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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (7/9/19)

The Prizefighter and the Show-Off do battle!

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SmackDown prepares for the Extreme!

Extreme Rules is around the corner, so SmackDown is rising to the occasion! Before they battle for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, The New Day, Heavy Machinery and the Planet’s Tag Team Champions meet for a SmackDown Summit! Will there be peace this close to the Triple Threat tag war?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Finn Balor VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Nakamura wins.
  • Nikki Cross VS Carmella; Cross wins.
  • Triple Threat: Otis Dozovic w/ Tucker Knight VS Xavier Woods w/ Big E VS Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan; Dozovic wins.
  • Roman Reigns VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Shane McMahon, Elias & Drew McIntyre; Reigns wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Footage from earlier, as Dolph Ziggler arrives at SmackDown.

Kayla Braxton asks Ziggler about the implosion between him and his tag partner, Kevin Owens. Partner? That “worthless tub of excuses” Kevin Owens? Ziggler carried Kevin like he has the entire WWE for a decade. But Kevin pulls up behind Ziggler and honks his horn. Kevin then parks and Ziggler complains about the interview. Oh what? Was Ziggler going to say it should’ve been him again? Or maybe that he steals the show? Only because Ziggler does! A brawl breaks out and other superstars hurries to pull them apart! Kevin shoves the Singh Brothers off him to keep brawling with Ziggler! The B-Team hold Kevin back and then Shane rushes out.

Shane tells Ziggler to go inside, and then tells Kevin to leave the parking lot. Kevin, bloody lip and all, is told to take the night off. Kevin doesn’t want to cool off, but he has no choice. Will he get back at Ziggler before Extreme Rules on Sunday?

 

Cut to Shane McMahon backstage.

His response to that brawl was to cancel the scheduled main event. It is his job to keep superstars from fighting outside the ring. Kevin is sent home and Ziggler stays, but what is the new main event? He has some ideas and will circle back to an interview when he has made a decision. What will replace the grudge match now that we DON’T get Prizefighter VS Show-Off?

 

Kevin Owens invades SmackDown!

The Prizefighter doesn’t care about the ban! He spoke the truth about Ziggler, and now he’ll speak the truth about Shane! Kevin’s tried to be a good company guy, but he’s done! Kevin saw the McMahon Family say “from now on, we’re going to listen to the fans,” but the only thing we’ve gotten is SHANE becoming an abuser of power and hogger of spotlight! Now we sit back and watch Shane claim he’s the Best in the World. It makes Kevin want to smash his head on the announce desk! Speaking of, Kevin gets on the desk! Shane comes out and cuts Kevin’s mic. But Kevin just grabs another mic! “Hey guess what, idiot? There’s more than one microphone!”

And as he was saying, Shane hogging the spotlight is an insult to wrestlers who work so hard to be part of the WWE! And when Shane calls himself the Best in the World, everyone wants to tell Shane, “Kiss my ass!” Another mick goes off, so he takes Byron Saxton’s headset! Security is told to take Kevin out as Kevin rants about all the superstars who are left off the show because of Shane. Kevin gets away from security and Shane is satisfied, but the fans are cheering for Kevin. Is this the last Shane has heard from an irate Prizefighter?

 

Finn Balor VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

The Extraordinary Man is still the WWE Intercontinental Champion, but the King of Strong Style might look to change that. Can Nakamura prove himself against Finn tonight to cut the line to a title match?

SmackDown returns as Nakamura makes his entrance. Finn follows with his entrance, and throws up some Too Sweets. The bell rings and we begin!

Nakamura and Finn circle and tie up. Fans duel as Nakamura waistlocks. Finn standing switches but Nakamura elbows out hard! Nakamura rains down those elbows, then whips Finn to ropes. Finn reverses but Nakamura sunset flips, only for Finn to roll through and dropkick him down! Finn drags Nakamura up but Nakamura powers him to a corner. Nakamura rams his shoulder in over and over, but backs off at the ref’s count. He comes back to stomp Finn as SmackDown goes picture in picture. Nakamura backs off again and Finn catches his breath. Nakamura chokes Finn on the ropes but lets up at the count. He drags Finn around in a facelock to grind him down. Finn endures and fights his way up, only for Nakakura to snapmare and drop a knee! Cover, TWO!

