WWE turns Nashville into Smackville!
Even with SummerSlam on the horizon, SmackDown makes a stop in Music City! Both the WWE World Championship and WWE Intercontinental Championship will be on the line tonight! Who comes out singing their praises, and who leaves singing the blues?
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura VS ???; Nakamura wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
- Elias VS Kevin Owens; Owens wins.
- WWE World Championship Triple Threat: Kofi Kingston VS Samoa Joe VS Dolph Ziggler; Kingston wins and retains the WWE World Championship.
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WWE reports that Finn Balor is NOT cleared to compete tonight!
Not even the Extraordinary Man can heal at superhuman speeds, so he’ll sadly have to miss out on a title rematch tonight. Who will it be taking his place? We find out, next!
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura VS ???
The King of Strong Style no longer has to worry about a rematch with Finn Balor, but does that only open him up to a tougher form of competition?
Nakamura takes to the mic and says, “No Finn? No match. But I win by forfeit.” Nashville doesn’t like the sound of that. The bell rings and a ten count has to begin. Nakamura smiles smugly as he paces the ring. The count reaches 8, but then out comes… MUSTAFA ALI! The Beacon of Light has wanted at this title, so now he’s taking his chance! “Shin, you did say one thing correctly.” Finn isn’t able to compete tonight. But if anyone knows about missing out on opportunities, it’s Ali. He won’t let one slip past him again. Nakamura defends his title against Ali! The champion takes the challenge, and the title is raised! The introductions are made, the bell rings, and this substitution begins!
Ali and Nakamura approach, but Ali avoids those test kicks. Nakamura headlocks Ali and grinds him down, but Ali fights back. Ali powers out but Nakamura runs him over. Nakamura flexes to show how strong he is, then says “C’MON!” to Ali. Ali takes the bait and gets kicks for it. Nakamura whips Ali corner to corner but Ali goes up and over. Things speed up and Ali handsprings to psych Nakamura uot. Ali gives back the “C’MON!” and now Nakamura falls for the bait! His kick gets blocked, and Ali’s kick wipes him out! Nakamura bails out but Ali slingshots to splash! Ali puts Nakamura in and climbs up, for a flying crossbody! Cover, TWO! Ali keeps his cool while keeping on Nakamura.
Nakamura hits back and then puts Ail on the apron. Ali hits back and slingshots, but Nakamura kicks his arms out! Ali crashes and burns on the apron, and Nakamura wrecks him with a dropkick! Nakamura drags Ali up to put him back on the apron, for a knee lift! Nakamura then covers, TWO! Ali checks his teeth but Nakamura puts him in a corner for Bad Vibrations! Nakamura grinds Ali down to the mat, but backs off to soak up the heat from the fans. Ali stands but Nakamura is on him with a suplex to gourd buster. He rams his knees into Ali’s shoulders and ribs! He flips Ali over to cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps on Ali with a facelock and squeezes. Ali endures and fans build to a rally. Ali gets up but Nakamura shifts to a sleeper hold. He fights back but starts to fade.
Fans rally as Ali endures. Ali fights up and out, but Nakamura lifts him. Ali victory rolls, TWO! Flapjack dropkick takes Nakamura down! Fans fire up and Ali has new life! Ali goes at Nakamura with counter punches and CHOPS! He whips Nakamura corner to corner but Nakamura reverses. Ali slips out, roundhouses Nakamura away, then slingshots for the rolling facebuster! Ali fires up and Nashville fires up with him! He whips Nakamura to a corner and runs in for double knees! Then he hoists Nakamura up to climb up with him. Ali stands on the very top but Nakamura fights him off. Ali flips and lands on his feet, to dropkick Nakamura out of the air! Cover, TWO! Ali is shocked but not deterred.
Fans rally up again and Ali brings Nakamura up. He CHOPS Nakamura at the ropes, then whips him across the way. Nakamura breaks free, swings, but comes back with the left heel! Ali boots in the corner but is turned sideways. Roundhouse and sliding German Suplex! Nakamura takes aim from the far side, he wants it! Ali SUPERKICKS the Kinshasa down!! And then he climbs, leaps, and hits a tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura shocks Ali again but he’s also in a drop zone! Ali hurries up top, aims, and leaps, 450 but he has to roll through! Nakamura sends Ali into buckles! KINSHASA! Cover, Nakamura wins!
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion
The King of Strong Style got a surprise opponent but still holds on to the title! Who will step to Nakamura when WWE goes to Toronto? Is Finn Balor going to recover to compete at all at SummerSlam? Will Ali find a way to a second chance at a golden opportunity?
Samoa Joe speaks.
Perspective is everything, and tonight is a perfect example. Fans see a Triple Threat as a perilous environment, because you don’t have to lose to lose. But Joe’s perspective is that he’s in a target rich environment. He thrives in Triple Threats because he has more people to beat down. And whoever steps to Joe, he will put them down, take them out, and become the new WWE World Champion. Does Joe have the right perspective of his second chance?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter has come to Nashville, but he needs his microphone turned up so everyone can here his introduction. He plays his new electric guitar, but he’s still not satisfied with the volume. This is a special Smackville performance. Sound check. Elias plays a few bars, gets a little country rock with it, and then finally asks his question: “Who wants to Walk With Elias?!” Nashville seems mostly up for it. Elias wants a standing ovation. But it’s too late, stay in your seats. Nashville has a special place in Elias’ heart. The first time he was here, he went down Broadway and met Johnny Cash. The Man gave Elias words of wisdom, the most memorable of which he whispered to Elias. “There are very few certainties in life. But one thing that remains true is that the Tennessee Titans will never win a Super Bowl.” Who knew he was a football fan?
