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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/2/19)



NXT UK Coverage

The NXT UK Tag Team Championship Tournament begins! And it already pits two top teams in Mustache Mountain VS Gallus’ Wolfgang and Mark Coffey!



  • Episode 21 – Travis Banks VS Jamie Ahmed; Banks wins.
  • Episode 21 – Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel; Aichner & Barthel win.
  • Episode 21 – Jinny VS Candy Floss; Jinny wins.
  • Episode 21 – NXT UK Tag Team Championship Tournament Semifinal: Mustache Mountain VS Gallus; Mustache Mountain wins and advances to the finals at NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool.
  • Episode 22 – Toni Storm VS Deonna Purrazzo; Storm wins.
  • Episode 22 – Josh Morrell VS Mike Hitchman; Hitchman wins.
  • Episode 22 – Eddie Dennis VS Dave Mastiff; Double Disqualification.


WWE mourns the loss of “Mean” Gene Okerlund.


Episode 21

Travis Banks VS Jamie Ahmed!

The Kiwi Buzzsaw continues his return to the ring and looks to snap back from the hard fought loss against Joe Coffey. How will he fair against “Screw Face” in his NXT UK debut?

Fans are on Travis’ side as the bell rings. They tie up and Banks rolls Ahmed in a waistlock takedown. Ahmed gets up and elbows out, but Banks whips him. Things speed up and Banks trips Ahmed to roll him for a sleeper hold! Ahmed scrambles and gets the ropebreak. Banks backs off but Ahmed gets a sucker punch in! Ahmed throws forearms and clubs Banks down. Ahmed gives a European Uppercut then some haymakers. Banks hits back and they brawl. Fans rally up as Ahmed snapmares and jumps on Banks! Cover, TWO! Ahmed looms over Banks but fans still rally for the Kiwi Buzzsaw. Ahmed throws forearms but Banks throws them back. They brawl as fans duel and Banks gets an edge.

Ahmed knees low and puts Banks in the corner, but Banks sweeps the legs! Banks then runs corner to corner to dropkick Ahmed in the back! Bridging German Suplex, TWO! Fans fire up for Banks as he keeps on Ahmed. Ahmed trips Banks and throws heavy hands. Ahmed rolls Banks then whips him to a corner. Banks boots back then blasts him with a dropkick! Banks jumps for double stomps! He keeps moving, Slice of Heaven enziguri! Cover, Banks wins!

Winner: Travis Banks, by pinfall

The Buzzsaw tears up Screw Face and starts the New Year off with a win! Will Banks keep on going and make 2019 his year?

But wait, out comes Jordan Devlin. The Irish Ace spoke of calling out a pretender, and he has a mic with him again. “Travis Banks, the Kiwi Buzzsaw. The wrestling journeyman that abandoned his home and never went back.” These two have faced each other all over the world and now it’s come to NXT UK. The difference between them is that Devlin doesn’t forget where he comes from. Does Banks’ mum even remember his voice? Does Banks want to shut Devlin up? Then let Devlin remind everyone, you never EVER bet against the Ace. Devlin’s target is clear, but will he regret angering the Buzzsaw?


A monstrous rematch is set for next episode!

The Bomber and the Headmaster will have a rematch to settle their score. Will Dave Mastiff crush Eddie Dennis’ ego? Or will Dennis teach Mastiff to step aside for his own good?


Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel!

The Banghra Badboy and the Luckyan want that last spot in the NXT UK Tag Team Championship Tournament, but so does the European Union of the Italian Tank and German Commander. Who makes the bigger impression on GM Johnny Saint tonight?

The teams sort out and fans chant “NEIN! NEIN!” for Barthel. Williams and Barthel start with the bell and circle. They tie up and Barthel brings Williams down to a headlock. Williams reverses but Barthel reverses back, but Williams gets out to a hammerlock and chinlock. Barthel gets up and hooks Williams’s face to reverse to a wristlock. Williams rolls and reverses then arm-drags Barthel into an armlock. Williams tags Jordan and Jordan gives Barthel ax handles. Jordan keeps on the arm with a wristlock, but Barthel shouts “NEIN!” as he kicks and clubs Jordan down. Barthel wrenches Jordan’s wrist, but Jordan rolls and handsprings and even cartwheels to get free. Jordan dances and winds it up, but Barthel throat chops him!

Barthel bumps Jordan on buckles and throws fast hands. He stomps a mudhole in, then tags in Aichner. Aichner toys with Jordan, then clubs him to a corner. He chops Jordan but Jordan hits back. Aichner clubs Jordan down then whips him corner to corner. Jordan dodges and fires off hands! Aichner puts Jordan on the apron but gets a hotshot! Jordan climbs, leaps, but his crossbody is caught! Aichner scoops but Jordan slips out. Jordan elbows Aichner but Barthel gets a cheap shot in! Williams protests but Aichner clubs away on Jordan. Aichner rains down rights, then drags Jordan to his corner. He tags Barthel, and the EU mug Jordan in the corner. Fans shout “NEIN! NEIN!” with every mudhole stomp. But Barthel tells them, “NEIN!” Barthel tags Aichner and the EU toy with Jordan.

Jordan hits back with body shots and elbows! Jordan runs, but into Aichner’s SPINEBUSTER! Barthel adds the Penalty Kick, Aichner covers, but Williams saves Jordan! Aichner puts Jordan in a chinlock but fans rally up. Jordan endures and feeds off the fan energy. Jordan jawbreakers free! But Aichner catches him and powers him to the corner! Tag to Barthel and Aichner hits Williams. Barthel rocks Jordan with a EuroUpper then throws him with a big suplex! Cover, TWO! Jordan lives but Barthel is on him with another chinlock. Fans continue to rally and Jordan continues to endure. Jordan fights up again, but Barthel wrangles him back down. Jordan tries again, and fights out with elbows. Barthel suplexes but Jordan lands on his feet, tag to Williams!

Williams springboard elbows Barthel, then trips up Aichner! Williams shoulders and slingshots in, then Jordan tags in before Williams DIVES onto Aichner! Barthel is ready for Jordan and throws him to a corner. Barthel dropkicks Jordan, then throws him with the Landungsbrücken! Cover, but Williams breaks it! Barthel glares and Aichner drags Williams out, spinebuster into the barriers! Barthel drags Jordan up and tags in Aichner. The EU work together, powerbomb to back suplex! Cover, Aichner & Barthel win!

Winners: Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel, Aichner pinning

The heavy hitters make an impressive tag team debut, but there’s only so much time before the other semifinal match is made. Will this victory be the key to the EU taking on the Grizzled Young Veterans, Gibson & Drake?


NXT UK Media caught up with Toni Storm and Deonna Purrazzo.

The Virtuosa argues that she was still really close to beating Rhea Ripley. She wants to be part of TakeOver: Blackpool. Toni Storm does admit Deonna was good, but if she thinks she’s TakeOver good, then prove it in a match. The two shake on the challenge, and Deonna looks forward to breaking that arm. Toni smirks back, and now it’s up to Johnny Saint to make this official. Will the Storm and the Virtuosa collide before TakeOver: Blackpool? How will it affect the NXT UK Women’s Championship match?


Backstage interview with Johnny Saint & Sid Scala.

With TakeOver: Blackpool approaching, how are their plans for the match card going? Blackpool is going to be historic, as plans are well on the way. There are many matches, such as the NXT UK Women’s Championship of Rhea Ripley VS–

Oi! Joe Coffey barges in and says they should be the ones seeking him out. He told them that when he destroyed Ligero, this brand is about Coffey. It’s not even about deserving, there’s no one else. This is Coffey’s time. His opportunities, hsi kingdom, his WWE UK Championship. So therefore, TakeOver: Blackpool will have Pete Dunne VS Joe Coffey for that very title. And the Iron King vows to rip it from Dunne’s mouth. Sid says they’ll consider this and let him know when a decision is made. Saint says Coffey is dismissed, and then he and Sid enter their office to discuss this matter. Will Gallus’ leader get what he wants?


Jinny VS Candy Floss!

The Fierce Fashionista wants to prove she’s deserving of the NXT UK Women’s Championship, but she has to get more wins to point it out to Saint and Scala. Will Jinny unravel Candy Floss into nothing? Or will the sugary sweet superstar shock everyone tonight?

The bell rings and fans are on Candy’s side as they sing. She and Jinny tie up and Jinny gets the wristlock. Jinny gets double wristlocks but Candy breaks free, to hug? That might work on a superstar like Bayley but Jinny’s too sour for that. Jinny breaks free but Candy gets around for double hammerlocks. Jinny gets free of one but Candy brings her down with the other. Candy grabs the other arm again and pulls on the fingers. Jinny sits up and rolls around to headscissor Candy down. Candy endures as fans taunt the “Spoiled Princess!” Candy rolls Jinny over and to a modified deathlock. She shifts to a headlock but Jinny stands up. Jinny powers out and gets her own headlock. Candy powers out and trips Jinny up! Candy shrugs and smiles, but Jinny gets mad.

