Joe Dinan brings you all the excitement of CMLL in his latest Results & Review!
Arena Puebla Monday
Centella Roja and Meyer vs Espiritu Maligno and Police Man
Roja and Police Man start out and they start to grapple and exchange holds. Maligno and Meyer come in next and they trade holds as well. Meyer disposes of Maligno to the outside and Roja catches Police Man in a stretch submission and Meyer hits a face buster on Maligno for the pin. First Fall: Meyer pins Maligno with a face buster.
We start the round with Meyer hitting a hurricanrana on Maligno then avoiding a double team attack, then taking Police Man out with a hurricanrana and then a back breaker on Maligno. He poses. Maligno attacks Roja on the outside to briefly take him out so they can team on Meyer. Police Man gets Roja when he gets back in the ring and hits a death valley driver then a senton for the pin. Maligno gets Meyer in a neck crank for the submission. Second Fall: Espiritu Maligno submits Meyer with a neck crank.
Meyer gets teamed on to start this final round. The attack moves to Centella Roja. Meyer and Roja try to do a double team attack but end up hitting each other. Police Man gets Meyer in a pinning combination for the pin and Maligno submits Roja with a stretch. Third Fall: Espiritu Maligno submits Roja with a stretch submission.
Winners: Espiritu Maligno and Police Man
Halcon Suriano Jr and Tigre Rojo Jr vs El Malayo and Toro Bill Jr
Halcon Suriano has so much body grease on and I’m not sure why. He’s not big or muscular. Malayo and Rojo start the match off and they trade holds and submissions on the ground. Halcon and Toro come in and Bill tries to use his size to his advantage but Halcon uses his quickness to counter. Rojo and Halcon team up and get the advantage on the other two. Rojo hits a moonsault on Malayo and Halcon hits a 450 on Bill for the fall. First Fall: Halcon Suriano pins Toro Bill with a 450.
Suriano hits a hurricanrana on Bill then tosses him to the outside then poses. Malayo and Bill team on Rojo. Bill hits a back drop on Halcon to take him out briefly. They continue to work on Rojo and Halcon, until Bill hits a swinging slam into a leg lock on Halcon. Malayo gets Rojo in a neck crank for the fall. Second Fall: El Malayo submits Tigre Rojo with a neck crank.
Bill hits knees to the corner on Rojo to start the round. Malayo takes out Halcon with a basement drop kick. Rojo ducks a double team attack and launches Halcon into Bill for a hurricanrana. Rojo then catches Malayo in a leg lock and Halcon gets Bill in a surfboard stretch for the win. Third Fall: Halcon Suriano submits Toro Bill Jr with a surfboard stretch.
Winners: Halcon Suriano Jr and Tigre Rojo Jr
Marcela and Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola and La Comandante
Marcela starts with Comandante and they tie up a few times with Comandante using her strength to her advantage. They do some grappling on the ground but not much. Comandante throws her by her hair a few times. Sugehit comes in with Amapola and hits multiple arm drags. They start to grapple but when they get up Sugehit gets the advantage on Amapola. Comandante again gets in with Marcela and she tries to use her size again but to no avail. Marcela hits a middle rope knees to the gut on Comandante for the pin. Sugehit submits Amapola with a head shake submission. First Fall: Sugehit submits Amapola with a head shake submission.
Sugehit and Comandante stare each other down and bump chests. Comandante then runs over Sugehit a few times. Sugehit finally drags Comandante to the outside by her hair then poses. Amapola gets Marcela into her corner and they start to double team her. Comandante hits a…stink face on Sugehit for the pin. Amapola hits a face buster on Marcela for the fall. Second Fall: Amapola pins Marcela with a face buster.
Amapola and Comandante team up on Sugehit to start this round. Marcela tries to take them on but she ends up being teamed on as well. Sugehit pushes Amapola into Comandante then Marcela hits a cross body on them. Sugehit and Marcela then hit drop kicks on both of them. Sugehit hits a tornado DDT on Amapola then Marcela hits a michinoku driver on Amapola for the pin. They both hit sentons on Comandante then Sugehit hits 3 more for the pin. Third Fall: Princesa Sugehit pins Comandante after 5 senton splashes.
Winners: Marcela and Princesa Sugehit
Stuka Jr, Guerrero Maya, and Stigma vs Shocker, Rey Bucanero, and Tyson La Bestia
Shocker starts the match with Stuka but quickly Bucanero and Stigma come in. They’re not in for long and Maya and Bestia come in. They exchange strikes but Maya gets the better of him. Shocker comes in and hits a clothesline on Maya. Bucanero and Shocker team up on Maya. Tyson hits a spear on Stigma then Shocker pins him with an elbow drop. Tyson hits a top rope splash on Maya for the fall. First Fall: Tyson La Bestia pins Guerrero Maya with a top rope splash.
There’s some brawling to start this match. Bucanero is going for Stigma’s mask. They continue to team up on everyone one by one starting with Stigma then going to Stuka. Maya makes a come back hitting back breakers on the opposition. Stuka catches Shocker in a victory roll for the pin. Second Fall: Stuka pins Shocker with a victory roll.
Stuka and Bucanero brawl on the outside to start this round off. Maya and Shocker brawl in the crowd area. When everyone’s back in the ring the rudos gain the advantage and team up on Maya. Maya hits a hurricanrana arm drag combo to make a come back. Stigma dodges a double team attack from Tyson that hits Bucanero. Bucanero and Shocker hit each other by accident and feign like they’re gonna fight but then they hug. The rudos find themselves on the outside and Stuka, Maya, and Stigma all hit middle rope dives. They get back in the ring and fight for a little then Bucanero gets Stuka in a school boy for the pin and Tyson hits a tiger bomb on Stigma for the win. Third Fall: Tyson La Bestia pins Stigma with a tiger bomb.
Winners: Shocker, Rey Bucanero, and Tyson La Bestia
(Match Relampago) Niebla Roja vs Luciferno
They lock up and start grappling on the ground to start. They break and Roja drop kicks Luciferno outside of the ring and then he chases him but gets struck. Luciferno puts Roja on the top rope and goes for his mask. Luciferno continues to work him over. Roja finally hits a drop kick to make a come back making Luciferno fall to the outside. Roja then hits a middle rope dive to change the tide. Back in the ring Roja hits a hurricanrana for a close two count. Luciferno pins Roja but has his foot on the ropes so the count gets stopped. Roja hits a drop kick then a knee strikes and removes his shirt to the women’s delight. Luciferno hits a top rope suplex for a close two count. Roja gets Luciferno in a boston crab stretch but he gets out. Finally Luciferno hits a styles clash on Roja for the win. Luciferno pins Roja with the Styles Clash.
Rush, Villano IV, and Vangellys vs Kraneo, Euforia, and El Valiente
They promote the Champion of the Universe tournament taking place on the 1st, 8th, and 15th. I assume some new japan guys will be featured. Rush is the last one out and Euforia runs up the ramp to meet him but gets laid out. Kraneo runs into Vangellys and Villano IV knocking them down. Rush and Vangellys get up and hit Euforia with a double drop kick. Villano hits an elbow drop for the three count. First Fall: Villano IV pins Euforia with an elbow drop.