But to get things started on the Road to SummerSlam, Elias dedicates a song to Shane McMahon. So please, silence your phones, hold your applause and most importantly, shut your mouths! Listen, if the fans aren’t going to do as he said, then Elias will not perform! Fans cheer for that idea! Well fine, if that’s how they feel, he’s leaving. The fans also like that idea! But just as Elias gets up, he decides not to leave. But then he does, but then he doesn’t. Fans boo as he can’t seem to make up his mind. In the light, boo. Out of the light, yay! “Aw shut your mouths, I’m gonna sing my song!” Elias sits down to play again. “Who deserves more TV time? Shane McMahon. Who should be champion~? Shane McMahon. Who’s the Best in the World? Shane McMahon. Who’s skyrocketing my career? Thank you, Shane McMahon.”
Fans boo, but Elias gets a call. Oh it’s Mr. Vince McMahon. He’s watching? “You Suck! You Suck!” How’s Nashville? It’s horrible. Thanks for calling. But great news, Vince says Elias can have as much time as he likes. Elias sings about Shane beating Kevin Owens into quitting, and how Kevin looks like roadkill born and raised in Nashville. But here comes Kevin Owens from the crowd! He sneaks in behind and the lights come up. Kevin grabs the guitar and plays it! Elias is furious now, but Kevin carefully puts the guitar down. Then he DECKS Elias! Elias bails out of the ring, and Kevin grabs a mic. “Elias, I actually have a very special request for you.” Can Elias just shut his stupid face?
Kevin was hoping someone else would cut Elias off, but then Elias made a mistake: mentioning KO. But punching Elias isn’t enough. We need a SummerSlam preview! Kevin VS Elias right here and now! But no one can make it official, so hopefully there’s a referee who can find it in his heart to dramatically slide in, Nashville would be so grateful. Here comes one! And he slides in to signal that this match is happening!
Elias VS Kevin Owens!
The bell rings and Elias immediately goes after Kevin! He stomps and punches Kevin in the corner but lets up at the ref’s count. Kevin turns things around to throw big haymakers! Kevin fires up and Nashville fires up with him! He whips Elias but Elias reverses, only for Kevin to clothesline him down and drop a senton! Kevin sees Elias bail out, then punches him out. Kevin runs, but Elias dodges, only for Kevin to slip out and follow behind. Elias turns around to get a forearm and a CHOP! Kevin puts Elias in but Elias comes back with a big BOOT! Elias catches his breath while Kevin crawls to a corner. Elias is on Kevin with more punches and stomps, then pulls him against the post! The ref counts and Elias lets up to then cover, TWO!
Elias drags Kevin up and bumps him off buckles. Fans rally for Kevin as Elias wrenches and decides to cover Old School with his meteora! Cover, TWO! Elias keeps his cool while he stands Kevin up again. He hoists Kevin up top to CHOP, then climbs up to join Kevin. Fans rally as Kevin resists and fights out. Kevin headbutts Elias but Elias body shots back. Elias climbs again, stands Kevin up, but Kevin fights out again! Kevin headbutts Elias down a second time, then adjusts, for a SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Elias survives but Kevin keeps his cool. Kevin wants a stunner but gets a knee! Elias climbs up top, MACHO ELBOW FLOPS! Kevin gets to his feet as Elias does, and gets the STUNNER! Cover, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
It wasn’t quite beating the holy hell out of the Drifter, but Kevin does get a big win! Will he keep things rolling towards his grudge match with Shane O’Mac in Toronto?
Backstage interview with Kofi Kingston!
As the champ loads up on pancakes, he considers his Triple Threat match. He has “insurmountable odds” again, but he’s used to that by now. He knows he’s facing two great superstars #atthesamedamntime is a welcomed challenge! It will make him one of the greatest, W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champions of all time! And winning against both of them on Smackville… In Smackville? At Smackville? Whatever the grammar, he will win, celebrate with the New Day and everyone they meet in #Nashvegas BABYYYY~!
WWE World Championship Triple Threat: Kofi Kingston VS Samoa Joe VS Dolph Ziggler!
#Kofimania called out The Viper for SummerSlam so that he could settle a score from their early days against each other. However, when it comes to being champion, we all know the Show-Off and even the Samoan Submission Machine feel #ItShouldHaveBeenMe! Neither man got it down when it was just 1v1, but now both men get a second shot at crushing the dream. Will Ziggler make up for Money in the Bank and Stomping Grounds? Will Samoa Joe make up for Extreme Rules? Or will Kofi just prove he is worthy of facing the most dangerous letters in pro-wrestling today?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this double trouble rematch!
The three men circle and Kofi dropkicks Ziggler down! Joe goes at Kofi but Kofi is ready with hands. Joe throws Kofi off to run, but Kofi dumps him out. Kofi builds speed, but Ziggler trips him up! Ziggler yanks Kofi out to throw him into railing! Ziggler brings Kofi around but Joe finds them! Joe and Ziggler actually work together on Kofi by throwing him down and stomping him out. Ziggler rakes Kofi’s eyes, which Triple Threats are No Disqualifications so that’s allowed. Joe full nelsons Kofi for Ziggler to mug. They then put Kofi back in the ring, but fans rally up. The stomping and mugging continues, but Kofi hits back with big hands and kicks! Ziggler sleeper holds for Joe to body shot back!
Kofi crawls but Ziggler scrapes his laces on his face. Joe and Ziggler say, “We’ll break him, and then we’ll figure it out.” They whip Kofi together, and then double elbow him down. Fans boo this unofficial handicap match but Joe and Ziggler continue to work together. Joe holds Kofi up and Ziggler kicks away at the ribs. But then Kofi fights free! He headbutts Joe away, then goes at Ziggler. Ziggler knees low and whips Kofi, but Kofi slips out to boot Ziggler down! Kofi climbs and leaps, BIG crossbody onto Ziggler! But Joe throws Kofi off the cover, to cover Ziggler! TWO, and Ziggler is immediately upset. They were working together, weren’t they? Joe shrugs it off, Ziggler wasn’t doing his job. They start arguing now, and Ziggler shoves first. Joe comes back, Kofi gets them BOTH with flying clotheslines!