Nakamura keeps his cool as he kicks away on Finn. Nakamura drags Finn up for knees. Finn blocks a kick! But Nakaura comes from the other side! Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps on Finn with another chinlock. Finn fights his way up and fights out of the hold. He runs but into Nakamura’s knee! Nakamura covers, TWO! Nakamura stomps Finn more then drags him back into the facelock. He stands Finn up and suplexes for a gourd buster! ANd he rams in his knees! Cover, ONE! Nakamura grows annoyed but he keeps on Finn by pulling him into a chinlock. Nakamura stretches Finn back but Finn fights his way up, only to be wrangled back down. The chinlock returns and Finn endures again.

Nakamura suddenly lets Finn go to stomp him more. Nakamura toys with Finn as he puts the chinlock back on. SmackDown returns to single picture as Finn fights up out of the cobra clutch. Finn gets free but Nakamura knees low. Nakamura whips corner to corner but Finn boots him back. Finn runs and rallies with forearms! Finn whips but Nakamura reverses, only to get forearms! And the takedown to double stomps! Finn fires up with the fans as Nakamura gets to a corner. Finn runs in to CHOP and whip! Nakamura reverses but misses a kick, to get the elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO!

Finn keeps his cool as he aims from a corner. Nakamura stops the Slingblade and shoves Finn, to block the boots and KICK Finn in the back. Sliding German Suplex! Nakamura takes aim from a corner now, but Finn Slingblades back! Finn hurries up top as Nakamura is down! But Nakamura is up fast to trip Finn up! Top Shelf Knee! Finn tumbles to the apron but Nakamura follows. Nakamura aims from the second rope, FLYING KNEE! Finn falls to the floor but Nakamura pursues. Nakamura drags Finn up and brings him around to throw right into the post! Then the barriers! Then as the count reaches 6, back into the post! Nakamura gets in at 9, but Finn is in at 9.5! Nakamura throws Finn back out and follows again. Finn stands, KINSHASA!

Nakamura returns into the ring and lets the count climb. Finn stirs at 8, and is back in at 9.5 again! But another knee from Nakamura sends him back out! Nakamura shows no mercy as he whips Finn into barriers, then into steel steps! He knees Finn into the steps, then waits until 8 to reenter the ring. Finn’s in at 9.5 again?! KINSHASA! Cover, Nakamura wins!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall

It took a third time, but the King of Strong Style puts Finn down for the count! Will Nakamura turn up the intensity even more when it’s for the title?

 

Shane talks with Elias and Drew McIntyre.

They had Roman Reigns where they wanted, but then Cedric Alexander ruined things. Shane and McIntyre still won even though Roman and Cedric tried to cheat, so now the Best in the World has the physical and mental advantage. Elias has the perfect funeral song for Undertaker, too. It’s very spooky. But Ziggler comes by to complain about not getting to end “that mouth breather” Kevin Owens. Shane knows that he was going to do that in the parking lot, but he couldn’t allow that. Kevin is gone, but since Ziggler still wants to be in the main event, he will be. Ziggler can help Shane out against Roman Reigns. Ziggler’s in for that, especially with Shane and crew ringside for him. Will this main event conspiracy go Shane’s way?

 

Samoa Joe speaks.

“You can deny the truth all you want, but that does not change the facts.” Joe offered Kofi Kingston mercy and safety, but he knew Kofi wouldn’t accept it. Kofi is everything Joe says he is. Kofi is a hustler, and at Extreme Rules, Joe will tear away that lie and beat him down to the bear essence of his true self. And when that’s done, Joe puts Kofi to sleep. “For all those who you call brother, for all those you have called family,” that he stood on and walked over, Joe will take all of that back. But most of all, Joe will take the WWE World Championship. Will Joe’s twisted truth become reality?

 

Kayla Braxton presides over the SmackDown Women’s Championship contract signing.

First out, representing herself and Alexa Bliss, it’s Nikki Cross! The Loony Lass won a Beat the Clock Challenge on last night’s Raw to make sure The Goddess got the stipulation she wanted. And what better stipulation for the miniature manipulator than to make it a Handicap Match? Therefore, Nikki is here to sign for both herself and Alexa. Bayley makes her entrance next and takes her seat across from Nikki. We all know the stipulation has been set to put pressure on Bayley. Is that why she attacked after talking? Bayley says she’s not here to fight, she just wants to talk. She’s not surprised Alexa didn’t show up, and is glad Nikki did. Bayley and Nikki are actually a lot alike. Bayley was starstruck, naive, and then grew up enough to see her “friend” only used her. That’s when Bayley became a champion on her own.

