a hurricanrana on Daga and Taya kicks Tessa to the outside. They go for dives but Tessa and Daga get back in. Tessa is clearly jawing at someone in the crowd. Tessa spent time working on Taya. Taya gets the hot tag to Laredo and he hits a michinoku driver on Laredo followed by two moonsaults. Daga catches him and hits a neck breaker. Tessa hits a cutter on Laredo. Taya attacks her. She hits her of of the apron and Daga catches her. Taya hits a dive onto them, then Laredo Kid hits a moonsault to the outside. Back in the ring Daga hits a kicking combo on Taya. Daga hits a back stabber but Laredo breaks up the pin. Laredo hits a 450 on Daga but Tessa breaks it up. Daga pulls out brass knuckles and goes to punch Laredo but he ducks and Daga hits Tessa. They go to the top and fight and Laredo Kid hits a Laredo Fly on Daga for the win. Laredo Kid pins Daga with a Laredo Fly
Winners: Laredo Kid and Taya
Pagano, Aerostar, and Puma King vs Chessman, Monster Clown, and Killer Kross
Kross coming out with Scarlett. Monster Clown grabs a kid out of the crowd because why not. We are wasting no time and it’s time for some brawling. They’re beating down the tecnicos with weapons. Scarlett is getting involved so it’s like a 4 on 3. Pagano tries a handspring attack and it goes very bad. Kross choke slams him. Scarlett seduces Aerostar then hits a Canadian Destroyer. Aerostar gets launched and hits a hurricanrana on Monster Clown. Scarlett hits Kross by accident. Aerostar hits a fast paced dive on Monster. Pagano hits a middle rope dive on Chessman. Puma hits one on Kross. Dives everywhere. Pagano completely misses a leg drop on Chessman. Pagano completely fucks up a middle rope dive by bouncing off the ropes. Aerostar climbs the structure and dives off of it. And he bounces off the floor. What’s wrong him. A ladder gets set up and Puma power bombs Chessman through it for the win. Puma King power bombs Chessman through a ladder for the pin.
Kross beats up Puma post match. He hits an F5 and a power bomb and takes Puma’s mask.
Winners: Pagano, Aerostar, and Puma King
La Parka, Myzteziz Jr, and Hijo del Vikingo vs Texano Jr, Rey Escorpion, and La Hiedra
Match starts with a beat down. Naturally. Rudos beating down tecnicos. They throw Vikingo with a rope by the balls and then Hiedra drop kicks him. Hugo asks if that’s a foul as La Parka comes in with a chair. Myzteziz almost breaks him neck on a failed shooting star attempt. Vikingo shows him how to do it. Back in the ring Myzteziz does a few spots redeeming himself. Vikingo gets offense in on Escorpion. Tries a springboard dragonranna but messes up. Eventually he hits a hurricanrana to the outside. La Parka does a plethora of goofy spots. Myzteziz goes for a dragonranna on Escorpion but he counters with a power bomb through chairs. Vikingo slams Hiedra and hits an imploder 450 for the win. Hijo del Vikingo pins Hiedra with an imploder 450.
They beat down Vikingo post match.
Winners: La Parka, Myzteziz Jr, and Hijo del Vikingo
(AAA Tag team titles) Pentagon Jr and Fenix vs Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson (Champs)
Lucha Bros jump the Bucks. Matt Jackson does 3 northern lights suplexes to Fenix then does one to Fenix and Pentagon at the same time. Matt does a baseball slide and then Nick does a dive over him. Matt unties Pentagon’s mask and then beats him up in the crowd. Back in the ring they hit double super kicks. Pentagon hits sling blades on both Bucks. Fenix does a double cutter. They roll out and Fenix hits a huge dive and goes flying into the crowd while Pentagon hits Matt with the Pentagon driver. Matt hits a Canadian destroyer then a spear and Fenix breaks it up. Lucha bros go for super kicks but the Bucks reverse it into sharptshooters. Lucha bros break out and a ton of super kicks get hit. Nick hits a frog splash on Fenix and Penta runs up his back and hits a Canadian destroyer on Matt. Fenix then hits a stomp on the apron on Nick. Pentagon hits the package piledriver on Matt. He kicks out. Then Fenix and Pentagon do the combo package piledriver. Nick pulls the ref out. Nick does an asai moonsault to the ref and Fenix. Matt pulls off Pentagon’s mask and kicks him in the groin and then they hit a Meltzer driver. Fenix pulls the ref out now. Fenix kicks Matt in the groin and then hits a cutter for a two. A new ref is out here now. They do the combo package piledriver again and Fenix hits a middle rope splash on Nick. Penta pins Matt. Pentagon pins Matt Jackson with a package piledriver combo.
Winners: Pentagon and Fenix
Dr. Wagner Jr and Psycho Clown vs Blue Demon Jr and Taurus
There’s some posturing and now the match is on. Wagner and Demon quickly brawl into the crowd. Actually all 4 of them are brawling. Wagner is bleeding already. Finally after a long beat down Wagner and Psycho make a come back. Wagner back drops Taurus to the outside and Clown hits a dive through the middle turnbuckle. Wagner hits a senton splash on Demon. Wagner rips Demon’s mask and bites him. Clown breaks a broom over Taurus’ back. Blue Demon is bleeding badly now. Taurus sets up a table. Clown hits the double stomp in the corner for a two count. Taurus misses a corner attack and then Clown hits a dive through the middle rope. Wagner back drops Demon onto a table. Wagner then hits a michinoku driver for the win. Dr. Wagner pins Blue Demon with a Michinoku driver
Winners: Pscyho Clown and Dr. Wagner Jr
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS Results: Dominion 2019 Part 1!
