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NJPW on AXS Results: Best of the Super Juniors 26!

Who wins the right to challenge Dragon Lee for the Junior Heavyweight title?!

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NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 26

NJPW gives us TWO HOURS of action!

NJPW gives us TWO HOURS of action because one was not enough for everything that happened at the end of the Best of the Super Juniors 26! Who wins the tournament finals to move on towards the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship?

 

Coverage of Best of the Super Juniors 26 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.

Gifs can be found on https://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Villain Enterprises VS Chaos; Chaos wins.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jay White; White wins.
  • IWGP United States Championship: Juice Robinson VS Jon Moxley; Moxley wins and becomes the new IWGP United States Champion.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 26 Tournament Finals: Will Ospreay VS Shingo Takagi; Ospreay wins and will challenge Dragon Lee for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

NJPW and AXS TV set the scene!

The largest field in the history of this NJPW Junior Heavyweight tournament! The A Block Final saw Los Ingobernables de Japon’s newest but biggest member, Shingo Takagi, maintain a perfect record against Bullet Club’s Bone Soldier and last year’s winner, Taiji Ishimori. When the dust settled, Ishimori was no match for the Muscle Dragon! Shingo would also make history by being 9-0 as a first-time entrant. Meanwhile in Block B, it was a rematch from 2016 as The Aerial Assassin and the Funky Weapon threw down once again. Will Ospreay repeated history by defeating Ryusuke Taguchi for another trip to the finals! Who moves on to challenge Dragon Lee in Osaka?

Juice Robinson reigns as a two-time IWGP United States Champion, but a video popped up to let him know his time was almost up. The Flamboyant One promised to whoop this challenger’s ass, but when it turned out that man was Jon Moxley, things might not go so smoothly. Will the Lunatic make a huge impact in his NJPW debut? Or will Juice keep the gold right where it is?

Plus, two former IWGP Heavyweight Champions compete to see who is headed back to the top. The Ace vowed to make yet another return, but the Switchblade says “the line starts behind me!” Will Hiroshi Tanahashi or Jay White revive their respective eras with a victory tonight?

 

Villain Enterprises VS Chaos!

NJPW jumps right into the middle of this one as Brody King waistlocks Kazuchika Okada. Marty Scurll slingshots to make it a sunset flip German suplex! Brody covers Okada but The Rainmaker’s partner, Rocky Romero, breaks it up! Scurll goes after Romero with a kick and a whip, but he misses in the corner. Romero headscissors Brody to the other corner, then kicks Scurll. Romero gives Scurll a big uppercut, then starts up Forever Clotheslines! He hits Brody, then Scurll, then Brody, then Scurll, but dodges Brody as he charges in! Brody gets Scurll, then Romero uppercuts Brody! Romero clotheslines Scurll out then fires strikes off on Brody, only to run into a Black Hole! Brody grabs Okada, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!? Okada survives and the fans fire up!

Brody drags Okada up, fireman’s carry, but Okada slips out to uppercut. Brody fires a forearm then runs, but into the dropkick! Okada hurries up top, Macho Elbow! And the Rainmaker pose! Okada drags big Brody up, wristlock and ripcord, RAINMAKER!! Cover, Chaos wins!!

Winners: Chaos, Kazuchika Okada pinning

The IWGP Heavyweight Champion keeps himself strong rolling into Dominion in Osaka! Chris Jericho awaits to challenge Okada for that title, but where is he? Okada wants to know, but Y2J is not here. But then the lights go out! And yes, Jericho communicates with video! “Okada~! Come out to play~!” If Okada wants to play with Jericho, play with this Jericho. June 9th, Dominion, Rainmaker VS Painmaker. Jericho promises to knock teeth out and break Okada’s back to become the NEW Heavyweight Champion.

Okada and the fans all saw that, but Okada keeps his head on a swivel. Okada grabs a mic to respond here and now. “I have to say, the IWGP belt is not a toy. You’ll never get it playing around. And what the Hell is a Painmaker?!” The Rainmaker is all NJPW needs! Will Okada make it rain again in Dominion? Or will he suffer a Judas Effect?

 

Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jay White!

The Ace is back from another surgery, and he is back for another comeback. He wants the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but he’s not alone. The line starts behind the Switchblade while the Ace is at the very back of the line. These two have fought before and it seems they’ll never be done with each other so long as they both want the same title. Who really is next in line for the top prize in NJPW?

Just as Tanahashi makes his entrance and waves to fans, White attacks from behind! Fans boo but White pretends not to hear them right. White stomps Tanahashi then throws him out, and goes out after him. Tanahashi fires back with forearms, but Gedo gets in the way! White clobbers Tanahashi and whips him into railing! White gets in the faces of the fans to soak up their boos and jeers. Then he drags Tanahashi up and into the ring. White stalks Tanahashi and hits a big uppercut in the corner. He throws Tanahashi down and stands on that repaired arm. Tanahashi tries to get free but White stomps the arm!

Fans boo as White flexes and looms over Tanahashi. White drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi fights back with big forearms. Tanahashi whips but White holds the ropes. The bad arm bothers Tanahashi, and White exploder suplexes Tanahashi out to the floor! White takes a moment before going out to fetch Tanahashi. White rams Tanahashi into railing, then into the apron, then hammerlocks the bad arm to ram that into railing! The Switchblade shows no mercy as he rams Tanahashi into the apron once more! Fans boo while White refreshes the count. White drags Tanahashi back up, to throw him into a post! The ring count starts again and hits 8 of 20 before White refreshes it again. The count gets to 16 of 20 now but White yanks the ref down!

White stomps away on Tanahashi and laces that bad arm in more rails. Fans rally for Tanahashi while White lets the ref count again. The count passes 10 of 20 before Tanahashi gets to his feet. Tanahashi hurries in at 14, but White is on him with toying kicks. Fans cheer “Go Ace!” but White keeps nudging and kicking Tanahashi. Tanahashi throws haymakers with his good arm! He ducks a clothesline to keep punching, then whips. White reverses the wring the good arm, too! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi grimaces as both arms are bothering him now. White puts Tanahashi in a corner for a CHOP! And another! White gives the good arm a shoulder breaker then wrings it out to twist. White says this is too easy. He drags Tanahashi up, but Tananashi blocks the saido!

White knees low, hammerlocks, saido suplex! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi refuses to quit, and fans refuse to give up on him. White refuses to let up, too, and pulls off the padding! White wrenches the bad arm, and elbows away on the bicep! Fans boo while Tanahashi clutches that bad arm. White practically celebrates before dragging Tanahashi back up. He hammerlocks Tanahashi again before throwing a forearm into the back. And he does it again. The fans still cheer, “Go Ace!” but White wrenches, hammerlocks, but Tanahashi reverses to throw forearms with the good arm. White forearms and kicks but Tanahashi hits back heavier. Tanahashi whips but again the arm gives out! White kicks, but into a dragon screw!

Tanahashi and White are both down with respective limb damage, but Tanahashi starts rallying with elbows and forearms! Fans fire up with Tanahashi as he throws forearms in a corner. He whips but White reverses, only to run into a dropkick! Tanahashi targets the legs as he positions White in a drop zone. Tanahashi hops up, somersault senton! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps his cool while fans rally for him. Tanahashi runs, but into a CHOP! But he shrugs it off! Tanahashi fires off on White, whips, but White reverses again. White dodges the Slingblade to a fireman’s carry, but Tanahashi slips out to a full nelson. White breaks free of that, but swings into another. Tanahashi wants Twist ‘n ‘Shout but White suplexes. Tanahashi escapes, only to get a complete shot!

White drags Tanahashi up with a deadlift German Suplex! Both men are down from exhaustion, but White stands first. White drags Tanahashi up into the fireman’s carry, Death Valley DT! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi survives the DVDDT! White’s leg bothers him now, but he keeps on Tanahashi with a cobra clutch. Tanahashi fights out but White grabs his hair. Tanahashi breaks free but his bad arm gets swatted away. White gets Tanahashi for a BIG urenage! Cover, TWO! The Ace survives and Gedo is furious for White. White drags Tanahashi up again, Fisherman and lift, but Tanahashi kicks free for Twist ‘n’ Shout!

Tanahashi holds onto White to bring him up again. Another Twist ‘n’ Shout, but Tanahashi’s not done! He stands up again, but White drops to deny the third. Tanahashi drags White up but White resists again. Tanahashi lets White go but the fans give him new strength to SLAP White! The Ace tries again, but White reverses to a Fujiwara armbar! Tanahashi flails but White cranks way back! White wants to break the fingers, too! Fans rally and Tanahashi fights towards ropes. White switches sides to add some EXTRA torque! Tanahashi endures this arm torture, even as White twists and pulls and cranks as hard as he can! The arm is all the way back!! But somehow, Tanahashi gets a ropebreak!!

White lets go, but the damage has been done. Fans still rally for the Ace, but White drags Tanahashi back up. Half nelson, but Tanahashi grabs the ropes. White slaps the arm away, but Tanahashi spins and throws a palm strike! White staggers, but Tanahashi has the leg. Tanahashi’s arms hurt so much, he uses his legs to do the dragon screw! Tanahashi runs, but White counters Slingblade, only for Tanahashi to come back with it! Then a true Slingblade! Cover, TWO!! White survives but fans are rallying so hard for Tanahashi. Tanahashi goes up top! But Gedo comes over, so Tanahashi kicks him away. Tanahashi stands but White trips him up! White drags Tanahashi out on the ropes, then into BLADE RUNN- No, Tanahashi waistlocks! They go around and around, straitjacket German! With bridge, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous for the Ace as he stands up again. Tanahashi drags White up in the full nelson. But Gedo runs in with brass knuckles! He gets Tanahashi’s palm strike! The ref checks on Gedo, but White LOW BLOWS Tanahashi! White gives Tanahashi BLADE- LOW BLOW from Tanahashi! Poetic justice as Tanahashi rolls White, TWO!! Dragon screw on the ground! And then, CLOVER- No, White grab the bad arm and cradles, White wins!!

Winner: Jay White, by pinfall

The Switchblade wins by the skin of his teeth! The Ace falls to White’s usual treachery, but will White really be the first man up to fight for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship?

 

IWGP United States Championship: Juice Robinson VS Jon Moxley!