Jinny tries to trip Candy in return, but Candy simply hops over and waves hello. Jinny grabs Candy’s pink hair but Candy slips out to an arm-breaker DDT! Candy hops up on a corner but Jinny runs over to yank her off! Jinny rocks Candy with a right, covers, TWO! Jinny grabs Candy in a double wristlock but Candy fights back. Fans still sing for Candy as she and Jinny struggle. Jinny throws Candy and covers, TWO! Jinny gets the double wristlock again, but Candy endures. Candy stands but Jinny throws her to buckles. Jinny wrings the arm out and covers, TWO! Jinny rains rights down on Candy but stops at the ref’s count of 4. Candy gets to ropes but Jinny ax kicks her! Jinny whips and redirects Candy, but then runs into a boot. Candy runs and blasts Jinny with a dropkick!

Candy keeps on Jinny in a corner with stomps, then a side to side basement dropkick! She drags Jinny up, straitjacket but Jinny arm-drags out. Jinny runs but misses in the corner, only to arm-drag Candy into buckles! Jinny drags Candy up, reels her out for the Touch of Couture! Cover, Jinny wins!

Winner: Jinny, by pinfall

Candy Floss proved tougher than Jinny expected, but Jinny still smiles after getting the victory. With Toni Storm in the front running for a shot at Blackpool, what will it take for the Fashionista to be Rhea Ripley’s next challenger?


NXT UK Tag Team Championship Tournament Semifinal: Mustache Mountain VS Gallus!

Gallus took the first shot when they attacked Mustache Mountain’s Trent Seven after his grueling match with Zack Gibson. Then they took the next shot backstage when they attacked both members of Mustache Mountain together. With the NXT UK Tag Team Championships now waiting for champions, the war moves into the next phase! Who advances to NXT UK’s first major event in Blackpool?

The teams sort out as Mark keeps Wolfgang calm. Mark starts against Tyler Bate as fans chant “Big Strong Boys!” The bell rings and Bate throws hands on Mark! Mark shoves Bate but Bate dropkicks him back down. Bate yanks on Mark’s arm and tags in Trent Seven. Seven scoops and slams Mark, covers, ONE! Fans now sing for Seven as he hauls Mark up into a fireman’s carry. Tag to Bate and Seven throws Mark down with a wasteland slam. Bate hops up, and knee-boards off Seven for the senton! Cover, TWO! Mark gets to an open corner but Bate is on him with EuroUppers. Bate whips Mark corner to corner and then back drops Mark! Mark gets back to a corner but Bate is on him with punches.

Fans are fired up for Mustache Mountain as Bate whips Mark again. Mark slides out and fans boo as he takes a breather. Seven steps towards Mark but Wolfgang rushes at Bate. The ref keeps Wolfgang back, but this allows Mark to blindside Bate! Mark stomps Bate down then drags him over to Gallus’ corner. Wolfgang tags in and Gallus mugs Bate. Wolfgang reels Bate in for a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang stomps Bate out then stands on his head at the ropes. The ref counts and Wolfgang backs off at 4. Bate kicks back but Wolfgang stomps Bate down. Wolfgang puts on a facelock and wrenches Bate’s neck. Bate endures as fans rally. Bate feeds off the energy and fights his way up. He powers Wolfgang back step by step, but Wolfgang knees low. Wolfgang swings at Seven, but gets a huricanrana from Bate!

Both men crawl, hot tags to Mark and Seven! Seven CHOPS Mark off his feet again and again. Mark covers up, but gets a DDT! Seven fires up and runs at Mark for a chop in the corner! Then a sit out scoop slam! Cover, TWO! Seven keeps on Mark with a wristlock, and reels him out. Wolfgang tags in, Mark dodges the lariat, and then drives Seven down with a suplex. Wolfgang adds a back senton! Cover, TWO, another back senton! Cover, TWO, but Wolfgang rains down rights. Wolfgang drags Seven up and over and mugs Seven in the corner. Tag to Mark and Gallus mugs Seven together. Mark throws Seven into the buckles then tags Wolfgang for them to stomp Seven down. Seven crawls but gets knees to the ribs. Wolfgang squeezes Seven with a grounded bearhug.

Fans rally for the “Big Strong Boys!” and Seven crawls for his corner. Wolfgang drags him back and tags Mark. Gallus continues to mug Seven, and Mark rocks Seven with a forearm! Cover, TWO! Seven survives but he’s back in a bearhug squeeze. Seven gets up as fans rally, and he elbows out of the hold. Mark elbows Seven back and puts the bearhug on again. Seven drags himself towards ropes, and hammers Mark’s legs. Mark hammers Seven and puts the squeeze back on. Fans sing and Seven stands, but ends up in Gallus’ corner again. Wolfgang tags in and mugs Seven more. Seven throws body shots but gets a kick to the face. Wolfgang mocks the Mustache Mountain fans, but Seven scrambles. Wolfgang whips him back into Gallus’ corner, and again. He gets Seven on the rebound for a waistlock slam!

Seven is grounded and back in the bearhug, but he refuses to quit. Seven forces himself back up, but Wolfgang thrashes him about. Bate reaches for Seven as Seven reaches for Bate. Seven powers his way over one step at a time, but Wolfgang keeps dragging Seven back. Seven starts to fade but fans keep rallying. The singing gives Seven a second wind and he ear claps Wolfgang! Seven is free but Wolfgang throws him out of the ring! Mark then goes after Seven, but Seven suplexes Mark! Wolfgang taunts Bate then fetches Seven, but Seven dodges him and gets back in! Tag to Bate! Bate kicks Wolfgang and then DIVES on him! Bate almost ends up in the front row, but he puts Wolfgang back in. Fans are thunderous as Bate throws hands from all sides.

Bate whips but Wolfgang reverses, only to get the knee! And flying uppercut! Bate keeps moving, to DIVE on Mark! Bate aims at Wolfgang in the ring, for a big running EuroUpper! And exploder! Bate kips up, proof he’s a Big Strong Boy. Standing shooting star, but Mark leaps in! Bate moves and sends that elbow drop onto Wolfgang! Bate dropkicks Mark away but Wolfgang is back up. Wolfgang swings but misses, and Bate lifts Wolfgang in the fireman’s carry. Bate starts up the airplane spin! Around and around Bate goes, but then he slows down, to go the other way! Bate dumps Wolfgang down and fans applaud Bate’s strength. Bate stands and waistlocks Wolfgang. Wolfgang resists and backs Bate down. Mark tags in and Mark puts on a clutch!

But Bate picks Mark up like a backpack, then waistlocks Wolfgang, backpack German Suplex combination!! Fans shout “MAMMA MIA!” for that one! Bate and Gallus are all down but Seven returns to the corner. Bate fires up and keeps on Mark. Seven dropkicks Wolfgang out, and then leaps from the apron for a crossbody! Wolfgang clutches his leg while Bate double underhooks Mark. Mark powers out with a back drop, but Bate keeps moving! Bate’s rebound runs into Mark’s forearm! And then enziguri! Cover, TWO!! Bate survives and Mark is shocked! Fans reach a fever pitch for this one, but Mark calls for his brother! Joe Coffey appears, but here comes PETE DUNNE!! The Bruiserweight won’t let the Iron King interfere, and these two brawl it out on the ramp!

Joe headbutts Dunne but Dunne forearms him back! X-Plex onto the apron! Bate slips away from Mark, Bop up, BANG hits! Seven tags in, and Mustache Mountain combine for the rebound lariat snap dragon! Cover, Mustache Mountain wins!!

Winners: Mustache Mountain, Trent Seven pinning; advances to the NXT UK Tag Team Championship Finals at UK TakeOver: Blackpool

But Joe is back for more on Dunne! And the rest of Gallus goes after Bate & Seven! Gallus beats down British Strong Style in three separate brawls. Joe puts Dunne away then goes after Seven with Wolfgang. Dunne returns and rocks Wolfgang! And then he tackles Joe Coffey! Mark helps his brother but Wolfgang is thrown out. Bate’s rolling kick rocks Mark and Dunne dumps Joe out! British Strong Style stands tall in Liverpool, and Dunne takes up the mic.

“Joe Coffey, I know you want a title shot so bad, so I had a chat with Johnny Saint in the back. I’ll be seeing you at NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool!” There it is! Dunne VS Joe Coffey for THE United Kingdom Championship! Gallus rush back in and the brawl starts all over again! Will this war for UK supremacy end with the titles?



Episode 22

Toni Storm VS Deonna Purrazzo!

The Lightning Down Under has the match for Rhea Ripley’s NXT UK Women’s Championship, but The Virtuosa feels like she deserves a second chance. Toni will give Deonna a chance to prove herself tonight in this “friendly”. Will it be anything but by the time it’s all over?

