The NXT Champion is STILL Tommaso Ciampa, and he returns victoriously after TakeOver: WarGames II! Who will #FollowtheLead of the Psycho Killer?
- Matt Riddle VS Punishment Martinez; Riddle wins.
- The Forgotten Sons w/ Jaxson Ryker VS Raul Mendoza & Humberto Carrillo; The Forgotten Sons win.
- Dakota Kai VS Shayna Baszler w/Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir; Baszler wins.
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Matt Riddle VS Punishment Martinez!
The King of Bros had both a successful NXT “debutt” as well as a TakeOver “debutt”, but that’s just the beginning! And speaking of, another new NXT recruit is about to make his debut, as this towering and terrifying titan of ROH is here to take over! Will Riddle make quick work of the Puerto Rican Powerhouse like he did the Knockout Artist? Or will he be the first to fall to the Purple Mist?
The bell rings and fans favor Riddle, though Martinez’s reputation does precede him. These two circle and tie up, and Martinez pushes Riddle back. Riddle pushes Martinez back, but Riddle ends up in a corner. He turns it around but Martinez shoves him away. Riddle dares Martinez to bring it, then he dodges all the kicks. Riddle hops on for a sleeper hold, but Martinez drops back for the backpack senton. Martinez is freed, but Riddle sits right up to put the hold right back on! Martinez goes all the way back and then uppercuts Riddle! Riddle gets to a corner and dodges Martinez to fire off kick after kick! He goes until the count of 4, and then hits the forearm smash! Riddle keeps moving, but runs into Martinez’s spinning roundhouse! Martinez covers, TWO!
Martinez keeps his cool as fans rally up. Riddle gets to a corner and Martinez runs in for the back elbow, clubbing clothesline, and roaring uppercut. Martinez looms over Riddle but walks into Riddle’s CHOP! But Riddle runs into Martinez’s clothesline! Martinez seethes while Riddle flops around. Martinez drags Riddle up but Riddle fights back with body shots. Riddle goes to chop but Martinez grabs him around the throat! Riddle palm strikes, then kicks away! He breaks the grip but Martinez blocks, only to get a roundhouse. Riddle fires up as he drives elbow after elbow into Martinez. Then the Bro-Mission! But Martinez powers out, only to get more palm strikes! Riddle locks it in tight, Martinez taps! Riddle wins!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by submission
Bro, that was tough competition from Martinez. But Riddle still wins to keep his streak going at 3-0. Will Riddle fight his way to the top in no time at all?
But wait, Kassius Ohno appears on stage, and rocks Riddle with a discus elbow!! Riddle goes down in a heap and fans boo, but Ohno just wants to get even. Ohno leaves Riddle alone for now, but what more will he do to break the “shiny new toy”?
NXT Media caught up with Ricochet.
Ricochet has been a highlight reel in human form. It feels great, but he’s not just to be a highlight reel, hes’ here to win. He has the North American Championship and hasn’t been pinned yet, but what does he plan to do to keep going? Ricochet plans on defending his title, and is going to talk with William Regal about who that challenger should be. Who will the NXT GM deem worthy of a shot at The One and Only?
Heavy Machinery speaks.
Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic had a shot at the NXT Tag Team Championships roughly a year and a half ago, against the Authors of Pain. They weren’t quite ready at the time, but they’ve grown since then. They’ve gotten stronger as a team, and are ready to try again. The Undisputed Era have the titles, but Heavy Machinery has been steamrolling towards those belts. Their journey won’t be complete without those belts. Tucker and Dozer are COMIIIN‘! Will The Undisputed Era be able to stop them?
William Regal makes a major announcement.
In three weeks, there will be a Fatal 4 Way to determine a new #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Championship. There will be matches to qualify three of the four members, because the first is already decided: the Un-De-Fea-Ted Bianca Belair is already in the match! Who will join The EST on the road to challenging #ShaynaTwoTime?
The Forgotten Sons w/ Jaxson Ryker VS Raul Mendoza & Humberto Carrillo!
#DoUntoOthers is the motto of the trio that felt neglected and overlooked, and they’ve all been on a roll as both a unit and singles competitors. However, this new dúo dinámico looks to launch themselves into the Tag Team Division’s spotlight. Will Mendoza & Carrillo survive the onslaught of Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake?
The teams sort out and Cutler starts with Mendoza. They tie up and Cutler throws Mendoza right down! Cutler wraps on a facelock but Mendoza pries his way out. Mendoza slips out of the suplex and CHOPS, but Cutler reverses the whip. Mendoza comes back with a running enziguri! Tag to Carrillo, and they double whip and double hip toss Cutler. Mendoza and and Carrillo combine, wheelbarrow flip into a splash! Carrillo keeps on Cutler with a hammerlock. Cutler gets out and powers Carrillo to his corner. Tag to Blake and Blake mugs Carrillo. Blake CHOPS Carrillo then chokes him against ropes. He backs off at 4 to CHOP, and then whips Carrillo corner to corner.