Oh so the one that dropped an elbow on Nikki is the “real” Bayley? Good to know Alexa was right! No, are you not seeing what Alexa is doing to you? She’s in Nikki’s head, controlling her! Nikki is doing Alexa’s dirty work! Because Alexa knows Nikki can handle herself! Bayley wants Nikki to ask herself something: “Are you really okay with helping someone else win a championship?” Nikki gets upset again, so Bayley says it’s fine. Bayley knows she’s in awful odds. Nikki is formidable, she doesn’t need Alexa. But Byaley will bring everything she has and will do anything to win. So what happens when they still lose, and Alexa blames Nikki?

Bayley signs her part, and Nikki says she’s doing this to help her friend. Not that Bayley would know what that’s like. All Bayley’s friends abandoned her! So don’t try to drive a wedge between her and Alexa! Alexa isn’t using Nikki! Alexa promised that when they win, she’ll share the title as the first-ever SmackDown Women’s co-champions! And with that, the contract is signed! Nikki tells Bayley to stick around for Nikki’s match with Carmella. Then Bayley will see that when it’s time to play, Nikki has all the fun. Carmella makes her entrance, because that match is next!

 

Nikki Cross VS Carmella!

SmackDown returns with the bell, and Nikki crossbodies immediately! Nikki rains down furious fists, then powers Carmella into a corner. She rams her shoulder in over and over then stomps a mudhole into Carmella! The ref backs Nikki off but Nikki snapmares Carmella for a dropkick! Cover, ONE! Nikki grins then glares at Bayley as she bounces Carmella’s face off the mat. Nikki thrashes Carmella and bounces her head off the mat again. Carmella gets to a corner and Bayley cheers her own but Nikki clubs Carmella down. Nikki snapmares Carmella and covers, TWO! Nikki keeps on Carmella with a modified Rings of Saturn, but fans rally up. Carmella endures and pops to a cover, TWO!

Nikki is on Carmella again with a half nelson and chinbar. Carmella fights her way up and fights out! Carmella rains down rights but Nikki shoves her away to clothesline her down! Nikki makes sure Bayley watches as she says, “This is on you!” But Carmella SLAPS Nikki! Nikki fires off and whips, but Carmella reverses to duck the crossbody! Both women are down but Carmella gets up. She rallies with clotheslines on Nikki, then gives her an atomic drop! Carmella bumps Nikki off her boot, to moonwalk and come back with the FABULOUS Bronco Buster! Nikki staggers up but blocks the Fabulous Kick. Nikki fishermans, but Carmella cradle counters! TWO, but Carmella mule kicks. Nikki blocks the kick again, PURGE! Cover, Nikki wins!

Winner: Nikki Cross, by pinfall

The Twisted Sister grins at Bayley, and Bayley nods. Bayley respects Nikki, but she’ll have to worry about both her and Alexa. Will Bayley be able to overcome two opponents at once to stay THE SmackDown Women’s Champion?

 

SmackDown shares footage from WWE Tokyo!

The live event in Japan a couple of weeks ago pit the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, the IIconics, against Kairi Sane and Asuka, aka the Kabuki Warriors! Japan was excited to have the Pirate Princess and Empress of Tomorrow back for the night as the home team! And that home team defeated Peyton Royce and Billie Kay with an InSane Elbow! Now the Kabuki Warriors are lined up for a title shot!

 

The IIconics encounter the Kabuki Warriors and Paige backstage!

So remember the bet they made? They need to schedule a match for the titles. How about tonight? Sorry, can’t! Billie’s feeling ill. What does she have? Mad Cow Bird Flu… Stop stalling! This is so annoying! Ever since they won the titles, they just run and make excuses! All they ever do is run their mouths. They’re just “overrated, underwhelming, shrill, cowardly clowns!” And before Billie can retort, Paige SLAPS her! But they can’t fight back, right? They’re “sick”. But this match is coming. Will the Kabuki Warriors take those titles as easily as they took that win in Japan?

 

Backstage interview with Roman Reigns!