Rush is messing with the midget Mije now. Rush and pals start to gang up on Euforia in the ring now after taking out Valiente and Kraneo. Rush brings Euforia out on the ramp way and beats on him. Valiente gets teamed on and Kraneo tries to help but with no success as he gets beat up in the corner. Rush runs at Kraneo but Kraneo dodges and hits Villano. Kraneo hits a running hip attack on Vangellys in the corner for the pin. Valiente gets Villano in a stretch submission for the second fall. Second Fall: Valiente submits Villano IV with a stretch submission.
Rush and Euforia brawl in the stands in between rounds. There’s some posturing to start the round and then Valiente and Villano strike each other. Valiente then arm drags him to the outside. Valiente hits a hurricanrana on Vangellys. Kraneo hits a leg drop on Villano. Vangellys tries a sunset flip on Kraneo but Kraneo sits on it. Euforia meets Rush in the center of the ring Euforia kicks Rush out of the ring and then gets intercepted by Villano and Vangellys. Kraneo counters by splashing them at the same time. Kraneo goes for another splash but Rush drop kicks him. Vangellys hits a fisherman’s suplex on Valiente and Villano hits a top rope senton on Kraneo for the win. Third Round: Villano IV pins Kraneo with a top rope senton.
Winners: Rush, Villano IV, and Vangellys
Arena Mexico Tuesday
Aereo and Acero vs Pequeno Olimpico and Pequeno Violencia
Olimpico starts out with Aereo and they do some grappling. They engage a few times until Violencia and Acero come in. They do some acrobatic grappling exchanges. Aereo comes in and goes for an attack but Violencia stops it. Violencia hits a slam on Aereo then submits him with a standing cloverleaf. Olimpico gets Acero in a single leg crab for the fall. First Fall: Olimpico submits Acero with a single leg crab.
Violencia beats on Aereo to start the round off. They take out Acero whenever he tries to get involved. Aereo and Acero hit a come back but botch a move. Regardless, Aereo hits a splash off the top on Violencia for the fall. Second Fall: Aereo pins Violencia with a top rope splash.
Aereo gets Violencia out of the ring quickly then feigns a dive and hits a pose. Acero hits a hurricanrana on Olimpico but he botches it. He moves on with his pose afterwards like it’s okay. Acero gets Violencia in a submission but Olimpico breaks it up. Acero holds Olimpico up and Aereo hits a top rope drop kick for the pin. Aereo slams Violencia and Acero hits a lionsault for the win. Third Fall: Acero pins Violencia with a lionsault.
Winners: Aereo and Acero
Magnus, Retro, and Arkalis vs Raziel, Cancerbero, and Espiritu Negro
There’s some posturing to start in this match but Retro and Raziel start and lock up. They start to grapple and fight for position. Raziel and Magnus are in next and they start to grapple as well. Cancerbero gets Magnus out of there and Arkalis comes in and does a hurricanrana that gets reversed into a pinning combination. Arkalis hits a head scissors on Cancerbero to the outside. Cancerbero hits an elbow drop on Retro, then slams Raziel on him then submits Retro with a stretch. Negro hits a spring board swanton on Magnus for the fall. First Fall: Espiritu Negro pins Magnus with a springboard swanton bomb.
They all brawl to start this round out. Raziel starts to work over Retro in the ring. When he gets taken out Magnus comes in and gets teamed up on. Arkalis comes in and runs up Magnus’ back and hits a hurricanrana on Raziel. Magnus back breakers Cancerbero. Arkalis then hits a blue thunderbomb on Negro for the pin. Retro then gets Cancerbero in an arm stretch for the fall. Second Fall: Retro submits Cancerbero with an arm stretch.
Magnus back breakers Raziel to start this round off. He hits two monkey flips on him as well. Retro gets in with Cancerbero and gets the advantage on him. Arkalis gets Negro in a victory roll but the pin gets broken up. All three hit drop kicks on Arkalis but the pins broken up. A double suplex is hit on Negro then Arkalis hits a splash but the pin is broken up. Magnus hits a back stabber on Raziel for the pin. Third Fall: Magnus pins Raziel with a back stabber.
Winners: Magnus, Retro, and Arkalis
Robin, Star Jr, and Super Astro Jr vs Virus, Kawato San, and Disturbio
Super Astro and Disturbio start out in this match and they do some grappling to start. Astro gets Disturbio to the outside then feigns a dive. In comes Star Jr and Virus. Virus tries to work him over but Star is too quick for him. Robin comes in with Disturbio and really uses his acrobatic ability to out match him. Super Astro hits a diving head butt on Virus, then Star hits a frog splash followed by a victory roll by Robin for the pin. First Fall: Robin pins Virus after a flurry of moves and a victory roll.
Star starts with Kawato and Star gets the advantage on him hitting a drop kick and arm drag to the outside followed by a pose. Super Astro hits a rolling head butt on Disturbio and then feigns a dive. The tide changes and the Rudos take out the technicos are start to team up on them. Robin gets taken out then they move their attack to Star Jr. Distrubio hit knees to the corner on Super Astro and then hits an elbow drop on him for the pin. Kawato hits a double foot stomp off the top on Robin for the pin. Second Fall: Kawato pins Robin with a double foot stomp.
This round starts with Star Jr being teamed up on. They move their attack to Robin but he pulls Kawato by the hair to drop him then hits a hurricanrana on Disturbio. Star then launches Super Astro for a dive on Disturbio. Kawato drop kicks Robin to the outside and hits an over the top rope dive himself. In the ring Virus hits a sidewalk slam on Star Jr and then gets an indian death lock for the win. Third Fall: Virus submits Star Jr with an indian death lock.
Winners: Virus, Kawato San, and Disturbio
Drone, Pegasso, and Guerrero Maya vs Dragon Rojo Jr, Polvora, and Hechicero
Hechicero had a really cool entrance. Rojo and Maya start out in the ring and start fighting for position. Drone comes in next with Hechicero and Hechicero immediately starts to do his pose. Drone just stares at him like a geek. They engage a few times and grapple but then they start to trade offense back and forth. Pegasso gets in with Polvora and Pegasso gets a school boy and the ref counts 1 2 and gets up. Looked confused then counted 3. I wonder if Pegasso intentionally held him down. Rojo then submitted Pegasso with a neck crank. Drone drop kicks Rojo to the outside then slides under the ref to the outside for a sliding splash. Hechicero hit a back breaker on Maya for the fall. They made that complicated. First Fall: Hechicero pins Maya with a back breaker.
