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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: G1 Climax 29, Part 3!

The G1 rages on in the summer heat!

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NJPW G1 Climax 29

AXS TV brings us NJPW G1 Climax 29, Night 7!

A week into the annual summer blockbuster, and the standings are coming into focus. Who in A Block gets some much needed momentum? And who SPOILS it for the rest of them?

 

Coverage of the G1 Climax 29 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.

Gifs to come courtesy of https://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bad Luck Fale VS Zack Sabre Jr; Zack Sabre Jr wins.
  • Lance Archer VS Hiroshi Tanahashi; Tanahashi wins.
  • EVIL VS KENTA; KENTA wins.
  • Kota Ibushi VS SANADA; Ibushi wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada VS Will Ospreay; Okada wins.

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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this critical night of action!

The A Block enters its fourth round, and only newcomer Kenta and the IWGP Heavyweight Champion himself, Kazuchika Okada, have perfect scores! But the Aerial Assassin is still in the running. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion lost to the Killer Elite, Lance Archer, and the Golden Star, Kota Ibushi, but there is still time for a comeback! However, he’ll have to do it against the Rainmaker! Okada has had Ospreay’s number every time, but the clash of champions may prove who is truly the BEST in NJPW!

But then there are the highly anticipated match-ups of the fastest rising stars! Ibushi was a finalist of G1 Climax 28 while the Cold Skull was a New Japan Cup 2019 finalist! Each has come close to the title, but their standings are at a make-or-break point with tonight! Sanada got the best of Ibushi last time, but that doesn’t mean it’s over for the former IWGP Intercontinental Champion. With only so much time left, who survives and who is out of the running as the G1 reaches its climax?!

 

Bad Luck Fale w/ Jado & Chase Owens VS Zack Sabre Jr!

But even before all of that, the Bullet Club’s Rogue General enters #ZackSabreTime! Will bad luck fall on the Submission Master? Or will Fale #JustTapOut?

The bell rings and ZSJ jumps right at Fale! He has a guillotine and body scissors but his weight is not enough to drag Fale all the way down. Fale endures and powers out, but ZSJ slips around to a sleeper! ZSJ squeezes tight and uses his own shoulder as a way to keep the lock. But Fale just powers out and throws him down! Fale catches his breath but ZSJ dodges to wheelbarrow to a kneebar! But again, ZSJ is just not enough weight to make Fale fall. Fale pries at the leg scissors, and drags ZSJ over as he heads for ropes. ZSJ bends and twists the leg but the ropebreak makes him let go. After the ref counts to 4, that is.

ZSJ unties himself and avoids Fale’s angry stomp. He wrenches the arm and again, but Fale blocks the whip. Fale whips ZSJ to a corner hard, then runs in to squash him! ZSJ flops over and Fale drops an elbow. Into an armbar! ZSJ has Fale down but Fale has a tight grip. Fale shifts his weight, and deadlifts ZSJ up! ZSJ lets Fale go, but gets run over with a clothesline! Fale goes to the writhing ZSJ and brings him in for a Canadian rack. ZSJ fights out of Bad Luck Fall to get the sleeper, to the Iron Octopus! Fale endures as ZSJ twists the arm and pulls on fingers! ZSJ twists that arm all sorts of ways, but Fale backs into a ropebreak. And Jado SMACKS ZSJ with his kendo stick! Fale “falls” into the ref, so that he doesn’t see ZSJ get mugged by Chase Owens!

The Crown Jewel is becoming an ace in the hole as he gets away with beating down ZSJ. Sadly, Taka Michinoku can’t watch ZSJ’s back with his own injury keeping him out. Fale fetches ZSJ to then whip him into railing. Fale throws body shots as he brings ZSJ out into the crowd. Chase keeps the ref back as Fale dumps ZSJ onto chairs. Fans back out of the way as Fale throws things onto ZSJ. Fale brings ZSJ deeper into the crowd to throw him into more chairs. They go into the bleachers! Fale shoves the ref away and Chase helps back people off. Fale drags ZSJ up for the crucifix, but ZSJ escapes! ZSJ standing switches with Chase, Fale runs in, Fale only gets Chase! Fale grabs ZSJ for the Grenade! But ZSJ traps him in a hanging armbar!

The ring count finally begins as ZSJ manages to drag Fale down! Fale has to work with ZSJ’s dead weight, but the count is past 10! ZSJ lets go at 14 to scramble to the ring! He gets in at 17, Fale is still outside! The count hits 20!! ZSJ gets his first win of the tournament!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by count-out; earns 2 points

The Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion wins by the seat of his pants, but a win is a win for the G1! Will ZSJ be able to use this for a comeback? Or is even this count-out victory just not in time?

 

Lance Archer VS Hiroshi Tanahashi!

#EverybodyDies, but The Ace won’t do so without a fight! Tanahashi wants to make this his strongest comeback yet, but he’s up against another strong and returning heavyweight. Will Tanahashi survive the Killer Elite? Or will it be #GoAce as A Block keeps rocking?

Just like on night one, and every night, Archer DECKS Young Lions on his way out to the ring! It seems nothing can put out the raging fire inside of him. But then Tanahashi makes his entrance, and this fight begins as he dropkicks Archer’s legs before the bell! The bell does ring as Tanahashi keeps going at those legs with dropkicks and chop blocks! Archer bails out while Tanahashi takes off his jacket. Tanahashi then slingshots and topples Archer over! Tanahashi kicks Archer but Archer shoves him back. Archer reverses a whip but then Tanahashi reverses it back to send Archer into railing! Tanahashi catches his breath before pursuing Archer around the corner. Archer choke slams Tanahashi onto the apron!

Tanahashi crumbles to the floor while Archer grits his teeth. Archer shouts at the fans cheering for Tanahashi to shut up, then he glares as he goes back to the ring. Tanahashi anchors Archer’s feet on the apron! Archer kicks him away with ease, then apron CANNONBALLS to bowl Tanahashi over! Fans have to cheer for that, but then he tells them to shut up anyway. Archer drags Tanahashi up to ram him into the railing, then into the apron. Archer CHOPS Tanahashi while the count climbs. He puts Tanahashi in at 15 to finish this in the ring. Fans rally while Archer grinds his knee into Tanahashi’s face. Archer lets up as the ref counts, and fans actually start to duel!

Tanahashi throws forearms but they do nothing. Archer CLUBS Tanahashi ones, but then Tanahashi is up again. So Archer CHOPS Tanahashi off his feet! But Tanahashi is back again! He kicks the leg then whips, but Archer reverses for a scrapbuster! Cover, TWO! Archer is furious with the ref and scares him out of the ring. The referee reprimands Archer for a bad attitude, but then Archer intimidates Young Lions. Fans duel as Archer drags Tanahashi up. He reels Tanahashi in for a BIG lariat! He stands on Tanahashi for a cover, TWO! Archer is on Tanahashi with an armlock and chinbar. Fans duel as Tanahashi endures.

Tanahashi fights his way up but Archer throws him down by his hair. Archer tells Tanahashi, “This is MY house now! I’m the Ace now!” He then grabs the legs to tie them up, and the Texan wants to give Tanahashi a Texas Cloverleaf! But Tanahashi resists and fights free! Tanahashi blocks the boot to spin Archer, but he can’t get Archer up for a German Suplex. Archer elbows free and then runs at Tanahashi, big back elbow and again. He gets a third, then goes again, but gets a Slingblade! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! Tanahashi and Archer slowly stir, but Tanahashi gets up to get the legs, for a grounded dragon screw! And then he laces them up, for the Cloverleaf! Archer resists, grabs some of Tanahashi’s hair, but then Tanahashi stops him with another dragon screw!

Fans continue to duel as Tanahashi is up first. Tanahashi runs but into a choke grip! He breaks free to palm strike! Tanahashi runs again, but Archer goes sideways to POUNCE! Archer has a wild look in his eyes as he looms over Tanahashi. He drags Tanahashi up into a corner, then to the top rope. Tanahashi fights back and has an arm, only for Archer to yank him down with it. Archer won’t let Tanahashi steal something from him. Archer has Tanahashi’s arm now, and climbs up the corner. Fans cheer as Archer goes Old School! And then extends it to another corner, for the ax handle, into TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi fires up, runs and Slingblades again! Cover, TWO! But Tanahshi doesn’t slow down, he goes up top! High Fly Flow-body! But is deflected into a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!!

Archer doesn’t care Tanahashi survived, he’ll just add on! Twisting Vader SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! But Archer still has that wild look in his eyes. He prepares the claw, drags Tanahashi up, but the #EBD is blocked! Tanahashi tries his hardest to hold off that claw, but he and Archer go back and forth! The claw clamps on!! Archer powers Tanahashi back to the ropes, but holds on until the ref pulls him off! Archer drags Tanahashi back up and up top again to CHOP! Fans reach a fever pitch as they duel. Archer has Tanahashi’s legs and drags him off top for an Electric Chair. VICTORY ROLL! Tanahashi wins!!

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall; earns 2 points

The Ace had something up his sleeve and he pulls this win out of nowhere! Archer is furious because he was just moments away! And he takes it out on the ref with a toss! Is Tanahashi going to make it back to the top? Is Archer’s next opponent going to pay for what Tanahashi did?

 

EVIL VS KENTA!

The King of Darkness wants to prove #EverythingIsEvil, but he has to end the winstreak of the man who wants to #Takeover NJPW! Will Evil spoil Kenta’s perfect debut run? Or does the “return to the original Kenta” only end with the G1 Climax 29 Finals?

The bell rings and the two stare down while fans cheer already. Evil and Kenta approach, and then Kenta runs into Evil’s kick. Evil headlocks and holds on as Kenta tries to power out. Kenta tries again but Evil holds on tight. Evil brings Kenta down to the mat but Kenta powers up and fights back. Kenta finally powers out but Evil runs him over with a shoulder! But Kenta is up quick to boot and whip Evil back. Kenta boots Evil again, but Evil’s right up! The two grind foreheads, but Evil pushes Kenta to the ropes. Kenta turns that around and lets up, but with a cold stare. Kenta rubs Evil’s eye shadow! He dare smudges the King of Darkness’ warpaint!? Evil grabs Kenta by the face, but Kenta kicks free and snapmares him down for a SWIFT kick!

Kenta circles Evil while he writhes. He positions Evil and jumps, only to scuff Evil’s face. Fans are divided by Kenta’s attitude as he smirks at Evil. Evil sits up but Kenta kicks him. Evil shakes his head, that doesn’t seem enough. So Kenta kicks him harder! Still not enough, and then Evil catches the kick, to give to Red Shoes, to mule kick Kenta down! Fans cheer as Evil throws Kenta out and follows after. Evil whips Kenta to railing, and then follows him around the way. Evil whips Kenta back into railing, then starts looking under the ring. He brings out chairs and jabs one into Kenta’s ribs. That chair’s not in good shape for what Evil wants, so he grabs another. Evil puts that chair around Kenta’s head! However, that broken chair still works for the HOMERUN!

