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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (8/13/19)

The Big Dog is confronted by the Best Kept Secret!

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It’s the SmackDown After SummerSlam!

But Kofimania is only the W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~ because he refused to let up on The Viper. Will Randy Orton have grounds for a rematch? And what happens when Buddy Murphy confronts Roman Reigns over the beatings he’s been taking?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ember Moon VS Charlotte Flair; Flair wins.
  • Roman Reigns VS Buddy Murphy; Reigns wins.
  • Kevin Owens VS Samoa Joe; Joe wins.
  • The New Day VS The Revival; changed to…
  • Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Randy Orton & The Revival; Orton & The Revival win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Kevin Owens is still here!

And that’s because he beat the “Best in the World” to keep his job! Everyone in Toronto cheers for his triumph, and Kevin himself feels pretty good about it. He picks up a mic as fans chant his name. Kevin takes in the moment before speaking.

“Yesterday marked the five-year anniversary of the day I signed my WWE contract.” And over those five years, Kevin has created unforgettable memories and had amazing experiences. He stepped foot in the ring with people he looked up to his entire life, and against some of the absolute best in the business. Sunday, he was in the ring with someone who thinks he’s the Best in the World. That is as far from reality as possible, but SummerSlam will still be a night Kevin remembers forever. For one, his entire family was there to watch and be part of the experience. They got to share seeing a sold out arena begging Kevin to kick Shane McMahon’s ass! And the best part, that’s what he did! In fact, Shane’s ass isn’t the only thing Kevin kicked. But what Kevin remembers most is giving Shane that Stunner in the middle of the ring. The fans will be why he remembers it for the rest of his life!

Now with that done, Kevin sets his sights on something else: The King of the Ring 2019! Kevin said it before and will say it again: he’s been a WWE fan for life. The KOTR was his favorite thing, so he is thrilled to have it back and to be even just one of the competitors! Winning KOTR would mean as much to him as winning any of those titles. Look at the list of winners over the years! Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Edge, Bret Hart, OWEN Hart, and many more! Kevin wants to be on that same list! But here comes Shane… Fans boo and Kevin falls to his knees. “Why?” Shane says this is all nice for Kevin as he enjoys the “tainted” victory and announcing how he’ll move forward. Shane is here to speak, but the fans call Shane “A**hole!” But Shane says they shouldn’t say that to Kevin. He has footage of the low blow from SummerSlam. Fans cheer seeing it again! “You Deserve It!”

“Is that what you call ‘competition,’ Kevin?” Is that what makes Kevin a man? If Kevin is going to be lectured about being a man, it won’t be from the leader of the Mean Street Posse. Being a man is doing what it takes to win when your life depends on it! And standing up for what you believe in! But when it comes to this situation, being a man just means shutting Shane’s stupid face. Shane says Kevin is no man, he is a low life and will always be a cheater. Kevin will have to go through life like that. Shane is so upset, really. HE shouldn’t even be looking at Kevin, Kevin should be looking for a new job. But Shane is getting heated enough to fight Kevin again. Is that so? Well Kevin’s got his “fighting boots” on! Shane says he’s holding himself back, eh won’t “soil” his hands. But Kevin does have a match tonight. Bring it! Shane will let Kevin know who he’s up against later.

But this is some serious talk. There is more footage, as to what Kevin did to Elias. The chair shots on the “special enforcer” were thunderous and frequent. Shane gives Elias the night off so he doesn’t even have to worry about his 24/7 Championship being taken. But think about what you just did, Kevin. Kevin was attacking Elias, but what was Elias wearing? A WWE referee uniform. Elias was therefore an official for that match. And as competitors, they can’t be attacking officials, no matter what. Ever! So in order to keep officials safe, Kevin will face repercussions. In US dollars, Kevin is fined ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND! Fans boo and Kevin is furious! This is a joke! That might be nothing to Shane, like a new car or something, but for Kevin, it’s his kids’ college and a down payment on a house. If Shane is a man, then reconsider this “crap!” Shane’s response: “NOPE!” Shane may not have taken Kevin’s job, but he’s going to ruin Kevin’s life. And who is Kevin even facing later tonight?

 

Kevin finds Shane’s office.

He barges in and Shane gets off the phone. Shane wants Kevin to keep calm, he is an official right now. If 100,000 is a lot, if Kevin hits Shane and he’ll sue Kevin into the ground. “It had to be done.” It was an official. This is to set an example. Fine, make it 105! He smashes Shane’s screen with his end table! Shane smirks because he’s getting to Kevin, but is Shane going to push Kevin too far?

 

Ember Moon VS Charlotte Flair!

The War Goddess failed to Eclipse Bayley and take the SmackDown Women’s Championship while The Queen of ALL Eras proved she is even greater than the great Trish Stratus! But with Clash of Champions on the horizon and the Huggable One needing another challenger, will this match go a long way to determining a contender?

The bell rings and Toronto echoes with “WOO~!” as Charlotte and Ember tie up. Charlotte wristlocks and wrenches, but Ember handsprings and reverses. Charlotte pulls hair and throws Ember down! Charlotte gets a headlock and grinds Ember to the mat. Fans rally and duel, and Ember powers out. Charlotte bumps her but Ember stays up. They two stare down and Ember blocks a forearm to give a forearm. Charlotte resists the waistlock and elbows out hard! Charlotte looms over Ember and posts, but Ember kicks her. Ember speeds things up, hurdles and goes perpendicular to headsicssor and dropkick Charlotte down! Ember is on Charlotte with a whip but Charlotte holds on. Charlotte breaks free and bails out, but Ember glares. Ember dares Charlotte to come back but Charlotte won’t.

Fans duel hard, and Charlotte encourages them to get loud. She keeps trolling Ember, and then wants the fans to get louder. Ember runs in but Charlotte baited her into a forearm! But then Ember comes back with a dropkick! Charlotte steadies herself and Ember builds speed again, to go from corner to OUTSIDE! The crossbody takes Charlotte down and Ember is fired up! Ember brings Charlotte up and in then covers, ONE! Charlotte bails out again but Ember gives chase. Ember clobbers her at the barriers but Charlotte hits back. Charlotte rams Ember into the LED apron then throws her into the barrier! SmackDown goes picture in picture as Charlotte soaks up the heat.

Charlotte toys with Ember and puts her in the ring. Charlotte takes her time stalking Ember, and bumps her off buckles. She whips but Ember reverses to then handspring forearm smash! Ember scoops Charlotte but Charlotte’s too tall for that. Charlotte slips off to forearm Ember down, then stomp her down for good measure! The Queen gloats again before stomping Ember more. Charlotte drags Ember up for a scoop, into a dragon sleeper! She pulls back and Ember flails, only for Charlotte to add a backbreaker. Charlotte keeps hold of Ember, but Ember endures as she reaches. Charlotte drops down for another backbreaker, then holds Ember there. Ember knees free! But Charlotte elbows Ember down! Charlotte grins as she drags Ember up to forearm her in the head. Ember gets mad, but Charlotte scoops her for the Exploder! Is that Charlotte doing Tranquilo?

Charlotte kips up to style, profile and CHOP Ember! And another CHOP! Ember ducks the third but not the kick. Charlotte back suplexes but Ember lands on her feet to kick. Charlotte blocks and spins, but Ember tilt-o-whirls around to a sunset flip! Cover, TWO! Charlotte kicks Ember’s legs out, and takes a moment to catch her breath. Charlotte stomps away on Ember in a corner, then puts her leg on the ropes. Charlotte springboards but Ember avoids the knee drop! Ember forearms Charlotte down from the apron, but Charlotte kicks Ember’s legs out! Ember clutches that knee but Charlotte just catches her breath again. SmackDown returns to single picture as Charlotte goes out to fetch Ember.

The ring count passes 5 but Charlotte puts Ember in. Charlotte stomps Ember down and wants that leg. She knees away on the hamstring, but Ember kicks with the good leg. But Charlotte stomps Ember down, then turns her for a Boston Crab! Ember endures being bent back, and claws at the mat. Ember gains some ground, and gets the ropebreak, but only for a second! Charlotte jams the knee between her legs! Ember writhes but Charlotte “WOO~” to then springboard sit-down on the leg. Charlotte tries again but Ember gets out of the way! Ember kicks from the mat! Charlotte CHOPS again but Ember European Uppercuts back! Ember uses the ropes for help in the dropkick! Then she avoids the boot to mule kick, front kick and knee away on Charlotte’s chest! ROLLING ELBOW! Ember fires up and runs to BOOT Charlotte back down! Cover, TWO!

Charlotte flounders to a corner while Ember gets her bad leg moving. Ember runs in but misses in the corner. Charlotte scoops Ember again but Ember slips out. The leg jams but she still hops up for a flying code breaker! Cover, TWO!! Ember is frustrated, clutching that bad leg. She heads up top, but is slow with the bad leg. Charlotte grabs her and yanks her down by her hair! Then runs in, but spears buckles! Cover from Ember, TWO!! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte still lives and Ember is getting mad. She clubs away on Charlotte but Charlotte hits back. SUPERKICK, then run, but into a BOOT! Charlotte has the leg, spins through, FIGURE FOUR! Figure EIGHT! Ember taps, Charlotte wins!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission

The Queen of All Eras keeps on winning! Will she once again rise to challenge for the throne? Are we just weeks away from #Charlotte10Times?

 

Daniel Bryan and Rowan are here!

And naturally, given recent events, they are the new prime suspects in the mystery of Roman Reigns’ mystery attacker, or perhaps attackers. Buddy Murphy Bryan stands on stage with a mic, and says, “There is no question no there is someone out to get Roman Reigns. But we had nothing to do with the car accident and we had nothing to do with the horrific backstage accident.” Despite what Buddy Murphy said, Bryan and Rowan had nothing to do with it! Buddy Murphy is a liar. But Bryan doesn’t blame Murphy for thinking so. Because anyone would’ve lied under that kind of pressure from Roman Reigns! Bryan doesn’t blame Murphy for caving. He had to give a name. The problem is, he gave the wrong name. But Toronto is convinced, “It was you!” So they all think he did it!? “YES! YES! YES!”

This is what is wrong with the WWE Universe. This is what is wrong with society. “Somebody tells a lie, it gets spread on social media, and all of a sudden, it becomes the truth!” Sorry to disappoint! But they still had nothing to do with any of the incidents. And they will prove it! But how?

 

Shane looks at his smashed TV.

But someone visits. Samantha interviews him on who Kevin’s opponent will be tonight. Well for Kevin throwing a temper tantrum… Oh, Samoa Joe walks in. Joe sees Kevin thinks he’s Billy Badass, so maybe Joe will show everyone the only badass is him. Shane likes it! This man will teach Kevin the lesson that he must respect authority. The match is mad, will Kevin survive Joe to make it to King of the Ring?!