Rojo works over Pegasso to start the round. Pegasso and Drone get taken out on the outside leaving Hechicero to work over Maya. Hechicero unties Maya’s mask till it’s almost off and stops. Polvora performs a drop kick to the inner thigh on Drone. Maya makes a come back hitting back breakers on everyone. They all go for the pin but they kick out. Drone and Maya hit a double team flapjack on Polvora and Pegasso goes for the pin but Rojo breaks it up. Hechicero throws him in the air and Rojo kicks him. Pegasso gets Rojo in the corner and Drone hits knees in the corner. Then Maya hits a top rope splash on him but Hechicero breaks up the pin. Pegasso avoids a double team attack then Maya launches him into Hechicero for a hurricanrana. Pegasso and Maya then hit middle rope dives. Drone hits a springboard moonsault on Polvora for a two count. Polvora then hits a face buster off the top for the win on Drone. Second Fall: Polvora pins Drone with a face buster off of the top.
Winners: Dragon Rojo Jr, Polvora, and Hechicero
Shocker, Euforia, and Rey Bucanero vs Kraneo, Volcano, and Rey Cometa
Volcano and Bucanero start the match out with some grappling. Bucanero tries to body slam Volcano but can’t. Euforia is in next with Cometa and this is interesting cause Euforia has been working baby face the last two weeks and now he’s on the heel team again. Maybe it was just for the Fantastica Mania tour cause they lacked stars. But alas they do some grappling of their own. Kraneo comes in with Shocker after Kraneo slaps his chest a few times then body slams him. Bucanero comes in and gets hit with a standing splash. Bucanero and Shocker clothesline Kraneo and then Cometa flies in and hits a sunset flip pinning combination on Euforia for the fall. First Fall: Rey Cometa pins Euforia with a pinning combination.
Volcano gets doubled by Euforia and Rey to start but he’s able to fight off the double team hitting a drop kick on both of them at once to the outside. Shocker comes in and Volcano continues his momentum hitting a few arm drags. Cometa tricks Euforia to the outside and then jumps off the apron hitting a hurricanrana. Bucanero starts to beat up on Mije the midget who accompanies Kraneo. Rey spanks him. Rey body slams Kraneo and then pins him. Second Fall: Rey Bucanero body slams Kraneo for the pin.
Shocker beats on Cometa on the outside. In the ring Rey and Euforia beat on Kraneo. Cometa comes back in the ring and hits a hurricanrana on Euforia to change the momentum. Volcano comes back in and hits a big splash on Bucanero. Shocker breaks up the pin and then Euforia hits a power bomb on Cometa then Shocker and Rey slam Volcano on Cometa. Euforia pins Cometa for the win. Third Fall: Volcano gets slammed on Cometa and Euforia goes for the pin.
Winners: Shocker, Euforia, and Rey Bucanero
Niebla Roja vs Mephisto
Well yesterday Roja lost to Luciferno in a lightning round match so naturally tonight he faces Mephisto in a full length singles match. Mephisto works him over to start the match. After beating on him for a few minutes Mephisto hits a face buster for the first fall. First Fall: Mephisto pins Roja with a face buster.
Gotta get those first two falls away fast. A formula in these big singles matches. Mephisto throws Roja into the crowd in between rounds and then postures in the ring. Mephisto is still working on Roja when they get back into the ring. Mephisto rips his shirt off. Finally Roja moves out of the way of an attack and hits an axe handle and gets Mephisto in a boston crab stretch for the fall. Second Fall: Roja submits Mephisto with a boston crab stretch.
Mephisto postures on the outside of the ring to start the round. They both pose to the crowd when they get into the ring. Roja hits a hurricanrana to the outside, then follows him and goes to whip Mephisto into the barricade but gets reversed. Roja jumps on the barricade then hits a hurricanrana on the floor to Mephisto. Back in the ring Roja hits a hurricanrana pinning combo for a two count. Roja hits a victory roll for another two count. He does another pinning combo for a two count. Roja tries a head scissors but Mephisto drops him on his face for a two count. Mephisto hits another face buster but this time Roja kicks out. Mephisto places Roja on the top rope and hits a muscle buster for a two count. Roja fires up for a come back and drop kicks Mephisto off the apron, then he hits an over the top flip dive. Back in the ring Roja goes for a springboard attack but Mephisto hits a drop kick for a two count. Mephisto throws Roja in the air and kicks him in the gut. Close to the groin. Roja gets up and hits a sunset flip power bomb for a two count. Mephisto does a school boy for a close two count. Roja gets Mephisto on the ropes and attempts a hurricanrana but Mephisto blocks. But mid power bomb Roja counters with his hurricanrana. Just a two count though. Roja gets spoiled and goes to the well again, this time Mephisto hits a face buster off the top rope for a very close two count. While Mephisto sits up baffled, Roja rolls him up but for you guessed it, a two count. Mephisto crotches Roja on the turnbuckle, then tries to go for a power bomb I think, the camera was awkward, but Roja picks him up and hits a front face buster off the top for the win. Third Fall: Niebla Roja pins Mephisto with a front face buster off the top for the win.
Winner: Niebla Roja
Arena Mexico Friday
Oro Jr and Electrico vs Grako and El Coyote
I have a weird affinity for this Grako and Coyote team, I don’t know why, I like them. Electrico and Coyote start grappling to begin the match. Oro and Grako come in next and they tie up and eventually go to the ground to grapple. They start trading moves and pinning combinations. Electrico comes back in to face Coyote but Grako kicks him on the apron then drop kicks him out. Oro comes back in and misses a moonsualt. Grako then hits a top rope elbow drop on him for the pin. Coyote hits a frog splash on Electrico for the fall and the crowds hot tonight so far. First Fall: Coyote pins Electrico with a frog splash.
They beat up on Oro and Electrico on the outside to start the round. In the ring they double team Electrico till he falls out of the ring. Oro runs to make the save but gets stomped out. Coyote stands on Electrico’s back during a double team move. Oro leaps up and hits a brutal frankensteiner on him for the pin. Electrico then hits a basement drop kick then a springboard elbow to pin Grako. Second Fall: Electrico pins Grako with a springboard elbow drop.
Grako and Oro exchange strikes to start the final round. Grako finds himself on the apron and Oro hits a hurricanrana off the top rope to the outside on him. Coyote catches Electrico for a power bomb then a senton but Oro breaks up the pin. Grako and Coyote hit a double suplex on Oro and while they land Electrico hits a top rope splash. Afterwards Coyote and Grako whip the two into each other and then Grako gets Electrico in a neck crank submission and Coyote submits Oro with a body stretch. Third Fall: Coyote submits Oro Jr with a body stretch.
Winners: Grako and El Coyote
Blue Panther Jr, Rey Cometa, and Black Panther vs Misterioso, El Sagrado, and Universo 2000 Jr
Misterioso and Black Panther start with some standing grappling which evolves into them fighting for position and trading counters. Blue Panther Jr comes in with Universo 2000 next and they continue grappling as well. Panther Jr hits a sunset flip that Universo rolls out of. Panther inexplicably scoots back to be hit with a drop kick. Cometa is in next with Sagrado and Cometa tricks Sagrado into falling to the outside then hits a hurricanrana off of the apron. Misterioso enters the ring and poses for some reason, then Blue Panther comes form behind and school boys him for the fall. First Fall: Blue Panther Jr pins Misterioso with a school boy.