Kofi rallies with double chops and a dropkick for Ziggler! Kofi keeps moving, leaping lariat! And that leads to the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi says it’s over as he goes to a corner, and fans rally with the “New! Day Rocks!” claps. But Ziggler goes to ropes so Kofi has to pursue. Ziggler bails out, and Joe sneaks up for a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Joe keeps his cool as he drags Kofi up and bumps him off buckles. He hoists Kofi up top and climbs up to join him, but fans rally up for Kofi. Kofi resists and fights back. He clubs away on Joe’s back faster and faster to then headbutt Joe down. But Ziggler hops up, only for Kofi to fight him off, too! Joe adds on, and brings Ziggler out for a bomb. Ziggler hops up to satellite DDT! Kofi crossbodies, but Ziggler rolls through! TWO!!
Ziggler wants Famouser but Kofi blocks for a bomb, only for Ziggler to sunset flip! TWO, and Kofi high stacks, TWO! Ziggler swings, but into SOS! Cover but Joe breaks it! Joe drags Ziggler up to throw him out. Joe goes back to Kofi, throws him out, and then goes out. He drags Kofi up and whips him into steel steps hard! Joe is getting serious as he stalks Ziggler near commentary. Joe grins and says, “Bye, Dolph,” before tossing him across the desk! Then Joe goes back to Kofi on the other side. He puts Kofi back in the ring, but fans are rallying again. Kofi fights back with big hands from all sides! Kofi runs, but into Joe’s elbow! Cover, TWO! Joe grows annoyed with Kofi, but grins as he stalks up behind. Coquina Clutch! But Kofi jawbreakers free!
Kofi runs, but Trouble is blocked into an Ankle Lock! Joe knows Kurt Angle well, but Kofi rolls through to throw Joe off. Joe dodges in the corner, for the Coquina! But Ziggler SUPERKICKS Joe down! Cover on Joe, but Kofi breaks it in time! All three men are down but Nashville is thunderous for Kofi! Kofi and Ziggler are up first and they start brawling. Kofi staggers away and Ziggler eggs him on, so the haymakers keep flying! Fans are on Kofi’s side with every punch, but Ziggler kicks and headbutts, to ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives and Ziggler is shocked. But Ziggler refocuses as he goes to the far corner. Fans chant “New! Day Rocks!” and Ziggler grows further upset. Ziggler stomps to, at this point, mock HBK. But he runs into Joe’s EXPLODER!
Joe staggers up, Kofi rolls him up! TWO, mule kick and Kofi runs, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Joe is shocked and furious that Kofi still lives! Joe drags Kofi up again, but Kofi drops down to kick him back! Kofi spins Joe around, TROUBLE IN PARADISE!! Cover, Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall; still WWE World Champion
Both challengers had their second chance, but it wasn’t enough! Kofimania rolls on towards Toronto to face Randy Orton one more time! Will Kofi keep this dream alive though the end of summer? Or will it only take on RKO to end it all?
For the first, and probably only, Smackville special, this was a lot of fun. Again, it was just a one-hour filler house show type special, but that was expected. Honestly, a lot of this felt like a really good SmackDown episode, or at least the good parts of such an episode. But I really hope this Finn Balor injury is just kayfabe, he needs to make it to SummerSlam to see this thing with Fiend Bray Wyatt through to the end. At the same time, Mustafa Ali got to have a really good match to remind fans what he’s capable of. I hope they give him another shot at SummerSlam, because I know both Ali and Nakamura can give way more than this. Elias and Kevin also had a good set of promos and a good match, but there’s still much that can and should be down for Kevin’s story with Shane.
That Triple Threat was also worthy of a higher level SmackDown episode. I feel like there could’ve been even more of that, like Joe body slamming Ziggler through the announce table, but that would be more of a television episode spot than a house show spot. Obviously Kofi retains, he needs to have his match with Orton. But on the records, Kofi will have points for beating two powerful contenders in one match. And I hope social media has something for this #Nashvegas celebration with the New Day Kofi said in his promo, that sounds like a lot of fun just to have a good laugh with.
My Score: 8.1/10
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 31 Results & Report! (10/20/21)
B Block’s final round!
It all comes down to this!
NJPW’s traditional round robin is closing, but it’s not over yet! Will the Rainmaker rise? Or will Jeff Cobb go 9-0 in the 31st G1 Climax?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- YOSHI-HASHI VS Chase Owens; Hashi wins.
- Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado; Goto wins.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe; Taichi wins.
- SANADA VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Evil wins.
- Kazuchika Okada VS Jeff Cobb; Okada wins.
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Here are the current B Block standings!
Jeff Cobb: 8-0, 16 points
Kazuchika Okada: 7-1, 14 points
EVIL: 6-2, 12 points [ELIMINATED]
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
SANADA: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Tama Tonga: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Hirooki Goto: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Chase Owens: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Taichi: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI VS Chase Owens!
The Headhunter fell to The Ace but the Crown Jewel just got a win over the Holy Emperor! Will Hashi #GetBackUp and finish strong? Or will the Texas Heavyweight Champion add another champion to his win column?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, Chase wrenches the arm to a wristlock but Hashi wrenches back. Hashi has the wristlock, Chase rolls to slip through and wrench back. Hashi wrenches and hammerlocks to a headlock but Chase powers out, only for Hashi to run him over! Fans rally behind Hashi as he wrenches Chase again, and elbows the elbow! Hashi wrenches and wrenches and wrenches, but Chase pulls hair to put Hashi on ropes. The ref calls for the break, but Chase HOTSHOTS Hashi! Hashi goes to the floor, Chase goes out to stomp him down. Chase whips Hashi hard into railing and Hashi falls in a heap!
Chase puts Hashi in the ring, climbs up the corner and drops ax handles on Hashi’s back. Chase drags Hashi up but fans rally up. Chase headlocks then punches Hashi down! Chase whips Hashi to a corner then snapmares him down for an uppercut to the back! Cover, TWO! Chase keeps focus and he goes right up top. Chase leaps but into a mule kick! Fans fire up as Chase drags himself up the ropes. Chase brings Hashi up but Hashi fires off forearms! Chase knees low, whips Hashi to ropes, but Hashi dropkicks Chase’s leg out! Fans rally up again as Chase clutches his bad knee. Hashi fires up and throws more forearms and elbows.
