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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (9/18/19)

Will the Wrestling Genius prove he’s the superior British style wrestler?

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NEW NXT UK

NXT UK brings about a British classic!

To prove he is truly THE BEST at British Style Wrestling, Kassius Ohno agrees to a British Rounds Match in a rematch with Sid Scala!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Travis Banks VS Tyson T-Bone; Banks wins.
  • Rhea Ripley VS Debbie Keitel; Ripley wins.
  • Joseph Conners VS Kenny Williams; Conners wins.
  • British Rounds Match: Kassius Ohno VS Sid Scala; Ohno wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Wrestling Genius wanted a match, and Sid Scala stepped up!

But try as he might, Sid was not enough to take down the larger and stronger Kassius Ohno. However, now they’ll face off in a true chess game. Sid is ready to go another round with Ohno, in NXT UK’s first ever British Rounds Match! Will this prove Ohno he’s not the best at the British style?

 

Travis Banks VS Tyson T-Bone!

The Kiwi Buzzsaw didn’t quite succeed in Cardiff, but that won’t slow him down! Will he carve a new path through the NXT UK roster? Or will the King of Travelers be a roadblock for Banks?

The bell rings and Banks ties up with T-Bone. T-Bone puts Banks in a corner but backs off. Banks dodges the punch to throw punches of his own! And stomps! Banks lets up at 4, but T-Bone comes back. Banks sweeps T-Bone’s legs and runs side-to-side to hit a big forearm smash! Banks keeps going to hit T-Bone with a knee! And then a third for a basement dropkick! Fans fire up for Banks but T-Bone hits back with a hard body shot! T-Bone whips Banks to a corner, then scoops him for a tilt-o-whirl snake eyes! T-Bone runs to crossbody Banks down! Cover, TWO! T-Bone keeps on Banks with knees to the back and elbows to the head. T-Bone stomps the ribs and Banks is sputtering. Fans rally up as T-Bone throws more hands. T-Bone focuses on those ribs, but Banks gets to the ropes. T-Bone brings Banks up and scoops for a slam! Cover, TWO!

Fans still rally for Banks as T-Bone wraps in him a half straitjacket. Banks fights against the modified neck wrench, but T-Bone gets him with fists first. Banks comes back with kicks, but T-Bone blocks for a kidney shot! And then a slingshot suplex! Banks ends up in a corner but dodges T-Bone. Banks blocks the kick and throws T-Bone down, basement knee sends T-Bone out of the ring. Fans fire up as Banks builds speed and DIVES! The Low-pe hits T-Bone, Banks gets T-Bone in the ring. Springboard dumdum stomps! Cover, TWO! Banks grits his teeth from both pain and frustration, but fans rally back behind him. Banks tries again but T-Bone clobbers him! T-Bone throws Banks with a modified Half ‘n’ Half! Cover, TWO!! Banks barely survives, but T-Bone still keeps focus. Fans rally again as T-Bone looms over him. Banks resists the lift but T-Bone clubs away. T-Bone suplexes but Banks cradle counters! Banks wins!!

Winner: Travis Banks, by pinfall

The Buzzsaw beats T-Bone by the skin of his teeth! Will Banks be able to rest those ribs and get back on track?

 

Radzy has a report on Toni Storm.

There has still been no sighting of the former NXT UK Women’s Champion, but Gallus interrupts. “We hate to be the ones to inform you, but Toni Time is over.” It doesn’t matter where she’s gone, does it? No, it doesn’t. At TakeOver: Cardiff, Gallus wasn’t pinned in the Triple Threat for the tag titles. Therefore, everyone saw that Gallus are still contenders. They’re coming for what’s theirs, because this is still THEIR Kingdom. Will Mark Coffey and Wolfgang take the titles off the Welsh rockstars? And when will NXT UK finally see Toni Storm again?

 

Rhea Ripley VS Debbie Keitel!

The Mosh Pit Kid didn’t beat NXT USA’s Queen of Spades quite the way she wanted to, but she’ll shrug that off to keep strong in NXT UK. Will Rhea rip her way back to the title she first held? Or will this #BeautifulButDangerous debuting superstar be a Debbie Downer?

The bell rings, and Rhea doesn’t take Debbie that seriously. Fans know “Rhea’s gonna kill~ you~!” as she and Debbie tie up. Rhea puts Debbie in the corner, but backs off at the ref’s count. She dares Debbie to come back and Debbie sneers. Debbie waistlocks but can’t lift Rhea. Rhea just tosses Debbie off, but Debbie tries for a takedown. Rhea powers Debbie off again with a gut wrench! “You wanna be in NXT UK, huh!?” Rhea whips but Debbie breaks free and SLAPS Rhea! And again! Rhea stops the third slap to BOOT Debbie down! Pump handle, RIPTIDE! Cover, Rhea wins!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall

Debbie Downer goes down, and Rhea remains dominant as ever. But Rhea has something to say and takes to the mic. Fans cheer Rhea on as she drums the mic. “I figured it’s about time that I get my NXT UK Women’s Championship back!” Fans cheer that idea! Rhea says there is no one that can break her mentally, compete with her physically, and no one in NXT UK-

Wait, is that Jinny? “Rhea, Rhea, Rhea.” Jinny wants Rhea to understand the greasy hair and rusty chains are just too ’90s. But that sums Rhea up. She looks like she’s from the past, and her achievements are the past, so she belongs in the past. Now look at the future. Jinny vows to be the next NXT UK Women’s Champion. But that’s the future. Presently, she has a bigger problem for Rhea. And that’s Jazzy Gabert. Jazzy stands face to face with Rhea, but Rhea just roundhouse kicks Jazzy down! Rhea dares Jazzy to fight, but Jinny says now’s not the time. Battle lines have been drawn, but will Rhea’s brutality be enough to take down the Alpha Female?

 

Trent Seven enters the arena, as Noam Dar makes an “announcement.”

According to Mr. Supernova 11, Trent Seven “is a dafty.” Dar trolls Seven with the megaphone’s alarm, but Seven tells him to stop being a child. Who hides in a parking garage with a megaphone. But Dar won’t leave it alone as he says, “RIP BSS.” In other words, rest in peace British Strong Style. Seven has had it, but other NXT UK staff are there to stop this from becoming a parking lot brawl! Seven leaves it at this, for now. But will Dar continue to poke Seven’s buttons until he explodes?

 

Joseph Conners VS Kenny Williams!

The Righteous Killer still wants to prove who belongs in NXT UK and who doesn’t, but he hasn’t had the easiest time with the “shiny new toys.” At the same time, the Lucky-Yin hasn’t had the best luck on his own end. Which man earns their place when they go head-to-head tonight?

The bell rings and Conners ties up with Williams. Conners knees hard then stomps Williams down. He puts Williams in the corner and throws big hands, then reels Williams in for a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Conners stalks Williams as he crawls, and brings him up by the ear. Williams breaks free and throws big body shots! Williams whips but Conners reverses. Williams jumps over Conners to sunset flip on the rebound, TWO! Williams waistlocks, redirects and back elbows Conners down! Fans fire up as Williams runs again, and he bulldogs Conners into buckles! William springboards but Conners trips him up! Conners seethes as he drags Williams up for a gourd buster! Then a snap chancery! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Williams but Conners grows frustrated. Conners drags Williams up, whips and headbutts low! Williams sputters to a corner but Conners is on him with big body shots.