Carrillo goes up and over and shows off a little. Carrillo kicks, Blake ducks but not the second one! Blake ends up in Carrillo’s corner and Carrillo adds a corner splash. Mendoza tags in and sees Cutler coming, so he springboard huricanranas Cutler out! Mendoza comes back and Carrillo helps for Poetry in Motion, but Blake catches Mendoza and slams him on Carrillo’s back! Blake stomps Mendoza, and drops a springboard knee! He drags Mendoza over and tags in Cutler. The Forgotten Sons combine for a double backbreaker! Cutler brings Mendoza up to stomp and drop knees. Cutler rebound backbreakers Mendoza, then covers, TWO!
Fans rally as Cutler puts Mendoza in a camel clutch. Mendoza fights up but can’t throw Cutler off. Mendoza back suplexes instead! Hot tags to Blake and Carrillo! Carrillo leaps for a crossbody! Carrillo boots and fires off on Blake! He whips but Blake reverses the whip, Carrillo hits a handspring back elbow. Cutler comes back in but Carrillo uses Blake to help acrobatically arm-drag Cutler! Cutler bails out and Carrillo fights off Blake. Carrillo heads up top and leaps for a big missile dropkick! Blake ends up in the other corner, so Carrillo reverse somersaults into a moonsault! Cover, but Cutler breaks it! Mendoza throws Cutler out then DIVES! But is intercepted with a right hand!
Carrillo kicks Cutler from the apron, but Blake gets him on reentry. Blake gives Carrillo a springboard straddling facebuster! Blake tags in Cutler, Blake holds Carrillo in the dragon sleeper while Cutler climbs. Cutler leaps, and they combine stomp with scorpion DDT! Cover, The Forgotten Sons win!
Winners: The Forgotten Sons, Steve Cutler pinning
A fast and furious fight that in the end works in their favor, the Forgotten Sons continue their streak of victories! Will these three finally find their place in the sun in NXT?
Backstage interview with Velveteen Dream.
The Patrick Clark Experience ignores the questions to take a look at the set. It doesn’t fit his liking, but with a snap of the fingers, the lighting changes. After his loss to Tommaso Ciampa, what’s next for The Dream? Well, TakeOver: WarGames II didn’t go his way but the people are still talking about him. The internet is still talking about Dream, and the locker room is still talking about The Dream. People even ask Triple H about The Dream. So the Dream still won. But to be specific, what’s next for The Dream? Leaving the set. The Dream is over, but he’s not done, will he look for another title shot in the very near future?
The Undisputed Era speak.
Roderick Strong is personally very excited for next week. Adam Cole hopes they all checked they’re safe in here. Yes, they’re safe. But Bobby Fish tells EC3 that he needs to be corrected. EC3 thinks Fish is just another guy, but he’s the guy people warn you about. Fish wonders how far EC3 is willing to go into the deep end, knowing those waters are shark infested. Fish bit EC3 once before, and he’ll be happy to do it again. EC3 thinks they’re playing, but go ask the War Raiders. They got hurt at WarGames and can’t challenge now. Who is even left? Street Profits? The Mighty? Well, those construction workers want a shot, and have been on a six month win streak, but Heavy Machinery’s never faced a team like the Undisputed Era. All those teams can keep trying, but just remember this is the Undisputed Era.
Speaking of the War Raiders, NXT has an injury update.
“Warbeard” Hanson suffered the worst of the destructive duo, suffering broken ribs, a ruptured spleen and various torn ligaments from the brutal match. However, Hanson will make a recovery, when and where will the war return?
Dakota Kai VS Shayna Baszler w/Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir!
Captain Kick has had her history with the Queen of Spades, from a broken elbow to almost endless bullying. But Dakota has kicked fear to the curb and looks to wage war on the Horsewomen on Kairi Sane’s behalf. With the #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way on the way, will Dakota earn her spot against the champ herself? Or will Shayna again break Dakota’s body and spirit?
The bell rings and Shayna grins because she’s beaten Dakota before. Fans are on Dakota’s side as she and Shayna tie up. Shayna powers Dakota to a corner but she honors the break. Dakota runs out but into a waistlock. Dakota trips Shayna then runs and hits a penalty kick! Then double stomps! Shayna bails out but Dakota pursues to kick from the apron. But Shayna blocks it, and throws Dakota into the post! Shayna leaves Dakota behind for the ring count to take care of. She and the Horsewomen gloat but Dakota returns. Shayna is right on her and that arm. Shayna twists it from wrist to elbow, and wants to repeat the past! Dakota manages to avoid the stomp and rolls Shayna up! TWO but Shayna’s after both arms now. Shayna grabs the one arm and YANKS it!
Dakota’s arm might be broken or dislocated all over again, but she won’t let the match end because of it. Shayna toys with her as fans chant “Two Time!” Dakota gets mad but Shayna kicks her leg out. But Dakota keeps getting up, and scorpion kicks! Shayna is stunned and now Dakota unloads kick after kick to her face! Shayna ends up in a corner, and Dakota gives her the boot wash! Then Dakota goes Around the World! Dakota doesn’t let up, she goes side to side again. Shayna dodges and high knees! Then she runs back in for another knee! Cover, TWO! Dakota lives but Shayna keeps her focus. Shayna runs in but into a buckle shot! Dakota boots Shayna down! Fans fire up with Dakota as she goes up top. Dakota double stomps!! Cover, TWO!! Shayna survives and Dakota can’t believe it.