 

Aleister Black speaks.

“I wonder whose got a debt to pay. I wonder who will pay the boatman’s toll, and look their inner demons in their eyes and say, ‘I am done!'” For we all must pay a debt. And Aleister’s shall be paid in his self-inflicted anguish. “For such is my burden. For such is my sin.” But in due time, Aleister finds an end for any man in the locker room and himself. All they have to do is knock… knock… knock. Who knocks on Aleister’s door looking for a fight?

 

Roman Reigns VS Buddy Murphy!

Regardless of what Daniel Bryan said, and regardless of what Big Red Rowan did on Sunday, the Australian Juggernaut wants to get back at the Big Dog for the bad cop routine last week. Will Best Kept Secret make an impact in Roman’s Yard? Or will Murphy regret standing up for himself?

The bell rings and Roman stares down with Murphy. They circle and tie up, and Roman powers Murphy to a corner. Roman lets off and Murphy smirks as he pie faces Roman. Roman uppercuts Murphy HARD! Roman then tosses Murphy, only for Murphy to come back with the knee trigger! Cover, TWO! Murphy has Roman rocked and in a corner. Murphy stomps away but the ref pulls him off. Roman bails out but Murphy follows him out to throw him into barriers. Murphy throws haymakers as fans duel. Murphy throws Roman into barriers again and Roman gasps for air. Murphy keeps up with throwing Roman into barriers, then bumps him off the announce desk. Murphy returns to the ring to refresh the count, but goes out to get another uppercut!

Roman TOSSES Murphy over the announce desk! Murphy hits the floor while Roman catches his breath. Roman fetches Murphy and brings him back to the ring. Roman sees Murphy slump out the side, so he comes around as fans duel. He misses the Drive-By! Murphy rams Roman into steel steps! Murphy hops up those steps to leap, meteora to the floor! Roman writhes and is on the defensive as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Murphy has Roman in a chinlock. Roman endures and fights his way up while fans duel. Roman backs Murphy into buckles but Murphy holds on. Roman tries again, but Murphy still has him. The third time, Murphy uses it to throw Roman into buckles. But Murphy misses a splash and Roman rolls him up! TWO, deadlift powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Murphy survives, but both he and Roman are down. Fans rally up and the two men sit up. Roman heads for Murphy but Murphy punches first. Roman hits back, but Murphy does, too. They go back and forth and Roman ROCKS Murphy! Roman then blocks Murphy to rally with lariats! Roman whips but Murphy reveres, only to get the leaping lariat! Murphy gets to a corner but he gets those point-blank clotheslines! All 10! And then Roman runs, to BOOT Murphy back down!

Roman is feeling it, and he goes to a corner. He locks ‘n’ loads, then runs, but Murphy dodges! Roman elbows Murphy away, but misses in the corner to get the post! Murphy rolls Roan and feet on ropes! TWO!! Roman runs at Murphy but is dumped out instead! Murphy wrecks with a dropkick, then builds speed, to FLY! The Juggernaut topples Roman over! “This is Awesome!” as Murphy gets Roman up and into the ring at 6. Murphy wants this the clean way, and climbs up high. He leaps, another meteora! Cover, TWO!! Murphy and Roman are down again, exhausted from the action so far. Roman gasps for air as he sits up. Murphy is on him first, and he lets off a strike fest! He stomps Roman’s foot then thrusts the knee, bout Roman comes back with a BIG uppercut! SUPERKICK from Murphy! Rebound, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!!

Roman is shocked but Murphy wasn’t a dominant Cruiserweight Champion for nothing! But Roman pumps himself up, because he isn’t a Grand Slam Champion for nothing. He aims from the corner, “OOAH!” And runs, into a kick! KNEE TRIGGER! AUSSIE-GOYE! BRAIN BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Roman survives and Murphy is in shock! Murphy drags Roman to a drop zone and climbs but Roman trips him up! Murphy still fights back, only for Roman to uppercut him off the top! Murphy hits barriers, Roman comes by for a FLYING SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman puts Murphy in, FLIPPING SPEAR!! Cover, Roman wins!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall

The Big Dog just learned what the Best Kept Secret is about, but he still comes out on top! Will Roman have this and more in store for whoever it is after him?

 

Backstage interview with The Revival.

Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder are after The New Day because after seeing what happened on Raw, those mindless 24/7 Championship wannabes, the #TopGuys became co-champions. But such a thing was a slap in the face to tag team wrestling. And the reason it happened at all is because the division has become a joke, thanks to the “pancake pushing, video game playing, class clowns of the WWE,” The New Day. The same guys who are supposed to be the foundation of this division! So the Revival will remind The New Day why they’ve never beaten them. And that will be the “punchline” for tonight. Will Dash & Dawson jump ship and earn title shots against the SmackDown Tag Team Champions?

 

The New Day talk it out.

Xavier Woods is disappointed he didn’t get to be in KOTR 2019. He’s always the king to them. But what do they say to The Revival saying the New Day has “ruined” tag team wrestling in the WWE? They have not ruined a thing! Well, maybe some things. Like that time they ruined dinner. Or that they ruined Christmas by opening gifts early. And that adult circumcision… But NEVER tag team wrestling! They handle their business. Like Kofi has handled business against that “scheming” Randy Orton. Then why did Kofi go off with that kendo stick? People think he overreacted, but when the “Legend Killer” or “Apex Predator” or “Viper” glares at your family, that’s crossing the line. So Kofi would do it all again! #FamilyFirst. And that includes his brothers tonight against the Revival as they prove why they’re the W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~! New Day is fired up, but will that fire be put out against the #TopGuys?

 

Kevin Owens VS Samoa Joe!

The Prizefighter fought to keep his job, but now he’s losing money because of Shane’s grudge. And the Samoan Submission Machine is willing to do Shane a favor by showing Kevin what it really means to be a manly badass in the WWE. With King of the Ring just a week away, who gains major momentum towards the SmackDown side of things?

But wait, there is a special enforcer appointed by Shane O’Mac. It’s Elias?! He said he wasn’t feeling like coming to SmackDown tonight! Seems that was just a lie. And of course, the WWE 24/7 Championship is put on pause now. Elias takes his position, and the bell rings, for Kevin to dropkick Joe right away! Kevin fires off on Joe in the corner, taking his anger out on him. But Joe turns things around to throw furious hands and headbutts back. Kevin clotheslines out of the corner! Kevin shouts at Elias but he goes back to Joe, but Joe bails out of the corner. Kevin aims from the apron, but Elias stands in his way. Then Joe sweeps Kevin’s legs! Joe puts Kevin in as SmackDown goes picture in picture.

Joe stomps away on Kevin, circling like a shark. Kevin CHOPS back on Joe, then throws haymakers. He whips but Joe reverses to run Kevin over with an elbow. Elias approves as Joe chokes Kevin on the ropes. The ref counts but Joe lets up at 4. Elias argues with the ref but the ref still reprimands Joe. Kevin kicks back and throws hands from the corner. Joe headbutts Kevin down, then brings Kevin up to CHOP! Kevin still punches back, but Joe rocks him with a right! Joe snapmares Kevin to a neck wrench. Joe traps an arm but Kevin works to fight out of the hold. SmackDown returns to single picture and Kevin frees his arm. Fans rally up and Kevin pulls Joe’s hair. Kevin frees himself and punches Joe back. Joe CHOPS Kevin again, but Kevin CHOPS back! Joe headbutts Kevin down, and Elias mockingly checks on Kevin.

Joe runs in but gets elbows and boots from Kevin. Kevin hops up and missile dropkicks JOe down! Fans fire up as Kevin drops a back senton! Cover, TWO! Kevin keeps his cool as he gets to ropes. He whips Joe but Joe blocks the pop-up to JAB Kevin back. Joe runs but misses in the corner. Kevin runs in but gets thrown down by the urenage! Cover, TWO! Joe glares as he looms over Kevin. Joe drags Kevin up to the top rope, then climbs up to join him. Kevin resists and throws body shots back. Kevin punches Joe down and then adjusts, for the SWANTON! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives and Elias is relieved, but Kevin won’t stop. Kevin waits for JOe to stand, to kick and- Joe denies the Stunner, has the Coquina! But Kevin arm-drags out and pops Joe for the BOMB! Cover, but Elias drags the ref all the way out of the ring! This is worse than SummerSlam! Kevin and Elias argue, but again Kevin has to worry about the fines. Joe rolls Kevin, Elias counts FAST! Joe wins!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall

The screwjob succeeds! Elias helps Joe help Shane, and Kevin is about to lose his mind! Again, is Shane going to push Kevin too far?

 

Bryan and Rowan clear the locker room.

But not Buddy Murphy. Murphy’s been through this before, and is forced to take a seat. Bryan and Rowan sit with him. They know Murphy lied when he said Rowan was around for the accidents. But Murphy needs to admit that himself. So go ahead, the camera’s here, tell the world. Tell the world that you lied. Bryan insists Murphy lied. Does he not see the damage that has been done to their reputation!? Tell them, Buddy, that you LIED! Murphy stays quiet, so Rowan attacks! Rowan tosses Murphy over a table! Then tosses things aside to get at him again! Bryan tells Murphy he just needs to admit he was wrong. Rowan grinds Murphy into the wall, a lot like Roman did to him a week ago. Bryan shouts Murphy is wrong, so Murphy says, “Okay!” No, you need to SAY you LIED!! “I LIED! I LIED!”

Rowan lets up on Murphy, and Bryan just hates liars. The confession wasn’t good enough, so Rowan throws Murphy into the trash! Is this the end of the lies? Or is there more to the truth than what we’ve seen?

 

Roman Reigns looks for Bryan and Rowan.

A stage hand directs him to their private dressing room. The Big Dog heads that way, will he confront them over everything?

 

WWE announces the return, of King of the Ring!!

The truly iconic tournament returns for 2019 on the road to Clash of Champions! The field of 16 is: Elias; Ricochet; Drew McIntyre; Cedric Alexander; The Miz; Baron Corbin; Apollo Crews; Sami Zayn; Samoa Joe; Cesaro; Mustafa Ali; Chad Gable; Shelton Benjamin; Buddy Murphy; Andrade Almas; and Kevin Owens! Who will be crowned the King of the Ring?

 

The New Day VS The Revival!

AWWW~ Toronto~! Get ready for two great tag teams to face off once more! Will Xavier Woods and Big E keep things rolling after Kofi Kingston retained the W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Championship? Or will the #TopGuys get the better of them by staying serious?

