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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (5/28/19)

Do we have our next Cruiserweight Championship match-up?

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205 Live = Cruiserweight Division

Who is the next challenger to Tony Nese’s Cruiserweight Championship?

Is it the Stamina Monster, Akira Tozawa? The former Cruiserweight Champion did come out on top of a huge Fatal 5 Way, after all. Find out if 205 Live GM Drake Maverick gives Tozawa the green light tonight!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • THE Brian Kendrick VS Mike Kanellis w/ Maria; Mike wins.
  • Noam Dar VS Mike Karma; Dar wins.
  • Humberto Carrillo VS Jack Gallagher; Carrillo wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jack Gallagher watches his match from last week.

The Extraordinary Gentleman enjoys seeing himself and Humberto Carrillo showing the Singh Brothers a thing or two. Speaking of, Carrillo walks in and sees the highlights. It was a nice match. Yes, it was. They enjoyed beating the Bollywood Boyz, but that win doesn’t settle the uneasiness. About what? Their unfinished business. They were both in that Fatal 4 Way when 205 Live was in the UK, and Gallagher came close to winning, until Carrillo surprised him. So Gallagher needs to know what happens when it is 1v1, tonight. If that’s what Gallagher wants, it would be Carrillo’s pleasure to beat him again. Is Carrillo getting a bit cocky? Or will he show Gallagher just how good he’s already become?

 

THE Brian Kendrick VS Mike Kanellis w/ Maria!

The Man with a Plan supports his new pal, Akira Tozawa, in chasing the Cruiserweight Championship, but the First Couple of 205 Live mocks him for it. Will Mike & Maria be laughing after Kendrick gets through with the Opportunist of Love?

The bell rings as Mike casually passes his jacket to Maria, but Kendrick storms right at him! Kendrick throws furious forearms at Mike in the corner! The ref backs Kendrick off but Mike comes back with hands of his own. Kendrick counter punches Mike and backs him down with big elbows. Mike kicks Kendrick and whips him into buckles, but Kendrick comes running out with further fury! Kendrick clotheslines Mike down then dares him to get back up. Mike stands but gets more forearms. Kendrick whips but Mike holds ropes. Mike runs Kendrick over with a shoulder, then scoops him. Kendrick slips out to get the headlock takedown, to the Captain’s Hook!

Mike slips out of the hold and out of the ring, but Kendrick pursues! Kendrick clobbers Mike and bounces him off barriers. Mike hits back and pushes Kendrick to a post. Mike swings but Kendrick dodges, Mike chops the post! Maria grows concerned but Kendrick bounces Mike off the announce desk. Kendrick refreshes the ring count but Mike kicks him. Mike whips Kendrick but Kendrick reverses to send him into barriers. Kendrick runs in but gets a boot! And Mike snap suplexes him into barriers! The ref checks on Kendrick while Maria is all smiles as she walks over to Mike. Maria gives Mike a quick kiss before Mike puts Kendrick in the ring. Cover, TWO! Mike keeps on Kendrick with a rain of right hands. Mike drags Kendrick up for another big suplex! Cover, TWO!

Maria grows frustrated for Mike as he drags Kendrick up again. Mike rams a knee into Kendrick’s back before wrapping on a chinlock. Kendrick endures as fans build to a rally. Kendrick fights up and out with elbows, but runs into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mike keeps his cool as he drags Kendrick back up. Mike puts Kendrick in a corner for CHOPS, then hoists him up top. He gives Kendrick another CHOP, then climbs up to join him. Kendrick fights Mike off but gets another CHOP! Mike goes back up, but Kendrick fights back again. Kendrick shoves Mike away, then leaps over. Mike swats the calf kick down, then fireman’s carries. Kendrick fights out and gets the takedown, to the Captain’s Hook! Mike is caught but Maria coaches him on. Mike reaches and gets the ropebreak!

Kendrick lets go and Mike crawls out to the apron. Kendrick pursues Mike to the steel steps, SUPERPLEX from steps to floor! The referee checks on them as Oklahoma cheers! Both men are okay to continue but slowly stirring as the ring count begins. Maria shouts for Mike to get up but fans cheer Kendrick as he drags Mike in. Kendrick covers, TWO! Kendrick grits his teeth as he stands back up. He hobbles to Mike and brings him up, but Mike denies Sliced Bread! Kendrick wants the Captain’s Hook and gets it again! Maria panics as she hurries to where Mike is. Mike rolls but Kendrick keeps it on! Kendrick rolls Mike from ropes again, but Mike gets to his knees. Mike powers Kendrick to the fireman’s carry, Samoan Driver! The hook is broken but both men are down again.

Fans rally up as Maria coaches Mike. Mike sees Kendrick in a corner, and both men approach. Kendrick forearms and Mike CHOPS, the brawl is on! Kendrick gets the edge and runs, but into Mike’s boot! Mike runs, but into Kendrick’s boot! SUPERKICK from Mike! SUPERKICK from Kendrick! Mike tries another superkick but Kendrick blocks it, only to get a clothesline! Both men are down again, and Maria cheers that Mike is back in this. Fans rally back up as Kendrick sits up. Mike crawls to follow Kendrick, but Kendrick is up first. Mike runs in but misses, and Kendrick gives him SLICED BREAD! But Mike flops to the apron! Kendrick grabs him and drags him back in to cover, TWO! Kendrick goes for the hook, gets a SUPERKICK! And another SUPERKICK! Fireman’s carry again, another Samoan Driver! But then, POWER OF LOVE! Cover, Mike wins!!

Winner: Mike Kanellis, by pinfall

Mike wins, and shockingly, with no interference from Maria! Will the Power of Love get Mike & Maria to the Cruiserweight Championship?

 

The Cruiserweight Champion, Tony Nese, talks with Drake Maverick.

The Premier Athlete tells the 205 Live GM that he’s “getting a little restless.” Nese wasn’t made to to sit on the sidelines. Maverick knows that. And Akira Tozawa is here now, and we can finally have this meeting. This is a meeting of the minds. Tozawa’s been on a hot streak, and his Fatal 5 Way win was so good, Nese is still hurting just from watching it. Now Nese talked with Maverick a bit, and there shouldn’t be a #1 Contender’s match. Nese just wants the best, and that’s Tozawa. Therefore, Nese names Tozawa his #1 Contender to the Cruiserweight Championship.

Maverick likes the initiative, but he has a lot on his plate. He won’t make any rash decisions. Just know that this is under consideration. Tozawa and Nese seem to be in agreement, but will this be the Cruiserweight Championship match we get at Super Showdown?

 

Ariya Daivari gets checked out in the trainer’s room.

The Persian Lion has the medic check his ear, but he’s healed up nice. It’s pretty routine. Routine? Six more inches to the side and it wouldn’t have been an ear but Daivari’s face! The medic leaves and Daivari speaks to the WWE Universe.

“Last week’s Fatal 5 Way was my way to prove that when it comes to the Cruiserweight Championship, I’m not finished yet.” But instead, he got six stitches in his ear! All from the guy who got in his way. Daivari isn’t done with the title or Oney Lorcan. The saying goes, “An eye for an eye, an ear for an ear.” Daivari will personally be responsible for Lorcan’s next set of stitches. Will Daivari Dinero put his money where his mouth is in a fight against the Boston Brawler?