Jessamyn and Marina are worried but Shayna gets the arm! Shayna twists it around and backs Dakota to a corner. Dakota goes up top but Shayna follows. Shayna wants a gut wrench but Dakota fights her off with her good arm! Dakota headbutts Shayna down! Dakota stands but Shayna rocks her with a kick! Shayna climbs back up, Gut Wrench SUPERPLEX! Jessamyn and Marina coach Shayna up to finish this, but fans rally behind Dakota. Dakota boots Shayna, then again, and again. She keeps kicking away on Shayna, and even stomps her. Dakota runs, but into a trip! Shayna gets the Kirafuda Klutch! Dakota flails and reaches but she fades! She’s out, Shayna wins!
Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission
The first-ever two-time NXT Women’s Champion makes Dakota take a nap, and rolls on towards the New Year. While the contenders haven’t been chosen yet, will it even matter against a champion so savage as the Queen of Spades?
But Shayna isn’t done with Dakota. She sicks her friends on Dakota and the three Horsewomen toy with Dakota. Then they rain down kicks and punches and stomps, until Io Shirai appears! The Genius of the Sky is anothe rally of Kairi’s and she throws Shayna out. Io handsprings through Marina and Jessamyn to then dropkick them both out! Shayna returns but Io fights her off with an uppercut! Shayna’s down and Dakota gets back up for another trip Around the World, but the Horsewomen save their friend. The battlelines have been drawn, when will it all go down between the Horsewomen and Team Stardom?
Dominique Dijakovic is coming.
“Struggle. We struggle throughout our lives. Now, we struggle for our lives.” He has been forged by the fires of discipline and inherited his precision. His gaze shows you his history, but now you will #FeastYourEyes. Who will Dijakovic have his eyes on once he arrives?
Tommaso Ciampa heads to the ring!
The Psycho Killer still has “Goldy” by his side after TakeOver: WarGames II, and still clutches to it close to his black heart. “Another TakeOver is in the books”, and Ciampa is again the MVP of NXT. Ciampa says that time and time again he proves he’s a man of his word. He ended Gargano’s fairy tale, he destroyed Aleister Black’s mystique, and he turned The Dream into a nightmare. And yet still, the fans refuse to accept him as the NXT Champion. The fans still refuse to believe in him! These fans here don’t believe in him, the fans over there don’t believe in him, and the commentary of NXT “sure as Hell” don’t believe. Yet MAMMA MIA he here stands!
Ciampa vows to make his title reign the single greatest reign of NXT. Children will grow up and study Ciampa’s body of work. Ciampa isn’t a flavor of the week, flavor of the month, he is 2018 Sports Entertainer of the Year! And he vows to do the same in 2019! But wait, here comes Aleister Black! The Embodiment of the End rises from the mist and joins Ciampa in the ring. Fans are definitely behind Aleister in this one. But Ciampa still raises his belt up. Aleister says that at TakeOver, he stood toe to toe with Gargano and “absolved him of his sins.” The sins that the “puppet master” Ciampa created. Ciampa is champion, but not really yet. No, that is the original sin that Aleister will also absolve. Aleister hereby invokes his rematch clause! They will meet at TakeOver: Phoenix!
But Gargano comes out and tells “Al” he’s getting ahead of himself. Gargano and Aleister aren’t finished. Ciampa slips away as Gargano says this ends when he says it ends. Aleister stares down with Gargano while Ciampa loves this new “Johnny Badass.” Fans do like it, too. Ciampa tells Aleister that he must hear the fans. Everyone here knows that when Gargano gets fixated on something, he refuses to let it go. And now Gargano has fixated on Aleister. Ciampa gets it, because he saw that match. That match almost tore both of them apart. The only thing missing was the steel cage. Ciampa sees this, and there’s clearly unfinished business. This is just an idea, but if Ciampa was part of this, it should end once and for all, inside a steel cage. Fans like that idea, too.
Ciampa knows Aleister likes the sound of that, and “John Boy” must love it. Does Full Sail want to see that? “YES! YES!” Gargano asks if the fans want that. “YES!” In that case, let’s do it! Gargano VS Black, Steel Cage Match! Because Gargano is “Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling!” Aleister shouts that “Johnny Wrestling is dead! And I showed you mercy!” Aleister will fight Gargano anywhere, like in the parking lot. Oh really? How did that go for you last time? Gargano put Aleister out for three months from that, just imagine what a steel cage will do. Gargano narrowly avoids the Black Mass! Ciampa laughs it up, until Aleister hits HIM with Black Mass! Fans are thunderous for all this action, “You Deserve It!” Aleister and Gargano will continue to wage war inside a steel cage, but who will emerge to then go after the Psycho Killer in Phoenix?
A great episode right here, from start to finish. I was really surprised we got Matt Riddle VS Punishment Martinez to open the show, and man it was really great. NXT has done really great in debuting multiple stars in one match and making both sides look great. Riddle obviously wins, but it didn’t take anything away from Martinez. Martinez did great in ROH and given the right opportunities, can be great in NXT and WWE as a whole. But then Ohno makes a great impact, and I’m hoping we get a proper Riddle VS Ohno of a lengthy and hard-hitting match for TakeOver: Phoenix. Then there’s Ricochet’s mystery opponent for next week, I look forward to who they choose for that, because Ricochet can make a great match out of facing anyone.