For those wondering why the Lunatic is here in NJPW after showing up in Las Vegas, it’s because the Lunatic does what he wants. And what he wants is to take that title off the Flamboyant One. Will Moxley make good on his threat? Or will Juice keep the ass-whooping streak going like he promised?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and a rivalry dating back to FCW begins again in NJPW!

Juice takes off his nightcap to show he’s cut his dreadlocks! But the “Death Rider” doesn’t care, he gives Juice two big dirty birds right in his face. The bell rings and Moxley throws hands right away! Juice gives them back but Moxley knees and CHOPS! Juice CHOPS but Moxley CHOPS! They throw more hands, but Moxley runs, into Juice’s elbow. Juice runs, but into Moxley’s knee! Moxley clotheslines Juice out of the ring! Then he builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Juice onto commentary! But Moxley won’t stop, he hops the rail to give double ax handles! Moxley throws more hands and Juice ends up falling on the front row of fans.

Moxley still doesn’t back down, he just drags Juice up on the chairs for more fists. They fight into the second or third row, and Moxley headbutts Juice down. And BITES Jucie?! Moxley tastes the Juice before dragging him back to ringside. Moxley gives more forearms and they end up going deeper into the crowd. The Lunatic bites Juice more, and wants to juice his head! Moxley argues with Red Shoes, but then pursues Juice up the entryway. Moxley pushes Young Lions around for getting in his way. Then he goes after Juice for a PILE- No, Juice back drops out of the piledriver! Moxley hits the hard concrete floor, and Juice heads back to the ring. But then he reconsiders, and goes up to the upper deck!

NJPW security has fans get clear as Juice climbs up the girder! Juice aims at Moxley, and CANNONBALLS! Juice wipes out Moxley and the Young Lions! The Flamboyant One headbutts Moxley even from the floor, then drags him up to throw into railing. Juice drags Moxley back to ringside, but makes sure to flapjack him on railings first! Moxley gasps and coughs while Juice drags him around. Juice whips Moxley into more railing! Fans cheer as Juice stomps Moxley into the rails. Juice gets space and runs back at Moxley, but he cannonballs railing only! Moxley evades Juice and Juice destroys himself! Moxley gets up and walks it off before going back for another taste of Juice! Juice is already bleeding from the eyebrow as Moxley puts him in the ring.

Moxley stalks Juice and chop blocks the leg! Then he drags that leg to a post to swing it into the steel! And again! Juice starts falling out of the ring, but Moxley puts him in. Moxley drags Juice up for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Moxley rains down rights right to that bad eyebrow. And he bites it again! Moxley mockingly bows to the Japanese crowd as they both boo and cheer. Moxley drags Juice around to put the leg in a Half Crab. Juice endures as Moxley sits down deep. Fans rally up but Moxley turns it into an STF! Juice endures, and bites Moxley’s fingers! Moxley elbows and JABS Juice, not appreciating a taste of his own medicine. Juice wobbles but gets Moxley with a SPINEBUSTER!

Fans rally as Juice rains down lefts onto Moxley! Moxley covers up but Juice just hammers away. Juice staggers away, then goes at Moxley in the corner with more left hands. Red Shoes warns Juice but Juice just hammers away! Juice cusses out Red Shoes, which is rare, but he hates Moxley that much. Juice runs in but Moxley gets out again. So Juice slingshots and splashes down on Moxley! The IWGP US Champion finally has some control while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Juice brings Moxley around. Moxley headlocks but Juice crotches him on the railing! And then LARIATS him off it! Moxley gasps for air while Juice glares with blood dripping down his face. Juice puts Moxley in the ring and LARIATS him again! Fans cheer Juice as he drags Moxley up. Juice fireman’s carries to a Juice Box gutbuster! But just as Moxley writhes from rib pain, Juice clutches a bad leg. But Juice gets up again to climb up top. That leg slows him down a touch, but Moxley shoves him right off!! Moxley goes out to drag a table out from under the ring! He may be in NJPW but he still has a lot of CZW in him! Moxley sets the table up and apologizes to Red Shoes in advance as he gets a chair!

Moxley SMACKS Juice with the chair! He drags Juice to the table and places him on the wood to rain rights down on the bloody eyebrow! Moxley grabs the chair again, and brings it with him to the apron. Moxley takes aim, and bang bang, chair elbow drop on Juice! But the table stays standing, so Moxley brings Juice over, to snap suplex him through it!! Moxley leaves Juice behind and wants Red Shoes to count. Red Shoes reprimands Moxley first, then checks on Juice. Somehow Juice is okay to continue so Red Shoes counts. Moxley celebrates a little early, the count only reaches 10. Juice gets to his feet at 13 but flounders down. Juice crawls at 16, up at 18, and in at 19.5!! Moxley is on Juice, X-PLEX! Cover, TWO!!

Moxley grows annoyed with Juice but he drags Juice back to the rose. He swings the leg into the post again! And again! And then he figure fours the legs, for a hanging Figure Four! Juice endures but he doesn’t want Red Shoes calling it. Red Shoes counts Moxley so Moxley lets go at 4. Juice flops out of the ring but Moxley drags out another chair. Moxley puts the chair around the battered leg! Juice can barely defend himself as Moxley climbs up high! Red Shoes tells Moxley no, but Juice gets up and throws the chair at Moxley’s head! Juice flounders around the outside and finally finds his way into the ring. Fans rally for Juice while Moxley ends up in a corner. Juice runs in, big clothesline!

But Juice keeps going, corner to corner, into Moxley’s LARIAT! Both men are down but the fans are loving this! Moxley drags himself away, but comes back with a BIG forearm! Juice staggers but comes back with a big forearm of his own! Moxley staggers to one knee but comes back with another forearm. Juice gives another, but Moxley headbutts. Juice headbutts, too! Moxley CHOPS but Juice doesn’t flinch! Moxley throws more strikes but Juice SLAPS and JABS! Jab after jab, but Moxley kicks the Left Hand of God away! Moxley underhooks but Juice powers them both out of the ring and to the floor! So Moxley just gets another table! Moxley props it against railing, then goes after Juice. Red Shoes reprimands Moxley again, but Moxley still scoops Juice. Juice slips out, LEFT HAND OF GOD!

Moxley ends up on the table, and Juice has a target. Juice staggers away, then runs back in, CANNONBALL at the table!! But the table doesn’t break! Juice promises to “break this b*tch” one way or another. Juice drags Moxley up and bites him! Red Shoes says no, but Juice says yes to a powerbomb through the table! Juice drags Moxley from the wreckage and into the ring. Moxley stands but Juice trips him to turn him for a Tenzan Boston Crab! Moxley endures and crawls, but Juice drags Moxley away from the ropes! Juice sits back but Moxley slips out, dragon screw! And Cloverleaf! Moxley copies the Ace as he makes Juice suffer! Juice endures but crawls, but Moxley pulls him away! Juice won’t let Red Shoes calls this, he rolls and reels Moxley in, to bite! Moxley lets go, but comes back for the LEFT HAND OF GOD!

Juice wipes the blood from his face and drags Moxley up. Double underhooks from behind, but Moxley slips out. Moxley underhooks but Juice rolls up and bridges! TWO, and the two collide with clotheslines! But Juice stays up! Juice pump up but gets a kick to the bad leg! DIRTY DEEDS! Cover, TWO?! Juice survives!? But Moxley likes that! Moxley drags Juice back up even as fans rally. Moxley underhooks, and lifts, for Death Rider!! Cover, Moxley wins!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall; NEW IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion

In his NJPW debut, the Death Rider takes gold! The Lunatic is free and breathing fresh air, but is this only the beginning of Moxley in NJPW?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 26 Tournament Finals: Will Ospreay VS Shingo Takagi!

It’s a battle of speed and strength as one of the best takes on one of the biggest! The Aerial Assassin has been a tournament winner as well as IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. The Muscle Dragon is undefeated against everyone put in the ring with him. Something has to give, who takes the trophy to then go for the belt?

Fans are already fired up for this match even before the bell. When the bell does ring, the fans get even louder. Ospreay and Shingo stare down while fans duel between them. Shingo and Ospreay circle and tie up. Shingo has the strength advantage and puts Ospreay on the ropes. Ospreay turns it around, but copies Chaos captain Okada with that fake punch to shoulder pat. Shingo shrugs that off and circles with Ospreay again. They tie up with knuckles locks and go shoulder to shoulder. Shingo has the strength again,b ut Ospreay comes back up. Shingo pushes Ospreay but Ospreay bridges. Ospreay gets back up and wrenches to a hammerlock, but Shingo headlocks. Ospreay slips out and wrenches Shingo’s wrist, but Shingo throws body shots.

Shingo wrenches Ospreay again, but Ospreay rolls and handsprings to break free and headlock! Fans cheer the exchange but Shingo powers out. Ospreay bumps Shingo but Shingo runs him over! Only for Ospreay to kip right up! Fans cheer as Ospreay and Shingo stare at each other again. Shingo wants Ospreay to bring it, but Ospreay dares Shingo to bring it. So Shingo kicks low and whips! Ospreay reverses, and hurdles, but Shingo blocks the monkey flip. Shingo runs but misses the sliding lariat. Ospreay kicks, Shingo blocks, Shingo swings but Ospreay ducks, Ospreay handsprings into a waistlock! German Suplex but Ospreay lands on his feet! Springboard but the cutter is denied with an arm-drag! Ospreay sweeps, covers, ONE, but Shingo dodges the kick! Fans love it!!

Shingo stays back in a corner while Ospreay stares him down. Fans duel as Ospreay also backs off. Shingo and Ospreay tie up again, and Shingo slowly powers Ospreay back. Ospreay manages to power Shingo back, but Shingo turns things around in the corner. Shingo pats Ospreay’s shoulder, to CHOP anyway! Fans boo Shingo being sneaky, but Shingo cravats Ospreay. Ospreay works on a counter and throws body shots. Ospreay CHOPS and Shingo felt that one. Another CHOP, and a whip, but Shingo reverses, for Ospreay to huricanrana! Shingo bails out and Ospreay dropkicks him down, to then fake him out. Superhero landing and fans are fired up, but Shingo confiscates commentary’s water to throw it at Ospreay. Fans again boo Shingo’s bad temper.