But wait! The Viper, Randy Orton, appears. He has a mic to speak to Kofi. “How is it that you can come out here and cheer-lead on the sidelines for your boys when you ran away from a fight?” Orton knows why, though. All the fans know why. Kofi knows why. It is because Kofi can’t beat Orton! He never has for 11 years! And he never will. And worst of all, Kofi ran from the fight in front of his wife and kids! One day, Kofi’s boys will grow up and ask daddy, “Why is it that you took the easy way out? Why is it that you ran away from that big bad, scary man?” And Kofi will look them in the eyes, and tell them the truth: Kofi can’t beat Orton. But Orton gives Kofi one more chance to prove him wrong. Instead of cheering on the sidelines, let’s make this a Six Man! Kofi’s answer: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

 

Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Randy Orton & The Revival!

SmackDown returns once more, and the #TopGuys are willing to work together with The Viper! Will this killer combination help Orton, Dash and Dawson all earn title shots the old fashioned way?

The bell rings and Orton starts with Kofi. Orton and Kofi circle as fans rally with “New! Day rocks!” Kofi and Orton approach, but then Orton tags out to Dawson. Dash tries to start a “Top! Guys rock!” chant but Kofi ties up with Dawson. Kofi headlocks but Dawson powers out. Kofi dodges and monkey flips Dawson down! Then dropkicks him back down! Cover, TWO! Tag to Big E, and he holds Dawson for Kofi’s Penalty Kick! Cover, TWO! Big E tags Woods, and then Woods runs to be the human weapon wheelbarrow splash! Cover, TWO! Woods goes at Dawson but Dawson pulls hair! Dawson puts Woods in a corner to CHOP! Dawson tags Dash and Woods gets knees. Dawson puts Woods on the mat to stomp, then Dash uppercuts and clotheslines Woods in a corner. Dash whips corner to corner but Woods goes up and over and speeds up to a tilt-o-whirl headscissor! And dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Woods waistlocks but Dash fights out. Woods chops but Dawson tags in as Woods rolls Dash. But Woods sees Dawson coming and ducks to roll him up. Dash reels Woods in for the armbar DDT! Dawson looms over Woods before dragging him around. Dawson clubs that arm, but fans rally up. Dawson snapmares Woods to a thrashing keylock. Fans rally up and Woods fights to his feet. Dawson wrangles him down and tags in Dash. Dash stomps away on the bad arm, and stays between Woods and the New Day corner. Dash mounts for an armlock, and even gets a chinbar. Woods endures and arm-drags free, only for Dash to shove him. Woods comes back with the rolling elbow! Dash tags Dawson and Dawosn intercepts Woods. Tag to Orton but Woods fights! Dawson yanks the bad arm to whip Woods out of the ring! And then Orton has Woods, back suplex onto the announce desk! Woods writhes while we go to one last break.

SmackDown returns once more, and Woods endures as Dawson grinds him down in a hammerlock. Fans rally and Woods fights up. Woods throws elbows and reaches for his corner, but Dawson pulls him back in for a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Dawson looms over Woods, and mocks him with the New Day claps. “Clap! Clap with your hand!” Dawson pulls on the bad arm and thrashes it about in a new keylock. Woods refuses to quit, even as Dawson pulls as hard as he can. Woods feeds off the energy from the fans, but Dawson has the hammerlock. Dawson whips but Woods reverses to send Dawson all the way into the post! Both men are down and carwling for their cornesr, tag to Dash, tag to Big E! Big E throws Dash overhead! ANd then htis Orton for good measure. he throws Dash again! And then the belly2belly!

Big E fires up and swivels those hips! He runs, BIG SPLASH! But he isn’t done there, and fans clap along. Dawson distracts and Dash rolls Big E up! TWO, and Big E scoops Dash! Tag to Kofi but Dawson saves Dash! Double DDT for Big E, but Kofi ax handles them both! Kofi fires up and runs, NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! But now Kofi aims and fans clap along again. Orton is in, but the RKO is denied! Kofi dropkicks Orton out, then tags to Woods. Kofi FLIES to bump Orton tot he desk! Dawson takes Woods’ kick, and his tornado, to feed him to Dash. But Woods back drops Dawson to fight back on Dash! Haymaker, CHOP, repeat! Then CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP! But Dash back suplexes. Woods slips out to mule kick, only for Dawson to tag in. Whip and leap frog, SHATTER MACHINE! Cover, The Revival and Orton win!

Winners: Randy Orton & The Revival, Scott Dawson pinning

And more importantly, the #TopGuys pinned the SmackDown Tag Team Champions! They add insult to injury as they beat down Big E beside Woods. They go to revive an old move from NXT, but Kofi saves the day! Trouble in Paradise for Dawson! RKO FOR KOFI! The Viper strikes Kofi down, and then slowly picks him up. But instead of doing more damage to the world champion, he’ll hurt him through his friends. RKO FOR WOODS! Orton slithers back to Kofi, because there’s still Big E. The Revival help bring Big E up, for the RKO! And then, with Kofi as a rag doll, RKO!! Orton has wrecked the New Day, and again calls Kofi “stupid.” Will Orton make Kofi feel even worse when he comes for the title again?

 

Bryan and Rowan see Roman storm in.

They’ve been waiting for him to show up. Roman glares at Bryan and at Rowan. Bryan wants Roman to apologize. He apologized to Samoa Joe when he thought wrongly. And now he knows Rowan isn’t the one, either, so apologize. Roman gets heated, but Bryan says “before this turns into a melee and you get hurt,” Bryan has been looking into this. They know who did it. Next week, they’ll reveal this assailant’s identity. Roman reluctantly accepts this proposal, but who will Bryan point the finger to next?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown to follow SummerSlam! There was a lot of great story progress for just about everything not yet addressed by Raw. Kevin’s story with Shane is clearly not over, but entering a new phase of aggravation. Then we get a parallel to SummerSlam’s attempted screwjob, except it worked out in Team Shane’s favor. Elias and Joe will both be in the King of the Ring tournament, so perhaps that is how Kevin gets payback. But this has to result in Kevin exploding on Shane, kayfabe fines be damned. That then leads to perhaps a Hell in a Cell match, in a cell, so that Shane can have one last off-the-cell spot before finally just stopping. It’d be amazing if Kevin and Shane recreated Taker shoving Foley off, too.

SmackDown also did a great job of building up some stars, even without them winning. And by that I mean, Ember Moon and Buddy Murphy looked amazing against Charlotte Flair and Roman Reigns, respectively of course. Ember loses twice in a row, but Charlotte did just beat Trish, so a Charlotte that beats Trish shouldn’t lose to an Ember that lost to Bayley. I still expect Charlotte to go for her 10th title reign on the main roster, and that will really test if Bayley is a top champion. As for Murphy, the poor guy is the punching bag for anyone with their name spelled R-O-blank-A-N. But he still gets a lot of points for the match tonight, and can still make a great showing in the King of the Ring. As for Roman’s story, there is still any number of ways this could go, depending on who Bryan accuses of being the culprit(s) next. Hopefully it’s Harper to give him something since Vince is holding him hostage via his contract. Harper VS Roman would be a great, hard-hitting match for a few PPV’s.

Aleister Black still wants to fight, but if he’s not in the King of the Ring, I’m not sure who he’s supposed to get. I wonder if he’s ready for an Intercontinental Championship at Clash of Champions. Aleister VS Nakamura would be so good just on the striking prowess, Black Mass VS Kinshasa as sudden finishers, though both guys do like to be dramatic about it at times. And that’s a match-up that could go either way while bringing out both guy’s aggression. And then that 2v2 turned 3v3 was such a great move. It was a great match-up as all six guys got to shine, but it was a natural move to have the Heels win. The Revival set themselves up for Clash of Champions, and Orton just devastating the New Day should be reason enough for Kofi to give him a rematch at Clash, too. For Orton and Kofi, I hope that things escalate to a No Disqualification match. Clash of Champions isn’t that special of a PPV anymore since it’s just natural titles would be defended, so making a match like Kofi VS Orton more than just a standard match really adds to the gravitas.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/13/22)

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Will the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion keep the “Jay1” going?

The biggest G1 Climax in NJPW continues on and Jay White is spotless at 4-0! But will Taichi change all that this close to the ending?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, David Finlay, Tama Tonga & Jado VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • Bad Dude Tito & JONAH VS Tom Lawlor & Royce Isaacs; Tito & Jonah win.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS KENTA; Kenta wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Toru Yano VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: Shingo Takagi VS Yujiro Takahashi; Takagi wins.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Taichi VS Jay White; White wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 4-1, 8 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
  • Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • EVIL: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • David Finlay: 3-2, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
  • El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS KENTA!

The Ultimate Weapon and the Fang Revived are both out of the running, but this is about pride! Will Henare conquer Kenta? Or will he #GoToSleep instead?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. Kenta gives testing kicks, as does Henare. They keep testing each other, but neither man gets a clean shot. Kenta tries a palm strike but Henare ducks it to give some kicks. Kenta tries kicks but avoids the roundhouse, and fans applaud this great kickboxing exchange. Henare moves to using hands and he gets some body shots in! Kenta bails out and fans applaud Henare bringing the fight. Kenta takes his time returning, and he circles with Henare again. Henare anticipates a kick but Kenta rakes the eyes! The ref reprimands, Kenta fires off haymakers and puts Henare in a corner!

The ref counts, Kenta knees low as he lets off, and runs in, but into an elbow! Henare goes up to FLYING CHUCK! Fans fire up and Kenta staggers up, but he avoids the heel kick! Kenta bails out again and fans applaud. Henare goes out after Kenta and CLUBS him down! And again! Henare HEADBUTTS Kenta, then KICKS him against the post! And again! Henare fires up but Kenta ducks, the kick hits POST! Kenta kicks that leg then POSTS Henare’s shoulder! Kenta hurries to wrench and ELBOW BREAKER that arm, then he kicks the bad leg! Then another ELBOW BREAKER, and another kick to the bad leg!

Henare falls over and the ref reprimands but Kenta KICKS Henare in the leg again. Kenta hammerlocks Henare and RAMS him into railing! Fans cheer the savagery while Kenta stomps the leg. Kenta puts the leg in the railing and stomps it more! The ref reprimands and backs Kenta off, so Kenta drags Henare up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Kenta is annoyed but fans rally up and Kenta gets Henare’s bad leg. Kenta has the standing toehold but Henare endures. Kenta drops an elbow on the leg and has a seated toehold. Henare tries to fight the hold but he reaches out for the ROPEBREAK instead.

The ref counts, Kenta lets off slowly, and he stomps the bad leg. Kenta drags Henare up, but Henare throws body shots! Kenta kicks Henare low, then stomps him on the back. Henare wrenches the arm to ELBOW BREAKER again! Kenta is just picking apart that whole left side! Kenta joins the fans in clapping, and gets them to stop clapping all at once. Kenta stomps Henare down, drags him up and fires off haymakers! Henare just snarls through them! Kenta KICKS but Henare snarls. Kenta CLUBS Henare but fans rally up as Henare stands. Henare roars but Kenta kicks the bad leg! Kenta runs, but into a KICK!