Conners clubs Williams hard then brings him around for more. Conners taunts the fans but the fans boo and jeer. Williams throws hands back but Conners scoop slams fast! Cover, TWO! Conners drives a knee into Williams’ back and pulls back on the arms. Fans rally as Williams endures. Conners trash talks but Williams fights up. Conners knees low then puts Williams in a standing abdominal stretch. Williams endures and pops out but Conners throws more hands. Conners whips but Williams reverses to a jawbreaker. Conners shoves but Williams yo-yos in the ropes to a Slingblade! Cover, TWO! Conners throws hands but Williams counter punches and CHOPS! Forearm, CHOP, and repeat! But Conners whips Williams, but Williams springboards for the back elbow!

Conners flounders to a corner but he puts Williams on the apron. Williams kicks Conners back, then springboards, and fakes Conners out! Conners runs in but gets bumped on buckles and kicked away! Williams springboards for real, and hits a flying back elbow! Conners staggers up, wheelbarrow facebsuter! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Williams is frustrated for giving Conners such an opening. Conners slingshots the ropes at Williams, then slingshots in to shout, “DON’T LOOK DOWN!” The facebuster hits, cover, Conners wins!

Winner: Joseph Conners, by pinfall

Finally on a roll, Conners talks to that imaginary friend, “Told you! I told you!” But will Conners keep climbing to go after the shiniest toy of all in the WWE United Kingdom Championship?

 

NXT UK looks back to the surprise epic that was Cesaro VS Dragunov.

The Swiss Cyborg and the Moscow Madman tore it down in an open challenge answered in Cardiff, and it would be Cesaro that was victorious. But in an interview after, Cesaro showed Ilja Dragunov further respect. Ilja has Cesaro’s seal of approval, will this lead to even bigger things for him?

 

Oliver Carter speaks.

We saw his debut not go quite how he wanted, but he’s coming back for another go! Will the Predator Slayer get that critical first victory?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Kay Lee Ray.

KLR called out Tegan Nox and Tegan dared her to go any time, anywhere. But the NXT UK Women’s Champion is 100%. Tegan was just the hometown girl with two broken knees. KLR puts it back on Tegan to say when and where. But it’s Johnny Saint who says this happens in two weeks! Will the girl with the Shiniest Wizard show KLR that knees mean nothing compared to heart?

 

British Rounds Match: Kassius Ohno VS Sid Scala!

To review the rules of this iconic UK match type, it will consist of 6 rounds of 3 minutes each, with 30 second breaks in-between. That means this match will last no longer than 20-and-a-half minutes. To win, you must either: win two rounds by pinfall or submission; earn a knockout; or have the lead in falls by the end of the final round. With that said, will Ohno be able to calculate a victory and prove he IS a Wrestling Genius? Or will Sid Scala show the world by surviving all six rounds?

Fans are on Sid’s side already as the referee does a check on the gear. The referee calls for them to shake hands, and Ohno is first to offer it. Sid accepts, but the break isn’t very polite. The bell rings and the first round begins!

The clock is ticking and fans are already rallying for Sid. They tie up and Ohno wrenches Side to a keylock and a takedown. Ohno wrenches Sid more but Sid spins through. Sid reverses the wrench onto Ohno, but Ohno spins around to headlock Sid. Ohno pops out of Sid’s grip and has Sid for a headlock takedown. Sid works his way up and fans build to a rally. Sid pops out the back to get the armlock on Ohno. Ohno stands up and works against the hammerlock. Ohno has a waistlock, then a half nelson. Ohno spins Sid to a cravat and cranks on it hard! He snapmares Sid down and Sid endures. Fans still rally as we approach the last minute of this round. Sid uses his own leg to bait Ohno in and gets the armlock! A move out of Johnny Saint’s book!

Ohno puts Sid on the ropes and the ref calls for the break. The two go again as we reach the last 30 seconds. Ohno has Sid’s arm and a takedown with the leg. Ohno cranks the foot in a toehold, but Sid endures. Sid works on an escape, pops up and around but less than 10 seconds! Sid has his own toehold, but time is up for round 1!

Round 1 – Ohno: 0; Scala: 0

Corner men step up for each man, and we have our first 30 second break between rounds. Ohno and Sid do refresh themselves, taking sips of water and wiping sweat away. Sid and Ohno are ready, and we begin round 2!

A new three minutes, and the two men approach. Sid and Ohno tie up, and Sid has the headlock. Sid shifts to a cravat but Ohno only looks annoyed. Ohno rolls but Sid holds on! Sid cranks Ohno harder now that Ohno is on the mat. Ohno works his way back up and pops out to a full nelson. He reels Sid out to wring out but Sid cartwheels through! Ohno just goes at Sid and whips, to then back drop, but Sid sunset flips! Ohno pops right out to high stack Sid, but Sid rolls through and crawls out from under! Ohno is annoyed again but the fans are cheering. Sid and Ohno go again with a knuckle lock. Ohno uses his foot to bring Sid down, and he stands on one hand while torturing the other. But we’ve already reached the last minute as Ohno puts on the standing surfboard.

Sid fights his way up but Ohno uses his weight to keep Sid down. Ohno puts a foot in Sid’s back, but Sid endures. Sid works against the hold, turns it around, but Ohno whips Sid to a corner. Sid goes up and under and baits Ohno in to roll him up! TWO, with 15 seconds left! Ohno whips Sid but Sid reverses! Ohno goes up but can’t get under! Cover, TWO!, and time’s up again! The ref has to pull Ohno off Sid and fans boo the overtime. Both men back off again for the 30 second break.

Round 2 – Ohno: 0; Scala: 0

Ohno cools off in his corner, but he starts staring down with Sid from across the way. Both men are ready, we begin round 3!

Ohno and Sid approach again and tie up. Ohno headlocks, and throws punches while he has Sid’s head trapped! Sid endures the grind but Ohno keeps hold of him with a one-handed chinbar! Ohno throat punches Sid but the ref couldn’t see it! Sid sputters and scrambles to ropes, but he comes back with body shots! And forearms! And back elbows! Sid even uses a European Uppercut and a big knee! Sid wrenches Ohno’s arm but Ohno CHOPS Sid off his feet! Sid sputters again but he’s back up. Ohno has a headlock but Sid breaks free to dropkick over and over! Sid runs, into a rolling elbow! Cover, Ohno has the first fall!

Round 3 – Ohno: 1; Scala: 0

A fast round right there, and Ohno smiles as he’s on the board. Now it’s all on Sid to try and get even with him. Ohno goes to his corner as Sid is in a daze. Ohno puts his hair back while Sid manages to get up and have a drink. The break is over before Sid’s ready, and Ohno is right on him for round 4!

Ohno has Sid with another CHOP, and Sid sputters again. Ohno stalks Sid as Sid slowly stands, and just clubs him back down. Sid gets to ropes but Ohno is on him with another smothering facelock. Fans rally for Sid but Ohno scoops and slams him hard! Ohno taunts Sid now, wanting to see what fight he has left. Sid gets up but Ohno is on him with a cravat. Ohno taunts fans, “How is Sid gonna kill me with a broken body!?” Ohno snapmares and drops a knee on Sid! Fans sing for Sid as Sid gets up before the 10 count. Ohno is on Sid with another facelock to crank that neck. Sid fights with body shots, and he’s free! He keeps throwing shots, and even a headbutt, but Ohno DECKS him with a right! Ohno watches Sid drag himself up again as we’re at 45 seconds. Ohno wrenches Sid with a modified cravat. Sid endures as the seconds tick away. Fans rally and Sid fights his way up, but Ohno cranks hard on his inverted neck wrench. Sid breaks the hold but Ohno headbutts him down! The last 10 seconds drain away, Sid gets a CHOP! But Sid survives and this match continues.