 

Noam Dar VS Mike Karma!

The Scottish Supernova was part of the 24/7 Championship chase on SmackDown, but he couldn’t catch “dafty” Truth. But perhaps his return to the Cruiserweight Division can result in a different championship chase?

The bell rings and Dar does not take Karma seriously. Karma wants a handshake of sportsmanship, but Dar says no thanks. Dar and Karma circle and tie up, and Dar gets Karma in a corner. The ref counts and Dar backs off, to then mess with Karma’s hair. Karma frowns but Dar says it’s all in good fun. Karma keeps his cool as he ties up with Dar again. Dar wrenches and armlocks Karma to then slap him around. Karma gets mad but swings into a toss outside! Dar cheers himself on, then waits for Karma to return. Karma slides in but Dar just throws him out the other side. Dar literally pats himself on the back while laughing at Karma. Fans boo but Dar just mocks them back.

Karma returns again but Dar is on him. Karma breaks out of the headlock to throw forearms and CHOPS! Dar knees low, then whips Karma to a corner. Karma crossbodies but Dar ducks under to let him hit the mat. Dar then takes aim from the corner, for the sweep kick! Fans duel as Dar puts pinkies out, Nova Rolla! Cover, Dar wins!

Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall

And the return is a success! Dar doing double duty between 205 Live and NXT UK, will he end up in contention for titles in both divisions?

In-ring interview with Dar.

He got a win here, but is he finally back on track? Back on track? How can he get back on when he was never off? Did no one see what he just did to that “Oklahoma dafty?” Fans boo but Dar says the only reason he had a setback was from the jet lag between NXT UK and the States, making sure everyone is kept in their place. Never forget that the Supernova 11 is solid. And he’ll take off to be a star player in two countries. Thank you, good-bye, Oklahoma sucks. Fans boo but Dar soaks it all up! Is this star going to shine twice as bright now that he’s on two shows?

 

Backstage interview with Drake Maverick.

As we saw, the 205 Live GM was asked by the Cruiserweight Champion to name Akira Tozawa as the #1 Contender. Who else is under consideration? And when can we expect a decision? As Maverick told Tony Nese, he has a lot to consider. Tozawa has been impressive, there are others on the list- Wait, is that R-Truth!? He’s still here after everything he went through on SmackDown?! Maverick wants that 24/7 Championship! He gives chase! Will Maverick get himself a championship when he should be worried about the Cruiserweight title?

 

Oney Lorcan speaks.

“I’m a firm believer that a man should take responsibility for his actions.” Lorcan lost that Fatal 5 and he owns that. But Daivari wants to blame Lorcan for his shortcomings? The only thing that Lorcan will take credit for is those stitches in Daivari’s ear. Lorcan knows Daivari values his looks, so accept his apology. But Daivari looks unbalanced, so maybe Lorcan will do him a favor and even him out with stitches on the other ear. It’s the least Lorcan can do. Just how ugly will this fight of Persian Lion and Boston Brawler get?

 

Humberto Carrillo VS Jack Gallagher!

Ultimo Ninja and the Extraordinary Gentleman were student and teacher, then opponents, then allies. Now they’re opponents again, because Gallagher can’t rest without knowing who is the better man. Will this gentlemen’s match manage to stay friendly?

The bell rings and Gallagher circles with Carrillo. They tie up and Gallagher puts Carrillo on the ropes. Carrillo turns it around but Gallagher turns it back. Carrillo turns it again and Gallagher shoves Carrillo away. Things are already getting tense as the two circle again. They tie up and Gallagher gets the wristlock. Gallagher wrenches but Carrillo wrenches back and throws Gallagher down. Carrillo keeps on Gallagher with a keylock but Gallagher gets to his feet. Gallagher works on a way out of the wrench. He spins around and through to wrench Carrillo back. Gallagher hooks Carrillo’s arm to a hammerlock, then grabs the other arm.

Gallagher pulls the arm way back and makes Carrillo a recliner! It becomes a cover, ONE to another cover, TWO! Carrillo and Gallagher get up and circle again. Carrillo handsprings and trips Gallagher up! He has the foot for a standing toehold, but Gallagher keeps his shoulders up to prevent covers. ONE, ONE, a pause, ONE, ONE, ONE, ONE, ONE, and so on until Gallagher rolls up to go at Carrillo. Carrillo gets away and the two go again. Carrillo headlocks and brings Gallagher to the mat. But Gallagher simply handstands and walks out. Fans applaud as Jackie Boy gets back to old form. Gallagher and Carrillo tie up and Gallagher wrings Carrillo out, only for Carrillo the handspring through.

Carrillo arm-drags Gallagher down hard and has the armlock again. Gallagher rolls up and they fight over the armlock. Carrillo wrenches but Gallagher whips. Carrillo runs Gallagher over, then things speed up. Gallagher ducks under but Carrillo shows off that agility with flips! And he arm-drags Gallagher again! Carrillo has the keylock and fans cheer the exchange. Gallagher stands and gets to a corner, but Carrillo whips him corner to corner. Gallagher hits the Extraordinary Headstand! Carrillo comes close but Gallagher keeps him back with feet. Gallagher goes up and over then again to the headstand! Carrillo and Oklahoma are impressed as Gallagher bicycles his legs. But Carrillo wants to show that anything Gallagher can do, he can do better. He headstands on the opposite corner!

Gallagher gets down and Carrillo starts doing splits up there. Gallagher is amused, but he shakes the rope to get Carrillo down. Roll up, TWO! Another arm-drag to another armlock! Gallagher rolls to his feet and pushes Carrillo to whip. Things speed up again, and Carrillo leaps over. Carrillo uses the ropes for a flying arm-drag! And a dropkick! Fans cheer as Gallagher grows a little annoyed. Carrillo lets Gallagher up, but gets a headbutt and uppercut for it. Gallagher throws more European Uppercuts, then scoops but Carrillo escapes. Carrillo waistlocks but Gallagher flings him out! Gallagher builds up speed but Carrillo ducks the baseball slide, only for Gallagher to throw him into barriers! Gallagher leaves Carrillo behind for the ring count.

The count climbs as Carrillo stirs. Carrillo gets up at 6 and crawls to the ring, to get in at 8. Gallagher is right on him with stomps and knees. Fans rally as Gallagher gives kicks and stomps to Carrillo in the corner. The ref counts and Gallagher lets up at 4. Gallagher goes back but gets body shots and haymakers. Gallagher headbutts and kicks Carrillo again! He drags Carrillo up for a hard snapmare right into a chinlock. Gallagher thrashes Carrillo and then shifts to a trapped-arm chinbar. Carrillo endures as fans rally up. Carrillo fights up but gets wrangled right back down. Gallagher covers, but Carrillo gets a shoulder up. Gallagher shoves it down, Carrillo gets the other shoulder up. Now Gallagher drives a knee into Carrillo, TWO!