Henare falls over because the left leg is a weak base right now, but he growls and gets back up. Henare gets that bad leg moving, KICKS Kenta’s own left leg, and KICKS away in the corner! The ref counts, Henare lets off at 4, and he hobbles back to snapmare Kenta for another KICK! Kenta writhes and fans applaud. Henare runs in at the corner to SHINING WIZARD! Henare fireman’s carries for a RUNNING SAMOAN DROP! Fans rally up and Henare snarls. Henare drags Kenta up, HEADBUTTS him down, then goes up the corner. SECOND ROPE SENTON! Cover, TWO! Henare is annoyed but fans rally as Kenta is still in it.

Henare drags Kenta up, stalks behind him and reels him into the full nelson! Kenta fights it, throws elbows, and he ducks the lariat to spin Henare to a DDT! Fans fire up and Kenta KICKS Henare in the back! And again! Kenta stomps Henare on the apron but the ref counts. Kenta lets off and drags Henare up to drag him through the ropes! BRAINKILLER! Fans fire up and Henare sits up in the corner. Kenta runs corner to corner to BOOT Henare, then he goes corner to corner to SOARING DROPKICK! Kenta goes up top as Henare is in the drop zone, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, TWO! Henare survives and fans fire up again.

Kenta slashes his throat, vowing to finish this! Fans rally and Kenta drags Henare up. Henare blocks the lift, CLUBS Kenta again and again, but Kenta BOOTS him! And LARIATS! But Henare stays up! Henare swings, misses, but he catches Kenta for the BERSERKER BOMB! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Henare pounds the mat. Henare calls his shot, clamps onto Kenta, ULTIMA!! Kenta grabs the ref with a body scissors!! The ref reprimands and they all end up by the ropes! Henare throws Kenta down, which also throws the ref down! Henare argues with the ref but fans rally up. Kenta rolls Henare, TWO!!

Kenta hurries back up, and Henare runs in, into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up and Kenta roars! Kenta drags Henare up, fireman’s carries, but Henare fights out! Henare ROCKS Kenta, Kenta ROCKS Henare! The forearms go back and forth and fans rally up as they pick up speed! Henare gets the edge, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! Kenta fires off haymaker after haymaker, but Henare hits a body shot! And the HEEL KICK! Fans fire up with Henare and he drags Kenta back up. Henare fisherman’s to the torture rack, but Kenta claws Henare’s face! Kenta drags Henare down into the armlock, but Henare rolls out of Game Over!

But Kenta shifts to get a TRIANGLE HOLD! Henare endures and fans rally, and Henare deadlifts Kenta for a POWERBOMB! Fans fire up as Henare goes to a corner. Henare shakes out his bad arm, takes aim at Kenta and runs in, RAMP- KNEE! Kenta drags Henare back down, GAME OVER CROSSFACE!! Henare endures as Kenta pulls back, fans rally up as Henare starts to fade! Henare taps, Kenta wins!

Winner: Kenta, by submission (gains 2 points; Henare earns 0)

The Ultimate Weapon’s first G1 run ends in defeat and with a 1-5 record, but it was all a valiant effort. Will Henare come back next year even stronger? As for Kenta, he has momentum as he prepares for another match tomorrow! Can Kenta tear down The Ace and spoil his chances?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: Toru Yano VS Jeff Cobb!

The Producer is also out of the running, but the Imperial Unit still has a chance. Will Cobb take Yano on a Tour of the Islands to keep on sailing in the G1?

As Cobb makes his entrance, he’s cosplaying Toru Yano! “Funny Jeff” has a Hawaiian shirt over his merch shirt, he has a DVD case, and he has a chair! He even gives the ring announcer a very long introduction to read off, just like Yano! And to copy Yano’s disinfectant bottle, Cobb has an air freshener spray! As for the real Yano… Wait, where is he? His music is playing but Yano isn’t walking out from the ramp or anywhere else. Cobb waits, but is he going to get a win by forfeit? The bell rings, Cobb tells the ref to start already, and the count begins. So either Yano shows up before the 20 count or he’s done!

Cobb is impatient, we’re only at 7 of 20. Wait, Yano runs in from the far side! He slides in, rolls Cobb up, TWO!! Yano panics and apologizes for his prank! Cobb runs in at the corner, Yano dodges and Cobb hits buckles! Yano shoves the ref, then sprays the disinfectant at Cobb’s face!! Roll up, TWO!! Cobb escapes but Yano brings him up to throw him out! Yano hurries after Cobb and whips, but Cobb reverses! Yano hits railing hard! Cobb wipes the spray out of his eyes, but he walks into an atomic drop! Yano tucks Cobb’s arms into his singlet, then wraps him up in the apron skirt! Yano shoves the #Cobburrito down and gets in the ring!

The ring count is rising, Cobb struggles against the skirt wrap, and we’re at 9 of 20! Cobb asks for help but we’re at 13! A Young Lion finally hurries over and helps Cobb get to his feet. Cobb wiggles into the ring at 18! Yano stands on Cobb to surf! Fans applaud as Yano hangs loose! Then Yano hurries to untie a buckle pad from a neutral corner. But Cobb comes back to kick! And kick! Cobb asks the ref for help but Yano kicks Cobb low. Yano runs, but Cobb manages a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as both men are down! Cobb finally gets his arms out of his singlet and fans rally up. Cobb drags Yano up to ROCK him with a right!

Cobb whips, Yano reverses, Cobb stops from hitting buckles, and then dodges! Yano hits the buckles, then Cobb hits an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up and Cobb drags Yano up. Yano waistlocks but Cobb switches. Yano grabs at the ref but Cobb blocks the mule kick low blow! Cobb spins Yano, kicks and then pulls Yano’s shirt up over his face! Yano is blindfolded and he staggers around, into a SUPERKICK! Then a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, Cobb wins!

Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yano earns 0)

“Funny Jeff” still got serious in the end, and he is still in the running! Will Cobb be able to survive to the semifinals? Or is his fate in someone else’s hands?

 

G1 Climax, D Block: Shingo Takagi VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter!

The Rampaging Dragon isn’t done in the G1 just yet, but to think the Tokyo Pimp would be leading the block! Will Takagi be able to drag Yujiro down? Or will Yujiro’s G1 run have a happy ending?

The moment the introductions are over, Yujiro rushes Takagi! Takagi blocks the boot and throws Yujiro down! The bell rings and Takagi drags Yujiro up to put in the corner. Takagi fires off forearms over and over, and fans fire up as Takagi ROCKS Yujiro again. Takagi whips and KNEES Yujiro at the ropes, then runs to run Yujiro over! Fans fire up and Takagi runs in at the corner. Yujiro BOOTS, but Takagi powers through to clothesline! Takagi then reels Yujiro in to suplex high and hard! Fans fire up but Yujiro bails out of the ring. Takagi pursues, brings Yujiro up and RAMS him into the apron! Takagi then whips Yujiro into railing!

Yujiro flounders away and Pieter checks on him. Takagi storms his way over but Pieter stands in his way. Can a bunny tame a dragon? Takagi is intrigued but Yujiro rushes in! Takagi blocks the sucker punch to ROCK Yujiro back! Pieter scampers away and Takagi scolds her before he CLUBS Yujiro. Takagi POSTS Yujiro, then tells the ref to hold on. Takagi smacks Yujiro off the apron, then again, and again! Fans rally up and Takagi puts Yujiro in the ring. Yujiro crawls away to the far side and bails out again. Yujiro goes looking under the ring and he gets a chair! Takagi takes his time walking over, and Yujiro JAMS him with the chair!

The ref reprimands and takes the chair, and Yujiro knees Takagi low. Yujiro whips but Takagi reverses. Yujiro stops from hitting railing, and he drop toeholds Takagi into the railing! Then REVERSE DDT to the floor! The ref reprimands Yujiro and he apologizes before getting in the ring. Takagi stirs and the ring count starts. Takagi stands up at 6 of 20, he gets frustrated, and he gets in at 10. Yujiro stomps Takagi over and over in the corner then digs his knee in. The ref reprimands, Yujiro brings Takagi up and snapmares for the basement BOOT! Cover, ONE!! Yujiro is surprised and annoyed, but he rains down fists!

The ref reprimands about the closed fists and Yujiro lets off. Yujiro drags Takagi up and bumps Takagi off buckles. Yujiro knees low, throws back elbows, but Takagi clinches! Yujiro digs his forearm into Takagi’s eyes! Yujiro lets off, runs in and BOOTS Takagi again! Fans applaud that bit of agility and Yujiro snapmares Takagi to drop a leg, drop an elbow, and drop a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for “TA-KA-GI!” but Yujiro brings him up. Takagi eggs Yujiro on and Yujiro throws a forearm! And another forearm! And another! Takagi JABS, JABS and JABS, to then DOUBLE CHOP! Fans fire up and Takagi drags Yujiro back up.

Fans fire up as Takagi says it’s go time! Another suplex, but Yujiro wrenches out and BITES the hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro lets off to fisherman, but Takagi BITES back! Fans cheer the turnabout being fair play but the ref still reprimands. Takagi lets off and wretches from the bad taste. Yujiro ROCKS Takagi then runs, but into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up again and Takagi pounds the mat. Fans rally and Takagi aims from a corner. Yujiro stands, Takagi runs in to run him over! And then scoops to SLAM, for a SENTON! But that’s not all! Takagi drags Yujiro up, hooks him up, but Yujiro fights the Gory Especial!

Yujiro throws back elbows, but Takagi spins through to suplex! Yujiro fights that so Takagi hits a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! But Takagi says there’s still more! “OI! OI! OI!” Fans clap along and Takagi drags Yujiro back up. But wait, here comes Sho! Takagi sees Sho and his little wrench, but Yujiro sneaks up! Takagi elbows Yujiro away, whips him to ropes, but Yujiro holds ropes. Takagi rushes in, Yujiro dodges and distracts the ref as Sho grabs at Takagi! Yujiro runs in to BOOT Takagi! Yujiro reels Takagi in, INCOLLE SLAM! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Yujiro crawls over to drag Takagi up.

Fans rally for “TA-KA-GI!” as Yujiro fireman’s carries, MIAMI SHINE! Cover, TWO! Takagi is still in this and Yujiro is frustrated. Yujiro drags Takagi back up and reels him in, but Takagi says no to Big Juice! Takagi throws body shots, wrenches out, blocks a haymaker and he HEADBUTTS away on Yujiro! Both men wobble but Takagi runs, only for Sho to be there with a chair! The ref reprimands, Takagi goes back to Yujiro for boxing elbows! Fans rally as Takagi runs again, but into a BOOT! Yujiro runs, but into a clothesline! Takagi runs but Yujiro distracts the ref again, Sho SMACKS Takagi with the chair!