Round 4 – Ohno: 1; Scala: 0

Another 30 second break, but Sid is having a hell of a time just getting back to his corner. Sid sips as fast as he can in the last 15 seconds but Ohno is taking it easy. The fifth round begins now!

Ohno mocks Sid’s fighting spirit, but fans are still rallying. Sid throws hands but Ohno just grabs his head with one arm. Ohno steps through to club away on Sid’s ribs. Then he steps in to get the abdominal stretch, and clubs more. Ohno dares Sid to “kill” him now. But Sid works against the hold, only for Ohno to make it part straitjacket. Ohno spins Sid around for a cobra clutch, but fans are rallying. Ohno reels Sid out to ram shoulders! Sid stays up, but Ohno spins him back around into a cobra clutch. Sid works against the hold, but Ohno reels him out again. Sid hits a headbutt! And big knees! Sid clubs Ohno but Ohno headbutts back. Ohno throws Sid out of the ring, but Sid stays on the apron! Sid gets up with a minute left.

Ohno goes to the other side and drags Sid through the ropes. The referee reprimands Ohno so Ohno listens to him. But Sid is climbing! Sid leaps over, crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Sid almost tied hits up! Ohno snapmares, and drops a knee! But it misses as Sid dodges! Ohno tries an elbow but Sid dodges again! Ohno snapmares and tries a senton, but Sid gets his knees up! But 15 seconds left! Sid fires off and runs, clothesline after clothesline, but the time runs out!

Round 5 – Ohno: 1; Scala: 0

Sid was so close yet so far! One last 30 second break, and one last chance for Sid to keep in this. He still wants at Ohno but Ohno takes it easy in his corner. Sid recharges with another drink of water, and he is pacing like a caged animal. The sixth and final round begins, and Sid jumps right on Ohno!

Sid will not let up on Ohno with only three minutes left! Fans are fired up as Ohno just tries to get away! Sid won’t let up so the ref has to pull him off. Ohno scoops and rolling sentons! Cover, TWO!! Sid still lives and fans are still cheering! Sid wills himself up but Ohno is up first. Ohno stalks Sid to ropes but the ref keeps him back. Ohno still CLUBS Sid down to the mat. Sid drags himself up again, but Ohno is on him with a rear chinlock. Sid pries at that hold, powering up! Fans are cheering but Ohno grinds his chin in, and CLOBBERS Sid from behind! Sid is down but the ref keeps Ohno off him. Sid slowly gets up but we reach a minute left! Sid is up before 10, but Ohno has him on his shoulders in an Electric Chair! But Sid pops around to victory roll! Cover, TWO!! Sid spins around to crucifix, and just gets Ohno down! TWO!!! DISCUS BOOT! Only 20 seconds left, Ohno doesn’t even have to do anything. But Sid backslides!! BUT TIME RUNS OUT!!

Winner: Kassius Ohno, score of 1-0

Sid would’ve had Ohno, if only he had a few more seconds! But the rules are the rules, this is still Ohno’s victory. But with as close as that was, can Ohno really say he’s the best at British wrestling? Or is a win a win that will lead Ohno to bigger and better?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A really fun NXT UK to be amid all the changes in the other brands. We get a fairly good bunch of matches, though the matches themselves are somewhat filler. Banks beats T-Bone to stay strong in the midcard, as does Joseph Conners. I wonder if Banks and Conners will collide on the way to the imaginary midcard championship since there isn’t a real one yet. Banks VS Conners could actually make for a great match since they both love hitting hard. Rhea obviously puts Debbie Keitel away, but this seems to point to Rhea doing double duty between UK and US NXT brands. Rhea looks to be a Tweener or aggressive Face on both brands now that she’s going against Jazzy Gabert and Jinny here and Shayna Baszler on NXT USA. While Tegan has a match with KLR, there’s a number of ways KLR wins and then Toni Storm shocks us with a return to get a rematch. Rhea’s story with Jazzy might go Jazzy’s way while Rhea is more busy with Shayna and winning there.

It’s good to see that interview from Cesaro where he gives praise Dragunov, because that really was the sleeper hit of the TakeOver: Cardiff show. This could be part of the scenic route for Dragunov to the WWE UK Championship, which is good. As great as Dragunov is in the ring and how that already clicks for fans, give him a minute to build story-based momentum so he and Walter will be able to have an epic match that parallels Walter VS Bate. Gallus wants after Andrews & Webster, that will be some fun stuff. Then Dar VS Seven is happening, and with some good character work. If Dar isn’t just trolling Seven the entire time, it won’t quite work towards the story they’re building.

And then for the WWE’s first British Rounds Match, and the first British Rounds Match I’ve seen, this was really well plotted out. I said before that Jack Gallagher was probably meant for this, but Sid Scala did great in substituting in. Fans were so strongly behind Sid in this, and as far as keeping Heel heat on Ohno, it was great for him to win by time running out. He can brag about this for weeks now, until Johnny Saint decides perhaps the originally planned match with Gallagher, maybe even in British Rounds style. Also, there are very few behemoths in NXT UK, certainly Face monsters. Mastiff still has a lot to do with Gallus and Joe Coffey, so I’m not sure who Ohno could be put against that he’d feel worried about. But maybe that works for story, where it’s always an underdog that beats him, to the shock of Ohno most of all.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/3/22)

Is World Tag League tranquilo?

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

Can Naito & Sanada win back-to-back main events?

We just saw Los Ingobernables de Japon conquer Aussie Open, but can they trump The Joker & The Ace in NJPW World Tag League’s sixth round?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 5-1, 10 points
The Mighty: 5-1, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 4-2, 8 points
Khan & Henare: 4-2, 8 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-2, 6 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
Goto & Hashi: 3-2, 6 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]

 

World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Aussie Open!

The Mechanical Bulls are in the exact opposite spot as Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher, but that won’t stop them! Can Coughlin & Kidd ruin the All United Empire Finals? Or will Dunk-Zilla & The Aussie Arrow turn things around from their first loss this league?

The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here, and he says it is Coughlin’s birthday. Gideon was going to get Coughlin a birthday present, and then he heard how horribly Coughlin’s first WTL run is going. Kidd gets impatient and Gideon says this is what he’s getting at. This is his present to them: an opportunity to win their first two points against his team, “representing the United Empire…!” Gideon gives the introductions and Aussie Open makes their entrance.  And Aussie Open is so fired up, they don’t sort out, they just go after Coughlin & Kidd! Davis is after Kidd, Kyle has Coughlin, and Davis knees Kidd low to send him out of the ring!

The bell rings, Aussie Open double whip Coughlin, but he ducks their double clothesline to shove Kyle into Davis. Coughlin goes to ropes, Davis runs in but Coughlin dumps him out. Kyle runs in but Coughlin TOSSES him out onto Davis! Kidd is up top and fans cheer for the ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit and fans cheer as Kidd fires up! Kidd puts Kyle back in for Coughlin, and Coughlin deadlift gut wrench suplexes! And then deadlift back suplexes! Cover, TWO! Tag to Kidd and he runs to BLAST Davis! Coughlin runs in to clothesline Kidd at the corner, then feeds him to Kidd’s EXPLODER!