The bell rings and fans are strongly behind Toni. Deonna doesn’t let that bug her as she and Toni shake hands. They circle and tie up as fans chant “Aussie Aussie Aussie! OI OI OI!” But just the once. Deonna reverses the wristlock to a wristlock, but Toni spins around to get a drop toehold. Toni gets a facelock but Deonna rolls around to pry at the hold. Toni keeps on and fans rally up, but Deonna gets a takedown. Deonna has the toehold but Toni tries a chinlock. Deonna shrugs her off to then shift to a standing toehold. Toni rolls and pries free to get the headlock takeover! Fans applaud this technical exchange as Deonna headscissors back. Deonna squeezes but Toni rolls around to pop out. Toni offers a hand to Deonna, but Deonna slaps it away.

The two circle again as fans rally up. They tie up and Deonna gets the waistlock. Toni dips low and reverses to a wristlock. Deonna reverses that back and then brings Toni to the mat. Toni reaches up to get the headscissors. Deonna rolls and headstands, then pops out. She gives a bow but Toni stands right up. Toni offers another handshake, but Deonna kicks it away now. Fans boo but Toni shrugs that off. They tie up and Deonna knees low. Deonna chops and chops but then Toni fires off strikes. Things speed up, Toni changes directions to dropkick Deonna down! Cover, TWO! Fans sing for Toni as she snap suplexes and floats over to a cover, TWO! Toni goes for the legs and builds up the energy into the modified STF!

Deonna endures and drags herself over to the ropebreak. Toni lets go but gets a little stomp. Toni runs in at Deonna but the hip attack misses! Deonna runs and blocks the boot to throw Toni down. Deonna stands on Toni to pull and yank that arm! Toni writhes but Deonna covers, TWO! Deonna keeps on the arm and bumps it and uppercuts it. Toni gets to a corner but Deonna wraps the arm in the ropes and pulls! Deonna lets off at 4, but drags Toni up for another wristlock. Deonna traps the arm between her feet for a tweak! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Toni and Toni throws forearms on Deonna. Deonna counters one into a complete shot, and Koji Klutch! Toni endures and fans rally up. Toni makes it a cover, TWO as Deonna lets go.

Deonna runs Toni over with a lariat, then drops a leg on the arm. Deonna scissors the arm, then wrenches the elbow. She sits Toni up for a boot, but Toni counters that into a backstabber! Fans fire up with Toni while Deonna gets to a corner. Toni runs in and hits the hip attack this time! Toni keeps moving, double underhook but Deonna blocks and boots. Deonna runs but into a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Toni keeps her arm and head moving, then drags Deonna back up. She wants the underhook, but Deonna blocks again. Deonna hip tosses, back flips and dropkicks! Cover, TWO, but into the Rings of Saturn! Toni is stuck but fans rally up. Toni gets one arm free but Deonna keeps on the other. Deonna gets both arms for a butterfly lock!

Deonna pulls back but Toni inches her way backwards. Toni gets a foot on the ropes, ropebreak! Deonna lets go at 4, and frustration grows. Fans cheer Toni on but Deonna is on her first. Deonna dares Toni to get up and she SLAPS Toni. “This is your town, huh!? Get up!” Toni does and now they brawl with forearm and chops! Deonna lifts but Toni fights out to boot Deonna! Deonna comes back and goes for the arm! Toni spins through to hit a snap German Suplex! Then, STORM ZERO! Cover, Toni wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

The Lightning strikes and the Storm rolls on towards Blackpool! However, here comes the champ! Rhea Ripley stares Toni down as she walks down the ramp. From one Aussie to another, Rhea holds up the title and tells her she’ll never have it. Will Rhea stay the one and only NXT UK Women’s Champion? Or will Lightning strike in Blackpool to dethrone the Mosh Pit Queen?


Backstage interview with Johnny Saint & Sid Scala.

Last week, Mustache Mountain earned the first spot in the NXT UK Tag Team Championship Finals. But who will they be facing? After much discussion, the second semifinals will come next week. It will be the Grizzled Young Veterans VS Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster. Will Liverpool’s Number One and his friend in Mr. Mayhem ground the air force of Webster & Morgan? Or will Morgan & Webster fly high and high five all the way to Blackpool?


John Morrell VS Mike Hitchman!

Young “Turbo” Morrell was denied his debut match by an attack from Eddie Dennis. However, he gets another try, but will he enjoy his match with the Wild Boar of Wales any better?

The bell rings and Turbo circles with Boar. They tie up and Boar throws Turbo down with a hip toss. Boar eggs Turbo on and they tie up again. Boar throws Turbo again, then yanks on the arm. Turbo endures and gets up. Fans rally for “Boar! Boar!” but Turbo cartwheels and handsprings to a reversal. He fires off EuroUppers, but Boar shoves him away. Turbo comes back on the rebound to wheelbarrow, but Boar just throws him off! Boar stalks Turbo and drops a big back senton! Cover, TWO! Boar keeps on Turbo with a nerve hold in the shoulder. Fans rally up as Turbo endures elbows to the head. Boar clamps back on but Turbo refuses to give up.

Boar hooks the nose and then drives in another elbow before going back to the nerve hold. He throws Turbo to the mat, then drags him back up for more. Turbo endures as fans rally . Turbo feeds off the energy and handsprings through the throw, to then dropkick and PELE! Fans fire up with Turbo as he sentons onto Boar! Cover, TWO! Boar gets to a corner but Turbo runs in with a EuroUpper. Turbo goes corner to corner but Boar dodges, only for Turbo to go up, over and sunset flip! TWO, and Boar flounders. Turbo runs over but into a death valley driver that throws him into buckles! Boar runs for the cannon-boar! Boar hurries up top while Turbo is down, for a frog splash! Cover, Boar wins!

Winner: Wild Boar Mike Hitchman by pinfall

The gritty animal finally gets a win, but it’ll take more than this to gain some ground. Who else will feel the wrath of the Wild Boar?


Joseph Conners speaks.

“Two years ago, when I joined NXT UK, I was sold a lie. Just like when all these shiny new toys joined NXT UK, they were sold a lie.” They were told #WeAreNXTUK. But there is no “we”, it’s only yourself. And Conners is all about himself. If he has to break every single one of these new toys, then so be it. Who will the Righteous Killer seek to destroy first?


Travis Banks speaks.

“Jordan Devlin, you call me out for not loving my country.” He wears his country’s flag, and he’s the Kiwi Buzzsaw because he represents New Zealand. If Devlin wants to challenge Banks, then he’s ready. When and where will the Buzzsaw and the Ace lock horns over national pride?


Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel file a complaint with Sid Scala.

The European Union have each individually beaten Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster. Yet Andrews & Webster are getting the tournament spot? That doesn’t sit well with them. But Sid shouts down their protesting. Barthel and Aichner calm down, but everyone knows that the EU deserve a part of the Semifinals. Their team has only just formed, so the opportunity goes to Morgan & Webster. Plus, Saint has seen their behavior since arriving, so if they even think of interfering, they’ll be ejected out of NXT UK just as quickly! Barthel keeps Aichner calm, and the EU moves on. The line is drawn, will Aichner & Barthel keep from crossing it?


Eddie Dennis VS Dave Mastiff!

The Headmaster is no longer undefeated after his first encounter with the Bomber, but that doesn’t mean he’ll just sit back and accept it. Dennis wants to destroy Mastiff’s undefeated streak, along with Mastiff the man. Which monster makes good on this rematch this close to TakeOver: Blackpool?

The bell rings and Dennis runs right at Mastiff! Fans boo as he unloads on Mastiff. Dennis whips and redirects Mastiff into the corner, and then again, and then again! Dennis stomps a mudhole into Mastiff but lets up at 4. The ref reprimands him but Dennis wants to keep going. Dennis runs into Mastiff’s elbow! Mastiff fires off strikes but gets a knee to the gut. Dennis runs and rocks Mastiff with a right. But Mastiff dodges Dennis to whip, follow and tackle Dennis with a crossbody! Mastiff stalks Dennis and pulls him up with a waisltock. Dennis fights Mastiff off then grabs the rope. Dennis elbows Mastiff away but Mastiff dropkicks him!! Cover, TWO!

Mastiff keeps on Dennis with a grounded abdominal stretch. Mastiff rains elbows down on Dennis but Dennis scrambles away. Dennis holds the ropes again but Mastiff doesn’t care. Mastiff puts Dennis in a camel clutch with the ropes and rains more elbows down! The ref backs Mastiff off and Dennis flounders out of the ring. Mastiff pursues, but Dennis clubs him at the apron. Dennis manages to lift Mastiff in the crucifix, but Mastiff slips out. Mastiff fireman’s carries Dennis for the rolling senton! That proves a bit double edged on the outside but fans cheer for the effort. Mastiff aims at Dennis by the steel steps and runs in, but Dennis dodges! Mastiff collides with the steel!