Hashi whips, Chase reverses but Hashi ducks and dodges to HEADHUNTER! Chase staggers to a corner, Hashi runs in and CHOPS! Hashi whips Chase to CHOP him again, then brings him around to hang him out to dry! Chase fights to get down and then he BOOTS Hashi! Hashi SUPERKICKS Chase in return! Chase is stuck in the ropes, Hashi runs to dropkick him down! Then he adds a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up more as Hashi suplexes, but Chase fights out of Head Buster to cravat knee smash! Chase mule kicks then hits a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up while both men are down again.
Chase watches Hashi and runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Then short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Chase is annoyed but he drags Hashi up. Chase fireman’s carries but Hashi fights free to waistlock. Chase switches, Hashi switches, repeat! They go around and around, Chase swings but Hashi ducks. Chase blocks the kick then ducks the spinning heel kick to SHINING WIZARD! Chase drags Hashi up, tucks him in, but Hashi fights the package driver and back drops free! Chase staggers to a corner, runs in, but Hashi blocks Shi Trigger to LARIAT! And fisherman and a flip to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!
Hashi hurries to get Chase up, half nelson and pump handle, but Chase turns that into a cradle! TWO!! Hashi CHOPS Chase and fires forearms! CHOP! Hashi runs but Chase SHI TRIGGERS! Chase fires up and so do the fans as he drags Hahsi back up. Chase reels Hashi in, says BANG, but Hashi arm-drags out of the package! Chase fires off strikes but Hashi SUPERKICKS! Chase rebounds but into Hashi’s LARIAT! Hashi drags Chase up, half nelson and pump handle, KARMA!! Cover, Hashi wins!
Winner: Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Chase earns 0)
No more #ChampionKiller for Chase here! The NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champion stands tall over the Texas Heavyweight Champion! Will this help Hashi and his trio #StayGold?
Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!
The Fierce Warrior fell to the Cold Skull but the Good Bad Guy is riding high off his win over the Rainmaker! Will Goto bring Tama back down? Or will the final around be Too Sweet, too?
The bell rings and the two circle. Tama runs but he stops himself, just keeping Goto on his toes. They approach, tie up, but Tama runs and Goto follows! Tama dodges and they stand off again. Tama takes off the vest to get serious and fans fire up. Goto and Tama feel out the grapple but Goto kicks low. Goto runs, Tama follows and runs Goto over, but Goto avoids the elbow drop. Goto headlocks, Tama powers out but Goto runs him over! Things keep moving, Goto turns hip toss into hip toss! Tama gets up and kicks back, puts Goto on ropes to whip, but Goto reverses, follows and LARIATS!
Goto drags Tama up to CLUB him, then whips him to ropes. Back elbow, cover, ONE! Goto clamps on with a chinlock! He digs his knee into Tama’s back but Tama pries at the hold. Goto digs an elbow into Tama’s head then drives it in! Goto stomps Tama, Jado coaches Tama up. Goto drags Tama up and suplexes but Tama slips out to waistlock. Goto throws elbows to get free, but Tama hurdles and hurdles and HAKU CHOPS! Tama stomps then drops an elbow! And then drops another elbow! And another! And another LEAPING elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Goto gets to a corner. Tama is after him with haymakers!
Tama back elbows again and again, then cravats to snapmare. Tama clubs away on Goto’s chest then drives an elbow into Goto’s head! Fans rally as Tama paces, and Tama wraps a chinlock on Goto now. Goto endures as Tama thrashes and cranks the hold. Goto fights up, throws elbows, and is free, but he runs into a SLEEPER! Goto reaches out but Tama keeps him from ropes. Tama squeezes tight, Goto pulls at Tama’s hair but the ref reprimands. Goto fights up to throw Tama, but Tama holds on and brings Goto down! Tama squeezes tighter on the sleeper as fans rally harder. Goto fights up, but Tama drags him down and has body scissors!
The ref checks as Goto fades but he gets a second wind! Goto fights out of the scissors, throws body shots, then RAMS Tama into a corner! Goto is free, but Tama runs in! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Both men are down and fans rally up while Jado coaches Tama. Goto gets up, runs at Tama in the corner, MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans are fired up and Goto takes aim, and he KICKS Tama in the chest! Jado shouts to Tama and Tama fires up, only to get another KICK! Tama gets up again, Goto KICKS again! And again! And again! Tama feeds off them then forearms back! Tama whips Goto to a corner but Goto comes back to run him over!
Tama bails out but Goto aims, only for Tama to drag him out and whip. Goto reverses and Tama hits railing! Goto POSTS Tama and Tama hits the floor! Goto digs his heel into Tama but the ref reprimands. Goto stops at 4, drags Tama up and CLUBS him on the neck. Tama flounders, Goto drags him back up and into the ring. Fans cheer as Goto fires up and climbs the corner. Tama stops Goto with forearms and haymakers! Tama climbs up now, Goto resists but Tama throws body shots. Goto hits back, they brawl up top and Goto headbutts Tama down! Goto adjusts but Tama GAMANGIRIS! Tama brings Goto out off the top, Goto fights, but Tama still hits the TONGAN TWIST!
Fans are still fired up as both men are down. Goto and Tama stagger up, Tama runs corner to corner to SPLASH! Tama keeps moving, Goto ducks and dodges but runs into a COMPLETE SHOT! Tama gets Goto back up, fireman’s carry, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Tama goes up top and aims, SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO! Goto survives but Jado tells Tama to keep focus. Tama watches Goto as fans reach a thunderous level! Tama drags Goto up, tucks him in, but Goto fights! Tama CLUBS and throws body shots, tries the lift but Goto powers up! Tama stops the back drop, clubs Goto more, but Goto fireman’s carries to USHIGOROSHI!