The Mechanical Bulls flex and the fans fire up again. Coughlin hauls Kyle up, he and Kidd double suplex but Davis saves Kyle! Aussie Open dodge the Mechanical Bulls, Kyle SUPERKICKS Coughlin while Davis BOOTS Kidd! Fans fire up as Davis goes to the corner to tag in. Davis storms up on Kidd, he brings Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS back. Kidd eggs Davis on but Davis CHOPS Kidd! Kidd CHOPS, CHOPS and eggs Davis on. Davis CHOPS Kidd and fans fire up for that one. Kidd CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS, then roars at Davis, but Davis knees low then throws Kidd out. Kyle BLASTS Coughlin off the apron!

Aussie Open coordinate, Kyle picks up Coughlin and Davis picks up Kidd, and they run around the way to SANDWICH the Mechanical Bulls! And then, DOUBLE APRON BACK SUPLEXES! And then, DOUBLE SCOOP SLAMS to the floor! Fans fire up as Kyle gets in the ring. The ring count starts, Coughlin and Kidd writhe as the count passes 5 of 20. Kidd sits up at 10, drags himself up with the railing, and fans rally up. The count is 15, Kidd flounders and staggers about, but Coughlin helps him up at 18 to get in at 19! Davis tags Kyle, Aussie Open double whip and double ELBOW Kidd, PENALTY KICK to SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as Kyle looms over Kidd. Kyle sits Kidd up to ELBOW him in the head! Kyle clamps on a chinlock and grinds Kidd down. Kidd endures as Coughlin and the fans rally up. Kyle shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Kidd endures, fights up, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Kyle cranks more, until the ref counts 4. Kyle “apologizes” then tags in Davis. Davis drags Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS! Davis scoops Kidd to SLAM him! Kidd grits his teeth as he gets back up to CHOP and CHOP! Davis scoop SLAMS again, but Kidd is right up! Kidd CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Davis whips Kidd right out, BOOTS Coughlin, and Kyle goes after Kidd!

Kyle scoops Kidd but Kidd slips off to scoop Kyle! Kidd SLAMS Kyle on the floor! Fans fire up as Kidd gets back in, dodges Davis, but Davis blocks the kick. Kidd gets free to ROCK Davis with a haymaker! Davis drops to a knee and fans fire up! Kidd roars and tags in Coughlin! The Android fires off forearms, but Davis blocks the chop. Coughlin avoids the clothesline to kick low to UPPERCUT then CHOP! Fans fire up with Coughlin and he whips Davis to a corner. Davis reverses, runs in and SPLASHES, but into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up with Coughlin and he drags Davis up, short arm LARIAT! Cover, Kyle breaks it!

Coughlin kicks Kyle then throws him out. Fans rally and Coughlin drags Davis up. Coughlin scoops Davis but Davis fights with elbows. Coughlin still powers out but Davis slips off to ENZIGURI! Kyle tags in while Coughlin staggers to an open corner. Kyle runs in to BOOT Coughlin, then he suplexes. Coughlin slips out to scoop Kyle, INVERTED SLAM! Fans fire up and Coughlin tags Kidd. Kidd fires up, Coughlin whips him in at Kyle for a clothesline! And then another whip for a CHOP! Kidd SUPERKICKS Kyle, feeds him to Coughlin’s scoop, and Coughlin pops Kyle around for a POWERBOMB! Kidd covers, TWO!

Fans rally again as Kidd tags Coughlin. Kidd whips Coughlin in now but Coughlin blocks Kyle’s boot. Kyle SUPERKICKS instead and Coughlin goes down! Kidd runs in but Kyle puts him on the apron to SUPERKICK! Davis is there to catch Kidd, Kyle goes out, POP-UP ROUNDHOUSE! Aussie Open goes after Coughlin, scoop for the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Coughlin survives and fans fire up again! Kyle is frustrated but he tags Davis back in. Aussie Open haul Coughlin up, double wrench, but he blocks the double pump handles! The Android shows his full power as he RAMS Aussie Open into each other!

Coughlin then reels them both in, for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Fans are thunderous as all three men are down! Kidd returns and calls to Coughlin! Fans rally as Coughlin crawls that way, hot tag to Kidd! Kidd CHOPS Davis, but Davis just frowns. Kidd eggs Davis on, and Davis CHOPS Kidd! Davis eggs Kidd so Kidd CHOPS Davis! Davis CHOPS Kidd, but Kidd CHOPS Davis! Fans rally up as the CHOPS keep going, back and forth, faster and faster! Davis CHOPS and CHOPS, and CHOPS! But Kidd CHOPS Davis down!! Fans are thunderous as Coughlin slides back in. The Mechanical Bulls pinball Davis with forearm after forearm!

Davis SLAPS Kidd, SLAPS Coughlin, so they DOUBLE HEADBUTT him! Coughlin & Kidd go to opposite corners, they’re looking to copy Aussie Open! They both run in but Davis drops out of the way! Kidd & Coughlin stop short of hitting each other, but then Kyle gets in. Kyle SUPERKICKS Coughlin, dodges Kidd and Davis BOOTS Kidd! Aussie Open throw off the elbow pads but Kidd roars. But he stands up into the DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Double pump handles, for COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!

Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)

Well, that’ll be a birthday present Coughlin wishes he could return. Aussie Open bounce back from their first loss, are they still future winners of the World Tag League?

 

World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare!

Bishamon is just outside the top of this block, but they vow to #GetBackUp! However, the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon are determined to keep that All United Empire Finals dream alive! Will it be Lights Out for Khan & Henare? Or will they be able to conquer the Chaos?

Naturally, Gideon Grey is still here from last match to give his other team their introductions. The teams sort out and fans rally for Khan already. Khan starts against the Fierce Warrior and fans fire up already. Khan and Goto circle, feel out the grapple, each trying for a leg. Goto facelocks but Khan slips free and fans applaud. The two go again, clinch, and end up on ropes. The ref calls the break, Goto lets off with a pat of the shoulders. Fans applaud and Khan comes back. They tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Khan powers Goto back to ropes. The ref calls the break again, and Khan lets off with pats on the shoulder. Then an IRON CLAW on the ear!

Khan laughs while the ref reprimands, and Khan CLUBS the ear! Hashi protests but Khan UPPERCUTS him down! Khan CLUBS Goto, runs, but Hashi slides in so Bishamon can run Khan over! HIP TOSS SENTON! Henare runs in but he gets double kicks, and the drums! Goto & Hashi drag Khan up and fans fire up for the drums! Goto stomps Khan around, then drags him back up. Khan shots around and has the PONYTAIL SLEEPER! The ref reprimands, Khan lets go at 4, then CHOKES Goto with his hands! The ref reprimands again, Khan lets off, but he misses Henare sending Hashi into railing! Khan CHOKES Goto more!

The ref reprimands again and Khan lets off. Henare leaves Hashi alone, and fans rally up both ways. Khan stands Goto up for Mongolian Chops! Goto staggers, Khan has him against ropes, and he Mongolian Chops again! Khan brings Goto out to Mongolian Chop him down! Kneeling cover, TWO! Khan tags Henare, the Empire mugs Goto, and Henare stalks Goto to ropes. Henare bends Goto back against the ropes while Khan distracts the ref. Henare bangs the war drums! Fans rally, Henare lets off and Goto flops back. Henare snapmares and KICKS, then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Henare clamps onto Goto’s arm to keep him down.