It’s Rainmaker VS Painmaker in the main event!
Kazuchika Okada defends the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Chris Jericho! Will Y2J stop the reign of the Rainmaker? Or will Okada continue to raise NJPW to the next level?
Coverage of Dominion in Osaka-Jo Hall will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
Gifs can be found on https://frentique.tumblr.com/
- Jon Moxley VS Shota Umino; Moxley wins.
- Shingo Takagi VS Satoshi Kojima; Takagi wins.
- Six Man Tag: Bullet Club VS Taguchi Japan; Taguchi Japan wins.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Dragon Lee VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Chris Jericho; Okada wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene for this Summer blockbuster!
The Rainmaker reigns once again after his long road to redemption. Madison Square Garden was the beginning of Kazuchika Okada’s fifth reign, and Okada would be successful in his first defense back in Japan. But a darker Chris Jericho has come back to NJPW to be the Painmaker that ruins the Rainmaker’s Summer. Can Okada keep going? Or will he regret playing with Y2J?
But before that, the Aerial Assassin, fresh off his Best of the Super Juniors victory, wants the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back! Will Ospreay slayed the Muscle Dragon, Shingo Takagi, in the finals, but can he slay CMLL’s Dragon Lee? Or will Lee continue the reign that also started in Madison Square Garden?
Jon Moxley VS Shota Umino!
The Lunatic is free, and he has come to NJPW! He won the IWGP United States Championship in his debut, but will the Death Rider keep going strong as this Young Lion gets to show his stuff?
Umino is definitely eager to show what he can do, as he FLIES out onto Moxley before the bell! Osaka fires up with Umino as he gets Moxley in the ring. The bell does ring and Umino climbs up to missile dropkick Moxley back down! Umino runs in corner to corner, but gets a big lariat from Moxley! Moxley goes back to Umino to rain down rights, but the ref reprimands him for closed fists. So Moxley switches to elbows! Moxley walks off his annoyance before putting Umino in the corner for a CHOP! And another! Moxley grinds his forearm into Umino’s face but lets up at the ref’s count, for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Umino survives, and Moxley mocks them before dropping an elbow. Cover, TWO!
Moxley drags Umino around for a Queen Angelito Stretch. Umino endures the deathlock and crossface, but Moxley fish hooks the mouth. Fans rally and Umino crawls, but Moxley pulls back harder. Umino powers his way forward for the ropebreak! Moxley lets go just to hammer Umino down. Moxley walks off with some swagger, then returns to loom over a dazed Umino. Umino hits back but Moxley eggs him on. Umino throws more forearms but it’s not enough for Moxley. That third one still wasn’t, and Moxley headbutts Umino, only to run into a dropkick and a German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Umino stays fired up as he fishermen’s, but Moxley spins out to forearm Umino back. Then Moxley gives Umino the X-Plex! Cover, TWO!
Fans cheer Umino’s heart and Moxley even laughs. Moxley drags Umino up, Death Rider DDT! Cover, Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
That wasn’t as easy as Moxley thought, but he still puts the Young Lion away. When and where will the Death Rider strike again? How long will he be IWGP US Champion?
Moxley isn’t done, he grabs a mic. “I bring a message from Cincinnati, Ohio. Jon Moxley, international purveyor of violence, gentleman and all around sick son of a b*tch wants in on the G1!” A huge move for the newest star in NJPW! Will Moxley rise to the challenge of the G1 Climax to take it all?! Either way, he takes his belt, and Umino, with him to the back! Has the Young Lion won the veteran’s respect?
NJPW Media backstage interview
Moxley has a floundering Umino hold onto the IWGP US Championship belt for him as he compliments the Young Lion. “I like this kid. He could be my new Young Lion. I’m gonna need some help, I’m gonna need a partner.” A training partner, a guy to spot him on the bench, to drive him home from Roppongi. Does Umino drive? Well Moxley and his Young Boy will be fine. And Moxley made his intentions clear. “See you at the G1. Come, my friend.” Moxley helps Umino up and the two head out. Is this partnership really going to work out? And how is the Death Rider going to fare in his first G1 Climax tournament?
Shingo Takagi VS Satoshi Kojima!
The Muscle Dragon suffered his first loss in NJPW when he fell to the Aerial Assassin, but he looks to spring back already. Will his Pumping Bomber beat the legendary Cozy Lariat in this special first-ever encounter?
The bell rings and the fans are already fired up. They tie up, and Shingo keeps even with Kojima. Shingo puts Kojima on the ropes, then lets up to pat his shoulders. And then CHOP him anyway! Kojima doesn’t flinch, and kicks back. He headlocks Shingo but Shingo powers out. Kojima bumps Shingo but Shingo comes back to run him over! Fans marvel at the muscles as Shingo drags Kojima up. Kojima forearms Shingo but Shingo hits back. They brawl with fast and furious forearms, then Shingo headbutts. Shingo whips but Kojima runs him over! Fans cheer as Kojima shows he’s as strong as ever. Kojima flex the pecs then slingshots to topple Shingo down! Fans cheer as Kojima gets up. Shingo follows and they brawl on the outside.