Gallagher stomps and kicks Carrillo, then turns him over for a camel clutch. Carrillo endures as Gallagher makes it part crossface, and then gives crossface forearms. Gallagher dares Carrillo to do something before dragging him up for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Gallagher keeps his cool as he clamps onto Carrillo’s shoulder. Gallagher puts the chinlock back on but Carrillo endures. Carrillo fights his way up top to elbow out. Fans rally as Carrillo runs, but into Gallagher’s dropkick! Cover, TWO! Gallagher goes at Carrillo for another cover, TWO! Gallagher cools off but still scowls as he punches Carrillo while he’s down. Carrillo flounders to his feet and counter punches Gallagher! He throws big haymakers but Gallagher headlocks.

Carrillo powers out and back drops Gallagher! Carrillo springboards for a flying headbutt! Gallagher gets out of the ring, but Carrillo FLIES out onto him! Direct hit takes Gallagher out! Carrillo gets Gallagher in as fans fire up. Carrillo runs corner to corner for a clothesline, then snapmare. Roll through but the Penalty Kick misses. The standing moonsault doesn’t! Cover, TWO! Both men grimace with pain in their arms. Galalgher powers Carrillo to a corner but Carrillo clubs him. Gallagher rams in his shoulder but Carrillo clubs him off. Carrillo swings, misses, but uses the shove for a springboard, flying enziguri! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down but Oklahoma rallies up!

Carrillo drags himself to a corner and slowly heads to the top. Gallagher stops Carrillo with haymakers as fans duel. Gallagher and Carrillo brawl, and Gallagher flops to the floor. Carrillo finishes his climb, but Gallagher stops him again! Gallagher turns Carrillo around for clubbing forearms. Gallagher brings Carrillo up, SUPER BACK SUPLEX!! But Carrillo rolls away mostly from momentum! Carrillo saves himself by slumping out of the ring. Gallagher pursues, and runs in, to get a hip toss into barriers! Carrillo saves himself again, and the ring count begins. Carrillo reaches the ring first at 5, but Gallagher follows at 7.

They’re on the apron edge and Carrillo pushes Gallagher away. Carrillo runs at Gallagher but is put in the ring. Gallagher swipes at Carrillo but he hops to the opposite side of the corner. Carrillo shoulders and SLAPS Gallagher, then climbs up top again. Carrillo missile dropkicks Gallagher down! Gallagher flops into the ring, to get the handspring arm-drag! Cover, TWO!! Oklahoma is loving this as both men are down. Carrillo drags Gallagher to a drop zone, and he goes to the corner. Carrillo moonsaults, but gets boots! Gallagher runs at Carrillo, Extraordinary Dropkick! Carrillo ends up outside, Gallagher DIVES! The Gentleman’s Tope hits Carrillo!

Gallagher puts Carrillo in and climbs up for himself. Gallagher leaps, but blocks Carrillo’s boots! He turns Carrillo but Carrillo rolls him up! TWO, and both men take each other out with clotheslines! Both men are down again and Oklahoma cheers! Carrillo and Gallagher stir and sit up. They throw forearms and elbows back and forth, then fast and furious! Carrillo swings a kick but Gallagher ducks, only to get the enziguri on the return! Carillo drags Gallagher up, but Gallagher suplexes and holds Carrillo up! But Carrillo counters to a DDT! Carrillo puts Gallagher in the zone, climbs and corkscrew splashes! Cover, Carrillo wins!!

Winner: Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

Another big win for the young Cruiserweight superstar! The Gentleman pushed Ultimo Ninja to the limit and vice-versa, but it was the student that bests the teacher. Both men stand, and Carrillo offers a handshake. Oklahoma cheers, and Gallagher takes the handshake. And even hugs. The Gentleman is a gentleman to the end, but will Gallagher be able to find his way back towards the top? As for Carrillo, is he going to fly high right to the Cruiserweight Championship?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A great episode for the Cruiserweight Division here. It seemed almost obvious that Tozawa would be the filler opponent for the Cruiserweight Championship as we go into Super Showdown, but 205 Live is keeping us in suspense. Now, because Super Showdown needs fifty superstars in it, superstars like Mike Kanellis and THE Brian Kendrick will be thrown in, so it doesn’t seem like Mike is on that short list for Tony Nese’s contenders. Kendrick VS Kanellis was a great match, though, so it’s only a matter of time before Kanellis does get his title match. Good to see Dar have a return-to-205-Live match, even if it was just putting away a jobber and insulting the crowd. Dar himself could and should be on the list for Cruiserweight contenders, to revisit his feud with Nese.

It was good of Nese to want Tozawa outright, that shows how Face Nese is eager for competition. And it was a great bit to give R-Truth and the 24/7 Championship a cameo. Maverick as a GM, and the last remaining GM because McMahons don’t want to deal with the Cruiserweight Division in kayfabe, seems easily distracted. First he was a manager for Authors of Pain, but Akam got hurt and so Maverick returned to just being a GM. But now that the 24/7 Championship is open to all, it’s great that he tries to get it for himself. It might be good if someone brings this up to criticize his dedication to 205 Live. Then Carrillo VS Gallagher II in the main event was incredible. It is great for Carrillo to get the win, and I’m sure he’ll be the first Face up for a Heel Cruiserweight Champion.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Years Golden Series Results & Report! (1/20/22)

So much more than a dash!

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NJPW New Years Golden Series

NJPW starts on a new journey!

NJPW starts a month long journey that will culminate in an IWGP World Heavyweight Championship match of Kazuchika Okada VS Tetsuya Naito!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Great-O-Khan VS Yuto Nakashima; Khan wins.
  • Hiromu Takahashi VS Ryohei Oiwa; Hiromu wins.
  • Togi Makabe & Tiger Mask VS Taiji Ishimori & Jado; Makabe & Tiger Mask win.
  • Six Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima & Toru Yano VS Suzuki-Gun; Honma, Kojima & Yano win.
  • Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Suzuki-Gun; Wato, Taguchi & Tenzan wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yuji Nagata VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima & Toru Yano VS Suzuki-Gun!

It’s a Great Bash Heels reunion as Everyone’s Kokeshi, Bread Style and The Producer are taking on Taka Michinoku, Taichi and the Meanest Man in the World himself! Yano wants to get the KOPW 2022 trophy, but will he even survive Suzuki at the start of this series?

Yano gets impatient during Suzuki-Gun’s entrance, seems he doesn’t hold the same reverence for the theme song as fans do. Suzuki and his team wait for the introductions to finish, and then the attack! Taka is after Kojima, Taichi chokes Honma in a corner, and Suzuki stomps Yano! The bell rings to get this on record, and while Taka throws Kojima out and Suzuki sends Yano out, Taichi keeps on Honma in the corner. Suzuki throws body shots on Yano, then uses his own spray bottle against him! The ref reprimands Taichi and Taichi stops choking Honma to argue with the ref. Honma kicks back but Taichi kicks, and Taichi gets the edge.

Taichi snapmares to KICK Honma in the back. Honma gets up to forearm but Taichi kicks his leg. Forearm, kick, forearm, kick, repeat! Taichi gets the edge again, eggs Honma up, then chokes him! The ref reprimands, Honma breaks free! Taichi tells him to shut it and sobats! Taichi runs, but Honma dodges the boot to run Taichi over! Fans fire up with Honma as he runs, but he waits for Taichi to roll out of the way before he drops the KOKESHI! Kokeshi gets the better of Taichi, and then tags in Yano! Yano fires up and he goes to the corner to untie the pad! Taichi tags out to Suzuki and Yano turns around to face a nightmare!