Henare digs his elbow into Goto’s forehead, then JAMS Goto with the elbow. Tag to Khan and he drags Goto around. Goto CHOPS Khan! And CHOPS! But Khan knees low, then whips Goto into the corner. Khan CLUBS Goto on the back, then sits up on his throne! Henare BLASTS Hashi for good measure, and then Khan pulls Goto’s arms back. Henare KNEES Goto in the back! The ref reprimands and counts, Khan hops off at 4. Cover, TWO! Khan tells everyone to shut up but they rally for Goto anyway. Khan says Goto’s gonna kiss his foot! Goto resists as Khan pushes him down, and Goto fights up to his feet!

Goto CHOPS and CHPS and CHOPS, but Khan knees low and CLUBS Goto. Khan runs, Goto follows and LARIATS! Fans fire up as both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! The Head Hunter rallies on The Empire! Fans fire up as Hashi runs in to CHOP Khan in a corner! Hashi whips and CHOPS again, then mule kicks! Khan fights the neckbreaker, but Hashi dodges the haymaker to hit the HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up as Khan staggers about. Hashi runs in to CHOP again! Hashi suplexes to hang Khan out to dry. Hashi runs side to side to dropkick Khan down! Hashi keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Hashi keeps cool and fans rally up. Hashi drags Khan up, fisherman’s a leg, but Khan fights with body shots. Khan pulls on Hashi’s ears! Khan whips Hashi into Henare’s haymaker, then Khan hits the PANCAKE PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Hashi escapes but Henare tags in. Henare stomps the mat and waits on Hashi to stand. Henare runs in, RAMP- NO, Hashi fights off the Rampage with forearms! Hashi throws more forearms, but Henare DECKS Hashi with just one! Henare whips Hashi, but Hashi dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi crawls over, hot tag to Goto!

Goto fires off on Henare with forearms! Goto whips corner to corner, runs in, MURAMASA! And then the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Goto drags Henare back up. Goto fireman’s carries but Henare fights that off with forearms. Goto ROCKS Henare, but Henare snarls. Henare ROCKS Goto, but Goto ROCKS Henare! The forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans rally up. Henare eggs Goto on so Goto fires off a flurry! Then an ELBOW JAB! Goto runs, but into Khan’s cheap shot! ELBOW JAB, and then the Empire coordinates, BOOT ROUNDHOUSE SANDWICH!

Hashi runs in, but into an IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Henare drags Goto up, into the ULTIMA NELSON! Bishamon fights against these submissions, so Henare spins to BODY SHOT Goto! And then the fisherman to the torture rack! Khan has Hashi in the Iron Claw, but Bishamon escapes both Streets of Rage and Eliminator! They shove Khan and Henare into each other, then Hashi SUPERKICKS Khan! Fans fire up as Hashi calls to Goto. Forearm and feed to the fireman’s carry, but Henare slips off. Goto powers Henare back into a corner, then moves aside as Hashi runs in to clothesline! Hashi feeds to the kick and hook-up!

Hashi runs, GOTO GOTO HUNTER! Cover, TWO! Henare survives the Russian Leg Sweep Blockbuster, but Hashi says it’s lights out! Goto drags Henare up to the dragon sleeper, Hashi has the legs, but Khan PONYTAIL SLEEPERS Hashi! Goto lets Henare go but Khan shoves Hashi into him! Then HITSUJIGOROSHI for Hashi! Henare gets the legs for the FUBUKI! And then MARINE!! Fans rally up as Henare & Khan drag Goto up. Khan Mongolian Chops Goto, then whips him corner to corner. Khan whips Henare in but Goto avoids the knee! Goto fires off forearms on Khan, then whips, only for Khan to reverse! RAMPAGE!! Cover, TWO?!?

Fans fire up again as Goto survives! Khan knocks Hashi down, and then the Monster Rage boils over! Henare drags Goto back up as fans rally. Fireman’s carry, and Khan runs, but Hashi LARIATS Khan down! SUPERKICK for Henare! Fireman’s carry, FIERCE FLASH into SHOUTO!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!

Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)

The Dominator & Ultimate Weapon fall! Are the dreams of an All United Empire Finals finally shattered? Will Goto & Hashi head for back-to-back World Tag League wins?

 

World Tag League 2022: Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!

The Meanest Tag Team in the World Tag League is still alive in the block, but if #EverybodyDies, can the King of Darkness and Tokyo Pimp spoil things for them? Or will the House of Torture learn not Everything is Evil?

Dick Togo accompanies the House of Torture out this time, but surely Sho is lurking. As always, Archer CLOBBERS a Young Lion in his entrance, and this time it’s Oskar Leube. And Archer again storms over to commentary to intimidate Milano Collection AT. Suzuki then makes his entrance, and fans get to shout along with, “KAZE NI NARE!” But as soon as introductions are done, Yujiro and Evil attack! Yujiro goes after Suzuki while Evil is after Archer! But Archer turns that around to send Evil out! The bell rings just before Suzuki throws Yujiro out, and then the brawling continues outside!

Fans rally as Suzuki knees Yujiro, then headlocks. Yujiro throws body shots then shoves Suzuki into railing! Evil throws his shirt at Archer to distract him, then he hits down low! Evil brings Archer around to ram into railing, then brings him into No Man’s Land. But Archer turns that around by raking Evil’s eyes! Fans cheer as The House of Torture is getting a taste of their own medicine! Speaking of, Suzuki is storming up to Yujiro with a chair! But Yujiro uses his pimp cane to fight back! CANE SHOT to the gut, then CANE SHOT to the head! But Archer goes after Yujiro now and snatches the cane away.

The ref tries to restore order but Archer JAMS Yujiro with his own cane. Suzuki gets in the ring but Yujiro is after him. Evil gets a chair, but so does Archer! Evil complains but the ref reprimands them both. Yujiro clamps a chinlock onto Suzuki, but Suzuki gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts that, Yujiro lets off, and then Yujiro slaps Suzuki around. Suzuki shoves Yujiro but Yujiro kicks low. Suzuki fires forearms but Yujiro knee slow. Evil holds Suzuki in the corner and Yujiro BOOTS Suzuki down! Evil tags in but fans rally up for Suzuki. Evil digs his boots in but the ref counts. Evil lets off at 4 and fans continue to rally.

Evil taunts Suzuki as he sits up. Evil CHOPS Suzuki, but Suzuki says that’s nothing! Suzuki eggs Evil on so Evil CHOPS again. Still not enough for Minoru, so Evil winds up, to claw Suzuki’s eyes! Fans boo but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro kicks Suzuki, SLAPS him, but Suzuki fights back with kicks! Yujiro claws Suzuki’s eyes more, then brings him around to snapmare. Yujiro runs to basement boot! Cover, ONE!! Fans fire up as Suzuki snarls and eggs Yujiro on. Yujiro brings Suzuki over with a headlock, Evil tags in. Evil throws his shirt at Archer again, but Suzuki CHOKES Yujiro! Evil claws Suzuki’s eyes!

The ref is busy with an angry Archer, Evil gets away with all this. Cover, TWO! Evil argues the count but then Suzuki sits up with a scowl. Evil talks trash while Archer throws his shirt back. Evil gives toying kicks but Suzuki slowly stands up. Evil keeps taunting Suzuki, but Suzuki throws a body shot! Evil rakes the eyes again, but Suzuki avoids the lariat to BOOT Evil down! Fans fire up and Suzuki tags in Archer! The Murderhawk Monster storms up to Evil, knees him low, then whips him hard into a corner! Yujiro runs in and clubs Archer, but Archer doesn’t budge! Archer knees Yujiro low, then whips him hard into a corner!