The count climbs as the punches fly, but Shingo CHOPS! Kojima keeps hitting Shingo and Shingo keep shitting Kojima. But the count hits 15! Then 17! They hear 19 and jump in! Shingo goes at Kojima with a facelock but Kojima gets up. Shingo shifts to a cravat, but Kojima endures the grind, only to get an elbow. Kojima ends up in a corner, Shingo whips him to another. Shingo runs in but blocks the boot then jab and chop! Jab, chop, and repeat! Shingo lets up at the ref’s count and checks his hand. He whips Kojima corner to corner, but Kojima dodges and CHOPS! Kojima CHOPS over and over and over! Fans fire up as he tops it off with one more big CHOP! Shingo is stinging as Kojima whips him corner to corner. Kojima forearm smashes then goes up top! But Shingo knocks him down!
Shingo joins Kojima on the apron and says HE is going for something. Kojima denies the Death Valley, but Shingo holds on to deny the cutter. Shingo fireman’s carries, and hits the apron Death Valley Driver! Both men slump to the floor but Shingo sits up first. Kojima slowly follows, and sweeps Shingo’s legs on the apron! Shingo crashes and Kojima climbs up to join him. Kojima hits an apron DDT! Kojima puts Shingo in and brings him up for a cutter! Cover, TWO! Shingo survives and surprises Kojima a bit, but Kojima keeps his cool. He clubs away on Shingo and then puts him up top. Kojima climbs up to join Shingo, and hits a SUPER CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Shingo survives again!
Kojima drags Shingo up and Shingo denies the suplex. Kojima manages to get Shingo up but Shingo slips out. Shingo waistlocks but Kojima elbows free. Kojima runs, but into a back elbow of Shingo’s, then a JAB and LARIAT! But Shingo can’t make the cover, his arms are still stinging. Shingo whips Kojima and knees him against ropes. He suplexes Kojima for a big vertical suplex! Shingo drags Kojima back up but Kojima flops over. Shingo tries again, underhooks but Kojima resists. So Shingo knees and CHOPS him with both hands! Shingo runs, but Kojima blocks the bomber! Kojima runs, but Shingo blocks on one side, only to get Cozy Lariat from the other side! Kojima brings Shingo back up, BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Kojima keeps his cool as fans rally up both ways. He prepares the arm, whips Shingo, but Shingo flops over now. The ref checks on Shingo while Kojima eggs him on. Shingo stands, blocks the lariat, and underhooks, but Kojima fights free, only to get a DDT! Kojima gets to a corner and fans rally up with Shingo. Shingo runs corner to corner for a big clothesline! Then he runs to Pump- Kojima tanks the bomber?! Shingo tries again but Kojima stays up. Shingo runs but clotheslines collide! And it’s Kojima who stays up! Fans fire up as Kojima glares. Off comes the arm band! Kojima runs, but into a PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, ONE!? Kojima shows great heart, and throws forearms with Shingo back and forth again.
Shingo gives elbows from all sides, but Kojima comes back with his own! Kojima swings into a pump handle! Shingo lifts Kojima, for Made in Japan! Cover, TWO!! Kojima escapes the driver! But Shingo keeps going, PUMPING BOMBER!! Shingo won’t cover?! He gets up and brings Kojima into the pump handle fireman’s carry, Last of the Dragon!! Cover, Shingo wins!
Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall
The biggest Junior Heavyweight in NJPW defeats a legendary heavyweight! Takagi picks up the mic to say, “You saw it happen. I got the job done.” But he needs something more. A bigger thrill! Something heavier. You get what he means, right? Osaka has an idea, but Takagi gets to the point. He also wants in on the G1!! It doesn’t matter the size, the talent, the toughness, Takagi will take them all down, “just the way I am.” That is all. The Muscle Dragon drops the mic and also wants in the big Summer tournament! Will Takagi prove that he can be the best of both weight classes?
Six Man Tag: Bullet Club VS Taguchi Japan!
Two factions of NJPW clash as Jay White leads Taiji Ishimori and Chase Owens into battle against Juice Robinson, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and of course Ryusuke Taguchi. Will the Flamboyant One, The Ace and the Funky Weapon #BreathwiththeSwitchblade? Or will they take the Switchblade, Bone Soldier and Crown Jewel down on Dominion?
NJPW on AXS returns as the teams sort out. Chase starts against Juice with the bell. The two circle and tie up. Chase waistlocks then wrenches Juice, but Juice spins through to wrench back. Chase spins and headlocks, but Juice pries free to get a keylock to waistlock. Juice throws Chase down and keeps on him with a waistlock. Chase stands and backs Juice into ropes, and the break is clean, until Chase elbows Juice in that bad eyebrow! Chase goes after it with a headlock punch! The ref reprimands Chase but Juice just punches Chase back! Juice jabs and CHOPS in the corner over and over. The ref counts so Juice whips Chase corner to corner, to then run in for a big clothesline! Juice keeps moving, but Chase bails out.