Shingo walks off his stinging chest but fans rally up for Ospreay. Ospreay waits as Shingo takes his time returning. Shingo runs in but into Ospreay’s kick and uppercut. Shingo gives back forearms and a CHOP! Ospreay knees and Shingo runs, but Ospreay elbows and basement dropkicks Shingo back out! Ospreay slingshots and splashes down! Fans cheer as Ospreay wipes Shingo out. Ospreay throws forearms on Shingo and CHOPS, but Shingo rakes the eyes! Ospreay kicks then whips, but Shingo holds rails to avoid rails. Shingo whips but Ospreay leaps over the railing to land on an open chair! Ospreay hits Shingo but leaps into the fireman’s carry! Shingo flapjacks Ospreay on the apron then DDT’s him to the floor!

Red Shoes tells Shingo to get this in the ring, then checks on Ospreay. Shingo drags Ospreay up and onto the apron. Fans rally both ways as Shingo drags Ospreay up for another fireman’s carry. Ospreay fights out to save himself, and throws big elbows. But Ospreay runs into the fireman’s carry! He slips out to kick Shingo back! Ospreay runs, but Shingo slingshots up over the slide. Shingo runs to FLY!! Not only does Shingo wipe out Ospreay, he practically wipes himself out on the railing! But the Dragon gets up and makes sure everything is working down there. Shingo drags Ospreay up and into the ring for a slingshot stomp! He grinds his feet into Ospreay then jumps for double stomps. Ospreay gasps for air while Shingo looms over him.

Shingo drags Ospreay up to whip and knee into ropes. Then he runs to run Ospreay over! Ospreay is dazed, and then Shingo stands on Ospreay’s head. Shingo drags Ospreay up but Ospreay throws forearms. Shingo shrugs them off then rocks Ospreay with just one forearm of his own! Fans rally as Shingo whips Ospreay to a back drop! Shingo shakes out his hair and watches Ospreay crawl to a corner. Shingo runs in blocks the boot, and gives a clothesline! He throws jab after jab and then another CHOP! Shingo whips Ospreay corner to corner and blocks another boot, but Ospreay ax kicks him! Ospreay throws elbows and CHOPS, then runs, but into a pop-up Death Valley Driver! Cover, TWO!

Shingo keeps his cool as he clamps onto Ospreay with a chinbar. Shingo rains elbows down, then wraps on a chinlock. Ospreay endures and works his way up to throw forearms. Shingo pie faces but Ospreay keeps hitting. So Shingo double CHOPS Ospreay off his feet! But Ospreay kips right back up! Ospreay roundhouses Shingo, then runs, but into an elbow. Shingo runs, Ospreay handsprings the other way, flying enziguri! Ospreay grits his teeth as he slowly rises from the mat. Fans fire up with Ospreay as he runs at Shingo in the corner. Shingo dodges but gets an enziguri. Ospreay rolls, top-rope 619! Ospreay springboards but Shingo gets under. Shingo whips, but Ospreay reverses and uppercuts. Ospreay sweeps the legs, corner to corner basement dropkick!

Ospreay hits the standing shooting star! Cover, TWO! Shingo bails right out of the ring, and leans against railing for support. But Ospreay just builds speed and handsprings to the Sasuke Special! He wipes Shingo out to the railing! Ospreay grits his teeth as he drags Shingo back up and in. Ospreay aims from the corner as Shingo stands, springboard clothesline hits! Pip-pip Cheerio, cover, TWO! Ospreay isn’t backing down, he underhooks Shingo. Shingo resists and back drops out again. Shingo and Ospreay stand, Shingo blocks a kick, but gets the spinning heel! Ospreay runs but into an elbow and a JAB, and a LARIAT! Shingo and Ospreay are both down while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns again as both men slowly stir. Fans rally for both men as Shingo drags Ospreay up. Shingo toys with Ospreay but Ospreay throws forearms back. Ospreay throws more and more, then kicks, but Shingo blocks. Shingo flips Ospreay for 450 degrees onto his back! Then runs for a sliding lariat! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives but he is dazed. Shingo drags Ospreay up again, underhooks from behind, Gory Especial to- Ospreay’s sunset flip! Cover, TWO! Mule kick and underhooks, but Shingo again denies Stormbreaker. Shingo forearms but runs into dropkick-flip and enziguri! Ospreay brings Shingo in, suplex but Shingo counters to his suplex, only for Ospreay to give him Osaka Street Cutter! Both men are down again as fans fire up.

Ospreay gets to a corner but so does Shingo. Ospreay runs in for a helluva kick! He hoists Shingo up, tucks him in, Cheeky Nandos hits solid! Shingo slumps slightly, but Ospreay goes up top. Ospreay underhooks, but Shingo resists again! Shingo and Ospreay fight up top with slapping palm strikes. Shingo headbutts Ospreay off the top! Ospreay lands on the apron, and Shingo drags him up by a hand. Ospreay kicks Shingo back! Then springboards, but Shingo blocks, only for Ospreay to fight back. But Shingo holds on, SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Shingo crawls to a cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and Shingo can’t believe it! But Shingo fires up to run in at Ospreay, for a BIG clothesline! But then they collide with clotheslines! And again!

Shingo whips but Ospreay handsprings, into a torture rack! Burning hammer, but Ospreay lands on his feet! Shingo ducks the Penalty Kick and avoids the moonsault but Ospreay again lands on his feet. Ospreay fakes Shingo out to back heel to buzzsaw! Then springboard, but Shingo blocks to BLOOD FALL! Shingo’s Gory Bomb hits, but he can’t make the cover. Ospreay stands so Shingo prepares his arm. Shingo runs, but Ospreay spins through the Pumping Bomber! Sit-out powerbomb!! Cover, TWO!! Shingo survives the most massive bomb Ospreay has ever hit! Fans are thunderous as both men slowly stir. Ospreay is in a corner while Shingo crawls. Ospreay takes aim, Robinson Special misses! Shingo has the legs, for a wheelbarrow suplex into the buckles!

Shingo has Ospreay on the apron, and he underhooks Ospreay again. Ospreay resists and elbows free. Ospreay hook kicks Shingo! Then Ospreay uses the crossbars as a springboard, OSCUTTER to the apron!! Both men fall to the floor and Red Shoes checks on them. They’re somehow both okay, so the ring count begins. The count passe 10 of 20 but neither man stands. They sit up at 14, stand at 15, and Ospreay is in at 17. Shingo is up at 18, and in at 19.5! But gets a missile dropkick from Ospreay! Cover, TWO! Ospreay scrambles up top, 630 Shooting Star Senton to Shingo’s back!! Shingo drops down, Opsreay climbs back up, SHOOTING STAR PRESS! Cover, TWO!?! Shingo still lives and the fans are thunderous again!

ROBINSON SPECIAL! But Ospreay isn’t done, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO?!? How is Shingo doing this?! Ospreay is stunned beyond belief! Fans reach a fever pitch dueling for both men as Ospreay gets to his feet. Ospreay knows there is only one thing that can do this. Underhook, but Shingo resists the lift. Ospreay clubs away on Shingo’s back and even toys with him. Shingo throws hands back, but Ospreay brushes those off. Ospreay gives Shingo a swift kick to the chest, then another. Ospreay and Shingo glare at each other as Ospreay gives more kicks. Shingo blocks one, and headbutts Ospreay down!

Shingo shakes the stars out and drags Ospreay up. He throws big forearms, but Ospreay gives them back. They go back and forth, but Ospreay starts to wobble. Shingo throws more forearms from all sides! Ospreay staggers but comes back, for the JAB! HOOK KICK! Buzzsaw, heel kick, underhooks, and the lift! But Shingo slips out, ducks the roundhouse, and pump handles for MADE IN JAPAN! Cover, TWO?!? Now it’s Shingo who is shocked by this! Ospreay and Shingo are each reaching superhuman levels as fans rally up. Shingo is up, runs at Ospreay, Pumping Bomber! But he’s not done with Ospreay, he gets a bigger running start PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, TWO!?! This is what it means to be the Best of the Super Juniors in NJPW!

Shingo fires himself up and drags Ospreay up again. Another pump handle, fireman’s carry, but Ospreay wriggles free and pops up, REVERSE-RANA! That was one especially nasty Poison Steiner. But Shingo and Ospreay still glare at each other. They headbutt on the mat, then Shingo gives a point-blank Pumping Bomber! And then another, and another! Ospreay slumps down, but roundhouses! Ospreay runs but Shingo follows for a clothesline! Shingo runs but Ospreay gets a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay won’t take time to be frustrated, he drags Shingo up with a cobra clutch wring out, hook kick! And then, HIDDEN BLADE!! The back hand that has taken out so many! But even that doesn’t seem enough for Ospreay or Shingo. Ospreay watches Shingo rise, top rope OSCUTTER!

But Ospreay holds on, to roll through, underhook and lift! STORMBREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall; wins Best of the Super Juniors 26; NEW #1 Contender to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion

The first man to slay the Dragon in the tournament, and the first man to pin The Dragon in NJPW, also wins the newly redesigned Best of the Super Juniors trophy! Ospreay raises the one-winged trophy high as the tournament winner, but now he takes up the mic to speak.

“Shingo-san. Thank you very much.” Ospreay speaks to Hiroshi Tanahashi’s old shirt from 20 years ago. It said, “Attack for the Next Generation.” Ospreay believes that the Next Generation of NJPW is standing right here, right now! People come and people go, and Ospreay thanks those men for creating a future. This Junior tournament has been the best tournament of the year! And even though there are people missing, like Hiromu, Ospreay is sure everyone agrees we miss him. Get well soon, Hiromu, so they can fight again. But with people leaving, those that stay in NJPW need to step up.

Ospreay has announcement on that. He cannot go back and forth between England and Japan, so NJPW has helped him with that. He hopes he says this right. “I am moving to Japan.” That’s right, Ospreay is full-time NJPW! Ospreay thanks the fans for his support. Ospreay wants to put NJPW on his back and take it around the world as THE Junior Heavyweight Champion. But he wants some Heavyweights, as well! He will give NJPW his body, his soul because the fans make him so happy to be here! But for now, he must go. “This has been the Best of the Super Juniors 26. Thank you very much!” With the Aerial Assassin vowing to be the future and the face of NJPW, will he also become the champion of the Junior Heavyweight Division?