Both men are down as the ring count passes 5. Dennis drags himself up and around the corner. The count reaches 7, then 9, both men make it in at 9.5! Fans applaud while both monsters glare at each other. Mastiff and Dennis brawl with forearms on their knees back and forth. They brawl as they stand up, and pick up speed! Things get fast and furious and the referee gets shoved! He calls for the bell!

Double Disqualification

But that doesn’t matter to Dennis and Mastiff, they keep brawling! They go around the ring, Dennis shoves but Mastiff comes back. Mastiff throws Dennis out and gives chase at the ramp! The ref tries to break them up again but they won’t be stopped! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but more referees come out to hold them back. Dennis breaks free to leap onto Mastiff! So here comes Johnny Saint! The NXT UK GM tells these two that “if this is the way you two want it, you’ve got it.” NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool, Dennis VS Mastiff in a No Disqualification match! When anything goes, what won’t Dennis and Mastiff do to each other?


The war between British Strong Style and Gallus leads to only one option!

Next week, just days before TakeOver: Blackpool, Pete Dunne, Trent Seven & Tyler Bate will meet Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers in a Six Man Tag Match! Which side earns major momentum for the coming WWE UK Championship match?


Johnny Saint and Sid Scala stand in the ring.

They will both preside over the contract signing for the WWE United Kingdom Championship as head and assistant General Managers. First out is the Iron King of Gallus, Joe Coffey. Fans boo and jeer the cocky Coffey then chant for the Bruiserweight. And yes, second out is the champion, Pete Dunne. Fans giving Dunne a standing ovation as he makes his way out, title in hand. Dunne and Coffey stare down in the ring, and Scala asks them to take their seats. Neither man sits, and Coffey takes up a mic.

“It’s like the first time when two heads of two farms come together to discuss business.” Fans troll with “What?” over Coffey’s accent. But Blackpool will be historic, because there will be a changing of the guard here in NXT UK. Coffey doesn’t like Saint and Scala breathing down his neck, and tells them to back up. Saint and Scala oblige and give Coffey his space. Coffey tells Dunne that “all of this”, from the ring to the country to the brand, is now his. “And soon, that WWE UK title is going to be mine, too.” Coffey asks Dunne how long he’s been champion. Too long, probably. And Dunne has to ask himself “Why? Why are you still the champion?” Coffey will let the fans in on a secret: it’s because Coffey hasn’t been around. The rest of the locker room are just pawns in this game.

“But now it’s time for the Iron King to stand and claim his throne!” Coffey takes the pen and signs the contract. And then Dunne grabs Coffey’s hand and pulls at the fingers! To snap them! Coffey crawls away as Dunne uses his personal pen to sign the contract. “You talk too much.” Dunne tells Coffey they’ll settle this at Blackpool. But then the rest of Gallus appears, and Coffey clubs Dunne in the back! Coffey clears the ring and drags Dunne up, to powerbomb him through the table! Fans boo and jeer while Coffey mocks Dunne’s pose. Coffey holds the WWE UK Championship up high over the fallen Bruiserweight, but will the Iron King truly have his crown? Or will Dunne’s reign only continue to grow to historic lengths?



My Thoughts:

Well I’m surprised we still got two episodes of NXT UK and that it sounds like there’s at least one more episode for the go home. The UK Tag Division is getting pretty good for having so many teams thrown in it. Aichner & Barthel VS Jordan & Williams was a good match, and it seems Williams & Jordan are becoming tag team jobbers to the stars. I appreciate the note where Aichner & Barthel are upset they’re being passed over in favor of Webster & Andrews. Sid Scala has a good counter point that Webster & Andrews have been a team longer, but it’s pretty clear that Grizzled Young Veterans, Gibson & Drake, will win to give us GYV VS Mustache Mountain at Blackpool. If Aichner & Barthel keep clear of the match, I’m betting on them VS Webster & Andrews in a tag team grudge match.

It seems Devlin VS Banks is in the works, if only by default as both men are above facing anyone else yet aren’t high enough it seems for a title opportunity. Devlin VS Banks will be a great match, and perhaps it can serve as a contender’s match for the WWE UK Championship. The same can be said for the possible Aichner-Barthel VS Andrews-Webster match. I am glad to see we’re getting the British Strong Style VS Gallus Six Man Tag after all, though I feel like the announcement it was happening should’ve been for after the contract signing. As contract signings go, Coffey and Dunne had a good one, and I know their match is going to be great. If Coffey finds a way to win against Dunne, new champions can face new challengers to freshen things up.

In fact, the Dennis VS Mastiff No DQ match could make for a contender’s scenario, too. Their match is going to be great, and just adds to how stacked this card already is. But all this stacked talent just emphasizes to me that the UK might need its own midcard title sooner rather than later. The WWE UK Championship can then be seen equal to the NXT Championship, and we can come up with new Champion VS Champion scenarios between the NXT North American Championship and whatever UK midcard title we get. At the same time, with only five midcard singles standouts, Joseph Conners being the fifth, some of the tag teams need to break up to give us an actual micard.

The NXT UK Women’s Division is rolling along smoothly. I like the tease that maybe Deonna could’ve won her way into the title match, but naturally it turns more into a tuner for Toni. Toni VS Rhea II will be really good, and will be another hard match to call. It’d be great for Toni to have her time but I wonder if it’s just the double doses that make Rhea’s reign seem short. Jinny had a good match with Candy Floss, but there’s also Isla Dawn. Perhaps Jinny and Isla will have an unofficial contenders match of their own, winner takes on the champion at the next big event or during a taping. Maybe it’ll be Jinny so that she and Toni can bring their feud from Progress and the indies to NXT UK TV.

My Scores: Episode 21 – 8.5/10; Episode 22 – 8.4/10

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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.1.2022

After the holiday, we get on track for Hard to Kill. Deonna vs Mickie James is the main event…do we see Mickie’s career end tonight?



With the holiday last week, I wasn’t home to cover IMPACT so it’s going to be a fun night of how much I remember and how well they frame the stories.

We’re on the road to Hard to Kill, so we need to remind people about Over Drive and then move forward. I’m also curious if we get any resolution on the VBD stare down after EY lost. I really don’t want EY to get kicked since that will be a sad group of mid card sacks of shit. But I guess we’ll see.


  • Rich Swann vs Bully Ray: Swann wins via DQ – * 1/2
  • Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar: Moose wins via Lights Out – * 3/4
  • Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via DQ – **
  • Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Victory Roll – *** 1/2



We get the Over Drive highlights, so I’m guessing they did their usual Thanksgiving fun episode. Bully Ray walks out to start the show. Bully recaps things, explains how he kept his word while running down the crowd, intimidating children and doing solid heel work. 

It goes a little long, but thankfully Rich Swann eventually gets sick of the diatribe and rushes the ring. Swann gets in a few pot shots, but Bully bails out, tries to walk away and gets a plancha. The referee comes out and the match will kick off the show!

Rich Swann vs Bully Ray

Bully jaws a little, lays in some punches and power moves but Rich eventually turns the tide. The quick step over back kick and a Frog Splash for 1. But then Bully catches Rich on the top rope, Tree of Woe and starts wailing on him.

Bully keeps control of Swann until Swann drops down with the Jawbreaker and then we see him start using the speed and athleticism with kicks and top rope moves. Bully stifles Rich, goes for the Avalanche Senton as he flirts with the referee and misses. Rich hits a 450 Splash for 2, and then we see a little back and forth, before Bully grabs his chain and hits Rich in front of the referee. So the DQ happens but Bully doesn’t care. Bully gets a chair and other weapons from under the ring and starts beating on Rich.

Bully really likes these zip ties, Tommy Dreamer comes out to stop Bully though. They argue, Bully shoves Dreamer and then D’Amore hits the ring to try and quell this. Bully is defiant, even D’Amore is getting fired up and looks like he wants to fight Bully. Dreamer trying to keep D’Amore away from Bully is funny and pretty great. 

Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar

Definitely not a match I expected. 

Moose gets in the early shots, but Gujjar starts to fire back and he gets some solid shots sending Moose to the outside. Gujjar takes to long to pander after the Dropkick and Moose has him eat a Big Boot into an Apron Powerbomb.

Gujjar shows more fire but Moose cuts him down. Moose goes for the Lights Out, but Gujjar dodges sending Moose into the corner. A few shots, Ripcord Knee, Slingblade and now…tuning up the Gargoyle Spear but Moose side steps it like Samoa Joe. Gujjar leapfrogs the Lights Out again, but Moose puts the brakes on and fires back connecting with the Lights Out and the win.

Moose starts to rant and says that he doesn’t want any of the idiots to to talk about Bully Ray or “Say his name”, and then JOE HENDRY’s music hits! There is already a “This is Awesome” chant just with Joe Hendry and Moose standing in the ring. Hendry fights Moose off mostly and Gujjar hits the awful Spear out of nowhere to get Moose to powder out. 

Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian

Maclin starts off with some big strikes but Kaz ducks the line and hits the Springboard Reverse Elbow, and begins his offensive. Kaz beats on him in one corner then Maclin tosses him out and we see some back and forth. Neither are really landing big strikes, Maclin keeps some control with smaller strikes and knees against the ropes, but nothing really definitive.

