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Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 8 B Block

Does Moxley slay his former Dragon Gate USA buddy? Does Naito get the home town rub? Will Jay White ever win?

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Does Moxley slay his former Dragon Gate USA buddy? Does Naito get the home town rub? Will Jay White ever win?

So there’s a few interesting small stories, but this is really all built around Tetsuya Naito.

He debuted his LIJ persona in Hiroshima and he loves the baseball team the Hiroshima Carp, so this is like a homecoming for him.

Can Naito string together a few wins?

Ratings:

  • Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi w/Pieter & Chase Owens vs Yuya Uemura, Tomoaki Honma & Will Ospreay: Yujiro wins via Pimp Juice @9:20 – ** 1/2
  • Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr & Lance Archer vs EVIL, SANADA & BUSHI: Suzuki wins via Gotch Style Piledriver @8:10 – ** 1/2
  • Kota Ibushi & Ren Narita vs Hiroshi Tanahashi & Shota Umino: Tanahashi wins via Slingblade @7:45 – ** 1/2
  • KENTA, Clark Connors & Karl Fredricks vs YOSHI-HASHI, Kazuchika Okada & Toa Henare: HASHI wins via Butterfly Lock @8:50 – ***
  • B Block: Toru Yano vs Juice Robinson: Juice wins via Pulp Friction @4:30 – * 1/2
  • B Block: Taichi w/ Miho Abe vs Hirooki Goto: Taichi wins via Gedo Clutch @12:10 – ** 3/4
  • B Block: Jon Moxley vs Shingo Takagi: Moxley wins via Texas Cloverleaf @14:45 – *** 3/4
  • B Block: Jeff Cobb vs Jay White: White via Blade Runner @15:50 – ***
  • B Block: Tomohiro Ishii vs Tetsuya Naito: Naito wins via Destino @19:00 – **** 1/4

Analysis:

Well this is one of those moments when Pieter was really the general highlight of what was going on. Ospreay and Fale of course have their match coming up and this is to build toward it, but it was really just a kinda fun normal undercard tag.

This wasn’t a direct preview because this match was to further the LIJ vs Suzuki-Gun storyline and not the G1 matches. So for a match that had no tangible consequence, it was still fun. Archer barking at commentary, Sabre acting like Dad’s favorite son and Suzuki murdering kids. It’s all a good time.

Ibushi and Tanahashi don’t really need any hype, and this didn’t do much. Narita and Umino got to show their stuff a bit, including Narita going toe to toe with Tanahashi for a little bit. Very basic tag match.

KENTA gets paired up with the LA Dojo boys often, and it just works well. The story here tells itself when the two undefeated fighters are gearing up to butt heads. Now that KENTA has a few matches under his belt, we should get more of a NOAH circa 2013 KENTA. Henare and HASHI were obviously going to get to do most of the work, but that didn’t take away from this being fun and the Dojo boys being more and more impressive.

Now that we get to the block matches, we get something that’s odd on paper. Yano tries a few tricks with turnbuckle pads and tape, but Juice stays on top of Yano’s Shenanigans. The match was slow since Juice tried to stop Yano in his tracks. It didn’t really get moving until the end with a few reversals and twists of fortune, but Juice wins and this was 4 and a half minutes I could’ve done without.

Okay, so I’m an unabashed fan of the Holy Emperor, but this was a bit of a clunker. I love the way it started with Taichi beating up an LA Dojo Young Lion, taking the shirt and stomping on it in front of Goto to fire him up. However, the match didn’t keep a good pace. Yes a lot of that was Taichi’s stop and start heel tactics, but where we got  Dangerous T to come out and play against Naito and Shingo, we got Gackt wannabe in this one. Taichi winning also makes for an odd situation when Goto started off so strong and “rebuilding” himself.

Moxley and Shingo was a slugfest. Posturing headbutts and just big strong boy strikes kept this match moving. A few awkward spots like the short Suicide Dive that they played off as “blocked” and the overall pacing early hurt the match. Granted, when it picked up in the last third, we saw a great match, multiple signatures, German Suplex no sells and then Moxley pulls out a submission victory. So aside from Death Rider, he also has a Texas Cloverleaf that he could finish people with. Nice way to unveil an alternate finisher.

Jay White is truly coming into his own, but Jeff Cobb has really been hit or miss so far in the G1. White went after Cobb right away and then powdered. All we hear him saying to Gedo is ” Okay, that didn’t work…” This is a nice way for his character to build because we saw odd flashes of self doubt, cocky Switchblade swagger and just general dismay/confusion. White has also been forced out of his comfort zone cause the cheating and outsmarting from last year aren’t working. So he managed to reverse a Tour of the Islands, into Blade Runner after numerous attempts at cheating failed. Finally on the board, Switchblade is looking for the reverse sweep. Does he get it?

I think we all assumed being in Hiroshima, which is Naito’s second home town, he wasn’t losing to Ishii. Ishii had a loss to give since he’s 2-1 going into this, and Naito really needs to keep this momentum. As for the match, it was a great match between two guys who never fail to deliver. That’s also not hyperbole, I can’t remember a match between these two being bad. Words don’t really do it great justice, just watch the match. Naito moving his way into the middle of the pack is exactly what he needed though.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

This was definitely one of those cards that was all about the main event. Yes Shingo and Mox was a damn good match, but the crowd wanted a Naito win and that’s what the build was for. So there’s nothing wrong with a slow build, but compared to the previous days, this one definitely fell a little flat.