Suzuki kicks, whips, but Yano holds ropes and dodges the boot to SLAP Suzuki! Yano whips, Suzuki reverses and Yano hits bare buckles! Suzuki boots Yano, snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Taichi and Taka go after Honma and Kojima while Suzuki drags Yano out. Suzuki sends Yano into railing, then smacks him off the apron! Taichi and Taka do the same to the others, then Suzuki goes looking under the ring. Suzuki drags Yano up, wraps his arm around railing, and cranks on the arm! Suzuki even claws Yano’s forehead and fish hooks the nose! The ring count starts, Suzuki leaves Yano behind and fans rally up.

The count is 10 of 20 and Taichi taunts Yano while he’s on the floor. Taichi stomps Yano, Yano still gets up at 17 and in at 18. Suzuki powers Yano to a cover, TWO! Fans rally, Suzuki tags Taka. Taka stomps Yano, sits him up and digs his knuckles into the forehead! The ref reprimands and counts, Taka lets off with the other hand! The ref reprimands more, counts again, and Taka lets off to scrape his soles on Yano’s face! Taka puts Yano in the corner, throws an uppercut, then tags Taichi. Taichi chokes Yano! The ref reprimands and counts, Taichi stops at 4. Taichi drags Yano up to snapmare and CHOKE! The ref notices and reprimands Taichi again!

Taichi lets off, but then he chokes Yano again! The ref reprimands, so Taichi says that’s not a choke. THIS is a choke! The ref warns Taichi, he lets off, and fans rally up as Taichi drags Yano up by his hair. Taichi feeds Yano to Suzuki’s boot! Suzuki tags in, he stomps away on Yano, then has the leg! Yano has the ropebreak but Taka stands on Yano’s neck! Taichi gets in to intercept Honma and throw him back out! The ref restores order, fans rally up, but Suzuki drags Yano up. Yano rakes eyes! Yano whips Suzuki, Suzuki narrowly avoids hitting bare buckles! Yano runs in but Suzuki dodges and Yano hits buckles!

Suzuki runs, but Yano gets him for an atomic drop! Yano hurries over, fans rally up, hot tag to Kojima! Kojima hits the Suzuki-Gun corner before he stomps Suzuki to a corner. Kojima fires off the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Suzuki just snarls and turns things around for machine gun forearms! But Kojima turns it back for another round of MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima whips Suzuki into the bare buckles, then hits a forearm smash! Kojima throws Suzuki down, but Suzuki gets right up to kick low! Suzuki brings Kojima out but Kojima fires forearms! But Suzuki knees low! Suzuki wrenches, Kojima kicks, but Suzuki blocks the cutter to a SLEEPER!

Kojima fights up, fights free, but Suzuki talks trash. Kojima CHOPS, so Suzuki CHOPS! Kojima CHOPS, Suzuki CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! Kojima gets the edge with forearms, then hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Kojima runs, but Suzuki shoots around to DECK Kojima! Tag to Taka, he DECKS Honma then stomps Kojima. Taka whips Kojima in to the bare buckles! SHINING WIZARD! Taichi adds a corner clothesline, then he runs Kojima to the corner! Snapmare, to a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Yano and Honma break it! Suzuki and Taichi throw them back out, and Taka drags Kojima up. Taka scoops, but Kojima fights free! COZY CUTTER!

Kojima throws off the armband and runs, but Taka goes the other way to BOOT! And SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Kojima survives Taka’s Super K, but Taka runs. Taka ducks the lariat, Kojima throws a low kick but Taka hits a CALF KICK! Kojima still hits COZY LARIAT!! Cover, Great Bash Heels win!

Winners: Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima & Toru Yano, by pinfall

Suzuki-Gun’s Blue Playmaker fumbles again! And somehow, Yano has cuffed Suzuki to the ropes! Yano dares Suzuki to do something about it, but obviously he can’t without the key. Taichi gets in with his mic stand so the Great Bash Heels take their leave. Will Suzuki be unable to do anything as Yano goes after the KOPW 2022 trophy?

 

Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Suzuki-Gun!

The Way of the Grandmaster joins forces with his mentors as he takes on Douki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado! Wato is rolling towards the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, but will the Rogue Luchador turn the tides?

The teams sort out and Wato steps up to start against Desperado. Fans rally for this IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship teaser, but Desperado trips Wato. Desperado runs, Wato stays low, but Desperado steps on him! Desperado stands Wato up to CHOP, then whips him to ropes. Wato holds ropes, Desperado runs in but is tossed out! Wato runs to FLY! Direct hit with the tope conjilo! Fans fire up as Wato puts Desperado in, covers, TWO! Desperado sits up, Wato KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Wato tags Taguchi. They drag Desperado up, whips, double drop toeholds and double basement dropkicks! Taguchi covers, TWO!

Fans rally, Taguchi throws point blank hip attacks! Desperado gets up but Taguchi bops him again and again and again! Taguchi winds up to BOP Desperado into the corner! Tag to Tenzan, he talks trash on Suzuki-Gun while Taguchi digs his boots in. Tenzan tops it off with a stomp, then a headbutt. Tenzan fires off Mongolian Chops on Desperado in the corner, and fans rally as Tenzan headbutts Desperado down. Tenzan whips corner to corner and hits a corner clothesline! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, and hits a TENZAN BRAINBSUTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Tenzan ROCKS Desperado and kicks him at the ropes.

Tenzan whips, Desperado reverses, and Douki trips Tenzan! Douki drags Tenzan out and rams him into railing while Desperado blasts the corner! Kanemaru goes around the way to go after Taguchi! Desperado goes out to bring Wato up and ROCK him with an elbow! Douki chokes Tenzan with his metal pipe! The ref tries to restore order but Desperado whips Wato into railing! Kanemaru does the same to Taguchi! Douki keeps choking Tenzan, Kanemaru returns to the corner and Desperado tags him in. Douki sends Tenzan in, Kanemaru sits Tenzan up to throw an elbow into his head. Kanemaru then runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Kanemaru stomps Tenzan, drags him up and elbows him on the neck! Tenzan fires up! Kanemaru throws hands, then rakes eyes! Tag to Douki, Douki snapmares Tenzan and runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Douki reels Tenzan into a grounded cobra twist! Tenzan endures, grabs at Douki’s head and powers out. Douki stomps Tenzan, feeds him to Kanemaru’s boot, then tags Kanemaru in. Tenzan kicks Douki but gets mugged! Kanemaru rakes eyes, he and Douki whip Tenzan to the open corner! Douki runs in but Tenzan runs him over! Kanemaru kicks low, runs, but into a MOUNTAIN BOMB! Fans fire up while everyone is down!

Tenzan crawls, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi runs at the ropes to give Kanemaru a hip attack! Then he runs to give Douki a hip attack! Then back to Kanemaru, then back to Douki! Taguchi slides to apron GAMANGIRI Kanemaru back in! Fans rally, Taguchi springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi kips up and fans rally as he calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!” But Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! Kanemaru gets a leg to SMASH the knee into the mat! Then steps through, but Taguchi KICKS Kanemaru away! Taguchi runs, but Kanemaru counters the hip attack with an atomic drop!