Tama and Goto go to opposite corners again. Tama runs in but Goto avoids the splash! Goto clotheslines from behind, then hoists Tama up top! DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Tama survives but Goto drags him up. Goto dragon sleepers but Tama fights back! Goto grabs the arm, spins Tama around for knee after knee, then URA GTR! Goto runs, to LARIAT Tama inside out! Both men are down again and fans reach a thunderous level! Goto fires up and drags Tama up. Goto powers up but Tama flops over! The ref checks on Tama and Jado coaches him up. Goto dares Tama to rise as he powers up again. BUZZ- NO! Tama blocks and GUN-
NO! Goto powers out and follows but Tama redirects! Goto redirects, Tama leaps but no Gun Stun! Goto powers out, fireman’s carries, but Tama slips out to a dragon sleeper! Goto spins it around so he has the dragon sleeper but Tama spins around to suplex! Goto fights that off, wrenches and HEADBUTTS! But Tama ENZIGURIS! Tama gets Goto up, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives that fast and furious exchange but Tama is fired up! Tama pounds the mat, fans rally behind him and Tama waits for Goto to rise. GUN- NO! Goto turns it to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, and GOTOSHIKI! Goto wins!!
Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tama earns 0)
The Fierce Warrior finds a way to win in the blink of an eye! Is it still too soon before the Good Bad Guy can stand on his own? Are the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions slowly gaining power in their own right?
Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe!
The Ace is 4-4 while the Holy Emperor is 2-6, both rather shocking records for these two champions. Will the IWGP US Champion use love and energy to finish above 500? Or will the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champion find a way to finish strong?
Miho helps Taichi with his things while Tanahashi shows off his muscles and fans cheer. Fans rally “Let’s Go, Ace!” at the bell and the two stare down. They slowly circle, tie up, and Tanahashi headlocks, but Taichi hits DANGOUERS SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!! OFF COME THE PANTS?! Already?! Taichi sits Tanahashi up to BUZZSAW! And then Taichi goes for the Alabama, but his bad ribs hold him back. Taichi runs to AX BOMBER! Taichi tries again, but he can’t maintain the Alabama! Tanahashi throws a body shot to the bad ribs! Fans fire up and Taichi staggers to a corner. Tanahashi shakes out the cobwebs and slowly gets up.
Tanahashi runs in but blocks a boot to throw a hard body shot! Taichi drops to his knees and Tanahashi stomps him down! Tanahashi stands on Taichi’s ribs at the ropes but the ref counts. Tanahashi lets off, drags Taichi by a leg and stomps it, then stomps Taichi’s bad ribs! Tanahashi drops down on the leg for a toehold but Taichi pulls at Tanahashi’s hair. The ref reprimands, Taichi endures, fans rally up and Tanahashi turns Taichi over. Tanahashi ties up the legs and fires up as he has the deathlock. Miho coaches Taichi as he endures, but Tanahashi drops back for a MUDA LOCK! Taichi claws at the chinlock and fans rally up harder!
Tanahashi pulls Taichi back, lets go of the chinlock but keeps on the legs. Fans rally, Taichi claws his way around but Tanahashi digs knuckles into his back! Tanahashi stands up and drops back to snap the deathlock! Taichi still endures, powers up and claws his way forward. Miho is there calling to him, and Taichi reaches out, but Tanahashi drops back again! Taichi still gets the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi undoes the leglock and fans fire up again. Tanahashi stalks Taichi but Taichi kicks back. Taichi gets up but Tanahashi blocks the kick. Taichi still kicks Tanahashi away, then kicks him again. Tanahashi eggs Taichi on and catches the next kick, to throw another body shot!
Taichi falls, fans rally and Tanahashi whips, only for Taichi to wrench and DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Fans fire up as both men are down. Taichi rises, sits Tanahashi up and gives him Kowata Kicks! Then he snapmares Tanahashi to KICK him in the back! Taichi wants Tanahashi to rise, BUZZSAW but Tanahashi ducks! Tanahashi throws another body shot, Taichi goes to a corner and Tanahashi runs in, but Taichi dodges to GAMAN- No! Tanahashi ducks, and he puts Taichi in the Tree of Woe! Tanahashi throws more body shots, the ref reprimands and counts. Tanahashi backs off, to dropkick Taichi down! Taichi falls out of the Tree and fans rally up.
Tanahashi goes to bring Taichi up but Taichi kicks him away! And again! Tanahashi keeps trying but Taichi KICKS him! Taichi eggs Tanahashi on now, then sobats! Tanahashi fires fast hands but Taichi GAMANGIRIS! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Taichi fires up and goes to the corner. He takes aim, TENSHO- But Tanahashi blocks to a DRAGON SCREW! Then he ties up the legs for the TEXAS CLOVER HOLD! Taichi endures and Miho shouts to him, but Tanahashi pulls back harder! Taichi grabs at the ref and slowly makes his way forward, to get the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go and fans are rallying, “Let’s Go, Ace!” “TA-I-CHI!”
Miho holds onto Taichi’s hand and one of the medics asks Taichi how he’s feeling. Taichi refuses to give up, so Tanahashi runs, SLING- NO, Taichi slips around, but he can’t get Tanahashi up in the saido! Taichi BOOTS, ducks and gets around, but Tanahashi slips out! Taichi BOOTS, DANG- SLINGBLADE! But Taichi’s right up?! DANGEROUS SAIDO!! But Tanahashi is right up, too, into TENSHO JUJIHO!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous!! Taichi crawls to the cover, TWO!! The Ace survives but the Holy Emperor grits his teeth and fights through the pain. Taichi strikes a three point stance in the corner, but runs into a SHOTEI!
Taichi comes back with a HARD RIGHT ELBOW! Taichi roars and fans are thunderous again! Taichi drags Tanahashi up and manages the the Alabama! But Tanahashi fights free to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, to SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi goes right up top, to HIGH FLY ATTACK! And then he goes right back to the corner, for the HIGH FLY FLOP!! TAICHI SHIKI GEDO CLUTCH! TAICHI WINS!!
Winner: Taichi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tanahashi earns 0)
Now that’s how you finish strong! Taichi found a way to power through and he trumped The Ace! Will this Dangerous Tekker look to take the IWGP US Championship from Tanahashi in the future?
SANADA VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
So what if these two are out of the running? This is about pride, and the past that was thrown away in betrayal! Will the Cold Skull bring a Skull End to his former tag partner? Or will Darkness Fall when Everything is Evil?