 

NJPW backstage press conference

Ospreay speaks to Dragon Lee when he says, “Love you, brother. Love you very, very much.” But, Lee has something Ospreay wants. Ospreay will slay a second dragon when he officially takes Lee on at NJPW Dominion in Osaka! Will CMLL’s dragon fall the same as the NJPW dragon? Or is the Aerial Assassin asking for too much too soon?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Obviously if one hour of NJPW is great, two hours is even greater! There wasn’t as much advertised for this a couple weeks ago, but that’s only because the tournament hadn’t finished. It was good to see them slip in Okada’s moment responding to Jericho’s promo. They didn’t need to do much to sell Okada VS Jericho at Dominion but that video definitely solidified how good it’ll be. I’d say that with Jericho also in AEW, he probably isn’t winning, but then we get Juice VS Moxley and Moxley wins! NJPW fans clearly still like Moxley given his time as Dean Ambrose in the WWE, so it seems they’ll be accepting of Moxley holding one of their titles for a time. There’s a chance that once AEW TV gets going, Moxley will have to lose this NJPW title. At least he’ll have a good run with it until then.

This Tanahashi VS White match was just as good as their others, if not better. I really thought Tanahashi would win with that low blow roll-up to be karma on White, but White still wins with his own low blow. G1 Climax 29 is on the horizon, so while White says he’s next, that tournament will go a long way to officially deciding that. And of course, the finals of this Super Juniors tournament was oh so great. An undefeated Shingo gives Ospreay one of the toughest matches he’s had in a long time, and Ospreay gives Shingo his toughest match in NJPW. But with Ospreay moving to Japan for this company’s sake, as well as being a very popular wrestler worldwide, he naturally gets to go over. Dragon Lee VS Ospreay at Dominion is going to be on par with this match, but could go either way.

My Score: 9.4/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.8.2022

Josh Alexander finally addresses what happened at Over Drive! MCMG gets a title match! Eric Young was written out, how does Deaner change Violent by Design?

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We get a new era of VBD, Motor City Machine Guns with a tag title shot and Josh Alexander will finally address what happened at Over Drive. I doubt we’re going to get a clean resolution to the tag match since Brian Myers and Matt Cardona are just assholes, but hopefully we get something fun.

Apparently since Deaner is the Violence, the group is just called The Design.

Ratings:

  • Tag Team Titles: Motor City Machine Guns vs Heath & Rhino (c): No Contest – ** 1/4
  • Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Taya Valkyrie w/Death Dollz: Savannah wins via Full Nelson Bomb – **
  • Kon w/The Design vs Sami Callihan: Kon wins via Death Valley Driver – **
  • IMPACT World Championship Open Challenge: Mike Bailey vs Josh Alexander (c): Josh retains via C4 Spike – *****

Results:

Tag Team Titles: Motor City Machine Guns vs Heath & Rhino (c)

Rhino and Sabin start off and they work to Shelley and Heath with a little bit of MCMG tandem work. Guns are tying up Heath, some corner work where the ref is allowing a little more contact than usual; main point is that Heath is getting twisted and torqued.

Heath tries to paint brush his way out of a Figure Four, but Shelley dips into his heel tendencies. Heath gets to the ropes and Shelley lays back and tells the ref he’s willing to break. He doesn’t and forces the referee to untie their legs, so he gets some extra damage in. Dragon Screw attempt gets turned around, Heath drops Shelley and finally gets Rhino back in.

Guns try to utilize some tandem attacks, but as we see Sabin and Heath swinging back and forth; the Major Players hit the ring and hit simultaneous Wake Up Calls on Heath and Sabin, causing the no contest.

Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Taya Valkyrie w/Death Dollz

Savannah starts off honestly just overpowering Taya. A few quick shoves, Bear Hugs, rag dolls…and Taya is on the back foot. A little bit of ducking and dodging gives Taya the chances to hit the Spear and send Savannah out.

Savannah puts the brakes on anything Taya can start, we go to commercial and Savannah throws Taya with a Butterfly Suplex…so there’s just a lot of Taya working from underneath. Flying Headscissors finally gives Taya a breather, Blue Thunder Bomb for 2 into an Indian Deathlock transitioning into an STF before Savannah fights out.

Road to Valhalla attempt, Savannah blocks it, a little back and forth before Savannah connects with the Full Nelson Bomb for the win.

Kon w/The Design vs Sami Callihan

Early on Sami is struggling with Kon’s power and size. This is hard to really swallow, even as an early “debut” of a new stable. Sami keeps fighting the good fight, grasps for a Jaw Breaker and turns a Kon charge into a Scoop Slam…but Kon tries to keep being the immovable object.

Sami buckles Kon’s knee and hits the Tanaka style forearm and tries to stay on the bigger guy. The numbers eventually start to distract Sami, Angels distracts the referee, Deaner stops Sami and Kon hits a Death Valley Driver for the win.

I’m not really impressed with this, but I guess you really can’t have the new stable get punked out. Even though they are all punks.

Josh Alexander comes out to address the Over Drive fallout and states an open challenge with the intent to drag out Bully Ray – but Bully has a whole video set up goading Josh and saying he’s not there. 

So Speedball Mike Bailey comes down to see if the open challenge is still on the table. 

IMPACT World Championship Open Challenge: Mike Bailey vs Josh Alexander (c)

Bailey tries to come at Josh hard, and Josh shows that his left arm is still bothering him some; but he generally shrugs off Bailey for the early goings. A big Forearm and Kitchen Sink have Josh slowly stalking his opponent. His attention isn’t on Bailey, so his style reflects as much.

Josh sends Bailey to the ropes, back handspring, machine gun kicks send Josh reeling and a Tope con Hilo finally gives Bailey some momentum. Commercial break comes back with Bailey hitting a big Double Knees, but a Running Boot from Josh puts things back in his favor. Josh lands kick after kick, big forearms, and just hits Bailey with disdain because he’s not Bully Ray.

A Shotgun Dropkick opens things up for Speedball, Sole Butt doubles over Josh, Axe Kick, Roundhouse into a Corkscrew Shooting Star Press for 2. Buzzsaw Kick missed, German Suplex train begins! Two in a row, Bailey tries to block, so Josh pins the arms and hits a Shutdown Suplex for 2. C4 Spike, spun out, Ankle Lock attempt, blocked and turned into a Kimura from Bailey, but now they’re just jockeying for submission positions. Josh counters the Octopus into running him into the corner twice, but Speedball doesn’t let go. One more attempted jam, but a Poison Rana gives Bailey a 2 count.

Another commercial comes back to Josh driving his knee into Speedball’s shoulder blades. Flipping Stomp miss from Bailey, Tornado Kicks land, Ultima Weapon misses and Josh goes for a C4 Spike but the arm gives out! They spill to the outside and Bailey strings together some offense. A big Missile Dropkick leads into Round Kicks, and then open hand chop exchange. Both men after just firing back and forth, neither is relenting. Forearms and kicks, finally into a proper Fighting Spirit spot that Bailey counters a Rolling Forearm with a Straight Side Kick. Bailey charges into the ropes, Josh catches him in Capture Suplex position but drags him over the ropes and slams him onto the apron.

This is a third commercial break and we’re perched with Bailey going for a Super Frankensteiner, Josh blocks, feigns the Avalanche Styles Clash, but Bailey counters! Flamingo Driver attempt, Josh gets pissed, counters and then throws Bailey with a Torture Rack Bomb. 2 count immediately into the Ankle Lock, but Bailey blocks, manages to get away, counters Josh in the corner, Ultima Weapon connects! But Bailey can’t get the pinfall as he sells his legs. Speedball gets up, PK as he keeps selling the legs but still uses his offense. PK again! Backflip Double Knees, a few missed kicks before finally connecting and then charging through with the snap kick. Open Hand Chops from Josh, Kicks from Bailey, Josh just grabs him and starts the locomotion German Suplexes.

Six suplexes and another commercial! Back perched, Kimura Lock from Bailey, Josh fights, Bailey tries a kick, but Josh grabs him and dumps him back into the ring with an Olympic Slam for a near fall. Josh climbs to the top, Moonsault misses! Bailey slowly climbs to the top rope, Josh pops up, Avalanche Olympic Slam for 2! Josh struggles to try and pick up Bailey, so they have a slow rise as both men are banged up. Bailey pops up with the Straight Kick to the face for a near fall, and we actually hear the 10 minutes remaining call from Penzer.

Ankle Lock again from Josh, but Bailey keeps squirming. Josh Death Rolls with the Ankle and doesn’t want to let go, he’s trying to end this. Bailey tries to stretch up to get out of it, but gets scooped into a Tombstone Piledriver but only another 2 and back into the Ankle Lock! Up Kicks break the submission, Bailey tries to stop Josh from charging back into the corner with a kick, but Josh drivers his knee into Bailey’s leg, drags him back to the center and Grapevine’s the Ankle. Speedball barely manages to claw to the ropes.

Josh tries to climb the corner with Bailey, but Bailey slips down and now he’s trying to get up to Josh but can’t quite muster the energy to get past Josh. Josh keeps clocking and dropping Bailey. Bailey finally powers through the offense, stares down Josh and Avalanche Frankensteiner! Ultima Weapon… connects again but foot on the bottom rope! Flamingo…nope, Styles Clash from Josh into the Ankle Lock again! Bailey grabs the bottom rope and tries to kick Josh away, but Josh finds adrenaline rips Bailey into his arms for an Inverted Piledriver. Josh and Bailey keep struggling as Josh is going for a C4 Spike, 2 C4 Spikes with about 15 seconds left!

 

Overall Score: 9/10

A Western company actually mentioning time remaining, having to bump a “scheduled main event” and dedicate the last hour of the show to literally one match is a little surprising. The show also did try to add credibility to The Design, Savannah Evans got to look impressive and the fact the tag match was interrupted…to no one’s surprise, helped sell the epic main event even harder.

I don’t really have a lot to say aside from that was a hell of a match, and the fact that it was about 15 seconds short of a Broadway is both crazy and almost feels dirty that it didn’t quite get there. But it was great, built off their previous match and was a great endcap to the year both men had as being fighting champions and two bastions of hope of the company in 2022. IMPACT loves to just to clip shows for the last two weeks of the year, so we only have 1 maybe 2 more real episodes before Hard to Kill is around the corner. But hot damn was this match amazing!


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/7/22)

The Super Jr. Tag League penultimate round!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

The Super Juniors are so close, they can almost taste it!