Also, we need more Dangerous T! I don’t mind the scumbag heel Taichi, but it’s like a tease when we see him actually try and then he goes back to half-assing.

B Block Standings:

  • Jon Moxley – 4-0 (8 Points)
  • Juice Robinson – 3-1 (6 Points)
  • Toru Yano – 2-2 (4 Points)
  • Tomohiro Ishii – 2-2 (4 Points)
  • Shingo Takagi – 2-2 (4 Points)
  • Taichi – 2-2 (4 Points)
  • Tetsuya Naito – 2-2 (4 Points)
  • Jeff Cobb – 1-3 (2 Points)
  • Hirooki Goto – 1-3 (2 Points)
  • Jay White – 1-3 (2 Points)


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

World Tag League, Round 4!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

Will the United Empire continue to conquer?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current World Tag League standings!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

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


My Thoughts:

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/28/22)

The Super Juniors keep going!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

Who stays alive in round five?

NJPW isn’t slowing down, they’re just speeding things up with another night of the Super Jr. Tag League! Will Ace Austin & Chris Bey be the ONLY 5-0 team?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Austin & Bey: 4-0, 8 points
Bushi & Titan: 3-1, 6 points
TJP & Akira: 3-1, 6 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 3-1, 6 points
Yoh & Lio: 3-1, 6 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-2, 4 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-3, 2 points
Taguchi & Connors: 1-3, 2 points
Sho & Dick: 0-4, 0 points
Douki & Kanemaru: 0-4, 0 points

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight!

The Wild Hips and the #TimeJet are both down after round four, and are walking on the edge of elimination! Who stays alive in round and who runs out of time?

Knight shows off his new orange sweatpants, and says it’s for their team, “Time 2 Fly.” Taguchi doesn’t understand why, but Kushida says Taguchi is just jealous. Taguchi offers a beer? Fans applaud and Knight accepts it. He and Connors toast, crack ’em open and sip. Fans applaud the sportsmanship, and the fans sort out. Taguchi and Knight start, fans rally as they circle. They both show off their footwork, Taguchi tests the water with a jump and Knight backs away. Then Knight jumps and Taguchi backs away. Fans applaud as both men are aware of the other’s air moves.

Knight and Taguchi circle, tie up, and Taguchi waistlocks. Knight switches, Taguchi wrenches out and has the wristlock. Knight rolls, handsprings and wrenches back! Fans applaud as Knight has the wristlock. Taguchi rolls and trips Knight to a toehold. Knight endures, gets Taguchi with a chinlock and brings him down. Taguchi rolls but Kushida stays on him! They stand and Knight wrenches to another wristlock. Knight whips, Taguchi reverses and Taguchi runs in, but Knight dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Knight drags Taguchi up but Taguchi pushes him away, and both men go to their corners.

Kushida tags in, Connors does, too. They circle, tie up and Kushida headlocks. Connors powers out but Kushida runs him over. Things keep moving, Connors hip tosses but Kushida makes that an arm-drag! Connors runs back in but into another arm-drag! Kushida goes for another but Connors avoids the arm-drag, to CLUB Kushida down! Fans applaud as Connors brings Kushida up. Knight tags in as Connors whips, and Kushida reverses the whip. Time Jet bypasses Connors, Knight drop toeholds and wrenches the arm. Kushida knocks Taguchi down then PENALTY KICKS Connors’ arm! Fans fire up as Time Jet have a secret handshake!

Knight drags Connors up and wrenches the arm, then tags Kushida back in. Knight hands off the arm for Kushida to wrench, then he tags back in. Kushida hands off the arm for Knight to wrench. And then they handoff the wrench over and over and over! Then they double wrench, snapmare and double knee drop the arms! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Knight drags Connors up. Knight has an armlock and he grinds the shoulder but Connors fights up. Connors throws body shots, but Knight knees low! Knight says its time, he runs, but Connors drops and POUNCES! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Connors and Knight crawl for their corners, hot tags to Kushida and Taguchi! Kushida dodges to kick and run, but into a HIP ATTACK! Fans rally as Taguchi HIP ATTACKS Kushida against ropes! And again! And then the baseball slide and APRON HIP! Fans applaud, Taguchi covers, TWO! Taguchi brings Kushida up, fans rally, and Taguchi snap suplexes! Uno Amigo! Another snap suplex for Dos Amigos! But Kushida slips free of the third for a ROLLING ELBOW! Kushida runs but Taguchi mule kicks him! But Kushida winds up, only for Taguchi to block the fastball! Taguchi winds up, SIDE ARM BODY SHOT!

Fans fire up while Taguchi tags in Connors. Wild Hips put Kushida in the corner and Connors ROCKS him. Wild Hips coordinate, for the WHIP HIP! And then another! Knight comes in, but he gets a WHIP HIP! Then Taguchi whips Connors to WHIP HIP Kushida! And WHIP HIP Knight! Fans fire up with Wild Hips and Connors whips Taguchi in, but Kushida dodges! Kushida elbows Taguchi to keep him in the corner, then sits him down. Connors runs in, but Kushida drop toeholds Connors into Taguchi’s gooch! Connors sits up in a daze, Kushida whips and hip tosses to handspring basement dropkick!