This round starts with Blue Panther getting teamed up on. Black Panther tries to make the save but to no avail. They get Cometa and Misterioso gets him in the Gory Special, then hits the Gory neck breaker and holds him there for the other two to hit drop kicks on him for the fall. Second Fall: Misterioso pins Rey Cometa after a gory neck breaker and a double drop kick.
This round starts with Black Panther getting taken out. He tags Blue Panther in but he continues to get beat on too. Panther Jr dodges an attack and proceeds to hit back breakers on everyone. Panther, Cometa, and Panther get ready to do dives but get pulled to the outside. Back in the ring Universo squares off with Black Panther and Panther hits a lionsault which Misterioso breaks up the pin. Now everybody is in the ring doing spots. The technicos all get pinning combinations but they’re kicked out of. Sagrado hits a sling blade on Cometa but in the corner Cometa dodges his attacks. He hits a hurricanrana then slams him near the corner and hits a 450 for the pin. Black Panther gets Universo down and hits a drop kick off the middle rope for the win. Third Fall: Black Panther pins Universo with a drop kick off the middle rope.
Winners: Blue Panther Jr, Rey Cometa, and Black Panther
Titan, Flyer, and El Audaz vs Shocker, El Felino, and Vangellys
Vangellys and Audaz start this match off. Vangellys tries to use his size to his advantage. Everybody comes in the ring to confront each other and the ref tells them to go back to their corners. Vangellys and Audaz go back to grappling. Titan and Felino are in next and Felino postures to the crowd as he usually does. The midget that accompanies him distracted Titan enough for Felino to hit him with an elbow smash. Titan eventually drop kicks him to the outside but before he can dive Shocker hits him. Flyer comes in to relieve him and exchanges strikes with Shocker. Flyer hits a hurricanrana on Shocker then hits an over the top dive. Titan then rolls up Vangellys with a neck bridge for the pin. First Fall: Titan pins Vangellys with a neck bridge pin.
Shocker and Felino come in at the start of the round to take out the other team so they can team up on them one at a time. The plan back fires as they fight back, however Vangellys still has the advantage in ring with Titan. Titan hits a head scissors to the outside but gets hit by Shocker when going for his dive. Titan and Shocker then go to the outside to fight. Audaz runs wild on Felino. Shocker comes in but Audaz is too quick for him. Vangellys catches him however. Flyer comes in and postures with Shocker but he gets teamed on. Shocker blatantly kicks Flyer in the groin and pins him. Ref ignores it. Vangellys then drop kicks Titan in the balls and the ref ignores. Second Fall: Vangellys pin Titan with a drop kick to the groin.
Vangellys beats on Titan to start the round. Titan gets teamed on, so they’re continuing the trend from the previous match. Audaz hits a few super kicks to make a come back. He goes for a middle rope dive. Flyer hits an asai moonsault. Felino gets Titan in an arm wrench in the ring but Audaz breaks it up. Shocker gets Flyer in a cross face for the submission. Vangellys hits a swinging slam on Audaz for the pin. Third Fall: Vangellys pins Audaz with a swinging slam.
Winners: Shocker, El Felino, and Vangellys
(Lightning Round) Soberano vs Templario
They tie up to start this match and battle for position. Soberano slides to the outside to avoid an attack and Templario hits a handspring back flip to the outside. They get back in the ring and Soberano hits a torando dive off the top. Soberano goes for an attack but it’s reversed into a german suplex. Templario tries a canadian destroyer but Soberano rolls with it then kicks him. Soberano gets him to the outside and hits a back flip dive over the top rope. The doctor checks on Soberano but he continues the match. I love how CMLL and AAA doctors have big lab coats on. Soberano hits a sunset flip power bomb back in the ring for a two count. Templario flips Soberano in the air and hits a power bomb. On the top rope Templario goes for a gut wrench suplex but Soberano reverses it into a hurricanrana for a two count. They trade strikes until Templario hits a canadian destroyer. Soberano kicks out. Soberano flips him when Templario comes off the ropes and hits a sit out pile driver for the win. Soberano pins Templario with a sit out pile driver.
Caristico, Atlantis, and Volador Jr vs Ultimo Guerrero, Cavernario, and Gran Guerrero
Caristico and Ultimo start the match with a handshake then they tie up and grapple. Ultimo gets him in a surfboard stretch. Caristico gets out of it. Ultimo gets him in an octopus but Caristico gets out. Volador taunts Ultimo on the apron. Volador and Cavernario come in and grapple at a hectic pace. Gran gets in with Atlantis now. Poor Atlantis had to work every show of the Fantastica Mania show. The rudos come in and stomp out the baby face team. The Los Guerrero’s triple team spot is done on Atlantis. Cavernario hits a canadian destroyer on Volador for the pin. Gran tries to power bomb Caristico but he slips so he just submits him with a leg stretch. First Fall: Gran Guerrero submits Caristico with a leg stretch.
Ultimo puts Atlantis on the turnbuckle and starts working on his mask. The rest of them brawl on the outside. Caristico gets laid on the apron and Ultimo drop kicks him off. Volador and Caristico come in and hit hurricanrana’s to change the tide. Then Atlantis hits a middle rope dive on Ultimo. Volador hits Cavernario with a canadian destroyer and Caristico submits Gran with a Fujiwara arm bar. Second Fall: Caristico submits Gran Guerrero with a Fujiwara arm bar.
Atlantis starts with Cavernario in this match and Atlantis monkey flips him. Ultimo and Gran come in but Atlantis pushes them out of the way and flips Ultimo to the outside. Cavernario launches Volador in the air and he hits a hurricanrana on Gran. Caristico and Volador then hit over the top dives on Cavernario and Gran. In the ring it’s Atlantis and Ultimo and Ultimo runs at Atlantis and gets put in a torture rack for the win. Third Fall: Atlantis submits Ultimo Guerrero with a torture rack.
Winners: Caristico, Atlantis, and Volador Jr
Fenix, Pentagon Jr, and Diamante Azul vs Rush, El Terrible, and La Bestia del Ring
They’re all posturing and throwing strikes to start. The ref is trying to get control but is failing. In the ring Diamante and Terrible stare down. Fenix drop kicks Bestia to the outside but Terrible strikes him from behind. Azul takes out Terrible and then Rush takes him out. Rush stares down with Penta and they exchange strikes. They trade strikes in the corner, then Penta hits a sling blade. Penta then hits an over the top rope dive on Rush. Azul hits a german suplex on Bestia for the pin. Fenix jumps on the ropes and does a stomp to Terrible’s gut for the fall. First Fall: Fenix pins Terrible with a double stomp.