A few of Maclin’s shots piss off Kaz and they Hockey Fight a little but Maclin keeps all of the control. Kaz does finally start a comeback and we get some of the classic Kaz Flying Forearm, Guillotine Legdrop and Slingshot Cutter. Maclin powder…and grabs a chair. So…another DQ finish?

Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James

They do a good job pacing things back and forth early on. Deonna fights back and starts to rock Mickie, the Slingshot into the bottom rope gives Deonna full control. Headlock Takeover and tries to wear Mickie down, Mickie fires back but Deonna refuses to give her the advantage. Mickie finally manages to slow her down with a Headscissors and now we get Mickie dropping Deonna down, Mickie goes to the top for the Thesz Press, but Deonna pushes her off.

Commercial break kicks in, and Deonna hits a Brainbuster for a few sequential pinfall attempts, but Mickie refuses to stay down. Camel Clutch from Deonna is wearing down Mickie but she manages to fight out. A few back elbows, then Mickie goes to the ropes to try offense but Deonna stifles. They struggle and Mickie finally gets Deonna on the outside, Dropkick and Thesz Press to the outside.

Mickie throws Deonna in, Missile Dropkick, Neckbreaker and looking for the Mick D-T, but Deonna stops it. Tornado DDT attempt from Mickie, but a Pump Kick from Deonna drops Mickie for a 2 count. Queen’s Gambit attempt, Superkick counter from Mickie for another 2. Mick D-T again, but Deonna blocks and swings around driving Mickie down into the Fujiwara. Venus Di Milo gets locked in too close to the ropes.

Locomotion Victory Rolls, Deonna tries to grab the tights, but Mickie counters through and picks up the win with a little tights pull of her own.

Jordynne’s music hits. She basically says they both put things behind them, and challenges Mickie at Hard to Kill. Career versus Title. 

Overall Score: 6/10

Honestly, Bully went on a little long, Moose’s promo was a little too similar to Bully just being a piece of shit. Plus the match quality aside from the main event was lame, two DQs is redundant…so yeah, not sure what to make of this.

Career versus Title for Knockouts is nice but then after that we had the vignette killing off Eric Young so VBD is a mid card faction. Which I guess is a little sad since this is the best Deaner we’ve ever seen, but he’s still not a credible on the card.

So it was a weird show, but Joe Hendry always makes things a little better.

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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/30/22)

World Tag League, Round 4!



NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

Will the United Empire continue to conquer?

World Tag League finally goes again, and round four might be bad luck for the top of the block! Will Aussie Open continue to lead as an undefeated duo?


  • Tomoaki Honma & Ryohei Oiwa VS Yuto Nakashima & Oska Leube; Nakashima & Leube win.
  • Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Clark Connors & Kosei Fujita VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Fale & Chase win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Suzuki & Archer win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Aussie Open wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls; Shane & Mikey win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Yano & Tanahashi win.


Here are the current World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 3-0, 6 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-1, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-1, 4 points
Suzuki & Archer: 2-1, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-1, 4 points
The Mighty: 2-1, 4 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 1-2, 2 points
Chase & Fale: 1-2, 2 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-3, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-3, 0 points


World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!

The #MechanicalBulls are barely holding on, but so are the General’s Jewels! Who gets a grip and claws their way back up before it’s too late?

The teams sort out and Kidd starts against Chase. Fans rally as the two circle, and they’re able to cheer “KIDDU! KIDDU!” The two tie up with knuckle locks, break, then go again. Chase waistlocks, but Kidd pries free to wrench. Chase spins and wrenches back to top wristlock. Kidd slips around, spins Chase and snapmares, then sits him up to a chinlock. Chase fights up to get in the ropes. The ref counts the break and Kidd counts along to let go at 4. Chase is annoyed but Kidd says it’s okay. Kidd and Chase approach, Chase kicks the knuckle lock away to tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Chase puts Kidd in a corner, the ref counts, and Chase lets off.

Chase CHOPS Kidd, but Kidd DECKS Chase! Kidd fires up and fans applaud. Chase stands up and resets with Kidd, they tie up, and Chase claws Kidd’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Chase headlocks but Kidd powers out. Chase runs Kidd over and tells him, “SUCK IT!” Things speed up, Kidd hurdles but Chase stomps the monkey flip with a stomp! Chase headlocks but Coughlin tags in as Kidd powers out. Kidd drops down and Coughlin scoops Chase to SLAM! Kidd drops a SENTON, then the Mechanical Bulls flex. Coughlin deadlift gut wrenches for the SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Chase goes to a corner. Coughlin runs in, but Chase dodges!

Chase CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Coughlin just frowns at him. Coughlin puts Chase in the corner, but Chase blocks the chop with knees! Coughlin shapes out the arm and Chase storms up on him, but Coughlin picks Chase up to RAM him in the corner! Coughlin UPPERCUTS, CHOPS, and roars! Fans fire up with The Android as he drags Chase up. Coughlin tags Kidd, whips Chase, then kicks Chase low. Kidd knee lifts, Coughlin CHOPS, and Chase falls for Kidd to drop an elbow! Fale gets in but Coughlin kicks him first. The Mechanical Bulls mug Fale then double whip, but Fale runs them both over! Fans fire up as the Rogue General stomps Kidd.

Fale drags Kidd up, whips him corner to corner, and Chase stomps a mudhole in. Chase drags Kidd up to scrape his face on the ropes! Tag to Fale, and Chase pushes Kidd down for him and Fale to stand on his back! The ref counts but Chase & Fale salute. Bullet Club steps away at 4, and Fale drags Kidd to a cover. TWO, and Fale is upset with the ref. Fans rally for Kidd but Fale stomps him down. Fale drags Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Fale throat chops back! Kidd sputters and Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up, he and Fale double whip, and they body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up for Kidd but Chase taunts Coughlin. The ref stops Coughlin from getting in as Chase brings Kidd up. Kidd swings but Chase dodges to BELL CLAP! Chase throws Kidd down for the NECK TWEAK! Kidd writhes and Chase tags Fale. Bullet Club whip Kidd to a corner, then Fale runs in, only for Kidd to dodge! Chase runs in but Kidd dumps him out! Fans rally up but Fale stomps Kidd down. Fale drags Kidd up, scoops him, but Kidd slips off! SUPERKICK! Fale staggers away and fans fire up! Kidd crawls for his corner, hot tag to- NO, Chase trips Coughlin! Chase wags his finger, and Fale SPLASHES Kidd in the corner! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up and Kidd sputters, but Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up and calls his shot! Chase suplexes, but Kidd blocks! Kidd throws body shots, but Chase blocks his suplex. They fight for control and fans rally up. Chase gets Kidd up, but Kidd fights back down to TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Kidd fires up as fans fire up, and both men crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Coughlin and Fale! The Android dodges the General to RAM shoulders! Coughlin fires off forearms then scoops! But Fale’s too big! Or is he?! Fale CLUBS Coughlin before he’s off the ground too far! Fale scoops Coughlin to a fireman’s carry, but Coughlin fights free!

Coughlin fires off more forearms, he ROCKS Fale, then tries the scoop! Fans rally but Fale resists! Coughlin knees low, CHOPS, and fires up! “LET’S GO!!” Coughlin runs but Fale CLOBBERS him! Fale then runs to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Coughlin is still in this. Tag to Chase, Bullet Club double whip to FLAPJACK and SLIDING BOOT! Cover, but Kidd breaks it! Fans fire up as Kidd fires off forearms on Bullet Club! Kidd forearms, CHOPS, repeat! Kidd roars, runs, but Chase gets around to waistlock and lift! Fale runs in, GRENADE LAUNCHER! Fale whips Coughlin corner to corner, Chase runs in and forearm smashes!

Fale runs in to SPLASH! Fale then scoops Coughlin and Chase goes up, but Coughlin slips free! Coughlin shoves Fale into Chase, and Chase falls onto his crown jewels! Fale staggers, into a SCOOP SLAM!! The Android roars and fans fire up! Coughlin clinches Chase, for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up more and Coughlin drags Chase up. But Chase BOOTS, C-TRIGGERS, and tucks Coughlin in! PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, Chase & Fale win!

Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)

Chase turns things around in the blink of an eye, and he and Fale survive the Mechanical Bulls! Can they survive until the end of the league to be a finalist? As for Coughlin & Kidd, is their run already over at 0-4?


World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!

The All United Empire Finals is still possible, but only if the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon continue to dominate! Will they keep their hopes alive? Or will even the Empire see that #EverybodyDies?

As always, The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to give the Empire’s introductions. As for the Murderhawk Monster, he storms over the railing to get right up to commentary! Milano Collection AT and Master Wato ask for mercy, they don’t wanna get hit. Then Suzuki makes his entrance and Archer chases Gideon! Gideon runs all the way to the back row, and Archer pushes Young Lion Oskar Leube out of his way. Fans all join in on “KAZE NI NARE!” and then Suzuki-Gun attacks the Empire! Archer kicks Henare and throws him out while Suzuki himself is after Khan! Suzuki throws Khan out, stomps him at ringside, and the bell rings!