It’s an interesting choice for Heavy Machinery to move up in the time that War Raiders won’t be able to, and I didn’t even realize Heavy Machinery had such a streak going. I’ve been covering this show week after week but Tucker & Dozer having six months of wins totally escaped me. Of course, I have a feeling the Undisputed Era won’t lose the titles until it’s War Raiders. Fish VS EC3 is next week, that’s going to be great but I hope something keeps the rest of the Undisputed Era from getting involved. Maybe Heavy Machinery will help EC3 out. And the tag match of tonight was great, Carrillo himself can be a star in tag or singles competition. But the Forgotten Sons need to rack up wins to make their gimmick work, or else they’re just the NXT version of Social Outcasts.
This Women’s Fatal 4 Way sounds great, and Bianca Belair is of course the first entrant. This could be a great way for one of the many women stars waiting in line to move up and finally enter the title scene. Perhaps Lacey Evans will join for two Heels in the match, but it’s hard to be sure which two Faces show up. Especially if Io Shirai and Dakota Kai are going against the Horsewomen with Kairi Sane like I expect. Dakota VS Shayna was a stellar main event match, but naturally Shayna wins and then the Heels bully Dakota. That Six Woman Tag needs to happen. And lastly, the Men’s NXT Championship story gets pretty interesting. Aleister still wants his match with Ciampa, but I’m sensing we’re still getting the Triple Threat we were meant to before Aleister’s injury, or as kayfabe spun it, Gargano’s attack.
My Score: 8.8/10
Joe’s CMLL Review & Results (12/7/2018)
Another week of CMLL, and another week of Joe’s coverage. Indulge in the Lucha information if you couldn’t find time to watch it yourself.
Arena Puebla Monday
Sonic, Meyer, and Astro vs King Rocker, Sombra Diabolina, and Guerrero Especial
Rocker and Astro start out doing some ground grappling. They do a lot of acrobatic transitions into submission holds. Especial and Meyer are in next and they continue to do grappling as well. Especial hits an arm drag to the outside and feigns a dive. Sonic is in now with Diabolina. They do some freestyle wrestling while exchanging pins. Sonic arm drags him to the outside and in comes Astro and King Rocker again. Especial launches Astro into Diabolina and he hits a hurricanrana for the pin. Sonic victory rolls Rocker and Meyer submits Especial with a neck crank. First Fall: Meyer submits Guerrero Especial with a neck crank.
Sonic and Diabolina start this round off. Sonic goes wild hitting a very elaborate arm drag then feigns a dive. Especial and Meyer are in next and they trade strikes and they start to trade moves. Especial hits a power slam, Diabolina hits a basement drop kick, and then Rocker hits a splash on Meyer for the pin. Diabolina submits Sonic with an arm bar. Second Fall: Sombra Diabolina submits Sonic with an arm bar.
Rocker and Astro stare each other down then exchange strikes. Especial and Sonic get in and Especial works him over for a bit. Diabolina and Meyer are in and Diabolina hits an Alabama Slam on him followed by a basement drop kick. Meyer hits a splash off the top on Diabolina and then launches Astro into him and Especial for a double drop kick. He does a hurricanrana off the apron on Rocker. Sonic hits a swanton bomb on Especial while Meyer gets Diabolina in a knee bar. Third Fall: Meyer submits Sombra Diabolina with a knee bar.
Winners: Sonic, Meyer, and Astro
Mellinum, Arkalis, and Tigre Rojo Jr vs Espanto Jr, Fuerza Chicana, and Police Man
Police Man and Mellinum start out the match with grappling and submission trading. Tigre Rojo and Espanto come in next and they start to fight for position. Rojo using his speed, Espanto using his size. Espanto sits on his knees frustrated that Rojo won the grappling exchange. Fuerza Chicana and Arkalis are in next. Arkalis does a victory roll, into a basement drop kick. Arkalis does a double splash to Espanto and Chicana. Rojo gets Police Man in an abdominal stretch and Arkalis pins Chicana with a sunset flip. First Fall: Arkalis pins Fuerza Chicana with a sunset flip.
Rojo and Police Man start the round and Rojo uses his quickness, getting him in a back breaker. He feigns a dive and hits a pose. Espanto and Mellinum go at it but Mellinum uses his quickness to his advantage getting Espanto out with an arm drag. His two teammates knock everyone off the apron and get Mellinum in the corner. Espanto kicks him in the groin. Ref doesn’t see it apparently. Espanto pulls on Arkalis’ mask. Police Man splash pins Arkalis for the pin. Chicana hits a back drop on Mellinum the goes for a pinning combination for the fall. Second Fall: Fuerza Chicana hits a back drop then pinning combination on Mellinum for the fall.
Rojo gets teamed on to start the round. When he’s taken care of they move the attack to Mellinum. A come back gets made as Arkalis hits a hurricanrana then a back breaker. Rojo and Mellinum hit arm drags to the outside, then Rojo and Arkalis go for dives but gets their feet pulled to the outside. Espanto and Mellinum are in the ring. Mellinum hits a hurricanrana for a pin but no three. He goes to the top for a move but Espanto gets the feet up. He hits a back stabber for the win on Mellinum. Third Fall: Espanto Jr pins Mellinum with a back stabber.