Kanemaru hits an ENZIGURI, but Taguchi ENZIGURIS back! Both men are down and fans fire up! Kanemaru and Taguchi crawl, hot tags to Wato and Desperado! Wato BOOTS, Desperado CHOPS! Wato KICKS, and KICKS, and KCIKS, but Desperado blocks to spin Wato, but Wato fights the back suplex! Wato then runs, but Desperado goes the other way to SPEAR! Desperado gets Wato up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Desperado stomps away on Wato, then drags Wato by a leg. Wato kicks Desperado away with the free leg, then gets up to kick, kick and sobat into a front kick, then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!

Wato grits his teeth and fans rally as he drags Desperado up. Desperado resists the Mouse Trap, spins around and rakes the eyes! But Wato kicks and whips, only for Desperado to reverse and SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Desperado tags Douki in and he hits Wato with a corner clothesline. Douki runs, Wato gets around but Douki fights the waistlock. Douki goes to run but Wato reels him in. Douki breaks free with his leg, mule kicks and ENZIGURIS! Wato wobbles, Douki reels him in, DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Douki drags Wato up and torture racks, for a swing, but Wato slips out!

Douki knees low, runs, but into Wato’s SCREW HIGH KICK! Fans rally up, Taguchi runs in to knock Desperado and Kanemaru down while Tenzan stomps Douki! Wato whips Douki to the corner, then runs in to back elbow. Tenzan adds a clothesline, Taguchi hits a hip attack! Double whip feed to Wato’s scoop, T T D! Cover, Desperado and Kanemaru break it! Taguchi and Tenzan go after them, throw them out, and Wato fires up! Wato goes to the corner, climbs up top, R P P FLOP! Douki Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! La Magistrol, TWO! Wato gets up but Douki HELL STABS! But Wato fires up!

Douki still dodges the roundhouse, Gory Especials, but Wato sunset flips! TWO!! Wato has Douki caught in a BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Douki endures, but he taps! Wato and team win!

Winners: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan, by pinfall

The Way of the Grandmaster is victorious, holds on a little longer, but then lets off as Desperado storms back in. Desperado swipes at Wato but Taguchi and Tenzan back him up. Desperado still pie faces Wato, Wato gives it back, and then things turn to hair pulling and mask pulling. The ref tries to keep the peace but it takes Taguchi and Tenzan to break this up. They assure their young ward that waiting for the title match will be worth it. Wato and Desperado are on a collision course, will the Rogue Luchador survive the rising tide?

 

8 Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture!

Hirooki Goto, Yoshi-Hashi, Tomohiro Ishii & Yoh are far from through with Evil, Yujiro Takahashi, Dick Togo & Sho! Will Chaos strike back for WrestleKingdom 16? Or will Darkness Fall again?

The House of Torture Low Sweet, but Chaos attacks first! Yoh is after Sho, Hashi has Yujiro, Goto has Dick and Ishii has Evil! Yoh keeps Sho in while Goto, Hashi and Ishii throw the others out, and the bell rings to get this on record. Ishii CHOPS Evil, Hashi CLUBS Yujiro, Yoh stomps away on Sho, and Goto POSTS Dick! Yoh drags Sho up, but Sho bends Yoh’s fingers! Sho CLUBS the arm, headlocks, but Yoh powers out, only for Sho to pull hair! Sho headlocks, Yoh throws body shots and powers out. Things speed up, Yoh keeps things moving to drop toehold and basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Yoh tags Hashi.

Hashi and Goto get in, they and Yoh hammer Sho down! Yujiro gets in but he gets hammered, too! Evil thinks about it but he stays away. Dick does, too, but Ishii throws Dick in! All four Chaos members surround Dick, but then Dick plays dead! That doesn’t stop them from dragging Dick up and hammering him! Fans fire up as Chaos controls the ring and Evil is furious. Hashi drags Sho out from the corner, CLUBS him and CHOPS him! Hashi brings Sho around, bumps him off buckles, then digs his boot in. Ishii and Goto add on, the ref reprimands and counts, and they all let off at 4. Hashi drags Sho back up but Sho bends the fingers!

Sho whips Hashi to the House of Torture corner, and tada! Evil removes the blue buckle pad! Hashi hits bare steel, Sho hits Yoh off the apron! Sho also knows Goto and Ishii down, Dick chokes Hashi at the ropes, Evil SMACKS Ishii with the blue buckle pad! The ref is busy with everyone else, Dick digs his boots into Hashi. Sho then digs his boots into Hashi while Evil stands on Ishii. Dick tags in, he drags Hashi up to throw hands. Dick drags Hashi up to CLUB him down, then brings him around to snapmare. Dick runs to drop the fist! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while the House protests. Evil tags in, he drags Hashi up to wrench and wrench and wrench.

Evil whips Hashi into the bare buckles! Hashi staggers and falls, Ishii runs in but he’s send into bare buckles! Evil grins, Sho keeps the ref busy with Ishii and Evil claws Hashi’s eyes! Yujiro tags in, he talks some trash but Hashi throws body shots. Yujiro CLUBS Hashi, snapmares him then runs to basement BOOT! Cover, Yoh breaks it! Yujiro hits Yoh back and sends him out. Sho PENALTY KICKS Yoh from the apron! Yujiro drags Hashi up, but Hashi fires off forearms! Yujiro knees low, puts Hashi on the ropes, and runs but blocks Hashi’s boot! Yujiro throws Hashi down to run and basement boot!

Yujiro drags Hashi back up, fisherman, but Hashi fights free to suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi and Yujiro crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto rallies on the House, but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro runs, but gets run over! Goto fires off forearms, whips Yujiro to a corner, then runs in to MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Yujiro back up but Yujiro breaks free, only to swing into a suplex! Yujiro fights that off by BITING Goto’s hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro whips but Goto reveres and fireman’s carries! Yujiro slips off, Goto elbows him but Yujiro throws a forearm. Goto forearms back then whips.

Yujiro holds ropes, dodges Goto, and Evil hooks a foot! Yujiro BOOTS Goto down! Tag to Evil, and he has the ref watch Ishii. Evil and Yujiro double whip, but Goto DECKS Evil! DISCUS for Yujiro! Evil kicks and runs but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls over, hot tag to Ishii! The Stone Pitbull runs in to clothesline the King of Darkness! Evil reverses the whip, kicks and runs but gets run over! Ishii snarls, runs in and clotheslines Evil at the ropes! Ishii whips, Evil reverses, and Sho trips Ishii! Evil runs, but Yoh trips him! Yoh and Sho get in, Yoh dropkicks Sho down!

Evil runs, Yoh feeds him to Ishii’s forearm! Yoh dropkicks, Ishii GERMAN SUPLEXES! Yoh PLANCHAS to take Sho out! Fans fire up, Ishii runs, but Yujiro is there with his pimp cane! Evil waistlocks, Ishii fights the lift, but he runs into Dick’s cheap shot! Evil trips Ishii and gets the legs, SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Fans rally and Yujiro keeps Hashi out but Ishii endures. Ishii fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! Dick tries to make Ishii let go, but Ishii has an iron grip! Dick tags in and stomps away on Ishii! The ref reprimands and counts Evil, Evil lets off at 4. Fans rally for Ishii but Dick keeps stomping. Dick talks trash and kicks Ishii around but fans rally harder.