Kenta falls from that chair shot, but fans fire up. Red Shoes reprimands Evil and tells him to get this back in the ring. Evil mostly ignores him to drag Kenta to the crowd! Anything Fale can do, Evil can do better, by throwing Kenta into the hallway! They brawl as they head backstage! Red Shoes follows to insist they go back to the ring. Evil brings Kenta around behind commentary and to the front row! The special VIP section clears out as Evil throws Kenta down! Evil clears some space by stacking chairs. Evil then drags Kenta over for a suplex, but Kenta resists! Kenta turns things around, but now Evil resists the suplex! Evil fights with body shots, and then suplexes Kenta again. Kenta fights back, too, and switches again, to suplex Evil onto the chair pile!

Evil writhes again while Kenta rises. Fans have a mixed reaction to the Pro-Wrestling NOAH and WWE alumni, but Kenta doesn’t care. He drags Evil back up and back to ringside as the ring count climbs to 10. Kenta gets Evil in at 13, then climbs up top. Kenta leaps to clothesline Evil down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Evil but Kenta is on him again with stiff kicks in the corner. Then he scrapes his boot on Evil’s face over and over. Kenta wants to hear the fans so they boo. He runs, but Evil follows to clothesline him in the corner. But then Kenta returns the favor with a hell of a kick! But then Evil gets the clothesline again! And then baits Kenta into another clothesline! Evil drags Kenta up, fisherman buster! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up for Evil again as he stalks Kenta to the ropes. Evil kicks and scrapes Kenta back for just a moment ago. But Kenta grabs the foot and stands, to put the foot down. But Evil intercepts the slap with a forearm! Evil runs, but into a powerslam! Kenta catches his breath then heads for a corner. Kenta springboards to missile dropkick Evil to a corner! Then runs in to flying BOOT! Evil sits down, and Kenta gives him the hesitation dropkick! Kenta fires up and fans have to give him credit where credit is due. Kenta climbs up top again, leaps, double stomps! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives Kenta’s coup de grace but Kenta slashes the throat. He drags Evil up but Evil resists the fireman’s carry. Evil spins Kenta but Kenta slips to a sleeper, then the fireman’s!

But Evil escapes, to German Suplex Kenta down! Both men are down but stirring as fans rally and duel. The two grind foreheads to start throwing forearms. Evil hits first then Kenta hits back, and repeat! They do not stop, they only speed up! Evil gets an edge but Kenta counter punches! Then clotheslines, but Evil stays up! Kenta pins but is blocked, Evil headbutts Kenta down! Evil grits his teeth while fans are thunderous. Evil fireman’s carries, DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Kenta just manages to survive, but Evil keeps his cool. Evil slashes his throat now, and drags Kenta up. He spins, but Kenta slips out to a backslide! TWO, and now a small package, TWO! Kenta runs but into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!!

Evil falls back, exhausted and frustrated from Kenta’s resilience. But the fans do not give up, so neither does he. Evil stands, and pulls off the armbands. Evil watches Kenta stand, then runs, but Kenta dodges to PSYCHO KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives but Kenta keeps his cool. Kenta runs to hit a second Psycho Knee! Cover, TWO!? Evil survives twice, but Kenta won’t let there be another. Kenta gets himself up then watches Evil sit up. Kenta runs but the Penalty Kick is blocked! He tries fighting free of Evil’s grip, but Evil holds on through many, many forearms! But then Kenta kicks the headbutt away! PENALTY KICK! Kenta slashes his throat again, drags Evil up, and fireman’s carry, to GO TO SLEEP!! Cover, Kenta wins!!

Winner: Kenta, by pinfall; earns 2 points

The one true #GTS does it again! Kenta is undefeated, 4-0, in both a NJPW and G1 Climax debut! Kenta has 8 points, and for the moment, he leads A Block! Will he remain the one and only block leader? Or does The Rainmaker keep pace with the newcomer?

 

Kota Ibushi VS SANADA!

The Golden Star and the Cold Skull are not dead in the block yet! However, one man could end up in dire straits if they drop to 1-3. Which rising star rises above the other as we go deeper into the G1?

The bell rings and fans are already thunderous for these fan favorites. Sanada and Ibushi stare down then circle. They approach with caution, then tie up. Ibushi gets an arm but Sanada the waistlock. Ibushi wristlocks free, but Sanada spins through to wrench Ibushi back. They go around as Ibushi rolls and trips Sanada to a toehold. Sanada works to counter with a chinlock, but Ibushi keeps him off while wrenching the foot. Sanada uses a leg to bring Ibushi down, but Ibushi sits back up before an armbar can be applied. Ibushi works his way out to get Sanada’s legs and lace them, and then he shifts to a chinlock. Sanada stands up but Ibushi just shifts to a cravat. Sanada still endures, and handsprings through the snapmare!

Things speed up right away as they each hurdle the other. Sanada dodges to throw Ibushi but Ibushi sweeps the legs. Sanada kicks out to sweep Ibushi back, but Ibushi kicks out just as fast. The two go again, Sanada headlock takeovers but Ibushi headscissors back. Sanada pops out and ducks under a roundhouse! Ibushi ducks the rolling sabat and then just leaves Sanada hanging on the dropkick. Fans cheer as Ibushi smirks at Sanada. Sanada has to smirk at that, too, while Ibushi catches his breath in the corner. Fans cheer and duel as the two men reset.

Sanada points out the crowd is rather even between them. So each man goes to a corner to get the fans cheering. The fans are so thunderous, it really is hard to tell which way it’s going. The two climb back down, and they circle again. They tie up and are deadlocked for a moment. Ibushi powers Sanada back to the ropes but he lets up with a pat of the shoulders. Sanada rushes with a kick but is blocked, and Ibushi looks to steal Paradise!? Sanada powers out of that, and then baits Ibushi into going out of the ring. He fakes Ibushi out to then tumble back in with his insane agility! But Ibushi missile dropkicks Sanada down for that! Fans still duel as Ibushi watches Sanada. Ibushi also makes sure his legs are okay before bringing Sanada up in a mounted chinlock. He grabs the arm and make sit a half camel clutch.

Sanada endures and reaches for ropes, but Ibushi pulls him away. They roll away from the ropes and Ibushi body scissors Sanada. Sanada works against the hold while fans continue to cheer, and he gets a ropebreak. Ibushi lets go but doesn’t lose his cool. Ibushi wants to see Sanada fight, so he gives him stomps. He eggs Sanada on, and Sanada sits up. Sanada gives Ibushi what he wants, with a CHOP! Ibushi eggs him on more, so Sanada CHOPS more. Ibushi KICKS Sanada down, then moonsaults, but onto knees! The fans continue their own duel while Ibushi winces. Ibushi stands first to kick Sanada more. He whips but Sanada reverses, and we see those infamous hurdles and dropkick! Sanada slingshots to splash down on Ibushi!

Sanada leaves Ibushi behind to check on some Los Ingobernables de Japon fans. They have a Sanada bear, so he holds it up proudly! Then he goes back to Ibushi while encouraging fans to get loud. Sanada drags Ibushi up and into the ring, then slowly follows after. He drags Ibushi up and wants a saido, but Ibushi blocks with a headlock and elbows. Sanada knees Ibushi to a corner, then whips Ibushi corner to corner. Ibushi reverses but Sanada tumbles and springboards. Ibushi gets under and Sanada rolls through, and Sanada runs into Ibushi’s powerslam! Then a roll and moonsault! Cover, TWO! The fans are thunderous all over again while both men are down. Ibushi sits up with a smirk while Sanada slowly sits up.

Ibushi fires off a strike fest on Sanada, topping it off with that back kick. Sanada ducks the Penalty Kick but Ibushi counters the roll-up by sitting down! Cover, TWO and Sanada has Ibushi upside-down! TWO, Sanada blocks the kick to dropkick the other leg! Ibushi staggers while Sanada runs, but then Ibushi gets clear of the dropkick to double stomp Sanada down! Both men are writhing from stinging pain in their limbs but the fans rally again. Sanada sits up but Ibushi follows, and the two go forehead to forehead. Ibushi throws the first forearm but Sanada throws one back. Ibushi hits Sanada again, but Sanada still gives it back. Now they stand as they throw forearms back and forth! And they pick up speed! Ibushi wobbles! But he comes back with a kick!

Sanada catches his breath from that impact, to come back with a stiff European Uppercut. Ibushi shakes it off to kick again. So Sanada gives another EuroUpper. Another kick, another EuroUpper! Kick, upper, kick, upper, and then Sanada gives more forearms. He boots Ibushi’s away to rolling elbow, but Ibushi LARIATS on the return! Ibushi is up first as fans still duel. Powerbomb, LAST RIDE! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and both men are exhausted. Yet Ibushi sits up again, and wants those wrists. Ibushi drags Sanada up, but narrowly misses Kamigoye. He still has hold of Sanada to try again, but Sanada again dodges, back slide. Sanada rolls and pump handles Ibushi, to steal Kamigoye!! Cover, TWO!!

Ibushi survives his own move but Sanada keeps moving. Sanada goes up top, MOONSAULT but he FLOPS! BOMAYE! The King of Strong Style would be proud! But Ibushi clutches his knee and can’t make a cover! Fans are thunderous again as Ibushi slowly sits up. Ibushi forces himself to stand and then drags Sanada up again. He scoops but Sanada escapes, to dragon sleeper! But Ibushi slips around to suplex, only for Sanada to get him again! Ibushi steals the dragon sleeper, but Sanada blocks that stolen Skull End, only for Ibushi to escape the stolen long dart! Ibushi again lifts Sanada to LONG DART! Both men are down in the corner and Red Shoes checks on Sanada. Somehow both men are okay to continue, and fans still rally.

Sanada clutches his shoulder while Ibushi holds his knee. Ibushi still rises first and brings Sanada up in a waistlock. He wants the full nelson but Sanada resists. Sanada breaks free of the nelson, but Ibushi German Suplexes! Only for Sanada to land on his feet! Ibushi ducks the clothesline to PELE, but Sanad still hits a sabat! Sanada whips but Ibushi reverses, only to get caught into the dragon sleeper! Sanada takes Ibushi for a swing! Then he drops down, but Ibushi rolls out! Double wrist control, but Sanada dodges Kamigoye again, to spin and Sliced Bread for his dragon sleeper, only for Ibushi to slip out and ROUNDHOUSE him down! Sanada is down but Ibushi wants to end this like a rockstar! BOMAYE!! Cover, TWO!?!

Ibushi won’t stop just because Sanada lives. He brings a knee pad down and drags Sanada up in the wristlocks. Kamigoye!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!

Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall; earns 2 points

After missing it time and again, the Golden Star finally hits his best move to end this match! Ibushi keeps himself alive in this tournament while Sanada stagnates. But Ibushi does go over to Sanada, to show that he still respects the Cold Skull. Sanada leaves without a word. Will either of these men make it to the end of A Block?

 

Kazuchika Okada VS Will Ospreay!

Once again, it is Chaos VS Chaos, Champion VS Champion, Mentor VS Student! The number 4 is considered bad luck in Japan, but will it be the Aerial Assassin’s lucky number? Or will the Rainmaker’s run remain unstained towards a collision course with Kenta?

The bell rings and the fans are already thunderous, with a lot of fans going for Ospreay! Okada and Ospreay circle and tie up. Okada waistlocks but Ospreay standing switches. Ospreay floats to a facelock but Okada switches that around. Ospreay switches it back, but Okada powers his way up to a wristlock. Okada wrenches but Ospreay spins through, reverses and snapmares to get a chinlock. Okada endures and works his way out the back. He hammerlocks Ospreay and snaps back to tweak it. Ospreay endures and works his way back up, to then hook and reverse the hammerlock onto Okada. Okada drop toeholds back to then waistlock to headlock. Okada throws Ospreay with a takeover, but Ospreay headscissors, only for Okada to pop out. Fans cheer as Ospreay and Okada stand off.

Heavyweight and Junior Heavyweight champions back away to corners while fans duel. They come back and tie up again. Okada and Ospreay have a test of strength and go shoulder to shoulder. Okada rolls back to put the pressure on Ospreay’s knuckles. He then spins Ospreay to a hammerlock then the headlock. Ospreay powers out but Okada runs him over with a shoulder. Fans cheer as Okada poses, but then things speed up, and Ospreay monkey flips Okada down! Okada bails out and Ospreay builds speed, but when Okada moves, Ospreay adjusts to handspring and superhero land! Fans are fired up behind the Aerial Assassin while he stares Okada down. Ospreay even offers Okada an easy entry. Okada politely refuses and Ospreay gives him space. Until Okada gets back in!

Ospreay is on Okada with big forearms in the corner, and a CHOP! Okada staggers to another corner, but Ospreay kicks him to CHOP him. Ospreay wrenches and whips corner to corner but Okada reverses. Okada runs into an elbow, but dropkicks Ospreay off the top! Ospreay is down on the outside and Okada is willing to wait. The ring count begins, but Okada offers that easy entry back. Ospreay also declines, so Okada gives him space to get in. Okada brings the sore Ospreay up for a big elbow to that bad shoulder! Ospreay winces as he goes to the ropes, but Okada keeps on him. Okada elbows the shoulder more, then scoop slams Ospreay fast, for an even faster slingshot senton!

Okada goes back to Ospreay and stands him back up. He bumps Ospreay off buckles hard, then throws a big back elbow. Ospreay winces but Okada just gives him another. Okada backs off for Red Shoes to check on Ospreay. Ospreay comes back with a CHOP! But Okada doesn’t flinch. Ospreay gives more CHOPS, but they still do nothing. Okada DECKS Ospreay with that forearm! Okada whips Ospreay corner to corner but Ospreay reverses, only to miss and get Okada’s elbow again. But then Ospreay scoops Okada for a sudden suplex! Okada looks both shocked and in pain while fans rally up. Ospreay grits his teeth as he gets to his feet. Okada walks into forearms, then a whip. But he dodges only to miss his elbow. He avoids the handspring once, but not on the return! Ospreay takes Okada down with the flipping enziguri!

Fans return to a thunderous rally as Ospreay fires himself up. Okada gets to a corner and Ospreay runs in, but Okada puts him on the apron. Ospreay forearms back, then Pip Pip Cheerio, flying forearm! Cover, TWO! Okada is dazed but he does survive. Ospreay drags Okada up and into the underhooks, but Okada resists the Stormbreaker. Ospreay throws forearms and another CHOP, and that one gets through to Okada. Fans rally up again as Ospreay stalks Okada in the corner. Ospreay brings Okada up and whips him corner to corner, only for Okada to reverse. Okada blocks the boot but not the enziguri! Tiger feint caught, into Alabama position, Air Raid Crash! Now things are even again as both men are down.

Fans cheer as Okada kips right up! Then shotgun dropkick! Ospreay hits buckles then hits the mat! Okada drags Ospreay back up and scoops for another slam. Then he heads up top, and fans cheer as Okada takes aim. Okada leaps, Macho Elbow hits! Fans fire up as Okada gives us the Rainmaker Pose! Okada reels Ospreay in but Ospreay backs him to a corner. Okada boots Ospreay then runs, but into Ospreay’s dropkick-flip! But Okada ducks the enziguri that follows, to reel Ospreay into a German Suplex! But Ospreay lands on his feet! ROUNDHOUSE! Ospreay whips but Okada still reverses, only for his dropkick to be left hanging! Ospreay’s shooting star gets knees! Okada whips and the dropkick hits this time!

Fans are thunderous once more as Okada gut wrenches, Tombstone Piledriver! Okada gives another pose, then reels Ospreay in, but Ospreay wheelbarrows and victory rolls! TWO, ROBINSON SPECIAL! The falling spin kick hits, and now Ospreay calls for his own. Ospreay springboards but the dropkick clips him enough to send him out! Okada has time to catch his breath now. He goes to the apron and drags Ospreay up. Okada fireman’s carries but Ospreay resists. Ospreay fights back with elbows and forearms. Okada hits back, and the two teeter on the apron’s edge. They keep hitting each other with forearms and they pick up speed. Ospreay gets the edge and sits Okada down! Fans fire up as Ospreay stands Okada up, only for Okada to uppercut! Fireman’s carry but Ospreay slips out to ROUNDHOUSE!

Okada staggers to the floor and Ospreay climbs, but Okada yanks him down! Ospreay is in a Tree of Woe on the outside, and Okada hauls him off for a Tombstone position, only for Ospreay to shove out. HOOK KICK! OSCUTTER!! Ospreay uses railing for a springboard to drop Okada to the floor! Fans rally again while Red Shoes checks on both champions. They’re still okay so a ring count begins. Ospreay sits up at 8 and stands at 11 to get in at 12. But Okada is still outside as the count passes 15! Okada staggers at 18 and hops in at 19.5! Ospreay flies in with a Coast 2 Coast missile dropkick!! Cover, TWO!! Okada lives and Ospreay can’t believe it. Ospreay keeps moving, springboard to OSCUTTER! Cover, TWO!?

The fans are back at a thunderous level as Ospreay can’t believe Okada survives! Ospreay refocuses with a wild look in his eyes. He drags Okada over to a corner, and he uses said corner to leap, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Okada holds on and wristlocks, but Ospreay escapes only to run into another dropkick! Okada fires up, stands Ospreay up for the wristlock, Rain-SPANISH FLY!? Cover, TWO!! Ospreay scrambles to a corner and the top rope, SHOOTING STAR!! Cover, TWO!?! Okada survives by the skin of his teeth and the fans are at that fever pitch! Ospreay still has one thing left to try and he vows to do it! He drags Okada up, underhooks, and lifts… STORM- Gut wrench, but Ospreay turns that around! Ospreay throws in knees before stealing the TOMBSTONE!!

But Ospreay won’t end it with Okada’s move! He stands Okada up, spins him around, HOOK KICK! Underhooks, lift, but Okada slips out to point-blank RAINMAKER! But Okada holds onto the wrist, too! Ospreay and Okada both have looks in their eyes like they’re in another space, as Okada drags Ospreay up for another RAINMAKER! Okada isn’t done there, either! He drags Ospreay up, wristlocks, but Ospreay slips through! Underhooks, lift, but Okada still escapes Stormbreaker! Ospreay tries to steal Rainmaker at the last second, but Okada ducks and spins Ospreay for a DISCUS RAINMAKER!! And as Okada himself reaches a fever pitch, TRUE RAINMAKER!!!! Cover, Okada wins!!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; earns 2 points

4-0 is a magic number! Okada is 4-0 against Ospreay all-time, and is 4-0 in G1 Climax 29! The Rainmaker will stay even with Kenta, and now it comes down to them! When these two top A Block contenders meet, there can only be one!

 

NJPW returns as Okada has the mic.

He counts his wins, and says he has “Number four~!” The G1 Climax isn’t even halfway over though, huh? But clearly, Okada still has life yet. Okada vows that the next time he’s in Tokyo, it will be for the Budokan three-day event. And he looks forward to closing out this tournament with another win here. Fans like the sound of that! Okada continues to say, “Let’s keep this thing rolling, folks!” When the G1 Climax returns to Tokyo, NJPW and Okada will #MakeItRain! A short but sweet statement by THE IWGP Heavyweight Champion!

 

NJPW Media Backstage Interviews

Okada admits “Ospreay was really strong.” And that’s all there is to that, “because it’s already in the past.” But now on to Nagoya, and Kenta. “As the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, the top of the food chain in the pro-wrestling world,” he’ll make sure Kenta will get “a taste of my power.” Another short and sweet statement for the champion. With plenty of Climax left, who will be the very top of A Block after the next round? And who else will start the hard climb up to join them at this whole ‘nother level?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another great, great night for AXS’s coverage of NJPW. There’s just so much of the G1 Climax going on, it is all AXS can do to cover Night 7 the same day as it happened in Japan. But it doesn’t matter what night, all the action is great! Nobody lets up just because they’re down, since they can also spoil things for their opponents. And that’s clear with ZSJ and Fale. A similar strategy used against Fale last year, ZSJ strands him outside and lets the ring count take care of him. Tanahashi winning with a victory roll on Archer was great, because it really frames how dangerous Archer has become. This will be great for Archer coming out of the tournament as he looks for targets for feuds. His first feud might even be Tanahashi so we get a decisive finish between them.

Both of A Block’s LIJ members did great tonight, even in defeat. Evil and Kenta was a great match, with Evil slowly but surely proving he can be a singles contender like Sanada. But obviously given Kenta and Okada are next, it just makes sense to have Kenta be undefeated to hype that match. Sanada VS Ibushi was a great match, and it felt like it could’ve gone either way. But it is a great choice to have Ibushi win because it will force Sanada to rethink things just a bit, while Ibushi grows stronger as a reward for his dedication to NJPW. Ospreay’s story was incredible for being twofold: he wants to get wins in the tournament, but he also wants to show he finally can beat Okada. And him losing is a double-down on his long journey of rising up. And again, Okada staying undefeated to go against undefeated Kenta, that just makes the next round even more critical to watch.

My Score: 9.1/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (4/21/21)

Power VS Work, what wins?

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Much of AEW’s landscape could change in one night!