Winners: Espanto Jr, Fuerza Chicana, and Police Man
Titan, Triton, and Stigma vs Kawato San, Okumura, and Tiger
Triton and Okumura start the match out and they lock up and quickly go to the ground. They grapple briefly and Kawato and Titan come in next. Kawato whips Titan to the corner but Stigma replaces him and kicks him. Now everybody is trading big moves. Okumura hits a cross roads on Stigma then Titan comes in and takes care of Kawato. Tiger hits a Canadian destroyer on Triton for the pin. Kawato hits an handspring elbow on Titan followed by Okumura with a clothesline. They do a hangman’s neck breaker for the fall. First Fall: Kawato pins Titan after him and Okumura hit a hangman’s neck breaker.
Tiger is beating on Stuka on the ramp while Okumura and Kawato team on Titan. Stuka is getting teamed on now and he makes the tag to Triton but the ref acts like he doesn’t see it. This ref is either awful or a heel. Triton is standing back on the ramp in protest or disgust. Titan makes a come back hitting some super kicks. Stigma drop kicks Kawato’s inner thigh while he’s tied up on the rope. Triton tries but gets pulled out. ThenTitan and Stigma hit middle rope dives on Kawato and Tiger. In the ring Triton gets Okumura down for a 450 splash and the fall. Second Fall: Triton pins Okumura with a 450 splash.
Stigma and Okumura start out the round and Stigma gets him out and Tiger comes in. Triton answers the call for Tiger. Triton hits an arm drag to the outside then feigns a dive and hits a pose. Titan and Kawato are in next and they trade strikes in the middle of the ring. Titan runs wild, taking out Kawato eventually, and then kicking Tiger off the apron. Okumura catches him with a cutter off the top. Stigma breaks up the pin. Kawato catches him with a splash off the top. He hits him with a 1 percenter but Triton breaks up the pin. He hits a power bomb into a pin but Tiger breaks it up. Triton goes for a handspring attack but is caught in a back stabber. Titan breaks up the pin. He gets him in a pinning combination with a neck bridge but Okumura breaks that up. Sheesh. Triton hits an asai moonsault on Okumura and in the ring Titan gets Tiger in an elaborate neck stretch submission. Stigma hits Kawato with a falcon arrow for the win. Third Fall: Stigma pins Kawato San with a falcon arrow.
Winners: Titan, Triton, and Stigma
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: Power Struggle 2018 Part 2!
NJPW Power Struggle continues as Tetsuya Naito once again battles Zack Sabre Jr! Will Tranquilo #JustTapOut? Or will ZSJ lost to The Ungovernable Charisma?
This coverage of Power Struggle will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- Super Junior Tag League Finals Triple Threat: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Roppongi 3K VS Bushi & Shingo Takagi; RPG3K wins the 2018 Super Junior Tag League.
- Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr; Naito wins.
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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene!
Los Ingobernables de Japon continues to war with Suzuki-Gun! The leader of LIJ, Tetsuya Naito, has lost to the Submission Master, Zack Sabre Jr, twice this year in both the New Japan Cup and the G1 Climax! ZSJ angered Naito when he picked the bones of Evil after a vicious attack from Chris Jericho. Naito looks to get back at ZSJ for both Evil and those defeats, but ZSJ talks of retiring Naito himself. Who will win in this third time around in 2018?
Meanwhile, the Super Junior Tag League Tournament bring together familiar foes as the factions of LIJ, Suzuki-Gun and Chaos battle again! The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions are still Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru, and they look to show true dominance over the division. However, Roppongi 3K’s Sho & Yoh look to repeat as tournament winners while Bushi has LIJ’s newest member, Shingo Takagi, by his side. Who comes out of this finals match primed to rule over the Junior Heavyweight Tag Division?
Super Junior Tag League Finals Triple Threat: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Roppongi 3K VS Bushi & Shingo Takagi!
The round robin format of this tournament makes it so that the teams with the best records qualify for this tournament climax, and this year it ended up being three! All three teams have a 10-0 record going in, impressive to say the least. And naturally, the winners of this tournament, if they’re not the champions, get a shot to face the champions for the belts in the future. Will Sho & Yoh become back-to-back tournament champs? Will the tag champs come out as supreme rulers of Junior Heavyweight Tag wrestling? Or will this new combination of ungovernable stars be the key to victory?
Suzuki-Gun’s duo bring their belts, and a bottle of whiskey for Kanemaru. Kanemaru tags a swig then spits it to the sky, before attacking Bushi! Desperado goes after Shingo, but Sho & Yoh go after them! The match starts with the bell and Suzuki-Gun throws Yoh out of the ring. Kanemaru keeps on Sho with an eye rake, and Desperado adds a kick. Suzuki-Gun mug Sho then double whip, but he hits back! Desperado kicks Sho and chops him. Desperado runs, Sho ducks and Yoh comes back! They drop toehold and dropkick Desperado, then double dropkick Kanemaru. LIJ returns but they get dropkick’d out. Yoh goes back to Desperado while fans rally up. Sho keeps on Desperado with a big scoop slam. Sho drags Desperado up but Desperado rakes eyes.