The Bullet Club regroups while fans rally up for Juice. Juice dares Chase to get in, and Chase does, to tag out to Taiji. Taiji stares down with Juice, but Taguchi wants in. Osaka wants him in, too! Tag to Taguchi, and we revisit their resent Junior Heavyweight Championship match. Taguchi does his Sailor Boys dance, but that only gets him kicked. Taiji headlocks but Taguchi powers out and things speed up. Taguchi goes for a hip attack but gets an atomic drop! Taiji whips but Taguchi reverses to hit a corner hip attack! Then he whips Taiji corner to corner for another! Taguchi keeps moving, but misses that one! The Bullet Club blasts Taguchi’s teammates, and Taiji throws Taguchi out to join them.
White throws Tanahashi at the NJPW commentary while Chase punches Juice up the ramp. Taiji keeps on Taguchi on the other side while White CHOPS Tanahashi. Taiji whips Taguchi into barriers! White stomps Tanahashi down while Chase helps Taiji against Taguchi. Juice is down at the ramp while Taiji puts Taguchi in to cover. TWO, but Taiji tags Chase. Chase stomps Taguchi to keep him away from his corner. Chase bumps Taguchi off buckles then feeds him to White’s boot. Tag to White and Chase throws Taguchi out for White to ram into railing, apron and railing, repeat! White puts Taguchi back in while fans boo and jeer. He covers, TWO! Taguchi survives but White wraps him up with a chinlock.
Fans rally up and Taguchi feeds off the energy. Taguchi fights back and whips, but White reverses, and dodges the hip attack. The Funky Weapon has done more damage to himself than anything. He runs into another atomic drop! But he escapes White’s back suplex! Taguchi dodges and hits White with the hip attack! Both men are down and fans rally up. Taguchi and White crawl, hot tag to Tanahashi! The Ace has his hated nemesis and starts throwing forearms. He whips but White reverses, only to get a flying forearm! Tanahashi blasts the Bullet Club, then dodges White. He blocks the boot for a Dragon Screw! Fans fire up as Tanahashi hops up, for the senton onto White! Cover, TWO!
Fans cheer “GO ACE!” as Tanahashi aims at White. White dodges Slingblade but Tanahashi elbows White away. Tanahashi runs but into a CHOP! But he keeps going! White blocks Slingblade to saido suplex! The Bullet Club take Taguchi and Juice out, then help White with Tanahashi. Taiji whips Tanahashi corner to corner, then Chase whips Taiji in to double knee Tanahashi. Chase adds a forearm smash, then White adds a running uppercut! White suplexes Tanahashi for a twisting suplex! Cover, but Juice and Taguchi both break it! Fans cheer but Bullet Club throws them back out. White drags Tanahashi up and slashes the throat. He has Tanahashi in position, but Tanahashi spins and palm strikes!
Tanahashi runs, but Slingblade is denied again! White wants but is denied Blade Runner into a Slingblade! Fans rally up while both men are down. Bullet Club hits Taguchi down and drags White to the corner, and Chase tags in! Chase grins as he aims at Tanahashi. He runs in corner to corner for a forearm, then snapmares for a Shining Wizard! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi survives but Chase drags him up for a piledriver. Juice runs in but gets a SUPERKICK! Taguchi returns to kick Chase, then runs only to miss again! Taiji whips Taguchi into railing again while Chase drags Tanahashi up. Tanahashi goes to counter punch but Chase hits the bad arm. Chase hammerlocks and lariats, the Jewel Heist! But Chase isn’t done there, he double guns and drags Tanahashi up. Package-
No, Tanahashi escapes and trips Chase up! He laces the legs but Chase shoves him away into White’s cheap shot. But Juice yanks White down for the Left Hand of God! Chase drags Tanahashi up and whips, but Tanahashi reverses into a familiar position. But Tanahashi doesn’t steal Blade Runner, he hits a Slingblade DDT! Cover, Tanahashi and team win!
Winners: Taguchi Japan, Tanahashi pinning
The Ace gets the win for his team! But will this trios victory help Tanahashi in his newest NJPW comeback? Or is it a long road back for even the Once in a Century Talent?
Katsuyori Shibata returns to NJPW!
The man simply known as “The Wrestler” is back in Osaka-Jo Hall! But he is in a suit, so he’s not here to fight. Instead, his business is to introduce NJPW to a new star… KENTA!! Yes, the Innovator of the GTS is here! And as the shirt says, he’s ready to take over! Shibata helps Kenta into the ring and Osaka goes wild! And of course, Shibata picks up the mic to speak.
“Today, I brought a really close friend with me.” This is THE Kenta! And then the mic is given over to Kenta so that he may speak. “Hello NJPW fans, I’m Kenta.” He thanks Shibata for making this possible. And he is here because he followed his instincts. Kenta wants to show you his style of pro-wrestling. “I will see you at the G1 Climax.” Incredible! A third man declares for the tournament in one night! Will Kenta #TAKEOVER and make the rest of the field #GoToSleep?
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Dragon Lee VS Will Ospreay!
The Best of the Super Juniors practically just ended, but the Aerial Assassin doesn’t take anything easy. The two-time tournament winner wants to go from two-time champion to three! Will he slay another dragon in just the span of a week? Or will CMLL’s dragon continue to reign over the NJPW Junior Heavyweight Division?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised then put carefully alongside Ospreay’s BOSJ 26 trophy, and the two rivals shake hands. The bell rings and we begin this battle of young and international icons!