Tag to Knight and he runs at Connors to SPLASH! Knight runs to SPLASH Taguchi! And SPLASH Connors again! Taguchi runs in but Knight dodges, the HIP ATTACK hits Connors! Knight SPLASHES them both! Taguchi falls down, Knight scoops and SLAMS Connors! Knight then runs from the corner, SPINNING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Knight brings Connors up. Knight scoops but Connors slips out. Knight switches, shoves, and DROPKICKS! Kushida hops in and Electric Chair Lifts Connors. Knight says it’s time to fly! DROPKICK ELECTRIC CHAIR DROP! Cover, but Taguchi barrels in to break it!

Fans fire up, Kushida brings Taguchi up but Taguchi ENZIGURIS! Knight drags Connors up to UPPERCUT! Knight dodges Taguchi again, but Connors gives Taguchi the boost, POUNCE HIP! Fans fire up again and the Wild Hips combine their powers! “ORYA~!” CROSS HIPS!! Cover, but Kushida breaks it! Kushida throws Taguchi out then runs at Connors. But Connors dumps Kushida out! Connors drags Knight up, snap suplex! Connors says HE is too fly! Connors goes up the corner and fans rally. But Knight springs up after him! Connors throws body shots and shoves Knight away! Knight comes back, into a FLYING SPEAR!!

Connors drags Knight up, reels him in, TROPHY KILLER!! Cover, Wild Hips win!

Winners: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)

It may have been #Time2Fly, but it wasn’t their time to win. Will the Wild Hips be untamable on their way to a comeback?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: TJP & Francesco Akira VS SHO & Dick Togo!

Catch 2/2 may not be the top of the block, but they’re not out of the running either. Can they stay close to the front of the pack? Or will the Murder Machine and Spoiler be a huge spoiler for the United Empire?

As always, Gideon Grey is here to make the introductions for the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball. But Sho & Dick attack right at the end! Sho stomps Akira while Dick stomps TJP, but Gideon jumps on Sho! Fans cheer the Orchestrator on but Dick drags him off Sho to SLAP him down! Now Dick & Sho stomp away on Gideon! But Catch 2/2 DOUBLE DROPKICK them out! And then DOUBLE PLANCHA! Fans fire up with the champs and the bell rings to get this on record. Catch 2/2 put Sho in the ring and they whip him to ropes. SOBAT, KICK, KICK and BASEMENT SHOTGUN!

TJP snapmares Sho, steps on his face, then covers, TWO! Sho crawls away but TJP is right on him. TJP drags him up, tags in Akira, and fans clap for “CATCH! NI NI!” as they double whip to double atomic drop, and then RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Akira taunts Dick then has the ref stop him from getting in. Akira drags Sho up, brings him over, and tags TJP in. TJP sits Sho down and fans fire up as TJP scrapes Sho’s face. TJP then runs side to side to BOOT WASH! TJP gets fans on the “CATCH! NI NI!” rhythm. TJP drags Sho up and around to whip to ropes, but Sho reverses.

TJP holds ropes then BOOTS Sho, but Sho distracts the ref from seeing Dick DECK TJP! Sho DECKS Akira, and if only fans could boo, they would. Sho throws TJP out and distracts the ref again so Dick can DECK TJP! Dick then sets TJP up for a PENALTY KICK from the apron! Sho talks trash to the timekeeper, and then Dick sets Akira up for a PENALTY KICK! The ref reprimands but Sho just laughs. Dick rakes TJP’s eyes, ROCKS him with an uppercut, and he CHOKES TJP before putting him in. Dick holds TJP down, the ref reprimands, but Sho ROPE GUILLOTINES! Sho covers, but the ref refuses to count because of the shenanigans!

Sho throws a fit but fans applaud the ref standing up for the rules. Sho tags Dick but fans rally for “CATCH! NI NI!” Dick and Sho tell the fans to shut up, and Dick headlock punches TJP down! Dick pushes TJP to a cover, but the ref notices it’s a choke! Dick lets off, but he chokes TJP with his knee! The ref reprimands again and Dick lets off to put on a headscissor squeeze. Fans rally as TJP endures. TJP reaches out, turns things over, and he pops out the back. TJP goes for an arm, but Dick slips out to hammerlock TJP back! Dick drags TJP up, snapmares and then FIST DROPS! Cover, TWO! Dick & Sho are frustrated but the fans fire up.

Fans rally for “CATCH! NI NI!” but Dick stands on TJP’s hands. Sho tags in and stands on TJP’s hands. Akira protests, but Sho claws TJP’s face! Akira protests more and the ref finally notices. Sho shifts to have a chinlock so that it’s all legal. Sho digs his knee in and cranks the hold, but fans rally with “CATCH! NI NI!” TJP fights up, throws body shots and is free. TJP runs, kicks Sho’s back drop away, and even dodges Dick’s sucker punch to dropkick him down! Sho runs in, TJP goes up and over and TORNADO DDTs! Both men are down, fans fire up as TJP crawls over! Hot tag to Akira! Akira runs in at Sho to clothselien in the corner!