Fenix and Bestia exchange chops to start this round. Besita tries to throw Fenix out but Fenix comes back and kicks him. Rush and Terrible then jump him. They try to team on Fenix but he dodges attacks and hits a double rolling cutter on Terrible and Rush. Azul and Bestia hit each other in the ring afterwards. Azul then monkey flips Bestia. Rush is in again with Penta. There’s some posturing but Bestia and Terrible jump them. Azul and Fenix get taken out on the outside. Penta then gets crotched on the steel post. Azul then gets triple basement drop kicked. Rush gets on the announce table and poses to the crowd. Back in the ring they stomp out Fenix. Azul comes in from the ramp and jumps over for a double clothesline. Finally Rush has had enough, when Penta is in the air he kicks him in the groin then takes his mask for the DQ. Second Fall: Pentagon wins after Rush kicks him in the groin and steals his mask.
After the match Rush and pals steal Fenix’s mask too. Azul tries to protect them but they stomp him out and steal his mask too.
Winners: Pentagon Jr, Fenix, and Diamante Azul
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Uncaged Ratings & Review
With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?
With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?
The pseudo-PPV atmosphere is sure to bring in more consistent viewership, but they’re in an interesting spot. Taya and Tessa are really the only two credible Knockouts unless Gail comes out of retirement (since Rosemary, Su and Jordynne are in the same storyline), so we’ll probably see this get extended somehow. As for the other title match, The Machine has a lot of support and wrestling fans all know the money is in the chase. So I could see Cage getting “screwed” again, but I’d much rather see Cage with the title.
So let’s get hype for the show with a video package of the returning Reno Scum!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
- Knockout’s Championship Street Fight: Tessa Blanchard vs Taya Valkyrie (c) – Taya retains via Double Footstomp through Table – *** 3/4
- ‘All Ego’ Ethan Page vs Willie Mack: Mack wins via Stunner – ** 1/2
- Elimination 4v4: Team Impact (Fallah Bahh, Sami Callihan, Eli Drake & Eddie Edwards) vs Team AAA (Puma King, Psycho Clown, Hijo del Vikingo & Aerostar): Team AAA 4-3 – *** 3/4
- Fatal 4 Way Impact World Championship: Killer Kross vs Moose vs Johnny Impact (c) vs Brian Cage: Johnny retains via Starship Pain on Moose – *** 1/4
Both women come out with throwback shirts. Tessa comes out with the old school Four Horsemen shirt and Taya comes out in her Perros de Mal shirt (old Triple A stable she was in with Perro Aguayo Jr). This match was a little awkward at times, and the first table they had ” La Wera Loca vs Diamond” painted on, didn’t break after two spear attempts. Really good hardcore style action, with chairs, insults, ring posts and another table. Definitely more of a brawl than wrestling, but after the table didn’t break the subsequent spots seemed to be a little off. Still a solid match, entertaining to watch, good way to start off the Uncaged show. Dios perdona, los perros no.
After a quick promo with Team Impact, Scarlett joins Melissa during the commercial break moment and she’s barely dressed and her and Melissa start doing squats. I mean they’re doubling down on sex sells, and I’m not even mad.
Mack and Page was a solid match. Good brawling, Willie’s agility outlasted Page’s strikes. One would assume the winner should be closer to an X Division title shot at least. So it should be interesting where this leads.
Killer Kross follows that with his typical chilling, slightly unhinged promo, and damn it was well done.
The interesting thing about the commercial break stuff tonight is Melissa doing live interviews with different people. It’s kinda neat, like extra content.
Team Triple A has a clap back promo after the commercial, which says the Cup is staying in Mexico. If memory serves, Team Triple A beat Team TNA in the first World X Cup, so I’m curious if they’ll pull from that for a storyline.
Sami Callihan calls out Swann one more time, Swann throws the shirt at Callihan, so a fight ensues. Swann gets the best of things momentarily, but an eye gauge allows Sami the opening to toss Rich around a little, Piledriver him on the stage and then Powerbomb him off the stage through a table. So I guess Sami will get the X Divison shot, but might have to go through Willie Mack first in the following weeks before Rebellion.
A lot of fun fast paced action, good dives, good strikes, nice story telling and only one slip so far from Aerostar. Eli Drake is the first one eliminated by Puma King because he tries to tell Eddie to not use the kendo stick, but tries to use it himself, Eddie catches him and takes his stick back, then pushing Eli. So one Gedo Clutch later, Eli is eliminated by pinfall. Fallah Bah eliminates Vikingo after a Twisted Running Powerslam. Aerostar eliminates Bahh after a Crucifix Pin when Bahh misses the Banzai Drop. Boston Knee Party from Eddie eliminates Aerostar. Piledriver from Sami eliminates Puma King. Two on one advantage with Sami and Eddie against Psycho Clown. Eddie hits a Boston Knee Party lays out Psycho Clown, but Sami pushes Eddie off and tries to steal the spotlight, only a two count, Psycho Rolls Up Sami for the pinfall elimination. Eddie has Psycho on the ropes, but Eli returns, takes Kenny the Kendo Stick and distracts Eddie. Then he hits Eddie to give Psycho a shot to hit a Backstabber, followed up the La Magistral for the victory. So Impact kinda played themselves, but it was a damn good match with a lot to unpack.
Melissa finally returns after a few commercial breaks off, with Sami Callihan and David Crist. This was ridiculous but great. Just erratic idiocy, they steal Melissa’s sandals at some point, David sings “Hey there Samuel” and Sami does a pitch like a dating service while Melissa is getting her sandals. So dumb, but great.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
Small promotional video package for Reno Scum. Returning to Impact for the first time since the first wave of GFW “invasion” (nearly 2 years).
A quick little moment with Dark Allie, Su Yung and Rosemary, followed by a commercial with Melissa and KM & Fallah Bahh. Very funny, Melissa plays off the wrestlers well. She needs to stick around since she’s got a nice personality and seems to work well with most of the guys.
Scarlett with a weird video package, her in a bed, a little moan and showing cleavage is her formula. So if it ain’t broke, I’m not gonna fix it, shut up, stop judging me!
LAX joins Melissa before the main event and the Latina comes out in her. She’s more animated that usual, very fun and entertaining. She even busts their chops a little, but they take it in stride and seem to enjoy each other’s company.
Since the match starts with only about 12 minutes before time limit the match wasn’t going to be a technical masterpiece, but for what it was it was fun. It was more of a brawl, since there were 3 bigger guys. Kross had a bunch of moments looking like a beat, Cage looked like a million bucks hitting the Drill Claw on both Moose and Kross. But Johnny pulled the opportunistic thing, and while Kross and Cage were tied up, Johnny pulls Moose to the corner, barely hits Starship Pain and sneaks in a pinfall before Cage finishes the Drill Claw + pin on Kross. So Johnny retains while looking like a punk, and the crowd wanted nothing to do with him. Terminator claps most of the match.
.@MrGMSI_BCage had the World Championship right within his fingertips once again…
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
Overall Score: 7.5/10
Solid solid show from start to finish. Tessa and Taya got things kicked off well, Melissa doing backstage interviews as the Twitch commercial break stuff was great. World Cup match was fun and set up a few storylines for the Impact stars while Team Triple A got the home field advantage win. Main event was a little disappointing to be honest. Johnny has worn out his fan support both in Mexico and on Twitch chat. Granted yes, I’m hopeful this is building towards a big blow off at Rebellion, maybe with Cage going over and Austin Aries returning, but I guess we’ll have to see.