This kind of Triple Threat Tag, anyone can tag anyone so long as it doesn’t create a match-up of the same team. Therefore, Bushi is allowed to tag in from Desperado. He goes after Sho, then drags him up for a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps his cool as he tags in Shingo. Shingo hits Yoh for good measure before bringing Sho up. Sho chops, but Shingo chops back. Sho leans against ropes, but Shingo double chops him down! Shingo drags Sho up and whips, follows after and rams his knee into Sho. Then he suplexes Sho up and over, floats to cover, TWO! Tag to Bushi and LIJ double whip. They double hip toss and combine back senton and leg drop. Bushi covers, TWO! Bushi uses his shirt to choke Sho, but lets up at 4.
Fans cheer while Bushi clubs Sho. Bushi runs but Sho hits him with the kitchen sink knee! Hot tag to Yoh! Yoh rallies on LIJ, ducks the enziguri and dragon screws Shingo. Yoh gives Bushi a backbreaker to necbreaker and kips up! Fans rally up as Yoh back elbows Bushi in a corner. Yoh suplexes but Bushi slips out. Bushi fires off forearms, then runs, but Desperado trips him up. Kanemaru tags in off Bushi and goes after Yoh. Desperado drags Bushi down to beat him up while Kanemaru hits Shingo. Bushi and Shingo go into barriers while Kanemaru whips Yoh. Kanemaru gives Yoh a kitchen sink, then tosses Yoh out. Desperado uses the backing of a chair to SMACK Yoh in the head. Then he whips Yoh into barriers! Desperado feeds Yoh to Kanemaru for a scoop slam.
Kanemaru grinds his foot on Yoh’s face, then tags Desperado. Desperado kicks Yoh down, and taunts Sho to return. Desperado chops Yoh back, but Yoh chops back. Yoh keeps firing strikes but Desperado shrugs it off. They go back and forth, but Desperado rakes eyes. Desperado runs but Shingo gets him to stop. Desperado hits Shingo, but turns around into Yoh’s calf kick! Hot tag to Kanemaru and he stops Sho from tagging in. Suzuki-Gun work together to start a corner train, and then Desperado cradles Yoh for Kanemaru to shotgun dropkick-start the slam! Cover, but LIJ breaks it. LIJ goes after everyone else, and double whip Kanemaru. Kanemaru holds ropes and dumps Shingo out. He puts Bushi on the apron and Desperado knocks him off. Kanemaru helps Desperado build speed to DIVE on LIJ! Desperado ends up safely on the announce desk!
Fans fire up, even if it’s for Suzuki-Gun. Desperado returns as Kanemaru brings Yoh up. Suplex to inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru grows frustrated, but he keeps on Yoh. Yoh hits back and they brawl with forearms and European Uppercuts. Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls for a DDT! He drags Yoh up again, but Yoh gets him back with a Falcon Arrow! Yoh is too sore to make the cover, and we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as fans rally up. Yoh and Kanemaru stir but Desperado attacks Sho! Desperado comes in but Bushi hits him first. Bushi grabs Yoh and throws him to the LIJ corner. Shingo tags in off Yoh, and then goes after Kanemaru’s inner thigh. Desperado saves Kanemaru by whipping Shingo but Shingo reverses. Shingo then starts up a clothesline train, first hitting Desperado then going corner to corner to hit Kanemaru. Desperado staggers into a shoulder from Shingo! Fans fire up as Shingo grabs Kanemaru. Sho comes in but gets caught, DDT and complete shot! Shingo goes back to Kanemaru for another suplex, but Kanemaru slips out. Kanemaru has a waistlock but Shingo fights out. Shingo whips and pop-up Death Valley Driver on Kanemaru! Cover, TWO!! Kanemaru barely survives but Shingo is not bothered.
Muscle Dragon Shingo stalks Kanemaru, but misses in the corner. Kanemaru misses, too, and Bushi hits a knee! Bushi feeds Kanemaru to the spinebuster, adding a backstabber! Cover, but RPG3K break it! RPG3K is thrown out and LIJ coordinates. Shingo lifts Kanemaru in a wheelbarrow, but Desperado intercepts Bushi! Kanemaru victory rolls, TWO! Bushi fights Desperado off to slingshot headscissor Desperado! Shingo runs but to a basement dropkick! Kanemaru staggers into a tag from Sho! Sho then rocks Kanemaru with a right, and throws Kanemaru out. Sho runs at Shingo for a big corner clothesilne. He whips but Shingo reverses, and they collide with clotheslines. Neither man falls so they try again. Shingo runs but into a dropkick!
Sho fires up, as do the fans. He deadlifts Shingo but Shingo fights back. Sho runs, but Shingo rocks him with an elbow and an uppercut! Shingo lifts Sho in the chicken wing, but Sho slips out. Shingo runs, but into RPG3K double knees! Yoh takes out Bushi while Sho brings Shinogo back up. Backstabber feeds into the shotgun dropkick! RPG3K fire up and stalk Shingo. Shingo stands but Bushi stops Yoh with a backstabber of his own. Sho gets Bushi in a deadlift German Suplex! Desperado spears Sho, but can’t spear Shingo! Shingo and Desperado brawl, but Desperado rakes the eyes. Shingo still waistlocks Desperado, Desperado kicks Sho but Shingo shoves Desperado into Sho. Sho and Desperado turn around into Shingo’s clotheslines!