Yujiro reels Takagi in, PIMP JUICE! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives the screw job and fans fire up! Yujiro pleads with the ref but two is two! Yujiro drags Takagi up but Takagi blocks Big Juice again! Takagi powers up to power out and he ELBOWS! JABS! YUKON feint to the DDT! And SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up again as Yujiro flounders around. Takagi gets up and headbutts the buckles to fire back up! LARIAT! But Takagi gets Yujiro up to a MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, TWO!?!? Yujiro survives and even Sho is shocked! Takagi gets back up as fans rally again. Takagi stands Yujiro up to pump handle and torture rack.

Yujiro wriggles and gets free to the apron to rake eyes! Takagi runs back in but Yujiro dumps him out! Yujiro staggers over, gets Takagi up and whips him into railing! The ref has Sho stay back as Yujiro goes over to bring Takagi around. Yujiro whips Takagi into more railing, and then he wobbles and hobbles to get Takagi back. Takagi fires off forearms in return! Takagi whips, Yujiro reverses and Takagi hits railing even harder! Takagi falls in a heap, Yujiro and Sho both shout for the ring count. The ref starts, Yujiro sits Takagi up, but no Pimp Juice Basement BOOT instead! And then FISHERMAN BUSTER to the floor!

Yujiro gets in the ring at 12 of 20 but Takagi is right after him! Takagi fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER to the floor! The count is 16 of 20!! Takagi staggers up and in at 18! Yujiro is down but Sho throws him in at 19.5! Fans fire up as this keeps going, and Takagi runs in at Yujiro with a clothesline! Takagi pump handles, torture racks, but Yujiro BITES again! The ref reprimands, Yujiro throws Takagi’s arm into him! The ref staggers but stays up, Yujiro shove Takagi into him! The ref goes down, Yujiro hits a REVERSE DDT! Fans rally but Sho sends a chair in! Yujiro gets the chair, takes aim and runs in, and he JAMS Takagi low!

Yujiro then reels back to SMACK Takagi on the back! But Takagi LARIATS through the chair! And CHUCKS the chair at Sho!! PUMPING BOMBER!! But that’s not all! Yujiro deserves this one! LAST OF THE DRAGONS!! Cover, Takagi wins!!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yujiro earns 0)

Well, well, well! D Block is looking like a real rock-paper-scissors scenario! Yujiro beat David Finlay, who beat Takagi (and quite a few others) but Takagi just beat Yujiro! What will this mean for the semifinals with another D Block match up next?

 

G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Will Ospreay!

The Headhunter and the Commonwealth Kingpin are both still alive in the block, but the window is closing! Will the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champion shock the IWGP US Heavyweight Champion? Or will Ospreay make sure Hashi does NOT #GetBackUp?

The bell rings and fans rally up. These two circle and tie up, and are in a deadlock. Ospreay finds a point of leverage and he powers Hashi to ropes. Ospreay talks some trash as he lets off, then he pats Hashi on the side. Before he knees low and hard! Ospreay headlocks and grinds Hashi but Hashi throws body shots. Hashi powers up and out to reel Ospreay into a headlock! Fans applaud the exchange, then Ospreay powers up and out. Hashi runs Ospreay over, but Ospreay kips right back up! Fans applaud again the agility, then Ospreay gets Hashi with a “made you look” and SLAP! Hashi CHOPS back!

Ospreay staggers away, stinging from that back hand. Hashi runs in to CHOP again! And whip to CHOP, then mule kick! Hashi turns Ospreay to hit a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE, but Hashi keeps cool. Fans rally up and Hashi brings Ospreay up. Hashi CLUBS Ospreay on the back and Ospreay goes to a corner. Hashi stomps and CHOPS Ospreay and Ospreay shouts in pain! Hashi stands Ospreay up and reels him in to suplex. Ospreay slips out, shoves and fireman’s carries to then HOTSHOT! Ospreay runs to BOOT Hashi down! Fans fire up for the agility but Ospreay needs a second from the stinging in his chest.

Ospreay drags Hashi up and bumps him off buckles. Ospreay CHOPS back and Hashi sputters now. Fans fire up and Ospreay wrenches Hashi to whip corner to corner hard! Hashi bounces off buckles and hits the mat hard! Ospreay grabs the bad arm and sets it on the apron, to drop a knee right on it! Hashi shouts in pain and clutches that bad arm. Ospreay drags Hashi off the apron, wrenches the bad arm and then YANKS Hashi into the post! Hashi staggers away and leans against railing from the pain, but Ospreay leaves him behind. Fans rally up for Hashi and the ring count begins. The count is 8 of 20 as Hashi gets in the ring, and Ospreay mockingly applauds.

Ospreay drags Hashi up, but Hashi throws body shots! Ospreay gets the arm for an ELBOW BREAKER! No mercy from the Kingpin as Hashi writhes again. Ospreay tells Hashi this is his last chance to give up now. Hashi refuses so Ospreay omoplatas the good arm. Ospreay CHOPS Hashi in the side then grabs the bad arm! RECLINER ARMLOCK! Cover, but Hashi slips off before Red Shoes can count. Ospreay mockingly applauds as Hashi goes to the apron. Ospreay drags Hashi back in and wrenches again for the snapmare and top wristlock. Hashi endures again and Ospreay digs his knuckles in. Red Shoes reprimands but Ospreay pulls at the arm!

Hashi endures more, even as Ospreay is bending him across his knee! Hashi fights up, throws body shots to get free, but Ospreay CLUBS him down! Ospreay whips Hashi to a corner, runs in, but Hashi dodges! Ospreay hits buckles, but he BOOTS back! Hsahi swings but into a spin from Ospreay! Ospreay suplexes, Hashi fights it off, and Hashi suplexes to get the NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi and Ospreay both stand, but Hashi CLOBBERS Ospreay with elbows! Hashi whips, Ospreay reverses but Hashi comes back to dropkick the leg out! Then HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up with Hashi as he gets back up!

Ospreay gets to the ropes, Hashi runs in to CHOP! Hashi brings Ospreay up to suplex and hang Ospreay out to dry. Hashi runs side to side to DROPKICK Ospreay down! Then Hashi sits Ospreay up for a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Hashi gets to his feet. Hashi brings Ospreay up and reels him in, but Ospreay wrenches out. Hashi ROCKS Ospreay, kicks him and whips him, but Ospreay handsprings to a NEURALIZER! Direct hit with that kick! Fans fire up as Hashi bails out, Ospreay hurries over to PLANCHA! Direct hit and both men are down! Fans fire up again, and Ospreay slowly sits up first.

Ospreay drags Hashi up and puts him in the ring. Ospreay aims, springboards, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Hashi is still in this and fans rally up! Ospreay keeps his focus, he drags Hashi back up, and he reels Hashi in to turn him. Hashi resists, so Ospreay gives him a Kowata Kick and a big CHOP! Hashi staggers to a corner and Ospreay runs in, but Hashi BOOTS back! Hashi runs in but into an elbow! Ospreay runs but into a CHOP! Hashi runs but into the Tiger Wall Kick and ENZIGURI! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Ospreay drags Hashi up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner.

Fans rally as Ospreay climbs, but Hashi rises! Hashi ROCKS Ospreay, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Hashi brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay fights the superplex! Fans rally as Ospreay and Hashi trade body shots! Ospreay fires off HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT, then SUPER GOURD BUSTERS Hashi down! Hashi hobbles up, into the FLYING FOREARM to the back! Ospreay gets Hashi up to a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay is surprised Hashi is still in this, but Ospreay snarls and waits on Hashi to rise. Ospreay then calls his shot, springboards, OS- NO! Hashi full nelsons to a SNAP DRAGON!

Fans rally up again as both men are down. Hashi sits up first but Ospreay follows. Hashi fires up and runs, but Ospreay swats the lariat! So Hashi CHOPS! And aims, to SUPERKICK! Fans fire up and Hashi drags Ospreay into the full nelson. Spin and pump handle, but Ospreay fights Karma with elbows. Ospreay ROCKS Hashi with a forearm, but Hashi comes back with a forearm of his own! Hashi eggs Ospreay on so Ospreay ROCKS him again! Hashi ROCKS Ospreay, but Ospreay ROCKS Hashi! Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster, and then Hashi CHOPS! Hashi CHOPS again, then again!

Ospreay CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Hashi reels Ospreay in but Ospreay throws a forearm! Hashi HEABUTTS! Ospreay ROUNDHOUSES! Both men fall over and fans are thunderous! Ospreay roars and drags Hashi back up, but Hashi ducks the roundhouse! Pump handle to KARMA!! Hashi has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous again! Hashi is too sore to be upset so he just gets up. Hashi roars, runs, and LARIATS! Ospreay flips around, Hashi gets him up, pump handle and KAR- STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE!! Fans fire up and Ospreay grits his teeth! Springboard, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO!?!

Hashi survives and fans can’t believe it! Ospreay can’t believe it, either, but he drags Hashi around. Ospreay prepares his arm, takes aim, but Hashi ducks the Hidden Blade! SUPERKICK! But Ospreay dodges the lariat, to OS- SUPERKICK!! Hashi gets Ospreay with some anti-air and he hurries to add on! DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous again! Hashi pushes himself back up, sits Ospreay up and clamps on with a SLEEPER! Ospreay endures, fights up, but Hashi spins him into the pump handle. Ospreay slips out to HOOK KICK! Hashi runs in to LARIAT! But Ospreay roars!

Ospreay swats a lariat, ROLLING ELBOW to the HOOK KICK, tot he LIGER- FACEBUSTER from Hashi!! Hashi gets Ospreay up to the KUMAGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!?!? Ospreay survives and the fans are electric! Hashi stands and fires up! Hashi runs, but into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay drags Hashi right up to turn him, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! And then from the corner, HIDDEN BLADE!! Cover, Ospreay wins!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hashi earns 0)

The Kingpin wins, and the D Block picture is still a mess! Can Hashi recover to have his last G1 match tomorrow? As for Ospreay, will he settle things with Juice Robinson on Tuesday and make the path forward a bit clearer?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Taichi w/ Miho Abe VS Jay White w/ Gedo!

One way or another, The Holy Emperor finishes his run this weekend, but if he wins here, it might not even matter! Will the Sliest Wrestler in the World be able to snatch a golden ticket off the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion? Or will he breath with the Switchblade as the Jay1 goes 5-0?