NJPW continues on and the Super Jr. Tag League is almost done! Is it inevitable that Ace Austin & Chris Bey are finalists in the tournament? Or will they get burned by the #GLEATSAUCE?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Yuto Nakashima & Ryohei Oiwa VS Oskar Leube & Kosei Fujita; Leube & Fujita win.
  • Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Toru Yano, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tomoaki Honma & Master Wato VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS TJP & Francesco Akira; TJP & Akira win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS YOH & Lio Rush; Yoh & Lio win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS SHO & Dick Togo; Douki & Kanemaru win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS BUSHI & Titán; Bushi & Titán win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey; Zayne & Lindaman win.

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Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Austin & Bey: 6-1, 12 points
Bushi & Titan: 5-2, 10 points
TJP & Akira: 5-2, 10 points
Yoh & Lio: 5-2, 10 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 5-2, 10 points
Taguchi & Connors: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS TJP & Francesco Akira!

The Time Jet may be out of the running, but they could use this moment to turn it all around! Will Kushida & Knight find #Time2Fly? Or will Catch 2/2 not be denied their spot in the finals?

The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to make the introductions for the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball. The teams sort out and fans applaud as Knight starts against TJP. Fans rally as the two circle. TJP avoids Knight’s rush at the legs, gets around to a waistlock, but Knight switches. TJP sits, pries at the hold, but Knight brings him up to SLAM him down! Knight floats to a facelock, TJP rolls but Knight stays with him, but TJP slips away. Fans applaud this opening exchange and the two reset. Knight and TJP circle, knuckle lock, and TJP spins to wrench and wrangle Knight with a top wristlock.

Knight rolls, stands, TJP wrenches his arm again. Knight rolls, handsprings and wrenches back! Fans applaud while TJP works on a return. TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, but Knight stops the headscissors to CHOP! Fans applaud as TJP staggers to ropes. Knight CHOPS TJP again, then whips TJP to ropes. They RAM shoulders but neither man falls. Knight flexes and fans applaud. TJP runs, they RAM shoulders again and Knight stays up. Knight says TJP doesn’t have it, but TJP kicks low! TJP runs, but Knight hurdles over! TJP rebounds, and he blocks the hip toss into a cobra twist! Fans applaud while Knight endures.

TJP drops for a ground cobra cradle, TWO! Knight whips, TJP stops himself and comes back to tie Knight’s one arm up, and he YANKS Knight’s other arm back! Fans applaud while TJP drags Knight away. Tag to Akira and Catch 2/2 mug Knight. They double whip but Knight DOUBLE FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES them down! Fans fire up as Knight brings Akira up. Knight wrenches Akira, tags Kushida, and he hands off the wrench. Kushida wrenches to a wristlock, then tags Knight back in. They hand off the wrench again, tag, and then hand it off again! Kushida CLUBS Akira’s arm, wrangles him down, and traps the arm to TWIST!

Fans applaud as Kushida drags Akira up to wrench again. Tag to Knight, they hand off the wrench again and again and again! Then they double snapmare to double knee drop both arms! Fans applaud but TJP runs in! Into a drop toehold and PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida & Knight secret handshake, then they double whip TJP to a corner. Then they double whip Akira into TJP! Kushida runs in to back elbow sandwich the champs! Knight runs in to STINGER SPLASH SANDWICH the champs! Knight pushes Akira aside to whip TJP corner to corner. TJP goes up and over, Akira returns for a RAILGUN DROPKICK!

Fans rally as Akira drags Knight up to CLUB him on the neck. Akira stomps Knight in the corner and digs his boots in! The ref counts, Akira stops at 4, then tags TJP. Catch 2/2 drag Knight up, they double whip him to ropes, and SOBAT, KICK, KICK and BASEMENT SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! TJP sits Knight up to KNEE him in the back! TJP drops knees on the arm, then on a leg. Then TJP has the leg for a standing toehold. Knight endures, even as TJP twists the ankle! Fans rally, Knight fights up and stands. TJP stays clear of the haymakers but Knight breaks free. Knight kicks with the other way but TJP blocks it!

TJP slips around, but Knight ENZIGURIS TJP down! Fans rally, Akira grabs Knight’s legs but Knight kicks him away. But TJP runs past Knight to BLAST Kushida! Knight run sin but TJP goes up and over to get a TARANTULA! Akira intercepts Kushida at the apron for a TARANTULA! Fans fire up for the double shoutout to Tajiri, and Catch 2/2 lets off as the ref counts. Akira returns to his corner, TJP stalks Knight and fans rally up. TJP drags Knight up, scoops and SLAMS him, then goes to the apron. Slingshot SENTON! Tag to Akira, and he runs to go up the Electric Chair! “Take Picture!” But Knight JET FLIGHT DROPKICKS Akira down!

Fans fire up while all three men are down! Knight crawls, hot tag to Kushida! Kushida climbs up and AX HANDLES TJP down! Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Akira, then whips him to ropes. Akira reverses but Kushida FLYING FOREARMS! Kushida dodges to PELE! TJP kicks Kushida, runs, but into a hip toss! Cartwheel, basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Kushida and he winds up, but Akira blocks the Buzzsaw! Akira whips Kushida to ropes, but Kushida reverses. Akira sunset flips but Kushida stays up! Kushida has the arm, for an ARMBAR! The fans fire up as Kushida pulls back, but Akira rolls to the ROPEBREAK!

Kushida lets go quickly and fans rally up. They clap for “KU-SHI-DA!” as he wrenches Akira’s arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kushida aims, but Akira dodges the Penalty Kick! Akira CHOPS, but Kushida ROCKS! Akira SUPERKICKS, but Kushida SHOTEIS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kushida crawls, hot tag to Knight! Knight hurries after Akira, brings him up and whips him to a corner. Knight runs in and Kushida runs in from the apron, SPLASH ENZIGURI COMBO! Knight hoists Akira up top, climbs up after him, but TJP gets in! TJP Electric Chair Lifts Knight, but Kushida HANDSPRING KICKS Akira!

Knight fights free of TJP while Kushida has a KIMURA on Akira! TJP lets Knight go to go after Kushida! TJP has the Electric Chair Lift, but Kushida fights free to get the HOVERBOARD KIMURA! Knight jumps to SUPER STEINER Akira! Fans fire up and Knight leaps, SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TJP SLAMS Kushida onto it! Fans fire up while Kushida throws TJP out. Knight drags Akira up, fans clap “TIME TO FLY!” They double suplex but Akira fights it. Akira ROCKS and CHOPS on repeat! But Knight knees low! Time2Fly double whip but Akira shotguns the clothesline apart! And TJP runs in to DOUBLE BULLDOG!

Fans fire up and TJP blocks a kick to spin around, LEG CAPTURE BACK SUPLEX for Knight! Kushida DECKS TJP! Akira GERMAN SUPLEXES Kushida! Knight SLIDING SHOULDERS Akira down! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down! Knight sits up, he brings TJP up but TJP throws a forearm. Knight forearms back, so TJP forearms again. The forearms keep going, then TJP UPPERCUTS! Knight UPPERCUTS in return! The forearms return, Knight gets the edge! Knight runs, into a ROLLING SOBAT! TJP runs, ducks a lariat and SUPERKICKS! TJP runs, into a DROPKICK! Knight kips up and fans fire up again!

Knight runs corner to corner at TJP, but TJP goes up and over! TORNADO DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Knight is still in this and fans are thunderous! TJP drags Knight to a drop zone, goes up the corner, but Knight is up! Knight springs up to join TJP, he throws body shots, but TJP hits back. Fans rally as TJP slips under and trips Knight! Knight is in a Tree of Woe, TJP helps Akira walk the tightrope, for a MISSILE WOE DROPKICK! Knight is down in another drop zone and TJP goes back up! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, but Kushida breaks it! Kushida CLUBS Akira, CLUBS TJP, then BUZZSAWS Akira! Kushida runs, but into an ALLEY-OOP!

Fans fire up as Catch 2/2 sit Knight up! 2 BY 2!! Cover, Catch 2/2 win!

Winners: TJP & Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)

That’s two more points for a dozen total! Will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions prove they are THE best tag team in the division?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS YOH & Lio Rush!

The Wild Hips haven’t had much luck in the league, but they’re not giving up! Will Taguchi & Connors stampede through Direct Drive & The Bad Child? Or will the Men of the Hour still have time on the clock?

Taguchi and Connors reach into their bags, and they have beer again! Fans applaud, and the Wild Hips offer some to Yoh & Lio. Really? Right now? Sure! Think of it like a party. Fans applaud but Yoh & Lio aren’t sure, they’re technically working. Yoh and Lio take a can each, Connors & Taguchi crack theirs open and drink. Fans applaud, it’s now or never for Lio & Yoh. They argue it out, but Lio says his stomach doesn’t feel good. Connors understands and fans applaud. The beers are put aside for now, and the teams sort out. Lio starts with Connors and fans rally up at the bell. Lio and Connors circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock.

Connors shoots in but Lio sprawls and facelocks. Connors slips out to facelock and then waistlock then back to a facelock. Lio slips out to waistlock, they stand up, and Connors pries free to switch. Connors drags Lio down, goes back for a facelock, but Lio switches that onto Connors. Connors fights back up, throws a knee, and fans applaud as Connors headlocks. Lio powers up and out but Connors runs him over! Fans applaud again and Connors runs the ropes. Lio drops, then redirects to whip Connors. Connors redirects, too, and then again! Lio handsprings to dodge, then he mule kicks and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up and Lio covers, TWO!

Lio has the fans rally up, and Lio wrenches Connors’ arm. Tag to Yoh, they double whip Connors and double kick. Yoh whips Lio but Connors avoids the scissor kick! Lio whips Yoh now but Connors avoids Yoh to rebound and run them both over! Fans fire up with Connors and he calls to Taguchi. Taguchi hops in, Connors EuroUppers Yoh. Yoh is in one corner, Lio is in the other and the Wild Hips combine. WHIP HIP into Lio! WHIP HIP into Yoh! And then another for Lio! And another for Yoh! Then Taguchi WHIP HIPS Connors into Lio, and then WHIP HIPS him into Yoh! Fans fire up as the Wild Hips butt bump.