Osaka is already thunderous for these two top Junior Heavyweights. The two circle and tie up. Ospreay wrenches but Lee handsprings through. Lee and Ospreay tie up again and Lee snapmares, but Ospreay handsprings through. They go again, and Lee headlocks, but Ospreay powers out. Things speed up and Lee shoves to follow then huricanrana, but Ospreay handsprings through that! Ospreay huricanranas but Lee also handsprings! Lee kicks but Ospreay dodges to handspring, but Lee just denies the Oscutter! Lee lifts for Desnucadora but Ospreay slips out. Ospreay swings a kick, but Lee ducks, and then they both dropkick! Those cancel out and both men kip up, but Lee dropkicks Ospreay back down! Fans cheer how fast and furious these two move!
Lee goes after Ospreay with a hook to the face, then wraps an arm around the ropes. Lee CHOPS Ospreay then follow shim in a corner. He knees and forearms Ospreay, then whips corner to corner. Ospreay boots and enziguris Lee back, then hits a top-rope 619! Lee bails out but Ospreay slingshots for a big crossbody! Fans fire up as Ospreay stands tall! Ospreay takes a moment to walk off the landing then drags Lee up to CHOP him back down! Ospreay drags Lee up and into the ring, and covers, ONE! Fans cheer while Ospreay drags Lee back up for a big forearm. Ospreay whips and elbows Lee down, cover, ONE!
Ospreay keeps his cool as he drags Lee around. He hammerlocks one arm, then pulls on the other, for a recliner! Cover, TWO! Ospreay stalks Lee to a corner and CHOPS him back. He CHOPS Lee more, but Lee hits back with forearms. Ospreay back kicks then whips, but Lee puts Ospreay on the apron. Ospreay hits back then springboards, but his Pip Pip Cheerio gets caught into an STO! Both men are down but stirring as fans cheer. Lee gets up and goes to Ospreay in the corner to throw forearm after forearm. Lee runs but Ospreay follows to uppercut! Ospreay sweeps the legs and runs corner to corner, but Lee dodges. Lee throws more forearms to sit Ospreay down, then runs corner to corner for the basement dropkick! Snap suplex and cover, TWO!
Lee keeps his cool while fans cheer. Lee kicks Ospreay then whips, but Ospreay handsprings to PELE! Ospreay gets to the apron then springboards back in, flying forearm! Cover, TWO! Lee lives but Ospreay sees him bail out. Fans rally as Ospreay builds speed, Sasuke Special! Lee dodges but Ospreay still lands on his feet! Only to get Lee’s knee trigger! Lee drags Ospreay up onto the railing and throws forearm. NJPW commentary gets a good look as Lee builds speed and DIVES! They both go into the next section!! Even commentary is wiped out with that insane tope suicida! Red Shoes checks on both men, and somehow they’re okay to continue. Fans rally up behind commentary who got wiped out. Everyone is up and Lee pushes Ospreay over the railing back to ringside.
Lee puts Ospreay in the ring and deadlifts him. Ospreay fights the waistlock but Lee shifts to a full nelson. Ospreay breaks that, but gets caught into the Straitjacket German! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ospreay still escapes after all of that! Lee grits his teeth and checks his mask as he goes after Ospreay again. He puts Ospreay up on the back rope and Ospreay falls into the Tree of Woe. Lee climbs up but Ospreay sits up to start brawling! They hit each other with forearms back and forth, and with little where else to go. Lee headbutts Ospreay back into the Tree, then stands up, but Ospreay kicks Lee down! Ospreay is free of the Tree while Lee falls to the floor. Ospreay climbs up, CORKSCREW MOONSAULT! He takes Lee down with him!
Osaka fires up while Ospreay clutches his ribs. But Ospreay fires up to drag Lee into the ring! Ospreay drags Lee up into the dragon sleeper, for a Bloody Sunday! Cover, TWO! Lee lives again but Ospreay keeps his focus. Both men stand and Ospreay aims, Hook Kick! But Ospreay won’t stop there, he roars as he underhooks. Lee blocks so Ospreay kicks away on his face. Underhooks to Canadian rack, but Lee pops out of Stormbreaker for a gut wrench! But Ospreay slips through to gut wrench Lee, only for Lee to tilt-o-whirl DDT! And then springs up to a suplex, only to get the Osaka Street Cutter! Both men are down after an Osaka Street Cutter in Osaka! Fans rally up and the two slowly stir. The two crawl towards each other, and start throwing forearms again.
Fans cheer as Ospreay hits Lee and Lee hits Ospreay. Both men fire up and get to their feet. Ospreay hits Lee again, but Lee hits Ospreay again. They go back and forth, then Ospreay fires several! Lee hits one and decks Ospreay! Lee runs but into a HOOK KICK! Ospreay runs, but into a German Suplex! But he lands on his feet to dropkick-flip, into Lee’s knee trigger! Lee POISON RANAS! Lee runs, but into SPANISH FLY! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous! Ospreay crawls to a cover, TWO!! Lee just barely survives that one!