Also from the main event, we see some cracks in the Moose and Kross alliance, so that could definitely be an interesting match in the near future.
So yeah, we have a lot to chew on moving into TV tapings for the shows leading up to Rebellion, but from a completely playlist mentality view point, Cage got screwed. Brian Cage better be getting this damn title soon, or I want him to put Don Callis through the announce table.
Now the weekly Twitch viewers portion:
- Week 1: High – 10,350 / Low – 8,500
- Week 2: High – 8,000 / Low – 6,500
- Week 3: High – 8,500 / Low – 7,900
- Week 4: High – 7,100 / Low – 5,300
- Week 5: High – 7,450 / Low – 5,650
- Uncaged: High – 9,000/ Low – 8,000
Well it looks like people just need a reason to tune in. Not only was this week mostly main event talent, but since the event had was named, I feel like people just expected better quality. So still no record breaking high, but solid numbers throughout the entire show.
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: New Beginning in Sapporo Part 2!
Who leaves Sapporo with the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team titles?
NJPW continues in Sapporo with two HUGE tag team matches! The Rainmaker and The Ace look for further revenge while EVIL & SANADA defend their tag titles!
This coverage of New Beginning in Sapporo will be as aired by AXS TV.
Gifs can be found courtesy of http://frentique.tumblr.com/
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: EVIL & SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki; EVIL & SANADA win and retain the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships.
- Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jay White & Bad Luck Fale; White & Fale win.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene!
The Ace is once again IWGP Heavyweight Championship after dethroning The Best Bout Machine at Wrestle Kingdom 13! But the record-setting 8-time champion has a very determined challenger in The Switchblade. Jay White has Gedo and the Bullet Club by his side, and now has his title match in Osaka! But before then, Hiroshi Tanahashi will look to slow White down with the help of his old rival, Kazuchika Okada! Will this amazing tag team be able to defeat White and Bad Luck Fale? Or will it only be a sampling of the Cutthroat Era’s coming?
And before that, Los Ingobernables de Japon’s Heavyweight Tag Team Champions broke even with their challengers in singles competition. Now it is time to face off for the titles! Can the two-time Tag League and Two Time Tag Champions be able to overcome the Undisputed British Tag Team Champions? Or will Suzuki-Gun have two tag titles around their waists? That match is now!
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: EVIL & SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki!
Why wait for bells when you just wanna fight? Suzuki and ZSJ go right at Evil & Sanada as they enter the ring! ZSJ stomps Evil while Suzuki mugs Sanada on the outside. Red Shoes holds the belts, but Suzuki gets one to choke Sanada with it. Suzuki whips Sanada but Sanada reverses to send Suzuki into railing! Evil and ZSJ end up the leg men and brawl while the introductions are made. Evil whips ZSJ and goes to hip toss, but ZSJ counters to an abdominal stretch. ZSJ denies a counter but Evil still hip tosses out! Tag to Sanada, and LIJ go after ZSJ together. Double whips, clothesline, back senton! Cover, TWO! ZSJ rolls away but Sanada stalks him to a corner. Cold Skull whips ZSJ corner to corner but ZSj goes up and over. He fakes Sanada and rolls him up, TWO!
Sanada knees and whips ZSJ but ZSJ denies the dropkick. ZSJ misses the Peantly Kick, and Sanada trips him up! Sanada gets ZSJ in the Paradise Lock, but ZSJ slips out and toys with him. ZSJ kicks Sanada, but Sanada knees back. Sanada whips but ZSJ reverses. Suzuki gets a cheap shot and gets Sanada in a hanging armbar! ZSJ hits Evil just because. Suzuki lets Sanada go then goes after Evil. ZSJ keeps on Sanada and Suzuki mugs Evil. Suzuki brings Evil out to the crowd to bowl him through chairs. Suzuki laughs as he rams Evil with the railing. Then he throws chairs onto Evil! ZSJ twists Sanada around for a modified Octopus, then he hammerlock stomps an arm! Suzuki searches under the ring while ZSJ gives Sanada a shoulder breaker. Suzuki has a folding chair to jab Evil in the head!
The ring count passes 17, but Sanada manage to make it in at 19.5! ZSJ is on Sanada with an arm bar, to hammerlock, then digs his elbows into Sanada’s spine. ZSJ pulls back on Sanada’s free arm from wrist to elbow for another hammerlock. He makes it a buttefly of sorts, then a cover, TWO! ZSJ drags Sanada over and tags in Suzuki. Suzuki takes Sanada and wrenches, but then ZSJ wrenches, and they keep passing Sanada for wrenches. ZSJ boots the arm and then Suzuki boots the arm. Sanada clutches that tortured arm but Suzuki goes after it more against the ropes. REd Shoes counts but Suzuki lets go at 4. Suzuki toys with Sanada now, but Sanada hits back. Suzuki just laughs again and throws forearms back. They go back and forth, but Suzuki hits hard. The champs are in trouble while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns while Suzuki taunts Sanada. Sanada does sit up but Suzuki’s right on him with fast forearms. Suzuki kicks but Sanada dragon screws, only for Suzuki to counter into an armbar! ZSJ hits Evil to keep him away, but Sanada resists the arm. Suzuki gets the arms apart and has Sanada at full extension! Sanada flails while ZSJ keeps Evil down with his own armlock! Suzuki pulls as hard as he can, but Sanada gets a ropebreak with his feet. Suzuki holds on to slam the arm on the mat. Tag to ZSJ and he hands the wrench off to ZSJ. ZSJ hammerlocks and tweaks Sanada’s arm. ZSJ sits down on the arm to practically triangle it! Suzuki keeps Evil at bay with an armbar on the ropes! ZSJ shifts his weight into a modified Labell meets Rings of Saturn!
Suzuki tortures Evil on the apron but Red Shoes can’t do anything about that while he watches ZSJ and Sanada. Sanada shifts again and gets another ropebreak via feet. Suzuki keeps on Evil with body shots while ZSJ lets Sanada go. ZSJ dares Sanada to stand, and then rock shim with a European Uppercut. Sanada returns the EuroUpper, but his arms are hurting. ZSj shoulder breakers, then catches the leap frog for a flapjack! Penalty kick is CAUGHT! Dragon Screw! Suzuki runs in and gets a dragon screw, too! Fans rally for LIJ as Evil tags in! The King of Darkness rallies on ZSJ! He scoop slams ZSJ hard, then rocks him with forearms. Evil whips but ZSJ reverses, only for Evil to run him over!