Taguchi sets up on the corner and Connors brings Yoh around. But Yoh reverses and sends Connors into the Funky Weapon! Lio returns to LARIAT Connors down! Taguchi hops down and runs at Yoh, but Yoh atomic drops the hip attack! Yoh scoops and SLAMS Taguchi, then he and Lio hook Taguchi’s legs into the ropes! Not quite a Tree of Woe, more a Bush of Woe. Fans rally as Lio and Yoh fire up. They hook up, ROLLING DIVING HEADBUTT into the Bush! Fans fire up while Taguchi flops over. Yoh drags Taguchi to the apron, and he uses the ropes in a Paradise Lock!? Yoh learned a form of Paradise!

Connors returns but Yoh kicks him down. Yoh drags Connors up to ROCK him with a forearm, and then stomp him in the corner. Tag to Lio, he and Yoh double whip Connors to DOUBLE ELBOW! Then Lio runs to get a wheelbarrow boost from Yoh, WHEELBARROW SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Lio taunts Taguchi then clamps onto Connors with a sleeper and body scissors! Yoh plays defense, but Taguchi can’t get free anyway. Connors fights up with Lio as a backpack, and he RAMS Lio into the corner! Yoh tags in, Connors hurries to his corner, but he can’t tag Taguchi like that! Lio whips Connors to the corner, Yoh & Lio mug him!

Yoh & Lio drag Connors up again, throw forearms and haymakers, then Yoh has Connors on ropes. Yoh throws more forearms, puts him back in the corner, but Connors fights back with forearms and elbows! Fans rally, Connors crawls, but Lio drags him up for a BIG back suplex! Fans rally, Yoh & Lio drag Connors up and double whip. Connors ELBOWS Yoh away but Lio kicks him low. Lio runs, Connors drops and POUNCES Lio into Yoh, and Yoh falls on Taguchi! Taguchi’s free from Paradise! Fans fire up as Connors hurries over, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi fires up, and he HIP ATTACKS Yoh at the ropes! Then HIP ATTACKS Lio at the ropes!

Taguchi keeps going, another HIP ATTACK for Yoh! Another HIP ATTACK for Lio! Baseball slide and APRON HIP for Yoh! Fans fire up and Taguchi takes aim from the apron. Springboard and MISSILE HIP! Taguchi covers, TWO! Taguchi drags Yoh up but Yoh swings, into a waistlock. Yoh elbows free, runs, but Taguchi follows! Yoh catches the hip attack into a waistlock, but Taguchi elbows free. Taguchi fakes Yoh out into running into a HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up and Taguchi runs side to side! PEOPLE’S T-BAG!! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives and fans fire up. Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!”

But Lio gets in the way, and offers the beer! He wants to have the drink now? Lio gets the fans to applaud for it, and they crack open the beers. They drink, and Lio hits a STUNNER on Taguchi! Lio laughs at Taguchi falling for it, then he HAANDSPRING KICKS Connors off the apron! Lio hurries to get another drink of beer, then he builds speed! But then Lio feels queasy! Connors runs in to SPEAR Lio down! Fans fire up, Connors drags Yoh up but Yoh throws forearms! Yoh ROCKS Taguchi, UPPERCUTS Connors, but runs into DOUBLE HIP ATTACKS! The Wild Hips combine their powers, take a drink, and show the RED UNDIES! CROSS HIPS!!! Cover, Lio breaks it!!

Fans fire up and Connors throws Lio out. Taguchi stands back up and fans rally. Taguchi stands Yoh up, to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up and Taguchi drags Yoh up into chicken wings! But Yoh wheelbarrows and victory rolls, only for Taguchi to sit on it! TWO!!! But Taguchi has OH MY GAH ANKLE!! Yoh flails, reaches out, moves around, and Connors keeps Lio on the outside! Yoh scrambles to get a BEER! Yoh stands up to make Taguchi drink!! Taguchi chugs, Yoh shakes him up!! Taguchi is dizzy now, but he SPITS the beer! He’s gone from The Rock to The Game! Taguchi kicks low, runs, but into 3K!!!! Cover, the Men of the Hour win!!

Winners: Yoh & Lio Rush, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taguchi & Connors earn 0)

It’s all about the game and how you play it, but the Wild Hips got beat at their own game! Will Yoh & Lio close in on that outside shot to the finals?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS SHO & Dick Togo!

Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master got the biggest win they could by beating the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions! Will that momentum help them finish strong? Or will the House of Torture ruin things for them right before the end?

Both sides argue about the other needing to be thoroughly checked. After all, Douki has the pipe and Kanemaru has the whiskey, but the Murder Machine has a wrench and the Spoiler has his choker. But for now, the teams sort out and Dick starts against Kanemaru. Fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Dick powers Kanemaru to ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Kanemaru dodges the sucker punch and tells the ref that’s what he was talking about! Dick apologizes, and offers a handshake. Kanemaru says don’t even bother with that. Dick shakes Sho’s hand and Sho hops in to shake the ref’s hand. Dick also shakes the ref’s hand.

Douki steps in and the House of Torture offers him a handshake, too. Douki & Kanemaru reach out to accept, but then they block the cheap kicks! Douki throws Sho’s foot into Dick, then he throws Sho out while Kanemaru rolls Dick up! TWO!! Dick escapes, Douki goes out after Sho while Kanemaru stalks Dick to the corner. Dick pokes Kanemaru in the eye! Dick then whips corner to corner but Kanemaru reverses. Dick BOOTS Kanemaru, runs, but into a dropkick to the legs! Tag to Douki, Suzuki-Gun SMASH both knees! Cover, TWO! Douki stomps Dick around, then puts the leg on the ropes for a HIP DROP!

Fans rally while Douki drags Dick up. Douki kicks low, whips Dick to ropes, then runs in, only to be put on the apron. Dick swings but Douki shoulders into him. But Sho trips Douki up! Dick BLASTS Kanemaru, Sho stomps Douki around by commentary. Sho drags Douki up, brings him all the way to the back wall, rakes the eyes, and then goes into the rear stage area! Sho sends Douki into the wall! Dick keeps after Kanemaru while Sho whips Douki at the edge! Douki keeps from falling, he turns around and Sho BOOTS him off the stage! Fans applaud as Sho stands tall. Sho stomps Douki in front of the back row, then says to turn our attention back to ringside.

The ring count starts while Dick waits on Douki. Sho wants the count to go faster, and then he touches the Super Jr. Tag League trophy. Fans rally as Douki stands, and he hurries up the aisle! We’re at 12 of 20, Sho gets on the mic to shout that this is over! Sho rings the bell himself! The ref tells Sho no, but Sho makes the ref raise his hand in victory. Doukik returns! But Sho and Dick mug him! The ref reprimands them, counts, but both Sho and Dick let off at 4. Douki fights up but Dick fights off the scoop. Dick throws body shots and he CLUBS Douki down! Dick scoops and SLAMS Douki down! Dick then clamps onto Douki’s arms for a motorcycle stretch!

Fans rally as Douki endures and reaches out. Douki gets the ROPEBREAK, and Dick lets off. Dick scrapes his sole on Douki’s face, then he tags Sho. Sho runs to BLAST Kanemaru, then he and Dick mug Douki. Douki hits back but Sho rakes the eyes! Sho shoves Douki down, brings him back up, and throws him out of the ring. Sho distracts the ref so Dick can ROCK Douki! Dick puts Douki back in for Sho to ROPE GUILLOTINE! Cover, the ref refuses because of shenanigans. Sho stomps Douki then covers, TWO! Fans fire up while Sho is upset with the ref. Sho drags Douki back up but Douki throws forearms! Sho rakes the eyes!

The ref reprimands but Sho grins as he brings Douki up again. Douki blocks the suplex and fans rally. Sho powers Douki up but Douki fights it. Douki powers Sho up, but Sho bends Douki’s fingers! Sho suplexes but Douki slips out! Douki waistlocks but Sho elbows free. Sho runs, but into a FLYING HEADBUTT! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Sho and Douki crawl, hot tag to Kanemaru! Kanemaru stomps on Sho then BLASTS Dick! Kanemaru whips, Sho reverses but Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! Kanemaru drags Sho up, SHIN BREAKER and then a  dropkick to the legs! Kanemaru steps through for a FIGURE FOUR!

Sho endures the leglock and Kanemaru trashes about! Dick gets in to stomp away on Kanemaru! The hold is undone but the ref reprimands Dick. Kanemaru drags Sho around, stomps the legs, but Sho bends the fingers! So Kanemaru rakes Sho’s eyes! The ref reprimands them both, Kanemaru kicks Sho and runs. But Sho uses the ref as a shield! Sho then runs but now Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Kanemaru kicks low, ELBOWS Sho in the head, then runs, but Dick gets a cheap shot in! Sho SPEARS Kanemaru down! Tag to Dick and the House of Torture stomps away on Kanemaru. They whip him corner to corner, then Sho runs in.

Kanemaru dodges Sho, kicks Dick and sends him into Sho! ENZIGURI for Dick! Fans fire up while all three are down! Douki calls out and Kanemaru heads that way! Hot tag to Douki! Douki goes up to CROSSBODY! Dick staggers up, Douki dodges him to springboard BACK ELBOW! Douki drags Dick into the drop zone, for a RUNNING DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Douki drags Dick up and hooks him up! But Dick fights the Gory Especial to snapmare and ghost pin! TWO! CROSSFACE!! Fans rally while Douki endures! Douki reaches out, claws his way over, but Dick rolls him way!

But Douki slips out to waistlock! He baits Dick into a double pump handle and he flips Dick over! Douki then rolls Dick into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Fans fire up while Dick endures! But then Sho drags the ref out! Sho gets in to stomp away on Douki! The Young Lions check on the ref while Sho gets his wrench! But Douki gets his PIPE! Fans fire up as Douki’s is bigger! Sho still swings but Douki dodges! Douki swings but Sho dodges! Douki blocks the wrench attack and Sho drops it! Douki JAMS Sho with the pipe, then CHOKES him with it! But Dick slides in to use the SPOILER CHOKER! But Kanemaru takes a swig!

Yujiro & Evil rush out from the back! But Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS Yujiro! Then he KICKS the ropes to hit Evil down low! Then Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS Dick! But Sho LOW BLOWS Kanemaru! Everyone falls at the same time! Fans fire up and rally as the ref returns! The ref can’t make heads or tails of what happened, but Dick and Douki stay in the ring. Dick drags Douki up, underhooks, but Douki blocks the Pedigree! Dick CLUBS Douki down, drags him back up and tries again. But Douki wrenches out! Dick rakes the eyes! Dick gets the whiskey and tags a swig!? But Douki HELL STABS! The whiskey spews into the air!