White and Taichi both have quite a bit to put aside, from jackets to belts. Taichi shows off the dancing pecs and even White applauds. White gets his moving, too, so he isn’t out of the NJPW Dancing with the Pecs running. White gets impatient with Red Shoes and he Too Sweets with Gedo. The bell rings and fans rally up as White and Taichi stare down. White and Taichi circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Taichi finds a point of leverage and he puts White in a corner. Red Shoes calls the ropebreak, Taichi pats White on the shoulder then backs away. Fans applaud and White dusts himself off. Taichi and White reset and circle again.

Taichi offers White a sumo style showdown. Fans rally up for that and White says okay, but how does it work? They crouch, then Taichi does the sumo stomp. White asks Gedo if that’s how it’s done. White returns the stomp, and they square up at center. But then White pulls hair and RAMS Taichi into the corner! White stomps a mudhole then throws forearms. White mocks the sumo then whips corner to corner. Taichi reverses and runs in but White bails out! White says nope, Taichi isn’t getting the better of him. White wants Red Shoes to keep Taichi back so he can get in. Taichi does back up and White returns.

Gedo grabs Taichi’s foot! White CLUBS away on Taichi, mocks the sumo then whips, but Taichi reverses. White holds ropes and bails out, but Taichi rushes out after him! White slides back in, Taichi pursues, but White facelocks. Taichi RAMS White into a corner! Red Shoes calls the ropebreak, Taichi slowly lets off, but White avoids the cheap shot to CHOP! Taichi just snarls and CHOKES White! Taichi has White in the corner, Gedo protests but then Taichi tells Gedo to shut up before he CHOKES Gedo! White rakes Taichi’s eyes to make him let Gedo go! White fireman’s carries and HOTSHOTS Taichi to the floor!

White applauds mockingly and he smirks as he mocks more of Taichi’s sumo style. White drags Taichi up to CHOKE him on the railing right in front of commentary! Red Shoes reprimands, White lets off and Taichi falls over. White borrows some camera cable to CHOKE Taichi! Red Shoes reprimands but White talks trash on Taichi. White lets off, tells Miho to shut it but she’s all the way on the other side of the ring. White drags Taichi up and into the ring, then puts him on the apron. White CLUBS Taichi in the chest again and again! Gedo likes it as White SMOTHERS Taichi with the apron skirt! Red Shoes reprimands, White tells Miho to shut up, but he does let off.

White is polite enough to put the skirt back where it belongs and he wipes the sweat away with his towel. White drags Taichi to a cover but Red Shoes refuses to count! Gedo and White ask why, but it’s obviously because of the shenanigans with the skirt! Gedo distracts Red Shoes with his dramatic whining so that White can CHOKE Taichi with the towel! Miho protests, Red Shoes sees something’s up, and White lets off on the towel. White tells Red Shoes to relax, it’s just his towel! The towel is taken away, and White gets the fans to clap again. “TA-I-CHI!” “JAY WHI-TO!” White mocks Taichi but Taichi kicks back from the ropes!

Taichi whips White, White reverses and kicks low to throw Taichi by his hair! White CHOKES Taichi, much like Taichi would. Red Shoes reprimands, he won’t count the cover. But White says Taichi does it all the time! Speaking of, Taichi CHOKES White from below! Gedo protests, White stomps Taichi into letting go, then stomps him more! White sputters and coughs at the ropes but fans rally up. White sits Taichi up into a chinlock but Taichi endures. White grinds Taichi down but Taichi kicks around. Taichi pulls White’s hair, stands up, and he throws elbows. Taichi KICKS White’s leg, KICKS it again, then blocks White’s kick to KICK again!

White hobbles away and fans fire up! Taichi storms over but White knees low. White Too Sweet CHOPS! And Too Sweet CHOPS! White whips Taichi corner to corner, then runs in, but Taichi dodges the chop! Taichi CHOKES White again! Gedo protests, Red Shoes reprimands, and White tries to choke Taichi back! Taichi breaks that grip and shoves White into the corner to GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as both men fall down! White stirs and gets out of the corner while Taichi sits up. Taichi stands and storms up on White to KICK him back down! Fans fire up while White sits back up. Taichi KICKS him down again!

Gedo grows worried for White as he manages to sit up again. Taichi KICKS White down again! Taichi taunts White, looms over him, then drags him up to snapmare and KICK in the back! White writhes and fans fire up as Taichi stalks White to ropes. Taichi drags White up, whips but White reverses. Taichi reverses back to DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Fans fire up and Taichi looms over White again. Taichi drags White up to reel him in but White fights off the saido! White CLUBS away, fires off forearms, but Taichi KICKS the leg! White hobbles and drops to a knee. Taichi runs in at the corner, White dodges and fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY BOMB!

Fans fire up and Gedo cheers, but both men are down. White sits up and clutches his chest while fans rally. Taichi rolls away to a corner but White runs in, UPPERCUT! White brings Taichi out to suplex for BLADEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Taichi is still in this and White is frustrated. White drags Taichi up, reels him in, but Taichi fights the urenage with elbows Taichi wrenches, White ducks the roundhouse and hits a COMPLETE SHOT! White then shifts to a waistlock and he deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up but Gedo is the most excited about that one. Fans rally up, White drags Taichi up and reels him in, URENAGE! Stacked cover, TWO!

White is frustrated and Gedo is furious but White sits Taichi up. White wraps on the SLEEPER, then he drags Taichi up! Taichi backs White down but White sends him into the buckles! White runs back in but into a BOOT! Taichi rushes but White ducks to CHOP! Taichi SOBATS, White UPPERCUTS, Taichi ENZIGURIS! Both men are down again and fans fire up! Taichi and White stir, Taichi sits up and fires himself up. Gedo shouts to White to get up but OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi powers up in the corner and takes aim, but GEDO GRABS MIHO! Gedo’s got Miho by her hair! White waistlocks to SAIDO!!

Gedo says White should finish this, and he’ll keep Miho! White taunts Taichi with his “damsel in distress!” White makes Taichi look, and then he stands on Taichi’s head. White mockingly asks if Miho is okay, and Miho is almost in tears! Fans rally for Taichi but White CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! And CHOPS! Taichi stands up, White CHOPS, and Taichi just glares at Gedo! White wants Taichi to pay attention to him, so Taichi DECKS him!! Taichi goes out after Gedo and Gedo lets go of Miho. Gedo apologizes but Taichi doesn’t care. And in storms Yoshinobu Kanemaru! Suzuki-Gun doesn’t take kindly to mistreating a lady!

Gedo turns around and he sees he’s surrounded! Gedo scurries into the ring but Taichi rushes in after him. Gedo still wants mercy but White full nelsons! Taichi arm-drags White away, and DOUBLE AX BOMBERS! Fans are thunderous and Taichi gets White up to the LAST RIDE!! High stack, TWO!!? White survives but fans are thunderous again! Kanemaru coaches Taichi up while keeping Gedo down. Fans rally up and Taichi snarls. Taichi then roars and fans fire up with him! Taichi aims from the corner, for JYUTEN- NO, White drops down! White uses his opossum technique but Taichi says this isn’t much of a world champion then.

Taichi kicks White around, taunts him, and drags him up. White CHOPS back, but Taichi withstands it! Taichi eggs White on, so White LARIATS! Taichi rebounds, but swings into the SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! But Taichi’s right back up! White gets around but Taichi turns things around with a DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Taichi crawls to the cover, TWO! White is still in this but fans rally behind Taichi! Taichi and White rise again and Taichi slashes his throat to say this is done. Taichi Alabama Lifts but White sprawls to block! White brings Taichi up but Taichi breaks free and BUZZSAWS! And then Taichi hooks up the arms!

Wait, Taichi backs off on the Gedo Clutch because actual Gedo is getting in the ring! Taichi KICKS the ropes to low blow Gedo! Gedo falls down but White gets Taichi, BLADE- NO, Taichi throws White down and GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!?!?! White escapes by mere nanoseconds! But Taichi runs in to Alabama Lift and- White slips off! White blocks the kick, reels Taichi in but Taichi elbows free! Taichi clinches and SUMO THROWS! And then Taichi sets up, YOKOZUNA- BLADE- NO! YOKOZUNA ELBOW!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? White is still surviving by the skin of his teeth! Miho is mad and she wants White to pay!

Fans are thunderous, Taichi slowly stands back up and he roars! Taichi drags White up, reels him into the Alabama Lift, but White sunset flips! BLADE- NO!! DANGEROUS SAIDO!! With bridge, TWO!?!!! Taichi is getting mad now and he drags White up! Alabama, but White wrenches! BLADERUNNER!!!! But White can’t make the cover!! Fans are electric as both men slowly stir! White flounders his way over, he drags Taichi back up, but he can’t get that dead weight up! White has to use the ropes, but Taichi throws haymakers from below! And CHOKES White! White still powers through to BLADERUNNER!!! Cover, White wins!!

Winner: Jay White, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taichi earns 0)

White is FIVE AND OH! And in one fell swoop, The Switchblade eliminates both the Holy Emperor and the Cold Skull! Their records are not enough to take the block, will they just have to have better luck next year?

But as Taichi is taken away by Young Lions, Kanemaru and Miho trailing after, White gets the mic to say, “Hey! Hey! Come back! Come back!” He even adds in Japanese, “Don’t discriminate.” White then demands ice from the Young Lions, and they bring him a few icepacks. White puts them all on his chest given those sharp kicks from Taichi. He also claims he still has heat stroke like he did earlier this week. MORE ICE! “Shimoda! Shimoda-san, more ice!” Even more ice is brought while some fans are leaving. White again says, “Did you guys not hear? I had heat stroke, I need ice to cool down.”

White chuckles a bit and says, “Heat stroke? HEAT STROKE? I live in Florida! Do you think a little bit of sun, and heat, is going to bother me? How gullible and stupid can you all be?! But I appreciate the days off in Hiroshima, the days off those pointless matches worth zero points in the Jay1 Climax! It was nice to have that rest so I could be well-rested for matches that do matter, like today, and like against one Tama Tonga.” But that’s not what White wants to be saying. He wants to say, “Thank you all so much for all of your heartfelt messages and well-wishes and prayers, saying, ‘Jay White, please get better. Jay White, take care of yourself.'”

That really brought a tear to White’s eye and he wouldn’t be here tonight to fight his heart out for all the fans, if not for all those lovely, lovely messages. White pretends to cry over this but he can’t help but laugh. “Still my ear! Undefeated! Switchblade Era!” Jay drops the mic, but will he keep this momentum going to a spotless 6-0? Or will he drop the ball in the final round against The Good Bad Guy?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 3-2, 6 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Toru Yano: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 5-0, 10 points
  • Tama Tonga: 4-1, 8 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Taichi: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • EVIL: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • KENTA: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-2, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Will Ospreay: 3-2, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-3, 6 points
  • El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-3, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

My Thoughts:

A great event for the G1, and what a great variety in these blocks. Henare VS Kenta was a great match, even with both men out of the running. But Kenta winning makes the most sense, as he’s the veteran and he needs the momentum to take on Hiroshi Tanahashi tomorrow. There is a chance Kenta wins that, as both revenge for their IWGP US Championship No Disqualifications match, as well as clear the way for Naito or Zack Sabre Jr. That win would be a big feather in Kenta’s cap, who knows if it happens. Yano VS Cobb was a ton of fun, but of course Cobb wins to keep going. Cobb VS Lawlor is tomorrow, both their last one this G1, Lawlor could get a HUGE spoiler right at the end here.