The Big Dog returns to SmackDown to speak on the new main event with Dolph Ziggler. But the deck is stacked again. Will Roman make it to Extreme Rules? Roman loves being against the odds! Roman is ready but Ziggler ain’t. And then Roman and the Deadman will be ready at Extreme Rules. Shane and his boys will #RestInPeace!

 

It’s time for the SmackDown Tag Team Summit!

Awwww~ Manchester~! Before their Triple Threat Tag match for the titles, the three teams are going to meet in the ring for a peaceful talk. Out first is the New Day’s Big E and Xavier Woods, but surprisingly no pancakes. Xavier speaks first that tonight he will be in a triple threat match with Daniel Bryan and Otis Dozovic. This will help ya bois get ready for THE triple threat tag match. Unfortunately, Big E was hoping for some other kind of three way. But hey, that means the New Day can touch championships! The New Day will be six~ time- Dang it, the Planet’s Tag Team Championships have to interrupt here?

Daniel Bryan clears his throat as he can’t believe the fans boo him. The fans should boo the New Day. Despite Bryan pinning Big E last week and Rowan slamming Xavier through a table, the New Day continues to make lewd jokes. And people wonder why they’re not taking this match seriously. That’s because when the New Day wins tag titles, no one else takes them seriously. Xavier says Bryan talks too much without actually saying things. And second, what does Big Red Rowan have to say? Strong silent type confuses Xavier. First Rowan takes orders from Bray, then Harper, and now Bryan? Who is Rowan’s daddy? Rowan is furious but Bryan keeps him back. Fans taunt with “Who’s Your Daddy?!”

Ignorant people follow ignorant leaders. The New Day deflect criticism with humor. But the New Day are among the best tag teams in the WWE! They’ve had some of the best tag matches in WWE history! Yet they’re somehow never out of the midcard, and are nothing more than a comedy act. They are the worst thing for the WWE tag team division. No, actually, Heavy Machinery would be worse. Those two follow in the New Day’s example, making jokes and walking like hot garbage- Speaking of, Heavy Machinery arrives! Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic have mics, too. Tucker gets it, the champs are so great. But at Stomping Grounds, in their first attempt at those titles, Tucker and Otis took them to their limits.

Heavy Machinery proved who they were about. They lost but they didn’t feel sorry. They got back to work in the gym. Heavy Machinery earned their place in this Triple Threat! “Because Tucky, we’re Blue Collar Solid~!” That means overcoming any obstacle, even if it’s the longest-reigning champions, The New Day. Five times is great and all, but that sixth will have to wait. Heavy Machinery wants to be the NEW, W, W, E, Smack, Down, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~! Feels good. And when Heavy Machinery will show you there’s no party like a Blue Collar Party~! But that’s Sunday. Tonight, Dozer wants Woods and Bryan to know… “I’m COMIIIIN’~!” Dozer heads for the ring because that match is after the break!

 

Triple Threat: Otis Dozovic w/ Tucker Knight VS Xavier Woods w/ Big E VS Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan!

SmackDown returns as the three men are in the ring and the bell sounds. The three circle but Bryan bails out. Fans boo but he just soaks it up. Woods and Dozer circle and Woods waistlocks to headlock. Dozer powers up but Woods holds on. Fans say “Bryan Sucks!” while Dozer powers out of the headlock. Woods dodges Dozer and slides under but still gets run over !Bryan runs in now to hop onto Dozer with a sleeper! Dozer powers Bryan to a corner and breaks free, tot hen toss Bryan across the way! Woods kicks Dozer then facelocks, but Dozer is too big to suplex. Bryan returns to actually help Woods, but that’s still not enough! Dozer double suplexes them straight up! Then slams them down! Manchester, NH loves this as Dozer covers Bryan, TWO!

Dozer gets up and whips Woods to a corner. Woods bounces off to another whip, then another! Then yet another whip, and another whip! Dozer sees Bryan come in and pops him up for a flapjack! Dozer runs at Woods but gets a boot! Rowan clobbers Woods and Dozer, no disqualifications in a Triple Threat! He even takes out Big E and Tucky! But then they power him right over the announce desk! Big E and Tucker start shoving but the referee keeps the peace. The ref says they and Rowan are EJECTED! Fans boo but that’s the only way this triple threat can continue fairly. Who recovers first as SmackDown goes picture in picture?