Akira keeps moving, he back elbows in the corner! Akira goes up top but Dick anchors a foot! Akira kicks Dick away, jumps over Sho, but Sho hits low. Sho runs, Akira follows and wheelbarrows to STOMP 182! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Akira brings Sho up. Akira chicken wings the arms, lifts and HIGH- NO, Sho fights the suplex to wrench an arm. Sho bends the fingers! The ref reprimands, Akira swings on Sho, but Sho rakes Akira’s eyes first! Sho runs, but Akira BOOTS him! Akira runs, but Sho uses the ref as a shield! Sho SPEARS Akira down! Fans rally as Sho and Akira stir. Sho tags in Dick!

Dick and Sho stomp Akira around, then drag him up. They double whip him corner to corner, Sho runs in but Akira BOOTS him! Dick runs in but into a backslide! Dick rolls through but Akira uses him as a step to SHOTGUN Sho! Fans fire up but Dick rakes Akira’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Dick ROCKS Akira then whips him to ropes. TJP sneaks a tag, Akira catches Dick, then TJP rushes in. Dick ducks the superkick but Akira catches that! Akira sends the kick at Dick but Dick blocks that, so Akira ENZIGURIS Dick! Fans fire up as TJP brings Dick around to springboard FLYING FOREARM! And off comes the shirt!

TJP goes to the corner, climbs up top and fans fire up! MAMBA- NO, TJP has to roll through as Dick dodges! Dick CLOBBERS TJP! Dick fires up and he stomps TJP around. Dick ROCKS TJP to a corner, whips him corner to corner but TJP reverses and runs in. Dick BOOTS TJP, runs to sunset flip, TWO! TJP sits on it, TWO! Ghost pin from Dick, TWO! CROSSFACE!! TJP endures as Dick pulls back on the hold! Fans rally for “T! J P!” and he reaches back, ROPEBREAK! Dick lets go and he drags TJP up. Dick underhooks the arms, but TJP blocks the Pedigree. Dick CLUBS TJP, hooks him up again, but TJP slips out!

Dick blocks a kick but TJP Rolls to drag Dick down into a PINOY STRETCH!! Akira intercepts Sho with a GUILLOTINE! But Evil & Yujiro grab Gideon! They threaten him, so Catch 2/2 let Sho & Dick go! They say okay, but then here comes AUSSIE OPEN! Davis & Fletcher dodge Evil & Yujiro, pick them up and SANDWICH them! Fans fire up as the Empire stands together! Catch 2/2 focus on Sho & Dick but then Sho & Dick rake their eyes! Dick & Sho whip the champs at each other but they reverse and send Sho & Dick into each other! Akira tosses Sho out, then he and TJP focus on Dick.

TJP brings Dick around to Electric Chair Lift and Akira climbs! Fan sfire up but Sho shoves Akira down! Dick slips off to rake TJP’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Dick stops, and Dick argues with the ref while Sho gets his wernch! Wait, It’s not there?! Akira has it!! Fans cheer, Akira throws the wrench to TJP! TJP drops the wrench, and plays like he got hit! Fans fire up as Sho & Dick defend their innocence! But Akira then SHOTGUNS Dick into Sho! TJP rolls Dick up, TWO!! Dick swings, into a SUPERKICK from Akira! The champs fire up and run, 2 BY 2!! Cover, Catch 2/2 wins!

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

The House of Torture keeps trying tricks to win, but they continue to fail! They’re out of the running, will they have even one win before this is done? As for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, can they finish strong and conquer the finals?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS Alex Zayne & El Lindaman!

The Flying Tigers are right in the middle of it all, but that means they still have an outside shot! Will the Sniper of the Skies and the living legend make that shot? Or will they get burned by the #GLEATSAUCE?

The teams sort out and Eagles starts against Zayne. Fans rally and Eagles encourages them to get louder. The fans get louder and Eagles circles with Zayne. They tie up, Zayne powers Eagles back and headlocks, but Eagles powers out. Zayne turns that around but Eagles holds ropes to block the whip. Zayne keeps trying but Eagles holds on. So Zayne wrenches the arm, whips, but Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag Zayne! Things speed up, Eagles RANAS but Zayne manages to to handspring through! Fans applaud as Zayne wags his finger. Things speed up again, Zayne rolls off Eagles back!

Things keep moving, Eagles handsprings over the dropdown to strut! Fans applaud, but Zayne sweeps the legs! Cover, ONE! Eagles sweeps the legs, covers, ONE! The dropkicks cancel out, and both handspring up to pose! Fans fire up as Eagles aims his finger gun while Zayne twirls his hair. Zayne and Eagles fist bump to show respect and fans cheer that, too. Lindaman and Tiger tag in and they rush in! Lindaman knees low, CLUBS away, then brings Tiger around. But Tiger clinches! Lindaman ROCKS and whips Tiger, but Tiger reverses, only for Lindaman to come back and pick him up! Tiger fights free to get a SLEEPER!

Lindaman endures, fights up and JAWBREAKERS free! Fans rally and Lindaman wants a very special challenge. The ref is to judge who has the better… back muscles? The ref has them stand side by side and he looks them over, and declares TIGER the winner! Lindaman can’t believe it! He boos, then kicks low. Lindaman CLUBS away, runs, but Tiger scoops him for a BACKBREAKER! Tiger tells Lindaman he’s a sore loser, then tags in Eagles. Flying Tigers kick, KICK and DOUBLE KICK Lindaman down! Zayne runs in, into a DOUBLE HIP TOSS! The Flying Tigers KICK, KICK and DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK!