Never before has Dynamite been this volatile! Team Taz is going for the kill as “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs looks to work Christian Cage over, and Ricky Starks looks to take the #1 spot from Hangman Adam Page!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Hangman Page VS Ricky Starks w/ Hook; Hangman wins.
  • Trent w/ Orange Cassidy VS Penta El Zero M w/ Alex Abrahantes; Penta wins.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida VS Tay Conti; Shida wins and retains the title.
  • QT Marshall w/ The Factory VS Billy Gunn w/ The Gunn Club; Marshall wins.
  • Christian Cage VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Team Taz; Christian wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Jungle Boy w/ Luchasaurus; Darby wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Hangman Page VS Ricky Starks w/ Hook!

The Anxious Millennial Cowboy is THE #1 contender, but that could change if Absolute takes him down! Will Starks prove Hangman can’t handle the pressure? Or will Hangman be number one with a bullet?

The bell rings as Taz joins commentary to watch his guy closely. Hangman and Starks circle as fans fire up. They tie up, Starks waistlocks but Hangman throws him off. Starks headscissors, Hangman kips free and headlocks for the takeover. Starks headscissors again, Hangman kips out again and the two stare down. Fans fire up as Hangman dodges a haymaker to BOOT and CHOP! Hangman whips, Starks reverses to kick low. Starks runs, Hangman follows, things speed up and Hangman catches Starks for a SLAM! Hangman bumps Starks off buckles, stomps him down, and the ref counts so Hangman lets off at 4.

Hangman gives Hook a glance before going back to Starks in the corner. Hangman scrapes Starks’ face on ropes, lets off as the ref reprimands, and Starks grabs ropes to resist the whip. Hangman CLUBS Starks, whips him but Starks dodges only to be sent out to the apron. Starks ducks the triangle lariat, but not the second TRIANGLE LARIAT! And then Hangman PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up while Hook seethes. Hangman gets Starks up and in, Taz admits Hangman is legit, and Hangman goes back after Starks with a pump handle and half nelson! FALL AWAY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO as Starks SLAPS Hangman on the chest!

Fans rally up as Hangman stalks Starks to ropes. Hangman brings him up, around and suplexes, but Starks knees free. Starks swings but into a clinch. He breaks free, then sends Hangman into ropes! Hangman flounders and fans boo but Starks says he’s that much smarter. Starks stomps Hangman at ropes, bends him against them, then lets off at 4. Starks strikes a pose, Hangman CHOPS him back! Starks kicks and clubs Hangman, whips him corner to corner hard, and Hangman bounces off buckles to hit the mat! Starks drags Hangman up, snapmares and CLUBS him with the forearm to the back! Starks soaks up heat as he gets Hangman up again,

Starks whips, wraps Hangman up but Hangman powers out. Starks redirects, Hangman switches, GERMAN SUPLEX! Starks rolls to his feet, but is put on the apron. Starks ROCKS Hangman, springboards, but into a LARIAT! Fans fire up as both men are down. Hangman gets up, Starks clutches his leg and neck as he gets to ropes, but Starks hobbles over. Hangman ROCKS Starks again and again, then dodges to scoop, for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman gets Starks back up, dead lift suplexes and hits a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Starks is tough to say the least, but Hangman won’t let off. Fans rally up for Hangman as he stalks Starks to a corner.

Hangman runs in to clothesline Starks, roll him and run, but Starks dodges the slider! Starks elbows from a corner, goes up and up but Hangman gets him for an Alabama! Starks uses that to get Hangman up for a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Hangman lives and Starks can’t believe it! Starks kicks at Hangman as he gets up, and then drags Hangman up as fans rally. Starks reels Hangman in, but Hangman RAMS him into a corner! Starks still clubs Hangman, hops up the corner, and adjusts his position, only for Hangman to ROCK him with a right! Hangman climbs up, all the way up, and hits a SUPER FALL AWAY SLAM!! Fans are thunderous as both men rise again!

Hangman aims with a wild look in his eye, and he LARIATS Starks inside-out! Cover, TWO!?! Starks survives and now Hangman is shocked! Hangman goes to the apron and he loads up his best! Starks flounders to his feet, slingshot but Starks dodges to SPEAR!! Cover, TWO?!?! Hangman lives and Starks is almost in tears! Starks drags Hangman up and reels him in. Hangman resists, Starks clubs away, then gets Hangman up. Hangman flips it to an Alabama! Starks drops to waistlock, Hangman switches and throws Starks to the BULLY CHOKE!!! He even hooks a leg, Starks TAPS! Hangman wins!!

Winner: Hangman Page, by submission

Hangman’s modified STF was absolutely devastating! But Taz tells Hangman, “You got lucky! You’re the #1 ranked wrestler here, I know you’re toughness, but you just got lucky, my friend.” Watch your back because look who’s there! HOOK chop blocks Hangman! Hook stomps Hangman, and Starks gets Hangman up. Hangman BOOTS Hook, ROCKS Starks and Hook, but then he’s still in a 2v1 situation! Brian Cage comes out now, drags Hangman up and reels him in! But here comes THE DARK ORDER! They run Team Taz off and save their friend! Will Taz’s #AbsoluteMachines have to answer to Page and his posse?

 

The Elite is arriving!

They’ve made Brandon Cutler their private cameraman? And Mike Nakazawa opens the door to their private trailer. What will Kenny Omega, the Good Brothers & The Young Bucks be up to tonight?

 

Trent w/ Orange Cassidy VS Penta El Zero M w/ Alex Abrahantes!

The Best Friends are back at 100% now that Trent’s at 100%, and they 100% want payback on Death Triangle for all the blindsides and sneak attacks of the past! But will Trent be an example to his friends as to what happens when you mess with Cero Miedo?

The bell rings, the two circle and fans fire up already. Penta and Trent approach, tie up, and Penta wrenches to a wristlock. Penta wrangles Trent down, Trent gets up to roll and trip Penta. Trent gets a headlock and cover, ONE! Penta headscissors, Trent kips free, and the fans fire up again. Penta takes off the glove, and throws it at Orange! CERO! MIEDO! Trent throws forearms and CHOPS! Penta back kicks, shouts Cero Miedo again and whips, but Trent reverse. Things speed up, Trent hits a FLYING DOUBLE KNEE! Trent gets Penta up for a SAIDO! Penta bails out, Trent builds speed but Penta trips him up to throw him into railing!

Penta goes to the ring, fans fire up and Penta builds speed, but Trent gets in to CLOBBER Penta! Penta bails out, Trent FLIES! Direct hit and they hit the railing! Trent gets up as fans fire up. Trent puts Penta in as Alex coaches him, and Trent runs in at the corner. Penta dodges, KICKS, but then misses the splash! Trent hits a tornado but not the DDT! Penta dodges to springboard crossbody! Things keep moving, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Penta reels Trent in, Cero Miedo and underhooks but Trent slips out. Penta dodges to SUPERKICK! Penta runs but into a ROLLING ELBOW! Double clotheslines collide, then Trent spins Penta to TORNADO DDT!

Fans fire up as Trent whips Penta, but Penta springboards to the DESTROYER!! Both men are down and fans fire up as AEW goes picture in picture!

A standing count begins and climbs, but Penta sits up at 4. Penta and Trent slowly rise, and Penta is up at about 7. Penta KICKS Trent down, and fires up again. Penta talks trash to Orange then drags Trent up to throw him out. Penta goes out, gets in Orange’s face, then goes back to Trent. Penta puts Trent up against the railing to CHOP! Trent staggers about, Alex is there to talk some trash but he backs off as Trent storms over. Penta stalks up behind Trent, has Alex rub in the new merch shirt, and then Penta powers up his hand. Trent dodges and the chop hits post! Trent ROCKS Penta with a right and AEW goes to break!

AEW returns and Penta throws down hands on Trent. The ref reprimands about closed fists, so Penta lets off to put Trent in a corner. Penta throws forearms and CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Penta whips but Trent reverses, only for Penta to go up and over. Trent denies the backstabber, to then get his HALF ‘N’ HALF! Trent fires up and aims from a corner, to PSYCHO KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Penta survives but Trent puts him in a corner and hoists him up top. Trent CHOPS Penta, climbs up but Penta slips out to SUPERKICK a leg out! Penta gets a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!! Trent lives but Penta keeps his cool.

Penta drags Trent up, CHOPS him in the corner, whips him corner to corner and Trent tumbles up then comes back, into Penta’s half nelson and pump handle! PUMP HANDLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! The fans are thunderous as Penta stalks Trent to an apron. Penta wants Orange to watch this, as he tucks Trent in! Trent fights free and they brawl with forearms and CHOPS on the edge! CHOP for CHOP, but Trent kicks low! Trent reels Penta in, APRON PILEDRIVER!! Both men fall to the floor, fans say “This is Awesome!” and far from over! Trent dares Penta to get up, then he runs in to SPEAR Penta down! Trent fires up and the fans fire up, too!

But Alex gets a mic to tell Trent that Penta wanted to relay a message to him. Trent sucks, his friends suck and guess who sucks the most? TRENT’S MAMA sucks! Trent gets a chair and chases Alex into the ring! But Orange is there! Orange is putting his hands in his pockets! But Penta SUPERKICKS Orange down! And Alex CLOCKS Trent with the mic!! PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, Penta wins!!

Winner: Penta El Zero M, by pinfall

Alex just gave Penta a huge assist in that match! Will the Best Friends have to worry about more than just Death Triangle’s three in their mission for revenge?

 

Jim Ross sits down with The Pinnacle.

The world is buzzing as we count down to Blood & Guts. JR brings up that Chris Jericho had some fiery words for this group, especially MJF. What is their reaction to that? MJF says it was called the “immortal promo.” Jericho got one thing right about the scarf. Not that he stole it from Jericho, but that he’s been rocking it since the Rosie O’Donnell show. It’s old, haggard, and it’s Spring. That means new things. Tully Blanchard is home writing up some plays, but he got them this gift. Wardlow says that Tully said it’s silk season! A new silk scarf, in the same MJF colors, and MJF is fresh.

Wardlow says that “immortal promo” being the perfect promo, almost was perfect. Jericho’s one of the best talkers. Not MJF level, but good. Jericho cut the best promo of his entire career, which is saying a lot. Until he got to Wardlow. Jericho kinda stumbled with his words there, didn’t he? Because the moment “Wardlow” came out of Jericho’s mouth, he knew he was doing something wrong. MJF says Jericho, the first ever AEW World Champion and the most charismatic man in wrestling, the GOAT, has been leading the industry for years, until now.

Now, Jericho stands in front of a bunch of B players so he looks like an A, and he wrestles a bunch of A players so he doesn’t look like a B. And when it comes to elevating talent around him, MJF gives him an F. The “Jericho rub” is really just him wrestling against guys fans already want to see, and then claiming their popularity comes from him. For example, and this is just a few: Kenny Omega, Hangman Page, Cody Rhodes, Jon Moxley, Orange Cassidy and now… MJF. Smart, and MJF doesn’t blame him. For 30 years, Jericho has been outsmarting everyone who comes his way, until now. MJF is the one man he couldn’t outsmart or hold under his thumb.