The bell rings and fans rally up for “SA-NA-DA!” Evil gets annoyed and bails out. Evil gets a mic from the timekeeper, and says that Sanada isn’t worth his time! Evil rings the bell? He’s trying to make this a no contest as he and Dick leave! But Sanada pursues and CLUBS Evil down! Sanada puts Evil back in the ring, and rings the bell again as if to say the match is back on! But Evil kicks and whips Sanada on the return, only for Sanada to duck and dodge and dropkick the leg, to then dropkick Evil out of the ring! But Sanada goes up top just as Evil tries to turn the corner for the ramp! Dick distracts Sanada and Evil slides in to CLAW Sanada’s back!
Evil CLAWS Sanada at the ropes, and then again in the corner! The ref reprimands, Evil tell shim to shut up, but Sanada whips Evil corner to corner. Dick undoes the buckle pad behind Evil’s back, Sanada runs in but Evil takes the pad away! Sanada hits bare buckles and the ref reprimands Evil. Evil throws the pad away to then choke Sanada with his House of Torture shirt! The ref reprimands, Evil lets off and kicks Sanada out of the ring. Evil drags Sanada up, has media clear out and whips Sanada into railing! Evil brings chairs out from under the ring while Dick distracts the ref! Evil JAMS Sanada with the chair, wraps the chair around his head and HOME RUN!
Takagi is on commentary and he argues that wasn’t even close, but Evil tells him to shut up. Evil leaves the chair behind, goes into the ring and the ring count begins. Fans rally up for “SA-NA-DA!” but the count is already past 10 of 20. It gets to 15 before Sanada sits up, and he staggers into the ring at 17. Evil covers, TWO! Evil argues with the ref but the count was fair. Evil drags Sanada up, Sanada throws forearms! Evil knees low, throws Sanada back out, and Dick ROCKS Sanada! Dick puts Sanada back in, Evil covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! A third try, TWO! Evil is frustrated but fans fire up for Sanada. Evil stands on Sanada’s face and taunts him.
Evil gives Sanada toying kicks and even stands on Sanada’s head again. Sanada gets up to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Evil rakes Sanada’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Evil reels Sanada in but Sanada blocks the suplex. Evil keeps trying, but Sanada turns it into his own suplex! Both men are down but fans rally up again. Sanada kips up and goes to a corner. Sanada runs and rallies on Evil with forearms, arm-drag and atomic drop! Evil springs off into buckles, then Sanada trips Evil up to put him in Paradise! Dick gets on the apron but Sanada slingshots him into the ring! Dick wants mercy but instead gets Paradise! Fans fire up for Sanada more as he puts Evil and Dick side by side!
Sanada encourages the fans to get louder and they oblige. Sanada then runs to DOUBLE DROPKICK Evil and Dick out of Paradise! Cover, TWO! Fans rally harder than ever and Sanada drags Evil up. Evil blocks the fireman’s carry to throw elbows, but Sanada blocks and gives the foot to the ref! Sanada dropkicks Evil down! Evil bails out after tasting some of his own medicine, and Sanada aims to PLANCHA! Evil gets clear and RAMS Sanada into the timekeeper! Down goes Abe-san! Will Evil ever stop targeting him? Fans rally up for “SA-NA-DA! while he and Evil are both down on the outside. The ref checks on both men but they’re stirring as the Young Lions help Abe-san.
Evil gets in the ring but then goes back after Evil! He puts on the SHARPSHOOTER as the ring count climbs! Dick taunts Sanada, Evil lets off at 10. Sanada grits his teeth and Evil distracts the ref from seeing Dick trip Sanada up! The count is 18, but Sanada springs up and in at 19.5! Evil is furious and he drags Sanada up for a fireman’s carry. DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and Evil is arguing the count! The count was fair and fans are thunderous for “SA-NA-DA!” Evil slashes his throat and drags Sanada up. Evil spins him around but Sanada fights the STO off! Evil kicks low, whips but Sanada stops himself and then sends Evil into bare buckles! BIG back suplex!
Fans fire up again as both men crawl for corners. Evil drags himself up, as does Sanada. Sanada runs in but Evil BOOTS him! Evil runs in but Sanada fireman’s carries! Evil slips off to a waistlock but Sanada elbows free. Sanada runs, avoids Evil’s lariat from the corner, then goes up, out and springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK Evil down! Sanada fireman’s carries to a TKO! Cover, TWO! Sanada goes to the corner but Dick has a chair! He throws it at Sanada and the ref sees that! They argue, Sanada puts the chair down and dropkicks Dick! Then he still catches Evil for a fireman’s carry to dragon sleeper! SKULL END!
Evil endures while caught in the body scissors! Fans rally hard as ever, Evil grabs at the ref but he’s fading! Sanada lets Evil go to go to the corner! ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees! Evil saves himself and fans rally up again! Sanada sits up first, then brings Evil up. Sanada EuroUppers but Evil stays on his feet! Sanada throws another EuroUpper and Evil drops to his knees! Sanada stands Evil up so he can EuroUpper him again! Evil flounders against ropes and flops back down. Sanada eggs Evil on, Evil gets up and fakes the chop to rake the eyes! The ref reprimands, Evil tells him to shut up, and he stands Sanada up, but Sanada ROLLING SOBATS!
Sanada runs, Evil uses the ref as a shield, then kicks Sanada low. Evil gets Sanada up and uses the ref again, but the ref lets Sanada down, no Magic Killer! Sanada kicks but Evil blocks, and THROWS the foot into the ref! The ref goes down and Dick gets in, he and Evil still fail to Magic Killer! Wait, Sanada puts Evil on Dick’s shoulder, NOW MAGIC KILLER! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up as Sanada dragon sleepers for the SKULL SWING! But Evil grabs at the ref to LOW BLOW! And then EVERY- NO! Sanada shoves Evil at the ref and then LOW BLOWS in return! O’Conner Roll BRIDGE! Dick drags the ref out!! Sanada would’ve won! But Dick gets his SPOILER CHOKER!!