Fans fire up as Eagles brings Lindaman up and bumps him off buckles. Eagles CHOPS and then he bumps Lindaman off buckles. Eagles says one more time, and he CHOPS again! Tag to Tiger, he snapmares Lindaman and JABS him in the head with an elbow. Tiger clamps on a chinlock and digs his knee into Lindaman. Lindaman talks smack even now and Tiger ELBOWS him again! Tag to Eagles and he brings Lindaman up. Fans rally, Eagles whips but Lindaman blocks. Lindaman UPPERCUTS, spins, but Eagles avoids the discus to mule kick! Eagles whips Lindaman but Lindaman reverses! Lindaman runs in, blocks the boots, puts Eagles in the rope to DRAPING NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up as Lindaman rolls and tags Zayne. Zayne ELBOWS Tiger off the apron, he blocks Eagles’ kick and spins Eagles around to LARIAT! Fans fire up more and Zayne fires off forearms and elbows! Zayne mule kicks, runs, but Eagles avoids the somersault kick! Zayne avoids the Penalty Kick to roll Eagles into an EDDY GORDO KICK! Fans fire up as Zayne scoops for the BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Eagles goes to a corner. Zayne runs in to ELBOW him, then puts him up top. Zayne climbs up but Eagles throws body shots. Eagles shoves Zayne away but he flips and lands on his feet! Zayne comes back, Eagles leaps, but Zayne blocks the rana!

Zayne swings Eagles back up to POWERBOMB him down! Zayne then hurries to drag Eagles up. Zayne whips but Eagles reverses to kick, but Zayne ducks under it! Zayne hooks Eagles up, TACO- NO, Eagles slips free! Eagles cravats, ASAI DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Eagles and Zayne stir, Eagles crawls to hot tag Tiger! Tiger KICKS Zayne to a corner, whips him corner to corner, then storms up to ROUNDHOUSE! Tiger brings Zayne back out, underhooks, but Zayne fights free! Tiger gets around, Zayne switches but Tiger victory rolls, TWO! Tiger chicken wings but Zayne breaks free.

Tiger kicks Zayne, rolls and drags Zayne down to a KNEEBAR! Zayne reaches out, but Lindaman CLOBBERS Tiger! Eagles gets in to ROCK Lindaman and throw him out! Flying Tigers double whip Zayne to a corner, then Eagles goes to the apron. But Zayne slips away before the kick combo connects! Eagles ends up stuck up top, Tiger storms after Zayne and kicks him low. Tiger whips but Zayne reverses, Tiger runs into Eagles’ knees! Zayne runs in, uses Tiger as the boost to SUPER STEINER Eagles! Zayne waistlocks Tiger but Tiger fights the German Suplex. Tiger switches, but right into Lindaman’s waistlock! Zayne SUPERKICKS, but Tiger ducks so it hits Lindaman!

Tiger runs, crucifix takedown, TWO! Tiger underhooks the arms, TIGER DRIVER!! High stack, but Lindaman breaks it! Eagles kicks Zayne out, fans rally, “GO GO TIGER! GO GO TIGER!” Tiger SOBATS, Eagles mule kicks, and DOUBLE BUZZSAWS take down Zayne! Cover, TWO!! Zayne survives and fans fire up again! Flying Tigers coordinate and put Zayne in the corner. They double whip again, then Eagles goes to the apron. BOOT GAMANGIRI COMBO! Tiger then hoists Zayne up top and climbs up after him. Tiger underhooks the arms, but Lindaman CLUBS Tiger down! Tiger fires forearms on Lindaman, but runs into a DROPKICK!

Eagles springboards but Lindaman catches him for an EXPLODER! Tiger swings, into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up and Zayne adjusts while up top. Lindaman drags Tiger over, KUMAGOROSHI! Lindaman FLIES to take out Eagles! Zayne aims, “ITADAKIMASU~!” CINNAMON TWIST!! Cover, #GLEATSAUCE wins!

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

GLEAT win for Lindaman & Zayne! They’re still hot in the block, but will they stay hot all the way until the finals? As for the Flying Tigers, have they been grounded once and for all? Or can they reload and try again next round?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: BUSHI & Titán VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

Black Mask & El Inmortal are in a great position, having beaten the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and still strong in the block. But will they be careful not to stumble before the end? Or will Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master be a roadblock to the finals?

The teams sort out and Douki is calling out Titan. Titan accepts the challenge and fans rally at the bell. Douki and Titan circle, tie up, and Douki waistlocks. Titan spins through to facelock, but Douki wrenches out to wristlock. Douki keeps Titan from ropes, but Titan spins and slips through to wrench back. Titan wristlocks but Douki slips through to wrench and wristlock back. Douki twists the wrist, keeps Titan from ropes again, but Titan rolls, handsprings and arm-drags free! Fans fire up as Titan DROPKICKS Douki out of the ring! Titan builds speed, but he rolls and backflips out of the ring as Douki moves.

Titan raises the LIJ fist but Kanemaru BOOTS him down! Kanemaru stomps Titan, Douki ROCKS Bushi, then they switch. Kanemaru CLUBS Bushi, Douki POSTS Titan! Titan staggers to the timekeeper’s table but Douki puts him in the ring. Douki drags Titan around while Kanemaru puts Bushi in. Suzuki-Gun goes after LIJ’s masks! The ref reprimands but Douki and Kanemaru undo the laces! The ref counts and Douki leaves Titan alone. The ref has to count at Kanemaru, too, and then Kanemaru lets off of Bushi. Douki drags Titan up, puts him up top in the corner, and climbs up after him, to go after the mask!