Fans rally up as Ospreay puts Lee in the drop zone. Ospreay climbs up again, but has to fight Lee. Lee SUPERKICKS Ospreay down to the apron! Lee runs side to side, for a FLYING HURICANRANA! But Ospreay lands on his feet?! Lee is stunned as Ospreay stares him down. Ospreay eggs Lee on, and gets him with an apron pop-up bomb! Ospreay puts Lee in, climbs up top, and leaps for the Shooting Star! Cover, TWO!! Lee still lives, but Ospreay vows to end it! Ospreay aims, Robinson Special! But that’s not all, Ospreay springboards, but into a knee trigger! Fans are thunderous all over again as both men slowly stir.
Ospreay goes back to the apron, but Lee pursues. Lee drags Ospreay up and throws forearms. Ospreay swing kicks Lee back! Ospreay hops up fast, but Lee trips him up! Into a Tree of Woe to the outside! WOE STOMPS!! Lee may have done as much damage to himself just on the landing! Red Shoes checks but again they’re somehow both okay. A ring count begins and climbs past 10, but Lee is up and in! Ospreay is still down as fans cheer. Ospreay stands at 14 but flops over at 15! The count reaches 18, Ospreay springs up at 19 and gets in at 19.5! Only to get another knee trigger! Lee drags Ospreay up, lifts, but Ospreay resists again! Ospreay elbows out and roundhouses Lee down! But Lee catches Ospreay for another STO! That Ospreay slips through! Powerbomb lift, but Lee hits a DESTROYER!!
Lee won’t end it, he runs to Shining Wizard! Cover, TWO!? How?! But Lee doesn’t take long to worry about that. He takes the knee pad down and runs again, but Ospreay blocks the Wizard! Only to get a knee trigger! Fans are thunderous again as Lee lifts Ospreay, tucks, but Ospreay lands out of Desnucadora to back heel kick Lee in the head! Then reels him out for a Hook Kick! Ospreay aims, Hidden Blade!! But not even this is enough for Ospreay! He hops way up, SUPER OSCUTTER! He holds on, to underhook, STORMBREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
The Aerial Assassin wins his third Junior Heavyweight Championship as he slays his second dragon! Ospreay holds up both title and trophy, as THE Super Junior of NJPW today! How long will this newest reign last?
NJPW Media backstage interview
Ospreay says “The Junior Heavyweight wants in on the G1. I dare NJPW: put me in the G1 Climax this year! I’ll show that this trophy is just as good as the heavyweight trophy.” A fourth man makes his intentions known! Will Ospreay conquer both divisions in 2019?!
IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Chris Jericho!
Y2J has already held championship gold in NJPW, but he isn’t going to stop until he holds the top prize. He dares the Rainmaker to come out and play, so Okada will play his game. But just what is a “Painmaker,” anyway? Jericho promises to show the world right here in this match. Will the Judas Effect kick in to end Okada’s fifth reign? Or is Okada still on a whole different level?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this battle of true greats!
Okada throws his jacket at Jericho much like Jericho might do to someone else. Jericho doesn’t appreciate that but Okada laughs and grins as Jericho throws Okada’s jacket out. These two hear the fans already thunderous for Okada, and Jericho grows annoyed already. Jericho tells the “stupid idiots” to shut up, but they just boo him instead. Okada encourages the fans to cheer so they cheer loud and proud. He and Jericho finally circle and tie up. Jericho pushes Okada away and the two circle again. They tie up again, and Jericho pulls hair. Okada turns things around and the two go around the ring, with Okada on Jericho against the ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break, and Okada fakes Jericho out like all the rest. But Jericho pokes Okada’s eyes!
Fans boo but Jericho clubs Okada and CHOPS him. Jericho whips then runs him over with forearms! The fans boo but Jericho just mocks them. Jericho slaps Okada around but Okada throws forearms back. Okada whips but Jericho bails out to deny the dropkick. Jericho walks it off, but Okada gives chase! They go around the ring, into the ring, and then Jericho dodges Okada only to get a BOOT! Okada heads for a corner already, and leaps for a missile dropkick! But Jericho blocks it to the Walls of Jericho! Okada endures as Jericho sits down deep. Okada crawls while Jericho mocks the fans cheering him on. Ropebreak! Jericho lets go and Okada slumps out of the ring, but Jericho runs to wreck him with a dropkick! Okada tumbles over into commentary! Those guys are having a busy night…
Jericho climbs over to join Okada, mock the fans, and throw chairs! Jericho bounces Okada off the desk, then climbs up to stand Okada up. Flashbacks to Jericho’s matches with Naito, DDT to the table! Okada is stuck in the wood and Jericho rings the bell himself, as if he’s already won. Jericho goes back to Okada, tosses more furniture aside, and drags Okada up over the railing. He stomps Okada into the railing then drives in elbows. Jericho walks around the ring to go looking for something. He brings out a spare table! Jericho sets the table up, then shoves Red Shoes aside to fetch Okada. He brings Okada to the table, but Okada resists the lift. Jericho clubs Okada, but Okada powers Jericho into railing! Jericho BOOTS right back! And once again, Jericho confiscates a camera to get a close-up on Okada, while flipping the bird.
Jericho gives the camera back while he mocks the fans cheering for Okada. He puts Okada in the ring then climbs up top. Jericho dares Okada to stand, and then leaps to crossbody Okada down! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Jericho grows annoyed. Jericho slaps Okada around then drags Okada up for a BIG back suplex! Jericho stands on Okada but Red Shoes doesn’t count that as a cover. They argue and Jericho shoves Red Shoes again. Fans rally up for Okada but Jericho rains down rights. Jericho sits Okada up to drive in more elbows, then pushes the “piece of s*it back down.” He slaps Okada but Okada comes back for more. Jericho keeps slapping Okada so Okada throws forearms! Okada runs but into Jericho’s dropkick! Jericho grins as he mocks the Hulkster, too.