Sanada fights it off! Sanada arm-drags Dick, ducks Evil’s chair shot, it’s hot potato with the chair and Dick gets caught with it! Sanada dropkicks the chair into Dick! The ref is busy with Dick, Evil THROWS the other chair at Sanada’s head! EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Evil wins!!
Winner: Evil, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Sanada earns 0)
And now Evil uses the SPOILER CHOKER to torment Sanada! Young Lions gets in and stop Evil, but the damage is done! And he talks trash to Takagi on his way out, too. Is this how little those days in Los Ingobernables de Japon mean to him? Will Evil use this last win in the G1 as momentum on to something big down the line?
Kazuchika Okada VS Jeff Cobb!
Here it is! The main event of the ninth and final round that determines it all! Kota Ibushi is already making history from the A Block, will the United Empire’s Hulk do the same by going in with a spotless record? Or will Okada make it rain into the G1 finals?
The bell rings and fans rally up already. Cobb rushes in but Okada dodges to fire off forearms! Cobb shoves him away, Okada comes back to ROCK Cobb! Okada runs to forearm again, then runs, but into a LARIAT! Cobb gets Okada up, whips and scoops him, but Okada frantically fights free! Cobb throws a hard body shot and Okada ends up in a corner, Cobb runs in and SPLASHES! But Okada turns that into an Alabama for a REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Fans rally up, “O-KA-DA!” “JEFF COBBU!” as Okada goes to the far corner. Okada watches Cobb stand up and clutches his neck. Okada resets and the two circle.
Cobb kicks low, whips again but Okada reverses and BOOTS! Okada snapmares Cobb, runs and basement dropkicks! Cobb sits up in a daze but Okada takes a moment to catch his breath before bringing Cobb up. Okada turns Cobb for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE! Fans still rally as Okada clamps on a chinlock and grinds Cobb down. Cobb endures, pries at the hold, stands up and throws elbows. Okada CLUBS Cobb on the back, whips him but Cobb holds ropes to block. Okada throws forearms, whips but Cobb reverses. Cobb dodges Okada’s elbow to come back and CLOBBER Okada with an elbow! Fans fire up as both men are down.
Cobb storms over to Okada, turns him over and jumps onto his back! Cobb surfs on Okada with his own Rainmaker pose! Cobb hops off, Okada bails out and Cobb goes out to pursue. Cobb stands Okada up to ROCK him with a right. Cobb then stands Okada up to ROCK him in the back! Now Cobb stands on Okada at the railing and also points to Takagi. Cobb goes back to the ring and fans rally up as Okada is down on the ground. A ring count starts, and it reaches 10 before Okada sits up. Okada stands at 12 and gets in the ring, but Cobb is right on him with a CHOP LARIAT in the corner! And another! And another!
Okada sits down, Cobb drags him back up and brings him around to suplex. Cobb walks around with Okada for a count of 10 before he TOSSES Okada! Cover, TWO! Cobb’s a bit surprised by that but fans keep rallying. Cobb drags Okada up, clinches and Belly2Belly suplexes! Cobb holds on to Belly2Belly again! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Okada survives but Cobb claims it is “JEFF COBBU!” Cobb JAMS his knee into Okada’s back, and again, then uppercuts him in the back! Cover, TWO! Okada throws body shots and forearms but Cobb headbutts! Okada stays up so Cobb RAMS him into a corner! And takes him corner to corner, and back again!
Cobb picks Okada up for a RUNNING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT FLOPS as Okada narrowly avoids it! Fans rally up as Okada brings Cobb over. Cobb knees low, runs, but Okada FLAPJACKS! Fans rally up again and Okada dares Cobb to get up. Okada throws forearm after forearm, then whips. Cobb reverses, Okada ducks and dodges and CLOBBERS Cobb with an elbow! Okada whips Cobb to the corner, runs in and back elbows! Okada then kicks low and hits the DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up harder and Okada drags Cobb up to wrench and MONEY CLIP! Cobb RAMS Okada into the corner and is free!
Cobb runs back in but Okada dodges! Okada puts Cobb up top to dropkick him to the floor! Fans fire up and Okada aims. PLANCHA, but Cobb catches him! And pops him up, but Okada sips out to kick and- NO! NORTHERN LIGHTS! Both men are down and the ring count starts. Cobb gets up at 7, takes a moment to bring Okada up, and puts him in at 14. Okada get sup, Cobb kicks, EuroUppers and DROPKICKS! Okada goes to a corner, Cobb runs in and back elbows! Cobb scoops and runs but Okada slips off to waistlock. Cobb elbows free, runs but is sent through ropes! Okada runs in but into a shoulder! He comes back to SHOTGUN Cobb off the apron!
Cobb slowly gets up, Okada builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and down goes Cobb! Fans are thunderous nd rally up as both men stir with the new ring count. Okada drags Cobb up and puts him in at 10 of 20. Okada then climbs a corner and watches Cobb stand. MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Okada drags Cobb up to scoop and SLAM! Standard formula, Okada goes to the corner and climbs up. MACHO ELBOW DROP! And now, Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Cobb up, ripcords but Cobb reels Okada in for an ATHLETIC PLEX! Both men are down again and fans rally back up!
Cobb hobbles over, drags Okada up, scoops him and RAMS him into a corner! OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Okada survives being smashed but Cobb drags him up. Cobb whips, Okada holds ropes and then boots back! Okada blocks the superkick to ripcord, but Cobb gets around, SNAP GERMAN! Cobb hurries to whip Okada again, scoops him, TOUR OF- NO! Okada slips out to gut wrench! But Cobb’s weight tips things in his favor! TOMBSTONE! But Cobb holds on to bring Okada back up, SPINNING TOMBSTONE! But Cobb can’t make the cover, and fans are thunderous again!