The ref reprimands and counts again, Titan fights to keep his mask on, and he throws elbows! Douki falls back, he CLUBS Titan, and then tags Kanemaru. Titan is put in a Tree of Woe for a basement dropkick from Kanemaru! Kanemaru drags Titan to a cover, TWO! Fans rally for “L I J!” but Kanemaru CLUBS Titan down then stomps him. Kanemaru drags Titan back up, and hits a DDT! Tag to Douki and Douki kicks Titan around. Douki drags Titan up but Titan ROCKS Douki back! Douki slaps Titan around but Titan ROCKS Douki again! Douki still slaps Titan, then drags him up. Fans rally, Douki scoops and SLAMS, then runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO!

Douki keeps on Titan, bumps him off Kanemaru’s boot, then Kanemaru tags in. Fans still rally for LIJ as Kanemaru whips and ELBOWS Titan down! Kanemaru BOOTS Bushi for good measure, then he stomps Titan down. Kanemaru stomps Titan and talks trash, then keeps on stomping. Fans rally but Kanemaru just stomps away on Titan! Kanemaru drags Titan up, CLUBS him on the neck, and then stalks him. Kanemaru drags Titan up, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to BOOT Titan down! Kanemaru drags Titan back up but Titan blocks the suplex! Kanemaru gets Titan up but Titan slips out to CLUB Kanemaru!

Kanemaru knees low, whips, but Titan reverse, then goes Matrix to CALF KICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Titan crawls, hot tag to Bushi! Bushi kicks Kanemaru, whips, but Kanemaru reverses, only for Bushi to RANA! Douki gets in to kick low and CLUB Bushi! Douki & Kanemaru double whip, but Bushi gets around to shove Douki into Kanemaru! Then Bushi DOUBLE RANAS them down! Fans fire up and Bushi drags Kanemaru up. Kanemaru swings but Bushi spins him to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Bushi runs corner to corner but Kanemaru dodges. But then Bushi SWING KICKS him away!

Bushi climbs up to MISSILE DROPKICK! And Bushirooni! Kanemaru bails out, Bushi builds speed but Douki cheap shots him! And HOTSHOTS him! Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! Kanemaru crawls, hot tag to Douki! Douki stomps Bushi in the corner, whips him corner to corner, but runs into a BOOT! Bushi goes up to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Bushi crawls over, hot tag to Titan! Titan springboards to CROSSBODY Douki! Kanemaru throws Titan down but Titan kips up to PELE! Douki storms up and kicks low, but Titan fires back a flurry of palm strikes! SOBAT, then Titan runs, but is put on the apron!

Titan GAMANGIRIS Douki in return, springboards and FLYING RANAS! Douki bails out, fans fire up, and Titan builds speed! TOPE CONJILO! Direct hit and fans fire up as Titan rises! Titan roars and he brings Douki back up. The ring count climbs but Titan puts Douki in at 11 of 20. Titan and Bushi coordinate, double whip Douki to ropes, and SOBAT, sunset flip, and SPRINGBOARD SPLASH into boots! Titan staggers away, Kanemaru BOOTS Bushi down! Kanemaru tilt-o-whirl DDTs Titan down! Douki is up top, DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO, but into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Kanemaru dropkicks Bushi’s leg!

Kanemaru trips Bushi into the FIGURE FOUR! LIJ endure simultaneous submissions! And with Bushi in the way, Titan can’t get to the ropes on that side! Titan heads the other way but Douki rolls Titan away! ITALIAN STRETCH! Fans rally, Bushi grabs the ref and shoves him into Douki! Titan is free, Bushi and Kanemaru go outside. Kanemaru stomps Bushi down, Douki goes to the apron. Douki slingshots to hit DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives and fans fire up! Douki roars and he reels Titan into the wheelbarrow. Full nelson, but Bushi runs in! Douki drops Titan to HELL STAB Bushi! Douki runs, but Bushi spins him to a BACKSTABBER!

Bushi DECKS Kanemaru off the apron, he sunset flips Douki and Titan SPRINGBOARD SPLASHES again! Cover, but Kanemaru breaks it! Bushi throws Kanemaru back out to then DIVE! Direct hit and a Young Lion has to keep Kanemaru from hitting the front row! Titan runs corner to corner at Douki, LOCO LARIAT! CODE BREAKER! ANGEL INMORTAL!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Bushi & Titan, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Douki & Kanemaru earn 0)

That was the strongest showing from Douki & Kanemaru yet, but it wasn’t strong enough! Are they relegated to simply spoiling another team’s run in the later rounds? As for LIJ, they stay strong, just behind the front of the pack. Can Titan & Bushi take over and guarantee a spot in the finals?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!

The Men of the Hour have perhaps the match of the tournament on their hands! The #InevitableFinesse have been unstoppable so far, but will they make it to 5-0? Or will there be chaos in the block?

Bullet Club Too Sweets, and the teams sort out. Lio calls out Bey and Bey obliges, but then they argue about the other partners stepping out. Yoh and Ace exit at the same time and the bell rings. Fans rally as Bey talks trash with “The Bad Child.” Bey says it’s all about Bullet Club for life! Lio says Chaos for life, then he pie faces Bey with the three fingers. Bey and Lio start throwing forearms! Fans rally, Bey mule kicks and runs, but Lio follows! Bey ducks under the clothesline but Lio comes back to springboard and whip! Lio then redirects, Bey keeps up, but Lio ducks under. Bey ducks under, both men block kicks and both men SLAP!