Fans fire up, but then Dick slides in! Archer turns around and Dick stops in his tracks. Dick bows and offers a handshake. Fans say not to trust that but Archer still accepts. To then whip Dick into Yujiro! And back elbow them both! Archer whips Dick into Evil, then back elbows them both! Archer whips Dick back at Yujiro, for another back elbow! And then back at Evil for another back elbow! Fans fire up with Archer while Dick flops down. Archer brings Evil around, runs and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Evil survives but Archer tags Suzuki. Evil begs for mercy and he apologizes, but Suzuki-Gun doesn’t trust that. Evil goes to double low blow, but gets blocked!

Archer & Suzuki kick and stomp Evil, then whip him to the corner. Suzuki runs in, Evil BOOTS him! Evil avoids Archer and Archer hits buckles. Evil hurries to reach out to Yujiro, but Archer runs in! Evil dumps Archer out! Hot tag to Yujiro! Yujiro brings Suzuki up, blocks his kick, rakes the eyes and throws Suzuki down for a SLIDING BOOT! Yujiro stands Suzuki up to throw knees and forearms. Yujiro puts Suzuki on ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro runs, but Suzuki knees low! Suzuki has the GUILLOTINE! But Yujiro BITES the hand! Suzuki kicks low, shoots around, but Yujiro grabs the ref to stop the sleeper!

Suzuki KICKS Yujiro’s arm! Suzuki argues with the ref but then Yujiro shoves Suzuki into the ref! The ref goes down, Evil slides in and BLASTS Archer! Dick slides in to stomp away on Suzuki! Fans boo as Evil and Dick stomp Suzuki, but Archer attacks them and Yujiro! Archer throws Dick and Evil out, then he goes out to CLUB Evil down. Suzuki and Yujiro stand, Yujiro throws forearm after forearm, but Suzuki just laughs those off! Yujiro kicks low, runs, but Suzuki follows, shoots around, and has the SLEEPER! Fans fire up as Suzuki spins Yujiro around, Gotch PILEDRIVER!! Cover, SHO drags the ref out!!

The Murder Machine stomps Suzuki as fans boo hard as ever! Archer gets in to grab both of them, but Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER on Archer! Archer still choke grips Sho! But Evil LOW BLOWS Archer! Evil then clotheslines Archer out of the ring! Suzuki fights back but gets the SPOILER CHOKER, and the WRENCH SHOT! And then EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Evil drags Yujiro onto the cover and Dick fetches the ref. Fans boo the cover, but the House of Torture wins!

Winners: Evil & Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki & Archer earn 0)

The Murderhawk Monster rises and is furious, and same for Suzuki! They chase off the House of Torture, beat up on Young Lions and even the railing. Suzuki snatches the chairs from the timekeeper’s area to throw at Evil and Sho as they run away! The House of Torture ruined their run, but will Suzuki & Archer look to ruin Evil’s life?

 

World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA!

The Joker & The Ace have found a way to stay alive in the block, but the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull are coming off a huge win just yesterday. Will Naito & Sanada keep this tournament tranquilo? Or will love, energy and comedy win out?

Naito mocks the bad boy squat as he makes his entrance. Maybe Naito was a “Yankee” in his school days, too? Yano grows impatient as Naito takes his time entering the ring. But Yano still says Tanahashi’s muscles are “SUGOI~!” Naito takes his time with his entrance attire while fans rally up, and Yano is again impatient. Naito taunts Yano with the tearaway pants, then throws them away. The teams sort out and Tanahashi starts for his team. LIJ slowly fist bumps, and  Yano is annoyed again. The fist bump finally happens, and Yano gets further impatient waiting on LIJ to choose a starter. LIJ is taking their time on purpose at this point.

Finally, Naito steps up, and fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally both ways. Tanahashi and Naito circle, Naito approaches but then backs away. They finally do tie up, and Tanahashi headlocks. Tanahashi thrashes but Naito pries the hold open. Tanahashi clamps it on tighter and fans rally up. Naito powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight! Fans applaud and Naito fights back up. Naito pries at the hold, but ends up pulling hair! Red Shoes reprimands, but then Tanahashi pulls hair! Red Shoes counts, both men let go at 4, but then Naito pulls hair again! Tanahasih breaks free, but swings into a shove.

Naito arm-drags Tanahashi, kicks him and whips him out of the ring. Naito builds speed, but he fakes Tanahashi out to tranquilo! Fans fire up and Tanahashi storms in, only for Naito to roll out. Naito takes his time returning, and he circles with Tanahashi again. They feel out a knuckle lock, but then Naito tags in Sanada. Fans applaud as Yano calls to Tanahashi. Tanahashi tags Yano and fans fire up with him. Yano and Sanada circle, and then Yano squats! Is Sanada Yankee enough to squat with him? Sanada just stares at Yano stone faced. Yano eggs Sanada on and fans rally up, but Sanada isn’t sure.

Yano gets the fans to chant for it, so Sanada steps up to squat! But then Yano shoves him over! Yano ties Sanada up?! But he can’t figure out Paradise! Sanada kicks him away and Yano ends up in a corner. Yano says, “Lucky!” and he starts untying a buckle pad! Sanada runs over to CLUB Yano, then he whips Yano corner to corner. Yano reverses, then finishes untying the pad. Yano says here goes, but Sanada kicks Yano! But the pad takes the hit! Yano throws the pad to Sanada, but Sanada just throws it down! Yano is astonished and yells… at the pad? Sanada rolls Yano for a ROLLING CRADLE!

They go around and around and around, and around and around, then cover, but Tanahashi tips it! Yano has the cover, TWO! Tanahashi BLASTS Naito, Yano staggers around, but so does Sanada. Tanahashi kicks Sanada to ropes, then Yano staggers over. Yano & Tanahashi double whip, double shoulder Sanada down, and then they both squat. Fans fire up, Yano talks some trash, and then he and Tanahashi drag Sanada up. They double whip him to a corner, then Yano whips Tanahashi in. Sanada dodges Tanahashi to dropkick Yano down! Sanada then trips Tanahashi up, and ties him up in Paradise!

Fans fire up as Sanada gets Yano, too! Sanada ties Yano up in Paradise! Fans fire up for Double Paradise! Yano and Tanahashi both call to each other but neither can do anything! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans do get louder, and Sanada runs to dropkick Tanahashi out of Paradise! And then Naito distracts Red Shoes so Sanada can get the buckle pad. Fans rally up as Sanada SMACKS Yano out of Paradise! Sanada goes out after Yano and stomps him down while Naito SMACKS Tanahashi with the buckle pad! Naito then sends Tanahashi into railing while Sanada drags Yano up. Sanada POSTS Yano, then stalks him around the way.

Sanada drags Yano back up, puts him back in the ring, and covers, TWO! Yano is still in this and fans rally up. Sanada tags Naito, Naito drags Yano up, and LIJ double whips Yano to ropes. They double ELBOW, then split the wishbone before DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Naito squats so he can slap Yano around. Naito drags Yano up, cravats for a neck wrench, and he grinds Yano down. Fans rally, Yano endures, but Sanada tags in. Sanada ELBOWS Yano down, then stalks him. Sanada brings Yano up, CLUBS him down, then paces around. Tanahashi coaches Yano but Sanada stays on him.