Dick drags Ishii up, eggs him on, and Ishii reels back, but Dick pokes him in the eye! Dick whips, gets a sleeper, but Ishii powers up. Dick blocks the back suplex with punches, Sho blasts the Chaos corner! The House whips Ishii to a corner, Dick runs in to back elbow! Sho runs in to clothesline, Yujiro runs in to boot! Evil hits a clothesline and FISHERMAN BUSTER! Dick covers, TWO! Fans fire up, but Yujiro distracts the ref and Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER! Sho has his wrench, but Hashi SUPERKICKS him down! Dick runs at Hashi but Hashi DECKS him! Yujiro kicks Hashi and runs, but into a LARIAT!

Evil returns, kicks Hashi and rakes the eyes! Goto runs in, Evil waistlocks, but Goto ducks for the HIDDEN FLASH SUPERKICK! Fans fire up, Goto and Hashi glare at Dick but he wants them to take it easy. But Yoh is there, too! Yoh EuroUppers, Goto fireman’s carries, Yoh and Hashi DOUBLE SUPERKICK into the USHIGOROSHI! Ishii adds a SLIDING LARIAT! Then Ishii gets Dick up for the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Chaos wins!

Winners: Chaos, by pinfall

Direct Drive, Fierce Warrior, Head Hunter and Stone Pitbull combine to break the Spoiler! And they add insult to injury by stomping Dick and throwing him out! Is the House of Torture going to be demolished and lose the NEVER Openweight titles? Or can they find a way to survive Chaos?

 

Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yuji Nagata VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!

The Rainmaker is IWGP World Heavyweight Champion and The Ace is IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion. But they have Tetsuya Naito and Sanada coming for their gold! Will the dream team and Blue Justice stand tall? Or will Uncontrollable Charisma, Cold Skull and Rampaging Dragon make this golden series tranquilo?

Tanahashi shows off the muscles and fans applaud. The teams sort out, LIJ fist bumps, and Sanada starts against Tanahashi. Fans rally for this US title preview as the two circle. “LET’S GO, ACE!” “SA-NA-DA!” They tie up, Sanada waistlocks but Tanahashi switches. Sanada wrenches but Tanahashi drops to get a leg pick. Tanahashi floats to a facelock but Sanada wrenches out. Tanahashi arm-drags but Sanada drags Tanahashi back down. Sanada keeps on the arm, Tanahashi fights up, but Sanada wrenches. Tanahashi wrenches back and headlocks. Tanahashi thrashes the headlock, Sanada powers up and pries at the hold, but Tanahashi clamps it on tighter.

Sanada endures the grind and throws body shots. Sanada powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Sanada powers out the back, headlocks Tanahashi in return, and holds on tight as Tanahashi tries to power out. Fans rally up, Tanahashi powers up but Sanada hits a headlock takeover. Tanahashi headscissors, Sanada kips free but roles reverse as Tanahashi hits a headlock takeover and Sanada headscissors. Tanahashi kips free, but then roles switch back the other way as Sanada hits a headlock takeover and Tanahashi headscissors. Sanada kips free, roles reverse again, but Sanada holds tight as Tanahashi tries to kip up.

Fans cheer for the technical exchange, but Tanahashi moves around. Tanahashi headstands and pops free to then get a headlock. Sanada headscissors, Tanahashi kips free, and the two clinch. Tanahashi gets the headlock and the takeover, but Sanada headscissors again. Sanada holds tight again, but Tanahashi turns Sanada over and pops out to have the legs in a figure four. Tanahashi then floats to a headlock, but Sanada fights up to his feet. Tanahashi grinds the headlock, but Sanada wrenches out. They fight for control, and fans fire up as the hold starts to tip one way or another! Sanada gets the headlock takeover, but Tanahashi headscissors, and now Tanahashi holds on tight!

Sanada kicks around, but Tanahashi puts on more pressure. Sanada keeps kicking, turns and headstands but Tanahashi works to keep him down. Sanada hops and hops and handsprings free! Fans cheer the technical exchange as the two stand off. Tanahashi even air guitars. Tanahashi throws it to Sanada, and fans cheer for Sanada to try. Sanada strums it a couple times, then gives it to Red Shoes. Red Shoes carefully sets it aside, and Okada tags in. Sanada backs off and Naito tags in. Fans rally up again, “O-KA-DA!” “NA-I-TO!” and the two tie up. They go around, Naito puts Okada on ropes, but Okada turns things around.

Naito turns it back around, lets off slowly, and then pats Okada on the shoulder. But then Naito arm-drags Okada, only for Okada to get up before Naito can rush over. Fans cheer as the two reset and circle again. they tie up, Naito gets a leg, and then turns it into a cradle! ONE, they move around, ONE, and Okada gets a lateral press. Naito keeps his shoulders up, so Okada lets off slowly, and then scrambles for a waistlock. Naito rolls to get a headlock and he grinds Okada down. Okada fights up, powers Naito to ropes, and Red Shoes calls the ropebreak. Okada lets off slowly, and he doesn’t even fake the chop! Fans cheer as Okada takes Naito seriously.

Okada backs away to tag in Nagata, and fans rally for Blue Justice. Naito tags Takagi and now fans cheer as Blue Justice circles with the Rampaging Dragon. They both fire up, tie up, Nagata headlocks but Takagi powers out and the two ram shoulders! Neither falls, Nagata eggs Takagi on and Takagi runs, to RAM Nagata. Nagata stays up, they each egg the other on to run, so Takagi kicks and whips. Nagata reverses, BOOTS, then snapmares and KICKS! Takagi gets up and eggs Nagata on! Nagata KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Takagi to the corner! Nagata gets Takagi up, whips him corner to corner, but Takagi reverses.

Sanada runs in and back elbows Nagata! He sets Nagata up for Takagi’s corner clothesline! Takagi throws Nagata down, Naito and Sanada double basement dropkick him! Takagi knocks Tanahashi and Okada off the apron and fans rally as LIJ controls the ring! Takagi drags Nagata up, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Takagi drags Nagata up, Nagata blocks the back suplex with elbows, then he fires elbows. Takagi fires back, and it’s a brawl! Fans rally, Takagi throws more forearms but Nagata KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Takagi blocks a kick to CLUB the leg! But he runs into an EXPLODER!

Fans rally while both men are down. Nagata tags in Tanahashi! Tanahashi fires off on Takagi, whips, but Takagi reverses, only for Tanahashi to FLYING FOREARM! Tanahashi decks Naito and Sanada, dodges Takagi and dropkicks a leg out! Then he gives Takagi a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up with the Ace as he runs at Takagi. Takagi ducks the slingblade but Tanahashi denies the suplex. But Takagi ELBOWs, JABS, and YUKON feints to DDT! Hot tag to Sanada! Sanada rallies on Tanahashi, arm-drag and back suplex BACKBREAKER! Tanahashi bails out, Sanada PLANCHAS! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder.