Bey and Lio get forehead to forehead and talk more trash! Ace and Yoh shout to their guys to cool it off. Bey and Lio point to each other’s corners, and they both back away . Tag to Ace and Lio eggs him on. Ace wags his finger, he wants Yoh! Lio asks the crowd and they applaud. Lio says fine and heads for his corner, but then Ace pulls Lio’s hair! Lio kicks, Ace blocks and flips him, but Lio lands on his feet! Yoh tags in, Ace runs in, but Yoh ROCKS Ace! Yoh clinches but Ace throws body shots and forearms. Ace runs, Yoh drops then sidesteps to drop toehold! Yoh keeps moving to basement dropkick! Fans rally as Yoh stays between Ace and Bey.

Yoh clinches but Ace cradle counters, TWO! Ace kicks low, CHOPS Yoh to the corner, then shoos Lio. But Yoh fights back with elbows and forearms! Ace swings, misses, but he ELBOWS Yoh! Ace runs, but Yoh dumps him out! Yoh builds speed, but Bey trips him up! Bey drags Yoh out but Lio rushes over to slide! But Bey avoids the dropkick! Bey shoves Lio at Yoh but Lio stops himself. Bey whips but Lio reverses to send Bey at the apron, only for Bey to tiger feint kick! Lio ducks it, Yoh kicks Bey low! Ace rushes over but Lio moves! Yoh swipes at Ace but he handsprings over to SUPERKICK Yoh away! But Lio gets in the ring to HANDPRING KICK Ace down!

Lio builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit with the tope and fans fire up! Lio calls to Yoh to get Ace and Yoh drags Ace up. Yoh puts Ace in, then CLAWS Ace on the back. Yoh stomps Ace, bumps Ace off buckles, and tags in Lio. Lio & Yoh double whip Ace corner to corner, Lio whips Yoh in to back elbow! Lio SPLASHES, then he hooks up with Yoh, ROLLING- GAMANGIRI from Bey! Ace pushes Yoh over to BUZZSAW! Bey kicks Lio away, then tags in, and Bullet Club double whip Lio to a corner. Bey sets up for Ace’s POMMEL KICK! Ace sets up, FINESSE IN MOTION! Drop toehold, EDDY GORDO and a DOUBLE STOMP!

Fans applaud the great combinations, and Bey isolates Lio’s arm! Bey STOMPS the elbow! Lio clutches his arm but Bey drags him around. Bey wants Lio to look into the camera to “say hello to The Elite!” Bey then CLUBS Lio with a crossface forearm. Bey talks more trash, but Lio fires back with forearms! Bey ROCKS Lio, then stomps a mudhole into him in the corner! Red Shoes counts but Bey lets off at 4. Fans rally with claps for “LI-O RUSH! LI-O RUSH!” Bey shakes his head, drags Lio up but Lio ROCKS Bey! Bey CLAWS Lio’s face! Red Shoes reprimands and Bey lets off. Bey talks trash, pulls on Lio’s ear, then brings him up to ROCK with a haymaker!

Lio flops to ropes, Bey drags him back up and whips him into the corner. Tag to Ace, he and Bey DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Ace drops a knee on Lio’s head and digs it in. Ace stalks Lio and deadlift GUT WRENCH SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Ace stays between Lio and Yoh, and he makes Lio look at Bey as he flexes. Ace bumps Lio off buckles, Bey digs his boot in, then Ace bumps Lio off Bey’s boot. Fans rally, but Ace sucker punches Yoh! Bey tags in, he brings Lio up, but Lio fights the suplex. Lio cradle counters, TWO! Bey escapes, and he ELBOWS Lio down! Fans rally back up as Bey tells Yoh to “SUCK IT!”

Bey drags Lio up, brings him over, and bumps him off Ace’s boot. Tag to Ace, he and Bey both dig their boots in. Red Shoes counts, Bullet Club lets off, and Ace tags Bey back in. Ace & Bey double whip, but Lio stops himself and goes to where Red Shoes is! Lio BOOTS Ace away, he BOOTS Bey away, Red Shoes slips away as Lio handsprings to dodge the lariats! Lio kicks but Ace blocks and hands it off to Bey. Lio ENZIGURIS but Bey ducks, so Ace takes the hit! Fans fire up and Lio crawls for his corner! Bey rushes in, Lio slides under and KANGAROO KICKS! Hot tag to Yoh! Direct Drive rallies on Bey with big forearms!

Yoh whips, Bey reverses but Yoh ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! Ace returns, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up for Yoh as he scoops Bey. Yoh SLAMS Bey down, goes up the corner, TWISTING SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Yoh brings Bey back up. Yoh reels Bey in, suplexes, but Bey slips out to waistlock. Yoh switches, Bey elbows free, but Yoh reels him back in, only for Bey to break free and PELE! Bey crawls to the cover, TWO! Fans rally back up, and Bey drags Yoh up. Tag to Ace, Ace brings Yoh around, SLIDE KICK RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP COMBO! Then the STANDING MOONSAULT LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO!