Douki drags Dick back down, ITALIAN STRETCH #32!!! Dick verbally quits, Suzuki-Gun wins!!

Winners: Douki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by submission (gain 2 points; Sho & Dick earn 0)

Incredible! Douki the underdog has gotten his team to three wins in this latter half of the tournament! Is this a sign that things are finally clicking for Japones Del Mal?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS BUSHI & Titán!

The Flying Tigers may not have a shot at the finals, but they can shoot down another team’s chances! Will the Sniper of the Sky and the Junior Heavyweight legend eliminate LIJ? Or will the Black Mask y El Inmortal stay alive for one more round?

The teams sort out, Eagles calls out Titan, so LIJ fist bumps. Fans applaud as Titan and Eagles circle. They tie up, Eagles wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Titan rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Eagles endures the wristlock now, but he uses the ropes to flip through and wrench back. Titan endures now, rolls, kips up and bridges to then handspring and wrench back! Fans rally as Titan wrenches again. Titan whips corner to corner, Eagles reverses but Titan goes up and over to handspring away. Fans cheer and things keep moving. Titan jumps over, whips Eagles but Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag! But Titan handstands walks!

Titan rolls, handsprings, and fans fire up as things keep moving. Titan hurdles, Eagles counters the arm-drag to a takedown, and then he handsprings to basement dropkick! Fans cheer the opening exchange as Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles keeps on Titan, brings him over, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tiger and he KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Titan down! Tiger stomps Titan, brings him up and ROCKS him with a forearm. Tiger runs but Titan DROPKICKS him in return! Fans rally and Titan rolls to tag in Bushi! Bushi stomps Tiger, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! And CHOPS again!

Bushi pushes Tiger out, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi goes after Tiger’s mask! The ref reprimands, Bushi stops going after the laces to pull at the chin! The ref reprimands and counts, Bushi stops at 4. Bushi stomps Tiger down, then he tags in Titan. Titan climbs while Bushi drags Tiger up. Bushi wrenches an arm and Titan DOUBLE STOMPS it! Titan kicks Tiger around, then mule kicks him. Titan snapmares Tiger to PENALTY KICK! Fans rally and Eagles coaches Tiger, but Titan stands Tiger up. Tiger throws body shots, then throws KICK after KICK! Titan blocks a kick but Tiger SPIN KICKS him away!

Fans rally, Tiger rolls and hot tags Eagles! Eagles springboards up and over Titan, BLASTS Bushi, then RANAS Titan! Fans fire up as Eagles WHEEL KICKS Titan and kips up! Titan bails out, Eagles builds speed, but Bushi trips Eagles up! Titan mule kicks Tiger, CLUBS him down and gets back in the ring. Titan KICKS Eagles while he’s down, then he tags Bushi. Fans rally as LIJ mug Eagles, then double whip him corner to corner. Bushi runs in to back elbow Titan, and then sets up for INMORTAL IN MOTION! Feed to a lift, DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Titan BLASTS Tiger!

Fans rally up as LIJ loom over Eagles. They kick Eagles around, drag him up and double whip again. Eagles reverses to send Bushi away and then he knees Titan low. Bushi returns and Eagles sends him into Titan! Titan falls, Eagles mule kicks Bushi then runs, BASEMENT DROPKICK BLINDSIDE LARIAT COMBO! Fans fire up while all three men are down! Eagles crawls for his corner, hot tag to Tiger! Tiger goes up top and CROSSBODIES Bushi down! Titan CLUBS Tiger, holds him up, but Tiger BOOTS Bushi and KANGAROO KICKS Titan! Bushi returns, into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Tiger brings Bushi back up. Tiger underhooks Bushi but Titan runs in! Tiger mule kicks Titan, Eagles runs in to KICK, and then DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take Titan down! Fans fire up and Bushi fires forearms on both Flying Tigers! Bushi fires off on Tiger, but Eagles SOBATS Bushi! Eagles cravats Bushi and Tiger gives him a boost into the ASAI DDT! Roll and feed to the underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, Titan breaks it! Eagles throws Titan out and Tiger goes to a corner. But Titan POSTS Eagles! Tiger reaches the top but Titan attacks him first! Titan ROCKET LAUNCHES Tiger off the corner!

Bushi crawls to the LIJ corner, hot tag to Titan! Titan roars, fans fire up, and Titan springboard MISSILE DROPKICKS! Titan drags Tiger up, reels him in and suplexes for the GOURD BUSTER, to a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Tiger is still in this and fans rally up. Tiger goes to a corner, Titan powers up and runs in, LOCO- NO, Tiger BOOTS Titan away! Then crucifix takedown! TWO!! Into the REVERSE DOUBLE ARMBAR!! Titan endures, flails, Eagles intercepts Bushi into the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! But Titan gets the ROPEBREAK! The Flying Tigers let LIJ go and Eagles kicks Bushi out.

Eagles rallies the fans and he joins Tiger in bringing Titan up. The Flying Tigers double whip Titan to a corner, Eagles goes to the apron. They both run in, ENZIGURI ROUNDHOUSE COMBO! Fans fire up as Tiger brings Titan up to the top rope. Bushi rushes in but Eagles springboards and missile dropkicks the legs out! Tiger climbs up after Titan, underhooks the arms, and fans rally up! SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives, but Tiger has a KIMURA! Titan endures as Tiger also traps his head! Bushi barrels through Eagles to break it up! Fans rally as Bushi fires forearms on Eagles.

Eagles knees low, Bushi ducks a roundhouse to spin Eagles into a DDT! Tiger fires off on Bushi, knees low and SOBATS! Tiger runs, but into a DROPKICK! Bushi runs to BLAST Eagles! Then Bushi builds speed to DIVE onto Eagles! Fans fire up and Titan roars! Titan drags Tiger up, reels him in to a fireman’s carry, and spins for the LANDSLIDE! Cover, TWO!! Tiger survives again and fans fire up! Bushi returns as Tiger goes to a corner. Titan runs in, LOCO LARIAT! Bushi hits the CODE BREAKER! Titan springboards, but slips! Angel Inmortal is more a diving headbutt botch! Bushi hurries to get Titan back up and Titan resets.

Bushi watches Eagles while Titan COAST2COAST dropkicks Tiger!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Bushi & Titán, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Eagles & Tiger earn 0)

It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective! LIJ stay alive for another round, will they make the Super Jr. Tag League finals tranquilo?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!

The #SAUCEHEARTS holds their fate in their own hands! If they win, they take over the top spot! If they lose, their bubble bursts right before the end! Can Zayne & Lindaman stop the Inevitable? Or will Ace & Bey keep things Too Sweet?

The teams sort out, Zayne steps up and calls out his former friend, Ace. Ace & Bey Too Sweet and then point finger guns at Zayne. Lindaman says, “Boo~!” but Ace starts against Zayne. The fans rally as the two stare down, but then Ace tags out to Bey. Bey & Ace laugh at Zayne thinking he was going to get his way. Zayne and Bey circle, fans rally up again, and the two tie up. They go around, Zayne puts Bey on ropes but he stares Ace down. Red shoes counts the break, Zayne lets off with a pat on Bey’s shoulder. Bey acts like he’s gonna punch, but he just hands Red Shoes some of his gold chains that’re coming loose.

Zayne and Bey reset as fans rally up, and Bey gets around to waistlock. Zayne works on the hold but Bey shifts to a headlock. Zayne throws body shots, then elbows, then he powers out, only for Bey to pull on Zayne’s beard! Bey laughs and flexes while Red Shoes reprimands. Bey headlocks, but Zayne powers up to put Bey on ropes! Zayne then powers out to wrench Bey’s arm. Bey endures the wristlock, but Zayne pulls on Bey’s beard! Tag to Lindaman and Lindaman kicks Bey low. Fans applaud as Lindaman wrenches and wristlocks Bey to then YANK the arm! Lindaman YANKS the arm again, and he keeps Bey from Ace.

But Bey pulls Lindaman’s hair! Red Shoes reprimands but Bey knees Lindaman low, tags Ace, and Bullet Club mugs Lindaman. They double whip Lindaman corner to corner, Bey runs in but Lindaman picks Bey up! AIR RAID CRASH! Ace runs in and knees low. Ace whips, Lindaman reverses and SAYANAGIS! Then BASEMENT DDT! Fans fire up with Lindaman and he looms over Ace. Lindaman drags Ace, scoops him and SLAMS him, then rallies the fans as he goes to the corner. Lindaman runs, stomps and goes to the other corner! Fans fire up as Lindaman climbs, but Ace wants Red Shoes to check him. This is a distraction so Bey can trip Lindaman up!

Ace hobbles over and tags in Bey. Bey BLASTS Zayne, then he and Ace double whip Lindaman! POMMEL KICK, and then FINESSE IN MOTION! Bey feeds Lindaman to Ace’s drop toehold and Eddy Gordo Kick! Bey DOUBLE STOMPS Lindaman down! Bey stands on Lindaman in a cocky cover, TWO! Fans applaud while Bey drags Lindaman up. Bey ROCKS Lindaman, drags him up again, and then CLAWS Lindaman’s eyes! Red Shoes counts, Bey lets off and pretends he can’t hear the fans rallying up. Bey KICKS Lindaman in the side, then coordinates with Ace. Bey bumps Lindaman’s face off Ace’s boot!

Red Shoes reprimands while Bey tags Ace. Bullet Club double wrench Lindaman, double CLAW his back, then double drop toehold to Too Sweet CLAW his back! Fans applaud while Ace stomps Lindaman. Cover, TWO! Fans applaud more, Ace stomps Lindaman more. Ace CHOKES Lindaman with his shirt, then drags Lindaman up to gut wrench suplex! Ace stands on Lindaman before a LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Ace KNEES Lindaman in the back, and again, but Lindaman gets up to ROCK Ace! And again! But Ace NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Ace drags Lindaman up and tags in Bey.