Cobb copies the Rainmaker, he’s the #Tourmaker! Cobb ripcords and reels Okada in, but Okada slips out! ROLLING LARIAT! Fans rally up and Okada crawls over to get the wrist. Okada drags Cobb up and brings him around, but Cobb BOOTS! Okada hold son so Cobb BOOTS again! And again! Cobb ducks the lariat but Okada dropkicks him down! MONEY CLIP! Cobb fights to stay up, Okada keeps him from ropes, then gut wrenches to SPINNING TOMBSTONE!! Okada drag Cobb back up to the MONEY CLIP!! Cobb endures, scoots around, reaches out, but Okada drags him from ropes! Cobb gets up but Okada turns him for the back2backbreaker!
But Cobb rolls off! Cobb reels Okada in to a backslide but Okada rolls through, and ducks the lariat to backslide Cobb! Cobb rolls off and HEADBUTTS Okada down!! Cobb gets Okada up to whip and scoop, TOUR OF- NO! Okada slips off, ripcord but Cobb ducks to ripcord Okada! Okada back drops and sits for a cover, TWO!!! Okada gets to a corner, fans are thunderous, and Cobb runs in, but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! Cobb fights that to powerbomb lift, but Okada fights and gets to the top rope. Okada kicks Cobb but Cobb DROPKICKS Okada! Okada tumbles into a Tree of Woe position! Red Shoes hurries to help Okada and Okada gets down to the apron.
Cobb goes to the corner as fans rally back up. Cobb drags Okada up, and deadlifts him to the top! Okada throws body shots and forearms to knock Cobb down, but Cobb HEADBUTT UPPERCUTS! Cobb climbs back up, brings Okada up, SUPER DDT?!?! Okada turns things around on Cobb at the very last second!! Cobb is dazed, Okada grits his teeth and fans are electric! Okada roars, drags Cobb back up and ripcords, but Cobb gets around again! Okada elbows away to get free, and he goes to gut wrench. Cobb gut wrenches instead, pops Okada up, but Okada slips out of the Tour to DROPKICK again! But Cobb’s right up?! He runs into Okada’s SIT-DOWN TOMBSTONE!!
Okada drags Cobb back up, RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Cobb earns 0)
And Okada is heading to the finals!! His win may be the only loss on Cobb’s G1 record, but it is the most important loss! And now we have our finals set as Ibushi VS Okada! Okada takes a moment then gets the mic. “BUDOKAN~! Tomorrow, this record setting hot Autumn will come to a close. It’s not important what I say right now, tomorrow is winner takes all. So for now, let’s end it here. Go home, wash your hands, gargle. After work, come right back here, and enjoy the G1 Climax FINALE! Thank you for your enthusiasm today! I’m going to make it rain on this G1 Climax!” A straightforward message with a straightforward mission! Will Okada stop the Golden Star from having his threepeat?
Here are the FINAL B Block standings!
Kazuchika Okada: 8-1, 16 points [Heading to G1 Climax 31 Finals]
Jeff Cobb: 8-1, 16 points [ELIMINATED]
EVIL: 7-2, 14 points [ELIMINATED]
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
SANADA: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Hirooki Goto: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Tama Tonga: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Taichi: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Chase Owens: 2-7, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Another great round for the G1 Climax, with even the matches that have no effect on the outcome being a lot of fun. Fans really got into Goto VS Tama and that was a very good match with things fast and furious right from the start. Tanahashi VS Taichi was also great stuff, and it felt really big for Taichi to win. Evil wanting to just skip his match with Sanada was a great little character bit, and I’m surprised Evil won after that. I suppose Sanada still isn’t ready to be a singles guy in the eyes of NJPW management.
And of course, Okada VS Cobb was awesome stuff, and I really thought Cobb had it at a few different moments. I personally thought the history of Ibushi’s fourth finals in a row and Cobb going in undefeated in the block would’ve really made the finals huge on its own, but I suppose that’s too big even for the G1. Ibushi VS Okada is still going to be awesome stuff, and with it being Ibushi VS Okada, it really could go either way.
My Score: 9.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (10/20/21)
Another Best Of!
Another three hours of fan favorites!
AEW continues reliving its best and most beloved matches from Dark and Dark: Elevation! Will one of yours make the cut?
- Matt Sydal VS PAC w/ Lucha Brothers; Pac wins.
- Darby Allin VS CIMA; Darby wins.
- Strong Hearts & Private Party VS The Young Bucks & The Rhodes Brothers w/ Brandi Rhodes & MJF; The Bucks & the Rhodes win.
- Brian Pillman Jr. VS Eddie Kingston; Kingston wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki & Riho VS Britt Baker & Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian; Baker & Ford win.
- The Factory VS Matt Sydal & Dante Martin; Sydal & Martin win.
- Six Man Tag: Chaos Project & Max Caster VS Jurassic Express; Jurassic Express wins.
- Mixed Tag Match: Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford VS Kenny Omega & Riho; Omega & Riho win.
- Six Man Tag: Chaos Project & Ricky Shane Page VS Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston & Darby Allin w/ Sting; Moxley, Kingston & Allin win.
- 8 Man Tag: The Lucha Brothers, The Butcher & The Blade VS Private Party & SoCal Uncensored; The Lucha Brothers, Butcher & Blade win.
- Falls Count Anywhere: Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Joey Janela; Janela wins.
- Brandon Cutler & Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates VS The Young Bucks; The Young Bucks win.
- Six Man Tag: Danny Limelight & The Sydal Brothers VS Kenny Omega, Konosuke Takeshita & Michael Nakazawa; Omega, Takeshita & Nakazawa win.
Honestly, a lot of the first special got a lot of good ones, I’m not sure what’s left.
It’s always kind of a trip to look back even just a couple years in pro-wrestling. I forgot there was a time when Cody interacted with the rest of The Elite. Honestly, that 8 Man was a lot of fun, I wonder if we’ll ever get interactions between the Elite and Nightmare Family again. And I forgot one of Penelope’s earliest matches in AEW was such a great one with her, Britt, Riho & Yuka. I should’ve also remembered about the Cruise of Jericho having Dark matches. Also I forgot Caster had such a bad mustache when he first showed up. And I forgot how rough that Falls Count Anywhere got, like the table spot where Kip and Penelope don’t break the table but just bounce off it.
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