Bryan, Woods and Dozer are each in a corner. Bryan slips out to the apron whiel Dozer staggers up. Dozer goes after Woods but Bryan trips him up! Bryan throws Woods out of the ring to then throw him into barriers! And rain down right hands! Bryan soaks up the heat again as he returns to the ring. He stalks Dozer at the ropes to throw forearms and kicks. Bryan whips but Dozer reverses hard! Bryan hits buckles and falls, and Woods returns to dropkick Dozer! Dozer stays up so Woods hits a roaring elbow and another dropkick! Dozer tumbles out and Woods takes aim. Woods slingshots but into Dozer’s arms! Woods slips out to shove Dozer into the apron, then dropkick him into it!

Bryan returns and hits a flying knee from apron to Dozer! Dozer’s down and SmackDown returns to single picture as Woods clobbers Bryan! Woods throws Bryan into barriers hard! Then Woods throws hands and puts Bryan back in the ring. Woods climbs up fast, then leaps at Bryan for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Woods keeps on Bryan with a fireman’s carry, but Bryan fights out. Bryan puts Woods in a corner then runs in, but gets an elbow. Woods rolls, but into a takedown! Bryan has the arm for the Lebelle Lock! It’s on deep, but here comes Dozer! Dozer breaks it up and Woods gets to safety. Bryan glares at Dozer and starts throwing Yes Kicks!

Fans rally behind Dozer as he takes kick after kick! Bryan aims but the buzzsaw is blocked to a scoop! And a spinning slam! Woods returns to kick Dozer, then steps in for the tornado, but Dozer blocks and throws Woods! Dozer hits a corner splash on Woods, then one on Bryan! Bryan falls like a tree while Woods is on the apron. Fans fire up as Dozer pumps it up! Dozer hits the Caterpillar Elbow! Bryan crawls away to the apron, and hotshots Dozer away! SUPERKICK from Woods to Dozer! Bryan runs but Woods shows his own strength! Trophy lift to gut buster drop! Bryan bails out again, Woods SUPERKICKS Dozer again! But Woods runs into a pop-up powerslam!! Cover, Dozer wins!!

Winner: Otis Dozovic, by pinfall

Heavy Machinery’s human wrecking ball wins one for the team! Can he and Tucker do it together when it’s all six men at once?

 

SmackDown takes a look at catering.

WWE 24/7 Champion Drake Maverick hides under the buffet table, but the focus is on Ember Moon. She grabs herself some things, but then Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville cut in line. Ember speaks up, but they’re the ones accusing her of skipping the line. This isn’t Twitter where you can troll and get away with it. This is real life. Yeah, and Ember was justified in what she said. And big talk from Mandy when Ember beat her. Pff, they are over with that. That actually brought these two closer together. But why doesn’t Ember go find herself a tag partner to have a match next week? If Ember can find herself a partner. Challenge accepted. And Ember will fight, even if it’s alone. Who will join the War Goddess in her fight with Fire & Desire?

 

SmackDown hears from Mustafa Ali.

“When you see evil, you’re supposed to run. Not me.” Ali runs towards evil. It’s not because he has no fear, no. He has fear. It’s that evil only wins when the good do nothing. So it doesn’t matter if it’s a monster, a giant or a devil, Ali has seen them all and fought them all. He saw them as a police officer and among the people he swore to protect and serve, and even those who swore to be the ones to protect and serve! There is no evil Ali will not battle. If Ali comes across the devil, he’ll square up and dance. And for those out there facing their own evil, remember that evil only wins when you don’t fight. When and where will we see the Beacon of Light fight the evil?

 

Aleister Black talks via titantron.

The Embodiment of the End has wanted to know who knocked on his door, but the other chair is empty. His opponent is choosing to stay anonymous until Extreme Rules itself. Aleister laughs and actually likes that. Because he sees what his opponent is doing. It is something Aleister would do, so he applauds this man for doing it. This is smart, it really is. But at this point, Aleister doesn’t even care anymore. Aleister doesn’t care who it is, he will fight whoever this is- But wait. Someone paces around the empty chair. They sit down, and it’s CESARO! Well here we go. Cesaro tells Aleister, “I’m the one who knocked at your door, because I’m here to pick. A fight. With you.” “Oh so very good, Mr. Cesaro.” Because Sunday, Aleister is ready to fight!