Sanada puts Tanahashi in the ring, covers, TWO! Fans rally up, “SA-NA-DA!” “LET’S GO, ACE!” Sanada fireman’s carries, but Tanahashi fights free. Sanada ducks the shotei to steal the SHOTEI! Sanada fires off forearms, but Tanahashi ducks the rolling elbow to a SLEEPER! Then a DRAGON SLEEPER! But Sanada fights it to a dragon sleeper of his own! Tanahashi fights through to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi holds on to drag Sanada up, but Sanada suplexes and puts Tanahashi on the ropes. Tanahashi kicks away to hit TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hot tag to Okada!

Okada drags Sanada up, fires off forearms, then whips. Sanada reverses, but Okada CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Okada glares at Naito but he stays on the outside. Okada whips Sanada corner to corner but Sanada dropkicks Okada’s legs out! Okada grabs at Sanada but Sanada still tags Naito in! Naito fires off on Okada, whips him to ropes, then hip tosses for the basement dropkick! Naito whips Okada to a corner, ROCKET KICK! Leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Takagi DECKS Nagata, Naito puts Okada up top. Naito climbs, SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Okada flounders. Naito runs in, CORRIENDO SHIKI- MONEY CLIP!

Okada squeezes tight but Naito endures! Naito powers Okada into buckles and is free! Naito runs in, but into the Alabama lift and REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Fans rally up, Okada drags Naito up. Okada gut wrenches but Naito blocks! Naito CLUBS Okada, Okada uppercuts! Okada whips, Naito jumps, but into a waistlock! Okada ripcords, Naito dodges, but Okada DROPKICKS! Ripcord, but Naito ducks to ENZIGURI! Okada staggers, Naito whips, but Okada reverses. Naito reverses back and uses the ropes, TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Hot tag to Nagata! Nagata storms up to Naito and KICKS and KICKS and KICKS!

Nagata has Naito in a corner and whips him corner to corner. Nagata runs in to BOOT! Naito fights the exploder off, but Nagata ROCKS him with a forearm! BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, “NA-GA-TA!” “NA-I-TO!” Nagata drags Naito up, suplexes, but Naito fights free. Naito wrenches to throw back elbow after back elbow! But Nagata hits a kitchen sink knee! Nagata drags Naito back up, suplexes, uno amigo! Another suplex, dos amigos! Nagata gets Naito up again, THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!! But Nagata clamps on the NAGATA LOCK II! Tanahashi DECKS Takagi while Naito endures!

Takagi gets past Tanahashi to CLUB Nagata, but then Okada CLUBS Takagi! But Takagi spins Okada around, suplex SLAM! Tanahashi returns, Takagi dodges the basement dropkick to SLIDING LARIAT! Nagata is up, Takagi hits an ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up as LIJ regroups! Sanada and Takagi whip him to a corner, Sanada uppercuts, Takagi clotheslines and Naito atomic drops! PUMPING BOMBER! Rolling jackknife! TWO!?! Nagata escapes, but Sanada and Takagi keep Okada and Tanahashi down on the outside. Naito wrenches but Nagata fights with back hands. Nagata BOOTS then ENZIGURIS!

Fans fire up as Nagata whips, but Naito hits FLYING FOREARMS! Naito gets Nagata up, wrenches through, DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

Blue Justice falls as the ungovernables stand tall! Takagi gets Naito water while Sanada stares down with Tanahashi. Will the Cold Skull have a leg up on The Ace going into their US Heavyweight Championship? Or can Tanahashi turn it around in the rest of this Golden Series? Tanahashi, Okada and Nagata leave, so Naito gets the mic. “Beunas noches, Korakuen Hall! It might be awhile, but please listen to what I have to say. Last February, I was opposed to the unification of the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles. I worked to try to stop it. But I lost my challenge to Ibushi and now we have the IWGP World title.”

Naito will be honest, he has no attachment to the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. So why is he challenging for this title? He has three reasons: first, he wants to take on the top guy in NJPW, and that is Okada; second, he wants to beat the top guy in NJPW; third, he wants to be in the Tokyo Dome main event next year, January 4th, 2023. Fans cheer all those reasons. Naito says that, “For nobody’s benefit other than my own, I will go for the win in Sapporo.” Now, today obviously begins a new series, and there will be several warm-ups between Naito and Okada.

“Who will have the title after February 20th? Everyone, speculate, enjoy, and of course, until the title match in Sapporo on February 20… TRANQUILO! Assen na yo!” Now, they’ll see everyone here back tomorrow, but they’ll end the kickoff the only proper way they can. “Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, Takagi, y Naito. Nosotros Los! Ingoberrrrrrnables! DE! JA! PON!” The New Years Golden Series has only just begun, but will it end with Naito taking the world title from the Rainmaker?


My Thoughts:

A great event here, even though I did skip the first few matches. The very first two were against Young Lions so of course Khan and Hiromu were winning. But I did skim through, it was pretty neat for Hiromu to wrestle in his old Kamaitachi mask just to make a point about the Young Lion not being ready. I also skipped Togi Makabe & Tiger Mask VS Taiji & Jado cuz Jado is basically one step up from Young Lion and he ended up taking the loss. But there were a lot of great tag matches here to get momentum going from after WrestleKingdom 16. Suzuki-Gun losing both Six Man Tags was surprising, but it gives Yano some momentum going towards a KOPW match with Suzuki, and I liked seeing some edge in Wato as he gets ready to face Desperado.

Chaos VS House of Torture was on par with the usual NJPW 8 Man. Chaos winning is also a good way to give them momentum as we’re going to get WrestleKingdom rematches for the NEVER Openweight singles and Six Man titles. I don’t know if Evil is only going to be Mr. NEVER for only a couple months, but at this point, he might as well keep that going until Jay White returns and we can finally get Bullet Club Civil War take two going. Then the Six Man main event was really good, we got to see everybody face everybody, and LIJ gets momentum for their coming title matches.

Naito has a good promo to frame his role in the IWGP World title story, but he himself said there will be a lot of these Six Man tune-ups. I probably won’t worry about covering these next few dates, they’re going to be VOD only anyway and those always seem to take forever to show up. I’ve already skimmed through the coming Golden Series dates, and it’s rather fitting that February 7th is the next one NJPW is advertising for livestream. That’s the one I’m thinking of waiting for, and then it’s all the February events, even just in part like I did here.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 1.20.2022

We’re coming to the end of their first set of tapings. So I wonder what IMPACT has cooked up since the Florida tapings are supposed to have a few Bullet Club favorites. Let’s find out!

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We’re coming to the end of their first set of tapings. So I wonder what IMPACT has cooked up since the Florida tapings are supposed to have a few Bullet Club favorites. Let’s find out!

Another week with Tom Hannifan as the play by play, and he just sounds right. We’ve got Charlie Haas’ first match in IMPACT, Tasha Steelz versus Chelsea Green and Steve Maclin is aiming for the ROH Heavyweight Title.

There should be other things, but those take most of the initial attention. Let’s see what else goes on!