The D Block is hilariously chaotic here, and NJPW is brilliant for finding a way to make this work. Yujiro VS Takagi was a very good match, but I figured Takagi would win. Hashi VS Ospreay was awesome stuff, Hashi is continuing to look awesome, but I figured Ospreay would win. Yujiro is right smack in the middle, but he has one of the more important wins since he beat David Finlay to start this G1 before Finlay went on that wild run. Finlay has a win over Takagi, Ospreay and Juice, but ELP also just beat Finlay, and there’s still Finlay VS Hashi tomorrow. No one really knows what will happen if all seven men end up 3-3, so I would think one person has to go 4-2 and then that guy, whoever it is, is D Block’s guy.

Taichi VS White was awesome stuff, and it really felt worth of someone facing the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion. It felt like Taichi could’ve taken that win but in the end, White stays spotless. It will still come down to White VS Tama on Tuesday, “win and you’re in,” and either way, that result is going to be wild. Tama can get the golden ticket and go strong into the semifinals, or White runs the block (granted a smaller block) to look almost unstoppable.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Emergence Results & Match Ratings: 8.12.2022

ALEX SHELLEY VS JOSH ALEXANDER! CHAMPIONSHIP! TONIGHT! ‘NUFF SAID!

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OKAY! So we all know I’m just hype to get to the main event and hopefully see Alex Shelley win the title. So I’ll do the whole “here’s my picks” cheap way to do an intro, and then into the coverage.

Predictions:

  • X Division Match – Bailey retains (because I hate Jack Evans)
  • Maclin vs Callihan – Callihan wins (because Moose needs a reason to get involved)
  • VBD vs Motor City Time – VBD win (because they need relevance)
  • Honor No More vs Bullet Club – Honor No More win (because Impact made me like Matt Taven)
  • Bandido vs Rey Horus: Bandido wins (because he’s already got more name recognition)
  • Knockouts: Jordynne Grace vs Mia Yim: Jordynne wins (because they hot shot belts to new people too much)
  • World Title: Alex Shelley vs Josh Alexander: Alex Shelley wins (because I want him to)

Now on to the show!

Ratings:

  • X Division Championship: Speedball Mike Bailey (c) vs Jack Evans: Bailey retains via Ultima Weapon – * 1/2
  • Steve Maclin vs Sami Callihan: Never Happened
  • VBD (Eric Young & Deaner w/Joe Doering) vs Motor City Time (Kushida & Chris Sabin): EY wins via Piledriver – *** 1/4
  • AAA Attraction Match: Bandido vs Rey Horus: Bandido wins via 21Plex – ***
  • NODQ Anything Goes: Steve Maclin vs Sami Callihan: Callihan wins via Cactus Driver ’97 – *** 3/4
  • Honor No More (Mike Bennett, Matt Taven, Vincent, PCO & Eddie Edwards w/Maria) vs Bullet Club (Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson, Hikuleo, Ace Austin, Chris Bey): Taven wins via Climax into Trash Can – *** 1/4
  • Knockouts World Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Mia Yim: Grace retains via Grace Driver – *** 3/4
  • IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship: Josh Alexander (c) vs Alex Shelley: Josh retains via C4 Spike – *****

Results:

X Division Championship: Speedball Mike Bailey (c) vs Jack Evans

It should be no surprise from previous coverage, I like nothing about Jack Evans. Bad look, no psychology, all stupid flips and cheap heel gimmicks. I’m ecstatic that we get the match with the worst wrestler out of the way immediately. 

Evans dives at Speedball’s legs, tries to get some cheap Roll-Ups, typical heel powder, bait into the corner, cheap shot but Bailey manages a Top Wristlock to slow down Evans. Evans Cartwheels out, two stupid High Risk misses, a few more dumb spots and then they meet in the middle with dueling Crossbodies. The early goings, really looks slow and stupid.

Kick Fight, Bailey gets the best of it, Dropkick, Dive, throws him back in, powders out, another dive, throws him back in, another powder and Bailey hits the old Will Ospreay fake dive, before trying to get Evans back in. Baits Bailey to the rope, catches him and then Slingshot Jecht Shot into a Muta Lock, but again, these are just moves with no real story. So congrats he’s agile and flexibile I suppose.

Random Snap Suplex for a 2. The match slows down to molasses in a mayo jar, Bailey tries to counter an Irish Whip, but Evans catches him. Still a super slow Rocket Launcher attempt that Bailey counters and kicks Evans in the face. A few more kicks and then a Corkscrew Shooting Star for 2. Delayed really dumb Cartwheel Back Elbow from Evans, into a Suplex and then Falcon Arrow. But Evans’ offense is just bad, he’s like if you ordered Kid Kash on Wish.

An awful and slow Double Kick spot actually has me laughing at how awful this is. I really enjoy Speedball, but god he can’t carry a match with a wrestler not worth the hot dog or handshake he was promised. Lame Dropkick from Bailey, Escalera Moonsault gets the sympathy pop from the crowd, but this needs to end soon. Apron Triangle Kick from Evans, throws in Bailey, Blockbuster gives Evans a near fall. Evans to the top, Bailey tries to cut him off, Evans fights him off twice, but Bailey keeps rising. Sloppy Spider Suplex from Evans, Evans goes for a spot, Bailey moves, Evans heads to the corner, Tornado Kick spot that Evans takes poorly (might’ve been a receipt for the bad Spider Suplex), Ultima Weapon from Bailey and he retains. Thankfully.

Honor No More segment with Eddie trying to fire up the troops. I’ll say this, he’s become a better talker, but he’s still not close to good. I would like Honor No More to win, but it feels like the way to write them out. Here’s to hoping even if they lose, a few of them stick around as official Impact wrestlers.

Steve Maclin vs Sami Callihan

Maclin attacks Sami during his entrance, and they just brawl. The bell never rings, Sami grabs a chair, the referee tries to stop him, Sami shoves the ref but Maclin counters. Maclin tries to use the chair, the referee tries to stop him and Sami and Maclin both bully the referee and shove him to the ground before continuing to brawl.

They just go out through the crowd, continuing to fight as commentary claims the match never took place but the show must go on, so we go to the tag match!

VBD (Eric Young & Deaner w/Joe Doering) vs Motor City Time (Kushida & Chris Sabin)

Kushida and Young start off, the crowd starts the Kushida chant and Young hops out to admonish the crowd for chanting for Kushida. EY slides back in and pushes Kushida into the corner and muscles him over a little before tagging Deaner in. Deaner tries to go for the Deaner DDT early, but Kushida counters with a few short arm tackles, a lot of wrist control and then quick tags and fun tandem work.

Tandem Forward Roll Body Scissors into the Kushida PK Kick to the left arm already starts the foreshadowing on the Hoverboard Lock. EY sneak attacks Kushida during a rope run giving Deaner the opportunity to tag out, EY a few quick spots, then Kushida kicks him over the top rope, Flair Flop and stumble to the turnbuckle, a little shenanigans and EY ends up with the advantage still. Rude Awakening style Neckbreaker for a 2 count from EY before tagging in Deaner and hitting a Double Boot Face Sandwich on the apron against Kushida.

VBD keep peppering in quick tags against Kushida, and it’s working pretty well. They keep him in the corner and do their version of the Unicorn Stampede, as Kushida tries to fight back but EY drops Sabin off the apron. Fastball Special punches as both VBD men are doubled over, Kushida literally runs up and over the men, rolls off to tag in Sabin. Clears house a bit, hints at Cradle Shock on Deaner, but EY gets him. EY tries to do the MCMG reference of the 5 Hole Dive, but Kushida breaks it up and they pull off their own version. Cradle Shock/Pele Combo gets a 2 count because EY slides in to break it up. EY takes control, sets up Deaner to receive his tag and things he can land the Piledriver on Sabin. Double Neckbreakers, into the Canadian Savage aerial moves before Kushida breaks it up. VBD almost slows him down before a back hand spring Double Back Elbow has everyone laid out for a moment. Rising Fighting Spirit spot, VBD take short cuts, but get Irish Whipped, Do-si-do, doesn’t matter, High Speed Dirt into a Cravat/Cartwheel Dropkick. Deaner grabs a weapon, Doering bonks Kushida and EY gets the job done with the Piledriver.

VBD needed the win here, so I’m glad they did what they needed to, to have them remain a somewhat credible force before it all eventually implodes. 

VXT gloats a little after their Knockouts Tag Title victory on the pre-show. Deonna is gold, so it’s always nice when she’s wearing some. 

Kenny King comes out to try and bait out Heath. I don’t mind Kenny, but his promos can be corny as hell sometimes. Some cheap shots at the Bears, then a little reference to Chicago stuff, but Sami and Maclin make their way back through the crowd to distract Kenny. Heath runs down the ramp when Kenny ain’t looking, Wake Up Call after a missed Chairshot and Kenny gets left laying. Gia grabs a quick interview with Heath and the crowd responds well to him. He says he’s not gonna interfere in the 5v5, so here’s to hoping that Honor No More win, since Heath can’t continue his Wake Up Call Revenge Tour if they disband.

AAA Attraction Match: Bandido vs Rey Horus

Bandido looks like he’s having to slow down by a step or two in the early goings. Horus is just not ready to go at the speed Bandido is and its evident from Horus not ducking in time so he eats a boot while he’s obviously trying to dodge. It’s a bunch of moves pretty quick, and honestly I can’t tell what’s actually being countered, missed or just mistimed. So this early portion is not starting off good.

Things finally start to slow down when Bandido hits the Plancha, tries to continue into the ring and eats a Dropkick. Three Amigos from Bandido with the Eddie Shake before dropping down into a Worm, Handstand Senton for 2. Bandido on the outside, thought he was clever walking away, but Horus changes his angles and then jumps over the corner to land on Bandido. 180 Frog Splash from Horus for 2. Bandido has to try and fire back up, and does so as he counters the rope run with a Single Arm Gorilla Press, into a Running Leg Lariat for 2.

Horus hits a Avalanche Satellite Tornado DDT, but the worst thing is it just looked too cooperative. Was it cool? Fucking yes. But it was just too much and looked kinda dumb at the same time. Outside-In Lifting Avalanche Vertical Suplex from Bandido onto Horus for a near fall. Pop Up Cutter is a little sloppy during the run, run continues as Horus hits his own Body Roll Cutter, then a double knockout kick takes us to a 9 count (in Spanish) and a double sit up ala Kane and Taker.