 

Shelton Benjamin thinks on Roman Reigns VS Dolph Ziggler.

And he thinks. And thinks. Then thinks some more. He smirks again, then leaves. Just what is Benjamin thinking these days?

 

SmackDown returns with a backstage interview of Kofi Kingston!

Paul Heyman walks by before the WWE Champion speaks on the “controversial” response to Joe’s handshake. Does Kofi worry what Joe will do to him at Extreme Rules? No, not at all! Kofi knows exactly who Joe is and what Joe does. That includes Joe getting inside his opponent’s minds. But what happened? Controversy~! Kofi got in Joe’s head and then gave him Trouble in Paradise right upside the dome! Joe is going to be Kofi’s most dangerous opponent, but by beating such opponents, that will be how Kofi becomes one of the greatest W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion~! … BABYYYYYYYY!

 

Roman Reigns VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Shane McMahon, Elias & Drew McIntyre!

The Big Dog is backed against the wall again, but he doesn’t sweat it. Will he be able to keep his focus on the Show-Off while the Drifter, the Scottish Terminator and the “BEST in the WOOOOOOOOORLD” lurk nearby?

SmackDown returns once more, and the bell rings. Roman and Ziggler circle and approach. Ziggler gets a leg but gets away before Roman has him. Shane joins commentary but lets Elias and McIntyre go where they want around the ring. Ziggler ties up with Roman and pulls hair but Roman puts Ziggler in a corner. Roman lets up but Ziggler shoves. Roman shoves back and Ziggler falls down! Ziggler gets up to punch Roman then throw hands in the corner. Roman blocks to headbutt Ziggler down! Roman bumps Ziggler off buckles then again. He whips Ziggler and runs him over! Fans cheer as Roman fireman’s carries Ziggler. Ziggler slips out and kicks the leg, to then dropkick Roman down!

Ziggler drops elbows then covers, TWO! Shane isn’t worried as Ziggler bumps Roman off buckles and throws hands. Ziggler walks away to run back in for a big splash! And then another, but gets an uppercut! Ziggler bails out but Roman follows. Roman tells Elias to back off, then goes at Ziggler to hit the Drive-By Dropkick! McIntyre also lurks and Roman sees he’s surrounded. He puts Ziggler in the ring, but the ref warns McIntyre and Elias to stay back. Ziggler grabs Roman but Roman uppercuts him away! The ref checks on Ziggler while Elias distracts Roman. McIntyre shoves Roman into a post! Shane plays dumb as Ziggler fetches Roman to whip him into barriers! Ziggler puts Roman in to cover, TWO!

Ziggler grows frustrated and drops elbows to cover, TWO! Shane isn’t worried as Ziggler puts Roman in a crossface. Fans rally up for Roman as he endures the hold. Roman fights his way up and Ziggler keeps a sleeper hold to then throw Roman down. Ziggler drags Roman up for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Shane is actually excited while Ziggler grows frustrated. Ziggler keeps on Roman with a chinlock but fans rally up again. Roman feeds off the energy and fights his way back up. Ziggler kicks low then turns Roman but Roman shoves him away, and gets him with a Samoan Drop! But Shane is still not worried.

The ref starts a standing count as both Roman and Ziggler are down. Ziggler gets up first and to the ropes. Roman follows at 5, but Ziggler runs in, only for his DDT to be denied! Roman rallies with clotheslines, then whips, but Ziggler reverses. Roman hits the leaping lariat! The Big Dog gives Ziggler point-blank clotheslines in the corner! Roman gets all 10 then BOOTS Ziggler down! Fans fire up as Roman locks ‘n’ loads! Now Shane is worried. Roman hits Elias with the SUPERMAN PUNCH! But Ziggler ZIGZAGS! Cover, TWO!! Shane is relieved that Roman is down, but Ziggler grows further frustrated. Ziggler stomps a la HBK as he waits for Roman to stand. Roman does stand, to SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!!

Ziggler survives but Roman isn’t done here. Fans fire up with Roman again, but McIntyre saves Ziggler. So Roman builds speed to FLY! Roman takes out Elias and McIntyre but Ziggler is safe. Shane gets in the ring to distract Roman, Ziggler SUPERKICKS Roman down! But wait, is that Kevin Owens!? STUNNER!! Shane is down but Roman and Ziggler get back in the ring! Roman denies the ZigZag to SPEAR!! Cover, Roman wins!!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall

The Big Dog overcomes the odds again! Will he and the Undertaker put the Best in the World down in the ground? Or will No Holds Barred only help Shane screw them over that much harder?