Yano pulls Sanada’s hair! Sanada breaks free, knees low and whips, but Yano reverses to throw Sanada down! Fans rally and Yano crawls over, hot tag to Tanahashi! The Ace runs and forearms Sanada down! Tanahashi BLASTS Naito for good measure, then runs in at Sanada. Tanahashi blocks the boot to DRAGON SCREW! Naito runs in, but Tanahashi blocks the kick! Tanahashi waves bye before he DRAGON SCREWS Naito! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he storms over to Sanada. Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Sanada into a drop zone, then he goes up the corner. SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Tanahashi stays focused and fans rally again. Sanada slowly rises, Tanahashi runs, but Sanada dropkicks Tanahashi’s legs, then DROPKICKS Tanahashi out! Sanada hurries over to the ropes, to PLANCHA, but Tanahashi slides in! Sanada lands safe on the apron, he ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi gets a leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW, a dropkick to the legs, then another DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi drags Sanada around by the legs, and ties him up in the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Naito BOOTS Tanahashi, CLUBS him, but Tanahashi hits back. Tanahashi sends Naito out, and fans fire up again.

Tanahashi waits on Sanada to stand and he runs the ropes, but Sanada ducks the slingblade! Sanada blocks the kick, to DRAGON SCREW back! Fans fire up and both men crawl. Sanada heads for his corner, hot tag to Naito! Naito storms up on Tanahashi to kick his legs. Naito whips corner to corner, runs in and JUMP KICKS! Leg sweep, COMBINACION feint, and a squat! Tanahashi lets his guard down, and Naito basement dropkicks! Fans fire up and Naito brings Tanahashi around into a FIGURE FOUR! But Yano stomps Naito down! Tanahashi is free and Yano coaches him up. Naito drags Tanahashi up instead.

Naito has a leg but Tanahashi fights with elbows. Naito ROCKS Tanahashi, whips him to ropes, but Tanahashi reverses to SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up while both men are down! Tanahashi and Naito crawl, hot tag to Yano! Yano brings Naito up, ducks Naito’s haymaker and clinches to Belly2Belly! Fans fire up more and Yano whips Naito at the bare corner. Naito reverses but Yano stops himself. Yano dodges and Naito hits bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO!! Naito survives but Yano fires back up. Yano runs in at the corner but Naito dodges, and Sanada runs in to elbow Yano! Sanada feeds Yano to Naito’s ELBOW, then Sanada back suplexes!

ROLLING JACKKNIFE BRIDGE, TWO!! Yano escapes! Fans fire up and Naito drags Yano back up. Naito throws ELBOW after ELBOW into Yano, but Yano gets around! Tanahashi gets in, Yano feeds Naito to the DRAGON PALM! Yano runs to CHOP BLOCK! Roll-up, Sanada breaks it in time!! Fans fire up again and Tanahashi drags Sanada up to throw him out. Yano hauls Naito up, but Naito fights free. Sanada drags Tanahashi out and sends him into railing. Naito feeds Yano to Sanada’s low dropkick! Tanahashi returns and gets around Sanada, but Sanada turns Twist ‘n’ Shout into MAGIC SCREW!

Fans fire up as Sanada DROPKICKS Yano, and Naito atomic drops! ENZIGURI to ROLLING ELBOWS! Then assisted TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up as Naito drags Yano back up. Naito wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Tetsuya Naito & Sanada, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Yano & Tanahashi earn 0)

The Joker & The Ace bust! Their run at the top is out of the question, but can they shift into spoiler mode after this?

As for LIJ, the rest of the faction joins Naito & Sanada, including Shingo Takagi who’s been on commentary. Naito gets the mic to say, “Buenas noches, KAKOGAWA~!” Naito notes this is the first Kakogawa event for NJPW in four YEARS, so there’s surely some fans seeing them live for the first time ever. He asks if everyone enjoyed seeing the World Tag League tonight, and the fans cheer because they certainly did. Naito notes that he and Sanada have now moved up to 5-2 for 10 points. “We will win out and take the trophies? Or not? Keep watching World Tag League, enjoy the drama, and… Actually… I got nothing.”

Fans have a good laugh, but Naito does continue with, “Keep watching World Tag League to the end. By the way, now today, some of you can only clap but the rest can cheer, right?” Those fans cheer to confirm! “So let’s end this right for the first time ever in Kakogawa.” Fans cheer, liking the sound of that. “For those of you in the clapping sections, please yell out in your hearts. For those who can cheer, please yell out with me! Everyone, are you ready?” Fans cheer to say yes, they are! “There’s only one way to close out the first NJPW show in Kakogawa in four years. Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRNABLEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!”

Fans are fired up to even have this much cheering back. Will they all be able to cheer the next time NJPW is in Kakogawa? Will they be cheering on LIJ as the World Tag League winners and IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 6-1, 12 points
The Mighty: 5-1, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 5-2, 10 points
Goto & Hashi: 4-2, 8 points
Khan & Henare: 4-3, 8 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yano & Tanahashi: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Evil & Yujiro: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]


My Thoughts:

Another great round for World Tag League, and a couple more teams are mathematically eliminated. House of Torture get their first win ruining the run for Suzuki & Archer, and I kinda want a feud of Suzuki-Gun VS House of Torture now so Suzuki can beat the crap outta Evil and Dick. Coughlin & Kidd are a great looking team despite that 0-6 record, but sometimes great looking teams don’t get the round robin run you’d expect. Aussie Open are certainly shoe-ins for the finals, and they’re up against Khan & Henare next to give us that All United Empire match since I don’t see the All United Empire Finals happening.

Bishamon looked great in their win over Khan & Henare, keeping their hopes of going back-to-back alive. But there has to be something that spoils that, because I’m still seeing LIJ making it. As I figured yesterday, Yano & Tanahashi VS Naito & Sanada was hilarious but also really competitive, and back-to-back main event wins is great for LIJ. And it’d be fitting that Aussie Open gets a second chance at LIJ for giving them that loss.

My Score: 8.7/10


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NOAH ends November with some big announcements! Returns, new debuts and surprising challenges!

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Masa Kitamiya challenges Masato Tanaka

Following the tag match against Masato Tanaka and Shoki Kitamura in ZERO-ONE on the 20th November, Masa Kitamiya challenged Masato Tanaka for the ZERO-ONE World Heavyweight. Kitamiya said he wanted the belt for two reasons – one was because Masato Tanaka had the belt, and secondly because he felt that his eleventh year in wrestling had been a sad one. The match will take place at Korakuen Hall on the 1st January, the same day that NOAH at the Nippon Budokan, so Kitamiya will be wrestling two matches that day with ZERO-ONE taking place before NOAH. Kitamiya is determined to enter The Nippon Budokan as champion.

Akitoshi Saito remembers Bison Smith

Akitoshi Saito made a touching tribute to his old partner on the anniversary of his passing, by winning the match with the Iron Claw slam. Backstage he remembered “the blue eyed samurai” by recalling their last conversation, and saying that he felt Bison was with him and had given his approval for Saito to team with Yone.

Perros Del Mal De Japon Farewell

Perros Del Mal De Japon made their final appearance as a unit in Yoyogi on November 23rd. They were accompanied to the ring by Kotaro Suzuki (who may not be appearing in NOAH following The Tokyo Gurentai produce due to his contract expiring) and Ikuto Hidaka. Neither of them got involved too much in the match.