Jericho drags Okada up and chokes him on the ropes. He lets up at the ref’s count of 4 and even mocks the count, before kicking Okada down. Jericho chokes Okada against ropes again, then backs off to bring him up. Jericho suplexes and holds Okada up about 7 counts, then drops Okada down. He covers, TWO! Okada stays in this as we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns and Jericho drags Okada up to CHOP him. Jericho CHOPS Okada against ropes, then again. He throws forearms, too, then whips. Okada kicks Jericho back then throws forearms of his own. Jericho throws even more forearms, but runs into a flapjack! Both men are down, but then Okada kips up. Okada rallies on Jericho with elbows and forearms! He whips, but Jericho reverses, only for Okada to dodge and elbow Jericho down! Okada fires up and Osaka with him! Okada runs in for a corner elbow, then kicks to DDT Jericho down. Jericho slumps out of the ring, but Okada pursues. Okada whips Jericho across the way into railing! Then runs in to boot him over! Okada gets the fans rallying as he gets space. Okada runs back in, to FLY, into a Code Breaker!
Both Jericho and Okada are down but it’s Okada gasping for air. Jericho leaves Okada behind to get in the ring. Jericho wants the ring count to end Okada’s reign. The count climbs to 10 but Okada is up and hobbling over. Okada gets to the ring at 11 but falls at 12. Okada hops in at 16, but Jericho is on him with a basement dropkick. Cover, TWO! Jericho clubs Okada with crossface forearms, but fans cheer Okada on. Jericho gives them dirty birds as he goes back to Okada. He CHOPS Okada and follows him to a corner for another CHOP. Jericho whips corner to corner and hits a corner clothesline! He gut wrenches but Okada slips out! Okada gut wrenches Jericho, but Jericho tumbles back to get the lift back!
But Jericho slips through to grab the legs! Okada resists but Jericho gets the Walls all over again! Okada endures as fans cheer and Jericho talks trash. The champion crawls with all his might but Jericho just keeps up the pressure. Okada gives on more push, to a ropebreak! Jericho holds on until 4, then argues with Red Shoes. He chokes Red Shoes as he says Okada tapped out. But Jericho turns around into Okada’s dropkick! Jericho goes to a corner but Okada runs in, only to miss. Jericho runs in but misses, and Okada puts him up top. But Jericho kicks Okada before Okada could dropkick. Jericho leaps, into Okada’s dropkick! Okada drags Jericho up and gut wrenches, TOMBSTONE! And the Rainmaker Pose!
Okada drags Jericho back up, reels him in to wring him out, but Jericho spins through to underhook, Tiger Bomb! High stack, TWO!! Okada survives but barely! Jericho waits for Okada to stand again, runs in, but the Code Breaker is denied to the Air Raid neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool as he goes up top. But his back slows him down given all that time in the Walls of Jericho. Jericho runs in but Okada shoulders and punches him away. Jericho punches back but Okada punches again. Okada goes to bump Jericho on buckles, but Jericho blocks to bump Okada. Okada staggers, Jericho triangle dropkicks him down! Fans have to cheer that classic move from Jericho.
Jericho drags Okada back up to bump him off buckles. He drags Okada up to the top rope, but Okada resists. Jericho clubs Okada, but Okada hits back. Okada throws Jericho off! MACHO ELBOW! Fans fire up as Okada hits a proper Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Jericho up, wrings him out, but Jericho ducks to enziguri! Both men are down again, but fans continue to cheer. Jericho and Okada crawl to each other, and start throwing forearms on the mat. They go back and forth, and slowly stand as they do. Jericho CHOPS Okada, but Okada walks it off to forearm Jericho back. Okada throws more forearms and even European Uppercuts. Okada whips but Jericho holds the ropes to again deny the dropkick. LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Jericho keeps his cool as he stalks Okada to a corner. Jericho kicks Okada while he’s down and even in the corner. He argues with Red Shoes, but gets Okada’s shotgun dropkick! Okada gives back those corner kicks, and grinds his boot into Jericho as he gives back all the trash talk! Red Shoes counts and Okada lets up. Okada gets mad at Red Shoes and stomps Jericho more. Okada goes corner to corner, but into a Code Breaker! Jericho crawls to a cover, TWO!! Okada barely survives that one. Jericho grows frustrated, and tells Okada to “Stay down!” Jericho unties a buckle pad and tosses it at commentary. “You see what happens?! Huh!? You stupid son of a b*tch?!” Jericho drags Okada up, gut wrenches, but Okada slips out to German Suplex!
Okada holds onto Jericho with that waistlock and drags Jericho up. He wrings Jericho out but Jericho ducks the waistlock. Jericho wrings Okada out and tries to steal Rainmaker! But Okada ducks it, to steal Code Breaker! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives his own move, but Okada has more to give. Okada gut wrenches for a JUMPING TOMBSTONE! And then wristlock, but Jericho ducks to roll Okada into the Walls! And Jericho sits in deep! But Okada powers up to head for ropes! Fans rally up as Jericho demands they ring the bell! Okada reaches but Jericho drags him away! And then turns for a Lion Tamer! Jericho goes old school for this one! But Okada rolls around to pop through and spin Jericho off!