Fans applaud as Yoh is still in this, but Ace CLUBS Yoh in frustration. Ace puts Yoh in a corner, he tags Bey, and Bullet Club double wrench to CLAW his back! Then they double drop toehold, to DOUBLE CLAW him again! And Too Sweet. Yoh writhes but Bey looms over him. Fans rally up, Bey drags Yoh up and suplexes, Uno Amigo! Bey suplexes again, Dos Amigos! But Yoh fights the third to suplex and FALCON ARROW! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Bey and Yoh crawl, hot tags to Ace and Lio! Lio rallies on Ace with big lariats! Lio whips, Ace reverses but Lio stops with a slide! Lio bobs ‘n’ weaves to fire off fast hands and a BIG forearm!

Ace staggers, Lio whips but Ace reverses. Lio springboards, but Ace blocks Rush Hour! Ace waistlocks, Lio switches and rolls Ace, for the SPIN KICK! Fans fire up again as Lio covers, TWO! Lio is surprised, but then he calls to Yoh. Yoh tags in, they high-three and then double whip Ace. Bey stops Ace, Yoh runs in but blocks Ace’s boot. Yoh flips Ace to the apron, but Ace avoids the shoulder! Ace & Bey DOUBLE KNEE Yoh down! Lio runs in but Ace blocks the handspring kick! Bey slips in to SUPERKICK Lio! Bullet Club fires up, Bey tags back in, and they drag Yoh up. Spin and SMASH to a YOYO SLAM! Then a BLINDSIDE SUPERKICK to the HOUSE OF CARDS! Bey covers, TWO!!

Fans fire up as Yoh survives the onslaught! But Bullet Club fires back up and the fans rally with them. They line up the shot, ONE TWO S- NO, Lio saves Yoh to shove Bey into Ace! Bey switches with Lio but Lio victory rolls and uses Bey for the ROLLING STUNNER! Fans fire up as Lio mule kicks Bey. Bey ducks the heel kick, rolls Lio up, but Lio avoids the Superman Punch and Yoh SUPERKICKS Bey outta the air!! Then Lio runs, RUSH HOUR!! Yoh hooks Bey up for the FALCON USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up as Lio tags back in and climbs up! But Ace anchors Lio! Yoh SUPERKICKS Ace, then PLANCHAS! Direct hit!

Fans fire up as Lio aims, FINAL HOUR!!! Cover, CHAOS WINS!!

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

What a shocker! The hot hand finally busts, Ace & Bey are no longer the top of the block! But with four rounds left, can they still cash in on a spot in the finals?

As for the Men of the Hour, Lio is the first to get the mic. He tells Yoh in English, “Very tired. Very tired. Very hot. Very hot!” Then to the crowd, “Konnichiwa~!” Fans applaud, knowing Lio knows Japanese. Lio returns to English to say that Yoh knows, and maybe some fans know, that Lio Rush knows very little Japanese. “But I hope you can understand when I say, I love NJPW.” Fans applaud as they do understand that. Lio also hopes the fans understand when he says, “I love my new partner, Yoh.” Fans again applaud, and Lio says, “Me and Yoh, very good tag team, but very new. And this was a learning experience for the both of us.

“But… We are on our way to being Super Junior Tag League Champions.” Lio tells Yoh that they are number one, all the way! “My friend, arigato gozaimasu. <Thank you very much.>” Fans applaud, and Lio lets Yoh take the mic. Lio know the fans want it, and the fans applaud to agree. Yoh takes up the mic and says that since Lio asked, he’ll speak. “Well, not just speak. I’ll ask a question. Do you all like NJPW?” Fans applaud because they do! “Do you like the NJPW Junior Heavyweights?” Fans applaud again because they do! “Do you like Yoh & Lio Rush?” And again, fans applaud because they do!

“Then it’s no problem if we win the Super Junior Tag League, right?” Fans applaud once again because they’d love to see it. “Thank you. Let’s do it!” Yoh & Lio high-three again, will they truly be the Men of the Hour and take the whole tournament?

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Yoh & Lio: 4-1, 8 points
Austin & Bey: 4-1, 8 points
Bushi & Titan: 4-1, 8 points
TJP & Akira: 4-1, 8 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 4-1, 8 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-3, 4 points
Taguchi & Connors: 2-3, 4 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-4, 2 points
Sho & Dick: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

Another great event and another great round for Super Junior Tag League. Also of note, Suzuki-Gun beat LIJ straight up, Taichi got the Gedo Clutch on Takagi without a restart. But anyway, I expected the bottom of the block to stay the bottom of the block, and mathematically, they are out. Only four rounds left, no way either of those teams will be a finalist by this point. But FIVE teams at 4-1, that’s wild stuff. These last four rounds are going to get wild because of that, and that’s really exciting.

I like that Zayne & Lindaman are in that mix, both guys are kinda underappreciated. Everyone in this has great ring work, but they’ve got great character work and energy. They’re up against LIJ next, that’ll be a big one, but I feel like LIJ will win to keep their chance alive. Yoh & Lio get a great upset win, I said just yesterday that I didn’t see Ace & Bey losing in the fifth and here we are! I like Lio more or less sharing some real feelings in the promo, he is getting to do great stuff here in NJPW and has blended really well with Yoh already. They really could be a dark horse candidate for the finals, but maybe Sho & Dick in the next round could be a “trap game” given the history between Yoh and Sho.

My Score: 8.8/10


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