And why is that? Because he IS Maxwell Jacob Friedman. MJF isn’t just good for a 25-year-old, no. “THAT’S HORSESHIT!!” MJF is great, period! When Jericho was 25, he was curtain jerking on worldwide, but MJF? He’s a top guy who hangs around top guys! They are THE best faction in wrestling today, THE PINNACLE! And they’re all winners! MJF is still undefeated, so it was so odd to him when Jericho said he shouldn’t claim to be better than anyone until he can prove himself better than Brandon Cutler and Michael Nakazawa. Well that’s funny, because if memory serves correctly, MJF already beat Jericho! Where does that put him on the totem pole? That makes MJF better than Jericho, and he knows it.

But how about this? Instead of sending out “that stooge,” Mike Tyson, to sucker punch one of his brothers in arms, send out the family so MJF can send out his, and they beat the Pinnacle. For the sake of pride and pride alone, Jericho should try to beat MJF, because Lord knows MJF will do the same. So yes, Jericho got one thing right in the “immortal promo.” MJF is a mark. But not for Jericho, but for his spot! And so alongside his family, MJF will take that spot! Because hen you’re The Pinnacle, you’re always on top! Will Blood & Guts see The Pinnacle end The Inner Circle once and for all?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida VS Tay Conti!

The biggest opportunity of the Brazilian Blackbelt’s life is here! There is a legacy to this title already, and Conti wants to add to it. The Full Metal Warrior acknowledges that Conti is pretty, is athletic, is skilled, and will be a champion one day, just not tonight. Shida vows to hold this title to defend it in front of a full crowd, but will Conti win it in front of those fortunate enough to be here for this match?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Shida’s reign ends before hitting its anniversary!

Shida and Conti are both wary about the handshake, so they both bow to each other instead. They circle, tie up and go around, and Conti puts Shida on ropes. The ref counts, Conti lets off and avoids Shida’s forearm! Shida shoves, kicks and whips, but Conti reverses to ROCK Shida with a right! Shida smiles! Shida fires a forearm, Conti returns it and they fire off! Shida gets the edge, knees low, then knees again! Shida knees a third time, reels Conti in but Conti blocks! They battle over the sayanagi but Conti shifts to a headlock! Shida powers up but can’t power out as Conti holds tight. Shida fights but Conti hits the sayanagi!

Conti runs, runs and KICKS Shida down! She keeps going and KICKS Shida again! Cover, TWO! Conti is right after an arm! Shida rolls, Conti keeps on the arm to wrangle Shida down, and has a chicken wing body scissor combo! Shida scrambles, reaches with a foot and gets the ropebreak! Conti lets off at 2, Shida bails out and fans are fired up as they duel. Conti aims from the apron, Shida ducks the kick then trips Conti up! Shida positions Conti on the apron, CLUBS her, then runs in to KNEE her! Shida is fired up as Conti flops to the floor! Shida drags Conti up, RAMS her into railing hard, then brings her around to whip into more railing.

Conti stops herself but turns around into an ENZIGURI! Shida then suplexes Conti for a BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Fans are thunderous and chant, “HOLY SHIDA!” Shida puts Conti in the ring, drags her around and stomps her down! Shida focuses on the back as she stomps, and digs her knees in for the Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Conti endures as Shida thrashes her then pops her to a body scissors! Conti resists, but Shida gets the arms for a motorcycle stretch! Shida digs her boots into Conti’s back to pop her off, into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Conti endures, reaches, but Shida dribbles her off the mat! Shida keeps pulling, using her chin for leverage, and AEW goes picture in picture!

Conti moves, reaches, and gets a ropebreak! Shida lets off fast but she stomps Conti at the ropes. Shida scuffs Conti to egg her on, then drops a  heavy elbow! Conti gets away but Shida hurries after. Shida scoops Conti for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Shida grits her teeth and KICKS Conti in the back! Shida has Conti at ropes again, chokes her, pulls hair, but the ref counts and Shida lets off at 4. Shida drags Conti up, brings her around and bumps her off buckles. Shida then bumps Conti off them again, and stomps a mudhole! Shida storms off corner to corner to come back and SLIDING KNEE! Shida drags Conti to a cover, TWO!

Shida keeps on Conti with another camel clutch! Conti endures, fans rally, and Conti reaches out. Shida pulls hair, slaps Conti around, then drags her up, only for Conti to throw forearms! Shida eggs her on and Conti throws more forearms! Conti runs but Shida drop toeholds her to ropes! Shida runs in and KNEES Conti against ropes! AEW returns to single picture as Shida goes up and drags Conti to the top. SUPERPLEX! But Conti is right up to BOOT Shida down! Fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” as both women are down. Shida gets up but Conti rallies! Conti wrenches, drop sayanagi! And another! And another! Conti reels Shida in for a GERMAN SUPLEX!

Fans are fired up with Conti as she runs corner to corner and BOOTS Shida! Then side to side for the BOOT WASH!! Conti reels Shida in, ripcord but no roundhouse! Shida bumps Conti off buckles, fires forearms, then runs corner to corner, only to be put up top! TOP SHELF KICK! Conti keeps Shida up there, climbs up to get her, TOP SHELF BACK SENTON!! Cover, TWO!?!? Conti can’t believe Shida survived that! Conti gets Shida up, hammerlocks, but Shida RAMS her into a corner! Shida whips but Conti blocks to ROCK Shida! Conti runs, but Shida hits a KNEE! Shida gets Conti back up, for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Conti survives and Shida is furious!

Shida powers up, takes aim and runs, but Conti anchors the foot. Shida clubs Conti, hoists her up, and uses the Canadian rack to put Conti up top. Shida climbs, Conti ROCKS her! Shida forearms back, and headbutts! Shida hoists Conti up to the fireman’s carry, for a SUPER BACKBREAKER to the corner! Conti flops to the floor after “The Witch’s Shot” and the ref checks on her. Conti’s okay to continue so Shida gets Conti in, and aims, but Conti ducks the katana kick! Roll through and BOOT! Gory Especial, TAY-K-O!!! Cover, TWO!??!! Shida survives but Conti keeps going! Shida Alabama lifts Conti for the CRUNCHY!! Cover, TWO!?!?? How are they doing this?!

Shida gets Conti up but Conti ROCKS her with a right! And another! And another! Conti fires off, kicks but into a SLAP!! Shida reels Conti into a fireman’s carry, WITCH’S SHOT, to the KATANA KICK!! Cover, Shida wins!!

Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)

This battle of true warriors was an instant classic! But in the end, the champion retains her title! And now, The Doctor, Britt Baker, walks out to ruin the fun. And now that Conti has lost, Britt Baker is the #1 contender! But Shida throws her kendo stick at her! Britt scurries off, but she’ll be back for that title! Will Shida be able to keep her reign going until she can celebrate with the world?

 

Miro speaks.

“Another week, and no Kip. I hate unresolved business.” He needs his vindication, so he doesn’t care who you are! You can walk around here with your “slimy Impact mouth,” or your “emo facepaint daddy.” If you have a title, you have a Miro problem. AEW can make him jump through hoops and distractions all they want, but Miro will not be denied! The question now is: which champion does Miro beat first? Will Kenny Omega and Darby Allin both have to worry about The Best Man?

 

Tony Schiavone interviews The Inner Circle!

Chris Jericho leads his team into the ring as fans sing Judas for him. Schiavone says it was quite a moment last week with Tyson in the ring with them, and surely they heard The Pinnacle’s comments earlier tonight. Jericho says, “Who cares about The Pinnacle? I just heard the Inner Circle Squad as loud as you can be on a Wednesday night, baby!” Fans cheer for that, and then Jericho says there’s a lot of energy and here’s why: May 5th, right here in Jacksonville, it is Blood & Guts, finally for the first time ever! It’ll be the most violent and brutal match ever seen on TNT, it’ll leave a trail of tears all the way to the front door of The Pineapple. Or, Pinnacle.

And it started last week when honorary member Iron Mike knocked Cash Wheeler’s teeth down his throat! It probably caused him to have his jaw wired shut in order to eat dinner! Jake Hager says that’s right, and they have a few gifts for Cash and the Pinnacle: STRAWS! Because when the Inner Circle gets through with them, they’ll all be sucking down dinners through those for a month! “YOU SUCK!!” Wow, nice one, Hager. How do you say “straw” in Spanish, Sammy? El Sturururaw. It’s actually “pajita” but okay.

But the thing is, as they watched the Pinnacle sit-down, no one else said anything. MJF yaks on and Wardlow said something but Jericho can never pay attention to him seeing those stupid manicured eyebrows. But the others all seem like mutes! Santana says that, if his memory serves him right, since day one of those guys being in AEW, they’ve been name-dropping, calling people out and wanting to wrestle the best. But then, they wait until they have a crew behind them! That’s smart on their part. But where Santana & Ortiz come from, “we call those ‘bitch moves.'” Now boys, we saw the color of your blood! But come May 5th, we’re going to see the size of your hearts!

Jericho agrees, The Pinnacle talks behind their backs, but MJF never shuts up! Yakkity yakkity yak, but Jericho never feels any conviction in those words. MJF is still delivering lines like he’s in his high school drama class that his teacher gave him out of a script. Jericho doesn’t feel what MJF is saying. MJF is still singing showtunes on Rosie O’Donnell. MJF was great at that, but Jericho can sing showtunes, too! HE wrote one about My Jerkoff Friend tonight! Wanna hear it? The fans do! Well alright. “His name is little Jacob Friedman Max~! His head looks like a troll and that’s a fact~! He’s such a dipshit and you know it’s true~! I shoved his head down a toilet and flushed it down~! I gave him a swirly!”

Fans now chant “Swirly! Swirly!” and Jericho smirks. He’ll tell you something else: MJF’s new silk scarf? Jericho scrubbed his ass with it before Tully gave it to him! But the bottom line is this: It’s fun to make jokes about The Pinnacle and My Jerkoff Friend, but Blood & Guts will be a lesson in violence you will never forget! And what exactly are the rules? The first-time-ever, no more cutting promos out here while MJF is in the back! Next week, fact to face, Inner Circle and Pinnacle are having an good ol’ fashioned parley. That is to say, when two opposing armies meet peacefully to discuss plans.

But here’s Jericho’s plan right now: “At Blood & Guts, MJF, I am going to beat the living hell out of you! You understand me?! And if you think that’s a line from drama class, Oliver Twist, think again! Because we are crazier than you, and you know it!!” The worst is yet to come, because God help MJF, He better own your soul because in Blood & Guts, The Inner Circle will own your ass!! Is this ONE MATCH EVENT going to redefine what it is to be violent in pro-wrestling!?