I’ll be honest, if I shut my brain off and just watched, it’s definitely entertaining and fun. But the match has been one hell of a mess at many points. Popping Satellite DDT from Horus gives him another 2 count. Horus goes to the top, Bandido cuts him off, Benadryller from Bandido, 21Plex for the win!

I can give it a 3 for entertainment value, but holy hell was it a mess. 

Moose gives an interviewing denying being in cahoots with Maclin again, but Sami attacks Moose and the fight is continuing. Moose is now mad so he adds himself into this crazy brawl. D’lo finally calls in security to stop the brawl in general. SCOTT D’AMORE music hits! Scott makes it a NODQ Anything Goes match, but Moose is barred from Ringside.

Steve Maclin vs Sami Callihan (con’t)

Sami smashes Maclin’s head into the steel steps and takes a bow after the bell officially rings. Maclin is busted open and Sami is relishing in this whole situation until Maclin moves near the guardrail, Callihan gets put in the Tree of Woe and Caught in the Crosshairs on the guardrail! Suplex and then Maclin lands a Knee Drop from the apron right onto Callihan’s face.

Maclin pulls out 3 chairs and a Swiffer, Chicago pops for the Swiffer. Maclin asks if they want it…and then he throws it away, flips them off and grabs a chair to a chorus of Boos. Small “We Want Swiffer” chant but Maclin eats a T-Bone Suplex into the chair. Sami Sabu’s a chair into Maclin’s face. Another chair, another Sabu, but this time he gets the pony because it wraps around Maclin’s head like a necklace.

Thumbs Up, Thumbs…nope Low Blow. Maclin goes to down driving a chair into Sami’s ribs. Maclin grabs an equipment case with Wire Cutters, Zip Ties, Cables…it’s a box of goodies. K.I.A. from Maclin and Maclin refuses to end the match like that. He’s psyching up and looking to Zip Tie Callihan. Low Mule Kick gives Callihan the advantage. Sabu the chair a third time, “My Balls, your balls” and Sami just stomps the shit out of Maclin’s balls. Deonna is gonna be very upset with Sami after this match.

Sami goes for the Zip Ties on Maclin and has him with his hands tied behind his back. Maclin stays defiant to the end, spits at Callihan, Cactus Driver ’97, and Sami wins.

Honor No More (Mike Bennett, Matt Taven, Vincent, PCO & Eddie Edwards w/Maria) vs Bullet Club (Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson, Hikuleo, Ace Austin, Chris Bey)

It goes without saying that Honor No More should remain, plus with Bullet Club randomly using Hikuleo who hasn’t been on Impact television since GoD was still part of BC, he’s probably the fall guy. Even Vincent has more worth to Impact right now than Hikuleo. 

Bell rings and we get an ole 10 man donnybrook. Just slugfests and a few people get thrown out piece by piece before starting to pair up and then take the neutral corners. Good Brothers are double teaming Vincent early, but OGK slide into interrupt it. Gallows hits the Double Lariat to try and slow things down, but Gallows is in pain after his PCO match 2 weeks ago. Eddie cuts off someone, Bey and Ace double team Eddie to give BC a short advantage before Vincent comes back to life.

Big Triangle Kick from Ace wipes out Vincent. Ace of Beyse stand tall until they try and go after PCO, now they have problems. PCO and Hikuleo have their monster face off. One of Hikuleo’s strikes are worth about 3 of PCOs. Hikuleo dumps out PCO, Bey launches off of Hikuleo and takes out most of the HNM members. Hikuleo is about to dive, but Taven cuts him off just to get Yeeted into a pile of bodies. Ace hits a Diving Fold on a climbs Taven, into most of the dudes.

Weapons come out, and more chants for the Swiffer to return.  We have hit clusterfuck level for this match. 10 people is bad enough, little to no referee control, weapons and showboating to different camera cuts. Not a bad thing per se, but definitely makes things messier and easier to turn into garbage. Funny camera cut has Eddie Edwards crotching Ace with the ring post. Just revenge for when he tried to bang his wife. OGK has been doing a lot of the in ring work, but with trying to keep attention across 10 people, it’s just too much to watch. PCO misses the PCO-sault and Gallows drags him up the ramp just to eat Double Superkicks from OGK.

They drag Gallows into the crowd, we have no clue what else is going on, but Gallows fights back as PCO gets back up to his feet. Gallows and PCO fight amongst the people, Gallows tosses PCO over a second floor railing and into the Shadow Realm or something. Technically it’s 4v5 for now. Vincent Redrum’s Gallows through a table. So…someone is dead there. Eddie grabs Kenny and beats Karl with Kenny. Something oddly specific about that, but Gallows gets back up with the adrenaline surge, throws some fists and garbage cans before crumpling down. Gallows arm gives out for the Magic Killer, they wipe out Anderson, Taven hits the Climax on Gallows into a garbage can and Honor No More win!

The match totally fell apart, PCO getting sent to the Shadow Realm was a pop that didn’t really do anything aside from pop the crowd. Bey, Ace and Hikuleo weren’t really seen for the last 5 minutes of the match, at least. So yeah, over booked, sloppy, but…God dammit it was fun and the right team won.

Knockouts World Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Mia Yim

Both women go for an almost Japanese Junior style of stalemate wrestling. No real power advantage from either, not strikes thrown, both are just looking for leverage and opportunities. Poor Mia tries to anticipate a Leap Frog and eats the Manhattan Drop into Low Dropkick and then a Bridging Suplex for 1. Mia slides around with a trip, Low Dropkick of her own, Hesitation Dropkick, Jordynne powders and then Mia goes after her with a dive. Slides her back in for a 1 count.

Mia is getting a little cocky with the Snap Kicks. Jordynne tries to Suplex out of Mia’s offense, but Mia body scissors and locks in a Guillotine. It takes Jordynne a hot minute to power through the Guillotine to suplex counter it. Jordynne tried to Sunset Bomb, but Mia does a great job fighting it. Kicks her legs, holds the ropes, really looks like she’s trying not to go over, but eventually falls victim. Slow rise, and strike spot. Mia trades a few Forearms, then starts responding with Round Kicks. Jordynne keeps popping up, they trade, Sole Butt, Kawada Kicks and Jordynne shoves Mia a bit too hard so she falls into the ropes instead of bouncing off right, but it doesn’t look awful.

Jordynne goes for a Muta Lock of all things, I didn’t know she could do that, though I feel like she pulled it off once before, it’s still not something she does a lot. Mia counters and they have one another in Reverse Chinlocks and just slap the hell out of each other. It takes a headbutt from Mia to actually cause a recovery spot for both. Step Through Tornado DDT from Mia, for 2.

Classic Tornado attempt, held on, Muscle Buster from Jordynne, but Mia kicks out! They fight to the top turnbuckle, Mia gets the best, Avalanche Code Blue for…2.9! Nice reference back to her Jade days. Locomotion Cradles, Eat Defeat counter, Protect Ya Neck counter and Jordynne turns it into a Grace Driver for the pinfall victory!

Masha’s music hits right before Mia and Jordynne shake hands and she hands a death warrant to Jordynne Grace. I wasn’t sure if they’d sky rocket Masha to the top…so now we see if she stays as a Wrecking Machine or if Grace knocks her down a peg.

IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship: Josh Alexander (c) vs Alex Shelley

GIVE ME AN ALEX SHELLEY WIN! You can’t steal my Cheerios! Just let me mark out a let you jerks! 

Josh and Alex start slow, the normal feeling out style, but as Josh tries to apply his power, Alex grinds in a headlock and keeps things slow. A few quick strikes, Frakensteiner, Josh’s head gear fell off and Alex has a little fun.

Inverted Indian Deathlock as Alex claws at Josh’s face just rubbing in the advantageous position. Alex ducks into the ropes to break the Arm Wringer, Josh didn’t so he ducked back in to use the rope to trap Josh’s arm and get in a cheap but clever kick. Josh evens things up after a few run through Shoulder Tackles since Josh is really focusing on Alex’s left arm. Now Josh is finally grabbing at the legs, which makes more sense.

Gory Special into a backslide for a quick count and then Shelley keeps a few precision strikes at Josh’s arm to soften him up for the Border City Stretch. Naciente into a Border City attempt, but he couldn’t quite lock it in. Alex is enjoying going after the different injuries that he made sure Josh knew he was aware of, so Josh retaliates with that Low Diving Crossbody.

Knees, Hamstrings and Dragon Screw attacks from Alex as he’s really trying to dissect the champion. He could be trying to do too much, but it’s smart. Seated Cloverleaf into a Koji Kimura Lock combination. Alex is putting on a clinic at the moment. Rolling Elbow shades of Kotaro Suzuki in how he did it. Josh almost starts a comeback but Alex stifles it.

Power Struggle in the middle, but Josh eventually pulls off the Fisherman’s Suplex as they both take a beat to recover. Alex tries to stop the onslaught of Haymakers, but just gets molly whopped. Exploder Suplex from Josh sends Shelley to the center, Josh goes for a King Kong Knee Drop and misses. Shelley lays out Josh with a Tornado DDT, goes to the top, shrugs, Frog Splash for 2 and then Josh hooks the Ankle Lock but Alex gets to the rope.

After this point I just got engrossed and watched instead of typed. This was a hell of a match. Needs to be searched out by anyone who enjoys great wrestling and in-ring story telling. 

 

Overall Score: 8/10

So there was something charming about this show, even if it started with one of my least favorite wrestlers in all of wrestling. The match that turned into a brawl for like an hour than finally a NoDQ match was VERY old school TNA and I enjoyed the camp of the situation. It was definitely an oddly paced show with a few consecutive segments of non-wrestling and just gimmick or interview, but the last few matches saved things for me.

Lucha in general is a car crash style of wrestling that I’m very hot and cold on, but when it’s done well, it’s fucking beautiful. Bandido versus Rey Horus, was more like Jersey Shore. I can’t stop watching the awful situations, but I leave amused and feeling okay about myself; so I suppose generally positive outcome. Back to back hardcore matches are usually bad booking, but Maclin was committed to his match and that made it beautiful; while the Honor No More match was a mess, but checked enough “sports entertainment” boxes to be more than just a correct finish. Jordynne and Mia worked their assess off, there were just a couple clunky spots that stopped me from getting totally hype. And of course, the Shelley vs Alexander match was actually objectively fantastic. While I loved Sabin vs Shelley, there was definitely nostalgia and general marking out for both of them going on; I would put this match against anything else in anyone’s MOTY pool.

The wrong guy won, but damn was it a fantastic match. Solid PPV, started slow, but when it picked up, it went at the speed of a freight train. Good stuff.


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