Shingo lifts Sho in the chicken wing, for the Gory Bomb! Shingo gets up and builds speed, to clothesline from hell! Cover, TWO!? Sho lives and Shingo can’t believe it! Shingo roars as he drags Sho back up. He lifts Sho with a wristclutch, but Yoh SUPERKICKS! RPG3K hit 3K!! Cover, but the ref is yanked out! Kanemaru gets in and kicks away on Yoh! He stomps away on Sho, then drags Sho up. Desperado is in with a belt, and he clobbers Sho! Desperado drags Shingo over to a corner and uses him to tag in. Then he goes back to Sho while Kanemaru takes out Bushi. Desperado lifts Sho in the torture rack, for the slam! Cover, TWO!? Sho lives again! Desperado is furious and vows to end this.
Desperado brings Sho up in the double underhook, but Bushi jumps over the ref to use the GREEN MIST! You SUPERKICKS Bushi! Kanemaru goes after Yoh, but Yoh ducks the Whiskey Mist to dropkick Kanemaru out! Yoh builds speed and FLIES onto Bushi and Kanemaru! Sho is up, and clobbers Desperado! Sho drags Desperado up again, powerbomb lift, double knees! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives but fans are thunderous. Sho fires up and wants another, but he tucks the arms this time. Package driver, the Shock Arrow! Cover, RPG3K win!!
Winners: Roppongi 3K, Sho pinning
Sho & Yoh win their second Super Junior Tag League! And best of all, it was on the tag team champions! Can Sho & Yoh use this momentum to get the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag titles back?
Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr!
Los Ingobernables de Japon and Suzuki-Gun are not through with each other, and these two are far from through with each other on top of it. Will Naito make ZSJ Tranquilo? Or will ZJS make Naito #JustTapOut?
As always, Taka Michinoku takes up the mic before the match. He welcomes everyone to “Zack Sabre Time.” This is a special singles match between ZSJ and Naito. “Who is gonna win this one?!” ZSJ is the man who can finish you with any lock anytime, anywhere, who has the deadly Zack Driver, and when he locks on, you #JustTapOut! This wrestling master is Zack Sabreeeeee Junior~! So Naito, you will repeat the New Japan Cup and G1 Climax. You can’t beat Zack, so “come on over here!” Naito makes his entrance, and takes his time as always with undressing. ZSJ doesn’t let the mind games get to him, but we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns with the bell. Fans cheer for Naito as he circles with ZSJ. Naito and ZSJ tie up and ZSJ gets the headlock. ZSJ throws Naito but Naito shrugs it off. He and ZSJ circle again and feel it out. ZSJ gets a wristlock but Naito reverses quick, so ZSJ breaks and slips away. They circle again and tie up. ZSJ gets the arm again and wrenches for a hammerlock. Naito rolls and goes for a leg but ZSJ gets his legs into a deathlock. Naito manages to pop free and get a headlock, but ZSJ headscissors. ZSJ squeezes tight as Naito tries to escape. Naito moves around but ZSJ goes for an arm. Naito frees himself from the headscissors to go for an armbar. ZSJ moves around and gets a leg again, Bow ‘n’ Arrow! But Naito pops out to a cover, ONE, Tranquilo!
Naito rolls out to catch his breath but ZSJ stays in the ring. Naito takes his time returning, and circles with ZSJ again. They approach and tie up, and ZSJ brings Naito’s hands down to stand on one and wrench the other. ZSJ shifts to a headlock, then throws to the takeover. Naito endures and rolls ZSJ to a cover, ONE. Naito sits up and gets up, and powers out of the headlock. He arm-drags ZSJ around, then runs him over with an elbow to hit the basement dropkick! Naito poses but ZSJ runs in with a leaping triangle hold takedown! Naito gets a ropebreak but ZSJ lets go at 4. ZSJ takes a moment to catch his breath now while Naito bails out again. Naito comes back but ZSJ presses a knee down on him.
ZSJ loops Naito’s arm through the ropes and then a leg and uses them to pull in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow. ZSJ backs off at 4, so he can mock the LIJ posing. Naito sits up but ZSJ is on with the double wristlock, then top wristlock to stomp! Naito writhes but ZSJ circles him like a shark. ZSJ brings Naito up for a EuroUpper, but Naito chops back. ZSJ gives another EuroUpper, but Naito gives back a CHOP. That stuns ZSJ, but ZSJ still kicks and whips Naito. Naito reverses, then run sin. ZSJ puts him on the apron to sweep the legs! ZSJ goes after Naito on the ramp and uses a calf killer! Then he shifts to a modified half crab! ZSJ tortures the legs, then rams the knees on the ramp. ZSJ leaves Naito behind as the 20-count starts.
Naito slowly gets up but the count is at 16! He hurries and gets in at 19! ZSJ is on Naito again with another trapped leg toehold to a half crab! Then a heel hook, then a deep crab! ZSJ just keeps combining holds, such as a trapped arm and another deep crap. But Naito gets the ropes and is freed. Fans rally up as Naito gets to a corner. ZSJ stomps the legs, but Naito hits back. ZSJ kicks the legs but Naito hits back. They continue to go back and forth, a kick for a forearm and back again. Naito goes down after another kick to the leg, but he crawls to a corner. ZSJ runs in but into boots. Naito gives an atomic drop and running headscissors!