Jericho and Okada crawl then stand. Okada runs in but is sent into the bare buckles! Jericho clotheslines Okada, then demands Okada stand! He wants to use that elbow, but Okada ducks Judas Effect! Okada wrings Jericho out but Jericho again dodges Rainmaker. Jericho jumps but Code Breaker is denied again, and Okada pops Jericho up. Jericho sunset flips but Okada sits on it! Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion
But Jericho won’t take that sitting down! He hammers away on Okada! Jericho is a sore loser, and shoves Red Shoes away to keep punching Okada in the head. Jericho throws Red Shoes right out of the ring, to then fetch something else from under the ring. A steel chair! Jericho brings that into the ring, and as Okada stands up, Jericho SMACKS him in the face!! Fans boo and jeer as Jericho holds his weapon up high. Jericho waits for Okada to stand again, Judas Effect! Fans continue to boo as Jericho takes a seat in his chair.
Jericho drags Okada outside the ring and then wraps the chair around Okada’s head! And rams him into the post!! Fans boo even louder but Jericho just soaks it up. Jericho goes back to Okada and brings him around to that table. Jericho finally lifts Okada, but Tanahashi hops in to save Okada! Tanahashi goes after Jericho but Young Lions hurry to keep them apart. Jericho throws things as he retreats, not wanting to face The Ace right now. Jericho grabs a mic to tell “Tana Bakahashi” that if he wants to start stuff, just look at what happened to Okada. “The Painmaker never loses! The Painmaker always wins! Chris Jericho is the Greatest of All Time, even here in this bulls*it country of Japan.” Osaka boos even more while Jericho says he’ll see them both later. “Happy Championship, B*tch!”
Tanahashi is still seething as Jericho heads up the ring. Jericho grabs Okada dollars and wipes the sweat from his pits. The Young Lions turn their attention to helping Okada while Jericho grabs more Okada dollars. He sticks one to his forehead, then rubs the other down his pants to throw at the camera. Jericho’s crude displays aside, when and where will he man up to face The Ace? Will Jericho also get another shot at Okada and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship? What even is the state of Okada after Jericho’s sore loser attack? Tanahashi helps Okada stand and head to the back, these two rivals again on the same side.
NJPW Media backstage interviews
Chris Jericho (with that Okada dollar still stuck to his head) says if Okada wants to know what a Painmaker is, ask if he understands now. He probably can’t even talk. No event closing speech from him tonight, that’s for sure. But Jericho will speak for him. “Hello, my name is Okada. Chris Jericho just kicked my ass.”
Jericho wants to know if Okada will be in the G1 this year. And Tanahashi, for that matter. If so, then maybe Jericho will be in it, too. Jericho will beat up Moxley, too, since he still owes Jericho $15,000 from ripping up that LED jacket three years ago in the WWE. Even that “little bastard, Kenta,” he’ll beat him, too. All the G1 field, for that matter. He’ll become Chris G1-icho, how about that? A major move for the Best in the World at What He Does, but will he’s the best in NJPW against the best in NJPW?
These two-hour nights for NJPW on AXS are so great! We are getting so much more of these events now, but I suppose Best of the Super Juniors Finals and Dominion are big enough to warrant it. Moxley makes his squash match with Umino even better by deciding Umino is his “Young Boy.” I wonder if this will really continue as the kayfabe for Moxley in NJPW. If this were an American promotion, we’d be getting goofy gags with them, which would actually be fun to see on social media. Takagi VS Kojima was a great match between these heavy hitters, and Kojima of course gives Takagi the rub by putting him over. Then the Six Man Tag was mostly filler, but it was a good match to keep Tanahashi going in his newest comeback.
Hooray to finally see Hideo Itami/Kenta somewhere! Granted, he got hurt a lot while in NXT and WWE, but when he was finally ready to go, they didn’t let him go full speed. Now in NJPW, and hopefully by extension ROH, Kenta really can show us what he’s capable of. Lee VS Ospreay, another amazing match for the Aerial Assassin. Just when it seemed like there wasn’t another way to recreate the spot where Ospreay lands on his feet out of a steiner, they do this one. Ospreay winning makes a lot of sense, as he is the BOSJ 26 winner, is moving to Japan to truly be full-time for NJPW, and is making a push to be an even bigger big name for the company. We got so many declarations for the G1 Climax this year, this field is looking amazing.
And of course, Okada VS Jericho was amazing, too! Two greats, who knew the other pretty well but especially Jericho knowing Okada. Okada wins but with a surprise cover, so that keeps Jericho strong for a rematch. Of course, Jericho going after Okada after totally fits his “Evil Jericho” persona. It also gives Tanahashi his heroic moment in saving Okada. Jericho was great in his promo, too, as he just straight face talks with that Okada dollar stuck to his head. And great continuity to even reference his WWE feud with Moxley/Ambrose. Jericho VS Tanahashi better happen in the G1, but I would also hope at the right moment. It either needs to open Block competition, or close a Block to lead to the G1 Climax Finals. And either way, Jericho VS Tanahashi will be amazing.
My Score: 9.3/10