Suzuki stands Khan up to knee him low, then kick him down! Archer chases a cameraman off, but then Henare dodges his boot into the post! Henare comes back to ROCK Archer! Khan and Suzuki trade forearms, then Suzuki kicks low. Suzuki whips, Khan reverses and Suzuki hits railing! Suzuki slumps down and Khan is after him. Khan shakes the railing while choking Suzuki with his foot! Khan lets off to CLUB Suzuki but Suzuki throws body shots. Khan CLUBS Suzuki again, puts him in the ring, and then drags him around to CHOKE! The ref counts, Khan lets off and brings up all the stuff Suzuki was doing.

Suzuki kicks at Khan from below, but Khan stomps away on Suzuki! Khan CHOKES Suzuki again, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Fans rally up as Khan drags Suzuki up. Khan puts Suzuki in the corner, CLUBS him, then hops up onto his throne! Fans applaud but Suzuki snarls as Khan pulls back the arms! Henare talks trash right to Suzuki’s face while the ref manages to keep Archer back. Suzuki SPITS at Henare! Khan hops off, Henare CLUBS Suzuki, then Khan tags Henare in. The Empire mugs Suzuki but he fights back with CHOPS and palm strikes! But the Empire still mugs Suzuki with clubbing arms.

Henare ROCKS Suzuki with forearm after forearm in the corner, then digs his boots in! The ref counts and Henare lets off, but Suzuki stands right up! Henare KICKS, KICKS and ROCKS Suzuki! Fans fire up, and Suzuki hits back! Suzuki wrenches an arm, brings Henare to ropes, then HOTSHOTS the arm! Henare swings on Suzuki but into a HANGING ARMBAR! Archer runs to BLAST Khan off the apron! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off and drags Henare out to whip him hard into the railing! Suzuki ELBOWS Henare in the head and Henare drops to the floor. Archer stomps Khan around outside to keep him down.

Archer apparently takes offense to Khan’s ponytail being a braid, it’s too much like Archer’s murderhawk braid. Anyway, Suzuki stands Henare up, slaps him around, and he bumps Henare off the apron. The ring count climbs but Suzuki puts Henare in at 5 of 20. Tag to Archer, and Suzuki-Gun stands on Henare’s head! The ref reprimands, Suzuki-Gun steps away, and Archer drags Henare back up. Archer puts Henare in a corner, stomps a mudhole in, laughs and stomps some more. Archer digs his knee in but the ref counts. Archer lets off at 4, then Suzuki gets a shot in. Suzuki returns the trash talk from earlier as he slaps Henare around.

Archer stands Henare up and Henare throws a body shot. Archer fires up and throws his shirt off, egging Henare on. Henare throws forearms, then a CHOP! Archer laughs and dares him to do that again. Henare CHOPS, so Archer DECKS him! Fans fire up while Archer looms over Henare. Archer drags Henare up and to the corner to tag in Suzuki. Suzuki-Gun mugs Henare with body shot after body shot! Suzuki hits Henare one more time and he falls over! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Suzuki drags Henare up. Henare throws a forearm, but Suzuki gives it back! Suzuki eggs Henare on so Henare throws another forearm!

Suzuki ROCKS Henare with a shot, fans rally up, and Henare fires off a flurry! Suzuki kicks low! Suzuki runs, but Henare blocks the kick to step-over WHEEL KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Henare stirs, hurries over, hot tag to Khan! Khan throws hands on Suzuki then the Mongolian Chop! Khan whips Suzuki to a corner and clotheslines from behind! Khan dribbles Suzuki’s head off the buckles! The ref reprimands but Khan SLAM DUNKS Suzuki! Suzuki staggers around, Khan runs, and he runs Suzuki over! Cover, ONE!! Suzuki is still a tough old bastard and Khan drags him up.

Fans rally up as Khan whips Suzuki corner to corner. Suzuki reverses and BOOTS Khan! Then Suzuki dribbles Khan off the buckles! Fans rally, Suzuki snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Suzuki seems to prefer soccer to basketball. Cover, TWO! Suzuki stomps Khan, slaps him around, but Khan stands as fans rally. Khan ROCKS Suzuki, but Suzuki ROCKS Khan! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster, and fans rally with each shot! Khan ROCKS Suzuki, ROCKS him again, but Suzuki just laughs! Suzuki ROCKS Khan right back! Khan wobbles and drops to a knee! Suzuki eggs Khan on, so Khan Mongolian Chops!

Khan Mongolian Chops again! Khan roars, runs, but Suzuki kitchen sink knees him down! Tag to Archer! Archer stalks Khan, and clamps on an IRON CLAW! But Khan clamps on HIS IRON CLAW! The fans rally for the battle of iron claws! Khan and Archer go back and forth, but Archer breaks free to full nelson! Khan breaks free of that to drag Archer down to a KNEEBAR! Archer flails and crawls and reaches out as Khan grapevines the leg! Khan has a HEEL HOOK, then shifts the angle! Archer keeps moving and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer as Khan lets off to tag Henare. Khan still anchors the leg, then he and Henare stomp Archer down.

Henare drags Archer up to throw body shots in the corner. Henare & Khan double whip Archer corner to corner,  then Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to add a clothesline! Henare feeds Archer to the HITSUJIGOROSHI, then grabs at the legs. But Suzuki runs in to CLUB Henare and stop the Fubuki! Suzuki CHOPS Henare, CHOPS Khan, repeat! HEADBUTT for Henare, HEADBUTT for Khan! Henare swings but Suzuki gets around to shove Henare into Khan! Suzuki runs but into SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Fans fire up and Khan runs at Archer in the corner, but into a BOOT! Henare runs in, but Archer dodges!

Archer puts Khan in a corner, and he sees he has two targets! Fans fire up as Archer runs to back elbow Henare! And  runs corner to corner to back elbow Khan! Back to Henare, but then Khan dodges! Archer kicks Khan, runs, but into a chicken wing and PONYTAIL CHOKE! The ref reprimands but Khan feeds Archer to Henare’s HEEL KICK! Khan puts on HITSUJIGOROSHI, Henare gets the legs for FUBUKI, then MARINE!! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives and fans fire up again! Henare calls the shot, and he fireman’s carries Archer. Khan runs, but Suzuki slips in to catch Khan with a SLEEPER HOLD!

Archer slips free to choke grip Henare! But Henare throws a HARD body shot! Henare roars and runs in, to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Henare shoves Archer out, goes up, but Archer blocks the “brain chop!” Archer STEP-UP KNEES Henare, and has the inverted crucifix! BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!

Winners: Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)

The Suzuki Army just conquered the United Empire! Did they just kill the hopes of an All United Empire Finals? Or can Khan & Henare find new live in the next round?


World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!

Speaking of the Empire, Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher are leading the pack, hoping to carve their names in history! Will “Dunk-Zilla” and the “Aussie Arrow” still be riding high? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp bring them down by any means necessary?

Gideon Grey returns, safe from Archer, to give Aussie Open their introductions. Then the House of Torture makes their entrance, with Dick Togo already accompanying them outright. Who knows where Sho is lurking, but surely he’s here, too. Aussie Open don’t sweat Evil or Yujiro as they taunt them during the introductions. Fletcher tells Dick to shoo, “See you later, bucko.” But then the House of Torture attack 3v2! Evil claws Fletcher’s eyes while Dick and Yujiro mug Davis. Dick even DECKS Gideon! Yujiro throws Davis out while Evil throws Fletcher out. The bell rings to put this on record as the brawling continues outside.

Evil and Yujiro whip Aussie Open but Aussie Open reverse to send Evil and Yujiro into railing! Then Aussie Open pick them up, run around the way, and SANDWICH them at ramp side! Fans fire up and Fletcher helps Gideon back up. Fletcher CLUBS Evil, Davis puts Yujiro in, and Fletcher goes in after Yujiro. Fans rally up as Aussie Open double whip the Pimp to double sledge, PENALTY KICK and SENTON! Fans fire up as Davis covers, TWO! Davis glares at Dick then drags Yujiro up to ROCK him with a forearm. Tag to Kyle, Aussie Open mugs Yujiro, and Yujiro staggers around. Fletcher reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro wrenches and BITES Fletcher’s hand!

The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops and he kicks Fletcher low. Yujiro whips, Fletcher reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Fletcher runs in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Evil BLASTS Davis and goes out after him! Dick ROCKS Fletcher while Evil brings Davis around. Evil RAMS Davis into the timekeeper! Davis and Abe-san both flop down on the other side of the railing! The ref reprimands and Young Lions hurry to help Abe-san. Evil kicks Fletcher around, pulls his hair, then puts him in the ring for Yujiro. Yujiro drags Fletcher to a cover and the ref returns to count, ONE! Fans rally but Evil is already annoyed with the count.