Ratings:

  • Tasha Steelz w/Savannah Evans vs Chelsea Green: Tasha wins via Crucifix Bomb – **
  • The Influence (Tenille Dashwood & Madison Rayne) w/Kaleb vs Decay (Havok & Rosemary): Influence wins via Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – *
  • The Learning Tree (Zicky Dice & VSK) w/Brian Myers vs Massive Cassidy: Cassidy wins via BQE – SQUASH
  • ROH Heavyweight Title: Steve Maclin vs Jonathan Gresham (c): Gresham retains via Rope Assisted Figure Four – *** ½
  • Doc Gallow & Joe Doering w/Karl Anderson & VBD vs Heath & Rhino: Gallows & Doering win via Double Chokeslam – **
  • Charlie Haas vs Josh Alexander: Alexander wins via Ankle Lock w/Grapevine – *** ¼

Results:

Tasha Steelz w/Savannah Evans vs Chelsea Green

Tasha is jawing with the crowd as the bell rings, Chelsea goes right at her and hits the Shotgun Dropkick as Tasha is turning to face her opponent. Chelsea stays on the offensive, baits Tasha to the apron, drops her on her face, Curb Stomp, attempt at an Unprettier…but no counter into a Codebreaker from Tasa and we see Chelsea’s momentum slow down a little.

After some back and forth with Tasha having a lot of advantage, Chelsea makes her comeback. Chelsea hits a middle rope Crossbody but Tasha continues to rotate and rolls it into a pin attempt. Chelsea kicks out and pulls off a Package Flatliner, but only for a near fall. Chelsea goes to grab Tasha, Tasha kicks her to stun her, looks to get caught in a Crucifix, but turns it into a Crucifix Bomb. Tasha picks up the win with the Crucifix Bomb again.

After the win, Tasha cuts a promo that doesn’t seem to really fit. Trying to portray herself as a savage, from the wrong side of town, but she’s a smack talking 5 foot nothing brat. So the second half of the promo works a lot better than the first. She also took some shots at WWE’s women’s division being Barbie Dolls, NWA, Nick Aldis and then brought the son into the mix, so of course that got Mickie fired up. Things look bad for Mickie, but Chelsea Green manages to recover and make the save for Mickie.

Video Package courtesy of Ring of Honor showcasing some of Charlie Haas’ work with Shelton Benjamin and CM Punk involved in certain clips.

The Influence (Tenille Dashwood & Madison Rayne) w/Kaleb vs Decay (Havok & Rosemary)

The Influence attack while Havok and Rosemary are distracted by Kaleb. Rosemary clutches her shoulder after the mugging, the doctors throw up the X and tell her she can’t go. Rosemary asks if Havok can go, the doctor says yes, so Rosemary tells Havok to go destroy the Influence.

Havok put up a valiant fight but the heels prevail! Cross Rayne into a Spotlight Kick into…whatever their tandem finish is called. I’m going to call it Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

The IInspiration have a reactionary video promo which is pretty solid. I do enjoy their work. Hopefully their match ends up being pretty solid because I’d like to see The IInspiration start getting over their abilities in the ring as much as their abilities on the mic.

The Learning Tree (Zicky Dice & VSK) w/Brian Myers vs Massive Cassidy

The highlight of this match is Hannifan and Myers on commentary. There was a like 4 second spot where the Learning Tree landed a move, but then Cassidy kills them. So we’re in and out, double Pinfall murder happened.

Post-Match the Massive one goes on his search for Moose, D’Amore stops him in the back and says he’s got a title shot coming. Then we see the OGK ROH invaders have tickets this time around, and I’m going to be sick saying this…but Matt Taven is pretty great in this segment. Jesus Christ, I popped for Taven. Shoot me now.

ROH Heavyweight Title: Steve Maclin vs Jonathan Gresham (c)

Early on it looked like Gresham was toying with Maclin as he forced early rope breaks, but Maclin returned the forced rope breaks in kind. Maclin eventually started coming into his own when he utilized the one closed fist warning rule. Maclin really worked over Gresham’s back after a Butterfly Backbreaker, Boston Crab, Camel Clutch, and a lot of back work.

Gresham was really on the back foot until he managed to force Maclin to use his final rope break. Then we saw Gresham hyper extend Maclin’s knee, and keeps working on the knee. It all made sense as we saw Gresham utilize the Figure Four for the victory. It was entwined in the ropes, Gresham used it for leverage and Maclin’s will power gave out as he couldn’t get his shoulders up fast enough and succumbed to the three count.

IMPACTPlus Flashback Moment: No Surrender 2009: Sarita & Taylor Wilde vs The Beautiful People – Innaugural TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship Match

Doc Gallow & Joe Doering w/Karl Anderson & VBD vs Heath & Rhino

So Good Brothers and VBD looked really sloppy. Gallows got rocked by Rhino, Doering was caught off guard often by Heath and there was just a ton of odd moments where it looked like they tried to regroup and until we saw the extra members get involved, Heath and Rhino dominated the legitimate tag team aspects.

I’m wondering exactly how much of a shift the Guerrillas of Destiny will have in the tag scene and if we’ll need to see the Good Brother and VBD implode first before we get the Bullet Club foundation match.

Charlie Haas vs Josh Alexander

They start with a classic grounded start with headlocks, hammerlocks, leg picks and positioning advantages. Alexander managed to take some early momentum before the commercial break, but when we come back we see Haas pop over out of the corner, striking Alexander’s knee and starts focusing a body part. A very methodical attack on knee comes off far more aggressive and cruel than Haas usually goes for. Haas locks in the Indian Deathlock, and they begin slugging at each other. The hold breaks, Alexander goes for the Finlay Roll but Haas counters into a Crucifix Cradle for 2.

Alexander locks in the German Suplex, hits 2, obviously going for 3 to make a point, but Haas blocks the third. Haas pulls off 2, before Alexander blocks and hits one more German before Haas grabs the ropes, feeds in for a lariat but gets caught in another German Suplex this time with the bridge but only for 2.

Haas manages to charge Alexander in the corner, stumbled a bit but lands in the legs that he’s been aiming for, and then goes back to the other corner and hits the mid-section. Haas looks for a leg pick, Alexander counters into his own Ankle Lock. Charlie tries to counter it a few different ways but Alexander holds on and locks in the Ankle Lock with the Grapevine so Haas taps out.

Things moved a little too quickly, so it was alright but could’ve been better. After the match they shake hands and the ROH invaders hit the ring. Haas, Alexander, Chris Sabin comes in, then Rich Swann and Willie Mack, Heath and Rhino…finally Eddie Edwards hits the ring with a kendo stick and drives the ROH guys out.

 

Overall Score: 6.25/10

I think Maria named the invading stable as Honor No More, so I suppose for like a Pop Punk or Emo band that sounds cool…but it’s a bit dumb for a faction name. Can’t really chant it, the abbreviation is dumb, H.N.M. sounds like a clothing company, but I guess this is them distancing themselves from ROH.

Either way, this was kind of a janky episode. The matches weren’t great, a lot of stories were touched upon but left wide open, and the next major event being No Surrender on Feb. 19th, feels like a lot of time to fill. So maybe it was just a little too redundant, maybe it was also that the general match quality was down to further storyline angles…not sure. This still wasn’t bad, just definitely felt extremely lacking.


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