 

QT Marshall w/ The Factory VS Billy Gunn w/ The Gunn Club!

After betraying the Nightmare Family and doing so at the expense of his boys, Austin & Colten, Papa Gunn is stepping up to shoot down Cody’s former friend. But will the head of the Factory just cross off another blindly loyal member of Cody’s crew?

But as soon as QT and his crew get on stage, Billy fires off on them! Billy DECKS Solow, DECKS Comoroto, and then throws QT into the ring! The bell rings, Billy fires off on QT with haymaker after haymaker, but shouts at the ref to back off. Billy goes after QT again to whip him corner to corner hard! QT tumbles up and out but Billy BLASTS him off the apron! QT hits railing, Billy goes out to ram him into more! Billy bumps QT off the apron, then back into the railing! Then an APRON BACK SUPLEX! QT crawls into the ring, Billy stalks him and QT begs for mercy, only to get a rain of fists! QT pushes Billy away then BOOTS him from below!

QT gets up to whip but Billy reverses. QT dodges, ducks but runs into a scoop SLAM! Fans are fired up as Billy storms around. QT flops out of the ring and his Factory regroup with him, but Billy runs them off. Billy gets to QT to throw haymakers! Comoroto & Solow creep closer but the Gunn boys tell them to back off. Billy DECKS QT, drags him back up, and then glares at Comoroto. Billy RAMS QT into railing again, the ref tells them to get this in the ring. Billy tells him to get the Factory back, but while the ref is busy checking on QT, Comoroto POSTS Billy! So Austin and Colten jump after him and Solow! The Gunns go after the Freak Beast and then RAM him into the stage!

The brawling continues around behind the timekeeper’s area, but at least that means Billy and QT will be 1v1. Billy gets in the ring, QT drags him up and throws clubbing forearms. Billy just gets mad! Billy fires up as QT gets worried, and QT kicks low! PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Billy lives and QT is furious! Fans chant, “QT SUCKS!” as Billy slowly sits up. QT ROCKS him with haymakers but Billy eggs him on! QT gets Billy up, throws more hands, and then QT says, “SUCK IT!” But Billy ROCKS and DECKS QT over and over! Billy whips, scoops and BLUE THUNDER BOMBS QT! But Billy isn’t done there, he fires up and tells QT, “SUCK IT!” Billy runs, but QT dodges to-

NO! No cutter! QT bails out to the ramp, Billy stalks him, and then throws him back in. But Anthony Ogogo is here! SUCKER PUNCH to the liver!! The ref missed it while checking on QT again! Fans boo as QT gets Billy up and hits the DIAMOND CUTTER! Cover, QT wins!

Winner: QT Marshall, by pinfall

The Factory earned their keep helping QT out, but they’re not done there! Ogogo gets QT a wooden lawn chair?! QT aims at Billy, but wait! Here comes DUSTIN RHODES! And the Natural hits the Gifted first with what looks to be a cattle bell! Dustin fires off haymakers, whips but QT reverses, only for Dustin to CLOBBER him! Dustin throws more hands, CHOPS QT in a corner, then throws more hands! QT shoves Dustin but runs into the POWERSLAM! Dustin fires up as he gets the cattle bell and bull rope back! He chooses not to use that, to use QT’s lawn chair! Ogogo gets QT out of the ring and rolls up his sleeves. But Comoroto is back!

Dustin dodges to SMACK Comoroto! The chair explodes but Comoroto doesn’t even budge!! The refs rush out to stop this from getting any wilder! Will the Natural lead the charge against The Factory and shut them down?

 

The Elite speaks.

Brandon Cutler lets them know that they’re live, and Don Callis starts off with some history. Callis loves history, and he tells us that as a student of history, there’s never been an assemblage of talent like there is before us. There’s the Good Brothers, Doc Gallows & Arn Anderson. There’s the Young Bucks, Matt & Nick Jackson in a romp-him and an ornate track suit, respectively. And of course, there’s Kenny “BAH GAWD” Omega, THE AEW World Champion, AAA Mega Champion, and soon to be Impact World Champion!

Matt says, “This group of individuals is the reason why business went up in Japan. This group of individuals is the reason why there is a world-famous T-shirt sold in retail stores in America. That’s us! This group of individuals are the people that sparked the movement that created the revolution called ‘All Elite Wrestling!'” Nick adds that this isn’t All Moxley Kingston Wrestling, now is it? It’s not! Omega says those two are back tonight! Oh~ no~! How is Kingston’s boo-boo doing? But you know exactly where the Elite is, so come find them! Come and knock on their door~! The Elite dares the “tough guys” to do something.

But Omega gets serious, and says that for all the people that hate The Elite, hate what they stand for and what they’re about, he has news for them. But wait, what is that honking outside? Can we stop that? Omega is upset but he has to keep going. The honking doesn’t stop, though. Can we call security? Who is that?! They see it out the window but maybe they should tell that person to shut up. Wait, it’s Moxley and Kingston in that truck!! And they definitely come get the Elite by RAMMING THEIR TRAILER!! Moxley and Kingston get out and they get the pipe! You think this is a game?! You think these two are just playing?! They smash the window and then open the trailer door!

Wait, no one is in here? Did they cut and run? Where’d they go? Moxley says stop stealing sneakers, Kingston. But The Elite doesn’t want none of these two! These two are too real! What cowards. #BitchAF. But the Elite is done! Kingston & Moxley head out after smashing the window again, and go to get some steaks. Will Kingston & Moxley not be satisfied until they’ve ripped The Elite apart one by one?

 

Christian Cage VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs!

Captain Charisma wants to prove he is the workhorse of AEW and can #OutWorkEveryone. But Team Taz’s big, bad brute sure gave Christian some work last week! Will Christian be able to handle his business? Or will he just be dealing with some Town Business?

The bell rings, fans rally for Christian as he and Hobbs tie up, but Hobbs powers Christian to a corner. The ref counts, Hobbs lets off and dares Christian to show that work ethic. They circle, tie up again, and Hobbs TOSSES Christian to the ramp! Christian steadies himself, Hobbs waits for him, and Christian returns to try again. They circle, tie up, and Christian waistlocks. Hobbs pries free, switches, and then SLAMS Christian! Christian gets up but Hobbs pie faces him. Christian SLAPS Hobbs, then SLAPS him again! Hobbs scowls, gives chase around the outside and back in, and Christian throws hands! Hobbs stumbles, Christian runs and WRECKS Hobbs with a dropkick!

Fans fire up as Christian goes out, ducks a clothesline but not the LEFT HAND LARIAT! Hobbs grins as he looms over Christian. “All you had to do was say ‘yes!'” Hobbs brings Christian up and TOSSES him into the crowd of wrestlers ringside! They give Christian and Hobbs room as Hobbs pulls the curtain back. Hobbs clears more space, and again says all Christian had to do was say yes to the offer. Hobbs digs Christian’s face into the railing! The ref counts, Hobbs lets off, and the workhorse is definitely getting that work as AEW goes picture in picture.

Hobbs snarls as he comes back to get Christian against barriers and CLUB him back to ringsides! Hobbs puts Christian in the ring, stomps him around, then drags him up to a dragon sleeper. Hobbs mocks the Peep Show and hits the INVERTED DDT! Cover, TWO! Hobbs wraps Christian up with a chinlock and grinds him down! Christian endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Hobbs knees low, whips Christian hard into ropes, and Christian sputters from that impact to his chest. Hobbs talks some trash before he pulls Christian into the ropes! The ref counts, Hobbs lets off again and takes his time dragging Christian back to center for another thrashing chinlock.

Christian endures as Hobbs leans on the hold. Hobbs headbutts Christian, throws him down, then watches him drag himself up. Christian throws body shots and haymakers! He ROCKS Hobbs, but Hobbs knees low! Hobbs grins again, stalks Christian, and claws at his face before wrapping on another chinlock. Christian again endures the grind, and fans rally as AEW returns to single picture. Christian fights up, fights back with more body shots, and is free! Christian uppercuts, gets the arms, but Hobbs powers out of the Unprettier! Hobbs says that isn’t going to work on him, and he gets Christian up to TOSS him corner to corner! Christian sputters as Hobbs takes his time walking over.

Hobbs stands on Christian while looking for the peeps! Hobbs goes up and drops, but the Vader Bomb gets boots! Christian gets up as fans rally and he ROCKS Hobbs with haymakers! Christian goes again and again then whips but Hobbs reverses, Hobbs misses in the corner, Christian SWING KICKS! Christian ho8ps up, leaps and hits a FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Hobbs isn’t done that easily but Christian sticks close. Christian throws hands, chokes Hobbs on the ropes,  and stands on him! He lets off at 4 to slingshot and uppercut! Hobbs staggers away, Christian hurries back in, but he runs into the SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Christian survives and Hobbs is furious!

Hobbs stalks Christian to a corner, fans fire up and Christian elbows back! Christian goes up, reels Hobbs in, but Hobbs powers out to ROCK Christian! Hobbs climbs up but Christian slips under to POWERBOMB! Christian goes back up top, for a FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Christian won’t let frustration get to him as he watches Hobbs slowly rise. Christian runs in, but Hobbs BODY CHECKS him first! Hobbs wasn’t going to let Christian get Rated R, and he drags him to a corner. Hobbs runs in to HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO!!! Christian narrowly gets free, and now Hobbs is mad. Hobbs drags Christian up, but Christian gets around to get a SLEEPER!

Christian is a backpack, Hobbs pops Christian around! RAM into the corner, then turn around, but Christian slips out! KILLSWITCH!! Cover, Christian wins!!

Winner: Christian Cage, by pinfall

Powerhouse Hobbs was looking for the peeps when he should’ve been watching Captain Charisma! It’s still up for debate if Christian is a workhorse, but he has the heart of a fighter! Will that lead him to the top of another company? Wait, Ricky Starks hobbles out to check on Hobbs. Starks didn’t beat Hangman, but will he want to push Christian to the absolute limit?

 

BIG matches are in store for next week’s Dynamite!

Penta dealt with one Best Friend, now he’s on to Orange Cassidy! Will Penta be making some Freshly Squeezed orange juice? Or will Cassidy succeed where Trent failed? And the honorary Best Friend, Kris Statlander, looks to settle things with Mrs. Superbad, Penelope Ford, once and for all! Plus, in an AEW World Tag Team Championship “Eliminator Match,” The Young Bucks will take on the Sydal Brothers! If Mike & Matt succeed, they will get a title shot at Matt & Nick down the line! And after the confrontation we saw earlier tonight, Dustin Rhodes returns to lead Billy Gunn and Big Shotty, Lee Johnson, against QT and the Factory! Will the Nightmare Family finally be avenged?