Yujiro bumps Fletcher off buckles, tags Evil, and Evil has the ref check Davis But this is so Evil can CHOKE Fletcher with his shirt! Fans boo but Evil gets away with that and covers, TWO! Evil is upset again but the ref defends his count. Tag to Yujiro and he drags Kyle up. Yujiro snapmares and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Fletcher as Evil argues the count. Yujiro drags Fletcher up, fans rally and cheer for Aussie Open. Yujiro ROCKS Fletcher, brings him around, and ROCKS him again. Evil holds Fletcher in place so Yujiro can CHOKE him with a boot! The ref has to keep Davis back so the House of Torture gets away with that.

Evil taunts Davis, then he drags Fletcher up into a cobra twist. Yujiro and Dick link up with Evil to link to the railing for leverage! Fans boo and Gideon storms over, but Dick kicks him first! Dick then makes Gideon part of the chain! Fletcher endures even more before the ref notices! The ref counts, the House lets off and Fletcher crawls away. Evil keeps him from Davis but taunts Davis to reach out. Evil brings Fletcher around but Fletcher fires off forearms! But Evil knees low! Evil suplexes but Fletcher blocks! Fans rally as Fletcher keeps fighting, and he wrenches out to get around and SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF!

Fans fire up with Fletcher and he crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Davis! Dunk-Zilla blasts through Yujiro to corner clothesline Evil! Then Davis CHOPS Yujiro, and corner clotheslines Evil again! Another CHOP for Yujiro, another corner clothesline for Evil! Davis goes for another but Yujiro dodges the chop to kick low. Evil & Yujiro double whip Davis, but Davis handsprings and comes back to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up with Davis as he storms up to Evil in a corner. Davis CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS again! Davis drags Evil up to fireman’s carry, but Evil slips around to a waistlock.

Davis elbows free but Dick swipes at him! Dick plays innocent, and Davis turns around into an EYE RAKE! Evil whips Davis into bare buckles! The fans boo the Bullet Club Special but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro & Evil stomp Davis, then Yujiro drags Davis up. Yujiro stands Davis against ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro then brings Davis out to FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Aussie Open but Yujiro brings Davis up. Davis fights the Incolle Slam, but Yujiro kick slow! Yujiro whips, Davis reverses and runs in, but Yujiro dodges! Yujiro runs in but Davis catches him to BUCKLE SHOT!

Davis runs side to side to SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Davis runs to BLAST Evil! But Dick grabs Davis! Fletcher runs in to SHOTGUN Dick down! Aussie Open brings Yujiro up, POP-UP KICK! And then the scoop, to the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, but Evil breaks it! Fletcher CLUBS Evil and throws him out! Fletcher hurries back to the corner, Davis tags him in! Fans rally as Aussie Open calls for the finish, but here’s SHO! Sho distracts everyone by brandishing his wrench! The ref tells Sho to get down so he does, but this allows Evil to shove Aussie Open into each other, and the ref!

Fans boo as Dick gets in to JAM Davis with a chair! And again! The House of Torture mugs Aussie Open 4v2! Fans boo harder, then they rally up for Aussie Open. Gideon gets in to block Sho from using the wrench! But Evil CLUBS Gideon! But here comes GREAT-O-KHAN! He BOOTS Sho down and DECKS Dick! He Mongolian Chops Evil, dodges Yujiro and hits the RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Fans roar and the Empire fires back up! Aussie Open aim at Evil, SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Evil goes down, Yujiro staggers, and he has his pimp cane! The ref stops Yujiro from using it, and then Gideon gets in to LOW BLOW Yujiro!

Fans fire up and Aussie Open give Yujiro COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!

Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)

The House of Torture can’t seem to figure it out! Will they ever get on the board at this rate? As for Fletcher & Davis, is it only a matter of time before they conquer the World Tag League?


World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls!

It was Lights Out for the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull last round, but The Mighty did not kneel! Will Shane & Mikey stay standing? Or will Los Ingobernables de Japon make them tranquilo?

Naito takes his time with his entrance attire as always, which mildly annoys The Mighty. Shane mocks Sanada’s dancing pecks with butt flexing. The teams sort out and Mikey wants Naito to step up. LIJ fist bumps, fans cheer, and Naito obliges. Fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” at the bell. Naito and Mikey circle slowly, feel things out, then Naito toys around with the step forward and the step back. Mikey gets annoyed but they tie up. Mikey waistlocks but Naito wrenches out to a wristlock. Mikey rolls, wrenches, wristlocks, but Naito rolls, wrenches and hammerlocks. Mikey reaches back to headlock, but Naito powers out, only for Mikey to run him over!

Naito gets up, Mikey runs him over again! Mikey wrenches and whips Naito to ropes, but Naito whips the back drop away. Mikey comes back to turn Naito’s back drop into a suplex! Mikey holds Naito up and fans rally! Mikey keeps Naito for over TEN before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Mikey drags Naito up. Mikey puts Naito in the corner, tags Shane, and the Mighty stomp away. Shane snapmares to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps on Naito’s arm with a knuckle lock. Shane KICKS Naito in the back, wrenches the arm and YANKS it. Shane wrenches and YANKS again, then tags Mikey.

The Mighty mugs Naito, double whips him, but Naito ducks the double clothesline to shove Mikey into Shane! Shane falls out of the ring and Naito whips Mikey to ropes. Sanada trips Mikey and Naito basement dropkicks! Fans rally up as Mikey flops out of the ring. Naito goes out after Mikey and whips him hard into railing! Sanada bumps Shane off the apron, then Naito whips Mikey into more railing! The ring count starts, Mikey drags himself up and in at 9 of 20. Naito headlocks Mikey and claws his eyes! The ref reprimands, Naito lets off, but then he just claws Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and tags Sanada in.

LIJ mugs Mikey, Sanada wrenches and CLUBS the arm. Sanada YANKS, wrenches, but Mikey throws big forearms! Sanada waistlocks, hammerlocks, then twists the arm. Mikey throws elbows to back Sanada up into a corner. Mikey whips but Sanada reverses. Sanada runs in, he blocks the boot, and he CLUBS the leg! Mikey falls, Sanada tags Naito, and Naito whips Mikey to another corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses, and he taunts Shane. Naito drags Mikey up but Mikey throws a haymaker. Naito returns it so Mikey throws another. They go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up!

Mikey ROCKS Naito, ROCKS him again, then ROLLING ELBOWS! But Naito just rakes Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and whips corner to corner. Naito runs in but Mikey UPPERCUTS! Mikey runs but into a kick! Naito whips, runs in, but Mikey LARIATS Naito down! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Shane! Shane CLOBBERS Naito, BLASTS Sanada then ELBOWS Naito! Shane whips Naito corner to corner to UPPERCUT him down! Sanada gets in, kicks Shane low and whips him to ropes. Shane reverses to wrench and SAIDO! Fans fire up, Shane KICKS, BOOTS and INVERTED EXPLODERS Naito! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up and Shane stalks Naito. Shane drags Naito up, hoists him up top and ROCKS Naito with a right. Shane climbs up after Naito but Naito CLAWS Shane’s eyes! Shane staggers away but Mikey rushes in to ROCK Naito! Mikey climbs up but Naito fires off forearms! Mikey drops back but he gives Shane a boost! Shane gets Naito, SUPERPLEX POWERBOMB COMBO! Mikey drags Shane onto the cover but Sanada breaks it! Mikey CLUBS Sanada and throws him out. Shane and Naito stir, Mikey whips Sanada but Sanada reverses! Mikey hits railing hard! Shane drags Naito up, reels him in, but Naito blocks the lift!

Naito wrenches out to throw ELBOW after ELBOW! Shane avoids an elbow to UPPERCUT, then he whips only for Naito to reverse it, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Naito crawls as fans rally, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada runs in at Shane and blocks a boot! Shane kicks free, but Sanada dropkicks the legs, then dropkicks Shane out of the ring! Sanada hurries and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Sanada drags Shane back up, puts him back in, and fans rally again. Sanada springboards but Shane gets under! Shane comes back, but into a fireman’s carry! Shane slips off, Sanada elbows him away, but Mikey sneaks a tag.

Shane wrenches Sanada but Sanada fights the back suplex. Sanada swings at Mikey but into the BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Mikey runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this but Mikey snarls. Fans rally, Mikey drags Sanada up and fireman’s carries, only for Sanada to slip off! Sanada ducks the back elbow but right into a DDT! Fans rally back up while both men are down, and Mikey roars! Mikey drags Sanada up to scoop, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey into Naito’s atomic drop! ENZIGURI! Fireman’s carry and T K O! Cover, Shane breaks it! Naito throws Mikey out and fans fire up as Sanada climbs the corner!