Fans rally as Evil drags ZSJ up. ZSJ kicks but Evil blocks it to elbow the knee. ZSJ grabs the arm but Evil counters to a shoulder breaker! Evil blocks another kick, Fisherman Buster! Cover, TWO! Evil keeps his cool as fans fire up again. He drags ZSJ up again and turns him, but ZSJ turns and suplexes Evil! Then the neck twist! Both men are down from exhaustion, but they still come back for more. ZSJ wants revenge for Sapporo Part 1 as he throws EuroUppers. Things speed up and each man dodges the other, but then ZSJ runs into Evil’s lariat! Evil drags ZSJ up, fireman’s carry, but ZSj reverses to a Pele! ZSJ kicks then sweeps the legs! Both men are down again but Suzuki returns. Suzuki tags in and goes right at Evil with forearms.
Suzuki whips Evil corner to corner and boots him. He snapmares and Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO! Evil barely escapes, but Suzuki toys with him now. Suzuki throws haymakers, then boots, but Evil hands it off to Red Shoes! Evil SUPERKICKS Suzuki down! Tag to Sanada! Sanada whips but Suzuki reverses. Sanada tumbles, springboards, but into Suzuki’s sleeper! ZSJ hits Evil again, and then helps Suzuki corner to corner train on Sanada! Snapmare, DOBULE Peanlty Kicks! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives that string of attacks, but Suzuki stomps him down. We can hear someone throw the other into railing while Suzuki hammers away on Sanada in the corner. Red Shoes backs Suzuki off, but Suzuki runs back in. Sanada dodges, and Evil returns for a corner clothesline! He feeds Suzuki to Sanada’s back suplex!
Evil hits ZSJ and now LIJ has Suzuki isolated! They call for the finish and fans are thunderous! Evil lifts Suzuki, but ZSJ stops Magic Killer. Suzuki rolls Sanada into an Ankle Lock! ZSJ has Evil in the Octopus! Suzuki shifts to a kneebar! Sanada endures teh grapevine’d move, and Suzuki even grabs an arm! Sanada grabs Red Shoes to keep himself from tapping! ZSJ has shifted Evil into a grounded twist! Neither LIJ can get free as Suzuki shifts the position of his kneebar! Sanada endures, as does Evil. Fans cheer LIJ on, but Suzuki just twists the ankle harder! Sanada uses one last gas to get the ropebreak! Suzuki lets Sanada go, to come back for a sleeper. And then ZSJ Penalty Kicks! Suzuki also Penalty Kicks! Cover, but Evil breaks it in time!
Suzuki-Gun drags LIJ up but LIJ fights back! Suzuki wants his piledriver, and ZSJ wants his, but Evil and Sanada deny those, for Darkness Falls and TKO in stereo! LIJ fires up as they go after Suzuki again. MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, but ZSJ breaks it just in time! Sanada grabs Suzuki and Evil gets ZSJ. Skull End, but ZSJ counters the STO! Evil counters back, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! And then for Suzuki, True Skull End, but Suzuki slips through! Sleeper, Gotch hold, but Evil saves Sanada! Everything is countered, but the Sleeper is escaped. MAGIC KILLER AGAIN!! Sanada climbs while Evil takes ZSJ out, Moonsault! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, Sanada pinning; still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions
The King of Darkness and Cold Skull are still golden! Suzuki-Gun’s quest to have two different companies’ tag titles has not worked out, it’ll be back to the drawing board for them. However, will Evil & Sanada now have a claim to the British Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?
Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jay White & Bad Luck Fale!
The Rainmaker and The Ace have fought hard over the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the claim to being the best one ever, but now they are united in making sure the Switchblade does NOT become champion! Will this all-star alliance succeed against the new Bullet Club leader and his Underboss underling?
White refuses to let this dream team have their photo op. He insists he is the historic wrestler everyone should take pictures of, not the old generation. Tanahashi and Okada bite their tongues and bide their time, they’ll get at White after the break.
NJPW on AXS returns and White starts against Tanahashi. Fans are strongly behind The Ace but White just chuckles. They circle and Gedo can be heard shouting “You’re stupid!” at commentary. White lunges but Tanahashi stays away. They tie up and go around, and Tanahashi manages to power White to a corner. White turns it around, but backs off, only to get the leg! White grins as he shows how easy he could’ve gone after the bad leg. He backs off but tries a sucker punch! Tanahashi dodges and headlocks, and he grinds White down. White gets up but can’t power out of Tanahashi’s grip. Tanahashi grinds White down again but White fights out with body shots. White powers out this time, but Tanahashi fakes him out to get him back in the headlock!
Tanahashi grinds White on the mat but White powers back up. White again can’t power out so he pulls hair! Tanahashi pulls White’s hair in return! Tanahashi throws body shots then whips, but White reverses. White runs into an elbow, Tanahashi springboard crossbodies! Tanahashi air guitars and tosses it out. He brings White over and tags Okada. Okada and Tanahashi whip White and double elbow him down. Okada back sentons, then Tanahashi somersault sentons. The dream team shake hands and drop double elbows! Fans are loving this already! Okada drags White up and fans are thunderous for him. He snapmares White and then hits a running basement dropkick! Okada drags White up but White powers him to the corner. Tag to Fale, but Okada gets away.
Okada and Fale circle and tie up. Fale shoves Okada but Okada’s right back with hammering hands! Okada whips but Fale reverses and whips Okada hard into buckles! Fale looms over Okada then stomps him down. Fale drags Okada up and talks trash, so Okada hits back. Okada runs and handsprings over the back drop! He wants a sleeper and hops on as a backpack. Fale endures then drops back! Okada lets Fale go, and White attacks Tanahashi! White goes after Tanahashi on the outside and throws him into barriers! Okada bails out but Fale gives chase. Fale throws Okada into barriers, too! White chokes Tanahashi with camera cables! White says he IS the next champion! Fans boo while Fale takes a towel and chokes Okada with it. It was an Okada Dollar towel, too!
White keeps on Tanahashi in the front row with Euro Uppers. White takes apart barriers to throw the railings onto Tanahashi. He buries Tanahashi while the ring count climbs. Then White scoops slams a Young Lion onto Tanahashi! Fale chokes Okada on the ropes in the ring. Red Shoes backs Fale off, but he comes back to drag Okada up and dump him out. White goes right at Okada by ramming him into the apron and then the railing! And then the apron again, and then the railing! White rams Okada into the apron once more, then throws forearms. Red Shoes finally spots this and reprimands White. White plays innocent as he puts Okada back in the ring. Fale tags White in, and White soaks up the heat.
White runs corner to corner for a huge Euro Upper, and then suplexes Okada into the buckles! Cover, TWO!! Somehow Okada escapes! White takes his frustrations out on Tanahashi, then returns to Okada. White grinds his forearm into Okada’s face, then puts on a Half Crab. Fans rally up for Okada and Okada crawls for ropes. White pulls harder but Tanahashi comes it go after White. Fale throws Tanahashi out, and then tags back in. Fale goes after Okada’s leg with stomps. Okada hits back and clubs Fale. Okada hops on for a guillotine, but Fale simply puts Okada in the Bullet Club corner. Fale stomps a mudhole into Okada then tags White. White drags Okada up for a CHOP! White follows Okada to the open corner, then tells Tanahashi this CHOP is for him.