Bullet Club mugs Lindaman, double whip him to ropes but Lindaman holds ropes. Ace runs in but Lindaman steps aside to send him tumbling out! Bey runs in but Lindaman puts him on the apron. Bey holds onto Lindaman to keep him from Zayne, and Bey shoulders in. Bey slingshots up and over, but Lindaman CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up, hot tag- NO, Ace trips Zayne off the apron! Bey CLOBBERS Lindaman while Ace stomps Zayne. Bey snapmares and UPPERCUTS Lindaman in the back. Cover, TWO! Bey argues the count while fans rally up. Bey sits Lindaman up for a chinlock and grinds him down.

Fans rally as Lindaman endures. Lindaman fights his way up, throws elbows, but Bey CLUBS Lindaman down! Tag to Ace, and Ace brings Lindaman around, DOUBLE SWEEP COMBO! And then the STANDING MOONSAULT LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Ace grows frustrated. Ace drags Lindaman up, whips him hard into the corner, and Bey CHOKES Lindaman while Ace distracts Red Shoes with talk about Zayne. Red Shoes keeps them apart, and then Ace goes over to Lindaman. Ace tags Bey, drags Lindaman up, and Bey takes a crane stance. Bey crane steps to then poke Lindaman in his eyes!

Fans applaud while Bey crane steps around. Bey drags Lindaman up, reels him in, and says he’s gonna give us three amigos. But Lindaman blocks the first amigo! Bey throws body shots, then a knee! Uno Amigo! Then Dos Amigos! Then THREE AMIGOS! Bey kips up and fans applaud. Bey goes up the corner, fans fire up, and Bey mocks Zayne with “ITADAKIMAAASU~!” MOONSAULT, but Bey has to roll through when Lindaman moves! Lindaman runs in, gets around, kicks Bey’s legs out then dropkicks him in the back! Fans fire up while both men are down, hot tags to Ace and Zayne! Zayne fires off hands on Ace, then spins him for the DISCUS LARIAT!

Fans fire up as Zayne storms up on Ace, fires off boxing elbows, then mule kicks! Zayne runs but Bey runs in to SOBAT! Bey whips, Zayne ducks ‘n’ dodges, then he DOUBLE RANAS Bey & Ace! Fans fire up and Zayne swings, but Bey catches him! Ace runs up but Zayne BOOTS him! Zayne elbows free of Bey to knee him low, then he runs again, DOUBLE ROLLING SCISSOR KICK! Fans fire up again as Zayne focuses on Ace. Zayne stalks Ace, drags him from the corner, and he pulls the kick pad away from the boot! Ace kicks Zayne away, but Zayne blocks the roundhouse! Zayne drags Ace down and Ace desperately claws for the ropes! ROPEBREAK!

Zayne holds on but Bey drags Ace out to safety. But then Lindaman runs in and he uses Zayne as a boost to SOMERSAULT SENTON out onto Bullet Club! Fans fire up with that direct hit, and Zayne waits on them to stand back up. Fans rally, Lindaman drags Ace up for Zayne and puts him in. Zayne drags Ace up, reels him in, but Bey SUPERMAN PUNCHES Lindaman! Zayne suplexes, Ace slips out and goes to ropes. Zayne runs in, he blocks Ace’s boot and flips him to the apron. Bey gets up to join Ace, Zayne runs in but he gets DOUBLE KNEES! Ace & Bey dump Zayne out, and then Bey gets in to build speed. Bey FLIES and takes out Zayne!

Lindaman swipes at Ace but Ace handsprings up and over! Ace PENALTY KICKS Lindaman down! Ace and Bey get Zayne up, Ace slingshots in and kips up to build speed! THE FALL TO GLORY! Fans fire up for the Fosbury Flop and Bey says that was great! Ace puts Zayne in the ring, fans rally up and Bullet Club sees Zayne go to the corner. Bey sets up, but Zayne ducks the pommel kick! Zayne BOOTS Bey, puts Ace in the corner to ELBOW, then he hoists Ace up top. Bey runs in but is sent into Ace’s knees! Zayne uses Bey to get up and SUPER STEINER Ace! And GERMAN SUPLEX Bey onto Ace! Fans fire up as Zayne drags Ace up.

Zayne scoops for the BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Ace survives but Zayne keeps his focus. Lindaman returns, he and Zayne coordinate. Lindaman drags Ace up and Zayne goes to the corner. Lindaman hits KUMAGOROSHI, and Zayne shouts “ITADAKIMAAASU~!” Zayne climbs up, but Bey GAMANGIRIS him down! Lindaman storms over but Bey GAMANGIRIS him, too! Ace hits a BIG back suplex on Lindaman, and Bey climbs up after Zayne. Zayne is reclined along a top rope, Bey DOUBLE STOMPS him down! Bey drags Zayne up and torture racks! Ace steps in to FLYING CHUCK and Bey spins to RACK NECKBREAKER!! Ace covers, TWO!?!?

Fans are thunderous as Zayne survives! Bullet Club grows frustrated, but they decide to bring out the trump card. But Lindaman BOOTS Ace! And ROCKS Bey! And ROCKS Ace! Lindaman fires off on Bey, then BOOTS Ace! Lindaman whips but Ace reverses. Bey SPLASHES Lindaman, hoists him up top, and then Ace goes up top with Bey. They bring Lindaman up, but Zayne CLUBS them first! Zayne adds on now, for a TOWER OF DOOM, DOUBLE POWERBOMB SUPERPLEX!! Fans fire up as all four men are down! They all stir, and Bey slowly rolls out of the ring, as does Lindaman. That leaves Zayne and Ace alone.

Zayne crawls over to Ace, and Ace SLAPS Zayne! Zayne SLAPS Ace, and they SLAP back and forth! Then they throw forearms back and forth! Fans rally as the two fight up to their feet to throw more forearm shots! Ace gets the edge, knees low then swings, but Zayne spins him! Ace blocks the lariat, Zayne blocks the kick! Zayne ducks a kick to wrap Zayne up! TACO- NO, Ace slips out! Ace KNEES, KNEE LIFTS and HEEL KICKS! Zayne wobbles, Ace runs, THE FOLD!!! Cover, LINDAMAN BREAKS IT!! Fans are thunderous as Lindaman waistlocks Ace and deadlifts! Bey saves Ace to PELE Lindaman!

Fans fire up, Bullet Club coordinates, ONE TOO- NO, Lindaman catches the cutter to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bey lands on his feet, but Lindaman GERMAN SUPLEXES! Zayne kips up, Ace BOOTS him, but Zayne ducks the roundhouse! Lindaman GERMAN SUPLEXES! DOUBLE BRIDGE!! SAUCEHEARTS WIN!!!!

Winners: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Ace & Bey earn 0)

INCREDIBLE! The top team falls, and now we have a NEW top team! Can the Bullet Club still have an impact on the Super Jr. Tag League finals?

As for SAUCEHEARTS, Lindaman gets the mic to say he and Zayne just won! “This league started back on November 21st in Korakuen, and now we’re here. I’m delighted we won the main event here, in Sasebo.” Fans applaud as they’re happy to see it, too. Lindaman says he’s “got a lot of personal feelings for this place. My father was born and raised in Sasebo. My mother was also born and raised in Sasebo. Make no mistake, Sasebo runs in El Lindaman’s veins.” Fans applaud to know he’s one of theirs. But then Lindaman says, “Sorry, I lied! I’m from Tokyo! Sorry! I might have told a little white lie about Sasebo, but I’m not lying when I say we’re taking this Super Jr. Tag League!”

Fans applaud that, and Lindaman continues to say, “After this win here, we’ll continue to do the same when we face Douki & Kanemaru. Then we’re off to the finals in Sendai.” Fans also applaud that. Lindaman says he’s proud to be holding the mic after a NJPW main event, but some fans may not know him. “El Lindaman doesn’t belong to NJPW, but I represent the promotion known as GLEAT. But since I have the mic, mind if I close this the GLEAT way?” Fans applaud, they’d love to see it! Lindaman says, “For those of you unfamiliar in Sasebo, let me give you a crash course! Don’t worry, it’s very simple. Learn it and try it at home.

“When I say, ‘Let’s,’ you pump your fist and shout, ‘GLEAT!’ Did you get that?” Fans applaud, as that is pretty simple. So are they all ready? Lindaman then admits, he didn’t get the pin so Zayne should have a part to say. They can “remix” this for the occasion and get some “Itadakimasu” in. Lindaman asks, “Everyone, did you enjoy NJPW today?” Fans applaud because they did! “Did you enjoy Super Jr. Tag League?” Fans applaud because they did! Then watch them as they head for the finals in Sendai! “Everyone in Sasebo, let’s… GLEAT! And…” “ITADAKIMAAASU!” The SAUCEHEARTS are fired up, but will they bring the heat all the way to the tournament finals?

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Zayne & Lindaman: 6-2, 12 points
Austin & Bey: 6-2, 12 points
Bushi & Titan: 6-2, 12 points
TJP & Akira: 6-2, 12 points
Yoh & Lio: 6-2, 12 points
Taguchi & Connors: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

A great event for the Super Jr. Tag League, and I am surprised that we still have FIVE teams, aka half the block, still alive going into the final round! Hilarious stuff from Wild Hips VS Yoh & Lio with the beer and the references to The Rock, Stone Cold and I suppose Triple H. Douki & Kanemaru getting a win over Sho & Dick was great, even if it didn’t affect the finals. Eagles & Tiger gave LIJ a great match but LIJ was the team I expected to win out. I did not, however, think #GLEATSAUCE #SAUCEHEARTS Zayne & Lindaman were gonna get this one, and that is great stuff. It is revenge on Ace for him betraying Zayne and joining Bullet Club, and keeps him and Lindaman alive.

Now, three of the five matches on Friday the 10th matter, with LIJ VS Yoh & Lio, Zayne & Lindaman VS Douki & Kanemaru and Catch 2/2 VS Ace & Bey. Yoh & Lio have a “win and they’re in” scenario for having beaten SAUCEHEARTS and Bullet Club, and they’d eliminate LIJ from the running. And for LIJ, they beat Catch 2/2, who beat everyone else, but they lost to Bullet Club. Ace & Bey would have to lose for LIJ to get in, but then I think that gives us LIJ VS Catch 2/2 for the finals. That match-up seems to fit the story, but I wouldn’t mind another scenario just so we don’t get LIJ VS Catch 2/2 before a potential WrestleKingdom title match.

My Score: 8.8/10


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