ROUNDING BODY- NO, Sanada has to land out as Mikey moves! Shane gets in to BROKEN ARROW! Naito dropkicks Shane’s legs out! Mikey storms up into Naito’s ELBOW! Mikey roars, Naito dodges his lariat and comes back to dropkick the legs! Naito runs, CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Mikey blocks Destino and Shane runs in, LAWN DART DDT! Fans fire up and Mikey drags Sanada up. Shane hops up, Mikey scoops, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey at Shane! Sanada O’Conner BRI- NO, Mikey stops the bridge and shoves Sanada into Shane’s ROUNDHOUSE! Mikey scoops Sanada again, TANK BUSTER!! Cover, The Mighty win!!

Winners: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Naito & Sanada earn 0)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they find a way to win! Will Shane & Mikey find an outside way into the finals? Is the pressure to make it to WrestleKingdom going to break Naito before the league is out?


World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!

The Joker & The Ace finally got on the board, but the winstreak of one win might already end against the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter. Can the trickster bring himself to pull any tricks on his friends in Chaos? Or will Bishamon turn out the lights on Yano & Tanahashi?

The teams sort out and Yano grows impatient. He doesn’t even take note of Tanahashi taking off his jacket to show off the muscles. Goto steps up and Yano fires up. The bell rings and fans rally and duel. Yano squats and talks some smack, but Goto squats with him! Goto gives back the trash talk, Hashi steps in to back Goto up, and even smooshes Goto’s face up to make it more menacing! Yano says enough jokes, but Goto blocks Yano’s kick! Hashi runs to dropkick the leg! Goto BLASTS Tanahashi, then Bishamon brings Yano up to drum away! Tanahashi rushes in, but Bishamon kicks him to drum him, too! Fans fire up as Bishamon stands tall.

Goto stomps Yano to a corner, fires forearms, then whips him corner to corner. Yano reverses, then hurries to untie a buckle pad! Yano fires up but turns around into a kick! But the pad shielded Yano! Fans boo and Goto can’t believe it! Yano throws the pad to Goto and SLAPS him! Yano whips and Goto hits the buckles! Hashi runs in, Yano kicks him and whips him into bare buckles, too! Tag to Tanahashi and Yano throws Hashi out. Tanahashi drags Goto up, throws him out, and the bad boys bring Bishamon around to whip into railing! Fans rally and cheer as Tanahashi drags Goto back up to put him in the ring.

Tanahashi stomps Goto’s leg then YANKS it! Fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi drags Goto up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Yano, and he bumps Goto off the bare buckles! And again! Fans fire up while Red Shoes keeps Hashi back. Yano whips Goto into the bare buckles now! Goto hobbles and fans fire up. Yano kneels on Goto for a cover, but Red Shoes says it’s a choke! Yano says no, it’s just up high! Yano stomps Goto, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tanahashi, and the bad boys whip Goto to ropes. They run him over, then they squat! Tanahashi drags Goto up, but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!

Tanahashi throws body shots, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi ELBOWS Tanahashi down, BLASTS Yano, then storms up on Tanahashi. Tanahashi kicks low, whips Hashi to the padded corner, but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Hashi mule kicks and turns Tanahashi for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi runs in again, to CHOP Tanahashi against ropes! Hashi hangs Tanahashi out to dry, runs side to side, and he DROPKICKS Tanahashi down! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Hashi stalks Tanahashi.

Fans rally, “GO ACE! GO ACE!” but Hashi brings Tanahashi up. Hashi reels Tanahashi in but Tanahashi fights the lift. Hashi keeps trying, but Tanahashi wrenches out. Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi ROCKS Hashi! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans rally up! Tanahashi gets the edge, but Hashi CHOPS back! Hashi aims but Tanahashi blocks the superkick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally while both men are down! Hashi and Tanahashi crawl, hot tags to Goto and Yano! Yano dodges Goto, claws his eyes and whips him, but Goto reverses! Yano hits the bare buckles, then Goto hits MURAMASA, and the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally, Goto fireman’s carries but Yano fights with elbows! Yano runs, Goto follows but Yano ducks! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up with Goto and he drags Yano up, but Yano ROCKS him! Goto ROCKS Yano back, the forearms start flying back and forth, faster and faster! Fans rally as Goto gets the edge, but Yano rakes the eyes! But Goto SLAPS Yano! Goto whips, Yano reverses and throws Goto by his hair! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs in to forearm smash, then he feeds Goto to an atomic drop! Trip and CATAPULT into the bare buckles! Tanahashi runs but Goto denies the Slingblade!

Goto shoves Tanahashi into Yano, then DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up as all three men are down! Goto crawls, fans rally up, and Goto hot tags Hashi! Hashi runs the ropes but Tanahashi blocks the lariat! Hashi spins to CHOP! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest! But both men roar! Hashi fires off his own strike fest and CHOPS! SUPERKICK! Tanahashi stays up, Hashi runs to LARIAT him down! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Hashi and he brings Tanahashi back up. Hashi fisherman’s but Tanahashi fights the suplex to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, to SLINGBLADE! Cover, but Goto breaks it!

Yano throws Goto back out! Tanahashi fires up and he goes up the corner! HIGH FLY FLOW onto Hashi’s knees!! Hashi cradles, TWO!!! Tanahashi survives the sudden turnaround and fans are thunderous! Fans rally with “GO ACE! GO ACE!” as Tanahashi and Hashi stir. They both sit up, head for each other, and Tanahashi throws a forearm. Hashi throws it back! Tanahashi throws another forearm, but Hashi throws it back! They stand, egg each other on, and the forearms fly faster and faster! Fans rally, SHOTEI rocks Hashi! Tanahashi runs, but into Goto’s fireman’s carry! Tanahashi slips off but Goto powers him into the corner!

Hashi runs in and Goto moves, Hashi CHOPS Tanahashi! Hashi feeds Tanahashi to the fireman’s carry but he slips off again! Tanahashi full nelsons but Goto breaks that and ducks, HIDDEN GAP! Fireman’s carry again, FIERCE FLASH! Fans fire up more as Bishamon says it’s time! They drag Tanahashi up, hook him up, but Tanahashi kicks Hashi away! Yano drags Hashi out while Tanahashi hits TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Yano puts Hashi back in, drags Goto out, and Tanahashi runs, into a CHOP! Hashi runs, dodges Tanahashi once, but the SLINGBLADE comes back around!! Fans fire up as Tanahashi climbs the corner!

Goto anchors Tanahashi’s legs! Tanahashi CLUBS Goto but Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi! Hashi climbs up, but Yano LOW BLOWS Goto! Yano slips in and grabs Hashi for the ONIGOROSHI BOMB!! Tanahashi adjusts, HIGH FLY FLOW!!! Direct hit!! Cover, Ace & Joker win!!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toru Yano, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Goto & Hashi earn 0)

The World Tag League 2021 winners have fallen to 2-2! Are their chances of back-to-back wins in jeopardy?

As for Yano & Tanahashi, Tanahashi gets the mic to thank the fans for coming tonight. “Hey, Toru, it’s great to hear the cheers, huh?” Fans cheer because it’s great TO cheer! Tanahashi says he wants to have this every day, “so make sure you stay safe and healthy so that happens! Thank you for today!” Fans cheer for that, and they want the air guitar! Tanahashi borrows one from a fan on the east side, that he passes to Yano! Yano’s happy to be part of a rare air guitar duet! Master Wato even has his on commentary, so now it’s a trio! “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “LET’S ROCK!” The jam session is on!

Fans clap along as Yano is a natural! Fans cheer but they want the “EN-CO-RU! EN-CO-RU!” Tanahashi is never one to disappoint the fans, and Yano gets his chair guitar! They jam out again, and Yano can truly do it all! But he’s not gonna throw the chair to the fans, that’s dangerous. But the fans want another encore! Tanahashi says, “LAST ONE! Yano takes a seat in his chair for air DRUMS! Now it’s a real jam session! Big finish and…! Fans cheer the great performance, and Tanahashi gets the mic back. “Toru and Hiroshi are going for the trophies, so keep supporting us! And keep supporting NJPW! Finally, people of Shizuoka… ASHITEMASU~!”

Will love, energy and comedy propel the Joker & the Ace to the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?


Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 4-0, 8 points
The Mighty: 3-1, 6 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-1, 6 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 2-2, 4 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-2, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-2, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-2, 4 points
Chase & Fale: 2-2, 4 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-4, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-4, 0 points

My Thoughts:

Another really good event and a really good round for World Tag League. I’m a little surprised Coughlin & Kidd haven’t gotten a win yet, but they always look solid in their matches. Great stuff back to back for the United Empire, even though Khan & Henare did lose. Khan helping Aussie Open was good stuff, though, and of course the House of Torture keep losing big time. Also, Naito & Sanada losing again puts the pressure on them, they could have an even stronger showing in the second half of this tournament. Tanahashi & Yano winning to close was a bit of a surprise, but they’re a great team and huge fan favorites, I would love to see them be a team for more than just World Tag League.

My Score: 8.7/10

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