And while Ricky Starks couldn’t outdraw the Cowboy, perhaps The Machine will knock Hangman off the number one spot! Will not even the Buckshot be enough to stop the Path of Cage?

 

Jade Cargill speaks.

“Let me give you the scoop. Every manager here in AEW is looking to sign me,” because she is the hottest commodity in AEW. Matt Hardy would, for a “wee” fee, of course. Vickie Guerrero knows Cargill would be the perfect fit for the Vicious Vixens, because she is a strong, empowered woman who loves titles. Jade Cargill doesn’t need a manager, she is her own boss. If anyone is going to sign her, they better make her a hell of a deal. Is this the beginning of a bidding war for #ThatBitch?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Jungle Boy w/ Luchasaurus!

It’s a battle of two fan favorites who couldn’t be any more different! The Relentless One has been a fighting champion, and Jurassic Express’ front man has been fighting for a championship! Darby dared JB to leave the dazzling smile at the door and get down and gritty, but will JB stay true to himself and win anyway?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Jungle Boy can man-up and take the title from the Face of the Network!

Darby and JB stare down as fans rally up. Darby and JB approach as fans rally and duel, and they tie up! They are in a deadlock but JB gets leverage to push Darby back into a corner. The ref counts, Darby turns it around but he lets off on the second count. Darby stares JB down as he backs off, but JB keeps his cool. They approach again, knuckle lock, but Darby lets off as the energy builds. They try again, knuckle lock and knuckle lock, Darby sweeps a leg to cover! TWO as JB Matrix bridges out, but Darby gets him for a crucifix! TWO, and Darby is after JB with a facelock. Darby shifts to a headlock and holds on tight as JB tries to power out. Darby hits a takeover, JB rolls to a cover, ONE!

JB gets up, powers out, and things speed up. JB hits a headlock takeover on the run! JB traps an arm, uses that to turn Darby over and go after both arms for a ghost pin! TWO, but JB stays on Darby’s shoulder. Darby gets mad but he gets up, and fans sing JB’s theme song but Darby throws JB with a fireman’s carry takedown. Darby runs but JB gets him with another takeover! JB is after the arm, Darby fights up and JB wrenches to a wristlock. Darby puts JB in the corner, the ref counts and Darby whips corner to corner. JB goes up and over and rolls back, and hits another quick takeover! JB is still after the arm, and he has a top wristlock on the mat.

Darby fights up, whips JB away, but JB whips only for Darby to springboard arm-drag! Darby stares JB down as fans fire up! JB shoots in, gets a leg, trips Darby up but Darby avoids the Snare Trap with a ropebreak! JB lets off but he keeps close to get on Darby’s nerves. JB shoulders Darby but Darby shoulders him back. Darby then trips JB up and throws down furious fists! The ref counts, Darby lets off and JB bails out. Darby hurries after him but JB CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Darby POSTS JB and CHOPS him back! The ref reprimands them both to get in ring, but JB powers Darby to the railing and over them! They spill into the crowd of fellow wrestlers and AEW goes picture in picture!

Darby and JB both writhe while the ref goes out to check on them. JB gets up, but Darby staggers over. JB ROCKS Darby, knees him low, then throws him over the railing to the ring! Darby staggers around again as JB pursues. JB drags Darby up and puts him in the ring to cover, TWO! Darby grits his teeth but JB brings him up. JB whips and elbows Darby down to cover, TWO! JB keeps his cool, brings Darby up, and Darby rams JB into a corner! Darby CHOPS JB, then DECKS him! Darby whips JB corner to corner but JB reverses and Darby hits buckles hard! JB drags him to a drop zone, then climbs the corner. But Darby trips JB up first!

Darby climbs up to get JB in position, but JB fights back. Darby ROCKS JB, climbs again, and brings JB up for a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down but fans fire up! Sting is stoic as a standing count starts. JB and Darby slowly sit up, crawl to opposite corner, and the standing count stops at 7. AEW returns to single picture as Darby runs in but JB elbows him first! Then ROCKS him with a forearm, puts him in the corner, but Darby BOOTS back! Darby runs back in but into a CORNER BELLY2BELLY! And a GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Darby survives but JB holds on to TIGER SUPLEX!! Bridging cover, TWO!!! Darby survives again and the fans are dueling again!

JB gets the waistlock back, Darby throws elbows. Darby switches, shoves, and ducks the rebound lariat to hit the THROWBACK STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! JB survives and Darby is furious! “This is Awesome!” and almost over as only TV time remains. JB goes to a corner, Darby runs corner to corner, and BODY BLOCKS JB, to then go again with another BODY BLOCK! Darby keeps going, but JB BOOTS him again! Darby staggers, JB hops up, POISON RANA!!! Darby hits hard but flops out of the ring! JB takes aim, builds speed, and DIVES! Direct hit sends Darby into railing but JB keeps going! Another DIVE! Another hit into railing but JB isn’t done! JB FLIES! DIRECT HIT!

Fans are thunderous after that tope conjilo! JB drags Darby back up and brings him around the way. JB puts Darby on the apron, climbs up to get in the ring, and only onw does Sting look worried as JB stands Darby up. JB goes to suplex but Darby uses the ropes to choke JB! Darby lets go at 4, then stands on JB’s head! He stops at 4 again, then stomps JB on the apron! The ref reprimands but Darby goes up the corner. APRON COFFIN DROP!! It hits but both men flop to the floor again! Fans are loving this “A E DUB!” main event for the “A E DUB!” TNT title! The ring count is 5 of 10 before either stirs, and Darby drags himself up and in at 6!

JB is still down, Luchasaurus shouts to him, but JB is up at 8, leaning against Luchasaurus. That’s enough for him to get in at 9.5!! Luchasaurus backs off because he was innocent, but Sting questions it! Luchasaurus defends himself to the Icon and puts a hand on his shoulder to keep him back. Sting catches that arm in a cording hold to ROCK Luchasaurus with haymakers! Sting and Luchasaurus brawl on stage! Sting kicks but Luchasaurus stays up to throw Sting down the tunnel! JB and Darby are up and they brawl in the ring! Darby shoves but JB rebounds to LARIAT!! JB gets Darby up fast for a BRAINBUSTER!! JB sits Darby up, BLINDSIDE LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!??

Fans fire up as JB gets the legs and the crossface for the SNARE TRAP!! Darby is fading fast but his hand still reaches! Darby gets his second wind and he drags himself to the ropes! JB drags Darby back to stand on the legs! And then he gets the arms, for the ROMERO SPECIAL, and a ROLLING SURFBOARD! JB then gets the legs again, SNARE TRAP!! Darby endures again as JB shifts to a cravat hold, but Darby claws at JB’s eyes! Darby gets free, but JB comes back to SLAP Darby! And slap and slap and slap! Fans are thunderous as they duel, but Darby whips. JB sunset flips, Darby rolls through to get the legs! LAST SUPPER CLUTCH!! DARBY WINS!!!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

Darby wasn’t the only one who was relentless in this match, but all it took was a split second and JB got caught! But before Darby can even hold his title, Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page attack!! These two bitter egomaniacs attack Darby and JB! They stomp JB down, and get Darby up for the EGO’S EDGE!! Scorpio wants a piece, but here comes LANCE ARCHER!! The Murderhawk Monster ROCKS Ethan, drags Scorpio off Darby, and has double choke grips, only to get a DOUBLE LOW BLOW!! Ethan & Scorpio mug Archer, but STING returns! And he has the bat!

Sting and Archer run Ethan & Scorpio off before getting a swing in! Will the Icon make sure All Ego & The Face of the Revolution don’t get ahead of themselves when it comes to the TNT Championship?


My Thoughts:

This was another awesome episode, and I think the biggest news gets left behind: Blood & Guts is going to be a ONE MATCH EVENT! Commentary said it, that’s how it’s going to be, as it should be, and that is awesome! An almost two HOUR match is awesome for network television, and for a faction feud that’s gotten as fired up as Inner Circle VS Pinnacle. Pinnacle had a good interview promo but it’s just as the Inner Circle pointed out: it was just MJF & Wardlow, when we know FTR can contribute and Shawn Spears can try to add something. But I’m sure they’ll all say their piece during the “parley” next week to make it even more clear just how they’ll make their take on WarGames last as close to 120 minutes as possible.

Hangman VS Starks was a great opener, but boy that German Suplex was rough. I don’t think Hangman got enough strength into it for Starks to actually land on his feet, or at least knees, but luckily it was still enough that Starks didn’t just fold. Starks’ leg might’ve been legit since he hobbled out after Christian VS Hobbs. Hangman continuing as the #1 contender is great in many different ways. He’s going to have the story of maintaining that top spot keeping him moving while we wait to have Omega’s contender for Double or Nothing named. Hangman VS Cage is going to be awesome stuff, and it could be a point of contention with Cage and Starks about who does better.

Christian VS Hobbs was very good. Again, I don’t really see Christian as the “top workhorse,” but him taking these kinds of hard hitting matches on his return is impressive nonetheless. Christian gets the win off of Hobbs’ hubris, and Starks staring Christian down sets up another strong match-up. I feel like Christian’s first loss in AEW will be treated as a big deal, too, given how AEW hyped his signing with them and the career legacy he has. It’ll probably be to Brian Cage, given the story he has with Team Taz, to establish Brian Cage as the alpha in Team Taz.

Trent VS Penta was a good start to the series of matches Best Friends and Death Triangle are going to have. I don’t think Penta needed Alex Abrahantes to help him with that, but it is really bringing Alex into his on-screen character for him to have done that. Penta VS Cassidy will also be great, and maybe Trent gets even with Penta and Alex to help Cassidy win. And this definitely needs to culminate in a Six Man match, maybe even at Double or Nothing. If AEW is still hoping to one day bring in trios titles, these two trios are prime choices for inaugural champions.

QT VS Billy was very good, but naturally The Factory helps QT win with some cheating. Ogogo bringing out a wooden lawn chair and Dustin showing up with the cow bell bull rope makes me want Dustin and QT, and possibly members of the Nightmare Family and The Factory, to battle it out in the second-ever Bunkhouse match. Dustin & QT were a great tag team, they won that match against Butcher & Blade, it’d be very fitting if they had it out in that match to solidify The Factory as a threat to AEW. Also, kudos to Comoroto for no selling the wooden chair shot. That guy should definitely be a TNT Championship challenger after The Factory gets past the Nightmare Family.

As awesome as it was for Moxley & Kingston to return by ramming The Elite’s trailer with their truck, it kinda exposed that the Elite’s trailer promo was pre-taped. How else could the Elite have gotten out of the trailer and run off without anyone seeing it? At the same time, Moxley & Kingston are still going to need back-up if they’re to really take on The Elite. Omega and his boys might come off as cowards but that’s why they’ll use the 5v2 advantage at some point. The Sydal Brothers might be up for joining Mox since there’s a story brewing with them and Omega through Dark and Elevation, and are more than likely going to be screwed out of their match with The Bucks next week.