Both men are down as Naito tries to get feeling in his legs. Michinoku coaches ZSJ up but Naito stands first. Naito hits ZSJ with punches and kicks, then gets the dragon sleeper to backbreaker, and adds a basement dropkick! ZSJ gets to a corner, but Naito hits the jump kick and leg sweep. Naito slingshots but into the cravat! Naito arm-drags out, but ZSJ runs back in. ZSJ is put in a corner, but he boots Naito. Naito spits then spins ZSJ sideways for the draping neckbreaker! Naito then scoops ZSJ into the reverse DDT! Cover, TWO! Naito has things back in his favor as we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and Naito gives ZSJ elbows in the corner. Naito drives elbows into ZSJ even as ZSJ sits down. Then Naito hoists ZSJ up top and climbs up to join him. Naito drives in more elbows and then stands up for a SUPER STEINER! But ZSJ makes it a cradle into a leg lock, into an STF! ZSJ keeps shifting to modify the crossface, then keeps pushing with his weight. Naito pushes back and gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets Naito go, and both men are down from exhaustion. Fans rally up, and ZSJ slowly stands. ZSJ grabs Naito’s leg for a spinning toehold. Naito clutches that bad leg, but ZSJ does the spinning tweak to his arm! ZSJ stalks Naito as he stands, and gives him a EuroUpper. Naito hits back with a forearm, but ZSJ gives another EuroUpper. Naito CHOPS ZSJ and sits him down.
ZSJ gets up to kick Naito in the leg again. Naito CHOPS, but ZSJ stays standing this time. ZSJ eggs Naito on so Naito fires off forearms until ZSJ sits down. Naito goes side to side for the basement dropkick! He brings ZSJ up but ZSJ gets a full nelson! Naito arm-drags ZSJ away but ZSJ comes back with another EuroUpper. ZSJ tries again but Naito back slides and back elbows to the tornado DDT! Naito keeps going, hammerlock and lift, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ lives but Naito keeps his cool. Naito brings ZSJ up again, wrenches the arm but ZSJ kicks it! Naito kicks back and then whips. ZSJ reveres and catches the lariat into an Octopus! Naito endures as he steps towards ropes. ZSJ shifts to go after the arm, then cradles to a Calf Killer!
Naito endures leg pain, but he rolls. ZSJ keeps him trapped for a calf slicer, but Naito fights with his free leg. But ZSJ grabs it to make it part stretch muffler! Naito gets free and gets another ropebreak! ZSJ lets Naito go but he grows frustrated. Fans rally for Naito again, but ZSJ gets up first. ZSJ EuroUppers Naito again and again and again, then even more in the corner. He throws Naito out to Penalty Kick him! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives, but barely. Michinoku keeps ZSJ focused as he gets up again. ZSJ lifts Naito but Naito slips out to waistlock. ZSJ elbows out and wants the Octopus, but Naito breaks free. Naito runs into an uppercut but enziguris, only for ZSJ to make it an ankle lock! ZSJ then reels Naito in but Naito standing switches, for a German Suplex!
Naito runs, DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ barely survives, but Naito keeps on him. Naito wrenches the arm but ZSJ drops down, only for Naito to sit on it! TWO and ZSJ drags Naito into the European Clutch! TWO but barely! ZSJ and Naito go to opposite ends as they stand up. ZSJ kicks but Naito catches it to enziguri back. Naito wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, but into ZSJ’s scoop! But Naito slips out to scoop ZSJ, brainbuster! Fans are thunderous as Naito wrenches and whirls, DESTINO! Cover, Naito wins!!
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall
The Ungovernable finally wins against the Submission Master! Naito did not tap out and he didn’t fall to the Zack Driver, but can Naito use this to launch himself back towards a title?
Taka Michinoku explains that Zack only just arrived yesterday. This loss was because of jet lag! He was battling jet lag and an opponent at the same time. But ZSJ dares Naito to come to England and see if this still happens. ZSJ will even fight him in a pub if he wants.
As for Naito, he finally got his revenge. To be precise, Naito won in last year’s G1, but yes he did lose in the 2018 New Japan Cup and G1. Therefore, Naito is 2-2 against ZSJ all-time. Naito appreciates ZSj, because this match had no upside for him and yet he took it. He has Naito’s thanks, “Gracias, amigo.” When and where will there be a tiebreaker for their overall series?
Another great hour version of this event. While there wasn’t a lot of Super Junior Tag League coverage on AXS, this triple threat finals was great to see. It was all an impressive match and I was really impressed to see that RPG3K got to repeat. I really hope this means Sho & Yoh get those titles off of Desperado & Kanemaru, that would be great for them. The evolution of these two from being the Tempura Boyz to the gold ‘n’ silver duo has been great to see, and while they’ve already had the titles, getting the titles again would just add to their great growth. Naito VS ZSJ 4 was also great, just as good as their previous matches. I’m glad to see Naito won this time, it works for his story of coming back around strong towards the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
My Score: 8.7/10