 


 

My Thoughts:

For a go-home episode, this SmackDown was much better than usual. This was certainly better than Raw just on the flow, but I don’t like that we needed a lot of recaps. We got people giving promos to help recap, and videos just take up minutes that could be used for matches and promos. But that aside, Samoa Joe and Kofi Kingston did give us good promos to keep the hype going. Rumors are that Kofi isn’t 100%, and may not be cleared for his match. Hopefully that isn’t the case, or else I fear we’ll get a quick squash like Joe VS Mysterio at Crown Jewel when Mysterio was hurt. And if that is the case, it’s now okay that this match isn’t getting a stipulation, since it’d just be a waste.

The developments with Kevin Owens were a great part of the night. His brawl with Ziggler in the parking lot and now what is basically a full Stone Cold style Face turn is going to be great for him and for SmackDown as we get deeper into the Summer. His promo on Shane was great, and his part in the main event getting at Shane was the icing on the cake. Roman VS Ziggler was a good match, even with the ringside help of McIntyre and Elias, and the Shane and Kevin stuff only added to it. Again, pretty sure Roman and Taker win despite what the math says about standing tall and all that. Taker VS McIntyre is likely at Summerslam, and now McIntyre can feud with Kevin on Shane’s behalf as the build.

In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this builds to Survivor Series somehow. There are enough superstars on each side for the traditional 5v5, where you don’t even need Shane or Taker in the match. Team Shane can be McIntyre, Elias, Ziggler and The Revival against Team WWE or whatever name, with Roman, the Usos, Miz and Kevin. But that’s looking a little too far ahead, even with Bischoff set to have influence starting next week. Though, one thing I’d like to see at Summerslam is the Finn VS Nakamura title match. They had a great non-title match here tonight, and if Bischoff were to help with the build, I bet they can have an even better match in Toronto. That match could go either way, which is honestly the best thing.

I was a little disappointed hearing they wanted to reveal Aleister Black’s opponent for Extreme Rules, because it takes away some of the drama. I do like that they chose Cesaro, and the way he revealed himself was well-done, but it would’ve been so much better as a surprise on Sunday. Aleister VS Cesaro is going to be an amazing match, and Aleister obviously wins for a strong singles re-debut. Ali had a solid promo, but who knows where he’s going while titles are spoken for. For that matter, what is up with Shelton Benjamin doing the “trying to solve math” meme face? Hopefully Bischoff comes up with ideas to follow Vince’s random thoughts. Maybe the Intercontinental Championship gets more active when SmackDown moves to Fox, with Benjamin and Ali included in the picture.

The tag titles, SmackDown Women’s title and Women’s Tag Titles all got some good play tonight, too. The SmackDown Tag Team Summit was great, with all the promos flying back and forth. That Triple Threat singles match we got was great, and it was big for Dozer to win, but this only reinforces that someone else wins the tag match. It would be amazing if The New Day all had titles, but that level of amazing is why it isn’t happening just yet. Probably Summerslam if we’re lucky. The Women’s Tag promos were good, especially Paige’s SLAP to Billie Kay. Kabuki Warriors might have to wait for Summerslam, too, which works since we need more matches for Asuka and Kairi.

Bayley and Nikki had good promos and Nikki VS Carmella was solid, but there’s no way we get co-champions. I still expect Alexa to blame Nikki if they lose, bringing their story about. Though, that really removes contenders for Becky on Raw. This is the one time uncertainty might not be good. We need to know there will be strong contenders on both shows so that the Wild Card Rule doesn’t actually have to be used that match. Alexa and Nikki could still feud while also getting Becky involved, I’m just not sure how that works at this point, with Vince clearly still influencing Raw. Bayley is probably fine on SmackDown, with Charlotte open to come back around, Carmella still being a good choice, and even Ember, Mandy and Sonya.

My Score: 8.1/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.8.2022

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

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

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

Ratings:

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

Results:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kon w/The Design vs Sami Callihan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Overall Score: 9/10

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

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


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

The Super Jr. Tag League penultimate round!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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