Fans continue to rally as White snapmares Okada into a chinlock. Okada feeds off the energy and fights out with body shots. Okada runs but into White’s back elbow! Cover, TWO! White keeps on Okada with another chinlock. Okada endures while Tanahashi and the fans rally up again. Okada gets up and fights back again, but White clubs him down. White puts Okada in a corner and whips corner to corner, but Okada reverses. Okada runs into White’s boot. White runs but into a flapjack! Both men are down but stirring while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns once more, and Okada crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Tanahashi! White stands and The Ace fires off forearms on him! Tanahashi whips but White reverses, only for Tanahashi to forearm him down! Tanahashi dropkicks Fale then goes after White again. He scoop slams White into a drop zone, then hops up. Second rope somersault senton hits! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps his cool while fans rally up again. Tanahashi waits for White to stand then runs, but he runs into a CHOP! But he keeps going, only to run into another CHOP! Tanahashi still shakes it off, but runs into a waistlock. He elbows out but White chop blocks the bad leg! White catches his breath as he looms over Tanahashi.
White scoops Tanahshi but Tanahashi fights out. Tanahashi waistlocks but WHite standing switches to a saido suplex! Both men are down but White tags out to Fale. Fale corners Tanahashi and throws big body shots. Then he throws bit clubbing forearms! He taunts the fans and they boo back as he drags Tanahashi up. Fale whips corner to corner then runs in, but misses! Tanahashi waistlocks, but Fale’s too big for a German Suplex! Fale fights out of the waistlock, then suplexes Tanahashi. Okada saves Tanahashi, and then they double suplex Fale together! Fans rally up again and Tanahashi crawls, but he dropkicks White first! Hot tag to Okada!
The Rainmaker forearms and whips Fale, but Fale reverses. Okada hits Fale then hits the DDT! Okada kips up and fans fire up again! He drags Fale up and manages a scoop slam! Okada winces just a moment before climbing up top. Fale gets under and Okada rolls through. Okada runs back but into a Samoan Drop! Fale hits a big splash! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but White goes after Tanahashi! White puts Tanahashi into railing while fans cheer Okada on. Fale aims, grabs Okada, but the Grenade is denied with a dropkick! Okada wants to lift Fale!? Fale reverses but Okada slips out. Okada runs but gets run over! Both men are down but Tanahashi returns to the corner. Hot tags to Tanahashi and White!
The Ace and Switchblade each dodge each other. White trash talks Tanahashi but the brawl is on! Tanahashi hits, then White hits, repeat. They build up speed back and forth, then White throws several. Tanahashi gives them all back, but White kicks out the bad leg. White whips but Tanahashi reverses. Tanahashi dodges and slingblades White down! Cover, TWO!! Okada hits Fale then tells Tanahashi to finish this. Tanahashi gets the Cloverleaf but White rakes the eyes! White kicks Tanahashi away while Fale puts Okada into barriers. Tanahashi dragon screws White! Fale runs in but Tanahashi blocks, hands off to Okada and Okada dragon screws! Tanahashi returns to White, running, but Gedo swipes him! White gets Tanahashi with a Complete Shot to German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous again as White slashes the throat. He drags Tanahashi up into position, and Fale chases Okada. Okada saves Tanahashi then has to fight off Fale. Fale rebounds, Tanahashi slingblades him down! White rocks Tanahashi, but Okada dropkicks him down! The dream team have each other’s backs! And they both power up to combine forces! Gut wrench to TOMBSTONE! Hand off, to STYLES CLASH! Tanahashi rolls White, for Okada’s elbow! Fans are at a fever pitch, but Gedo distracts Tanahashi. Fale attacks Tanahashi and dumps him off the top rope! Red Shoes reprimands Gedo but it’s too late. Okada leaps but into the Grenade! Fale corner splashes Tanahashi, and gives him a Grenade! Fale crushes Tanahashi with his boot while White crawls over. White has Fale stand down so he can finish Tanahashi.
White drags Tananashi up, fireman’s carry, Death Valley Driver! Cover, TWO!? Tanahashi survives but White isn’t done. He slashes the throat, drags Tanahashi, but ends up in Twist ‘n’ Shout! Fale whips Tanahashi but Tanahashi reverses to another Twist ‘n’ Shout! Red Shoes keeps Gedo out of the ring, but White gets a chair in the distraction! White swings but misses, Tanahashi slingblades White down! Tanahashi sees Fale coming, and manages a German Suplex! Gedo is in, but his brass knuckles miss to get a slap! White SMACKS Tanahashi from behind! Fans boo as White gets away with it. Dragon screw to the mat! And another! And then an inverted Figure Four! Okada wants to get in but Fale drags him back out. Tanahashi endures while Okada fights Fale off. So Gedo drags Okada out! Fale SPLASHES Okada! Fale lifts Okada, Bad Luck Fall!
Tanahashi still endures as White wrenches and pulls as hard as he can on the hold! Fale keeps his eyes on Okada while Tanahashi reaches and flails. Tanahashi taps, White and Fale win!!
Winners: Jay White & Bad Luck Fale, White by submission
The unthinkable has happened! The Switchblade has made the IWGP Heavyweight Champion tap out! Is the Cutthroat Era inevitable?
White picks up the belt and the mic to address Sapporo. White looks down at Tanahashi and says, “I told you that I would beat you and take this belt from you.” People think it’ll be a shock when White wins, but it will not be! White’s already beaten Tanahashi and everyone NJPW has to offer. And he made Tanahashi submit! Gedo rubs it in, but can The Ace pull off a miracle in Osaka?
White says “You can give it multiple names.” Call it Tanahashi is White’s “b*tch”, you can call it TGU: Tanahashi Gave Up. No, TTO: Tanahashi Tapped Out. That’s what the inverted figure four will be! Put it everywhere! #TTO!
Tanahashi responds by saying he used his knee as bait. White took that bait, but he wasn’t as big of a fish as Tanahashi expected. Is The Ace putting on a brave face? Or are he and his reign in more trouble than he knows?
A really great hour for NJPW, especially with big tag team matches. Evil & Sanada VS Suzuki & ZSJ was great because they knew how to play up all the story from the many, many matches all four men have had in the past. I honestly was surprised Suzuki-Gun lost, I thought they were going to end up double champions. But LIJ has been red hot, hence why they are all champions at this point, so it makes sense to keep that hot streak going. LIJ probably won’t lose those tag titles for a long time from what I can tell. No other heavyweight tag team looks strong enough right now.
Then in the special tag match for the main event, the dream team of Okada and Tanahashi had some really good chemistry with each other, and there was plenty of story to fuel this match, too. I’m a bit surprised White won, but NJPW doesn’t really use the kind of math a company like WWE would. WWE’s math would put it that White winning now means he won’t win the title in their New Beginning Osaka match, but NJPW isn’t so back and forth like that. White’s on his own hot streak, and literally has Gedo by his side, so Osaka might be the night we all Breath with the Switchblade.
My Score: 8.5/10