And of course, we got two awesome title matches tonight! Shida VS Conti was awesome stuff and made a great halfway point. Conti perhaps came the closest of any of Shida’s challengers have to winning, but Shida is definitely making it to her one year anniversary before losing. Britt makes her presence known, and knowing Britt, she’ll even make the challenge for Double or Nothing 2021 because it’ll be a PPV with the big money and the big audiences. Darby VS Jungle Boy was an awesome main event, though I found Sting a bit confrontational if he was accusing Luchasaurus of cheating. Though, he also had to end up backstage if he was to return with the bat.

Ethan & Scorpio might be in for a tag match against any combination of Darby, Sting, Lance Archer and Jurassic Express, or even a serious involving all those choices, before either one of them gets a shot at the TNT title. Scorpio did have his shot after Revolution, so maybe Ethan goes first? Either way, we’re definitely looking at the future of AEW, and possibly all of wrestling, with JB, Darby, Scorpio and Ethan right here.

My Score: 9.3/10


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Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Review: Day 5 (4/18/2021)

Another day at the AJPW Carnival! With Zeus’ undefeated streak broken, do we see new leaders at the top of the single block?

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Welcome back to another exciting day of All Japan’s Champion Carnival. We had some solid wrestling for the previous day and we will now be at the halfway point of the tournament after this show is over. We’re gonna find out who will step up in the rankings and who will also fall behind.

Who will advance? Does anyone get eliminated? All this and more as we…dive right in.


Star Rating System:

  • 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
  • 1 Star: Vince Russo
  • 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
  • 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
  • 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
  • 5 Stars: Jim Cornette

Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Kento Miyahara vs. Koji Doi

Review: Time for our first match as Kento Miyahara is set to take on Koji Doi. Kento has had a bad start for this year as he’s only won one match and lost two but if he can get a win here, he’ll be in the middle on the scoreboard. Koji, however, has three losses and one more loss here could make him unable to win depending on how the next day goes. Can Koji get a second win or does Kento get a victory?

Soon as the bell rang, Koji started charging at Kento into the corner and it leads to the both of them delivering stiff shots to each other back and forth. Koji eventually turned it into a Torture Rack and had it applied until Kento wiggled out to land on his feet but Koji stopped his momentum to get the heat in a nicely done opening sequence. The two are outside of the ring now as the two tried to hit a Brainbuster onto one another into the crowd or on the entrance ramp but Koji decided to DDT him onto the ramp to apply damage to his head more. Good control from Koji to keep working on the head and needed it while Kento sells the pain well to get the crowd behind him in this match.

Koji applies the Rings of Saturn onto Kento as he pulls on his head while applying the lock but Kento would finally struggle enough to get his foot on the rope, breaking the hold. I said it before and I will say it again, Kento delivers better knees than Kenny Omega, he makes them look legit and despite still slapping, he knows the right time to do it without it looking phony, unlike Olivia. Kento hits the Blackout into the corner on the back of his head and then another one but Koji kicked out at two. Kento goes for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold but Koji broke free, elbowing him in the face before picking him up to hit the Swinging Side Slam as Kento kicked out at two. Koji attempts the Lariat but Kento ducks to hit a Blackout and used this chance to hit the Shutdown German Suplex Hold, getting the win while Koji is in last place!

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter


Champion Carnival 2021 Match:
Shuji Ishikawa vs. Shinjiro Otani

Review: Time for the next match as Shinjiro Otani takes on the GAORA TV Champion, Shuji Ishikawa. Both of them are around the middle in rankings but Shuji has more points than him by one victory. If Otani can win here though, he’ll be in the middle with him and among others. Can Otani score a win here or will Shuji move up to the top spot?

The two would lock up as neither of them was getting the advantage until they were on the ropes to break it, then they would tackle each other while they’re both still standing their ground until they go blow for blow with Shuji kneeing him in the gut to get him down. Shuji is beating down Otani any chance he gets with his stomps or just hitting him, and it works since Shuji is a bigger guy than Otani and a little more well-rounded but you can see Otani getting pumped up despite being knocked down. Otani would make his comeback, having Shuji into the corner as he ran the ropes to deliver a boot to the face.

The two are hitting each other back and forth, delivering stiff shots one after another but Otani would get behind him to apply the sleeper as Shuji pushed him into the corner. Otani would sit on the top turnbuckle and slap Shuji across the face and applied the sleeper once again but the referee tells him to break the hold. Otani would deliver a Missle Dropkick but Shuji gets up to charge at him, only to be met with a Backdrop as Shuji got up again to hit the Lariat as they both go down. Shuji got up first as he hits the Tsunami and the Giant Driver but Otani was able to kick out at two. Otani fought off the Powerbomb and hits a Lariat on him but soon as Shuji kicked out, Otani applied the Cobra Clutch and gets the submission victory!

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter


Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Kohei Sato vs. Zeus

Review: Time for our next match as Zeus takes on Kohei Sato. Zeus suffered his first loss at the previous show but is still at the top of the board. If Sato can win though, he’ll be up on top since he’ll have a better average than Zeus since he only lost one match himself but only has two victories. Will Zeus be able to bounce back or does Sato take control of the scoreboard?

Is Sato a little taller than Zeus? Yes, but is Zeus beefier than Sato? Fuck yeah. Sato had Zeus sat down on the mat as he delivered stiff kicks to the back but Zeus got up quickly, pulling his head in for a headlock and it just looked powerful. Zeus keeps the headlock locked in for a good while and makes sure Sato is in as much pain as possible during all of this and it’s good seeing Zeus look this dominating in his matches since he has the god of an almighty God, put that shit into use! Sato finally stopped Zeus with a knee to the gut and would deliver stiff kicks to the chest to get him down. This is just a stiff fest with the strikes and I am all for it in this match.

Zeus gets Sato down with the Chokeslam as Sato kicked out at two. Zeus is calling for the end already as he sets him up for the Jackhammer but Sato reversed it to hit the Falcon Arrow as they both go down. The two slowly get up as Sato delivers stiff forearms while Zeus counteracts with chops and it goes for a bit until Zeus hits a Lariat. Sato kicked out and Zeus turned it into the Facelock, trying to get him to tap out but Sato gets his foot on the rope! Zeus goes for the Jackhammer again but Sato powers out of it to deliver forearms to Zeus while Zeus attempts Lariats as Sato stands his ground to hit one more forearm. Sato went for a pin but Zeus kicked out and hits Zeus with another stiff forearm as Zeus kicked out again. Sato picks him up to hit the German Suplex Hold and gets the victory over Zeus! Sato is now on top of the board with three wins and only one loss.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half


Champion Carnival 2021 Match:
Jake Lee vs. Yuma Aoyagi

Review: It’s time to close up the show with our main event as Jake Lee takes on Yuma Aoyagi. Jake has a chance to be in the top spot if he can win this match and keep up his dominating run aside from the one loss. Yuma was able to score an upset victory over Zeus to stay in the game and if he can win here, he’ll be able to tie for the top spot with Zeus, Sato, and Lee. Will we have a four-way tie or does Jake move up the ladder?

They both have their arms up as if they were taunting each other or something but they would eventually lock up, Jake gets him into the ropes until the referee tells Jake to get off him. Yuma would get Jake to the ropes this time and as he broke it up, he taunts Jake by doing the taunt he used for when he was a babyface, the disrespect. This angered Jake and would kick him in the gut and gets him in a headlock to apply damage to his neck. The two started some chain wrestling until Jake lifted Yuma to make him hit the rope between his legs, causing Yuma to flop outside of the ring for Jake to work him outside. When you look at these two men, these guys are going to be your future of the company next to Kento Miyahara in the long run. Jake is a star waiting to happen and while Yuma had a slow start, he is slowly figuring himself out in the past year and if he can keep this up, he will have a bright future in the company with guys like Kento, Jake, Suwama, Zeus, Nomura, and hopefully Shotaro. While Jake isn’t being a full-on heel in this match, he still shows that side of him in the match from how aggressive he is and just taunting the referee whenever he’s told to let go of Yuma and going back into what he was doing.

Jake tosses Yuma into the corner as Yuma used this chance to bounce off and hit a Crossbody but he’s not down as he climbs to the top rope, hitting another Crossbody as Jake kicked out at two. Jake was able to get Yuma on his stomach, having a knee on his back while pulling on his head, stretching him out until Yuma grabbed the rope but the referee wanted to be a dick for a moment, kicking the bottom rope to make him let go and Yuma grabbed it again to make them break the hold this time. The two kept on fighting back and forth with Yuma getting up right away as Jake attempts the Giant Killing but Yuma caught his leg to push it down, hitting a spinning back kick, and Jake would hit a jumping kick to the chest as the two go down! Yuma hits two German Suplexes and goes to apply the End Game but Jake had his hand on the rope soon as Yuma was able to lock it in.

Yuma went for the Rock Star Buster but Jake fought out of it, attempting the Giant Killing again as Yuma caught his leg to turn him around, rolling him up with the European Clutch as Jake kicked out at two again. Jake tries to pick Yuma up but doesn’t budge, laying there motionless as it annoys Jake while the referee tells him to stand back so he can count. Yuma finally has some light in him as Jake goes over to him just to knee him in the face, knocking him down again. Jake tried pulling Yuma up again but doesn’t budge again, angering Jake more as he makes him sit up to knock him down with another knee. He keeps hitting Yuma with his knees while yelling at him until the referee pushed him away again. Jake had Yuma up on his knees before running the ropes and before he could get closer to him, Yuma collapsed once more. Jake is calling for the end as he picked him up for the D4C but Yuma knees his head and reverses it into a roll, turning it into the End Game! Beautiful counter as he has it locked in fully, giving Jake no choice but to tap out! Another big win for Yuma.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters


Overall: Much better night than the previous one, that’s for sure. Nothing over the top, solid action all around, and just nice wrestling with nothing going 30+ minutes all the time. We’re at the halfway point and now the competition is going to get harder from here. Let’s see where this takes us.

Favorite Match: Jake Lee vs. Yuma Aoyagi

Least Favorite Match: Shuji Ishikawa vs. Shinjiro Otani

Score: 7/10


Champion Carnival Standings:

  1. Kohei Sato: (3-1) (6 Points)
  2. Zeus: (3-2) (6 Points)
  3. Jake Lee: (3-2) (6 Points)
  4. Yuma Aoyagi: (3-2) (6 Points)
  5. Shuji Ishikawa: (2-2) (4 Points)
  6. Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
  7. Kento Miyahara: (2-2) (4 Points)
  8. Shinjiro Otani: (2-2) (4 Points)
  9. Koji Doi: (1-4) (2 Points)
  10. Shotaro Ashino: (1-3) (2 Points)


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