Yoshinari Ogawa came to the ring with a Singapore cane slung over his shoulder, while his partners also brandished weapons, Kai Fujimura had a baseball bat and Yasutaka Yano carried a trash can. The match was as you would expect; the first time everyone got counted out, the second time ended in a count out when the young boys got Perros counted out (Ogawa had left in disgust by this time) and when he came back, the match lasted 11 minutes and 36 seconds, and ended when NOSAWA decided to assault the referee. Ogawa took everyone out with a trash can lid before leaving. He had also managed to hit Kotaro on the head earlier, but concentrated his attack on NOSAWA and Eita. When Ogawa had gone, Perros bade farewell to each other, but their war with Ogawa wasn’t over as both Eita and NOSAWA will have singles match with him. NOSAWA’S match will be on the 14th in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, while Eita’s will be on the 23rd at the N-INNOVATION. Kotaro Suzuki was a little irritated that he didn’t get a singles match, which NOSAWA completely ignored, but he will have a singles match himself against Eita on the 20th.

MaruKen reunite to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles

Naomichi Marufuji pinned Takashi Sugiura in Yoyogi and therefore won the right to challenge the tag champions. With Masakatsu Funaki and Masaaki Mochizuki hanging over the ropes offering their hands as partners, Marufuji announced to the uproar of the crowd and the disbelief of Takashi Sugiura (whose reaction was akin to “Who? Are you fucking kidding me?”) that he would be challenging with KENTA. Backstage, Marufuji was not too sure that KENTA would accept the offer, but he did and the match has been set for the Nippon Budokan on New Year’s Day.

To explain for the newer fans, during their NOAH Junior days, KENTA and Marufuji were in a much beloved junior tag team known as MaruKen, they hold the record for the longest title reign as a junior team and they also broke down the rules for juniors fighting heavyweights as Misawa allowed them to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles. As a team they never had a falling out that led to their split, they just drifted apart as Marufuji noted in “Heir To The Ark” and went to do their own things and over time they became rivals. Now they reunite as heavyweights.

AMAKUSA challenges Dante Leon

AMAKUSA made a silent challenge to Dante Leon for the GHC Junior Heavyweight following their match in Yoyogi. The way the match went gave fans the impression that Alejandro might be the one to challenge, but in the end it was Amakusa who pointed silently at the belt. Title challenge will main event the N-Innovation on the 23rd December.

Kenoh & Kaito Kiyomiya

Kaito Kiyomiya overcame Kenoh in their second pre match, and taking the microphone he stood over him and said that Kenoh had just been overcome by the guy who he was saying “was just trying his best”, and what did that say about Kenoh? Kiyomiya told him it meant he “was all mouth”. Their next pre match is on the 14th December.

Darby Allin

It has been announced that the team of Great Muta, Sting and Darby Allin will team together at Great Muta’s final match on the 22nd January at the Yokohama Arena. Allin had been tagging with Sting when Muta materialized on the 23rd September to save Sting from Buddy Matthews. There has been no mention as to who will be their opponents, but it is thought that Matthews may be involved as he has a score to settle.

YO-HEY & Kzy challenge for the GHC Junior Tag Titles

Tag championships can be volatile belts and tend to suffer more backwards and forwards than singles belts do at times. This was the story when Atsushi Kotoge and Seiji Yoshioka managed to take the belts back from The Kongoh Juniors in Yoyogi. This was the Kongoh Junior’s first defense, and Hajime Ohara and Shuji Kondo, had only held the belts for thirteen days. Following their title win, the next threat came from their own unit, as YO-HEY challenged for the belts with DragonGate’s Kzy as his partner.

“I’m in a disappointing situation with no results to speak of at all. To overcome this situation, I want the belt. With the belt in hand, I can reach even higher heights. I want to do this, so please let me challenge for the tag belt next”.

Title match will take place on the 23rd December at the N-Innovation.

Yoshiki Inamura fails to capture his first singles belt, but succeeds in other ways

Yoshiki Inamura failed to win his first singles gold when El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior used his experience (the part which he and Inamura were not well matched in, and I doubt Wagner Jnr has ever had anyone throw him around after catching him following a dive) to retain the gold. Inamura had wanted to win this belt to usher in his own era of NOAH, which would be separate to Kiyomiya’s (yet I think would also rival his, as Inamura would kind of be more the leader of the younger generation, which Kiyomiya knows is rising up to threaten him), and he would stand next to him and not below him as champion. Inamura might have failed in his attempt to win his first singles belt, but as Tokyo Sports said, he most definitely gave birth to his era.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Shuhei Taniguchi had his best match in a long time when he and Hideki Suzuki fought to a referee stop in Yoyogi. Fans want to see a round two.

– For some reason the wrestling promotions (and not the MMA companies) were told to come to Antonio Inoki’s memorial on the 24th November at 11am instead of 1pm, someone said this could be a prank that Inoki had set up. Prank or not, in something practically unheard of NOAH (Kenoh, Yoshiki Inamura, Satoshi Kojima, Kaito Kiyomiya, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Takashi Sugiura), New Japan and All Japan, plus some staff members, went to have something eat and drink and all sat down and talked for two hours. Inoki’s final wake will be held on March 7th at Ryogoku Kokugikan, what form this will take has not been announced, but it will be a fan event. In Shinto, the deceased are mourned and funeral services are held for forty-nine days following death, the final day is a day of celebration and farewells, when the mourning period is over and the deceased can finally leave earth and cross to the afterlife. It has been said that Inoki will be sharing a beer with Giant Baba.

– Takashi Sugiura’s pants stayed on when he met up with Kenta Kobashi and had some drinks…which is more than can be said about when he visited Akira Taue’s restaurant, and got drunk with Go Shiozaki.

– Kazuyuki Fujita said in his Weekly Pro yearbook profile, that he liked drinking highballs on the Shinkansen.

– Yoshiki Inamura and Kaito Kiyomiya summon Alejandro 

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

NOAH THE BEST 2022 – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 23RD, NATIONAL YOYOGI STADIUM 2ND GYMNASIUM

Event Recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challenger: Kenoh, ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2023 (Saturday January 1st, Nippon Budokan)
  • GHC Junior Champion: Dante Leon
    Challenger: AMAKUSA, N Innovation (Friday December 23rd, Shinjuku Face)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura)
    Challengers: MaruKen (Naomichi Marufuji and KENTA), ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2023 (Saturday January 1st, Nippon Budokan)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka)
    Challengers: YO-HEY & Kzy, N Innovation (Friday December 23rd, Shinjuku Face)
  • GHC National Champion: El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr 
    Challenger: TBA, NOAH the BEST 2022 (Wednesday November 23rd National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium)

 

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(December 2022 schedule)

Wednesday, December 7th: Kinya Okada debut anniversary (4 years)

ARTICLES

“Inside of me there is a “good” Keiji Mutoh and a “bad” Keiji Mutoh” – enthusiasm and conflict for Keiji Mutoh’s last run

“It was a sad eleventh year…” momentum to seize the belt in the Zero-One New Year’s Day title match

“We can make it a connection”, Kondo is “Marmalade brother?!” – Interview with Hajime Ohara just before the Junior Tag Defense match

GHC Junior Tag Match Signing: Ohara “Thigh Raise & Anya Words”. Yoshioka emphasizes that, “If I lose, hit rock bottom”

GHC National Match Signing: Japan-Mexico same generation clash: Wagner Jnr “Create A New History”, Inamura “Create A New NOAH”

“Take the belt and stand in the same position as Kiyomiya!” – Interview with Yoshiki Inamura before his challenge for the GHC National Championship 

Recapture for the first time in two weeks with “Baggio Spirit”, Interview with Atsushi Kotoge and Seiki Yoshioka ahead of the Yoyogi Junior Tag Match

WEEKLY PRO ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

Coach points out! What is the current situation of young people as seen by Ogawa through the “Mauritius Cup?”

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

GIF credit: WrestleUniverse

With thanks to: Metal-NOAH


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